Thursday, September 24, 2015

Currently: Sept. 2015

Hey y'all!

I came across this little survey on Carrots & Cake and wanted to share. I've been away for awhile, shocker there, so I thought I would let you know what I've been up to this September. 

Current Celebration:
The birth of my best friends son, Hawkins. He is just precious.

Current Confession:
I can't wait for Scandal this Thursday!!!!

Current Product
Loving my new concealer that came in my September Birchbox.

Current Plan
To start my food journal again and clean my diet up.

Current Book
Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Current Purchase
Black wedge booties for FALL!

Current Drink
I'm on a green tea kick. Found a Lingonberry Green Tea at World Market that is oh so tasty.

Current Holy Moly
I am so out of shape. I went running with Sawyer the other day and Holy Moly I about died, but I didn't. Just always push through.

Current Show
Witches of East End on Netflix. Almost done with it and super sad that they canceled the show *tear.

Current Want
Pair of AG jeans. I keep going to make the purchase but never pull the trigger.

Current Obsession
Anything FALL! I love fall but unfortunately here in South Alabama we don't get very much of a fall season. It stays hot here into November.

What are you currently into? Feel free to share in the comments or post elsewhere. 

Below are a few action shots of Sawyer. I love that he is such a boy even when I don't. This kid keeps me on my toes, but don't they all? I wouldn't trade being his mommy for anything in the world. I'm sure you feel the same about your kiddos. Hope you guys have a great one.

Playing with Drake or I should say trying to throw the Frisbee for Drake before Drake takes it away from him. One day the roles will switch.

 This kid loves to read. This was taken last Saturday during the Auburn game that we do not discuss and right before the Alabama game that is not to be mentioned. If you don't know what I'm talking about then it doesn't matter to you.

Hamming it up. I never know what reaction I'm going to get out of this kid when a camera is brought around. Smiles, total seriousness or above.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Advice for Every Mom

Really this is for every mom, soon-to-be mom, anyone who wants to be a mom and even dads, soon-to-be dads, you get the point. This is something we all need to pay attention to. I myself have done it, especially since becoming a mom.

When we announced that we were pregnant last year it soon started.......all the "advice". Now before you go get all defensive on me just hear me out. It's not that advice isn't appreciated or that it isn't wanted it's how you deliver it. Please, do not TELL. Rather offer or suggest.... "you might want to try this or have you considered xyz". I cannot count the number of times I heard, "Oh you got to do this" or "You should use x" or "this will work, don't use that". Listen, I know it worked for you and your kid, family, whatever, but just because it works for you does not mean that it will work for my kid or be the best solution for my family. 

Think about your pregnancy. Think about your labor and delivery. Think about your recovery. Think about how you raised your kid, are raising your kids. Do you think this is how it went for every other single female/family out there? No, so why do we think our solution is always best? Because it worked for us. Not your co-worker or sibling or best friend.

We are all different. Let's just respect that and not try to force "what worked for me" on everyone else.

I also want to point out, before I get berated, that I am not saying you should not offer advice. I'm not saying you shouldn't try to help and I'm not saying that you shouldn't care. I'm actually trying to enforce the opposite. That we should care, love and help- by offering. Offer your advice, help, etc. However, if it is not how that person chooses to do things be OK with it and let it go and help the way they choose. Is this really so hard?

Again, I'm not saying I'm innocent in this either. I have caught myself  on several occasions offering telling this unwanted advice because, oh guess what I'm a mom now and I went through that and this is how we survived so this is what you need to do too.

Did I really just tell this pregnant person she should do X when it wasn't so long ago you were griping about people doing just that?

Yep, there I was, the offender. On the other side, the one the preggos complain about. So, I now offer any long as it's wanted. Pay attention to social cues people. It will save your time and 

This post was not intended to put down anyone, but simply to bring the issue to our attention. If we would all heed this advice maybe we could become a little more helpful rather than judgmental.

Hope y'all have a great one.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Monkey Wrenches, Lemons and Curve Balls

Life has a way of throwing us curve balls and monkey wrenches and handing us lemons when we least need them. 

Like when I took the day off to prep for Sawyer's first birthday and we found our self at the pediatrician's office instead.
Or when you have full intentions of getting up and out the door so you are actually "on time" for church but your little one decides not to go down for his morning nap so everything is off schedule.
Or you wake up early before work so you can enjoy that cup of coffee but end up spraying hairspray directly into your eye (don't ask).
Or when you think you are pregnant and that little stick says you're pregnant but when you go for your ultrasound the sac is empty. 

Yeah, it all sucks. But you know what? Ya just got to deal. What's the point in wallowing in worry? Sure, you may feel better momentarily, but then what? You can't change it. It's already happened. So you know what you do? You figure out how to deal with what's been dealt, praise the Lord for the blessings that you have and push forward.
Life can get hard and is often crazy and just does not make sense from time to time but you are not alone. We have all had curve balls thrown our way. How we deal with it is up to us. How you react to the situation is always your choice. Don't sweat it my friends. Pick yourself up, dry your eyes, brush off the dirt and keep on going because you can bet there will be more lemons down the road. But next you will have the vodka ready.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

No Fail 3 Cheese Mac N Cheese

I like to cook but I don't always have the time to create the awesome dishes I have pinned on my pinterest board, oh so yummy. But, below is one recipe I whipped up using what ingredients I had in my fridge. This recipe is oh so easy and can modified to whatever cheese or noodle tickles your fancy. Below is what I used.
  • shredded mozzarella
  • cheddar cheese
  • goat cheese
  • milk
  • salt to taste
  • water
  • elbow noodles
Cook your noodle of choice as directed. Mix in the 3 cheeses of your choice or if you really want to live on the edge go for 4. Add milk as desired.  Add salt to taste, mix and serve yo. I love me some creamy mac cheesy. It's pretty much all I ate when I was a babe and it's such a wonderful comfort food. Hope you enjoy.

*Full disclosure: I know I said this is a no fail recipe but you can scorch your noodles and have them stick to the pot LIKE I DID. Just be sure if you have a wildcat crawling or running around the house you keep an eye on your noodles and keep them stirred. Oh and I forgot to take a picture before it was devoured so I found one that was similar to what mine looked like.

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