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Week in Review September 8/14, 2014 w DITL VLOG!

September 16, 2014


Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great Monday. I am kinda running late with this post/video because I was really sick yesterday and just didn't feel like working on it last night. 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. 

The video is so messed up... that I am trying to re upload it again...bare with me!


This Past Week:


The beginning of the week started out not as planned. Monday my husband finally told me to just go get a new laptop and be done with it. So guess what? I did! It cosumed my time Monday and pretty much made me an absentee mom and wife. I had to get it up and running, files transferred and son on. Only to realize after hours of trying to work on the new laptop was awful. I seriously hated it. So then I returned it...actually got a cheaper computer and used the difference on a pretty darn nice Nikon Camera. And so far I am a happy girl! But...I neglected a lot in my life the first few days of the week due to all the technical issues I was having. In the middle of the week I finally got my weekly cleaning done and finally got to the grocery. Then I did my best to make it up with the boys. ♥


We have had a pretty rainy week. I managed in between storms to clean up the back deck really well. There was tons of hidden little piles of dirt and leaves in corners and edges. I was a lot happier once it was done. I even trimmed my herbs and got them back in the house for the autumn and winter months. I love using fresh herbs in cooking. Its a lot cheaper to have a little kitchen garden than it is buying them from the grocery store...Plus all fresh herbs always always taste better than dried.


Over the weekend I decided to get baking. Its been hard finding time in my life right now just to do the minimum but it was nice getting in the kitchen and making some tasty treats for my family. I made a smore cake and also a delicious loaf of blueberry breakfast bread.


Autum is pretty much here in SC. The trees are mostly green still but I have seen the occasional leaf floating through the air already. Sunday it was really chilly and I dug out my long sleeve shirts...found some cozy sweats and even got out a pair of cozy slippers. 


While I was busy trying to stay warm, Romeo was super comfortable and cozy on Scott's lap. I know everyone says this about their cats. But I am seriously convinced I have the best cat ever. He's like a little Buddhist Monk. He is so kind and loving. He is amazing and one of the largest jewels in my crown. Really he should have his own crown to wear. I can't even put into words my obsession with this beautiful kitty cat. 


Over the weekend Jacksons friend was back over. I didn't really have any problems with the boys. They went skating...got along and had fun playing card games with Scott.


I ended my weekend with a long soak in the tub with a good read. I am really ejoying this book and can't wait to review it for you guys. :) 

  • Organize first floor closets
  • Make Egg Salad
  • Wash all Jackets and coats
  • Call dmv....yea...dreading that call
  • Do weekly cleaning Wednesday....shopping tomorrow for household items.
  • Work on lunch items for Jackson
  • Workout Cooper daily
  • Figure out list for Lowes....need to do a couple home improvement projects.
  • Start checking into firewood....the weather is changing.
  • Spend more time with Jackson andScott
  • Pay bills....seriously need to do that plus go through stack of mail waiting on me.
  • Quick pickup of the kitchen pantry
  • Follow Dr. orders and do what they want so they can run the needed tests....not too happy about that. 
  • Still try to figure out this new computer
  • Try to stick to some kind of reasonable schedule. Check out this homemakers schedule.......it puts mine to shame.
For this weeks Inspiration....I watched this last night and thought it might be useful in all our lives to hear. :)


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Quick Weekend Dollar Tree Haul |VIDEO|

September 14, 2014


Hello friends! I hope you are having a great evening. I am back tonight with a quick weekend dollar tree haul. I am choosing to share this haul instead of a food haul because we really have a kitchen full of food so I just didn't need to go shopping. And I am certainly not going shopping just to record a video. But I did do quick little weekend shopping trip to the dollar tree.  These hauls are always such hits so I thought I would share it! If you want to see what I got, enjoy the video below! 

Thanks for watching! I hope you have wonderful night and I will see you tomorrow! 
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Sunday Inspiration

September 14, 2014

I don't really know the direction I am suppose to be going at this exact moment. I struggle with figuring out where I actually belong. I have this beautiful family that I have been blessed with. I have a loving supportive mom but there are so many days I don't know which direction to go. Seriously.  I feel inside that changes are coming but not knowing what exactly what those changes are going to be. Which totally  drives me nuts. I have been trying to just let God lead me in the direction I need to go. Is that working?? Idk. I suppose I am exactly where I am suppose to be at this exact moment. That's what my head tells me. My heart doesn't exactly always follow suite. All the decisions each one of have made, has put us where we are now. Do you like where you are in life? I am trying to surrender my thoughts and feelings to God and be open enough to let him lead me. I always feel like I am stumbling off the path. But maybe all those stray wanderings was the right paths for me. Each path gave me new opportunities and new growth even in the hard times. I still struggle on a daily basis with my own personal worth and what I have to offer to the world. I use to think the plan, the one path, I had set up in my head as a little girl was the only way. Then once I got older and started to wander off that path, that I was done. It was too late. Life was over. My oldest son was having severe issues, I was a young mom and had no answers to really anyone to help. I think from the point he went to move in with his grandparents, I really wandered off the path. But again....maybe it was the right path. As I stumbled through the years with very little purpose, understanding, or any true direction, I learned a ton of lessons. All those lessons have made me a better person. Most days I still feel like the black sheep stumbling down a narrow curvy path but now I feel like I have a little more understanding. I understand that God leads the way. My plans are easy to make...and most of the time easy to follow but God's plans are always so much harder to see and follow. When a experience pops up that I know is going to be uncomfortable or hard, I go the opposite direction most of the time. And now I feel that is God trying to help me grow through those hard times on that path. I bet many of you can look back and see how a bad situation actually taught you many lessons. Simply put:

We are not ourMistakes

Instead they are our souls lessons. Those lessons can lead you down paths you never dreamed of. Not all paths are always so nice but you will learn with each turn you take. I hope for each one of you who reads this blog post, that you know that your path is outlined by God himself. Try to surrender and follow where he wants you to go. Listen to your soul in moments of silence. Even though the path might seem all screwed up, God really is lighting it up for your soul. I promise you this is true. I promise. 
Also don't forget that you can still get entered in the Kabbalah Red String Giveaway that I shared in last week's Sunday Inspiration. Just Click Here to get entered. Good luck! 
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My $ Million Dollar $ Speghatti Recipe | VIDEO |

September 13, 2014


Hello friends! I am here today with such a delicious and easy pasta recipe that your family is sure to love! Its super easy to make....everything you need to know is in the video and the recipe in full is below. 




Here’s the Recipe


Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti
1 small onion, sliced and finely diced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 stick of butter, sliced and divided 
1 container cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
1 container cream cheese softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Olive or Vegetable Oil
Salt & Pepper
1 cup Italian cheese blend or cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Make your pasta and pasta sauce like you normally would. I usually like to dice up a small onion and saute in a little olive oil and then move on to the beef...finishing it off with the pasta sauce while the pasta is bowling away. 
Mix together cottage cheese (or ricotta), cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Stir until well combined. Set aside.
To Assemble:
Place half of the butter to the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan. Top with half of the noodles. Spread cream cheese mixture over the noodles and layer the rest of the noodles over the cream cheese. Add remaining pats of butter.Pour spaghetti sauce mixture over the noodles and spread to cover entire casserole.Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle desired amount of cheese. Continue baking 10 minutes longer or until cheeses have melted.


Notes: 
This is a great meal to take to pot luck dinner or you could certainly make this in the crockpot too. When I am serving this at home I like to serve it with a simple salad and some garlic toast. This is a family favorite in my home and I am guessing if you try it...it will be a family favorite in your home too! :) 
Be sure to come back and let me know if you make it and how your family liked it. 
Have a beautiful and blessed day! 
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Mail Call: What's in PO Box! | VIDEO |

September 12, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are getting along good with your Friday! I am back with a new Mail Call Video for you a new updated What's in my PO Box. These videos are always so fun because who doesn't love getting packages in the mail. :) All of the samples I received I shared with you guys...so I hope some of you guys got them too. Also thank you for all the personal letters. I don't always feel right about sharing those but thank you and I will respond soon. Hope you enjoy!



Thanks I don't ever expect anyone to send me anything. Never. But I do love your handwritten letters. There is something so special about actually letters using pen and paper. I cherish them all and just didn't feel appropriate sharing your life stories and circumstances with the world without permission. And even still....I probably wouldn't share it. I value our relationships and if you trust in me to send me a personal letter...it will remain between us. Thank you so much Tasha for sending me the towel and dishrags. That was totally sweet of you and I love them. You are such a sweet friend. Thank you so much guys...you are simply the best!
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♥ Friday Letters

September 12, 2014




  
Dear God, Thank you for all the beauty you showed me this week. In the midst of crazy days that turn into even crazier nights, you have shinned the light of hope in me. I feel you living inside me.Dear Scott,  I totally appreciate how hard you work for me...for us... for our family. Thank you so much for the new computer and camera. I totally wasn't expecting it but very grateful. Even through our hard times, I continue to love you and hope that we have many many more years together. Dear Ray Rice,What a piece of shit you are. Truly. If I was your mom, I would seriously be too ashamed to admit you were my child. When did it become ok to hit a woman in the face like that. She might have forgave you and married you but...one thing is for sure...You are a woman beater and will do it again. You should be taken right to jail...no passing go, no collecting $200 dollars, Dear Romeo, Are you really even a cat? I feel like you are some kind of Buddhist Monk in a kitty cat body. You are so loving and calm that I doubt your heart rate ever goes up. Everyone in the house worships you. Your our family mascot!Dear Shannon,  I have been thinking about you a lot since you have died. I know Laci is struggling as well as the rest of your family. I think death is probably the most beautiful experience but the pain that is left for the ones still here can simply be devastating. We miss you. Dear Brittany Belle, Your growing up so fast. I love being able to have actual real conversations with you. You might be a little drama queen but you are amazing and I love you so very much. Dear HouseI finally feel kinda caught up with you. Yesterday I was working like a maniac around here trying to make up for all the things I didn't do at the beginning of the week. I swear...I don't think having a larger house is all that awesome when I am mainly the one doing the cleaning. But thank you for keeping us comfortable and safe. Dear Jordan, Do you really think I haven't known it was you with the blog and phone calls. Do you really think I care about those things? I don't...I care about how you feel and I wish you would just call and speak. I know we could have the relationship that we both have been wanting for a long time. Scott won't interfere.....he knows how long I have been waiting on you. I hope with each passing year you mature a little more and realize family is more important than anything else.Dear Cooper, You really are a sweet well mannered dog but if you don't stop wandering off, you are going to have to be on a lead every second you are outside. You scare us to death when we don't know where you are. Dear Jackson, I am so very proud of you for those great grades on your test. I have all the confidence in the world that you can do really well this year and all the years after. Sorry mommy sucks at math but that's Scott's department. I want you to remember you can always always talk to me about anything. Dear Dad,  I think about you all the time. I walk around talking to you like you are right here and I even play old western movies around the house at random times for you to watch. Is it crazy that I feel so connected to you even now that you are not here any longer? Maybe so, but I believe in my ♥ you here me, you see me, and you watch those damn old movies I can't stand! I love you dad and when its my time, I want you to be one of the people bringing me over to the other side. Come see me in my dreams.Dear TrinaThank you for being such a great supportive sister over the years. I know the boys think we sit around and talk about them nonstop...they really shouldn't flatter themselves. :) I actually need to talk to you today...if you read this before I call you...call me!Dear Charter, We pay you so much every month and have every channel offered to man kind plus the fastest internet so could you please explain to me that half the time we can't find anything worth watching besides expensive on demand movies? What a racket.Dear Laura, I am so happy you are blogging and making videos. I know it might be a little slow at first but you seem like a natural so stick with it! Its such a great way to document your life in our new internet world and its also a great way to make lots of new friends. Dear Mom, I am glad you are having such a good time in Florida. I have to admit....I'm kinda jealous! Love you.  Asshole Neighbor, I know you were looking in our windows and I am still totally flipped out about it. You might be a nice guy to my husband but I know you are a freaking pervert and I am keeping the blinds closed a lot more. Thanks a lot....I like the sun. You are exactly the reasons I don't neighbors.Dear Grandma, I think it time I checked on you. The number I keep calling for Uncle Buddy is not working but I will call soon. I know you think I forgot you... I will never will forget you. I just hate trying to make you speak when its so hard for you. But, maybe I could just speak and give you some updates and remind you that I love you very much. Dear Body, You are changing. I have more aches and pains and realize I probably should have taken a little better care of you through out my 38 years. I am just hoping some modern medicine can fool my body into feeling younger and better. Dear Shanna, I sure wish I could be there for your big day. I feel like I should just rent a car and come up there. I miss you and I love you. You are such a true friend. You always want the best for me and I would be lost without you. Dear 9/11 Victims, Survivors, All of us in the United States mourned you yesterday. I have to admit, I was scared something awful would happen again but Gods grace kept us safe. I pray for all of you.Dear Bed, You felt amazing this morning. I kept waking up and looking at the clock and then snuggling back under the covers...I was totally in a fluffy amazing cloud.Dear Youtube, Thanks for being so screwed up this week. Maybe it was the change in computers...idk, but I had to re - upload 3 videos due to processing issues..you guys are too smart to let bullshit happen like that. Dear Laci, Don't forget to call me today. I love you. Blog/Youtube Friends, I hope you guys had a great week and even better weekend. I think we should all try to enjoy the last days of long summer days and cooking on the grill....winter is going to be here before we know it. Thank you for coming back around day after day and sharing our lives. 

Have a great Friday. I'll be back soon!

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Thankful Thursday

September 11, 2014




I am so thankful today feels a little more normal to me. My schedule has been so crazy here lately. Today I am thankful for the little bit of normalcy. 


I am thankful for the beautiful weather we are having. Its still warm and sunny but the wind has been blowing all around reminding me that fall is around the corner.




I am thankful that each day I am learning to handle lifes problems with more grace. I am big with change. But I think I am doing better with it. Its hard for me not to get blinded by emotion. 



I am thankful for all the help I have got over my new computer and guess what??? A new camera too! I took back my expensive piece of shit new laptop...actually got a cheaper one and got a new Nikon camera too! :))))) And I must say, the cheaper computer is working amazing.


I am thankful that my family is forgiving since I was basically missing in action Monday - Wednesday due to all the computer issues. I promise to be more present tonight. 



I am thankful for a family full of beautiful loving kids. I know my little ones might get a little jealous but I seriously think that my husband and his exwife created my daughter Laura. :) I really feel she's my daughter rather mom and dad like it or not. She is simply amazing. Check out her blog here. 


I am thankful for Cooper not having any seizures in a few weeks. Its so scary and heartbreaking to watch him go through that. Fingers crossed with the meds, all natural diet keep working. 



I am thankful for Brittany's good grades. I think education is her freedom. It means everything to me that she stays on track and get to the point eventually get a wonderful job that she loves and can fully take care of herself. That is my hope for all of our kids. 


I am thankful for good coffee in the mornings. It costs a little bit more but so worth it.



I am so very thankful for all the emails you send in. And you know I was advised a while ago that I should remove the contact form on my contact me page and you guys use it DAILY. Its clearly a way you guys love to get a hold of me. I thankful because you guys lift me up and are always so kind. Who knew a blog would give me such great friendships. 

I am thankful for the advice you guys give and I totally appreciate you.
I hope you guys are having a great day...I am about to go clean up the 2nd floor and then work downstairs into the evening.  I might be back with another video this evening if it uploads to youtube right. Something happened and just went crazy in the middle....looking like a broken tv. So I am re - uploading it right now. I sure hope this time there are no problems!

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Large Weekly Food & Household Shopping Haul | VIDEO |

September 11, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I am back with our weekly food & household Shopping Haul. I went on Monday and took advantage of the sales with coupons and got a bunch of stuff. If you want to see what I got...along with a lot of menu ideas, enjoy the video below!

Thanks so much for watching! Let me know if you have any questions about anything I bought. I will be back soon! Have a great afternoon!
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New Computer = Total Life Shut Down

September 10, 2014

Hello friends! I have been so consumed with life here lately that I am failing short on almost everything. No joke.Everything. Pretty much things started out good on Monday until Scott gave me the ok to go get a new computer. Since then the week has been completely a mess. Trying to transfer files and get a new computer set up has been totally exhausting. Then once I got it set up....I quickly realized how much I hated the one I purchased. It was a touch screen laptop that simply would not work with google chrome. Nope. I also got my first taste of Windows 8 and let me just say...wow...it sucks. Truly it sucks. I was up till after 5am trying everything I could think of to get it working the way I needed so this morning I got my butt up and headed right to Best Buy to exchange it. I even took in my old one and showed them what I was coming from. The first laptop was super small which I hated so they exchanged it and today has been forever setting up this new laptop. However, I am pretty happy at this point and finally feel settled into the new computer. Its been one hell of a process but I think I am finally back to normal computer wise. My older laptop does still work but it was having problems with the SD Card Reader and CD drive. So now its the house computer and I have this one. Yea!!! Thank you to my husband for the new gift. I sure wasn't expecting it. I don't think he expected for me to basically be non existent for 3 days but hey...what are you going to do? I basically work from home and need to have a computer that is set up right so that takes time. I did take a break yesterday to do our weekly shopping and that video should have went live on here yesterday but it is live on my channel and I will have that up tomorrow. I have so much going on inside my head...things to catch up on.. → Here they are...
Kisha's Catch ups
  • Work on getting the house cleaned up tomorrow.....it seriously needs my attention. 
  • Post food haul tomorrow.....which should have went live on here today.
  • Cook an actual meal....ha! New computer trumped me being in the kitchen. Its been takeout the last couple of nights. 
  • Get use to this new keyboard....sigh.
  • Spend more time with the boys....yes, I have been neglectful and somewhat grumpy. 
  • Respond to emails.....sorry if you are waiting on me. 
  • Call best friend....just couldn't handle calls today after spending two hours on the phone with HP and then going back to Best Buy and finding another computer. I'm all done in the verbal communication department tonight. I also need to call and check in on my sister. 
  • Clean out purse and bag....the bag that travels from the 1st to 2nd floor that is full of shit that I dont need to carry around all the time. 
  • I still need to call the Vet and get Coopers meds refilled. Please God, don't let me forget to do that tomorrow.
  • Sometime by the end of the week, I need to put up all the clothes sitting around in baskets waiting on me. 
  • Try to stay awake long enough to finish my night time prayers. I hope God fills in the blanks when I drift off to sleep. 
  • Speaking of sleep...get to sleep before 5am tonight. I seriously need to get back on some kind of schedule. 
  • Update Planner...I'm scared to see how much I actually have to make up by the weekend.
  • Clean the litter boxes.....maybe I can pay Jackson to do it! :)
I plan on getting things done down here on the first floor for morning and then go enjoy a long bath. I seriously need to relax. I finally feel a little better that this computer is finally set up and now on to real life. I hope you had a great day...and I will be back around tomorrow!
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Week in Review w/ DITL VLOG! September 1-7, 2014 ♥ RIP Shannon

September 9, 2014


Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great Monday. I am kinda running late with this post/video because I was really sick yesterday and just didn't feel like working on it last night. 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. 



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