Tax Free Weekend Shopping Tips


Now that we’re back in Texas I was able to take advantage of Tax Free Weekend (TFW) again.  This year it was Aug 7-9.  Here are some tips on how we accomplished all of our back to school and supply shopping for two kids (ages 11 & almost 7) in 1.75 hours!!!

Before the TFW go scope out the stores you want to buy clothes from.  Try the clothes on.  This helps reduce your “day of” frustration.  Sure you wind up going out twice but if you wait until TFW you’ll also be waiting in long dressing room lines and with kids that just sucks.  So, on August 4th I took both boys to Target, Old Navy, Academy, and Crazy 8.  I picked a location of town that had all stores reasonably close to each other.  They picked out what they liked and tried on clothes.  If they liked them and fit I wrote the store name, style of clothing, and size for each kid.  I used the notes app on my phone for convenience.

Day of TFW.  I originally decided on getting supplies on Friday then taking the kids and hubbs out on Saturday.  Well I got to thinking why not just get it all done in one day.  The kids do a good job at keeping up with my pace and the hubbs tends to lag so why not!  I asked him if he minded and he was like……ummmm do it all!!

That morning I got up early and made a good filling breakfast.  Biscuits (actually made them the night before for a quick reheat), sausage, eggs, and a sugar free red bull for myself. […]

August 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

7 state/10 day Road Trip with Kids




Our kids are not good in the car….well they can be.  Problem is they hate being in the car (we like to drive around and explore….a lot).  But when we told them we could stay in Washington or move home to Texas they obviously chose to deal with the long road trip….like they had a choice, lol!!!

We have an 11 yr old and a 6 yr old that would be traveling with us. They each have an iPhone (don’t worry…no service is on my 6 yr olds….it’s and old phone of ours and is basically a Nintendo DS but with better games, lol!!) and iPad (and these were handed down so it’s not like we completely spoil our kids with new flashy items).  So first things first on a long trip like this is you have to completely give up all rules and allow them to use them…a lot!!!

A few days before we were to leave for our moving adventure I decided I should get some things for the kids to do so they’re not completely bored or on devices all the time.

Since we’d be going through 7 states I went to the Crayola website for some free state color pages.  I printed 2 of each state we’d be going to so each kiddo had their own color page.  The great thing is it also had state facts on them.  I also printed a US map so they could follow our route.  That helps eliminate questions.

Since we’d be traveling on July 4th I printed out a color page for that holiday.  I also printed […]

Moving Day


I believe it was the last day of school when we were finally told we’d be moving in one week.  In Washington state school didn’t end until June 19th.  The movers would be at our house on June 26th.  We’d already started to declutter but we didn’t think we’d decluttered enough.  The movers arrived at like 8:15 that Friday morning…..three guys.  They had almost everything packed by 5pm!!!!  The only things they didn’t pack was the bedding so we could sleep that night and the few bathroom things we weren’t letting them pack just yet (shower curtain and towels).  They weren’t bothered by it as it’s normal for them I suppose.  They had actually started loading the 18 wheeler believe it or not.

The next morning they got there at like 8:30/8:45.  They immediately started tagging and loading.  They also finished up the packing and were done by like 3pm!!!  I was able to clean and let them take the vacuum cleaner and they left.  It was definitely a better experience than the move to Seattle.  Those movers were slow.

We dropped my husbands car off with friends (for transit pickup in a week).  We finally got to our hotel nearby by 10pm and we got a pretty good nights sleep before we headed out the next morning.  And since this was a vacation as well as a move we were taking it kinda slow in the mornings.  Trying to make sure we were all ready and stuff.

Sunday morning came, we ate the hotel breakfast, loaded the jeep up and we were off for our adventure!!

Texas here we come!

So about a month ago the hubs interviewed for a job back home.  But it’s still with Amazon just a different department so that’s freaking awesome!

Things are moving slow yet fast.  We need to get there the first week of July but the moving company is taking it’s sweet time.  So everything might get pushed into the second week of July.

We want to drive home to Texas instead of flying.  We plan on taking a vacation through California.  The boys want to see the beach.  What better place than there right?!  We want to go to the San Diego Zoo and try to fit Legoland in (SHHHHH! That’ll be a surprise).

I can’t wait for Texas.  Even though we’re moving 3 hours away from “home” it’s still a whole 30 hours closer!  So if your in the DFW area don’t worry…we’ll visit a lot!

When I get to Texas I plan on eating as much Mexican Food as I can handle.  Drink as many frozen sangria’s as I want.  And be in the sun a lot!!!  So if your looking for me check in a Mexican restaurant or by a pool.


My Journey. Being over weight has got to end.

So after being on a certain diet “skake” for almost 2 weeks I decided it was time to really talk about it. I’ll tell you what it is in a moment but if you follow me on Instagram then you already know what journey I started.

So a little back story.  I’m 35, 2 kids, 1 miscarriage & 1 stepson.  I’ve always been skinny but when I had my 2nd child I wasn’t able to loose the weight.  We had a lot going on so that made it real hard.  Hubbs got laid off and I lost my job because people came to work with the flu and I got it while pregnant and I got very sick from it. I needed to work so once I felt better-ish I decided working in daycare was my way to go.  I loved working with kids and have a background in childcare (as well as an office background) so I decided to work in daycare.  It paid half my kids tuition and I brought home just enough to pay for groceries.  When my son was 3 months old he got very sick with bronchitis (cause the heat didn’t work in our house) and had to be on a breathing machine at home for a few weeks.  Which made me lose my job.  So we decided at that time I’d stay home.  Hubbs was doing free lance work and it just wasn’t making ends meet.  We were paying an obscene amount of child support and the state doesn’t give a crap about someone being laid off.  So then all of a sudden we get a phone call from my stepson that warrants an immediate move into our […]

April 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Spring is Here!!!

Visit my Etsy Shop now through April 15, 2015 for 10% off your order!!!!


March 27th, 2015|Crafts, Etsy|0 Comments

Mom Intuition, Super Mom and Allergies

So we’ve all heard of the Mom intuition.  Long before you have that baby your told you’ll just know because your mom.  Well recently I knew my little one was getting sick.  But not real sick.  Just allergies.  I have terrible year round allergies.  So I kinda know these things.  Sure enough my son’s nose wouldn’t quit dripping/running and he felt miserable.  Not the normal snotty nose kid run…this is like a faucet.  Like mine.

Nothing stops it.  NOTHING!!  We can reduce our down time by taking NyQuil (during the day–not DayQuil), kleenex stuffed in the nose, and laying at a slight incline.  But no shot or allergy medicine will stop this.  It’s a nose curse i’m sure of it.

When you have this kind of drainage it literally beats you down.  It’s strange.  People don’t understand and for years when I was in the work field it was hard for my bosses to understand it.  About once a month my nose would do this.  If I stayed at work my production was low and it lasted for days unless I stayed home for 1 or 2 days.  I’d have to get up and wash my hands constantly, clean my desk of the tissues, and clean the tissue lint off everything.  It was horrible.  Oh and I took daily allergy meds…even tried shots.  This drainage makes you feel like you have the flu.  So imagine once a month feeling like you have the flu.  Everything aches, your not hungry, your going through boxes and boxes of tissues (remember this is only a day or two i’m talking about here…not a week!), your sneezing, coughing from the drainage in your throat, and your nose becomes raw and red. […]

March 13th, 2015|Family|0 Comments


So now we’re in February.  The month of LOVE, me dipping into HTV (heat transfer vinyl), 5th grade science fair and red velvet oreo’s.

So the second I heard that Red Velvet Oreo’s were coming out I made sure we got a package.  And OMG yes they’re good.


Then there was the 100th day of school.  I wanted to make the kids a shirt but only Jayson wanted one.  Kennyth’s getting a little too old for it but I still gave him the option.  Jayson loved his shirt!  This is just printable iron on.  Not the best but it worked in a pinch.



Time for Valentine’s Day!!!  Jayson doesn’t like much candy.  So I saw a similar idea to these oranges and I showed him and he wanted.  I think they turned out great!




Kennyth wanted Fun Dip so I had to think of a way to use my Silhouette Cameo for this one. I think they turned out great!  


My first HTV project!!!  Kennyth is learning to play the recorder and I wanted to personalize his bag so he’d know which was his.  I like it.  I immediately fell in love with HTV and placed an order for more a few days later.



See….got my HTV and made shirts!


I really love how they turned out!


Sweets for my sweets!!  Of course I used the Silhouette […]

February 20th, 2015|Family|0 Comments


We decided to paint my office!!!  Well….I actually wanted to paint it and begged the hubs.  He said yes…even to the color I wanted.  WHAT!!!  Yes, and it’s awesome!


Took it from a hunter green to an awesome minty color!  Having a lighter color in the room totally makes it easier to work in there.



Here it is!  So nice!!



Then my stepson decided to move back to Texas.  So we made his room into a guest/office for the hubs.



Then we made the upstairs game room into a large Lego Playroom!!  We spent WAY too much money and time at Ikea!!!  But the turn out was great!  I’ll have another post and better pics soon on the Lego Playroom.


And that’s it for January.  Not a real eventful month….we were definitely happy about that!

February 20th, 2015|Family|0 Comments


OMG it’s almost Christmas!!!

So we did the Black Friday shopping this year.  It was fun and we over bought.  But we both worked extra this year to give big!  We gave about $100 worth of gifts to Toys for Tots too.


So this was our tree 3 days after Thanksgiving.  Lol!!


Our lil elves!!  I love the jammies!  They’re from Target!10888568_10204065239123922_2155558125394874822_n

Our tree Christmas eve!!  This is before Santa came!!!


And this kid nearly exploded!!!  He’s wanted this for years and we finally decided to bite the bullet and do it.




The kids had a breakfast picnic upstairs.





We had a pretty good Christmas and hope you did too!!

February 20th, 2015|Family|0 Comments