Friday, September 21, 2018

Missing the happiest place on earth



I truly miss Texas Motor Soeedway which my middle child Kaden and I named “the happiest place in earth”  

I’m not a total redneck, but spending time at the track became one of my favorite traditions with my big kids when they were in middle school and high school. I worked a lot of hours back then and we didn’t get as much quality time together as I would have liked especially during the time we were rebuilding our lives after my divorce we needed something to look forward to.

for those of you who aren’t NASCAR fans, here’s a little secret ...it is NOT cheap to go to the races,but I made sure we went. Usually taking Tori to the truck races on Friday , and Kaden to Bush/nationwide/xfinity on Saturday since I couldn’t really afford for us all three to go to all events but it was due because it gave me special one on one time with the kids. 
Poor Kaden every time I tried to take him to an actual sprint cup series race something happened (well April in Texas you always expect rain issues, but even the November races comically always had an issue if I planned to take Kaden (he did finally get to go to one though) we did usually get to all go to the Indy races together when they were there every June (whole different crowd at Indy races) 

I will never forget the first time I took my hubby to a race, he had never been to a race and really had not even watched a race on TV before he met me (and usually played EQ or WoW while I watched the races most weekends) He went because he knew it was a huge part of my life, and something the kids and I looked forward to....he was NOT looking forward to it ... OT at all.... surprisingly, he really enjoyed it and got hooked (but he only enjoys it if we are at the track, he still,isn’t one to watch it in TV other than the first and last few laps) He told me he always thought that the only people at the races would be toothless rednecks, kinda made me wonder what he thought of me when he discovered how much I loved NASCAR.  

I wish we lived close enough to a track that I could continue the tradition these days with Tuff now that he’s finally old enough to really enjoy a race (well with lots of ear protection) It’s something he and I watch together, and he has seen all the pics of me at the track with my friends and/or his older siblings and then after I met his daddy pics of us enjoying the races. Pit road, driver Q&As, infield camping, just basically doing what I love and although my big kids may not have loved it as much as I did it became an important part of their teen years and of the early years of my and Dave’s relationship (before adopting Tuff) 

Actually the day we started paperwork to adopt Tuff (and the first time we ever got to meet Tuff) we left CPS after spending several hours getting to know Tuff, went home to pick up Kaden and headed directly to the TMS . I remember the first items we ever bought him were that afternoon at the racetrack.... Kaden picked out a Kyle Bush onsie for Tuff and I picked out a Jimmie Johnson bib and a pair of Jimmie Johnson socks...crazy part was we had literally just started the process so we were not even sure we would become his parents but we had just fallen in live with him and headed to the track so me being me and with the races meaning so much to our family I simply HAD to buy him something right then at the track ... it was almost as if by doing so it made it all real somehow. I actually called my parents FROM the track to tell them we had made it official and stated the paperwork to proceed with foster to adoption after meeting Tuff....they didn’t even know I had a meeting scheduled (an aunt went with adage and I to the meeting) 

Maybe I need to plan a trip home around a race weekend so Tuff can experience it all first hand .... would be really special if his big brother and sister could also fly in from Colorado since I don’t think they haven’t been to the races since we adopted Tuff either...it would mean the world to me if we could all do it together at least once.... and my daddy too, since although usually he didn’t go “with us”he was always there too... camping in the infield all week actually, the only time he even used his RV for years was for race weekends at TMS. It’s a family thing (my mom hates it though, and has only gone once or twice) 











Thursday, August 16, 2018

New look and a fresh start






Those of y’all who have been readers for awhile (as in before I took a break from blogging) will notice that the blog has a new look. I decided that since I had been away so long I wanted to get a fresh start and that included an updated look. Well, in this case the “updated” look is more of a retro vibe. Let me know what y’all think of the new look. 

This time around there will be more recipes, more mommy stuff, more autism talk, and more chronic illness/autoimmune/autoinflamatory hacks. There will of course be reviews and many of them will be subscription boxes because I am still a sub box addict, but I want to get back to blogging for the lobe of blogging and not just doing sub box reviews and nothing else. When I started this blog it wasn’t for sub boxes, but the boxes took over the blog but that is because the boxes kinda took over my life there for awhile (and anyone who subscribe to as many boxes as I did back then would agree that it can easily start to take over every aspect of your life) 

I have a few boxes sitting here that I need to photograph and then I will get the reviews posted. A few boxes for Tuffy, one for the dogs, and one or two for myself have stacked up since I got back from spending July with my parents. I should have a few of those posted by the end of the weekend. 

School,started here the first of August, so we are finally settled into our routine and I have the time to  really work on content here again. I have a few ideas that I am really excited about and hope y’all will be too. 

If there is anything y’all would like to see going forward let me know and I will try to make it happen. 


Tuffy waiting for the bus 


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

GREAT kids healthy snacks box June 2018

GREAT kids healthy snacks box June 2018




There is a new kids snack box out there ya'll!
GREAT Kids healthy snacks box is a monthly box that sends 30 snacks designed for kids who need a variety of tasty yet healthy snacks.



our box arrived quickly after ordering, I did receive this box at a discount in exchange for my honest review.



as you can see this was completely full, and offered a wide variety of healthy goodies for kids (and mommas too) 


mini JIMMYBAR banana muffin flavor
raw rev glo mixed nuts, caramel. & sea salt flavor
shanti mini raw power energy bar longetivity cacao
RBAR peanut butter and jelly energy bar
super pop protein nut butter bar peanut butter and honey flavor


bia bar chocolate cookie flavor
bia bar sweet & salty flavor
coco yummys coconut treats with milk caramel (two of those)


power crunch kids snap stick protein snack in birthday cake
power crunch kids protein snack in peanut butter honey
Zone perfect nutrition bars for kids sugar cookie flavor
Zone perfect nutrition bars for kids yellow cupcake flavor
zone perfect nutrition bars for kids chocolate cookie flavor


brothers all natural freeze dried fruit crisps freeze dried strawberries
goodness inside turbana plantain chips


Abby's cookies shortbread
Abby's cookies chocolate chip
NOW baking company chocolate chip cookie
Remy's grahams cinnamon flavor grahams



Buddha bowl foods Himalayan pink organic popcorn
beanitos baked white bean crunch mac n cheese flavor chips



also included in our ox was Love Grown brand polar puffs cereal in single serve bowl, unfortunately this opened in transport and had spilled into the box. My little guy was looking at it longingly.

GREAT kids healthy snack box sends 30 high quality healthy kid approved snacks straight to your door monthly.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Starting the Seamless Bible Study with Proverbs 31 online ministries 

Something about doing this particular Bible study here at my parents house in the room that I spent some of my most broken moments struggling to discover the woman I was meant to become.

Possibly the most ambitious study I’ve done so far, understanding the Bible as one complete linear story ... not gonna lie, something I have always struggled with is how it all makes sense as a complete entity.... I can memorize scripture all day long and buy every type of study bible on the market (and I HAVE bought most of them in KJV, NIV, and NLT) in my quest to finally have the mystery unlocked....

So here I am back home for the month several decades older and still trying to figure it all out

It’s now later the same evening, I hear my youngest son breathing beside me and my husband softly snoring on the other side of the bed. I’ve been journaling some about my thoughts on the lessons in seamless so far while we got my little guy to sleep, maybe it’s that I live so far away now or that my parents are retired and I’m older and wiser but when I come home for visits I seem to discover more about myself as I reflect on the past and realize how far I have come and now looking back even during the unspeakable moments I can see Gods plan and how it made me who I am today.
Some of questions we were asked to ask ourselves during the five lessons this week while seeming easy and straight forward at first after spending some time really thinking about it and praying on it I am getting down to some real truths about myself and things I still need to work out with the Lord.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Owl Post Imagination Book Box June 2018



Owl post imagination book box  is a monthly book subscription for kids. Each month you child will receive three books centered around a theme, as well as a toy that fits the theme, a pack of crayons and a card that explains the theme aThey have an option for kids aged 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12. The subscription is $25 per month. This is a review of the 4-7 year old box.
One of th fun things about this particular box is that it is a coloring page/project as well. The crayons that come are to color the box, and let’s be honest who doesn’t need a fresh pack of crayons on hand at all times to avoid the "my blue crayon broke meltdown" that will inevitably start the moment you try to have a professional phone call. Ladies these crayons may save your sanity, if you don’t need them right away then do yourself a favor and hide them until the moment your kiddo has their next crayon emergency.





 Where do pants go? By Rebecca Van Slyke Hardcover  ($6.62 on Amazon)



Dream Away By Julia Durango Hardcover ($16.99 amazon prime)



Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon boardbook  ($6.62 Amazon) 


The themed toy in this Imagination box was a wooden car. We had some paint left from a Melissa & Doug project we did last week, so my son will paint this car as a rainy day project. We are actually going on a long car trip this summer so the car (after it is painted) ,the crayons and the box everything came in will become part of his car activities.



This was our first Owl Post Imagination Box and Tuffy was very happy with the books. He is a pretty solid reader (he is going to be a first grader next year) and he was able to read these books himself, although he preferred me to read them at bedtime because it’s always better to have momma read to you. I asked if this was a subscription he would like to continue (he has received a lot of different boxes over the years, so he knows what he does and doesn’t like) He said he would like to continue this one, for me the price is right $25 a month and I used a discount code to drop that down to $15 for the first box. I don’t mind spending money for books, he has quite the library and I am more than happy to keep adding to it and book subscriptions are the perfect way to do that since you get a variety of books, themes, authors, and skill levels.Owl post Imagination Box has a flash sale right now for the Fourth of July for 20% off. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Custom RTIC tumbler 

Terri @ Blue Deagonfly Designs made this beautiful custom cup for me. 

I’m full steam ahead with relaunching the blog, and isn’t this just a stunning bit of motivation to remind me what I’m supposed to be doing. 

I will have a new review up by tonight (for a kids box) 

I’m working with someone to give dragon slayer a bit of a facelift soon as well so stay tuned for some exciting new features.






Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Politics, religion and social media. Is it acceptable?

Not my usual type of post, far from it really. I just posted this on my personal Facebook page and decided to copy it and slap it up,here on the blog that I have neglected for so long (life gets in the way  sometimes)

Anyway .... Just my thoughts on the current social media hate fest that has become accepted as normal and accepted ways to "discuss" politics .... Yep, I went there ..... So unlike me to do so, but ....well my fingers took over as you will see....


I know this is long, but bare with me here. I have kept pretty silent the last year with all the political,stuff (I have posted about equal rights for ALL Americans and I will not now nor will I ever apologize for that. Many have given their lives so we can have those rights)

I understand everyone has their own point of view and beliefs .... Hey, that is fine ... In fact ... It is absolutely your RIGHT as an American !

But that same right extends to those who believe differently than you do.... That is also THEIR right!

This has become more than just democrat vs republican, more than Trump vs Hillary, more than conservative vs liberal, even more than Trump vs democrats AND republicans as it seems at the moment ......it is more than any one candidate vs anything or anyone.

How can we possibly be UNITED in ANYTHING when so many people are posting hate, insults, threats, being bullies, just Sharing posts and memes without actually doing some research for yourself....because BOTH SIDES are doing this back and forth and have been for months and months now.

We don't need to worry about which enemy will take us out because we are poised to tear ourselves apart, we will destroy this country ourselves if we don't snap out if it.

A house divided against it's self cannot stand (some of you will consider this a biblical quote, some a political quote, and some will take it back to states rights and civil war) the fact is that it is absolutely 100% truth...when we are united we are unbeatable.... So please just STOP!!!

no side is 100% right , because there is always three sides to every argument and the truth lies there in the middle..... By posting the hateful, name calling, lies and accusations against each other as citizens we are only harming OUR country as a whole...

I am NOT a snowflake, nor am I a deplorable....

So,what am I then?

Well......

I am a white conservative Christian cis gender straight female in my 40s, BUT this gun carrying,home schooling southern woman, who also believes in equality for ALL American citizens. I support LGBTQ rights, and I am pro choice because I have had patients who were raped and became pregnant, one as young as thirteen years old... I know why sometimes it is not black and white there are some grey areas .....

now the flip side of that is I PERSONALLY chose life.... At 17 I went against my family's wishes when I became pregnant ...... They wanted me to have an abortion..... At 17, scared to death, petrified my parents would disown me I personally chose life because I knew what could happen if I have sex, and I made that decision myself and that made my child MY responsibility..... Mine alone, I never got child support, he never wanted to see her, his parents didn't want to see her .... She is now almost 26 yrs old and not a moment has passed in all those years that I regretted my decision...... She is literally my first love, and there is a bond there no one can understand ....she is an amazing young woman who knows her own mind and knows above all else "Do unto others" politically she and I are usually opposition ends of the spectrum, and that is OK. My rule was research it yourself and show me that research be informed don't believe something because "it's cool" or "everyone else does" or this video,or this news story said..... Don't assume any of it is is absolute truth ..... If you are going to advocate for something you damn well better do some serious in depth research.

Before you start talking about teen moms and welfare ..... Nope .... Didn't happen.....heck, my daddy WOULD have disowned me at that point..... I worked my butt off (sometimes three jobs), put myself through school, and made a career for myself and a pretty middle class life for my kids..... And NO, my family didn't disown me in fact they have thanked God many times over that I was stubborn, hard headed and stood up for what I personally believed was right for myself and my unborn child .....But that does NOT give me the right to make that decision for someone else.....

Because if one of my kids had gotten pregnant from rape you bet your bible I would have driven her to the abortion clinic or if she had a medical condition where it was her life or the baby as a mom I would protect MY CHILD if that IS what they wanted ..... It is so much more complex than yes or no.....but most people do not work in a situation that you can so easily see both sides...... And, thank God many of you do not know what it is to have a CHILD of your own raped at a young age but old enough to get pregnant.... Because I promise you anything you ever said "I would never do that" goes out the window the instant you find out some one did that to your baby .... so no....the government should not make that decision for them because rape is rape.

I find most people fall in the middle between republican and democrat (it isn't as easy as conservative and liberal)

Point being

I know many personally who are posting all about the snow flakes but they themselves are on disability, food stamps, and Medicaid (seems like that falls into snowflake territory to me) but they also support the second amendment and keeping American jobs in America (those would be deplorables, right ? ) so see they average American isn't one or the other  although they might think they are and Lord knows they are posting all over social medial like they are.

No matter WHAT happens the next four years, chances are you will still be here after this administration is gone and the new regimen comes in ..... Whatever and whomever it may be.

Maybe we could learn from our current deep rooted division here at home that has become personal not just political or religious....and vote for the good of all Americans to unite our country again, because right now, we don't need to worry about Russia, Saudi Arabia or any of the other threats to our nation until we get our own house in order.

We find ourselves in the middle of this mess that we have started here AT HOME, our enemies can sit back and watch us destroy ourselves......we will do it for them.

It will take time to heal and work out our differences, but let's at least stop the hate posting all day every day ....

If for no other reason how about other countries are watching us and laughing at our "freedom, liberty, and "we the people" constitutional beliefs that we hold so dear but are ready to pick and choose what we keep and what we ignore (the right to bare arms, equal rights, the right to practice our religion (not just one religion, but religious freedom.....the whole thing our country was founded on) and the right and obligation to question our government ...checks and balances are there for a reason) I think we can all agree that right now agreeing with SOME of those rights has become a us against them mentality.... If you agree with guns, then you have to also exclude some of the population for equal rights or if you agree with freedom of religion you must automatically want a welfare state and are such a delicate flower that you need a safety room......
all because they believe that someone has  the right to live  their own life as long as they do not harm others .....

EQUAL rights means all of us and not just some of the rights....our constitution grants ALL of them so basically this back and forth stuff this last year is about people only wanting PART of the constitution.... It does not work that way....

Everything that we built this country on is what we are now fighting over .... Why because we are not being open minded and seeing that everyone really is protecting the same rights.....because they are a package deal.

I am over this drama filled hate fest already, people need to grow up, and stop resorting to name calling, threats, insults and online bulling that quite frankly is something I expect from middle school girls.....

I am ashamed that our TRUE enemies (whoever they may be) have been given a blueprint on how to tear us apart and our allies are watching this with horror because we have just become that drama junkie friend who can't act like a responsible adult, with adult conversations instead of instigating rumors and division within a group of friends all because they let their own insecurities control their emotions and their emotions control them instead of logic... You know we have ALL had that friend (or we have BEEN that friend, I know I have been that person before I grew up emotionally)

So stop all the middle school drama, cowboy up and let's deal with this by using our problem solving skills not the share button...
....and please people RESEARCH for yourself ..... I promise CNN and Fox both want ratings ..... And as usual in any argument the truth lies somewhere in the middle....

Any one article, one post, one news source isn't the gospel (the gospel is in a book that perhaps needs more reading and less thumping..... I get quite the kick of reading about bringing God back to America from people who I KNOW FOR A FACT are not born again and /or not a practicing Catholic ( depending on which side of Christianity doctrine you fall into) they do NOT attend church of any kind and might pick up the Bible once every few years but they do DISPLAY that brand new super deluxe Bible so everyone knows they are Christians .....news flash folks, READ IT...ALL OF IT..... Don't preach Christianity if you are NOT living it....you want God back in the country start in your own life, your own home.

Quit focusing on making others look stupid, trying to humiliate and make fun of them ... Instead how about acknowledging what the common goal is .... The middle ground ..... The healing of this nation has to start somewhere , be the bigger person and be part of the solution instead of adding to the tearing apart of this nation.

I don't think I have ever posted such a long post OR publicly discussed politics for that matter with someone other than a family member or close friend (and I assure you we all have pretty different views so it isn't discussing with like minded people but I just try to not to impose my beliefs on others as I believe we all a right to our own opinion key word being ALL )

I'm pretty sure I will lose some friends over this (who knows some family members may delete me as well.....I have a pretty large family so I guess  if some decide to delete me so be it) I may decide to delete those who keep posting hate and meanness just because....we can post about this massive current events storm without making it heartbreakingly personal, I can't keep looking at how we are posting hate and insults at people we love who have been there through thick and thin simply because they may not agree with you 100% or didn't vote for the same candidate as you did for whatever reason.