Writing Challenge Day 1

In my Timehop today there was a picture of a writing challenge that I obviously took a picture of and was thinking that perhaps I would try and do it and then didn’t.  Blogging is kind of like housework sometimes…I am easily distracted and get off course.

It’s going to be a challenge just finding the time to sit down everyday and write about each thing on the list…but I am going to give it a whirl.

The first day is…Your Current Relationship, if single, discuss how single life is.

Well I am not single so let me share the boring juicy details of my current relationship, which is marriage.

The King of the house and I met back in 2008.  He found his winning prize…yours truly…on yahoo personals.  I was living the single life with no kids and no responsibilities …well unless you count work and bills as part of those.

I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by him upon meeting him in person for the first time.  But a couple beers later and I was like *here’s my number…stop staring at my boobs…and call me if you want to hang out again.*  He was blowing up my phone with text messages 10 minutes later even though he will never admit it.  You know guys and how smooth they think they are.

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It wasn’t long before we were attached at the hip *grins* if you know what I mean.  And over the course of the next 3 years we would add three more children to the two he had when we got together.

Let’s fast forward to current day.

We will be celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary on May 20th.  It’s really hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I have been in a relationship for that long.  My previous relationships never made it past 5 years.  It had actually become a joke between my friends and I.  It was like a 5 year “you’re fucking out of here” curse.

Luckily there were never any children involved.

Now I’m not saying that we haven’t had some close calls of calling it quits but I really just don’t think there are any other people that could put up with either one of us.   We are both stubborn headed, I’m a little crazy, he’s a bit of an asshole, but somehow together we manage not to murder terminate slaughter butcher massacre snuff dispose of kill each other.  I mean those thoughts never even cross my mind. **picks up her halo and places it gently back over her devil horn**

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But like I have written before “marriage takes work” and “doesn’t run on auto pilot“.  You have to be able to laugh together, take time for one another(or sometimes away from each other), and you have to learn to pick your battles…may I suggest only picking the ones you know you can win…just saying.

My husband and I have decided divorce isn’t an option unless we just grow to literally hate one another or I stab him in the leg with a fork.  Whichever comes first.  Otherwise, we are lifers!

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Making Progress

It’s now been a month into my journey of trying to become a better version of me.  I decided to do things a little differently from last year as to try not to set myself up for failure.

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I don’t deprive myself.  I eat and snack but make sure to count my calories.  My FitBit app has a counter on it, that even comes with a food scanner, which makes it very easy to keep track throughout the day.  I also don’t feel guilty enjoying the occasional glass of wine or my new-found cocktail made of cranberry juice and Malibu rum with a squeeze of lime.  I allow myself one day a week to indulge and not count calories.

I started out slow with my exercise regimen. It’s still very much winter here so I have been having to get my walking/jogging in via the dreadful treadmill.  I started out with 20 minutes and now after only a month am up to over an hour.  And I have also started to incorporate weights into my routine as well.

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This is the treadmill workout I try to follow most days

I don’t obsess about weight loss.  I weigh myself once a week and have lost 6 pounds this month.  The key thing people need to remember when working out is that you are gaining muscle which weighs more than fat.  Therefore, you will lose inches before losing weight.  I can tell, without measuring, by the way my clothes fit much better.

I am trying out an assortment of essential oils.  I must say that I intend to eventually invest in a diffuser for every room in the house.  So far I am up to 3 and have found a sleep and depression blend that I use often.  The sleep blend I use at night in my diffuser which sits next to my bed, and the depression blend I rub into the bottoms of my feet.  I’ve also discovered bath bombs which used with my Epsom salt manage to relax me at night and helps with any soreness I have succumbed to throughout the day.

I still have bad days.  I’m not going to lie, there are still some days I struggle with not wanting to do much of anything but binge watch television and throw my FitBit at the wall.  But I keep it as a reminder of when I’m doing great as well as not so great.  Plus I love joining challenges with my friends as I can be very competitive which is great at keeping me on track to making progress.  Below are my stats for the last four weeks starting from the end of the month.  Each week I try to do better than the previous week.  As you can see weeks 2 and 3 I failed at that, but like I said…I still have bad days and it’s ok.

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I feel that as long as I am doing something that makes me feel better than that to me…is making progress.

If you have a FitBit and would like to join any of my challenges you can find me via email on the app (tristasim@yahoo.com).

Chow For Now,

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Momsterslink ~ Jan 5, 2017

Happy New Year everyone!!!  I really hope everyone enjoyed their holidays…I know I did.

I have decided that at this time I will not be running #momsterslink.  I would like to just get back to the basics of enjoying blogging and working on my photography and design projects.  I find that when I run the linky I spend most of my blogging time only dealing with the linky and not enough time to write or do other stuff.

As my littles are getting older and aren’t so little anymore, their lives and mine are becoming busier and busier.  And I found myself really burnt out at the end of last year.  I have lots of stuff to blog about.

I want to thank all of those who took the time to link up with me each and every week and the ones who came from time to time.  I will still enjoy reading your blogs…just on my own time and probably through the many other linkys that exist.

So for now I say farewell to the hostessing in linky land but I am looking forward to where I plan to take my blog next.

Ta Ta For Now,

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Momsterslink ~November 17, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink.  I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to link up with me.

The top 3 viewed posts for last week are as follows…

1st place goes to Rhyming With Wine with~

Code Brown! Repeat: Code Brown!

2nd place goes to Mind Your Mama with~

“Do You Ever STOP?” He Asked.  And I Couldn’t Stop Crying

3rd place goes to Big Fat Fam with~

8 Musts When Working Out As A Mom

Congrats to all of you!  Make sure to grab your featured badge below if you don’t already have one!

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*They can be any type of post…old or new, recipe, reviews, giveaways,  and I don’t mind if you advertise your own personal linky but please keep it to one time only.

*Each week I will give a shout out to the top three most viewed posts according to my Inlinkz calendar. I will also share the posts throughout the week on several of my social media.  Therefore, if you are linking up, then you give me permission to share your content across various social media of my choice.

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Momsterslink ~ November 10, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink!!!  I want to thank each and everyone of you who continue to support my linky…means so much to me!

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Laura at Five Little Doves for doing such a wonderful job at co-hostessing with me last week!

Last week’s 3 top viewed posts were as follows…

1st place goes to Shank You Very Much with~

Aging Gracefully Is A Skill

2nd place goes to Royally Unclassy with~

How To Fool People Into Thinking You’re Organized With Baskets

3rd place goes to Buzymum with~

Parenting Win! He Can Do What, Now?

Congratulations to all of you!!! Make sure to grab your featured badge below if you haven’t already!

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*If you link up 2 posts, then comment on 2 other posts and share the 2 posts before yours and also comment and share the host’s post.

*They can be any type of post…old or new, recipe, reviews, giveaways,  and I don’t mind if you advertise your own personal linky but please keep it to one time only.

*Each week I will give a shout out to the top three most viewed posts according to my Inlinkz calendar. I will also share the posts throughout the week on several of my social media.  Therefore, if you are linking up, then you give me permission to share your content across various social media of my choice.

*Please place my bitching fabulous  badge at the bottom of your post or if you prefer you can just copy and paste the following link using the word #momsterslink

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*Linkys are a great way to meet other bloggers, network, and form a community but this only works if EVERYONE follows the #bloggerlove rules.  So please be aware that I will be paying attention.

*I will read, comment, and share  every post that is linked up.  The social networks I share most on are Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and StumbleUpon.  I pin all links to my #momsterslink linky Pinterest board  unless I feel like the post subject would go better under another category of board I have but every link is pinned and every link is posted to StumbleUpon!

*If you are unsure about how to link up to a linky, my fabulous friend Becky at Cuddle Fairy has a great informational post here.

*If you need a little lesson on linky etiquette then please read my etiquette guidelines here.

Above all just have fun at my linky party!

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Momsterslink ~ September 22, 2016

Welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink!!!  I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you that take time out of your busy schedules to link up.

I am of course still behind so if I haven’t gotten to you…please know that I never leave a post with no comment or no sharing.  I love spreading the #bloggerlove!

Now without further adieu my top 3 featured posts for this week are…

1st place goes to the talented Alana at Burnished Chaos with~

10 Ways Kids Are Like Cats

2nd place goes to my wonderful blogging friend Michelle at Rockin Random Mom with ~

Remembering 9/11 What I Teach My Son

3rd place goes to the some what newbie to the linky Craig at The Funny Midget Blog with~

The Bro Code:  The Rules For The Bros

Congrats ladies and gentleman…remember to grab your featured badge and I will be sharing your posts throughout the week on various social media!!!

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Running Time: Thursdays 12pmPST(US) ~ Sundays 11:59pmPST(US)

*Please link 2 posts maximum

*Please comment on the host’s post and 1 other post….buuuuut please share the post which comes before yours on any social media of your choice.  Meaning you don’t have to comment on the one before yours, or even read it if you don’t want to, but do please share it.  You may of course share and comment on as many as you like.  The more you comment on, the more likely you are to get someone to come take a look at your blog as well.

*If you link up 2 posts, then comment on 2 other posts and share the 2 posts before yours and also comment and share the host’s post.

*They can be any type of post…old or new, recipe, reviews, giveaways,  and I don’t mind if you advertise your own personal linky but please keep it to one time only.

*Each week I will give a shout out to the top three most viewed posts according to my Inlinkz calendar. I will also share the posts throughout the week on several of my social media.  Therefore, if you are linking up, then you give me permission to share your content across various social media of my choice.

*Please place my bitching fabulous  badge at the bottom of your post or if you prefer you can just copy and paste the following link using the word #momsterslink

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*Linkys are a great way to meet other bloggers, network, and form a community but this only works if EVERYONE follows the #bloggerlove rules.  So please be aware that I will be paying attention.

*I will read, comment, and share  every post that is linked up.  The social networks I share most on are Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and StumbleUpon.  I pin all links to my #momsterslink linky Pinterest board  unless I feel like the post subject would go better under another category of board I have but every link is pinned and every link is posted to StumbleUpon!

*If you are unsure about how to link up to a linky, my fabulous friend Becky at Cuddle Fairy has a great informational post here.

*If you need a little lesson on linky etiquette then please read my etiquette guidelines here.

Above all just have fun at my linky party!

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Momsterslink ~ August 25, 2016

Welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink.  I want to give everyone who takes the time to link up with me a big THANK YOU!

As usual I am still playing catch up… 4 more sleeps until summer vacation is over and hopefully my blogging schedule will get back to normal.  For now…thanks for baring with me.

Without further a-do…

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1st place goes to the very talented and funny Cécile at The Frenchie Mummy Blog with~

Help! I Am Dying!

2nd place goes to the fabulous Heather at Shank You Very Much with~

We Can Put An End To This…

3rd place was a tie and goes to the lovely Bread at Winging It with~

My Wife Gave Birth In The Bath Tub

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to the beautiful newbie mom Liz at Newbie Mom Site with~

5 Reasons My Baby Is A Tiny (Adorable) Dictator

Congrats ladies and I will be sharing your posts throughout the coming week!!!

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Running Time: Thursdays 12pmPST(US) ~ Sundays 11:59pmPST(US)

*Please link 2 posts maximum

*Please comment on the host’s post and 1 other post….buuuuut please share the post which comes before yours on any social media of your choice.  Meaning you don’t have to comment on the one before yours, or even read it if you don’t want to, but do please share it.  You may of course share and comment on as many as you like.  The more you comment on, the more likely you are to get someone to come take a look at your blog as well.

*If you link up 2 posts, then comment on 2 other posts and share the 2 posts before yours and also comment and share the host’s post.

*They can be any type of post…old or new, recipe, reviews, giveaways,  and I don’t mind if you advertise your own personal linky but please keep it to one time only.

*Each week I will give a shout out to the top three most viewed posts according to my Inlinkz calendar. I will also share the posts throughout the week on several of my social media.  Therefore, if you are linking up, then you give me permission to share your content across various social media of my choice.

*Please place my bitching fabulous  badge at the bottom of your post or if you prefer you can just copy and paste the following link using the word #momsterslink

https://domesticatedmomster.com/category/momsterslink-2/

*Linkys are a great way to meet other bloggers, network, and form a community but this only works if EVERYONE follows the #bloggerlove rules.  So please be aware that I will be paying attention.

*I will read, comment, and share  every post that is linked up.  The social networks I share most on are Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and StumbleUpon.  I pin all links to my #momsterslink linky Pinterest board  unless I feel like the post subject would go better under another category of board I have but every link is pinned and every link is posted to StumbleUpon!

*If you are unsure about how to link up to a linky, my fabulous friend Becky at Cuddle Fairy has a great informational post here.

*If you need a little lesson on linky etiquette then please read my etiquette guidelines here.

Above all just have fun at my linky party!

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