Monday, March 21, 2016

The first day... (Day 1)

Hello all!  I have decided to take up the art of blogging again. 

If you are keeping up with my youtube, you may not be, that's totally cool, but you should, because I'm working my butt off on it!

Recently, I have realized, or maybe I always knew, that I am a phaser, perhaps, some would call me a quitter.  I've picked up many new endeavors and quit and quit and quit, ready to pick up something new, then quit again.  The only thing I've really stuck with and found that I am good at is being a wife and mother, but this has also taught me, that when I stick with something, beautiful things happen.

Yesterday I had to work while my daughter was sick.  I felt helpless and tiny, like I did the day she threw an epic tantrum at the grocery store.  I felt like I was falling short on my mom duties because I had to go to work.  But, I have bills to pay and a very capable husband, and everything turned out okay.  My daughter is teething late.  Her molars are coming in, and it must be so painful for her and I hate that I can't do much to alleviate the pain.  Outside of giving her a xanax and rubbing whiskey all over her gums (that would be child abuse in my eyes) and I didn't do that, but I don't feel like ibuprofen does much when there is that much pressure in your mouth, I don't know what to do except let her rest and give her Nutella on toast to get her to eat something. 

Well, I have had a couple of glasses of wine and I'm meandering all over this blog but here's the deal.  I'm going to post daily, about something, possibly random, every single day.  I'm not following blog tutorials anymore.  I am looking at filmmaker tutorials for my videos, but that's different.  This is my personal blog, with personal stories, about personal shit, that I do day to day. 

If you watch tomorrow's video on my YouTube channel, I explain it all.  It will be linked in tomorrow's post and I also just share them here daily in their own post, without writing anything about them.  But the deal is, I'm trying to follow through on all the things I have started in my life and given up on.  I'm going to begin following through. 

I will be posting daily blogs but I have to be honest, one of the things I have not followed through on are product reviews.  So, I'm filming one tomorrow and will be writing many in the next couple of weeks until I'm done.  I will try to make them clever but let's just get through them together.  Better late than never, right?

I took this photo because I was filming my YouTube trailer, that I never posted.  It's here because photos on blogs are fun and I don't have another to post today.  I promise I will get better!

Click the video above to see our first daily vlog.  It is my goal to do a daily YouTube video as well and this was my first one.  I hope I stick it out this time.  I really really do.

Let's talk tomorrow.  Ciao!

Monday, March 14, 2016

$20 Afternoon

I'm back to blogging yet again, and I thought it would be fun to see how far I could stretch a twenty dollar bill.

I woke up this morning with a brilliant idea to find out what I really could buy with $20.  First, we went to my favorite thrift store and I found this -

I bought this jacket for $6.99.  Vintage is in and the best places to find true vintage are either in your relative's closets or at your local thrift store.  I watched a documentary recently explaining the damaging impact fast fashion has on both our environment and on the people in developing countries who are making these clothes.  So it looks like I will be happily thrifting from now on!

Next, since it's π day,  our local pizzeria was selling pizzas for 3.14.  I forgot to bring in my water so I bought a soda which was almost as much as the pie itself!  I also tipped more than usual because they were working especially hard today, so I spent the bulk of my money here.  

After we snarfed down our pie, I had a few dollars left so we headed over to the used bookstore where I found a snowman bag for Cora...

and a new book for me!  I read A Brave New World awhile back so I'm excited to read something else by this author. 

And that was our 20 dollar day.  If you shop used and recycled you really can stretch your dollar pretty far!