25 Pieces of Advice for my Younger Self

Getting older has never bothered me at all. In fact, I embrace it and enjoy each year older I get. Now that I have a son in high school (9th grade) and a daughter in middle school (6th grade), I’ve started thinking about all the things I wish I would have known then that I know now. Since I can’t go back in time, nor would I want to, what I can do is compile this list of 30 pieces of advice for my younger self and make sure I teach these things to my kids.

*This post may contain affiliate links*

advice for my younger self

Image via Pexels by Bich Tran

If you have kids, you know what it’s like to try and give them advice and have them basically (or literally) tell you that you don’t know what you are talking about. We can’t make them listen and take our advice. All we can do is continue to be open and honest with them and hope that someday they will remember the things we tell them and it will finally sink it. So, for that reason, I have compiled this list of 30 pieces of advice for my younger self that I would like my kids to know.

Coutgo Womens Funny Graphic Tees Sleeveless Sports Tank Tops with Sayings,be You do You for You (L, Grey)Coutgo Womens Funny Graphic Tees Sleeveless Sports Tank Tops with Sayings,be You do You for You (L, Grey)Coutgo Womens Funny Graphic Tees Sleeveless Sports Tank Tops with Sayings,be You do You for You (L, Grey)Be YOU - A JournalBe YOU – A JournalBe YOU - A JournalDare To Be Yourself TshirtDare To Be Yourself TshirtDare To Be Yourself TshirtBe Yourself everyone else is already taken wall quote wall decals wall decals quotesBe Yourself everyone else is already taken wall quote wall decals wall decals quotesBe Yourself everyone else is already taken wall quote wall decals wall decals quotes

  1. Be yourself. Know that who you are is enough. If someone doesn’t like you for who you are, then they are not worth your time.
  2. Set goals for yourself and work to achieve that goal. If it seems like you will never meet that goal, it’s OK to reevaluate and change your goals a bit.
  3. Don’t make up excuses. Own your mistakes; learn from your mistakes; and move on from your mistakes.
  4. Surround yourself with people that boost you up. Don’t be afraid to cut ties with those that cut you down.
  5. You are responsible for YOU. Choose to be happy.
  6. Be kind to others. Especially that person others don’t seem to be kind to. People may not remember all of the mean things said to them, but they will aways remember when someone was nice to them.
  7. You will ALWAYS learn more from listening than from talking. So listen more.
  8. Don’t let failure hold you back. Pick yourself back up and try again.
  9. Always be grateful. Be grateful for what you have; focus on the good; let go of the bad.
  10. Try really really hard not to be so gullible. It’s OK to trust, but you need to learn to verify things. You do not want to be known as a gossip that spreads lies.
  11. Step out of your comfort zone. Try new things. Be curious.
  12. Learn to forgive. You may not ever forget, but forgiveness is good for the heart.
  13. Stop thinking you’re fat. Eat healthy, get exercise and you will be just fine. The number on the scale and the number on the tags is just that…a number.
  14. Change is good. Embrace change. Don’t fear change.
  15. Pay attention in school. School is your job. Treat it like a job.
  16. Respect others. There is nothing worse than a disrespectful person.
  17. Respect yourself. If you want others to respect you, you need to respect YOU.
  18. Write things down in a panner for school. Trust me. Your brain may be capable of remembering your reading assignment now, but things won’t always be that way. Train yourself to write things down NOW!
  19. Friends will come and go. The one thing you will always have is your sibling(s). Remember that.
  20. It’s fun to have boyfriends and girlfriends, but those relationships don’t always last. Everything will be OK if and when they don’t last.
  21. Curfews are there for a reason. Follow it. Know that it is not easy for your parents to let you go out, especially at night, alone. Save them headaches and worry by coming home on time.
  22. Learn to take compliments and say thank you. Don’t feel like you need to cut yourself down because someone paid you a compliment. Just say thanks!
  23. When it comes time for college, pursue your interests. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it.
  24. Being “cool” is just a matter of opinion.
  25. Saying “no” is fine. Learn the word. Don’t let others pressure you into saying yes for something you don’t want to say yes to.

What are pieces of advice would you give your younger self? I’m curious. Leave me a comment and let me know. There are so many times I hear myself tell my own teenager things that I then sit back and think, “wow. I wish someone would have told me that when I was his age”. So as you can imagine, when I was writing this list of advice for my younger self, I did so with my own kids in mind. Everything on this list is something I have said to them or will say to them at some point.


Knee Surgery Recovery Tips

On October 10th, I had knee surgery. I have been dealing with this bad knee since I was 12 years old. I’ve dislocated it a few times over the years and really did a doozy in July of this year. It finally became apparent that I need to do something about the knee. In talking over things with my surgeon, he came up with a very good surgical plan. Despite all of that, my nerves were shot the day of surgery. I was nervous as all get out! Hopefully these knee surgery recovery tips help you!

*This post may contain affiliate links*

knee surgery recovery

About the Knee Surgery

Like I mentioned, the surgeon had a good plan for my surgery. Since I deal with very little cartilage, the first thing he wanted to do was clean up my kneecap and take a biopsy of the cartilage. That biopsy will then be sent to a lab so they can grow more of my own cartilage! Unfortunately, in doing that procedure, it means that I need to have a second surgery. During that second surgery, I will have the new cartilage implanted and then the surgeon will use donor tendons to reconstruct all of my tendons so my knee is more stabilized.

Since I had my gallbladder removed in January of this year, my deductible was gone and my out of pocket was nearly gone. In working with me, my surgeon made sure that my surgery was the last of his day so that in case I was not a candidate for the Maci procedure (the biopsy), then he could go ahead and do the tendon reconstruction at that time.

 

People of Walmart.com Adult Coloring Book: Rolling Back DignityPeople of Walmart.com Adult Coloring Book: Rolling Back DignityPeople of Walmart.com Adult Coloring Book: Rolling Back DignityOhuhu 40-color Dual Tips Permanent Marker Pens Art Markers for Kids, Highlighter Pen with Carrying Case for Drawing Sketching Adult Coloring Highlighting and Underlining, Back to School Art SuppliesOhuhu 40-color Dual Tips Permanent Marker Pens Art Markers for Kids, Highlighter Pen with Carrying Case for Drawing Sketching Adult Coloring Highlighting and Underlining, Back to School Art SuppliesOhuhu 40-color Dual Tips Permanent Marker Pens Art Markers for Kids, Highlighter Pen with Carrying Case for Drawing Sketching Adult Coloring Highlighting and Underlining, Back to School Art SuppliesBrain Games Crossword Puzzles - Large Print (Brain Games (Unnumbered))Brain Games Crossword Puzzles – Large Print (Brain Games (Unnumbered))Brain Games Crossword Puzzles - Large Print (Brain Games (Unnumbered))

The Knee Surgery

Everything went well. I woke up very weepy and freezing, but the nurse told me that is very common. The pain I had was a bit much more than I thought it would be at that time, but they gave me something and covered me with some sort of heater thing. I warmed up quickly and thankfully, the tears stopped! Other than that, I felt amazing. I had no anesthesia “hang-over” feeling like I did with my gallbladder surgery. The nurses kept remarking how good I looked. I take it I had a good anesthesiologist! I ended up being a great candidate for the Maci procedure so I will be having a second surgery some time in 2019.

Knee Surgery Recovery

Knee surgery recovery has not been that bad. I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised. Friday (two days after surgery) was the worst day. I could not get comfortable to save my life and I took the most pain pills that day. Other than that, I haven’t really needed the pain medication.

So…What have I been doing?

I am, by no means, an expert, but here are the knee surgery recovery things I’ve been doing that has helped me tremendously over the course of the last for days.

  1. One of the things my surgeon told me to do, was take Tylenol three times a day. If I need a pain pill in between taking the Tylenol, then take it. So that’s what I did from day one. Total, since surgery, I’ve only taken four pain pills.
  2. Another thing the surgeon recommended is that I take magnesium. Apparently there are studies that taking magnesium with the Oxycodone will help prevent the patient from needing to up their pain pill dose due to tolerance.
  3. If you are having surgery and your hospital does not send you home with an ice machine, ASK for one or BUY one. I have the DonJoy Iceman Clear3knee surgery recovery and it is amazing. For the first four days after surgery, I was able to continuously ice my knee. It really helped with pain and swelling.
  4. Do your exercises. My surgeon gave me a list of four exercises that he wanted me to start the very next day. Do them. Even if they hurt…do them. It will get better, but it will help the recovery process.
  5. Take Colace. Trust me on that one. Take it. The last thing you want is to be laid up and constipated. Pain medication will constipate you.

Aside from those five knee surgery recovery tips, I have been keeping myself busy by reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. I have to say, after being as busy as I am on a daily basis, it is rather nice to be able to sit back and taking it a bit easy for a little while!

Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series [Deluxe Remastered Edition]Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series [Deluxe Remastered Edition]Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Series [Deluxe Remastered Edition]Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6

Reading Bucket List

Less than a week ago, I had knee surgery. So…right now…I am sitting around with my knee propped up, watching WAY too much Netflix, Little House on the Prairiereading bucket list on the DVR (don’t judge), and reading. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. When I knew I was going to be having knee surgery, I decided to put together a reading bucket list.

*This post may contain affiliate links*

reading bucket list

Image via Pexels by Negative Space

Like I said, reading is one of my favorite things to do. I like it so much, I started a book review blog called A Real Page Turner. Go check it out! I read a wide variety of genres. My favorites are mystery and suspense, thriller, young adult and true crime. I will read cheesy romance novels from time to time, but only when I need a brain cleanser from something totally creepy and scary I just read!

Reading Bucket List

Juror #3Juror #3Juror #3

James Patterson is my favorite author. I have been reading his books FOREVER. This particular book is about a black man in Mississippi that is being accused of murder. His lawyer is a total newbie that has never tried a criminal case. Will she get him off or will he get the death penalty?

Educated: A MemoirEducated: A MemoirEducated: A Memoir

Educated by Tara Westover is a memoir that was recommended to by a friend. It is about a girl that was kept out of school that made the decision to leave her family. She heads out into the world, attends Cambridge University and earns herself a PhD!

We Were Mothers: A NovelWe Were Mothers: A NovelWe Were Mothers: A Novel

This book was a FREE Amazon First Reads book. Typically I like the Amazon First Reads books. We Were Mothers by Katie Sise caught my attention because the description said this was a novel full of twists and dark secrets. Missing woman; unfaithful husband; I was definitely intrigued!

A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery)A Killer’s Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery)A Killer's Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery)

Serial killers, the FBI, missing people…that’s the type of books I like to read (and scare myself with). If it is part of a series, EVEN BETTER! A Killers Mind by Mike Omer is about a serial killer that embalms their victims and poses them as if they are still alive. Not only that, but the FBI agent on the case, starts receiving envelopes that reveals a connection to killings from her childhood!

To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and MurderTo the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and MurderTo the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder

This book may be a little difficult to read. It is a true story about a mom that dropped her kids off a bridge into the Willamette River. Miraculously, one child survived. Nancy Rommelmann embarks on a journey to discover what drives a mother to murder her own children.

Other Books Waiting to be Read

Other books on my Kindle Paperwhitereading bucket list are:

  • Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
  • The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent
  • The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • A Shade of Vampire #64 by Bella Forrest

Matchmaking for Beginners: A NovelMatchmaking for Beginners: A NovelMatchmaking for Beginners: A NovelThe Thinnest AirThe Thinnest AirThe Thinnest AirThe Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s TaleThe Handmaid's TaleA Shade of Vampire 64: A Camp of Savages (Volume 64)A Shade of Vampire 64: A Camp of Savages (Volume 64)A Shade of Vampire 64: A Camp of Savages (Volume 64)

Have you read any of these books? What’s on your reading bucket list?

Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Must Try

I’ve told you before that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is something to be said about just enjoying each others company without any other expectations. One of the things I like most about Thanksgiving are the side dishes! Turkey is good, but the side dishes are the best part! This round-up of Thanksgiving side dishes are definitely something you should consider for this years Thanksgiving meal!

*This post may contain affiliate links*

thanksgiving side dishes

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Creamed spinach is one of my favorite side dishes. The creamed spinach at Boston Market was my favorite, until I made my own! Not only is my creamed spinach recipe Keto friendly, but it is BETTER than Boston Market’s! Make this as one of your Thanksgiving side dishes this year. Your family will thank you!

thanksgiving side dishes

Misto Frosted Glass Bottle Oil SprayerMisto Frosted Glass Bottle Oil SprayerMisto Frosted Glass Bottle Oil Sprayer

Sweet potatoes seem to be a staple at Thanksgiving. This coconut ginger sweet potato casserole is not only healthy, but it is packed with flavor. Not only is this flavorful side dish delicious, but it is relatively inexpensive to make! Gotta love that!

Thanksgiving side dishes

Image via Eating Richly by Diana Johnson

Thanksgiving would not be Thanksgiving without stuffing. This next side dish is not your traditional stuffing recipe, but why not mix things up a bit (or have both traditional and non-traditional). This apple and cranberry sausage stuffing recipe is jam packed with deliciousness, but it contains NO BREAD! I’m super happy about that since I am gluten free!

thanksgiving side dishes

Image via Rocky Mountain Savings by Emily

Cypress Home Decorative Be Thankful Hand-Painted Thanksgiving Turkey Tabletop Centerpiece DecorCypress Home Decorative Be Thankful Hand-Painted Thanksgiving Turkey Tabletop Centerpiece DecorCypress Home Decorative Be Thankful Hand-Painted Thanksgiving Turkey Tabletop Centerpiece DecorDII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Printed Kitchen Tablecloth for Dinner Parties, Fall, Holidays & Thanksgiving - 60x104 Seats 8 to 10 People, Rustic LeavesDII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Printed Kitchen Tablecloth for Dinner Parties, Fall, Holidays & Thanksgiving – 60×104 Seats 8 to 10 People, Rustic LeavesDII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Printed Kitchen Tablecloth for Dinner Parties, Fall, Holidays & Thanksgiving - 60x104 Seats 8 to 10 People, Rustic LeavesTINKSKY Thanksgiving Burlap Banner Home Decoration Party Give Thanks Linen BuntingTINKSKY Thanksgiving Burlap Banner Home Decoration Party Give Thanks Linen BuntingTINKSKY Thanksgiving Burlap Banner Home Decoration Party Give Thanks Linen Bunting

When I think of Thanksgiving food, I think of a few things…turkey (duh), stuffing, and cranberries. Rather than have a boring salad, serve this apple cranberry salad. This is super easy to throw together and it is packed full of flavor!

thanksgiving side dishes

Image via Eating Richly by Diana Johnson

If you love sweet potatoes, this next recipe is for you! This is actually a recipe I have bookmarked to make over the holidays. The rosemary roasted sweet potatoes sound heavenly. What do you think?

thanksgiving side dishes

Image via Emily Enchanted by Emily

Fairytale Brownies Thanksgiving Magic Morsel 24 Gourmet Chocolate Food Gift Basket - 1.5 Inch x 1.5 Inch Bite-Size Brownies - 24 Pieces - Item CR424TGFairytale Brownies Thanksgiving Magic Morsel 24 Gourmet Chocolate Food Gift Basket – 1.5 Inch x 1.5 Inch Bite-Size Brownies – 24 Pieces – Item CR424TGFairytale Brownies Thanksgiving Magic Morsel 24 Gourmet Chocolate Food Gift Basket - 1.5 Inch x 1.5 Inch Bite-Size Brownies - 24 Pieces - Item CR424TGBarnett's Chocolate Cookies Gift Basket, Gourmet Christmas Holiday Corporate Food Gifts in Elegant Box, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Birthday or Get Well Baskets Idea for Men & Women, 12 Unique FlavorsBarnett’s Chocolate Cookies Gift Basket, Gourmet Christmas Holiday Corporate Food Gifts in Elegant Box, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Birthday or Get Well Baskets Idea for Men & Women, 12 Unique FlavorsBarnett's Chocolate Cookies Gift Basket, Gourmet Christmas Holiday Corporate Food Gifts in Elegant Box, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Birthday or Get Well Baskets Idea for Men & Women, 12 Unique Flavors

All of the previous recipes are perfect for small or large gatherings. However, sometimes you want Thanksgiving side dishes that are for smaller groups. This fall wedge salad with romaine and butternut squash is perfect!

thanksgiving side dishes

Image via Eating Richly by Diana Johnson

Each and every one of these Thanksgiving side dishes are perfect for your holiday get together. Which one will you be making?


How to Dry Soccer Goalie Gloves

There are a lot of things in this world that smell really bad. But…let me tell you, there is nothing that smells worse than my daughters soccer goalie gloves. Especially when they are soaking wet. Last weekend, my daughter had a soccer tournament. I’d love to say it was sunny and warm, but it wasn’t. While the temp was warm, it was like a monsoon out there. Not. Even. Joking. It was the hardest rain I have seen in a long time. She was soaked; her gloves were soaked; she had puddles IN her shoes; and the smell on the ride home was horrendous. We needed to dry those soccer goalie gloves quickly…she had another game that day.

*This post may contain affiliate links*

dry soccer goalie gloves

Do you see how soaking wet that child is? Thankfully we had a waterproof stadium blanketdry soccer goalie gloves in the car for her to sit on. By the time we got home, there was probably about 3/4 of a cup of water on top of that stadium blanket! Her goalie shorts have pads in them…so you can imagine how much water those shorts were holding!

How to Dry Soccer Goalie Gloves

We needed to figure out how to get those goalie gloves dry as quickly as possible. We got home about 11 am and she had another game at 5:20 pm that evening. If you haven’t purchased soccer goalie gloves before, they are expensive, especially since she moved up to the adult sizes. So, going out and purchasing a new pair was not really something we wanted to. Not to mention, they were bound to get all wet all over again in the evening.

Reusch Soccer Prisma STF S1 Finger Support Goalkeeper Gloves, Size 9, Orange/BlueReusch Soccer Prisma STF S1 Finger Support Goalkeeper Gloves, Size 9, Orange/BlueReusch Soccer Prisma STF S1 Finger Support Goalkeeper Gloves, Size 9, Orange/BlueAdidas Boys' Climalite Tierro 13 Goalkeeper Shorts - L,L - BlackAdidas Boys’ Climalite Tierro 13 Goalkeeper Shorts – L,L – BlackAdidas Boys' Climalite Tierro 13 Goalkeeper Shorts - L,L - Black

So…What Did We Do?

In the past, we have used a glove dryer that sits on the heating vent, to dry her gloves. It’s as gross as it sounds, but you do what you need to do. However, the temperature was one that the air or heat was not needed. What does my husband do? He rigs up something with that glove dryer to not only dry her gloves, but her shoes too!

Guess what?? It totally worked! Her gloves were completely dried in no time, as well as her shoes. I hate to see what our electric bill is going to be with running the shop vac like that for a little bit, but it was worth it. There was no way we could send her to her 5pm game with wet shoes and gloves.

Green Glove Dryer for Hats, Gloves, Shoes and Mittens (White)Green Glove Dryer for Hats, Gloves, Shoes and Mittens (White)Green Glove Dryer for Hats, Gloves, Shoes and Mittens (White)Vacmaster 12 Gallon, 5 Peak HP, Wet/Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, VBV1210Vacmaster 12 Gallon, 5 Peak HP, Wet/Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, VBV1210Vacmaster 12 Gallon, 5 Peak HP, Wet/Dry Vacuum with Detachable Blower, VBV1210

So How Did They Do In the 5pm Game?

They did so well. Unfortunately, the monsoon was back and it dumped on these girls again. The field was already squishy from the rain earlier and the game ended up getting called early with about 20 minutes left to play. It was unfortunate, but this girl played her heart out and saved an amazing penalty kick!

dry soccer goalie gloves

Those socks she is wearing in the picture were bright white when she started the game! This glove drying rack is something everyone should have. Not only does it dry soccer goalie gloves, but it is excellent to use in the winter time with snow gloves and hats!