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Monday, July 21, 2014

Shot@Life: It's Back To School Time

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Shot@Life: It's Back to School Time #GiveAShot #Shop


I can not believe in a little less than one month, not only will my baby turn 11 years old she will be entering 6th grade.  I just can not wrap my mind around how much time has flown by!  This is a huge deal.  This also means that we have a LOT to take care of in the next few weeks to prepare for this new school year! We need to get her new glasses ordered, school clothes shopping, hair cut, dentist and well child check up.  Since she is going into sixth grade, she's also due for her meningococcal as part of her required vaccines

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Favorite Lyrics Series: Fast Car

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Goals. Hoarding. Books. Fonts

Ernest Hemingway Quote Goals


Goals.  

They're good to have, right? Whether they are personal or professional, goals are wonderful and as Ernest Hemingway said it's the journey that matters.  Goals may not be hit in its entirety but the journey of working toward them is what's most important.  I have been working towards a few goals and I am trying to hold myself accountable.  I have achieved some success this past weekend in regards to my hoarding problem (LOL), books and fonts.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Musical Break

T. G. I. F.

No.  Really.  I am so glad.  Fridays are my down days at work and where I pretty much play catchup and I am soooo ready for this weekend.

Today is a good day for some feel good music.  The following songs always make me feel good.




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Panda Express Orange Sauce Chicken

disclaimer: I bought this out of my own pocket but affiliate links may be included.

The other day, I was at Smart & Final and came across a bottle of Panda Express's Orange Sauce and I had to snatch it up.  Emma LOVES Panda Express but we rarely go because I am allergic to shellfish and they cook their shrimp and chicken in the same oil.  I have a few copycat recipes saved on Pinterest but you know what? Bottle? Easy peasy.  I'll give it a shot.

I coated chicken with cornstarch and cooked it in oil.

Easy.  Nothing to it, really.  I have been in a bit of a writing/blogging/job/cooking funk and haven't felt much like doing anything except being lazy.  haha.

When the chicken was cooked and browned, I added half the bottle of sauce to it and let it simmer and thicken up and then served over rice.


I thought it was good and definitely helped with the cravings for Panda but... it was a lot more vinegary than I recall the sauce being BUT it does work for now. I liked it.  We ate it up.  I think next time, I will do a bit more with the chicken (it may be the bland chicken)  and maybe add some more soy sauce and orange marmalade to the sauce.

I will definitely buy it again.

If you would like to try it, too, you can find it at your local store (maybe?) or definitely on Amazon: Panda Express Orange Sauce







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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Keep Moving with Stayfree!

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Keep Moving With Stayfree #FreeToMove #Cbias #Shop

I don't know about you, but I feel like I am ALWAYS on the move.  GO. GO. GO.  No breaks.  Whether it is for my daughter or for me, it feels like we are going nonstop.  Emma has therapies, doctors, and lots of activities.  I have my job, my blog and I make jewelry so I try to be prepared and I am not always successful but I do try to always have a book, bottle of water, snack bars, and feminine care in my purse. I try to be prepared for some... surprises.  Especially at my age - anything can happen and I want to be free to move without worry!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

#AD: What Makes You Sparkle? #SparkleWithDASANI



*Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Dasani and all thoughts are my own.



Dasani has launched a NEW line of amazing product- Dasani Sparkling.  Dasani Sparkling is a line of sparkling waters and you know what? They are DELICIOUS! I am drinking the lemon flavored Dasani as we speak.  Yum! I am in love! So far, I have tasted the lemon and the lime flavors. Tomorrow will be the Apple!

To celebrate the new Dasani Sparkling line, Dasani wants to know- What makes YOU sparkle?

Life can be full of ups and downs, right? However, we all have something that makes us sparkle.

Sundays & Injurversary



Man oh man.  This last week has been quite ...draining.  

July 8th was Emma's 10 year injurversary.  I try to celebrate it as a second birthday but internally, I am heavily mourning.  I should have taken the day off from work but I didn't have enough PTO because Em had an appointment with her rehabilitation specialist (physiatrist) on the 9th and Monday I had a meeting with her developmental disabilities case manager to make sure all her programs are in place.  These are all routine but I am just exhausted from the emotional toll that her anniversary brings.  

Each year- it's a reminder of two things: betrayal and survival.  


10 years ago - the child I gave birth to died and was revived.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Budget Meals: BBQ Turkey Meatballs and Italian Veggies (with a surprise side dish!)

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Budget Meals: BBQ Turkey Meatballs and Italian Veggies (with a surprise side dish!) #RollIntoSavings #shop



As a single mom, I am always trying to find ways where I can pinch pennies without giving up quality.  10 years ago, after Emma's traumatic brain injury, I had to stop working to take care of her.  We lived off of her social security disability and food stamps.  I had to learn how to stretch the $137 a month in food stamps we received.  I made it work! When I went back to working full time in 2009, I had to adjust spending habits again.  I also had new bills to account for- I got into a car wreck and totaled out my car that was paid.  No way I could be without a car especially in a city as large as Phoenix and having a child with disabilities who has a ton of doctors appointments.  I am also hoping to purchase a home in a year, so I am pinching pennies even more so now and the need for budget friendly meals is even greater.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What I Am Reading...



"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a weekly link up hosted by the wonderful Sheila at Book Journey.  Each week, we share what we read and what we are reading! I totally think you should join in on the fun!

So.  Remember last week when I showed your my hoarding purchases of books and I had gone a bit out of control purchasing a few book series? I wasn't sure WHICH book I would start first.  Well.  I have it figured out! It just took me a week but....
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