– Weight – Vision & Goals

Hi Loves!

Everyone’s reason for losing weight is different. My thoughts and visions are different from yours, and that’s okay. That’s the beauty of it. Everyone has a common goal, but different reasoning’s behind it.

My vision for my weight-loss journey have a lot of goals besides the scale. Don’t worry I’ll get into those too!

Lets start with my Why’s.

If I lost the weight::

I can decrease my chances of having side affects from getting preeclampsia in both pregnancies. Preeclampsia increases your chance of heart disease and/or stroke. Like the saying goes, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” It also increase a heart attack in the next 5 years by 5%. If I start to make better choices for me today my future will benefit. ( Heart issues are within my family so I need to really focus in on this the most, because it increases my chances even more! ) Hence, the DASH Diet. To be honest, I haven’t really started yet. I’m still doing more research on it, but it’s the best diet for cardiovascular. So I’m going with that’s my best bet.

Play-time. Now you’re like, “Huh?” I run around with my six year old all the time. I love playing on the playground with him or play baseball. Do we go to the park as often as I want to? Nope. I’m exhausted or my body hurts. It’s not fair to my six year old. Yes, he’s in Martial Arts and going to start swimming, but I want to do more stuff with him and not be out of breath afterwards. I want to be able to get on the ground with my, almost, 6 month old, and not have to dread getting back up off the ground from hip and knee pain. It’s not fair to them. I’m their MaMa!

I could love myself and husband even more. Now you probably think I really lost it. I love my husband with all my heart. I really do, but how can I- if I don’t love myself all the time? I think our relationship, even though strong, would be even stronger. I need to dig down deep inside, and find that love I have for him to have that same for myself. I need to find my confidence. I’ll never get rid of my stretch marks, but I need to remember those marks gave me two beautiful boys. The wrinkles on my face are from laughing so hard my belly hurt. My hips getting bigger gave birth. That’s a superpower on it’s own.

To be that jean size. All you ladies get me on this one. Growing up I refused to be bigger than a size 13. Now, six months after giving birth I fit into a size 14. Not comfortably. My largest was a size 24. So I know I am losing. I would really like to be in a size 7 or 8. That’s when I feel my best.

Being able to say no to soda. I’m horrible at this. My husband went cold turkey on soda and for 99.5% he’s doing great on it. I, on the other hand, decided to take my serving and his serving on soda. Guilty. Just the other day I drank a 2 LITER bottle by myself. I hated myself afterwards.

Those are just the ones I can think of at the moment. I wanted to post this last week, but I wasn’t what my actual “Why’s” were besides just the scale going down.

I have about 107 – Yes, you read that correct to lose. That’s the first time I wrote it out on a public forum. Wow, I guess it’s real now. I never was to say or type that number again. Not true. I will type it one more time. When I crush it.

Goals for the Scale:

I have the EatSmart Precision Digital Scale. I’ve been through a lot of scales, and I love this one the most!

10 pounds – Mani/Pedi

20 pounds – New Cookbook (any suggestions?!)

30 pounds – New Sneakers (yes, even your feet lose weight!)

40 pounds – New Jeans ( I have sizes 13 and 12 also. So by this time I should be size 10-11)

50 pounds – New Work-Out clothes

60 pounds – Massage ( I deserve it at this point! )

70 pounds – New Bike ( My husband actually suggested this one. I’ve been wanting a new bike for years, and because of my weight I never really looked for one. )

80 pounds – New Hairstyle ( I like shorter hair. So does my husband. When I first met him I had short cute hair, but with the weight gain I tend to keep my hair longer. )

90 pounds – New Wardrobe ( Lets face it – At this point ALL my clothes will be falling off of me! )

100 pounds – TRIP OF A LIFETIME ( FIJI – It’s already on my vision board for my business, and I can’t wait to do this! Super excited!! )

107 pounds – Welcome to the rest of my life!! (This is by far the most exciting goal on the list. Fiji is a close second! )

I want to hear from all of you’s. What are your why’s for weight-loss? Do you have a goal list or vision board? Let me know! My comment button is by the title. I’m working on lowering it to post afterwards and not have to scroll all the way back up!

Theresa Rose

Fall Favorites – Oil Edition!

So as you all know I have an obsession with Young Living Essential Oils. I can’t seem to get enough of them! Middle of September is rite before my favorite time of the year; FALL!! I love the colors, smell, weather, and activities.

I wanted to jump rite in and go over some of my fall favorite must-haves from Young Living.

 

20170913_174207Sugar and Spice Room Spray

  • 6 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Orange Essential Oil
  • Water
  • 2 oz Glass Spray Bottle

Directions-

  1. Add the Essential Oils into the spray bottle
  2. Fill with water and put on the spray bottle top
  3. Shake well before spraying into the air

 

 

Autumn Time Sugar Scrub

  • 3 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Raw Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 4 oz Glass Mason Jar

Directions

  1. Put the Raw Sugar, Coconut Oil, Vanilla Extract and Clove Essential Oil into a glass bowl
  2. Mix the ingredients together
  3. Place the mixture into the jar
  4. Use this scrub to exfoliate your hands or body

 

Some of my other favorites are :

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I love making combos out of these for the diffuser. It makes it feel and smell like fall instantly.

Supplements

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Get ahead – Helps support your respiratory system.

Have a cough?!

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Super excited to actually say Cough Drops, because FDA approved us saying it!!

You can join here by doing the $45 kit, and then adding these products to your cart! You’ll be all ready for the Fall!!

Comment and let me know what are your fall favorites?!

Theresa Rose

 

Recap:: Back to School and Much More!

To kick off Back-to-School week we decided to make a family friendly competition of mini golf. It was so much fun! I baby wore Grayson and still won! Whoop Whoop. He slept the whole time! LOL. I could have done better, but, hey, a 57 is not bad at all! I miss golfing. Maybe, I’ll start that up again. Loser had to pump gas.

Tuesday was Chase’s first day back to school. I can’t believe I have a 1st grader! Where did the time go?! When I was in first grade I got head trauma the week after Easter. I missed 6 weeks of school. We had the top notch Neurologist and Pediatric Neurologist too. (Yes, I had two and one of them worked for NY Giants. So I knew I was in good hands.) A group of us were playing on my metal hammock in the backyard, and too much weight snapped the pipe. Hit my brother and sister in the arms and legs, and the S hook went rite through my head. *I am very blessed to be still sitting here today.* So we’re hoping to no Emergency Room/Hospital visits.  Knock on wood!

21369188_10213963925037166_5321799965179927420_n.jpgHe has some of his friends from his Pre-K and Kindergarten class with him this year. So being excited was an overstatement. When Chase saw his friends at school the smile on his face kept growing bigger and bigger each friend he saw. He told me to take his picture so that I can look at it and won’t miss him that much! It was adorable. I was happy that he went back to school, because he loves it and Mama, honestly, needed a break from two kids 24/7. I was also sad to see him grow even more!

On the other hand, I literally had my hands full with Grayson. He was looking for Chase all day. Refused to nap, and it was a disaster. I was a full-blown jungle gym most days. This week it’s starting to ease a little, but it’s an adjustment. Still won’t nap longer than 40 minutes, but it’s a work in progress. His best friend is not around all day, everyday, in his face, and, of course, he misses that. He loves him so much! They both do. We got very lucky!

First week went off without a hitch. Mommy even remember to use the Immune Booster Blend and Courage Blend.  Also, the Flinestone vitamin gummies. God forbid I forget those!

After school activity is Karate. Chase is getting promoted to Dragon Green Belt. That is what the red stripe on his belt represents. He has graduation this Saturday. They do a small evaluation before receiving the new belt. He’s so proud of himself, and so are we. His brother likes to use that time as nap-time. That face!

Grayson is full blown teething. We’re using Clove with a carrier oil on the gums and it seems to help. I’m also using it on my gums. During my pregnancy my gums blew up a little. You put in it on 3-4 times a day for a week or so. I already see a huge difference in gums. The inflammation is going down.

We go through bibs and clothes like it’s nothing. So much drool! I don’t remember Chase drooling this much!

Speaking of teeth- Chase has his two bottom teeth loose! Of course, picture day is on the 29th of this month. I called it last month that he’ll probably lose his first tooth the day before pictures. I wasn’t thinking two! He told me this morning that another one might be lose too.  His so excited. All his friends, except two, have lost teeth already. He was getting upset about it. Anyone know the going rate for a tooth these days?! I heard first tooth is like $20 and every tooth after is $5! When I was a kid- first tooth $5 and every tooth after $1. These kids have it made these days! Tooth fairy is going to have to make a visit soon.

Anyone else out there breast-pumping?! I’ve tried the whole attach to the boob. It wasn’t working for us, and became stressful. So we decided breast-pumping is best! Well, for the last month I have a full two ounce drop each pump. I can barely make 24-27 ounces and it’s been frustrating. I had a full-blown breakdown at 1 a.m. a few weeks ago. I made my husband, God Bless him, go out and get formula. We now give him a bottle of just formula and maybe a top off of formula in another bottle. Still mostly breast-milk during the day still. We found this works best for us. As something different might work best for someone else. As long as my son’s belly is full. I don’t care how he gets its. Chase was strictly a formula feed baby after the first 6 weeks. I dried up.

Leave a comment- I want to hear from you! How did your kids first week of school go? Do they have a fun activity after school they love? Teething or did/is the tooth fairy coming to visit? What did the tooth fairy leave behind? Breast-pumping tips? What works for you to make sure your infants tummy is full?

Theresa Rose

 

Off and “running” …

Not literally. Just walking. We realized our purebred Beagle, Sydney, became overweight. So we decided that she needed to go on walks and not just the backyard. It was difficult to walk them (2 dogs and 2 kids) at the same time. Especially, with me having a rough pregnancy and afterwards. It was time.

It is now our thing, most of the time, I take her for walk at night. If I don’t do it- then Joseph does. There’s just some nights that he needs to go decompose so he likes to take her. Which is perfectly okay with me.

20170908_133620.jpgIt’s been almost a month, and you can see a difference in her. She acts like a puppy all over again. Just last night we came across seven bunnies that she wanted to play with. Them not so much, but she whines and carries on until we take her. It definitely helps when I’m exhausted and don’t want to do anything.

I started to take it seriously two weeks ago and now I’m down 3 POUNDS AND -6.1 INCHES! I also am putting less (and healthier food) in my mouth. That helps a lot.

cotton-candy-wide.jpgHave you heard of Cotton Candy Grapes from Grapery? They taste like you’re eating cotton candy, but it’s a lot healthier. The taste comes from an all-natural breeding approach with cross-pollination combinations. No fakeness or added flavors in these bad boys. I literally ate 3.5 pounds of them just this week! Not even one ounce of guilt. 1 cup= 100 calories. They only have a window of in-season Mid-Aug through end of September, but they are so worth it! Try Stop & Shop or Whole Foods to find them. Seriously, GO… I’LL WAIT!! I couldn’t even make it home before I started to eat them, and I’m all for washing the fruits and vegetables since I have Oral Pollen Syndrome (OPS). I like to use my Young Living Fruit & Veggie Wash (it smells so good!). Not the slightest reaction from them.

I’m thinking about doing the DASH Diet. It’s the only diet that you can eat everything and still lose weight! I think that’s the best fit for me. Nothing is off limits and I think that’s the best way to approach this. Is anyone on a diet? Let me know if it’s working for you! Comment icon is by the title of this post now. So leave a comment and tell me if you’ve been on the DASH Diet or on a different one now?!

My next post will be my goals and my vision for the next year!

Theresa Rose

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP)

It is upon us. One of the most exciting events in Magic Kingdom! When we took Chase to his first trip, in 2015, we made sure to get tickets for this! This was basically my only demand for us going. My husband only went to Disney World once before this trip, and didn’t have the “Best Time Ever!” So I was determined to make this a great experience for everyone. We came in on Saturday ( Halloween ), and Sunday, November 1st, we did this.

6163911525_7c4db33457You can get in with your ticket starting at 4 p.m. even though the event doesn’t start until 7 p.m.! The lovely cast members are all dressed up and ready to get you the bracelet for MNSSHP. No need to buy a ticket for that day. You can get plenty of things done before the kick-off party.

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LOL – He wasn’t squished between us, and a matter of fact, put his arms up right after the picture was snapped!

Chase’s first, big, ride ever was Splash Mountain in the dark. We were the only ones on it!! It was crazy.  I actually forgot where some of the drops were on the ride. He also loved that Trick-or-Treating spot in front of Splash Mountain. The guy kept giving him candy, and yes, he knew it was the kid.

It was the premiere year of Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular. Such a cool show from what I saw. Honestly, we only watched 10 minutes of it, because the boys wanted to do the rides.

We were able to sit still for Boo-To-You Parade. It was a lot of fun. Front row across from the Emporium.

 

Just wanted to jump on and give my take on the special event. FYI – This Saturday night, September 9th, is cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

Theresa Rose

 

Back-to-School “Essentials”

essential-oils-for-back-to-school-6-700x425New York doesn’t go back to school until September, but I know other areas of the country have gone back already. I’ve done Chase’s school supply shopping, and I already dropped it off at school. Now it’s time to do his WELLNESS SHOPPING! I wanted to share some of my favorites for back to school essentials. Keep in mind kids only need a few drops of oils to see the improvement. So a little goes a long way.

 

School Day Immune System Support

  • 10 ml Roll-On Bottle
  • 10 drops of Thieves
  • 5 drops of Frankincense, Thymes, and Oregano
  • Fill the rest with a carrier oil (like V-6 vegetable oil from Young Living)

*Roll on the child’s spine and feet every morning.

Healthy School Time Hair

  • 2 oz Spray Bottle
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 8 drops Rosemary
  • 8 drops Tea Tree
  • Fill the rest with Water

*I find that wet hair is the best time to spray it on or rite before school. It absorbs better.

Making New Friends

 

Stree Away and Valor – Rub on wrist 2 drops each or put on

a diffuser necklace or bracelet.

*Chase can make friends with a wall if he wanted too, but I know of other kids who need this booster. It works wonders. Even talking in front of a crowd it helps.

Nervous Stomach

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2 drops with a carrier oil on their belly

(Peppermint is a “hot oil” for a child)

 

Respiratory Support

Any of these oils are great for extra support with the respiratory system. Our family favorite is Dorado Azul. It literally opens you up within a few minutes.

*Rite on the chest and feet.

Brain Support

 

  • 10 ml Roller Bottle
  • 10 drops Clarity
  • 10 drops Brain Power
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • Fill rest with carrier oil

*Roll on the back of the neck before going to school.

 

Homework Time Roll-On

  • 10  ml roll-on bottle
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Valor
  • 5 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Vetiver
  • Fill with carrier oil like V-6

*Roll on the back of the neck a few minutes before homework time.

 

Restful Night Sleep

You can make a spray with Lavender oil and water and spray the sheet and pillow cases.

Rub Peace & Calming on the wrist, over the heart, and feet.

Diffuse Stress Away or Dream Catcher.

 

If you have older kids who a pre-teen, teens, and young adults going off to college you may use this list::

Adapt to Stress/Promote Courage

A few drops on the inside of your wrist and over the heart and they’re good to go.

 

Healthy Skin

You can use these to spot treat or do a few drops on a cotton ball and rub all over your face.

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They also have an AMAZING skin care line. Men, don’t be scared. I know plenty of men who sneak the products, and LOVE the results!

 

Healthy Joints and Muscles

I like to layer these oils starting with a drop or two of Peppermint, then PanAway, and my “magnifier” Copaiba.

 

For the Athlete and Growing Support

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This is an exciting one! Just this year the FDA APPROVED this to be the first medicine that we can say is a pain relief. This works AMAZING WELL. It does have Wintergreen in it so if you have blood pressure issues, pregnant, or breastfeeding it is suggested not to be used.

Anyone over the age of 12 years old and over may use. It addresses all kinds of issues from pulled muscles to arthritis.

 

Smelly Dorm Room

  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Purification
  • Fill the rest with water

 

After the Party

(We’ve all been there)

A few drops of Peppermint on the belly, temples, forehead, and feet. DiGize you can put a few drops in your water or over the belly.

 

You can find most of these oils in the Premium Starter Kit. If you would like to sign up to get started on making this the best wellness school year yet. You can do so here.

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your Physician. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

– Theresa Rose

 

 

Recap: Chase’s 6th Birthday

header-ldc-center-logo-2x.pngWith the passing of our dog, Boomer, we didn’t really want to be around people for Chase’s Birthday. We wanted to do something fun for Chase. So we took him to LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER in Ridge Hill, New York. It is an indoor Lego experience full of play, creativity, and building designed for families with kids aged 3-10 years old. It also has two attraction rides. Sometime next year, I believe, the big LEGOLAND is coming to Goshen, New York. Can’t wait!! [Just a note for next time – go after 2:30 p.m. weekdays during the summer. A LOT of camps go! Silly Mommy.] Nonetheless, we made a day out of it. The shopping center has amazing views!

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We arrived around 11, and our time was for 11:30. I was able to park in the parking garage and pump a bottle for Grayson before going in. We arrived at the doors with a few minutes to spare so we took some pictures by the wishing pool rite outside the doors.

Can you tell someone was excited to go?

We go inside with no line. Chase excitingly tells the nice lady cashier that it was his birthday! She was even more excited than he was! [Now, I’ve been to Disney World and those cast members have nothing on this lady!] I wish I took a picture of it, but Grayson was starting to fidget a little. She handed us an Activity Pack, and told us to make sure to stamp it in every room.

Let the adventure begin. The first room we could take a picture, but the line was too long so we bypassed it went to the first adventure room; the Factory Tour. Chase got to heat, spin, paint, roll the Legos, and at the end they got to take home a souvenir Lego with the Discovery Center logo on it. Even Grayson could have one.

After leaving that room we bypassed the first ride, because a camp came in rite before us. So we decided to go back later on.

Next room, Miniland. This was a really cool part. Each Discovery Center makes this room into whatever area they are in. We got to see cool New York/New Jersey landmarks.

I was bummed I couldn’t get a clear picture of King Kong climbing the Empire State Building. I kept getting bumped.

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We went around the bend and the “main” room was there. It is broken up to “mini” sections. They have build-and-test, Lego Ninjago, Master Builders Academy, Lego Duplos, Lego Friends, and last, but not least, STAR WARS!

I wish I was able to take more pictures, but it was so crowded we could barely move most of the time. They had a 4-D movie theater. Almost like the Soaring ride in Disney World, but 1) Grayson 2) The line was insane.

We did, however, we were able to go on the rides. Finally! Joseph went on Kingdom Quest with Chase. I hung out in the stroller section. The boys beat the other group that went on the ride with them by 4,000 points! All those X-box hours paid off. They compared it to the Buzz-lighter ride in Disney World.

The last thing to do was go on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride. The line was long, but Chase really wanted to go on this ride with me. I used to be able to handle spinning rides all day and night, but since I was diagnosed with vertigo three years ago I can’t. It was his birthday and I couldn’t bare to say no. So we waited on the line and waited and waited. So we get on the ride. In order to go super high you had to bicycle ride your seat up there. Well, Chase barely touched the bicycle wheels. So Mama had to do 95% of the pumping. The guy who worked there came over to check our belts before we took off, and kept apologizing how crazy it was, and to say Happy Birthday to Chase, because he got to wear the Lego cutout hat. The ride was about 2 minutes long. It was fun, but sure enough I got Vertigo. It wasn’t horrible, but I felt it.

On the way out of course we stopped in the gift shop. Chase is all into the surprise bags, pretty much of anything, thank you Youtube. So we got a bunch of surprise bags for him. He also built a few minifigures. He wanted a few sets, but we said he could write them to Santa.

It was beautiful out so we decided to sit by the wishing pool and open up the surprise bags. Chase got all girl ones. Which is perfectly okay, because he has over 50 minifigures! Not a lot of female ones. He was excited, because now Mommy had some to play with. These were my two favorites! That hair on the 80’s work-out minifigure. Love it!

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Since we were having a lot of fun. We promised Chase frozen yogurt. Of course, silly Mommy forgot to take pictures, but it was a nice little place one flight up to the right of Legoland. We made our way up there, and let him make his frozen yogurt treat.20881897_10213811175138514_2648866737195685741_n.jpg

Realizing that we didn’t eat since we left earlier that morning. We stopped into Elevation Burger and got the Chicken sandwhich. A little expensive since everything is separate. Not really a place I would go running back that I “must have again,” but it filled our bellies so it made us happy.

My husband is obessed with French Macaroons. We spotted a place below that had them, and really wanted to try them out. Sadly, we couldn’t it was getting late and I had to pump for another bottle on the way home. We live about an hour away without traffic. We will definitely be back to the shopping center soon. We want to try the Havana Central restaurant. It smelt AMAZING!

Of course, we got stuck in traffic and Grayson became hungry. So we give the bottle to Chase, and it got a little too quiet behind us. We peeked back, and this is what we saw.

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Someone had a great Birthday!

 

My Baby Boy and the Rainbow Bridge

20170816_124951Joseph and I have been together since 2008, and at that time I adopted his dog as mine. Boomer was our first son together. We had to put him to sleep the day before Chase’s 6th Birthday. Wednesday morning, he became very skittish and wouldn’t let anyone touch him. Even our two other dogs wouldn’t go near him. We took him to the Vet, and they said he had a med-large brain tumor, and he was in pain. You could see the pain in his eyes that morning. [*He had signs, but we didn’t think much into them, because, overall, he was a happy go lucky dog that acted like a puppy. Not a senior.*] So with Mommy and Daddy in the room until his last breath he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It was the hardest thing to watch and do, but we know it was the best for our Baby Boy, and we will see him again! We love you Boopie (Boomer) so much! You’re no longer in pain, and now running free and watching over us.♥

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Sydney lost her best friend. Every time we leave and come back she thinks he’s behind us. It’s heartbreaking to watch.

(I needed a break from blogging due to my heartache, but I didn’t want to go on without acknowledging this. I didn’t know if I wanted to write a long post or a short post. To be honest, I didn’t even know what I would type until I started to type. )

Dream Big Lotto Style

Aah, the pure bliss, with adrenaline pumping through your veins and the ultimate euphoria – knowing you have more money in the bank than you could have ever imagined.

Our Top 10 Wishlist

pay-off-debt-579x385Pay of our debt- Including my car payments. It will help boost the credit scores. Also, help our immediate family members of their debts too.

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Take out a mortage and buy a house. Again, it will help boost the credit. We decided we would buy a house close to Disney World and land upstate NY. I could even tell you the exact places, but I don’t want anyone knocking on my front door.

hands-car-keys-cashFinance a car (pay it off in a few months) – Something NICE to get us from point A to B. We have dream cars, but they’re not a necessary.

Setup Trust funds for our two kids and our three nieces. Each school year they would get an allowance for supplies, school functions, and clothes. However, in the clauses they HAVE to work, or they will not receive any money from it.

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A new wardrobe. We can’t remember when we actually brought clothes for ourselves. Our sneakers can talk to you if you look closely and our pants have rips in them. We put every last penny to the boys and bills. We’re very much a paycheck to paycheck family.

We would still work. My husband said part-time to keep him entertained or he would open a couple fast food places, and I would still blog – be a Young Living Distributor (because I love their products so much!) and maybe, just maybe, open my event planning business again.

We would donate to a few charities. We love Make-a-Wish, St. Jude, and ASPCA are the top of the list.

shangri-la-fijian-aerial-ocean-view-44862-thumbTake our actual Honeymoon trip alone. We wanted to go to Fiji, but ended up going to Disney World with our son, Chase. It turned into a nice family vacation.

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6355840185_8e1c4d8f11_bSave, Save, Save! We would be so happy not having to worry about what our bank accounts look like and be able to do things without worrying if it’s going to screw up billing that week.

 

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With Powerball hitting $430 Million you can’t help but imagine. I know I’m not the only one; am I right? Would you take the one cash out option or overtime? With roughly $143-$160 Million after taxes and whatnot that you get to keep what would you do? Would you donate? Pay off debt? Buy a house? Travel the world? Buy expensive cars? Kids through college? Or would you live moderately? Would you quit your job? I want to hear the comments how you would spend the money? Leave comments below and tell me what you’re dreams are?!

– Theresa Rose

Weekend Recap:: Camping – Down and Dirty

We decided to go camping with my sister and her family last weekend. I’ve been camping since I’ve been six months old. I find it so peaceful and stress free up there. If I win lotto; I am buying a house on the lake. It’s more like “glamping” now that she has a 53′ trailer but it still works. I still have a six person tent and whatnot that my kids will be learning how to camp properly. We did our dues and can survive in the wilderness if we had too.

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We got up there around five o’clock Friday night. Did you know there is a Donald J. Trump park off the Taconic State Parkway?! It’s actually an abandoned State Park. He just owns it like everything else he owns. According to the Waze app this was the fastest way to get up to where we were going; Monticello, New York. We went that way once before, but never saw the sign for it.

We were able to squeeze in dinner before the downpour came rolling in. The card game choice of the night was:: 500 Rummy. I’ve been playing that game since as long as I can remember. I started off slow, but got a nice 190 point hand. I didn’t win though. Actually, no one won. We were all exhausted and called it quits when my husband got a nice hand.

20170812_112814.jpgSaturday morning, Chase’s Aunt Jen took him on a “surprise trip.” He got to go on a shopping spree for his Birthday. That was one of his favorite parts of the trip. Meanwhile, Grayson tried Bananas and got a reaction from it. So I need to try it again in a few days. After that we took our oldest niece, Skylar, for a walk with Grayson. She’s a riot and cracks us up so much. She’s seven and is the “mayor of the campground.” She’s somewhere in the background of the picture. She doesn’t stay still enough to take a picture!

I got to take a moment of reflection on the walk, and be able to release all my negative energy that I had building up. So much stress got released this weekend. I feel calmer than I felt in a really long time.

20170813_230521After Chase got back from his shopping spree and our littlest niece, Sadie, got up from nap time we decided to go fishing. He got a brand new pole and tackle box (along with many other items) so we wanted to test it out. I hooked up his pole and we were off. The kids have an attention span of a nat. I think that lasted five minutes. If they didn’t catch a fish in the first thirty seconds they were over it.

The kids decided that the run-off was much more exciting to play in. They were covered from head to toe in dirty water. Hey, let kids be kids upstate. It wasn’t causing any harm to them.

20170812_140609On the other hand, my sister and I love to go fishing. We used to go fishing from sunrise to sunset with our cousins. We love it. My sister, Jen, ended up with 18 fish! I end up with zero. Yes, you read that correctly 0! I was 3 feet away from her! The sneaky fish kept taking my worms but not hooking. I’m out of practice. At least I got a nice tan from the sun; that finally came out. It got hot and fast.

20170812_155004We got back to the site, and let the kids go to showers in the bathhouses. After that the kids and I went on a short frog hunt in their imaginary tree house. We didn’t catch any. It’s like the frogs knew the kids went to bed later that night, and they were all out.

20882282_1577416285666270_5970708623112295406_n.jpgWe took Skylar and Chase to the playground. It became very short, unfortunately. A bunch of kids came over to play, and my sister was trying to figure out why they kept scratching their heads. So we were spinning our kids on the swings and the little girl wanted to spin too. Since no supervision was there. My sister, God bless her, decided to spin her. She looked down and she was wrapping the chain and saw white and black bugs in the little girls hair. LICE! A whole lot of it.

We got skived out, and got back in the car and took off to our campsite. When we got back I took out my trusted Young Living Oils and made a preventive blend that I was able to roll on all of us. Jen and I were scratching our heads the rest of the day. We felt gross, and we didn’t even have it.

Woohoo! Camp fire time. Sadie and Grayson we’re put to bed and it was time to have a little fun. The two oldest got to toast marshmallows and then we had a surprise birthday cake for Chase from his Aunt and Uncle Jay. It was the Green M&M, but it looked like a frog eating M&M’s. It turned out perfect for being upstate.

Moana got turned on the T.V. and the kids went inside to watch a movie. I went in to pump one last time for the night. Finally “adult time.” I don’t usually drink unless I’m camping. I don’t get sloppy, but I like a few drinks. There was no need to pump and dump, because I made sure I had enough hours in between. Drink choice – Crown Royal Apple and Ginger Ale over ice. SOOOO GOOD!

 

Next up was an intense game of 500 Rummy. Who am I kidding?! Everytime it got to my Brother-in-Law, Jay, we had to wait. He didn’t pay attention – he was too busy playing our DJ for the night. The game took over 2 hours! I won! Very close game between my husband and I, but I was able to squeak one pass him on the very last hand. He only need 40 and I needed 80. I ended up with 145 points.

The boys turned in for the night, and my sister and I did stargazing. In the tri-state area there was a meteor shower and the peak of it was Saturday night. It had an overcast, but we were able to see a few and one huge one. When we were kids we used to sit in an open field for hours and just watch the stars. I love star-gazing. In Long Island, it’s so bright I can barely see the stars. I get so excited to go up just to lay back in my zero gravity chair and get lost for hours. I hit my goal of 10,000 steps! It felt great!

20170812_221602Sunday morning, Jay made amazing french toast on the griddle, and it was time to start to clean up to get ready to leave. We had to drive to my sister’s to pick something up for my Mother to give her. I live much closer to her than my sister. So it was a road-trip to Jersey.

I called to see if my Dad was home. I got lucky and our schedule matched up. He’s in pretty bad shape with his carpal tunnel. I feel so bad for him. His hands we’re like surgical gloves blown up with air. I hope he gets the surgery that he needs very soon. It makes it so hard for him to drive and to work. He’s an electrician; so they definitely need their hands to do their job. The boys didn’t get to see their Nana, my Step-Mom. She was out so my Dad said that we’ll do another get together BBQ to get everyone together before the end of summer.

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My Grandparents were also home! I love them. They are such a ball of fun. Chase calls them the “orange carpet” Grandparents, because they still have the 1970’s orange shag carpet all through their house. It is such a hideous but comfortable carpet.

20170813_174904After we made a day of visiting my side of the family, that we haven’t seen in forever, we made our way home. I don’t think there’s anything I wouldn’t do to move back to New Jersey. You could take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take Jersey out of the girl.

20170813_184722We got fifteen minutes away from the house, and Grayson woke up starving. We let Chase feed his brother Beech Nut’s Butternut Squash. To say it made for a good laugh and a big clean up it was a huge laugh to end our trip. (I cleaned him up, a little, before taking the picture – no need for the Mama police to tell me the chest piece clip is wrong. We were parked outside our house!)

– Theresa Rose