Monthly Archives: February 2013

Snow Day


Getting bundled up!

Getting bundled up!

So here I am on my 4th snow day in the past 2 weeks. I miss my kiddos and I am starting to get a bit stir crazy so I have been getting a lot of cleaning, Pinteresting, reading, and blogging done!  I woke up early and did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.  I have been doing it for the past week and really liking it.  I had to put the half marathon training on a small pause since I have been so sick.  My lungs just haven’t been ready.  I actually got a treadmill workout in too this am.  I ran a mile and then ended up putting it on an incline at a fast walk.

Snow Day!

Snow Day!

After my workout I took the girls outside to run around a bit while I scooped the fresh snow off the driveway…(Mind you all of this is happening before 7:00 this morning!)  When I came inside Alex was getting around for work and I was on my way upstairs to finish my spring cleaning I did yesterday.  (You would not believe how many projects I had going yesterday!  AND today for that matter!  Keep your eye out for a Spring Cleaning blogpost!)  When I finished cleaning I decided to shovel off the back porch since Alex had done that twice already.  I started with the porch and made my way down the stairs.


I got to thinking about something one of my students said to me coming back from our first 2 snow days Monday, before Blizzard of Oz Part II.  I check my kids in every morning before school.  I always have a little conversation with each kid before they start their day.  I like to ask them what they did over the weekend or how their night was.  One of my kiddos said that he made a snow fort and he was super excited about it.  While I was scooping and scooping I thought to myself…When was the last time you played in the snow?  I honestly couldn’t recall.  It was before middle school I am sure.  I used to spend hours playing in the snow as a kid.  I tried to get Alex to build one with me yesterday and he wasn’t having it.  We had two good 30 minute shoveling sessions of the driveway within a 4 day range and he just wanted to be done.  I get it…but today I wanted to do something fun!

Took me 2 hours and I had such a blast! When I came in I was freezing and wet but I felt great!

So I decided to build a snow flip flop!  It was very therapeutic for me as I have had a lot going on in life lately.  Working out is a great outlet for me but punching and sculpting the snow was even better!  I have been freaking out about my 30th birthday lately and stressed out about money (as usual) and wearing myself out in the snow reminded me just how creative I can be.  How cool will it be to show the kids the flipflop that I created right in my backyard.  I tell them all the time they can do anything if they put their minds to something and I need to remember to tell myself that too.  I really want to get my blog out there and start getting some revenue from doing all of the things that I love. If you have not read my letter to Ellen that I posted last week click here.  I also tweeted her to try to get her attention.  As I formed my snow sculpture I thought well I could always keep tweeting her to see if she notices me!  I can tend to be very determined when I set my mind to something so I figure I will keep it up.  Thats what social media is for right?!

Built by yours truly!

Built by yours truly!




Sock Bun Tutorial

Today I am really making the most of my 2nd snow day!  I decided to try the sock bun which I keep finding on Pinterest.

Here is what you need:


Sock, ponytail holders, bobby pins

This was SUPER easy!

Love this! Can’t wait to do this again! 😀

Letter to Ellen

My Letter to Ellen

My Letter to Ellen

Who doesn’t love Ellen Degeneres?  I look up to her so much.  She has a hit tv show, comedian, and is a fabulous dancer! I could only dream to have the kind of success that she has.  She gets to do what she loves everyday.  Can you imagine what it would be like to do what you love to do everyday AND get paid for it?  My mom is a huge Ellen fan and is always telling me I should write into her show.  The only problem is I wasn’t sure what exactly to write her about.  Then there is always the thought in my head…Why would she pick my story?  Out of all the people in the world that write in to her, why would she pick me?  Then I told myself, “Amber…she can’t pick you if you don’t write her in the first place.”  

So today I tried.  I sat down and wrote my story to her in exactly 1500 words.  For those of you who know me I always have a lot to say. (That might be an understatement lol) I did have to go through and change all of my spaces between sentences to one instead of two and change all of my “ands” to “&” to save up enough characters but I did it!  I have been thinking about writing Ellen for a long time now but I was not sure what I would say or even where to begin.  I took a little leap of faith because this blogging thing has turned into something I love doing so much and decided to try.  

Here is what I wrote to her:

I am turning 30 in 2 months. As you can imagine, I am having a little crisis over it because I am no where where I thought I would be at 30! I am not married & do not have kids yet even though it is something I want more than anything in the world. Crying to my grandma the other day I told her, “I’m turning 30 and have nothing to show for it.” I know I do; I have 2 college degrees and a boatload of friends and family that I am blessed with, but something is missing.

I am what most of my friends would refer to as a little “Martha Stewart”. I love creating things with my own two hands. I have recently started a blog called and I have been featuring DIY projects, recipes, and life experiences. I want to get my blog going full force in homes that I can get paid for it too. The thought of being able to do all the things that I love & help others see they can too would be my dream job!

I teach 2nd grade and I love it but what I don’t love is the pay. I could really use some extra income to help pay off the $50,000 in student loans off & maybe even start a savings account. I want to be able to really make a comfortable life for myself & maybe even open a savings account or go out for drinks with my girlfriends which I never do because I am always broke.

I was hoping you could help me learn how to turn my blog into a profitable 2nd job & start living my life to the fullest! Ellen please help me become the “Martha Stewart” of my generation!

Amber Nuckles

Now as you can imagine I could have written a book about why I want to do this but the form would not let me type more than 1500 characters in.  I get it; she probably gets millions of submissions everyday.  Then I thought to myself, “Amber, this is something you really want to make happen.”  So I decided the most logical thing for me to do is to blog about it.  Maybe Tweet her about it and get my idea out there.

I am tired of not doing things that I want to do because I am scared or think I am not worthy.  I deserve all the things in life that I want just like everyone else.  Alex is always telling me that we make our own luck so all I can do is try.  I have been sitting on the idea of making this blog into a profit for a long time.  What good does that do for anyone?  If I want something to happen I have to try so we will see if it gets me anywhere!

This post should come as a surprise to everyone because it is something that I have not talked to anyone about really.  I did make the comment to my Grandma Bloesser the other day when I was upset on the phone that if I could get paid to blog I would love that!  I am a lot like my Grandma Bloesser. She is always going 100 miles an hour trying to do a million projects at once.  She is the most amazing woman.  I owe so much in life to her.  She is an inspiration to me.  If I grow up to be half the woman she is, I will have lived a successful life.

My Grandma Bloesser and I at the Grant County Fair

My Grandma Bloesser and I at the Grant County Fair

I can only dream that Ellen will help me learn how to get sponsors and for my blog.  Who knows…maybe I could feature a project once a week on her show.  Could you imagine how cool that would be?

Keeping my fingers crossed…