1 year of therapy

Happy 1 yearaversary of therapy to me 

1 year of getting know know myself better 

1 year of realizing I can’t make everyone happy

Of becoming more the mom, wife and person I want to be 

Of taking my happy pills every day 

Of not being ashamed of needing pills and therapy to be happy 

Of standing up for myself. Of not being someone else’s doormat. 

Of learning how to communicate better 

Of learning that my depression and anxiety do not define me 

One year of being proud of myself 

Of learning mindfulness, meditation & yoga. 

More at peace

Knowing what helps me calm down. 

Being able to ask for help. And not be ashamed of not being able to do it all myself. 

I love that in my 30s I’m finally understanding and taking care of ME 

Learning boundaries 

Of learning it’s ok to say no 

My mental health is more important 

 

This is Six

This is six 

The age of Barbie’s and horses 

First sleepovers 

Girl Scouts 

Coloring 

This is the age of Nail polish and hair bows 

First diaries 

Non-cartoon movies and tv shows 

Staying up late 

Riding the big kid rides 

Playing school 

Six is sequins and sneakers 

It’s still pigtails but also makeup 

It’s magical 

It’s new friends 

It’s bikes with no training wheels 

It’s still singing and dancing like no ones watching 

But it’s the first, Mom 🙄🙄 I’m too old or big for that 

It’s homework and computers but still juice boxes and packed lunches.

It’s reading and writing.

It’s the sweet spot. The middle. It’s special. 

This is six.

 

The day I miscarried

Will be a day I will never forget

I will always remember

What it felt like

To feel a life leave me, my body

It was a Monday morning in December

I was at a staff meeting, taking notes

I started to feel flush

I ran to the bathroom to throw up

And of course everyone thought I was pregnant

Morning sickness

Little did they know…

I felt weak

I unzipped my boots because I felt so hot

I had them call my husband to pick me up because I couldn’t drive home

And he already knew…

We both did

We had already started calling each other Mommy and Daddy 

We had gone to a Christmas party and I hadn’t drank, telling people I was the Designated Driver 

Then I got the phone call 

At work 

The tone in her voice was different. 

I knew what she was going to say before she said it 

That my HCG levels were dropping instead of rising

I apologized profusely to my husband 

I swore this was my fault. Something I did 

We had been trying for two years…

3 IUIs….

And had finally gotten pregnant on our own

Only to lose it again

Here’s what they don’t tell you:

It’s not just one day

You don’t just cry in the shower and it’s over

My body went through this process for nearly a month…

All while we attended Hanukkah and Christmas with our families…

who had no idea

we went to parties

We went on a cruise

As my womb was failing me

We faked smiles

Only to come home and cry

 

This Summer We…

Became Paleontologists

Jurassic Park Rangers

And discovered one in our own front yard

We had tea parties

And water balloon fights

We found Nemo (and Dory!)

We met penguins

We met a baby foal

We grew a garden

We’ve released butterflies

We went to camp


Read

Golf cart rides & ice cream cones

We became Oceaneers


Explorers of the deep blue sea


We went Under the Sea

Shark Week

We went to the circus

Followed the yellow brick road

We watched movies
Dad got a new BBQ

We were “Incredible”


We were sharks

We swam… a lot

 

 

We BBQ’d


We camped….inside

We had a lemonade stand

 
We went fishing

We put our feet in the sand

We’ve Play Doh’d

We have been sharks, bears & dinosaurs (oh my!)

We’ve been to space

We’ve been to Toy Story Land
We made slime

We watched puppet shows

We watched a Sunset

DIY T-ball/ Baseball Shoes

I’m sad our T-ball Spring Season is coming to an end, but I did get to make these super cute shoes that I will wear for every season from now on!

Bonus! They can be worn to professional games as well (Go Rays!)

So, start with a pair of (relatively) clean white canvas sneakers. They can be Keds, Converse or- if you’re cheap like me- Target brand!

I bought red puffy fabric paint from Hobby Lobby for 97 cents each. I bought one red and one red glitter. I ended up only using the red- no glitter.

Follow the lines/ laces on the shoe to create a baseball-like affect!

  

** Also, some cleaning tips! As you can see I cleaned mine in between making them and wearing them!

Bleach pen.

Toothbrush, toothpaste, water, color safe bleach.

Let air dry. DO NOT put in dryer!

Wear to the ball field!

 

(Almost) Vegan cookies

During Teacher Appreciation Week, I made a Frittata for a breakfast and the Director of her school couldn’t eat it! Or anything else for that matter- he’s vegan! So, I was determined to do something special for him as well.

Let me tell you, Googling and Pinterest-ing for Vegan recipes is NOT FUN. I got a lot of Oatmeal. Bananas. Bleh.

My husband had actually received a recipe from work for these cookies and I decided to make them for Mr. B!

They are Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free and (almost) vegan.

here Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or Kerrygold butter (use coconut oil if vegan), room temp
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 6 table spoons natural almond butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temp (this is not vegan; however, we raise our own chickens so I know that they are free-range, organic eggs from happy chickens)
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (I did not have vegan chocolate chips, I just use Ghiardelli 60% Cacao ones)

http://judylemarr.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=https://judylemarr.com/phoenix-affordable-place-live/ Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: almond & coconut flour baking soda & salt
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat together the coconut oil (or Kerrygold butter) and sugar until well combined.
  4. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract. Beat in the egg, then add the flour mixture to the mix. Stir in chocolate chips.

Roll the dough into ball and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly.

Bake for 11-14 minutes for coconut sugar and 14-17 minutes for brown sugar. The cookies will still be very soft when they come out but will continue to cook.

Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.

HIPPY Success Story

I was asked to write a HIPPY success story, so here it goes:

When I first started HIPPY 3 years ago, I’m ashamed to admit my first packet, I got so frustrated I told my husband my daughter “sucked” at school.

What I really meant was it was hard- for both of us. I had never taught anyone anything before.

Since that day 3 years ago, I think I have learned more than my daughter has. I have learned her learning style- what interests her. To calm down. To give ourselves grace. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

She’s learned how to do science experiments. Her alphabet. Her shapes and colors. Sight words. How to cut. Fine and gross motor skills. And- my favorite- how to write her name. That was the day of HIPPY I remember most and the day it finally “clicked” for me. It’s the day I will never forget.

When she wrote E-M-M-A in flour for the first time. I’ll admit I teared up. I was so proud- and not just of her. Of me. I had taught her that.

And so, even though we have made the decision not to homeschool her, I know that my daughter has the skills and tools to succeed in kindergarten because of me- and HIPPY. I am forever grateful for this program.

In This House

In our house 

We believe in make believe 

Pirates & mermaids

Princesses 

Unicorns 

faeries

witches & wizards 

Magic 

Dragons 

Animals that speak 

Trees that have feelings 

Flying 

Dancing 

We are dreamers 

We believe 

Quick & Easy Frittata Recipe

I was asked to make a breakfast for a Teacher Appreciation breakfast and this one that my sister-in-law makes came right to mind!

It was super easy and didn’t take me hours in the kitchen!

Even my little 4-year-old helped me whisk the eggs!

This also makes a great breakfast for dinner!

http://yesguygaming.com/tag/kong/ Ingredients: 

1 pound Jimmy Dean Sausage

1 package Simply Potatoes Diced Onions and Potatoes

1/2 yellow onion

1 Dozen Eggs

1/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a skillet, brown sausage and set aside.

Sauté onions in olive oil.

Add potatoes in with onions and cook according to package (cover so the potatoes steam)

While potatoes cook, whisk up the dozen eggs with a little bit of milk, salt & pepper. Add in cheese.

Once potatoes are soft, pour the egg mixture over.

Cook on stove top for 5-6 minutes until the side begin to pull away from the pan (see my picture)

Transfer skillet to oven for 16-18 minutes or until set.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Graduation Applesauce

These were a super easy DIY for a preschool graduation, but could be used for VPK, Kindergarten or any grade, for that matter.

I bought applesauce cups (not pouches), hot glued googly eyes and black construction paper on them. I added string for the tassel.

I believe all of these items can be purchased at the good ol’ Dollar Tree, so in total, they probably came out to $6 for 12 cups, or about 50 cents each.

I already had black paper and used a square hole punch I had, but could easily be cut free-hand.

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