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My Favorite Winter Recipe

Have you ever been cooped up in your house when it’s super cold outside and you find yourself wishing you had a warm home cooked meal?

Well look no further. Today I’m going to share my favorite winter recipe for y’all to enjoy.

The best part about it is, it’s super simple to make because it’s a crockpot meal which means it’s basically hands free!

What you’ll need:

1 pack of cubed steaks

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 packet of dry onion soup mix

Salt and Pepper

First, I lay my cubed steaks out and salt and pepper each side. Then I layer them in the bottom of my crockpot. Once that’s done, I mix my cream of chicken, cream of mushroom and 1/2 soup can of water in a bowl and pour the mixture over my cubed steaks. To top it off, I sprinkle my dry onion soup mix over the top and turn my crockpot to low.

I recommend returning to stir every 1-2 hours but that is not absolutely necessary.

Cook on low for 6-7 hours and then you are ready to serve! I usually make rice and green beans to serve with mine and it always seems to be a great combination but feel free to try it with mashed potatoes as that is a wonderful side to the recipe as well.

Be sure to try this recipe out soon and let me know how it goes!

Happy cooking!

Maternity Photo Shoot

When you are pregnant, one of the things you look forward to the most is getting all dolled up and spending a day being photographed like a princess. I start planning my maternity pictures almost as soon as the home pregnancy test reads positive.

When Michael and I found out we were having twins, we were immediately scheduled with a specialist and given all these things to read up on about how this pregnancy would be different from our first go ’round. As I was reading all these differences, the main one I seemed to focus on was that twins are more likely to be born premature.

Of course I was worried for their health but another thing I worried about was them choosing to make their arrival before I had maternity pictures taken. I told myself that if they decided to come early that I would put on some clothes and have a photoshoot right there in the hospital. Now, obviously that would be the last thing on my mind but that’s how important pictures are to me.

You see, Michael and I had already discussed this being our last child BEFORE we found out we were having TWO for the price of one (not really, your cost does in fact go up). However, when we had our ultrasound and saw two little heads, there was no question… this was it for us. So it is important that we have pictures to capture these memories because unless something drastically changes, I won’t get to feel the flutters of life from inside again.

As we will soon be the mommy and daddy to THREE babies under the age of 15 months and I am a stay at home mom, We are always looking for ways to cut spending and save as much money as possible. Hiring a photographer can get expensive so we decided to take the photos ourselves. Well, with the help of my wonderful mother. Michael loves technology and spends hours researching different options when it comes to phones. His most recent upgrade was to a Google Pixel 2 XL and one of the main reasons he chose this particular phone was the camera reviews.

Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Anyways, I had been hoping and praying for snow and it finally came! We recently got about five or six inches of good snow and you best believe that I made Michael (and Reagan) get dressed up and we went out in the snow to get these maternity pictures.

I definitely have to give my wonderful husband the credit because not only did he take some of these while holding a 27 pound little girl but it was all of about 10 degrees and continuing to snow. He then proceeded to spend his free time editing them to look flawless. I don’t think they could have turned out any better than they did.

By using his phone, our back yard and my amazing mama, we saved a ton of money and still got great pictures! I am currently trying to get my husband to start a side hustle doing photography because I think he’s the bomb!

It’s very possible that I may do another session before the boys arrive and I would love to see some of your maternity photos so if you have any, be sure to share them with me.

Prodromal Labor and How I Cope

Prodromal labor is another word for pre-labor and consists of some early signs that labor might be near. It begins much like traditional labor but doesn’t result in birth.

Prodromal labor sucks. Plain and simple. It’s contractions, REAL contractions that don’t even do their job right! Like seriously? Braxton Hicks are one thing but now we have to suffer through real contractions all for nothing.

That’s right, you heard it. Some women don’t have any trouble at all but if you are like me, I had this pesky little pre-labor with my daughter and now I get to enjoy it with the twins.

When I was pregnant with Reagan, I had a small episode of preterm labor at about 24 weeks that we were fortunate enough to get stopped, Thank GOD! I was dilated to a one from this point on. At about 35-36 weeks I started having prodromal labor. It came and went every single day and I was exhausted (or so I thought). However, at this time I was simply a stay at home wife with no other children and only about 900 square feet of house to clean so I was able to rest and sleep through most of the annoying pre-labor symptoms.

Now that we are in round two… I have a one year old who has recently mastered walking (speed walking to be exact) and i’m pregnant with twins. At 29 weeks, with both boys measuring a week ahead, I am as big and uncomfortable as I was the day my water broke with my daughter (39 weeks).

For the past few days, I have started to experience the same issues. Consistent contractions, cramps, back pain and irritability. These things simply do not mix with a one year old who still doesn’t sleep through the night and usually refuses to nap during the day. So how do I cope with these annoying symptoms? Well here’s a few things I try to do since relaxing and resting are off the table with Reagan on the loose:

  1. I drink a ton of water. Water is good for everything right?
  2. I try to distract myself with light house work.
  3. I focus on playing with my little girl. After all, our time alone together is quickly approaching it’s expiration date.
  4. If my situation allows, I take a hot shower to relax my muscles and help with the back pain.
  5. Then, if I just can’t seem to shake it, I will ask my wonderful mom for help. I wouldn’t know what to do without her, she is a lifesaver!

It’s so very important to me to try and keep my complaining to a minimum because there are mothers who don’t have a chance to to make it this far and experience these late pregnancy symptoms. No matter how hard and annoying it is to go day to day with these annoying inconveniences, I would much rather have to go through each of them than have to watch my babies struggle and fight because they came too early. But hey, it wouldn’t be pregnancy if I didn’t complain a little.

Hopefully these few things can help you guys to cope and as always this is not medical advice and if you experience things you aren’t comfortable handling on your own, it is always a good idea to be checked out just in case. My motto for any pregnancy is I’d rather be safe than sorry. Just remember when experiencing these things, you are not alone. There is at least one other mama right here suffering beside you.

Do you guys have any other ways of coping with pregnancy pains? I’d love to hear them so make sure you comment and share cause we are all in this together.

Love and prayers for each of you and your sweet babes today!

3 Goals for a Better 2018

This will be my year💕

Most everyone starts each year with new resolutions. Eat better, lose weight, stop cussing, be happy, etc. These are all great things to focus on and everyone has their own reasons behind each resolution. However, this year I decided to set goals for my 2018! Goals that I foresee being ones that I can truly remain focused on throughout the entire year!

My first and most important goal is one everyone struggles with at some point and time seeing as how we live in a material minded word. For 2018, my goal is to be much more frugal! I have never been one to pointlessly spend, spend, spend until the last year or so. I definitely have room for improvement here. I plan to see this goal through by creating a budget for our little family and actually stick to it! (Follow through is something I lack, it’s a huge downfall of mine) Along with this goal, I also hope to have eliminated a chunk of our debt by the end of this new year!

As if goal number one wasn’t going to be difficult enough on its own, I have chosen to tackle my lack of creativity. I have a Cricut Expression just sitting in my closet wasting away so I decided it was time to pull it out and become that crafty mama everyone is jealous of! I am hoping to work here and there on little crafts for my family and home and then who knows, business idea for down the road?! You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

Last but not least, I plan to take on a more active lifestyle in 2018. Now don’t go thinking I’m going to be super skinny and running marathons by the end of the year. No, no. I am simply hoping for more walking and drinking more water. Although I am super proud of those who do, cutting out soda is not for me. Did you not realize I will have THREE babies under FIFTEEN MONTHS? So no I will not be cutting soda out but I will be drinking less and replacing as much as my sanity will allow with water. Also, I truly enjoy walking especially outside and my goal is to walk at least 4-5 days each week, however it is currently 25 degrees and this pregnant mama (and my one year old) don’t need another sickness invading our home so this one may have a delayed start but I promise it will start!

Excited for these new goals is simply an understatement. I honestly can’t wait to look back at the end of the year and see what an impact these three simple goals have had on my life.

I’ve never been so excited to continually work towards New Years resolutions and I can already tell that 2018 is going to be a year to remember.

What are some of your New Years resolutions/goals? I always enjoy hearing others and it’s a great way for us to keep each other on track and accountable! Let’s hear yours!

Even BIGGER Surprise

So the last time I posted, I announced our exciting news about Reagan becoming a big sister! Well things have gotten hectic and a little overwhelming but that was only the beginning! So we were excited to announce we were pregnant again and that our 8 month old (at the time) was going to be a big sister but little did we know that she was going to be a big sister to TWO LITTLE BOYS!

That’s right. Twin boys. 2017 was a big year for us to say the least. But then again so was 2016 before that. In 2016 we got married, bought our first house and had our first baby. So of course 2017 had to out do that as we sold our first home, purchased our second home, and found out not only were we expecting but that we were expecting twins!

Let’s just pray that 2018 will be a little less eventful (apart from the twins arrival). Michael and I are just hoping to see a slightly more low profile year.

Although we are always planning and looking ahead to new and exciting things! So stay tuned for all things insanity because in approximately 8 weeks or less Michael and I will be the parents to THREE children under FOURTEEN MONTHS!

Pray for us, a lot!

SURPRISE! 

As I sat down to work a little today it occurred to me that I have been falling behind, really far behind! I hate that I haven’t been active lately but for very good reason…

Our little girl turned 8 months recently and we just so happened to have a family cookout around this same time so my hubby and I decided it was time to share the news. 

Our little girl is going to be a BIG SISTER💕

We are overjoyed to say the least but am many of you know the first trimester isn’t all butterflies and roses so I’ve had to really focus on what’s important. Taking care of me and my family is number one but I am catching up little by little. 

I can’t wait to see all the exciting adventures ahead! Stay tuned!!

52 Weeks of Gratitude: Family

Today marks my third month participating in this 52 week challenge and I continue to be humbled each time I prepare my post. This weeks topic is family. What better to be grateful for?

My family is small. My husband and myself only have one child so we spend lots of time together as a whole. I am grateful for my family for many, many different reasons. My husband for the unconditional love he shows me, the way he plays and loves on our daughter and, so much more! I am grateful for my daughter because she has taught me so many things. Continue reading “52 Weeks of Gratitude: Family”

52 Weeks of Gratitude: Spouse

Spouse. Best Friend. Baby Daddy. Soulmate.

There are a thousand words to describe my love but most of you know him as Michael.

Michael and I have known each other practically our entire lives. We attended the same church where we became best friends. Michael was always so shy. He’s played bass at church since before he was a teenager and that’s all he did, until we broke him that is. A few of us would go out for ice cream but he never would go. Well, until he wasn’t given a choice. He had to socialize with us and not stay all cooped up to himself. (Your welcome honey)

Anyways, Michael is my rock, my provider, and my best friend. As I think about all the reasons I’m grateful for him, I can’t help but be overwhelmed. I never want to go a single day without showing him just how grateful I am that he loves me! 

Have you told your better half just how grateful you are for them lately?

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Why Start This Challenge?

I recently came across a pin on Pinterest that quickly caught my attention. We all must admit that we live selfish lifestyles from time to time without being truly grateful for all the many blessings we have been given.

I decided to take this challenge in an effort to become a more grateful person and see what it could do to my lifestyle. I know that if I stick to this challenge, I will realize all the things I have been taking for granted. 

The first week’s prompt is Why start this challenge?

In starting this challenge I hope to take a step back from the hectic life I currently lead and enjoy all the blessings I have been given. I want to invite everyone to take the challenge even if you choose not to share your responses. I know you won’t regret it! 

Can’t wait to hear about your blessings as well❤️

Couponing Vs. Buying in Bulk

So over the past few weeks I have been reading articles on couponing in search of ways to cut and get the most out of our monthly budget. From what I can find, you have the most success when buying multiples of things and using coupons on things that are already on sale. The kicker is that all stores have different coupon policies and things to that nature, thus making couponing a job and as a new mom, spare time is something I won’t have for years to come.

After serious research, I decided to focus only on things that cost us the most each month. Dish detergent, laundry detergent, diapers and formula.

A friend of mine told me about Sam’s Club and the steal of a deal she was getting on formula so I decided to try it out! My awesome mom already had a membership so testing the waters wasn’t difficult. I must confess, I spent about half an hour in the diaper aisle calculating what the better deal was and after minimal figuring here are my results:

352 count Members Mark size 4 diapers- $46.98

48 ounce Members Mark Formula- $24.98

100 ounce Members Mark dish detergent- $6.98

250 ounce All laundry detergent- $12.48

This works out to be approximately $0.13 per diaper, $0.52 per ounce of formula, $0.07 per ounce of dish detergent, and $0.05 per ounce of laundry detergent.

Believe it or not, this is going to save us $300+ per year on diapers and formula alone! Buying from Sam’s Club would save us even more if we used name brand items before but we have been using the Walmart brand, Parents Choice. 

No matter what brand you currently use, I personally challenge you to use my numbers to calculate how much youre family could be saving! 

I would love to hear your numbers and savings. Feel free to comment or email me!

Let’s get saving!