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Spring wardrobe update.



One of my biggest struggle since getting married and becoming a mom is making sure I dress appropriate. At 29, it’s time to dress like an adult even if I am totally faking my adult status. Since I have lost the majority of my baby weight from Frankenbaby, it was time to add some new pieces to my wardrobe. I’ve read up on capsule wardrobes thanks to some Facebook mommy groups and Pinterest. While I love the idea I love clothing and can’t stop sewing it for myself.

Ideally I would have sewn myself some new shorts and tops, but I don’t have the time or the ability since the majority of our house is in boxes for our eventual move (buying a house is a frustrating process, but that’s another post). So a quick trip was made to Ross to see what they had. I seriously love Ross. They always have the cutest items for wardrobe and home.

I picked up six pieces that all with work with each other and the other items in my current wardrobe. My goal is to have a super simple grab and go wardrobe.



This outfit was actually chosen for family photos. I loved the simple elegance of the top. It is a ballerina pink with lace overlay and some bling details at the neck line. The shorts are the softest denim I have ever felt. They have some bling details on pockets as well. I’ve wanted some white shorts or pants for awhile now but until now I couldn’t commit.


I saw this high low tunic and fell In love with it instanty. It’s flowly and a light weight cotton so it’s perfect for the warm days of the south west. It should pair perfectly with short, pants and leggings make it a very versatile piece. I snagged a pair of distressed capris to replace a pair of my favorite distressed jeans that are slowly becoming dryer lent.


The last set I got was a simple plaid button down and some high waisted shorts. The shorts are another item oven been looking to add for some time now. I just love the colors in the plaid. The coral and teal go really beautifully together.


I have aver already started mixing in my current wardrobe. For a look at my outfits, check out Instagram for daily updates!

Stay tuned for all my sewn pieces that will be made after our move.


Money Wallet Overview and Freebie!

With the new year approaching and new resolutions being made, today I am showing you my new Money Wallet and I have a freebie for you as well!

Several years ago when the Mr, and I were first married we went through the Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover classes. if you haven’t read it or heard of it Check out the book on Amazon or your local Library. Check here for the online class that we took. It is offered at churches too so maybe check around in your area to see if its available. It was a great class and really taught us that we had been very careless with our funds in the past. We have worked very very hard to get through the first few baby steps but in resent years we have not been as on top of it as we should. My major personal goal is to get us back on track so that we can purchase a house and a larger vehicle this year.

Last year I was able to snag a small Kikki k planner that was just sitting around not being used so I decided to use it and my silhouette to create a money wallet so that I can stay on top of the finances better. I set myself a challenge to only use what I had in my craft room to get this set up. I used my Silhouette to create a pocket file so that I can separate out my funds and then I also created a register so that I can track my spending. Each category has its own so that I can see where the money is going. My Kikki K has a few pockets so that is where my Debit cards will live. I am not doing away with them as I do pay our major bills online each month (its easier than dragging kids out) as well as my online shopping.

My Categories are Adults, Kids, Pets, Groceries, Gas and Misc. I have a separate budget book that outlines our whole budget and bills to be paid so I Omitted that info from the wallet. I do cross post the due dates into my planner and our wall calendar each week.

I am including the files for my registers and my folders so if you want to create some of your own you can. They will fit a Pocket sized Filofax or small Kikki K. Please do not share the file with anyone. Redirect them here for them. Credit is always appreciated.



Register pages

Hearing Impaired Tech: HyperX Cloud II Review

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Hearing Impaired Headsets: A Review of HyperX Cloud II Pro-Gaming Headsets

I have mentioned a few times before that I am severely hearing impaired thanks to a Genetic condition. I rely on the use of hearing aids to be able to communicate with those around me. I’ve been hearing impaired for over 5 years now. While being able to hear with hearing aids is awesome in and of itself but using them leaves me unable to use headsets. Its been over 5 years since I have really been able to use headphones, bluetooth ear piece and a normal phone (thankfully cell phones are rated for hearing aids). Its small things like this that make life of a hearing impaired person a bit harder. With most headphones and headset they cause feedback or even the sound to fail on my hearing aids.

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This is where Kingston’s HyperX Cloud II headsets come into play. I was fortunate enough to be able to try the HyperX headset. I was in shock. They actually worked with my BTE (Behind the Ear) Hearing aids. There is no distortion or loss of sound at all. They fit so comfortably around my ears and cover all of my hearing aid so that there is no loss of sound. It features memory foam padded headband and ear cups. It helps cushion your head for max comfort during extended wear.

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There are also 2 types of ear cups, Vinyl and a super soft flocked material. HyperX is typically a gaming brand but this headset works amazingly with hearing aids.  The 7.1 surround sound and closed earcups offers unbeatable sound quality while blocking unwanted noise. It offers a detachable noise and echo cancelling mic perfect for those skype calls or long nights of raiding or if your like me, late night sewing marathons where you dont want the music to wake the whole house. The advance USB control box and 3.5mm mini stereo jack offer multiple ways to connect to yours device (it works with PC/Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and phones/tables/MP3 devices) and inline mic and earcup volume controls (this is detachable for use with mobile devices). It all stores in an included mesh storage bag.   20151213_123646

The Headset is available through Amazon for $99. It is a bit on the higher end of the headphone spectrum but well worth the cost for the outstanding performance. There are available in gun metal, white/pink (as shown), and black/red.

A HUGE Thank you to HyperX for producing an amazing headset that works so well with hearing aids and for sending this headset to me for review. All thoughts and statements about the headset are my own. For more details and a better look at the headset head over to my Youtube channel and check out my video review. Closed Captions are available.

What’s in my Hospital Bag? 

Seeing as this is my third time in the delivery room, I’ve learned by now what to pack and not pack in my hospital bag since having Venom 4.5 years ago. While my due date (which is Friday!) is super close I have yet to pack my hospital bag this time. I have prepped few things that if for some reason things were to quickly start I can grab this is my what’s in my bag video.

The bag itself is a custom Brooke Van Gory Expedient Weekender. It’s amazingly well made and while there was a bit of a wait to have it made, it was well worth it. The print is a old Hollywood monster movie print. It has 2 large pockets on the outside as well as 2 elastic side pockets. Inside there is a zippered pocket and 4 large pockets as well. It’s super roomy and fits all of our must have items when out and about.

Toiletries: I picked up smaller travel bottles for my soap, shampoo and conditioner from target so that I can leave the large bottles at home. I used my silhouette to make some simple vinyl labels for them. Also in my toiletry bag is a travel toothbrush and paste, mouthwash, dry shampoo (for quick wash before family starts snapping photos), a sample size Kat Von D tattoo liner, EOS Chapstick, breastpads, deodorant and Dermoplast (seriously amazing stuff and worth having for after birth! Your hospital may have some for you so just ask if you forget but it can be found at CVS, Walgreens or Walmart).

Baby: For the most part I know I won’t have to worry about to much for the baby as the hospital has everything I need. I do pack 1-2 out fits in newborn and 0-3m size so that I know I will have a going home outfit to fit. I normally go home with more for the babies that I came in with. It is also nice to bring the boppy since I will be nursing it comes in handy to  rest my arms.

Me: for me I keep it simple. Included are a nursing bra or 2, underwear I don’t care about (though I do totally take advantage of the disposable pairs that the hospitals offer. I usually take several home with me. ),camis or easy to nurse in tops, sweatpants and socks. I don’t go all Duchess Kate with my going home outfit. I keep it comfortable. I also plan to take my tablet, charger and my cellphone so that I can alert the masses that the little one is here. My cell doubles as my camera, which auto backups to My Google Drive. Finally, I pack my planner and pen case so that I can fill out all the forms and paper work that happens. It’s also a safe spot to keep all that important documents so that they don’t get lost.

Pro tip: you may want to check out your hospital before hand to see if they have wifi and what there vending/food situation is so you know if you need change for those or a wireless air card. My hospital has vending machines that take credit cards as well as several dining choices. 

Daddy’s bag:  In our house, Daddy packs his own bag usually right before we head out to the hospital. His includes his PC for a way to watch movies or play a game, a change of clothing, his toothbrush and deodorant, phone, charger and headphones. We live super close to the hospital so we both know he can run home if needed.

I hope that you find this helpful when facing what to pack in your hospital bag. Remember it’s all about what works for you and your delivery. It’s always best to check with your hospital to see what they offer to you. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog and channel to stay up to date on all my blogs and videos!

Gearing up for baby!

Its crazy to think that in just about 9 more weeks(give or take a few) we will have our newest little in our arms to snuggle and love. It’s been a chaotic last 31 weeks and now it’s crunch time to finish up the last few things we need to do and buy. 

Given the current living arrangement of our parental units (his father and my mother are both living with us currently), little guy will be rooming with us in the master. It actually works out for the better as I am once again breastfeeding and night feedings are exhausting those first few months. The crib is being sidecar’d to our Bed for ease of nursing. I also picked up the Poäng chair from Ikea for comfortably nursing when needed. I still need to get or make new sheets and his blanket, which his Poppa has decided will be Hulk inspired. I was hoping to agree on Frankenstein but I can always do a reversible one. 

We were so fortunate that a friend of mine just had her little guy about 6 months ago and still had all of his newborn and smaller sized clothing (Thanks Kelsey! And thanks Ashley for getting them to my mom!). We have picked up some things for him as well as me making him some cute custom layette sets. 

While we aren’t having a shower this time around (it’s just not possible with all of our friends and family members being 1000+ miles away) I did register on Amazon and a local store back in our hometown. Mostly so that I can track what things I still need to get and for those few that want to send gifts. I’m not worried about gifts just thankful he is being celebrated. His birth is an exciting event for us.  

Arrivals, Life, and new ventures. 

This last week was amazing but so quick! I was fortunate enough to to spend it with my mom who was visiting from IN. The trip was for her birthday which was Friday. She arrived on Tuesday and had to leave on Saturday so that she could travel back in time for work today. Like I said it was an incredibly quick visit. The only saving grace is that by mid this month she will be living down here near us. 

The girls were so happy to have her here. They absolutely love their Mere and having her near. Lots of fun was had and I got to take her to Ikea for the first time. She fell in love but honestly who doesn’t love ikea? It was amazing having the extra help as I’ve found myself feeling exhausted even more now that I am over half way through this pregnancy. We managed to reorganize my kitchen so that I could get all my remaining cook wear from boxes. Thought I am still missing my knifes. I suppose I’ll just have to buy new as it’s been this long, I fear they were mistakenly tossed with paper and boxes. As I lifted them wrapped for safety of toddlers. 

This week I take the dreaded Glucola test as I hit 28 weeks on Friday. While I was hoping to do an alternative, the only alternative is to treat me as if I have gestational diabetes and monitor myself daily for the rest of my pregnancy. That’s just not something I want to willingly do as I’ve never had it and have had a simple pregnancy thus far. So I will suck it up and play their game (oh how the military loves their games…. ) and take the one hour test.  I am half tempted to record the whole experience for the YouTube channel.

YouTube is going amazingly. The Mr. Has helped me get things set up so that I can have a recording space and decent editing software for just starting. It pays to be married to a techie. I recently purchased him a silhouette machine. (And by him I really mean me as I’ve used it so much this last week!) I plan to do a tutorial showing how to do some simple glass jar labels and coffee mugs. I am sure it will be a staple feature here on the blogs soon enough. Same goes for new listings in the shop. Vinyl monograms and custom shirts will be an option soon. 

My other big adventure is that I started selling Jamberry. I figure as much as I spend on them I should get something besides gorgeous nails. My girls love them and now that I can’t see my feet it’s nice to know my pedicure still looks fabulous. The extra income is awesome for the newbie fluff I need to buy, lol. At a month in, I am doing amazing at it and am shocked at how easy and simple it is to actually sell. It’s nothing more than I don’t already do for SBD. Just posting on Facebook and promoting when out. I compliment people already so it’s not a stretch. It’s also helping me work through my social anxiety. It’s become terrible lately and I needed a push to get out there. Between this and Venom’s soccer games I hope to get better. If you would like to check out the wraps, visit my site, Jamin with Kae

Growing roots.

The best part about our “retirement” is that we finally have the chance to sit still and plant roots. After much discussion we settled on the amazing southwest. We’ve been here almost 3 weeks now and it’s been great. The days are warm, sunny and breezy. Which is amazing for February seeing as much of our family is dealing with tons of snow and ice. While the weather is amazing, the best part for me is finally having the chance to make a home. In our previous homes I’ve never decorated much for fear of having to turn right back around and take it down. I’ve found myself addicted to Pinterest searching for inspiration for rooms and my eventual garden. Our taste are very vintage eclectic. We love metal signage, bright colors and bold statement pieces. The house we are in has a few accent walls but they are brown on tan. A paint job is needed. This is kinda the look and feel I am going for.

Living room inspiration

It never seems to fail that blogging slips away from me. The last few months have been a complete chaotic whirlwind. Things are finally settling, thank you Odin. In the last 9 months I’ve moved twice, business is booming and growing, my hubs has retired and the girls are growing like weeds. Venom is 3 going on 14 I swear. She’s a mini teenager full of attitude and sass. She blows me away with how smart she is. Roo is catching up. She is my little daredevil and tomboy. A complete daddy’s girl. It’s amazing to see their little personalities grow and develop. We were finally able to spend our first Yule with family and friends even if it didn’t go as planned. But hey what family doesn’t have drama during the holidays.

Now we’re enjoying life full of fun and leisure (well when I’m not sewing away). Thankfully we were able to move back to Texas and are currently avoiding the winter that our family is having. I’m pretty sure my Mum is sick of hearing (err… Reading since she’s deaf too) about our sunshiny days. I see it as motivation to move south.

We got a new member of the family as well. The hubs has a service dog, Bacon Cheeseburger.

A new way to party: Virtual Thirty-One Partys

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting my first Thirty-One party. Now normally I don’t host any of the direct sales parties because I just don’t have enough local friends to come to them. The bulk of my framily (friends+Family) is back home in Southern IN so I never thought it was possible to do one until I was home again. This is where the Fabulous Leticia comes in. She is an AMAZING Thirty-One consultant who I met through a WAHM group that I am in. She was offering Virtual Thirty-One Parties. I took the chance and had one. I couldn’t be happier with the turnout and how it went.

How it works is, the party is held as a Facebook event. Leticia sets it all up for you and makes you an admin. After the date and time are set up, you’ll then start inviting all your friends and family. Leticia then sends you a package of catalogs, order forms and information on Thirty-One. You can then invite any of your local friends to purchase before the actual party through you. You would take the funds and but them on your order to save shipping. Anyone ordering online will do so through a link that Leticia provides. Leading up to the day of the party, Letica starts posting games and statuses to remind attendees that the party is coming. This also gives attendees a chance to win prizes and such, much like a in-house party. At the time of the party, you would sign on and join in the fun and games that all happen in the event page. The shopping and hostess gifts all work the same its just the platform that is different. If you’re like me and never held a party of this sort before Leticia can answer all of your questions.

Leticia was an amazing consultant. she went above and beyond to help answer questions and make the party fun and exciting. I

As Seen on Pinterest: Sharpie Mugs (that work with regular Sharpies!)

I’ve seen this Pin for a while now. I’ve seen so many ways to get it to work. Most say that it can’t be done with normal Sharpies. Well Guess what, I did just that. Stick around and I’ll share.


First things First, lets gather supplies.

You’ll need:
A mug
Rubbing alcohol
And your oven.

First wipe your mug down with rubbing alcohol and let dry.

Design your mug!

Put in cool oven and set at 425 for 30mins. The idea is to get the oven hot at the same time as your mug gets hot. You wouldn’t want a shattered mug in your oven.

Let cool completely. Remove from oven and your set.

These mugs are hand wash only as any major buffing or dish washing will damage the design.



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