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    The Power of Words – How parents Can Avoid Being Their Child’s First Bullies

    I came from very abusive parents. I grew up feeling as If I were the ugly duckling but, without the happy end of becoming a beautiful swan. I struggled and still do to feel confident, to look at the mirror and not have that message that was “formatted” early in my mind similar to how computers or networking systems. I am reminded by the thoughts that say: “ you’re ridiculous”, “ you’re incapable to do anything right”, or the classic one I heard my whole life from my mother that gave birth to three girls : “xx (my youngest sister) is the most beautiful daughter I have, and then xxx (my older sister) but, you Lana, you’re not ugly”.
    I can’t control my tears every time I remember all those moments of the corrupted information that my parents input to my mind as can happen with corrupted memory on computers. I discovered too late that all of those were lies but lies were the only thing I knew as a child. I thought that I was a bad person, ugly inside and out and this was the platform that my pre-formated mind lived in for many years, trained to believe on what I heard.
    At the tender age of 12, I had my first episode of depression. I had no friends, no parents to speak to and my two sisters that were close to each other but ignored me. I was alone in my darkness and after having it instilled in my mind of my imperfection and that my mother did not love me as much she loved my sisters.
    Some people do not understand what depression is and how difficult for those of us that are depressed, and how bravely we are fighting to not feel this way. Think of depression as if you were in a deep hole, you’re struggling to reach out the surface but, no matter what you do you simply can’t get out without help from someone outside.
    I always have been a very responsible student. I woke up every morning at 6am without my mother needing to bother to come to my room and drag me out of bed. I always had good grades but, not that year. I was lost, and didn’t care about school, I didn’t bother totake a bath, brush my teeth or hair. I spent my days alone in my room. For several times I tried to speak to my parents just to be told “if you have depression then why haven’t you tried to kill yourself already?”.
    I do not blame my parents. Maybe they were just two ignorant people that without intent marked a kid’s heart forever with deep scars. I had no way out or at least I thought I hadn’t, until I met a good friend or someone that would be my best friend forever. He was a “fun kid”, he fulfilled different roles, and provided me what I needed most. He knew how to be wise and how to whisper in my ears, “you’re worthy.”

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    Our 4th of July in the City

    We started our 4th of July celebrations  early over the weekend by spending some time at the lake. Tony had four days off from work and the first two days we were too tired to go out and party. I took advantage of that and made some delicious Brazilian snacks and I am considering myself now a master chef on Empadas and Esfihas.

    Monday was an amazing day, we were too late to go to the lake and decided to take Marie to the carnival where I was able to fulfill a childhood dream along with my daughter. Hard to believe I had never ridden on a carousel before but, it’s true and it was everything I thought it would be. Of course, it was a little hard to hold Marie up on the horse but, we did good.

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    7 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Idaho

    Pocatello – Old Town Pocatello

    I wish I had posted this before but after our trip to Idaho many things happened and I completely forgot to write about it. How could I forget to post about one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in my whole life? Maybe my memory is getting worse?

    The first 2 days of our vacation we stayed in Pocatello, a small city that reminds you of a big metropolis full of those famous store chains. I did not explore it much as I wanted to. We only took a quick tour through the cute Old Town to see the charming of the 18th Century’s buildings. You can learn more about Pocatello here.

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    8 Tips and Tricks To Follow When Road Travelling With Toddler

    Traveling іѕ a fun activity for me, but for people like my husband іt’ѕ a рrеttу dаuntіng task, еѕресіаllу when you have a 22 month old baby coming along. Whеn traveling with сhіldrеn уоu nееd tо be patient and ѕhоuld knоw a few оld trісkѕ through whісh you саn keep them еntеrtаіnеd durіng thе whole trip.

    When Marie was 4 months old we went on a road trip to Montana. Marie slept most of the time and the only inconvenience I had was the huge swollen cut on my abdomen, as I had recently undergone a surgery just a month prior, removing a fibroid tumor. Our recent trip to Idaho wasn’t bad either, however she was awake during the whole three hours . Here аrе a few tips which I fоllоw whеn trаvеlіng wіth mу lіttlе оnе tо make it еаѕу and соmfоrtаblе for both оf uѕ.

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    How to Make keto Cream Cheese Crepes

    Easy to make, fast and delicious, the cream cheese crepes are for sure my favorite dish of the Keto Diet. My husband and I, tried the low carb diet for a little but, after some time, we completely lost track. As any other diet, the Keto diet is not easy or pleasurable to do. You have to be strong enough to give up on bread, cookies and noodles if you are going for the Keto, which is by the way, the hardest of the three low carb diets options.

    We decided to stick with the version of 20 g/day of carbs. Can you imagine that? It was torture, since most that you are only allowed to eat are eggs or egg based products. Maybe I just really don’t like eggs, but after two weeks we were like ” No more salad and eggs please”. The good thing is that you can eat as much sausage as you want. However, it is not easy.

    I love fruits of every type (with the exception of grapefruit). I grew up in a country full of a variety of fruits, where you won’t see here in the states. So, yes I suffered much when I found out that  my options of fruit were limited, if I wanted to keep up with my goal of 20g carbs per day.

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    An Outdoor Summer Concert

    This week was absolutely fun. Thursday we went to a concert in Ogden Amphitheater, where The Shins would play. There were two downsides to this night: in the last minute we decided to take Marie with us changing the plans of leaving her with my husband’s sister in law. Big mistake!

    Marie, as a natural explorer didn’t stay still. She always wants to see the world and say “hi” to everybody passing by. The moment she finished eating all of the snacks that I brought to the show were gone, she started to “remember” that she was tired and needed to sleep. We managed to distract her a little, so we could watch the opening band play.

    The second downside was the fact that every band thinks it’s okay to make their fans to wait for them to start playing. The concert was scheduled to start at 5pm, but didn’t make an appearance until 7:30pm. The Shins came out around 8pm and by  that time we were all too tired to stay until the end and so we left early.

    It may appear that our day sucked but, we really had lots of fun. Before going to the  Amphitheater, we decided to find a place to eat. The short walk through cute downtown of Ogden, took us to an amazing discovery.

    Everybody knows that I am very skeptical of eating in restaurants that I’m not familiar with, however this one was a very great surprise. It’ s called Warren’s Craft Burger. I am not a big fan of going out to eat hamburgers in a restaurant but, I confess it was good, very good! I got the Mello Portobello and it was so yummy! Being Brazilian, I am very picky when it comes to food, especially in regards to seasoning which is an essential part of the cooking process to create tasteful dishes. This particular hamburger had all of this, tasteful, very well seasoned and well priced. Read more

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    A Stroller Friendly Hiking Trail In Utah Every Parent Must Go With Kids

    Weekends are always bright and fun for us. The weekends are the best time to spend together, and enjoy what Utah has to offer, outdoor activities. After two years stuck at home, I am ready to finally go out and explore this beautiful world.

    In 2015, I gave birth to a beautiful little princess after a high risk pregnancy, which forced me to stay in bed most of the time. In 2016 I was taking care of a newborn, and it  was impossible to do certain activities. Baby Marie is almost two now and things are getting easier. There are still some activities or events we can’t do or go to but, at the end we were blessed with a little girl  that is full of energy, loves to go out and have fun.

    Our goal is to expose Marie to nature as much as we can and make her see the beauty of this world that God made for us. Hopefully, she will stay this way as she grows, always loving and enjoy being outside instead of playing video games, or on the internet.

    Saturday is always the most anticipated and exciting day of the week. On the weekends we feel that our week just got started as we have time for each other. We are always looking for something fun and enjoyable to do. Of course, this becomes easier in the summer, as the rigorous winter of Utah doesn’t give us many activities that can be done with a baby. Read more

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