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What I’m Into {April 2014}

 

Books:

The only book that I finished in April was A Renaissance Redneck in a Mega-Church Pulpit by Randy Elrod. {Read my short review on GoodReads by click the title link. Follow me, while you’re there!}

 TV:

I am loving Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show! If I can’t make it until 11:30 pm, I watch it on hulu.com. The following lip sync battle with Emma Stone the other night is pure awesomeness …

I am also enjoying The Mindy Project! Mindy’s one-liners are super funny. You have to be listening when she adds things like, “I zero out my fridge every night before I go to bed” at the most hilarious times.

Movies:

I saw Noah. {meh!} I clearly missed a lot of what actually happened in my Bible readings, but I have confidence that Hollywood would not make anything up! {winky face}

Music:

This is my latest favorite:

Other Things I loving…

Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day challenge – I have been following along since January. I upload my photo to the free Collect App on my iPhone and then add it to my Instagram (amyconcafe) feed with the tag #fmsphotoaday. Join us, it makes each day exciting!

— Instagram – amyconcafe

– Subscription boxes – Wow, this could become an obsession! Are you into this?

– Jimmy Fallon {oh really, I already mentioned him?}

-The library – I added all my future reads to my library wish list. Here is the problem, when I go in to pick up my pile of desired reads there are also other books at the library. I know! AND, all the new books are close to the check out section, so I usually have to grab a few of those too. It is a lot of reading stress!

-ALSO, the library has a little sale room where they sell donated books and magazines.The magazines run from 25 – 50 cents and some are the brand new! In other words, I will not be buying any full price anymore! Sorry, Target!

What about you? What are you into these days?

Health and Wellness · Lifestyle

My First Whole30 Results {A Journey Towards Eating Whole Foods}

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A Little Background:

After working hard two plus years ago to finally get the baby weight off, I knew that I did not want to start gaining.  So, when I noticed my clothes were not fitting well this past summer, I began the road to regain my health by eating less, a lot less. I tried to eat what I needed and nothing more. I also started doing the 8 Minute Abs workout (free on YouTube) along with a periodic 15 Minutes of T-Tapp

It was encouraging to start seeing results and I dropped the six pounds that I had gained by doing nothing more. (FYI, I did have the extra motivation of visiting family in Peru where they are not culturally shy about telling you if you’re heavier. I was trying to avoid that as it could hurt my very North American feelings.)

So, I was eating less and better, plus limited exercise for about two and a half months.

and then Whole30:

Several people in my extended family had started eating more whole foods to drop weight and be healthy. I had witnessed huge improvements in my brothers and more recently my parents. I have not seen my mom looking better, I do not think.

I decided to phone my oldest brother to talk about it as he is one of my biggest encouragers in the healthy living journey.  He shared that he and his wife were in the midst of doing a Whole30 and seeing amazing results. It was then I decided to try it.

As I read the website and also the book, It Starts with Food, they suggest starting right this minute. That is what I did. It helped avoid that last huge meal and I was already eating limited sugar and pretty healthy anyway. I was excited to see what it might do for my weight loss, but more then that I was excited to break the sugar cravings and see how it might help with stomach issues that have been bugging me in the last few years.

Day one was November 2nd  finishing on December 1st which means that I was doing Whole30 on Thanksgiving. No, I did not cheat. I was feeling too good at that time to change things.

The 30 days were not without challenges. I will admit too that because we live in Bolivia and can’t get everything mentioned on the website, I did make minor tweaks. I am hoping to have a few things brought down to help me with that as I can.

The Results (insert drum roll):

  • I am sleeping better which means falling asleep quicker, not waking up, and getting up easier. Love this!
  • My energy stays more level.
  • My bathroom habits have improved (ahem!)
  • I lost 6 pounds during this 30 days plus inches ( 1″ from waist, 1.5″ from hips, and 1.5″ from abdomen) too.
  • I had to get out some of my skinnier clothing even some that did not fit me when I weighed five pounds less then I do now.
  • Sugar has lost it’s hold at least as long as I keep it at bay. 
  • My stomach stayed pretty flat this month with no dairy or grains to puff it up!
  • Have not noticed my almost chronic sore throat bothering me at all.
  • My fingernails are stronger.
  • The rest of my family is eating better too.

And Now:

Today is actually day 60 on Whole30. I did enjoy a few things on Christmas, but that was it. I am down another five pounds making it a total of 11 pounds. I plan to keep eating this way and move into a more Paleo approach as I reach my goal weight.

The goal of it all is health for my body and energy for doing what God has called me to do!

So, if you are looking to make some changes in 2013, I would research the Whole30, T-tapp workouts, 8 Minute Abs, and join MyFitnessPal website to track it all (Check with your doctor before you start anything) and see what you think.

Children · Giveaway · Lifestyle · Reviews

Pick and Draw Game Review and Giveaway

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When the Pick and Draw game arrived, it took my son no time to read the rules, set it up, and begin drawing pages of faces.  With straight forward instructions put forth step by step, he was off.  We found that this card game can be used with any age and it can be done alone or together plus parents and teachers can use it as a learning tool.
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When I contacted Rich Davis to see about writing a review, he didn’t just send me one game; he sent me four! He asked me to use them in ministry here in Bolivia. I thought that was amazing! He told me that people are using the Pick and Draw games in India, Africa, Poland, and many other countries. Mr. Davis stated, “…even if they (missionaries or teams) can’t speak the language. Art, a gift from God, is a language all people can understand immediately.”  It is his greatest desire and a dream he believes God placed in his heart to see people come to know Jesus through art.  Pick and Draw is the beginning of God’s answer to that dream.

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What will we do with the extra games we received? One pack of Pick and Draw was already played during the English Village ministry which helps future missionaries and leaders from South America develop language learning skills. Another of the games will make it’s home in a small village where we have a single missionary who works with a church there. The children in that town are used to life without electricity and other conveniences, I really think this will become a highlight for them. The others will be used by our children’s ministry team, the school, and possibly the medical team plus we will enjoy our personal copy and make use of it as ministry comes along too. I am excited to see how this game might help us in sharing the Gospel.

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I highly recommend Pick and Draw for anyone with children. You can use it for an afternoon activity, waiting in a restaurant or office, a character for a short story, or many other things. If you want to give it a try, go HERE.

Please consider making a purchase (using the link or the button to the right) of Pick and Draw, at just $10.00 a game it would make a great gift for any occasion or just an addition to your lessons. If you do decide to get a copy or already own one, let me know what you think.

To Win a Pick and Draw Game 
Below are the various ways you can enter and the fine print.

  • Please remember to leave one comment for each entry.
  • Comments will close Monday, August 29TH at midnight (ET).
  • US addresses only.
  • Please note, once I post the winner you will have 48 hours to notify me or I will pick another. If you leave an email address, I will also email you if you win.
  • Winners are chosen using the random generator.

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment about why you would enjoy winning Pick and Draw or about games in general.

BONUS ENTRIES: (8 extra entries)

I received a copy of Pick and Draw in exchange for this review which is my own opinion. The links in this post and the button are affiliate links.

Books · Lifestyle · Organization · Reviews

Tell Your Time Ebook Review

How To Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Fulfilled
e-book by Amy Andrews

When Tell Your Time arrived in my email, I immediately downloaded it and popped it onto my Kindle to read as time allowed. Being that that the book is short, I was able to finish in just a few short readings (which, honestly, is how we moms read, right?) The ideas presented are practical, fun, and enabling for journalers and list-makers alike. With just four steps and no needless ramblings, you come away with a schedule that works with the life you live; re-purposing your moments for what you desire. I particularly enjoyed the section on the roles we play and plan to go back to that when the newness of 2011 subsides.

I would recommend this ebook to anyone frustrated with your schedule or desiring a revamp.  This week is the perfect time to purchase it as it is on sale for only $7 with the coupon code CLEANSLATE.

Let me know if you take the plunge or what new schedule changes you are making this year!

I received Tell Your Time free of charge in exchange for my honest review. If you chose to purchase the ebook from the link above, I am not a part of the affiliate program presently and will not receive anything when you do so.