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Happy 30th Anniversary Ghost Busters

ghostbusters-posterThis morning Mike and I were laying in bed doing our normal “what should we do today” routine when Mike noticed that there are NINE showings of Ghost Busters at our local theater. A little digging and we discovered that today is actually the 30th Anniversary!

Yeah… let that sink in a minute. 

This week in 1984 the world was introduced to Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and of course Slimer and Marshmallow Man. It quickly became a hit with their tag line “Who ya gonna call?” and has continued to be an iconic part of the 80′s – still selling everything from bumper stickers to Halloween costumes every year.

Select theaters will be showing Ghost Busters (“restored and remastered”) on the big screen this week only. You can check Fandango for all of the participating theaters and times. Mike and I are going today and may even take the girls later this week. We have both watched the movie no less than 100 times at home so we are super excited to get to see it at the theaters. It has always been one of our favorites. Mike even got to meet Ernie Hudson last year at Pensacon. SUPER nice guy.

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Were you a Ghost Busters fan?

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#Whole30 Approved Baconnaise

Since I began Whole30 – which has now become WholeLife – I have ventured in to learning how to cook new things. This is saying a lot for a gal who pretty much hates to cook. But it turns out that I am actually pretty good at it, and I have created some pretty amazing meals… so much so that Mike has agreed to do Whole30 in September – stating that the stuff I cooked that was Whole30 approved was “actually pretty good.” Talk about a huge win.

One of the things I made that everyone has loved is Whole30 Compliant Mayo. Because I have pretty much survived on chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad, making my own mayo was a must from early on. Since then I have been venturing in to flavored mayo to give things a bit of variety. By far my favorite concoction so far – is Baconnaise.

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Easy After School Snacks from Chex Cereal

Parents everywhere are celebrating Back to School – and we are certainly no exception. Even the girls are excited to go back and reconnect with their friends and get some structure back to our days. As much as I love the structure that school brings, one thing I do not like is how crazy it makes our eating schedule. Mike and I are pretty much “3 meals a day” type people since starting Whole30 – but no matter what, the girls come home “starving to death” the moment they get off the bus. They want something tasty, I want something that is healthy and does not ruin their appetite at dinner time. Thanks to Chex™ Cereal, we all get exactly what we want.

The week before school the girls and I whipped up some of our favorite Chex™ Cereal Recipes to have on hand for after school. I love that most all Chex™ recipes only require a few ingredients and a microwave – so even Midge can help without worry. My favorite was the Honey-Peanut School Fuel, but Mike and the girls loved the Chex™ Apple Almond Bars. Both snacks were delicious and portable – Midge even asked if she could take them with her to school in her lunch box. And since Chex™ is on Buy One Get One Free from 8/28 through 9/3 at Publix, they are economical as well.

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#Whole30 Myths – And How To Overcome Them {Whole 30 Results}

I am Whole 30Before I began my Whole30 Experience I scoured the internet for more information. I read books, studied recipes, and spent countless hours reading and watching videos about other people’s experiences. I stalked people on Instagram, and posted a million things on Facebook. I researched and agonized and worried and stressed… because let’s face it – there is a lot of stuff out there and the general consensus seems to be  that “it sucks!!! (but it is worth it.)” The more I posted and the more I read, the more I saw a few common excuses myths keep popping up. Since I have now been there and done that, I wanted to debunk a couple of these for anyone who is contemplating their own Whole30 Journey.

1 – It is so HARD.

The one thing that kept coming up in all of my searching was how “hard” it was. The Whole30 crew addresses this by saying things like “fighting cancer is hard – not putting creamer in your coffee is not hard.” But I want to bring even more to that – because for me it was different. If you read and watch everything that is out there – it will have you scared to even try. Had my friend Jen not been so persistent and challenging, I probably could have talked myself out of even giving it a shot, based on how “hard” everyone said it was.

Mine was not hard. Mine didn’t even suck that bad. In fact most everyone that has joined our Whole30 Facebook Group has said it hasn’t been near as hard as they thought it would be – and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we simply do not focus on the bad – instead we laugh and share the good. You can absolutely choose to focus on the headache you may get the first day… or you can get excited that it is working. You can whine and complain about getting tired, or you can realize how badly you have fueled your body in the past that you are “hungover.”

Everyone is different. You can not compare someone else’s experience to know how yours will be. The standard “schedule” that even Whole30.com put out wasn’t even my experience. Yes I was tired the first day or two – but that was about it. I didn’t have a “Kill All The Things” Day until Day 15 – and that I think had more to do with hormones than eating.

Point is – it isn’t that hard. AND you will get more of what you focus on. So focus on good.

2 – My Partner won’t do it.

So….?! Why does that have any bearing on anything? Look, I used to smoke – my exhusband and I both did. I quit. He didn’t. Did it suck to be around him while he still smoked? Of course it did. But I knew it was what was best for me, and now 7+ years later I know it was still one of the absolute best things I have ever done for myself. It took will power, dedication, and determination… sound familiar?

Saying you are not going to better your health because someone else isn’t is like saying you are not going to repair your car cause the guy next to you is broken down. It doesn’t make any sense. What someone else does should have absolutely no bearing on you. Fact: you do not need someone to do this with you. Fact: you do not even need anyone’s approval. Fact: your partner will probably come around anyway when they see how well it works for you.

I did not change my family’s diet or routine at all when I began my Whole30 journey. If dinner was something I couldn’t eat – I made myself something else. Or if dinner was chicken and rice with veggies… I just simply did not put rice on my plate. They eat fried chicken – I bake mine. They want pasta, I eat spaghetti squash. They saw me making changes and began wanting to “taste” mine… what has happened is the whole family has now begun eating better. Leftovers seem to be more of the “not allowed” stuff and I can’t keep veggies in my house for the life of me.

Only YOU control what you ACTUALLY put in to your mouth. Not everyone in your house has to be Whole30 for you to succeed. I open the cabinets every day and have everything from long grain wild rice (my favorite) to popcorn to kidney beans… and every day I choose to not eat them. My family does, but I do not. I disagree with the whole “clean everything out” routine that most diet books tell you to do… instead I stare temptation straight in the face and celebrate that food has no control over me anymore. THAT is Whole30.

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The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide #ChickenSoupForTheSoul

chicken soup multitasking moms survival guideOne of the #1 posts here on MoscatoMom is my “How Does She Do It?” Post where I talk about how I juggle being a business owner, blogger, mom, fiance, daughter, friend… and now throw in planning a wedding on top of it all. Needless to say, “multitasking” is my middle name. So when I had the opportunity to review a new Chicken Soup for the Soul Book – The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide – I knew it was a match made in heaven.

Moms do it all – they juggle kids, husbands, home and office…. This collection will inspire and entertain masters of multitasking with its 101 stories from busy moms like them. Filled with words of wisdom, lessons learned, funny moments and juggling success, this book will brighten any mother’s day.

The chapters are broken down in to 9 categories, with funny and inspiring real life stories from moms just like us. My favorite section was “Laughing After The Fact” because it reminded me of moments I have had with my own daughters where I was certain I was going to come apart at the seams – that we all laugh about now.

My favorite story in the book though is #7 – “The Art of Porching” where a mom talks about how her grandmother used to spend time just sitting on the porch, taking time for herself away from all of her numerous “Mom Duties.” She also talks about how much harder our ancestors had it (doing dishes and laundry by hand for instance) and gaining some perspective when we complain about things being “so hard.”It reminds us how important it is to slow down from time to time, and feed our soul with some quiet time – “porching” as she calls it.

I will admit I have teared up more times on this book than any other I have read from the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. A few stories talk about kids “going off to college” and moving out on their own…and it hits entirely too close to home with oldest starting her Sophomore year of high school tomorrow. But they are happy tears and they remind you that above anything else, the hardest – yet most rewarding – job in the world is Motherhood.

This book would be a great gift for Mom of any age who may need a little inspiration. You can order The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide from Amazon or pick up at your local bookstore.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review as part of an ambassadorship with Chicken Soup for the Soul. All opinions are my own.