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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Do you have a Hero?

I think we all had this fantasy about the cartoon heroes when we were little. And many of us would truly wish we would become one of them someday.
Many times in life we might encounter a life Hero. Someone that had gone through a real life battle and came out of it to not only be a testimony but to inspire us. I know for myself I have been able to meet a few ones, but never in my life I would imagine that my biggest life Hero would be someone that happened to be my own child.
Just 2 years ago, on this coming Sunday, we were coming home for a long Hospital stay. It was 58 days of tears, learning, celebrating little things and wondering what would be the next step. The coming home was long wanted and waited, but I confess that I was terrified. Can you imagine coming to your house and your 5 almost 6 years old is not even able to sit on its own?
The simple day-to-day thing was overwhelming. But we relied on our unit. And we were blessed with so much support that would be unfair trying to name just a few.
Today is hard to even think about all of that. And even when I am taken to remember those horrifying days, it fills my heart to know that this is a story in our past.
My Life Hero - Caesar Sant
He overcame! Mostly because of his persistence. It was just intriguing how could he still smile and find a way to not let the situation take him down. I still remember the day a psychologist came to his room at Rehab and while talking to him she asked him where he was and he said ¨home¨, I looked at him in panic and she told me not to worry because she could see that he had a very strong will and when she asked him: ¨is this your house?¨ He answered with a sarcastic smile ¨no, my house is in another city. I live there¨.
I guess he was right. There wasn´t his house, but we were there, all of us tucked in a room. Despite all he had his family, so it should be home.
Yes, I have a life Hero, and he just happened to be my son!!!
If you want to learn more about Caesar story and his progress please check his Facebook Page and feel free to like and share it.
Be blessed everyone!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

To me, the king of the Essential Oils: Lavender!

I believe it was 3-4 years ago when my husband was introduced to the World of Essential Oils. As we went on learning about the health benefits of adding it to our daily life, there wasn´t a single issue we faced that we didn´t run immediately to see which one would be more specific for what. We have learned a lot about essential oils and today we just cannot live without it :)!
If for any reason I am to choose one that would be the only one on hand anytime, would be lavender!
I especially have used it and am a proof that it works!!! My first experience was when I was pregnant with baby #3. Being pregnant in Summer months are very challenging, and I remember that I faced yeast infection once on my first pregnancy. Using medications is my biggest fear... but this time was different as I run for the oils and learned that lavender would do the job. Yes, a simple drop in the washer is all that takes!!
Then came baby shots... and believe it or not we never had to use Tylenol or lost a night of sleep, all thanks to the use of Lavender EO. We usually give her a massage before the shot, and once we are back home we keep passing Lavender on the site, legs, feet and back massage.
Also, we use Lavender to avoid mosquitos bite, stuffy nose, and allergens.
It´s hard to believe, but we go through a lot of Lavender!!! We use the Now essentials, and see no difference from the most expensive one.

A bottle like this would last no more than
 2 months for our family.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dishwasher Soap and Rinse.

How about save money while doing your dishes as well? Yes, lately I decided to experiment and make my own home cleaning supplies and was amazed by how many recipes and how to´s are available on the internet.
As for me I rather have something simple and with not many ingredients on. Most recipes I found had so many things to add that I could not even remember what and for what it was at the end. Mostly I use just baking soda on my dishwasher, and a single teaspoon is enough to do the job. This time, I decided to experiment mixing Washing Soda, Borax, and Kosher Salt. I haven´t noticed any difference between using this mix to just Baking Soda. And to avoid that any residue is left on my dishes I add White Vinegar at the Rising compartment.
So here you have it in just a couple bucks. Dishwasher soap and Rinser that works pretty great!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Thanks GPhotos.... I need this inspiration!

I just cannot believe this was me 4 years ago, and it was just the result of working out for no more than 15 minutes at home for a little over 1 year.
For the past 2 years, it has been very hard for me to keep myself on track and accountable to be in shape again. Despite my current body doesn´t please me I just find myself not willing to change it. It is not something physically but I don´t have the emotional strength to do it.
I know that I am the only one who can decide about it, as well as I am not putting excuses on anything or anyone for not doing something about it now, and I could find a billion of them.
It just brought me the memories as I was going through my G+ notifications saw my pictures and checked back to see my progress at that time.
Life hasn´t been perfect, in fact, it has never been, but I feel like if I could at least get a bit of this inspiration from my past pictures and get back to exercise.
Me 3 months after delivering my 2nd baby, and 2 months before starting working out!

Monday, July 4, 2016

DIY Pasta!

 My adventure another day was to try on a recipe of Pasta. My main idea is if I´m able to make it I can incorporate some veggies into it and sneak it into the kids meals.
My children will eat anything we give them since we make enforcement that we only would feed them what would be beneficial for their health. So I guess there is not much option. But as kids, they start to be picky here and there.
Another positive side of making our Pasta is that they can be involved in the process and get excited about the coming meal!
All you need:
2 cups of all-purpose flour;
1/2 teaspoon of salt (we used chicken bouillon);
2 eggs yolk and 1 whole egg lightly beaten
1/3 cup of water or veggie juice
1 teaspoon of olive oil

Mix the ingredients. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Cut the dough in a small amount and open it with a roller to no more than .5inches, then cut the strips to size and shape you want!
Cooking it the way you enjoy! Ours took 12 minutes to be cooked and I just stir fried with some garlic and onions!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Crochet Rug!!!

 This was my first crochet project done after a little while. 
As I was trying to figure out life with 3 little ones I came across this video tutorial and couldn´t resist but put my hook to work :). 
I only had this cotton yarn at hands and for it being white I decided not to go all the way and make it as big as the original.
I am looking forward to making one the original size in a different color very soon.
Since I had little time to dedicate to crocheting each day, it took me about a month to complete this rug. The big junk off it was done while in a Road trip back in April 2015.
Tapetao de sala - Prof. Simone