Friday, December 14, 2012

Someone you MUST meet.

This past week, I met the most remarkable and sweet woman. 
Her name is Hanna and she is one of those rare people who does kind things for people, just because. 
I was blown away by Hanna's wonderful outlook on life, positive attitude & also her amazing weight-loss journey!! You simply must meet her.....

HI THERE!!!!!!! 

I'm Hanna!!!! 
I blog over at bouffe e bambini and I am so excited to be here with you today guest blogging for Lauren!!!

THIS IS ME!!!!! 
I'm going  to do my best not to be too much of a chatter box but let's face it,

 I TOTALLY am!!!

I love my life and I try very hard to be humble and grateful every single day for the little things!!!

F*U*N Outfits 
AND Healthy Pregnancies!!!!!!

I guess I should probably tell you a little bit about myself, huh?

I am the mother to a 3 year old named Milton, a very spirited 22 month old named Ginger and am currently 7 months pregnant with my third baby (most recent pic above)!!!!! 

I am a full time critial care nurse and have been for 5 years, before that I was a waitress for 12 years. 

This is my husband and I!!!

He is the most wonderful man in the entire world, TO ME that is! 

We've know each other for 17 years, been dating for 10 and married for 5 and I'm not even sick of him yet!!!!

Till Death Do Us Part.
We couldn't be more opposite. I am a type A personality ALL.THE.WAY. and my husband......well, not so much!!! 

He's actually a very accomplished musician. We have a music studio in our house that records and teaches out of. He also works for the world famous Santa Fe Opera and a prestigious School for the arts! 

Here he is doing what he does best
This is my beautiful Family!!!!! Chowing down at a crawfish boil. It doesn't get any better than that folks! My husband was born and raised in New Orleans and we lived there together for a number of years until hurricane Katrina took us for all we had, house and belongings included. But, we love that city and go back often to visit! 

So, I also LO*V*E......L*O*V*E.......L*O*V*E to cook and bake!!!! My hubby is also a chef so as you can imagine we are a little food snobby. 

I only give my children organic dairy and meat and try to give them organic fruits and veggies as much as we can afford. 

My husband and I believe in staying home with our children until they are old enough to go out on their own and for us that means pre-K or Kindergarten so until then our budget is VERY tight as one of us is always home. 

We are a one car family. We don't have cell phones or cable TV. No we're not Amish just slightly CRAZY!!! 

Back to my point, I COOK  A LOT!!!!!!

One of my all time favorite splurge foods in Nutella. I am terrible and I eat it straight out of the jar so I decided one day that I had better learn to make it myself, cheaper and healthier.
 It came out AMAZING!!!!  In fact I have to be careful because every time I make it I eat all 5 jars in a week. AHHHHHHHH

Find the recipe for Home made Nutella {HERE}
I am also a CARB and pasta L*O*V*E*R!!!!! I am Italian and there is just no denying it. I love the stuff!
So, I thought I would share one of my all time favorite's, gnocchi!!! 

Potato+Pasta=eternal love!!!! 

Get the homemade gnocchi recipe {HERE}
Okay, okay enough horsing around.

I have not always been a size 4. 

In fact I used to be a size 22. Yup I weighed in at a whopping 235 pounds!!! 


I wasn't obese my entire life but after I had 2 babies back to back that's what happened to me!

I was MISERABLE to say the least!! 

I am a fashionista. I love my skinnies and my heels and there was NO WAY I was going to continue to live that way. SO I lost it all plus more. I started running and training for marathons and in my thirties I now feel better than I did when I was 18. 

Read my weight loss story {HERE} and read about my first half marathon {HERE}
I promise I'm telling the truth, just look!!!!!!
Okay........enough is enough........ I told you I was going to be a chatter box! 

So sorry!!!

 It was so lovely meeting all you lovely readers. I am very friendly and love new readers. I post a lot and always have TONS going on in my life so come see me anytime you want. 

I will welcome you with open arms!!!! And Lauren, I already adore you, your family and your blog so C*H*E*E*R*S to that my new friend!!!!!!
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Thanks Hanna!! I extended my giveaway for one more day so that your readers could join in if they want to. Find it Here.


  1. Thanks so much for having me Lauren!!!! You are so super sweet and I am so glad we became friends:) Have a beautiful and blessed day my friend!!!!

    xoxoxxo Hanna

  2. Hanna-

    Your story is amazing and so inspirational!

    I have to know, where'd you get the scarf with those 2 big buttons??!? I LOVE IT!!!


  3. Wow! What an amazing woman!


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