Thursday, March 29, 2012

11 and oh my gosh....

A year closer to 40!

No not me ;)

Yesterday was this beauty's 11th birthday.

It was pretty low key ~ Her and her brother are on spring break and are participating in a softball/baseball camp every morning for the week.  While they were gone, I sprinted over to a friends house to bake a small birthday cake for Sassy.  Since I am still ovenless..........

Anyway, after that, we had a low key afternoon, then went to see the movie The Lorax, shopping at Target then back home to order (cheaper online than in the store!) a couple of IPOD touches for two VERY excited kids who realized they finally had saved $200 each to purchase them.  Now they just have to wait.......

Today is Hubby's birthday ~ yep, he's the one who is a year closer to 40, but I have a few years yet before I have to plan that BIG, BLACK PARTY! :)

And Hubby, well he's been out of town for few days for work, but is flying home today.  However, we couldn't wait to show him some love and had to send him a Happy Birthday wish right away this morning ~ so here we are in all our lovely bed head glory :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Personal Massage

Um yeah, nice title.  Now my dear readers, go ahead and grab your minds and pull them back out of the gutter!

I don't know about you, but I could use a live in masseuse and besides spending $$ and going to the spa to get an actually bonafide massage or begging my husband, I have found this to be the next best thing.

What is it you ask?

Well it's this of course:

Nope, your eyes are not playing tricks, that IS your basic tennis ball.

Alrighty, lets start a the bottom and work our way up.


See, I like to run. And it seems the more miles I log, the more my plantar fasciitis flares up.  Not fun, not fun at all!

Enter tennis ball.
Sit somewhere comfortably (personally, I prefer the couch).
Set the ball on the floor:

Roll your foot over the tennis ball ~ use as much pressure as you want.

Next ailment of mine ~

Hamstrings and gluteus maximus.... yep, that would be my butt.
I have a bit of Piriformis Syndrome.  If I pay attention to my running and spinning form, stretch well and massage it, I can keep it under control.  I do however find it hard to sit for long periods of time.  Anyway, enough about me. 
So, to massage those hamstrings, take your handy dandy tennis ball.  Place it on a semi hard chair

Strategically place your hamstring or tush over the ball and roll, using as much or as little pressure as you need.

FINALLY, Shoulders.  
I don't know about you, but I always seem to have a few knots in mine. 

For this, you will need your tennis ball a tall (tube) sock and a wall.

Place the tennis ball into the sock and push it all the way down to the toe area.

Hold onto the calf area of the sock and sling it over your shoulder.

Lean up against a wall and roll, roll and roll some more.  Of course, like the last two areas above, use as much or as little pressure as you need.  And be careful, you may have knots you didn't even know existed.

I will admit, I learned this trick from my sister in law. She brought this little homemade contraption to hubby's parents at Christmas and we all spent our fair share of time rolling around the wall. Quite the sight we all were :)

So there you go ~ hopefully these simple tricks help keep you loose and relaxed :) 
 I know they do for me!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012


Since it's another rainy, gloomy day at our house

Smiley and I decided we needed to wear some bright colors :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A little kitchen progress

Yes, I said a little.....

We started with this:

Turned into this:

New plumbing, electrical and sheetrock:


Cabinet delivery:

We'll see what happens today!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patty's day!

Sending a little luck your way!

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all of life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


So this was me yesterday afternoon, via photo booth.






Because I was filling out one of these
2 actually

Games start today!

Anyone else out there go crazy for a little March Madness?

Let the games begin!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Look, NO kitchen!

Gourmet breakfast of pop-tarts this morning

in the dining room.

Because on Monday our kitchen went from this:

to this:

So for the next six weeks, when you enter our house, you will see the fridge in the living room

 our make shift kitchen in the corner of the dining room.

Fun times my friends, fun times :)

If you have any fabulous recipes that only require the crock pot or microwave ~ please please send them my way!