Plan w/ Me! April 2015 Planning Sessions | Video |

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hello friends! I hope your evening is going well. Since we are moving into a new month tomorrow I thought today I would share a little bit of my planning with you guys. Now please remember, I do not spend this kind of time planning every day. I normally do a big planning session at the beginning of a new month and then fill it in as needed as we go through the days. If planners are not your thing, I totally understand you skipping this video. However, even for you who don't like planners, this might just inspire you!

Planning is so individual and all of us have to find what works best for ourselves and our families. I found while I love the Erin Condren Life Planners the Inkwell Press Planner is really more fitting for my life. I would love to know what you plan with if you care to share! If you are new here I would love it if you took a second to subscribe.


Cee ya tomrorow!

See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday Talks & Truths

Hello friends! Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Talks and Truths. Hope you enjoy! 

- It's a beautiful day. It was suppose to be rainy but to our surprise the sun is shinning and there is not a hint of rain! I really understand why older people love Florida. The sunshine simply makes you feel better.

- I went to bed late on Sunday night and I still don't think I have caught up on sleep. Monday I got up early and even today I didn't sleep in as long as I should have. Maybe tonight...

- I get so many facebook friend requests on my personal page. I wonder if people are getting the pages mixed up. My personal fb page has my maiden name on it and my facebook fan page is simply kishajaggers or you can find me under The Not So Glamorous French Housewife. I just can't accept people I don't know on my facebook page.

- I am so disappointed in my home state. Leave it to some Republican to raise all kinds of hell. What gets me is this new law is so messed while so many more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone. It's pathetic and sad. I personally think it's a civil rights issue that we should not accept.

- I was so frustrated with Jackson yesterday. He had a ball at the bottom of the stairs that I did not see Monday morning. So I stepped on it... fell and hurt my knee and elbow. Then none of his chores were done, he had taken stuff out of my room without permission and to top it off his room was a disaster. Well yesterday he came home and really got busy. And he wants me to pay him for extra stuff. YEA RIGHT.

- I should probably get to the store today or tomorrow and get what we need for Easter dinner. I am going to be sharing a Easter Bread recipe this come back if you want to maybe make it for your family Sunday!

- Have I mentioned how much I love Amazon Instant Video? It's simply amazing and I make the most out of all the movies, shows and documentaries they have to offer.

- Scott is home today. It's been kinda rough the past few days but we are getting through it and I hope we have a wonderful time together today. I really do love him with all my heart.

- I am still trying to figure out how to get a bird in this house. I need the perfect spot where the cats cant get to it. But in the meantime my little outside song birds can chirp to me all day long!

- I think I need a new microphone so I can do voice overs better. Yep.. going to look for one.

- CNN has been messing up all damn morning and I am sick of it. Fox news is banned from my home so it's been MSNBC is better than nothing. Come on CNN....I miss you.

- The house is looking really good. Each day there is less and less clutter making it easier to clean up. It's not easy getting rid of stuff but it does make me feel better.

- Gabby is still coming to my door about 5 or 6 am each morning and meowing non stop. It's hard to sleep through and I could get up and just let her in but instead I lay there through it...and it's getting to be a little much.

- My debit card is not working....thanks to the bank who is doing system updates. I was not notified and it won't be done until after 5pm our time today. It totally upsets me...we were not notified AT ALL. Really really inconvenient. And Scott is on the phone with them right now. The support team is working on the error is what they keep telling him. THANKS BANK OF AMERICA.

- It's so nice to see mom's doing the right thing. This story totally touched my heart last night. She handled her daughters the right way...and its amazing how the internet sends things around so fast.

-  Super Cooper smells....I think Scott should give him a bath today.

- Jackson left his ipad on the bus yesterday which scared me to death...but today we were called to pick it up after school. Another husby errand!

- Scott and I went out to lunch to grab a burger. It was delicious but it seemed like we were waiting forever. I was sooooooo happy to eat and get back home.

Thanks for visiting today. I'll be back in a bit with a new video!

Week in Review: March 27 - 29, 2015 | Vlog & To Do's |

Monday, March 30, 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. I have changed up the vlogging schedule where I will be uploading a Day in the life vlog always and then another on Thursday. Monday's vlog will cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the previous week and Thursdays vlog will be for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Actually I might be adding more vlogs in during the week...depending on how much I vlog.

So this past week I posted two day in the life vlogs. The beginning of the week is the bottom video and the top video is the most current day in the life vlog. It was pretty much a weekend at home but home is where I am happiest! :)

Here's part 1 ↓

Here's what's went on around here the past few days:

Saturday my Brittany Belle had a cheerleading banquet. She spent the night with her friends to get ready the next day. All the girls were excited about getting dressed up to see who got what awards. Brittany is the shortest of the bunch in the pink dress. ♥

She also got the Cheerleader of the year award which was totally amazing. I am so very proud of the young lady she is. Smart, strong, kind, and even athletic. I don't know where the sports and such came from but she enjoys it and is doing so good. Her father and I both love her so much. Its great that she is so active and also making a ton of friends along the way.

Also on Saturday I finally ran to the post office. It's not close to us so sometimes I wait a little long in between visits. But I received some beautiful birthday cards and stickers from some amazing subscribers/friends. 

I received a letter from a 67 year old subscriber whom wrote me the most beautiful letter. I sat there and read it line by line. It was kinda and it really touched my heart. For a while now, I have been considering leaving youtube. But it's friends like her and all of you guys that has been keeping me there. I love you guys. Thank you for thinking of me and sharing your lives too. I don't know where this youtube life is going to go but I am so blessed because the friends I have made a long the way.

It was a slow start around here yesterday. I did my best to ignore all the sleeping animals and people. I mean it's hard to get motivated when the entire house is quiet. I didn't mind Scott sleeping because I know he works hard long hours and needed the rest. Jackson too for that matter. But I am sure he will get plenty of rest next week when he is on spring break. But Sunday seemed to be family rest day around here.

I didn't let it stop me though. I worked upstairs for a couple of hours and got it cleaned up. I love getting as much of the weekly cleaning done over the weekend to make my Monday's easier. All I have to do up there today is change the bedding and vacuum which makes me VERY HAPPY! I also picked up a lot on the first floor and even made some time in the evening to get on the treadmill. I do not enjoy it at all but I am feeling a little better because of the exercise. I know I am sleeping better and I think it's making my joints and muscles feel a little better. I haven't been snap crackling and popping as much going down the stairs. That's the main reason for the walking. Sure, loosing a few pounds would certainly be nice and probably helpful but I just want my body to feel better.

As Sunday night wore on, I kinda lost my patience with my husband. It's not always easy. Sometimes I feel like banging my head against the wall. I know that patience and forgiveness is something I have to work on with him. After so much time together, I feel like I know pretty much everything about him and having patience at this point is hard. But it's something I need to work on. I am reminded with the quote below that as I get older I should have more patience that will help me forgive. Marriage is ever changing and requires so much work that I never expected.

But you live and you learn. You fight for what's right and what you love and everything else should fall into place. I want a life with no problems...happiness all the time but if that was the case,  how would I grow? It's the challenges and problems that really teaches us and builds character. So here's to a new week of fresh experiences and new lessons.♥

This weeks to dos
  • Try to work on having more patience....something that is so hard to grasp sometimes. 
  • Keep getting to bed earlier and's been working here lately. 
  • Go through my makeup and declutter. A job I have the hardest time with. 
  • Figure out what cruise excursions I want to go on. 
  • Get nail broke and my nails never break...NOT HAPPY.
  • Check in on mom sometime. She's been to quiet lately!
  • Write mommy bucket list. 
  • Wake up!! I am sleepy today. More coffee please. 
  • Change out wallets. 
  • Send Trina information so she can help me with a problem. Thank you Trina! ♥ She's seriously like the Olivia Pope of the family! 
  • Put flea meds on the animals before those little bugs try to invade us and our home. 
  • Declutter the spare bedroom more. 
  • Plan our Easter dinner. 
  • Try a recipe out of the Clean Slate Cookbook. :)
  • Groom Romeo...he always looks like a hot mess. 
  • Make dinner reservations for our wedding anniversary. 
  • Clean up DVR
  • Clean up the back deck on a warm day.
  • Make and film Easter bread recipe. 
  • Get courage to start Chantrix again. It tears my body up but I know it will help in the long run. 
  • Take more time to read. 
  • Stay away from the cake...I have eaten enough already.
  • Try to clean more windows this week so the sun can really shine through.
  • Spend less time on the Daily Mail.
  • Walk on the treadmill more. 
  • Menu plan for April. 
I hope you guys are having a wonderful week. Today I am keeping busy around the house and enjoying the sun shinning through the windows. Here's some inspiration to take along with you as we go through this new week. 

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What's Cookin' | Our Daily Meals | Vlog Style! 10 + Easy Dinners!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hello friends! As we move through this Sunday evening, a lot of us are menu planning for the week ahead. I thought now would be the perfect time to share our latest What's Cookin' video. This is where I show you some of our daily meals vlog style. Hope you enjoy!

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions about anything you saw in the video. It mostly showed fast easy dinners that you can make any night of the week. If you want to see more videos like these, you can  click right  here for all my What's Cookin' Videos! If you are new here, I'd love it you took a second to subscribe!


Sunday Inspiration

Hello friends! I hope your Sunday is going well. We are still taking things kinda slow around here. Non of us care that we are in the afternoon or really care about what we need to get done today. Instead we are hitting the reboot and getting some rest and relaxation. The boys need it. Today's Sunday inspiration post is just a reminder of the examples we set... the love we show or don't always show.  In my young 20's I ran around without a care in the world. I just thought I would live forever and there would be plenty of time for all the things I wanted to change about myself.  Then the kids were born. I still was not the shining example of anything...but as the years have gone by and I have gotten older; I have learned that I am in fact being watched, imitated and that alone scares me to death. Yea. The kids have been watching and learning the entire time. Now there is nothing I can change about the way I parented or silly decisions I made without much forethought but right now in this present moment, with Gods help I can be whatever example I choose to be. The youngest children in our family are now 12 and 13 years old. This is the time that I know my example will most likely be followed. So life around here has changed a lot. It's actually evolving or maybe I am just growing as a person. Until now I have really never noticed the kids watching me or our family but now I feel the pressure. I feel the pressure to be as loving as I can, and know that I am the biggest influence in their lives. Period. So inside of me, that non caring free spirit has kinda tempered down and starting to invest in the younger generation more and more. 

Youth has passed for me. It's so strange but now it's not so much about myself. It's more about them. When I was talking to my sister the other day...I was explaining to her that I was behind in a few things. I went on to say I needed to start with the stuff the kids and Scott the house and then computer work. I explained that family and kids come first. Then everything else follows. She replied back with " when did you get so wise? " It was kinda funny! But it's been hard trying to balance out my life. Either I worked a lot, traveled a lot, went out too much... so many different things but the past couple of years has really shown me that really what matters most is bringing up the kids to be strong independent good people of the world. I am no longer the kid. Like I said.. its so weird getting older. With being on this planet almost 40 years, I have learned that self transformation takes a long time and a lot of work. Today's decisions are tomorrows reality. And I have never felt it so strong as I do right now. I am far from mom or wife of the year but I think with age comes wisdom and I think we are evolving into the people and family we were meant to be. Believe me, I know none of it would be possible without God guiding us. xx

Happy Birthday Dad

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring/Summer Birthday Book Haul! | Video |

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hello friends! I am back sharing the second part of my birthday gifts. This time its is a Birthday Book Haul which I am soooooo excited about! It's not always easy to find time to read but I have been missing it so much. So what better way to start spring/summer than with a new selection of books to read!? If you want to see what I picked out, enjoy the video below!

So if you are wanting to find any of the books mentioned above, here they are for you!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - The Japanese Art of Decluttering & Organizing by Marie Kondo : This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman: In the #1 New York Times bestselling book The 5 Love Languages, you'll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman's proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner-starting today.

Ruby by Cynthia Bond : The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her, this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

Clean Slate from the Editiors of Martha Stewart Living: This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and healthy recipes that make it easy to do just that. Refreshing juices and smoothies, savory snacks, protein-packed main dishes, and even delectable desserts will keep you satisfied all day long; among them are plenty of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergen-free options, each identified by helpful icons. Comprehensive, informative, and utterly satisfying, Clean Slate is the complete go-to guide for boosting your energy and feeling your best.

Healing ADD by Daniel G Amen:Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow—yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Neuropsychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD was one of the first to identify that there are multiple types beyond just purely hyperactive or inattentive ADD, each requiring a different treatment. Now, in this all-new, revised edition, Dr. Amen again employs the latest medical advances in the field, including the largest brain imaging study ever completed on patients with ADD, to identify, examine, and demystify the 7 distinct types of ADD and their specific treatments.

I would love it if you joined in and read along with me. Like I mentioned in the video I am starting with the Life Changing Magic of Tiding up... to help get my house in order as spring arrives. I want to get rid of as much as possible so we don't have to look at it or move it around and store it. I only want to have things we actually use and/or love in our home. You can use the hash tag #kjaggers to tag me on facebook or instagram to let me know if you are reading along... or in the comments on the video or this blog post.

Since I loooove a good book...and I like sharing things I love with you guys, I am giving away a Julia Child book. No not a cookbook but instead a book of her letters to and from her pen pal / friend / mentor. It is such a kind, sweet and funny read. Actually I learned a lot flipping through the pages. One of you will be get the soft back As Always, Julia book.  This giveaway will run from today March 28, 2015 until Saturday April 3, 2015.   The giveaway is open to everyone.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below.   I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog and post contact the winner directly through email.  Good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you get entered... because it's a wonderful read! Feel free to share what your reading right now or what your favorites are. I would love to hear your picks! If you are new here, I'd love it you took a second to subscribe!


DITL Vlog | Beautiful Spring | March 23-26, 2015

Afternoon friends! I am back sharing another Day in the Life Vlog. :) I know that sometime my vlogs can be pretty long so I am making more of an effort to break them up a little more. I was breaking them up one on Monday and one on Thursday but then tried to go back to my once a week vlog....and it's just too long that way. So here is how the beginning of our week went...hope you enjoy!

It's been a raining day around here but I have gotten a ton of desk work and already filmed and edited tomorrow's video. It's a book haul...actually one of my favorite kind of videos that can't wait to share it with you! Be sure to come back tomorrow or even late tonight to check it out! If you are new here, I'd love it you took a second to subscribe!


Friday Letters ♥

Happy Friday everyone! Here is another edition of Friday Letters....Hope you enjoy! 

Dear God, Thank you for listening to my prayers, bringing spring back around and all the little things I have experienced this week. I still don't understand why certain things happen or why I have to deal with certain life situations but I am thankful for another week on this planet with my family and friends.

Dear Rain, I love you but you do nothing for motivation. I am going to get my butt up and get something/anything accomplished.

Dear Self, Get back on the treadmill and continue to try to get a little more fit.  Not trying to work any miracles...just trying to feel better.

Dear Jordan, When you call....say hi. I think you are too old and too smart to waste so much time. No matter how scary it is... I promise it will all work out for the better. I love and miss you.

Dear Clothes, It felt soooo good getting rid of so many pieces yesterday. I spent 8 hours up stairs on the second floor and 4 hours was devoted to going through you piece by piece and just doing it. I feel soooo much better now!

Dear Scott, Thank you for all you do for us. You know I love you and I am sorry for loosing my patience sometimes. I am trying though. I feel like we will be together for the rest of our lives so I need to get over the small stuff. But please try to not intentionally drive me nuts! :) There are laundry baskets in the hallway for a reason.

Dear Treadmill, I hate you.

Dear Teeth, after whitening you last hurt sooooooo bad. I could feel sharp pains running through the teeth into the gums and had to get the whitener off FAST. Why does it have to be so painful.

Dear Romeo, you are still the coolest kitty cat on the planet.

Dear Walls, If I stay here, you are going to have to be painted. I hate all the spots that I see on a daily basis. It's seems better to just move.

Dear Jackson, I am sooooooo happy with your report card this time. I knew you could do it! All A's & B's calls for celebration. I love you!

Dear Mom, I can't wait to see you on the cruise! It's coming soon....I doubt I will ever want to get off that big boat.

Dear Brittany, Sorry we didn't talk last night. I was super tired and a bit grumpy. I'll call in a bit when I think you are out of bed! Love you bunches.

Dear Flight 9525, I can't believe the co pilot crashed you with all the souls on the plane. It's not was murder through and through. May you rest in peace. Our prayers are with your families.

Dear Zane, We love and miss you. See ya in April.

Dear Trina, Thank you so much with the help. I will send over all the info as you asked...and we'll see how far we get. I bet it's further than what I will get doing nothing! Thank you. We love you so much.

Dear Body, I am trying to make you happy....but you could cooperate a little more.

Dear Joan Collins, I thought you looked so beautiful here. I doubt I will ever have that kind of elegance but you looked amazing. And I loved the veil.

Dear Toes, you need painted.

Dear Spring, I am so happy for you to be finally creeping upon us. We really need some sunshine.

Dear Cooper, You look so peaceful sleeping right now. It's crazy how a big golden retriever can curl up in such a small ball.

Dear Shanna, I wish we were closer to each other. It would be so nice to come sit in your kitchen and enjoy a cup of coffee. I miss you.

Dear One Direction Crazies, I promise it will be ok that Zayn left. Not all things are meant to last forever. Find something more worthy of your time instead of silly boy bands. Life is so much more.

Dear S.T., So sorry I got you confused with someone else. I was happy to hear from you and I really apologize for being rude. I was just hyper sensitive on the subject. Sorry.

Dear Planners, you make my life so much easier! I am so happy I found my planner peace through Inkwell Press Planner. You can use that link and get 20% off if you are interested.

Dear Grandma, I wish I was closer to you. I am going to check on you this weekend. I love you.

Dear Stomach, sorry you are not handling well the tons of coffee I have put in you today. I'll get some food in me very soon....and maybe that will make you feel better.

Dear Gabby, I have never had a kitty cat that meowed so much. You just a talker...and I seriously think you understand almost everything I say.

Dear 2nd Floor, I kicked your butt yesterday. You look so much better and it a way the house kinda feels lighter after getting rid of so much stuff. I don't know where I am going to start next. But we are cleaning out house and getting rid of all the clutter you have been storing.

Dear Hilary, Please just say you are running. I will donate, get signs, teeshirts....all of it.. But not until I hear those words that you are running. I really believe you can do it. YOU CAN WIN!

Dear Cooper, you are snoring so loud right now... just like your dad.

Dear Elephant in this Story, Its amazing to me that animals are more natural with their babies than humans are. I am so glad your little baby made it out safe and sound.

Dear Amanda Knox, I bet you are scared to death right now. I don't know what is going to happen but it's nerve racking for me watching on it must be crazy to you.

Dear Car, I should have cleaned you out on a warm day. Now its back to chilly rainy weather for the entire weekend. Guess it's just going to have to wait.

Dear Laci, You and I are in such a better place now. I think we both just needed to grow up. You are more than just my sister... your a trusted friend. I love you.

Dear Oreo, It is hard to decide what to do with you. If I take you to a no kill shelter, I am stealing you from the neighbor. If I just leave you outside, anything can happen. Plus Scott would miss you. Idk. I just hate seeing you cold, wet, beat up and hungry. There is a home out there that would take good care of you.

Dear Carrie, we need to catch up! I wonder how you have been feeling.

Dear Grill, I can't wait to get you fired up again. Summer nights outside sound so amazing.

Dear Blog/Youtube friends, Thank you so much for stopping by. I am so amazed by the kindness you guys have shown me over the years. Your friendships mean the world to me. Stay tuned for a new video coming up later today. xx

Birthday Haul | Video |

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. I have been staying up on the second floor today cleaning it up. I normally don't like to work by floors but yesterday I cleaned the 1st floor really well and today is the 2nd floor. So I am breaking right now to share with you a recent birthday haul. Scott and I went and did some shopping and I thought I would share what I got. It's spring after all....and time for a wardrobe update! Hope you enjoy! 

As I mentioned in the video, I got a huge stack of new books also for my birthday. I will be back this weekend sharing that with you guys so you can see my spring and summer reads. I wanted to take a little more time to devote to what I am reading and why. So stay tuned!

I have to get back to dealing with the massive amount of clothes our family has. I try really hard to take one old thing out whenever a new piece is added but it doesn't always work. So I am doing a huge clothes over haul of sorts and I stop for long or I might not start again! Ha! I hope you guys are having a beautiful and blessed afternoon. I'll talk to you again soon! If you are new here, I'd love it you took a second to subscribe!


Try the World Bi Monthly Subscription Box Video | Marrakesh |

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday. I am back today sharing what came in our Try the World Bi Monthly Subscription box. We were super happy to start this subscription service because we love trying new food and the thought of the food and treats coming from different parts of the world was interesting to us. So if you want to check it out with us both, enjoy the video below! 

I think the culture guide book that came with the box packed with information, recipes, movie and music guide from the region the tasty treats come from is a great addition. Plus the information card that explains everything from the box lets you know exactly what you are getting. They also have a online store that sells a bunch of specialty items which makes me happy too! 

 If you want to try this bi monthly subscription box for $38 per box, click HERE and get $15 off your first box! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions. If by some chance you are just coming by for the first time, I would love it if you subscribed!


Tuesday Talks & Truths

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hello friends! It's time for another edition of Tuesday Truths...hope you enjoy! 
- I have spent the day with my husband and its really been nice. He works so many hours each week that we actually miss him a lot around here. Today has been kind, nice, loving, happy and fun. 

- I got a negative comment today on a video. I responded by going as low as they did but I quickly realized that moment was a ego moment. Why do I have to explain things? Yea.. not happening. It was set up of sorts anyway. I want to let comments be but I think from now on, I am not going to even let them stay up. I will just delete them and never respond. Why is that lesson so hard for me to learn? 

- Jackson has been going outside more and more. It's sweet to see him out there with all the kids. The last words I heard him speak a few minutes ago was " Cya - Love ya - Bye "...precious! 

- I feel so sorry about the plane that crashed in the French Alps today. How heartbreaking for all those families. Plane crashes freak me out. 

- I have put off videos that have giveaways attached to them so I wouldn't have a ton of giveaways going on at the same time. But I am over that too. We have 3 giveaways going on right now! :)))) Click here to get entered in the latest 3. I love you guys and I love sharing with you. Thank you for coming around and sharing our lives. 

- The animals are starting to feel better since their big day getting fixed. We are still not letting Cooper run and play but he only has a few days left! Dr's orders. 

- An old friend fell off the wagon...again. Hearing the stress in my other friends voice over it was stressful and sad. However it was not surprising which makes it that much worse. I wish she would go to rehab and really address what is going on. 

- I am laptop shopping and its so freaking hard. I have no idea which one I am going to pick. I want to make the right decision....we have been here before. 

- I had a wonderful birthday! Thank you guys for all the wishes. Scott got me a huge cake and I guess I need to get my butt back on the treadmill!  I have fallen off routine but I can start again. But I have been walking Cooper some. So that counts! 

- Sometimes I never feel like I am going to catch up. But I am working hard. I got a ton of computer work done... emails sent out and comments replied to. This evening I am going to be doing a very quick pick up of the house because it needs it. 

- My kids are so sweet. All of them. I was talking to the girls last night on separate phone calls and I really couldn't be prouder of them. The boys too. They are all healthy wonderful children and I am blessed because of them. 

- I am so ready for the cruise. We want need to get on that big boat for some relaxation and fun too. I can't wait to see my mom. I miss her so much. 

- I can't stand strong coffee any longer. I don't know why either. I use to love espresso and now I cant stand it. I want a mild smooth coffee. It's 651 and I am drinking a hot cup of coffee. Guess I'm not sleeping tonight but it tastes so good. 

- One of our little grand children is as wild as can be. Some people don't like me saying that but really... they need to get over themselves. And believe my Jackson is pretty wild too! :)  Good thing our family isn't as critical. We love each other even through the crazy days and then we have a good laugh about it. Still..why explain right!?

- I loooooooooooove the longer days. Sunshine does the body good. 

- Why is it so hard to control our thoughts? I wish I could just turn them off and switch on to something better but its not so easy. But it's something that I am working on to say the least. 

- Scott and I were talking about our next house and he is thinking a second floor. I guess we are getting old. Hum? 

- I woke up on my birthday to see Ted Cruz in the running for the President. I almost thew up in my coffee and wanted to change my birthday. Seriously...Ted Cruz. OMG. I guess they are at the bottom of the barrel in the Republican party. WOW. One of the biggest complainers about Obama Care and now he's signing up because he needs insurance and he is getting it through his work now. Ha! Stupid ass. Hope that crow tastes good. 

- Speaking of politics, I got offered a job making some political commercials. I might just do it for the right guy or right WOMAN!

- We had a lot of things come in the mail the past few days and I have left out the boxes for the cats to play in. It looks crazy around here but they have been enjoying it!

- I cant stand being a people pleaser. If I could change something about myself it would be that. I don't want to care about what others think but I do. 

- The plants in the kitchen just make me happy. I never use to like the color green but something in me has changed. The is a lot of beauty in the color green. I might just buy more. 

- I am thinking about signing up for a art class. I use to paint. Not great but good enough and I enjoyed it. However I had some great teachers and I need a refresher before I can call myself Picasso. 

- I am trying to dress a little more grown up. Yea. So I have been shopping. Stay tuned for a haul but it does include a pair of jeans too. Ha! Grown ups can totally rock jeans as well! But it's time. So its been a mission for me to clean out my closet and buy things I really love. 

- I think Brittany Belle might bring a friend or two here this summer. Maybe I am crazy but why not. If we switch the kids out, it will be nice for her to have someone here her own age that she can do things with. Lets hope I don't regret it! 

- I am still dodging most of the neighbors. I just don't like being on display to everyone when I go check the mail or leave the neighborhood. I dream of a country house. I told Scott I was going to set up a big vision board with all the things I want for our family, our home and online.. and he said.. why do that? We can do everything you want. Just start. See why I love him? He does spoil me. 

- I'm not cooking tonight. It's pizza or something we find around here that is fast and easy. I don't really think any of us are that hungry tonight anyway. 

- I hate Downton Abbey is off again. And next season is the last. Perfect. Whenever a good show comes hardly ever lasts. 

- My dads birthday is in a few days. I mean grandfather by dad and I miss him so much. I am putting on one of his favorite movies on the 28th and letting it run all day. Maybe he will come visit and enjoy it. He made such an impact in my life. 

- A 80 year old woman told me to not allow negative people in my life. That is her secret to living so long even though she smokes a pack of cigarettes a day. Wonderful advice wouldn't you say? I wish she knew how hard it is to do that when online as I am. But she's right. You can see that beautiful woman right here around 7:07...she has the green blanket around her. What an amazing spirit. 

- Even thought this post is more of a rant, please don't think I am in a bad mood! Its been a wonderful day and I am thankful for every minute I have with my family. It doesn't matter if it's on the phone, face time, skype, or in person... its all the same. Its us...and I am proud of us. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed night. ♥

What my High Heels Are Hiding | Video, Corresponding Blog Post & Giveaway! |

Hello friends! I hope your having a wonderful day. I am back with a more spring like post. So many of us love our high heels, sandals...all our pretty spring and summer footware. However, it can be hard on our feet, uncomfortable and uneasy to walk if we do not take a few precautions. Not every tip I share in the video below will make you feel like you are walking on clouds but hopefully it will help you get through the day or night a little easier! I hope you find some of these tips helpful and just because I love you guys...there is more information along with a giveaway below!

For some women no matter what you do... it will be painful to wear heels. You have to make sure you are trimming your toe nails ( because yes, they will make those high heels or even peep toes hurt if they are long. ) and finding the right size. So many of us do not really wear the true size we should. A lot of times I get a little big larger of a heel thinking they will be more comfortable but they don't wear right and they tend to slip off. So get good pedicure and the next time you go shopping, do your best to find the exact size heel you need. And then tweak them to feel more comfortable and easier to walk in.. Here are my favorites to make that happen!

Heel Liners: These little strips are life savers for me. Sometimes you might have one foot a little larger than the other so one heel will slip in and out while walking. These stop that and they prevent blisters. AMAZING! For me, its that way with many heels because my feet are so narrow and small. I loooove these so much and have them in basically all of my high heels. They actually push your foot forward just a bit to ensure a more snug fit. 

Ball of Foot Cushions: These little guys work so well in supporting the ball of your foot which is where all the pressure is when wearing high heels. I find these work the best in the high high heels realizing a lot of pressure and preventing your foot from sliding forward. 

Foot Covers: These little bad boys are amazing to wear with almost any kind of heel or even with a pair of flats. A lot of time closed toed shoes will rub your toes raw. These keep that from happening. They have all kinds of styles and they also keep your foot from slipping around. 

Shoe Cushions: These come in all shapes and sizes. I love the peep toe full length cushions. These are great for sandals, flat, even your Nikes. I would be lost without these. I have them in so many of my shoes and heels because they make not only the ball of my foot feel better but also my heel too. ( Please keep in mind that cushions or heel liners will make your loose shoes fit snugger but if they are already tight, they will be very painful to wear. ) 

Also  the smaller your feet the 'higher' proportionally a heel is. So for me with my size 5 feet , a 4 inch heel makes my foot steeper, and my weight more on my toes that it would for a friend in size 8. The smaller your shoe size, the more treacherous those 4" and higher heels are My little size 5 feet just can't bend that far! Not to mention the pressure that puts on the ball of your feet. So keep that in mind when shopping for high heels. 

Another tip I do with my shoes in the winner...especially high heels is to add some non-slip shoe grips to the bottoms. Most heels or dress shoes don't have much traction on them so this is a big help to keep from busting your butt! 

Don't forget that hairspray is a huge help.. like I mentioned in the video! 

 Since I love to share things I love with you, I am hosting a giveaway so one of you will be get one Happy Feet Care Package which includes the 4 products in the picture above! You will get a package of the heel liners, Ball of Foot Cushion, Peep Toe Shoe Cushions, and a set of the Foot Covers. This Happy Feet Giveaway will run from today March 24, 2015 until Saturday April 4, 2015.   The giveaway is open to everyone.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  

You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below.   I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog and post contact the winner directly through email.  Good luck!

Week in Review: DITL Vlog & Weekly To Do's! March 16-22, 2015

Monday, March 23, 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. I have changed up the vlogging schedule where I will be uploading a Day in the life vlog always and then another on Thursday. Monday's vlog will cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the previous week and Thursdays vlog will be for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Actually I might be adding more vlogs in during the week...depending on how much I vlog.

I already posted somewhat of a WIR on Saturday however, no video was included. If you want to check it out it right here. :) No video though... just a simple blog post catching you guys up! However, here is what has been going on around here the last few days. Hope you enjoy!

Moving into the weekend the weather around here dried up a little bit and spring showed itself again. I was driving to the grocery store and saw a ton of trees blooming. One day they were bare and the next day there were beautiful pink and white blooms filling a lot of the trees around here. However, all those blooms are bringing some allergies around our home. Jackson is the worst and even I.. someone who has no allergies has been sneezing non stop and my eyes have been watering a lot. No fun but its a small price to pay for spring. I was getting so sick of winter. And here in South Carolina things happen just a bit sooner than a lot of places. The seasons seem to change faster if that makes sense. So we have really been enjoying the warmer weather. The birds are back to chirping and the cats are loving sitting there in the basking in the sunshine and fresh air.

Speaking of the cats...this past week we had a huge scare. While we have been nursing them back to health after their surgeries, I go out to the store only to find Romeo out on the front porch by himself. I just happened to glance up there while I was pulling into the garage and saw something cream colored in the corner. I walked around the corner and about died when I saw him. As soon as I got him in, he ran right to the food bowl...making me think it was Scott and Jackson that let him out earlier in the morning.

Of courses all the other cats were hiding but I was flipping out trying to find them. It took about 2 hours to find all the cats and finally have some peace. Thankfully Romeo was the only one who got out and was too scared to leave the porch. He's certainly the King Kitty Cat of this house but outside the door is a different story! I would be lost without that cat. ♥ I wish I could clone him.

The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out with the boys. The neighborhood is coming alive with all the sunshine beaming down on us. I am not a huge fan of living here but its nice to see everyone out in their yards enjoying the day. I still dream of a country house with no neighbors but it's not terrible here. I am trying to get use to it... still after 2 years. But I am grateful for this house keeping us dry and warm. Sunday was a busy day for all my neighbors! I lived on coffee most of the morning and afternoon. Scott and Jackson went fishing at his friends house which was nice for them. I don't know if I would want to get up at 6am on my day off to go fishing but they sure did. :)

I went shopping later in the afternoon and got what I thought we would need to get us through the week. I didn't really want to go but I was happy to get done and not have to worry about it for a week or so. And then it was time for Sunday night prep. Tiding up the house, working on laundry, getting stuff ready for Jackson at school, plugging in all the electronics to be charged, and so much more. It's just part of it to get us ready for a new week. But within a few months, summer will be here. There will be no more school and we have a vacation on a big boat to enjoy! It's nice that the seasons are changing. Sunshine always makes me happy! 

This weeks to dos

  • Clean up the house today. 
  • Follow schedule more
  • Make Dr. Apt for physical. 
  • Take more walks outside...but more walks on the treadmill at least. 
  • Clean the pets bowls
  • Spend 30 minutes a day in the closet purging more clothes that I don't want or need. 
  • Get giveaway prizes mailed out. 
  • Figure out priority list to tackle online work. 
  • Watch less tv... enjoy the quiet. 
  • Try out a new bread machine recipe
  • Work on new vision board. 
  • Get back on track with my nightly routine. 
  • Be understanding over Jackson's report card.....practice kindness
  • Clean jewelry 
  • Have a wonderful Tuesday with Scott. 
  • Schedule Scott my anniversary dinner at the melting pot. We want one of those cozy private booths. :)
  • Go check PO Box on Tuesday with Scott. 
  • Wash and change out all the bedding. Might get us all new soft pillows sometime soon. 
  • Make time to go paint with Jackson. 
  • Make Romeo a Vet appointment for a check up. We want him to live forever. ♥
  • Clean up inbox
  • Get back on yoga routine
  • Update planners and family calendar for April 2015
  • Brush out the cats really well...they need it. 
  • Clean the ashes out of the fire place and look for some candles to put in it for spring and summer. 
  • Try to get ahead of videos. 
  • Clean leather furniture. 
  • Buy some flowers for the back deck...we need some color out there! 

So I have to admit, today I turned 39 years old. I don't really mind either. I am like getting older. I feel like I am getting smarter along the way. I realized a while ago that youth has vanished and now its time to really get to work. Its time to spend more time with my family, smile more, laugh more. Learn the lessons that God himself wants me to learn so my soul grows. I want to show my children that they are the most important people in my life. It's not about gifts at this point. However, Scott does like to spoil me.. and I don't really mind! With each passing year I feel like I am learning more about myself and what I want and what I don't want. All things you really don't know at 20 years old. It really does go by so fast. I am grateful for all the mistakes along the way... they have actually taught me more than anything. I am going to keep moving forward and let the past be the past. The future is ours. I am so happy you are here to share this time in my life. It's exciting! I hope this next year is the best ever. I don't mind moving on into my 40's!

 Right at midnight my little Brittany Belle sent me the sweetest birthday message. She is so adorable...when she wants to be! I miss her so much. I think when it's really the right time to move again it will probably be up north next to her. It's not always easy but she is my hope...along with the rest of the kids. Around here we are celebrating over a couple of days. I think Scott is bringing home a cake and such tomorrow and Tuesday when he is off work we are going to spend the day together. I want to go see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 for part of my birthday which is totally exciting. I looooved the first movie so I am hoping to really enjoy the sequel.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful Monday. It's hard for so many. If that's the case... slow down and try to find something in the day to be grateful for. Thanks so much for stopping by. If you are new here, I'd love it you took a second to subscribe!