A Failure to Plan….

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Well, this is the first time since August 15th I am unprepared.


Wop Wop.


Last week I had a sick kiddo, so I was already behind.


This weekend was fantastic!  And Busy.  I have good stuff planned for the rest of the week, but Walking Dead is about to start and I find the snarling zombies make it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand.


Last time I tried to write a post during it, I had one long on sentence.


Also, a big shout out to my Mom, Auntie I & Grandma for watching the kids so Craig and I could celebrate our 10 year anniversary in style – a 1 PM showing of Thor in Imax and an early dinner at Texas Roadhouse.  It was awesome! And I came back to a clean house, tired children and 5 loads of folded laundry.  Best. Anniversary.Gift.Ever.  Thanks Ladies!



The movie was awesome and Thor is my new hero.  Oh, how I envied Jane Foster.



So, I will be back Tuesday with a scintillating story on how Craig MacGyver’d the fridge using only a duct tape and a Q-tip.  (Actually, I am joking, it was You-Tube and a $7 fan, but it saved us a ton of coin.)


Paper Plate Gourmet – Semi Homemade Pizza

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Here is another Sunday tradition in our household – semi-homemade pizza.


The best part?


The total cost is usually $6.50 and under for the whole family to eat.


And boy, do we eat.  The 4 of us polish off the pie.


You can make your own dough, but my persnickety husband prefers we purchase the dough from the local Pizza place.  At $3.50 a pop, it is worth it to me.  Add in a little tomato sauce (we usually buy a can of the store-brand tomato sauce) and some shredded mozzarella cheese (which I usually buy for around $2.00 a bag) and we are good to go.


The only caveat – we use a pizza stone we bought years ago from the Pampered Chef.  We are big fans… but you can make this on whatever floats your boat.




Pizza Dough (preferably from the Pizza Place)

Can of tomato sauce

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Sprinkle of Pecorino Romano Cheese (if you have it)

Garlic Powder, to taste

Any other topping you want!



  1. Preheat the oven to 425.  If you have a pizza stone, put it in the oven now.
  2. While the oven is preheating, spread out your dough into a circle.
  3. After the oven finishes preheating, wait another 2 or 3 minutes before pulling your stone out and putting your dough on the stone
  4. Put a thin layer of sauce on the dough and put it in the oven for 2-3 minutes
  5. After this pre-cooking period, top the pizza like you normally would, with sauce, garlic and cheese
  6. Bake until the crust is done and bubbly.  Yum!


Notes from Chef Craig:

  1. He wanted to reiterate the need for pizza store bought dough.
  2. Since this dough is very thick, he recommends adding the layer of sauce and baking it for a few minutes before going all out with toppings
  3. Our pizza stone is approximately 15-16” wide – this can apparently effect the overall baking time.


My absolute favorite part is this is a Craig meal – I am off duty!

I’m Making a List & Checking it Twice.

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Apparently I am on an ‘Organizing Kick’.  Or, it could be my obsession with picmonkey is developing into an all out sickness.


Honestly, it is probably 50/50 at this point.


Either way, I digress.  Moving on.


I created another new printable – The Christmas Gift Printable!   (I am amazed at how I keep coming up with these witty names…)  Besides, if CVS can have their Christmas display up in October, I can share my list.



Each year, Craig and I run into a problem.


We start buying gifts for the boys early in the year when we start spotting good deals.  We furtively squirrel everything downstairs, hiding it from the boys.  Then, the week before Christmas we head to the basement to start wrapping and sorting only to realize we completely overbought.


Doh!  So much for the savings…


Or, even worse, there have been times when I forgot a gift until the last minute!  (Sorry mom.  Just kidding!).  This year, with both Max and Cooper in school, my list is growing.  Unfortunately, my memory capacity hasn’t.


Inevitably,  there is at least one gift  I purchase and  put somewhere safe only to find it months later.  Usually it is a calendar.  <shaking my head>


I put together this little lady in the hopes I can move past my Gift-Giving Issues.  (If you don’t want an excel file, you can click here to download a pdf file)  Now, just like food tracking, Craig and I need to be diligent enough to actually note what we buy!


You know the saying, You can lead the camel to water….

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Burt’s Bees Are Not The Bee’s Knees For Me…..

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Ok, I have been talking about the cruelty free things I love (like my kick-butt Josie Maran mascara… I still heart it to the moon and back.)


One of the things I have really been trying to figure out is how to go cruelty free in the shower.  (Did that sound funny?)  I totally did not realize how hard it would be to find a shampoo & conditioner that would work well on my crazy hair but still be animal friendly.  Oh, and not break the bank.


I used to use Suave but they are on “the naughty list”.    Same for Herbal Essences and Dove.     All the ones I liked!



So, I was genuinely surprised when my hubby bought me these Burt’s Bee’s products.  He knew they would appeal to the ‘green’ side of me.  I almost returned them, though, when I saw they were 9 dollars each!  That is a far cry from my $1.00 a bottle I was spending using coupons and good old sales.


Well, I used this products for a few weeks and am not impressed.  I love the Burt’s Bee’s line, but ehhh – it isn’t cutting it on my hair.  I am one big tangled knot after every shower.  And I feel really bad because I want to support products which are Earth Friendly.


My search continues… I just bought a bottle of Organix Moraccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner for $4.99 each!  Update to follow!


Life would be so much easier if companies just stopped testing on animals!

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Doofy Dizee Strikes Again

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Ahhh… just when I thought I was finally getting it together…


What do the items in the picture below have in common?


If you guessed they were are all items I left in my car for a day (  technically 29 hours) you are smarter than I.


Oh, Doofy Dizee Strikes Again.


Besides the obvious waste of food and money involved, I was really disappointed because I had actually made a plan for the week! (Thanks to my calendar/tracking log)


The chicken was supposed to be made into my fav Lemon Chicken.    I had big plans for the ham steak – I pictured using it in a potato and onion home fries type of dish.  In my head, it tasted delish.  And the ravioli – that was supposed to be two weeks’ worth of dinner !


While I maybe out of pocket 12 bucks, I am comforted by the fact some things do not change…  Doofy Dizee 4EVA!



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My New Sunday Ritual

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I maybe slowly losing my mind.




I want to introduce you to my new Sunday Night Ritual.  And, I swear, my face is literally thanking me for it.


First, I wash my face with a Olive Oil, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract scrub.  I really just dump a bit of everything into a little bowl and try to keep it away from the dogs long enough to slather it on my face.


Then, I follow up with a baking soda/water “mask”.  I am not sure mask is even the right word.  Baking Soda can be used in everything from washing your hair to washing your pots.  Pretty diverse.  I had read that it was a good pore cleaner.  Do I notice a difference?  Yes, a bit.   All I do is mix equal parts water and baking soda.  I spread it all over, especially focusing on the nose area.  After a minute, I rinse it off with warm water.


Then, I follow up with coconut oil as moisturizer.  I slather on a thin layer.



Finally, I laugh at the stuff I just knowingly put on my face.  I do find it hard to believe I do it – but it totally works for me.


Has anyone tried this?  Is the jury out that I am crazy?

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Dizee’s Food Tracking & Calendar Printable

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Feast your eyes on my newest creation….  (cue maniacal laughing….)


Apparently my October/Craig Diet talk didn’t resonate too much with the weight loss part of my brain… I am down a total of 1 pound.


Then I realized – the times I lost the most weight included writing down & tracking what actually went into my belly.  I guess seeing ½ a bag of peanut butter cups would stop me from devouring the other half.


There are so many awesome printable lists out there, but since I need to feel the need to constantly reinvent the wheel, I created my own.   I even gave it a witty name –   Dizee’s Food Tracking & Calendar Printable   FANCY!


I included some things that I believe are vital to my success.

a)      Weekly Goals– If I don’t write something down, I tend to forget it (like eggs at the grocery store this week! DOH!).  I figure here I would include some achievable goals (putting away the laundry) and some which were a little bigger (Cleaning the Cabinets?! A necessary evil!)


b)      Small Monthly Calendar – It’s helpful!  No other reason.


c)       Menu – Lately, I have been planning the weekly menu in my head.  Please note item “A”.  #FAIL!


d)      To Do­ – Apparently my husband deems our calendar “art” and we can’t write on it.  This provides a nifty little spot to track our comings and goings.


e)      Weekly Food Tracking- Just because something goes on the Menu, it does not guarantee it being eaten.  Conversely, I never write “Chocolate” down but SOMEHOW it is always consumed.  (Note:  Gina, I have officially eliminated my ‘Trigger Chocolates” from my house.  Little Steps…)


f)       Different Motivational Quotes­- ‘Cause, honestly,   I need all the help I can get.   One new one a week to keep things fresh.  


The plan is to print them out back-to-back (so a Week & the associated food diary are on 1 page).


I created the sheets thru the end of the year (it seemed like a good ending point).  The only caveat is I start this on Monday 11/3 – so I guess you can eat whatever you want until then.  HA!!!


You can download the Dizee’s Food Tracking & Calendar Printable   you can download the zipped word files here so you can edit them and make it your own. (Maybe you want a category “Blog Post” instead of ” To Do”.  To each their own!


Fingers crossed that an organized start to November will lead to a more organized, skinnier me!


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Happy Halloween!!!!!

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Happy Halloween!!!  I hope everyone has a fantastic day!!!


As you can see, the men in my  house go a little crazy.  I take no responsibility here WHAT-SO-EVER!

But it makes my boys so happy!

And we bought the the inflatables on sale

Over the course of a few years

It’s the electric bill that will sting a bit…

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