Sunday, December 31, 2017

Starting New Years Right!

Another Year In The Books!

I can not believe that we are ended yet another year! It almost seems as if 2017 had just started and here we are waving goodbye to it in a little over 4 hours. For me, 2017 had been a very rough year and I personally am looking forward to 2018. Now don't get me wrong 2017 ended wonderfully with the birth of my first grandchild so I can't complain about that.

But I started thinking 2018 and the things I want to happen in my life.  If I want to change the change is going to have to start with me! I want a better marriage! I want a better relationship with my children! I want to have my business grow! I want to do so much to be a better person! I want to lose all my excess weight!  Then I also thought since the birth of my granddaughter I want to leave a better world for my kids and Grandkids! That starts with the amount of trash I consume. I will also be working harder on my own garden to cut down on the amount of money I am wasting! I want to be a person who becomes more independent!

Most of all I want to be more adventurous! I want to do more in my life than just work and be home.  I want to take my children places and have adventures. I want to say hey all we are going someplace and have people have fun with us. I miss doing because I have been closed off for so long.

So for me, that's simple!  My Blog is going to grow as well as my garden! My Home is getting the facelift she needs after us living here for eighteen years! Most of all I am going to focus on what I need to to be healthy and happy!

So what is your plan for this upcoming new year? Are you wanting to change whats happening in your life as well? Are you willing to make the commitment to change your life in 2018 or are you going to complain about how things are and do nothing about it! I am vowing to change my life in 2018. I want to make sure that I live the way I want how I want within my own terms not how someone else wants me to be! I challenge whoever reads this to do the same. Make your dreams come true in 2018 and live the life you want.

Happy New Years Everyone!
Angie


Sunday, December 24, 2017


Well, I hope everyone is having a amazing and magical Christmas so far. As you can see Santa has stopped in and dropped off a pile of gifts for the family including our Golden Retriever Buddy!


He knew he was a good boy!!

Our family was also blessed with the birth of our first Grandchild yesterday.  She now officially shares her Birthday with her Auntie.  Although personally I am going through a lot right now, for tonight I just get to sit back and reflect on how blessed I am.

I hope everyone has a magical and blessed Christmas Holiday!

Much Love,
Angie


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Christmas Letter!

To My Amazing Readers,


        Can you believe that Christmas is a week away?  I finished my shopping and I will be baking in the next few days but wow this month blew past way to fast.  I know when I am at my main job my Customers say the same thing.  But seriously I am just going to take a brief pause because I am honestly in awe of it all.  So where do I begin...

        I have had some health issues that will be following me into the New Year, However, I am getting it all treated and taken care of so that's a big plus. I rather not discuss what those issues are but just know I am getting help and treatment.  My freelance work, as well as my private business, is picking up so with that I am extremely happy.  The Blog Store will be having things added very very soon! I am working on a bunch of recycled and crazy crafts as fast as I can but its the season.

        As for my family, things are going well! We start remodeling the house in January! When I say we I mean me this is another thing added to my plate but I am super excited and can not wait! We are eagerly awaiting the birth of our first granddaughter! She will be here any moment. My 17-year-old daughter graduates in the spring and is possibly doing a career in the military. My 16-year-old daughter is enjoying her junior year and my 14-year-old is getting her high school legs. As for my 11-year-old son he is enjoying video games and life. As a mom, I can't complain too much.

       I ask that my amazing readers remember those who may not be having as good or positive of a holiday as they might be and I hope that everyone has an amazing and blessed Christmas.



                                                                                            My Christmas Blessing,



                                                                                                        Angie



   

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I DID IT & FOUND A HOLIDAY APPETIZER!


Well, we had a bit of an issue that my kids said there was nothing good and healthy to snack on.  To be honest the children in question just didn't want to get up and make their food for school.

I decided to one-up them and make this yummy herb baked tortilla chips.  My daughter Sarah already paired these up with Salsa.  My Megan said they would be great with Nacho Cheese Sauce.

So easy to make!

You mix:
4 cups of Flour
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
6 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 cups water

After this mixture is combined you can add what you like. This time around I added dried herbs. Next time I was considering adding cheese to them.

Portion the item to 8 different sections and roll out. Put rolled out tortilla on a flat griddle or frying pan 2-3 min each side. Set aside to cool. Finish making the rest. Once done cut up into strips, triangles or whichever shape you want to cook at 350 in the oven until golden brown.  

Let me know what you think I am going to experiment with this recipe a bit to make different flavour options.  If you think of different ways to do this tap the reply button below and please share!!

To be continued...

Grandbaby Watch 2017!!!


Well, we are in the final days of Grandbaby watch 2017!  As a mother, I am so excited for my daughter and son-in-law because becoming a parent is one of the best experiences ever. My daughter is going to be an amazing mom and my son-in-law is going to do an amazing job at being a dad. I know both sides of the family are super excited about our little beans birth!

Personally, I cannot wait to become a Meemaw!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sorry For The Mess I am Remodeling!

There has been a big change in the crazy life that I experience on the day to day so please stay with me and be prepared and please excuse the mess I promise more to come soon I am just remodelling the Site!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone I hope its a blessed day for everyone!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Struggle As A Parent!

As a parent, I have often felt the struggle of not being a good enough mom. I love my five children with my whole heart.  As a mom I have hit the stage where the first part of my heart has left the nest and is making a nest of her own with her Husband and my first Grandbaby (arriving this winter). Now I am living at home with not one but four teenagers. 

Today one of the four decided to play me against my husband to start a fight because she didn't want to do as she was told.  I fell for it hook line and sinker. I went as far as calling my husband in tears because of the way she was acting.  My husband, after listening to me cry and rant then called her and put his foot down.  God I was stupid. Mom's know you are not alone in this, I swear I never felt so insecure. This child of mine played me because she didn't want to do as I asked plain and simple. She hit my insecurities because she wanted her way instead of doing what I needed her to do.

Then she started a fight between the hubby and me to get her way.  I am thankful that the hubby is great at cooling me down. Remember mom's you are not alone in this struggle. We are here for you.  Oh the fight in case you were wondering was over the fact that she feels that dishes are beneath her and she shouldn't of has to do them. That's why I am here. Yes, I said it that's why this all started. Because to her Mom translates to Maid.

Monday, August 14, 2017

First Day Of School!!

Well, it happened, we survived the first day of school morning! It went pretty smooth. Got Sarah out first she was so excited for the 9th grade, then came time to get Jenny and Megan off to school, Jenny is a senior this year and Megan is a Jr. Last but not least was my Robbie's turn to get up. He wanted to wear his pajamas to school I had to veto that idea real fast. But after some food and his morning routine he was happy as well.

After that I celebrated the first day by doing laundry, dishes and cleaning. On top of freelancing and working on the business. I hope you moms who have the first day have as great a morning as I have.

Blessings,
Angie

Friday, August 11, 2017

Easy School Night Dinner's!

Ok, Anyone who knows me will testify I am a Pinterest junkie! (Shameless plug follow me here!) But me being a pinning junkie works out for you as well because this Mama has found 11 links to some easy weeknight dinners to get you through the beginning of school and all those great fall activities. REMEMBER show these amazing pinners some love and smash that follow button!


  1. Easy Cheesy Taco Pasta :This recipe looks like one I used to cook. I will be adding it to my cooking list very soon.
  2. Bacon Ranch Chicken Foil Packets : I have made this before! They are super easy and you can prep ahead of time and bake in the oven when your ready.
  3. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas: I have made these and they are awesome! For easier cleanup make sure you line your pan with foil. Best thing is you can prep everything the day before and be ready to cook. 
  4. Lasagna Roll-Ups : These are great. The best thing is you can make a bunch at one time and freeze them. When I have made these I buy a few small baking pans to reuse from the Dollar Tree to make and freeze these in groups of eight or ten Roll-Ups to a pan. Bake 1 hr or so in oven and you have a great dinner.
  5. Quick and Easy Meat Ball Sliders : Super easy to prepare and make!
  6. French Dip Sliders : Another quick and easy meal you can prep ahead of time. 
  7. Quick and Easy Chicken Lo Mein: Who doesn't like homemade Chinese food? Plus this recipe can be prepped ahead of time!
  8. Doritos Taco Salad : This was bought to a potluck at work and it was so good. I even switched out the beef when I made it for a chicken option. This salad is addictive. 
  9. Cheezy Goulash : This is a easy quick meal to make. My Grams used to make this for my Poppy and he loved it.
  10. Crockpot Baked Potatoes : This is a easy prepped ahead meal. If you dont have a crockpot go buy one because the time saved is worth every penny spent.
  11.  Shepards Pie : Another great prepped ahead meal. Yes, This meal is freezable for up to 3 months as well. 
There you go two weeks of school night dinners plus a spare to help any super busy time crunched mom(or dad). Any comments or suggestions please leave it in the feed below. Good luck with your school kick off.

Blessings and Hugs,
Angie












Monday, August 7, 2017

I Can Not Wait For Fall!!

I am one of those people who love the fall.  I love everything from the cooler weather to the different colors that come up. I know i am not alone because my Pinterest board for Fall has a massive following. Some people look at Fall in a way things die off and go into a slumber. For me it heralds "out with the old in with the new". While I wait patiently for the end of 99 degree weather I will look forward to cooler days and longer nights that only fall can provide.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Knowing Your Limits!

I have a hernia and it's been quite difficult to be my super active self because of the pain I have been in. So what does that mean for my family, my writing and my blogs. For now it means that this mama has to learn to take it easy. Unlike I used to I need to learn to slow down and take breaks. I also have to work out and lose weight slowly. So basically I have to be very very careful, lose weight and hopefully after November I will be having surgery again.  I gained 30 pounds last time I had surgery and it affected me so I am trying my best to deal with it all.

On the plus side of everything I am happy to announce that sometime in December my oldest is making me a Meemaw for the first time.  Our whole family is extremely excited. I have missed not posting but it's been a very stressful time for me.  I am used to doing so much and not being able to do things bothers me a lot.

I guess that's why I always say that my life is so crazy.

More Soon,
Angie

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Remembering Mom Needs To Take Care Of MOM!


Hey ladies Angie here and today's lesson is a very simple one:
Mom's you need to take care of yourselves and listen to the signs your body is giving you! I know as Mom's we feel and have the need to want to put everyone else first. I know the feeling I try putting my kids, husband, and house first! Guess where that got me ... Back in the ER yesterday with a lovely five hour plus stay because they were slammed.  What did I find out? My HERNIA is forming again and I had a massive infection.  Great huh? NO!

So why am I posting this? I can't even go all super girl until Monday if I wanted to go to the gym and if I did go before hand I was told I can go on the bike, treadmill or light arm free weights! Nothing else and I have to be more careful with the abdominal workout. Do you hear me wanting to cry right now? I am so sad about this because I really am trying to lose weight! I want to go! The gym is a relaxing spot for me and at the end, I get my reward in the way of those amazing massage chairs! Sounds like our toddlers when we say no right? 

I asked the doctor how I can prevent this from happening again. His reply was slow down and listen to my body. He had asked what my days were like lately and I told him with my main job, freelancing, trying to get my business reopened and my writing I have been super busy! To which his reply was 'Maybe you need to slow down just a bit then so this doesn't get so bad again'.  He laughed when he saw the look on my face and he said something that made me stop and think,
"Even though you want to be a superhero your body is your own worst enemy when you over do it, you need to set limits and take care of yourself!"

He is right I have a very hard time setting my limits and now I have been working to achieve my goals safely. I mean my house looks like a bomb hit it but here I am sitting in bed blogging with you all.  You know what my kids don't care. If something bothers them they pick it up and put it away. My daughter even went and flipped the blanket in the dryer so it can get dried so I can move it to where it needs to be. My older teens are either at work or doing school projects out of the house. My husband is out at the class he is volunteering in so he can hopefully become a teacher there eventually. So even though I am a super mom I am using my cape as a blankie for a while and slowing down, I mean how are the kids and I supposed to have adventures if I can't do anything!

So my fellow superMoms and Dads take care of yourselves because our mini sidekicks need us in tip top shape!

Much Hugs and Love,
Angie

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Patty's Day

Today was my Grandma's Favorite Day! She always told me anyone with Irish in their blood could do anything they put their mind to on St Patty's Day!  Well, I guess she was right because officially at 12:07 am this morning my second book was made available on Kindle, Nook, and Print! I am excited this is the direction I have hoped to move for a long while and book three is now officially in the works!  So although Grams isn't here to celebrate my accomplishment on St Patty's Day I have my book live, My Corned Beef Sandwiches Made, Shepard's Pie in the oven as well as a few other treats. Check out the links below to see the new book! Wherever you are Grams I did it again with the help of our Irish Strength and Determination!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's Going On!

I have had a few emails about my lack of posting and I assure you I am still very much active I have just been working on my writing a bit! So I hope you are all doing well and I will be posting soon!

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Big Thank You!!!


I was so suprised when I logged into Pininterest and found that I had broken over 300 followers on Pininterest!! You all are so amazing THANK YOU!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Battle For A Clean House!


Oh, you know what I am talking about. No matter what the age your kids are you fight and struggle to clean.  Right now I am currently letting the bleach sit on the hair dye or makeup blotch that was under the garbage can.  I thought the kids had molded the bathroom for a second but nope its hair dye or makeup in a square foot section. So why the bleach soaks I figured I would tell the tale to you moms.  I mean my girls at home range from the age 13 to 16, plus a son that is 10 and my house is trashed.  Okay, I will admit Buddy, our golden retriever did play a small part in the mess but as I told the kids if you clean up your stuff the dog will not touch it.  But nope as a mom, we are the last ones heard no matter what we say.  So mom's on the cleaning battlefield today I salute you.  I hope your battle is won. Good Luck!

-Angie

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Building up your fellow Mom's!

I will be the first to admit when I get hurt or angry I will run my mouth.  I have made a collective effort to stop that as part of my new year's resolution.  I am not perfect I don't ever expect anyone else to be either.  I have been on the receiving end of mom-shaming as well.  I am not a perfect mom I have made a ton of mistakes raising my kids.  Are there things I wish I had done differently? You better believe it! Are there things I would have done the same way again? Yup!  But one fact does not change and that I would move mountains to do anything for my kids!  So why I am posting this today?  Well, I belong to a phenomenal online community of woman and during the live feed we were participating in this morning it dawned on me how much love and strength there really is out there.

As a community of moms can you imagine the mountains we could move with us all coming together and working as one? I mean seriously look at the big picture all moms have special and hidden talents and if we just worked together building each other up and helping promote each other can you imagine the good that could happen?

In a community of woman, we feel each others pain and loss because most of us have been through the same thing or at that very moment probably going through a similar or same experience.  We should comfort those in need and celebrate when a fellow mom triumphs. We should not slam those moms out of jealousy or hatred.  The same goes when they are bragging about their kids or husbands.  They are bragging on them for something awesome that happened then we as moms should take up the mantle and congratulate them. If we have pride in our family and brag about it why shouldn't any other mom as well?  Not one person is better than the other.

As mom's we are the ones who need to teach this generation that hate and slander will not be allowed. We need to show our kids by actions and examples that we need to banish the hate from our life and live with love and tolerance in our hearts.  We are the foundation of our homes, we are the ones who are raising the future of the human race and if we don't teach them how to live and tolerate they will be in a ton of trouble.  So let's celebrate our differences as moms and lead our fellow mom's in becoming a strong and mountain moving group building each other up instead of taking each other down.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

School Pick Up Lines!!!


Warning this post is a rant from a mommy who wanted to hit the gym.

I know the picture say's five however today I would like to just mention the one that annoys me the most.  Today when I was bringing Robbie and Sarah to school on my way to the gym we were waiting behind this parent who annoyed the dickens out of me.  First all through the road and parking lot to get to the drop off area when there was not one single person in front of her she kept stopping.  Then where there is a sign do not block handicap parking she blocks it and then gets mad when the car in the handicap spot starts up.  After she lets the person in the handicap sppt out she had to stop in front of the doors (well the closest area near the doors) as the teachers are waving her to move forward.  By this time the line is forming and parents are doing the you must me real special glare.  Now I know there is cases when parents don't want to pull up. Examples are if your Jenny or Megan hurt themselves and are on crutches, No parent will argue with that.  Or little Sarah or Robbie are carrying projects.  Us fellow moms and dads are not idiot's we understand.  But when you want to watch little Susie go at snails pace to the front door park it sister because this mama wanted to hit the gym this morning.  All I am saying is be considerate to those dropping thier kids off as well.  Well all this Mama is at the gym so you all have a great day and happy school lines to you.
- Angie