Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's snowing...

and I'm at work. NOT FUN! Ha! And this will be another random posting..

I don't know if you are anything like me, but I love to be wrapped up in my blanket, all snuggled on my couch with a great book or watching a movie with the fire going. Now that is a wonderful moment for me...sounds like I might just get to do that if it snows as much as they are thinking tonight!

Last night I got home and I was in a cleaning frenzy!  I just couldn't stop. Our master bath was...well..just downright disgusting to I cleaned EVERYTHING....boy is that a wonderful feeling! I had neglected it for too long! In my next house...I will not have white counter tops or white cabinets! The hardest things to keep clean. 

Oh and then this morning while I was getting our trash together for trash day...I went through our pantry and did a little reorganizing, dumping of food containers....who knows what I will hit tonight!

Went food shopping at lunch today...had to beat all the crazies that will be there after work.  Thankfully, it wasn't too terribly busy. I wouldn't have even gone...but...when you need milk, bread, the basic's time to go.  I signed up for E-Mealz.....a meal planning system. Have any of you heard of itor use it?? I am using the lowfat menu......I can tell you that I already saved a fortune at the store today by sticking to the plan. AMAZING!

I am hosting my first Arbonne party on Saturday.  I have never used the products, but have heard great things about them...any of you recommend a certain product??  The consultant, Megan, contacted me and asked me if I would host one for her if she hosted a Thirty-One party for me...sounded like a good trade for me.  I guess we may do foot soaks...excited to see what that is all about...WARNING to all of you who are attending...I haven't had a a REALLY LONG TIME and I won't be getting one before you have been warned...don't look at my ugly feet!  ha!

I am hosting a giveaway on my 31 blog for a FREE THERMAL TOTE. Be sure to enter HERE!

The snow is really falling now...sure is pretty!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

I'm behind

I am...really behind on keeping you all up to date on what has been going on.

Little "I" spent the day and night with us on Friday night...and after that...I crashed the rest of the weekend. I did get the laundry done...and cleaned the kitchen..but after that...nothing else got accomplished besides me laying on the couch and working on some Thirty-One things.

Thank you to all of you and your sweet comments and prayers for "Y"...we continue to take things one day at a time and pray that we are doing the right thing.  

I made an amazing chicken recipe yesterday!! SOO GOOD and easy! I found it on Jenna's website, but have also posted it on my recipe blog.

I don't know about the rest of you...but I am ready for some sunshine and warmer weather! I know we are only still in January...but I have had enough of the white stuff and cold.  There are times I really like it, for instance, when I have a day off and no where to go, but getting out into it every day to go to fun!

I think I am going to try another new recipe tonight for Shepherd's pie....I am in the mood for some comfort food.

We watched the movie Inception yesterday. Wow! What a movie...I think I need to watch it again to try and figure it all out! lol!

As far as the NFL playoffs go..things have not been going my way...I mean...every team I have wanted to win...end up losing...HOWEVER...things started looking up yesterday afternoon...the JETS WON!!! FINALLY...I have someone to cheer for! Good grief...I could have almost placed bets and won with the way my record was going.  Now...don't get me wrong...I am a CHIEFS fan and always will be....but I need to cheer someone all the way to the Super Bowl...and I am thinking it's the Jets this year.  I mean..they are from New York...gotta love that! And they beat the Patriots...THANK team I can't stand!

So I mentioned on Twitter..I am craving donuts...seriously...don't know why...except it may be about that time of you know what! Krispy Kremes or Dunkins near us....may have to make a stop at Lamar's....something sweet sounds divine about now!

I am trying to get myself in the mood to read my goal tonight is to go through all the books that I have a pick out three to read this winter....a good goal...right? I will let you know what I find!

I think that about wraps up my update for now....I didn't take many pictures of Little "I"...I was to busy playing games with him. :) So you will have to wait until next time.

Happy Monday!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Randomness of 2011

Yesterday I made chocolate chip cookies....I used the same recipe as I always do...and I don't know what cookies were flat and chewy...not the normal puffy cookies I make. I added the baking strange.  They are still good...just not as pretty.

Hubs and I are trying to make some tough decisions right now in regards to "Y". Unfortunately, we have found out about some very disturbing issues that have been going on and are having to practice tough love right now. We are hoping and praying that we are doing the right thing. My stomach has been in knots since yesterday and Hubs didn't sleep at all last night. I now understand what my parents must have gone through with me. Sorry Mom and Dad for putting you through such difficult times.  The question has now become, do we have him sent to our house and remove him from the environment that he is in, or do we try and wait it out and see how well his Mom and Stepdad handle the issues.  Either isn't going to be easy.  So prayers are appreciated right now.

It is snowing here...and I'm not sure when it is going to stop. I made it to work..making it back home may be another issue.  It's not bad once I get on the main road. The hard part is getting out of our subdivision and up the hill on our street.  The snow sure is pretty though...wishing we had a snow day here.

Started running again. Yes....I am doing a 5K at the end of the month...need to start a great workout regimen. Can't say I am loving it yet...but when your pants start getting's time to do something. Buying new clothes is not an option for me right now.

Thirty-One Gifts just revealed their new Spring/Summer Catalog. I must say it is probably my FAVORITE one yet!  I can't wait to get my hands on some of the products!!! It just keeps getting better and better. Aren't these fun colors??? Check out my blog on the right hand side to find out the special I am offering for all new consultants who sign up on January 15th!

I didn't make any New Year's resolutions this year.  Did you? I have some goals that I have set for myself...but I set them this past fall.  So not sure they technically count as New Year's resolutions!?

Excited for this Friday! I have a date with Little "I". His birthday is later this month and his birthday present choice was to go see Sesame Street Live again. So this Friday I am taking off of work and spending the day with him and we are going to go see Elmo and all his friends! I can't wait to see what "I" does when he sees them in person.  Should be lots of fun!

It is breafast time and I am already thinking about dinner tonight. Thinking minestrone soup sounds really good. I was watching the food channel over Christmas and one of the chefs was making this.....going to have to try a new recipe tonight.

I think that is enough of my randomness for now.  Happy Monday to you all!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Been thinking about it

I am sitting here today and am SO THANKFUL for my husband and the support he gives me with my Thirty-One career. I went to a networking group last night for the first time. I met some wonderful ladies..there was almost 50 women there! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I took a lot away from it and am looking forward to getting to know these women better.

I was standing there at the end of the evening chatting with a couple of the ladies and realizing how blessed I am to have a husband who stands beside me and wants to see me succeed with my own business. He doesn't complain about me going to 31 parties, attending events or networking meetings. In fact, he encourages me and is interested in what happens.

A few of the ladies last night were talking about how there husbands gave them guilt trips for being away from them and their families to go do this type of work and was so depressing and I just felt bad for them. They kept checking their phones as their husbands would call and wonder when they were coming home. I drove home last night and realized even though I might complain about my husband and how he doesn't do things I want him to or think he should ....he does support and love me more than I can imagine. He wants the best for me...and I am thankful for that. 

Now...I must admit, when I first started this adventure, he wasn't too crazy about it and the whole direct sales idea. However, our deal when I started this July was that I was going to make this work and I needed two years to prove to him I can do this full time. Well...6 months later and he is already seeing the results...he has become my cheerleader. This is a big month for me....I am working toward being a "Director" and getting that extra bonus.  I am nervous/excited and just hoping and praying that it happens. God is totally paving the way...and I stand here today seemed impossible two days ago...but I should have never doubted I know you are opening doors that I would have never thought of looking in. I am amazed...thankful and excited to see what he has in store for my future.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas #3

The final celebration of the year...and first celebration of the new year happened this past weekend at my parents house. I hadn't planned to go and spend the night at my parents house....but my hubs encouraged me to go so that I would miss any bad weather that might be headed our way and to just spend some time with my family.

Boy am I sure glad he did. I really need a night away from our house and needed some good old family time. I texted my sister to tell her I was coming up...but no one else new...boy you should have seen my parents faces when I walked inside the house.  They were surprised! And the bonus was surprising my brother, sil and niece! I was so happy to spend some time with everyone!

I didn't take any pictures on New Years Eve.....I spent at least an hour sitting in the recliner rocking Miss P....I was soaking up my time with her...and we enjoyed rocking as we listened to the conversations going on at the dinner table. Yes..I totally have baby fever after being around her this weekend.

My sis, bil, brother, sil and I spent the late evening hours playing Apples to Apples. I had never played...and it was really fun and we got some great laughs out of the game! I loved every minute...even though I was ready for bed and stayed up way past my bedtime!

Little "I" and I shared the same bed together. He tosses and turns all night and his feet ended up in my face on New Years morning. I loved having him wake me up and ask me if after our nap we could unwrap presents. :)  He had waited patiently all night to have Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

It was pretty much just like Christmas morning...Mom made breakfast casserole and cinnamon rolls and we unwrapped presents and sat around in our pjs all morning. I loved it! It was so much fun watching Little "I" unwrap his gifts...he definitely got distracted...but it made it last longer...and I loved that.

Here are some pictures of our morning...WARNING!! Picture OVERLOAD!

I loved snuggling with my little princess. She is so snuggly! I am going through withdrawals!

I had a bloggy friend make a couple of items for my niece and nephew...and they turned out SO CUTE! We even played dress up with Miss "P"....the pillowcase dress is a little big...but she looked adorable in it! And I loved watching my sil's reaction when she opened the gift!

Check out Brandy's etsy shop at: She did SUCH a wonderful job! Thank you Brandy!!

And just a few more snap shots of our time together...

So thankful for Christmas with family a great way to start 2011!