I love the outdoors! My family is big into hiking, backpacking, and just taking it outside. This past year I got into bouldering (indoor rock climbing). I’m addicted. It’s been a great workout, stress reliever, and all around fun. I’ve made great friends and always look forward to going. I tried outdoor rock climbing (top rope/sport climb) a couple of weeks ago. Oh my gosh. It was a blast! I’ve been looking up and saving for gear. I can’t wait to go again! This is all building up to my big mountain climb in August. I’m climbing (hiking/summiting) Mt. Baker and have been training for a couple of months. I need to stay focus and concentrate on this climb. I made a floating mountain shelf to hold my little 3d Mt. Baker my sister gave me. I saw the shelf on Pinterest/Etsy for sale. On the page I saw, it was $100 and only local shipping. I’m all about saving up money…so I can buy outdoor climbing gear ;) so here is a DIY floating mountain shelf plan for about $10!
Cute little 3d figure of Mt. Baker that my older sister gave me! Can't wait to be at the top of the real thing!
1 in. x 5 in. x 6 ft. wood board (I bought the nicest one, which was $6 at Home Depot)
Circular saw or miter saw
Stain (all my furniture I make is Dark Walnut)
Screws 1 ¼ in. (I use Spax because I hate pre-drilling)
I made my first cut at 30 inches. This is the base of the shelf.
I then drew a straight line an inch from the end of the board and made a 30-degree cut. My circular saw does angles, but a miter saw is cleaner cut. I then measured 10 inches and cut at another 30-degree angle. *I used the same board and just kept cutting pieces from my last cut. This helps with the angles to be correct.
Repeat that step to have two pieces. This is for the two sides of the first big mountain.
Next, I cut the next piece at 8 inches at a 30-degree.
The next piece is tricky. I cut 6 inches and it was complicated, so I think the best way is put a piece of wood, the top should already be at a 30-degree angle from the last cut made, then draw where you want to cut the small piece off (where it is leaning on the big mountain). I cut that piece at a 22 ½ angle. See picture below for an example. The small piece final is measured at 6 inches.
I stained the pieces.
Next, I put the big mountain together and wood glue them together. I then screwed them together (only one). Be careful since the pieces are angled. It was hard doing it by myself. I should have had someone hold the pieces together (recommended).
I did the same for the small mountain. Make sure the smaller side of the mountain is facing the right way, it will be on one side of the big mountain.
I then wood glued the bottoms of the big mountain to the base on the side of the 30-inch board. I put the mountains on the left side, but you can flip it when you hang it, if you want it on the right side. I then put a screw from the bottom of the 30-inch board to the right side of the mountain (only one side, but you can do both). I did the same for the small mountain and screwed the 30-inch board to the side of the small mountain. I wood glued the smaller mountain/smaller side to the big side of the mountain. I did not screw them together. Finished!
Hanging is hard. I put two screws underneath and then two nails under the peak of the mountains. I also used command strips to help. I hate hanging things. I still have a prayer board I never hung up since I bought my house. Anyways, good luck and feel free to email/message/DM me on socials if you have a question or need help!
To the single moms dating...
I've always debated writing a blog post about my personal dating/love life for two reasons. 1. Being vulnerable, public, and open is always hard 2. Fear of my children, family, and/or the guy I'm talking about reading this. When guys ask me what I do on the first date, I say blogger and a common response I get is, “are you going to blog about me?” I laugh and say, “no”...well, I take that back 😜. Also close people are the ones that judge or give me advice about my instagram, blog, or snapchat more than anyone. It can be hurtful, so I've always been nervous to be so open. A friend recently told me, "I'm glad you're over your selfie phase, I was tired of seeing you post picture after picture of yourself" uh. thanks? It's what happens when you become single, you post selfies 😜 I need attention, I’m a blogger (hah sarcasm...kinda). I shouldn't care...sooooo...here we go...I'm writing a blog about single mom and dating. I've received so many positive messages on Instagram about how my blog has inspired someone and that means so much to me. My kids won't read this for awhile, and to the guys I'm talking about, if you read this...thank you, next.
Let's backtrack and talk about my biggest longest relationship. My marriage. I was with my ex for 11 year. I've always promised myself that I wouldn't blog about why we got a divorce out of respect for him and our kids, but I will say divorce was the hardest thing in my life. I felt so unwanted, rejected, ugly, broken, and was depressed. I moved to Austin to be closer to family. After the divorce was finalized, I started to date. I have mix feelings about dating. Love/hate relationship. At first it was hard. I got with my ex so young, I didn't really know myself and was not use to being alone (11 years living with someone!!). I wanted to jump into another serious relationship, because that's all I knew. Luckily, it was never mutual and fast forward to today...three years later, I'm finally ready to date and find my Prince charming...just took me three years to realize that.
So how is being a mom and dating hard? You probably already know, but I'll share some advice and stories. Let's get to the juicy part of this blog post so you can see how hard it is...
First, I tell my best friends everything. They get confused on who is who so I started to give guys nicknames. I'll be using their nickname for identity reasons. Oh geez, if they read this...they'll find out their nickname. I really hope they don't read this. Oh and speaking of friends. Surround yourself with positive friends. Friends who you can vent and love you. Luckily it's rare, but I've had toxic friends. I've lost friends these past three years, but I have such amazing group of friends that will support and love me for me.
To the first guy I went on a date with after my divorce. My divorce was finalized on Wednesday and I went on a date on Friday. Talk about moving fast. Not really though, divorce took forever. So this first date guy is not really significant (hah sounds rude, but I mean for this blog post). I feel like I have to talk about him because he was my first date. I went on a total of three dates with him. Second date he said he thinks hes falling in love with me. True story. On the third date, I called him to meet up so I can break up with him. I did this whole official break up thing because I didn't know how to date. He laughed and was like no worries, next time just text me you're not interested. My bad, I thought I had to meet up and talk in person, I was a little old school and didn't know how to date. Looking back, how embarrassing. Oh modern dating. Speaking of modern dating, my advice is to make it fun and not take things to heart at the beginning. Yes, I've been ghosted. Yes, I've gone on a first date and had a blast, but the guy didn't like me or the opposite, and I didn't like the guy. Never mutual. Know your boundaries. Oh and note that I've been single for three years. So when I say, I dated him, that means go on a date with him or a few dates.
Timing and intention.
Are you ready to date? Are you over the hurt and pain from the past? What are your intentions to date? Are you getting pressure from the world to date? Are you just dating because you're lonely and trying to fill a void? Think and reflect. I've been dating for a few years, but the last few months I deleted dating apps, saw a counselor and reflected on these questions. Have a season of singleness. Take time and be single. Pick up hobbies. I got into rock climbing. I love working out. Spend time with friends.
So let's talk about them Irish boys...if you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram stories (@kristiqle), you'll know I have a bunch of Irish guy friends. Funny story how I met them. So...to the first Irish, nicknamed "Irish"...I know, so creative. We matched on two dating apps. He was actually my first match ever. We hung out a few times but just didn't feel a connection other than good friends. So we ended up being friends! I met my best friend through Irish, named Spicy (nickname that I didn't give, it's his actually nickname from college) and that’s when I met “hot Irish." Again, I'm so creative ;). Hot Irish I liked a lot, but being a single mom is hard. I hardly have free time. I have every other weekend free. So date a guy and be like, see you in two weeks? or how about the first, third, or fifth weekend? I also hated asking my parents to babysit, they do so much already. They pick up my kids after school and watch them when they are off from school. I could pay for a babysitter, but there has been so many times I schedule a date and then he cancels last minute. That's the worst. Anyways, back to hot Irish, long story short, timing was off, we were both very busy and at that point in my life, I didn't know what I wanted. What were my intentions? I had no clue. I got married young and pregnant at 21, and first year being single I went out a lot and was having fun. We ended on good terms and still see each other in group settings. I'm still awkward around him, but he's a great guy and I wish him the best.
I started a journal years ago and would write letters to God. A while ago, I made a list of what I want in a partner. It's funny to look back on.
Make a list of what you want in a partner. Highlight the characteristics they MUST have or you won't date them. For example, my good friend wants kids in the future. She dated a guy for a year and found out later he doesn't ever want kids. That’s rough. It's a must have for her. My top two on my list is 1. Godly man 2. Must love kids, not only his own but others...and my list continues. My top four on my list are must haves. I've reflected on this list, and a lot of the guys I dated didn't have one of the top four or even all four, yet I'd continue to date them. Stick to your list. Why did I date these guys? There is different reasons, maybe he'll change? I want to be in a relationship? I got to know him and like him a lot? I don't know, but I do know...don't settle. There IS someone that matches your list. My first date with a Godly man was "Douche Bag." I was debating on making up a different nickname for this blog post, but decided to be honest and real. I'm sorry about that nickname, he's actually an amazing guy and not a douche bag at all. He did open up and say people think hes a douche bag for his looks, hence the nickname. Our date we talked about Jesus most of the time and our struggles of going out a lot, being single, sinning, but trying to be a Godly person. It was so nice to connect spiritually with someone. It reminded me to stick to my top four and what's important to me in a partner. It's also a huge turn on if they are into Jesus. haha
Don't let them boys hurt you.
I've cried many times over boys. It's dumb. Not worth your tears. Don't let them get to you. I'm a hypocrite. It's easier said than done, but looking back on guys I've cried about...sooooo dumb. Don't compare yourself either. I'm a young single mom. A lot of the guys I date don't have kids, and date women that don't have kids. I have to plan my dates. I can't always be spontaneous and just go to dinner or happy hour after work. I've been called shallow for not making time or texting the guy as much. Also, talk about pregnancy and what it's done to my body. I love working out, but I think I have a mom bod. I have extra skin, stretch marks, etc. I'm so self conscious about my body it's sad the negative thoughts that go on in my head. I need to be proud of my body because it produced two sweet kids. Love yourself. Be confident. God doesn't make mistakes. He made you perfect.
To the boy that I didn't cry over (Thank God!), but it did hurt when you said "I don't know any guy that would give you a chance because you have kids...that's baggage" my kids aren't baggage. They are my everything. I went on a date with, "Bald Eagle" and things escalated quick. I only knew him for seven days. We hung out for seven days straight then he ghosted me. He apologized for ghosting me, and wanted me to give him a second change. We set up a second chance date, but he lied (long story) and cancelled. He apologized again and talked about how he sees a future with me and wants to get married in less than a year. I'm in no rush at all to get married and luckily, I'm at the point in my life where I'm okay with being single, and just taking my time looking for the right person. Of course it hurt when he said no guy would give me a chance because I have kids. I often wonder if that's why guys don't date me, but honestly, if it is, I don't want to date them. Don't let them hurt you. I keep my mom life and dating life so separate, until this next guy...ugh. heartbreak.
(random guy I went on two dates with; he was upset I didn't text him as much)
There will be heartache again. It sucks. Old feelings of unwanted, rejection, and sadness come back. It's a horrible feeling. Stay strong. It's tough in the moment, but you'll look back and wonder why you were so sad over that one guy. It's funny reading old journal entries and thinking, what?!? Why did I even write about that guy! Let alone pray for him...kidding, always good to pray for people. Anyways, It's okay to cry and let it out. Hah, I've done that way too many. I've cried to this guys face, I've even taken off of work because I cried all day when I tried to stop all communication and end our relationship.
So to the guy that got the farthest...he has no nickname. All my friends know him by his name, a lot of friends have met him and know I was head over heels for him...oh and he's met my kids. Maybe I'll write another blog post about that because meeting your kids is a huge deal, but that is another topic in itself. I believe God places people in your life for a reason. There are many reasons why God placed him in my life, but one is to get back closer to God and two, to know I'm ready to date and there are good guys out there that will treat me well, with respect, and I can trust/love again. I know my intentions of dating now and ready to be in a relationship when I find the right person. I deleted dating apps when I started hanging out with this guy. We’d text all the time, every day. I don’t think I’ve ever texted anyone more than I’ve texted him. Literally, text about anything and everything. I was so open and comfortable with him. Happened for months. You know that list I was talking about? He for sure has most of the qualities on that list - definitely the top four must haves. If you had to define the relationship, this guy would say we never dated. We are just best friends. Talk about a stab to the heart. I’d never admit this to him, but I saw a future with him. It’s not mutual though, and I learned so much from this. My friend recently said that this guy brought out good in me and opened me up to my feelings and broke down walls I had from pain in the past. You should look for someone that brings out the best in you and challenges you to grow. Although it didn't work out, I now know I can trust and love someone again. It helped to delete dating apps, pray, and really have a season of singleness. Get to know yourself. Self reflect. Heal from the past. Be single. Don’t settle for less than what you and your kids deserve. Love yourself. Set boundaries for the future and keep them. I like being single. I have my moments of wanting a partner to share my life with but I’m in no rush. Take your time and find your Prince Charming. I saw a meme that said, there's plenty of fish in the sea, but you know what else there is a lot of? Trash. There is a lot of trash. There is someone for you. Someone that will choose you every day. Someone that will love you and your children. God had a plan for you...you just need to trust him and his timing.
No nickname. Just his real name.
Me and my everything...
This post is sponsored by ClimateRight but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I don't do well in the cold. Probably why I live in Texas. I'm currently in my office with ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds at Walmart top, jeans, scarf, jacket, and my electric blanket. I should have worn ClimateRight at Walmart pants under my jeans!
Although I don't like the cold, I've made it a New Year's resolution to be more active and go outside. I don't want to break the bank on winter clothes and Texas weather changes so often, so I'm glad to find ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds at Walmart.
I love the thumb hole in the top. It's my favorite part about the top. It's also so comfy and warm. I'm wearing the stretch fleece base layer. I like how ClimateRight at Walmart has the outfits in three categories - mild, cold, and frigid. It's perfect for how fast the Texas weather changes. I've layered my top, and end up with just the base layer in the middle of the day.
I've worn my ClimateRight at Walmart outfit on a date, as pajamas, with my work outfit, etc. It's comfy and fashionable. The pants are so soft and I love how the waist is kinda high so I can cover up my stomach a little. ClimateRight at Walmart does have high waisted pants that can be worn inside out! I'll have to add that to my collections.
You can find ClimateRight at Walmart. My Walmart had ClimateRight near the pajamas and underwear section.
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This is the first year I participated in Fantasy Football! Am I winning? No. Do I have a clue of what's going on? No. My 10 year old nephew is kicking my butt, but something I do know is how to throw a football watching party! Number one essential...Frank's RedHot Wings. Oh my goodness, they are delicious! Easy, fast, football snack!
My favorite flavor is the original, because of the spicy delicious flavor. Scotty's favorite is the Kickin' BBQ. She doesn't like spicy foods, so these wings are perfect for her. Connor loves the original. He loves spicy foods so he likes to add Frank's RedHot sauce to the wings or add Frank’s RedHot sauce to his ranch dipping sauce to make it extra spicy and flavorful!
Frank's RedHot Wings are located at Wal-Mart in the freezer section. At my local Wal-Mart, the freezer section is close to the market entrance, so if you are in a hurry, Frank's is the way to go.
I watched the University of Texas game the other night with a friend. It was a good game! Although they lost, I was on the edge of my seat! Game started off slow, but they caught up. Of course I wanted a win, but the memories is what made it. Great food, and even better...good company!
I realized I like to shout and yell at the TV. My kids are also picking it up. We like to scream and celebrate when there is a touchdown!
This is Connor's third year playing football, and I couldn't be more proud. He's having fun and doing so well. His top two favorite types of food: sushi and wings (not together haha). So having Frank's RedHot wings is an essential for our football nights. When I was pregnant, I would have a huge craving for wings. If these were around 11 years ago, I'd clean out Wal-Mart's supply on Frank's RedHot wings!
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I have never heard of Price*s Pimento Cheese spread till my friend introduced it to me. Ever since then, we've come up with creative ways to eat it! We mainly just eat it on toast! It is tasty! When my friend invited us out to a picnic with her family, we ate it as a dip. We put it on crackers, bread, and even with sliced cucumbers! She told me how her family has grown up with it and her mom would use it to make mac and (pimento) cheese. How creative! I decided to give it a go and try something creative! I thought of ways I can use Price's Pimento Cheese - what can throw together that is fast, easy, and yummy for the kids? I decided to try and make Pimento Cheese Wontons. It ended up being so good!
Taste amazing! I love how quick and easy it is too! I bought Price's Pimento Cheese at HEB in the cheese section. There are different flavors, but I've stuck with the original Price's Pimento Cheese.
I bought square wonton wrappers - found in the produce section at HEB. I heated up oil to fry the wontons, I used vegetable oil. I then put a spoonful (2 tablespoons or so) of Price's Pimento Cheese on the wonton wrapper. I then beat an egg and put a drop of egg on each corner of the wonton wrapper and put the opposite corners together. I then sealed the wonton. Last, I fry the wontons in the oil! Heat was medium high and fried for 5-7 mins - whenever the wrapper is fried. We dip them in chili sauce (for spring rolls). It's a perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Kids love them! Quick snack! I've also made these for a house party and it was a hit!
I think these would be great for a baby shower, or any get together!
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Have you checked out Goldfish tales? It's so cute! I've looked through the videos and pictures and can't get enough! People are so creative! I love it! What a fun activity to do with the kids! Check out our creation!
This month we celebrate Lunar New Year. Also called Chinese New Year, but we are Vietnamese and we call it Tết I've had some amazing memories as a child on this holiday. One of them playing a game called Bầu cua cá cọp with my siblings and parents. We would use money or snacks to put on which animal we would think the dice rolled on, if we got it right, our snack would double. This year, my kids played it with my parents and their cousins. They had a blast! We used Goldfish as a snack and to place on the board!
Although New Years has passed, we are still celebrating by going to local festivals and to watch cultural dance performances. I love how we can carry these traditions to each generation.
Our Goldfish tale is our celebration of Lunar New Year!
The kids really enjoyed making this. Connor wanted to bring it to school to share with his friends and share about Lunar New Year! Scotty tried hard to not eat all the tasty Goldfish while make our Goldfish tale! Probably because Goldfish are (1) Always Baked with Real Cheddar Cheese, (2) No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives, (3) A snack you can feel good about serving your kids, and (4) Colors sourced from plants. We are big fans!
So to my family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year!! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!
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My heater stopped working yesterday. Worst time to be broken. Temperatures dropped in Texas and school was cancelled due to icy roads and weather conditions. Luckily I have amazing parents that live close by so the kids slept over. I on the other hand decided to be "brave" and sleep in my house. I woke up okay! I had a few layers on and my heating blanket was on high. The thermostat read 57 degrees F when I left the house. I think I was okay because of my warm base layer clothes - ClimateRight by Cuddl Duds.
I bought them at Wal-Mart. Cute and warm clothes that won't break the bank!
I'm obsessed with these! I bought the plush warmth top. It's perfect for layering pieces for your on-the-go lifestyle. I've warn it to workout and it's stretch and moisture-wicking fabric combine to help keep me warm, dry and comfortable. It's perfect for almost all occasions! From sleeping to daily wear, or as an undershirt.
The leggings are so comfy! I love them. I wear them by themselves, or to keep me warm underneath my jeans. It helped when I went fishing yesterday in 41 degree F weather!
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We can't get enough of Goldfish Crackers! Click here for more information.
In a previous post, I wrote about Goldfish Crackers. We can't get enough. Have you seen their Pinterest page? As a mom blogger, I love the crafts, printables, etc. Check out their Pinterest page. click here. Last post, I made flash cards and used the Goldfish Cheddar Color crackers to do addition with Scotty. This time, I drew a whale and we fed the whale Goldfish Crackers. We would hold up a number and Scotty would put that many Goldfish Crackers in the whale. My heart melted seeing Connor and Scotty having fun with this game. Such sweet siblings.
Again, can't say it enough, we love Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers. They are always baked with real cheese and have no artificial flavors or preservatives. The colors are sourced from plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree. This is a snack I feel good about serving my kids.
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Kristi Q Le
Hi! I'm Kristi. I'm starting a new chapter...more like book...of my life. I'm a mama of 2. Going to take adventures and try new things! YOLO, but in a Godly way!