The Incredible Truth About Easy-peasy and A Little About Me

It's funny how when you are yourself, things become easy.  Not that I wasn't myself in previous posts.  It was just not me I was portraying.  I felt rigid and stiff and certainly not fun at all.

When I first started this blog I thought it would be easy just to write about homesteading and gardening.  Then I found it difficult to write because I felt I was not qualified to give out such important information. I lacked the confidence to own what I was writing. Even though I had many successes doing it in my own home I could never just pen what I was doing to paper.   

Clearly this was not a good way to blog. So I needed a fresh start, a mulligan.  Something that was all sunshine and lollipops.  Okay, the sunshine blinded the living shit out of me, the lollipop is now stuck to the carpet and the kids now running naked in a sugar induced circle but it's all good, right? 

So where do I start?  Let's start with a brief introduction.  How about a little about me......

If you are easily offended, I am not the right girl for you.  I have an uncanny tendency to leave my filter at home most of the time.   

I have, what I like to call, an overacheiving brain, it's a blessing and a curse.  But mostly a curse.  So much sleep is lost just thinking about things.  Things that I cannot change,  things that shouldn't matter to me and things that are even WTF by my standards, which can be pretty low sometimes. 

I love to people watch.  No, I'm not one of those old people sitting on the bench at the mall, waiting for their wife to finish up shopping, just watching the people walk by without a care in the world.  I mean real people watching.  I get all up in their life, without them even knowing it.  I LOVE making up stories about the people I am watching.  Restaurants are always full of people who are meeting secretly and they always have shady pasts. I told the Hubs I was buying a small note pad to write down my stories so I can share them with the world.  Hey, you have your way of passing time, I have mine.  Stop judging.  Jeez!

I curse like I am the product of a truck driver who had a menage a trois with a sailor and Gordon Ramsey.  But I don't see it as cursing, I see it as a sentence enhancer.  Colorful words that make my point even better.  The only time I am pretty much not cursing is at work, just trying to keep it professional, yo. And yes I do kiss my mother with this mouth!

I still love gardening and taking care of my chickens.  They are my little chicken bitches. They give me the good stuff, like poop and eggs, and we keep them in the lifestyle the are accustom too.  Otherwise they end up like the other ones, frozen with their neck shoved up their asses.  

I really am fortunate and blessed to have created three wonderful little human beings.  

~Peanut is my oldest, she will be 13 this year.  Yikes!  I am getting old. She was my sweet angelic baby, she listened all the time and did not talk back.  So easy!  She is helpful and does exactly what she is told without the faces or noises.  

~Then came Bird.  Birdy is my middle child.  My sweet, sweet Birdy Bird.  I love this child more than a fat kid loves cake but this kid really makes me work for the title "mother of the year", every fucking day.  Never mind that the first six months of her life where spent screaming all day long and barely slept due to colic and digestive issues, which was enough to make me want to rip out my uterus right then and there, she has continued the trend and now finds new things to cry about.  If she is not whining about her latest tactile problem with the clothes she is wearing, she is screaming about how her hair hurts when I clip it up or how she does not like a certain food today.  My neighbors must think I beat the shit out of her almost daily and I am surprised no one has called child services on me.  I am hoping she grows out of it by the time she is a teenager, YEAH RIGHT!

~Then along came Bug.  She was our happy surprise. We were not planning on having Bug for at least two more years.  Well, I got pregnant with her when Bird was about three months old.  Yeah... SURPRISE!!  Then she tried to come out at something like 31 weeks!  Cuckoo, right?  But with lots of bed rest and medication we kept her in there until 37ish weeks.  Bug is so much like Peanut with a little side o' sass.  She is quite mellow and knows what she wants.  But when she gets mad?  Watch out!  I am waiting for the day her head spins whilst she screams redrum......This kids got a tempa!

Other than that, I am snoring boring.  I have breakfast with the girls each morning, drive their pampered asses to school, go to my little part time job, come home, pick up my pampered ass kids from school, slip into something more comfortable (read: yoga pants and a ratty sweatshirt), clean, do homework, make dinner, wait for the Hubs to arrive home, go to bed and if I am lucky enough, I get lucky.  TMI, I know.  


The wait is finally ova!

Hey there.....So I asked you to stay around and wait until February to find out what is going on with this blog.  And if you are reading this thank you for sticking around and giving in the the hype.  I promise you it will be well worth it.

So here's the scoop......

I have been in a serious funk lately.  Serious effing funk.  I tried to rally the troops and put my big girl panties on but, seriously, it just got the best of me.  Nothing bad and nothing I want to get into here, just the type of funk where you are perceived as lazy.  Cause we all know watching TV is way better than doing anything else.

Any who.....I am over it now.

I got some fun things in store for you.  I am going to change the direction of this blog to a little to more of a lighthearted, fun poking look at our life  It is sarcastic, and yes there will be some curse words, but I hope you enjoy it!

If not then there's the door....Kidding.  No wait come back!!  I have beer?!

I still have no schedule for posting because life around here is just CRAZY!  I am hoping that with time I will be able to get my shit together and post some stuff.  So I hope you will stay around just a little longer.  


A Change is in the Air....

Hey everyone, long time no see!  I have had a little writer's block and haven't really had the want to write about anything.  I wanted to let everyone who does read this that I am making some changes to the blog.  While I enjoy gardening and what not, I just feel that writing about it is just boring.

So I am going to change the style a bit and starting in February you will see a whole new blog!  It will lean more towards the funnier, lighter side of things....... I hope you are as excited as I am to see these changes!  See you in February!


NOFA-NY Locavore Challenge- Join me!

I am not doing my regularly scheduled "This Moment" post today.  Mainly because I was too lazy to put this post up on Wednesday like originally planned but I just spent a few days researching/buying a new TV because Bug decided to wash the old (and perfectly working) TV.  She threw a freaking whole cup of water at time.  The joys of parenting!

Sure she's cute but watch out she'll destroy electronics!
I love eating real food.  It makes me feel good, helps me keep some of the more serious complications of the PCOS at bay and it is just plain delicious!  I really cannot eat processed foods anymore without either tasting all the crap in it or getting sick. It has taken me a while to do this. On vacation I had one of those fake cheese and cracker packs and I took one bite and that was it, yuck!

We have been slacking in the meal planning department a bit in our house this summer.  I was looking through our bank statements and I saw just exactly how much we were eating out for dinner, which was way more than we were eating at home.  Uh-oh!  Don't judge, life happens!

Then I realized September is right around the corner.  This means that the NOFA-NY Locavore challenge will be here.  What a great way to get back into eating healthy again!

If you do not know what the NOFA-NY Locavore Challenge is let me enlighten you!  The Locavore Challenge is simply 30 days of eating local, organic and sustainably grown food.  You can challenge yourself to a day, week or the entire month.  They also host events throughout New York State, ending with a statewide potluck on September 30th.

We are planning on doing the entire month.  So I thought what a perfect time to also challenge ourselves to a month of no take out!  The Hubs even said he would try to go a whole month without soda!  I was floored! 

So for the month of September I will share with you visits to farms, tips on how to take baby steps to get rid of the processed foods and replace them with real foods, real food recipes, and our trials and errors!  It is going to be a great time!  I cannot wait to share with you our trip to the beef farm!    

So I hope you will join me?  Do you think you can eat real food for a day, a week, or a whole month!  And you don't have to live in New York to challenge yourself, I won't tell.  I would love to turn this into a little virtual challenge/party and share some real food recipes!  Maybe have a little picture potluck on the 30th?  Sound fun?  

If you are interested in joining me leave a comment below or drop me a line at raisingsweetgraceATgmailDOTcom and let me know!  


This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Via soulemama.


Ahhh vacation!

Who doesn't love vacation?  I could spend my life on the beach.  There was nothing like the smell of the ocean and listening to the waves crash on the shore.  We even got to see some dolphins swimming around.  I took pictures of everything!!

The kids spent a whole week in Wildwood, NJ, the Hubs and I came down and joined them later that same week.  It was nice that the Hubs and I got a little alone time.  We tend to put ourselves last for just about everything and it was nice to just focus on one another.

Anywhoo!!  We went on a bike ride on Friday morning and I gave Little Bird the camera.  She took some awesome pictures of the boardwalk.  Bug had my cousins camera so she was happy.  I love Bird's perspective, take a look!!

Pretty good for a six year old, right?


This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Via soulemama.