Oh life, it's a ride for sure and always full of surprises. I have some personal stuff going on right now that will be taking up quite a bit of my time and energy for a little while. I have decided to take a couple weeks off from blogging until it gets all sorted out, which hopefully is sooner rather than later. I will be totally fine and I know everything not so great always has a silver lining. Plus I think I may have found the source of that weird persistent fever (that has decided to come back...such a little asshole that fever is).
In the meantime you can find me sharing mini life snippets and yummy recipes on Instagram (@delightedmomma)
Thank you all for always reading!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Tiny little succulents in my kitchen window. I found these cute mini ones at Lowes for a dollar each. Not a bad deal!
Flourless chocolate cupcakes with a Paleo "buttercream" matcha green tea frosting. They were so yummy and I plan on making them again for St. Patty's day.
Car races that the boys set up in their rooms every morning. I love eavesdropping and listening to them pretend they are racing real cars with gnarly sounding engines.
It finally rained in California! Too bad it only lasted about an hour though. And why do people (me included) go pigeon toed when taking pictures of their feet? Who knows but I always end up doing it.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I was recently sent this Abeeco Bee Venom Mask to try and I am totally hooked! I only ever give reviews on products that I think are amazing and this was exactly that.
Have you heard about this yet? It has become quite a hit as of recently since Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham have reported using this as part of their skin care routine. The mask plumps and firms the skin and lord knows this momma could use a little plumping every now and then! The Bee Venom contained in the mask works by fooling the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung. This in turn increases blood flow to your face and gives you the ultimate refreshed glow!
My husband was a little concerned when I told him what I was about to put on my face the first time I used it but I love trying new and different products so I slathered it on and let it work its magic. I did experience a slight tingling sensation but nothing painful or uncomfortable like an actual bee sting...haha that would be bad.
I also love that it is paraben free and some of the key ingredients are Manuka honey (SO good for your skin), shea butter, Vitamin C and lavender oil.
The Bee Venom is collected by expert New Zealand beekeepers. They follow ironclad guidelines to ensure that no bees are harmed during the extraction process.
Do you think this is something you would try? If you have tried this or something similar I would love to hear your opinion as well.
The Highs & Lows of Type 1 Diabetes: Common Statements/Misconceptions about Type 1 Diabetes That I Feel Compelled to Address
Monday, February 24, 2014
A semi weird picture of me but hey I have type 1 diabetes and this post is about that so it felt relevant.
I have heard it all and nothing really surprises me anymore. You can't really get mad at the people addressing the questions or statements because they are just simply uneducated with the world of type 1 diabetes and I prefer to give people the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this kinda stuff.
The following are either questions or statements that people have actually really said to me. I felt like it was important to clarify and address some of them.
1. "But you're not fat. How you do have diabetes?" I will never forget this question asked in high school by a boy a few grades older.
- Type 1 diabetics are not typically overweight. In fact when I was diagnosed (at age 7) I had lost 10 pounds. The media often portrays diabetics as being chubby little kids or overweight adults and that is because they are talking about type 2, which is different in terms of diagnosis and overall treatment. Type 2 is a growing epidemic because of horrible diets and obesity. Type 2 diabetes is actually preventable and reversable if diet and exercise are made a priority. Type 1 diabetes is not something that is curable...as of right now.
2. "I've heard diabetics do not live a very long life."
- I have heard that unhealthy people in general do not live a very long life. So if you are type 1 diabetic and not making your health a priority then yes, the odds are not in your favor. BUT if you are healthy and taking care of yourself and making your health a priority then you have an even better chance of living a full life just like anyone else. So may the odds be ever in your favor :)
3. "I am worried that you might not have healthy children because you are type 1 diabetic." Yes, this was really said to me by someone close.
- Type 1 diabetics do have a higher chance of miscarriages and complications BUT again if you make the health of you and your baby a full time priority for a full 9 months your odds of having a perfectly healthy baby are just as good as any one else's.
4. "Your medical bills and insurance must be so expensive!"
- Yep they are there is no way of getting around that. I am so thankful that I have a husband who makes me a priority and would do anything to make sure I have everything I need.
5. "Oh you're diabetic?! My Grandpa/Grandma had diabetes and lost their leg or went blind because of it!"
- Well thanks for that little story that I have heard a million times. To be honest, if you have diabetes complications it does not just happen over night. It takes years of neglect to get to that point. Diabetes medical advancements have also come a long way since any grandma or grandpa had it so that is also a plus.
If you have ever had someone ask or say something to you that made you say, "What?!" I would love to hear.
See all the posts of this series here.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Who knew starting a gallery wall and adding art around my home would be so expensive. I actually underestimated how much it would all cost until we moved into our new house. $50 here, $30 there and so on really started adding up and I reached a point where I needed to start getting a little more creative with how I was going about collecting art for my home.
I recently discovered two (awesome) ways to incorporate new art into my house that is beyond affordable.
1) Purchase white canvases from your local craft or framing store and paint something abstract or unique on it yourself. Small canvases will run anywhere from $5 to $10. My local framing store recently had a buy one get one free sale so I stocked up and got a great deal on a small little stack of canvases. My husband is actually the artistic one in the house so he already had all the acrylic paint. I simply drew out my designs with a charcoal pencil and they painted over the tracing with my paint. I could not have been more happy with how they turned out!
2) Search for art in thrift shops. If you can look past the ugly chipped frames and stained dusty dirty glass you can find some really incredible artwork! Re-framing a piece of beautiful art is easy so all you need is a little vision. You can also find great frames at thrift stores. So if you love the frames and don't love the art you can buy the frames and toss the art. Another thing to keep in mind is that most thrift shops have days where they have 50% off sales. So if you really want a great deal ask the shop when they are having a sale. Sometimes you can even negotiate if you talk to the right person. It never hurts to ask! I found the lion print above in a dusty corner of my local thrift shop. Originally it was in a really hideous black bamboo frame and the glass was stained and beyond dirty. It was something that could have easily been overlooked but I loved the print so much I snatched it up immediately. I paid $7 for it and walked out doing a little happy dance. The deer print was also a little gem that I found in a thrift shop. It was $3! I put both of them in simple black frames that I already had and they are perfect additions to Ronin's room. I will be continuing to scour my local thrift shops to find more fun pieces for my walls.
Do you have a favorite affordable source for finding great artwork? I would love to hear!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day! This is the first year since we have had kids that one of the grandparents actually volunteered to watch the boys so we could have a date! Thank you, Mom.
Here are a few latest life snippets according to my iPhone and Instagram (@Delightedmomma)...
- A little look into Ronin's room. I recently added a few new things and I am so happy with how it has all come together.
- A seriously awesome HomeGoods find that I just had to have for my kitchen. My husband on the other hand said it reminded him of a vegan eating, cat hoarding lady who lives alone in San Francisco. HAHA! I actually kind of liked that description so I kept it.
- My best friend of 15 years flew down from Hawaii this week and we had a catch up session over the best gluten free (that phrase is starting to bug me) pizza from Against The Grain. If your local heath food store carries it you must try it!
- Sunset view from our backyard. This scene will never get old.
- Waking up before anyone else and enjoying a up of coffee all my myself. Heaven.
- Last week when Max was not feeling the best his little brother was so worried. I snapped this sweet picture of Ronin giving Max a hug while he was sleeping. They are the best of pals.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
A reader recently asked me if I have ever experienced a "burnout," and if so how I got back on the right track. I loved this question and thought it was really important to address.
The answer is yes. I have most definitely experienced a diabetes burnout. It was when I was 18. I am sure everyones definition of what exactly a burnout means to them is slightly different but my definition of a diabetes burnout means you are just over it, and for a little moment in time you neglect your diabetes.
I moved out with my friend the week after I graduated high school. We got a little apartment in Huntington Beach where we were both going to school. Living on my own was exciting. I made a ton of new friends and started getting my self into a little trouble. Most of my friends were over 21 so I started drinking, staying out super late, eating horrible, testing my blood less frequently and "guessing" when it came to my insulin shots. I was a mess for a little bit there. I just wanted diabetes to go away and I was not dealing with it very well. I remember I would drink a few beers with my friends and then we would order a giant pizza and I would eat it just like I was a regular non diabetic girl. It started to become normal for me to go really high and then crash late at night. There was even a few times where I would get low in my apartment and realize I did not have any juice and had to get really creative with weird things in my cupboard or fridge. I just was not caring about my self like I should have.
My burnout lasted almost a whole year. I remember feeling tired and depressed because no one really knew what I was going through. I was over feeling sick and knew I needed to change and start caring about myself again.
My husband has a lot to do with me coming out of my burnout phase. I have known Ian since I was in elementary school and we had even dated for a brief time in high school but after I moved away we lost contact. I had come home to visit my family for a few days and randomly ran into him... well not totally randomly but that's for a different post :) He was HOT (like really really hot) and I was single haha. He got my number and that night we went out to a movie. We started spending more and more time together and soon after we made it official. He truly cared about me. He would always ask me how my blood sugars were and would always make sure I had juice with me and in my apartment. I loved him and the way he loved me made me want to change, so I did. We became healthy together and it was the best feeling.
Since then whenever I start to have a day or week where I feel overwhelmed or frustrated with my diabetes I remind myself that it's normal and I do not need to feel guilty for having a disease that sometimes does it own thing no matter how hard I try. For me personally the best way to avoid long burnouts is by making my health a priority. I do need to exercise and I do need to eat healthy on a daily basis. I also remind myself that it is okay if I decide to take a few days off from the gym or I want to enjoy a not so healthy meal every now and then. It is all about balance and when the balance gets thrown off completely that is when I notice I struggle.
If you are type 1 diabetic and have ever experienced a burnout, I would love to hear your story and how you dealt with it.
See all the posts of this series here