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The Blog Update

January 28, 2015

So yesterday I gave a bit of a recap of what is going on in real life.  After Dear Husband read it he said, That was great…and you didn’t even touch on half of what we were doing the past two months.  He was right.  There was a lot I didn’t mention including him getting the flu followed by his 80+ hour work week.  Amongst all of that the blog continued to plug forward.  It moved at a slower pace than usual but things continued behind the scenes, partly in thanks to my commitment to Be Brave.

Here is a very short recap of what has been happening in bloggyland.

granola recipe

A few weeks ago I met up with a few blogging friends at Natural Grocers in Oklahoma City.  I came away with a gift bag full of goodies and was inspired to make granola.  This granola is the bomb.  I’ve been munching on it all week and eating it w/ greek yogurt.  Find my recipe for it on the Oklahoma Women Bloggers blog.

This week I made this list of top mom blogs in Oklahoma City for 2015.  I’m not exactly sure who came up with this list or who decided that these lovely ladies have the honor of being on this list over the 10,000 other awesome bloggers but I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.  I’ll take it! Thanks Chatterblock.

tiny prints business card

For a while I’ve been wanting to order new business cards.  My old ones were too cutesy and I no longer carried them in my purse or gave them out when I met someone because I was a little embarrassed by them.  I scoured the different sites and settled on this design at Tiny Prints.  The ribbon still says that I’m a fun gal but the bold print says I’m trying to take myself seriously.

Now that I have new business cards on their way I decided to join the Oklahoma Writers Federation.  It seems like the next logical step…because where else would I hand out business cards that say I’m a writer than at a writers convention?

The Life Update

January 27, 2015

Last night Dear Husband and I sat down after the kids went to bed, looked at each other, and said I think this is the first time I’ve sat down since Thanksgiving.  Seriously folks, it has been crazy up in here.  Crazy enough for me to use the term cray-cray.  When I have to bust out the urban dictionary you know shit has been real.

So what has been going on?  Glad you asked, I’ll tell you.

Way back at the beginning of December I was the chair (as in “do what I say or I could snap”) of my Assistance League chapter’s biggest fund-raiser. It’s a hoity-toity event where we raise a lot of money that keeps our organization (which is all volunteer by the way) running.  We give 1600 kids in the public school system brand new clothes, provide care kits for assault victims, give stuffed animals to children being taken out of abusive/traumatic situations and put on a huge outdoor art fest for the community.

rent the runway

My friend on the left got her dress from Rent The Runway.  Don’t you love it? I’m totally doing that next year.

After that event was over (and I continued to put out fires) the holidays were in full swing and we all know what that is like.  90 to nothin’ all the way to Christmas.  But the fun doesn’t stop there.  December and January is birthday season for our family.  Between myself, Harry, Dear Husband’s side of the family and my dad (oh, and don’t forget baby Jesus) ; we have 7 birthdays to celebrate.

vintage pearl necklace

Dear Husband give me this necklace from The Vintage Pearl for my birthday.  It’s just so perfect. The secret message on the inside says it all.

 

teen titans cupcakes

My sweet Harry turned 5.  waaaaaaaaaaa! How and when did this happen? I don’t remember saying he could turn 5 and get taller.  

He insisted on Teen Titans Go! cupcakes.  Do you know of Teen Titans Go! on the Cartoon Network?  It’s pretty awesome, I must admit.  Well, there is not a grocery store or affordable bakery within state lines that can whip out a Teen Titans Go cake like they can a Micky Mouse cake or Dora or Batman.  Something about licensing.  Whatever.  Thank goodness for Etsy because I was able to download sheets of the characters, take it to Kinkos to make color copies then cut them out and stick them in cupcakes.  Mom of the year, right here.

Two weeks ago we went skiing with another family in Wolf Creek, CO.  The big boys spent two days skiing while the other mommy and I and the little kids sat around reading books and playing in the snow.  And we went dog sledding! (More on that later) Dear Husband and I are both really happy that Addison has found a physical activity that he actually enjoys and is good at.  He’s not one for team sports so snow skiing has been a huge confidence boost for him.  Too bad we only get to go once a year.

father and son skiing

snow man

wolf creek rental

Pagosa Dog Sled

wolf creek skiing

 

Two days after we returned from Colorado we went to visit my parents in Texas for my Dad’s birthday.  He is 69 this year.  I heard Harry ask him where all of his hair went.

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I keep thinking that life will slow down and return to normal.  I’m beginning to realize that my “normal” is 20 miles over the speed limit.  That’s okay, life is busy because I’ve made it that way.    

 

 

When Facials Go Bad

January 12, 2015

Before I tell you my tale of woe, it must be mentioned that I recently had a birthday.  I turned a number that is extremely close to another that should not be said out loud.

Sometime in December I went to a spa for a facial.  It was intended to be a day of relaxation after a very busy and hectic few months.  I lay there, snug in my spa blanket with warm steam pouring over my face as my esthetician examined my skin.  She asked me if I had any concerns, trouble areas, things I wanted her to focus on.  I told her that, for the most part, I was happy with my skin.  I was starting to see some wrinkles around my eyes and I have two deep valleys between by eyebrows that I call my “mom face”.  Only Botox will fix those valleys and I wasn’t there for Botox, so let’s just continue.

Then I started to think a little more.  Well, there are the little hairs on my chin that have a determination to thrive like non I’ve seen.  And then there is the peach fuzz along my jaw line where some of the hairs are longer than peach fuzz should be.  Oh, and I’ve started to notice some hairs (be they slight) around my upper lip.  Those hairs around my upper lip are were the most concerning to me.  Not so much that they are there but for what they signify.  

See, up until now I’ve always passed over the “anti-aging” products in the makeup aisle.  Anti-aging products are for women whose skin is aging and now they want to halt or slow down that process. These little hairs that persist are calling to tell me that my skin no longer looks like it’s 21 any more. They have opened the door to the “anti-aging” section and are inviting me in.  Those little hairs are not going away on their own, as I age and over time as hormones change (again) they will only make themselves more present.  I realized right there on the spa table that I was officially in the “anti-aging” product phase of my life.  The door on youthful, young looking skin that comes naturally had closed behind me.

I was advised that there were two options to rid myself of hair (if I didn’t want to go the expensive route).  One was a little electric razor type device.  That sounded too much like the electric razor that Dear Husband uses to trim his beard.  I don’t want a beard.  The next option was wax.  After much discussion and gnashing of teeth, we decided to wax those troubling areas…and my eyebrows for good measure.  Zip, zip and before you can say “tar and feather” I was as smooth as a hairless cat.  After that ordeal we proceeded on to the facial that I had originally come in for.

During the mask portion of the facial I felt a slight tingle on my chin.  It didn’t burn or hurt so I didn’t feel the need to alert my gal.  Well, I must have a high tolerance for pain because not long after I got home that area where I felt the tingling started to turn red.  Then it turned more red, and more.  By that night I had what I can best describe as a chemical burn on my chin.  In the course of a week the burned skin dried up and flaked off but not before I had to attend Dear Husband’s office Christmas party.  Imagine a hoity-toity cocktail party full of office admins, academic types and me with my burned chin.  Just wonderful.  It only took about 3 glasses of champagne before I had to stop fighting the urge to cover up my face.  Liquid confidence does the trick every time.  

I treated the burn with Young Living Lavender Essential Oil and patience.  Eventually the old skin flaked off and after about a week the new skin stopped looking tight and red and turned into normal skin.  Thankfully everything is back to normal now but I leaned a valuable lesson: never follow up a wax with a factual.  

Listen To Your Mother Auditions are Open

January 5, 2015

Remember last year, way back in 2014, when I was part of the Listen To Your Mother OKC cast (<–check out my reading from last year)?  Well, guess what? Now it’s your turn.  Listen To Your Mother auditions are open.  And not just for Oklahoma City…there are shows all over the country.  I know it’s hard and scary to put yourself out there but that’s what being brave is all about.  Doing the hard things.  Everyone has a story of motherhood because everyone has a mom or a grandma or a mother figure.  You don’t have to be a mom to submit…just speak from the heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re in Oklahoma send your submission to okc.listentoyourmother@gmail.com  If you’re not in Oklahoma then you can find a city near you.  There are 39 cities participating in LTYM 2015.  Fine one here.

I will be in the audience in OKC in April and I would LOVE to see your smiling face up on that stage.  I would equally LOVE to hear about your experience or if you decided to send in a submission for the first time this year.  Please let me know if you decide to do it, I’ve got your back.

And if you are absolutely way to scared to audition and the thought of speaking in front of a crowd makes you want to vomit, I understand.  However, if you have a story and want it heard…send it to me, I’ll post it here.

Be Brave

January 2, 2015

be brave

2015 and it’s time to get serious.  Resolutions & reflections, people.  I’ve seen some friends online talking about their resolutions and a few “word for the new year”.  I thought about what my word would be and brave popped into my head.

Brave.  Because it is so easy to just not do the things I really want to do.  It’s so easy to let opportunities slip by me.  It’s so easy to say “next time” even if there may never be a next time.  Being productive and proactive is hard and I must be brave to make myself do the hard things.

Brave because there are some things that I want to happen in our home this year.  It would be easy to think “oh, wouldn’t it be nice to paint the living room and do all those other things.  But those things are really hard and take a lot of effort so I think I’ll just think about it instead of doing it”.  Yeah, that would be easy.  Actually doing is hard and I have to be brave to make it happen.

Brave because there are some things I would like to do with this thing called writing.  For over a year I’ve told myself that I should write an Advent devotional for next year.  But being organized in writing takes a lot of effort…and thinking…and it’s hard.  It’s a heck of a lot easier to let time pass and then tell myself it’s too late.  It’s easy to talk myself out of it but it’s hard to make myself go through with it.  I have to be brave to make it happen.

Brave because I have a tenancy to say “yes” to everything.  I need to know when to say “no” so that the things I say “yes” to get my best and full attention.  

Brave because there are some things I want to happen in this blogging world.  I can very easily convince myself that I’m not smart enough, good enough, savvy enough.  I have to be brave to believe in myself.  

Brave because if I want my boys to believe in themselves, be brave and follow their heart then I have to lead by example.  It’s a long journey.

What is your word?

Clutter Clean Up Week 1

November 24, 2014

control the clutter

 

I’m one week in to my 30 day challenge to control the clutter.  I’m using this as an exercise him keeping myself motivated in my clutter clean up and to also inspire you, dear reader, in getting rid of your clutter.

Preparing for the holidays is the prefect time to get serious about clutter clean up in your home.  You are about to be overwhelmed with holiday decor (if you aren’t already) new toys, Christmas gifts, new clothes, stocking stuffers, cookie tins and whatever else you can think of that enters your home during Advent.  Prepare your home for this influx of stuff by getting rid of stuff!

To keep you inspired here is what I was able to accomplish this week: 2 bags of toys & clothes, 2 junk drawers in my kitchen, old make up in the back of my bathroom cabinet, rearranged part of my bedroom to create a sewing/craft area, the linen closet.

Clutter Clean Up Week 1 – Check it out:

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clutter clean up

clutter clean up

If I can do this, so can you.  Please join me on this 30 day adventure on Facebook and/or Instagram.  Just because we’re already 6 days in doesn’t mean you can just jump on in and start getting control of your clutter.  Show me what you’re up to on FB and Instagram and make sure to use hashtag #HKSControltheclutter  If you aren’t sure how to use hashtags I would be more than happy to help you with that. Just leave your question in the a comment below.

October Recap

November 2, 2014

halloween hat

Halloween is vying for the top spot in my Favorite Holiday category.  When else could I wear this hat and it be perfectly okay?  

October was a really busy month for our house.  Come to think of it, every month feels like a really busy month for our house and we don’t even participate in youth sports.  I wonder if this young generation will look back on their childhood and “super busy” will be the dominant theme.  

Among other things this month was dominated by our school jog-a-thon, college football, fall break, Addison’s birthday, treats for class parties and of course, Halloween.

I’m happy to say that Pinterest actually served its purpose this month.  I had pinned these Oreo Brownies a while ago and when it was time to bring treats to the class party I pulled up the pin for inspiration.  I actually made something from Pinterest rather than just wasting time pinning things I probably won’t ever get to and feeling less than adequate because of all of the professional looking projects and photos.  I also made it point to keep it simple when it comes to treats this month.  Box birthday cake, box brownie mix, 2 ingredient pumpkin spice cookies, and easy party popcorn.  Clearly I’m not ashamed to make something from a mix.  As I’ve already said, I’m super busy so I don’t have time for the perfect Pinterest recipes unless they are stupid simple.

Oreo Brownies

One thing of note this month…I caught a glimpse of the future.  Normally, Addison wears his hair however it happens to look when he rolls out of bed.  He is not concerned with hair or clothes in the slightest.  For Halloween he wanted his hair styled to go with his costume so we applied the hair gel in mass quantities.  It looked pretty awesome, I must say.  While at the class party another mom pointed out how his styled hair made him look like a teenager.  I glanced across the room and sure enough, there was a tall, slender teen boy where a quirky 10 year old should be.  I had to cover my eyes because I saw what I wasn’t ready to see; my little boy growing up.  

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Rather than wallow in the thought of lost boyhood I will push those thought aside for now.  I’m not ready to look forward to the future so I will focus on the present.  Fall is my favorite time of year as evidenced by the following…

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pumpkin spice cookies

campfire

jack-o-lanterns

creeper pumpkin

 

vampire and zombie costumes

I’m looking forward to seeing what November has in store.  By they way, thank you to those who keep coming back to read and check in with what is going on in this little ol’ blog.  I truly appreciate it.

 

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Slime the Principals

October 30, 2014

This month I was able to wrap up the first of two major events that I was/am in charge of.  Our elementary school jog-a-thon took place at the beginning of this month with the awards ceremony being two weeks later.  Among the prizes was the reward of sliming the Principals if our school raised a certain amount of money.  This was a fabulous prize because 1) it was so much fun to watch the Principals reaction 2) the kids went wild over it and 3) it was the cheapest of all the prizes.  All this cost me was a package of Xanthan Gum from the grocery store and food coloring.  Xanthan Gum, water and food coloring.  That’s all it takes to make a bucket full of super slimy slime.  Yes, it made a big mess but it was worth it.   Continue reading

Holiday Cards with Minted

October 20, 2014
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions and ideas are my own.
 
I can’t believe I’m about to say this…but…it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cards. I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet.  Here’s the deal. Every year I think to myself oh, I have plenty to time to get Christmas cards made.  I’ll work on that next week. Before I know it December 1st has come and gone and I don’t even have a decent family photo. Then I’m scrambling to create a card online and have to pay out the wazoo for overnight shipping. There is a lot of cursing involved in this process. 
 

This year I am taking a different approach…I’m planning ahead. Kind of unusual for me, I know, but I have this opportunity to order my Christmas cards through Minted.com and I’m all over this.  Just call me Hugs, Kisses and Thinking Ahead. 

 
Dear Husband witnesses my frustration every year and asks why I even go to the trouble to send out a Christmas card  if it’s so stressful. 
 
Why?  Because I love seeing Christmas cards from our friends and relatives. I love seeing how their kids have grown each year. I love seeing the different styles of cards they choose. I love decorating with them and hanging them up in my entryway, they welcome anyone who comes to our house. Watching the cards increase in number is like counting down the Advent for me. With each card I hang up they are telling me that Christmas is getting closer and closer. 
 
If I get so much joy from the Christmas cards that pass through our door, then I have to assume those who receive our card get a little bit of holiday cheer from our smiling faces. 
 
I’ve tried several different holiday card websites. One year I even created my own card on Picmonkey.  This year I am trying out Minted.com
 
Minted has over 200 beautiful designs to choose from. I’ve combed their site and saved all of my favorites with our picture in them trying to decide which one I like best.  This is a really tough decision, I mean, seriously, these designs are just gorgeous.  Just check these out. 
 
holiday cards with minted
christmas cards with minted

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Natural Makeup Eraser Giveaway

October 6, 2014

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.  Let’s get the bad news over with first.

Remember when I got the regular gig on the show Oklahoma LIVE?  Well, I did.  I was asked to do a monthly segment on the show and I had the freedom to come up with all of the topics.  The bad news is that Oklahoma LIVE has been canceled.  I don’t know the reasons why the show was canceled.  My guess is 1) they didn’t have me on as a guest often enough and 2) the show was on opposite Ellen.  Seriously, who is going to watch a local talk show when they can be watching Ellen? Continue reading