Must Have Mondays

Must Have Mondays – Issue 14

Hey hey! Thanks for stopping by! If this is your first time here, Must Have Mondays is a bi-weekly roundup of a fave blogger/blog, recipe, and product of mine. The blogger is someone relatable, the product is always unique, and the recipe is always easy and yummy!

Enjoy!


This week’s recipe: {Clean Eating} Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Peppers by Citron Limette

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Photo courtesy of Citron Limette

My hubby and I are very conscious about what we eat on a daily basis. We don’t always do it, but we participate in “cleaning eating” more times than not throughout the month. This recipe from Citron Limette is not only one of my favorite cleaning eating recipes, but one of my favorite recipes in general. It is so, so flavorful and tastes so nice and fresh. It is also very filling! There are times we’ve just eaten this as the meal, but I’ve also served it with a leafy green salad with a vinaigrette dressing and it’s been great! And as always, it’s super simple as far as skill level in the kitchen goes! (Obviously! I was able to successfully make it hahaha)


This week’s blogger: Colleen Nichols of The Lunchbox Diaries

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Photo courtesy of Colleen Nichols

I am so excited to feature The Lunchbox Diaries this week for Must Have Mondays! This girl right here is pretty much as real as they get. She speaks mom truth like nothing I’ve ever read and I have related to more things and laughed at more things on her page than any other blogger. A few years ago she shared a post she wrote on Facebook and while I don’t remember what the specific post was even about, I remember returning to her page time and time again. Her blog is the first one I EVER read and here we are years later and she doesn’t disappoint.


This week’s product: GCap – Spill Proof Bottle Cap

I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Oh my gosh I loveeeeee this product! It is pure genius. I am the WORST at packing a diaper bag so I end up realizing somewhere along our daily adventures that I don’t have a sippy cup. There are SO many times I have bought water bottles while we are out and painstakingly tried to help my daughter drink from them without them spilling everywhere. Problem solved! (Also, if I’m being honest, I lost the lid to my own water bottle the other day and totally would have used this. I legit spilled it twice before I just ended up throwing it away.) The GCap is made of nontoxic, food safe elastomers, free of BPA, PVC, & phthalates. You stretch it over the mouth of any bottle It is also tear resistant and dishwasher safe. Can we get a hallelujah please for the fact that it’s dishwasher safe?! And also, as if they weren’t affordable enough, GCap has been kind enough to offer a discount code to all my readers. If you use code LIFE20 you will receive 20% off your order! Make sure you stop back by and let me know what you think! Happy shopping!!!

[Nestle Pure Life is a registered trademark of Nestle Waters North America]

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful, wonderful week!!!!

xoxo

Say Hello to Easy Weeknight Dinners

This post has been sponsored by HelloFresh. All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

If you have followed my blog pretty much ever you know that I am no chef. Actually let me rephrase that, I will NEVER be a chef! Or so we thought…”we” being my hubby and I. He must actually just love me! Believe me, it’s not the cooking!

Well all that was true until a couple weeks ago when we tried HelloFresh. They offered to send three meals for the week and it may be the quickest email I ever responded to! I’m desperate here guys! Something’s gonna give when it comes to this housewife with a meal on the table thing.

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I was so excited to get the box and immediately tore into it when it arrived. I am a bit obsessive compulsive, but everything was packed PERFECTLY. There was dry ice on the bottom, all the frozen meats that would be included in the meal, a cardboard separator, and then three labeled box with all the ingredients I’d need for each individual meal. And all of it was in a cooler bag, inside a cardboard box. Great packaging, I wasn’t worried that anything had gone bad! (And that’s saying something since I’m a little obsessive compulsive with that as well)

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The three recipes I chose, as you can see in the picture, were a chicken & orzo dish, a steak & potatoes dish, and a pork chop in creamy mushroom sauce dish. Each of the ones I chose came with a meat, a starch, and veggies. They also each come with step-by-step directions (and step-by-step pictures!) to help you along the way. For the most part, everything is also already measured out. You just have to do some of the chopping…easy enough!

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Another thing I loved about HelloFresh is that all of their recipes were short and simple. The longest start to finish time, of all three meals, was 35 minutes! Now I can deal with that on a busy weeknight!

I also love how fancy all the recipes look at the end! Again, that’s saying something for me who never has a beautiful meal presentation. It really is the meal combinations they have that compliment each other so well.

Here is the delectable picture of my plate the night we made the Upgraded Steak and Potatoes. It was seriously one of the best meals I have EVER eaten!

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On their website they always have completely free recipes too, which is so, so helpful! I can go back and look up the yummy recipes I tried out or scope out some recipes I want to try.

AND if you visit the HelloFresh website right now you can get $15 OFF your first box!!!! Which in some cases is like a 50% discount!

Bon apetit!

Don’t forget to come back and let me know which meals you ordered!

 

 

 

 

Adalynn’s First Snow Day EVER!

As we sitting here waiting for an impending snow storm, I can’t help but think back to Adalynn’s first snow last year! People up North would probably laugh at the teeny bit we had, but hey, it’s a good amount for Virginia. (Hence, why everyone is freaking out about us possibly getting 16+ inches tomorrow!)

Anyway, here’s a few photos we took last year (2016) after bundling her in THE cutest little bear suit. We were only outside for about five minutes but we obviously HAD to document it!

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Can’t wait to take some updated pics! Just need a little bit of snow for that… 😉

Seriously though wherever you are, be safe out there!!!

xoxo

 

 

I’m Coming for ya 2017!!!

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If I’m being super honest, I kinda get annoyed with all this resolution, goal-setting talk around the New Year. My reason being is because I feel like people don’t actually take the time to really stick to it. Also because every single day is a fresh start. Heck, every second is, just blink and you’ve got a whole new day ahead of you.

With that being said, however, I do get an overwhelming feeling of starting fresh when the New Year hits. With a lot on my plate this year (an always active toddler, a growing blog with growing social media channels, & a possible part time job in the near future) I actually feel pushed to create a list of sorts. It’s easy as a busy mom, especially one that stays home, to say, “oh I didn’t get to that today, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Well instead of constantly “doing it tomorrow” I wanted to create a solid list that I think on everyday and work towards.

That is not to say that I will feel defeated if come December 31, 2017 if everything doesn’t have a pretty check mark next to it! This is a list of things I’m going to work towards and try to accomplish. It will not be forced. I want it to be a fun year, a year of adventures and loving life!

I have lots of things I want to accomplish, I have so many aspects of my life, I have broken down everything like an OCD psycho into categories.


Here we go:

Faith:

Finish reading the Bible – I want to read it from cover to cover. I started a while back, but this will be the year I finish it.

Start serving on a serve team again – Before Adalynn was born I served every Sunday, helping with offering. Now that she is comfortable in nursery I need to make the time to serve again.

Marriage:

Establish a recurring date night and stick to it – We used to have a date night every Wednesday; becoming parents and John’s current job make that much more difficult. We also had gotten a bit lazy about actually finding interesting and different things to do each week. I don’t anticipate this being a weekly thing, since we do have a little one, but we’ve all but stopped having one so we need to bring those back!

Attend a marriage event/conference – A couple years ago our church hosted an event for married couples. There was a speaker, lunch, and one-on-one activities. It was a really great bonding experience and I’d love to go to one again.

House:

Put shelves in the half bath – We have painted, hung pictures, and gotten a new light fixture, toilet paper holder, towel rack, anddddd faucet. We literally just need to hang shelves and the project will be complete!

Finally finish the office (chair, some sort of shelfing) – This is a room we’ve really struggling with what to do with. It is just a big square with four windows, but it ends up housing random stuff, yet also has big empty spaces as well.

New carpet in the guest bedroom – Thanks for our dog, this needs to be replaced.

Reading nook in the master bedroom – One half of our master bedroom literally has no furniture. We are hoping to add a chair, lamp, and small shelf to create a cozy little area to read or relax.

Tile in the master bathroom – Part of it is carpeted, need I say more?!

Curtains in the remaining rooms that don’t have them – I’m tired of just looking at plain, white shades in almost every room.

Picture frames up to date and hung up – self explanatory, and embarrassingly enough this also includes our wedding photos…from almost five years ago!

Get furniture for the front porch – We have a sweet little porch with white railing and I would love to put some patio furniture or rocking chairs out there.

Family:

Do a family date day/night at least once a week – This is a really important one as well, especially now that Adalynn is at such an impressionable age.

Talk about plans for Baby #2 once Adalynn is potty trained – Don’t start harassing me or peppering me with questions just yet 😉 Adalynn may not even be potty-trained this year, but if so we feel like that’s a great time to talk about expanding our family.

Travel:

Take a 5 year anniversary trip with my hubby – I have hopes for a big trip for this one, but finances, time, and arrangements for Adalynn will obviously take precedence.

Take a family trip – We’ve never been on one! My wanderlust heart can’t take it anymore!!!

Take a girls trip – Myself and most of my girlfriends turn 30 this year. A girls trip is obviously necessary!

Check out 1+ states on my bucket list (this can be incorporated into one of the above trips) – I’ve already been to 27, but I’ve got 23 to go…

Career:

Find something part-time working with children, preferably in reading – I am a former elementary school teacher with a reading specialist endorsement and am starting to miss that part of my life. I love this season of being a mom to a little one, however, and am SO grateful to be able to stay home with her, so that is why I only want something part-time.

Fitness:

Compete in another half marathon – I haven’t decided if I want to do the Rock & Roll Half again or try a new one! Maybe I’ll do more than one 😉

Compete in at least three 5k (or longer) races – I love the adrenaline, happiness, and just plain FUN that surrounds organized races. I didn’t do many in 2016 and I missed it terribly!

Practice yoga 2+ a week – Yoga is something I’ve always wanted to do and when I was pregnant with Adalynn I did it almost everyday. I think it helps my overall demeanor and quite frankly my labor, overall. I haven’t taken the time to commit to it since she’s been born and I’d love to!

Blog:

Host 5-10 bloggers for a series – I have always so enjoyed guest posting on other people’s blogs and love the connections you make so I’d love to host my own.

Update the layout – This page needs a face lift and some housekeeping touches

Publish 10+ posts a month – I don’t necessarily want to post on the same days every week, but I do want to publish posts more regularly than I have in the past.

Take a course (online or otherwise) to become more knowledgeable of my camera – We have a Canon and I know I could do some great things with it if I knew what the heck I was doing!

Social Media Channels (Blog):

Grow Facebook & Twitter to 1,000 followers – self explanatory

Become more familiar with Pinterest & StumbleUpon – I’ve heard these are great for sharing blog posts so I would love to use them more often.

Grow Instagram to 10,000 followers – self explanatory

Financial:

Set up a working budget and stick to it – This is something that we haven’t stuck to in the past and I think it’s really important.

Meal plan weekly & don’t go to the grocery store more than once a week – I have found myself spending more money than necessary due to sporadic grocery store trips. I am going to take the time to meal plan, really figure out what need to be purchased, and make a weekly trip.

Continue tithing every single week – This is something I have faith in and starting in December 2016 we did it every week. We will continue doing so in 2017.

Miscellaneous:

Finish junior and senior year of college scrapbooks – Yes, I’m that behind!

Make family photo albums – I know I have digital copies of pretty much everything, but I just love sitting around flipping through actual pictures

Find a cleaning schedule that works for us – Another thing we do sporadically in this house is clean. We do some things more than others, some things are forgotten, and we forget when what was done. I have had friends recommend an actual cleaning schedule and then you do a few things a day, week, or month, and it doesn’t become one overwhelming task.


So this is not something I would typically share with others, but I wanted to because I think it will help me stay accountable!

I also wanted to hear if you think I could tone it down or do more on any of the things I stated!

And last, but not least, if you do anything of the things I’ve listed and have any tips, PLEASE feel free to share. I’d appreciate any tips and tricks you have!

Thanks for reading along!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

xoxo

 

Must Have Mondays

Must Have Mondays – Issue 13

HAPPY NEW YEAR! And happy 1st Monday of the new year!!! You know what that means – Must Have Mondays!

If you’re joining for the first time this is a biweekly series where I share a blogger/blog, a recipe, and a product that I absolutely love. The recipe is one that is tried and true, the blogger is someone I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and their blog one I’ve read multiple times, and the product is something I actually use in my home – all three of which I think others would be interested in.

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy!*


This week’s recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken by Taste And See

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Photo courtesy of Taste And See

You guys!!! This recipe is so easy and SO good! It has simple ingredients and directions and is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. I have made this more times than I care to admit. Haha Seriously though, it pairs good with so many different sides and is so juicy and tasty. Like I said, it is also simple, but being parmesan crusted makes me feel fancier than other simple dinner recipes. Try this out; I promise you won’t be disappointed!


This week’s blogger: Patricia Taylor of Life of a Minister Mom

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Photo courtesy of Patricia Taylor

This girl right here inspires me so much! She is real and honest and has such a huge heart! I’ve been following her blog for almost a year now and she has left me speechless or with tears on my eyes more times than I can count. She blogs about what is on her heart and doesn’t hold back. It is just downright refreshing! She also has adorable daughters that often make their way on to her page, and that always makes me smile as well. If you’re looking for real talk and a beautiful heart Patty’s blog is the one for you!


This week’s product: Silicone holders by Holster Brands

I saw this products a few months ago and knew I HAD to have them. As someone who likes things orderly, give me any and everything that helps things stay organized! I also may be partially addicted to my straightener so this was right up my alley as well since there’s never enough room on my bathroom counter (anyone else?!)

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If I’m being honest, I thought they may have hang as easily as shown, but somehow they’re even easier to hang than they look. They are also very secure! One of the coolest things about their silicone holders is that they come in a variety of colors so you can even get them to match whichever room it’ll be going in.

 

 


Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it more than you know!!!

*If you have any suggestions and would like to be part of Must Have Mondays shoot me an email at: andthenlife@gmail.com

 

Skinny Doesn’t Equal Happy

To The Gym Instructor who Changed my Life –

I’m writing this letter because, quite frankly, I am appalled at your behavior.

When I entered your class the other morning, not only was it my first day of your class, or any class at all for that matter, but it was also my first day at the gym. Yes, here I am at 28 years old going to the gym for the first time. I am a confident, overall fit person, but the gym is an intimidating place for me. I’ve always enjoyed a nice run outdoors or an at-home workout tape. I don’t know if I’m using the weights correctly, I don’t know how long to stay on certain equipment or how many reps I should be doing, I don’t know if my exercise combinations have any rhyme or reason with one another. Yes, I can ask these things, but like I said this is one place I’ve continually felt out of place.

Anyway, your class went really well and I really enjoyed myself. I was also quite proud, if I’m being honest. I’d made myself go to the gym and I’d had a great time!

A few minutes after class you saw me leaving with my 9 month old daughter in tow. You and a few other ladies from the class, who you seemed pretty close with, approached us with smiles on your face. Oh, I felt so welcome and comfortable at last.

“How are you sooooooo skinny right after having a baby?” you asked. I kept a smiling face, but inside I groaned.

“I’m actually struggling with my weight now and have a very high metabolism……” I started  to quickly explain, not sure where my courage came from on this particular day, but thinking I’d have an ally in the gym instructor. I mean you’re a professional, right?

“She has a fast metabolism,” you, the instructor of all people, say to the other women, with a laugh.

I was crushed and I didn’t know what to respond with at that point and turned the attention to my smiling baby.

“Skinny” was one of the the words I always thought I’d want to hear one day as a new mom.

Not now.

Not that’s it’s really any of your business, but since the birth of my daughter my weight has plummeted. My doctor is concerned about my high metabolism (which is apparently hilarious to you) and I’m 15 pounds less than before I even got pregnant. I am losing muscle mass. I have one pair of pants that comfortably fits me.

While others look at me and see that I’m so lean, I look at me and see a long road ahead. The week beforehand I had signed up to work with a trainer on the muscle mass problem. I am trying to eat tons to keep up with what I’m losing between the breastfeeding demands of nursing exclusively and for having a metabolism that’s off the charts. I am also being overly conscious of my intake because I don’t want my weight to sky rocket once the breastfeeding is done.

Aside from all this, I’m still getting used to my forever changed body from childbirth. My sagging breasts, my stretched out belly button, my thinned hair. And although I’ve lost a lot of weight it doesn’t mean I’m tone. Part of me looks skeletal, part of me looks deflated. I don’t like to look in the mirror. It’s a lot to take in. I wish I didn’t care but I’d be lying to say it didn’t matter.

And what a strange question, anyway – “why are you so skinny?”

Is it okay to go around and ask people why they’re “so short,” “so pale, ” “so fat?” You probably wouldn’t (hopefully wouldn’t!) do those things, yet you think it’s okay to ask someone why they’re “so skinny.”

And what’s sad is my trust is shaken now. You completely humiliated me! I took the leap of faith and pushed myself to attend to the gym. I immediately trusted you since you worked there, especially since you were a female instructor. I felt you were someone safe I could talk to. I’m the new girl. The one whose doctor wanted her here. Yet, now I feel like I have to answer differently. Giggle it off and get nowhere, like I’ve been doing.

As I sit here writing, however, I am learning a lesson myself.

I know there’s times I’ve said something about someone’s height, weight, hair, body size, or skin! Maybe even some sort of awkward question that I didn’t really think out before letting it leaving my lips. I’ve never been purposefully hateful, it’s all been out of love, but still! There’s probably been a time or two I’ve made someone uncomfortable.

And I am so, so sorry!

For some reason our society has it embedded in our brains that it’s okay to make remarks about the tall and thin but you wouldn’t want to say the words “short” or “fat.” They’ve said that tall and thin is the way to be but the fact is here I sit tall and thin and more insecure than ever before. Just because someone’s body looks how we think they’d be happiest with it, it doesn’t mean they are.

I am hurt by your mocking and laughter that followed my true answer when asked about my weight. I’d like to open my eyes and forget it, but unfortunately it still stings. I forgive you, however, because my hope is that you didn’t mean it to be as hurtful as it was.

I forgive you if for no other reason than the fact that society has trained us to not be gentle with one another. To zero in on a body type and assume everyone should look like that, and that those that do, are happy, and those that don’t, are not.

And honestly, looking back now, I’m thankful it happened. It hurt me, but it taught me more about myself. It taught me to love myself when I’m doing the best I can. It taught me to love the process, especially since this body is what brought my daughter into this world. And even more than that, I’m thankful because it taught me to love others more than ever before; to always be careful with my words and actions because we never truly know anyone’s inside battles.

And for that, I thank you.

Sincerely,

A Changed Woman

 

 

{Before you make a comment about someone’s body, reconsider it. Unless you are telling them how BEAUTIFUL they are, don’t open your mouth.}

{XOXO}

Must Have Mondays

Must Have Mondays – Issue 12

Hey love bugs! It’s the last Must Have Mondays coming to you in 2016! The next one will post January 2nd of the new year and will be my first blog post of the New Year. How exciting!

Until then, here’s my faves this week!


This week’s recipe is Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini by Bombshell Bling

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Photo courtesy of Bombshell Bling

You guys! This recipe is SO delicious! It’s pasta and has a creamy sauce, do I really even need to say more?! Seriously though, this is such a great winter recipe. Nice warm pasta with a creamy spinach, tomato sauce. Perfect to throw in a bowl, grab a glass of wine, and get cozy on the couch! It’s also a really simple recipe and has been our go-to many nights when we are scrambling to get dinner on the table. We don’t normally have leftovers for long with this one though! Yum!!!


This week’s blogger is Jacki Quinones of Crazy Life with Littles

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This girl right here y’all! I can’t even handle her! She is a spit fire and I just love her blog! She is HONEST, she is REAL, she is FUNNY! Oh yeah, and she takes great pics, likes wine, and has cute kids! I mean why aren’t you following her already?! Seriously though, she is a mommy blogger and has some really awesome posts! On your blog you can find great kid product reviews, fashions for both moms and kids, recipes, DIY projects, and party planning ideas. She did a potty training party for her daughter and it was the cutest!!!! Check out her page, you won’t be disappointed!


This week’s product is the toy along from Hny Baby

I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own. 

This product is so great! One of my daughter’s favorite things to do right now is throw things out of her crib, out of her carseat, out of her stroller, and just throw things in general. (Please tell me it’s not only me!) Because of this habit she’s become quite fond of, the toy along has been a life saver. (Or should I say toy saver?? Haha) It has an adjustable strap that fits around many different toys and then can be attached to things with just a snap. Literally. Hny Baby has lots of great patterns and colors! Along with the toy along, they also carry a sippy strap and a handful of other great products!

XOXO

6 Ways To Stay Organized

I am a mama, wife, and (obviously) a blogger. Organization is key unless I want to lose my mind. And the thing is, while I am those three things, staying organized was important before any of those things were identities of mine!

The new year is right around the corner which means new year’s resolutions, or what I better like to refer to them as, GOALS, are running rampant. That’s a good thing, but one of your goals this year should be to actually stick to them!!!

With that being said, if getting organized is one of your goals for 2017, you’ve come to the right blog post! 🙂

Below are six ways that I stay organized.

1 – Pack any and all bags the night before.

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Whether it be a lunch bag, a diaper bag, a suitcase, whatever it may be, make sure it is packed the day before said outing, event, trip, etc. This will save lots of time in the morning, even when you’ve planned extra time! It also leaves you 12ish hours to think of something random that you may have forgotten and you’re able to throw it in the bag.

2 – Use a filing system.

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This particular file was made by one of my best friends as a baby shower gift! (Score!!!)

The filing system doesn’t have to be anything fancy. File folders and expandable files are super cheap at most local stores. Simply take a few seconds, label the tab, and insert the documents. Then when you need those documents again, they’re right where you left them. (This can also be with emails; most email providers have folders you can drag and drop emails in!)

3 – Write yourself notes.

Don’t assume you’re going to remember, you’re not mostly likely not going to! Whether it’s an adhesive note on the bathroom mirror or a piece of paper on the table by the door. If it’s something that you don’t normally do, write it down, and put the reminder somewhere you’ll see it.

4 – Make sure you have a planner. (And use it!)

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I’ve gotten {lovingly} picked on by my friends since high school for always having a planner. It keeps me organized because I am able to instantly pull it out and add dates and times as needed. Appointments aren’t forgotten! I am aware of the time of an event way ahead of time! And I also don’t overbook myself. There is nothing more embarrassing than telling someone you’d be able to make it to something and then realizing you already told someone else the same thing. (Okay so maybe there’s a time or two in my lifetime that I forgot to use my planner!) That won’t be happening now that I’ve found the best planner of them all – a Start planner.

5 – Keep clutter down.

Whether you’re working at your desk or playing with your kids in the floor, once you’re done there, clean up the mess! It seems daunting to stop and do it at that moment, but it’s something I’ve recently started doing and it’s helped so much! I hesitate for a second and want to say, “I’ll do it later,” but when later comes, guess what? I still don’t want to do it. At least if I did it then it is done and more importantly if I’m looking for a particular toy or piece of paperwork, it will surely be found quicker, if the space it’s in is neat and tidy.

6 – Keep a notepad and pen by your bed.

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I may or may not have also been picked on for this little trait of mine before, as well! I don’t know about you, but my mind is really going when I’m trying to sleep at night. I remember things I forgot that day and things that I don’t want to forget the following day! By keeping a notepad and pen in my nightstand, I can quickly pull it out and jot down what I’m thinking. Not only does it clear my mind so I can sleep better, but then in the morning I’m not trying to remember what I thought of half-asleep the night before!


As you may have seen hyperlinked above, I have officially ended my lifelong journey to find the PERFECT planner. My Start Planner is a game changer. It has tabs for goals, finances, list making, and of course, daily and monthly calendars. Aside from its extreme functionality, it is gorgeous. The front of the planner is an actual watercolor painting. It also has beautiful gold corner details. It is sturdy and spiral bound and there is even a folder on the inside cover.

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Well today is YOUR LUCKY DAY!!!!! I have partnered with Start Planner to give away a 2017 planner! Not only are they giving you the chance to win one, but they are also giving you a FREE party download just for entering! Good luck! Click here to enter!

Now tell me, what’s one goal you have for 2017?!

XOXO

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Baby’s First Icecream

I don’t know what has made me so nervous about Adalynn trying icecream for the first time, but she finally did it!

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It was my mom’s birthday about a week or so ago, so what better time to try icecream for the first time, right?!

Besides the obvious, I purchased birthday cake flavor because the packaging made me think of a certain cake we’d make for EVERYONE on their birthday that was white cake with sprinkles in the batter! Yum! Any of my college besties reading right now?!  You know what I’m talking about!

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Adalynn knew something yummy was coming from the second I pulled it out of the freezer! She knows that anything that comes out of that big silver box in the corner of the kitchen is something she can eat or drink! And this girl is a fan of food!

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She was actually getting a bit sassy in this picture because she couldn’t figure out how to get the top off and was upset that banging her spoon against the top wasn’t helping.

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Mommy to the rescue! But wait….why is it cold? And solid?

And then came the first bite…

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“I think I like this stuff…”

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Those eyes! Haha She was lovin’ it!

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And then I remembered her bib…just in time for the last bite! Oops!

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Thanks again to Halo Top!

Must Have Mondays

Must Have Mondays – Issue 11

Yay! Finally back on schedule with these posts!!!!

If this is your first time checking out Must Have Mondays, it’s a biweekly series here on my bloggidy blog! It features a blog/blogger, a recipe, and a product. The blog is one I love to read, the recipe – a yummy one, I’ve most likely pinned on Pinterest, and the product – a tried and true one that we use in our home.

Enjoy this week’s round up!


This week’s recipe is Chicken in Creamy White Wine Sauce by Go Eat & Repeat

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Photo courtesy of Go Eat & Repeat

Give me all the cream sauces, all the wine, and all the bacon! I knew this recipe was a must try when it first graced my computer screen….and it did not disappoint! It also is a chicken dish and if you know me at all you know chicken is a staple in this house! This recipe has just enough perfect, yummy ingredients and hits the spot. And it’s even more delicious paired with a glass of wine, duh! It’s also super simple, made entirely in a skillet, which is always a win for me! Check out the recipe and pin it so you can make it for dinner sometime soon!


This week’s blogger is Christina Boyce of Blissfully Boyce

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Photo courtesy of Christina Boyce

Christina Boyce! If you haven’t heard of this gal and you’re in the blogging world you may live under a large rock. If you haven’t heard of this gal and you’re not in the blogging world, I forgive you, but you must go check out her blog RIGHT NOW! This girl rocks the blogging and social media world like no other and after meeting her a few months back I like to think I can now call her a real life friend 😉 Seriously though, she is a tell it like it is girl and she blogs what she wants, when she wants! Her posts about faith, motherhood, and life in general always leave me smiling and often times laughing hysterically. Check her out right now!


I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

This week’s product is Snap & Shop Tray

Oh my gosh you guys!!!!!! This product is seriously a game charger! My child eats all the time, but I always either forget to bring a snack or don’t bring enough. Now I just leave this holder next to my car keys and fill it up before we head out for any long errands. I usually would have to buy something in the store and then just pour it into the shopping cart cover. Gross! But hey, anything to prevent a temper tantrum!!!! You with me?! Anyway, this little tray fits snugly to the cart handle (it has different settings) and it also works with a cover, as I’ve shown. It is pretty deep too so it holds lots of goodies! My non-stop eating actually didn’t even finish everything! (Anyone that knows her, knows that’s unheard of!) Check them out! You’ll be impressed by how affordable they are, as well 😉

As always, thanks for stopping in!

XOXO