Spring Fling Exchange


Hello cupcakes. Today I’m excited to be participating in a blog linkup for the Facebook group Geek Girl Bloggers. The lovely Danielle over at From Girlie to Nerdy was gracious enough to host the exchange. The theme for the exchange was Spring Fling, which I loved. Danielle then went ahead and paired everyone secretly and it was up to us to find out more about the person we were assigned to and send something out to them.  I’ll be honest because of school I didn’t have much time to go out and buy things, but thankfully Etsy saved the day. I was assigned to Ashlee over at Her Geekery. At first I wasn’t sure what to go with, but that’s part of the fun.
As for the person that was assigned to me, that would be the amazing Dina from DinaFarmer.com. Guys I couldn’t be happier with my gifts. Imagine my surprise and delight when I received a package and opened it to find a Little Mermaid mug and coloring book!!! I loved them both, and the mug is one of my faves. I’m actually scared to use it cause I don’t want anything to happen to it. Thanks so much Dina!!


This was a fun exchange and I look forward to doing more in the future. Thanks again to Daniele for hosting. Now I’m off to sip some tea out of my rad mug.

XOXO,

Desiree

Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales~ In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Hello and welcome to Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales, where I review my latest readings. Today I’ll be reviewing Diane Guerrero’s memoir, “In the Country We Love: My Family Divided.” 

Most people may recognize Diane from Orange is the New Black, or Jane the Virgin however, while this is a memoir it does not focus on Diane’s journey to become an actress (there are parts here and there that touch on her pursing acting and how that was her escape). Instead it is about how at the age of 14 her life was turned upside down when her family was deported to Colombia while Diane was left behind.

Let me just start by saying that the minute I heard about this book I knew I just had to read it. With that being said since it came out while school was in session I went back and forth between reading, and the audio version read by Diane. If you can listen to the audio version I really recommend you do. Diane brings her family and story to life with her reading. Also I like to point out that while this book also has slang and textspeak throughout, it isn’t annoying and does not take away from the story. I personally like it, and it shows her personality. 

I’ll tell you right now there were parts of this book that pulled at my heart strings and made it ache a bit. Listening to what happened to her family, and being that I have known people who have gone through similar things hit home. While I am myself a first born here in the US, I did not have to fear that my parents would be deported due to my mom being Puerto Rican, and my dad who is Mexican becoming a US citizen. However my neighbors, some friends, and accuaitances lived this and some are still living this fear everyday. I could not imagine what it would be like to come home at 14 from school and to find out that your parents had been picked up by ICE to be deported. But wait it gets worse, these government officials who took Diane’s parents away then left and did not worry or think about the daughter they were leaving behind. In fact no government agency was there to take care of, or look after the well being of Diane who might I add is a US citizen. How screwed up is that? You come and snatch this kid’s parents up, but nothing was put in place to alert this kid, to take care of her, to ensure her mental health and well being? Yet these things happen every day. Parents leave to work and do not come back home to their kids. 

I praise Diane for  sharing her story and using her platform to bring this reality into media. While this is Diane’s story, and her voice, this is also the story of so many more people. So many people are unaware, or just don’t care about these fellow human beings, these families, lives that are shattered. Diane’s story will at the very least encourage discussions to be had. 

Being that I loved this book so much I have decided to give one of you a copy of your own. Yup that’s right, I want to send a copy of this book to one of you lovely people. To enter just follow the instructions below. Good luck and happy reading!!

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What book are you currently reading? Any suggestions for me to review for upcoming Butterbeer and Fantastic Tales posts?

Hello…

It’s me again… Lol okay I know it’s been done but I couldn’t help myself. Every time I hear the word hello now I think of Adele, and well that’s not bed per say. So here I am after a very long hiatus. So where have I been, what have I been up to? In one word, school. I was accepted into my nursing program in October of last year and it has begun this semester. It’s been nonstop since January. I’m constantly reading, in class, doing assignments, or just in study groups. There just hasn’t been time for too much. However I will be trying to update here and my YouTube channel at least every other week. No promises, but that’s my goal. 

So with that being said lets just do a quick recap on some of the things I’m into right now. 

  
TV Shows: Well of course The Walking Dead is back so I’m all about that. I won’t go into spoilers but the first episode coming back to the season was one of the best ones hands down. We had a little get together and there were screams all around. 

Besides that I watched and finished HBO’s Getting On and Nurse Jackie. I enjoyed them both and might do a review. 

Video games: I finally got The Sims and have been playing that on and off. I wanted to play Fallout, but I feel like I’ll get sucked in and well I can’t do that right now. I’m looking for other games to play, for Mac or PS4 so if you have suggestions send them my way. 

Movies: Went and saw Deadpool, and loved it. It’s not a movie for kids at all, so I would use caution if you’re thinking of taking a younger person. 

Makeup: My makeup addiction this month are matte lipsticks. Well they have been my addiction for the past couple of months. I’m actually thinking about doing a review on my top 5 in March so be on the lookout for that. 

Loves: I’m just loving so much lately. Even though school has been rough, I’m loving everything I’m learning. I’m loving my amazing boys, and my husband. I’m loving myself. I’m loving photography again (well I never stopped loving it but I’m trying to get back into the habit of taking pictures again). 

So those are some of the things currently taking up the little free time I have. I’ll be back soon with updates and som fun stuff. 
Let me know what are some of your current loves and as always send me recommendations. 
Xoxo

Desiree 

Getting Into the Swing of Things

So as I talked about before I am back at work and it’s been taking awhile to adjust. Well here we are week 3 and I’m still finding myself not being able to juggle everything I would like. Therefore I’ve been unable to post here even though I have been working out and trying out recipes. However this week seems to be going better and it’s just a matter of tweeking my schedule a bit to make time to blog.

With that being said I’m just going to throw a few time saving tips out there. I’m sure some of you may have heard of some of these, but I’ll put them up cause sometimes we forget.

Prepackage Your Meat
Whenever I go grocery shopping once I get home I open up any meat products I have bought, season it and divide up in ziplock bags in appropriate portions. That way I can just grab a bag in the morning and set out to thaw. It’s quick, easy and I always have the right amount of meat needed.

Frozen/Packaged Vegetables
While I prefer my vegetables to be fresh I do pick up pre-packaged or frozen vegetables also. Many times I’ve been running late from work or forgot to prep lunch and a bag of veggies has come in handy. Just toss them in the microwave for a few minutes and that’s that. I also love the sweet potatoes that in plastic wrap, again a few minutes in the microwave and you have a yummy addition to your meal.

Prep Your Smoothies
I have a smoothie for breakfast most mornings. I have begun prepping for my smoothies too. I grab my ingredients for my smoothies, strawberries, bananas, kale, spinach, et cetera and ziplock bags. I then divide into bags the combinations of fruits and vegetables I want to use in my shakes each day. Then during the morning I toss my ice, almond milk, protein, and anything else I want along with the contents from a bag. It saves me the time of going through my fridge, pulling out my ingredients, washing them and cutting them up. Believe every minute counts in the morning.

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I hope these tips can help you like they help me. Most of us are busy and on the run. It can be chaotic at times, so why not do little things that can help make things run smooth.

What are some of your time saving tips? I would love to hear them. Comment or send me an email with them.

Desiree

PS: Since this is Geeky Glam Fit I will be posting non health/fitness related topics in the future. Stay tune for game/movie reviews, a look into some of my obsessions, and my trip to New York Comic Com in the fall.

Motivation… What’s that??

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Motivation, it can be a fickle thing. Sometimes we wake up and are ready to conquer the world. Sometimes we need some fuel to get us going. It may fizzle out halfway through or be enough to push you to the end. Whatever the case may be we’ve all come across at time (or 2, or 50), when we just don’t have it in us. I’ve been feeling like this since Thursday.

Last week was my first week back to work after being off for 4 months on maternity leave. I started the week off with a bang. I was ready to go and had all these plans to work, come home, tend to the kids, and workout everyday. Boy was I wrong. I completely disregarded the fact that while I wasn’t sleeping in and slacking off during my leave, it wasn’t the same as working and doing all my regular tasks. Midway through the week I felt just like Homer, “Can’t someone else do it??” I pushed through and worked out at home, something light but at least it was something. By the time Friday rolled around I was completely drained. I came home and passed out. I woke up hours later upset that the Mr. let me sleep. I felt disappointed in myself for not sticking to my “plan” of being this kick ass beast and demolishing my workouts.

Over the weekend as I was at the gym doing some reps I was looking in the mirror and thought to myself don’t beat yourself up, you tried, you stayed as close to your plan as possible, and hey at least you did something. I was motivated to an extent, but my body just wasn’t. It wasn’t prepare for all the plans I had for it.

Here it is Monday, week two and I’ve revamped the game plan. I’ve set some realistic expectations and am aware of what my body is capable of and the adjustment period it’s going to need. I won’t lie as I sit here typing this I’m tired and ready to call it a night, but I knew if I put off this post I wouldn’t have the same words for it tomorrow. I have a funny feeling I may wake up tomorrow with a little less motivation than I had this morning, but I know I’ll get a second wind and push through.

Here’s to staying motivated and getting through our day/night/workout. It’s not easy to keep going at times, but you’ll feel so much better if you do.

Desiree

 

Welcome

Why am I blogging?

Well there are many reasons but the main one is I want to share with you my story and part of my life. So let’s get into the real details of why.

Like many people I have struggled with my weight and self-esteem for years. Growing up I was a very petite (5’1), and barely weighed 110 lbs at the most. After having my first son I gained weight, however I was comfortable with the gain. Over the next few years between 2 more pregnancies, bad reactions to certain medications, and depression I really packed on the pounds. That’s when the cycle began, one I’m sure many of you may be familiar with to a certain extent. I would get motivated and begin dieting, working out, but failing miserably. I would get discouraged when the weight wouldn’t come off fast enough, or I was in a bad mood because I felt hungry from dieting, and I would give up. That then lead to being depressed, And then I would start all over again a few months later. I did this for years, my highest weight reached 190 lbs.

In the summer of 2013 I decided enough was enough. I began to do some research and realizing that I was going about it completely wrong. Instead of “dieting” I needed to change my lifestyle and make it a permanent change. And so I began. However not long after I was pleasantly surprised with the news that I was pregnant with my 4th son. So while I stayed fairly active and continued to stick to a somewhat healthy eating routine, I didn’t workout the way I would’ve liked to. I then ended up having gestational diabetes which made my pregnancy high risk. On March 23 2014  I went in to the hospital to be induced, at which point I had several complications, but thankfully I was blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy in the end.

Now because of the gestational diabetes, and family history I was told I was at risk to have Type 2 diabetes. I decided then I would really get to work to lose all the extra weight, which on the day of my delivery I weighed 193 lbs. I wish I could say it was smooth sailing from there out. Nope, of course not. A few weeks later I started experiencing horrible chest pains. They would come out of no where, and would make me horribly sick. I would sweat, feel nauseous, and eventually vomit. After a few episodes I ended up in the ER on my birthday, womp womp. I was then told I would need my gallbladder removed. So a month after having my baby on April 25th I had gallbladder surgery. I wish I could say that was the end of my health complications.

When I went in for my follow-up I was told my cholesterol was high, my triglycerides were high, I needed to continuing monitoring my blood sugar randomly because of the risk of diabetes, and I needed to lose weight of course. I remember going home feeling like complete poo. Here I was just turned 33 and failing to pieces. Just when I thought I was in the clear, nope more was going on. I was down and upset for the next few days.

Then after a few days I decided that I wasn’t going to give up. That while I’ve been facing health complication after complication I could still fix it. I was still young and knew I could turn things around. I refused to continue to let it escalate and be put on all types of medications. Enough is enough!! It was then and there when I decided I would work towards becoming the best version of me possible.

So here I am on my journey to becoming a better me. Now don’t get me wrong I’m pretty awesome already, but I want to be able to do and enjoy certain things the way I use to. I want to set goals and achieve them. I want to be able to play with my sons and keep up with them. But above all I just want to be healthy and enjoy life.

This is my journey, I’m sharing it with you in hopes that it may inspire some of you to start your own journeys. Let’s share our ups and downs, inspire each other, and support one and other while we work towards our goals. It’s never too late, and in the end you’ll be happy you started.

 

Let’s conquer these obstacles placed before us and be the fabulous, fit people we can be.

Desiree