Monday, April 29, 2013

Jamaican Mommies on Smile Jamaica Morning Television Show


It is always with much delight when what started as a hobby gets recognized as much more. Such is the case for what started as an outlet to share my many parenting wonders and woes back in 2009- a few months after becoming a mother.

Since its debut, Jamaican Mommies has enjoyed some wonderful features and interviews such as:
1. Anniversary interview on We are That Family Blog

2. Feature summary on Blog Jamaica

3. Interview with Anna Deskins- Children's author

4. And nominated in the Jamaica Blog Awards as Best Jamaica Focused Blog.



and we are always grateful when new opportunities arise. The interview request from Television Jamaica's Smile Jamaica Morning Time Programme was therefore accepted with much gratefulness and a beautiful interview it turned out to be.

Have a look (Click the link) and be sure to post your comments below.




Cheers

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Mean Green Smoothie Slurping Momma Machine

For quite a while I meant to write a blog post on my Green Smoothie Journey... I however delayed several times as I didn't want to take away from the mommy focus of this blog, but the more I blended and juiced and whipped stuff up, it led me to exploring other healthy options not just for myself but my family- and then the title Mean Green Smoothie slurping momma machine kinda stuck :-) You like?

A little context here though.. Since I made me a baby back in 2009, I've pretty much yo-yo'd with my weight. A year after birth though I was back to my pre-preg weight and declining. This was the result of exercise and 2 bottles of herbal life shakes and then the 'herbal life principle' (adopted by me and then Co-worker Kadine). The 'herbal life principle' simply included a breakfast or lunch of oats, water, ice, soy milk and fruit blended and had for breakfast, lunch or both, so that year I was a real slimmaz boy...

Fastrack with life, its obligations, busy cycles and trying to juggle many roles, you get complacent, you stop assessing what goes in and then voila... poof... you're all of many many pounds heavier as shown in my November 2002 snapshot- That has to be my heaviest weight by far.


So in about late October of 2012, while working from home, with cramps and aches, I really couldn't work up an appetite and like clockwork a Mint green smoothie recipe popped up on Hey Fran Hey's Facebook timeline. This is coupled with continuous GreenSmoothie updates from My friend Monique at IrieDiva I decided a 'drink may just do the trick. What I wound up with was a very simple green smoothie made from 2 cups water; Juice from 1 lemon; 1 inch piece of ginger; 4 inch piece of cucumber; 1/4 cup mint; 1-2 handfuls ice and I added star fruit. Very pretty to look at but boy was it sour. I later learnt this was more of a detox mix than a smoothie but was not to be daunted by a super sour first attempt.






Now let's just say, several smoothies later and with feedback from friends who had been blending and slurping, I experimented and noted and added and subtracted... all this time with a running Facebook album of my concoctions and boy did the "ewwws" and "nasty" and "ughhh" comments roll in as many could not fathom the thought of drinking any green looking sludge as seen below.


Yet the more I slurped and the more I experimented, I discovered much nicer blends and the guiding principle- more fruits than veggies to 'mask the veg taste'.. It became so exciting to toss things in my refrigerator together and then try the new tastes. With only 5-10 minutes prep time I also had nothing to lose. I also became a slight Instagram Fanatic (well maybe a big fanatic) and so it was like heaven sharing my many smoothie pics with like minded #GreenSmoothie #Healthy #Hearty #Happy Hashtaggers.

There was also the many health benefits.. The 8 oz glasses of smoothies gave a major energy kick-NATURALLY and then there were friends with healthy weight loss success stories. Truth is, even as I may have thought of the weight loss potential,
the real motivation was: 1. Easy meal to go 2. Little to no clean up 3. Keeping full on healthy, natural fruits and vegetables and the exciting challenge to come up with new mixes.

Well today, I think I've now added another benefit: that of weight loss. I have long decided not to do constant weigh ins but to focus on how my clothes fit and how My face especially looked in photographs as it tends to show any weight gain first..

Within 1-2 months, I already started feeling the difference in how my skirts and dresses fit and later how I looked on a whole. I also noted, a new healthy glow and these little improvements pushed me to continue the good life.

Well let's just say many months in.. I'm feeling like a slimmaz :-) and it shows too in all the clothes lying in my closet that I was suddenly keen on trying out. The journey though is no where near its pinnacle, so my slurping with exercise shall continue, But you be the judge, Have a look at my photographs below and let me know....


I am super excited to also share how my Green Smoothie journey has simultaneously evolved into my Healthy, Hearty, Happy Regime for my family and especially my toddler as well.. but more on that in another post.

Do you whip the greens? Blend? Juice? combination? What are some of your favourite recipes? Have a look at some of my better looking and tasting 'Green Smoothies' and feel free to share your fave recipes.

For more on a green Smoothie weight loss story.. check out my girl Iriediva's post on her Green Smoothie success story


Cheers


Thursday, April 4, 2013

"Mommy I DON'T miss you" What?! OMG! *heartbroken* *Tears*



Many moons ago I blogged about dealing with separation anxiety but that was all of about 4 years in. I now have a very independent and mouthy toddler on hand and well...I still get very emotional when she's away and more so when she verbalizes that she does not miss me!!! (did you hear that atrocity?!) >>>> THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SAY LITTLE GIRL...SIGH



So it's now the Easter holiday here in Jamaica and my 4 year old is by grandma's for the week-long holiday. Now before I share how our phone conversation went, let me put a few things in context.

As an only child, my daughter has a puppy whom she adores. She also has way more toys than she can ever run through but she is constantly bored if there's no one to share them with. Throw in the fact that we now have no kids nearby for her to play with and her sole friend from school who lives close enough hasn't come by in a bit (I'm getting saddened and emotional typing that). So she passes her time on her bicycle, television and games on just about any electronic gadget. I really try to balance that out by letting her have lots of outdoor weekends and some indoor crafts and recently I have started inviting my nieces over more and even allowed her to go by her friend's house for a half day once.

But let's face it- for a 4 year old, it does kinda get lonely at home. She loves her parents yes, but we clearly will never equate to peers.

Then enter grandma's house...holidays, lots of cousins and aunties around and she is in childhood heaven.

As the days go by, I enjoy the 'freedom' somewhat BUT I call EVERYDAY just to find out how she is and have a little conversation.

Day 1. Kai: "Mommy....Hi... Can I please go and play with my friends"?

**HEART BREAKS TO A MILLION PIECES***

She must have heard it in my voice because she later returns to the phone and says " Love you mommy and goes muahhh"
***HEART BREAKS A MILLION TIMES MORE****

Days 2-3 etc continue along this path.. though on some days it takes forever to get her on the phone, then i'm given the apology and sometimes "Take care of Daddy" ****EYES BRIMMING OVER WITH TEARS*** (What?! mommies have continued pregnancy like hormones that trigger these isolated emotional outbursts right?)

Enter today:

Me: "Hi Boobsie, how are you?
Kai:" I'm fine mommy"
Me: "Having fun?
Kai: "yes mommy but CJ's standing in front of the TV and I cant see"
Me: "Ok, you're having fun?" she must be thinking silly mommy, didn't you just ask me that)
Kai: "yes Mommy...but mommy I have to go and watch "Harry (she pronounces it like Herry like a lil British miss)
Me: "You don't miss me?
Kai: "No Mommy" ***MOUTH DROPS OPEN*
Me: "You don't miss mommy?
Kai: "No Mommy" ***I'M CLEARLY FAILING TO UNDERSTAND WHY***
Me: "Kai, why don't you miss mommy?"
Kai: "Mommy can you please remember to buy a pink barbie phone" ***CONVERSATION DISMISSED AND BY THIS MY INSIDES HAVE DIED*** but I still manage...
Me: "But you always wanted a Pink Dora phone, why do you now want a Pink Barbie phone?
Kai:"Because the Dora phone is for me and the Barbie phone is for you"
*AWWWWW*** but my heart is still HEAVILY broken***

As a 20 something mum, you'd think I can deal with this right? Well somehow that section of my brain and body that deals with emotional growth and maturity cannot get over the fact that I am not missed. This is like a blow to the heart and a huge part of me is throwing a tantrum somewhere in there maturely trying to process this. SIGH

So yes I'm really being a big kid at this and on sharing it with the Mr. he replies "leave the child alone"<<<< They clearly don't understand right? and for that I tell them

So today I'm sulky and I have no advice on how to deal.. guess I should scroll back up and read my own post on dealing with separation anxiety and while I am at it, I dread....make that D-R-E-A-D the day that she MAY holler "Mommy I do not like you" or scream "ughhhh... I can't wait to get out of here" I sincerely hope she doesn't ever though as that may be the death of me.. So today I'll take the advice... even after many moons, how do you deal? You just CANNOT get it how you CANNOT be missed right?! *tears*


PS... I pulled up another blog post I did on when the baby's away and now it seems i'm a chronic 'separation anxiety/ emotional mess sufferrer :-)


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