Thursday, October 28, 2010

-vanity sucks

dear me,
i know you feel super ugly everyday living through the weird, stringy, undefined stages of growing out your hair but hang in there sister. there are only 2 styles that you look good in- short and long. the rest of it will make you feel like a filthy piece of bluh but you were hellbent on chopping 13 inches off last year and now you need to live with that rash decision.

you're a year in.
one more to go until you're back on that self-esteem super hair expressway.
and yes, it's ok to pull it back everyday.
and no, it's not ok to talk yourself into chopping bangs just to mix things up.
growing out your hair is the great humbler and you're somehow growing on the inside too.

i know it doesn't help to have pure silver regrowth but it's just an "illusion" of female pattern baldness- not the real deal. and what's so bad about having to retouch your roots every TWO AND A HALF WEEKS? i'm sure lot's of girls would love to endure that chemical high bi-weekly too. (brain cells are so early 2000's anyways).

now remember me, looking at pictures like the one posted below will only cause you more pain. yes, we loooove short hair. but we looooove long hair better. and so does our husband. (not sure why i just started speaking to myself in plural). so resist heather. resist and resist.


ps- if the length of my hair really effects my mood so dramatically, does this make me a boring person?

with fellow hair grower outer- audrey

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

-i want a little girl very badly

i'm just not quite ready to be pregnant again.
this sweet little pickle made me cry.
why am i always crying these days?
i promise i'm not pregnant- i'm just really loving my little models lately.

Little Bailey from heather Lewis on Vimeo.

song from the Baby Mine soundtrack available at Deseret Book.

-the are hunters

and there's even a special appearance by yours truly at the end!

The Hunters from heather Lewis on Vimeo.

song is click click click click by bishop allen

-for the rrrrrecord (with a trilled r)

i'm cleansed.
freed from blech.
this may be the most annoying post ever but it's my blog and i want this documented.
in the end of August my neighbor Audrey asked me if i'd like to join her for a little detox program. i've never done anything like that before so i said yes. little did i know what i was signing up for. the next day she took me to whole foods, handed me a little book to read with the important pages dog eared and wished me luck. that next day- a saturday- i started the Fast Track Detox Diet as outlined by Ann Louise Gittleman in her book by the same name.

i kept track of everything over the next 12 days including my emotions and physical progression by writing it all down on a giant poster board taped to my fridge. i finally took it down last week but didn't have the heart to throw it away until i made permanent note of my journey. this is what i did (note- all produce was organic, the meat was organic/cage free/ free range/grass fed and the eggs were cage free):

day 1. brussel sprouts, beet greens, oj, garlic, onions, celery, beets, dandelion root tea (drt), pear, strawberries, salmon and turkey bacon. i was busy with a photo shoot so i didn't feel hungry and i even took my own tea and sweetener to the restaurant that night for dinner.

day 2. cauliflower, broccoli, kale, oj, onions, eggs, celery, drt, carrot, pear, turkey bacon and salmon. i had the WORST headache probably due to caffeine withdrawal. leaving church early to take an hour nap helped a lot. i had this weird super runny nose all day too.

day 3. brussel sprouts, kale, beet greens, oj, lemon, eggs, onions, a VERY dirty artichoke, carrot, strawberries, sliced turkey, chicken breast and turkey bacon. i started thinking more clearly about some of my root personal issues now that i didn't have food as a distraction.

day 4. broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, parsley, oj, lemon, eggs, onions, beets, asparagus, apple, carrot, pear, beef, turkey bacon and chicken breast. i finally pooped for the first time since day 1 and felt surges of energy all day. i got unusually excited about going grocery shopping.

day 5. broccoli, cauliflower, cilantro, oj, lemon, onions, garlic, eggs, artichoke, beets, strawberries, apple, turk bacon and beef. i was DYING for flavor. i snuck a handful of salted almonds and almost died with how good they tasted. i actually spit them out because i wanted to make it through this whole program without cheating. i was very physically weak today.

day 6. cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, chard, parsley, romaine lettuce, an orange, egg, garlic, beets, zucchini, tomatoes, squash, carrots, apple, flaxseed, turk bacon and chicken. i had much more energy and absolutely no headache. i felt tired only towards the end of the day when i should feel tired and i noticed that the eczema on my hands was dramatically clearing up. i also started noticing an extremely bad chemical taste in my mouth.

day 7. cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, parsley, oj, egg, onions, drt, flax seed, apple, raspberries, turkey burger and turkey bacon. i felt great!! the gross saliva taste got stronger.

day 8. detox day- drank the detox juice all day long. did not feel hungry until around 5pm.

day 9. cabbage, cilantro, oj, lemon, lime, eggs, onion, drt, celery, strawberries, flax seed, carrot, turk bacon, beef, chicken and yogurt.

day 10. cabbage, cilantro, chard, oj, lim, onion, daikon radish, garlic, artichoke, blueberries, carrot, flax seed, turkey burger, turkey bacon and yogurt.

day 11. cabbage, cilantro, oj, lemon, onion garlic, asparagus, eggs, green onion, turk bacon, chicken and yogurt. finally allowed myself some treats: goji berries, almonds, craisens, quinoa, figs and dried apricots.

day 12. i didn't keep record because i was sick of keeping record but i did stick to the plan.

results: this detox with intense work outs 4 days a week with my personal trainer- vin vallejo- put me in the best shape of my life. my skin is clear, my eye sight has improved, i'm in a better mood, i sleep more soundly at night and wake up refreshed, i'm not tired during the days, I HAVE NO HEADACHES, i feel more creative, my stomach feels and looks flatter, i don't feel bloated, i don't experience pms or menstrual cramping, i have several bm's throughout the day, i'm rarely hungry and i feel FREE.

moving forward: i am maintaining a diet rich in liver loving organic produce as well as eating healthy and lean meats and now i'm gluten and casein free as well. it was an extreme change to my lifestyle but i'm 2 months in and feel like a completely different person. obviously i've lost my sense of humor too as i've not made a single joke through this entire post.

it all started with a simple suggestion from a good friend and a really smart book- and i feel like a better heather.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

-arizona lewis by the hand of molly hunter

i finally got to take pictures of the hunters this weekend and i came out the winner!
molly drew this picture of me taking their picture.
it makes me cry because i love it so much.
and because she made the little "r" backwards in my name.
what a sugartootle.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

-click, click, click

it wasn't 90 degrees today.
i'm starting to fall back in like with arizona.
our relationship is on the mend- and with the forecasted thunderstorms coming tomorrow, we may be getting back together again.
because cooler weather makes for a happier, less sweaty, better animal sound making photographer.
which is better for business.
i'll post the videos on my photo blog soon.
but not before i finish playing with the lightening mcqueen carwash we scored at target today.
ps- brandon told me that i buy toys for myself more than for the boys.
pps- he's totes right.

Friday, October 15, 2010


let's make a list of ways you'll know i'm mad at you if you're my spouse:
1. i'll wear my sock monkey pj's to bed
2. i'll rent barbara steisand movies to watch. alone. in bed. wearing previously mentioned jammers.
3. i'll cook only 2 (rather than the usual 3) options every meal. so you can either have mac and cheese with the boys or some of my swiss chard and stewed tomato soup.
4. i'll stop sending you "fun" MMS texts during the day.
5. i'll pick up a book from another tween series borrowed from my 8th grade babysitter in the middle of our conversations.
6. i'll eat the rest of the brownies.
7. i'll send the boys in to tickle you when you fail to respond to your alarm clock for an hour straight.
8. i'll blog about stupid lists like this

good thing i think you're the cutest thing on the planet.
cuteness gets you very far in this house.

-visual wonderland

this is living.
the imagery is so spectacular i had goosebumps and tears the entire 7:14.
i want in.

Send it sistah ! from s├ębastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

-to lu hale- my blogging besty

quick. take a look. i'm not going to leave this up forever.
i didn't post the messy rooms. :)
my mother in law told someone i have way too much furniture.
she's probably right.
but thanks for the comment anyways.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

-month 10

we love october.
decorating the house, brooks's birthday, halloween books from the library, pumpkin flavored everything and the brisk 98 degree weather.

oh yeah-
and grandma mccain sent some SWEET spooktastic pillow cases!
(come on everybody! grab your new pillows and come pose for a picture for my blog.
seriously heather? you don't have anything else to write about?
i'm FREAKING stressed out right now and if you don't sit down and smile i swear i'm going to have a melt down right now and you'll have to pick up the pieces.
boys- let's smile for mom's camera.)

ps- watching the boys eat on divided trays with candles and chubby crossed feet is my new favorite part of the day.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

- bawling my face off!

soooo much has been happening in these parts but i'm not going to talk about it in fear of jinxing it.
i still hold to my 7 year old "jinx avoidance" practices.
i'm taking a lot of pictures. i just keep running out of time to post them.
but i had to post these of the wilde girls' baptism.
i love little girls.
don't get confused when you see several sets of parents with each girl.
it's just them with their godparents.
i have had to explain this to brandon every time he watches it. and he even knows the parents very well.

Untitled from heather Lewis on Vimeo.

music "my darling" by ryan tanner.

ps- don't worry meghan. the images aren't this blurry. vimeo messed with their quality.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

-fall fashion 2010

it was rainy today and that just put me in the mood.
this summer i've been collecting separates for my fall wardrobe.
i've studied rachel bilson, folded pages in instyle, elle, glamour and vogue and frequented the fine malls of maricopa county.
i looked for the nautical inspired, the classic olive cargo, the studded camel wedges and of course- the skinny jeans. i was on a reallllllly tight budget but with a little creativity, research and some patience- i think i got everything.
here's a preview of what i've come up with:

fall fashion 2010 from heather Lewis on Vimeo.

music by MIA- provided by my music sensai audrey h. call.

all of my clothes and shoes were found at XXI, H&M, Last Chance, JCPenney, Aldo and a belt from Anthropologie. (and that black blazer was $19.99 at walmart).

Sunday, October 3, 2010

-this one's for daddy, gma and gpa mccain, steve and phoebs

brooks is in preschool this year.
jewish preschool.
it just so happens to be the closest and greatest school in the area.
and i feel every child benefits from making their own shofar, torrah and sukkah before the age of 4.
my mormon baby is learning hebrew but thinks it's all spanish jibberish.
lew and i laugh our gentile heads off when the boys dance around the kitchen singing
"shabbot shabbot hey! shabbot shalom hey!"

speaking of dancing boys-
these 2 are the pride and joy of our life.
they are also the biggest time and soul suckers on the planet.
hello heather.
are you still in there?

who cares anyways right?
this is my life.
and what a blessed one it is.
mazel tov!