Thursday, January 29, 2015

Add More Oil

Before you yell at me for being gone so long, let me tell you I have already scolded myself over it. I love writing this little blog and I love when I get something TO write about and the time.

So what do we do but press forward....Onward!

I think a lot about things. Ok, well,  I tend to over think way too much about too many things. I am still not sure that is the truest statement. I tend to completely and always over think every thought questioning myself and everyone around me, along with all the ways I could have done it differently or how I will do it differently next time, or what I should or shouldn't have said and how that may or may not have made someone else feel. Exhausting huh? Tell me about it. This is real everyday life for me. It can be a curse if you are a Sanguine personality type like myself who is a people pleaser. So there are many times, driving usually, that my mind will just take off. I will turn the radio on just to silence it! Yesterday was one of those days.

What am I doing? Why am I doing it? Is this really life? Where do I go from here?

Wife, Mom, Employee, Student, Friend, Sister,..... constantly trying to give myself to everyone else's needs and then question if I was enough. Seems about routine these days. I was exhausted. I know you can relate right? I mean we are women of purpose right? Sometimes that purpose is just getting through the day without crying or yelling, but hey if you fail, tomorrow is a new day right?

The point is, I was driving, feeling sorry for myself, cause that't what we do. I started to compare my life to everyone else's and tell myself how bad I have it. I started to ask God why I don't have this or that, that I see others with. Not necessarily physical temporal things, just things. I was instantly convicted. I really am quite blessed. I really should be thankful or grateful instead of throwing myself a pity party. I had to regain some focus.

One of my favorite messages I heard preached a few years ago came to my mind. He compared life to a chocolate cake. No wonder it has resonated with me for so long. Hello!! Chocolate cake is my very favorite cake and is in the the top 5 of all time deserts. Anyway, I digress. Haha!

See life is just like a cake.


  • Start with the Flour. The main part or majority of the cake. Flour is the everyday in and outs of life. Work, Eat, Sleep....rinse, lather, repeat. Math homework, helping brush teeth, yelling "stop fighting with your sister!", washing dishes, pouring yet another sippy cup. The mundane, unexciting bland flour. Without it though, there would be no cake. It is necessary. The base of the mixture.
  • Add in the sugar, vanilla, cocoa. The sweet or fun things in life. I love sweet things. I can even go overboard and then end up sick off too much. So if we follow the recipe we get just enough to make the cake sweet enough; Bedtime kisses and snuggles. "I love you's" for no reason. Pictures drawn just for mommy, flowers delivered at work, a diet vanilla coke. Just the things in life that make it sweeter. We may not get great news or excitement every day, but we get random blessings that help us remember we are loved.
  • Add in the baking soda and salt. This would represent the not enjoyable things we go through. Unfortunately they are just part of it. No one wants to get rear-ended in their car. No one wants the basement to flood. No one wants to run out of laundry soap ....But, just like sugar or the good things, they are necessary to build a delicious cake. 
  • Oil, Water. Well that's what holds it all together. Jesus. He will take the good and the bad, the mundane and unexciting and bring it together. While He mixes, you become less focused on what the bad was, what the good was, but a beautiful cake is taking form. Just like when you give him all your good, all your bad, all your mundane and exhausting day in and day out transactions, he can make your life into something beautiful. 
Yesterday was a flour type of day. Nothing bad was added to my recipe but the mundane of my flour took over and I began to think of all that was missing from my recipe. I just started mixing my ingredients that I had again, thinking about the good and the bad things in my life and then....added more oil. I find that if I don't have enough oil, my cake will never turn out, seem dry and not what I want. Add more Jesus to your life and he will make you whole. 

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22

Casting all your cares upon him, for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he is trusteth in thee. Isaish 26:3

So next time you are feeling overwhelmed with your days of flour,....

Keep Calm.... add more oil....

Friday, January 2, 2015

Giving The New Year a Break

5.....4.....3....2....1.....

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Now choruses of Old Lang Synge can begin, everyone can name off their new resolutions for the year and begin loading up on all the new goals they are setting.


I usually take part in the fun of making a resolution. I, of course like most people, end up never changing the habit, lifestyle, or task that I find myself so concerned about on Jan 1. It's fun to see people with the spunk to see change though. Whether its in their own lives (usually health) or whether it is spiritual, financial, spend more time with family, or spend more time unplugged from the constant "tap tap/scroll scroll" motion we all know too well on these smart phones. Its energizing to see someone so motivated.


Can you imagine if we took the same energy as "I'm going to the gym everyday in the new year" to "I am going to tell at least one person about Jesus everyday in the new year". Ouch. That one was even hard for me - But I digress as this specific post isn't about whether or not you plan to make spiritual changes in your life. (but you totally should think about it, because I know I am)


I decided for once I was giving New Years the day off. Yep, that's right. No resolution, no promises that I make just to 'have one', no swearing off chocolate or soda for the rest of my days. No pressure and let me tell you.......It was the "BEST (new years) DAY EVER" - (and if you read that as Rapunzel you get a cookie)


You see, the new year came in for me a little different. I woke up with some physical ailments including a sinus cold, some aches and very little sleep from the night before. I decided that it was ok for me to eat a half a container of French onion dip, stay in my pj's all day, NOT go workout or go to the gym (GASP), drink a diet coke or 5, snuggle with my children, sit with my family while laughing and crying in the same movie, have a bowl of ice cream at bedtime....I could go on and on. See for me, this year, I decided to not put the pressure on New Years Day anymore. I have never had a more relaxed, carefree and happy new years day. Are there things about myself or my marriage, family, finances etc that I would like to change?


Every.
Day.


Since I started to lose weight a year or so ago, I learned that you make the changes you want and you learn to live with the ones you don't. The "day" you make them is not as important as setting a goal and sticking to it. My type of change this year isn't going to be to achieve something renowned. Maybe I am just ready to re-prioritize a bit.


So while I gave N.Y. Day a break this year, there are great things to come for this year that I look forward to. Instead of planning my life around what I want to be able to fit into by summer, or the perfect family vacation I want to plan and enjoy once we meticulously save up enough money each paycheck, I am looking forward to the excitement from my children yelling "Mommy's home" as I get in from work or the "mommy can we snuggle" question that I get asked most nights, or the "can you watch me do this/that" that normally pull at this mom of 3 that barely has time for herself, let alone snuggle and play with children when ..........


laundry is overflowing, seriously kids...you can wear that shirt more than once.....
dishes need washed, Why didn't we buy more paper plates?
I think the fridge has something growing in it that you know can't be good,
I think I forgot to empty the trash from the kids' bathrooms and isn't it trash pick up day?; Fabulous.
Oh now no toilet paper in there either? How they remember to wipe but forget to flush amazes me.
And what about diaper rash cream? Do we have any left for the baby? She can't be without it.
And speaking of the baby, I need to sweep the floor AGAIN where she has learned the new game of "lets drop food so Mom will pick it up game".....and....
lets see....


STOP Mom Brain!


This is how my mind runs most of the time and its very rare it isn't plaguing me to get up and do something else other than enjoy simply what I have and who I have to spend my time with.

NOT ANYMORE.


So enjoy your break new years day.....and maybe everyday after that. Who knows, I might just give "the pressures of life" a mini-vacation for a while.


I'm ready to make changes. Are you?


Just kidding, I am going to eat some cookies.


Keep Calm......And Enjoy the little things along the way.











Thursday, December 11, 2014

Getting Focused - Only I can make it happen....

So as I have missed this blog too much. It is time for a revival for sure. I started another little weight loss motivational blog, but never fear, I will just move those posts over here eventually but they are still here if you want to check them out.

I just want one central location where I can just be Chrissy Couture. All that she is and will be.

I have missed posting tutorials and recipes, health tips, goofy pictures of myself hair plopping.

The kids are growing up so quickly.




Its like I blinked and no longer have babies.

I've kept busy......

Lost 50lbs doing it the RIGHT way. Took a year, but its not ever coming back on.

Sister Dresses using gorgeous princess fabric





Of course we have had a few frozen dresses.......

Blanket Forts while watching movies are the best........ 

Photography featured on Instagram is pretty exciting too. Chrissie_Couture if you wanna keep up with that. 




More and more sewing. I thought it was pretty cheap therapy until I started to have a new found hobby called fabric hoarding! haha.

This is just the beginning.....it's only going to get better from here.

Keep Calm - and Stick around- the Fun is just getting started.

XO

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Update and Reviving Blog?

So, Its true that I haven't blogged in a LONG time. Blogger and I may have to break up over this and it saddens me because I loved how easy it was to use. Then it decided to make me us HTML, which I am told isn't too difficult once you learn it, however, I really am not sure I have the desire or energy at this point to fight and learn it.

Little Emmie is 10 months going strong and I have been a picture taking, pretend hairbow making, dress sewing fool. I love having a creative outlet to just create something from nothing. Life just gets so busy to do everything I want to though!

I have seriously considered reviving this blog.

I have seriously thought about starting a completely new one - more along the lines of Motherhood and less centered JUST around creating.

These thoughts go up there in this little section of my brain bucket list. It includes other things like "make a stunning gown and win grand chamption at the county/state fair" or "write a novel". Things that I say every week I want to do, but I just don't. So if reviving this blog gets put in that bucket, we will see if it actually happens.

I got a new position at work which I just started almost 2 weeks ago. So far so good. I do know I have to make my own dreams come true....and not wait on someone else, but at what cost? Deep I know. lol

Until next time.....

Keep Calm......and Dream On.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Be Blessed

Just stopping in. Blogger and I for some reason are having a difficult relationship, since I do not speak HTML at all. This makes blogging a little more difficult. I wonder if its just me, or if everyone is having the issue. Oh well. Life is going crazy my way, as usual. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Enjoy good food, family and football (if thats your thing!:) XOXO Keep Calm....and be Blessed.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Just a little of whats been kickin...

So I had some free time (really means on break at work), and so I thought I would do a little blogging. I do love it, I just don't have the time to really do with it what I would like to. Here is a look at the last few weeks in Chrissy Couture land.
Also Blogger and I have been having a few differences and he/she is making posting more difficult.

Completed a Pocket dress for Livy and of course a little one for Emmie (which was WAY too small, but I did manage to squeeze her in it once. (sorry no pics of that). Made Miss Livy a candy corn dress AND a matching headband. It was way too adorable. Little Mr Noah turned 6 with is awesome Mustang cake. Life just continues on as it always has. It was this time last year I was just finding out we would unexpectedly be having another baby. What a difference a year makes. I am thankful for my little blessings and wouldn't give them up for anything. On the agenda for the coming weeks? Knit ruffle pants and scarves. I have a lot of extra fabric that I tried making things with that was an epic fail, so I plan to re purpose that to make some cute scarves. And it has went from Summer to Winter overnight with some actual snow yesterday! Brrr. Just puts everything into holiday mode WAY too quick.


Until Next time...

Keep Calm....and if you want to KEEP UP with CC, you can subscribe at the side. ;)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

From my Transparent Heart...

So since the new baby Emmie has been born, lets just say my life hasn’t slowed down any. Not that I figured it would, but at 12 weeks old, I am still trying to get this family of 5 on a schedule that works. It seems that the nights I plan to go home and sew, or craft, it just doesn’t end up happening. I get discouraged seeing laundry in baskets and dishes in the sink and I think well I will get these done and then I will feel better knowing its not plaguing me, but you know what happens. By the time I get it all done or as much as I can, homework done, getting clothes out for the next day, then bed times start rolling in, and once the babies are all in bed, this momma is ready herself. What does this mean for Chrissy Couture? Not sure. I did find time last week to make a cute dress, but I’ve not had a chance to photo it cutely and get it up on the blog. Also made myself some hair pretties, but yet again, I can barely find the time to actually do the fun creative things I enjoy, let alone blog all about it. I started this blog as an creative outlet when I was so depressed after my little Miss O was born. What I went through physically after she was born just made the emotional part of me fall apart. Getting into this creative area and learning to sew on my own has been so much fun. I am no way near signing up for project runway, or even trying too many adult clothes, but I enjoy dreaming one day I might be good enough to do something with this fun little “talent”. (Can I call it a talent? I am not really that great at any of it). Originally I thought I was just doing this for myself, but now that I have moved past those issues and feel better physically and emotionally, I just don’t know if its “necessary” in my life like I thought it was at one time. Sometimes I would like to just blog about life issues, being a working mom, trying to be supermom when I fail miserably….things we all can relate to, but that isn’t how I started this blog and not sure anyone would really be interested in those things. I just want to feel like I am inspiring someone. Whether it be from words, or you seeing that I can do something and you can too. Maybe its just more of my desire to work in the ministry but not seeing how that will happen. Anyway, I guess I said all of that to say blogging may be on hold for a while till I really figure out the direction I want to go. I don’t want to give it up entirely, because I have had a few people tell me how much they enjoy my blog (Which makes my day), but hearing it from 100 people would be nice…(or hey even 10) haha. Sometimes I just have to realize I can’t do everything and that is a hard concept for me to realize. Until Next time…. Keep Calm….It will all work out how its supposed to.