Friday, May 27, 2011

Chalkboard Table.


this is the story of our little table that i love. little table has been with us for some time now. found at target and we took little table home and made a place for it. little table is the perfect size and has been used from everything to a coffee table, to a stool, to a fort, to an art table. recently it's looked quite messy, and i had a moment and i thought about getting rid of little table. but i had to think and think i did. we turned little table from white to black and it solved everything. 


and after.

i have to say. i rather enjoy little table being black. black is the new black. it's a keeper:)


meanwhile, we are going into week tres where one of the little birds is sick. dune was just coming around the corner and BAM! lars woke up sick. these are some loooong days where everywhere i turn someone needs me. like really needs me. i have two arms, three kids, and babies that need undivided attention and a five year old that needs to know she still matters. oh, and somewhere in there i need to eat. and sleep. sleep, not so much. but eat, i gotta have it.

i slept two hours last night. right now i feel like poop. this is actually how i feel.

rather, this is much more how i feel. i'm- over. it.

 everyone have a great three day weekend. live it up, healthy style!!! skip the booze and head to the juice bar!!!! your body will want to make out with you. ;) 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Tips.

first i want to wish my dad a very happy birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! we will see you in two months! last year on my dad's birthday i was on my way to Albany, New York to the cancer center to meet with an oncologist who was going to "stage" my cancer. i was so nervous when i was filling out paper work that i had my sister finish it for me. my mom was there too, and so was jonathan. my dad came to Albany later and met us and we were probably all thinking what we weren't saying, which was, "is she going to die?" the news i got that day was that my cancer wasn't a death sentence, but at the same time it was going to be no walk in the park. basically i was getting prepped that day to pull out the big guns, step up, and fight to be on this earth, raise my babies, kiss my husband, go to lunch with my mom, shopping with my sister, and hug my dad. life that day changed as i knew it. i've never looked back. my life moves in one direction- forward. so with all that said, this birthday for my dad is probably quite significant in many ways. he's had another year with his baby. and of course, that blessing is really mine. love you dad!

the best thing i can do now is prevent cancer from ever coming near me again. so DIET. that is the food i eat. not some fad. it's my medicine, and you should be looking at your plate and asking the same thing of your food. but can you really ask greasy chicken wings to fight that cold for you? uh, no. didn't think so. 

one of the BEST things we can do for our bodies is drink WATER! we are fortunate enough to live in a country where we have access to clean water. but people will go all day without a glass. instead they are needing that fix at 7-11 and filling that big gulp with food coloring, sugar, poison. Yum! water though, brilliant. i drink 5, 32 ounces refillable bottles worth of water a day. yup, that's right. i drink a whole 160 ounces of water a day. and my tummy and skin thank me for it. so do some other things, but i won't get too personal. sure i pee a lot, but that's when i'm reminded that it's working. get those TOXINS OUT! i make sure my kids drink tons and tons and tons of water a day too. one of the best things we can do for our kids is make sure they are well hydrated. that means, put down the milk (mucus) and juices, and please tell me you don't but if you do, soda. and give your kids the good stuff. H20 baby!

alright, hopefully you've gone and gotten yourself a glass of water since i keep rambling on, you are probably thirsty by now. anyway, i am about to give you a grocery list, a no fail, your kids will eat this stuff, no dairy, no sugar, no artificial food coloring, and no meat grocery list. you can expect to pay $1- $2 more per item than you do already. to me, that is a small price to pay for some BIG results. have you ever heard, Food= Mood? well it does! Living foods will make you feel ALIVE! Rawwwwrrrrrr! so get some raw in ya, and go a little crazy. i did cartwheels around the yard the other night after dinner because i felt like flying. sure my kids think i'm nuts, but at least i'm around for them to judge me! Ha! 

okay, so some things i've brought home DO NOT work for kids. i've wasted time, money, and food by trying to do the right thing. but you don't have to! i am going to give you my favorite, kid approved, tummy approved list of products. this will work especially well if you walk into a health food store and don't know where to begin. begin with this list! 

Tree of Life- they make cookies and nut butters, and frozen veggies and i'm obsessed with their stuff. 

Apple and Eve Juice- When i'm feeling lazy or going to the park i'll throw these in a bag. they are the RIGHT portion size. kids should NOT have super big juice boxes. that's a no no.

Barleans- love it! i use their Flax Oil and Coconut Oil. It's good stuff.

Bragg- you gotta have it. go get their RAW Apple Cider Vinegar and pour some in a bath. sit back and get ready to marvel. i use their olive oil too. yum yum yum!

So Delicious- so obsessed!!! my kids go bananas over their coconut yogurts. enough said.

Enviro Kidz- this is good to bring along where there are other kids around. this makes my kids not feel left out. it's a great alternative to rice krispie treats.

Annie's Naturals Dressings- i love the Goddess. But that line has many Vegan options when i am too lazy to make my own from scratch.

Earth Balance- instead of butter. use it. love it.

Back to Nature- i love their chips, cookies, and nuts. 

daiya cheese- i have found this to be the best Vegan cheese alternative. Whole Foods uses it on their pizzas. case closed.

Purely Decadent- purely HEAVEN!!! and Vegan baby, so go a head... do a little dance. you can be a vegan and eat ice cream!!!!!

Earth's Best- i use their canned products, but they know what's up. cans are fine, as long as it says, PBA free!!!!!!!!

Cascadian Farms- my kids love their cereal. i love that they love it. so i buy it:)

Pacific Natural Foods- oh. my. gosh. their carrot ginger soup! woa!!!! and i use their almond milk. it sooooo good. 

so there you have it. that's what we eat. my kids love their food. i usually buy mostly produce and they eat a bunch of raw goodness, but when they don't, this is what they get. eating clean, and vegan isn't about what we don't eat, it's about what we do!!!!

recipe to try this week: Dessert Hummus
2 cups chickpeas, drained and washed
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 T brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
Cinnamon sugar to garnish (optional)

think about this:

Ah, what a great thought that God designed us to live on plants and fruits and grains alone, and to live among a garden. i think of this verse everyday. 

Genesis 1:29

"Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food."

watch: even though this video is quite funny, sadly it's all very true. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Montessori Way.

books are a great way to give small responsibility. 

pouring their own cereal, and dune vacuuming.

a place to display their art, and lars finger painting on the right.

small child sized seating to give them a grown up feel.

activity books for graycen.

balls are great for sensory, so they will always be left out. other toys will be cycled in and out.

lars and gray playing and listening to classical music.

graycen doing her laundry and washing her dishes.

this summer i am going to be using the Montessori Method to prepare graycen for kindergarten. i am also going to be using this method for dune and lars, and this coming fall i will be using it full time to teach them. 

Montessori Method is the right fit for us, and may be for you too. Montessori Method aims to - facilitate the development of the child's unique personality. 
- to help him become socially and emotionally well adjusted and grow up as a physically strong and happy child.
- to help make it possible for him to develop to his full intellectual capacity.
- to allow freedom within limits.
- to respect the individuality of the child
- to resist imposing your own will and personality on your child
- don't be over possessive or over protective to your child.
- don't make excessive demands on your child's affections- let him come to you when he needs affection.
- don't be too easygoing.
-allow your child to be active
- recognize the importance of motivation and how it affects learning.

A child wants to learn. 

- encourage independent learning.
-modeling, a lot of your child's learning is through watching and imitating adults and other children.
- help your child learn step by step.
- help your child develop concentration
- encourage a positive attitude to learning.
- help him develop memory skills.
- encourage language development.

the most obvious factor would be that as a parent you have to be around to do this for your child. remember, as the parent, you are the most important teacher in their lives. it is important to keep everything at a minimum. everything being clean and orderly is important to a child. especially at their tiny level. if everything is chaotic,  they will pick up on this and set a value based on that. toys are to be kept at a minimum. books are encouraged. every day objects are encourage. while you are making dinner, let your child play with the real pots and pans. not plastic, fake, tiny ones you can get at the toy store, is one example. graycen, dune, and lars, within reasonable expectations will be encouraged to wash their own dishes, help with laundry, put their clothes away, clean up their books, and so forth. in the morning, i help dune and lars pour their cereal, graycen does it on her own. eventually, dune and lars will do it on their own. 

their are so many things i get excited about when i think of all that i will get to watch them do, and become as they are all little individuals who are a big blessing in my life. i thank God for them and the opportunity i get everyday to be with them. i am glad i chose to  stay home with my babies, where everyday i get to be creative. i am a chef, a teacher, a photographer, a musician, an artist. i am mom~


also, i would like to give these clothes to you! if you have a need for them, or someone you know does, or if you just think they are pretty and want to wear them, please let me know. everything is a M/L, and fits a 10-12. the clothes are from, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Gap, H&M, Banana Republic, J.Crew, French Connection, Splendid, and American Apparel. some stuff was only worn once, and some not at all! please message me on FACEBOOK and let me know. i will ship it out to you this week:)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Precious Gray.

my darling girl. if only you could have seen me the day you were born. when i saw your face, the world fell silent. my life came to a standstill. i had never felt anything like that before. and then came the morning that we were alone for the very first time. my heart was pounding and i was quite nervous. i was suddenly in charge of this little life whom i knew nothing about. i just hoped and prayed that one day you would forgive me for all the times i was about to mess up. you were perfect. i wanted to keep you that way. then came the time that i washed one of your diapers in a load of your laundry. little tiny beads had gone everywhere. that ruined my day. and that day changed my life. i realized in that moment, that i was going to mess up. a lot. and that you were going to have to love a woman who made lots of mistakes when it came to parenting. fast forward five years later. when i look at your life and the way you see the world, the way you strike up conversations with people who deep inside of me make me afraid for you to talk to, and the way i can hear people giggling long after you've left the room, and how adults cry when you deeply affect and change their perspective on the way they see the world. my little girl, you make a big impact. there are no walls, no boundaries that you fit between. what God has planned for you, exceeds any limit i could ever put on you. you are an amazing seed, growing and growing. i feel lucky to know you, and blessed to call myself your mom. you are going be starting kindergarten at the end of this summer, and you just graduated from Preschool yesterday. i pray you will make friends who lift you up, encourage you to be yourself, who respond to the leader you are, and to always allow you to grow in the wisdom of the Lord. i love you dear girl. 

love, momma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday Instagrams.

hoping your weekend was relaxing. we spent saturday at the beach with my sister and her husband who is now an uncle to my kids. and might i just add how incredibly blessed they are to have them as an aunt and uncle? danielle has an enormous heart and each one of my kids has a special place in it. but what really blesses my socks off is that bryan has the same spots in his heart! and they are filled with graycen, dune, and lars:) it thrills me beyond, that they love my kids so much. i'm so happy for g, d, and l for those two amazing relationships they have now and that they always will have. Thank You God:) 

graycen woke up with a bit of a sniffle on sunday so we skipped church and decided that being lazy is the best way to ward off an oncoming cold. we sipped tea and watched movies and took every blanket we have in the house and made cozy places to lay on the floor. we did that for about 8 hours. ;) i'm happy that today she woke up and told me she felt awesome. she is awesome. i also made some hand made thank you cards from g's birthday party that i need to get out in the mail. i'm quite happy with the way they look. thinking about framing one and using it in dune and lars room. 

everyone, have a great week! 

oh, and graycen's pre-k graduation is tomorrow. i better bring the tissues!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

One Year Ago...

one year ago i was diagnosed with cancer. i had a four year old and two 10 month old twins boys at home that were waiting for me to get back from the doctor's appointment. i thought to myself, if the cancer did not kill me, that i might die from my broken heart. a year later i have a five year old and two 21 month old twin boys. i've been there for every smile, every laugh, every tear, every milestone, for the really great times, and the really hard times. a year later i am cancer free, but perhaps more importantly my heart is healing. today we woke up and graycen isn't feeling well, and the boys keep crying and fighting. maybe this would normally be a hard day, but instead i am so pleased with this. i am so blessed by this. i am here. they've got their momma. this is the best that it gets, and i've got it. 

the day after my diagnosis i listened to this song over and over and over until my numbness ignited and turned to tears. i cried more the day after i was diagnosed than i ever have in my entire life. i wasn't sure if i was going to live through this. and i didn't know why this was happening to me. a year later i can see that God has used every single drop of this year to strengthen and mature me.  this year i figured out how to live. how i want my life defined when all my life is is a story to the next generation. i want to be known, not for what i posses, but for what i give away. i've learned that to "die is gain, and to live is Christ." i've freed up fear in my life, and discouragement, and doubt. not only am i alive. i've come alive. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Parenting Beyond...

hello all you wonderful active parents out there! looking forward to the weekend? saturday is always such a great morning for us. graycen usually wakes up and crawls into bed with me, and we lay there giggling as we listen to dune and lars laughing in their room. i usually cook a big breakfast and we lay around in p.j.'s till at least 10 in the morning. one day i dream of putting it off until noon;) i'm big on jammies. 

the boys and i went to the book store this morning and i picked up a new book called, "Parenting Beyond Your Capacity." i often think that what i manage to do in a day is beyond my capacity. i have learned that really terrible starts to my days, most of the time end in really excellent nights, and vice versa. i am well aware that this is God stepping into my life and doing just that, taking me beyond my capacity. doors open and we walk through them. God always meets me there. in doing so, my children watch God at work, rather than just listen to me tell them stories that they can't really grasp, or wonder how that applies to them. (mostly speaking for graycen. (dune and lars are still a bit young. none the less, they hold hands, close their eyes to pray, and even say Amen. yes, they are totally awesome.) i am an avid reader, so my kids are on this wild journey with me as my mind, and life expand at a rapid rate as we trust in the Lord to take us where we need to be. is it overly ambitious of me to think that i can raise kids to be globally aware, people loving, raw- organic eating, Jesus serving kids? to desire that one day we spend Christmas traditions giving away our gifts instead of holding on to them? i don't think it is. and that is why i choose to parent this way. it's no joke when God tells you that He will help you through anything. all we have to do is ask? yup. and He wants to do that for us. just think about all the great things we want for our kids. God is our Father. He wants that good stuff for us too:) i tell graycen every single day, every -single- day that God has a plan so laid out that He had to create her because no one else could do the job. i remind myself that that is also why i was created. 

this book is going to help me a great deal. when we move back to new york, jonathan and i are going to make our marriage a priority. i'm talking above all else. part of that will be small groups within our church, and wed. night services, and also dates. we are looking to hire a babysitter that our children will fall in love with and that will fall in love with our kids. i've already started praying that God direct me to the right person for our family. this is where parenting beyond my capacity will also come in to play. eventually you have to learn to trust. 

on the back of the book it says-

Engage your family in a bigger story that involves more than just your family-  one that involves other influences who are on a journey to discover why a relationship with God really matters. We want to encourage you to establish a lifestyle as a parent in which you...
- invite others to invest in your children so your sons and daughters have other voices that will help shape and determine the direction of their lives.
- create a culture of unconditional love to fuel the emotional and moral health of your children.
- tap into the power of quality moments together, building a sense of purpose through everyday experiences.

i want to encourage you too! take the weekend to pray about God taking you further. spend some great time with your kids. eat something healthy. let them SEE why loving Jesus matters. 

and here is a yummy delicious treat to make for the little ones...

*sherbet lemonade* (you will need a juicer for this... don't have one? go get one, it will change your life.) 
take two golden delicious apples and a lemon with the ends cut off and send through juicer. pour over ice. for my kids, i usually freeze this into popsicles. it's very sweet. but they LOVE it for a dessert.

have a beautiful weekend~

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Love is hard as nails.

this is from Jonathan and my daily devotional. it's so powerful, i had to share. this was yesterdays.

 Love Dare.

Anger can fuel hatred in a man's heart until he feels like attacking his enemy. But love can spark kindness in his heart so he lays down his life for his friend. Selfishness can drive a woman to tighten her grip and hoard her resources. But love can inspire her to open her hands and give sacrificially. Love is the purest and most powerful motivator. It gives courage to a coward, wisdom to a fool.
When love invades your heard, you are empowered to endure deeper pain, willingly pay a greater cost, and run risks to your reputation for the sake of another. Love causes a soldier to lay down his life for his country, a mother to pray relentlessly for her child, and a gracious God to send His only Son to die for our sins. Love is that powerful.
Paul the apostle endured beatings, intense persecution, and hardships throughout his life. He did it for one reason alone: "Christ's love" compelled him. If love began fueling your decisions, what would it drive you to do for your marriage?

Go deeper.

Read 1 Corinthians 13. After you have read it, read verses 4-7 again. This time replace the words "love" or "it" with your first name. Then close in prayer and ask God to help you with that.

here is what it would look like with my name. go ahead and put yours in there where mine is.

Allison is patient and kind. Allison is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Allison does not demand her own way. Allison is not irritable and keeps no record of being wronged. Allison does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Allison never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.


so how then do we love like this? jonathan and i both entered our marriage with deep, deep wounds. so in our marriage we ended up deeply wounding one another. i wish i could say just once. but time and time again, we hurt each other. hurting people, hurt people. as a child i learned for the first time in my life, that you can in fact quit love. or it can quit you. i saw this first hand as a quiet little back ground noise in my own parents divorce. the union and togetherness that lasted many many years for them had ended. and for whatever the reasons, i, in my own young mind, saw that love dies. i have discovered now as an adult and in my own marriage that love may be the hardest act ever called on our lives. like C.S. Lewis wrote, "love is hard as nails." can you love like 1 Cor. 4? no of course not! no one can. that is a flawless perfect love. but with God, i can start everyday trying, and every night knowing i did the best i could. (Phil. 4:13) when i fail, and boy do i, i ask God to point out to me (if someone hasn't already) where i went wrong, and how i could do better. usually it starts with my tail between my legs, head down, and my pride hurting. but what happens next is a God thing. i feel much better. my moment transformed by the mere step of love. Jesus came to teach over and over again about love. so why then is it so hard? well, we weren't meant to do life alone, my friend. God designed our lives to be spent step by step with Him. but God will never force you. you make the choice, and He will always be waiting there ready to guide your next step if you decide that is what you want.

so what, no gray area? but what if my husband did THIS? or what about that time my wife did THAT? God covers the unthinkable, the pain, the hurt, the suffering. there isn't a bible that is written for all those "gray areas." His love covers everything. it's black and white. but as humans we are not. when i was moving to Florida last year i suffered some really hard times. there were a couple of people who decided to speak out against what i was doing. what was said about me was so horrible and damaging. i thought i would close that part of my heart right then and there. and although those people do not talk to me today, God has left that spot open and soft and continues to heal me more and more each day. in my own power i could never think and pray for those people like i do today. in my own strength i would have flipped a lid! but God used that to come and enter my life deeper and calm my spirit.

i encourage you, to not wait till you hear, "you have cancer" or whatever your "cancer" may be, anger, alcohol, food, infidelity, or whatever the hold that is on your life to keep you from living God's great plan He has for you. don't wait till you are dying to really live. or love.

 "and the greatest of these is love." 1Corinthians 13:13

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tippy Tuesday.

dune loves his lavender baths.

hello all you wonderful friends! since my one year diagnosis date is right around the corner, ( i was diagnosed a cancer survivor last May 15th) i thought i would pay my respects by starting a Tippy Tuesday. every tuesday i am going to pass on some organic love to you in the form of beauty, health, food, kids, and most importantly what God has to say about all of this.

so here are my tips for today.

first, you know that what you put on your body is just as important as what goes in it... and out for that matter. so i wanna let you know that you can still wear make-up and your kids can have cotton candy smelling shampoo and you can be just as glamorous, more so if you ask me, and be totally healthy. go on over to 100%Pure and load up on some mascara, some shampoos, and some sunscreens (you better wear your sunscreen!) and have a blast. feel good about being good to yourself. remember, you want to be around to do the job that God has called you to do. so take care of that body!
100% Pure.

here's a challenge for the week. try making your own nut butter. have a food processor, and some nuts? well, there you have it.

here's a recipe to try. also, do you know if you make one meal change a day full of fruits and veggies that it will greatly improve your well being? try it! and try this.

have a baby? diaper rashes are an inevitable part of the babyhood. help them out! put some organic coconut oil and some tee tree oil on their bum and they will be bouncy happy little ones in no time. ( and my good friend Kelli would like to add, go one step further and go cloth!)

and finally, dwell on this. 1 Corinthians 6:20 "you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Family Fight Night.

friday night we went to Family Fight Night at our church.

so, what were we fighting for?



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Moms!

most days this mom can found playing "couch." seems i'm the comfiest spot.

taking a break for the next few days to be with family, and honor my grandmother's life, and jonathan is coming for the weekend, and on Sunday i get to relish in the best life possible, the life of motherhood:)

i fancy it alright. there's not a thing in the world my heart desires more than to raise these little ones. they are valued and held with high esteem. i thank God for their lives, and the fact that they all call me mom. 

to my own mother. you are the ultimate mom. the one. you gave me life and i still follow your lead. thank you for being the leader you were to me and are to me. thank you for showing me what being a good mother is all about. Happy Mother's Day Mom! i love you!

to my mother in law. thank you for loving me like a daughter. thank you for becoming a mom by having that baby boy whom one day would grow up and i would marry. i love you!

and for all of you Proverbs 31 mothers out there.... keep doing that job you are doing so well. this next generation is depending on it! God will honor your work and bless you. I think He already has;) Happy Mother's day to you all!

Proverbs 31

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happily Raising VegHeads.

We did it! we have gone a whole three weeks without any dairy. that's it. that was the last step for me. that means this year i've gotten rid of meat, sugar, dairy, caffeine, processed foods, and lots and lots of baggage. God has literally blown me away this year. my leaning on Him has allowed Him to take me safely to places i would never had dare gone before. actually, i have tried before, and all i got was a big FAIL. but i can say that through this diagnosis, God has used every bit of it to get me spiritually, mentally, and physically in optimum health. i would have never had the nerve to step out so boldly the way i have with what i have been learning. i tried to go vegan a few years ago, but after letting what other people were saying about me affect me more than what i knew my head and heart were telling me, i fell right back into eating poorly and treating this body as if it had nothing to gain. well, now both my head and heart know that that is false, and i am thrilled to be calling myself a vegan. this has not been an over night process. it's taken me 10 months to get here. i let fear speak to me for so long. but now i'm done with that. i won't be discouraged. i will be strengthened. my grandmother's death was the last straw for me. and the first step. i am dedicated to living a life that honors this body that God has gifted me with. and in doing so, getting myself healthy will enable me to serve Him that much more. 
A little bit about being a vegan. do you know it can literally REVERSE cancer growth!!! Hello, that is HUGE!!!!!!! it can PREVENT cancer from coming back!!!!! it can brighten your skin, it can reverse signs of aging, it can give you a healthy glow, you will get thin, and remain thin (healthily). Um, i'll just say it- being VEGAN is SEXXXXAY!!!!!! and although all those things are wonderful, i mean like really really wonderful... in the process of putting down the knife you will be saving tons and tons of lives. like i tell graycen, "if we could own it as a pet and love it, then we are not eating it." 

for my health and recovery from the ordeal my own body has faced, i am choosing to eat and live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of what i eat is raw, and the other 20% can be cooked. this will get my body in an alkaline state which will benefit me greatly. 

i know there will be lots of explain' to do, as there has been along the way already. for one, jonathan is not so key yet on giving up dairy. meat, sure. dairy, not so sure. but i have given him confidence that he will never be going hungry and that i can't wait to be cooking his meals again, and packing his lunch for work. (oooo, those days are around the corner!) and i'm sure i'll have to have some practice telling people who want to feed my kids, that they are vegan. but whatevs. we know what we are doing is right. so, i leave you with this. have you seen the previews for this yet? watch, and learn.:)

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