Monday, August 31, 2015

Planning Marlee's First Birthday

Marlee's first birthday is coming up soon, September 21st my baby will be a year old. It is really sad to me that it has come this quickly. I don't feel like I have enough time to plan her birthday! 
I went on pinterest to get her birthday theme. I did not want to do another ordinary theme. So I went with "twinkle twinkle little start." The colors are different shades of pink and gold.  I did the same thing with Benson's second birthday which was hot wheels theme and had so much fun. It is fun to get creative. Like I used doughnuts and put "spare tires" and pretzel rods dipped in chocolate as "dip sticks." But I haven't found a lot of stuff like that to do for hers. The decorations will be pretty easy but I am having trouble of thinking of other things to do. I am going to make star cookie wands. But other than that, I have got nothing! Help me!! 
Below are the pictures from the ideas of got. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Eating after 8

 I know they say you aren't supposed to eat after 8 p.m. if you want to help yourself lose weight.... well that is sooo hard! I don't eat that much through the day, I am just too busy. I eat every meal though don't get me wrong, just not a lot at each meal. But after 9 ish both kids are asleep, so I can actually sit down and eat something, completely and without two kids climbing on me. So when this happens I snack a lot more than I should. I know breastfeeding had a lot to do with my snacking too but we are pretty much done with that.

How do you keep yourself from snacking through the night? Or snacking after 8 p.m.?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Awesome Mom Moments

Oh goodness did we have one of "those days" yesterday. Here is how my day went...

Started out as usual, coffee, cartoons, and cereal. Remember we just potty trained about a month ago and still have accidents every once in a while. Benson didn't poop on the potty for the first two weeks, but we haven't had a poop accident in about 3 weeks. Anyway, I asked him around his usual time if he had to fart in the potty ( he thinks it is funny to fart in the potty so we say that instead of poop), and he said no. The next thing I know my husband is hollering Benson pooped. I went back to his room and it was all over the floor, I look up to Marlee on the bed and it is all over her and the bed. I mean IT IS EVERY WHERE!!! OMG I am going to throw up!!! My husband hates poop and I think after 2 kids in 3 years he has maybe changed 75 poop diapers total and that is me giving him the benefit of the doubt. Not to mention this was also right before nap time, so both kids were getting cranky and whiny. So I put both in the tub and basically hosed them off and washed them. Then as he was putting Marlee's diaper on, I put the gate up to keep them in the living room with daddy while I cleaned up the mess! It was disgusting. Had to take everything off the bed and scrub everything down. My dog helped and ate up the poop clumps while we were washing the kids. YUCK!!  I scrubbed the floor and scrubbed and there are still stains. I am a clean freak and this is freaking me out!! 

Later that day I was cooking dinner and trying to finish the laundry that ol' poop monster made for me. I also started my period for the first time since January 2014, so I felt like I was dying. Anyway the kids were playing in their rooms, going back and forth. I went down the hall to go to put some laundry away and low and behold, he shit again all over the hallway! This time my husband was at work because he was on 3 to 11. So it was just me, more poop, two babies and dinner going. F**K Me!!I seriously wanted to cry. So again I wiped him off and washed him and then started scrubbing the floor. I had to hurry though because I didn't want to leave them gated in the living room that long alone. Luckily she didn't get into this time and it wasn't all over other things. 

I seriously did not know what to do.  Kids smell like roses they said!! Oh mom moments!! Being a mom is definitely a wild and unpredictable ride!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Purging my house

I am going to have a yard sale this weekend before it starts to get cool. I have already have had two yard sales this summer and managed to get rid of a lot of stuff. I hate having yard sales, especially with two little ones by myself but I am also tired of looking at all the shit in my garage and house. This time though I am going to go through each room this week and get rid of everything, We are in desperate need of money to pay bills and we have a lot of stuff we haven't used. I am pretty good about getting rid of stuff if we haven't used it in a couple of years, I don't like holding onto stuff and am always cleaning out the closets etc. I am a very organized person and like things easy to get. Anyway getting off topic I am really going to go through everything, not just the usual clothes. I am going through the kitchen and everything. 
My other problem is I have a ton of baby clothes, nice, name brand baby clothes, that I am not going to sell for just a cheap price either. I use the mom sites on facebook to sell a lot of my baby items. 
Ugh I don't look forward to going through everything, but I look forward to my "pre-fall," cleaning and making money!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Happy Anniversary

Today my husband and I have been married 3 years. We started dating exactly 5 years ago today. Our story starts like this....

We met in kindergarten. Ben is second row, the very last picture and I am the first picture in the third row. I chased him all over the play ground. He was my first little boyfriend. After Kindergarten I went to a different school. And in 17 years we only saw each other once. 
July 4th, 2010 we were amongest mutual friends at a fourth of July concert in Blu Ash, Ohio. Peter Frampton was playing. We did not even recognized each other and he was there with his girlfriend at the time. A few days later he messaged me on facebook and we started talking as friends. Him and his girlfriend broke up a week later because she had been cheating on him (lucky for me). We started hanging out almost every single day until he finally asked me to be his girlfriend on August 11, 2010.

Fast forward 2 years later to the day we got married. We had already went through 2 miscarriages, one at 11 weeks with twins and the other at 6 weeks and on our wedding day we were 17 weeks pregnant with our baby boy. The wedding was perfect. We are both people who like simple things, nothing fancy and just wanted everyone to have fun. We loved it and everyone enjoyed themselves so much. 

Well Happy 3 year Anniversary to my love! We have had some ups and downs but I cannot wait to see what the years will bring us! It already brought us two gorgeous babies!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Coupon Using Mom

I LOVE COUPONS!! I am only okay at it though. I am not the greatest, though I really want to be. I watch the sales, I get the Sunday papers and I print coupons online. I need to find more ways to get coupons though. I have thought about going to our recycling bin here at our local church and "dumpster dive." I usually save around 40% to 60% on groceries but I want to do better.

Things I am good at:

  • I usually get around 4 of each coupon inserts or coupon themselves. My stepmom gives me her coupon books and my neighbor sometimes gets them from the ladies at church. I can print up to 2 of the coupons I need online. I also use Kroger Digital Coupons if theirs is better or if that is the only coupon available for the item I need.
  • I try to stockpile as best as I can. I get as many as I have coupons for. 
  • I am a good teacher. I can teach people how to do it as best as I can.
  • I am pretty good at waiting and matching up coupons with the lowest prices the item will be.
Things I am NOT good at:
  • I am not good on saving money on food. Most of them are household or personal items (which is okay because those are normally expensive).
  • I NEVER save money on meat.
  • I am not good at saving more than 60% which drives me crazy!
  • I am not good at getting many coupons that match up with a sale that end up being money makers. Example item is on sale for $1.50 and you have a $2 off coupon, you just made .50 cents off that item.
Things I want to be better at:
  • Start keeping a journal to track the sales. So I know when to stock up on items and when they will be on sale again.
  • I want to start tracking meat prices and start buying it by the pound when it is at its lowest.
  • I want to save money like the people on extreme couponing. I really need to cut our grocery budget in half.
I already meal plan, grant you we don't always eat what I plan for dinner, things change. I truly need help saving more money with coupons. Any other moms out there coupon with any tips of their own? I am all ears. I love learning more ways to save money.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

My birthday!

So yesterday was the big day... yesterday was my birthday! 27 years ago I came into this world. Holy Shit where did the time go? I don't feel like it has been that long since I graduated high school. I feel like that Kenny Chesney song "Dont blink." Seriously?!?! Where did it go? 

Can I go back? Can I go back to being a kid with the only worry about cartoons. Sometimes I really would like to go back. Wouldn't it be nice to go back to no worries, no bills, no nothing. Sleeping whenever you want, getting up whenever you want. Honestly I would like to go back to 18. To a freshman in college. That was the funnest year of my life. I laughed so hard and had so much fun, some that I can't remember. Life was easy and I was just along for the ride. Going to the beach on weekends (I went to college in North Carolina). 

Don't get me wrong I love my life and my children. But sometimes I just dream about being young again. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Over-whelming Day

I have just had an over- whelming day, well a bad week really. Marlee is cutting four teeth, so she is not sleeping hardly. Benson is potty training and all though we are doing awesome, it is still very exhausting. Who knew kids would be so much work!! :-)

I just feel like I am doing so much stuff from sun up to sun down and nothing is getting done. I had plans this summer to do fun things and take the kids out but we have not done a lot. Long story short we had almost $8,000 ( our entire tax return) taken from our account and after 3 months and detectives later, we ARE NOT getting it back. So we are way behind on bills. This summer has sucked really. I was looking forward to it so much too. 

No to mention tomorrow is my 27 birthday. Yep one more year closer to 30. I always get shafted on my birthday. I have not had a birthday present in 3 years. Our wedding anniversary is next Tuesday, the 11th and I have not had any anniversary gift. My husbands birthday is March 3rd, so he always gets something because we have our tax return. By the time my birthday gets here we are always broke. Not that presents are necessary but I feel like I deserve something because I work hard every day (I also get nothing for mothers day). I just feel like I should get something every once in a while. I dedicate my entire life to taking care of my husband, two children and home. I  DO EVERYTHING!!! Literally! I don't know. I just need to pout and piss and moan today!