Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Check out my post on Who's Yo Mommy!

This post is sponsored by Sony Pictures, but I think it's cool enough to share with you guys. 

I am really looking forward to the movie Sex Tape, with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. Sony Pictures approached me about writing a post about how life, love, and sex changes/doesn't change after 10 years of marriage, because yep - we're almost at the 10 year point! Diaz and Segal play a married couple that are very much in love but struggling to keep the passion alive in their relationship after 10 years, two kids, and two jobs.  They decide to spice things up by making a private video and, as I’m sure you can guess, quickly find out their private video was made not so private.  The film chronicles the lengths they’ll go to recover and erase the evidence. 

In anticipation of the movie's release, Cameron Diaz's mommy blog (she's a successful mommy blogger in the movie) was recreated for you to see and that's where you can find my guest post. Please check it out and let me know what you think! 

Read Who's Yo Mommy Blog here.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Homemade Coffee Popsicles and an Update on my Weight Loss

My weight loss is going well. So far I'm down a little over 18 lbs and I'm tracking like crazy on myfitnesspal. I jump rope almost everyday and try to get an hours worth in, which usually has me burning around 500 calories. I'm telling you, jumping rope is like the biggest weight loss/work out secret. It seems too easy and too good to be true, but my heart rate monitor don't lie. Besides, it's like 115 here in Phoenix and the idea of running outside makes me want to puke and then die instantly from dehydration.

Speaking of hydration, I made these cool coffee ice pops the other day. They're 35 calories because they contain one tablespoon of Coffeemate Italian Sweet Cream coffee creamer. To make them, just brew yourself a really strong pot (in my case I brewed a strong batch in my french press). I put the creamer in the popsicle molds first and then I poured the coffee and froze it all. It's awesome. I stole the idea from my friend Maryam on her instagram - @hiandhelloblog


In other vain news, I'm feeling really good about myself. Like, in a way I haven't felt in years. I'm finally at a point where I don't loathe myself in the mirror (I know, that's so whiney and annoying, but it was what I was feeling). I'm leaving for a trip back east to visit family this month and it has been my motivation to get my ass in gear. I gained so much weight since they last saw me and I wanted to make a dent in it. I'm not near what I was when I first left the east coast almost 3 years ago, but I feel healthier and just better in general. So yay me! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stay out of my uterus.

To be totally caught up on the SCOTUS ruling, please read this first.

My social media has been craaaaaazy with the latest ruling from SCOTUS. I just wanted to share some of my thoughts here on my blog because this ruling is important, and life changing. (Some points here are copied from comments on facebook)

I don't think I'm going to change anyone else's mind, but if I can sort of explain why some are upset and you have a better understanding as to why, then I'll feel like I did SOMETHING. From where I stand right now I think that birth control (all forms) should be covered (and be cost effective). I don't think it's a luxury elective medical treatment. It should be a staple. Saying a guy who can't get his dick up is more important than having an unwanted pregnancy and then raising that child for it's whole life is just silly. We're so over run by population in this world and condoms are just not full proof. It's pretty unfair that in the U.S. something like birth control or an abortion is so controversial, but then when someone does choose to have a child but needs government assistance because they simply cannot afford it (basically forced to have a child), they're slammed down by the far right. This is an example of the extremes on both sides. It's either one or the other. Birth control is cheaper than welfare.  

One of the the contraceptives not covered is the morning after pill, which is NOT an abortion pill. It's basically an extremely high dose of birth control. I think it's absolutely insane to not have this covered. I don't understand why some contraceptives are okay while others are not. 

The problem FOR ME, is the owners of these corporations believe that these types of birth control (an IUD, the morning after pill, etc.) are forms of abortion because they could prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, even though the general scientific agreement is that these contraceptives are not the equivalent to an abortion (Information about some of these types of contraceptives that are in question. ). 

This is just an example of how a corporation can claim religious freedom for lots of things. What's next? It's debatable that using religious freedom as an excuse will not lead to other decisions on healthcare. I realize that this ruling was not on all birth control and that's awesome, but what's alarming is the birth control that's not covered has NOTHING to do with abortions which is Hobby Lobby's specific reasoning for not wanting to cover it. They believe that because it's against their christian values that their employees should not be offered these certain birth control forms, but for some people- these are extremely vital forms of birth control. 

The fact is that an IUD is not an abortion, and neither is a morning after pill. So what's the problem? To me, an IUD could be comparable to a vasectomy, if anything it's waaaaaay less evasive and much more cost effective (no surgery).

Another random point - apparently vasectomies and viagra are covered. I don't know why this isn't considered a double standard? Because it doesn't involve the uterus?

Okay guys, safe place. Feel free to discuss... (I've found in the past that political posts go kind of un-read, but if you feel so inclined, I do care to hear your educated opinions, even if we don't share the same opinion).
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