Friday Letters ♥

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hello friends! Welcome to another edition of Friday Letters. Hope you enjoy! 

Dear God, thank you for protecting my family and listening to my prayers. I don't understand everything you do, but I am trusting you to get me through this life in the best ways possible. 
Dear Gmail Inbox, I totally killed you this week! Even though I know by tomorrow you will be full again, it feels good being caught up! 
Dear Ryan, watching you sleep right now while I woke on the blog just makes me happy. I love you are in my life. I know many people don't understand us. That doesn't matter because WE understand us. I love you sweet boy. 
Dear Chocolate Caramel Brownie Mix, you are proving to be so much better then the brownies themselves! I know that's usually the case, but your soft rich chocolate taste has been exactly what I need last night. And Ryan loved you too! :)
Dear instagram lovers, I am so happy that we are friends! I don't know why I am so obsessed with liking what you ate for dinner or wore to work, but I am! and also your likes make my day. the end.  
Dear Brittany, I am so glad you had a good time on your trip. Make time for your mother please. I love you! 
Dear future, I really am feeling high on life lately, despite a few curve-balls thrown pelted my way, but I am really excited to meet you, and I hope we can make sweet memories together!
Dear Romeo, you have this amazing power to make everyone fall in love with you. It's your gift! 
Dear Camera, I have got to get you out and get some videos made! Gosh...I feel so behind sometimes. 
Dear new acrylic nails, funny enough after all my complaining about having to re-learn texting and the clicking on my keyboard, I kinda miss feeling like a lady and not a 12 year old boy with no nails... Maybe we could be friends again?
Dear Jackson, I promise I am making all the calls and setting up all your appoitments. You run me non stop but I love you so much. 
Dear mr cold, no offense but I hope you and I never meet again. it was clear you didn't like me, and therefore I really didn't like you, so I think our parting was for the best all around don't you?
Dear Laura, I know I have already told you but I am so proud of you for making the big decision to live on your own. I know it's a bit scary but I think you will be in love with how free you will feel....just like I do! 
Dear Etsy, You are one of my favorite places to shop. I could get lost within you for hours on end!
Dear Rain, I love the sound of you coming down. The news said you would be starting around 3 pm and its now 10:14pm ( Thursday night ) and you finally started. I hope you rain all night. 
Dear bills, I don't know what I said to make you think that we were friends, but please stop just showing up in my mailbox uninvited. Its a little rude when you think about it...
Dear Scott, I think about you all the time. I still can't believe everything that happened. I hope you are at peace and I hope you know that I really did love you. I loved our family. I know the kids miss you too. 
Dear Netflix, Amazon instant Video, and my Smart tv, I love you all. The end. 
Dear Shanna, we have to make time for each other. I miss you dear friend. 
Dear Jordan, I hope you know how much I love you. I wish you would come out of your shell and come around more. We are all waiting with open arms. 
Dear Apartment, you are FINALLY feeling like home. Thank you for providing me with a safe warm place to live. I am truly grateful.
Dear Maekenzie, sorry if I seemed grumpy the other day. You guys were just loud but no different than the rest of the teenagers! 
Dear Mom, so happy you are traveling around. I think you and Don will have so much fun! I love you. 
Dear Hot Bath, you felt so amazing  last night. Thank you for helping make my aching muscles feel better. 
Dear Kimmy, so happy about having lunch together tomorrow! I miss spending time with you since I have moved. 
Dear Midori Travelers Notebook, you are still one of my most favorite planners. I will have you forever. 
Dear Critical Trolls, you know who you are. You guys should really find something better to do with your time. I am going to continue living my life no matter what you say or how you feel. It's just a giant waste of time.....for YOU. 
Dear Long Lost Mascara, you showed back up! Yea!!! So happy to have you again! 
Dear bloggy friends, your comments truely make my day, every day. Thank you so so much for taking the time to leave them! :)

Walmart & Dollar Tree Shopping Haul | Video |

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hello friends! I hope you are getting along well on this Thursday. I am back sharing a new Walmart and Dollar Tree Shopping Haul. Hope you enjoy! 

Thanks for stopping by and checking out this little shopping haul. I had hoped to have a new question and answer video up before this one, but it didn't exactly work out that way! Stay tuned for the Q & A that's coming up very soon. Have a great day. xx

Belated Tuesday Truths

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Hello friends! I am back with a new edition of Tuesday Truths. Yes, I know it's Wednesday. :/ I am just getting caught up. Hope you enjoy! 

- I have just not picked up my camera this week. Not sure why except I just wanted the break and a little more privacy. I'll try to get a video recorded today. 

- The teenagers kept me woke me up 3 times last night and then they were in our bedroom at 5am. Yea...time for a big come to Jesus talk later this afternoon....when they wake up of course! 

- I have a long to do list for today. That's how my days off go. Life is different now and I have to balance my time in a different kind of way. 

- I am so sick of seeing and hearing about Trump. What a complete joke. I hope God can forgive me for all the ill things for Trump that I dream up everyday. 

- My ex-sister in law is still one of the biggest bitches I have ever encountered. Seriously, she belongs in the zoo. She likes to speculate, spy, and make up random lies about me and my family. I don't care what she says, writes or does. I know how she is...and I know her brother loved me and our family until drugs got the best of him. Thank God I never gave her any of his ashes. She has no respect for her family, me, or even herself. I wish she would just act like a lady. However, in order for that to happen she would have had to be raised like a lady and just did not happen.

- I broke a tooth off last Thursday and had to take my butt to the dentist last Friday. The gas they gave me took me into another world. It really helped me not feel the pain. But after it wore off, I could certainly feel everything. 

- Brittany has been in Texas the last few days. She went down with her best friend and her family. She just travels all around. I hate when she is in the air flying. I am so happy she came home yesterday. 

- I have to call the health insurance company later today. Dreading...dreading...dreading. 

- My apartment is finally feeling and looking like an actual home. I don't want to be here forever but right now, I am loving how it's looking. It feels kind of weird knowing its really MY space. I am just learning to live again. It's not perfect but it's home and I am starting to like it more. 

- Speaking of the apartment, I need to get new cleaning routines in place again. I think I will just go back to the flylady system. She has a fun phone app that I am learning. It's amazing how her methods have worked for my life since I was in my early 20's. Thank you flylady. ♥

- My mom is traveling around the US in a big truck with  a huge beautiful camper. What a nice thing to do. I am so happy for her and Don. I hope they make a ton of great memories. 

- We need a bedroom lock on our door. I keep saying it but I have yet to put one on. But it's happening this week. 

- I have been racking my brain on how to get a different car. I am thinking about just working on hard on saving up and buying one outright. Then what do I do with it? Let it go back to the bank? That's great for my credit. Actually with Scott dying and all the past old bills of his falls on me and my credit so thinking about filing a bankruptcy. Maybe that would be the best thing to do and it probably would take care of the car I am driving. 

- Ryan gave me money for my birthday. One of the things I did was go get my nails done. I just am not that crazy about the kind of nails they put on. I guess I will just have to live with it till they grow out some. I still love the way they look and I love the nail salon. However, I rarely get color. I prefer the American Manicure. It doesn't stand out so much and looks more natural. 

- I need to clean out the bedroom closet today. Don't really want to do it but it's happening as well as the frig. * sigh

- I think I am going to get a gym membership and find a trainer. It's something I have been wanting to do for a long time. And we have a couple of gyms really close to the house. So hopefully I work that in soon. 

- I had the weirdest facebook message from a complete stranger asking if I am dating someone named Don Phillips. Ummmm. HELL NO. His name is Ryan and I don't really like strange messages. I think she must be confused. 

- I need to take a big chunk of time and energy no less, to groom the cats. It's a big job and I don't really enjoy it but it has to be done....soon.

- Work was really long and hard Monday and Tuesday. I did a lot and having today off is a blessing. So happy to not be thinking about food!

I hope you all have a wonderful day! I'll be back soon. xx

Week in Review w/ DITL Vlog! Nashville, Tennessee

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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 

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


Thankful Thursday

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tuesday Truths

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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 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.'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 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! 


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

Monday, March 13, 2017

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 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 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

Looking Back and Reflecting January & February 2017 w/ Video

Friday, March 10, 2017

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 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

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 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


Monthly Favorites Video → February ←

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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!

Thankful Thursday

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. 

Wednesday Hodgepodge!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday to you all. I am back today sharing another Wednesday Hodgepodge. I have been participating off and on since 2013. Wow that's a long time! Feel free to join in! 

Week in Review w/ DITL Vlog

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hello everyone. It's Tuesday night and I am just getting around to writing this post and sharing it. It's been a long couple of days. I honestly didn't ever realize how hard it would be to keep up with this blog with a job and family. I understand now. There are less hours in the day it seems. There are so many things pushed back and unfortunately this blog and my videos seem to take the brunt of it. I am coming to the realization that I just have to do what I can when I can and move on with it. I don't need to overthink it. I don't need to worry about it. I just need to put one foot in front of the other and get it done. Soooooo...I know it's Tuesday and I am just getting around to posting the WIR. Actually Tuesday Truths just went up a while ago. It is what it is! :) 

Tuesday Truths

Hello friends! I hope you are getting a good start to your day. Here is another edition of Tuesday Truths. Hope you enjoy. 

Friday Letters

Friday, March 3, 2017

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

Dear God, Thank you for another week on this planet. I have made some great memories with the grand kids this week. I am so blessed because you put them in my life. Please keep all the kids safe and thank you for listening to my rambling prayers. Dear Apartment, I am trying to make you feel like home. I don't know how long I will be here but I am grateful for the home you have provided in one of the hardest times of my life. But here, I have slowly found myself again and started growing into a new life. Dear Brittany, we have got to do something about you missing the bus. I can't leave work in the am. You just need to stay over a lot more and go to bed earlier. Keep working hard in biology. Dear Unanswered Emails, I am coming for you this weekend. Only if the days had more hours in it. Dear Ryan, you are simply adorable. You make me smile all the time. I love you. Thank you for all the help, love and support. Dear Gabby and Romeo, please stop tearing stuff up. You are too old to declaw so we are just going to have to figure something out. Maybe a new scratching post for you this weekend! Dear Mailman, you grossed me out the other day. Please don't do that again. Dear Mom, thank you for all the things you are bringing up here for me. Can't wait to see you! Dear Laptop, I am still trying to get you set up. But having internet at the house and you....makes me feel a little more normal. Dear Shanna, sorry we haven't talked as much. I stay so busy being home. I promise to make more time. We need to go out and do something. Dear Work, thank you for being a pleasant place for me to be. Dear Jackson, you are still the cutest. I kinda wish you were the sweet little boy that you once were. You have grown up so much and not a baby. I love you. Dear Laura, hang in there. You have a bigger support system than you realize. Dear Gym, I think I am going to try to talk the girls into weekly visits where we can work out and hang out at the same time. Wish me luck convincing them! Dear Frig and Freezer, you really are not big enough. Wishing I would have kept the deep freeze right now. O-well...guess we will just make do. Dear Abigail, You are a lot of fun and I have really enjoyed hanging out with you. We are going to have to go find something fun to do! I think wine and painting class for the three of us would be perfect!  Dear Weather, you are so bizzare. I keep wondering what the planet is trying to tell us with all these weird changes. Dear Maekezie, I have really enjoyed having you around again! I can't wait to get all of us together. Dear Body, I wish you would stop feeling like a 41 year old body. I just want you to feel better. Dear Dad, I still miss always. I wonder how things are for you now. I hope you are forever young now and free. Come see me in my dreams. Dear Cooper, I hope that mean bitch is taking care of you. You should be here with me. Dear Car, I promise to get you cleaned out soon. Dear Jerry, thanks for picking up Brittany here and there when she misses the bus. I can't always leave so I appreciate it. Dear April the Giraffe, Ryan thinks you are really a boy but I am awaiting the birth of your baby! I have been watching the live feed daily and I just can't wait any longer. Just do it already! Guess what Dobby, a baby male giraffe was born on Tuesday morning! And he was a surprise!! 

Soooooooooo adorable! Dear New Purse, I can't wait till you get here! Dear Bill, we need to hang out again sometime soon when Ryan can come over. I want to see little Harley! Dear Laci, hope all is well. I love and miss you. Dear Donald Trump, I still can't stand you. I don't think there is anything you can do to make America better or anything you could do to change my mind. Liberal forever. Dear Hair, I cannot believe how long it is taking to grow out the layers. Looking back on some older photos, I realize it was pretty short. Is stress bothering you? Maybe some extra vitamins will help!? Please grow. Dear Blog and Youtube friends, Thank you guys so much for always being so supportive. I have learned so much from you. And because of you, I will never disable the comments here or on youtube. Talking with you guys is a true privilege. The day the comments end, is the day I shut this blog and youtube down. As I have said many times you are my tribe and I love you all. 

Hope you have a great Friday! xx


Thankful Thursday

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hi friends! Happy Thursday to you all. I am back today sharing a new Thankful Thursday post. I think it's really important to find something to be happy for everyday. We all have days when life takes over and stress kicks in. But simply keeping record of things you are thankful for can truly be life changing.

Here's what I am thankful for this week:

♥ This was a pretty nice week at work. I really do enjoy my job and the people I see everyday. I couldn't really ask for more in that regard. 

♥ I am so happy that I actually remembered Romeos birthday this year! That kitty cat means so much to me. He's just purrrfect! 

♥ More time with my family. They light up my world and I am so thankful to be here with them. I am thankful I got to be with my grandmother in her final days. I am thankful for being home. 

Image result for hot tea gif♥ For new teas that I keep trying and loving. Nothing better in the late afternoon and early evening than a cup of tea.

♥ I have really enjoyed a lot of movies here lately. I don't watch a ton of tv but Ryan and I have been staying in and just laying back watching movies. 

♥ I am happy that Laura is back to work. She is growing stronger each day. 

♥ My mom has an amazing relationship with Jackson. I love it. They plan on taking a big trip this summer. I am so happy he has her. It means a lot to me. 

♥ I am thankful for a boyfriend I have so much history with. We have so many memories in common that goes back to first grade. God put him in my life then for a reason....and now for a reason. 

♥ For homemade cleaning products. It helps me save money and it works just as good. I have a bunch of recipes you can find here. And I will show you what i am currently using in a new video sometime soon!

♥ I am thankful and blessed for the loads of comments that you guys leave on my videos, posts, photos. I never imagined how blogging and making videos would change my life. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. 

♥ I am grateful that my uncle is ok after a tornado tore his home apart Wednesday morning. It could have been a lot worse. 

♥ For my little grandchildren. They are so cute and precious and are a dose of fresh air around our family.

♥ I am happy and thankful for good wine on long days. I don't drink daily but sometimes I am so thankful for a glass of wine in a quite house. Yes Please.

♥ That Trump actually sounded more presidential in his address to Congress. I think that's because of his daughter and God knows I am thankful she is trying to dial him back a bit. At least it was better.

♥ I finally figured out the problem I was having importing photos from my iphone 6+. I was getting so frustrated but once I got it fixed ( after a few days ) I was so happy!

♥ I am happy with our little girl group that gets together almost everyday at Lauras. I think we could solve the worlds troubles if given the time. I love that we all have each other to lean on. I couldn't be more blessed in terms of a support system with them and the other ladies in my life.

♥ For cuddles with Ryan. He is always holding my hand, touching me or snuggling in the bed. It feels amazing. It feels right and I know I am blessed because he is here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I am about to head out the door to go to work. Have a great day...I'll see ya soon! xx