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30 Day Challenge- Day #12- Bullet your WHOLE day

Day 12- Bullet your WHOLE day

* Up at 4:20 AM - Get Hair Did/ Face on
* Pack lunch at 4:50 AM/ Start Car/ Pack Up
* Out the door and onto my commute by 5:00 AM
* At work by 5:20 AM
* Start my day 5:21AM
* Lunch at 11:00 AM
*Clock out at 1:00 PM
* Pick up my Girls at 1:30 PM
* Head home at 2:30PM
 * Snack Time at 3:00 PM
* Play Time 3:30 PM
* Get Dinner Ready 4:45 PM
* Bath time for kids 5:45 PM
* Clean up House 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
* Story Time 7:20 PM
* Watch TV before Bed 7:45 PM
* Bed Time 8:30 PM
* Shower 9:20 PM
* Work on Blog 9:45PM
* Bed Time 10:20 PM

- I am gearing up to do this all over again tomorrow....

30 Day Challenge- Day #11- Put your IPod on Shuffle and write 10 songs that POP UP!

Day #11-  Put your IPod on Shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.

How sad (since I am a MOM and have to share my stuff with my rotten children) of course #1 is Minnie's boutique (really!)

#2 is Unfamiliar by Snowball (my old Best Friend in Cincy)
#3 is Clique by Kayne West with JayZ and Big Sean
#4 is Unconditionally by Katy Perry
#5 is Love Game by Eminem feat. Kendrick Lamar
#6 is Red by Taylor Swift
#7 is Like Whaaat by Problem feat. Bad Lucc
#8 is Love Me by Lil Wayne feat. Drake and Future
#9 is It Wont Stop by Sevyn Streeter feat. Chris Brown

and -Drumroll please------

#10 is Dark Horse by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

***My FAVORITE song on my IPod right now is Adore You by Miley Cyrus.**

Side Note: at least none of the Frozen tracks showed up- so over it!

With a Heavy Heart I stand behind our Toledo Firefighters

Being the daughter of a recently retired firefighter, my heart is so heavy. On Sunday, 1/26/14 we lost 2 firefighters in the line of duty. One had 16 yrs and one was just hired in September. Tonight was the Last Alarm and it was so hard to watch.  I bawled my eyes out.  I come from my Mother's Dad being a Toledo Firefighter and My Dad. I am proud of them. More than they probably know.  I also worked for the city's 911 system.. My Grandpa passed away from Lung Cancer due to espestos he inhaled in a fire in the 70's.  We had a Last Call and the memories it stirs are so emotional.  The "rookie" leaves behind his wife, 3 yo daughter and 1 month old son.  It breaks my heart. 
My thoughts and prayers are with the families. My thoughts and prayers are with our Fire department. 
I am very somber tonight.  I am so Proud of my Dad and even though he us retired, to hear him talk about his firefighting days and see his enthusiasm, I know he was born to be a firefighter.  I…

30 Day Challenge- Day #10: Discuss your first love and first kiss

Day #10- Discuss your first love and first kiss

Well, I promised to be honest and speak from my heart.  Although it would be magical and dreamy to say that my Hubby was this person, that is just not the reality of what is my life.  My first love was a boy I met when I was fourteen.  It was June, I was just getting home from a 3 week trip to Hawaii with my Best Friend.  We stayed at her family's home in Honolulu on Oahu and it was AMAZING!  I had just gotten home (literally the same day) and my Mom had been talking about this boy on the phone with me while on my Vacation and how he couldn't wait to meet me and blah blah blah.  I was like, OK- seriously I was JUST fourteen.  His parents were close to my parents and it had been that summer that they all decided to get the families together, since this boy's siblings were around the same age as my little bro.  So, back to the facts.  It was the day I got home, Mom loaded me up in the car and we headed out to Oregon to pick up …

30 Day Challenge- Day #9- How you hope your Future will be like...

Day #9- How you hope your future will be like.

This is a loaded question in my opinion.  I feel like if I profess how I envision my life in the future, maybe the future will be bleak. Maybe less than bleak.  I have no idea what my/our future holds.  I have always lived in the, how is my life going to be... how will my life turn out... and the older that I get, the more I realize that hoping, dreaming, wishing is fine and all, but nothing is what it seems until your in the now.  I have been living in the now for quite some time and taking each day in stride. I also am a huge worry wart and if I get to far ahead of myself, my OCD pipes up and I get hives from thinking about how something was supposed to be in my mind and didn't happen that way. 

Two years ago we bought a house and have been remodeling and we bought it on a whim. Something we both could see that was just a pile of rubble to everyone else.  We could see our lives in this house.  We had visions and dreams that were creat…

30 Day Challenge- Day #8

Day #8- A moment you felt the most satisfied with your LIFE.

Well, honestly, I have had a few in my life so far- lucky me!  I would say the first day that I felt like I was most satisfied in LIFE was the first "date" I had with my Hubby.  It was spontaneous and random and felt like I was in the exact spot in the exact moment that I was supposed to be in. Who knew it would lead to where/who I am today.

My second moment was the day we tied the knot...doot doot doot Another One Bites the Dust.. You know we came into our reception to that! (We're funny peoples!)  It was a great day and we were hoping/wishing for something crazy, unplanned, and almost disastrous to happen. It didn't.. Although we did have 2 crashers that showed up in the pictures!  But the day was perfect and one that I wish I could do over and over again!  We had a great wedding and yes, I shook my ass on the dance floor!  It was AWWWESOME!

My Third and Fourth moments were when my girls were born.  Each one…

30 Day Challenge- Day #7

Day #7- Your Zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.

I am a wild, roaring Leo.  So Let's Break it down:

Leo Strength Keywords: - Confident
- Ambitious
- Generous
- Loyal
- Encouraging
(I agree with all of these!  I am confident and very ambitious.  I love to do things for others and I am always loyal and always encourage others to push harder and better themselves.)

Leo Weakness Keywords: - Pretentious
- Domineering
- Melodramatic
- Stubborn
- Vain

I do agree with these also.  I am VERY Stubborn and somewhat vain- I will NOT answer my door unless my face/hair is DID...

Leo and Independence: Leo is very independent but they need something to control and someone to admire them and appreciate them. They are fully capable of being greatly successful on their own but they are much happier if they have an audience and a following of people who look up to them. They would prefer not be alone.
 This too, is very true.  I will stubbornly do stuff by myself and although…

Get HIP Girl! {Instagram}

I am way behind in the times here!  I am hip to twitter and have my account bragging about this here little blog of mine- but recently I decided it was time to take my photos to Instagram- DUH, right!

So here it is:
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30 Day Challenge- Day #6

Day #6- Write 30 Interesting Facts about Yourself

Oh, this ought to be fun! 
1) My name consists of 2 names "put" together by my parents- Katheryn and Kelley.
2) I am very, very shy.  I have really started coming out of my shell since I have had children.
3) I was a Freshman in High School when I first saw my Husband.  I knew when he would walk by my locker and would always be there waiting. I was in love with him at 14! (Sometimes I think you just know when you meet "the one.")
4) I never thought I would have daughters.  I always thought I would have boys- HOCKEY MOMS RULE!
5) I LOVED my Eclipse- even though it was a piece. I was so sad when it kept blowing the head gasket.
6)  I love my Bulldog but wish I had a furry dog. (Chow particularly or a Pom Ski!)
7)  I want to be a STAY AT HOME Mom, so bad! I want to work from home but be at HOME. (Hey, a girl can always dream and keep trying, right!)
8) I went to Hawaii at the age of 14, by myself with my BFF.  We stayed with he…
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Life Hacks

I love life hacks. . ght now I have a.osh darn canker sore where my lip meets my gums on the bottom and IT'S KILLING ME. I have used honey, which dulls t h e pain.  I have used a (don't laugh) green tea bag (yes Hubby had a field day with this!)  And nothing happened.  I tried a mixture of equal parts water and perioxide, nothing thing changed. My last read was salt.  Um OMFG.  You don't know pain until you put salt on a wound. I also tried a salt water rinse. Yet it's day 4 and hard to talk or eat. It just hurts.  So I'm onto a tums.  Here's hoping it works. Plus a lot of other stuff on thus sheet too to give a try! 

**update: it worked.  Its almost gone .  thats Crazy!!!

30 Day Challenge- Day #5

Day #5- A time you thought about ending your own life.

Ohwee, serious up in here!  I can honestly say that I have never thought about ending my own life. I do often think about God taking me out of this world and it scares the shit out of me (sorry to be so Frank, but that is the God's honest truth).  I actually feel like crying to even admit I have those thoughts because if God were to take me, I have so many questions, like who would raise my girls, who would take care of them and make sure they are cuddled, loved and all those things that Mommies provide.

I have, however, been a support system for two suicidal people in my life.  I try to be the voice of reason the best that I can. I think the world would be cold if everyone took their life in their own hands.  We are meant to struggle and I live by the logic that every thing that we/I go through is God's test to make us/me stronger and that I am never handed more than I can handle- no matter how much I think I can't ha…

30 Day Challenge- Day #4

Day #4- Your views on Religion

After my trying day today, this is the perfect topic!  I am a Non-Practicing Lutheran.  I have not been to church since I was very little. There was a turn of events that happened with my family and the church, in which they no longer attended. But, I did go there when I got married to meet with the Pastor and she married us off site.

I have NEVER read the bible. Shocking, right!  I am actually working on the Children's Bible with my Kiddo and really enjoying it.  I do, however, believe in God, a God and I believe in Heaven and Earth and Souls and so forth.  I have set a goal to read the Bible this year along with the Children's Bible with my oldest. This was her choice, of course.

So, after my very trying evening, which is still trying as we speak, I have sought out God's patience and his helping hand with my youngest child who did not sleep last night and is not sleeping, thus far, tonight.  Yes, I am one exhausted Momma today.  I was up wi…

30 Day Challenge- Day #3

Day #3- Your views on Drugs and Alcohol

Oh well let's just jump into these great controversial topics- what do you say?

My views on Drugs and Alcohol will differ from a lot of people in the world, I am sure. I grew up in a normal family. My Dad was a Firefighter and Carpenter on the side, my Mom was a City Employee. They were casual drinkers.  I experimented with Alcohol at fifteen.  I actually drank a few times at the bars when I turned twenty one and stopped. I always joke because I say that I got all the drinking out of my system before I was twenty one- and party hard did I !

Well, when I was fourteen I lost a dear cousin to drinking and driving.  He fell asleep at the wheel of his car one evening due to being intoxicated. This left an imprint on my being.  I NEVER would drink and drive.  I was always careful and cautious but I also liked to have a good time.

Today I choose not to drink. I have had a few nights of fun here and there but when I started getting serious with my H…

30 Day Challenge- Day #2

Day #2- Where you'd like to be in 10 years...

To sit and think about this question, today, it seems like ten years is so far away, but I remember saying that twelve years ago and time flies when your having fun!

In Ten years my girls will be 15 and 13- OMG!  I imagine that our house will sound a lot like it does today- with a Mommm and a Nooo - of course the Ughhh... and we are only 4 (well almost 5!).  My Big One will be getting ready to drive, she will probably do well because she is currently a bad back seat driver!  My Little One will be getting ready for High School and I hope she is still sweet and loving.  I hope that Jason and I are enjoying life- damn we will be old by then!  I hope life is good, smooth and less complicated than it is now. 

I would LOVE to be working at home by then, but only God knows what is in the cards for me.  I imagine we will still be here- as much as I don't want to be, we are living house payment free- hopefully Gray Gables is complete and we…

The 30 Day Challenge- Day #1

I found this 30 day Challenge and thought it would be F U N!

Day 01- Your current relationship, if single discuss how single life is

Well, I am Obviously, NOT Single, but my current relationship is finding bliss.  I have been married to my Best Friend for 7 years now, this past November.  We have been together, as a couple for twelve years, this past September and have faced every challenge that God has put in our paths, good, bad, happy, sad, and even downright UGLY!

Our Relationship started off as a friendly relationship.  I knew that he was more than just a Friend, I felt it in my heart the first time I saw him, which was when I was a Freshman and he was a Sophemore.  I was a very shy girl, but I had my path and knew when to be at my locker to see him walk past in the mornings.  Yes, he calls me a stalker!

By Christmas, 2001, I had a steady boyfriend and our relationship moved on from there.  We ended up moving in together in 2003 with his Dad. It was crazy!  The craziest thing I ha…

Gearing up for Valentines Day

This year is going to be an exciting Valentines Day!  My kiddo is in Pre-K and we have stuff to make/bake for her classmates! I love the crayons, melted and shaped like hearts, I also printed some stuff for Frozen Valentines, which Ms. almost 5 YO loves, right! So, I think we are going to have to meet in the middle- maybe do both? I guess we will have to see how much time this Momma has! 
I also want to do some cool stuff for the FAM too- found this picture and think the sentiments are adorable:

Thank you Pinterest!

Ooh- this is cute too!

Check out Shanty2Chic blog- GREAT blog BTW!

Oh, I can already feel the LOVE!

Prayers sent

Today has been a trying day for me. I found out this morning that a friends father lost his battle with lung cancer and my heart is very heavy.
This was all my friend had left and I fear that he will drink himself to his own grave now not having his Dad.  It happened so fast too. 
I have said a prayer and extended our deepest sympathies and an open door for anything he might need as did a lot of others and can only hope for the best.  It just has left me feeling very sad inside. 
Death is never easy.

Titanic ..tear

Ugh I just love this movie. I started to watch the run on AMC tonight and couldn't stop.  Now my mascara is running and I cant  wait for the exhibit to come to our city in March.
PS Leonardo Di Carpio, I still love you. You remind me so much of my Hubby from mannerisms to looks. I don't know how Rose was able to go on because if I lost my hubby I would be lost too.

30 day AB Challenge. U down? I'm in.


I I I I workout...

Oh yea. I've been working it out all week with my elliptical and T25 and trust me, I'm feeling it!  I've been using the fitness pal app and tracking my food too and I'm rocking it. My pants are fitting looser, my stomach is flatter and I am losing a lot of that bloat. Plus I feel good. Tired yes, but good. I can feel my self confidence rising. I ran out of shakology though and don't have the $$ to buy it without being a coach right now, but slimfast is filling my breakfast and dinner slots and I am drinking a lot of water.  My goals: for 2014 I just really want to focus on health, nutrition and fitness. I want to feel good and actually want c to b wear my swim suit this year without being self conscious.  I also want to work on this to help my other issues having to do with image and intimacy.  I also love the example I am setting for my girls. They love to do their workout next to me  while I do mine! I think tonight I am going to start the 30 day ab challenge. If…


We are planning a big 5th birthday party for Ms 4yo. Of course she is obsessed with Frozen and wants everything frozen and of course the stores are sold out, online is sold out, everything is sold out. I can't even find a cake plate-geesh. So I am relaying my findings to my Mom today and Ms 4yo says "Mom, we can just do snowflakes and light blue plates." She is sooo awesome.  It does mean Mommy is going to have to get more creative but I think I can handle it. It's not like a lot of kids will be here, just mostly family. Hopefully next year she can have a kid bash since she'll be going to school with kids who live around here. This Birthday is a big one though. Can't believe she is going to be 5 already. Where does the time go?I am going to tackle cake pops to send to her school for her classmates. It will be my first time using the cake pop maker and I am going to attempt a sugar snowflake to put on the front of the cake pop. More details/pictures to come. I…

Wacky Wednesday

Picking up the girls today, we saw some visitors in my Parents backyard...They were being very cautious and careful and looking up at us from the yard. 
The girls loved it!

Getting Fit 2014

I have been such a slacker the past few days!  But after cookie dough I felt like it was due time to get my ass in gear.
So tonight it was cardio T25, 5 minutes on the elliptical moving over 60 and 20 crunches with 20 reverse crunches. Grabbed a quick shower and now I'm unwinding, getting sleepy.  # workitKeep me motivated while I keep you motivated. Time to start feeling healthy, looking healthy and getting fit.

Tonight I am...

A root beer drinking (Damn it's sooo good too) cookie Baking Mama. I wrangled my kids after work, came home to disastrous rooms, got them and the kids cleaned up, fed, and threw a load of laundry into my unthawed washing machine and while my kids were going nuts and I was slowly starting to be the Mom who yells, it hit me. Cookies!So I calmly got out my flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter, eggs, baking soda and vanilla and whipped up my batter.  I put in it the fridge, continued helping the girls with their mess, calmly!  Put a bakers dozen in and they had a cookie snack, in which 4yo gave me a Giada 10!  Go me..Now they are sound asleep and I'm drinking some yummy root beer, making cookies!  Next stop is a workout. Um, I think I ate a little too much raw dough... opps..

It's a McDonalds kind if night..

Do you ever have lazy Mommy days?Today is one of those days for me.  Back to work I went today and boy was I busy. So glad it went fast but once I'm outta there I am whooped!  But, onto my other job.  My full time gig I have going on and as soon as I lay eyes on my kiddos I am so tired!  So we pick up and head onto our 20+ minute drive home, as I struggle to keep my eyes opened and on the road! Then we walk in and the utter chaos begins!  By 4:30 I am hearing "Mom, I'm hungry.  What's for dinner?"  It's crazy. Well tonight my first floor is reading 52 degrees and even with a salamander heat up its nothing shy of, well, FREEZING!So it was a, quick kids, jump in the car were going to McDonalds.  2 chicken nuggets later we are home and camping out in my youngest room with the space heater, of course! Hopefully I make it a little fun and memorable. We don't eat out a lot and when we do I try to make it a big deal. Caught Otis, our Bulldog sniffing the dry con…

Fun for 2014

Honesty=3For me for 2014.  Hopefully it's strengthen my Love with my Hubby and Children.Power to be strong during my trying times in this new house . ( yes 5 minutes ago I did have a melt down. My house is FREEZING because it's -6 outside and my Damn water pipes froze. No kitchen sink and I spilled chicken juice out of the darn food saver bag all over the floor. Then there is no water in our shower and I'm losing it because my laundry is growing by the day.  I want to move back to my old house. Boo.And Honesty I think to relay my feelings to my hubby.Yes I am crying on the floor in my room next to a heater...

Operation DEEP FREEZE!!

Well today I made a huge mistake.  I got up, got ready, and headed out in the -16 degree weather to work.  I get there and my co- worker sends me a text that it's a level 3 snow emergency and Noone I'd supposed to be out.  We'll our work still wasn't calling us off, so I was like, ok I'm here. 
Then it closed at 7 am. I got as much done as I could and asked to head home at 830 am.  Well right before I was leaving, the Super in charge asks about the emails I have to load.  I can't leave until they are loaded.  I'm furious. 
So at 11 am I finally get to leave.  My poor truck is FROZEN and making terrible noises as I am driving 25 mph on sniw covered ice. 
I made it home 40 minutes later and couldn't of been happier.  Now my hot water is none existent, my house is so cold and I'm ready for 90 degree weather! We should a moved to Arizona...

Operation Potty Training!

It has been nothing short of an uphill battle with my youngest and potty training!! She is stubborn as all get out and at 2 1/2 it's about gosh darn time she give a little.  I stopped buying diapers in June. Pull ups and night time diapers is what she has been wearing and a lot of nudee booty time.  The kid still pees on the floor or in her big girl panties. She will cry, walk like a cowgirl, but will repeat and repeat and repeat. Seriously!  The doctor says don't get upset, encourage for next time, blah, blah ....Well the nice train left yesterday and we got down to business!!
We were strong, asked a lot,  had her pick out her big girl panties and  went sans pants. Guess BIG GIRL went potty in her big girl potty everytime!  Whoo hoo!  I'm such a proud Mom right now. We are on day #2 and yes, we had an accident this morning but oddly enough it just made her more determined!
Now she is using it on her own!  Go Big Girl. I knew you'd get it sooner or later!!! …

Latest Read... Dark Witch - Nora Roberts

I would like to Pre-Face with the fact that I LOVE TO READ!  I wish I had more time in my life to just READ!  I think that when I read, I am setting a good example with my girls, like excersiging and eating right.

I would also like to say that I am a HUGE Nora Roberts FAN!  I love her, all her books, her as Nora Roberts or J D Robb- I just love the way she writes and the way she puts the pictures in my mind.  I hope that I can one day write just like her and create the vivid images in my readers minds!

So, the latest book, that I pre-ordered back in April and finally got around to downloadning ( yes, it came out in November, I know!) is Dark Witch.  It is AH-MAZING!  I am alomst finished, and kind of taking my time because I know I will be disappointed when its over and I have to wait for the next book.  I love the series books.  I connect with the characters on such a personal level and by the end I feel like I know that characters.  This book is NO DIFFERENT!  I am in love with Iona…

Storm in the Northwest...

I went out today.  I don't know if I have said to much, but we have been blasted with a winter storm- ehh, I mean a series of winter storms... We have another big one coming our way tonight into tomorrow, and I guess by Tuesday, our windchill is supposed to be -50, WHAT? Get out of town... I wish, right!
The thing is, I got stuck in my own dang driveway on Friday- had to drive Hubby's 4x4 truck, because my 4x4 Tahoe decided to have 4x4 issues this winter- GREAT! Right!!!

So, the word on the street is that we are expecting 12 inches- why didn't we move to Arizona again? Damn it!

Basically, if this happens, lock the doors because I'm stranded! We currently have gigantic snow drifts. 

Well, I decided that we needed to stock up on some items before we can't leave our house- like everyone else in my town, it seems.  Off to Meijer Miss 4 YO and I go, to a semi-packed parking lot.  I should have known it was trouble when there was only 1 shopping cart in the cart carrel, …

I made a Website- WHAT?

Well, I made a website today.  I was bored?  I don't know if that works or not, but I really want to work from home and they say that is a first step.  The thing is, it is a plus to have a website when trying to work from home? Who Knew right? 

So, I jumped aboard, and made a website!
~~~~GO ME~~~~~~

Of course, it has to do with my home base- this blog, DUH!~  This is my baby, after all.

So, if you want to check it out- trust me, it isn't anything special, but it is what it is!

And, most importantly, it was SUPER easy! (I'm a beginner tech savvy individual here!)

Check it out at:

Are you up for a fitness challenge?

Well I'm a day late but on a new fitness journey! I started my day with a Peanut Butter and Nutella shakology shake! 15 minutes on the elliptical and starting a Flat Belly workout and the 30 day Squat Challenge. I am determined to tone. I am also going to incorporate my T25 but gradually.  So bare with me here.  I'm going to be doing some encouraging here while I am on my journey..Best of Luck.

Snowed In.

Wow, we got hit with some snow. I walked outside this morning, bright and early, to snow banks up to my knees! I worried because my 4 wheel drive in my beloved is not working. So after some rocking, smooth talking and praying, she pulled free.  We were on the really bad roads, well on our way.  Until, I am crossing the I280 bridge and sliding towards the median.  Thank God for traction control because I was fish tailing bad.  The wind was kicking pulling me All over.  Heart beating out of chest, I finally pulled into my work drive, parked, praised my Tahoe and headed into my full time work.
After having 8 hours to settle down I made the decision not to take highways home so 45 minutes later I finally made it home to get stuck in my own dang driveway in a bank of snow as tall as my Hubby's honda!
Thank goodness I put in for a PTO day for tomorrow because if I can't get unstuck I will be staying home, stranded!!

January 1st 2014

Happy 2014 New Year. Went to bed way tolate, 4am- ugh.  My 2 yo decides she is ready for the day at 530. Um, I don't think so...
We all had to get up and out by 10am for a family breakfast.  I was grumpy.  While I got up with the girls and not only got my drunken sleepy self ready but my lil ladies as well, while the Hubby slept in.  Grrr. 
But, breakfast was nice. We got home and Hubby hit me with picking out my cabinet handles of which I said ok, if you put the elliptical together.   He said yes.
After a hellish  visit to Menard ' s we finally found the ones. My day has been trying to say the least. The handles look awesome though. Now I am exhausted!  Getting ready to turn in and can't wait. But our kitchen looks ah-mazing.  HUBBY got some of the upper cabinets up yesterday and we rang in the New year putting our dished away. I just finished up and I'm thrilled! It's finally really starting to feel like home. Now,  if it would stop snowing!!!