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Happy Anniversary to my Beau!

Dear Beau,

Although you are deployed somewhere out in the deep blue ocean, I want to wish you a Happy Wedding Anniversary!  I cannot believe that three years have already gone by.  Every day with you proves to be more awesome than the last and I am so happy I get to spend the rest of my life with you!  You make me so happy and I’m so excited to see what we will accomplish together.

You better believe that when you come home we’ll have a belated anniversary “party” complete with bubbly and cake.  (Oh yes… I’m talking chocolate caramel pecan cake 😉

I love you!  xoxo

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Tuesdays with Michelle: What’s Triclosan?

  Simply put, Triclosan is a pesticide… a toxic chemical…    


  …And it can be found in every day items such as hand soap, hand sanitizers, antimicrobial plastics (labeled as “Microban”), deordorant, make-up, and toothpaste just to name a few.


  I had never heard of it until a few weeks ago when the Yahoo home page posted an article on it.  Right away I checked some of my product labels and found out that it was an ingredient in our toothpaste and Beau’s face wash.  We are now proud users of Trader Joe’s Antiplaque Toothpaste with Fennel, Propolis, and Myrrh {it’s fluoride-free and we only pay a little over $2 at the store, I don’t know why Amazon is selling it so expensive!} 


  Studies show that Triclosan can disrupt normal Thyroid and hormonal function, cause birth defects, and antibiotic resistance.  Studies also prove that Triclosan is easily absorbed into the body; it is found in breast milk of every 3 out of 5 women.  {So all my pregnant friends out there, please read your ingredient labels!}


  With this basic knowledge under our belt, there’s no wonder why our society is having so many issues with conceiving and crazy mutated bacterias causing severe illnesses – And this is only one of the many chemicals we touch, eat, and breath every day.


  It’s scary to know that the FDA and EPA are aware of this chemical’s potential side effects, but still haven’t done much about it.  There are on-going tests and trials, and blah blah blah but the least we can do is take action ourselves and rid our homes of this toxic substance.


  There are many many many articles regarding Triclosan, just google and you will be amazed at the info out there.  


  Now that I have got your attention, what household items have you found that contain Triclosan?  Are you going to replace it with a Natural substitute?  Share your ideas so we can all benefit! 


   
Here is a very informative article about Triclosan.

This is a very in-depth research paper published by Tufts Medical.



{FYI: I am in no way an expert on this issue.  Please do your own research and determine what is best for you and your family}

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip {refined sugar free}

  In the middle of May Beau and I flew back to my hometown in Connecticut and visited my parents and attended a friend’s gorgeous wedding.  

  And thanks to Katie over at “Chocolate Covered Katie” I was able to make my parents this deeelicious chocolate chip cookie dough dip.  I tweaked Katie’s recipe for (No Sugar) Cookie Dough Dip to ensure that it was as sugar free as possible.
  **Drool**

  Now that’s what I call eye candy.

  I followed Katie’s recipe, but changed a few ingredients: I used 2 packets of stevia and about 1/8 cup agave for my sweetener (instead of dates), 3 tablespoons of flax meal, and chopped up some 75% Chocolate Lindt squares in place of chocolate chips.  (These squares actually have more protein and fiber, but less sugar so the carb ratio is really good for those who need to moderate their sugar levels).

  Mom and Dad, who often don’t get to enjoy sweets, loved it!  :)


  And lastly, here are a few pics of our visit home!


  Alfie, their new doggie they got at The Hotel for Dogs and Cats where I used to volunteer back in Florida.  (See my other post related to the hotel).   Alfie is such a sweetheart.  He is officially their third child.  He goes everywhere with them hehe.
  We went hiking in Bigelow Hollow and Alfie had a blast!  Not to mention I forgot how beautiful New England is in late spring…

  And last but not least a picture of the gorgeous newlyweds.

  (And me with our friends Heather and Chris’s baby- Nate!  Such an adorable baby!)

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Tulsa with the Belangers!

   Fourth of July weekend Beau, the doggies, and I made a 14 hour drive to Tulsa, Oklahoma!  We hadn’t seen his family in soooo long so it was wonderful to see them!

   We hung out in their gorgeous home, cooked amazing dinners, and explored Tulsa… even in the 107 degree heat!

One of my favorite things was visiting the Broken Arrow Zoo, a wildlife sanctuary.  Check out their website!  http://www.safariszoo.com/
Gorgeous tigers trying to keep cool! 

This is a Liger!  He was HUGE and loved eating the
frozen chicken legs we fed him :-)

Kyle and I holding alligators!

Lemurs enjoying the gummy snacks we fed them

A wolf!

Me holding a baby kangaroo!!!

Here’s a funny video of a very sly monkey who 
knew the word “cup”!

   Chris, Beau, and I also visited the Philbrook Museum of Art which was gorgeous.  There is so much old oil money in the city of Tulsa and this mansion is gorgeous to prove it!  Check out their site: http://www.philbrook.org/
   Cannot wait to hang out with Beau’s family again… hopefully soon!  Thank you for such a wonderful time  :-)   

Taxi Fam Day at Whiting Field!!!

A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity of a lifetime to taxi the plane my husband is training on! 
Since November, Beau has been learning how to fly on the Navy’s T-34 training aircraft.  (For those of you who don’t know, Beau is in the Coast Guard so don’t be confused- he’s not a Navy guy!)  Hopefully in a week he will be completely done with his airplane training and then he can start learning how to fly helicopters!! 
All geared up for my big T-34 debut with Beau!  Note the different
patches we’re both wearing… Beau couldn’t find his extra set of
patches the morning of… I’m wearing a funky combo of patches we found at home!


By this time next year, the T-34 will be phased out and the newer and faster T-6 will take its spot.  Because of safety reasons (aka the ejection seat) no one other than military personnel will be able to taxi the T-6… so I am one of the lucky last spouses who was able to taxi the T-34!
It was pretty fun!  I wore Beau’s flight suit (which was ridiculously HUGE on me!), his helmet, and gloves.  When it was my turn, I hopped into the back of the cockpit, an aviator student helped buckle me in, hooked up my helmet microphone, and then my flight instructor drove us out to the tarmac!
Posing for the camera while climbing in the cockpit!

It was super hot inside the plane… Beau said that it’s gotten as hot as 140F when he’s been inside!  Yuck!  But it was so cool to taxi it… you actual use your feet to steer the plane and brake and it’s super hard!  I did some beautiful circles while I tried to park the plane in the tarmac haha.
Me and my instructor heading out!

And it was REALLY cool to have control of the PCL (Power Control Level) which makes the plane go fast or slow.  At one point the instructor let me go quite fast! 
The flight suit was ridiculously huge…!  By the way, the planes
in the background (with all orange bellies) are the T-6 planes.

It was pretty awesome speaking to my instructor (who, no worries, had complete control over my actions…the instruments are exactly the same in the front and back cockpits!).  It felt so official to speak through the helmet mike!

I just HAD to add this picture… look closely at Beau’s VT-2 Squadron’s slogan —
errr, well the new slogan haha!  Bad body positioning…! 
 

This was a once in a lifetime experience and I wish I could do it again!  I swear I’d be better at it this time around…  :-)