Friday, March 24, 2017

Lyla girl. {birthday letters}




Happy birthday Lyla!! 

You will be FIVE son Sunday!! Someone hold me. You were the worlds happiest baby...a trait that thankfully stuck. 

I love you so incredibly much. Some would say I love you the best...or at least that's what I tell you anytime I get you alone. You have the cutest little ringlets at the end of your hair...and this adorable little freckle on your necklace. I love your brown eyes and your dimples...both of those traits you got from dad...speaking of dad...he's your favorite...I know because you tell me all the time...however you very quickly reassure me that I'm your second favorite. 

You love being outdoors...and could go exploring all the live long day. Your always up for adventure. You still aren't what I would call an eater...which is funny...because you're probably my healthiest eat way more veggies than your siblings. But...still...I think you find meal time incredibly dull. Just today I watched you abandoned a bowl of ice cream to go outside and play in the rain...see what I mean? love life. 

You require more discipline than your're want to see what the world has to offer with out anyone telling you it's ok to do so. I just know God is going to use that personality of yours to do mighty works for his kingdom...but until then...I'll do what I need to do to keep you safe.

You take such good care of Brooklyn...You follow Elisabeth everywhere...and you bond with Jude over the oddest things. 

Harvey is your best friend in the entire world. Sometimes I just find you laying of the floor with him...talking to him...snuggling with him.

You ADORE ALL dogs...and baby animals...anytime a baby animal is mentioned or squeal..."I WANT A BABY {fill in the blank}" 

You still love Chewbacca...and still claim that he is your future husband. You talk about how you can't wait to kiss his hairy face and look into his blue eyes...oh my. 

You have have got some style girl friend. You rock your outfit choice with total confidence...which some days is a full body monkey suit...and other days a dress your sister wore in a wedding. I think you should have your own fashion blog. 

You are currently saving all of your money to purchase a like to spend your after a year your up to about $ this rate you may have that puppy by the time you graduate. 

You don't like sad Your happy little heart can't handle sadness. If you think something might be remotely sad...your out. You are so compassionate when it comes to others...this is yet another trait I know God is going to use for his will on your life. 

You like toy videos...stealing gum from dads hiding spot...driving around the "Durango" in the back yard...not having your hair brushed...and you can get enough of the color blue. 

You are silly...have a crazy amount of energy...which is probably why you sleep 12+ hours a night...And I still have to wake you most mornings...I bet you'd sleep until noon if I'd let you. 

You are always happy...and always fun. 

I love you sooooooooo much little miss Lyla girl...I hope you can feel it your heart how much I care for you. 



Book giveaway


This is such a fun book from Tommy Nelson Publishing! Noah, Noah What Do You See? Is such a lively book! This will be an instant favorite in my home! The illustrations are darling and these simple books provide scripture for each page. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Meal planning + white bean dip.

This post is sponsored by Hiland Dairy but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

Do you meal plan? 

There are six family members in my household. Meal planning is a must.

We rarely eat isn't very economical and if you'd were to meet a few of my children you'd understand it isn't enjoyable...jk...sort of...with that said...98% of our meals are eaten right at our dinner table...which truthfully I love. 

Since we mostly eat at home...I meal plan. I've been doing this for a while now. I'd like to share a few tips that have helped me...nothing fancy just tips that help me stay organized, healthy and save money. 

1.) Never go to the store without a list. This is budget suicide. 

2.) Shop and meal plan around what's on sale.

3.) Check the weather. I can't tell you how many times I have planned to grill and then we have a thunderstorm...or I've planned soup and it's 80 degrees. 

4.) I always keep a frozen pizza or the ingredients for a salad on hand. These are both easy fall back meals for busy nights...or nights when plans may have changed...and you need a meal in a pinch.

5.) Save easy meals for busy nights...and more complex meals for nights you will be home.

6.) Make roll over meals...the concept behind this is cook once eat twice. For example...if the husband has made ribs...I will reserve a position of that meat to make sandwiches out of the next day. If I've made grilled chicken...I grill an extra piece or two and use the meat the next days meal...meal like nachos...quesadillas...or salad. 

7.) Try not to waste food. I have an easy white bean dip (I'm going to share at the end of this post) it is great for parties or an afternoon snack...we never finish the whole batch in one I will usually add this dip to left over grilled chicken...stuff it in a pita with tomatoes...spinach...cucumbers...and in minutes you have a healthy sandwich.

8.) Keep a stocked pantry...simple items like...broth...beans...pasta...sauce...and so on...items that can be turned into a quick meal. 

9.) There are some amazing sources for food THIS from Hiland just have to find them. 

10.) When all else fails...have cereal for dinner. I'm not even kidding. 

Do you meal plan?

Would you ever meal plan? 

Do you like white bean dip? I hope so because I'm about to share it with you. 

My recipe is so simple! It very healthy too...high in protein...low in fat...and all around yummy. I love serving this up with homemade pita chips or fresh veggies...and it taste awesome on sandwiches.

You'll need: 

Pita chips (store bought or home made) 
1 can of white beans
2/3 cup of Hiland Dairy low fat cottage cheese 
2 tbsp. of olive oil 
1/2 tsp. oregano 
Salt and pepper to tatse 

For pita chips...simple brush pita bread with olive oil and sprinkle garlic salt on top...cut bread into triangles...and bake at 350 for about 10 mins...until crispy. 

For dip...simply place all ingredients into a food processor and blend...that's it! See...I told you super easy. 



Be sure to let Hiland Dairy help you with all your Dairy and meal planning needs! 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

February recap.










Unusually warm weather! // I'll take it! // sunshine and park days // finally healthy! // let me take your picture before we go into church // Jesse James Park! // drinks and snacks first // watch me! Push me! Spin me on merry  go round! // getting out of school early to play // subbing // love day // class parties // painting the house // 7 million paint samples // finally got the right color /// ummmmm this isn't the right color // sorry sometimes that happens...want a new gallon of paint? thanks...I'm not painting again // more painting // headaches and ear aches // more park days // no school // lets go to the park // eating out...that never happens // da' Bronx and more parks // it's so beautiful out! // jump house and back yard baseball // silly string in the face // coffee and Jesus // birthday parties and pod cast // 

January recap.








January March...I'm really behind on blogging...better late than never. 

New Years // back to school // snow day! // playing in the back yard // snow tag! // too fluffy to build a snowman // snow melted a bit now we can make a snowman // snowman taller than dad // foggy mornings // nature sanctuary // snakes and critters // walking trails // slipping on that first step it's a doozy // laughing // posing with umbrellas // I'm tired let's go home // subbing // fevers // vomit // the flu // the last man standing // please don't cough or breath on me // so much sickness // laying around for days // sore muscles // almost ten! // the party must go on // an emoji party // what to do?? Should we cancel our plans...or keep them?? What if someone is still sick?? // off to celebrate our girl! // ten surprise envelopes! // chucks and games // build a bear // new baby dolls // Starbucks for treats // justice // let's try a new place for lunch // lunch time // off to the elms // check in // lets go swimming! // surprise visits from friends //caseys for dinner // birthday song with donuts // fevers again // no school // everyone is finally healthy! // a monkey suit // lets go scare grandma and grandpa //more sickness // so cold // brrrr // cabin fever // let play! Build an igloo...learn about habitats...make fake snow for our whales...penguins...and polar bears // rabbit rabbit // 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bathroom redo + Pfister.


 AFTER // BEFORE ... like my mis-matched drain?



It's so pretty. 

We recently re-painted our half bath on the main level of our house. It had been seven years since the last paint job. It was time. 

I'd like to say someone else painted to bathroom a VERY bold green with gold stencil...but it was me sooooooo. I liked it seven years ago...but change is good. 

I also understand that farmhouse style/ Joanna Gaines is all the rage...Don't get me wrong I love Fixer Upper...and I love white...but I'm more of a dark color girl...I like warm tones...golds...

Oh. I also have FOUR children...white would never work in this house. I'd lose my mind with trying to clean the cute tiny finger prints. 

For the paint I went with Inkwell from Sherwin Williams. 

The color is a deep dark blue...actually found in the black color hues. I was worried it would be too dark since there are no windows in the bathroom...but I think it turned out elegant. I brightened the bathroom up with gold and white decor. 

Next...I moved on to the eye sore in the room...the faucet. These faucets were your basic standard faucets that came with the house...except they were silver and I wanted a rustic chrome we decided to spray paint them. That was actually a very quick and affordable fix! However...there was really no way to paint the drain. Sooooo it stayed silver...classy, I know. If you can years of wear and tear on a spray painted was time for it to go. 

I have blogged for Pfister in the past and really fell in love with their quality products! So when they emailed me about a new program to review their amazing products for free...I was over the moon! 

I literally did a happy dance! 

They were gracious enough to sent me the Breckenridge faucet...I'm in LOVE with this look! 

The sleek and tall spout is exactly what I was picturing with this bathroom remodel! And...for the first time in years our drain has matched the spout. ( hallelujah!) 

This faucet was easy for me to instal...and of course by "me"...I mean the husband. He had this installed in a matter of time. We only ran into one hiccup...the water hose that came with the faucet wasn't long enough to reach the water pipe. This was a simple trip to the local home improvement store...and cost about $10. 

I am so happy with this's so fresh and elegant...the faucet is hands down my favorite part. I adore the look of this room so much...I thought about banning small children from using this restroom...I can call it the GUEST bathroom may work...for a week or so...

Cost breakdown: 

New hand towels: $6 (Sam's Club) 
New decor: $5 (Target's dollar section) 
Faucet: $195 (FREE in exchange for honest review via Pfister

COST: $240 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My favorite chocolate chip cookies.




These are the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

I wish they were my original recipe...but they are not...they are a copy cat recipe of Mrs. Field's...and my oh my...they are good. 

2 sticks of butter (softened) 
1/2 cup of sugar 
1 1/2 brown sugar 
2 eggs 
2 1/2 teas. Vanilla 
2 1/2 cups of flour 
3/4 teas. Salt
1 teas. Baking soda
1 teas. Baking powder 
1 bag of chocolate chips

You know the drill. Beat the butter, sugar and then eggs. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shape dough into golf ball size circles and bake for 10 minutes at 350°

Super easy to make...very hard to not eat ten.