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Ixonia, Wisconsin, United States
I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls, Jadyn and Jenna and have been married to James 12 years! Time flies when you are having fun! I work full time as a Microbiologist(Medical Technologist) at a not so local hospital and throughly enjoy any time spent with my husband and children, family and friends! I am a city girl at heart, but am learning to love the country one day at a time. I like to cook and bake. Always wanting to try new recipes! I have a husband who is willing to try it all too! This is somewhere where I can brag about my kids, share a new recipe, or just fill you all in on happenings in my life.



Monday, September 12, 2016

Stitch Fix. I tried it.

Well I did it, finally.  I ordered my first Stitch Fix.  I have to say I am a bit disappointed and I was so excited and hopeful.  I did end up with a pair of jeans that I surprisingly like.  Length is long like I like and they are a dark wash.  Nice to have another pair to wear. (I have like 10 pairs, I wear one.)   I did tell MY STYLIST that I do not like short pants.  Too short and I will not wear.  She did take that into consideration and I was happy about that!   What I learned - I need to specify NO BLOUSES.  I do not wear them.  Becky told me they (Stitch Fix) likes blouses.  I do not.  Also, while the dress they sent me when I first looked at it was like UGH, but I tried it on and it was actually ok. But, I am not in the market for a dress right now. So it would hang in the closet.

Just a note on the pictures.  I am sick with a nasty cold and really don't have a lot of energy to put much into this, plus its been a llllloooooooonnnggggg time since I last blogged and its aggravating!!


Blouse #1 - Old Lady like prints according to James.  Jadyn said No too!

 Blouse #2.  I liked this one but it was a tad tight. I didn't like it enough to exchange it for a different size.

Kut from the Kloth Boot Cut Jeans.  Nice and long like I like them!  Keeping!

Shirt dress.

Too big and hangy of a cardigan.  Ick.
So what did I learn - if I do try this another time, I am going to ask for shirts/sweaters/long sleeve to go with my new jeans.  NO Blouses whatsoever and no dress. 

In the end I am happy because I got myself some new jeans that fit like I like them and it was very little hassle.  Next time I am in the market for new jeans, I know this brand has a nice length to them. 

If you are interested in trying this out use my referral code (like I did for Becky...your welcome!) and I get credit when you order a Fix!! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Favorite things

2 of my recent additions to my favorite things.  First I will tell you about this product I came to know and actually is perfect for the dry skin our winters cause us to have.  

SheaMoisture brand products

This stuff in particular is what I am using now.  I use it daily as a facial moisturizer. It is sooo thick I store it upside down and have to take the cap off to squeeze any of it out.  It absorbs quickly and it has oats, aloe and Vitamin E in it to calm skin.  It has a pleasant smell...not too perfumey.  I also have a nice Olive and Green Tea body wash that I am using too.

I don't think its for African skin only....I was wondering at first and I do think the company does make a lot of products for African skin and hair....though after looking for pictures online to post of this I am beginning to think I am the only white girl using this product!  

The website it pretty nice. I will need to check out some more of this product line and they use only natural, certified organic & ethically sourced ingredients that help solve hair & skin concerns.

Another great thing....Target carries some of these products! (and Walgreens and Walmart too.)


And yes, I know that this next favorite thing will not appeal to many if any of my 2 followers but I found a song that I really like the beat to run with and if you needed a song for your workout this is one to add to your play list.

FYI - I did not watch the above video, I am just posting it for the song...and it has explicit warned won't probably appeal to any of you.  OK..maybe one of you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

the next challenge

Thanksgiving came and went. It was yummy. As usual. As expected. My 2nd Run Turkey Run 5K is in the books. I thought it couldn't be colder then last year. Well, I was wrong. It was cold AND windy. I felt good the entire run. I was still a bit cold, but this year I was a bit more prepared in clothing/layers and I wore my new Columbia OMNI heat base layers. My thighs didn't take all day to warm back up, unlike last year. I was able to run the whole distance, so that made me very happy.

My next challenge, if I decide to partake will be the March 21 2015 Climb for Air. IF I participate again this year it will be my third year in a row. I say "IF" because last year was pure HELL. (see picture on side bar! Are we not just the cutest!) I know I don't have to push myself that hard, but I like a challenge and I like to try and beat my previous times. Plus I did my best last year in attempting to beat Jimmy. If you recall he never actually did pass me on the steps, but his time was 11:20 and mine was 11:22! Ugh! (My first year was 13 minutes.)

I most likely will do it, but that day in March 2014 is still very fresh in my mind. How is that possible? I can't usually remember what I had for dinner the night before! Believe me, at about 1/4 of the way up I was like "OMG! I REMEMBER THIS AND IT SUCKS!"

Anyways after that pep talk who wants to join me?!?!? Jimmy says he is up for it again. Anyone else? Come on people challenge yourself!

I may also look into a running series offered in Watertown that the Run Turkey Run is part of. 5 5k's throughout the year...first one being the JigJog in March. AND, I really want to look into the Group Cycling class offered at the YMCA in Watertown. That is a hard class, from what I remember of the time I took the class in college. I guess I remember a lot of hard things in my past!!! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Today I volunteered at the schools Scholastic Book Fair.  Oh how I remember loving when those little papers would be sent home in our folders.  How I would beg for a book each and every time!  Usually it ended up being one of the most expensive books in whole whole thing.  Not much has changed in that regard!

This is the 2nd time I have volunteered and both times it was very nice.  Its so cute to see the kids (along with my own) come in to purchase books. If I didn't need to work as much I really think I would very much enjoy volunteering at the school more often.  And at this age my girls LOVE having me there.

I ended my day at school by having lunch with Jenna at 1120 followed by lunch with Jadyn at 12. Mom is still cool to hang out with, ya know?!?!  Plus with Jadyn's friends, I brought in some eggless cookie dough treats that Guy made. Those went over very well with the girls!

My last thing on my to do list was get my tires rotated.  That went well too.  I am afraid that sooner then later they are going to tell me I need new tires.  I have had these tires on a long time, but I do rotate them every 8,000 miles or so; trying to get the most use out of them.

So here I sit as laundry is waiting to get folded.  Ick.  I also thought about going out for a run, but that doesn't sound all that exciting right now either.  There are lots of things I should do, but I will probably easily waste the next 2 hours on the computer.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dinner on a stick

I don't know what was with me, but all summer long I had no desire to cook dinner or even think about what was going to be for dinner.  Ick.   I usually like cooking, but no new inspiration or even care to look for recipes, made cooking dinner a major issue. And for some reason, people in my family want dinner every freaking night!!!

Back to school, fall in the air (doubtful since its now the hottest its been all summer) I don't know what it is but I have the desire to cook again!  Good thing cause brats were getting kinda old!  

I have been perusing Pinterest again lately, so that probably helps a bit.  Soooo, anyways...good ol Shelly pinned this recipe to Pinterest just recently and I thought it looked darn good and easy too. (the 2 requirements of most meals I make)

Well, it was kid friendly and Jimmy and I liked it too!  

The original recipe is from the Pillsbury Bake-Off  Whoa!!!

I wish mine looked this awesome, they did not. Similar but we scarfed them gone, so who cares!  

I followed the recipe as stated, even used ground turkey!  I usually like to make my meatballs using a "meatloaf " mix ...which I think is ground pork, veal and beef?  Grocery did not have any so I went with the turkey.  They were pretty darn tasty little tidbits.  Glad I gave the turkey a try.  I also have a tendency to not measure when I cook, mostly just adding what I think is a 1/2 cup...etc.  

I served them with some  homemade spaghetti sauce I had found in the freezer. Awesome! Dinner is made AND I used up something from the freezer!

Now the big question..whats for dinner next week?!?!  Ahhhh!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hit the road James, Jenny, Jadyn and Jenna!

Well, if all went as planned we should be on the road by now.  I planned on going into work on Friday at 4 AM, and not take a lunch so I can be out and on my way home by Noon.  Hopefully on the road by 1:30 pm.  

We are totally winging this first day/nights drive.  We were initially going to stop 1/2 way through Minnesota, but are plans have changed and we are going to see how its going and try to get to Souix Falls, SD instead.  Push it hard one day, take it easier the next days drive....  

We are all super excited and hopefully I can come home with some awesome pictures and great memories!

Friday, July 25, 2014

1 week to go

So its Friday and exactly 1 week til we leave on our adventure to the West.  Final destination : Yellowstone.  Along the way we are scheduled to stay in a campground 5 minutes from Mt Rushmore and attend a well known nightly rodeo in Cody,WY before we step foot in Yellowstone.

Among the usual sightings at Yellowstone, on one very special day - My Birthday, we are planning to drive down to the Tetons in Jackson Hole.  I have heard by many that they would go back to the Tetons again. With neither of us ever being west of Minnesota, we are all really looking forward to it all.  The kiddos and me too, are excited to cross off some more states that we can say we have been in.  We will pass through Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana by time we are back home.  We are all set to play the license plate game along the long, long way.

For us to go on this trip and make it least costly and fun(?!?!?), we decided to camp.  The girls are still young and will think its cool!  So, Yup we are official campers.  Or at least we have all the camping gear that we think we need.

We had to purchase the following bigger items:

2 mummy sleeping bags
1 large /double sleeping bag
1 queen size air mattress
1 full size air mattress
1 small propane grill
1 tent
1 cooler

And since we are now "campers" we plan on going back to camp around South Dakota next year (that state looks pretty cool, but according to Jimmy we don't  have a lot of time to spend there this time.)

We purchased rain coats for us and I picked up pink ponchos for the girls.  Jimmy says is ALWAYS rains when you camp.

So with a week to go, this is what my piles of vacation stuff look like:

this pile includes 2 new backpacks, towels, a broom for the tent, flashlights, first aid, shower shoes, a binder or kid activties I have assembled, head lamps, toilet paper, handwipes, hats, toiletries, ponchos, raincoats, paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils

Here is our HUGE AWESOME sleeping bag in the corner, the kids mummy bags and air mattresses along with an extension cord, tent, pump, water jug (thanks Jeff) and latern (thanks Kim)

And the garage has our new tarp, cooler and chairs.

Am I missing anything?  Please let me know if you have any suggestions, though I did not mention EVERYTHING I have set to pack.

I have yet to pack clothes for any of us, that will begin soon.  

 We are not doing much of the usual camping basics - cooking breakfast at camp, sitting and relaxing, ...instead we will be on the road often exploring many of the sites Yellowstone has to offer early in the morning hoping to miss a lot of the traffic and hopefully see some animals along the way.

yup, I copied Jeff's most recent blog post regarding the trip he and my niece Mackenzie are taking this week. Check out his blog and he blogs along the way.