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Books that I read in August for fun

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Not all the books that I have been reading have been for review. I have made several trips to our local library to check out some books to read just because.....

Here are a few that I read in August....(Disclaimer: if you click on the book pictures they will take you to the page on Amazon.com). Can you tell that when I find an author that I like, I tend to read LOTS of their books in a row? LOL 



Have you read any good books lately?

Things on my mind: head cold, softball, etc.

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This week has been draining. I have gotten a head cold and man is it taking it's toll. The Kleenex box is my constant companion as my nose is like a faucet. Wednesday I felt like I was draining down my throat, and by this morning my nose is just dripping and my eyes are watery and I have a headache. Fun times....not really!

I wore heels to work yesterday. I am trying to make a more concentrated effort to look more professional in my role as team leader. The good news is that I got several compliments on my outfit. The bad news is that my shoes gave me blisters on the back of my heels and on the big toe of my left food. I don't know if it was because I hadn't worn heels in a while, or if it was because they weren't stretched out, or if it was because I also had to wear them to the softball field as I had to leave work and go straight to the field for Rebecca's game and I forgot to bring shoes to change into.

Speaking of Rebecca's softball game....her team won. …

Today I feel....

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That is how I feel today...but I can't do that. Yesterday I felt like I was draining down my throat but my nose and ears and sinuses felt fine. I was hoping it was just allergies or stress. Well today I woke up feeling like my head was going to explode. I had a huge headache, and a stuffed up nose. Yep...I have a back to school cold. Unfortunately, I have too much to do to go back to bed, so I will have to deal. I have a busy day ahead, with work and then Rebecca has softball tonight and of course Bill has to work. It will be okay. I just have to deal.

Hope everyone else is feeling good and having a good day!

Weigh In Wednesday #5

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 235.0 lbs My weight this week is::: 232.6 lbs! DOWN 2.4 lbs!  :) 



My food goal for last week was:::  Plan out my meals and snacks daily. No eating at work! No eating after 8pm. 
So yeah, that really didn't happen. I did sort of plan out my meals each day, but there were still a little snacking at night. Also there were a few days that I had a snack at work with the kiddos...including an ice cream sundae on F…

$10 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage and Fun on a Budget

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:::
Create Big Romance on a Small Budget
Tired of the usual dinner-and-a-movie dates? Looking for new ways to connect with your spouse? 

Energize your marriage by getting out of your normal routine with the help of these 52 creative date ideas. From outdoor dates to out-on-the-town dates, you and your spouse will have no trouble finding the perfect date that fits your mood--all on a $10 budget!

See for yourself how new experiences can help you bond together and nurture your relationship. Which of these will be the first of your Great Dates?

· Time Travel Great Date
· Moonlight/Sunrise Great Date
· Bucket List Great Date
· Surprise Me! Great Date

Each date includes easy preparation suggestions, tips for the date, talking points to enhance your conversations, and a Great Date takeaway. What are you waiting for?
MY THOUGHTS:::
$10 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage and Fun on a Budget by Heather and Peter Larson and Claudia and David Arp is a great resource for getting ideas for…

Happy Homemaker Monday ( 8/25/14)

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Happy Monday! 

Yesterday, we spent the day doing things around the house. I did some laundry, took somethings to Goodwill to donate, got Rebecca ready for school this week, covered a couple of her school books, etc. Today, I woke up feeling very blah. I think I am dealing with some depression.....

So today, I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme! 




Breakfast time, what is on the plate this morning:::: I had 2 eggs and some turkey bacon.(and a bite of brownie that I made last night!) 

On this week's to do list::::I have decided to change this to a weekly to do list because it makes more sense to me... So this week we have: Benjamin speech therapy, work for me, work for Bill, AHG registration night for me, softball for Rebecca, laundry, cleaning desk area and kids' art area, make a shutterfly photo book before my credit for a free on runs out on Saturday, cut Jacob's hair. 

Currently reading:::: The Last Boyfriend by Nora…

Date night and NOT so amazing....

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Saturday was an extremely busy day. Bill had to work most of the day. Rebecca had a softball game (which her team won!), that she had to there by 10:30 and we didn't get home from it until 1. Then we had a quick lunch. I had Rebecca do her homework, then I had to take her to a birthday party. While she was at the birthday party, I gave the boys a bath, then I had to go back and pick her up. Bill brought home a large pizza that someone had given him, so we gave that to the kids for dinner. We decided to have an impromptu date night since we had no evening plans and we just wanted to relax. We decided to once again do a dinner and movie. 

We ordered Chinese food and I went over to our Family Video store and rented The Amazing Spider-man 2.  We really were not in the mood for anything too serious and we have enjoyed most other Marvel movies so I thought that this would be a good movie. It had just come out on DVD this past week, so I was actually surprised that the video store had a…

The Healing Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter (review)

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Book description:  Emma and Lamar Miller retreat to an Amish settlement in Florida for the winter as they lead another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students. Class members discover friendship, faith, healing, and perhaps a little romance while getting to know each other over their quilting projects.
My thoughts:  The Healing Quilt, by Wanda E. Brunstetter,  is actually book number 3 in the "Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club" series, so I thought I might have a hard time following along as I have not read the first 2. However, that was not the case. This is a great stand alone story. There were probably references I would have gotten (such as some of the relationships like Jan and Star's relationship, etc.) if I had read the first 2 but it did not take away from the story. I will admit that I loved this story. It was so real. The characters were struggling with everyday life issues that we all have had or have known someone who has had...job loss, pregnancy, b…

Things on my mind: I have a second grader and more...

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This past week has been pretty busy here in our household. Bill had a huge project due at work. I went back to work from the summer. Rebecca went back to school. Rebecca had her first fall ball softball game. Jacob had an open house at his preschool. We have just been plain busy. 

I still cannot believe that I am the mother of a second grader. Rebecca started school on Wednesday and she is in the second grade. She loves her new teacher, who has been teaching at this school for over 20 years. She was so glad to see her friends. I am thankful that I have a daughter who loves school.

I took Jacob to his preschool open house and he loved it. He said he wishes he could play in his classroom all the time. LOL. On Wednesday, he wanted to know where Rebecca was. I said that she was at school. He then wanted to know when he got to go to school. He is so excited to start school like his sister. We are putting him in a 5 day preschool program, so that he can get adjusted to being away from me a…

Took the kids to the park...

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Tuesday was our last official day of Summer break from school for Rebecca and work for me. So to celebrate, Bill and I decided to take the kids to the park for a picnic and then to play.


They had so much fun. It is really amazing to see how grown up Benjamin is getting. He loves to go down slides and he was fascinated with the bridge on the playground. Jacob loved just running around and going down the bumpy slide. Rebecca loved climbing on the rope pyramid and her dad even joined in! Overall, it was a lovely afternoon at the park!

What is your favorite thing to do at a park?

Weigh In Wednesday #4

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 236.4 lbs My weight this week is::: 235.0 lbs! A drop of 1.4 lbs!  :) 



My food goal for last week was::: I was going to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks. No eating after 8pm.
Well I did okay on eating 3 meals and 2 snacks. I didn't do so well at the eating after 8pm thing though. There were a few nights that I had a snack around 9:30 and I think that it may have been out of boredom.... 
My fitness goal for last week …

Bears and African Cats

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We have instituted something new in our family for Friday nights with the kids. Typically we will have an easy dinner--usually pizza, and then I let the kids watch a movie. Last Friday night, I rented the movie "Disneynature: Bears" for the kids to watch. Rebecca had seen it in school, when they went on a field trip to the movie theater to see it. I wasn't sure what to expect. Rebecca had been begging me to see it ever since she saw that it was out on DVD. So I decided to rent it for them to watch. 
I will say that I was impressed. It was like an animal documentary that you would see on discovery channel or a science channel like that, but without the extreme violence or mating that you so often see in animal documentaries. Bears, follows the story of Scout and Amber and their mom Sky through the first year of their life and the trials and tribulations that they face. I thought it was very well done and a wonderful way of introducing kids to nature. 

I did not know that th…