Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Please join me in supporting the March of Dimes!

Please join me in supporting the March of Dimes!

I am a member of a special team of people who care about the health of America's
babies. That's why we have banded together to raise money and participate in the
March of Dimes March for Babies. I am asking you to join our fundraising efforts
today by sponsoring my event.

Contributing online is fast, easy and secure. You can donate directly from my
personal webpage with a credit/debit card or PayPal. If you prefer, I can also
accept cash or check. Just click the appropriate box on my webpage.

The money we raise helps save premature and sick babies. Premature birth is the
#1 cause of newborn death and the biggest threat to babies' health today, and
through March for Babies, the March of Dimes is funding important research to
find out why premature birth happens and what can be done to prevent it. There's
nothing more important than to give every baby a healthy start in life.

We need your help. Please join us in the fight against prematurity. Visit my
webpage and sponsor me in the event that saves babies!

With your support, there's hope.

Thank You!
To make a donation, visit my personal Web page at

If you would like to learn more about March for Babies, visit the Web site at

Would you like to see what March for Babies is and why I'm walking?
Click to see the video.

The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing
birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Fresno Mommie Finding

Sneaking in Fiber
By: Reader's Digest

Ten ways to plant more "good carbs" into your diet.

In the lexicon of weight loss, the term "good carbs" refers to complex carbohydrates. These are foods like whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds that are composed largely of complex sugar molecules that require lots of time and energy to digest into the simple sugars your body needs for fuel. Virtually every weight-loss program--be it Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, or Dr. Dean Ornish's--welcomes complex carbs as part of a healthy, lean, long-term diet.

One of the biggest benefits of foods rich in complex carbs is that they also contain large amounts of fiber. Fiber, in basic terms, is the indigestible parts of plant foods. It is the husk on the grain of wheat, the thin strands in celery, the crunch in the apple, the casings on edible seeds. Fiber protects you from heart disease, cancer, and digestive problems. Depending on the type of fiber (yes, there are more than one!), it lowers cholesterol, helps with weight control, and regulates blood sugar. Bottom line: This is one nutrient you don't want to miss. Yet the average American gets just 12-15 grams of fiber a day--far below the recommended 25-30 grams. And that was before so many of us started cutting carbs for weight loss--and cutting fiber in the bargain.

Here's how to sneak "good carbs" and extra fiber into your daily diet with a minimum of effort.

1. Eat cereal every day for breakfast. Ideally, aim for a whole grain, unsweetened cereal with at least 4 grams of fiber a serving. Just eating any cereal might be enough, however. A University of California study found that cereal eaters tend to eat more fiber and less fat than non-cereal eaters. Healthy, high-fiber cereals you might want to consider include Kellogg's All-Bran Original, Kashi GOLEAN, and Kellogg's Raisin Bran.

2. Eat two apples every day. Not just to keep the doctor away, but because apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that contributes to a feeling of fullness and digests slowly. A 1997 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that 5 grams of pectin was enough to leave people feeling satisfied for up to four hours.

3. Make a yogurt mix every Wednesday for breakfast. Take one container of yogurt and mix in 1/3 cup All-Bran cereal, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, and 5 large, diced strawberries for a whopping 12.2 grams of fiber--nearly half your daily allowance!

4. Make baby carrots and broccoli florets dipped into low-fat ranch dressing your afternoon snack three days a week. You'll fill up the empty afternoon space in your tummy while getting about 5 grams of fiber in each cup of veggies. Get healthy recipe ideas for carrots and broccoli.

5. Keep a container of gorp in your car and office for the munchies. Mix together peanuts, raisins, a high-fiber cereal like All-Bran, and some chocolate covered soy nuts. Allow yourself one handful for a sweet, yet high-fiber, snack.

6. Switch to whole grain crackers. You'd never think a tiny cracker can make a difference, but one regular whole wheat cracker has 1/2 gram of fiber. Ten crackers give you 5 grams of fiber. So next time, spread your peanut butter on whole grain crackers (look for brands that proclaim they're trans-fat-free) instead of bread for a different taste treat.

7. Mix your regular cereal with the high-test stuff. Okay, we'll be honest. We wouldn't want to face an entire bowl of All-Bran either. But just 1/3 cup packs a walloping 8.5 grams of fiber. Mix it with an equal amount of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and you'll barely know it's there (but you will be one-third of the way to your daily fiber intake). Check out the Nature's Path brands, which offer several truly delicious, high-fiber choices.

8. Add kidney beans or chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) to your next salad. A quarter cup adds an additional 5 grams of dietary fiber, notes Lisa Andrews, R.D., a nutritionist at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati.

9. Make sure that the first ingredient in whole grain products has the word "whole" in it, as in "whole wheat," or "whole grain." If it says multi-grain, seven-grain, nutra-grain, cracked wheat, stone-ground wheat, unbromated wheat or enriched wheat, it's not whole wheat, and thus is lacking some of the vitamins and minerals, not to mention fiber, of whole grains. Try these recipes for whole grains.

10. Every week, try one "exotic" grain. How about amaranth, bulgur, or wheatberries? Most are as simple to fix as rice, yet packed with fiber and flavor. Mix in some steamed carrots and broccoli, toss with olive oil and a bit of Parmesan or feta cheese, maybe throw in a can of tuna or a couple of ounces of cut-up chicken, and you've got dinner. Or serve as a side dish to chicken or fish. Make sure all grains you try are whole grains.

Eye Opener

Wow today I weighed myself and I could not believe what my eyes had seen. I weighed in at 198.2 pounds. I had gained at least 5pounds since last week.

I went to Vegas over this past weekend and I blame all the buffets for my weight gain. LOL But seriously I need to really lose weight and eat healthier. I went to the doctor last night regarding labs I had done a couple of weeks ago. I got bad news regarding my cholesterol levels. The bad ones were high 137 and he told me they had to be lower than 100. He roughly estimated if I do not eat right or lose weight that in about 3 years I could have a heart attack and die. Yep he told me just like that. So he told me no more fast foods and to limit myself to one serving of bread a day and of course exercise.

The exercise part is going to take some severe will power as I admit to being lazy and I hate to exercise, but my life means a lot to me so exercise I will.

Just a quick note:
Eat right and exercise. Make you you go to the doctor and have complete labs done to check your body for anything out of the norm.

I did have a blast in Vegas. I seen my dad and various other relatives. I didn't really gamble much and I rode the rides and played games at Circus Circus. I think that was the highlight of my vacation. Being in the casinos with all the smokers just inflamed my lungs causing me to have several asthma attacks. We stayed at the Four Queens and I enjoyed my stay there. The old strip downtown was very entertaining for us all. My baby girl Lilliana went with us and I do admit she did very well on that seven hour drive. It was her first time in Vegas along with Antonio my fiance. He had a great time playing blackjack with my dad. His new fave he says.  

My Gold Canyon business is off to a great start this year. I already signed up two new demos this month. WooHoo! I have a party planned in March and I have a few new potential customers. Also if any of you are interested in a free catalog please email your mailing info to: Subject Line: Gold Canyon Catalog Request.

Follow my business blog for a chance to win a FREE GOLD CANYON CAR CANDLE here is the link:

I will also be adding a valentine's giveaway, I am currently looking for sponsors to donate items for this giveaway you will have your button on all my websites. If interested please contact me via email: Subject Line: Valentine Giveaway Sponsor.

Well I must go for now as I have a pretty busy afternoon.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Fellow Blogger's Giveaway

I've participated in giveaways before, but have never done one on my own. I've decided to jump right in and see what happens! So here it goes!

Short description of prize: The bracelet is a double band cuff style. It was made using a mix of AB glass beads, crystals (some Swarovski, some not) and silver plated metals including the memory wire. It will fit nearly anyone. Earrings have candy apple red heart beads and Swarovski crystals. They are 4mm long including the ear wire. They will arrive in a pretty organza bag suitable for gift giving.

Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Entrants must be 18 years old or older and reside in the US or Canada.

Start: January 3rd 8:00am eastern time       End: January 31st 8:00pm eastern time

Prize is valued at $25 usd

Odds of winning depends on the number of eligible entries received . 

Prize winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes.

Prize winners will be notified via the e-mail address they provided. Winners must respond within 3 days of being notified with their valid shipping address. If not, then the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be selected.

By accepting a prize, all winners agree that the Host may post his/her name on the "Previous Winners" page and in any and all media, including future advertising or publicity, without further consideration or compensation, unless prohibited by law.

By accepting a prize, all winners agree that the Host  will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by winner for any liability for any injury, loss or damages of any kind, to winner or other persons, including (without limitation) injuries, loss or damages arising out of or relating to death, and, injuries, damages or losses to property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or participation in this promotion.
Now, for the fun part!
To enter:
 Please visit one of my 2 shops and choose a favorite piece. Then come back here and comment about it. Please leave the NAME of the piece or a link to it. Be sure to leave your name and your email address in your comment.

To have an additional entry:
You must complete the first entry.

Become a follower. OR
Promote this giveaway on your blog. Leave a link to your blog please.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Got this in my email today..wanted to share



1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13.. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously.. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change...
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37.. The best is yet to come...
38.. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least

40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about, I just did.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Update!!!

So much has happened so far. I got great news today!!! I applied to rent a 3 bedroom house with a front and backyard on Friday. Today I went into the property management office and found out I was approved for the home. YAYME! For those of you new to my blog, I currently live in a small 2 bedroom apartment. There are 4 children and me in this small place. No room for anything at all, so this house is a blessing for us all. Now for the part that I hate more than folding laundry and that is packing. UUUGH! I plan to move into my home on the first of feb at least that is my goal. So much to do so little time. I am grateful that the kids went back to school so I can pack comfortably. They have already started packing up their belongings.

My weight loss plan is still in effect. I weighed myself today and my current weight is 193.6 I gained one pound since I last weighed myself. ( I can't remember when that was.) I want to lose weight so that I can prepare my body for the pregnancy. My fiance and I are planning our second child together and I want to be healthy for this. Then ofcourse after the baby I will need to lose the weight I gain and then some. I will be walking more when I move into my house. That is another goal I have.

I am starting to feel like my mind is at ease. I don't feel stressed out any more and I know good things will happen if I just Let Go and Let God. After all it is in His hands and not mine.

I am going on a vacation to Vegas and I am so happy to be getting away for a little bit. I also get to see my dad and my little brother. I cannot remember the last time I went to Vegas. Oh ya I am going to catch up with a high school friend, so that is cool.

On Thursday, I have court for my boys. I am hoping the courts finally say case closed and my boys are mine again. I have traveled a long and hard road, but it has paid off in the end.

My online shop is coming along slowly. I am still updating the site with great products. You can join my affiliate program under two levels free and one time fee. I am also preparing new strategies for my Gold Canyon business. I am going to work a little harder this year than I did last year. So if you want to book a catalog party and earn free Gold Canyon products please contact me. Also if you are considering working from home think Gold Canyon you can start for as little as $20!

I am going to be blogging more often than I have, hopefully next month, as this month I will be packing and moving. Wow a house I am still in awe over the whole thing. Til the next time I blog.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Blast From The Past

There is a saying friends are forever. Well I just got a blast from the past. I chatted with three of my high school friends whom I call my best friends on a conference call. It was like high school all over again. I had  a blast talking to them. It made me realize just how much I have missed them. Life needs friends and you can not go through it without them. I will do my best to always keep in touch with them.

Life is a funny thing. You just don't know what is going to happen from day to day. It can take different turns down the roads of life. One thing will not change is who you are deep inside within. I have suffered many horrific events since the age of 13 and yes it has sculpted the way I think and perhaps my personality as well. No matter what I still feel I am the same person within. I am not sure if this makes sense but I thought I give it a shot.

I am just trying to say if you have good friends in your life or even back in high school try to get in touch with them. If you stopped talking for some reason get over it and make amends because having your friends should mean more than an old grudge. Friends are like family and Family is Forever!

Good night til next I write.