Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Awesome Things Tuesday

It's Tuesday!!!

There was an amazing amount of awesome projects submitted this week, it was super hard trying to pick which one was my favorite!  

Also, I am headed to SNAP! this week!  I leave on Thursday and will be back on Sunday.  I can't wait to share with you all the fun stuff I learn and all the amazing things that going to happen!  I mean, there's plans for an 80's prom party!  Holla!!!!

And not onto the party!

Your hosts:
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Victoria Schilke - My Little Birds / Facebook Pinterest
Krystal McGarvey - My Life of Travels and Adventures / Facebook Pinterest Twitter





1. Krystal's Pick: Bunny Silhouette by The Crafty Lumberjacks
2. Victoria's Pick: Bunny Mason Jars by Artsy Creations
3. Ashley's Pick: Newspaper chalkboard wall by Delineate your Dwelling
4. Randi's Pick: Easter Egg Garland by The Jenny Evolution

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Week's Menu

Ahhhhh, it's good to finally "be back."  I mean...I am not fully back.  I am still in pain.  I have some weird fluid build up on my right side that is putting pressure on other organs and nerves including one in my hip which is now pinched and makes it incredibly painful to walk.

But, I am eating almost normal.  Everything has to be modified to completely low fat, but I guess that is a good thing huh?  I still have to remind myself to eat.  I have to force myself to take another bite when I don't want to chew anymore.  But I guess 15 days in the hospital mostly spent not eating will do that do you.

I'm sure I've mentioned this in a previous post...but I've lost 23 pounds through this whole process. I have a hard time recognizing myself in the mirror still some days.  I've had to buy new jeans.  It's weird seeing myself shrink away.  It's definitely not the way I would have hoped for it to happen though, but I am going to try and take this opportunity to keep it up and stay as healthy as I can be. I am terrified of landing back in the hospital with another flair up so I am willing to do anything, even if that means never having a glass of wine again.

All I can say is that pancreatitis can suck it.

This week's menu will be light.  I am actually going to a blogging conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday and coming back Sunday so I am going to plan food until I leave and then I will leave the rest up to Matt and my mother in law, who has been staying with us for the last 3 weeks helping with the kids and helping me mend.

Menu Shopping List
Monday
B-Grape Nuts cereal
L-salad
D-spaghetti with meat sauce

Tuesday
B-Grape Nuts cereal
L-sandwiches
D-roast beef sandwiches with au jeux

Wednesday
B-Grape Nut cereal
L-hot dogs
D-baked chicken and veggies


chicken breasts (8)
roast beef
cheese
bananas
hot dogs
keiser rolls
spaghetti noodles
veggies








Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Awesome Things Tuesday

IT'S TUESDAY!

Your hosts:
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Victoria Schilke - My Little Birds / Facebook Pinterest
Krystal McGarvey - My Life of Travels and Adventures / Facebook Pinterest Twitter

AND NOW TO THE PARTY!

Which means it is time to party, but before we can get to that we need to talk about last weeks features. Randi's Pick- funny dancing eggs! These are ridiculously easy and I bet they provide hours of entertainment for kids (and adults). They remind me of the weebles, and now the weebles ditty will be stuck in my head ALL day! *Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down!* Frog in a pocket: Funny Dancing Eggs Krystal's Pick- applesauce monster cookies! I love when a bad recipe goes good, and this one is at the top of my list. By adding applesauce into her cookie recipe she is making the world's softest cookies. Swirl in oats, peanut butter, chocolate AND m & m's and how can it be a miss! Applesauce Monster Cookies with SimplyGloria.com ‪#‎cookies‬ 
Victoria's Pick - healthy Easter treat! I love to pretend I'm eating healthy and by layering greek yogurt and whipped cream it's even easier! I think I could convince all three of my kids that this was a dessert food before adding the Peep on top, but with that one there it's a no brainer! What a fun spin on a traditional parfait! Healthy Easter Treat Ashley's Pick- chocolate mousse cake! I'm not gluten free, but if it means I can eat things that look as good as this I will pretend to be! This luscious chocolate mousse on top of a hazelnut crust has me wishing I wasn't trying to lost a few extra pounds before swimsuit season! Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake on Crust - Gluten Free

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dollar Store Candle Upgrade; a guest post

I'm at home now and resting/healing, but I am still not back up to my normal antics...not yet at least. So today, I have another guest poster bringing a super simple project that you could even do with the kids!  Check it out!


Hi all! I am Kate from Nearly Crafty and I am swinging by to help out Randi while she is healing. Poor lady! Anyway, my blog is about DIY crafts and all the injuries I sustain during the creative process.

Today I’m going to share a simple dollar store project that required no bandaids or stitches upon conclusion.

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Dollar Store Candle Upgrade

Materials
• Dollar store tall glass candle
• Washi tape
• Multi-surface paint or glass paint – 2 colors
• Foam Brush

How To

1. Wrap one strip of washi tape around the bottom of your candle about 3-4 inches from the
bottom.

2. Wrap a second strip of washi tape above the first, leaving about ½ inch between the two strips.


3. With the foam brush, paint the bottom section of candle one color.

4. Paint the smaller section your contrasting colors.


5. Set the candle upside down and let the paint dry.

6. Remove the tape, and enjoy!!!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Awesome Things Tuesday

IT'S TUESDAY!

Your hosts:
DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW THEM ALL!


Victoria Schilke - My Little Birds / Facebook Pinterest
Krystal McGarvey - My Life of Travels and Adventures / Facebook Pinterest Twitter

AND NOW TO THE PARTY!
Which means it is time to party, but before we can get to that we need to talk about last weeks features. First off we have Ashley's pick- fiesta birthday party printables! This colorful cupcake bunting is enough on it's own, but paired with the soda wrappers,straw flags and birthday banner sign it is an unbeatable combination! I love the sugar skull look and the mexican fiesta is right up my alley!
Fiesta-Themed Birthday Party with Free Printables | Hello Little Home Next up is Krystal's pick - cha cha cha chia eggs! This is not only fun and whimsical, but it looks like a great project for kids. I think that this will have to make an appearance on my spring to do list. And can we talk for one second about that table, AMAZING!
Victoria's pick this week is the - fabric succulent pots and watercolor prints! These are the simplest little pots, but they add such an air of elegance to any table decor. And the watercolor skill Amy has is just awe inspiring on it's own! I wish I could paint like that! And Randi (who is recovering at home now from her horror story of a surgery) picked the - April Fool's Day prank. I love this idea! I'm going to have to save it away for next year, or maybe just a trickster day this summer!

  jello final

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Candy Gift Toppers; A guest post

Hi everyone! This is Steph from Crafting in the Rain. I'll be bringing you today's post while Randi keeps working on getting better. 


The year that my youngest sister turned 9, whenever her friends asked what she wanted for her birthday, she just told them candy. You can imagine the sugary aftermath of that birthday party. My kids also like to pick out candy for their friends, but I like to make sure there's a useful gift involved too--craft kit, toy, game, etc (I'm guessing the other moms appreciate this as well)  To make it more fun that just throwing a pack of candy into the gift bag though, we make it part of the packaging! Start by wrapping the gift (I like to use brown kraft paper or this white paper from IKEA because then you really notice the candy)

Pixy Stix Bow for a Present Topper

Tie string, twine or ribbon around the package and tie in a knot on top. Pinch the bag of candy in the middle and tie the string around to hold it in place and keep the bow shape. Trim the excess. I used a Skittles bag, a fun size M&Ms bag and then I made a star shape out of Pixy Stix! Use a twist tie to wrap around the middles of the sticks so they stay, before tying the string around them.


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

and then the worst happened...The Final Part

I am happy to say that I am home.

Maybe it was the last two days when then doctors came to talk to me and I couldn't stop crying during our appointments that they felt bad, but I just wanted to be at home.  I couldn't control my emotions. They also removed my feeding tube.

It was strange leaving the hospital.  They came over, removed my IV, gave me a little packet and sent me on my way.  15 days in the hospital and all I had to do was push a button at the end of the hall and I was free.

Not only was it strange leaving the hospital, it was kinda scary too.  I am afraid of the unknown.  I am afraid of this happening again.  Chances are slim and as long as I eat properly, I should be back to running 5ks soon, back to crafting like a mad woman and getting busy again.  But for now, I am ok with taking it slow.  With my mother-in-law here with us, it's going to be easier for me.  She can help step in where I need the help during the day, or when I just need a break because I am still so tired during the day.

The other insanely amazing thing was coming home was seeing a fridge (actually both our fridges) stocked, and I do mean STOCKED, with food that our friends have brought by for us.  My house was also cleaned since a friend came cleaned.  My pantry was stocked, there were all kinds of treats and flowers.  I still am getting people asking me if we need food and people still offering to help.

On top of my dad flying out, my mother-in-law flew out the day after Matt called and asked her to come, and she is here as long as I need her.

I had friends on my online discussion board do a collection and sent me a care package that was INCREDIBLE!

Since I was hospitalized for Lucy's 6th birthday, we had to cancel her party but my friends showed up on her birthday, balloons and party hats in hand and threw her an amazing party so she would feel special on her birthday.

The amount of support, cards, texts, emails, food, help...I have been so humbled.  There are not words for me to use to describe my gratitude to everyone in the community around me that has helped even strangers, that has taken time out of their own day to help my family and myself.  It quite literally brings me to sobs in happiness.  I don't know how I will ever repay these amazing acts of kindness, but I won't ever stop trying.

So I am home.  I am on the mend.  And where this won't be an easy process, it will be one that I will take my time on so that I can get better the right way and not end up in this situation again.

Thank you everyone for your kind words, your emails, your texts, your EVERYTHING.  You have no idea what it all has meant to me.