Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 Resolutions


Dear Lovelies;

It's that wonderful time of year to make a list of all the things YOU want to make happen this next year. Thought I'd take a moment to jot my list down before we all head off to chug champagne so here is my......

2014 Resolution list:
  1. To Get PREGNANT!
  2. reach my weight loss goal
  3. getting and staying healthy
  4. becoming more organized 

Since the hubby is reading over my shoulder he wanted to add his list of resolutions on here too. And they are:
  1. Get Wife PREGNANT
  2. 50 push up and sit ups daily
  3. to join his wife at the gym at least 3 days a week
  4. reach his weight loss goal
I think these are pretty basic resolutions that should be simple to follow.. although the first item on both lists is proving to be harder then advertised. Since we will be joined with another family in our household in matter of days; I think that they will help us keep de-stressed and on the straight and narrow health wise!

As sad as I am to see 2013 go.. I'm excited to see what awesome things 2014 has in store of us all!!
From my family to yours... 




Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Recap

Dear Lovelies;

While I am so excited to start a new year.. it's kinda bittersweet to be nearing the end of another year. As I compile my list of resolutions for the upcoming year I wanted to stop and take a recap of 2013. Before I start that list.. it has come to my attention that they years are just flying by. As I start to realize that before we blink it will be March, it makes me a little sad. I miss being a child when the days seems to drag on .. oh how fast life just slips away from us.


On Jan 18th we got engaged!
 On Feb 21st I got married!!

In April I painted the bathroom a 'jade' color & master bedroom.. the master went to a Dark Navy Blue 

May 1st I picked up my new glasses!! 


June
I made a HUGE choice and changed my blog name from Trials & Triumphs of Loving my Sailor and bought the domain name to latnlongoftheheart.com. I went to Arkansas to spend time with my family while my nephew got a heart transplant. Came home to CA to be surprised with a visit from my bestfriend/brother.. J from Hawaii!!! What a great surprise that was & I need the awesome visit!!!



In July my biological brother came and spent the majority of that month with us. I got my old blog put into a book from blog2print.com and I changed my hair color to the drastic two toned black and blonde. Fourth of July is also my favorite holiday. 

August - I had surgery removing my cyst which I named "Eddie". Our roomies went on deployment and we had a couple move in with in for three months.

In September we went to Arizona to celebrate J's nieces birthday's! That was an amazing time!
After our trip we jumped in our first round of fertility treatments; which started off with a HSG test.

October - was very uneventful as far as the past year. On Halloween our family grew by one & we brought "Sprinkles" into our lives! 


Nov. was just full of changes and twists. I lost my Corolla due to a car accident/ got a new vehicle. Our roommates moved out, I made my very first Turkey and I got my first tattoo!! There was a lot of things going on all month with everything that happened all so fast!

Dec: We have had so much fun this past month! Aside from the husband shattering his knuckle and having to have metal pins in his finger. We crashed a Christmas party, went to see the Nutcracker, and have had a very personal & quiet Christmas together. Oh & I created my favorite post about the power of makeup.


Coming up in 2014 our best friends are moving back to SD from Hawaii and we restart our fertility treatments! In Feb my bio brother is coming to visit and there is talk about me getting my 2nd tattoo...  I hope you all join me in the amazing adventures to come in 2014!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Dear Lovelies;

Every Christmas Eve my siblings and I would set out cookies & milk for Santa ~ then curl up on the couch and listen to my Mom read "twas the night before Christmas". After we finished my Dad would turn the news channel on and it would show us the current route Santa was on. Rushing to bed my siblings and I couldn't wait to see what Santa had brought us. The next morning we would wake up and await our parents 'OK' to run downstairs. While Christmas music purred from the stereo the wrapping paper would fly through the air ~ we would be shrieking of all the goodies we were given... magical. I loved watching my parents or siblings open the gifts I had gotten them ~ loved to watch their expressions on their faces. It was magical.

Now being in my 30's I have to say that I 'dislike' the whole gift giving demand. Don't get me wrong ~ I believe that Christmas is about the 'gift of giving' but it's the whole expectation that turns me off. Times have changed ~ people don't appreciate the small or simple things anymore. I like giving gifts to people who aren't expecting anything. While I don't have kids it's safe to say that Christmas to my husband & I is just another day. We make it special in our own way {ahem, head out of the gutter}it's just not the same with out a kid on Christmas.

I know as we get older that Christmas will become even more of a commercial type holiday then what it used to be. It's just sad that the Christmas magic that once took over us as kids just isn't around anymore... I just hope that one day I can give my kids the same kind of magical Christmas my parents gave me.

I'm so excited to see and read how everyone spent their Christmas day. I hope that it is filled with love and laughter. That we all appreciate the things that someone gave to us and be filled with peace and joy. I hope that all your Christmas travels are safe and warm.. and that not matter what ~ we cheerish the moments we spend with our loves ones. Because to me.. that's the best give of all.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!



Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas blues

Dear Lovelies,

I have been sitting here for two hours staring at a blank screen. Trying to come up with cheerful and witty words. Truth is I'm homesick.

Don't get me wrong I L.O.V.E Christmas! I love the decorated tree's, the Christmas lights on the houses, the Salvation Army bells ringing in front of the stores, seeing cars with wreaths and antlers on them, I love the Christmas music, I love the baking, the smells..  but I miss the snow, the cold weather and most importantly my family.

Talking to my Mom today, while she was shopping for last minute items, it hit me. Like a brick. I wish more than anything we had gone home for the Christmas holiday. I knew it was just a matter of time before the song 'I'll be home for Christmas' brought a tear to my eye.

This past weekend the hubby & I spent the evenings wrapped up in blankets watching Christmas movies.. how I love ABC and Lifetime around this time of year. All those sappy and predictable holiday movies.. I love them. I must confess that all day Saturday I stayed in my pj's without a lick of makeup on... yes I did. Sunday I baked two batches of the best chocolate chip cookies and packaged them up for delivery for tomorrow.

On Tuesday I'll make another 3-4 batches of those amazing chocolate chip cookies and bag them for delivery also. You see we are going to take those cookies to the 3 gates... military gates. Someone has to be at those gates all the time because Sailors live on those bases too. Instead of tearing through wrapping paper we are going to bundle up and head to them. I think it will be a nice way to start our Christmas.. since Christmas is about giving. {Please feel free to copy my idea!} I also noticed at the gym on Friday that our base gym will also be open Christmas day. I'm also including a whopping batch of cookies for those guys too.

Overall the holiday is almost over and I am saddened by that fact. Again, I love Christmas.

What are your plans for Christmas day??


Friday, December 20, 2013

The Nutcraker

hello Lovelies!


Last night the hubby and another couple went to see the Nutcracker! Operation Homefront in San Diego was able to provide a "Military Nutcracker night" at the ballet. You registered with Operation Homefront, waited for the tickets to be released and got your free tickets. {Well you pay s/h}.


So we asked our dear friends Mike & Valarie to join us for the event.

As a little girl I loved watching the Nutcracker! It used to come on PBS, when I was a kid, every Christmas. I have the CD's of the music and it's still my favorite holiday treat.. so when my husband told me about the tickets & that he would go > well I was excited!!! 

Our seats were down by the Orchestra and we were so close! I can't explain the amount of excitement we both had going to our first ballet; but it was awesome. We had a couple of drinks in the lobby, bought a $10 souivener and then the show began! There was the giant chandelier that was breathtaking in the entrance; It was beautiful! Our pictures don't do it justice.. 



Curtain is about to go up but before I leave what is your favorite ballet?


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Let's talk about juice baby..

Hello Lovelies!

Officially six days until Christmas & I'm writing a post about juicing. Geesh ~ oh well.

So I have fallen in love with juicing. Seriously. I haven't had a day that I haven't made a green concoction. I found this amazing juicer on amazon that I bought on black friday, then headed over to pinterest to find some great things to make. The juicer also came with a great recipe book!

So far my favorite has been:
3 stalks of Kale, 
3 stalks of celery, 
2 green apples (sliced and de seeded), 
1 pear (sliced and de seeded), 
1 handfull of baby spinach 
1/2 in of ginger. 


You can follow my juicing pinterest board here
You can also follow my instagram pics with the drinks contents .. screen name is amymichele81

I must warn you that a couple of hours after this drink you will be passing gas... I mean it's competition for the husbands kinda gas! I think that it has made me feel so much better > juicing not the gas. I feel like I have more energy and if I drink a glass right after my workouts.. I feel so energetic.

So if you are looking for a great way to slim down this next year & looking for a healthy addition to your diet.. this it!! It is also great with fruits without the veggies! Also for it's helped me not waste any veggies or fruits that I've bought. The hubby likes the all fruit drinks and I'm in love with the green kale veggie drinks.

What are your favorite recipes?? Do you juice?? Send me a picture on instagram of the next juice you make!




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Christmas party

Merry Christmas Lovelies!!

It's that time of year.. when we all join our coworkers in a end of the year celebration with booze and food. It's never a good combo; but we do it over & over again. This year the hubby helped plan our command party.. but then they gave him 'duty' the night of. Needless to say we didn't end up going and I ended up with a dress & no where to wear it. After threatening to clean house in a formal gown; my hubby decided to contact a friend of ours from his old ship. They were having their Christmas party on the 15th of Dec & got us 'guest' tickets to the event. So yes; we crashed another ships Christmas party & it was awesome!

Navy Command Christmas parties aren't the highlight of my year. Although I love the formal attire ~ it's really a bunch of guys high fiving; while holding alcohol in their hand and their wives being uncomfortable and bored to tears. The truth is: if you are a spouse and you don't have another spouse friend in attendance ~ you might as well grab a drink & a seat. This year was awesome b/c I had Mrs R to hang out with and we had a lot of catching up to do with others that we haven't seen in a while. There were some people who weren't as gracious about us being present but then again we had a full table of people surrounding us with laughter and love. That's all that matters right?

The photo booth was fun and the food was amazing. My heels kept me from making a fool of myself on the dance floor. We ended up leaving soon after the prizes were handed out (10 pm) ~ Ben needed his pain meds. Well that's all I have to say about the overall Christmas party. Here are some pictures we captured of our night; ENJOY!






Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Power of Makeup

Hello Lovelies;

Today I want to share something that I have been wanting to do for a LONG time. I thought it would be cool to take pictures of how we change with the application of makeup. I started with a freshly cleaned & moisturized face to end up with a complete makeup transition.
Why?
I remember being younger and wanting to wear makeup like the older girls. I remember looking at magazines and wondering what red lipstick would look like on me. I think as we grow up we can all agree that makeup becomes a staple in our lives. At first, like most things, we are excited to start our new habit but overtime we lose our luster. We forget why we were so anxious and excited about it in the first place. Although I will never be happy paying a bill; I do enjoy having my store credit cards. I have neices that are entering that ago of exploring with different hair colors & different shades of lipsticks. Nothing to serious yet. As an adult I don't leave the house without eyeliner or mascara.. because I know the transformation of the finished look. To be honest I've also been very curious to learn how to contour with different shades.

With that being said I have to say that to me ~ this is pretty powerful. It's amazing to see why women are so obsessed with makeup. It's also very enlightening to possibly see what young girl see in women who do wear makeup. The simple twist of a eye lash wand;a glide of lip gloss; a light pink dust of eye shadow and the vibrant role of eyeliner. It's all the rage to look thin, younger.. whatever and makeup has a huge role in how we re-invent ourselves.

I am sharing pictures of myself that I put into a slide show format. I hope you all see the amazing tranformation that I see when I watch this slide show... please enjoy.


slide 1: no makeup.. just washed my face & added moisturizer
slide 2: applied foundation
slide 3: applied blush to checks and nose
slide 4: applied lipstick and eyeliner
slide 5: applied eye shadow, eyebrow liner and brushed brows
slide 6: applied mascara and used eyelash curler
slide 7: finished look.


Again I think it's an amazing transformation... but please feel free to share your thoughts or add your own slide!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dear Santa post

Good morning lovelies;

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I swear they go by so fast.. but over the course of the week I will try my best to catch up on the fun stuff that happened here. I wanted to start off my week by joining the ban wagon with a "Dear Santa" post.. so here we go.


Dear Santa:

          This year I have nothing to ask for. *gasp!* You see although I believe I've been a very good girl this past year; I've already gotten my gifts. Due to my car wreck in November I received a beautiful new SUV. With the money from the insurance company after they totaled my beloved Corolla I got all my goodies. You see I couldn't wait on you to climb down our non existent chimney so I went ahead and treated myself to some materialistic goodies.
Aside from all the stuff I already bought; I was lucky enough to have my husband with me for another Christmas. I know that in two years I will be dealing with a deployment; so I'm really sure that I'll be asking for him in 2015.
My best friend will be here in San Diego in 22 days, after leaving for Hawaii the Christmas of 2011. I'm more than excited that him & his family will be living with us until the find housing.
After my brother & his family moved to WA last Christmas ~ that being the best gift I didn't know I needed. I'm happy knowing he will be here for a short visit in Feb.

Of all the wonderful things that life has handed me this past year; it left me little to nothing to ask from you. Although I would like to request that you spend some extra time aboard the USS Boxer and give all our friends a wonderful Christmas. Please let me them know that we are so sad they are away & can't wait for their return in 2014. I hope your elves fill their stockings with an abundance of care packages for each & every solider.

I know that my fur babies have requested certain items that will fill the base of our tree. Gideon however, misses his buddy who is on the USS Boxer & didn't request anything we could provide. SO maybe you could help us out with our  inability to get him something. Grizzly is going to love his new carseat & the cats are going to love the scratching post/tower that we got them. They are also going to really enjoy all the new modifications for the closet that we have created for them. I'm just a little heavy hearted for my big guy.

Well Santa.. it looks as though my list for this year is really short. Of all the materlistic things i could ask for.. I just simply want my friends who are deployed to know they are missed & Loved. For my dog with a heavy heart to have a couple of days of joy, and to just enjoy the time I have with my Sailor. I think of all the years .. this is one of the best Christmas' ever! Hopefully next year we will get to fill our home with all of our 'military' family & enjoy this next year.

Have a safe trip around the world big guy! I hope that you are able to fulfill as many childlike wishes as you can. Just to let you know that you can glid over our house this year & hopefully give the gifts you planned for us to someone who needs them more.

Until next year;  

Friday, December 13, 2013

Surgery & Stuff

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today is Friday!! I know every one is excited. I've got a couple of things to share here and I need to be quick.. so lets get started.

1. The fertility clinic called and the set up our next round starting Jan 6th! Holy crap batman!
2. My best friend & his family will be here on Jan 7th & we get to pick them up at the airport
   *happy dance, happy dance*
3. I started doing 5K's on the elliptical and stationary bike Tuesday to push myself & so far I've beat my time by four minutes (elliptical) in three days! My legs and butt hurt so bad, but the push is so much fun!
4. The hubby broke his ring finger knuckle & has to have surgery tomorrow. They may not be able to do the surgery do the serious brake & there is a HIGH chance he wont have any mobility in that finger ever again. Super nervous and scared for him either way. If they do the surgery he will have rods in his finger not allowing it to bend .. but if they can't reset it then he still won't be able to bend it. :(
5. The Urology appointment went better then expected. He put the hubby on a pill that he takes twice a week and told him to take Vitamins C&E everyday. We go back in March for another sperm analysis to see if the vitamins & meds are working. Fingers crossed it boosts his T levels! *We have, in addition, started doing breakfast (3 eggs, 3 pieces of bacon & a cup of coffee). We also have changed his diet to accomidate more starches. We shall see.
6. My custom NIKES came in today and I wish I could go try them out at the gym already. LOVE THEM. I will be ordering another pair in the near future.
7. Our roomies that have been living with us since August moved out yesterday. The hubby & I get 24 days alone before the 'best friend' shows up. *super excited*
8. I got checked out at the gym today and it boosted my confidence level sky high. So glad I ordered two pairs of those Victoria Secret Capri's.


That's all I got ladies. There is a lot to be said in this short list; but I've got a lot of things to get done tonight. Having a sick hubby is miserable; having  hubby who just had surgery is horrific. Having a hubby who just had surgery and can't play his x-box one.. good lord. Grocery shopping is done ~ got all his favorite foods, Christmas is done ~ just gotta order it on Amazon, and I'm about to finish the laundry. He will be on 'medical leave' until Jan 3rd.. hopefully I will be able to still get to the gym everyday.. I go drop more pounds before the treatments.

Hope everyone has a great weekend & can't wait to check in on Monday!!!!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nerve

Good Morning Lovelies.

If you have followed me for any time at all then you are aware that I have been working my butt off to drop some weight. The majority of my blog posts are about working out, recipes and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you follow me on pinterest ~ then you've seen the same thing. I can't express how ecstatic I was to purchase my first pair of capri workout pants through Victoria Secret. Did I mention that they are a size MEDIUM! WAHOO! So, naturally, I couldn't wait to show off my VS Capri's and matching sports bra (that nobody but the hubby saw) at the gym!

Naturally I worked out - got stuck in traffic - had to grab the dog and run to make it to his vet appointment. I didn't have a chance to change. Then after the 10 min vet appointment, a quick detour through Starbucks' drive thru ~ we were back home. Then I had to run to the ATM, get a cashiers check, stamps for the Christmas cards and stopped at Big Lots to grab some more Christmas cards. Waiting on a confirmation text from the hubby before taking out the cash I needed I waited inside my car. I have been enjoying the 90's station through Syrius radio and looked over to see a women sneering at me. So I turned the music down; it's not unusual for me to be jamming out with the music a little too loud. I noticed that she was still giving me the stink eye. Her friend came out of the neighbor store and got in her vehicle. They both started talking and looked over at me.. both with a nasty look. After a quick glance in the rear view mirror to confirm that I didn't have dog slobber, a booger or Coffee on me; I turned back to their dirty glances. I rolled down my window and asked "Is there something wrong?" and the girl replied "yea, YOU are the reason people make jokes about women in yoga pants! YOU are the reason it's become so comical. YOU shouldn't wear those pants in public; you are way too fat!" I was so shocked that my brain couldn't think fast enough for a comeback ~ I then said "Umm did you buy them?" and she says "No I didn't but whoever did should be getting a refund because you shouldn't be wearing them. Lose some weight fat ass!" At that they both started laughing and drove away..

The moral is that people shouldn't be so mean. I could have gone home and committed suicide over such a horrible rant. Thankfully I'm strong enough to not allow those comments to really sink it.. yea it pissed me off and hurt my feelings. At the end of the day I know that I focus all my energy in staying in shape and working out. I know that I get up at 5am every morning just to go to the gym. I know that I research and ask about different workouts and techniques to add to my routines. I also know that I encourage the same lifestyle to other people.. so she can have her opinion.

How deflated was I. Without finishing any of the things on my list I drove home. I even refused to stop by the 7-11 on the way home. After getting home I ran to take a shower.. getting out of those clothes. I love those pants. I think they look good on me. BUT I'll let you be the judge. Below is a picture of my capri pants and my matching sports bra.. Are they too tight? Am I too fat for these pants? Should I buy a bigger size and save these for later?


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

14 days left

Good Morning Lovelies;

I have nothing really new to report the past couple of days. My husband managed to break his finger while playing basketball & they are doing surgery this coming Friday. Yes, surgery for a broken finger... crazy. My husband doesn't half ass anything.

So Christmas is around the corner and while my house may be decorated and I have a pile of addressed Christmas cards waiting to be mailed.. that's all I've accomplished. We used the Corolla money & our black Friday stash to purchase all the things we wanted. We are good. Now I have yet to send of my letter to Santa on behalf of Grizzly & Gideon. The cats agreed on a 'Closet' makeover for them to enjoy while Grizzly has requested a car booster seat & well Gideon hasn't made up his mind yet. The leather seats are freaking Grizzly out; since he now slips and slides all around the SUV. After leaving the vet today (for his Rabies vaccination) I laid the back seats down so he could walk on the cloth and not roll around. This dog seriously looks like he is on a giant leather slip in slide & it freaks us both out. (Both= Grizzly & I).
So while on the way home Grizzly & I stopped to get the boys a 'pupacino' he told me that's what he wanted.  Smart boy!

Oh a pupacino is a small cup filled with whip cream.. they are free and some Starbuck's require to see your pup before handing the cups over to you. My dogs love them, but it's only a "i got shots" treat ~ after all we are all on diets at this house.

The Hubby & I decided on what we are doing Christmas day. I thought about hosting another 'I'm lonely Chirstmas' but it's just so much work for me. With us only having a couple of weeks before our bff's arrive from Hawaii, I wanted to keep it very low key. So we are going to lay around in our PJ's and watch movies all day. I mean the whole blankets, pillows and snacks kinda day. The kind where you get unlimited amount of popcorn and all the special movie treats. We've made our list. I'm going to purchase a Ham & make a Christmas dinner for the both of us.. but as soon as we wake up we are heading to the couch for a day of snuggles. I'm excited. I think it's important to relish the small things while we have a chance. Next year's Christmas will be his last year of shore duty and before I know it he'll be on a deployment. Plus a day of snuggles and cuddles is needed to just relax with our little furry family.

Beside's the hubby's finger surgery we also scored 'free' tickets to the Nutcracker ballet ~ courtesy of the Operation Homefront of San Diego. I'll make sure to post pics on the 20th. We've been working hard at the gym and I am making my grocery list to accommodate my juicer. I'm telling ya it's the best way to really utilize all your fresh fruits and veggies! I'm excited that we wont be wasting any food in the near future. I've been talking with our friends a lot & organizing menus. All that aside I've been taking advantage of the 2pm naps a lot.

I love reading all the 'wish' lists out there.. so if you want leave me a link to your post! Trying to start making my rounds again through all the 500 blogs that I follow. ;)

Have an amazing day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

What is good for the goose..

Good Morning Lovelies;

"What's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander".
With that being said let me also add that the diet I've made my husband go on over a year ago; is turning him into a women.. really.
The Dr's office called me today to let me know that they received my husbands sperm analysis & his blood test results. From August 27th to Oct 15th his swimmers dropped a whopping 13 million. Adding to my shock and frustration they nurse also added that all three of his blood test results show 'low testosterone'. We have a appointment with a urologist on the 11th of December; man I'm nervous!
Naturally I grabbed the lap top and started googling. I am one of those nuts who likes to be prepared and look up natural cures. Doctors love to shove pills down peoples throats and while that may be cool.. his swimmers job is to make me a baby. With that in mind I start looking up everything I could ~ like what are symptoms of low T.

*sex drive = check
*sperm production = check
*muscle mass/ strength
*fat distribution = check
*bone density = check
*red blood cell production
*Increased body fat = check
*swelling/tenderness of the breast tissue = check
*increased fatigue = check

ok you get the point.. I mean that's huge! So I started reading on ways to naturally reverse the low T. And I was shocked on what I was reading "high protein & low carbs actually cause T levels to drop". My instant thought was "oh my god I was turning my husband into a women!" No seriously. With PCOS they tell you to go on  high protein and low carb diet to reverse the symptoms and while it has worked for me... I feel horrible. The good news is I found a lot of helpful ways to help my husband get his levels back.. without meds.

breakfast.. which we normally skip b/c we run to the gym. But it says that he should be eating 3 whole eggs and 3 slices of bacon a day with ONE cup of coffee. Who knew?! It went on to say that coffee before working out actually helps boost T levels.
At the gym he needs to focus on weight lifting.
Eat more monosaturated & omega 3 foods like avacodo's.
Sleeping is a huge factor.. no more/less then 6-8 hours of sleep
Eat seeds b/c they are high in vitamin E and zinc
Get 15-20 min of sun daily

Seriously this sounds so freakin' simple! I also looked for a juice recipe to boost this process and was amazed to keep reading that pomegranates and pom juice is wonderful for male fertility! Good thing we have a pomegranate tree in our backyard.. now to get a tree picker. Oh yea the magic juice consists of 2 pomegranates worth of seeds; 12 kale leaves and 1 apple for sweetness. Umm can we say 'babe you are now drinking this 15 times a day?" kidding. This makes me feel so much better knowing that I can help reverse this and help us get back on the baby making train.

After we meet with urology we will then have a consult with our RE before restarting our fertility treatments this month! Wow, where has the time gone? I swear I was just bitching that I had to wait three months & here we are already. Tomorrow I start my 2 day juice detox and Monday I'm kicking the cigarettes to the curb (for reals this time).  Good thing I can still be a wino for a couple more weeks.

Hope everyone got a little giggle out of this post.. it's all true but I try to through funny stuff in too. Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

disrespectful society

Good Morning Lovelies;

I guess I'm not done talking about Mr Paul Walker.. because he is the main reason for today's post. If you are a friend of mine on facebook then you have already seen my rant. Because I am so grossed out and I'm so appalled ~ I have to get this off my chest.

I was grossed out when pictures surfaced about the car that they were driving. I was shocked and grossed out when a security camera released it's graphic findings of the crash. I screamed, was shocked, and had nightmares on the VERY graphic post mortem picture of Paul Walker that emerged on facebook. What the f*ck is wrong with our society?? Did the jokes about Elvis being alive really make everyone want proof that someone famous died???! What about the families?! Do you think Mr Walkers Dad wants to see these or how about his fifteen year old daughter?? Thinks she wants to view a graphic video of her Dad dying or want it discussed?? There is also a video of the Rodas son trying to save them out of the burning vehicle.. WHY WOULD YOU SHARE THAT?! WHY!!
I refuse to watch such video's .. it's disrespectful. If you are the owner or maunfactures of the vehicle then I can understand but our society has NO BUISNESS viewing these.. NONE.

We have allowed our curiosity for how the famous live to ruin their lives. They are bombarded with paparazzi 24/7. They ambush them and take away their privacy so we can have pictures in gossip magazines. Then the actors/actresses are sued when they have had enough and take action ~ like Mr Baldwin. He lost a spot as a late night host because he shoved a paparazzi out of his way.. HE GOT SUED and LOST a gig because of it.. but that just generated more of a buzz. Seriously.

People want to complain because local people aren't shared on the news because of a famous person. Why do you think that is? Would you be glued to the TV if you heard that a bus turned over killing four everyday people?? Because that actually happened the night Paul Walker passed away.. but have we heard anything about that? That's our society's fault. Yes, that's our fault. In my personal opinion anything that happens on a stage or in a video is free game.. but crossing that line of professional and personal is too much for me.

The more and more things that surface on Mr Walker makes me cringe. It makes me sad and upset for his family. It makes me upset that we allow this is to happen. I'm not sure how we stop it other then not viewing or purchasing the gossip magazines. I just want you all to stop and ask yourself .. if YOU or your husband had been in the car with Mr Walker.. would you want YOUR daughter, Mother, Father, Son to every see the exact moment and footage of when you passed?? Would you want to be surrounded by camera's and people yelling questions at you as you left the grocery store, mall, going to the airport??

Yea these people make a lot of money. The memorize lines and take six months or longer to create a movie that we pay to go see. Then we purchase the DVD's of our favorties. We watch TV sitcoms in the evening .. those people have to memorize lines and be on the set for weeks to get a show right. Then we complain because they own big houses far from the public and drive around the dark tinted windows surrouned by security. We read how some actresses or actors have changed their appearance just to be able to go to a Starbucks without being noticed. Yea that's a life I'd love to live..  NOT.

My point is I'm so angry that we allow this to be normal. I'm so angry that the graphic graphic post mortem picture surfaced. I seriously screamed and had nightmares last night. Please do look for the photo either.. you'll instantly regret it. But I know that by talking about it you guys are curious.. trust me; you don't want to see it. My heart goes out to the children of these families.. to the 8 yr old who will forever be plagued with the fact that he couldn't save his Dad. The therapy and mental trauma that he will endure. For Mr Walkers daughter ~ no daughter wants to see her Dad die. No girl wants to see how it happened ~ close or not she shouldn't have to keep reliving it through News or Social Media. This girl will never have her Dad at graduation, help her pick out a college, or car. He'll never meet her boyfriends or her future husband. He'll never walk her down the isle, help her buy her first house, see her first child.. that is what we should be mourning. The loss of a Father not some guy who played a role in a series of movies.

I gotta stop talking about this.. I'm so angry and disgusted. The lack of disrespect we have for our neighbors and fellow humans is appalling ~ it's not just about the rich and famous. We disrepect everyone for the color of their skin, how they live their lives.. when did we become the judges?? HUH? I dare each and every one of you to be kind to ten strangers a day for a week. Without judgment or hesitation...  dare you. We can't do it.. because that's what we have been taught to do.

Mark 12:31 "And the second is this 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself' there is no other commandment greater then these".

Matthew 18:21-22 "And Peter came to him and said 'Lord, how often should my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" and Jesus said to him 'I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven".

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ramblings.

Good Morning Lovelies.

I have nothing the agenda for the rest of the week so I'm trying to make some posts.
My tattoo is healing and it hurts.. a lot.
I got my juicer today and I'm super excited. We already juiced a apple and it was really good! Now I've got to go through some recipes before I make a trip to the grocery store. A good friend of mine, who is also a nurse, told me that there is a 'secret' fertility juice out there. She said that there are four but the 'green' one is the one to stick with.. so I have been searching high and low for this recipe. I came across this "Goddess" fertility blend one that I'm going to try, it calls for:
2 stalks celery
1/2 - 1 apple
2 inch of ginger
handful parsley
1/2 lemon, squeezed.
I'm not sure that this will be the 'magic' trick that gets me knocked up but the hubby & I are gonna try it anyway. I also found this pinterest link that I'd like to share.. it has some great stuff on it.

In other news. The count down from my dear friend and his family has begun! In a short 32 days they will make the move from Hawaii to San Diego.. and I couldn't be more excited! So if you follow me on facebook ~ you'll be seeing this countdown quite a bit. Since they will be arriving during my next fertility treatment I'm sure I'll be a hormonal, emotional mess.

In wordly news:
I have a ton of thoughts and feelings about Paul Walker. I mean it's an ironically tragic accident. As sad as it is; I am praying that the news will stop airing the videos soon. I'm also hoping that social media will stop sharing all the video's and pictures too. It's sad, it's tragic and believe me my heart hurts.. but for the families. I can only imagine what Walker's and Rodas' kids are going through right now.. not to mention the other family members. I can't imagine that the constant news/social media feed on this accident is helping. For this to have happened between Thanksgiving and Christmas.. what a life changing event for those kids. Oh sure some might say they will get money but money can't replace a Father/Dad.. it just can't.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to share with you guys some awesome juice recipes. Hope everyone has a great evening and remember that life is very short.. so tell the people that you love that you love them.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Corolla Update.

Good Morning Lovelies!

These past two weeks have been crazy!! From my car wreck on the 18th; to the purchase of a new car; my birthday and of course Thanksgiving. On Friday the 22nd the insurance co called to inform us that the damages to the Corolla outweighed it's value. The encouraged us to take a check for what the car was worth; instead of fixing all the problems. I was beyond heart broken.. beyond. I cried so much that day. You see my Corolla is the last thing I ever got from my Dad before he passed away; it also helped me leave my ex-husband and has been with me for seven full years. We agreed to total out the car because of the damage to the re-bar, the axel and the fender.. over a $5,000 complete fix! We signed over papers along with the title and the tears started falling. It was if I lost my Dad all over again and I had to walk away and leave my baby in the parking lot. It just so happend that we signed the paperwork for the Escape exactly 7 years to the day.. irony. 

The insurance company cut us a check for the car that day.. so we left the body shop with a check in hand. I made a deal with my husband and he took a picture of the check so that he could deposit it... that he each got some spending money and the majority went towards our credit card. This is what we did with the spending money: 







My husband bought an X-Box One.

He loves it and that is all that matters. As much as he does for me; he can have his game system. He did, however, trade in the 360 and all his games .. handing me the cash from that sale. 






I wasn't as simple with my purchases. I wanted something meaningful and something that I would have for a while.. so I got:
My very first tattoo. I wanted the Shamrock; that represents my Dad; to be bigger then Texas ~ which is home. Texas is the biggest state in the US and I wanted to show that my love for my Dad was bigger then Texas. I think it's awesome!! 

Then I got:
A custom pair of Nike's. Don't judge. It's only $155 and I thought the shoes would be awesome for the gym and running. 


I also bought a pair of Oakley's {from the NEX}. 
Not only were they pink but the proceeds went towards the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation for $160 (including a $15 two year warranty)
 That was all I bought.. I saved the rest for Black Friday. I think I made some good choices in what I did use it for. I think that my Dad would have approved each purchase I made & he would have also been happy that we paid off a credit card too. It's all just materialistic and it can't bring my car or my Dad back but that's ok. I'll have each of these items for a long time & I'm super proud of my Tattoo. 


RIP 'Scottie"

Monday, December 2, 2013

Turkey & Savings

Good Morning Lovelies!
Happy December!!!!
Hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings!! I can't wait to start reading all the awesome posts that you share!!

Our Thanksgiving was awesome. I fixed my very first Turkey & I'm very proud of myself (if I do say so). I followed this amazing brine recipe, here, after stressing & searching for how to cook this bird. I must say that I even requested help from my Facebook friends & family. Hands down it was amazing!!

I followed the recipe to the letter.. I allowed the bird to sit in the brine for a full 24 hours in a Turkey oven bag. I cooked the bird Thanksgiving morning and added 4 cups of apple cider and 6 cups of water into the pan (after the hubby dumped the brine out). We then basted the Turkey every 45 min for 4 hours; at the last 45 min we added halved green apples to the cavity of the Turkey. We also used the left over juice to make the stuffing! It was awesome!

We also had: stuffing, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, rolls, green bean casserole, cornbread casserole, stuffed/wrapped jalapenos, and pumpkin pies. I also made homemade Sangria's while the guys had a couple of drinks. We ended up having 8 people total to our Thanksgiving feast. It was a very lovely & great day!

That night we participated in our first Black Friday! Ben managed to find & buy an X-box one during his 2:30 am trip to GameStop. I'm a internet shopper; so all my deals were online. Wal-Mart had a new Garth Brooks box set that I managed to grab; which was my most exciting buy for me because it was unexpected and unplanned. Friday I fired up my laptop and shopped. I bought a TON of stuff at Victoria Secret {not reveling how much I spent} and used all three savings codes.. then passed them on to the bestie so she could get hooked up too. I bought the hubby a lot of clothes from Old Navy {8 shirts, 2 pull overs and 2 pairs of jeans} and managed to grab four sets of pajama pants all for $110 . Then I went to Amazon bought the Holiday barbie ornament & Holiday Barbie doll; and an Cuisinart CJE-1000 juicer. Later Saturday I ended up going to Kohls to buy some jeans.. I ended up with two pair, 4 tanks, two long sleeve shirts and a wrap around shirt thing for $124! We also found a $40 five drawer dresser at a small shop near our house. Today I stopped by Auto Zone and picked up some shams, dry clothes, air fresheners, wipes, and car soap for $16!

I'm so proud of all the bargain shopping that I got done! Needless to say that is our Christmas!
What are some amazing deals that you got this Black Friday??


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thanksgiving

Gooble Gooble Lovelies,


* My amazing husband for all the love and support his gives me on a daily basis.
* My awesome & HUGE family who is always there when I need them.
* the awesome support system who stands by me all the time. Their love & support has made my life so special and huge.
* for my bestie, who's always got my back & makes me laugh. The awesome Skype conversations, the incredible support, the availability to be there when I need to cry, scream, laugh or just be humbled.
*for my best friend Jeff, who is always around when I need him the most. I love and cherish how we have become more like family then friends. I am so excited that they will be back in SD this coming year & how I will get to see them almost, if not, everyday.
*for my house. Every time I look around I am reminded on how lucky we are to have such an amazing place to call home.
*Starbucks: I love that they are on almost every corner & that I can always swoop in for some in caffeine indulgence. I'm thankful that they helped me grow my strong love for coffee that has always comforted me, been apart of such special moments, and helped create strong friendships.
*Men & Women who serve: I'm so thankful for their selflessness, eagerness and dedication to keep us safe and up hold our constitutional right. I'm thankful that because of them we have the opportunity to choose the lives we want to live. Our freedom because of their sacrifice's away from family, friends, comforts and of the ones who have given their lives.
*my animals: that no matter how I am feeling they are always there to share kisses, snuggles and hugs. The days when my world seems so off, they are there to bless with me with a smile.
*Traditions: I'm thankful that my parents had so many traditions that made each and every holiday so special and memorable. I hope that I can create some amazing traditions for my own kids.
*My Dad: Although he is no longer with us ~ I am forever thankful for all the amazing things he taught me. Like; forgivness, respect, thoughtfulness of others and respect. He also passed on his love of cooking and baking; which gives me so much peace and pride.


I'm sure there are so many things that I left off that I am thankful for. I'm reminded on a daily basis of things that dismiss that have great importance to me. I hope everyone has a blessed holiday!



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Memories of Thanksgiving pasts..

Good Morning Lovelies;

I am not going to pretend that I participate in the month of "thankfulness" on Facebook, I think it's ridiculous. I believe we should be Thankful all year around & not 'try' to come up with 28 different things to post. I had to say it, it's personally annoying.

Thanksgiving is my 2nd favorite holiday. Why? because it's a time when friends & family get together with no hidden expectations. It's just a fathering that is enjoyed with food, football and possible Christmas tree decorating. I love that there isn't pressure to bring a gift. Growing up I would help my Dad prepare the feast; while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. I remember being in charge of deviled eggs, filling the celery sticks with pimento n cheese, and filling the pie's.

My Mom would iron out this beautiful white table cloth and matching napkins. We would eat of this beautiful white china that had little blue flowers all the way around. The Green bean casserole, Turkey and Stuffing would be put in matching China serving dishes and my Dad always got my Mom the most beautiful flower centerpieces. While the dinning room was being all dressed up, the kitchen table was being filled with delishes sides & sweets.

My family was rather large in number, so once my nieces and nephews arrived we would end up outside playing in the fallen leaves and on the swing set. The men would fall asleep with the "Dallas" football game on in the background, while the women set around the dinning room table talking. Before everyone left my Dad would bring in the Christmas tree from the back porch and plug in the already assembled Christmas lights. He always did this the day before Thanksgiving, he would sit on the back porch checking each strand of lights and then put them on the tree. Our family would gather around and add an ornament or two. My parents kept each and every ornament that we had ever made from school or otherwise & it was always nice to hear the stories of when it was made.

I haven't been back to Texas for a Thanksgiving since 2007, the year my Dad passed away. For me it's just not the same to not see him prepare the food. Although it's still my 2nd favorite holiday, now my heart longs to see him trimming one more turkey and tree. The tears I shed in his memory are filled with joy and thankfulness. It's not to say that I don't feel his presence every time I make deviled eggs and pies on Thanksgiving.

As the years have passed my life has held on to those traditions my family created. With our house full of Sailors and friends, who have become family I am thankful. Thankful for tradition, thankful for conversation and laughter and thankful to feel the honest love for each and everyone under my roof. My husband & I will create our own traditions in the years to come with our children, and I pray that one day my kids will remember this holiday just as I am now. I pray that they too are Thankful for all those little memories and moments that hold us together.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's MY Birthday!!!

Good Morning Lovelies!

I have to honestly say that I don't feel 32. I can remember when I thought 32 was SOO-OOO old. While, at times, the number creates a slight panic throughout me; I take joy in living to celebrate another birthday.  To have fun with this joyous day.. I thought it would be fun to tell you all 32 things about myself that you may or may not already know. Ready?

  1. I am married to a Sailor
  2. I have a Great Dane named Gideon {means Mighty Warrior}
  3. Gideon got his name from a character on Criminal Minds
  4. I have a Pomeranian named Grizzly.
  5. Grizzly owns my heart.
  6. I have two cats; Spice & Sprinkles.
  7. I have an obsession with G names for my dogs & S names for my cats.
  8. I was born in Jacksonville, Texas.
  9. I moved to Oklahoma when I was 20.
  10. I moved to California right before my 29th birthday.
  11. I own a Toyota Corolla
  12. I want a Ford Edge or a Jeep Patriot
  13. My Corolla was a birthday present from my Dad on my 25th; it was the last gift I got from him before he passed away.
  14. I'm a coffee addict
  15. I'm a little obsessed with Starbucks.
  16. I collect Holiday Barbies & Holiday Barbie ornaments.
  17. I love working out.
  18. I want to own a bakery one day.
  19. I'm a music junkie ~ mostly country.
  20. I'm extremely obsessed with Dierks Bentley
  21. I love to read
  22. I love to cook 
  23. I try to be very organized
  24. The beach calms me 
  25. I have to sleep with a fan on me; even if it's 20*
  26. I have been battling infertility for 6 years.
  27. I was adopted at an early age
  28. I was reunited with my biological family
  29. My bestie & I have known each other since High School
  30. I'm slightly addicted to pinterest
  31. I'm in love with Carrie Underwood & Reese Witherspoon
  32. This is my last year to try & have a baby.

Those are 32nd fun & personal facts about my life. It has been life full of ups & down. To say my life is drama free would be a HUGE lie. Nobody knows what cards our future holds.. but I would like to encourage everyone to do at least five things.

*Love your friends & family with all your heart & allow yourself to be loved back.
*Be true to yourself NO MATTER WHAT
*Volunteer your time to something much greater then yourself.
*Try something new; it could change your whole world.
*Adopt a pet when you are able ... it's one of lives true blessings.

Here is to a wonderful birthday & a new year to celebrate life, friends & family.. CHEERS!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mug Swap reveal

Good Morning Lovelies!

I couldn't be more excited then to share my Mug Reveal from Dreaming Of Dimples Mug Swap!! I think this is the cutest 'swap' idea I have run across through the blogging world & couldn't pass up the chance to be apart of this swap!!! So thank you Jessah for coming up with a very creative Swap theme. If you have been following me long then you know that I'm a true coffee addict & more so I'm a Starbucks groupie. I collect everything from mugs to Christmas ornaments from Starbucks. I was beyond excited to get an e-mail from my Mug Swap partner Melanie! Melanie & I exchanged the things we liked to help us find the perfect Mug for each other. I have to confess that my goal was to be able to send more then ONE mug for my sweet partner. With a Starbucks on every corner, I knew it wouldn't be hard to put together a sweet box for her.
*I must declare that Melanie is going through a rough patch so I went a little over board with her box of goodies.*

I got my box from Melanie today & I can't wait to share what I got!

The box reveal
The best coffee EVER!!
Yummy goodness in a jar!
The mug broke during shipping & I tried to glue it back together.
Isn't it just adorable??
I am a sucker for hand written notes!! So awesome!
Such an amazing box of goodies!!
Thank You Melanie!!!





Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My birthday present!!

Good Morning Lovelies.

Yesterday I talked about my wreck & today I am going share part II of this story.
So while my car was getting looked at for a full estimate of damages we went and looked at the Used Cars. I've been wanting a Ford Edge for some time, so I wanted to go and look at them in person. We found the rows of Edges, Explorers & Escapes and started looking. A salesman came up and started talking to us & helping us find the SUV I was wanting. I wanted something big enough that Gideon {the Great Dane} could comfortably sit in the back. When we have kids I don't want the dog & the child sharing the same seating space for safety. After ruling out the Edge because of it's too slanted back end ~ we started comparing the Explorer to the Escape.
Now would be a good time to stop & explain the hubby's and I's deal. My husband was SO SURE that I would end up falling in love with an Escape that he said "if you find one that you love I get to drive it home & I get it drive it the first day". Deal! I instantly started falling for the Explorer but once inside I wasn't so sure. I mean they have all these gadgets and stuff but really I didn't like the layouts or I didn't like that Gideon would be sitting on the extra row of seats just to have room. Yes a 7 pasenger vehicle would be nice, but it's a tad overkill for our life at this point. Feeling defeated I started looking around & the other brand name vehicles. GMC, JEEP, Toyota, .. etc. We walked by this silver SUV and I stopped... like almost tripping both the men because I stopped so abruptly. One glance at the grill & the sleek body style and I was in love!
I have always wanted a 'black' vehicle but have never bought one. Here I was determined to find a SUV in black .. but I stood drooling over a Silver 2013 Ford Escape Eco Boost.

Something about this beauty just spoke to me. I loved how sleek it looked & how curvy she appeared. I walked around the whole vehicle taking it in.


The back was big enough for Gideon to fit in comfortably. More then enough head room & turning around space too! We kept walking around the vehicle & then I finally asked to see the inside. Once we were sitting behind the wheel of the SUV, I knew that this was my vehicle.


Not only did this SUV have leather seats, heated seat option, a Sunroof, but it has the SYNC capabilities too! The blue tooth from my phone SYNC's with the car & plays my music and offers hands free talking. It was loaded. More loaded then we needed & I thought I wanted. I was in love.
We went back to the body shop for some final walk through information & set up a date to bring my car... the salesman gave me his card and we walked away. My husband & I's conversation went a little something like this; "You really want that SUV huh?" "Yes! I really do" "Well maybe we will come back and look this weekend. I'm not sure we could afford a car payment right now". "We could always call the bank and check right?" "Maybe next week if the SUV is still there". Sulking next to him I silently agreed to disagree. Once home I immediately went to the Drew Ford website to look up the SUV. While looking up the SUV & talking on my cell to the insurance co, my hubby was on the phone with the bank. At 4:15 he asked for a change of clothes and announced we were going to go back and do the week trial they offered. {We get the car for a whole week to test drive, at the end of the week we either sign paperwork & give the vehicle back}. I was excited. I KNEW that I was coming home with the SUV.

I started texting my bestie the good news .. right then. When at the dealership we took a test drive. After the test drive everything changed.. before I knew it we were purchasing the SUV. Not the week test drive but actually purchasing the SUV. Two hours later I was handed three sets of keys to my new SUV & my hubby grinning "Happy Birthday Babe.. but we had a deal". With my lower lip stuck out like a three year old I handed the keys to my husband for him to drive it home. He also drove it to work the next day too. A deal is a deal right?

Long story short. The Toyota is getting fixed and will become my husbands vehicle. The truck will remain with us for moving & other purposes and the SUV will become my vehicle! What an amazing day.. I couldn't have made this up if I wanted to. I've wanted an SUV since high school and here I stood with the one I picked out in my driveway. I am spoiled beyond belief, I know. I am extremely happy about the SUV & Lucky to have a husband who is so willing to spoil me rotten.