Thursday, March 21, 2013


For those that don't know... I don't cook.  Hubby and I made a deal years ago that he would cook and I would clean.  Now that I am a SAHM/WAHM I feel like I should work. 

Anyway, this past Sunday was the St Patty's Day parade in our town.  Here in Louisiana, we do things a little differently.  We throw beads at every parade, and at St Patty's Day, we throw veggies (cabbage, potatoes, onions, fennel (yes, we actually caught fennel), carrots) and some fruits (lemons, oranges).  So after this parade, which my friends and I did dress up for (Tutus and all!), we had a whole counter of veggies and fruits.  Hubby asked me to get chicken stock and start a soup.  So I did.  And I have to say, it turned out yummy.  We added carrots, cabbage, onions, fennel, some ground beef, potatoes and broccoli (it needed more than the cabbage).  I added some black pepper and salt and garlic.  Hubby came home and added to my soup, but made it SO yummy.

Can I just tell you, I am liking cooking, sometimes.  HA!  I never thought I'd say that.  Seriously though, it isn't as taxing as I once thought it was.  I have a bunch of Pinterest ideas to try... most of them are slow cooker (which is my ABSOLUTE favorite way to cook) receipes.  I will post some pictures of them as I make them.  :)

So what is your favorite receipe?

Spring Break is next week

So, Spring Break/Easter Break is next week for us.  This is my daughter's first Spring Break, since she is in Kindergarten.  And I got to thinking this morning when I woke up, I want to do fun stuff with her and Little Man next week.  We have already planned, hopefully, a day at the zoo with some friends.  If they all bail, we'll still go.  I haven't been to the zoo in over a year.  And I don't remember bringing Little Man at all to the Zoo.  It is a perfect day for us though.  A 45 minute drive or so and since we are members, no park admission fee.  :)

Anyway, of course I am a HUGE fan of Pinterest.  (Small confession...  Hi, my name is Liz and I'm a Pinterest hoarder.)  There I said it!  AHHHHH!!!!!  I can't help it.  I feel like if I see something I want to try or love (for the house), I need to pin it.  I feel like if I don't, then I might loose it forever.  :)  So anyway, depending on the weather next week, I wanted to try a bunch of the ideas I have gotten from Pinterest.  I hope to take TONS of pictures to share with you all. 

So, I'm off today to plan out my week next week.  Here's to bouncing bubbles, and driveway painting with the kids!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Changes for me...

Well... a lot has happened since I last posted.  The hubby and I have decided that I will be at a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom.  WOW!  So weird to type that.  I will still be running my business, and even more so now... but I don't have to worry about daycare for the youngest (Little Man) and Cutie will have no disruptions in her bus schedule.

See, I tried working about 45 minutes to an hour (commute with traffic) away.  Most jobs are that far away from where we live.  But honestly I wasn't offered the amount of money that would have made this job worth it.  PLUS, I haven't worked hard for the last 12-13 years (I graduated from college in 2000... wow, I feel old now! LOL) to become a receptionist/mail room clerk.  Yup... that's the only job I was offered recently.  I am not going to say anything bad about the company, because I think it is a good company.  But my work/life balance was WAY off.  I didn't see my kids the week that I worked for them and that just wasn't right.  I like having my mornings to enjoy waking up with the kids, getting breakfast and getting Cutie on the bus.  And I like having my mornings with Little Man.  But with this job, I was rushing to get myself, and them ready for their (and my) days... getting them to daycare/before care at 6:45 to get on the road no later than 7... to get to work at 8am.  I did get off at 4:30, which was nice... but I still didn't get home or get to them until around 5:30.  That's too much time away from them!

So, Little Man's last week of daycare is this week.  It's a little strange... but I think I'm going to love it.

I am focused on getting my business going to the level I need it to be at, and enjoying raising my kids.  I can't even tell you that I am loving the idea of having all of my summer with both kids.  We'll be able to use our pool and enjoy ourselves going to the zoo... the beach... wherever we decide to explore. 

So, stay with me... I've done my business in all ways... working full time, with no kids, working part time with one child... and now being a SAHM to 2 beautiful children. 

What's your situation?  What's your ideal work/life/family balance?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I know... I know...

You've heard it from me before...  Life exploded.  But I will be honest with you all that are reading, which I hope you are!  I got a full-time temporary job, but on my way to work (which is about a 45 minute to hour commute) I got told that the assignment was over.  Really?!?  You could have called me last night or even a little earlier.  I was more than half way to work this morning.  ARGH!  All because of one person, who really had no reason, telling some things that I said to my now former boss.  She was moving on to another job within in the company... Why would she care what I had said or responded to what she had said!  Seriously, who does that?!?  WEEEELLLLL, apparently that girl.

Anyway, today's post isn't about her.  I am washing my hands of her.  She really isn't worth my thoughts or time. 

So, I've been doing a lot of soul searching on what I want to focus on...  whether it be family/home life, business life, work life, and even exercise/health wise.  Today, I'm going to focus on health/exercise.  I am at a loss.  I know what to do, as far as eating healthily, and exercising, but I've had no motivation.  I haven't seen an progress, which makes it hard to continue.  I know I know... It takes time to see results, but I am just having a moment with my weight.  So... from today forward, I plan to make "me" time to exercise and I promise to eat healthily for the most part.  Heck, everyone deserves a little "cheat" every now and then.

Also, with this, I am hoping that my family will get healthy again.  My kids have been sick all winter, it seems.  My son, who is 10 months, got tubes a week ago, because of all the ear infections he's had.  And since then, he's been loosing his voice.  My daughter has had cold and cough, one after the other.  It is killing me.  I just want happy and healthy kids, as well as my hubby and I being happy and healthy.

So what are you doing to keep healthy and to loose this weight once and for all.