About Me

I am a wife and mom who has Martha Stewart aspirations and gets stuff done with the grace of Lucille Ball. I would love you to join me on my journey and maybe have some laughs along the way.

Follow this blog with bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

Let's Get Together!

The Hot Mess Life

December 28, 2010

Little Buggers

I am on vacation until Jan. 3rd.  Yea me! 

I have so much I want to do before going back to work, but I will not lie, I am gonna have some lazy hours sneaked in as well. 

I also have two little buggers that keep stealing my snuggie and pillow. 


See that purple thing?  That is my snuggie!!!
She is lying my pillow.  MY PILLOW!
It must be a hard life for a dog, huh? 

A Few of My Favorite Things...

During this Holiday season and New Years, I have reflected on some things that I love and just wanted to share. 

Cold weather - Yes, I have been told I am a freak for loving cold weather.  By the way, not just snow cold, but I am talking 0 with a -20 wind chill cold.

Furry/Puffy Vests - I don't like wearing winter coats, I am always hot and they are so bulky and annoying to me.  That is why I LOVE vests.  I hope they never go out of style!

Shopping deals - In particular a $14.00 Vera Wang purse.  LOVE!

My favorite thing about the holidays are spending time with family and friends.  Seeing people who you love and who love you back.  People who put up with my craziness, my weird quirks and my well, everything.  Giving presents to my niece and nephews who I adore more than anything!!!  It makes me feel so good when Aunt Kiki (that's me) gives them something they love!

Hope everyone has a great holiday and New Years!!!


Soooo, I have a new favorite item. 

Footed pajamas. 

I was very curious about these, I did not know if they would make me feel claustrophobic or up my body temperature from an already 1000 degrees to the surface of the sun hot.   Alas, since the pj's are a two piece set I can wear a tank of and regulate my body temp. 

The momil got me a set for Christmas, and I am in love!  I have worn them everyday since I have received them.  I have also ended up shock the @*#&$^ out of myself as well.  FYI, a fleece Snuggie and fleece pj's make you into a human power plant. 

I am on the verge of pulling a Peter Griffin when he bought a pair of footed pj's and never took them off. 

I am not sure if I would feel the same way if they were the one piece, I think I would really feel confined.

Anyone out there have a one piece?  How is it?  Should I try?

December 21, 2010

What The French Toast?

Say whats!

I wish I could see these in person, maybe Bed Bath and Beyond will get them soon.

I would also like to know if these would pass my works dress code policy.

Would you try them?  If you did, would you keep feeling yourself up like the ladies in the video?  That made me a bit uncomfortable.  I was waiting for a man to ring the doorbell and say he was the pool boy.

I'm thinking these "pants" are gonna be seen a lot in the People of WalMart website soon.

Maybe I'm wrong, maybe this will be a new "Snuggie" phenom.  Although I might go to an extra church service to beg that it does not happen.

Can't Stand It!!!

Sooooo, it's been 4:30 for about an hour now. 

I am out of the office from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3 and I cannot wait!  So much to do to get ready for the holidays and so excited to get some work done around the house. 

But, of course time seems to have mysteriously slowed to a crawl.  I feel like a kid waiting for summer break.

Anyone else out there about to lose their mind?!?!?!?!

I will report back to let you all know if I have survived the last half hour of my day.  Wish me luck!

December 11, 2010

I Don't Wanna Grow Up...

Time for a pity party!!!!

A friend and I were talking the other day and the conversation turned into what we hated paying for.  You know, things you never thought of having to buy in the shelter of your parents house.  Things that make you start realizing that, maybe, you are becoming a grown up.

Beauty Products. 

Now, I'm not talking about the fun eye shadows and latest lipstick which you used to buy with your allowance.  I'm talking about moisturizer, toner, cleanser, liquid foundation, powder foundation, shampoo and conditioner.  All of which tend to get more expensive the older and the more care you need.  Also, I do not like buying feminine products.  Seriously, $8.00 for some cotton and string! Come on people!

Laundry Detergent.

UGH! I seriously think I will start making my own.  Why charge so much?!?!?!?!

Extra Soy

Paying extra for soy milk in my Starbucks.  Really????  Like you don't already make enough from me with all the $5 coffees I get from you.  You really need an extra $.40?!?!?!

What do you hate paying for?!?!?!

Oh Happy Day

It's here!

The cold, windy and snowy season is upon us here in the midwest.

I could not be happier (I am not being sarcastic).  I really do love winter.  Right now it is 18 with a wind chill of 4.  That means that the wind makes the temprature feel like 4 instead of 18.  Awesome isn't it????

I was also out all day shopping and getting ideas for presents.  A bit late yes I know, but I just cannot get presents early.  I have a horrible to need to tell the person what I got them.  I just get so excited I can't stand it!

I have also found an amazing sugar cookie and sugar cookie frosting recipe and I cannot wait to make!  Pictures to come later.

I have to go grab a few clips to hang my garland on the banister and all the decor is done.  I've gotten some presents.  Finally, the weather is feeling like winter.
Happy Happy Joy Joy.

December 10, 2010

Sadness and Anger

Elizabeth Edwards passed away this past week at the age of 61 due to complications with her 6 year battle with breast cancer.

I am not a very political person, but the fact that she went through what she did with her husband's cheating scandal and battled breast cancer for 6 years and stayed a strong, positive and active woman is very extraordinary.  She was an advocate and gave a voice to some of those who could not speak up for themselves.

As I was reading about her passing, I came across an article that stated that the Westboro Baptist Church will be picketing her funeral.  I cannot begin to tell you how upset this makes me.  They say that she is "going to hell" because she said she doubted her faith when her oldest son passed away in  1996.

For those of you who do not know about the Westboro Baptist Church, they are are horrible group that are an affront and a disgrace to those who are actual Christians.  This is a group of people monsters who call themselves Christians picket soldiers funerals as well.  Just Google them and you will see, even their home URL is horrible! 

This "church" unfortunately in Topeka, KS so living not even an hour away from Topeka, we get to hear a lot, and see a lot of their protests.  They even have their children, even young at 5 holding up signs with despicable phrases about going to hell and how God hates the US and others that I cannot even repeat because of how vile the words are. 

Let up hope that Elizabeth Edwards funeral will not be marred by this protest.  Let us hope that everyone will remember her for the causes she supported and the positivity that she seemed to have throughout her struggles. 

December 06, 2010

Let's Mingle!!!

Alright folks!

It's that time again, time for MINGLE MONDAY!!!!

Mingle 240

Just hop on over to the awesome Life of Meg blog and get your mingle on!

Not a bad way to start the week!

December 02, 2010

What the French Toast????

I'm all for new trends and out there styles, but these?  Really???

Teva has come up with these "hiking" heels.

Who came up with these in the brainstorming meeting, and who in the world thought it was a good enough idea to make them?!?!?!?!

These bring flashbacks of middle school, when every 13 year old boy wore these with white socks and Umbro shorts were a staple in everyone's closet.  Remember that? I know you do!

Three reasons as to why these are just wrong:

1.  If you are wearing these heels while "hiking", you really aren't "hiking", and I'm pretty sure if wore these, you will be carried back with two sprained ankles.

2.  They about as bad as when hiking boots had heels.  (Thank you J-Lo for that horrible fashion trend.)

3.  I believe the cardinal rule still applies here, NO SOCKS WITH SANDALS!!!.

Oh yes, did I mention they cost $330.00????? 


December 01, 2010


Have any of you heard of the "Day Zero Project"?

Well, I am starting that today. It is a really neat premise, you choose the top 101 things that you want to do and you have 1001 days to complete them.  They don't have to be huge things, for example, I am going to try and send out holiday cards this year.  See, easy as pie.  Other items are huge milestones for me, I put down running a marathon as one, so you see you can choose anything to put on this list.

I still have not come up with the 101 things, only 45, but I am sure I will before the time is up.  You can go to the Day Zero Project site here and find out more info for yourself, then you can go here to see what I have put down so far.

FYI, it helps if you play "Eye of the Tiger" while making your list.  

I will try and keep up with updates here, hopefully weekly or more realistically monthly. 

I have added the Eye of the Tiger video for inspiration.

November 30, 2010

A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips...

Any FRIENDS fans out there? Remember the line, "A moment on the lips, forever on the hips."?

Reading an article about the worst coffee drinks today make me think of that quote.  Especially when it came down to the #1 choice which was the:

Cold Stone Creamery Lotta Caramel Latte, Gotta Have It Size
1,790 calories
99 g fat (62 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
175 g sugars

Say wha.......?!?!?!?!?!?  

That is crizazy!!!  I mean, that is my allotted calories for the day plus some!  That better be darn good "latte" , I use the term latte very loosely here.  I think I just gained 5lbs reading about the darn drink.

I understand that Coldstone Creamery does have some gosh darn good ice cream, but wow, this is just maybe a tad bit much, don't you think?

Has anyone had this sugar monstrosity?  Was it worth it?

A Few of My Favorite Things...

I love Christmas!  Now, with Thanksgiving over, it's all about the decorations, food and music!

I love when artists release holiday albums and here are just a few of my all time favorites!

Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas (Released 1994)

Christina Aguilera's My Kind of Christmas - Released 2000

Harry Connick, Jr.'s Harry for The Holidays - Released 2003

Boys II Men - Christmas Interpretation - Release 1993 (Yes, I am going old school baby.)

What are some of your favorites?

November 20, 2010

What I Love About Winter

As the weather starts getting colder and with Thanksgiving coming up next week, I just wanted to share why I love winter. I really do love winter so, there maybe quite a few posts like these, just sayin'.

Love, love, love!

Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks.  Yum!

Sweaters.  Loverly, soft and oh so warm. 

Christmas decorations!!!

Christmas/Holiday Carolling!


Yummy treats!!!

Spending time with family and taking funny pictures of them while they nap.  
(Love you dad!)
Please note, this was taken pre-Favre hating.  :)

Do you have any favorite winter traditions?