not so little stressors

So sorry I’ve been away so long, let’s just say the last several months have been super busy & crazy stressful! 2014 went by in a blur! My son started karate, my dog died, we bought a puppy, I am planning a wedding (OMG, totally forgot to blog my engagement! Yay! I’m getting married!), my little sister is getting married, and oh so much more. I need a vacation from just thinking about 2014… And so far the month of January has been positively miserable.  I found out my long term “day job” was doing major cutbacks that included eliminating my position, we bought a new car (and within 5 days totaled said car), someone broke into my house, I think I have a cavity (this scares me, I’ve never had one before) & did I mention I’m planning a wedding?  :) anyways,  I’m back and taking on 2015 with a vengeance!

AHH! Just finished up my taxes and our Disney trip is taking shape finally!! We will be going for 8 nights! Both little man and I are getting so excited! I have been buying things like crazy in preparation for our trip! I will be posting the link to my full planner in the next few days, but it is loaded with a prepopulating packing list, dining plan & reservation tracker and so much more!

Oh and I created this really awesome binder to store all my planning stuff in! Wanna see it? Check out my Zazzle shop! There are custom designed T-Shirts, Hats & Water Bottles Too!! http://www.zazzle.com/ehpdesigns 

Planning a Trip To Disney

Ok, so call me crazy but I have decided to take little man to Disney World… in 10 Weeks…

Disney World was always one of the places I ALWAYS wanted to go as a child and I didn’t make it there until High School. I want to make sure my son gets to experience the “magic” of Disney as a child! As a single mom my life is one budget after another and I know this will kill every one I have set so far this year but I am hoping that the memories we make together on this special “mommy & me” trip will make up for it! (don’t worry, before some of you start rebuking me for being fiscally irresponsible, I am not using our living money– just my tax refund that I usually use to buy myself something since I just spent all my extra money on my son for Christmas).

Planning a trip to Disney in such a short time frame is proving to be more stressful than I imagined. It is his first trip so I want it to be PERFECT! We will be staying on property (haven’t decided EXACTLY where yet, but most likely either Disney All-Star Sports Resort or Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort– those were the two he picked out when I showed him everything in our budget) for 7 nights and have tickets to the park 6 days. (We only live 5 hours away so will be getting there early the first day and doing a park, then stay 7 nights doing parks for 3 days taking a day off then doing the parks till we leave). As Florida residents we got 6 days of parks for the same price as 4 days non-resident… so we may be tired by the end of the trip but DJ will be fully immersed in the Disney Culture!

I will write another post as I continue to plan and then once our trip is over confessing everything I have dealt with! So far my biggest complaint is that although there are 100’s of blogs and websites offering planning help there are very few that offer complete downloadable packages with checklists and such… so I will be making my own! Be sure to check my etsy store later for them!

Only Slightly Crazy,

Liz

Elf on the Shelf

Ok, as most of you know I am obsessed with Elf on the Shelf! I LOVE playing with that silly elf and making him do crazy stunt and leave behind major messes. I think my favorite part of it is making my son clean up all Zip’s messes… I figure I clean up behind little man 365 days a year, he can clean up after Zip for 30 days or so… it is my own little payback.🙂

This year I am having more fun than usual– I created awesome little note cards that Zip leaves behind to explain some of his messes and encourage activities that I had planned for the day (bake Christmas cookies, apologize for messes, elf jokes, etc). I love these because Daniel can practice reading uncommon words! I also made letters from Santa that Zip leaves when little man has a rough day following directions the first time they are given and ones commending achievements or positive choices.

Today we decorated our Christmas tree and while Daniel was in the bathroom Zip managed to climb our tree and knocked off half the decorations we had just put up. (Daniel had been refusing to push them back on the branches after being told multiple times they would fall off and break so it was a learning lesson in listening too). Last night Zip started to bake cookies when he realized all the bowls were dirty (it is little mans job to do the dishes) and he left a huge mess of flour, chocolate chips & a broken egg on the counter. I always pick Zip up from his mess and move him to his “watching spot” that he stays in most of the day and make Daniel clean up his mess. He does wander around the house occasionally when little man leaves the room or goes to school…

Zip even left a personalized letter talking about things that only an all knowing elf (or nosy momma) would know about my son! Like that he always leaves dirty laundry on the bathroom floor and that he really wants a pogo stick for Christmas but he only asked Santa for them because mom already said no.

I am selling all the items I created individually & in a discounted bundle in my etsy shop! Feel free to help support a single mom!!🙂

Dirty Little Secrets…

So… everyone on my facebook feed has been doing their “things you might not know about me” lists and I’ll admit I succumbed to a request to do a list of my own… but then got to thinking– my blog followers won’t see these, hell my blog followers don’t know ANYTHING about me… so I’ve complied the list below to help you know a little more about me… BEWARE this is not for those easily offended– read the title, if you get offended by profanity or lewd comments skip this post

  1. I was born in NY but was transplanted to Louisiana by my mom & stepdad when I was 6… I have never forgiven them from pulling me so far away from my family, but they don’t know that…
  2. I love tattoos, I have several (6 to be exact) but I would love to get about 100 more🙂
  3. ok this goes along with #2 kinda but I was obsessed with piercings throughout college… I literally pierced almost everything humanly possible (minus surface piercings– those are just nuts and I was afraid of scars)… nose, tounge, eyebrow, nipples, you name it– I let someone stick a needle through it…
  4.  I LOVE dark chocolate, I could do with out white or milk chocolate but I will literally cry if someone eats dark chocolate without sharing any
  5. I am one of 7 children… the oldest to be exact…
  6. My sons father and I were together for 6 years… I wanted to marry him, until he cheated on me
  7. My dog’s name is Prada, I had ferrets in college- they were Fendi, MAC, Vera Bradley, Lucky & Seven…
  8. My son is a junior… I threw a huge tantrum and almost got thrown out of the hospital because I told the clerk I wanted him to be a II (2nd)  NOT a JR and she refused… he was almost named Orange Fucking Jello because I was so mad at her for telling me what I could and couldn’t name my own child…
  9. I have anger issues (see #8)… Being the oldest child and an only child for 10 years will do that to a person… I like to get my own way and occasionally lose my cool… When this happens stay back 100 feet just to be cautions…
  10. I hate running even though I played soccer my entire life… from the time I was 5 years old through college I played a sport that involved me doing the only thing I truly hate… I had a scholarship to Louisiana Tech University so I had to keep doing it… people who say “oh just keep doing it, eventually you’ll love it…” BULLSHIT. I HATE RUNNING…
  11. I am a messy person… not just clumsy messy (which I am) but I hate cleaning and will wait until it is absolutely necessary to do so… I would rather buy new clothes or dishes than wash dirty ones… 90% of the time we use disposable silverware and plates/cups so I don’t have to do dishes… I wish I wasn’t but no matter how many times I have tried to be neat I always fail…
  12. ok this sounds like a contradiction to #11 but I am an organizational freak…. my nail polish is organized by color, the dishes I do have are sorted by size, color and shape, my sons toys are organized by type (action figures, costumes, cars, etc) and when my laundry is clean it is all organized by color and style… I love my label maker and love knowing what is in something before I open it…
  13. I have always dated men who were way too old for me (except my sons dad)… this has almost always been a bad thing. I lost my virginity way too early, was subjected to way too many dirty looks at events, and drove my parents crazy…
  14. I love reading, especially trashy romance novels and cheesy love stories (the Twilight books, 50 Shades of Gray trilogy, etc)
  15. my best friend is in the army and I haven’t been able to see her in over two years because she is stationed in Hawaii right now and was deployed the year before… this makes me so sad…
  16. I am terrible at making new friends… I enjoy talking to people but I am terrible at keeping up with them. I also prefer guy friends over girl friends and this often poses the problem of jealous boyfriends
  17. I was a raging alcoholic from 18-25… Well 21-25 not quite as bad but when I had the opportunity to drink I always over did it… I frequently got black out drunk an did stupid things that I am not proud of. I have since quit drinking so heavily and only occasionally have a drink or two when with people who I know will encourage me to be responsible. I am an emotional drunk and when I drink will go from crying sad to belligerent pissed in a blink of an eye… I also get extremely jealous which  typically m not
  18. Photography is my passion. I love every aspect of it. Weddings, Children, Families, Babies… Shooting, Lighting, Post Processing…
  19. I am a huge procrastinator…. I should be showering right now to be honest… I was supposed to go run errands today
  20. I have done so many things I regret in my life… I am so thankful that my God is so forgiving. I know that without his unfailing love I would not be where I am today. I thank him daily for allowing me to see my mistakes and change my ways.

 

Ok, so that is enough for now…🙂 Anyone who wants to come clean my house or bring over dark chocolate is more than welcome anytime!

More “Little Things” mixed with Christmas!!

Ok, Ok, so I found this AWESOME app to help spread Christmas Cheer and it currently has me completely avoiding all forms of work!🙂 (It is currently only available on the iPhone but they say it will be released for Androids soon!) The app is Santa Spy Cam and it lets you impose little dancing elves into videos of your own home (They can also send your letter to Santa, leave behind small gifts & sprinkle magic dust on things around your home)! It is so cool! I downloaded it a few days ago but hadn’t opened it until this morning after I dropped little man off at school. Needless to say since I opened it I haven’t stopped playing with it!  Check out my first video below to see the magic for yourself!

Visit Santa Spy Cam on Facebook to keep up with the app, they also have a website with interactive stories that go along with various elf activities! I LOVE the 7 nights of Christmas poem and can’t wait to read it with Daniel so I can play with the elves after he is in bed, leaving behind little surprises like candy canes! For a little boy like my son this helps keep the magic of the holidays alive!

This review is done purely because I find this to be a “Simple Pleasure” and want to share it with you, I was not asked to do this review and my opinions are strictly that– MY OPINION. I am in no way affiliated with Santa Spy Cam.