May 1, 2016

Baby Boy with a BOOM!

Holy moly! I intended to blog this fun event weeks ago and somehow it is May! Anyway...let's get to it...

My youngest sister {there are 3 of us} is expecting and we are all thrilled to get another baby fix. I'm also glad she is more like me and decided to learn the gender of the little one early. While researching ways to insert blue or pink goo into cupcakes together, she and I stumbled over something big. As in explosive! All 3 sister, Type A, event planning brains went into overdrive and we ended up with one fantastically loud, big gender reveal. Enjoy!

My middle sis-Kel, Mom, and I HAD to go a bit overboard for our new nephew. Kel whipped up a diaper cake complete with a design tag to match the 'Plug your Ears' printable and invitation. Each guest had the chance to cast their gender vote on the Mister / Miss chalkboard - a little mister was the fav to win. I enjoyed more fun cupcake piping using a Wilton 1M and my new fav food coloring. The explosion was hosted at Kel's beautiful farmhouse. She and Mom worked to provide a delicious cookout menu to celebrate with great friends and family. 

And then...the real fun began! My brother-in-law {Kel's husband} was the secret agent in charge of mixing the explosive tannerite {2 pounds} with blue standard line chalk {15 pounds}. Chalk can be purchased at your local hardware store or online...just watch out it's not the permanent variety. 

We all waited patiently for the shot fired. Such suspense that ultimately blew up BLUE! Another boy in the fam and we are all so excited! Especially the expectant father!

Love ya sis! You are both going to be amazing parents. You have so much love and kindness in your hearts to bring up this sweet boy in the best way. We love you to pieces and hope this celebration kicked off something wonderful for you!

Here are the gender pink and blue party earplugs in action...because I couldn't resist that face, the cheeks, and the beautiful curls we share. Happy partying!

Product and mixing info for the best explosion
Chalk used is standard line marking chalk, which can be purchased on Amazon or at your local hardware store. Buying local is helpful so you can return the unused color. Here is an example of chalk you will need to get started. Just be sure you don't get permanent! 

The tannerite was mixed in a 1-gallon orange juice container, then put in a 5-gallon bucket with chalk on top of orange juice. Bucket was shot at 150 yards. 

Disclaimer: As with any explosives, you are taking a personal risk. Please read and follow tannerite mixing directions and make safe choices. Not liable for personal injury due to methods explained above.

Mar 1, 2016

Gender Reveal Fun

My little sister is expecting! The youngest of us 3 sisters is having a baby in July and we are so excited. She and her husband have showered nieces and nephews with love and now it's our turn! My sis has decided to do a small gender reveal with close family - except "small" is not how our family does anything, especially when it comes to celebrations.

It started with a Pinterest search for "gender reveal" to find cupcake ideas. And then....I saw it. Tannerite + chalk. Explosions in blue and pink. Yes, we are blowing s*@# up to reveal whether I will have a new niece or nephew. Within 30 minutes we had a full-on invite designed for more than just close family. The middle sister has agreed to host at the farmhouse and end the party with a bonfire.

With any explosion, safety is number one. So of course, following the theme, I made cards for each guest so their hearing stays intact while we have some noisy gender revealing fun! Enjoy the inspiration!

You can now download the fabulous 'Plug Your Ears' printable HERE. Enjoy!

Looking for colored earplugs? 

Jan 18, 2016

Firmoo Review

Say that five times fast...Firmoo Review! I had Lasik Eye Surgery 8 years ago. It is one of the best things I have been able to do {I previously couldn't see a rock in front of my face}. Since then, my eyesight is diminishing again and I need a low prescription to see far away. Firmoo is the perfect solution to finding fun and functional frames. I had the pleasure of checking out Firmoo this month and want to share my experience and a discount for you all.

If you haven't checked it out, Firmoo is an online eyewear retailer with tons of styles, shapes, and colors. Chances are you will find more than just a few you want to try. I had no problem finding three prescription styles I liked. It was easy to narrow it down by using the measurements guide they provide for each pair and pictures from other shoppers. I already have a black pair so I chose a tortoise shell color frame. LOVE them!

Ordering a fun pair was super easy {and WAY cheaper than the optometrist route}! Pick style, enter your prescription, and checkout. Done! The only questionable part of the process was measuring my PD {pupillary distance}. Firmoo explains how to measure this well and I crossed my fingers my husband took the right measurement. I also had a question during checkout and Laura from Firmoo was helpful and responded within hours...AND followed up after my order to make sure everything went well. So...check for great customer service!

My glasses arrived within a few days and the prescription was perfect. The glasses fit well, are super lightweight, and I can see perfectly! I received a hard case with the glasses as well as a microfiber cleaning cloth. Ordering was fun, simple, and affordable! I'm excited to have a pair to wear at home and another to have out and about when needed.

Ready to check it out? Of course! Check out Firmoo's New Arrival styles and grab your 15% off discount. Firmoo also runs awesome promotions - right now it's BOGO! I'm on my way to check out sunglasses for driving!

Glasses (FRM8817): c/o Firmoo
Knit Cowl: c/o my lovely Mom!

Aug 12, 2015

Keep On Keepin' On...

 I was forced to clean out my laptop files tonight. Mainly because I get the warning that my 'scratch disc is full' and my Facebook feed refuses to show up. Through the digging of old files, I came across this...

It looks like a confusing slew of numbers, right? Right. This was the mandated log I kept of blood sugars during my second pregnancy. It almost brought tears to my eyes remembering how tedious it was.

First thing in the morning - prick your finger, squeeze, and check sugar.

Two hours after EVERY meal - prick, squeeze, and check sugar.

If you have ever experienced diabetes or unstable sugars, you know to prick the meaty part of your finger. Rotate fingers, switch sides, and after a while the throbbing redness turns to calloused numbness. This is why it is not recommended to use the index finger...especially for a nurse who has to feel for veins during a work shift.

In addition to the finger pricks, my second {and last} pregnancy came with belly sticks. Draw up insulin, swab belly, insert needle, and inject.

p.s. insulin burns
p.p.s. injections leave bruises

After a while, I was fortunate to get an insulin pen for injections. Dial to 14 units and click a button to inject. I am not squeamish, nor do I fear needles - but I remember holding my breath hoping I didn't hit an invisible nerve that would cause sharp pain.

In addition to the hard work of treating diabetes, I had to keep a log and report to an endocrinologist twice weekly with biweekly appointments. Time consuming? You bet! It was also expensive...glucometer, disposable test strips, lancets (to prick fingers), insulin, needles, alcohol swabs, gauze, and specialty doctor bills.

As of 2014, the CDC reported that 29.1 million people have diabetes and 27.8% of that number is undiagnosed...meaning 8.1 million people are not receiving medical care to treat the disease.1 I had gestational diabetes for 9 months. Imagine the time and cost incurred to those who suffer daily with no hope of the disease 'resolving' on its own.

There are two types of diabetes - the most common is Type II. While there is no cure, healthy nutrition and consistent exercise can improve the condition or even eliminate it. Diabetes is in my genes and I cannot change that. Darn sure I am going to do EVERYTHING in my power to prevent that tedious, painful, depressing, and restraining lifestyle.

I'm so thankful and blessed to have a healthy family and it seems to good to be true. What IS true is that I have worked hard to lose 30 pounds in a HEALTHY way. Diet patches, weight loss drops, fat blockers, and social gym memberships didn't work. There was no success hiding in a 'quick fix.' We continue to live a fit lifestyle with balanced eating and healthy portions. Make your life count with good choices now. In the end, it's what brings happiness and purpose...and saves a whole lot of money.

Sources: 1: CDC Stats