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Keto Diet – No More Flu

After two weeks of fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches, I have finally gotten over the dreaded keto “flu.”

I started taking the Pruvit’s Keto//OS 2.1 in Orange Dream, half a package in the morning and early afternoon and the other half in the morning last Monday and it’s been a game changer.

  • It definitely helped me with my cravings and curbed my hunger.  Now instead of wanted snacks all day and 10 snacks at night, I’m able to go between meals without needing something but also I can get by with one snack at night and I’m satisfied.
  • I’ve increased my intake of water by a half a gallon to a gallon a day.  I used to maybe drink 8oz of water a day, if that.  All I’d drink was Dt DrPepper unless we went out to eat and I would then drink water.
  • My energy has returned and so has my focus. I’ve been able to get more work done with my wreath business, like this past weekend, I finished four wreaths and on a busy holiday weekend.  It was great being myself again.
  • My headaches have gone down in number and intensity.  They used to be daily and close to migraine status and now they are maybe 1-3 days a week and more annoying and I can work through them.

I bought them individually from a my friend, just to try them before I signed up for an auto shipment.  I bought 10 days worth, 7 days in and I’ve signed up for the auto ship.  I love this stuff!!!  I’ve used a lot of supplements in the past from Advocare to Thrive and some of the companies work and some, not so much.  This one so far is the best and the easiest.  Some that have worked in the past are timed and there are 3-4 different things to take… this is 1 item (they do have other) you mix in your drink and drink throughout the day.  You can use 1-2 packets a day but I was told to start with splitting one packet twice a day.

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It’s been three weeks and I honestly can’t see myself ending this diet.  It’s hard at first but becomes a lot easier.  You almost don’t miss carbs and sweets.  The first two weeks I wanted a sandwich so badly just for the bread and I nearly cheated, but we didn’t have enough sandwich meat to make a proper sandwich, so I didn’t think it was worth it.  Once you get past the hump, it becomes so much easier to say no, because you feel so much better that its not worth the trouble.

I watched this documentary on Netflix called The Magic Pill that’s about the keto diet and it’s many benefits.  This diet helps with diabetes, dementia, obesity, blood pressure, those affected with mental illnesses and many other ailments.  You should check it out and really look into doing this diet as well.

My dad is now over 40 lbs lost, hubby is at 20 lbs lost, and mom & I are at 8 lbs lost.  I’m looking forward to week 4… hopefully I can add some exercise in this week and add to my weight loss.

 

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Keto Diet – End of Week 2

What a rocky road for me.  Not just with the diet but emotional too.  I ended up getting the dreaded keto “flu” and haven’t had much energy at all, along with daily headaches.  I haven’t had it the whole time but this week for sure.

I’ve talked with a friend who has been on the keto diet for over a year and she has given me tips on how to fix my fatigue.  First step is to drink more water.  I am not a big water drinker.  I like it cold only and I’m a sipper so my ice melts quickly.  Once it’s warm and in a glass with an open top and has sat there awhile, I won’t drink it.  Stuff in the air settles and that grosses me out.  I don’t like the plastic cups with reusable straws because I don’t feel they get clean enough. So to help me with water intake I ordered a custom tumbler from my good friend Whitney with Whitney’s Custom Creations.  Now my water can stay cold for a long time and I don’t have to worry about dust settling in my water.

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Second step is to up my sodium intake with pink himalayan salt.  She told me about a neat trick she does, where she carries a small vial of the salt around with her and periodically eats a small pinch of salt to give her system a boost.  She also does it when she gets muscle cramps.  Doing both of these should help me get past the “flu.”

On top of that my depression has been bad.  Dark thoughts and all.  Charles knew something was wrong… I knew something was wrong.  The supplements I was taking, I had to stop due to the carb count in it.  The second supplement I started taking wasn’t doing anything.  I had a doctor appointment on Monday and asked for a new anti-depressant with anxiety help.  She prescribed me Lexapro and within 30-40 minutes of taking the first one, I was so giddy and happy and for the first time in a year, I felt like I was myself again.  It was amazing… so amazing that I had my grandma’s doctor prescribe it to her too.  She has had a really hard time since grandpa passed away.

It feels so good to have my hamster back on its wheel running at full steam ahead.  I am full of ideas to add to my business DOORDECORbySieara and I’m soon going to start using Keto//OS to help me with my hunger hurdle and once I get my energy back, I’m going to start exercising at home.

I’m excited.  During my darkest moment last weekend, I thought “What is there to live for?  I don’t have Audrey and once again having a hard time getting pregnant… what do I have to look forward to?”  That thought hurt my soul to think and why I went back to anti-depressants.  With everything I’m thinking of and all that I’m about to do, it gives me something to look forward to again.  I am inspired and so looking forward to continuing this diet and seeing where it leads.

Back to the diet… We steared away from the cookbooks this week.  We has salmon from Costco, salads, burgers with a lettuce bun, a huge breakfast dinner (eggs, bacon, and sausage), and Chipolte bowls.  All really yummy… tonight we had ribs with no sauce, broccoli, and ranch.  The ribs were perfect.  Charles did an amazing job as always.

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I am having a hard time figuring out snacks.. a girl can only eat so many turkey sticks.  So if any of you have any suggestions that doesn’t include avocados, please leave it in the comments!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Total Weight Loss:

Sieara – 7.4 lbs

Charles – Still not sure – at least 4 lbs

Creative Overload & The Obsession to be My Own Boss

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I am a very creative person.  It’s quite annoying sometimes because it can overload my head with ideas and projects that I want to do.  I can’t always keep myself from diving right in and creating a business out of whatever my obsession is at that time.  Several years ago, when Pinterest came out, I wanted to create furniture and wreaths using felt and making my own flowers with the felt.  I called it Diddlydoos & More and it lasted a couple of months until I realized there was nothing to it and I had no sales.  I then joined several MLM companies covering makeup, jewelry, health care, oils, clothes, nails, and bath products… I’m probably leaving out a couple.  Hahaha.   All of them would go so far before business went down and what ever support I had dwindled away.  These days I’m still selling essential oils and I’m with a much better cosmetics company (LimeLight by Alcone, which is the 3rd cosmetics company I’ve been with and the last because they are amazing) and I’ve started my 4th craft business.  After Diddlydoos and after moving to another state, mom and I started Opey’s Home (pet clothing and accessories) which did pretty good and we even have our products in a store front, I started Audreys Memory, which really isn’t a business but a donation project in the name of my forever angel Audrey, and most recently DOORDECOR by Sieara, which is wreaths again, but with floral arrangements, home decor, and memorial keepsakes.

I don’t know what it is about me that must have my own business whether they fail or succeed.  I’m never pulled down in failure… if anything it encourages me to try something else.  Maybe the determination runs in my blood, with the fact the my grandparents started their own company which has grown to be a very successful company and my other grandparents who were very creative in their retirement projects.  Put the two sides together and boom… you have me!

My bigger issue is that even though I have orders for wreaths coming in and I am busy, I still see other items that I want to get my hands on and add to my business.  Right now there is a craze on glittered tumblers… my creative urges want to make them so badly, until I think of everything I’d have to buy to get started, which keeps me from doing them.  The other day I went to Micheals to get supplies for an order and stumbled into the jewelry section and thought… I can make jewelry!  Hahahaha.  So I bought stuff to make a pretty key chain in memory of Audrey and two days later, its missing off my keys.  Nope! Not wasting my money on that if I cant make a strong enough key chain to last more than two days.  My eyes can’t seem to stay on task and wants to make everything! I also blame Pinterest for my obsession, since that’s where I see a lot of different things to do.

So today I was thinking about shipping, because shipping wreaths is expensive and I thought, those tumblers would be so much easier and cheaper to ship… I then thought of quitting all together but shortly after, I got a knock at the door.  It was a neighbor selling flowers for her cheer booster club.  I bought some to help support her and found out her mom also does wreaths and arrangements and after talking for a short bit, she offered to network with me on some of her events!  I thought, how amazing… her daughter probably wouldn’t have asked about what I do if I didn’t have my door and car decorated in flowers.  I thought this cant be a coincidence… here I’m thinking of giving up and God knocks on the door with possible growth for my business.  I’d love to get into events!

This could be the first business that I’ve made on my own and by myself, that might actually work out. Every time I get serious about starting something new, I will quickly come up with a name and logo… I’ll go all out with business cards and marketing. With DOORDECOR, I knew exactly what I wanted the name to be and that I wanted door decor to be all caps and one word, but the logo.. I can’t seem to figure out the logo.  I have ideas but I have no idea what to do.  I need help but don’t have the money to hire anyone and with my creativity going other places, I’m blocked on the logo.

I will keep going and keep trying until I succeed.  I won’t be knocked down.  Doing something creative excites me and I feel so accomplished when I am able to put whats in my head comes to fruition.  It would be amazing if this goes somewhere.  It’s absolutely therapeutic.

The Struggles of Dieting

Dieting is never easy.  For anyone.

Back in the day, my diet was very poor.  I gained weight like crazy and it wasn’t because I ate all the time.  Ugh it would get so annoying when talking about losing weight, I was told by different people to not eat so much or make my portions smaller…. Listen…. I may have been bigger most of my life but it’s not because of how much I ate!  I’m sure you have heard of the show My Big Fat Fabulous Life with Whitney Thore?

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I love this show and I love this chick!!!  I can connect with her in many ways.  She has PCOS which is one of the causes of her gaining weight, I also have PCOS that causes me to gain weight easily and it’s so hard to lose it.   The other thing we have in common is that our diets were the same.  We don’t sit there and stuff our faces, a common disbelief of heavier people. Instead we did the opposite and we never ate, but once a day.  We did not know at the time that doing so did the opposite of what we thought it would do.

Here is the thing.  When you don’t eat all day and then just eat dinner your body holds on to every little bit that you eat because it knows you won’t be eating for awhile and this in turn makes you gain weight.  Add that to PCOS and not only do you gain weight but you gain more of it and fast.  You can be active all day long, it doesn’t always help.

Once I decided to loose weight, I knew it was time to get my eating habits on point.  That means working my way up to eating at least 3 meals a day and then adding some snacks in there.  Once I was able to do that, it would then be time to make what we were eating healthy.  So we started buying organic food from Sprouts.  That was working really well, so recently we stepped that up to having salads for dinner.  That worked really well until all I was having was salads.  lol  Salad for lunch and salad for dinner.  You get tired of the same thing all the time.  So the past 2 weeks, I’ve been cheating.  I found these amazing cookies from Sprouts and we started having cookies every night and then I would suggest us go out to eat instead of salads.

Well I didn’t gain any weight or go up in inches which was good cause I was actually pretty nervous about weigh in.  So it was nice to know that even when I mess up on my diet, I can still manage to not gain.

My grandmother would say “The good thing about diets is you can always start again tomorrow.”  Well I would say that’s true.  We can all make mistakes and dieting is not easy, but even when we mess up, we can always start again tomorrow.  Which is what I plan to do, but this time I’m going to mix it up with a protein and a side.

Don’t give up on yourself.

Eye Opening Results!!!

When I started this journey technically 2 years ago, I weighed in over 300 lbs for the 2nd time in my life.  The first time I lost weight but my body wasn’t ready and my back went out on me and I gained the weight back.  The second time around I did a few 5k’s but again my body started fighting back at me, but that time i was able to keep off the weight I lost.  Then while moving to Kansas I gained back 10 lbs and we really upset.

So mom and I joined the gym and started seeing a trainer.  We started out once a week and went up to twice a week and now we are going 3 times a week, plus we do water aerobics a couple of times a week.

I knew I was seeing results but not much until I started taking It Works supplements and made even better eating choices and now I am all in weight loss mode.  It is paying off!!!!

Our trainer took some videos of us working hard and I was so bummed seeing how big my stomach still looked and was feeling defeated.  Even though I saw the numbers come down on the scale and on the measuring tape but I couldn’t see it in pictures.  Well tonight I did a before and after picture and it finally opened my eyes to how far I have come in this journey.  So here we go….

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Here is before the weight loss journey at 305 lbs and here is now at 269 lbs!!!

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I am so proud of myself and will never question my results again!!!

FYI if interested, the products I am using/taking are all from It Works.  I am currently taking the Greens daily in either water or post workout smoothies, ProFit Protein Shakes in my smoothies, and It’s Vital Core Nutrition.  Let me know if you are interested in trying any of these at my cost!!!  Email me at sandrewsitworks@gmail.com!

Getting Healthy…. Inside and Out!

2 Years ago I weighed in over 300 lbs for the 2nd time in my life.  I started walking and lost 40 lbs, but do to health (body issues), I had to stop walking for a little bit.  I was able to keep the weight off until April of this year where I left my comfort zone and gained 10+ lbs (diet changes).  New weight loss journey began a week after we moved to Kansas.  So I mentioned that mom and I joined the gym….  Well this week we decided to add a 3rd trainer session every week.  So now our gym schedule looks like this:

Monday – Trainer AM, Water Aerobics PM

Tuesday – Water Aerobics AM for 1.5-2 hrs

Wednesday – Trainer AM, Water Aerobics PM

Thursday – Off

Friday – Trainer AM, Water Aerobics PM

Saturday – Water Aerobics AM for 1.5-2 hrs

That gives us 9-11 hours of exercise a week!  We have been doing this for 4 weeks now as far as the amount of exercise so I know we can do it.

Now that I am getting myself together on the outside, it’s time to get myself together on the inside.  I mentioned that I sell doTerra Essential Oils but now I also sell IT Works!

On top of the exercise, I decided to look at what I can take that is all natural and would help me to loose weight from the inside, as well as, make sure that I am getting the vital nutrients that I am missing from my diet.  I also want to make sure that I am mentally and internally healthy.

So here are the products I will be using…

From doTerra:

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Alpha CRS+

“dōTERRA® Alpha CRS®+ Cellular Vitality Complex is a proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan with important metabolic factors of cellular energy to help you live younger, longer. Alpha CRS+ is formulated to be used daily with xEO Mega and Microplex VMz® as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness.”

MicroPlex VMz

“dōTERRA®’s Microplex VMz® Food Nutrient Complex is an all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in our modern diets. The formula includes a balanced blend of essential antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and an energy complex of B vitamins presented in a patented glycoprotein matrix. It also contains food-derived minerals of calcium, magnesium, and zinc and trace minerals for optimal bone and metabolic health. Microplex VMz contains dōTERRA’s Tummy Tamer botanical blend of peppermint, ginger, and caraway to calm the the stomach for those who may have experienced stomach upset with other vitamin and mineral products. Microplex VMz is encapsulated using sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsules, does not contain wheat or dairy products, and does not include any animal products.”

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex

“A nutritional supplement which contains powerful polyphenols to aid occasional aches and pains and support joint comfort and function.”

Womens Phytoestrogen Complex

“dōTERRA® Women Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex is a blend of natural plant extracts that support hormone balance throughout the different phases of a woman’s life. Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex includes a standardized soy extract with genistein, a powerful phytoestrogen that binds with estrogen receptors in cells, and the natural phytoestrogens in pomegranate. It also includes and concentrated extract of flaxseed lignans to help manage potentially harmful metabolites that are produced when estrogen is metabolized in the liver. Balancing hormones and managing harmful metabolites by eating a healthy diet rich in phytoestrogens and other essential nutrients, exercising, and managing weight can help reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with PMS and the transition through menopause and supports healthy bones, heart, breast tissue, and other body structures and functions as a woman ages.”

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Deep Blue Rub and Deep Blue Oil 10ml Roller Bottle

Essential Oil mix that works wonders on aches and pains

AromaTouch Essential Oil

Essential Oil mix that also works wonders on aches and pains

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ClaryCalm, Clary Sage, and Geranium Essential Oils

All good for female issues such as PCOS, Infertility, and Irregular Periods

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Balance, Elevation, Serenity, and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils

I will be using these to help with my depression and anxiety.

From IT Works:

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New You

“Turn back the hands of time from the inside out with New You! This one-of-a-kind longevity formula is designed to stimulate and support the production and release of the body’s own human growth hormone.

  • Stimulates natural production and release of HGH (human growth hormone)
  • Aids in building lean muscle mass
  • Enhances exercise endurance
  • Helps improve sleep quality and memory

New enhanced formula now includes natural polyphenols that help improve blood supply to the muscles and help to reduce the harmful effects of free radicals for better post-workout recovery.*”

It’s Vital

“Boost heart health, fight minor inflammation, keep those joints moving, and reclaim that youthful glow with the triple strength blend of DHA and EPA fatty acids of It’s Vital Omega-3. Along with superior strength, fish oil-derived fatty acids, It’s Vital Omega-3 also adds a purifying rosemary-based antioxidant blend to fight the effects of free radicals—all in an easy-to-swallow softgel with a hint of lemon flavor.”

ThermoFit

“Fire up your metabolism with this naturally based, thermogenic weight loss formula! Powered by the antioxidant superfood acai berry and the metabolism-boosting properties of Capsimax® (red hot pepper blend), Ultimate ThermoFit helps to:

  • Thermogenic weight loss formula
  • Antioxidant benefits of acai berry
  • Promotes increased calorie burning
  • Helps boost metabolic rate
  • Reduces appetite
  • Provides energy”

 It’s Essential

“The new It’s Essential weight loss energy bar pairs delicious flavor with powerful ancient grains to supercharge your weight loss results! Its dark chocolate raspberry taste is truly a flavor to crave, and the addition of a new, cutting-edge ingredient, SolaGrain, packs It’s Essential with dietary fiber to promote digestive health.”

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Fight Fighters

“Have a sweet tooth? A carb craving? It’s okay to indulge every once in a while when you have Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors!

Simply take Fat Fighter up to an hour after eating, and it will absorb some of the fat and carbohydrates from your food so that your body doesn’t. Powered by NeOpuntia™ (a naturally based ingredient made from the “prickly pear” cactus) and the It Works! proprietary blend, Advanced Formula Fat Fighter delivers dynamic, clinically tested results for both men and women.

  • Blocks some of the fat & carbs from meals
  • Helps balance healthy blood glucose level and reduce cravings
  • Designed to be taken up to an hour after meals
  • Cactus-based formula
  • Does not contain shellfish”

Greens

“Not eating all of the fruits and veggies that you should? Feeling sluggish and off balance? Want more energy to get through your day? Help detoxify, alkalize and energize your body with every glass of Greens, now with an even better pH-balancing blend that includes an acidity-fighting combination of magnesium and potassium for even more alkalizing properties. New added probiotic support helps you better maintain that healthy balance by keeping your digestive system regular and toxins flowing out.

With multiple servings of fruits and vegetables and a blend of 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods, Greens provides naturally occurring, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes to give your already well-balanced diet a nutritional boost. It’s maximum support for your best health.

  • Detoxify, alkalize, and promote pH balance within the body
  • Acidity-fighting magnesium and potassium blend
  • Cutting-edge probiotic support for digestive health
  • 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods
  • Multiple servings of fruits and vegetables in every scoop
  • Free radical-fighting antioxidants”

Soon to be using…

Wraps

“Expect “ultimate” results with this amazing 45-minute body Applicator! The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin.

  • Tightens, tones, & firms
  • Minimizes cellulite appearance
  • Improves skin texture & tightness
  • Mess-free and simple to use
  • Results in as little as 45 minutes
  • Progressive results over 72 hours
  • Made with natural ingredients”

Defining Gel

“Luxurious hydration meets contouring results with this favorite It Works! product.

Defining Gel is an intensive skin care gel that deeply hydrates while firming areas such as the abdomen, back, legs, and upper arms. When used regularly, Defining Gel minimizes the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins. It’s the perfect companion to our Ultimate Body Applicator.

  • Minimizes cellulite appearance
  • Diminishes appearance of varicose veins
  • Improves skin texture & tightness
  • Softens and hydrates
  • Made with natural ingredients”

Hair, Nail, and Skin

“Be a more radiant, youthful looking you with support for stronger nails, softer and smoother skin, and shine-worthy hair!  With essential vitamins, minerals, and plant-based nutrients, Hair Skin Nails enhances your own natural collagen and keratin production, supports healthy cell growth, and boosts your body’s free radical fighting defenses.  It’s optimal nourishment to look your beautiful best from the inside out!

  • Boosts your natural collagen and keratin production
  • Supports the body’s defenses against free radical damage
  • Moisturizes while enhancing skin’s elasticity and flexibility
  • Promotes healthy cell growth, strength, and shine”

I hope that you follow me in this journey and I really hope that I can be an inspiration for you, whether its for weight loss or just getting healthier.  If you see something you would like more information about or would like to try, let me know!  I am happy to help you on your own journey.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

IT Works: Individual results can and will vary. These descriptions are not intended to make claims that these products can be used to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease. These claims have not been clinically proven or evaluated by the FDA or any regulatory or governmental agency. Supplements in Canada have been approved by Health Canada and have been assigned an NPN.

The Start of Our New Adventure

So I am originally from Kansas, but at a young age we moved to Texas for my fathers work and so I grew up here.  To all those who know me, know that I have always wanted to go back to Kansas.  After, I got married 6 years ago, every year I begged my husband to move to Kansas so we could be next to my family.  Every year I was told no and so my dream stayed a dream and we stayed here in Texas.

Well around this last Thanksgiving, I finally started to see my dream come to light when we started to talk about moving up and I can’t tell you how excited my mother and I were about this.  So we did our best to convince him how beneficial it would be and it wasn’t until we received news that his sister and her family were moving away, that he finally gave the ok to move!

I can’t express my excitement.  We started looking at places, trying to decide if we wanted to rent or buy when we go up… we had until June of this year to decide, so we were coming up with pros and cons and looking at what we wanted in a house.

We finally decided to rent and save up money, as well as, pay off debt and then we will buy.  Now the question is what can we rent in our price range?  I’d rather be pocket rich and house poor than house rich and pocket poor.  So I want to make sure we find something in our desired area but cheap.  Not squanders cheap but I’m not going to overpay because there is a tennis court either.

After months of looking online at 1000’s of houses and town homes, we finally narrowed it down to 3 different properties.  We figured quickly that we wouldn’t be able rent a house, so town home it is, which I am kinda excited about.  We have lived in apartments and in a house but never a town home.

The first property was pretty perfect. It was huge and had a basement and 2 car garage, but the stairway was very narrow and it would be a pain to get furniture upstairs, plus the pet deposit and pet rent was ridiculous.  It would have cost more than the regular rent.

The second property  was nice.  It had a basement as well, but no garage.  We were going to choose it, but when I called to confirm pricing a week after my mother went to see it, the price had jumped pretty high.  Cross that one off the list.

The third and final property was a good size, but we hadn’t seen any pictures online and it was a one bedroom (we were wanting a 2-3 bedroom), so we weren’t too sure.  Mom said it was cute and so I had her send pictures and OMG!!!!! It is adorable and I am so stinking excited to move now (more than before)!

So we sent in an application and were approved and now it is official, we are moving the weekend of May 16th!!!!!!

Let the packing begin!  This place is so cute that it keeps me from wanting to clutter it up with a bunch of crap.  Do you know what that means?  GARAGE SALE!!!!!! (I’m not normal.  I LOVE garage sales, especially when doing them with my mom)

So my plan for this month (March) is to pack what we are taking and then price and pack our garage sale stuff, to get it out of the way.

Then in April I will go up to Kansas and focus on the business my mother and I are starting.  It’s going to be decorative pillows and probably a bunch of other stuff.

Finally, we will come back in May for a going away party, the garage sale, and then packing up and doing the final move!

I can’t believe its finally happening…. I am just counting down the days until we get out of here!