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Wednesday, July 23

Go out and play! #Challenge

Morning mamas! I have a question for ya. When was the last time you went outside to play with your kiddos? I don't think I liked that answer!

I make it a point to take my girls to the park at least once a week, but usually it's a few times a week. And I don't just sit on the sidelines like all the other moms, I get up and join them in the fun! And I break out a sweat. We all need to stay active, why not do it while we have fun too. Today, since it's been super hot here in Texas, we went out and played with the water hose, our grass got wattered too and we took the neighbors dog a bath (because we got a free dog shampoo sample). The girls had so much fun. I was also able to get some laundry done and it was dry by the time we got done (and bathed, inside).




Here's a picture from Saturday evening... daddy was with us, so he was able to watch the girls play a bit while I walk/jogged two miles! Yeah, mom!



And on Friday, the girls were invited to join in the end of the summer party at the Pharr Aquatic Center (for reading over 20 books at the Summer Reading Program! It was our first time there and we hope to go back in a few weeks for Yvette's birthday!






So, come on, I challenge you and your family to get up and play before summer is gone! Please share a comment below how you had fun outside with your kids!

Monday, July 21

Look ma! I'm blogging!

Shout out to Angie! A fellow couponer and youtube subbie who I met today at Wal-mart, which is weird cus I rarley shop at Wally-mart anymore. If you aren't subbed please do so HERE. But anyways, guess what?!

Big milestones coming up... Annaleah is turning two and Yvette is turning 10! Cowabunga dude! I seriously remember driving to the hospital totally freaking out that cloudy day (Thursday) on July 29th, yeah, I remember, and now she's turning 10. Not planning anything big, but just a small get together with family who is coming to visit and will probably take Yvette and her bestfriend to the movies or something. She wants a "Frozen" birthday party theme and I practiced on her hair today, what do you think?? ---->

Like I said today we went to Wal-mart with my mom to buy some party necessities and an outfit for Yvette, she wanted an Elsa shirt, of course, but instead we just bought a blue shirt and I have some iron-ons that we can use to print out a "Birthday Girl" graphic with a pic of Elsa/Frozen. Hopefully we can stop by Dollar General cus I saw a bunch of party things for 50% off and they had party paraphernalia. I should have bought some, but I was just going for a run and didn't have my wallet with me. I've been searching on Pinterest for some cool DIY stuff that wouldn't be so expensive. If you have any ideas please share!

Other big things going on are that hubby is almost done with his internship and Eliada is going to be attending Idea Public Schools this fall. Where did the time go. Here's the most recent pic of my gang on Sunday outside of Wienerschnitzel (for $.61 hotdogs)

What big changes are coming to your family?

Tuesday, May 20

Menu Plan Monday - Easy & Busy

Semi busy week this week. I'll be trying to promote the March Against Monsanto like crazy and I need to fill out the surveys for the mystery shopping I did this weekend; it was a big project! And some good news, I'll fill ya'll in later, but we attended the "Welcome to Idea" meeting this weekend and Eliada takes her placement test on Saturday! Eeek! Then on Thursday we'll be going to the Pharrmers Market to invite more people to the march and I just got my flyers for the march from OCA, so that we have info to pass out. AND, am trying to see if we can use a wall to project a video that someone just sent me! Check it out! Wouldn't that be a great way to end or start (or both) the march!!


With all that said... here's the menu for the week! Oh and one more thing! I finished the #2weekchallenge!! Wooohoo! There will be an update for that sometime this week, lol. If I get time!

Monday: Cheesy Pasta with Veggies

Tuesday: Tuna Sammies with cucumber salad

Wednesday: Riccota Stuffed Shells with meatballs

Thursday: Eating Out after passing out flyers for #MAM!

Friday: Catfish Nuggets with baked potatoes and steamed veggies!


Check out OrgJunkie.com for more ideas! Click here for her Menu Plan Monday post.

Monday, May 19

March Against Monsanto in the #RGV!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/275141126006863/

 I'm getting more and more nervous!! This coming Saturday is the March Against Monsanto!! 

First you should read who Monsanto is and what they do. If you google them you will probably find articles about why they are the most hated company in the WORLD! Yes, World! Check out this website for more info: WhoisMonsanto.  
Okay, did you read up on Monsanto? If so, then the next thing you would want to do is know what a GMO is. Obviously, it stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Again, just google GMO's and you will find so much information from stories about links to diseases and even stories from moms who's children were allergic to many foods were "cured" by going GMO-Free. Click the photo for more information. A lot of pro-GMO's will tell you that there is no proof and that there are many studies out there that show GMO's are completley safe. I mean, why would they be approved by the FDA if they weren't safe, right! Well, the problem is that the studies are conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.  Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment. 

Okay, so now that you know who we are marching against and why find a local march near you! You can go to MarchAgainstMonsanto.com to read up more about this group, check out their Facebook page for more information about GMO's and Monsanto.


https://www.facebook.com/events/275141126006863/ There have been so much of in increase of awareness and education and well-known Dr's and Scientists have said that we are in a major turning point! "UN CONFERENCE CALLS FOR 'PARADIGM SHIFT' IN AGRICULTURE" and that says a whole lot! You can follow mainstream bloggers like Leah from Mamavation (putting together Shift-Con later this year) and Vani the Food Babe as well as Zen from Moms Across America (join a march in your city's 4th of July Parade!!) to lean the latest. They are always posting actions that we can take as moms, parents and grandparents to keep the wheel turning!

HISTORY of GMO's in the #RGV! I took the bull by the horns back in June and learned about Moms Across America and signed up to march in the City of McAllen and tried to promote that like crazy. I had a total of 8 marchers in the parade! We had lots of exposure and then I created a Facebook page. Then in October for the #MAM we had almost 30 marchers in our group!! Woohoo! So please share this event (even if you are not in the area) as well as the link for all the events (you can find that at the #MAM facebook page)
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  Change you Facebook profile to the pic below. Even if you aren't marching, changing your profile will catch the attention of family and friends! Start a conversation! You can go to MomsAcrossAmerica.com and click on Products, there are "Grocery Notes" that you can print and hand to your supermarket manager to let them know that you are interested in non-GMO and/or Oragnics! Most stores also will make special orders and if that special order sells out fast, they may continue to carry the products!

https://www.facebook.com/events/275141126006863/

I leave you with this video:


Sunday, May 18

Sunday in my City - Formacio!






Mercedes, Texas

We had a lazy Sunday! Walking at the outlets and then we got hungry. Hubby wanted to go to a buffet and the girls wanted Burger King like always! But then I remembered that there was this pizza place near by that I had heard someone talking about. I had wanted wings earlier that day, so I hoped they'd sell wings. Turns out to be a great, mom and pop pizzeria tucked away in a corner (across from the police dept), Formacio Pizzeria! It was pretty cool and glad we found it. Feel free to check out their Facebook page and see the pics! Follow me on Instagram too, I posted a pic there too!

I showed you mine, now show me yours.

Share your city/town/suburb/you name it! Think of this as a photography carnival or photography meme (with or without words) that not only lets you share your part of the world, but lets you visit other parts of the world virtually. If you link up, please link back or post the Sundays In My City button either in your post or sidebar to let people know that other bloggers are sharing their communities too. Happy trails!

Let’s travel the world together! 
 
Unknown Mami

Saturday, May 17

Day 17: My Best Side



Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why



The place, the people, the weather, the feeling..... it was just perfect! Love you Daddy!

Day 16: Food Journaling



Day 16, Friday: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it


Keeping track! One of my priorities right now is my health. Well, for as long as I can remember I've always gone the cheap route, where ever we go to eat, or when we are out shopping for something if it comes down to two items the one I choose will depend on the price. So I will get the cheapest item. The other factor is how healthy it is. So I'm very good at that, especially when we eat out. I will usually get a salad or if we are at a burger place I'll get a veggie or a turkey burger and instead of fries I'll sub for steamed veggies or what have you.

But, there's a big but, I have always attempted and been told to keep a food diary and that seems like the next step would be, right. Back before Eliada was conseived I joined eDiets.com and LOVED it! I lost 20lbs. It took me like 6 months, but I lost it! I was great! The only thing I couldn't do back then was keep a food journal, it was so annoying. I have tried different apps and strageties, but nothing seems to stick. I either forget or write it down on my laptop but forget to put it in the app or something. Then the next thing I know, it's like a whole week later and I forget what I ate!! UGH

By far, if not one of the most difficult, certainly the most annoying!

I'm still a member of myfitness pal. You can friend me HERE. Go check it out cus I just updated my weight.

Friday, May 16

Day 15: Day in the Life *Photos*


 Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day - this could be "a photo an hour" if you'd like)

First, stopped by HEB to share some of the best deals with my facebook page, HEB Clearance Junkie! And then stopped by the recycling center (no pics) and took the girls to the park. On the way to the park the girls did their homework and then we drove down the street to Sprouts to get some produce. And then check out what my oldest, Yvette did for the first time!


Great deal on Organic veggies, don't you think!

 I went home to finish some laundry and dishes and make lunch. Then picked up the girls and we went to the park and I got some exercise in too! I love parks with a walking trail around so that I can keep an eye on the girls.

Here's my jogging partner. She ended up falling asleep during my jog!

Mommy came to play too! This was a new park that we went to, it was so beautiful!

My girlies! They love to pose (sometimes)

Charlies Angels!

We sat by the lake and attempted skipping stones

I got a bit of time to relax, but not before I did 10 situps and 10 leg lifts, yeah, people were looking at me funny!

Annaleah wasn't a fan of sitting in the grass!

Race back to the van!

Time to go pick up some produce at Sprouts, beautiful view driving down Bus. 83

Bottled water is $2.99, so Annaleah thought we should grab a few! She really tried to lift the pack! lol

I absolutely dread putting gas, so today I let Yvette put gas! She did great and was so excited!

Hope you enjoyed these pics, they are from Wednesday, May 14th 2014.

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