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Fun Fact Lowdown Vol. 3

Here comes 2019! I feel like this past year has gone by so fast.  2018 was a good year.  A liberating year for me. It's the year I finally opened my eyes and realized that I use all my energy trying to make everyone happy and giving so much to my husband OCD, that I need to stop doing that and take better care of myself.  I hope 2019 brings on more new lessons for me to learn. 
Once again the weekly fun fact Lowdown has returned to give you some fun facts to share with friends this new year. 
Fun Fact Lowdown New Year's Edition

The earliest known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 BC.


January is named after Janus, the god with two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward.


The original New Year's Eve Ball weighed 700 pounds and was five feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs.


Many parts of the United State observe the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for g…

Why I Still Make New Year's Resolutions

Every New Year's eve I love to reminisce about the year that is almost over.  What was significant in my life,  what has changed about myself, goals I may have accomplished or not accomplished. 

Often I hear people say they don't make New Year resolutions anymore because they just never follow through. Understandable,  but to me, the new year marks another year that I have to get what I want out of my life. Make my life the way I want it. 
I may never follow through completely with my goals,  but at least it gives me something to work on and strive toward. 2018 I didn't set any resolutions because I was in Hawaii after Christmas through new year's and just didn't think about it.  Starting 2018 in the ocean in Hawaii is an amazing way to start a year off. 


Because I didn't set any resolutions,  I had no goals for myself. I didn't try to do anything new. I had a harder year with my depression and anxiety and I really think it was because I didn't have an…

Fun Fact Lowdown Vol. 2

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? I feel like this year has just flown by.   For this week's Fun Fact Lowdown,  I want to share a few fun facts about Christmas so we can all get in the holiday spirit a little more!





Clement Moore’s poem introduced eight more reindeer for Santa's sleigh and their names were Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Duner and Blixem (for the German words for thunder and lightning). These later evolved into Donner and Blitzen.




Since 1918 the city of Boston has received a giant Christmas tree as a gift from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Boston lent considerable support to the city of Halifax during their 1917 explosion and subsequent fire disaster.



If only I lived a little bit closer to my local shop,  I'd consider donating my tree!  Stay tuned for next week's post.  I'll find some interesting facts about New Years!

My Favorite Finds of 2018

2018 is coming to a close. I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by.  2018 brought many fun things to my life.  For 2018 I made a goal to get out of my comfort zone,  to be a better parent, and to find more hobbies that interest me.  I did a pretty good job with all of these parts of my life. I started this blog which is really out of my comfort zone.  I've also been able to make a few new friends which are a miracle for me.   I worked on how I talk to my kids.  Apologizing to them more often when I do something wrong,  and making sure I tell them I love them as often as I can.  And as for the new hobbies, I've started a few.  I count my blog as a hobby since it's not really a money maker right now,  and I love writing for it.  
I've found a bunch of things that have improved my life in some way or another and I want to share them with you.  Maybe you might find something new you haven't tried or something that can improve your life in 2019! 





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Blended Family Mess

I have found that when you have a big family,  there are bound to be problems between family members.  
My family is what they call a "Blended family". Meaning I have half and step siblings, and a stepdad.   It's been like that since I was 2 years old.  My mom had 4 of my siblings with her first husband, who unfortunately died young. After 6 years she then had me. My parents were never together but I still got to grow up with my dad a lot.  When I turned two,  my mom married my stepdad.  My stepdad had 4 kids of his own.  So I grew up the youngest of 9. Everyone else was 6+ years older than me so I was always kind of out of the loop of things.  I was not usually part of the drama. Although, I did have my own drama with certain siblings every once in a while. 


Having a big family can have its perks. Every Christmas it would feel like we had this huge Christmas.  So many presents were under the tree. (I feel bad for my parent that had to fork out all that money for us tho…

Fun Fact Lowdown vol. 1

Welcome to the first ever Fun Fact Lowdown! Why did I call it that you ask? 

......Because I can... 

Fun facts are facts that can be about anything, as long as it is interesting and fun. A fun fact can be told at any time and doesn't have to be relevant to anything at all!
I'm kind of a sucker for fun facts. I thought It might be fun to do a weekly "lowdown" on random facts I have found interesting during the week.   If you want fun facts on certain subjects to feel free to comment!

This week's Lowdown:




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Questions to Ask Yourself Before you Marry Someone with OCD

In America alone, 2.2 million people over the age of 18 have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. That's about 1% of American adults.  
1% doesn't sound like a ton of people,  but there are still a lot of people who are not officially diagnosed with it that still have it without knowing what it is.
You might meet someone and have a relationship and not know they have it until later in your relationship when you have fallen in love.  That happened to me.  My husband has severe contamination OCD. Meaning everything is dirty/germy to him.  I didn't know he had OCD until we were engaged,  and I pretty much diagnosed him by looking up all these things that he would do that I thought was odd. 
Being with someone with OCD is hard. Especially if you marry that person, and have kids with them.  So if you have ended up with someone from that 1%, definitely think about the life you will have before completely committing to them. 
Questions to think about:
Are you patient…

Depression Strikes Again

I know I mention this every so often, I suffer from Anxiety and Depression.  I have my whole life. 
I finally got myself on medication a couple years ago which has helped some. 
Although I'm on meds to help me deal with these mental illnesses,  they don't always work. 
Today has definitely been an example of that. From an outsider's perspective, I've had a pretty good day.  I spent a few hours with a couple of my neighbor friends. My kids somewhat behaved today,  and I had no dog potty accidents ( being a dog foster, it's very common to have some kind of accident happen). I count myself pretty lucky that I had a good simple day today..  but of course, depression loves to stick it's big head out and make sure I don't have too good of a day.  I tried fighting it, but sometimes depression just wins.  
I know tomorrow will be better. Just a good night's sleep and some extra hard work to get some positive thoughts in my head will really help.  
But for now, …

Apologize to Your Kids

Being a parent is such a great thing.  Being able to watch these beautiful kids grow up and watching them learn new things.  There is also very hard things about being a parent. You have this responsibility to these kids to teach them how to be the very best person they can be. How can you create a great person if you aren't always the best?
On top of being a mother and a wife, I also am a sufferer of Depression and Anxiety. My anxiety causes me to have a lot of anger issues. I'm not violent but anxiety makes me yell and say things that I regret.  Because of these anger issues,  I end up taking my anger out on my family. They are the only ones around all day every day so they have to deal with the worst of me.  Before I was put on anxiety meds,  I would have these huge anger fits and just get so irate with my son. I would get set off when he would try coming out of his room at bedtime,  or if he was being naughty. I would feel so guilty afterward.  I hated how I would act and…

How I saved hundreds of dollars for Christmas.

Christmas is an expensive time of year for most.  For my family,  we set a strict budget for Christmas and try not to go over.  This year though is the first year I came out under budget!  We set a $900 budget for all Christmas gift purchases. Since I don't work and my husband has had a kind of crappy sales year, we needed to have a strict budget to not overextend ourselves. 
For a few years, I've been using some money making apps to earn a little extra cash for Christmas and birthday gifts. This year it's really paid off!  I was able to use $150 from these apps to put toward Christmas! Using rewards from stores has saved me a good chunk of cash as well!
Want to know exactly how I saved so much money?
Kohls: I love taking advantage of Kohl's because they have great deals,  and they give you kohls cash for purchases you make.  This year I did some shopping at Kohl's and ended up with $55 in Kohl's cash. So I was able to use that toward a few gifts for my extend…

100 Days of Holidays Part 2

Everyone that celebrates Christmas usually has lots of traditions for the Christmas season. My family and l go all out for every holiday. Like I mentioned in my previous post 100 Days of Holidays part 1, we find as many activities to do during the last 100 days of the year. From September 22nd- January 1st. These are all the activities and traditions my family plans on participating in this Christmas and New Years.
Black Friday Christmas shopping Put up Christmas lights Pick up a real Christmas tree Home depot gingerbread men  Tree lighting ceremony in my city Christmas family parties Make caramel/ caramel popcorn Watch Christmas Movies Make Christmas cookies Write letters to Santa Visit Santa Christmas eve dinner with extended family Christmas morning breakfast,  Open presents, visit in-laws. New year's eve party


What are some things you always do for the Christmas holiday?

Best stores to shop on Black Friday (online and in-store)

My husband and I like to save as much money as possible for Christmas. This year we have a $900 budget for our family of 4, grandparents gifts, 3 different Christmas party gifts, and a few extended family gifts. So Black Friday is an important time for my family to get the best deals possible.  I have narrowed down the stores with the best deals this year,  so I know where to look for Christmas gifts. I thought I'd share my findings with those of you looking to save money this Christmas.

The 5 best stores to shop this Black Friday:
J.C. Penneys: This year J.C Penneys is supposed to have some of the best deals out there. You can find great deals on Computers, Phones,  Apparel, Accessories, toys, and furniture.
Amazon: Between their lightning deals,  and early Black Friday deals,  I think Amazon is one of the best places to shop for Black Friday. 
Kohls: Do you have any Kohls cash lying around? You can use it with their black Friday deals! I love buying new Towels,  clothing,  and jewe…

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Yes,  I am at it once again.  Bringing up those National holidays.. but trust me, this one is a good one to participate in!

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is observed annually on November 15th. The fridge is neglected in my household. It's one of those things that is a necessity for everyone to do,   but let's be serious, no one thinks about cleaning the refrigerator out unless there is a bad smell coming from those forgotten leftovers from a month ago. 
Here are some suggestions to help you participate in this wonderful national holiday! Get together a soap and hot water filled bucket, disinfectant, a sponge and a garbage bag, and you are ready for the day!

Thanksgiving is coming soon so we will need room for all of those Thanksgiving leftovers.  This job may be dreaded by many, but it is an important task none the less.  There may be a surprise or two found at the back of the shelves. Things are often pushed back as the new food is put in the front and gets forgotten. 
S…