Friday, May 1, 2015

Oh Hey, Friday! 5/1

I turned 29 (ahhh!) on Monday! How am I that old?! :( We had a pig roast/cook-out for my b-day on Sunday with all of our family and friends and had a GREAT time! Everyone got along, the kids all played together well, it was just a great day!



I was in a pretty terrible mood on my actual birthday for some reason, maybe just because it was Monday, lol, but it ended up being a good day as well!



So for my Friday Five, I'm going to list five things I want to accomplish before I turn the big 3-0 next year!



Get my family and myself into a regular routine.
I'm ashamed to admit how NOT in a routine we are. I'd like to develop a normal morning and evening routine for all of us, but mostly for myself! I'd like to get up at the same time every day, have a cup of coffee or whatever, and spend some time reading my Bible. I think it'd really help me get my days off to a better start! I'd also like to establish a better evening routine for the kids and I. It's hard with me working until 6:30 and missing dinner, etc, but with a routine, I think we'd all function a lot better.

Deep clean and declutter our house.
I'm also embarrassed to admit how decluttered our freaking house is. We just have WAY too much stuff and not enough room for it! I want to spend a weekend/week or few and really deep clean and organize everything. I know we have SO much stuff that we need to take to the Goodwill!

Lose 40 (or more!) pounds.
I'm already down 10 - woot! So far I've cut out soda, Starbucks, and fast foods. I've been eating lots of fruits and vegetables, grilled chicken, etc. I need to start exercising though. I want to start walking in the evenings and going to my mom's to hit my brother's heavy bag at least twice a week. I think I might start the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred again as well.

Unplug and spend more time with the kids.
Even though I'm exhausted when I get home and I just want to sit down and watch my Netflix, I want to start unplugging when I get home and spending more time with the kids before they go to bed. There's always after their bedtime to watch Netflix! ha! Seriously though, I spend too much time on my phone instead of playing with my babies - and they're only little once!

Take the kids on a weekend or day trip to DC.
We've gone to the DC Zoo before as a family, but I really want to plan a weekend trip to take the kids to DC and visit the different museums up there. Most of them are free anyway... there's no excuse for us to not make the time to go! I think the kids would have a great time, and I know I would! :)

Any suggestions on other things I should add to my list to accomplish before I'm 30?!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It's Been a Long Time, I Shouldn't Have Left You...

without a dope beat to step to...



Buttt I'm baaaaack, homies!!! :)

Sorry I've been gone so long, things have been kinda crazy in our neck of the woods! I know these are all just excuses, but my hubby fell out of a tree stand while hunting in November and broke both of his wrists. It was TERRIBLE and quite a scary phone call to get! Breaking both wrists was nothing compared to how bad it could have been though, the hospital was worried he could've broke his neck or back, but thankfully, they were both just sore, nothing serious.



He had to keep the ace bandages on both arms up past his elbows for about a week until the swelling went down and they could cast his wrists.



He had to wear the casts through January. It really sucked. I had to do everything for him, including wiping his butt! Ahhh!! He better never question my love for him! lol! It was rough on us all around though, I usually work 10-6:30 and he usually fixes dinner for the kids every night. Our crockpot became our best friend. We are also so blessed to have great family and friends who helped us out a LOT!

I've also been battling anxiety and was recently diagnosed with IBS. (Irritable bowel syndrome, talk about embarrassing, ha!) Things seem to be looking up though. My doctor has me following a Low Fodmap diet and it seems to be helping my stomach problems tremendously. Before following this diet, I was literally in pain almost all day, no matter what I ate or drank, it seemed like. I feel so much better and no longer am having to sit with a heating pad on my stomach all day or rushing to the bathroom constantly. (TMI? My b.)



I know it seems like I can't eat hardly anything and at first I felt like I was starving all the time, but I think my body has adjusted now and got over the caffeine withdrawals. (I seriously thought I was going to die without Starbucks at first!) Check out these results also...!



I was embarrassed to share my weight with all of my friends/family on IG and FB, but whatever, I'm so over the moon about the results that I don't even care. Sometimes life happens and I guess you don't realize how unhealthy you've become.

How has everyone else been lately? Any important posts/updates I've missed?


(My crazy family on Easter)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Canon is a Great Family Gift from Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.



I have been in the market for a new camera for sometime now, but it just hasn't been able to fit into our budget. However, I have several friends that swear by their Canon cameras and I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up splurging on one for myself for Christmas! Or maybe my birthday, we'll see! ha!



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates {BOGO Offer!}



My grandma tells us every year that she doesn't want anything for Christmas unless it's food or money, lol. Seriously though, I'm with her! ha! She lives in a small apartment and just doesn't have a lot of room for unnecessary stuff. When I saw these delicious chocolates, I knew they'd be the perfect gift for both my grandma and my husband's grandma!



Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.

"It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe," Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. "I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea."

Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene, and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.

In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch.

"It was a difficult decision, especially for George," Mrs. Cavanaugh said. "He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy - and could compete with - those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates."

Millions of pounds of chocolates later, Mrs. Cavanaugh's candies have earned a reputation for unquestionable excellence.... Ask chocolate aficionados. They will direct those seeking the best chocolates to the popular Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candies.



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rock 'N Learn DVD's for Preschoolers {Giveaway}

Have you heard of the Rock 'N Learn DVD's? My four year old, Aleah, LOVES them!!



I have been stalking Groupon like crazy on a daily basis to catch awesome deals for Christmas gifts and so far have scored presents for my aunt, uncle, husband, and son! So imagine my excitement when I came across the Rock 'N Learn DVD set on Groupon!! This will make the PERFECT gift for my nephews and nieces!

As it turns out, Rock 'N Learn just debuted their new 10-DVD Preschool Pack on Groupon! The retail value is $129.95 and the sale price is only $39.99! That's practically a steal!

A few facts about this awesome 10-DVD Preschool Pack:
· Helps teach preschool lessons with animated characters and catchy music
· Nursery rhymes encourage literacy skills
· Lessons on letters, colors, shapes, counting, shoe-tying, and more
· Sight words DVDs cover over 170 words
· Discs run 30-45 minutes apiece
· Ages 2-5

Set Contents:
· Nursery Rhymes
· Let’s Play School
· Colors, Shapes & Numbers
· Alphabet Fun
· First Sight Words
· Sight Words
· More Sight Words
· Phonics for Beginners
· Phonics for Reading
· Rock ‘N Read

And guess what?! One of my lucky readers can win a First Sight Words DVD from the 10-DVD pack!



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