A Messy Good Time!!

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone so long. It’s not that I don’t want to keep up with my blog. I do. I really do. But I’ve been so busy. Busy with what? Kids, work, life.

But most recently, planning a weekend long birthday party for my daughter. She just turned 16. It was crazy!! We had a 3 tiered cake that about did me in, paint wars, a colored powder fight, and so much more. But instead of just telling you, why don’t I just show you? 😊

Lake Wedington, AR. The scene of our epic bday party.

We rented a cabin for the entire weekend.

It was small but cozy, air conditioned (although it didn’t work very well) and clean, and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. No tv-the kids didn’t like that. We brought board games, a karaoke machine, and marshmallows to roast.

First up: unpacking. We packed way too much stuff but I’d rather have too much than not enough. Clothes, party stuff, prizes, games, etc.

THE FIRST NIGHT:

Karaoke Time!!

My daughter and her best friend belted out tunes to an energetic audience of 3.

Not long after, the ‘crowd dispersed and hit the hay.

GOOD MORNING!!

The hubby woke everyone up by banging on pots and pans (This echoes inside a small cabin).

Delicious breakfast for a busy, busy day.

Next up, decorating the cabin for the party.

We all took to this with a smile on our face and a song or two blasting through the cabin.

Finally, We’re heading down to the lake for swimming and food! And a little music too.

CAKE AND ICE CREAM.

We had to keep the cake and ice cream at the cabin because they would have melted in a heartbeat. And I worked really hard on this cake. While it didn’t turn out as planned (I cried for a bit about that), my daughter was still pretty happy with it.

FUN AND GAMES!!

Game #1: Shake your booty. This game had everyone laughing so hard!!!

We actually had a couple more games to play but it was beginning to get late and the park gates closed at 8 pm so we moved on to the best part of the evening, the part all of the kids had been looking forward to.

PAINT SLIP N SLIDE:

How about a colored powder fight next? Shasta was the champion by the way. 😁

And perhaps the messiest and most fun, the paint war!!

Talk about a mess. But so much fun!! Afterward, everyone got sprayed down with the garden hose and showered. (Paint was still coming out of everyone’s hair even a day later.)

Then there was just us. The hubby had a headache so we had my daughter’s friend grill up some chicken for us.

A really good cook by the way.

Roasting marshmallows, ghost stories, and a light show ended the night. (At least for me. I crashed out at 1, the kids were up until the sun came up.)

All in all, I think my daughter had a great time and hopeful it will be one she will remember and cherish for many years.

Weight Loss and Me

Hi everyone. A couple of days ago, I looked in the mirror and it hit me. I mean REALLY hit me. I can’t stand the way I look. I mean, I’ve always has issues with my looks but I’m talking weight wise. I’m 5’5, 38 years old, and weigh 165. Ick! I’m overweight. I even checked my BMI. Its 27.5 which falls into the overweight catetgory. If you would like to check yours, here is the link:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Now most of us don’t look like a Victoria Secret model. You know with the sleek arms, flat tummy, tight butt, and slim thigh gap.

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Actually about 90% of us don’t. And some of that percentage don’t want to. But I do.

I know there they are born with great genetics and of course, they can afford to have personal trainers and a good consultant/dietician. Plus free time to exercise. And we can’t forget that there is probably plenty of photoshopping and brushing going on. And possibly even some plastic surgery here and there. All of these things, we are either not born with or is something most of us can not afford. But still, those girls are FIT!

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Most of those things we can’t do anything about unless we have money. But exercise and eating, those are things we can try and control. I say TRY.

With our busy lives, I know how hard it can be to fit in time for exercises. Take me for example, I work 4 days at the hospital and have 3 days off. And sometimes I sub at the local school. Sounds like I have plenty of free time right? HA!

Between trying to write my next book, paying bills, taking care of 3 kids, a husband (he works 7 days a week and one of those days is a double), do housework, help with homework, cook dinner, ensure showers are taken and teeth are brushed, dogs taken out, and any extra domestic duties that need doing, I don’t have a lot of extra time to work out.

And what exercises do you do? There are only about a million different kinds targeting certain things and some people say to do them, some people say don’t do them. How do you know?

And as far as eating right…Have you ever tried to go grocery shopping for strictly healthy stuff? Its expensive. Like 2-3 times more expensive than the junk (and delicious 😋) foods that most of us normally buy. For me feeding 5 people and buying all healthy on a budget is damn near impossible.

Everyone complains about America being overweight and how we need to eat healthier.  But how can we afford to when the healthy stuff skyrockets our grocery bill by at least $100-200 dollars a week. And forget joining weight watchers, nutrisystem, or Jenny Craig. That is extremely expensive too. Or at least it is for me. There is Slimfast and Atkind which are cheaper but can get pricey over time. So what can a person do?

I really don’t know. But I know that I am tired of looking in the mirror and being disgusted by what I see. So, I am going to do my best to start a diet. This is what inam going to try first as far as eating healthier:

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And as far as exercise, I’m going to do what I can that will target my trouble areas. Arms, lower tummy, butt, and inner and outer thighs. I’ve got a few exercises picked out but if anyone has any suggestions, Please leave me a comment below. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks.

Old Fashioned, Nostalgic, Or Just Plain Silly? You Decide…

Times, they are a changin’. Someone famous said that (I believe it was Bob Dylan) and it is so true.

A good explanation of this is in the song Automatic by Miranda Lambert.  Country music fans everywhere have heard this song and so they know what I’m talking about. For those that are less knowledgeable of mainstream country, the song is about how things used to be. You know, like vehicle windows you had to crank to open, Polaroid pictures you had to shake, and the such.


I love that song. It reminds me of how things have changed over the years. Everything from, well, vehicle windows to photographs. Technology gas advanced rather rapidly, in an effort to make things easier, quicker, more up to date. I am all for change, especially in this crazy, wonderful world we live in. But nevertheless, there are still some things I love to do the “old-fashioned” way. The biggest thing is reading.

Now I own a Kindle, an IPhone, and a laptop. Don’t get me wrong, they are great and I use them all of the time. But for me, there is nothing beats a real book.

Hardcover or paperback, it doesn’t matter. I love everything about books. Their smell, the weight if them in your hands, the feel of the pages as you turn them.  It’s like you are holding a tiny piece of the author’s dream, a slice of the effort and joy that each writer puts into their writing. All true book lovers know what I mean. It’s almost magical.

As a child, I loved walking into a library, selecting an adventure in paper form, and then racing home to curl up and read.

It’s the same way now of course.
Ebooks are indeed a thing of the present and the future. They allow readers and authors to connect quicker. And you can carry a whole library around in one, thin little electronic device.


And that is wonderful, great. I enjoy books no matter what format they are in. But call me old-fashioned, nostalgic, or just plain silly but when it comes down to choosing an ebook or a physical book to read, for me, the choice is simple….

Life Lessons…..

I have only been on this Earth for 37 years, 35 months, and 16 days but I have learned quite a bit in that time. Not only my ABCs and numbers but also more important, deep lessons as well. It doesnt matter who you are, where your from, and what’s happened in your life, these are basic ideas that everyone should live by.

1. Always treat others as you would like to be treated. (everyone knows this one but a lot of people don’t follow it)

2. Never give up. (life is very hard and full of problems but to give up is to give in…)

3. Fight for what you believe in. (if it matters to you, deep in your heart, then fighting for it is always worth it)

4. Stand up for yourself. (there are a lot of people in this world that will take advantage of you if you let them. Don’t)

5. Live as if there is no tomorrow. (no one knows how much time we have so make the most of everyday. Carpe Diem-Seize the Day!)

6. Show the ones that you love that you love them everyday. (telling them is great but actions speak louder than words)

7. Give each effort your all. (no matter what task lays before you, do it to the best of your ability each and every time and take pride in your efforts)

8. Respect those around you. (we are all human beings and we all have hearts and emotions-don’t trample on either of them)

9. Lead by example. (whether or not you have children, you should always teach by your actions)

10. Accept responsibility for your mistakes. (no one is perfect. We all have flaws and we screw up. But recognize the mistakes you made, own them, and them learn from them.

11. Accept who you are and love it. (we can’t all be super models and actors but each of us has a special talent whether it be teaching, drawing, or even being a wonderful friend to someone. Embrace the things that make you you)

12. Have a little fun. (unfortunately most of us have to work and we have to work hard to make a living. But don’t forget to have fun. Because without it, life will be even harder than it is already and who wants that?)

I think if we all follow these simple ideas and apply them, then our lives, and the lives of those around us, will be that much fuller.