Monday, January 31, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
So we are a Pampers family ALL the way. Love them so much. I joined the pampers village and started entering Gift to Grow points listed on each package of pampers. So far I have redeemed the points I earned for 2 of the 10$ starbucks gift cards and a really nice Melissa and Doug puzzle. (I blogged about the puzzle...see for yourself!) Yipee!!!!!
If you are a pampers mom and aren't doing Gift to Grow you need to! it is such a simple process and you get free stuff! If you don't want the hassle feel free to give me your codes :) lol. I have no idea if that is legal but it sounds good :)
In the meantime, if you want to sign up, use this link so I can get some referral credit for your signing up...and then create your own referral link and get your friends to join! sweet! Can't wait to have a free starbucks and think how buying diapers has made that possible :) lol. maybe I won't think about that so much during the coffee itself...just for the paying for it with a gift card part. lol.
So go sign up using a link from this blog post (that helps me out) and get started! Here are a TON of codes you can use...some are worth 5, 10 & 15...if you find out that any of them are expired would you post a comment so I can update my list? Every time I find a new code I will add it to the bottom of this list and list the blog as "new" so it bumps up to the current date. (easier to find that way)
Here is a list of Codes that are possibly/probably expired as of 10/23 but you can still try:
STARTEARNINGNOW (I got this one twice...so try it a couple times in case it's usable twice)
Monday, January 24, 2011
I was determined to pack light. I think I accomplished it, but the real test will be our journey through the airport and airport security. wish me luck!
See ya next week!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
...the worst part? I cheated on her in her own salon!!! ahh!! I was so nervous she was going to come in at some point while my hair was getting cut and ask why I hadn't scheduled an appt with her...but she never came in...phew! what a relief.
So here is my new cut...
She definitely fixed a couple of the things I was unhappy with about my previous hair cut. I can tell that already even before I've gotten my own hands on it.
So now what do I do? Schedule appts with the new girl or go back to the old girl? she wasn't bad, she's given me several really nice hair cuts...but I really liked the new girl...oh boy, I have gotten myself into a mess. haha.
ps. I took these pics with photo booth so I'm all backwards and that is always a weird thing to look at a pic of myself like that..did I mention I am backwards looking? haha I'll stop now..
have you ever cheated? and been caught? and yes, I am really only talking about hair stylists on this one...lol...unless you feel the need to confess anything else and then go right ahead...
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The topic? My weight.
Please don't hate me, but I have never struggled with it before. If anything, I needed to gain at different times.
But it's a new day. haha!
I gained 55 lbs when I was pregnant. By the time Judah was a yr old I had lost it all. Thanks to breastfeeding I didn't really need to adjust my diet much at all. It just came off with time.
And then I gained 5 lbs...Judah was nursing half the time and I was still eating like a full time nursing mom.
And then I gained 5 more lbs...I guess I just figured if I ignored it it would just go away. Logic is not always logical people!
And then I gained 5 more lbs....and my pants were tight. Oh Lordy.
I drew a line in the sand.
I am down 8 lbs since I drew the line...that leaves me with 7 more to go...and maybe a little more after that if things are going well.
I have officially cut out anything that would be considered "drinking my calories"...of course I still drink milk, but in moderation. And tons of water.
This cup actually keeps me drinking water. I do not know why. I'm sure there is something psychological about it. ha!
It was a christmas gift. Thanks honey!
I am working to not snack when I am bored...or in the evenings...ayaiyai...I love to snack so this one is hard...adding a few healthy snacks into the mix is helping.
I am also turning into a calorie counter. I have literally never once in my life looked at how many calories were in something...so there is a rather large learning curve on this one.
I am using a sight called....Calorie Count...go figure...so original I know...no one can accuse them of false advertising ;-)
It has been really nice to see and keep track of what I am putting into my "tank" (food is fuel is my mantra).
I am also putting to good use our Elliptical. I talked to my brother who is a fitness expert and he talked me through a plan of action on "The Beast", as I affectionately call it :) Now to work the plan!
So that is another one of my fun (dripping with sarcasm here people) January things. Why must it be such a drab month?
I am working towards keeping my current pants and not buying a bigger size. I am working towards having more energy and feeling good about myself. I am working towards health.
Wish me luck!
Friday, January 21, 2011
On another note completely. I am no lactivist, just a mom who nurses her child and wants to do so as long as I see fit with out fear of being in trouble if I do so out in public. TN state law right now states that moms are only allowed to nurse children until 12 months in public. But there is a chance to change that right now on a bill that is being considered. Just taking the age limit off of the current law. If you are interested in participating in getting this changed, follow this link and read the blog I read and take a moment to send an email on behalf of the moms of TN. And remember, if you are a nursing mom and plan to visit TN, drive thru TN or fly thru, this also effects you and your rights.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So yeah, I sit in a chair with the Lappy and usually watch TV too...terribly interesting I know. I can't imagine how you have lived with out knowing this before. You are welcome. haha.
so where do you blog? sitting in a comfy chair? at a coffee shop? in the bedroom? on your porch? do tell...
I guess in order to see the beauty and the joy you need the contrast. Or so I will tell myself.
So on that note...a few things to share about my January and my life.
My dad. He is almost 81 and has been dealing with dementia for a while now. He lives in assisted living (thank God, it was so hard on my mom to care for him before that) and is in generally speaking, good health. However, recently he suffered a small stroke. And that caused him to have issues in regards to breathing and swallowing and such. He aspirated and got pneumonia. His doctor recommended he get a feeding tube. Now if you know my dad at all, you know his one joy in life is eating. So that was not happening. He has no desire to live on tubes and machines and will just live with what comes his way until he doesn't.
Anyhow...this has been going on for several years now. A slow fade.
But the difference this time is that his doctor has decided he now requires Hospice.
And yes, when I got that news I cried. In the shower. For a long time. Ugly Cry.
I know that people can live for years even on hospice, but it still holds such meaning. It is the last step. The end is coming. Like it or lump it.
So next week I am going to WI to visit my mom and my dad.
I hope it is not the last time I see my dad alive. But there are no guarantees. There never are.
So that is that. Praying for the best, preparing for the worst.
Anyhow...now that I typed that out I don't really feel like talking/blogging anymore. So other stuff will just have to wait I guess. Maybe tonight I'll pop back on and change the mood around here...but for now...even on the good days, this is what is in the back of my mind.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
When someone is singing and they start singing louder and they pull the microphone away from their face, causing you to then hear nothing. Lame. Just sing into the dang microphone and if it's loud it's loud. Isn't that the point?
Seriously. Not something important but isn't that the nature of pet peeves?
When someone leaves time on the microwave. Just clear it so you can see what time it is. It's especially annoying when there's like 1:30 seconds left and you think it's 1:30 and it's really like 4 o'clock.
Seriously. Not the end of the world but isn't that the nature of pet peeves?
When someone has messy eyebrows. Oh man, I just want to get in their face and smooth those bad boys out. I just don't understand how that doesn't annoy the person with the messy brows.
Seriously. Who cares. And yet it bothers me. But isn't that the nature of pet peeves?
When people are out in public and smacking and popping their gum. I'd rather be in a cow pasture hanging out with an actual cow than being stuck with a cow like human who has no manners. Ha! there. I said it. Close your mouths people.
Seriously. I think this may be on every persons pet peeve list except for the ones who do it. And again, isn't that the nature of pet peeves?
There, They're, Their being used wrong. Oh man. Not cool. However, I struggle with the use of apostrophes and to, too so I guess I'm not perfect. But it still bugs me.
Seriously. With social networking and rampant tweeting and texting, it's bound to happen thousands/millions of times in a day. And yes, that is the nature of pet peeves...they don't always matter, they just are.
Okay. Got that out of my system.
Your turn. What are your pet peeves? hmm? do tell...
Thursday, January 13, 2011
To see the good in everything. To do good. To know what is good and get rid of what is not. To enjoy the satisfaction that comes with things that are good. A good meal. A good feeling. A good day. A good time. To revel in the fact that my God is good. And to count the many good blessings in my life.
I feel like this word isn't given much credit. And yet...is there anything better? than something good?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I went out last night with some girlfriends. oh how I needed this. good for the girly soul :)
Cheesecake Factory. Need I say more? Heaven in your mouth.
If you look up the word "linger" in the dictionary, our photo would be there...we most definitely were in no hurry to leave last night. Our waiter left before we did. Just enjoying each others company and a night out on the town! No kids, No Fuss, No Muss.
Monday, January 10, 2011
In the words of his mother:
"when Lance was a pre-teen and young teen he was a HUGE KISS fan--he had posters all over his room--he was such a fan we got tickets to KISS in Mpls and Howard took he and his sister there in a single engine plane through bad weather so he could get to the concert--we were stone deaf parents!!!"
In the words of his father:
"What really happened is that the weather was good starting out but we hit unexpected bad weather which I was able to handle near Minneapolis. We made it on time and the first thing Lance saw when he got in was the KISS leader in full costoom in the hall way. He swore to me that it wasn't really Gene Simmonds but someboy immitating him. It is funny how kids think. We were in a Cherokee Warrior that was operated by the flying club. Alan Reman went with us because I did not go to the concert."
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Saturday, January 08, 2011
So Much to Love
I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love jessilynn.com. I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.