Thursday, March 28, 2013


 I was a nerdy kid. My father and I used to go to a gem and mineral show, every year! One year he let me sign up for a door price (The gorgeous amethyst in the picture.) because it was my favorite color and I LOVED it. Much to our surprise, I won the gem and my dad told me he would keep it for me til I was older. The other day he reminded me that he still had it and T got it put into a ring for me for my valentines day and an anniversary gift. I still LOVE it!!!

PS- I am itching for a background change. So don't be too surprised if it looks different the next time you check in! Maybe.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Eggs; Busy Baby Resting Mommy

My girly went to her first of three Easter egg hunts yesterday. She will end up with a zillion eggs! We have a really BIG ziplock bag filled with Easter eggs from our years of egg hunts. Inevitably, some get broken while L is playing various things with them. Once Easter is over I am always left wondering what to do with some of the eggs. So here are some of the cute ideas I've found, to allow your kiddo to play, you to rest, and to use those eggs up, up, up!

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I found this adorbs idea on Dana Made It. Easter egg maracas, cute!!!

Here's a great link I found, at Creative Connectiolns for Kids that lists six different activities to do with Easter eggs. 

Photo Credit
This is L's favorite things to do with her eggs. We usually get out our corn bucket (popping corn in a large tupperware box) to use with the eggs. I found Wonder Baby had the same suggestion here.

 A Mom With A Lesson Plan came up with a great idea... Egg toss with recycled water bottles. I think I'll have to try this one out myself!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Alice in Wonderland

This is what has been a major contributing factor to my stress this week. A zillion things to remember for L's play. But the second I saw her take the stage with her friends I fell in LOVE with it all! Seeing how madly in love with acting she was made all the stress worth it.

As if her dramatic flare wasn't enough to tell me she's a scene stealer in the making, the shows (for the last two nights) definitely convinced me!

PS- My girly is the one bouncing around with piggy tails in the back row in front of the flag. I don't mind sharing because it's blurry enough to hide faces but still clear enough to see "the action".

I may share some pictures in another blog post depending on how they turned out. :o)

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I have been seriously stressed out this week. Seriously. Stressed. Out! I have a zillion things to do and not enough time to do them. My hubbster knew this and could see that I needed a pick me up.

So her brought me home cheese. Yes, cheese. Romantic I know! Well, this is my husband's version of romantic. <3 br="">

Fromage..... Mmmmmm!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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 When speaking with "healthy" people I always feel the need to be apologetic when explaining my illness. So it is so refreshing to hear from or speak with fellow Sjoggies. Rather then feeling sympathy from the person, I am speaking with, I get understanding from them.

I had breakfast with a friend the other day. And while she doesn't have Sjs she does have some other autoimmune issues. We spent our time talking about our gripes and completely understanding each other. It was so energizing! Looks like these witches are having that kind of conversation too!

Monday, March 18, 2013


This blog post is probably two months old now! As in, I've had our new camper for that long now and just forgot to post this. So I figured I would post now. :o)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Long Day

My day, yesterday, in pictures...

It started with this.... L's school had a mini THON day at school. They danced through out the day to raise money for the families of children with cancer. She was so excited to be doing something so fun and earning money for the charity.
This happened right after lunch, during recess, which sent us running for the Emergency Department....

 The next couple of pictures took place, courtesy of L, while we were waiting to be seen in the ED....
 Apparently, these blue gloves were fascinating because I found at least six
shots of these on my phone later in the evening.

See? I told you these blue gloves were fascinating!

And this is how we ended the day, four hours later.... With a big ol' goose-egg, two stitches in the shape of a T, brush burns on her nose, and a soon-to-be-black-eye.  My poor girly was horrified by just about everything involved with this trip. With the exception of the Sponge Bob they turned on TV for her and the gifts they sent her home with. Yes, I wrote "gifts" correctly. Apparently, blue gloves, a syringe squirter, and a mermaid bath toy make it all better for this girly. For this mama? Not so much. This ED adventure combined with two other bad events this week have my heart hurting a little.

What a loooong day we had!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


 Remember this? The door that my husband and I found that I fell in love with?

With the adorbs cut out stars and the distressed-to-all-heck look? 'Member?

I have been looking for ages for something to put in front of this door as a decoration to fill up the small little awkward corner that I have it in. Added to that task was the fact that I needed to make the decoration "kid friendly" as well. It couldn't be glass or a splinter hazard when my daughter gambles around my house with no decent awareness of what she is actually doing until AFTER she's run into whatever it is that she hasn't noticed. Not. Kidding.

Which is why I didn't  put this fabulous find on the floor.

Anyway.... That was my incredibly long winded way of saying that I FINALLY found something!!! There is a place, in a quaint little town close to us, that houses an old dress factory. It hasn't been an actual factory for years. Now it holds three stories of craft/antique/junk vendors. I could get lost in that place! My parents knows this and got me a gift certificate at Christmas. I am truly amazed that I haven't spent it before now!!

As I was walking along I came across this children's chair in a blue that I just could not go past without buying! (And it ended up being the perfect height in front of the old door.) It only

turned out to be $10 which left me plenty for more decorations. 

Next I started my search for something to go with the chair. I found this old
minnow tin that I LOVED! It's perfect because it looks so neat but also because of my family's love for fishing.  The star punched into the top is my favorite part.

This is the final look. I am really pleased with how it looks now!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Give up the Funk

Forgive the video. It's a little self indulgent but I just had to add it to this post! See if you don't start dancing in your seat at some point while listening to that song and reading!! Betcha you can't.

I have been in flare and funk mode for a month or two. It's usually every January and February which happen to be the coldest and dreariest months here. And while it wasn't as bad as it's been at times it's still no fun.

Oh, I was still taking part in life. After all, as one of my other recent blog posts explained, Motherhood doesn't stop because of a funky-flare. And it didn't keep me from laughing and having fun. There was just a roof to how much I enjoyed things. Imagine Alice in Wonderland. She ate a cookie and grew and grew. But she got stuck in the house. With the roof being there she could only grow so much more. I felt like her, metaphorically. I could only enjoy things so much.

What's turning things around? Well, I think there's been more sunshine in PA recently and there's also the fact that spring is peaking right around the corner at me. What that means? I'll be posting more on my blog and good ol' FB! Yay! Don't everybody cheer at once! :o)

Friday, March 8, 2013


Ha! Take that Rosacea! You might make my cheeks red but you've completely eliminated the need for me to use blush!

That's what I'm talking about!

Thursday, March 7, 2013


I've been on Restasis for a few weeks now. While it's too soon to tell if it will really make a difference, I would like to say that I think my eyes may be staying lubricated a little bit longer. I think. I guess only time will tell.

The plus side is that I have only had one side effect with the eye drops. So often medicines come with lists and lists of possible side effects that it's almost a waste of time to even be on it. I had done some research prior to starting Restatis because I don't feel well about going on a new medicine without reading up on it. There were some accounts from patients stating that Restasis ended up being uncomfortable for them to use. I was a little concerned but, happily, the only side effect I have encountered is a funny taste in the back of my mouth about ten minutes after administering the eye drops. It's a little off putting but VERY manageable!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I'm a Nerd

Spring is coming! I need to constantly keep myself reminded of this right now with all the cold weather in PA. This Mama needs some sunshine and walks outside!! Like, stat!

One of the things I am SUPER excited about it the fact that we got another share of produce through our CSA again. I cannot wait to get the fresh fruits and veggies.

And to further prove the point that I am a food nerd... I just found out that our farmers market is now selling grass-fed beef. Which means no hormones, antibiotics, animals byproducts, etc. I figure the "cleaner" the beef is the better it will be to put into my body. I nearly did a dance when I heard this! Especially when I found out that the farmer providing the beef happens to be a friend of my family's.

I ran out to get some right away. I threw my first block into my crockpot, yesterday, to make chili. It was super yummy!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Coupon Code

It was brought to my attention that the coupon code that I shared with you the other day for eShatki was not being accepted. I now have a new coupon code for you...

Gift Coupon Code: BSYBBYREST77
Gift Coupon Value: $25
Gift Coupon Validity: March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My New Dress

My new eShatki dress came last week. And I am in LOVE with it! And I say that because I do love it, not because they asked me to write about them. :o) Honest!

I liked the deep green color. I have nothing else in my closet this color. I found the dress to be made very well, the seams look great. And I am thrilled with how I look in the dress. I can easily see myself wearing this dress in many different ways. I think my favorite will be pairing it with my brown riding boots.

The only problem I found was that the dress ran a little on the small side for me, having ordered a traditional size and not used the customization. But I like my clothes a littler looser, so this may not be a problem for someone else.

All around I found the website to be very well organized and fun to use. I loved looking at all the vintage inspired clothes. The wait time for my dress went pretty fast considering that they customized it to my choices with the sleeves and length. The dress is amazing and I will definitely want to buy from them again!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blue Hair

Go check out my picture with blue hair over at my Facebook page here!

Yummy Snow Treats; Busy Baby Resting Mommy

I decided to post two of our favorite recipes that we use in the snow....

Snow ice cream

Instead of using plain white milk we used chocolate milk to make chocolate ice cream. I also cut the sugar in half. So you can pretty much adjust the recipe in any way you want to make it super yummy for your family. I have also read recipes that added vanilla or powdered sugar to their sno-cream.

Side-note... Don't dig into this ice cream expecting thick creamy Breyers ice cream. It's light and more like ice milk than actual ice cream. The texture of the snow also changes the texture of the ice cream.

Snow caramel

I melt together 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of packed brown sugar in a small pan over the stove. Once it's melted let it bubble for a minute or two while mixing.

Gather a big bowl of snow and bring inside. (The next step your kiddos will have fun doing for you.) Have your kids poke holes in the snow with their fingers.

(This step is all on you!) Pour the "caramel" into the holes your child makes and let it sit for a few minutes.

Once it's "set" in the snow you should be able to pull the chunks of caramel out of the snow.

Enjoy the yummy-ness that ensues!!