Weigh In Wednesday – Week 1 – Day 6

Weigh In Wednesday – Week 1 – Day 6

Weigh In Wednesday – Week 1 – Day 6

Will it really happen? Will I weigh in today? Watch and find out!


Accepting that you are 30

Accepting that you are 30

Accepting that you are 30

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I cried on my 25th birthday. That’s not a bad age to be but I was devastated. I never wanted to get older. I hated September 4th of every year because it marked that I was officially growing older. Another year under my belt. Another grey hair. Another wrinkle.

I would tell myself that I cannot grow another year older. I refused to have birthdays and told my kids to always refer to me as 26 every year no matter how old I was.

I hid my birthday from my friends and when my mother decided to throw me a surprise birthday party for my 30th I was not happy to say the least.

I enjoyed my friends and family but I did not enjoy having everyone reminded how old I was.

Now that I am half way through my 30s and some of my friends are starting to enter their 40s I am finally realizing that growing older isn’t so bad.

1. Financial Security –Something that I didn’t have throughout my 20s was financial security. Having time to go to college and start a career has paid off well into our 30s.

2. Kids – It’s pretty hard to keep trying to be young when your kids are growing up right in front of you. No more hiding the fact that I’m over 29 when I’m standing next to my 19 year old son. All that does is make me look silly. I am happily watching my children become young adults. I enjoy watching my children put to use the things I have been teaching them throughout their childhood.

3. Self-confidence – I have never looked better than right now. That is because I have never felt better or had more self-confidence. This comes from years of learning to love myself. I spent my 20s finding who I was and becoming okay with what god gave me.

4. Family and friends – Understanding that our family and friends are some of the most important things in our lives. Having people who will always be there for you speaks volumes. Find them, keep them, and treasure them. Those people will be the ones we call when life gets to be too much and who we make memories with.

If someone asked me today would I rather be 25 or 35 I would totally choose 35. 10 years ago I would have never answered that question the same way. However, reflecting on my life I have enjoyed the things that come with age. I would not change how old I am. Even if that means more wrinkles and grey hairs. I love being in my 30s and I am excited for my birthday because that means another year of adventure and new memories to add to my pile of already great ones.



Understanding An Introvert: 5 Things we wish you knew

Understanding An Introvert: 5 Things we wish you knew

“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” ~Audrey Hepburn

Understanding An Introvert: 5b Things we wish you knew

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Being an introvert is not an easy task. Sometimes the people around us suffer because they don’t know how to deal with introverts.

Here are some tips and tricks to being a great friend or family member to an introvert.

1. Acceptance – I’m not going to leave my house if I don’t want to. When you call me up and ask me to go and I say “no” then you won’t get me to leave. Don’t beg and plead and argue with me. I don’t want to go so I’m not going to. Please understand this instead of going out of your way to belittle me since I don’t want to leave the house yet again. I need you to accept this is who I am.

2. Don’t forget me – Just because I say “no” I’m not going doesn’t mean I want you to forget about me the next time you plan an outing or event. I know I missed a lot of stuff but I don’t want to be excluded completely.

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3. My house is best – Want to hang out? Come on over. Make sure to call me first though. More than likely I am not going to meet you at a bar but I am almost always willing to have you over for a few drinks and a bon fire in the back yard. Just don’t bring anyone else without me knowing.

4. Silence is okay – Know that my silence is not a bad thing. I am not insulting you. I like you. I am just used to being quiet. I like quiet. It’s part of being an introvert.

5. Outings are hard – I am tired every time after I go to a public function. When I pick my kids up from school and have to talk to more than one person I am tired. It takes a great deal of energy to make myself do certain things, and being in public is one of them.


Horoscopes: Do we really believe?

Horoscopes: Do we really believe?

A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament.  ~Jeremy Taylor

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I tend to gravitate towards ready my horoscope on a daily basis when I am struggling with something in life.

On average I read my horoscope once a week. However, each year I read my yearly horoscope and my Chinese horoscope. I’ve been caught looking at compatibility between signs when dating someone or before I got married. But how much faith do we really put in what we read?

When I read that tragedy would strike my life in 2014 and then my husband died January I thought twice about horoscopes. I wanted to bad to believe in something, anything at that point in my life. I read every horoscope at that time. EVERYTHING! I dove into trusting that my horoscope was truly telling me something every time I read it. Was I right?

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I’m no longer a believer. I do still read my horoscope. I do still look at my card readings. However, I know that they are only there to give me good information about being a more positive person and keeping my head on straight. That even though the horoscope doesn’t apply to me on that day or that week I know that the information I received from reading it will help me another time. Is that the horoscope gods telling me something? Maybe. Probably not.

I tried believing. But when I got more untruths than truths I turned in the towel and had to be reasonable. What are your thoughts on horoscopes? Do you really believe?




The ‘Wal-Mart’ Stigma: Who are the ‘real’ people of Wal-Mart?

The ‘Wal-Mart’ Stigma: Who are the ‘real’ people of Wal-Mart?

The People Of Wal-MartI am an adult who had never shopped at Wal-Mart a day in her life until last year.

Okay, my mother and father might have taken me when I was a child. However, as an adult I had never willingly gone to Wal-Mart.

I knew that there was a certain negative stigma that comes with Wal-Mart and the people who work or shop there. I knew dirty people who worked at Wal-Mart.

I saw, just like everyone else, photos of people at Wal-Mart showing off their back boobs and men in Speedos checking out. I read the Google “fat costumes” article about Wal-Mart and their lack of decency. I was totally turned off by that store.

I felt like the people who shopped at Wal-Mart were below me. I don’t wear sweatpants out in public…like EVER! I don’t have crazy hair! I don’t have back boobs! I don’t wear nude leggings either.

The People Of Wal-MartI dress appropriately for my age. I love my kids and would never strap them to the bottom of a cart. I would never have poop stains let alone leave the house with them. I have self decency.

It seemed that the people who went to Wal-Mart did NOT!

I was wrong. I will be the first to admit it. I went to Wal-Mart last year. I learned so much about people and myself during this time.

1. Not everyone who goes to Wal-Mart is homeless – The people who shop at Wal-Mart are not homeless nor do they lack common sense. Some dress like they have no place to live but those people are the ones who don’t care what others think about them. I want to be more like that. I want to be able to walk out of the house in the middle of the night in my pjs to get meds for my kid without feeling judged too. (however, I will never leave the house without makeup) That must feel liberating! I am too judgmental of myself.

2. You look better than 99.99999999% of everyone there – Let’s face it. Wal-Mart is known for it’s crazy looking people. Need an esteem boost? How about a little pick me up? Go to Wal-Mart! I don’t even have to walk all the way inside sometimes. Just walking up to the door is enough for me.

3. You DO NOT have to wear spandex to shop at Wal-Mart – From photos on the web I was for certain that you had to wear spandex to shop at Wal-Mart. Preferably nude, two sizes too small spandex. I have since learned that you do not.

4. Their prices are great – We all know that some stuff at stores is priced higher. I’m not saying that Wal-Mart doesn’t do that too. However, I am saying that when I shop at a regular store versus Wal-Mart I do end up spending less. (What’s a “regular” store? Anything that is not Wal-Mart I consider a regular store.)

5. It’s an everything store – Groceries and clothes and electronics and paint and car repair and pet store and automotive store and why wouldn’t you shop here store? I was naive. I can now go to Wal-Mart and have my tires rotated, get a new car key made, while waiting on my living room paint to be mixed, grab the kid’s soccer shorts he needs for school, the daughter’s jewelry was fixed and is ready to be picked up at the jewelry counter, and I can get dinner for tonight even hot food all at one place. That’s a win, win, win!

The People Of Wal-Mart

I do not see people taking photos ever. I was always worried I’d be in the background of a Wal-Mart person’s photo shoot.

I have never witnessed someone posing in the dairy section for their senior photos.

I haven’t seen people having sex on the futons either. (bummer?) I do see strange people but that’s part of the fun.

I had totally the wrong idea of what this store was. Wal-Mart is just a regular store with a little something extra…everything!

I’m waiting for a nail salon and photo studio to come to our local store. Then my life will be complete.



Spring Cleaning: 7 inspiring ways to organize your bathroom using Pinterest

Spring Cleaning: 7 inspiring ways to organize your bathroom using Pinterest

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris



I love spring. I love spring cleaning. I love to get the winter clutter out of my life as soon as it’s warm.

In this post we are off to declutter and spring clean the bathroom using Pinterest. If you have never tried Pinterest what are you waiting for?

There are tons of great ideas! Here are a few to get you started organizing the bathroom.

Spring Cleaning: Organe your bathroom using Pinterest

1. Don’t be afraid to make a bold statement with your walls by using them in creating ways for storage in the bathroom. Need a place for the extra toilet paper or to keep you mason jar filled with bobby pins? Try decorating your walls with them.



2. All that space under the sink and I have on idea what to do it with. Try filling it up with little containers to hold whatever you need.


3. Mason jars offer a wide variety of ways to organize Q-tips, cotton balls, make-up, hair ties, if it’s small and needs a home in the bathroom you can bet that a mason jar will do the trick.

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4. Use a silverware holder in your bathroom drawer as an organizer.


5. A standing file folder works great for holding all of our flat and curling irons.


6. Hanging hooks inside a door can also be used for curling irons as well.


7. Storage boxes with labels work great for organizing medicines in the closet.


8. Looking for a place to hang your jewelry that’s out of the way and classy at the same time? Try hanging them on the wall in the bathroom.


Want to see a Pinterest pin in action? Not sure if that “pin” actually works? Message me your pins and we will find out together.

Please also watch my DIY Pinterest videos on YouTube.

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