Half Way

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The year is half way over. ย Already.

Wow, time just keeps going no matter what you are doing with it.

I’ve felt okay with it though lately…

I’ve realized that I’m never going to be anything great, but I can enjoy my life and feel happy. ย And so that is what I focus on…the small joys of everyday life ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a busy but productive day which always makes me feel good…some laundry done, bread made, meal for tonight ready to go before work, finance meeting, organized kitchen counter, dishes, lunch made/eaten, now time for a little relaxin’ before shower, eat and work.

Here’s to a great second half of the year!!

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

“You’ll be

his first kiss

his first love

his first friend.

You are his mommas

and he is your whole world.

He is your little boy.”

Congratulations Jamie and Linda!! ย I am so excited for your little one to be born and to be loved by two such terrific women ๐Ÿ™‚

It was just SO nice to be at a shower for two moms and to see so many family and friends celebrating a new life…


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Now I Know I’m REALLY 40!…Friday Favorites, 2013: Week 26

Friday, June 28, 2013

Had my VERY FIRST mammogram today. ย I have to say it really wasn’t that bad.

Now that that’s done I KNOW I’m 40 ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a strange, busy first day off…slept til 2 pm, up to take a shower, off to the hospital (45 min drive) to get blood work and my mammogram, then the drive back, then finally dinner. ย After all that I was so tired I took a nap!

We’ll just go with a relaxing Friday night.

Enjoy my finds from the web…

Favorite cool treatWatermelon Lime Slushy Sorbet

Watermelon Lime Slush Sorbet

~~Photo and recipe…Edible Perspective

Favorite finance postThe Bell (~~The Simple Dollar)

Favorite sideBasil Butter Garlic Bread!

Basil Butter Garlic Bread

~~Photo and recipe…What Megan’s Making

Favorite inspirational post5 False Beliefs that Are Holding You Back (~~Mark and Angel Hack Life)

Favorite treats… ๐Ÿ™‚

Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Bars

Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cereal Bars

~~Photo and recipe…Averie Cooks

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

~~Photo and recipe…Cookies and Cups

Lemon Icebox Pie


~~Photo and recipe…Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Have a great weekend!!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

…good music


…great co-workers

…coming home to someone I love

…summer beauty



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In the news…Gay Marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In my opinion, two steps closer to equality for gay and lesbian committed couples…

Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Rules on Prop 8, Let’s Gay Marriage Resume in California

It’s a good day people ๐Ÿ™‚


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kimm and I FINALLY ordered Kindle Skins ๐Ÿ™‚

Definition ~~ stickers that “personalize” and “pretty up” your Kindle


Milky Way


Black Penny

SO EXCITED to get them!

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LOVE {Daytime Naps}

Monday, June 24, 2013

We are in the middle of ย a heat wave…temps in the mid 90s, feels like the high 90s.

SO glad again for our AC unit in the downstairs ๐Ÿ™‚

After eating lunch today (leftover homemade mac and cheese…seriously SO good! and a salad with grapes for dessert) I got WICKED sleepy and managed to sleep for almost two hours before Madeline woke me up by knocking stuff on the floor!

It was a glorious nap…the kind where you fall asleep immediately and sleep so fast and hard. ย I awoke feeling so refreshed and felt so grateful that I am able to enjoy my daytime naps ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

I think I just had the cheapest shopping trip of my life!

Total – $19.13.

I guess when you are trying to stick to a budget, you don’t go wild at the store.

The haul…

–small bunch of green grapes

–small bunch of purple grapes

–2 peaches

–4 bananas

–1 yellow pepper

–3 tomatoes

–2 ears of corn

–2 bags of Mexican cheese

–1 bag of sharp Cheddar cheese

–1 container of sour cream

–1 container of French Onion dip

–1 six pack of rolls

–1 16 oz jar of salsa

–1/2 gallon of ice cream

Not too bad!

With everything we have left at home we are going to be eating well for the remainder of the month…

Breakfasts–homemade bread, coffee

Lunches–hard-boiled eggs, fried egg sandwiches, tomato/cheese on English muffin under the broiler, veggie wraps, smoothies

Dinners–homemade mac and cheese, veggie pizza, quesadillas, black bean enchiladas, cheesy pasta, veg burgers with veggies on the grill

Snacks–smoothies, popcorn, veggies/dip/hummus, Ritz crackers/bar cheese

Sounds good to me! LOVE good eating. ย 

What’s the lowest you ever spent on a grocery bill?

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Vacation #1, 2013…MEMORIES

Saturday, June 22, 2013

…eating pizza out! (twice ๐Ÿ™‚ )


…finishing the final season of Weeds

Weeds Season 8


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Shop on Blossom Street

A Good Yarn

…sitting on the porch

…eating lunch on the porch for the first time!


…listening to new songs I bought…

Next To Me ~~ Emeli Sande

Here’s To Never Growing Up ~~ Avril Lavigne

Those Three Days ~~ Lucinda Williams

…buying some new clothes for summer


…cleaning (never ending! …BUT better when not feeling rushed!)


…sipping iced coffees ๐Ÿ™‚

…watching House Hunters, Love It or List It, Income Property

…munching on popcorn!

…enjoying a Father’s Day meal at Olive Garden (fettucini alfredo) with lemon cake for dessert…to die for!


…sleeping in!

…setting up the grill and USING IT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!!!!







(on the menu…veggie burgers, roasted corn, veggie kabobs!…SO GOOD!!!)

…finally giving myself a haircut





(**by the way…very hard to take pics of yourself in the mirror!)

…having bagels for breakfast


…FINALLY buying myself some new scrubs…QUITE an ordeal (two different stores, three hours, MANY try-ons)…but I do love the colors I found!


…watching part of Survivor Season Two: The Australian Outback

…making brownies!

…going to my doctor’s appt (time to get my first mammogram, gulp!)…and a super sore arm due to my tetanus/whooping cough vaccine…ugh

…visiting Barnes and Noble


…enjoying the First Day of Summer!! (Friday, June 21st!)

…finally getting a new mower (from a lawnmower place, NOT a big-box store…AND returning the second one to Home Depot)

…finally getting past Level 87 of Candy Crush!

…watching two great movies…

Ghosts of Mississippi

Sarah’s Key

…sipping on Twisted Teas!

…enjoying a great ride in the countryside at night

…above all…relaxing and NO WORK!!

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Friday Favorites, 2013: Week 25

Friday, June 21, 2013

Still on VACATION ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy my favorites from around the web…

Favorite sweets

Macadamia Key Lime Pie

Macadamia Key Lime Pie

~~Photo and recipe…The Recipe Critic

Strawberry Pizza

Strawberry Pizza

~~Photo and recipe…What Megan’s Making

Blueberry Cheesecake Pie

Desserts for Dudes: blueberry cheesecake pie ::: bake at 350 blog

~~Photo and recipe…Bake at 350

Favorite inspirational post

this is not a rehearsal ~~ the SHU box

Favorite meal ideas

Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups

Caprese Lasagna Roll Ups

~~Photo and recipe…Life as a Lofthouse

Black Bean Sliders

Black Bean Sliders

~~Photo and recipe…Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Quick and Easy Southwestern Ravioli Skillet Pasta

Southwestern Ravioli Skillet Pasta

~~Photo and recipe…Half Baked Harvest

Mexican Black Bean Pizza

Black Bean Pizza

~~Photo and recipe…She Wears Many Hats

Favorite finance post

Why the Small Stuff Matters ~~ The Simple Dollar

Favorite cute craftWooden Spoon Herb Markers

~~Photo and how-to instructions…Craftivity Designs

Have a great weekend!!

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