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Well, let me start by saying I am a reading fiend! I go in spurts and am currently in an ON cycle, much to my husband's dismay. BUT, it doesn't mean he doesn't get to reap the benefits from my reading ON cycles.........

For instance, I was M.I.A. yesterday because I was busy reading Bared to You by Sylvia Day. It's theme is along the lines of 50 Shades of Gray and Twilight without supernatural characters. (I loved those books too!) It was steamy and had good character development with a plot to boot. The characters were flawed and dimensional in a realistic kind of way. I mostly like that it gives just a little more oomph...... Okay, who am I kidding, it was like reading porn with a plot, but better, because it was a book and you get to imagine what you want without watching a screen with bad actors/actresses. My husband finds this amusing, especially since I'm not big into watching smutty movies.I'm sure there are other women like me who can read the hell out of it too!

That's not all I like to read though, super smutty with plots is not my only genre. I like a lot of series and classics too. Although I am in a Romance kind of mood right now. I also read this cute series with no smut called Bluegrass State of Mind, Risky Shot, and Dead Heat by Kathleen Brooks. They sound tawdry, but they really aren't. They were really cute and suspenseful. Each book revolves around a group of 3 friends, but each female was the lead character of their own book. I loved so much how it captures perfectly a small town atmosphere, and more importantly the female leads were strong and empowered even though they were very much victims, they did not act like one. With that being said, they are very much romance novels and really short and sweet. My one complaint however, is who falls in love at first sight, really? It seems like in every romance/smutty book I've read recently, everyone and I mean every single one of the lead characters fall in love at first sight. Damn you Disney Princess Effect! Real life is not always happily ever after. Then again, I guess that's why I like so many others are drawn to these kinds of books.

So what are you reading? I sure could use some recommendations.

SUIT dogs

I am pretty much addicted to just about every primetime show on USA. In particular, our dinner tonight is a homage to SUITS. I mean really, how cute is Gabriel Macht, right???

So here's a new recipe, at least new to me and a little bit tweaked:


1 package of hot dogs (used Turkey dogs to keep it a little bit healthier for our son)
1 tube of Crescent Rolls
2 slices of cheddar cheese (any cheese will do, American, cheddar, swiss.....)

Slice hot dog down the middle, but not all the way through and leave about 2 cm from the tips. I kept my slice about the same length of the cheese. Quarter cheese slices on the horizontal/vertical. Insert cheese into slice. Wrap cresecent roll around the dog leaving cheese side up. Bake for 12-13 minutes at 375.

For our lactose intolerant friends, omit the cheese and call it a dog in a blanket instead! :)

Overall, it's pretty easy peasy and has only 3 ingredients. I love it! Especially when your tired and don't have the energy to cook a feast. Let me know what you think.


Wednesday! It's hump day, woot WOOT!!!

I tried explaning the concept to Nate this morning and he told me Wednesdays can't have humps or be called hump day because it is not an animal and then he proceeded to laugh at his joke calling it hillarious. He is a funny kid. I LOVE him soooo much and the best part about Wednesdays is that he gets out of school at 12:35. It is pretty awesome! I just wish this stormy weather would pass or at least visit our friends in states that need it. At the rate we're going my backyard, better known as Bayou Lederer will be home to alligators and catfish! Pics to follow.....

P.S. Since my day is not over yet, I think I'll be kind  and work on our gourmet dinner of hotdogs in a blanket and homemade french fries courtesy of @thepioneerwoman and then maybe, just maybe, do some laundry for the hubs.

To Blog or Not to Blog.....

So, I am new to being a "Stay at Home Mom" or SAHM and to blogging. Am finding that it would be nice to have a new outlet since my son Nate has started First Grade yesterday. Lately it has been hard trying to get into a good routine. I look at all my friends who are SAHMs and they make it look so easy. I've only ever worked and put my career first for 15 years. I was miserable and desperately needed a change. I am super glad and thankful to have this opportunity and hope that I can make it work for our family.

I am going to share a few of the things things that I am learning from this experience so far:
  • Being a SAHM is not just sitting around watching TV and eating bon-bons.
Well, not counting today anyway. Do ho-ho's count as bon-bons? I digress, as I was saying...... Being a SAHM is not as easy as I thought it would be. Haven't quite found my rhythm yet, but I feel like I'm getting there slow and steady. More slow than steady, but am getting there!

The first two weeks were really busy and I had planned and scheduled everything and the days flew by! This past week in a half, however, I've been recovering from guests and laying low and going with the flow. By going with the flow, I mean, mostly playing the Sims 3, watching Shark Week, etc. It's been kind of slow and still kind of fast. I have to rely to the calendar on my phone just to keep the days straight. We are trying to work our way back into a better schedule. It's so much easier in the summer. With school, my day now revolves around getting up at 6:30 to get him to school by 7:20 am. It's really rough considering this summer we got to sleep in until 9-10:00 am. Looking back it was such a lovely luxury!

Once, Nate is dropped off at school, I have a block of 6 hours that I know I should be cleaning or organizing, or crafting, or something stay at home momish. Instead it has been a little overwhelming for me and I sit around doing nothing truly productive until I leave the house at 1:30 to pick him up. I used to think "What will I do with myself" now that I have all of this time and would I be any good at being idle? Up until July, my life revolved around schedules and productivity. And, now the answer to my "What will I do wih myself?" question is, nothing. I am perfectly good at doing nothing but watching tv, reading books and playing games- the Sims, facebook, addictive games, etc. It's quite scary. Andvon another note, the one truly somewhat productive thing I have to show, is that I've improved my cooking and baking skills. Minimal processed foods now and from scratch desserts! That should count for something, right? Which leads me to:
  • Organization is definitely the Mother of necessity!
I find that most of my SAHM friends are UBER organized. Which sadly, I am not. At least not in my own home for extended or consecutive periods of time. I can go to your home or anyone else's home and clean and organize the hell out of it, just not mine. I think it's an illness or a mental block. I really do! It's not a filthy environment, more of a cluttered environment. Just hoping and praying there is someone else out there that suffers from this affliction. Thus, my first goal is to MASTER HOME ORGANIZATION.

We now have a 10 minute tidy rule to maintain our main living areas and we are trying to do all the cleaning during the week so that we may enjoy our weekends and not have to loose time to cleaning. This is my biggest challenge in being consistent, but we're getting there. More importantly, thank goodness for other blogs and Pinterest. It's been time consucking (emphasis on consucking and not just consuming) and quite helpful in this new endeavor!  Now if only there were a laundry and garage cleaning fairy!
  • Coupons are your Friend.
Never really been a coupon person. Not even a little. I'm not a crazy or extreme couponer that you see on tv. I do however, find that clipping coupons from the Sunday paper and hitting up coupon sites does help to save a little money. I'm sure I could do better than the $35 I saved yesterday, but I'm okay with only using coupons for the items I actually need or use. Lord knows going from dual incomes to a single income has been a challenge!
  • Meal planning ROCKS!
I heart meal planning so much. I get to try new recipes and it helps save so much money at the grocery store! I am so thankful for my good friend @kenzieshores suggestions and have now successfully created a 2 week menu. Who knows, it may even evolve to a different meal each night of the week???

Bless my husband's heart, he has his hands full. Oh, and any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Until next time, wish us luck!




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