Staying in the moment…

Lucie SummerHey all! My apologies for being away for so long, life has been abundant, busting at the seams. My husband and I are maximizing on this beautiful weather. We took our daughter Lucie to the zoo for the first time, the birds and polar bears were her favorite. Lucie helped me plant our first garden – actually she just played in the dirt and tried to steal a few plants. I take her to the park every chance I get. She is the official park greeter. We had a baby bunny nest, so Lu and daddy checked in on them on most days until they scattered. Yesterday I took off from work early to take LuLu to the beach, she was in paradise!

Oh how I’ve missed sharing my health revelations, research and tips with you. There has been something on my mind lately…

Like me, many of you have jam packed days. Sometimes I wonder am I in the driver seat of life or is life driving me? I like to stop when things are quiet and evaluate my life, thinking about what’s going well and what isn’t. Sometimes we get into complaining, which only makes things worse. I write down what I want to change and how I can make those changes happen. Here are two areas that I believe most of us could benefit from making more of a priority.

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Was it worth the wait?

2There’s a saying: “The most important thing about marriage is who you marry”. What a profoundly true statement. Was it easy to wait until I was 28 years old for the right man? No way!  I imagined myself getting married young and having at least five kinds. Fortunately, I’m a long-term thinker and I knew that it would be a better life to stay single than to marry the wrong man.

Ryan and I were actually interested in other people when we started what would become the best friendship we’ve both ever had. It all started during a church Valentine’s Day event in the café.

Even though I knew most of the people there I was sitting by myself discouraged by a scary legal situation I was fighting. Ryan who barely knew me took the time to give me about 100 scriptures to meditate on, I probably only captured about half of them on my phone because he was going so fast. I walked about from that conversation totally encouraged!

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Braised pork, sweet potato and fennel stew

pork-fennel-stew_300My mouth is watering and I haven’t even started talking about this delicious recipe. I found this recipe in a Real Simple magazine – it caught my eye because it seemed hearty, which is a must when cooking for my hubby in the winter. Ryan spends several hours of the day in the cold weather, so when he comes home I like to have a hot, tasty meal waiting for him.  It’s also a refreshing change from the beef stew we usually make.

I also dig this recipe because it’s only a handful of ingredients that I don’t usually have on hand, which means it’s easy on the pocketbook. Oh and I LOVE meals that last several nights, although we enjoy cooking, after a long day it’s nice to just warm up leftovers and focus on family time rather than cooking and cleaning.

The most important tip is to start this recipe early in the day, so that the flavors have time to develop. Pick a day that you’ll be home so that you can keep an eye on it. Ryan and I made this stew on a Saturday, we had everything in the stock pot by Noon and it was ready to eat for dinner.

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Natural remedy to the rescue…

stressedAre you overwhelmed? Is Tylenol no longer taking the edge off of your headache? Are you tossing and turning at night? Do you forget a lot of important details? Are you making a lot of mistakes at work?

There is a natural remedy that can help answer all these issues and more! The answer is Lavender Essential Oil, which aids in both emotional and physical health. Studies show that when essential oils are applied to the body, the oils reach your blood in a matter of five minutes! Continue Reading…

Breastfeeding benefits

breastfeeding,There are moments in life that you don’t forget. Meeting my baby girl Lucille Faith was one of those unforgettable moments. As Dr. Bush laid her on my chest she moved her head around looking for my breast and immediately began nursing. I remember thinking about how amazing God is that He placed that instinct inside of her.

Despite the fact that breast milk is the absolute best form of nutrition for babies the formula industry is booming! Why? After all the articles and books that I have read I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a combination of a few cultural changes. Mother’s don’t have the support system that perhaps our mother’s had and are forced to work more in order to help provide for their family. When I was a baby my entire family from my grandparents to my uncle Joe helped care for me while my mom worked and finished her college education. Additionally, despite the hard evidence backing up the benefits of breastfeeding, there are a plethora of formula choices that almost make it seem fashionable. Back to the lack of support system I believe many women intend to breastfeed but when it gets hard there isn’t someone there cheering them on to continue. The first few days of breastfeeding were a breeze, when all of a sudden my nipples became so sore. While in the hospital the lactation consultant said I was doing it right and according to the books I had on hand the latch looked correct. My husband purchased every cream known to man and still no relief. I UNDERSTAND why woman are tempted to quit. I would nurse Lucie in tears. It was time for Lucie’s first doctor visit and out of desperation I asked her doctor if she would watch me nurse Lucie to see if she could point out what was causing the pain. BINGO! She discovered that Lucie’s upper lip was not in as she called it “duck lip form”. That was one of the best days of my life. Once I healed breastfeeding continues to be a breeze. I am so thankful for all the support I had to continue.

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Plan for a stellar 2014…

Jessica Zirbes2013 was LIFE CHANGING for my family! We bought a new home, completely gutted it, made it beautiful, moved and then had our first baby two weeks after we moved. It was a roller-coaster ride of emotions, mostly good memories and many relationship building moments that have made us stronger. Poor Ryan he’d work a 10 – 16 hour day on the road, go to the new house to work, drive 45 minutes back to our old condo and come home to me freaking out worried we wouldn’t move in before I went into labor.

Fast forward about 10 months…I’m sitting in our new living room smiling, taking a deep thankful breath acknowledging that all the work, tears, and fights were worth it to provide us with a better home. As I slowly let go of the breath I look forward to 2014 being a year of breakthrough. Whether that means breaking our own mental barriers or those that others have placed in front of us. 2014 will be a year of no more limitations!

I enjoy setting goals for myself every year, but usually focus on working on 1-2 most needed area. The easiest way to find out what you need to work on is to answer this one question… Continue Reading…

Do you need to reset?

frustrated-woman-at-computerI walked into my mom’s home for my nephew’s birthday party with tears streaming down my face. Have you ever hit a wall emotionally, spiritually and mentally? It never happens at a convenient time, but I’m thankful for my hubby, mom and sister who were there to give me a hug when I needed it most.

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You’ll never eat tilapia again…

tilapiaBefore you read further, decide ahead of time that you refuse to be discouraged. Prior to learning that tilapia isn’t a good choice, I cooked it for my family at least once a month. Now that I’ve been informed, instead of dwelling on all the poop we ate I focus on procuring quality fish for my family. Yes, I said poop, read on…

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Say goodbye to your medicine cabinet.

thieves-oilDo you hate taking medication? The long list of unfamiliar ingredients labeled on most medication bottles is scary. Now that I have a baby who may at some point deal with symptoms I need to be prepared. After researching natural cold and flu remedies, I have the Single Best Solution for you and your family.

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Don’t get stuck in a rut with your baby…

LucieDrivingMy little Lulu just turned 7 months and she is mobile, which is fantastic for her development. She’s crawling, standing and going up the stairs and boy is she quick! Moms, please don’t keep your babies cooped up in car seats, strollers, swings and wraps all day. They need to move and explore, of course at only a few weeks old most of their movement occurs while you’re holding them, but that’s better than no movement at all. I discovered early on that sometimes babies need a few minutes to transition from being in your arms to laying on an activity mat. Lucie would fuss for a few minutes, so I would sit with her until she became interested in the lights, sounds and toys on her mat. Then I’d sit on the couch and let her play.

Try these tips to keep things fun for your little one…

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