Me? Stylish?

I am a lot of things:

I am loud.

I am wordy.

I am patient at times and inpatient at others.

I am crafty.

I am funny.

I am hard on myself.

I am energetic.

I am giving.

I am a story-teller.

I am thoughtful.

I am sassy.

I am…well, a lot of things.

But one thing I would NOT describe myself as?  Stylish.  See?

That is the word Jackie of With Just a Bit of Magic used though.

Ok, she wasn’t exactly talking about ME so much as my bloggy-ness. Look at the pur-dee award she gave me!

In the past I have been horrible about remembering to accept and pass on awards.  However, not that long ago I read something The Empress wrote about being grateful and not forgetting about awards.  I completely agreed with her post.  When I got my first award?  I could NOT stop talking about it.  I was so excited that someone really LIKED me enough to say so on their blog.

So…I am totally accepting this award! There are four requirements for award acceptance:

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who bestowed the lovely award on you in the first place.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Pass the award on to 15 (yee-ow, that’s a lot!) deserving bloggers.
  4. contact the bloggers so they can accept the award.

And here we go…

THANK YOU, JACKIE, for thinking this disheveled working momma is somewhat stylish!

I listed MORE than seven things that I AM above, but here are some “fun facts” that you may not know:

  1. I have never left the United States except to cross to Canada a few times.
  2. I know Spanish (I teach it, duh), but my parents are the ones to go to Mexico every year.  And they don’t take me.
  3. In fact, I have traveled very little in my 30+ years of life.  I’ve been to Florida and Ohio with my family as a teen and to Indiana, South Carolina, New York, Washington, and Montana with my husband.  We would like to go a LOT more places.
  4. I’ve only been on a plane twice and never alone.
  5. I have a blog just for my “creative” writing.  Some of you know this.  Lots of you don’t. If you want to see it, just let me know.
  6. I taught for 3 summers at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center where they run week-long camp classes for little kids. I was the only English major on staff.
  7. I have always wanted to be a famous rock star.  Always.  I have no singing talent whatsoever, though.  So I push my rock love on my son (hence his rock star-themed, um, well, life).

Ok…fifteen bloggers I deem stylish enough for this award.  They are awesome, so you must check them out and tell them how awesome they are.

Tie A Little Ribbon because not only is she fun-sized and cute, but she has long hair (the length I strive for mine to be), but she knows how to DO her hair…and she vlogs about it.  She is my Teacher for Style.

Waking Up Williams because she has the hair that I have always wanted.  She has a cute little face and a super cute, sassy short haircut to go with it.  I can’t do that.  I have a monster melon atop my shoulders.  Short?  Does not look good on me.  But it does on her.

Harper’s Happenings because she is the hostess of Steppin’ Out Saturday…and whole meme for showing off yer style!  And she?  ALWAYS LOOKS CUTE!  She clearly shops at a better, more stylish Target than I do.  Or she is all fibbish about where her clothes come from.

Life with Rylie for a bazillion reasons! First, she is the queen of style with her awesome little shop, Twenty Five Designs.  You may remember me talking about her?  She has a lovely button over there on the right.  Also?  She has beautiful long hair.  Hers looks so great straight.  I am envious.  And lastly?  She is a devout participant in Steppin’ Out Saturdays and again, I have to ask, “WHY IS YOUR TARGET BETTER THAN MINE?!?”

Funky Mama Bird because well, she is funky!  She has the coolest sense of style and?  She makes the most gorgeous jewelry!  I happen to have one of her bracelets, but I hope to add to that collection.  So she is stylish AND she makes me stylish.  WIN!

Tatter Scoops because she is beautiful.  Seriously.  She is a beautiful writer AND a beautiful person.  Every time I see a new picture of her, I wish I could be so versatile and cool with my look.

Gussy Sews because again, she makes others look GOOD!  And she is all cute and blond and sweet and friendly while she does it.

Linz Loves You because she is young and full of sass.  She is my newest addition to my bloggy reading.  She finds things at Good Will that I swear they don’t even have at my Target.  Seriously, why do I not find these fashionable clothes?  She is always there for advice on, well, anything, but for the purpose of this post?  Just know she will tell me if I look frumpy.

All Work and No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something because she has THE PANTS.  ‘nuf said.

In Pursuit of Martha Points because she looks good in antlers AND she happens to have great hair.  She is amazing for a million other reasons, but this?  Is about her style.  Which she has flowing from her like wine.  mmmm….wine.

Modern Bird because she is also one of the funky, cool ladies who I wish I could emulate in the style department.  And she may be part of a super stylish little business.  Maybe.

Not Mommy of the Year, O My Family, AND Raising Madison because they make pregnant look good.  I did NOT look this cute and glowing and stylish while pregs with the Edster.

And last but NOT least, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Sister because she drips with style-sauce.  She is quite a bit like me, but she can do cute up-do’s in her hair and I like her tats.  So you know…stylish.

There award accepted.  And totally appreciated!

pssst…also?  Since we are talking about style?  Have you checked out my sponsors over there on the right?  There is a new one!  Sarah Bee Creations just jumped into the Nation!  She has the most yummy handmade soaps and soy candles and so much more!  A big post featuring her to come…but go take a peek.  You will love her!

I Take The Cake…But I Don’t Eat It

I really didn’t feel very well this week.  I was run down, way too tired again, battling a stuffy nose, and most of all?  Way overworked–yet again.  In fact, I went in to work today (Sunday).  Blech.

Right now I am trying to think about what my eating habits have been this week.  I can’t honestly remember.  I know there were some sandwiches in there.  I tried to drink more water.  I made pretty nutritious meals for the family.

But I didn’t record any of it.  I just hoped that it was fine.

And guess what?  I am down two more pounds!  I am at 190 even!

Woo hoo!

This makes me feel like I am on the right track.  I am cleaning up my eating habits.  Although I haven’t worked any regular exercise in yet, but that is coming.

Yes, friends, as of this week, I have officially turned down teaching at the community college for next semester.  I will still have six classes during the day, but my nights will be free to come home and be with my family.

Cortney will still be bowling on Tuesday nights through March, and taking one class in the evening through February (he is also going to be doing an independent study for his wellness credit), so we will have LOTS more family time.

This will also mean I will be able to hit the gym about once a week and hopefully get in some yoga, strengthening or cardio. I really can’t wait!  I know with the habit changes I am making now, once I make the leap to some regular exercise, things will really start moving!

So hooray for those two pounds gone and hooray to only eight more weeks until I get my evenings back!

Also?  This past week?  My post on teen pregnancy “Took the Cake” on Confessions of a Conflicted Mean Girl:

I really tried to get some real cake out of this, but I don’t think that is what Andrea had in mind.  And since I am trying to be LESS of a McFatty, it’s probably better that I don’t get real cake.  Ahem.

Also?  Tomorrow is Top Ten Tuesday!  Tune in for my Top Ten Vacation Memories.  And if you have a Top Ten of your own?  You will be able to link up!  Yay!

Now excuse me while I go have some homemade apple crisp.


I LOST 2 pounds remember?

Warm Fuzzies Everywhere!

 It’s THANKFUL THURSDAY, and boy do I have lots to be thankful for!  Today is the online version of Thankful Thursday…

I have been just getting all sorts of warm fuzzies from every which way lately!  This makes me smile…see?  So I need to say THANK YOU to bunches of people…


  • To ALL of my twitter peeps...a BIG thank you for all the Bloggy Birthday tweets yesterday!  Having SO much fun here in bloggy world!

  • To all the rest of my fans of the non-twitter persuasion:  THANK YOU for the bloggy birthday wishes as well!  Don’t forget about my Blog Birthday Giveaway!  Enter now, yo!

  • To all the FUN bloggers who have asked me to guest post for them lately!  I’m so honored that so many of you think my writing is great enough to post on your own blog!  TOMORROW I will be over at Tammy’s Blog, Nurse’s Notes. I “met” Tammy on twitter, and she is super cool.  You should go read my post about how my summer routines have completely changed since having a baby, but you should stay for Tammy’s great writing too!  I will be all over the blogesphere in the next month writing about everything from PPD to how much I love my birthday!  So stay tuned!
  • And lastly, to all the thoughtful bloggers who thought of me for awards.  Here is what I have been given lately:

The Sugar Doll award was given to me by TWO people.  One was Cole at My First Blog.He is not even one (although he will be soon!) and he’s already blogging and giving out awards!  How is that for advanced?  He is awesome.

The other person who game me this?  Um…I can’t remember.  Yes, I suck.  I totally didn’t write it down because I thought I would do the post right after I got the award and then I didn’t.  So if you gave me this?  YOU are a sugar doll and I love you.

The Blog with Substance Award was given to me by Miranda at Not Super…Just Mom.  I cannot even begin to tell you about my love for Miranda.  We “met” over twitter when she needed guest posters for her PPD Awareness Week.  I had JUST shared my story, but volunteered.  We have been as close as two people who have never met can be.  We share so many similarities that we’ve started calling each other etwin.  I am honored that she believes my blog has substance.  If you follow us on twitter (@ksluiter and @notsuperjustmom), you may be treated to some fun banter.  Or at least you will know what wine we are each drinking every night.

Yes, I got this one twice too!   TODAY, I got this from Mama Lungo of The Lungos.  She is super cool, has the cutest little pair of kids, and I just love her.  And she loves me…which puts her up a few more notches in my book because, well you know, it’s about ME here.  Ha!

AND some other WONDERFUL person gave me this lovely award too.  And of course, I have forgotten who that lovely someone is.  BUT I will say this, I am sure I love you and your blog AND I am totally honored that people find my blog to be Versatile! I try to be able to talk about lots of different things, and apparently that is working!  Yay!

With accepting these awards always comes a bunch of rules like telling you stuff about myself and then rehanding them out.  I am not sure how many of each I am supposed to do, so I will just do three of each:  three things about me and one blog per award.

1. I hate calling people on the phone.  Hate it.  Even though I covet a better phone than what I have, I do NOT want to use it for calling. Email, text, fb inbox, tweet, blog comment, hang out in person, whatever…I just don’t “do” the phone.

2. Because of my hate of calling, I have a irrational aversion to calling for food.  I am in love with online ordering and need everywhere to have it.

3. Speaking of online ordering, I pretty much eat Zoup!, Qdoba, Pizza Hut, or Papa Johns because they all grace me with online ordering.  Otherwise an argument ensues around here about who will call.

Ok…I will give each award to someone now….

The Sugar Doll Award I give to Dawana at A Bittersweet Existence, because girlfriend is a Sugar Doll and HAS the cutest little curly-haired Sugar Doll!  And she is really damn funny!

The Blog With Substance Award I give to Lauren at My Postpartum Voice.  Lauren is a HUGE advocate for those of us with PPD, PPA, and all the rest of the postpartum icky.  She has quickly also become a friend because she is funny and quick-witted.

The Versatile Award I give to Alicia at A Beautiful Mess because she tackles every subject imaginable and she does it not just with her wonderful writing, but in beautiful images she captures.  She has one of the most lovely souls of any blogger I know.

I really hope you’ll take the time to check out all the blogs I linked to!  They are all wonderful ladies who I am really committed to as a blog reader.  I might not always get the chance to comment, but I am always there lurking!