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My name is Emma. I am a momma, wife, dog mom, Deadhead, beach bum, mermaid lover and a hot mess! Welcome to my mad ramblings about life, parenting, product reviews and everything in between!

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Mother’s Day Thoughts

 

Waking up this morning I was met with just another day. Honestly, that’s what it is for a lot of people. However, I can’t help but to think about those great women in my life who have left this world for another.

I’ve lost both of my grandmothers and a great aunt. All of these women have made me who I am today. Each has inspired me, molded me, passed down tradition and taught me to be who I am.

Last year I lost my paternal grandmother. She lived to a very ripe age of 97 years old. A hearty and plain Appalachian woman who grew up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during a tough time. A storyteller and God fearing woman who grew a jungle on her front porch with a vibrant assortment of flowers and plants that would sing hymnody style at her church every Sunday morning. For those of you who don’t know what hymnody singing is take a listen. It is a haunting yet beautiful style which is only sang this way in those hills.

My maternal grandmother whom I am named after passed when I was 14. It was heartbreaking. I’ve always been closer to my mother’s side of the family, We would have big holidays together. After my grandma went on home life wasn’t ever the same. The family sort if fell apart. Also from Eastern Kentucky she was more of a granny witch. She believed in the healing of nature and all of the haunts and haints of the region. Native American tradition and genes passed down to us kids. Cooking was what centered us all. Coffee around the dining room table and gossip galore was plenty. I often wonder if she sees my children. Does she know who I am today?

My own mother is still here, but lives far from me. I moved a few years back out of my beloved mountains to head for the beach. I miss her dearly. Especially on the holidays.

What I wouldn’t give to sit at this table drinking coffee with all of the women of my life who are gone and still here. They helped me be the mother I am today.

 

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Drowning Mermaid

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been dealing with health issues and trying to cope with the hand I was dealt. I have plans to visit my home state in a couple of months time and have my disability hearing soon. The stress makes this mermaid feel like I’m drowning. Usually, as mermaids do, I can handle being under water for long periods of time, but this time seems different. I’m trying to wrap my head around this vast ocean of planning for my future when it is so uncertain. I’ve been filling out paperwork to go see a world renowned specialist in NYC. I hope and pray to make it there by the fall.

Did you know hospitals charge ridiculous amounts for copies of your records? $1 per page is the going rate average. With my surgical notes from brain surgery #1 being 150 pages. I thank God I have a PPO insurance because I can travel anywhere in the USA for my care and only pay an office visit price, but then, what about the copay for the surgery itself? With a deductible of $1000 and I sure haven’t even come close to hitting that who knows what the costs will be for me.

My best friend, luckily, has timeshares, one being less than a mile from the hospital where said surgery will take place. This will cut costs tremendously. I also intend to take an angel flight if I can stomach the small 7 person airplane.

On top of all this my own mama is sick. My mama has been in the hospital twice now in the last 2 months. She was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and some heart issues. I am visiting home because I live a thousand miles away and don’t get to see her often. My daughter and I will be spending two weeks with her and other family. It should be an excellent time. The best will be when my family sees my daughter. She’s now 13 and has grown 2 feet since we moved away. She’s now 5’8. I also want them all to know the beautiful and intellectual soul she has grown into.

My husband and I are stronger than ever before and our love continues to grow. He has been a rock during this crazy time. Always a constant. Anyhow, I will write again soon.ย 61a008b1b1770e01cbbc17c41de79451.jpg

Not Yo Soccer Mama

Starbucks, Kohls card, a new minivan? Not this mama. I am lucky to have coffee in my Tervis and remember to grab it on the way out the door. I am the mama who needs a smoke and 3 cups of coffee before anyone can speak to me. I am a fickle woman in the morning. After that coffee though I am ready to tackle the world most days. If my body decides to cooperate.

I am a Goodwill, thrift store clothes wearing bohemian princess. I don’t look like the other moms my age. I probably never will. My Monroe piercing is now and will forever be in my face. With my hoop nose ring, I am the queen of the white trash brigade. Rough around the edges; I am not refined and prefer plain talk over circles any day. It isn’t that I can’t keep up. It is because I am just straight up.

Domestic diva, that’s not me either. I will wash the same load of laundry 3 times because I forget that it is in there needing to go in the dryer. Spaghetti is my favorite dinner because everyone eats it.

Crunchy, forget it! I don’t have anyone to appease with my lifestyle but myself.

I had a lady eyeball my 44 inches long, thick and wild mane of hair the other day. She told me how she would cut it off to have a more professional appearance! Excuse me, lady! Cut your own hair. I don’t work and I am disabled. My hair and how I keep it is my own business.

Nah, I am not your average midlife crisis wearing floral print polo shirts mom. I am that long tie dye skirt with a flower in my hair and rings on every finger and maybe a toe mom. I am the one who listens to classical and indie folk with my kids. Punk and ska too. Take it or leave it, I am here to stay. This is my life and I love it.

 

Christmas and Holiday Cookiesย 

I wanted to share a couple recipes that I make for friends and family each year. Giving out homemade goodies is an act of love. A ton of work goes into the gifts. Not to mention the cost. Baking is more expensive than ever. A 4 pack of real butter can run you almost $5 now. Imagine all the butter, milk, chocolate and other ingredients it takes and the time put in. You could easily buy a box of chocolates or a $10 gift for cheaper than it is to put together a tin of homemade cookies and treats. Places like Aldi grocery stores help me keep my costs down. That 4 pack of butter there usually runs around $2.50. A dozen of eggs there is around $0.75. 

Let’s talk goodies!

Fudge is a Christmas and holiday classic. I found this super easy recipe from Very Best Baking for an easy Rocky Road Fudge. Deliciously creamy milk chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts make this a favorite. It is my most requested goodie. My neighbors love this divine treat.

https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18459/super-easy-rocky-road-fudge 

Chocolate Covered Pretzels!

There are so many ways to be festive with chocolate covered pretzels. I use holiday colored sprinkles, or chopped nuts and even coconut. This treat is a classic and so fun to make with the kiddos. Even the toddlers can get in on this one. I use this recipe by Little Broken. Here the chef of these creative pretzel sticks uses crushed candy canes for an even more festive spin! I substitute the chocolate for whatever’s on sale. If Bakers chocolate is on sale that’s what I use. However, milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips melt well and are easy to use as well. Check out these adorable and edible goodies. 

https://www.littlebroken.com/2016/12/20/christmas-chocolate-covered-pretzels/

Cookies! 

Yum! Cookies are a holiday classic as well. You have to have cookies in your goodie tins. I enjoy the whole process of baking. It is scientific. If you do the recipe different ways you will get different results. Check out this chocolate chip cookie recipe and result chart.

Depending on your ingredients you will get different results! I love this. 

Back to Christmas and holiday cookies though. I do include chocolate chip cookies in my tins. 

Easy sugar cookies are the best. I use this 3 ingredient recipe from Delish. You can’t get any easier than 3 ingredients. Check it out!

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a45306/3-ingredient-sugar-cookies/

After we get them rolled out we use our cookie cutters to make shapes. We prefer bells and stars since they tend to break the least.  We are human and not Martha Stewart. Or you can leave them in circles. Check these simple, but still adorable and festive cookies. 
If you wanted to take it a step further and use cookie icing to decorate there are some super easy recipes for that too. Here is a great recipe that I use myself from Pillsbury. If you want to truly make it simple because we know the preschool kids only want to get to the decorating part, you can buy the premade sugar cookie dough from Pillsbury. They are absolutely delicious too.

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/basic-iced-holiday-sugar-cookies/bca4390e-b7a2-4548-8dea-deda6863c1cf

I am extremely excited for the holidays this year. If you are looking for a cheap, but classy tin check out your local Dollar Tree. Check out the link to see some selections! They have a style for everyone from the circle tins to rectangle tins! And when everything is only $1 how can you go wrong. 

https://www.dollartree.com/Christmas-Prints-Round-Tins-with-Lids/p354842/index.pro

I just wanted to share some of my favorite recipes and one of my favorite holiday traditions with you. I hope you have enjoyed this post. 

-Emma 

Blog Challenge Post 1 Family Values

Where does one begin to explain the basis and foundation of the very life they lead? Where do you start when explaining the process that made you who you are? I will give this a try, but I don’t want to ramble on about this and that. I will begin with my present family values. 

1. Be kind to others. You never know what is going on in their lives.

2. Share. We may not be wealthy, but we have more than enough. 

3. Love each other.

4. Forgive easily. We all have faults and make mistakes. 

5. Learn from our mistakes. This will make #4 much easier.

6. Be considerate of other’s feelings. It doesn’t mean you have to agree to be considerate.

7. Give a platform free of judgement to hear each other out. Listen closely to those who are speaking.

8. Do things in our communities to give back. When you help others you help yourself.

9. This is a equality based home. Nobody is above chores. 

10. Most of all, tell each other that you love them a lot. Remind those you care about that you need them and what is special about them. 
These are just a few of the values that my family espouses. I feel as we continue to grow spiritually, intellectually and emotionally these can change, but they are values that stay constant in our lives. They’re in no specific order. 

Facts vs. Opinion

I follow many political groups on social media. I see many opinions and hear them every single day. However, some of those opinions are extremely alienating of others. How is it that following the constitution of the United States requires you to fit some mold of white trash Becky and Jim Bob? How come to be on the left you must be college educated or be looked down upon? Who makes up these ridiculous prerequisites? What about the people in the middle? Those who are centrists? I feel those people are being forgotten. What about the Democrats that still believe in standing for the National Anthem? Their party has become something so far left that it is unrecognizable. What about the Republicans who now have this perception of being Nazis because of a few? When did it become taboo to be an American? I have many questions and it seems like there are no answers for me. My search is in vain. We are caught in between some communist ideology that certainly isn’t cohesive to our constitution or some white supremacist garbage. I feel all deserve their constitutional rights, but when did it start to become ok to give these radical people a platform? When did we start changing the meaning of words such a fascism? Google has changed the definition. Now it is a biased definition. Where did we go wrong? I hear all these people who are running pages on Facebook. They want to increase their numbers of supporters and change minds. However, they are ALL bashing people. I am trying to find meaning in this country and those who are supposedly trying to preserve our constitution and even those who are trying to change it. I am having trouble finding factual information. Most of these speakers are only sharing their opinions. And ya know what they say about opinions… 

Erno Laszlo skincare line

So, thanks to Influenster’s newest Vox Box campaign I was introduced to my new favorite skincare products! Erno Laszlo skincare is one of the higher end lines and I can see why. 

From it’s Phase 1 White Marble dual phase Vitamin C peel to the Step 2 White Marble Vitamin C Peel activator this line is heavenly. The first phase smells like a citrus grove and has a touch of exfoliating bits in it to gently scrub away the dead skin. You gently massage it on for about three minutes. After that three minutes you use the Step 2 activator. It doesn’t take much and the activator bottle has a pump on top and a dropper function to keep the amount perfect! I mean it is cool proof and trust this hot mess right here, I appreciate that.  You only leave the peel on for 1 minute. I had immediate and visible results. After washing the peel off with some warm water and patting my face dry I could see a more even skin tone. My face is smooth and tight. This is exactly what I’m looking for in an at home skincare line. I am much this younger generation in the fact that I like immediate results. With this line that is exactly what I got! They also have a White Marble Lighten and Illuminate Skin’s Brilliance Translucence Cream. This cream smells clean and amazing. It works above on the surface of the skin and below. The cream is fast absorbing and is packed with Vitamin B3 and is made with the bearberry. It lightens up the dark spots on the skin with ease. I highly recommend this skincare line. You definitely won’t be sorry. I have included the link to the Erno Laszlo website here. 

https://m.ernolaszlo.com
Check out all the divine products that are available. 

I give this product 5 hearts! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Challenge Accepted!

I am going to start a blogging challenge. I am starting out small this time. Next time will be 30 days! I felt lost last week because I didn’t write. I was sick and when I write I want to have my thoughts clear. Being sick I am plagued with brain fog and I don’t have the energy to fight through it some days. So, I am back to normal after my week long flare. Challenge accepted! 

Activism vs Inactivism

I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people this weekend. Real activists. The patriot movement is alive and well in America. This won’t be a political post, but I have a little story to tell. I have a friend, Doc, who I’ve known online for 10 years or so. He is a very strong voice in the patriot movement in this country. I may not agree with all of his political views, but there is one thing I certainly agree with and that is his agape love for his fellow human beings. As someone who tries hard to be a good follower of Christ, I help often in my own direct community. Doc, he has the support and means to help nationwide. This last week he posted on Facebook asking for a place to stay in my area. This was a no-brainer for my husband and myself. I have spent countless hours in chat rooms and on video chat with Doc and his wife both. There was absolutely no fear or worries about saying yes and inviting him and another patriot into our home. Doc and Patriot Tom were coming to Florida to help hurricane victims. I am in Sarasota and Irma only ended up being a Cat 2 here. Down south in Naples and the Keys it was a different story. They were hit with a devastating Cat 5 hurricane. I didn’t intend on riding down south with the guys until my 12 year old spoke up about wanting to go. I put my face on and we headed up. We met up with a few other patriots in Arcadia and a couple had these two beautiful young ladies in the picture below with my daughter in the middle. I can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of these three girls. It was every bit of 100ยฐ out that Sunday. Probably near 110ยฐ inside the trailer that was packed full of the relief supplies. These three kids jumped right in without a moments hesitation and got to work unloading the trailer. It was a breath of fresh air for me. I haven’t seen kids work this hard for a long time. There was no reward for their help and they did it without complaint or being asked to help. With only short breaks between people showing up, these girls were amazing. They kept water in the cooler for us and helped us adults pack boxes for those in need. Each girl was a vital part of this relief mission. Also, each walked away from this day with the knowledge that they were helping others and helping others is hard work. They also came away with a new friend/friends and the great feeling that comes after helping others. What I guess I’m trying to say is I am amazed by a three of them and their kindness and compassion to those in need. This gives me hope for the future generation. It was an honor working beside these young heroes that day. I am always humbled by helping others, but I got to see into more hearts than I could have even imagined that day. Each young woman here has a great heart and a big personality! I can’t wait until we can all work together again.