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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Life Changing Event

So, I haven't blogged in awhile.  Things have taken a decided turn for the negative.  I've tried my hardest to overcome my food addiction, and I fail.  I fail every day( I feel).  And now I have to do what I hoped I'd never have to do again....
Inject insulin.

There's my pen.
I have to inject myself every night before bed.  Not as bad as I remember it being.  Kind of expensive though.  It just seems that all my hard work is for naught.
I feel like I failed.
The truth is that I didn't fail, my body did.  All the time I told myself that a little cheating was OK, caused this.  I may or may not have been born this way, but I definitely made it worse with my sweet tooth.
There are lots of things I wish I could do over in life, this is most definitely one of them.
They say that this type of diabetes is hereditary.  I hope my children never have to go through any of this.  I would never wish diabetes on my worst enemy.
I wonder if I had lived my life a lot differently would I be well?
Would I always have this disease that will probably end my life?

All I know, is that I went to the movies today...and I cheated...a lot.
as usual...
but the movie was awesome.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Color-Coded Family

How do you keep your life organized?
How does anyone keep stuff under control?
In today's society we have the urge to have and have and have.  We buy so much stuff that it almost seems frivolous at times.  Even without buying stuff all the time with a family of 5 it's hard to keep every body's stuff straight.  So I can up with a brilliant(I think)idea. 
I color coded everyone.
My husband is blue
I am pink
Reilly is yellow
Cristian is green
And Max is now red.
It actually works out because there are (as of now) our favorite colors.  Max didn't have a color until today.  He loves Disney Cars so much, that I decided red was the way to go.  It as between that and brown, and I really didn't like the idea for my baby.  Besides do they even sell brown toothbrushes?  Probably not.
Easy rack to hang them on too.
So, this color coding thing started with bath towels.  when I moved in with my now husband, I would go to take a shower and all the towels would be gone. Where did they go you ask?  Directly from the bodies to the floors of the children.  So days later I would find a wadded mildew mess of towel in each of their rooms.  Hence, the towel assignments.  This led to other things...toothbrushes, drinking glasses, anything that I can find that we all have to have one of is "our" color.  This truly cuts down on the confusion and misplacement of things.  So now when I get the "Mom, I can't find my towel!" Coming out of the bathroom, I say, "well, did you leave it on the floor of your room?"  Usually I get an "Oh man, can you get it for me mom? Pleeeeaaaasssee?"
Sometimes I do.
See the glasses?  The kids have to use their color, but as grown-ups, we can use whatever we want.  It works out pretty well for us.  I can imagine it would work equally as well for people with larger families than mine.  try it, you just might like it!  :D

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thrify vs. Cheap

I wish I had a money tree!
I'm going to come right out and say it.  I'm cheap.  Thrifty doesn't even begin to cover it.  I pretty much buy all my groceries at Aldi's.  If they don't have it, I don't need it.  I can go to the store and feed my family on less than $50 a week.  I know!  I buy almost all the kids clothes at the Goodwill and Mission Mart and Salvation Army Store.  Sometimes(if I'm lucky) I get stuff for myself too,  I can't justify spending regular price for stuff because I don't have to.  And, if you think about it, the clothes you get from the second hand stores are exactly what they re going to look like after you wash them, because they were already washed in the first place! Genius right? 
 I've been shopping this way for so long that I have a hard time buying something new.  Not just clothes, but everything.  If I can save myself some money, then why not do it?  I keep reading these sites that tell you good ways to save money(yay!) and when I click on them just just tell me to do what I am already doing!  Tell me, how is that supposed to help me?  I have the most basic cable plan, channels 2-22 and Internet.  Cut down your cell phone bill!  We split 700 minutes between 3 phones and we don't have any phone Internet!  We do have two car payments, but with our schedules it really is a necessity to have 2 cars.  Other than the car payments we have no other really outstanding debt!  Just normal monthly bills!  I really wish some of these financial analysts could tell me real ways to save, because I'm already a cheap bastard! lol  I guess I'll just keep plugging along and doing what I do, so someday I'll come out ahead right?  Maybe I'll just start making my own!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Now where do I keep the Mugs?

Mug Holder Re-Do
I got a little creative on my own today also.  I got my inspiration from this blog, Lil Blue Boo.  She makes it awesome with her vinyl cutter...alas I do not have one, so I had to make do with stickers!  They turned out awesome regardless!!

Here's what you need

Mug Holder
Spray paint in color you like
and clear varnish
Some free time:)

First of all I'd like to say that these mug holders were a score at 50 cents for one and a dollar for the other.  Then I had to get the stickers($3.99).  They were the most expensive part.  I actually already had the paint. 

First I sanded the holders.  That was the hard part.  All those funny angles and crevices.  (Don't skip this part, it really makes it better)  Thanks to my DH for the sanding advice.  He knows more about that stuff than I do.  Then I painted, and painted, and painted...and painted.   With spray paint it is best to put lots of light coats on it.  So needless to say I actually started these last night.  Follow the directions on the paint cans for the best results.  Don't they look pretty?  Thanks lil blue boo!  :D

One for Reilly and one for her friend Frankie's Birthday!

Monogram Wall Art Gift for a Bestie

Today I got crafty with my daughter.  It is her bestie's birthday party today and we decided to make her something for her brithday!  I had these 8x10 canvases from a room decoration from awhile ago, and I saw this idea on Pinterest.  But, I wanted a more kid friendly version so I came up with the idea for this one.  Her bestie's name is Morgan, and
she love, love loves pink. So this is perfect for her.  Ry and I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday(I know. I love it there too) and I let her pick out a wooden letter.  These were perfect size and very pretty.  (And only a $1.99)  She got to also pick out the shade of pink that she wanted to use(for $0.67).  So the whole thing cost under $3!!  I should've taken pics of her painting it, but my house is a disaster, soooo, nope.  She picked the fabric too, from my scraps stash.  She loved being able to help/make this herself, and it will be the perfect thing for her friend.  We got her a R too, so she can make her own for her rainbow room.  Not today though...theyre's only so much 9 yr old crafting that I can handle for one day.  Thanks for reading!