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December 28, 2016

{Disney Bound | Disney Lessons}

Oh how many things I learned on our trip to the house of mouse. As much as I really love Disney, I learned things that I will definitely remember for future trips (should I plan any in the near future). So I thought I'd share them with you (and also this helps me be able to look back and remember lol).

December 26, 2016

{Disney Bound | Magic Kingdom}

Or as I like to call it, the day our Disney trip imploded on us.

Everything started out fine that day. D had decided that we would go to Magic Kingdom later in the day. I tried to tell him that was a bad idea, but he insisted that was what we were doing. So I just let him handle it. He got up with Gaige and went fishing on Ol' Man Island, coming back about 30 minutes later saying that if I still wanted to get to the park for rope drop, we could. The failed fishing trip was just the start of D's annoyances for the day and I think that is what started him off on the wrong foot.

December 25, 2016

{Merry Christmas All!}

I just wanted to share this post with ya'll and let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read my posts. I know I'm not a very big or popular blog. I don't do giveaways or review one thing after another, but I know that someone out there is reading what I'm sitting down to write, and I really love you for that!

I hope all of you had an amazing Christmas and have a great New Year!


December 24, 2016

{Christmas Eve 2016}

This Christmas has been so...meh. I've never felt that way about the Christmas season before, but here I am, feeling it now. I didn't pull out my big tree this year. I couldn't leave it up with Binx here alone, I figured it would probably be killed. I wasn't going to be able to put my ornaments on it anyway for the same reason. I just pulled the tree Dawn usually puts up in her room, out of her closet and brought it down stairs. It's so sad. I hate it. For starters, it's white. Anything other than a green tree in my living room just does not make me feel the Christmas Spirit.

December 23, 2016

{Disney Bound | Epcot}

The very first thing we did was head through the worlds to Norway where the Frozen ride is. Only to discover that everyone had the same idea lol. So we ditched that plan and went to different rides. Not that there were too many. We ended up on Soarin' (so worth the wait oh my gosh!), Mission to Mars (for the love of God if you're going on this, go on the green! You will regret going on orange lol). We also went on a ride called the Land, which was kind of cool. It took us through all the ways we can help the earth and how at Disney they're trying to make a difference. They grow a ton of their own food. It's insane.

December 21, 2016

{Christmas Planning | Gifts For The Kids}

Leading up to our Disney trip, D kept telling his grandma and everyone that we weren't doing Christmas gifts this year for the kids because we were spending a shit ton of money on Disney. Now, I understand not doing a big Christmas. I was OK with that. But could you imagine your kids waking up on Christmas morning to nothing? I would feel like a complete failure as a mom. And I knew he would feel the same. So I talked him into getting everyone a little something.

December 19, 2016

{Disney Bound | Hollywood Studios}

I know that Magic Kingdom is the most popular of the four Disney parks, and most people gravitate to that park before all the others. But for me, and I think the rest of the family too, Hollywood Studios was definately our favorite!

We got up early the morning after arriving and got to the bus stop early. They arrive every 15-20 minutes so we only sat there at the depot for a few minutes before one finally made it's way to us.

December 18, 2016

{Christmas Isn't Christmas Anymore}

When I was little, even as an adult, Christmas time was always my very favorite time of year. I loved looking at the lights and helping to decorate the various trees my grandma would have standing in her house (I think she got into the 20's one year!). I loved shopping in the snow on Christmas Eve with my grandma, because up until that day my grandpa didn't have the money to get it all done. Every year by some miracle someone would pay him (such is the life of a small business owner I suppose) and my grandma and I would head to the mall to finish up the Christmas shopping. Of course this was later in my teen years, she would have never done that with me as a little girl.

December 16, 2016

{Disney Bound | Travel Day 2 & Arrival!}

You know what I realized this entire trip? My grandparents were crazy taking us on trips all the time. For the love of chicken nuggets.

Our second day of travel was pretty uneventful. We woke up around 5am because the hotel had a continental breakfast that we didn't want to miss. It was just one more thing we didn't have to spend money on while on the road. Also another stop we didn't have to make. So up we got and were down in the dining area by 5:30am. Not only was it still dark (hello winter!) but it was cold and rainy. To be honest I was kind of glad for the weather. Once we got back in the van the kids just sort of curled up and went back to sleep. That worked for me since I didn't want them up that early anyway. I could see the melt downs coming long before we even got into a Disney park.

December 14, 2016

{Disney Bound | Travel Time| Day 1}

I didn't know if I wanted to blog while I'm also vlogging or not. Until I got to this first hotel and can't sleep. I can never sleep in hotels. Just another reason I prefer traveling in the motorhome. *Sigh*

But anyway, I figured I'd blog about our trip and then post the link to my "vlog". Today I just mainly snapped because pulling out my camera or talking to my phone was awkward. But I think I did a pretty good job of getting it all. I'll do the same tomorrow and then use my camera when we get to Disney. Anyway, on with the blog!

December 12, 2016

{Disney Bound | Port Orleans Riverside | Review}

I'm aware that anyone reading is wanting to see pictures and videos of our stay. But I recently got some questions about how I liked our hotel, and I thought I'd go ahead and post about it first.

To be honest I wish I would have had a more honest review of what to expect from this resort. I've seen many room tours on Youtube but they don't give details, they just show you what it looks like.

November 30, 2016

{Disney Bound- Vlogging?}

I have been wanting to get into vlogging for a while, but I just haven't made the leap. I'm afraid that I'll look like a moron lol. But I figured since I want to remember this trip and have a bunch of video footage to show the kids when they start telling me we never did anything fun (lol), I might as well edit it and post it. So that's what I'm going to do.

I'm going to start the day we leave and basically daily vlog the whole time we're there.

When I'm ready to post I'll make sure to post the link to facebook and twitter. You guys just keep a look out for it!

So there's that :)

I'm writing this on Monday so we still have the full week to wait. The kids are super excited about it! Even D is getting into the whole trip at this point. :) Yeah, the same D that had to be talked into going at all. This is gonna be so much fun!


November 28, 2016

{Thanksgiving Festivities}

This year, much like the last couple years, was pretty mellow and uneventful. D and I were invited to my brothers house for dinner but instead of that we headed to his grandmas house. I would have much rather stayed home to be honest. It's so much more relaxing to just cook at home. Especially since my grandpa passed, I just don't want to deal with people. But at the same time, his grandma isn't in the best of health and after having my grandpa pass I don't ever want D to feel like he should have spent more time with her. Lord knows I feel like that. So I went along with it this year. Maybe next year we can talk everyone into coming to our house? Maybe I'm setting myself up for a bad day with that one though lol.

Anyway, the only ones there for the most part were us (Gaige went to my brothers with my grandma), his grandma, aunt, and Tristen. His uncle and cousin were also there, they live in her basement.

The food was good, as usual.

Nothing super eventful happened as I stated before. I snapped some of it (some of these snaps were the night before too lol).

When we got home I set myself up at the laptop to get some shopping done at Ulta. When it finally went live at 5pm the site crashed! I was so pissed! I had Dawn get in the car and go to Ulta with me lol. I ended up with some good stuff, most of it for her but she doesn't know that lol.

I didn't do any shopping other than that. I don't think Black Friday is all that exciting really. I went one year with my siblings and didn't buy a damn thing lol. But I know a deal when I see it so I wanted to get some stuff at Ulta. I might do a little IG post about it or something. I haven't decided. It's not enough to do a haul or anything.

Anyway, so there we go. I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving and didn't partake in the 2nd and 3rd helpings if you're looking to stay on track with your weight loss! I was pretty proud of myself by the way :).


November 25, 2016

{Gaiges Parent/Teacher Meeting}

I feel like I'm going crazy here people. I swear if it's not one kid acting up it's the other and I don't know what the hell I'm doing wrong.

I had Gaiges parent/teacher meeting on Tuesday. It was awful to say the least. Aside from saying they can see his potential and that he is really a smart and sweet kid, there was nothing positive said.  You can't know how disheartening it is to hear someone speak like that about your child. But at the same time, you know they're not trying to be mean, but they really have no idea how to help him.

November 23, 2016

{Disney Bound- What's in my Carry On}

I guess technically this isn't a carry on and it's more like a road trip bag. Since I'm not flying any time soon. But I thought it would be fun to do anyway :). I love watching these on youtube. But because I'm not a fan of being on camera, I'll just blog it.

November 22, 2016

{Owen's Parent/Teacher Meeting}

I can't believe this year is already half over. We only go to school until May and it's already almost December. Where did this year go? When I was little my grandma used to say that once a kid starts school, the years just fly by. I'm thinking she's right. I don't think there's a day that goes by anymore where I don't think where did the day go? it's more than a little insane to think that in six months (give or take) my youngest will be in fourth grade. He will move on to the intermediate school. This is the last year of him being a little boy. He won't be my baby anymore. I used to think Gaige getting older was going to kill me, nope. It's definately Owen.

November 21, 2016

{Disney Bound- Moms Park Bag!}

I have been going back and forth as to if I want to take a bag into the parks or not. And ultimately I think it'll be a good idea. Especially since I want to vlog and snap chat as much as I can. I'll need a place to keep my extra batteries, memory cards, and chargers. I'm not feeling the whole huge book bag thing though for myself. I might be able to talk D into taking one. Just so we have our ponchos and such in there. But I also might be able to fit them in my bag. We shall see when I actually buy them lol.

November 18, 2016

{I Think It's Time For Some Truth}

I don't even know where to start this right now. I guess we should start with the fact that, I haven't lost any weight since my initial seven pounds. None. Why? I'd like to say I don't know, but I know that's not true. I do know why and the blame is all on me.

November 16, 2016

{Disney Bound- The Struggle}

These kids are making me nuts! I am so glad I didn't tell them about our trip when we booked it in August. I'd have canceled it by now just so I didn't have to hear Are we going to Disney today? every single day. Which is exactly what Owen has been asking me since the day after we did our reveal. It's insane!

November 14, 2016

{Disney Bound- What's In My Makeup Bag?}

I am by no means a makeup expert, but I do know what I like and what works for me. So like I have with every other travel series, I thought I'd tell you what I'm taking with me in my makeup case this trip!

For starters, I'm packing everything I'm going to need in a roll up toiletries bag. I'm planning on taking this one that my grandma gave me. It had been hanging on her bedroom door for years, stocked and ready to be put in a bag or hung in the motorhome. I've taken it on most of our trips so far. But I also have this one that I kind of like because the compartments are detachable. I'll see how it all works out. Maybe I'll take both lol.

November 11, 2016

{My New Baby!}

Oh my goodness you guys! I just can't even express how excited I am right now! I feel like I'm always saying that lol. But for real, it's so amazing!

D had a sleep study to go to yesterday morning. He woke me up and told me he was leaving, I heard the door shut. I got up a few minutes later assuming he had left and was off to his appointment. Just as Owen and I were getting ready to leave the house, in walks D.

November 9, 2016

{Disney Bound- The Big Reveal!}

I have been waiting since we booked our trip to tell the kids we're going! It has been absolute hell trying to keep this damn secret! I hate keeping secrets like that. But today is the day! I finally got our Magic Bands in the mail! And just in time too, we're only three weeks from our Disney vacation.

I have scoured the internet (mainly pinterest) for a way to tell the kids. A creative way. I finally decided on wrapping them and having each kid take a turn unwrapping the package.

It came in this brown package, so it's not obvious that it's from Disney. In fact, it doesn't say Disney anywhere on it. I think that's a pretty awesome touch to be honest.

November 7, 2016

{Disney Bound- Packing List!}

I have waited so long to be able to write these posts! We're now just four weeks from our Disney trip and I can not wait! But now the real planning begins. I already posted about what we're taking as far as food. But when it comes to clothes, that gets a little harder. Mainly because the two older kids will want to pack their own bags. So that's stressful for me on its own. I like to know everyone has everything they're going to take. Which means packing my bag, Owens bag, and rechecking Dawn and Gaiges bags to make sure they have enough of everything they need. Which they most likely won't and I'll have to repack it. The struggles of being a mom going on vacation.

November 2, 2016

{Disney Bound- Food Edition}

Ah! We only have five more weeks until we hit the road bound for Disney! I am so excited and oddly enough have not been going out of my mind planning. I'm having a hard time getting it together when I can't tell the kids where we're going yet. I'm waiting for the Magic Bands to come in and they won't even be shipped until some time after the third. But I have managed to plan out some of what we'll be packing as far as food goes.

And let me tell you guys, it's no easy feat trying to come up with things that everyone is going to eat. I've been racking my brain and scouring Pinterest looking for ideas. I know what you're thinking Just pack a bunch of snacks, but that's not really the direction I want to go. We are going to attempt to stay out of the drive-thru's on trip as much as possible. So I need quite a few choices between three kids and D.

October 19, 2016

{One Month with Binx!}

I can hardly believe we have had this sweet little devil cat with us for an entire month. Although he wasn't planned (as many of our pets were not), he's become such a part of our family that I don't remember what it was like without him.

He is by far the sweetest kitten I have ever encountered. Such a ham. Such a lover. Such huge pain in the ass at 3am.

He has grown quite a bit in the last month. At the first vet appointment I took him to he was three pounds.

The day I went to pick him up!

October 17, 2016

{Looking Back on Halloween!}

We all know how much I love looking at old pictures, so I thought I'd post some of the kids from past Halloweens.

So lets do it!

Halloween 2004

Tristen the Spider-Man at age six. Gaige my little Dumbo (the second time he had worn that costume) at age two (well almost, his birthday is in December), and Dawn the angel at age two.

October 14, 2016

{Supernatural, An F Bomb, & Disney}

If you don't watch Supernatural...you're crazy! What the hell are you doing with your life right now?? I have an addiction to this show. I found it on Netflix and couldn't stop watching it. I had to wait forever for Netflix to release the 11th season, and they finally did it Friday. Which means I've been binge watching since Friday. I am completely obsessed with this show. Like, I troll Instagram looking for anything about them. It's a little insane to be honest. The show is addictive. If you haven't watched Sam and Dean Winchester save the world from destruction, then you have not lived. The 12th season comes out on the CW on the 13th. So, I would set your DVR to record it, and then binge watch the whole 11 seasons. You'll thank me later. Trust me.

October 12, 2016

{We Bought Our 9 Year Old a Phone!}

Yep. I'm officially that parent that buys their 9 year old a phone. Who is going to talk to? I don't know. Will it just be pocket size tablet? Most likely. Will I most likely regret this decision? Without a shadow of a doubt.

October 10, 2016

{5 Doggie DIY's!}

If you're home is anything like ours, our dogs are part of our family. I take them to the doctor, they roam our house, I worry about them when they're sick. They are just like my two other kids that happen to have fur and four legs. I've had Boss since he was five weeks old (far too young to be away from his doggy mommy) and he grew up with Gaige. Owen was just four when we got Prissy from my aunt and so they grew up together too. I love that! I grew up with three dogs (Pomeranian, Samoyed, and Scottish Terrier) and I loved them.

October 7, 2016

{A Glimpse at Little Kristin}

I don't know about anyone else, but I am obsessed with old family pictures. I absolutely love them. Before my grandma went through all her pictures and gave them away to the people they were of, I would sit forever going through this huge tote of pictures that she kept under her bed. She transferred them to a huge trunk that now serves as a coffee table in her living room. I've seen every picture in there so many times.

But what I hadn't seen, were the pictures my grandpa's wife gave me a couple weeks ago. I promptly came home and scanned them. And now, I'm going to post them for you to see!

October 5, 2016

{Selling My Wedding Dress?}

I have been thinking about doing this for a while, even listed it a couple times. But when D found out I was selling it, he said not to. Mainly because I was selling it to pay for Backstreet Boys tickets. I was so glad when he said he didn't want me to sell it because it was giving me serious anxiety to let it go. But oddly enough, as much as I love this dress, I'm OK with letting it go this time.

As I posted already my mom and I are taking a trip to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys this coming June. After pricing plane tickets and hotels (which I get a discount on because I'm a fan club member) it's going to cost us at least $500 to get there and stay. So I thought maybe I could sell my dress for $300 and at least cover something.

October 4, 2016

{Happy Birthday Owen!}

We had Owens birthday party on Sunday (the 2nd). I can not believe my little baby turned 9 this year. *Cries*

Anyway- he had told me weeks before that he wanted a themed birthday party (which he usually gets anyway). So I headed to my favorite store in the world (besides Ulta), Target. To my surprise Spider-Man party supplies were on clearance so that's what I picked up. I got a table cloth, banner, and plates/napkins.

I couldn't find any cups at Target though so I went to Walmart and got some of those plastic ones for .89.

His only preference for his cake was that it have blue icing. So we got that from Walmart too. (Ignore the backwards 9. I'm an idiot.)

We had invited all of my siblings, my mom, D's grandma and Tristen, and D's friend J. But the only people to show up were my brother and his girlfriend (with my niece), my mom, and D's grandma & Tristen.

We were pretty annoyed to be honest. We sent out the event invite a good month before the party and everyone said they were coming. Which meant we needed quite a bit of food, so we prepared for that. He ended up calling his cousin (who had also been invited by word of mouth) and she brought her kids over. So it all worked out.

We sang happy birthday of course..

Oh! I almost forgot, we bought him the Pie Face game too. So naturally Owen and my niece were all about that game lol.

By the end of the day we were all pretty tired. Owen says he had a pretty good birthday :) I think next year we're going to Chuck-E-Cheese or bowling or something. Screw a big party.


October 3, 2016

{My Baby Is 9 Today!}

I do this every year, and every year gets a little harder. I miss this little baby.

Where did he go? How has it already been nine years since this happened...

It feels like he was just little bitty yesterday. But no. Today marks the ninth year I've celebrated his birth.

I love that he's turned into this amazing, smart, funny, silly little boy.

He's growing up so damn fast. I see him every single day and every single day I am surprised by how grown up he can be. But then there are other days when it's still so obvious that he's still a little boy.

Like the day he came out of school almost in tears. I thought maybe he got in trouble or something, he gets so upset when he gets in trouble. Even if it's just an adult telling him he shouldn't be doing something. Anyway, he comes walking out of the doors to me, almost in tears.

I ask what's wrong, prepared to go into mama bear mode in .2 seconds.

He says, "My tummy hurts". Now when a normal kid says this a mom might assume he's coming down with something or that he ate something that didn't agree with him.

Not me.

When Owen said that I just whispered, "do you have to poop?" And he nodded yes.

And that's my little boy folks. He said he had to go potty for a while but his teacher didn't see his face and ask him what was wrong. Because naturally, I as his mother, can read his facial expressions and I know something is going on. She has 23 other kids in her class and can't just concentrate on his face all day. 

These are the times I'm reminded that he's my little boy. That I still have many years before he's to the point where he doesn't need me or doesn't want to be around me.

I can only pray that when he reaches that point, he can still come to me. Because even at 50 he'll be my baby.

So here's to another year of many to come, with my Owen Michael Dwight :)


September 30, 2016

{10 Baby Names I Love But Will Never Use}

Every female I know has names they've stock piled as ones they would consider naming their kids. I usually kept my favorites quiet because the worst thing is being in love with a name, telling a friend, and having them use it on their kid! But since we're done having babies I thought why not share?. I think I have more girl names than boy though lol. Probably because I wanted a little girl so bad.
Lets get to it!

September 28, 2016

{3 Kids & The 16 Hour Drive}

If you know me at all, you know that the minute we booked our Disney World trip, I started planning the drive. For some, a 16 hour drive with three kids would be daunting and they wouldn't even dream of taking that bullet. But for me, the drive is half of the fun. And over the years, D has come around to that way of thinking as well. Besides that, I feel like if God had wanted me to fly he would have given me wings. Since I'm not currently an Angel or a bird, I'll keep my feet firmly planted on the ground lol.

September 26, 2016

{Another Trip?}

I know that it's super early to be posting about this but I am so excited!

There has been rumors going around that the Backstreet Boys would be doing a Las Vegas residency (like Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and J.Lo) but the other day it was confirmed!

Las Vegas (Sept. 23, 2016) – Confirming rumors swirling for months, the best-selling boy band of all time, with over 130 million albums sold worldwide, is heading to the Las Vegas Strip. This afternoon, the pop juggernaut Backstreet Boys announced they will begin an exclusive Las Vegas headlining residency show, “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life,” inside The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017. - Backstreet Boys official website

September 23, 2016

{The 2nd Wife}

I recently got into some hot water (I guess) after posting some old family pictures on Facebook. A family member got upset with the pictures when he saw that two (literally just two) included his ex-wife. The offending pictures did not just include his ex-wife (who, by the way, is a woman I grew up around), they also included their child and my grandpa. I did not tag her in the pictures or add her as a contributor to the album (which I did add everyone else in the pictures so that I wouldn't have to mess with approving a ridiculous amount of tags). The family member who was upset by the pictures said that I should think about how his current wife feels when everyone is always bringing up his ex-wife. Personally, I don't mention his ex-wife to his current wife. I have no reason to. I have also never been around anyone who did this, that doesn't mean it doesn't happen, just that I've never heard anyone do it.

September 19, 2016

{Another Project}

I feel like we keep starting projects around the house and nothing ever really gets completely finished. I started the bathroom but got to a stand still because there are things I can't do without doing other things that I can't do. It's insane. The upstairs still has studs but no dry wall. That has nothing to do with me because I don't know how to hang dry wall or run electricity through the walls we're putting up. So I'm basically waiting for D to decide he wants to finish it. He swears up and down that it'll get done when it gets cooler and he can't be outside anymore. Which makes no sense. He should finish it when it's warm out so he can open windows and let the place air out. But whatever.

September 16, 2016

{The Fur Kids!}

I love talking about my furbabies almost as much as I love talking about my kids. After all, they are my kids. So since it's been a while since I introduced my little fur heathens I thought I'd do this little post to show them off and maybe introduce new readers to my other babies. :)

I'll go from oldest to youngest since we have a damn herd of animals at this point.

September 14, 2016

{WiFi Woes & Pink Eye!}

Can we talk about how effing annoying it is to pay a ridiculous amount for WiFi only for it to kick you off constantly and not work unless you're in the same room as the modem?

That's what I've been dealing with for the last month now. It's been a huge headache. When we got into our router at first, we found devices logged on to our network that we didn't know what they were. So we got rid of those, changed all of our settings and all the passwords and even the username to our router. We went through and turned on each device in the house one by one to make sure that we knew what each one was. Then we had to block the other two devices. One of which was pulling more WiFi than all of our devices combined. It was pretty crazy.

September 12, 2016

{10 Fall DIY Decorations!}

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love fall! I love the colors and the weather and the ability to wear my hoodie without sweating to death. I also love the fall crafts! And I know it's not officially fall (next week!), but it's never to early to start planning how to make your house fall ready!

Now I am not a crafty person. I don't care how many times I try or what I'm attempting to make I always spend more money than I save doing it on my own. It's kind of annoying. But that doesn't mean I can't share some of the crafts I've come across that I think are cute! So here are a list of 10 of them.

September 9, 2016

{Our New Addition}

Let me just start by saying I am as shocked as you are that I'm making this post. For years I have said that I don't want any more pets. The two dogs and cat are sometimes more than I can or want to handle. D was in agreement. He went a step further and told me I could get another dog when Boss dies (which is never going to happen, so that's a no to a new puppy).

I guess someone decided I needed another pet though.

September 7, 2016

{My Kids Are So Gross!!}

I am so frustrated with my children. I just don't know what to do anymore. And it's more so the teenagers than Owen. Of course he does his fair share of dirtying up my house too.

When we moved into this house, we pretty much gave the whole upstairs to the kids. We put a toy room up there with a TV and the PS4. They have all their stuff up there so that I don't have to look at it all over my house. Even though it still ends up all over my house.

September 6, 2016

{I'm The Big Sister}

For those that might not be aware, I am a big sister.

I am the oldest of four kids.

September 2, 2016

{More School Supplies?}

I am so confused by the why the hell it is that this year we had a huge list of supplies for all three kids, then Gaige and Dawn go to school and end up with another list of supplies they need!

August 31, 2016

{The Reason This World Is Messed Up}

I was scrolling through my Instagram popular page yesterday and came across someones post saying You don't have to respect an adult if they don't respect you. Uh. No?

August 29, 2016

{Disney Bound...But Not Yet!}

I have been waiting years for this! D and I have been talking about going to Disney for the longest time, since before we even moved to this house. Well, really I have been talking about going to Disney for years. And I've been bothering D about it basically every summer lol.

August 26, 2016

{Why I'm OK With Them Not Eating}

I wouldn't say that my kids are particularly picky eaters. I think they (especially the boys) know what they like and unless it looks appealing to them or sounds like something that might taste good, they don't want it.

I've been told my countless people that I should make them sit there and eat until it's gone or I should make them at least try it. I've also been told by people that I shouldn't let them have something else if they don't want what's in front of them.

August 24, 2016

{All Alone Once Again}

The boys had their first day of school yesterday! I never thought I would see the day when I was happy to have this house to myself and not at least have Owen around, but I kind of love it. I get up and get them off to school. Well, actually I wake up and make sure the older two are awake and getting ready and then I go back to bed until it's time to get Owen up. He doesn't have to be at school until 8:26 (actually he can't walk through the doors until then). But after I'm done dropping him off I can come home and I have about seven hours before I have to be at the school again. I enjoy it.

August 22, 2016

{Took Gaige to the Doctor Today}

As most of you probably know, Gaige struggles in school. He's so much like his mother it's sad. I passed this crap on to my kid and it kills me every single time I have a meeting with his teachers. Although since getting his IEP (Individual Learning Plan) set up he has made great strides in catching up to his classmates, he is still behind. Especially in reading. He has awful handwriting and he can't spell even the most common words correctly. I know it frustrates him when he's at school and his teacher is having him rewrite things because his handwriting is so awful, and I know he hates being pulled out of class to have tests read to him because he just can't do it on his own.

August 19, 2016

{Dawn's First Day}

Today was Dawn's first day of 9th grade! She had to be up by 6am. Well, in reality since she doesn't do anything with her hair and she doesn't wear makeup, she could have slept until 630am, but she didn't. I got up around 7 to make sure she was up because she had to be on the bus by 715. Ugh. Why does school start so early?

I told her to stand by the door to get pictures like I've done every single day for the last five years of living here and she gave me attitude about it of course. Which means I got crappy pictures.

August 17, 2016

{End of Summer = No Fun}

I know I haven't blogged a whole lot lately. There just hasn't been anything going on that's worth talking about.

Dawn starts school on Friday. The boys start Monday. I can't wait. I would love to be one of those moms that's so sad when her kids start school, and I was when they were little. Especially when Owen started. I had no idea what to do with myself when they were gone. But now I'm looking forward to it. I can do as I please all day without hearing someone bitch because they don't want to do what I'm doing or they don't want to go somewhere we're going.

August 12, 2016

{Officially a High Schooler}

Well that was a friggin' process. It took me an hour and a half to register Dawn today. Why so long? Because I had to leave the school and come back twice after realizing I didn't have everything they needed. So annoying.

August 10, 2016

{ #weightwatchers Update!}

I just went back to the points plus system on Thursday so I wasn't getting my hopes up too high about any kind of weight loss. I had weighed myself on Sunday and I'd lost a little over a pound. But I knew from previous weeks that I shouldn't get attached to that number because more often than not, it would change.

August 5, 2016

{ #weightwatchers Bye Bye Smart Points}

Well folks, I gave weight watchers smart points a solid four months. I've lost six pounds so far and I'm giving it up. It's just not working for me. That doesn't mean it won't work for you. So if you're wanting to try it out, you definitely should.

August 3, 2016

{School Time Again!}

We are officially just three weeks away from the first day of school. I don't know where the hell did the summer go?! Well, I kind of know where it went I guess. Since D got hurt at work and ended up having surgery in the middle of summer, we didn't have many options for going anywhere. But then again, it's kind of good that we couldn't go anywhere because we have our big Disney trip this December. The more money we don't spend on a summer vacation is that much more we have for our winter vacation. Anyway though, summer is over soon and I'm pretty excited about it.

August 1, 2016

{Boringness And Wedding Day!}

I feel like I've been neglecting this blog lately. I'm not doing it on purpose, I just haven't had anything happening that I'd want to post about. My day consists mainly of laundry and binge watching Netflix (right now it's the L Word).

I did manage to put on some real clothes and get out of the house last night though. My uncle and (now) aunt got married yesterday! It's an amazingly beautiful ceremony at this farm. She DIY'd the hell out of her decor too. I was so impressed! I wish she would have been around when I was planning my wedding. She nailed the country chic theme. It was a total pinterest wedding if I've ever seen one!

July 27, 2016

{ #weightwatchers Update}

Lord almighty losing weight is a damn struggle in your 30's. If I could have the body I had when I started thinking I was fat, I'd be a happy camper. Isn't that the case with us all though?

I feel like when I was on weight watchers a couple years ago the weight just seemed to melt off. It was slow. I rarely lost more than a pound a week, which is fine. But it was happening. This time though, I lose a couple pounds and then gain three. It's insane.

I haven't gotten back on the treadmill. I keep wanting to but I don't. Maybe it'd help if I'd get back at that. Then again, I'd lost 10-15 pounds before I joined the gym last time.

I'm just annoyed. I always get excited when I see a loss and then the next week that loss plus more is gained back. I don't know what to do anymore.

But that's where I am as far as weight loss :).

July 25, 2016

{Personal And Career Goals?}

I've been toying with the idea of getting a part time job for a while now. Basically since Owen started kindergarten. But I always talk myself out of it. Usually ending up at the I like my alone time reason. Plus, I like that I'm free to go on field trips and visit his class when they ask me to and volunteer in the room with him. I don't have to ask for time off or have to disappoint him when I can't do something with him. I enjoy this time. Especially since he's the last one I'll get to experience it with.

July 22, 2016

{Don't Go Shopping When You Don't Like Your Body}

My uncle is getting married next weekend. Which means I have to actually leave my house. Not only that but I have to be presentable while doing so. And according my sister, pajama pants and/or yoga pants are not acceptable wedding attire. I think she's crazy. I probably would have walked down the isle in sweats if I thought I could have gotten away with it. But I guess that's me. I'm lazy so I dress like a hobo. Don't pretend like you're pulling out your good clothes to sit around the house or do laundry. Please girl, you're in the same boat I am at this point. Don't deny it!

I don't so much mind the having to go out in public in something presentable part of this whole situation. I like to look nice occasionally. The problem is that I can never find anything to wear.

I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. I like to be comfortable in whatever I'm wearing. I always have. Luckily, my uncle is also a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy so jeans are acceptable wedding attire (they were with mine too of course).

July 20, 2016

{Books I Did Not Fall In Love With}

As every bookworm knows sometimes you come across a book that just wasn't good. In fact, sometimes they're just down right awful. I've also learned that sometimes a book is free because no one would download it if it wasn't. 

So here are the ones I wasted my time on.

July 18, 2016

{Books I Recently Fell In Love With}

I have been reading a ridiculous amount lately. Mainly because of this awesome new E-Reader I've got. I'm in love with it.

With all this reading I'm doing lately, I have fallen in love with a few different series. And a couple stand alone novels as well.

Just so you're aware, these are all romance novels/erotic fiction. So if you weren't in to 50 Shades of Grey, you won't like these books.

July 15, 2016

{Update on Surgery}

If you follow me on snapchat (mrsturnbow) then you know that last Friday (the 8th) D had hernia surgery.

I don't have a ton of details on what actually went down. Sometimes I think he likes to down play how dangerous his job is because he knows I'd never get a minute of sleep. But whatever he was doing at work, resulted in him getting a hernia.

July 9, 2016

{New Glasses!!}

If you wear glasses then you know how thrilling it is to get a new pair. Or maybe it's just me. I have always loved getting new glasses. Even when I was wearing contacts in my teens I loved having a pair of glasses too, which wasn't common when at that time. Now everyone seems to have both. Anyway, my favorite part about needing new ones was always getting to pick them out. My grandma would take me to the eye doctor and I'd get to sift through a bunch of frames and find just the right pair. Of course, there was that one time where my grandma insisted my lenses be two different colors (blue on top, pink on the bottom) to make it look like I was wearing makeup even if I wasn't. That was stupid.

July 5, 2016

{Teenagers Today & 4th of July!}

For the past few years D and I have been going to the local high school football field to watch the fireworks. We pay around $20 to get in the gate and then there's food/drinks (including lemon shake ups!) and music. They sell those glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces too. The kids can run around the football field and play, tire themselves out so that they're sure to pass out when we get home. We usually have a pretty good time. We tend to sit in the same spot, near the bathrooms and close enough to the exit that we don't have to fight the crowd to get out. It works out great!

July 1, 2016

{I'm Too Old For More Babies}

D and I have been saying we're done having kids for years. Owen was the last and he will stay the last. But secretly I have been wanting another. I silently hope for a surprise baby.

Until today that is.

June 30, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 30}

List your goals for the next 30 days.

1. To hit my step goal every day (which I've already failed at today lol).

2. To cook more at home and eat out less. I've already been trying to do this but it's hard. Sometimes it's just easier to pick up Wendy's than it is to make an entire meal that at least three people won't eat.

3. To remember to blog at least three days a week.

4. Start vlogging. I've been saying I want to do this for years and I just always chicken out. I don't like how I sound on camera so the thought of recording myself and putting that on the internet, scares the crap out of me.

5. Lose more weight than I gain...

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June 29, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 29}

10 people living or dead you would invite to dinner, include the menu.

1. Marilyn Monroe. Isn't she on everyones list? She lead such a fascinating life and was faced with so many troubles in her short life. I'd love to have the chance to meet her.

June 27, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 27}

A problem you have or have had in the past.

I can't really say that I actually have too many problems these days. Sure we get a little drama here and there, but it's usually nothing serious and tends to blow over pretty quick. Mainly because I just don't care to dwell on it anymore. Which is different for me because drama used to be a part of my every day life. It was insane. Not so much anymore. I feel like a large part of that is attributed to D. He gave me the back bone to stand up and say if you're going to pull into your miserable life, I want nothing to do with you

June 26, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 26}

If you had $1,000,000 how would you spend it?

Why is this always a question? *Sigh*

Lets just get the boring stuff out of the way first OK?

The first thing I would do is pay off my house a
nd finish the repairs and upgrades we want to do it. I'd also get all new appliances.

Then I would put $20,000 in accounts for each of my kids.

Then, I'd take my kids to Disney World! We'd do all the VIP stuff! Then we'd go to Universal and do all the Harry Potter stuff lol.

So there you have it.

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June 25, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 25}

I know there's a theme for today, but really, no one fascinates me enough for me to make a whole blog post about them. So I thought I'd just talk about a couple things that have pissed me off in the last week instead.

June 24, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 24}

Favorite movie and why?

This is like asking me who my favorite kid is! I love movies so much. When D and I fist started dating we would go to a movie, go get something to eat, and go see another one. I could watch movies all day long (and have before). So asking me to name my favorite is almost impossible. But I can name three that I can watch over and over without getting tired of them. I'm going to warn you right now though, they aren't going to be recent ones. I find recent movies to be boring and predictable. So here we go!

June 23, 2016

June 22, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 22}

How have you changed over the last few years? (share pictures)

The last few years I feel like I've changed quite a bit. Not just physically, but mentally. I have always been one to just sort of sit back and let the chips fall where they may, but in recent years I've taken a more I don't need your BS approach to most things. I don't want drama in my bubble. I don't want people who are using me in my bubble. I've done a pretty good job, especially the last three years, of ditching all of that crap. I'm a better person for it.

June 21, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 21}

How Important Do You Think Education Is?

To be honest I have always thought that education was important depending on your area of interest past high school.

I think that other than Geography (which I suck at so maybe I should have payed more attention in that one), Math, and Reading/Writing your classes should be electives. Interested in science? Take that science class. Want to be a writer? Take that composition class (which was my favorite in high school by the way). Do you dream of being an accountant? Take those math classes. I wasn't interested in much of anything that I had to learn in high school. In fact, because of that I barely graduated.

I do think education is important, but I don't think all these classes need to be forced on kids.

Then again, I also don't think school needs to start at 8am and at 3pm. Not when I could have Gaige do all his school work in a few hours.

So there you have that.

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June 20, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 20}

Favorite TV Shows and Why?

Oh lord almighty. I watch a lot of TV. I always have. So I have several shows that I watch all the time.

June 19, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 19}

What are your biggest regrets?

The first thing that comes to mind is my grandpa. I didn't visit as much as I should have. I saw my grandma all the time but because my grandpa was always working I didn't see him as much as I would have liked to. And near the end I knew it was coming and I still didn't go down there enough. Then again, when I look back, what's enough exactly? Every day? Moving in? I couldn't have spent enough time with him to make it feel like I was OK with losing him. I could have spent every single second of every single day with him and it wouldn't have been enough.

On that same note, not having D go back to the house that night he passed and get Gaige, I regret that more than anything. He should have been there. Close. Because he was on my grandpa's mind. I hate that I thought it'd be OK and there was no reason to go anywhere. I hate that I took that from Gaige and from my grandpa.

Speaking of Gaige, if I could go back to when I found out I was pregnant with him, I don't think I would have told his sperm donor I was even pregnant. I could have easily quit my job, stopped coming around, and no one would have known anything about it. We didn't run with the same people and I didn't come to that town for hardly anything. I could have saved us all the trouble ya know? But I didn't. Because I thought he'd change when he had a kid on the way. I was wrong.

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June 18, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 18}

Book you could read over and over again. 


Well, I've read 50 Shades of Grey (the trilogy and Grey) a few times. I don't ever get tired of it even though I know what happens.

June 17, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 17}

Your highs & lows of the past year.

Lord almighty, I couldn't even come up with this list lol.


To be honest I don't think I've had any lows so far in 2016. There's been no real drama (outside the norm) and no one has broken anything lol. So we're all good.


There is not a single thing that could make the year better than it has been already!

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June 16, 2016

June 15, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 15}

15 Facts About Yourself.

I hate trying to come up with these things. But I'll try my best!

1. I over think everything. This is definitely something I need to work on. Sometimes I get myself all worked up because I go through every possible scenario in my head. I think we can all agree that that is an awful idea. You either get your hopes up way too high or you imagine the worst possible outcome and make yourself worry to death over nothing. It doesn't ever end up working out the way you really think it will.

June 14, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 14}

Your Earliest Memory.

I don't remember how old I was. Probably pretty young because my grandpa Dwight (moms dad) still lived in the house they grew up in.

I can't get to specific, I don't remember it vividly or anything. I just remember it happening.

Anyway, it was summer time, all of us were running around his front yard and in and out of the garage.

He was sitting there talking with my uncles I guess, but they were also making ice cream! In old ice cream maker not one of those new fangled ones you can pick up at Target today. It was big and kind of loud.

I remember the ice cream tasting amazing.

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June 13, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 13}

Where Would You Like to Visit/Live One Day?

I really want to visit a lot of places. Greece, Italy, Florida lol. I doubt I'll get to go to any of the foreign places I have on my bucket list, but I am going to Florida in December so go me!

As for living somewhere else? Well, I live in Illinois, which has got to be one of the worst effing states in the country. D and I have talked many many times about moving south.

We are thinking somewhere like Tennessee or maybe Missouri. We aren't totally sure yet.

To be honest we probably won't ever leave IL on a permanent basis. I could never leave my family. As much as some of them make me crazy, I know they have my back (for the most part). I know for a fact I could not leave my sister. I would probably die and she would be come to visit me all the time lol.

Maybe when the kids are grown? I don't know.

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June 12, 2016

June 11, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 11}

First 10 Songs on your Ipod.

Yeah, I don't have an Ipod lol. I don't have anything Apple. But I put my awesome phone on shuffle and here's the song list.

June 10, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 10}

Guilty Pleasures.

Hmm... I don't think I have too many. But I can think up a couple.

The Kardashians. I know I know! How could I possibly sit through their BS? I can't help it though. I like to watch their show. If only to have something on as background noise while I do my nails. They're so superficial and into themselves that it's insane. I've never seen someone be that way in real life (apart from some certain females).

June 9, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 9}

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

Are you kidding me right now? lol I have been wondering what I wanted to be when I grew up since I was five. And I'm still trying to figure it out.

But I guess I'd say, if I could choose any job, a writer. I love to write (obviously I blog right?) and I love to read.

June 8, 2016

{I Just Need to Bitch}

I love my children. I love my children. I love my children. Take a deep breath Kristin. If you were going to get rid of them you should have signed them over in the hospital. Please lord give me the strength I need to survive the next ten years without ending up in prison.

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 8}

A day when you felt most satisfied with your life.

Lordy. This one is kind of hard. I don't think there has been a certain day that I could just write about.

But I am pretty satisfied with how my life turned out. I have a great husband, who is a great father. We own our home and don't have to deal with idiot landlord who refuse to fix shit. I have some good kids who make me crazy on a daily basis. We are comfortable with where we are in life right now.

I'm not sure what else to say about it. I'm happy. I'm satisfied. I'm good with everything happening right now.

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June 7, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 7}

Favorite Childhood Toys.

I was a child of the 80's and 90's.

In my opinion those were the years that toys were toys. They let you use your imagination and learn something all at the same time.

June 6, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 6}

Does your zodiac sign fit your personality?

I'm a Taurus. The bull.

I don't really follow astrology so I had to look up the traits of female Taurus to see if I'm anything like one or not.

June 5, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 5}

What are your favorite comfort foods and why?

I love food. Which is probably why I'm as big as I am right now. Blah. Lets not dwell.

Usually when I'm looking to drown my sorrows I reach for the nearest bag of chips. I prefer Lay's Classic. I think I inherited this from my dad. I can sit down with a bag of chips and some french onion dip and eat the entire thing. Not something to be proud of I am fully aware. But I love them.

June 4, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 4}

Your thoughts on religion.

Alrighty, well this is a post that's bound to offend someone isn't it? Lets see if I can avoid that.

June 3, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 3}

Top five pet peeves.

Oh good lord I just have to pick five? It seems like the older I get the more annoyed random stuff makes me.

Loud Eaters. So gross. Stop smacking your lips. Stop chewing with your mouth open. There is absolutely no damn reason for you to make noise when you eat. It's not only disgusting it's rude.

June 2, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 2}

Where do I want to be in 10 years?

In 10 years I'll be 43. Holy crap.

In 10 years I will have two 24 year old's and an 18 year old.

So where do I want to be in 10 years you ask?

June 1, 2016

{30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 1}

Relationship Status

This picture basically sums up my relationship status. I'm married. 

May 30, 2016

{This Is Where I Am #weightwatchers }

Today is weigh in day folks and I was pretty much dreading the scale this week. Even though I've been tracking and trying to watch my points, I did go over quite a bit some days. It was all my fault. Well, that and aunt Flo was in town and that bitch seems to be a bottomless pit. But still, I was tracking it all.

{A Walk Down Memory Lane- High School Edition}

I was sitting here thinking about how fast this school year has gone by when I realized that it has been 15 years since I graduated high school. I just don't even know what to do with that information. How has 15 years passed already? What the hell have I done in the last 15 years that would make me not realize that much time had passed? And then I remembered what I'd done, I'd had babies, gotten married, grown up. I've lost people I love and made new friends. So much has happened in those 15 years.

May 26, 2016

{High School Bound!}

What on earth? How do I have a high schooler?! I've been giving it a lot of thought and I've decided no one can get any older...including myself. It's really starting to freak me out! It's insane to believe that in four years I will be attending a high school graduation. I'm just not ready for this. I'm supposed to teach another human being how to be a productive member of society (as I sit here in my PJ pants and a t-shirt). In four years I'm going to push my kid out of the nest and into the world and hope to God they don't send her back lol. Ugh.

May 25, 2016

{So Long School Year!}

I'd like to say I'll miss you but I won't. I'm so looking forward to waking up in the morning when I feel the need to wake up. Doing things I want to do without a time restriction on when I need to be back. I can't wait to not have someone else's plans dictating what I do. It'll be amazing!

May 23, 2016

{ #weightwatchers & I Hate Being a Girl}

weight watchers update!

For those that don't follow me on Instagram (what are you even doing with your lives! Get over there!), I posted my weigh in results today! And I'm down three pounds!! I'm actually kind of shocked. I knew I'd gained weight because I was constipated, but I was also eating a ton and I just seemed to be a bottomless

May 21, 2016

{Not That Kind of Mom Blog}

You know what I'd like to know? When the hell did being a mom get so damn glamorous? I sit here wanting to find other mom blogs to read (partly to get my blog some more traffic and partly to find someone to relate to) and I swear I'm having the hardest time. I know I've bitched about this before. I'm just so annoyed by it.

I honestly feel like my blog has stayed pretty much the same over the years. I don't write about things for views. I write about what's happening in my life. I talk about how annoying my kids are. How my husband makes me want to rip out my hair right along side loving him to death.

May 19, 2016

{Birthday Fun! Dawn Edition}

Yep! It was Dawn's birthday Wednesday and we celebrated at Chili's. Her choice (I keep saying that because everyone assumes I chose it since I always wanted to eat there lol).

{ #weightwatchers Week 5}

What the hell is happening with my body right now?! Ugh! I feel like it's falling apart. No matter what I do, I gain back everything I lose in a matter of days. I literally gained 5lb in two weeks. That's right, the whole 5lb I lost, I gained back. I don't know if it's because I'm a little constipated (is that TMI?) or if it's because I'm eating the wrong things.

May 18, 2016

{14 Years Ago Today}

Look at that chubby baby! This is the oldest picture I have of Dawn. I think she was around five months here, but obviously I wouldn't know because that's not me holding her. I wasn't there.

May 17, 2016

{Pinterest Fail}

I don't know why I'm always so surprised when I go to make something I found on Pinterest and it ends up being a huge fail for me. I don't even know what I did wrong. I followed the instructions and the ingredients in the recipe. But did they turn out as pretty as the ones in the picture? No. No they did not.

This is what I was attempting to do.

May 16, 2016

{The Weekends Festivities}

Holy crap I actually got out of the house this weekend and did something that didn't involve grocery shopping! Is this real life?

Friday was my birthday! I am officially 33 years old. I just can't with that information right now. I woke up semi early so D and I went to an early movie! We saw The Boss (pretty funny). We had the whole theater to ourselves! That hasn't happened in a long time. I enjoyed it. We didn't have to be considerate of other people or feel dumb for laughing if other people didn't lol. Which I do if there's a big crowd in there. After the movie we got Sonic for lunch. I love Sonic. Then it was home.

May 10, 2016

{Get Your Kids on a Schedule!}

I have been going to the same pediatrician for years. It's the same one I had when I was a baby. I trust her. I love her. She knows the ins and outs of my family almost as well as I do. She got me through when Gaige had RSV and she got me through when Owen had Pneumonia (I spelled that right on my first try!). I trust her advice completely. That being said, she is not always available.

May 9, 2016

{Tree Killing Party!}

My grandparents have lived in their house since November of '89 and for that entire time there have been a ridiculous amount of trees in their yard. So many that as kids we could build forts in them lol. She was always protective of them and would get so mad if anyone even looked at them crooked. There was zero chance you would see anyone climbing those trees. Playing around them, yes, climbing or pulling leaves off, absolutely not.

May 6, 2016

{I Need a Mom-Cation}

I would call it a vacation but in reality all I need is a time out from being a mom. Easier said than done right?

I just want to curl up in a bed I don't have to make with a book and not worry about someone barging in 10 minutes later asking me for something.

I want to take a hot bath without someone barging in and either A. Needing to pee/poo or B. Wanting to ask me questions they could have easily asked their dad.

May 4, 2016

{He's Usually So Good With Gifts!}

D and I have been together 12 years next month. He has always, since we first got together, been very good at gifts. He has always given me either cash or jewelry or something I've said I wanted.

This year though, oh man.

May 2, 2016

{End of the Year Field Trip Day!}

Lord almighty why do I keep volunteering to go on the bus during field trips with this kid?! I hate it. It's worse than actually being at the place they choose to go. Sitting there with 50 yelling, bouncing, taking too damn loud 8yr olds is not a good time people! I do not recommend it!

Me, Owen, and a kid in our group.

April 29, 2016

{Creepy Dude Knocking on my Door!}

Uuugh. What is it with this house that makes people think they should knock on the door at ungodly hours? So far this has happened three times. I'm beginning to think there's some kind of sign saying the girl living here probably won't shoot you so go ahead and knock. This sign needs to be changed immediately!

April 28, 2016


1. What are you wearing?
An old black t-shirt with some black yoga pants. Super fancy!

2. Ever been in love?
Of course.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
Yeah a couple of them.

4. How tall are you?
5ft 7in

5. How much do you weight?
219.8 today!

April 27, 2016

{ #weightwatchers Week 3}

I know I said I wasn't going to update every week, and I'm still not. But I thought I'd do a little update on where I am in case you don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram (which is where I post my weekly weigh in updates).

April 26, 2016

{What's on My Phone?}

I did this post a while back when I had my S3 but since I upgraded in November I figured I'd do another one! I love my new phone! I got the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and I do not regret it one bit! I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because I wasn't a fan of the no expandable storage but I like it so far. Especially since the Marshmallow update. I love that it's so much bigger than my last phone, so much easier to read on.

April 25, 2016

{AMA Trials!}

Gaige and D's dad have recently begun hanging out. Well, not really recently. He sort of stepped in when my grandpa passed and has taken Gaige under his wing. They spend a lot of time working on motorcycles and hanging out. R (D's dad) got Gaige an AMA (American Motorcycle Association) membership and signed him up to do trials for this Sunday (yesterday). Gaige was so excited about it! He loves to off road with D and his dad. I was a little apprehensive about it simply because Gaige isn't the competition type. And we are not those parents that force our kids to be in sports to participate in things they're not into. But I wasn't going to be the wet blanket. I will happily sit there in the heat to support Gaige in whatever activity he chooses to do. But I will never push him to do something he's not comfortable with.

April 22, 2016

{Take This Not That: Hospital Bag}

I think most of us have been in the position before. You're standing in your bedroom, belly so big you can't see your toes, empty over night bag sitting on your bed waiting to be filled. You've packed and repacked the diaper bag, it's been ready for a month now. But you're bag? You have no idea what to put in there. Should you take PJ's or wear the hospital gown the whole time? What about make up? Will you be feeling like putting that on? What about clothes to go home in? How much actual stuff do you even need? What's a waste of time to pack? I know I sat there on my bed for a while trying to figure out what was needed to take the second time around. The first time, there was no hospital bag. I had no idea what to put in one, I didn't even realize I needed one. I figured the hospital would supply me with everything I'd need. And they did for the most part. But it certainly would have made my stay easier if I would have known what to bring to be more comfortable. For my birth with Owen I knew what I'd need for the most part, but ever the over packer, I ended up taking way more than I actually used.

April 21, 2016

{Remember When I Wanted You to be Little Forever?}

I can remember the days passing by so fast that I begged them to stop. I wished so hard that I could slow things down, make you stay little for just a while longer. But with each passing day you got older. I dreaded the day you'd leave. The day I'd help you pack up your childhood room and move your things to your own apartment or to a college dorm.

April 20, 2016

{4 Things Every Breastfeeding Mom Needs!}

As most of anyone who knows me or follows me on any kind of social media is aware, I nursed/breastfed Owen until he was almost three years old. Something I am so glad I did! I loved every single second of it. Well, maybe not every second, the latch issues we had for the first month were pure hell and I thought several times about giving up and formula feeding right then. But I didn't. I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. *Sigh* I miss it to be honest. Not the first month, but definitely once we got it down, I miss that part. But I come across women all the time who are planning to breastfeed (for however long) that want to know what they should have that will make their lives easier while nursing. So I thought I'd put together a small list of the things that I could not live without.

April 18, 2016

{I'm a Binge Watcher}

When I signed up for Netflix again I had no idea what kind of door I was opening for myself. I love movies and I love TV and I have been through a bunch of them already.

I went through Switched at Birth first. I originally started watching it when it was in its first season on ABC Family. But I quit watching when we got rid of cable. So I have four seasons to get through! Yay for multiple seasons! I finished it pretty fast. But now I have to wait until June (I think) until the fifth season comes out.

April 15, 2016

{Stickerkid Review!}

A couple months ago I was approached by stickerkid.com to review their products. My first reaction was to check out the website and make sure it was actually legit (I've gotten similar emails that were just spam). Sure enough, it was a real business. A business with all kinds of cute labels! I love labels! So I emailed them back and said of course I'd love to do a review! I didn't hear anything back until a couple weeks ago when I messaged them from the website directly. The lady I spoke with was quick to get me into their affiliate program! I was pretty excited. I'm a pretty small blog and I've been trying to grow to get to the point where I could do something like this for a long time.

April 13, 2016

{Weight Watchers Again}

I've been thinking about rejoining weight watchers for a while but just haven't been able to justify the money. Then it hit me, I don't know when or why, I need to lose this weight. I need to be healthy. I need to fit into my clothes!

April 11, 2016

{Vacation Spots on my Bucket List}

D and I have recently been talking about what we plan on doing when he can retire/when the kids are finally out of the house. We both want to travel. Since we will only be in our 40's when Owen 18, we know we will still be young enough to do all the things we've had to put off because we just don't have the money for it right now. We figure that when we're done raising our kids, and we don't have to worry about buying their clothes and paying for lunches, that we will have tons more money to spend on ourselves and all of our dreams. And we have a few!

April 8, 2016

{Irrational Fears}

Everyone has them. Some people are scared of the dark, spiders, of being alone in a house at night. Some people are crazy. I'm not. I don't think my fear is that irrational really.

So I've hidden this pretty well since I was a kid. No one knew how bad my fear actually was until about three years ago. I had an actual freak out moment with D and Cassie (his daughter) in the car. There may actually still be video of it floating around the internet somewhere because Cassie thought it would be hilarious to record me. Pfft. Whatever.

April 6, 2016

{Don't Judge Me}

I have never been a mom that was so opinionated about everything that I would fight with people over why my parenting decisions were better than theirs. To be honest I think that's the dumbest thing I've ever seen go down in my life (now you call a dog a teacup and I'm ready to throw down..but that's a different story all together lol).

April 4, 2016

{That Time I Really Didn't Lie}

I was a good kid for the post part. I didn't really get into trouble. I didn't back talk or throw fits (my grandma loves to tell the story of how I didn't actually know how to throw a fit). I was quiet, I played with my Barbies and my magnet people, and basically kept to myself. This trend carried on into my teen years. That's when we finally got the internet in our house (yeah, I was like fifteen) and I discovered chat rooms (I stuck to mainly Yahoo! and Backstreet Boys website ones of course).

April 2, 2016

{Greetings from Grandma's House!}

Uuugh. Why must my appliances hate me so? I mean, I know I run them into the ground with my constant use but isn't that what they're made for? We just bought our drier (used cause we're poor) a few years ago. Yesterday when I was attempting to get some laundry done for the week ahead (since the kids return to school on Monday thank the lord), I noticed that it wasn't putting out any heat. Lovely. It was still putting out air though so I didn't really worry too much about it. I figured the heating element went out (just like our last drier) but that it would still dry them, it just wouldn't get warm.

March 30, 2016

{The Downside of a Fitbit Flex}

Now I can only speak for the Flex, because that's the only one I've had experience with, so all fitbits might not be equal. This is also my opinion and what I've noticed after wearing it for the last few months. So here we go.

I love my fitbit. I'd been looking or a step counter for a long time and just never managed to make myself splurge on a brand name one. So D did it for me. He got me the fitbit flex in pink for Christmas.

March 28, 2016

{Easter Sunday!}

I know I didn't post today yet, I was off at the dentist with Gaige. The kid had two cavities and then still refuses to brush his teeth correctly. I don't know what to do with him anymore. Uuugh.

But Easter went pretty well for us. I put the baskets out a little earlier than I usually do, and before Owen was asleep. Which was my first mistake. I went in the bedroom for about two seconds and D calls me back out saying that Owen had come down and seen them. I was slightly annoyed. But I went ahead and let them have them early. Of course Dawn wouldn't come down stairs though so the boys opened theirs without her.

March 24, 2016

{What's in Thier Baskets?}

If you're anything like me, you need help every single year filling Easter baskets and stockings. I often turn to Pinterest and mommy friends to help me out with ideas. This year though, I think I've got them all pretty well figured out and I didn't even need help!

March 21, 2016

{Best Night of My Life! #AllAmericanTour }

I am aware that I've given birth twice and gotten married to a man I love dearly. But I'm just going to be completely honest here, I think Saturdays Nick Carter show tops all three of those. I'm not even sorry I feel that way lol. I am over the moon about the events of that day and I'm going to share them with you right now!

D and I wanted to get to Chicago early, not only to beat the traffic but because we wanted enough time to find a place to park and have lunch. Not to mention he had never been to the House of Blues before so he wanted to have a little time to check it out too I think (even though he won't admit that lol).

March 19, 2016

{I Got My FOID Card!!}

For those that don't know what that is it's a Firearms Owner Identification Card. And I got mine a couple weeks ago!
Why did I get a FOID Card? To be completely honest I got one because everyone seems to have one these days. Including both of my brothers, my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law (he hunts). Do got his a few years ago and since taking his concealed carry class (a fond getting his license), he has kind of been pushing for me to get mine too.

March 17, 2016

{Parenting Ain't Easy}

I am always juggling appointments and meetings. Since D works nights he's not usually available to help me so I have to just figure it out on my own. I'm not complaining,  I'm just saying that's how it goes sometimes.
Yesterday I had Gaiges IEP meeting. My own stupid mom brain kicked in when I scheduled it at 3pm. Owen doesn't even even get out of school until after 3. So I had to pick him up early. I would have picked Dawn up early also but with her grades I didn't want to pull her away from a class she needed to be in. So I figured I could just leave her and pick her up late. No big deal she's 13.

March 14, 2016

{Low Key Sundays}

I live for low key Sundays. Where I can just do as I please and not really have to do much of anything at all.

This past Sunday was one of those.

March 11, 2016

{I'm Fat..}

I know I've made weightloss posts before. I've said I'm giving up soda, junk food, fast food. I've said I'm going to go to the gym. Then I bought the treadmill and vowed to walk every single day. I'm awful at keeping my word when it comes to my fitness. I'm not sure if it's a motivation thing or if I'm just defeated when it comes to this stuff. What I do know is that I need to do something.

March 9, 2016

{So Spoiled!}

I have been a baker since I was old enough to understand what a cookie was. My grandma made cookies, cakes, pies, all the goodies for us all the time growing up. So naturally when I had kids, I did the same. I bake all the time for them. Usually with Owen in the kitchen helping too.

Although I've have good luck with my mixer (a Hamilton Beach stand/hand mixer bought for me for Christmas about five years ago I think) I have always had my eye on a Kitchenaid stand mixer. I've loved them since I watched my very first baking show. I always figured they were just too pricey for me though. Thinking I'd never have one unless I lucked into one on a garage sale site I went about making my cookies and cakes and muffins in my good enough mixer.

March 7, 2016

{I Can Clean Again!}

I am by no means a neat freak. In fact, my house is almost always a disaster. I've got three kids who refuse to put anything where it goes and a husband who does the same. It's infuriating but such is life with other people in your house right?

But when I do happen to get in the mood to really clean the house, I want it clean. I don't want to vacuum and an hour later be stepping on things the vacuum missed. That is a serious pet peeve of mine. So when my Shark vacuum that we bought five years ago started to skip over almost everything I started getting more than a little annoyed. It's near impossible to keep up with the vacuuming and make the house look like we're not squatters when the tool I'm using to clean with leaving half of what needs to off the floor behind.

March 2, 2016

{Dinner is Served!}

When D and I went grocery shopping this past Friday he picked up some premade pizza crusts from Aldi. The boys have both been little pizza-holics lately so we figured they would like making their own!

We tried it for the first time tonight (after much hounding from Owen after we told him we had them). I have to say it was kind of a success!

February 29, 2016

{The Homework Battle}

I hated doing homework when I was a kid. In fact I often just didn't do it and ended up taking correspondence courses my freshman year to make up the credits I screwed myself out of. I also ended up taking Freshman science my junior year because I failed it. So I get the struggle. Especially when you don't like the class. If they're not talking about something you give a shit about, you're going to find it hard to want to bother doing any of the work. 

February 24, 2016

{I Chose Him}

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I had Gaige when I was just 19. To make a long story short, I met a guy at work, we started "dating", and I ended up pregnant. What I haven't been super up front about was the fact that I wasn't always positive I was going to be a mom.

February 19, 2016

{Dentists & Eye Doctors}

I picked the boys up early yesterday because Gaige had a dentist appointment. I picked up Owen because there was no one to pick him up after school, D would still be sleeping. I figured we could get on the road at noon and stop for lunch, then search for Gaige some new shoes since the ones he was wearing had a big crack in the sole.

February 16, 2016

{These Kids Are Such Slobs!}

I don't know what to do with my kids anymore. For real. I'm going crazy here. I feel more like Rosie from the Jetsons than a mom. Cleaning up after people who just come along and trash everything all over again.
I've tried chores, no one cares if they get the rewards or not. I have tried cleaning their rooms myself and getting rid of damn near everything in them, they don't seem to care. 

February 4, 2016

{2016 So Far!}

2016 is in full swing folks. We've already jumped over hurdle number one which was making it through January, and February is here (and will be gone again before we even really get used to it).

January 31, 2016

{Child Support Court Update}

So I'm writing this the night before in hopes it will calm my nerves. I'm so non confrontational and this whole situation has me flipping out a little bit. Earlier today D asked me what my plan is for tomorrow. He knows I hate being the bitch, and I hate calling people out in their crap. But he also knows that I know it has to be done. This should have been brought to light when I found out and not held on to for four years. But like I said in my other child support post, I didn't want to rock the boat. I don't know whats different. Maybe I'm just tired of the whole situation and I'm done with dead beat dads (the fact that my own dad is in jail right now for his own stupidity probably factors in to this as well). I don't know.
What I do know Is that tomorrow I have proof he was working in 2012 and I didn't receive any child support until this year. My proof? 

January 29, 2016

{8th Grade Round 2}

As most of you know, if you've been following me for any amount of time, Dawn has been our "trouble child" for as long as I've been with D. First it was behavior just at home, then it became obvious we weren't special anymore and she branched out to bad behavior at school also. The fits thrown were unlike any fit I'd ever seen a child throw in my life (and if you know my little sister, this is hard to imagine lol). She spent most of her time grounded or unable to participate in things because of her behavior. I even ended up taking Christmas and Easter from her (Easter twice). It was insane. Having babysat through most of my teen years and growing up with three siblings I thought I knew quite a bit about kids. But she was a new breed for me. And I was at my whits end with her most of the time.