Being a mommy is the most rewarding job around and most likely the the toughest job out there. I hope you will enjoy reading about my journey as a stay at home mom, wife, friend, Christ follower and fitness lover. Here's to play dates, DIY projects, walking faithful, living a healthy lifestyle, trying new recipes and "keeping it all together."
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Halloween Teacher Gifts
As with all of the holidays I like to give a little something to O's teachers/caregivers. It's the least I can do. I entrust these lovely ladies with the safety of my little man. The challenging part of crafting is not spending an arm and a leg on some of these projects. Sometimes I find myself in the check out line at Michael's or JoAnn's with a cart full of items and a receipt that could be mistaken for a small trip to Publix! Good thing the Mister doesn't itemize our monthly statement.
Bugs & Kisses Goody Jars
Germs are Scary Hand Sanitizer
Both gifts above were super cute, simple and inexpensive.
Bugs & Kisses goody jars are full of Hershey kisses, hence the Bugs & "Kisses." I found the adorable FREE printable on Pinterest at Tammy Mitchell Designs. I printed it and matted it to some orange card stock I already had. The goody jar is actually a salsa jar that I re purposed. I was able to take of the sticker label with hot water and coconut oil (the 8th wonder of the world, but I degrees). I filled the jar with Hershey kisses and some plastic spiders (the bugs). Instead of using the lid I covered the jar with orange tulle and used a rubber band to keep it in place. I then covered the rubber band with some cute Halloween ribbon I had left over from another project. The cute little printable was attached with ribbon as well. So simple and best of all, I already had most of the materials. The only thing I had to buy was the Hershey kisses and the plastic spiders.
Germs are Scary Hand Sanitizer is one of my favorite gifts to give. Who doesn't need hand sanitizer, especially those who work with kids. It just so happens that the Target brand hand sanitizer comes with and orange pump (I believe I've seen other colors as well). How perfect that the pump is orange and our theme is Halloween. I used the same method as above to remove the sticker (hot water, coconut oil and scrub brush). Next, I used a black paint pen to write "germs are scary" and then a white paint pen to add some white dots to dress it up a bit. Lastly, I tied a bow around the pump to add a little more flair. This cute ghost ribbon was left over from another project I had done earlier in the month.
The gifts were fun and easy to make and seemed to be well received by O's teachers.
I debating posting this since Halloween has since passed, but decided to share anyway since it could be replicated for almost any holiday.
Here's another quick, easy and healthier meal option to try. This was my first time preparing and I have to say, it was pretty easy. I will definitely make again, but would make a homemade enchilada sauce instead of store bought. Time and preparation were not on my side when I was shopping for this meal. Like a lot of my recipes, I like to cheat to make things easier. In this case, it was buying a rotisserie chicken and store bought enchilada sauce from Fresh Market.
I found this recipe at There's Always Time 4 Fitness. It's a 21 Day Fix recipe. Mine is a slight variation. She does a great job of breaking down all the containers. I encourage you to check out her post if you are following the container portion of the 21 Day Fix.
Adapted from There's Always Time 4 Fitness
*I used all of the white meat from the rotisserie
**2 enchiladas is 1 serving
1 red container of shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken from Fresh Market).
1 tsp of Southwest seasoning …
I have recently become a big fan of pesto. Yum-O. I am going to be completely honest and tell you that this recipe was inspired by the "Chicken Pesto Toasted Flatbreads" at Tropical Smoothie. I ate there for the first time last Friday and was blown away by the deliciousness of this flat bread. I knew that I would have to replicate it very soon...and I did just that tonight.
What you'll need:
-Chicken: I used cutlets since they were thinner and smaller. I actually oven baked my cutlets in foil pockets at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
-Flat bread: I found 5 Grain Foldit Artisan Flat bread in the deli section at Publix. It was delicious and the best part, only 90 calories!
-Pesto: I was originally going to make my pesto, but then stumbled upon Monterey's Basil with Almonds and Pine Nuts Pesto. It was in the refrigerated section near the eggs and refrigerated pastas (at least in my Publix).
- Mozzarella Cheese: I used Publix brand low fat.
- Optional: lettuce, tomato, cuc…
So it turns out I am more of a sissy then I had originally thought. Sleep training is some serious stuff and this girl had no idea just what she was in for. So before I admit to you that we had the strategy all wrong and share our new strategy, I'll recap how nights 5 & 6 went down.
I was under the impression this would get easier as we went along...not the case. I think it's actually gotten worse. No wait, I know it has gotten worse. P was up at 1:00 a.m. like clockwork. We went through the soothe, put down, walk out routine 3 times, for a total of 39 minutes. On the fourth trip to his bedroom, the sissy (mommy) inside me gave in. I just couldn't take it anymore. I fed him. He slept till 6:30 a.m.
I started to give my strategy some thought. Since he seemed to be truly hungry at 1:00 a.m, maybe I should switch the feeding I was trying to eliminate. Feed at 1:00 and soothe at 4:00. Easy peasy, right? Wrong!
We were determined to win this little ea…