Cancelled My Gym Membership!

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So I sent in my cancelation for my gym membership this week. I joined the gym in October (or so) when my Zumba lady had to quit teaching classes at a near by school. I had been attending her classes on & off for the last 7 years and loved them! Since it looked like she was not going to be starting up classes anytime soon I decided to join a local gym, they also had Zumba and a few other group classes. But there classes just weren’t the same and I found it harder to make it to these classes, so I decided to cancel my membership.

I’m taking this stuff old school now with at home Workout DVD’s! Jumped on good old Amazon last night and ordered myself some walking themed workouts. I have been really into my Fitbit so I decided to start out with ones that will help up  my step game 🙂 The two I decided on are
Jessica Smith: Burn Fat & Have Fun

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Dance That Walk

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I have decided that I will never be on of those who love to work out and lift heavy weights. I’m just trying to make it tolerable and something I look forward to everyday. Now the wait for them to come in the mail!!!

Love Always … Tam

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Happy New Year!

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Ahhhh we are already 3 days into the new year and I can say that I have stuck with two of my resolutions!! I think that is the longest I have made it 🙂 What are those two resolutions you ask, you didn’t but just play along with me….

#1 Give up Drinking Pop!
For a long time I didn’t consider my self a pop drinker, I rarely bought a 12 pack to keep at the house and usually only drank it when I went out to eat. But then slowly I started drinking more and more and then I would stop at the gas station almost every morning to buy a bottle (or two if we are being honest) and it just got out of control. So to better my body & my wallet I have resolved to give up drinking pop in 2017. I asked a group that I am part of what they suggested to kick my habit and there were lots of good suggestions. I have decided to try an alternative “fizzy” drink, teas and just more water.

#2 Get to ONEderland!
Onederland is the magical place of being in the 100’s on the scale. It has been some time, about 7 years, since I have been there and I can’t wait to be back. For the month of January I have decided to try and get in 200 miles, tracking with my Fitbit I figured I need to do about 13, 000 steps a day (2000 steps = 1 Mile). I recently upgraded to the Fitbit Alta and love it, my favorite feature is that it displays text messages & phone calls. To help me track my miles I have this paper hanging in my office to mark off my miles every day. You can print off one for your home too, just click 200-miles-january

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I am a visual person, so I finally created a vision board. So far I have on there my 200 miles tracker, my spirit animal Skinny Meg and some drawings from my daughter. If you haven’t heard of Skinny Meg I recommend checking her out and ready some of her old blog post, I have been reading her blog for a few years and truly is an inspiration for weight loss, healthy eating and just all around a good person.

I do have a few other New Year’s resolutions and to keep me on track for the year I have assembled the dream team my Vision Planner, Daily Planner & Goal Book, like I said I am a visual person. This is my second year using the Bloom Vision Planner it is like a normal planner with your monthly calendars and weekly views but then they have Monthly Vision Boards. The Daily Planner I use a few times a week, sometimes I just keep a running grocery list on it, but I find that when I just need to write things out and put them into perspective for the day this really helps. And last I have this little Goal Book that I picked up at Michaels, this one is new to me so I will see how it works out pretty much it has a place for your top 10 goals, weekly goal planning and goal motivation. I’ll let you know how helpful this is later on.

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Here is to the New Year and making 2017 one to remember!

Love Always … Tam

My Favorite Place in the House

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First of all I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! For us Christmas is always a whirlwind, all of our family lives within a 10 mile radius of our house, so we have to be at every event. We don’t always get time to just enjoy the holiday but I am forever greatful to have the amount of family we have and cherish the time we spend together at Christmas as I know it won’t be like this forever. So I will drive and make every it to every single one of those events as long as they are going on, even if I feel like I have just completed a marathon at the end of the day. I did manage to find a few moments to escape to my favorite place in the house to start thinking about my goals for the next year. More on those goals next week, today I want to talk about my favorite place int he house. Up until a  year or so ago I had no place in the whole house that was just for me and it was starting to get to me. I needed a place for me, just me, a place to escape to for just a minute, a place that the kids (and husband) don’t make a mess in, a place for me to just be. My options were very limited it was either make room in the basement (think old farmhouse basement, cement walls & spider webs) or the tiny room at the top of the stairs, I went with option two.

The room at the top of the stairs was far from my favorite place, it has over the years become the room where things come to die!! You know those things you aren’t quite sure what to do with, but you can throw them away? And then you just start throwing things in the room as you walk by. And then you start to avoid eye contact with the room becuase you don’t want to think about ever cleaning that room out. Yeah we all have that room and I was going to make it my place.

It took me a couple of weeks to get it all cleaned out and organized, then all it took was some paint, a new rug, free chair and some Pinterest projects and I now have my favortite place in the house!

Ahhhh, my room, my office, my favorite place in the house. Doesn’t it look great?!?! The kids do hang out with me in there sometimes but no toys can be left and they must pick up after themselves otherwise no entry! I kid, I kid…. or do I….

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Next week will be the new year, which means time for some goals to be made and manifested here on the blog, until then…

Love Always … Tam

Christmas Cards of Years Past

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I never was one to do Christmas cards but ever since having kids it became a thing that I do. Once I had two kids I really started putting some thought into them.

First year was cute, kids waiting for Santa and Viv reading little brother a Christmas story…

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Year two, Declan was obsessed with the Cozy Coup so it made an appearance in the Christmas card…

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Third Year was bitter sweet, we knew that  Belle wouldn’t make it another year so I wanted to have her be part of the card.

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This year we had a new addition to our family, so of course he had to be part of the card. The card pretty much sums up what life it like with him right now!!!

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Merry Christmas … Tam

Shower Organization

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About 5 years ago we decided to remodel our bathroom, best thing ever! We went from a tiny, tiny bathroom that you could litterly sit, shut the door & wash your hands all at the same time, to a very spacious bathroom with a large soaking tub!

Yes, there is a TV in the bathroom.

I did have to sacrifice moving the laundry room to the basement but that was ok. Also with getting this grand tub it meant the shower would be separate, we used to have the tub/shower combo. That was all fine and dandy until I realized that I had no room to put all my shower necessities! I tried to persuade my husband to get a fancy shower with a built in shelf, but all he needs is soap and a 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner and he good, lets just say he didn’t see the need for the shelf.


He doesn’t undstand what all goes on when a women takes a shower, I need my shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, face wash, face mask, body wash, body lotion, shaving cream and a razor at the very least! I suffered for years with the two tiny shelves that each held one bottle, a suction cup basket that fell down every other day and vast array of products scattered around the floor of the shower.


Then I decided to do something about it. Like most projects I do, I did it on a whim. So I set out to good old Menards and Wal-Mart (the only stores within 30 miles of my house) to find what I needed- a shower pole and some baskets.


I couldn’t quite find the baskets that I envisioned, so shower curtain hooks were also needed. I chose these baskets for two reasons 1) they are cheap, $2 and 2) they have holes to drain the water, however they are a little bit wider then I would have liked. One tip before heading out to the store…measure what size shower rod you need. Argh off the the store I go again.


Minor set back, because the end result was so worth it.

Look at how organized everything is! Now that I have had my shower like this for a while I am overall happy with the end result, I could get away with just two baskets (sometimes I bump into them) and I am going to invest in a curved shower rod to give you just a little more room.

Love Always … Tam

County Fair!!

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I love going to the County Fair and now both of my kids are big enough to go on rides so that means more fair time!! We went to the fair 3 out of the 4 days. Day one was wrist band night, you get to ride as many rides as you want for $20, both kids rode more then their $20 so it was well worth it. This was Declan’s first year being tall enough to ride and he loved it.

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They also found this Polaris Razor that was the perfect size for them and begged daddy to buy it… better start saving up now kids!

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Friday night Uncle Joe pulled his truck at the Truck Pull. The kids were so excited to see him do it and Declan could not get enough of all the load trucks.

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The plus side of all this walking means I did very well on my Fitbit Challenges and just meeting my goals in general. I won one Workweek Hustle and earned 2 Urban Boot badges (15,000 steps in a day) not too bad since normally I’m luck to get in 8,000 steps a day. I also made it through the weekend without gaining any weight and still enjoying all of my favorite fair food. Two cheers for moderations!

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Saturday night I got all prettied up cause Eric and I were going to the Tractor Pull (if you didn’t know I live in a small, rural county in Wisconsin) without kids. While walking around at the fair a girl (high school age) turns to me and says…Ma’am I love your hair…. I thanked her for the compliment and then thought to myself who is this Ma’am she speaks of!!! Man I am getting old 😦 But at least she was poliet and she liked my hair….maybe I am still hip…..I was having a really good hair day!

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All in all it was a great weekend, until next year County Fair.
This coming weekend something big is happening, life changing for our family…..stay tuned.

Love Always … Tam

My First Dia Box

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I’m sure most of you have hear of Stitch Fix, where you get a box in the mail with hand picked clothing just for you. Well I have always wanted to try it but they don’t carry big enough sizes 😦  The other week I was scrolling through Pinterest and I saw a Pin for  Dia & Co and the caption read something like …plus sized fashion delivered to you…. So I gave their web site a look around, same deal as Stitch Fix just bigger sizes, size 14 and up, yes up not down! 

I decided to give it a go and started the process of ordering my first box. You answer a bunch of questions about your style, colors you like, what to avoid and your price range. I choose the option for each piece to be $50 or less, cause mama ain’t rich and if I liked every piece I was looking at $250 a box…. Or was it that expensive…. 

It wasn’t even a week before my box arrived, it was like Christmas waiting for it to get here, except it had tracking and I rushed home to get it as soon as it had arrived. 


There was a nice note for me from my stylist, explaining the pieces she had chosen and ideas on how to wear them. They were all nicely wrapped up in tissue paper, until I ripped it open! At first glance I liked everything except the skirt, the pattern/color was a little off my style. But to my surprise everything fit and it fit well. So I decided to keep them all!!! 

I already have plans to wear the dress for an upcoming wedding. The tunics I’m still figuring out how to wear/style cause I’ve never worn them before. The necklace perfectly describe my style and colors I love. And the skirt, even though I didn’t like it at first when I put it on it fit well and camoflauged some areas I like to hide, so it’s a keeper. 

In the end the entire box ended up costing me just over $150 which I was very comfortable with. For keeping everything in the box you get a 20% discount. Here is exactly what I spent: 


I plan on purchasing another Dia Box in September/October (if I can wait that long) to get a few fall pieces. If anyone wants to check it out and receive their own Dia box click here: Dia & Co

Watch for me to “model” my outfits soon! 

Love Always … Tam