Sunday, January 29, 2017

Motherhood Got Me Feeling a Little...

You guys, I'm having a total 'mom moment' right now, so be forewarned. I don't know what's been going on in the stars lately {maybe I should ask my mom} but my emotions have been all over the place. Can you relate?? I mean, one day I'm totally content and loving life and thinking everything is how and where it should be, then the next, I'm thinking nothing is how it should be, everything's a huge fat mess, and why should I even bother caring! It's exhausting.

I know we have all been there, mother or not, it's just an adult female thing that we do. However, when you throw motherhood into the mix, it get's a bit amplified. Now, I've been dealing with these batty mommy mood swings for over 10 years, so you'd think I'd have them under control by now. Ohhh no my friends, time doesn't seem to be a factor in the "mom's having a meltdown" period of life. It can just as easily happen to an experienced mom as it can a new mom, with no one being more surprised than the experienced mom, amiright?!

Let's talk about what's been happening to me as of late. Maybe it's this never ending winter or the fact I have only seen my dear friend, the Sun, a handful of times over the last few months but I'm starting to get a little... agoraphobic.... and not in the fun, let's stay home and lay in our jammies and build blanket forts and watch Netflix all day way. More like the kind where I'm searching for survival gear on Amazon and shutting the blinds when it's still light out and having the kids all fall asleep in the same room so I can see them all, kind of way.

I can remember each time I brought my babies home from the hospital and having a little bout of agoraphobia. I mean, I think that's a totally normal thing after you have a baby, right? But waking up one morning with three non-newborn children and thinking, "Hey, the world is a pretty crazy place, we should probably not leave the house for a while because something horrible is going to happen," while simultaneously planning your next family holiday abroad, is a smidge nuts. And while fighting the urge to lock everyone up in the basement {that's where the playroom is, I'm not really cray}, I have to act like the spunky, do it all mom I usually am, while slowing dying inside. Does anyone else have this problem?? Please tell me someone else goes through this. Because let me just say, this is not my first time dealing with these overprotective emotions that are seriously kicking my ass.

When you've got three kids who are all busy with activities throughout the week, there leaves very little time in the day to actually just sit and give in to these anxieties. And even if I could muster up a way to get my kids to be at home with me, where I could keep a watchful eye over them, they'd never let me. With school, sports, music lessons, playdates, church class and everything else we have planned during the week, these three little people who are the reason for my anxieties and wacky mommy moments, are the same three reasons I get out of the house each day. Kind of a twisted joke.

I'd love to hear how you deal with these emotions and if you've dealt with these sort of anxieties?
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

LOVE Inspired Decor +Master Bedroom Details

Happy Monday happy people! Looking at my calendar right now, I'm having a hard time dealing with the fact that in little over a week, it will be February! Yes, I'm one of these horribly annoying people who can't handle how quickly time flies by, and find myself spending most of my day stressing about wasted minutes and missed opportunities. But I digress, that is not what this post is about. No, today's post is about adding a little thing called love back into your bedroom...but in a crafty way ha.

Back in November, my hubs bought a bed to end all beds. It's huge, it rustic and it's nothing that I had in mind when I started designing my bedroom. But I pride myself on being non-confrontational and enjoy a good compromise (most of the time), so he got the bed on the condition that I could add little touches femininity to the space. He agreed and I was left with a giant, dark wood bed and a room I had no idea how to decorate. 

Then something amazing happened... while scoping out the clearance section at Hobby Lobby, I came across a package of love inspired prints for only $1. This got my crafty juices flowing. I bought some spray paint, pulled out some old frames, and found paper and washi tape to create a little LOVE gallery in my bedroom. For about $5, I was able to create a space in my room that screams me, while still matching whatever eclectic theme I'm going for in the design. And I kind of love how it all turned out ha. 

On on a side note, most of the little vases, books, and side table items, along with my gorgeous gold framed mirror, I found at a local thrift shop for under $40! All that's left for my master is a couple bigger pieces of furniture, drapes {because the ones in there now are nasty with a capital N}, some plants, and a table. I can't wait to reveal the room once it's complete, it's been such a long time coming! 

Have a wonderful rest of the month, you know, because I'm already into March ;-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January's Kid Photo Shoot

Oh, these crazy kids of mine, how I love them so. I wrote earlier in the month that I wanted to take pictures of my kids every month on the same day for a whole year. I'm always taking random photos of them anyways, but I want to make sure the pics are in the same spot on the same day each month. I thought this would be a fun way to capture them and see how they grow and change over the year. And I thought I would share January with you.

For this shoot, I had them just stop what they were doing... Heidi was doing homework, Lukas was reading, and Jake was playing with his trains... to come and have a little jump on the bed. Clearly, I let them wear what they already had on, pjs and yogurt covered shirts and all. I was losing light and my camera was not programmed correctly, clearly, but I was ready to take pictures and powered on. I kind of love how they turned out, just natural and full of smiling faces. They were all so happy. It's not always easy to have all three of my babes that happy at the same time, let alone when a camera is pointed at them, and yet, they went along with my request and got on so well. I feel like I really captured each of their individual personalities in these photos, which, if I'm to take anything away from this photo taking journey, it's to capture 'them' in the most unstaged, unfiltered way possible, and to see how that evolves over the year. I'm already so excited for next month's session...only I'll have my camera and lighting figured out by then ha. 

Have a great day!  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Creamy Shrimp & Crab Meat Pizza

Alright, you seafood lovers out there, have I got a recipe for you! My husband is a huge seafood and fish lover and has been requesting all sorts of sea-inspired dishes as of late. The thing is, cooking salmon or tilapia can get pretty dang boring after about a week. A co-worker of Thomas made a salmon and crab meat casserole for him and he loved it, prompting me to step out of my fishy-cooking funk and try some new recipes using his favorite fishy friends. Since I know he loves a good pizza -who doesn't?- I thought I'd try and incorporate the two. I'm not a seafood eater myself, so I went on his good word that this dish is delicious... his words, not mine, and thought I'd share it with you. From what I saw, he scarfed it down and asked for me to make it again, which is, unfortunately, not always the case when I get creative in the kitchen. So if you like shrimp and crab, I highly recommend this pizza!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 Pizza Crust 
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 8oz Chunk Style Crab Meat 
  • 2 cups Ricotta 
  • 1/4 cups water
  • salt and pepper 
  • 3/4 cups shredded spinach 
  • 1oz Pepper Jack Cheese 
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese 
What You'll Do:
  • Prepare your pizza crust according to directions- I used a roll of cold pizza dough.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter, and add crab meat and shrimp. Cook for 5 minutes with lid on.
  • Stir in ricotta cheese and cook until ricotta is thin and bubbling. 
  • Stir in water and a pinch of salt and pepper. 
  • Add spinach, cover and cook on medium heat for 7 minutes. 
  • In a separate mixing bowl, stir together and shrimp/crab mix.
  • Apply pepper jack cheese to the pizza crust, then dump the mix over it. 
  • Cover with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 13mins or until the crust is browning. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm.
  • Enjoy! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

PB&J Breakfast Mug Cake

Who doesn't love a good PB&J inspired recipe?! I know I'm always trying to get my kids to eat more fruit and protein, and traditional peanut butter and jelly is always a good way to get it in them. Breakfast is all of our favorite meal time, so coming up with new and fun meal options is something I strive for. Oh, and quick recipes, too. Trust me when I say I don't have time to be in the kitchen all morning. 

I've recently come up with a super quick recipe to make at breakfast that incorporates all of the things I want my kids getting in a healthy diet, while still being delicious and easy to make. These PB&J Breakfast Mug Cakes are filling, tasty, and will have any PB&J lover asking for more. 

What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:
  • Using your biggest mug, melt butter for 15 seconds in the microwave.
  • Add water and stir.
  • Mix in egg until all three ingredients are blended. 
  • Stir in flour and baking powder.
  • Add Jif Natural Crunch Peanut Butter and stir all ingredients until a thick batter has formed. *Note, it might be clumpy and that's totally okay. 
  • Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes. 
  • Remove carefully as it will be hot! 
  • You can gently remove the cake from the mug and place on a plate. Slice the cake and spread your favorite Smucker's Fruit Spread
  • Serve warm and enjoy this wonderful breakfast treat! 

What I love most about this recipe is that I get to use my favorite Smucker's and Jif products. I swear each one of us in our family has a different favorite Smucker's Fruit Spread and either prefer the Jif Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter or Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. All are delicious and all can be used for this cake mug recipe. Also, we all know how much I love shopping at Target and using my Cartwheel App for coupons. Right now, make sure you use Cartwheel to save an extra 5% off Smucker's Fruit Spreads and Jif Peanut Butter Spreads at Target! 

Don't forget to head to Target and use your Cartwheel App for savings on Jif & Smucker's products!