We finally got a new house!

Friday, January 31, 2014

If you've read my blog for a while you're probably sick of hearing me talk about moving.

We've been back in our hometown for about five months now. We spent the first 6weeks or so at my parent's house while my husband got settled into his new job. Starting at a new shop can take a bit to get established and develop a clientele, but I'm impressed and proud of how awesome Shayne has been doing. He's really happy with he's at now, and he's got quite the clientele going already. Winter is usually the toughest time of year for tattooers and it tends to get really, really slow. This sucks when you work solely on commission. When people aren't getting tattooed, we aren't making any money. But he's actually stayed pretty busy and is getting an impressive amount of clients and referrals already. I'm shocked because I really didn't think that would happen so quickly here and that it would take us a lot longer to get back on our feet.

The first few months we were hard. We stayed at my parent's house for about 6 weeks, and then moved into a temporary roommate situation with a long time friend of Shayne's. It wasn't ideal, but it worked for the time being. Both places were a lot smaller than what we were used to (the kids had to share a room) and none of us really had any space or privacy. We had an audience all the time, and we're usually a really quiet and private little family. We love being at home just the four of us, hanging out, doing our thing, being ourselves. It's hard to do that when there are other people around.

It's like having permanent company or something, like when someone comes over to your house and you have to be "on" and entertain. You can't just sit around in your pajamas, eat whatever you want, shower whenever you want, and do your usual routine. You can't100% do your own thing and be yourself. It really bothered me and I didn't deal well with it. I'm a control freak. I want my own stuff. I want my own space. I want to be able to parent my children without someone else around all the time. The kids act different when there's an extra person there. I did it as a kid too. I thought I could get away with more when my mom had a friend over or if my aunt was visiting. My kids have been acting that way for the last 5 months because of our living situation. It's been driving me crazy!

We had been seriously looking for a place since New Years, and after almost two months of searching we finally found a place that was big enough and still in our price range. It was a lot harder than I expected. But we did it. We found a 4 bedroom, 2 full bathroom house with a bonus family room in the basement that will be Shayne's office/art room. It's an older house and could definitely use a little TLC, but with some new curtains and a woman's touch with some decorating it will be perfect. The kids have an entire floor to themselves with their own bathroom, and I get my sewing room back. The house is about 3 or 4 blocks away from the kids' school and I've been walking to get them in the afternoons, so yay for exercise for this pregnant lady (I've been so lazy during this pregnancy!) Plus I get to decorate the baby room. I've got 5 or 6 months to prepare, so watch for some crafty stuff in the near future.

We finally got some snow a few days ago and the kids have been loving playing in their new yard. Even I played in it for a little while, and I usually hate snow. But it's been a few years since we lived some place where it snows, so I couldn't resist helping them with their snowman and then getting into a snowball fight with Ayden. It was actually fun! I kind of don't mind if it sticks around for a few more days.

Anyway, that's the latest. We're settling in nicely to the new digs and are really loving having our own place again. I can't complain about being bored anymore because I've got tons to do!

What's the weather been like where you're at? Do you have any snow?
I hope to have some pictures of the new place soon!

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure #CSMTKO

Friday, January 24, 2014

Last week, a little box showed up at my doorstep.
It was a Vox Box from Influenster, and it contained one of my favorite things- nail polish!

This isn't just any nail polish either. This is Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure, and I was pretty intrigued by it. Complete Salon Manicure nail polish has 7 benefits of a salon manicure in 1 bottle:
  • Base coat
  • Strengthener
  • Growth treatment
  • Color
  • Top coat
  • Chip-resistant
  • Gel shine

Here's what else Sally Hansen says about their Complete Salon Manicure:
Skip the salon, get the results. Don't settle for just color when you can get a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon-inspired color, top coat, chip-resistance and a gel finish all in 1 bottle. Featuring the unique precision brush for a flawless finish and patented Vita Care technology for advanced 10 day wear, more shine and nourishing care.
I had to give it a try right away, so I soaked off my gels and got to swatching the polish. From left to right is Jaded, Pat on the Black, and Red My Lips.

My first impression of the nail polish was that I loved the brush. It's a nice thick, rounded brush that allows you to get right up to the cuticle area and gives great coverage with minimal strokes. My problem, however, was that I'm used to gels and I'm used to having more "play" time with the product before it dries or cures, so the first few attempts were a little clumpy and streaky for me. Apparently I had forgotten how to apply regular nail polish, so I had to start over a few times. With the purple and red color I was able to do just 2 coats and get the coverage I needed, while the Jaded color was very opaque and required at least 3 coats. I loved how shiny it was!

I decided to wear Pat on the Black and see how it held up.
After 5 or 6 days this is what it looked like:

My Complete Salon Manicure definitely did not last 10 days as described on their website. I had some wear on the free edges and I'm not sure what happened to my pointer finger, but a lot of it chipped off. They did stay pretty shiny, but not nearly as shiny as gels. I didn't break any nails so the strengthener definitely helped them hold up. I also noticed that I didn't have any staining or discoloration after I took the polish off, so I'd say that the built in base coat did it's job. I felt like I still wanted to put a top coat over them even though it has one built in, but that may just be force of habit for me.

Overall, I'd give this product 4 out of 5 stars. It's definitely a winner when compared to other nail polishes. But when compared to a gel (which they kind of do compare it to gels with the shine factor, the chip resistance, and the 10 day wear thing) it doesn't hold a candle to it. I don't think any nail polish is going to last as long as a gel. But if you're looking for a one step, fast drying, all-in-one-bottle nail polish that is long wearing and has it all, this might be the product for you.

Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure comes in 50 shades, so I can't wait to try some more colors!
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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Biopsy results

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sorry about the lack of blogging this month. I'm not off to a great start for the new year, but I blame it on the morning sickness, the flu, multiple doctor's appointments, and my overall lack of energy right now. I am, however, drinking coffee for the first time in awhile, so I think I'm finally over the morning sickness hump and should be feeling more like myself now.

OK, I talked about my ultrasound and biopsy in my last blog post- if you haven't read it yet, go check it out so you're up to speed. Dear lord, that biopsy was a lot more painful afterwards than I had anticipated. The whole left side of my breast is still green and blue (go Seahawks!) and a little sore a week later. I sent my friend a picture of the bruise when it was at it's worst and she was horrified! But I had an appointment with my OB-GYN on Tuesday and the results were was negative! The lump is just a benign fibroid and nothing to worry about. They said they'd keep an eye on it and check it again after I have the baby and nurse for a few months and make sure it hasn't grown or moved at all, and we'll decide then if it needs to be removed or if it can just stay where it's at. They said a lot of times they just leave it because it's harmless, but you can choose to have it surgically removed. I probably won't, simply because I plan on breast feeding for at least a year, so surgery on one of my boobs probably isn't a great idea. We'll see though!

Thanks everyone for the concern, thoughts, prayers, messages, and everything else while this was going on. It was pretty stressful having to go through it and wait for the results, and I am so so thankful that the outcome was a good one. I'm healthy, the baby is healthy, and I even got to see him or her again on another ultrasound this week!
Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but I think it looks like a girl :) 

The profile totally looked like Lily's did when I had my ultrasound with her, and she's hoping for a baby sister. The baby is definitely looking more like a baby now, and not just a little gummy bear like on the last ultrasound. He/she is about the size of a lime! I'm about 12 1/2 weeks pregnant right now so it will be a few more weeks until we can find out the gender. My doctor said they usually do the next ultrasound between 18-20 weeks. I may explode from anticipation waiting for the next 6 weeks.

By the way, I got another ultrasound picture where the baby is facing straight on, and my son is convinced that I'm going to give birth to Bane from Batman. What do you think? I can see the resemblance, though I'm not really hoping for a super-villian baby. That's what you get when you ask a 9 year old boy what he thinks about your ultrasound pictures though!

Also, if you  don't already follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you should. I post more daily updates, random thoughts and musings, and try to interact with people on there as much as I can. It's a great way to keep up to date even when I'm not blogging as much. Let's be friends.

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A little biopsy

Friday, January 17, 2014

On Tuesday I told you about my special ultrasound I was getting. (If you didn't read that already, go do it now so I don't have to explain it all again). OK, did you read it? Great, I'll go on.

On Wednesday I went in for the ultrasound to look at this lump in my armpit. The technician and doctor immediately warned me that it could just be a lymph node that was enlarged due to it trying to filter out tattoo ink. My sister-in-law is a nurse and she had mentioned this to me before as well. It sounds kind of weird, but apparently your body will sometimes try to get rid of that foreign substance I had tattooed on/in my skin and your lymph nodes are what filter it (or something like that- I'm totally paraphrasing and probably doing a bad job, but yeah- think lymph nodes filled with tattoo ink). Funny thing was, the tech couldn't even find my lymph node, so that theory was out. After a lot of searching and shoving the thing up in my armpit a few times, they realized the "mass" I was feeling was just a large muscle. I asked why it would feel slightly bigger than usual and why it would hurt and they said I could have injured it and/or it could have had something to do with my hormones increasing now and making it more sensitive. OK, whatever. It's a big muscle. However, the tech proceeded to look around on the outside of my left breast, and that's when she noticed a different lump- a 9mm sized something right in the middle of my breast tissue.

The doctor talked to me about different kinds of lumps and how some of them end up being harmless, benign, fibroid lumps. She said they would usually just keep an eye on this one and have me report back to them if it got bigger or changed at all. But since I'm pregnant, hormonal, and my breasts are changing in preparation for the nursing I'm going to be doing in a few months, they decided to do a biopsy of it just to be sure. So I left the office with an appointment for a biopsy the following day and was sent home with a pamphlet to look over and help me prepare for it.

Sounds kind of scary, right? The doctor assured me that I'd be fine, because after all, I have all of these tattoos, so I must be a bad ass. If only she knew that I'm actually a huge weenie and I hate getting tattooed. It's not fun and I don't enjoy pain. Needless to say, I didn't sleep much that night.

Thursday morning was my appointment for the biopsy. The procedure itself wasn't too bad. They numb the area with a shot of local anesthesia. A shot in the side of your boob definitely hurts, but it started getting numb quickly so it wasn't horrible. I was told to look away when they actually did the biopsy and took the samples, but I watched it happen on the ultrasound screen and it was pretty freaky to see the huge needle going inside you. I guess I did start bleeding a bit more than usual because they accidentally hit an artery near the lump (you never want to hear an "oops!") That part wasn't fun because they had to apply some extra pressure to the area to stop the bleeding, and I was already sore as it was. I think that was the only time I actually groaned in pain during the whole procedure. The doctor told me I'd be a little extra sore now and I'd be black and blue for a few days- great. Afterwards, they stuck a patch over the area and gave me an icepack to put in my bra and sent me on my merry little way. It was only 10:20am and I was starving, so I made my husband hit the drive-thru and get me a sausage mcmuffin (I know, I know, it's bad. But I'm pregnant and I deserved it).

By the time I got home the numbing agent was already wearing off, so I pretty much went straight to my room, put on sweats, and hopped in bed to scarf my greasy breakfast and get comfortable for the day. I had about 4 1/2 hours until the kids came home from school and I needed to rest and my husband had to go to work. I took a little nap with the icepack on my boob, and dozed off and on for most of the afternoon. I got up around 2:30 to get a snack, and after about 2 minutes of standing the pain hit me really bad. The area started throbbing so badly I almost passed out. I called my husband, crying, and thankfully he had just finished up with his last scheduled appointment for the day, so he said he'd clean up and come home to help with the kids. There was no way I'd be doing anything for anyone that night. The pain was pretty intense- I was shocked at how badly it hurt. 

Thankfully the first night was the worst of it, because I woke up today feeling much less sore. I mean, it hurts, but it's not the leave-you-in-tears type of pain. I was able to get up and get the kids off to school with no problems and I've just been taking it pretty easy today (hence the blogging- I'm doing this from my bed). I'm hoping tomorrow I'll feel even better.

I should be getting the results from the biopsy on Tuesday, so I'll be sure to keep you all updated on what happens. I'm totally expecting this to just be a little benign fibroid and nothing actually serious (as are the doctors), but fingers crossed everything turns out OK.

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A different kind of ultrasound tomorrow

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I've been slightly miserable lately.
I'm still suffering from morning sickness most days.
It should be called all day sickness.
Then I got H1N1. No fun.
We're also house hunting, which I talked about on Facebook.

And now, to top it off, I have to get a special ultrasound tomorrow. No, not like the fun ultrasound I had last week were I got to see the little gummy bear baby inside of my belly. That one was cute. This one is for a lump I found in my armpit. It's been there for a few months (I know, I should have done something sooner) and it's slightly painful at times. The doctor didn't seem too overly concerned about it, but did want to get it checked out since I have a pretty significant family medical history. Hoping everything is fine and the lump is just nothing- positive thinking & prayers would be much appreciated!

I'll keep you all updated as soon as I get any news.

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Bout of Books? My body had other plans

Friday, January 10, 2014

I am so bummed. I was supposed to spend this week relaxing and reading for Bout of Books. I signed up and wrote my goal post and everything, but my body decided to crap out on me instead. Rather than reading, I spent the week with H1N1. Let me tell you- it was no fun. Even with the Tamiflu my doctor called in for me, I was still miserable and felt like I was dying for a good majority of the week. I tried reading a few times, but I was just too exhausted to even hold a book in my hand, so I finally had to just give up on the read-a-thon this time. Bummer.

But the good news is I'm finally feeling a little better. I had my first OB appointment and we did a quick ultrasound to double check my due date (which was off and had to be adjusted). I got to see the tiny little baby growing inside me! He/she looked like a little gummy bear wiggling around and had a healthy heartbeat of 170.
The baby was laying flat & the head is on the left, the body and legs are on the right.

In two more weeks I'll go back and have another ultrasound, and this one will be a "real" one where we'll get to see a lot more and get some better pictures.

How's it like where you're at? Has the flu been crazy?
I know a ton of people with it right now!

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I sorta forgot about Christmas

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I just noticed that I never did a Christmas post, so I figured I'd do a quick little (late) update.

First of all, Christmas Eve was my sweet niece's 1st birthday!

My sister-in-law loves Dr. Who and Harry Potter, so I got little miss Sierra these adorable headbands from one of my favorite Etsy shops- ElderWandCrafts. She (my sis-in-law) loved them and I think they look great on my niece too, don't you? Such a fashion forward little girl! Auntie loves Harry Potter too, so of course I had to get both. The Dr. Who one has a tardis on it, while the HP one has a little golden snitch on it. I think I might need one for myself as well.

The flash made me look really sleepy, but Sierra looks cute!

Christmas was a lot of fun. We went over to my parent's house on Christmas Eve and spent the night, so we got to have Christmas morning with everyone. The kids were of course spoiled, but I didn't get a ton of pictures, as I was sitting in a recliner with a stack of saltine crackers trying to fight off morning sickness all day. Mom fail!

Aren't these Harry Potter ornaments awesome? My crafty aunt made them!

And this gorgeous ring came from my mother-in-law. I love it!

Hope you all had a magical Christmas and are settling into the New Year.
Anyone else ready for Christmas break to be over?!

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Bout of Books 9.0- a readathon

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I decided the best way to start 2014 would be with a read-a-thon. The holidays have been crazy, the kids will be back in school, and I've got morning sickness to the I'd love nothing more than to just sit and read my little heart out!

This will be my 4th time participating in Bout of Books.

So what exactly IS Bout of Books? Why, I'm glad you asked:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books

Now, let's talk goals. You have to have goals for a read-a-thon!

Goals for Bout of Books
  • Read at least 100 pages each day.
  • Finish 3 books.
  • Participate in 2 Twitter chats.
  • Compete in at least 1 challenge.
  • Comment on other blogs.
Books I'll be reading:

The 3rd book will be determined later, probably depending on my mood after these two. Maybe I'll read one of the sequels. I've had these books on my to-read list for some time now, and I've heard great things about them, so I'm excited to finally read them and cross them off my list!

Speaking of goals, I totally failed on my 2013 Goodreads goal. Bummer!

I'm going to set my goal a little lower this year. I think 25 is a good place to start, because once August hits I probably won't have much time to read. I'll have a new baby! I'll be too busy to read after that, so I better get most of mine done during the first half of the year.

So are YOU thinking about signing up for Bout of Books? If you love to read, you really should sign up. It's a really fun way to get some reading in, "meet" some fun people, and even participate in some challenges and giveaways and maybe win a cool prize. I especially love the Twitter chats because I love interacting with all of my fellow book lovers and learning about new books. Seriously, join in! It's a ton of fun.

As always, thank you to my bloggy BFF Sarah for introducing me to Bout of Books!

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