Step One – Primary Care Provider Visit

Today I took my 9 year old to his “Primary Care Provider” to speak with her about getting his ADHD diagnosed and getting him on meds. I told her what we had been doing thus far to keep him on-task and focused and what wasn’t working and what was working. The last time we saw a doctor about Xander’s ADHD, the Doc looked at me like I was a crazy mom who just wanted to drug her kid into submission – sooooo not true. I just see a lot of ME in him and want him to be able to function like a normal(ish) person.

But I digress. This doctor seemed to be listening but would interrupt me every so often and not let me finish my thought. I have ADD – I can be long winded, I know, but let me finish a damn sentence! She made some notes and then told me that he had to be seen by the ADHD Clinic at the local big military hospital. Okay, fine, works for me since I’d love to speak with someone who knows what they are doing (hopefully). She told me that they would call within 10-12 days so I asked her “what if they don’t call?” and she looked surprised. Yes lady, I know how you military docs work ….

She garbled something about them maybe not calling if they don’t think he needs to be seen – if the doctor doesn’t think he needs to be seen. I said “but you’re the Doctor” and she responded with, a confused “I guess you can call them in two weeks if they don’t call you.”

I might be reading into things wrong, but, that sounds to ME as if she (the doctor) doesn’t think he needs to be seen by the ADHD Clinic and will put that in her notes? Every time I mentioned having done the research on some of the medications available she told me that “we don’t want to jump to medicine” and that “there are classes he can take” … Okay? Classes that he won’t be able to focus on because his mind is elsewhere? I live with this child every day and I see how he ticks. I’ve spoken with his teacher on a number of occasions and she sees how he ticks. So, I am a little unnerved and irritated by the idea of not being able to speak to an ADHD/ADD person because the doctor had a 10 minute visit with Xander and I and deemed him “just a normal 9 year old boy.”

I will wait out the two weeks, then I’m going to be up their asses finding out what my next step is.

Life, Love and This Blog

My ADD is in effect right now so this will be a completely scattered post – but I have to write.

I called to make an appointment with our family Primary Care Provider to get my son onto some medication for his ADHD – I know he has it because he acts … just … like … me. Like, it’s sorta scary. He’s been getting worse and having a hard time dealing with things lately and I think the trigger was our next door neighbors moving away. It’s a military-kid thing. It sucks, but it’s life in the military.

But yeah – one helluva trigger …. He’s extra emotional and downright ANGRY about everything lately. His (wonderful) teacher and I are working to help him and she hooked him up with the school counselor yesterday. He (my son) has been getting angry at the smallest things lately and then turning around and bursting into tears. He is stressed out and doesn’t have a clue how to channel it. Honestly, neither do I.

I berate myself often with the fact that I can’t keep the house clean – I blame that and my unorganization. I know it is affecting the family dynamic – no one is very happy (well, except Princess Jules but she’s a Disney Princess). But, then again, she can be an ANGRY little elf at times too.

I need some help I think. I need someone to come over and show me how to organize – give me a daily schedule – something. I understand that I’m in charge of “keeping house” because that’s just how it’s going to be. But I don’t know HOW to do this. You’d think by age 33 (?) I would have some damn clue how to do this, but I don’t. I’m a hot mess and I understand and am sorta ok with this fact – but it’s affecting the kids and they are going to grow up to be hot messes too and I don’t WANT THAT! Blah!

See, told you … allllllll over the place ….. 😉

Even the darn blog is a hot mess.

Why and When You Should Eat Breakfast

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Breakfast can often be the forgotten meal.  About 10 to 30 percent of Americans skip breakfast, and those of us that do eat breakfast often rely on grabbing a granola bar, doughnut, or the typical sugar based cereal. It is no wonder that we lack the energy to get through our busy days or our kids struggle to perform in the classroom.

4 Reasons to Eat a Healthy Breakfast

  1. Be More Alert – Studies have shown that those who eat breakfast are more alert and kid’s have shown to perform better on tests compared to those who skip breakfast.
  2. Weight Gain Prevention – Supplying your body with loads of sugar in the morning can cause your blood sugar to drop a few hours later. This puts us in the cycle of needing a pick me up every few hours.
  3. Stay Motivated – When was the last time you ate a doughnut then went for a workout? Exactly. Fueling your body with a healthy breakfast can give you the right motivation to stick to your healthy, weight loss goals.
  4. Healthy Habits – Getting your day started with the right mix of hearty and healthy sets you up to make healthy decisions throughout the day.

The Perfect Time to Eat Breakfast
The general rule of thumb is to eat within one hour of waking up. The earlier you eat breakfast the better it can be for kick-starting your metabolism. Just for reference, breakfast is defined as a meal eaten before 10 am.

For the Fitness Goers
Ideally, you should try to eat breakfast before your early morning workout. Without fueling your body, your body can struggle to perform at it’s best. If you can’t eat one to two hours before working out, try eating a light carbohydrate.

Looking for a little breakfast inspiration? Take a look at the Breakfast Plan from eMeals!

My Favorite Disney Villain … Maleficent!

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Am I alone in my EXCITEMENT about the upcoming movie “Maleficent”? “Sleeping Beauty” was my favorite Disney movie until The Little Mermaid came out (it’s still one of my top favorites!) and Maleficent is my all-time favorite Disney villain!

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. “Maleficent” hits theater’s on May 30, 2014!

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

Check out the trailer!!

40 Bags Decluttering Challenge

My house is disgusting.

I’ve never been very organized (or neat) but since I’ve been in front of the computer for the last month straight building my home business I’ve not been doing much else – cleaning & organizing included. So, I took the “40 Bags in 40 Days 2014 Challenge” image showing up on my Instagram dash as a sign that it’s TIME!

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The basic gist is – work on ONE section/spot in the house per day. Fill up a bag of stuff, junk and unneeded items and get RID OF IT! Simple enough, right?

Right …?

Well, as usual – I am a day late to the party. But – that just means I have to do TWO bags today.

Where do I begin ….? Now here is where my ADD kicks in. I look around the room, the house and think oh my God where do I even start? Then, I never do. I’m waiting for admission into the 40 Bags Facebook group. Hopefully my fellow “de-clutterers” will lead me in the right direction.

Are you participating? Please share your blog link! I’d love to read your posts!

Stand Out in the Crowd like a Bird of Paradise

Birds of Paradise DVDWhy hide in a crowd when you were born to stand out with the high-flying adventure
Birds of Paradise, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) April 1 exclusively at Walmart and Redbox from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View everywhere the same day.

Awarded the DOVE seal of approval, this family-friendly adventure proves you shouldn’t judge a bird by their feathers and features the voices of a talented cast including Drake Bell (TV’s “Drake & Josh), Ashley Tisdale (TV’s “High School Musical”), Ken Jeong (Despicable Me 2), Jane Lynch (TV’s “Glee”), Jon Lovitz (The Benchwarmers), Keith David (Free Birds) and Dallas Lovato (Snowflake And The White Gorilla).

When Jack, an ordinary sparrow with dreams of becoming an extraordinary bird, is accidentally covered in colorful paint, he is thrilled about his new exotic appearance and believes that he’ll now be able to impress Aurora, a beautiful canary who has recently escaped from her indoor cage. But when Aurora’s mean owner, Mr. Potter, finds her, Jack must enlist the help of his best friends – Vinnie, the loyal pigeon and Skeeter, the hyper hummingbird as well as Rosie, the caring bat and the wise Old Buzzard in order to free her. And along the way, Jack and Aurora will learn that it’s not what you look like on the outside, but who you are on the inside that truly counts.

Timed to the theatrical release of Rio 2, the Birds of Paradise DVD features all-new bonus material including a look behind the scenes of the voice recording sessions and a sneak peek at award-winning animated Minisculeshorts.

The Birds of Paradise DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart for the suggested retail price of $19.98.