Sickness Prevention

Hey guys!

How is everyone doing? I must say I’m doing pretty darn good today, but yesterday not so much. Yesterday, I felt like I was getting sick. My body just felt weak and achy all over and my sinuses were throbbing. But, I was absolutely determined not to get sick. With plans to head to Colorado this weekend there was no room for illness on the agenda.

A few things I did to prevent sickness:

  • Took vitamin C
  • Took Echinacea vitamins
  • Drank lots of water
  • Drank orange juice
  • Drank green tea
  • Got plenty of rest


Not sure what did the trick, but by this afternoon I was feeling great!I honestly rarely get sick, some people might think I’m crazy for saying this but I attribute my non sickness to the fact that I am not a germa-phobe and  that I don’t use hand sanitizer. I believe that because I allow myself to be exposed to some bacteria it strengthens my immune system so that it can better fight against sickness.

It’s not totally related, but I also never get any sort of vaccinations or shots. I actually find it sort of ironic that never in my life have I had a flu shot and never in my life have I had the flu (fingers crossed!).

What do you do to prevent yourself from getting sick?

By the way, I do not think that hand sanitizer, shots, or vaccinations are all-together bad or anything. But, for me personally, because my body is strong and healthy, I don’t think they are necessary.

As a side not, I have decided to only do a full out Thankful Thursday post on the first Thursday of every month and just mention little things I am thankful for on the other Thursday’s.

Today I am thankful for having a 4 1/2 day weekend and for feeling better!

Have a good weekend everyone!

~Ann Claire

Thankful Thursday #2

Hey Guys!

First, I want to thank you all for your super sweet comments on my last two post. I loved hearing what y’all are thankful for on Thursday and I can’t even tell you how much I loved reading the comments on my last post. I was a bit nervous about posting it, but you guys made me realize that the nerves were totally unnecessary. Thank you for being respectful and taking your time to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject of animal consumption. Even those of you who do not necessarily agree with me were still very  supportive and encouraging. That is definitely something I am Thankful for! However, that is not what I’ll be focusing on in this 2nd installment of Thankful Thursday.

Before I begin, I just want to let y’all know that you are more than welcome to do a Thankful Thursday themed post on your own blog. How cool would it be to see Thankful Thursday’s popping up all over the place?

Anyway, after talking about Mom last week I really wanted to discuss how thankful I am for my Dad. However after spending way to much time unsuccessfully trying to upload pictures of my Dad and I, I’ve decided Dandy Daddy is going to have to wait until next week because I don’t want to post a sub par post about him.

Today, I am thankful for having a warm bed to sleep in.

It may sound cliché, but this past week it has been pretty chilly and I’ve complained about being cold when I walk from my car into school or take my dog out. Umm spoiled brat much? I whine about being outside in the cold for 2 minutes, what about those who never are out of the cold? Having a warm place to stay is certainly not something I should take for granted. I am very thankful for that today!

What is one thing you are thankful for today? It can be anything, big or little, doesn’t matter!

~Ann Claire

Human Rights vs. Animal Rights: Why I’m Ethically Okay With Eating Meat


I’m hesitant to post this because I know it may be a bit controversial and many of you will not agree with me. So, before I start, let’s make a respect compact. You are more than welcome to disagree with me and express your own opinion, just please do it in a respectful manner. I will try to do the same. Sound good?

My opinion on the subject of consuming animals products is one that is rarely expressed so I though I would share it with you all. It seems like some (not all though of course) people who don’t consume animal products assume that omnivores consume animal products because:

A) They are unaware of how horribly animals are treated in factories

B) They choose to ignore the unethical treatment of animals in factories

C) They think that meat is a vital part of the human diet

D) They are horrible evil meanies

Well, I actually don’t fit any of the above criteria. I am pretty aware of the unethical treatment of animals in factory production and it is not something I ignore. Also, I do not believe that animal product consumption is necessary for a human to have a healthy diet. And I like to think that I don’t fit D.

So, why do I eat meat and not feel guilty doing so? Well, it all steams from my belief that humans are superior to animals. Soul, will, intellect, ability to truly love, inherent dignity; these are things humans possess that animals do not. Hence, it breaks my heart that when someone is found guilty of abusing an animal it makes national news, yet millions of children are abused daily and no one seems to give much thought to it. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do not think it is okay to abuse animals. However, what upsets me is that our society gets so caught up in animal rights and ethical treatment of animals that we seemingly let ethical treatment of people fall to the wayside and don’t bother worrying about human rights.

  • an average of 5 children die daily due to abuse and neglect
  • over 1 million babies are killed in the U.S. each year through abortion
  • an estimated 18,000 children starve to death daily

I am not telling you the above statistics to upset you or make you sad. I’m telling you because I find them heartbreaking. How come these types of statistics never make the news? Sometimes it feels to me like our society has forgotten about the human person because it’s not “cool” to help people, but helping animals, now that is trendy. Of course, I know that I am over generalizing and making assumptions, plenty of people who help animals work even harder to help people.

I think it is important that we preserve a culture of life in the 21st century, when a culture of death is upon us.

The promotion of the culture of life should be the highest priority in our societies…If the right to life is not defended decisively as a condition for all other rights of the person, all other references to human rights remain deceitful and illusory.” Pope John Paul II

I am completely 100% for preserving a culture of life, but I firmly believe in first and foremost focusing on the preservation of human life. I choose to focus my full efforts on humans, on ending malnutrition, ending the killing of babies because they are unwanted, and ending the killing of the elderly because they are no longer productive members of society. 


 I’m not sure if that totally answers the why I eat meat question, but to put it simply, I eat meat because I value humans, human life, and human rights much more than I do that of animals.

 Please do not take this post the wrong way. I think that many vegan and vegetarians are some of the kindest, sweetest, most full-hearted people ever. I admire their dedication and convictions, regardless of the reason for going veg. I just wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on the subject with all you and get my point of view out there.

 I welcome disagreement and confrontation in the comment section, however please be respectful. If you have any questions/concerns (about this post or anything) please feel free to email me at

What is your opinion on animal consumption? Am I overreacting about the whole “forgetting human rights thing?”

Enjoy your week and check back soon for a lighter and more upbeat post.


Ann Claire

Thankful Thursday

I’ve decided to start having Thankful Thursday here on my blog. I’m doing this for a couple different reasons….

1. I’m a sucker for all things alliterative. The double letter alliteration just makes me so darn happy (the only literary device I like more are puns; I LOVE puns)

2. It is always good to call to mind our blessings and thank God for all the wonderful things he has bestowed up on us.

Each week I will discuss a different thing that I am thankful for and I invite you to do the same. So, on this first installment of Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my wonderful mother who cooks me amazingly delicious and healthy meals (of course I’m thankful for her for many other reasons too, but that is what I’m focusing on today).

Often times, with school and other things, I don’t have much time to cook during the week. Fortunately, my mom is always whipping up delectable and nutritious meals. She goes through great efforts to cook  healthful foods that I will want to eat and, if she is making something with dairy, she’ll leave it out of my portion. I don’t tell her often enough, but I appreciate everything she does so, so much!

A scrumptious dinner Mommy made recently. She even plated it up all pretty because she knows I like it that way.

An exquisite sandwich she made, featuring turkey, avocado, sliced apples, all grilled to perfection on cranberry pistachio bread. It sounds a bit odd but the creamy-ness of the avocado so perfectly compliments the crunchy-ness of the apples. Even if you don’t eat meat, you should really try the  avocado + apple combo.

She also helped me make this delicious bread. Okay, let’s be honest; saying, “she helped me make it,” is totally deceptive. She did most of the work! Not wanting to wreck our mixer motor, we decided to make it by hand and mommy dearest did pretty much all the kneading. She makes homemade dough regularly so she’s pretty darn good at it.

An awesome open faced sandwhich and some fruit

And let’s not forget about this soup.

The above are just a few things I happened to snap pictures of. My mom is always making nourishing yet saporous food!

Thanks Mom!

What are you thankful for on this lovely Thursday?

Any fun puns you’d like to share?

Here is an entertaining one I read. Greengrocers earn a meager celery, come home beet and just want to read the pepper, take a leek, turnip the covers, endive into bed.

Turnip the covers? Endive into bed? Please tell me that at least made you smile :)

~Ann Claire