Saturday, January 20, 2018

Currently {1/20/2018}

 Time and place: 10:29pm  and I am in the dining room, typing up this post.
 
Eating: Nothing at the moment

Drinking: A big glass of water (always)


Watching: Roseanne Season 1








Reading:  Still reading Under the Dome by Stephen King






Loving: the bullet journal that I made. I love how it is coming together and I am loving the layouts that I have created. I am also loving the planner inserts that have made, they are so functional for me.

Working: I just started designing a meal planner. I cannot wait to see how it turns out! I'm so excited for this new project.

Listening: it's quiet

Buying: nothing at the moment

Planning: I have all of my posts planned for January and most of Feburary. I just have to write and schedule them. I am working on setting up some deadlines for my meal planner. I am also working with my husband on designing a new website. I am also working on some planner inserts. This should keep me busy for a while!

Wondering: can I pull it off? How will I pull it off?

Feeling: tired, but happy, always.

What are you currently up to?


Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

Hi Lovelies!

Starting tonight and every Friday I will be posting my Friday Favorites. Friday Favorites will consist of things like recipes, DIY projects, fashions, books, etc. Basically just anything that I like that I find on the interwebs. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the first installment of.......


Favorite twist: Creamy Brie Four Cheese Mac and Cheese with Buttery Ritz Crackers. This looks like a delicious recipe, however, I have never thought of this particular combination for mac and cheese. I can't wait to try it sometime.





Favorite DIY: Washi tape notebooks. I have recently discovered the world of washi tape and I'm loving it.


Favorite treat: Gingerbread Cookie Cups with White Chocolate Mousse and Caramel. White chocolate mousse? Yes, please!!! I so want to make these for New Year's Eve.


Favorite Fashion: I'm loving this color combination for the winter months. So girly!




Favorite plate: Famous Pulled Barbeque Chicken. This recipe looks so delish!



Favorite place: Ireland. Beautiful.  I have always wanted to visit Ireland. It's on my bucket list. One day... one day.



Favorite sip: Cranberry Splash Punch. I think this would be fun to serve around Valentine's Day.  In my opinion anyways.




Favorite snack: Microwave Potato Chips. As soon as my mandolin comes in the mail I'm so making these little guys!!! These would be fun to serve at a Superbowl party with some french dip sliders. So yummy!



Favorite find: Perfect picture wall. I have always wanted to do this to my walls. I have already started so I just hope that it comes out the way that I want it to.




Favorite slurp: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. This looks so hearty I can't wait to make it sometime next week.



Favorite Bite: Cheesy Oven Fried Ravioli. I have made these one time and they did not turn out well at all. I think I'm trying this one soon!



Favorite decor: Custome wedding pillows. Love these pillows!

Favorite sweet: Cinnamon Sugar Apple Noodles. This looks so yummy!



What are some of your Friday Favorites?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hi Lovelies!!

I just wanted to pop in and share a few of my favorite things with you. These are the things that I am loving right now... so here we go!

1. This 14 minute workout


2. These meal planning tips



3. This simple bullet journal layout.



What some of your favorite things?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Currently 1/13/2018

 Time and place: 4:12pm  and I am in the dining room, typing up this post.
 
Eating: Nothing at the moment

Drinking: A big glass of water (always)


Watching: Beverly Hills 90210







Reading: Under the Dome by Stephen King






Loving: the bullet journal that I made. I love how it is coming together and I am loving the layouts that I have created.

Working: I just started designing a meal planner. I cannot wait to see how it turns out! I'm so excited for this new project.

Listening: to the TV

Buying: nothing at the moment

Planning: I have all of my posts planned for January and most of Feburary. I just have to write and schedule them. I am working on setting up some deadlines for my meal planner. I am also working with my husband on designing a new website. I am also working on some planner inserts. This should keep me busy for a while!

Wondering: can I pull it off? How will I pull it off?

Feeling: tired, but happy, always.

What are you currently up to?


10 Things To Do For Yourself Everyday

It’s very easy in January to be good about taking time to workout, meal prepping, and having a good skincare routine. As the year progresses it's easy to let these things go by the wayside. These are 10 things to do for yourself every day that will make a huge difference in how you feel.

10 Things To Do For Yourself Everyday

1. Plan your day. Every night before I go to bed I plane the next day. Often, I take into consideration the amount of work that I have, any doctor appointments, and errands. Having a plan for your day will make you wake up feeling like you can  take on the world.

2. Workout. For me, working out is an esstential part of my day. This may be in the morning or even in the evening. It just depends on the day and what moods my kids are in that day. It makes me feel good. If you've seen the movie Legally Blonde then you will remember this quote:



3. Take time for your skin. N matter how late I am running in the morning or how tired I am at night I always take time to take care of my skin. I wash my face, exfoliate (with a DIY face scrub) once a week, and moisturize. Taking time for your skin is extremely important.

4. Catch up on the news. I usually catch up on the news by watching clips on Yahoo (we use a streaming device) or even CNN.

5.  Listen to or watch something you like. I enjoy listening to Pandora. Some of my favorite stations to listen often include; 80s hair bands, Katy Perry, Nickleback,  and the Bon Jovi station just to name a few. I listen to music whenever I clean my house or when I am studying. Music puts me in a good mood! Who wants to be in a bad mood?

6.  Talk to a friend. Now I don't have many friends, but the friends that I do have do not live in the same state as I live in. So, we mainly talk over Facebook. We send messages back and forth and send each other comments all the time. This is something that I always make time for.

7.  Hydrate. This is pretty self explanitory, but drinking water is pretty important. Hydration is key. It makes your skin clearer, it tends t relieve headaches, and if you don't get enough then you tend to just feel bad all over. I am constantly drinking water throoughout the day. No matter where I am I always have a bottle of water with me. It's important t be drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day.,

8.  Smile. Smile. It will make you happy.

9.  Write it out. Blogging or journaling are great things. Being able to write down your feelings is a great way to help cope with them. Keep a notebook by your bed and jot down everything that happened that day, it will make you feel and you may even sleep better.

Before I even begin my night time routine, I usually do a quick clean in the kitchen and living room (I cannot go to bed with a dirty house it's just not possible) and then I get some computer work done (I work on blog posts, work on the layout for my meal planner, and I update all of my planners).

10. Night routine. After putting the kids to bed, I take a shower, brush my teeth, moisture my lips with a soothing lip balm. I will read for about an hour and then I will finally go to bed.

Doing things for yourself has to be your first priority every day. If you aren't taking care of yourself then how can you take of others?

What do you do for yourself everyday?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Scoop

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to Sunday Scoop!

This week's questions:

1. Do you plan to change your eating habits in the new year?

Yes! I plan on adding more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet and drinking even more water. I am also going to incoporate a low carb diet as well.

2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the Holidays?

Drink more water, stretch before and after each work out, eat a veggie with every meal, eat breakfast, eat slowly, and go for a walk

3. What is your favorite thing that you did over the Holidays?

Spending time with friends and family.

4. What is something that you hope to accomplished in 2018 that you did not in 2017?

Read and relax more.

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why.

Visiting the science museum, visiting the zoo again, and my kids' birthdays

Next week's questions:

New Year lets introduce ourselves again

1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?
2. Why do you blog?
3. What is the first blog you ever followed?
4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2012?
5. What are your blogging goals for 2013?
6. Top 3 favorite blogs to follow?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 2018 Goals

Here we are the first weekend of 2018! A couple of days ago I shared my goals for the new year, but tonight I am sharing just my goals for January. Hopefully this will inspire you to share some of your goals as well!



In January I want to....

Read at least 2 books
Practice Yoga 2 times a week
Work on Instagram growth
Have blog posts written through the month of February
Start planning A's birthday party
Have two at home date nights with the Husband
Drink more water
Track my food daily using My Fitness Pal
Walk at least 30 minutes 3 times a week
Eat healthier (more fruits and veggies)
Cut all sweets ( I have a major sweet tooth)

Do you do monthly or yearly goals? I would love to know some of your January 2018 goals?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 goals

I know I am a few days late, but I wanted to start off this post by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Years. Since we all sick, we decided to stay home, had some dinner, and played a few games. I can't believe that it's time to share my 2018 goals! I plan to share my January 2018 goals this week too. Since I decided not to set any goals (I really should have done this) for 2017, let's jump right in with my goals for 2018.




In 2018 I want to......

  • Read at least 20 books
  • Have a successful year blogging
  • Set up a sponsored post
  • Set up a fitness plan and actually stick to it
  • Eat healthier
  • Have at least 2 at home date nights with the Husband and actually sit down and plan them with him
  • Take the littlest to the library more often
  • Work on my goals for social media
Something new this year that I am giving myself is a word for the year, I have seen so many people  do this, and it made me curious enough to try it for myself.  My word for the year is PATIENCE. I need to practice patience in my everyday life, especially as a SAHM. I need to have patience with my husband and children, and I need to have patience in general.  Just patience all around.

What are some of your goals for 2018? Do you have a word?

My Story

I also decided that it was time to tell my story. It's a story that I do not share with many people, but feel that I need to share it now, for my daughter. It is a story that I will tell her when she is much much much older and when she can comprehend what I went through. So here it is. My Story.......
Hi. My name is Angie and I come from a dysfunctional family. I didn't have much of a childhood growing up. When I was 8 and my brother was 4 our parents divorced (because my mom found out that my dad was cheating on her). At first we lived with our mom ( she was a type 1 diabetic and took 3 shots a day), she worked as a dispatcher for the local Sherrif's department and did her best to take care of us despite her health. It was during this time that I met my future step mom at McDonald's on my 9th birthday. I remember thinking that I had seen her before (my dad had her picture and her daughter's picture taped on his sun visor in his patrol car. And when I questioned him about the pictures he told me that they two girls that were taken from their parents. Also, I remember not liking her at all, and wondering why my Dad wanted me to meet her, later that year, I found out why. We moved out of my mom's house on December 26th and moved in with my dad, his new girlfriend, and her 2 year old daughter that day. I remember asking him why we were moving in with him and he told me that our mom did not love us anymore and did not want us (when I was older, I think 18, my mom told me that the only way our dad would take was if my mom terminated all of her visitation rights to us, which she did). 
My dad and his girlfriend married on Valentine's day in 1983. That was the day my life changed. I was no longer a child with no worries. I was suddenly responsible for taking care of the house, the cooking, and my younger brother, and my new stepsister. Later that year, October 1983, my youngest sister was born (my half sister). So, when I was 10, I was suddenly responsible for not only my brother and step sister, but a newborn as well. I remember my dad moving her crib into our bedroom (I shared a bedroom with all three of my siblings) because my step mom was tired of waking up in the middle of the night to feed the baby. I was the one who woke up at all hours of the night to feed and change the new baby all because my step mom was too lazy to do it. This went on until I was 20. I took care of everything while my parents worked during the week and then went out on the weekends. I remembered birthdays, I kissed the booboos, I chased away the boogie man and the closet monster, I enrolled them in school, and I went to parent teacher conferences and school plays. To this day, when my youngest sister is asked who her mother is, she will tell that person that her oldest sister is her mother, because she was the one who took care of her. 
When I left home I was 20 years old and was madly in love with my boyfriend. My dad told me to break up with him or else, I chose to leave home. The night I left home I left with the clothes on my back and one change of clothes in a duffel bag. My boyfriend's parents opened their home to me and let me live with them. During that time, my dad, brother, and step sister stalked us for 5 years. We went through numerous police reports, and two protective orders (the first was denied because the judge knew my dad, and the second one was granted). After the second protective order was granted my family finally got the hint that I wanted nothing to do with and we were finally left alone. 
It's been almost 20 years and I have only talked to my dad once. 
It's been almost 20 years and my husband and I still together and we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. We were told we would never make past a year, well 20 years later we are stronger than ever and our love had grown even more.
Wow. I'm sorry it took so long to get the point of the post, but I feel to really know me I had to tell the back story. So here is what the post is supposed to be about....
Hi. My name is Angie and I am a SAHW and SAHM. I love my life and without the above backstory  I would not be the woman I am today and I would not have the beautiful family that I have today. Whenever I think about my life before, I always vow to never ever treat my daughter as I was treated. She is my life and my heart. 
If you are still reading this I applaud you and welcome to my blog and to my life!
~Angie

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy 2018!!

Hi Lovelies!

I just wanted to pop in as wish every one a Happy New Year!



I will be back tomorrow with all new content and a new posting schedule for 2018. I hope everyone had a great New Year eve night and an even better New Years day.

See real soon!

Bye!!