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Book Review: Submerged

I just finished reading Submerged by Dani Pettrey. My opinion of the book is that it a good read. It’s a Christian mystery with a little romance thrown in. It doesn’t push religion onto every page. You see it more when the main characters are in a situation that needs guidance and support. The Mckenna family is tight night and ready to help out others in their Alaskan hometown including the protagonist. The protagonist is strong willed and trying to stay on the right path and returning to Yancey after a death in the family was rough on her as she feels that her past will haunt her.

I say that if you are into mysteries you should give this one a shot. Sit down with a coffee or in my case a hot chocolate and snuggle up with this good book!

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You can buy it on amazon or good read…

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We have been crazy busy, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. In fact things are going to kick up another notch.  It’s ball season people! That means baseball, softball and kickball wooo!

Anywho, the hubs saw on another blog how that person retired by the time they were 40. WIth that news found, hubs has started us on the fast track to trying to retire by the time we are 50. I am down with not having to work in roughly 20 years, but so far the changes have been a little stressful.

Here is what we have done so far.

1. Got rid of the maid!!! She only came twice a month, but with as busy as we are it was awesome to know that things were getting a good scrub down even though I wasn’t able to do it.

~ Now I make the kids help me clean more, and I try to keep up with the house even though I am tired. Scrubbing happens whenever I have a free moment. Isn’t cleaning what Saturday is for?

2. We turned down our internet bandwidth. Not a problem, and honestly doesn’t really change much internet wise, but it cut down the cost.

3. We have  stopped going out to eat cold turkey. No more picking up food on the way from the gym because I am just tired to cook.

~ This doesn’t mean that we will never ever go out to eat again or pick up food. We are just really trying to not go down that road.  So far in the three weeks we have done this we have picked up food one time. It was for a date night last Saturday. Oh man it was so amazing. I honestly think that this will help us to enjoy those meals a little more.

4. I am cooking more. A lot more. I meal plan for the week and on Sunday nights I cook. I try to make as much as I can in advance, and I also reuse.  Ex: If we have country fried steak for dinner on Tuesday night, I will make homemade sausage pizza for Wednesday night. Then I will make sausage gravy out of the left over white gravy and sausage. Waaalaaa biscuits and gravy for breakfast Thursday morning! You get the picture.

5. I have also changed how I grocery shop. I only buy what we will need and also make snacks and such instead of buying them. We eat a lot of fresh fruit. If the apples go yucky I will make apple dump cake, brown bananas means hello banana bread. Tonight I tried my hand at homemade graham crackers, and apple chips. Go me right?!

Here is the great news. All of our changes are paying off. We have had extra money due to not spending it on random items and such. That means we were able to send extra moola to our debts! I’m sure that as long as we stick to our guns and keep going the way we have been, we will continue to see more money in our bank account. It can be a little frustrating, but so far we are seeing positive things.

I’ll keep you posted…

DIY Tooth fairy pillows

There are so many cute Tooth Fairy ideas out there. When my daughter had her first wiggly tooth I was planning all kids of things. In reality I didn’t and wouldn’t have time to put those ideas into play. Some Mom’s and dads out there are awesome at things like that.

When I was growing up I had a pretty snazzy tooth fairy pillow. It was pink and white polka dotted and had ruffles on the sides. The little tooth pocket had a little tooth on it and everything. Now I am not very good at sewing. I do my best with what I have. That consists of a needle and thread. Yup you read that right I can hand sew. Woot! you should feel lucky that I have shared my secret talent.

Back to the actual topic. I took a white piece of felt, drew a really big tooth and cut it out. Then I took another piece of felt, and cut it down to the size I wanted it to be. I winged it, so sorry of you were wanting detailed instructions.

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Once all that was done, I put my needle and thread to use. I sewed on the tooth and made sure that I made a little pocket for the lost tooth to go into.

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Once the felt tooth was in place, I sewed the edges shut. I left enough of an opening for me to be able to stuff the pillow. I used cotton balls. You could use batting, but I went with what I had.

When it was all done. it looked like I wanted it too. It may not be fancy like mine was, but Mommy made it and my kids have a place to put their teeth when the Tooth Fairy makes a visit. That’s what is important. The cost to make it was about $3 and it took me 30 minutes to knock it out. My daughters is pink of course and my son has the awesome orange one.

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Get creative with it. Mine is pretty simple, but  you could all out on the decorating.

Happy crafting!

Weekend getaway

Wow long time no post. Oops.

The weekend of the February 1st the hubs and I had a little mini getaway. We stayed at the Crescent Hotel which is supposed to be haunted. We didn’t do much. Watched movies, ate some yummy food, had a massage and went on the haunted ghost tour. We didn’t leave the hotel and that was fine by me. We needed some time away from life to relax and regroup. With both of us taking on more of a management role at our places of employment the little getaway was awesome.

The hotel was built in 1886, and went from being a hotel, to a hospital, to vacant and then back to a hotel. I’m glad we stayed there, but I don’t think we would stay there again. It was creaky, and we had to walk up hill in the bathroom to reach the toilet lol.

Here are some pictures from our stay.

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IMG_20150201_093017 IMG_20150201_092950 IMG_20150201_090518 IMG_20150201_090414 Our beautiful view. If you look carefully, you can see the giant Jesus though the trees.

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The hallway with the plastic is being renovated. During the ghost tour, I had a reaction on that floor. I started to feel really heavy and began to sweat. Everyone else felt fine. Perhaps I was reacting to a ghost… The blue glowing chair and the hospital sign are also from the tour. The hallway with the dresser reminded me of the Shinning. I kept expecting the twins to show up. I thought the banister was cool and the bed with the straps was creepy.

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The lobby was really awesome. I loved the fire pace and the details on it. The hotel also has two resident cats. I guess they will follow guests to their rooms and spend the night. Thankfully they didn’t follow us.

It was for sure a neat experience, and I had one of the best massages ever there. Plus for Sunday brunch they served mimosas’ and had a chocolate fountain. That right there is a win in my book!

Pretty nails

I admit that I typically don’t do my nails. I will paint them every once in a while and then just let the paint chip away. Instead of painting I have tried something new. They are Jamberry nail thingys.  They are basically stickers that will stay on for a couple of weeks. I attended a Facebook Jamberry party and decided I would try them out. So far I have only done an accent nail, but I am digging them. There is a variety of “stickers” and they are pretty easy to put on. If you haven’t looked into them, I think you should. My nails look pretty and I didn’t have to pay a fortune to get them done. I am ready to try doing all of my nails when this one comes off.WIN!

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Frozen fog

Last night we had some fog move in. I always think fog is pretty and a little creepy. It always amazes me that when there is fog that everything just gets swallowed up until the sun burns it away. It’s like magic. Any who, this morning we woke up to frozen fog. Frost was on the ground, cars and trees and it was pretty. I took a few pictures on my way to work. I could do that because  where I live, if there is even the chance of hazardous driving conditions we go 10 mph, and sit for a few minutes here and there.

I really like how the fog is kind of glowing behind the trees. I would have liked to have been closer to the trees, but eh I was driving…

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Flippy flopps

Today, January 19 2015, I wore flip flops. Some of you probably are confused. I’ll make it clear. In my 33 years of life I don’t think I have wore flips flops in January. Before we moved, we lived in Illinois. So January equals snow and ice and holy crap its cold. Where we live now it is typically chilly enough that you wear regular shoes. Not today though. Today it was 70 freaking degrees! The heat wave does hurt my hopes of a snow day, but the warmth is greatly enjoyed.

IMG_20150119_092020 Ignore the fact that I need a pedi.

Trampolines

Tonight a friend and I went and jumped at a local trampoline park. It was a blast, and I think the kids would have so much fun.There were foam block pits that you cold jump in, and I think that was my favorite part. I decided that I want a foam block pit in my living room to snuggle up in and watch tv. If yo haven’t been to a trampoline park I encourage you to go.

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Last night we had dinner with friends.I didn’t drink all of the wine that I brought so, we decided that it would be a fun thing to make a memory bottle. Sorry we were tipsy lol.

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Here’s to 33!

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I am officially 33. In all honesty today wasn’t anything special. I didn’t expect it to be. My mom took me shopping last weekend for my presents from them. We went out to eat Saturday night as a family and had my cookie cake. That’s my birthday celebration in a nut shell. I did have a couple phone calls and texts. Plus some of my facebook friends did the general Happy Birthday because facebook let us know thing . The hubs and I did have lunch at one of my favorite places. I didn’t work a full day either. So I’m not complaining.  Don’t ask about presents from the hubs and the kids. Hubs has been busy with work so I guess presents will come eventually.

Not disappointed. Pretty much how I expected the day to go. I hope 33 treats me well.

My birthday cookie

Tonight we celebrated my 33rd birthday. Technically it sin’t until Monday, but C has girl scouts so…

Ever since the kids have been old enough to help, they make mine and the hubs birthday cake. It make sour birthdays a bit more special.This year instead of a cake I went with a chocolate chip cookie. They mixed and decorated. It turned out so cute, and delicious!

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