Monday Funday!!!!

Oh wait…that’s not how it goes? 😛

So no lie, it took me about 10 minutes…literally, 10 minutes at least, to figure out how the heck to even log back in to this thing to make a new post. Lol! Apparently an update cleared out some of the quick links on my search thingamajig and I was left trying to remember how the heck I even got to where my blog was live. Y’all, I warned you that I really have no clue what I’m doing!

I have been running around like crazy the last few weeks, getting all my ducks in a row with daily household stuff, taking real estate license courses, working on little projects here and there, dealing with some sick kiddos, and trying to maintain some level of sanity. (yeah…so about that last part…not so sure we’ve been successful!)

I mentioned that you’ll see recipes from me here and there, and I’m happy to report back that a new one we tried definitely made the cut, so next time it is on the menu, you will see the recipe along with the inevitable food photos. I’m a pictures kind of gal…if I can’t see what it’s supposed to look like, then I’m probably not going to make it. One of my favorite gifts is a cookbook that has photos of EVERYTHING! I love it!

You know I commented that I’ve been running like crazy lately, and of course, it is in the midst of chaos that I choose to do random tasks, such as clean out, sort through, and organize the strangest things. Well, last week it was my stash of camisoles/tank tops. Y’all….I think I need an intervention. It’s ridiculous. My only justification is that I wear one under darn near everything. True story.

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Check those bad boys out! That is almost all of them. I believe I was wearing one at the time, and may have had a few in the laundry. This is totally a first world “problem” and I know it’s ridiculous, but at least I know it! Apparently I have a minor obsession with camis/tanks.

Okay, I just have to tell y’all, I’m currently typing this while hanging out in bed. I’ve got my darling husband snoring like a freight train in my left ear and my toddlers snoring and talking in their sleep, in my right ear through the baby monitor. It’s so bad that it’s comical!

Back to more randomness….I have to admit, I have a few entertaining (and maybe slightly embarrassing) guilty pleasures. I mean, who doesn’t, right? I think it’s more a matter of whether or not you’re willing to admit to them 😉 I’m just gonna say it…there are a few Justin Bieber songs. Sorry, not sorry! The other things that I love but can’t really admit a whole lot or share, are the really funny and sometimes wildly inappropriate ecards or memes on FB! I mean, c’mon! Some of them are hysterical!!!! Problem is, I have my teenage bonus daughter on FB who I do my best to always lead by example (especially in regards to technology and social media), and a business that I use FB for quite often, so I try to be extra mindful of what I’m saying and sharing on there. The problem with all that is that I’ve got a sometimes dirty sense of humor and from time to time I have the vocabulary of a well-educated sailor 😉 But if you must know, the photos section of my phone has quite a few random, hilarious things saved in it that I will likely never share, but they’re there for my own personal enjoyment and giggles 😉 Below, I’ve posted a recent personal fav for your enjoyment. I’ll leave you with that and tell y’all that I hope you have an amazing week! xoxo

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It’s all about balance

So I had a moment the other day, and I have to say, it’s kind of funny that it has taken me this long to realize and embrace the reality of that moment.

It was the day that I decided to start this blog, actually. I hadn’t really talked much to my hubbers about it, and when I did, it was a real casual comment and that was about all. While he was at work that evening, I sent him a text with the name of the blog, along with a comment that I really didn’t have any business starting a blog right now with all that was going on, but hey, what the hell, right? I mean, why not?!?!

He was totally on board and excited for me and one comment he made was “you love being busy.” Such a simple statement, but I gotta tell ya, it was a big moment for me!

If you’ve ever met me, at any given point in my life, it is likely that you’ve also known this about me. Apparently I’ve been refusing to accept or embrace this. See, I guess I had it in my head that busy = bad, and well frankly, that just isn’t true. I’m really excited about finally feeling comfortable in embracing that I do like being busy. Yes, yes I do, and it’s okay!

I do believe that life is all about balance, and a healthy balance is important for everyone. That being said, balanced for me may not be balanced for you. With how I’m wired, I think I would go nuts if I didn’t have an ever-changing “to do” list going, and projects in mind, and things I want to try. I mean seriously, do you follow my personal Pinterest page??? Its ridiculously awesome, and some day I will have done or tried everything on there, it just might take me 40 years 😉

But don’t get me wrong, when I feel like I need to veg out, I do! I can throw my legs over the side of the chair and melt into it while binge watching Parenthood on Netflix or a Shark Tank marathon. Sometimes on the weekends I sneak in a killer nap when the littles are down for theirs. It’s awesome.

Some people need their “me” time every morning, or maybe they need some dedicated reading time. Who knows…it is different for everyone, and that’s the beauty of it! I don’t think that simplifying life or creating balance looks the same for each person.

So on that note, I’ll share some of what helps keep me balanced, just in case you need an idea or two to try, because you haven’t found what works for you.

  • Listen to your body: I like to live like my hair is on fire! There….I said it!  I’m constantly running around taking care of things, trying to be on top of it all, and taking care of everyone around me. I like it that way! But dude, I get tired. It isn’t often that I get to the “I’m starting to not feel well because I’m so tired” stage, but it happens, and when it does, I go to bed. Like at 7:30. My normal bed time is somewhere between 10 pm and 1 am, sooooo this is kind of earth shattering when it happens. Or how about this…if you realize you are rather crabby around 4 in the afternoon because you’re hungry, try taking in some protein to hold you over until your evening meal. I’m not saying go get a double cheeseburger as a “snack” because then you’ll be getting the look of death from whomever is in charge of making said evening meal. I’m just saying, grab a handful of nuts and some string cheese and stop being a turd.
  • Do what you love!: If you love soaking in water, make time for a bath. If you love gardening, make time for some dirt diggin’. If you love painting or doing crafty things, make time for your colorful sticky mess! I’m not saying that these things have to happen every day, but don’t forget about the little things that make you YOU! I love music and dancing, so we go listen to live music or go salsa dancing as often as we can. I love DIY projects, so it is inevitable that it’s only a matter of time before something else in our house gets painted…for the 3rd time 😉
  • Don’t worry about what other people think: My husband’s idea of a fun night is not sitting down to make handmade ornaments, or crazy decorations for a birthday party, but that doesn’t keep me from doing it! I love that kind of stuff! Maybe you loved to dance as a kid, and you’ve never really lost that love. Go find an adult ballet class, or tap, or jazz, or whatever schnazzy kind of dance you like! Rock on with yo’ bad self!
  • Be aware of your space: I’m really big on this one. I think it’s important to figure out what sort of environment makes you happy. What colors are soothing to you? Do you prefer lots of different colors, patterns, and textures in a room? Do you like modern, clean lines? What is it that makes you feel like “aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh….aaaand I’m relaxed” ??? I’m not suggesting you go out and redecorate your entire place, I’m merely suggesting that you spend some time figuring that out, and work towards it. It’s amazing how much more peaceful you’ll feel when you’re in a space that evokes those warm, fuzzy feelings naturally!
Believe me, I’m far from having it all figured out, but I am slowly learning about balance in my adult years. Many times I have to remind myself of every point I just listed, so yeah, it’s cool. We all need reminders 😉 Have a great one, loves!

An open letter to my family

So I know you’re not really “my” family, but I’m calling you that anyway. You see, today, I spent the day in and around your home. You don’t actually know me, but by all of the things I saw and found today, I feel like I’m getting to know you.

Let me start off by saying how terribly sorry I am that your family experienced such a traumatic event. Mother to mother, my heart can’t wrap itself around how you must have felt…the wind, the sounds, the movement, and feeling your home being ripped apart while you were doing everything you could to protect your babies from the tornado.

I saw it today…the space where you and your family crawled out through. All I wanted to do was sit in your yard and cry, and a few times, I did. The damage, the loss, the fear that had to have been in your hearts…it’s all just so much to absorb, and I’m a total stranger. You actually lived this.

What kept me motivated today was knowing that you all made it out alive. That together as a family of 5, you all made it out. I had the honor of meeting a few of your neighbors today as well. I’m glad to know that many of you in your neighborhood know each other, and it makes me hopeful that the process of rebuilding the town will be something that brings people closer together.

I want you to know that every brick I moved, every board, and every piece of your home that I touched today, I handled as carefully as possible and with you on my heart. I tried to imagine as though you were standing right there watching, because I would want someone to handle my home that way. I spent the first bit of my time at your home looking specifically for personal belongings that were still recognizable. I found a few, and another lady helping found some baby photos. A little while later, another helper found a child’s birth certificate inside a special silver box, and then I came undone when she found a pair of beautiful white baby’s first shoes.

They are all safe now, inside a bin and covered so they won’t be damaged or lost in the clean up process. One of your very sweet neighbors brought over several bins for us to use to help collect your personal items.

My husband was able to get to some of your holiday china that had been set on your table. It was very obvious that you kept a lovely home, and we got as much out as we could. I found some of your son’s artwork and school projects. Don’t worry, mama…I got your back. They are in the bins, waiting for you.

While I was near the garage, I couldn’t help but get a little emotional when I found a piece of artwork that is titled, “A Home Blessing”…It is still in good shape, so that is in the bin as well….I set in there with it, 5 metal stakes. Those were also in your garage, and I saved 5…to represent your family. You are strong, you are safe, and I am thankful.

We will be back to help….whether it be at your home, or your neighbors, or the people on the other side of town, we will return. We are in this with you, and we will keep coming back to help rebuild your community. Thank you for letting us help take care of you and your home today.

My awesome husband reached out to his work group and in about 36 hours, all of this was donated and we were able to take it with us to the command center for the affected area

My awesome husband reached out to his work group and in about 36 hours, all of this was donated and we were able to take it with us to the command center for the affected area

My heart sank as I walked up to your home and saw what is left

My heart sank as I walked up to your home and saw what is left

I started finding the little things...the things that fill our homes with reminders of how loved we are...thank you notes, children's artwork, and so much more. Don't worry, mama. I saved as much as I could find. I was even able to find your Christmas stocking <3

I started finding the little things…the things that fill our homes with reminders of how loved we are…thank you notes, children’s artwork, and so much more. Don’t worry, mama. I saved as much as I could find. I was even able to find your Christmas stocking <3

This is what I found in your garage...oddly enough, the place that ended up saving your life and allowed you and your family to all make it out.

This is what I found in your garage…oddly enough, the place that ended up saving your life and allowed you and your family to all make it out.

This was the moment that really got to my heart. I'm so happy for you that these were found and are now safe.

This was the moment that really got to my heart. I’m so happy for you that these were found and are now safe.

 

Welcome to my crazy!

So can we just take a moment and enjoy the ridiculousness that is the name of this blog? 🙂 I mean really, does it get much better?

Okay, so I’m just being real, this is going to take some work to figure out the whole formatting, customizing, blah blah blah. I’m not exactly a tech genie, so just bear with me through this and we’ll get there. Tech support is gonna LOVE me by the time I get this up and running the way I want.

For those who are checking out my spot and don’t really know me, my blurb (which I think is located in the About Me section twice! Lol!) will tell you a bit, but here goes for more of the real info.

I’m married to a heck of a guy. Snagged him online which is almost comical, and yes, it was a free site…we’re both cheapos 😉 We have two adorable little monsters together. They’re 13 months apart in age, and they just turned 2 and 3. Yes they are precious, yes they are beautiful, and yes, they are the reason mommy drinks. I actually heard a guy at Target the other day tell his children “daddy drinks because you cry…”  Touche my friend, touche.

My hubs brought me home from corporate America a few years ago just before we had our daughter, and then I got this crazy idea that I wanted to be a part of Origami Owl. If you don’t know what that is, here is my website and you should check it out: www.katiesaldivar.origamiowl.com

It’s gorgeous jewelry that really speaks to my heart in it’s concept…the idea that you can basically document the most important moments in life within a piece of jewelry. It’s pretty amazing <3

I’m currently studying to get my real estate license. I haven’t really made that super public yet, but hey, now seems like a good time.

Life is crazy busy, but I love it that way! I have no idea how often I’ll be posting, but I promise that as I experience things and try new things like projects and recipes, I’ll share it with you! We are about to give several new recipes a shot, so fingers crossed!

This pretty much sums it up. I'm not preggers anymore, but if you ever spend more than 2 minutes with me, you'll know that this sums me up in one picture

This pretty much sums it up. I’m not preggers anymore, but if you ever spend more than 2 minutes with me, you’ll know that this sums me up in one picture

Here we go!

This is really just a test post. I have  no idea what I’m doing