Wednesday, August 20, 2014

And All That...Stress?

I don’t know what’s been up lately but I suddenly feel very stressed. Like there are not enough hours in the day to do the things I want. I want to work out more but I feel guilty about not being in the office when everyone else is – even though taking a long lunch to PT is fine. But I don’t want to have to shower and put my uniform back on.

I feel like all I’m doing is driving too and from work and I don’t get enough time with the kids, or Hubs. He’s working 6 days a week now, so Sunday is our only family time and I feel like that is full of chores. We haven’t been able to do anything island-y in weeks. Last Sunday, our fun time was going to Costco.

Over the past few months, I've put on some pounds to the point where I am uncomfortable in everything I wear. I've been trying to add workouts in but waking up at 5 am to work out for an hour doesn't seem like a fun thing to do. I like to sleep. I need to sleep. By 7 pm every night, I’m dragging. And we still go lift for an hour.

I hope this is all just the end of summer stress and September will be better. Piglet will have been in school for a month and Hubs will almost be done with his altered work schedule so maybe it will be better. So far, I've managed to get my hour long cardio sessions in on Monday and Tuesday and I should be able to do today as well as tomorrow. It’s the little things I suppose.

What do you do to stop stressing out?

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Chicken Avocado Ranch Salad

Looking for a nice appetizer? Or maybe just a little snack? Or dinner - let's be honest, sometimes snacking is easier.  Here's a yummy little treat that is easy to make and even easier to eat.

1 can chicken breast
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
ranch dressing to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Mix it all together and then serve over crackers. Serve on a crostini. Serve it on a spoon.


Seriously, it's delicious.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lamp Makeover

If you recall, I recently made a large piece of artwork to act as a headboard. Once we did that, our lamps no longer matched and instead of buying new lamps, I repainted these and I think they turned out amazing!

This is what it looked like before. It was pretty and honestly, buying a new one wouldn't have been so bad since I got the pair of these for $4.50 at the thrift store but anything for a DIY, right?

I used the remaining charcoal colored paint from the headboard and then sealed it with a matte seal and they turned out great!

Next up, redoing Hubs' bedside table - mine is already done. ;)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hurricane Day

So, Iselle came and left on Friday. We both had the day off and Piglet was out of school. At first, we woke up to some light rain and wind and POWER! Whoo! But then around 10, the power went out and stayed out for about 2 hours. Not too bad really, it was just in the middle of lunch time. But we'll get to that.

Since we had no TV to watch, I decided it was the perfect time to rearrange our living room. I have been wanting to switch the TV and chair for some time now and this was my perfect excuse to get it done. Hubs was not at all excited by it but I pushed him to do it anyway. Here's how it looked before, not too bad really. The TV just had a glare. We also had a rug but we threw that shit out. Carpets + Kids + Cats = MESS

Here's the living room after. I love it. We can even see the TV from the dining room and kitchen now. Hubs folded laundry on the dining room table and it watching some nerd stuff on the big screen. Maybe he'll be motivated to fold laundry every weekend now? LOL

Lunch would have been easy for Hubs, Blueberry, and me since we can eat plenty of foods but Piglet is picky and wanted ramen or chicken noodle soup. Great. So, Hubs fired up the grill and we boiled some water to make ramen. The power came back on just as we finished making Piglet's lunch but oh well. Now we know, Hubs can provide!

Hubs also had a great idea to turn the kids into cardboard robots. We only got as far as the robot head before Piglet took off, running around. He loved it. He even ate his dinner with it on. Hubs said "I always knew he'd be playing around with a beer box on his head, I just thought it would be in college."

And finally, while we were moving furniture, Piglet got a hold of the camera and took some pictures. He's actually pretty good, if you look through the fingers. ;)

So, we survived the hurricane. I knew we would but hey, I'm from Florida. How was your weekend?

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight

Happy Saturday everyone! I thought I would take the time to introduce you to Abby, she's been sponsoring me this month. You should go check out her Facebook page because she makes the cutest stuff! I totally want all her Doctor Who stuff.

I mean, really? Adorable! So without further ado....

Hiya Everyone!

I'm Abby and I'm currently a stay at home mom to a preschooler, and wifey to an Airline Support Mechanic. We live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I've been crafting of some sort for most of my life, and have a new found love of crochet! To keep my husband happy with all my trips to the yarn store I opened up a little Etsy shop! I make all sorts of nifty little things including dishcloths, scarves, and amigurumi dolls! You can check out all the goodies on my Facebook page, and if you are interested in having something awesome made for Christmas my list opens up on September 1st!

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