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10 Hours or Less


A new year means a new start!  And, like previous new years that have come my way, a resolution is bound to be established.  On Christmas, my mother-in-law, hubby, and myself joined together to make the same resolution together.  Our resolution is simple: We will watch only 10 hours of television a week.

Now, I’m sure some of you are aghast that we watched more than that to begin with.  In an attempt to be as honest with my readers as possible, I will ashamedly admit that I watched A LOT of television previously.  It didn’t feel like it… maybe it was just on in the background while I scrolled through Pinterest, or it was simply something to look at while I mindlessly ate my lunch.  No matter what the reason (or excuse) I had for watching it, the bottom line is it was poisoning me and my health in general.  And I didn’t realize the extent of this until I hit the “power” button.

This morning as I was eating my breakfast, a certain buzzing noise was kind of driving me crazy.  I got up only to realize it was the refrigerator running (better go catch it!).  Is that the sound my refrigerator makes?!  Who knew??  Now, the sounds of my house and my neighborhood in general have become my background noise.  I never knew these sounds existed because the sound of infomercials, car commercials, and screaming reality TV stars were constantly overpowering them.

The idea of the three of us doing this together is for a couple of reasons…
1) accountability: This is not the type of resolution I could do on my own, while my husband sat engulfed in the latest episode of Duck Dynasty.  Let’s face it- I have some willpower, but that situation would not last long.
2) It’s only been a few days, and we are already swapping stories of our various revolutions.  We have become more aware of our stress levels, what we’re eating, our conversations with one another, and our activity level.

I can’t wait to see how this will change us as our resolution continues!

I hope to share with you some of my lessons learned from this change in my life, and I hope I will also have some great DIY projects to share as well.  Now that I have all of this free time, I plan to cook more, start some projects I’ve been wanting to pursue, and definitely post more often on my blog I enjoy so much!

Do you make New Years resolutions?  What are they??  I enjoy hearing from you so much!!




Cabo San Loco… Day 1


Boy do I have some stories for you!  First let me say I am so thankful we were able to take a trip like this together, and overall our vacation in Cabo gave us the opportunity to connect in ways we could not have predicted.  We are blessed!

Tropical vacations for fair-skinned individuals like myself involve freckles populating my entire body to the point that, from about 100 yards away, it resembles a tan-like appearance.  Here I am prior to leaving Chicago.  We haven’t even left the country and this is the deepest tan I will have.  It’s a spray tan.

After getting through the maze of the airport and heaving our travel-weary bodies into a taxi, we made it.  The resort was good.  Not excellent, but I’m not going to be the booger in the punch bowl on this.
We were at a resort in Cabo.  Enough said.
Things were going great.  As soon as we checked into the hotel we made our way to the pool and immediately met 2 couples that were staying at our same resort.  They were also from Ohio and had that Midwestern warmth we love so much!  These Toledo-ians were Paul and Becky, and Dennis and Joyce.

Dennis and Joyce have been vacationing in Cabo for about 4 years now and had a lot of tips they were more than happy to share with us.  “SKY AUCTION DOT COM!” Dennis kept telling us.  It started as a mere suggestion, but soon became the topic of every third conversation.  Dennis was only trying to help us plan our future vacations, but this guy should seriously get paid royalties from skyauction.com for as much as he promotes it.  We found out later Dennis may or may not have gotten kicked out of a time share presentation because he talked about it so much.

After chatting with our new Cabo/Ohio BFF’s for a while, we decided to go to dinner with them at a local place called Maro’s.  It’s in downtown Cabo and is not someplace we would have ever found without their guidance.  At Maro’s we feasted on Mexican fare at a price suited for American tourists.  We also couldn’t resist getting their signature drink, a Beer-garita.  It was a great little place with an even better atmosphere.
Apparently we weren’t as “in” with the local crowd as we thought, because we discovered these hanging on the wall around the corner from our table.

So it may not have been as authentic as we thought…

After dinner we walked the streets, stopping to pet the lizard, and ended at our destination Cabo Blue.  Cabo Blue is an outdoor sports bar, complete with a projection screen on the side of a wooden building showing the current game/contest/fight.
Saturday night it happened to be boxing.

Paul and me meeting a new friend

The four of us found a large table and ordered drinks while Matt and Paul found a small cigar shop to peruse.  Matt and Paul returned with their purchases and Matt handed me my cigar.  We do not regularly smoke cigars, but it is a guilty pleasure that we enjoy from time to time.  And when is a better time to indulge in a guilty pleasure than on vacation?!
Light that thing, babe!
I wasn’t but 5 puffs into my cigar and zero sips into my beer when I knew I needed to stop smoking and drinking.  My head was spinning and I was most definitely out of it.  I excused myself to use the restroom, but as soon as I walked in, I turned around and walked back out.  That’s the last thing I remember until I woke back up to the sound of people yelling my name and asking me all kinds of questions at the same time.

I completely passed out after coming out of the bathroom.  It’s ok though, luckily my skull took the fall for me.  Dennis told me later it sounded like a melon was smashed on the pavement when I fell.
Even writing that makes me nauseous all over again.

When I awoke, there were people yelling questions from all angles.  “WHAT IS YOUR NAME?! WHERE ARE YOU?! WHAT DAY IS IT?! WHAT’S YOUR HUSBAND’S NAME?!” Even if I hadn’t just suffered an excruciating fall I would want to punch all of these people in the face.  My current state made the later impossible, so I just laid there like the slug I was and thankfully blurted out the appropriate answers.

After a short time I asked to sit up.  This position lasted approximately 15 seconds before I needed to lay back down again.
I could hear ambulance sirens in the background.

The next thing I knew I felt myself getting strapped onto a gurney and a brace being secured around my neck.
And off we went!

I will spare you the details of my ultimately humiliating ambulance ride, as this must remain on a need to know basis.  Grin.

We arrived at the hospital to a very friendly doctor who spoke English very well.  His attempts to joke with us while I was in and out of consciousness were interrupted occasionally by his Metallica ringtone.  Was this really happening??
After receiving 2 IV bags of fluids, we were told I would be admitted for the night and given another bag of fluids.  So there we were.  Matt; our Metallica-loving, English-speaking doctor; the Spanish-only speaking, nodding and smiling nurse; and me.  Just the four of us.  In the whole hospital.

Just my bump and me

The next morning, after some outside assistance, we were discharged and released back into our Mexican paradise.

And our vacation resumed.

iPhone dump


Hello hello friends!  I don’t have much to chat about today, but I want to connect with you so I decided to do an iPhone dump (sounds lovely, doesn’t it?) to keep you updated on my many adventures.

Our godson’s first birthday is fast approaching.  He has been the light of our world lately.  I just can’t get enough of this little guy!  He has been crawling everywhere and will be walking any day now.  It’s truly amazing to watch him absorb new information, and Matt and I are so blessed to be a part of this family!   I can’t wait another second without showing him off, so here are some recent pictures of him!

  TJ and his favorite Godfather!  Look at those eyes!

Here I am with TJ, beating the big boys at bowling

Our new favorite date night activity is to head to a scotch and cigar bar downtown.  As you go down the stairs, thick cigar smoke surrounds and seduces you.  They have drinks that are straight out of a James Bond film.  Spend an evening there and you will feel like a member of
the Mad Men cast.

Recently we went on a double date to a Pistons/Miami Heat game.  As predicted, we lost but it was still a fun night.  Here I am before the game, full of hope and optimism for my team.

Below is a picture of my Aunt-in-law’s horse.  She lives on a farm and has horses and will be getting pigs soon- LOVE!  The first time I rode a horse was with her and I am officially hooked.  She says she will call me soon to go on an all day riding trip with her friends.
I am anxiously waiting by my phone.

My Zoe will be 6 on Friday, so I have to include some pictures of her.  I will keep you updated with some pictures of her birthday celebration!

I hope you all have a great week!




We all need a little inspiration every now and then! Below are some quotes from amazing, successful entrepreneurs. My favorite quotes are those that discuss perseverance. Entrepreneurs understand perseverance more than most- that’s what makes them so unique!

44 Success Quotes:

1.  “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”

2. “Don’t complain; just work harder.”

3. “Deeds not Words”

4. “Before you can work smart you must work hard.”

5. “Persevere…because on the road to success there is never a crowd on the extra mile!”

6. “I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying.” – Jay Z

7. “Coffee is for CLOSERS!”

8. “It’s not the cards you’re dealt it’s how you play the game”

9. “If you think you made it, your at the wrong place, never stop”

10. “Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them”

11. “The grass is greener where you water it”

12. “If you are going to fear anything fear success. Think about what you are doing and when you succeed what life you will have”

13. “God gives every bird his worm but He does not throw it into the nest”

14. “If it is to be, it’s up to me”

15. “Life doesn’t have to suck…DO something about it!”

16. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…. One step at a time.”

17. “The only time success occurs before work is in the dictionary.”

18. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

19. “Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence.” – Lisa M. Amos

20. “The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”

21. “Anything less than 120 hours a week is part time, if you are okay with average…then work part time”

22. “Nothing is as it appears to be”

23. “Success is the worst teacher”

24. “If you want to manage somebody, manage yourself. Do that well and you’ll be ready to stop managing. And start leading.”

25. “We are all self made but only the successful admit it”

26. “If you don’t take a chance, you don’t stand a chance.”

27. “A successful person is one who can lay a solid foundation from the bricks others have thrown at them.” -David Brinkley

28. “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity”

29. “Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle” – Abraham Lincoln

30. “If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do” – unknown

31. “Fall down seven times, get up eight times” – Japanese proverb

32. “Success is a lousy teacher, it seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose” – Bill Gates

33. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible”

34. “Entrepreneurs don’t waste time/energy worrying about being better than someone else. Focus on being the very best version of YOU.”

35. “Whoever says ‘Nothing is Impossible’ has obviously never tried stapling Jell-o to a tree”

36. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

37. “Life isnt about learning how to weather the storm. its about learning how to dance in the rain.”

38. “Create your own destiny. If you don’t, someone else will.”

39. “Success is not so much what we have, as it is what we are.” – Jim Rohn

40. “Success is being able to juggle those Glass Balls called Priorities and keeping them shiny & intact while running the Marathon of Life.”

41. “Learning from success is important but learning from failure is vital to succeeding”

42 “True nobility is not about being better than anyone else its about being better than you used to be.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

43. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

Do you have quotes you receive inspiration from?  Send them my way!

These quotes are courtesy of under30ceo.com