Monday, May 06, 2013

The Artist's Daughter
(I'm on the MOPS Street Team)

I highly recommend this book!

It is a very inspiring story and a must read for all mothers!

I plan on passing this book around to share with all the book lovers I know!

Watch this special message from the author Alexandra Kuykendall

Like Alexandra's Facebook page and Follow her on
Twitter @alex_kuykendall. Get your own copy of The Artist's Daughter from Amazon or enter to win a free copy!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

If you didn't already know, both my children and I are Aspie's. We have Asperger's which is a form of High Functioning Autism. Today April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (wear Blue today) and the month of April is Autism Awareness Month. Please help raise awareness, feel free to snag any of the following pictures and post them to Facebook or on your own blog.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Riding the Train at the Mall
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My New Hobby, Crochet!
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

My mother taught me to crochet when I was 16. I made an afghan which took me a long time to complete and I didn't make anything else until now, 18 year later! Took me a bit to get the hang of it again but I'm enjoying myself! My first project was the "trial" pair of slippers for myself which I think turned out great! Then I made some for the kids! My daughter suggested I make more slippers and sell them and so "Mrs. Marine's Custom Crochet" was born. Visit the link for more details! I also have a Facebook page:

Cell phone purse (for when I walk to pick up my kids from school and I'm wearing a dress/skirt and don't have pockets)

Sissy's Miss-Matched Slippers (side medium)

My Slippers (size large)

Booboo's Slippers (size small)

I still have to make a pair for Hubby

UPDATE I forgot to add this in:

Granny Slippers also have "grippy" bottoms! This was done with silicone. I'm still looking for a spray-on stuff so I can easily cover more of the bottom but have yet to find what I want. This is my slipper, did this to my kids slippers also. My daughter said she doesn't like it because she cant "skate" in them anymore. Which is the whole point! It means their not slippery anymore!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Getting Personal - Menstrual Cups

*This is not a paid/advertisement post.*

Simply put, periods are not fun, it's not something I ever look forward to. I hate the tampon commercial with the slogan "Have a Happy Period". My period has always been longer than most lasting 7 days but over the last 2 years it's gotten longer... Yippie... Lasting 7-10 days and in the middle its very heavy...

In the beginning I used pads which I hated! Once I learned to use tampons that's what I suck with for lack of knowing another option. About a year ago I heard about Menstrual Cups.

What's that?:

From Wikipedia:
A menstrual cup is a flexible cup or barrier worn inside the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid. Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. They are usually made from medical grade silicone which is a safe and hypoallergenic material. Menstrual cups are more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly than tampons, as they are reusable, and can be used for up to 5-10 years. They have greater capacity than tampons, and can be emptied every 12 hours, unlike pads and tampons which require more frequent changing. A woman need only wear the one cup and clean and empty it at the end of the day rather than carrying several replacement pads or tampons. By keeping menstrual fluid away from the vaginal walls and vulva and unexposed to air, menstrual cups have less odor associated with their use than with the use of tampons or pads. When using a menstrual cup, the menstrual fluid is collected away from the cervix and held in liquid form as opposed to it being absorbed and held in semi-coagulated form against the cervix as is the case with tampons. More

My first initial reaction was "Yuck", I didn't want to have to empty it, clean it, Eww! So I dismissed it and kept using tampons. My cycles have been so screwed up lately that I kept looking for natural remedies to help and again stumbled upon Menstrual Cups and decided to do some research. If you really think about it (what a tampons made of), I'm sticking "that" up "there" is that really the greatest thing to be doing?

I remember seeing a forwarded email a few years ago about this...

I finally decided to try out a menstrual cup, there are a lot of different brands and types out there most look quite similar with only slight differences. There is one brand (SoftCup) that is disposable and different from the others. I don't think it looks like it would work as well as the others. You can order them online but I wanted to try to find it in a store, which was not easy... Other than the SoftCup which I didn't want. I finally found one in a Organic store and got the DivaCup brand. I started using it in December and I found I hate my period a little less. I have also learned a lot about my period since I started using the DivaCup. You may not want to know this, but when using a cup you are able to actually see (the cup has measurements on it for 1/4, 1/2, 1oz) the amount of your "flow". I learned mine is more than the norm... I have been keeping track of the amount, so if I decide to go talk to my Doctor again about my crazy periods I have a better frame of reference...

Why use a Menstrual Cup?
- You only need 1 cup & it last 10 YEARS = less waste!!!
- Wear up to 12 hours at a time
- Wear during ANY activity (sports, swimming, sleeping)
- Eliminate menstrual odor
- Be good to your body = no link to Toxic Shock Syndrome
- Save money $$$

Using a menstrual cup definitely takes some getting use to. I had a few leaks in the beginning and figured the cup must not be opening all the way or in the right position. The directions say to rotate it a full 360 degrees which I tried and I couldn't tell if I was turning it or not. I found if I move/wiggle the stem around a bit it helps the cup open all the way.

I bought mine several weeks before my period was supposed to start so I could practice getting it in and out without any mess, which I would strongly recommend. The best part, if I'm not going to be home, I don't have to take extras with me like with tampons & pads. Except for my 1 very heavy day I only have to empty it morning and evening. On my heavy day I empty it around noon. There is no "guessing game" with which absorbency to use at any given time like with using tampons & pads. Ever taken out a tampon that was dry after having it in for several hours? It does not feel good at all. I want to encourage all the women I know (who have periods) to use a menstrual cup. Do research for yourself, decide which brand you like the best and give it a try! I will never go back!

This is a really great page, lists the good and bad aspects of all the menstrual product options. Specifically the image below (screen shot taken from the page) lists how BAD tampons are for you (click it to make it bigger). Thanks Random

I also found another blogger who reviewed the Diva Cup, Olivia @ I am Still Learning

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Sissy Getting Her Ears Pierced
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

Sissy finally decided she wanted to get her ears pierced! She's 9 1/2




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Monday, March 04, 2013

Spa Like Treatments Right at Home
- Guest Post by Michelle Pino -

Like going to the spa, berries and chocolate are an indulgent treat. Combining both is even better. Indulging in a do-it-yourself berries and chocolate spa treatment like the ones we are offering at SkA:nA is the perfect way to imitate the vibrant glowing skin flaunted down the Oscar’s red carpet this year. Unlike the celebrities, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get gorgeous skin. You can keep both your arms and both your legs and pay very little out of pocket to make your entire body glow.

The following treatments are all natural, inexpensive and can be done in the convenience and comfort of your home.

Fruity Face Mask
Strawberries control oil balance in our skin naturally, which helps to prevent acne and breakouts. Honey hydrates, leaving skin feeling clean and smooth. The egg will hold the mixture together while the cocoa powder will act as the thickening agent.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

First Pair of Glasses
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

A few months ago my little girl got her first pair of glasses, she picked them out herself. She is in 4th grade, same grade I was in when I first got mine. My Mini-Me!

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Update 2013

Well, Hello there! How are you?
We are all good, not too much has changed around here. We are still in Hawaii (3 1/2 years now) and loving every minute of it! Ever since we hit the 3 year mark whenever I answer the question "How long have you been here?" I am immediately asked "Are you leaving soon?" because the average time at any duty station is 3 years. We will still be here for a while, we don't yet know when or where we will go next. I want to make the most of the remaining time we get to live on this beautiful island!

Hubby and I have finally taken up hiking! I was very hesitant at first I had not gone hiking since I was a teenager and it's majorly out of my comfort zone but I'm hooked! Whenever Hubby has a day off and the kids are in school we plan on going! We have only done 2 so far but plan on doing a few more next month! We have taken the kids on one easy paved hike so far. More details and pictures on all that later!

April is Autism Awareness month and
We (myself, hubs & kids) will all be participating in the Autism Walk which in Hawaii is on April 20th! I'm really looking forward to it, it will be our first year participating and I myself have never been involved in an event like that! I'm excited!
That's all the updates I have for now.

More soon!