Friday, August 29, 2014

Get the weekend started

Before I start my day of editing pictures, preparing supper, prepping food for me to eat this weekend, packing up for the weekend (Heading to my moms!) and oh yeah, showering..... I thought I would write this blog post!

We have a some what busy weekend I would say. Today will be normal for me with editing pictures. Cain is at Parkview working his 12 hour shift. And tonight Sam, our cousin is coming over to spend the night, because tomorrow the boys are heading to South Bend for a Notre Dame game!

Last week Sam asked Cain if he would go with him tomorrow to the game. I was first upset that I couldn't go because I will be photographing the Montpelier Queen Contest tomorrow. But then I was alright knowing it was Sam asking. Anyone else I would have been still upset ;)

But I don't mind one bit that Cain gets to go with not only Sam but his brother too! It all worked out and I hope they have a great day. And go Irish!

When Cain started at Parkview I was so excited because well, he had a great job. AND I could bake treats for the nurses on the floor he works on. I am always looking for someone to bake treats for, not counting Cain of course haha. I bake for him enough :p

Today they got this "No-bake Pecan Pie Bars"


I haven't heard yet if they like them or not, but Cain said they were amazing so I will trust him!

You can fine the recipe here > No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars

I wanted to also share these photos from last week with Graci. I'm always a week behind when sharing photos but I think she is just so beautiful I have to share even if it's a week later....












It's easy to see just as sweet and fun she is.

Well I need to get things started, wishing everyone a happy weekend!

Mrs. Grogg



Monday, August 25, 2014

Why we eat Organic


Why organic?

Here is why, straight to the point no long story. (well maybe a little!)

Non organic food means it has GMO's (Genetically modified organism) The word "Modified" means (From Dictionary.com) "To change the form of qualities of; alter partially; amend:"

Hasn't our food always had GMO's?

No. It first came into our stores in the year 1994. And since then there has been more people facing food allergies, weight gain, health troubles even infertility.

Where are the GMO's?

More then 85 percent of corn and soy crops grown in the United States come from seeds whose DNA has been rejiggered. So look on the back of the boxed food or canned drink in your home and you'll find it.

Certified organic foods leave out GMO's along with pesticides and leave you with actual real food.

Why eat food that is modified, altered or change in quality?

It's cheaper, sorta. You see farmers who grow organic foods have to go through more trouble and money to get their food in stores then non organic companies.

I said sorta because yes it might be cheaper now to buy food that has pesticides or sugar that is causing cancer....  but one day you'll have to pay more in health care cost because of those choices. So pay the farmer now or the doctor later... it's your choice in the end.

So why do we eat Organic foods?

I think I've pretty much answered it already. But here is why.

August 2009

I don't want to be sick anymore. I may not have looked, acted or felt sick the years I was eating Taco Bell every day (Yes, everyday!) But inside my body was suffering. And down the road if I would have kept up, I know it would have affected me.

We want to live full lives. Not half of it. Because eating junk food doesn't mean you're "Living it up" because You Only Live Once.... (That's sad to hear) Cain says YOLO is Carpe Diem (Seize the day) for douche bags haha. Because it actually means you are putting yourself at risk for heart, liver, and digestive problems. And the older you get the more it will become aware of what's really happening to your insides and it will start showing on the outside through pain, headaches and weight gain.

I decided to eat Organic foods not just for myself but for my future kids. Just as I decided not to drink alcohol or smoke when I was just a teenager.  I wanted a healthy, pure lifestyle for my children and that's where it started... and then overtime I realized that I wanted to add a little more to a healthy lifestyle by what I was eating to what I was putting on my body.

Everyday I learn something new that is harmful to me. And I still am not perfect and mess up a lot. But what I want to get out of this is to see my children not suffer from allergies caused by processed foods and to have energy for playing sports, be able to focus while doing school and to live a fulfilling life.

Those things I listed can happen for my future sweet babies, by what I decide to feed them. Now when they are old enough to make their own food choices I hope I can show them what's best by teaching them,  but it's on them in the end. Just like it's on you, now.

We aren't perfect like I've already said. We make adjustments here and there to make it easier on our family and friends. But there is only so much I will give in too.

Have you heard or seen this pictures before?


What it means is what we are eating today, fast foods, GMO's and processed foods is shaping us into what we will be in the future.

Now I have said all that to say... I never have and will never judge or think less of you if you don't buy organic food or even make healthier options just in general. I love my family and close friends and they know where my husband and I stand when it comes to our food choices. They have made adjustments for us and we are so thankful for that.

What we would love to see one day is our families thrive off real food and see how awesome it is to say no to processed food... not because you "Can't" eat it... but because you "won't" eat it. There is a difference and I've learned to love that.

How do we afford Organic food you might ask? I will be sharing that in the next couple of weeks.

We are a very young, newly wed couple who have to make hard choices when it comes to where to spend the little money we work hard for. Priority comes into play when we divide what we make into a budget.

If I can help just a little bit on how to make healthier choices, it means the world to me.

So just be aware, be smart and be healthy.

Mrs. Grogg







Saturday, August 23, 2014

End of summer | Session recap

I've been such a busy bee these last couple of weeks. With summer ending I'm trying to spend time with my hubby while he is still on summer break, yet still have to keep up with work and everything life brings!

So I thought I would recap some of my favorite photos from the last few sessions I've had! Here are just a few of my favorites...



























Monday, August 18, 2014

Pear to pick

This past weekend was drill weekend for Cain. I normally try to find something for myself to do these weekends.

And normally it's work I do, because that keeps me most busy. I did work a lot this past weekend. I am trying out a new project for my photography business so Friday night and Sunday morning was spent working on that! It was fun... but it did make me work a bit more than I'm used too!

I had a family session Saturday night, but I was wanting something to do for the morning/afternoon of Saturday. So I asked if Graci would want to spend the day with me and Nova. It ended up being one of the best days spent laughing and talking together. We spend many hours jumping on the trampoline , listening to Frozen music and playing with the cats and nova.


She brings so much joy to a house it's sometimes overwhelming just how much happiness we all get when Graci is around! She loves picking vegetables from my dad's garden and when the time is right,  apples and pears from the trees we have at my parents home.

She gets so excited when she sees that there is a apple or pear to pick.



Holding the fruit up with her dress...















Summer days like these should never end! Graci has been a friend to me for so many years. I needed that relaxing carefree Saturday... so thanks Graci for spending it with me, and of course nova too :)

Cain is home from drill and already back working at the hospital today. With school just around the corner for him I am starting to realize our summer is coming to a end.

It was one amazing summer though. A wedding, honeymoon, Nashville, florida, Chicago... We did a lot! I think I can speak for Cain when saying we both had the best summer and could not be more thankful for the safe travels we had. It being the first summer as a married couple I would say I hope every summer is like the one we had.

We are excited about this coming fall season though. We have some things we are already looking forward too :)

Mrs. Grogg

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