Monday, October 20, 2014

A Fresh Start

Wow.  I had a crazy unorganized week last week.  Because of poor planning, I did not grocery shop, fill my car with gas, pick up that mail order prescription.....ya di ya da ya da.

How do you think that worked out for me?  Not well.

Not grocery shopping, resulted in:

Heading out daily to purchase a school lunch for B.  One day I used the "Rapid Pick-Up" option by ordering via the Panara APP.  Pretty smart thinking on my part right?  Wrong!  I sent my order to the wrong Panara resulting in a much longer wait time thus being late back to school with the lunch.  Poor planning.....

Not filling my car up with gas, resulted in:

Nearly running out of gas on Friday afternoon driving up the long Chenal Parkway hill frantically trying to get to the bakery to pick up P's birthday cake.  Literally, I saw the display read, "O miles" of gas left.  I have never run out of gas before, and I panicked!  I was operating within a small window of time to get back to school for our evening event and running out of gas would have been tragic.  M could not have rescued me as he was out of town at a funeral.  Thankfully, I made it up the long hill to Kroger.  Poor planning....

Not picking up my registered mail at the Post Office, resulted in:

My prescription almost being returned back to the pharmacy.  When I presented my "pick up" notice, the clerk told me my package had been returned. My paperwork said I had been notified in September to pick up my mail.  Oops!  I had kept putting this errand off because I did not have time to go to the Post Office.  I asked the clerk if she might just check to be sure and kept my fingers crossed.  She found my package in the bin marked "To be returned TODAY".  Whew.  As I was walking out of the post office, a customer in line said, "she got lucky!"  Poor planning.....

I have neglected starting out my day in the Word and reading my "Jesus Calling" devotional.  EVERY time I fall out of my quiet time routine, I am reminded by life's circumstances that I can do all things through Him, BUT ONLY because of Him.  

By Friday evening, I was feeling not only disappointed with myself but had written on my notepad, "I give up"...

How providential, when I read this verse this morning....

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home. Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways. Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.....Psalm 51:12  (The Message)

I am uplifted that I get a fresh start today.  Striving for a better organized week!

PS -- if you need some extra help getting and staying organized please visit Fly Lady.

Linking up with Leslyn over at:

Leslyn's Lovely Life


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday

Today, I stepped out of my comfort zone and posted a selfie.   Not a big deal to most, but I avoid the camera at all cost.  I don't like to be photographed because it reminds me what I look like.  With the exception of the bathroom mirror when getting ready for the day, I stay away from mirrors.  It's not that I don't know what I look like -- more that I'm just so disappointed in myself.  

Disappointed for:

getting to this point.  
being lazy.  
not being a better role model to my family.  
not respecting my body -- my joints hurt so bad.

Today, I am drinking my water and literally taking it hour by hour.  I do not have a normal relationship with food.  I do not eat to fuel myself.  I eat to comfort myself.  These negative food habits run deep.  I did not get like this overnight.  I will not regain my health overnight.

Goals for the week:

  • Eat breakfast daily.
  • Drink 64 oz of water daily.
  • Eat 2 pieces of fruit and/or veggies at each meal.
  • Get 7 hours of sleep each night.

Today is a new day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordless Wednesday -- Out with the Old & In with the New

Interesting to look back on the photos I captured during September.

In no particular order....

Linking up today with  Jenny over at:

The Jenny Evolution

Now on to the new month of October!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dorm Decor Can Be A Challenge

Ok, so I am totally approaching this Mama Monday link up from a much different perspective than most of you new mommies.

My first born has just begun his freshman year in college while my daughter has moved up (or down depending which way you see it) to freshman status.

I love looking at the sweet pictures of a newborn and reading about the joys and experiences new moms are facing today.  I am a bit bummed thought as I've noticed a trend....not many moms of my age or with high school and college age kids blog as much or at all.

This summer I needed examples of how to decorate a guys dorm room.  I perused Google, Pinterest, Facebook, name it.  I literally found a gazillion ideas to decorate for a girls dorm but nothing for a guy unless it was from a Pottery Barn Dorm catalog.  Honestly, that is not reality.  While I love PB everything, I don't know anyone whose room or house is decorated like that.  Now, don't hate on me.  I would absolutely love for my house to look  like any one of their catalogs, but I do not have that kind of cash!

So with all that said, I wanted to show off how my boys dorm room turned out.  It still needs more decor for the walls -- we were worried we had over packed!   Maybe this will help a mom in the future when she is searching for decorating ideas.

Founders Dorm, University of Arkansas
So excited to be in a dorm that is only 2 years old!

The challenge begins!

Little sisters pitching in!

Still need to work on those bare walls!

Probably could use a rug in this area.

This wall could use a little decor as well.

This is the best configuration for a room long and narrow.
The guys have two comfortable chairs that can be unfolded
and placed in the middle of the room to watch TV or play XBox.

Not sure these faces show the excitement of now being in charge
of their own laundry and clean up!
Matching bedding automatically loses the man card.
Color coordination is ok though.

The Nuggets

A day late linking up with my friend Leslyn over at:

Leslyn's Lovely Life

Friday, September 26, 2014

Five Minute Friday -- BECAUSE

BECAUSE I have challenged myself to blog more, I am jumping on board with the encouragement of  Kate to blog every Friday on a key word with no shame, fear or worry of judgement because of my writing skills.

disclaimer:  It's been one of those weeks where I see the glass half empty.. we go....

BECAUSE no matter how hard you try, there is always someone one who is unhappy or disappointed with you or the decisions you make.

BECAUSE I tend to worry and am consumed with insecurity, I cause myself unnecessary stress and anxiety over every little thing (said and unsaid).

BECAUSE. I married the sweetest Godliest man on the planet, I am told daily that I need to let things go....they are not important in the big picture.  He's not talking down to me.....just keeping me sane in a loving way.

BECAUSE, just like my blog name reads -- Today is a New Day.  I can let it define me or I can choose my path.

BECAUSE He lives, I can face tomorrow.....

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

High school art students enjoying the beauty of the morning while sketching.  

Mrs. Buchanan giving instruction.

Nature offers great inspiration.

Linking up today with Jenny for Wordless Wednesday.

The Jenny Evolution

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday -- HOLD

Linking up with Kate today for my first writing prompt!  Please join me in spending just five minutes reflecting on the word * HOLD*.

I love to read The Message Bible.  I understand its language.  It speaks to me in a way I can relate to in present day.

This is what came to me as I reflected on *HOLD*.

Watch your words and HOLD your tongue;
you'll save yourselves a lot of grief.
Proverbs 21:23

HOLD my tongue.  HOLD my words.  HOLD my thoughts.

It's something I ask for help with everyday during my quiet time.

Sharing news with others that I have no business sharing.

HOLD my tongue.

Interrupting a conversation to tell my story.

HOLD my tongue.

Complaining about a situation, when I should look for a solution.

HOLD my words.

Judging others for petty reasons.

HOLD my words.

Worrying about things I have no control over.

HOLD my thoughts.

Battling insecurities.

HOLD my thoughts.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Saying Goodbye Was Harder Than I Thought....


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My first born nugget is on the back row, far right.

The group pictured consists of his nuggets....

This was their last large group gathering before they started heading out one by one to their colleges.  A few went to Texas, one went to Tennessee, another to Mississippi, one chose Missouri, a couple went to Southern Arkansas and the rest headed up north to Fayetteville.

These friendship are deep.  No exaggeration.  People tell me all the time how unique this crew is and that the group dynamics will not be easy to replicate.  Some friendships go as far back as ten years while others just a few. Some will be rooming together and some may not see others for awhile. 

Last month a few moms and I hosted a "good luck" party to send them off properly.  We got in their faces and took pictures, we fed them, we hugged them and then we cried.

Not only were we going to miss our own kids, but also the group they traveled with.  When you have a group of kids at your home most weekends, summertime and other random days, your house becomes much quieter when the leave for college.

I have to admit, as I moved P into his dorm, I was too busy to be sad.  It was not until a few days later I had a big ugly sobbing cry.  Then I cried when I spotted his favorite Oreo cookies at Kroger.  I cried when I went to bed.  I cried when I got up.

Today I am feeling much better.   I still miss him, but I'm not so sad.  I am happy and excited for my boy.  He is going to be fine.

I'm going to be fine too.

Leslyn's Lovely Life

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Made in Arkansas

Marty and I made our way across town to the Hillcrest Farmers Market yesterday before the heat set in.  This has become our Saturday morning ritual.  We enjoy seeing the familiar faces and being a part of this little community once a week.

The Hillcrest Farmers Market is a ministry of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church located at 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd in Little Rock.  The market began several years ago as a way for church staff and members to introduce themselves to the neighborhood.  I have been told the market is open year round weather permitting.  You can keep updated by following their Facebook page.

 The farmers, vendors and a few food trucks set up shop on the sidewalk and street in front of the church.  Volunteers man craft tables set up for the kids.  The church doors are open to all and they encourage you to shop, visit and make yourself comfortable on the front steps of the church to eat and fellowship.

Most of the vendors have the same vegetables and fruit -- just different sizes and varieties.  What I like most about Hillcrest Farmers Market is they only allow Arkansas grown products to be sold.  You are only going to find what is in season in Arkansas so don't think you can pick up lemons or avocados.  No shipping in produce from out of state and trying to market it as local.  They have a strict application process and often have a wait list.

Yesterday, I found everything from homemade artisan bakery products and fresh flowers to coffee and tamales.

This colorful booth caught my attention!

Think of all the salsa you could make with these tomatoes.

Jupiter Grapes - 3 years of growing 

Took Maria's tamale's home for lunch.  Delicious!

Consider visiting the Hillcrest Farmers Market and buy food locally grown.  It really does taste better.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The OFFICIAL Turn Off's & Turn On's LIST

Hope this does not come off as too negative.  I like to start my Monday on a fresh and positive note!

Turn Off's:

  • Those who take advantage of my kindness.
  • Clutter
  • All things pumpkin.
  • Those who look down on others because of their economic status, race, where they go to school, what they wear, the neighborhood they live in, etc......
  • Finding a plastic bottle in the kitchen trash.  Come on people -- we all know where the recycling bin is.
  • Those who call me and then proceed to have conversations with other people they are in the room with or yell at their kids.  I have been know to just hang up the phone.
  • "Friends" who ask how I am and then proceed to cut me off and go into great detail about what's going on with them.  I don't do one sided friendships.  Once I walk away I don't always come back.  

Now on to the good stuff....

Turn On's:
  • Coming home from a trip and finding that my guys did all the laundry without me asking them.
  • Genuine Friendships
  • Classical Music
  • My little family -- furry ones included.
  • Reading the Sunday paper from front to back.
  • The smell of Fabulosa -- I know my place is clean when I walk in and smell the lavender.
  • Going to the movies with my favorite husband.
  • Tidiness
  • Relaxing with a good book.
Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Confessions of a 80's Concert Junkie

I am still working on my blog challenge goal of 30 posts in 30 days.  So far I'm on challenge #20 and I started this approximately 390 days ago but who's counting?

Today, I have been tasked with listing all the concerts I have attended.  Now that is a challenge!  The majority of concerts attended in my lifetime happened during middle and high school and in my early 20's.  I still do see a concert occasionally, but usually with my daughter.  She's almost 15 so before long she will be seeing concerts without a parent chaperon.

I grew up Albuquerque, New Mexico which was always a stopping place for any major band so I definitely had plenty of opportunities to hear some great music.  I'm a child of the 80's --  the best decade EVER!  I listened to most of the regular hits of the decade...Hall & Oates, Rick Springfield, Human League, J. Geil's, John Mellencamp, The Police, Men at Work.....etc.

What most of my grown up friends don't know about me, is that back in the day I loved some serious metal bands -- hair, trash, glam and of course traditional.  I went to as many concerts as I could wearing some ridiculous outfits!  Anyone remember the girls from those ZZ Top Videos?

Today I still like my rock music but sometimes in the form of classical.  Ever heard of Vitamin C Quartet?  Add it to your play list on Pandora or I Heart Radio and you'll see what I'm talking about!

Today,  my play list on ITunes ranges anywhere from Motley Cru (their first recorded songs)  to Crowded House and maybe some Tom Jones in between.

With that said, the  first concert I went to  was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  Their opening band was Bow Wow Wow (I Like Candy).  I specifically remember the ticket costing $11.50.  The last concert I bought a ticket to was Bruno Mars and the price for that amazing show was around $85.00 a ticket.

Compiled here in no particular order is a listing of every concert I can remember attending in between Joan and Bruno......

Huey Lewis and the News
Motley Cru (several times)
Ozzy Osbourne
Reo Speedwagon
Billy Joel
Elton John
The Oakridge Boys (sadly)
Van Halen
Bon Jovi (several times)
Guns n Roses
Def Leppard
Churck Mangione (not my choice)
Quiet Riot
Iron Maiden
Pat Benatr
Twisted Sister
Hannah Montana
Judas Priest
Hillary Duff
Taylor Swift
Cheetah Girls
Tears for Fears
ZZ Top
Clint Black
Cheap Trick

Rock on!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Where are you from?

Here's another tidbit of information about me.....

All the places I've lived -- google if you never heard of these locations.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Torrance, California

Redondo Beach, California

El Segundo, California

Little Rock, Arkansas

I've always wanted to live in another country and experience the culture.  No specific location but a view of any ocean would be nice.

Think I'll see if I can find a episode of House Hunters International to watch.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

30 Day Challenge.............8 months later.....

Last summer, I set up myself up with all sorts of goals.  Goals to read my bible daily.  Goals to blog daily.  Goals to walk daily.  Goals to detox my diet for 30 days....

I love goals.  I love writing them down.  I love posting them for the world to see.  I love starting them.

What I don't love, is not finishing what I start.

...and I do this...A LOT.

I can however,  proudly say that last summer I ate "clean" for 30 days.  Eating clean for me meant giving up caffeine, sugar, white bread and rice, gluten and all processed foods.  I was so proud of myself.  I looked better.  I felt better.  I acted better.  I was nicer.  REALLY.

The problem is on day 31 I went back to the old eating habits and haven't looked back yet.

Today, my first official day of summer -- meaning no office work until the kids go back in August and I have already set up my new summer goals.  I hope I can finish them. I really want to.  I know I can.  I just have to put aside "time wasters" and focus!

Today's post takes me back to June 2013 -- specifically Day 18 of the 30 day blog challenge.

Name the TV show I am addicted to.

This one I don't even have to put any thought to.  Seriously!  I have all sorts of TV shows I am addicted to.  Thanks to Netflix, I have favorite TV shows that are no longer running or that anyone remembers.  My family will tell you I get much too attached to the characters of my favorite shows.

Also, I'm not ashamed to say I cry when each one ends.  What can I say?  I appear tough as nails on the outside, but I am a crier.

These past few months I have watched every episode of:

Breaking Bad
Friday Night Lights
Ugly Betty

Notice I said EVERY episode in the past FEW MONTHS.

No wonder I don't finish my goals.  I am too attached to Walter White, Tami Taylor, Olivia Pope and Betty Suarez.

I was just about to start House of Cards, but I think I'll put it on the back burner.

On hiatus until my next post....