Easy Veggie Pasta

-  Handful whole wheat pasta - 1 handful of spinach  - 1 c of broccoli  -1 zucchini (cut into small pieces) - 1c cherry tomatoes (halved) - 1 yellow bell pepper ( chopped) - 1/2 white onion (chopped) - 3 c vegatable broth -  1tsp onion powder  - 1tsp garlic powder - 1 tbsp oregano  - 1 tbsp basil

Put all ingredients in a pan on high, and bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat to medium for 8 to 10 minutes.  

Six Things You Should Know About Your Yearly Mammogram

So here we are! We have arrived to the age of requiring a yearly mammogram. Where has the time gone? I remember hearing women talk about their experience , and quite frankly I was horrified. Their elaborate description of their breast being smashed between two plates of glass, causing alot of pain. Well either technology has changed, or I have a high pain tolerance; because it is really not that bad. 

I have come up 6 things I wish I would have known before my first mammogram. Hopefully this will ease your anxiety, and have you schedule your appointment. 

Lets start with some facts, shall we. These are from the American Cancer Society. 

Women 40 to 44 have the choice to start receiving their annual mammogramsWomen 45 to 54 should get one every yearWomen 55 and older can switch to receiving their mammograms every 2 years, or continue yearly 

Okay with that being said, here are the 6 things I wish I knew before my first mammogram
Mammograms only take about 20 minutes.
This is good to know …

Bullet Proof Pumpkin Spice Coffee

It is not much of a secret that I am pumpkin obsessed. Every September I wait until it is released just  like everyone else. Not this year!!! I am enjoying my pumpkin coffee in June with my best recipe.

Hope you enjoy!!! Try it out and let me know what you think!!!!

Happy Father's Day to The Man That Stepped Up

To My Wonderful Husband on Father's Day,
   I want to say thank for all you have done for me and Samantha! Thank you for walking into our lives at the hardest age of parenting, and not thinking twice about it.
   Thank you for the hours you spent putting together Samantha’s basketball hoop to surprise her after school when she made the basketball team. Thank you for hours you have spent sitting at all of her softball  games,  and  working the concession stand with me; throughout her middle school and high school years. Also  escorting us on the field when she made homecoming court.     Thank you for being one of her biggest fans as she walked done the aisle to graduate. Oh yea and thank you for helping me while I ran around frantically getting the house ready for her graduation party. So to sum up all of my thank yous, because we could be here for awhile if I named all. I want to say thank you for being the dad, she needed you to be.
I do not know about you, but the opinions of others have always been a weakness for me. I have always been a people pleaser, and  want everyone to like me. Truth is I am not everyone's cup of tea, and there is nothing I can do can change that. The great thing about getting older is you spend less time worrying about it.

Have you ever took a  deep look at someone's actions when they are judging you? Most of them do it to everyone around them. Why would you be the exception?

Younger me would worry about this and would do everything I could do to make that person like me. Do you know how much energy I have wasted in my life doing this! To Much!!!

Older me now turns these experiences into a  lesson.  How do I do that? I ask myself to take a look at how I treat others and make sure that I am not doing the same to someone else. I know how bad it looks, so I want to make sure I am not doing the same.

By doing this I have learned to conserve my peace and it helps me to be a better pe…

Dear Twenty Two Year Old Anxiety Ridden Self

Dear 22 year old anxiety ridden self,

            I wanted to say hello. We are 41 now and doing really well.  See everything you are going through now is actually happening to get us to where we are today. I know it is hard to understand because the anxiety attacks are so crippling and you think you are not going to get through this. I am actually crying write this because I remember those feelings still to this day . The overwhelming feeling that you are losing your mind, and the feeling of being alone. No one understands you, and they look at you like you are crazy. Except for Grandma Antill, because later you find out from her that she suffered also.  She carried around an little angel in her purse and held it every time she worries. After your Grandpa passes away,  your sister finds the angel in a pile thrown in their garage that is getting shipped away to goodwill. But Angie knows the importance of this angel,  just like you, and she gives it to you, because as a wonderful big s…

3 Stage of My Healthy Lifestyle

The 3 stages sweets have had on my life:

PRE HEALTHY LIFESYLE Best friend!!! I had a hard time controlling myself around them

BEGINNING HEALTHLY LIFESTYLE Enemy!! I thought stay away from them!!!! Never eat them again. They are what made you gain weight!!!!

CURRENT HEALTHYLY LIFESTYLE Someone I use to hang out with alot, but dont see very often, but it is nice to say hi every once in a while.

This healthy living journey has taught me alot about myself. I know now that sweets did not make me gain weight. It was how often I was eating them. You dont have to give up things to lose weight.  I mean how realistic is it for me to say I will never eat a donut again. And why would I never eat one. They are good!!! What I know is portion control and exercise is the most proven way to maintain a healthy body weight. BACK TO THE BASICS!!!

Is anyone in any of these 3 stages????