Monday, February 28, 2011

Motivational Monday!

Today, my aunt goes in for surgery to remove cancer from her breasts. Please say a quick prayer for an easy and successful surgery, and for quick healing! Love you!!

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown

Menu Planning Monday!

Its that time again! After last weeks $300 grocery shopping (which I think almost gave both me AND Jay a heart attack haha) I have plenty to work with. So heres this weeks plan:

Mon: Dry-rubbed Flank Steak with fresh sauteed spinach and maybe baked potatoes? Not sure on the starch yet haha
Tue: Chicken Enchilladas with rice
Wed: Meatball Parm Hero's (is that supposed to be heroes? lol)
Thur: Bubba Burgers with tater tots (that ones for hubs, theyre so bad for you but sooo good :) )
Fri: Creamy Chicken Florentine with pasta

Weekends are always up in the air :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lazy Sundays..

We dont get very many of these at this house. We almost always have a party, company or family function to go to. But not today folks! I kind of needed it. This has been a long week, Im getting over some kind of bug that was overtaking me all week. I had a horrible sore throat and just aches. Of course the doc said its "viral". You know, the "Ihavenoidea" sickness. Haha.

Anyway, we had a visit from our Brooklyn cousins yesterday. Shannon is pregnant (yay!) with little Vinman, and shes adoreable! I looked like her at about 4 months and she only has 8 weeks to go. Anyway, Johnny is Diva's Godfather, and we always have a great time with them. I cant wait to meet little Vinny! Spidey had a birthday party, so while we were there, I get a text from Jay:

I laughed so hard I cried. Poor Diva, she has no hair. Not even enough for a small clip! In fact, she came out with more then she has now. So Im always saying about how her hair is growing a little bit, even though its not. Im just hopeful I guess :)

So today, we are going back to CHURCH! Its been waaaay too long and I really want to start getting back and thanking God for our blessings :) We have also been starting to teach AJ about God and Jesus and I think its a good thing for him to start. So back we go!

I started the photo challenge on here, check it out :)

I know this post was all over the place, but I promise, back to normal again!

Off I go, until next time!

Day 1 of the Photo Challenge!

I started this in the beginning of the year on FB and FAILED! I dunno why, I just got busy with other things I suppose. So Im going to give it another shot! Heeerrree we go!

Not the best pic but it will do :)

Day 01 - A recent photo of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

1-Im really loving blogging, even though I dont post as much as Id like to!
2-I dont think there is anything I hate more then wet socks
3-I could be an alcoholic merely on blackberry sangria..yum!
4-I wouldnt trade being a mom to my two little loves for ANYTHING
5-I slowly am becoming a coupon addict, and I love it!
6-Id rather have a quiet night in with the hubs, then a night out.
7-Sometimes I still miss my nights out :)
8-Im planning on dying my hair blonde this summer (if I have the guts! lol)
9-I love being a redhead in the meantime!
10-When I was pregnant with Jalyn I felt like a horrible person, cause I told Jay Id cry if they told me she was a boy lol
11-I used to want 5 kids. Thats since changed :)
12-Im overly organized in some aspects of my life. Others however, i need some major help.
13-I want to eventually go to Culinary School
14-My newfound hobby (other then couponing) is cooking
15-I truly believe everything happens for a reason!

This is a fun challenge! The rest of the days go something like this:

Day 01 - A recent photo of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn't have.
Day 05 - A picture of somewhere you've been to.
Day 06 - A picture that shows your true self.
Day 07 - A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 - A picture of your celebrity crush.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 14 - Picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
Day 17 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 18 - A picture of someone that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 19 - A picture of someone you miss.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 23 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 24- A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 25 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 28 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 31- A picture of someone you miss.
Day 32- A picture from your favorite movie.
Day 33 - A picture of your room.
Day 34 - A picture of your day.
Day 35- A picture of your night.
Day 36- A picture that makes you angry.
Day 37- A picture that makes you sad.
Day 38- A picture of your favorite pastime

Monday, February 21, 2011

Menu Planning Monday!

Monday: Chicken cutlets, brocolli rabe and yellow rice
Tuesday: Beef stew
Wednesday: Spinach with pasta, tomatoes and hearts of palm
Thursday: Roasted chicken, fresh spinach and some kind of potatoes
Friday: Undecided
Saturday: Beef enchiladas

What are your meal plans for the week? Link them in the comment section!

I need to start bringing in some MONEY!

Kids arent cheap. Well at least mine arent. They always want to eat, or have diapers or even worse, clothes! How dare they? Pfft. I guess since I HAVE TOOOOO...

Ah, I kid, I kid. But kids ARE expensive, and even with my extreme couponing and saving money wherever possble, there is just never enough. Since the job markey ::ahem:: sucks, Im trying to think of things I can do to make money at home. Im pretty crafty so thats an option. My friend Amy suggested maybe a menu planning service. Everything from the menu for the week with a shopping list and possible coupons, to picking the items up for people, right down to cooking it/freezing it for them. What do you guys think?

What are some other money making ideas? I know some of you have to have some?!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is love?

"Baby dont hurt me, dont hurt me, no more!"

Sorry, as I typed that out, all I saw in my head was Chris Kattan doing the neck bob and hearing that song! (now its stuck in your head too isnt it?! haha!)

In celebration of Valentines Day (were celebrating today!) I figured Id write a little post on love. How do you define love? Do you believe there is one person for everyone?

I asked Spidey what love was. The response was as follows: "love is something that youre heart is". So true my prince, so true!

Everyone's definition of love can be different. 2 1/2 years ago when I said "I do" I promised to stand by my husband, through thick and thin. Through sickness and health. Til death do us part. Did you see that last part? Til death do us part.

Now, Im not going to sit here and say that the last 2 1/2 years married, or even 5 1/2 years together have been all rainbows and sunshine. Hell, weve had quite a bit more storms then sunny days. But we have stood by each other through Id say almost every possible thing. And I can honestly say I am so happy that we are side by side today. We may not always get along (my in-laws can attest to that!) and we may both be (very) stubborn, but we get each other. I mean really get each other, and thats what REALLY matters. Its not about fancy things like trips or jewelry, its about real, true love. The kind you find in fairytales. And while ours might not be a fairytale all the time, when he looks in my eyes, and tells me how we'll someday be on our wrap-around porch sipping lemonade watching our grandchildren run around, I know he means it. I know he loves me, and he knows I love him. And thats all that matters. <3

Happy Valentines Day to my one and only, the only one I want to grow old with! Love you baby!

PS-Here is our wedding song, I found this guy on youtube, and he was sweet enough to record a studio version of the song for us. He is AMAZING! Check out his other stuff on youtube as well!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Last chance for giveaway!

Head on over!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Anyone use it? How come I only get text showing on most posts instead of pictures?

Oh, fat lady, I will miss our good times!

Ive done it. I have entered into hell. Ok well, not really hell, but this is what I imagine hell would be like. Jillian Michaels likes to call hell her "30 Day Shred". Its a booty kicking in a dvd. A wonderful friend bought it for me after I mentioned that I wanted it.

I have many friends who have either been doing it, or planning on starting it soon. I started it Wed night. All I can say is WOW. Its an intense (at least for lazy people like me lol) 20 minute workout consisting of abs, strength and cardio. No breaks, no rest. Wed night I started it (as did spidey haha). I am proud to say I made it throught the whole thing! Afterwards, though, I barely made it up the stairs :-X. Thursday morning brought an unusually less amount of soreness then I expected, but that didnt last. By Thursday night I wanted to DIE. Like, cut my head off, it will hurt less then this die. I am SO out of shape. Sigh.

What Im about to write is scary for me, and I am not even kidding. I am admitting to the world my measurements. My hope in this is that it will motivate me even more to get going and get back to bikini ready! (well Ill probably never wear a bikini again but you get what I mean!) So here goes....

Starting weight: 155.6
Waist: 39 1/4"
Thighs: 24 5/8"
Arms: 11 1/2"
Hips: 40"

Maybe tomo if Im feeling really bold I will take some before pics. Dont hold your breath though lol.

I have no hips, and no butt. Jay will attest to that.

I didnt do too much "healthy shopping this week, so most of my dinners werent the greatest diet wise. Next week watch out! I HAVE to do something about this. I never lost the weight from AJ. I lost alot when I was sick in the hospital that week. And then I put it all on. So I need all of YOUR help. Some healthy, tasty dinners. Fish recipes are ok for everyone else, but ::cough:: Im not a fish eater. Snack too please. Get my butt in gear! I would like to lose 20-25lbs. Is that realistic of me? With diet and excercise? How do you stay motivated?

I leave you with this delish (and pretty healthy) recipe I made tonight. It was the yum! And super easy. Had my name written all over it!

1 lb. pasta (I used whole wheat shells)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.), diced
1/4 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
5 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1/4 cup white wine
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350°. Set a large pot of water to boil. Once it comes to a rolling boil, salt it and cook the pasta until just al dente. Drain.

While the pasta is cooking, set a large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s hot, heat the olive oil then add the chicken. Brown the chicken on all sides – about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and simmer with the chicken until it’s fragrant and begins to turn golden – about 3 minutes.

Add the salt. spinach and white wine to the skillet and cook for an additional 3 – 5 minutes, or until the spinach begins to wilt. Toss the contents of the skillet with the pasta and place in a casserole dish. Cover with cheese and bake for 25 minutes.

Makes about 8 servings.

It was soo good. I didnt have the whole wheat pasta, which would have made it better, but I did use lofat mozz. So I made up for it a bit right? Right. Ok all, off to bed! Wish me luck! Anyone wanna hop on the train with me??

Monday, February 7, 2011

Review & Giveaway!

Recently, Glee Gum sent me their "Make Your Own Chocolate" kit. I pulled it out when Spidey had a playdate with his best friend (not to be confused with his best best friend!) What a CUTE and FUN thing to do!

Here's a brief description of thier Candy Kits:
Available in Make Your Own Chocolate, Make Your Own Chewing Gum, and Make Your Own Gummies, these activity kits are all-natural, educational, and eco-friendly. With pre-packaged ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, everyone aged 8 and up gets a real kick out of making candy from scratch. Focusing on the history behind and the origin of these candies, each kit is designed to captivate your interest, connect you to the global community, and create something yummy to eat in the process!

And here's a link to our latest newsletter, which includes a Glee Gum coupon for you:

Check out some pics :)

Mixing the ingredients!

All ready to pour and cool!

The "after" haha

Here is the link to their store locater:

And the facebook and twitter accounts, respectively:

This was a GREAT project for the kids, and I had a ball as well. They are HIGHLY reccomended!

Onto the giveaway! One lucky reader will win one make your own candy kit of your choice. You can have more then one entry!

1 entry: Mandatory- Follow my blog either through google or feedburner
1 entry per referral, up to 5: refer people to my blog. they must comment that you sent them
4 entries: Re-post this on your own blog!
2 entries: Share this on your facebook page

Please post a seperate comment for each entry!

I will pick a winner at random next Tues, Feb 15th. Please note, these can only be shipped to the continental US. (sorry!)

On your mark, get set... GO!

Motivational Monday!

So I never made it to the store today. My day started something like this:

11pm last night: Finally got everyone settled in. Spides got a fever. Diva has a cold. Time for bed. Whats that? Daddy told Spidey he could sleep in our bed? Well, Id prefer not, but since you already told him, off to Spideys bed I go!
12am: Diva finally falls asleep.
1am: Diva wakes up for the first of 92381207401284 times. Coughing quite a bit.
630am: Perfect time to get up for the day you say? Sure, I guess theres not much choice there. No bottle, toy, tv show etc can keep Ms Princess from fussing til mommy wakes up.
7am: While going in to wake daddy up for work I catch the unmistakable odor of pee. Please let that me a dirty diaper I forgot to take out of my bedroom last night. NOPE! Thats definately (at least one) bedwetting. ::sigh::

I started my day off calling the wahmbulance. Not fair that its not even 9am after no sleep and all this has already happened! Well, I might as well just suck it up. I run a bath and go to wake Spidey up. When I get into my bedroom, hes up playing with his little sister (who I put in bed next to him while I started the bath). I hear him say "no, you dont want a baba? how about a tickle rib?! yes, yes you do want a tickle rib!" I giggle and pop in. He asks me if Im mad he wet the bed. I tell him no. He says "good, cause I really really love you sooo much!". Such a smooth talker. In comes Funny. Who is Funny you ask? Funny is our kitten. Spideys Elf on a Shelf brought him Christmas Eve. Spidey named him, cause, well he is funny looking. (DUH!) Hes walking a bit weird. Upon further inspection, seems like funny wanted to see what all the commotion in the bathtub was and fell in. (this is after falling in the toilet yesterday haha). Something tells me he wont be so curious anymore! Once I explained to Spidey why Funny looked funny, we both started cracking up, which in turn created a chain reaction with Diva. Now its 9am and Im laughing!

God has a funny way of telling us not to sweat the small stuff. Today, He did that by making Funny fall into the bathtub (teehee). So I took Monday by the kahunas and ran with them! Both kids bathed: check! Fed: check! Happy: check check! Mommy bathed, fed and happy: check, check and 3/4 check! Okkkkkk check check check! (I couldnt quite shake the giggles after the bathtub incident)

Turns out both kids just have a virus (I really dont like that word, I think its the go-to for ihavenoideawhatswrongwithyourkid). McDonalds for lunch and came home to a gift from a wonderful friend: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Starting tonight! (good thing I got my last Mcd's in!) If Im feeling super ambitious Maybe Ill post my before pics (hahaha yea, who am I kidding??). My goal is to lose 30lbs by summer. Lets see if I can do it!

Hope everyone enjoys their Monday! And remember, dont sweat the small stuff, its all small stuff!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Are you ready for some FOOOTTTBBBAAALLLLL?!?!

I am! SuperBowl Sunday is upon us wooohhooo! A day filled with yummy food, great family and good times.

Sorry Ive been slacking. Lots going on in my world, some good some bad, but I got a swift kick in the rear (thanks Uncle Paul!) and here I am! Back at it again. Im going to make myself a goal for writing in here, start small and work my way up. I was so excited to get it going, and now Im slacking already!

Anyway, this last week, as I said, has been insanity. Not one, not two but THREE people I care about were diagnosed with breast cancer. Scary scary. All you prayers out there, please keep them in your thoughts. A good friend of mine that I used to work with passed away in his sleep. He was young, hadnt even started a family yet, and hes gone. It hits home when something like that happens. People are wayyy too quick to throw away years of friendship or even worse family. I know Ive been guilty of it myself. Ive neglected friends for boyfriends that are no longer around. Argued with family for them. And where did it get me? Nowhere.

People seem to quickly forget how important family and friends are. After all, where would you be today without them all? Nowhere. Lifes too short. Stop holding onto grudges. Stop the gossip, stop the hate. Stop the bitterness, and stop the snootiness. Youre no better then the person standing next to you. I have to remind myself that sometimes. I think we all need a reminder sometimes.

If you died tomo, how would you want to be remembered? I know Id like to go with people thinking I was a good person. Genuine and caring. I felt the need to write an extra little note to my friends parents. I told them how kind and generous their son was. How hed give anyone the shirt off his back. Time and time again he did things for me and others that worked with us. I hadnt been in touch with him recently, but I know, if I had, hed be the same Marty I knew and loved. THATS how I want to be remembered. I want people to come to my funeral, and laugh and reminisce about good times we had. About funny things I said and did. And then I want them all to go out and have an ass kicking party.

Love the ones you should. Lifes too short.

In loving memory of Marty Mackin, and the others Ive known and loved who were gone too soon!
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