Friday, August 31, 2012

High Five For Modern Medicine

This week has been a whirlwind, literally I am surprised that I am still alive and breathing. I am linking up with Lauren at From my Grey Desk for High Five For Fridays

1- I finished all my homework for finals ( 7 page paper, 2 assignments, and 1 field trip write up)

2- I reached a new blog goal 150 followers whoop whoop (think Baby Mama birthing class, start about 35 seconds in)

3- My little sister Gabi went halfway around the world to San Diego for college. Full-ride scholarship to USD baby, oh yes!!!! I am so proud of her, but I am counting down the weeks until family weekend (6 to be exact) 
 Gabi and I

 The Parents

 Everyone except Milton (somebody had to take the picture)

 Gabi with her nieces and nephew

I am not sure what happened here...

4) Most of all this week High Five for Modern Medicine

Last night I was tired and I knew all my homework was due today, so I decided to just bust it out. I figured even if I went to bed at 2 AM I would sleep better knowing it was done.

As I was pushing through my paper I heard Lulu coughing really bad so I went to check on her, and she was having a really hard time breathing. We had to take her into the ER and she turns out she has croup. 

I am so grateful that we were able to get her the medicine she needed and she is still sick, but she can breathe well. So modern medicine high five to you, because 100 years ago this could have been a whole 'nother ball game.

Question of the Day: How do you deal with being a long distance away from loved ones?


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Massive Panic Attack

This school year my S is going to Pre-K, at the same school I went to and she is thrilled! I on the other hand am having a
Massive Panic Attack
Let me start by saying I have anxiety issues, so this is really throwing me for a loop. As if my panic wasn't exaggerated enough, we got a letter from her school that Pre-K is ALL day and not half day like I thought...

I know I should be excited because she is going off to school, she will learn, I will have 2 kids instead of 3, but I am not :(

She also has to wear uniforms, which consist of khaki or navy pants or skirts, yellow, navy blue or white collared shirts and closed toe shoes. Easy shopping right? Yes, but this little girl has too much pizzaz to be stifled by these wardrobe restrictions. She chooses outfits like this on a daily basis...

Deep down super way deep inside I know she will be fabulous and LOVE school, it's me I'm worried about, but I too will be fine.

Onto a funny story starring miss S. We were all laying down yesterday and she said
"Lulu do you know how babies get in tummies?"
I was intrigued so I listened in
"You eat babies, and swallow them, but don't chew and they get in your tummy. Good thing they are tiny as ants so you won't choke!" 

Obviously we have some talking to do, but since she is just 4 we will stick with the eating babies theory for now.

Question of the Day: How did you deal with your first/only child going to school?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pretty Living Makeover

As I am sure you have noticed...Pretty Living PDX got a makeover! We also got our own domain name so you can now reach me at:

Now let's get back to talking about this design, my design was custom made for me by Sarah Darr of Family Darr Designs. For reals though isn't it gorgeous? Sarah was a dream to work with, she got everything I wanted in my design. If I didn't like something, she made a new example and sent it to me for approval (we exchanged over 30 e-mails and she was nice, never annoyed that I wanted to try a different color or font). Sarah listened to what I wanted, and she got my design practically perfect with 1 try! Sarah Darr is a truly amazing blog designer. 

Now that I am done gushing about her,if you are looking for an awesome and affordable blog design, you should head on over to the Family Darr Designs shop and check her out!

Question of the Day: Which one of Sarah's blog templates do you like the best?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday Link Up Partay!

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday. This link party is here to aid you in finding not only new awesome blogging friends but followers as well. Share the love, follow the rules, and meet new people!This link-party can be found here every Wednesday.
(the first links in link-up, marked host!)
(please do not use a specific post)
(meet new people, make new friends)
(share the linky love, and button up below)
(tweet, facebook,  instagram & etc about link party)

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Tea On Tuesday Social Hop

I am so excited this week to be a co-host for Tea on Tuesday!! Please link up below and let's find some new and awesome bloggers :)

The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week's special co-host Myranda at Pretty Living! The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends,  and grow your audience! There are 8 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Bloglovin', Hello Cotton, and Instagram! 

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, and co-host via GFC (if you can) or RSS, Facebook, and Twitter.

Jessica: Facebook - Twitter
Haley: Facebook - Twitter
Myranda: Facebook - Twitter

2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from that link-up and follow them.


(*Note: When liking on Facebook, you MUST do this from your personal page. It does not count as a "like" if you like from you blog page.)

Date Night, Service Saturday and a Wedding

This weekend (and the days leading up to it) I was feeling a little sorry for my kind loving hubby decided we should have date night. We have not been out (without kids) for too long. We saw the Dark Knight and went to dinner, that movie was freaky! I scared myself by going to the bathroom halfway through, big mistake.

We managed to take a couple pictures of ourselves...As you can see we are true picture-taking professionals.

 On Saturday I determined the only way to get out of my "funk" was to help other people, I needed to shift the focus from myself. We took food to a person who is camping out (has no place to live right now), visited someone from church and did some other family fun things, here are some pictures from our adventures.

The lady we visited keeps jewelry in a drawer for little people to play with and naturally they loved it.

The wedding reception was very special because we saw a family that was in South Dakota when Milton was on his mission and then they moved about 30 minutes away from us. We have not seen them 2 times and they have never met our girls.

 It was an awesome reunion, which unfortunately I do not have pictures of :/

On a side note my girls sat on the couch for 27 whole minutes while I worked out (and through a shower), so I consider myself very lucky. 

Question of The Day: How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Recently I have been feeling inadequate, my blog isn't good enough, my clothes aren't cute enough....blah blah blah the list goes on. I am sure everyone feels like this, even the people who I think are the image of perfection. So I have put together some awesome quotes found via Pinterest to help inspire you, they have already boosted my spirits :) Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

These Are My Confessions...

So I am in my last week of class for the summer, then I get a whole month off woop woop! I have a 8 page paper, an assignment and a quiz due next Monday that I have not barely started...remember my post about procrastination? Well...I have to finish it before this weekend, we have a wedding, a stake service project, a birthday party and it's my Gabi's last weekend home before college. Needless to say I will have ZERO free time this weekend! The point is, I will be semi-absent from the blog this week, but please keep reading, pinning, and commenting because I truly LOVE it all. I will see you when I come up for air :)

Question of the Day: When do you take time for your homework?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Before 5 Wake Up Time

My dear lovely Charlotte has been waking before 5 AM daily (don't ask me why, I don't speak baby) and because she is so mobile now (and in our bed) I cannot just doze off back to dreamland, because then she will pull herself up on the headboard and climbing over get the picture

So for the past week we have been going out to the couch, where I will nurse  her and she will play for about an hour, then I lay her in the crib and she goes back sleep. Plot Twist: We share a room with her, so I can't go back to sleep, or she won't, obviously I choose her sleeping over me. Needless to say I have been starting my day at 5:45 AM, and yesterday I decided to embark on a new workout journey. I started...

Let me just tell you right now, she I was thinking, "pffft 20 minutes, easy peasy" Boy was I WRONG! This workout will have you sweating the entire time, and afterwards I could barely walk down the stairs. If you are looking for a jump-start, or a reboot check this out. I am going to post before and after pictures with all my stats when I am done please wish me luck :)

Question of the Day: What do you do when your little ones wake up super early?
Have you ever done the 30 Day Shred?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Awesome Easy Peasy Refrigerator Pickles

I LOVE pickles, they literally one of my favorite things to eat, in this entire world!! I love all kinds of pickles, but homemade ones are my favorite. Now it has been over 95 degrees here in Oregon for  forever  the last  few days and my cucumbers have been growing like crazy town, so naturally I wanted to make pickles, isn't that all you use cucumbers for too? Oh what's that you say, you don't? It must be just me. Anyways, this extreme heat and canning do NOT mix, I do not have air conditioning and I have an extreme intolerance for heat, like I seriously hate it more then most things on this earth.

I was browsing through Pinterest the other day and I found this gem yes you read correctly, refrigerator pickles (you will want to pin this one). No heating up a vinegar-y brine, no canner most importantly no added heat. I was in, so I went out and harvested the daily 5 cucumbers and the girls and I went to work. This took like 10 minutes (probably would have been a little less without 3 sets of hands involved), so it was simple and quick my favorite kind of cooking :) Just so you know I halved the recipe, because I only had a 1 quart jar. 

I do not have a nice camera, so please excuse the photo quality, and go make yourself some pickles!

 All the ingredients (minus the baby hand)
1 Cup vinegar (distilled white)
1 Cup water
2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp white sugar 
Red onion thinly sliced
3 Garlic cloves (peeled and smashed)
4 Medium cucumbers
*The original recipe calls for fresh rosemary sprigs, but I didn't have any so they weren't in mine

Slice the cucumbers into spears and thinly slice the red onion

Stuff the cucumbers into the jar (vertically). I say stuff because it should be a pretty tight fit

Stir the sugar and salt into the vinegar/water mixture until they both dissolve, stir until you can't feel any more grittiness in the liquid. I am not even sure if that is a word, but apparently it works because my spell check didn't red line it :) Then add the onion slices and garlic cloves

Pour the brine mixture over the cucumbers, put the lid on the jar and refrigerate for 24 hours before enjoying :)

The original recipe says these will last a month. In my house I will be lucky if they last a day, next time I should probably make some more...

I pinned from Part Time Housewife

Friday, August 17, 2012


Here is the bi weekly update

I broke my foot on Monday, so that has stopped exercise this week, but I have still lost... (drum roll please)
1.2 pounds!!
This proves that what I eat matters! I have lost this weight just by eating 1500 calories a day and eating good foods. I am happy and hopefully next week I will be able to workout and see a bigger number :)

Question of the Day: Has an injury ever hindered your workouts? How did you deal with it?

Thursday, August 16, 2012


{cute picture of someone deep in thought}

I have a concern about my lil' ol' blog...I read once that it is very important that your blog has a 'niche and I fear that I may be faced with an angry mob if every post is not centered around healthy living/weight loss. I am sure this is completely irrational, but you see when you have no my self-esteem you easily think people don't like you for weird reasons, and 99% of the time these reasons are made up in your own head. So tell me irrational or not? I have decided to really focus in on my blog and make sure the giveaways and posts really stick with my 'theme' which includes:

*Family Life
*Healthy Living
*Weight Loss
I feel a bit frantic as I am starting out this blog, trying to get people to pay attention, but honestly if 20 people like it or 2,000 do I will still keep writing and being true to myself.

Question of the Day: Will you be disappointed if my posts are not 100% around healthy living/weight loss?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bumps in the Road

There was a bump in on my road yesterday...I broke my toe(s)...I know no biggie right? WRONG! They don't really do much for broken toes and I can't walk without extreme pain. It is quite hard to run, when you can't even walk, in fact impossible. I had fully intended to start the couch to 5K program today, and now it has to wait, I am majorly upset!

I felt like this when it happened, only imagine a hurt foot not a hurt finger and I look a little different, but you get the point.

Why does it always seem when you get on the right track, everything gets in your way? I was doing good with my eating and exercising, and now I can't do much in the way of exercising. I am trying to keep my head up but it is hard :(

Also in the news, both of my girls got stung on the bottom of their feet last night by bees, within seconds of each other, yesterday could not have gotten much worse. Oh and did I mention, I fell at 9 am and hurt my foot, my husband did not get home until 4 PM. Extremely hard caring for 3 kids 4 and under when you can barely walk :/ Especially when 2 of them are screaming from bee stings...

On a side note: DO NOT stand on a rolling office chair to hang up a blanket so you can block the sun, it does NOT end well...

This post was a complaint post, hopefully you still like me, I can only hope

Question of the Day: How do you handle bumps in the road?

In more happy news, did you enter my Pampered Chef Giveaway? Head on over and do it now, you won't regret it ;)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I am so excited, because Val at The Daily Distraction had nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award, woop woop I am so happy, can you tell?

The Liebster is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers and it's meant to be a nice, welcoming way to get to know each other in this lovely little blogging community.

So here are the rules:
1. Each person must list 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set for you plus you MUST create a set of 11 new questions for the people you will nominate.
3. Choose up to 11 bloggers linking them to your post.
4. Go to their page and inform them of the nomination.
5. Absolutely No tag backs.
6. Remember to only tag bloggers with less than 200 followers.

So here goes!

The 11 things about myself:

1)  I will most likely never stop eating Taco Bell, but it has been awhile.
2)  I constantly wake up in the middle of the night to make sure my children are breathing.
3)  I am a master coupon shopper
4)  It is a life goal of my sister and I to appear on an episode of Saturday Night Live, we fancy ourselves quite hilarious!
5)  I am not fashionable, I try really hard though.
6)  I LOVE watermelon, seriously I have could eat a whole one all by myself.
7)  I LOVE holding babies, they are so small and soft
8)  I do not take pictures of myself, like seriously none in the last 4 years
9)  I need people to validate me, or I feel useless
10)  I am a Mormon
11)  I can't remember my life before I had my girls, I always insert them into memories not remembering they weren't born yet...

The 11 questions Val gave me:

1)  Besides blogs, what website(s) do you check daily? Hip2Save (a coupon site) and my credit union, we go crazy up in here
2)  How long did it take you to tell your friends and family about your blog? I e-mailed them as soon as I had published my first post.
3)  What inspires you to blog the most? My girls, I have more confidence with this blog and I need them to grow up seeing that.
4)  What is the best birthday present you've ever received? A day all to myself, spa, shopping, the works from my husband.
5)  What food could you not possibly live without? Fruit- all kinds, I seriously LOVE it!
6)  What is your go-to piece of clothing in your closet right now? My colored denim, quite the extensive collection, blue and gray.
7)  What blogger inspires you right now? Mandy at Mama and the Dudes
8)  What is your favorite word? Yes, I love it's confirmation of things
9)  What country are you dying to visit? Italy, I want to go eat some genuine pasta
10)  If you could have any job, what would it be? It would be a public relations manager for Justin Beiber- We all have Beiber Fever in this house (except the hubby)
11)  What is your favorite ride at Disneyland? Star Tours, it is soooo much fun!

11 Questions for the people I nominate:
1) What is your guilty pleasure?
2) What is the best gift you have ever given?
3) What is your favorite US City?
4) Which do you prefer; pink or purple?
5) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
6) What do you have doubts about?
7) What are you sure of?
8) Who do you admire most and why?
9) Do you prefer a summer day or a winter day?
10) What beauty item can you not live without?
11) What is your favorite store to shop at?

And now, the bloggers I nominated!

Val, thank you so much for the nomination, I am seriously thrilled!

Enter the awesome Pampered Chef Giveaway, if you have not already, it rocks!

Monday, August 13, 2012

It's a Giveaway!!!

I am so excited that I have gained so many blog and Facebook followers in the last week, to show how much I appreciate all my readers I am hosting a giveaway with Kate @ Kate B.McLeod for an awesome...

This giveaway is for a Pampered Chef microwave potato chip maker and your choice of 1 of their seasoning blends or rubs to make your chips extra yummy!

There are lots of different ways to enter, if you do all of them you can get up to 26 entries! 

*Follow Pretty Living PDX on GFC (3 entries)
*Follow Kate B. McLeod on GFC (2 entries)
These small pieces of silicone may not look like much, but these babies are AWESOME! You can make chips in the microwave in 5 minutes!! Yes just 5 minutes to delicious, crunchy, healthy chips! Potatos have carbs which I know people try to avoid, but they also have many healthy benefits they have a lot of vitamins,  vitamin C-26%; potassium-26%; vitamin B6-27%; iron-10%. manganese-19%; fiber-15%

You can use sweet potatoes,apples, jicima, potato, yucca, and even tortilla chips!

The options are endless and it is so healthy no extra fat and grease needed for these potato chips!

The average potato chip contain 240 calories and 16 grams of fat for 1 serving of  chips, these homemade chips contain 80 calories and ZERO grams of fat!! This is defenitely a key tool for healthy living.

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I am a Pampered Chef consultant, so if you are interested in buying some products, or joining me in this awesome business just e-mail me at mrsbarnes85 at gmail dot com.

Weekend Update/Pictures

Sadly, there is no long written weekend update today :( I know please try and hold back the tears and utter disappointment. Instead I am linking up over at Silver Linking for the instagram link-up. So please enjoy the pictures!

I was starving on Saturday night, so I had some green salad, grandma's potato salad and half of a watermelon. I LOVE me some watermelon, it is pretty intense. When I was pregnant with my Sophia, my best friend was also pregnant and we used to always get together for barbecues, she would actually buy 2 watermelons and we would split an entire watermelon and give the other one to everyone else. We didn't have to share either, because we like a light sprinkling of salt on ours and no one else did, hehehehe. Seriously though, if you haven't tried salt on your watermelon, you should, um like now.

I grew these cucumbers from seed! I am so happy, I have only ever grown carrots and radishes from seeds so I am pretty happy. Look for a container gardening post soon, I just found my camera charger...

I painted my nails using bright awesome colors and scotch tape, Tutorial here

I drove my husband's car home from school and I found all my Tupperware in his car. I seriously was about to go buy more, glad I saved myself some $$$.

Question of the Day: How was your weekend? Anything exciting happen?

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