Posts

Showing posts from 2012

Perdue Oven Ready Roast

Image
Over the last month and a half, the entire family has been sick at one point or another ( a couple days EVERYONE was sick!). That means that we have been making convenience meals when we want to eat, and I have been making easy meals! I don't know about you but I am sick and tired of eating processed, easy meals.

Enter Perdue Oven Ready Chicken Roast!



I was super excited to try Perdue Oven Ready Chicken Roast, because it was real chicken (not processed chicken nugget form which we ate way too many of) and it was easy to prepare, even for someone with no energy and recovering from the flu like me!



First let's talk about "real" chicken:  Perdue Chicken is fresh, all-natural chicken that's verifiably good. That's why all their PERDUE® OVEN READY Products are USDA Process Verified and follow an all vegetarian diet, no animal by-products, and are raised cage free.

Now let's talk about my chicken: The directions were simple: open the outer package, cook and …

January Low Spend and Decluttering Challenge

Image
As the kids and adults in our house have been sick for the past month and a half, I have had a lot of time to think about what I want our 2013 to look like and what I want to accomplish. As I look back over previous years I can see that I have made goals that were too loftly, or were doomed to fail from the beginning. Part of that I think is that I look at the big picture and don't break goals down into manageable steps. I make goals for the year that I ultimately forget about in 2 months.....

Well NOT this year. I have decided that 2013 is the year that I make smaller mini goals--my ideal is to make a monthly goal that I want to work on for that month.

January is the month where I feel like I get a start over in redoing our finances and also a redo of our house, when I get rid of excess and feel the urge to declutter. So I was so excited to see that the lovely Carla over at My 1/2 Dozen Daily was hosting a January Decluttering and No/Low Spend Challenge. I have decided to join in…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

Image
I think that I can say that I am back again to blogging....after having everyone in my house sick for the month of December, I think (fingers crossed) that we are all on the mend I hope. (We did have to take Benjamin to the ER one night last week due to a very high fever....turns out he has an ear infection in the other ear than the one he had 2 weeks ago and a virus. Thankfully he is doing better!) We do still all have coughs but from what I am hearing from friends and family, these coughs could last for a few weeks after we feel better. But I am planning on being back full time to blogging again (barring any more illness). I am starting tonight.....  Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!(I can't believe it has been over a month since I got to play along! ) To play along simply start your post with a photo or quote... Copy and paste the starters and link up to Carla so she and others can visit you and see what you've been up to!
SO HERE GOES:

Merry Christmas

Image
To all my blog readers, I wish you a very merry Christmas from my family to yours!

I know I have been lax lately about blogging but the craziness of being sick basically for this whole month has really thrown a wrench in my plans. I am going to be spending the next few day with family and enjoying my hubby and kids (sicknesses and all!) and then I hope to be back with lots of posts, including a great giveaway and I am joining in on a January challenge! Until then, I say Merry Christmas and I hope your holiday is merry and bright!

Sickness....

Image
Take your pick when you come to my house....we are now featuring....the flu, strep throat, and an ear infection. Hubby is recovering from having the flu all week. I was at urgent care 2 times yesterday...once with Rebecca who has strep throat and a fever of 102. And then with Jacob who has a fever of 102, possible strep (the rapid test came back negative) and an ear infection. Tonight I am feeling cruddy.....

Very quick update....

The last 2 weeks have been h*** and have been stressful and just tough. A few quick highlights:
My Mom's bladder cancer is back, another tumor was found last wednesdayMy mom had a bad stress test for her heart last MondayMy mom was sent to the ER on Friday morning and spent Friday-yesterday in ICU with heart problemsHubby woke up Monday night/Tuesday morning throwing up and high fever. He now has the full blown fluMissed work on Friday due to Mom's hospitalizationHave 5 cakes and 5 cookies plates due to school by Friday morning for St. Nick dinner. Hubby's parents are calling about setting up a time for transfer of vanCoworkers are dropping like flies with the flu so HAVE to work. That is why I have been MIA. That is also why I am so behind on book reviews, and a product review and giveaway. Pray things get better.

Farm Rich giveaway winner

Image
The Farm Rich coupon giveaway has ended!

Thank you to all that entered!

The winner (Sue H....) has been emailed!

Wordless Wednesday: Rebecca Then and Now

Image
6 years ago today....

Today.....
HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY REBECCA!

Today's post brought to you by the letter B

Image
Today's post is brought to you by the letter....B....as in BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!!!!!!

That describes my life over the last week or so. Work has been crazy busy. Thanksgiving was BUSY (especially because I had to cook the bird!) (more on that later). We had Rebecca's birthday luncheon on Saturday (more on that later). Bill was sick Friday-Sunday. Back to work yesterday. Baking cupcakes this morning before work, so I can decorate them after work for Rebecca to take to school tomorrow for her actual birthday. Trying to get some Christmas shopping done without going bankrupt. Posting baby items to sell on eBay.....the list goes on and on....I have many posts in my head---real life, some book reviews, and a cool product review and giveaway! Now just have to find the time to do it and to live my crazy busy life!

Here is to another BUSY day!

Farm Rich Products (and a GIVEAWAY!)--UPDATED!!!!

Image
My kids are ALWAYS hungry! Rebecca and Jacob both are going through growth spurts and they always want something to eat. I don't mind them eating as long as what they are eating is mostly healthy-- because these are the types of foods that allow them to stay fuller longer, while providing them energy they need to play and do the things that a 6 year old and a 3 year old do. At the same time, our family schedule is crazy busy and so I don't have a lot of time to prepare from scratch foods and snacks for the kids or the family.

Enter Farm Rich snacks and appetizers!


Farm Rich offers a wide variety of pure yummy snacks, including mozzarella cheese sticks, mozzarella bites, queso cheese bites, mini pizza slices and jalapeno peppers just to name a few, that all allow for families to have wholesome, yummy snacks that don't take forever and a day to prepare.

I was excited to have the chance to try the mozzarella cheese sticks! My children love cheese and since the weather has …

Get a free card from Treat.com!

Image
Your holiday checklist just got shorter. Create and send a totally personalized greeting card from Treat for FREE.
Whether saying thanks for Thanksgiving, wishing a best friend a holiday birthday, or simply sharing the holiday cheer with a just because card, Treat lets you create a one-of-a-kind card that is sure to impress.


Treat is Shutterfly’s exciting new greeting card brand that makes it easy for people to create and send one-of-a-kind greeting cards. Treat cards are perfect for holidays, birthdays, congrats, thank yous and every occasion in between. It’s crazy fun. It’s super easy. And it’s totally personal.



I LOVE the selection that Treat.com offers!

As a bonus to my readers, Treat.com has offered each of you a FREE greeting card TODAY (Nov.19) and TOMORROW (Nov. 20)!Just use the code: TREATBLOGR when ordering! (This is good for ONE card!)


Disclaimer: I have been compensated for this post in the form of free greeting cards. However, I have ordered from Treat.com and Shutterf…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

Image
Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
To play along simply start your post with a photo or quote... Copy and paste the starters and link up to Carla so she and others can visit you and see what you've been up to!

SO HERE GOES:

 Rebecca lost 2 teeth this week. I told her she could tell Santa that all she wants for Christmas is her two front teeth! :)


What are you.....
Reading?




Watching?
Listening to? The dishwasher is running.
Benjamin is cooing and gooing.
Rebecca and Jacob are laughing at the TV.

Cooking/Baking
I made pulled pork for dinner. It was really good.   I hope to make pumpkin muffins this week AND I was talked into cooking a 24 lb. turkey for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

Happy you accomplished this week?

I ordered a couple of things for Christmas for Bill this week.
I got a review order put in (Look for a giveaway soon!)
Figured some things out at work.
Paid all of our bills for the month and we are not broke. LOL Looking forward to…

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home-- Days 8 AND 9

Image
I am following along with Money Saving Mom on her "4 Weeks to a More Organized Home (Simplified)" series!

Basically each day (minus the week of Thanksgiving, starting Nov 5) she will post an assignment to help you get more organized that should only take 30 minutes or less to complete.

I have been thinking about doing a major declutter and organization of our home before Christmas so this is coming at the right time!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today is day 10, but since I didn't get day 8 done until yesterday and day 9 not done until this morning, today is really day 8 AND 9.

Yesterday morning, I finally got around to doing day 8's assignment. It took me all of 5 minutes to clean out a dresser drawer. Then last night, I was EXHAUSTED. Things were CRAZY at work with a couple situations that I am still trying to make sense of. Home has been crazy. After I finally got home and g…

Celebrating and Savory a Simple Christmas Ebook winner

Image
The winner of the ebook "Celebrating and Savoring a Simple Christmas" by Crystal Paine is.....

Comment #4: Amanda!

Congrats and you have been emailed!

Celebrating and Savoring A Simple Christmas ebook--- giveaway!

Image
Many of you know that I am following along on Money Saving Mom's 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series.

Did you also know that Money Saving Mom is one of my FAVORITE blogs to read?

Did you know that Money Saving Mom author Crystal Paine, just released her new ebook, Celebrating and Savoring A Simple Christmas?



This book is jam pack full of tips on EVERYTHING to make your Christmas enjoyable and simple for YOUR family!

Some of the topics she covers are:

Organizing your Christmas listMaking and sticking with a Christmas budgetFreezer cooking for the holidaysMaking memorable family activitiesSimple and inexpensive homemade giftsGetting your home in order (including a 2 hour cleaning list)Savoring the meaning of the season
THIS IS A GREAT EBOOK!!!!

TO BUY:



TO WIN:

24 HOUR GIVEAWAY!

Crystal Paine is generously giving away a copy of her Celebrating and Savoring a Simple Christmas ebook to one of my readers.

TO ENTER: Just leave me a comment on what you plan on doing to make this Chri…

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home--- Day 7

Image
I am following along with Money Saving Mom on her "4 Weeks to a More Organized Home (Simplified)" series!

Basically each day (minus the week of Thanksgiving, starting Nov 5) she will post an assignment to help you get more organized that should only take 30 minutes or less to complete.

I have been thinking about doing a major declutter and organization of our home before Christmas so this is coming at the right time!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today is day 7.

Today's assignment and how I did:

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great {there’s something about dressing in clothes that make you feel great that just gives you more energy and zest for life! }

DONE: Today's outfit of choice is: black short sleeve shirt (has a crocheted top half), jeans, black and grey socks, black shoes, and a silver necklace. Actually pulled my hair back in a pony tail today as I was HO…

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home--- Day 6

Image
I am following along with Money Saving Mom on her "4 Weeks to a More Organized Home (Simplified)" series!

Basically each day (minus the week of Thanksgiving, starting Nov 5) she will post an assignment to help you get more organized that should only take 30 minutes or less to complete.

I have been thinking about doing a major declutter and organization of our home before Christmas so this is coming at the right time!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today is day 6.

Today's assignment and how I did:

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great

Today's outfit is: jeans, dark red tank top, black sweater, cross necklace, black shoes and socks. :)
I find that I feel better about what I am wearing if I add a necklace to it.

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and create a list of weekly goals.

MY WEEKLY GOALS:
Complete and mail off HEAP applicationPay remaining November bills…

Green Giant Seasoned Steamers WINNER!

Image
The lucky winner of the Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Prize pack is: LIBERTY B. (mindomatter76@.....) Liberty, you have been emailed. You have 48 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner! Thank you everyone for entering!

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home---Day 5

Image
I am following along with Money Saving Mom on her "4 Weeks to a More Organized Home (Simplified)" series!

Basically each day (minus the week of Thanksgiving, starting Nov 5) she will post an assignment to help you get more organized that should only take 30 minutes or less to complete.

I have been thinking about doing a major declutter and organization of our home before Christmas so this is coming at the right time!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today is day 5.

Today's assignment and how I did:

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great

Today's outfit of choice: jeans, long sleeve black t-shirt, long black sweater and black shoes.

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

My goals for today:
Parent- Teacher conferenceDeliver snack stuff to schoolLunch da…

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home---Day 4

Image
I am following along with Money Saving Mom on her "4 Weeks to a More Organized Home (Simplified)" series!

Basically each day (minus the week of Thanksgiving, starting Nov 5) she will post an assignment to help you get more organized that should only take 30 minutes or less to complete.

I have been thinking about doing a major declutter and organization of our home before Christmas so this is coming at the right time!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today is day 4.

Today's assignment and how I did:

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great

Today I am wearing jeans, a pink tanktop, topped with a long brown sweater. I love the combo of browns and pinks!

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

My to do list for today:
1. Find all paperwork for HEAP app
2. Get sup…

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home--Day 3

Image
I am following along with Money Saving Mom on her "4 Weeks to a More Organized Home (Simplified)" series!

Basically each day (minus the week of Thanksgiving, starting Nov 5) she will post an assignment to help you get more organized that should only take 30 minutes or less to complete.

I have been thinking about doing a major declutter and organization of our home before Christmas so this is coming at the right time!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today is day 3.

Today's assignment and how I did:

::Get dressed in something that makes you feel great

::Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.

My goals for today:

Find all paperwork that goes with HEAP application
Read at least 1 book to each child
Get supplies together for MIL b-day present
Go snack shopping for work
Do at lea…