Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

Oh Monday mornings, how I loathe you!! But weekend, glorious weekend, you were fantastic and I can't wait to see you again!

It was a really great weekend, filled with lots of new things! And although I didn't get near as much as I wanted to done, I'm over it cause sitting around and relaxing was nice.

Friday-  The boy went to baseball practice and a sleepover with his friend and the girls went to the YMCA for Parent's Night Out and my handsome husband and I went out to dinner alone! He researched a new restaurant that was just as great as the reviews it had online. It's not a super romantic or upscale place. But my husband knows I care more about food than those things. It was a Salvadorian and Mexican place that had amazing tamales and fajitas and I can't wait to go back! I'm hungry now just thinking about it.  Check it out if you are in Fredericksburg... El Asador

Saturday-  We did a whole lot of nothing for most of the day. Then my daughter and I headed over to a Girl Scout Ceremony. We had a short and simple ceremony then sang some songs and roasted some s'mores! It's a great multi-level troop and we have some awesome adult volunteers so it's going to be a really exciting year!!

Sunday- Dishes, Laundry, Reading! That's it! Managed to finish The One and Only by Emily Griffin. It was pretty good. Interesting enough that I kept reading but kind of weird in an "Ew!" that's just gross way. Can't say much more without telling you the whole story. But I totally think the main character, Shea, picked the wrong person. 


But now it's Monday morning, managed to get the kids off to school without too much fuss! Lauren is not a morning person, just like her momma! Need to go jump in the shower before the baby gets up and so I can head out to my appointment. Wish I was better prepped for the week ahead but I'm sure we'll make it through it.

 Hope everyone else had a great last weekend of summer. What did you do? Are you ready for the week ahead? 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finally Friday!

It's been the busiest week ever it seems!

Started off with a sick husband, then me sniffling non-stop, then the kids, we're all on the mend now though. So far I've made 2 trips to town this week already and another one tonight! (Yes, I live in the boonies and drive to "town" to get to Target, big grocery stores, restaurants or home improvement stores!) Our tiny little town has very limited selections of stores and places to eat! Making a third trip tonight, but it'll be for DATE NIGHT!!! Woot!!!! Pretty good deal when after dating for almost 12 years, I'm still excited for my guy to take me out! With Girl Scouts and baseball, dentist appointments and doctor's visits, we've had something to do nearly morning and evening this week. I'm so ready for a relaxing weekend with limited plans!

I say relaxing but let's get real, I'm a mom, so the chores I have not gotten to this week have been piling up and will have to get done this weekend! But hopefully I can fit in some "me" time! HAHA Yeah right, but I won't have to set the alarm clock for two days and that in itself is GLORIOUS news!!

I did see on Facebook that Saturday is Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play! Look in to it! Seems like a great idea!!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Letters in a drawer

Upstairs in an envelope in the cedar chest my grandma gave me are several handwritten letters on special paper. They were written by a man who was full of hopes and dreams for his family. Those letters are full of emotion and love. They are full of facts and information. They are full of questions and answers. The letters are stained with tears and worn from being read over and over again. I haven't read those letters in a few years now but I know that if I were to go get them out right now they would conjure up the same emotions as the first time they were read. Once a week I would get one of these letters, the waiting for them drove me insane.

The first letter came just a few days after he'd left. With it was also a box full of clothes. It was a nerve-wracking time. About two weeks after the first letter, I packed up our apartment and our son and I moved in with family. The letters only came once a week even though I sent at least one, but sometimes up to three letters a day. Every week I got a letter it was just a little bit longer than the week before. More information to tell me. More details to discuss. More answers to all the questions I'd asked. More X's and O's and I miss you's and I can't wait till I can see you again's.

The last letter came with diagrams and seating charts. It was a much happier letter, full of anticipation. Eight weeks had finally ended and written words wouldn't be needed anymore. We were finally going to be able to see each other again, face to face. We'd be able to spend a few hours as a family. We'd be able to hug and kiss and hold hands, well, at least in private, but not publicly. And most importantly, I would get to look my husband in the eye and tell him, not just write it in a card, how proud of him I was for becoming a United States Navy Sailor.

It's been eight years since those letters first started arriving. It's been an amazing journey! I'm still just as proud of my husband for making the choice to join the military and serve our country, even if to him it was just what looked like the best idea of how to take care of our family at the time. The Navy has brought our relationship closer together and even torn it apart at times. It has lead us down a path we could have never imagined. We've had opportunities we could only have dreamed of. It's been some of the scariest and some of the most rewarding eight years ever. I'm still just as proud of him as I was back then.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

These are a few of my favorite...blogs!

I read A LOT of blogs! I love the inspiration I get from them. I love the shopping tips, make up and hair tutorials, free printables, book suggestions, motivation and advice they offer. But keeping up with them can be really hard! Previously, I used google reader but they discontinued the site. So I had to do some research and figure out a new way to read blogs from all my favorite ladies and gentlemen!  (we'd be best friends in real life I just know it! lol {Some blogs I read I actually am friends with the writers!})

So the website I'm talking about is It gives me an organized feed of all my favorite websites!

My Feedly page looks like this! 

To the left I get the list of all the blogs I follow and on the right I can scroll through and see what they've posted. If I want to check out more of the website or save an idea I see I can just click the "view website" link at the bottom of every post and it takes me right to it. Makes reading blogs like reading the newspaper. I get all the info I want, as soon as the blogger publishes their content and don't have to visit (or remember) a billion different sites.

I try to check Feedly daily but that doesn't always happen! But it just keeps things marked as unread until I've scrolled through the list. The Feedly app on my phone also is super easy to use and I can scroll through there quickly if I'm out and about and have a few minutes.

As you can see I follow a lot of blogs and I add to that list regularly when I find neat links on Pinterest or Facebook. Some of my favorite blogs to follow are:

A Bowl Full of Lemons - Organizing, Cleaning, Decorating

House of Rose - Decorating, Raising Kids, Fashion - There's a lot on her site and she's got even more projects going on with other blogs and her husband!

Clean Mama - Cleaning, printables, organization

Thirty Handmade Days - PRINTABLES!! This lady has some talent and she shares the most adorable projects on all sorts of topics

A Healthy Slice of Life - Food! So many food ideas for both adults and children, plus her cute kids and some fitness

I Love You More Than Carrots - She's got a way with words, she's honest and real and funny AND her 3 sons are cute as ever!

Better After - need home design inspiration? Go here! Full of before and afters!

Team Studer - A mom gives lots of inspiration on how to be a great one! She has amazing ways with words also! She's made me laugh and cry!

Sprinkled Just Right - She's got serious OCD and you have to love her for it! Full of organization and decor advise and she makes some super cute bows! Be sure to check out her errand planner! I'll be making my own soon!

Pancakes and French Fries - Book reviews of every kind with a little of motherhood mixed in

The Fun, Cheap or Free Queen - Where frugal gets a facelift is her tagline and it matches perfectly. She teaches how to save money with style!

Young House Love - Design and remodeling inspiration galore, these two have amazing skills and they go through the steps on how they do it so you can learn! They've even got a book!

Like I said those are really just a few! There are so many more out there and I'm constantly finding more! When I want to add a site I just look for it in the Feedly "Add Content" section. Or if I just want to browse and see if there's anything new I'd like to read Feedly also offers suggestions for similar blogs.

There's other ways out there to keep up to date with your favorite blogs, what do you use? What's your favorite blog to follow?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I'm Shrinking! And other thoughts...

So I failed miserably at the whole 30 diet! I mean, I work at a Candy Store! But I have still been watching what I eat and I've been shrinking! Down over an inch on my waist currently!!!!!! Haven't weighted myself though but I'm not too worried about that! I know my jeans are all starting to require a belt and that makes me happier than numbers going down!

Over all the big thing I've noticed is how much sugar affects more than just my cravings and desires. If I eat too much, I'm just a cranky person for the day! It really alters my body and gives me a huge sugar rush and then the worst part, sugar crash! And I'm talking I think that my migraines have been related to the amount of sugar I eat.

With bread and milk, I have also really noticed big differences too. Lots of bread with a meal and I want to take a nap 30 minutes later. Big glass of milk and my stomach is not happy! Combine those together and I'm blown up like a balloon!

So a chicken salad versus a PB&J for lunch can change how my whole afternoon goes! So that just some things to think about if you are ready to make a change in your life. My goal is a bikini by 30! I want to go in to my thirties with the best health I've ever had! I've got just under 8 months and 3 weeks to make it happen! So noticing these changes now are going to set me up big soon! I don't plan on really kicking it in to overdrive for all that until January though! But little changes now are definitely helping.


There was a big kindle sale on this book called The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith who has the blog, Nesting Place.
The Nesting Place

I've never really read the blog but I have seen lots of other blogs rave about the book so went it went on sale I bought it. Not even halfway through yet and let me tell you this woman is an inspiration! She's given me the motivation to get started on this house and not be so indecisive about choices like paint color and where to hang pictures! I live here in this house right now, why do I continue to live in somewhere I don't like just because of the color! Pick one already Jenni, if you don't like it after a while, change it again! I am starting with the laundry room this weekend hopefully (my daughter is having a sleepover so hopefully I can find time!) I can't wait to share pictures with you all! But like I said I bought the kindle version of the book and I'm only about halfway through but I know next time I see this book, I'll be getting a hard copy of it to read over and over! I've been scoping out her blog too and it's full of good stuff on there also! I've seen this lady's pictures everywhere and then read her book to find out her and her husband have mostly lived in rentals throughout their lives. If she can take those kinds of risks in her rental houses and make it look amazing. I can take those risks in my own house and make it look amazing (hopefully, fingers crossed! lol) But her book is amazing, haven't even read it all and I highly recommend it!!! There's a reason it's #1 and you should find out why!!!

Nesting Place

Well the baby is yelling at me from upstairs! I love her little voice! I'd write more but I'll have to save those thoughts for another day!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Finally Some Answers

I've been having a lot of issues lately with my skin, weight gain, crazy mood swings and more. Went and saw my doctor and he brushed it off. Told me things didn't look that bad, but I could change my birth control if I wanted. I was NOT happy when I left the doc's office. But I called back two days later after I'd calmed down and talked with the appointment scheduler to discuss my options. Best option was that I was able to get a referral to an OB/GYN. Yesterday was that appointment. Let me tell you, I had never given such a detailed report of my medical history. And it wasn't because I wanted to tell them everything, it was because they were asking! I am thrilled with the actions this doctor is taking and how quickly I should find out results of lab work and more! I can't wait to find out what is going on with my body that's making me crazy so I can get it fixed!!! No more acne would be amazing! This is not a problem I usually have to deal with. Props to all those people who manage to deal with and overcome it because it's horrible and doesn't just effect how your face looks but so much more!

The whole 30 thing is going good! Still holding strong to no sugar, breads or dairy products. Been doing even more research and planning some upcoming meals. I'll share those soon! Hopefully I'll remember to take some pictures also!

Until the next time! =)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School!

I woke up on time and got the kids to school for their first day! I do think they will have a blast! I can't believe how big they are getting!

Both full of attitude and sass! I can't wait to hear all about their first day! Our baby girl doesn't seem to know what to do with herself now that she's got no one to bug or play with.

On to other things...
Day 1 of the Whole Food diet went well. I did some more research and I have a lot to learn about this whole thing. But reality of my goal is to increase fruits and veggies and decrease sugar so as long as I stick to that I'll be happy with myself.

Yesterday's food:
Breakfast - 3 eggs and a banana (bananas are kind of a no go on whole 30 but it was better that cereal or oatmeal with sugar!)
Lunch - salad with leftover taco meat, tomatoes and salsa
Dinner - Baked sweet potato, grilled hamburger with mustard (rest of the family had cheese and buns I skipped those!) and some sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and cauliflower

Drank a cup of coffee in the am and water the rest of the day, didn't hit my goal for the number of ounces I wanted to drink but close.

Cross your fingers I make it through a few hours of work today with out eating chocolate! I'm already craving it! =(

How was your kid's first day back to school this year? Both of mine just wanted me to leave after a while but I didn't want too! =( Then it got fun to continue to embarrass them slightly! I did manage to not cry though!!