Friday, June 17, 2016

Banana bread baking day!!

I had so many bananas in my freezer that I had to finally use them. Banana bread was the easiest way for me to do that. I used Jill McKeever's recipe from Simple Daily Recipes. She also has a Youtube channel called Simple Daily Recipes where she shares a ton of delicious recipes that she makes. I hope you check her out!


Here are my peeled, mashed bananas...

I got all my bowls and loaf pans prepped....

This is a quadruple batch of the recipe I used. It was a ton of ingredients to stir, but I got it done!


Ready to bake...


It was so good! I did another quadruple batch after this one. I ended up with 9 loaves of banana bread. They are all sitting in my freezer right now just waiting for me to eat them. Mmmmmmm....

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Our day...

Today we had a great day so far! The kids had a playdate this morning that went really well. It was with a couple of old friends and some new friends that they had never met before. A3 dove right in and started playing, but J5 took a little convincing to go play with them (he is my shy one). They did really well though, they got along with each other and played nicely. We even got a chance to all go to the park and run around. My kids love the park, but they rarely get to play at one. They had the best time! I was nervous about them getting along with all the kids, but they surprised me with how good they all were. Woohoo! I love when things like that work out.

Anyway...now that we are home, the kids are chilling out with a movie and I am doing a little bit of housework. I have clothes to wash and I have to figure out supper, but that shouldn't take long. Other then that I am probably just gonna work on getting some more steps on my Fitbit and then doing some resting. The baby takes a lot out of me nowadays...haha!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Prep time!

I was on my feet all this morning just getting things done. I guess I have been nesting since I am 27 weeks pregnant now!! It's going by so very fast!!! 

Anyway...I have been trying to get more organized and stay on top of things. Eapecially things like food prep. I hate when it's the end of the day and we have nothing to eat because I was too tired (or some days just too lazy) to actually get up and cook. Also, I have children who seem to need to eat all day long and I have to constantly get up and try to fix them snacks.

Well, I recently got smart and started up a "snack drawer" for them so that they can just help themselves. It's full of only healthy things that I am more then happy to let them have what they want. I have one in the fridge and one in the pantry. Here is what the fridge one consists of...

I get all my produce home and wash it in vinegar water to get it all ready to go for them.  We got lots of grapes cuz they love them!

Also, grape tomatoes and strawberries! They almost ate all the strawberries before I could package them up. Haha

And I got apples and pears. I'm glad they eat them just like this so I don't have to cut them up and worry about browning. 

This should make our days go so much smoother. And make them just a little more independent and excited about getting their own snacks. :)

What do you do to prep your kids snacks?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

normal days around here....

We have just been having normal days over here...

breakfast time
load of laundry
play time
snack time
home school time
lunch time
load of laundry
nap time
snack time
play time
supper time
fold clothes
more play time
movie time
reading time
bed time


The days are long but the years are short....

Sunday, January 3, 2016

This will be a great year!!!!

I'm pregnant with baby #3!!!! My hubby and I had decided a few months ago that we definitely wanted more kids. And it sure didn't take long for God to send us one. :)
 

We are so very excited for this new blessing in our lives! J5yr and A3yr are super excited too! J says he wants a little brother and of course A says she wants a little sister...isn't that how it always goes...haha!

This is how I told my parents the news on Christmas Eve...They were shocked but very happy for us!

It is very early in the pregnancy and we have a long time to wait for this little one to be born, but I am going to enjoy every minute of it. I love being pregnant and knowing that I am helping another little baby to grow is wonderful!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I am loving the idea of the New Year being a new chapter in your book of life. What do I want this chapter to be? What do I want this chapter of my life to look like? What do I want this chapter to feel like to me? I am not sure yet and I actually haven't given much thought to my resolutions this year. It's weird because I normally have them set really early. I like the idea of having resolutions, but I never finish them. So, I decided not to make any this year. No resolutions! It's kinda freeing. I just want this year to FEEL better then last year...

What I mean is....
I don't want to feel as angry inside all the time. I want to learn to be calmer and I want to learn how to let things go. I want to generally be a happier person. My hubby deserves a happy wife. My kids deserve a happy mother.

I want to feel better about myself. I don't want to feel ugly or fat anymore. No matter what the scale says I just want to be nice to myself. I want to be able to move my body easier and not sit so often. I want to feed myself healthier foods (without having to be on a "diet"). I can't diet anymore...I just can't...it completely sucks and I become obsessed with my weight and it just makes me depressed. So no more.

I want this year to feel more positive. I am very negative with myself all the time. I am always degrading myself and I don't ever feel good enough for anyone. I am tired of thinking bad thoughts about myself. I am not as horrible as my thoughts make me out to be. I am not. I am going to change my thinking...a little at a time.

These are just a few things that I am going to change in this chapter of my life. This chapter just needs to feel better. It needs to feel happy and good and right.

Did you make any resolutions this year? What are they?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Baking for my family...

I took some time today to bake a few things that we haven't had in awhile.


Gluten free crackers. 

Gluten free vegan cookies. They are pumpkin chocolate chip and I added raisins to them...so good!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Back to art journaling...

I haven't done any kind of art journaling in months! I would sit down at my desk and no ideas would come to me. I hate when I feel like that. I just want to be able to open up my journal and paint, write, and draw anything I feel like. But that just hasn't been happening. I would sit down and just stare at my book until I would give up. That was not fun.

This morning though I finally got a little time to myself and so I tried again. I opened my book and slowly looked through the pages until ideas just started popping in my head. I added little touches here and there until I was satisfied with what I had and it was great! I love just getting paint down on paper. It is very relaxing for me. :)





Thursday, November 12, 2015

Homemade oatmeal packs!

It is that time of year again where I feel like eating oatmeal. I don't usually like it very much but in the winter I am drawn toward the warmth of it. I enjoy the texture of steel cuts much more then quick oats but they just take too long for me to cook. 
You basically just mix up about 5 cups of the oats (or any amount...depending on the container you will be putting it in) and any spices/sugar you would like.

It will look like this when its done. So good (when I'm in the mood for oatmeal). Haha
I filled up my container for home and then filled up some packets for my hubby to take to work. You generally use 1/3 cup of mix per serving.
I hope that you enjoy the ease of this oatmeal mix. If you are the kind of person who needs an exact recipe then you can easily find one online. That's where I got the idea from. :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkin time!!

I roasted pumpkin today. It was past time to get that done. My freezer has been out of pumpkin for months! I don't even eat it that often but I like to have it if I need it. :)

It ended up being super yummy just like this. I got about 9 cups when I was done bagging it all. I may have to get another one soon and do this again. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

What do you desire?

I have been seeing this word everywhere lately...DESIRE. What does this mean? Desire. I feel it means, something you want with all your heart. I am reading a book right now that makes you ask yourself some tough questions...

What do you want?
What do you desire for your life?
What do you want your life to look like?

Those aren't some very hard questions to answer. I can easily write several blog posts about things that I want out of life, but the hard part is actually making those things I want come true. I am quite set in my ways and it is so hard for me to change. I have lots of bad habits in my life that I have developed over the years and they are going to be so hard to break. I don't know the first thing about meeting my goals. They are easy to make but when it comes to actually doing things to fulfill those goals I just give up. I have ALWAYS just given up because things would be too hard. I don't like to get out of my comfort zone. I don't like to make changes to my life. I know this about myself. 

I am going to have to though. I want to start slowly and look deep inside myself and be very aware of the things I want and how I need to go about getting them. I need to consciously make decisions for myself and try to slowly change my bad habits. They are only making me miserable... I figure I would rather be miserable and uncomfortable trying to change my bad habits then just being miserable while living my life like it is. 

You got any tips for me? How can I change my bad habits into good ones?

Friday, September 11, 2015

My day with A and her fever....

Today has been super busy...

The kids woke up later then usual b/c of the thunderstorm. It's always nice to sleep during a thunderstorm to me and now I guess the kids think so too b/c they didn't wake up until an hour later this morning. Then I fed them breakfast and sat down to check my e-mail. I noticed that my daughter was still pretty tired and cranky, but didn't think it was a big deal. About an hour later, she bumped her head and when she came to me to kiss it, I realized that she felt warm. Of course she had a temp of 99* when I took it. Why can't kids get sick on a Monday?!? It always has to be on a Friday when you can't take them to the doctor. Oh well, there isn't anything I can do about it. She isn't having any other symptoms except the fever so I'm just trying to keep it down. About an hour later her fever was up to 100.8* so I gave her some tylenol. In the mean time, I had prepped supper (making soup of course cuz that always makes you feel better when you are sick), put some bone broth on the stove to boil all day, fed the kids again, took some clothes out of the dryer, etc. I am so tired. A didn't eat too much for lunch, but she ate some. I had decided to order myself some pizza and pasta cuz I was just to lazy to fix myself anything and when I am stressed out I want to eat. When the pizza arrived A was excited about it. She ate a small slice and a half of pizza so at least she's still eating. Her only other symptom really is that she is tired. I hope she rests well during nap. They are going to get up in a minute. Then I am going to have to do some homeschooling with J. I'm glad that he is enjoying it and doesn't fuss with me about it. I don't think I could handle this homeschooling thing if he didn't like it. After doing school work we are probably going to pop in a movie and rest until my hubby gets home from work. It needs to be a restful afternoon.

Sorry that I am just rambling, but I can't really seem to make a coherent thought today. My brain is just going a mile a minute about everything. I think that I need some time to rest with the kids too. haha

Monday, September 7, 2015

Making the most of the holiday...

We had an awesome day today! I did the kid's homeschooling early this morning and then we left and went to the zoo!! My hubby is off for Labor Day so we wanted to do something fun together with the kids. They had so much fun seeing all the animals. They also played on the little playground over there. They wore themselves out and took a good nap when we got home. haha

When they wake up, we are going to visit my grandpa in the hospital. He is recovering from open heart surgery and doing well. He is going to be so happy to see them! We also have lots of chores to do tonight, but it will all get done. I am not worried. :)

What did y'all do today?

I wish we had a grill outside cuz I would be barbecuing this afternoon too. Oh well, maybe next time...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cooking lunch...plant based...

Today I am cooking lunch for my family. Normally we go to my mom's house and she cooks, but she recently had a birthday so I gave her a month off from cooking. I am making lentil sloppy joes for lunch with a veggie tray. She has recently switched to a whole food plant based diet so I am trying to accommodate that. I don't mind though because I have been trying to include more "plant based" meals into our diet as well. I know that it is more healthy for us so we are trying it...albeit very slowly.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Here I am again...

It has been a long time since I have written a blog post, but every time I sit down to try and write one I chicken out. I just can't seem to always think of something meaningful to write and then I realized...why does it have to be meaningful at all?!? It's my blog and who really cares what I write about. I can just write about anything and everything that I want to. So, in an attempt to resurrect this almost dead blog, I am going to write a lot more often. I am going to write about things even if they seem boring b/c someone might be interested in it. I am busy with the kids, but I can find time to write b/c I need this. I really do. I like having an outlet for my words and also my thoughts...

I thought about completely scrapping this one and trying to change the name and the format and stuff b/c I haven't been doing much art lately, but I thought nah!!! That is way too much trouble and I like what I have going on here... haha

Sunday, April 5, 2015

ZZZZZZ........

I am just so tired... my daughter has been sick since Friday (with I think a bladder infection or something along those lines). She was complaining of belly aches and crying after she peed. I didn't know what was wrong with her. She even threw up on Friday night. As of today, she isn't complaining as much of pain anymore. Now, it is just a fever she has. I hate when I have to keep her medicated b/c she has a fever. It sucks! I know that it helps her to feel better but I just hate having her constantly on meds until it goes away... It isn't too high thank goodness, but it is high enough to make her feel bad. I am so hoping that she is better really soon and that the fever starts going away tomorrow. We did a urine culture to check for an infection so I am just hoping that something shows up. That way we would have an answer, she would get an antibiotic and just get better. If the culture shows nothing and the fever continues, then we will have to run more tests and take her to the doctor again and I really don't want to do that. I just want her better. It is hard to see your child miserable when they are sick. So, that is where I am at tonight. I am staying awake just a little longer so I can check her temperature and give her another dose of advil so she can sleep well...hopefully I will get to sleep well tonight too. I am just so tired......

I'm sorry if this is just rambling and doesn't make too much sense, but as I said...I am just so tired...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Breakfast Burritos

I have been wanting to get in the kitchen and prep some breakfast foods for my hubby and I. Something that would be easy for him to heat up and eat on the go. I decided to make breakfast burritos! I finally got to the store to get some tortillas.

This morning, I got up and started cooking. I sauted grated carrots, a bag of frozen spinach, shredded mushrooms and pork sausage crumbles. I also cooked about 8 eggs (mixed with spinach juice). I grated 2 kinds of cheese, got out my Taco sauce packets, and the salsa. You can see my ingredients and set up in this pic. :)


I made myself an assembly line and got to work...

Don't they look delicious?!? We ended up eating some for breakfast right after I made them and we really enjoyed them. They were so good. It was a nice healthy and hearty breakfast for us! 

I ended up getting about 15 of them which isn't too bad. I will definitely be doing this again. I am actually looking forward to experimenting with different ingredients to put into the burrito.

Do you do any kind of meal prep for your breakfast? Have you ever made breakfast burritos like this? I would love to hear from you. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Homemade toothpaste...

As you know, I have taken the time to make lots of things in my home more natural. I am trying to get away from all the store bought ingredients, fragrances and general toxins that we buy in a lot of our things. I have made my own laundry detergent for years now. I have also made my own deodorant (the baking soda gave me a rash so now I just use a salt crystal). I make my own cleaning supplies with orange peels soaked in vinegar. I try to make as much of our own food as we can...homemade yogurt, tortillas, etc. And I have just recently ventured into using Young Living Essential Oils as part of my household now. I use them for everything!

One of the things I have been meaning to try for a while is toothpaste. I have been buying different "natural" brands that I could find, but they still have some questionable ingredients that I would like to avoid. So, today I made my own toothpaste.... (I got this recipe from pinterest).

1 part coconut oil
1 part baking soda
about 1 tsp. hydrogen peroxide
stevia (optional)
peppermint essential oils (to taste)

I was all set on this working and being my new toothpaste but then I tried it...YUCK!!!! I cannot get past the taste of the baking soda. It was so bitter and salty. Gross! After I tried it, I added 2 packs of stevia and it was a little better. I don't think that this is something I could use every single day, but I think I could use it a couple times a week or so. Maybe my hubby will like it because he likes bitter tasting things. I am gonna make him try it out tonight.

If you try it (or a similar recipe to this one) let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's a colorful life...

It was passed time for me to dye my hair again. The turquoise had long faded out and my roots were a good 3 inches grown out. I wanted bright, festive colors for the upcoming spring weather. I chose blue because I just love this color and I decided to put purple in the back just for fun.

I totally love it! It was pretty challenging for me to do by myself because my hair had gotten longer and it's so hard to see in the back. It's hard to make sure I get all my roots with my hair being so thick and all but I did it. I won't be doing it again though. I think while my hair is long I will just stick to highlights or just doing the crown of my head. Hopefully this color will last awhile. :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Art Journaling

I have not done any art journaling in awhile. I just haven't had much time...especially now with Christmas coming up. I did a few pages and backgrounds this morning but I had to get up at 5am to do it. It was okay though because I couldn't sleep anyway. It is nice to be able to escape with my paints every once in awhile. :)