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

 

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

 

 

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. )

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

 

Strip it Down

Everyday we wake up subconsciously with numbers running through our heads. It’s the way we measure how healthy we really are. The number on the scale, BMI, LBM, blood pressure, sugar levels, body measurements… just to name a few. How many people live this way by knowing all this information, and who goes through life just winging it?

( The heaviest I have ever been 264 pounds – January of 2016 )

I can tell you every single stat of mine, but would that matter? Some say yes and others say no.

My “perfect” number on the scale is 159.2 lbs. According to my BMI and LBM break-down. I feel the most comfortable when the scale read 162-165. Now, you’re going to say that’s only three to six pounds. Personally, those three to six pounds make such a huge difference on my height and body frame. My blood pressure is in the normal range and sugar levels are great too.

My measurements are bigger than what “average” be. Those I will keep private for now, but I’m sure I’ll post them later down the road on another post.

The only time in my life that I didn’t care when I gained weight was when I was pregnant both times. I had pre-eclampsia. (A pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system- most often liver and kidneys.) The second time I was pregnant I got it worse and had to be put on bed-rest. I took snacking and binge watching Netflix to the extreme. I probably gained over 30 pounds the last pregnancy. Since I had it twice I am at a 5% increase in having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5-10 years.

18700228_10213000421550181_8761501242173845617_nI’m a MaMa. I want, need, to be here for my boys and my husband. Honestly, my husband gets upset when I bring it up, but it’s my reality. I believe that was my wake up call. If I continue to keep going the way I am. I’ll leave my kids motherless and that scares the crap out of me.

My BMI is high enough that I could qualify to get weight-loss surgery covered by insurance. That’s not something to be proud of.

I just turned 30 the end of last year, and I know my metabolism is not what it used to be in my teenager and early twenties, but I wish it would kick back in. If you tell me losing weight is manageable I can give you an excuse on why it’s not.

Funny story (now)-  The other day I tried on my size 14 jeans. I was so excited they were able to zip and button, but I have a little more work to do since my muffin top was hanging over. Later in the day I was typing my first health and fitness blog and my other jeans split around my right thigh front to back. I was mortified, but didn’t let it be known. I chalked it up to having the jeans for the last eight years and the thighs kept rubbing together at my heaviest so they finally gave up the fight on the wear and tear. So I “laughed” it off. 

That was my “rock bottom” reality check. I knew that I have to change in that moment, but did my head follow my heart??? Nope, I’m either eating the crappiest food or snacking here and there and not eating actual meals. I started to wear my FitBit Charger again on Monday, and it became an eye opener and not in a good way. The highest I’ve been in jeans was a size 24 – before my recent pregnancy I was a size 13-14 – after pregnancy size 20. I’m hoping, this weekend, when we go camping that something will snap and I’ll do more walking and really start to becoming more healthy conscious.

I’m human and will continue to do everything by trial and error. I hope that if you’re reading this and can relate – YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

I want to hear from you’s…leave a comment… Have you ever contemplated weight-loss surgery? What was your “rock bottom” moment? Did you overcome it?

– Theresa Rose

Premium Starter Kit from Young Living!

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I am absolutely OBSESSED with the Premium Starter Kit! If you’ve never used Young Living’s essential oils before, you’re missing out, this kit really is the perfect introduction. It is the most cost-effective way to try the top 11 oils. Each oil has a wide variety of multi-purposes.

What’s Included You Ask?

The Premium Starter Kit comes with a total of 11 bottles of essential oils PLUS your choice of a diffuser and some samples to give to your family and friends to share the love! Your kit price is deteremined by the diffuser you choose.

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The kit also allows you to have a wholesale membership so you can save 24% on all future purchases! If money is an issue; Young Living now offers that you can pay using your PayPal account for 6 months, or they have a $45 kit. In which, you would get Stress Away, 24% Membership, and samples. The bang for your buck though is the starter kit. Frankincense and PanAway on their own is $153 for the 15 ml bottles!

Included oils (5ml each)*:

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Frankincense

  • Add to you beauty routine to maintain radiant skin
  • Use during prayer and meditation for grounding and purpose
  • Use for massage after activity

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Lavender

  • From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life

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Lemon Vitality

  • Enhances the flavor or foods and water
  • Key ingredients in the Thieves blend

 

5628Peppermint Vitality

  • Supports gastrointestinal system comfort
  • including bowel function
  • Helps with inflammation

5632Copaiba Vitality

  • Promotes Wellness
  • Also known as the “magnifier” oil. If you need a quicker or stronger response you would layer this oil on top of the other oil.

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PanAway (aka smells like Root Beer)

  • Apply topically after exercise for support
  • The PanAway bottle has a different cap due to it having Wintergreen. Wintergreen is known as a natural blood thinner. So people who have high blood pressure or pregnant shouldn’t use anything with Wintergreen in it.

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Purification

  • Neutralizes ordors in the air of your home
  • Freshens laundry

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Thieves Vitality

  • Supports healthy immune system
  • Supports a healthy respiratory system

 

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  • Massage on your chest for an uplifting aroma experience
  • Massage on the bottom of your feet before bedtime
  • Rub on your chest and back of neck before a workout.

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DiGize

  • Supports a healthy digestive system

 

 

Bonus Oil

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Stress Away

  • Exactly what the bottle means
  • Diffuse or inhale for a relaxing aroma

*These oils are only for the US Premium Starter Kit. Other countries may offer other oils instead of the ones listed above. You would need to check when you sign-up.

..You get even more items in the Premium Starter Kit!!

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Ningxia Red (2 – 2 ounce packages)

  • A Wolfberry juice high in antioxidents and essential oils
  • Supports whole-body health (including eye sight and stablizes blood pressure)

Even more…

You get little cute samples of some of the oils that you can give out to your family and friends. It’s easy to share your love for oils!

Now to make it even sweeter… from Young Living and me!!

As I mentioned earlier, when you sign up for a wholesale membership with this kit (using my Enroller ID), Young Living also offers an Essential Rewards program.

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bookAlso, as a thank you for joining my team, I will also send you two of my favorite essential oil books. They’re published by my two, personal, friends. The book, white and purple, is only the oils that come in the Premium Starter kit to get you going, and the second book comes in handy for the different seasons. Now, to make this even sweeter. I will also add in a surprise gift if you were to sign up on the Essential Rewards program too!

I will add you to our PRIVATE FACEBOOK PAGE to join in conversations and tips with other oilers. This is a place to ask your own questions and to learn more about everything else Young Living has to offer!

I bet you’re asking yourself how do I sign-up for this? Easy steps to follow::

  1. Click sign me up now
  2. Pick Member – pick your Country and Language
  3. My information is filled in already for Sponsor and Enroller ID
  4. Click Continue
  5. Pick the kit that you would like to start with
  6. Essential Rewards (Optional)
  7. At this point you can add more items if you would like to try. (Optional)
  8. Click Next
  9. Continue Enrollment
  10. Type in your information
  11. Decide if you want to make a business out of it – then you would have to click the one with the social security. That is not shared with anybody except for commission purposes. If you’re undecided you can click the individual one without the social security, and call later on to add it.
  12. Agree to terms
  13. Click Continue
  14. Pick your shipping and payment
  15. Wait patiently (if you can) for your AMAZING kit to come!

To be honest, I waited a good 6 months before finally saying, “YES!” Now, I want to kick myself in the butt for waiting! I want to hear from you! Comment below if you have any questions or experiences!

– Theresa Rose

 

We’re going to…

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DISNEY WORLD: It’s fun, it’s magical, and… it’s expensive! Parents save and save just to get their kids there. We took my first son there in 2015; when he was four years old. He was able to get on to most of the rides. His favorite was/is Splash Mountain. Something about doing it in the dark with no one else on; makes it feel like a completely different ride.

We’re going next year for Chase’s seventh birthday, and Grayson’s first time. It’s over a year away, and I pretty much planned the whole vacation. Just waiting on those magical number days: 180, 60, 60, arrival.

It will be a road trip down I-95. If you have tips for keeping a 7 and 1 year old entertained for 16+ hours – make sure you post them in the comments! You could call me a snob, but I rather take JetBlue down. From NYC to Orlando is 2 hours and 30 minutes. So this should be interesting.  I know to start it when the boys are just falling asleep or already asleep. I want to be far away from Washington D.C. before rush hour or early Saturday traffic. The boys don’t seem to have an issue with sleeping in their seats. Fingers crossed.

My husband swears we’re moving to Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Just to be 25 minutes away.  He pretends not to be a “Disney Freak” like me, but he’s an in the closet one. For sure. 

We’re still debating if we’re doing Hollywood Studios next year or not. Toy Story land should be opening rite before we get there. Growing up in the 90’s I feel like I need to go, but it still feels like a half day park to me. My husband is excited about the new Star Wars land, but that’s not until 2019. Plus, the new Star Wars hotel. He really wants to stay there. 

Also, Paddlefish opened up in Disney Springs. Last time we were there Fulton’s Crab was still running. Has anyone been there yet? Is it as good as it seems? Crab Fries. Seriously?! It has to be good, or the lobster corn dogs. I’m a sucker for those. 

The boys know we’re going, but don’t know when. That’s for Christmas. Obviously, Grayson won’t comprehend it, but he’ll be excited for Mickey Mouse!

Can’t wait to start sharing my tips and secrets that I have learned over all the times that I’ve gone. What are you hoping to learn about? Do you have any tips? New restaurant reservations? I would love to here them in the comments!

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♥ -Theresa Rose

Body Shaming: Skinny to Morbid…

I have been from one extreme to the other, much unhealthier, side of the scale. I’ve been called gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, pig in a pen, chuck-a-shuffle master, heifer, and much more.

Since I was a kid I had body dis-morphia. When I would be my healthiest I thought I was extremely overweight, and now that I am, unfortunately , considered morbidly obese I feel it, but don’t see it all the time.

10458554_10204723818200397_4857389424109423006_nIt’s the same old story that you hear from most people that are morbidly obese. I blamed myself for something; my parents divorce. Soon became, very much an emotional eater. Didn’t realize I stacked on the pounds. When I realized the pounds my life became the famous Yo-Yo Diets; Aktins, Dukin, Powell, Nutrisystem, Isagenix, South Beach, DASH, food for your blood type, the list goes on… If it has a name to it I probably have a book or research on it.

I found that after coming off of them I gained all the weight right back. It wasn’t that I went back to eating horrible, but the weight came back just as fast. Which in return, if I gained back ten pounds it turned into fifteen pounds which I would turn to food to comfort. All that hard work for nothing. Down the drain it went.

Anorexia? Had it. Bulimia?  That too. Still to this day when I’m sick and puking it makes me go back to this dark place.

I weighed 120 pounds at 5’8″ tall-average. I was considered underweight in the picture above.

Now, four months ago I gave birth to another son, named Grayson. I am now officially the heaviest I have ever been in my life. This isn’t who I’m suppose to be. I’m not suppose to be the Mommy that doesn’t go out and play with her kids on the playground, because she’s afraid another kid will say something mean about me to child. They deserve the best of me. Someone who shows they love themselves; just as much as I love them.

My college friend, Stephanie, posted that she was interested in going to the Disney Princess Half Marathon. You have to complete each mile within 16 minutes. Being completely out of shape, and already going next year to Disney World. I decided that will be my goal for 2019. That gives me seventeen months to get to my goal weight. Plus, I used to run, but I don’t think I would come near 16 minute miles; let alone 13.1 times doing it. I know a lot of people do the run/walk method for it, but my goal is to run the whole time. Unless, I’m taking awesome pictures of Cinderella’s Castle or Disney princesses.

This is my journey. It will be long, tears, lots of sweat, blood, blisters, freezing cold, hot and humid, but I will get through it. My boys deserve the best of me, and having to be on bed rest the beginning of the year due to complications in my pregnancy. My legs could use a good stretch. So it’s time to charge up the FitBit and be held accountable for what I do and what goes into my mouth.

Will you join me? Comment below- what helps you stay motivated? If you want to join in on losing weight for good? Don’t forget to follow me!

 -Theresa Rose