Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friday Fun Fact!! {SUPERTASTERS??}


Are you a "super taster"?

"Supertasters" taste everything with an intensity
far greater than the average person.

That means things are 10 times spicier, bitter, sweeter to them; so much so that they don't really like very many things.

Supertasters tend to dislike strong, bitter foods like raw broccoli, grapefruit juice, coffee and dark chocolate. This group accounts for about a third of the population.

Another third of the population are considered "Nontasters."

Nontasters think everything taste the same and
are not really easily excited about the taste of food.

This group is the most likely of all three groups to prefer food that is intensely sweet.

And lastly the regular tasters....
Nothing is overbearing or intense, hopefully you are this :)

So which are you????

Why would it matter.....

Because Supertasters typically eat less in general...
There are typically categorized as "picky" eaters, when in fact, they just dont like things because they are too intense for them. This would lead to certain types of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

They do however tend to consume more salt than "nontasters" due to the fact that they mask bitter taste with salt....

 "Nontasters" tend to develop eating habits than can lead to obesity and being overweight because they are pleased with taste of all foods....
especially Intensely sweet ones, consuming more calories

Find out which type of taster you are!
there are 2 ways....

1. look at your tongue in the mirror; if you have significantly more "taste buds" than others (look at your friends' tongues, so people won't think your weird) then you are a

Beware of salt and make sure you intake enough vegetables and fruit!!

If you have significanlty fewer then you may be a NONTASTER...
Beware of the SWEETS!

And hopefully you are just "Normal" with a normal amount of taste buds.
You make like and dislike things evenly.
2. you can do it the fun way!! punch a hole in a index card. place a drop of blue food coloring on your tongue. and put the of the index card on your tongue, count how many taste buds are in that hole if you have 25 or more
fungiform papiliae...
you are a SUPERTASTER!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Look What "MY" Made

In a few extra spare mintues yesterday we, Little helper and I, whipped up a few things.
There is something about sitting there with her completing crafts that


I feel like it is very very productive quality time. Of course, everyday I find ways to encourage her and praise her but I feel like our craft time gives her the real opportunity for me to sit there with 100% of  MY ATTENTION and adoration. I continously praise her and I am able to help her and guide her. Thus, her building confidence and trust. 

{I sometimes don't feel like there are enough quality opportunities in a faced paced life (2 working parents, school/daycare, church, extracurricular activities) for your children to have your undivided attention and recieve the necessary emotional nourishment to make them Independent little people.  That is what I see in my I make it a point to find something very often to share with just her. }

Anywho back to OUR CRAFTS...

Shadow box doo-dad
 We used a .99 Texas Thrift Store find...

 I love that place, they have sooo many little knick knacks...and its HUGE!
   some left over flower petals and a key that had been roaming the house.

And I cut our initial out of cardboard that was used to ship posters at my work and a little hot glue.
(LITTLE HELPER PAINTED THE "M", she is very proud of it)
As far as i'm concerned a .99 cent piece of wall art.

FINALLY COMPLETED my Ballard knock off trash can....
This literally took 5 min. and it has been waiting to be done


Ballard Desgin knock off waste basket. Mine with burlap instead of linen...
LOVE IT!! So glad it finally got done!
BD's Monogrammed linen waste basket with ribbon trim...
$79 big smaka-roo's!!!

Yours truly version less than $1 because I had everything already. I love being A COPY CAT INSPIRED!

Oh....I love crafting...

DIY under $5

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

30 Before 30 {winning something}


 We decided to take little helper to the race track on 50 cent night, because she LOVES "for-se-ies" and they had a petting zoo and pony rides.

And then we wanted her to see them WUNNING WILLY FAST!!!

AND I Won SOMETHING...Not bingo but I won at the horse races.
#23. Win Bingo
  I am not a gambler but a very knowledgable couple in front of us, educated us on the process and encouraged us to just put a dollar or 2 for fun. So we decided just to try to pick the horse that "WOULD WIN" or #7 to win....We bet $2 on 3 different races pick whichever horse was a pretty color of the jockey that had a cool uniform. Right before little helper was about to melt down the last race we were there for put $2 on horse #7 (my horse) and

HE WON!!!!!
the big billboard said a $2 bet paid 480,
yup, you read it right... four eight zero!!!
Oh ya!oh ya! mommy needs a Louis Vouitton!

Don't mind the hideous picture of yours truly...It was a hot day and we went on a whim! :)

But then when I cashed in my ticket it was
Oh well I was just super excited I won!!Still wanna yell BINGO once in my life :)

Initially I wasn't gonna share my list BUUUUUTTT eh, maybe it'll keep me more on it.....

Thirty Before Thirty
1.2 random acts of kindness
2.Go see marfa lights
3.Record a song
4.Learn a song on guitar
5.Plank on something awesome
6.Ghost riding
7.Picture of Layla and Mom everyday
8.Yes man day
9.Make a dress and wear it
10. Maybe owl now
11.    Pay off Target card
12.    Prank Charles and load it on youtube
13.    One day that I let my husband dress me
14.    One day that I let layla dress me
15.    Young me, now me picture
16.    Take a picture of all my old houses
17.    Pretend like I have style and not be embararssed
20.    Develop a signature look (I think I have with my glasses)
21.    Surprise Charles with something (did that)
22.    Read the whole bible and find out who I am like (I love David's stories and identify with him, want to seek more identifying people for me to learn from)
23. Win Bingo

Still trying to figure out more things to do!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Heffalump Story :)

Defintion: A fictional, elephant-like creature mentioned in the Winnie the Pooh stories by A. A. Milne.
This is a story of a girl who turned into a HEFFALUMP....
No, Really only for a short time and then she turned back.
It's a tale of courage, and love,
(meant to spell it that way :){s.a. thing})

A tale of triumph and glory...
A rollercoaster of emotions
And a rollercoaster of massive LADY LUMPS :)


The story begins.....

WHO'S THAT???????????????????

 ME !!!
LWW writer before her fingers were small enough to key one letter at a time :)
 37 months....PREGNANT.

I mean 37 weeks pregnant...
I had these maternity pictures done on a sunday and I had "little Helper" the next sunday....

{NOTE TO SELF: Do not take pictures this far along! It is not cute! :)}

If you are wondering...
I gained 60 pounds :(
I started at a tiny meager 119 pounds..
And checked in at 179.


(so texan, the tony lama part :)

Uh hummm!
Yes, I can hear your crtiticism and lecturing.... :)
I honestly don't know how 20 gallons of ice cream in your refrigerator affect you that much??!!?

Yes there is only one 7lb 15 oz. baby in there. And No, I did not have Gestational Diabetes...
And Maybe I did have Pre-Eclampsia, still wonder about that till this day..wasn't diagnosed though.

Really though, to my defense I was retaining an OBSCENE amount of water...
You could prolly' squeeze my cheeks and they would stay like that (hence the massive cheeks I have in the picture)

 Idid lose 35 pounds straight out of the hospital...

SOOO, I lost majority of the rest of the weight nursing little helper and just BARELY lost the rest.
Oct. 2008- Jun. 2011
And am back to my O.G. weight. 2 and a HALF years  LATER!!!

I wasn't really serious about losing the weight till this Jan.
 you know this year is the B-I-G year

 B-I-G 3-0!

Any wayZZZZ,
This Heffalump has retired her trunk for some MAC and some INSANITY(the video)

Recent picture...:) with my BFF tiffany :)
The worst thing about my weight gain was in my face, I couldn't take it!!!

I wanted to share my atrocious pregnancy weight gain with y'all....
If you have a pregnancy story you want to share with me...FEEL FREE. It is liberating and Empowering to GET YOUR GROOVE BACK!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Ghetto Bedskirt :)

Since I haven't had time to "Project" lately
I thought I would show you a little project I whipped up a while back....MONTHS AGO!!

It doesn't get more DIY than this...
Avert you eyes if you are sensitive to ABUSE...

I mean like POTTERY BARN ABUSE....
Because this can easily be mistaken as NEGLIGENCE and QUITE FRANKLY MALICIOUS INTENT TO DESTROY A Gorgeous piece of BEAUTIFUL Pottern Barn COUTURE.

Ok, not Couture and I just rambled trying to make it seem like the MOST AMAZING,
MOST INCREDIBLE and IMPORTANT PIECE of pottery barn merchandise you have ever seen,

Really it was a GW snag...

Like $7 but it was CAL KING, this thing  must'a cost a million dollars

So, this is what's up with the "GHETTO" comment :)
I, yes, ME!!!!
SOOOO talented....Self Proclaimed CRAFT-ANISTA.....
(OHHH, do I just make up a new word...SOO gonna google it immediately NOWWWW)

EH, NO I didn't make it up...SOMEONE TOOK IT ALREADY :(

ANywhooo...YEs me, Amazing DIY-er,
Thrower-er Together-er of things that fall apart;
Decided to

and apply it to Little HELPERS twin size bed.



SO GHETTO... YUP, it proceeded to stay that way until I got to sewing it :)

So there you have it!!! AIN'T (I know that ain't a word) IT PURDY!!!!
HEHE....Sometimes you get the urge to just get it done and it must be NOWW, no matter the method...



Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Fun Fact!!

I have a Coworker who each and every day has a
NEW and FUN Fact to share with us...

We look forward to it!!!
{Clearly we are easily amused}

Yesterday's fun fact.....

You know what this is right??
You have an odd sensation that you have seen, heard, or done something before....
When in fact you may have not before!!!

It's totally creepy when it happens sometimes....But anywho???

 Now, did you know there was an opposite of Deja Vu???


Well, there is!!! And that is the whole point of this post...uh humm...yes..

Wait for it....Wait for it...You too get to learn the fun fact for today!! :)


It is called  Jamais vu! (pr. 'Ja-may-voo')
It involves a sense of eeriness and the observer's impression of seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that he or she has been in the situation before.

Has this ever happened to you???

NOT me, I don't think so?!!
I'll keep a eye out, I guess :) Friday fun fact!! 
You're SOO much Smarter now!!! 

Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

You: The Proverbs 31 Woman

Do you know the Proverbs 31 woman?

You are her!!!

Every blog I read has an AMAZING woman behind it!!!

You know that Keith Urban song, You're My Better Half....LUUU-HUUUU-VE IT!! (that was me singing)

It is soooo True,
--they saaaay behind every man is a good woman,
but I think that's a lieeeeeee,
 'cuz when it comes to you, I'd rather have you by my side....
You don't know how much I count on you to help me win....

Ok, getting carried away :)
But the point is that we were made with a purpose(woman, wives).
And we are here to "complete" the ONE. (The bond between a man and woman when they are united in marriage)

If you don't know what to work towards,
how will you know what to work on???...

Your life and your spouses life will be 100 times easier
 if you are continually striving to be a better partner.

Sometimes we just need a little reminder....

Cuz' like I said, every BLOGGER
 I know is SUPERWOMAN,

UH-hmmm, i know I am dating myself but SHE RA rocks!!
You go Girl!!!

I thought I would put the first piece of Proverbs 31 here to help you remember why your HUSBAND or BOYFRIEND "counts on you to win",

Why he wants YOU by his side!!!
Cuz you ROCK IT OUT!!

The Proverbs 31 Woman :
10An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.

YOU ARE rare, precious
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.

YOU ARE trustworthy
12She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

YOU ARE kind
Her Character
as a Wife



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

30 before 30 {Take a picture with little helper everday until she turns 3 and I turn 30}

Cry me a river....cry me river....go on and just...the damage is done so I guess I'll be leaving....
{forgot how much I love that song!}

I have been seeing different 30 before 30 challenges all over Blogland...

COO COO...COO COO! (is that how you spell a clock with the bird popping out thingy??) :)

I want to do 30 different
(p.s. my definition of this may be quite different from yours, this is a pg-13 blog! :)
(I am turning 30 not 21)
things before I turn 30...
(t-minus 3 months and sum-od days)