Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MOD CLOTH

One of the reasons why I started my blog was to let whoever might want to know, about cool stores or items that I found online or at regular stores. I am always looking for new ideas so I figured other people would too.
One of those stores is Mod Cloth  www.modcloth.com

If you like "mod style" things you will really like this store. It has fun items for your home as well as cool clothing. You might think you have gone back in time. Super cute!! So, check them out.

Here are some of my favorites.






These are colored pencils




These are push pins

The Secret

So, here I am back again. I have had a terrible beginning of the year. I've been sick since New Year's Eve and now I'm better, but I'm pretty sure I have a sinus infection. Yeaaaaa fun!!! It has been the weirdest flu. First I coughed like crazy but did not have a sore throat, then my nose was constantly runny and I mean a lot, then I got terrible body aches together with burning lungs, or at least that's how they felt and now I have a sinus infection. It's like it kept mutating. Very different from ANYTHING I have ever had. Anyways, I finally feel better and I think my sinus infection is almost all better too.

I watched a video the other day about THE SECRET. It teaches about the law of attraction which essentially is that whatever you spent most of your energy on, whether it be good or bad, you attract. If you keep always talking about sickness you will get or stay sick. Since I watched the movie I imagined myself healthy and have gotten better. Coincidence...maybe. If you think about wealth you will get wealthy. If you think of being in a relationship you will find someone. Well, you get the picture.

Another step in the process of getting what you want is to be grateful. Make a list of things you are grateful. Everyday start the day by thinking of things you are grateful for and continue throughout the day. One person said he got a small pebble and put it in his pocket. Every time he would put his hand in his pocket and find the pebble he would think of something he was thankful for.

There are a few other steps, but I can't remember. I think I am going to watch it again.

I'm not saying that I believe in everything the video taught, but I know I have always been quite negative or pessimist. I really believe that's what distinguishes people of success. You have to believe. Believe in yourself, believe that you can and will happen. In the video it teaches you to act and live as if whatever you want to happen already came true. As if it was reality already.

I also think that's what distinguishes a happy person from a person who is always depressed. You have to make a decision to be happy. Every day.

Well, I am going to put some of those principles into action and see what happens. I have made some plans about my future and I am not going to let any negative thoughts enter my mind. I am aiming high. It doesn't cost anymore to dream big, right? The worse that could happen is that I don't get rich :P, but at the least I will be much happier.

I would advise anyone to watch this video. You may believe in everything they say or you may only take a few things to heart, but I think there are many truths in there and you will find something that may help you in your life.

Here is to wishing me and you good luck, love and faith....lots of faith.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gratefulness

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Why is it so easy for us, and maybe I shouldn't include everyone in this, to see the bad things in life ? It seems so much easier to believe a criticism than a compliment, to dwell on those things that you still "need" rather than remember all the many blessings you already have, to worry so much about things you haven't been able to accomplish yet than to give yourself credit for so much that you do everyday ?

It seems to me that credit is very seldom given, or at least not nearly enough to those that deserve it, such as: Heavenly Father, ourselves, our kids, husbands, friends, etc... Whoever they may be.

Today is not Thanksgiving, but I'm feeling very grateful. So, here a a few of my favorite "things".

I am grateful for my kids. What a blessing it is!!! They are the reason why I try to better myself everyday, the reason why I have grown so much. They make me happy, they literally give ME life. They love me unconditionally and even though I tell them I love them everyday, I still don't think they quite understand exactly everything that they mean to me. How great and amazing that we can have that opportunity to know that kind of love.

I am grateful for Shane. Do I want to kill him half the time? Yes! Have my gray hairs increased exponentially since I've met him? Yes!! Can he frustrate me and push my buttons like no one else can? Yes!!! Does he live in his dream world? Yes!!!! But how can I not love him? He wakes up singing and smiling. He never holds a grudge or throws "things" in my face, something I can't say about myself. In almost 10 years of marriage he has never said I looked ugly, or fat, and I KNOW I have looked less than attractive at times. He always makes me feel beautiful!! He laughs at my jokes and doesn't ever judge me. I KNOW he loves me.

I am grateful for Heavenly Father. What an amazing person he must be/is. How selfless. How loving. How merciful and kind. How can we begin to understand him? How can we begin to understand perfection? A perfect love...for ALL. My mind just can't grasp someone like that. In theory I understand, but he is still a mystery to me. Can you imagine...close your eyes if you can (or when you can) going back to your Father in Heaven? Can you imagine what it will feel like when you see Him again, remember Him. Can you imagine the feeling of having his arms around you ? The warmth. Your heart full of light, and love and total and complete happiness. If that is not enough reason to try and try and try again to be better, I don't know what is.

I am grateful for my family. My brothers and sister. For being able to grow up with them and learn from them. Each one of them is such unique individuals. Each one has so many different talents, likes, dreams, accomplishments, but all are part of my life, contributed to who I am. Yes...it is all YOUR fault. :P We are not a very touchy, feely family and I don't think we say nearly enough that we love each other, but I do love each one of you. It sure is a blessing.

I am grateful for other seemingly small things such as:

Beautiful songs and artists that had the courage to put down on paper or dance or music, such works of art that can completely change your mood or your view of the world. Open your heart for other good things, be it love, the spirit or just whatever may come your way.

The example of so many selfless prophets and leaders who give their lives so we can find ours. As well as, other "ordinary" people that serve and try to make this world a better place.

My home. My "things". My cars, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer & dryer and any other gadget that makes our lives a little easier. Nothing wrong with that, I think.

My job. My calling in the Nursery. Kids that age are selfish, yet so willing to give. Innocent and sweet, yet they know what they want and definitely what they don't want. You just can't help but smile around them.

Friends. All the laughs, adventures, sleepovers... The stories we can remember. When I die I want to see a it all flash before my eyes. What a way to go huh?

I probably could go on forever, but it would make for a very, very long blog, and I have things to do. So, if I could give anyone, any advice on happiness, it would be...every so often put on your PJ's, some happy, relaxing music and make a list of the things you are grateful for. You'll be amazed at all the things you come up with and the difference it can make on your outlook on life. It did in mine.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rainbow after the Storm

For a while now I have been quite depressed. About a year ago we lost our business because of the economy among other things, and we kept quite a few bills. Paying those bills has been a struggle as well as the thought that I'm not getting any younger, my kids are getting bigger and consequently more expensive and we don't have ANY security, was just eating me up inside and when one thing goes wrong, there seems to have a snowball effect. My husband started working for my parents, I work for my parents, I live in the manager's house (my parent's) and the only "friends" I hung out with were ... my parents. That in and of itself was not an "ideal" scenario, at...all. I was my husband's boss and my parents were my bosses (is this right?) and I was in between all of them. Can you say...STRESSFUL?


With that comes fights and disagreements. Frustration and a feelings of hopelessness. I seemed to get sick all the time, which added to my frustration. I was always angry...with my husband, with myself and worst of all...with my kids. For a year I have been struggling to "feel" better, to fix things, to feel like I had control or at least, was moving in the right direction, without success. I felt like digging my head on the dirt and staying there...permanently if possible, but when you have kids, and you love them, you don't have that luxury. You get up...you get out and you work. The only things that kept me going were my kids and a "hope" of peace in the afterlife, that seemed tooo far away to make a noticeable difference.

I'm a Christian. I go to church every Sunday. I pay my tithing. I try to help others. I try to support my husband, but most of the time I have to push him. I'm definitely not perfect, but I am trying my hardest. Do you know how hard it is to have to push someone when you, yourself, have to be dragged out of bed? It is not an easy feat. I kept trying and pushing and longing for relief. I'm usually the tough, quiet type when it comes to my problems, besides the fact that I don't have anyone I can talk to, who wouldn't add to my problems anyways.

I realize that adversities are a part of life, an opportunity to grow and that we are not tested above our capacity. I understand that. But when you are in the middle of one of those phases it is hard to keep your sight on the big picture, isn't it?! It seems like a dark cloud simply obscures your thoughts. Besides the fact that we are creatures who forget soooooo easily. We have to be constantly reminded. I know I do.

When I thought I could not handle it anymore, when I thought divorce was imminent (a terrible thought), when I thought I had lost all hope...I remembered!!!! How could I have been so...forgetful ? (putting it nicely). What was I forgetting to do? What could possibly help? To many of you who are atheists or those who haven't put it to the test, this will just sound silly. Me and my husband (after much convincing), have started to read the scriptures...separately. Why separately? Because sometimes you are able to get answers to questions or inspirations that you wouldn't otherwise receive if both are reading together. Personal answers.

Since I have started, my life did not transform into a bed of roses, neither have my bills and/or all my problems disappeared, but somehow, they have become...workable. Hope is on the horizon and my energy level has greatly increased as well as, my patience, with my husband and my kids. Me and Shane have started to get along...GREAT, as a matter of fact. Right now I can honestly say that I love him more now than I have ever loved him before. There is always a rainbow after the storm.

Will these feelings last forever? They could. Hopefully next time around, I will either be stronger, because I continued to do those things I KNOW will help, such as praying, reading the scriptures, going to church/temple, having family prayer, etc... or I'll remember...again...

Have I ever told you I have a problem with constancy? :-P

And so life continues.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Zumba Fan

For a couple of years now, I have worked in a office managing apartments for half the day. When I come back home, between 1:00 and 5:00, whenever I get done with what I needed to do for that day, I eat, rest for a minute if possible, then kids get home, I do laundry, pay bills, make dinner, fix the house a little bit, take kids to classes, go to bank, do grocery shopping, read with the kids, etc... Those things that every mother does, I am sure. Needless to say, I am out of shape, waaaaaaaaayyyy out of shape, because even though I don't stop all day, and I am pooped by the end of the day, it isn't cardio or strength training, is it?

So, the other day I came across Zumba. Zumba is a dance workout. They use salsa, samba, pop and many other types of music. Obviously, most aerobic classes uses some kind of music, but what interested me was the fact that most of the moves ARE dance moves, and I LOVE to DANCE. So, I researched online for classes in my area and found classes in a gym a block away from my house. Who would of thought!! And the great thing about it is that they fit perfectly with my schedule. Yeppieeeeeee!!! This is a small town and there is not a lot of options and I always seemed to find the classes I wanted...at VERY inconvenient times.

The first class I went to last Wednesday, I thought I was going to die. OK, maybe not die, but I really had to stop for quite a while and put my head between my legs (Ya, don't laugh), because I felt like I was going to pass out and if you know me, I am 5'10" and not skinny. Can you imagine having to lift me up? It would have been soooooo embarassing. I thought my heart was going to come out my mouth. My legs were so weak after the first 15 minutes, that dance, the part I actually like, was not possible. They just would not do what I wanted them to do. I did see that, when I did get in shape, it would probably something I would keep doing because I enjoyed it.

Now I am happy to report that I am on my third class, and I DID NOT FAINT, neither did I stop at all during the whole class. I am still not jumping as high or squatting as low, or moving as fast as the teacher, DUH!!! but I did tons better.

Like many other goals I have started and a month later they were out the window, this one might have the same fate...I have a problem with constancy, but I will try once again. My goal is to feel better, firm up a bit and if possible lose a few pounds. Will I be able to maintain my goal, will I quit a little while from now? Ohhhhhh the suspense!!!!!  Ohhhhhh, does anyone care???

Well, my point to all this rambling is that...if you like to dance and need to get in shape, or stay in shape, try Zumba. It's fun.

Here's a sample class: Zumba Class

(This has been a unpaid advertisement for Zumba. If you are in any way affiliated to Zumba and would like to pay me money to keep rambling on about how great Zumba is, please contact me ASAP!!! I could use the money for Lipo if this thing does not work. Thanks for your time. )


 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Reward

A couple of days ago me and my three kids went to Chuck E Cheese. Believe it or not, my kids have never been there before (am I a terrible mother or just wise?), but my 9 year old son, came up to me a little bit over a month ago trying to make a deal. He and his sister, who overheard the conversation and joined in the negotiations, promised me that if I took them to Chuck E Cheese's they would read everyday...OK, maybe not everyday but, every...weekday (their wording), without complaining and whining (their typical reaction), for 30 minutes. Hey, when you get a chance to make your life easier while getting your kids to do homework, you jump at it. I can't say there weren't any relapses, some breakdowns and make-up days, but for the most part it went a lot smoother than usual. I have made similar "deals" with my kids before, but the usual outcome was discouragement, after all, a month is like an eternity to them and common responses to a friendly reminder of our deal was not taken so...peacefully.

I could not believe it. They did it !!!! We did it !!! Yes, I do deserve "some" acknowledgement, all mothers do. My gosh, it is not an easy task. :P But, I have seen a big improvement in my son's reading. Poor thing, he is dyslexic and school has been really hard for him.

Now they've seen it, and done it, now what?  They don't care so much about going there again. I have to find another bribe, errrr, I mean, motivation. Anyone have ideas? Please make them good because when it comes to "deals", they should have gotten a Master's in business already...funny how that works, huh?!

Until the next time me and my kids play Deal or No Deal, here are the pics from C E C's.

Older brother went along for the ride. Hummm, my bathroom needed cleaning,
should have make a deal with him. hehehe

Don't know if you can tell, but she has some tongue action going on.



For the money I spent in tokens, I could have bought them a REAL toy.
Of course, I could not have bought the good times we had together. Corny, but true.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Truths for Mature Adults

I just received this from a friend and thought it was very funny. I'm pretty sure you can relate to at least a couple of them. Go ahead...laugh.


 1. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong. 

2. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

3. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
 
4. How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? (This one I actually know how) :-)

5. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
 
6. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

7. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
 
8. Bad decisions make good stories.
 
9. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

10. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

11. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

12. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

13. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

14. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

15. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

16. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

17. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

18. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

19. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

20. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

21. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Ladies.....Quit Laughing...never mind...laugh away...hehehe