Tuesday, May 29, 2012

remember when?

If there's one good thing about facebook or the cursed timeline, it's the old posts that hold small memories that are easily forgotten. So once a week I've decided to travel back in time and find a gem to share :)

I almost forgot about the hand sanitizer :)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

a hard day

I just threatened to take an imaginary turtle away from Jack if he got out of bed again.  It didn't really register what I had said until I was walking away from his room.

"Don't get out of bed again or I'm taking your turtle," I said.

He found a imaginary turtle outside today and insisted we put him in a plastic container.  He's taken it in the bath and now he's cuddling with it in bed.

The thing is, he'll cry if I come back for that turtle... that kid has a kickass imagination.

Today has been hard.

Not hard in the Mommy department, but more of just the stresses of life.  I feel like the weight of our world is on my shoulders... I had my what?... third official breakdown today?  The kind where you cry and say the stress is getting to you, the kind where you can't stop crying even if you want to.

It's the kind of stress where people tell you to hand it to God, where you don't see how it's going to work out, how it's going to be okay, but you know that it will, because it always does.

Joel after telling me he was tired of my manic depressive ways, told me I needed to get out of the house, and after he offered to make me grilled cheese (no thank you, lol) he took us to Bob Evans for dinner.

I needed that.  A normal family dinner, one where I didn't have to cook or clean up after anyone... and to get out of the house.  I love that Joel.

On our way to dinner, I told Joel to check the mail, and my Amazon book that I treated myself to finally arrived, "Soul Centered."  It's a meditation book, lol.  If only it had arrived yesterday!

I'm glad today is almost over.

What do you do when you're feeling overwhelmed?

Monday, May 21, 2012

remember when?

If there's one good thing about facebook, it's the old posts that hold small memories that are easily forgotten. So once a week I've decided to travel back in time and find a gem to share :)

 This one made me smile.

 December 22, 2009
"Just caught Jack scrubbing the front door mat with my toothbrush. Nice."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Another blogger posted this today and at first I was skeptical, I mean it doesn't look interesting... 

But he made a lot of sense.  Watch it, you'll be happy you did! 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

our life lately, according to instagram


I'm livbeth12 on Instagram, if you'd like to follow us :)

"You're my Mommy."

When I think of all the words to describe what it's like to be a Mother... none really do it justice.  I keep coming back to this quote...

“You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.” 
-William D. Tammeus

I've been a Mother for three years going on four, and I have learned more about life during that time than all the years before combined.  Who knew such a small being could be my greatest teacher?

My baby

Jack has been on this kick where he says at random times, "You're my Mommy."  It's not said as a question, but more as a statement that he wants affirmed by me.  I look at him and say, "Yep I'm your Mama, and you're my Jack."


This morning Jack & Joel surprised me with breakfast in bed and a homemade card.


Jack actually came into our room this morning and said, "Happy Monster Day!"  Joel had told him that they needed to make a Mother's Day card, but Jack thought he said Monster Day card.  Hence the monster on my card :)

lol... I love them.  Joel said to Jack, "We need to make a Mother's Day card." And Jack said, "A monster day card?"
(I love the poems they come up with, lol.)

Later today we're off to visit our Mothers... and bring them a few homemade goodies.  

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers, Motherly figures, and future Mamas!  How are you spending today? 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dear Mr. President,

That took courage.

Thank you.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Meal Planning Monday

    I'm finally back to meal planning!  It's been awhile since I've posted our meals because of the intense morning sickness and lack of interest before that.  Right now, it's not an option not to because we're on a strict budget and are trying to save as much as we can (and the reason for that is enough to fill another blog post, and I will one day soon).

     Here's a list of our homemade meals and snacks this week, because meal planning saves me a ton of money, time, energy and it's way healthier.

    Since I stay at home most of the time, I normally only eat 1-3 meals out per week, but since we're on a saving spree, I'm really trying to keep it at once per week (our weekly night out as a family).  Joel eats out a bit more than me since he works outside of the home and he's not a fan of packing or leftovers (he is much pickier than Jack believe it or not) so without careful planning on my part, it's easy for him to spend too much on food else-where.

     I also try to cook at least one meal per day with Jack.  I grew up hating the idea of cooking.  I don't know why I resisted so much (we ate a lot of fast food, frozen food and burnt food that first year of marriage)... but I try to include Jack every-time because right now it's fun for him and I want him to love to cook and know how.  And he eats 99% of whatever he helps me make (so that helps curve the picky eating habits).  It's also another moment I get to share with him that doesn't involve cars, dinosaurs or play dough :)

     Several of these meals will have massive leftovers or can be made twice with the amount of the ingredients I'll have, so this week will very likely carry us over into the next week saving us some money too.

1) cucumber cream cheese sammies  w/ watermelon
2) whole wheat chicken fettuccine alfredo & veggies x2
3) Italian sausages, sauerkraut & potatoes
4) banana pancakes & eggs (mmm brinner)
5) homemade broccoli & cheese soup & cornbread (this recipe makes massive soup)

low-fat chocolate chip zucchini bread

Choco-Cherry Bomb- an amazing smoothie with organic soy milk, spinach, frozen cherries and raw cocoa... even Jack loves it and we make it almost daily to get those extra greens in our diet.

Our Grocery List:
(I include everything on my list that I plan to pick up even the non-food related items, several items we already have in our pantry/ refrigerator)
The pricing listed next to the item is also my estimated guess, I'm usually pretty close!
brown sugar $3
baking soda $3
eggs $2
chocolate chips $6
maple syrup $4
1-1/2 cups zucchini $3
2 loafs whole wheat bread $4
2 boxes of cereal $6
large watermelon $4
veggie tray $6
tomato soup $2
white vinegar $3
bananas $4
body wash $4
kid's body wash $6
prescription $10
spinach $3
1 bag frozen cherries $4
organic soy milk $3
2 boxes mac & cheese $2
laundry soap $5  (because we're running a bit low on my homemade blend and may run out within the next week or two)
trash bags $6
butter $3
2x cucumbers $3

Estimated amount that will be spent: $99, but $79 after the refund below.
*I have $20 worth of items to return at walmart, so that will help save me some money there before I head off to Krogers.

Actual amount spent:
Walmart- $0, after using the $26 refund (it was more than I had remembered)
Krogers- $83.02
But I also threw an $8 cheese shredder into the cart (I forgot I needed one for the zucchini recipe), two boxes of granola bars, and two packs of activia yoghurt.
All things I would have bought originally, but forgot to put on my list before-hand so I don't feel guilty :)

All in all, I feel good about today.  My projected amount I wanted to spent for the total day was $79 and my actual costs ended up being $83.02.

Do you meal plan?  What are some of your favorite, cheap meals?

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