December part 1

Fall, in general, is always the busiest time of year for me. It starts off with three birthdays in October, and then carries onto another three in November. Throw in Halloween and Thanksgiving, Black Friday ….and then December is here.

My wedding anniversary is this month.

99% of my shopping has been done.

Children’s activities are in full swing, and the little down time at home that we have is spent on baking, decorating, and Christmas movies.

I’m not complaining, in fact, I love it. So much!

I can’t imagine a life without family things.

My kids are a huge part of my life.

I thought as they got older, it would start to feel somewhat empty. But I’m quickly realizing that it’s even more fulfilling.

I love being a mother so much!

I have never been able to relate to other mothers who complain about their kids, or look forward to having them in school, and not at home.

Of course this is the only life I’ve ever known. And my kids are extremely well behaved, and genuinely enjoy spending time with each other.

I suppose if there was arguing and fighting all day, I’d feel very different about family life.

I think we want to give our children the life we never had. And for me, it was two very absentee parents. So for my family life, stability and focus, has always been my number one priority. It’s important to me, for my kids to have the stability and unconditional love that I never had growing up.

And that’s all I’m going to share on that.

I need to get up out of bed and get motivated. I see that my daughter has left me a cup of tea next to my bed before she left for class this morning. ❤️

I’ve been laying here since 6am thinking about this coming week.

We leave in a few days for a mini vacation.

My husband surprised me with K-Love Christmas concert tickets, and I’m very excited. He’s very introverted and doesn’t like crowds, so this really was a true act of LOVE. ❤️

Moving on to some activities in pictures.

Our first snow! It’s been in the 30’s. ❄️🌨

Stunning picture of our American flag that I took in Greensboro, NC the other day.

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North Carolina Snow Storm

So we have our first snow. ❄️😃

Headed out to pick up some staples. The stores have plenty of milk and bread, but what’s going on with the Sunny D shortage. 😳

Not that I buy it, just pointing it out. 😁

I went to pick up a DVD for the kids to have a marathon tonight, but it looks as if everyone had the same idea.

Got the last one, along with some snacks!

And I didn’t leave myself out.

Remember, all about balance. 😁

I also want to share, that wile out and about during this time of year, or really anytime of year… it only takes a second to steal someone’s bag, so I like to always hook it up in the child seat. Like so-Yes, someone can still grab it, but you will have time to interview with it fastened. ;)My cousin has had her purse stolen from Walmart twice this year, hence this use. Anyone getting any snow yet? 10pm update:

8am next day:

Polishing silver

I picked this up last night. I think it was about $5.99

I tried a few online DIY remedies, but they did not work all they well. I do normally just use the baking soda method though. Mainly, because it’s not toxic. But when I saw this silver cleaner, it just seemed so easy to use. And it was!

Beautiful! Beautiful!

The above are an up close picture Tiffany & Co pieces all polished up. Again, I really wish I would have thought to take before pictures. But I had originally only planned to clean my sugar & creamer set, and while I was polishing, my daughter brought out some other pieces that needed polishing.

By that time I had my gloves and mask on. 😷

There is a reason this silver cleaner is illegal in the state of California. The smell is toxic!

Oh but the out come…😁🌟

Does anyone else still use silver?

Christmas Tree

I just ordered a new Christmas tree from Michael’s.

Upgraded to a 7.5ft tree.

Regular price was $299

Sale price was $99

$106 with tax.

Should arrive next week. I will take a picture when it arrives. I think the sale is good until Saturday, if anyone needs a new tree.

Here is the link. 😉

7.5 ft tree

Michael’s Craft Store

Has anyone already decorated?

I still have all the Harvest decor out. We usually start after Thanksgiving with the Christmas things. 🎄

#9 Another Day

Today was a good day. So exhausting though. 

I had to do a double day of school with the kids yesterday because we all had dentist appointments this morning. 
So yesterdays school session ended at 9pm. 

I then worked till midnight. 
Then went to bed at a bit after midnight. 

This morning I was up at 5:30, to get everyone ready for the dentist. 
We are generally there the whole morning. 
I didn’t have time for my morning pep talk, but did manage to spend the first 15 minutes in prayer. That never seems like enough time though. 
I have been trying to motivate myself with morning pep talks lately. 
“You are Wonder Woman”

“You are Super Girl”

“You are the Beast-master”

“You can crush anything!”

“You have your hustle on!”

“You can do this!”

“YOU LOVE MORNINGS!”

😂

So by motivation, I really mean waking up ‘excited, not grumpy’ Mind over matter pep talks. They haven’t worked yet, but I’m not a quitter. 😉

It has been a life long struggle to wake up early, yet in a good mood. 

~After the dentist I had a friend pick me and my oldest daughter up for lunch. 
Then afterwards we headed to the outlets. 
I found a very nice pair of Tory Burches for $4.29. I should be able to flip them them for $60

I also found a pair of Minnatonkas for $4.29.They will only go for $30 though.

 I found some Jack Rogers that will go for $50. Some Uggs. 

And some assorted name brand clothing items, along with a few vintage items. 

Very productive day..

#5 Wake up & do 3 things well 

I had a great day today and am now laying in bed reminiscing over how much I accomplished today. It feels so good!

I woke up and set three attainable goals for myself.

1. Drink 8 water bottles

(They are very cheap at Sams Club if you are wondering.)

2. Take pictures of new inventory, edit pictures, and list till it hurts. (Listen to a podcast on reselling while doing the above)

3. Journal my day.
And….These three simple things tasks were going to be done after my kids were schooled and we talked about their future goals. 

Oh! And after I cooked, got caught up on laundry, vacuumed the house, and organized my inventory.


See? There are enough hours in each day to achieve what seems to be a lot.

Did I have time for phone calls? No. So voice mail picked up two calls. This tends to happen a lot.

However, I have four kids who text & FaceTime me, so I do reply to their texts right away. As I know it’s generally important.

Today I had less kids because they were at music class. I used that extra time that I could have been chatting on the phone, or on social media, working. 

Getting back to the podcast.

1. I learned that successful people tend to have less friends then unsuccessful people.

2. Your circle of friends should be uplifting and motivating to you and your journey through life. Even your relations. In fact, try to have your very close friends on the same page as you. Having the same goals as you. Because after all, iron sharpens iron. So audit your life. And your friendships. Less is more. 

3. Stop complaining,  and work for what you want! It doesn’t take all that long to get the life that you want. 3-5 years.  Financially, that is. 

4. The average person has 3k worth of stuff in their homes that they currently do not use. Stop saving junk for a rainy day. Sell it! Stop with all the Go Fund Me pages and sell your stuff. Whatever it takes! Do not get attached to materialistic things. 

I love things, but would sell them in a heartbeat for a better life… which is, expirences

This has changed dramatically throughout my years. In my 20’s and most of my 30’s I was all about stuff.  Not to the hourder capacity though. 

I have always been very frugal, yet a reseller of things. That all started in the 5th grade when I use to get free lunch and would sell my tuna boats and grilled cheese sandwiches for $2 each,  to this boy Charlie. Meanwhile, I brown bagged it.

Later in jr. high I was piercing people’s ears in my bathroom for $20 and buying stuff on clearance at K-Mart, and selling it at retail cost to my classmates. 

So you get the picture. Anyone can make money. I hate hearing that they can’t. Or that they don’t know how. 

We have so many free resources at our fingertips nowadays. You can learn anything you want to. Not only that, you can master it!

The fact is, you need to put in the effort and time. That’s it. 

Reselling can not be seen as a hobby if you want to be successful. 

Which is how I first looked at it when I first started. 

 As soon as that mind frame changed, I started to reap what I sewd. But not without work. 

Lastly, and again, this was heard on a podcast…

When you are at the end of your rope and feel like giving up, you still have 40% to give. 

Wow! That is so inspiring to me

It reminded me of a story my daughters BF’s brother was telling me last week. 


He just got home from basic training. 

While away, he had pink eye, strep, and pneumonia. He was going on Six hours of sleep each night, the whole sixty days of training…

And then during the last day….. when he was feeling his worst…. he had to run 12 miles to complete the training program.

With no meds and suffering, he hustled and did it! 

Personally, I can not even imagine. 

What a beast! 

It’s amazing what the body and mind are capable of. 
Do I desire to be able to do all that? Of course not. But it sure the heck impresses me.

My awe moment was one night last month. 

 I wanted to list one hundred things in a 24 hour period, and I told myself that I would not go to bed until I was through.

 I had a date with myself, and I was going to honor it. 

I got done at 3:30am. My hands hurt so bad from all the typing, but I did it. 

I accomplished what I set out to do. 

And… it paid off tremendously. 

It was a very good week! 🙂

~So I guess what I’m learning is good time management. And as cliche as it sounds, Never give up. 😉





New Trudle bed

I have been looking since last year for an affordable trudle bed for my girls, and I finally found one today. $150 Not too bad! 

Looks vintage to me, but its in remarkable shape. They love it! As do I.

Here are some pictures. It’s not put together yet.  I will add another picture once it is. Probably next week because we are so busy. *grin*

Hotel Stays

The best part of staying in a hotel is waking before anyone else, showering, packing, and then realizing that you can go back to bed if you want…
You don’t need to gather laundry, or tidy up, or even make the bed of you don’t want to.

You can simply, enjoy yourself!


Now there was a time when I found tidying up fun. About a decade ago. 

But as you get older you appreciate the luxury of having someone clean up after you. Like a child. I guess?! 😉
Not that I’m a particularly messy person. I had a cup of coffee this morning and didn’t leave the cup on the nightstand. I tossed it in the trash! But I could have left the cup on the nightstand. If I wanted too. 

A picture of the messy room from bed. 😉

I think there comes a time in a mothers life where her idea of a ‘good time‘ is doing nothing. Nada!

Sometimes NOTHING, is the best feeling in the world. Am I wrong?! 



There are times when dh wants to go to the movies, out for dinner, or just out for coffee and treats… and if we are ALREADY out and about, then by all means… let’s do it!



But if we are already at home. Cozy. In my yoga pants, then the last thing I want to do is get up to do my hair and makeup. Then get suitable clothing on and leave my house. 

I mean, we have Netflix and delivery nowadays. 🤣
Sometimes I think this mamas mind frame is only for mothers of many

Not that I consider my five kids MANY…

 I know my friends with 7+ kids are probably rolling their eyes at me… 
 

~Can anyone relate to this?

Packing for a tropical vacation (LIST)

1.Bathrobe

2.Two night shirts

3. Undies/bras

4. Two pairs of yoga pants

5. One Dress

6. One Black skirt

7. Four tank tops

8. One short sleeve top

9. Two Swimsuits & cover up

10. One Towel

11. One sheet/pillow case

12. Neck pillow

13. Pads (just in case)

14. Hair stuff (travel sized shampoo,conditioner,barrette,scrunchi)

15. Makeup (tinted lip balm, cc cream, mascara)

16. Unscented Deodorant

17. Travel Size Lysol

18. Sanitizer for plane, etc

19. Off/Deet

20. Travel size Sunscreen

Everything gets rolled, therefore it fits perfectly in a 27″ gym bag that you can carry on. You dont want to chance, checking your bag and having it all get lost.