A little slice of heaven:

  

Good Morning. A little PSL at the U of A. Happy 2nd day of fall! 

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Pumpkin Patch Pickin’

October  is slowly sneaking up on us, and now that there is cooler weather in the forecast soon it’s the perfect time to grab the family and head out to the pumpkin patch!

 
The Ozark Corn Maze opened up for the season last weekend and we had a blast! 

  

Pumpkin Spice Bagels: A Fabulous Fall Treat

   
  

The pumpkin bagel or anything pumpkin spice is a favorite fall treat of mine, and these amazing limited edition bagels are finally available to purchase. I picked mine up at Sams while I was in town today. The pumpkin pie spread is suitable not only for these bagels, but also as a fun fall dip for everything from apples to graham crackers. I completed my craving with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Is it fall yet…..

The organic but not everything organic mom:

A lady was in line behind me at Sams the other day.

Full disclosure: I have this really bad habit of looking at the contents of other people’s grocery carts. I’m not judging them. Okay, sometimes I am judging them. Mostly, I view it as “research”.

But when The lady was behind me in line, I was the one who felt judged.

Her cart contained the following: organic yogurt, organic frozen vegetables, organic almond milk, organic spaghetti sauce and organic whole wheat pasta. She was talking on her cell phone to a friend about whether the snacks at her child’s preschool were organic (Which I can’t really say anything about because I did the same out of curiosity). The point is she seemed like she had it all together.

And me? I wanted to dive onto the conveyor belt and shield my items from view even though I’m only 23 and this lady is probably in her 30’s.

I’m frequently asked if I exclusively eat organic. I don’t.

I usually buy organic items we eat a lot that tend to be higher in pesticides. If I can’t find local eggs, I buy organic because the chickens likely had better living conditions. Sometimes I alternate buying organic and conventional on foods like yogurt and in-season strawberries to save money.

But I’m not convinced that miss Chloe’s or my family’s health will suffer if I don’t get EVERYTHING organic.

So why does The lady behind me, through no fault of her own, make me feel inferior–Am I secretly worried that by not spending the extra $100 a week, I’m not doing the very best I can for my family? Or am I just jealous of her shoes?

Organic food shouldn’t be some kind of status symbol or badge of good parenting. It should be a choice you make based on science, personal values, and budget. And you should feel good about buying things like fruits and vegetables, whether they carry the organic seal or not.

So next time I see Another lady like her at the store, I vow to unload my tubs of organic and non-organic, items onto the same belt as her Organic everything items and try to not feel bad about myself or the choices I make. And try to wear better shoes.

Cookie Mason Jar Teacher Gift:

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Chloe wanted to do something special for her teachers over the weekend and what better way to a teachers heart than chocolate chip cookies?

We filled a mason jar with our favorite cookies. We put a punch in the printable and tied it around the mason jar with red, green, and white string.

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Pretty cute, no?? I printed the printable (which you can purchase on Etsy) on regular paper, cut it out, then glued it to some cardstock I had left-over from another project.

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And there you have it folks! when we were done she asked about 50 times if she could go to pre-k today 🙂

Pampered Chef Veggie Pizza:

Somewhere between an appetizer and a snack, this veggie pizza with a flaky, buttery crescent crust is a hit every time.

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Everyone’s got a go-to appetizer. Try this one and you’ll never serve anything else. Top a crescent crust with a creamy herb spread and crisp veggies. That’s all there is to it! What I love most about this super simple snack-etizer is that it’s easy to change up from time to time. As long as you keep the base formula the same (crescent crust + spread + toppings), you can let your imagination run wild.

Ingredients

2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ Place ‘n Bake™ refrigerated crescent rounds or Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup small fresh broccoli florets
1/3 cup quartered cucumber slices
1 plum (Roma) tomato, seeded, chopped
1/4 cup shredded carrot
Steps
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Heat oven to 375°F.
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If using crescent rolls: Unroll both cans of dough; separate dough into 4 long rectangles. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, place dough; press in bottom and up sides to form crust. If using dough sheets: Unroll both cans of dough. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, place dough; press in bottom and up sides to form crust.

Skydiving:

  
“Bend your knees,” he says and I have to obey. From behind, he pulls the strap. I put my arms close to chest and crank my head back until he says to FLY! 

I stretch out my arms, feeling the sky and cold breeze run through my fingers. I’m seeing the world in a whole new way when my throat chokes, my shoulders snap back and those thigh harnesses remind me that they’re there. The tumble dryer effect continues for another few seconds and then it stops. We’re still. Floating, dreamlike in the quiet, quiet air.
Through the haze, my instructor points out the airport, the towns, and the beauty of it all.
He loops canvas over my fingers. Pull left to spin left, right to spin right, both down hard to stop. I’m flying, floating, soaring across the sky and it’s the most amazing, freeing feeling. I wave at the others on the ground and see them waving back.
It’s freedom, it’s intoxicating, it’s enough to mess with your mind.
We sweep into land and just like that it was over and I’d do it all again! 

A Breast Augmentation Experience:

what’s it like to go through a breast augmentation? Well, I’m about to share my experience.

“Why I Wanted a Breast Augmentation”

When I had miss Chloe, my breasts lost volume and got smaller.

“How I Chose My Plastic Surgeon”

I spent months researching plastic surgeons. I asked friends who’d had surgery. I searched for plastic surgeons online, read reviews, and looked at doctors’ website. I had finally found a surgeon ( Dr Vanderpool) certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in Fayetteville Arkansas. When I finally came in for my consultation I fell in love with all the staff, which made me feel comfortable moving forward with my surgery. I paid in full and set my surgery date!

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“The Night before Surgery”

I’m so excited! I have a feeling I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight. I’m nervous. This is a big procedure, but I’ve been preparing for a good long while. I already had my prescriptions filled and ready to take with me  in the morning so that made it easier.

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Day of Surgery”
I woke up thinking, Today’s the day!

When I arrived early in the morning, I was actually pretty nervous, but everyone was so kind and calm and reassuring that I felt comfortable going into surgery. They gave me an IV filled with anesthesia, I walked into the surgery room and as soon as I laid down I fell straight to sleep. After surgery they rolled me into the recovery room for 2 hours. I was asleep the full 2 and Jay came back to pick me up since he wasn’t allowed in there with me.  I was on pain meds but considering I just got out of sugary I thought I’d at least feel some sort of pain that day. Ladies and gents I felt NONE! Yes you heard correct, I felt pressure but NO pain.

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“One Day after Surgery”
Taking my pain medication as prescribed. Still the pain wasn’t even noticeable. I just found that it was hard to get up in the morning because my breasts felt heavy. The amount of pain a patient experiences after a breast augmentation varies from almost none to a lot. In addition to pain medication, I took an ice pack wrapped in cloth and placed along the sides of my breasts to help the swelling.
“Four Days after Surgery”

I am so happy!
My breasts are very stiff and swollen and high on my chest, but they’re coming down slowly but surely.
I’m excited about the results.
“One Week after Surgery”

Still feeling pretty great. My boobs are stiff, and want to take off this sports bra but I have patience.
“Six Weeks after Surgery”

Definitely pleased with my results. Even while pregnant my breast look so good and are healing very nicely, you can barely see my scar.

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Now let’s talk about costs and Silicone Vs Saline:
Saline and Silicone Breast Implants

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There are two types of breast implants: saline and silicone.

~Saline-filled implants are silicone shells filled with sterile salt water.

~Silicone-filled implants are silicone shells filled with a plastic gel and feel more like real breasts.
Costs:

How much breast implants cost depends on the location, doctor, and type of implant used. For example my procedure cost me 5,475.00 but I also got silicone implants which was more expensive.

I hoped this blog post was helpful.