Thursday, October 4, 2012…

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It’s another sleepless morning…

W o w ! This week has been a whirlwind of fun & fear, meltdowns & mayhem! But we found THE ONE!!! Ya’ll, we cannot wait to look at it for a third time this am and then make them an offer!!! YIKES! Please pray with us that everything goes well! It’s got pretty much everything on our list, except the Quartz countertops…which I will be calling on the BEST countertop business there is…Encounters of Arkansas, Inc. So very thankful for Shawn (my brother-in-law) because I can’t do Laminate long term, outside of a rental!

God has done it again! Through all the tears and worry, I still can’t believe that we went from a list of 34 houses to the ONE! I have to say, the whole process was much easier with our WONDERFUL, AMAZING, HYSTERICAL & HONEST realtor, Jackie! She will never know how much we appreciate her, she made this process less scary, fun and calming! THANK YOU, Jackie!!! The Pottery Barn and Coach outlets (yes, there are outlets near!!!) are calling our names!!!

I have made three friends, so far…Jackie, Amy (Jason’s wife – Collin’s coworker) and Jennifer (Scotty’s wife – also a coworker of Collin’s) and on Friday I meet some more wives!!! I’ve even done some Arbonne/3 Fold Threads networking!!! ; )

I only had one meltdown yesterday…no, make that two because I talked to my sister! Feeling very happy and blessed! I’ll post pictures soon!

Love ya’ll!!!
💚 Collin & Andi

House Hunting Kentucky style…

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Ahh, here it is 5:15 am (Kentucky time) on October 2nd…room is dark & FREEZING, hubs and puppies asleep…I woke up wide awake! Ugh!

So many emotions going on right now. It’s becoming real to me that this is really happening! I’m ELATED to be on this journey of moving to a new place, where I know zilch & know no one. But it’s also been VERY hard knowing I’m about to leave everyone and everything I have ever known. Yes, I have made 1…ONE…friend, so far, but back home I have MANY friends and family!!! S C A R Y !

I have figured out my way around a bit, around the hotel. But y’all, I. Am. Lost. I can’t remember where to turn to go here or how to get back to there…thank GOD for GPS!

We finally found a house that we are in LOVE with. We even went back to it about 3-4 times just to look at it again. {Its the one I posted to Facebook} But we found out yesterday that it is no longer available. {Insert tears here!}

So, now we’re back to square one. YAY! Sunday & Monday, we drove around looking at neighborhoods we liked/didn’t like. Online there were some that looked amazing, but when we got here and found them…yeah, they were nixed…FAST! We came here with 34 houses to look at and over the course of two days, I managed to mark off half of them. 😞

I know that it will take time to adjust to the move and the upcoming changes. But I have had several meltdowns a day, realizing that I’m moving and the awesome friends and family I won’t see as often. I won’t be able to have my precious nieces & nephews over for the afternoon or evening or go over to my sisters’ houses just to see/talk to them. I won’t be able to just hop in the car and buzz over to Jennifer’s (either of you!). I won’t be able to beg and plead with Leslie to come on a road trip adventure for the day with me. I wont have an amazing family to nanny for that blesses me daily (times TWO!) I won’t be able to meet up with Devin & Amy, Nikki & Maddie, Katie, my parents, or ANY/EVERYONE for dinner on a whim.

Not seeing Arkansas stuff everywhere or see Razorbacks everywhere (as awful as they are right now, I will ALWAYS be a piggie…and you will NEVER see UK anything in my house!!!).
I have to find new doctors, new job, new friends…the list goes on…

It’s. So. Hard.

The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that I have a loving and supportive husband and a heavenly Father that has/will guide our steps in the direction we are supposed to go. THANK YOU, Jesus!!! He has provided sooooo much for us, so far, and I know He will continue.

Please join us in prayer for this trip to find the house/church/etc that we need (or at least be on that path!).

On a lighter note, we have KROGER and its a marketplace and its H U G E ! And by huge, I mean GINORMOUS!!! I couldn’t even fit the whole thing in a picture. And I was so excited I sent a picture of it to my parents. Haha!

Thank you for you support, love & prayers…we appreciate you!

💚 ya’ll, Collin & Andi

eating the Arbonne way…

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Friends,

I have been trying to lose weight for several months now…successfully, but not as fast as I’d like!  I’m going to try a new program…the Arbonne program!  If you don’t know me well, you should know that I  L O V E  me some Arbonne!  {I actually started my own Arbonne business in 2010!}  I am wanting to start the detox FULL FORCE and see how much I can lose in the next couple of months! If any of you would like to know more about it, message me and we can chat!  I’m going to be posting recipes on here after I try them…letting you know if I {and the hubs} have enjoyed them or not!

I’m hoping that if anyone else is struggling with weightless, that this might be inspiring and encouraging, as it is providing great and helpful resources!

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meals for G & S!

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As we all know, I’m trying to change my lifestyle (of eating poorly and not exercising enough) to a much better one! As I know it’s important for Collin and I to eat well, we want the newest member of our family {Gus} to eat healthily, as well. So, I did some research today and found some recipes I’m going to try out for him to try. I wanted to share them with you, as I know I have many friends that have pets and would might want these! ; )

Meatloaf for Dogs with Veggies

This meatloaf for dogs recipe steps out of the dog treat arena and more into the entree area.

It’s definately to share with others! (or save for a few meals…)

More and more dog guardians are cooking for their dogs.

Why?

Cooking for your dogs means you know exactly what they’re eating.

Protein, vegetables and dairy makes a dinner full of vitamins and nutrients. Even if you normally feed a high quality kibble, you gotta admit, fresh, minimally processed food has to be better for your pooch. 😉

Meatloaf with Vegetables (makes a great b’day “cake”)
Ingredients:
1/2 cup barley
4 cups lowfat, low-sodium chicken broth
1-1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey
1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup finely chopped vegetables such as carrot, spinach, and zucchini
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:
Add barley and broth to saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 50 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, add meat, cottage cheese, eggs, oats, veggies.
Mix thoroughly. Add cooled barley broth and the olive oil. Mix well.

Add mixture to loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until done. Freezes well.

As I really liked that one, I also came across another one that sounded tasty!
Putting your loving dog on a healthy diet is really easy – all it really takes is heart and some simple cooking skills. With all the home made recipes for German Shepherds using natural ingredients, you will never run out of new meals that your dog can truly drool over. All you have to do now is come up with a diet plan for your dog, as consulted with your veterinarian.

One of the most typical recipes for homemade dog food combines meat, vegetables, and grains into one appetizing meal. One such meal specifically from home made recipes for German Shepherds calls for such natural ingredients:
2 lbs hamburger
10 oz shrimp or lobster
1 cup raw liver
1 boiled potato
2 cups of rolled oats
¼ cup blueberries
½ cup brown rice
¼ cup wheat germ
¼ cup brewer’s yeast and a tad of cinnamon.

Combine beef, boiled potato and shrimp or lobster and put all in a food processor.
Crush the blueberries into a mushy fruit paste.
Blend together all the ingredients and roll into a ball.
This is meant to be fed fresh and raw.

Another one of those healthy, yet delectable recipes for home made dog food is an all-natural dog food which has the following ingredients:
8 cups oats
2 cups brown rice
6 cups barley
2 lbs carrots (grated)
3-4 bunches of broccoli (stems grated and florets chopped)
6 zucchini (grated)
½ bunch parsley (chopped).

This treat is easy to make.
Using two 8 quart stock pots cook the oats, while in another pot brown rice and barley.
Then let cool, preferably over night.
Chop the vegetables and puree using a food processor.
Combine all the ingredients and shape into balls.
Freeze for future consumption.
This treat will have your dog begging for more and forgetting about dry tasteless dog food in an instant.

When you make your own dog food from recipes like these, keep in mind that when you’re using natural ingredients, the food spoils easily so you must just make enough food that could last for a span of a few days – depending on the shelf-life of the ingredients.

Natural ingredients in dog foods are very beneficial in providing your dogs with the proper minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that he needs. When you make your own dog food you are in control of your dog’s diet, so you are certain that your dog is getting all that he needs. So what are you waiting for? Get in that kitchen and whip your dog up the food he deserves.

Hope you all have fun trying out these awesome {NATURAL} recipes for our furry loved ones! ; )

little rock’s fork & talk…

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Well, Saturday, Paige and I made our way over to Trio’s for the 2nd Annual Fork and Talk with CraftGossip.com. As always, we got a goody bag of FREE items donated from EK Success {event sponsor}, a wonderful FREE lunch, while enjoying a fabulous time of fellowship with friends from last year and a few new ones.

While there, we got to put together one of the crafts from EK Success. {Did I mention how many FUN items we got from them…for FREE?!?!} The craft they picked for us to do is a pre-made kit for a felt/cork coaster and a coffee cup cozy. A-DOR-A-BLE!!! Seriously, loved putting it together and seeing the end project.

We also decorated our team leader’s picture, editors from CraftGossip.com – they each had a table – as creatively as possible in 5 minutes. Our wonderful waitress was actually our judge and decided which team won. {NOT MINE! HAHA!}

I love these get-togethers because you get contact information from people from all around the country that you otherwise would probably never meet. Also, we got all these wonderful items {THANK YOU, EK Success!!!} to use however we want!

As promised, here are our pictures…


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and an even better week! Within the next couple of days, I’ll be posting about the new grandbaby!!! ; ) It’s her B I G reveal! ; )

introducing…

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Oh, friends!

I am beyond excited to share with you a special gift my family received two weeks ago today…

This is our sweet, little Lily!

I have been back home for two weeks and missing my hugs and luvins from my Isy and Lily!  And yes, Isy was SUPER excited about her too!

       <- Getting ready to meet her            < – READY! All changed in her “Big Sis” shirt!

And while I was there, I stayed with Meme and took her to meet the baby…she wasn’t at ALL happy about it…these pictures prove it! ; )

          

I don’t think it gets sweeter than this woman!  She loves her babies!

Meeting Lily for the first time ->         She loves kissing her baby! ->  

…and FINALLY, some DeeDee time!!! ; )

Oh, the smell of a baby makes me melt!  Love my babies!  Mommy, Daddy and both girls are doing wonderful!  So precious, these kids are!

learning to use coupons…

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Well, I’ve decided to jump in with both feet, to coupon. I have looked EVERYWHERE for a great book to recreate…and I wasn’t able to find one that I liked.  My cousin,  Paige, found one on Etsy that I fell in LOVE with…downside – THE GIRL IS ON VACATION! I was SO sad.  Why is it that I found what I loved and BAM, can’t have it.  BUH!  So, I decided to make my own!  (Pictures to come!)

I worked for about an hour {once I figured out what I needed to do/not to do, it went a LOT faster} and I was DONE!  Final project leaves me with 70…SEVENTY!!!…pockets for coupons.  2 Large, 4 Medium and 66 {SIXTY SIX} regular sized pockets.  I could not believe what a mere $5 and a couple of hours {after picking out my coordinating colors! ; )} could really make.

Now that the binder/wallet thing was done, I needed to figure out what to label all 70 pockets.  Fun part, right?  NO!  I couldn’t think of ONE label I wanted to make for the pockets.  NOT ONE!  Frustrated? YES!  I searched all OVER the internet…nothing.  Everything that was within reach was for 12-14 pockets…I had a full store of pockets and had NO CLUE what to label them.  SO, I searched some more and finally found this website. She had a TON of categories and lots more interesting information to coupon.  I was in coupon heaven!

Here are her categories…

27 Aisle by Aisle Categories:

Baby/Children
Baked Goods
Beverages
Breakfast Products
Condiments/Baking
Dairy
Deli Meats/Cheeses
Energy/Diet Foods
Ethnic Foods
Feminine Products
Frozen Foods
Health Foods
Health/Beauty Aids
Household
Insect Control
Laundry
Meats
Media
Pantry
Paper/Plastic
Pet
Pharmacy
Produce
Refrigerated
Restaurant Coupons
Sauces
Snacks
Store Cards/Coupons

Categories with Sub Categories for the Super Organized:

Baby/Children
Baby Food
Bath/Lotions
Diapers
Educational
Formula
Medicine
Toys
Wipes

Baked Goods
Bagels
Breads
Desserts

Beverages
Cocoa
Coffee & Creamers
Drink Mixes
Energy Drinks
Juice
Misc.
Soda
Tea
Water

Breakfast Products
Cereal Bars
Dry Cereal
Hot Cereal
Syrups
Waffles

Condiments/Baking
Baking Basics
Cake Mixes/Frosting
Ketchup
Mustard
Oil
Olives
Pickles
Salad Dressings
Spreads
Sweeteners
Vinegar

Dairy
Butter
Cheese
Dips
Eggs
Ice Cream
Milk
Sour Cream
Whipped Cream
Yogurt

Energy/Diet Foods

Ethnic Foods

Feminine Products
Pads
Reproduction
Tampons

Frozen Foods
Breads
Breakfast
Desserts
Fruits
Meats/Entrees
Pizza
Seafood
Vegetables

Health Foods

Health/Beauty Aids
Deodorant
Fragrance
Hair Care
Hair Coloring
Lotions/Creams
Make-up
Misc.
Nail care
Oral Care
Sanitizer
Sanitizers
Shaving Products
Shower Products

Household
Air Fresheners
Batteries
Carpet Cleaning
Charcoal
Cleaning
Cookware
Dish Detergents
Light Bulbs
Misc. Household
Tape
Water Softeners

Insect Control

Laundry
Detergent
Softeners
Stain Removers
Starch

Meats
Canned
Canned/Pouches
Fresh
Hot Dogs
Lunch Meat
Sausage
Sausage/Dried
Seafood

Media

Pantry
Boxed Dinners
Canned Meats/Meals
Canned Milk
Canned Veggies
Canned/Boxed Veggies
Canned/Jarred Fruit
Dessert Mixes
Food Preservation
Food Toppings
Misc
Misc. Canned
Pasta
Peanut Butter
Rice
Soups
Spaghetti Sauces
Spices/Seasonings
Stuffing
Sweeteners

Paper/Plastic
Facial Tissue
Foil
Garbage Bags
Misc. Paper
Napkins
Paper Plates & Cups
Paper Towels
Plastic Wrap
Storage Bags
Storage Containers
Toilet Paper
Wax Paper
Wipes

Pet
Bird
Cat
Dog
Litter
Medications
Misc.
Other

Pharmacy
Allergy
Antacid
Antibiotics
Bandages
Bladder Control
Cold/Allergy
Cough Drops
Cream Pain Relief
Diabetic Supplies
Ear Care
Eye Care
First Aid
Foot Care
Laxatives
Lip
Medical Hardware
Misc.
Nose
Pain Relief
Prescription Meds
Skin
Sunscreen
Supplements
Vitamins
Weight Loss/Diet Pills

Produce

Restaurant Coupons

Sauces
BBQ Sauces
Gravies
Marinades/Meats

Snacks
Candy
Chips/Dip
Cookies
Crackers
Fruit Snacks
Granola Bars
Gum/Mints
Misc.
Nuts
Popcorn
Pudding Gelatin

Store Cards/Coupons

Great, right? RIGHT!  So, now I have a new coupon binder/wallet and labels…now, if I can only remember to carry it and use the coupons! ; )  I’ll be updating on this, as I start to use it.  Later this week, I’ll post some useful sites too.