Wednesday, February 27, 2013

11 Facts, 11 Answers, and 11 Questions...

Let me introduce this purty little lady,

Isn't she adorable!
She is so genuine, I want to squeeze her!
And have a stiff margarita with her one day.

Ms. Lindsey was gracious enough to ask little 'ol me.

And these five blogging beauties
Gayle from

To join her in a game of fantastical fun. 
~ Big Pink Liebster Award ~

Write 11 facts about myself.
Here goes nothin'
1.  I like my salads warm not cold.
2.  I like cold baked salmon for breakie.
3.  I've seen the movie Major Payne, like a million times.  
4.  Currently obsessed with the tv show Duck Dynasty.
5.  I love pilates.  Especially Greg, from  He rocks my socks.
6.  Can't get enough of Sophia Grace and Rosie videos.  They put me in a good mood immediately.
7.  I have a cup of  Stosh green tea every morning before I do anything.  Literally!
8.  I am a lake rat.  Love being on the lake with my family.
9.  I am addicted to the Real Housewives franchise.  
10.  Can eat alone in restaurant.
11.  Could live in my workout clothes 24/7.

Answer 11 Questions from Lindsey.
1.  If you could be one animal what would you be and why?
Golden Retriever.  Because they are kind, patient, playful, and preferably my GR Jesse.  Bc she gets what she wants.

2.  What is your favorite candy and why?
Cherry flavored Blow-Pops.  Because you get two things for one.  Candy and gum!

3.  What would your super hero name be and what is the super power she would have.
My rapper name Rocket Daddy.  And I would have healing powers.

4.  When is your birthday and what is your sign?
Today!  February 27 and I am a Pisces.

5.  Nike or Puma?
Nike, cuz I can do it!

6.  Favorite book you read in the last 6 months.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the After Life by Eben Alexander

7.  What kind of phone do you have?
I Phone 4 S

8.  Who was your first crush and why?
Brad, because he was fine and a jock!

9.  Socks or bare-feet?
Socks, I am always cold.

10.  Who is your hero?
My Mama, of course!

11.  Why do you blog?
 It's cool like Fonzie!

My Questions for the Nominee's.
1.  Are you a beer, wine, or cocktail person?

2.  What is your favorite genre of food, for example: American, Italian, Indian, Mexican or other?

3.  What form of exercise do you partake in, if any?

4.  Do you think question #3 crosses out indulging in #1 and 2?

5. Fishhooks, Courage and the Cowardly Dog, or Beavis and Butthead?

6.  How do you hang your toilet paper, over or under?

7.  Do you drink alcohol while answering questions like these?

8.  Do you drink alcohol while making up questions like these and why?

9.  When choosing your toothbrush, do you pick a particular color?

10.  Who is your favorite nemo character nemo in a Disney nemo movie?

11.  Lipton or Louisiana?

Happy Birthday to me,

It's a Pink, Pink Kinda Day!

Sophia Grace is in the house!

This precious girl said it all!  
What are you thinking?
What is your nature?
What do you love?
And do those around you accept you for who you are?

 This is another outspoken, fun, little Pink lady that says it as she sees it.

No holds barred. This is me. Accept me for who I am... 
My little Peanut had an orthodontist appointment yesterday.

And I came across this magazine, Redbook.

 Well, seeing Pink on the cover made me take a back step, a pirouette, then a little curtsy!
I love a little Pink, just like Sophia Grace likes the color.

Redbook interview.
Question about her daughter, Willow.

Behviors that are different than our own.
It could be your best friend, mother, daughter, son, brother, father, husband, the list goes on.

Do we take their personality and let it reflect upon ourselves?  Or do we just let the person, BE.

If we take their behavior personal, doesn't it become less about who they are and more about who we are?  It becomes about our own insecurites and assumptions. What case are we making for ourselves that make us feel our way is right and their way is wrong.

Accept the truth of who they are.  Free yourself of how you think they should behave.  Curb your judgements about them or their situations.  Allow those you love the space to express themselves the way that is natural to them, without judgement.

The less we take personally, the more we can embrace and enjoy the ones we love.
In that process we gain:

I really took in what Pink said, "I'm not going to take any of her fierceness personally."

This article spoke volumes to me today.  I am quilty of taking a person I love behaviors too personal as well.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Art Room Update ~ In Need, Indeed!

This is our art/laundry room.

As you can tell this room is lacking in the creative energy department.

'Lil Peanut and I are not feelin' our creative energy is being put to good use in here.

 But, we must...we must...we must increase our...oops!
bountiful space...for our love of art!

You can find this cutie patootie piece art magnet here:
One of these days I will figure out how to put a link up without all this crazy gibberish.
Until, then...

We need practical organization and purty colors to motivate our creative juices.

I really fancy this color palette by Stephanie N. Baker
I think the green colors would blend happily with the rest of the house.
And the pink tones look energetic!
Pinterest originally posted by April Hoyle

Although, this palette is a bit softer and looks decadently scrumptious.
pinterest originally posted by April Hoyle

These colors are dynamic and vivacious!
This palette would definitely make the room come alive.
Pinterest by Design Seeds

Here are organization ideas I saw on Pinterest:
 ~my favorite place to be other than blogs~

All images can be found here:

Why hello!
My Dream!

This room is colorful, fun, whimsical, and happy.
Just what is needed in a space for creativity.

I want to replace these lights... 

With something like this!
So fantastical funky.
We can take our ribbons out from under the cabinet...

And put them on rods like this.
No more rummaging around for the perfect ribbon.

I could have my under cabinets look systematically put together like this. 
I like the baskets on the doors for extra storage.
Clever and handy!

I could make better use out of this wall...

By installing a peg board like this.  
Possibly paint it a color from the palette.

I could get rid of this bulky carousel underneath the cabinet...

And put our paint in cheery bins like these and label each one by color.

Hope Home Depot here I come!

I'll get back with you with the results.

Do you have any helpful organizational tips?
Laud knows I could use them.

Monday, February 25, 2013

10 Things EVERYONE Should Know!

Ten Things I Want My Daughter to Know Before She Turns 10
By Lindsey Mead Russell
Huffington Post

I came across this article while reading the Huffington Post one day.

I printed it out to read to my munchkins.

I thought it was a beneficial reminder for myself as well.
A little update for my spirit.

I think this applies to all of us.
Even those of us above the age of 10.

1.  It is not your job to keep the people you love happy.
Not me, not daddy, not your brother, not your friends.  
The hard truth is that you can't anyway.
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2.  Your physical fearlessness is a strength.  
Please continue using your body in the world: run, jump, climb, throw.  I love watching you streaking down the soccer field, or swinging proudly alone on a row of monkey bars, or climbing into the high branches of a tree.
 There is both health and a sense of mastery in physical activity and challenges.
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3.  You should never be afraid to share your passions. 
 Anyone who teases you for what you love is not a true friend.  This is hard to realize, but essential.
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4.  It is okay to disagree with me, and others.  
You are old enough to have a point of view, and I want to hear it.  So do those who love you.  Don't pick fights for the fun of it, of course, but when you're really feeling I am wrong, please say so.  You have heard me say that your right, and you've heard me apologize for my behavior or point of view when I realize they were wrong.  Your perspective is both valid and valuable.  Don't shy way from expressing it.
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5.  You are so very beautiful.  
Your face now holds the baby you were and the young woman you are rapidly becoming.  I can see the clouds of society's beauty myth hovering, manifest in your own growing self-consciencusness. I beg of you not to lose sight with your own beauty, so much of which comes from the fact that your spirit runs so close to the surface.
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6.  Reading is essential.  
It is the central leisure-time joy of my life, as you know.  I am immensely proud and pleased to see that you seem to share it.  That identification you feel with characters, that sense of slipping into another world, of getting lost there in the best possible way.
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7.  You are not me.  
We are very alike, but you are your own person, entirely, completely, fully.  I know this, I promise, even when I lose sight of it.  I know that separation from me is one of the fundamental tasks of your adolescence, which I can see glinting over the horizon.  I want you to know I know how vital it is.  I'm going to be here, no mater what.  
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8.  It is almost never about you.  
What I mean is that when people act in a way that hurts or makes you feel insecure, it is almost certainly about something happening inside of them, and not about you.  I know how feelings can slice your heart, even if your head knows otherwise.  But maybe, just maybe, it will help to remember that almost always other people are struggling with their own demons, even if they bump into you by accident.
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9.  There is no single person who can be your everything. 
 Be very careful about bestowing this power on any one person.  Trying to fill that ache with other people (or with anything else, like food, alcohol, numbing behaviors of a zillion sorts you don't even know of yet) is a lost cause, and nobody will be up to the task.
You will feel let down, and, worse, that loneliness will be there no matter what.  
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10.  I am trying my best.  I know I'm not good enough and the mother you deserve.  
I am impatient and fallible and I raise my voice.  I am sorry.  I love you and your brother more than I love anyone else in the entire world and I always wish I could be better for you.  I'll admit I don't always love your behavior, and I'm quick to tell you that.  But every single day, I love you with every fiber of my being.  No matter what.
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Peace and love,

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dancing Diaries Part One...

Let's get this weekend started right!

Let's have a little fun.

Let's get our jam on.

Let's rock this joint...

This is "Hallatious!"
A knee slapper!
Raise your hand if you love dancing babies.
Can it get any better?

I like, no I need visuals.
When I'm having a rough moment, feeling idle moment, or just plain want to smile moment.
I like to have a bank of funnies rolling around in this noggin of mine.
I can push replay anytime, anywhere and give myself a little pick me up.

Join me, 
re-play this little cuteapotomus jam in that noggin of yours this weekend.

~Have an awesome weekend Ya'll~

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quilty! Or Am I...

I am one of those people that feels guilty, even when I've done nothing wrong.

I'm the gal that goes through airport security and feels like I am going to get caught, even though I have nothing to hide.

I'm that gal that goes through international customs holding my breath,
Even though I know I'm not carry an illegal animal or anything of its kind.

Story of how I felt guilty today.

Even though I was the ONE in charge.

Case Scenario:
I hired my presh little neighbor, Meg, to take my 'lil Peanut to her dance class.
Because my knuckle-head has track meets on her dancing days.
But this day...
I happen to have a group consultation with the magnificent duos:
That's Jenni from storyofmylifetheblog~ can you see the rest of us down there~
She's a super sweetheart by the way!

So, I had to leave the knuckle-heads track meet early to make it back for this fab get-together.
I was so early getting back, that I didn't even need my presh Meg to drive my Peanut.
But...Hey...Look Here Jack...


The whole drive back from the meet I am thinking...

 I  might get caught.

The timing is so close, these chicks might see me driving in town.
I will be incognito...slip in here...slip out the back here.
I happen to be at the stop light and see my presh Meg's car with my cutie patootie Peanut.
Great they don't see me...
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Feeling like I need to hide...WHY?
Coast is clear, head to the neighborhood.
Make a street...Yay...Well hello Mr. Presh Meg's Dad!
ARGH...he might tell on me!

really gonna be in trouble now

Why is it?
That some of us have that occasional feeling of quilt.

Is it because gals like me pick up on other people's emotions, we're more sensitive?
We feel others expect a lot from us?
Is it because chicks like me don't want to disappoint anyone?
Is it because we are such perfectionist that if we fail, or make a mistake, we feel quilt over letting ourselves down?
Is it the voice of our conscience?

Christopher R. Edgar wrote an interesting article on guilt.

He writes, "I suggest its best to see feelings of guilt as a routine part of the circadian rhythm-our bodies' daily cycle-much like fatigue and hunger.  If we view guilt as simply a natural part of our day-to-day experience, rather than shaming ourselves for feeling it or trying to fight it off, we can diminish the suffering it tends to cause."

Also, he explains the interpretation of guilt causes us to suffer, while our interpretation of hunger does not.  Therefore, view it as a routine bodily function.  That guilt rises and falls certain times of the day.

If you belong to the 'I guilt myself' club, this is a must read article.
I have a better understanding about myself now.
No more feelings of being 'caught' or 'in trouble' for me anymore!
Because I know it's the rhythm of my body.

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originally posted by anfal

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