Monday

Sweet Family Life * Reply to a Younger Mother


I began writing a comment in a bloggers group on Facebook in reply to this bloggers blog post on Overbearing In-Laws. It turned into a whole blog post. 

I have to laugh at this because I did not like the way my my in-laws, now ex-laws did many things. I thought I had it all figured out. I wanted it my way which of course was just selfish. I was establishing my own little family unit. I forgot as most twenty something parents of small children do, that I was a part of a family that was more than just me and him and our kids.



My twins are now adults and we have talked about having a close family in their adult years. This means when they choose someone to marry they have to think about how it will affect the closeness we have as a unit. Also, remember just as you are a parent to your young children your parents are parents the rest of your life not just during your childhood. They have experience. They should be your first council you go to for advice outside your marriage (if you are blessed with good parents). 


Our society has a problem with remembering to respect the matriarchs and patriarchs of their family. It is happening in most families these days. Most affluent and successful families hold regular family councils, one on one meeting with parents and grandparents. They also have family trusts. I've recently saw this mantel of marticarch and head of family passed on to my mother when my grandmother passed on in June. My mother is now the head of the family and it does literally makes a difference. I see the way she handles things within the family has changed with this new station. Respecting how your family you chose to marry into does things is very very important. Especially when they are a good family wanting to do good things for their children and grandchildren. There will be much bigger mountains to climb within a family than how you run a family get together. 
With hopes for wonderful families full of love, respect and joy- April

Friday

The NOT so Sweet Life * Severe Vitamin D Deficiancy * Very Grateful Today

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Looks like I will be taking a sunny beach vacation very very soon... Dr's orders Hooray!


Today I am very very grateful for a doctor who suggested I add a vitamin D level blood test to my panel of more blood tests.

15 years of suffering is way too long. Why didn't one of the many doctors from the family practitioners (mind you more than the 3 I've seen) to the endocrinologist, to the neurologist do this test!?!!! It is such a simple blood test. It is so much cheaper than the MRI, CT Scan, Blood panels, emergency room visits, prescriptions and several visits to offices I have been to over that past 15 years. I have suffered from...

  • Weight gain to the tune of 110 pounds !!! not from over eating or lack of exercise
  • Migraine Headaches causing risk of stroke plus the need for strong pain meds
  • Vision Problems making it hard to work and just plain see!!
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Achy Joints, Muscles and Bones so bad I couldn't do anything for days at a time
  • Chronic Fatigue a**holes telling me I'm just lazy
  • Hypothyroid
  • Memory and Foggy Brain Problems
  • Loss of my period for 6 months thinking I'm going into early menopause 
  • Daily Asthma Attacks requiring use of my inhaler every time I laugh
  • And down right feeling like I'm going crazy!!
PLUS, this also puts me at high risk of cancer, prematurely aging bones, dementia, macular degeneration of my eyes and cardiovascular health issues such as a heart attack. 


What is this crazy thing that my OB/GYN decided to test for after all these years- Severe Vitamin D Deficiency. Guess what? I was low, very very low!

WHY DIDN'T ONE OF THE MANY DOCTORS I SAW OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS DO THIS TEST!?!? One thing I have learned over the 20 years of adulthood. Our health is in our own hands.



Guess what else!?! It's super easy to fix. I have been put on a high dose of Vitamin D via prescription from my doctor.

What do I have to do to finally feel better?

  • I take 500,000 IU of Vitamin D once a week for 6 weeks then reduce the dose to maintain my levels. 
  • Spend 1/2 hour a day in sun without sun block. I will be exposing my legs I prefer to keep the wrinkles away from my face as long as possible.
My level was at 16. August is the month that your vitamin D levels are suppose to be at their highest this time of the year. I can only imagine what mine are at come January. 
I took my first does of Vitamin D yesterday and I am already feeling so much better today. I will keep you all updated in 6 weeks after my therapeutic level doses are done. 
I am hoping for some weight loss (fingers crossed), no more head aches, more energy and clearer thinking and just plain feeling good again. 

If you feel like crap for any reason go get tested. It's worth it. You never know and the research has shown 1-6 people have severe Vitamin D deficiency. That is just too high not to be a regular test when someone is feeling horrible all the time.

I wrote this post because I hope no one ever has to suffer like I did for as long as I did.

 xo
April~ Living the Sweet Life


I took this photo when I was sitting on the beach along the Emerald Cost Florida

CAUTION: This is what my experience is under Doctor supervision.. Vitamin D is a oil soluble vitamin and you can OVER DOSE if you don't use it right. This is in no way a medical advise post. 

Monday

The Flora and Fauna of Vermont * Green Mountains


One of my favorite things about Vermont is that daily I am inspired and in awe of the beauty that surrounds me. I decide that one day rather than just taking a walk I would choose one thing to find on my walk. One day it was to see how many different wild flowers I could see (more that 20 in less than a mile) and another how many different ferns I could find along the trail. The photos above are a few of the different mushrooms I saw along the trail on my walk. My next goal is to take a field guide along with me so I can learn the identity of all these beautiful bits of nature.
One more thing I have observed about Vermont is that the soil is different here. Much much different than the hard dusty soil of The Valley in Utah. The soil in Vermont is loamy. It feels like a soft sponge under foot. It's so pleasant to walk on bare foot.  I'm sure it a combination of the mosses, decaying vegetation and the deep dark richness that contributes to this earthy cushion in Vermont.


xo
April-Living the Sweet Life


Friday

Now Sweet Life in the Green Mountains * Our Big Move


It's official we are now Vermonters living in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont (for now.) Vermont is full of green trees which turn a vivid rainbow of colors in the fall, big old barns, white churches, Victorian homes, towns that are over 200 years old, dairy farms which means the best cheese, good kind people, old and young men who have long beards, harvest balls, tons of rivers, lakes and ponds, great skiing, green mountains, pure Vermont maple syrup and good food. We'll still keep you updated with good food, home, garden, and travel posts.
{maple syrup grading-photo by Season Atwater photography}

Until then... It's spring here in Vermont it's time to sugar which means the sap is flowing and the sugar houses are boiling up some of the finest maple syrup in the world.

After all Backwoods is the new black!
xo
April

Wednesday

Sweet Eats in The Valley * D Boys BBQ Orem



I have found BBQ heaven right here in Orem. D Boys BBQ makes amazing smoked meats but they don't stop with the meats. They also know how to serve up the savory smoked morsels. For the salad lovers a delicious smoked turkey with pecans and cranberries over a bed of lettuces is very satisfying. See the thick slice of garlic bread on the side? Most if not all the time when a meal is served with some garlic bread or bead its a second thought, almost, just a mediocre filler item, not with D Boys BBQ. Their thick slice of garlic bread is perfectly toasted and BOTH sides garlic buttered making it a nice even balance of flavors.

{The smoker at D Boys BBQ}

The smoked meats a sooo good! D Boys BBQ uses cherry wood. If you have smelled cherry wood smoke you will know the sweet smell that brings memories of summer camping, winter evenings by the fire and a good smoked meat. It is the kind of smoky smell that is mellow. The kid you don't mind lingering in the air. The Diamond boys have created a great blend of smoked meats with their own rub mix and a very special BBQ "nasty" sauce.
At D Boys BBQ even the kids menu items are great. I love it when a kids menu offers more than chicken nuggets. We tried the kids Wrangler Dinner that included a side of choice such as sweet potato fries, coleslaw, baked potato and other such goodness. This is what a kids menu should look like.
How about the Shooters? They are only $1. Time to trade up your dollar menu meal to their tasty smoked pulled pork or beef. Try it. I know you will love it. I tried all the meats and everyone of them was perfection.
Have a look at the whole menu, click here: D Boys BBQ Menu 

Sweet Tip:
ValPak has some great coupons for D Boys BBQ including a free shooter and 2 BBQ Sandwiches for $10


D Boys BBQ
294 N State Street
Orem, UT
Facebook: D Boys BBQ




{food provided by D Boys BBQ for review but as always I only write about the products and food I like. }

Tuesday

Good Eats * Roll Up Cafe * Crepes in Orem




Sweet or savory you are going to love the crepes at Roll Up Cafe. I sampled the Chicken Alfredo {bottom left} filled with Chicken, Bacon, Ham, Cheese with Spinach, Mushroom, Tomatoes & Alfredo Sauce. It's a tasty lighter version of the traditional Chicken Alfredo filled with heavy pasta. I love all the fresh veggies on it. My daughter tried to Turkey Bacon Avocado {top left} filled with Turkey, Bacon & Tomato with Avocado & Cheese. Did you see those large slices of avocado? Yum! and the bacon was delicious. My son went for a sweet crepe, the Stuffed French Toast Crepe. It's made with Fresh Strawberries and bananas with sweet cream cheese and powder sugar on top with a side of maple syrup. We shared and tasted all three crepes and the tasting was unanimous. We loved them all! Roll Up Cafe makes all their ingredients fresh everyday. They buy locally grown, free range and fresh when ever possible which means everything taste great and it's good for you too. To top it all off we tried their milk shakes. Guess what my kids and I have been craving ever since our visit? It's the Nutella milk shake. It is the perfect blend of vanilla ice cream and Nutella {you can order it with chocolate ice cream too.} Check it out.  Roll up cafe is now on our list of Favorite Sweet Eateries in The Valley.

1605 S State Street
Orem, Utah, 84097
Facebook: Roll Up Cafe





Saturday

Mother's Day * Azalea Spa and Salon




Did you get your Mother a gift for Mother's Day yet? No? Head over to Azalea Day Spa & Salon's Facebook page to get 10% off a Gift Card for Mother's Day- Less Stress and More Love!
Facebook: Azalea Day Spa & Salon 


Thanks to Azalea for sponsoring Sweet Life in The Valley. Do you want to be a Sweet Sponsor email me at sweetlifeinthevalley@gmail.com


Sunday

Sweet Fashion * Summer Clothing



Since having twins 16 years ago my wardrobe has been clothing I can throw in the wash and not worry if kids have spit-up, muddy hand prints or spilled food on it type wearable items. Not much has changed in the past 16 years. I am always surrounded by kids {which I love} from my little nieces and nephews to those I work with in my professional life. A big plus is those clothing items are comfortable and work with my active lifestyle.


Fresh Produce sent me one of their lovely dresses to try. I decided to choose something for my sweet 16 year old daughter who loves dresses and is an excellent baby sitter. She looked so cute in Fresh Produce's Augustine Sunshine Dress. Are you looking for some cute summer casual clothes? Check them out.

Friday

Bijou Market * Happenin in The Valley

Next weekend is the Bijou Market. There will be an amazing selection of items from local artist and artisans including my friend and designer Heather Carson.


Location:
Historic Soutworth Hall
116 West Center Street
Provo, Utah




Happy Easter!!
xo



Thursday

The Hunger Games Event with Azalea Salon and Day Spa

Azalea Salon and Day Spa in American Fork is hosting a super fun pre-movie event. 


The Hunger Games

Join us for the Games March 22... This is what you will get:

* Exclusive early viewing of The Hunger Games -No waiting in line!
*20% off Aveda products the day of event - with a ticket
*Pre movie primping- makeup touch ups, etc.
*Entered into a drawing for prizes (see below)
*A goodie bag

Hunger Games starts at 7:p.m. on March 22. Be one of the first to see this epic series.
Call for details  801.756.9619
Space for the Azalea event is limited- Reserve your seat today!

Pre-Movie Events
Must have movie ticket


10:00-4:00: FREE makeup appointments. Get fresh spring ideas and tips
5:00 -6:00: Prepare yourself for The Hunger Games with FREE makeup touch-ups, hand massages and styles
6:30-7:00: Let the Games begin as we draw for door prizes in the theater


Drawing Prizes:
The Hunger Games book set, Services to Azalea, Aveda product, Hunger Games signature nail polish, and more...

Tell your friends and join us for an exciting evening.
Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

(No one under 12 years of age, please - due to movie rating)


Azalea Salon & Day Spa (right next to the theaters)
741West 100 North
American Fork, Utah 

Cinemark American Fork
715 West 180 North
American Fork, UT 84003