Wednesday, April 17, 2013


OK, I know I have been a BAD BAD blogger! The end of the school year always seems super crazy and busy to me. I feel like I cant attend everything, cant get everything done, cant stay caught up on simple things...even laundry or the kids homework. I guess us moms get spring fever too.
So I was driving home this morning after dropping off the kids at school. I had the windows rolled down, country music playing on the radio, and a smile on my face.
Go Check out Jake Owens Music
HES THE BOMB.COM...and he actually
seems like a regular, cool dude!
Let me start by saying that I had made it a goal of mine to get Jake Owen to follow me on twitter. I have become a tiny bit obsessed with his tweets and his music lately. I already had a couple of his songs on my itunes but after seeing his tweets and the way he is with his fans...he just seems to have a true thirst for life. Anyway, yesterday, Jake Owen DID follow me. I ran around my house screaming like a 13 year old school girl (yea, I'm 36). I took video of my reaction and sent it to my BFF ( I knew she was the only person in the world who would have been screaming right along side me instead of looking at me like I was a moron). I was pretty much on cloud nine yesterday.
Back to the point though...I started thinking about my life and just how wonderful it was. Everything that I tried to think about that could be negative in my life, I could spin into something positive.
*My husband doesn't help with drop off EVER and rarely will pick up. I am a stay at home mom, but so are several of my friends and their husbands still help a lot. On the flip side to that, its a benefit to me and a loss for him because I get to hear about my kids day while its fresh on their minds. I have 3 kids at 3 different schools so pick up is from 3:20-4:35. That's a lot of time in the car just getting to visit about the day with the kids, because as soon as we walk in the door they want computer and video games and TV. Then there is homework and dinner and bath and bed.
*I've been losing some weight, about 40 lbs so far and I would like to get 30 more lbs off. Yesterday my friend and I were trying to motivate each other and we had said for 3 weeks~Fruits, Veggies, and Proteins. We were going to start working out again on a regular basis and I was really feeling motivated....Until dinner time when I ate Chick-Fil-A! DAMN YOU-YOU DELICIOUS CHICKEN SANDWICH!!!!! I decided that instead of using that to quit or keep eating more, it was a nice little cheat and now I need to work out even harder today. It doesn't keep me from reaching my just means I have to work harder to get there when I decide to cheat. I will get my body where I want it. I will not complain about working out because it is good for my body, and it feels AMAZING when I see results. I LOVE LOVE LOVE food, but having a strong and beautiful body I will love more!!

PEOPLE....the sun is shining, and if its not where you are right now, make it shine. Life is AMAZING! no matter what your situation life IS amazing, you just have to choose to see it that way. Even a homeless person can be thankful for something. They have no responsibilities, no bills. They are gypsies...sure they have no idea where they will get their next meal (so really...a bad example) but imagine it for just a day. No responsibilities, no bills to permanent camping! (OK, so that was an in poor taste example I guess, but I'm just trying to prove my point) Life IS amazing, and spring is a wonderful time to realize that. Think about 3 negative things in your life. Something you have been frustrated about at work or at home or with your kids or husband. Now find the good in it. There IS good in it somewhere! It is up to you to find that good. It is up to you to spin it around and make your life a happy one. I'm not saying bad things don't happen or depression doesn't exist at all...I AM saying, you have a choice whether to let it eat you up and spit you out...or whether you will control it and kick IT IN THE ASS!!
LIVE THIS may be gone tomorrow. Be late to work so you can eat breakfast with your kids. Just don't do it everyday cause you might get fired....find the balance, but do it. They grow up too fast. Let the laundry sit an extra day so you can finish that book you love to read. Spend $100 of your savings on a fun day with your family! YES you need a savings...but what will $100 hurt if you die tomorrow...that $100 wont change much in the finances, but it will give you and you kids some amazing memories. Granted you cant do that daily-FIND THE BALANCE
Make love to your husband even if you are tired and have a headache...once you are doing wont be thinking about the headache or how tired you are. Imagine if something happened to you or him tomorrow, would you want to make love to him one more time. Rock his world-give him something to remember JUST IN CASE!(Hey, Rock It so good that if you do die tomorrow-none of those crazy bitches out there will never measure up in bed!!HAHA)
I love the idea of living every day like it could be your last. I don't mean go blow all you r money and make rash decisions, but FIND THE BALANCE so that you are LIVING as well as living SMART!
Just like my Jake Owen twitter follow. I kind of felt like an idiot tweeting him daily trying to get a follow. But worst case...I looked like a crazy celeb. stalker in front of a bunch of people I don't know anyway. Best case...he follows...AND HE DID!! (Now I just have to work on front row tickets and back stage passes to his concert....worst case, he says no, best case...I'll be drinking a beer with my BFF and Jake Owen and will have something else to check off my bucket list!!!)

To all my followers....Think of 3 things you have been negative about and flip them. Spin them into something positive.
THEN do something amazing today!! Go surprise your kids by picking them up from school in the middle of the day (half a skip day wont hurt) and taking them to a movie or the park. Go to your husbands office with something sexy on and (if he has a door he can close) get busy on his desk!!! Or have a nooner!!
Go outside and lay in the sunshine with your favorite book or music and fall asleep in the sun. The laundry will wait another day.

Also, think about trying something new(like how I lead into that??). I made homemade tortillas the other day and it was FREAKING easy. I couldn't believe it. I will never by from the store again. Here's the recipe I used from


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter and my Cinnamon/Honey Face Mask

What a great Easter weekend!
I got a wild hair up my ass and decided to try my hand at selling my baked goods. I have always loved baking and I have some pretty amazing recipes that I have had rave reviews on. I posted a few of my favorites on Facebook letting people know that I would be taking orders on these items for Easter. The response was, quite frankly, overwhelming. I was shocked at how many people were interested. It was wonderful. I was really hoping for one or two orders...well I ended up with orders from about 6 or 7 different people!
One, came from my Best Friends mother. She placed a huge order from me because she had some family coming into town ad didn't want to worry about cooking breakfast and dessert. She ordered my breakfast enchiladas, 2 coffee cakes, maple bacon sticky buns, margarita Triffle, and Italian cream cupcakes. Oh! And breakfast sausage pinwheels! Whew...I'm exhausted again just repeating what she ordered. I also had about 4 orders for a dozen chocolate covered strawberries, orders for cookies and cupcakes and more sticky buns. I spent an entire 2 full days cooking. I made a profit and really enjoyed doing it!! I'm looking into making a business out of it. I'm very pumped to do something from home that I enjoy and hopefully help my husband by bringing in some extra money for the family!
After u was finally done with all if the baking, I had plenty of sweet extras for my families Easter celebration. I made some Ham and Swiss sliders and my sister in law brought fruit and chips and dip and we had ourselves an Easter feast! We plays some super fun "minute to win it" games, the kids had a blast with those, and did our Easter egg hunting and annual egg toss.
It was a fabulous weekend.
 After such a busy weekend I ended my Sunday night with my once a week cinnamon/honey face mask. I started googling one day a few months back, looking for some natural remedies to clearing my teenage sons acne. He has been doing proactive and a few other things and it just hasn't been working. Although, I'm not entirely convinced he has been washing his face WELL! As I said, I started looking for something natural that I could make from home because I did not want to spend anymore money on anything else like proactive and I couldn't afford a dermatologist at the time. Here's what I came up with from my research:

Cinnamon Honey oil face mask recipe :

1tbsp honey
2tbsp nutmeg
1.5 tsp cinnamon
Juice of half lemon
1tsp olive oil or coconut oil

Leave on 10-15 min
I keep mask in a container and use till its gone. It will last a while because nothing in it spoils quickly!

Honey has antibacterial properties and the waxy part in honey helps soften skin. 
Cinnamon also is Antibacterial , anti-inflammatory, reduces swelling,  help exfoliate. Plumps the skin-bringing blood to surface, opening pores and clearing excess oil. ALSO i found that cinnamon causes slight swelling so is also great as natural plumper to lips (avoid eye area)

Nutmeg reduces inflammation, redness and acne causing bacteria. It Dries out pimples quickly without irritation. Nutmeg is much safer than products that include benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid!

Lemon juice reduce appearance if scars or sun spots antibacterial for acne and an exfoliant

Olive oil  will treat Acne, is an anti aging treatment and stretch mark treatment!! I put olive oil all over my body about 15 min before bedtime! It's GREAT!!
Hydroxytyrosol, which is in olive oil, is a rare but powerful antioxidant prevents free radical damage on skin cells and absorbs deeply into the skin.

Use once a week

Can and probably will irritate ur skin, so I would suggest testing a Small patch of skin on your face first. You will feel a slight burning/tingling sensation.   My sons skin looks bright red after he uses the mask, but it goes completely away within 15 min or so. And it doesn't burn or bother him at all. I have seen a very big difference in his skin since he started using this mixture , however he WILL NOT allow me to take pictures! Lol

*Use at your own risk-I'm not a doctor and I dont know what you are allergic to, I just know what works for me!
*I'm aware the mask looks pretty gross, but I'm telling you it works. My face feels so soft and clean! Here is an after picture , although its from my phone so Its not a great one, but I think my skin is glowing!!