Monday, October 31, 2011

Busy Busy

Things have been super busy around here lately. A good kind of busy, though.
It's been so busy that this little girl's 20 month mark came and went without being noticed until it had passed.
She's four months away from being two.
Someone help me.
I can't believe it.
It makes me happy, sad, proud, and nostalgic all at the same time.


The moment she was born, the Mother in me was born. She will always be my first. My oldest daughter. The first child of mine that I bonded with. She'll always be my little Ruby.

Friday, October 28, 2011

John Robertson Real Food Nutrition Class 3

Last night was yet another wonderful class full of information and food demos.
-We made Smoked Salmon Dip with coconut cream and parsley and lemon and ate it with cauliflower and carrots.
-We made a Ginger Carrot mix, put it in a jar that will sit out on the counter for 3 days to ferment. This fermentation process DRASTICALLY helps you digest and soak all the nutrients you need as you eat your food. So once it's fermented, you keep it in your fridge and can use it as a condiment to whatever you like (on top of salad, in a mix, in brown rice, whatever) and it was significantly help break down the nutrients in your body and help you absorb more than pass more.
- AND we made delicious muffins that had lentils and pecans and bananas in them. With local honey. So good.

So I've been eating Real Foods for 3 full weeks now and here is my current update:
I am certainly detoxing.
I have unintentionally lost 5 pounds.

We spoke about this last night in class. John said "if you are detoxing...you will lose weight." Couldn't be more simple. He also says "When changing your diet to nutrient dense, real food - if you need to lose weight, you will. If you don't, you won't."

Eating the typical American diet today will cause you to be carrying around unhealthy fat, whether you look fat or not.

It just boggles my mind, because eating this way, you are doing REAL FULL FAT butter, NOTHING unnaturally low calorie, NOTHING unnaturally lowfat. Organic WHOLE milk. WHOLE milk organic yogurts. Potatoes. Dense, heavy grain breads. Beans and brown rice...and we all know the Big Butts song that says "red beans and rice didn't miss her". That's not exactly a weight loss song.

We eat raw nuts and raisins ALL.THE.TIME. Pecans, almonds, walnuts, and brasil nuts mixed with raisins. The perfect snack. Do you know how much fat is in a 1/4 cup of just pecans? 21 grams of fat! In 1/4 of a cup! And we eat the snot out of those! And I've lost weight?!
One avacado has 21.5 grams of fat and we eat those almost daily.

My body is getting the nutrients it needs, and is purging on it's own all of the unhealthy fats that my previous 25 years of food intake had given it.

For those of you concerned "if you lost weight eating whole, real foods, then isn't Ruby going to lose weight eating that way?" The answer: nope!
She doesn't have 25 years of unhealthy fats that her body wants to naturally get rid of and start fresh. She hasn't eaten the typical American diet of lots of drive-thrus, everything boxed, tons of processed and sugary foods. She's pretty much always been fed real foods minus the exception of meals with canned cream of mushroom etc in them. She's not detoxing. Her body, from the start, is going to be fed holistically.

She gets tons of fats from nuts, peanut and almond butter, avacados, whole milk, string cheese, etc.
She gets sugars from grapes, organic yogurt, mandarins, apples and peanut butter, honey etc.
She gets carbs and fiber from beans and brown rice, blue corn chips (you can have blue corn!), Ezekial bread and tortillas, brown rice pasta, etc
She gets protein from spinach and broccoli (VERY nutrient dense), wild salmon, beans, grass fed beef, etc.

We have never felt better in our lives!
We view food so differently now.
John (who was a runner for Baylor University and missed the Olympic Trials by just 0.08) is a deep well of knowledge and revelation. I am just...beyond thankful to have met him and have him in NWA and that we can sit at his feet and learn all of this!
I think his next class starts in January. It's $300 for a couple but I am telling you-worth every penny. It's an investment in you, your future, and your family.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If You Love Me

Quickly...let me say this. It was so funny because yesterday morning was literally one of the worst mornings I've ever had. Clarence peeing and pooping in my salon. My smashing the mums I was bringing as a gift to someone with my knee while trying to put in the car seat that wasn't in the car at the last minute and I had forgotten until I opened the door to the car...running late...that the seat was sitting in the living room. BLAST! And then Yahweh reminded me of the Rest post I wrote yesterday and I just kind of smiled because it's just so perfect that He ministered to me yesterday on something I would need the very next morning. He's so cool.
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SO...IF YOU LOVE ME...
I am asking you to do the following.
Go to Trader Joes website and contact them and request a location in Northwest Arkansas.
A lady at the Des Moines store told my Nanny that they are adding 100 stores this year and if we want one in NWA we need to "flood the Trader Joes home office" requesting one here. She said that's how Kansas City got 2 new stores, because the people kept on and kept on begging for a TJ's.


Haven't heard of Trader Joe's? 
Have you heard of heaven?


It is a smaller sized grocery store that carries all natural and organic foods, some common and some unique for so much cheaper than anywhere else!
Food blog after food blog I see "Trader Joes this" and "Trader Joes that" and my head drops, heart sinks, and tail tucks as I sigh a sad sigh that I cannot get the ingredients they are speaking of.


My Mom heard somewhere that it's owned by Aldi's, so that gives you a hint into the prices. It is just all around WONDERFUL. I'm sure they are intimidated to come to the World Headquarters of Walmart but let's reassure them that they will do just fine!


So please, please PLEASE let's make one of those 100 stores this company is planning on adding next year be in NORTHWEST ARKANSAS! Write them under the "request a location" section and represent the 479!
Tell your friends!
Write them everyday!
Let's make it happen!!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rest


I am learning as I grow in age and by the Spirit the need to rest. Not only to physically and mentally rest, but to live constantly in His Rest. His peace that passes all understanding.
Have you seen families that lose a child and though it easily could, they don't allow that loss to throw them into depression and give up? Or people that lose their jobs, their homes, everything. Yet they somehow just boldly go on living and believing? That's the Rest. The priceless, irreplaceable rest that only the Holy Spirit inside of you can provide.

He's the Comforter in times of hurt when you need rest. But He is also the day-to-day rest. I can choose to look at my tasks, duties, to-dos, whatever and let it absolutely overwhelm and stress me out. Or I can choose to enter His rest. I can calmly look at my messy kitchen, take a deep breath, and say "Lord, thank you for all these dishes and food you have given us. We don't take it for granted. Help me have the endurance and patience to clean this all up...again...for the 5th time today."
When I choose to rest, and work in His rest, it changes everything.
My attitude.
My response.
My heart.

I have to trust that He knows when bills are due. He knows I like a clean house. He knows I have errands to run and groceries to buy and meals to figure out. He knows when a client needs to get in even though I don't have an opening. He knows all these things that tug and pull and sometimes overwhelm me. So don't you think He would provide a way for me to accomplish all of those things, but me be in charge of them, and not the other way around?

Who wants a frazzled, hectic, stressed boss? Do you respond well to a leader that has worry all over their face? I want to usher in peace and rest in our home and through me choosing to dwell in His presence while I do my tasks, it's absolutely possible. I do it all the time.

And the best part is...that when I stay in His presence, where the rest is, is that things naturally shift into place. The important things rise to the top and the lesser important things fall by the wayside or just get attention after everything else is taken care of. And I find myself caring less and less about having things perfect and more and more enamored with the daughter, husband, and the life He's given me.

I'll leave you with part of one of my favorite songs. We write most of our songs at church and this is one from a girl on the praise and worship team with us. To me, it so perfectly captures my determination to choose dwelling in Him and His rest. 

I lay aside anything
that would come against my purpose
In You I stay
You are my prize and You are worth it
Like in a hurricane, I stay in your eye and won't be moved
from  Your rest.

Friday, October 21, 2011

When You Hear "Eye. Eye. Eye..."

it means your toddler has found a wand of mascara and is utilizing those skills she's gained while watching her Momma put on her make-up countless times.




Beautiful, Ruby!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Life


Things have been very sentimental around here lately. We are just breathing deeply and soaking in this little girl and each other and our loved ones. Life is so precious, and I love when you get a chance to be reminded of that. I just want to always take every day and squeeze everything out of it I can.

Yes I want my house clean, but not at the expense of playing and coloring with my little girl.
Yes, I need to run errands but not without throwing a park visit in there so Ruby can swing and climb.
Yes, I may be flustered some days at 5:00 when Kevin gets home from work, but I'm not gonna let anything stop me from dropping what I'm doing to give him that welcome home, baby kiss.

The weather cooling down, the leaves changing and the shift of season always makes me sentimental. Thankful that life changes, there are ups and downs, ebbs and flows, louds and quiets, hypers and tireds, busyness and stillness. I am just, from the bottom of my heart, thankful for life.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Daddy + Daughter Time


I'm finding out that the time Ruby gets with her Dad is not just fun...it's necessary and it's crucial. She and I are with each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (give or take a few) and that's great. But I can see already, at the young age of 19 months, that the beautiful dynamic of having BOTH parents is absolutely crucial.

When she hits a cranky, disobedient  level that's stronger than normal testing-toddler behavior, I know it's because she needs a break from me and needs one on one time with her Daddy. And let me tell you...it does wonders!

This morning Kevin took Ruby to the park and then to the square for a BMX bike demo thing and Ruby was in the best mood I've seen her in in over a week. She kept saying "bye!" to me like she was so happy to be going somewhere, without Mommy, alone with Dad. It was so sweet.


I am so thankful for a husband that wants the best for his family. It's the father's role, yes, but many Dads want to spend their weekend after a long work week doing what they want to do. And Kevin is always, always, always putting us first. He helps me clean the house almost every single day. He cleans the tub. He gives me a "relax and do nothing and I'll take Ruby to the park" break so I can relax and do nothing. I am just so thankful for his selflessness.



I bless you, my husband. Ruby and her future siblings are so blessed to call you Dad.

Friday, October 14, 2011

John Robertson's Real Food Class 2

Last night was so good at our nutrition class. We walked down the aisles of both Sam's Club and Walmart and he taught us what is great and what is not.

In a nutshell: Soy and Corn= BAD. Which I already knew. But I kind of let it roll here and there.
Not anymore!
I'm seeing that Soy and Corn is in everything. It's the two cheapest, easiest to produce vegetables therefore our food is stuffed full of it. Yet it has hardly any nutritional value.

-Our cowboy friend from Oklahoma that raises cattle told us corn has essentially no nutritional value once cooked. (Cattlemen feed their livestock corn, if that wasn't obvious)
-Years ago my friend that is a runway/fashion model in Los Angeles (and is super skinny) told me that she never eats anything corn. She said "that's what they feed animals to fatten them up for selling".
-I had a random facts app on my iPhone a couple years ago that said there is more nutritional value in the cardboard box of Corn Flakes than the actual cereal itself.
-And now in our class we're learning more about it and how to not consume it.
I love when things connect and make sense!


So companies have done study after study of making their not only nutritionally empty but harmful food look appealing.
"Berry Burst Whole Grain Guaranteed" sounds so great doesn't it? And that picture is gorgeous!
Well, big surprise, look at the ingredients:
whole grain oats
sugar
corn meal
modified corn starch
corn syrup
etc.
followed by a ton of ingredients we don't even know how to pronounce, many of which were made in a chemistry lab and then added to our food to make it look pretty longer.
It's disgusting.


Here's more marketing schemes.
 "oh! Natural Cheetos. Look at that soft brown and tan packaging. That looks so much more healthy than their normal all bright orange bag!" So you buy it, proud of yourself for being more natural.
Aaaaand let's read the ingredients:
CORN MEAL!
Yes it's organic, but it's still corn!
Organic means richer, more nutrient soil the food is grown in.
But since we've established yellow corn does not have much nutritional value whatsoever and it's just a cheap filler and starter for fake foods....organic or not, it's bad. It's nutritionally empty.

*just to let you know...all I did was Google "ingredient list" and these came up. I did not search for "corn in ingredient list". Try it out yourself. Google Ingredient List and have fun finding all the CORN AND SOY that is in everything. Or next time you go to the store, read the ingredients to your normal purchases. It's in everything.



We're being fed like livestock here. The cheapest, easiest ingredients that they can make money on and we get addicted (because corn is mostly carbohydrates and carbs turn to sugar and sugar is flat out addicting) and have to buy more more more. They don't care we are getting fat like the livestock. They don't care we are diseased. Doctors and insurance get more money that way, anyway so why stop it?

We are an obese nation. Diabetes is everywhere. Cancer is so common. Everyone is tired so they have to turn to even more unhealthy things to keep them going. It's a never ending cycle.

Until you break it. 
You vote with your dollar.
When you buy crap, crap keeps getting made. More and more and bigger and flashier and more in your face. Because that's what's selling.

So as far as this family goes, we just stay away from CORN and SOY products. It's really not that hard.
Today I've eaten:
-Green Monster Smoothie
(spinach, chia seeds, banana, wild blueberries, orange, lemon)
-raw nuts and raisins (high in fat and protein) But the fat your body uses for fuel backed up with nutrients. Not empty fat. Big difference.
-Black beans and brown rice (not white) with salsa.
-grapes

And I'm completely satisfied. It's crazy. If any of you know me personally I eat all the time. A lot. But I feel much more satisfied and not lacking anything so I'm not stuffing my face all day.

I'm telling you guys, if you are local you have GOT to take John's class, it's amazing! I've never felt so clean inside in all of my life.





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Did You know

that you simply cannot capture memories through photographs without one of these darlings?


Our memory card has been lost and I don't realize how many times I go to grab the camera to capture something until I can't. I've got to get myself to the store and get a new one, but I hate forking over money for something that I just know is in this house somewhere.

-The eating whole and real challenge is going well. It's crazy, because I feel totally different. I feel amazing. And I even cheat a bit. My cheats are greek yogurt, chocolate chips, dairy, eggs, and my number one temptation in life...Ritz peanut butter cracker packages. Oh heavens.
I know those are completely NOT real food, not at all. I am going to wean them out, but give me some time.
We have been using the restroom more (isn't that the nicest way to say that?) and our bodies are cleaning themselves out, it's really cool. 
Anyways our nutrition class is taking a field trip tonight to Sam's Club and he's going to show us what to get and why, so that'll be fun.

-Yesterday from the moment we woke up to the moment we laid our heads on the pillow we were going nonstop. Cleaned all day, organized, threw away, put in the attic, etc all day. Then went for a run. As soon as we started I was not feeling it. I maybe did only 1 mile. Told Kevin to go on without me. Then to church for the evening. I absolutely LOVE productive days.

-Ruby has been in a little sassy phase the last couple days. If I could, I would put her in a plastic bubble and move us to a fairy tale land with no negative influences whatsoever. What? Not a good idea?!
But seriously, it makes me craaaaaazy that she picks up on attitudes from older and other kids. Me and Kevin are extremely respectful to each other and we monitor what is played in our home very closely, so I know her influence is from other people she's around. HATE IT!
But...that's life. And the whole point is to teach her to not act like other people and to act like Ruby and be who Yahweh created her to be. I've told her this and she nods her head and gives me a high five and says "men".

-Clarence still remains at my feet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A source of frustration to say the least. Animals are obsessed with me and Kevin. Yesterday before our run Kevin was stretching (we were across town, NOT at our house) and a random stray cat was rubbing all around Kev's legs while trying to stretch. We were just like WHY DO ALL THE ANIMALS CHOOSE US?!

-Today me and Ruby are going to a playdate (and bringing our own rice and beans to Chik-fil-a...) and it's chilly out so I'm getting to wear this pashmina my Dad got me in Saudi Arabia. So fun to be able to wear something and have a cool story behind it other than "I got it at Target". Thanks Dad!


Alright, that's all for now folks. Here's to finding our memory card!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Ruby James Kiehn 19 months


Lately every time you get down to take Ruby's picture, she assumes that's what she's supposed to do as well. So all of our "posed" pictures recently are ones that she is squatting in. (And asks Daddy to squat with her)

Ruby James, you are 19 months old and get cooler and cooler. Every night, it seems, Daddy and I just look at each other after we lay you down and shake our heads and just sigh and say "we love her so much!" And then we share funny Ruby stories.

Your words are
Shoes
Hocks (socks)
Mom Mom
Dahd or Dah Dah said quickly (Dad)
shassha (sassa)
cheese
pease (please)
Kee (Clarence)
cah (car)
Coo Coo (Blues Clues)
wah (water)
teesh (teeth. for when you want to brush your teeth)
crackuh (cracker)
cuh cuh (color)
wow
men (amen)
uhhhh while shaking your head (no)
puhpuh, gee, boo, woah, pee (purple, green, blue, yellow, pink)
nur (nurse. says this every time she wants to. and says it and nods her head like "mom, we're gonna do it, ok? just nur me")
ah, woo, bee (R-U-B and y will sometimes come out but you usually just change the subject)
pad thai (bath time)
and several several other words.

When we count to 10, you know 2, 8, and 10. So funny. Not sure how you got those. But basically anything counting to you is saying "two" in the voice tone of going to different numbers but staying on that word.

You are still the biggest nursing fan ever. I am having to tell you "no" during the day and nursing you only at naps and night and when you first wake up. You do not like that one bit, but you get over it once I distract you. I hope all my babies are good nursers like you. Makes life so much easier.

You are getting longer and thinner. Sniff Sniff. But you're beautiful, baby. I can tell you that much. Sometimes I look at you and see a peek into what you'll look like grown up and it just floods me with emotion and pride and love and joy. 

You love to play salon, and go in the back and let me actually do your hair while I speak in a French accent and talk about Ruby Kiehn the greatest American hair model that ever existed. You act older and very special when we do that and it's so cute. I hope you always let me do your hair!

You have a very tender, funny heart. Because when you get in trouble you do the FAKEST sad face/cry, wide open mouth, like the worst thing in the world just happened. But then you hug our neck and "apologize" and kiss us or hug us and then move on. We love it.

One of my favorite things about you right now is that you lay on your belly and kick your legs while you color or read or play with something. It's so adorable.

You are in size 18-24 months, shoe size 4 or 5 depending on brand.

You only call Daddy "Dahd" when you're told. Otherwise you call him Mommy or Mom Mom, which is a slight blow to his confidence but he's getting over it.

You are in this wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night AT LEAST once often more times phase and I just don't understand why. Probably just to nur, you little stinker.


Your ornery face is hilarious. You smoosh your chin(s) down to your neck and smile from ear to ear and show all your pearly whites and move your eyes to the side. 


Every now and then I catch you going up to the guitar, strumming it and singing hilariously while closing your eyes and shaking your head. Hysterical.


At church during praise and worship practice you take a mic and totally get into it. We can't turn your mic on anymore because it goes right into the drummers in-ears and hurts his ears (boo), but it doesn't stop you from dancing, raising your hands, wiggling, and shaking your head. Aretha Franklin style.


I love when you close yourself in a room and I just hear "Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom......Mom. Mom. Mom." over and over again from behind the door. Like "uhhh. don't know how to say this but please come get me".


You love to go ni night. When you're tired you'll walk into your room first, pat the rocking chair for me to sit in and nurse you to bed.


When me and Daddy speak over you or pray for something out loud you nod yes the entire time and then give us high fives, which is something we do at our church basically saying "I come into agreement with you" after you've declared or prayed something. And a lot of times you say "men" along with it. It's just so sweet because we didn't teach you that but you've seen us do it so it's just second nature to you.


You pucker your lips at the very last second when I lay you in your crib, even if I thought you were asleep, to give me one last kiss.


If you have a poopie in your diaper during a nap, I always know it because there is silence in the house and then I hear "ew. ew. ew" from your crib in your bedroom.


You hate and I mean haaaaaate the toddler being pulled behind the bike thing. The thing we thought you would ADORE. You scream like I've never seen you scream. Quite the surprise there.


You say Hi and Bye to strangers all the time and you mean it and by the real smiles on their faces I can tell that they got a tiny dose of the blessing I get to swim in every single day.


We love you more than anything, baby girl. You make us laugh every single day. You make us sigh. You make us kinder. You make us tireder. You make us a family. We love you.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Real Food


Tonight we went to our first class of a 6-week course called John Robertson's Real Food Nutrition Class at Phat Tire Bike Shop here in our hometown.

It is an amazing learning experience and Kevin and I are both really excited to learn more and more about our bodies and how they heal themselves when nourished and fed properly. We learned so much about nourishing your body vs. eating. When your body is nourished, you will feel full. When it's lacking nourishment and vitamins and amino acids and proteins, you will feel starving and empty and that's when you do the whole raid-the-pantry-nothing-can-satisfy-me thing. You actually eat less when you eat real, wholesome foods that come from the earth in it's purest form. By eating what your great grandparents ate.
By not swinging through the drive-thru.
By not buying the boxed stuff.
Because it simply lacks ANY kind of nutrient that sustains, heals, or helps your body.

Have you ever seen the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? It's really amazing. If you have Netflix, it's on there. (Can I start getting some royalties for all the Netflix plugs I have on my blog please?!)
Anyway, we saw it a while back and it's great and it goes right along with what we were learning tonight.

Real Food is cool because it's not some new fangled diet. Or ground-breaking anything that will lose it's glamour and fade out. It's the ORIGINAL plan that worked.
ORIGINALLY we didn't have gyms and scheduled runs.
We worked in fields. We built our homes with our hands. We farmed to feed our families.
ORIGINALLY we didn't have processed, boxed, dyed, bleached, genetically modified foods.
We planted a seed and up came the nourishment we needed from the earth. In it's perfect form in many cases.

Since I don't work in a field (PTL) I will continue to come up with my own forms of exercise.
However, I can and will eat food the way it's supposed to be eaten.

As you all should know by now, I love original. I love real. I love the way things are supposed to be.

So I'll keep you posted as we learn cool new things/as I get revelation!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sidewalk Paint

I saw this somewhere and thought we'd give it a try.
Ruby LOVED it. It's super easy to make, and super easy to clean up (water only) and doesn't ruin a thing. Also, very inexpensive!

It's just cornstarch, water, and food coloring. I didn't measure or anything, I just mixed together and added until I liked the consistency.

A great outdoor activity in this beautiful weather!




oh, be still my soul. I love this little girl.





Saturday, October 1, 2011

Someone Help Me

For some reason, I clicked on this to watch this morning while making Ruby and I breakfast.
Totally forgetting that...
I ball every time at this movie.







All I have to say is whoever Ruby marries...he better be awesome. And his family. And I hope me and Kevin will be ready for it. And even if all of those things line up and are perfect I'm telling you right now...I am going to SOB at her wedding. I guarantee you.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Busy Busy

Things have been super busy around here lately. A good kind of busy, though.
It's been so busy that this little girl's 20 month mark came and went without being noticed until it had passed.
She's four months away from being two.
Someone help me.
I can't believe it.
It makes me happy, sad, proud, and nostalgic all at the same time.


The moment she was born, the Mother in me was born. She will always be my first. My oldest daughter. The first child of mine that I bonded with. She'll always be my little Ruby.

Friday, October 28, 2011

John Robertson Real Food Nutrition Class 3

Last night was yet another wonderful class full of information and food demos.
-We made Smoked Salmon Dip with coconut cream and parsley and lemon and ate it with cauliflower and carrots.
-We made a Ginger Carrot mix, put it in a jar that will sit out on the counter for 3 days to ferment. This fermentation process DRASTICALLY helps you digest and soak all the nutrients you need as you eat your food. So once it's fermented, you keep it in your fridge and can use it as a condiment to whatever you like (on top of salad, in a mix, in brown rice, whatever) and it was significantly help break down the nutrients in your body and help you absorb more than pass more.
- AND we made delicious muffins that had lentils and pecans and bananas in them. With local honey. So good.

So I've been eating Real Foods for 3 full weeks now and here is my current update:
I am certainly detoxing.
I have unintentionally lost 5 pounds.

We spoke about this last night in class. John said "if you are detoxing...you will lose weight." Couldn't be more simple. He also says "When changing your diet to nutrient dense, real food - if you need to lose weight, you will. If you don't, you won't."

Eating the typical American diet today will cause you to be carrying around unhealthy fat, whether you look fat or not.

It just boggles my mind, because eating this way, you are doing REAL FULL FAT butter, NOTHING unnaturally low calorie, NOTHING unnaturally lowfat. Organic WHOLE milk. WHOLE milk organic yogurts. Potatoes. Dense, heavy grain breads. Beans and brown rice...and we all know the Big Butts song that says "red beans and rice didn't miss her". That's not exactly a weight loss song.

We eat raw nuts and raisins ALL.THE.TIME. Pecans, almonds, walnuts, and brasil nuts mixed with raisins. The perfect snack. Do you know how much fat is in a 1/4 cup of just pecans? 21 grams of fat! In 1/4 of a cup! And we eat the snot out of those! And I've lost weight?!
One avacado has 21.5 grams of fat and we eat those almost daily.

My body is getting the nutrients it needs, and is purging on it's own all of the unhealthy fats that my previous 25 years of food intake had given it.

For those of you concerned "if you lost weight eating whole, real foods, then isn't Ruby going to lose weight eating that way?" The answer: nope!
She doesn't have 25 years of unhealthy fats that her body wants to naturally get rid of and start fresh. She hasn't eaten the typical American diet of lots of drive-thrus, everything boxed, tons of processed and sugary foods. She's pretty much always been fed real foods minus the exception of meals with canned cream of mushroom etc in them. She's not detoxing. Her body, from the start, is going to be fed holistically.

She gets tons of fats from nuts, peanut and almond butter, avacados, whole milk, string cheese, etc.
She gets sugars from grapes, organic yogurt, mandarins, apples and peanut butter, honey etc.
She gets carbs and fiber from beans and brown rice, blue corn chips (you can have blue corn!), Ezekial bread and tortillas, brown rice pasta, etc
She gets protein from spinach and broccoli (VERY nutrient dense), wild salmon, beans, grass fed beef, etc.

We have never felt better in our lives!
We view food so differently now.
John (who was a runner for Baylor University and missed the Olympic Trials by just 0.08) is a deep well of knowledge and revelation. I am just...beyond thankful to have met him and have him in NWA and that we can sit at his feet and learn all of this!
I think his next class starts in January. It's $300 for a couple but I am telling you-worth every penny. It's an investment in you, your future, and your family.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If You Love Me

Quickly...let me say this. It was so funny because yesterday morning was literally one of the worst mornings I've ever had. Clarence peeing and pooping in my salon. My smashing the mums I was bringing as a gift to someone with my knee while trying to put in the car seat that wasn't in the car at the last minute and I had forgotten until I opened the door to the car...running late...that the seat was sitting in the living room. BLAST! And then Yahweh reminded me of the Rest post I wrote yesterday and I just kind of smiled because it's just so perfect that He ministered to me yesterday on something I would need the very next morning. He's so cool.
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SO...IF YOU LOVE ME...
I am asking you to do the following.
Go to Trader Joes website and contact them and request a location in Northwest Arkansas.
A lady at the Des Moines store told my Nanny that they are adding 100 stores this year and if we want one in NWA we need to "flood the Trader Joes home office" requesting one here. She said that's how Kansas City got 2 new stores, because the people kept on and kept on begging for a TJ's.


Haven't heard of Trader Joe's? 
Have you heard of heaven?


It is a smaller sized grocery store that carries all natural and organic foods, some common and some unique for so much cheaper than anywhere else!
Food blog after food blog I see "Trader Joes this" and "Trader Joes that" and my head drops, heart sinks, and tail tucks as I sigh a sad sigh that I cannot get the ingredients they are speaking of.


My Mom heard somewhere that it's owned by Aldi's, so that gives you a hint into the prices. It is just all around WONDERFUL. I'm sure they are intimidated to come to the World Headquarters of Walmart but let's reassure them that they will do just fine!


So please, please PLEASE let's make one of those 100 stores this company is planning on adding next year be in NORTHWEST ARKANSAS! Write them under the "request a location" section and represent the 479!
Tell your friends!
Write them everyday!
Let's make it happen!!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rest


I am learning as I grow in age and by the Spirit the need to rest. Not only to physically and mentally rest, but to live constantly in His Rest. His peace that passes all understanding.
Have you seen families that lose a child and though it easily could, they don't allow that loss to throw them into depression and give up? Or people that lose their jobs, their homes, everything. Yet they somehow just boldly go on living and believing? That's the Rest. The priceless, irreplaceable rest that only the Holy Spirit inside of you can provide.

He's the Comforter in times of hurt when you need rest. But He is also the day-to-day rest. I can choose to look at my tasks, duties, to-dos, whatever and let it absolutely overwhelm and stress me out. Or I can choose to enter His rest. I can calmly look at my messy kitchen, take a deep breath, and say "Lord, thank you for all these dishes and food you have given us. We don't take it for granted. Help me have the endurance and patience to clean this all up...again...for the 5th time today."
When I choose to rest, and work in His rest, it changes everything.
My attitude.
My response.
My heart.

I have to trust that He knows when bills are due. He knows I like a clean house. He knows I have errands to run and groceries to buy and meals to figure out. He knows when a client needs to get in even though I don't have an opening. He knows all these things that tug and pull and sometimes overwhelm me. So don't you think He would provide a way for me to accomplish all of those things, but me be in charge of them, and not the other way around?

Who wants a frazzled, hectic, stressed boss? Do you respond well to a leader that has worry all over their face? I want to usher in peace and rest in our home and through me choosing to dwell in His presence while I do my tasks, it's absolutely possible. I do it all the time.

And the best part is...that when I stay in His presence, where the rest is, is that things naturally shift into place. The important things rise to the top and the lesser important things fall by the wayside or just get attention after everything else is taken care of. And I find myself caring less and less about having things perfect and more and more enamored with the daughter, husband, and the life He's given me.

I'll leave you with part of one of my favorite songs. We write most of our songs at church and this is one from a girl on the praise and worship team with us. To me, it so perfectly captures my determination to choose dwelling in Him and His rest. 

I lay aside anything
that would come against my purpose
In You I stay
You are my prize and You are worth it
Like in a hurricane, I stay in your eye and won't be moved
from  Your rest.

Friday, October 21, 2011

When You Hear "Eye. Eye. Eye..."

it means your toddler has found a wand of mascara and is utilizing those skills she's gained while watching her Momma put on her make-up countless times.




Beautiful, Ruby!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Life


Things have been very sentimental around here lately. We are just breathing deeply and soaking in this little girl and each other and our loved ones. Life is so precious, and I love when you get a chance to be reminded of that. I just want to always take every day and squeeze everything out of it I can.

Yes I want my house clean, but not at the expense of playing and coloring with my little girl.
Yes, I need to run errands but not without throwing a park visit in there so Ruby can swing and climb.
Yes, I may be flustered some days at 5:00 when Kevin gets home from work, but I'm not gonna let anything stop me from dropping what I'm doing to give him that welcome home, baby kiss.

The weather cooling down, the leaves changing and the shift of season always makes me sentimental. Thankful that life changes, there are ups and downs, ebbs and flows, louds and quiets, hypers and tireds, busyness and stillness. I am just, from the bottom of my heart, thankful for life.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Daddy + Daughter Time


I'm finding out that the time Ruby gets with her Dad is not just fun...it's necessary and it's crucial. She and I are with each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (give or take a few) and that's great. But I can see already, at the young age of 19 months, that the beautiful dynamic of having BOTH parents is absolutely crucial.

When she hits a cranky, disobedient  level that's stronger than normal testing-toddler behavior, I know it's because she needs a break from me and needs one on one time with her Daddy. And let me tell you...it does wonders!

This morning Kevin took Ruby to the park and then to the square for a BMX bike demo thing and Ruby was in the best mood I've seen her in in over a week. She kept saying "bye!" to me like she was so happy to be going somewhere, without Mommy, alone with Dad. It was so sweet.


I am so thankful for a husband that wants the best for his family. It's the father's role, yes, but many Dads want to spend their weekend after a long work week doing what they want to do. And Kevin is always, always, always putting us first. He helps me clean the house almost every single day. He cleans the tub. He gives me a "relax and do nothing and I'll take Ruby to the park" break so I can relax and do nothing. I am just so thankful for his selflessness.



I bless you, my husband. Ruby and her future siblings are so blessed to call you Dad.

Friday, October 14, 2011

John Robertson's Real Food Class 2

Last night was so good at our nutrition class. We walked down the aisles of both Sam's Club and Walmart and he taught us what is great and what is not.

In a nutshell: Soy and Corn= BAD. Which I already knew. But I kind of let it roll here and there.
Not anymore!
I'm seeing that Soy and Corn is in everything. It's the two cheapest, easiest to produce vegetables therefore our food is stuffed full of it. Yet it has hardly any nutritional value.

-Our cowboy friend from Oklahoma that raises cattle told us corn has essentially no nutritional value once cooked. (Cattlemen feed their livestock corn, if that wasn't obvious)
-Years ago my friend that is a runway/fashion model in Los Angeles (and is super skinny) told me that she never eats anything corn. She said "that's what they feed animals to fatten them up for selling".
-I had a random facts app on my iPhone a couple years ago that said there is more nutritional value in the cardboard box of Corn Flakes than the actual cereal itself.
-And now in our class we're learning more about it and how to not consume it.
I love when things connect and make sense!


So companies have done study after study of making their not only nutritionally empty but harmful food look appealing.
"Berry Burst Whole Grain Guaranteed" sounds so great doesn't it? And that picture is gorgeous!
Well, big surprise, look at the ingredients:
whole grain oats
sugar
corn meal
modified corn starch
corn syrup
etc.
followed by a ton of ingredients we don't even know how to pronounce, many of which were made in a chemistry lab and then added to our food to make it look pretty longer.
It's disgusting.


Here's more marketing schemes.
 "oh! Natural Cheetos. Look at that soft brown and tan packaging. That looks so much more healthy than their normal all bright orange bag!" So you buy it, proud of yourself for being more natural.
Aaaaand let's read the ingredients:
CORN MEAL!
Yes it's organic, but it's still corn!
Organic means richer, more nutrient soil the food is grown in.
But since we've established yellow corn does not have much nutritional value whatsoever and it's just a cheap filler and starter for fake foods....organic or not, it's bad. It's nutritionally empty.

*just to let you know...all I did was Google "ingredient list" and these came up. I did not search for "corn in ingredient list". Try it out yourself. Google Ingredient List and have fun finding all the CORN AND SOY that is in everything. Or next time you go to the store, read the ingredients to your normal purchases. It's in everything.



We're being fed like livestock here. The cheapest, easiest ingredients that they can make money on and we get addicted (because corn is mostly carbohydrates and carbs turn to sugar and sugar is flat out addicting) and have to buy more more more. They don't care we are getting fat like the livestock. They don't care we are diseased. Doctors and insurance get more money that way, anyway so why stop it?

We are an obese nation. Diabetes is everywhere. Cancer is so common. Everyone is tired so they have to turn to even more unhealthy things to keep them going. It's a never ending cycle.

Until you break it. 
You vote with your dollar.
When you buy crap, crap keeps getting made. More and more and bigger and flashier and more in your face. Because that's what's selling.

So as far as this family goes, we just stay away from CORN and SOY products. It's really not that hard.
Today I've eaten:
-Green Monster Smoothie
(spinach, chia seeds, banana, wild blueberries, orange, lemon)
-raw nuts and raisins (high in fat and protein) But the fat your body uses for fuel backed up with nutrients. Not empty fat. Big difference.
-Black beans and brown rice (not white) with salsa.
-grapes

And I'm completely satisfied. It's crazy. If any of you know me personally I eat all the time. A lot. But I feel much more satisfied and not lacking anything so I'm not stuffing my face all day.

I'm telling you guys, if you are local you have GOT to take John's class, it's amazing! I've never felt so clean inside in all of my life.





Thursday, October 13, 2011

Did You know

that you simply cannot capture memories through photographs without one of these darlings?


Our memory card has been lost and I don't realize how many times I go to grab the camera to capture something until I can't. I've got to get myself to the store and get a new one, but I hate forking over money for something that I just know is in this house somewhere.

-The eating whole and real challenge is going well. It's crazy, because I feel totally different. I feel amazing. And I even cheat a bit. My cheats are greek yogurt, chocolate chips, dairy, eggs, and my number one temptation in life...Ritz peanut butter cracker packages. Oh heavens.
I know those are completely NOT real food, not at all. I am going to wean them out, but give me some time.
We have been using the restroom more (isn't that the nicest way to say that?) and our bodies are cleaning themselves out, it's really cool. 
Anyways our nutrition class is taking a field trip tonight to Sam's Club and he's going to show us what to get and why, so that'll be fun.

-Yesterday from the moment we woke up to the moment we laid our heads on the pillow we were going nonstop. Cleaned all day, organized, threw away, put in the attic, etc all day. Then went for a run. As soon as we started I was not feeling it. I maybe did only 1 mile. Told Kevin to go on without me. Then to church for the evening. I absolutely LOVE productive days.

-Ruby has been in a little sassy phase the last couple days. If I could, I would put her in a plastic bubble and move us to a fairy tale land with no negative influences whatsoever. What? Not a good idea?!
But seriously, it makes me craaaaaazy that she picks up on attitudes from older and other kids. Me and Kevin are extremely respectful to each other and we monitor what is played in our home very closely, so I know her influence is from other people she's around. HATE IT!
But...that's life. And the whole point is to teach her to not act like other people and to act like Ruby and be who Yahweh created her to be. I've told her this and she nods her head and gives me a high five and says "men".

-Clarence still remains at my feet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A source of frustration to say the least. Animals are obsessed with me and Kevin. Yesterday before our run Kevin was stretching (we were across town, NOT at our house) and a random stray cat was rubbing all around Kev's legs while trying to stretch. We were just like WHY DO ALL THE ANIMALS CHOOSE US?!

-Today me and Ruby are going to a playdate (and bringing our own rice and beans to Chik-fil-a...) and it's chilly out so I'm getting to wear this pashmina my Dad got me in Saudi Arabia. So fun to be able to wear something and have a cool story behind it other than "I got it at Target". Thanks Dad!


Alright, that's all for now folks. Here's to finding our memory card!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Ruby James Kiehn 19 months


Lately every time you get down to take Ruby's picture, she assumes that's what she's supposed to do as well. So all of our "posed" pictures recently are ones that she is squatting in. (And asks Daddy to squat with her)

Ruby James, you are 19 months old and get cooler and cooler. Every night, it seems, Daddy and I just look at each other after we lay you down and shake our heads and just sigh and say "we love her so much!" And then we share funny Ruby stories.

Your words are
Shoes
Hocks (socks)
Mom Mom
Dahd or Dah Dah said quickly (Dad)
shassha (sassa)
cheese
pease (please)
Kee (Clarence)
cah (car)
Coo Coo (Blues Clues)
wah (water)
teesh (teeth. for when you want to brush your teeth)
crackuh (cracker)
cuh cuh (color)
wow
men (amen)
uhhhh while shaking your head (no)
puhpuh, gee, boo, woah, pee (purple, green, blue, yellow, pink)
nur (nurse. says this every time she wants to. and says it and nods her head like "mom, we're gonna do it, ok? just nur me")
ah, woo, bee (R-U-B and y will sometimes come out but you usually just change the subject)
pad thai (bath time)
and several several other words.

When we count to 10, you know 2, 8, and 10. So funny. Not sure how you got those. But basically anything counting to you is saying "two" in the voice tone of going to different numbers but staying on that word.

You are still the biggest nursing fan ever. I am having to tell you "no" during the day and nursing you only at naps and night and when you first wake up. You do not like that one bit, but you get over it once I distract you. I hope all my babies are good nursers like you. Makes life so much easier.

You are getting longer and thinner. Sniff Sniff. But you're beautiful, baby. I can tell you that much. Sometimes I look at you and see a peek into what you'll look like grown up and it just floods me with emotion and pride and love and joy. 

You love to play salon, and go in the back and let me actually do your hair while I speak in a French accent and talk about Ruby Kiehn the greatest American hair model that ever existed. You act older and very special when we do that and it's so cute. I hope you always let me do your hair!

You have a very tender, funny heart. Because when you get in trouble you do the FAKEST sad face/cry, wide open mouth, like the worst thing in the world just happened. But then you hug our neck and "apologize" and kiss us or hug us and then move on. We love it.

One of my favorite things about you right now is that you lay on your belly and kick your legs while you color or read or play with something. It's so adorable.

You are in size 18-24 months, shoe size 4 or 5 depending on brand.

You only call Daddy "Dahd" when you're told. Otherwise you call him Mommy or Mom Mom, which is a slight blow to his confidence but he's getting over it.

You are in this wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night AT LEAST once often more times phase and I just don't understand why. Probably just to nur, you little stinker.


Your ornery face is hilarious. You smoosh your chin(s) down to your neck and smile from ear to ear and show all your pearly whites and move your eyes to the side. 


Every now and then I catch you going up to the guitar, strumming it and singing hilariously while closing your eyes and shaking your head. Hysterical.


At church during praise and worship practice you take a mic and totally get into it. We can't turn your mic on anymore because it goes right into the drummers in-ears and hurts his ears (boo), but it doesn't stop you from dancing, raising your hands, wiggling, and shaking your head. Aretha Franklin style.


I love when you close yourself in a room and I just hear "Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom......Mom. Mom. Mom." over and over again from behind the door. Like "uhhh. don't know how to say this but please come get me".


You love to go ni night. When you're tired you'll walk into your room first, pat the rocking chair for me to sit in and nurse you to bed.


When me and Daddy speak over you or pray for something out loud you nod yes the entire time and then give us high fives, which is something we do at our church basically saying "I come into agreement with you" after you've declared or prayed something. And a lot of times you say "men" along with it. It's just so sweet because we didn't teach you that but you've seen us do it so it's just second nature to you.


You pucker your lips at the very last second when I lay you in your crib, even if I thought you were asleep, to give me one last kiss.


If you have a poopie in your diaper during a nap, I always know it because there is silence in the house and then I hear "ew. ew. ew" from your crib in your bedroom.


You hate and I mean haaaaaate the toddler being pulled behind the bike thing. The thing we thought you would ADORE. You scream like I've never seen you scream. Quite the surprise there.


You say Hi and Bye to strangers all the time and you mean it and by the real smiles on their faces I can tell that they got a tiny dose of the blessing I get to swim in every single day.


We love you more than anything, baby girl. You make us laugh every single day. You make us sigh. You make us kinder. You make us tireder. You make us a family. We love you.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Real Food


Tonight we went to our first class of a 6-week course called John Robertson's Real Food Nutrition Class at Phat Tire Bike Shop here in our hometown.

It is an amazing learning experience and Kevin and I are both really excited to learn more and more about our bodies and how they heal themselves when nourished and fed properly. We learned so much about nourishing your body vs. eating. When your body is nourished, you will feel full. When it's lacking nourishment and vitamins and amino acids and proteins, you will feel starving and empty and that's when you do the whole raid-the-pantry-nothing-can-satisfy-me thing. You actually eat less when you eat real, wholesome foods that come from the earth in it's purest form. By eating what your great grandparents ate.
By not swinging through the drive-thru.
By not buying the boxed stuff.
Because it simply lacks ANY kind of nutrient that sustains, heals, or helps your body.

Have you ever seen the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? It's really amazing. If you have Netflix, it's on there. (Can I start getting some royalties for all the Netflix plugs I have on my blog please?!)
Anyway, we saw it a while back and it's great and it goes right along with what we were learning tonight.

Real Food is cool because it's not some new fangled diet. Or ground-breaking anything that will lose it's glamour and fade out. It's the ORIGINAL plan that worked.
ORIGINALLY we didn't have gyms and scheduled runs.
We worked in fields. We built our homes with our hands. We farmed to feed our families.
ORIGINALLY we didn't have processed, boxed, dyed, bleached, genetically modified foods.
We planted a seed and up came the nourishment we needed from the earth. In it's perfect form in many cases.

Since I don't work in a field (PTL) I will continue to come up with my own forms of exercise.
However, I can and will eat food the way it's supposed to be eaten.

As you all should know by now, I love original. I love real. I love the way things are supposed to be.

So I'll keep you posted as we learn cool new things/as I get revelation!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sidewalk Paint

I saw this somewhere and thought we'd give it a try.
Ruby LOVED it. It's super easy to make, and super easy to clean up (water only) and doesn't ruin a thing. Also, very inexpensive!

It's just cornstarch, water, and food coloring. I didn't measure or anything, I just mixed together and added until I liked the consistency.

A great outdoor activity in this beautiful weather!




oh, be still my soul. I love this little girl.





Saturday, October 1, 2011

Someone Help Me

For some reason, I clicked on this to watch this morning while making Ruby and I breakfast.
Totally forgetting that...
I ball every time at this movie.







All I have to say is whoever Ruby marries...he better be awesome. And his family. And I hope me and Kevin will be ready for it. And even if all of those things line up and are perfect I'm telling you right now...I am going to SOB at her wedding. I guarantee you.