Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My 2015 Word of the Year

So all over pinterest and facebook lately has been this common trend of picking a word for the new year. Instead of a resolution you pick a word and focus on it and how it can impact your life. So I thought and thought about that whole trend and went back and forth on whether or not to pick a word.

At first, nothing came to mind! So it wasn't too caught up on the whole thing. But the more I saw blogger's post about their words and this word and that word, the more a specific word kept popping into my head. So during all the 2015 my word of the year is...


grow more in love
grow closer to my kids
grow deeper friendships
grow my savings
grow stronger
grow smarter
grow more experiences
grow my photo albums
grow experiences
grow a garden
grow new ideas
grow my blog
grow to love my home more
grow to be better
grow kinder
grow happier

the list goes on and on!

All of these quotes were found at I pinned them to my 2015 board, check them out and more here.

Did you pick a word for 2015? Did you make and resolutions for the new year? Share with me!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Holiday Recap

Wow! It's been a really exciting holiday break! I had so much planned and then all of those plans changed so I ended up not blogging at all. And truth is the break has me feeling a little bit renewed!

We ended up leaving for our trip home three days earlier than planned but we had a great trip! Then we came home and hosted a fun New Year's/Birthday Party with friends!! Ringing in the new year was quite exciting and it gives me a super positive outlook for all 2015 has in store!

I'll be back with more soon but until then check out my most viewed posts from 2014!!

10 Ways I'm Saving Money This Christmas

My Family Binder and How it Keeps Me Organized

How To Host a Pinterest Party

Free Thanksgiving Printable

Recipes on Repeat: My Kid's Favorites

May 2015 bring you all the best!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Conversations

I'm at the point where my to do list is so long that I give up and I'm going to take a nap! lol

Short and sweet Christmas Conversation today! Brought to you from The Inspired Apple! I love her blog! She has got quite an array of topics she covers and the cutest little family ever!

Have a great weekend! I'm off to power nap then tackle everything I've got going on!! See you Monday!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Driving Emergency Kit

I've mentioned a few times that we are driving home for Christmas! Super excited since it has been FIVE years since we last spend Christmas with our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! What I'm not excited about is the drive. It's at least 18 hours one way to drive from our house to the town we call home! We've made the trip twice before, so the kids know what to expect and we've discovered a few of the best and worse places to stop along the way. But that's over 36 hours of driving to get there and back, which means a lot could happen along the way. To make sure we've got a few things we might need I put together a Winter Driving Emergency Kit.

Winter Driving Emergency Kit

This kit is not a full on zombie apocalypse emergency kit. It's just a few things to hold us over if something comes up that slows our drive down. I'm not an expert in emergency preparedness, I just packed what I thought would be best for my family and I'm sharing it with you for your own ideas!!

Here's how I pulled it all together:

First, I gathered all the random first aid kits I have around my house.

Winter Driving Emergency Kit

Then, I picked which container would work best for travel. I also looked at Target and Walmart for a container but never saw one that I thought would work better than this kit that I bought several years ago. I wanted something that wouldn't take up a lot of space and flat enough that it would fit under the back seats of my Explorer when they were folded down flat. The contents of that kit though were really picked through so I laid out all the supplies I had and decided what was needed. 

Winter Driving Emergency Kit

The Items I included and why I included them:

  • Ice pack - if we are in an accident it might be useful
  • Plastic grocery bags - trash bags, kid puking, dirty many uses. To save space, I folded them the way my Japanese friends taught me, into a neat triangle.  Click here to see how.  
  • Hot Hands Hand Warmers - if it gets cold these will come in handy, picked them up in the dollar spot at Target but you can buy large quantities on Amazon.
  • Ritz Peanut Butter Crackers and Beef Jerky- just some snacks to hold someone over if we can get to an exit right away or are waiting on help
  • Glow Sticks - will help if we are stuck in the dark
  • Wet Ones - cleaning up messes
  • Gloves and ear warmer - it's winter if there's something to do outside the car it'll be cold bought red ones in hopes that it helps to be seen if we are on the side of the road. They were $2 each from Walmart.
  • Keychain flash light - helpful in the dark
  • Small container filled with bandages and gauze - hopefully if we get in an accident it will be small injuries 
  • Tylenol To Go and Chewable Pepto - headaches and upset stomachs always happen when you are stuck in a car for 2 days
  • Hand sanitizer - cleanliness
  • Emergency sign - one of the kits I had bought had a sign to put in your car for emergencies so I swapped the kit it was in and included it in this one
  • Whistle - great for emergencies to signal for help
  • Charmin to go - with 3 kids you never know
  • Klennex - winter equals running noses
  • Emergency blankets - will help if we are stuck or waiting on help
  • Emergency first aid guide - in case of an accident
  • Gloves - in case of an accident
  • Ziploc bags of various sizes - containing messes, dirty clothes, snack bags
  • Accident Report Forms - found at I've had copies of these in my car for a while but I printed extra for this kit
I organized everything in the case the best I could, trying to put the items I thought might be of most importance (like wet ones, tylenol and plastic bags) on top. 

When I'm driving during the winter I also always make sure to have an ice scraper in my car, bring our coats and wear shoes. Short trip or long trip those are important to have! Since we are traveling for a while we'll also have extra clothes packed in our suitcases and the kids will have their backpacks full of stuff to keep them entertained for the drive. 

After I decided what would go in this Winter Driving Emergency Kit, in true blogger fashion I made it pretty with a cute little graphic and some washi tape! 

Winter Driving Emergency Kit

One thing out of a thousand is prepped and ready for the road trip at least! And I know if we get into any trouble we will have few extra supplies to help us out. The best part, most of these things I already had so I don't think I spend more than $8 to pull all of this Winter Driving Emergency Kit and now I can feel a little more at ease during our trip. 

Winter Driving Emergency Kit

Are you traveling this holiday season? How far is your trip? Did I forget anything? What else would you include? 

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Whoa! It's already Monday again some how! Last week got thrown off track a bit while I was busy with other things and dealing with a sore throat and cough. Having meals planned for the week was a LOT of help though, since I wasn't feeling 100%. So helpful, that I planned this week AND the week after that AND bought all the groceries for now until we leave on our Christmas vacation!!

Menu Plan Monday

Here's this week's Menu Plan:

Monday: Chili and Cornbread
   Another storm is blowing through so we are going to warm up with this!!

Tuesday: One Pan Chicken Alfredo
   Girl Scouts - so this will be pretty quick before me and L leave for the evening

Wednesday: Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes
   I've got the pork chops in the freezer so I might as well use them

Thursday: Tacos/Burritos
   Taco Thursday doesn't have the same ring to it as Taco Tuesday but they'll still taste good

Friday: Pizza
   maybe Homemade or maybe Pizza Hut, probably Pizza Hut! lol

Saturday: Tater Tot Casserole
   Something easy on a Saturday night

Sunday: Spaghetti
   I have all the items, so it made it on the list

Simple and easy! Lots of our favorites! I'm trying to use up the food we have in the freezer and pantry before we head out of town for Christmas!

I'm so glad to be feeling better and motivated for all I have to do before Christmas!!

Coming up soon on the blog: 
Winter Emergency Car Kit
How I Pack for My Three Kids for a Long Road Trip
Easy Party Appetizer
A Planner Review
Holiday Traditions
and more!!!

Can you believe there is only just over two weeks until Christmas???!?!??!

I've linked up at I'm an Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Menu Plan Monday + Holiday Weekend Recap

Somehow it's already Monday again! But it's the 1st and it makes my planning OCD happy. So here's my meal plan for the week...

Monday: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta - trying something new, it sounds good

Chef in Training
Tuesday: Potato Soup - It's going to be a cold and rainy day! Soup from the crock pot sounds just right.

Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour
Wednesday: Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes

Thursday: Sandwiches or leftovers - we've got somewhere to be right after school so we'll eat something fast then head to our event.

Friday: Homemade Pizza - I think I'll test out this dough recipe.

Snail Pace Transformations
Saturday: I bought a gift card a while back I think we'll use it after we spend the afternoon at a birthday party.

Sunday: Goulash - simple, easy, yummy and all my kids eat it!

This past weekend was extra long thanks to the Thanksgiving Break! It was really nice to hang out with the kids for a couple of extra days. Wednesday, we went out to lunch with Michelle and her kids, then they all came over and hung out for a while. We search the internet and planned some things, watch out for what we've got coming up!! Then I baked the rest of the evening. Thursday, I woke up early and cooked, cooked then cooked some more!! We hosted five Sailors from my husband's class for Thanksgiving dinner! I made so much food! Then Michelle convinced me to go Black Friday shopping with her. We left at 9:30pm Thursday night and hit up Old Navy, Target and Walmart. Shopped until 6am on Friday morning! We found some good deals though. I got a lot of new clothes, working towards that goal of a closet of clothes I like to wear. Friday, I slept a good part of the day but we also celebrated my youngest 2nd birthday!

Saturday, I went to work! Gotta earn that money since I shopped so much Thursday night! lol Sunday, we slept in, then I took my son to a birthday party. Home for another nap and then dinner and my middle child lost her front tooth! The other one is loose and all she's going to want for Christmas is her two front teeth!

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you find any Black Friday deals? What's on your menu for the week?

Thanks for listening to me ramble! =)

I've linked up at I'm an Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Eat, Drink and Give Thanks!

Last Thursday, I went out to dinner and shopping with my friend Michelle.  The last store we went to ended up being Home Goods. It was so nice to just walk around and browse. I  usually end up there with my husband and he's over the place in 2.5 seconds. While browsing, I found the most perfect Thanksgiving plates ever.

Thanksgiving Plates

And what was even better, is that the price was amazing!!

Thanksgiving Plates, Home Goods

Only problem was, was that there were only 5 of them. But Michelle talked me in to them. (It wasn't hard!) And this Thanksgiving it was just going to be my family of 5 at home so no big deal.

I went home and right away pulled out all my chargers and other dishes and decorations and set the table!
See the Home Goods bag still on the floor.
thanksgiving plates

The five plates were going to be perfect to fancy up our small family dinner.

pretty thanksgiving plates

Then I found chocolate wishbones at Mary's Cakery and Candy Kitchen.  And they were just the thing to lay in the middle of the plates. The kids are already drooling over them and can't wait to break them apart on Thanksgiving. They make the perfect Thanksgiving favor at each place setting.

Chocolate Wishbone

Chocolate Wishbone

Everything was good to go!

That was until Saturday, when my husband told me he had invited all the students in his class to come over for Thanksgiving dinner!! Luckily, I hadn't bought a turkey yet!! So Monday, I went grocery shopping planning for not just five people now but 14!!

I'm a little bit stressed about cooking for people I've never met before but excited because Thanksgiving is my favorite and I was kind of sad that our home wasn't going to be filled with guests! I've already planned the menu. And I've started pulling out serving dishes!

It won't be a fancy dinner, but we're not super fancy people. It will be just perfect for those Sailors that are living in the barracks this Thanksgiving. It'll be a fun time where we can eat, drink and give thanks for all the great things we have. 

Has your husband ever surprised you by inviting lots of people over? How do you prep for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!