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“Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.” – Unknown

First of all, sorry for not posting last week. I was a little down because I had to drop my statistics class, which means I won’t be graduating in the spring as planned. Instead, I will be finishing in the summer. I guess I needed the reminder to not put too much pressure on myself.

The social media fast is going ok. I did download YouTube and Pinterest as well as Facebook messenger but nothing else. I find I have picked up my phone a lot wanting to waste time, only to remember I don’t have Facebook and Instagram anymore. But it is getting better.

Today I wanna talk about something I was going to bring up the last two weeks but didn’t. I recently did the ancestry DNA and was so excited about it. I knew I would learn my origins and maybe meet some family. I wasn’t prepared for who, though.

If you didn’t know, when you do the Ancestry DNA kit, you are linked to people who share the same DNA. I was linked to 2 aunts and several cousins. One aunt I was linked to was my dad’s only full sister and the other was my mom’s half-sister. My dad’s sister was, unfortunately, extremely rude. She refused to tell me anything about her, about our family, or even have a willingness to learn about me. She has had no connection to the family for 30+ years but assumed that, since I’m my dad’s daughter, I am a terrible human being and that I “need to find Jesus.” Of course, I set her straight right away. But, I don’t need that kind of family in my life and I’ve since made many more connections to our family without her. One reason I think she’s so negative towards me is because she’s my dad’s ex-wife’s best friend and he left her before I was born. Ridiculous, I know.

Anyway, the other aunt I found, my mom’s sister, has been very nice. We were able to connect over a few things and have kept in touch. I’ve also talked with a cousin of my dad who is kind. They’re out there, it’s just hard to tell right away.

Screen Shot 2018-10-21 at 10.19.38 PMI’m sure you’re all waiting to see my percentages, so here you go! If you’ve ever done the ancestry DNA, let me know if you’ve learned anything about you family and heritage. I know I have learned quite a bit and plan on learning more. I will tell you right now, I will definitely be visiting my local family history center soon to learn more.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog, don’t forget to keep coming back for more posts like this and others. Comment below if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!

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“The human body is the best work of art.” ―Jess C. Scott

Today I want to talk about something that everyone has to do: getting dressed. I know that. if you’re like me and many others, you would love to just stay in your nice comfortable pajamas all day. But, of course, for some reason we can’t. There’s almost always a dress code anywhere you go, unless the place you are going is called Wal-Mart.

Recently I watched a free 3 step video course in fashion and how to dress right for me and how to find MY personal style. This course was offered by Dean Street and I felt so excited dean street.pngto go out and try to find things that really fit me. I am one to usually wear jeans and a t-shirt out because I wanted to hide my body. After the videos I was inspired to actually look for things that I really thought were cute.

One things Hilary, from Dean Street, suggested is to go on Pinterest and make a personal style board. With that board, look up celebrities that you like how they dress. I know what you’re thinking “Why would I use celebrities for inspiration, they get all these fancy clothes and it’s just not attainable.” All I have to say is WRONG. Look for the way the dress on an everyday level, not for the red carpet. For example, I found that I love Reese Witherspoon’s casual look, mixed with a little extra color and Disney flare with cute high heels or Toms. Feel free to look at my personal style board for any inspiration, as well as Hilary’s page on Pinterest because she has so many things you can look at.

I know that you might be thinking that it’s all just a waste of time, money, and energy but I just want to tell you that it really helped me look at what I WANT to wear versus what I currently wear. Yes, wearing my jeans and t-shirts are nice but I don’t want to wear them every single day. I mean, seriously, I would really love to wear dresses every day. Not like the ones I wore during my mission because I know I was not very fashionable then, but like what I saw at Unique Vintage. If I had the money I would shop there all the time!

To end this post, I want to tell you that you should wear what you want. If that’s yoga pants then do it. If you are obsessed with wearing neon colors, you do you. You are always going to face someone who looks down on you for what you wear, whether you’re 90 pounds or 390 pounds, you should wear what you want not what society tells you to wear.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. Take care!

“I live on good soup, not on fine words.” -Moliere

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and loved their food so much that you wish you could make it at home? My husband and I absolutely love the Zoupa Toscana at Olive Garden so he suggested that I try to make it. Well, using Pinterest, I was able to find a copycat recipe that actually works. It’s so delicious and it’s really easy to make. We have made some of our own adjustments to it but it’s really to your liking. The recipe we use is at High Heels & Grills. Here is the recipe with the changes we made, though.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat
Recipe from Food.com
Makes about 8 cups
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage {I use mild}
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 russet potatoes cut in rounds
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup  real bacon bits {about 5-6 slices of cooked bacon}
  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Romano cheese
  • Olive oil
Directions:
  1. Add  olive oil to pan, let heat. Once heated, add sausage and Italian seasoning.
  2. Brown sausage in a large skillet on medium heat. Strain and rinse fat. {You don’t HAVE to rinse your sausage, but you’ll get a greasy orange film if you don’t. There’s a little more flavor to it though, so it’s your preference.}
  3. Combine chicken broth and water in a large pot and stir. Add the sausage, potatoes, onion, and garlic. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are soft, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add bacon, salt, and pepper and let simmer on medium-low for another ten minutes.
  5. Turn to low heat and add kale and cream. Heat through completely and serve.
  6. Add cheese on top to liking

We have made this recipe countless times and each time it gets better. If you really want to learn how to make a certain food from your favorite restaurant, just check Pinterest. I’m sure you’ll find help there. Thanks for reading. If you try this recipe, let me know how it went!

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ― Bruce Lee

Many people have heard about the new phenomenon taking the world by storm, or so it seems. I’m not talking about the United States election. What I am talking about involves a notebook and a writing utensil. This phenomenon is BULLET JOURNALING! I’m sure most of you have heard about it, whether from a friend or through the internet. I first learned about this technique on Pinterest.com, which has many amazing ideas to get you started. Pinterest can be pretty overwhelming, though, so it would be a good idea to find like-minded people who are into the same thing you are into. If you are not so lucky as to have a nearby friend, most people don’t, so there are many Facebook groups you can join (if you have an account), or there are many people on Instagram if you’d prefer to be on there. The main Facebook group page is Bullet Journal Junkies where there are people all over the world sharing their own layout and everyone is very generous.

I would like to share my story of how I began my journey into this marvelous realm of bullet journaling. It started in July of this year (2016), I know it wasn’t very long ago but it has changed my life. I have trouble falling asleep some nights and I toss and turn, not even feeling tired. When this happens, I typically go on my phone until I do start feeling sleepy. One night in particular, in July, I was on Pinterest not doing anything useful. I stumbled upon a couple of pins about bullet journaling. It was interesting because I had no idea that my best friend was into bullet journaling and had been for months. So, she introduced me to the Bullet Journal Junkies group and off I went.

Many “newbie” questions are asked on the group so it was quite helpful for me. Yes, questions get asked more than once and yes, you can use the “search” function in the group but with so many new members added to the group almost daily there are so many more takes on the subjects. I will give you little start in the right direction with a few of the “basic beginner” questions that I’ve seen or asked.

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Q: What exactly IS a bullet journal?
A: The best place to start with this question is to visit the creator’s website, bulletjournal.com. He can go more into detail about why he started it and how it has helped him. Anyone you ask will give you different variations of what a bullet journal is but it’s because they have adapted the original format to meet their needs. The website says, “It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.” For some it’s a way to keep track of their work, whether it be teaching or accounting or nursing (which is hard because you can’t just carry a notebook around with you on the job) or even a stay at home mom (which is still a very difficult, very rewarding job). Some people use it to stay on track in school, I personally do that. To put simply, it’s like a do-it-yourself planner. As you move forward in your journey, you, too will learn what bullet journaling is to you.

Q: What items do I need to buy before I start?
A: There are no specific items you need. You just need the two basic items: a writing utensil and paper of some kind. Anything else is just “fluff” that makes your bullet journal even more personal but you can get those later, as you get a deeper feel for your system.

Q: What notebook do I buy?
A: Many people in the group use Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook or the Rhoda notebooks but they can be a bit overpriced and many people will tell you that the best thing to do, especially if you are a little iffy on bullet journals, is to either buy a cheap spiral notebook (the ones that are less that $1 at Wal-Mart) or to use loose-leaf binder paper as your very first bullet journal. I don’t particularly like spiral or paperback notebooks so I went to Wal-mart and saw the perfect $10 journal to start my bullet journal process in. Of course, I waiting and missed out on a few days of what could have been productive so don’t wait to have the perfect notebook or pen, just start!

Q: What writing utensil(s) do I use?
A: What writing utensil do you feel most comfortable using? I have seen some members of the group use pens (of all colors), pencils, crayons, markers, you name it you can use it. The beauty of the bullet journal is there is not specific way to do it so you can use whatever make you feel most comfortable.

Q: What if my bullet journal isn’t any good?
A: The only one who needs to see it is you. Your journal doesn’t need to be the next Instagram model. It’s yours and yours alone. Everyone makes mistakes. People in the group do it all the time, their handwriting may not be what they want (I know I hate mine most of the time), they misspell words, their lines aren’t straight, they aren’t artistically inclined. None of that matters because it’s yours and you’re the only one who needs to like it. If you make a mistake, it’s ok because you’re human and if you hate it that much then you can do what some people, myself included, do and print an inspirational quote or picture and glue it over and try again. Just don’t give up!

Q: What do I include in my bullet journal?
A: Everyone includes different things in their bullet journals to make them personal to themselves. Most people have an “If lost, please contact…” page at the very front followed by an index, so that you can see everything you have ever included in your journal. Other possible spreads to include are: year at a glance, monthly spreads, weekly spreads, and daily spreads. You can even include more lists/spreads that aren’t typical for a planner, like books to read, movies to watch, tv show log, what your toddler says, anything and everything can go in your journal. Its a representation of your life so make it feel like it.

Q: When should I start my bullet journal?
A: That answer is simple…NOW. Many people get stuck in the “I need to wait for the right ___” (You can fill in the blank). I was one of those and I lost time waisting away desiring for the perfect journal. Don’t wait, you can start being productive today. Even if it’s on a Wednesday int he middle of the month, you can still start today. If it stresses you out too much to start in the middle of the week, start with other spreads for a few days and then on Sunday or Monday (whichever day you choose as your beginning of the week) start then.

I can go on and on with Q&A’s but I won’t. You should do some personal research too. You won’t be perfect right away (or ever) but you’ll get better and find your niche as you do more and more in your bullet journal. So, run wild and have fun. Here’s a few pictures of my bullet journal, too.

 

What makes YOU want to start up a bullet journal? Where did you hear about it? How long have you been doing it if you already are? What other tips can you give to people who may still be on the fence of doing it or not? Comment below and thank you for reading!

“Learning is not a race to information, it is a walk to discovery.” -Unknown

In my child development class right now, we have to come up with thirteen different lesson plans and then present three of those to the class. Two out of the three we present to the class we have to present to at the child development center. I will be doing my first presented class activity on Tuesday and I am actually quite excited about it. It’s called Ice Egg Excavation. I originally saw the idea for Glow in the Dark Ice Egg Excavation but decided that Tonic water was too much and there is a whole controversy on it being healthy or not so I figured it would be ok to not use it and just use tap water. Pinterest has a few different ideas, I’ll include the link below.

What I did was I took a box of small animals and, with the help of my dear husband, shoved them (gently) into balloons then filed those balloons with water. Once they are filled and tied, I place them in the freezer and leave them there overnight. I made 2 a few days ago so I was able to look at them last night, when I had the chance. When you’re ready to use them, you cut off the balloon and voila! All you do id put them in a tray or bowl and give the children little droppers and a cup of luke-warm water to drop on the ice eggs to melt them. Watch their amazement as the animal/dinosaur/treasure some out. I love it.

This activity can be done inside or outside but I would prefer to do it outside when it’s a little warmer but not too out out. It’s a great way to keep them cool!

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Pinterest.com Ice Egg Excavation Ideas

Have you tired a similar activity? How did it go? What did they kids think? Leave us feedback in the comments! Thank you for reading.