Day 7 … Joyful

Day 7 … Joyful

Today’s prompt is what brings you joy.  I could have taken the easy way out and just listed each person in my family including the pup but I didn’t. 🙂


  • My family – of course they are my #1.  They are the ones I can’t live without and the one’s that bring a smile to my face each and every day.  Even Brutus who isn’t in the picture ;).
  • God – my faith always seems to be my saving grace.  If I am having a bad day or just need something uplifting I turn to the Bible or a Bible study.
  • Rain – I love the rain.  I love the smell of rain and could literally sit and watch ran for hours.
  • softball/baseball – my first love.  I have played the game since I was 4 and still play to this day.  It is my safe place
  • reading – I hated reading growing up, however, the older I have gotten the more I love to read.  I love being drawn into a good book and taken to a place I have never been before.

What brings you joy?


Day 6 … my playlist

Day 6 … My playlist

ok so day 5 I was out and about but looking at the topic, I can’t really remember a memorable birthday.  It was definitely not for a lack of having them, I just have a horrible memory and honestly can only remember about one of my birthdays growing up … and I was actually about 13. OOPS!!

Anyway … I haven’t been listening to music all that often but lately we have been listening to Blink 182 and Florida Georgia Line so Those two CDs would have to be my playlist right now.

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What are you listening to?


Day 4 … Currently

Day 4 … Currently

Reading… Home Game
Playing… yahtzee with the girls
Watching… Underground
Trying… to eat healthier
Cooking… not a lot … I hate cooking.
Eating… better
Drinking… water
Calling… my mom
Texting… Matt usually
Pinning… nothing lately … I haven’t been on Pinterest in the longest time.
Tweeting… my blog post
Going… crazy … 3 kids well 4 if you count the hubby.
Loving… life .. I have been super stressed lately but looking at my kids makes everything that much better.
Hating… my body … my back has been hurting and now I think I pulled a muscle in my shoulder.
Discovering… that life is full of ups and downs.
Thinking… I need to start saving money
Feeling… like my head might explode
Hoping (for)… that the girls and Matt have a good year in school
Listening (to)… football
Celebrating… little man being 3 months old
Smelling… stinky .. we don’t have central air so it has been super hot … this fall weather is much appreciated.
Thanking… God for the life I have been given
Considering… how to save money … and getting a job.
Starting… to eat healthy and work out again
Finishing… this blog post!!


Day 3 … Summer Favorites

Day 3 … Summer Favorites

So I have to say that this summer flew by.  It probably didn’t help that I had a baby the week after the girls got out of school, so things have just flown by for me.

Some of my summer favorites:

  • Watching the girls play ball.  I was really bummed this year because I couldn’t help coach, however, it was fun to be able to sit back and enjoy the games and really focus on them and what they could improve on.
  • Trevor – Of course, my precious baby boy.  He was born this summer and is 3 months old and time has just been flying by.
  • New friends and parties – we have made quite a few new friends through our softball board and hanging out and getting to know them has been such a blessing.
  • Swimming – Brooke has learned how to swim this summer.  She is not so great above the water but doing awesome under water … and I’ll take it 🙂

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What were some of your summer favorites?


Day 2 … September Goals

Day 2 … September Goals

As a teenager, I always set goals for myself.  I would write things down and really get a handle on what exactly I wanted to accomplish and in how much time.  The older I have gotten, the more goals have slipped through the cracks.  I have a husband, a dog, and 3 kiddos to take care, most days the last thing on my mind is what I want to achieve in the next coming month.


Today, I am changing that mind-set.  I am setting goals and getting myself a step in the right direction.


  1. Start working out and eating right – I fell of this wagon a long time ago and then got pregnant so working out and eating right has not been on my mind lately.  I am ready to get back on track and get this momma back in shape.  I have also been looking into healthier options for the girls too.
  2. Start saving – This is something we don’t do.  We have 0% saved back for anything, the girls have a small college fund but other than that we have zip.  I know that it is important for our future so I want to start saving some money this month.
  3. itWorks – I started itWorks last month and have been in a little rut and not really working the business the way I should be.  This month I am going to get back on track and work the business the way it should be.
  4. Cherish time – so many things for me get passed in a day and before I know I am wishing that I would have done more.  I am wishing that I would have said yes to the girls one more time. I am wishing that I would do something they asked me to do with them.  Our time is precious here on Earth and I really need to start making the most of the time I have with my kiddos and enjoying it more.
  5. Unplug – lets face it  … it’s 2016 and everyone is glued to their phone.  If you say you aren’t you are a liar.  I want to unplug more and be with the kiddos more. (see #4).
  6. Date nights – Matt and I hardly ever get to go on date nights and it is one thing I want to start doing more of.  It is very important for any marriage to take the time for yourselves away from your kiddos.  We don’t do this enough.  It doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, we can go on a hike or just a drive, etc.

What are your goals for this month?


Blog-tember … who am I?

Blog-tember … who am I?

OK so I can’t remember if it was last year or two years ago, but I joined Bailey Jean in her blog-tember challenge and I am so excited to be joining her again this year.

If you would like to participate or see what it is all about you can check out her blog here or find a complete list of topics here.

I just recently saw this so I have to admit that I was unprepared and will be doing this on the fly each day, I mean who has time to get blog post ready with a 3 month old??  I went to Bailey Jean’s page today and totally stole her idea but here goes:


  1. Coffee or tea? Hot chocolate … tea and coffee are gross
  2. Black and white or color?  oo this is a tough one for me.  I love being able to see expression through color, however, I love having an untold story with black and white and the colors and story can be whatever you want.
  3. Drawings or paintings?  tough one again … I have huge respect for both because I can’t do either.
  4. Dresses or skirts? neither!
  5. Books or movies?  Books. I still watch the movies but 99% of the time I will take the book over the movie any day
  6. Pepsi or Coke? Coke
  7. Chinese or Italian? Italian hands down
  8. Early bird or night owl?  Night owl
  9. Chocolate or vanilla?  depends on what it is but I am going to say vanilla.
  10. Introvert or extrovert?  Extrovert
  11. Hugs or kisses? Both
  12. Hunting or fishing?  Fishing
  13. Winter or summer? Winter, I hate the heat
  14. Spring or fall?  This is another tough one.  I love spring because of the rain.  However, I would ultimately have to say that the fall chilly weather and bonfires steal my heart!
  15. Rural or urban? hmm I think a little of both
  16.  PC or Mac?  PC because I’ve never owned a MAC
  17. Tan or pale? Pale .. just ask my family
  18. Cake or pie?  Not a huge fan of either but if I had to choose CAKE
  19. Ice cream or yogurt?  Ice Cream
  20. Ketchup or mustard?  Love them both but choosing one would be ketchup, I use it more.
  21. Sweet pickles or dill pickles?  Neither …. I HATE pickles!
  22. Comedy or mystery? I like both.
  23. Boots or sandals?  hmmm  I would say sandals only because I have huge legs that makes for finding boots that fit very difficult.
  24. Silver or gold? Silver
  25. Jazz or classical? I don’t listen to either
  26. Dancing or singing?  Dancing while singing.  The girls and I have dancing/singing parties all the time.
  27. Checkers or chess? Checkers
  28. Board games or video games? Board games.
  29. Wine or beer?  Wine
  30. Freckles or dimples?  I have dimples my hubby has freckles so I will say both 😉
  31. Honey mustard or BBQ sauce?  BBQ sauce
  32. Body weight exercises or lifting weights?  A mixture
  33. Baseball or basketball?  super easy one BASEBALL 100%
  34. Crossword puzzles or sudoku? Either one, love them both
  35. Facial hair or clean shaven?  Facial hair!
  36. Crushed ice or cubed ice?  Crushed is the way to go
  37. Skiing or snowboarding?  I have never done either one but I would probably be better at skiing.
  38. Smile or game face?  Smile
  39. Bracelet or necklace? Necklace
  40. Fruit or vegetables?  Fruit
  41. Sausage or bacon?  Bacon
  42. Scrambled or fried? Scrambled
  43. Dark chocolate or white chocolate? White chocolate.  Dark chocolate is too bitter for me.
  44. Tattoos or piercings?  Tattoos
  45. Antique or brand new?  Antique
  46. Dress up or dress down? Dress down
  47. Cowboys or aliens?  Cowboys
  48. Cats or dogs? Dogs
  49. Pancakes or waffles?  Pancakes
  50. Bond or Bourne? Never seen either one of these movies 🙁
  51. Sci-Fi or fantasy? Not a huge fan of either
  52. Numbers or letters?  Letters, they are more fun
  53. Star Wars or Star Trek?  Again … never seen either
  54. Fair or theme park? Fair
  55. Money or fame? Money
  56. Washing dishes or doing laundry? Laundry.  Both are never-ending tasks but I would definitely choose laundry over dishes any day
  57. Snakes or sharks? ummm neither
  58. Orange juice or apple juice? orange
  59. Sunrise or sunset? 100% cannot chose between the two.  I have seen both be the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.
  60. Slacker or over-achiever? Over-achiever
  61. Pen or pencil?  Pen
  62. Peanut butter or jelly?  Peanut butter
  63. Grammys or Oscars?  Grammys
  64. Detailed or abstract? Detailed
  65. Multiple choice questions or essay questions? Essays
  66. Adventurous or cautious? Adventurous … but as I am getting older and have had my kids I have become a little more on the cautious side.
  67. Saver or spender? Spender … just ask Matt
  68. Glasses or contacts? glasses
  69. Laptop or desktop?Laptop
  70. Classic or modern? Classic
  71. Personal chef or personal fitness trainer? hmm both please but if I had to choose chef … I hate to cook.
  72. Internet or cell phone? Don’t these two go together??
  73. Call or text? Text
  74. Curly hair or straight hair? Curly … and frizzy
  75. Shower in the morning or shower in the evening? In the evening
  76. Spicy or mild? Mild
  77. Marvel or DC? don’t kill my but a comic is a comic.
  78. Paying a mortgage or paying rent? mortgage
  79. Sky dive or bungee jump? BOTH!!  I am dying to do both
  80. Oreos or Chips Ahoy? Chips Ahoy
  81. Jello or pudding? Not a fan of either but I do like Vanilla pudding so I guess pudding
  82. Truth or dare? dare
  83. Roller coaster or Ferris wheel? BOTH!
  84. Leather or denim?  Denim
  85. Stripes or solids? Stripes and solids. I am boring.
  86. Bagels or muffins? Muffins
  87. Whole wheat or white? White
  88. Beads or pearls? pearls … I am an old soul.
  89. Hardwood or carpet? Hardwood
  90. Bright colors or neutral tones? Neutral
  91. Be older than you are or younger than you are? um not sure on this one.  I like where I am now, don’t want to go back to the past, it has made me who I am but don’t want to go to the future for life is short already.
  92. Raisins or nuts? Nuts
  93. Picnic or nice restaurant? Picnic
  94. Black leather or brown leather? Brown
  95. Long hair or short hair? Long. Although I always seem to want it short, but as soon as I cut it I regret it.
  96. “Ready, aim, fire” or “Ready, fire, aim”? Ready, aim, fire
  97. Fiction or non-fiction? BOTH .. love to read anything
  98. Smoking or non-smoking? Non … can’t stand it!
  99. Think before you talk or talk before you think? Think before you talk … although sometimes it winds up being the other.
  100. Asking questions or answering questions? Answering questions.

PHEW!! That was fun.  Tell me about you!


Blogtember – My Bag

This is such a fun post and I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever done one of these post.

Today is day 15 of Blogtember – My bag is what we will be sharing:

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One thing I can tell you for sure is that I am an organized purse girl.  I don’t have those dividers or anything in my purse, however, it is always organized and I know where everything is.

Here is what you can find in my purse:

  • fold up organizer that has a pocket for coupons and paper for grocery list or notes
  • my wallet
  • coupon book where they are all organized by expiration dates
  • the black with white dots holds my checkbooks
  • pink polka dot bag is for misc. things (hair ties, lip gloss, tissues, advil, bandaids, mints, etc.)
  • keys
  • lotion
  • pens/pencils/markers/crayons .. I have little ones and there are always random things in there as well
  • my cell phone
  • usually you can find a book.  I didn’t picture one because it changes frequently.  Whenever I go somewhere I always throw my book in there.
  • black/teal bands that say Never Give Up on them.  We are selling these for Kendall’s March of Dimes team so they are currently in my bag until we sell out!

What is in your bag?


Blogtember – Books

Ok so I know I didn’t blog yesterday but the topic was make a collage of your season and I honestly felt like it was the same thing as my favorite season.  We are in fall now, the weather is cooling, and all my favorite things are happening ….. so I just decided to skip yesterday instead of repeating what I said a few days ago.

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Today is day 14 of Blogtember – Books is the topic and one of my favorites it is!!  I have mentioned several times that I hated reading as a kid, however, as I have gotten older I have grown to love reading.  Here are my top 5 that I would read over and over again:

  1. The Bible – Each time I pick up the Bible I learn something new that I was unaware of the first time or either time reading it.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird – Out of all the books and things we read in school this is my all time favorite.  I absolutely love this book … everything about it.  I have yet to read the new one so no spoilers please ;).
  3. The Outsiders – Matt introduced me to this book and it is such a good book that I can do read over and over.
  4. Love, Skip, Jump – I absolutely loved this book and that woman’s heart!  I love giving and this book spoke right to my heart.
  5.  Number 5 has to go to all the other books I have ever read.  Whether I have hated the book or loved the book, each book I have ever read has spoken to me in some way.  It has given me a different perspective to live in many different ways.  I can’t say that I have honestly changed after reading each book, but I have gained knowledge from each and every book I have ever read.

What are your favorite books?


Blogtember – Currently

ok so today’s topics is one of my favorite. Today is day 12 of Blogtember – Currently is the post.

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Reading… A Sacred Marriage
Playing… baseball and the girls are playing soccer
Watching… too many shows but our favorite on right now is So You Think You Can Dance and Ink Master
Trying… to get back to healthy eating
Cooking… haha this one is funny.  I don’t really cook Matt does
Eating… really crappy food.  Time to start eating healthier again.
Drinking… water
Calling… no one.  I hardly ever call anyone anymore
Texting… all the softball people to see who is going to show up
Pinning… clothes and DIY projects
Tweeting… all these blog posts for Blogtember 😉
Going… to soccer games and the Reds game today
Loving… this fall weather
Hating… the girls growing up … seriously can time just stop!!
Discovering… I wish that I could paint or draw.
Thinking… about writing a book
Feeling… like I am getting old
Hoping (for)… something really good to happen to our family (in the works and hoping everything goes as planned.
Listening (to)… Whatever Matt has in the car or the girls talking.
Celebrating… the Reds victory today  x2
Smelling… the girls new body wash they brought me to smell
Ordering… some Christmas gifts.
Thanking… God … for all that he has blessed me with and continues to bless me with.
Considering… what we would do if these things go through ;).  Amazing things would be happening for our family.
Starting… to realize it is almost time to go back to reality.
Finishing… my next book for Collaboreads this month 🙂

What are you currently up to?


Blogtember – Friday Night In

Welcome to day 11 of Blogtember – Friday Night In

I have to say our Fridays are usually spent by going to the bank, the post office, to eat at Taco Bell, and then playing softball games so a Friday night not doing those events would probably go something like this:

After Matt got off we would still have to do our normal errands.  We would then be found watching a movie, either a family movie with all 4 of us or a date night movie while we put something else on for the girls upstairs or took them to one of our parents houses.


Then we would sit out by the fire with a glass of Stella Mia wine and making s’mores.  I mean you can’t have a campfire without the s’mores right?


Then we would come in and crash early.  We usually stay up until about midnight, however, lately we have been crashing a little early and for a night with nothing to do but sit outside by the fire and watch a movie we would probably be crashing super early.

What would you do on a Friday night in?