Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesday:My Quirks

I'm back!  Phew, it has been awhile....like almost half a year!!!  How is it possible that I have not written on here in 6 months...I really need to get my shizz together.  So much has happened in the last 6 months and I feel overwhelmed in trying to get you caught up on life.  
I figured I would just start with a good old fashion link up. And so today I am linking up with Andrea over at Momfessionals for this Show & Tell Tuesday.  The idea is that two Tuesdays a month they give you a prompt to write about that helps readers and friends get to know more about you...like a virtual show & tell.  
Today is all about my quirks, phobias, weirdness and things that make me "me".  These will be random, which should not be surprising AT ALL if you have ever read anything else I write, so here goes!!

Untreated wood. Now get your mind out of the gutter.   I am talking about popsicle sticks, wooden kitchen spoons, craft sticks, etc.  The texture, the smell, and don't even get me started about biting down on one!!!!  I have to put a paper towel around the stick just to hold the popsicle...if I am forced. Normally I steer clear of those things and buy ice cream or some sort of frozen treat that has NO WOODEN STICKS. I buy anything other then wooden kitchen utensils.  I don't know what it is but it makes my skin crawl and I shutter and cringe at the thought alone.  I can't be the only one, right!?!?!

Chalk.   I am not talking nails on a chalkboard...although I hate that too, because, well, who likes that?!?!  I am talking chalk on my hands...the dry dust, the texture, the sound...ugggg I am realizing I might be a little strange with these texture issues I seem to have.  But seriously, thank the good Lord for dry erase boards....am I right?!?!
 Enough weird phobias. Let's get to the stuff that makes me "me".

Being a mom and wife.  I know, cheesy...but it was the first thing that popped in to my head when thinking about what makes me "me".  I have never naturally gravitated towards a career or found a passion that means more to me then being a mom and wife.  I take that role seriously and love every single minute of it...even the crazy minutes.  Being a mom and wife has shaped me into the women I am today and I can't really list anything else without talking about my two special people. 


Writing. I love writing...like duh, right? I have a blog so this probably comes as no surprise, but I seriously LOVE writing...like, it completes me.  I read this quote recently in a book and it struck me in such a strong way that I was almost brought to tears because of how much I understood what they meant by the words.

  
I have always found comfort in keeping a journal.  In my most desperate and devastating times I have turned to writing as a form of therapy.  Sometimes I would just write and write until suddenly I understood what I was feeling and thinking. It's like writing about stuff clears my mind and allows me to un-shuffle my thoughts and suddenly they start making more sense.  I could never have a YouTube channel or be on TV because expressing myself verbally has never been easy. When I need to tell something important to someone I always write it down...that way, I know I am getting everything out that I want and in a way that makes the most sense.  
Enough about writing...I am sure you get it by now...I love writing.

I hate wearing socks to bed.  Maybe not that weird, but I hate doing this. I always read all of those stories of people putting cream on their heals and then socks and they wake up the next morning and their feet are sooooo soft...yeah not happening, no socks for me!!! 

I hate using a top sheet. I knew it was true love when I realized my husband hated top sheets too!  It feels so constricting and that sheet just gets all messed up under the blanket...just thinking about it makes me annoyed.  Anyone else hate top sheets?!?!?!

I love circus peanuts. Always have, always will. If you don't know what these are I am sad for you because they are delicious...although most people would tell you they are disgusting. Don't knock them until you try them...so good!!!

I cannot stand watching re-runs of tv shows. I don't know what it is...it just seems like a waste of time to me because I have already seen it. My husband could sit all day watching Seinfeld re-runs, but not me...it needs to be new or new-to-me! I am also not a huge movie person. I like going to the movies, but sitting at home watching movies is just not my thing.  

I usually have to be doing something else while watching TV.  Again, maybe it seems like a waste of time if I am just sitting there watching TV, but I always have to have something to work on whether it is sewing a hair bow or looking at a magazine...doesn't really matter, just something to make me feel like I am doing more then sitting there.  It is a problem...I have a hard time relaxing! This drives my husband nuts. 

I love coffee cold and espresso hot.  Not much to say here...I rarely drink these the opposite way...iced coffee every morning, hot espresso later in the day if I feel like it...but rarely is my coffee hot and my espresso cold.  I don't really know why. 

I have to shave my legs every single time I take a shower.  I HATE feeling that stubble...even in the dead of winter when no one is really going to see my legs, I just can't! 

I have a serious love affair with all things beauty.  Makeup, nail polish, makeup tutorial videos, ULTA...basically anything that relates to beauty.

I put butter on my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I am not sure why other then my mom always did this and I think her mom did too...it just tastes better.  Try it.  I also love cottage cheese on my baked potatoes, SO GOOD....and if I eat pop tarts (which is super rare) they  have to be un-frosted and with butter on top...so healthy, but sooooo good!!

There ya go...random quirks and weirdish facts about me.  
You're welcome. 
And because I take a million pictures a day and I haven't updated you on daily life in 6 months..I will go ahead and end this post with some random pics from over the last few months. 















  






Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: April 2016

Um...this month FLEW by. Like, how is it almost May...how is this year almost half over...where did spring even go...how is bathing suit season right around the corner?!?!? So many questions.
Rather then continue to ask questions I am linking up today for What's Up Wednesday to answer some questions instead. 



Every month we answer these same questions and it is kind of cool to see the different answers from others and look back on what you were doing each month too. Go check out ShayMel and Sheaffer to read other fun answers to these questions: 

What we are eating...

This  tuna noodle casserole from Skinnytaste blog. It looks delicious and it is lighter in calories than most tuna noodle casseroles so I'm hoping it is a hit with the family so we can add it to our dinner rotation.
A light, healthy version of a classic American dish.
The husband is also going to make his delicious fish tacos...SO GOOD, so I am super excited about that as well!

What I'm Reminiscing About...

Our wedding...as I mentioned in yesterdays post here, we celebrated 3 years of marriage and it was so fun to look through pictures and remember how great our wedding day was! 




What I'm Loving...

This drink...
 Bai, an antioxidant drink of some sort that promises to be good for you with only 5 calories and is sweetened with stevia...plus it is DELICIOUS.  Ok, to be fair I have only tried this panama peach flavor...but based off of how yummy this one was I am going to assume they are all amazing!  I am sure I am really late to the game on this drink, but whatever...I will now be adding this to my grocery list for sure.

What We Have Been Up To...

Pretty much enjoying the nice weather still, with some of this:



 And this...


And always this...


Obviously these sunglasses too...


And when the warm weather starts to get a little too hot...there is always coloring and princess dresses inside...duh!


All followed by this:


What I'm Dreading...

Shopping for a bathing suit...I mean does that even need to spoken? Do people like to bathing suit shop?!?! I am sure there are actually plenty of people that do and bless them for it...but I am not one of them.  Mostly because of two things: my boobs. I said it...they don't like to fit into much, especially bathing suits making it nearly impossible to be semi-modest at all at the pool. Is it too much to ask for a little support, a little coverage and a lot of cuteness...any suggestions on large busted swim wear, send them my way!!!!

What I'm Working On...

I found this  amazing office/guest room on pinterest and knew it was the perfect thing for us to do in our office.  Currently we both have desks in our third bedroom, along with other random things but I have always wanted to figure out how to incorporate a guest space in there as well. The room is not very big so when I saw this idea of  having a futon on one side and the desks on the other wall it was perfect! I have been slowly working on clearing out space and reorganizing to make it all fit.  
a family office and guest room in one, bedroom ideas, home office, organizing
a family office and guest room in one, bedroom ideas, home office, organizing
photo source here
Ps...I am also in such love with that giant US picture above the futon!!

What I'm Excited About...

So the husband and I recently completed the 21 Day Fix and have now decided it's time to tackle the new Beach Body system: 22 Minute Hard Corp.  We have really enjoyed doing these workouts together at home and it is super cute to get Ellie involved. She has tiny little weights that she will carry around now and says "I workout!" whenever she knows we are getting ready to start one. It makes me feel so good and proud to have her aware of exercise...even if we are still in the beginning stages of getting more fit. 

What I'm Watching/Reading...


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix...so funny! We watched the entire first season, and the second season recently came out so we have just started into that too. 


I tried to listen to this book on Audible...but found it soooo disturbing and dark that I had to make myself stop about half way thru. It was seriously consuming me and making me feel so icky...I really wanted to find out what happened next but it was just so disturbing I had to stop. Anyone else read this book and feel this way. I just feel like I need positive, fun things in my life and this was not it for me!

What I'm Listening To...

Besides Audible books...I am loving Pandora One: "Mickey Mouse Club House" is a favorite in our house as well as "60's, 70's and 80's Hit Radio" and "Tom Petty Radio".

What I'm Wearing...

Still rocking yoga/workout pants. My favorite are these from Kohl's.  They are a little thicker then most and have a "shapewear" band at the belly that helps to hold you  in all the right places.  They are also not super low rise, so I can sit on the ground with Ellie and not worry about exposing crack to anyone and everyone behind me!

What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Prom makeup for my cousin.  I LOVE doing makeup for anyone, but prom is always especially fun because I get to be a little more creative then the every day application.  It helps when your client is cute too!!  

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

Hopefully continuing to work out and see results so that whatever swimsuit I decide to purchase, after hours of deliberation, will look good on me...or I will at least feel comfortable.  I am also looking forward to the Crawl for Cancer next month.  Some of my cousins and friends...and the husband...all pick a theme and dress up and go out and have a good time raising money for cancer research and enjoying everyone's company.  Last year we did NWO and it was hysterical...not sure we can out do that one, but we will always try.
It is usually a pretty fun time and I love getting out and seeing so many people! 


What Else is New...

After over a month with cold like/allergy symptoms I finally went to the doctor and come to find out I had a sinus infection so bad I am now on antibiotics for 3 weeks...hopefully this gets rid of my puffy eyes and sad sad sinuses.  Probably shouldn't have waited so long to go to the doc!!! Anyone else have allergies or sinus issues...THE WORST!!!!  

Hope everyone has a great rest of your week!!






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

3 Years Later...

On this day three years ago I made a promise and vow to my very best friend.  On this day three years ago I started a new life and never looked back.  I jumped, heart first, into this journey and have loved every single minute of it. (ok, not EVERY single minute...but most minutes) 

Happy three year anniversary, husband!  
I cannot imagine my life without you in it, I cannot imagine a better partner in this life or better daddy for our Ellie, then you. 
With you, life is never too serious. 
With you, we always feel safe and taken care of.
With you, we always feel loved. 
Thank you for all that you do...there is no way I could list it all, but just know I love it all and am so thankful for you!!!

As I was reading over our wedding ceremony in a post I wrote here I came across part of the words that were read and it struck me how perfect it was three years ago and how much even more now.  And so I will leave you with them and some pictures...because duh, I love pictures almost as much as I love my husband!

"Real love is something beyond the warmth and glow, the excitement and romance of being deeply in love.  It is caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about your own.  But real love is not total absorption in each other; it is looking outward in the same direction---together.  Love makes burdens lighter, because you divide them.  It makes joys more intense because you share them.  It makes you stronger so you can reach out and become involved with life in ways you dared not risk alone"