Saturday, December 26, 2015

A New Countdown

It has started.

My 39th Birthday is in 39 days.
Which means the Twins have their 6th Birthday in 30 days.

They are having separate parties this year with 2 entirely different themes. I am going to need the full month to prep.

Sam wants a Dinosaur mash-up party. Jurassic World, The Good Dinosaur and just plain dinos.

Jay wants a MATH party. Yes, a math party. Number sentences on the streamers, counting games, cupcakes in the shape of a 6. I am happy to comply.

First thing on the long, long, long TO DO list:

#1 - Clean up Christmas.
The boys will be in PHX for the rest of their Winter Break. So that gives me time to get everything packed up and stored away.

#2 - Organize their rooms.
They now have their own bedrooms. I need to consolidate my craft supplies so Jay has a place for all his art supplies. I need to put up his posters and get him some clothing storage. Sam needs major help with his toys. The Lego blocks seem to take over so I need to get him a place to build. Then we just need to apply OCD to the closet of toys. Thankfully he has clothing storage, just have to get his stuff put away.

#3 - Assess the damage to my room.
My bedroom tends to be the catch all when other rooms are organized. I need to purge my room. Organize stuff. Set up a blogging spot with my planner, TV, and bookcase.

#4 - Put the living room back together.
I need to add some blanket storage and seating.

#5 - Send out invites.
After I decide on how many kids can be invited, we can see the times and see if I have enough time to tear down one party and set up the next one.

Ok, I think that is a good start to my list. I plan to come back with pictures of ideas, links to the Pinterest boards, and updates.
Right now, I am going to netflix and chill. ALONE. I am getting to watch whatever I want in my own bed without distraction. Having a TV in my room is currently a blessing but it might become a curse.

I hope you all had a
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! 

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Thanks so much. 
Love ya. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Barbeque Chicken & Bacon Cheesy Bites

I never know what to make for dinner. So I came up with this tonight all on my own.

My boys aren't that picky, but some nights they barely eat. I tend to end up making something from the freezer. The nights I do cook, I end up with leftovers. I have been wanting to make a taco ring that I saw on Pinterest. I had all the ingredients in my kitchen and I was set to make it. I planned to use chicken instead of beef. Then I had a great idea! (Well, I hope it is. It is in the oven right now.) I had fully cooked bacon in the fridge and some leftover barbeque sauce from a fast food restaurant. (Don't you keep them? I have taco sauce, ketchup, BBQ, mustard and lots of napkins.)

Everything was in my kitchen. Crescent Rolls, Cheese, Bacon, Chicken, BBQ Sauce
I love using my pizza stone. It is well used. For me it is the best choice for baking crescent rolls. I popped open the crescent rolls, grabbed the cheese, chicken and bacon, and a couple barbeque sauce packets.

Unroll crescent rolls, top with cheese and BBQ sauce,
It is super simple to make. I didn't even measure anything out. You could easily double this to make a larger serving. I only used one 8 count tube of crescent rolls. If you used two, then the finished product would be more of a ring than a packet like mine.

I used fully cooked chicken and bacon which saved extra time. You could cook this yourself or substitute with ground beef, turkey or even steak strips. I chose the quick and easy version.

I love to be honest on my blog, so you can see that my oven desperately needs to be cleaned. (I didn't show the stove top because none of the pinterest tricks have worked to get that clean.) To be honest, I don't really like to cook anymore. It used to be fun to come up with new recipes from whatever was in my kitchen. Now, I tend to throw something together just to get the boys fed. This was super simple and required little thought!

Don't forget to preheat your oven, I seem to always skip that step. 

Well it just came out of the oven, so here is the recipe. I hope it tastes as good as it looks! Try it and let me know what you think.

Barbeque Chicken & Bacon Cheesy Bites

You will need -

crescent rolls (8 count)
fully cooked bacon (4 strips)
fully cooked chicken strips
shredded cheese (colby jack or cheddar)
barbeque sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 1 - unroll crescent rolls into a starburst on a stone or baking sheet
Step 2 - sprinkle shredded cheese 
Step 3 - add barbeque sauce
Step 4 - Add chicken and bacon
Step 5 - top with more cheese and barbeque sauce
Step 6 - roll up the crescent rolls
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden brown

Let cool and then cut into bite size slices.

OK - so I had to try it before I could finish editing this post. It was so good. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Most of my readers know that I have bipolar disorder. I also deal with depression, anxiety and some OCD tendencies. In the last month or so I have also had a case of the winter blues. SAD is Seasonal Affective Disorder. It can be diagnosed after 3 consecutive winters. I have had it for 5 years while living in Flagstaff. It was very mild in Phoenix for obvious reasons but it was still there lingering in the background.  I borrowed this information from Mental Health America.


A diagnosis of SAD can be made after three consecutive winters of the following symptoms if they are also followed by complete remission of symptoms in the spring and summer months:
  • Depression: misery, guilt, loss of self-esteem, hopelessness, despair, and apathy
  • Anxiety: tension and inability to tolerate stress
  • Mood changes: extremes of mood and, in some, periods of mania in spring and summer
  • Sleep problems: desire to oversleep and difficulty staying awake or, sometimes, disturbed sleep and early morning waking
  • Lethargy: feeling of fatigue and inability to carry out normal routine
  • Overeating: craving for starchy and sweet foods resulting in weight gain
  • Social problems: irritability and desire to avoid social contact
My migraines are better managed using blackout curtains. It keeps the house dark but with even shorter days in the winter months, I increase my symptoms of SAD. What I didn't know is that melatonin production is increased in the dark. This causes me to sleep more which keeps me in my dark bedroom which increases my melatonin. Great little circle I have going, huh? 

The worst symptoms for me is the difficulty in staying awake. I have to fight to keep my eyes open. I also overeat constantly, even when I am not hungry at all. It is also hard for me to be social during these months. I can be myself online but I don't want to go out and do anything. Well I want to, but I can't. I just have no wanting or motivation. 

A friend posted this video link on my facebook yesterday. It was the perfect blend of calming words and haunting music. 

Luckily I have some great friends that will push me to get out of the house. Plus I drive the boys to school each day so I have to get out of bed. Sometimes I don't change out of my pajamas though :) Have you dealt with SAD? What are your tips for beating the winter blues?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Blessing

Today my boys were blessed with a Christmas shopping spree thanks to the Elks Lodge of Flagstaff.

Lodge members picked up the boys this morning. They were taken to Target to shop and given $100 to shop. They were allowed to pick out their own gifts.

Sam got 2 new pairs of sweat pants, a dinosaur shirt, a Xmas sweater, Paw Patrol underwear, a garbage truck, a firetruck, full size dinosaur sheet set and he picked out some pajamas for his brother.

Jay got the same pajamas (lol) with kitty cats in glasses, a kitty cat hoodie, a kitty cat purse, 2 packs of Pokémon cards, Pokémon underwear, and a pink flannel kitty cat sheet set.

After shopping they headed back to the Elks Lodge. They had hot dogs and cheeseburgers with french fries for all the kids. After they ate they got to see Santa. He had a wrapped present for each child. Jay got a talking Minion toy and Sam got a toy tool kit.

Three members took Sam, Jay and another little boy out for the day. When I thanked them they said it was their pleasure to do this for the boys; and to share their Christmas excitement. They said it was emotional for them and proud to be Elk Members.

Thank you so much to The Elks Lodge for giving my boys an amazing Christmas gift. They will remember this for a long time.
Sam and Jay immediately wanted their new clothes and sheets to go in the washing machine! They are now happily playing with new toys in their room.

Thank you.
Merry Christmas.