Monday, January 19, 2015

Goals for 2015

January's half way over and I decided to buckle down and make some goals. I am not expecting to start and be successful with these goals in January, but hope to make progress in these areas by the end of 2015.  Studies show that if you write your goals down, you are more likely to obtain them, so here goes. 

1.  Get a handle on my laundry situation.
2.  Set up an exercise routine for 3 days a week.
3.  Lose the 30 lbs that I gained in 2014. 
4.  Go to bed when my husband does.
5.  Follow a morning and night routine for keeping my kitchen clean.
6.  Stop eating out so much.
7.  Increase my water intake.
8.  Keep a prayer journal.
9.  Read the books that people have given me to "borrow" and give them back.
10. Hold my children more responsible for household duties.
11. Get rid of 2015 items from my house in 2015.
12. Finish decorating each room of my house.
13. Print out all my digital photos.
14.  Make digital baby book for at least one of my children.  (Bonus for all three!)
15. Tame the paper monster in our house.

I will be sharing more on these goals throughout the year.  What are your New Year's resolutions or goals? 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I'm BAAACK! least for now!  2014 was a tough year for me.  Losing my father was more difficult than I ever could have imagined.  With it came so many changes and challenges that I was basically in survival mode most of the year.  I look back and see a big blur.  I am hoping to get back on track in 2015 and start making this a year of growth.  I am starting this blog back up to keep me on track.   I really do miss my rambling.  

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Whatcha Eatin'? Week of March 24

Well, I finally got a membership to Costco. We made a trip there on Saturday to do a little shopping.  Thankfully my sister and mother came along to help with the three kiddos.  Come to find out, you can spend an awful lot of money in a little time. Plus, all the darn samples they are handing out makes you want to buy more.  That is why I ended up purchasing the $15 Chicken Alfredo meal we had last night.  It was delicious, but not so nutritious.  I admit, I loved the convenience of it!  However, $15 a meal is just not in the budget.  Needed to plan my menu based on what I already had in the pantry for the rest of this week.  Here is what I came up with:

Monday:  Costco Chicken Alfredo, Green Beans, Salad
TuesdaySalisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Dinner Rolls
Wednesday:  Taco Meatball Ring, Cooked Carrots
Thursday:  Steak Stir Fry over Rice, Cottage Cheese
Friday:  Upside Down Pizza, chips, veggies & dip
Saturday:  Family Get Together...not sure what I am bringing yet. 
Sunday:  Grillin' out!  Forecast is 64 and better not change.

I am linking this up with many other bloggers on Organizing Junkie's blog...join me and get some recipe inspiration! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles

This is one of my favorite meals.  It is simple.  It is yummy.  It is NOT healthy.  Sometimes we just need a little comfort food, and this is definitely the recipe that I go to. 

Original Recipe:

2 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cans of Chicken Broth (14.5 oz)
1/2 Cup of Butter
1 Package of Split Chicken Breasts (Usually 4 halves in a package)
1 24 oz package or Reames Egg Noodles (Must be this brand)

Cook chicken breasts, butter, soup and broth on low for 6 hours in crock pot. Pull chicken, then add Reames noodles. Cook another 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Salt and pepper to taste.

Changes I made: 

* I just use frozen chicken breasts...usually 3 for a full batch and 2 small if I halve it.
* I added a little chopped carrots and celery.  It makes you feel a little better about eating it.
* I added my salt and pepper to the crock pot when putting it all in.
* My noodles didn't take as long to cook. 
* Keep extra chicken broth handy if it gets too thick for your liking.

This makes a huge batch.  For our family of five,  I can get two meals out of it.  It is so tasty that my entire family will eat the leftovers.

***Special shout out to my sister-in-law Heather for sharing the recipe with me.***

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Whatcha Eatin'? Week of March 3rd

After several months of eating out and whipping together dinners, I am finally fed up and ready to make a menu this week!  I am organizing and cleaning out my pantry & freezer this month.  In fact, I am going to start phasing out all the processed foods in our home over the next month so we have quite a bit of food to get rid of. 

Monday:  Cream Cheese Crock Pot Chicken over Rice, Cooked Carrots
Tuesday:  Goulash, Salad, Garlic Bread
Wednesday: Leftovers or Chicken Strips & Fries(my hubby will be gone)
Thursday: Chicken and Noodles (Super Yummy and Super Easy recipe I will share this week!)
Friday:  Pizza
Saturday:  Cheeseburgers, French Fries, Baked Beans, Cottage Cheese
Sunday:  Chili, Cheese & Crackers, Veggies & Dip

I am linking this up at Organizing Junkie's blog.  Check out the other blogs to get some recipe inspiration.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Getting Back to (a new) Normal

Today marks two months since I lost the most important man in my life, my daddy. 

It still seems so unbelievable. It just happened so fast. Stupid Cancer. He fought for two months.  No more pain.  No more suffering.  For that, we are thankful.  It hurts. A lot.  It's different. But, it is definitely real.  I know it was all part of God's great plan, but there are still times that I question God.  Why my dad?

What about my children?  They still need their grandpa.  He loved them so much.  I still need him.  And my Mother. She's only 63.  Sometimes it just doesn't seem fair.

The past two months have been hard. Very hard. But, today as the sun is shining, I am reminded that there is always something to be thankful for.  Our God is always good.  While I miss my daddy, I rejoice that he is in Heaven. I am thankful for the two months that he fought to give us time. My siblings and I became closer.  We spent many nights together sleeping on the floor of my parents' bedroom during his last days.  We laughed together and cried together.  Now we grieve together, but I am thankful that we have each other.  My husband and I grew closer.  He was an amazing support during his illness.  Making sure I spent as much time as possible with my father.  Seeing my husband say goodbye to my father was a very hard, yet wonderful thing to experience.  Their relationship was special and for that I am thankful.   I have an amazingly strong mother and an incredible family.  I am truly blessed.   My three children will remember their Grandpa who adored them.  Between afternoon naps, tractor rides, trips to Florida, and everyday snuggles, my children were lucky to have a Grandpa who made them feel special and loved.  Yes, we miss him. A lot. He left behind wonderful memories and so many life lessons.  We must continue to make the best of each and everyday...and that's what I intend to do. TODAY, I am going to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back to (a new) normal.  I am going to start living life intentionally.  Join me.   

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gift Cards from Kroger make Great Gifts!

Still looking for the perfect gift?  Well, chances are you might not find it today, so why not purchase a gift card?  Right now Kroger is offering 4X the gas points when you purchase gift cards.  There are so many different stores to pick from.  Gap, Bass Pro, Old Navy, iTunes, Lowes, Chili's, Panera, Subway, Justice to name a few.  Why not save money on gas while shopping for Christmas?!

Also at, you can download coupons to get even more for your money.  Right now you can load a coupon good for $10 in free groceries when you purchase 2 Gap Gift cards.  Head to to find out more!

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

***I was notified of these awesome opportunity through Bzz Agent.  ***