How This Mama Got Her Groove Back!

It is the heart of winter and I am already dreading swim suit season! Loosing weight after LP was born was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. It has been almost three years since my Little Pumpkin entered this world and I have not lost the weight.  So I decided to change things.

Back Story

Before I got married I weighted 180 pounds

Before wedding

September 2009

The winter before my wedding (December of 2009) I decided to look the best I have ever looked for my wedding (I have always been the bigger girl growing up). So I buckled down and started eating right. Whole grain everything, healthy snacks, no pop and one cheat day. Once I got that down I joined a gym. I started working out once a week, after two weeks twice a week, after another two weeks three times a week until I was going four times a week. Through out the day I would find ways to work out. Squats while folding laundry, taking the stairs instead of the elevator things like that.

I lost 40 pounds by doing all of this by my wedding (July 2010)


The week before my wedding July 2009

So I decided I am going to get back to my past glory and get back to the weight I was on my wedding day 140 pounds. I have already switched my diet back to how I should be eating, so now it’s time to start working out.

Things have changed since I lost the weight the first time. I have no free time and I have a kid now. Solution: I quit the gym I was going to once a month and bought an elliptical, a yoga tDVD and “30 Day Shred” with Jillian Michaels DVD.

I have decided to bring you along for my journey and if you would like to join me Comment your progress in the comments on my blog posts and follow my daily routines on my Facebook Page  Letjoy Cloth Diapers.

Happy Work out 🙂


The Road to Recovery

Hello everyone in blog world. Yes I  know it has been awhile but please don’t think I haven’t thought of you.

I have been on the road of recovery as you know from my last blog post. Since I told you the brief story I figure I should tell you how my life has been since we Last visited.

As you know I was sick. Started out as a tonsillitis (at least that’s what the doctor said it was) but with in twenty-four hours my life was turned upside down. I had to get most of the story from my husband since I don’t remember the next two days. My hubby said it was the scariest thing you could watch someone you love go through. I was unresponsive at times I wouldn’t make sense when I did respond to him I would just say yes or no or leave me alone.So here is the short version of the story. Side note LP was at grandma and grandpa’s the night this happened (Thank God) :

Hubby came home from work (night shift) and went to check on me in bed and I was nowhere to be found. He soon found me in LP’s bedroom standing looking in her closet. He asked me what I was doing and I gave a response made no sense at all. He led me back to our room and put me back to bed. From there I am not sure what order the following things took place but you will get the idea. As my hubby laid me down I began to convulse Hubby told me that I had a seizure for about forty-five mins. In that time hubby had called 911 and Two police cars, one ambulance, and two fire trucks showed up to my house by this time it was about 8am and my neighbors were getting a show for sure.  The paramedics had to give me a sedative to get me to calm down. I was rushed to the hospital where they did a bunch of tests on me to find I had viral meningitis. For those of you who don’t know what that is this is what wikipedia had to say about it.


Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges.[1] The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs.[2] Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation’s proximity to the brain and spinal cord; therefore the condition is classified as a medical emergency.

Since I had a seizure my brain was very infected and it was moving from sick to life and death. I don’t remember that day or the next day but my hubby said I was awake and talking but I don’t remember them at all. I spent a week in the hospital and went to stay at my in-laws. I had to be watched to make sure I didn’t faint fall seizure for the next month. I couldn’t watch TV, go on the computer, Read, knit, sew, do word games, play cards. Any thing so I mostly slept and watched people live their lives while I got better.

Now I’m back at home able to do mostly every thing I could do before my ordeal. The after math has left me with something. Headaches and Tremors. And I am talking My hands shake so bad I can’t hardly do anything. So the doctor gave me some anti seizure meds and they pretty much take care or the tremors and the headaches. With time the doctor said I should make a full recovery.


So that’s my story (the short version) but before I sign off I would like to say a few Thanks

Thank you to my husband’s family, You stepped up when things got scary I owe you so much.

Thank you to my family for loving me

Thank you to my friends who checked up on my to make sure I was still kicking

Thank  you to the Minnesota Cloth Diapering Mommies  facebook group for sending me that delicious edible arrangement

and Last but not least Thank you to my husband. not every girl gets a knight in shinning armor, You saved my life and I am so thankful you are my knight in shinning armor.


Happy Living 🙂

Rediscovering a Natural Way of Living: Part 2

Part 2: Household Cleaners

House hold cleaners is something that almost every house has. Well not my house anymore I started to use traditional cleaners like baking soda, washing soda, vinegar, but I still kept my chemical based cleaners just in case. Then I watched

“Chemerical – Redefining Clean For A New Generation”

and my world changed!

as you can see my kitchen closet consists mostly of chemical based cleaners and after watching how these chemicals that we use everyday can effect us I was completely turned off by their cleaning power and now have opted for some good old-fashioned elbow grease! I few months ago I bought the book

“Homemade: How-to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally”

And I started to make homemade foods, beauty products and cleaners. Lets start with Cleaners for Part 2. Here are the basics of what you need:

Baking Soda

Washing Soda


Pure Soap

Essential oils (optional)

You can find anything from floor cleaners to oven cleaners to dishwasher detergent.

We have already switched to homemade liquid dish soap for hand washing dishes and it works just as good as the store-bought brands


I started to want to make more homemade product but found I was always short an ingredient or two so I made a list and went shopping and started to buy anything that I might need to make something .


I have to say it has come in handy. One night the spring cleaning bug hit me and I didn’t have any oven cleaner. being the only one home with the baby and stuck with no car I remembered my book and looked up a recipe for oven cleaner and it worked great. I will admit that it took more elbow grease then the chemical one would have needed but it was great not choking on those fumes while I was cleaning and know no fumes would drift in LPs way was a defendant plus!

As my store-bought products run out I have started to wash out the containers so I can refill them with my homemade products and it’s a lot of fun. I pick a night and make everything that needs to be refilled and I only have to do that once every few weeks! If you are willing to put some time and effort in to a healthier way to live I would recommend that you try this. The nice thing is that you can alter recipes to fit your families needs!

Happy Living 🙂