Life Tips

10 Cheap Date Ideas

Since it's getting close to Valentine's Day, I've gathered some cheap date ideas to share with you. You don't have to spend a lot to have fun and get romantic! 1) Movie Night at Home Popcorn, Netflix, maybe some snacks, and your sweetheart is all that is needed for this date. What's more romantic than getting to snuggle up with your Valentine? 2) Game Night Pull out the board games, and have fun together! You can even invite some other couples over and have some friendly competition. 3) Bake Together This has the potential to
Depression, Life Tips

How I De-stress

How I De-Stress
Everyone has their own ways to de-stress. There are numerous ways to go about it, and none of them work for everyone. These are the ways I relax: 1) Games on my phone This works fantastically for me. I can distract myself from any intrusive thoughts with games. I have both mindless and more brainy types so I'm set no matter what I need. Some people might actually find this stressful, but it is a great diversion for me. Puzzle games and word games are my favorite. 2) Coloring Unless you live under
Cleaning, Depression, Life Tips

This Lazy Woman’s Guide to Housework

This Lazy Woman's Guide to Housework
I have never liked housework. Now that I deal with fibromyalgia, dysautonomia, and arthritis, I'm less able to do it. It still needs to get done though, so here are some of my thoughts and tips to get the most done with the least effort. Work out what your bare minimum is. What do you have to have done for you to feel you are not living in filth? For us, that includes vacuuming, sweeping the kitchen floor, doing at least one load in the dishwasher, and a load of laundry.
Cooking, Life Tips

4 Cooking Shortcuts (Plus 5 Really Easy Recipes)

4 Cooking Shortcuts and 5 really easy recipes
Even perfectly healthy people can find themselves short on energy at the end of the day. Anyone with chronic and/or mental illnesses knows that fatigue is a real problem. You still need to eat though. I usually find myself short on energy for cooking, so I've collected some helpful shortcuts over time. I'd like to share a few with you. 1) Buy frozen, precut veggies, like onions and bell peppers. This really reduces prep work. Bonus, they are easy to keep on hand and won't go bad if you don't use them
FYI

Flawed, Messy Life?

So what's behind that name? Glad you asked! When I decided to write a blog, I wanted to make it as authentic as possible. I am far from perfect in my life, and I find a lot of comfort in seeing that other people have similar struggles. I'm not the only one to have unwashed dishes, piled up laundry, and fighting kids. As much as I would like to be, I'm not an organized person. I'm not a great housekeeper. I'm not an endlessly patient parent. I am flawed. We all are,
FYI

10 Quick Facts About Me

I was born in 1979. I got married in 1997. My parents are divorced. I have a few chronic illnesses. I love to read. I am learning how to crochet and loom knit. I don't know how to drive a stick. I have a sister. At this point in time, we have three dogs, three cats, 16 chickens, and 2 fish. I live in the middle of Kansas and have done so most of my life. Want to know more about me? Check out my About Me page! Also