Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I ♥ Freebies :) (pt 2)

I posted a few freebie links in an earlier post and promised I would post more later... So, I am keeping my word and posting more! You can just consider this my little Thanksgiving gift to you... LOL. :)

Of Course I just can't post the links I have to ramble on about them too... You know that is how I roll :) Plus, I have been on a freebie searching kick for the last few days, so they are over 15 freebies listed in this post, so please bare with all of my rambling because I hope you see something you like!

Have you ever wanted to try origami? I have! When I was a kid I thought it was the neatest thing, but of course I was just a kid and thought it was something only adults could do b/c it was just so skillful. And then I came across this freebie for 50 free sheets of origami paper, so I decided, "hey, I am going to try it and the best part is if I can't do it or end up not liking it then I won't be out of pocket any money!". I am excited about getting this Free sample.

I saw these on TV a few weeks ago and really wanted to try them, but haven't got around to buying any yet, so when I saw a free sample for them I had to order it! If you have issues with your clothes 'bleeding' during the wash then give these Shout Color Catchers a try.

Is your child into Veggie Tales? If so you may want to check out this free veggie tales Christmas download. My girls never got into The Veggie Tale cartoons so I didn't download this CD, but hey its free so I thought I would post it in case they are in Veggie Tale kids out there :)

I have nearly died countless times because I just cannot run over a cute furry animal in the road... This fact annoys my husband to no end because he actuallys fears me wrecking because of this! With that said, when I saw this awesome Give Wildlife a Brake free bumper sticker I had to get it!

With the holidays coming up I am sure I will go through my shipping labels pretty quickly, so when I saw these Free shipping labels I had to get them! I love things like this for 'back-ups'. I normally put them away and 'forget' I have them, then when I run out I go through my 'back-up drawer' to see if I have any extras and with freebies like this I can have those extras (for FREE!).

My husband is a golfer (a just for fun, sucks at it but likes to play golfer!) so when I saw the next freebie for some Free Golf Club Wrap I decided to get it for him... I am actually going to wrap this one up and give it to him as an extra Christmas gift (if I was lucky enough to be one of the first 10,000 people to sign up for it, and it gets to me in time). :)

Need condoms? Then check out Beyond Seven Condoms for a free sample! These could go into one of those 'back-up drawers'!

Need a little kick to your smell? :) Then try one of these free samples so you can try these fragrances before you buy them! You can choose from Boss Orange Sunset, or the Boss Hugo sampe.

Free Celebrity picture & autograph! Even if you don't see a Celebrity you like, maybe you will see one a friend or family member likes and could order this freebie as a Little surprise gift for them!

If you have been following my boring blog then you will know I love to cook and bake so I am always excited when I find free recipe books like these: California Olive Recipe Book, Sun-Maid New Taste of Tradition Recipe Booklet , Fruit & Sunshine Recipe Booklet or a "JIFFY" recipe book.

Not really sure what Stack is, or what Grape Stack would taste like, but it is from from Universal Nutrition and it is a free sample!

Send a FREE box of kleeenex tissues to someone you love... Or yourself :). After all it is the season for sickies and who couldn't use an extra box of kleenexes?

Want a fresh smelling car? The send off for the Air Wick Citrus Zest Paper Air Freshener for your car.

Are you gassy? Then I have a free sample for you! Try gas-x to see if it is right for you before you buy it! Or throw the sample in your car dash pocket, or your first aid kit.

Stay tuned, because they will be more freebie links to come! Until then... Peace, love and tator tots :)
~Lissa Lou

Monday, December 6, 2010

Back to my Random Bandom Monday!

I told you I would probably get to busy to reach my 100th post last week... and sure enough I did. But we have a snow day today (no school for Clover) which makes my day a little less hectic so I am trying to do a little blogging...

What should I ramble about today? Actually I am going to start off by rambling about one of this years hottest toys... First of all I am a sap for the "must have toys" at Christmas time... I normally end up getting them for my girls (yes, we had Zhu Zhu pets last year for Christmas and my girls loved those things, so I am glad I went through all of the trouble of getting them). This year we got them a few toys off the "hard to get/must have" list as well... But there is one toy on this list that I just don't get and I am thankful my girls have no interest in it... What is this toy I am talking about???

It's the Fisher-price Sing-a-ma-jig:


Do not get me wrong, if your child is into this toy... Awesome, I am glad your child likes them and this non-costly toy makes your child happy! Please don't hate me for knock them... But to me, I don't get it at all... They cost $10-$12 and they look like a freaky little sex toy! Yes, I said it. Sorry, but I think its true! Not that I have a drawer full of sex toys or anything, but I have been to a few pure romance parties, and this reminds me of a toy I saw for a guy at one of them (no it wasn't fuzzy or kiddish looking... but the mouth of the sing-a-ma-jig looks a lot like the toy!). So, why is this a must have/hot toy?

We got our first snow of the season over the weekend... Sadly it came Saturday morning and we had to cancel our Christmas parade float.

Oh and on a fun note we made applesauce ornaments this weekend and oh they made my house smell so nicely... I want to make them everyday now :)

Here are a few pictures of random things from this weekend...

A picture of our first snow... (it was still snowing and had just been snowing for less than 2 hours when I took this pic):


Here is the dough to make the applesauce ornaments (doesn't look the best, but oh my does it smell wonderfully!):


Here are my girls making the ornaments:




And here are the finished ornaments:


And after a nice long day of baking, ornament making, Christmas tree picking outing, and snow we ended it with chocolate chip pound-cake and hot cocoa:


I guess that is it for now because I have to get off here and start on dinner... So, until my next post, I am wishing you warmth, love and happiness :)

~Lissa Lou

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Random Ramblings of Another Monday

Let me start off by saying.. I am only 3 post away from 100 post! I am excited to reach that 100th post... And after todays post I will only be 2 post away. However I am so busy over the next few weeks, I may never get there, lol. Just kidding, I will probably make that 100th post tomorrow!

However, over the next 5 weekends, I am booked solid... Which is so exciting because it is all things for my girlies, and they are going to love everything we have going on... And, I am trying to fit more into the weekends and it isn't so easy.

On the flip side... Thanksgiving is over, which means I got to rest up some this weekend, which was awesome!

Tonight at girl scouts we are going to be making stockings for the Christmas Parade Float... Which I am excited about, because I am sure the girls will have fun doing it... Although, it will be messy, which I am not so excited about :) I just know they will have glitter everywhere! I went ahead and premade mine this morning, so it could dry before the meeting tonight (I always premake a craft so the girls can see a completed project). Here is mine:


And even though I have a lot more to talk about (such as jell-o shots!) I just realized I have way to much to do before 2, so I have got to cut this post short and get going. YIKES!

Peace, loves and reeses pieces,
Lissa Lou

Saturday, November 27, 2010

WOW... The first cake I ever baked...

So, I was going through a few boxes this week and came across a picture of the very first cake I ever baked and decorated... I would like to say I have came a long ways since then... But I haven't! Here is my work of art (hahaha! I totally didn't how how to color frosting very well back then):

Friday, November 26, 2010

My little People

I have been baby-sitting both of my nephews today so I *tired* getting a picture of all 4 of the kids together... Not a great success! Here are a few pictures from today.



I have given my thanks, and now it is time for a little cheer!

Thanksgiving is now over... sure, I still have about 30 lbs of leftovers in my fridges but generally Thanksgiving is gone for another 364 days and I sent 25 days giving thanks... So, I am officially start my Christmas cheer! This weekend I am going start decorating my house, and all of that fun stuff. I will be starting on my Christmas cards this weekend as well... Normally I have them finished and mail them out on Black Friday but I just couldn't find the time to do that this year.

As of today I am officially in the Christmas spirit zone! :) Bring on the thoughtfulness, caring, baking, crafts, Christmas tree, stockings, smells and lots of smiles!

Jupee!

Willow got a new dog two night ago... He is a young bichon frise (who is full sized, housebroke, and loves kids!), and the first male dog I have even had... Which I am getting used too because he is trying to mark his territory and I keep having to fuss at him for it. Willow on the other hand is loving her new dog! His name is Jupee and he sleeps in Willows room... And that is just want she wanted! She had been asking for a dog for months now that could sleep in her room with her, so when a close friend needed to find a home for this doggie, we decided "Why not?"

Thursday, November 25, 2010

25 Days of Thanksgiving!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 25:
Today is Thanksgiving, and the last day of my 25 days of Thanksgiving... So, what to be thankful for today? I have already named all of the most important things to me... So, I will end this with I am thankful for everything... Yea, kinda lame to say I am thankful for everything... But I really am. I am thankful for having awesome children, I am thankful for my husband, I am thankful for my family, I am thankful for our house, I am thankful for my cars, my pets, food, friends, music, dance, etc... Today is a day of Thankfulness and I am Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am wishing each of you a blessed day with lots love and happiness!

Remember to be thankful for all things today... Both big and small. If you are cooking lunch or dinner today stay safe! I always seem to get burnt... Honestly, I have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner since I was 14, and I have gotten burnt every single year!

On a side note, I asked my girls before I put them to bed what they were thankful for and these are the answers I got...

Clover (5): "I am thankful for the kitty you are going to get me, I am thankful for my mommy, daddy, sister, jupee, and me... I am thankful for me too! I am thankful for everything. I am thankful for everybody!"

Willow (3): "I am thankful for having a puppy at my house!"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It is finished!!!

My buffet is finished... YAY! I am excited. I was worried it would not be finished in time for tomorrows Thanksgiving lunch, but it is! It is still in my basement so I have to get it moved up to my dining room, but that shouldn't be a problem because I already made my brother-in-law agree to come over tomorrow morning to help get it up here!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 24:
I am thankful for my cousin Chelsey! She makes me smile and is like my little sister!!!

Turkey # 1 is marinating! *recipe*

I officially have one of our turkeys marinating for tomorrow.... I hope it turns out well, as this is the first Cajun turkey have had made over the years.

It should be a spicing turkey too, which if all goes accordingly, most of the people coming over for our Thanksgiving dinner will enjoy, because they are all about hot/spicy foods (even Willow!).

Here is what I used to make my marinate (I came up with this on my own... even though I do not eat spicy foods, so I have no idea how it will turn out!).


Lissa's Lou Cajun Turkey Marinate:
* 2 cups butter
* 1/4 cup of onions
* 1/4 cup of garlic powder
* 1/4 cup of hot sauce (pick your favorite)
* 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
* 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
* 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
* 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
* 1 can of beer


I melted the butter in a skillet and then added the onions and fried until they were tender... Then I mixed in the garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red peppers, and cayenne pepper.... Then mixed it up well... Removed the skillet from the heat, and added the can of beer, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce and mixed it up well.

Then I put my turkey (this one was 14.5 lbs) into a large oven bag and added the mixture to the bag and put the bag into a canning kettle and stuck it in the fridge where it will sit overnight (for nearly 24 hours).

Tomorrow morning (before the sun is up!) I will take the turkey out and rub it down with a mixture I came up with and stick it in the oven...

Lissa Lou's Cajun Turkey rubdown:
* 4 teaspoons of salt
* 4 teaspoons of onion powder
* 2 teaspoons of black pepper
* 1 teaspoon of crushed red peppers
* 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper


Then about an hour and a half into cooking it I will inject it with another Cajun liquid mixture, and let it finish up cooking.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

25 Days of Thanksgiving!

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 23:
I am thankful for time... Every second of every day... I am thankful for the time I have had to see my children grow up, I am thankful for the time I have to read books to my girls, or do crafts, I am thankful for the time I have got to spend with my husband over the years, I am thankful for time... Weather it be yesterday, this second or tomorrow!

Nosebleeds

Ironically I just found a freebie sample for these stop nosebleeds things and thought they would be awesome in my first aid kit since both of my girls play sports... I haven't got the sample yet, but now I can't wait to get it! Willow, my 3 year old, woke up this morning face covered in dry blood and large amounts of dried blood in her nose, so I quickly freaked and then realized she had a nosebleed in her sleep. A short time after waking up this morning she had another one. so, I have a feeling this sample will quickly be put to use! If you missed the post click here! :)

I just hope its a one time thing with her because I had major nosebleeds as a kid and they were huge pains in my bum! I would get them at school and end up with blood all over my clothes... I would get them on the bus and have no tissues... I would get them sleeping... I would get them doing just about everything!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting somewhere....

As of a few mins ago I officially have my first coat of paint on my buffet! I will have to put another coat on tomorrow, and then stain part of it but I am excited this much is done because I was getting worried that it would not be finished Thanksgiving! YAY! I will post pictures as soon as I am finished with it.

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 22:
I am thankful for creative and imagination. With them this world we know would be a lot duller and lets face it... My life is boring enough as is!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

25 Days of Thanksgiving!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 21:
I am thankful for animals. I love animals... I am a total animal person! Without my pets, I would have missed out on so much... My horses, dogs, goats, etc. I love my pets!

Weekend Projects

I finally got around to doing two of my three Thanksgiving projects... My girls made their turkey centerpieces this weekend and I made my banner to hang up. I still have a sewing project to go before Thursday but I do not feel it will take more than an hour or two to complete so I am not to worried about getting it finished.

I am however worried that my buffet will not be complete by Wednesday night! My buffet is an older buffet that my dad made... It was given to me as a child (I think when I was in the 8th grade), so I have had it for many years... But have never used it! It was in my grandma's basement for years and ended up with some water damage, but I just could not bare to trash it, so I decided I would restore it! Long story short... Restoring furniture is a lot of work! We have been sanding on it for a few weeks now (off and on in our spare time), and as of right now (a little past 6 pm on Sunday afternoon) it still needs a little sanding... Then I can start the premiering, painting and staining! All of which must be completed by Wed! On top of that I am working 24 hours over the next two days, so getting everything fit in, just might be impossible!

Here is a picture of the turkeys my monkeys made :) I spent less than $8 on the supplies to make these and have a ton of stuff left over for another project. The Turkey's heads started off white but the girls painted them so much they ended up black! My girls don't see paint that often these days, since the little bedroom carpet incident, so they get carried away when they get to paint.




Here are the girls working on their turkeys... Over look the mess, I set up a little area in our basement b/c I was working on the buffet too... And we have not cleaned up the fall leaves on that end yet (2 HUGE oak trees, and a wooded area make for a long clean up, so we keep putting it off):





And the banner I made (with my girls help... They colored!):


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Finally... It's Saturday!

It is finally Saturday morning and as soon as my girls are finished with their breakfast I am headed to town to do all of my grocery shopping (normally and Thanksgiving)... Then I am coming home and doing a craft with my girls, and then I will start my long to do list (cleaning and what not).

I am just excited I can finally do some crafts with my monkeys!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 20:
I am thankful for stars! I love stars... They are amazingly beautiful and I am thankful I get to see them.

Friday, November 19, 2010

25 Days of Thanksgiving!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 19:
I am thankful they are people in this world that like to do things that I hate to do... Such as trashmen, plumbers, powerline workers, etc... And I am thankful that they are people in this world who are smart enough and focused enough to go to school to become doctors and dentist... Let's face it I HATE the dentist... Actually I love my dentist... She is awesome! But I hate everything she does! I hate those chairs, I hate having people poking all in my mouth, etc. So, I am thankful she loves her job and can fix my teeth!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

25 Days of Thanksgiving!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 18:
I am thankful for being able to see and hear... They are so many people in this world who cannot see all of life's beauty, or hear all of the amazing things that I can hear everyday (such as music, your child's voice, etc).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Only 8 days!

Only 8 more days until Thanksgiving and I am so not ready! I still need to get my buffet sanded down (finished sanding it down anyways) and painted, I need to finish my crafts, and clean! And I won't be getting anything done tomorrow or Friday!

Oh and on an exciting note, I will find out in 6 more days if I am having a niece or nephew! I can't wait to find out. I am hoping for a niece since I do have 2 nephews and this baby will be my last niece or nephew (although you never know, they could be more, but at this point I am told no, they will not be more!!!).

I am too tired and with this headache I can't really think of anything good right now... Yep, I am making another boring post! But I did want to post something along with my 26 Days of Thanksgiving thought. I think I am going to go prep a craft right now, for me and the girls to work on after school tomorrow... So, if I can get it finished look for a crafty post tomorrow :)

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 17:
I am thankful for science! Without it we would not have many of the things we have and need to survive. Heat, power (okay we don't need power, but dang it is nice!), medicines, medical advances,etc.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dance your butt off!

I have never been into exercise, exerise... I loved to run in high school, but wasn't allowed to join the track team because of my heart defects... But I have always loved to dance! Dance is an awesome exercise too, so I can't complain! I only wish my high school had a dance team when I was there (they got one 2 years after I left!). So, I am just going to dance... Non stop! I will dance when I wash dishes, I will dance in the shower, I will dance sweeping the floors... I will dance my butt off! :)

Speaking of Dance my girls have their dance classes on Tuesday and here is a photo of them getting ready to head out the door (it was raining today so they were in rainboots).



My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 16:
I am thankful for knowing what love is! I think they are many people out there they do not know what real love is... They have visions in their head and they seek out what they think is love and rush into things without being in love, and do not realize this until it is to late. I am thankful I found love early in life, and was blessed to know how it feels to love and be loved.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday is over so maybe...

just maybe, I can fit in a little craft time tomorrow. I need to sew up a few things for my Thanksgiving dinner... I told the girls we could make Turkey centerpieces together so I need to prep the supplies for those and I need to make a banner... WOW, I need to do a lot of stuff!

On a side note, I cried so hard tonight watching "The Big C". I love that show, but the ending was so sad and sweet all at the same time. Do any of you watch it?

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 15:
I am thankful for the rain! (it's raining here today) Without it we could not grow veggies and fruit, we wouldn't have all of our beautiful nature, nor would I be able to dance in it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mid-November Randomness...

Today has proven to be even busier than yesterday.... And this upcoming week is going to be insane, but after this week I will get a short break. Which I am looking forward too! :)

Monday I will be working 10 hours and then heading to a Girl Scout Troop Meeting.
Tuesday I have two doctor appointments (one for me and one for Willow), need to clean the house, do laundry, run errands or whatnot, and then Dance classes for both girls.
Wednesday I will be attending my daughter's fieldtrip (as a chaperone), that last 8-3.
Thursday I am working another 10 hour day.
Friday I am working 12-13 hours.
Saturday & Sunday I will be shopping for Thanksgiving food, cleaning house, and painting my buffet.

And I just remembered I need to fit in some crafts for Thanksgiving! Hmmm, not sure when or where I will be fitting those in but I will post about them as I fit them in :) So, stay tuned for Thanksgiving crafts.

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 14: I am thankful I have the opportunity to do all of my girls. I am able to be at home when I need to, when they have the sickies, take them to the dance classes, be a GS Troop Leader, go on school fieldtrips, volunteer for the school and more. I am truly Thankful I am able to spend this time with my children and show them I am there for them and they are important! I am thankful I do not have to work a typical M-F 8-5 job that would take all of this away and would leave someone else to the caring of my girls or let someone else see all of their accomplishments, adventures, smiles, etc. I am thankful I do get to see them at all of these things and don't miss it! Even when my job gets over stressful, I know I am lucky to have it, and I am blessed to be able to set my own schedule. Because before I had children I always said "I want to be the one raising my children, I don't want a daycare or before/after school care or other parents to do. I want to be there! And I know many people CAN'T do it because with the economy we have right now jobs are not easy to find, and many houses have 2 working parents. And we really are blessed I have been able to stay at home because with our oldest daughter having Autism it would have been impossible for me to work when she was younger. Plus me being the one that cared for her has been a blessing beecause I knew how to teach her and now she is doing so well in school that it is just amazing!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Busy Day!

I have been busy today... And am finally starting to feel better so I haven't just been laying around, hence the lack of post today. Sorry blog world :)

Anywho, I still wanted to post My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 13:
I am thankful for happiness! I am thankful people get to expereince happiness. I am thankful people know what happiness is, and can work toward their own happiness. I am thankful we can make others happy! I am thankful my daughters know what happiness is, and I am able to make them happy and see their happy little faces! Happiness is a wonderful thing, and I am thankful for it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I am such a Music lover!

I listen to music non-stop... I love all music and find that music really is a huge part of my life. So, this morning when I went to get in the shower I turned on my cheapo 10+ year old radio and the antenna just broke... I was so upset, that I turned off the shower water and quickly started brainstorming up ideas on how I could fix it. The first thing that popped in my head was... PAPERCLIPS!

I run into the kitchen and dig through my 'junk drawer' and find the box of big paperclips and a tiny metal bracelet too! So, this is what I came up with:




I think it will serve the propose until I get to Walmart to get a new radio for my bathroom :)

Since I am on my music thoughts I will move on to
My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 12:
I am thankful for music, and dance! As you know from above I love music, but I also love to dance! I love to dance with my daughters, I love to dance in the shower, I love to dance in the rain, I love to dance in behind locked doors... I just like to dance! I am thankful for these things because they make me happy... They make my daughter's happy! And without them life just wouldn't be the same

Thursday, November 11, 2010

25 Days of Thanksgiving!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 11:
I am thankful for my vehicles! Without them I would never get anywhere. I live in the country and have to drive 22 mins just to get to town, 25 to the dance studio, and over an hour to go good shopping (we just have a walmart!)... So that would be a long walk! I am constantly on the go and if it wasn't for my vehicle I would never get half the things on my to do list off and that would drive me batty!

I heart Freebies! (freebie links)

I love freebies! I am always taking samples when offered, not because I am cheap... which I am, lol, but because they are super handy! Most come in small little packets that you can throw in a drawer for those just in case times (you run out of something and don't want or can't make the trip to the store), or you can use them in a first aid kit, or even throw them in the dash of your car! Plus, it is always fun to get something in the mail that isn't asking for your money! :)

Like this free sample for Prilosec OTC heartburn relief. This would be great to throw in a drawer, in your car or in a first aid kit! And it is totally free! Again I love free things :) I spend way to much money on have to have things so when I can get something I need for free, it always makes me happy!

And this is a free vinyl bag... Which would be perfect for using to make a first aid kit, giving to the kids to store toys in or for small craft things (which is what I would probably do with it).

And do you ever really have enough towels? I don't! They randomly seem to disappear or I end up using them for "cleaning towels". If you are like me, then here is a freebie for you! Towel Freebie!

Oh and another good thing about samples is they really are great for "try before you buy"! Because I did order the following sample earlier this year and I thought it was gross... But most healthy things are (to me) so you might love Emergen-C even though I didn't. I was super excited when I saw it at the store and nearly bought a full box but didn't that week and then saw the sample and was super tickled for it to come in the mail so I could try it... After all the flavors sounded GREAT! But I got it, mixed it up and was like... OMGOSH, I cannot drink this. Which means if I had bought the full box then I would have wasted money... that could have been used somewhere else. But again just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you won't, so give it a try! :)

As some of you might know, I am a Girl Scout Leader so I have more than one First Aid bag (one for home and one for scouting), so you will notice I like first-aid bag stuff :) The next sample is normally not found in a first-aid kit, but I think it is an awesome thing to have in one! Especially if you have kids that play sports! Or just a kid like me who had random nosebleeds all of the time. What is it you might be asking... It is by Nasal-cease to stop nosebleeds

I am always surprised to see calendars in a store for $10-$20 when you can get them for free at a ton of places... Like Pillsbury! :) And who wouldn't want a cute Pillsbury calender for their kitchen? I love calendars and need them! I fill them up with all of my crazy appointments!

I know this is only a few freebies, but I promise I will post more later! :)

Peace, Love & kissy faces,
~Lissa Lou

Don't do that... Don't do it!... Ok the monster will eat you!

I have always been a firm believer in there isn't just one correct way... in most cases anyway, but with every rule there are always exceptions! But back to the point... Ever since I was in middle school I knew that most teacher only taught one way... But not everyone in the classroom got it that way. Which always made me think? Shouldn't the teacher be doing more? So, what if it is unorthodox methods? After all, "If children cannot learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they can learn."

That just happens to be one of my all time favorite quotes, and I am a huge fan of quotes! I truly believe that if what you are doing is not working, then it isn't the child... Its you and your methods. Another favorite quote of mine "If you tell a child 1000 times they cannot do something and they still do it, then it isn't the child that is slow!" Which is true! Think about it, if you are telling your child repeatedly not to do something and they keep doing it... They are smart enough to know you are just going to tell them not to do it again but they can, so they will keep doing it! It is all about learning what works and what doesn't for your child (or children). Just see below! :)

A mom keeps telling her daughter not to throw the ball in the house.


Does it work? No!


The mom tells her daughter for the 10th time not to throw the ball... Think it will actually work this time?


Heck no! After telling her 9 other times, did the mom really think it would work? If so, then who is the one not learning?


But something does happen... Finally! A light-blub turns on and the mom realized her ways are not working so she changes things up a bit!


Granted now her daughter is going to be scared to death to go to bed tonight, she didn't throw the ball anymore! :)


Side note: I in no way support scaring your children to death with the use of monster threats! :) However, it just might work! And no, I will not confirm nor deny that I have ever done this! (actually I haven't, but hmmm, its a thought!). This was all in fun, and my super lame way of trying to get you to to smile (yes, I know my little cartoon drawings are lame! but they are copywrite by me none the less) and get my point across all at the same time.

Okay, back to the point though... I really do think that children want to be taught, they want to be encouraged, they want to be pushed to do the right thing... Even if they do not act that way, when they get older they will fully love you for your efforts. I for one didn't have anyone to push me or encourage me growing up... I never had to bring good grades home, nor did I have anyone asking me if I had homework. Now, I am older and wiser, I can honestly say I wish I had that growing up! My children will be pushed! Even if they hate me for it now, they will know later on I love them and only wanted the best for them.

Another side note: No, I am not a crazy who overly pushes their children past their limits... I only push them to be the best they can be, and fully encourage their dreams. Winning is not important, it is the learning that happens during the process of whatever they are doing.

Again I got sidetracked from my point... The point is, if you child is not learning with the way they are being taught, keep trying new things! One of those new things might just be the key to a whole new world for them.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels (giveaway)

My rambling is going to lead to information about a giveaway so stay tuned! :) Willow (3), loves Pillsbury Toaster Strudels! The kid wants them every morning. And she will eat 2 of them! She prefers the bacon, egg and cheese ones, which is awesome b/c she wouldn't eat all of that individually. We buy two boxes every week and she actually looks for them when we are putting away the groceries.

So, when I saw a blog post titled "Pillsbury Toaster Strudel & The A Million Morning Smiles" I was immediately intrigued and had to go see what they were saying about Toaster Strudels... And to my surprise, it was a giveaway!

I love giveaway... And yes, I want to win this one! Why? Because my daughter loves Toaster Strudels and because I really want that Pillsbury doughboy! I love those things and have since I was a kid.

Oh but I do what to point out the funny part about me making so many Toaster Strudels.... I don't even own a toaster! I always use the oven to make them... Which does take a lot more time... I should really get a taoster, huh? Maybe that will be on my Black Friday shopping list... They normally have them for less than $10 anyways, and since I wouldn't use it for anything other than Toaster Strudels a cheap one would work out well.

Now, go check out the post and see for yourself how awesome this giveaway is!

25 Days of Thanksgiving!

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 10:
I am thankful for TV today... Yes, as sad as that sounds, I am thankful for TV/cartoons! I now have the fever, congestion, stuffy/runny nose, pressure, etc stuff AND a stomach virus! FUN/FUN let me tell you! Anywho TV has been a great assistant to me today and kept Willow quite and happy... Normally I would not have the TV on and we would do projects, crafts, etc... But today I can't do anything but sit here in my comfy PJ's and recliner! So YAY for TV/cartoons... I am thankful for you today!

The Sky is Falling...

Oh wait it is just leaves and acorns!

{follow me wednesday} What is your diet breaker?

Oh diet, diet, diet of mine... You are always on my mind! Why must weight be such a hard thing to maintain?

What is your hardest food to avoid when you are dieting? Mine is chips... I love chips. I would eat them all day every day if I could. Oh, crunchy, salty, awesome potato chips how you have my stomach in the palm of your fatty hand!

I also like pickles, fruit and anything with a lot of carbs! Hmmmmmmmm, see why I said I don't even really like food? Everything I do like is bad for me and I don't like anything else and I have a odd ball stomach that will not handle foods very well so I can't eat a lot of foods. Yea, this diet of mine is so going to suck.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 9 of my 25 days of Thanksgiving

short, sweet and to the point :)
My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 9:
I am thankful for medicines. After waking up this morning sick but still having a long to do list... I am thankful for cold meds! I am thankful for for the meds that make my girls feel better when they are sick (Clover just missed 2 weeks of school due to being sick). I am thankful for my heart meds that keep me going, and my BP meds that keep my BP under control. I am thankful for my stomach meds that help my GERDS and my ulcers. I hate the idea of putting so much chemicals into my body but they are much needed, and I am thankful someone was smart enough to invite them!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Movie junkie

I recently became a movie junkie... I never really went to the theaters to see movies before (a few times my whole life)... But this year I have been more times than I have my whole life put together! Now there are 3 movies I want to go see this month! Well that is my random short and sweet thought of the day :)

now on to My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 8:
I am thinking for having a roof over my head! They are so many people in this world who do not have something that many of us take for granted. I am thankful for the heat in the winter and the a/c in the summer. I am thankful for my bed... Even if its super uncomfy and I am in need of another one! I am thankful my children have a safe place to call home!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

living in the moment!

I realized something today... I don't want to get older and I freak out about the thought of getting old... Yet I find myself wishing my days away. Hoping the week passes faster just so I can get to the weekend (mostly because my weekdays are so stressful/busy!). Or wishing away a month to get to vacation quickier. But, wishing away all of this time is really only making me older! So, my new goal is to stop wishing time away from me! To start living in the moment... Each and every moment! I do have to point out I am super excited for Thanksgiving though! So, if I can make it past Thanksgiving without wishing any time away, I will be doing well.

My 25 days of Thanksgiving, Day # 7:
I am thankful for my nephews (I have 2)! They are a big part of my life and I love those boys to death! They make me smile and my girls adore their cousins!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Vodka, Friends, Turkeys, and more!

First let me start off by saying... I am not a drinker! I can't drink. The combination of ulcers and the fact that I have never drank (other than socially back in the day) means a shot or two would put me on my bum. However, I just came across this really cool idea for vodka and I have to say, I want to try it! What cool idea is making me want to take up drinking? Skittles Vodka! I have to admit, I am really wanting to try this out with my friends... Will I? Highly doubtful. After all I am a nerd.

But speaking of friends brings me to My 25 days of Thanksgiving, Day # 6 thought:
I am thankful for my friends! I have insanely crazy, fun, got your back through thick and thin friends, who I love dearly! And I am thankful for having them in my life!


Now on to the turkey part of my thoughts... I need to find 4" honeycomb turkeys! I was going through the massive amount of totes in my basement earlier and found four 4" turkey table decorations with little tags sticking out from them and I decided... Hey, I can use these for Thanksgiving! The only problem is I bought them years ago (heck, I have no idea when) at Big Lots (and I haven't been there in at least 5 years) for only 79 cents though. I need at least 26 more of them, and have no idea if I can find them. Here is a picture of one of the ones I have:


I am wanting to have enough of these little turkeys for everyone that will be attending our Thanksgiving dinner. The only thing is Big Lots is well over an hour away and I would hate to make the trip and not be able to find them.

I had a small yardsale this morning (mostly just clothes the girls have outgrown) and made $72! Which is going into my savings jar for Black Friday sales (I think I already said this... which shows how fried my brain is).

Friday, November 5, 2010

Rain rain go away, we want to go out and play!

Tonight we were supposed to go to a fall festival but it is raining right now (yes it is still early... only 5am early!) so I am thinking we won't get to make it since the weather is yucky out and it will probably be to cold tonight.

My 25 days of Thanksgiving, Day # 5:
I am thankful for my camera! Even though I have gotten slack on my photo for every day of the year project, I love photography and I love the fact that photos capture a moment in time that could easily be forgotten.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh where can I find time?

I cannot find the time to make it to the gym and I am really bummed about it. I said I was going yesterday and I meant it! Then yesterday I spent all day going through boxes, totes, etc. that was in my basement to get out the things we no longer need or use and put them into my yardsale pile, so we can have a yardsale this Saturday. For one I just really needed this stuff out of my basement and for two extra money is always good... Whatever money we make from this yardsale is going to the side and I will be spending it on 'Black Friday' I am sure (hoping for good sales!)

Then I worked all day today... Until 7:35 tonight. and tomorrow is Friday (if you know me, you will know Fridays are my crazy day). And I need to go to the gym! I need to burn calories! I need to make my heart stronger! I need to lose weight, healthily! So many needs and no time to reach them. Which of course stresses me out, and stress is a big issue since stress is a huge trigger for my ED issues. so, it is a never ending cycle of my overly busy life getting in the way of making me healthy again.

My 25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 4:
I am thankful for my awesome grandma! She is always there for me and a wonderful role-model. Thank you grandma! I love you.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 3 of my 25 days of Thanksgiving

25 days of Thanksgiving Day # 3:

I am thankful for smiles! Yes, as odd as that is, I am thankful for smiles! I love to see people smile... Especially my daughters!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

25 days of Thanksgiving!

25 days of Thanksgiving Day # 2:
I am thankful for my supportive husband... Who walks through my hells with me and never lets our crazy life overcome our love! He is always by my side and has been for over 12 years. He is an amazing dad and has an amazing heart that only beats for us and I can say that because his actions shows me that! I am so thankful for faith putting us together.

Confessional

I have always been go all in or go home kinda person... Which has often led me to problems. I over work, over extend myself and put an unreal amount of stress on myself.

When I start something I go all in... Even if it is not the best or smartest choice... And normally it isn't. Like when I decided to go back to college, once again, this semester. I knew how busy I was going to be between work, my children, being a wife (cooking, cleaning, etc), and volunteering... Yet what did I do? I signed up for a full load of classes! I have no idea why I did that to myself because it has done nothing but caused me endless stress and I am currently behind in my work... Which I do plan on catching up today and tomorrow... Oh wait, shouldn't I be doing that now instead of blogging? Yea, probably but hey, I have been slacking at my blogging and if I don't do it while my mind is on it I will not do it today.

Each of us has a method of handling stress and dealing with life in general... Some of us has found great methods of handling it... Other of us not the greatest.... And which of these do I fall in? I don't think I would fall into either of them! I think I am in the middle. I recently came out of denial and admitted to myself that I have an eating disorder, and have for well over 12 years now, it took me a few days to fully take it in and then I admitted it to my husband and talked to him about it.

If you looked at me, you would never think she has an ED, which is probably why I am in the spot I am in today. I was bulimic for 2.5 years when my husband figured it out (we were only dating at the time), and helped me 'overcome' my issues... The funny thing is I actually thought I had. I was eating... I wasn't vomiting! I was over my 'bad' eating habits. The only thing is I spent the last 10+ years not better at all. I am a compulsive over eater now... The great thing is no one thinks anything of that! Over eating so unhealthy is okay? Ironically I actually hate to eat... I hate food! They are only a few foods I like to eat! Yet, when I become stressed, nervous, bored, or sometimes just walk into a kitchen it sets off this uncontrollable force to eat... And I do! For a long time I stayed at a very healthy weight doing this... But for the last 3 years, I have been at a very unhealthy weight and couldn't lose it no matter what I tried... Because of my uncontrollable eating habits! The this weekend I decided to google "weight gain after overcoming bulimia" and boom... There was my answer! I still have an eating disorder and it never registered. From the list of things to look for in someone who compulsively over eats to the point of it being considered an eating disorder I answered 'yes!' to every question besides one... and once I read up on it more, I realized I have a problem and I need help!

I happened to already have a doctors appointment today for normal me stuff... meaning a check up on my heart and to make sure my current meds are doing their job. So, I talked to the doctor today about my ED. I got tips and I am not doing monthly weigh-ins with him, and after 3 months if I haven't reached the goal he set for me, then I have to go into therapy (his orders). Wish me luck. I need it! I need a way of dealing with my stress without the urge to eat, yet I am worried I won't find that method. "It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to." And I HAVE to do this, so I am looking at a long hard road in front of me once again!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The 25 Days of Thanksgiving!

So I am getting older... I hate it but that is life, right? Anywho, the older I get the more I am thankful for Thanksgiving! I love taking the time out to really think about all of the things I am and should be thankful for!

However, I have noticed that after Thanksgiving means the start of "Christmas craziness" for a lot of people, forgetting to take the time out and really enjoy Thanksgiving. This makes me sad. I mean, yes, I have started Christmas shopping already but I have not start to put out Christmas decorations, or even shop for Christmas decor! Nor am I listening to Christmas music or any of that. Yet, everytime I turn on the TV I see something Christmas related (Santa must bring this toy to your house for Christmas commercials, Christmas sales, Christmas movies, etc). What about a good Thanksgiving movie?

Because of this I have decided to *try* (we all know I can't seam to find the time to keep up with blogging lately) to do a 25 days of Thanksgiving.... Meaning every day from today until Thanksgiving I will post one thing I am thankful for.

25 Days of Thanksgiving Day # 1:
I am truely thankful for my children. They are true miracles and I am blessed to have each of them in my life! I couldn't live without them!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Photo # 22 - October 22nd 2010

I am back!

So, my blogging post have been lacking lately... But only because we just went on vacation and the wireless contection was awful... But I am back and have a ton of pictures to post. Which I will try to do tonight!

On my diet side of life... I am not doing as well as I should be. I have only lost 2 more lbs since my last update... But I will take any loss! I did kick my diet in gear today, so I hope that will help. And next week I am going to start hitting the gym again.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"My naked booty said cuse me"

I found this way to funny to not post about... Today we went out to eat lunch at Chili's because I had errands to run out of town for my Girl Scout Troop. Willow had a cheese pizza kids meal and it left her hands 'dirty' so she went to wipe them on her shirt. I quickly said "our shirts are not napkins, please do not do that" and my husband handed her a napkin... The napkins they had given us were narrow, long white napkins, that looked more like toliet paper than a napkin... And Willow must have agreed, because as soon as Gray (my husband) handed her the napkin she looked at it, and looked at him like he was crazy and said "I wipe the back?" and procedes to wipe her butt (clothed, of course!). I then had to explain to her that they were a difference in napkins and TP... Even if they look the same.

Then this afternoon, the girls were sitting at the bar having their dinner, and I was in their rooms gather their dance clothes and over heard Rosey 'pass gas' and then I heard Clover quickly say "what was that noise Willow?" to which Willow replied "My naked booty said cuse me!".

I love hearing the things kids come up with and say!

The Sky is Blue!

The sky is such a beautiful shade of blue today... I took a picture with my cell, so it is not the best, but I just had too make it my Photo for the day because I am honestly amazed by just how blue the sky is... Maybe it is all of the white puffy clouds that makes the blue stand out today, or maybe it is because thee is no rain in sight, either way... I am loving the blue!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Caramel Apples & Monkeys

In honor of our wonderful chilly but nice fall I decided to make one of my favorites... Caramel Apples! I love them. I ruined my saucer pots though making one batch of caramel :( and I put cashews on mine instead of peanuts, because I love cashews! Here is a picture before adding teh cashews... I can't wait to have one after lunch!!!

Day # 3 photo


Oh and while I was at Walmart this morning I saw this little ice pack and fell in love with it... I love cute little monkey items... And what a fun way to make lunch just a little funnier for kids... Plus, it was only $1.48 so I grabbed it up! I am going to put it in Clover's lunch box on Tuesday so she will have a cute little monkey smiling at her when she opened her lunch (she has to pack 90% of the time since she cannot eat most of the school lunches due to her texture issues & her issues with choking so easily).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Straw, Mummy Pumpkin Pots & Sisters

We decided to decorate the end of my driveway (which is a huge steep hill) with something fallish... So, my girls and I went to Lowes Hardware and bought clay flower pots that we were going to paint like pumpkins... Project fail. I primed the pots before we painted them 'pumpkin orange' but the paint just did not want to stick to the pots at all... I a guessing because I couldn't find a flat orange color, so I had to go with glossy, because the flat black paint we got worked great! Anyways to make the long story short, we just decided to let them be instead of trying to repaint them, and now we are calling them our little 'mummy pumpkins' because the white primer I used is showing where the orange paint peeled off. We put mums in the flower pots and placed them on straw bales. We are going to put pumpkins around the straw too. Here is a photo I took today while working on it...

Day # 2 Photo

Friday, October 1, 2010

Giggles, Barbies and cookies!

So, its the first day of October! YAY. I love October. It brings about so many fun things. Today my little Clover had her first, of which I am sure will be many, sleepover. So, my very first photo on my new Photo 365 project is a photo I took of her and her little friend from the sleepover. She was supposed to have a sleepover a few weeks ago but the day of the sleepover she decided to help her little sister paint her bedroom carpet (which is a light tan color) with unwashable paint, so it was canceled a the last mintue. The sleepover went great, and the girls had a lot of fun.

Day # 1 Photo!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rockin' Autism!

If you have been following my blog... Know me... Or just read all of my blog...
You will know that my oldest daughter has Autism with seizures.
And every day I am amazed by just how far my little Clover has came.
She was diagnosed early on because unlike some children with Autism
she did show signs from the day she was born...
She actually showed signs before she was even born!

When she was diagnosed she was considered severally Autistic because
she couldn't do anything that a typical child her age could.
She only wanted to sit in front of a TV that played static or bright cartoons.
She wasn't able to run yet, or walk well... Not alone say 1 word.
At the age of two she could barely eat anything at all (even babyfood)
without choking... At 13 months she was only 15 lbs and
she is still small for her age, and I think it has to do with
her having issues with textures (she doesn't eat a lot)!

But the point of this point is she is Rockin' Autism...
She has came so far and surprised so many people!
When diagnosed I was told not to expect her to talk
until she was 5-7... She just turned 5 in mid-August,
and she can do way more than talk!
She is writing, reading, spelling...
And has her 1st little boyfriend, who she liked to hug her!

She is in a typical classroom this year, and is doing just
as well as the other students and even more advanaced in some areas!
And because of this I do like to say she is rockin' Autism...
Because I hate saying she is beating it... Because she will always have it,
and could have seizures the rest of her life from it.

Oh and on a side notes...
-She has her first boyfriend already?!?!
WHOA I am so not ready for this! And she told me yesterday
"He liked to hug me a lot! All day long. I like him to hug me
a lot! Unless I am doing something really dangerous, like using the stapler"
-She is wanting to sign up for the school basketball team (we are going to let her)
-And she is loving her Acro class this year!!!

Peace, Love & Happiness,
~Lissa Lou

Photo 365

I have decided to start a photo a new project tomorrow... It's called Photo 365, a photo daily for one whole year. You can tell by the title what the project is going to be, but just in case, it means I am going to take a photo every day for the next 365 days! I will be posting my photos here, somewhere in my post! Which also means that I will HAVE to make a blog post daily from now on :) Now lets see what photos I can come up with... and let's see if I can actually stick to trying to make a daily post... I a going to try really hard! But even if I do not get to post daily, I am still going to take a photo each day, and then I will do a 'catch-up' post.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Randomness...

I am determined to make it down to my craft room sometime today! I really need to move a table down there, plus I want to go through a few things to see if I can find something I lost... Which normally means I probably won't find what I am actually looking for, but I will find other forgotten items! :)

I have officially started on Christmas shopping and Christmas gift making! Which I am excited about. I got to late of a start last year and didn't get all of my shopping done... Although in my defence we have a lot more family members to shop for now!

I am still working on making my house more fallish... Which I am loving! I just adore the fall. All of the pretty colors, sounds, smells, festivals, fairs, etc. Its so much fun!

Friday I am starting a new project, which I am also excited about... It is something else I am determined to do. I have really be slacking on all of the things I love to do because of all of the things I HAVE to do. Who knew being a stay at home mom of 2 young daughters, who also works over 40 hours a week, and goes to college full time wouldn't have any free time?!? LOL. Back to the new project... It should be something that will inspire me a little more, and really just help me get back to something I love to do! So stay tuned to see what I am doing!

Until next time... Peace, love and happiness wishes from,
~Lissa Lou

Oh and here are a little blog hop for ya :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blog Slacker!

So, once again I have became to busy to fit in everything I want to do... and what got put on the back burner? Sadly my blogging. I am actually supposed to be working on school work now but just had to come and make a quick post.

I have did a lot of small little crafts over the past two weeks to get ready for fall (fall decor), which I will post about later on this week... Hopefully tomorrow!

I am just so excited about the holiday season this year... I love all of them! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and News Year!

Oh and I am starting something new this week, which is super exciting for me.... So stay tuned to see all of my new projects :)

Peace, love & happiness!
~Lissa Lou

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Darn Lemons!

WOW, I am a little bit in shock
by what I just found out...
Yes, I am lame and nerdy like that!
However, I just found out that
there is so much acid in fresh lemon juice
that if you mix it with egg yokes
that the acid could actually cook the eggs!

How insane is that?
I guess I am so surprised by this because
for years and years and years
of my life I ate lemons like candy.
At least 1 a day, if not 2 or 3.
I still love a fresh lemon but with my ulcers,
and acid reflux I cannot eat them like I once could...
So, Darn lemons! I am not ruling you the cause of my stomach woes.

~Lissa Lou

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Is it supposed to taste like that?

So I am on a new healthy me kick.... yea, yea, yea, how many times have I said this before? But I mean it this time... I really do! But back to the point here, I decide I was going to make a fat free healthy fruit and yogurt parfait for lunch.
I love fruit and I love yogurt, so mixing them together is just amazingly awesome to me! :) Again must get back to the point. So, I used an all organic Greek plain yogurt and it was bitter... I asked myself "Is it supposed to taste like this?" I have ate the organic vanilla Greek yogurt countless times in the past and it was great, but I ended up tossing it in the trash because it was just funky bitter... And yes, it was in date... I checked 3 times! LOL

So, I had a cup of cherry pie yogurt and 8 wheat thins instead... Oh a bright note I now have a pink lid to send off for breast cancer funding! :)

6 years ago tomorrow, I said I would prove them wrong!

So, tomorrow marks the sixth year of me losing my second little boy, Cullen. I purposely made my day extra busy torrow... Maybe so I don't think so much... and cry too much (because I am already tearing up thinking about it). So, I knew if I didn't make this post today, it wouldn't get made.

I lost both my little boys during my pregnancies and after losing Cullen, which was one of the hardest things I have ever went through, I was told they were 99% sure I would not be able to have children on my own. I said the night I lost Cullen I would prove the doctors wrong... I wanted a baby, a family, a miracle more than anything and I would push my body... And I did just that! Now I have two amazingly awesome little girls and I am so thankful that I didn't just take the doctors advice not to try again... Even if my body is now paying the price!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Random Monday!

First of all HAPPY LABOR DAY everyone! Second of all I am sorry I haven't been totally slacking on blogging lately. Life has hit me full force and once again I have had a little bit of a problem with being able to sit down long enough to gather my thoughts! Now on to my randomness... My husband is always asking me why do I HAVE to go to a store to buy clothes. I tell him "to make sure they fit correctly" he normally replies with something like this "and you don't know what size you wear?" then I will tell him "No, it depends on the item! The same size doesn't mean it will fit the same for that item". And now I am finding that I can't even order my daughter's clothes online anymore because of this. Below is a picture of two pairs of jeans... One on top of the other so you can see just how much bigger one pair is compared to the other. They are the exact same size and from the same compnay. So, why is it that one pair is so much bigger than the other?


Tomorrow will bring on more task for me. My girls go back into ballet, girl scout meetings start up and I am having a root canal in the morning... Oh the joy! Sadly taht basically sums on my Tuesday... Out of town for the root canal (the office is 2 hours away), hurry back to pick Clover up for school, then dinner, then off to ballet, then I will drop the girls off with my husband and rush to an important girl scout leader event... Then I should be get home around 9. Fun stuff I tell you :)

Oh the bright side today we made a choice to pull Clover from Jazz this year. With her being in school so much we were so worried about her having to much on her plate and if she stayed in jazz she would have been at the dance studio for 3 hours every Tuesday (in school from 7:45am til 3:15am then change clothes and go straight to dance and be there from 4 til 7pm). After talking to her and giving her choices we decided doing just one ballet class was the best.

Well I have a mtn of homework and blogging is not going to help me get it done (SADLY), so until next time I am wishing you peace, love and happiness! :)

~Lissa Lou

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Trivia Tuesday

I decided to start a "Trivia Tuesday!" today! Since this is my first Trivia Tuesday I am going to start off with asking a very simple trivia questions... What is the largest planet in our solar system?

Now for those of you that do not know me here are 10 random facts about me!

(01) I love it when my kids do something wrong and then tell themselves "No, you can't do that!"
(02) I love the colors green & blue
(03) I love music and listen to it daily
(04) I believe in love at first sight b/c the firs time I saw my husband I told my best friend at the time that "I will marry that boy one day!" without even knowing his name, or anything about him... We have now been together nearly 13 years
(05) I rarely drive the speed limit
(06) I love special event cards (sending and receiving)
(07) I love dancing in the rain
(08) I love daisies
(09) I want to go to Italy for my 30th Birthday
(10) I love volunteering!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I almost forgot...

Since having my IUD removed I have lost a jeans size! I was able to put on a pair of jeans yesterday that I hadn't been able to wear in 5+ months and they are actually a little lose on me... I am soooooooo excited... and the best part is I haven't even been dieting or exercising which means I lost that jeans size just from getting the iud removed. hmmm, so much for iud's cannot cause weight gain like my ob/gyn said... I put on 60-70 lbs within 6 months of getting my iud and now I am losing it without doing anything different!

When did I become so sappy?

I have always been more of a tomboy than a girly girl but since having children I have became a total sapp! We have an automatic school calling system here, and we get at least one message a week about events at the school, fundraisers, etc. Tonight we had a message welcoming kinders to the school and wishing them a wonderful first school year and I am crying... hard too! I still cannot believe my baby girl is in school. It just breaks my heart.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Slacking Thursday!

I am calling today Slacking Thursday
because I have been slacking this week
with my blogging and
need to check up...
So here I go.
Sorry if I get overly random! :)

I am really trying to get back into
the habit of taking random pictures!
I am not really into photographing people
anymore but I do like to take photos of
everyday odd ball objects... Like gummy worms!

My oldest started "Children's Garden" this week.
Of course I mean Kindergarten (which is German for "Children's Garden)...
Which broke my heart! I was a nervous
wreck all day long on her first day!

I have had my nephews everyday this week.
WOW, 4 children ages 5 and under (5, 3, 2, & 1)!
No wonder my blogging has been slacked!

And Lastly, I am so insanely busy with college
that I don't think I am ever going to have
my "me time!". WOW, I really need to finish
school this time so I can stop going back and
putting my brain through this :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

My First Love!

My first love was learned well before I had a boyfriend or even knew what love was. My first love was something I still love to this very day... And no I am not talking about my love for food/eating, Halloween, horror movies, apple juice, lemons, or the color green... Even though I have loved all of those things since I was a very young child and still love each of them to this day!

I am however talking about my love for photography! Sadly, I haven't taken photos in a very long time. I always thought, I would have babies and photography would take over my life because I would be doing nothing but taking pictures of my children... This was not the case at all... In fact I have very few pictures of my daughters, and this saddens me greatly!

Why, would someone who loves photography so not have millions of awesome pictures of her children? I started off taking pictures like a crazy woman when Clover was born but quickly realized she hated my camera/having her picture made. Now we realize it is because of the Autism but at the time we didn't know why. So, when she was a few months old I just stoped taking pictures besides on the 'big' days (birthdays, holidays, etc).

I do love photography though, even if I am not any good at it, and miss taking photos. So, tomorrow I might just get out and take pictures all day. If I capture any moments in time worth sharing I will post them :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oh, wow it's Thursday already?

This week is going by quicker than I wanted. I really needed this week to go by slow so I could have a little time to work on my crafts... Yet, I haven't had a single moment to work on them. Partly because starting school this week is keeping me super busy! WOW, what have I gotten myself into?

Oh a bright note, I did get a new laptop Tuesday! Thanks to my awesome husband :) I am loving it... I actually have all of my keys again! WOO~Hoooo!

This afternoon is going to be rather sad for me though. I am going to my oldest daughter's first real 'open house' at school. She will be starting Kinder on Tuesday and we are going to meet her teacher tonight (although we already know her, thankfully) and get the low down on parking, drop-offs, pick-ups, lunch, etc. I am not looking forward to this at all? How is my baby old enough for Kinder? I am tearing up as I think about it. Although, this year is going to be the real test for my sweet little Clover... If she does well we are going to keep her in 'regular' school, but if she doesn't do so well this year then I will be home-schooling her from here on out.

Now back to the crafts! I MUST do a craft today because I need it for something I am doing this weekend. Or at least hopefully working on this weekend. I will update with pictures if I get to finish it up. Wish me luck because today is going to be a super busy one.

Lastly, I realized today I am not drinking as much water as I used too... Heck I should be honest, I am not drinking ANY water lately. Which is sad because for 7 years of my life I drank nothing at all besides water (no milk, no juice, no soda, nothing but water! For SEVEN years!). Now days I am drinking sprite like each can (that I do recycle) is the last can in the world... Which does help with my GERDS and uclers but doesn't help with my diet... So starting tomorrow I say good day to sprite and good morning to water once again... Again I am going to be honest... I will not completely give up sprite just yet. Since I do have the uclers & GERDS and water can cause my GERDS to really flair up, and cause a great deal of pain through out the night, I will still have 1 can of sprite during my dinner but I will not drink any more than that! Once I start losing weight, I will give up that sprite as well.

Until next time love, peace and happiness!
~Lissa Lou

Monday, August 16, 2010

Random Manic Monday!

I know most of the world deems Mondays as "UGH" days but I don't really mind them... Its the middle of the week that gets to me. On Monday I am coming off my 'weekend high' and Friday's I am ready for the week and excited its almost here... But the middle of the week, forget it! So, lets get on to the randomness of my day...

Today was a little more manicish than most... Which made the day fly by. This morning I weighed in... I am down 2.5 lbs from last Monday! YAY! This is very exciting since I didn't diet or workout last week like I should have. Today I rocked my diet however and am pretty sure I can stick to my current diet because I bought all of the foods I needed at the grocery store this weekend.

I had to go by the college to pay my tuition and buy my books... Which was insane! The lines alone was enough to drive me batty but the cost was a little shocking... I wasn't expecting to spend that much.

After seeing my books, and getting my first assignments I have to admit, I might just be in over my head! YIKES my already busy life just got kicked into overdrive. These books will be consuming my life for the next 16 weeks:


Since I am back in school once again the time came for me to get another laptop... My old one has surely saw better days and after getting attacked by 4 children 4 and under it hasn't worked well in at least a year... It was literally falling apart and every time I used it I would get error messages. But as you can see from the pictures below half of my keys were missing, half of the screen was no longer connected to the base. It was just a mess! And this is actually my back up laptop! You should see my main one that I can no longer use at all and had to turn to my back-up a few months ago. Anywho... I am not sure when I will be getting one though because I will need to fit it into our budget and with the fall coming up our budget is tight (dance tuition/fees, vacation, school, etc) until after Christmas.




Well that is all for now...

~Lissa Lou