complete neglect

I know I have completely neglected my blog. I am also, wondering should I scrap it all together and being fresh… But I think I do that a lot when I don’t want to deal with something. and neglecting my blog is not the root either. I’m neglecting my blog because I am neglecting my budget, my spending, my savings… should I go on? SO I need to do some soul searching. I found another great blogger that has been doing what I try and do and WOW!!! this really could be me if I just kept to my guns and stopped jumping off the wagon.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/14/pf/anna_newell_jones/index.htm?hpt=C2#TOP

 

So here is to keeping on keeping on and putting a little more effort in everything I have going on now.

 

Funkadelic

Funkadelic.

Found a great post today! It kind of hit me because I have been a little out of it myself, with not a lot of motivation to wake up in the morning much less crafts or being frugal!

I liked the part about just helping someone, it doesn’t have to be financial but just taking notice of someone else that could use a helping hand or a kind word!

This should be something practiced everyday!

On the Up-Ramp

I did it I signed up for a membership! It is not your average gym, this place is amazing! http://www.crossfit-sarasota.com. They are all over the US and man I am so glad that I found it. I am going to be fit in no time. My goal is too look like Carrie Underwood by my 30th Birthday… I’m gonna be 30 in 6 1/2 weeks so everybody wish me luck!

*Also, would like to add that I have a FRUGAL ALERT* Although this gym is not the cheapest.. when I signed up I had the choice of doing a personal class or a small group class. The price difference in them was significant so I chose the latter… well to my benefit and what may also be my demise the few people that signed up for the group class switched for personal ones and I got the group rate and still have my personal trainer!!!! Wahoo for me. What I am finding out that a personal trainer catches all and there are no short cuts.. coming home last night I wasn’t sure I would be able to lift my keys to turn on the car.. haha!

The benefit to the gym they also have a nutrition plan, so this will get me back on track with my meal planning and therefore hopefully my budget, Also, my honey joined a gym so he will be completely fine with a healthier meal plan!

I haven’t posted in forever and therefore I also have not slept in forever, I haven’t had a chance to clear the clutter. This has been a very busy month for me. My hubby is still out of town most of the time so it is just me trying to keep up with everything. I wanted to start working out so that I could have the energy to JUST try!

The madness from my Brothers wedding is now behind us! Congrats to them! Everything came out amazing! It was a group effort and a lot of work, but it was sweet success! I can not wait for them to get back from their honeymoon so I can hear all the fun they had!

So, with all that said I still have a list of projects that hopefully now I will have time for. Thanks to the best Aunt in the world I was able to fulfill one of my dreams and now I have a Bernina Sewing machine! It is kind of like getting a BMW, no mater new or used it is a BMW! And I love it. I haven’t done anything major yet besides make a few luggage tags and prompt to pillows for the reception, but I have been searching for a few new things that I would like to dabble in… Maybe make a few dollars at!

I have also, been spending lots of time looking for a family vacation and it amazes me how I could go to California for a week, and for the same price go to Europe!! Which is where I am leaning toward.. Ireland, the Mother Land I found some great deals for all inclusive packages and it is definitely on the top of my priority list. Another reason to get back on track and and save save save!

Well, I guess that is all I have for now! I will make sure to update… I have photos from the wedding of the crafts and decor we created and future events!

 

Tuesday to do do

Well, it has offically been two weeks since my husband left on business. I have started so many projects to keep me busy and even finished a long to-do list. I do still have a few things to accomplish and a few that I need him to help me finish. But it amazing how much one can accomplish without the distractions of your mate.

Things I have finished:

1. The wreath on the front door. Even got it hung up!

2. I ordered the prints for my picture frames from my wedding (6 months ago) and hung them all up!

3. I ended up buying curtains instead of making them. For now it was the better deal and the bonus of this and what I am most proud of myself for, is that I found bamboo rods at Michaels and used them, instead of getting real curtain rods, for a fraction of the price. I couldn’t find a decent Curtain rod for less than $20 each. Well I got 3 Bamboo rods for $5 a piece and they bring an earthiness to the house that I love!

4. I Finished and mailed those shower invites.

5.  I found that stupid King size bed frame I had been looking for and after many failed attempts was able to locate at my favorite GoodWill and so the Bed is finally off the floor and looks half way decent. This was also a bargain $15 vs, the cheapest I could find on craigslist or other of $55.

6. I stopped and bought a few pumpkins for decoration of the front porch. Also, my dearest sweet mother chipped in a bought a few mums and other flowers to spruce up the Front of the house! Which was much needed.

7. I found the perfect fabric for that chair I have been dieing to re-upholster and the fabric was $13.  – Just need to re-upholster now!

Man… after I list them all out it doesn’t seem to be all that much. The biggest problem is the time to do it. I work til 5 I don’t get home til 5:30 then I have to get the dogs walked usually 30 min to an hour and then still cook and then I am playing taxi to KeVaughn and so I have maybe 2 hours to craft or hobby or whatever before I am HIT hard by the Sand man.. haha And, then to throw a curve ball Elijah is back in the hospital which is 45 min to an hour away I have to visit him once or twice a week or go through withdrawals and plus it keeps his Mom from turning  into a nut job… so when I do that, like I did yesterday I can pretty much forget about planning anything else after that!

Tonight my sister with the eye for detail is coming over to help me put final touches on my house so that it looks wonderful for Emily’s shower. Which I am hoping to hear from everyone, no RSVP’s yet… but I’m not going to worry until this weekend then I will start making arrangements for replacement guests… j/k… kinda…

Then I received the good news that Mr.Wonderful will be returning on the 3rd of November. Which is perfect, because I have a small lists of things that I need him to finish before I have a bunch of people in the house.

With just a few to-do’s left I’m getting excited for the 6th of Novemeber

1. practice cupcake recipes to find the right one for shower.

2. Finish making favors for guests.

3. wrap the last present.

4. final touches for decor.

 

Thats it! I love being prepared for parties.. takes the stress away!

In case you needed another reason…

http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/21/why-you-should-have-sex-at-least-once-a-week/?hpt=C2

 

This article is GREAT! This article speaks of how having sex with your partner has many benefits besides the obvious, immediate ones! Well, duh. God gave it to us for a reason other than just making babies he made it to be enjoyable., and to connect.

I also, know that with so much stress in the world, just finding the time to make love to your partner can be like looking for buried treasure with no map….  But imagine the feelings you get when you find it.

The article suggest that making love just one time a week can really help a relationship, it list that it is good for men’s prostate health, promotes self-esteem, relieves stress and boost your immune system… Just in time for flu season. 😉

I do have to say that whenever I feel a disconnect with my husband it is because I haven’t had a REAL conversation with him in days outside of how was your day, what bills are do… blah blah blah! -and we haven’t had a good romp. The act of intimacy is indirect communication, and being intimate is being in that persons innermost parts…. thoughts, mind, feelings. And it feels *F-bomb* AMAZING!

It is easy to get lost in a relationship and fall into ruts but you really can see how finding that connect even if it is once a week is so important and if it helps me to fight off the flu, or become successful .. even more reason to get in between the sheets!

 

Same Game, New Strategy

OK.. So, not that I have any followers but even if you read any of my posts it is not hard to see that I have been lazy in my attempts to be frugal.  I have been lazy in posting and what posts I have posted are lacking WOW and Frugal fabulousness.

I have had a bit of a wacky few weeks that have taken my energy away from such things and the real blog world. I am new to this whole blog thing so I am trying to make habit of recording my life with words and pictures, The words not as hard as remembering to take pictures of everything and I mean everything, like so many fabulous blogs I see.

So, I am aware of how mine lacks the “HOT DAMN!!!” factor. And, I’m trying…

I do have a memory card full of pictures the challenge now is to track down my cord so that I can get said pictures off the camera and into my blog!

I have completed my first wreath that I had to make and have after seeing so many at the store that although absolutely stunning and beautiful, I refused to spend that kind of money on something that doesn’t fly me to my next paradise destination.

I have almost completed decorating my living room. Well, I don’t know if anyone is ever finished decorating, but I’m getting my living room to finally flow.

I got Charlie neutered. ;( – which I posted before was a FRUGAL ALERT! $55.00

My living room will have its own post because it really was a FRUGAL ALERT TREASURE! I’m trying to work with what I have and that ain’t much.. but needless to say I’m making it work.

My husband is gone on business for the next month so my ability to budget and track what is going on should improve. This also, just gives me more free time to get things done and BLOG about it! I am trying to find the positive things of my honey being gone because day 3 and I’m already missing him.

I’m usually good for 14 days and then drastic measures to keep my sanity are needed. But my blog should really grow this month! I do have many things going on month to keep me on my toes and buzzing like a bee. Which is great because I will have much to blog about.

I am planning Emily’s Bridal shower and that takes place on the 6th of November so right around the corner. Trying to plan and decorate and buy gifts and then the 5k this weekend. Which kills a whole weekend so that makes time that much tighter, and then having to budget and still be frugal while having to spend extra to make sure that everything is wonderful for her special day, is another obstacle on my course. So, like I said much to blog AND learn this month!

I am excited!

Running for a Cause

This weekend coming up October 16th, 2010 I will be participating in my first 5k! Which I am so excited about. I have been wanting to do one of these forever, but lacked focus and commitment! But I am really going to do it!

My brother, sister in-law, KeVaughn and myself will be walking for Elijah! The 5k is to support and bring awareness for the Fetal Hope Foundation. This is obviously something that hits home for me, Because of Eli.  Anything I can do that can potentially help him and babies and families like him is  important to me. This may seem selfish but I’m in love with my nephew and want him to get the best care and find answers to his issues and doing so will help other families that are experiencing some of the same issues.

I’m also, doing this to support Emily and my brother for although we are a very close family they deal with this on another level. For them to be around other children and parents that share experiences is important for them. To talk about the illness with people who know their language, has to bring a sense of comfort and bond that I won’t get.

I am also doing this to educate myself more. The more I know about what my nephew is dealing with and will need to deal with in the future the more I can support all of them. So… If anyone is interested in learning more please follow the link.

If anyone would like to donate for the cause you can do so via the link and or contact me!

http://www.fetalhope.org

 

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