Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sorry, I'm a Slacker, my baby turned 2.

Sorry, I've been so busy with Mackenna's 2nd Birthday plans, getting everything ready and my house ready.
The list goes on....
I'm sure all you mommies out there know how it can be when you are trying to plan the best birthday party.

R.I.P my desktop computer, after only 18 months the motherboard goes out.. Perfect... :( I have a love and hate relationship with technology. 

My Dad arrives into town tomorrow morning... If you've been following Fat Friday's, I will be sharing the winner 
this Friday. I think I have my dad beat, but stay tunned for the results. 

Sunday, Was Mackenna's actual Birthday, but party day is this Saturday. I can't wait. 
Still so much to do. 

How was your weekend? 

And here is a picture of the Birthday girl from Sunday.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Twitter.. Smacked me in the face.

Sometimes I live blindly in my life and forget that sometimes we live in cruel world. I've really enjoyed blogging since I started a couple of months ago and I've met so many awesome and amazing woman/mother's out there. I started a twitter account a little bit ago to what all the hype was about, because I didn't really see the point having a Facebook in all. Let me give you my story why I've lost faith in people for a brief moment yesterday and how this world can very cruel to you because of what you believe in and what you think is right. 


Yesterday, someone tweeted about when to start real milk and transitioning from formula. I tweeted a reply and stated that I see a homeopathic doctor for my daughter and she told me that I could start milk anytime I wanted and to ease it in slowly and see how she likes it. 

That's all I said to this person...

Don't worry it wasn't her that said anything to me. Then I got a reply to that tweet to me saying: if you take your daughter to a homeopathic Doctor, that must mean you haven't vaccinated. Right?

I though for minute, maybe she is just curious. I replied back and stated, that no at this time I haven't vaccinated my child. She then came back to me and said well I hope you child doesn't die based on your irresponsibilities as a parent and good luck. 

I was shocked, my blood was boiling inside me. I would never judge another
person based on their decisions as a parent. How can someone say something so cruel and nasty to another. I've never even met this person she tweeted me out of nowhere. I finally got the courage and asked if she had children. To my surprise, she told me no. I told her that I think it's best to leave me alone because I'm an actual parent and making the best decision I can for my daughter. I also, told her that her opinions could change once she had a living, breathing thing to care for.

I was so heated, I left and went on a walk and came back to another tweet from someone else that I've
never spoke to before joining in on the conversation. 

This was her tweet to me: 
I wonder if antivax is genetic? Cause when your kids die of a preventable disease, at least the gene will be out of the pool.

I looked up this person's profile and she happened to be only 15 years old. 
By this point I was done and logged off twitter for most of the day.

I'm not the mom of the year, and I'm not perfect by any means. However, I don't think anything is worse then being challenged on what you think is right as a parent to your own child. I'm already feeling a little better after sharing this with you, but still can't believe what happened yesterday.

Thankful for the followers I do have and your great comments. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I received a blog award, plus giving some out.

I received another blog award from Lifeafteryes. Thanks for the award. She has great reads check her out. 
I've been blogging since May 2010. I've really enjoyed it and the people that I've met. It's nice to know I'm not the only mom out there that experiences the things that I do. 

It comes with a few "strings" attached, but nothing I can't handle!

1.  Thank and link back to the person that gave you the award.

2.  Share 7 things about your self.

7 things about myself
1. I live in Lake Tahoe, California for the last 5 years. 
2. I love to snowboard and snowmobile. 
3. I'm a mom to a 2 year old. {this week is her birthday} Enjoying the days and nights of toddler hood. 
4. I like cooking, however i'm more of a baker. I'm better at baking and I feel more creative with baking. I know you can be creative with cooking, but maybe I just don't like to cook. {I know some house wife}
5. I work full time. It's not something I really want but, in way its nice, because no one minds extra money. 
6. I have a sister that is 22 and a brother that is 17. I live closer to my brother now after being a part off and on his whole life between here in the US and New Zealand. My dad is American and my Mom is a kiwi. 
7. I love to get into projects and scrap booking. Organizing doesn't sound like a hobby, but I love it. 

And now -  bloggers who inspire me! I recommend you check out all their blogs, you wont be disappointed! 

Kara @ Ramblings of Marine Wife -  I love reading your blog. I feel like I can understand the lives of those that serve. 

Nancy @ Life of a Dairy Woman -  She has great posts about her family and her life on a farm. Also, she posts photos of things that come out of her garden. 

Shan @ Breaking New Ground -  You always have the must cheery and colorful photos. I love the the name of your blog and I always find myself reading your blog everyday. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Intervention with our Money

When you have two incomes and you are used to living a certain way you go through the everyday motions of spending and playing and then whoa, you actually look at a credit card statement, or in my case a few and realize that your spending habits are scary on paper. Not only was I looking at credit card statements, but our bank statements as well. I won't go into any more detail because I don't want you to get as scared and anxious as I was. 

{Why do we spend unnecessarily}

I started to break down our bank account statement and went through and highlighted all transactions that I thought were not needed to try and see where we over spend.
Here are some places that we spend too much at:

1. Gas stations (for the quick 6 pack of beer, snack gatorade, etc.) 
2. Full Belly Deli (Next to where I work)
3. Grocery stores (more than twice a week)
4. credit card payments, I mean they are getting kinda silly.

So, you now have an idea where we spend our money, not all of it, but the things I think I can really keep cautious about and try and cut. I'm putting our finances in order and going to be going through debt intervention with our accounts. 

Step 1: Cut up credit cards, if you don't have access to them you can't use them right.
When they are paid down then we can order new ones, maybe considering letting some of them go. 
(I know, letting credit cards go, even a couple, I know I'm crazy)

Step 2: Make grocery lists and stick to the list and meal planning. It will help going to the grocery store once a week and not 2 or 3 times. Avoiding things not needed in the store, the extra's. Try cutting them out for awhile and see how it goes. 

Step 3: Made a strict plan of credit card payments for the next 6 months. By, trying to to save at the grocery store and other spending, I will apply that extra money towards extra on credit card's and open a saving's account. I don't have a saving's account, and I want to start one. 

Why is debt so easy to get into and not as easy to get out of. I love my credit cards and my freedom to spend on them, but there comes a point where the fun stops and you realize how out of control you have become.

How do you Save?

How have you overcome your credit card debts or debts in general?

I would love to know how you all budget and what worked and didn't work.  

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 19, 2010

More {Followers} Monday!

Welcome to the very first More {Followers} Monday!

What's More {Followers} Monday?!

More {Followers} Monday was created by three amazing (if I do say so myself) mamas as a way to find some really cool new reads and to gain new followers (and let's face it, we all love followers!).

Want in on this awesomeness? It's really easy to play along...

1) Follow your hosts Me {Mama B}, Little BGCG, and Baby Dickey via Google Friend Connect

2) Grab our button and create a post with the button telling everyone about More {Followers} Monday and little bit about yourself {Think: About Me/Intro}

3) Link up your post and find some great new blogs!!

A little about me, Kristina (Mack to My Cheese)

I'm a full time working mom to a almost 2 year old this week. I've been blogging since May 2010. I've really enjoyed it thus far, and there are so many great mom's that I've met to far and would love to meet more. It's nice to read other's blog's for idea's or just feel better knowing that we all go through the same day to day stuff and we are just all Moms! In addition, to being a stay at home mom, I'm also in school full time and trying to finish up my 4 year degree. Someday I will have it completed. I'm currently not married, but planning to be some day. It may take 10 years from now, but that is ok with me. We aren't in rush, and honestly the legality of it wouldn't change my current life I would just be married and that's the only difference. You can join up with me for Meal Plan Monday's, Thankful Thursday's and Fat Friday's. 

Do you tweet or Facebook a lot. Follow me or "Like" me! I will follow back or "Like" back. 

Don't forget to link up

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fat Friday - 12lbs down!

Happy Fat Friday and Friday!

So, Today marks the 4th Fat Friday post and I'm down....

12 Pounds! 

How have you been doing?

What are some things that you tried?

I'm interested in knowing... how all of you stay fit and healthy. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thankful for My Followers

This weeks post is for all of my followers. I've only been really seriously blogging since May 2010. I've 74 of you lovely people that follow and read my stuff. Which I am so thankful of. I've dedicated this post to you this week to let you know that I enjoy reading all of your blogs, because we all have similar stresses, situations and it's nice to read that we all share similar stuff in life. I also love to read all of your comments and see what you have to say. 

To become a better blogger what are some things that you wish I wrote about? 

What do you want to know?

{What I'm Thankful for this week}

45. All of My Followers
46. Time spend alone with Ian
47. Seeing Twilight Eclipse with my brother
48. Beautiful Sunny 90 degree weather everyday
49. Living close to the best consignment shop ever. 
50. Friends and New Friends
51. 11lbs my body was willing to give up :)
52. New vitamins and Fish oils I got this week
53. That we don't have to pay $800 bucks to get the brakes
done on the truck. The brakes are fine. 

{What are you Thankful for this week?}
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