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Life Lately: Vlogidays December 16-18 + To Do's

December 19, 2014


Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Friday. I know it's  been a while since I have really been around here blogging so I thought I would catch up a little bit right now! Things around here have been so busy with getting things prepped and ready for Christmas. With all that stuff going on, plus my daily Vlogidays Videos, its just been hard to keep up. I don't know why this year is harder but it really is. I have missed talking to you guys but I doubt things will be back to normal on this vlog until after the holidays. I have just stayed super busy starting off this week with a new haircut! I was looking at my hair on some of the videos and it looked so long and heavy. I cut it right off and feel so much better. I think time has changed and long hair on me is over. I think right now is about as long as I am going to let it get.



Lots of things have been going on around here. As I mentioned, I have been busy as Santa's Elf's getting things ready for Christmas. I have been busy getting all the cookies baked, homemade gifts put together..all while trying to keep the house up and lets not forget about the vlogging. :) So its been busy. This year we are employing our beloved housesitter an heading up north to be with most of the kids.

Speaking of the kids, we have been having some serious problems with one of our boys. Scott's son Zane is having a lot of problems in his moms family right now. It has taken a huge toll on our family over this holiday season. You can watch the vlog for the details but my husbands younger son from a previous marriage has been taken away from his mom and now in the foster care system. Its been hard because they never contacted us and we are going to have a lot to do to try to get him out. And it's not going to happen fast. So, we have had a lot on our mind. But we are trying to figure out how to get him here and are still trying to stay in the Christmas spirit for the other kids. I have never realized how important it is to " fake it until you make it " until I had kids. They all know about what has happened with Zane and very sad for him but they are still kids who are looking forward to Christmas. So with heavy hearts we are still trying to stay in the Christmas spirit for them. Plus we have a new grandson that we are really happy about too. I don't think I have ever been so heartbroken and happy at the same time. And I know my husband feels the exact same way. But Zane and his well being has been at the front of our brains since last Tuesday when we found out what happened. We also have a new trip to take for a court hearing in January which has been added to the calendar. Still we have so much to do before he is allowed to come here, that it will probably be February before we know if he will be allowed to move here.



We could really use your prayers for Zane right now. It breaks our hearts that he is spending Christmas with a houseful of strangers. We can't do anything anything about it right now which is even more sad. I understand they have to check us out first so they know he will be safe but I wish we could make it happen much faster.


Yesterday I was back at it like Santa's busiest elf that started out with baking tons of cookies, making 2 different kinds of fudge. I am giving out cookies to a lot of people but I am also giving out all that jelly I made this past summer. I got all the spoons attached and got the jars all decorated to give out and I love how they look! :) I think they will make great little gifts to so many. Anyone can make the jelly....I showed you how to do it right here in full. Next summer, go pick a lot of fresh delicious berries and make some jelly! I tucked it away in the pantry for this holiday season and now its finally time to give them out. But I saved a few for us too! Also yesterday, I got busy wrapping gifts. I had a TON shipped up north to my ex husbands. I figured it would be easier to send stuff up there... pick it up and wrap it instead of having to pack the car with all those gifts. Its going to be full enough with the gifts we are taking plus everything else.


Some of my to do's for the the days ahead.
  • Finish baking chocolate crinkle cookies today. 
  • Have Jackson help me clean up the 3 bathrooms....he's playing hookie today. ;) It was just a half day and he hasn't missed any school, so why not!? 
  • Do another Dollar Tree run for bags and wrapping supplies. 
  • Get laundry caught up so I can start packing on Monday. 
  • Get food for Super Cooper and the cats. 
  • Write out notes with numbers on the chalkboard wall for the housesitter. 
  • Groom Romeo since he is going with us. 
  • Confirm catered Christmas dinner. 
  • Confirm hotel. 
  • Get car cleaned out. It's crazy how messy my little bug is right now. I seriously hate doing anything out in the cold. It's pretty typical of me to not clean my car during the winters. Instead I send it in with my husband. However, I have to get all my stuff done first! 
  • Get nails done before leaving. I have been really letting them grow out but it's about time. 
  • Bath Romeo before leaving. 
  • Write out a couple of holiday cards each evening. Thank you guys so much for all the cards. The Christmas card exchange is one of my favorite parts of the year! 
  • Try to eat the leftovers. It saves us money and cleans out the frig at the same time. 
  • Do more teeth whitening before all the holiday pictures. I seriously hate it....it always hurts my teeth. 
  • Pick up still needed items for our new grandson. 
  • Make more time for blogging. I miss it. I need it.. and I am sorry I have gotten so far behind. I doubt it will be back to normal until after the new year but I am going to try harder to post more. I can't remember a time when I have been so absent. But I am super busy. 
  • Start putting items for car in dining room for the trip. 
  • Call phone company about getting old records.
  • Cut up the fudge and get it in the containers. 
  • Have Jackson help with the dishwasher in a few minutes. Not sure if he will like staying home today or not. But he can help out some!
  • Find Scott one last Christmas gift.
  • Upload photos from phone and delete them to make more room. 
  • Go check the post office box. 
  • Switch purses. I always like a large purse when traveling because I am taking more with me. 
  • Find Super Cooper a new bed. I wish I would have gotten one over Black Friday but he is acting like his joints are hurting him. Golden Retrievers are known for their hip problems so it's time to get a big fluffy new bed.
Here's some inspiration to take with you today:


Thank you guys for all your love and support. I know things are busy but I have been keeping up with you guys through the vlogs on youtube. If you are not already subscribed, you might want to so you can be notified of new videos. I run behind sometimes posting them on here up they have been going up daily since Thanksgiving. :) Your support has fueled me to go on and continue. It's not always easy sharing our lives. People are not always so nice but I don't make the videos for them. I make them for you. ♥ I'll be working hard to keep up with the blog while we go into the busiest time of the year but please be patient. I don't know if the travel vlogs will go up the next day or not. It really depends on the time I have to edit and the hotel internet. So we'll see but if they don't go up while we are there, I will be sharing them when I get back. Have a beautiful and blessed day.

Another Catch Up Post: Vlogidays December 12 - 15, 2014

December 16, 2014

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful evening. I am doing my best to sit her and work hard on catching up the blog with our day in the life videos. I am so sorry for getting behind. So much has been going so its been difficult. Even today was not so easy ( you can check out tomorrows vlog to see why ) but I have a few minutes of time to sit down and get these posted. Please forgive that they are all together. It's just the easiest way to catch up right now. So here are the vlogs from last Friday to current.

Hope you enjoy!

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I thrive on the support, encouragement, inspiration and love that is given through comments and emails, and most often they lift my spirits and make my day, every day.Thank you guys so much. Each positive and encouraging thought helps me keep sharing on this blog and my youtube channel, Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I work hard on getting them all answered. 

Have a great night. I'll see ya tomorrow. 


Dual Vlogs! Vlogidays Day in the Life December 10 & 11, 2014

December 12, 2014


Hello friends. I hope you have a great night. I am doing something a little different to catch up. In this blog post you will find two different day in the life vlogs. That way, tomorrow we will all be caught up. Remember, if you subscribe to my main channel, you will always see the videos before they are posted on here.  

Here's how Wednesday went: 



I took most of the day trying to catch up around the house. Kinda like the way I am trying to catch up now. This is basically a continuation vlog the same day I put up the vlog about my grandmother. Hope you enjoy. 


Here is Friday's Vlog!


Yesterday was just not my day. I seriously think the universe was conspiring against me to just stay home. I went out and came right back home. If you want to see why... enjoy the vlog below! 


Thanks for watching! I hope you are having a great night. I have a grocery haul already up on youtube. It won't up on here until tomorrow. ;)

Shopping Frustrations: Vlogidays December 10, 2014

December 11, 2014




Hello friends. I hope you have a great night. I am back with Tuesday's vlog. I am running a little late with getting vlogs up. Yesterday was a hard day and I ended up falling to sleep before even saving or finishing yesterday's vlog. It's saving right now and should be up in a while.  Hope you enjoy my Vlogidays Vlog for December 9, 2014.  Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.

Here's how Tuesday went: 



Thank you guys for all the love and support regarding my grandma. I totally appreciate it and have taken many of my suggestions to my mom who will hopefully start checking on a in home nurse and or a nursing home for her sometime in the future.


Today....I'm sorry Grandma.

December 10, 2014


Hello friends. I hope you are having a wonderful evening. I have had a heavy heart last night and today about my grandma. Its a hard situation and I just thought maybe sharing with you guys. Maybe if you are experiencing the same thing or have in the past, maybe some of you guys will know where I am coming from. Any advice and prayers are needed please.


I should be back in a bit with our Day in the Life Vlog from yesterday. Stay tuned.


Not my typical Monday: Vlogidays Day in the Life December 8, 2014

December 9, 2014



Hello friends. I hope you have a great night. I am back with yesterday's vlog. It was not my typical Monday at home..instead rather busy! Hope you enjoy my Vlogidays Vlog for December 8, 2014.  Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.

Here's how yesterday went: 



Thanks for watching. I hope you had a great day. If you are looking for more vloggers to watch check out the comments on youtube because many are sharing their videos! 

Brittany Banter!!! Volidays Day in the Life: December 7, 2014

December 8, 2014


Hello friends. I hope you have a great night. I am back with yesterday's vlog where my daughter was the star of the show! Hope you enjoy my Vlogidays Vlog for December 7, 2014.  Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.

Here's how yesterday went: 


I am about to head out with the boys to grab some dinner! Hope you have a great night. ♥

I told you so Mr. Jaggers! Vlogidays December 6, 2014

December 7, 2014


Hello friends. I hope you have a great Sunday. So today's vlog was suppose to be titled...Happy Homemaker Day however....late night circumstances called for a change. So here is my Vlogidays Vlog for December 7, 2014.  Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.

Here's how yesterday went: 


Thank you guys for all your support on social media and the video. I have not been too hard on Scott but I think it's time he starts listening to his wife a little bit more! :)  See ya in bit. stay tuned for more to come today. 

Flu Bug!? Vlogidays Day in the Life: December 5, 2014

December 6, 2014



Hello friends. I hope you have a great evening. I have been a busy bee running errands and working around the house. However, right now it's break time!  I am back with Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.

Here's how yesterday went: 


Thank you for watching! I hope you are having a beautiful weekend. I am currently working on my corresponding blog post for my new planner video but if you want to see it now, you can click right here!

Where did Today Go!? Vlogidays December 4, 2014

December 5, 2014


Hello friends. I hope you have a great evening. Its been a day of online catch up!  I am back with Vlogidays...where I vlog everyday from now until New Years. For over 6 months, I vlogged every day last year and while that was fun, I grew tired of sharing so much. From that point I just continued to vlog a little each week and combined them in a Week in Review. However, we are starting a new season, and Vlogidays are here! These videos were suppose to go up on my main vlogging channel but I have been having so much trouble with that channel that they are all going up on my main youtube channel. From now until the end of December, I will probably be posting double videos. There is no other way, except starting a new channel and I don't see the point in that. Most of my subscribers are on my main channel anyway so it only makes sense. Also these videos are going to go live a day after just to give me time to edit.

Here's how yesterday went: 


Thanks so much for watching. Did time move fast on you yesterday too? It's a cold wet day here so I am using my coffee table as my desk today....catching up and staying cozy by the fire. I should be back with a couple more posts including Friday Letters in just a bit! Stay tuned. 


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