Arizona Monsoon

I just love monsoon season... The storm clouds, the smell, a huge reason I love living in Tucson. Here are some pictures:

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Banking Your Babys Cord Blood

When I had my children I knew very little about banking cord blood. Thank goodness I have healthy children. For now. Although, no one knows what the future holds for any of us. When you bank your child umbilical cord blood your giving not only your child a chance at healthier life, but that blood also has a 1 in 4 chance of being a match for their siblings.

Cord blood has already been used to treat malignancies, anemia's, inherited metabolic disorders and deficiencies of the immune system. Over 70 diseases. This is still a fairly new technology but scientists are confident this research will be the answer to much more. From rebuilding cardiac tissue to repairing stroke or Parkinson's damage. This is an important step for a new parent to take in the interest of their child and family.

Cryo-Cell makes banking your child's cord blood easy. They have highly qualified nurse round the clock 24/7 for any and all your questions and worries. Upon filling out your enrollment a kit is delivered to you and collection instructions to you and your Doctor or Midwife. Once collected its taken via Air-Net to the Cryo-Cell Lab. There it will stay will all your baby's info and yours. Safe and sound.

It is possible that your Doctor may require a fee to do this. However, Cryo-Cell will reimburse you $175. Also they are offering a deep discount for you of $725 if you enter the promo code HOT!

With so many other things to worry about when raising your child, isn't it nice to have the peace of mind of banked cord blood?


Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite

It's that time of year folks! Summer time, kids are out of school, they're hanging out at home... eating everything in sight! Sometimes the eating doesn't always happen at the dinner table. Right? As we all know the tinniest of crumbs can attract unwelcome visitors. We always try to get someone out to do our perimeters. Because, I hate bugs!!

Sometimes even the cleanest of homes succumb to these certain bugs... Bed Bugs! Thought it was just something parents say to the kids as the say goodnight? Nope! Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about 3/16-inch long or the size of an apple seed! They hide in your mattress and feed on your blood. Yuck! Who wants that?

Another reason I want to mention this is it's also travel season for many. We'll be taking to hotel rooms to enjoy the amenities, but these are notorious breeding grounds for Bed Bugs. They'll hop into your luggage and come home with you, then you'll have an infestation! Not only are they in mattresses, they can hid in baseboards, picture frames even your sheets!

Females lay any where from one to five eggs in a day, and 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime! With normal room temps and food (aka your blood), bed bugs can live over 300 days! The bites are itchy and could cause an allergic reaction.

Like I said we get someone out every year. Being out in the desert we have a lot of creepie crawlies. Luckily, Orkin handles all your pest needs with the best trained professionals! One click and your worries are gone. They can handle "taking care" of those pests in a way that best suits your family, pets and environment.

Saying Goodbye To Two Icons

Today we all heard the news. Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with anal cancer. At the age of 62. She was best known for that gorgeous hair she flaunted in Charlies Angels! The Farrah hair. A true 70's icon. This picture hung in many guys bedrooms a sex symbol she was known for, you bet! The girl next door sexy. She also starred in many movies, "Logan's Run" (1976), "Saturn 3" (1980), "The Cannonball Run" (1981), "The Apostle" (1997) and "Dr. T and the Women" (2000). And the TV movie "Burning Bed". But it was her documentary that really let us in to the woman she is, and how cancer effected her life in so many ways. Her strength, her fears, and her love for her family. Farrah Fawcett will always be loved and missed by many.

Also, the world mourns the loss of Michael Jackson tonight as well. Very surprising since I hadn't heard anything was wrong with Michael Jackson. Reports are that he suffered a heart attack. Since this was just released somethings are still unclear. The events leading up to the attack and so forth. There are reports his Dr. was present when he had the heart attack and the DR tried reviving, but later called an ambulance. He died later at the hospital at the age of 50.

I can remember trying to do the thriller dance as a kid. Just his energy he put out with all his songs lets you know why he was donned the "King Of Pop". "Bad" was my all time favorite of his. He will be missed.

Americana Hens Lay Green and Blue Eggs

I found my first green egg! Its so tiny and cute! Americanas aka the Easter Egg Layer, are called this because of its different color of eggs they lay. From pretty blues to greens. I have 3 Americana hens and one girl started laying yesterday! It was a green you wouldn't believe! So I thought I'd take a picture of it for you! But somethings wrong with my camera. So I guess we'll have to post that later! But yippee! A green egg! Now when I get all that meat back from the pigs we took to be butchered we can have........yea! "Green Eggs and Ham!" Ok that was dorky I agree.

These birds were suppose to be a smaller size than my Orphintons, but I'll tell you they're almost the exact size! Which is good for eating, but these ladies are strictly layers. Thankfully.

We won't be getting chickens for meat purpose for awhile. We have the room for them in the new chicken coop, just not the time to slaughter. We'd end up over run with cocks fighting. Thats no fun for anyone. You really don't want anymore than a couple together. If you plan on having roosters for slaughter you want to slaughter at about 8 months. That way it brings down the hostility. They get very territorial from the get go but as time goes by more and more they try to challenge the alpha.

We Have Sprouted!

Let me just tell you how excited I am To see our first sprouts!! Ahh.... I found the first ones yesterday.
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This one is going to give cucumbers! Yum or as the kids say "Our first pickle!"

Because the kids helped me...... "helped" .... We have a straggler. Its off where I didn't think we planted yet. The kids dropped a few seeds and I guess this was a survivor.... Can't wait to see what it is!

These are more cucumbers. I have 8 that popped up perfectly! So far so good.

We also had some green beans and carrots that sprouted! But I don't have those pictures yet.
Just so darn excited about this! I hope nothing gets to them. I did find small penny sized holes, but I haven't seen anything come from that. I just crush them down. Hopefully they aren't harvest ants wanting my leaves!

I love this time of year!!! 63 days til harvest!! Woo Hoo!!

Also wondering if it's to late to plant my corn and potatoes??? Anyone know? I'm going to have to look that one up. Pray I can still get them in. I hope I hope! Since our garden is real little in comparison to what needs to be planted Hubbys trying to get the potato area and corn area ready and tilled. Maybe another week til thats good to go. So maybe we'll miss this season and have to wait til next year. I want to have 4 square rows for corn and about the same size for the potatoes........

Slaughtering Pigs

Today we took a couple pigs down to be slaughtered. Our first experience with any large animal slaughtering. Let me just say, it was NOT what I had in mind!

First, we began our day at 5:30am. We wanted to get them down to the UofA early. This is how I thought it was going to go down.....

Because we did not feed them all day yesterday, I figured all they'd need as an incentive to follow us is a little food. So, they would follow the sound all the way to the trailer. Then, they would climb right in and we'd close the door behind them. Bid farewell, blow kisses and off we'd go...... Ahhhhh NO!

We began with the female, the smaller of the two. Let's just say I now understand the whole "chute" thing, chasing them through a huge yard was tough! We ended up having to use a rope. Chutes I always thought were inhumane keepings for our animals. Too restrictive. But after having to pull and almost drag her to the trailer made me realize just how unprepared we were! First off horse trailers with no ramps are a bad idea. When we finally got her to the truck Hubby lifted her front legs while me and a friend pulled the rope.

She took us a very long hour to put her in. Second, we were on to Big Willy. This time we knew how we were going to do things. We walked him close to where we needed him and then put on the ropes. The minute he felt those ropes he fled back the other way. Dragging both men and me with him. Hubby's finger got ripped open. And let me say WOW can they squeal! I never heard such a sound! We probably woke everyone up in a 20 miles radius! After much petting of Big Willy and talking to him we got him to start walking again in the direction we wanted him to go. Put the ropes back on and boom! Off he went again! Only this time the rope slipped downwards towards his back area. A very sensitive area for any male animal. It was all so quick we didn't realize this until later. We spanked his butt and he hopped right in.... We closed the door in a hurry.

Towards the end, hearing him squeal made me cry. I looked at Hubby and said we are never doing this again. My heart broke seeing him like that. Hearing his cries. We know we made the mistake of becoming close with them, and not keeping a distance. But how can you really. Over a year with them. They become part of you.

After all that, we decided not to take the goats. We were exhausted!

I cried a little more on the ride. The kids were fine amazingly. They were real excited to see what was up next. We did prepare them for our whole reasoning for doing this. Food. Providing for ourselves. They say you should never name them, but I don't think naming them does it. We could of called them all hogs, it's an attachment.

We arrived at the UofA and unloaded them, which was easy, they just spanked them and down they went into the pen. What pros they use like a plastic oar. Not hard though. So now they are to be weighed. She was 327lbs, and Big Willy was a whopping 457lbs!! We were pleased! Especially after learning you get a 70% return on the meat from that! After filling out a form of what cuts we wanted, I asked......."So we should get back almost 600lbs right!" Ahhhh NO! Apparently, since we waited a year to slaughter we're looking at about 50- 60%, like 400lbs. Boooo! He said 6-8months old is perfect for the 70% return.... You live you learn.

On the way out we got to see two trailers dropping off very different cows. One had a huge, very angry cow. It rocked that trailer big time!! Like he knew what was coming. The other was a smaller sweet curious cow. Made me rethink the whole cow raising thing....

So, we were on the way home and I finally smiled. I looked at Hubby and he was smiling. We both agreed to continue our journey of raising our own animals. We will love them, they'll live good and will be treated well. Just next time we slaughter at 6mths. Easier to handle, less traumatic for them and of course a better return.

No Honey I Haven't Forgotten....

As we know it's coming up... Father's Day! Woo Hoo! Hubbys been dropping hints on those dang Dad's Day commercials like I'd forget! I'm not a man! Of course we remember, right?

Yes, I've been sick. Yes, I've been unconscious mostly. But I'm not in a dang coma. Actually I've been feeling a lot better. I found a couple of great sites on anxiety and understanding why I'm getting panic attacks daily. So, I'm trying to do the breathing techniques and busy work and knowing this too shall pass helps. Today was day two of not taking a single pill.

But this post is not about my craziness, it's about that guy. The greatest guy. Our Dads, and Hubby's and any Father figure you have in your life. My Dad is an awesome man. As Dads should be. I was never a "Daddy's girl" or anything, but my Dad showed us what to look for in a man. He's my Mom's high school sweetheart, always worked hard for everything, very proud and never asked for a hand out, and loves us kids very much! I don't think there's ever been a time he wasn't there for me.

Growing up with such a great role model it made it very easy to know who was a good guy and who to just walk away from. Although, my Hubby on the outside may have not been my Fathers idea of a suitable husband for me. He's was tattooed and this rocker looking guy. But he's proven to be a very perfect fit for me. Scarily perfect.

Hubby is a great father. He's always thinking of the kids, and what their needs are. Example, he sold his Harley for them, remember! I'm grateful that the Lord knew exactly who to send me. I couldn't picture life with anyone else as my kids father. Best of all, Caitie, is a "Daddy's girl" and will settle for nothing less than to be treated as well from her Husband as Daddy treats her. And the boys have a great example of what a man is to become.

I love the men in my life, our providers and our protectors.

My Garden Has Started..Finally

Finally we were able to plant a few seeds.. I'm about 2 months behind on this, but I guess better late than never. On top of that since it is so late I decided to start all the seeds directly in the garden instead of inside little cups. We're having a fairly mild June, nowhere near the 100+ temps we normally have, hopefully that helps. It's our first time starting them out as seeds in the garden.

I wanted to get them in the ground before the monsoon hit. I've got okra, green beans, lettuce, peas, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. We still need to do the corn, potatoes and pinto beans. Those will go outside the little garden fences.

I've always wanted a corn field. Always. I know that sounds wierd, but theres something about walking through them. I'm also very scared of them LOL. On Halloween we have to do the corn maze in the dark with flashlights. I haven't worked up the nerve to do the haunted corn maze yet but maybe when the boys are older.

We wont have a corn "field" but just a couple of rows of each. I'm so excited. Since our last flop at the veggies growing last year, I've been dying to try again. This will be our first year "knock on wood" we'll have homegrown veggies! WooHoo! I hope we see a sprout soon! And you know me.... There will be pictures♥

Eggs "Eggs"plained

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I have a new layer!! See my tiny one in the middle! Any first time layer will have a "Caitie sized" egg for the first couple of lays. I say Caitie sized since they are the perfect size for Little Caitie. About half the normal size.

Also, I've noticed my eggs have gotten lighter in color... I'm not sure if this is because of diet, age or what yet, but I'm searching to find out. Todays grab seems almost white. I have no "white layers".

These were taking about February or so. Big difference in color huh. Same girls laying though. That big one there is a goose egg. It was our first one we got.

Here's some egg facts:

Washing: Only use room tempeture water on a plain dish rag and wipe. Some say not to use water just to brush it off. This is because of the protective layer on the shell. Since the shells are porous, the layer allows the eggs to last much longer and keep out bacteria. But around here our eggs only last a few days. If that. We're almost living "hand to chicken butt" right now. As I call it, because it seems lately I'm always waiting on them to lay to make something. It also depends on how dirty it is.

Boiling: Since fresh eggs hardly have any air in them, they are very hard to peel I've discovered. If I'm going to make deviled eggs or egg salad they usually have to be older than a couple weeks. Otherwise, half the egg stays on the shell.

Nutrionally speaking: There is no difference between the nutrition from a white egg vs. a brown. Nor with fertile or not. What you want is a free range or cage free or organic. Its the diet that determines the better egg. I can't have mine free range anymore since I lost some to the bob cat and local dogs.

"Eggs"-piration Dates: If you wash them, and take off the protective layer, it's only about 4-5 weeks. While unwashed will last 4-5 months.

Whats in an egg:
  • Calories: 96
  • Cholesterol: 275 mg
  • Total Fat: 6.4 g
  • Protein: 8.2 g

Extra Large-
  • Calories: 85
  • Cholesterol: 245 mg
  • Total Fat: 5.7 g
  • Protein: 7.3 g

  • Calories: 74
  • Cholesterol: 212 mg
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Protein: 6.3 g

  • Calories: 65
  • Cholesterol: 186 mg
  • Total Fat: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g

  • Calories: 54
  • Cholesterol: 157 mg
  • Total Fat: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 4.7 g

Pee Wee-
  • Calories: 46
  • Cholesterol: 132 mg
  • Total Fat: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g

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National Doughnut Day!!

For the last 70 years, the first Friday of June marks National Doughnut Day. It was started to help out with fund raising for the needy during the Great Depression.

Dunkin donuts will be giving away free donuts with purchase of any drink...
Krispy Kreme will be giving away 1per no purchase nessasary..
Maybe you're lucky enough to live near both?? Take advantage of this great offer and yum it up! Relax in the nice a/c, enjoy a doughnut with the kids and have an iced coffee. A great escape from this summer heat.

Also with Dunkin Donuts they will be announcing their first winner of the "Create the Next Dunkin Donut" with over a 130,000 creations submitted, the lucky one will receive $12,000! Wasn't me...

Don't forget tomorrows the day! Tell your friends!

Knocked Out

Well, like I said in one of my last posts I wasn't feeling well. I went to the doctors and found out that on top of the vertigo I was having anxiety attacks?? Those were/ are horrible! They gave me some meds for it but all they do is knock me out. Then I'm too groggy to really do anything. Today was day one of not using them. I had an anxiety attack still but this time I only took 1/2 the pill. That seemed to work. Plus I distracted myself by talking to Mom on the phone. Phew... I've tried dropping and reading a few blogs, but until I can get this "thing" under control, I guess my posts maybe a little gaped. Sorry.

I wanted to do a little research on anxiety and find out why outta nowhere I get these episodes. All the Dr. said was "sometimes they just happen". I really hate taking anything stronger than aspirin, so maybe I can find something I can do. So far, I try to calm myself but all that happens is I freak out even more. But with the Valium nooottthhhiinnggg bothers me. LOL.