I hope you will follow in our adventure and enjoy the ride!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, so I keep reminding myself this quote! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I didn't, but I thought about it.

Yep... this morning we were running a few minutes late to get Madison off to school. Seems she likes to forget until literally the last stinkin minute that it is Wacky Wednesday today at school. Well, at least she remembered before we were in  the car or already at school like past spirit days. LOL. So we quickly find her something mismatched and kooky to wear,  throw on an unmatching barrette and headband to  go with not go with said outfit, and head out. Regardless, she looked the part (and cute as always in my humble opinion, but no picture to share b/c we were running late, remember?)

Wouldn't ya just know it that because we are already running late a lady flags me down and I roll down my window and she tells me her car stalled and can I "please give her a jump so she can get her daughter to school". UGGGGHHHHHHH I am already running late lady!!!! (yes, sadly this is what went through my head). I can't even blame it on anything else except selfishness because she really was non threatening in every way and I could see her daughter sitting in the backseat. Sooo, I turn my car around to face hers, pop the hood, we hook up the cables and it literally starts right up. TWO stinkin lousy minutes of my morning to help someone in need and I was in a huff over it? Really? Reality check for me. I mean, wouldn't I hope that someone would stop and help me if I was taking Madison to school and my car stalled? The answer is yes.

 My lesson from all this is simple. God had different plans for me. It was open your heart and do what he would do for anyone of us, (and then feel like a total jerk for letting those thoughts of saying "No" so that I could get my kid to school on time escape from my brain).  I am glad that I did it, even if for no other reason than guilt. If I could go back I would wipe those ridiculous "No" thoughts from my head and start over with a happy more positive attitude/outlook. Plus, Madison told me after we were done and driving to school that she wasn't worried about being late because "it was the right thing to do, mom". *sigh* Yeah, it was.. even my 8 year old knew that (which must mean I am doing something right, right?).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Last park adventure

Where did our warm weather go? I know it is only March but that week or so of awesome weather had me feeling spoiled. Don't get me wrong.. I love spending time in my robe (doing just that right now! ha!) but we had such an amazing kite flying kinda day at the park last week that I am itching for more of it. Bring Spring back, and take this brrrrr cold outta here please. I said, Please. :)

Stay cozy! Signing off for more hot java. mmmmm.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sooo Uhhmazing

I was surfing websites and blogs and the like yesterday (like I usually do) and I came across a recipe for a DIY sugar scrub. I have seen it before and made a mental note that I wanted to give it a go, but naturally it fell by the way side and never happened. Well, I didn't procrastinate this time and I made it. SO very glad that I did. My face and hands are feeling super soft right now! I may wash my hands as much as a fat kid loves cake, jus sayin. As a result, they get pretty rough and not so soft scaly, so this is a welcome change! Ok, without furtherado you MUST give it a whirl!
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda (just makes it less gritty.. use more or less.. to ur liking!)
  • 1/2 Cup Oil of your choice (I used Olive oil).
  • dash of vanilla or lemon juice (if you want it scented a bit, i used the lemon juice.)
  • oh and a container to put it in :)

you may or may not need to add a dash more of this or that to get the right consistency for you.

Anyway, like I said, give it a try. It's super cheap and oh so soft!

P.S. If you don't want to make as much you can cut recipe in half or thirds or whatever to give it a try.

I have found a few other simple DIY homemade recipes for stuff that I plan to try too. Will keep ya posted! :)

You gonna make some!?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just thought I'd share

We are getting ready to head outside to play shortly, but in the morning, I must first feed my addictions: coffee, check email, websites and blogs!  I generally check them each morning (or every other) to see if I can get a good "steal", have any exciting news, or just b/c lets face it.. I'm nosy! HA! I also should mention that I haven't ordered in awhile & I am not a shopping addict (just like to see the possibilities!) but the things I have ordered have always been great and come in a relatively fast fashion! Thought I would share them with you in case you are looking for a good site with good deals yourself! ;)

this one  (check out this deal! wish i could order one today but it has to wait!! Boohoo.)
this one (cute!)
this one (they have deals for babies & mommas, diff each day!)
this one (this is one of my faves)
and lastly (someday i wanna do an overnite b&b w/ hubs!)

Enjoy!! You're welcome!! lol.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think and also feel free to leave some sites you check and think I might love. I always welcome a new addiction!! ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Educating the people one post at a time!

Just a short post from me today but I wanted to share this b/c it is something more people need to understand. I read this blog  (which is great by the way!! and you need to PLEASE take the time to read it.)  I cannot even begin to tell you how much this resonates with me. This is almost exactly how my pregnancy goes! I however am hospitalized several times for IV fluids as I become super dehydrated and my hubby graciously scoops me up and carries me to the car (no joke). It is SO unbelievably comforting to know how many other women out there experience it and that I am not alone in this crazy sickness. Oh, and one last thing before I go.. if you encounter someone who has this PLEASE for the love of all things good do NOT say "try crackers in bed before you get out of bed in the morning", "just force yourself to feel better and you will", "sip Gatorade".. or the like because when she does finally have the energy to dislike you.. she will!! :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Paddy's day fun

Hello there! I hope you had a wonderful weekend sans hangover ;) I know I did. Did you all enjoy your St Paddy's day? Ours was a typical day.. only with a little bit of added fun. We had green pancakes and green milk for  breakfast mmmmmm (but in all the excitement I forgot to take pictures). Kids thought it was a real hoot. Yay! Kiddos (& myself) dressed for the occassion.. ok well I only wore a green cardigan but still. Haha. They sure were cute though!

 I sure love my little leprechauns!! Already trying to think of some fun ways to celebrate next year! :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I am simple. I am me.

That title about hits the nail on the head. I am simple. It's just me. I don't get over joyed about much. I am a realist.. too much so sometimes. Like.. I need to learn to get excited about things realist. I don't know where it came from or when it started but I just don't do excited.. if that makes sense. It does to me. I try to.. I can smile and say that I am but to actually feel it.. whole nother ball game. A ball game I just don't attend in my mind. Kinda sucks.. sounds depressing right? Don't get me wrong, I love my life, I love my family but I just don't do happy dances and fluttery "I can't wait" excitedness. For example: We are going on a vacation (our first big vaca as a family actually) and we are going with two other families (cousins) and I am reallly looking forward to it but instead of getting excited about the fun we will have I instead focus on the worries I have. Like.. 11 hours in a car with two kiddos who ask "are we there yet" and "how much longer" when we are heading out to the mall.. 15 minutes away!! To say I am skeptical is an understatement. I am diligently praying that it will be successful. What are wrong with kids today? lol. I mean when I was a little girl we used to take trips to Tennessee to see my aunt on my moms side and we would go to Illinois for Easter to see my dads side of the family and I loved going on vacation. It was an adventure with an exciting place to go and fun things to do. WAAAAAY more fun than the usualness of being at home. I am hoping that my kids will get that and that they will get along on the long trip. Anyway, long example. Redirecting....

It's going to be super duper (is duper a word? haha) beautiful out again today. I love me some 70-something weather. I would totally dig it year round fo shizzle. ;) I am ready to throw on some jeans and a tee and spend the day enjoying the warmth, basking in the beautiful outdoors with the family, and shooting some mini hoops w/ the little guy here in a few minutes.

Enjoy your day and do something warm today.. you know like sip iced tea outside while the kids play or take a good old fashioned bike ride (walk) or better yet BBQ.. mmmmmm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Warm days warm my heart

Ohhh my is today going to be a nice day for March! I mean 70 degrees in March? Really? I do not recall this month ever being this warm.. course my memory isnt what it used to be, lol. Anyway, moving along.. yesterday was a beautiful day as well.. 62 degrees-ish I do believe. It sure did warm my heart! I played out in our florida room with James while I drank my morning coffee. It was so blissful watching him play with the kitchen set and entertain himself. We did a puzzle together and it quickly reminded me how fast my sweet boy is growing up. I mean my daugher was his age yesterday and now she is going to be 9. NINE!? Yeah! That's a blog for another day. Where were we? Oh yes, that enjoyable florida room play w/ little man. Uh-mazing way to start off my morning and a dose of goodness to my soul. It only got better from there. We took a nice leisurely stroll (bike ride for little man) corner to corner and then had an easy pizza lunch. After my sweet bird (thats what we lovingly call her) got home from school, we all got in some more exercise going around the block together (them again on bike & hubby & I hand in hand.. just the way I like it!) We grilled some steaks, cut them into strips and I sauteed some green&yellow peppers & onions and made some rice and then we rolled it up into wraps fajita style. Freaking delish! Hubby & I watched the kids play together awhile before deciding we needed to take a drive, windows down soaking in that fabulous air, and get ourselves a coffee from good old Tim Hortons. I seriously think they need to open one on my street corner..just sayin. So, yesterday being such a nice relaxing day I am welcoming today with open arms and looking forward to the warm day & if all goes well.. a warm heart again! :) Enjoy your day & I hope it finds you in good spirits and warms your heart!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Headaches & handling a household

Most days being a mom (and wife)  is a lot of work. I know I get to stay at home, which is amazing in and of itself, don't get me wrong, but it isn't just staying at home like some people seem to imply. It is a tough job on a good day. On a bad day, *insert headache & congestion here* it's even tougher! Even when I try to let things go for a little while (an afternoon or God forbid an evening too) they just pile up. More dishes to catch up on, more laundry to sort & wash, more dog hair to vacuum up, etc. You get it I'm sure. However, there are those other things like making breakfast for the kids (they think they need to eat everyday, geesh! ;) , carting one off to school by 7:50 before the bell rings, feeding & letting out the dog AND momma needs her coffee people...necessity.. and the list goes on.

Sometimes I get tired & cranky & feel unappreciated. Mom isn't allowed to get or feel sick. It just isn't possible. Who is going to keep things running smoothly if mom isn't at her best? It's days like these that I wish we had a pause button. You know, so mom's could rest, rejuvenate and feel ready to tackle the daunting tasks of life. It's a never ending job, but even as tough as it gets, (headache and all) it is a job I couldn't be more thankful to have. It is that exact thing, thankfulness, that I have to remind myself of on a regular basis. I know that there are some people who are not as lucky and that have it far far worse. I think I'll take my headache, suck it up and get my things done without complaining today (well outloud anyway haha).

Remember moms, we may feel underappreciated for our efforts a lot of the time, but those smiles, cuddles, hugs & laughter always find a way to soften the blow. Keep reminding yourself that thankfulness is a powerful thing!