Get Ready w/ Me! Featuring Avon Anew Age Transforming Compact Makeup | Video |

October 25, 2014

Hello friends! Happy Saturday to you all! I hope its a beautiful fall day wherever you may be. Today I am back with a Get Ready w/ me video showing how well the Avon Anew Age Transforming Compact Makeup works. I figured since I had used so much of the foundation up, it would be a good time to go over my thoughts on it while I get ready! I think really instead of writing out a long in depth blog post doesn't do it justice.....so check out the video to see for yourself how well it covers and blends into the skin.

Thanks for watching! I hope you have a beautiful and blessed weekend. If you have any questions about what I used or how I applied anything be sure to let me know in the comments! I have a big haul coming up early next week....so stay tuned!

Free Starlight Lantern Project by Kiwi Crate!

October 24, 2014

Here’s an interesting box for you guys to try out if you have kids! Hurry on over here and click on the Get a Free Trial button to snag the Kiwi Crate My Starlight Lantern sample-size project for FREE. Your kids will be able to create their very own lantern for a fun camping adventure under the stars and will learn about all the glowing animals that can light up the dark. I think this is fun for kids at any age. I got one for Jackson even though he's 12, he likes to build things. 
If the site is running slow...keep refreshing and trying. It took me a while but I was able to get it! 
NOTE: Your free trial project will ship within two business days. You will have 14 days after your trial project ships to cancel your subscription. If you choose to not cancel, you will be charged $19.95/month and receive 2-3 new projects per month with your Kiwi Crate monthly subscription. You may cancel at any time by calling (866) 639-6502.

Friday Letters ♥

October 24, 2014

Hello everyone! I hope you are getting along great with your Friday. Jackson is out of school today so we actually have a houseful of kids who are here hanging out.....so bare with me as I write Friday letters in a very busy day!

♥ Dear God, Thank you for giving me this body. I don't think I have taken care of you as good as I could have. Just last night I was running some errands and I was aching everywhere. If you can hear my prayers, my thoughts, or even read the words I am typing right now... please send my old body some love...and more importantly...keep my family and friends safe. You know how much they all mean to me. 

♥ Dear Scott, I know you are working your butt off selling all those cars daily but we miss you. Please try to keep your days's off and come home to spend time with us! Thanks for the new wedding band. I can't wait for it get done being sized. 

♥ Dear Laura, I am so glad you found your doggie! You put so much time into finding him. I can't wait to talk to you and find out how he came home. So happy for you! 

♥ Dear Honey Boo Boo, Thank goodness you are off the air. I don't understand putting such stupid shit on tv. I just don't get it. While I wish your family the best, I am go glad your show has been axed. 

♥ Dear Jackson, I am so glad you got what you wanted for your birthday. I love you so much....we love you so much and you are growing up and maturing each day. Your a beautiful person and we will fight for you, we will love you, and we will hopefully show you the right direction and then you are off to walk down your own path one day. Happy birthday baby. I love you. 

♥ Dear Cooper, I really think your workouts are paying off! I can't wait to go back to the Vet to see if you have lost any weight. You seem like you are feeling a little more spunky and maybe the all natural dog food is helping too! Glad to see you feeling better. 

♥ Dear Laci, Sorry I missed your call twice yesterday. Call me later today when you can. Love you! 

♥ Dear Chrissy Teigen, I am sorry that you got so beat up over your comments. Honestly I think you were right, One shooting in Canada and their world stops and here in America it's just an average day when that happens. I'm sick of Americans that are so dumb, thick, and not willing to accept that the rest of the world finds it unacceptable to be able to get guns so readily. And I am an American myself. I wish we were not living in such the dark ages in this country. 

♥ Dear House, you were freeeeeeeeezing this morning. I was too tired and lazy just climbing out of bed to start a fire so I went ahead and turned on the heat for a few minutes. 

♥ Dear Brittany Belle, I know you are nervous and excited about cheerleading competitions tomorrow. Try to keep your toes pointed, smile, and have fun. I know its stressful and I know its hard but its also suppose to be fun. Mind your manners and do your best. Everything else will fall into place. I love you so much and all I want is for you to have a safe beautiful life. I also can't believe you are going to be 13 years old next week!!!! Now that's scary! 

♥ Dear Friday, with a houseful of neighborhood kids here and Jackson out of school, it feels like the WeEkEnD!!! I can already tell its going to be hard getting things done today. 

♥ Dear Trina, I am so glad Vicki is coming home today. God bless you for taking care of the baby, visiting your sick daughter, taking care of your house along with working sounds like a super woman to me. I went out to 4 places yesterday and was totally exhausted. Feel free to bottle of that energy of yours and ship it my way! 

♥ Dear Ears, why have you been hurting so badly lately? Gosh....it's so uncomfortable. 

♥ Dear Shanna, Princes in New Albany... I have my doubts! Hahahahahaha! I love you and you are truly someone I trust with everything. Thanks for being such a good friend to me. 

♥ Dear New Neighbors, It was so nice meeting you last night. I don't like many people around here. I love my neighbors right across the street...really they are the only ones I trust around here but I sure liked meeting you and your husband. Your son is well mannered and we will have to get together again sometime! Thanks for coming over and introducing yourself. Many parents just drop their kids off and never want to speak...you guys came in, hung out, and got to know us a little....and you getting to know us a little better. It was actually fun! Nice to have met you. 

♥ Dear Romeo, How many times does it take for you meowing at my door to figure out I am not opening it. You tore my toes up the other morning so just go find someone else to bother at 8am. I'm not opening the door. 

♥ Dear Mom, Glad you are doing good. I kinda hate it that you are so far away. I wish I could hop in the car and be at your house in a couple of hours.

♥ Dear Mrs Porter, You were the cutest teacher at Jackson's school yesterday. Your adorable and I really enjoyed talking to you. Thank you for working with Jackson. I have to admit, I am not too impressed with the school system right now. Maybe next year we will end up putting Jakson in private school. Idk but you were such a joy to talk to! My husband and I both thought you were the cutest and reminded us of our own older daughter! Gosh...such young teachers anymore but that's ok... fresh and current is all good 

♥ Dear Jordan, I don't know when you are going to come around. If ever. But I want you to know that I love you but I don't support how you are acting. If you want us to buy you a car, if you want to be a part of the family, you have to stop with the dumb shit and start talking when you call. I seriously think its time I write Patti a letter and talk to her. If I had her number... I would have already called. 

♥ Dear Leaves, I am not a lawn and garden person but I wonder why we can't just leave you on the ground and not rake you up. Won't you turn into compost? Hummmmm...guess I need to do some research. However, if any of you guys know why we have we have to rake opposed to just leaving them....feel free to let me know.

♥ Dear Lone Survivor, I have watched your movie probably 20 times. I don't think there was a movie in 2014 that touche me as much as yours. Seriously..it opens your eyes to so many things and it makes me grateful for the men and women who protect our country. I think it's a must see for everyone. I'm sorry for all the souls that left over that operation. May they rest in peace forever. I have not read the book but I ordered it. Can't wait to read it.

♥ Dear Lindsay, thank you for your help with the blog and everything else you did for me. I know you were probably overwhelmed with all my emails. Thank you so much and I will do a giveaway of one of your pre made templates in a couple of weeks.....and hopefully they are not as demanding as I was!

♥ Dear House, surprising enough, you stayed pretty clean this week. However, I'm not sure I am even making the beds today! Ha! I just might not...and enjoy a day of no housework! :)

♥ Dear Blog/ Youtube Friends, Thank you so much for all your blog post that I read on a daily basis. I am totally inspired by you guys and I just say thanks. I try to leave comments a lot of times but just know this blogging community has been amazing to be a part of. I love you guys.... thanks for coming back and visiting,

Have a great Friday!

Fall Tag + Bouqs Flower Review & Giveaway!!

October 23, 2014

Hello friends! I am back today with a fun fall tag along with a fun flower giveaway! I think tags are such a fun way to get to know each other a little better. Rather your are a blogger or youtuber, I tag you all with this fall tag. I decided to go ahead and include my Bouqs Flower Review in full. Because after all, the big bouquet of flowers is very fall like. Well at least the 2nd bunch is fall like...check out the video to see what I am talking about! There is more below about the flowers and the giveaway form.....so get entered!

I was super impressed with Bouqs flowers. Their website was super easy to navigate through. They have a ton of beautiful flowers bouquets to pick from. They pride themselves on sending out beautiful flowers without all the extras such as over priced balloons, teddy bears and such. Just add on's that run the price right up. Instead they offer 3 different sizes of bouquets starting at $40 going up to $70 for the biggest grandest box of flowers. And shipping is INCLUDED with the base prices! 

 As you saw in the video the flowers come boxed very securely packaged preventing them from damage in transit. 

I think its so important how different companies package their products. Bouqs took great care to ensure they arrive as fresh and healthy as possible to your door step. 

The first box of flowers came and boy were they massive, beautiful and smelled amazing. However, to be very honest I was expecting something a little different. I'm not sure if it was me or them but let me tell you. Customer service was outstanding. They were quick to help me and wanted to make sure I was completely happy with my order. So instead of giving some quick discount code for my next order, they actually sent another huge bunch of flowers. This time they picked them out for me and again... I was surprised at how kind and helpful customer service was. So take note...if you do happen to order flowers from Bouqs, and they are not exactly what you had hoped for, they will totally help make it right. There was nothing wrong with the roses at all. They were big and beautiful, I just thought I had ordered something else. And in their kindness, they sent out another box of fresh flowers. 

You can see them from this top view on our breakfast table. They are sooooo beautiful. In the video I showed you how they came in with closed buds which really really insures fresh beautiful flowers that will last longer. It took about 2 days after receiving the second bunch for them to totally open up. 

People contact me a lot for me to try out products and review. I am pretty picky about doing reviews because if its something I am not going to use or really like, I just respectfully decline. But who could pass up such beautiful flowers? Certainly not me! I love that they have a handy dandy reminder service that can help your spouse or significant other send flowers without having to worry forgetting those important dates. You can also set up regular fresh flower deliveries for weekly or monthly if you love flowers as much as I do! And of course, you can order flowers for that just because occasion that anyone is sure to love. I wouldn't worry too much about the flowers coming in a vase opposed to the box. Most people have extra vases sitting around the house that they can use. I like not having to pay for the vase or all the other extras that just run the bill up which are not that important anyway.  

All the flowers I received lasted well over a week. The lilies are still sitting on our little breakfast table and look amazing! The only thing I have a problem with is keeping our kitty cats from eating the flowers! Beware cat owners, some flowers are poisonous to your cats so make sure they get put in a place where the cat cannot get to them. Nightly I move the flowers to a desk where the cats can't access them. They also love the boxes too! 

I am totally impressed with Boqus flowers and customer service. They were super helpful and the website was easy to use. And most of all, the flowers are so beautiful. I would recommend Boqus to anyone wanting to order flowers for themselves or someone else. What do you think of The Bouqs so far?  You can use the this link or the one in my sidebar to get 15% off your first order. Also if you pick any of the subscription services you can save up to %25.

Since I love fresh flowers so much, I am sharing the love with one of you guys. All you have to do to enter....is use the form below. This giveaway is going to last until November 10th, and the winner will be announced on November 11, 2014 on my youtube channel and ON THIS BLOG POST! So if you enter, be sure to come back to see if you won! Good luck to everyone! 

Thanks so much Boqus for sending me these amazing flowers and having outstanding customer service. It was awesome working with you guys! Thanks again. 

Lindsay's Creamy Chicken Quinoa & Broccoli Casserole - Video & Recipe

October 22, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a beautiful evening! I am back today sharing a recipe from the lovely Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum.  In my search of quina family friendly dinners I found this recipe that quickly became a hit with my husband and kids. If you want to see how to make it, I show how easy it is to follow her recipe to make this casserole. Everything you need to know is in the video and her full recipe is below.

Here is Lindsay's recipe from a Pinch of Yum! 
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • ¼ cup cooked, crumbled bacon (optional... sort of)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning (like Emeril's Essence or any basic blend you like)
  • ¼ cup shredded Gruyere cheese (any kind will work)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  1. Sauce: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and generously grease a 9x13 baking dish (seriously, be generous because it really really sticks to the sides). Bring the chicken broth and ½ cup milk to a low boil in a saucepan. Whisk the other ½ cup milk with the poultry seasoning and flour; add the mixture to the boiling liquid and whisk until a smooth creamy sauce forms.
  2. Assembly: In a large bowl, mix the sauce from step one, one cup water, quinoa, and bacon and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips and lay the chicken breasts strips over the top of the quinoa mixture. Sprinkle with the seasoning. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  3. Broccoli: While the casserole is in the oven, place the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute until it turns bright green and then run under cold water. Set aside.
  4. Bake: Remove the casserole from the oven, check the mixture by stirring it around in the pan, and if needed, bake for an additional 10-15 minutes to get the right consistency. When the quinoa and chicken are cooked and the sauce is thickened, add the broccoli and a little bit of water (up to one cup) until the consistency is creamy and smooth and you can stir it up easily in the pan. Top with the cheese and bake for 5 minutes, or just long enough to melt the cheese.
You will know the quinoa is done when it is soft and looks as if it has popped open, with the germ of the kernel visible as a little spiral. I've gotten quite a few comments about the liquid not absorbing right away - if that's you, just bake it a little longer. With enough time, it should get that moisture soaked right up into a creamy sauce.

- Thank you so much Lindsay for giving my family a quinoa dinner that they would actually eat! I love your blog and all your delicious recipes. Thanks again for this delicious meal!

Wednesday Hodgepodge!

October 22, 2014

Happy Wednesday Friends! Time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce from over at From This Side of the Pond ....this is always such a fun linkup.. join in anytime! Hope you enjoy. 

Cozy-AutumnDays | via Tumblr1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

The back of our house is mostly windows so I get to see the leaves falling on a pretty regular basis. And I have been busy trying to give myself more time to enjoy the beauty of nature. I am a pretty lucky lady. I don't work outside the home so I can take little " mini vacations " or breaks whenever needed without leaving things undone to do so. Its important to get fresh air and enjoy nature. Every morning when I come down to the first floor, I normally always open the large sliding doors just to take in some fresh air and the beauty of the day. That even happens on cold days. The door might not stay open long but I always want to feel the sun on my face and enjoy the beautiful place I live in. 

2. Since we're talking turning...what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?

That's an easy one... picking up shoes around the house. It seems like no one around here...myself included, can pick up their shoes. I even have a big shoe basket by the front door that always seems full but then I look around and there are 6 more pair of shoes laying around the house. It drives me crazy! And a lot of them happen to be different Nikes that I love and wear a lot. It's not just the boys! 

3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'

Hahahahahahaa! Great question. Normally I am not so good at it.  I really feel an eye for an eye works best for me but as I am growing up, I realize that getting even doesn't really make me feel better. Sometimes it might temporarily feel that way, but in the end I always end up feeling bad. So now I am trying to turn the other cheek more but I can't promise that it will happen every time. I am still trying to learn that I can only control myself...no one else. They can act like assholes all day long but I can and should choose to act better. 

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?

OMG.. you are totally hitting it with the questions this week. On Monday I noticed that my plain gold wedding band was gone. I turned over my house, car, and even a rather large bag of garbage looking for it but still no band. I have stopped the manic search and hoping it will just turn up when I am least expecting it. I am pretty upset by it because its been on my hand since we said I do but atleast I still got the rest of the set. And maybe it's time for a prettier new one. Please wish me luck on finding it. 

5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

Really both. Its like a dance in our home. Scott gives in his own ways, and I take. I give in my own ways, and he takes. Its a dance back and forth in a sense. And lets face it... the kids always take! :) 

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

It would have to be green. I do love my strawberry's, apples, red grapes, and raspberries but over all... I would have to pick green. 

I just crave green food more so that would have to be my pick!

7. The Hunt for Red OctoberOctober SkyHalloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?

 A movie I always tend to watch in October is....

Its always such a cute weekend movie no matter how many times I have seen it. And they always always play it in October. It also has my dream house in the movie. I just wish I could pack up my laptop and family...and move right in! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Its been a better week for me. I have been slowly catching up and making progress around the house. I also gave the blog a little face life that I hope you guys like! I just wanted something a little brighter. Soon I will be hosting a giveaway for a premade template from Sweet Baby's Designs. So you fellow bloggers will have to come back and get entered! Tomorrow is my son's 12th birthday and he does not want a party and really prefers money to gifts. Yep.. he's growing up and not wanting to be treated like a baby anymore. However, he's been kinda sheltered so I would like to see him mature more. So its sweet and sour. ♥  Gosh.. time is flying! I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed Wednesday. See ya next week! :)

Back to School: Lunch Box Essentials - Video & Corresponding Blog Post -

October 21, 2014

Hello friends! I hope your evening is going well. I am back tonight to show you what has been making my life much easier when it comes to packing lunches. As I have said many times its been a journey getting back into the new 2014-2015 school year. And yes, we are well into and I am just starting to feel like I am catching up! If you want to check out lunchbox packing station and some tips I have learned along the way...have look a at the video. More pictures and information below!

I decided to use my large cabinet that I use to store stemware and jars to convert into our lunch pack station. It worked out really well because with the exception of a few wine glasses, the top of the cabinets are not being utilized.

On the top shelf of the cabinet, I keep a small cooler, some extra lunch bags and even some of our on the go cups and thermos containers in case we want to pack a hot lunch.Everything fits nicely in that area and its easy accessible to anyone. Even little Jackson can hop on the counter and get something if he needs it.

On the middle shelf I have everything you would need to package any lunch item. That includes a lot of the Rubber Maid Lunch Blox items, baggies of all sizes, other rubbermaid containers that I found for cheap at the Dollar Tree. I also keep extra forks and such that come with take out that can also be used in any packed lunch. You can find what ever kind of food storage container that you would want for any lunch on this shelf.

On the bottom shelf I have a couple of containers that hold snacks that I like to have just to quickly be able to toss little extras into the lunch box. Just quick little items that are premade. Some of the quicker items I have packaged myself. A good tip to building up a good lunch supply is to take a few helpings out out each bag of the family chips and snacks. I just zip lock them up and they stay fresh while allowing me to build up lunch items easily. If I was just to leave the lunch items in the pantry the boys would just eat it up super fast. If its in this cabinet they know they are not to touch it at all unless they are packing a lunch. Simple as that. 

I hope this video inspires you to make a little lunch packing station with the items you use the most. It really does make packing lunches either the night before or the busy morning of much easier. I would love to hear any of your lunch box essential tips if you care to share!

Have a beautiful night.

Free Subscription to Marie Claire Magazine!!

October 21, 2014

I love free magazines....here's another one for ya! Head on over here where you can get a FREE subscription to Marie Claire magazine courtesy of Mercury Magazines. There are no strings attached and you will not receive a bill. 

Inside my head...Tuesday Thoughts

October 21, 2014

Happy Tuesday friends. I thought I would just do a quick check in today because I miss writing. I make a lot of videos now but often times, I don't get to just sit down  and write. And writing is my first passion. So I thought today I would share some of the thoughts bouncing around in my head. Have run reading!

* The first time I was woken up this morning was about 745 am. I guess the boys had left and Romeo didn't like the idea of being in the house alone. So his big ass went up to flights of stairs and sat at the only door closed and meowed over and over and over and over and over. Seriously...he didn't stop until I got up and opened the door. And then he just wanted to play and I just wanted to sleep. If I moved around in any direction, he would totally attack my feet, arms, even hair. But how can I get mad at this boy? BTW...that was on of his fall pictures last year...he's never outside without extreme supervision. He means the world to our entire family but I didn't appreciate his harassment this morning. And to make it even better.....hes totally sound asleep right now.

*  I finally did fall back to sleep even kitty bites on my toes and woke up so abruptly with the loud ass door bell. So I had another bunch of unexpected issues pop up. At that point, I gave up and never went back to bed. Gosh...guess God is trying to tell me to drag my butt out of the bed and enjoy the beautiful day.

* Yesterday I stopped my weekly cleaning on the 2nd floor. That means today I have to work on the first floor. Yippe.

* For some reason I have been making the coffee super strong, so Scott says. I was trying to stick to budget and bought Folgers this last time. I think its just a stronger coffee Gevalia. But he's right...its so strong it could probably walk itself right out the front door.

* My sons math homework has finally reached the point where I can no longer help him. I have never been good with numbers but his 6th math homework drives me crazy. Thank God for Scott being able to help with that subject otherwise we'd be in trouble.

* My sister in law Trina has her daughter in the hospital sick and taking care of her 3 month old baby boy. They kept her daughter overnight and it is sure worrying me.

* Oscar Pistorius was convicted today and is to serve 5 years for shooting his girlfriend. I actually agree with that sentence...Here's what I think happened. It was reported that he was texting his ex girlfriend that night. New girl friend realizes it...flips out...goes and locks herself in the bathroom and he tries to get in to talk to her and can't. So he grabs his gun to try to shoot the door open. I don't think he meant to kill her but it happened. Its sad all the way around. See...that's how fast a fight can turn deadly.

* I am thinking about switching over to wordpress. Still not sure though. Decisions Decisions. For the most part Google has been really good to me so idk. Maybe I should stay right here. Do you have any thoughts on the subject ?

* I realized a little while ago that the clothes I laid out for Jackson to wear today were in my room...I simply forgot to put them out. No telling what he is wearing today.

* The clock is ticking today and so far, I have made a few phone calls, replied to some emails and refilled my coffee. Yea.. its a good thing husby works late. We still have at least 6.5 hours before he gets home. I'm just thankful that they are selling more cars at this dealership even though I love Volkswagen. And FYI....there is no way in hell I am coming out of my bug and going into a Dodge. Yep.. not happening! I do miss him though. Its really long days and he comes home exhausted.

* I think I am going to try to have some professional stickers made for my Erin Condren planner. A few shops on Etsy that I am hoping can help design them for me!

* I have totally been loving Madam Secretary. It comes out I have been loving Téa Leoni in a serious part..It comes on Sunday's at 8:30 on CBS. Check it out! 

* I have got a ton of paperwork and bills to go through.  A job I am seriously dreading. Did you see all the mail I showed you in my most recent vlog? Ha....time to break out the shredder and get busy. 

* I was asked to be interviewed by a student at New York University about my haul videos via skype. How fun is that!? I think we are doing it tomorrow.....so maybe I can record it and show you guys.

* I haven't been feeling that good here lately. Sneezing, throat and earache but no fever. I guess its just the change of the weather but it sucks.

* I really need to get busy getting my makeup brushes cleaned TODAY. Yea.. that is totally happening today.

* Erin Condren blew out my facebook fan page. They posted this video on their facebook fan page and now I have a bunch of new friends! How amazing is that. If you are new here....welcome! I hope you stay around for a while and get to know us.

* I hate not being able to find freebies. I have been searching high and low but its been slim pickings. I do have a new free magazine deal that I will get posted in just a bit. Hopefully they pick back up in the winter. Don't ask me why...but they always slow down in the summer months.

* I have someone who harrasses me, steals my pictures and content and have already stolen my header and a few other things to promote their hate Kisha blog. It's ridiculous and I am trying to just roll with it but I wish I could throw their ass in jail. But positive thoughts...There is no such thing as bad publicity is what I keep telling myself but to be completely honest, its total bullshit. I know they are broken and I am trying to forgive but they are sure making it harder.

* I think I am going to see if I can get any of the cats to walk on the treadmill! Yep. Lets see if I can make it happen. Training the dog was easy.....which I plan on filming a video showing you how to do it, but I want to see how the cats will handle it. Should be interesting. :)

* You guys are so awesome. I love that you use the form on my contact me page to send me emails. Know that I read them pretty much the second they come in unless I am driving. I try to respond back on the weekend so don't think I have forgot about you. You guys inspire and life me up so much.

* I am seriously loving my nails right now. They are long, strong, and natural! I do have a acrylic overlay over my natural nails too keep them from breaking but I am totally happy with how they are growing. I found a great lady who does such a good job on my nails.  I sometimes paint them myself but I am not so good at it but I like a more natural nail. I would feel like a freak with bright colors on my nails being they are long unless its neutral and natural looking. I don't like to stand out because of my nails. So right now... I am super happy with how they are growing and staying strong.

* I have a fresh flower review coming up. I am excited to share with you some beautiful flowers that you can get a discount with if you want to order some for yourself or someone else. I love fresh flowers in the house.

* I am getting super tired of all the political commercials. I wish they would at least label each political ad with the party they stand with. Yea.. I want to know. I would sooner put my dog in the white house before I put some old timer Republican in. It's just how I feel. I am really really really hoping Hillary Clinton is our next President.

* Jackson has been having a few issues on the school bus. I called the school Monday and they said they would look into it. But suggested I pick him up if he was being picked on. WTF? Yea.. not So far they have done nothing. I'm afraid between ex husband and Scott one of them are going to get on that bus and end up on CNN. My ex husband said send him to school with pepper spray and if he needs it, he has it. Ugh...I'm pretty sure Jackson would be tossed out of school for the year if he did that. It's hard when schools just fall short on helping their students. They did send a really sweet card home the other day but I think the bus issue needs to be addressed to. Call me crazy, but I think they should deal with the bullies and not make me come pick up my son. That just sounds lazy to me. Hopefully today will be better for him.

* Thank goodness what I need to do today is quick because I am kinda running behind. But I'll be caught up before Scott walks in the door. I also have another blog post and video that should be up later this evening. Stay tuned.

I hope you have a great day.. time to get busy. ♥ Feel free to let me know how your day is going....I would love to know!

Week in Review Oct 13- 19, 2014 w/ Day in the Life Vlog & To Do's

October 20, 2014

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 weekend. I also vlogged a little each day which you can see in the video below. I have been trying to move all my video's to my main channel including the vlogs but for right now I am uploading them to both channels. I think that is the best way to do it right now but eventually they will probably all move to my housewife life main youtube channel. I hope you don't mind but I have been trying to figure out a way to make everyone happy. I don't expect you to watch them twice but now you will be able to find my vlogs on both channels. ↓Here it is↓ Hope you enjoy! More pictures and info below! 

This Past Week:

Hello friends. I hope you are having a great Monday. I got a little later of a start again today but I am not worried about it. I figure the house isn't in a hurry for me to clean it up so I will work on that later this afternoon and evening. Scott doesn't even get home most nights until after 8pm so that does give me extra time to get things done. So the weather here today is pretty. Over the past few days we have had rain, thunderstorms, and even tornado sirens going on and off from time to time. Leaves have been falling off the trees a little faster than what I want. I love fall but I know in a matter of weeks, I am going to be freezing! I hope wherever you are, you are enjoying all the fall beauty. Even you floridians! Scott enjoyed his time at home Sunday. It was his first day off since starting his new job. I wasn't crazy about the dealership where he ended up. I am a Volkswagen fan through and through so I wanted him to stay there!! I am also a Nissan fan but he is at neither of those stores. I don't tell where yet, but its a big store and its selling a ton more cars than the Volkswagen store. So maybe it was the right move. However, he is coming home exhausted after working such long hard hours. And more cars mean more money so I am just doing my best to keep my big mouth shut! And over all he does seem happier. So that matters more than anything.

As the week went through, I stayed busy trying to use my planner and new schedule to get back on track and get more things accomplished. Its been hard... I am still not fully into the new school year but each day I am getting things cleaned up and organized. Plus I have been giving myself more time to get my mind cleared and centered. I talk a little more about it in my Sunday Inspiration post. Its a process. I can't just let myself lay around depressed and or angry and have a happy life. So staying busy has been a big key to losing all those negative thoughts. And when they do pop up, I am trying harder to control them by bringing myself back to a happy thought or memory. It might silly but it has helped. I am just my best to stay present and take each day at it comes without worry or hesitation.

By time the weekend came and I thought Jackson and I could use the time to check the PO Box and do some shopping. He is almost 12 and doesn't always want to go run errands and go shopping with mom. But I got him out of the house and we had a really nice time out. If you want to check that food haul out click right here.

We spent the rest of the weekend at home enjoying time with the animals.. Cooper is really starting to workout more and lose a little weight. We'll find out at his next Vet appointment. A s you can see in the picture Willow was just wanting my attention. She moved all around while I was filming part of the vlog and just wanted to be noticed. I thought it was super cute! We finished Saturday night off with chocolate chip pancakes which totally hit the spot. We don't get up most mornings and have a big breakfast so we try to have it for dinner every couple of weeks. Its totally one of Jackson's favorite meals.

Also over the weekend, I got a blog facelift. I seriously drove this woman crazy but she was nothing but sweet to me. I am so thankful for all her help. We did go back to my wide white background but that is the only way I can have larger pictures and videos. Plus the blue strip I loved that was the background made a few family members complain it hurt their eyes. So taking that into account, we just used some of her accents on this blog. It was a lot of work for her because I kept making changes as I went. But I totally love her work and appreciate all her help. And I hope you like you the new look! I just wanted more color...and I guess a header is about the only way I am going to get it!

Last night I was in the shower and bed pretty early but not without a yummmmmy cup of eggnog. Even if you are someone who has never had and think its awful.....try it again. It is like heaven on my tongue. I love it. And you can only really get it in these cooler months so put it on the grocery list and enjoy it while you can! The Southern Comfort is amazing. There is no alcohol unless you put some in. So its great for the kids too!

It was overall a very nice weekend. I enjoyed having us all here together at the same time yesterday. Scott really does work a lot and is not home that much. I wish the 2 weeks he was home before he took this job we could have enjoyed it more instead I worried the entire time. And now I miss him. What gives?  I was just happy we all had a great Sunday together. Oh we also checked out another house in the same area here but without a peeping tom. So yea.. we just might be moving next months but we would still be in the same neighborhood.

  • Go through bags of mail that came from the post office...Sigh.
  • Finish the last couple of loads of laundry today. 
  • Update chalkboard walls. 
  • Get busy on the weekly cleaning and try to get it done in 1.5 hours not 2 hours. Wish me luck!
  • Quick clean up of the frig. 
  • Give Scott a really nice back rub to say I love you. 
  • Finish planning the week out... including videos and blog posts. 
  • Scoop cat boxes. YUCK! 
  • Food prep some meals for the week. 
  • Freshen up fresh flower water. 
  • Call Jackson's School. 
  • Pick a day to catch up with old friends who left Voicemails that I never returned....sorry. 
  • Quick wipe down of leather furniture that I didn't get done last week. 
  • Trim back herbs and dry basil. 
  • Dust ceiling fans off... a job I truly hate. 
  • Remove ashes from the fire place and get it ready for the next cold night. 
  • Make time to call and check in on my mom. 
  • Wipe down inside of the car....its looks messy! 
  • Continue to mediate in the mornings and find peace first thing to carry through the day with me. 
  • Whiten teeth.....which I seriously hate. 
  • Clean out the pictures on my phone....to make it run faster. 
  • Go pumpkin picking and having a family carving night. 
  • Check emails and respond to comments. 

Here's some information to take along the week with you!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed week. I would love to hear how last week went for you if you care to share!

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