Christmas Eve 2015

I went to bed last night with the thought that I would sleep in and wake up refreshed.. Well of course just like normal my body had other options. 5 am and I am laying in bed wide awake thinking about the food that I need to start making. So I thought today would be a great day to share what I am going to once again attempt at making. So today I will be making ham pinwheels that are baked and the covered in some kind of mustered honey sauce with poppi seed..  then I will make a couple different kinds of meatballs. One is a chili sauce and grape jelly.. I have never made that so I thought it would be a good recipe to try. Then little smokes wrapped in bacon and last but never least some teriyaki wings.

When it comes to food my life has been about trying new recipes I find on Pinterest most fail and I should really right a post about all the Pinterest fails I have had. I might make some of you laugh.

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies – I used the bottom recipe – which is a stick of butter and a cup of brown sugar

Ham and Swiss Roll Ups  – I went to this site and followed there directions.

Meatballs with chili sauce and grape Jelly – I only used the Chili sauce and grape jelly proportion ratio off this site.

Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Salad  – This is my version of it. I would have to say it looks very very yummy, but who am I to judge this is my all time favorite thing to eat. I could just say it went bad and eat it now.. But I will be a good girl and not do that. 12435310_10206741902038425_406521483_o (1)

So here are some of the recipes that I will follow today.  Hope you enjoy cooking.. and I hope that each and everyone of you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed, fantastic New Year…. See you all in 2016.

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Wood Stain and H2O Does Not Play Well Together..

I have been busy working away in the garage now that the weather is slowly cooling down and its not 150 degrees in the garage.  With Christmas quickly approaching and my first ever craft fair. I have been searching and searching Pinterest to find that perfect project to start working on. I came across this blog about wood word blocks and I got a idea… Yeah that doesn’t look so hard I can totally do this.. So here is the link…

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I think though well I could do a couple at a time , I cut all my pieces like the website said and did a couple different ones on my own.. Being creative with my cuts..

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Since I decided to do a 3 different once I pulled out my favorite stain.. During this time I realized that I didn’t have so much stain left so I thought (“if I add water to paint it thins it out and I get a little more paint, not as dark but it still works, so I thought if add water to the stain then it would thin it out and I would get more stain- Right.. Wrong!!!!”)

 

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What you don’t see is that awful oil spill looking stain that is now floating on top of that water because it did NOT mix… Oh what a mess did this make… So I thought I can’t let all this go to waste so I tried to use it..

It was so awful.. It was such a mess and since I couldn’t get it to mix the wood only stained where the stain touched. So half the wood got stained while to other half just got wet..

I worked and worked and worked to try and get my wood to stain. Finally after about 3 hrs of flipping wood I got just enough on the wood to be happy with it.. But it was such a waste of my day and my stain..

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They are not as dark as what I was hopping for but at least I was able to get it done and not waste the little bit of stain that I had.. Next time I will go back to the normal way of staining and wipe them down.

 

 

 

Over all I learned some great valuable lessons.. Do not in anyway shape or form mix water and stain together thinking that it will thin out.. WRONG!!!! All it does is make a oil slick of stain…  Now on to making my word blocks..

Journey Continues

The Journey of weight loss is something that I think I will always be on. No matter how big or how small I am I will continue to work on my weight. Its the one thing I know I will always struggle with. God has given people such great talent to create and make great food that it makes it so hard to say no. But I have learned that it is possible. The only problem I have ran in to is when I do say No I think about it and I think about I think about what it could taste like or what the deliciousness is in my mouth and I do get a little sad or feel a little deprived but that only last a minute and then all of that is gone and I move on. Because for me I think about that is so many calories that are not going into my body.

I am as of today down 6lbs, I was down 10 lbs but I went on a mini vacation and took my kids to Great wolf Lodge and well ate some good pizza and tacos so I gained a couple pounds back. But for me that okay – because I know starting tomorrow I will get back on that horse and do it again and every time I have a day that I fall off I will do I again and again. Nothing is going to stop me from trying to loose the extra weight I carry and I will always fight for the body I want.

So today I will say no to large portions and high fat foods and TODAY I will fight for the “Holy Hell You Got Hot” moment…

?????? Is will you join me in this moment??????

The Journey Starts Today

The Journey starts today – Well its started yesterday but I lost track of time yesterday and didn’t have time to write….So………

I have decided to start a life changing journey.. I am a plus size girl – for honestly all of my life. There has never been a time in my life that I could remember not being a big girl. I have yoyoed so much in my life that I am sick of it. I am sick of having a box of skinny jeans and then when I get to that point having a box of fat jeans.. I’m done with that. So today is the day I decide to change my life. I will not be the girl that can’t fit into anything or has to shop at the plus size area because the other sizes don’t fit.. But for me I’m not going to get surgery.. Have I thought about it.. Yes, would it be something that I would consider doing yes. But I am also a ER nurse so I see all the complications that one in from it. People that have had the surgery say that they didn’t take the easy way out and it was hard, but my opinion is it is the easy way out. Instead of your body naturally shrinking your stomach from not eating so much or eating healthier you chose to have your stomach stapled or cut or cinched like a rubber band. But I am in no place to judge someone and if thats what they need to get on the right track and to be a healthy then so be it.

So For Me Today I start my journey.. There is so many Diet options out there how can you pick or know which one to pick but for me I have done so many I wanted to pick one that was a hole life style change. Something that I know I can pick and stick too.. Each one has so many great benefits – 1. Low carb, its a fast weight loss option but its not the best on my body. I have pains in places that I have not ever had pains. But some other things like my gas issue goes away 2. Weight watchers – Low fat, is more of a life style change as it teaches you portion control due to the point system. I hate hate hate counting points but I love the I have no points left to eat anything else today. So each one has great advantages to it.

Another thing we should talk about is weighing, when do you weigh? Are you a first thing in the morning weigh-er or are you a right before bed weigh-er? and why if you weigh your self right before bed you end up weighing more? It makes no since to me.. It makes no since why but for some reason it does make since..

For me Pinterest has been my friend.. Honestly when has Pinterest not been there for anything I am researching and it always gives me so many great options and advice..  There is so many diet ideas and topics that no matter what you are looking for I can guarantee that you can find it on Pinterest.

This is NOT going to happen over night and I may not always do the right thing or to eat the right food but maybe just maybe one day I will look back and know that I did it.. I got to the weight that I would love to be..and that moment in my life will be one of the top 5 best days of our life. So in the meantime I will keep you all updated and when that day comes trust me I will have pictures to share….

So in looking for some new recipes to go with my new journey I have found some great quotes.. So I hope you find them helpful in your journey.

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What is the best advice that you can give to a plus size girl like me.. 

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I know its awful, But that’s why I have decided to once again jump on the wagon and try again.

A Rough Spot In Life

First off let me tell you that life sometimes is rough, not just a little rough where your just having a bad day… But a I don’t want to be a adult rough… I’m not saying that my life is rougher then someone else, we just have different life situations and everyone interprets their roughness differently. Some feel that a death of a loved one is rough while some feel that it is a catastrophic event. Another example is some people wake up have find they are out of coffee or their favorite creamer they say that’s rough.. Where some just shrug their shoulders and leave 15 min earlier to stop at a coffee place. Everyone interprets things that happen in their life differently and everyone calls it something. Heck I have even called things that have happened in my life all sorts of things.. But right now I’m calling it a rough patch.

So lets talk about life situations that you think you want to happen…. So what makes us want something so bad, what makes the item you are after consume your whole body and thought process. Does this happen to everyone? Do you wake up thinking about it.. Going to bed thinking about it. Analyzing it to make sure that this is what you want… and then coming to the conclusion that you are okay with what ever happens..  Then when you find out that you don’t get it…. You feel empty and kinda lost.. Like what now…. How do you continue in the same spot when people look at you like a failure cause you didn’t get it.. Or maybe they don’t look at you like that at all, Maybe that’s how you look at your self..

Do you stand their and look in the mirror saying I’m a amazing _____( fill the blank in with what works for you, such as friend, mom, lady, man, dad,, mechanic, attorney,  nurse, teacher, coworker, excetera excetera)  but I’m a failure for not getting what I was after. So you try to continue on.. You try to understand what has happened and you try to move and and keep going.. Cause through it all, even with the failure you find that this isn’t going to stop you.. That you are a strong person and that it might look at a failure right now but it some how, and some way will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. So here are some of the best quotes that I have found for the night, for some reason these really hit home and touched my heart… I know I can’t really explain it and I wish that I could explain it to you all but for some reason I can’t explain it.

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The MOST important thing that you need to remember when you are going through a rough patch is to be GRATEFUL.  No matter how rough the situation is or how much of a failure I think I am for not getting what I was after, I am still grateful and blessed with what I have and the things I do have going for me. Something I feel people forget about and I feel its a very important thing to remember.

I just have those moments in my life and in my head is what I am doing enough. Do the people around me still think that I’m doing a great job.. Not that I need a pat on the back or anything like that but it would be great to know that I do a great job in moments when you feel like a failure. All I know is that if I was a different person I would handle this situation a little different and be a little kinder to the ones who you make feel like a failure.

All I do know is I hate feeling like this.. I hate felling like I’m a failure, I hate feeling like I am not doing good enough and that it I’m just a sitting time bomb before they take what I have worked so hard for to this point in my life away. I pray that anyone reading this never feels this way and that if by chance you have a rough spot in your life that God shows you why he is haven’t you go through this quicker then he is showing me.

Words I need to remember

” Even if you feel like a failure now..

God has a reason for not giving you what you where after,

and remember to be Grateful for what you do have”

(Lori G)

Making a Pallet Bench DIY

OMG! So I started this kick of making things.. I have found a true joy in making things with my hands. I love looking at things that people have made and doing my own spin on it, or taking 2 and put them into one.. You know I like it but I don’t love it concept.. So I take the “what I love” from this project and that project and then make my own.

With that said.. Here are some projects that I have been working on..

Project 1 my biggest project to date.. I made a pallet bench.. 20150629_124815

So of coarse all of my stuff pretty much comes off of Pinterest or Etsy..  So here is the line where I found the basic DIY plans for making my pallet Bench  ->>>> Pallet Bench. 

My DIY Pallet Bench plans was to take pictures as I go and show you step by step on how to make it, the errors I learned and things I would so do differently next time…. But I was so excited to make it that I forgot to take pictures. oh well, I will do it with the next one I make.

So the other day I thought it was time to part with it and sell it so I decided to stain it. 11756846_10205832460262949_1425188639_o So here it is stained and ready to go into someone yard. If I had to do over, I don’t think I would stain it.. I think I would just do a clear protective coat on it and then leave it natural color.

Then the thought came up is well how much do I sell this beautiful pallet bench for.. I had no clue.. I researched some others that I have seen made and I think because I will not ship it.. ( unless someone wants to pay for it shipped) I will sell this beautiful bench for $100.00 – Now its time to wait and see if this is something someone would love to own in there yard..

Stay at Home Mom VS Work

I always wanted to be a stay at home mom, my hole life that is what I always dreamed about. Being a mom and to top it off being a stay a home mom. Then I had my first kid – I thought sure I can do this, my sweet husband wanted to give me every chance to fulfill what I thought was my life dream of being a stay at home mom. I was in love with my husband even more at this moment in our life, just because he tried to give me my dream. We where able to do this for about  year and I was so bored – yes I loved my new little bundle of joy and watching him grow up the first year was great. But I had no friends that lived close and my husband worked nights and for me I felt so alone. I tried doing mommy and me activities and MOPS to get involved with other moms but it was not for me. Its hard to connect to a bunch of moms whose lives seem so perfect and who drive nice expensive cars, everyone was super nice but I felt that I had nothing and I mean nothing in common with them, so I stopped going..  So I got to the point that I was so depressed with life and so lonely that I decided to go back to work, adult conversations and interaction with people again I was so ready…..

Its amazing how you think one thing or that what you think you want but when you actually get to do it like be a stay at home mom you find out its not all that’s cracked up to be.. so for me I was ready to go back to work!

Then we had our daughter, we got so use to the money from me working that then there was no way I could be a stay a home mom, so back to work I went very quickly after having her, and at the time I was okay with that. Looking back at my life I wish I would have given my daughter a little more mom and me time before going back to work.

8 years later we are now at the present day, I work a full time job and take about 30hrs of call time on my days off. I work 3 12 hr shifts and work every other weekend.  We have gotten so wrapped up in life that I think there are times we forget about what is important. If money wasn’t a option I would love to be that stay at home mom that I use to long to be or not longed to be depending on the day way way back when.

I look at stay at home moms now and I can’t help but be jealous. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MY JOB.. I love what I do and the people I get to help everyday. But there are times where I would give anything to just be a stay at home mom again and be able to have time off with my kids and do all the fun craft stuff that I love to do…..  To be able to have weekends, holidays weekdays off it would be amazing. But then there is the money aspect of life and for our family that just isn’t possible.

To see the moms be room parents and help at the school and to be the mom that has all the fun treats, I want that more and more. As I know my kids are getting older and that in the not so near future they will not want me to be all that involved in there life. But I also know that we have made a life using both of our incomes to live and that being a stay at home mom is in no way shape or for a option.

So I work, I love my work, I love everything about it and I couldn’t ever see my self in a different area then where I do work. To me I dreamed of being a ER nurse and every aspect of this job I love. but there are things like any other job that I would love to change… I work every other weekend and every other holiday and I get to see my kids face through pictures that my husband post on Facebook during my lunch break. It tares my heart to know that I have to miss moments in there life but that’s what happens when you are a nurse. People don’t stop getting sick – just because its a holiday. We are open 24 hrs a day 7 days a week, missing my family is a price we pay for being a nurse and caring for people. So the next time you go to a ER you start seeing a nurse getting yelled at because we are not fast enough for you – or we don’t get you back to see a doctor soon enough, remember this…. If it wasn’t for nurses LOVING WHAT WE DO and giving up time with there family you wouldn’t be able to be seen at all and the 30 min wait you just had would be more like 48hrs until Monday when the office opens.  We are here to care for you and do our best to make you feel better – we however are not here to be your punching bag of insults and rudeness…  Because trust me – we all would love to be with our families during holidays and birthdays and weekends then to be at work taking care of rude people…. My point to this is to have compassion and kindness in your heart when you come to get help…. Trust us we know you don’t feel good and you think that your emergency is more important then the person in front of you and we will do our best to make sure that we give you the same urgency and care that we gave the person in front of you, but just remember you don’t truly know the whole story to the person right in front of you. There are reasons why we bring people back first and its not because we like them more, its because we feel they might need a little more help then some of the others that walk in, but trust me on one thing… No matter where you walk in we will do our best to get to you ASAP.

But enough about my pitty pot soap box of the day.  Just think about the Soldiers who are on deployment who don’t get to have every other weekend off or every other holiday off – they don’t get any of that – they are lucky to be able to have Skype working long enough for it to connect and talk to there family.  They give up there lives for us – not just a weekend or a holiday they give up everyday when they are deployed. I at least get to go home and hug my kids and tell them how much I love them. They only get to hug there kids when and if they make it home. I am blessed by so many people who have chosen to give up there life to make mine better. Thank you to the Men and Women who have chosen to give up so much so I can still go home to my family tonight. I could never tell you THANK YOU ENOUGH…

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4th of July – Wood Sign

As most of you know I love most anything vintage or rustic looking. I have even fallen in love with some industrial items. One of the most fabulous things that I have learned about myself is that I defiantly love to make all of these things. So my friend Lacey and I decided that we where going to make some. Our first go at it together we decided to make a 4th of July sign.

20150602_214527   So here is the first sign we did.. I love it and I don’t think its to shabby.

I also decided that we should do one with white letters just to see which one I like better and while we worked on sign number 2 I thought I should share with you are adventure and DIY if you ever want to make one yourself. Also we have decided that we would be willing to sell them if you feel like buying it instead of making one. You can email me and I will get back with you ASAP…

Steps to make your own 4th of July Sign.

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Safety First – Gotta put on those safety classes.

 

 

20150602_215754 20150602_215722 Start with 3 pieces of wood (you may need to cut them to length. Hence the safety glasses)

 

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Then its time to screw the back on. One screw for each board – you want to make sure that the screws do NOT go through the front of the board sign.

 

20150602_220254Time to paint and write you words, after it all drys I sand it a little (in some spots a lot) so it looks distressed and not so new.  I got vinyl letters from walmart. Painted the boards all white put the vinyl letters on then painted over the letters with the correct color of the board. Once dried – time to peel off the vinyl letters.

 

20150602_220657Then its time to add some pretties – I got a bag of wood stars and painted them. The bag of stars came in 3 sizes. In this photo there is the large ( Red Star) and small star (Blue), I then sanded them too, so they looked a little rough.

 

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HERE IS THE FINAL RESULT…  LOVE LOVE LOVE How it turned out.. What do you think??

Industrial Bathroom Shelf

As you all know I have been working on making a industrial shelf for the bathroom. I have had some people ask me how much did it cost me to make this shelf, So I thought since I forgot to post it in Post 1 about making this shelf that I would include it in this post. So to make this shelf cost less then $20.00. It would have even cost less then $10.00 but I had to buy some items like goo gone and oil rubbed spray paint. My first post was about getting all those stupid sticky ooey gooey stickers off the pipes. Here is a picture of the stickers they put on the pipes.

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If you choose not to leave it the natural color you buy you can spray paint it, For me I wanted it a Oiled Rubbed Bronze color – so I first put it all together to make sure that all I had everything I needed.

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Then on to spray painting it – I hung a wire up between 2 post then just hung it on the wire – that way I could get to all sides of it and didn’t have to touch it. 20150518_174222

While it is drying I start on my boards – You want to cut or find 2 boards that you want to use. I was lucky enough that I found 2 boards the length I wanted in the cheep wood pile at Menards, they also had 1 side already sanded and ready to stain. I did however sand the underside of them, just to make them a little smoother and more appealing to the eye if you where to ever look at the underside of the shelf.  I chose the color Special Walnut for my boards.

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I like my wood dark but not to dark where it doesn’t let the light parts of the wood show through. Once it dries then I cut whole it in. I measured where the pipes where to where you want your wood shelf to sit. If I where to make this again, I do cut my holes first then stain. As I had to re-stain parts of the wood after I cut the holes in the wood.

Once everything dries it time to assemble –

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Once Everything is level and back together it is time to hang on the wall. Please don’t make fun of  the ugly wallpaper in my bathroom, as I am still working on removing all the wallpaper in the house and this is my last room I’m doing.   Here it is – The Finish product. My sweet husband thought I should take a picture of it with stuff on it so you get the full effect of the shelf..

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????  Got Questions ???? 

Leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Let me take a Selfie!

So I tent do be a photo junky, I love everything that  a photo represents. From the reason why you take a photo to the countless memories you have when you sit down and relook at photos. Sometime you have photos and you have no clue why you ever took that particular photo or what was crossing in your head when you did take that photo. Sometime I wish photos came with a instant thought captain that came across the back of it or something – something that triggered your memory on why you took this particular picture. Now photos with friends and relatives in them, well that’s a no brainer – but I also take pictures of other things, and there are time when I look at them later and wonder ” what did I ever find beautiful in this ?”  Well to each there own..

Lets talk about selfie – Selfie seem to be something that has exploded over the last couple of years.. When I was a kid I don’t remember it ever being like this. I remember how funny it was to try and take a so called “selfie” with the long skinny cameras and when you got your film developed it was half of a eye or the top quarter of your head cause you just had to guess on where the lens was to you. Now we have every thoughtable electronic with not only 1 camera on it but 2. One for you to take pictures of friends and family. And 1 of course for Selfies…

For me, I tend to love selfies – 1 because there kinda fun and 2 because I like to take pictures with my friends – who wants to be the person behind the camera – you want the memory of that photo with you in it too.. One of the things I have learned to love is my selfie stick. ( I know laugh now… ) I can’t help it – it was one of the funniest moments of my life when it came in the mail.. I decided in December of 2014 that I was going to buy my self a selfie stick…. This is the one I bought….    k2-_2e2d91d3-18e1-4d1b-84f2-047a6f435cb4_v2

So I get this selfie stick in the mail and I am so excited I take it out of the box and hook it up right then and there. MY Life as you know it changed.. LOL.. Okay so maybe not life altering but pretty close.. all of a sudden the world is so far.. I can now take pictures of me and my friends with out my face being so close to the screen.. I think Life is great.. Blue tooth – hit a button and poof 4 ft away and a beautiful picture arose…  20141201_082252(0) Oh yeah – that me trying to use this stupid stick.. My Friend Adrianne is just staring at me at this point as I fumble through the buttons trying to figure this out.. But then this happened..   20141201_082303   First photo great no problem… Then I decide to take a selfie with my selfie stick…  20141201_082416  That didn’t turn out the best… Then the giggles started.. I have a hard stopping when I get the giggles… The selfie stick experience was one of the funniest things I have ever used in my life.. 20141201_082329 20141201_082347

I only got to use it about 1 more time before the end fell out of it and it was garbage.. But for the $10-15 dollars that I paid for this selfie stick – The laughter that I had with it was so worth it. I do think I will buy another and I do wish that it was made better,,  But now a days things aren’t made to last.. Just the photos that we take are what makes the memories unforgettable.

The possibilities of the selfie stick are endless…..!!!!!!