July Project 12 Update

I have not been biking and hiking everywhere, or wearing hemp to teach yoga this month.  Mostly, because my some of my yogis might try to light my sweater and smoke me.  And because I don’t have a bike.  (I am hoping someone may read this and donate their beach cruiser they never ride anymore.)

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I have been really good about using refillable water bottles.  We had a dinner at church and I even brought my own water bottle to fill up and drink out of instead of using plastic.  Plus, I got to pose with basically the cutest baby in the world.

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For a person who values his privacy, (with the exception of his Hey Girl stuff) my husband has had no problem hanging his undies out for the whole world to see.  We did have to use liquid fabric softener though, because his clothes were kind of crunchy.

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I picked up these reusable sandwich bags–They are awesome!  You can just turn them inside out to really get the gunk out of  them if needed.  (for example, if your son uses it for jello instead of a sandwich.)

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This is a picture of a box.  With cans inside.  I went to Tennessee last weekend, and stayed with my cousin.  They have no recycling pick up, so we brought this home and recycled it here.  Remember, I am trying to go above and beyond with this challenge?

I have been driving  the speed limit– so I am reducing my carbon footprint and obeying the law at the same time.   Even when it is only 35 MPH, and they clearly mis-painted, and it should be 53 MPH.  I have used windows verses air conditioning, parked further away, and refused to use my car seat warmers.

My friend Henry Owen, the director of Friendship Gardens, is in the middle of writing an e-book about tips to drive the green way.    I got a sneak peek at some of the tips… Here’s a few I’m allowed to share:

1.  Empty your trunk- any added weight takes more energy to push and pull around.

2.  Windows up on the highway, down in the city- the drag placed on the car from rolling down the windows hurts your mileage more than running the air conditioner.

3.  Plan Ahead!  Clump your errands, map your routes, and avoid traffic.

4.  Park in the shade, highest elevation, and furthest away from the store.

5.  Drive like you don’t have brakes.  Anytime you use your brakes in the car, you are wasting forward momentum you have already paid for in gas.

Like these tips?   I’ll let you know when the whole thing is ready to download!  In the meantime…Christmas is only 156 days away.  Check out Henry’s other book:  How to Have a Green Christmas.

 

I hope you are trying to go green with me this month too!  I would love for you to comment below and share your ideas! 

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Chicken Update

I have many readers ask about a chicken update!  Yes.  They are still alive!  I think some of you were just checking in to make sure these didn’t turn out like the other 2 batches.   Luckily, these girls are safe with us and doing awesome.

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The best part about having the chickens is getting the eggs!   It’s like Christmas in July up  in here.   I like knowing where my food comes from.  The eggs my chickens lay are convenient,  they taste better, and I like the idea of controlling what they eat.  (and in turn controlling what I eat when I eat the egg.)

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I feed my chickens a laying feed, scratch grains, and lots of fruits and vegetables. (watermelon is their favorite)   I go by Whooli’s Grill about 3 times a week to get the leftover produce that they don’t use.  You can see in the picture above the chickens are eating salad mix, cherry tomatoes, and celery.  Once a week I give them a little bit of oyster shell to keep things moving and to help keep their shells hard.  I don’t give them many other table scraps besides fruits, vegetables, and some meats.  They eat enough bugs to get their protein in, and I don’t want them eating any processed gunk.

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The only problem we have run into with our girls was recently, and it was pretty minor.  The coop was starting to stink, so before we went out-of-town, my husband put some hay down in the coop.  (Because hay covered chicken shit smells fantastic.)  We get back from out-of-town, and all the hens had clumps of mud on their feet.  Like giant balls of mud.  The balls of mud were so big, that some of them had trouble walking.  They had to lift their feet up super high to take a step.  I knew we had to do something, so my husband and I went in the coop and I was just going to pull the mud off their feet.

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First of all, chickens don’t like to be held.  So, catching a chicken is hard.  Luckily, they couldn’t move too fast because of the giant mud balls on their feet.  My husband grabbed Amber, and I started to pull the mud balls off.  They were really hard and didn’t pull off too easily.  We switched and I held the hen, and my husband tried.

Ya’ll.  Hay mixed with chicken poop and rain is like the house building material of the future.  The big bad wolf could never blow your house down.  My husband had to use channel locks to break up the mud balls. He was squeezing so hard his hands were shaking.  I can’t make this stuff up.  It took over an hour to give our five hens a chickacure.  (chicken pedicure).  We joked that when we were done they probably felt like they could fly to the moon.  You know the feeling when you wear ankle weights for a while, then you take them over and you could probably slam dunk your first-born.

Moral of the story:  Get chickens.  Eat the eggs.  Don’t put hay out. 

Cool Sculpting Results

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The results are in–Cool Sculpting works!  I took this pic the last week in June at Stillwater Plastic Surgery, about 18 weeks from my first treatment.  I can definitely tell my belly is flatter and tighter!

HOW THE COOLSCULPTING PROCEDURE FREEZES FAT CELLS

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  1. Many of us have stubborn fat despite diet and exercise.
  2. CoolSculpting technology uses controlled cooling (Cryolipolysis) to target and kill only these fat cells.
  3. In the weeks to follow, these fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body.
  4. CoolSculpting results are long-term, as treated fat cells are gone for good.

(Taken from coolsculpting.com)

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about the whole process.   Really?  You just freeze the fat and then sweat and pee it out?  Sounds too good to be true.   Plus, it seemed like I had to wait so long to see the optimal results.  But the pictures do not lie.

I knew I wasn’t going to get rid of the extra skin from my massive weight gains with my pregnancies, and I do not plan on being a bikini model anytime soon.   So, please don’t post nasty comments about that I still have stretch marks, and I still have saggy skin.  I know that people.  (I really don’t want to post these pictures, but I am doing it because I said I would.)

The  little pouches of fat above and below my belly button are gone.  The results really look best in fitted tees and dresses, but what fun is that to show you?  I am hoping Dr. Capizzi will want to give me a tummy tuck now to remove that extra skin. (which would also remove a lot of my stretch marks!)  I really think plastic surgeons should do 5-10 pro bono mommy makeovers a year.

You can read about my cool sculpting process by clicking the links below:

Cool Sculpting Part One
Cool Sculpting Part Two
Cool Sculpting Part Three

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Before:  Front View

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Before:  Side view

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After:  Front View

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After:  Side View

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Side Views:  Before on the left and after on the right

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Top is after, bottom is before.

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Again–I know I fully earned those crazy  tiger stripes and that saggy skin and have these two beautiful, brilliant, healthy children because of it.  There are many women who would give anything to be able to carry their own child.   Please know that I am not body bashing here.  This is something that was offered to me, and I jumped at the chance to see what it was all about.

 

 

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