True and The Rainbow Kingdom is Back for Summer!

We were provided with some party supplies to create our own Screening Party. 

School is out for Summer here in North Texas so it leaves this stay-at-home mom with lots of planning to do. This is the first time I am experiencing a child being out of school for over two months. My daughter's routine was so structured when she was at school so it's a big change for her. I do want to make her summer routine more relaxed but I don't want it to be so relaxed that she goes through the Summer Slide. 

We are have our learning time scheduled with work to get her prepared for 1st grade, chapter books to read over the summer and fun science experiments. For activities we are lucky to get to go to our community pool whenever we want, movies, parks and bike riding. 

Finding quality kid shows for her to watch was also a big must this summer. I was so excited to hear that True and the Rainbow Kingdom was back with season 2. My daughter is a huge fan of the show and it is so easy to watch it on Netflix. My daughter loves the characters and all of the bright colors and I love that it's teaching her as it's entertaining her. 

The main character, True reminds me a lot of my daughter. She is super smart, creative and curious. I love how the show teaches kids to "Stop and Breathe" so that they can think about what challenge they are trying to solve and take the steps to do it. I know things are going to be a bit harder in 1st grade than in Kindergarten so this is a great skill to develop over the summer. 

I love that True is a character that my daughter can look up to. She is brave and smart and knows when to ask for help from the power of wishes. I love that it shows my daughter that a little girl like herself can be a hero. When I was a kid, heroes were mostly boys and princesses always had to be saved from princes. 

My daughter was super excited to have our very own Screening Party. She dressed up in her favorite dress and I made some cinnamon buns that she could add sprinkles to. We were lucky to watch the first two episodes and they were so fun to watch. 

Season 2 of True and the Magic Kingdom premieres today, June 15 on Netflix. 

Becoming an Aunt and the Missing Type Campaign

I remember the day my sister told me she might be pregnant. She took a pregnancy test and it was positive! I went along with her and her fiancé to the doctor's office and it was confirmed! She was pregnant and I was going to be an aunt. My sister had a great pregnancy and I enjoyed going to doctor's appointments with her and seeing sonogram pictures of the baby.

The day my nephew was going to be born came quickly and I was so excited to finally get to meet him. He was perfect and healthy and beautiful! While my nephew was getting checked and cleaned up in the nursery, my sister was having some minor complications. Her heart rate was elevated and since she lost too much blood with the c-section she was going to have a blood transfusion. Before the birth of my nephew my family was lucky to never have to worry about surgeries and blood transfusions. I never knew how common it was for pregnant women and newborns.

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion of donated blood? We were lucky because my nephew was born in January, each summer blood donations are known to drop about 20%. This is when donations of all blood types-A's, Bs, ABs, and Os are most needed.

It was scary to hear that my sister needed a blood transfusion but I was so thankful that the supply of donated blood was available to her. She recovered quickly and came out of the hospital on time with my healthy nephew. My nephew is now 8 years old and is a super smart 2nd grader.

Since my nephew's birth, my dad and mother-in-law have had blood transfusions after surgeries. You don't understand how important it is to donate blood until you or a family member needs one. I wanted to share the story of how I became an aunt to help bring awareness to the Missing Type campaign. From this campaign I have learned that "one in 7 people entering the hospital needs a blood transfusion."
 "One whole blood donation has the potential to help up to    three patients. Blood can be donated every 56 days, up to    six times a year."
Please check out the Missing Type Campaign to learn how you can sign up to donate blood. The Missing Type Campaign is looking for all of us whether we are As, Bs, ABs or Os to help by donating and helping to save lives.

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Week 7 Back on Keto + Keto Cleanse Week 3

Weigh In: On Monday I weighed in at 284.2 pounds. That is a weight loss of 2.8 pounds for the week and a total of 21.2. pounds since I started on March 10th.

Recap: Last week I had a couple of cheat days so I planned to take it one day at a time and try not to cheat again. My allergies are getting better or maybe I am just getting used to the fact that I am a person that suffers from allergies. I am trying to take my medicine daily so that it makes me feel better. I had a busy end of the week with a last minute Open House at my daughter's school and a drive out of town. I made those days work by having a bunless hot dog at costco and rotisserie chicken for dinner with some green beans.

Food: I made a plan to stick with the 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse meal plan. I even changed around some of the meals to what I really wanted to eat. I used some recipes from the Dairy-Free Ketogenic Cleanse cookbook like the Simple Sesame Chicken recipe that we have tried several times and love. Although I did make my own meal plan I found it hard to stick with it. It was foods and recipes that I like but I just wasn't into it. I miss drinking coffee in the morning and it's a lot more work to cook different meals for everyone. I am the only one doing the cleanse so I have to cook a separate meal for myself, for my husband and for my daughter.

Exercise: Last week I did a day of the FeFit Program I am been talking about. I also added it to my Weight Loss Bullet Journal and planned the days I would exercise. The day after I did the FeFit program I felt so sore that it totally turned me off from exercise. I am so busy now with the last month of school for my daughter with Open Houses, trips, Spirit weeks and events going on. I am so active and on the go when it comes to my daughter's school that I just don't have the time right now. I am planning on doing the FeFit program once my daughter is off for the summer. Though I have not been doing any formal exercise, I am still trying to get at least 10,000 steps on my FitBit.

Going Forward: I decided to not continue with the last week of the Ketogenic Cleanse. I just feel too constricted and I am afraid that it's going to make it easy for me to get off track. I plan to still use some of the recipes from both books several times a week so that I can do some dairy-free days. I want to write in my Weight Loss Journal some more and get in 10,000 steps a day.