Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Week in Review w/ DITL Vlog! Nashville, Tennessee


Hi friends! I hope you are having a great day. I know that this week in review post is going up a bit late but we have all been dealing with the sniffles around here. Actually that's a nice way of putting it because I feel like all my senses in my body are being assaulted by the flu bug. I just haven't felt good enough to do hardly anything let alone post on my blog. But I feel a little better at least right now in this moment so I thought I would share my latest video. Here's how this past week went. Hope you enjoy....more is below! 



The beginning of the week went pretty normal. The mornings came with the sound of the alarm for both of us. We both worked a lot and played very little. There are some days when all I seem to do is get up and go to work and sleep. It's kinda different now not being home all day everyday. I don't really mind it really either. I like my job and I enjoy seeing the customers. So many of them come in everyday so they are quickly becoming friends. I actually feel blessed to be doing what I was so scared of. I am no longer nervous about working outside the home. I am no longer scared how I would live without Scott. I have had to pick up the pieces and put my life together on my own. I have had the help of amazing family and friends but it's really been me that has had to take ownership of my own life. It's been a long road but I am finally feeling content, safe, and somewhat on a regular schedule again.  However, we switched the routine and schedule up this past week. Ryan wanted to do a weekend getaway trip to Nashville, Tennessee. He was just ready to get away and cut loose a little. So in the middle of the week, we packed up the car and took off on a little road trip. 


We talked all the way there. I know so many of you want to get to know him better and want to see him on film more. I am just not sure that will really happen. He's much more private than I am and he didn't sign up to be on youtube. I have to respect that. Which is why you don't see him very much in the videos. I am not hiding when I am recording. He watches me edit each video and know's exactly what I am sharing. When or if ever he is comfortable being in the videos, I will share more. 


We stayed at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. Its a big hotel and our room was really comfortable. I complained about not having enough hot water once, but that was it. We both liked the hotel. There is a big history about Maxwell House Coffee which was nice because I don't mind that kind of coffee. They had it stocked up in the rooms and it's the only coffee they served. And it was yummy! 


All through the hotel there is pretty cool art work. I loved walking around looking at it all. It was a charming place to be. 

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We walked around the city. We enjoyed the night life that Nashville offers and just acted like tourists! I really enjoyed the break from real life. I love that he planned it. I love that he wanted me to go with him. I love that we made a lot of great memories. And I love that he wiped out his phone and snapped this photo of us. 


Ryan just is not that comfortable in front of the camera. I am trying to slowly change that. :) This wasn't a huge big vacation. This was a little weekend getaway and we both had a great time. However, I was feeling so sick from Friday on. I just had to take a ton of meds and I tried to not let it ruin the weekend. Ryan started feeling sick too. I think my little grand kids gave it to me, and I gave it to him. Needless to say, we were both happy to come home and rest. And even today, I am still dealing with the flu. :( 

To Do's

:: Laundry. 
:: Get PO Box taken care of 
:: Bath and Groom kitty cats
:: Go to rental office and take paperwork
:: Help Laura start packing. She is moving too! 
:: Clean up files on laptop
:: Organize frig and freezer to make more room. 
:: Do nails
:: Try to record new Q & A


A little inspiration to take with you this week:


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a great week. I love you guys. xx 

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Meijer Food Shopping Haul | Video |


Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I back sharing my latest food haul. I haven't been doing as much shopping anymore but I am trying to change that a little more for my family. Here's what I got....hope you enjoy! 


I hope you enjoyed checking out what I got. I love food hauls. I watch them all the time on youtube! I think it's always so much fun getting to see what others buy.  Thanks for stopping by! xx


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Truths


Good Morning Friends. It's Tuesday so that means it's another edition of Tuesday Truths. Hope you enjoy! 

- Yesterday I ran so much after work. It was after 9pm before I finally settled down at home. I was so tired but I just kept going. 

- The late nights and early mornings is catching up with me. I totally need more sleep. I know I have to get to bed earlier to feel better in the mornings....so why can't I just do it?

- Ryan and I are thinking about just going to Nashville instead of Savanna. The weather is not good anywhere and it's so cold to be going on vacation. But we just want some away and alone time. I honestly can't wait. 

- I hate people who pull out in front of me when there is no one behind me. It happens a lot and frustrates me to no end. 

- Sometimes my kids are the worst at returning my phone calls. It drives me crazy and I have thought about turning them off but that kinda defeats the purpose. * teenagers. 

- I miss having a dog. I keep thinking about eventually getting a puppy. But I want to get out of this apartment first.

- I am still not liking my car one bit and I need to figure out a way out of it. I just need to save a few thousand dollars and find something with no payment. Then I guess, give the car back or try to sell it. It's just too big. 

- It snowed here yesterday and I haven't been outside yet today. I have no idea how cold it actually feels but the heat kicked on a lot last night. I hate the cold. Grocery shopping in it was awful. Running errands was awful because of the cold but it was still magical. Every time it snows, I always think of my grandma Mary. She loved the snow. I don't love how it feels but I do love watching it come down. 

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- Still can't stand Donald Trump. I just cannot believe what he is doing to our country in such a short amount of time. I will try to not be so mean about it but it truly makes me sick. 

- We have been house hunting for Laura and it's been so hard. I just want her to find something safe, within her budget and close. It's harder than one might think. 

- I hung out with my cousin for a while last night and really enjoyed it. Again....it's why I moved to Indiana. And we never got to hang out much before and now she is another vital person in my support system. 

- Ryan's ex still texts him...in my opinion she's just desperate for attention from him. I just let it go because he's in my bed at night and clearly loves me. Sometimes you just have to realize who you are dealing with. 

- My back has really been hurting this week. Just another part of growing older I guess. 

- There are still some days when I wake up and not recognize my own life. Who would have thought so much would change? The biggest part of it is I am still here going through each day. God has graced me with more time and I don't want to take it for granted. 

- I finally made it to the grocery store yesterday after work. Thankfully Ryan and Maekenzie were here to help bring them up. I really appreciated the help. 

- I need a new show to watch on netflix or amazon. Any suggestions?

-  Thanks for stopping by today! Later this afternoon I will be back to post a new food haul. Be sure to come back and check it out. Have a great day! 


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Week in Review March 6-12, 2017 w/ DITL Vlog!


Hello friends. Happy Monday. I hope you are having a beautiful start to this new week. I am back sharing a new vlog along with a new week in review. I have done this for so many years that I just feel it's something I want to continue. Here's the vlog and more is below. Hope you enjoy. 


A little more about my week: 


This past week was I guess what I would consider a typical week. I worked a lot and I didn't have a lot of time to get other things done. But I am trying to get back on some kind of schedule. I have made decisions based on being a stay at home wife and mom for so many years. Now that I am working, my decisions are a lot of times different than what they use to be. However, moving back home means I spend a lot more time with family and friends. I think it was what I was craving the most after being gone so long. I actually get to go to preschool with Laura and spend more time with the kids. I get to see and spend more time with Brittany and other family and friends. I am happy to be here. I really am. It's what I dreamed of. I get to hear the grand kids laughter everyday. I get to see Laura, Brittany, and Jackson as much as I want. I get to see old friends and even make new ones. It's really strange how things work out sometimes. There is truly no predicting the future.


I am also very comforted in knowing that I have so many of my old friends back in my everyday life. Friends that I have had forever. People I have loved for a very long time. Ryan is at the top of that list. I am blessed to have someone who knows me so well. The scary thing is we are a lot alike. I think that's good since Scott and I were opposites on just about everything. I am really trying to not make a lot of the same mistakes. I am trying harder in every aspect of my life. I feel like with all the pain of things going so horribly wrong, I got stronger. I have learned what I want more and trying to accomplish it. Some of my goals are pretty simple really....be a better mom. be a better girlfriend... be a better friend. I have cut out all toxic people. I stopped caring about what others think about me. I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and live with the choices I make. I MAKE. I am sure some people think they can tell me or explain to me what I should be doing....what I shouldn't be doing but this life was given to me. It's my path to walk and it's my story to tell. I have really been trying to focus on the positive and know that my happiness is dependent on no one but myself. I think as days turn to weeks and weeks to months and months to years, I will continue to learn the lessons God wants. I will get stronger and I will continue to strive to do better. I don't have the time to live unhappy. I know better than anyone that we are on borrowed time. Why waste a single moment of it? 


I am so happy that this week was a good week. Spent with good friends, family and even good wine from time to time. :) This French Lick wine is soooooo good. Try it! 


This week is going to be busy, fun and exhausting all at the same time. I work some and then leave on Thursday to go on vacation. Ryan planned it all out and I think we are going to have a lot of fun. He works hard and I know he needs a break. I also could use a few nights of fun and mornings sleeping in next to him. I feel so comfortable with him. Probably more so than in my marriage. Again, I guess it goes back to us knowing each other for so long. He's really quiet sensitive and gentle. It's all about love. We all just want to be loved and he is no different. I have no idea where our relationship will go. I have stopped trying to guess the future after everything that has happened. But I am excited to find out. 


Weekly To Do's

:: Clean apartment....it needs it. 
:: Try to get more sleep each night. 
:: Do laundry
:: Go to the grocery store later today...hopefully. 
:: Don't forget the cat food and litter
:: Kiss Ryan a lot more...hug my family a lot more. 
:: Clean out the frig. 
:: Delete a lot of photos and videos from my phone to make more room. 
:: Give Laura a key to the apartment. 
:: Pack up for our trip. :)
:: Go through bills and pay what I can. 
:: Clean garbage from car. 
:: Start looking for Harper and Ashlynn's birthday gifts. 
:: Call and confirm hotel and rental car. 
::  Try to get in a yoga workout...TRY.


Here is some inspiration to take with you through the week



Thank you guys for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the vlog. Lots to do this week and not a lot of time! Let me know how things are going in your neck of the woods. xx
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Looking Back and Reflecting January & February 2017 w/ Video


Hi friends! In a effort to catch up on this blog and with my youtube videos I am sharing a new month in review video and blog post. It's really month'(s) because I am reflecting from January of this year to the current day. However, at the end of March I will have another with more detail about this month. Here's the video and there is a lot more below! Hope you enjoy! 



Seeing:  a lot more of my family and friends. It's the reason I moved home and I am blessed because of them.
Making:a lot more decisions with Ryan in mind. I guess I had sometime to just be on my own first and now his wants and needs are back to being important in my life. Who would have thought? 
Cooking: less but more if that makes sense. We don't cook every night but I am cooking more than what I was. 
Drinking: everything I shouldn't be. However, I have been getting a lot more herbal tea. 
Hearing: Romeo every morning. As soon as I open the bedroom door, he just starts meowing and doesn't really stop until you really acknowledge him. 
Wanting: more hours in the day. 
Looking: forward to what is ahead. I am actually excited about the possibles of the future. 
Playing: a lot of country music in the car and in the house. 
Wasting: too much money on random things. It seems like it's gone too fast. Gotta work harder and save more. 
Bookmarking: not that much really. 
Understanding: that I don't get to know God's plans before hand. I have to wait and go down the paths he chooses. And try to grow stronger because of it. 
Wishing: for a country house. That was my dream when I moved here and it is still my dream. When the right home comes along, I am moving. 
Touching: Ryan all the time. I love his body. That might sound juvenile but I really do love it. I am touching him all the time.  
Enjoying: my job. I really do like it 99% of the time. But I need more hours. I need more money even though I am going on vacation soon! :)
Waiting: on a new normal routine. Right now I just don't really have a routine at all. 
Planning: so so much. I think I should dedicate a new blog post to that subject alone. 
Liking: all the new movies we have been watching. It's not as many as it might seem but I have been enjoying the downtime. 
Wondering: what direction Brittany will take with college. It's not easy deciding at such a young age. 
Loving: being back in Indiana. My life is so much for full being here. I don't hate it anymore. 
Hoping: Laura finds a house that really works for her. 
Hating: my headache that has been lurking around for a few days. 
Needing: love, compassion and support. 
Smelling: Hawaiian scented air freshener. Ryan loves it and sprays it all the time. 
Wearing: comfy clothes. Sweats, and the shirt in the video above with a sweater. 
Pinning: nothing really. :(
Teaching: myself about budgeting better. Not easy but really trying. 
Noticing: all the bullshit that goes along with Donald Trump. I am so tired of hearing about him at this point. I seriously watch CNN less now because I just don't want to see his face daily.
Tasting: chicken nuggets 
Knowing: that life continues and goes on rather you like it or not. 
Thinking: that I have to start working out soon. 
Opening: the windows a lot more when the weather is nice. I love the fresh air. 
Giggling: a lot more with Ryan in my life. He was always the class clown and he's a clown around here a lot too! He makes me smile and laugh more so much. 
Feeling: tired and achy really. I am getting older and my body feels it. 
January & February: hard, sad, complicated and ugly. January was the hardest and I thought it might be a bad omen on 2017 but it has slowly gotten better. I think everything that my family and I have been through was some of the most trying times but we all have grown from it as well. Each day there are new lessons...new goals...hopes. I just have to keep moving forward because at the end of the day, I am still here with my beautiful children watching my family grow and evolve. 



Thank you for stopping by and visiting. I really hope you enjoyed the video and blog post. I feel like I am slowly starting to catch up. I love this blog and I love you guys! xx

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Friday Letters



Hello friends! I hope you are having a great Friday. Here is a new edition of Friday letters. :)

Dear God, thank you for slowly but surely improving my life one day at a time. I have never understood your plan but I am happier so maybe you really do know what you are doing. Thank you above all for keeping the kids safe. Please hear my prayers. Dear Body, I need to pamper you a little bit more. The older I get the more I feel the aches and pains. Dear Amazon, I still and will always love you. Dear Brittany, I hate your busy schedule. You're family misses you sweetheart. And we are so proud of you. Dear Weather, I see you still have no idea what you are doing. Warm one day, snow the next. Please make up your mind. Dear Ryan, I smile so much with you. Thank you for being here. Thank you for working hard. And thank you for loving me because I love you. Dear Nails, I think I just need to go have you done. I say this week after week....so maybe it's really time I just do it. I am sure you will look nicer than you do now. Dear Romeo, you are so big, fluffy and beautiful. You are one of the many blessings in my life. I love you kitty cat. Dear Mom, I love the pictures we send back and forth. Thank goodness for all the technology! Thank you for bringing me everything. I love you. Dear Laura, I know things are stressful. But it will get easier once you get on some kind of set schedule and after you find a new place. I love you and trying to help as much as I can. You are still one of the best people I know. Dear Phone, sometimes I just want to turn you off and go on with my day. But I would be lost without you after a couple of hours! Dear Harper and Roman, loving spending the day with you! Dear Google, you save my life everyday. Dear Jackson, I love you. Sorry I forgot to make that appointment. I'll try to get it done tomorrow. Dear Vacation, I am so ready for you!Dear Laci, we never make enough time for each other. I think we are both just so busy. Wish you were closer. Dear Scott, I don't really know what to think about you not being here anymore. We spent a lot of time together and I never expected all this to happen. I'm sorry for the mean things I once said. I'm trying to do better in my relationships now and think about every word that comes from my mouth and I guess I have you to thank for it. Many people miss you. No one can believe it all but if you see my family or the kids that I lost, tell them I love them. Dear Job, I really like you but I need more money. I think I might just go back to the Waffle House on my days off. Dear Gabby, I would have never believed that you would love Ryan so much. I understand though...he's an easy guy to love. But remember you will ALWAYS be MY kitty cat! Dear Shanna, how it is possible to have so much time when living far apart from one another but when we both are in the same town we talk less! We need to catch up. I miss you!  Dear Beth and Courtney, thank you guys for helping me so much at work. Both of you have really inspired me. Dear Netflix, I really wish I had more time for you. There are so many shows that I want to watch! Dear Maekenzie, stay out of trouble. You have big future ahead of you. Your daddy loves you and we miss you! Make time to come over soon! Dear Coffee, you taste exceptional today! Dear Apartment, there is so much I want to do to you. However, I also want to move. I guess I will just get you together a little at a time while searching for the right house. Dear Donald Trump, I just can't stand you. I have tried. I really have but I think you are going to destroy this country and everything it stands for. Dear Art, thank you for taking such good care of the kids. I know  you try and I know they love you.  Dear Ashlynn, you are growing up so fast. You are such a good girl. I love you. Dear Blog and Youtube friends, Thank you guys for coming by today. I hope you have a great weekend. You all mean the world to me. ♥♥♥ New video coming very soon! xx

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Monthly Favorites Video → February ←



Hello friends! I am here sharing a new monthly favorites video with you guys. It has been so loooong since I have done one of these kind of videos. In fact it was actually my April 2016 favorites published in May. That's a long time without a favorites video. So I am very happy to be sharing the products I have been reaching for the most this past month. Hope you enjoy!
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Thankful Thursday




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For hot long baths. I know many don't like to actually lay back in a bathtub and relax but it's been a life saver for me. It always makes me feel better. Always. 


🌸that little Brittany hasn't missed the bus one time this week. Maybe my morning wake up calls when she is at her dads is really helping. 

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