Monday, September 12, 2016

The Lemonade Diet

The Lemonade Diet... Or the Master Cleanse... Whatever you want to call it! It is a 10 day ALL liquid diet consisting of only these liquids:

- Salt Water Flush (Sea salt or Epsom salt)
- Lemonade  (Freshly squeezed lemons, organic maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water)
- Herbal Tea (I used "Smooth Move" but any tea with Senna leafs)

So I have not being doing great at maintaining my weight when I lose it... I am right back to 204! I really need to shock my body and burn off some of this stored fat. I have a weeding coming up and I have to be able to wear the dress that I already got altered! 

So this is my journey of 10 days! Praying that I can even make it that far! It is hard cooking for kids and not being able to eat.

Oh Yea, I am making Gustavo do it too! He is heavier then he has ever been before.

Starting Weight:
Amber: 205
Gustavo: 222

I started the night before by taking the Smooth Move tea... No sugar. It wasn't horrible.

Day 1: Salt water flush...
Yuck! This is probably the worst part of the regimen. 
I made a gallon worth of the "lemonade" since I was sharing it. Hunger wasn't the issue. The headaches were horrible. I mean HORRIBLE. I felt pretty lazy. And mentally- I do not think I am prepared. I keep thinking about food!
I weighed myself and I am 199~
Gustavo is 214

Day 2: Salt water flush! It was more like a chug and I actually threw some back up!
I drank the lemonade...

Day 3: I ate a salad. Again, I wasn't starving... But the head ache was just too much. I couldn't continue on.

I seriously think that anyone who does this cannot be active. I mean, I am chasing twins and cooking for my family. If I had nothing to do all day, I guess I could complete this challenge. What it did make me realize was that I was eating WAY too much before. I started eating smaller portions and food that was better for me.
I have been eating salads and laying off too many sweets. That has really been helping. 

I had a sad realization, I am 31 and I have been worried about my weight basically all my life. There is no fun in that! I just want to enjoy my life, be healthy and happy. So let's see how healthy eating goes and maybe I can just ease my way into the liquid diet. Allowing soup. I think I might have to lay off the caffeine first as I am sure that was what was causing the headache!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Whose my Daddy

Sadly, I have no idea who my father is.
This is something that has always bothered me.
- Where did I get my height?
- Where did I get green eyes?
- Why is my skin fair?

I am often told that I look like my mother except she has dark skin, hair and eyes. My mother has never been too fond of talking about my father. I had to ask her several times in the same conversation to even get his first name... Finally- I know that my father's REAL name is RODNEY.

I was looking at my birth certificate one day and realized that the name on there is two names made as one...
My mother was still legally married when she had me... That means that I got that last name which was "GUSTIN"
The man she was married to was name "Kenneth Gustin" but the father of my youngest sister is David Beckley. The name on my Birth Certificate is "David Gustin"... You see... My mother put the first name of one man and the last name of the other.

I understand that in the 80's people were a bit wreck-less as I have a lot of friends who never knew their fathers as well.

I decided that I would do an Ancestry DNA kit. I ordered it when it was 20% off. So I paid 79.99! When I got the kit, I read the instructions and thought, I can put this much spit easily, then my mouth went dry. Maybe it was anxiety. Who knows! I couldn't wait to get it in the mail and on its way!
You shouldn't eat, drink or smoke 30 minutes prior to spitting!

Fast forward: I received my results. It took 7 weeks. I got the email, logged in and.... To say that I am SHOCKED is an understatement!!! Here are the results...



  • Ireland32%
  • Great Britain30%
  • Europe West19%
  • Scandinavia9%
  • Trace Regions
  • Italy/Greece5%
  • Iberian Peninsula3%
  • Finland/Northwest Russia< 1%

West Asia< 1%

  • Trace Regions
    < 1%
  • Caucasus< 1%

What I think is cool is... They show you matches. Like people who have the same or similar DNA. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR MEMBERSHIP TO SEE THIS!
I have contacted a couple people to see if they could be related on my father's side (Extremely High probability of 1-2 cousins) I have't heard back from anyone yet though.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Potty Training Twins

Having twins is definitely harder than I thought that it would be. Each twin has a different personality.
My twins are almost TWO and we have began to potty train. Here are a couple of tips and hopefully they can save you a bit of time and money.

1. Do NOT go out and buy the fancy baby toilet.
I bought this toilet thinking, "The twins love Mickey and awh, it makes a flushing sound" My twins were always taking this toilet apart and now they use it as a stepping stool. 25 dollars... Gone

This is the type for training potty I would recommend.
There are different animals. I think I have a lady bug or something. The twins sometimes sit backwards on it and it works just the same. The only part that you can remove is the tray. 14 dollars, well spent!

This is the cheapest option and very useful as well! (around 8 dollars)

I use this more than anything else, but as you know, with two babies you will need a couple of options because they go into the bathroom together.

2. Is your baby ready to train?
Find out!
- Are they taking off their clothes?
- Do they take off their soiled diaper or appear fussy when wet?
- Do they appear curious when you use the restroom?

When I would change the dirty diaper, I would announce what I found. "Pee Pee or Poo Poo/Ca Ca" After a couple of days, they were also saying pee pee and ca ca.

3. Positive Reinforcement... I do not give treats or candy, I do however clap and cheer and say "Good Boy/Girl" "Big Boy/Girl" Now they are also clapping for themselves.

If they pee in the training potty, pour it into the regular toilet and let them flush the handle. We say "Bye Bye pee pee" I know that may sound weird but trust me, It works!

We also have a little jingle we sing, "Poo Poo in the pot-tay" or Pee pee... Whichever is needed for the situation!

You want this task to seem fun.

4. Start tracking when your toddler goes number 2. One of the twins goes in the morning after waking, The other around 10. So try to put them on the potty around those times.

When your toddler wakes, that should be the first stop. 15-30 minutes after juice, try to use the potty. Try again before and after nap.

I hope that these tips help you out! I know that there will be mistakes along the way but hang in there! You got this!!!

***If your child screams bloody murder when on the toilet, they might be scared or they just aren't ready. Try again in a couple of weeks!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Copy Cats

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery definition. To imitate someone is to pay the person a genuine compliment — often an unintended compliment.

My take on it, I really don't care since there is only one me... Plus two mini Me's that I am molding to be strong, creative and selfless. 

What I do not like is, Don't copy others and then make it seem like they are copying you. 

It is easy to sit in front of the computer all day and copy and paste news articles, or try to take a scoop from another blog. Just don't play yourself as the victim if you are not. Be true to yourself. 

This is the proper way to use others work (I learned this in college)
-If you use content from others, site their work.... 
Copycatting Hurts

I am true to myself, and you can tell by my content.

My rant is over now, drops mic, sips tea... Good Night

Donald Trump... President?

Ok, I have been watching the news for the last year and I truly cannot believe that Donald Trump has made it to the Republican National Convention... I can NOT believe that he is the nominee for the Republican party.

Sadly, I feel like he is using fear of Muslims to gain followers. I think that if Donald Trump is elected, we as Americans will be the laughing stock of the World.

He is not polished or defined. I feel like he will throw tantrums and get a serious power trip! Every time I hear him speak, he only talks about how much people like him.

Read this article 

How can he be so against immigration? His wife can hardly speak English! She does speak a few others though. Sure, She is a foreign, beautiful and a model... But that in my opinion doesn't make a first lady!
See her speak here
Or check out an interview here

Some people like the bluntness of Donald Trump, he says the things that other people are thinking. He sounds a bit sexist, racist and extreme in my opinion.

As I am listening to Rudy Guiliani slam Hilary Clinton on wanting to bring in the refugees from Syrian, I wonder how can we as a country be so cruel!

Enough of my opinions for now... I just can't believe this.


I just don't think that he will be a great president. People always think things are so easy to change.

Just another American being held in Kuwait Prison

I generally stay away from things like this... But I guess when something hits close to home, you have to say something. It is amazing to me that when someone posts a pic half naked, they get a lot of attention, but when someone is really trying to make a change... They get no support!

Here is a snapshot of the story. I will attach the petition below and you can read that if you like. Mostly- I am asking for signatures. It only takes 2 minutes!

Jermaine Rogers was arrested in October 2015... Now it is July 2016 and he is still sitting in the Kuwaiti Prison. Every month he has a court date and it keeps getting pushed to the next month. He hasn't been charged with a crime... So why is he still in jail? I have heard of many Americans being arrested for the same or similar charges and they just get deported.


Free Jermaine

I went on the IG account for the Kuwait Ministry of Interior... And you won't imagine all the pics I found of (mostly Americans) poised in front of them. I remember even more of them but couldn't find them now.
All the stories read the same. "American Drug Dealer" and that they all confess.

This is not an American... But same "tobacco like substance"

This is Jermaine's staged drug king pin photo

Same stuff again...

Where are these Americans at? Are they all still in jail? Why isn't anyone helping? I want you to really understand that the jails in Kuwait aren't like being locked up in America!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A whole new meaning to THIRST!!!

No, seriously, I want water all of the time! I am almost done with my 10 day shred! 

I must say that I am hardly hungry and I am drinking more water then EVER before. I find myself with more energy. I am taking the twins to the mall and park… BY MYSELF! (I know, it's crazy!) I decided that I would show a before and after… I will use this after and make another in a couple of months to see results! Summer is coming QUICK!

This is my in July and again in December!

I would also like to talk about another type of thirst… A thirsty MAN! I DO NOT like being hit on when I am with my children… Story is as follows:

I took my 10 year old daughter, her friend and my 1 1/2 year old girl twin to the movies. The movie was late starting so I took my youngest outside to walk around. The movie was starting so I went back in. Before I could get to my seat, a man tapped my elbow. (I thought I lost Fat Mama's shoe) He told me that I looked good… I said thank you and then proceeded to my seat. There were two empty seats to my right… I put my daughter in one of them beside me. The man sat in the next seat… My little daughter starts to scream so I put her on my lap. The man then reached over and introduced himself to me and said, "You really do look great" Mind you… I am with 3 little girls!!! I am wearing regular clothes, no make up… My hair was a mess… I wasn't "seeking" any attention… Back to the story… So I watched the movie, he said a couple of things to me, I ignored him and kept my eyes straight up at the screen. After 5 minutes or so… He left. ISN'T THAT SUPER CREEPY? How rude! I was with children!

And I would also just like to say to the man who hit on me in WAL-MART in front of my 10 year old while he had his two kids…

YES, I did hear you… And I was ignoring you. Thank You for the kind compliment of me killing my pants and no, it wasn't intentional! LOL

Remember that a woman LOVES her kids… Treat her with respect in front of them! 

Rant complete!