Just another manic Monday

Faking it until you Make it…

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Disclaimer: This was from a year ago… Not really sure why I didn’t post nor finish it. But I am going to post it as is, and write more about this or something similar to it in the next few days or hours… Time is totally irrelevant right now.

Has anyone ever done that or heard of that saying…? Well I’m really good at this, maybe too good. Sometimes I have this habit of not wanting to do something or not completely believing in something the way I want to or maybe should. So then I fake it, make it seem like I do or that I’m happy with the hopes that me faking it will help me, really help me believe what I am faking. Most times it works wonders, sometimes not so great.

Say I am not in the mood for a family event but the rest of the family is, or I have a headache or something else. Anyways I pretend that I am excited, get really pumped and smile like crazy. And you know what most times it works like candy 🙂 Other times my crabby attitude just persist and it can make for an annoying afternoon/night.

Or take for instance the fact that I am still questioning if I completely believe in God, you know the same one everyone I know believes in and can’t seem to understand WHY I don’t believe in him/her/it/being. Most people I know that believe seem to believe because that is what they are supposed to do, or they grew up in the church and why WOULDN’T you believe in God. But have they ever questioned, wondered, had doubt? I know why I am questioning, and it is all a part of the journey. What I can’t stand are those that condemn me because of what I feel or believe. Isn’t it MY choice to believe or not? Anyways, I’m venturing off my Fake it until I Make it post…

I try not to do this type of thing on a regular basis, because doing that lets me know that I am missing something. That I need to re-evaluate my circumstances and recognize that I am the person to make me happy. But it doesn’t stop me from faking it. It doesn’t stop me from questioning. It doesn’t stop me from doubting. This faking only helps me to make it through the next minute, hour, day, week, month, year.



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I know I’m not consistent with blogging, then there are other times where I hit a moment in time and I can write 5 posts in one hour.

Right now I’m just a going to stick with whatever floats my fancy.

I just wanted to say, Thanks for sticking around and reading my posts. Even as unpredictable as they are. Thanks for liking them too 🙂

Have a great night!



Isn’t this the coolest photo ever! Disney’s first black princess… Just thought I would share the love! Thanks Mrs. B for the picture!

Awesome List 2014


So in case you were wondering, because I know everyone does… I do have an Awesome List for 2014. I had one for 2013, but I can’t seem to find it to compare what actually happened to what I wanted to happen. I know for sure I wanted to take a photo daily. It didn’t matter if it was an iphone photo or my DSLR camera photo, I just wanted to document our everyday lives. Not just the fun events but the mundane everyday things that make us happy and everyone else just sigh or roll their eyes, LOL! I wasn’t into making a post about it daily, because I have been bad about that. I just wanted to perfect my hobby and I believe I did that. I missed some days but that was mainly because I didn’t feel like staging a shot or to tell everyone to stop what they were doing so that I could take the photo. And sometimes I just wanted to be IN the moment not snapping photos of the moment.

Happy New Year Wallpaper at TidyMom1280x800

That was also a big deal for me to, I needed to be in as many of the photos as possible. I don’t like looking back at photos and seeing that I’m not in the picture. The photos I take are awesome, but I don’t want perfect and I was stuck on that for a while. Almost everyone does, I hear it all of the time when I am catching people in the moment. They don’t like the way the photo looks, they look too fat, they didn’t smile, etc. Whatever the case I didn’t want that to plague me this last year and so I didn’t let me. Anyways, here is my 2014 Awesome List:

  1. I am doing a month of no Facebook… I’m already having withdrawals, so please don’t bring it up! I’ve been making use instagram, twitter, tumblr and this blog to make it through the month.
  2. I will do the Daily Picture again and make sure that I record it in this app I have on my phone called Collect. It can be an iPhone photo or a DSLR photo.
  3. Pray daily, I suck at this. I’m not even going to lie. I’m a horrid Christ Follower. Once I pray daily then I will get into reading my bible daily… Hey, don’t judge me. One step at a time.
  4. Month of letter… this one will be interesting. Because it will be a month of letters to random people. I will aim to write the same people (if they respond) but I’m going to assume that the old school or pen and paper is going to be hard to get people to join in on. If you happen to get a letter, feel free to write me back 🙂
  5. Find a way to do something I love or mostly like weekly, even if it’s indulging in a bag of popcorn. Ha!
  6. Make a real effort at finding a Graduate Program. I have found 3 that I really want to do, but I can’t force myself to print out the requirements and get started. My brain is fighting me, LOL!
  7. Smile
  8. Read 2 books a month
  9. Blog/Journal Weekly (it can be in my hardback book journal or on this blog, doesn’t matter)
  10. Read a chapter book to the girls (one a month)

I have a few other things to add to my Awesome List but I’m not ready for anyone but myself and the people they effect to know. I’m looking forward to seeing what this year brings. I’m really excited about this year, and looking forward to making awesome memories with my little family!

 Love and Peace, Iiona

NaBloPoMo January 2014

Tell us what you’ve learned so far about daily blogging.

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Friday, November 8, 2013
Tell us what you’ve learned so far about daily blogging.

I know it is Sunday and I am just now writing about Friday’s blog prompt… but the thing is I can choose to write their prompts or my own and so I am doing a combination of each one. Because there aren’t prompts for the weekend, I think I will do the prompts I didn’t do during the week on the weekend.


So here is my answer…

I am not great about blogging daily, actually I am horrible most times. Which is why I have started so many series and have yet to finish them. The nice thing about blogging is when I have this bout of energy I can just hop on and go post crazy. And when I don’t have the energy I just don’t do it.

The one thing I run into is I am still trying to figure out what and how I want this blog to do to go in. I mean it is supposed to be a representation of who we are as a family, the things we have done and the things we are doing. I don’t want it to look like we have this perfect life and we do all these amazing things. Because to be honest we are rather boring. We like to go explore as much as we like to sit at home and do absolutely nothing. I think if I were to blog everyday you would be able to see that more, and so I think I will do that.

There are days where I am just too tired and all I will post are pictures, like I did last night. And other days where I will just write a novel. Which is what I want to do… But first I really just want to write a children’s book with my girlpies. So that is what I’m also using this time for as well. The book won’t be posted at all, I will publish it first before posting for others to read. Now if only I can find an artistic person to draw up the kiddos that will be in the book and the cover art. I have a person in mind, I just hope she is up for the challenge. Otherwise I have one or two other people in mind and I know without a doubt they will do exactly what I need done.

Back to what I was answering, I have learned that I need to challenge myself more. To hold myself more accountable to the things I put out there. This months blogging prompts really help me with one of my goals that I have. That goal is to get back in to writing and or journaling everyday. So that’s what I’ve learned and I’m glad I know that about myself because now I can put things in place to make sure I do what I say I’m going to do…


This is me on a bike ride with my other half, it was fun. More about that to come later 🙂

Later Lovies!

NaBloPoMo November 2013

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So I’m behind as usual, because… I just am. No excuses, I’m tired and I’m a mom and a wife and a chef, and a PTA mom and a volunteer and a good friend, and, and, and… I just needed a break.

Anyways, to the point of this post 🙂 I am joining up with a few (couple hundred, possibly more) people and doing National Blog Post Month. It is basically where you write a post once a day for the whole month. And no it won’t all be on why I’m Thankful for this month, because I’m just not jumping on that bandwagon…

There is this lovely list that I can follow, or I can go off on my own. I might do some of both. I have some series I want to complete and this is a time to do it. I am positive every post will not be long, it could potentially only be a picture. And with that I am fine.

As I write each post I will come back to this main post and add the link to it. You guys are in luck because I feel the urge (lack of sleep will do that to you) to write a few blog posts today 🙂 So look at the list below and feel the urge to tell me which ones you think I will actually write about, lol…

So here is the list of prompts for the month:

Friday, November 1, 2013
If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?

Monday, November 4, 2013
Who is your favourite character of all time?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Tell us about your writing space. Where do you write your blog posts?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Thursday, November 7, 2013
If you had to switch your first name, what name would you choose and why?

Friday, November 8, 2013
Tell us what you’ve learned so far about daily blogging.

Monday, November 11, 2013
If you had to be trapped inside a movie for 5 days, which movie would you pick?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
What is your favourite hour of the day?

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Friday, November 15, 2013
If you could quit one bad habit instantly without difficulty, which would it be?

Monday, November 18, 2013
Tell us about a blog post that you didn’t publish.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
How much of the day are you plugged in? Do you consciously set aside offline time, or does it happen whenever it happens?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tell us about your first friend.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Describe an outfit that makes you feel good. (It can be from any period of your life.) Double points if you post a picture of yourself in the outfit.

Friday, November 22, 2013
How important are book covers in getting you to read a book?

Monday, November 25, 2013
Tell us about the last thing a person or advertisement convinced you to buy.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tell us about the last thing you hid.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Thursday, November 28, 2013
How do you feel about the first blog post you ever wrote?

Friday, November 29, 2013
You’re almost there! Tell us how you feel about endings.


Have a great night  afternoon folks!

NaBloPoMo November 2013