Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Did this week fly by for anyone else, or was it just me? We have been busy with everyday activities, after school activities, and a few errands. Any way, wherever you are and whatever you do have a wonderful weekend and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite woah: Samuel’s Salted Caramel Peanut Brownie Bombs. Someone hand me a napkin to wipe the drool off my keyboard. These look heavenly!






Favorite comfy: Express London Tee. I saw this and it looks really comfortable and I want one in every single color!




Favorite funny: 35 Funny Parenting Tweets. #5 got me like ??? They just get funnier the more you read them!




 Favorite sweet: Strawberry Lemonade Donuts. So easy, so summery…sign. me. UP!




What are some of your favorites? Have an awesome weekend!!! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Slow Cooker Thursday- Lasagna

Lasagna just got so much easier with this Slow Cooker Lasagna! Layer everything in the crockpot–even UN-COOKED noodles!


This slow cooker lasagna is a WINNER!  All of the time consuming parts of lasagna–the many dishes and all the prep, are taken away.
I love that this recipe doesn’t even require you to cook the lasagna noodles before hand. You can use regular lasagna noodles, and then just layer the sauce, noodles and cheese.   The lasagna takes about about 4-5 hours to cook on low.  If you are really in a rush, you could could put the slow cooker lasagna on high and it would be done in about half the time!
Who knew you could make delicious homemade lasagna in the crock pot.


How to make Slow Cooker Lasagna:
Prepare the red sauce, first. I make my own  homemade spaghetti sauce for the sauce, but you could use any bottled marinara sauce you like.

Add a little sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker.

Top with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. Break them if necessary, to make a single layer.

Spread some of the white cheese sauce mixture over the top.

Repeat for two more layers, ending with red sauce. Sprinkle more cheese all over the top.

Cover and cook on LOW in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours or until the noodles are tender.

Here is the full recipe! Enjoy!




Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage (I use hot)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion , chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 29 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 8 oz. pkg regular lasagna noodles , uncooked
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef, Italian sausage and onion. 
  2. Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, and water. Stir and simmer 15-20 minutes. (You could make the sauce in advance!)
  3. Spread a fourth of the meat sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker. Arrange a third of the noodles over the sauce (break the noodles to fit, if necessary). 
  4. Combine the mozzarella, cottage cheese and parmesan cheese; spoon a third of the mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. 
  5. Top with remaining meat sauce and sprinkle with extra mozzarella cheese, if desired.
  6. Cover and cook on low for about 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender.
  7. Serve with home breadsticks and a salad.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Inspirational Quotes

Hi Lovelies!

I just wanted to pop in and share some of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou, Helen Keller, Carol Burrnet, and Christopher Reeve.

Have a good night and I will see you tomorrow with  a new blog post.

















Thursday, April 12, 2018

Slow Cooker Thursday- Ham and Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup that’s creamy, full of vegetables and chunks of ham, finished off with milk and sour cream for a easy and delicious hearty soup.

 Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup is a delicious set it and forget it type of meal your family will enjoy. With less than 20 minutes of prep work your slow cooker is set and ready to go. The Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup simmers away on its own, melting the vegetables into this delicious creamy base. A quick mash, a bit of heavy cream and sour cream and dinner is served! 



Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup

Ingredients
  • 8 cups russet potatoes , diced
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 2 large carrots , peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 16 ounce Cubed Ham 2 packages of packages Smithfield Anytime Favorites™ Cubed Ham
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (you can also use milk - I used whole milk)
  • ½ cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Add the potatoes, onion, carrot, celery, ham, Kosher salt, pepper chicken broth to your slow cooker and cook on low 7-8 hours, or high 4-5 hours.
  2. Using a potato masher, mash about 1/3 of the potatoes (don't worry the ham won't really mash that much)
  3. Add the flour, heavy cream/milk and sour cream and stir everything together.
  4. Cover and cook on high for an additional 15 minutes.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Favorites- My Favorite 80s Movies

When you think of the '80s, a few images come to mind: shoulder pads, big hair, and all-cheesy-everything—essentially summed up in the Teen Witch "Top That!" dance-off.

From John Hughes' The Breakfast Club to Steven Spielberg's E.T., the movies of the 1980s not only shaped its generation, but inspired subsequent generations in every way imaginable. At least a few of these films are guaranteed to be close to your heart: my top 10 favorite '80s.  movies (in no particular order).

My Top 15 '80s Movies 

1. Top Gun. The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).



2. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a pretty, but inexperienced, teen interested in dating. Given advice by her uninhibited friend, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates), Stacy gets trapped in a love triangle with nice guy Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and his more assured buddy Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Meanwhile, Stacy's classmate Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), who lives for surfing and being stoned, faces off against Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), a strict teacher who has no time for the slacker's antics.




3. E.T. The Extraterrestrial. After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.



4. Stand By Me. After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell), Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. Just a lark at first, the boys' adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.



5. Back to the Future Part 1. In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.



6. Gremlins. A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.



7. Poltergeist. Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.




8. The Goonies. When two brothers find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their home. They find a treasure map and bring some friends along to find it. They are all out looking for the "X" and trying to get away from a group of bad guys who also want the treasure.



9. The Shining. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.



10. Sixteen Candles. With the occasion all but overshadowed by her sister's upcoming wedding, angst-ridden Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical adolescent dread. Samantha pines for studly older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her.



11. The Breakfast Club. Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.



12. Die Hard. New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.



13. The Terminator. Disguised as a human, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Sent to protect Sarah is Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), who divulges the coming of Skynet, an artificial intelligence system that will spark a nuclear holocaust. Sarah is targeted because Skynet knows that her unborn son will lead the fight against them. With the virtually unstoppable Terminator in hot pursuit, she and Kyle attempt to escape.



14. Raising Arizona. An ex-con and an ex-cop meet, marry and long for a child of their own. When it is discovered that Hi is unable to have children they decide to snatch a baby. They try to keep their crime a secret, while friends, co-workers and a bounty hunter look to use the child for their own purposes.



15. Ghostbusters. After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.

 
What some if your favorites movies?



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Slow Cooker Thursday- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches. Tender pot roast cooked low and slow and served on crusty bread with provolone cheese. A super easy make ahead meal!

Slow cookers are the best. Throw all of the ingredients together in the slow cooker and dinner is ready in 6-8 hours. How awesome is that? Best of all there’s about 5 minutes of prep time.

Slow cookers are a great way to cook pot roasts low and slow without keeping the oven on all day. The meat ends up tender, juicy and loaded with flavor.

I sear the roast in a super hot pan before placing it in the slow cooker. This gives the roast so much flavor and helps seal in the juices.  The longer the chuck roast cooks the more time it has to break down the connective tissues and become tender.

Simply sear the roast and throw the rest of the ingredients into a slow cooker. Cook for 6-8 hours. Take out the roast and train off any fat off the broth and serve alongside the sandwiches. Top each sandwich with 2 slices of provolone (my family likes to use mozzarella cheese) cheese and place under a broiler until the cheese is melted.

I recommend using a sturdy bread so that it holds up when you dip it into the au jus.


 Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2½ pound chuck roast
  • ½ onion, quartered
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 6 onion rolls

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large pot.
  2. Season chuck roast with salt and pepper. Add roast to the pan and sear over high heat until the roast is browned on all sides.
  3. Add the roast to the slow cooker along with the onion, beef broth and bay leaf.
  4. Cover and cook on the low setting for 6-8 hours. (I have found cooking it on high for 4 hours is not enough time for the meat to become tender.)
  5. Remove roast from the slow cooker and slice or use forks and shred.
  6. Strain the onions from the broth (make sure to reserve liquid). Set aside to serve on top of sandwiches if desired.
  7. Skim fat from broth (if any). Set aside.
  8. To assemble the sandwich layer sliced or shredded beef on bread and top with two slices of provolone cheese.
  9. Place sandwiches under the broiler until the cheese is melted.
  10. Serve warm with a side of broth.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

10 Essential Ways to Plan a Successful Day

Happy Sunday Lovelies! Welcome to the blog! Today I will be discussing ways to plan a successful day. Today I encourage you to envision how you’ll want your day to go, then identify the tasks that will get you there. Check in on your progress midday, and finally, reflect on your achievements. When you implement this strategy alongside the practice of writing things down, you’ll go about your day with more focus. This will lead you to accomplishing significantly more in your day!

Today, I will be taking you through a step by step process of planning a successful day. Whether you are a work outside of the home, are a stay at home mom or a student, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and pulled in a million different directions.

So here are the......

10 Essential Ways to Plan a Successful Day 




1. Get an early start. Plan on waking a little bit earlier each day. Establishing an earlier wake up time may mean going to bed earlier the night before. Having this extra time will make a bit calmer and less stressful. For all the moms out there, you and your family will appreciate the calmer start to the day.

2. Picture the desired result. Take a few minutes during your morning routine think about this. Visualize how your day will go. How will it begin and how will it end. Doing this will center you making for a more successful day.

3. Set your schedule and list your to dos. Review your schedule, make adjustments where they are needed, and make your to do list. Remember to stay realistic about you will be able to accomplish during the day. As your outlining your day, remember to batch similar items together as this will make it easier to complete these tasks. 

4. Prioritize healthy habits. It's important to plan out your meals, snacks, and exercise. The best way to achieve these goals is t actually plan them out in your planner. It it's in your planner, then it must be done, right? Also, the check marks are so satisifying to see. Am I the only one who thinks this way?  Planning out your meals will keep you on track with your eating. 

5. Select your top three. Identify your top three. What three items would you not feel like the day was a success if they were not completed? 

6. Get to work. You’ve heard the advice start with the hardest things first. We believe that progress begets progress. Check a few things off your list first thing to gain momentum for the rest of your day. Check in midday on your progress, and if you feel like you’re running short on time, focus on your top three and that’s it.

7. Plan for tomorrow. Don’t neglect looking ahead to tomorrow. Review tomorrow’s schedule, adjust as needed, list your to dos, and move over tasks from today that you couldn’t quite complete. 

8. Practice gratitude. Being grateful each and every day will add more joy and positivity in your life. Think of at least one thing you’re thankful for, if not many more. This is also the ideal time to reflect on your day be proud of what you accomplished!

9. Unplug. Being successful also means knowing when to stop. Knowing when to turn it all off. Knowing when it’s time to take care of you. It means committing to quality, undivided time with those who matter most—and knowing how to live in the moment.


Have dinner as a family, meet up with a friend, enjoy a glass of wine, take your dog for a walk, read to your children, or watch your favorite show. Then, wind down with a calming activity such a detoxifying bath or a book. Truly unplug and take this time to refresh yourself after a day you should be proud of!

10. Commit to quality sleep. Determine the best amount of sleep for you. Become consistent with an ideal bedtime which will help regulate your body’s internal clock. Make a commitment to avoid electronics thirty minutes before bed—keep your phone far from that convenient bedside table of yours.


Remember the importance of a good night of sleep. Without it, tomorrow will be off!

How do you set up for a successful day?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

10 Ways to Lift Your Mood

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Every now and then life going to come at you with bad days, bad moods, and bad memories that threaten to tie weights around ankles and sink you faster than the Titanic.

For this reason I like to keep my trusty notebook, that is filled of things to do in any given situation. So with that, I give you.....


10 Ways to Lift Your Mood

1. Have a dance party

2. Grab a favorite beverage from your local cafe or coffee shop

3. Buy yourself some flowers

4. Grab your favorite take out or pint of ice cream

5. Take a nap

6. Do some yoga

7. Meditate

8. Cook or bake something

9. Watch a funny movie

10. Cry it out sometimes you just need to

Hopefully, one or a combination of a few these will lift your spirits and put you in a better mood.  If not, then hang in there, things will get better. I swear.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

10 Daily Sanity Saving Habits for Moms

Hi Lovelies and welcome back to the blog. Tonight's post is all about daily sanity saving habits for moms. Now, some of these I took directly from my mom and some I figured out on my own. Either way all these habits are helpful in saving a mom's sanity.

So, let me share,





10 Daily Sanity Saving Habits for Moms


1. Have quiet time. For me, this is about an hour before my kids wake up. I sit and work on my bible study, answer emails, or just sit and enjoy the quiet.

2. Prepare the night before. What part of the morning is the most stressful for you? Take that one thing you dread and do a little prep for it the night before. Lay out the kids clothes, shower, prepare breakfast, do baths, or just preset the coffee pot. 

3. Do one load of laundry every day. This really helps in keeping "Mount Washmore" at bay. Just remember to fold and put away. Let's be honest, sometimes I forget that step. Don't we all?

4. Clean as you go. Giving yourself plenty of grace, clean up as you go. If you make dinner, wash those dishes right then. If you see a million crumbs under the high chair, grab a broom and do a two-second sweep.

5. Play with your kids. Slow down and enjoy your little people. Offer to play a game or build blocks. Do something that you know will bring a smile to their face.

6. Do one large chore. Knock out one of the bigger chores everyday. Clean a bathroom, vacuum the floors, organize a drawer,..etc.

7. Have kid clean up time. Instead of the house being a tornado throughout the entire day, choose a couple times a day for them to clean up their messes. A good schedule might be everyday before lunch and then again before bedtime.

8. Meal plan. Save yourself the stress of picking meals every few hours and plan them out. Not only will this be a time saver but a money saver as well.

9. Be thankful. There is always something to be thankful for. Let gratitude drive your attitude and actions throughout your day.

10. Have a regular bedtime for your kids. Kids love routine, even if they fight it sometimes. Make your routine as lengthy and as fun as you want, but get the munchkins to bed so you can recoup and have some quality time to yourself or with your spouse in the evenings.

What is an essential daily habit for you?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday {3/26/2018}

Good morning Friends, hope everyone had a great weekend.

Spring break is over and another birthday has come and gone (A turned 8 on Friday). We spent the weekend going to the museum and playing at the park. Everyone is finally healthy except for me. I know have a very bad sinus infection. Hopefully I will start feeling better once I get my medicine later today.

Anyways, let's get on with Happy Homemaker Monday! Shall we?




Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning

This morning's breakfast was cereal and toast

Right now I am

Sitting at the dining room table typing up this post.

The weather outside

There's rain (some severe weather) in the forecast and the temps are getting warmer.

 


Looking around the house

The living room still needs be picked up and the kitchen needs to be cleaned. The rest of the house is clean. I have two loads of laundry that need to be folded and put away and one load left to put in the dryer.

On today's to do list

Laundry- fold all of the laundry that I washed over the weekend.
Cleaning- general tidying of the house needs to be done.
Cooking- baking muffins for snacks this week, and then I need to finish my weekly food prep and I need to start prepping food for A's birthday party.
Meal planning- I still need to set up my meal plan calendar for April.
Planning- I need to update my planners and my bullet journal.

Currently reading

I'm still reading Cruel Doubt.


On the TV today

Right now I am watching some shows on Hulu before our free trial expires. I'm watching Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, Boy Meets World.

On the menu this week

Monday- BBQ chicken sandwiches, fries
Tuesday- Mississippi chicken, rice pilaf, homemade bread
Wednesday- Beans and cornbread
Thursday- Creamy chicken and noodles and homemade bread
Friday- Pizza and breadsticks
Saturday- Mexican cornbread

Sunday- Easter dinner (turkey breast, dressing, homemade bread, veggies, cheesecake

If I have a few minutes to myself I will

Work in one of my planners or my bullet journal

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key verses




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7 Ways to Stay Productive

Now that we are a couple of months into the new year I have been thinking alot about productivity. I feel there are days where I am superproductive and then there are days that I am not. Does anyone else feel like this? When I get on these productivity kicks I just want to accomplish all the things. Other days I feel like I accomplish NOTHING. In this post I will be sharing the tips that I use for productivity when I really need a kick in the pants. Here are 7 ways to stay productive that will really help you!

Seven Ways to Stay Productive


Set a schedule. If you are someone who is unproductive then a schedule is a great tool for you to use. I try to schedule every single day to ensure that I am as productive as possible. 

Have a to do list. I always have three or four to do lists that I work from every day. I have a general to do list, a household chores to do list, and a blog to do list and a things for the girls. This is super helpful in scheduling my day.

Keep expectations realistic. Always prioritize the most important task to the least important task  and keep your expectations realistic.

Don't over commit. This goes with the one above. You cannot overcommit.  This is something that I am always doing. Be realistic. If you have a deadline and you feel that you just can't make it, then ask for a little wiggle room. I would rather take the change of something being late than it not being done correctly.

Take breaks. I try to take several 10 minute breaks throughout my day. I read a few pages of the current book that I am reading, fold laundry, and I even play with girls.

Find a great work space. Everyone has a different idea of what this needs to be.  I can pretty much work anywhere, just give me a table and a comfortable chair and I am happy.

Remove clutter. Having a clutter free workspace is very important. It keeps you productive and it is also less stressful.

What are some ideas that you would add to this list?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

5 Things I Do at Night to Set Up My Mornings for Success

I am a creature of habit. I could easily eat the same thing for lunch every day (a tuna salad sandwich, Doritos, and grapes) and I would be completely satisfied.  In addition to being a creature of habit, I can get completely overwhelmed at the length of my to do list. Because of these two characteristics, I tend to rely on my routines. My routines tend to make me feel safe and they give me a sense of security. They also help me know what to do next so that I do not get overwhelmed. The routines that I follow are: my morning routine, my afternoon routine, and evening routine. I also have my Sunday routine or my GYST day routine.

However, my evening routine is the most important routine that I follow every night. Without my evening routine my mornings would be chaotic. Without my evening routine I would be lost and behind all day long.

So, here are........

5 Things I Do at Night to Set Up My Morning for Success


Clean the Kitchen. There is nothing that makes me feel behind in the morning than walking into a dirty kitchen.  Just taking a few minutes in the evening to do the dishes, clean the counters, and sweep the floor can make a world of difference in my attitude and my productivity.  I try to clean up right after supper each night and empty the drainer before I go to bed (I don't have a dishwasher).

Plan your day. This is an important one for me. I plan my day the night before so I don't forget an appointment or an activity that one of the kids has to go to. I even plan the most mundane things like laundry, brushing teeth every morning and every night.


Declutter the living spaces. I cannot go to bed with a messy house, it causes too much stress for me.  It's the one habit from my childhood that I cannot break.  I take 30 minutes to declutter the living room, the kids bedrooms, and to do a quick swipe in both bathrooms. It's alot less stressful (at least for me) to wake to a clean house then to wake up to a messy one. Am I right?


Read. I try to take the last hour or so before bed to read a chapter in the book that I am currently reading. This helps me to relax and actually helps me sleep better at night.


Go to bed early. Finally, I try to go to bed early every night. There are times that this just does not happen, but most nights I am in bed by 930pm.

What things do you do at night to have a successful morning. I would live to hear in the comments below!



Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday {3/19/2018}

Good afternoon Friends, hope everyone had a great weekend.

Spring break is this week and we are trying to decide what we will be doing. Right now, I have one who is just now getting over bronchitis, one who is just getting sick, and a husband is sick as well. So far, I'm still healthy and I'm crossing my fingers that it stays that way.

Anyways, let's get on with Happy Homemaker Monday! Shall we?



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning

This morning's breakfast was scrambled eggs with sausage and two pieces of toast and some grapes

Right now I am

Sitting at the dining room table typing up this post.

The weather outside

Finally, it's beginning to look like Spring is finally hear.

 


Looking around the house

The living room still needs be picked up and the kitchen needs to be cleaned. The rest of the house is clean. I have two loads of laundry that need to be folded and put away and one load left to put in the dryer.

On today's to do list

Laundry- dry one load and then fold two loads from yesterday
Cleaning- general tidying of the house needs to be done.
Cooking- baking muffins for snacks this week, and then I need to finish my weekly food prep.
Meal planning- I need to set up my meal plan calendar for April

Currently reading

I did not finish reading Under the Dome (too long) and I had to return it the library. So, I found a shorter book and one that I remember reading in high school. 


On the TV today

Right now I am watching some shows on Hulu before our free trial expires. I'm watching Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, Boy Meets World.

On the menu this week

Monday- Leftover from the weekend
Tuesday- BBQ chicken sandwiches, fries, veggie and fruit
Wednesday- Beans and cornbread
Thursday- Creamy ranch chicken, homemade bread, veggie and fruit
Friday- Birthday dinner for A. Pizza and breadsticks
Saturday- Mexican cornbread

Sunday- Beans and cornbread

If I have a few minutes to myself I will

Work in one of my planners or my bullet journal

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key verses




Sunday, March 18, 2018

Currently {3/18/2018}

 Time and place: 5:07pm  and I am in the dining room, typing up this post.
 
Eating: Salad and rice taco bowl and some grapes

Drinking: A big glass of water (always)


Watching: Beverly Hills 90210 season #5





Reading: Cruel Doubt



Loving: the warm weather we have been having lately. I hope this means that winter is finally over and that spring is on the way.

Working: I just started designing a meal planner. I cannot wait to see how it turns out! I'm so excited for this new project. I am also working on a weekly planner insert that I am excited about. I am also working on a subscription box that I am excited about.

Listening: to the TV 

Buying: A's birthday presents, clothes for both girls, and some make up for me.

Planning: I have all of my posts planned for March already. I just have to write and schedule them. I am working on setting up some deadlines for my meal planner. I am also working with my husband on designing a new website. I am also working on some planner inserts. This should keep me busy for a while!

I'm still planning my daughter's birthday party. She wants a Descendants theme, so I am trying to think of some ideas for her cake, the decorations, and some party games.

Wondering: can I pull it off? How will I pull it off?

Feeling: tired, but happy, always.

What are you currently up to?


Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites- Favorite TV Couples

Today for my Friday Favorites post I thought it would be fun to share my favorite TV couples. These couples are listed in no particular order and some you might not agree with and some will really show just how old I really am. So, sit back and relax and enjoy!

Favorite TV Couples

Angela and Jordon- My So Called Life



DJ and Steve- Full House



Joanie and Chachi- Joanie loves Chachi and Happy Days



Luke and Lorelai- Gilmore Girls 



David and Donna- Beverly Hills 90210



Marshall and Lilly- How I Met Your Mother



Jesse and Becky- Full House


 Tony and Angela 



Monica and Chandler- Friends



Brenda and Dylan- Beverly Hills 90210 (Team Brenda, always!)

Kevin and Winnie- Wonder Years



Zack and Kelly- Saved by the Bell



Roseanne and Dan- Roseanne



Sam and Diane- Cheers



Carrie and Mr. Big- Sex in the City



Cory and Topanga- Boy Meets World



Ross and Rachel- Friends 




Who are some of your favorite TV couples?