Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vote for Hines!!!

Vote for Hines Ward on Dancing with the Stars!

It goes without saying that I absolutely love the Pittsburgh Steelers. No doubt about it. However, as with everything in the sport of Football, there seems to be a time where every once in a while, a player comes along who embodies the personality and character of the organization he represents. Hines Ward is one such player.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have long been known as a blue-collar team. They win games by grinding it out the old-fashioned way, and they don’t put up with diva behavior. Hines, who has a resume worthy of future induction into the Hall of Fame (To date he has on record 11,702 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns), is as blue-collar of a player as there is.

In a league full of wide receivers who think that their individual statistics are more important than the numbers in the win/loss column, Ward has remained refreshingly humble and continues to play hard on every down, whether it’s to receive, block, or be the moral leader. He never stops smiling and isn’t afraid to sacrifice his body in order to take or dish out a hard hit.

In addition, his active involvement and dedication to the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation is commendable. In 2006, after a trip to his birthplace of South Korea, Ward donated an initial $1 million to the foundation “to help mixed-race children like himself in South Korea, where they have suffered discrimination.”

During a press conference before he returned home, Ward said, “I will make the struggle to end bi-racial discrimination my chief cause, for which I will devote my time and resources, both in the United States and Korea.”
His Helping Hands U.S. Foundation “focuses on improving literacy among children and will provide programs and services to better equip them for achieving and handling success in life.”

Thus, I have decided to sponsor in honor of his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars”. Ward has long been one of my favorite players on the team; I hope every Steelers fan feels the same way and participates in the voting process.

Ward agreed to compete because “it looks extremely challenging” and said, “I am always up for a good challenge and would love to see what I can do in a field completely foreign to me. Besides, if Emmitt (Emmitt Smith won in Season 3) and Jerry (Jerry Rice finished second in Season 2) can do it, so can I.”
Ward has already shown off his dancing skills with a fantastic rendition of the John Wall dance after a catch on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals last season.

Please support Ward throughout the show so we can help him make that final push for victory by calling 1-800-VOTE403 or registering to vote online at Also, be sure to follow him on Twitter @mvp86hinesward and tweet using the hashtag #VoteForHines.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Getting In Shape! (For reals!!) Physically and Mentally!!

So, sometime last year I went on a 30 Day Shred kick.

I was totally inspired by a fellow DW Bride to be who was in the process of planning her wedding the same ime I was. 

 The picture on the left was taken around the time she started to do the 30 Day Shred on a daily basis.  The picture on the right was three weeks later.  Big difference in three weeks wouldn't you say???

 And this is a more recent picture of her over a year later!!!  She looks absolutely fabulous doesn't she??

Yeah, well my 30 Day Shredding days was very short lived.  I'd say it lasted several weeks and then I gave up. Don't get me wrong, it was very difficult!  I think I was able to get through Level 1, but when I attempted Level 2, I absolutely threw in the towel!  It was kicking my behind BIG TIME!!!

Soooo........ after taking the last oh.......11 months off of any type of real exercising, I'm going back on my fitness regime!  Yes I sure am!  I have a Yoga CD that I've tried a few times which I'm going to start back up with along with the dreaded 30 Day Shred!  This is gonna start TODAY!!  I'm gonna be Jillian's B**CH for the next 6 months or so!!!

Along with  working out / excercising, I'm going healthy all the way around including eating!!!  I know I've said that cooking healthy was one of my Goals for the year and well....there's nothing wrong with getting a late start!!

I recently came across a few blogs that have great meal planning tips and recipes.  I'll be sure to share any of the recipies that I try.  I'm also going to try something a little different as far as my meal planning goes.  Currently I plan my meals on a weekly basis.  This seems to work perfectly fine, but I'm gonna try to plan meals on a monthly basis!!  I know, I know.....some of you may think this is crazy, but for some people it actually works great!  This will also save my household a little bit of $$$$ as I'll be able to stock up on ingredients if I see them on sale even though the meal I'd be using it for is a week or two out.  Plus I'd be less likely to have repeats.  :D

Stay tuned for tips and suggestions on Meal Planning!!!!

Here's a random photo of my me with my oldest and middle child!!  This was at my daughter's 21st Birthday Dinner. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!!!

Yesterday I spent the day just lounging around the house. I didn't have any classes, no errands that I *HAD* to run, so I slept in and just had a great morning. 

I did, however, decide to get up and bake.  I baked a variety of Cut-Out Cookies.  :D  No particular reason, I just felt that I needed to have a stress free day!!  And here are the results......... please keep in mind that towards the end of the decorating, I was getting pooped out.  So little details were left out on purpose.  Like I could have put an Olive in the Martini.....I could have put a colored sash on the Wedding Dress, you know....little details of that nature. 

Just a little 'mental' day since the weather here in "Good 'ole Sunny California" has been nothing but wet and windy!!  I had fun, got all my baking bugs out and I get to spend the day making a Tu-Tu with my 14 year old!!  Then, it's doing research for a 2 page paper that's due in Biology on Monday by 4 p.m.  Wish me luck people!!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Forward!!

It's that time of the year!! We lose an hour of sleep, however we gain an hour of daylight!!

It didn't really make that much of an impact on me last night. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed despite the fact I lost an hour of my beauty sleep. :) AND... I was suffering from insomnia yet again so I didn't get to sleep until well after 2 a.m. Ugh.

With Spring, I get to look forward to the pretty, beautiful flowers, nice Spring colors, and my stupid, ugly, darn, dumb ALLERGIES!!! And I get them really bad! Really bad where my eyes are constantly red and puffy; my nose leaks all the time.

This is what I look like:


Despite the fact that during the Spring/Summer, I'm always sniffling and sneezing, etc., I'm so looking forward to the next several months!! We just had Brian's best friend come visit for a week from Minnesota and in about a month Brian's brother and sister-in-law will be coming from Minnesota for a week as well! We have so many fun things planned, I'm so excited!!!

Ironstone Vineyards is one place I've never been to and am excited to be going to when they come out. Here are a few pictures from their webiste:

It's so beautiful there! They also have a picnic area down by the lake where I can't wait to have a nice little lunch! :)

Another place we're going to go for sure is Shadowbrook Restaurant

It's one of my favorite restaurants ever!  Brian's brother is going to be treating us for our one year anniversary a week early and this is the restaurant he chose.  He knows it's my favorite!  Here are several pictures from their website:

And since we're going to be there on a Friday night, check out their Happy Hour Specials:

Here are few pictures of Yosemite; we may take a trip up there as well:

Happy Sunday everyone!!  :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Woo Hoo, It's Friday!!

How yummy do these Cake Pops from Starbucks look? This is the Rocky Road one and I'm going to get me one of these babies this afternoon!!

Thru tomorrow, you can get a free Cake Pop if you order a drink anytime betweet 2 and 5 p.m. at participating Starbucks! I missed out yesterday, so you can bet your bottom dollar that I'm going to get one today! That's for sure!!!

Remember my list of 'Goals' I wanted to accomplish in 2011? Well, for those of you who missed it, you can view it here. I was on such a good roll until classes started! In the beginning I thought to myself, 'oh, it's gonna be like this only until I get a routine down then things will be back on track'. Yeah right. Two monnths later, I'm still as discombobulated as the first day of classes!

Here's what my list looks like today:

Lifestyle Goals ~ 2011

Take time to stretch and work out every morning
Cook and Eat Healthier
Stick to my weekly menu planning
Read the Bible in 90 days
Read 125 books
Blog on a daily basis
Keep in touch with family more often
Create & Stick to a Daily Household Chore List
Continue to pursue my BA
Take mini-vacations with Brian more often
Continue our Date Day Thursdays
Purchase at least one Christmas gift a month
Stick to my Word of the Day
Attend and get involved with Church
Put $20 away a month in a "pickle jar"

Around the House Goals ~ 2011
De-clutter the DenGet the Den cleaned and organized
Get my Clever Confections business supplies organized
Re-theme the bathroom
Re-organize kitchen cupboards

The highlighted items are those that I've accomplished and/or am on pace with. Not too exciting huh? Well, it's a start.

Can I just share with you guys what I just purchased the other day? I'm so excited and can't wait until I get it in the mail!!!

Isn't this so cute?!?!? I can't wait to make these cookies!! I have several weddings coming up, so I may have to make these as a surprise for my brides!!! I wish I had these!!!

On another note....We finally got our Desk Top up and running so now I don't have to fight with the hubs over our little Netbook. :) It's amazing how much of a difference just the monitor alone makes!! That and the fact that I can type a whole lot faster on a regular keyboard than that itty bitty one on the Netbook. I personally like the Netbook because it's so small, handy and convienent for me. Yes, I have to squint sometimes to read certain things, but all in all, it serves its purpose just fine.

Anyone have exciting plans for St. Patrick's Day? Other than making a gazillion Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes, we don't have any real exciting plans this year. I think it's because we have so much going on for the rest of the year, we've been too busy to even think about it!!!