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People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Rules for Parents of Daughters January 16, 2013

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Here’s some great advice for raising daughters:

People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Rules for Parents of Daughters.


Pina Colada Slush January 10, 2013

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Just had to share this so i could find it again! i have got to try this. I love Pina Coladas, so i know this will be tasty and satisfying once the weather gets warmer. Maybe i’ll make it for Bunko night!

(borrowed from the Everything Holiday Facebook Page)

Piña Colada Slush 


4 cups cubed fresh pineapple (1 medium)
1 (15-oz.) can cream of coconut
2 cups orange juice
7 cups lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage (from 2-liter bottle), chilled

In blender container or food processor bowl with metal blade, combine half each of the pineapple, cream of coconut and orange juice; blend until smooth. Pour into 1 1/2-quart nonmetal freezer container. Repeat with remaining pineapple, cream of coconut and orange juice. Cover container; freeze 4 to 6 hours or until icy, stirring twice.

To serve, spoon 1/2 cup frozen mixture into each glass. Add 1/2 cup carbonated beverage to each glass; stir gently.


2013 is here! January 1, 2013

A new year has begun. Many are so afraid to set resolutions for fear of failure. Not me. I love setting goals for myself, even if I don’t reach all of them. Here is what I’m looking forward to this year:

  • I’m going to be a mommy! This is probably the biggest and most important thing that will happen to me in 2013. This opens a huge door for all kinds of resolutions, but for the most part, I want to just learn how to take care of my baby and juggle the responsibilities of family and work. Since I’ll be having Rachel at the end of the Spring semester, I’ll get all summer to spend time with her and get adjusted to being a mommy before going back to work in the fall. I know the time will fly by, but I hope to make the most of it. Which leads me to my next resolution…
  • I want to focus on spending my time wisely. I am the Queen of Time Wasting. Brother Don gave a sermon about time wasting just this Sunday, and it really hit home. Satan steals our time with needless anxiety by overloading us with unnecessary commitments, possessions, work, and information. The other major source of anxiety (and time-wasting) is regret. We have only 8,760 hours in a year. Why spend it dwelling on what has already happened and can’t be changed? Instead of wasting time on the above robbers of time, I want to focus my attention to the following: drawing closer to God, spending time with family and friends, doing all I can to raise Rachel as well as I am able, taking care of my health (exercise and nutrition).

Those are the things I’m setting my sights on in 2013. My spiritual life is very important to me, so I plan on devoting more time to Bible study and prayer. I plan on working through the entire Bible in a year (one of those plans for weekly study), but even if I am unable to always keep up, reading even half or a third on my own will be better than just opening it only when I’m in church.

I feel like I am constantly struggling to give more attention to my family and friends, who honestly deserve it. I know I can do better in this area. I have resolved to work on this issue in the past, and I believe that it has gotten much better recently. There is always room for improvement, though!

I am already focusing a lot of attention on how I want to raise Rachel. I am reading some books that I think might be helpful. I am getting my registry in order, buying some clothes and other items along the way, and learning about cloth diapering. I’m taking birthing and breastfeeding classes this month to prepare for her arrival.

As I always strive to do, I plan on focusing on my health. During the time I was trying to conceive, I let a lot of this go to the wayside. I stopped teaching Zumba when I had my first miscarriage in March. Zumba had been my most favorite type of working out, and suddenly, it was gone. So was that 2-3 hours of calorie burn every week that I was suddenly missing. I wasn’t eating all that well and rarely exercised. Running wasn’t giving me the solace it had in the past. Much of it was from apathy/light depression. Some of it was from fear that exercise might cause another miscarriage. So I became complacent about my health. Now, I am struggling because I am gaining a good bit of weight with this pregnancy. I know that I can make more time for weekly exercise (I have become very lazy about exercise and have really lost the habit), and my nutrition has been atrocious. I’d really gotten into the mindset of ‘I’m pregnant, so I can eat whatever I want!’ I know better, so I’m going to start eating better. Will you never see me with a big scoop of Coldstone? No, I won’t go that far. :) But I can doing better on a day-to-day basis. Part of making health a priority is to maintain focus, which I do through my Facebook page, which is a source of self-motivation, and Dailymile.com, where I keep up with my yearly walking and running miles.

It’s always a little overwhelming looking at what you want to accomplish in a year, but we are amazing in our ability to adapt to new things. Make your 2013 a wonderful year.


End of Year Update December 21, 2012

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I am finally out for Christmas break! Yay! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve updated this blog. This year has been such a crazy one. After two miscarriages, Jamie and I are patiently expecting a sweet little baby girl next spring that we’ve already named Rachel Annaliese. We are slowly getting things together for her arrival. I love buying cute little girly clothes to put on her. Jamie and I are about to head out to look for her a wardrobe that we can store all these sweet little finds in. I am 21 weeks, 1 day today. My tummy is huge, and everyone swears that it’s twins and that i’ll never last until May. I figure she will come early myself, but I hope not too early! i want her to have lots of time to get ready for the world while protected in Mama’s belly. I definitely am not rushing things. i am still learning tons of things about babies and will be taking birthing and breastfeeding classes in January. There is so much to do before she arrives, and I am sure the next four months will fly buy.


Dolly Partons Imagination Library – USA, United Kingdom, Canada December 17, 2012

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while i don’t always agree with her views, this is a really good charity that dolly has started up. children through 5 years can register to receive a free book per month.

Dolly Partons Imagination Library – USA, United Kingdom, Canada.


“Mom, I’m Fat:” One Mother’s Inspired Response to Her 7 Year Old « Rachel Simmons August 31, 2012

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“Mom, I’m Fat:” One Mother’s Inspired Response to Her 7 Year Old « Rachel Simmons.


if you’re the parent of a daughter, you should really read this. people’s preoccupation with looks starts as soon as the baby is born, and we train her to value an unattainable perfection that only results in dissatisfaction and anguish later on. boys go through this, too, i am sure, but maybe not as early as and perhaps not as intensely as girls do.


Sweet summer May 23, 2012

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I have been putting off updating my blog for nearly two months, primarily bc I don’t particularly feel like writing about my miscarriage. So I won’t, at least for now. I have one half day left of school this year, and I’ll be off work for two glorious months! Jamie and I are taking trips right now. We’ve discussed going to the beach, the mountains, the east coast, and on a cruise. The cruise is looking like the best option. It’s really the most affordable. Whatever we do, I’m just ready for a fun adventure.