Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Denver is for Lovers! LOVERS!!!!!!!!!

Good morning,
Just got back from an amazing trip to Colorado. It was everything I hoped for and more. When we got into Denver Thursday night we picked up our rental car and drove straight to the Curtis hotel. It was really contemporary and served warm gooey chocolate chip cookies upon arrival! (YUM) Dropped our bags off and headed out to the streets of downtown. We aimlessly walked hand and hand. Finding our way down Arapahoe street. Talking to a local on the corner, he mentioned we should go get a slice of Za from Two Fisted Mario's. When we walked in were were taken back because it looked pretty seedy. Then behind this black curtain.... WHOA! not expecting a super rad black and red horror themed bar... Double Daughters bar. We were super excited because it was Karaoke night so obviously we signed up to sing Johnny Cash & June Carter- Jackson. Nick sang R. Kelly- Ignition. I have video! :-)

Next morning was a sleep in kind of day since we did not get to sleep till 2am the previous night. We had a jam packed day. Ate at Sam's Diner, got in the car and drove to Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods was spectacular and everything I thought it would be. The drive was fun since we could see all the beautiful mountains and take in the surroundings from afar. The Royal Gorge Zip line was ridiculously fun! I was super worried thinking my cable would snap. We went on 9 lines and just zipped our way through. Our guides were really nice and accommodating since we were a little late.

The Rocky Mountains were breathtaking and massive. I loved hiking through the trails and slipping on ice. ha! ok I fell once, no big deal it was graceful. So what if I made my boyfriend make a heart around the Mountain tops... Its cute! We saw some Elk, Deer, and Coyotes.  Estes park is cute, the downtown area had some cool shops. I was gifted a nice Wild Fire Topaz ring that is gorgeous from my incredible boyfriend Nick! I love you xo!

We ate at an amazing restaurant:
Osteria Marco- GET THE LAMB MEATBALLS! They were heavenly, same with Carpaccio (salty)


Bars:
Recess (fun bar, bags, outdoor area, do not get Brie bites they're yucky)
Double Daughters

All in all it was a marvelous trip!

 

Denver trip tips for newbies:

- Eye drops
- Advil (headache meds)
- Water (lots and lots)
- Flashlight for hiking (sun goes down early)
- Maps of trails (do they loop back?)
- Backpack of food (hiking purposes)
- Selfie stick

PSA- ***** ELEVATION IS NO JOKE, 2 BEERS = 4 BEERS***** Drink responsibly









Friday, October 16, 2015

It puts the Goat Milk lotion on the skin... oh and It feels amazing!

Happy Friday to you happy loving, blog reading, amazing humans!

Goats goats goats...
So cute, so amazing, I want one, I love them, they smell, they poop out little balls that look like chocolate eww weirdly gross but still cute!

Ok so I recently went to Door county as you know if you read my god damn blog!
I went into a little boutique up by Washington Island ( we did not go to the island, because my boyfriend said we had no time.)
Anyway I bought this incredible Nature By Canus Lotion - Goats Milk - Original Formula

Buy it online not in boutiques for GOATS SAKE! I got ripped off but oh well.. I learned my lesson

Since this purchase I have found that this goat obsession is very much alive and in society. Maybe I am late to the goat party... but let's explore the amazing benefits of goats milk.

1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. (DEAD SKIN IS GROSS)
 
2. Vitamins. Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief.
 
4. Minerals. Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. Although the water used in other soaps may contain minerals such as calcium, sodium, or iron (commonly found in tap water), that’s not much help when it comes to your skin. GOATS ARE WONDERFUL!
 
 
Ok so goats are good! but if you are like me you have always dreamt of Goat slippers. Here ya go!
 
 
 

 




If you want to visit a Midwest goat farm located in Indiana here is one that I recently got a catalog from. I plan to go soon.

VISIT THE FARM


Goat songs and remakes:


*my bf thinks my blog sucks. GO F*% A GOAT!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Oh only 77 days till Christmas... Whoa

Is this real life... It is almost time to say goodbye to 2015. This is somewhat tragic because 1. I didn't get a lot accomplished on my 2015 bucket list 2. I did not loose 8 lbs 3. I did not stick with my resolution of going to the gym 4 days a week. but... The silver lining is I met an amazing man Nick, Got my divorced finalized, went to Door county, went to FL, Chicago, and had an amazing year with my daughters, friends and family. So who cares about resolutions and bucket lists. Back to the title.... Christmas is coming. So last night I was thinking hmmm I only have 12 paychecks before the big day of presents and spiked egg nog!

I did some shopping with Julianna and got some really awesome deals on clothes for the kids.
Just a few things nothing major. I also took her to the toy section where she wanted everything from lip gloss, to fake babies who shit themselves. EW no bueno! So I took a little note card and wrote down some of the items she was interested in such as; a 5 piece tea set and a high chair for her fake babies. This helps eliminate unwanted presents and also organizes my shopping list so I can set aside X amount of dollars for the kids. Brooklyn just wants shoes, shoes and oh more shoes. She is obsessed. I think she gets that from her Nana!

Is it crazy that I am buying stuff already? I don't think so and I like being pro active about shopping. Let's face it shopping is therapy and when it's shopping for others it makes our hearts feel warm and fuzzy inside like a little tiny bunny hopping through the Christmas forest.

Click here for the countdown and a creepy looking Santa picture: http://emailsanta.com/clock.asp


A few of my favorite website for shopping online are:



Happy shopping... don't forget that for all your hard work you deserve a little something too... like a yacht or a Range Rover. Jus sayin....


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ladies and Gents! Start your CROCK POTS!!

So I don't know about you but I love crock pots they are super easy to use, you rarely can F up a recipe. Reasons why I love the crock pot (not in a particular order)

1. easy
2. delicious
3. clean up is quick
4. leave it on for hours
5. busy moms have no time to slave over a stove
6. easy to store it in fridge for leftover purposes
7. transportable
8. um.... easy.. oh Wait that is number 1. ha!

ok I have a Hamilton Beach crock pot (slow cooker for politically correct snobs)


                                    Isn't she a beaut!!? ^^^^ It's like every mom's dream appliance!


So I obviously love Pintrest for good recipes but I also find that just searching in google " Easy crock pot recipes" or "simple" "5 ingredients" also gets you to some good ones. I'm all about low cost, low maintenance and delicious tasting meals.. Duh aren't we all? ok so any who!!!!!!! Here is a link for some of the best ideas to start cookin it up in the CROCK POT!






This is me with short hair... in clip art form.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's just life... chill the F out

.........wondering why life is taken so seriously and often stressful for many people- me included in this.
I mean lets recap a day in the life of myself (mostly a day in the life)
wake up to an alarm that Ive hit snooze on at least 3 times- It's a pleasant melody not a crazy beeping and fire alarm sound
but more like a light classical walk in the woods sound of birds chirping and little rabbits eating berries.
I think this may be the cause as to the 3 hits of snooze idk.
7:15am I turn on light, pet dog, run to the bathroom to pee and can barley see anything
my eyes are still adjusting. I usually keep the lights off and very dim. I hate bright lights
in the morning. I have sensitive eyes. I yell (nicely) Brooklyn wake up its past 7am! lets go
flip on her light. Let the dog out to pee, she pees on the concrete its super annoying and gross
why the hell cant she go out in the damn grass!!! ugh whatever she has a complex.
Take my thyroid pill- choke it down because I hate pills. I grab shit for lunch. like
a banana or maybe if I'm lucky I have take out left overs or a chobani. I hate grocery shopping


Kids are still waking up and I am helping Julianna get dressed and ready for the day she hates
every outfit but decides on a plain t shirt with sweater and leggings. Brooklyn is so
picky she hates all outfits and tries to barrow everything in my closet or shoe pile.
I finally throw on a pair of 7 year old work pants that I bought at wet seal when I thought
that store was cool. They barley fit. (too big) this is weird to me but makes me feel good
about myself. I skim the toothbrush on my teeth and run downstairs to the basement (toothbrush still on buzzing on my teeth) I fill the dog bowl and run upstairs like I'm a giant and then say lets go lets go!Grab a gogurt because we need to leave now... I mean now c'mon kids lets go. I run through
what Brooklyn needs fast: keys, bus pass, and cell? Check!


And we are off... Drive Brooklyn to school drop her off by the Starbucks parking lot so she can walk from there. The traffic and mini van parade is way to much to handle before 8am - F THAT!
I pull into the 5 car drive up Starbucks line order a quick Grande Vanilla Soy Latte-
I still have no idea why I get soy... I mean I love milk I am not lactose. I just
Get that order. Its dumb but tastes so good. I ask Julianna if she wants anything
She has a handful of goldfish crackers and is in good spirits playing with some little
plastic pony with purple glitter hair. Off to the next school- Daycare! Pull up check my cell phone see the time and realize we need to hurry I have 20 min to get to work and punch in. Julianna is excited for school for 5 min then says she doesn't want to go. OH well we cant always get what we want- Rolling stones said it best. Kiss her goodbye then peek in the window blow 5 kisses and make a funny face at her then walk away... sad but glad she is learning and getting to be around other kiddos her age.

Punch into work with 1 min to spare. Out of breath from the walk in and going up the flight of stairs at way to fast pace for this early. Trying not to spill Starbucks all over my sweater.
Work is... well.... work so I do my best for 8 hrs. Crack jokes with my co workers. etc.
I then leave quickly 5pm on the dot. Traffic sucks per usual. I go pick up Julianna she runs
and jumps into my arms. My fav part of the day is now! Holding her and hearing about
how she skinned her poor little knee or maybe she read a book about a big red dog. Either way
I love her so much that these little memories of her day is what sparks a smile on me immediately.


Get home- Say Hi Brooklyn how was school, What happened today anything fun? What homework are you suppose to do? She has already had a bowl of cereal or a yogurt. I ask what they want for
dinner. Options PBJ, grilled cheese, pasta with chicken (bagged frozen meal), ravioli,
mac n cheese. Or ham and cheese on wheat. Usually it is Julianna wanting mac n cheese and
Brooklyn not really responding so I just make a bunch of random stuff put in on the table
and Hope it gets ate.


I do dishes, let dog out. Thrown laundry in. Take it out of dryer
fold it. Put it away. Play some sort of "play kitchen game" with Julianna we make
cupcakes and or smoothies (fake of course) Then we will talk about random stuff or lets
be honest Brooklyn is fighting with me about something. she is almost 12 so yea that is
the world we live in.. Brooklyn's World (not like Wayne's world at all) but we try to
keep the peace. I put Julianna in bath. She gets half the water on the floor and
gets me soaked with water. Cool... not! Brooklyn fights with me about showering. She hates
taking them sometimes. She would rather make duct tape crafts and what not.
Then I get them ready for bed- J goes down easily. (only getting out of bed 3 times to pretend
she has to poop or pee) Brooklyn keeps saying she will go but after the 7th time of telling her to go she finally does I have to be stern. I then remember... wait I didn't eat dinner nor did I even clean up the toys or shower myself

So Then I do all that. It's now 10pm I'm so tired I hit the bed and fall asleep asap!
then alarm goes off 630 - Hit snooze goes off at 645 then hit snooze then 7am alarm I hit snooze
but still awake and lay there for 10 min. and then repeat Mon- Fri!
Its a rat race and sucks sometimes but hey I'm alive and have 2 awesome kids and a roof over my head! Cheers, peace out girl scout (Brooklyn taught me that one)


 
 
My loves!! My sweeties!! My Babies!!
I love them to the moon and back.
 
 
 


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