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Quick Food Shopping Haul! :) → Video ←

August 4, 2015

Good morning friends! I hope your day is starting off well. Scott is off work and home today and we are about to go run some errands before we have to get Jackson to school and get him registered. It's going to be a full day for sure. Before we take off on those adventures, I thought I would share a little haul from some shopping I did last night. I really needed to go over the weekend but kept putting it off and finally made myself's some menu ideas and what I got. Hope you enjoy! 

Right now husby is rushing me to get out the door. So gotta go but I will be back later this afternoon or this evening with a new Tuesday Truths blog post. Come back and check it out! 

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Week in Review w/ DITL Vlog and Weekly To Do's July 26 - August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. As many of you know... I post a week in review recapping what happened over the week & weekend. Its something that I have been doing off and on for years. Its just a simple way to give you guys a glimpse into our week. Here is our latest Day in the Life Vlog....lots more below! 

Here's more about our week:

I really started this week in review in the vlog and along with this blog post from Saturday of last week. With so much stuff going on right now, I have only been posting one vlog a week right now so I just included it all. After we got back from our Biltmore Mini Vacation, we had a little more school shopping to do. I wasn't really up for it but I did get a little rest before hand and went out to a bunch more stores trying to finish up Brittany's shopping. It was our last big day together and I wanted to have a great time with her even though it was pretty bitter sweet. It's not easy being away from her but instead of making that our focus, we both know that it's not forever. She knows how much I love her and I actually know and feel the love she has for me even through these complicated teen-age years. I have always always felt that the kids are the best things I have contributed to this world. They are all smart loving kids who make me proud everyday. Even my step children are amazing loving kids who have blessed me in so many ways. Brittany and I tried to not cry on the morning her dad picked her up and dropped Jackson off. She had a ton of things going on that same day so we focused on that and said our goodbyes with lots of hugs and kisses. Jackson seemed good with the switch as well. Normally for him it's a bit harder but this year was a little different. Again, I think all the kids are getting older and realize it's not going to be forever before we all see each other again. 

Once we got back home it was time for a small break. I was just exhausted and for a couple of days I just laid around and kinda moped around. I wasn't sleeping well and I was waking up feeling so heavy. Maybe it was a light form of depression but I really think it was more exhaustion than anything else. A couple of days later, I got feeling better and started working around the house and getting things ready for Jackson to go back to school. Brittany has school start sooner for her and Jackson starts August 17. I love this time of year with all the new school supplies :) , a fresh school year, all of it. We break school shopping down because of the different things needed from school supplies to clothes. This past week, we knocked out the school supplies and we also knocked out one of the pre school appoitments. We headed to the dentist for a cleaning and handled it really good. 
I was happy to hear he had been brushing good and had no cavities. YEA! It's also about time for braces. But one appointment down...4 more to go.
Scott and I both thought it was time for Jackson to have a little more responsibility than emptying the dishwasher out. Yesterday he had his first lesson on the riding mower. We have a huge back yard and it takes hours even riding along doing it but it was a great lesson for him. as a mom I was a little nervous but he has to learn sometime. His lines were not that straight but he learned pretty fast and he will be doing it again next week. It's hard to know when to let them do more or push them to do more. Jackson would have loved nothing more than to be off that mower and be on the xbox but it wasn't an option. He's doing better with playing more outside but it's been so hot a lot of the kids have been waiting until the evening hours. That's about the time I have been opening the door and windows too. I love the warm weather but I want to be able to have the windows open all the time! I want the fresh air flowing through our home. But with such hot days, it's next to impossible to leave them open during the day. 

Also over the week, I also upgraded my operating system to: 

I am a happy PC user. I really am. I have not felt the need to switch to Apple anything. Recently I started considering getting a new iphone just so I can facetime easily with Brittany and Jackson but computer wise I am happy using my Dell Laptop. Windows just released Windows 10 which is free right now for all of us. I went through the upgrade and I like it much better than Windows 8.1 and it seems very efficient to me. There were a couple bugs along the way but I couldn't figure out how to fix with google. It working great and so far I like it. :) Have you switched over yet? What do you think of it?? 

This past week for me was about allowing myself to rest and then slowly start catching back up with all the details of everyday life. I have accomplished big and small tasks around the house yet I still have a lot to do. I haven't pushed myself like crazy because we all need breaks from time to time. But in these next few weeks before school there is a lot to get done...

- Register Jackson tomorrow for 7th grade. 
- Answer youtube comments 
- Start/Finish back to school clothing shopping. 
- Start a new dinner routine where I am not cooking at 9pm. That is about over. 
- Make time to get back on treadmill. 
- Start looking online for a new house. Why not?
- Pick up Ipad from repair shop
- Get Jackson on a new sleep routine. 
- Convince hubby the time for a puppy is now!!
- Put away laundry waiting on me. 
- Clean up DVR
- Clean up looks ransacked right now. Thanks Jackson.
- Eat from the freezer a little more. 
- On a cooler day, do a quick pick up of the garage. 
- Work in planner. 
- Buy new vacuum belt. 
-Get to bed earlier each night so I feel better in the mornings. 
- Answer emails...sorry if you have been waiting. 
- Pick one day and film a lot of videos and edit later. 
- Order Jackson's new backpack. 
- Start new health detail. 
- Water plants
- Get Brittany's box together and get it mailed off. 
- Clean pet dishes
- Declutter - Throw more stuff away that we don't need or use. 
- Replace burnt out light bulbs
- Drink more water 
- Dump photos/videos from phone to make more space. 

And I am sure there will be many more lists made throughout the week. It's a busy time and I am trying to get back into the normal groove of things from earlier dinners, earlier bedtimes, different cleaning and working times. This time of year brings change for so many of us. How are you coping with getting things ready so the kids can go back to school? 

Here's some inspiration to take with you along through the week...

Thank you guys so much for stopping by. I hope your having a great Monday. I have switched my schedule around some so today is mostly desk work with a few household chores like dreaded laundry! But I have found with moving cleaning day to Wednesdays, feels easier because I get things done before hand without feeling rushed. So it's working out! Thank you guys for coming back and sharing our lives with you. I feel as if you are friends I have known for many years ( actually it's been years ha! ) and you guys are such a blessing.  I love getting to know you and I appreciate your kindness. I hope you have a great week... if you are new here, I'd love it if you took a few minutes to get subscribed! 


Sunday Inspiration ♥

August 2, 2015

Hello friends. ♥ I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. It's been a while since I have got a Sunday Inspiration blog post up but today I finally have the time to share a new post. 

Life around here has been incredibly busy which in a way has been good. Something happened to me coming back from vacation that just left me feeling so heavy. I couldn't really put it into words. Maybe it was a sort of depression...not really sure but the weight of the world seemed to be sitting on my least that's the way it felt. 

- Vacation seemed, well....not as good as I thought it would be. It seemed a little too familiar and just not that enjoyable. 
 - Scott came home to go back to working insane hours which only made things worse. 
- We also came home to no kids. And I didn't realize how painful that would be. 
- We also have a child that desperately needs us but there are so many hoops to jump through and if we stumble just once, it could be over. It's very stressful and scary.
- Every since the landlord pulled her stunt a few months back ago, our home has felt more temporary than anything else. I just want to move. But we have to handle things with one of the kids before making any kind of move. Plus I don't feel like I have any privacy in this neighborhood. 
- I miss my grandfather and wish more than anything his son ( my father ) would change to be the dad I need. Sadly, I buried my grandfather and that's the day my dad died. 
- I feel so behind with the work I do online from answering emails, comments, blog post, videos...the list is endless. 
- My body feels like it's getting weaker and older everyday. 
- We have 2 daughters in Indiana whom we miss very much. So much so, I want to just move there now. Again...we have all the children to consider and now is not the time for the move. 
- The house is never as clean or as organized as I wish it was. I seem to work all the time around here and it's never clean for long. It totally gets exhausting. 
- I love the sun but it's been so hot fresh air is a complete luxury when the sunsets. That's when I can finally turn the air off and open the big sliding glass door in the living room and open the windows.
- My son in law has made me angry as hell but we still love him.
- We just had to buy another car. I was not happy signing my name to those papers. The dealership that Scott works for is taking the cars from the Managers because 2 cars got wrecked. Thanks a lot. 
- Some people online say the nastiest of things about me and our family. Most of it is just plain out lies and the rest is opinions of nasty people. 
- My mom is at a family funeral in Indiana. The man we lost was a wonderful caring person. I'm glad she's there. Indiana will always be home for both of us rather we want it that way or not. And I haven't talked much to mom.. I miss her too.

I mean life can be messy can't it? I have figured something out though. It's easy to hold on to what is familiar. It's not easy to walk in faith. Many of us, myself included has forgot about what faith can bring you. It can simply bring you peace of mind. It takes us being courageous enough to let go of the worry and the hurt to let go and move forward in faith. I know some pain is so real and probably would take a lifetime to overtime but put your pain and problems to God and have faith that you will be ok. I pray every night and each day is a fresh start for all of us. God’s power is greater than any problems you might have or mistakes you have made.

Since I have decided that I am not going to let the the hard parts of life steal my happiness. I am not going to let my marriage crumble or my kids fail because of obstacles. I am putting my faith in God and his plan for our family. We love each other and we trust that God will bring us through it all to a better place. And I believe that for you too. 


Plan with me in my Inkwell Press Planner | August 2015 | Video

August 1, 2015

Happy Saturday to you all! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Honestly since this morning I haven't done much of anything that I haven't wanted to do. How nice is that!? :) I have actually been learning all about Windows10 today. I just got it installed in the very late hours of the night and woke up to a bunch of new changes. It's interesting and I do like the layout. Still their browser does not support blogger so I am going to stick to chrome but I am still loving the changes.  It's got Cortana which is pretty much like suri on the iphone. So I get to talk right into my laptop with the click of a button to get the fastest answers possible. Isn't that amazing within itself? Lots of new features to get use to. Anyway, I am back with a new planner video. It is the first of the month after all! So I am taking you through planning in my Inkwell Press Planner and one of my Erin Condren Calendars. It's a bit long so get a cup of tea and settle in to watch how I planned things out for a new month. Hope you enjoy! 

As you can see I do love stickers a lot for planning but you certainly do not need them. As you saw, this past week in my Inkwell Press I did not use stickers. It didn't seem like I had enough time to decorate so I just stuck to the basics. Pen and Paper is ALWAYS enough. So don't worry if you don't have a ton of stickers...instead, just start making a roadmap of your month, your week and your day. It's more important to know what you have coming up and what you need to get done than where to place a sticker. I just simply like them and like the color they add. But again.. you don't need stickers at all.

If you are sticker person, I tried to share where I got most of the stickers I used and where I got them. However, if you need further information on any of the stickers that you saw in the video, just let me know and I will be happy to help! Also in this planning video I share with you a lot of other supplies I love too. I normally buy stickers off etsy once a month or so but remember it takes a while for a lot of those stickers to arrive. I also order a lot of stickers from Erin Condren. Just because I don't use their planners at this time doesn't mean I don't like their stickers. 

Here are some of the stickers I shared in the video above: BTW...I listed out the Sticker and then it's linked to the etsy store. You will have to scroll through and find which one you are using.

Weekly Layout Planner Sticker Set - Coordinating Colors for Erin Condren Horizontal Planner

Planning Time Stickers! Perfect for your Erin Condren Life Planner, FiloFax, Plum Planner, Scrapbook ~

If I missed any just let me know if you need help finding them. I also find stickers out and about when I am shopping too. So be sure to check your local stores too. :) I would love to know what kind of planner person you are! If you plan weekly, daily, or even never! Let me know! :) Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend and don't forget to get subscribed! 


Reflecting/Looking Back | July 2015 | VIDEO

July 31, 2015

Hello friends! Happy Friday to you all. :) I'll try to get another edition of Friday letters up a little later. For some odd reason, I woke up this morning not feeling good so needless to say, things are not happening that fast today. However, I do have a new interesting video to share with you. I know many of my newer subscribers are new and not aware of all the videos and blog post that I have already put up. So in the video below I am sharing some blasts from the past! I am still working on the set up of this new monthly series so bare with me....I am still figuring out the format. Hope you enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed looking back. Like I mentioned above...I am still working on the format but I tried to share some videos that I hope you will check out! :) Here are all the videos and blog posts mentioned in the video.

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Open July Ipsy Bag! | Video |

July 30, 2015

Hello friends! How's your Thursday going? Mine is busy and I have a long day ahead of me still.... I have to start on the never ending task of running Jackson around to all his pre school appointments along with stopping by and dropping some papers off to Scott. Not to mention I have a ton of things to do around the house. But first before all that happens today, I thought I would share my July Ipsy Bag! :) Ipsy is one of my favorite monthly subscriptions.  Ipsy is a monthly subscription that costs $10. a month and always includes a cute bag and 5 or 6 products to test out. It's one of my favorite monthly subscriptions because I get to try out new products and such. It's so fun! You can sign up right here if you are interested. Hope you enjoy! Oh by the way...I recorded this a while ago and my hair is much darker than it is in the video. My hair journey is something all within itself!

This is such a fun subscription service. I love it and many of my family and friends have signed up too and they are loving it as well. I would love to hear what your Ipsy products were if this month, if you are a subscriber too! If you are new here, please take a second to get subscribed so you don't miss any new videos or pictures. Have a beautiful night. ♥