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Enlighten me on Today’s Current Events…

Not trying to make this post political and I only welcome mature/healthy debate and comments, but I legitimately have a couple of questions regarding this country’s current events. I admit I do not have much knowledge about guns, but I do have a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and know that there are a multitude of mental health issues in this country.  I also understand people’s  wants to own guns for both sport and protection (my mom and brother were held at gun point in our home several years ago so I understand wanting protection).

My question is regarding the type of gun used in the most recent shooting (and from my understanding, the gun of choice in other mass shootings?).  Again, let me reiterate that I don’t know much about guns so this is just my uneducated opinion…  I think when people are advocating for stricter gun laws,  the majority of them do not mean to completely abolished all rights to own a gun.  I think most people understand guns are useful for protection and that many people enjoy them safely for hobby.  My question is what is so wrong with advocating for stricter gun laws? Do people really believe that AR-15’s should be accessible for every day use, especially when it is fairly easy for mentally ill people to access weapons at this current point in time?  Can we not agree that maybe it should be a little more difficult to obtain guns? Why not make the process harder? Not saying you can’t still own a gun or still enjoy the sport, but why not make the gun-attaining process a little more lengthy?

Why are people opposed to making AR-15’s  and weapons of that sort illegal for every day use (unless used for law enforcement, military, etc.)  if they are so dangerous and continuously show up in these mass murders?  Don’t get me wrong- I also know the problem lies with the mental illness of those firing the gun and the need to work on the resources for the mentally ill, but until that has become more stable and while many mentally ill people continue to live without the appropriate help they need, why would it be such a bad thing for stricter gun laws at this current point in time? Yes, people may have to go through a more thorough testing process and investigation before owning a gun, but aren’t the lives of innocent people more important than a delayed process to own a gun?

On the flip side, if there are people who are completely against gun ownership of any kind, is it fair to ask people who are passionate about gun culture to give up their hobby when they are stable adults? Should a couple of “nutcases” ruin the fun for everyone? Perhaps stricter gun control (but not totally abolishing guns) would weed out the people who are not competent or fit to own weapons while still allowing others to enjoy their hobby and protect their homes.

Again, I’m just asking these questions out of my own curiosity and not to point fingers at any one group of people. I do lean more to the “left”, but I’m always looking to expand my horizons and see how all types of people see the world.

I’m just hoping one day we can start to work toward a better future for this country and mankind. No one should be afraid to bring his or her child to school. Let’s start rebuilding our future today…

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Don’t Roll your Eyes at me! (The story of how I was just Mom-shamed)!

So just a quick background for those of you who haven’t read my previous threads…

I lost about 70 pounds a few years ago (yay)! I went from drinking and eating way too much to running a full marathon. I watched Doctor Oz religiously every day and learned about how to literally treat my body like a temple. I’ve grown to absolutely love nutrition and health (I may even want to go back to school for it… but that’s for a later post). It’s a true passion of mine.

So in the midst of this adventure, I naturally started to steer myself toward organic foods, natural cleaning products, and natural makeups/cosmetics. In my opinion, I think cutting out these chemicals as much as possible in the things that we consume/apply every day will hopefully add up and make us feel better and avoid disease in the long run.

Side note: Please purchase this book if you are also interested in healthy living and how the small things add up in the end. It features my favorite guy and is truly a life saver 😎

Anyway, now like I said, I love healthy living, but I’m also a proud consumer of potatoes and beer 🍻 🥔. I love my wine and eating out with my friends. It’s not like I have to eat healthy all the time.

However

When I go to the supermarket, I definitely try to get as many things all natural and organic as I can.

Yes, I could save money on less expensive items- I know that and I will switch if I financially need to. Yes, I know that the whole organic thing could be a scam and over exaggeration. I also am aware that you can eat healthy, avoid chemicals, the whole 9 yards and die anyway…

But It’s what I like and enjoy.

Anyway, to my point.

I had just put all my items on the conveyor belt at the supermarket the other day (yes, the majority were healthy) and a mom of four adorable girls behind me starts rolling her eyes and sighing while staring right at my 15 month old daughter in the front of the cart.

She looks directly at my daughter and in a “mocking voice” speaks right to her as if I wasn’t there and says, “Oh, you have one of those healthy, good moms who actually cares about her kids. One of those moms who thinks buying organic foods will buy your love”.

Like, I don’t even know what that means.

She giggled at the end of the sentence and winked as if that was to excuse her rude behavior.

I’m not sitting there rolling my eyes about the coke and doughnuts she bought her kids. (Just kinda jealous about the Coke).

My whole point is: STOP THE SHAMING.

In every way.

We are all going to make different decisions. Enjoy different things. Do things in completely opposite ways.

But can we please start appreciating these differences?

Accept and appreciate the differences OR mind your own beeswax 😘😃

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How Did you All do it???

Within the next month or two, I hope to…no…I WILL transition from a full-time working mom to a part-time or full-time stay at home mom.

I’ve never really been a “career woman”, but have always had to work because of bills. You know how it goes.

I’ve had an especially hard time because I used to be a nanny and I feel like I’ve raised those 3 children more than my own daughter. I hate that I have to drag her out of the house every morning, both of us exhausted, just to drop her off to strangers. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the daycare, but.. it’s not… ME.

So anyway, I’m currently emotionally and financially trying to plan for the change and I need advice!! What are ways to save on bills, save money, etc.? Keep in mind, our finances will be TIGHT on one income so I don’t care how minute/silly the advice may seem.

I’m excited about this journey and change, but I need all the help I can get 🙂

Also, this book has helped a lot for anyone else in the same boat!

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My “Almost Tuscan” homemade Arrabiata Sauce

My vegetable garden is certainly bountiful this year! I’m picking about 15 tomatoes a day! So obviously I need to do something with all the said tomatoes… 🍅

After visiting Tuscany two years ago and getting private cooking lessons with Italian chefs, I figured I would try their Arrabiata recipe at home. What a win! 🌶

So I’m here to share the wealth with everyone.

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The Tomatoes 

Of course, if you have homegrown tomatoes, that would be best, but no worries if not. Go to the store and purchase fresh Roma (plum) tomatoes or you can even buy them in a can!

The Spice

The heat is what gives the arrabiata sauce it’s personality. After all, arrabita literally means “angry”. If you want to be as authentic as possible, purchase Italian Calabrian peppers. These may be hard to find so if worst comes to worse, you can just use crushed red pepper (I also love adding cherry peppers-they are my favorite)!

Keep in mind, if spicy food is not your thing, you can leave the peppers out and just make a regular marinara sauce that will be equally as amazing!

The Rest

Make sure you also have garlic (fresh is best), sea salt, sugar, red wine, basil, and rosemary. Again, fresh is best when it comes to the herbs, but you can use dried basil and rosemary if you don’t have any fresh available!

Get ready to cook

Step 1- Cut/ purée the tomatoes 

First, you are going to want to crush or purée the tomatoes. If you want a chunkier sauce, you can keep the skin on and cut/crush them into little chunks. If you want a smoother sauce, you can skin them and/or purée them using a food processor.

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Step 2- Sauté the peppers and garlic

Next, put a thin layer of olive oil at the bottom of your pot and sauté the peppers, garlic and some sea salt for about 5 minutes. (Keep in mind, I use low heat the entire time because cooking sauce is an art and takes time haha. Feel free to cook on medium if you are in a rush)!

Step 3- Add the tomatoes, spices, and cook!

Pour the tomatoes into the pot and add a cup of red wine, a tablespoon of sugar (to cut the acidity of the tomatoes), more salt, basil, and some rosemary. You can also add in black pepper, onion, and oregano to taste if that’s what you like, but keep in mind, the chefs didn’t use those ingredients. I like to let the sauce cook for hours in order to allow all the herbs and flavors to mix together. Again, if you don’t have that much time, turn up the heat a bit- it will still come out amazing!

And there you have it.. the “Almost Tuscan” Arrabiata sauce by Amanda… 🍝

Mangia!

Also, for more awesome Italian recipes, this cookbook is amazing!

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Appreciate the Sky this Weekend!!

Take time out of the hectic craziness that is your life for just five minutes this weekend and appreciate how beautiful the sky is..

I guarantee it will help relax you!

To all the moms and dads… regardless if you are working moms, stay at home moms, 80 hour per week dads…you are all doing such a great job!

The sky will give you five minutes of zen that you deserve …

Then get back to cleaning that mess!!

🙂

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Introduction on How to do Everything 😉

Welcome to my blog, everyone!

This is it. This is the place where us moms (and dads too- we don’t discriminate!) come together to discuss how in the actual Hell we are supposed to do everything.

Like literally everything. 🍷

My daughter is 15 months old and she is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I wish I could spend much more time being with her than in the office… ✏️

Unfortunately , the office is the place that funds the things I want to do with my daughter. 💰

So how are we supposed to live fulfilling lives filled with love and travel and play when we are stuck in the 9-5 grind? When the house needs to be cleaned and dinners cooked? When the little one is sick with her 738th ear infection?

Well, I’m not too sure yet… 😯

…but I’m determined to figure it out. Each day, little by little, I will get closer to my goal of “doing it all”, while not going insane.

This blog is for anyone who wants to play more and work less. Love more and worry less. Travel more and stagnate less.

It’s possible…

✌️