Walking Our Dog

My original post was about our family Penny Date. Unfortunately I messed up importing the pictures and now have to wait to see if hubby can fix it. If he can, I’ll post it later on this month. If he can’t, I’ll recap it with a series of funny Pinterest memes.

So here’s my very mushy backup post…

Today you walked your dog for the first time. Daddy helped you get started then the two of you took off. I couldn’t get in any of the pictures so I turned the camera on myself right as I was watching you walk away with the biggest grin on your face. This simple moment felt so special because I realized you were growing up. You’re no longer the infant I cuddled and stressed about. Now you’re the little big boy that puts a smile (and wrinkles) on my face. You made me mature in a way that I didn’t know I needed. You reminded me that crunchy leaf piles should be jumped in and stomped on not just raked into the yard waste bin. You’re helping me slow down and focus on what’s important; enjoying life while fulfilling mental, spiritual and physical needs.

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Most important of all you’re showing me I only have a small window to enjoy putting tiny mask on you, pushing you in your Tonka truck and reading stories that you don’t fully understand. I need to stop trying to be the perfect SAHM I imagined and start enjoying being the imperfect mom that I am. You’ll continue to go through stages and I’ll continue to learn more and more as we navigate each one. But instead of picking apart everything I do I am going to simply chalk it up to experience and another lesson learned.

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In the words of our favorite book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch:

I’ll love you forever,

I’ll like you for always ,

As long as I’m living

my baby you’ll be.

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Random Visual Escape

I’ve been wrapped up in my feelings lately. From my own self-image to my titles (mom, wife, etc) to the state of the world. I feel caught up and unable to express myself so I choose to make a blog post of all the beautiful things I’ve seen recently. This is my random visual escape.

I am choosing to see beauty rather than drowning in sorrow.

I hope this post can be a relaxing retreat in this hectic world 🙂

Penny Date Day

 

 

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Taken from Pinterest
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Our Penny & Music
  1. We dressed casual since we only had a few hours until we had to pick up the mini and we forgot to grab a penny
  2. We grabbed a penny & let the internet randomly generate a number (18 turns)
  3. Wrote this on my arm so I didn’t have to keep opening Pinterest
  4. We alerted this since we kept going in circle
  5. We did then we restarted on foot!!

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Likes

  • Fun & interesting
  • Cheap as long as you have gas
  • Restarting on foot was great exercise and added a bit of intrigue as we’d never walked the area before

Dislikes

  • Can be annoying when you keep going in circles
    • this is why we altered it a bit
  • Better if you start in an area you aren’t familiar with
  • You should eat first to avoid being hangry… See last picture for our hangry fix:)
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Though beautiful to look at in person, we went by this same building 3x

October Weigh In

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So… I’ll insert details under each goal but keep the same goals for this month. Actually I might keep the same goals until I get it right. When I get it right I will completely change my goal or I’ll modify it to continue challenging myself.

Actual Date: 11/8/2017

Weight: ?lbs

Measurements in inches

Chest: ?

R/L Arm: ?

Waist: ?

Hips: ?

R/L Thigh: ?

Goal(s):

  • Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan (IP)
    • I have made healthier choices
      • Ex: swapping coffee for unsweetened tea (most days)
      • Ex: Penny Date night (detailed post coming soon) rather than simply eating out
  • Read something other than children’s books (Check!!)
    • Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
      • Side note: Adventure, Sci-Fi and mystery are my favs
    • Bonus points because I was able to read it to my son
  • Don’t use motherhood as an excuse (Umm technically check)
    • I didn’t but I still didn’t exercise regularly
    • I did maybe 3-4 workouts; progress but not my goal
  • Post updates every month on or after the 8th in order to hold myself accountable (Check)
    • Yup!! Though nothing has changed (well I don’t think so because I didn’t check)

 

My Notes for Thor Ragnarok

Audience: May not be suitable for children that scare easily

Bonus Scenes: Stay all the way until after the credits roll (all of them). Yes I know most people know this however due to the shocking number of people that left the theater I figured it would be worth mentioning

Quick Opinions:

  • definitely my favorite Thor movie
  • it is way funnier than the previous Thor movies
  • holds my attention without feeling rushed or dragging
  • Hela is awesome!!! In a villain kind of way 😉
  • Grandmaster is hilarious and very colorful
  • snacks of some kind are a must because this, like other Marvel flicks, is a long movie

Cooking with YouTube – Pupusas

Hubby was having a rough week and I had leftover shredded BBQ beef so I figured I’d surprise him with a tasty meal that had yummy childhood memories attached to it. I’ve done this before when a friend’s mom showed me years ago but they didn’t turn out very flavorful when I tried to cook them on my own. Fast forward a few years, loving motivation and a few YouTube videos and voila flavorful hubby approved pupusas!

I didn’t take step by step pictures because well I forgot… But here they are 🙂 Yes, my photography skills need work but I’ll improve.

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Top left: what it looks like before I flip it to finish cooking plus one in the back that has been flipped

Top right/ Bottom left: finished product

Bottom right: finishing the last one that came out just perfect

Ingredients:

  • homemade shredded BBQ beef
    • funny story it was supposed to be pulled pork but I grabbed the wrong meat because I was rushing to get out of Costco. I didn’t realize my error until it was time to put it in the crockpot
  • mozzarella cheese
  • outside/ shell: Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour, chicken broth (water can be used but mine taste better using broth) & cayenne

About My Weight/Wait

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Yes, this is the 1st “before” picture I posted but I look the same so I figured why not be lazy and use this 😉

You read that correctly. I waited to write about my weight because I kept hoping I’d have amazing before and after photos. I’m still over the weight I want to be, look like my “before” picture(s) and haven’t seriously stuck to anything. I tired the 4 Hour Body, intermittent fasting and counting calories but I always allowed myself to make excuses; motherhood was my go to excuse (avoids eye contact with fit moms). I don’t have it figured out and I will keep trying things until I find something I like but until I find my happy healthy plan here are my stats and what I hope to achieve.

Actual Date: 10/8/2017

Weight: 230.6lbs

Measurements in inches

Chest: 44

R/L Arm: 15.75/ 15.5

Waist: 41

Hips: 50.5

R/L Thigh: 29.5/ 28.5

Goal(s):

  • Stick to some type of diet/ healthy meal plan
  • Read something other than children’s books
  • Don’t use motherhood as an excuse
  • Post updates every month on or after the 8th in order to hold myself accountable
    • I am considering posting weekly on my Instagram @jtm2015.wordpress so I don’t fall off of whatever wagon I’m on that week

 

Wig-ing Out

I bought a wig on Amazon!!

Brown Sugar Human Blended Lace Front Wig – BS206 (#SR2/REDVELVET) by ISIS HAIR

I’ve been wanting to do something different with my hair for a while now but I was a wishy washy mess when it came to making a decision. Finally what started as a trim turned into a cut which morphed into looking for a wig on Amazon. I spoke with my husband and this was the best routine to avoid any further scissor happy moments.

I looked up red wigs then human hair red wigs then affordable wigs and this pooped up some where during my search. I liked what I saw but was very uncertain about the color as I am of a darker shade and don’t like anything that makes me stand out too much. But after consulting with my husband I decided to take the plunge plus I knew my sister would look great with this color so it wouldn’t be a complete waste of money.

Below are pictures of the wig on me, packaging and instructions. I am by no means a wig expert but I used to buy a lot of them and often so I wanted to review this one based on the knowledge I’ve gained from previous experience.

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  • color looks okay on my skin tone but does take a confident person to wear as it is very bright
  • color is beautiful
  • lace seems short and somewhat stiff but very user friendly
    • I’m not sure how wide the lace part is on other wigs (this is my first lace front) but for my large head it seemed short
    • should mention I didn’t braid it down properly
  • full with minimal shedding

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  • standard wig packaging
  • no smell

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  • loved the instructions for installing the unit and washing
  • comes with double-sided tape

Overall I liked the wig but gave to my sister because I wasn’t comfortable with the color. I plan on buying the same wig in a different color and I will definitely buy more wigs from this brand/ seller.

While this post isn’t sponsored by anyone, I was able to buy it with gift cards I accumulated through taking surveys. I still worked for the gift cards but it wasn’t part of actual regular income more like things I do while my son is napping on me. I have also purchased other things this way. I will try to note when I do but if I forget you can always ask if you’re curious 🙂

Plants

I’ve never been one to garden. The best I’ve ever done was growing a bamboo which literally only required me to add or refresh the water every now and then. However once we bought our home I knew I wanted to try growing things.

I started off simple with established plants which were aloe and snake plants. My mom gave me the aloe which eventually grew large enough to split into 3 pots plus I found an offshoot (name?) at the root which is shown in a small pot on the counter in front of the big group of plants/pots. I bought 2 snake plants from Home Depot which I was super excited about because of how they grow. What I didn’t know was these particular leaves would never get any bigger because the leaves were damaged. This meant I would have to wait for new leaves until I could get the height I was hoping to achieve but I’m glad I didn’t give up because now they are in one pot and doing great! Sorry no picture but I’ll post it to my Instagram if I remember.

I moved on to other succulents because I was told they were hardy like aloe. Womp womp womp… They died because I left them outside in direct sun. Second attempt also not shown was succulents. I brought them indoors and put them in the window thinking they’d be fine but wrong again! The glass acted as a magnifier for the sun and the leaves burned. Thankfully I turned to YouTube and was able to save these; group of 3 pots in same green base.

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After the succulents stayed alive, I tried my hand at seeds. Wheatgrass (not shown) was my seed of choice because I was blending at the time and heard good things about adding it to smoothies. At first things went great! It grew exactly as stated on the package and was super fun to cut. I am allergic to fresh cut grass so this was as close as I could get to mowing a lawn without severe and potentially deadly consequences. That was short lived thanks to some kind of rodent getting into our house. I have no idea what type of rodent it was but boy did it love my wheatgrass. It destroyed all of my hard work but I was able to get rid of it by using the grass. The rodent is no more…

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My newfound seed love lead to basil and mint seed kits from Home Depot. I started with the mint which never actually grew because it was too crowded; I didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to dump all the seeds into the jar at once… The basil managed to survive because I split the seeds between the jar and baby food jars which I only did so my son could have his own plants.  YAY sharing because if I didn’t I’m sure the basil would’ve had the same outcome as the mint. The basil is hard to see but it is still in the same jar; right side in front of the avocado seeds. Eventually I switched back to established plants: mint, peppers (6 types) and whatever purple-ish leafy plant that is. These are all shown. The mint I bought and the basil I grew are in the orange pot; I have more of each but that is the best pic. The best image of the pepper plants are the very last bottom pictures below.

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Now for the most exciting seeds! Avocado 🙂 I started them from avocados we used as a side dish. I cleaned, added 3 toothpicks per seed then put them in clear glasses and left in the window. I watched YouTube videos after I started them and learned I was supposed to peel them. I did afterwards and they turned out fine. There is a close up of both in the glasses plus a follow up of putting them in dirt; pictures above in the large round black containers. Well that is it. A long lengthy rundown of all the plants I had and have. Any follow ups will be pictures only or maybe just random posts on Instagram  @jtm2015.wordpress

Wedding Ring

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What my husband said:

  • It’s just a ring
  • It’s not a big deal
  • It’s not like you did it on purpose
  • I wanted to upgrade you anyways now I’ll just be doing it sooner

What I said:

  • It was my ring though
  • I think it’s a big deal
  • No but I should’ve taken it in for maintenance like they recommended
  • Really?!

I was thrilled when he said he wanted to upgrade my ring but then we went shopping… While going from store to store I thought about the whole day surrounding actually getting my ring. We took off of work, got the marriage license then headed to the store to look at rings and I ended up getting it right then and there 🙂 I was so happy and replacing the ring felt like I was trying to replace memories so I stopped looking. Hubby came up with the bright idea to double check the warranty even though it technically expired. Well guess what Le Vian has a lifetime warranty! It is going to take a while to get it back and I was without it during our anniversary but I’ll still have my ring. My memories remain intack and when I eventually get an upgrade it’ll be a fun surprise rather than a replacement 🙂