November 14, 2012

Instyler

Today I thought I would blog about a wonderful product that I use mostly everyday.
The InStyler.
It's a hair product that straightens & curls your hair at the same time.
I love it because I have to straighten my hair everyday or else my hair is very frizzy & bushy.
Before I got my InStyler, I straightened my hair with a regular straightener you can buy at Walmart or smililar stores.
I liked my hair being straight, but it was very boring & looked very plain.
I would sometimes straighten my hair & then try to curl it with a curling iron..
Epic Fail!
My hair would not hold the curl... No matter what kind of hair spray or other products I tried.
Then, I discovered the Instyler.
I was hesitant to buy it because I wasn't sure how I would like it, but I am now extremely happy I bought it!
For some reason, I don't really know why, but my hair holds the curls when I use the Instyler.
And I mean holds the curls all day!
I would definitely recommend this product if you want something that is super easy to use & gives you great looking hair!
Also, did I mention that it only takes me 7 minutes a day??
I LOVE IT!


November 1, 2012

Family

Today I am thankful for my family.
Thankful that I have people that love me unconditionally.
What are you thankful for today?

October 25, 2012

I found Courage

I finally found the courage to post something that changed our lives forever.
Both for the good & bad.
I wrote the original post back in June, however, I am just now posting it to my blog.
You can find it here.
I will warn you, it is very emotional & is something that is very close to my heart.

Decisions

I have never been one to be great at making decisions.
I married my husband & that was a wonderful decision.
I decided to become a nurse, which I feel was the right decision.
However, my career has me stressed right now to say the least.
I have been working weekend nights for one year now.
I work every friday, saturday, & sunday night.
Yes, I work when my husband is off.
I work when our families have get togethers & dinners.
I work when Jason races.
I work basically when "normal" people are at home.
It has its positives & negatives.
I am now stuck trying to figure out the which out weighs the other.
By working on weekends, I'm off monday through thursday every week.
It's very easy to make doctor appointments, hair appointments, etc.
However, I'm home alone at those times.
I have no hobbies.
I get very bored & very lonely.
I find myself sleeping a lot & feel as though I'm in some kind of rut or funk.
Jason makes comments all the time that he wishes I worked during the week so we could go places on the weekends.
He makes statements like, "well if you didn't work every weekedend, we could go to the beach".
I work with such wonderful people that have taught me so so much.
We are close & we work as a team.
I started off my nursing career working week nights.
I hated it.
I didn't hate when I worked, I hated one particular person at work.
She was very hateful & not a very good person to work with.
I was miserable & I really think she was the reason.
Another thing about working during the week is that I won't have a set schedule like I do now.
One week I may work mon, tue, wed...one week I may work mon, wed, thur...etc.
And one week I may work mon, wed, fri.
Thats one of the negatives that I really don't like.
I will also be taking a pay cut.
I make more money for working weekend nights.
About $11 more an hour.
Thats a pretty big deal I think.
I say all this because I am torn.
I don't know what to do.
The lady that I mentioned above that I hated when I worked week nights is now gone.
She no longer works at the hospital.
My husband I think would be more happy with me working week nights so we can be together on the weekends.
I however, have absolutely no idea what to do.
I talked with him tonight while we were in bed & he said that he wanted me to stay on weekends if thats what makes me happy.
But, I want us both to be happy.
We put almost 20,000 miles on our car when I worked during the week.
Since I've been working on the weekends, we have put 5,000 miles on the car.
By the time Jason gets off work during the week, we don't have time to go anywhere.
I wish this were an easy decision.
I know if people are reading this, you really don't give a rip.
I wanted to post this because I want to remember important things in my life.
And this to me is important.
Right now my gut is telling me that I should give week nights a try again.
However, it is 3am & my brain isn't functioning at its best.
I will think on this some more tomorrow & talk with Jason some more about it.

October 18, 2012

Update

So, I haven't posted in a while.
I know, I'm getting slack.
We are actually finished painting the laundry room & we have yet to start in the kitchen.
We've had a lot going on lately.
Right after Jason started painting, his papa was put in the hospital for a possible stroke.
Thank God it was not & he is home & doing well.
I need to post some pictures of what we have gotten done in the laundry room.
I will try to take some pictures later today.
 
I found 2 rugs for the front porches finally.
I found them at Big Lots for $5 a piece.
I still have to find the stencils though, & get the paint to put on them.
If you are wondering, I plan on doing like Emily did here.
Isn't it cute?
 
I also found 2 little trees to go on either side of the main front door.
I'm currently waiting on the pillows I ordered from Etsy to come in for the front porch also.
 
With my new pillows, wreath, rugs, & plants, my porch should look amazing! haha.
Hopefully so.
 
I plan on taking a picture of my porch before & a picture of my porch after the sprucing up!
I have already posted before pictures of my kitchen & laundry room.
I just need to post some pictures of what we have gotten done.
 
Jason & I went to vote today.
So glad we went ahead & got that over with.
I can't wait to find out the results of who our next president is going to be.
I know who I want it to be, but I am one who keeps my political opinions to myself.
 
Well, thats all for now. I need to get started on some laundry & cleaning.
It's back to work for me tomorrow night. 

October 16, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful hubby!
He is the best!
I fall more & more in love with him every single day!
 
 
I LOVE YOU =)


October 10, 2012

Day of Silence

 
Please join me in a media silence day to honor the life of Matt Turner.
My heart is so heavy today for his family, especially for his wife Julee & daughter Preslee.
I don't know Julee personally. Only through reading her blog.
I can not imagine the pain.
Please join me in prayer for this fmaily.
Psalm 34:18The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
 


October 5, 2012

Friday

It is 12:28am.
Yes, I should be in bed.
However, I was suppose to work tonight, but I got put on call.
Therefore, I am wide awake because I slept until 2pm today.
 
Anyways, Jason painted some more in the kitchen today & started working on the cabinets.
While he was painting, I cleaned out the cabinets & wiped them down.
Yes, I know I'm going to have to do the same thing when we get finished.
I just didn't want anyone to come over to the house & our cabinet doors be off & they think we're nasty people because of how awful the inside of our cabinets look!
They were horrible!
 
We went to Lowes before getting supper tonight so we could pick out a light fixture for the kitchen & also so we could pick out new hardware for the cabinets.
Lowes is awesome.
Its funny how Lowes use to be the most boring store to go in.
Or so I thought growing up.
However, now that I have a house of my own, I love that store!
You can get so many great ideas there.
I know my hubby hates taking me there with him.
LOL. I come up with more projects every time I enter the doors!
 
I really hope work doesn't call me anytime soon to come in to work.
They have been known to call at 1:30am.
Yes, annoying.
I can't complain though, at least I have a job.
A very rewarding job at that.
I get to help save lives every weekend.
Peoples lives are in my hands.
It feels pretty great.
 
I think I'm going to head to bed & hopefully get some sleep.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
I probably won't be blogging again until Monday or Tuesday.


October 4, 2012

Day #1 Kitchen

Well, Jason started painting the kitchen tonight!
YAY =)
I was so excited!
I love the color so far & he has just started!
 
First I'm going to post some before pics.
Then I will post some pics I took tonight.
 
 
BEFORE PICTURES:









 

 
 
PICTURES FROM PAINT DAY #1:


 
I'm liking it so far! Hope I continue to! We still have a TON of work to do!
But, for now, I'm heading to bed.
I have to work all weekend while hubby is at home doing Project Kitchen!
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
I will be posting some more updates in the next few weeks!


Front Door

Alright people.
I received my new peacock wreath in the mail today!
Yippe!
I love it.
This picture does not do it justice.
The coloring is a little funky because I took it with Instagram & played with the coloring a little.
Anyways you can find some of Becky's other SUPER gorgeous wreath here at her Etsy shop.
You can also LIKE  her facebook page.
I only took a picture of the wreath & not the whole door because my whole front porch including my door is so drab.
It looks a lot better now since I have my new wreath!
But, I want to put up a storm door & buy 2 plants to go on each side of the door.
I want 2 tall trees/plants.
Any ideas?
Something that can make it through the winter here in NC.
One problem I have, however, is that I don't know what color storm door to get.
I know I want it completely glass, but I don't know what trim to get.
My house has dark brown siding with beige trim.
Yes, I'm trying to livin' this place up a little!
Any ideas for what color storm door to go with?
I may just ride to Lowes this evening to look.
I will definitely let you guys know how everything turns out.
 
O yea, we went to buy our paint today so we can start painting the kitchen this weekend!
I'm excited!!
Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Olioboard

I have found a new love.
Olioboard.
If you haven't checked it out, you must do so.
It is sooo much fun.
Here is a look at a Living Room that I created.
I can't believe I actually did it.
So, what do you think?
I think I did pretty good considering I have no idea what I'm doing!
I really like it, & I think I want to use these colors when I re-do my living room.
I hope everyone is having a good day.
I'm in a much better mood today & not as sad as yesterday.
Sometimes I wonder if I need some medicine.
I'm so emotional & moody.
I can't stand myself sometimes! lol.
Today I will smile because I know God has a plan for me!

October 3, 2012

I'm Tired.

Yes, I said  I was tired.
Tired of feeling sorry for myself about a certain situation.
There is nothing I can do about it.
I have no control over it.
GOD does.
That should be enough.
I'm tired of lying awake at night wondering WHY?
Tired of laying around all day wondering WHY?
I should trust that He has a plan for me.
I always wonder..
What if I do this?
What if I do that?
Will that work?
Will that be enough?
Why can't it just be?
Why does He let others have them, but not me?
I'm tired of letting this situation control me.
Tired of it making me miserable, lazy, & mad.
I wish I could let it go.
I can't though.
It's too hard. Too hard.
I know this makes absolutely no sense to you.
But it does to me.
Right now, it does to me.
And I needed to let it out.
I need to have somewhere I can go & let it all out.
This is the place.
If you don't like it, you don 't have to read my posts.


Kitchen

We are in the process of starting to paint our kitchen & kitchen cabinets.
I have picked out 2 colors:
Gray Screen by Sherwin Williams for the walls & Snowbound for the trim & cabinets.
You can find my inspiration here.
The gray screen actually has more of a blue tone to it in person.
I really hope I like it. I'm sort of nervous.
I don't want it to be drab or too gray.
We will see I guess.
 
 


Patience

Have any of you ever wanted something soooo bad it hurt? I know everyone has. I'm not ready to tell what I'm actually talking about, but I need to get some things off my chest.
I want something so bad. More than anything else in the world. I have wanted this for almost a year now. Both my husband & I. I have tried to be so patient, but my patience is running on fumes.
My engine is about to shut off. I don't know how much longer I can wait. I cry, I'm angry, I'm resentful.
IT HURTS.
I know, however, God has plans for us. He knows exactly what He is doing. I know that His timing will be perfect. But, I want it NOW. I see it happen with others. What's wrong with me? What is He waiting for. How much longer do I have to wait?
I pray. I try to live right. I'm doing everything I know to do. What more is there? Is God waiting on something else from me? I don't know. I wish I did.
There is a reason for everything. I know this. I need to pray for patience. I need you to pray for patience for me. I'm growing more & more angry & resentful with with each passing day.
I don't want to be that person. I want to know that everything is going to work out.
God has a plan for all of us.
He has has a plan for me. He knows exactly what He's doing. I just have to trust & believe.
Psalm 56:3
                                                               When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

October 2, 2012

The Day Our Loves Changed FOREVER

    We are expecting a precious baby boy or girl in Feburary 2013!!! Yes, we are going to be PARENTS! We are so excited! We have been trying for about 6 months, and finally our wish has come true!
     It was just a normal weekend in our house. Jason did work around the house and worked on the race car some. I of course worked. When I got off work monday morning, I picked Jason and I something to eat for breakfast and met him at the shop. We quickly ate breakfast in the car, and I was off to the house to shower and get some much needed sleep. I knew that I was 2 days late, so I decided that I would take a pregnancy test. I of course was extremely nervous. I did the test, and then placed it on bathroom counter to wait for the results. Instead of standing over it and staring at like I really wanted to do, I left out of the bathroom and went to play with the dogs in the bedroom to distract myself. Jason called my cell phone to check on me. I thought this was a little strange because he never calls at that time. I didn't tell him what I had just done. He knew I was late, but if I were pregnant, I wanted to tell him that I had started so I could really suprise him and he wouldn't suspect anything. After getting off the phone with him, I walked into the bathroom and much to my suprise the pregnancy test said PREGNANT!!!!!!!!! I grabbed my head with both heads and all I could say was "Oh my GOD" "Oh my GOD" as I paced around the bedroom! I was beyond excited! I don't think there are words to express how excited I was. I don't think there are words to express how I felt at that moment.
     I really wanted, needed to tell someone right away. I picked up my cell phone and called my friend Cynthia. I knew I could tell her and trust that she wouldn't tell anyone. I really wanted to share the news with Jason, but he was at work and there was no way that I was going to tell him the news over the phone because I wanted to see his facial expression! I didn't know how I was going to make till 6pm to tell him. It was about 8:30am when I found out and I knew it was going to be tough to keep it from him all that time! I text Jason and told him that I had started my period and how disappointed and frustrated I was. Yes, I know I lied, but I really wanted him to be suprised! I decided that I would shower and try to get some sleep to help the time pass by faster.
     I hadn't been in bed long when Jason text me to let me know that he would be home for lunch. I was so excited because I knew that I would be able to share the news with him! Before lying down, I had gotten a piggy bank out of the closet and wrote on a sticky note "Our Baby's College Fund" and stuck it on the piggy bank and placed it on the desk in the office. I also out a sticky note on the desk that said "look in the drawer". I had put the pregnancy test in the drawer along with a "Expecting Father's" book.
     I slept till Jason got home for lunch. When he does come home for lunch, he stays just long enough to fix a sandwich, eat it, and back out the door he goes. I had to come up with an idea to get hin in the office. I decided to tell him that something was wrong with the computer. He walked in and read the sticky note on the piggy bank out loud. He said "whats that, whats that"? I told him to open the drawer. He opened it and started grinning! He then said "whats that, whats that"? I was like what do you think it is! He hugged me and we were just all smiles. He fell back onto the loveseat and we just sat there in the office in awe. It was so great! I will never forget it in my life!
     It was really sad when Jason had to head back to work because we were both so excited and I wanted to be with him. But, he had to go back and I couldn't wait for him to get back home.
     The hardest thing in the world right now is not being able to tell anyone. I don't go to the doctor until July 2. We found out on June 4th, so it is soooo hard waiting that long to go to the doctor to confirm everything. We want to wait until we go to the doctor to tell anyone. I am still very early in the pregnancy. As of right now, I think I am about 5weeks. I think I will be 6 weeks friday. My due date right now is Feb 9, 2013. I know that this date may changed once I go to the doctor and they actually measure me.
     I really don't feel pregnant and I haven't had any morning sickness. I am so ready to "feel" pregnant and see a belly! Crazy right! I can't wait to here a heartbeat and see my baby via ultrasound. The days just seem like they are draggin by because I'm anxiously awaiting all these things!
     Jason has been so wonderful to me. He is so concerned and worries about me. He is always rubbing my belly even at this early stage in pregnancy. It is so sweet and always makes me smile! I love him so much.
    This coming sunday is Father's Day. It will be Jason's first one. I really want to get him something, but I'm having a hard time thinking of something.
     Once you guys read this, I will be farther along in the pregnancy. I am writing this today about a week after we found out we were pregnant. But, I'm not posting this on my blog until we've told everybody in our families. I just wanted to go ahead and write this and save it so all I will have to do is post it later on.
     I can't wait until I can blog about my pregnancy and actually post instead of save!


I think I have finally found the courage to post this. It hurts. I cry a lot. All the time.
I originally wrote the above post on June 4th, 2012 but I was not going to post it on my blog until we had heard the baby's heart beat & had made it to 12 weeks. Little did we know that our lives changed that day, but our lives would change again in a couple of weeks.
I was very happy that I was pregnat. However, from the very first time I saw that ClearBlue digital test that said PREGNANT, I was hesitant. I don't know why, but I just didn't feel right.
I know it sounds wierd, but thats how I felt.
Ecstatic to be pregnant, but guarded. Worried.
All my fears came true on June 14th, 2012.
I started bleeding bright red blood. I had had some brown spotting the day before, but played it off because I read on the internet where this could be completely normal.
So, when I saw the bright red blood I knew something was really wrong. I cried & cried.
I called Jason & he came home from work.
I called my doctor's office & got an appointment for that afternoon. I couldn't see my doctor, but I didn't care. I just wanted to be seen.
We waited in the waiting room & it was horrible. I saw all these happy pregnant women or women who had just had babies coming in with their new babies in carriers & how everyone just ooo & aww'd over them. It hurt. It hurt because I knew I was probably losing my pregnancy. I wanted to scream honestly. I sat there & thought to myself, how fair is this? How can this happen.
I managed to compose myself (probably wouldn't have been able to if Jason hadn't been there).
They called my name to go back. Jason asked if I wanted him to go back with me, but I told him I was ok. I lied. I wasn't.
As soon as I went back they of course checked my vital signs & had me take a urine pregnancy test.
After that, they put me in a room. A room with an ultrasound machine. A machine that usually brings happy smiles to mothers faces because they get to see their little bean & hear its strong heart beat.
Well, I knew that on this particular day this machine might not give me the answer or let me see what I longed to see.
The doctor came in. He was super nice. He immediately started & did a vaginal ultrasound. He said here is your left ovary, here is your right ovary....it's definitely not an ectopic pregnancy. He kept pointing out things, but he never said here is the little bean or here is the sac.
His exact words were "I don't see a pregnany".
I can still hear those words to this day loud & clear. Those words still make me cry.
He did show me where I had a dip in my uterus. He said that it could be 1 of 2 things. He said either my pregancy is realllly early & thats why we can't see anything or that I had already lost the pregancy. The dip in my uterus was either the beginning of a pregnancy or a pregnancy that was already over. He apologized for not being able to give me anymore answers.
He said that he wanted me to have some blood work done that day(which was a thur) & then again on monday & that would hopefully help answer some questions maybe. So I left out of the room & went to have my blood drawn. Of course they couldn't give me results of the blood work that day, I had to WAIT. Yes, wait. Wait to see if I really am pregnant & its just WAY early or wait to see if I have already lost the pregnancy.
On the way home all I did was cry. Jason was upset, but he was strong. He was really worried about me. I cried for the longest time. I didn't understand. It didn't make since.
I was told in the office that they would call me the next day with the results of the blood work.
It was 4:00 on friday & still hadn't heard a word. It was so hard to wait.
I had to go all weekend not knowing what was going on with my body.
I worke all that weekend which I think helped with passing the time & keeping my mind off it.
I went in on monday to have my blood drawn again.
I can't remember if it was that evening or if it was on tuesday when they called me with the results.
They told me that my levels were 13 on thursday which does indicate pregnancy. When pregnant, your numbers are suppose to double every 48 hours. On monday, my levels were 1. This meant I was no longer pregnant.
Even though I was only pregnant for about 5 or 6 weeks, it has definately changed my life forever.
I will forever hold a place in my heart for our little bean. I often wonder would it have been a boy or a girl? What would he or she have been like?
I think about it all the time. It still hurts. It still feels fresh.
It feels good to get this out & off my chest.
My heart longs for people who have lost a pregnancy or lost a baby born sleeping.

 

September 18, 2012

Excited

I'm soo excited! I just ordered a pre-made design for my blog over at Designer Blogs!! I'm so excited to see what it looks like. I also added some add-ons. You guys should definitely go check the site out. I was so sick of my drab looking blog. Now, hopefully I will have a cute stylish blog. Not quite sure how exactly the whole process works, but hopefully it will go smoothly. I'm not sure if she will add the design or if it will be sent to me & I will have to manually do it? Either way, I'm stoked!
This past weekend was pretty good. I worked friday night & actually had a pretty good night. Saturday J had a race so we were at the track all day. Wasn't a very good race, but I was proud of him anyway. He worked on the car all last week, & then something broke on the car saturday. There is only 2 races left this season. Hopefully he can get the car fixed & straightened out for next season. I feel some wins coming for us next year!
We are going to be painting our kitchen walls & cabinets pretty soon. I get so stressed out when we are fixing to start on a project because I have such a hard time making decisions. I have discovered an awesome website called Houzz. The site is amazing & thats where we are looking for ideas. Later on when I have more time, I will post some pictures of some ideas that we are thinking about.
I really want to paint, get new appliances, new hardwood flooring, & new countertops. However, that is just not possible for us to do all at one time. We are going to start by painting & eventually make some of the other purchases at a later date.
I watched on show on HGTV last night that was pretty awesome. It was called Love It or List It. 9 times out of 10, the people would Love It. You guys should definitely check it out.
I have lots to do so I will be back later. Hope you guys are having a great day!

September 10, 2012

Same Stuff...Different Day

So, it is now 2:07 AM. Yes, I'm still awake. I'm very much a night person. I guess working weekend nights is really starting to mess up my schedule during the week. I do love my job though. I feel wide awake right now, & at 3pm I will feel sooo tired & want to take a nap. I wish I knew something that would help. I've been thinking of trying the new Zzzquil that I've been seeing advertising on tv. What do you guys do when you can't sleep?

Today is September 11th. A day that no one will ever forget. I can still remember exactly where I was sitting when I found out. I was in the 8th grade & sitting in English class. I can remember being very scared & very confused. Please remember to say an extra prayer for the families that lost loved ones on that tragic day. And I would like to extend a BIG thank you to the men & women that protect us & fight for our freedom each & everyday. GOD BLESS.

I feel like I've been in such a rut lately. I feel blah. Like I said, I work on the weekends so I'm home all week ALL day by myself. Its wonderful at times, but miserable other times. I get so bored & tend to stay on the internet shopping wayy too much. Its like an addiction. Shopping makes me feel better. It makes me happy. Just for that moment & when whatever it is comes in the mail. But then, I check my account & want to cry..soo the sadness comes right back to me. So then I want to buy something else to make myself feel better again. Yea, yea, I have a shopping problem. However, it has been 2 weeks now & I haven't purchased more than $50 of "I Want" stuff...I've just bought things that had to be bought or paid for.

I wish I could get myself out of this rut or funk...whatever you wanna call it. I wish I could be disciplined enough to go to bed at at decent time, wake up early, excercise, eat a healthy breakfast, clean, cook, etc. I've tried, but I just can't. I don't know what to do to get myself motivated. I weigh more now then I ever have in my life. I know I need to get it undercontrol now & not wait until it gets any worse. Once again, its a motivation thing. I have none. I don't have but about 30 to 35 pounds that I would like to lose. It sounds like it shouldn't be hard, but getting started is hald the battle. Inspiration & words of encouragement are welcome! =)

I have been pretty good about keeping up with my planner & working in our family binder that I have previously blogged about. I will say that my life is more organized now. I just need to devote some of the time I spend planning to actually DOING.

We really need to paint our kitchen. I just have no idea what color to paint it. Honestly, I'm not a very good interior designer & would rather just point to a picture somewhere & say ok I like that & go from there. We plan on painting it soon, just to make it look a little better. Eventually over some time, we will be replaing the cabinets, countertops, & appliances. Thas is going to cost some major $$. So, we will proceed with small babysteps. Ha. What color is your kitchen?

Well, I think I need to at least go get in the bed & TRY my best to get some sleep. I would like to get out of the bed before 12 tomorrow.

Until next time,

September 5, 2012

A Look Inside

So far I am loving my Erin Condren Life Planner. It is definitely been well worth the money. It keeps me on task & I look forward to checking off my to-do's & filling in my monthly plan! I have also been using my Family Binder along with the Life Planner. The Family Binder goes into wayy more detail & I keep up with all sorts of things there. I will be posting another blog about that later. For now, I have some pictures of my Life Planner. Sorry for the awful pictures & lighting!
There are places to put weekly goals & to do lists:
Laminated montly tabs make it easy to find your spot & they're very sturdy!
Keep it together pocket. I like this pocket, but things tend to slide out pretty easily. So, I wouldn't put anything important here. There is a zip sleeve at the back of the binder that is great for holding things.
This is of course my lovely cover! =)
This is my month of August.
This is the month of August also, but it's broken down into days. Morning, Day, & Nights so you can be even more on point! Ha!
These are the lovely stickers that come in the back of the planner. You may also buy extra at checkout. I love these!!
So, there you have it. A quick, inside look. It has made me so much more organized! Which was the WHOLE point! It's so cute & makes me want to be organized & colorful! I wish the pictures were better, but you guys get the idea! I hope everyone is having a lovely day!
Until Next Time.......
Katherine

August 30, 2012

It finally arrived!

My Erin Condren Life Planner finally arrived this past Saturday!
I was soooo excited! I absolutely LOVE it! It is so pretty & cute! I have really enjoyed writing in it & filling out my "to do's" for the day. It is total motivation! If you don't have one, you should definitely check them out! You won't be disappointed. I promise. I snapped some pictures the day it came in the mail. I will warn you though, these pictures were taken with my cell phone so they are not the best quality. But, at least you can get some idea anyway.
This first picture is of the cute box that it comes in:
This is a picture of what it looks like as soon as you open the box:
There is a cute welcome/thank you note & also a $10 off coupon!

This is something she adds to your order. I didn't order these. Theses are cute gift labels.
This is a picture of my oh so perfect planner & the markers that I ordered!
This is a pen holder that sticks to the inside back of your planner. I wasted my money on this, because I have yet to use it. I have also yet to use the markers that I bought.
This is the inside of the front cover & the first page. Isn't it colorful! I love it!

So, I'm definitely in love with it. I'm happy with the purchase. However, next time I will not be purchasing the markers or the pen holder. Just the Life Planner. I also want one of the notepads that match your planner. The notepad has adhesive on the back & will stick to the back inside cover of your planner. I wish I would have purchased one instead of the pen holder & the markers. Anyway, you live & learn right?

August 23, 2012

Getting it Together

I'm super excited that I am becoming closer to starting on my "Family Binder".
I got the tab dividers and business card pages today.
I also got the printouts also.
Now, once I find the binder that I want to use,
I can get started putting it together!
I know it's going to take a while to get everything in order,
but once its all together, boy will it be neat!

You can find these wonderful printouts at I Heart Organizing.
She has super cute stuff. Make sure to check out her
Etsy shop also. That's where
I got these printouts!
I stopped in at my local Hallmark store today &
found this super cute journal.

The front of the journal says Life is Full of Endless Wonders.
Love it!
I can't wait to start writing.

Until next time...

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August 22, 2012

Organization and Such...

     So, as you may know my Erin Condren Life Planner is on its way to my door steps as we speak! (SUPER EXCITED) I have been googling Erin Condren planner reviews & how people use them on Youtube. I have been very pleased at what I've seen so far. I have also been inspired to start my very own "Family Binder". I got my inspiration from Jen at I Heart Organizing. I just purchased my 2" binder & page dividers from Staples. It's so funny how excited & giddy I get about organzing & stationary type things. It's a little ridiculous, but I think its a girl thing! I also found a great website where you can print off daily, weekly, and monthly home to do lists for free!! You can find those here. I can't wait to incorporate these organization strategies in my everyday life. I really need to get better about cleaning and setting goals & actually finishing "To Do" lists. I would love to be one of those women who kept a perfect house, were ubber organized, & cooked every single day. However, I just don't think that's me. At least not yet, I'm working on it. Working weekends definitely helps with me being home all week long. It's perfect because I have the house all to myself..well except for my furbabies. I can't wait to get started on my Journey to Organization. I hope you guys don't mind being bored to death as I document this new journey! haha.





August 15, 2012

50 Shades of Addicted

     I am addicted to Fifty Shades of Grey... Currently I'm on book #2. I can't put them down once I start reading. Hubby and I were at the beach a few weeks ago, and you wouldn't believe the number of women that were on the beach with one of the Fifty Shades books in their hands! It was crazy.


     Have any of you read the Fifty Shades of Grey books? If so, what did you think?

Anxiously awaiting!

Warning: Girly Girl topic below. Prepare to Bore! Ha.     
    
    
     I have recently jumped on the Erin Condren train! I can't wait for my Life Planner to come in the mail. I check the status of my order every single day. I get so frustrated when I see the status hasn't changed. It has said "printed" for 5 DAYS now, but still hasn't shipped! I'm starting to get a little ill! I understand they are very busy, but goodness, it shouldn't take this long! I ordered mine 2 weeks ago.
     Anyways, I have already decided what colorful pens to by from walmart to use with my planner and have also decided that I'm going to try and color code everything.



Orange-Bills
Green-General Life Stuff
Purple-Appointments
Pink-Holidays/Birthdays
Blue-Work Stuff


     Isn't that exciting?? Haha, I know you're thinking...not really, but I'm totally excited for FedEx to make that delivery at my house! I really hope I enjoy it as much as I'm anticipating it! I've read all kinds of blogs where people talk about how wonderful they are! Hopefully it will encourage me to be more organized and "put together". It was definitely a splurge for a planner, but hey, I couldn't resist. I can't wait till one day when I have a family and I can put a family photo or cute picture of my kids on the front cover! =) The following are pictures I found online of other peoples Life Planners just to give you an idea of how presh they are if you haven't seen or heard of them before!





     Enough with the pictures! I will definitely take some when mine arrives! Woopie! I'm like a kid waiting on Santa Claus... =) How many of you guys already have one and what are your opinions on them? I haven't heard a bad thing about them yet, well except... it takes a little while for them to arrive(hey, they are customized) and people say they are pretty big and hard to fit in a purse(apparently they haven't seen my purse suitcase). That is all my rambling for now!

June 12, 2012

Just Another Day


     Seems as though it has been for ever since I've posted. Well, it actually has been a while. I'm not very good with keeping up with this. I need to get better so I can capture our ever changing, fast paced life. Seems like days just fly by now. I wish they would slow down just a little bit.
     I'm really enjoying working weekends now. Well, let me be honest...I don't enjoy working every single weekend, but the people I work with make it all worth it. I couldn't ask to work with a better group. I've also been really lucky at finding people to switch or work for me on the saturdays that Jason races. So I've been pretty happy about that. However, Jason has decided that he is going to be racing this coming saturday and I have to work. It's really too late to try and find someone to switch with me now at work. This will be the first race that I haven't been to. I'm pretty bummed about it. He has promised me that he will text me updates. I know he will, but it will definitely NOT be the same as being there.
     Chloe has gotten so much better with her potty training. She has only had a few acidents in the house in the last few weeks. It has been so nice! I'm so proud of her! I'm lucky to have such great dog babies! They love to sleep!! Which works awesome for me. HA! We love to take long naps. Especially on rainy days! Chloe takes naps with us in the bed, but at night time, she sleeps in her crate.
     I have pretty much postponed going back to school right now to get my Bachelors. I really don't look forward to going back. I originally wanting to go back so I could be a school nurse, however, the longer at work at the hospital, the more I love my job. I love the fact that I only work 3 nights a week and have 4 days off every single week! It's amazing! And lets not forget the nights when I get a call about 5:10 pm telling me they are going to put me on call! Oh, how happy that makes me! HA! I've pretty much decided that I love the hours that I work and how flexible my job is and the fact that I don't have to wake up in the mornings. I don't know if I could actually do a job now that was 5 days a week and have to wake up so early in the morning. Thats why I'm not rushing to go back to school as of right now.
     Jason had a race this past weekend. He qualified 3rd and finished 3rd. We were very excited! He's getting closer and closer every week to a win! We were also blessed to bring the car home in one piece. The whole race seemed like a crash fest and boy were tempers rising!
     I have decided that I want to try to start cooking. Yes, me cooking! I really need too. All this fast food is definitely not doing my body any good. Jason never gains a pound, however, I gain weight for him plus me! Its definitely not fair! I have no idea where to start with the cooking. I will definitely let you know how it goes! Think I will end on that note today =)

May 16, 2012

What I Think..

     I'm writing this just to get things off my chest. I'm so tired of hearing about gay marriage, etc. I believe in God. I believe I am a Christian. No, I don't go to church, but that doesn't mean I can't have a relationship with Him. I grew up in church and went to Sunday school every sunday, but as an adult I feel that I don't have to go to church for God to love me. I don't believe that you have to go to church in order to get into heaven. Whether or not you get into heaven is between you and the Lord. I believe that God loves EVERYONE. He loves gay people, murderers, thieves...EVERYONE. I believe that everyone should have equal rights. I believe that if two gay men or women want to get married then they should be able to. I believe that if two gay people want to go into a church and worship, then they should be able to without judgement. They're relationship with God is between them and God. It's not for you or I to judge. That's my opinion and what I choose to believe, but that doesn't mean that you have to agree with me. I believe that people deserve to be happy. I think people pick and choose what they want to believe out of the bible. I believe that there are people that sit in church pews every Sunday worshiping and praising knowing all the while they are cheating on their husbands or wives, yet, they THINK because they wear their skirt and their hair as high as heaven, they will automatically get through the gates of heaven. I DON'T THINK SO. What I'm trying to say is, God loves everyone no matter what and people should love others no matter their sexual preference. I do believe that God intended for marriage to be between a woman and a man, but I don't believe that God doesn't love gay people. I'm not gay, I am happily married..but, I do have a brother that is gay. I love him just as much today as I did before he came out to me. He is still the same person and God loves him just as he loves me. Don't judge people. You do not know what or where they have been or come from. Love all and respect everyone. Thats what God would want us to do. Not judge people because of what they believe. I do understand that their are plenty of people who do not agree with the above, but like I said that is their own opinion and they have a right to their opinion just like I have mine. I just wanted to get this out and off my chest. It hurts when I read hurtful things on facebook, etc. about things that people post about gays and religion. And a lot of the people posting the things call themselves christians. However, they surely don't act like it. I'm sorry if this is offensive to anyone, but this what I believe. Thanks for listening.

Quotes I Like..

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
Marilyn Monroe

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
Elbert Hubbard

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
Mother Teresa

“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.”
Garrison Keillor

January 17, 2012

Pinterest

If any of you guys are on Pinterest, please send me an invite!! I requested one on the website FOREVER ago and still haven't received one. Thanks sooo much! My email is katclark88@yahoo.com

January 4, 2012

I'm Back...AGAIN!!

     It's yours truly yet again! haha. I'm gunna give this blog thing yet another try. I want to do this for me. To remember the "little things" in my life. I'm not writing this blog for others to read (you can if you want, but it'll probably be really boring), but for myself because I want to remember everything. Every LITTLE detail about my life and what I love and don't love.
     Since I have blogged last, some things have changed in my life. One being that we got another fur-baby! Her name is Chloe. I love her to pieces. I also found out where I will be working for good in the hospital. I'm not on orientation anymore. I work on a medical-surgical floor.
This is my Chloe girl! =)


     I want to become a better person. I think I'm already a good person, but, I want to be BETTER. I want people to be around me and think "man I wish I could be more like her". That's what I want. I want my faith and happiness to rub off on people. I want to change peoples lives. Not just medically. Don't ask me how to do that, but, that's what I want. I want to worry, stress, and be anxious LESS and  LIVE MORE. I want to read my bible everyday and pray multiple times a day. I want this to be natural for me. Not something I have to make myself sit down and do. I want to be a better wife. I want to start eating better and drinking more water. I want a family, yes, I want a family right now. I know this probably sounds crazy, but, this is what I want. I want these things.
     I have a little problem called "participatory anxiety". It runs my life. I LET it run my life. It brings me down and takes away my happiness at times. It hurts because I cause this to myself. I make myself feel this way. It has gotten better, but I want it to go away completely. I don't want it running me anymore. I want to find a way to make it go away. I have gotten better about talking myself through things and making myself see.."look you are doing this to yourself". I need to stop worrying about whats going to happen tomorrow and start living today. That's exactly what I need to do. However, it's easier said than done.
     I want to start doing the FlyLady thing...

What I did today:
     This morning J took Buddy to the vet before work. He has something viral and is on antibiotics. I went to lunch with my good friend P at a little deli on Main St. Then, we went in a few little stores. I bought nothing except a key chain! GO ME! haha. As soon as she brought me home, Chloe and I went to the shop for a little while and road to the store with J for a snack. Now I am back home and need to be straightening up and doing a little laundry. Instead, I'm doing this. Typical me. Anyways, we have no plans yet for this evening. We will probably get something to eat and then maybe go visit my parents for a little bit.

How I feel right now: OK. I have many things I WANT to do. I HOPE I can do them all.
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