Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holidays are here...


I hope everyone is having a joyous time sharing and caring with all their family and friends!

Only 2 more sleeps until Santa arrives and I am so excited I can hardly stand it!!!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Hap Hap Happy New Year!!!


XOXO
until January 2010
tootles faboo friends,
M

Saturday, November 28, 2009

this is for you....



my family and friends emailed me this as part of a windfall email thingy and so I thought I would pass it on to all of you! I wish you much success, happiness, love, abundance and all that is wonderful!

XOXO

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

yeehaw!

My book is going to be here today, this is the revised copy, I am sooooooooooooooo excited to see it, touch it, read it, woohoo!

XOXO

Saturday, November 7, 2009

missing you...

Mom, are you home? Mom, Mom, are you here? Ohhhhhhhhhh, Mom, oh, there you are.

Hey, what brings you here ( mom says with a smile)
(me)I just stopped by to visit for a bit.
(Mom), oh goody, I always love when you visit.
(Me), I thought maybe we could chat about something, but first tell me, how are you these days?
Everything okay, you are feeling good?
(Mom) Yeah, everything is just great, i got a new job and I love it, I have so much fun at work, I can't even call it work because of how much fun I have.
(Me), that's wonderful Mom, I am so happy that you finally landed your dream job, good for you, we all know how hard you worked to get where you are today.
(Mom), Okay, honey, it's your turn, something tells me you have some troubles you want to share.
(Me) you know me to well Mom, your right, there is some things that are bothering me.
First, (yeah, there is more than one today), I just don't feel well, physically that it is, I have had cramps for a few days and it really puts a damper on all the things I want to do.

(Mom), oh dear, have you called the doctor or taken anything for it?
(Me), yeah, I did take some pain meds but no, I didn't call the doc just yet, I don't think its serious, it's just hurts.
Alright, second, I am missing the people that i lost in my life, even though I have accepted their departure, it's just hurts, ya know, my heart aches for their voice, their kind souls and they always knew just what to say to cheer me up, or listen, whatever it was, they knew what I needed.
(Mom), well honey, it's quite normal to miss loved ones, and yes, we all die at some point and it is always a heartbreaking time for a little while after, and it's okay to miss them. We always hear that we can still talk to them and they will hear us.
(Me), so i guess another day will go by and I will just have to talk with them and feel at ease with that, I can do it, it's just a bit saddening at the moment.
(Mom), so is there anything else that it troubling you?
(Me) yeah Mom, there is, i don't know where to go from here, I don't know what path to take and it is really scary right now. I am at a loss as to what to do when I get up in the morning, do I keep trying the soap business, do I keep pumping out books, do I get a job and work for someone else, is it giving up? How did I get here, who can I talk to to ease my worried mind?
Oh mom, I know they might not seem like big deal worries to you, but they are plaguing me with sadness.
(Mom), You are gonna get through this ya know, there isn't anything you can't handle, you are strong willed and you are a fighter, just look inside for the answers, really listen this time, and you'll get all the answers you need to get unstuck and feel better.
(Me) yeah, you're right.
(Mom), have you written about any of this or are you keeping it all bottles up in that head of yours?
(Me, giggling), I didn't get it out of my head and onto paper yet, so that is what I will do.

There is just one last thing Mom, and this is the biggie, do you know what today is?

(Mom) Yes, I do, you are gonna be okay honey, I am still here for you, whenever you need me I am just a heartbeat away.

(me), no mom, you're not, yes, I can still talk to you and I can think about all the things we did etc...
but, you can't hug me, I can hold your hand, do you remember, when I would hold your hand mom? I find myself doing it with my kids, grabbing their hand and holding it, and it's a special moment for me, because I believe it brings people closer if only for that moment.
I can't call you, do you know much I want to call you and say, "Mom, I know it's late, but would you mind if I stopped over so we could chat", "hey, guess what I did, what do you think, do you like it? "What time is dinner?", "Mom, you want to come over for lucnh, I am making your favorite"
I want those things, more than I have ever wanted them mom, and I can't have them you will never be able to come over and visit me, you will never know my girls and see Ron, I know he misses you too.
What am I supposed to do about this, how do I forget, how do I get over it, I want you back in my life, and I thought it would get easier as the years go by and yet for some reason, when this time rolls around, I just feel terribly lonely, not all the time, some years it passes and I don't even know it, I guess becasue most of the time, its okay, it has to be, but other times, I just want to jump up and down, stop my feet and say dammit mom, where are you, why did you leave?
And no matter what, there is never an answer, I know if you would have had a choice, you wouldn't have gone, it is sometimes hard, that's all.

(Mom), well, I want you to know that I will always love you, and right now, this is the way it is, it has to be this way, perhaps one day we will see each other, who knows, I don't have that answer but Maryann, you are gonna have to accept things the way things are are, ya know, this has made you a better person.
You are a good person honey, a great mom, a loving wife, well, you could stand to figure out a way to conquer laundry but hey, everyone will live through it whether it is in the drawers or the baskets.
Just look at all the things you have accomplished, you made it Maryann, you are do everything you ever wanted, and just think for a moment, what if everything that happened, happened for you instead of to you? That sure does change things ya know.

It gonna be alright, it's okay to miss me, and its okay to want a hug, hell, we all could use a hug sometimes, but you can find me hugging you on those days you need it most, just close your eyes, and feel that hug, it's there and it always will be.

I am so glad you stopped by, let's do this again in the near future, okay, I love you honey, see ya later.
(me), you bet, bye mom, love ya too!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

its been awhile

so here I am thinking, wow, it has been some time since I have written here and then I thought, hmmmmmmm, what a great time to visit with you.

I have been doing all kinds of things lately, learning, growing and pondering many different things to assist me in my journey of self love, self improvement and living the life I love.

Here are a few sites I have recently been spending some time at, feel free to visit me at any of these sites too!
Abundant World
my other Facebook
Twitter

and at my usual places:
etsy
blurb

you gotta check out this site, its about writing and living simple.
It is my mission to live a simpler life. Today it starts with a little less of everything. No more wasting time, money, food, things, the things I have acquired have traveled with me through my journey and now it's time for some of them to depart. No more tossing in the trash things that I no longer can use, it is time to donate, sell, recycle it, redo it, turn it into something you can use, and most of all, fix it, don't replace it if it can be fixed.

times they are changing I say, I want to live with less stuff, it feels so good to let go of things that use to tie me down because I attached a feeling with them, its just stuff.
And the most important thing of all for me to remember is to forigve myself, ease up, it's all about having fun and letting go.

until next time happy humans,
XOXO

Friday, August 21, 2009

Jambo

Well hello there happy humans. I hope all is well in your great and wondrous world!

The weather sure has been nice and sunny.
I am finding all kinds of wonderful videos on the web full of inspiration, motivation and all out super fantastic info.
Check out the Self Improvement Tv channel loaded with videos from Tony Robbins, (who doesn't love him, c'mon, he is awesome), Bob Proctor and many more, check it out and watch some faboo videos!!!



until next time faboo friend,
xoxo
tootles!

Monday, August 3, 2009

yippee ki yay

My honey found one, he found a hot dog cart, and I have been selling all kinds of stuff so he can buy it!
Things like my longaberger baskets and pottery, dvd's, books,(of course my book over to the right there being one of those I am selling) my skincare products with special deals, craft supplies, knick knacks, jewelry, you name it, we are selling it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I am on the look out...

Howdy happy humans!
I hope this day finds you happy, at peace, healthy, wealthy and wise!

My honey is getting laid off from work, no no no, don't worry about us, we will be great, we will get through this.
The time is now for us to stop relying on "the man" to bring my honey a check, it's time for us to deliberately create the life we want, for us to bring in multiple sources of income, and live life with abundance!
We are on the look out for a hot dog cart, yep, you read it right, we are taking on this new adventure so that we can have financial independence, and more free time to do all things wild and crazy.

I have placed ad's all over the net looking for OUR hot dog cart, I haven't found it yet, as the saying goes, "Seek and ye shall find" so I know it's out there calling our names and we will find it.

So faboo friends, I call on you for guidance, your expertise and any insight you can provide about hot dog carts, have you seen one for sale, do you have one to get rid of, perhaps there is one someone wants to part with for free, or maybe there is one that needs fixing up. Whatever you may have found, please feel free to pass on the info, I am ever so grateful for all your help!!!

Have a great day all, and
XOXO to you all!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Welcome to Wonderland!

All is good in the world today. I am writing so much these days and loving it. Any thoughts guys and gals on the best print on demand publishing companies.

I have used Blurb and I am looking into Lulu, I am wondering though if there are other companies out there that any of you have used and are happy with the prices and products.

So tell me, how are things in your world?
If you need alittle pick me then check this out, I made this for you!





Tootles happy humans,
XOXO

Monday, June 29, 2009

Lets get dirty, lets get raw!

Okay, so it may sound a bit off the wall, LOL
but, let's get dirty, that's right, down in the dirt dirty, diggin up all those yummy veggies that are screaming with goodness.
I am conducting an experiment, I want to eat raw foods, and since I am in this baby steps movement, I am doing it for 1 day, I mean, really, we can only live one day at a time so what the heck, it makes sense to me to to take this one day at a time!

So, are you ready, are you ready to get dirty with me, are you ready to be raw, let's do it, let's get dirty and let's get raw!

If you are already enjoying raw foods, let me know how it is going, I would love to hear all about your experiences with it, how you like, what you don't like, if anything, recipes, whatever you want to share, I would love to hear from ya!

Happy day to all my faboo friends!!!
tootles,
XOXO

Monday, June 22, 2009

YES

Say yes to everything!!! Give permission and allow the universe to works its magic. Relax, all is on it's way. You are a beautiful human being, you are loved and you are unique in every way! Use your talents and gifts and share them with the world.

Remember, say yes to today, say yes to all of the opportunities that come your way, say yes to yourself, be gentle and kind to your body, mind and soul and always, I repeat always, say yes to everything you do, no more resistance, no more fighting within yourself, no more negative self talk, say yes and forgive yourself now!

tootles,
XOXO

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My dream home...

Hello happy humans!
This is it, this is my house, I can smell the bacon and eggs cooking in my breakfast room, my bare feet on my hardwood floor, the smell of the flowers that waft through the air into my kitchen window. I can hear the deer walking to my fruit trees to get their morning breakfast, oh yes my friends, this house is mine! Soon I will be sending out invitations from my new address to people everywhere to enjoy a fire that burns oh so brightly and love and laughter fill the air, a delight for all of my family and friends, see you soon my lovelies as I welcome you into my new home!

And remember this, you are a very magical soul and you too have the power to have all that you want and be all that you can be, never settle for less because you deserve all that you desire!!!

Just as I know, somehow, someway the money will come to me for my new home as long as I believe, and let me tell ya, I believe it, yes I do and with every inch of my being I know this house will be mine!

What are you manifesting???
Please do tell, I would love to include you in my daily visualizations to help you manifest all that you desire!

Happy day to you all!
XOXO

To all my faboo friends...

Turn on your speakers, turn up the volume, click the play button, this is for YOU





XOXO

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Are you making the world a better place...

You gotta watch this!
It is about an 1 1/2 hours in length, but soooooooooooooooooo worth it!

Have a super fantastic day happy humans!
XOXO

Thursday, June 4, 2009

mutant strawberry


mutant strawberry, originally uploaded by maryannk.

Have you ever seen such a crazy looking strawberry? I sure haven't and this was quite a find! I am so glad we stopped into our friends store and she showed us this glorious looking mutant fruit!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Scaling down...

I want to live a simpler life. I want to scale down my "things", everywhere I look, there is stuff that needs to find a new home.
I am done with knick knacks, dust collectors and keeping all those things that just might have a use. It's time to go, no more stuff that does not serve a purpose!!!

I will be listing stuff on freecycle, craigslist, more of my homemade items and supplies on etsy and giving new life to other items that need freshening up.

Happy happy day faboo friends!

P.S. Just for fun, scroll down towards the bottom of my blog and click on the fortune cookie, I bet it's just what you needed to hear!

I am gonna go click on it for me, hold on and I'll let ya know what it says...
Yahoooooooooooooo and Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Mine say's I will love a long and prosperous life!!!
Now go get your fortune and Make it a Great day!
XOXO

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Yes you can...

Become more active everyday!!! Baby steps, that's all you have to take and before you know it you will be having fun doing all kinds of activities!

Here is 1 of my reasons to keep me on a journey to wellness... what's yours?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Jess


Jess
Originally uploaded by maryannk
I have the best children ever! So talented and so fun!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I will not give up...

Alright, so I have been going to weight watchers for about 12 weeks and I have been going to curves since the middle of January 2009. Now, I would have thought that I would have dropped enormous amounts of weight and yet I haven't.
I was at a loss as to why and really beating myself up over this. I was always thin until I struggled with an illness which put me on all kinds of weight gaining meds. It was killing me, not the meds but the shit that was going on in my brain.
I realized that this is an identity issue for me and I let this weight stuff make me who I am, that's a bunch of crap because we are who we are no matter what. Skinny, heavy, light skin, dark skin, long hair, short hair, man, woman, none of that matters, we are who we think we are and that's the bottom line.

I was given some wonderful information from a good friend of mine, she said that she was told by someone who lost alot of weight, all she did was face it and embrace it.
Wow, that seems so simple yet so complex.
All along I was telling myself, I am a good person, I am beautiful and I am skinny. But low and behold, that didn't change my pant size, not by much anyway.

Yes, it does matter what we tell ourselves, the stories we feed ourselves about how we look etc...
it's time to change that, I am changing my mind so that I can feel good about what I am doing on my path to me.
Each day I will do my best to be the best I can be and really, that is all I can do and yes, that is all you can do too.
So from now on, you and me are in this together, we will overcome any challenges, every crisis, each up and down we will conquer.
We can do this, we are in this for the long haul.
I had fixated on 120 pounds because that was what I weighed a few years ago and yet it wasn't getting much closer at all, so new plan and new day.
I weighed myself this morning and today's weight is 171.7.
I know what your thinkin, holy cow she put her weight here for the whole world to see, ya know what, that's okay cuz:
1. I am facing this, how; because I am in control of me.
2. I am taking responsibility for my weight.
3. I am embracing who I am and giving this to the universe and trusting that I can achieve my ideal weight and fitness goals.
4. My body is changing everyday.
5. I am getting stronger everyday.
6. I am healthier everyday.
7. I am letting go of my inner critic.
8. I am working with my body and my mind to help and guide me.

It's just a number on the scale, no big deal, don't worry about it anymore.
If I feel good, if you feel good then my/your body will catch up with your mind and YOU WILL have the body you want.
Soon, very soon this will be all gone, you will feel like it happened overnight!!!
I am in charge of me and you are in charge of you soooooooooooooooooo...
let's get moving, as much as you or I want to make an excuse to not exercise or eat right, or to hate ourselves any longer, it's not happening, we are taking back ourselves and giving way to a brand new us.
I am going for a walk today, what are you gonna do to give your body the exercise it deserves to live a long and happy life.
Oh yeah, you say you can't go walking cuz it's raining, STOP right there, I have already used that excuse a million times.
I'll get wet, my hair will look crappy, so you get alittle wet, people will see how fat I am, those are stories, excuses that we tell ourselves so we can continue to feel bad about ourselves, that's the old us, that is no longer a part of us.
Oh then the next one comes, then I have to do my hair all over again and reapply my make up, welllllllllllllllllllllll,
not so fast honey, skip the shower before you go out, yeppers, then you only have to do your hair once and apply your make up once, and that is after you get back from your walk in the rain.
Also, alittle tip I once learned about going out in the rain, take a damn umbrella, that sure can help out with the wetness you might encounter.

And, just so you know, you do not look crappy, it looks like you got wet, well, it's raining, that is what happens to you in the rain. So what, people will see you, you just might inspire them to get up and move and like who they are. The people we think give a shit about what we think they do, yea, they are most likely consumed with themselves just as we ONCE were.

Okay pretty people, let's get going on this, give yourself the gift of you and the love it deserves.
We will check in from time to time too so no slacking, no more excuses, ge up and move and feed your body the healthy food it needs to be alive.

Always remember, I love you, I always have and I always will, oh you thought I was only talking to you, but I am talking to me too, cuz sometimes, believe it or not I forget to tell me just how lucky I am and how much I am loved by the one person that will always take care of me and that person is me!!!

Have a faboo day and for the record, all your dreams will come true, (this time I am taking to us!!!)
XOXO
p.s. the journey has begun, let's make it a great day!!!
oh and
p. p. s. I am giving up my inner critic and so are you, no more judging yourself, no more fixing yourself, there is nothing wrong with you, you are not broken, you were a tad lost and now you are found.
Bye bye inner critic and good riddance!
Take care of yourself and be happy no matter what!!!

UPDATE: went for a walk and yes it was drizzling, not too bad, had the good 'ole umbrella but turned out I didn't really need it.
Did you move your body today?

Monday, April 27, 2009

It's just so pretty...

Sometimes the ordinary can be extraordinary!
I love the way this purple cabbage looks, all the detail is like a road to wonderland!
What do you see???

XOXO
Happy day faboo friends!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Explore your world through play

I mean really, does it get any better than this???
When you imagine all the possibilities that life has to offer, woweeeeeeeeee, it sure is super duper!
I love playing and crafting, exploring and discovering and Imagine Childhood really adds to the beauty of living. Check it out!
Remember, that playing inspires creativity and forces you to create wondrous opportunities!
I am loving the galoshes, wait till you see them they are sooooooooooooooo cute, everyone should own a pair of those!
Oh and this, I want this really really bad! How fun would that be to live in one of these!

Tootles happy humans, now go play with life!
XOXO

Monday, April 6, 2009

Never give up!

Fall down seven times, get up eight!!!
Japanese proverb

Gosh I just love these sayings and ya know, they seem to come to me just when I need them the most!

Always remember this happy humans,
"Let your light shine"




Tootles,
Love ya,
XOXO
P.S. Have a flippin fantastico day!!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, bath time

Howdy happy humans,
I hope you are all fine and dandy on this great and glorious day!
I am so thrilled about my new bath bomb adventure!
How fun is this 'eh!
A totally fat free experience for your bath time pleasures!
I want to find cupcake molds so they look a bit more like a cupcake but I couldn't hold out any longer, I just had to give these a whirl and I must admit, I am pretty pleased with the outcome!

Off to make oodles more for the uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, sheesh, okay, the.................... farmers market, wow, I said it, there it's out of the bag now. Yeah, I was a bit nervous, I'll give ya that but as these days go by I am getting excited about selling all my bath goodies there, I know it's gonna be fun and rewarding!

Alright my faboo friends, until next time, be happy and live with as much excitement as you can possibly stand!
tootles,
XOXO

Monday, February 23, 2009

I am thankful...

I am thankful for my husband

Who says he doesn't want hot dogs tonight

Because he is home with me

And not out with someone else

For my husband who is on the sofa

Being a couch potato

Because he is home with me

And not out at the Bars

For my children

Who are complaining about doing chores and cleaning up their mess

Because it means they are at home

And not on the streets

For the taxes I pay

Because it means I am employed

For the mess to clean after the party

Because it means I have been surrounded

By people who care about me

For the clothes that fit a little too snug

Because it means I have enough to eat

For my shadow that watches me at work

Because it means I am out in the sunshine

For the lawn that needs mowing

Windows that need cleaning

Gutters that need fixing

Because it means I have a home

For all the complaining I hear about the government

Because it means we have freedom of speech

For the parking spot

I find at the far end of the parking lot

Because it means I am capable of walking

And have been blessed with transportation

For my huge heating bill

Because it means I am warm

For my huge electric bill in the summer months

Because it means I am comfortably cool

For the noise that often annoys me

Because it means I can hear

For the pile of laundry

Because it means I have clothes to wear

For the weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day

Because it means I am capable of working hard

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours

Because it means I am alive

And finally for too much email

Because it means I have friends who are thinking of me


Until next time happy humans,

Live well, Laugh often, & Love with all of your heart!

Don’t be Judgmental of those around you, check yourself and help others

XOXO



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

6th folder and 6th picture...

Games are fun especially when the lead to an easy blog post. A wonderful friend of mine Cindy Jones at Sagescript tagged me for this "6th picture meme". By the way, here is the definition of meme given by wordnet.princeton.edu: "a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation)." The rules of this meme are:
1.Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures
2.Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder
3.Post that picture on your blog and tell the story that goes along with the picture.
4.Tag 6 other people that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.


I must admit, I wasn't sure what kind of picture would be in the 6th folder, my kids take numerous pictures of themselves regularly to share with their friends and most of the time they are making funny faces but this time it's actually a picture that i know the story behind it! Enjoy!
So here it is folks, my 6th picture that was in my 6th folder.
My daughter Katie took this picture of herself when we were on our way to pick up some friends and go for dinner! We all had alot of fun that night!

The blogs I am taggin for this game are:
http://obsessedwithcrochet.blogspot.com/
http://jenandtommy.blogspot.com/
http://maurafamilynews.blogspot.com/

have fun all with your pictures!!!

love to ya all,
XOXO

Thursday, February 5, 2009

You gotta see this...

What a truly unique and wonderful woman, SARK.
Her website is so bright and cheery and she sure is living a Succulent Life!
C'mon, get on board, check out her site and let's all live the life of our dreams!

Today is a new day and remember, when you smell that great and wondrous aroma, that's the scent of "Super Duper" in the air happy humans. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a heavenly scent that wafts through the air, gently arriving to your nose on a soft and gentle breeze!
Breath in (smell that divine air) and exhale!!!

You'll be glad you did my faboo friends!

tootles,
XOXO

Monday, January 12, 2009

change is in the air...

Okay, so I know I said I would be back with some photo's of my collections but something else has surfaced since then. I will get those photos out here sometime this week!
It has been an epiphany day, that's for sure!

So I was thinking about how serious I take my work, whether it be my skin care business, writing or making all the things I love to make, jewelery, crafts, sewing, etc...
My phone seems to ring often or a knock on my door, and someone always seems to need me, well, that's great, it really is, I love that I can help my family and friends, however, it is becoming too much. I realized I have not said no often enough.

And that is when it dawned on me... How can anyone else take my work seriously if I don't, I thought about it for a minute and thought, hmmmm, I do take it serious, I make my products the best I can, I research the ingredients and usually read directions, except when coloring outside the lines, that pertains to my crafting!

Anyway, if I took my work as serious as I thought, then I wouldn't have to worry about interruptions and people and things bothering me throughout the day when I am working. And that's is just it, I answer the phone, I answer an email and what do ya know, I allow all the other outside influences to decide what I am going to do with my days and before ya know it, my day is gone and I havent finished all the things I wanted to do for myself, my family and my work and that is what comes first in my life.

Ya know, if I worked outside of my home for someone else, no one would call me and ask me to take off work or call in late so I could help them, well at least I know they wouldn't unless it was an emergency, none of this piddly stuff that people think I should do for them, it's time I take me time and make me a priority.

So in conclusion, I have decided that my days are mine and mine alone, I am at work during the day and all other non work related issues will be handled after work hours.

hours of operation are: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

love to you all
XOXO

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Explore more...

Time for exploring and experimenting, time for collecting and reflecting, time for strange and unusual, time for change!!!

What do you collect?
What are you playing with?
What photos have you snapped lately?
What are you reading?
What are you writing?

What are doing on these fine and glorious days?

I shall return my faboo friends to share with you all the latest and greatest happenings that have been going on around here.
Share your thoughts with me too!

love you,
XOXO

p.s. I have been collecting all kinds of goodies, how about you?