Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Art, IDO3D and Glitter Bug

This post is compensated by IDO3D. The all fun and opinions are my own and Glitter Bug.

This past weekend I scored some great Mom points. When Glitter Bug (G.B.) and I got home from my parent's house there was a box waiting for us to arrive. (Hubby kept it safe for us.) When I told G.B. we received a box, she was excited to see what awaited.

I was a little wary of using 3D art. Honestly, I had never heard of products like these before. G.B. knew exactly what this was and had been planning on asking for this toy for Christmas. 

First thing I would suggest is to read the first couple of pages. They really helped ease us into this whole process. Our first art project was the butterfly.

On the fine lines, G.B. could squeeze the pen all by her self. The major set back she had was her hand cramped up because she was squeezing very hard. After a few minutes the ink in the pen warmed up which made using much easier.  

The drawing got to where she had to concentrate really hard to keep from getting the ink on her hands or clothes. Something we did noticed was the ink did leave a little bit of sticky on our hands but we didn't have any reaction to the ink. Warm water and a little bit of scrubbing and all the ink was gone. This was something I was concerned about after reading. However, there was no mess that didn't come up easy. 

Another issue we ran into was how long it took to cure. Some of it I am sure is our fault because of the amount of ink we were trying to cure. Another blogger said she and her kids cured as they went which helped but G.B. and I had to put ours into the sunlight to get it to cure. 

Before we had to put up the crafts up for the day, G.B. wanted to do one more 3D design.

Since G.B. already wears glasses and she thought this one would be fun. She said "I have to wear these to Christmas." She was so excited to share the IDO3D pen with her cousins over the Holidays. This is a great craft for children to do alone or together. It is also fun for adults. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My year of Potential update

The title kind of gives you an idea of what I want to share but there is more. My word for the year is Potential. And in some ways I have been living up to mine. This year I have done two 5Ks and didn't finish one. Not going to lie, not finishing made me feel all the goals set and passed were for nothing. Instead it meant I need to work harder and do better. However I didn't. The excuses started setting in. I am too tired. It's too hot. I have too much to do. My child's activities have me busy. I don't feel like doing anything. When it cools down I will get back on track. In reality, I didn't. I still am not. I got okay with the way things were. Go to work, come home, cook supper, watch tv, go to bed and do it all the next day. Any work I had done is gone. Today, I looked in the mirror and saw myself. (Yes I know we judge ourselves harder than anyone else.) I hated what I saw. There staring back at me was failure, grief, tiredness, all those excuses piling up, the face of someone I never want to see again. I cried. Cried for the loss of what I could have done but chose not to do. Cried because I did this to myself. Cried because I am sick of seeing myself this way.

Today I am taking on the word "Potential" again. I am the only one with the potential to change myself. I am the only one who can change the way I see myself. It is going to be a long road and I am sure I will fall but I can't fall if I never start.

Until we next meet,


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Friends, Family, and the Fourth

This past Saturday was the night of the fireworks or the 4th of July for the United States.  We didn't do much or really celebrate but here are a couple of pictures of our 4th.

Until we next meet,

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Sometimes a break is good.

Like the title says, I needed a break. Did I know it was needed? No. Instead I kept telling myself: "You need to get a post up. Stop watching Netflix and post. Remind Hubby you haven't posted in a while. He will help you get back to it." In truth, I wasn't feeling like blogging. Almost like it became just another thing on my list of to do which never seemed to get done or even half way finished.

Then IT happened. I started  missing blogging. It is my way to write. My way to improve on my skills. A way for me to get away with crafting. There are so many posts started but never finished. Will they ever? Probably not and who cares? I am back now and can't wait to see the words appear out of nowhere to share our little slice of life with y'all.

If I go m.i.a again, I am on Instagram. Feel free to tell me to get back to blogging.  Go check out my feed if you haven't yet. One picture I would like to share from there cause you will meet him soon.

Until we next meet,

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring in Full Swing

Spring has definitely sprung here in Arkansas. Every where you look flowers, bees, and of course gardening. I have been looking at what to plant and enjoying the see counter at my local farm store. 
This is not all of the seed
s they have. Just on the other side there are two smaller drawer cabinets full of seeds. My friend and I spent forever looking around trying to narrow our choices down to just a few. I am sure I got more than I needed right now.

We also found out the seed cabinet is running year round. When it is time to put in our fall garden I know where we will be going for seeds. A great other perk about the farm store is most of the seeds are heirloom!! This means I don't have to buy the same seeds each year and Glitter Bug can grow  some yumminess. 

The only draw back we have right now is our yard. Don't get me wrong I love our place but the yard holds water and our Winter and Spring have been wet. The past couple of days have been the only ones were no muck boots are required to go out in the yard. So we have not had the chance to plant. I think we are looking into raised beds and container gardening. There is nothing like planting a seed knowing in a few weeks there will be something we can eat. 

Also with Spring here Softball is happening in our house. Glitter Bug doesn't care for much other sports than softball. This year she is wanting to practice more so most of my evenings look like this. 

And we do have more chickens on our little farm. Currently we have "adults", "teenagers", and "babies". The babies are for 4H all 17. With the new ones our total is up the 41. Having that many is a little stressful. They are all outside now so no more chickens in my living room. Here are the teenagers a couple of weeks ago.
What is your Spring looking like?

Until we next meet,


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Friday, April 10, 2015


It has been a few weeks since my last post. I wish I could  say it is because I have working and training so hard. It is not any other reason than I got lazy. Not just in blogging but everything. I am ashamed to admit but after my last 5K (February 28th) I have not done much training. In fact the past week has been the hardest. I have been just over 14 miles in the last week. By the time all my duties as a mother are over, I am tired and just do not have the get and go anymore. I am asking you guys to help me. I would love it if you would help me out and keep me motivated. I will be using the hashtag(Thank you Alison for the idea) #getfitalicia I will be using this on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It may just a update on what I am doing or picture. Thank you for your help and encouragement.

Until we next meet,

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Family, Friends and a 5K

This year of potential has been full. Lots of walks/runs with friends. These past couple of weeks have been lots of miles and it has been wonderful. The training for my 5K on the 28th has been steady. Then I went and did something completely crazy.

On Thursday, I found out there was a 5K schedule for the 21st right here in my town. The first thing was think I should totally do this and then the next thought was "What are you thinking? You are already doing one next week. Don't ask for trouble."  I decided to stuff the negative thoughts down and just go.  Holly couldn't go (even though she is the one who told me about the race) and it was looking like I was going to do it alone. I mean my Hubby and Glitter Bug were going to be there to cheer me on. And another friend agreed to go with me.

So the big day arrived today. I am totally rocking those running pants and basketball shorts. This is pre-race still smiling because I have no clue what is coming up. And the nerves kicking in, big time! Thank goodness Hubby, Glitter Bug, and Jack were still calm and telling me the race can be done. Not long after this picture was taken they called for all the runner to head to the start line. As the runners starting lining up, I was second thoughts but Jack was there to help me start and finish the race. Then boom! We were off, running up hill. At this point, I found out I still need lots of training to do. There was running, walking and talking for the first two miles. 

Remember the basket ball shorts? They became too much in this heat (if you call 60 degrees heat. I do in winter). So here we are in a house subdivision walking and I stop and remove the basket ball shorts.  Giggle fit hit because I am pretty sure seeing a woman stepping out of shorts was funny. 

I will not lie the last mile was very hard and I totally thought the end would never come. When the mile 3 sign was spotted a little part of me just wanted to go hug the sign and stay there but Jack was encouraging me to finish the race. 

49 minutes after I started the race, I finished the race. My first 5K was under an hour and over! Then it hit me: I can't wait until the next 5K. 

Until we next meet,

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