Successful weekend


I had a busy yet successful weekend in that everything I had to do went off without a hitch – amazing!

I’m happy to report that my Harvest bag that I received on Friday did not need as much prep time as the week before. There were a lot of things in this bag that really only needed a good soak and scrub – onions, asparagus, oranges, grape tomatoes, grapes, butter lettuce…I can’t think of what else was in the bag. I spent less than an hour taking care of my produce and most of that hour was just washing and drying and putting away. Easy peasy!

Saturday was my youngest daughter’s 13th birthday and she invited a few friends to go to the mall and then back to our house for a sleepover. I know, that sounds like a nightmare, right? But actually it was all good – we spent a couple of hours at the mall (where I treated myself to a little something at Sephora) and then we went to Target, picked up pizza on the way home, and then the girls spent the rest of the evening just hanging out and playing outside (it was a GORGEOUS day – sunny and warm!).

Sunday morning I had a bit of a dilemma: I could stay home with the birthday party or take my middle daughter to her last club volleyball game of the season. My husband was away on a sporting event of his own, otherwise he could have taken her (or stayed home with the youngers). I had told the 13 year old that I would make muffins for them when they woke up Sunday morning, but I also didn’t want the 17 year old to drive to downtown Tulsa by herself, plus I just wanted to be there to watch her play. So I decided that since my son was home (he’s 21), and the girls would probably sleep late, that I would go ahead and go to volleyball with my daughter. The younger ones would just have to make their own muffins (which they did). At the volleyball game (this was actually a huge regional tournament) there were several vendors there selling fun things and I bought myself 3 fun tshirts and 3 pairs of fun dangly earrings for a very good price. I don’t typically buy things for myself often but between my Sephora stuff and the tshirts and earrings, it turned out to be a “treat yo’self” kind of weekend! I had planned on taking the birthday party guests home when I got home from the tournament, but when I arrived home early afternoon, the guests had already been picked up by their parents, which was kind of a relief because it would have meant over an hour of driving for me. Win!

Sunday afternoon and evening I was WORN SLICK from all the driving and thinking and planning and activity from the weekend. I pretty much just sat on the couch and watched Naked and Afraid until it was time for bed (I love that show – anyone else a fan?).

And that was my weekend. In years past, I would have been a frazzled mess over all the activity but I’ve learned to make these kinds of activities enjoyable for myself too, and that has made all the difference.




It’s the season of self-care

Hallo from the other side (of the turkey)!

Did all of my American readers get sufficiently stuffed over the long weekend? I know I did. A little too stuffed, but that’s okay, I had a good time with my family and that’s all that counts, right? 🙂

During these next 4 weeks, it’s going to be especially important to take care of ourselves in the midst of buying gifts for our loved ones and going to obligatory company parties and the general freaking-out that goes along with trying to get everything done and ready before Christmas.

I’ve already started taking care of myself by making a broccoli salad to eat on all week at work. It’s loaded with good things and makes me feel really good after eating it.


Broccoli, red onion, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, & shredded cheese. It’s my new BFF. 

Also, yesterday I decided that I wanted to take a bath. I haven’t taken a bath in YEARS. No, I’m not a Smelly Cat, I just typically take showers because our bathtub is in our kids bathroom but yesterday at around noon, I decided I would treat myself to a real honest to goodness BATH. You know what time I finally took that bath? 10:15 pm. It took me ten hours, but by golly I did it. And I might just do it again sooner rather than later because I do love a good soak.


Not my bathtub but omg can you imagine? If this were mine, I’d never leave it. 


Because today is Cyber Monday, I ordered myself a little somethin’somethin’ from the internet.



These soaps are my favorite AND now there’s a body cream to go with it. Squee! I was sort of on the fence as to whether I should order these or not until I finished checking out and noticed how excited I was that they were on their way to me. So yes, it was the right decision to order myself a little treat. Every little bit of happiness helps. 🙂

Make a pact with yourself that you are going to do something nice for yourself every day until Christmas (I don’t mean for you stop doing things for yourself after December 25, but make it a PRIORITY to treat yo’self every day up to then – maybe by then it’ll be a habit. Sneaky! )treat yo self