I will never forget waking up a few years ago for work and putting my feet on the floor and I was in so much pain that I had to just sit down. I grabbed my cell phone and called out of work because I couldn’t walk to the bus.
I went to the doctor and got a foot x-ray and he told me that nothing was wrong. He gave me a wrap for my foot to humor me and I was on my way. I was in so much pain. I then made an appointment with a foot doctor. He shot my foot with Cortisone and I felt better for a day or two and then the pain was back.
So now I had two medical bills and neither had helped me. After talking to a co-worker about what was going on they suggested that I should get a foot insole. I tried Dr Scholl’s Pro Pain Relief Orthotics for Heel insoles and they worked almost immediately. I also started taking Aleve liquid gels on a daily basis and the pain was bearable. I could walk to the bus without a problem, etc. It has been about 5 years or so since that happened and I currently don’t have any pain. I do know when it flares up which is rarely these days what I need to do. I think being a stay at home mom and working from a home office helps. When my pain was the worst I was a cashier standing on my feet for 40+ hours a week. I also was wearing converse shoes and switching to comfy sneakers I think made a big difference as well.
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I am so blessed to have been influenced by Julia Roberts at 9 years old rather than some of the celebrities on TV these days. I don’t worry about how big my butt is, how I can make my lips bigger or flashing my private area to random people as I get out of the car. Growing up Julia Roberts taught me to be kind, laugh at myself, love myself and to find love no matter how long it takes.
(Me in 1992. I tried to emulate her by curling my hair. I could never get my curls to stay. lol.) If you google pictures from her Pelican Brief days you will see how curly her hair was
I was handed every single card that should have made me fail. My childhood was a hot mess. I had posters of Julia Roberts on my wall and instead of giving my mom or dad a kiss goodnight, I talked to my wall about my day. My dad was usually passed out drunk, and my mom was not around at the time. It sounds weird and crazy but between 9 to 13, it was very therapeutic. I stopped doing this around age 14 after social services placed me with my grandparents. I then started writing songs and poems a lot more and made friends with a great group of girls in high school. My grandmother made a deal with me that as long as I read the book first she would take me to any Julia Roberts movie. I remember laying in bed reading, “The Pelican Brief.” I ended up falling in love with John Grisham books so that was a plus!
Both of my parents made mistakes they regret, and I forgive them both, but it won’t give me back my childhood. I was abused as a child by my step mother and father as some of you already know, and I even wrote to Julia about it to her fan club when was about 12 years old, which was about three years into my abuse. I thought for sure she would come to my middle school and rescue me or send help. I didn’t trust my school counselor’s and when I told a good friend of mine what was happening she confronted my step sister and made matter’s much worse. I didn’t know who else to turn to and I felt Julia was my last hope. I understand now that I wasn’t really her problem and she may have never received that letter.
After a year or so of more abuse, I finally met a girl named Kelley who still to this day is one of my best friends. Kelley noticed my bruises and came up with a game plan to get me out of there. We were in drama class together and without me knowing it she had already talked to our teacher. She just had a weird feeling and asked him advice on how to handle talking to me about it. How was it that I was abused from 4th grade until 9th grade and Kelley notices almost immediately of high school beginning? Most of the abuse wasn’t even visible. I had been put down and called names for years. Locked in a room right after I came home from school rarely fed although friends snuck me food for years at school because they noticed I never had a lunch. I ended up getting the courage to run away when I was around 13 shortly after meeting Kelley and with her and her parents help. I only ran away with my Julia Roberts stuff. (Magazine article’s friends usually gave me from school) I guess she was the only thing that made me feel safe so running away with it felt right to me. I don’t own any of it anymore, but that is the only thing I can think of to make it sound less crazy.
Me with my baby boys below:
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When you are being starved and abused you need an out. I needed a fantasy world, and Julia was mine. She was my escape. If it wasn’t for her, I may have committed suicide, been a alcoholic, prostitute, got in trouble and went to jail, or married a wife beater. She taught me that even though I was in so much pain through her movies, magazines and tv interviews to be happy. I was not going to let anyone steal my happy ending. Now here I am at 35 years old looking back today at the 9 to 13 year old girl whom I used to be. I have an amazing husband whom I married in 2011. Two handsome healthy toddlers. I am a successful writer. When ever I see Julia Roberts on TV or in movies these days, I just think to myself thank god for her. I hope someday I can meet her in person to thank her for shaping me into the person I am today, but if not I hope, she reads this and knows that by just being her, she changed my entire life. (And no I no longer talk to your poster on my wall or have one for that matter. lol)
My husband and I with our kids above) Due to being starved I still struggle with my weight. I am hoping by being more open and sharing pieces of my childhood that I can conquer my eating disorder. The feeling of hunger is pretty much traumatizing to me and just gives me flash backs so I am always trying to stay full. I am getting better with the love and support of friends, family and my fans.
Just in case Julia reads this….Thank you, Julia. Keep being you. <3
To this day she is still someone any little girl should look up to.
Guess what? Kids meal and Family Night offerings are back again at Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, and Country Buffet!!! From January 14th through February 29th, Ovation brands are teaming up with National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016. Each Thursday from 5-8PM they will be hosting a different interactive activity in our restaurants, from explorer activities to teach kids how to create and read a map to understanding the wonders of the rain forest. The Activities featured are as follows:
January 14 — Lions, Tigers, and Bears – Oh My!
January 21 — Foods From Around The World
January 28 — Photo Safari
February 4 — A Trip To The Amazon
February 11 — Baby It’s Cold Outside
February 18 — World Explorer
February 25 — National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 Activity Sheet and DVD Sweepstakes Giveaway
To celebrate the promotion, Ovation brands is hosting a sweepstakes featuring a 5 day/4 night trip for a family of four to West Palm Beach Florida, courtesy of their friends from VISITFLORIDA.com. The prize pack includes air transportation, hotel, admission to Lion Country Safari, a $250 Visa Gift Card, a copy of the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016, a DVD Set, and more!
Ovation brands wants one of my readers to win a special prize pack, complete with a National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016, Polar Prowl DVD and as if that wasn’t enough the winner will also get dinner for four to one of their many buffet locations! What is better than free food?? Winner must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Please make sure to check Ovationbrands.com to make sure that they are located in your area. US Residents only. Good luck!
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I think every year for the past 10 years my resolution has been to lose weight. I think a lot of people succeed, but a lot of people like me also fail. The Nutribullet makes it a little easier to stick with your goals! In a matter of seconds you can have a delicious smoothie that you can drink right there in your kitchen or take with you in the car.
They have all kinds of Superfood powders that I never knew about! From beauty to fat burning they have you covered! I have tried the Super Foods Cleansing greens so far and my mom tried that Fat Burning Boost. My mom said that that Fat Burning one tasted spicy, but she liked it. For mine I used their recipe for Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Blast Smoothie on the Nutribullet website. It was really, really good! My mom is pretty picky so she wanted to create her own and then add the Superfood to it and she loved her creation. My mom used strawberries, mangos, almond milk, a banana and the fat burning powder. You can follow the recipes online or in your Nutribullet recipe book or get creative and make your own!
“NutriBullet Superfood Blends combine antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals into convenient formulas that mix easily (and deliciously) into any NutriBlast smoothie. The 100% organic, GMO-free ingredients are sourced from the world’s most reputable farms and undergo extensive testing for flavor and effectiveness. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, boost energy, or simply incorporate a wider variety of nutrients into your diet, NutriBullet SuperFoods can supply the extra boost you need to super charge your overall health and wellness.”
- Effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, superfoods and protein shakes
- High-torque power base and 600-watt motor
- Power, patented blade design with cyclonic action
- Includes a power base, 1 tall cup, 2 short cups, 1 flat blade and 1 emulsifying blade, 2 re-sealable lids, pocket nutritionist and manual with recipes
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
12-Piece Set Includes:
- 1 High-torque Power Base
- 1 Extractor Blade
- 1 Milling Blade
- 1 Tall Cup
- 2 Short Cups
- 1 Handled Lip Ring
- 1 Regular Lip Ring
- 2 Stay-fresh Resealable Lids
- 1 User Manual & Cookbook
- 1 Pocket Nutritionist
- Busts open seeds
- Cracks through stems
- Shreds tough skins
- Breaks down even the toughest ingredients to unlock the vital nutrition inside
- UL Listed
- 1-yr limited warranty
- Made in China
- Wattage Output: 600 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 1
- Capacity (volume): 3 Cups
- Appliance Capabilities: Shredder, Blends, Grinds, Chops
- Material: Plastic (BPA-Free)
- Care and Cleaning: Dishwasher Safe Parts
- Base Dimensions: 5.375″ Diameter x 8″ Height
- Weight: 3.6 lbs
I was extremely impressed that it made my delicious smoothie in under 1 minute. All I had to do was pop in a straw and drink to my health! I plan on trying their recipes randomly and posting them on instagram, so be sure to follow me on instagram at http://www.instagram.com/twoboysandahubby All of the drinks I post will be recipes from their book that come with the machine or from their website! The first one I will be posting will be tomorrow and it will be the PB&B.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your families and I wish you all a very healthy 2016!