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Thursday, April 5, 2018

I Will Be Coming Back Soon!

I am having a wonderful time visiting my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. However when I get home The Crazy Store will be getting a whole bunch of items added. That and we will be doing things on all social media that we are on. So if you want to join the crazy for fun stuff follow our media HERE

Also super excited to announce that since I been on vacation I started all my writing again so I will be letting people read select excerpts from my upcoming novels. These will be released randomly so you will need to be following the blog and social media.

I will be back on and more active starting the 16th of April.

Catch ya all later,

Angie

I'll be chugging along home soon!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happy Spring


It's that amazing time of year where mother nature walks among us blessing us with new life, beautiful colors and renewal of all things. I love all the seasons for different reasons, however, who can hate spring? I mean the wonderful colors that pop up during spring are amazing. We are blessed with the amazing blue sky dotted with big fluffy white clouds. All the different flowers and plants that bloom in all the shades of pale pinks, yellows, oranges, and violets. The vibrant greens of the grass and leaves. Spring is definitely an artist's canvas ready for everyone to enjoy.

Besides the colors of the season Spring also means a few different things to me. First, when I come back home from my Texas adventure I will be starting my Spring Cleaning. That's right that's where I clean everything top to bottom in my home. I weed out all the old stuff that is no longer being used and either add it to my online store or it gets added to my recycle crafts pile. It also means freshening up the house and doing minor repairs. That way going into the summer things are nice and neat.

Another great thing about Spring is my garden! I love planting and bringing new things to life. That's right I plant a garden and it's awesome just to step out the back door and have fresh produce. I have about a quarter of my plants planted and when I get back from Texas I will be planting the rest. Gardening is a great hobby and it relaxes me. I guess you can say gardening brings me to my happy place. Do you like gardening? What do you plant? Let me know in the comment section below.

Our first full spring month April also gave me the birth of my third daughter Megan.  She is so like me we fight like often but its because we are both stubborn and pigheaded. She is truly my spring baby so full of a zeal for life. (Yes, I do have a baby for each season and no it was not planned that way.)

Another thing Spring brings is April showers. Yes, I am going there. April showers do bring May flowers. By mid-April, my garden will be 100% planted and because of the rain we get in Florida my plants will be in bloom. 
Who does not love listening to the sound of rain? I personally love listening to the sound of the rain pitter-pattering on the roof and against the windows while I enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and read. Or if I am feeling a bit inspired possibly going into writer mode and work on my next novel. It has been raining on and off since I was at the airport coming out to Texas as well as while being here. To me, this is a wonderful Spring memory. Especially since I get to be here with my oldest daughter, son-in-law, and Grandbaby.

So from myself and the rest of the crazy, we hope your upcoming Easter, as well as the start of your spring, is amazing and full of regrowth.

Much Love and Blessings To All,
ANGIE

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Working On Youtube Videos

I have been working on mini short videos for youtube for a while. I finally am getting things uploaded and done. Todays first video was from Cozumel Mexico Mayan Ruins Tour. STAY TUNE!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

Wishing Everyone A Safe and Happy St.Paddy's Day


Blessings and Love,

Angie and the MyCrazyLifeAgain Family

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Being A Mom-Entrepreneur! The Ultimate Superhero!

Happy Hump Day All!

I am writing you from the desk of crazy! At this time I will admit the crazy is a little quiet... knock on wood I don't want to jink it. No, seriously Jen and Megs are watching Netflix, Lizzie Bee is at the park with her friends and Robbie is playing video games in the living room. Even the cat and dog are calm and quiet in other rooms. Although I am cleaning my bathroom and when the kids use it all the time it definitely needs cleaning. But seriously as long as my crazy is calm at the moment I am ok with it.

I actually am in the midst of spring cleaning until next weekend so I am hoping that I can get everything done and organized as the kids are back to school next week. Can I get an AMEN? One day my kids will be like "very funny mom" in the comments but until then its all clear on the mom joke front.

But to the main point of my post, today why am I here? All you moms who work from home as well as raise babies, kids, teens you are all superheroes. I am proud to say I know some of the most hardworking amazing women ever and you all should be having your capes laundered and ironed regularly.

These moms not only get their kids through the world but work and maintain a house while they do it. Its a hard job with very little recognition. So I am here to recognize you, the superheroes that are called mommy because you are all amazing and wonderful woman. I myself am just getting back to being a momtrepreneur and it's not easy you have to set up guidelines and schedules and be prepared for dinner and all the crazy amazing things that will go wrong or change your plans during the day! Hey, I had to cut my schedule down till next Sunday to just organize what I need to do so when I go full out work from home mom mode I will not cry!

I also want to point out all you work away from home moms are also superheroes as well and I do not want anyone to think that I am just cheering on work at home moms because that is furthest from the truth. I had to go back to work when my youngest was 5 weeks old because of his father. You can only imagine emotional upset it caused me because my baby needed his mama during that time and it couldn't happen.  Although Robbie and I are very close I still regret being away from him at such a young age. 

The thing is all moms who work deserve to be recognized and cheered on. To the moms who are staying at home moms, to the moms who work away from home, to the moms who have amazing successful home businesses, and to the moms like me who are scared to death and are literally jumping into the pool of adventure by being work from home moms.

My name is Angie I am a mom, a blogger, a freelancer, a gamer, an artist, and a momtrepreneur I juggle my hats as best I can and I am proud to be in the company of such fine ladies!
The desk of the crazy!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Becoming Me

I have been thinking a lot about what my next blog post should be and to be honest with you it took me a bit of time to really come up with a post that I decided I had to do. So I guess hold on to your hats and beware this is going to be a bit of an honest and raw post so if you don't like hearing the truth you might not want to read this. However, I think for most of the moms and people out there that are at a crossroads in their life I hope that this post will help at least one person.  I already know that there will be unkind words and comments about the fact I am being selfish I shouldn't take that chance or put that kind of pressure on my husband. So let's begin, shall we... 

On January 30th I lost my full-time job. This job I was at for over 11 years and I actually liked the people I worked with more than the job as the job demanded way too much of their employees for minimum wage and there was definitely favoritism that ran in the store where I had been employed. When it comes to looking for a job though I am being selfish the last job took me from my children and family and I got lost in a constant pattern where when I had to go to my previous job I would cry every morning before I had to go.  I decided I would not do that again.

I am a Blogger,  a Crafter,  a Writer with 2 books now,  a Freelancer and a Small Business Owner! Now I have been thinking why can't I do what I enjoy with all of that and stay out of the corporate world.  Why can't I work from home and be a mom and a wife? Well, the answer is simple I have no one supporting me emotionally so I can do it. I have no one telling me I can do it or that they have faith in me, they just say you can't. You don't work you need to go find a job.

This has not helped my anxiety and depression or bipolar disorder.  I will admit I have been so discouraged since I lost my job that I have let my above issues take control of me more than I really wanted to admit from laying in bed, stopping my writing, putting my freelancing, crafting and small business on the back burner. There are some days I will take my teens and son to school and just go back to bed so I can avoid the day. I feel like I am in a losing battle where I just don't care most of the time.
This has led to my health acting up again. My weight is starting to go back up and my hernia is acting up again. I even have avoided being outside which means me neglecting to work more on my beloved garden and only just watering the plants that are already out there. My hair has huge grey patches and my eyebrows need to be done. I am a mess.

This morning while looking on Pinterest hiding in bed I came across this quote by accident as my kitten started swatting at my screen.  Then as Rambo swatted at my phone again the next quote came up.

 I sat and thought about both quotes and decided I needed to start listening and this was my wake up call.I have always tried to do what I needed to do and believe God has had a plan for me all along I just am not a great listener. To be very honest I have been weak. I want to be happy in my life and I want to do this. I am making my way with gods help and guidance.

So what did I do? I cried. Why because I am scared that everyone I love will stand against me. Then I started to pray and there my blue-grey little furball made some noise and directed my attention to my computer. There on the screen, I had left up last night was one of my freelance sites and on my split screen the Etsy account I have been fiddling with.  I calmed my tears and sat up and said okay I get the message. I started a hot shower and got my clothes out to start the day.  I slacked on some stuff today but I decided no matter what people say to me I have to have faith. So I am making myself a daily schedule so I can handle things the way they need to be handled and I can get my life to the point where I can be happy for myself and my family. So although I am afraid I am going to have the courage and my faith God is with me and that I will not let fear stop me.

As to the people that are saying no you can't do this well I have always had your backs and I love you. For eleven years I was unhappy and its time you all have faith in me so I can be brave and succeed.

My Love and Blessings to you all,

Angie

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Simplify With Life Hacks!

This day and age we all want to skirt around doing things that take forever. What if there was a more simple way to do things such as work and clean? Here are 10 very simple life hacks that can help you every day!

1. Pineapple juice is more effective than cough syrup to help you stop a cough! Yes, its true a chemical in it called Bromelain combats infections and fights against bacteria.  I tried this personally and yes it does work. Besides I hate taking medication so I am always looking for a drug free alternative.

2. Febreeze kills ants on contact and doesn't smell up your house with chemicals! True, I tried this the other night with Doller Tree febreeze and it worked!

3. You can use nail polish remover to clean the white part of your sneakers.

4. Use a cupcake liner to catch the drippings of an ice pop! Just pop a hole in the middle and it will help reduce sticky fingers.

5. If you have any of these stains these products can help remove them:

Grass- Use Vinegar
Red Wine- Use White Wine
Grease- Use Soda
Blood- Hydrogen Peroxide
Oil- White Chalk
Coffee- Baking Soda
Deodorant- Denim or A Dryer Sheet
Sweat- Lemon Juice
Lipstick- Baby Wipes
Ink- Milk
Makeup- Shaving Cream

Yes, I have tried these stain removers and they do work!

6. Here is a great one if you are a parent: If your child sends a letter to their favorite Disney character they will receive an autographed 8 by 10. I did this about 2 years ago for my favorite to see if it worked and yes I got one back.

Send to:
ATTN: "Characters Name"
Walt Disney Communications
PO BOX 10040
Lake Buena Vista, Fl.
32830-0040

7. Permanent Marker Stains! If you have kids and use these markers you know the headache!

Cloths- Hand sanitizer
Walls- Toothpaste or hairspray
Wood- Rubbing Alcohol
Carpet- Use White Vinegar
Furniture- Use Milk (not nut milk I tried it has to be reg whole milk)
White Board- Use a dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser
Ceramic- 1 part toothpaste with 1 part baking soda

8. If you are a baker! Use Marshmallows in your brown sugar bag or container to keep it soft!

9. Homemade Icepacks that won't harden but get super cold.

Mix 1 part Rubbing Alcohol to 3 parts water. We did this one year as a science project and it works. It never froze but got super cold and stayed colder longer.  We ended up keeping it as an ice pack and made a few more with cloth covers.

10. Do you have a pair of shoes that are a tad to tight? Put on a pair of fluffy socks and the shoes and use your blow dryer on the shoes the shoes will start to stretch!



I hope you enjoyed these few life hacks.  If you did check out "my life made simple" board on Pinterest!

Well, all that's it for now! Blessings and Prayers!

Angie


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Our Favorite Things!

As a blogger and a mom of five, I come across many of amazing and awesome things! I have products that are tried and true and couldn't live without! So check out our affiliate page that will be holding our links of some great products and see if these could work in your life.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Beautiful Day!

I hope everyone is having a good Saturday today! I was able to sleep in and then with a little peace and quite work on not only the Blog but also The Crazy Store Along with Crafting! I am currently making four of these rosette headbands for the store's main page. This is the first of my crafting or recycled crafts that are going on the store's main page.


I am so relieved that the weather here in Florida has been so much nicer than it was in the past few weeks.  I can't wait to really get outside and get the garden going more than I have been. I know in some areas of the country it's still cold and gloomy.  With Valentine's day coming I was curious to see what everyone's thoughts are on it? Do you think its to commercialized? Do you like going all out for it? Sound off in the comments below I would love to hear what you think. 



Personally, I am in between when it comes to the whole holiday. I try to show my family that I love them each and every day but then again I like getting a little something special for the big love day.



Well everyone sorry for such a short post but my crafting and laundry is calling my name. Besides, I have to help my 14 years old get ready for her first military ball! Wow, am I getting old or what! NOT!



Blessings and Prayers,



Angie!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Its Almost Time For Gardening!

Happy Friday Everyone!

For some like me, Friday means payday!! Well Its actually my last payday from my old job because I was let go due to restructuring. However, I have two months to find a new job so besides job hunting I will be getting some home projects done.  My biggest project by far is going to be setting up my summer garden. I know what your thinking but Angie the groundhog saw his shadow! Well, that's up there and I live in the land of sun and hurricanes so although Phil predicted one thing I am saying its no better time to start getting yourself ready!

First, you need to decide on what you're going to grow this year!

I myself use a variety of seeds from a variety of places but if you're just starting maybe think about getting packs that cost a whole lot less than if you bought each pack separate like I normally do.
A few good examples of bulk seeds can be found here, here and here!

Then if you are starting your seedlings indoors you need to decide if you are using seed starter kits or if you're using dirt in containers!

See where I live in Florida we have more sand than dirt so I am doing everything in containers which, to be honest with you works out so much better. This gives each plant a home or spot of their own and I can be creative on where and how they go. So what kind of containers do I use?  Well, ladies and gents you will be surprised as I use a variety depending on what I am growing so let's get started.

For My Tomatoes and Peppers
I go with a medium bucket similar to these!
These are great for tables, slightly dug into the ground or hanging!

For my Potatoes, I am kinda upset I found these after I planted my Potatoes plants for the season but these grow bags are awesome! If you have never grown Potatoes before you will understand when you have to keep adding the dirt to the containers!

I am considering buying one of these pocket growing wall containers for my Lettuce, Peas, and Herbs! I have just the right spot for it as well!

These breathable fabric grow bags are great for your Green Beans, Zucchini, and Squash!

Then for stuff like cucumbers and any other container-ed veg you have the option of one of these tiered garden beds! Best thing is you can add a trellis on the back and your cucumbers have a place to climb!

Most of all have fun with your garden it is an extension of you! Mine this year is going to be an outdoor sanctuary for me with a table chair and decor!  Some ideas I am thinking on is glow in the dark pathway stones! How about some solar butterflies or light-stakes? Or you can use some seriously adorable planters!

Gardening is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself so however, you decide to do your garden let your light shine in it and even if you end up killing the plants like I do now and then you can be sure you will have fun doing it!



Saturday, January 27, 2018

My Week Off!

Well, the week off is drawing to a close and it didn't give me all the results I wanted!  However, it did give me some and I can't say I am disappointed. Although don't think I am bragging about being off of work I was sick more than half of the time. As seen in previous posts I did get my shed cleaned out and switched around which got me started on the rest of the house cleanout which will continue now through the next two weeks. Then if all goes well we start remodeling soon after that.  I was able to organize not only my freelance writing but my freelance.  This alone will be a great big help starting next week when I am doing everything like I plan. I have a schedule and I want to stick to it as much as possible.

My week starts on Sundays because my work week at my main job starts on Sundays.  Makes it easier when setting up a weekly schedule to get what I need finished.  I am trying my best to turn myself back around which means a couple of things. I had resolutions and I am updating them a little bit! So here is the updated list.


  • I am going to control my financial stability more by keeping myself on a schedule not only with my home business but my freelancing.  This means having the time during the day for the recycled crafts, working on the computer and my store.
  • I am going to focus more on my blog and work on affiliates and self-promotion.
  • My home is my castle so I am going to enforce the get it together rule I am sick of it being a mess and really what mom wants to spend their days off cleaning 24/7
  • Taking care of myself...This is something that all moms forget to do.  I don't care if its 30 minutes a day it's going to let's focus on me time.
  • I am going to work in my garden more as I stopped for a while and it is something I really do enjoy and we get free groceries out of the deal.
  • Working on controlling my anxiety and depression more. Yes, I suffer from Anxiety Depression and Bipolar disorder. I am always fighting it and I always will but you know what I can deal with it. I have quite a few good reasons to such as in my kids, husband, granddaughter and my golden Buddy. (Check Out the Always Keep Fighting Campaign from Supernaturals Jared Padalecki featured here on Supernatural WIKI!)
  • My weight is the last. I will admit I like to eat. I can cook as well and combine that with my depression and anxiety I am one hot mess. I have started a new regimen and hopefully things will work out I am excited but not so excited because with my issues I just hit 265 and I can't live like this any more. I should be around 130-145. The battle is on.

So what more can I say I had 6 days of either Good, ehh or ugly.  I hated being under the weather thats for sure. But now its getting better and I know a positive outlook is the first step!

Much Love All!
Angie
Me in my dorkiness I can't wait till I can wear my fitted clothes again!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Self Motivation!


Yesterday, I was full of self-motivation. I cleaned out the shed, started doing the cleaning in the house and not only did I do 1 but 2 blog posts. However, I am sore today and went to bed and woke up with a splitting headache bordering on a migraine. What can I say I am a contradiction to myself. Well, I decided to work through the pain and took 2 Aleve. Grabbed a few drinks and started my day. The above picture is my desk. I am slowly working on a little schedule I made myself today. Remeber though even the best-laid plans can be changed. I am okay with that if it happens but until then, this mama will be getting stuff done.

Have you ever felt that no matter how many times you try to do something your plans could be changed in the matter of minutes or even seconds?  Today is day two of six days off and I keep repeating to myself it's before noon you got this.  I take a big breath, pull up my big girl panties and continue on.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and going when life interrupts your plans for work and home. I would love to hear any suggestions you might have below.

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Much love to you all,
-Angie


Monday, January 22, 2018

My Follow Button Works Finally!

Guess what everyone!! We finally have a working follow button!! I am super excited so please follow my crazy by smashing the follow button please!! Three years later and it finally decides to work.
Thats all for now.
-Angie

New Years Resolutions?

Hello Everyone!

Well, How are your New Years going so far? Sadly to say for me I am a little disappointed up till today. Not because it been a bad new year. The year has been pretty good so far! But until this week things I wanted to start just had to be put on the back burner because of life. But here I am and life has gotten better and I started accomplishing some goals. 

The biggest goal was to get the shed sorted and get the boxes that needed to be priced in the house and everything that shows up on my online blog store that was already posted and priced organized. I accomplished that and I am so happy.
So everyone understands that storage shed was full top to bottom this morning. So checking it off made my day.

So if any of you are like me please remember that no matter what plans we make they can be changed. We just have to learn how to roll with it and work around the crazy.  My next part of my resolution was to create less garbage in our home so let's see what I can do about that!

Also my homemade and recycled crafts will be picking up this week and be added to the store as I am organizing the house and getting stuff done. I will also be doing more with the blog more often as well so keep an eye out for the new and upcoming things that I am super excited about! However, for now, its a surprise as it is in the planning stages but I am hoping you will all like it!

Well, my dears that's all for now!!
Blessings to you all,

Angie


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Chilly Start To The New Year!

Baby, It's Cold Outside! No Seriously Get A Coat!

Or as my daughter, Megan said: "This is Florida where are the sun and warmth!"

I hope everyone is staying warm and toasty! For me, I am glad I have a large collection of joggers, sweaters and socks. I mean I am looking out the window next to my desk and work table and there is an overcast, the street lights are on, and its a dreary day!  

This afternoon when I ventured outside I looked to the new area where my garden is to go this year and as long as this weather holds my garden will not be planted.  That makes me sad because I have so many plans this year for my garden. This Florida girl is dreaming of warmer weather and not having to wear socks.

So I have seen a few memes that had me laughing! One, in particular, is the new year new me. I am all for anyone who wants to better themselves. I also think well why not start it at the start of the new year. I also think if you have that friend that wants to lose those 50 pounds instead of mocking the fact the friend chose to start at the beginning of the year you should applaud them and offer to be a work out buddy and go with them.  

I myself have a ton of goals for this new year that we are in and I am happy to say so far so good. I started working on the stuff I needed to yesterday today I am working on the computer and blog.  I will also be working on my granddaughter's mermaid tail today. Now that I figured out how to make it that is...

Well, everyone, I hope you have a great rest of the day and you are staying warm.

Blessings To You All,

Angie