Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Busy day with my books

Artist: Sean, age 5. (He's now almost 11 now but this is my favorite decoration).

Just want to take the time out of my busy schedule of studying, test taking and more studying to thank you all who left me sweet comments or emailed me about my bedroom makeover. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to check it out.

I have a big exam today. I'm studying my butt off. Can't wait to graduate next year. 14 months left. Thank you  Jesus!

Have a wonderful week.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Bedroom Re-do!

So I had 2 weeks off this summer. Odd. I took advantage of the time and decided it was time to re-do my bedroom.  I spend a massive amount of time in here.  I sleep, study, workout and craft in here. It was time to make my space a place that makes me happy. I totally love the transformation.  I have to thank my husband and my mother for all their help.  So here we go.

First off, I won 2 black and white Chevron pillow cases this summer from The Mathew Family Happenings.  I love them. When I got them in the mail, it totally inspired me to re-do my room. So thanks Mary Kathryn. I heart them.

I went to my parents house for my first week off. They live down the Jersey Shore. My mother is a home decor nut.  We talked all about what I should do and we went to thrift stores in the area. A set of 3 crystal candle holders caught my eye in a house in Tuckerton, NJ. A woman has a house full of antiques and crystal. My mother hates fake crystal so when I said that I liked the candle holders she went over and looked at them.  They were real crystal but they were a little pricey. My mother, one never to pay full price for anything, started her haggling and bam they were now mine! Thanks to my mama! Love her. I love shiny, glittering, fancy, classy Yup,that is me. These now set off my wanting of crystals to be part of my room re-do.

So when I got home from Jersey. I went over to Lowe's and got the paint. Love Valspar High Def paint. I got myself 2 cans of Violet tinted painted. I'm not being paid by Lowe's to endorse Valspar but I truly think their paint is great. It covers so great. I got it in eggshell so that it would be easier to wipe down.  I love this color. Compared to the yellow that the walls were, I feel like I'm in a different room.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Help the Hungry with 50 Cent One Like=One Meal

Ok, you may or may not know 50 Cent, he's a world famous hip hop artist. "Hey Shortie, it's your birthday.. we gonna party like it's your birthday.." Ok, I'm a suburban white woman, I'll stop. lol. Either way, love Fiddy, as I like to call him. Even my mother likes him.
So anyway, why am I telling  you about Fiddy (50 cent)? Well the man is putting his money where his mouth is. What? For every One Like on Street King on Facebook, he will donate One Meal to the hungry. He's not asking you to donate your money, just Like Street King on Facebook. That's it folks. Please help him reach 100,000,000. Likes. Help him feed 1 million people. Please spread the word by posting it on your Facebook page, on your blog and telling your friends and family.  So just click this hyperlink: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=700201358712

Thanks so much.


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween is not even here yet..

Here I am already thinking about Christmas. While Christmas is not my favorite holiday, as a matter of fact it is my least favorite I need to plan early. I know you're thinking what is wrong with this woman? The truth is Christmas is becoming so commercialized and stressful every year.
Last year my children literally picked out the majority of their gifts online and watched me hit the make payment button.  It killed me. Gone were the days when my children would be surprised and excited to open their gifts.  No need to rush down the stairs early in the morning to open the gifts.  It made me so sad last year. My kids get gifts all year long and at this point expect to get whatever they want when they want it. It is my husband and I who did this to my kids.  That is going to change though this year.
This year there will be no Christmas lists. Nope, not one! I don't care what they want. I want Christmas back.  I want my children to put Jesus in the forefront of their thoughts this year.  I want my kids to receive gifts that they didn't pick out but were purchased by my husband and I that were given thought. They will be sadly disappointed to see that their gifts will not cost hundreds either.
I will not be a prisoner to Apple, Xbox, Playstation, Sephora, and all the other brands my kids are heavily influenced by.  I'm looking to Etsy this year to purchase some of my gifts, so if you have an Etsy shop, just leave me a comment below. I will definitely check it out.

It feels like a weight has been lifted off of my chest. It feels good to come out and say it and I appreciate that you took the time to read my thoughts.

Have a great week. Back to school for me. Lots of studying.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weigh In Wednesday

Doing a quick pop in to say that today is Weigh-In Wednesday and I lost 2lbs!! I'm so happy.  I will share more tomorrow. I'm supposed to be studying right now.  I heart Weight Watchers right now!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Family time on the farm

Sometimes the hardest thing for me is not being able to spend quality family time together. Everyone is so busy all the time. It was nice to get together with my in-laws yesterday along with my husband and 2 of my 3 kids and go apple and pumpkin picking.

Here are a few pics to enjoy.
Strawberry Acres Farm in Coplay, Pa

My family getting ready to pick some apples.

These are Matsu apples. Due to all the rain in the last couple of months they are spotted. 

My daughter and husband taste testing the apples. The sign said that is was fine to sample the apples, just don't make it a meal. The apples got thumbs up from my family. I didn't taste test because my hands were full holding the box of apples and the camera. 

Here is our lot. We didn't get to many because I didn't want to over do it. I did pick up baking apples at the little store at the farm but can't for the life of me remember the name of them.

My daughter pulling my son up to the pumpkin patch.

My son finding me the perfect pumpkin. 

My son felt it was time to take a break so he sat on a pumpkin. 

Must say that the pumpkins were all so great that it was hard to pick the perfect one. We did get 2 though. I was told recently by a patient who owns a farm that pumpkins took a bad hit this year with all the rain. Most farms were bringing in pumpkins from different states because they were not able to grow enough to size without rot. 

My son and I. I just adore our time together. 

This is a view of the farm store. My son is actually jumping of a bail of hay.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Come back tomorrow for my first Weigh In Wednesday.  

Friday, October 7, 2011

Got myself a week off of school..

I have a week off of school. Very odd! I have so much to do. I'm hoping to get in a few blog posts while I'm off. I have to definitely share my bedroom makeover.

Ha! No, this is not me! 

I recently re-started Weight Watchers. I originally tried WW in Feb. but with the stress of just starting nursing school it was a hard thing to keep track of. Now that I am in nursing school and I kinda got my routine down I feel I'm ready to take control of my diet again.  Wish me luck. I will be sharing recipes! I always said I hate to cook but lately I love to cook. I'm cooking more than I'm baking. I cook often but lately I have been really stepping up my game and making different meals compared to the same old, same old.

Please come and visit when you can. Have a great weekend.

Jessica :)