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Monday, August 25, 2014

Chicken Wrap...

Thomas and I are on a wrap kick. We've been experimenting with recipes and having fun with different flavor combinations. 
Our favorite so far... Grilled Southwestern Chicken in a Spinach Tortilla!

You'll Need:
Spinach Tortillas
Grilled Chicken
Shredded Cheese

Slightly warm up the tortilla so it's soft. About 15 seconds did it for us. 
Add the shredded cheese (as much or as little as you like)
Warm your chicken (I did mine in the skillet but you could also eat it cold... it's completely cooked already)
Add chicken to tortilla
Add lettuce (we used an arugula mix)
Finally, top with a bit of ranch & Parmesan

Roll it tightly and serve immediately

This is the chicken we used... you could use any flavor or make grilled chicken fresh

 We really enjoyed this combination but you can certainly create your own unique flavors!
Any ideas to share? Comment below!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Office Remodel...

Are you ready to view the former most embarrassing room in my house? Think you can handle it? 
It was bad. I mean, seriously mortifying to share... bad.
You've been warned.

I told you it was bad. This room was our previous "guest room" but hardly anyone ever stayed in there. Probably because it was so creepy. Haha

But not anymore! 

Now, this room is my gorgeous home office! I love it! I can't get enough of it!
 This picture is before the pink paint! I also painted that shelf a lovely white. 
 There is a big, cushy, pink, wing chair in that corner now! I love curling up and reading there.
 Organization: Check
Personalization: Check
I LOVE my monogram on that shelf! In place of the flowers on the shelf, I now have my wedding bouquet there. It matches beautifully and makes me super happy!

I somehow don't have a good picture of my full desk but it's a great corner desk so I have lots of room to spread out when working on a project. 

Best part? Thomas added carpet! We purchased two HUGE rolls for only $10 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore! It isn't glued down because we don't own his house but it doesn't move because Thomas did such a great job!

I love this room and get so much done while working in there. It's right next to the laundry room, Thomas' office and my craft room so I get tons done while moving around to the different rooms.

Hopefully, this helped to inspire you... grab a paint brush and attack a room!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

More Organization...

Thomas started a new job a couple of weeks ago! 

He has a crazy schedule and we're already finding it a bit more difficult to spend quality time together. That's okay though, it's quality not quantity that counts and this position comes with PTO, benefits and guaranteed 43 hours a week (yes, that's 3 hours of built-in overtime every week)! 

We quickly realized that in order to stay sane and organized, we would need a big calendar somewhere we would both regularly see it. I already had a great desk calendar so I just brought it upstairs, from my office and we used command hooks to attach it to the side of the fridge. 
 When you come in from our garage, it's the first thing you see so it's perfect to leave little reminders to each other. 
 I also attached a pen directly to the calendar so there is never an excuse to forget to add a doctor's appointment (we are at the point where I see my OB every week now!) or other event immediately. 

I'm already used to using this calendar but Thomas is still getting used to it.

I definitely say, "Look at the calendar" a lot now! It saves me repeating myself.

Another organizational success! 
And this momma and stay-at-home wife is happy!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Great Misunderstanding...

Let's get something straight here. 

Depression is not a choice. Mental illness is not a choice. Suicide (although, awful and permanent) sometimes feels like the only choice, even though it's not

Following the death of Robin Williams, I've seen some of the most offensive, judgmental and tactless articles and statuses posted on Facebook so I feel it's my duty to say something. 
If you have ever dealt with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, 
an eating disorder or any other mental illness, you will understand what I'm talking about. 
And if you've ever been close to someone who has dealt will these issues, you will understand a bit as well. 
No one has a right to judge another human. Unfortunately, many times when someone learns you have a mental illness, they judge you. I've hidden my diagnosis for so long from so many people for fear of judgment. 

"Don't hire her. She's crazy."

"Watch out for that one. She is seriously ill."

So, we hide. We don't tell. If we're lucky, we get help and live successful lives. But if we're not, it can be deadly. 
No amount of money or success can help a person "get over" mental illness. 
No amount of "Just tough it out" will help someone. 

A person with mental illness needs therapy and medication
Support and kindness
Love and understanding.

Another issue with the lack of education with mental illness is the joking of the matter. Whether it is on purpose or not, it's hurtful.
People make comments like, "Oh, she's so bipolar" when the person is moody. It's offensive.
So... stop saying these things. Adjust your vocabulary. Use helpful words. Not hurtful ones.

No wonder so many people don't seek help. They are afraid of being judged! Imagine a world where everyone felt they could seek help and not be denied treatment because they can't afford it or where everyone was educated on the signs of mental illness and suicide. 

Maybe there wouldn't be so many deaths. 

According to NY Daily News, 1 in 12 teens has attempted suicide! 1 in 12.

When I was a teenager, I attempted suicide. More than once. I had severe depression, was a perfectionist, overachiever and lonely. I was surrounded by friends and family, had a good job, got great grades, was in show choir, the lead in the musical, and everything should have been great. But I couldn't get past the nagging depression. It plagued me. Daily. I was lucky that my attempts didn't work. When I was 19, I was put on depression medication. It didn't work immediately and sometimes it has to be adjusted. I will probably always be on depression medication and that's okay. It's okay because I have a wonderful life now. It's okay because I have friends and family who know the signs of when my depression is acting up and will point it out. It's okay because I feel safe and strong enough to tell the world about my mental illness now.

We have to speak out. Our society can't afford for us to be silent any longer. 

Too many people aren't as lucky as me. Too many people don't have parents that will force them into treatment because they either don't notice the symptoms or simply don't know them. Too many people can't afford treatment so they end up either attempting suicide or self medicating with drugs, alcohol, and self harm. Too many people end up on the streets because they aren't treated and can't hold a job. 

The statistics are alarming. Google search suicide rates and it will literally make your heart sink.
We have to stop this. 
The judgment, the denial of treatment, the secrecy. All of it. 
We need to be the people of God. Rise up and help one another.

Please, if you or someone you know is battling with a mental illness, seek help. If you don't know where to find help, contact me. I'll do my best to help you find the treatment you need. 
If you are considering suicide. Stop. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
You are not alone.

Ways you can help:
*Educate yourself on mental illness. This is a great website!
*Change your vocabulary. Stop describing people as "crazy" or using "bipolar" out of context. 
*Know the signs of suicide so you can help others.
*Educate others. 
Other suggestions? Comment below.

I will not stand for this any longer. We must make a change. 
Stand with me!
Stop the judgment and misunderstanding of mental illness. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Bookcase Personalization...

We have been working so hard on Emma's nursery. However, every time we finish a project, we discover another that must be completed. That's okay though... we certainly don't mind making this room perfect for our miracle baby.
Today, we tackled a bookshelf. I plan on using the bookshelf for... well, books (duh!) but am also going to put some baskets (still looking for the perfect ones!) on a couple of the shelves for all of the little things that babies require. 
I can't believe how much room she already takes up and how much stuff she already has! She hasn't even been born yet! Haha. 

Anyway, this was a super fun project!
Everything in Emma's nursery, so far, is vintage but we just couldn't find a perfect bookshelf for the right price (aka. cheap) that would match perfectly. So, we decided to venture to Target and get creative. We purchased the large (5 shelf) white bookcase and decided to paint the back of it the same gray color that we used to make the chevron wall behind her crib. 
It looks amazing!!!!
I love the contrast in color of the dark gray and crisp white!
I also love that it was cheap and matches her room!
Shelf: $32.99 (-5% for using my debit RedCard)
Paint: Leftover from another project
Roller: Already owned
Installation and construction: Free (I have a wonderful hubby!)

Don't you just LOVE that chandler?!

Adjustable shelves so she can switch them up to work for her when she's older.
Now... to just find the perfect baskets.
Sounds simple enough. HA!

Happy Decorating!