The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

mrs stephenson

It was a fun week! My high school French teacher came for lunch. How cool is that? Patty, aka Madame Stephenson had a HUGE influence on me while I was growing up. After graduation, she connected me with Michele and Jean-Marc and their children, my French family. We go back almost 30 years. Yikes!

It was really fun to catch up. We could have talked for hours.

The rest of the week is kind of a blur. We’ve got Wisdom Teeth next week and a trip to Infectious Diseases to find out why FishChick6 keeps getting herpes on her face. Plus, FishPapa is turning 52.

I’m also gearing up for another Whole 30. It’s been two years since I did it. Time flies. My diet has changed some so that I know it will be easier. I’ve also been struggling with the shakes since New Year’s, maybe from sugar or weird blood pressure? I’m hoping that by getting rid of some of the sweets and extra carbs, I can troubleshoot my health issues as well as help my parents change their diet a bit.

FishBoy17 is going to do it with me, so it should be interesting. Watch for it over in the Good Cheap Eats Whole 30 column.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Hi Jessica, You might check . The 6/14/14 comment by Nichole B had quite a few tips. Our sil often got cold sores. His wife, a dental hygenist, was told by her dentist about lysine supplements. I have found them to be helpful. The tablets can sometimes be quite large so you might check that when selecting for FishChick. I found the diet tips to be interesting. Praying for you & your family. Teresa

    • Thanks, Teresa. I’ve done the research about lysine and have discussed that with her pediatricians. Since this should not be happening as frequently as it does with someone who’s not critically ill, they’ve referred us to Children’s to make sure we’re not missing something.

  2. Christine A says:

    Nice to see you and Mrs Stephenson reunited! She looks great! Good luck on your Whole 30! It will be great to have your son do it with you! I have been following a variation – basically clean eating, all organic, grass-fed, gluten-free, sugar free, dairy free. Sounds daunting but it really is not! It is the one thing that has worked so far with losing/keeping the weight off and keeping energy levels up!!! Have a great week!!!!

    • How are you affording all organic?! Tell me your secrets.

      • Christine A says:

        Well…that is why I haven’t quit my job…to feed my family well. :). Actually, we were spending waaaay too much money (and time) eating out. I now use the eating out $ towards organic groceries. It really has evened out. I reprioritized my time to spend Sundays shopping and prepping (it is a little easier to do this now as the kids are older and can keep busy)! The more I educate myself on the junk and antibiotics that are in our food, the more compelled I am to buy this way. Sure I cringe at the price difference sometimes…but the pill is a lot easier to swallow knowing I am doing what I can to feed my family healthily!

        • Amen, sister! I just can’t figure out how to do the organic/grass-fed meats for FOUR boys. That is what is killing me. Am going to try to get the better quality stuff during our Whole 30, so I guess we’ll see. So excited for you! Is your hubby feeling the improvements, too?

          • Christine Albert says:

            That would definitely be a challenge with four growing boys!!! It is a process!!! Any small change is a good one and eventually becomes a habit! Good luck with Whole 30…you will do well!!!!!

  3. I love the Weekly Ramble. It’s nice to hear what goes on with your life. You are one busy lady.


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