Inspirational People in Life {Born This Way}

Positive and inspiring people can change your whole outlook on life. If you choose to surround yourself around these type of people, I firmly believe your day will go better. Life can throw many curve balls, and we have two choices once those curve balls hit us. The individual can drown their sorrows or develop ways to turn a negative into a positive.

Our L cannot eat food at the moment due to her having eosinophilic esophagitis. She lives 100% on a prescription formula. This has greatly changed our family dynamics in how we would do family adventures. We could choose to just stay in the house or do the opposite and create family adventures that inspire L and bring her delight. Believe me, it can get hard but we choose to surround ourselves with inspirational people. Friends will text L and myself to uplift us, encourage us, and pray for us. It really makes the days so much better.

I have teamed up with A&E Network to write about someone that inspires me. This would be Nan from A Mom Blog. This beautiful friend has been with us every step of the way since L’s diagnosis. She has been a longtime family friend but on an even more inspiring part, her family lives many states away from us. Despite the distance, the entire family inspires and loves on us. Our daughters are online best friends who we would like to reunite but distance and money have unfortunately prevented a reunion. L and Princess have not seen each other in person since 2012 but that does not stop them from sending text and skype messages to each other to encourage and inspire one another. Princess does not care that L is different. She sees past L’s disease and loves on her continuously. Nan has raised a wonderful daughter. Nan will pop up on my google chat each morning, or I will pop up on her google chat. Each weekday, we have a virtual 3:00pm tea time together. Our daughters laugh at us, but tea time really brings us great cheer and smiles. It’s uplifting and it gives us time to inspire and encourage each other if we are having a bad day or just need that little extra push to go out of our comfort zone. Nan and Princess, on behalf of A&E Network, we are sending you a $25 Target gift card so you both can pick you out a special gift for always inspiring us! We are grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives.

L and I would like to encourage you to watch a new season of an inspiring television show, BORN THIS WAY! The new season starts on July 26, 2016 on the A&E Network and will leave you feeling inspired and heart full after each episode. BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society’s expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.

Below, please find a clip that shares the heart and depth of this show. In this clip you will meet Rachel, one of the cast members. Rachel, like the rest of the young adults featured in this series is an inspiration – facing the challenges and obstacles of life with courage, grace, determination and love.

The show will easily become your new favorite television show! Please tune in Tuesday at 10EST/9CT.

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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with A&E Network. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Watch #DisneyParksLIVE ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular’ Fireworks

Yes, you read the headline correctly! Walt Disney World is letting fans at home enjoy the amazing new fireworks show at Hollywood Studios from the comfort of their home. Go ahead and set a reminder on your phone for July 18 at 9:20pm ET.

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The spectacular is the next generation of Star Wars-themed fireworks shows for the park. “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” dazzles with new themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the complete saga, all set to the unforgettable score of the film series.

Walt Disney World’s live stream of this new show will begin at 9:20 p.m. ET. You actually should set your reminder for 9:00pm ET to learn more about how the show was designed from the creators themselves!

So where do you go online to watch them? A blog post on Walt Disney World’s blog will contain the live stream feed. The post will be waiting at the top of the blog on July 18.

All Natural Eating Leads to Weight Loss

In January of this year, my youngest daughter started on a medical journey. It all shook us hard and made me take a close look at the food that was going into our bodies. When your child is diagnosed with a rare disease and it revolves around food, your life indeed changes.

This picture was from January of this year.

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This picture was from this past Saturday:

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Can you see the changes? M and I both have officially lost 20 pounds. I’m so proud of M for embarking on this healthy journey with me. Her blood pressure was 150 over 80 at the first of the year. This was not good at all. This past week, her blood pressure was 110 over 74. Isn’t that amazing? By now, you probably want to know what all we have changed in our diets.

First off, no drinks are allowed in the house. We all drink alkaline water that we purchase each week from our local health food store. Four gallons usually last us about 5 days. Other drinks of choice include boiling water for herbal teas and Madi will drink cold green tea as well.

Secondly, we eat all natural foods. No processed foods are allowed in the house. The diet we follow is more along the lines of the paleo diet. Giving up dairy was a big positive for me. After being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer earlier this year, I did my own research to see what could cause gastritis and bleeding ulcers. I am now gluten free and dairy free. I still drink my coffee each morning but add the SO Delicious Coconut Creamer. M and my husband still have some dairy, mostly in the form of different types of cheese. At first, I thought I would miss dairy but do not miss it.

Thirdly, fresh fruits and vegetables along with almonds are our go-to snacks. When I said “our”, I mean Madi and I. My husband is not a fan of fresh fruits of vegetables so his go-to snack is all natural peanut butter. If a day goes by without my natural roasted almonds, I start craving them. My sugar cravings are completely gone. It’s amazing, friends! Your body feels so much better and your overall mood toward life is much more positive.

Each week, I will buy blueberries, strawberries, apples, cucumbers, celery, and peppers. My weekend consists of cutting or chopping up the fruits and veggies to put them in individual containers so it is easy to go to the fridge for a snack. I cook from scratch three meals a day. You may say, “you are too busy to cook from scratch”, but that is not the truth. I work full-time, go to school, homeschool our girls, travel to lots of doctor visits and still find the time. Finding the time is key. Organize your week, meal plan and make the time.  Exercise is non-existent for me at the moment. This is where I need to do better and incorporate a type of exercise into my day. If I am lucky, I will squeeze in a walk in my neighborhood each week but it is definitely not on a regular basis. We do have a gym membership at my work that I really want to strive hard to use more.

With all that being said, just look at what eating healthy can do for your body. Get in the right mind-set and say you are going to do this for your family. Stop buying junk or processed foods. Don’t bring it into the house anymore. If you don’t buy it, your family will get in routine of eating healthier.

Let’s see what the next six months will bring for our family in our “more healthy” life journey.

Avoid These Oops Moments!

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. You go to wash the dishes and realize you used the last drop of the dish detergent last night. You reach for the next roll of toilet paper under the sink and get that uncomfortable feeling because you do not feel anymore toilet paper rolls. Your child gets sick in the middle of the night, so you go to wash the sheets and realize there is no more laundry detergent. We have all had these moments right?

Life gets busy. I get it. The grocery store list continues to grow by the inch, but if you don’t actually make it to the grocery store for a few days, the list just stays on the fridge. It is evident that you run out of the household essentials. I have a solution for you. Put a monthly reminder on your smartphone to order your household products from Walmart.com. All you have to do is click your mouse, add to cart, and check-out. The products will show up at your house and you will never have to experience that moment of oops anymore.

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All of the above products are available at www.avoidtheoops.com. Don’t struggle with the toddler on your hip or trying to fit in a quick run to the store. Visit online, shop, add to cart, and await your shipment. It is that simple.

Doing this will ensure that you will not be stranded in the bathroom, or have stinky sick sheets left on the laundry room floor. It’s easy to forget to purchase these type of items. I chalk it up to mom brain. Never fear though if you set your monthly cellphone alarm. As soon as the alarm goes off, go straight to Walmart.com and place your order.

There are many things as a mom that will cause us to worry. This leads to the gray hairs multiplying on the top of our head. Online shopping is one task that can take away extra stress or worries about stocking up on must-have household essentials. The shipment will show up at your door and you can enjoy more fun family time.

AvoidTheOops.com can provide you shopping fun in the following categories:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Baby
  • Bathroom

Happy shopping and enjoy living!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Biggest July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Planned at Tweetsie Railroad

4th_of_July_Celebration_at_TweetsieThe most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country will be even better this summer when Tweetsie Railroad celebrates America’s Independence Day and the anniversary of the park’s opening day. On Monday, July 4, 2016, North Carolina’s first theme park will stay open late to put on one of the High Country¹s most popular events, Tweetsie Railroad’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. The park will stay open until 9:00 p.m., and at 9:30 p.m. over 200 large caliber pyrotechnic mortar shells will light up the sky for all to enjoy. This year, even larger aerial pyrotechnics will be added to the show to make this the biggest-ever July 4th event at the theme park.

For those that want a VIP experience for the show, Tweetsie Railroad offers a premium viewing area that includes an optional dinner. A special chicken and barbeque buffet will be served in the Hacienda. VIP wristbands are available at the ticket office for $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12; kids 2 two and under are free.

There’s no better way to prepare the celebration than enjoying all the rides, live shows, and other attractions in the park. Spend the day at Tweetsie Railroad and take a ride on a train pulled by the legendary steam locomotives at Tweetsie Railroad. The unforgettable three-mile Wild West adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains is fun for the whole family. Visitors can visit the friendly animals at the Deer Park Zoo, see live performances and visit Miner’s Mountain to pan for gold or mine for gems.

Tweetsie Railroad opened to the public on July 4, 1957, with a one-mile train trip to a picnic area. Since then, the ride has evolved into an entire theme park, expanding the train trip to three miles and adding Wild West-themed attractions and activities. The theme park hosts special events throughout the year to the delight of rail fans, children and visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Parking is available during the Independence Day celebration for $10 per vehicle, with no charge for Golden Rail Season Pass holders. In the event of severe weather, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for July 5th. 

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2016 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE(877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie Railroad on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tweetsie and Twitter and Instagram.

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