Life

Look Out For This One

I’m really excited about this post because I get to talk about a family member! I really should do that more often.

Anyways, my cousin Hanah is an incredible person, a breath-taking beauty and a stunning actress. Last year she graduated from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and right now is studying at the Chicago college of Performing Arts and majoring in Musical Theatre. If I can make it through this little blurb about her without crying, it will be a miracle because I’m just so darn proud of her! She’s been in countless plays and shows since she was I believe in elementary school (or maybe middle, I can’t remember) and I think people quickly started to see the talent that was boiling inside. The first time I had that feeling that I would be seeing her on Broadway someday was when she played a major role in Seussical the Musical. I was looking forward to this play because I knew she had a singing part, and I had never heard her sing before. Well… I was floored.

I’ve enjoyed watching her first year of college go by via Facebook and Instagram, and one of her classes is especially fun. She gets to put makeup on for a class! So jealous. Some of her creations are stunning, and I wanted to share them with you. Check it out!

The Sh-sh-sh-shakes

Yesterday a terrorist that looked like my child traded lives with him.

Granted, teeth are starting to plow through his gums at full force now. And he did have a rash on his little booty that was something awful. But my gawwwl. His discomfort propelled him into doing everything that he was not supposed to do with an iron will. I lost count of the tantrums by noon.

Several things happen when a day like yesterday sideswipes me with no forewarning from my periph:

1) I want to eat everything that is terrible

2) I want to watch everything that will make me feel like I am escaping

3) I get a jaw-clenching headache

4) The sh-sh-sh-shakes

5) I think of ways to sound extra desperate so that I can convince Daniel to come home

6) The thought of moving, much less working out, makes me hate life

7) I rarely, if ever at all, think to ask God for help

I can just hear the gasps of judgement coming through the computer screen as the perfect moms of America read this in complete shock and bewilderment. Praise God I don’t know too many of those. I’d punch them in their perfectly groomed hair.

Anyways, I feel like numbers 6 and 7 are pretty sucky. But besides being a sad state of affairs, I feel like they may be tied to one another in a way.

My normal inclination would have been to feel all of those things and follow through with them. But yesterday, somewhere in all of the frazzle-ness I mustered up enough life to work out. I ended up vigorously dancing for 25 minutes and burned about 200 calories. I also did 50 crunches, 15 in-and-outs and 10 push-ups. That’s incredible for a day like yesterday.

I also felt more peaceful spiritually. I was able to thank God for the day instead of dismissing Him all together. That’s incredible for a day like yesterday.

The physical and the spiritual seem to ignite each other. Sometimes when I feel like giving up on health, God encourages me through prayer, another person, a picture, something I read, etc. And sometimes when I don’t feel like having a relationship with God, exercise pushes me towards Him.

It’s pretty sweet. I don’t know, I feel like there should be a conclusion or a “moral of the story,” but it just feels really simple this time.

What kind of stuff defines days like this for you? What are you defaults when these days occur?

How do you fight it?

Decorative Clothespins/Bagpins DIY

I’ve found over the past year that I NEVER have enough clips for bags of food like chips, rice, frozen veggies, etc. I remember growing up we used the left over clothespins from the line to clip stuff in the kitchen, but there was always a shortage. Soooo… I ordered a 50 pack of those wooden clothespins from amazon. Paid like 3 bucks. Booya.

Well hopefully by the time summer commences, we will have a clothes line up in the backyard. I’ve been thinking about the good ‘ol fashioned wooden clothespins, and how fun it would be to decorate them. If you do have a clothes line, it is just one more thing that will put a smile on your face when you use the sturdy clips to hang your fresh laundry. Or if you are like me and want everything in your kitchen to be cute, then get out these supplies and start creating!

This is a really simple craft to work on! The best part about painting them is that the paint dries super fast, so you don’t have to wait long to add other colors or a second coat. I think this might be one of my new favorite obsessions…. maybe I’ll come out with a fancy new collection of clothespins for my Etsy shop!