Friday, February 26, 2010

Questions About Me…

I’m sure many of you have been wondering – where are you Melissa, you haven’t blogged in 10 days! Well yes that’s true but I promise I’m ok – just lost my blogging mo-jo for a while especially since I haven’t had time for projects. This time of year is so blah and I’m feeling a little blah these days as well. To help get back to my blogging days, I thought I’d share a little something about me. I got this email from a friend and thought I’d blog about it instead. Feel free to join in!


  1. Melissa
  2. Melis (my friend Rochelle)
  3. Missy
  4. Miss
  5. Mama (yes Tanner loves his Mama)
  6. Babe


  1. My comfy pj’s
  2. Warm socks
  3. Glasses (exciting morning right?!?!)


  1. Tanner’s vet appointment to go well today – we think he may have a tumor on his eyelid.
  2. On a less serious note, I’d like to lose more than 1 lb a week.
  3. And to win this bet with my husband – 23 workouts down 7 to go! Go me.


  1. Went out to dinner with David.
  2. Worked out.
  3. Organized my coffee table & purged about 50 magazines. Yes it’s a bit of an addiction.


  1. Fear over Tanner’s growth on his eye
  2. Waking up to a sore shoulder-again!
  3. Waking up with no Diet Dr. Pepper in the house.


  1. David
  2. the Vet


  1. Book club
  2. Wine tasting at Bliss


  1. Diet Dr. Pepper
  2. Pumpkin Spice Latte @Starbucks
  3. Wine

So did you learn anything new about me? Maybe, maybe not but I hope I entertained you for a minute or two.

Monday, February 15, 2010

My Valentine, My True Friend

I didn’t get a chance to create a bunch of handmade Valentine cards this year but I did get a chance to make a few this past week. I didn’t want to post them before V-day, in fear that those receiving the cards would have the surprise spoiled.  Plus they got done at the last minute too didn’t help the cause but they were done just in time.

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Above is the card that I made for the best hubby in the world. It took me a couple of tries before I got it just perfect for him.  I can’t believe that 9 years ago on 2/14/02 we got engaged during our trip to Daytona for the Daytona 500. I still remember how nervous he was and how relieved he was after he heard my “yes” after the big question was popped. I’m thinking we should head back there next year to celebrate 10 years.

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The pink card above which was similar to David’s I sent to my littlest nieces back home. I included a couple of little treats for my little Valentine’s. Little girls love pink don’t they?  

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This last card I made for some other Valentine’s in my life but it didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. I should have used green as the main card color but they got done. It’s definitely not one of my better cards but having a few “not so great” cards help to create the next best creation afterwards.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Proof – I Did It!

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I knew you wouldn’t believe me without photos and I made sure this time we got some. This is the second time in a month that I have went ice-fishing. I know it’s hard to believe but lately I’m willing to try anything once, especially if it means getting out of the house during the dreary winter months!

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   Here I am using my auger drilling skills, the ice was really deep and I thought I was going to fall in towards the end but I never let go of the auger – rule #1.

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Even thought I was bundled up, it got a little cold with the wind on the lake and I decided to fish in the ice shack instead, it was really warm in there! The twins that live next door decided to join me but unfortunately “the fish were sleeping” according to the kids. I think they were right. ice fishing, Drew's 12 bday 018 The hubby and I got a few shots before heading out for lunch. No one from our group caught any fish big enough to enter into the ice-fishing tournament but there is always next year. At least we had fun.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

My New Best Friend

I have a new best friend that arrived today thanks to the UPS man. My new “blue mean cleaning machine” otherwise known as the Dyson and I’ve been cleaning the house all night long! Our whole house is hardwood floors but we have area rugs throughout and were sick of our vacuum cleaner that didn’t seem to do much cleaning for us. I’ve been eyeing these vacuums for a while and decided to take the plunge finally. We have a handheld Dyson and absolutely love it so we knew that the bigger one would have our hearts going pitter-patter as we clean. We were so right.


Can you see all of that dust in the canister? Well I vacuumed our 3 area rugs with our old vacuum first and then I put the Dyson to work – can you believe it?!?! That’s after I vacuumed – I’m absolutely sickened by the amount of dust and dirt that I’ve been living with. I am terribly allergic to dust and I love this vacuum because it has the Asthma & Allergy Foundation seal of approval – that was very exciting for me.

007 So there you have it – my dirty little secret out in the open. Does anyone else have something they can’t get clean no matter what? Do tell and see if we can come up with a solution for you. Or what are some of your favorite tools you use to clean your home?

Monday, February 1, 2010

My 30 day Bet

I am serious about getting back in shape in 2010 because I fell off the wagon last year and had a million and one excuses for why. I need to feel better, get healthier, and lose some weight in the process. The book that we are reading for one of my book clubs is “Excuses Begone” by Wayne Dyer and while we’ve been reading it for about 6 months (we are a little slow) it finally clicked this weekend and I said enough is enough. I put a plan in place and for the next 30 days I’m going hard-core. I need a big boost to keep me working towards this. Plus my hubby and I have a little bet going that if I stick to the plan for 30 days that he’ll treat me to my favorite restaurant – you guessed it – Joe’s Stone Crab! Those of you that know about my love for crab know that I’m going to win this bet!

Here’s the plan – kick my tail for 30 days by completing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD for 30 straight days. It’s only 20 minutes so the “I don’t have time” excuse is out the window. I love that it’s fast and it’s over before you know it. I’m only 2 days in but honestly the 2nd time flew by compared to the first time. And I can do all of the exercises – nothing tricky just 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of abs. Repeat 3 times and you are done!


Now that I’ve got the exercise excuses addressed, it’s now time to get down to business with the eating and meal planning issue. I stumbled across this website in a magazine this weekend and I’ve been wondering – why didn’t I think of that! You can select the meal plan of your choice and each week print off the meal plan with recipes and a shopping list. We tried it yesterday and so far we are loving it. We choice the Weight Watchers plan for 2 people but there are a bunch to choose from. Click here to learn more about e-mealz.new_logo

Last but not least is Hungry-Girl. That’s instantly what I think of when I think about me on a diet – one Hungry Girl. I tried Hungry-Girl’s cupcakes this weekend and I couldn’t  believe how tasty they were and at only 110 calories you can’t go wrong. I signed up for her daily emails (along with 800,00 others) and I really like her tips.


So here’s the plan – eat healthy, work out for 30 days, and learn new healthy habits. Then in 30 days I’ll be celebrating over a plate of stone crab once my hubby loses this bet. Ok, I probably shouldn’t be celebrating with food but seafood isn’t bad for you and I love it. If it gets me in gear for the next 30 days it’s worth it. And then it’ll be time to set my next goal.

One more thing, the bet isn’t because my husband isn’t supportive and doesn’t think I can do this, he just knows how darn competitive I am and I hate losing. Plus he worked out last night with me and I was worried he wasn’t going to make it through. It’s hard to exercise after not doing it for a while but I know he can do it – I just need to show him that hard work = results!

2 days down and 28 more to go!!!