Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PCOS Diagnosis - My Story

PCOS Diagnosis - My Story

I have been living with PCOS since I was a teenager. I having been living with diagnosed PCOS for nearly a year. You read that right. I lived un-diagnosed for over 15 years. 15+ years of never feeling well. 15+ years of searching for answers. Grant it, most of those years I didn't feel ill all  the time. I wasn't searching for answers all the time either. There were good times and bad. It was still 15+ years I could have had help. It was 15+ years of symptoms piling on top of each other.

I hope in telling my story of how I knew something was wrong, couldn't get the answers I needed, finally getting fed up, and not stopping until I got the answers I needed helps someone else out there. Help them get pointed in the right direction. Give them that push they need to get answers themselves. No one should feel like they are not being heard!

Let me go ahead and say it. I am not a doctor (shock!). I am not giving you medical advice (don't get your medical advise from bloggers!). I am suggesting if you feel like something is wrong, go to your own doctor; and get 2nd opinions! 

Fifteen Plus Years of Symptoms

For a little back story on those 15+ years. I should also tell you that left to my own devices I will google myself into pretty much any form of cancer out there. I am also a bit of a hypochondriac. As in if you puke around me (I hate hate hate throwing up!), I am going to feel ill pretty much the rest of the day.  If my husband was the forbidding kind, he would have forbade me to google anything years ago.

Rewind back to 17ish year old La'Shawn. I was in the shower and noticed a lump in my left breast. That caused me to have my 1st gyno appointment in my life. (We were not much for going to the doctor growing up). The lump was a cyst that grew from a golf ball size to a tennis ball size in the two weeks that passed from finding it to taking it out. Not cancer! :-) Anyway, gyno appointment. She mentioned in passing that my ovaries were cystic. Nothing to be worried about at 17. I might find it a struggle to have children later on. I was more concerned about the lump in my breast and I was 17. Having children was not on my to-do list at the time.

PCOS Diagnosis - My Story

Fast forward to 23 year old La'Shawn. During those 6 years I had hit-or-miss periods. Never in my life I have I been "regular". That being said, I had zero problems getting pregnant with my son. As in we were not trying. He was born a month early due to me getting preeclampsia. Which is pregnancy induce hypertension. If you want to know if that is a symptom of PCOS...why yes. Yes it is. Not that it was mentioned at that time. Just like when I was 17, we were all more concerned with other things. You know. Like me or my child not dying!

On to La'Shawn in her 30's. Once I hit 30 years old, there was a marked difference in how I felt. I at first accounted it to being older. "Surly most every other 30 year old felt 80...right?" Get ready for TMI and a lot of symptoms. I gained 40+ lbs in 3 years. 20 of it in 6 months from turning 30. The other 20 was 10 a year over the next two years. I stopped having periods. When I say stop...I mean it. I didn't have one for nearly two years. You know what I did have? Every PMS symptom imaginable along with feeling pregnant, but no period. Every. Single. Month. It was terrible! Now matter how much sleep I got (I am talking I could power out 18+ hours at one time), I was always fatigued. The hair on my head started falling out by the handfuls. Guess where it wasn't falling out? On my face! I started getting facial hair. My migraines were nearly every week. Sometimes twice a week. I got yeast infections sent from Hades.  My body ached. I got depressed. Basically I was miserable. I needed help.

If you want to know more about PCOS, check out PCOS Awareness Association. As well as consult your own medical team. 

Getting Help

Over the course of a year, I went to the doctor about every other month. I knew something was wrong; and I knew I needed help. I mean, who wouldn't with all those symptoms. I was tested from something new every time. All those tests came back negative; and I was told everything I was feeling was because I was obese. Yep. My insane weight gain (becoming obese)...was because I was obese. Let that sink in. Gaining 40lbs in 3 years (20 of it in 6 months) couldn't be a symptom of anything other than being fat itself....

I was tested for: 

  • Mono
  • Mumps
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bad liver
  • Bad kidneys
  • Diabetes
  • Menopause
  • The Flu
  • Infections
So on and so forth. There were about 20 or more other things I was tested for, but I cannot remember them at this point. It was at least three viles of blood every time I went. Those tests came back negative every single time. Of course they did. When the doctor called with the results, I would ask what is wrong with me then. I would get, the spiel about needing to lose weight. All of those issues I was having was likely due to that. Never once brushing the subject of the actual weight gain itself. 

I had had enough. This doctor wasn't listening to me. Apparently didn't believe that I was eating less and moving more BUT GAINING WEIGHT and at an alarming rate. So...I got a new doctor. I should also note that I got a new gyno doctor as well. Going to them with the menstruation side of the symptoms, guess what I was told. If you guessed it was because I was overweight, you would be right. I will say that the nurse taking my symptoms asked me if I had heard of PCOS; and that might be what I was experiencing. 

So, not only did I get a new general doctor, I got a new gyno. A midwife to be exact. My thoughts were that she would be more attentive. They tend to take more holistic approve to medicine. Guess what. They listened!!

PCOS Diagnosis - My Story

My Diagnosis with PCOS

On a Wednesday I went to the midwife. She listened to my symptoms. Told me she thinks it is PCOS (without me mentioning it), had me get some imaging done, and called me back that afternoon with a confirmation and an attack plan. The next day I went to my new doctor, told him what transpired the day before, he was on board. He and the midwife worked together for me. For my health. 

They had me on medicine, gave me advice on what I should and should not be eating and what exercise is going to work for me. That the standard "eating less & moving more" is not going to cut it for me. It might make me maintain my current weight. I needed to lose it though! My general doctor also told me not to get discouraged. It will take me twice the effort of people without PCOS to get only half the results. So not what this lazy chick wanted to hear. lol. 

Living with PCOS

I am 8 months into my diagnosis. I am down 20 lbs. My hair not only stopped falling out, it started growing back in! The hair growth on my face slowed down. My body does not ache. My migraines (knock on wood) are down to a pre-migraine once every 2-3 months. My period is back monthly; and I am not depressed.

I have to take metformin twice a day. The PCOS has caused me to be insulin resistant. Which is basically causing me to be pre-diabetic and everything that goes along with that. I work out 6-7 times a week. I have cut carbs and sugars, and no sodas.

I feel like a new woman!! Would it have been nice to know that I had PCOS two, 10, 15 years ago?! Of course! I might have more than the one kiddo. I might not have gained those 40 lbs. I might not have felt like I was near the grave. I might not have put myself in further danger of diabetes. I might not have nearly died giving birth to my son. But I am better now. I am on the way to being healthy!

What proof? This is the difference of 5 months. December 2016 to May 2017. Just looking at me you can tell I am healthier!
PCOS Diagnosis - My Story
My face isn't swollen, splotchy, haggard, hairy, and tired now! :-) 

What is PCOS?

PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It affects millions of women in the world. Simply put, it is exactly as the name says it is. Many cysts on the ovaries. A more complex answer is that, yes it is having cystic ovaries. They don't know what causes it (a lot of time it seems to be genetic), and it is more classified as a hormonal problem than gynecological.

Hormones involved in PCOS include:

  • Androgens. All females make androgens (also referred to as “male hormones”), but there are often higher levels of androgens in women with PCOS. The excess androgens are produced mostly by the ovaries, but the adrenal glands can also be involved. Excess androgens are responsible for many PCOS symptoms including acne, unwanted hair, thinning hair, and irregular periods. 
  • Insulin. This hormone allows the body to absorb glucose (blood sugar) into the cells for energy. In PCOS, the body isn’t as responsive to insulin as it should be. This can lead to elevated blood glucose levels and cause the body to make more insulin. Having too much insulin can cause the body to make more androgens. 
  • Progesterone. In PCOS, a lack of progesterone contributes to irregular periods.

The moral of the Story

I am not here to tell you that you have PCOS. I am not here for a sob story. I don't get my jollies that way. :-) My sole purpose is this.

If you feel like something is wrong/off, seek help. No one knows you better guessed! 

Don't google that stuff. Go to your doctor!! Write down your symptoms. Get your answers! Do not let the doctors dismiss you concerns. Get another doctor and a 2nd opinion. Yes. Doctors are knowledgeable. Way way way more than I am. I am 100% more knowledgeable about me though. Just as you are with you! I wish I would have listened to my instinct years and year ago. I might be in a different place in my health now. I am getting there though. :-)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review

This is a review from a novice hiker's point of view of Pot Point Trail in Chattanooga Tn. 

I am in no way an experienced hiker. I would likely die if I went out to the Appalachian and hiked. That being said, my husband, our 8 year old son and myself love to go on hikes. We are blessed to live in the TN Valley. We live in North Georgia just south of Chattanooga, Tn. There are so many great hiking places surrounding us. 

I thought it would be fun to review the hikes that we go on from a non-experienced hiker's point of view. Us average ever-day hikers like information on where we might hike as well. When I was looking around for a new place for us to hike, I took to the internet. Most things I found were from hardcore hikers. Not that it was bad, mind you. I got valuable information from them. I thought I would add to it from a novice's stand point though.

Here is my review of the Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga, TN. 

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December

First off I will give you a bit of basic information on this trail. 

- You can download a map of the trail HERE

- 3.5 mile loop trail

- Part of is it by the river gorge (picture at top)

- Up to 1,000 foot climb

- It is about 9 miles from downtown Chattanooga

- Some what difficult to find via GPS (see below)

- 1-3 hours to complete 

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December

When we took off to hike, we put the location in our GPS and set out. Once we got within 5 miles of the location, we ran into some trouble. Nothing big and we found it without having to circle around. Just some points to note about getting to the actual trail. 

  1. The roads are very narrow and the locals drive like they are not. Be careful! 
  2. The GPS told us we had arrived about half a mile before we did. We were looking for a place to turn around when we found the actual trail
  3. It will be notated with a big sign. So if your GPS tells you are there, and you don't see the sign (pic. 2) keep going. 
Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December

On to the hike! The trail itself is very well marked. At no point did we not know where we were going or ever felt remotely like we were lost. Just follow the blue blazes and you are good! As mentioned above this trail does get up to 1,000 feet. I had to sit down once and my 8 year old son had to sit down once just because it was steep! There was a group behind us that turned around because they didn't know "if there was anything at the end to justify such a steep hike." 

  • If you are looking for some WOW factor in your hike, this one is not for you. There is no amazing scenery at the end or no waterfall. This is just a wonderful hike for the sake of hiking. 

  • There are a lot of rock formations along the way. Some rocks bigger than houses. 

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December
You can see the blue marks and some of the rocks in this photo

Once we got to the top of the steep climb and had our little break, on we went. We were surrounded by beautiful trees and rocks. The next part of the hike is a downward and winding trail. This part was my favorite. The trails were wide, there was beautiful flora around and the trees made for a lovely canopy over us the entire time. 

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December

The next part of the hike, in my opinion, was the only part that wasn't well marked. 
  • You will have to cross the street to continue on the hike 

Once you cross over River Canyon road you will be in the part of the trail that follows beside the river. This will lead you back to Pot Point Cabin and completes the loop. There are a few things I want to mention about this part of the hike. Had I known these things, we probably would have turned around.

  • Bugs - That part of the hike is very lush and going to have the bugs that come with water, lushness and whatever part of the season you are in. 

  • Mud - There are places where the river rises up and makes for muddy crossing. When we hiked there was no way around it. We had to go through the mud in 5 different places. If you have small children, animals or a vehicle you don't want muddy don't go this way. If you do go, plan accordingly! 

  • Trash - This really took away from part of the hike. People out fishing, hiking and camping. There was trash in numerous places. 

  • Dangerous - Okay, so we got to the point where there was a mile or less left in the trail. We came across a dangerous sign...the trail had been washed out! At no point until then was there any mention of this. You can keep going, but it isn't the safest. You have to climb over boulders and trees laying down on their side. To one side there is a steep incline where this all washed down from and on the other a steep drop of littered with boulders and pointed rocks. That steep drop off goes right into the water. If you fall, you are going to hurt yourself or worse. I was terrified!! We climbed over it and landed ankle deep in mud, but we made it. So if you don't or can't do that, don't cross over the road and do this part of the trail. 

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December

I am not saying this will be there when you go hiking. They  might have cleared it up. It could be and it could happen again. When we get month long rains around this area, anything like this could happen.

This is the part of the trail where there is beautiful scenery. If you are okay with the few things I mentioned above, the view is lovely! We probably will go back in the Autumn ourselves to see this view with the colors that Autumn brings.

All-in-all, this trail was moderately easy and a great trail if all you want to do is be in nature and hike. We ourselves will probably do it again. I want to end this review with one important thing about this trail. BEWARE OF POISON IVY! If you are very allergic to it, this trail isn't for you. We did get in some when we got off the trail (I am allergic) and didn't have a problem with it. If you rather not mess with it, stay on the trail.

Happy Hiking!

Pot Point Trail - Chattanooga - Hiking Review by march to December

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


If you were a reader of March to December, you will know my stance on homework. If you were not, you can find the most popular posts from March to December here on Simply La'Shawn. More specifically you can read what I thought about homework.

To sum it up for those who don't know or don't feel like reading another article. I didn't believe in homework. Not one jot. I didn't believe in it when I was a kid. In fact so much so that I nearly failed the 6th grade, and had to go around daily to get teachers to sign off on a homework ledger. Adult La'Shawn didn't believe in it either. I made my son do it. After all, we all have to do things we don't like to do. I didn't push and pressure him though. My thoughts were that what good is 1hr of school work after sitting still all day and learning going to help? In fact, this was my exact thought on it...

I can only speak for myself and my son. That being said, homework does not help him (or me when I was a child) learn or retain anything I learned. That is outside just writing over and over helps him with his penmanship. The whole "practice makes perfect" line just does not apply. Homework isn't doing the same thing day in and day out. It is different tasks everyday. Coming home and doing an hours worth of work with a parent who isn't a teacher isn't going to be practice. Only a practice in futility.

 Alright folks. Are you ready to watch me eat a slice of humble pie? Like most everyone, I don't enjoy admitting I am wrong. I absolutely will do it though. Nothing is really gained by being stubborn and not doing so. So here we go...


Not long after I wrote that article about, This Mom's Thoughts on Homework I had the yearly parent-teacher conference. A parent-teacher conference that I left in tears. Sobbing tears. Not to drag my son's business out on the internet for the world to see now and in the future, but he was struggling. And I was failing as a parent.

I am supposed to be here to help him along, not hinder him. I especially didn't need to imprint my crappy attitude about homework on to him. As his parent, I should have been more focused on what he needed, than what I thought. With that in mind, I shook off the disappointment and re-focused on him. My husband, the kiddo's teachers, and myself got together and came up with a plan. Want to know what that plan was?

More Homework

That's right folks. More homework. On top of his daily homework (Sun-Thurs) he has practice homework in nearly every subject. He has fun online games he can play (homework in disguise. lol) He has twice-a-week tutoring (pre-homework). We went from doing daily homework begrudgingly to homework pouring out our ears while we do it with a smile on our face.

Do I like homework now? No. Do I wish there was some other way? Yes! Have I changed my opinion on homework? Absolutely.

Each kid is different; and each kid's homework need is different. As my MeeMaw says, "If we were all the same, what a boring world this would be!" My son just so happens to be one that not only benefits from homework, but needs it. Needs lots of it. Other kids might not need it or benefit from it. It could very easily be only a practice in futility. That being said, this mom's narrow-minded opinion on homework has changed. Just so happens I needed God kicking my rear to make me do it. Nothing like failing your own child to open one's eyes! 

...and just for the record....The kiddo has excelled since all this extra homework. All his grades have come up to where we knew he should have been. While I am stating things for the record, let me take another slice of that humble pie. My son enjoys the extra work. He knows it is helping him; and he is proud of every milestone he makes because of it. Maybe I should take a page from his book and be a bit more open to things. 

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest and for reading it. Have you ever had your mind changed from something you were staunchly against/for? What are your thoughts on homework?

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Bit More About Me

Finally finishing up the blog posts about getting to know the author (can I call myself that? I guess so) behind this blog. Simply La'Shawn. Two weeks ago I gave you a tiny glimpse into my past up to 20 years old. Basically a lot of who I am today is thanks to the amazing people that I have in my life. True story!

That being said. I bet if you would ask anyone who has known me for a bit today to name one thing about La'Shawn. They would tell you that I love panda bears! I really do. I am not sure where this love came from. I just know that I have for as long as I can remember. I love that Christmas does not go by without getting at least one thing to do with pandas. I love that people post adorable things on my FB about pandas. I cried the first time I saw them in the Atlanta Zoo. I also cried the 2nd and 3rd time. I really did!

Which brings me to another thing. I am a crier. It is actually kind of embarrassing. There is never a week that goes by that I haven't cried over something. Usually it is at least an every other day kind of thing. I cry when I am mad, sad, happy, tired, sick, and so on. Give me a good book, tv show, movie, or heck a good commercial. Here comes the tears. My son watches me during certain things to see if I am going to cry. It is embarrassing when I am crying over things like America's Got Talent. Outside that, I don't so much mind that I am a crier.

I am also a bit on the nerdy side. I love all things Harry Potter. I have read the books more times than I can count. I watch the movies all the time. I am also a proud 33 year old women who wears my HP shirts out and about. I also love Doctor Who. Not to the same extent as HP though.

I love the color yellow. It makes me happy to see it or to wear it. I love that my 9 year old son still picks me yellow weed flowers. If he sees them, they are mine! By the end of spring I have these picked-with-love flowers all over the place. He knows his momma loves the color yellow!

Those are just a few things that scream La'Shawn. I thought it would be fun to do a little questionnaire to round up the getting to know me post. I read THIS post over at Carrots & Cake and thought It would be fun to do. Here ya go:

  1. I’m happiest when I am spending time with family

  2. ”¦ especially if it involves going on hikes

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit England!

  4. My family and I are major homebodys!

  5. I was a terrible girlfriend. I don't know how Jerr stuck it out. 

  6. My first job was a cashier at Goody's 

  7. I could probably eat donuts every day. If I am not careful I will!

  8. I stole ink pens from sign ins. I am bad bad bad about that! I swear it isn't intentional. 

  9. I was born on the same day as Dr. Phil and Gloria Estefan 

  10. My all-time favorite film is The Holiday. I want that house in the English countryside surrounded by snow! 

  11. I do a pretty mean British Accent. (catch a theme here?) I watch way too much British tv. To the point I don't notice the accents at all. People who have legit accents would probably laugh at mine. Jerr likes it though. :-P

  12. I’m still mad I never finished college. Probably my all time #1 regret in life. 

  13. I met my husband at our mutual job of Office Depot 

  14. I always knew I would be a mom. I did think I would have lots of kids though...I have just the one. 

  15. I’m not afraid to show my emotions. I probably should work more on not showing them as much!

  16. I make digital scrapbooking layouts

  17. I have almost no dancing skills. Serioulsy. It is comical. 

  18. I always cry when...the wind blows? ha ha. I cry all the time. At least every other day. The guys poke fun at me about it. Happy, sad, mad, sick, tired, annoyed, PMS...doesn't matter. Cry! 

  19. I’m a UGA college football fan. My hubby taught me the ins-and-outs when we were dating. I was hooked. I plan my Saturday's in the fall around it. 

  20. I spent 8 months pregnant. Yup. They had to take the kiddo a month early. I had preclamsia. 

  21. I wish the weekend had 3 days and my work day started at 10am. I hate mornings! 

  22. At 5, I was gosh, I don't know. I don't remember much from that young. 

  23. I believe if everyone practiced seeing the good in things, it would be come habit, and the world would be a happier place. 

  24. I can’t stand when people snore. #1 pet peeve....and guess husband can bring down the rafters with his snoring!! 

  25. Whenever Bones is on, I’ll watch it.
There you go. Getting to know the person behind the blog. I hope you enjoyed it. I would also love to see your answers to these questions. Blog it and link me up! Or just answer in the comments. I couldn't leave today's post though without showing off my man. We will be married 10 years this coming Friday. TEN YEARS!! I love you babe!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I Am Not Defined By That

I realize in last week's post I said I was going to sum up the getting to know me post. Then something happened this weekend; and this blog post popped in my head. I thought I would go ahead and talk on it. Next week I will finish introducing myself.

Today I want to talk about being defined by things. Actually more of not being defined by things/people/situations in our lives. I think a lot of us define who we are by these outside things. I know for a fact that I do!

What do I mean?

If I was to ask you, "What makes you, you?" What would you say? Here is how I would answer if someone else was to ask me. What makes La'Shawn, La'Shawn? I am....a 33 year old God-fearing, full time working, nerdy, somewhat lazy, digi-scrapping, photo taking, college football loving, panda obsessed, yellow wearing, Harry Potter nerding, Doctor Who watching, historical fiction reading, southern wife & mom.  Sound familiar? Look to the sidebar to your right. I am defining myself by all of these things. Are they bad? Well, no. Is this all I define myself with? That would be a big no!

How do I define myself? 

Let me start out by saying in NO way is this me fishing for compliments. It is me being honest. If I am going to be honest.  If it was just La'Shawn asking La'Shawn who she was my answer would be a lot different than what I gave above. Those things are what makes me who I am today. I identify with them all. I love those parts about me. Now for the honest.

I am..... an obese, lazy, ugly, manish looking, hairy, failing christian, wife, and mom. I am about as mediocre as they come. Unless we are talking about my weight. Then I am tipping the scales at rolls all over, big fat pot belly, humpty dumpty looking fat. Harsh, right? I am not lying or making it more harsh for blogging purposes. This is how I see myself. I could not list ONE...not ONE...thing I like about myself. These are not things I think about only when thinking about, "who is La'Shawn?" I think these things everyday. Unfortunately if I give into it, I can spend a crazy unhealthy amount of time thinking on it.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The History of La'Shawn

When I was thinking about this blog post, I was going to title it, That's Who I Am. Then the history of me got a bit longer than I expected. I decided to break this down into multiple posts. However, when I thought of my last title,I sang Who I Am by Jessica Andrews the entire time. I am sure I will sing it for hour afterwards as well. The reason behind this post is to introduce the La'Shawn behind Simply La'Shawn. It would be pointless not to put a face and name behind the blog.

Who is La'Shawn? - The History

What a loaded question right? I probably should start out with a bit of history. 1980 something I was born. The 1st child to very young parents. My parents were married young; and you know how it goes. First comes love...then comes marriage....then comes the baby carriage! I have a photo of my mom graduating high school about half way along in her pregnancy.

Flash forward two years and I am joined by a sister. Two years after that my parents were divorced. From there it was mostly us girls against the world. I have come to terms over the years that my Dad was not ready to be a parent; and that he left for years. I am not going to touch on that. Water under the re-built bridge. No point. My young single mom doing what she could to raise us healthy and happy. She worked her tail off; and she wasn't afraid to ask for help. Enter my MeeMaw.

MeeMaw is my Momma's Mom. That is a lot of M's in that sentence! Mom worked 3rd shift a lot to keep us feed and happy. Through these amazingly strong women I am who I am today. It truly was us against the world. People would come in and out of our lives. My MeeMaw, my Mom, my Sister, and myself were the core of my upbringing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Welcome to Simply La'Shawn!

I would like to personally thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet & social media saturated world. What is Simply La'Shawn? Well it is a personal and lifestyle blog. One that I am going to strive to be just as the blog title suggests....simply La'Shawn.

I have started many other blogs in the past. All of them fall short of being me. They all had this feeling of not being authentic. That is my goal with this blog. To be authentically and simply me.

I have some fun things in store for Simply La'Shawn. I am on a journey of health, struggling with PCOS and obesity, and living this thing called life. Why do I think I should have a blog? Because I want to! I like having a place to come and just talk. (You will find that I love to talk!) I have always loved to write. I am just not that good at it. That doesn't stop me from having fun while doing it though!

Will you find great recipes here? Nope. I hate cooking. What about those cute DIY projects? Negative. I leave that up to my mom. Will you find tips and tricks on traveling and life? Probably not. Traveling seems a lot like work to me; and I am figuring out life myself. I am not about to pretend that this is going to be a great place of wisdom. Not going to happen.

It will be fun place though. I am a 33 year old wife and mom trying to figure out this wife and mom thing while holding down a full time job. I am happy to share what I learn! I am also a somewhat lazy, digital scrapbooking, photo taking, college football loving, panda obsessed, yellow wearing, Harry Potter nerding, Doctor Who watching, historical ficition reading, all around nerdy southern gal. How can that not equal fun?

Come on the journey with me!