Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Phase In Life: Homeownership!

My house is officially complete! Tomorrow is my closing. And today is the last day of this journey and the last day that I'll officially just be a renter. I'm just so excited, I can hardly stand it! .

A year ago, I didn't think I would be owning a home for a few more years. I didn't think that my credit was good enough or that I could qualify.  But all of that changed when I met Chance at KB Home. He put me in touch with Jaime, my mortgage professional, who worked hard for weeks to get my approval.

Five months ago, my journey began with the signing of a contract. Now tomorrow, I'll sign my first mortgage and officially get the keys to my new home! My girls and I are planning on spending the night there, sleeping on air mattresses. It's a way for us to celebrate it being ours!

Im sure my next postings will be about home d├ęcor and gardening, lol. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The House is Almost Finished!

My new house is almost finished. We're getting the last of the interior installed and then will begin with the touching up and tweaking. Today, this is how she looks.

We just got landscaping (happening while this pic was taken) and flooring. Next they have to stain the railing, touchup paint, install doorknobs, paint areas of the exterior that need to be or touch them up, and install the countertops and backsplash in the kitchen. She's coming along! I just love how it's all coming together. The colors and pieces I selected look really well together.

Check out my daily blog about all of that at

Monday, February 10, 2014

Green Your Period


Ladies, today is the day! Today is the day to go green and free yourself from using pads and tampons. Start using a reusable product that doesn't land in the landfills. Use, wash, store, repeat. This is what you need to be doing and stop spending tons of money on sanitary products that aren't healthy for your body. Skip the chemicals and come see how a menstrual cup can change your period.

This past cycle for me was my first full cycle where I didn't use a single pad or tampon. Not one. I used my Diva Cup.  I admit, at night I was a little leery of using the cup completely alone, however it stood up to even my heaviest day and my bed stayed clean. I did empty it more often than twice a day on my heavy days, but that might just be a learning curve as it wasn't completely full and could have been worn longer. Perhaps it was simply the novelty.


I did enjoy not having to worry about having something in my purse at all times. I also liked knowing that wherever I was, I could take care of my personal needs without anyone knowing (no annoying loud noise of opening a plastic wrapper in the stall).  It was very freeing.

At any rate, menstrual cups will change your outlook about your period. Gone are the days of dashing to the store to stock up on whatever product you use. No more worrying about smell or Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Free yourself up! You can still do all of the wonderful activities you did before, but now, without spending $$ each month.

There are a gazillion cups out there to choose from in different sizes and shapes and even different colors. Take a peek at for some great information. Then, when you're ready, either buy one online or at a local store and see for yourself how much better your period can be. Then, tell your friends. Together we can keep this mess out of our landfills.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Best Shark Week Ever! **FOR WOMEN ONLY**


If you remember a while back when I blogged about a menstrual cup (see? I told you!), this post is an update. This week is Shark Week for me, and so I decided to give my Diva Cup another try. Last time I tried and couldn't get it right and gave up too quick. So, I dug it out and decided to try again. Mostly because I didn't want to go to the store to buy more feminine hygiene products. 

To bring you up to speed in case you missed my last post about this, I tried to use the Diva Cup but was nervous about it because I could feel the stem poking me and it was uncomfortable. I was constantly worried about it and was not in the right frame of mind to mess with it. So I cleaned it and shoved it back into the pouch that it came with and dropped it into the basket under my sink where I toss my other feminine items.

Well, in my laziness, I must have gained some gumption because I dug it back out and decided to give it another go. This time, I trimmed off the stem completely, and tried again. After inserting it, I could still feel it at the entrance of my tutty (that's what my little girls refer to those parts as). So, I decided I needed to let it wiggle on up to where it needed to be. Once I did, I don't even feel it. No heavy feeling like a tampon sometimes gives.

Im on Day 2 and have to give it glowing reviews. It was nice to get out of bed this morning without wondering if I left the bed looking like a shark attacked me in my sleep, or worse--running for the toilet! I didn't have time to mess with it this morning so I waited until I got to work (old house, I work alone, so plenty of privacy in case I had a problem).

I read a woman's blog yesterday and she recommended to "bear down" when you go to remove it as your muscles will help push it out so that its easier to grab (I had trimmed off the stem because it was pokey). I did what she said and it worked like a charm. Once you have the bottom, rock it slowly until you get it most of the way out, then squeeze it to break the suction, this way you wont hurt yourself.

It was easy to empty and clean and reinsert. I was actually surprised at how full it was! No tampon or pad would have made it all night. That's for sure. So happy to finally have something that wont make me feel so disgusting this week.

Yay for the cup!

Ladies, I urge you all to seek freedom! Free yourself from the hassle and mess of pads and tampons. Free your wallet from being a slave to buying all of those disposable products each month. Free the earth from having all this disgusting waste in her landfills!

The average woman will menstruate from age 12-55. That's 43 years and over 500 menstrual cycles (less for pregnancy, obviously). You do the math and see how much you would spend in your lifetime on pads and tampons. Uh, yeah... I could buy a lot of shoes with that money! Now, thanks to the Diva Cup, I'll be able to splurge a little more often.

It's Been A While

It's really been a while since I gave this blog any love. I've been so busy blogging about the building of my new house that I haven't had much time to post anything here. Feel free to go check out my home building blog, if that's your sort of thing at  Don't worry, I'll be back to blogging more frequently over here once my house is complete.