General, Mommy Stuff

Throwback Thursday 08/21/2014

Today’s #tbt is Ayden’s very first RAYS game.  Well first, if you don’t count the Spring Training game we attended when I was pregnant (before I found out I was pregnant) and the regular season game after I found out. It was an afternoon game (the only kind that made sense to go to with a 9month old baby. We were able to take Grandpa with us (Berk’s dad, his mom had to work). It was a very interesting trip for me as I had to pump in the back seat so that I didn’t have to take Ayden anywhere […]

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Where were you 10 years ago, today?

TEN years!  It’s been 10 years???  I cannot believe that 10 years have gone by since Hurricane Charley opened my eyes to something I never took seriously. I will try to keep this from being the most horrible run-on story. A “simple” account of my day, TEN years ago…today! August 13, 2004.  Was it a coincidence that it was a Friday the 13th?  I don’t so much believe in that whole Friday the 13th thing, but do find it a bit funny that a day that shook the town happened to fall on one of those “days”. ~~~ Where was […]

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Danish Kringlers

As a kid, I have a very very fond memory of kringlers.  And as I learned more about them, my love for them grew. Brief background (I’ll try to keep it brief)…I was born in Michigan.  We moved to Florida when I was about 4 1/2.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it back to Michigan all that often.  Only for major events (weddings, family reunions, 100th birthdays, etc).  There was one special trip that we made at Christmas and I remember vividly the kringler tin.  To my recollection, the kringlers were always kept in a round cookie tin.  Most likely a […]

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Who do you think you are???

Well, who do I think I am? I’m so excited that the 2nd season of Who Do You Think You Are? is on TLC. If you haven’t heard about it, each episode is about a celebrity finding out their genealogy. I am fascinated by family history and would love to be able to trace mine past my grandparents. One of my great-uncles on my mother’s mother’s side has kept track of her family and has published a book for the family called The Branches and Twigs. I also know that an aunt on my father’s side has kept track of […]

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Crafty Stuff, General, Mommy Stuff

New and Improved Budget Binder

The old one….. I put this binder together in early 2013 after I took over paying the bills.  I needed something a little more than just putting bills in a bucket and risking not getting something paid on time.  It made my brain crazy to do it that way.  So I set off to print each month from iCalendar.  I created dividers out of scrapbook cardstock, packing tape, and “labels” that I just printed and cut out.  This helped tremendously to help me know when to pay what.  Also, I kept the bills for the year in case I needed […]

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Why is it that we are never satisfied?

Well, I guess I shouldn’t include EVERYONE in that statement.  But I think to a certain extent, deep down, all people are wishing for just one thing more, even if it’s small. If I lost 5 more pounds… If we had more money… I wish I had some coffee… Why doesn’t my kid eat better… I wish I wrote like her… Why can’t I keep my house clean… I wish I was more creative… I’m hungry… Ok, so these are some of mine and I’m sure you have some of your own.   I have found myself thinking this way […]

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My First…First Aid Kit

I’m actually not sure if this is a “first aid kit” or just a way to organize my mess of first aid components. I didn’t take a picture of all of this mess under my bathroom sink because, well, ain’t nobody wanna see that!  Just know that it was both in and around the designated drawer for first aid things.  I also found that I had a full big box of band-aids that I didn’t know I had.  So there was more than one reason for creating this First Aid Kit. To Organize my first aid stuff. To have something […]

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Health/Fitness Stuff, Mommy Stuff

Avocado Ranch Dressing

I am not very experienced in the making of homemade dressings.  I have experimented with the oil/vinegar types that we put sliced cucumbers and tomatoes in.  I have done different variations of that, but it’s pretty simple.  And I just put different flavors (or the same) to get the taste I want.  But for something like a ranch dressing, I had no idea what to do.  So of course, I looked to Pinterest.  Then I remembered that Clinton Kelly on The Chew mentioned that he had a recipe on their website.  So that’s where I got my main idea.  I […]

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4 Weeks into my 8 week journey…

Well, I’m just past the half way point in my 8 week journey.  Just a quick recap for anyone who didn’t read my last post about my 2 week progress. June 1st, I found myself exactly 8 weeks from our vacation to The Keys to spend a week in a bathing suit.  I decided to give myself a pretty rigorous exercise regimen to see how much I fat I could burn and muscle I could build in that 8 weeks (while also training for my first 5K).  The first week, I did really good!  Second week, started to slack off […]

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General, Health/Fitness Stuff

8 Week Journey…what’s the plan?

Ok, so yesterday, I told you all that I am on an 8 week journey to getting as fit as I can get for our trip to The Keys at the end of July. I am 2 weeks in and that’s the longest I have been able to stay on a fitness plan….like, ever! Some have been asking what workouts I am doing, and honestly, I have found them all on Pinterest. Here is how I planned out my days.  I knew I wanted to tone up and I wanted to be semi-aggressive (pretty aggressive for me, though).  First of […]

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