Gone Fishing

I’ll be back next week.

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Spring Break

Just as it is spring break for many families around the country, I am also taking a break from my regular series of posts this week.

We are fortunate enough to be enjoying great spring-like weather, so I have been able to get outdoors more.

How are you enjoying spring break this week?

Guest posting for Chores?

Putting out an SOS for Opinionated Man:

HarsH ReaLiTy

Lori at https://loricamper.wordpress.com/ told me I better get my chores done since I am laying about while my wife is out with the kids at a party. Ok, so I am practical. I’ll trade some guest blogger slots for doing some of these chores…

1 – Noah, Luke, and Snowy need their cages cleaned. They are ferocious dragons on the outside, but guinea pigs on the inside.

2 – All the bathrooms need to be cleaned with that Mr. Clean stuff. That’s the big bald guy on the label.

3 – It would be nice if someone could bring down the vacuum cleaner which is upstairs. I’ll vacuum though because I don’t trust you’ll actually move furniture and clean under everything, instead of around everything.

4 – I need someone to move the couch downstairs and not like Gary did it last time. I still can’t find that couch…

5 –…

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Gone Fishing

I will be back next week!

305 lbs. My Fitness Journey Begins

I was feeling great after my 60 day juice steadfast.  Not just from the weight loss, but also from the benefit of flooding my body with fresh fruits and vegetables.  The number one thing I noticed when I started eating again was how salty everything tasted!  Processed and sugary food did not taste so good anymore.  However, it did not take long for me to go back to my old habits and to begin enjoying salty, sugary foods again.

After a few months, I did another 30 day juice steadfast.  This one was much more difficult than the first one.  I didn’t really like any of the juices that I was drinking.  They were mostly green juices and weren’t very palatable.  I tried coming up with some of my own recipes but wasn’t very successful there either.  It seemed like the more ingredients I used in a juice, the worst it tasted.

I lost another 20 pounds on this juice fast, for a total loss of 80 pounds.  I had gone from 305 pounds to 225 pounds.  I was thrilled that I had made it past the half way point of my weight loss goal.

I’m not sure when exactly I started exercising, but at one point I started walking in my neighborhood.  At first I was walking about 3/4 of a mile.  This would leave me drenched with sweat and huffing and puffing.  I eventually extended my walk to one mile.  Once I got to where I was plateauing on my weight loss, I upped it to two miles.  This was difficult, especially on hot, humid days; but I stuck to it.

Another reason why I started walking was because I had plantar fasciitis in both of my feet.  Every recommendation that I could find online said to stay off your feet as much as possible.  However, I found that doing whatever I could to stretch the back of my legs was the best thing for it.  Working in the yard where I was bending over a lot really helped.  I got a treadmill off of freecycle so that I could walk at home when the weather was bad.  I made sure that I took long strides in order to stretch the muscles in the back of my heels and legs.

In January, our local communtiy center had a 12-week “Commit to Get Fit” program.  I signed up for this program, but it did not work out for me at all this time around.  I did not fully understand how the program worked when I signed up for it.  It ended up that all of the classes were on a day that I could not come.  I was bummed that I did not get to participate al all.  However, all was not lost.  This made me determined to find something I could participate in.  I read through all of the class descriptions at the community center.  I wanted something that would burn fat.  I narrowed it down to two classes that were both supposed to be fat-burning.  I chose one class in particular for one reason only:  it had the word FUN in the description!

The class was fun.  It was a lot of work, too.  I liked that it was all women and that we all had similar goals.  We were all at different levels of abilites and fitness, and no one cared.  We all came to class and worked as hard as we could.  No one criticized or ridiculed anyone that was struggling but was very encouraging instead.

My thinking began to change, and I was no longer in it just to lose weight.  This was the begining of my fitness journey.

By Lori Camper

Teen boy stomps, kicks 2-year-old to death, police say

This is what happens when we decide that life has no value. This is what happens when we have become so selfish that we raise our children as single, unwed parents instead of giving them up for adoption to a loving, two-parent home. May Jesus welcome these babies into heaven with loving, open arms.

FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports

A Minnesota teenager has been charged with second-degree murder in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

The 17-year-old suspect is currently charged as a juvenile. He made his first court appearance Monday at the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center, where it was announced there would be a certification trial to determine if he should be tried as an adult.

A juvenile petition states that authorities were dispatched to a home in Minneapolis around 12:35 p.m. on June 10 on a report of a child not breathing.

The child, 2-year-old Sophia O’Neill, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where she died almost nine hours later.

Doctors said the girl had “multiple bruises, including extensive bruising to back and abdomen. Specifically, the doctors who tried to save O’Neill found that she had a split kidney, split pancreas, liver damage, rib fractures, both new and healing, a collapsed lung…

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Assassinating The American Spirit Of Independence

You an control your children’s education: homeschool.

Politically Short

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The American spirit has not yet been destroyed, but it cannot withstand the kind of relentless assault on its character that we are witnessing day after day. I cannot predict the form or timing of the catastrophe that will befall this country if our current direction is not changed and I don’t pretend to know what concatenation of crises, in what progression of steps and across what interval of years, will finally break the nation’s spirit.

What I do know is this much: My generation, the so called “millennials” and younger, have been indoctrinated into believing that the root cause of today’s present problems, whatever they may be, is due to America’s own history.

This indoctrination begins at a very young age as K-12 schools throughout our country have incorporated academic curriculum that teaches our children to hate their own country. To get a sense of the material being taught…

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DIY Lamination at Home!

I ran across this today. Lamination is something I’ve used a lot as a homeschool mom. Here are some easy tips on how to laminate at home very inexpensively without any special equipment such as a laminating machine.

Do It On A Dime

I LOVE lamination.  As a teacher I consider myself to be more or less an “expert” at it.  I have laminated so much in my day and had to be creative about it.  I’ve been teaching for 8 years, so that’s a lotta paper!

My favorite Laminating ideas are in the video below, and here is more information about the products I show.  There is no paid product placement in this video 🙂  I’m not trying to promote and one brand… just show you what’s available!  I am an Amazon affiliate.

Dollar Tree Tape!

Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets (it’s cheaper to get them online than in-store!)

Thermal Laminating Pouches. These are the ones I featured.

My laminator

Walmart Laminator (haven’t tried but good reviews!)

Another option to get the pouches is laminator.com (I’m not affiliated but the prices are good!)

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What Does Organic Mean? Image from: http

What Does Organic Mean?
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“Without the Second Amendment, there are

“Without the Second Amendment, there are no other amendments: the rest of the Constitution is a recommendation,” Nick Adams
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