Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cara Box Reveal!!

Cara Box

This month was my second time participating in the 
Cara Box gift exchange, hosted by Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals.

I was matched with two lovely ladies and our goal was to get to know
each other and send our Cara Boxes out with items that have to do with this months theme.
This months theme was 'regional' so after getting to know my new blogger friends,
I started thinking of local things from around town and around Connecticut that I could send off.

Both times I've done the Cara Box exchange I've been partnered with some really awesome girls
This month I met Laura (I sent to her) and Amberly (she sent to me).

I always feel like Connecticut and New England have a very specific feel.  
You just can't get that feeling of crisp fall air, old colonial houses, clam chowder, 
and fresh ocean air anywhere else in the country.
I've lived here all my life, so I was super excited to be getting
Amerbly's box all the way from Utah!

We had some lovely email chats getting to know each other and
she did a great job sending me some really awesome stuff.
Although, we both agreed that this months theme was more 
challenging that we originally thought!

Here's what she sent me:

First she sent me some beautiful lavender for my garden!

And she sent me this awesome Stephen's hot chocolate.  
It's pretty funny she sent this actually because we used this exact brand of
hot apple cider mix for our wedding favors!
I had no idea it was made in Utah.

A 'hope' rock. 
To symbolize hope after Sandy Hook.
And we also may have had this little joke about me growing rocks in my garden.

And finally The Piano Guys CD!
Because I play the piano.
I've seen their videos before and these guys are insane!
Again, never new they were from Utah.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Music Heals All.

Hey Guys!
I know I've been a bit of a slacker recently and 
I missed 4 days of the blog everyday in May challenge.
{insert sad face here}

I really am a bit disappointed in myself because 
I really did want to blog EVERYday in May and
clearly I haven't done it.

But if there's one thing I've learned it's that sometimes
life just gets in the way. And that's basically what happened this weekend.
So here I am. Ready to finish this thing out strong!

Also, don't miss my guest post today over at 
Something About You & Me

And make sure you check out Cheltee's blog while you're over there.
It's awesome and I always love reading her posts!

Today's topic is

five songs or pieces of music that speak to you

This was definitely tough.
Songs that speak to me, huh?
I'm not entirely sure what that means but I'll pick
a few of my favorites and that's gonna have to do.

one. Fix You / / Coldplay

I tried to find the original video for this and I failed miserably.
It's a beautiful songs and I think it'll always be a favorite.
It's been my husband and my's song since just about the minute we started dating. 
I just love it :)

two. Shake it Out / / Glee Cast


I'll admit it.
I was an avid Glee watcher for a while,
and then the show just got so totally out of control 
and ridiculous I had to cut it off
 (sorry if you're a glee fan, that's just the way I feel).
However, I thought they did a fantastic job with this song
and I thought the context they used it in was perfect.
That's why I included a clip from the actual show.
Because I thought it was really moving.

three. Fighter / / Gym Class Heroes


This was one of those songs I really didn't like all that much at first,
but then I saw it in a movie trailer and it just got me.
You ever have moments like that?
I can always listen to this song when I'm feeling down
and usually by the end I'm totally pumped up. Love it.

four. Whatever It Is / / Zac Brown Band


No explanation for this one. 
Just love it!

That's all I got.
I know it's not five songs but theses were the ones I came up with after a lot of thought.
So these are the ones I'm sticking with.

Which songs are your favorite?

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Nasty Habits.

Day 24 of the blog everyday in May challenge!

Your top 3 worst traits
I worry about everything.

I hate the fact that I am constantly in a state of worry. And yet, I can't seem to get myself to relax either.
I worry that while I'm at work something will happen to our house and the dogs will be in danger.
I worry at night when I'm falling asleep that I hear something and we're all in danger.
I worry about work, and that meeting I have tomorrow, and how I'm going to get everything done that I need to get done in the next few days. Worry, worry, worry. And I hate it. But I'm working on it!

I'm not very good at speaking my feelings.

Whether they are happy feelings or bad feelings, sometimes I just don't feel like saying it.
This can really be a problem with my husband or family and friends. 
For example, I might feel overly happy with my relationship. You know, 
sometimes you just get those swells of emotion and you're totally overwhelmed by 
how much you love someone? Most people would view that as a good opportunity to tell their spouse that. Me? I bottle it up inside and just don't say anything. I'm not sure why I do that 
but it's a really bad trait.

I don't take well to change.

And who really does? But I mean I REALLY don't take well to it. 
I usually get so ridiculously stressed out and end up having a complete mental breakdown,
which my poor husband has the job of pulling me out of. I think I've gotten a little bit better about this over the past couple of years. Mostly thanks to my husband.

Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad)

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Life's Little Lessons.

Hello beautiful people!
It's day 23 of the challenge.
I know I didn't blog yesterday but quite honestly,
I just didn't feel like ranting about anything.

I'm not sure it's a bad thing...
that I chose not to rant.
Sure, there were things I could have
picked that really bother me and sure, 
maybe it would have been nice to rant.
But I dunno, I just wasn't in a ranting mood.
So I didn't.

Today we're discussing..

things you've learned that school won't teach you

Oh wow.

I learned a lot in school.
You know, all the really necessary stuff
like, how to find the symbolism in
Lord of the Flies, how to find the tangent of z,
how to find the absolute value,
and of course, all the kings and queens of
England for the past 4,000 years.

Stuff I really get to apply in my everyday life.
But seriously, looking back at high school it's amazing how little I actually knew.
Here's some of the things I think are the most important learnings of my adult life.

Being a bad communicator can be your downfall.

I've pretty much learned this through my relationship with my husband.
I've talked a lot on this blog about how he came along and saved me from my
awful communication skills. Now I see how much that could have screwed me up
in my everyday life. Not just in my relationship.
If people don't know how you're feeling or what you want to say,
well, then they definitely can't help you out.

Your pets can make your day. Everyday.

Ok, maybe I've know this one for a long time,
but I definitely didn't learn it in school.

EVERYONE will never like you.

Did that make sense?
I spent my entire high school career worried
about what other people were thinking about me.
Even now, I'm a huge people pleaser.
But I think I've come to grips with the fact that not
everyone is going to like me. And that's ok.

Just because you're good at something doesn't mean it's always easy.

I'm still learning this one.
It's hard to understand that just because you have a talent
for something doesn't mean that it's going to be easy.
Some days it'll come easy, others it will be like pulling teeth.
It's just the natural ebb and flow of life.
Easy, then hard, easy, then hard.

Here's a great example of this life lesson.
I think I'm a pretty decent writer.
I enjoy writing. But it doesn't always come easy.
I ALWAYS have difficulty ending my posts.
Do I do a brief summary?
Do I just cut it off?
Do I sign it like a letter?
Ugh! I just never know.

So for today I'll just say,
Until tomorrow!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Top Ten.

Day 21.

a list of links to your favorite posts in your archives

Today we're talking about our favorite posts in our archives!
I'm pretty excited about this one.
It was fun to look back and see all the stuff I've written
over the past few months.

Since I only have about 100 posts, this challenge was not all that hard.
I can't imagine going through and picking favorites from
hundreds and hundreds of posts, like some more experienced bloggers.
I managed to come up with a top ten of my absolute favorites!

It's One of THOSE Days.

Every teacher has one of THOSE days.
The days where we just want to rip our hair out
and run screaming from the building.
Ok, maybe it never actually gets that bad!
In this post I talk about my favorite classroom 
management technique I use and the miracles it works 
on some of my kids.

A Day of Sorrow.

Very shortly after I began blogging,
the tragedy at Sandy Hook occurred.
It was hard for me to write about it but I
just knew, at the time, that I had to.
Although it's sad, I love this post.
It shows the courage and bravery of Newtown 
on a truly awful day.

Jury Duty Savior

Everyone needs a little chocolate fix every now and then.
And man, do I have the chocolate fix for you!
This recipe even made jury duty bearable for me.
And that's saying something.

The Honeymoon Period - Fact or Fiction

I just like this post.
I don't really know why.
It's just something I still think about all the time.
Who says the honeymoon period needs to end?

Moving Forward.

If writing about Sandy Hook the day that it happened was hard,
I had no idea what I was in for when it came to returning to blogging.
I took a long and very needed hiatus
and this post really shows how I was able to move forward.

Happy, Happy Birthday!

The Little Man.

You know I just love to show off my puppies!

The Paper Crane Project.

This is probably my number one, all time, 
favorite post.  Not because of the post itself,
but because of the project it displays.
This was definitely my favorite DIY project I've ever done!

So You Wanna Start a Compost Bin.

This is just a fun one that shows off a favorite hobby of mine!

I'm Really Sorry, Love Sirius

I love this post because it is so, so, so true.
Every word of it describes my dog.

So those are my favorites!
Hope you enjoyed this little reminiscing post!

Tomorrow - 
Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)

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Thoughts and Prayers.


I'd like to take a second now to say my thoughts and prayers go out to
the people of Oklahoma.  I can't imagine enduring the devastation
they are dealing with right now.  

I can't relate at all. 
I've never had to deal with something like that.
But after looking at all the news footage and photos,
I can't even imagine what those people must be feeling right now.

I just hope they know that the entire nation is praying for them.
And that we are all sending them all of our good thoughts.

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Monday, May 20, 2013


Good evening my blog loves!
It's day 20!!

Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.

I know that many of you read this post the other day,
about my 'lot in life' and I told everyone that I was ridiculously happy
and I wouldn't change a thing.

That's still true.
I love everything about my life and I wouldn't change it.
But there is a little something I've been struggling with recently
and I've been looking for a good way to bring it up on this here blog.
This seems like a pretty good opportunity to me.
And as you're reading, don't get me wrong.
I don't want to complain.

I'm posting this for two reasons.

one. In the hopes that someone out there has experienced what I'm going through and can help.

two. In the hopes that my experience can help someone else.

And if neither of those things are accomplished through this post then oh well!
At least I was open and honest with something I've been struggling with for months.

It all started wayyy back in October. Right after my wedding.
Well, it actually started way before that but it came on very gradually.
It got pretty bad in October so I always think of that as the starting point.

Around that time I started feeling this awful ache in my leg muscles.
It wasn't like my muscles were sore from working out.
It actually felt like I had bruises all up and down my thighs.
So if I ran my fingers up my thighs it would hurt.

Over the past seven months it's spread to pretty much my whole body.
First my arms and then my back and then my sides and stomach.
Some days are just awful.

I've had to readjust my entire wardrobe.
I can't wear nylons or leggings.
I've changed the way I do certain things.
Like, when I carry a bunch of books I can't lean it on my hip
or it hurts. Or when I'm kneeling I can't lean my elbow on my thigh.
And the worst thing of all...
I can't wear skinny jeans. On most days.

Obviously I've been working with my doctor to figure out what the heck is going on.
There have been times where I've totally broken down with my husband
and thought for sure I had some terminal illness.
Total panic attacks.
And then there have been days where I'm so confident I will get past this and move on.
They'll figure it out and I'll be cured.

But alas, it's seven months later and I have no answers.
They thought it was rheumatoid arthritis but that was a negative.
They thought it was my thyroid. Negative.
They thought it was Lyme. Multiple times. Negative.

I've had sooooooo much blood work done and my doctor keeps telling me that
by just looking at my blood work I look fantastic. It's perfect.
But I don't feel perfect.

What I've ended up with is either Fibromyalgia or Celiacs disease.
My doctors tell me there's no way it's Celiacs because my tests came back negative
and I don't have that many GI problems. I've read otherwise. As I hear it,
the blood tests are highly inaccurate and a lot of people who have celiacs never even have GI issues!

So here's where I'm at now.
It might be either of these diseases or neither of them.
I'm praying it's one or the other just so I can have an answer!
For Fibromyalgia the treatment is usually an antidepressant.
My doctor prescribed me Cymbalta.
This is a serious drug and after reading all the side 
effects I know you don't screw around with it.

Although my doctors think it's unlikely I've decided to cut out gluten
before taking the Cymbalta. I'd rather go natural and find out it doesn't work
then start taking such a serious medication just to find out I don't need it.

I've been gluten free for just over three weeks now.
We've also cut out dairy because we learned that the Casein in it looks so similar
to gluten that somebody's body with Celiacs might attack the Casein too.

Let me tell you, this has NOT been easy.
Gluten free was fine. But Dairy?!
Do you know how many things have dairy in them?!
And I'm a vegetarian.

It's been tough but if it solves the problem, then hey, I'm all for it.
I know that the benchmark for gluten free is six months so I'm not expecting miracles overnight.
So far I haven't really felt a difference. I have good days and bad days just like I always have.

I'd love to hear from anyone with celiacs or fibromyalgia or who has had a similar experience to mine.
My ears are open and I am definitely taking tips and advice!
Cuz the sooner I can feel better and move past this, the better!
In the meantime, I'm just trying to live my life like nothing is wrong and just enjoy every second!

Tomorrow, Day 21 -
A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives

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