30 Crockpot Meals
If you are like me, you juggle...juggle work, juggle kids, juggle housework, and the list goes on and on. For years now, I have made a promise to myself that I would simplify my life and my schedule..has this happened ? NOPE..it has gotten even more hectic because I decided to throw in working on my Masters degree in the mix. So I knew something had to give...lightbulb moment ! Scrolling though Facebook a few years back, I saw a mom that pre-made 30 crockpot meals all at once and then froze them...I decided I was going to take on this task.
After 90 minutes at the grocery store and 2 1/2 hours of prep, I officially have 30 "not spaghetti again mom" gourmet meals ready to go for each day !
It has been a good, solid 4 weeks of getting ready in paint cans, saw dust and no lighting but it is FINALLY done ! I could not be more pleased with the outcome...especially the wall color that I picked out..my new favorite Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams.
When we bought our "90's" built house, we loved the property and the bones of the house but hated the oak and brass EVERYTHING ! One of our very first projects was to get rid of our oak cabinets that dated the house and made everything so dark. We looked into brand new cabinets but it was going to cost of $25,000 to gut everything so I did some research and found a local company near by called VINTAGE CHIC PAINTING. The concept was a refinished look at a fraction of the price so we decided on Antique White cabinets with an Espresso Chic contrasting island and I could not be MORE happy with the way it turned out ! No more dark, dingy cabinets !
We just purchased a "new" house 3 months ago and we have been NONSTOP with upgrades and remodeling. Our newest project is taking on a unfinished room on our 2nd level, which will be one of my daughters bedroom. Since my wonderful hubby is off for 22 days straight he gets the pleasure of taking on this project (with some help from me when I get home from work). More updates to come as this project progresses but here is a picture of the "before" !
The holidays are fast approaching and I will officially have 6 days off to spend with my favorite people...my kids and hubby ! So during this down time, I had planned on starting a new book that I found on Amazon called Comeback Moms. After receiving it in the mail yesterday, I could not put it down so I felt compelled to write a "pre-review" and tell everybody about it ! If any of you working moms are struggling with the balance of work, kids and life..this is the book for you ! I am only through the 3rd chapter but it is my own personal psychiatrist to help me realize that I am not the only mom out there with this issue.
I have been looking for an arrangement to hang on our new 2-story fireplace and I found an arrangement online for $375...Yikes..I like flowers more than the next person but not that much. So I decided I would make my own and VOILA...about $50.00 later I came up with this beauty. I will now probably have to make one for every room in my house !
Is it just me ?
Over the past few months to a year, I have done ALOT of soul searching...which probably leads me back to my first love...writing...which in return leads me back to blogging. Why have I left blogging for so many months..I have asked myself this quite recently. I left to put on the monkey suit everyday for my corporate job ? I felt guilty for not spending this time with my children ? I left because I didn't think anybody cared or listened ? Come to find out..it is the complete opposite of all those things ! My new series will be on my upcoming journey of corporate-stressed-worry what people think mom to the complete opposite. BIG CHANGES to come over the next few months. Some good ? Some difficult ? I will capture it all to try to answer the unanswered question of "Why mom's can't be content".
For you moms that are considering putting white edible screen print on red icing...DON"T !!! It will turn your son's cake pink...and then you have to spend the entire birthday party saying "yes, I know it's pink and no that is not his favorite color"..........
" You only live once but if you do it right..once is enough" ~ Cecil Beaton