Wednesday, September 30, 2009
There is an awesome giveaway going on at ThriftyandChicMom.com that I really, REALLY want to win! I need the Bumbleride Indie Twin stroller for my 2 little guys! It is so hard for me to go anywhere because Gavin is so hyper and friendly he goes right up to strangers and talks to them. I've tried to have the stranger 'talk' with him but it hasn't sunk in yet. He even got away from me one time in the parking lot of Target and tried to get in some womans van with her because she had little girls with her. He scares me to death! So I really want and need a this stroller. I actually asked for one for my birthday this year but my husband told me I had to pick something for me, not the kids. Well it would be for me and my sanity but I didn't get it so I'm hoping to win one now!
If you want to enter to win it, go here. But hurry because the giveaway ends tonight (9/30) at mignight.
Posted by Jamie at 9:44 AM
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This is a dish that my mom makes. It is so good and more important really easy to make! She makes it for Sunday dinner after Church sometimes because it's so easy. She puts it together before Church and sticks it in the oven when we get back from church and it only takes about 30 minutes in the oven to heat up and it's done!
What you'll need:
1 lb chicken (any kind, boneless, on the bone, it all works fine)
1 pkg Stovetop stuffing, (I use either chicken or herb flavored but you can use any brand or flavor)
1 can cream of chicken soup (I use cambells cream of chicken with herbs)
1 can either cream of celery or cream of mushroom (I like to use cream of celery)
What you need to do:
I usually boil the chicken until it's done and then let it cool and either shred it or cut it into chunks. (whichever is easier at the time). But last week I made this and I had a pack of chicken legs (I personally think legs in it tastes better) and I thought I'd try to cook the chicken in the crock pot and just leave it. I put them in there and let it cook on high for 2-3 hours. It came out so moist and tender I think it was the best chicken casserole I've ever made! My husband even said he was suprised at how good it was! That's saying a lot :)
So if you have time, I recommend trying the chicken in the crockpot.Put the chicken in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Mix the 2 cans of soup in a bowl and pour it on top of the chicken
Soften the stuffing by putting it in a bowl and add warm water and stir until soft. I just add a little bit at a time until it's ready.
Put it into the oven and cook at 350 degrees until heated through. Thats all you gotta do!
My add ins:
Of course, since I can't leave even the simplest dish alone. I sometimes like to sneak some veggies in. Green beans go so well with this dish either on the side or put them on top of the chicken so you pour the soup mixture on top of them and it's awesome!
My mom has used just a can of veg-all or frozen mixed veggies in it which also tastes pretty good.
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Posted by Jamie at 9:55 PM
Samantha at Mamanotes.com has started another Body after Baby Challenge and I figured since the last one kept me motivated and helped me lose a few pounds I might as well join this one! At the end of the last challenge I lost 6.5 pounds which was great but I really wanted to lose my baby tummy and didn't really lose much of that. I went haywire after the last one and gained 4 of the pounds back! I've had a lot of stress this past weekend and havent been able to eat anything. It's not healthy but I lost most of the weight again! Right now I weigh 123 lbs. My goals are still the same, the number of pounds doesn't matter much to me, I just want to tone up and keep working off this belly.
This challenge has mini challenges every week for extra motivation and it makes it a little more exciting. This weeks challenge is to see how many glasses of water I can drink during the week. This is a really great challenge for me because I have a hard time drinking enough water. Maybe if I can make it a habit this week to drink lots of water, I'll keep it up throughout the rest of the challenge. This is a great one for the first weeks mini challenge.
The winner of the mini challenges gets some sort of prize and the winner at the end is chosen by whoever gets the most votes as the most improved. I think this is a great idea and Samantha, you are genius!!! I'm so excited to get started again. The challenge actually started on Sunday but I've been so stressed and worn out, I haven't really started trying too hard yet but everything is working itself out and getting better so I'll be able to concentrate on my goals a little more now.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
So, some of you know that my husbands aunt died right at a month ago. She had no will, no life insurance, nothing. It was really unexpected. At first the family wanted us to take over her house. But the bank kept going back and forth. One day they said 'Yeah you can go ahead and move in.' Then the next, 'Oh, you'll have to refianance the house and your credit has to be so and so' Well to be perfectly honest, our credit sucks! The house is sitting in probate for now and they said if we could get our credit up in that amount of time, we could have the house. If not, the house would go up for auction.
Well, I had pretty much lost all hope. I just knew we wouldnt be able to get it. Gavin has been so excited, telling people about his new bigger bedroom. We (well my husband and his grandma) has worked so hard to get the place cleaned up. His aunt had stopped taking care of the yard and house for some reason. They have been mowing and cleaning the house until now, it looks so wonderful and then the bank made us think we couldnt have it after all the work had been done.
Today Hubbys grandma went to a probate meeting, and they told her that she was the heir to her daughters estate and that she could do anything with the house she wanted to as long as the payments were made. So the house is staying in his grandmothers name for now. And that means.... WE"RE GETTING THE HOUSE!!! We'll be making the payments and when our credit goes up a bit (by mid next year probably), we can have it refinanced in our name! Tomorrow, his grandmother has something else to do, Saturday the plumber has to fix a pipe and then we'll be able to start moving stuff in!
It might be a little bit (up to a couple weeks) for us to get completely moved it. There's the switching of all the utilities and reconnecting the phone, internet, tv all that stuff. My husband and his family are so exhausted from all the other stuff they've had to deal with, his Grandma said tonight 'Lets rest a little bit before we start moving everything!' I agree. They've been very busy they all need a few days to relax.
So once we get in, I might not have internet access right away (oh no!) but I'll do my best to keep you all updated. I'll go to my brothers house to do it if I have to! I've got a review/giveaway coming up next month so I'll have to find a computer somewhere!!!
I know we'll be so much happier there. It's probably more than twice the size as we're living now. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, den w/ a fireplace, kitchen, library, and a huge pond in the backyard with at least 30 ducks and geese. Hubby is getting rid of all of them except the wild mallard ducks b/c they poop everywhere including the neighbors yards. That's fine with me as long as we can keep the cute little wild ducks, I love them :) The boys do too. Gage say quack quack when he sees them! We are going to have to fence in the front yard so the boys can't go anywhere near the pond. It terrifies me but I don't let them out of my sight anyway so I think it'll be fine. I mean this pond is so big it's at least twice the size of the house. I'll have to take a picture of it for you guys, it's beautiful!
So wish us luck as we make this move and I hope everything goes well!
Posted by Jamie at 11:19 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My Sister-in-law just emailed this to me. I thought it was cute so I wanted to share it with you!
Rules from God for 2009
Posted by Jamie at 12:16 PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I of course can't leave anything alone so I've tweaked it just a little and made it my own. I'll put my add ins or changes in red beside the original recipe.
What you'll need:
1 1oz. pkg Hidden Valley Dry salad dressing mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup Mayo (I use Kraft)
1 "9" pan of cornbread (crumbled) (I've definately made it from scratch before but it's a lot easier to buy the kind in the package where you just add water or milk, it works just as good!)
2 cans whole kernel corn (drained)
3 lg. tomatoes (chopped) (I put a little extra tomato, I think that's what makes the dish!)
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup chopped green onions (I use white or purple onions and just a tad less than 1/2 cup I actually like onions and I think it's a little bit too much)
2 cups shredded chedder cheese
10 slices bacon (cooked & crumbled) (I leave this part out I just don't think it needs the bacon on it!)
What to do:
Posted by Jamie at 6:25 PM
Monday, September 21, 2009
So Friday as we're leaving to go shopping, I open the front door and Gavin goes out. I don't think much of it since I usually let him go first because I always have my hands full carrying Gage and the diaper bag/purse/potential leathal weapon in the event I get mugged!
Back to trying to get out the door... Gavin goes out while I'm turned around, closing the door. Most of the time he waits until I start down the steps before he goes down them but this time he started down them as I was closing the door.
I turn around and see he's already half way down the steps. Still no biggy, he has never fell on them before and he's plenty old enough to get down them by himself. As I was saying be careful (I always say that when he goes down the steps) he was about 3 steps from the bottom. Before I could get it out of my mouth, he stumbles and almost catches himself, then goes face first down the last 3 steps.
It looked like his face and belly skidded across the pavement and his feet went up over the back of his head. My heart stopped. I ran down the steps, threw the diaper bag and tried to set Gage down (who always gets in a bad mood when we try to leave. I don't know why but he hates to go out) He screams at the same time Gavin starts crying. I try to put him down but while I'm trying to pick Gaving up, he's clinging to my leg pulling at my shirt.
As soon as I see that Gavins not in any immediate danger I pick Gage and my bag back up and kind of drag Gavin to the car to put Gage in his carseat so I could comfort Gavin, who was still crying. I pick him up and give him the lookover and he doesn't look as bad as I thought he would. It looked like he'd broken his neck the way he landed on his face. He had a few scratches on his nose and a red blood blister looking spot on his head.
Posted by Jamie at 12:25 AM
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I can't decide what to do for Gages Halloween costume this year. Last year he was a cute little clown! Please help me which you think is the cutest. This is probably the last year I can get away with cute costumes. Next year it'll be pirates and cowboys. Gavin was a pirate last year and probably going to be a cowboy this year. Anyway, let me know what you think. Thanks!
Posted by Jamie at 11:25 PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
When I was considering switching to cloth diapers a little over a month ago, I did a little research. I talked to the other cloth diapering mamas out there, checked out Kellys Closet because of their great selection of cloth diapers and decided to go with the one-size bumGenius 3.0. I had heard great things about it so I decided to give it a try. I only bought 1 to try because I still wasn't 100% sure I would completely switch over to cloth.
When I got that wonderful little package in the mail, opened it and saw the cutest little blue diaper in there, I knew I was hooked even before I put it on him! I couldn't wait for it to come out of the wash to put it on him.
I was so surprised at how well it fit. It was very snug all over and it seemed to fit him perfectly. I had no problems whatsoever.
He must have really liked it too because within 30 minutes of wearing it, he pooped! I took that as a good sign! I was thinking 'oh, gross. This is going to be awful.' But it wasn't at all. I just shook it out in the toilet and that was that. I haven't had any problems in the month and a half I've used it.
I have now tried 5 different brands and the BG fits him better than any of the others. I have yet to have a single leak. It looks exactly like it did when I got it. The material it's made of is fantastic! I have other diapers that have gotten a little nappy but the BG is still in great condition.
I actually reach for this one last in my stash despite the perfect fit and no leaks because of the velcro tabs. As much as I love them for the snug fit, my almost 16 month old will not keep it on. I've even used it under his clothes and he can still undo it through his pants. That is the only reason I haven't bought anymore of them. I'm actually glad I decided to only buy 1 to try because unless he grows out of wanting to take it off, I can only use it every now and then.
I really hope bumGenius will eventually make snaps for older babies! I would buy a bunch if they did! I would also like to see a few more colors. The colors they have are really cute. The one I have is Twilight and I love that color blue but I'd like to see maybe some bolder colors like orange, red, black, brown... Anyway, it's just a suggestion! :)
All in all, I give my Twilight, one-size, bumGenius 3.0 a 9 out of 10.
Monday, September 14, 2009
What you'll need:
1 package cream cheese, softened (brand doesn't matter)
How to make it:
Just whip the cream cheese and Marshmellow Fluff together until smooth.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I hope your baby enjoys his/her new blanket! Please email me with your choice of either a Chocolate, Pink, or Blue blanket and your address at Jmegrl37@hotmail.com
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Gage feeling the baby!
She calls her baby 'peanut' so I wrote it
in finger paint on her tummy!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
For this Tasty Tuesday, I'm giving you all a recipe for Chicken Quesadillas. My hubby thinks they're better than Taco Bells ;)
This recipe looks complicated but I promise it's not. It's mostly just layering stuff on top of other stuff. The hardest part is chopping the jalapenos for the sauce! Really, just try it. You'll like it.
When you're ready to build the quesadillas, preheat a skillet over medium-low heat. When the pan is hot, lay a tortilla in the pan. Arrange 1/4 cup top of the cheddar and 1/4 cup of the monterey jack cheese on half of the tortilla. Tear up a half slice of american cheese and put it on top of the other cheese.
Arrange about 1/4 cup (I just do a handful!) of sliced (or shredded) chicken over the cheese.
I hope you like this one. Be sure to leave your link for your recipes below
Monday, September 7, 2009
I started this thing at 129lbs and now I weigh 122.5. I have decided to keep this up for now. I'm not starving or working myself to death so I might as well keep on going and see how much more I can lose. Really the only change I've done is just eating a little healthier. I'm making healthier food choices and drinking more water so there's no point in stopping just because the challenge is over. I should've been doing all that anyway!
And here it is. Drumroll please... My after picture:
I can't really tell any difference but you can see the before pic here.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
16 weeks 1 day pregnant
Hi guys my name is Sarah, and I am pregnant with my first child. My Fiancé has a son that will be 6 in December, just before this baby is born. I have been in his life since he was 3yrs old, and love him as if he were my own. By request of my very best friend in the world I’m going to write my first blog post about my pregnancy. I have decided to title it: The things I did and didn’t expect about pregnancy, as I have discovered that along with the beauty of it all, there are some untold secrets they don’t let you in on before the miracle of birth.
The things I did, and didn’t expect about pregnancy
I did expect: that I would get a cute little belly, and as all pregnant women I would glow, with all the radiance of a perfect rose glistening in the morning sunrise
I didn’t expect: that I would get that belly very early, and feel that soon I will no longer be able to see my already swelling feet. And that radiant glow is more like the dull shimmer of the sweat it takes to muster the energy, to throw on a pair of sweats and the most stretchy thing you can find even if it comes form your fiancé’s side of the closet (it’s very attractive I must say ahem)
I did expect: that the first time I felt my baby kick would be the most amazing thing that had ever happened to me
I didn’t expect: to have anything bad to say about it, and I don’t! Every kick is absolutely awesome in every way, and the only thing I can complain about is that I can never feel it often enough (I’m told that later when it is a jab to the ribs I may change my mind on the subject)
I did expect: that considering I was so happy to be pregnant, and that all things around me finally felt complete (in a total metaphoric way considering I have so much to do over the next few months AAHHHH!)
That all the rainbows, bunnies, hugs, and kisses of pregnancy would flow from me, and everyone around me would notice the sweetness of my being…
I didn’t expect: that I would be a raging ball of hormones that would scream obscenities, out my car windows to the likes of which would scar small children and most adults, if your stupidity behind the wheel comes in close vicinity to me (because now you are endangering my child grrrrrr) Or perhaps the rude old lady in the wheel chair behind me at the pharmacy, when I’m trying to get medicine for my ailing fiancés toothache (I don’t want to wait in line either lady CHILL) My fiancé unfortunately has taken quite a bit of it I’m afraid, for one minute I’m giving him the silent treatment because he forgot to take out the trash and, the next I’m sobbing because I “hurt his feelings” which I think for the most part he doesn’t ever really notice he was getting the silent treatment to begin with and now is even more confused as to why I am crying
I did expect: to dream of my child’s future as a dancer on Broadway or the next star soccer player, regardless of what you choose my darling baby mommy will love you, and be your biggest fan
I didn’t expect: to have dreams of my child being born with adult size teeth, or giving birth to a talking 4 yr old hormones cause some strange things to happen while your sleeping, and you get to have multiple dreams while your getting up 5 times a night to pee
I did expect: body changes, some of which I’m quite found of as I just this week bought a bra a cup size larger than I have ever worn, YAY me!
I didn’t expect: the pregnancy gas! Where does that much wind come from, and don’t even try to blame it on the dog (my fiancé was like please honey that little dog did NOT do that) sorry honey! I should have remembered this from my best friends pregnancy, I gave her one accidental courtesy sniff when she was preggo WOW now I understand where it all came from
This is what I have noticed so far, and all being said I love every second of it! I find out what I’m having in 18 days more should follow after that.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
For this Tasty Tuesday I'm putting up a very simple taco casserole. My husband says it's scrum-diddly-umpcious! I'm assuming that means its good? Anyway here's the recipe hope you enjoy it!
What you'll need:
1lb gorund beef (turkey will be fine)
1 box Kraft deluxe mac & cheese
1 (16 oz) container sour cream (lowfat for fewer calories)
Salsa (your favorite brand)
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
2 cups shredded chedder cheese (again lowfat is ok)
How to make it:
Brown ground beef , drain. Add the taco seasoning with about 1/4 cup of water. Cook until most of the water is gone. Cook the macaroni and cheese according to the directions on the box. Stir in half of the shredded cheese until melted. In a casserole dish, pour the macaroni in the bottom, spread the sour cream on top of the mac & cheese. Put the taco meat on top of the sour cream. Pour the salsa on top to the taco mixture. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Place it in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20 monutes or until heated thoroughly.
I top mine with tomatoes, more sour cream, and taco sace by the bowl, not on the entire thing. I sometimes put onions, green pepper, lettuce, olives, really whatever you feel like thowing on it at the time! Also if you're feeling lazy, I sometimes just mix in the sour cream with the mac & cheese. It works just as good!
Play around with it, have fun! Cooking doesn't have to be a chore!
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