Mom and Me day:history museum and boat house

Andrew and I had a blast this past Friday. We were given a 3 day weekend to spend together. At first, I was thinking about all things we could do at home. cleaning, cooking, etc. And thought. yuck. We need to have some fun! I have been working A TON of extra shifts to buy silly things, like a furnace :(

So instead, we went out on the town! I didn’t think about the TO DO LIST at home, but about spending time with him.  I of course took tons of pictures

We first started with the Missouri History MuseumHe was having a blast listening to the recordings and even asked if we could take it home
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There are days where Andrew will just talk about random dates and events in history (that I remember nothing about!)

He is a HUGE history buff

Next up was the Cardinals section at the Museum, where we spent about an hour!

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After a few hours at the museum, are tummies started to grumble so we headed to the Boat House, also in Forest Park, for lunch. There was an hour wait, so we headed to the paddle boats first

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I have never done this before, and we both had a blast!

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I swear if you have a chance, and are in St Louis, you just have to go do this!

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It would also be a really great date night.

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When we were through, we went back to have some lunch. Well they past us up, and said we had to go at the bottom of the list (after the girl today us that was not what would happen) so we headed to Bread Co as a second option. And we were both STARVING.

I also had a gift card, and trade their turkey cranberry Panini which was AMAZING! I also got 1/2 of the fugi apple salad

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This day was absolutely perfect. Andrew and I haven’t had a day in WEEKs where we didn’t have someplace to run to, or I wasn’t thinking about the billion things I needed to do. I wish we could have more days like this, and hopefully we will :)

Question for you:

If there were 8 days in a week, one day to do whatever you wished, what would you do?

-I would have breakfast and coffee with Andrew outside on the patio, go for a swim, then a bike ride with Andrew. Dinner with the family. Then end the day with some catch out front, and a movie night with Andrew. Of course, we yummy eats throughout the day.

 

10th Annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Heather about a very important cause. Mesothelioma. I do not have this form of cancer, but after becoming more aware of what truly is out there, I knew that I needed to help with awareness! Any cancer is a big deal, any cancer takes away love ones, and to me, that’s a big deal.

Heather share with me her story, and it really touched me.

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“Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

I had just given birth to my daughter, Lily, and was only given 15 months to live.

After a life saving surgery that included the removal of my left lung, I am now thriving more than ever. “

Since then, Heather has been working with her family to raise awareness, and today is the 10th annual mesothelioma Awareness day. A preventable disease that takes so many lives.

Of course, the information was staggering! I couldn’t believe some of the stats she sent

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To realize there is still 30 million pounds of asbestos used in the United States still today!!! I have always heard the worry about being exposed to asbestos, but its something even I will be paying more attention to.

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She also sent this link for more information!  mesothelioma.com and ways for us to help

Question for you:

Have you ever had to worry about asbestos?

Ever heard of mesothelioma?

 

Donating hair

A few months ago, when I diagnosised with kidney cancer, I remember thinking oh no…my hair. (after of course, the idea of surgery, chemo, and radiation. ) But I thought about how my brother’s wedding was just a month away and I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid, and how I would need a wig. Or what if I was too sick to be there. I also didn’t want to take away the attention from my sister in law and brother

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Luckily, I did not have to have anything but surgery and I was able to keep my hair. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how your hair really defines YOU. Some of short pixie cuts, and others have long curls, or cuts in between. People dye them all the colors of the rainbow, or shave it off completely.

I decided that since I was extremely lucky to keep my hair, I would grow mine out to donate it for someone who had to lose theirs. I went to the salon thinking it was going to be super easy. little did I know….

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I was prepared to donate my hair that day, but I didn’t have enough. I also didn’t realize there were a few organizations that accept donated hair. So I decided to come home and do some research

- These wigs are given to children with medically related hair loss at no charge

-This site seems to be more accepting. The length only has to be 8 inches or greater. They accept grey hair, or colored hair.

-They give over 300 kits out to children a year

- Donate wigs to children in US and Canada under 21 years old

-Mininum of 10 inches of hair

-Grey hair is sold to offset manufacter’s cost. Shorter hair is also sold to offset these costs.

-No bleached hair

-Donations are made to women who loss their hair because of cancer

-Minimum of 8 inches

-No dyes, bleaches, or chemicals

- no more than 5% grey hair

-There are steps here on how to prepare your hair for the months before cutting

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I also started taking Biotin after a friend suggested it to help grow it some more :)

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I know it will be a slow process, but I am hoping by the time I go to mexico in February with friends, I will be able to have it cut.

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Wishful thinking I’m sure.

Question for you:

Have you ever donate your hair? Or another personal item?

How do you like your hair, short? long?

What I ate Wednesday:fitness update

Lately, my weight lose has been at a little bit of a stand still. I am still at a 12lb weight lose since May. Which I am EXTREMELYYYYY happy about. For YEARS. I have been trying to lose 35lbs, with no help. Since the cancer scare, and some major determination, I have started to see results.

I also started a new workout routine, and use Myfitnesspal app to keep track of everything! (follow me!!!)

So since the past few weeks, have been up and down, I thought I would do a What I ate Wednesday, just to see :)

Breakfast: Eggs and bacon with Andrew

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snack: cashews

Lunch: steak with ketchup and grapes

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snack: apples and Colby cheese

dinner: Taco salad: lettuce, ground beef, avocado, tomato, and cheese

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dessert: protein egg pancake

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I topped my “pancake” with grassfed butter and a small amount of coconut sugar. Wasn’t sure about it (and was an after thought, after I mixed the pancakes, but I know its a keeper! can’t wait to bake with it!)

Question for you:

If you had a taco salad, what would you put on it?

What is something yummy you had today?

A Day in the life: baby mode

today I didn’t get 15,000 steps, but I still had another busy but fun day!

7 Am: Breakfast with Andrew

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it looked like I was feeding an army haha

7:30 Andrew to school and grocery store

8:15 T25 workout. A sweaty gamma workout was exactly what I needed

9:00 My twin niece and nephew arrived

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I watched them all day. We played. Went outside. They attempted to take a nap. Then we went on a short walk before picking up Andrew from school

3:00 homework with Andrew

4:00 Pam came to visit with her granddaughter stella who is 3 months old. Lots of babies in the house!

5:00 Went to help with the landscape at our church

6:00 dinner

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7:00 Boy scouts

10:00 bed after putting Andrew to bed, and working on papers

Question for you:

What do you do to unwind or relax

-I like my naps. Im determined to take one on Thursday! haha

Balloon Glow 2014

Yesterday, my mom, Andrew, my nephew, and I headed to Forest Park here in St Louis for the famous balloon glow. 2011. 2012. 2013. and now 2014! We have been going for A LONG time. It is definitely a family favorite

The day first started with 15,000 steps and then a picnic.

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We always get there early and bring a dinner

Then we wait…….

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The crowd this year was HUGE, but we still made our way through to some of our favorites.

B and Andrew love the energizer bunny

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My favorite is the sail boat :)

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I even ran into some of my friends from church!

This year was a lot of fun and the weather was perfect.

Now my bucket list…to ride in a hot air balloon

Question for you:

Have you ridden in a hot air balloon before?

Day in the life of 15,000 step day

The past few days have been bussyyyyy. Ok it is always busy haha. But somedays, I am better at blog management.

I have a lot to catch up on, but I’ll just start with today. I had a long list of to dos, but I got everything done!

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My first ALL green day!!  Alright.  This is how it happened…..

7:30 Andrew off to school

8:00 dentist appointment

9:00 Sams

10:00 stop at my grandma’s

11:00 target

11:30 t25 workout

12:00 Got cut the grass at my parents house

1;00 shower,  Laundry, and load dishwasher (times a couple for both haha)

2:15 small nap

3:00 pick up Andrew from school

3:15 clean kitchen and both bathrooms

5:15 sit for 15 minutes

5:30 Leave for a picnic and the balloon glow in Forest Park

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10:30 crash in bed

whoa~! what a day. But a fun and EXTREMELY productive day :)

Question for you:

Do you make a To Do list?

Do you wear a steps tracker? if so, we should be friends!