Time For Me To Be Honest With Myself

As 2014 approached I told myself that this year I wasn't going to focus on my weight.   Well, I lied.  I know that I've gained some weight and it wasn't until recently that I knew exactly how much.    Since my back surgery in September I have gained close to 40 pounds.  I know that it is partly my own doing because I ate like crap for a few weeks.  I also know that partly it was because my physical activities have been limited by pain.   The worst part is that one of the medications that I was put on to help my healing also contributed to this weight gain.   I feel so stupid for letting it get the the point that I am.    Now it's time for me to be honest with myself and take action so that I can be at a lower weight and healthier overall. … [Read more...]

Handbag Butler {Keeping my phone charged while on the go!}


According to my husband there isn't a time that I'm not on my phone.  I'd like to tell you that he is exaggerating my phone use just a tad, but I'd be lying.  I usually only put it down when I go to sleep or when the battery is dead.  As much as I use my phone it is hard to keep the battery charged.  I personally hate to leave the house with my phone less than 50% charged.   I'm just paranoid that something will happen and my phone will die before I can call for help.  It's the unknown that makes me worry!    Did I  mention that I'm a tad bit paranoid?  Since I am so paranoid, I refuse to leave my phone plugged in and charging in the truck while I run into a store, even for a minute.  We have two chargers in the truck but I'm not always … [Read more...]

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

I've been seeing many bloggers sharing even more about themselves.   I thought it would be fun to join in and share a little more about myself.   1.  I am very shy.  I have always been the girl that will sit there quietly while others around me talk, especially if there are people in the group that I'm not familiar with.  I'd much rather stay home than have to interact with people that I don't know.   2.  I am half black.  People always assume I'm half Mexican when they see me for the first time and it makes me laugh.  Even funnier is the boys' reactions upon learning they are 1/4 black!    3. I don't like chicken.   I will eat it on occasion but for the most part I avoid it like the plague.   My brother, Ray likes to joke that I'm … [Read more...]

How Much Do I Share With My Boys About My Teenage Years?

While driving around today we were discussing a song on the radio. Zack told me that Cop Car just hadn't grown on him even though he's heard it hundreds of times and I made a remark that it was because he hadn't fallen in love in the back of a cop car. He then replied that he'd never been in a cop car. Heathen amended that statement and said he was able to "play around" in his uncles cop car. He then turned to me and asked if I had ever been in a cop car. I replied "of course! The front and the back." Then a voice from behind asked me why I had been in a cop car and I had a mini panic attack. I had forgotten the boys were in the car and could hear our entire conversation! I fessed up and told them I rode in the back when I was … [Read more...]

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion of L5S1 {5 Month Update}

5 month ALIF update

It's been a little over 5 months since my Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) of my L5S1.  All of my hardware is staying put so that the fusion vertebra can fuse.  I knew going in that my recover from the ALIF would be a long one.   The surgeon was very clear that it would take up to a year for me to feel 85% better.   He was very careful to not promise that I would be feeling 100% better once healed.  As a matter of fact he was clear that very few patients ever get back to 100% pain and symptom relief.  One thing I didn't even consider when we were scheduling my surgery was the timing.  The first month or so was great and I was making rapid improvements until one day it hit me like a brick.   We had the first cold font of the winter … [Read more...]

Printable Coupons {February 6th}

I have some new printable coupons to share with you!  I've already printed out one of the $1 off 1 bottle of Excedrin (24 count or larger) because that is hubby's headache medicine of choice.  With Valentine's Day parties at school coming up you could take advantage of the Mars and Wonka printable coupons!  I know we will be!    We always send a little extra candy to school for the parties or the teachers to use as prizes.    Food Buy 2, Get 1 Free on any SNICKERS®, TWIX®, M&M'S®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, DOVE®, MILKY WAY® or BITES® Brand (1.14 oz. - 2.83 oz.) SAVE $1.75 on any TWO (2) Wonka® or Nestle® Crunch® Candy & Card Kits, 5.17-12 oz Save $2.00 on any THREE (3) SNICKERS®, TWIX®, M&M'S®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, DOVE®, MILKY … [Read more...]

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

It's no secret that I love to bake and have a huge sweet tooth.   The secret is that there are many things I've never attempted because I'm afraid of failing.    I know, I know.   If I never try then I can never succeed.   On Christmas morning I was forced to put my fear of failure aside and attempt baking something new and delicious.    Zack's parents always come over for breakfast and this year the boys and I wanted something different.    Cinnamon rolls were stuck in my head and I figured that if nothing else I could buy some from the freezer case or off the shelf of the bakery.    After thinking it over and doing a little research, I decided it was time to try to make homemade cinnamon rolls.    I haven't worked with yeast much so I … [Read more...]