Hi friends,I hope you're all doing well. I've been quite lately. A stomach bug hit our house and it's not been fun.
Today though, I wanted to pop in and update you a bit... so I'm doing it in a "5 things" form.
Ready?!1. I came across these photos from some that David had saved to my computer. Look at my Broseph. He's my favorite dog. He … // Read More...
We started Friday off by heading to Owen’s preschool for a Super Bowl party. It was cute. Chicken, fries, little games. He was so glad that David and I BOTH got to go. There’s a lot of other stuff from Friday that I just don’t want to get into. It was like awkward day or […]
Have you ever just gotten in a crafty mood? It hits me from time to time and this time I acted on it. I took Owen to preschool and then took myself to Target to purchase the supplies needed to whip this little sign up. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine’s day sign, […]
Courtney! Do not read this post! It’ll ruin the surprise. haha I’m a first-time Aunt and man, I love having a nephew! It’s so fun getting to shop for him. While I was at Target the other day grabbing a few things for the kids’ Valentine’s day, I thought about what to send baby Emmett. […]
Happy Monday, friends. I hope you guys had a great weekend. We sure did. On Saturday, we loaded up and headed to my Mom’s and spent the afternoon with her. Remember that pizza place we tried over the summer? She took us there for lunch and it was just as good as before. Yum! Fun […]
Muffins are a huge hit in our house! They’re quick and simple to make, they go a long way, and everyone loves to grab & go. So today I thought I’d share with you my go-to muffin recipe. It’s easy, quick, and tasty!
You will need: 2.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 c butter (melted and cooled) 1 c sugar 2 eggs 1 c milk 1 tbsp vanilla extract mini chocolate chips
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk. Slowly combine the wet ingredients mixture into the dry ingredients. Fold together, just combine the ingredients. Don’t overmix. Add chocolate chips and stir them in. (I eyeball it) Fill prepared muffin tin (I filled each a bit over 1/2 full) Bake for 13-15 minutes (times vary depending on your oven) Let sit & cool. Serve & enjoy. Or store in an airtight container. Makes 24 muffins.
#OOTD is an appropriate title, right?! Ha. I couldn’t think of anything catchy, so there ya go.
I am not a fashion blogger. You will not find $80 jeans on this blog. I am a mom, a frugal person, a thrifty lady, and overall…. I can’t justify paying $80+ for pants. I find most of my clothes at thrift stores or on sale. I did pay full price for the pants I’m wearing in these photos. You should know though that they’re from Walmart. I paid $15 for them because why would I pay $80+ for a pair I can pay $15 for?! Plus, they fit beautiflly.
Side note, I ran to Walmart the other day specifically hoping to snag a pair of pants that actually fit. I’ve been on a weird weightloss thing and all of the sudden my 12s were falling off of me. I went in hoping to walk out with a size 8. I grabbed a few pairs, a few brands, and a few sizes. Let’s talk about how the size 11s wouldn’t pull up my thighs, but I walked out purchasing an 8 petite. It’s all about the brands! And WHY WHY WHY are brands soooooo different that I bought an 8, but an 11 wouldn’t even pull up?! WTF is that nonsense?! Irritating. That’s what it is.
The point of today’s post… to show you my cute outfit and to tell you how important it is to just know your measurements. Look at my pants story above. As a matter of fact, I ordered some (major on sale) pants from Old Navy not long ago and I knew that I’d be returning them before they even got here. I just knew they wouldn’t fit right, I hoped and prayed, but I know my measurements and I knew that they just wouldn’t. Guess what — I was right! They didn’t fit properly and they left me with a saggy crotch. THAT IS SUCH AN OBNOXIOUS THING WHEN IT COMES TO PANTS!
Do you have any shopping woe stories like mine to share? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment or shoot me an email & tell me all about it. And please, where is the best place to find some curvy, short peopled jeans? If you know, definitely share! Thanks 🙂
I was messing around with the boys’ hair the other day. Fin was whatever about his, but Owen wore a beanie for a day and a half to hide his sort of straightened hair. It was the funniest day & a half ever.
That’s all I’ve got for this very Monday-y Monday.
You wake up to an alarm beeping in your ear, you press snooze… you eventually rag yourself out of bed a few minutes later and attempt to make some coffee before the morning chaos begins….
Too late though… in that 5 minutes of snooze time, your kids’ alarm clocks have woken them up. They’re asking for breakfast, you’re trying to explain to your daughter that tights just do not work as pants (We’ve had this conversation more than once) and why a long sleeve shirt is more practical than a short sleeve shirt in Winter to your son, you’re trying to drink your coffee while making breakfast only to hear, “I didn’t want that cereal/scrambled eggs/piece of toast, etc etc” Any of this sounding all too familiar?
Well, I can help….
Today I’m sharing a few tips to having a smooth morning.
Pick outfits for everybody the night before! Seriously, before you go to bed, check the weather for the following day & lay out an outfit for each kid! That way, they just wake up & get dressed! No struggle or argument on what to wear, no last minute searching for a sweater or socks. It’s so simple.
Start your day the right way. For me, that’s coffee and waking up before the kids. I take the time to make a good cup of coffee while the kids are still sleeping. I then sit and enjoy it without messing with anything work related or home related. I sit and sip while catching up on Facebook, or browsing Instagram or Pinterest. I need that 15/20 minutes to myself to just wake up. This morning, those few minutes were spent updating our chalkboard -I am still currently obsessed with that. After that, I prep my second cup and sit down at my computer to check my planner, catch up on emails, and then I get ready to get some work done. So do whatever it is that lets you have a relaxing start to the day.
Everybody gets the same breakfast, no questions asked or they feed themselves. Now this one might sound a little mean, but I promise you, it’s not. I’m obviously not going to feed all 3 of my kids something that they don’t like, but I know darn well that they all like cereal with marshmallows in it, or toast with the jelly that their Pa made from his apricot trees. Doing this takes the guess work out, it’s easy to mix it up throughout the week and then nobody says, “Oh! I wanted cereal, not toast” because they saw their brother eating cereal too.
Speaking of breakfast, keep a grab & go breakfast handy for those mornings that you have to rush out the door. For me, that’s preschool mornings… I get Fin & Maddie on the bus and off to school. I then shower and get ready while Owen is getting dressed. I grab my belVita Breakfast biscuit, a banana, my water cup and out the door we go! I munch on it while taking him to preschool or while sitting in the parking lot because I hit only one red light instead of 3 and got there early. These belVita Breakfast biscuits (click link to find a store near you) are perfect for grabbing & going. Unless it’s a weekend and I have time to cook/enjoy an actual breakfast, I usually just eat these. They come in various flavors and there is currently an Ibotta rebate you can take advantage of. (I used it just yesterday to restock on my belVita Breakfast biscuits)
July was a fun month. We got a few home projects knocked out, like our dining room table. That thing still makes me so happy. We also did our annual July Thanksgiving. I shared my favorite potato recipe & we made a kitchen stand. If you move around a lot, you should check out this post about immediate home purchases. I also shared some funny pictures in that one. Park trips & skinned knees happened quite a bit this month too. July was the month that David came home from a summer spent in the field.
Can you believe that 2016 is over? I’m kind of glad. The end of this year was extremely rough for me and I’m beyond ready to put it in the past. I’m also really excited about what 2017 is going to bring us.
In 2017, David officially is out of the Army & starts college classes. In the Fall, Owen starts Kindergarten so I’ll be KID FREE ALL DAY! Like, what do I even do with myself?! Isn’t that insane? I’m so used to running around a part day preschool schedule and having Owen as my shadow, that I really think I’m going to be a bit clueless. Maybe I’ll volunteer in his class? Haha. Maybe I’ll finally join the PTO. (Doubtful, I don’t like people).
Anyway, let’s take a quick look back on 2016. 2016 was full of changes, hopes, heartbreak, and just about every emotion you can possibly think of.
I shared my resolutions. I did manage to read quite a bit at the beginning of the year. I knocked out about 7/8 books which is like a record for me. Before I had kids, I read a lot… now though.. it’s just harder to find the time, I guess. There are just so many other things that need my attention first. I do hope to read more in 2017.
David & I went on a date and went down the Rabbit hole. What?! How exciting, right?! Need to up our dating game in 2017 for sure.
In February I shared our Dining room (which looks totally different now) and talked about how we decorated our house with a thrift store budget.
I also shared this post about a 3 day weekend, but check out the first photo… and now check out this comparrison photo of me wearing this exact outfit in November when I realized that none of my clothes fit anymore & was cleaning out my closet.
We spent a lot of time at the zoo until our membership expired. We so need to renew that. On this particular trip, Fin was the photographer.
June. June brought this Chicken bacon ranch pasta recipe. YUM! Because it gets SO hot here in the summer inside our house & I never feel like cooking real dinners, so quick and simple ones that don’t make the whole house that much hotter are a total win.
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Phew. Christmas is over. Doesn’t that just seem crazy? If I’m being honest, I’m a bit glad. I’m ready for normalcy again. Today I just thought I’d share a few highlights from our Christmas morning.
Can we talk about how much of a ham my dog is?! Seriously, he loved Christmas almost as much as he loved being in all of the photos. Bo is NOT a normal dog, you guys. He’s his own person.
So, Range 15… David’s favorite gift for sure. It’s about a group of Veterans that wake up after a night of partying to the zombie apocalypse. It’s ridiculous and awesome all rolled into one. I no joke highly recommend this movie. It was like the BEST gift I could’ve gotten him.
See Bo’s face? He loved all of the excitement of the day.
Fin got a Kindle. He was and is in heaven. We’ve been working really hard the past couple of months with Fin on responsibility and taking care of things. And we had no good idea on what to get him other than a ton of books and LEGO dimensions (Seriously, a great investment) games. We didn’t want all of his gifts to be just that, so we chatted it over and decided to give it a go. A new Kindle is relatively cheap and was on sale for $10 cheaper.
See that case? I had to order another one because David liked it so much. Haha.
YOU GUYS! My sister sent the kids the Pie in the Face game. IT IS HILARIOUS! If your kids didn’t get this game, I highly recommend you grab it up! HILARIOUS! (It also comes with a little sponge you can use instead of whipped cream)
I hope your holiday(s) was wonderful. Who else is ready for normalcy again?
Hi friends, I hope you’re recovering nicely from Christmas. My house is still a disaster. We tidied up most of the wrapper paper mess and the kids carried the majority of their stuff up to their rooms. Now it’s just a matter of rediscovering my kitchen countertops, catching up on dishes, and purchasing a new vacuum. Figures that mine died like days before Christmas, right?! Ugh.
Anyway… Day 3 and 4 of Christmas break were spent just hanging at home.
I finally started wrapping presents on December 23rd. Christmas eve eve. Nothing like not procrastinating. I did manage to get them all wrapped in only a few hours. I took a few breaks because sitting on the floor in the cold basement alone while wrapping presents is not only painful on your butt/back, but it’s quite boring. But, it definitely beat how we usually wrap. We usually stay up til awful unGodly hours on Christmas Eve wrapping EVERYTHING. We go to bed at like 9 pm. That just wasn’t going to fly this year. So on December 23rd, I sat my bum down there & got everything wrapped. I high-fived myself like a champ once I was finished.
I made the kids some snowman pancakes but messed them up because I was busy telling the kids to stop bickering. That’s parenting right there, folks. Ha.
The kids opened their Secret Santa presents from each other. They draw names every year. It’s hilarious watching them figure out who has who, but not actually realize that they know. Last year they ended up telling each other who they had AND what they’d gotten for each other. This year, they only knew who had who. They did a great job of keeping quiet about what they’d bought. It was sweet and hilarious to watch that whole thing go down.
I made chicken & dumpling for Christmas Eve’s dinner. Speaking of, I have a very important question for you… how do you make/eat your chicken & dumplings? I’ve always only known them as dumplings, chicken. That’s all that goes in it. But I see people adding vegetables and weird stuff all the time. So, please… leave a comment and let me know how you make/eat them and where you’re from. Is it because I’m from the south? Is that why we make them how we make them? David’s from the same place I am and he thinks it’s weird to add veggies too.
Read about the rest of our Christmas break here:
Day 1: Donuts & fun sweaters. Day 2: My 1st bath bomb & my obsession with chalk markers
Be sure to also read about our Gingerbread train that never got turned into a train and see a pic of Owen face planting/eating snow.
It’s a cold December morning. 5 A.M. was the wakeup time. 6:30 if you’re under the age of 10 is apparently an acceptable Christmas break wake up. My children don’t sleep in. But, I’ve been up since 5 myself so….
Day 2 of our winter break was way less exciting for the kiddos than Day 1.
Flu shots & Lab work & video games all day sums up Day 2. It was a pretty decent day on my end though.
I took Maddie & Owen in for their 2nd dose of shot. Maddie held my hands tightly. Owen was totally brave up until it was his turn. I had to pick him up and set him on the chair and then kind of hold him in place while he cried. Poor kid.
Following that load of fun, we headed to the Air Force Academy’s hospital for lab work for me to check the pregnancy levels. Hooray, huh?! Doesn’t Day 2 just sound like LOADS of fun? If you follow me on snapchat, you saw last week’s bloodwork rant & how that went. (Cocky little young person… I broke his streak of November since he wasn’t able to draw my blood…. he redeemed himself last week, but my vein was destined to swell & bruise after being poked too many times in a short period). Well, yesterday guess who calls me back?! Yup. Cocky little guy again. He made jokes about who did that to my arm and thankfully managed to stab me only one time. HOORAY! (I have tiny and deep veins… tiny and deep. Getting poked only once it like a dream come true. Normally it’s at least twice. AT LEAST). So, he managed to get it on the first prick from my left (the non-bruised, but heavily tattooed) arm. We high-fived afterward because we both know how hard that is to accomplish with my veins.
Anyway, so a few hours later a nurse called me to tell me my levels…. TWO! My pregnancy levels were back down to practically nothing. I’m no longer pregnant which is a really weird thing to be excited to hear, but it means I’m healing and that’s a really good thing. I have a followup next week for the surgery and I should be good to go. I can’t even explain how much that phone call has put me in a happier mood. I was starting to feel better, finally but hearing that just was the icing on the cake. It’s almost done. I can move on. I don’t have to go in for lab work anymore, I don’t have to get pricked and poked a million times. I can finally heal. It’s bittersweet, really.
In other news, (again you’ve already seen this if you follow me on snapchat), I got my chalk markers yesterday! WHOOOOOO-HOOOO! I can’t even tell you how excited I was for these things to come in. I’d ordered this chalkboard wallpaper MONTHS ago and finally had the oomph to hang it on a weird cabinet wall in my kitchen. It worked out perfectly & now I’m dying to hang more, but all of our walls have those weird bumpy texture to them, so that’s probably the only place it’ll really get hung up, which is fine but I’m all hyped about it so it’s kind of lame at the same time. Anyway… chalk markers were delivered and I immediately ripped em open.
Doesn’t it just look FUN?! Yes. Yes, it does! And it is! And I’m still so excited about them.
I also came home to a sweet package from a super sweet friend. I’ve never tried a LUSH product. (Don’t throw rocks at me!) so I about died of excitement when I opened this. It smells HEAVENLY!
Also, major props to LUSH for their packaging. The note was right on top, which means I didn’t have to dig. The wrapping was adorable and it’s recycled paper. That just makes me love them so much.
I have a favorite sweater. I love it. I love seeing people try to read it. I love when people comment on it. I LOVE THIS SWEATER.
I love David’s more. I fall over laughing every single time I stop to look at it.
When boohoo emailed me wanting to send me some sweaters, I quickly agreed because HOW FREAKIN’ FUN! I mean, just look at them!
David wore his the other day to “work” and had Owen with him. I can only imagine the strange looks he got, walking around Ft Carson with a 5yr old while wearing those sweaters. You know they made people’s days.
While wearing mine, I had someone hold the door open for me while saying, “How dare you call me a filthy muggle” in a joking tone. I laughed so hard. You have no idea the amount of people I saw trying to read my sweaters silently to themselves, but their lips would be reading it. So funny seeing people cock their heads trying to catch what it says as I walk by.
Fin & Maddie wore theirs on the last day of school and bounced out the door with excitement over the very idea.
You bet your butt, I tossed them in the washer so we could wear em again the next day! I planned to take the kids out for breakfast and then shopping for an early Christmas dinner with my Mom (Surprise, kiddos!)
Overall, day 1 of Christmas break started off wonderfully. And we all have some really cute Holiday sweaters.