The Part Time Crunch

The crunch starts here. A little place for a partly crunchy mom to post some nonsense as well as making some sense.

New blog!!

I haven’t updated here in a while for the simple fact that we’ve moved! In case you haven’t been following my Twitter or Facebook back, we are now over here:

http://theparttimecrunch.com/

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Heads Up!

My new blog page is ALMOST done! I’ve been transferring posts over and you’ll see the dates are doctored to retro-fit when I posted them. Why? Because I could, mostly and it helped with my OCD of not having everything posted on the same day when it didn’t all happen on the same day, lol.

 

Anyway! Keep up with Twitter and Facebook from now on to know when I’m 100% finished! DnD101 will be posted directly on the new blog sometime tomorrow or early Sunday! 🙂

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I love being supported!

I really do! Its hard to do things in life when it seems like everyone is against you.

Luckily for me, a I have a few solid people I can lean against when I need the help.  This blog, for example, has a few great people who go out of there way to make sure it doesn’t die (besides myself, of course) and to help keep me going until I get more and more people following me.  Of course, I am sure they won’t just abandon me at that point but maybe they won’t have to work so hard.

I was really surprised at the turn out of support that I got when I announced that my husband and I will be starting the Insanity work out program.  I posted on their Facebook page about how excited I was. I figured they would say something encouraging, but I didn’t expect to get a private message from another member giving encouragement, let alone others directly commenting on my post.  It really put a smile on my face.
I’m really excited to start this program.  Our plan is to start on Monday, I’ll be stocking the house with GOOD food this weekend and plan to incorporate healthy eating habits in not only myself but in my children.  I don’t want them growing up eating junk all the time like I did and never eating good meals for the majority of my life (but thank you, grandmother, for making sure I did once I lived with you!).  Now, its not to say we eat like crap NOW but we can do better.

I’m excited. My husband is excited. My children have no idea what’s going on. And..

This is going to work.

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Small Business and Consultant Spotlight

I’ve got a lovely list of small businesses and consultants for you~. I love to help support friends and their endeavors to grow a business, so here is a list of a few friends that are looking for business. Hopefully there is something to your liking!  If you’d like to have your small business or consultant information placed here, please let me know! This is 100% free advertising, no strings attached!!

Rebecca Cameron
“My name is Rebecca Cameron and I sell Close to my heart products as an independent consultant. I am also an executive director with a great team under me. I do paper crafting products as well as my own special orders of party supplies like banners, cupcake toppers, invites and Thank you cards. I also make kits for you to put together your own things! Let me know the theme and see what we can create together!”
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebeccare-papercrafting/270517569632882?fref=ts
Direct Sales Website: http://rebeccacameron.ctmh.com/

Katherayne Stansbery
“I’m an independent consultant for Scentsy! Scentsy is a wickless and flameless alternative to candles. The wax is also made of a parafin wax, a food grade wax that is non toxic. Scentsy now has an even wider selection of products now, from warmers to even body products.”
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skatherayne
Direct Sales Website: https://katherayne.scentsy.us/

Lynne Gomez
“These are amazing purses (four sizes) that you take the “bag” out of the “shell” and replace the shell instead of transferring ALL your crap from one purse to another. You keep everything right where you know where it is and change the outside cover to match your mood, day, wardrobe, etc ”
Email: michehg@gmail.com
Website: In process.

Please note for Lynne Gomez: ” Orders must be placed through me. I do half off shipping when ordered through me..And I can do other specials through me that can’t be done on the site.”

Theresa Veldez Werner
“Keepsakes On Stone – these are 12 x 12 porcelain tiles and I put your loved ones photo on them – they come with a metal easel. your photo, your words (or mine) and a beautiful keepsake. These are great for funerals, remembering a lost loved one, weddings, baby, anniversary, quinces and more….”
Email: terriwerner@rocketmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keepsakes-On-Stone/123912504373620

Heather Walter
“I am a consultant for Close to My Heart. It’s a company that sells scrapbooking and papercrafting supplies. I also do home parties where customers can earn product, sort of like a Pampered Chef lady does! I can also do online parties for those who live far away. It’s a win win!”
Website:  http://www.facebook.com/scrappinlady

 

Kayla Boutilier

“I recently became an independant consultant through Steeped Tea! I sell loose leaf teas, as well as tea-ware, and we can Par-Tea if you’re within driving distance! I’m located in North-East Alberta, Canada. We do online orders, and we ship directly to you.”

Webpage:  www.mysteepedtea.com/KaylaBoutilier

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parentsbantogether/posts/307094312737191?comment_id=1493869&ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment#!/SteepedTeaByKayla

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A Wish, A Hope, and a Dream

When I started my blog, I didn’t except to share things besides

maybe some reviews or giveaways. How wrong I was. I have been

blessed twice now to recieve stories of people who are

genuinely needing help from myself and my readers for problems

that we can help fix.

This post is for my dear friend Heather Walter.  She is a

wonderful woman, of which I did meet online, who has struggled

for many years to have a child of her own.  Unfortunately, its

not always so easy to just “go have sex” and in a month you’ll

get a positive pregnancy test. For some its, wait years for

someone to help properly because something just isn’t right.

Heather has watched for years as friends (myself included) and

family get pregnant as she continued to miscarry precious

babies that she wanted to hold dearly. She has endured

countless, hurtful words horribly disguised as encouragement

from some.  Others have been downright cruel to her.

I want Heather and her husband to become parents.  To have

their own flesh and blood child in their arms as soon as

possible.  The only way to do that is for her and her husband

to get some DNA tests done, which would cost them over 3,000

dollars…and their insurance won’t cover it.

Even just one dollar would help Heather get closer to finding

out what is going on, so if you could donate just one dollar,

they would be very grateful.

If you’d like to read the full story and donate, please follow

the provided link to where you need to be to help:
http://www.gofundme.com/1gqfyg

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Beautiful Blogger Award

Caitlin over at SouthernSAHM nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger award, which was really sweet of her. And I graciously accept the award.

Part of accepting the award means I have to answer a bunch of questions, then nominate 15 other blogs. Well, unfortunately, I don’t know any others blogs that haven’t already been nominated for the award. So I’m not being stingy with the award, just no one else I know needs to be nominated!  Such is the life of a small blog.

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1.) Thank the person who nominated you.
Thank you so, so much, Caitlin! You are truly awesome and my reason for starting my own blog!

2.) Post award image to my page.
It is proudly being displayed! 🙂

3.) Tell 7 facts about yourself.:

I. Am. A. Nerd. I love Dunegons and Dragons, as well as a ton of other various video games.
I have a horrible potty mouth, but I keep it in check as much as possible around my kiddos.
My ring size is a 4, and that means my engagement ring can never be sized to fit me because of the style it is.
I was 17 when I got pregnant with my daughter, BUT I graduated highschool anyway and she came to my graduation. 🙂
I’m a cat person!…who owns three dogs. (But I loves them very much.)
My crazy self has always wanted 6 children, but my husband and I agreed on three. Apparently, I filled that void with the previously mentioned dogs.
My weakness is Oreos and Dr. Pepper. If you have those, I will get into your creepy white van. (Just Kidding).

4.) Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know about the nomination.

At the moment, I can only think of one other blog I follow that hasn’t been nominated.

Desiree at The Miracle Momma, she is an amazing mother and person. ❤ http://themiraclemomma.com/

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Insanity!

So, here’s something I didn’t tell you guys: My husband and I ordered that Insanity Workout that you’ve probably heard about.

We recieved our package Saturday and later in the day I was looking through it, the meal plans and calender..all that.  Our reason for buying: we’re both out of shape, and not as healthy as we should be.  My husband himself is a good 100 pounds or so overweight.  I found out I’m about 40 or so overweight just Saturday evening when I weighed myself. My husband is 24 (25 soon!) and I’m 22.

We decided one night while watching late-night infomercials (yes, how exciting for a married couple).  The Insanity commercial came on and my husband suddenly was interested.  We’d been talking for a while about joining a gym and whatnot, but haven’t done it.  I haven’t seen my husband take an interest in Insanity before until he watched the video on it.  He flat out said, “Its Marine Corps. boot camp without the yelling and abuse.” My husband is a former Marine (or is a Marine, since they say once a Marine, always a Marine).

After a week or so of discussion, we ordered it.  My husband is eager to start, but I told him let’s eat up the food in the house before we go start buying more food that will end up not getting eaten.  His younger brother and two of our friends want to join us as well. So, group effort! Collectively, we decided to start on November 12th…a week before Thanksgiving. Smart. Haha.

I worked Sunday to make a meal plan for the first week so I could start a shopping list.  My husband isn’t going to be thrilled, but its going to involve a lot of fish.  Because of my own health problems, I will be substituting a lot of the red meat for other meats like chicken. My husband just doesn’t like fish, but he’ll deal. 😉  It also involves a loooot of whole grains, something else he isn’t a fan of.  Its going to be fun getting him to eat a few of these things, but eventually he’ll get used to it.

Insanity’s meal plan is how you’re supposed to eat. Five small meals a day that meet your caloritic intake requirements (my husband and I need to eat 700 and 500 calories per meal, respectively).  The meal plan in the book is great, the majority of the meals sound like they’re delicious, too.  There is also a ‘Food Ladder’ you can use to make your own meals, too. It highslight the two tiers you WANT to eat from, plus the three you want to avoid as much as possible.

Now, here’s the kicker: I might be pregnant.  We’ve been trying for another baby for a while.  I’d feel bad that I couldn’t do this with my husband because I was pregnant, but at the same time I’d be so happy that I finally got pregnant.

Stay tuned for a pregnancy result and the beginning of a weight loss journey. 🙂

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Red Heart Project

Starting on January 1, 2013, I will be participating in the Red Heart Project. I was invited to join by my friend over at Southern Stay-At-Home-Momma, and gladly accepted.  The point of the Red Heart Project is to spread love, kindness, and generosity throughout the whole year, not only during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The goal? To be kind, loving, and generous to at least one person a day in 2013, whether it be family or friend, or complete strangers.  I have proudly displayed the Red Heart badge on my blog to show my willingness to participate, and I encourage my readers to do so, too!
If you’d like to read more about the Red Heart Project, please follow the link provided:  http://www.southernsahm.com/red-heart-project/

(You’re totally going to have to forgive me for not making them cool coded and stuff, I’m still learning WordPress ways. )

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Someone needs your help!

Okay, to a totally serious topic for a moment.

I was approached by a friend of mine to do her a favor.  I wasn’t sure what she was going to ask me, but in general I usually say yes when my friends ask me for help.  I wasn’t expecting what she was going to ask me at all.  She said, “Spread the word” and gave me a link to a website.  At first I thought it was just some petition until I read the link.  It was the link for the Be the Match registry. Huh. Join, and share the word.

Of course, I said yes. And informed her I’d share the story of why on my blog.  But not before I signed up for the Be The Match registry, which was free and painless..just like advertised. It took me less than 15 minutes to do it and done.  I’d like to share the story as to why I joined, and leave the option up to to join as well.

This is the story of Samantha Payne:


I’ve never been one who cared much for Birthdays. Then two years ago I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer and suddenly the question of how many more birthdays I’d be around for came into serious question. Statistics show the average survival time of people with this diagnosis is 18 months. So turning 28 this month, nearly two years after my diagnosis, with no signs I’ll be on my way out anytime soon is definitely a reason to celebrate.

When you’re sick people often ask if there is anything they can do to help but in reality there often isn’t. But for some people there is. Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and the only chance of a cure is a bone marrow transplant. At any given time there are around 6000 people a day waiting on a bone marrow donor. 70% of people in need of a bone marrow transplant have no available family donor and wait and hope for a match from a stranger, yet only 2% of Americans are registered on the bone marrow donor registry. That leaves thousands suffering, waiting in limbo and dying. Thousands of broken hearts, grief stricken parents and grieving families. Every 4 minutes it could be your friend, your spouse, your child or you.

This year I’m asking that in honor of my birthday you help me celebrate my latest trip around the sun by signing up on the Be the Match registry. It takes less then 15 minutes, it’s free and no blood required! After you sign up they’ll send you a kit to swab your cheek, you mail it back and you’re done. If you get called to donate you incur NO costs at all and the procedure is painless despite popular beliefs.

To sign up for the registry you must be between the ages of 18-44 and be in overall general good health (even if you have a chronic illness you may still be eligible to register, you can contact Be the Match for more information).

I’m asking that you not only sign up, but you encourage your friends and family to sign up as well. I’m hoping between now and November 30th we can get 100 people signed up. That’s 100 potentials to save a life!

Just use the link below

http://marrow.org/Join/Join_Now/Join_Now.aspx  ”

There are a few people in my lives that have been diagnosed with cancer, breast specifically, and have beaten it.  There is no known 100% cure, but if you can give someone a chance..will you do it?

So, what do you think? Will you join? Donate marrow, or even some money?  Whatever you do, let’s help Stephanie meet her goal and surpass it.  If you join, leave a comment here so we can let her know!

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Halloween (and the aftermath)

Ah…Halloween. The one time of year that is acceptable to dress up in crazy costumes and get candy handed to you, unless you’re at an anime convention. Despite how that might have sounded inside your head, I actually love Halloween. Its not my favorite holiday, but I love it. Mostly because even though I’m twenty two, I still get candy. Why? Because my three and two year old can’t possibly eat or need all the candy they get. 😉

My daughter was dressed as a monkey, while my son was dressed as a lion (first a shark, but he traded for a costume that was his size from a friend). My husband and I didn’t dress up this year, but he handed out candy while myself, gramma, and some friends (along with T and Z’s friend Mikey) went out on the town…well, not the town but the neighborhood.  We took the kids to my grandmother’s house where they got money then came back home where they proceeded to chow down on candy.  Honestly, I don’t think they’ve even eaten half as much as they’ve opened either.  Silly babies.

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Now that its November, I get to look forward to MY favorite holiday. What is that, you ask? Thanksgiving! Food, glorious food! I love cooking, and especially Thankgiving food. (In other words, I love getting compliments about how amazingly delicious my food is).  I can’t wait, it’ll be yummy..just like every year in the past. 😉

I’d like to give a quick shout out to all my new readers! Thanks for reading and I hope you stick around to when we get to some more exciting stuff!

Now to the discussion: What’s YOUR favorite holiday, and why?

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