Weekend Warrior- Have some shopping to do? Here are some great discounts available this weekend!

Big Lots 20% off

I’ve talked about my love for Big Lots in the past and some of the great prices and options they have. Did you know they also have a FREE Rewards Program? Well, this weekend they are offering 20% off your entire purchase! That’s on top of the great prices they already offer!

Big Lots Collage

Check out the site to see this weeks deals on items for Easter, furniture, toys, food (even healthy food like Red Mill and whole wheat pastas) and much more! http://www.biglots.com/

Kohls Coupon

Kohl’s is also one of my FAVORITE places to shop. If you want to get an incredible deal shop the clearance area, use a Kohls charge to receive (15-30%) AND sign up for their new Rewards Program! (Earn a point for each dollar you spend. 100 points= $5). $5 might not sound like much but when you add in all those savings together it is an amazing deal! Here’s an example below!

Kohls Sales items pic

This is a picture of two items I recently purchased from Kohls; a sweatshirt for my oldest daughter and a pair of pants for my son. I received an additional 20% off with a coupon and used the Rewards Program. Before discount the price was $34, after all the discounts (calculating in the rewards as 5%) I paid $7.75! That’s 77% off! Check out there website for the sales going on this weekend at http://www.kohls.com/.

So get out there and save some money! Have a great weekend all!

Until next time…..! Thea 🙂

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I was nominated for The One Lovely Blog Award!

I’d never heard of this until I was nominated by yummymummysblog.wordpress.com, but she was kind enough to nominate me for The One Lovely Blog Award!

Thank you very much!! As a newbie to blogging I am so honored!

Thank you

I am new and I wasn’t sure what the rules are so I have outlined them below!

  1. Thank the person nominating you and link back to them in your post
  2. Share seven things about yourself
  3. Nominate ten bloggers for the award

So, here are 7 things you might not know about me:

  1. I have 3 children ages 5, 3 and 1. They were all born via c-section. (Even though I had plans with my first to go drug free). Oh well!
  2. I love to run! It’s like therapy for me. I also love playing and watch sports; mainly soccer.
  3. I worked in sales for over 10 years before staying home. I was very good at it but got burnt out! My dream job is to become a personal trainer!
  4. I love wine and hard cider but I am finding after 3 kids I have a very low tolerance! Like 2 drink max or things get sketchy!
  5. I have an eclectic taste in music. Some of my favorite bands/musicians are Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Splashdown, Jose Gonzalez, Foo Fighters, Sigur Ros, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and I also enjoy Classical music. I am not a fan of country though!
  6. I love to sing and have sung in many weddings and funerals over the years. My best natural talent is probably singing, but with kids it’s just not something I have, or make, much time for.
  7. My husband and I have been together for over 13 years and we will celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary in May! It’s funny because when I was in high school I thought I wouldn’t get married until I was 30. I thought I’d get involved in music or travel the world. But I am SOOO happy that those plans didn’t happen. I love my life! My husband is my rock and my best friend; and being a Mom is the greatest blessing!

Here are the 10 Bloggers I now nominate for The One Lovely Blog Award!

  1. http://godswillnotmine.wordpress.com/
  2.  http://mamabeesimple.wordpress.com/
  3. http://thepinterestedparent.com/
  4. http://mommytime365.com/
  5. http://hellbillymama.wordpress.com/
  6. http://shrutiinsights.wordpress.com/
  7. http://truthtellermom.com/
  8. http://lovegrowsbestinatinycabin.wordpress.com/
  9. https://musingsofalondongirl94.wordpress.com/
  10. https://joetakesphotos.wordpress.com/

Thank you again yummymummysblog.wordpress.com!

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Mommy Wars- Can’t We All Just Get Along!

I’ve read and heard a lot about the “Mommy Wars” going on these days. Mom shaming seems to be everywhere! I know some level of judgment is natural. We all feel that what we are doing what’s right for us, so sometimes, we may feel that our choices are the right choices. But every mother, father, child, family; well they are all different. So really, what’s with all this mommy drama!

high school drama

Here’s a great example!!!

mom enough nursing

So you’re nursing your kid till they are in preschool, kindergarten, a teen, whatever it may be! Well, good for you. People either love or hate this it seems. Breastfeeding has become a really hot topic these days. I’m a big believer in breastfeeding; I nursed my kids till they were 4 months, 8 months and 13 months; but some people just can’t! It just doesn’t work for them for a variety of reasons, or medically they can’t. Whatever the reason you are not a “better” mom because you nursed (regardless of how long). You are just a mom who nursed! And nursing them longer than the average person, well I do commend you for that. I was sad, but ready to be done at 13 months with Miss T. And for me I felt having them drink independently at the age of one was a good thing. But that is what I think is best for my family.

fitness shamer mom

And here’s another example….Wow, you look great! Way to go! I might have found your story motivational had you said, “You can do it,” “Here’s what I did!” But no, you had to use the condescending angle. This really pisses me off as an active mom who tries hard but will probably never have a body like that. And honestly, it’s not an “excuse.” My body is different than yours AND I enjoy some sweets and wine on a regular basis, which can be a bit counterproductive, LOL!


The SAHM vs working mom battle! This one is so complicated to me because I’ve been on both sides. I went back to work full time after I had my first child for almost two years. I left my job after my second child was born, but worked part time until 6 months ago (for 3 years) to make ends meet. It wasn’t an easy decision to stay home. I had a good job making good money. We went from financially stable to pinching pennies and we are just starting to see the light! But that was a decision my husband and I made for our family. And no, I don’t think I’m any better of a mom than a working mom. I feel for the working moms who want to be home but they can’t. I respect and appreciate the working moms who want to work and are kicking ass in the work force. And I feel for the stay at home moms who are making sacrifices to stay home. None of these options are easy!

So what’s our problem?!?! Why are we all trying to say we are “doing right,” instead of saying “way to go?” I mean regardless of what decisions you make from feeding, to working, fitness and more; being a parent is freaking HARD! I don’t know all the nuances of your family and your situation to know what is best for you. I only know that I am trying my best to be the best mother, wife and person I can be. I don’t think I am right, I just know that I am trying my best for me and my family!

So to all of you moms (and dads) out there, I want to change the tone and say, Keep up the good work! And way to go!!

Until next time….. Thea

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Little Victories

I’ve stated before my struggle with organization! Well, I failed my 40 bags in 40 days challenge. I got to just over 20 bags, which was a dent, but there’s still so much to DO! I’m slowly and steadily making progress and here are some of my “little victories.”

I cleaned out all of my kitchen cupboards and pantry. There were quite a few things I haven’t used which I’ve boxed up to sell on eBay. I’m thinking during this process I might be able to make some money, LOL! I also went through my closet and have some business clothes and dresses that no longer fit; they were post pregnancy clothes so they were worn very few times. I’m planning to sell those as well.

I was able to get a few things done around the house that I’ve been meaning to do for YEARS honestly! I finally put up a towel ring in our master bathroom (I’ve had it for two years)! I no longer need to keep a hand towel hanging over the back of my vanity chair outside the bathroom, yay! Here are some pictures!

Towel ring beforeTowel ring after

The foyer got a bit of a sprucing up this month as well. I cleaned out the dresser we have in the foyer and adjusted a picture that is hung on the wall to the correct level. This time of year with gloves, hats and scarf’s all over the place I found some old baskets in my office that I used to sort and put them in the bottom dresser. I had the kids help me so they know where their items go and they had fun helping. Here are some pictures of before and after.

Foyer before foyer before 2

Foyer after Foyer after 2

My goal for this week is to clean out the three closets on the first floor; the hallway, bathroom and living room/main closet. I’m doing the 5 day clean eating challenge again this week so I’ll need to make sure I have time for workouts every day limiting my time to dedicate to other projects. But I’ll keep plugging along making little baby steps of progress!

Until next time…… Thea 🙂

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Respecting my Postpartum Body

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This is me! Full term, 205 pounds of swollen, ready to pop, hot pregnant mess! This wasn’t even my first time where I let myself go a little thinking the weight would all melt off after. This was my THIRD! Despite trying to eat healthy and stay active I still gained 50 pounds. I was working as a waitress a couple of days a week and I was a full-time stay at home mom so I wasn’t sitting around. I was always on the move and exhausted before Miss T even arrived. Sigh! Luckily, I had done this pregnancy thing twice before and I’d managed to lose most of the weight after.

Recently I heard a Mom say, “My body is ruined. Having kids ruined my body!” I could relate. After having my first I’d gained 50 pounds and had acquired stretch marked from my ribs to my hip bones. I felt as if I was “ruined” physically. I mean, it’s not like I ever filled out a bikini very nicely, but my two piece days were over and I was pissed off about it! One thing that men don’t understand is that during pregnancy you grow and grow, and regardless of whether you enjoy the process or not, it’s gradual.  Then many of us get home we look in the mirror and wonder what the hell we are looking at. I mean, over night we go from excited to meet our beautiful creation, to a deflated stomach, engorged throbbing boobs and typically swelling from all the fluids that were pumped into us. It’s like….


I felt uncomfortable in my body most of that first year after having my first Miss Piece’s. I worked out, went back to playing soccer, and started running more. But it was never really the same as before. My husband and I decided to try for our second after our daughter turned one and two months later I was pregnant! Fast forward to Mr. Man’s arrival and I knew what to expect. I didn’t gain as much so I felt a little better after, but my body changed again. Someone told me before I had him that your body changes after every pregnancy and I was like, “Really!?!? Come on! I had just started getting used to that one!” And it was true. It was different again. Because when your body stretches to support a basketball sized munchkin a couple of times it’s taxing and takes a toll! After I had him I decided to train for a half marathon to get myself back into shape and lose the baby weight. It was during that process that I started to grow a deeper respect for myself and my ever changing body!

I look at the picture of my full term self and see how insane pregnancy is and how amazing the female body is to house and grow a human! As I stated in my post Learning to Run. I never used to like running. I LOATHED it really! So to set the goal to run a half marathon seemed like a fantasy goal. I didn’t know if I would even be able to do it. But in the process of training I was doing something I had never done before and I was fascinated at what my body could do after ballooning to have a child. I was losing the weight and I was definitely looking better physically, but it was the way I was developing an appreciation for my body and its capabilities that changed my perspective on things. It’s pretty amazing how a female body can expand and contract! It morphs into a massive beast (in my case anyway) and then if you work hard, it can turn into something new and strong and impressive again.

Me now 1Me now 2

Here I am now. I’m nothing impressive really and I know that. But I actually like this body now much more than my most fit and lean 18-year-old body; I think just because I appreciate it more now. I stopped focusing on the things I didn’t like and started looking at the things that I do. After nursing three children a total of about 25 months, my boobs are never going to be the same! And my stomach which will always have those tracks of faded stretch marks and a bit of a pop; they have changed to make my beautiful children and it was worth it! But now when I look at myself I see my legs again, which have always been thick and full, but also very strong! They are getting more defined than they have been in many years and can run further at 34 than I ever even thought I could run at 18. I’ve tried and will continue to try to look at things in a positive light because that’s the example I want to set for my children. I want my two girls to appreciate their bodies for what they are and can do, and not for how they look.

It’s a constant battle in life to keep positive as I referenced in the importance of a positive inner monologue. We see celebrities out there bouncing back and looking better than ever. Well screw them! We are the ones working hard to power through life without trainers and chefs or nannies to take care of our kids. We are the REAL deal! So be kind to your bodies; mothers and women alike, and give yourself a break! It’s so much easier to be happy in your life when you love instead of criticize; and I think that goes for the appreciation of our bodies as well.

Until next time….. Thea 🙂

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Learning to RUN

I mentioned in my previous 2015 resolution post (2015 Resolutions) my goal to run two half marathons this year. I’ve run two in the past, but I wasn’t always a runner. Actually, I used to HATE running! I loved playing sports and still do, but just going for a run was terribly boring and annoying to me. I would take 20 minutes of sprint drills over a 2 mile run any day. I just DID NOT LIKE TO RUN!

I’ve been active my whole life, playing recreational soccer and softball, and doing various fitness workouts over the years. But after I had my second child I set a goal to train for a half marathon for two reasons. One, to help me lose the baby weight. Because for most of us moms it takes a LOT of work to get it off. And two, to challenge myself to do something I never, EVER thought I would do. I started a 5 month training schedule and I couldn’t believe that I DID IT! It was a really an amazing feeling! It gave me even more respect for my body, especially after pregnancy. I’d ballooned to over 200 lbs during my first two pregnancies! And then look what I had done!

I ran my second half marathon 5 months to the day after having my third child; via c-section I might add. I had a lot less time to train, and it showed. I dragged through the last 3 miles and was literally chanting to myself, “you can do this! you can do this!” And I did. I tell you this not to boast about my accomplishments but to say that your body is so much more capable than you realize! It really and truly is!


During all of this I developed a major love for running! It’s become my release, my challenge, and honestly, my sanity. As a person who has always struggled with anxiety there is nothing like a long run to get your head clear and straight again.

There are countless resources on the web regarding training programs. I have taken the information from many sites to make a schedule that works for me. Here’s a link to the training schedule I will be using to prepare for my next half marathon this Spring; FC Half Marathon Training 2015. If there are any locals interested in training I would LOVE to have a running buddy or two!

For anyone interested in running. People have said to me many times, “I’d love to run,” “How do I get started?” and really it’s simple. You just get some sneakers, gym clothes, a sports bra for the ladies, and you just do it! If you’re a total beginner I would recommend checking out the Couch to 5K running program or app at http://www.active.com/mobile/couch-to-5k-app. They start you with short run/long walk intervals and build up to running a full 5K. It’s a great way to get started! And for anyone with doubts, this image below is so very true! Push through to a better you!

voice_in_your_head runner

Until next time…… Thea 🙂

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DIY Children’s Craft Organization

My Mom had gotten my kids the cutest little tin that latched with a handle for their crayons and colored pencils. I loved it! But anything that the kids use a lot, especially at a young age, gets beat up and broken pretty quickly. The top had fallen off and everything kept spilling out all over the place. Needless to say, it got a lot of use and needed to be retired!

Crayons before

One day after I used up my large container of strawberries (picture above), I rinsed it out and tossed the crayons in!

Crayons after

This isn’t the cutest DIY around but it does the trick. I made a quick label to tape on top and it was done! The great thing is with the slots on the bottom smaller pieces of crayon and peeled off wrappers shake right out. It’s great for any crafting items like colored pencils, paint containers, and so on. Since they’re clear it’s easy to see what’s inside and they snap shut. PLUS, even though I recycle, it’s great to reuse if possible; major plus!

Until next time….. Thea 🙂

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