Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I'm just letting you all know that My Miss Priss Boutique is doing a giveaway that you can enter HERE.  It's an adorable pink lace romper with a matching headband!  She's going to do a giveaway every Sunday.

You can also check out her Facebook HERE and her Etsy shop is HERE.  She has got a lot of WAY CUTE little girl things, so go take a look around.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Weight loss crap

Weight loss Mondays are going to be shot to shit until further notice.  Why you ask? (or maybe you don't).  Isabel has finally destroyed our scale.

When my parents built our house, they thought it would be a good idea to put carpet all over in all three of the bathrooms except for one little tiny patch of tile right around the toilets and so there isn't really anywhere to put the scale in the bathroom.  Therefore, the scale is just sitting in the kitchen.  Isabel likes it because it lights up, but she also likes to throw things.  I don't know how much I weigh.  Today I tried it, but I did it a few times in a row to see if it was giving me the same weight every time.  It said 165, 169, 165.8, 165.8, 171.2.

I started a new job this weekend and a new scale is at the top of my list of things to buy once I get a couple bills out of the way.  I'm also hoping that my new job will help me lose weight, because I don't have much time to eat since I started.  I'm working weekend graveyards from 5 pm to 5 am, and then I sleep for as long as I possibly can, which isn't long with Isabel hanging around.  Thank goodness for my little brother because he helps me watch her in the morning.

Why doesn't Cangrejo help me?  He's not here :(  He got offered a job in California at the company where his brother works, and we're so desperate right now that we decided that he would take it until we can dig ourselves out of this hole and get some money saved up.  So that's what's up right now.  I hate him not being here and we're both going kind of crazy without each other (not to mention Isabel keeps asking for him and throws a fit when she can't find him) but we're thinking that this is completely necessary right now, and I'm hoping that time will go by fast and we can get it over with as soon as possible.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baby Issues

I am having a serious baby issue.  And I'm not just talking about my uterus trying to shove out my birth control.....that came out way wrong and gross, but you know what I mean.  My uterus is feeling empty and baby hungry, but we're not trying to get pregnant because, 1-we can't afford it, and 2-we can't afford it.....and 3-we're still in my parent's basement.

I digress.

My issue is with my current baby (I guess she's a toddler now).  She used to be really good about going to bed, but lately, not so much.  She'll go to bed at about 9 and cries for a few minutes before going to sleep, but that's not the problem.  Some nights, like 3 or 4 nights a week, she wakes up at 10 or 10:30 and starts screaming.  I get her up just to make sure that she hasn't pooped, so I change her diaper, give her a few minutes to calm down and then lay her back down.  This is when the problem starts.  If she doesn't want to be back in bed she starts screaming again.  I would just let her cry herself to sleep, but she throws up.  And it's not like she cries so much that she pukes.  It started that way, and then she figured out that she can get out of bed sooner if she gags herself to make herself throw up.  I know my daughter, and I know what her fake cough/she's gagging herself sounds like.  At that point I end up running to her room and getting her out so that I can carry her to the sink or toilet before she throws up in her crib.

This process, ladies and gentlemen, is getting ridiculous.  I know that she's doing it on purpose because she doesn't want to be in bed, but I have no idea what to do.  I'm not gonna just let her scream and cry until she goes to sleep because, obviously, I'm not going to let her sleep in her own throw up.  Ugh, I just want to rip my hair out when she starts doing that, and I can't handle it.  Thank goodness for my husband, because he cleans it up off of the floor or washed out the sink (because I would throw up if I had to.)  I can handle washing it off her face and hands and changing her pajamas, but then I have to hand her off to him, because it irritates me so much that she does that.  I know that this is a serious problem on my part.  I know that I shouldn't feel like my head is going to explode every time this happens, because I know that she's little and doesn't 100% understand that what she's doing is bad.  

Ugh, I just don't know what to do, and I just needed to vent, because we just went through this again half an hour ago, and I need to relax and get some of it off my chest before I go to bed.

If you have any ideas on how to fix this, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My First Tutorial!

Yay for my first tutorial ever!  
Me and my mom got Isabel this dress at Walmart.  I love zebra print, but as cute as I thought this dress was, I thought it could use some snazzing up, and I figured I would show you how I did it!

 First I just got some ribbon that I had laying around.  It started out at about 3 feet long, but I ended up trimming it at the end.  Fold it in half so that it's equal length on both sides and then pin the middle of the ribbon to the middle of the front side of the dress.  When you pin it, put your hand in the middle of the dress so that you don't pin the front to the back.

 When you put it on your sewing machine, (or if you're crazy and decide to sew it by hand) make sure you don't sew the front to the back.  I just made two lines of straight stitching and made sure not to do it too long, because since the dress is made of stretchy material and the ribbon isn't, you could end up busting the stitches if the dress ever stretches out to much.

 I bought these two little ribbon flowers (or you could make a bow or something) and then pinned them on where I wanted them. (Again, make sure you don't pin them to both sides of the dress.

I used a small embroidery hoop to keep the fabric tight and to keep the ribbon from getting in the way and then I used an embroidery needle and regular sewing thread to sew on the flowers.  Make sure that you sew close to the middle and underneath the top layers of the flowers so that the stitches don't show.  (AND DON'T SEW THE BACK OF THE DRESS TO THE FRONT)
Then just take the embroidery hoop, and voila!
Here's the front.

And here's the back.
This is when I trimmed the ribbon, because I could see how long it was on her so now it's actually about the same length as the dress.

I hope it all made sense!  I'm hoping to do some more tutorials eventually, but this won't be a craft blog by any means, because I am not that motivated.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Weight Loss Monday

Here we go!

Starting Weight: 176.4
Previous Weight: 176.4
Current Weight:172.2

That's 4 pounds lost in 1 week people!  Now, I'm assuming I'll slow down a little and just lose 1 or 2 pounds a week.  I think my body is just in a little bit of shock right now.  I've basically just cut down my serving sizes and quit having seconds, when it comes to food.  I'm also trying to find alternatives for things.  I haven't really found any yet.......but I'm looking.  I try to drink at least 72 ounces of water a day, which is really pretty easy.  I usually drink more because I drink it whenever I get the urge to snack (which is a lot).  This last week I've done at least 30 minutes of cardio for 4 days, which is a big thing for me, AND I did most of it on the treadmill, which is quickly becoming the bane of my existence.  Everything hurts after.  My feet, ankles, knees, and hips are taking a beating, which is sad since I'm only 20 years old.  I also do some stretching before and after I run which helps the pain and feels great, and then I do some push ups which is probably the hardest part right now.  Every night before I go to bed I do 75 crunches and then I do 50 as soon as I get up in the morning.  I'm already noticing that the earlier I work out the better, and then I feel great for the rest of the day.

I'm also trying to find yummy, healthy recipes for my picky self that my family will enjoy too.  For lunch a few times I've eaten 1 serving of wheat thins with a can of the chicken that you use for chicken salad.  It's not as plain as it sounds, but I got the idea from the teacher that I used to work for.  She had it for lunch all the time, and she looks fantastic.  

I also love my mini Crock Pot.  I mix 1 small can of tomato sauce, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of chicken, and about 2 cups of corn that I froze this summer.  I have put cheese in it before, which was AMAZING, but I try not to put very much because I know that cheese isn't the best thing to be eating all the time.  I think it's delicious and it lasts me about 3 days because no one else likes it.  I just put the leftovers in the fridge and microwave it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Back to School

Ladies and gentlemen, I am back to being a student!!!  I'm freaking excited about it.  Honestly, I love school and I love learning stuff.  I'm not going back to USU yet :( but I'm taking online classes through University of Phoenix for the time being and it's great!  I started last Monday so I'm only a week into it and I'm just doing kind of an orientation class right now, but it really is going great.

My plan for right now is to just get through getting my associates degree, which will take about a year and a half, and then I'll see where we're at in life to decide what I'll go into first.  Yeah, first.  I really love business stuff and so one of my options is getting a degree in entrepreneur stuff.  Why that above other business degrees?  The husband loves construction and one day wants to start his own company.  I don't know much about construction, but I'm slowly learning from him, and he doesn't know a lot about business.  Together we're unstoppable, or something like that.  

HOWEVER, my dream is to become a teacher, and he totally supports me with that.  That's why I say, we'll just take this a step at a time, and see where we're at when I'm done with my associates.  From there, I'll decide what to do first, or if I'm even going to get a business agree, since you don't really need one to start a business, anyway.
So, that's what's up right now!  Come back tomorrow because I'm weighing in and I'm hoping it will be FANTABULOUS!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year, No Excuses

So, I'm sitting here dying on my couch.  Don't worry, I'm sure I'll be fine.  I'm just finishing the episode of Gangland that I started watching while I was on the treadmill.  I can't get enough of this show, I don't know why this shit fascinates me so much.  I'm afraid to go shower right now because I don't want to fall and bang my head on the bath tub.

So I took a picture of my fat self.......and it's not going to be put on this blog.  I have it saved on my computer, but I can't bring myself to put it up for people to see, because it completely grosses me out.  MAYBE after I lose some weight, I'll put it up with the after picture.  I probably will, but right now, I cannot let people see it.  I even have it hidden on the computer so that my husband won't see it.  Anyways, I made a list of things to help me and I made copies of it.  There's a copy in my room, bathroom, living room, and a shorter version in my car.

  • Take water everywhere.
  • No more fast food.
  • No soda.
  • Drink a glass of water before every meal.
  • Do cardio 20 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.
  • Keep serving sizes small.
  • Good posture all the time.
  • Substitute sweets.
  • Don't skip breakfast.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
  • Lower salt intake.
  • Avoid stress.
  • Only weigh in once a week or once every two weeks.
Honestly the hardest part of this is not skipping breakfast, but I'm working on it.

I'm also looking for a doctor.  All I have is my OB/GYN and I need to go see just like, a general health doctor.  Two years ago when my dad had triple bypass surgery, his doctor recommended that my brother and I get our cholesterol checked because, so far, bad cholesterol and heart disease have been genetic.  I didn't get mine done because I was pregnant and they said it wasn't really accurate then, so I need to get on it.  My little brother got his checked when he was 17 and had the cholesterol of about a 35 year old man.  So far I'm doing pretty well.

Starting weight: 176.4 (and I'm only 5'3" on a tall day, you do the math)
Starting pant size: 11.....a very tight 11

I've also challenged my husband.  He made a huge mistake the other day.  He said "You've been 'gordita' (chubby) for your whole life, so maybe you're meant to be chubby.  Some people are just like that."
I didn't talk to him for like 2 hours.  I said that I didn't think he could lose weight either.  When he was 17 he weighed about 140 lbs and the other day he weighed in at 220.  THAT'S 80 POUNDS.  So I challenged him.  He says he's going to lose 20 pounds by the end of February.  I told him that I didn't think that was really healthy, but that's what he says he's going to do, so we'll see.  I'll keep you updated.  

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mer-Chris-Hap-New-Yea-January...or something

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and sorry for neglecting my blog and bla bla bla bla bla.  I had a lot of stuff to write about in December and I didn't because I was like a monster bitch for most of the month so I mostly sulked around and made people want to punch me in the kidneys.  I haven't got a paycheck since the last day of November and that check came out to a whopping 13 cents.  I have applied for probably close to 20 jobs and I've had 2 interviews.  I got hired at a temp service, and I haven't had any jobs from that yet.  I got hired as a substitute teacher, but I can't start until they have orientation and after 3 weeks they have yet to inform me when that is even though I've been calling about every other day.  

I'm getting off subject...I was bitchy in December because we were broke and Christmas was coming and it was supposed to be Isabel's first awesome Christmas, because, let's be honest, a baby's first Christmas is not that exciting. I made about $140 dollars helping this lady wrap her Christmas presents, putting up Christmas lights, and organizing her file cabinet.  That was enough to put gas in my car and get a few presents for family.  Cangrejo and I didn't get anything for each other and the few days leading up to Christmas were a billion times worse with my craziness than the rest of the month.  Why?  Cause I was feeling crappy that I couldn't get my husband anything and that I couldn't get Isabel everything that I wanted to.  We got her a Dora tricycle, which she loves, and thanks to my mom she got a few other things from Santa.  

Christmas Eve came and I just wanted to roll into a ball and cry my eyes out.  Isabel had a bit of a cold and was not cooperating with bed time.  We finally got her to bed at about 11:50 and no sooner had we gotten ourselves ready for bed and the doorbell rang.  I looked out on the porch and there were three bags sitting there.  There was a cherry pie, a bag of oranges, and then a few gifts for me, Cangrejo, and Isabel and they were all labeled 'From Santa'.  I don't know who did it, but it must have been someone that knows us pretty well, because I hadn't really told anyone about our 'situation' (I hate that word).  I was so, so grateful, and I cried for.........a while.  It also made me feel like a big jerk for feeling so bad about not getting presents for ourselves and it helped remind me that I had other things to be grateful for.  

We might not have much to call 'ours'.  I'm still driving my parents car that they've been letting me use since I was 16.  I have a baby and have been married for over a year and I'm still living in my parent's basement.  But some people have a lot less.  Some people don't have transportation or anywhere to live or anyone that will buy their baby diapers when they're a few dollars short.  A lot of women are raising they're babies by themselves or with men that treat them badly or that don't love them, and I have someone that is always there for me and that is a wonderful father to my daughter.

I know I'm kind of going on and on about this, but I needed to let it out, and I hope that the rest of you had wonderful holidays with your families.  I hope the new year brings great things for all of you, and honestly, I hope there's some great things for me, too.

Isabel thought it was great that neighbors kept bringing plates of goodies to the house, and we had to keep them away from the edge of the table or else this happened.

Oh...and we're still really short on snow.....it's weird, but I like it.