Friday, June 29, 2012

Thankful Journal

I have been trying to "Let Go" of many things this year!  One way to help me focus on the positive is a Thankful Journal.  Just a little place for me to write down all the blessing (big and little) that happen each day.  

I am using the Daily Documenting Journal from Paper Coterie.
Room for me to keep track of  the things I am thankful for with pictures of my most precious blessing included too! 
All Daily Documenting books are 40% off right now!  
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 133

Hello and welcome to our show off your stuff party!  This week we are showing off:





phew- that was a lot of stuff!  Now on to the party! 


Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!






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Black Bean, Rice and Veggie Skillet Recipe

I came up with this recipe when I was trying a different recipe, but didn't have the right ingredients, so I ended up changing and substituting so many things that it turned into something completely different. Have you ever done that? Well, thankfully it turned out pretty good anyway. I loved it. This made A LOT. Even for my big family, there was plenty left over. You could easily cut this in half, or I think it would freeze well if you wanted to freeze half and save it for a day you don't feel like cooking (which for me, is pretty much every day).

Ingredients used (you could, as I did, add and/or substitute to your liking):

1 lb ground sausage (optional - leave this out for a vegetarian meal)
2 cups cooked white rice*
2 cups diced zucchini (about 2?)
1 can black beans, drained*
3 tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained*)
handful of fresh cilantro
1/4 cup shredded cheese** (any cheese is fine, but I like to use something with a bit of a kick to add flavor since there aren't a lot of strong flavors in this dish.)
corn or flour tortillas (optional)

*I happened to have a huge amount of left-over cooked white rice, so that is what I used. Normally I use brown minute-rice. If you prefer, put one cup of minute-rice in the pan uncooked with the other ingredients, and add one cup of water or broth, or use the liquid from the beans and tomatoes to cook the rice in. If you are using regular white or brown rice, I advise cooking the rice first to make sure it's fully cooked without over cooking everything else.

**I used "yogurt cheese" that I bought at the farmers market, and they said it had yogurt cultures in it. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I'm sure it's super healthy. ;)

Directions:
1. Cook sausage in stir-fry pan (looks like this) or large sauce pan
2. Add all other ingredients and sautee until heated thoroughly
3. Eat as-is, or wrap in a tortilla
4. My husband put ranch on his. He is obsessed with ranch. I'm not. I liked it just fine without ranch.

I never get enough sleep!

 Truth: You don't know what you've go until it's gone!

Sleep- how I love thee,  how I miss thee, how I long for thee every night!

Before I had kids I never really thought about sleep or getting enough of it.  I always thought I didn't need that much sleep to survive on.  I was pretty proud of the fact that I could go to bed late and wake up for work the next day with little tiredness.  But, that was all before I had kids.  All before I knew what REAL sleep deprivation is like.  

We adopted our son from Korea.  He came home when he was 9 months old.  Korean time is 15 hours ahead of our time.  So when we came home with our son, his day was our night.  It took almost 2 months to get him on to our time zone.... 2 very long, very sleepless months.  You see, in Korea our son slept in bed with the foster mom... he was used to sleeping with his mama.  He still does not like to sleep alone.  He is 4 years old and he still wants to sleep in our room. There are some nights he can wake me up 3 times.  Just when we seemed to get our son's sleep issues in some-what of an order, we adopted our daughter and started all over again!

Here is a rare shot of my son sleeping... NEVER wake a sleeping baby- EVER! 

Some nights it seems the kids are working together.  One wakes up, I get them back to sleep and just when I am crawling back into my own bed, the other one wakes up. 

Our son is also an early riser.  He is all bright-eyed-and bushy-tailed at 5AM "Mom! It's morning time!  I am so excited!".... I am not.  Where is the snooze button on this kid... just a few more minutes PLEASE!   I usually have to tell him, "It's not morning yet, go back to bed"

The other thing that keeps me up at night is what I like to call "Mommy worry"  You know - all the stuff a mom can worry about... What if my kids get hurt, what if I am not doing a good enough job as a mom, what if my house is not clean enough, what I am too soft on my discipline, what if I am too hard, What if I don't get enough sleep?!  I can worry  for hours if I let myself.

I like to tell people that I have been through some sort military torture training.  My kids sleep patterns can brake the best of spies.  Sleep deprivation can do a number on you emotionally and physically.  I do need my sleep.  But I guess I have to wait...Please pass the coffee!

Need a good night sleep?  Check out this coupon for Zzzquil at Kroger!

Tell me friends, what keeps you up at night?


 




I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Craft Wars!

 There is a new show on TLC: CRAFT WARS! The premiere is on at 10/9c TONIGHT!

Here is a little about tonight's episode:
Three talented crafters face off in a series of challenges that will take them back to school; they must create a play house out of school supplies. At stake is a $10,000 grand prize. The competition is hosted by author and avid crafter, Tori Spelling.


 I got to preview  the show and it is fun to watch  the crafters in action!  The challenges are interesting and really test the crafters.  They have some fun judges:  Erica Domesek (author of the DIY book, PS I Made This), Stephen Brown (author and founder of the multi-million dollar gift wear company Glitterville Studios) and Jo Pearson (author and creative expert for Michaels). 
The judges are hard core... They don't let anything slip by them.  Erica is the most critical, in my opinion.  I expected her to be nicer since she is a blogger.  And it seems like her and Stephen might have a little rivalry going on too.  I think that this will be a fun series to watch for the summer!  


Here is a little teaser to get you hooked:




Once you watch come back and tell me what you think!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Surfer Dude Boy's Shirt


Today's post is more of a here's what I did then a tutorial... sorry!  But I used Lil Blue Boo's T-Shirt Hoodie Pattern.  It is the only pattern I have ever bought.  And I love it (It comes with all the pattern pieces and step-by-step instructions.  No- I am not an affiliate I just love it).  I left off the sleeves to make it into a summer shirt.  I also added some heat transfer vinyl (From Expression's Vinyl - cheapest vinyl around!) to give it some boy flare!
Here are the pattern pieces and my jersey knit fabric.
Before:
After:
If you would like the Silhouette File of the surfer and the words, email me and I will send it to you.  
I used the free font: Pacifico FontFace
I also made the shorts to match...But I didn't tutorial that because there are lots of shorts tutorials already.  Let me know if you want another and I will put one together for you.
Recognize this little girl in her romper  in the background?
 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Favorite Things Party


Once I saw Julie's Favorite Things Party, I knew it was going to be our next girls night!


I modified the free printable from On to Baby to make the invitations:

No party is complete without decorations!  I went with green and purple for my colors.  I used napkins (yep - napkins!!!) to make these puff flower garland.  I already had the paper lanterns to complete the look.  I didn't go crazy, just simple and sweet.
Just rip some fabric into strips and tie to some yarn to make this shabby chic garland.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters.

We just went with some easy snacky food.  We also included gluten-free and dairy-free options too! 
We also had punch and sangria to drink!

Some fun details to make the party special.
We had Kraft gift bags for each person to put their loot in.
We used square paper to have everyone write their name down 5 times for the drawings.
I made a flower headband and a button ring for each person as a fun party favor.  
Each person got a different headband and ring. 
Here are our favorite things!
OhMyGoodness... The fun that we had.  The new favorite things that we got!  We wished we could party all night... but we are all moms and had to return back to reality sometime!

When is your next girl night?  What do you like to do?

 



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Friday, June 22, 2012

My Do-Over Moment

If life had a "do-over" button I would push it and go back to Junior High.  I know crazy, right? Who wants to go back to Junior High?!  I had an over all good experience in Jr. high... I mean I must have liked it since I later became a middle school teacher.  But there is one thing I would change.  I would have joined the swim team.

Here I am in Junior High.... Aren't I so cute??  

I was not involved in any sports or extra curricular activities during Junior High.  I love to swim and I am good at it.  I am not overly athletic but I can swim like a fish!  During the school year we had swimming as part of our gym class and I aced all the strokes.  The gym teacher would use me as an example.  Too bad they never encouraged me to join the team.  I think I would have had a lot of fun.

As a teacher of Junior Highers, I see the benefits of being on a team, especially during those tough early teen years.  It boost confidence, gives you goals to work on, and builds good relationships.  Who knows, I may have gotten a scholarship to college too! : ) Ok- that is taking it a bit far, but with the Summer Olympics coming up I get all dreamy and think of what might have been...

A word on Do-Overs from Frigidaire:   The Frigidaire Gallery™Dishwasher gets dishes fully cleaned the first time, so there are no dish do-overs. Nearly half of adults admit to re-washing and/or re-drying dishes after the dishwasher cycle has been completed. To prevent dishwasher do-overs, Frigidaire® is stepping in with its new Gallery® Dishwasher featuring the OrbitCleanTM Wash Arm, ensuring dishes are cleaned right the first time.

 So, tell me friends, What would you do over?





 I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 132

Hello and welcome to the Show Off Your Stuff Party! 

We've got a lot to show off this week! 







phew- that was a lot of stuff!  Now on to the party! 


Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!







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