Cereal Moms

You know those FB “On this day” reminders? They can be hilarious or straight depressing.

Yes I love being reminded of when my beasts were just little ones and soft and squishy and stealers of my sleep.

No I don’t need reminded of the bad days, my ex-husband, or even the posts that we’re fake FB happy… I can remember what I was thinking typing them up. Horse shit. Everything is horse shit.

But the other day, this memory popped up. It was both wonderful and humbling.

Me to my big beast- “Hey you, do you know how much I love you?”

Big beast – “Ya, allllll the way to the noon and back. I know. Do you know how much I love you? Allll the way to the sun and back. And the sun is hot. Like super hot. And Its a star. A super hot star. I dunno if night time stars are hot. Becaus its night time. And night time is cold. But anyways, ya I love you a lot. Because you make pancakes for breakfast. Not just cereal. I mean cereal moms are okay. When they’re busy and stuff. And you put cheese on my vegetables sometimes. Which makes them easier to eat. Because they’re kinda gross. Well some of them. Like those pea things? In the wrapper? Pea pods? Ya those. And you dance. A lot. We dance. I like it when you dance. Because you’re a funny dancer. But when you sing… its kind of loud. But that’s okay too. Just not outside. And you let me eat dinner in my underwear. That’s pretty cool. Especially my iron man underwear. So ya, I know mom. And I love you too”. 

GAH can you just let the cuteness sink in?!

It was the sweetest response you could ever hope to get from your kiddo. He was four at the time. He’s seven now and is still one of the sweetest, most sincere, and thoughtful human beings I have ever come in contact with. No idea where the hell he gets it from but, I’m not fighting it.

That was three years ago. I was newly separated from my husband and had just moved back to my hometown. I was terrified. Alone. Jobless. Trying to figure out how in the hell I was going to support two kids. I had been a stay at home mom for the last two years. I was humiliated and desperate. And to be completely honest, I missed my damn husband. The only thing I looked forward to was it being an acceptable hour to make a cocktail, and no, there’s no joke in that. I needed something to numb something. I needed to feel less about at least ONE thing in my life. No,it wasn’t healthy. No, I didn’t give a shit.

I remember laughing at the “cereal moms” comment. But also in the same moment realizing that he had no idea how much his life was going to change. I would be working soon and even though there lives had just changed more than they could possibly imagine, it was about to do another 180. When I finally started working again, I was gone from 7 in the morning until 7 at night. My kids ate three meals out of the day at daycare. I wasn’t even a cereal mom at this point.

This isn’t a “my poor kids had such a rough life” post. It’s not. To be quite honest I hated being a stay at home parent. I enjoyed working. Having a part of my life that was mine. My kids were well taken care of and didn’t go without. They, we, were still very fortunate being a single parent household.

What it really is about is, once I started working again, yes the hours SUCKED. Like big time. Lot’s of suckage. SO. MUCH. SUCKAGE. But with that, something happened. was supporting my household. I was taking care of MY family. My kids did not go without (they weren’t spoiled by any means). I didn’t need to ask for outside help. I was slowly, building my life up on my own, with my own standards, my own agenda, the way that I wanted. After a few years I left that job for one with more flexibility and less in office hours. I’m home before the sun sets. We eat breakfast and dinner at home, together.

I’m slowly working on being home more, working at home. I have Advocare and Blogging to thank for that. But I will always work to some degree. I enjoy it. I refuse to feel guilty for it. No one should ever feel guilty for living a life they’re proud of.

I was finally able to be a cereal mom and let me tell you something, my sons love it just as much as pancakes.

Oh and for the record, I’m a fabulous dancer.

 

It’s time! All in Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. (that’s what she said… never. Bahahaha)

We have a HUGE group committing to starting a 24DC on January 11th and we are all waiting for you to take the plunge with us! Last year over 80 THOUSAND people joined!!! AdvoCare just announced an awesome promotion yesterday.. Free shipping, free goodies, and a preorder option so you can commit but don’t pay until after the holidays. They’ve added calendars, meal plans, recipes, example days, and more.

Shoot me an email at whiskeysippy@gmail.com with your goals, your questions, your apprehension, or just to chat!

Click the picture above, or head to the menu and click shop, or snag this link right here!

Once you’ve ordered, comment ALL IN below!!! As soon as I see that I will add you to a private group of almost 3K other challengers with the same goals as you. There’s so much support, fun, ideas, and motivation in that group that it will make the 24 days fly by. Can’t wait to go ALL-IN for 2016 with friends old and new!

 

 

Nationwide Less Flab to your Abs… and Thighs… and Ass…. Challenge!

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I don’t know about you but the holidays have been…..generous… to my jiggle this year. Turkeys and potatoes and rolls…. so… many…. rolls. Pies and cheesecakes and gravy on EVERYTHING. Mind you that was just for Thanksgiving. Two weeks from now I will be dominating Christmas dinner. I will eat all the foods and I will not apologize for it. “I say who! I say when! I say how much!” That’s a Pretty Woman quote if you were wondering. Also, if you didn’t know that we can’t be friends.

So with that said, once the calories have happily settled to my backside and the fat is happily squishing my thighs together, it’s time to get my ass to work.

I’ve never been one to do New Years resolutions but, I figured I’d try something different this year and make a list of all I want to accomplish in the next 365 days.

1.) Ass in shape. Like, pre meds, pre happy relationship, pre bathing in a gravy boat.

2.) Wedding planning. Like actual, legit, on paper planning.

3.) Eliminate debt. Which will be super neat considering #2 on my list.

Thankfully, Advocare just announced their first All in Nationwide 24 Day Challenge! This is going to be HUGE y’all. HUGE! They’re also getting to release some big new changes and deals this coming Wednesday. If you’ve every been on the fence with this “fad”, now is the time to go all in!

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Those are some serious numbers! You can be more strict or less strict, add light excercise to this and those numbers will be way higher. My first challenge I lost 13 lbs and 9 inches. It was amazing and honestly, much easier than I ever anticipated. That wasn’t even the best part. The CLARITY I had once I cut out all the crap and started using the Advocare Supplements was UNREAL. The energy and motivation I had was something I hadn’t felt in such a long time. I just felt…. lighter.

So needless to say, I can’t wait to start off on January 11th. It’s one of the BIGGEST challenges to date. With this challenge you get…

  • Access and interaction with a private Facebook group of close to 3K challengers with the same goal as you.
  • Meal plans, menus, and ideas.
  • Cleanse and Max Phase example days.
  • Daily motivation, tips, and tricks.
  • Support from other group members.
  • My help with any questions/concerns at any point during the Challenge.
  • Prize pack for whoever has the most noticeable transformation before/after pics!
  • And finally… a new you. A you that you’ve been putting off for who knows how long. A you that you have busted your ass to be. A you that you finally put first. A you that inspires others.

I think for most people, to do something like this, they have to have that moment. That moment when they realize they just can’t stay where they are in life at this moment. I don’t mean geographically speaking. I mean who you are. You have always put others before yourself. Friends, family, kids, work. Because putting yourself first, taking care of YOU, would be selfish.

I think we can finally say together, fuck that. Just.. fuck that. Put yourself first. BE selfish. Love YOU. This is more than just losing weight. It’s what you gain. Your life. Your pride. Learning to love yourself again. No, being thin doesn’t do that. But let this be the start to something bigger. Let it be your year. Get excited!

So click the Shop! button up at the menu board or go to www.advomeg.com right stinkin’ now before you convince yourself you shouldn’t spend the money on you, you shouldn’t spend the time on you, or that maybe later would be a better time. How long have you been saying that to yourself? Just click the dang button and jump!

 

As always feel free to email me at whiskeysippy@gmail.com with any questions, concerns, or thoughts.

I look forward to you joining me!

Parenting 101

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I sit here and watch a heartwarming video of orphans being adopted on Christmas. I get teary eyed thinking about my own sweet kiddos, how lucky they are, how lucky I am for having them. I take a deep breath. Relaxed. Content. Grateful.

My youngest gets out of bed for the 17th time in 20 minutes…

“SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL SELL YOU ON THE FLIPPIN’ CORNER!!!”

This is parenting. Anyone who says otherwise is full of it.

Who needs Starbucks?

Okay, I do. BUT I live in such a small town that there is no Starbucks here. I know. Weird. But such places do exist. People also wear cut off Carhartts here, so there’s that.

This past weekend I went to the big city and swung by Starbucks. Since I had already had three liters of caffeine intravenously I decided to be health conscious and skip having more espresso. So naturally I opted for something made of straight sugar instead, Starbucks caramel apple spiced cider. That stuff is like an angels breast milk. I literally just wanted to submerge my face in it.

So fun weekend in the big city is over and I’m back in the boonies. There’s only one little coffee stand in my town and while they don’t make bad coffee, they don’t make the apple cider I was having withdrawals from. I’ve tried to replicate it in the past with recipes I’ve found online but none tasted close enough to the same. So per usual, I just started throwing shit together and cussing up a storm any time it wasn’t perfect. But finally, a few f-bombs later, heavens gates opened and bam! Nailed it. So then I had to clean my entire kitchen and start again so I could take pretty pictures for y’all to make it look like I have a flippin clue as to what I’m doing. No joke though guys, if you put this in a little red holiday Starbucks cup I would 100% believe it was made by the gods in the little green aprons.

Here y’all go!

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Notice what a contradiction I am. Organic sugars and cinnamon next to a can of Reddi Whip.

Ingredients:

Apple Juice or Cider (I just grab whatever is on sale)
Caramel Sauce
Cinnamon Simple Syrup (AKA Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup)
Whip Cream… this isn’t optional despite what you believe.

Directions:

Remember.. I suck at measuring…Pour around half a bottle of cider or juice in pot over medium heat. Add around half a cup of cinnamon simple syrup. Then add roughly (ha) three or four squeezes caramel sauce. Whip it good. Whip it real good. Now try not to sing Whip It by Devo. Heat until steaming.

Pour in your desired cup and top with whip cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.

You could easily turn this into a crock pot recipe. Doubling the recipe and setting on low until desired temp. I would add a couple cinnamon sticks to enhance the flavor and stir occasionally. This would be PERFECT for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning!

Try not to submerge your face and enjoy!

This makes around 4 regular sized coffee cups.. again… I’ll try to start measuring. Try.

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Simple Syrup Recipe

Half cup white sugar
Half cup brown sugar
Three to four teaspoons cinnamon
One cup water

Mix all in a sauce pan, the cinnamon will float on top for awhile but by the time it’s done it should pretty much dissolve. Bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool and store in air tight container. It should be good for at least a few weeks. Bonus is your kitchen will smell amazing!

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And if you’re like me and always want to have an adult version on hand… you know… just in case your toddler dropped an entire roll of toilet paper in the toilet and then proceeded to take it out, leaving a trail all the way to the bathroom counter…. you know.. to “help momma clllllean it”. It doesn’t hurt to have this to add as a backup…

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Enjoy Loves! XOXO

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Warm Pumpkin Spice Shake

 

I’ve been searching for a recipe this good since the dawn of time. I swear. Okay, maybe just for the last couple months but still it feels like eternity. So good and simple enough for even my Man Friend to make!

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I did a couple things differently to make this even more simple. I heated the water to a little hotter than drinkable and threw that, the meal replacement shake, and almond milk all in my handy dandy Protein Shaker (get yours here!). Poured it in my favorite mug and sprinkled with cinnamon. You could even use some nonfat whip if you like. For Man Friend I added a little vanilla coffee creamer too and he was a big fan.

If you haven’t tried the Pumpkin Spice Shakes yet, you really are missing out. Lose some lbs and make some mula at the same time for the upcoming holidays!

Get them here!