Saturday, May 30, 2015

Morning or Night person?

Are you a morning or night person?|

I am going to say I am a little bit of both. You have to catch me on a great day to call me a night person. I have days where I feel like staying up late and just doing things, but then most days I love being in bed and going to sleep in between 11 and 12.

As for a morning person, I am going to say yes I am. The older I get the longer I would love to stay and sleep in, but I can get up and get ready and be out the door in 20 minutes if I need to.

So I am both...

What are you?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Strangest Food you have ever Eaten

I am going to say if I had to choose the strangest foods I have ever eaten that most people would think are strange it would be:

  • Alligator
  • Octopus
  • Squid
  • Eel

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ever break a bone?

I would like to say NO, but I have a broken nose. You would not know this if you look at me, but from what the allergy doctor told me once, it is broken. I never realized I broke it, but my allergies were out of control back in the day so I can see breaking it then. Weird if you ask me, but oh well...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free 8x8 photo book

I like getting stuff for free and in return I like giving away free coupons etc...

If you go to the link below you will go to, where if you have never used their site before you can get a free 8x8 photo memory book. All you have to do is pay for shipping...


Click HERE!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Describe yourself in 3 words

This is a hard one for me... but I would say:

~ Loving
~ Caring
~ Supportive

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Last Time you Cried

I do not cry often... I tend to hold things inside before letting them go and crying.

I would say the last time I cried was when my momma left to go home in April. I love having my family come into town, but I hate to see them leave. It sure does get me teared up! I always cry when my momma leaves.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Love of Nautical...

I don't know where I got my love of all things nautical, but I love lighthouses, sailboats, all things nautical. I have a sailboat in my bedroom above my bed and the title of it says Peace. It just seems so fitting. I have been to the ocean many times and I feel at peace each time. The ocean is just such a huge place and I find it interesting.

Now, don't get me wrong... I am not saying that I LOVE being on huge boats because I do not. I can not and will never do a Cruise. The thought of being out on the water with no land in sight scares me to death! I have been on a sailboat before, but I was able to see land and it was very peaceful!

One of my favorite movies is "The Guardian," with Kevin Costner. The last part of the movies says:

"There's a legend of a man who lives beneath the sea. He is a fisher of men. A last hope for all those who have been left behind. He is known as the Guardian." I love that movie. This is a great quote. There is so much mystery beneath the sea. We will never know all that is out there, but it is definitely interesting to me!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Favorite Sports Team

I am a Louisiana Southern Belle, so it is only natural for me to love my LSU Tigers and New Orlean Saints... These are definitely my 2 favorite teams. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Allergies are so miserable...

I went to an allergist once and had been tested for any allergies. They found out that I was allergic to cats and ragweeds. Well, if you don't know what ragweeds are... they are everywhere in Washington state.

Other than that I have not started allergy shots or anything like that. I take allergy meds when I need to and sometimes I can go months without taking anything. It flares up and goes away randomly so I just never know when it will start.

Allergies are definitely not fun and I wish I didn't have to deal with it, but I do so I just deal with it... I hope and pray most of you out there don't have to deal with all the crazy attacks that I get to deal with.

If you are allergic to anything, what are you allergic to?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Happy Birthday to my dear husband...

For the last couple of years, I have managed to book some really fun out of town trips for my husbands birthday. Last year, our friends Tom and Jenn went with us as we travelled to Long Beach and enjoyed a weekend staying on the beach. It was an amazing weekend and definitely one of my favorite out of town trips.

This year, we were going to go out of town for his birthday, but we decided to stay in town. We went to watch the Avengers at the IPIC theater in Redmond. Its the theater where you can sit in recliners if you pick the right seats and they serve you food there. It was amazing. The food was not the best I have ever had, but it was good. We spent the evening with friends after and had cake. Sunday we went to eat dinner at The Crab Pot for his actual birthday and it was just an all and all great weekend with my husband. I love our time together!

Planning his birthday's get more fun as the years go by!

Happy birthday to my dear husband. The man that has taught me so much in life as well as taught me to LOVE myself for the person I am. He has made me more confident in life and his love and devotion for me grows with each day. I hate being away from him and when I leave to go to work I dream about the second he gets home and I get to see my handsome husband's face. I have always dreamed about a love like this and he has made those dreams come true. He is a blessing from God and I love this man more than he will ever know!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Break The Chains 5k Walk

Today I walked, along with my best friend and her kiddos, in the 5K walk for Break the Chains, which is people again human trafficking. There were over 800 people registered. And I definitely feel like most of them were there. It was a great time and we enjoyed it. The kids did great!

Thanks to my gal Jenn for doing it with me.

Student Loan Nightmare...

If I could tell all NEW students one thing about financial aid before they got it with the college they are with it would be this:

~ When you get financial aid, each year that you file for financial aid, make sure you keep track of what company you get your loans through. Keep good track of it because at the end when you graduate and you have to start paying them back in 6 months it will be very confusing. They do not tell you that the loans are taken out with this company and then the next year with a different company.

By the end of my 2 years of college, I have around 10 different places that I owe money too. It makes it very confusing and VERY stressful. I pay for one monthly and then another one will go into default and when I call and ask why, they tell me its not the same as I am currently paying. So, I set up a repayment plan to get out of default and then another one goes into default. I am currently on track to be done with my last payment in June for the current payment plan to get out of default. Once that is done I can go onto a website and consolidate all of my loans so when I pay them it goes to all of them instead of just one here and one there.

Just keep your eyes open and make sure you keep all your paperwork. It will be a lot, but I regret not keeping all my paperwork.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Favorite Flower

I love many different flowers. I do not have many in my house because my husband and I are normally allergic to the floral scents... But if I had to choose one flower, my all time favorite would be an orchid! I think they are very unique and beautiful! 

 This was my husband's corsage when we got married. 
This was my bouquet when I got married to the love of my life! I loved it!!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mother's Day Continues...

I figured that mother's deserve more than one day... I wanted to spend a few days posting a few quotes about mother's. They are very special in their own way and I am blessed with mine :)
My momma has always been a super mom to me!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Continues...

I figured that mother's deserve more than one day... I wanted to spend a few days posting a few quotes about mother's. They are very special in their own way and I am blessed with mine :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sending Postcards to sick kiddos...

C and I are going to start a new traditions for a while... I found a website where you can send postcards to sick kiddos and I think its a great opportunity for C and I to do something and be able to make a sick kid smile at least for a few minutes. These kids have so much going on that if this can help even for a few minutes why not spend a few minutes preparing a post card.

If you would like to send postcards to sick kids as well please click here.

Mother's Day Continues...

I figured that mother's deserve more than one day... I wanted to spend a few days posting a few quotes about mother's. They are very special in their own way and I am blessed with mine :)

Mother's and Daughters become the closest, when daughters become mothers!
~ Boy is this the truth. I think this made my mom and I closer as well. Raising my daughter while calling my mom every time I had a question or needed something answered. It was amazing to have that support and love. It might have been a stupid question, but she never made me feel like it was. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

My plans...

After a lot of thinking and failed attempts, I have decided to keep my blog right here with blogger. I was given my own domain name which I set at and I was super excited to have my own website, but it would not let me do what I wanted it to do. In order to do what I wanted to do it was a lot more stress and work for me than having it done this way through blogger. And starting next year I would have to pay for my domain name which was over $100 and pay for the hosting site which was over $130. I have decided that the blogger option is best right now for me. I have all my blogs linked to my main site and it is the route I am sticking with. Not to mention I love everything google, so having it linked to google is awesome.

So, that being said... starting in June, I will be focusing on different things on different blogs I have. I will be doing a weekly devotional... I will be doing a throwback Thursday with pictures from my past.... I will be doing my weightloss journey (which has halted a little bit. I would like to say I have hit a bump, which I have but getting back has been a struggle.) I will be doing my project 365 which will be adding a picture a day for a year. This will be a challenge for me, but I am excited to see what I come up with. I might even let C help me a time or two. So, there are many changes coming and once I get past my MOPS meetings and have some time to think about things, I will post a more updated calendar of what my weeks will look like for my blogs.

I hope you are all doing well!

Happy Monday!

Mother's Day Continues....

I figured that mother's deserve more than one day... I wanted to spend a few days posting a few quotes about mother's. They are very special in their own way and I am blessed with mine :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Momma

This lady is the most amazing woman that I have ever met. I am blessed and thankful that I get to call her my momma. From the day I was born, she has loved me unconditionally. I have not always made life easy for her, but she has never stopped loving me. And to this day she is always with me. We don't live in the same state anymore, but this woman is with me everywhere I go. She is with me when I say ya'll. She is with me as I make my grocery shopping lists. She is with me as I sing and read stories to my baby girl. She is with me when the trees bloom and the flowers pop out. She is with me when I look in the mirror!!! She is with me when I am cooking or I am baking. I remember all the things she has done over the years for us. She is with me when I am making my favorite meals that she made for me growing up. She is with me when the Holiday's come around. I am just like her in so many ways. She will never realize how just alike we are. She is my mother.... She carried me around inside her belly for many many months. She was finally getting her baby girl and I was definitely a momma's girl. I might be 35 but I will forever be a momma's little girl. 

I have learned how to be a great mother from her. I have learned how to love with my whole heart and do it with the best intentions. I have learned how to cherish every moment God gives you and never take anything for granted. I have learned that life is short and you make the best out of any situation. We spent many nights making the best of the bad storms that rolled through Sulphur in the hallway of our childhood home. There were many memories made on the front porch swing that was at my childhood home... The memories make my heart full every time I remember something that happened growing up. 

To my amazing mother. Thank you for raising me with manners and with love. Thank you for teaching me all that I have gained over the many years I lived with you and dad. You are an amazing woman and I have always loved you more than words could ever say. You are my hero momma and I am so thankful God chose you to be my momma!

Have a wonderful Mother's day momma and I love you more!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 5

We did not do this exact basket, but we did the label... We filled her teacher's basket with orange stuff.. like Flip Flops, notepad, Tumbler, Margarita plastic glass, flowers, an orange antique bottle, an orange rag, and an orange basket :) It is super cool and it is my favorite basket!

I do hope that her teacher feels the love this week... if not from other kids, from my little girl!

National Day of Prayer Week

Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer Week

Today is the National Day of Prayer! Are you doing anything special on this day?

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 4

Today's gift is a popcorn bucket with a popcorn at the bottom to make in the bucket. I also added 3 additional popcorns, a box of reeses pieces (teachers favorite) and 5 Redbox codes as well as a $5 Starbucks coffee card and a courage key. C was super excited to bring her this gift today!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I AM...

Our MOPS group had our mother's day meeting last night and let me tell you it was AMAZING. My dear friend Rebecca was asked to speak for our meeting and it was a blessing to all the ladies that were able to attend. I wanted to write down how the evening went for those that were not able to make it. Hopefully they can be just as blessed.

The song that played at the beginning was pretty amazing as well. It was "The Real Me" by Natalie Grant. Here are the words in case you haven't heard the song yet:

Foolish heart looks like we're here again
Same old game of plastic smile
Don't let anybody in
Hiding my heartache, will this glass house break
How much will they take before I'm empty
Do I let it show, does anybody know?

But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I'm loosening my grasp
There's no need to mask my frailty
Cause you see the real me
Painted on, life is behind a mask
Self-inflicted circus clown
I'm tired of the song and dance
Living a charade, always on parade
What a mess I've made of my existence
But you love me even now
And still I see somehow
But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I'm loosening my grasp
There's no need to mask my frailty
Cause you see the real me
Wonderful, beautiful is what you see
When you look at me
You're turning the tattered fabric of my life into
A perfect tapestry
I just wanna be me
But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I'm loosening my grasp
There's no need to mask my frailty
Cause you see the real me
And you love me just as I am
Wonderful, beautiful is what you see
When you look at me

The goal is for you to be: FEARLESSLY AUTHENTIC

I am who I was created to be!

# 1 is I AM ME
I am me, because you are you! Your suppose to be YOU! You were created to be you and no one else. You have a story to tell. It doesn't define you at all.... Focusing on you is not SELFISH! Know what you can do and do it well! (If you haven't read the story of Ruth, it is highly suggested)

#2 is I am courageous. Your daily encounters do MATTER! God is greater and will put you in situations that you don't want to be in only to grow you later. Trust Him, because He has your back! Move on from the I am ME... grow!

#3 is I am a mom.
NOT just or but... I AM A MOM. It is a life changing job.

REAL life is NOT our social media life. Real life is waking up with NO makeup and encouraging yourself to get ready for the day. Real life is crying when you need to cry and realizing that is OKAY!

Your words MATTER!

Don't judge. Don't compare.

In order to change the I am, start thinking positive! To change the I am's, start declaring! ENCOURAGE each other.

She ended the evening with each of us grabbing a post card and writing our name on one side. On the other side we passed the card around and the ladies wrote words of affirmation about you. And then we were given a window marker and we were assigned homework. The homework was to write on your mirror at home 3 I am's each morning and then take a picture in front of it and post it on Facebook.

My picture is below... My daughter wanted to be in the picture of course. I asked her what I am this morning and she said 35. That is my number 1 I am. I wrote the next 2 for me. I will continue to do this daily... Its a great reminder that you are not just a mom, not just a daughter, not just a friend... you are you... and today I AM...

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 3

Today brought her teacher a Partylite Candle with this saying on it... Happy Teacher Appreciation Week..

National Day of Prayer Week

I genuinely love with my whole heart. It has definitely made for some rough/hard times in the past, but God is good. He walks with me and He is here for me and I feel his love daily!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

National Day of Prayer Week

There are so many things I am thankful for every day. It seems like the list is growing more and more each day and its amazing. I definitely feel blessed with the life I have been given from God and the path He has chosen me to take. I do not regret anything that has happened in the past... it has brought me to this place that I am in today and I am finally happy with where I am... 

Do you have a list of things you are thankful for each day?

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 2

This is what C brought her teacher today. We got an orange eos lip balm which is tangerine and then we added the teal label on the back. It is one of my favorite gifts so far :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week Day 1

C brought this to her teacher today for Day 1 of teacher appreciation week. We give 1 gift each day during this week. I will try to get pictures with her holding the gifts for the rest of the week :)

May the 4th be with you!

National Day of Prayer Week

This week on May 7th is National Day of Prayer. I have decided that this week I am going to post different bible verses that I just love. What are some of your favorite bible verses?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Essential Oils

I have started a collection of Essential Oils. I have used them a few times on different things and they seem to help.

MY FAVORITE one is cedarwood. It isn't my favorite scent, but I use it on my scalp where I feel I am losing my hair and what do you know... a few months after starting it I am noticing baby hairs are popping up. Makes me excited.

I have also used peppermint with being nauseated and it has definitely helped before. It also helps with my headaches sometimes. If they become a migraine, it is harder to get it to work, but the light ones it sure does help!

I currently have:

  • Stress Away
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Peace and Calming
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus Blue
  • Orange
  • Thieves
The ones I have on my wish list are:
  • I would really love a diffuser... but I also want an aroma USB diffuser and a USB orb diffuser
  • Purification Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Kidscents Oil Collection

Friday, May 1, 2015

Boston Marathon and my parent's...

April 15th, 2013 will be a day that I will never forget in my life. The events of that day will stay with me forever.

It is the day that my daddy ran in the Boston Marathon. In September of 2012, my parents came here to visit and while they were here we all went to Burlington for my dad to run a marathon in Washington state. I didn't know at the time, but if he did well enough he would qualify himself for the Boston Marathon the next year. It was an amazing experience to watch my dad finish his marathon here... he even did well enough that he qualified to run in the Boston Marathon.

So, mom and dad planned their trip up north and they flew out. I knew on April 15th when I got to work that my dad would have already started the run. I got to work and I pulled up the website where I could watch him run the race. There was a tracker that had a little man icon that was running and as dad got farther the man went farther on the tracker. It was awesome for us kids, who were watching his progress from afar.

Around 11:45 I noticed that dad's man on the tracker quit moving farther. It was still running, but it was running in place. I got a text from my oldest brother shortly after that and he asked if I had talked to mom and dad yet. I said no. His only reply was, "Turn on the news." With that comment, my heart dropped. I think I lost my breath for a few moments. I knew something happened. I started shaking and quickly opened Google and typed in Boston Marathon. It pulled up different things, but when I saw the headline 2 bombs just went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, I just started crying. I dialed my dad's number with no answer. I texted my middle brother and asked if he had heard from mom and dad. I started to have a panic attack. My boss came in and asked what was going on and all I could do was point to the screen. He went into his office and he turned on the news. When I walked in to his office and saw the destruction that was happening over there, I could barely breath. I kept telling myself that dad's tracker was in between the 2 bombs and mom was at the finish line waiting for him. I could not move. I could not talk. I just kept calling my dad's phone praying he would answer. I asked people to start praying for them and I just sat there and waited. I went outside a few times to catch my breath... And then all of a sudden all the texts and posts on Facebook started asking me if I had talked to my parents yet and if I knew if they were okay.

It was the LONGEST 40 minutes of my life.... finally my phone rang and my dad was on the other end telling me that they were both okay! He said that he was about 50 feet from the first bomb that went off and then he heard the second one go off behind him. My dad had angels surrounding him that day. It took me a good 2-3 hours to quit shaking after talking to my dad. I also wasn't okay until I talked to my mom which happened later in the day. But I am extremely thankful that my dad and mom were okay. We are all thankful for that!