Happy New Year!

So how was everyone’s Christmas? Our family had an amazing time. We had multiple Christmas’s and our children are SPOILED! So am I for that matter. It’s so fun watching all the kids open their gifts. That’s my favorite part of Christmas is the giving and the children. And of course seeing family we don’t get to see quite as often.

I got a lot of things for Christmas that I asked for. Including some cool gear for snappin’ some photos, a work out bench, a new Kindle, & some tennis shoes!

One of the things I have been asking for {for the last few years actually} is a scroll saw.  I asked for the Ryobi Scroll Saw which would work fine for the random projects I have floating in my head!

But instead, my parents hooked me up with an industrial, beast of scroll saw! Complete with a giant motor and huge stand! This thing is awesome sauce! It’s still at my parents so I don’t have a picture of it yet, but once it’s in my grubby little hands, I’ll be sure to show you!

Apparently it was sitting at someone’s house {whom they knew?} and had not been used, just taking up a lot of space. So they gave my parents a super awesome deal, & well, the rest is history!

I could seriously build a house with this thing! Now that I can do so much more than a few tiny projects, my mind is really, really spinning with some cool thoughts… just need to get them down on paper some where…

Which reminds me, I have started probably 10 notebooks for project thoughts… but I always misplace them and start a new… some day I’m going to find that stash…

But anyways. Back to the point of this post.




I hope the Christmas hustle & bustle has settled down a bit and I hope you have managed to make room for all your new goodies {we are yet to be completed with that part}.

Have you thought of new resolutions? Are you even a new resolution-er? Are they work related or personal goals? Maybe you want to aspire to do something that you have never done before? Become a healthier you and push yourself to limits you never thought possible? These are where my goals are headed.

I’m not typically a new year’s resolution gal. Usually mine are your typical ‘lose weight‘ resolution. But, this year, I have a few with actual details. Not many, but enough to keep me working through out the 2015 calendar year.

With this past year, we had a lot of really high ups and some pretty steep downs in all different areas so I have to say, I’m excited to start fresh. Maybe just a normal year… with not too much excitement? Na. That’s not how we do things ’round here.

A) We’ll start boring. Yes to lose weight. I want to lose 80 lbs in a full year. Difficult, but not impossible. I asked for a weight bench {for Christmas} so I could start doing different exercises with that, including free weights. I love lifting. It’s the cardio that I’m not such a fan for. With the holidays and the busy season, I got hit hard and exercising just took to the back burner. At first I tried to fight it and worked hard at trying to work it in. But it never worked and it made me feel even more guilty and more of a failure than I would have if I would have just said, ya know, you’re not meeting your goals anymore anyway, let’s just put this on pause. Come the new year, you’ll see a new me. I bought Chris Powell’s book Choose To Lose and I’m about 37% done. {Kindle’s, turn out, don’t give page numbers, just percentages… which I’m not a fan of, but I can deal}. It’s such a good explanation of everything and he dumbs everything down for me. So much of it makes sense now. He is such a huge inspiration and I love his show. In fact, my whole week was just off if they post-poned his show for any reason. I can’t wait to get going again. So look for that series after the first of the year.

B) I want to teach my children to be more giving & to inspire them to show the path to their peers. Teach them that receiving is not everything & that giving has so much more fulfillment. Giving is what brings out the best in people. I feel this is important for our children to learn. The world is full of so much hate and I, as a parent, need to teach them how much good they are capable of, regardless of the situations. To look for the good in the bad. To want to make someone smile just because. To help restore everyone’s faith in humanity. So a big goal of mine is teach my children to give.

C) Blog at least twice a week. Monday and Thursday. I feel that for right now, is a good number. If I can fit more in, then great. But I won’t feel like such a failure if I can’t. To have a schedule is exactly what I need to get my life organized. And that’s part of this… I need a blogging calendar to help me organize my thoughts and posts. So I’ll be looking for one {on Pinterest} that fits my needs. I’m hoping if I can keep up my blogging schedule, I’ll be able to move my blog to the next level by end of year. But we’ll just have to see :)

D) Become a better photographer and start taking myself seriously. I would really like to further my skills but my doubts in myself are holding me back. I want to be able to contribute more financially to my family and I really want to do that with photography.

E) And last, but not least. To become a better person myself, in addition to becoming a healthier me. It may come as a shock to you, but I have my faults as well. {Please… please, settle down… I know, but stop with the surprised faces.} I have so many angles that I would love to work on. Including being quick to judge, being more thoughtful, and being a better wife and mother. Which are the two main areas of focus for me.

So there you have it, my 2015 goals. They will be work… but all for the better. For the much better.

I hope you all keep safe tonight and have DD’s!!!

Have fun smoochin your one and only at midnight! Whether that be your significant other or your best friend!! :)


learn from yesterday

So Excited for my New Brand!!!

There is no more confusion!

No more typing mamastipsysippy.com and seeing a giant Makeover Momma in the header! I loved the other header… but it was time for it to go.


It’s been a long time coming. I saved for awhile, and then made some monthly payments to the wonderful Elsa of EMR Design Studio. Seriously… she’s awesome-sauce. She has been so amazing. She always answered all my questions… even the stupid ones. And helped me with some things outside of the website design also.


She does amazing work, all her revisions to my header were awesome and it was so hard for me to decide. And considering I had no idea what I was really looking for, think she nailed it!

Seriously, if she lived in Iowa, I bet we would be life-long friends. Another friend to enjoy a Marg with :)

{And ya wanna know a secret? I really wanted to name one of the twins Elsa… but the hubs didn’t want it, and then we found out 1 of the 2 main characters in Frozen was named Elsa anyway… so I agreed to let it go…. hahaha… get it? Let it go? The song from Frozen? Oh, you do. Ok, good…}

I’m super excited about moving forward with my new brand. It feels so much more… me. The chalkboard represents the DIY part of me that I’ll show every once in a while, all with a modern/edgy design with it. And did you note the { } on the chalkboard???? Seriously… my favorite two keys on a keyboard.

Don’t ask.

So that’s all for now :)  Just super-duper excited about the new changes! And you best be excited as well… because it’s staying like that for a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time. :)

Toodle-o’s and Love!

We are Truly Blessed.

The title of this post says it all. We have each other, and though there are times we want to strangle each other, we never give up on each other. We are the perfect mix of goofiness/seriousness, brains/airheaded-ness, and dreamy/reality checks. Where one lacks, the other picks up. i believe we compliment each other well.

We also have a wonderful house. It’s older, and needs much updating, but it’s spacious, with a big back yard, and it’s ours. There are room for our two children and two giant dogs to run and play without feeling crowded. It also has plenty of room for our expanding family by two! It may not be perfect for many, or perfect at all, but it’s perfect for us.

We have 2 good condition, working vehicles. One newly bought to hold the 6 of us. We also have a third vehicle for those situations no one wants to be in or pay for. Ya know… if one of the main vehicles has the transmission blow, starter goes out, or any of the million things that can go wrong with a vehicle that requires a more-than-one-day shop visit.

Jason and I both have jobs that pay all our bills with a small tad left over. We don’t have much to work with afterwards, but we have jobs that pay the bills and give our family a little money to play with. We’re expanding our savings little by little, and sometimes we don’t quite make it paycheck to paycheck, but I am thankful for what our income has provided thus far and what is yet to come.

But most importantly, I am blessed for two very healthy children. Broden and Kensli are the light in our eyes and we are truly blessed for what we have been given. I feel honored to be their mom/step mom and wouldn’t want it any other way.

Although we were not expecting to have two more children added to our family, we know that they are ours for a reason. It’s hard to complain and see negativity about such a true gift when I know others in this world are just praying for one child to be brought into their lives.

I read a woman’s blog about her and her husband’s journey with infertility and miscarriages. It is truly heartbreaking. And it made me so thankful for everything we do have and for what is yet to come. She stands by her faith even in the most heart-wrenching times. Something I don’t know if I could do. If you know me at all, you know, I’m not the most religious person out there. I go to church for the holidays and I believe in God, but sometimes, things happen that make me wonder if he really is there. I don’t dog those that are 110% believers, or those that are 110% non-believers. I believe everyone has a right to their own opinion, but after reading some stories… it’s just hard to believe. This is one of those stories.

The story of Holly and Darren Benson had me in tears as I read their story. And I pray for them. And not only them, but any family who has to deal with infertility, miscarriages, or child loss.  My heart breaks. And I can’t imagine…. I just can’t. And what hits even harder, is that us, and by us, I mean all those who are not affected by it, always have the wrong things to say. And not on purpose, but because we have never gone through this pain to know what to say. The last thing anyone of us wants to do is make it more painful, but I am truly sorry if I ever said anything ever in the past, that did not ‘help’. It even has me second guessing asking couples when they are going to start having children. Maybe they have already tried for a year? It really isn’t anyone’s business when a couple decides to expand their family. And it makes it worse, if they so desperately want to expand, and have been trying for years, and everyone continues to ask them over and over, as if they are ‘failing’ because they haven’t done the next step after marriage. It’s not an easy topic to discuss. For anyone. So please… before you find it your place to know a married couples personal business, think twice. Holly has actually put together a guide to help us all with infertility couples, to help understand. Please take a moment to read it.

I also follow Nick and Beth and they have a similar story, but with a positive outcome. They have also spoken about their story on their blog, and have a tab dedicated to it, and even with their beautiful twins, it’s still hard to imagine the difficult journey they have gone through. Please, go to either blog and read their stories. I feel it’s necessary for anyone and all to read. To get an insight of the pain. If anything, to help all of us stop taking advantage of what we do have.

I always feel uneasy when it’s talked about how ‘easy’ Jason and I conceive. I don’t know who around me has suffered. Even my own family members may have a secret they are not ready to share. And the last thing I want to do is discuss my fertility. Yes, we are blessed. I know that, as does he. And I couldn’t be happier with where we are today. But I know there are suffering families out there. Families that dream of being in the delivery room at 40 weeks, pushing out their future of diapers, spit up, diarrhea, Disney movies, and cute onesies. Families that dream that they’ll be able to help their children with homework or take them to football, dance, and/or band practice. Families that just want nothing more than to kiss a child good night and wake up to a smiling face the next morning. I pray for all of you. I pray your prayers are answered.

I Hate Blog Giveaways.

Does anyone else follow a huge number of blogs and immediately turn the website channel when their most current post is a blog giveaway? I hate them. First of all, I never win anything.  I am not that lucky. In fact, if I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.

But. If you’re like me, you see the prize, and it’s an awesome DSLR camera, and I think of all the possibilities! Then, what?! There’s TWO cameras? One for me and one for a friend?! Double boom! So I scroll through the post to see what I have to do. If it’s just leave a comment, I can do that easy enough!

But. No. You have to do all of the following to even be considered for the drawing: A) Leave a comment B) Like them on Facebook C) Follow them on Twitter D) Follow them on Instagram E) Follow them on Pinterest F) then go to their friends’ blogs and do all of the above for them.

Really? What happened to leaving a comment and drawing a number on who’s comment won? I can understand liking on Facebook, but they have to remember, a lot of people don’t use all of those things! It makes it so much work, especially when you don’t want to follow all of those people on all your social networking sites.

I understand it’s all about getting a big following of people, but why not make things awesomely super easy for your followers, instead of making them have a part time job to try to win one of your giveaways?

I don’t mean to be mean with this post, but it’s just an opinion I’ve had for a long time, and it’s time for me to get it off my chest. You want to make your readers happy? Then make things simple.

That is all.