Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Our Christmas Story!


I hope you all had fantastic holidays!  I had a great Christmas with my family and the boys were thrilled with their gifts!  I got to spend the time with my sister and her family, my dad and stepmom, my mother in law, and of course my husband and kids.


We decided that this year the kids would get a total of 5 gifts each plus their stockings.  1 of those gifts is from Santa and so is the stocking.  You would think that would be a small amount of stuff.  Oh no it isn't!  We got them both a bean bag chair from Target.  So far they seem pretty nice.  They were cheaper than the expensive ones that start at $100 and more expensive than the cheap ones at Wal-Mart that are only $15.  They were $40 each and the boys love them!


They are also both really into Transformers and both got some of those and some other stuff.  Of course they got gifts from friends and family also, but I was happy that each limited it to 1 or 2 gifts each.  They also got some gift cards that they are very excited to use.

I got a tool bag so I can actually find tools when I need them!  I figured since we have about 4 drills, I can steal my favorite right angle drill and hubby will never know.  I am also planning on adding some crafting stuff that I seem to always need.  It will my little piece of happy all to myself!
I think we added about 10 ornaments to our tree this year with all of the ones we received and made so we will definitely need a bigger tree next year!


We spent most of Christmas day at home and relaxing because it's a good day to do that, and it was my husband's first day off since Thanksgiving so he was ready for some relaxing.  We spend some time over my sister's house and my Dad and Stepmom came to visit too.


My Christmas was a really good one. I got to spend the day with the people I love and we all had fun together.  All in all, I hope every Christmas is like this.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The busy season


I don't know about you but I have been super busy so far this Christmas season. It seems like it shouldn't even be later than December 10th!

I had so many craft and baking ideas that I just haven't had time to do. I had great plans for tons of Christmas activities that I haven't gotten to. 

One thing I have done is enjoyed Christmastown with my dad, step mom, sister, brother in law, niece, stepbrother, my kids, and a few friends of the family. 

We all had a great time and even though it was past the kids bedtimes, and they got grumpy towards the end it was definitely worth it!  We had so much fun and it is a Christmas tradition that my dad has been doing for 3 years now but it was the first time I could actually go. I can't wait to do it next year!

Unfortunately, I had to miss my mom's side of the family's yearly Christmas party because I had the plans with my dad a month before I even knew the date of the party. I think it's the first one I have ever missed, except when I lived out of state. I didn't think it was fair to cancel plans I already had, and then it rained on Saturday which was the original day to go so we had to change to Sunday which happened to fall on the same day as the party.   

With the Christmas season here and having tons of things to do, I decided that I am going to take at least a week break from blogging. I'm going to still do the Friday Follow Along but I won't have any regular posts. I hope everybody will come back after I have taken some much needed Rest and Relaxation. I decided now was a good time because I am also on break from school so I can focus on some other things.

As of now I will start posting again after the first of the year. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays to the fullest!


Friday Follow Along!


It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!



If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 

  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  

FOLLOW YOUR HOSTS!


And our oh so savvy Co-host  Brittany from MOMMY ON DEMAND!

This girl has some AMAZING recipes and has been featured here and on other bloghops more times than she can count!

Follow Her at your favorite site:



FEATURE TIME

Since it is our year end hop, I thought I would share a post from our lovely co-hosts who work so hard to make this party happen every week!

NOW....LETS GET YOUR PARTY STARTED!!! Link up and PARTY ON! Now....Its time to MINGLE!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gardening Preparation


Last year we were really barely situated in our new house when it was planting time so we attempted a potted garden.  We planted seeds to start them, but did it a little late so even though Z watered them lovingly with his repurposed creamer container.  After living here for over a year I realized that we will need raised beds to protect our plants from the bunnies, birds, and squirrels that frequent our yard!

At first my husband thought it would be fun to use pallets to make the beds with.  If any of you have ever tried to work with pallets, it is hard work!  The nails are thick and really hard to remove and if you do get them out, the wood is normally damaged.

So I decided that we need to just use new wood and build a few beds.  Nothing major to start, but enough to hold tomatoes, peppers, and maybe some cucumbers.  If these are successful we will expand.  I am not great at maintaining a garden so I need to make sure I can keep a small one going before I dive into a big one!


I have also researched hydroponics and it seems like a very interesting option for gardening without actually using soil.  This might be a good choice for me in the future.  If you are looking for hydroponic supplies, please click the link below to visit Access Hydroponic.

Hopefully within the next month or so we can start building our garden and start our seeds!
Do you garden?  What kind of garden do you grow?



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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Follow Along!


It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!



If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 

  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Teaching Toddler Thursdays

I am taking a few weeks off from this because of the holidays. It has been very hectic and focusing on certain topics during the week has been pretty hard. After the new year I will continue weekly posts on Teaching Toddler Thursdays. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Is It Enough?

Every day I see things online and on social media outlets about doing enough, being enough, trying enough. And I can relate to every single one of them. All of us take things for granted and sometimes get carried away with the 'things' we want or the 'idea' of how we think things should be. I have a problem with biting off more than I can chew.

I always take on more and more projects, responsibilities, and so on. Right now I watch a 17 month old 5 days a week, stay at home with my 2 kids ages 4 and 19 months, blog, craft, go to school full time, bake, and try to maintain the house.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How To Get the Kids to Clean Up!

I don't know about you but getting my kids to clean up their toys at night is always a slow battle. I say slow because it takes 10 minutes to convince them to clean up and another half hour watching them slow poke through clean up.

I have started trying different strategies to 'spice' up cleaning!  I don't like to clean up so I understand why they don't, but if they don't do it, I might start throwing out toys!


Last night we had flashlight clean up.  They had a blast and all they used was flashlights to clean up with.  And they even got through it without any injuries!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Easy Footprint Christmas Tree


It is that time again!  Time for Christmas crafts!  With the 2 toddlers, I have tried focusing on toddler friendly easy Christmas crafts.

Supplies:
Construction Paper
Green Paint
Glue
Pompoms (or other decor)


Saturday, December 7, 2013

1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!!!!

I cannot believe that I have been blogging for a year.  It has been an up and down experience and I really enjoy it, even if I can't give it the attention it deserves all the time.  I want to thank all of my readers for sticking with me through this year and I hope you will continue to stick with me through this journey.

I decided to do a giveaway, but I couldn't decide between a hand-painted sign done by me, or a $15 Starbucks gift card, so I am giving you the choice!

Here are some examples of signs that I have done and I can also do almost anything you request.  I can work with you on the design and colors.







ENTER TO WIN!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Friday Follow Along!


It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!



If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 

  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  

FOLLOW YOUR HOSTS!



New to the Party this week as a Co-host is Brittany from MOMMY ON DEMAND!



This girl has some AMAZING recipes and has been featured here and on other bloghops more times than she can count!

Follow Her at your favorite site:




Also swing by and visit my girl Jelli from Jellibean Journals! She blogs all about great recipes, family, CLOTH DIAPERING, and life in sunny Costa Rica!

CLICK HERE AND VISIT!


If you are interested in being a Co-Host....send an email to info@frugalfitfamily.com



That takes care of some of the shout outs and introductions...let's get back to the party!
FEATURE AND PIMPIN'!
We took a week off last week to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday...let's say some of us (ME) are now on a diet :) We had over 100 link ups the week before and it was soooo  hard to pic the features. We took a poll and here are some of our FAVORITES!!



Turkey Mason Jar Candle Holder from the Crafty Lumberjacks!
Here is a quick link to follow these crazy guys! HERE
Please check out their recipes too!


Caramel Apple Cider from O Taste and See
Follow O Taste and See HERE
The name of the blog says it all!!!


Follow 2IY HERE
Soooooo many great projects HERE! See them, then DO them!
And Lastly but not LEASTLY!
 We recognize our last linkup of the party!!!
This DIY Christmas Tree Ornament from Turtles and Tails!
Check out their site and Follow Them HERE
There are so many reasons to visit their site...so go and do it!
 
NOW....BACK TO THE PARTY!!



NOW....Get your social media on!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Doctor, To Go or Not to Go...

Do you ever have a time when you wonder if you should go to the doctor or not?  I did.  My family has a history of heart issues and recent events have caused me to think about it more frequently.

It is amazing what symptoms your mind comes up with when you think something might be happening.  I have been rearranging furniture lately and I always end up hurting myself when I do that, but of course this time it was my left shoulder.  I don't know about you, but any left arm pains freak me out.  I didn't know that I actually hurt it, it just started hurting.  And then after a few days it started to go down my left arm.  To explain the shoulder pain I would say it feels like it's in my joint.  To explain the arm pain I can only compare it to a slight burning sensation like if you were to put on Icy Hot, but not as strong.

So with these symptoms I was getting a little worried so I started looking it up online.  The only thing I have to say is "BIG MISTAKE".  My mind saw the symptoms and all of a sudden, the next day they started popping up.  I started feeling a little light headed, my heart was racing at times, and I thought I might be having a heart problem.

I didn't want to be one of those people who didn't go get checked out and something bad happen, but I also didn't want to be one of those people who think there is something wrong and it ends up that I am a hypochondriac with nothing wrong.

So I waited and freaked myself out a little more.  I was worrying about my heart and every time I thought about it too much I would have palpitations.  I would take a few deep breaths and they would go away, but I decided it was time to go get checked.

I went to my primary care physician.  They went over my symptoms starting with my arm.  They said I probably hurt my shoulder and that the arm discomfort I described sounded like nerve pain and not necessarily anything to do with my heart.  She said it was highly unlikely.  She said my light headedness could be due to anything including sinus pressure (which I have been feeling lately).  They did an EKG and it looked normal but they are having me wear a heart monitor for 24 hours to record my heart to make sure nothing is wrong.

It may have seemed to some to be a waste of money and time for me to go in since I seem to be perfectly fine, but knowing that I am fine is way better than wondering if I am.

I can tell you that I am really really ready to take this heart monitor off because I have tape and wires from my neck to my stomach and it is really itchy and uncomfortable.  I also have to carry around the monitor and I am not sure where that will go when I go to sleep!  It isn't too bad if I don't move, but I think it will be a rough night sleep tonight!

I feel like if you think something is wrong, you should go to the doctor.  The worst that can happen is you prevent something that could get worse or get peace of mind and find out that you are fine.

I'm glad I went and found out that I am ok and I'm glad that the doctor is taking precautions, like the heart monitor, to ease my mind. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Ideas

Most of us are preparing for Christmas and I am 1 week away from my 1 year Blogiversary!  I decided to look back at last Christmas season's posts and put some links together for you.

Remember that I was just getting started and I think I have learned a lot since then, but please stop by and check out some of last year's holiday stuff!

Open on Christmas Eve








I hope everybody is having a good Christmas season so far and enjoy last year's posts.


I will be doing a Blogiversary giveaway so make sure to stop back by on the 7th!







Sunday, December 1, 2013

Good Deeds Advent Calendar

This year I didn't want to do the typical advent calendar.  We have a cloth one where you move a candy cane every day, but I am really trying to teach the kids to enjoy doing things for other people. I have seen a few mentions of good deed calendars, so I decided to give it a try.

I debated on using wood, clothespins, thread, ribbon, or other things.  I decided that simple is best and that I can still make it cute and fun.

I went with ribbons, clothespins, and paper.

I got a list of good deeds from a combination of The Happier Homemaker and 100 Days of Real Food.  I added a couple of my own also.


I had some red, white, and green striped duck tape that I picked up in the dollar bin at Target.  I used it to fancy up my clothespins.

I cut up red and green scrapbook paper into pieces that are about 2 inches by 2 inches when folded in half.  I wrote the deeds on the inside of the paper and folded it in half.


I wrote numbers 1 through 25 on the outside and used basic Christmas ribbon to hang the clothespins onto.  I hung it on the wall with push pins.  Every day we will read a good deed to do and when it is done we will put a sticker on the other side and hand it up with the sticker side out.

Do you do a traditional advent calendar?