I’m chubby

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Hi everyone! I’ve been pretty absent lately due to a plethora of crappy excuses I won’t bore you with but mostly health reasons. These health issues have taken such a toll on my mental health that I’ve allowed myself to be a lazy piece of trash for a whole month. So I gained 10lbs. It’s the most weight I’ve ever weighed in my life and I really want to work it off. I’ve already quit smoking back in December and that was supposed to be the first step towards my health goals and it ended up being the only step so far lol

I’ve heard people talking here and there about something called the Keto Diet. I’m intrigued. The concept is that you eat a high calorie, low carb diet that puts your body into ketosis, causing you to lose weight in a healthy way. I’m still learning about it myself but for some basic info to those who have never heard of it, I’ve been using this website as a beginner’s guide.

I really just wanted to post and update you all on what’s been going on with me but I hope in mentioning this, anyone with experience could reach out and give me some valuable advice. All advice is welcome as long as it’s constructive! Miss you, WordPress Community! Also, here’s a cute Chibi of me and my cat Soup, thanks to an awesome artist on deviantart.

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DIY: Hemp Oil Facial/Hair Oil

I had a really great weekend doing tons of crafty and artsy fartsy things. I have been slacking in that department for a long time. They had always been more than hobbies for me, they were literally my medicine, my soul cleansing me-time. I feel so GOOD about all the things I did this weekend that I feel inclined to share it with you guys. I will be sharing them in a series of posts over the next few days! I considered doing one big clusterfuck post of all the DIYs I did this weekend but for the sake of organization and not overwhelming my followers, I’ve decided to give it to you in small doses. 🙂

Hemp Oil Facial/Hair Oil
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Okay so this one is probably the most minimal effort thing I did this weekend, but somehow I was most excited about it. I’ve been having nasty acne outbreaks lately so I wanted to find a completely natural way to combat it. Hemp Oil is incredibly beneficial for your skin, with lots of fatty omega 3’s, disinfectant properties, and quick absorption, this was a no brainer carrier oil for me. It’s great for people with sensitive skin.

What you need:
– A small, empty bottle to hold your product
– Hemp Oil
– Tea Tree Oil
– Other Essential Oils of your preference!
– Probably a funnel (unless you’re feeling brave)

How to Mix them:
– Fill your bottle 2/3 of the way with your Hemp Oil
– Add 5-7 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Keep in mind this oil can be very potent, but has incredible benefits)
– Add 2-3 drops of the Essential Oil of your choice, personally I chose Lavender and Lemongrass as they both have great effects on the skin and smell lovely!
– Replace the lid to the bottle and shake the shit out of it to ensure the essential oils are thoroughly diluted.

How to Use:
Using it is really simple, cover the opening with your finger and tip to saturate your finger in the oil, or use a dropper if you prefer. Then massage the desired amount onto clean skin. I use the excess on my finger tips to massage into my scalp to promote healthy hair growth! Hemp Oil and Tea Tree Oil are both infamously great for hair.

Shelf Life / Expiry:
Hemp Oil tends to have a low shelf life (in my opinion), so be sure to write it down somewhere so you don’t end up using spoiled product. To increase the shelf life of your products, you might choose a brown bottle instead of a clear one, to preserve the oils.

 

Biting the bullet

Since the last time I updated this blog so much has happened. As far as my ADHD goes, it’s been extremely tough, to say the least. I have been struggling to manage it on my own, all my apps and resources slowly began to go unused, I sold my FitBit, and I sank into a […]

via Biting the bullet — Chatty Katie

I wrote up a new article on Chatty Katie! I debated posting it here instead but in the name of organization I went ahead and put it where it belongs and shared it here instead. Hope this helps anyone else struggling with ADHD and debating going on medication!

20 Links That Will Make You Fall In Love With StumbleUpon, again! (2nd Edition)

You may remember the first edition I did, it was pretty popular gaining over 13k views. Well, I’m here now with round two. Here are 20 new links that will make you fall in love with StumbleUpon all over again! These are links and breathtaking photos I found and enjoyed while stumbling around, I hope something catches your eye and encourages you to start stumbling too! StumbleUpon is a gold mine of knowledge, mindless games, and bizarre oddities you wouldn’t find otherwise!

Staggering Beauty
Weird Skill Books
100k Stars
Tiny House Tour
11 Drinking Games
The key to happiness?
Ragdoll
Beauty Hacks
What is your acne telling you?
Draw a stickman
Letters by kids
Important Tumblr Revelations As Told by Buzzfeed
Lexophiles
Stop Misspelling These Words
Hilarious Online Voting Contests Gone Awry
Factslides
Skittles Vodka
Hair Hacks
Deep Space Photos
What Colour Are You? 

Some Beautiful Photographs:

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Yoga is for anyBODY

Another yoga post, shocker! That seems to be all I’ve been doing lately but honestly, I feel SO good! I have been practicing every single day. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and for once I am forming a very healthy and beneficial habit. One amazing thing I have discovered about yoga is that there is no discrimination. Yoga is for every body. Big, small, short, tall, broken, or built. I am overweight, I know a lot of people don’t consider me overweight but I am according to my BMI and besides that, I FEEL overweight. But when I do yoga, I feel healthy, and I feel as light as air. It has restored a confidence in me that I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. I follow a lot of Yogis on Instagram and my favourite tag is #curvyyoga because they are slaying! They are breaking down the boundaries and preconceived ideas of fitness that society has placed on us, I’m honoured to become a part of that. If you have thought about yoga, but talked yourself out of it because you think it’s not for you or your body type, I urge you to check out that hashtag.

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I’m a professional baby feeder.

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In light of the never ending Mommy wars between formula feeding and breast feeding mommies, I decided to write a little entry shining some positive light on both options. I formula fed my two sons and I am exclusively breast feeding my daughter as we speak. So I am a self-proclaimed expert on both, hear me out! I have two amazing, healthy little boys who were formula fed. Braden is as smart as a whip and Chase certainly is not starving 😉 It’s safe to say the stuff people will try to force down your throat may not always be accurate. Then there’s Paisley, my first breastfed baby, she is growing beautifully and it’s so wonderful to know my body is sustaining her. It’s truly amazing. I can’t begin to tell you how tired I am of seeing women argue over this or try to force feed their beliefs onto other women. (pun absolutely intended)

So, without further rambling, ranting, and raving, here are some reasons you should try both!


Pros of formula feeding:

1. Convenience!
When you formula feed, you can conveniently hand off your little sprout to other family members if you like, during feeding times. Not only does this open up Mom’s free time, but it gives other people a chance to bond with the baby. That’s not to say that feeding the baby is the only method of bonding, but it certainly is a common one!

2. Freedom!
Preparing your babies formula gives you the option of leaving your baby in the care of a babysitter, spouse, friend, or relative, if you want or need to! Some women really value that freedom and if you’re that kind of woman, you should strongly consider formula feeding.

3. Feeding times are longer between!
We know that formula is a little more difficult for our little one’s to digest, but with that comes slower digestion, which means more time between feedings. That gives you the “me-time” you’ve been needing! Take that time to bath in peace and quiet, or grab something to eat. Lord knows it’s hard to find the time to do those simple tasks with a little one depending on you.

4. Diet!
Because your body is not sustaining the little sprout, you are able to eat/drink whatever you want! While health is important, some of us like to binge a little (or a lot!). When you formula feed, you have the freedom to eat or whatever you want without worrying about the affect it might have on your baby. This includes coffee, alcoholic beverages, or foods they may have an allergy to.


Perks of breastfeeding:

1. It’s FREE!
Who doesn’t love free stuff?! You can actually sustain an effing human being for free using your boobs! How wonderful is that? Formula can get pretty pricey and if you’re a scrooge like me, free is definitely the way to go.

2. Bonding
Just knowing that by some miracle your body is producing everything your little one needs to thrive and grow every day, is enough to blow your mind, isn’t it? It’s beautiful and that time you spend with your baby is beautiful too! Your baby will know your smell and the sound of your heart beating. There’s nothing more special than that!

3. Nursing burns calories!
Yep, forget fretting about your weight, nursing your baby will actually burn calories AND cause your uterus to contract and shrink. Getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight will be almost effortless!

4. Natural vitamins and antibodies!
Nursing your baby is not only good for your body, but it is very good for your baby too. Your body made this milk especially for your baby and it contains lots of vitamins and minerals that you may not be able to find in formula. Plus, in the beginning you produce colostrum, which is really great for baby as it contains antibodies that cannot be duplicated by a factory.


There you have it, there are perks to both options! Don’t let anyone try to dictate how you feed your baby, either choice is a great choice and your choice to make.