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Friday, June 27, 2008

Pain, pain go away - don't come again another day

My health and weight loss journal

I must admit that I haven't been feeling all that great for the last few days or so... probably about a week. I almost get used to waking up exhausted with pain I can't ease (if you're just now tuning in: I have fibromyalgia.) It's exasperated when I don't get enough rest and sleep... I guess I shouldn't have said that since I'm still awake and it's after 1 a.m.

Given my schedule with the younger kids and taking the teenagers to work, I don't get much -- if anything -- completed during the day so I try to get as much as I can done at night. Unfortunately, it's not the ideal schedule for someone like me.

I'm hoping to get my medical insurance situation (I don't have any!) resolved soon so I can get to the doctor. I want to try that new medicine that's specific for fibro. Lyrica. (Has anyone tried it or know of someone who has?)

Concerning my weight loss... Since I've been feeling bloaty and out of sorts in the stomach area I'm assuming (read: hoping) that I've lost a little weight but can't tell. As soon as my tummy gets itself together then maybe my weight loss ticker at the top of the screen will move. LOL.

I need to add some type of exercise routine to my new schedule (with all the younger kids here full time), but until I do I guess I will stick to counting calories and eating healthy. Maybe by mid-July I should come up with something since my goal date is looming only about three months away!

Until next time... here's to good health!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Get rid of yuck mouth

Do you hate yuck mouth? You know, that unpleasant taste and/or smell of the food or beverage you've just consumed. If so, then you may love SorbayPC Lozenge.

Developed by Bon Mangé Inc., SorbayPC Lozenge is touted as being a convenient way to freshen the palate and as the only product to effectively eliminate residual food flavors that are responsible for yucky mouth.

How does it work?

It takes three active ingredients -- citric acid, tannic acid and sodium lauryl sulfate -- that help to produce cleansing properties when placed in the mouth at the same time. According to Bon Mangé, the lozenge works by a "patented breakthrough palate cleansing technology in the form of a pleasant neutral tasting sugar-free hard candy."

Although my mouth felt a little cleaner, I'm not sure about the taste. I always expect a lozenge or breath freshener to have a minty-like taste. It could be that I'm just a creature of habit and the SorbayPC Lozenge will just have to grow on me.

Despite my picky taste buds, I think you should give the SorbayPC Lozenge a taste test. It can be purchased through Bon Once you give it a try, come back and let me know what you think.

Here's to fresh breath!


Wordless Wednesday


Rockin' award

Even though I received this award some time back I couldn't resist posting it and letting everyone know that it came from my wonderful friend Tina. She didn't have to think of me, but she did and I really appreciate it.

Here are the rules for passing it on:

1) Pick five (5) blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award (

Unfortunately I am one for breaking rules so I didn't specifically award five blogs, but I have chosen all the blogs on my favorite blogs list. You are all creative, interesting and special.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Probiotic product

There's a lot of talk about foods that contain probiotics for healthy digestion and, I must admit, although I don't know much about it I am very curious. Food that are good for digestion are definitely a plus, right?

I recently had the pleasure of sampling Kashi's Vive, which is their Probiotic Digestive Wellness Cereal. Although I like a lot of Kashi products there are some I'm not too crazy about so the sample sat on my desk for quite some time.

Today, as my stomach started to announce the need for an afternoon snack, I spied the Vive. Hmm, I thought, I guess I should give it a try especially since my stomach has seemed a little out of sorts lately.

Boy was I pleasantly surprised. The Vive, which I had in the Toasted Graham & Vanilla flavor, was a burst of sweet and grainy tastes. I gobbled down the 100 calorie snack (yup, I like dry cereal) and wished I'd had more.

Besides its claim that it may help balance, purify and strengthen my digestion it takes good too. And, I don't know about you, but that's important to me. The next time I'm at the grocery store I'm going to grab a box of Kashi's Vive and I suggest you do too.

Where do you keep your cheese?

With four children -- and three of those ages 4 and under -- it can get a little hectic around here. About a week ago our morning started as usual with me fixing breakfast for the younger kids. Amber normally fixes her own because I never know what she wants. You know how picky teens can be, right?
I think I was fixing scrambled eggs and I added a little cheese. We didn't have shredded so I just took the sliced, which was easier than cutting up the block cheese (no, I don't have a grater), and tore it off into the eggs. I put everything away when I was done and went about getting everyone dressed and ready to go.
A couple of hours later, Amber -- who was by then fixing her lunch -- comes to the bathroom door (can I please get a moment? SIGH!) and says, in the most patient voice, "Mommy? Where did you put the sliced cheese?"

I'm about to get into the shower, but the question causes me to frown and pause. So I say, in an equally patient voice, "Amber? What do you mean where did I put the sliced cheese? It's where the cheese is kept... in the drawer... in the refrigerator."

"It isn't in the refrigerator."

"Amber," I say, getting the teenagers-never-look-good voice, "I wrapped it up as I was putting the food away and put it in the drawer. In-the-refrigerator."

There's silence.

"I'm sure I did," I say louder.

She walks away and I hear some rummaging in the kitchen when all of a sudden a vague memory surfaces.

"Amber!" I yell opening the bathroom door. "Look in the drawer next to the oven."

"O.M.G," she says, exasperated. "It's here."
"Well...," I try to think of something clever to say, but fail, "I knew I put it in a drawer."


The page 123 meme

I was tagged by Michelle to do the page 123 meme, which I've seen on others' blogs and now get the chance to do. The rules are pretty simple:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

I haven't started reading it yet, but it's next in line. It's Wraith: A Zoe Martinique Investigation by Phaedra Weldon.

"I'm not sure that whiskey's going to stay down -- so if I disappear again -- it's because I need to hurl. I was thinking about what you'd said yesterday -- about Reverend Rollins."


I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound good to me. I hope this book is good because I read the first page and got all into it. My BFF and I are going to read it together and we're thinking about starting an Over the Miles Book Club.

An-t-way... I don't really feel like specifically tagging anyone so if you're one of the first five people to read this then: tag you're it! (Yes, you have to be honest! LOL.)

Monday, June 23, 2008

My baby is 17!

Today was my oldest daughter's birthday. I can't believe it was 17 years ago that I gave birth to her. I don't have the classic feeling of "my how time has flown by," but I am amazed at how she has grown, matured and that I even have a daughter that will soon be graduating from high school, going off to college and starting a life somewhat separate from my own. It is absolutely an amazing and wonderful time.
She took off from work so she could spend it with her brother and sisters. She said she'd never spent her birthday with them and they've been asking, "When's Amber's birthday?" So sweet, huh?
I wanted to share her day with you.

You can't see all the little heads here, but the younger kids were standing waiting for her as she came around the corner in the morning. They were holding a card for her. Andre was so excited about it being Amber's birthday that he woke up at 8 a.m. and sat in the living room waiting for her to get up. (Don't you just love the Tweety Bird jammies!? LOL)
It's kind of tradition for everyone to have a special birthday breakfast so I got up and prepared breakfast for everyone. We had two kinds of muffins (sorry, no baking here, but they were good nonetheless), strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, omelets, turkey sausage, coffee and juice. I think that was everything.

Doesn't it look yummy?

I guess they thought it was tasty because they cleaned their plates and asked for more! They really loved sitting at the big table with us... Andre and Amareah normally sit at their own table for meals.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing and giving her little trinkets and cards throughout the day. Her best friend stopped by and after lunch, which we had at Subway (one of her favorite spots), we had cake and ice cream.

They played with the race car track.

We really enjoyed our lunch out.
Although the cake was supposed to be a surprise, Amareah told Amber about it as soon as we got home with it on Sunday.

Happy Birthday, sweet Amber!

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