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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Look at this blog....

Check out the cool bags she bought to organize her bathroom!!

Here's a contest....

Help Thea celebrate her blogiversary....

Happy Tuesday

4 Days and counting.....since I had a coke. I really want one - but I feel pretty good. I woke up this morning with the headache from H#%& - which had caffeine written all over it. But I took some Tylenol and drank a lemonade and felt a little better. Hopefully soon the cravings will stop. Hottie is doing pretty good too - I don't think he has had one since Saturday.

Tonight I am making Sweet and Sour Chicken & Fried Rice for dinner. I love Chinese food. I need some good easy-ish recipes for Chinese Food - if anyone has some please send them my way. I have always said that I was born in the wrong country - I should either be from China or Mexico - since those are my favorite foods.

I think we are going to need a new washer. My parents had an old one they were going to give us - and then I forgot all about it until my sister called and asked if she could give it to her in-laws because their's totally broke. Well now that one is gone and mine is not spinning all the time..... ugh.....

Monday, February 25, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

This is the 2 week that I have done "Menu Plan Monday". The first week I followed it completely. So we will see how I do.

Monday - Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Steamed Carrots
Tuesday - Sweet and Sour Chicken & Rice
Wednesday - Tater-Tot Casserole - I am using this recipe but I am precooking the tater tots, putting them on the top and then some cheese. Also this recipe doesn't have meat in it so I am adding hamburger.
Thursday - Crock Pot BBQ Pork Ribs
Friday - Meatballs
Saturday - Chicken Spaghetti
Sunday - "Mustgo" - leftovers

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's Tuesday again.....

Well my hottie and I need to kick the Coke habit -- that's Coca-Cola. We both drink way too much. I know (I hope) that I will lose weight when I do it.... The question is how??? It seriously is an addiction thing. I don't think that I am addicted to the caffeine - it's the carbonation. Does ANYONE have any tips??? We have a few cans left in the fridge and I keep saying when it's gone - it's gone ---but ??? I don't know if I can do it.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Yeah back to photographing people...

This week my homework has been to photograph people. After 2 weeks of not taking photos of people - it is hard to get back in to the groove. Of course my kids won't sit still long enough to get GREAT photos - and if gets boring just taking phots inside the house. If C-Man would get over his cold we could go outside to take photos.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Where's your to-do list?

I have been trying so hard to keep organized. Did you just here Hottie bust out laughing? I really am trying. I keep trying to come with a new way to keep my to-do list under control. I found out about this to do list software from a link from BloggingCents. I have decided to give it a try - they offer a free trial. I can't hurt to try something new.... this looks like IT WILL WORK for me.

SMART Habit Saturday

My goal this week is to finsh organizing my new coupon binder. I think I am really going to like it. I have a 3'' binder full of baseball card sheet protectors. The pages have tabs on them and are organized alphabetically and by catagory. Each coupon gets it's own spot. This way will work for me than my box. I won't have to dig through each cataogy to find the coupons. I can see them right there. I have been folding the coupons in ways that not only display the item but the expiration date so that I can quickly remove the expireds.... Did you know that you can send your expired coupons to military families? They can use them on base for I think up to 6 months past the expiration date.

My other thing that I am working on this week is getting clothes cleaned, hung and tagged for Just Between Friends. If you haven't heard of Just Between's great. It a consignment sale that specializes in childrens clothing, gear, and toys. I am selling at the one listed on their website as Layton, Utah - even though it is actually in Farmington, Utah. Not only will I sell clothes here I will also buy everything that my kids need for the summer - with the exception of socks and underwear.... I prefer to buy those new :)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Yeah... I am a crazy coupon lady.

About a year ago I started using coupons ALL THE TIME... Since then I have been able to feed my family higher quality food, build a food storage, build a "stockpile" of various toweletries/household products, send supplies to the troops, donate several times to the food bank, and share with family and friends. All of this while actually spending less at the grocery store.

I found this on another website and I thought that would share.... this is....ALMOST ME..

Top Ten Reasons NOT to Get Behind Me in Line
10) I have OCD: Obsessive Coupon Disorder
9) I'm the crazy coupon lady you've heard about. Really.
8) I save $59.22 on a $60 order. I'm trying to beat my record.
7) If patience isn't your virtue, change lines.
6) I'm protected under the Right-to-Coupon Act.
5) "Price Check"
4) Five separate receipts should do it.
3) I may be slow, but my groceries are free.
2) I have coupons, and I know how to use them.
1) This hobby is paying for my next vacation!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

AAHHHH Hives again!

Mic is still battling her hives. It's been going on for a week now. Poor thing. She is now on a steroid for a couple of days to see if that helps. Initally it was thought that she was allergic to Prevacid, even though she had been on it as a newborn with no problems. Now we are not sure what is causing them. Today I am deep cleaning the playroom. I have washed the toys, laundered the stuffed/soft toys, I threw some things out, washed the walls, vacuumed... now all I have left is to clean the ceiling fan and posibly shampoo the carpet tonight before I go to bed.

Oh - and now on top of her issues...C-Man's nose is runny AGAIN!!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Did you want to see more of my "homework" photos?

This week's assignment is shapes, patterns & texture. My assignments the past couple of weeks have been pretty hard for me - since I am so used to photographing people. I have actually enjoyed the challenge. This week I went to the Hottie's fire station and took photos....

This one is really cool printed - you can see the reflection of another fire engine in the center of the hubcap. Shapes.....


Just a cool photo...i think anyway

Of course I had to take a photo of Little Man - he was running around like a crazy man.

Menu Plan Monday

This week I am starting to go in to work a couple days a week. I have been working at home from time to time at my mom's "Clinical Research" office. Since now we have a truck payment and I can get more hours by actually going into the office---here I go.....

One thing that I know that I have to do to make this an easier transition for my family is to plan out the week including meals! This is complicated due to Hottie's work schedule.....

This is my plan for the week:

Monday - Penne Chicken Alfredo
Tuesday - Broccoli Cream Soup
Wednesday - Mac & Cheese --
Thursday - Valentines---going out
Friday - Pizza night ---
Saturday - Dinner at the In-Laws
Sunday - Lasagna, Rolls, Salad

Saturday, February 9, 2008


This is not really something that I have put too much thought into, since I am new to SMART Habit Saturday. This past week I have been trying to keep up with keeping my kitchen clean. I really need some storage cabinets in there and I think I will be a lot better. I have been trying to keep the table cleaned off.

We also started reading the Book of Morman again this week. That's a hard one for me. When I was growing up we RARELY read the scriptures and there were several years, that my family was not active in the church, that I didn't go to Primary. I didn't really learn the scripture stories as a child. So now when I read I get so confused. I guess in order to understand I just have to stick to it.... maybe I need to get a Children's Book of Mormon.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Does Clutter Make Your Butt Look Big?

Peter Walsh from TLC's Clean Sweep was on Oprah on Thursday talking about his book, "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" Peter Walsh says the clutter in your house is causing the clutter on your hips! Trim down by cleaning up your life. He was pretty mean to the lady they were helping. But, it made me think..... When my house is clean I feel better about myself. When I feel better about myself - I take better care of myself. Cleaning and organizing gets you up and moving. So I guess there could be a connection to the two.

I have a desire to organize my house - the problem is that everything that I want to do will cost money. I guess though if it makes my butt smaller----it might be worth it!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Why I try so hard to keep Mic healthy....

Last week my sweet little girl got sick. She had the stomach flu. The stomach flu triggered a flare up of Reflux (which she had as an infant). The medication for the reflux caused an allergic reaction with hives COVERING her hands. Poor little thing. On Saturday she asked daddy if he was going to take her to the hospital. She knows that daddy takes sick people to the hospital in the ambulance so they can get better. I think she was confused about why her daddy wasn't taking her to get better. It is so hard to keep her healthy. She's the type that gets sick almost by just looking at someone else who is sick.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Talk About Tuesday!

I have major BLOG ENVY!!! I blog jump ALOT. I am amazed at some of you out there with your awesome blogs.... My goal is to try AT LEAST one new thing on my blog every week. I have figured out how to add pictures obviously and a few other little things...but I know I can do more.

I have now watched almost everything that I had saved in my DVR. I hope the writer's strike ends soon. I have started watching Cashmere Mafia - it's pretty good, and I know there's another new show starting thing week that I want to check out... Lipstick Jungle. It is supposed to be the new 'Sex In The City' which is still something that I love to watch the reruns of.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Organized??? NOT EVEN!!!

We have way too many toys at our house. I am so grateful for the playroom but sometimes it is still overwhelming. Mic cleans up pretty good but C-Man hasn't figured it our yet.
I came upon this cool website that has tons of ideas for organizing your house. I think I will start trying to impliment a few of these ideas.
WOW - I just found the coolest scripture stickers on that website!! They are the GAK pictures that you can print on transparent stickers and put in your scriptures.
Maybe if I would get off the dang computer I would get something done that is useful.... blog hopping is useful....right?

Sunday, February 3, 2008

WHAT? Take my camera out of "Auto"??

We bought a really nice camera last year. I love taking photos. I actually want to start taking kids and family portraits for people.... looking for guinea pigs soon. I am really enjoying my photography class. Our camera has lots of options that I have played around with not really knowing what they are for. I am now learning so much about what the settings are really for.