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Friday, July 25, 2014

6 Random Obsessions

#1- I am obsessed with the Counting Crows (among a few other bands).  I own every single album they have ever released and am a bit heartbroken that they are finally on tour again and they will be in Phoenix on August 7th.  I don't have anybody to watch Em so I can go and I am a bit bummed about it.  I have been wanting to see them live for so many years and ... well, it's all good.

#2 - I have a huge obsession with lingerie.  I buy so much that I am on first name basis with the girls who work at Victoria's Secret.

#3 - I am obsessed with clothes.  I have a closet full of really nice dresses, skirts, shoes, etc. and I don't wear any of them because I am self conscious about my weight.

#4 - I am also obsessed with boxes.  I love a good sturdy box.  What? A quality box is hard to come by and you never know when you need to move stuff.

#5 - I am obsessed with candles.  I have a hall linen closet full of candles.  Various kinds- Yankee (You're welcome, Ryan! LOL), Bath & Body Works, Febreze, and Glade.  My coworker sells Gold Canyon.  I ordered three. LOL - have to help support a small business... *whistles innocently*

#6 - I am obsessed with K-Dramas.  I am out of my mind in loooove with them.  Haha.

What are you obsessed with?

PS- I have comments on moderation and I will approve them as I know I can respond to them.  I am still trying to balance everything out :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Live the life you have imagined

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The other day I posted about goals that were more personal in nature.

I am thinking more and more about there I want to go professionally.

Some days, I do dream the dream of being self employed.  Who wouldn't want to be their own boss and write your own paycheck? Other days, my realistic self chimes in and says "Really?" and that's all I need to stop day dreaming.

I still want to launch my soap and jewelry businesses.  That's going to happen but I am not sure that I want to quit my job (well, depends on the days at work. Ha. Oh and my mood).  I would love to be able to cut to part time status and get the product lines really going.

I would love for my blog to grow (which it is! yay!) and really help improve my writing skills, my content marketing skills and of course, social media marketing.  Actually.  I think goal has been achieved.  Well.  Not to professional levels but the fact that I am growing and improving is proof that my goals are being achieved.  *virtual high five*

I think I will really focus on my professional goals this weekend.  I really need to lay it out much more clearly than I already have them.

What goals do you have?

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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


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.