Venting…

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I’m gonna get REAL for a moment…because I’m SO OVERWHELMED with emotion towards this topic. I’m sorry if this comes across ugly, but it needs to be said…

This has happened to me recently and I’ve seen several posts in the past month BASHING parents because their kids weren’t quiet in a restaurant or they had a meltdown in a store. You CLEARLY do NOT have children when you say insensitive things like this! They are humans and get upset about things too…sorry we can’t time them around YOUR schedule. Also, to say that those parents needed to just “stay home” is probably more insensitive than your offense to the fit. How dare you! You do N O T know the circumstances of the situation. Some kids have OCD, ODD, Autism…the list goes on. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RIGHT TO JUDGE! Sometimes that dinner or lunch is that mother’s chance to feel NORMAL, while trying to give her children an experience. Sorry your feelings weren’t considered, but in my home YOU aren’t important…these precious babies are! This is a perfect place for #SorryNotSorry

Adoption is hard.
Fostering is hard.
Kids with disabilities are hard.
Kids without disabilities are hard.
Parenting is hard.

Are some kids spoiled? Yes. Mine ARE…mine also have NEVER had a chance to BE SPOILED! Consider yourself LUCKY and BLESSED that YOU didn’t have to endure some of the things mine and others have experienced.

And while I’m on my soapbox…

It doesn’t matter how you got to be a parent…it’s HARD!
But when you have a traumatized child, it makes it harder!

Does every child have fits? YES! But not every child has fits like a TRAUMATIZED CHILD! That sweet and innocent child disappears and their fits turn into something like no other! They sometimes don’t remember it. And most of the time, they are in another place during said fit.

Please, if you know someone who is fostering/adopting, DO NOT tell them a fit is a fit. It’s NOT the same. There are situations in their backgrounds that have happened to them and that they do NOT deserve! It’s NOT the same!

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House hunting Kentucky style…

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Ahh, here it is 5:15 am (Kentucky time) on October 2nd…room is dark & FREEZING, hubs and puppies asleep…I woke up wide awake! Ugh!

So many emotions going on right now. It’s becoming real to me that this is really happening! I’m ELATED to be on this journey of moving to a new place, where I know zilch & know no one. But it’s also been VERY hard knowing I’m about to leave everyone and everything I have ever known. Yes, I have made 1…ONE…friend, so far, but back home I have MANY friends and family!!! S C A R Y !

I have figured out my way around a bit, around the hotel. But y’all, I. Am. Lost. I can’t remember where to turn to go here or how to get back to there…thank GOD for GPS!

We finally found a house that we are in LOVE with. We even went back to it about 3-4 times just to look at it again. {Its the one I posted to Facebook} But we found out yesterday that it is no longer available. {Insert tears here!}

So, now we’re back to square one. YAY! Sunday & Monday, we drove around looking at neighborhoods we liked/didn’t like. Online there were some that looked amazing, but when we got here and found them…yeah, they were nixed…FAST! We came here with 34 houses to look at and over the course of two days, I managed to mark off half of them. ūüėě

I know that it will take time to adjust to the move and the upcoming changes. But I have had several meltdowns a day, realizing that I’m moving and the awesome friends and family I won’t see as often. I won’t be able to have my precious nieces & nephews over for the afternoon or evening or go over to my sisters’ houses just to see/talk to them. I won’t be able to just hop in the car and buzz over to Jennifer’s (either of you!). I won’t be able to beg and plead with Leslie to come on a road trip adventure for the day with me. I wont have an amazing family to nanny for that blesses me daily (times TWO!) I won’t be able to meet up with Devin & Amy, Nikki & Maddie, Katie, my parents, or ANYONE for dinner on a whim.
Not seeing Arkansas stuff everywhere or see Razorbacks everywhere (as awful as they are right now, I will ALWAYS be a piggie…and you will NEVER see UK anything in my house!!!).
I have to find new doctors, new job, new friends…the list goes on…

It’s. So. Hard.

The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that I have a loving and supportive husband and a heavenly Father that has/will guide our steps in the direction we are supposed to go. THANK YOU, Jesus!!! He has provided sooooo much for us, so far, and I know He will continue.

Please join us in prayer for this trip to find the house/church/etc that we need (or at least be on that path!).

On a lighter note, we have KROGER and its a marketplace and its H U G E ! And by huge, I mean GINORMOUS!!! I couldn’t even fit the whole thing in a picture. And I was so excited I sent a picture of it to my parents. Haha!

Thank you for you support, love & prayers…we appreciate you!

ūüíö ya’ll, Collin & Andi

couponing 101…

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Well, I’ve decided to jump in with both feet, to coupon. I have looked EVERYWHERE for a great book to recreate…and I wasn’t able to find one that I liked. ¬†My cousin, ¬†Paige, found one on Etsy that I fell in LOVE with…downside – THE GIRL IS ON VACATION! I was SO sad. ¬†Why is it that I found what I loved and BAM, can’t have it. ¬†BUH! ¬†So, I decided to make my own! ¬†(Pictures to come!)

I worked for about an hour {once I figured out what I needed to do/not to do, it went a LOT faster} and I was DONE! ¬†Final project leaves me with 70…SEVENTY!!!…pockets for coupons. ¬†2 Large, 4 Medium and 66 {SIXTY SIX} regular sized pockets. ¬†I could not believe what a mere $5 and a couple of hours {after picking out my coordinating colors! ; )} could really make.

Now that the binder/wallet thing was done, I needed to figure out what to label all 70 pockets. ¬†Fun part, right? ¬†NO! ¬†I couldn’t think of ONE label I wanted to make for the pockets. ¬†NOT ONE! ¬†Frustrated? YES! ¬†I searched all OVER the internet…nothing. ¬†Everything that was within reach was for 12-14 pockets…I had a full store of pockets and had NO CLUE what to label them. ¬†SO, I searched some more and finally found this website.¬†She had a TON of categories and lots more interesting information to coupon. ¬†I was in coupon heaven!

Here are her categories…

27 Aisle by Aisle Categories:

Baby/Children
Baked Goods
Beverages
Breakfast Products
Condiments/Baking
Dairy
Deli Meats/Cheeses
Energy/Diet Foods
Ethnic Foods
Feminine Products
Frozen Foods
Health Foods
Health/Beauty Aids
Household
Insect Control
Laundry
Meats
Media
Pantry
Paper/Plastic
Pet
Pharmacy
Produce
Refrigerated
Restaurant Coupons
Sauces
Snacks
Store Cards/Coupons

Categories with Sub Categories for the Super Organized:

Baby/Children
Baby Food
Bath/Lotions
Diapers
Educational
Formula
Medicine
Toys
Wipes

Baked Goods
Bagels
Breads
Desserts

Beverages
Cocoa
Coffee & Creamers
Drink Mixes
Energy Drinks
Juice
Misc.
Soda
Tea
Water

Breakfast Products
Cereal Bars
Dry Cereal
Hot Cereal
Syrups
Waffles

Condiments/Baking
Baking Basics
Cake Mixes/Frosting
Ketchup
Mustard
Oil
Olives
Pickles
Salad Dressings
Spreads
Sweeteners
Vinegar

Dairy
Butter
Cheese
Dips
Eggs
Ice Cream
Milk
Sour Cream
Whipped Cream
Yogurt

Energy/Diet Foods

Ethnic Foods

Feminine Products
Pads
Reproduction
Tampons

Frozen Foods
Breads
Breakfast
Desserts
Fruits
Meats/Entrees
Pizza
Seafood
Vegetables

Health Foods

Health/Beauty Aids
Deodorant
Fragrance
Hair Care
Hair Coloring
Lotions/Creams
Make-up
Misc.
Nail care
Oral Care
Sanitizer
Sanitizers
Shaving Products
Shower Products

Household
Air Fresheners
Batteries
Carpet Cleaning
Charcoal
Cleaning
Cookware
Dish Detergents
Light Bulbs
Misc. Household
Tape
Water Softeners

Insect Control

Laundry
Detergent
Softeners
Stain Removers
Starch

Meats
Canned
Canned/Pouches
Fresh
Hot Dogs
Lunch Meat
Sausage
Sausage/Dried
Seafood

Media

Pantry
Boxed Dinners
Canned Meats/Meals
Canned Milk
Canned Veggies
Canned/Boxed Veggies
Canned/Jarred Fruit
Dessert Mixes
Food Preservation
Food Toppings
Misc
Misc. Canned
Pasta
Peanut Butter
Rice
Soups
Spaghetti Sauces
Spices/Seasonings
Stuffing
Sweeteners

Paper/Plastic
Facial Tissue
Foil
Garbage Bags
Misc. Paper
Napkins
Paper Plates & Cups
Paper Towels
Plastic Wrap
Storage Bags
Storage Containers
Toilet Paper
Wax Paper
Wipes

Pet
Bird
Cat
Dog
Litter
Medications
Misc.
Other

Pharmacy
Allergy
Antacid
Antibiotics
Bandages
Bladder Control
Cold/Allergy
Cough Drops
Cream Pain Relief
Diabetic Supplies
Ear Care
Eye Care
First Aid
Foot Care
Laxatives
Lip
Medical Hardware
Misc.
Nose
Pain Relief
Prescription Meds
Skin
Sunscreen
Supplements
Vitamins
Weight Loss/Diet Pills

Produce

Restaurant Coupons

Sauces
BBQ Sauces
Gravies
Marinades/Meats

Snacks
Candy
Chips/Dip
Cookies
Crackers
Fruit Snacks
Granola Bars
Gum/Mints
Misc.
Nuts
Popcorn
Pudding Gelatin

Store Cards/Coupons

Great, right? RIGHT! ¬†So, now I have a new coupon binder/wallet and labels…now, if I can only remember to carry it and use the coupons! ; ) ¬†I’ll be updating on this, as I start to use it. ¬†Later this week, I’ll post some useful sites too.

dog tags and microchips…

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Well, our vet has a website for these stainless steel¬†dog tags. ¬†I went to the website and was VERY impressed! ¬†We decided on the slide tag…SOOO cute! ¬†Also, fairly inexpensive! ¬†WOOHOO!!!

Pet Smith Company,¬†is their website…check out! ; )

I also came across this little video (on Cesar’s page) of a doxie and a monkey playing together…had to share!

introducing…

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Oh, friends!

I am beyond excited to share with you a special gift my family received two weeks ago today…

This is our sweet, little Lily!

I have been back home for two weeks and missing my hugs and luvins from my Isy and Lily!  And yes, Isy was SUPER excited about her too!

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†<- Getting ready to meet her ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†< – READY! All changed in her “Big Sis” shirt!

And while I was there, I stayed with Meme and took her to meet the baby…she wasn’t at ALL happy about it…these pictures prove it! ; )

          

I don’t think it gets sweeter than this woman! ¬†She loves her babies!

Meeting Lily for the first time ->         She loves kissing her baby! ->  

…and FINALLY, some DeeDee time!!! ; )

Oh, the smell of a baby makes me melt!  Love my babies!  Mommy, Daddy and both girls are doing wonderful!  So precious, these kids are!

little rock fork and talk…

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Well, Saturday, Paige and I made our way over to Trio’s for the 2nd Annual Fork and Talk with CraftGossip.com. As always, we got a goody bag of FREE items donated from EK Success {event sponsor}, a wonderful FREE lunch, while enjoying a fabulous time of fellowship with friends from last year and a few new ones.

While there, we got to put together one of the crafts from EK Success. {Did I mention how many FUN items we got from them…for FREE?!?!} The craft they picked for us to do is a pre-made kit for a felt/cork coaster and a coffee cup cozy. A-DOR-A-BLE!!! Seriously, loved putting it together and seeing the end project.

We also decorated our team leader’s picture, editors from CraftGossip.com – they each had a table – as creatively as possible in 5 minutes. Our wonderful waitress was actually our judge and decided which team won. {NOT MINE! HAHA!}

I love these get-togethers because you get contact information from people from all around the country that you otherwise would probably never meet. Also, we got all these wonderful items {THANK YOU, EK Success!!!} to use however we want!

As promised, here are our pictures…

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and an even better week! Within the next couple of days, I’ll be posting about the new grandbaby!!! ; ) It’s her B I G reveal! ; )

new site found AND all natural, liquid laundry detergent {including he machines}

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Ok, I found another website today that has a TON of resources for stay-at-home moms AND those wanting a more educational/natural way of life. I found an AWESOME recipe for all natural, liquid laundry detergent. Click here for more information on it! ; )