Looking to 2015

I like the idea of a new year. It's a fresh start (even if it's only in my head) to do things you want to do.

My goals this year are of a variety. My mind frame has changed since last year. I'm working toward a different goal than I was 365 days ago.

So with out anymore blah blahing here is what I'm focusing on in 2015

Soaking it in. I want to take in every little thing. I want to remember how G's nose scrunches up when he fake laughs at a joke he doesn't get. I want to remember it all. God willing we will have another child at some point and so I want to get all of these special moments burned in my brain of just Grayson.

Write in a happiness journal. I bought a 5 year happiness journal a long time ago. It sits in my drawer untouched. So I want to write every night before bed. I have moved it to my bed side table and put a cute pen with it. I'm going to write one memory or thought of happiness.

Get healthy and fit. I'm still lugging around some baby weight. I will get it off this year. I will work out not just to lose weight but because when I do it consistently I feel better, I'm happier, I sleep better it's just good all around

Think before I speak. Full disclosure here I can snap. Like I get upset, hurt, mad and bam I snap right back and it can be ugly. Mostly my poor husband gets the wrath of this and so I'm going to think before I speak.

Go to Church at least twice a month. Listen I applaud people who go every week. But my Husband works every weekend and some days it's just not in the cards. I have not been to church in a long long time and I want to go back. I stopped going because we got a new pastor and I didn't feel welcomed at church when she was there. In November we were at a craft show when my Mom started talking to an old friend and one thing led to another and we were introduced to the new pastor at our church. I clicked with her and so we are making our way back to church.

Create magic for Grayson. I want to have special magical moments for him. And listen he is (almost)2 so magic to him is a day of playdoh so I'm going to get creative and magical with him at least twice a month. I want special Mommy Grayson moments.

Pay off debt. This is a huge focus for us in 2015. I feel like we are so focused and determined. This plan of Dave Ramsey's has changed the way we think about money in just 2 short months and it has changed our relationship. I feel like we communicate more and better and in a kinder way. We are finally on the same page and it's amazing!

So please share!! I love other peoples goals!

2014- A Re-Cap

There are less than 24 hours left in 2014? I mean how is that possible?

This year was full of ups and downs but it was really a wonderful year

We changed daycares and watched our sweet little boy flourish at his new home away from home.

We celebrated Valentines day and survived some pretty cold days, and had a few birthday parties. 

My fat boy turned 1!!!! We celebrated with a party (that I never blogged about oooops!) We also had a great time just watching this little man grow


Birthdays,Art Shows and Easter (Oh MY!)

Wedding fun and spring weather! We ate ice cream and played outside


We celebrated my birthday and Father's Day Oh yeah and my husband went and bought a 4-wheeler on a whim.

Was a whirlwind and we made huge strides with our Spring to-do list. 

We celebrate 5 years of marriage with a trip to Clevland. Fell in love with the city and re-connected

Grayson moved up to the Toddler Room and my Libby girl turned 9!!!!!

We survived the wedding and celebrated Michael's Birthday. We trick or treated and had turtle power

We gave thanks and just spend time with family 

I learned how being a parent is gift watching this holiday season through my sweet boys eyes.

Here is to 2015!!!


Friday Favorites-Traditions

Friday Favorites and this list includes all of my favorite holiday traditions and products!!! Happy Holidays and don't forget to link up with Andrea for today!

Cookie Exchange
We did this this two weekends ago and I love it. The kids really get into decorating and it's nice to only have to make one or two kinds of cookies but get 6 different to take home. Plus I'm a sucker for good memories and anytime we are with family that is what happens.

Two Christmas'
Okay so this started when my niece was born but we do Christmas with my brother and his family the Sunday before Christmas. This gives us a ton of time with them and it is just more relaxed. Plus we have so much yummy food. I love this time with them and the kids getting there gifts and enjoying them because they don't have to rush to the next place is the highlight for me

Just the 3 of us. 
Once we had Grayson we decided to do Christmas morning at our house and then head to my parents for gifts and brunch. I love that time in the morning just the 3 of us. We cook Cinnamon rolls, make coffee and open gifts. We still get to my parents around 8:30(because my kid thinks sleeping in is 6) and enjoy another round of presents there but those few hours just us has always been a favorite of mine. 

Christmas Eve
This is the big night with my Mom's side of the family. We head to my Aunt's house exchange gifts then head to my Uncles house for a huge party. There is so much food and family it makes my heart happy. Plus this is when my Mama makes her pizza bread and I overeat until I can't walk. 

Christmas Brunch
We do brunch and it's my favorite. Eggs, french toast, Cinnamon rolls, donut, cheesy potatoes, sausage, bacon, toast, you name it we have it. This time is so special for me because me and dad usually run it and do most of the cooking. It's memories I have of being a young girl and cooking with my dad. I'm excited to share all of this with Grayson.

Some other tradition worth mentioning
We always always always watch It's a Wonderful Life while wrapping presents
I have at least one glass of egg nog during the season
We get new jimmy jams for Christmas morning 
Santa gives one gift in our house and it is usually the bigger gift and not wrapped
We do stockings but fun little things like socks and crayons plus a snack
We give an ornament every year
Riley (our black lab) gets gifts too
We open gifts by age youngest to oldest I can't imagine doing it any other way
Setting out cookies for Santa is a must and we do reindeer food too (oatmeal and glitter)
Yes we do the Elf but Elf light this year as in he just moves around no funky business yet

Now two of my favorite Candles that Scream CHRISTMAS!!!!

Bath and Body works candles just make me happy
Fresh Balsam 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance 1037181 - Bath & Body Works
Fresh Balsam
I love this one since we have an artificial tree it still brings the "christmas" smell to my house!
 Winter Candy Apple 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance 1037181 - Bath & Body Works

Winter Candy Apple
This one is really a winter scent for me and I use it until March.

They are on sale for $12 so stock up!



Our first month Progress

So it's been one month and I'm so proud of where we are in our debt journey.

I laid it all out here and if I'm being honest that post was hard to write.

I didn't know how people would react. But I really just wanted to have a way to check in, keep myself accountable and be able to look back and say look at what we did!

So just a quick refresh we are in Baby Step#1 and well we are doing great.

We have saved $650.00 towards our $1,000.00 goal.Over half way there!!!!

I'm beyond excited.

This month though was not without challenges. We had a car repair that came up and had to be done, as in Michael had no heat in his car and well it's winter here! Thankfully my company owns a repair shop so we got it done for just the cost of labor. Now old us would have charged that baby and made plans to pay it off over the next x amount of months. This time? We used out emergency fund. We were well over $750 in our Emergency Fund but chose to use that cash to pay for the repair. I have to tell you it felt good to pay cash.

We have also been sticking to the envelope system and doing a budget for the month. Our weekly budget meetings have turned into a mini date night (oh the things that get you excited once you have kids lol) we get a drink sit at the table and go over numbers. This is how we run things

On the 20th the month before we finalize our budget for the next month. Meaning we look at the Calender see what birthday's are coming up,events we have you know things that will cost extra money. Then we start our budget. We have a set amount for our monthly income and we end up with our zero based budget. Then I go through and put the weekly amounts for each item on the envelope.

Thursday night we sit down and go through what cash we will be pulling out of the bank the next day and then Friday night we distribute to envelopes and count up our Emergency Fund.

We are still on track to complete our Emergency Fund by December 31st and Start paying on our debt in January.

I have to say the biggest pay off for me in this journey has been the feeling of peace I have. I will be honest I used to stress about money. It would affect me on a daily basis. Now I feel so at ease. We have a plan. We were shopping for Papa Joe's birthday and Michael was like "here we go spending money" and I reminded him it was fine we had budgeted for it. It was a nice feeling. And yes using that Emergency Fund was a bummer but that is what it's there for.

This is a journey and every journey has set backs.


The Weekend-Cookie Exchange

This weekend is what holidays are made of.

It was amazing and I had the best time, plus spending all of that time with my boys makes me beyond happy.

Friday it was grocery shopping (which I will NOT be doing on Friday's anymore. It was awful I'm switching to Monday's), take out and movie watching.

Saturday- Grayson and I got up and then once we finished breakfast we went right to the kitchen to make cookies. We had our cookie exchange the next day so I had 6 dozen to make. I ended up making 8 so that we had a  few dozen for our house. We made M&M cookies. Grayson was so good and after 2 hours in the kitchen,making 8 dozen cookies, eating a few handfuls of M&M's, eating a cookie and getting all the dishes done we relaxed until lunch time.

Once G ate and went down for his nap I ate really quick showered and got ready for the Michael's work party that night.

They have it at this awesome restaurant and it is decorated so beautifully for the holidays. We got our family picture taken and the good was ahhhhhmazing. Then it was Santa time and well my kids thinks Santa is out to get him or something. However after we were back at our table and the present was open (a book) he kept saying "Santa book". He loves the book just not the jolly old head elf himself.

Sunday- We went to my mom's for our cookie exchange. We decorate the cut outs there with all the kids and my boy did such a good job. He only ate one cookie and decorated about a dozen. He loved every second of it and then once he was done was in the living room rough housing with the boys. Let me just say my boy can hold his own. We got home and it was lunch and naps for everyone. Once we were all awake and Michael was home we decorated the tree while watching our Bills lose horribly. Blah but decorating was fun.

This week I'm going to finish my wrapping make a few more cookies and just enjoy. I loved baking with my sweet boy and I love having him in the kitchen with me. Plus I'm trying to make the effort to soak up with moments because if this year has taught me anything it's that time flies by.

Happy Monday!


December Goals

First thing's first my November Progress

1- Have a date night with Michael.- We don't go out to dinner just the two of us very often so I'm hoping that we can venture out for an early dinner the day before Thanksgiving. -Done and Done!!! We went to the gun range and then out to dinner at Olive Garden then home for ice cream and a movie perfection!

2- Bake Pies- I love baking and I love making pies. This one is kind of a give in because I'm in charge of dessert for Thanksgiving but I'm still working on what ones to make- I made a chocolate and lemon meringue pie!!!

 3- Get Grayson's picture taken for our Christmas card. I always take this myself. I plan on getting this done this weekend- Got this done and love it! I will be doing a whole post on our cards since most people have already received them!!!

4- Start T-25. I'm hoping to start this program this weekend and keep it going 5 days a week all month. -Fail just plain fail

5-Send out my Christmas Cards- I like them to go in the mail the day after Thanksgiving that way people have all month to enjoy them!-They went into the mail box the Tuesday before Thanksgiving so that most people had them the day after!

6- Start and Finish Christmas shopping! I want it done early this year so that I can just enjoy my family during the holiday times-Done except for gift cards which will be done this week!

7- Start a new family tradition for Thanksgiving.- We have lots of tradition most are from my childhood so I would like to start one for out little family-We did this we are decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving morning and to be honest I love it. We don't host Thanksgiving so it's nice to get it done and come home stuffed with Turkey to a cozy Christmas house

Now onto December

1- Wrap all my presents......I would like this done within the next week. My plan is to wrap as they come in.

2-Get G's picture taken with Santa! I'm not sure if we will venture to the mall or just take one with the Santa at the work party but I'm thinking there will be tears

3- Make Christmas cookies

4- Buy Christmas Ornaments for 2014

5- Move the Elf on the Shelf every night

6-Watch Christmas movies!

It's the Happiest season of all!



I'm breaking my week long break from the blog to talk about our mini-Thanksgiving vacation.

It was glorious

Wednesday I left work an hour early headed to Home Goods and snagged a few little Christmas decorations. Then I headed to pick up my sweet boy from daycare. He was still sleeping, must have been the big Thanksgiving feast they had that day.

Then my Mom came and picked him up for an overnight. Then it was date night for me and the hubby. We don't get to go out just the 2 of us very often but when we do we enjoy every second. It was nice one on one time. We went to the gun range and shot a couple rounds and then went to dinner at the Olive Garden. I stuffed myself so full but I enjoyed every bite. Then on the way home we stopped and got ice cream and headed home for a movie and some cuddles. We were out by 10:30.

Thursday we got up I made breakfast, Michael got down the Christmas decorations and out tree. Once we finished eating we got our house all decorated and cleaned. Then we headed to see our boy and have Thanksgiving at my Aunt's house. The food was amazing. Now every year I go black Friday shopping. I even did it when I was pregnant. However this year we decided to enjoy shopping from the comforts of our very own home and I have to say I loved it. I got great deals and am done shopping except for gift cards!

Friday we had a birthday party to go to complete with a hot dog bar.
Saturday my Mom got Grayson for a few hours to go to the Light Festival Kids Workshops. He decorated a cookie, made an ornament, got is face painted, and colored. Then he came home napped I cleaned and napped and once Michael got home we headed out for some grocery shopping and pizza.

Sunday Grayson woke up with pink eye. So to Urgent care we went and once we picked up our drops it was home for lunch and naps all around. The rest of the night we just hung out. I double checked my Christmas list and started to get organized.

Monday came too quick, but we enjoyed our family time together.


Short Holiday Week

This past week/weekend has had a little bit of everything.

Tuesday night I got whatever Grayson had. It was awful. I woke up Wednesday not feeling much better so I went into work for a few hours and then came home and slept. It was wonderful. Thursday Michael called to tell me that he had gotten Sunday off for our family Thanksgiving. I was so excited. I love having days off together since it is such a treat.

Friday we had Papa Joe over for his birthday dinner. We splurged and got steaks (fillet Mignon) and they were Divine. Michael makes the best steaks ever.We put G to bed visited with Joe for a little bit and then headed to bed ourselves.

While all of this going on just to the south of us was getting nailed with the biggest snow storm ever. I work about 20 mins from where the destruction happened. And let me just say I'm so proud to live in WNY. I'm also very thankful that we were safe and that all of our loved ones were safe. My brother did get stuck at a Tim Horton's and one of our dear friends was stuck at a strangers house for 36 hours. Michael had been out working in it later in the week and people are just trying to get unstuck and dug out of the their homes.We are doing what we can to help everyone and keep all the families who have suffered losses due to this #snowvember. But did you see my Billy Goats last night?!?!?!? We WON!!!! It was so amazing and I died when Scott Chandler air shoveled after his touchdown.

Ok back to the rest of the weekend.

Saturday Grayson and I got up and started getting things ready for the Thanksgiving feast on Sunday. I made my chocolate pie, and After his nap and Michael got home we headed to GiGi's and got to prepping. I brought over my kitchen aid food processor (a must at holiday time in my opinion!) and we got the coleslaw prepped and the stuffing made, we took a short intermission for dinner and then we peeled potatoes and stuffed the turkey. We got so much done that Sunday morning was a breeze for my Momma. We got home put G to bed and then I made my lemon meringue pie and Michael did dishes. Then we hung out and watched TV for little bit before heading to bed.

Sunday we got up as a family!!!! Made cinnamon rolls for breakfast (family tradition!!!!) and colored our little hearts out. I boiled my eggs for deviled eggs and then after lunch finishing up the eggs and a quick shower I grabbed a nap. I got up and finished getting ready, Michael got ready loaded up the car and once Grayson was up and dressed we headed back to GiGi and Papa's . It was a blast and I only have a few pictures from the day because we just hung out and spent so much time as a family. I honestly just love this time of the year.

A few other things to note:
Last night we had Chris and Tracy over for dinner. Michael made Pasta Fagiloi in the crock pot and it was wonderful.
I have my Christmas cards all ready to go in the mail which they will be tomorrow morning!!!
Michael and I get a date night tomorrow night. We are going to the gun range to shoot and then out to dinner all with gift cards!!! My Mom is keeping Grayson overnight so on Thanksgiving we have huge plans to break out the Christmas Tree and all the decor!


Another check off the "you know your a mom when..." list

Yeah and the weekend.

So Friday we had leftovers. Since we are on a budget we decided to save our takeout budget for this week and next and have a date night the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so leftovers it was. I was ok with it because I didn't have to cook and on Friday the only thing on my mind is getting into comfy clothes and drinking a beer.

Once we were done with dinner the boys went upstairs to play guitar and I watched Parenthood which is starting to bug me because every week the previews get more and more vague and intense!!!! Ahhhh so sad it's the last season!

Saturday- it started of wonderful. As in G woke up at his normal time 5:30 and we went downstairs and snuggled and watched "Icky Ouse" Then after breakfast we got ready to head out to a craft show with Gigi, Trace, and Marie. I had my mind set on only spending $40.00 well I spend $41.04 so close enough. I got the cutest coat rack. The picture below is not the best (because Michael took it) but you get the idea. Speaking of that is a church pew under it. It was my Great Grandmothers and was given to us by my parents when we bought out house. I love it so many memories from my childhood.

We also stopped at another antique/craft shop and I bought a shelf with hangers on it for stockings and I will show you that once it is hung up. I still have to figure that one out!
G napped and woke up kind of cranky. We snuggled, Michael got home from work and the boys headed upstairs so I could finish off dinner. I then hear "Katliiiiiiiiin I neeeeed a towel and fast!!!!" Grayson threw up. All over. the. carpet.twice. So I ran up stairs and grabbed G changed him and brought him down with me. I held him while I finished making dinner and was about to go sit in the living room when it happened. Round #2 all over him and I. There it is got my Mom card. I went 20 months without getting up chucked on and in one night it happened 4 times. Poor thing couldn't even keep water down. He went right to bed he was so exhausted and slept until 4 when he woke up asking for "lawlor" I gave him some and prayed that it stayed down. It did and he has not lost anything since.

This was one of the hardest things for me because I was committed to going to a brunch for my Aunt's 50th birthday on Sunday and I didn't really want to leave Grayson but as my mom pointed out we were gone  during his nap time so I went and had a great time and got home before my baby woke up. Thank goodness for my Dad he sat with Grayson. Once he got up we colored and hung out in the dinning room while I rearranged some furniture and cleaned out some drawers on our buffet. My boy is still not 100% but he is keeping down food and drink so that is good.

This wonderful Monday started with SNOW and has not stopped yet! Here is to the 16 inches they are calling for!

Happy Monday!


Thankful on this Thursday

It's Thursday and it is the month of Thanksgiving so here are my tops things I'm Thankful for.

My husband-

This man I mean. First of all gorgeous. Second of all one of the best people I know. Listen I can fully admit that I'm bat ish crazy and I'm okay with it and the best part is? He is too. He loves me for me. And I love him for him. Nobody is perfect but we are so perfect for each other. I have never laughed so hard as I do with him and I love it.

This little man-

This little man is just amazing. He has such a sweet heart and a kind way about him. He walked up to me last night grabbed my hand kissed it and then patted my leg. I melted! He is very genuine and shows his feelings. He is very guarded but once he lets you man you just won the golden ticket and he will love and kiss on you like crazy.

This Dog-

Weird that I'm listing my dog? Well we went through a learning curve when Grayson first came home. Liiiley (Riley) was very nervous about this little being. Now? He lets him pull his tail ride on him and they lay together on the rug and watch tv. They can be found running back and forth while Grayson is chasing Riley with his popper toy.

Our House-

There are many areas that I would (and will someday) change but for right now it keeps us warm and we brought our baby home here. We came home from our honeymoon here. We spent all of our firsts here and well I looooove that.

Our Jobs-

The hubby and I both work very weird/demanding jobs. Working in a small office means that you are the only one that often knows how to do tasks which means days can get overwhelming but it provides for us. My husband has to work the weekends but gets 2 days solo with G and that makes their bond amazing.

Our Family-

It's crazy and dysfunctional but it's always there. We love them all and even though they drive us crazy we are still so thankful that we have them


This sweet nectar helps we get through the days and without it I would be a zombie.

Happy Thursday!


That time we carved pumpkins and my sister got engaged!!!

This post is long long overdue.

The Wednesday before Halloween my little sister got engaged.

But first let me back up. Sunday after the wedding I was sitting on the couch trying to work through my hangover and my phone rang and it was my sister's boy friend. He never calls me so I figured it was a pocket dial and didn't answer mostly because I was stuffing my face. I know I know I should have answered but I figured he would leave a message and then I could call him back. I blame the hangover.

Well anyone who is a Mom knows how distracted we can get in a 10 min period of time and I forgot to call him back. So 6 at night I get a call from my Mom that Ryan called her to say I hadn't called him back and that he needed to talk to me.

I'm super oblivious and thought it was something to do with Christmas. When he told me that he was going to propose I was super shocked. He had already talked to my parents and had it all planned out with my Dad to put the ring in her pumpkin on carving night.

So Wednesday rolls around and I was nervous all day. My sister was coming right from work and we were going to eat dinner and then carve pumpkins.

So dinner felt like hours and then it's time to do the pumpkins. My dad always cuts the tops off so that was the plan he was going to cut the tops off of everyones pumpkins and when she opened hers the ring would be in it. First we did Grayson's pumpkin and my sister put him on her lap and was helping him clean his pumpkin and completly ignoring her own pumpkin

I finally said "Hey start your pumpkin so we can all carve ours we have limited space!!!" So she finally went over to her chair and opened her pumpkin and there it was!

She was in total disbeleif and kept going really? He got down on one knee and proposed and she said YES!!!!

I'm so excited for her! They are not planning on getting married until 2016 so that makes for a ton of time to plan.
We toasted with sparkling cider (her finance does not drink) and then carved pumpkins. Let me tell you she was pinning her little heart out .25 seconds after she said yes.

Here is to another wedding!


Weekend Recap

So this weekend? It was amazingly unproductive.

The time change and all the craziness of October has taken us sometime to recover from and I think this weekend was just what we needed.

Friday- I left work ran to the grocery store solo! I can breeze in and out so much faster than without Grayson. I normally always take him with me but with the weather getting colder and his coat getting bigger I decided that since I had a big(ger) trip to make that it would be best to leave him at daycare until I was done. Plus he got to watch the full episode of Veggie Tails instead of having to leave halfway through. Once I grabbed him We grabbed takeout for dinner and headed home for comfy clothes and time with daddy. The rest of the night was spent relaxing.

Saturday- I got up and decided that I just felt like relaxing that day. My house was destroyed but I just wanted to hang out with G so we did just that. My sister came over and we tried to get a picture for the Christmas card that was a big huge fail. So we went back to cuddling. When G went down for a nap so did I for about 20 mins. I woke up felt good and did a few things around the house. We tried Christmas picture round 2 and I got some good ones (or so I thought) That night I could not fall asleep to save my life. I was wide awake and so I watched netflix until midnight only for G to wake up ( he is getting teeth). He went back to sleep fast but then I was up again for another hour.

Sunday- I woke up exhausted so coffee was my best friend and I decided to take down Halloween decorations and tackle the laundry. Then it was lunch time, nap time and football time. Sadly the Billy Goats lost. Next we headed to my parents for our Sunday dinner. I pulled up and started to put my picture of G in the Christmas card and I had taken the picture so he did not have a good background it was half wall half trim and there was no way to crop it out. Ugh so after his bath I put him back in his Christmas picture sweater and with 3 people behind me got him to smile the best smile ever and it is the best picture. I'm so in love with it and now I'm just waiting for my proof back from minted. The rest of the night was spent finishing up laundry and spending time with Michael.

Happy Monday!


Friday Favorites-Novemeber edition

Well since it is the first Friday of November I'm going to list some of my favorite things about this month

Linking up with Andrea!!!

One- Of course Thanksgiving!!!! I love the food, family, and football that happens on this day. We have 2 Thanksgivings because it's crazy with a big family so we do one the Sunday before and then on Thanksgiving day. We get our fair share of turkey!!!

Baby Grayson last year were does the time go?!?!?!?!

Two- We take family pictures on Thanksgiving Every. Single. Year. So I'm really digging this shirt for G to wear! I also like this one too but my husband said I can only get away with Thanksgiving shirts for the first year!
Jersey Striped Pullover

Three- It's acceptable to wear Christmas pjs in November because really there aren't thanksgiving jammies. Here are some that I love love love for my little man
I already have these for him
 Christmas 1-Piece Microfleece PJs

I have my eye on these ones as well  I'm loving the deer on the pants and even though they label it Christmas totally just a winter thing in my eyes

2-Piece Christmas Cotton & Fleece PJs
(carters had 50% off plus an extra 25% off your $40 purchase!!! great time to stock up!)

Four- I always always always send my Christmas cards out the day after Thanksgiving. It's all because of Minted. They have this awesome address assistant that I have all my addresses in and they print out my envelopes for free!!!! Plus the cards are amazing quality and I love the designs. I purchase my cards way in advance but can upload my picture anytime! I will be doing pictures this weekend and then getting my proof done! Here was the card that almost made the cut, but it was pretty similar to last years and I like to change it up. (plus click the link and you can get $25.00 off!!!)

Vintage Holiday Wishes