Friday, October 31, 2014

Fabulous Finds Friday Vol. 3


I know you don't really think I haven't shopped since I came back from San Diego.  I would TOTALLY be lying if I said I have been good and haven't shopped.  HA that'll be the day.  I have definitely gotten some good things but the month of September and October were crazy!! Here's to hoping that November is a little LESS crazy!

I've had a few friends ask me if they've missed this post, that made me realize I should probably keep up with it.  If you don't like to go out and shop, you can shop vicariously through me!  

I got these SUPER cute (uhoh, here we go again with the "SUPER CUTE") Mr. and Mrs. signs at Hobby Lobby.  They were 50% off of $5.99!  Always wait for a sale if there is something you love that they have a few of.  It seems to be that everything goes on sale, it rotates every couple of weeks.  If you don't have one near you it's worth a trip, just make sure you save your money.  This store is AMAZING!!  I'm planning on hanging these above our headboard.  I'll be honest, I've had these since August and they are still waiting to be hung.  My bad!

I got this BEAUTIFUL mirrored tray at Hobby Lobby also.  Again, it was on sale!

I was cruising through the Wal Mart aisles, you know you do it too, and found this SUPER CUTE, haha, basket in the floral aisle.  I think it was something like $4.97 but not on sale, Wal Mart needs to have sales on this kind of stuff.  I think it would make for some good business. {UH OH while I was searching for this basket I think I hit the mother load!! Check out these cute baskets!}

While shopping for groceries LOL, I stopped by the Christmas ornaments.  I fell in LOVE with this cute crown.  I love crowns.  After all I am a princess so I had to have it! $1.97!  I got more than one hehe

And last but certainly not least, THIS amazing contraption!! You know those fruit flies you have all over the place?  Yeah we even have them in the bathroom, that I don't get!  Well, my friend told me about these traps.  I was skeptical at first because we have tried a bunch of stuff and they never go away.  I feel like the house is dirty when I see these darn things.  Well technically right now it is, so don't stop by ;)  They are at Wal Mart found in the aisle where the Roach spray and Ant spray and all that fun stuff is.  They are $5.88, a little pricey, but they WORK.  I think everyone in the house has sat and watched the flies gather.  There have been 12 at one time just sitting on it.  Right now we don't have many at all.  I think this is finally getting rid of them.  Just put them where ever it is that they like to "hang" out and you'll see them gather for a social event!  Next thing you know, they're gone!

Hope you liked this edition of Fabulous Finds Friday.

Until Next Time
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Make it Monday Vol. 4

OOOoooh I have to say that October has been BUSY!!! I have literally done something EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!! Sunday was my day OFF and I did NOTHING and I have to say that I am super happy about that.  I am regretting it this Monday because now I am running one day behind!

I recently participated in a craft show.  Half of my month was preparing for the craft show.  Now that it is over, I have some lovelies to share!  Halloween is Friday and  I can't even  believe how fast it crept up.

It's been a while since I shared what I have posted in my Etsy shop.  I'm trying to decide how I will share items.  Maybe once a month?  Not at all? What do you think?  Do you like seeing new things?

Enjoy and I hope you have a good last week of October!

Halloween sale, $5 each!

New Bubblegum necklaces

Thanksgiving bows, ready for next month!

If you like any of these, please visit my Facebook page or my Etsy shop for new items.

Until Next Time
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Notebook Dividers: How To Use Them With Plastic Sleeves

EEEEEEeeek Day 3 of Alex Beadon's Feel Good Blogging Challenge!  I can't believe I actually kept going with this.  I am SUCH a procrastinator and really bad at follow-through.  This has been a SUPER great challenge for me and has got the writing juices flowing.  I should be on Day 4 but I decided to take Sunday and clean my house from top to bottom so I could focus on blog posts and getting ready for a craft show this weekend.  I'm so nervous for both!

So without further ado, I bring to you today's Feel Good Blogging Challenge; A Tutorial!

When I posted my Errand Planner, I had NOOOO idea of how much positive feedback I would get.  I use this everyday and just thought I would share it. Little did I know that it would help a ton of people out and inspire them to make their own!

In my planner I use dividers and plastic sleeves.  Anyone that has tried to do this, I'm sure realizes that the plastic sleeves ALWAYS go passed the dividers.  Super annoying!!!  If you're not sure what I'm talking about, take a look.

At the very front of my planner you can see that the dividers are very much visible.  The first row of dividers is definitely lower than the back.  

In the first row of dividers, I use only paper, no plastic sleeves.

In the second row of tabs, I use the plastic sleeves to put coupons in.  You can see at the bottom that there is a divider behind it that you can still see.

Here's an example of what the plastic sleeves would look like BEFORE my little trick.  You can see that the first row tabs are now hidden because of the plastic sleeve sticking out.

These are both the same dividers.  To the left is from the first row of dividers, to the right the second row.  Let me show you how I did this.

Take one empty plastic sleeve.

I cut the sleeve on the side that the divider would be (not the part that is connected to the notebook).  Cut it as far down as your tab needs to go.

You can see I didn't cut all the way down to the bottom.  Just to where the tab will need to be.

Insert the divider in to the plastic sleeve.

Now I'll pick out some washi tape to make the divider pretty.

Now insert the tabbed divider in to the plastic sleeve.

You can see where I washi'd on the left side, that it covers up the part of the divider that would go in to the notebook. It's definitely there just so it's easier on the eye when you are flipping through your categories.

Now to the right side.  I take the washi tape and start from the divider and go up.  I only place half of the tape on.

Cut it at the top.

Then fold it over to the back side.

VOILA!! Pretty dividers and you can still put those plastic sleeves behind them and your divider tabs won't get lost!

Oh do I hope that made sense!  I used to do this before I discovered the ARC!  I LOVE plastic sleeves!  This is a simple way for you to use dividers and be able to see passed those pesky plastic sleeves!

Until Next Time
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

My True Passion!

Blog Challenge #2 A Passionate Post

Here I am day number 2.  For those of you that follow me regularly, I'm sure you are SHOCKED to see me here two days in a row.  I'm trying so hard to make blogging one of my priorities.  I am so lucky to be able to stay home and this is something I LOVE to do.

Let's talk passion!!! When I was about 10 years old, I remember visiting a cousin of mine.  I remember her bedroom being a DISASTER.  I vaguely remember my aunt telling her she needed to clean her room.  Tell any kid to clean their room and I'm sure you'll get whines and frowns.  If it wasn't mine, I was ALL over it!  I took it upon myself to clean up the room.  In my eyes I didn't see it as cleaning, I saw it as Organizing.  Just this summer when we were in San Diego I found an old Dr. Seuss book.  I'm not sure what it's called but it has questions like, how many stairs are in your home, how many tv's, how many windows.  At the end it asks your age and what you want to be when you grow up

What I want to be when I grow Up: Interior Decorator

My passion has always been HOME!  I guess all things home, decor, organization and everything in between.  I won't get in to why I didn't go to school for Interior Design, maybe another time, but it has been a passion of mine since I was 11.

It really made me sad to see this because as an adult I've always known that my passion was Interior Design.  I know I wouldn't want to build anything but just put it all together.  It has to be one of my biggest regrets.  But in many ways I feel that had I taken that route I wouldn't be where I am today and I LOVE where I am today.  So this blog gives me a platform to share my love of decorating for now.  The one lesson I have learned from this, is that I will do everything in my power to allow my children to study what ever it is they decide they love.

There are times when I go to bed thinking about Organizing.  If I hear someone say they need to organize, my ears perk up.  I'm willing to help anyone at any time to Organize, or shop for anything organizing or just plain pretty.  I guess it really does go hand in hand.  When things are organized, they look pretty and why not buy pretty bins to make it eye appealing?  hehe don't get me started on shopping for organizing.  I have recently been so anxious for my hubby to get out of the Navy.  He has a little less than 5 years left.  We are both soooo anxious to buy a house and finally settle down.  I think this is when my passion for Organizing and Decorating will finally come to play.  I am very much looking forward to that day.

For now I continue to work on small projects.  I get SUPER excited when I organize something and it turned out better than what I planned.  I love to organize pretty much anything.  I continue to pin pretty things on Pinterest.  I also hope to get myself and my wardrobe together so when I have that beautifully organized home, I'll look like I belong!

Until Next Time
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Friday, October 17, 2014

All About Me!

A few days ago I came across a post on my Facebook wall from Alex Beadon.  I can't remember exactly what it said but it COMPLETELY caught my attention!  She was going to be hosting a Feel Good Blogging Challenge so I decided to take a look.  After I signed up and got the first email, I was hooked.  She made the challenge feel fun and easy, something I could totally do. 

1st challenge: A Simple Introduction.

1. Who are you?
Eeek this question alone scares me because sometimes I really don't know.  I am 36 years old, born and raised in California!  I got married when I was 23 to the ABSOLUTE love of my life.  Other than my kids, which would not be possible without him, I truly feel he is the BEST choice/decision I have EVER made!  I am a wife of 13 years and a mommy to a Handsome, almost 10 year old, son and a Beautiful 7 year old daughter.  I worked until two months before I had my son.  Since then, I have been a stay at home mom and wife.  I am a LOVER of all things Organized.  I LOVE notebooks and planners and office supplies.  I love to craft although I haven't crafted anything more than bows in the last couple of months.  I LOVE interior design and fashion, although, don't check out my wardrobe it wouldn't reflect it.  I am a homebody but you mention shopping and I'm there!

2. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted a platform in which to share things I had done, with friends and family.  I secretly hoped that I would just do amazing right off the bat.  HAHA, it's work but I enjoy EVERY.SINGLE.POST I have ever worked on.  After being home for 10 years, I struggle daily with maintaining a home and caring for my family.  I am a mess and put together at times.  I wanted a place to be accountable for things that I said I was going to do.  I still haven't put that in to play in my blog but I plan on it because there is still a whole lot I want to accomplish.  

3. Who is your blog for?
My blog is for anyone that likes organization and pretty stuff.  It's for anyone that doesn't care that my grammar is not perfect.  It's for anyone that likes to see everyday life with a touch of fun and chaos.  My blog does not have one tone to it at all.  I have a ton of things going on and that's kind of where my blog lies.  I try to do weekly themes but that's mostly for me to be able to have fun things to share.

4. What's something you've been working on lately that you're really proud of?
Ooh this one is tough!  I have so much going on.  Preparing for a craft show, getting the kids up and fed on time so they are not late for school (we live RIGHT.NEXT.DOOR. and they are always the last ones in).  I guess what I have really been working on is trying to stay on routine.  On days that I do good I am SOO proud!  I have a project in the works with a friend that just came to light and I am SUPER excited to start working on it to get it up and running.

5. What's the one message that you hope people take away from your blog?
I hope that anyone that reads my blog will see that we are all the same in one way or another.  I am fun, I am moody, I am organized, I am a MESS, I am silly, I am depressed, I am happy, I am ME!  I am not all these all the time but they are definitely moments I have had.  I hope to be able to open up a little more personally to let everyone see that when you open up to others you realize that you are not alone in how you feel or what you are going through.  I hope that my love of organization will inspire others to do the same. I hope that anyone that visits sees how much I am passionate about the things and projects I work on. I hope that readers will get to know the real me and continue to come back and enjoy my posts.

Until Next Time
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Why I Quit Soda and Celebrated with a Cherry Pepsi

You heard me correctly!  For those of you soda drinkers, you probably think I'm crazy.  I'm close to it but not quite there ;)

Today I'm going to get a little personal. 

I would say that I am generally a healthy person.  The only scary health issue that I have experienced was when I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes while pregnant with my daughter. The Doctors assured me that it would be gone when she was born.  When I was diagnosed, I was given insulin.  I had to give myself a shot in the stomach everyday.  I had to test my sugar all day.  It was a scary thing.  Towards the end of my pregnancy I got a new Doctor and she switched me to pills.  That was such a relief!

Right in the middle of my pregnancy, I remember shopping with my little guy, he was 2 1/2 at the time.  We were in Michael's and I remember I got hit with a dizzy spell and felt like the entire store went sideways.  I literally felt like I was going to pass out.  Luckily there was a Target right next door so we walked over there quickly.  I bought a hot dog, soda, chips and a snickers bar.  I can still see myself sitting there eating it.  Thankfully I was OK.  Now I know a glass of orange juice would have fixed the problem. 

My mornings were always awful.  For breakfast I could only eat toast and about 1 cup of milk because my sugar was way too high in the mornings. I ended up needing to be induced one week early because with Gestational Diabetes comes the chance of a big baby.  Kailey was only 6 pounds.  It was a good weight for having Gestational Diabetes.  When I checked in, they said no eating until we were all done.    Lucky for me, Kailey was born around breakfast time.  Breakfast had just been served and it wasn't quite lunch time.  They tested my sugar and I was back to normal.  I had TWO plates of breakfast and it was probably the best breakfast I have ever eaten!

About one week after she was born, I was back in the hospital with a serious case of Gallstones.  Yup had my Gallbladder removed.  That was scary.  From what my Doctors said, it's common with second pregnancies.  (That's funny, I had NEVER heard that before)

So back to me saying I am generally a healthy person.  The one thing that Doctors told me, was IF I were to get pregnant again the Gestational Diabetes would come back and most likely stay after delivering. They also said, if I didn't start taking care of myself I would probably get Diabetes in the next 10 years!

Whoah!!! It's been 7!  I am not doing so hot!  I was pretty much able to eat whatever I wanted and as much as I wanted without worrying about my weight, my entire life.  That all changed once I had my little man.  Fast forward 10 years; after having kids, I am at the heaviest and most uncomfortable I have ever been.  

About one year and a half ago, I was feeling really run down, tired, winded, just out of shape really! On several attempts to cut down on the soda, I would get really bad headaches, caffeine withdraw.  I made an appointment with my Doctor and she pretty much told me if I quit drinking soda and walked 30 minutes a day, I would lose five pounds.  I was only drinking one soda a day, not ten, just one sometimes 2-3.  I decided to listen to the Doctor and it worked!  I stopped drinking soda and started walking everyday and I think I lost about 10 pounds total.  Then I got back on the soda...  Never a good thing.  

OK, I wouldn't say I was addicted to soda BUT, when you don't drink soda for one day and end up having a migraine the next I'm pretty sure it's related.  One of my best friends and I would drop the kiddos off at school and go to McDonald's drive through to get a Coke.  Then go to Target to do some serious shopping and when we were finished we would go to Sonic for a Cherry coke! MMM doesn't it sound delicious?  I was never a coffee drinker, Coke/Pepsi was my morning coffee.

I have tried to quit drinking soda so many times.  

March 2009 (one of my attempts at quitting soda) FAIL!!!! I'm not even sure how long it had been since I had a soda but my mom was visiting and I just can't eat her food without a soda because it tastes SOOOO good with her cooking and yummy Mexican food.  At an attempt to drink LESS soda,  I said I would only drink the small cans...

My first Pepsi after a "I quit soda!"

Ugh, now I want Mexican food!!!!

I need to quit sweets, fast food, junk food, soda and sweets.  Ha ha I know I said sweets twice!   Soda is something I HAD to have daily.  I HAD to have it.  If I didn't I was miserable.  We always had soda in the house, it was always on the grocery list.  If we ran out, nine times out of ten, I would go out and buy it.  One day I said that's it!  I QUIT SODA!!! and guess what, I did it!!  The first two weeks were soooo hard.  I had a migraine for one week.  After two weeks I was good.  

It is the weirdest thing what something can do to you.  After a couple months went by I really got used to it.  I would crave it every once in a while and when I got stressed, I wanted soda.  HOW WEIRD?!  I noticed I wasn't as winded as much, my migraines weren't as bad (although they did get worse but it ended up not being soda related).  I generally felt better, I wasn't gassy, bloated, just felt better.

Fast forward to this summer.  When I knew we would be going to California for vacation, I started to worry.  All that YUMMY Mexican food and no soda?  I started coming up with excuses to allow myself to drink it.  

First dinner in San Diego with my parents was at Hooters.  I thought, I'm just going to order a coke.  I'm glad I said that out loud because Kyle gave it to me.  He said "YOU are NOT drinking coke!"  Yup that's him lecturing me!

Thank you coke for coming out with "Share a Coke with..." this summer.  While at Legoland, it was HOT!   "Let's drink a nice cold coke!" I would think to myself.  Nope just water.  I went to grab a water and wouldn't you know what was there just staring at me...

YUP, "Share a COKE with Michelle"  thanks a lot!! So hubby walked right up to the refrigerator and grabbed it...and then made me hold it while he went on a ride!

Yeah, that was fun!  I managed to make the whole vacation without drinking soda.  

September... came along and so did the One year mark.  Kailey's birthday party was coming up and I decided to get a 2 liter of Cherry Pepsi, JUST in case one of the parents wanted soda.  HA!!!
On Party day, I was crazy all day preparing.  I finished everything just in time for the first guest to arrive. 

 Fast forward to a few sets of parents that stayed: I offered refreshments to everyone the entire party.  Everyone was good!  Then...a parent wanted a drink and I giggled and said, I have water, juice and CHERRY PEPSI!!!  Guess what her choice was...

YUP you guessed it!! I decided to go ahead and have a drink.  I served myself HALF of a solo cup. Let me say, that drink was soooooo good.  I really only wanted it so I could drink out of a pink solo cup with a polka dot straw.  I mean how can you resist that?!

I only ended up drinking half of the half of the cup.  LOL did that make sense?  Let me say that instantly I felt bloated and gassy.  Very strange.  I have since, my Sodaversary, drank soda.  I usually drink Pepsi products but one day decided on a Coke and OHHH let me tell you,  that was soooo strong!! I don't think I even drank half of it.

In the end, after my first drink, I could physically feel the difference.  Bloating, gassy, burpy.  Who wants that?!  I haven't made any super healthy choices which is another story in itself. I don't like to exercise either because I really don't like to sweat and I don't like to smell like outside. Ha, I know kind of sad.  If I had a choice, I wouldn't have sweat glands and if I HAD to sweat, I would sweat glitter!  hehehe

For now, I have decided to not buy any soda cans for the house.  I'm OK with a 2 liter.  Hubby ends up drinking it all anyway, LOVE you sweetie!  My REASON to stop drinking soda was simply to see if I could actually give up something I love that I knew was bad for me.  Soda was going to be the hardest thing for me to give up.  If I wanted to start getting healthy or eating better, my first step was going to have to be to quit the soda.  

Slowly but surely I will HAVE to get myself on healthier habits, I have a high percentage of ending up with, not so fun, health issues.  But for now I am content in knowing that I have good will power and if I really try, I can get to that healthy self!

Until Next Time
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