Wednesday, June 26, 2013


So I learned a while back that Google Reader was going the way of the walkman.... So I looked into other Blog readers...And I found Bloglovin'.

A few of the blogs I follow had already made the switch to Bloglovin', and they raved about it. So I figured I'd jump on the train. So I looked up how to move my Google Reader feed over to Bloglovin'. I googled it and found the Bloglovin' blog and this awesome explanatory post!

It's pretty easy to use, and there's a mobile app for it as well. I have my blogs separated into groups : friends (people I know!), crafty (all the crafty blogs I follow!), and fun (all the crazy fun blogs I follow, like Pintrosity).

I know when you go the Blogger dashboard, there is a list of new posts, but I follow a lot of blogs and Blogger doesn't put up more than 20 new posts... So I miss them sometimes. On the Bloglovin' each blog on my list has a number next to it with the number of new unread posts. When I click on a blog I want to read, it opens another tab, with a direction bar at the top! So I don't have to keep going back to the main page! I can go onto the next blog or post I want to read, right from that page!!

So pretty sure I'm sold on Bloglovin' - it's pretty awesome. Well, awesome when I remember to check my account. But when I do, there's LOTS to read and I enjoy catching up!

So for those of you who still use Google Reader and are as disappointed as I was about it being gone, Bloglovin' might be the answer you've been looking for. It's very user friendly and very fun.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Crock Pot Freezer Meals

Alright, so there are days, even weeks where I don't cook dinner.... It's not that we don't have food at our house.... But when I look in the fridge, all I find are ingredients! Ugh! That's the worst!

So I've been searching the Pinterest for CrockPot Freezer Meals... I love my crock pot, I love being able to dump a bunch of stuff in there and have a meal when The Mr. comes home. And for the most part, the meals are pretty delicious! And way easy. In the summer I lean heavily on the crock pot, I don't want to turn the oven on!

So I found a CrockPot Freezer recipe gold mine! I stumbled upon Baked In the South, and decided to make ALL of her recipes. She's got 5 parts! This link goes to Part 5, because parts 1-4 don't link up part 5. But part 5 links up the other 4. She's got about 5 recipes per post, so that's A LOT of food.
 Please ignore how disgusting my freezer is.... I bought berries from Dollar Tree... once the packaging froze, it cracks and broke open... Lesson learned.

It feels so good to have a freezer full of meals. I made 20! And no repeats either. Although I did have enough of some recipes to make doubles, I figured we'd try them out first, see if they were tasty, then make more.

Also, I ended up not having a few things, I thought I had more than 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, so I put on the bag the things I needed to add when I put it in the crock.

So easy, and I bought all the ingredients (expect for the stew beef!) with my bi-weekly grocery budget! It worked out so good!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Baby Shower Wreath

So, all of friends are pregnant! And all of them are having girls (it seems like!!)

One of our friends had their 1st child, and she is so cute! For the baby shower, I made a diaper wreath. I found the link on Pinterest. I went over to Behind The After for her DIY!
I didn't do a tutorial or anything. But I had to post this cuz it was so cute! I picked things that I NEEDED as a new mom, and a whole bunch of cute girly things!

Her DIY was such a good one. I tried to follow it but I think I ended up making some of it up.

I crocheted some little shoes and tied them in the middle. I also made a hooded towel, I will make a post about it later!

Pacing myself!

Ok - so there has been quite a bit going on lately.

I got a pacemaker... Yup, me, at 26, I got a pacemaker. It was kinda coming, we knew it had to happen. And it made it easier to get it done because The Mr and I had talked about going to the Dr's to find out about getting one sooner rather than later. So the idea wasn't just sprung on us, but the surgery was. I had an episode with my heart on Monday, I told them on Tuesday, they called on Wednesday for an appointment and to tell me that I was going in on Monday for a pacemaker....

 Ok, so this is after the 1st one. Yes, there is a 1st surgery. When they put the wires in, the wires apparently caught my diaphragm..My doctor explained that my diaphragm was getting paced along with my heart. In normal anatomy, the leads go in the right atrium and the right ventricle. In my backwards anatomy, my leads go in the left side. The phrenic nerve comes down from the neck (C3-C5), the nerve splits and the left phrenic nerve passes over the pericardium of the left ventricle and then down to the diaphragm. (My nerves are in the correct location, it's my heart that is backwards... So the nerve goes around the back of the heart, where my leads were positioned....) So when the charge goes down the leads, it catches the phrenic nerve and my diaphragm is paced right along with my heart, which right now is set at 60 bpm. They ended up trying to program it down, which didn't work so a week after they put in the 1st pacemaker, they took it out and repositioned the leads. 

This is after the 2nd surgery. It really sucked being in the hospital for 2 weeks. I was only in the hospital overnight each time, but it was a week of painful recovery each time, the 2nd time it was a longer recovery (there was no surgery in the middle of the recovery!!).

So it's been 3 weeks since the 2nd surgery and I feel amazing! I immediately had tons of energy to chase my kiddo around. I freaking love it! I feel sooo dang good!!