Friday, February 8, 2019

Deep Freeze

I have survived the "Polar Vortex"!!

What a crazy but invigorating week.  Took a much needed week off from my full time job to have a little me time. Time to recharge and rest. 


Didn't spend my week all alone but I did stay inside and work through some stuff for me.  Super excited to do some meal prep and make a bunch of frozen dinners to just pop into my Instant Pot when I get home from work.  I have to say I sure do love my Instant Pot it is simply magic and my new Best Friend.  

  

Still waiting to hear when we can get Miss S her allergy test so we can find out what is causing her reactions so for now we are still not eating anything with nuts.  I have tried and tried to master a good Chocolate Chip Muffin and Double Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe. We have tried a couple this last batch was much better.  

  

Bringing up daughters is complicated: Empowerment messages and impressive achievements are everywhere, yet depression and anxiety are very real threats. This month we are helping our daughter become her best, well-rounded self in spite of it all that life will throw at her.  


Finally got to see Mr. Justin Timberlake in concert.....he doesn't disappoint that is for sure.  It was a nice little girls night with my sister and my girls.  I have been to many concerts and never seen such a crazy stage set up.  AMAZING!! How ever very pricey.  

  

Fingers crossed we are out of the deep freeze and the days will start to warm up.  It was a Good Week to Have a Good Week.  

Until next week......oh and I finally cleaned up the craft room it is ready and waiting for me !!

Monday, January 28, 2019

5th Week of 2019



Man the first month of 2019 is already almost over... Time sure does fly when you are having fun.  Had a super busy week last week with the first Big Cheer Competition of 2019.   

This year it seems we have struggled a bit but right before I leave her I always tell her the same few little words... 
1. Have Fun!
2. Play Hard!
3. I Love You!
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And when it is all said and done and even after a third place finish which they should all be happy with. I asked her:
1. Did you have fun?
2. I am so proud of you!
3. I Love You!!



I have seemed to struggle more this year than her so I am slowly learning that it is not weather they win or lose or where they place but... DID YOU HAVE FUN? DID YOU GIVE IT YOUR ALL? ARE YOU HAPPY?
I will always be super proud of her for just getting out on that mat for them 2 minutes and thirty seconds. 

Two of her biggest Fans

I am proud of her dedication and commitment to her Team Freeze and gym Perfect Storm Athletics. I am so happy that we are part of this family and learn and grow together.  Plus my favorite color is Purple!!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Crazy Week



Crazy how I just sat back and looked at the Calendar and here we are already on the 17th day of 2019.  Where does the time go and how do I get so darn busy?

I have all these things and ideas running through my head...now to get them down on paper.   Like how to plan an awesome Disneyland trip for next to nothing. How to save money, how to make money..... yeah the list is endless and before I know it the week is done and I have not tackled a darn thing.  Oh that reminds me I better contact the allergy clinic for our daughter so we can find out what this poor miss is allergic to so she can go back to having her favorites. Took a stab at making some Double Chocolate Muffins...but well they didn't taste to great but we sure had a blast making them.  Time to find another great Pinterest recipe.


So even though the start of this week was a rough one I got back on track and managed to get all the Christmas stuff sorted and put away. I only put away the stuff that sparked joy to me. I am slowly getting the hang of this organization and decluttering way of life.  It was nice when we were able to remove some items out of our basement that have been there for some time.  Made a few dollars and that is going to the Disneyland fund.  


Little S is slowly learning that we can't always do and get what we want if we want to travel and see the world.  We may be two parents with two incomes but we still have our struggles. I have introduced her to the world of KonMari and she is not sold but we will work on that.  

Found out that I am not so scared of that Instantpot!! I cooked frozen chicken for the very first time and I have to tell you it was AMAZING. Super easy too.  All I had to do was add about a cup of chicken broth and sprinkled some Epicure Teriyaki (which I find out is no longer available) on top, close the lid and hit manual for 10 - 12 and voila!!! Some of the moistest Chicken I have ever had.  I am SOLD!

This weekend will be a busy one with the Cheer Competition all weekend long can't wait to cheer on my gal and fingers crossed they bring home a shiny first place medal.  "We've got Spirit, yes we do! We've got Spirit, how bout you?  #TeamFreeze #ColdSnap

So looking forward to checking off some more of my to do list and getting started on some great projects.  

Cheers,
Dianna









Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy New Year!



Every year I go on this kick on how I am going to get on top of this blog and keep it up.  And every year I fail.  This year I am going to do things a little different. I am going to try to keep up weekly with craft projects and family events.  I am going to be just me.

I am going to start things and actually complete them.  
And again this year we plan to do our Bucket list and or dream boards.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Birthday Party Fun!!

Birthday parties are a great boost to any child's self-esteem. Making them feel like a queen or king for the day is one of the best (and most lasting) gifts you can give them. But where and how should you start?
ThemeMany parents feel more comfortable starting with a theme around which they can organize invitations, decorations, games, crafts and food. Both you and your child will enjoy making plans that reflect her interests. I can't wait to share some of mine with you!
Guest List and InvitationsTime to make the lists (make sure you set a limit before you start your list). The invitations can be either store-bought or homemade and should set the mood for the event.  In addition to obvious information like the time, date and directions, include special details like "bring a swimsuit" or "parents should accompany children."
PlaceIf you decide your home or apartment isn't suitable for a children's party, there are several off-site options that come with obvious advantages (including being able to come back to a clean home after the children have been picked up).
DecorationsAtmosphere is everything. Once you've chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. Kids are naturally imaginative; they'll play along when you use simple household gadgets to transform your home.
EntertainmentDepending on the ages and attention spans of your guests, outside entertainment could be a big hit. But younger children (those under four or five) may be frightened or just plain bored by a performance that goes on longer than 45 minutes.
Organize HelpDon't go it alone. Everything will be much easier if you have help — a spouse, relative, neighbor, babysitter or friends who can assist with activities as well as serving and cleanup. This is especially important if you will be entertaining young guests whose parents drop them off.
Food and CakeFor brief parties, cake and ice cream is really the only refreshment you need. Older guests may actually enjoy preparing the food as much as eating it, so consider substituting cooking for a craft. We always try to tie in food to our theme.  It is important to always make sure your guests have something to eat and drink even for short parties. 
Control ExpensesYou don't need to spend a lot of money to have a successful party. This is a party for your child and her friends — not for other parents. Controlling expenses also means that you should not feel obligated to send home goody bags full of expensive toys. While some stickers or a craft make nice souvenirs, most parents agree that it's time to start saying no to elaborate party favors.
Dealing with SiblingsIt's the birthday kid's big day but that doesn't mean you can ignore her brothers and sisters. While you may want to arrange for siblings to go play at another friend's house, many kids don't want to miss out on the action at home. If that's the case, allow the sibling to invite one special friend. They can either play in another room or help out with the party (as coat-takers, present-collectors, guest-greeters, or waiters).
I look forward to sharing with you a few of the parties over the years we have held for our daughter.  I love party planning.