Momma Hunt

So in the last few months or really focusing on my health I took another big step in that journey.  I decided to join my sister in law in selling Pure haven essentials home and body products.  This company formerly known as Ava Anderson.  Before my sister in law started selling I had begun to slowly convert my house over to less chemical options in our home with our food and cleaners.  Well when I went to this party I knew that these products were for me.  Even if I never sold anything to anyone-I loved the company and wanted to support them. 



So what is this all about you might wonder.  Well PHE sells all sorts of body, skin, and home products and are made with organic products and all non toxic chemicals.  The process by which these products go through is crazy strict to ensure that there are no chemicals in them.  The best part about selling the products is I got to get educated about what chemicals I should be focused on getting out of my home and finding affordable solutions to living as much as I can in a healthy, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly way as possible.

My favorite products so far is the face care line (I use the toner, wash, and moisturizer and it has helped my yucky winter ski), I love the body lotion-not only does it smell amazing it makes my skin so smooth and gets rid of any winter dryness, as well as the hair care line.  I am using the anti-frizz serum and it works about 10 times better then Frizz-ease and my hair has looked amazing even without mouse or scrunch spary.  That is saying a lot for this curly hair girl. 

No I know some of these prices seem high but they are on point with any high end brand and other "non-toxic brands that still are full of chemicals"


I think that I will occasionally feature products on here that I really love-but I am most excited about sharing how you can easily make some healthy changes for your family.   If you want to check out the products here is the link www.purehavenessentials.com/ericahunt if you want to order use number  140335  I also would love to share what I have learned with you so please email me at ezamskyhunt@gmail or comment below with any questions.  This has been such a positive experience for me even though I haven't had my first party (had to cancel because of the plague at my house last month).  
So what things have you been doing to improve your health...let me know!  







Momma Hunt
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the people over at Greek God's asking if I wanted to try out one of their new products-Greek yogurt with Chia.  I of course said yes-both Miss J and I love yogurt and add in Chia seeds for adding saying power why not.  


Now on the new Weight Watchers Smart Points program yogurts have gone up in points values so I was a little concerned about that but each yogurt was worth 5pts.  Now that is a lot for a snack-but considering it has 12G of protein in every cup it might be a good snack at work.  

As I have mentioned I am lactose intolerant but I can usually do Greek Yogurt-it contains less lactose.  According to the people at The Greek Gods each cup contains 120 calories, 12g of Protein, its high in calcium, Gluten free, no rBS and rBGH in the dairy, and it has fruit on the bottom.  They are retailing for 1.59-1.79 a cup.   Flavors currently are Strawberry, Peach, Blackberry, and Vanilla.

 So far these have passed the Josie test she really enjoyed them.  For me-they have been a great snack that has kept me full for hours.  I know for a lot of people on weight watchers and those watching their sugar this is not an ideal snack but with the amount of protein that you get I think that means its totally worth it!  

Check out more details here or pick some up at your local store.  


Momma Hunt
I can't believe its been so long since I have written a post.  Life has been good and complicated and not so good at the moment.  In terms of my healthy journey I am doing well-I have lost almost ten pounds since Janurary.  I know that doesn't seem like much but I am feeling a little bit more in control then I have before. I even gave up sweets for lent and despite a fall "off the lentin wagon" on my hubs bday I haven't really eaten any sweets or candy.  

My own journey with grief etc actually has been going really really well.  I have been doing ok but the kids have been having a rough time.  I will save that for another post.

Right now I am struggling to live in the moment.  We have a lot of credit card debt...not the unpayable kind just a lot more than I would like and the kind that makes me hate to have it.  The debt means we can't get a different house, it makes me feel like a failure financially.  I have a plan moving forward but right now it seems to cause me a ton of anxiety.  I know that debt is part of American culture but I hate it.  Part of it is piss poor spending habits on our part.  Always wanting more then what we have.  Always thinking I need to keep up with the joneses.  I hate that I can't take my kids on a big expensive disney vacation.  I hate that I can't do those things till this debt is gone.  I hate that I keep paying and paying and paying but then some major shit storm of finances hits and all the progress I made just goes right back on that stupid piece of plastic.  I know I need to tighten the belt but I hate doing that.  

But back to the living in the moment.  If my dad's death has taught my anything-it is that you don't know when your time is up.  Why spend your last few days worrying about money.  I know that eventually that debt will be paid off...someday and there is no sense in spending hours worrying about it.  As long as I am paying it off slowly and steadily we will get there.  Not maybe in the time frame I would like but eventually.  

So right now things are up and down...but mostly ok


Momma Hunt


So in an attempt to be all in with my healthiness journey I decided to start posting some recipes here on the blog of some of the things that I am eating.  Below is one of my favorite go to recipes.  Although many would think of this as a breakfast dish-for me I often take it for a quick protein packed lunch at work.

Easy Vegetable Frittata-5 Smart Points for 1/6 of the dish

Ingredients
Four Whole Eggs
Four Egg whites
1/2 cup of almond milk unsweetened 
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
2 cups Frozen hashbrown potatoes (or you can use shredded potatoes)
2 cups frozen veggies ( your choice-I used peppers and broccoli)


Instructions
Step One-Set over to 350 Scramble the eggs and egg whites and almond milk.  

























Step Two:  Spread the hashbrowns in the bottom of a pie plate so that they are in an even layer then top with the veggies.


Step Three:  Cover with the egg mix and bake until the center is set.  Most times this takes at least 20-25 minutes.








This is what it looks like when fully set


Step Four:  When set take out and sprinkle with cheese and pop back in oven till cheese is melted to your liking.  





This piece shown is smaller the the 1/6 that is accounted for in the Smart Points.  I just forgot to take a picture of it and this was my mid day weekend snack-Hence the paper plate!  

Hope you like this dish!!
Momma Hunt
I don't think I actually have any real resolutions this year.  You know smart goals of I will do X thing in this time.  I decided that after a year of being in mourning and trying to find my bearings...more survive then anything else.  That this year would be the year I take care of me.  I don't mean this in a selfish all about me all the time....I mean doing the things that I need to for me to be the best version of myself I can be.  

For that to happen I am really going to focus on getting healthy.  For me that is obviously the commitment to weight watchers (I lost the weight I put on over the holidays this week and was very happy with that).  It means exercising regularly because it helps center me and makes me feel better.  It means getting enough sleep and taking naps on the weekend if needed.  It means doing things that I enjoy and time for myself.  

I bought myself a lovely workbook to worth through my goals and desires to work on.  I have a journal for all my food stuff.  I am trying to blog more.  I am trying to do things that bring me happiness.  Sometimes that is stuff with my kids.  Sometimes that is stuff with friends or with Ryan without the kids.  Sometimes that is being alone.   As much as I love and need to be around people as an only child you often forget how used you are to being quiet and having time by yourself.  Since I have had kids that time has been non existent that is why I take the worlds longest showers-to enjoy the quiet.

I feel that sometimes towards the end of summer and I felt it again over Christmas break that I really have lost part of me.  I think its more than a working mom feeling overwhelmed lost part of me.  I think it loosing part of my identity when I lost my dad.  Almost if I lost a huge part of my life that anchored me-centered me.  I hate to sound cliche as shit but I feel this need to reinvent who I am.  Or maybe less then that.  Figure out this new me-this mom of two growing kids, a teacher in an ever demanding and sometimes heartbreaking job that is so different then it was 10 years ago, a wife in her 30's not a idealistic newlywed of 24, and a daddy's girl without her daddy.  

So I decided that this year is going to be about me.  Taking time for me....allowing myself to discover or rediscover the things that bring me happiness and joy.  So I hope that all of you my readers and the people in my real life who read this have a joyful new year.  That you find yourself spending this year in more happiness then darkness.....oh and that maybe you win that powerball that is now up to a Billion dollars (and if you win remember me people)



Momma Hunt
So as a busy mom of two kids I realized that I need to work on my week night meals.  My goal for this new year is to be really focused on my health and one of those ways is making sure that I have good healthy food to eat.  So here is one of my recent go to meals.  Mainly because pork loins were buy one get two free at the store I had a small stock pile of them.  So below is my recipe for a super easy crock pot meal.  It isn't the prettiest but it sure is tasty.  

So first up-The ingredient list
Apple Cider-Enough to coat the bottom of the crockpot I would estimate about a cup
Apples:  I used this whole bag because they were starting to go.  The kind that are too yucky to eat but perfect for baking on applesauce
Pork Loin-You can use any size this was just your standard grocery store variety

Oh and that is it!  (oh and yes i was doing that at 6am)


Pork loin in the bottom of the crockpot 



Apples peeled and chunky sliced on top with cider to cover the bottom




And the finished product.  I cooked mine on low (my crock pot runs high-for about 8 hours) This is the entirely of the crockpot.  For my family this was one nights dinner and lunch the next day.  If you want two meals you will need two pork loins or maybe a pork roast.



Now a serving suggestions....My kids favorite veggie broccoli and a little mac and cheese for the kiddos.





According the recipe builder the Smart Points value of this meal (not including the mac and cheese) would be 5 smart points for a sixth of the crock pot.  I also think you could measure it as 1/4 cup of cider and whatever the ounces of pork you choose to eat.  Which I think would come out to be about five.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
Momma Hunt

Its been a long time since I posted....things got well holiday crazed around here that is for sure.  I was having some medical issues that hopefully I will get around to posting about then just getting ready for the holidays with two small children is always crazy.  Plus if I am being honest I was having a real hard time without having my dad around.  

Now up until the week before Christmas I was doing ok with everything.  Work was good, kids were good. weight watchers was good.  Then all the balls up in the air started to fall and well.....hit me on my head! 

A long time ago someone said to me as hard as the first holiday without your loved one is hard-the second one is worse.  I definitely don't think it was worse just more permeant in a way.  Just the reality of him being gone as really begun to set in.  It is almost as if I head my breath for the whole first year dealing with all of those firsts but now it is the reality of the loss is starting to set in.  Its not harder it is just different.  Sometimes the gravity of the loss is really hard.  Lately Josie has been talking about my dad and how she misses and her memories of him.  Thankfully her mentioning him doesn't bring me instantly to tears....but it does hurt at the thought of how much he is missing each and every day.


The holidays round these parts were good.  We had a nice time celebrating with family and friends and the kids were spoiled rotten.  Mainly what I am looking forward to is some quiet time with the family at home.  

I didn't even take that many pictures this year....not because I didn't want to but because I was busy enjoying.  If one thing the loss of my dad has taught me.....life is far to short to spend my time doing things that don't bring me joy.  

I hope you and your family enjoyed your holidays!