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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Spoiling our Super Hero for Father's Day
Father's Day is almost here. I was actually on the ball this year and started my Father's Day shopping over a month ago. Shocker, right? I ordered this awesome HERO DIY picture book from Thoughts In Vinyl. If you've never heard of this website, stop what your doing (well, after you read this post) and check it out now! She has such cool stuff. I found her site through a daily deals site when I ordered a pre-cut vinyl and since then, I've order a few times from her. This is the first time I've ordered one of her DIY projects and I wish I had ordered one sooner.
I was impressed with the simplicity of it. She does all of the hard work. In this case, she cuts the wooden letters and all I had to do was personalize to my liking. Instructions are included.
I used an assortment of comic book/super hero scrapbook paper that I found in Michaels. Seemed fitting for the theme. After all, Dad is OUR super Hero!
I traced each letter onto the paper, cut and then used Mod Podge to adhere. Once dry, I added multiple coats to each letter as a top coat to protect the paper. I waited approximately 10 minutes between coats.
Next I added pictures to each letter. I also used Mod Podge to adhere each picture. I did NOT coat the pictures with Mod Podge.
Once the pictures were applied the next step was to put my book together. This was a little tricky. I used a small needle nose pair of scissors to poke a hole through the paper that was cover the holes in each letter. Next, I threaded ribbon through the letters and tied it in a bow to hold the book together. Here is my finished Wooden HERO Picture Book.
In keeping with the Super Hero theme for Father's Day, I also ordered this awesome vinyl from Thoughts In Vinyl
I bought an inexpensive frame and used this awesome piece of scrapbook paper to make this sign for Daddy's office.
Did I mention we're spoiling him this year??? We also bought daddy a new black watch and the boys made this cute frame and collage at Ria's.
So as you can see, we've been busy getting ready for Father's Day. We're looking forward to all of the festivities celebrating our Super Hero Dad and the other great Dads in our lives.
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…