Thursday, February 27, 2014

La Vida Loca ~ Five on Friday


I'm pretty sure I don't need to ask for a raise of hands for those who are excited that it's Friday! I can't believe that another week has slipped by- but hey, I won't complain.
It's been a seriously busy week for me.. I'm sure you can tell by my lack of blogging. Hopefully I can catch up this weekend and be prepared-- I can't stand to be behind on my reading, let alone my posting.  Helloooo OCD overload.
Anywoot! I want to share some of my week with you.. 
which would be my Five on Friday!

1) Rarely ever do I get fast food-- although I can't lie... since I started my new job, I've had it more than I've had it in the past 6 years or so.  The other morning I got to partake in a Hardee's Sausage biscuit and it was pure divine. I'm not really one for sausage but I was in love.  It's just the little things, some mornings, that make you have a good day!

2) I've been preparing for Satan says.  He was off today so I left him a "Honey-Do List".. below you will see the list.  He read it off to me and he says, "I don't know what a toy-lee-et is".  (miss-pronouncing toilet) He just kills me but cracks me up all at the same time.  It's hard not to love him and want to smack him.

3) We got to spend so much time with Levi this week.. it was awesome for me. Luckily, I get to spend all of next week with him as we are staying with my Mom while my Dad is out of town.  I hate being away from him and relish every moment with him.  If you aren't a pet owner or true dog lover-- you won't get it.  He's my baby, that's all I can say! 


4) I'm learning more and more about the Photo Booths at work! I'm able to sell more and help the Brides, that call in, with all of their questions and concerns.  If Rob and I were having an actual wedding-- this would be a must have!!


5) I've got my Go Sac and will eventually do a review this week.  The bag is SO stinkin' awesome and I just love it.


So.. I know that I'm not real exciting this week and I can't really apologize-- it's just what it is. Maybe next week I will be more entertaining or whatever.
I hope you all enjoy your weekend!!



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What I'm Into, White Tile, & Live & Learn


When "What I'm Into".. I totally had to steal/borrow her idea. Come on, it's pretty clever and something I can roll with! 
While our current lists of interests are pretty different, I'd love to share what is on my mind and lifts my eyebrow lately.

TV: I can't lie, I'm always going to love Cops & Wife Swap but that's besides the point.. that's old news. Honestly, I really enjoy Shark Tank. It's a show that both Rob and I can enjoy together and stays interesting. I do also enjoy Chopped, even if I've seen the show before but I prefer to see new shows-- as does Rob.  Recently, a new season of The Voice and American Idol started so I won't lie, we are pretty stoked.  Hopefully this season proves to be exciting!

Movies: We really don't go to the Theater.. because who really wants to spend an arm and a leg on tickets and all the "fixin's to go along with them, but we have been watching a lot of flix on Netfli! Lately we have watched "The Joneses", "Lay the Favorite", and a few other (specifically scary movies).  If you have anything that you can recommend-- please do so.

Phone Apps: I guess I should let you know that I don't play games on my phone.  While I had my stint with Ruzzle and Quiz Up, I am just not real interested.  Recently, I deactivated my Facebook so that doesn't take up any of my time anymore (yes, that makes Rob very happy).. so this list is in no particular order-- other than Instagram, because it's totally one of my favorite phone apps! 
Instagram, Pandora, Rhonna Designs, A Beautiful Mess, IMDb, Pic Stitch, Repost, Google Chrome, & Bloglovin.  With all of this being listed.. I am always looking for new apps to check out, preferably free apps.  Please don't hesitate to share your faves with me! :)

Books: I used to love Dean Koontz and books of that sorts but over the past couple of years, I've fell in love with raunchy books like Uganda Be Kidding Me is so exciting to me that I'm already losing sleep!  Is it March yet?  No..?!  What about now?  UGH! If you have never read any of her books, you should and prepare to laugh out loud, hysterically!

Food: I know that I posted last week about Twenty Minute Taco Soup but I just have to mention it again! As most of you know, I'm in charge of Sunday Dinner for the family and I come up and "create" the menu-- so this Sunday we wanted something easy and very laid back.  It was a rainy day and I was feeling very lazy. Erin's recipe is simple and she had mentioned that you can add whatever you like.. so I decided that I would give it my own "flare". I added some olive and avocado topping and it was certainly a show stopper!! If you are looking for an easy dish.. you can't go wrong with this!
(excuse the crappy picture)


Loves: My work schedule has been "different".. so I've been able to bring Levi home with me more than usual (meaning that he has been able to stay over on nights other than the weekends). There are NO words to explain how happy that makes me.  I feel like a doting Mother that can't stop taking photos of her child because every little thing that he does, whether he's sleeping or chewing his bone, warrants a photo session to me. I can't wait for us to move out of this condo so that we can get a place where he is allowed-- that way we don't have to sneak him in and he can live as an every day part of our family. PS- Should I have mentioned my fiance here?? I mean, we all know I love him and stuff but I really don't feel like talking about him nor do I have anything to mention that is really noteworthy this month.. umm, he cooked his own breakfast and made a huge mess-- then half assed cleaned the dishes later that morning.  What he doesn't know is that I had to put half the dishes back in the wash because of the half-assness.  I still love his ass-hole-ness!  And all that jazz.  
(I'm so smitten)
 
(This is Levi's "I know you have a treat in your hand and "damnit you will give it to me" face!)

Friends/Co-Workers/Family: Now, I know this blog post is about "What I'm Into" but because this is my damned blog, I can talk about whatever I want to and if I want to steer from the given topic.. I will do just that. With that being said, I'm into my BFF always being "around" when I need an ear to bend! I have "mixed" feelings about work-- I absolutely love my job but I am starting to feel that I want to be an absolute team player but maybe I am asking to much of others in my quest to do 100%.. I won't apologize for that because when I signed up, I swore that I would be part of a team and that's what I meant. It's hard to explain but it's like-- I feel like I'm not being trusted as much as I should be, with as much gusto as I have for what I'm doing.. that I'm not being given as much responsibility as I deserve because I want it so bad. I've always been touchy about stuff like this.

With all of this being said-- I know that today is Live & Learn Thursday and I've been so damned busy lately that I didn't even get the chance to come up with something today but I *DO* want to tell you about this *tragedy* that I have lived through and I have learned from.. that's a little something about white tile.  Dumb-Ass-White-Damned-Tile!  UGH!


Our Condo came with white tile and as God is my witness.. I will never live in a place again that has this crap!  You can see every flaw, every hair (Rob's chest sheds apparently).  If you ever get the chance to build your own place or rent a place-- make sure it doesn't have white tile.  There, I've taught the masses something and now I must sleep!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Things I fear..


If you knew/know me personally, then you are well aware of the fact that I will often say that I'm not afraid of much.. but honestly, I do have secret fears. And I think that we all do. I also think that we shouldn't be ashamed of them, whatsoever.
I wanted to share some of my "secret fears" today because I feel like it's good medicine to release them from time to time and just let go.


I fear becoming morbidly obese again. You can try and try, work and work-- but sometimes your body fights against you.. things just slip away through time and before you know it, you're back to square one-- fat and unhappy.

I fear people not thinking my sense of humor is as awesome as I do. I know I'm funny-- people laugh at me on a daily basis but what if it stops?  What if the things *I* think are funny aren't funny anymore?

I fear my Mother & Father passing away suddenly (of course I don't want them to pass away before me but I know that will probably happen-- which I HATE). I don't like surprises, at all.. especially when they are bad surprises. 

I fear not making others happy-- in my work environment. When I get involved in a situation where I am being paid and I'm investing my time, I devote my heart and soul.. I want to please. For someone not to be happy with what I'm providing or delivering; it's soul crushing to me. 

I fear something happening to Levi. We currently cannot have him at our place of residence and while we will be moving soon and to a place where we can have him-- I know that he is a runner and I am SO scared that he may get out of my Parent's front door or garage and be hit or even stolen.  It's terrifying to me.

I fear that I will die a Bereaved Mother.  That I will never get to experience what a Real Mother truly is.. I will never get to sing my child to sleep, be a PTA Mom, a Soccer Mom, or dote over my sweet child. (hashtag that wouldn't be fair damnit)

I fear that one day I might drop my iPhone and the AT&T store will not be open.. leaving me without access to my phone for an entire weekend. KILL ME NOW! 

What are your fears?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Shaking my head Sunday..


I can't believe that it's Sunday.. just the other day I was shaking my head in awe because I couldn't believe the week had passed so quickly (hashtag what was I thinking) and now I've blinked and the weekend is over. Our weekend was the usual "somewhat" eventful.. we had Levi over, Rob visited some friends, I had a Cops marathon, and we are planning a Sunday Dinner.  I vote for Meatloaf, what about you?
One thing that I must mention is that Pensacola hosted Pensacon.  The Event brought all kinds of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Comics, Anime, Gaming, etc folks in for a weekend full of whatever they partake in... well, we just happen to live RIGHT by the place they were gathering so I got to enjoy watching all the people in their get-ups and what not--hello crazy costumes just walking up and down the streets like it's their business. My only regret is that I didn't get photos.  Shame on me, I know. My bad.

Anyhoot-- I'm sad that the weekend is over so I'm devoting this entire post to funny weekend "stuffs". And with that being said, I hope that your weekend was the best!
But not without sharing a few photos from our weekend first-- nothing too exciting, I swear. No need to brace yourself.. they can all be seen on Instagram!

Levi came over for a Slumber Party on Friday night and we got him a special bone, as usual. He tore through that bad boy faster than I have ever seen him attack a pig's ear. 

Rob was putting together a package for me and since the Pensacon folks got to be all crazy and dress up, I figured I would be a little crazy too. Who doesn't love a little bubble wrap fun? I know I do! 

So we weren't the 425 million Powerball winners (we'd actually have to buy tix), I'll take any kind of win! And Rob's got a MEGA sweet tooth-- he seriously cannot be trusted to go to the store for soda because he will come back with chocolate each and every time. He did a job for a Hershey Rep the other day who gave him 36 Reese's candies-- 
who in the world needs that much?!?! I don't care for them, thankfully. Sheesh!

Onto the weekend goods..











Erica Jacquline

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I'm the kinda Girl who..






Chances are, you've been seeing a lot of these posts going around lately.. and I thought it was such a great idea that I've jumped aboard and decided to tell you about This Girl!

I'm the kinda Girl who..

  • prefers text over talking on the phone.
  • has no problem taking photos of crazy looking things OR people just for Instagram or Blogging purposes.
  • chews ice constantly (including during bathroom trips in the middle of the night)
  • over thinks everything.. constantly.
  • amuses herself possibly more than others.
  • uses English as a second language because sentences with the F bomb are it's own.
  • has a lyrical soul.
  • believes that you can't cater to someone's needs until you've walked a mile in their shoes.
  • doesn't want to be judged.
  • is okay with talking "baby talk" to her dog-- IN PUBLIC.
  • could live off brussels sprouts and sushi.
  • laughs all the time & thinks it's contagious.
  • can't go a day without talking to her Mother.
  • dreams of being a "real" Mother and not a Bereaved Mother.
  • can't remember the last time she wore a dress.
  • wears flip flops all year round.
  • just found out what hashtags were.
  • will spend hours researching teeth whitening tips and then forget to brush her teeth before bed.


What kind of Girl are you?








Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Achin' Dawgs ~ Live & Learn #12


Let me be honest-- I hate feet. Did I ever think that I would dedicate an entire post to feet and care of them? Hells to the no! But this is serious!
I taught myself a *serious* lesson (well two but that's another story) and one that I will never, ever forget.

I was given the Revlon Pedi-Expert and was so excited! 
I don't get Pedicures (because I don't let people touch my feet). It's not that my feet are in that bad of shape but still.. I wear flip flops and I'm not afraid to walk barefoot.
When I got the Pedi-Expert, I was excited that I could knock off a little dry skin and potentially have some softer feet. 
Let me just say.. I was a little too overzealous because after using this product on both of my feet, I was so surprised at the end result-- UNTIL the next day. The following day I woke up and couldn't walk on either foot. Two days later I woke up with scabs (ok, so they were small, eraser sized scabs but they felt mammoth) on both feet that were so incredibly painful. I was entirely too excited about this product and learned my lesson. It will be a long time before I use it again.
And let me warn you (2nd lesson).. never Google rough feet or foot scrappers because some of the picture will make you not want to eat for weeks.
HEY! New diet fad! I should market that!

Should you get one of these.. be very, very careful.
It's been almost 2 weeks and I'm just now able to walk normally.
Live and Learn, right?

And the winner of the Go Sac is Ashley @ Life on the Parson's Farm!!!
Email me so we can talk about getting me your goodies!!
(the review of the GoSacUSA Bag to come later today)




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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How long will this take?? ~ Income Tax Returns


Most of us file our taxes every year and then sit and wait until they are either deposited into our accounts or a check is mailed.  Well here is a simple way to keep track of just what exactly is going on with your Return. 


Go to www.irs.gov/Refunds

Type in the required info..


And Viola-- there you will be provided with the info of your Return's status.


You can thank me later :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Real Talk ~ Serotonin.. I need you!


So, I have more than a handful of OCD/creature of habit issues-- some of them may seem silly to some and others extreme. To me, they are all rather extreme but that's probably because I deal with them on the daily.  What's equally as aggravating is that Rob thinks I'm insane-- he's one of those people that are against Doctor's and feels that they have ruined people by giving a name to every "issue" that someone has.  He calls my "wanting things clean", a hobby.. not a "disease".  We argue back and forth that he will continue to feel this way until he is ailed by something serious.  Part of his feeling so strongly about this was fueled by a recent radio newscast that he heard about a new disease called The Non-24 Disorder which occurs in blind people and involves sleep. He heard a biased opinion on the radio and without any research, started thinking that people were just going to a doctor, saying they wouldn't sleep, and being diagnosed-- he had no idea. UGH!

I digress.. As of lately, I've found that OCD is still an issue for me but Frustration is creeping up on me with a vengeance that I've never felt before.  Normally I can handle my emotions, Jesus God-- my first and only Son died at birth and I've been living (and surviving) since 2005 when it happened.  But I'm beginning to feel more and more out of control.  Some of you may know that my small kitchen area floor bothers me ALL THE TIME.  Mostly because it's white and Rob seems to shed or something.. but recently, even after a pretty decent hair cut, my hair is falling out too.  Which leads me to tell you about my "issues".  I'm ALWAYS finding either my hairs on the small area of kitchen white tile flooring or Rob's.  I can't take it anymore. I've pulled the vacuum apart and tried to remedy the problem in many different ways-- tonight, I was on my hands and knees, with a damp paper towel, trying to clean up the floors.  I hope I'm not going insane.  For the Love of God!

Someone mentioned that some of my symptoms sound like I could have low Serotonin. While I know what Serotonin is, I'm not all that well versed on it and the effects it has to your body-- so I went searching.  Did you know that low Serotonin can lead to compulsive disorders?

I will say that I do take Celexa, I have for years.. and it does help with my Anxiety and Depression. But I'm beginning to wonder what more I can do to make sure that I have adequate Serotonin so that I'm able to happily function and not be so concerned about little things that tend to make me feel like I'm going to go over the edge.  I did a little research and their are some great ways to increase your happiness!!

Naturally..

(sourse)

  • CHOCOLATE: High in magnesium and other 'feel good' nutrients.
  • LEAFY GREENS: Energy enhancing
  • WALNUTS: Loaded with Omega 3 and other brain nutrients
  • EPSOM SALTS: Calming
  • WATER: Hydration. Increases energy and lowers stress
  • CAYENNE PEPPER: Depression reliever
  • BANANA: Helps raise serotonin
  • GREEN SMOOTHIE: For an energy zap
  • SMILING: Releases happy hormones
  • ALMONDS: Brain food and magnesium
  • OATS: Eases depression
  • NATURE: Spend time in nature
  • WALKING: Clears the mind and raises serotonin

Supplements..

5-HTP
The most well-known type of serotonin boosters are called 5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) which is a byproduct of tryptophan (the amino acid used by the brain to create serotonin) Tryptophan is found in small quantities in the food we eat every day, but an African plant called Grifonia simplicifolia was discovered to contain considerable quantities of 5HTP.

St. John's Wart
This herb has been proven effective for easing mild to moderate depression. It appears to work as a natural SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) by preventing the breakdown of serotonin in the brain.


So, I'm going to continue to research and work on this because I want to not only be the best ME that I can be but I've got to ditch these compulsive disorders. Do you happen to have any advice on this? Any thoughts?  I'm all ears!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Co hostess with the Mostest ~ Sunday Funday Folks


Now that Valentine's Day has passed.. what do we have to look forward to now?
ST. PATRICK'S DAY~ whoop, whoop! I'm almost as excited about my favorite holiday as I am about co-hosting Sunday Funday with my buddy, Erica!
I would highly suggest linking up with us one Sunday for ultimate fun-- post about your weekend, memes that crack you up, a video that you made of your BFF when she was HIGHLY intoxicated and dancing (yes, I did this but she'd never forgive me for posting it)..
#blackmail

Actually.. you can post anything you want-- it had better be fun or else! I kid.


Friday night, we didn't do much-- big Shocker, huh? We ended up stopping by my BFF's house for a couple drinks and a mini play date for our fur babies. Raven and I are known for doing silly things when we are together-- add alcohol and we do things like have bathroom photo sessions..


The dogs had a blast together-- it was Scrappy's birthday so we had to get in some photos!  He was pretty darn excited to play with Levi.. but Levi wanted to mark his territory so we held him most of the time or kept him close by.
Why is it that dogs feel the need to left their legs to things when other dogs are around?
#notcute


Raven and Kam were very eager to pose for photos as well.


Lets just say that Saturday.. I didn't feel too hot!  Honestly, I didn't drink that much but I think that's I've been super stressed out this week and it all just got to me.  But spending time with your BFF and being able to cut loose and laugh is always good medicine.
It's Sunday Funday and that means that I'm gearing up to make Sunday Dinner for the family. Today we are having Baked Honey Ham with my homemade Honey Mustard sauce, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Yellow Rice, and Cornbread. Oh, and always a salad.
You're invited!





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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Five for Friday ~ #TeamTeddy



Happy Friday!  Or I guess I should say, Happy Valentine's Day!
This isn't the first time that I've linked up with Pink & Prosperous.
As sad and devastating as this is-- there *IS* good news,
YOU CAN HELP! The most important thing that we can do is spread awareness of Menkes Syndrome by sharing Teddy's story.  So if you choose to link up today, please start your post with a photo of yourself holding a #TeamTeddy photo or just simply spread the word. It's for a great cause and it's appreciated!
Thank you for spreading the word!

Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Ruess) by P!nk on Grooveshark
For your listening pleasure-- I can't get this outta my head!!!

Without further adieu, why don't we kick off this Friday with my Five for Friday!!


~One~

Excuse the Flannel and reddish looking face-- I had borrowed something "warm" to wear from my Father and wasn't being choosy, as well as I was cooking in a hot kitchen and running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  Anywoot, I was super stoked to have a quick visit with my little buddy Carleigh this week (I GUESS it was cool to see her Parents too, jk jk).  She's four months old and I just can't believe what a happy baby she is and how much she's grown.  Her Parents live on Blackwater River and have a boat.. I can't wait to make memories this Summer and watch her evolve into a little water baby!

~Two~


On Wednesday, my Darling friend $1 Valentine's Day Gift post.. this Girl, le sigh.  She's just too awesome!!

~Three~

I know that some of you have been blogging for awhile, you have a TON of followers, and you just don't bother taking a peek at your pageviews because you know they have sky rocketed beyond anything that would concern you-- also, checking followers and pageviews isn't really something that I normally do.  BUT, I just happened to see this and was super excited. After all the crap that Rob gives me about blogging and asking me why I think that anyone would care about what I have to say or want to "waste their time" reading my thoughts or craziness.. this is just validating. Beyond that, it's just nice to know that since I began this journey of blogging as an outlet in April of 2013, people have actually taken the time to read what's important to me.  I'm pretty grateful.

~Four~

Holly is my VERY FIRST BEST FRIEND, ever. Her family moved into the house next to mine when I was in Elementary School.. the first day she moved in, I set aside my fears, walked over and introduced myself. We traded Trapper Keepers that night and the rest is history. We were inseparable for years, until her Father agreed to move back to Crescent City, CA where her Mother was from. That day, I experienced my first heart break ever. But we did whatever two BFF's would do-- we kept in touch.  She got married to a wonderful man in the Military and I traveled to North Dakota where they were stationed, only to pick up where we left off. Then we met up again, briefly, when she was pregnant with her look-a-like first child (daughter) as I was on my way home from Canada. Holly honestly was one of my first loves and she will remain one of the most important and special people to me for the rest of my life-- no matter how many miles are between us.
It was a pleasure to catch up with her this week and tell her Happy Birthday!

~Five~

This week, myself and my work-wife reached out to the Folks heading up the Zombie Run and offered to bring a Photo Booth, for sponsorship, from the company I work for. They accepted and we are in the works of ironing out all of the deets but we will no doubt be there and I'm stoked.
The Zombie Run looks like such a fun event and I can't wait to check it out!
This will be my second event of the year that I'm uber excited about.. the first is our sponsorship for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and their Panhandle Walk to Cure Diabetes (which focuses on Type 1 Diabetes). I really love participating in events but more so, events that raise money for good causes. I can't wait to post photos and regale my experiences for all of you to read!

And I know this is "Five for Friday" but my co-worker sent me something that I thought was PRETTY darn funny so I wanted to share it. *Disclaimer* Please don't take offense!


So.. I know that I've done a little bit of bitching about V-day this week but to set the record straight, I'm not hating on the "holiday" or you if you actually like and/or look forward to the day.  To each his own and enjoy yo' self foo!
With that being said-- I'll share a sneak peek at the laminated card I made for Rob..
and give you a "cyber" heart.  After all, this is "You Gotta Have Hart".
Behave Ladies-- don't get pregnant! 

Creativity at it's best, right?




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