Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy Friday

Happy Friday Friends!

This has been such a weird week.  We didn't have school on Monday and then Wednesday & yesterday the schools had 2 hour delayed starts, due to freezing rain.  Emma was home on Tuesday and Wednesday with an eye infection.  Gracie's basketball trip yesterday got postponed and Jesse's ski trip for today is canceled.  I'm telling ya, I don't know whether I'm coming or going.  I could have just tossed my planner in the trash for all the good it did me this week. 

I want to say I am looking forward to the weekend, but I'm also kind of going into it not really sure what it will look like, but praying it's a good one.  :)

Today, I just have a couple of favorites that I wanted to share with you today.

An Uncommon Courtship
I just finished reading this book and really enjoyed it!  My review will be up next week, but if you want a fun book set back in time with Earls, Ladies, and Dukes... you'll like this one.  It's actually a series, and I think this is number 3.  I think you could read this separately though.   (This is one that I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but that's not why I'm sharing it now.  I just liked it enough to tell you about it early.)

I know there are a lot of link ups out there, but I just wanted to share this new one with you.  Erin, who's blog I've recently been following has started up her own link up party and I think you'll love it.  The next link up is February 10th - 10 favorite items in your closet.

Okay, so that was it.  Two favorites... but to balance it out, here's a non favorite.

Last week I shared about how I had ordered a Fitbit and I was also tracking my calories and my exercises on an app.  Well, I'm still doing it, but it's not fun anymore.  I want chips, cookies, french fries, and donuts.  I don't want to give up my coffee creamer, or my glass of wine in the evening.  But I also don't want that tire that seems to go around my waist, so I'm not giving up, but I'm tired and not very motivated.  I feel like this meme understands me.  ;)
  If you are watching what you are eating, and you're actually enjoying it, send some food tips my way.  I refuse to eat food that doesn't taste good, so I'm trying to be creative.  If you tell me to just eat plain celery, I'm afraid we can't be friends.  ;)

Today I linked up with Andrea, Erika & Narci.
And Christina, April & Natasha with Five On Friday.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here next week.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Day In The Life

One of my favorite kinds of posts to read is, a day in the life.  I haven't done one of these for a while, so if you want a little glimpse into a random day at our house... here you go.

I had it scheduled in my calendar to document Monday the 2nd.  It was the kids last day of Christmas break, and we didn't have any big things planned.  I like having a day in the life post where the kids are actually around.  Not that every day gets to look like that, but I think it's a bit more fun.  One of these times, I'll try and do a weekend post.

Anyway, here's our Monday.
5:30 is when my alarm goes off, but I didn't get myself out of bed as early as I meant to, and then I forgot to take any pictures until after I'd already grabbed my coffee and sat down at the computer.  On this day, I read up on my favorite blogs, and had a little quiet time before the day started.

I got laundry going...

...and dinner started.

My favorite thing to do is fill the crock-pot up with frozen chicken breasts, add in either water or chicken broth and let it sit on low for 8 hours.  By late afternoon, it's done and all you have to do is shred it on a cutting board with 2 forks, and you've got enough chicken for 2 or 3 meals.  That's exactly what I did here.  We were having chicken pesto pasta this night, and then bbq chicken taco's another, and chicken enchiladas that I had meant to make last week.  All the meat cooked for the week and only one mess.

Gracie and I picked up my Niece, and then headed into the high school.  The girls had basketball practice and had to be to the gym by 7:45.  Notice that the temperature outside was 0.  #funstuff

I came back home, got a few things done around the house.  I guess I forgot to take pictures, but I promise it wasn't interesting.  Tidying up and making beds.  That kind of fun.

Back in to the school to pick the girls up by 10:00.

When we got home, I taught Emma how to iron.  Eeek!  It makes me a bit nervous, but she was careful and she did great.  She's learning to sew and I guess you have to make sure you're seams are ironed.  I'm learning right along side her.  Gracie will be learning as well, as soon as her schedule slows down a bit.

While she ironed, I pulled everything out of a couple of my cupboards, and got them cleaned out.

Then Emma helped me, and we got them reorganized.  I'm trying to pick just a couple of areas each day that I can work on.

This puzzle has been one of the hardest ones we've done. (It's finished now... finally)

At 3:30 Emma and her cousin both had piano lessons that I ran them in for.  I ran to the grocery store while I waited for them, and then we stopped and got them ice cream cones.

After dinner, Dan and I sat in the living room watching one of those house hunting shows in the Caribbean.  He loves learning more about where he'd like to go on future trips, and the shows make me want to pick up and move to the Bahamas.  Did I mention it was 0 degrees outside?!

And then after getting the kids tucked in bed, I made Dan watch The Bachelor with me.  Oh this show makes me laugh like no other.  All sorts of crazy! I go back and forth on Nick.  Some days, I think he's changed and I like him, and then he goes and does something that takes me all the way back to not being very impressed.  What do you all think?  Are you a Nick fan?

Well, that's our day in the life for ya.  I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into it.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Friends!

We are headed out of town this afternoon to go watch Gracie play another basketball game.  It's been fun watching her and her team play.  They've grown and improved so much in a year.

Then this weekend, I'm hoping to have a bit of quiet time to sit down and do some reading.  I'm all for the motto, "Work hard, play harder."  I know there is always a million other things I could be doing, but after a long week, I'm okay with taking some time for myself to sit and relax.

Okay, so here are a few of my favorites from this week.


I ordered a new cookbook and just got it this week.  I haven't had a lot of time to sit and look at it yet, but I'm excited to find some fun new recipes.


I ordered this coffee cup for a friend of mine for her birthday.  I'm thinking I need one as well... because isn't it true!


I'm always years behind on shows.  We've just started watching the show Reba, and it's funny.  We are just DVRing them as they come on, but so far I'm loving them.  Have you watched this before?  Nothing better than ending your day with some humor.


I had ordered myself one of these chargers towards the end of last year, and love it.  I love it so much, that I ordered each of my kids their own.  I don't know what your houses are like, but we have fought on a constant basis for chargers and the cords.  I also like that I can charge more than one thing at a time..


I downloaded an app called My Fitness Pal.  I've started tracking what I eat and how many calories, I'm actually taking in.  I ordered a Fitbit, so I'm excited to pair it to my phone and start tracking my movements as well.  I'm determined to get myself in shape this year.

Well, that's all I've got for you this week...

Today I linked up with Andrea, Erika & Narci.

And Christina, April & Natasha with Five On Friday.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 Random Facts About Myself

Today I'm linking up with Erin and sharing 10 random facts about myself.  I decided to spice it up a bit and share a couple of my crazy facts and not just all of the basic ones.  So if you've been wanting me to fly my "freak flag", today is the day.  ;)

1.  I love to read... but I'm not much of a fan of modern day books.  I love books set back in time, especially in the late 1800's out on a homestead, or over in a palace somewhere.  I like reading about something different than what we might expect or see today.

2.  I could probably qualify for hearing aids, and my eye sight is horrible.  Pretty much, I'm a hot mess.  Up until 10 years ago, I would call a laptop, a labtop.  One day, someone mentioned that I was mispronouncing the word and I was telling my Dad that I had went all these years calling it a labtop, and he said, "I know, I just thought it was cute!"  It still makes me laugh, because yes I think my kids mispronouncing something is cute, but do you really think it's cute when they are grown and married.  ;)

3.  I'm obsessed with ice.  I know it's not good for my teeth, and I'm trying to stop, but I love chewing on ice.  I will drink my water as fast as I can just to get to the ice.  And I've been known on airplanes to just order a cup of ice from the stewardess.

4.  I have such a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, but once I do, I love it!  I love being one of the first ones up in the morning, and enjoying the quietness of it all.  It's my favorite time of the day.  I just wish it was easier go get out of bed.

5.  I can't stand anything that is sticky.  It's all I can do to allow a jar of honey to be in my house. Walking across the kitchen floor to step in something that the kids spilled and didn't clean up... I hate it!  Touching something sticky that was left by someone else is probably my biggest pet peeve.

6.  I am so ticklish, that I can tickle my own feet.  Getting a pedicure is complete torture, but I make myself get one every now and then.  The sweet people have to pretty much tackle my legs in order to keep me still.

7.  I can eat just about anything except for mushrooms.  That doesn't mean I like everything, but I can usually down it.  Heck, I've eaten reindeer, alligator... but a mushroom is a big no!  I want to like them, but then again, does anyone really need to learn to like fungus?  I think not.  ;)

8.  I'm kind of an old soul.  I would rather play cards, read a book or work on a puzzle than go out and have a big exciting evening on the town.

9.  I love to cook, but I'm not a fan of baking.  I'm not sure why... maybe it has something to do with the fact that I would choose salty over something sweet most of the time?!

10.  I have lived in the same small town my whole life.  Last I heard the population was down to 1500 people.  I've dreamed of living other places, but at the end of the day, I can't imagine living anywhere else.  It's just home. 

Okay, your turn.  Tell me something about you.  If it's a bit crazy, that's okay... we'll just fly our "freak flags" together.  ;)

Have a great day!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekend Happenings

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and had the chance to relax a bit.

Saturday morning, Dan ran Gracie into town for basketball.  They had an away game and needed to be in town by 7:30.  He ended up going into work for a bit, so I sat in my chair in the living room with my coffee and computer, enjoying the view out the kitchen windows.  Mornings, are by far my favorite time of the day.  So relaxing!

Jesse was at a friends house this weekend, and with Gracie gone, Emma wanted a friend over.  These two do so good together, and we barely saw them since they keep themselves busy.

A Snapchat face swap for some fun entertainment.

 Gracie didn't end up getting home until almost 1:00 am again, so yesterday morning she stayed home to rest up and get herself ready for the week.  Dan, Jesse, Emma and I all went out to breakfast before church.  I don't remember the last time we've done that, but it was fun... even though I was missing my oldest.
I almost didn't post this picture, because my hair looks crazy!  But I finally figured, oh well.  We were running a bit late this morning, so instead of blow drying it and straightening it, I put in some gel and let it do it's own thing. 

After church we dropped the younger two off at bowling and came home to get a few things done around the house.

I'm so thankful, Dan shoveled off the camper this year.  I've done it before and it's not my favorite!  Look at all that snow.  There was a good 2 feet of snow up there.

And then bless his heart, he came in and vacuumed for me.  Such a good man, I think I might just keep him.  ;)

We didn't do anything overly exciting, but we rested up, and now we're ready to start a new week.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?


Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy Friday!

  Happy Friday Friends!

I am a tired girl this morning.  Gracie didn't get home from her basketball game until almost 1:00 this morning.  Needless to say, this weekend is a welcomed sight!  If you're trying to find me, I'll be sleeping.  ;)

Here are a few favorites from the week.


We went sledding last weekend and had tons of fun.  After riding over a couple of small jumps/bumps in the snow, I remembered that I'm not as young as I once was.  I've already sent my brother in law a text letting him know that I'm going to need an adjustment sooner than later.  ;)  But besides that, we all had a lot of fun.  I'm hoping the weather will warm up again soon, so we can head back out.  -15 isn't my kind of weather.

Here's a couple pictures of my sister and I.

 I think next time, I want to ride on the front of the sled.  Haha!


I'm loving this song called, Joy, by Jonny Diaz.

If you're needing a new workout song or just a fun song to dance around the house to, check it out... it's my favorite!


These Essie gels...  I'm probably a little late to the game on this, but I had tried Essie before, and didn't understand all the hype.  Well, I get it now.  You just have to use 4 different polishes, and you're good!  This kind of polish you don't need the light for, and I can get it to stay on my nails for a week usually without chipping.

 Buff your nails a bit, and then use this for your base coat.

Then you can do 2 or 3 layers of whatever color you want.  This is called, 'Wicked' and is one of my favorites.

Then I brush this top coat on.

And finally I use this white bottle as an extra top coat, which also makes the nails a bit shinier.  The pink bottle is part of this 2 piece set, but is also my other favorite color.  It's just light and classy.  They are pretty fast drying, I just wait a minute or so between each layer.  When you are finally done with the top coat, I'd sit and let it dry for a good 10-15 minutes, just to let it set good.


I bought a sewing machine with my birthday money from last October.  Then on Christmas both Emma and Gracie got fabric in their stockings, and Emma has started on her quilt.  I don't know the first thing about sewing, but I think it's fun that we'll all get to learn together.

These are the two packs of material that the girls got.  I love the colors, and thought the patterns were cute.

I'm hoping this is something that the 3 of us will have a lot of fun with.


I came across this on Facebook, and loved it!  Is it true or what?!  We can have one thing go wrong and we let it ruin our whole day.  Tell me I'm not the only one!

Well, that's all I got for you today...

I'm linking up today with Andrea, Erika & Narci.

And Christina, April & Natasha with Five On Friday.

Enjoy your weekend!