Category Archives: my life

Hello New Year!

Can I just say I find it very fitting that the first day of the year is falling on the first day of the week! Something about Monday’s. Most people dread them I see them as an opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the week. And since this one is the 1st day of the year I am going to use it to set the town for my year!

A few friends of mine on Facebook posted- this is the 1st day of a 365 page book. Someone took it a step further and said this is the first of 365 pages of chapter 28 in her life. For me it would be chapter 36. But they all followed it with something positive and encouraging and hopeful. And they are right. I know my last post was a little gloomy. I figure I can either dwell on the gloom or rise above it and move ahead. So I was thinking of doing a 365 series. This will be hard I have zero accountability unless some other bloggers want to link up. But my goal is to blog each day this year. Maybe describe my day in a picture (I love photography and this would help keep me behind the lens), but ultimate I want to be 100% real with you guys. My goal is to be honest about my day (why sugar coat it, we may be bloggers but we are not perfect super moms) and make sure I find at least 1 blessing out of that day to share with you!

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Our Chaos of 2016 and 2017

Another year has come and gone. It honestly has been a very over whelming year and a hard year. This year and quiet honestly the past few years, it seems like no matter how hard we try we just keep sinking.

Ok so this post is going to start out sad- because I need to talk. I need to get it out. My husband and I are struggling. I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like because I am trying to stay above water and am constantly running my kids around everywhere since hubs works 3 jobs. We were finally pulling ahead, we got in so much debt during 2010 when my husband was unemployeed for the whole year like many other electricitions and trade jobs. We did what we needed to but now are paying for it. We were finally getting ahead, then 2016 happened. It started in March with the nightmare of my daughter having intussusception (you can read about that HERE). That was hard- to sum it up- my, then 9 year old, had a section of her colon removed during an emergency surgery. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. Right as those medical bills starting coming in Sept/October, our boiler in our old farm house decided it was done and quit. Now keep in mind, we bought this house knowing it was a fixer upper. We knew the heating needed updated and it has no AC so we knew that would need done. But we were not expecting the larger expenses to occur until we got some of the smaller things done. WRONG. $5K that we had to come up with (on top of the the $2K for medical bills) to at least get heat on our main level. Yes, I said on the main level. Our second floor does not have heat yet- we use small little heaters in each room so have grown used to multiple blankets and 65 degrees warmth. We still do not have AC. Our house is a full 3 stories so we have to zone- we have to put insulation in because it does not have ANY so we got the main level down to help keep some of our new heat in. All things we did not expect so soon. Fast forward to December- 2 ER trips were done. One was comical- husband was stashing Christmas gifts and lost his balance and landed on some Lego’s- Carefuly they not only hurt to step on but can cut you bad enough for stitches. Oh yeah- the ER nurses had a GREAT laugh over that. Then Christmas Eve came- ER trip for me at 2am- thought appendicitis turned out inflammation so possible viral or Chrons. Either way I stayed in the hospital but got to go home around lunch time Christmas Day (found out a month or so later it was a new medication they put me on for my blood pressure). You guessed it more medical bills.

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This weeks Chaos! #mealplanning

Another busy week but I am on week 3 of just doing a weekly meal plan instead of planning for the whole month. I am already $200 below what I usually spend on groceries. Seriously our schedules change so much and it is so crazy that I have to use a white board for a calander. Just when I think I have the month figured out at the beginning things get added, or removed, husbands shifts changes. It definitely keeps me on my toes.

This week is no different. We JUST found out what times we have to be at parent teacher conferences on Thursday. We have our usual tumbling and ballet, scouts on saturday I have a vendor show on saturday. Just crazy schedules! So this week I went more towards easy and hope there is some health value to it!

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Where to go from here

Hey everyone! It has been a long while I know. I am trying to get into a routine and get back on track with life in general.

The past few weeks have been full of scouts, tumbling, and ballet. Which means our meals have been slacking in the health department. But I rally have got to crack down on that.

So here is my problem. I do good, I cook healthy meals through out the month but some are lacking. I go a week of working out then just lose it. I lose motivation, I lose momentum. I get frustrated. However, I can’t! I weigh 196 lbs and am 5’3 this isn’t good for my health, or my blood pressure. But yeat no matter what I do or try I just fall short of staying on top of things.

I need something to help me stay accountable. Something that keeps me going and don’t let me give into that breaking point where I just stop. I don’t know maybe I just need to be hypnotized to be a fitness guru mindset person.  Is that even possible?

So what do you do when you lack motivation, confidence, and drive? How do fight through it and stick with it? Do you use any apps, meal plans, work out facilities?

Why I am not *Just* a SAHM


Ok first- Yes- I will probably offend someone with this- but that is just the way society is these days (that is a whole different soap box though). However, this is something that has literally been bothering me. In fact- it had me in tears the other day.

Why do we view Stay At Home Moms as less of a person then the moms who leave for work?

I can honestly approach this topic on both sides. I was a working mom. I dropped my kids off at daycare I went to a brick and mortar building and I worked. I had to. I would get so angry and frustrated when people would pull the “how can you let someone else raise your kids” and “how do you miss out on all those moments?”. It is called I had to. I had no choice. I did what I needed to help feed my babies, cloth them, and care for them.  And yes even once I hit school age I changed jobs and went to work at their school as a para. There would be days where I would be out of my house for literally 15 hours between school and activities. Cleaning still got done and dinner still made (out here we do not have fast foods so that isn’t an option on those crazy 15 hour days). We made it work for as long as we could.

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A healthy me- week 2


Welcome back! It has been a crazy busy week here. We are getting ready for popcorn sales for Little Man’s cub scouts, plus a camping trip a week away. I have a vendor show for my Dove Chocolate Discoveries business on Saturday and Little Miss is home sick today. Never a dull moment in our house!

This week went a little better on the exercise- I think the field trip we went on last Friday helped out a lot. I probably walked about 2 miles that day before it rained. I do not have a step tracker so I am just guestimating. I also used the elliptical a bit more this week. I did find some work out sessions on Amazon Prime so this week I plan on trying those starting tonight!

The food wise is another topic. I ate like crap. Which is why today’s picture is me telling my stomach to shut up! So Friday- I had some time to kill before I went to the school for the field trip. Clearly that meant I needed a bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwich from McD’s with a medium Caramel Frappe. My son made our lunch which was PB&J, some apples and some Chips. I was still hungry so while I waited for them I got a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper from Runza. Yep- totally need those carbs! HA! Really the rest of the week wasn’t to terrible for Breakfast I would mostly just have toast if anything, I did have a bowl of cheerios with banana in it. Lunch was left overs as usual- except for Monday- I was out and about so I stopped at Sonic for a chicken sandwich, tater tots and a Lg Cherry Limeade. (again killed my diet).  I did have a healthy meal plan worked out and grocery shopping done. But my kids probably threw it away because I can’t find it! So here was our dinners for the week-

Saturday- Tacos

Sunday- Left Overs

Monday- Chicken fingers and baked beans

Tuesday- Biscuits and Gravy (it was in the 50’s and drizzling so perfect comfort food)

Wednesday- Pizza (it was just my son and I since Little Miss is sick)

Today I think we will have grilled cheese and tomato soup (another chilly dreary day so more comfort food).


Even though I did not eat the greatest I am down to 188 lbs! So I did lose a pound! This week I am going to focus on continuing the exercise and trying to motivate myself- but also eating better. I noticed I snack a lot when we are running around everywhere and when I am stressed (I broke open a bag of PURE DARK Peppermint Rounds last night). So need to work on that or find healthier options for snacking since my stomach thinks I need to eat when bored.

So topic question of the week: Are you a snacker when you are bored or stressed? What are some of the things you do instead of snacking or what are some of your favorite healthy snacks?




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Let the Adventure Begin



I can do this! I am sitting here finishing up some work and I can just feel my blood pressure being high. I have had it! I wasn’t going to start this journey until Monday but that was just an excuse. I need to quit pushing it off.

Tomorrow I start. I need to be strong and stay in this routine. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. So it is time to form it. No more just sitting around. And hopefully this time I can stick to it. I know I have done some posts like this but then end up throwing in the towel. Well not this time. I can’t give up. My health depends on it.

So next week I will post my weight, what exercises I did, what meals I had. How I am feeling. I will be using the elliptical, I have a zumba video so I plan to use that from time to time. The meals is what I need to work on. I am sure I can find some good healthy foods to eat though.

So here is to me. I believe I can do it. I know I can do. If you are struggling with this please join me in this journey and believe in yourself.

Deep in the BadLands @southdakota


Wow! What a crazy July! My son’s birthday, baseball tournaments, and our annual family adventure. This year it took us up to mountains. Ok to me they are mountains compared to the mass flatness of corn that we have hear. But either way you look at it- South Dakota is a beautiful state to visit. This year we visited the southwest corner of their state. And God, could I go back there in a heart beat!

Our first stop we made was more like a drive through. The Badlands. A place were you can see the perfect formations caused by weathering and erosion. God’s beautiful handi work all around. But sorry- man was it hot!  Ok enough of that.

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Summer Traveling with @GlutinoFoods


It is officially summer time! I love that my job allows me to be off during the summer with the kids! It makes doing fun things easier to do. This summer we have a few things planned.

Instead of traveling any place to far we will be doing more of a Staycation this year. We will be going to a nearby city that I honestly can say I have never been to in all my years living in this state! I can not wait to go! We will be seeing a rodeo, touring a couple of places. It is just a little 2 day getaway this year but it will still be fun!

We also have some camps planned for the kids. One will be to a church camp, and then the other is just your VBS that you see around towns/cities. Then my son has cub scout camp. Lots of camps! We are also hoping to do some camping of our own at a reenactment (hopefully).

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#Spring is in the Air! ~House update


The weather has been gorgeous! I mean 70 degrees gorgeous! It is giving me spring fever and then today I found these beauties peaking up from the ground! We did not do any of the landscaping so I have no clue what will come up and when. But I was beyond excited to finally see some color! So it got me thinking. With the weather warming up we can start up on the house updates! Yay!

I have talked a lot about the work that needs done inside. Which is a ton of work. But what is the point of updating the inside if your curb appeal is, well non existent? So now to start planning and plotting. Not to mention we need to start plotting out our vegetable garden. So I thought I would show you our desperate need for an outdoor make over (please keep in mind- this house sat empty for 7 years.

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