When Things Get Sidetracked…

You know what they say about the best laid plans, right?  Inevitably my dreams of a well-organized house had to be put to the side.  Not sure if it was the cold or the flu around here, but we have now been through two rounds of sickness in this house – THIS YEAR.

It’s been brutal.  Brian kicked it off with a nasty flu type bug that literally knocked him down for the count.  So naturally the kids started to fall one by one after that, and Brian’s parents got it in there too…aaaaaand then it was my turn.  Then Brian got worse again and the kids started in on a second round!!  Poor Easton battled a 3 day fever and missed a whole week of school!  Needless to say, there was a lot of television watching and kindle time going on!!

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Nothing against dads, but it’s a rough job for a mom when there’s sickness in the house!!  Mom takes care of all of her regular chores, and then some.  Mom wants to take care of everyone and make them feel better, but mom is literally pulled in like 7 different directions.  Mommy needs to make tea for daddy, read a book to Emerson, cuddle Deacon, put on a show for Easton, get Hayden water and get Brody markers to color.  All at the same time.  The sheer number of demands is like insane.

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Even as I’m sitting here trying to focus on typing this sentence, 4 kids are coloring at the table with me and telling me what they are coloring, asking me to write or draw things for them or asking me what they should draw.  Sometimes I think my brain will explode.

So nursing all the sickies and being coughed and sneezed on fifty times evidently wore me down enough where I was hit with the fever and sickness for a weekend.  Of course, Brian was feeling a little better and went to work, and the kids were feeling better and wanted to constantly do stuff.  So mom tries to power through because mom has no choice.  Luckily my immune system kicked the bug out after a couple days and I was back up and running by the time round 2 hit.  And it was a doozy!  Round 2 was worse!  My poor babies had multiple days of fever and and just feeling like crap.  If only I could clone myself to cuddle 5 kids at once, and then disinfect at the same time!

And just when you think it’s over, and you have 3 fever-free days, 2 boys wake up with fevers again.  Are you bleeping kidding me???

So now we are (knock on wood) FINALLY on the mend, and I’m hoping to pick up where I left off!!

KonMari hit a road block, but I’m happy to say that I have kept my clothing neat and tidy!!  Next step in that part of the journey is books, which should be nice and simple.  I don’t keep too many around!!  Hopefully I’ll get to that this week.

As far as my keto journey has been going, I’ve been (mostly) staying the course.  I’m pretty proud of how I’ve been doing!  I’ve hit a couple snags and had one minor binge, but I was able to pull myself back and I’m more committed than ever to continue this way of eating.  I just feel so great!  So energetic and happy, and motivated to keep doing all this other stuff to make my life a little more streamlined and simple.

While I’m working on that stuff, enjoy some sad, sick faces from the past weeks.

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KonMari-ing the Husband

I keep forgetting to post updates, but I finally took an afternoon to get through Brian’s things and it’s mostly done!

I didn’t actually make him hold everything and decide if it sparked joy, but it’s done and the veterans are getting another 4 lawn and leaf bags!

There’s obviously still some work to be done, but it’s like a decluttering snowball… I’m in the zone, just wishing I had more time to work!

Back in the (Bulletproof) Saddle Again…

It has been a bit of a struggle, but I’m back into the ketogenic way of eating, over the keto flu, and I’m guessing fat- adapted because I’m feeling more energetic! Score!

Just wanted to share with you my favorite thing about the ketogenic WOE. It’s probably the highlight of my day. Bulletproof coffee!

I’d first read about it when I was researching the Paleo and AIP diets. To be honest, it sounded gross! BUTTER? In coffee? But I gave it a shot and made Brian try it too, and it turns out we loved it!

A couple tweaks to the formula, and we’ve got our breakfast, sometimes lunch and sometimes dinner perfected!

Here’s my recipe:

10 ozs brewed coffee

1 tbsp grass-fed butter (we use Kerrygold salted butter l

1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

1tbsp MCT oil (or coconut oil)

1 tsp sugar-free flavored syrup (I use Skinny Syrups)

Add all ingredients to a Ninja blender cup and blend for a few seconds. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

It’s like a creamy, yummy latte that beats paying for Starbucks!