Am I the only one who struggles with balancing a career and being a mom? This past year my life has seemed so out of balance that I felt like something needed to change. Yesterday was my last day at my job after 11 years. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made and I still question did I make the right decision. There are so many questions. Will we be able to make it as a one income family? Is this the right thing for my children? Am I crazy for leaving a secure position? Did I just throw 11 years away to have to start all over when I decide to go back to work? Is my husband really okay with this? (more…)
I almost didn’t make it this month on my scrapbooking challenge! As I said previously, my goal is to work through one of the Close to My Heart Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kits each month. By doing this, I can get three double page layouts completed each month. This month I chose to use the No Worries Kit. It is an awesome kit for all of those beach pictures I have been storing in boxes over the last ten years! (more…)
This will be the last Menu Monday for a few weeks. I’ll still be meal planning over the summer but it will be way more flexible. It could involve lots of random salads and grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ll still be trying new recipes that I find on Pinterest so I’ll be sure to post those on Facebook!
This week got thrown off a little. The dish we were supposed to have on Sunday called for chicken that I had in the freezer. Around 4:00 it hit me that I had never taken it out of the freezer! Good thing I had all the ingredients for our all time favorite Lasagna Soup! (more…)
Do you have an appliance that you use everyday? For us it is the espresso machine and the smoothie blender. I make the kids a Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie every day. I keep waiting for them to get tired of it. Since they have one every day, I prep them three at a time. The accountant in me loves the efficiency of this process.
We have the Ninja Professional Blender and Nutri Ninja Cups. This makes our mornings so much easier! It only comes with two cups so I always order another set of cups so that we have extra to make ahead. (more…)
It officially feels like summer! School is out on Friday and the pool has been open for weeks! If you are like us, we love being able to grill out more. This weekend I tried a new recipe for Sausage and Veggie Foil Packs. These would be awesome to take on a camping trip. We used a bratwurst sausage in ours and threw them on the grill. The next night we grilled chicken and corn on the cob. Delicious! (more…)
Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone had a great time this weekend! We definitely took advantage of the long weekend with a trip to the zoo and our first pool outing of the season. So much fun! In fact I was so busy with swim suits and sunscreen that I forgot to start our pork tenderloin in the crock pot this morning. We improvised with a new recipe for the grill so it worked out nicely! (more…)
As I mentioned last month, I have challenged myself to scrapbook every month. My goal is to complete three double page layouts using the Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking Kits by Close to My Heart. I could not meet this challenge without the help of these kits. They keep me focused on what I am working on and give me a starting point. Once I choose a kit, I decide what kind of pictures I want to use. Since I have several years of pictures to do this has not been a problem. (more…)
Happy Monday! I hope everyone has had a great start to a new week! We have been pretty busy. When your child is in preschool, there are lots of birthday parties to attend. We don’t go to all of them but I do enjoy taking her to most of them. She loves playing with her friends from school so much! This weekend we were invited to a party on Sunday at 5:00. I wasn’t sure what I would do about dinner on Sunday night with a party at this time. Luckily I remembered an easy recipe for the crock pot! This Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is so easy and delicious. I threw everything in the crock pot before we left for church Sunday morning and it was ready when we got home from the party. It goes great over rice or pasta. (more…)
We only have a few more weeks here until school is out for summer break! It always seems like there is so much time at the beginning of the break, but it goes by in a flash. This year we have made a list of things we would like to do to keep us on track. Most of these items require zero or little cash since we will be trying to budget this summer. If you need more ideas, check out my Summer Pinterest Board. (more…)
I have been on a mission to keep a weekly monthly grocery budget! This is a lot harder than I realized. It definitely helps that we meal plan each week and also use leftovers as much as possible. This weekend we grilled chicken so we saved the leftover chicken for rice bowls. This is a super easy and quick meal for weeknights. (more…)