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New Years Resolutions (Hello, 2012!)

I didn’t make any resolutions going into 2011. One year ago today, I was super pregnant, but still had almost 2 months until baby boy was supposed to be born. Obviously that didn’t happen, because he was born before January even ended. It made 2011 the best year of my life. But also, the hardest.

But this year is different. So, I’ve decided to make a list of resolution that I really want to keep.

  • Find balance. Between being a wife, mom, and myself.
  •  Work towards a better, healthier, more fit “me”. Try to work out. Eat well. Lose some weight. My goal is to get to my pre-pregnancy weight before we can start trying for another baby. And I’ve been having a really hard time with losing the baby weight. He’s almost a year old, it should be gone by now.
  • Have patience. With everything. Including my husband and my baby.
  • NO MORE SCREAMING. I have an awful temper and I can’t stand it. I don’t want my baby boy growing up hearing me scream at him (or anything else) all of the time. This is a big one for me to work on.
  • Not do so much nagging. I do it and I know it. I have major “clean-house” OCD. I get anxious and mad when it gets messed up even a little bit. I need to relax and just let it be. I spend all of my time mad my house isn’t “perfect” and I’m sure I miss out on a lot because of it.
  • Spend time with my husband. I’ve only left the baby ONE TIME since he’s been born. We’ve haven’t been out alone yet. Between that and co-sleeping, we never, EVER have a moment alone together. It’s wearing on our marriage big-time.
  • Enjoy the little things. Like a 5 minute hot shower, a hot cup of tea, or a good tv show. My anxiety gets the best of me and I’m tired of it.
  • If I don’t start to see a change — see someone about PPD. Because really, I hate this feeling.
  • Cook, bake, scrapbook, craft, and photograph. Have hobbies.
  • Keep working on my blog. Keep working to make it better. Work towards having it bring in some money each month to help us out.

I really think I can keep these resolutions. They aren’t crazy or unattainable. They are all things that will help me be a better person.

What are your resolutions? I’m linking up to Diana’s post at Hormonal Imbalances. If you do a “Resolutions” post, link up with her, too!

And even if you don’t, check out her site. Because she’s awesome.

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Tupperware Story (A Christmas Gift That Didn’t Work).

For Christmas, my mom asked me what I might want (or need, or could use). All I could think of was some new pillows for our bed. And some Tupperware.

So she took the idea and ran with it. She got us 4 pillows, 2 sheet sets, and a box of (Walmart brand) “storage containers”. So after our Christmas Eve dinner, I decided that I’d put ALL of the leftovers away in our new storage set. I was really psyched about it — I mean, who doesn’t love some storage?! It was a pretty neat set of 24 pieces (12 lids and 12 containers). There were even little “vents” in the top that you could open while you heat the container in the microwave.

 My mom and I set off into the kitchen while everyone else chatted, nibbled on desserts and drank coffee and/or wine. We started to clean up, and started loading up the containers with food. Lots and LOTS of food.

And then we went to put the lids on. And as hard as I tried, I COULD NOT get the lids to fit. My mom tried, and failed. I called my husband into the kitchen, and he tried. And failed.

FAIL. The lids did not fit the containers.

So today, my mom stopped by the house to pick up the containers (which I thoroughly washed and repacked into the box) and she headed off to the store. She ended up getting a Rubbermaid set.

40 piece Rubbermaid set

For only a few dollars more, this set is excellent. There’s lots of different sizes, and the lids fit PERFECTLY. My next project — to clean out my kitchen cabinets of random storage containers and lids that DO NOT match, and fill it with my brand new 40 piece set that I absolutely love.

Lesson learned. Buy the well known brand.

What did you get for Christmas?

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Merry Christmas.

It’s  Christmas Eve.

My house is clean.
Holiday candles are lit.
Christmas music is playing.
Cookies are baked & decorated.
The Christmas tree lights are on.
The table is set for Christmas Eve dinner.

Our Christmas snowmen candles.

Today, we’ll share food with family. Christmas cookies, coffee, eggnog for dessert. Open gifts that some of us were fortunate enough to be able to buy for each other. Tonight, when everyone goes home, I’ll sit by my Christmas tree with my eggnog, and thank God that my little family is happy, healthy, and able to celebrate Christmas together.

Tomorrow, we’ll wake up to have a Christmas breakfast and enjoy baby’s 1st Christmas — opening gifts and enjoying each other’s company. We’ll head up to my Dad’s for dinner, and enjoy more family.

Merry Christmas to all my friends out there, ones whom I’ve met in person, and those I haven’t. Money doesn’t make the holidays, you do. I hope everyone remembers the reason for Christmas this year, and doesn’t let how much or how little money they have come in between you, your family, and the Holidays.


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Pay It Forward: A Little Christmas Cheer.

This year hasn’t been easy for us. I thought we were really well prepared for Christmas. Until now. 3 days before Christmas.

It just hit me. Christmas is 3 days away. For the past 2 weeks, I’ve sent out a handful of bills each week. And now, as we’re about to go out to buy food to make Christmas Eve dinner, buy stuff to make our cookies, and even contemplated doing stockings between my husband and I (we didn’t buy gifts for each other, we knew we couldn’t afford them), we realized that we have no money.

No, I mean that literally. There’s nothing in the bank account.


I write on a few sites. I write here, and you can find me on Twitter. I also write on a more private site, on a smaller scale than this. A little more personal, you can say.

This morning, I had to vent. I let it all out. Money problems. Marriage problems. Depression problems.

3 days before Christmas!

At that point, I closed my laptop and went on to do things like have breakfast with the baby, sit down and play with some toys, do a little cleaning around the house. I came back a little while later to find a comment from someone I don’t really know — AT ALL. Just another member of the site I was writing on.

They asked for my email/paypal address.

And a couple of hours later, there was $100 in my paypal account.

There ARE still good people out there. There are!

I wasn’t asking for a handout. I was just letting out some frustration. And another person, who identified with me, did a selfless act — a random act of kindness — and helped make my Christmas a little brighter. Gave that little extra — so we can afford dinner, and some stuff to bake cookies for ourselves and “Santa.”

Now I vow that next year, my family will be in a better place. And when I come across someone who’s in need, just like I am this year — I’m going to do the same thing for them.

To that person who did that for me — if you see this — Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You’ll never know what that meant to me.

Have you done a random act of kindness this Holiday Season? Leave me a comment and tell me about it! 

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Christmas Prep.

I’ve been a little MIA lately. I apologize.

With it being the week before Christmas, we’ve got a lot going on. My goal is to do a little cleaning each day, and then by the end of the week, just a quick touch up vacuum/dust and by Christmas Eve morning we’ll be ready to set up the table and decorations and be having dinner by 2pm.

Oh yeah, I didn’t tell you? We’re hosting Christmas Eve dinner at our house.

Thanks to everyone pitching in, it shouldn’t be too hard.

On the menu: 

Appetizers: Crackers & cheese platter.

Dinner: Spiral cut ham, green bean casserole, green beans (plain, for anyone who doesn’t want/can’t eat the casserole), stuffed zucchini/mushrooms, homemade mashed potatoes, olives,  bread.

Dessert: brownies, christmas cookies, coffee.

And with all the help, the only thing I’m responsible for buying are the potatoes and the fixings for them (sour cream, butter), and the cream of mushroom soup/onions that will go on the beans. Everything else is being bought by someone else! But i’ll be doing most of the cooking — they’re just buying the stuff and dropping it off here. Easy enough!

So Christmas Eve will be spent here in my house. We’ll set up a table for 10, play Christmas music, eat dinner and dessert, and I’m thinking there will be lots of gifts for the baby. Unfortunately, we couldn’t really afford gifts for anyone BUT the baby, but we ARE handing out Christmas pictures of him to everyone.

Christmas Day will be a busy one, too. Wake up, just Hubby, the baby and I, and open presents. I’ll be making something for breakfast — so we’ll sit and enjoy some coffee/eggnog and breakfast before heading up to Hubby’s Dad’s house to open gifts with them. Then we’ll rush back home, get on our Christmas clothes, and head off to MY Dad’s house for dinner at 1pm. There will be minimal gifts there, just for the baby — but i’m sure we’ll have eggnog and cookies and chit chat.

I hope to spend the very end of the day at home, cuddled up with my 2 guys — in front of the Christmas tree, drinking just a LITTLE bit more eggnog.

Can you tell I like eggnog!?

But back to today. I’m hoping to continue on with my holiday traditions, and do some Christmas cookie baking today. I have a few recipes that I would like to try for the first time. If all goes well, pictures and a follow up entry will be coming soon.



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Christmas Traditions.

This year has been a whirlwind for us, for sure. Just over 10 months ago, we had a baby.

And just like that, life changed.

It was at that point, that I wanted to make the most of every day. Whether it be a normal don’t-go-anywhere and sit-around-in-sweatpants day, or a dressed-up holiday, I wanted to celebrate it the best we could.

I’m a sucker for things like “Baby’s 1st Halloween” bibs, and “Baby’s 1st Christmas” outfits. Of course, things don’t always go as planned, like our Halloween being “postponed” because of snow (in October!? Really!), and my kid being born only about a month after Christmas, so finding a “1st Christmas” outfit in size 12 months is nearly impossible. (I guess they figure that if they’re wearing 12 month clothes — it’s not their first Christmas?? Carter’s — what’s up with that??)

So, with that said, pretty much the biggest holiday of the year is quickly approaching.

And I have to admit, this is the first year in a VERY long time, that I’m excited for Christmas. There, I said it. I haven’t been excited about the holidays in a long time. But this year is different.

I want to start traditions this year (as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, also). We decided we’d put the tree and decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. We totally succeeded. Black Friday morning, we woke up, grabbed some hot chocolate, and headed out. We did a little shopping, came home for lunch, and then in the afternoon ordered pizza and put up our tree. We set up our nativity, and put up our stockings. Right down to tiny details, like tiny snowmen candles on the kitchen counters, placemats on the kitchen table, and my red tablecloth in the dining room.

I also want to start traditions like baking Christmas cookies together right before Christmas — with a few special ones to leave out for Santa. Or reading a special Christmas book before bed that night. Or making a special “Christmas” breakfast. These are the things that get my “mama brain” going. I want to be crafty and creative and do all of these special things for my kids.

So far, so good. I feel ahead of the game. Christmas decorations have been up since the day after Thanksgiving. All of our shopping for the baby is done. Christmas cookie cutters are out on the counter, and we’ve done a “trial run” once already (note to self: roll dough out thicker for better cookies).

Our Christmas tree, 2011.


Now tell me. What are some of YOUR traditions? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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