Lately I have gotten into searching discount sites for, well, good discounts.   Things like groupon and living social.   I think you can find some good deals sometimes but it also leads me to buy things I don’t really need.   For example, a couple of months ago I was drinking wine and decided to purchase a wine deal online.  It turned into kind of a mess because you had to sign for the package and it came while we were away and they sent it back and then when it was finally delivered (without my signature BTW) there was this giant box of wine on my porch announcing us as giant winos.   The wine was pretty good but it also led me to think we were drinking too much wine... 

That decision indirectly led to my next purchase on the healthier side.  A juice cleanse.  It seemed like a good deal.  50% off or so for a 3 day supply of juice but then when you go to the website the shipping is $30!!!!  In this age of almost never paying for shipping that was tough to swallow but I couldn’t find a way around it.  After confessing my purchase to Frenchie he was surprisingly interested and wanted to do it too!   I modified it a little and turned it into a 2 day cleanse for two.  

The cleanse arrived with 18 juices, so 6 a day.  I got one that included a cashew coffee to make sure we got our caffeine fix.  I modified by adding in a homemade vegan carrot soup for dinner instead of the last two juices, making my own cashew coffee one da and hitting up a local juice shop for a couple extras on day 2.  

Since I have been fasting for 16 hours a day already I didn’t think I would struggle too much with this but man, it was hard! Especially around lunchtime when I’m used to having my first meal.  Once I was busier in the afternoon picking up the kids etc it was easier.  The soup also helped because it felt like eating even though soup is really just hot “juice.”   

By Day 2 I felt out of it but not really tired.  Just a little depressed and not motivated to do anything.  Wow, I am really selling this cleanse!  

This morning i weighed myself before eating or drinking and I lost 3 pounds.  We will see how quickly that comes back but at least I got something out of it.  My tummy feels flat and my mind feels...blank.  

Hopefully it will at least motivate me to keep up clean eating for the next week or so before our vacation to Barbados!   I bought my first bikini and I plan to wear it without feeling (too) self conscience.    



Cleaner Judgment

Our biweekly housecleaner recently passed on some serious judgment via text.  She asked if we wanted her to come every week because it has been taking her longer to get the house ready to clean.  Um, isn't that part of cleaning?  

Anybody with a housecleaner knows that you feel compelled to pre-clean before the cleaners come.  Pick things up off the floor, put things back in drawers etc.  Unfortunately ours come on a Wednesday which is our busiest morning.  I go to an exercise class from 6-7, then we all drive together because I have to be at work early on Wednesdays so Frenchie gives me a ride.  I try to pick up but there usually just isn't time.  

I'm not sure how to respond to the cleaner?  Is she trying to get me to pay more?  I hate to admit it but I don't think having her come every week will really help.  Hopefully with me taking a break from work I can try to organize the house better so it's easier to clean.  We'll see.  

Now it's Saturday morning at 7 and I have to clean up from last night because I fell asleep with the kids and didn't clean up after dinner (not sure what Frenchie's excuse is).  Then we'll make breakfast and I'll have to clean up again.  Then the kids will play and a new mess will be waiting for me.  Oh...then dinner!  It's never ending!!!

Self-help me

Oy.   I am falling down a self-help hole of confusion.   The last 6 months I’ve been (probably overly) concerned with diet and exercise and now I’m ready to work on my brain.   

Should I meditate?  

Should I go The Artist’s Way?  

Should i hygge?  

Is there only ONE thing?  

Maybe I should just go to a hypnotist...  

I should probably be reading parenting books instead... 


I have recently made some changes in my career so I think my brain is in overdrive trying to figure out what is next and how to live a fulfilling life.  So I will be reviewing some self-help books here.  I recently read The One Thing and found it helpful although since I’m such a fast reader I usually miss a lot so I think I should read it again.   Now I’m reading This Naked Mind which is trying to convince me to give up wine.  I’m also reading The Poisonwood Bible for my book club and really enjoying it.    

Look forward to some book reviews soon!