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While I was in bed Joseph took a cute video of Kaylee eating her sandwhich. Of course she is always camera ready and constantly posing. I don't think she has figured out the whole video thing yet. This video cracks me up!!!
The last few weeks has been great... BBQ'ing with friends, getting tipsy and karaoking.. and yes, I apologize now to Joseph, Debbie and Logan because their ears are probably still bleeding. I am a HORRIBLE singer and I learned that singing on the top of your lungs doesn't help you sing better, it just makes your hoarse and you lose a little respect... LOL.. I do rock Baby Got Back though, that's one song I know all the lyrics too and can get down with!
Some things that make me sad... Remember that tiger queen bathing suit that I posted? Yea, well apparently when they say it instantly adds 2 cup sizes, they ARE NOT lieing. There is no way a size C needs another 2 sizes. It looked like someone cemented 2 bowling balls to my chest. I have never felt a bathing suit weigh as much as this one. Had to have at least 3 pounds of padding in those suckers!! I fixed this problem pretty swiftly though. I got on Victoria's Secret and bought 4 bathing suits to try on. I got them yesterday and FINALLY found one that I loved. The other 3 were swiftly returned. Here is the winner...
something else that kind of saddens me is that I have not been in my craft room in MONTHS. I haven't created a thing. Of course I walk through it to get to my laundry room, omg did I mention my washer and dryer are amazeballs? I pretend things are dirty just to use them. I even learned a new way of folding to fit everything better in drawers. I am now committed to laundry. no joke. anywho... so I haven't created anything in a long time. I am feeling some creative juices flowing and I'm going to try my hand at collage painting. We redid Kaylee's toddler room forest style and wanted to make a few things to hang in there. I'll post pics of her room when those are finished. Gives me something to look forward too.
Things I'm proud of lately.. Kaylee is finally sleeping in her bed by herself. When Joseph was on swings I went through the whole putting her in her bed constantly until she got the hint. She has to sleep with Max and has a touch lamp but it works perfectly. I finally get alone time with Joseph and Modern Family is now an interrupted enjoyment. P.S Modern Family is the best mokumentary out there. You have to watch it!!!!
Something else I'm proud of, I have been getting my spending more under control. I have walked out of Victoria's Secret 2 times in the past month without spending a dime!! Because of good behavior I've been awarded to a free pass for their Semi-Annual sale on June 12th. You better bet your ass that's the only thing scheduled in my phones calendar right now.
Also, I have been off of coffee and Starbucks since the 1st. I am still going strong and I am SO VERY proud of myself. This is the longest I have gone in forever without it. I feel better and accomplished.
Something I'm loving right now. My new Blackberry Torch. We just signed a contract with AT&T and got to upgrade our phones. It was a choice between the IPhone or the Torch and after looking at both I went with the Torch. The only reason I was going to go with the IPhone is because they had white, after seeing they had a white Torch I was SOLD. I LOVE it. I am a Blackberry girl all the way. Of course the hubby went with the IPhone and that's fine. When I need my Angry Birds fix I have somewhere to go :)
Something new I'm trying, Oxy-Elite. It's an appetite suppressant and gives you a little energy. Let's just say I'll be at my goal weight in a few pounds and I have no problem prancing around in my bikini now. Now if they could just invent something that makes stretch marks disappear.... hmmmmmm
Something annoying right now.. I got a cold sore on my lip last Thursday and I've been stuck in my home since (minus karaoke night of course) I can't tell you how much it bums me out. I have NEVER had one before and it hurt like the dickens. I think I got it from the massive amount of sun that I've been taking in. My body isn't used to this much sun :(
Things that make me feel beautiful, I had a salon appointment and went with a deeper red. It's gorgeous!!! and of course got some waxing done. After hubby's playful joke (what a meanie) of me having a 'stache' I had it removed in half a second flat. My Hair Stylist/amazingness/friend moved salons and not only is it cheaper, but it's much more relaxed where she's at now. I love you Chelsea!!!
Things that I miss, Val and Phi. I miss you girls so much. Just had to give a shout out to my BF. I'm jealous your in FL with all the sun :)
This past weekend we went fishing with our friends Logan, Debbie and their daughter Ali. We headed to Lake Darling and after no luck catching any fishies, we made an impromptu trip to Lake Metigoshi which is about an hour and a half away. We still didn't catch anything but it was a fun road trip :)
Here are some pictures I took at Lake Darling.
This is the "We wanted to fish at the other spot" look.....
Pretty sun hitting the lake
Of course I had to take a picture of my feet
Ali and Kaylee
Hope all the mommies out there had a great Mother's Day.
So today marks day 4 of no coffee, can you say withdrawals?? I decided on the 1st of May I was quitting because I was dependent on it WAY too much and it was making me fat. After seeing how many calories my little cup of happiness was bringing in and almost dieing of shock I knew what I had to do. Not to mention my little addiction got expensive. I tallied up how much I was spending, and going to Starbucks approx 4 days a week ran me over $100 a month! WOW! (and that's not including gas). That is a lot of money I could be saving or spending on other frivolous things. That's not including the coffee I make at home either. I knew it was getting crazy when I was making 45min round-trips just for Starbucks. Now, this being said.... I will miss my Venti Java Chip with extra chip and extra shots of coffee... oh and no whip (I'm healthy because I get no whip right?!)
Your probably asking yourself, "why is she quitting cold turkey? She could just make it at home and it would be less calories AND be cheaper".. Well, I have tried this before and it's just not the same. I always end up at Starbucks like a child sneaking a cookie. So it's all or nothing for this gal.
Also, I will always remember the trips my friends made for me just so I could get my "fix". I love you Val and Debbie. Your sacrifices never went unnoticed.
So I guess this is my goodbye blog to coffee for now... at least until I can get that extra ring of fat that appeared around my waist to go away thanks to the extra chip I insist on ordering every time... or I become rich...
So... I've been gone for like... a month? Well, not really gone, I've still been reading blogs but haven't been posting my own. Why you ask? I guess because I was starting to feel it was the same post but a different day. I noticed when I started incorporating my shop into my blog I became more.... reserved. The crazy outlandish part of my personality didn't come out in my posts at all. I wanted to look more business appropriate. Well, taking this break made me realize there is no reason to be so "reserved" and I will be the crazy, random, through good times and bad redhead I am. So, prepare yourselves.. it may get a little different over on my side of the block. Don't worry I'm not getting all NSFW on you :)
So what has been going on the past month? Let's see....
-I helped pack a best friend and watched her leave Minot to move to Miami... very very sad times, I miss you Val and Phi!! Our Starbucks, Taco Bell and mall trips were always EPIC!!
-Lots of girls nights.. lots of margaritas and lots of crazy!!! Never let a drunk guy take your photo.. it will be very blurry...
-I realized I can NOT listen to Cee-Lo Green in front of my daughter anymore. Nothing more than a "OMG did she just say what I think she just said??" moment...
-Blizzards, sunburns and then another winter storm.. no kidding...
-An amazing Easter with friends... Can I just say packing 220 Easter eggs is a lot easier then hiding 220 Easter eggs....
- I held a snake for the first time EVER. The neighborhood kids favorite past time is collecting garter snakes and then putting them in a bucket... Hayden was holding one so I was feeling pretty ballsy and held one too. Wanna see the bucket??
- I daydreamed about a new front load washer and dryer and literally the next day my washer broke... So... we got new Whirlpool front loaders.. Ummm hello 5.0 cu feet?? YES!!! Goodbye money!
- I am so grateful for all the amazing friends in my life. Can't choose your family but the friends I have are my family :)
-Still waiting on Kaylee's bedroom set and she still is scared of sleeping by herself. We finally got her in her bed but we have to fall asleep in there and then sneak out. booooo!
- Bought 2 new Coach bags and wallet... Impulse buys... still feeling kinda guilty for those :( But they are ohhhhh so pretty right?
-Was told by several people I need my own reality show... Why is this?? hehe
-Kaylee had her first Starbucks- no coffee of course.. can you tell she liked it? She now says "Starbucks Chockey Pleassssseeeee" every-time we go.. What have I started???
I'll be honest, I feel like I have been so free since I haven't posted. I felt all I did was sit around and think of new things to blog about.. Now, when I blog it will be when I have time and not because I spent forever brainstorming what is or isn't "blog-worthy". I'm sure some of you will learn a lot of new things about me as I post. I'll be posting more about my struggles and crazy happenings around here.
The past few weeks have been crazy here. I can not express in words how tired I am. My days have been full of Starbucks, Weeds (already on Season 3) and Nurse Jackie. Did I mention the couch and a huge comforter? Kaylee has all of a sudden become terrified of her room or her bed at night. Even after putting her crib to the lowest setting and it coming up to her chin when she stands, she can still monkey her way over it. We have tried everything from lights, to reading to her, to sleeping on the floor until she falls asleep. Nothing works! At 3 am every night we hear a crash and then a scream and then little feet running into our room. I read online (you know, because online is like.. always right and all) that it could be a phase. We decided to just start all over and treat it like a big girl thing. We are selling her crib and dresser and went and bought her a big girl room set up and a gate for her door so we can lock her in (oops did I say that?) Its on back-order until May but we get the twin mattresses on Friday so we can work with her on it for a few weeks before going a little higher. I'll take pictures once we have it all set up. I'm hoping all the big girl room will make her want to stay in! We shall see. At least we don't have to worry about her getting hurt getting out of the bed anymore. Also... I may have failed to mention my son taught her how to hunt zombies... and now she runs around with his Nerf shotgun saying "pow pow zombies". She has no clue what a zombie is (not yet at least) but I'm guessing Hayden may have described it in enough detail to scare the bejesuses out of her... Hoping it's not related to her "room terrors".
Off to do some custom orders.. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
So yea... While most of you are enjoying your nice spring weather.. and wearing shorts and flip-flops, I am currently snowed in. We had a huge blizzard last night that will continue on to today. For the moment it has taken a nap and whilst doing so I had my hubby go take a few pics. I had this GENIUS plan to strategically park all the cars in the driveway thinking (because I am so innovative) that the snow would blow right over the top of them. Fantastic thought right? WRONG!!!!! Now all 3... truck, SUV and car have to be dug out and along with that there is several feet of snow in random places from falling in between cars etc... Lesson Learned!! I guess that's what I get for laughing last night and saying "I'll be drinking coffee and watching neighbors shovel while mine is free and clear because I'm a GENIUS!" HAHA nice..
Oh and special thank you to the snow plow that made a wall of snow at the end of our driveway.
Oh, and sorry about your car Val.... I'll dig it one day....hehe
Also I would like to say that this is the longest break I've had from blogging. I have been taking care of my little one who got pneumonia again for the second time and been decluttering like mad. Hopefully I'll be back with a vengeance and blogging every day. We shall see!!! I have lots to catch up on :)
This week I've been super busy with a complete house de-clutter/cleaning. I went a little crazy trying to get rid of things we don't need anymore. I sold a ton of it on the local yard sale FB page and made over $500!!! YAY!!! I love the feeling I get when I see more space and less crap around the house! ha! Besides cleaning my hubby took off this week for a stay-cation. All we've been doing is lounging around the house, cuddling, watching movies and stuffing our faces. Best kind of vacation right?
Last night I invested in Photoshop Elements and I'm still in the process of trying to learn it. I tried to get some photo effects from some cute sites and can't figure out how to put them into my Photoshop. It's driving me nuts!! I keep getting errors... BOOOOO! So this weekend I will be immersed in lots of reading and begging my photoshop friends to helllpppp me! I hope everyone has a super fantabulous great weekend!!
I got a really neat custom order a few weeks back and had to share! A customer of mine had a great idea for reward badges for accomplishing chores. So after she told me what 14 accomplishments I sent her sketches and got started. Here are just a few of the badges I made for her son :)
Packing a backpack
Comes with a removable book
Packing a suitcase
Making a bed, complete with poofy pillow
Big Boy underwear
Cleaning up toys, toys are removable too
I had so much fun making these badges. Taking on new challenges keeps me inspired and happy :)
I had some pretty amazing photoshoots within the past week. I had the best Photographer, Make-up artist and Hair Stylist!! I had to share a few sneak peeks. I have never felt as beautiful as I did during this shoot!! I will be posting lots more over the next week or so :) I can not get over how amazing the photos came out! Eeeek! We were going for the high fashion look, aka no smiles only fierceness :)