Truth

Truth is

Through a looking glass it looked pristine

It was everything I wanted

I needed

Truth is

I gave my all

Truth

I lost myself in your presence

I wanted to be everything you wanted

Truth is

I lost myself while she lie in my womb

She changed me

Grasping for air to find my identity

Lost in my own

New territory for two souls who barely knew one another

How could you see

Intimidated by the re-wire of my cerebrum

Frantically fighting to find myself

Truth

A new soul transformed without constraint

Falling into a new shell

A new bond

A new environment

Uncharted waters drowning amongst ourselves

Alkali metal infused with water

Flowing best it could

No fault

Darkness fell over your heart

Your eyes clouded with a film

Always together regardless

Bound by love

The most beautiful angel to envision

Truth is

Giving up without choice hurts

Truth

Agonized by the deceit

The truth only we know

Truth is

You never truly knew me

Truth

True love is not so easy to let go

Truth is

Love is truth and sees through all obstacles and elements

Forbidden love worth fighting for

Broken by fear

Truth

When she laughs I hear you

Truth is

She looks at me and I see you

Love forever ineradicable

Truth is

You’ll never see my truth

The way I loved you truly

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The Beauty of Battle

Strength is something we don’t realize we have until we are put in a situation where we have to find it or perish.  Daily challenges make us stronger and because of these challenges we grow, we evolve.  When we go through a difficult trial we are forced to cope.  We fight through the layers of emotion.  In the fight our body, mind, and spirit are tested.  It is only in the chaos of the battle that we are truly able to mold ourselves into a stronger, wiser, more enriched embodiment.  It is only in the battle that we find our true self.  Be grateful for strife because without it we wouldn’t flourish into the beautiful souls we are.  This is the beauty of battle…

A sharp pain in my lower abdomen kicked in and I knew it was time.  At 11 PM contractions hit and I couldn’t help but feel a sense of urgency, excitement, and fear of what to expect…

I decided to wait it out as long as possible because I knew once I got to the hospital I would be bound to a bed and as uncomfortable as the contractions were when they started I knew they would be worse laying down.  I told my husband to read the bit of information for the support partner in What To Expect When You’re Expecting.  I grabbed an exercise ball and started rolling around on it like a walrus rolls around on dry land… or that’s how I felt.

I’ve always loved a challenge and mostly charged anything that scared me in the past but this fear was a completely different feeling than I had ever felt before.  Knowing that a human is about to come out of your “flower”  is SCARY!  I was terrified and rightly so.

My husband reassured me at the time that it was probably just braxton hicks (false labor or mild cramps) which is just your body’s way of preparing you for the real deal.  I reassured him it was time and I was going to take a shower and take my time… fix my hair and makeup.  Yes,  as laughable as it is,  I thought I could look good during childbirth.

I made it through the shower and I actually did curl my hair but the makeup didn’t make it on.  The contractions were too strong at this point to comfortably stand up straight.  It gets to a point where you have to hold on to a counter or anything to brace for each contraction.  The best way to describe this feeling for men (someone kicks you right in the balls) – women (a period cramp straight from the underworld intensified times ten).  We grabbed our bags and hopped in the car en route to the hospital.  In this moment I was very excited and anxious.  I couldn’t wait to meet our tiny little human.

At the hospital they make you fill out paperwork which is just so enjoyable when you feel like a knife is going through your cervix but yes I would LOVE to thank you.

The hospital room was very cold and uncomfortable.  I asked the nurse if I could use the bathroom just to buy some time.  I locked the door and paced back and forth as long as I could until the pain hurt to the point where I was doing this awkward shuffle or dance that you would see someone do if their crotch was on fire.  The nurse came in and hooked up an IV and my contractions were also being monitored on what looked to be a richter scale.  The waiting game had begun.

I wanted to have my baby naturally and without any pain medication.  Most women would “like” this but reality is you don’t know what to expect until you’re going through it.

Six hours in and I asked for the IV pain medication which you can only have every 2 hours.  When that hit I felt nauseous but it helped with the pain from the contractions.  At this point I thought to myself, ” I got this.  This isn’t so bad.”

An hour passed and close to the end of the second I asked for another dose.  The second dose helped but it wasn’t killing the pain like the first.  Two hours later couldn’t come fast enough and I asked for another dose.  This time it didn’t help but I didn’t want to give up the fight and get the epidural yet.  I was determined to make it through without an epidural mostly because I already had lower back pain and heard the epidural could make it worse.

Ten hours in and this sharp pain hit right above my left hip in the pelvis.  It was immobilizing. I tossed from left to right and dug my thumb in to see if it would relieve the pain and it didn’t.  I was breaking.  I laid on my right side to try to alleviate the left hip and dug my head under a pillow and cried.  I felt completely hopeless at this point.

My Aunt who had already went through this three times before looked at the computer to my right and let me know the contractions were only hitting at 25% meaning they were going to get much much worse.  I immediately asked for the epidural in a panic.

The nurse asked everyone to leave the room and a doctor came in to administer the epidural.  I was asked to sit up on the edge of the bed and not to move.  My contractions were unbearable at this point but the thought of the needle slipping and hitting my spine or a nerve from a movement and paralyzing me kept me from moving.  I closed my eyes and faced the ground and cried almost to a point of defeat.  I was upset that I couldn’t hold out without the epidural.  I felt that I had let myself down.  After they were done I resumed back in my position as before and they checked my vitals to make sure everything was ok.  The nurse wrapped a device around my stomach to monitor the baby’s heartbeat.  I was still trying to lay on my right side because the sharp pain over my left hip worsened.  The epidural helped with my contractions but not the new sharp pain.  The nurse had a concerned look on her face and then let me know the baby’s heart rate was dropping.  She then asked me to lay flat on my back to see if we could get it back up.  When I repositioned the sharp pain got worse and I cried in pain.  The baby’s heart rate picked back up on my back so I had to deal with the pain. I asked for another epidural.  They administered it and yet I still felt everything. It didn’t take.  At this point I was going to have to deal with the pain.

I was told my doctor was still in surgery with another mother but would be done shortly…

My contractions were now at 100%.  Each hit was a blow to my spirit.  I felt like I was getting beaten down by a force I had no strength to fight at this point.  That’s it.  I was over it.  I made my mind up that I couldn’t take anymore and I was pushing whether they liked it or not.

I told my husband to prepare to catch the baby because I was pushing, doctor or not.  My Aunt ran to get the nurse to let her know of my decision.  My mom sitting to the left in the room with tears in her eyes and a helpless and frantic look.  My husband calm and cool kept monitoring my vitals and providing me with ice chips when needed.

I sat up and started pushing.  I couldn’t believe how much pain I was in.  It was unbearable but I was bearing it and at this point all I could think was let’s get this over with.

My body was exhausted.  I was overheating and started feeling sick.  The nurse came in and set everything up and told me when to push.  I pushed and felt like I had to throw up so my husband gave me a bag to throw up in.  I would push and then throw up.  I yelled, “Get this thing out of me!” (at the time we didn’t know the sex which is why thing was appropriate).  I yelled again, “Cut it out”.  These were cries of pure desperation.  After an hour had passed I broke: spirit, mind, body.  I was done.  “You can see the head!” said my Aunt.  I cried uncontrollably.  My Aunt grabbed my shoulder and said, “You can do this!  Don’t give up.  You have to do this!”  The nurse stepped in and said you have to pull it together the baby’s heart rate keeps dropping.  My husband on the left with a calm voice said, “She’s right there! I can see her.  Just one more push!” The fear of losing my child set in and I focused on everyones words.  I straightened up and followed commands.  All I could think was that I might lose my baby.  I prayed in hopes that the baby would be ok. The sharp pain above the left hip was stronger than ever and yet I ignored it to focus on pushing. The doctor stepped in and placed both hands in and pushed down.  A hard stretch and I came off the table in agony.  He then had to cut down to help the baby come out.  He asked for the Kiwi which is a suction device.  He placed it below and told me to push.  I took a deep breath and used every ounce of strength I had left.  The doctor saw a dark purple head and then a cord wrapped around the neck.  The heart rate dropped.  The doctor tried to get his finger under the umbilical cord but couldn’t because it was pulled too tight.  He looked up and asked me to breath out slowly and that loosened the cord enough for him to lift it up and over the head.  The remainder of the cord was wrapped around the tiny body.

Looking in the mirror hanging from the ceiling I could see a little purple body come out. “You have a little girl!”  the doctor said. No cries.  I was horrified that she wasn’t breathing.  Finally a slight movement from her little arms.  The doctor allowed my husband to cut the umbilical cord.  I felt them lay her body on top of mine and I felt her tiny belly, arms, legs, toes.  The feeling at that moment truly is indescribable.  My eyes were closed and I just held her close to me and said to my husband, “Look what we did!”

My introduction to motherhood was more difficult than I could have ever imagined.  I looked at this blessing that I just worked so hard to get and praised the heavens for her life.  Two big beautiful eyes stared up at me as she fed for the first time and my whole being was flooded with more love than I had ever felt before.  My tiny miracle.  She was perfect.  Nothing else at that moment mattered.  I forgot about the pain and just marveled over God’s creation.  Perfect marvel.

The most difficult and painful time in my life gave me the most beautiful and fascinating gift.  The miracle of life.  The beauty of the battle.

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Love my 3-in-1 Handmade Maternity Kaftan

So in love with my new maternity kaftan that I had to share…

This 3-in-1 floral dress can be used as a hospital gown, feeding gown, or beach cover-up and the pockets are a plus!

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I originally purchased it because I wanted a unique hospital gown for the delivery of my first baby.

The back fully snaps open for epidural access which makes it the perfect attire for labor.  I chose the darker color just in case anything got on the dress so it wouldn’t be seen.

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There are easily accessible sleeve snaps on both arms for breastfeeding and pumping.

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The draw sting is perfectly placed as well to accentuate your adorable bump.

The designer Ruchi was very thoughtful and sent a personalized note with the dress along with a cute matching bag to stow it.

You can find my exact dress on Etsy by clicking this link: ComfyMommy

Many blessings to all the mommies to be!

5 Products You Can’t Live Without During Pregnancy

Here are 5 products I personally have used every single day throughout my pregnancy that have helped me significantly…

(TO PURCHASE MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS SIMPLY CLICK THE PICTURES DISPLAYED BELOW)

heating pad

The Magical Heating Pad $16.86

As your baby grows the weight pulls on your back causing mild to severe back pain.  Towards the end of the day after being active or on your feet you’ll feel more tension.  As a Flight Attendant earlier in my pregnancy I traveled with this baby everywhere!  It is lightweight and the perfect size.  When bed time hits I use my heating pad to relax my muscles and soothe my pain.  This also helps me to fall asleep faster.  I would recommend this smaller size pad for travel purposes.  I like the 2 hour shut off as well because I fall asleep and prefer it to turn off automatically.

Rad Roller Kit

The Rad Roller Massage Kit $158

I am obsessed with this!  I have a pinched nerve that kills me and this kit works it out fast.  It is a do it yourself kit that relieves any kind of body pain you can think of.  When you have a spouse, support partner, or friend that sucks at massages but wants to help ease your pain they will transform into a professional massage therapist with the help of these tools.  Cures muscular pain, promotes healthy blood flow, clears toxins, hits trigger points, and helps mobilize joints.  I quit going to the chiropractor after I bought this.  If the full kit is over your price range you can buy the items separately tailored specifically to your problem areas.  Just do it and thank me later.

Olive oil

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil $12

Believe it or not Olive Oil will save the day whether you are avoiding burning a dish while cooking in the kitchen or avoiding stretch marks.  Save your money on all the crap they try to sell you to avoid stretch marks and just go to your kitchen and lather on Olive Oil.  Seriously.  I use this after I get out of the shower on all the parts that grow during pregnancy and have yet to see one stretch mark.  This bottle will last you a long time too.  Also a safe lubricant.

Exercise Ball

Exercise Ball AKA Birthing Ball $23.56

If you are on bed rest or just can’t get comfortable anywhere else this gem will be your best friend.  You can roll back on it for an extended back release.  I use it for a cushioned seat when hard surfaces have strained my back.  Another great method is to get on your knees and place both forearms on the ball rolling forward just enough for support and to give your belly room to hang.  This gives your back a break and also helps with those strong rib kicks or uncomfortable baby positions which can reposition the baby for the meantime.  I got the 75cm size because I’m 5’8” and I liked that better but if you’re shorter you may prefer the smaller size.

Not only will this help you throughout your entire pregnancy it can also help with contractions and much more…

  • Increases blood flow to the uterus, placenta and the baby.
  • Can relief spinal pressure.
  • Will provide comfortable support for your knees and ankles.
  • Will give counter-pressure to the perineum and thighs.
  • The upright posture works with gravity which will encourage the descent of the baby.
  • You can make different moves and still rest by leaning forward, pelvic rocking, swaying, doing hip circles and figure eights and of course gently bouncing to help move the baby down.
  • Can increase the pelvic outlet as much as 30%, which also encourages baby’s descent.
  • One of the most important benefits of using birth ball during your pregnancy is positioning baby in the right position right before the birth. Birth ball is very useful for that.

I like to jam out to Pandora and bounce on it for fun like I’m a kid again.  I realize I’m a dork but being pregnant you will get tired of staying home and eventually go stir crazy.  YOU NEED THIS TOY.  You can exercise with this after the baby is born and it can be utilized when the baby gets older – what kids doesn’t enjoy playing on these including you!?

Juicer

SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST: A Juicer $144.95

This bad boy is the number one juicer on Amazon at the best price.  Why you ask?  You can put whole fruit in it along with whole vegetables like beats and apples without having to take the additional time to cut or prep.  I am a huge advocate for juicing.  I cured myself of sinus infections, anemia, morning sickness, nausea, and drowsiness by juicing.  Say bye to your pregnancy drowsiness.  With the right ingredients you can have the same effect of 3 shots of espresso with no come down like coffee. Using vegetables, herbs, and fruit will give you a natural high and an immediate shot of nutrients and vitamins through to your bloodstream.  Your body doesn’t have to break down the food which is why juicing is so effective and you can feel the immediate reaction.  I LOVE JUICING!  It helps with so much more as well: bloating, digestive problems, diabetes, acne, and weight loss… the list goes on and on.  95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables.  This alone is enough of a reason to juice while pregnant and even after or for the rest of your life!  This ensures a healthy baby and pregnancy.  A healthy mama equals a healthy baby.  #JuiceDoIt

Sending lots of love, light, and blessings to all the future mommies to be.  I hope this helps you like it has helped me through my full term!

Love on a scale from 1 to 10

Love cannot be quantified.

I’ve learned more about love since I’ve met my husband than I had in the previous years of my life.  Marriage is a quick way to learn true love, unconditional love, selfless love, and a love for all those tiny things that “drive you crazy” but at the end of the day you wouldn’t have it any other way.  A wise man once told me, “Don’t go for the one you want go for the one that makes you better.”  I listened and I am glad I did because in the end they are the one you want…

I truly believe there are no coincidences in life that they are signs.  Here are some signs that gave me assurance that he was “the one”.

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Pictured above is my wish locket.  Most of you don’t understand the meaning behind the name DjOneChain – Dj because of my love for music and in a sense I look at myself as a virtual Dj and the one chain symbolizes my wish lockets throughout my life.  I have had unbelievable success with wish lockets.  One day I hope to design my own line of wish lockets.  I want to share with others this gift of hope and faith in this supernatural realm that we take for granted.  Wishes backed by faith, imagination, and passion.   Since I was 8 years old I would write down my wishes on a tiny peace of paper, fold it up, and place it in the locket around my neck.  They would ALWAYS come true.  The picture above is a wish I wrote down on September 22nd of 2014 which was exactly 7 days before I met my now husband for the first time.  7 being unique because 7 is my lucky number.  It’s the time I was born, the day I was born, and there are many other synchronicities that make it special.

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– I wish I will get the job at Delta (I am now a Delta Flight Attendant)

– I wish for the highest level of enlightenment (I am having my very first baby)

– I wish to use my site and business a platform for him (Everyday)

– I wish for love and happiness (I got everything I wished for)

– I wish for a man I can’t live without that puts God first and loves me unconditionally and will be a good dad to our children (My husband came into my life just 7 days after this wish was written.  I couldn’t have asked for a more loving and caring companion)

The first time I was introduced to my husbands parents his mom kept asking his father to play her late mother ‘s favorite song on the piano.   After dinner he did and I immediately knew it was God who brought us together and that he was the one. The song was only one of 3 that I sing when I come home to see my granny.  She would always ask me to sing for her when I would come home to the farm to visit.  It just so happened that earlier that year before I left for my Guatemala mission trip I sang the exact song his father played for me that night for my granny at church, There’s Something About That Name, an old church hymnal.  That night his father and I got to sing that song together and I can’t tell you what I felt inside… words cannot give it justice.  All I knew is that I was exactly where I was supposed to be in that exact moment in time.


There are many more reasons why I married my husband and why he was the “one” who makes me better:

He puts my needs above his own

He teaches me unconditional love

He never gives up

He is my teacher

He is slow to anger

He is patient

He is my lighthouse

Each struggle we go through makes us stronger.  Each obstacle we overcome makes us more grateful for one another.  Each day I find myself falling for him more and when he’s not looking staring at that gorgeous profile just a little longer than the day before.

There’s no such thing as a perfect relationship.  You work through hard times to appreciate the good.  You sacrifice.  You open yourself up each day exposing all your vulnurabilities molding this beautiful work of art called love.
Throughout my previous relationships I´ve asked the same question,  ¨How much do you love me on a scale from 1 to 10.¨ The answers varied but none were as special as his.

His Answer(s) –

“10 is too restrictive of a scale – I can’t quantify my feelings for you in a number with only two digits. The scale to which compare is likened to the ever-expanding universe.”

1) 10 is too restrictive of a scale – I can’t quantify my feelings for you in a number with only two digits. The scale to which compare is likened to the ever-expanding universe.
2) On a scale from 1 to 10 I love you in quantities comparable to how much helium has escaped into the atmosphere.
3) On a scale from 1 to 10 I love you in quantities comparable to the length at which all vascular systems of all plants that have ever been on earth would amount to if adjoined in a straight line.
4) On a scale from 1 to 10 I love you in quantities comparable to the distance traveled of every photon that has ever bounced off the face of the earth from the sun.
5) On a scale from 1 to 10 I love you in quantities comparable to the total number of grains of sand.
6) On a scale from 1 to 10 I love you in quantities comparable to the total number of stars in the sky.
7) I love you as much as the sun loves hydrogen
I do love you, babe 🙂 The sun can’t survive without hydrogen. ¨

– Mark

***Feel free to take these one liners to the bank boys… they are sure to win the heart of your lady.

Happy Father’s Day to “the one” God blessed me with on my journey.  I am so grateful for all that you do for our little family.  I love you more than you can quantify and cannot wait to welcome our baby wiggler to the world!  You are going to be an amazing father just like yours.

3 Stories That Prove Juicing Is The New “Cure All” Antibiotic

Mother nature, God’s medicine, a cure better than any antibiotic.  The organic fountain of youth.

Juicing is great because your body doesn’t have to break down the food to process it.  All the good stuff is immediately absorbed into your bloodstream making it the fastest method of nourishment.


1)  About 2 years ago my body started shutting down on me.  I was exhausted at work.  My immune system was weak from working long hours during week days and trying to keep up an active social life on the weekends.  I kept getting sinus infections and after a trip to the emergency room, a close call with bronchitis, and one too many doctor bills I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Tossing the prescription to the side I researched holistic home remedies to cure myself from my sinus infection.  I looked up the antibiotics prescribed for sinus infections which most of the time would be amoxycillin or the z-pak (azithromycin).  I learned everything I could about what causes sinus infections and how to prevent them.  The strongest natural cure that was mentioned in mostly every article was garlic. Seemed simple enough so I decided to put it to the test.  I started juicing vegetables that would help build my immune system to fight against any future illness and added garlic to the mix to kick this bad bacteria.

***Garlic’s antimicrobial action is comparable to that of standard antibiotics. It eats away at the bacteria that causes the common cold, sinus infections, and bronchitis.  Anything that settles in your chest can be exterminated over time depending upon the severity of your illness by this herb.

I remember my first time using a juicer.  I chopped up every vegetable in the fridge I could get my hands on: celery, beets, carrots, kale, spinach, ginger, garlic, and squeezed lime juice in to help it go down a little easier.  I juiced about a coffee cup full.  Not even 10 minutes after the ingredients hit me stronger than cuban coffee.  It was as if I had just downed 3 shots of espresso.  I had a burst of energy I had never felt before but unlike coffee no come down.

Just like you take an antibiotic once a day you have to juice daily and especially if you are just starting out or fighting against an illness.

After just 2 weeks of juicing I had cured myself of my sinus infection.

This was not my only issue.  I also had chronic IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and suffered from anemia which were also cured through juicing.

I took my illnesses into my own hands and made myself responsible for my health.

Through studying more about holistic approaches to a healthier lifestyle I came across colonics as an option to aid my IBS.

I learned more from Tanya, owner of A Touch From Heaven, about health than I had from any doctor or online source.

To cure my IBS I had to start taking a probiotic and digestive enzyme after every meal.  This welcomed good bacteria back into my colon which not only helped cure my IBS but also helped get my immune system back to normal.

***Juicing Papaya, watermelon, apples, and pears also helps cure constipation naturally.

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your GI tract aka colon?

That’s right.  The food you eat aids in your digestion, your immune system, your health.  Food can be your medicine or your poison. Making sure you cut out processed food with preservatives and chemicals is CRUCIAL to your overall health and well being.

Don’t expect to learn this from your local physician.


2)  My step dad is diabetic.  He was recently diagnosed with throat cancer.  After a successful surgery they cut out some lymph nodes, his tonsils, a fist and a half sized mass, and a nerve that touched it.  They had him on a renal diet because his kidneys aren’t in good condition.  After the surgery they tried to give him ice cream with high fructose corn syrup, milk, sugar, and artificial colors.  High fructose corn syrup contributes both to diabetes and cancer.  As repulsive as this was I realized I couldn’t be mad at the nurses nor the doctors for this.  After all, the hospital is a business and they make money off of illness not health. Why not aid in what caused their misery in the first place. Maybe unbeknownst to them.

Now to be fair people are responsible for their own health and should be held accountable for what they put into their body.  It’s up to us all to educate ourselves on everything we put into our body.  It’s just unfortunate that hospitals do not follow an organic or healthy diet for patients.  The meals served are not always going to be tailored to the patient.

Since the surgery I’ve been able to juice fruit and vegetables to help his recovery.  After the surgery he was not able to eat any solid foods nor keep a whole lot down so it was imperative to get in the nutrients and vitamins needed through juicing.  His health is improving and I am focused on strengthening his immune system and making sure nothing settles in his chest.  The next step for him will be radiation treatments in which juicing will be even more important because a constant source of nutrients and vitamins will be pivotal for his recovery and over all well being.


3)  The Cure All: a holistic approach to the common cold, flu, virus, chest congestion, allergies, sinuses. You name it! #1 go-to and best of all it’s tasty enough for the little ones. Ingredients: 18 cloves of garlic 10 lemons 15 mango leaves 1 full bottle of honey to make: Boil the above ingredients strain then add the honey. One spoon full in the AM & PM.

This simple yet potent mixture cured a WHOLE children’s home of a virus in 3 DAYS!  The same children’s home I volunteered at last summer.  The only legal refuge in Coban, Guatemala that houses 31 children ranging 3 to 23 years old saved from abuse, neglect, and malnutrition.  The mother of the home said she learned of this natural remedy through the native people in the mountains of Coban.


One repetitive complaint I hear from most when this lifestyle is introduced as an option, “Eating organic is too expensive!”  So are doctors.

Would you rather stay dependent on your antibiotics or cut your doctors visits in half pocketing all of the money you would spend on an annual sinus infection, cold, flu, or virus or avoid all of that through a healthier diet?!  There are plenty of holistic alternatives and juicing I have personally found to be the most effective.

SUPER FOODS I JUICE FAITHFULLY

(I choose organic to avoid pesticides or contaminated fruit and veggies and it tastes better)

  • Garlic: It’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. You should be eating garlic every day. One of the best things about garlic is that bacteria, viruses, and yeast build up no resistance to it, unlike with synthetic antibiotics. Fights against bacterial infections that lead to colds, sinus infections, strep throat, and other viruses.  You only need 1 or 2 cloves max per juice.
  • Ginger: An anti-inflammatory, which makes it a valuable tool for pain relief.  A natural cure for nausea, IBS, menstrual cramps, indigestion, acid reflux, fights cancer, and helps with blood circulation just to name a few.  Best way to measure this is by cutting half a thumb size to juice.  It’s spicy!
  • BeetsIf you are anemic or just need additional iron this is a great way to supplement that.  This is also a great stamina booster wonderful to drink pre workout.  Beets fight against cancer, inflammation, and blood clots.  Be careful of juicing more than 1 or 2 beets a day due to high fiber content or you will suffer from what I like to call “the beet squeet”.
  • Apples: This is great to throw in not only for taste but for weight loss.  They fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and are a great alternative to caffeine for the morning pick me up.  “Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits there is,  so if you’re planning to eat more apples, make them organic.”
  • Kale: An excellent source of Magnesium which promotes a healthy immune system.  Strengthens bones, helps with stress, constipation,
  • Spinach: Also great for anyone who suffers anemia.  It’s high iron content makes it a necessity.  Spinach inhibits the intake of calcium meaning it’s great to eat this while taking a calcium supplement.  I have replaced lettuce on my sandwiches or in my salads with spinach to incorporate more in my diet.
  • Pears: Helps promote weight loss, fights against cancer, and boosts your metabolism and improves your heart health.  Pears also taste great juiced.
  • Carrots: Add this to sweeten your juice.  Carrots aid in cancer, heart disease, vision, and brain health.

I like to sprinkle Cayenne pepper on the top of each juice to add that extra kick, clear my sinuses.  It helps with allergies as well as juicing in cilantro.

Squeeze in lime juice to cover the taste and help it go down smoother if you’re a newbie.

Lastly, check out this awesome site EWG <– it calculates on a simple scale from 1 to 10 all the products in your pantry from best to worst.  Their criteria is based on Nutrition, Ingredients, and Processing.   Prepare to be blown away.  

Bendiciendo A Los Niños (Blessing The Children)

We are born into this world pure.  Each infant a vision of perfection and a gift from the heavens above.  A blessing for eternity.

Now that I received that blessing and am about to give birth to my first born child I have this overwhelming desire to not only give this new creation life but to also give it mine.  A love that is so strong and a bond that will forever be unbroken.

Some children are lucky and are born to families that can’t wait to secure this newborn in their arms.  Not all have the perfect vision of a loving family. Some accepted by just their mothers, just their fathers, or worse neither and abandoned with no understanding, no love, no family…

Luckily, there are millions of families out there that so badly want to be granted the privilege to become a mother or father to a child who would otherwise have no one.  A beautiful duty that many take for granted.

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I’m honored to personally know one family above, Star and Kyle McGee, who were high school sweethearts dating 9 years and now married for 6.  This couple exemplifies true love. They have been trying to create their own child for the past 4 years but to no avail.  Adoption seemed like the best shot they had to become the parents they always dreamed of but the agencies were too expensive.  They decided to give it to God and just last week were selected by one of the birth moms who is pregnant with TWINS!

Let’s help bless these unborn twins with a loving and caring home.  Help Star and Kyle raise the funds they need to complete their fairytale!

Help by sharing their story and donating what you can here: Bringing Home Baby McGees – Star & Kyle McGee Adoption Fund

I pray that they reach their goal so they can bless the children with an eternal family full of love which is what every child deserves.

Oh “Snap! Orlando” did it again

PICTURE this: A fusion of light and movement through projection art curated by the most forward thinking digital artists, designers, and filmmakers.

Snap! Orlando brought out the big beamers outshining any other art show I’ve been able to venture to. An exhibition that will make any normal person turn into a photomaniac over night.  BYOB Orlando (Bring Your Own Beamer) was a one night event that left me wanting more.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the night with a brief description of the interactive play…

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A morphing algorithm allowing the background to change shapes and colors in a mesmerizing way.  

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This interactive installation and cymatics projection involved a whole lot of work behind the scenes.  Basically this awesome tech guru, Ginger, used a programming language known as Processing to create a code that would analyze color change through audio from this other artist’s GIF which in turn would send out a frequency to a speaker which activated cymatic visuals ending up as a lovely projection of light reflecting off the surface of the water showcasing patterns of sound vibrations.

A better breakdown of this masterpiece and artist check out: SPECTRE’M

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A beautifully crafted GIF with downward facing rotating psychedelic planes. IMG_5835

Interactive motion sensored Van Gogh. Yes please.

Before you shed a tear check out BYOB Orlando and SNAP! Orlando which will fulfill all your wildest dreams and satisfy your artist fixation one by one.

Profresh Photo Cred: Mark 

“It”

I’m always up for the next big adventure and my next one includes a baby aka “it” – for now.

My husband and I decided to wait until “it’s” born to find out the sex because I’m sure you’ll agree that there are very little surprises in life and what an amazing one this will be.  We also decided to keep the name(s) to ourselves because lets face it… opinions from others on our future “it” is better left unsaid.

What an amazing experience this pregnancy has been.

The first trimester (3 months) was about as pleasant as sitting on a cactus.  Your hormones are all over the place.  Annoyed* is your newfound adjective. You basically eat to “toss your salad”. Oh and you have now acquired a newfound super power (sense of smell) that gives you the nose equivalent to that of a Bloodhound. Prepare to smell everyone’s stink and turn your head when they speak to you directly or carry tic tacs on hand prepared for battle.

Before you swear off having children there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The second trimester…

So far (knock on wood) this has been smooth sailing thanks to an amazing husband and support from great friends and family.

My appetite has picked up quite a bit with pickles, strawberries, ice cream, burgers with bacon and other weird cravings on the weekly grocery list.

My body has changed a little. I have always been active and into running and swimming so the bun in the oven is baking in a small space, thankfully.

The first movements are weird… at first you may think you have gas bubbles but it’s the peanut swimming and squirming in its little oasis. They become more prevalent as you grow and you’ll get a strong karate kick or jab here and there. I notice it more before bed and after eating spicy foods or when I listen to dope beats (a musician in the making).

I also like to be completely honest about the experience of having your first child… it’s really scary, weird, and amazing all at the same time. I mean, you start thinking about what’s taking place in your body and the fact that you will have actual food for your newborn coming straight from your bosom. It’s weird. My husband asked why I thought it was weird and my explanation was this, “Could you imagine having milk streaming from any of your body parts?” Mmhmm weird.

I am so thankful though for this weird but amazing experience God has granted us. It is a blessing to even be able to conceive and I cannot wait to hold this life in my hands that I am growing inside of me and will be able to bring into this world. It is truly a miracle in the making.

The first time I saw my sonogram my husband and I were doing missionary work in Guatemala. A Cuban doctor took me in and showed us on the screen what looked to be a small human like formation that was intense to see for the first time. You process the fact that there is a human growing inside of you that will be the most important part of your life. There is no better feeling in the world. (Side note: a sonogram that cost us $27US)

My priority now is to live a life that I would want my child to live. My goal is to be what I want it to be and I want it to see what I want it to be. You feel me?

People say they will change their lifestyle when they have a child but I believe you should start emulating the character you want to see in your future children before you conceive. Simply put, the “do as I say not as I do” is out and the “do as I do” is in; A simple goal for us to strive for paving a brighter future for our children, their children, and ourselves.

Oh and please feel free to share any advice for the “it” in the making by leaving a comment. I love hearing stories from other parents and what helped them make their life a bit easier before, during, and after birth: Books, strollers, holistic alternatives for babies and all that jazz.

Ps.  A time capsule message for my little angel ❤

“Your father and I cannot wait to meet you, see your first steps, watch you grow and learn, and show you all the beauty the world has to offer.  Your daddy touches your little cocoon/ my belly once a day just to let you know he’s there. We look forward to showing you an abundance of love that will be with you long after we are gone. You will be our greatest creation yet.”

Featured Artist: Baowolf

Creeping up on the music scene is this newbie with fresh beats Baowolf!

His sounds are chill synths with an electronic flare.  This underground artist is pretty hard to track due to the rookie status but I see a bright future ahead for this producer.  All I know is that his name is Will.  He likes pizza and beats so he must be cool.  Not to mention has an amazing ear for the creation of new sounds which is what I personally crave.

Show Baowolf some love and help share the tunes!

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