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Over the past couple of months I have been participating in a revolution. Yes, I am a revolutionist…of snail mail. You know, letters. Not junk mail or bills but letters. Forget  emails people, they are so 90’s. It’s all about the hand-lettered, decorative envelopes with a little letter of getting to know you enclosed. I found an awesome community of pen pals via Instagram and through the wonderful ladies at the Letter Writers Alliance.

If I had to choose one particular person who personifies the elegance of handwritten goodness, it would have to be Rin at PaperedThoughts. I am happy to say that I am going to be a part of her && A Happy New Year – A Letter Exchange Project.  So excited!! Photos will posted when my recipient has received her letter. I don’t want to ruin the goodness for her!!

Keep your eyes out for my instagram photos of my incoming and outgoing snail mail

Join the revolution!

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PhotoSource: kenjabruch

SanTa PiGGy

My piggy bank Pin Money yielded a total of $35.41 this time around. I generally take my coins to a Coinstar at my local grocery store. They now have an option of giving you a “gift card” instead of cash. I decided to go with Amazon for my gift card.   Well, you get a receipt, with a code, not an actual “gift card”. It was perfect choice. I was able to get four books, a slick writer (it’s a pen that allows you to write on slick surfaces like washi tape or photos) and a Yoga exercise video. Score!

So using my cash envelopes each month and saving the coins gives me about $10.00 per month. Not bad little batch of spending money.



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Oh, this month’s Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge is going to be so much fun!!!  Join me on Instagram!!! (clicky the button the side bar!)

Fat Mum Slim December Photo Challenge

TiS da SeASon!

I love the weekend after Thanksgiving! My home is in disarray with boxes of Christmas decorations! It’s when the Christmas dishes replace the everyday dishes and all the memories of Christmas past are lovingly displayed. I am half way through my shopping (waiting for Cyber Monday to hit) and am so ready for my second favorite holiday of the year! (My other favorite holiday is my birthday…I like to celebrate any day you give me presents as a holiday!)

The Christmas tree theme this year is Homemade Christmas. We will only be adding ornaments made by us (ok, made by my sister) and maybe a few hand-made ones we have found over the years. My loft will be black & silver for the bedroom area with red & silver in the master bath!

Oh and Santa, I can explain…EVERYTHING!!!

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EaT RigHT!

I am the poster child for drive-thru gourmet. I’d rather order out than cook. So, with that constant struggle, I have taken on the most arduous task in my life…learning to cook. I do cook. I can make a pretty decent dinner and my St. Pat’s Day meal is amazing. Sadly, I find no joy in it. My joy comes from organizing, paper-crafting and shopping.

As part of my journey in chronic illness, I have learned that healthy eating is the best combatant against many of my symptoms. I was amazed how much eating grains affected my IBS and how much it affected my symptoms in general. It was so discouraging to me that I had gained a majority of my weight back when I was dealing with my illness. It added to the aches & pains, depression and it pissed me off!  I had worked so hard with the running that to gain it all back (plus some) was sad.

I was told about the Paleo lifestyle (it has so many names and diagrams, google it & pick what works for you). Think meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and no grains or milks.  I hit my highest (160ish) and felt like a roly poly anger ball. In April of this year, friends and I did a Whole30 Challenge. I think I lasted a good two weeks (not bad for my first try). But the most amazing thing happened…I FRACKIN LOST WEIGHT! Yep, as of today I am under 150 and have twelve more pounds to go to my ultimate goal of 135.

It’s not just weight loss (though, it was important to me) it was learning to change my habits. I do love my hamburgers (I get it protein style – wrapped in lettuce). I make an effort to eat at least two meals per day Paleo style so if I mess up and have some grains…it’s just one meal.

I wish I could say that I am 100% Paleo, but I am not. I am me. I love Oreo’s and ice cream. You can try to take those away from me but I do know how to hit peeps with a club!

Have a restful and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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I don’t mean to brag but…I AM THE DAMN BEST THRIFTER IN THE WORLD! I’d venture to say that each of us thrifters have a Holy Grail of sorts. Like finding a long-lost Van Gogh among the poorly kept picture frames.  Well, I had one.  Yes, had…CUZ I FOUND IT! Over the last few months I have purchased a couple of Filofax’s for my ever-growing planner obsession addiction, er, supply. I wanted to be one of those lucky ones that I kept reading on my support group, um, planner group page that found a dusty old planner at their thrift shop.

Well, I did it. I was at my local GW (aka Goodwill for those not in the know) and was digging around the office supply area. I truly mean, digging, and I caught a glimpse of a reddish binder….and then I saw the spine…and that all to familiar Filofax emblem…ZOMG!

I could not believe it! There is was! In my hands for $1.99! (less the usual 20% cuz I don’t pay full price at the thrift store). She is a bit worn around the edges (who isn’t these days) and she is mine.

It is a Cherry Personal size Classic edition. On the US Filofax fax website the retail is around $110.00 (yes, that is correct).

A: Photo showing the awesome price of $1.99

B: Photo showing logo and edition of Filofax

C: Since it had zero inserts, I used the Barnes & Noble Puncuate inserts (it comes with credit card holders & zipper pouch) and made the flyleaf with transparency film (also a GW find) and a piece of scrapbook paper for the cover

D: When I first got her home, I named her Scarlet but I found the dice charm at Joann’s and decided to name her Lucky (to remind myself how lucky I was to find her!)

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