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Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Monday! What are you 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!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fuel Your Mornings With Nestle: Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

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Fuel Your Mornings with Nestle: Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Smoothie #MyGoodLife #shop

Ahhh mornings.  They're so much fun, right? *crickets* I guess they aren't.  Mornings are full of rushing around and trying to get out the door in time.  Sadly, most of the time, we make it out the door with an empty stomach and a rush through a drive-thru.  I have chatted about this previously about my struggle with trying to eat breakfast at home because not only is better for you, it's less expensive.  I try to find ways to get something in both mine and Emma's stomachs before she goes to her morning physical, occupational and speech therapies.  Since her therapies are so early in the morning (7 am), I thought making a morning smoothie with Nestle Nesquik and Carnation Breakfast Essentials I picked up at Walmart.


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Recipe: Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry AKA Moo Goo Gai Pan

This week has been... interesting.  I don't know if I would categorize it as good or bad.  I did decide to transfer to a different position at work.  I interviewed with that department's manager and we really got along well.  My pay won't change and that's a-okay by me and I have done this position before.  My daughter will be 11 and entering sixth grade when school starts back up (*screams*) and when her program turns from summer program to after school program- she goes to the next classroom up.  She's excited because she gets to join friends who "graduated" to the big kids room.  She has a one-on-one aide due to explosive behavioral issues and for safety on the van rides now.  The Lead from the room she is in now was her one-on-one until summer program (she was promoted so she handpicked her aide for the summer) called me and said she didn't think Em needed a one-on-one going forth except on the van.  The Lead for the room she is heading into has a LOT of experience with pre-teens/teens with behavioral issues and they think that it's unnecessary for the room because if she has a behavioral issue, she will get one on one attention anyways and she is more independent now.

Waaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  She's growing up.  This past six years has been a whirlwind.  She started walking at five years, her skull was repaired summer 2009 (no more helmet!), she became 100% potty trained last summer, she's making more reasonable choices, she's able to reason and talk versus screaming and fits.  Sigh.

Enough mushiness.

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.