Sunday, January 27, 2013

With GREAT Power Comes GREAT Responsibility!!!!

I am going to be a GREAT Aunt! (Goodness seeing it in writing is so surreal) My 21 year old nephew and his girlfriend are going to have a baby in June. They made the announcement at Thanksgiving and last night we had a "Gender Party" at my mom's house to reveal the sex of the baby. Mom-to-be made a cake which revealed the cake. They gave my mom (Great grandma) the privilege of cutting the cake for the big reveal!! 

And to everyone's surprise, the inside was PINK!!!! Mom and Dad to be were expecting it to be a boy. Before last night whenever she would refer to the baby she always said he. And I was going along with her because of mother's intuition, I figured that was a pretty strong feeling! 

I am super excited and started looking at baby girl clothes last night online and even some Yankee outfits. (the nephew is a Yankee fan....ugh!)  They have some cute girl names picked out... Kylie, Charlize, Leigh for a middle name. Woo hoo!!! 

Hurry up June 3rd!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Food on the Table

One of my New Year's resolutions for this year is to focus on the money I spend and try to be more conscientious. I realize one way to do that is through meal planning. I have tried to do this in the past with no real success and as a result I have become one of those everyday shoppers. And needless to say that isn't good for the purse strings. I end up buying and spending more than I intend to. So in an effort to become a more diligent meal planner I have downloaded an app called Food on the Table.

First you add the stores that you frequent and the app pulls the most recent ad for that store. It's awesome. Then when you find a recipe and add it to the program and the app will add the ingredients for the recipe to your grocery list and then tell you what store offers what deals that coincide with your list. How cool is that?!?!?

I am going to give it a try this week, my first week of meal planning. What an adventure this is going to be!!! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

My First Major Run/Walk

Saturday my family and I participated in a run/walk sponsored by the YMCA. It was a 4 mile course that you could either walk or run. And naturally I chose to walk. I am by no means a runner, but I am preparing myself to do the Wine and Dine marathon at Epcot in November. My family and I are doing another 5k walk/run in March. I am excited and I am enjoying this so far. 

I wanted to run for part of the course, but I woke up light headed due to my sinuses bothering me and that coupled with the cool air and the wind made it impossible to run. Which was disappointing. I was looking forward to challenging myself a bit. I did "jog" a bit and afterwards my chest felt a little tight, but I figured that was from the cold weather that I am not used to. 

Now I just need to get myself back to the gym. I mean I am paying for it, I should use it right?? I want to be able to run at the next event. It's a goal of mine to become more active without having to go to the gym. I would also like to get a bike, but I am going to have to save money for that one.

Any tips for a new runner??? Please feel free to share!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

First Guest Post .... EVER

Today I had the privilege of contributing over at My Dreams of Disney. I am super excited because this is the first time that I have ever done this and it's about something that I love so that made it easy.  Mickey at MDOD gave me the task of writing about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Stop on by My Dreams of Disney and check it out!!!  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Happy Place!!

Three words... WALT DISNEY WORLD. Just thinking these three words causes me to instantly relax and my blood pressure to level out.  For all intents and purposes Walt Disney World is my happy place.  All I have to do when I am having a freak out moment is think about walking onto Main Street USA and catching that first glimpse of Cinderella's castle and my mind calms and my insides subside. It brings me to a peaceful and serene place. 

When I am there I feel like a child again and I forget all the problems of the outside world. At that time, at the precise moment all that matters is that I am there, "the happiest place on earth", and that I am in fact happy. I feel relieved of the everyday, mundane, adult thoughts that nag at me when I am going about my normal day. We have the seasonal annual passes with the park hopper option and that makes me feel like we own the place. We can go to any of the 4 main parks whenever we want... It's awesome! 

 Magic Kingdom


One of my favorite things is when we are riding up on the boat from the ticket center and watching the castle come more and more into focus as it gets closer and closer. Walking through the archways under the train station welcomes me. Finding my way onto Main Street USA, looking around and being reminded of the familiar scenes, yet feeling like I am seeing it for the first time helps to ease my mind and spirit.  I truly feel at peace when I am there and like nowhere else exists. 

It is my sanctuary. And to think that it all started with a mouse. 

Do you have a happy place? A place in your mind that you go to when you are stressed or overwhelmed? 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Resolution Ready.......or Not {Part 2}

I know you are all waiting with baited breath for the remaining resolutions I have, so we are going to dive right in.... 

5. Make my house more of a home
Its obvious that I am not exactly in LOVE with my house. It's a place to live. It's partially my fault for not taking the bull by the horns and putting my own personal touch on the house. I have started to get more pictures of Firefighter and I up around the house. I love sunflowers, and I have slowly started integrating sunflowers into the house and the kitchen. I would love to get a new table, but that may have to wait a bit. I also want a new bookcase for the books and DVDs. There is one at Target I like and also IKEA of course has great stuff. 

6. Follow through on projects
The above item, would be considered a project yes? Well I am great at starting things and not always finishing them. I get to a point where I am either tired of doing it or get frustrated. So here is another thing that I do not necessarily feel I need to have anything in order to accomplish this, I do not need to buy anything. Although, this could also include getting my house more organized, in which case I would need to get some storage containers. I just need to find the motivation and/or will power to follow through and get things finished!!! 

7. Plan a trip to DISNEY for my birthday!!!! (THIS MAY BE MY FAVORITE)
So I have a handy dandy planner now for Disney, thanks to my brother and his family,  which I will use to plan this extravaganza!! The book even has the new Fantasyland mentioned in there with all the new rides and restaurants. It's so exciting! And come hell or high water, I am staying on property. I want to be there for the parade and the fireworks and I don't want to have to worry about driving anywhere. I also like the idea of the freedom that is offered when you stay on property. It doesn't have to be one of the fancy resorts, just one of their "value" resorts and that would be fine with me. Not to mention that since my birthday is in December, the park will be decorated for Christmas!!!! YIPPPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!! 

8. Learn Italian
This is one I would like to keep and get to, but if I don't it won't be the end of the world. I have some CDs that my dad ordered that my mom gave to me after dad passed way. I need to remember that I have them and make an effort to use them. 

So there you have it, my resolutions!!! I hope you are all able to stick to yours and I am going to make a valiant effort to keep mine!

Here's to a happy and healthy new year!!! 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Resolution Ready.......or Not {Part 1}

Am I prepared to dive right in to my resolutions?

No, I am not. 

And sadly this happens every year. I do not plan or prepare like I should. And so far this year has been no different. 

For my resolutions this year, some of them include things that I don't really have to do much to prepare, like writing more or taking more pictures (I own pens and paper and a camera). As far as the taking care of myself thing though, I need to make changes, make purchases and I have yet to do it.

1. Take better care of myself
To do this, I need to get good, healthy foods in the house. I haven't exactly gone through the house and made a grocery list. I have heard wonderful things about vegan diets, but I am seriously terrified of making that leap. It's a HUGE commitment, and I don't have the conviction that I think I would need to in order to fully succeed at that way of eating. I would like to think that I can make some changes slowly and ween myself off of dairy/animal proteins. I also have a gym membership that I am not really using as much as I was in the past. Firefighter has been hounding me about getting a bike and I think it's something that we could do together and get in shape together. So I need to buy as bike. Looking at bikes for people that are 5'0" is a nightmare by the way. I think I may have to consider looking at a bike for a young person. Also, there are still holiday goodies left over. How am I supposed to just look the other way? They are only made ONCE a year after all. 

2. Be more conscientious of my money and spending 
Well, what would I really need to prepare for this? I need to create a budget and really try and stick with it. I may have to consult a friend of mine to help me set up a budget. I have the hardest time following a budget. I would LOVE to be one of those people who coupons and uses them. I coupon and end up forgetting they exist and throwing them away. I have made some overestimated purchases last year and I have made it one of my goals to be smarter with my money and to really make sure that I am making a wise purchase. I also need to contact Comcast and talk with them about my current plan. It's insane at almost $200. And my cell phone bill seems excessive, but there are 3 phones on there, soooo... yea. Regardless, I need to do something to get a handle on my finances. I know I am a shopper, so I just need to pay more attention to where I am spending the most money. 

3. Embrace my creativity
I am going to lump together a few into this category. It's all consuming. I want to write more and take more photographs. I want this blog to get more attention and create a following, but I know that I need to be more active on here and I am certainly hoping to try. This is a resolution that I do not really need to do any preparing for. I have plenty of pens in my house and I have notebooks left over from school so there is no shortage of writing materials around me. I also have a camera fully at my disposal to venture out and take pictures of anything I want. But I do not do it nearly enough. I am not sure what is holding me back either. I read somewhere that a photographer said that one way they got more involved with their photography was by doing a 365 project. I am currently doing something like that on Instagram with IdeaRoom's prompts. My heart is so happy when I have a pen in my hand and paper to write on.  I have a voice, but I am not sure about how to translate it from my head to paper. What is sad is that most of my thoughts come to me when I have nothing to write on. Sucks!! 

4. Be a better Rays fan
I am a Rays fan, despite the fact that we only went to ONE game last season. This hear I have plans to attend Fan Fest, which is next month sometime and I want to go to some Spring training practices. I also plan to attend at least 3 Spring Training games. And thanks to my brother, who has given me a book for baseball fan newbies, I should be a little more versed in the game. 

Stay tuned for part 2 coming at'cha tomorrow!!! I know you are all on the edge of your seats. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!!!

Ah it's that time of year again! Time to make plans to better ourselves or to change our situations or introduce new experiences into our lives. It's the time of year for new beginnings and fresh starts. All the indiscretions from last year are wiped away or revisited with new eyes. There is a sense of renewal in the air that makes you feel like anything is possible, and it very well could be. Oh how I love this time of year.. Clean slates and new beginnings!! 

Some of my New Years Resolutions include:

* Taking better care of myself (includes eating better and more exercise)
* Be more conscientious of my money and save more and prioritize
* Focus more on my photography and practice more 
* Embrace my creativity
* Take more pictures
* Write more
* Go to more Rays games
* Make my house more of a home
* Follow through on projects
* Maybe learn Italian
* Save for a trip to Disney for my birthday and to stay ON PROPERTY!!! 

I am sure the list could go on and on, but that is it for now. 

Here's to a great 2013! I hope everyone has a fabulous year! And who knows what the future holds, 13 is my favorite number so maybe this will be an exceptional year for me!!