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The Problem With Chronic Insomnia

I’ve never been shy about sharing my struggles on this here blog. I’m human and therefore I have struggles just like everyone else in the world. Keeping them a secret just feels fake and unrealistic. Sharing your crazy with the world clearly seems like a better idea. I mean, duh. And finding some humor even in the sucky moments is essential to not cracking up. If you take your crazy too seriously then one day you’ll wake up to find yourself wandering through the neighborhood in your bathrobe using a banana as a phone. Not that it’s happened to me….yet. There’s always tomorrow. 


7 Consequences of Chronic Insomnia


1. You look horrible after a few days with minimal sleep. People who don’t know you ask if you’re sick. Or, even worse, when you’re at the store people will noticeably move away from you as though you have a contagious disease. 


2. You are a cranky bitch. Seriously. Just ask your spouse, your kids, your friends, your neighbors, the dog, the mail lady, the UPS guy, the customer service rep from the cable company, the garbage man, the solicitor who tried to sell you a new roof, the pest control guy who called to cancel an appointment, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses who had the misfortune of knocking on your door. 


3. Your diet mainly consists of coffee. And the amount of coffee you consume on a daily basis could quite possibly power a small plane. But without the caffeine you will die. Literally just curl up in a ball and die.


4. Your head is so fuzzy that after a few nights you find yourself opening a box of (insert some completely useless As Seen On TV item here) that you purchased during an insomnia-induced shopping spree at 4am from QVC. Seriously, it’s disturbing how practical some of those items seem after a week of little to no sleep. 


5. Your house looks like a scene straight out of Hoarders. And you just don’t care. The energy it would require to clean up the mess, or even to yell at your kids to clean up the mess, just isn’t worth expending when you’re working on 30 minutes of sleep. 


6. You find yourself wandering aimlessly around the house in a haze of confusion because you lack the brain power to remember from one second to the next what the hell you were supposed to be doing. Bonus points if this happens to you while out in public. I was all the way inside a Lowe’s store a few weeks ago before I realized I had absolutely no idea why I was there or what I was supposed to be buying. I still haven’t remembered. 


7. You make decisions that are better left to a clear head. For example- cutting 9 inches off your hair and dying it black might seem like a great idea to a fuzzy sleep deprived brain but when that haze clears out and the reflection in your mirror resembles Harry Potter you realize just how bad of an idea it really was. 


Insomnia is bad, y’all. So so bad. 



Dry Skin Saved By Suave Professionals®


I have a terrible time with dry skin. I don’t mean just the occasional itchy dry spot either. I mean, slap some scales on my body and call me dragon lady. It’s embarrassing, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. And it’s not just in the winter months either- it’s year round. I have tried all kinds of products to help my poor skin get some relief but nothing lasts. It’s not unusual for me to go through a super-sized bottle of lotion in a week because all I do is apply and re-apply lotion all day long. It’s a frustrating routine. When I was offered the chance to try the new Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infused Body Care lotion and dry body oil spray, I jumped at the chance. New Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Body Care products feature a light, luxurious fragrance and are infused with authentic Moroccan argan oil, a lightweight miracle oil known to be rich in nutrients and antioxidants.  





For the first time, Suave® Body Care is launching products in the Suave Professionals® line, offering women everywhere access to premium quality products with the finest skincare ingredients. The new premium range leaves skin looking and feeling beautifully silky and radiant and is clinically proven to moisturize as well as Moroccanoil®1. The Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Body Care line includes Body Lotion and Dry Body Oil Spray. The new Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion is a daily moisturizer that absorbs quickly for up to 24 hours of radiant, non-greasy hydration. The new Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray has a non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly and seals in long-lasting moisture. The Dry Body Oil Spray is perfect for special occasions such as adding radiant sheen to legs.   


The very first time I used the lotion I knew I was hooked. First, the scent is out of this world. I found myself sniffing my skin multiple times throughout the day–I couldn’t stop! In fact, the lotion smelled so good that I didn’t even bother with perfume. Matt wanted to know what my new perfume was called when he came home that evening. The other thing that has me hooked on this lotion and dry body oil spray is the texture and consistency. I cannot stand feeling like my skin is greasy and sticky. This lotion goes on smooth, dries quickly and completely, and leaves no greasy or sticky texture behind. I love it!   


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Currently I Am

thinking about a post I wrote but haven’t published yet. It’s about extended family. I’m not sure it’s vague enough to not cause hurt feelings within the family. So I’ll wait until I’m sure.


reading a book called Shaken by Kariss Lynch. It’s a Christian Romance Fiction and it packed a punch. The story revolves around a woman who is in Haiti as a missionary when the earthquake brought the city down around her. I shed tears while reading this book and I almost never get that invested in a story. 


listening to the rain pounding on the deck and thankful it’s not snow.


planning our summer beach vacation. We’re hoping to spend a whole week this year and I cannot wait!


working on our taxes. I hate doing the taxes. I love the big refund but I hate the work involved.


eating a new Loaded Potato Griller from Taco Bell. It’s so good. So so so good. I’m hooked.


watching Troy Dunn reunite a family of brothers and sisters on his new show APB with Troy Dunn. I need more tissues because this is so sad. 


thinking about my sister-in-law who had a miscarriage recently and ended up with a hysterectomy after some complications arose during the D&C. My heart just breaks for her. 


accepting that my house will not be truly spotless until all the kids leave home. But I’d rather have it messy and full of life than empty and clean. 


enjoying my second cup of Green Mountain Island Coconut coffee this morning. So delicious. 


thankful that so far we have managed to avoid any severe illnesses this winter. I should probably knock on wood right now. 


anticipating the start of the 2014 NASCAR season. 17 days until the Daytona 500. Not that I’m counting down or anything…


finishing my second load of laundry for the day. Only 3 more to go…


hoping you all remember to enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Target Gift Card on my Target Cartwheel post.


My head is a jumble of half coherent and somewhat chaotic thoughts today so typing them out into a few sentences helps me to organize and process through it. Clearly all that therapy finally paid off. About time. 



Easy & Delicious Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

We are a family of chili lovers but a person can only eat regular chili so many times in a month before it gets a little monotonous. So I went on a hunt for some different chili recipes to try. I found a Chicken Taco Chili recipe but it wasn’t quite right so I tweaked it a few times until I got it perfect for our family. This recipe is super easy- it’s a dump and go crockpot recipe using frozen chicken breasts. I don’t even defrost them first- just toss the still frozen chicken breasts into the crockpot with the other ingredients and your prep work is done! 






Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili



1 can (16oz) black beans

1 can (16oz) kidney beans

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

1 pkg (10oz) frozen corn kernals

1 can Hunts Fire Roasted diced tomatoes with garlic

1 pkt taco seasoning

2 T cumin

2 T chili powder

3-4 frozen chicken breasts



1. Combine beans, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning in crockpot.

2. Place chicken on top.

3. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.

4. Half an hour before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot.

5. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.


I’ve added this recipe to our regular dinner rotation- that’s how much we love it! The crunch from the tortilla strips (I found them in the salad toppings section) really makes the dish and the sour cream adds the perfect amount of creaminess. I love tossing this together in the crockpot early on a Sunday and smelling it cook all day long. Yum!


Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
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  1. 1 can (16oz) black beans
  2. 1 can (16oz) kidney beans
  3. 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
  4. 1 pkg (10oz) frozen corn kernals
  5. 1 cans diced tomatoes with garlic
  6. 1 pkt taco seasoning
  7. 1 T cumin
  8. 1 T chili powder
  9. 3-4 frozen chicken breasts
  1. Combine beans, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, and taco seasoning in crockpot.
  2. Place chicken on top.
  3. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.
  4. Half an hour before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot.
  5. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.
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He Said, She Said: What To Watch On Netflix

{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
Setting the Scene: Matt and I try to watch at least one or two movies on Netflix a week after the kids go to bed. It’s our poor people with lots of kids version of a date night. I don’t have to put on real clothes and he doesn’t have to pay $12 for popcorn. It works for us. Unfortunately, we do not always agree on which movie to watch because Matt is very much a person who goes by the star rating of the movie and Netflix is somewhat misleading with it’s ratings. The following conversation took place after we spent over 20 minutes searching for a movie that Matt was willing to watch.
She Said: Pick a movie already.
He Said: I don’t want to waste 2 hours watching something stupid.
She Said: So you’d rather spend 2 hours browsing through every single movie on Netflix.
He Said: Yes.
She Said: Wrong answer. 
He Said: Well this one sounds pretty good but it only has 2 stars.
She Said: What’s it called?
He Said: Chick Magnet.
She Said: Keep looking.
He Said: How about Sharknado? Only 2 stars. But it has Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in it.
She Said: Sure, why not. 
He Said: Really? You’ll watch this?
She Said: This week I watched somewhere around 42 episodes of Doc McStuffins, Octonauts, and Sofia the First. My standards are fairly low.
He Said: Good to know.
She Said: Not that low. Smart ass. 
The End.