Well hello Blog readers!
I know Ive been quiet for quite some time now! I recently went back to work and have been struggling to find a home/work balance every since. Im working nights and Saturdays and am really finding it tiring tryign to keep up with everything! But Spring is here and Im ready to take on some new projects so I knew I had to get back on here and post about them!
Right now Im working on my spring cleaning list which I will share shortly! Im also working on new recipes since I have to cook more meals for while Im at work, and we have Lincoln's 5th birthday coming up soon which I need to get stuff ready for! Shortly after I have my brothers wedding, and Aria's birthday this summer, as well as Im starting to work on things for Aria's big girl room! Shes nearing 2 (shhhh say it isnt so!) so I think before I know it she will be needing a big girl bed and the room to go with it! EEK! So lots to do and Im so excited to get planning! This on top of my normal everyday cleaning and taking care of the kids and now working! Crazy!
But the beautiful weather outside has me feeling inspired!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I recently saw this photo all over facebook and I just thought it's awesome!
Sometimes you just need to hear what a good mom you are, or what a good job you're doing. I really needed this lately! So I said to myself "Im making one of these!" and I did!!
First step I layed out the words I wanted on my Cricut, then I cut them out on Vinyl!
Since purple is my favorite colour I went with purple paint and painted the entire canvas (2 coats)
When it was dry I pealed off the vinyl to reveal the final project!
I decided to hang it on the wall beside my bed. Something to look at when I need to take a mom-moment to myself, and also to see before and after bed as a reminder, if nothing else, I am a good mom!
Friday, February 22, 2013
Early in my Pinterest Days I saw a lot of people pinning Lasagna Rolls and they quickly became a favorite in our home! Theyre so much easier and less mess than normal Lasagna! I also like them cause its easy to customize them to each persons likes (ex. Mine are meatless, DH's are full of meat, Lincoln's are made with Dairy Free Cheese). You can put anything and everything you want in them!
Simply cook the lasagna then lay them out. then layer with sauce, cheese and anything else you want inside (Ive seen everything from meats, to spinach, I love ricotta cheese!) and roll them up! Place them in caserole dish, put another layer of sauce and cheese. When everyone has theirs done bake for 20 minutes until cheese is nicely melted!
It also helps with portion control! I just love them! Everyone gets what they want without having to make several lasagnas!
Here is Lincolns! Made with Daiya "Cheese"
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Trying out new recipes around here! Recently I tried this one for Whole Wheat Waffles found on 100 Days of Real Food, and it was a big hit in our home! The kids love it and its even great to make a double recipe and freeze some for a later meal! I am also able to make it dairy free which is a big selling point for us! So check it out here:
SERVES: 4 – 5
2 large eggs
1 ¾ cups milk (we use almond milk)
¼ cup oil (I have tried canola oil and coconut oil)
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour (Ive also used Spelt flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
100% pure maple syrup
Fresh fruit for serving
Preheat your waffle iron.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, honey, cinnamon, and baking soda until well combined.
Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together just until the large lumps disappear.
When the waffle iron is hot, dab it with a little butter and then ladle some batter onto the center of the iron. Follow the instructions that came with your waffle maker to know how long it should be cooked (mine takes about 3 – 4 minutes each).
Keep waffles warm until you finish cooking all of them. Top with pure maple syrup and/or fruit and Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Yesterday I was doing something I regularly do that made me think, I wonder what things others do to save money.
Since becoming a stay at home mother 6 years ago, we've made a lot of sacrifices. Some are easier to do, some are harder. For example my husband and I, pre-children, used to eat out... a lot... like everyday practically. We just didn't even think about it. Now, we really have to restrict how often we eat out and try not to go out much at all!
So I thought I would put together my list of ways we save money around our house and ask my readers, how do you save money around your home?
1. Home Haircuts! This is what I was doing yesterday that made me think of how much money we save by doing this. I started out by realizing one day what a waste of money it was to take my son somewhere to shave his head. So after that day I went out and purchased a razor for $25 at Canadian Tire and haven't looked back since! Eventually I also went to Sallys and purchased a nice pair of scissors for my other sons hair, but between the two I maybe spent $40. Now this has lasted us over 2 years now and both are in great working condition still. At first it was just my oldest son, then moved on to my younger son, then my husband, now even my father! Even my sister in law was borrowing my clippers to do my nephews hair! So between the 3 men in my home and my father, who get regular cuts, I can only imagine how much money I have saved in the last 2 years. Now I don't cut my own hair yet, but I also only get my hair cut maybe once a year and my cousin is a hairdresser so I'm lucky enough to get a really good deal from her. I die my own hair now and I cut my own bangs when I have them. When Aria is bigger I think I might cut her hair when needed (lol lets face it she'll be 5 before she needs her 1st haircut anyways, baldy!), with some guidance from my cousin and youtube ;) This has just been a great way to save cash around out home!
2. No Cable - Around the time my maternity leave with us with London and I didn't return to work (so when he was almost 1) we cut the cable! I thought it was going to be really hard but honestly its not at all. Sometimes I get annoyed when I have to wait a day or so to watch a show, but really! I just tell myself get over it ;) First world problems here ;) Hubby downloads a lot of shows (I don't know how, I just tell him what I want to see ;)), I also watch shows online (on CTV, Global, etc.), and we also have Netflix, which has just been a godsend for the kids shows!!
3. Budget - Great way to know where your money is going is to make sure its all budgeted We have followed Dave Ramsey for the last couple years. Now we're no where near perfect on this, but let me tell you, the months we don't budget or we don't stick to the budget, oy we feel it! I highly recommend his system to anyone and everyone!
4. Meal Plan and Make a List - Oh boy does this help! I really see how much money I save when I stick to the plan! Plus there's no "humm what should we have for supper?". When you go to the grocery store it helps to have a list and stick to it as much as possible. I also check flyers and try to meal plan around sales items to get a better deal!
5. Buy in Bulk - When I can I try to get commonly eaten foods and items in bulk at Costco! One thing I save on there a lot is cat food! I also regularly buy things like breads, juices, even milk is cheaper. Compare the prices and you'll notice a difference!
6. Purchase Generic - Again, when possible I try to buy generic items. I often find they're the same size and quality for a cheaper price!
7. Shop Sales - Whether is clothing or food, I always have my eye open for sales items I need. I also often purchase the kids clothes at the end of the seasons to get good deals! Last year I got all of Aria's winter wardrobe for like an 8th the price of normal pricing! It was awesome! I even got her winter coat for $4 at Old Navy! I know sometimes people say shopping ahead doesn't work for their kids but it always has for mine!
8. Consignment Shops - Another thing I recently discovered is our local consignment shop! I have been bringing the kids clothes there as they outgrow it and making some money off them! The clothes I brought in last Spring paid for most of Aria's birthday party! I have also been able to find clothing items there I need at a better price! I got Aria some winter boots for $4.50 this year! I didn't want to get her new pricey ones since I knew she wouldn't be using them much since shes still so young!
So Those are just a couple of things we do to save money around our home. So now tell me, what do you do to save money?! Please leave a comment and tell me!
Sunday, February 17, 2013
So not sure about you all but I have been seeing this recipe everywhere lately! Recently one of my friends brought some to a girls night and I finally tried them out! They were delicious!!
Today I set out to make some for the kids! I modified the recipe I found at Smashed Peas and Carrots
Simply Sophie's No-Bake Energy Bites
(makes 18-20 bites depending how big you make your balls ;))
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup Rice Krispies (other recipes called for coconut, but Im not a fan so I subbed ;))
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (In our case dairy free chocolate chips so my dairy free son can have some!)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything into a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls. Can be stored in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. ENJOY!