Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites 08/18/17

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Favorite Clutch

This wallet fits everything! Henri Bendel


Favorite Dress

 Feminine Funk

This is a long dress... & for $35!!!
So awesome!!!

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

A highly unusual Beauty and the Beast gift idea would be one of these upcycled vinyl records.

One of each please....

Favorite Book List

18 of the Best Coming-of-Age Books to Read at Any Point in Your Life

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The Best Coming of Age stories for Any Age
I have read a few of them but would love to tackle all 18 of these

Favorite Mug

...Always be chasing your own light!  Photo by @amandahedgepethobx at IG #photographermom #mompreneur #photoglife

Perfect for a photographer!!!

Favorite Deep Thought

You Daily Health and Fitness Motivation provided by @fitpossiblecoach . Make sure you REPIN if you like seeing these quick quotes. This will help spread inspiration and motivation to more people searching!

BAM! That's a new look at things, isn't it?

Favorite Peencha

Then and now. She destroys every stuffed animal except this one. Click here to check out our $1.99 sale for cute animal merch!

They said that dog destroyed every stuffed animal it ever had except that one...
... & here he is years later with the same one.

Favorite Funnies

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This really aint that funny #truth
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... my brain when I think I need to clean my house on the weekends

GIPHY! ( July 3, 2015 at 01:48AM

.... when I'm told I can "leave early" at work & its just 10 minutes till I leave anyways

GIPHY! ( July 13, 2017 at 11:08AM

... when I go to any social gathering

... me at 4:00pm

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dollar store saves my dad, another Bible Study to lead & family always for the win!!!! {Thankful Thursday #138}

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This week I am Thankful For:
{The numbers go with my One Thousand Gifts Journal / just ignore}

542/ Family
When the going gets tough, family comes through, dont they? It was great having family come up & sit with dad & check in on him while he was in the hospital. Such a relief at times to know someone was up there when me or my brother couldnt get there.

543 / Surprise from my love.
I got home from the hospital last Thursday & had this sitting there waiting on me from my hubby.  I've already found one picture in it that is my fav (involves books) & I so want to color it up really nice & frame it for my room.

544 / New bag.
Up at the hospital, my aunt came in carrying the cutest little bag that had dogs all over it.  One of them even looked just like Bruno.  When I commented on that, she ended up taking everything out of her bag, shoved the things in her purse & handed the bag over to me. How sweet was that?!?!?... I carried that bag with my knitting every day since.

See little Bruno on there? :) 

547 / Nursing Assistant
So when dad got out of ICU & headed down to a regular floor, we are taking the turn at the new nurses station & I looked up & see a familiar face.  One of dad's nursing assistants was one of my old youth kiddos!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe that?  Such a small world. It was so great seeing her again. It's been quite a few years since I've seen her in person & not on social media.  So nice to check in with her about her family too. Just love her & her family!

548 / Vet had meds ready
We are nearing the end of the shampoo for Bruno's skin & needed some more... & we actually were re-thinking a prescription for itching that they offered if Benadryl didnt work for him - which it didn't. I called the vet & they said they'd have everything at the counter for us to pick up with no need for another vet visit. WHEW. I have been to plenty of vets that are just about getting every dollar they can & would make you come in for another office visit.

550 / Support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.
Always will be Waging Hope for a cure!!!!
Always there to support this cause that can help my uncle kick cancer in the face!!!!

551 / Time with my cousin.
I just love any chance I get to spend time with my baby cousin ... & got to meet her new man in her life - whom I TOTALLY give a thumbs up in approval.  Such a nice guy.

I also just love seeing her little girl, who is growing up so fast... such a little baby doll with those eyes & that smile!!

552 / Starbucks after a 5k
... I gotta get my energy from somewhere...

553 / Gift Card
I had a gift card that let me get my new fitness tracker for free. BAM!  BOOM!  CHA-CHING!

554 / Dad HOME!!!

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555 / NEW Bible Study starting up
OK... how can I refuse this? My MSM girls got in touch with me this weekend & asked if we can do a bible study together? WHAT?... how do I tell these girls no?  I had just saw a bible study for teens when I stopped in the Christian bookstore over the weekend & now I see why God put that one right in my path. I suggested that one - their mom's approved of it... & it looks like I've now got ANOTHER Bible study to lead.  Excited to see these young girls get closer to each other & to God.

556 / Dollar Store
Let me tell you - when you live out where nothing is close to you & they build a Dollar store - its like an oasis in a dessert when you when have an emergency. When my dad's fever got up to 104.7 Sunday night, it would have taken 30 minutes to get Tylenol & get it back to him.  The Dollar Store now gets credit for saving my daddy's life.

558 / Fresh Eggs & Fresh Pears.
Our neighbors are just keeping us stocked on all things natural & fresh & yummy!  Look at how pretty these eggs are - such a beautiful light blue color.  & then I got an arm full of pears off their tree they gave me.  DELICIOUS!!!!

(PS - Lift a prayer for my neighbors.... I just found out my neighbor lost his father yesterday)

What are some good things that happened in your life this week?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Amazoning.... it's gonna take awhile to catch up!

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I havent done one of these in awhile... 
& if I caught up, this thing would be like a year long...
so I'm just going to do it in slow doses.  Just wanted to give a heads up if you see a lot of Amazoning posts in the next few weeks.  

Click any pic to go to Amazon... & its not affiliated in any way
Just want to help a friend out if you're interested

No Excuses Detox
100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day

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OK - so confession, I have't used this as much as I want to.
Seeing this in my account, I'm going home & pulling it out & making putting it to use. 
Maybe a September goal to cook at least 2 recipes a week out of it?
My buddy Nathalie swears by this cookbook... & I am addicted to Megan's blog anyways

Organic Golden Milk Turmeric Elixir
Organic Golden Milk Turmeric Elixir - The Easy Way To Get Natural Joint Support. Delicious Curcumin Supplement Drink Mix For A Smoothie, Shake, Juice, Tea, Or Food - Non GMO, Vegan, & Gluten Free

GEEEZZZZ... Another thing I forgot I ordered.
I have this in my cabinet & never opened it...but I need me some Turmeric.
Turmeric always helps me with my joints & I want to see how this tastes.
That's where I didnt try it.... because the only milk I like is the new Protein Cashew Vanilla milk... & its a ton of calories for 1 cup (not really a ton, but like 160) & this stuff is 50 calories - so I just never had room in a day for an extra 210 calorie treat.
But I've got to give it a try. I bought it, right?
I'll do an update how I like it in another post

e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip
e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip, Lilac Petal, 0.34 Ounce

Finally something I tried.
This is actually one of my favorite highlighters that I have used.
Every time I use it, I have someone mention how pretty it is on my face.
I have a hard time finding it in stores & its super cheap so I go to Amazon when I cant find it anywhere else.

Sharpie Accent Retractable Highlighters
Who doesnt love Sharpie products?
I got these to use for my 21 Day Fix journal to mark off the colored containers for the day.  
This has all of the colors you need if you do that program.
Even a hard color to find - purple... & red...
I use these for all sorts of things now.

DEARCASE Short Sleeve T-shirt Tunic Dress

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I actually bought this in red & black too 
... you'll see me wearing these with my LulaRoe leggings.
They are too short for me to wear alone (I'm 5'8) so they work perfectly for leggings
long enough to cover the bum & not short enough that looks 'iffy' if you lean over.
I'm going to eventually buy every color in these, I'm sure.

Fudenosuke Hard Brush Pen / Hard Tip
These are an "Add On" Item & I'm always adding them...
They are the PERFECT PEN for hand lettering.
Seriously - if you are interested in hand lettering - you NEED these pens.

Neewer 43-Inch Light Reflector

I LOVE this thing.
I had one & used it for years on sessions... but I lost mine some time last year.
Hope someone found it because it makes photos look great.
I love the silver to reflect the sun up on someone & its like a spotlight right in your face (my clients know that blinding light)... & I love the plain white because it can cast a soft glow to a close up on a face. & the white is always great to hold over top for shade but lets some glowy light come through.
If you are dabbling in taking portraits of people outdoors, you'll love this.

Divertigo Liquid Drops

Divertigo Liquid Drops 5 ml

This is a Re-purchase.
My stupid vertigo... UGHHHH....
But I love using this, rubbing behind my ears- natural oils.
I dont know if its all in my mind that it works, but I do think it makes a difference.
Doesnt really 'take it away' - but it does make it more tolerable.

OK... so y'all... I'm still in April's purchases... haha

So lots more to come...

Have you tried any of these?
Which one would you want to check out?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When goals get off track....

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I started off August with some goals.

* 10,000 steps a day
* A gallon of water a day
* Workout minimum of 5 days out of 7
* Yoga once a week
* Interval table at least once a week

... let me tell you, I started off the beginning of the month KILLING IT!

I even would do 2 workouts a day to get in my 10,000 steps.
I'd do weight training things & not be at my step goal so I'd walk up & down my drive way until I reached it - or get on the treadmill & watch a 30 minute sitcom to laugh the steps away....

& then life was like, "HOLD UP - I'm going to intervene"... as it usually does.

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I got completely off track last week being up at the hospital & off schedule with life in general.

I'm not even sure what I ate last week... like I think one night I had a handful of cashews for dinner & one night I think I ate every potato chip within a 1 mile radius.

... that's what you call off track.

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So I'm anxious to get back on track again... praying life gets back to routine & a little kinder to us all in our family.

Hear that Life? I'm asking nicely.

Mainly because I now remember how good it feels to do the work, reach those goals, drink all the water, eat healthy... it feels really good.
I had even lost 5 lbs that week. Can you believe it?

... & yeah... this past week. Probably gained that 5 lbs right back.

Not much water...
not great nutrition...
no working out....
definitely not 10,000 steps...
& not much or good sleep - though in all honesty, I dont ever expect that to come back while my grumpy old man is around.. I'm ok with that. I'll never trade it as long as he stays happy & lives an even longer life....

But I did have a check in conversation with myself this week.  I decided I'm NOT going to do the half marathon training for October's race.  I'm just not feeling the running thing.
... I almost wrote, "I'm not feeling the runs"... but thought better of stating it that way.

I just feel like I need to start at ground zero - square one - the total beginning.

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I need to get nutrition back on par, I need to build some muscle, I need to shed some lbs....
I just need to feel better.

& then I can run again - that will make it all easier in the end anyways.
& that doesn't mean I still cant go for a run or walk... I just dont think this body right now can go through the training.  I'm ok with that decision right now.

On a positive note... I finally made the decision & ordered me a new fitness tracker.

It should be in this week....

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The Garmin Vivoactive HR

I CANT WAIT TO GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fingers crossed I like it...

& even more that it will be an extra added motivation to get this old yucky feeling body back to where it needs to be ... at least point it in the right direction.

What do you do to motivate yourself after getting off track?

What's your favorite fitness tracker?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The weekend that we wage hope... especially when fevers are crazy high

I think life is just toying with us now....

I have learned I'm a 'schedule" kind of person... actually, I knew this before... but when life gets you 'off schedule' I am reminded how much it just messes with my mind.

Friday kicked off with me heading up to see my dad - STILL in the hospital - STILL in ICU.

When I got there though, they told him that it was release day... from the ICU... so we packed him up & headed to a room down in what I called "General Population"... just like prison.

We no sooner got down there & one of my aunt & uncles came in while they were settling dad in....

I ended up leaving the hospital later than usual... I mean, it's Friday after all. Party people!!!!

I picked up some dinner for Ricky & I & we had a really late dinner.... I dont know the last time we ate that late.

I later was reminded that I'm now 45 & eating that late causes horrible heart burn.
Getting old is fun stuff, huh?

Saturday, I was up bright & early because I had a little bit of distance to drive - but so worth it.

I did the Pancreatic Awareness 5k with my uncle & his family in support of my uncle.  He was diagnosed a few years back & is still fighting away at this awful beast

My uncle on the end in the white hat
... here's the Pancreatic Survivors at the race.... God bless them all!!!

This race is just getting bigger & bigger each year - which is wonderful. This disease needs more attention  &funding!

It was such a hot day & I'm pretty sure they didnt have the distance right because it felt like ETERNITY long.  Good thing I had my cousin to chat with along the way....

& a little fun part - there was a young man who ended up talking with me - & he was telling me about a movie he was in... he was so interesting to talk to - he had Down Syndrome but has been in many acting gigs - & even in a movie called Where Hope Grows.

He's from Louisville & was telling me about some things in the works for him...

I wish I would have gotten a picture with him!!  He was just the coolest guy to meet!

But it was so nice to just give my uncle & his family any support I can...

I never get out to that area of Louisville & was so glad because I needed to find a Christian bookstore.  Our local Christian book store in Indiana went out of business (SO SAD) & I need a large print Bible. HELLO 45!!! & I was going to order one on line but a Bible is something I want to hold &see & feel.  I'm not a fan of buying lots of Bibles... I'll even have a hard time moving to this one - but I just cant see anymore that tiny print.

& maybe it'll be good to start fresh in another Bible... but I loved getting some time in this bookstore.

& then it was off to check on dad & see how he was feeling - Day 9 ... wow... poor guy.

It was just a blur on Saturday of running around &trying to get things done & try & rest (ha! what's that?) & I was determined to finish editing the pics I had taken a week before.  I NEVER take a week to do pictures... & my sweet friend was so gracious on letting me know she was in no rush...

But I did manage to get pictures finished at midnight. Whew...

Sunday, I was back up - after Bruno had me up 3 times during the night (did I mention I'm not sure what sleep is anymore?) ... & then headed to church & MSM.

& the funny thing, I left going to church with dad saying, "My blood count is down - I wont be leaving"... & then getting a text in the middle of service from my brother that said, "I'm going to pick dad up"

... WHAT?... I'm not sure what happened.  Why they let him go.  His blood was indeed down & they told him they wanted him to go home to "build his blood up"... like its a muscle that needs weights & a work out. So dumb. I mean, WHYYYYY is the blood count always going down?  That's the bigger question that they keep avoiding...

Welcome to health care in the USA....

The rest of Sunday, I finally made it to the grocery & then worked on some pictures for my Etsy account (new items got posted this weekend - go check it out) ....

New Cowl I just finished
(Taking this picture in 85 degree weather, I was SO STINKIN' HOT!!!)

& I even got to finish the book I've been reading which felt like it just took me forever to get through - which is messed up because it was a good book...

& THEN I get a phone call from my mom.
Dad had a fever.
& not just ANY fever... a fever of OVER 104!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I didnt even know that was possible!

& of course, he has freedom from a hospital & refused to go to the ER ... men!
I ran to the store & got some Tylenol - (Why none of us has Tylenol is surprising to me) - got the fast acting one & luckily, in about an hour, it had dropped to 102.7... which I know STILL isnt great....

geez... what is going on?!?!?!?!

Mom said she was going to give him Tylenol through the night & I told her if it got that high again, you call 911.  Something is obviously wrong & the hospital just booted him without any answers on what's wrong with him - so I say we get him in another hospital... STAT...

I'm waiting to hear from mom or dad how it went over night.

I had to get up with Bruno every 2 hours last night & kept checking my phone every time to see if anyone had messaged me or called... I think even without Bruno, I would have been up worrying.

So here we are at Monday... needless to say, I'm starting it out worn out & worried.... just how you want to start a week.

.... sigh.....