Summa is Ovah!

School starts back tomorrow for all of my children. This is the first and last year, so the only year really, that my kids will be in the same school. I will forever look back on this year as “back when I only had one school to go to!” In order to make my life simpler with three different lunches to make, snacks to put together, water bottles to fill, homework to be done, paperwork to be filled out, and clothes, shoes, showers, I could go on and on; I have done a few simple things that I hope will make my life easier this school year.


This is a side shot of a drawer in my fridge. I put cold snacks in here for the kids, such as string cheese, grapes, strawberries, carrot sticks, apples, peaches, plums, and lunchables. These can be grabbed by the kids or me for school lunches or snacks.


This shot is a picture of a bin in my pantry. I have divided up 4 different kinds of potato chips, yogurt raisins, cheerios, dried cherries, bananas, blueberries, and raisins in this bin. These are for school lunches or snacks too.


This last shot is a wall in my laundry room. I gave each kid a square space of cork board to tack their artwork, spelling words, or forms that need to be filled out by me. I have the big calendar in the middle so we can all fit important reminders on there. The big bulletin board on the right is for me to hang bills that need to be paid or other papers that need my attention.


Tomorrow is the test to see if these changes that I implemented are going to be helpful or not. I will post again tomorrow and let you know if I need to make any adjustments.

On a side note: my favorite thing about WordPress is it tells me where someone clicked to read my blog and how many times. So I can tell if someone was brought here through Facebook, their email account, or from someone else’s website and how many times they read my blog. Love it!


Lead by Example

It is a brand new day. After having a conversation with a now former friend, I feel like a new person. I realized so much about me and who I have become as a person yesterday and I wanted to share a little bit of that:

  • I have no tolerance for people who hide behind religion. If you are an active Christian, great, but if you forget basic principles of how to treat people, such as giving people a chance to defend themselves when you are upset with them and talking about them to other people, I see you as someone who defends their actions by hiding  behind God.
  • If I have done nothing to you for you not to trust me, I do not care if you do not trust me. I do not care what your reasoning is. If I have done nothing to you, for you not to trust me, then that sounds like it is your problem, because it surely is not mine.
  • The most amazing Christians I have ever been around are those who do not preach. They live a Christian life by example, not by spouting off bible quotes or defending all their actions as what God wants. They recognize that they are human and make mistakes. And they have never belittled someone else for their beliefs. There is a difference between Christians and judgmental Christians and the difference is in how they treat you when you sin. If you ever want to know the difference, do something that “disappoints” a Christian and see how Christian of a response you get.

I think I learned more about myself yesterday than I have since my mom died. I am thankful for the lesson but I am also thankful for the  people in my life who lead by example and not by words.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner always reminds me of the movie, Bringing Down the House. If you have ever seen this movie, you know the phrase “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner” is repeated a lot. So anyways, the first and only time I saw that movie, I was lying down in bed. My son, who was 5 at the time, snuck into my bedroom and lied down on the floor where I couldn’t see him. I had no idea he watched the entire movie until the next morning when I heard, “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!” fly out of his mouth.  Now I always check for hidden children when watching inappropriate for children movies, that have catchy phrases you do not want to hear for days on end.

So, all this talk about winning and chicken and you’re probably wondering who’s a winner and where the chicken is, right? Sadly, there is no chicken. On the bright side, there is a winner and it is me!! I won 250 die-cut business cards thanks to Suzie Bell courtesy of UPrinting!! YIPPPPPEEEEEE! I am very excited because I am finally getting some pretty wicked business cards thanks to their unique sizes and styles. I recommend you go check them out as they have fantastic prices and sizes that will help you stand out. Don’t forget to check out Suzie’s blog or head on over to her photography site to check out her awesome pictures.

In the meantime, try not to say Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner too much.

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

What I am doing:  Searching for inspiration from all over the web to add to my Pinterest account.

What I am eating: Cheesy Potato Soup courtesy of Ben Starr from Masterchef.

What I am reading: The Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra.

What I should be doing: School work for my classes at University of Phoenix.

What I am actually going to do: Take a nice, long bath in these.

I make myself cringe

Before I watched Extreme Couponing, I knew what the show was about and had a pretty good idea how these people were able to save as much money as they did. However, after watching the show, I was transformed. My boyfriend and I were in bed watching this show and we literally were screaming at each other in excitement and laughing in glee. It was like watching a show and wanting to join the cult afterwards. I knew that I wanted to be that excited about coupons and hey, if I saved money in the process, great, if not, I have done worse things in my life.

Then came today. Today was the first day that I purchased something so cheaply that I actually made money by buying the item! This is how it worked:

Colgate toothpaste: $2.79

Coupon from paper: -$1.00

CVS Extra Bucks received: $2.00 (this means that I got a $2.00 credit to use at CVS!)

The Math: $2.79-$1.00-$2.00 = means I made $.21 to take the brand name toothpaste out of the door!

CVS was out of the toothbrushes where I would make the same amount on, but I did get a rain check. I plan on going back with more coupons this week and buying a total of 2 tubes of toothpaste and 2 toothbrushes and I will make $.84 to bring it all home.

I am so excited about this, but I have to say, I am making myself cringe the more and more I get into it. Hey, at least I get paid to cringe at myself.


Unconditional Love

The scary part about losing a parent is losing their unconditional love. No one else on Earth will love you unconditionally as your parents did. If you are unaware of your worth when your parent dies, you will have to find your self-worth from another source. This is not only extremely hard, but can cause you to seek your worth in destructive ways. I think this is the challenge that I face.

Giggling is better than pronouns

In one of my classes, my teacher told us to write 6 sentences that used pronouns consistently. I don’t think she meant consistently as in the same ones over and over, but a guy in our class did just that.

My sister and I went to the movies.

My sister and I went to the movies to see “Soul Surfer”.

My sister and I enjoyed the movie.

My sister and I will go to the movies again soon.

The next time my sister and I will go to the movies to see “Your Highness”.

Would you like to join my sister and I at the movies?

And I am thankful for this. Why? Because his sentences make me giggle. I heart giggling.

Oh yeah, that makes total sense

Me applying lotion on my boyfriend’s road rash, “It’s bleeding.”

My boyfriend, “What are you doing?! Stop!”

As I am walking away, my boyfriend says, “What are you doing?! Do something!!”


This has been my life since March 16th, so forgive me if my posting is less frequent. I am busy trying to decipher my boyfriend.


Many people may not like George Bush. I am not certain how I feel about him. It’s easy to follow along with everyone else and just complain about the man and the job he did, but I have never been a follower. I bought his book, Decision Points, but have yet to read it. I wanted to get a better idea of whether I liked or disliked this man that’s so hated. Since I have yet to read it, I decided I should watch the Oprah episode that he was on to finally get a better understanding of this man and my opinion of him. Not that my opinion matters much, but learning about someone and why you like or dislike them is important to learning more about yourself.

What I learned are three things. First, he said he stuck by his principles with every decision he made. Even if it was unpopular, he did what he thought was right and stayed true to his values. I think this is huge. No matter how many people hated him, at the end of the day, he stuck by his convictions. In other words, he can live with himself after his presidency was over. I admire him greatly for that.

The other thing he said, and consequently his actions have stayed true to, is that he never criticizes Obama. He doesn’t feel it’s necessary and in fact believes the president has a tough job on his own without people criticizing him. I am in awe of him. Who are to tell the president he’s not doing a good enough job? Would we be any better? We are entitled to our opinions, but I don’t think it’s necessary to voice them in every situation. Your opinion won’t change even if you don’t voice them.

Because of this, I learned that I really, really like this man. I am still unsure of how he rated as a president, but I think Obama has a hard enough job without me adding on my “expertise.”

Take a Guess

  • Where is a cats vagina located?
  • www
  • Oprey
  • How many ounces in a pound
  • Pint
  • Cats ear indention
  • Cats ear holes
  • First person in space
  • Kangaroo fish
  • O.J. Simpson

Any ideas on what you think this is a list of?

It is a partial list of things I have Googled recently. Three are at the urging of my 8-year-old daughter. She can’t take all the blame though. I wasn’t smart enough to know the answers without Googling them. How am I supposed to know where a cat’s vagina is? I also wasn’t smart enough to remember how many ounces are in a pound and what a pint looks like. I made up a word and simply forget if O.J. was in jail or not. He is. But who Google’s www? Maybe that should be what I Google next, who Google’s www?