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2021-2022 Weekly Lesson Plans: ‘Remote’ Schooling During a Crisis (Updated)

How we will use these lesson plans:

This year is a little different for us as Baby Shyanne is undergoing chemotherapy for AML and Momma is away at the hospital with her which makes our schooling a bit complicated but we will find a way. These are the lessons that we have come up with to make life easier for everyone who is helping out at home. I plan to print out copies of worksheets and such for each child’s binders when I am home but in the event that I am not able to anyone can see what needs to be completed for the week.

(Its hard to believe that the featured photo was taken just a couple of weeks before we got her AML diagnosis… how fast life can change!)

I basically took the books and activities that we wanted to include for this next year and then figured out approximately how many lessons were in each one. We plan to school for the 3-4 weeks while we are inpatient and then take a week or so off when Shyanne and Mommy are home. I know that we will be schooling for 36-40 weeks this time around so I just tried to divide them up as equally as possible… Will we finish them all? Probably not but we’ll have fun trying.

I will continue to update this as more books and activities come in or if we make any changes to the plans. (We may switch out our math curriculum when I get a better idea of how well everyone can work independently.) We hope you can find ideas to use in your own homeschooling experience. We happened to have a lot of these resources already available as I have WAY TOO MUCH homeschooling stuff… please don’t tell my husband I said that ya’ll! You can also find lots of FREE resources HERE and under the Homeschool Tab.

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Remote homeschooling

I know that many of you have had to try virtual/remote learning over the past year. Some have liked it and some have not. We were homeschoolers before the pandemic and continue to do so through our latest crisis.

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Depression Tips

I saw this post on Facebook the other day and I thought it was such good advice:

DEPRESSION TIPS

Shower.

Not a bath, a shower. Use water as hot or cold as you like. You don’t even need to wash. Just get in under the water and let it run over you for a while. Sit on the floor if you gotta.

Moisturize everything.

Use whatever lotion you like. Unscented? Dollar store lotion? Fancy 48 hour lotion that makes you smell like a field of wildflowers? Use whatever you want, and use it all over your entire dermis.

Put on clean, comfortable clothes.

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Our recent Amazon purchases

As you all know I’ve always been partial to Amazon because you don’t need to leave your house, or couch, to get what you need. While this isn’t always a good thing to have everything just a click away it has been very useful during this COVID pandemic. Here are just a few of our favorite purchases lately:

Baby

Isn’t this the cutest?
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White Chocolate Fudge

This is a family favorite that is so easy to adapt to make your own unique fudge flavors. You can add crushed cookies and/or candies to this to make it extra special as well as adding colorings to customize it for different holidays or occasions. The possibilities are endless!

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Getting back in the groove

Well, to say that 2020 was a challenging year would be an understatement. It was a year full of surprises (both good and bad), unbelievable stresses, and so much more than I could have ever imagined.

On top of everything we had just gotten married (we celebrated our 1 year anniversary on December 25th!!) and found out that we were expecting. That in itself can be quite stressful but we were also dealing with our new house issues (which seem to be never ending) and it felt like things kept hitting us one right after another.

In January of 2020 we learned that our pregnancy was extremely high risk and the odds of making it to term and having our baby survive birth were very grim. I also began experiencing some pregnancy related issues with my thyroid and blood pressure which I’d never had issues with before.

I seriously felt like I was losing my mind and felt completely helpless about everything. I was doing my best to ‘hold it together’ and kept myself busy working on our new house so we could get moved in.

Then the COVID pandemic took over and so many restrictions were put into place. We moved into our home during the beginning of it and all the hopes we had of celebrating our accomplishments with friends and family were dashed.

That in itself was upsetting as we’d also been separated from our beloved square dance family and I was already beginning to feel isolated. As the following months followed that feeling grew and grew and I could feel a bit of depression trying to settle in.

My husband wasn’t allowed to come to appointments with me. I had to face all the grim news alone and I shed many tears in the doctor’s office. They pretty much got accustomed to me coming in with a smile and leaving with puffy red eyes… they hold even keep me in the room for a bit so I could collect myself after each appointment.

I can’t say that I blame them because it wouldn’t help reassure any mom-to-be that everything was going to be alright when they can obviously tell that something wasn’t ‘ok’ with me.

A lot of the tears came from what felt like a constant push from the doctors to ‘stop being selfish and do what was right’ and just terminate the pregnancy. I had to request that they not suggest or bring it up several times but they still did almost every time I went in.

There definitely was an internal battle going on because termination was not an option for me but was it true that I was being ‘selfish’? Several doctors insisted that our baby would have severe handicaps and would basically be a vegetable and would have no quality of life at all.

While dealing with all of these emotions my body was also shutting down. I had the thyroid issues, blood pressure issues, some cardiac issues, extreme nausea, kidney stones, and by the time we moved into our new home I was almost bedridden.

Everyday was a struggle just to get the basic things accomplished and make sure the kiddos were fed and such. I did my best to keep nourishing my body so the little one growing inside would get the best start possible but even that was a struggle as I had absolutely no energy or appetite.

I felt so bad that I wasn’t even doing what I needed to do to prepare for our little one’s impending arrival. Thankfully something clicked on me day and I decided that I wasn’t going to listen to anything negative but rather just focus on the positive.

Some of friends and family came together to have a ‘mail order’ baby shower and they sent tons of gifts. We took pictures of us opening the gifts and posted them on Facebook for everyone to see. It wasn’t the way things should’ve been but it was very uplifting to see how many people were praying and supporting us during such a difficult time.

The kiddos held up fairly well even though they missed being able to get out and do everything we had done previously. We had plans of zoo trips and museum adventures but all of that was put on hold due to COVID.

Needless to say our routines and schedules also fell by the wayside. I tried to keep the basic stuff going like laundry and some basic cleaning. I orchestrated as much as I could from the recliner and had chairs set up in every room so that I could have a place to sit when I needed to supervise activities.

Most of the meals were made as I sat at the kitchen island because walking short distances or standing for any amount of time would cause me to get short of breath and extremely lightheaded.

Seeing everything that needed to be done and trying to spend ‘quality’ time with my other kiddos felt like a complete failure… I just couldn’t juggle or multitask. I felt like I couldn’t ask for friends or family to come and help because of the COVID restrictions and I truly felt as though I was drowning.

I kept telling myself that once the baby got here things would get better and we’d get back into routine. I told myself that I’d have more time and energy to get things in order and straight when she got home.

We had already made plans for my daughters to be here when she was born so they could stay with the kiddos at home while I was at the hospital. Plane tickets had been bought and leave from work scheduled when little miss decided to come a couple of weeks early.

Once again our lives where thrown into a whirlwind as we tried to arrange childcare while I was in the hospital. Then when I was discharged it was another crazy mess and our routines flew out the window as I desperately tried to hold onto my sanity between keeping up with the house and kids, visiting the baby in the NICU, and trying to squeeze in times to pump, shower, eat, and sleep. Life was a crazy mess!

Shortly after she was born some of my family tested positive for COVID. Two of them fought for their lives and one didn’t make it. The not knowing how your loved one was doing and waiting on the doctor to call with updates was so hard. It was definitely a daily struggle as we’d wait for that call in the morning to let us know if they made it through the night and then wait for another call later that day if there had been any changes. It was just excruciating and so much to try to make sense of at one time.

Then a week or so later I got the call that our daughter had been exposed in the NICU. I just about fell to pieces when the doctor gave me the news. The one place where she should have been safest and she wasn’t safe at all. She was quarantined which was an emotional experience that I might share later but thankfully I was still allowed to visit with strict guidelines to follow.

Things settled down a tad when she got home but then we found ourselves overwhelmed with appointments and telemed visits with all of the specialists and therapists.

We had a nurse sent to us who has proven to be an angel on earth as we tried to adjust to having a medically complex baby in the house. Just as all of that seemed to get a bit more manageable it was getting close to time for her open heart surgery.

That too didn’t go as scheduled. We had arrangements made for big sister to come be with the kiddos so Mommy could stay at the hospital but the day before our pre-ops the office called to say that her surgery was being postponed until the following week.

We never got a call with a date and little miss decided she wasn’t waiting any longer and took things into her own little hands. She ended up being admitted on the Thursday before Halloween and had surgery the following Monday.

When we got back home there were no remnants of our past routines left. The house and everyone in it were just CHAOS… including the dog.

None of it really seemed to matter though as we were just basking in the revelation of just how blessed we were and how thankful we were to have our family together again. All I can say is that God has had us in the palm of his hand and he has taken care of us through it all.

Just after Thanksgiving we lost another family member as well. I didn’t take it well because I had promised I’d be back to visit and I hadn’t been able to because of the pregnancy and COVID. I have found comfort knowing that I’ll see all of them again and that they are truly in a better place.

The past two months I’ve just truly been in survival mode. I’ve tried to ‘fake it until you make it’ but I’m not making it anywhere yet. It’s been so hard to be so completely and utterly out of control when I am not accustomed to this. I’m not a control freak but I did like having our schedules and routines to keep us in check.

Last week I was so unhappy and couldn’t really figure out why. I mean we are so blessed in so many ways but when I looked around my house it was (and currently still is) total chaos. I’ve never had my house to be in such disarray… from dirty socks hanging out in the living room, empty toilet paper rolls playing in the bathroom, cobwebs everywhere I look, and everyone running around like sugar laden zombies not knowing what to do next.

Ok, maybe the sugar laden zombies were my doing as I went a little overboard with the Christmas goodies but now it’s time to get back on track.

Several times over the past few months I’ve really tried to get back in routine but I keep skipping off track like a scratched record… things are going along beautifully and then out of nowhere we hit a bump or two and can’t seem to find our groove again.

Well, this is a new year and I am determined to get back on track. I’m going to take it one day at a time with everything. I did invest in a couple of nice calendars and have all of our important dates and appointments written down.

The calendars also have areas to write notes/goals so I may start utilizing those spaces to help keep me in check.

I had an app on my phone that helped me keep track of routines but sometime over the past year they all disappeared! Thankfully I’ve written a few posts about our routines and schedules so I can reference them to help get back on track. I also have some routines printed out.

I plan to use all of these resources to get some new routines going by setting up my daily priorities and building on those. I’ve been told that I’ve just been trying to do too much and there is a possibility that I have.

Having a houseful of kiddos who depend on you can be overwhelming but when you add a new baby it is definitely overwhelming at times. When you add that a couple of the kiddos are special needs and that the littlest one is medically complex things can get interesting.

Setting priorities

Over the past month a lot of things have come to light about the paperwork for our house… things that weren’t correct and so it’s been a mess trying to get it all sorted out as well. It’s also been stressful as things are here and there and I have to search through this pile and that pile to find the correct paperwork.

One of my main priorities this month will be to get my ‘office space’ set up. I’ve been waiting for this and that to happen but for now I’m just going to need to make do with what I already have so I can have a space that functions for our household.

Another priority will be getting the kids clothes organized because they are a hot mess!!! I need to get rid of the clothes that are too small because my boys have been coming out with some interesting outfits in the mornings. I have already tackled my closet and the baby’s dresser and I have a plan to tackle the other areas and hope to start this week.

Then we also need to get back to homeschooling… yeah, we’ve had a few breaks but they are learning important skills everyday even if we don’t have our noses in the books everyday.

I’ve also sat down this morning and planned out a few THM meals for myself because those sugary treats didn’t zombify me but they have made me a little extra squishy… 🙄

I know that sometimes when we feel like things are playing like a broken record we can be tempted to throw it all out the window and start new but if we know that the songs/routines were good we shouldn’t just start new. We can clean them up a little and keep going over them again and again until we find the right groove again. It just takes a little time and patience to see it through.

Having a plan to get things going makes me feel better and I’m going to pull out those old routines and see how I can clean them up to get back in my groove because I know that I’ll feel better and everyone will benefit from having a happy Momma in the house.

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Cookies N’ Creme Fudge

This is yet another adaptation of our family favorite fudge recipe. I didn’t get a picture because the fudge disappeared so fast I didn’t have a chance! I will definitely be making this again and will try to snap a picture when I do. I plan to test out some more flavor variations throughout the year as well.

Cookies N’ Creme Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 – 1 c. crushed oreos or similar cookie (you could also experiment with different cookies/candy bars for your own unique flavor)

Directions:

Line 8 x 8 pan with wax paper.

Combine marshmallow creme, sugar, milk, butter, and salt over medium heat.

Bring to a full boil. Boil five minutes, stirring constantly.

Working quickly, remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth.

Gently fold in the crushed cookies or candy of your choice.

Pour into prepared pan.

Gently tap/shake your pan to remove air bubbles.

Chill for two hours.

Cut into 2-inch pieces and store in airtight containers.

Note: Can also be made in cupcake liners for individual servings.

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Red Velvet Fudge

This is a new family favorite as my daughter brought home some red velvet fudge she had found at a gas station. The challenge was on to adapt our recipe to include this new flavor and it’s been a hit so far.

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Scars will fade…

Now before you read this please know that I know I’m not the first nor the last woman to have a c-section. I knew going into the latter part of the pregnancy that this was most likely the way we would deliver. I mean I even got a date for our planned c-section.

I thought I was prepared.

I did my research, asked tons of questions, and tried to prepare myself as best I could and I’m so glad I did that. In actuality though nothing can prepare you completely for something like this.

I’m not going into a lot of details right now about the events that led up to Miss Shyanne’s birth but I can say I’d do it a hundred times over if I had too!

Yesterday marked one week since we went to the hospital and delivered. They had put a covering, bio guard?, over the incision so I had not seen it… I’ve definitely felt it though.

When I took my shower last night the covering was starting to come off so I took it off… the doctors had told me it would soon. I couldn’t see the scar because there’s a bit of flabby belly still there and honestly, I was a bit afraid to look.

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Shyanne’s Story: Unexpected News

Well, today (May 13) has been a bit on the emotional side. I’m not even sure where to start but many of you that have followed our blog know that this pregnancy has been full of surprises:

An Unexpected Journey

Sometimes You Just Need To Let The Tears Flow

Finding Joy In The Difficult Days

Our little Wonder Woman… some good news! Continue reading “Shyanne’s Story: Unexpected News”

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Quarantine Project: DIY Bookshelves

As you all know we moved recently and you may know that our bookshelves didn’t make it. This was a serious problems because we had no place to put the books and they were cluttering up the dining room as they had been temporarily piled there.

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Staying Busy While Staying At Home

Gosh, I really don’t even know where to start. We have been under a stay at home order since last week. I haven’t been anywhere since my doctor’s appointment last Tuesday so it’s been about a week.

I normally don’t go out much anyway but there is just something about being told not to that makes you want to… anybody else feel like that?

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Our little Wonder Woman… some good news!

This Momma’s heart is so happy right now. If you follow me on Facebook you will know that I requested prayers for our little one. Our fetal cardiologist appointment got moved up to today and I was very anxious.

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Learn To Cook Trial!

I guess everyone needs to learn to cook all of a sudden, even if home cooking wasn’t your norm before.

Want to learn along with your kids?Kids Cook Real Food, an awesome online video cooking class for kids, is supporting social distancing and all the families with lots of extra time on their hands… How about a two-week risk-free trial, and 80% off a two-month membership after that? 🙂

Get the details here, including a guide to making it work without going to the grocery store! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/kcrf/happy2bmyownboss/

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Being Grateful When Things Are Bad

The past couple of days have been a doozy here. As you all know my kiddos have had the stomach bug, then Mr. Awesome caught it, and then I got it. It seems to be taking me a bit longer to get over it but today I do feel like I’m on the mend. I’ll spend today focusing on getting rehydrated and trying to eat a little bit.

Even if you aren’t sick I know this time is harder for some than for others. We are facing a lot of changes and uncertainties that we’ve never dealt with before.

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Keeping The Crazy Away By Keeping Busy

How’s everyone doing? If you are like a lot of folks then you might be getting a little stir crazy right now and it seems that the shutdowns in our area are only getting started.

Many parents are having to deal with the stresses of their kids being out of school… we all know how easily kids can get bored. Well, if you need some ideas to keep those kiddos entertained then be sure to check out some of the links I have listed under our Homeschool Tab! There are tons of fun (and educational) things to keep the kiddos busy.

I might even recommend that you check out our ‘Little House Academic Adventures’ if you’re kiddos are out of school. There are tons of great links and videos that they can do for FREE while learning about how things were in the 1800s. My kiddos have really enjoyed these lessons so far and we are looking forward to getting moved and getting started with them again!

You can also check out some of the other programs like Kids Cook Real Foods (link under the Homeschool tab), Mystery Science, and/or Skill Trek for ideas to keep your kids in learning mode.

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Anyone Have A Square To Spare?

Oh my goodness, what a day!

I’ve had some of the kitchen reno posts scheduled but I think I forgot to show you the new shelf paper that we put up. I took the vacuum cleaner and cleaned out all of the cabinets and then wiped them down really well. After they had dried I put up some new shelf paper that we found at Lowes. It looks so much better than the cow print that was there!

I know this is not something that everyone does but I like that it makes the shelves so much easier to clean… especially the ones that are old and not so smooth to start with!


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Yet Another Unexpected Roadblock! (Updated)

Hey there everyone! How have you been? I’ve been on the computer most of the morning taking care of some paperwork and applications for the kids’ schooling and such. Our slow internet makes things take two or three times as long as they should and it’s making me CRAZY! I’m actually writing this post as I wait for some scholarship information to pull up.

I was hoping to be writing with some good news but unfortunately, we have hit yet another roadblock with the house. Disclaimer: This post may be a partial vent! This past weekend we had planned to get quite a few things accomplished and possibly get quite a bit moved in but that didn’t happen. Continue reading “Yet Another Unexpected Roadblock! (Updated)”

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Life Update: We’re Still Here!

Hey everybody… it feels like its been FOREVER since I’ve posted. I have really missed you all… that might sound funny but I love seeing the notifications from readers and reading the comments that others leave… it makes me feel like maybe, just maybe I am helping someone in some way.

I think my last post was on January 30th! I had written a little bit about this pregnancy and some of the surprises, stresses, and worries it has brought with it. We are so blessed to have this little one in our lives and we just can’t wait to meet her!

I also told about some of the unexpected events that had transpired with our new house which we still haven’t officially moved into completely yet although I might spend more time there than I do here right now.

Someone did end up coming out to fix the electrical and plumbing issues but yesterday when I went to use the dishwasher it wouldn’t work… HMMMM???!!! The girls were not thrilled when I told them this news today… lol. I told them we now have a very expensive new dish drying rack!

January was full of ups and downs with the house, an ultrasound, and some other family activities that I wrote about HERE. I stayed pretty busy and tried to get things a little bit more organized… you can read about that in this post… the time spent on getting organized has paid off in some ways as I couldn’t have seen the newest issues that were yet to come.

Our homeschool adventures have been on hold for a couple of weeks as we’ve been focusing on getting the house ready to move in and I’ve been dealing with some new pregnancy-related? health issues.

So where to begin? That’s a good question because SO MUCH has happened. February was such a blur that I can’t even believe it has come and gone already! Continue reading “Life Update: We’re Still Here!”

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An Unexpected Journey

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all been doing well this week. Our week has been a bit busy with four dentist appointments and a slew of other things happening but I wanted to check in and give you all a couple of quick updates.

So last week we found out what our unexpected blessing will be and we are so excited to meet our little one! Watch this quick video to find out:

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Life Update: January 3, 2020

Whew! What a time we’ve had over the past few weeks! I apologize for not getting to post anything on a regular basis. A lot of the recipes that have posted had been typed up prior to November, when my oldest daughter left for Kansas, and then scheduled to post later… good thing I did that or I wouldn’t have had the energy to do anything all month!

I’m having an OK morning so far so I wanted to go ahead and try to type up a quick post to fill everyone in on what has been going on around here! So just in case, you missed some of our most recent news, here is a quick update:

  • Mr. Awesome and I got married on Christmas Day with a surprise wedding!
  • We also officially announced that there will be a new addition to our family later this year!

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A Christmas To Remember!

So we did get to celebrate Christmas in our new house even though we can’t officially move in yet and we had no power… or heat! We set the tree up and decorated it on Saturday and everyone had a lot of fun helping.

 After the decorating was done it was time to kick the kids out of the house until Christmas as I needed a gift wrapping station. We had all helped to bring in a lot of the boxes I had in the shed… there may still be a gift or two hidden in there somewhere!

That was a lot of work to get all of those gifts wrapped and taken care of as I hadn’t wrapped the first gift, other than a couple that we took to a party, and there were a lot of boxes!

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Life Update: A Christmas Dance and a Quick House Update

Hey y’all… I’m so sorry I haven’t been keeping everyone updated but if you follow me on Facebook you’ve been seeing the progress that has been happening on the house since our last update. I’ll fill you in the progress below but first, here is a cute photo from a Christmas Dance that we attended last Saturday… the kids were surprised to learn that the Grinch could square dance!

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DIY Playdough

I think every kid loves playdough and mine are no exception. I recently pinned a bunch of playdough recipes on one of my boards but as luck would have it I actually found one of my own recipes in my old recipe box… it also happened to be the last recipe in the box.

Don’t worry though because I’ve got recipes stashed everywhere in this little house and I have some packed away in the shed so I’ll get them posted… hopefully faster than it took me to get through the recipe box though!

I have also seen some new recipes that are using essential oils which would smell so good. You could probably use this recipe and omit the Kool-aid pack. You could also color them with some natural dyes if you desired too.

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Baked Spaghetti Squash (3 ways to cook it)

This was something that I’ve been wanting to try but haven’t gotten around to until last weekend. I am so glad that my sister decided to go with this for dinner as I have been very curious and now I know that this dish will be making it to our table again in the future… it’s so easy to do as well!

You can use the cooked squash in almost any pasta dish and I can’t wait to give it a try with Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce or with some Easy Alfredo Sauce, the possibilities are endless. We ate it with some Easy Baked Chicken, Sauteed Squash (we used a combination of other vegetables instead of the squash), and some Quick & Easy Garlic Bread (which I later made croutons with). 

I’m thinking this might also work well in place of the squash in our favorite Cheesy Squash Casserole or maybe even good as Vegetable Casserole. I’ve also read that Spaghetti Squash is good with a little butter and brown sugar… just the way I like my sweet potatoes!

Did I mention that spaghetti squash is a low carb pasta alternative? It also has many great health benefits that you can read about HERE. This fits in well with our Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle changes that we’ve been trying to implement! Continue reading “Baked Spaghetti Squash (3 ways to cook it)”

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Single-Serve Hot Cocoa

Craving something sweet and warm on a cold day? Try this single-serve version of The Best Hot Cocoa and you can be sipping on a warm cup of delicious hot cocoa in just a couple of minutes! Feel free to use non-fat milk and/or try it with almond milk and omit the sugar to sweeten it with your favorite low-calorie sweetener after microwaving! Continue reading “Single-Serve Hot Cocoa”

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Flash Sale and Quick House Update!

 I’m so sorry I forgot to post the links earlier… my brain has gone on vacation or something… lol!

Hey guys! Things have been SOOO CRAZY around here this week as our house is finally here and in the process of getting set up. I’ve been running around like a headless chicken trying to get the last couple of things taken care of.

I meant to post this sale yesterday… I’ve got make sure I grab a couple of these for myself as well... but I got BUSY and forgot! I’m so sorry!

1 Day FLASH SALE! Laundry Detergent 1kg

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Santa’s Top 10 Favorite Cookies That Can Be Made Ahead of Time!

santas-top-10-pin.pngI don’t know if Santa will be visiting your house anytime soon but I think he just might stop here for a handful of cookies. My kiddos love the tradition of leaving cookies for Santa although I suspect that it may be because they get to help sample the cookies.

This year I was determined to have a little bit less stress around the holidays but sometimes life seems to just happen around you. Our new house has been one thing after another and I really wasn’t sure just what else might happen before Christmas so I really tried to get things prepped ahead of time.

One thing I did was to make a TON of freezer meals, 35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!, and I also worked on adding printable recipes to all of my existing recipes on the blog as well as to the new recipes I’ve been posting. I’ve also gotten all of my recipes from my recipe box scheduled to post and I will continue to work on some of the others I have scattered around and packed up just as soon as I can.

This is so much easier than trying to keep your screen open in the kitchen… I apologize that I didn’t do this earlier! I also went ahead and made a bunch of Freezer Cookies! (Working on that post too!) 

I’m not completely against using store-bought cookie dough but I feel that homemade is ALWAYS better if you can. With these recipes, you CANI normally like to roll most of my cookie dough into small balls and flash freeze to make it easier to only pull out what I need. You may want to experiment with these recipes or divide them into smaller batches before freezing. Check out this article HERE for more information about freezing different kinds of cookie dough!

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What do you do when life gives you dirt?

You grab a couple of friends, a couple of dump trucks, and you play in it… of course! Well, that’s what our kiddos did over the weekend. We did get a total of 12 loads of dirt for the new house but no house yet. Even though they said they would try to have it here by Thanksgiving.

The piles were just too tempting and the kids kept begging to play so we decided to let them make some fun memories. The dog had to have a chance to play as well so I’m not sure who had more fun… lol.  Everyone had to have a bath after they played because they were covered in red clay and we had an orange dog but they had a blast!

Here are some pics to enjoy from that day:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

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Black Friday Sale Starts Today!

I haven’t been talking a lot about our Norwex lately but I can tell you that we are even more in love with these products than we were when we first got them.

We’ve been using the cloths and water to clean the majority of our house and we are loving how easy it is not too mention all the money we’re saving because we aren’t buying so many cleaners. After watching some live demos I’m even more confident in Norwex’s ability to remove viruses and bacteria from the surfaces. Continue reading “Black Friday Sale Starts Today!”

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Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids & Families

I know some of us aren’t really ready to talk about Christmas shopping yet but I wanted to throw a few ideas out there really quick. I’ve been getting lots of requests for sizes and likes for the kids so I know there are some busy little elves about. I’m so glad that I printed out this Free Printable Shopping Guide – Makes Christmas Shopping So Much Easier!I filled it out too which is always a good thing!

Katie over at Kids Cook Real Food has some great ideas for simple, inexpensive gifts that won’t clutter up your house. This is great for Mommas like me who HATE clutter… our house is so small that it doesn’t take long before things get cluttered in here and Christmas time is probably the hardest part of the year. Even though we’re hoping to be in our new house by Christmas I really don’t want to clutter everything up! Continue reading “Non-Toy Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids & Families”

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Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls

This is a recipe that I had scribbled down in my Thanksgiving section of my Holiday Binder… I don’t know where I got it from so I can’t give any credit but these are delicious!

Try these with one of these: Whipped Honey Butter and Cinnamon Butter Continue reading “Old-Fashioned Yeast Rolls”

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Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing

I got asked for this recipe but I didn’t have it on the blog so I scrounged around my holiday binder to find it… just in time for Turkey Day! This is fairly similar to my Homemade Bread Stuffing except that it is made with cornbread… that is another recipe I’ll have to look for when I get everything unpacked! You can just make the recipe off the back of the bag and it will be fine!

Fun Fact:

What is the difference between stuffing and dressing?

Well, many times stuffing is referred to as being cooked inside the turkey… hence the name while dressing was usually cooked in a separate dish. Many people in the South refer to it as dressing no matter how you cook it.

Continue reading “Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing”

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I’ve been dreaming of a …

I know a lot of people have been dreaming of a white Christmas but not me! I’ve been dreaming of a big dump truck. Well, actually several big dump trucks full of DIRT!

I know once the dirt gets here it shouldn’t be too much longer before our house finally arrives. If you’ve been following along with our ‘Series of Unexpected Events‘ posts then you know that we’ve been waiting for a while now. Ever since learning that the dirt should be coming within the week, I’ve been dreaming and daydreaming about dump trucks. I’ve been a little under the weather so every time I happen to doze off I wake up thinking that I hear a dump truck but every time I walk out the door to see that there is nothing sight. Continue reading “I’ve been dreaming of a …”

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Life Update: A Full Moon, Spongebob, and A B&E (with permission)

I was looking back through my posts to see when our last update was and if you don’t include A Series of Unexpected Events, Part 2, and Part 3 then I believe it would’ve been Life Update: A Jacuzzi, A Boy’s Night out, And Why We Don’t ‘Do’ Halloween which seems like it was forever ago.

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I know last week I posted 35+ Freezer Meals In One Day! where I did give a couple of updates like Ms. Bella’s birthday:

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Susie Q’s Top 10 Holiday Desserts

top 10 desserts pin.pngAs you all know the holidays are just around the corner and I’ve already been getting requests for my Fudge! I’ve also been getting requests for some of our family’s favorite recipes… some of which will be making it on our table here shortly!

If you don’t see what you are looking for be sure to check out Mama’s Recipe Box under the Keeper of the Home tab! You’ll also notice that there are no Cookie recipes listed as I have another post scheduled that will be dedicated just to the cookies that Santa loves around this time of year.

Some of these recipes are not that difficult and you can let the kids help… and make some great memories as well!

Grab a plate and maybe a big ole can of whipped cream and dig in!

Continue reading “Susie Q’s Top 10 Holiday Desserts”

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A Series of Unexpected Events

For the past few months, we have been anxious to share our good news about our new house and we finally did make it public last month but there were a few people who knew about it beforehand. They have been just as excited about our new home as we were and have been anxious for updates.

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About twice a week, every week, we get the same questions… No house yet? I know they are genuinely interested and want to share in our excitement and I’m glad to know they care. While we are excited about what the future holds it is just so hard to keep positive when one delay after another keeps popping up. It feels kind of like when I have been heavily pregnant and everyone you see asks, ‘No baby yet?’… sigh… I’m sure many of you mommas can relate.

BTW, we did get a survey and now we are once again waiting on permits… woo-hoo…


Before I begin with this story I want everyone to know that we are truly THANKFUL for each and every person who played a part in helping us to get our house. Things have been extremely stressful with so many different issues… many of the minor ones have been left out of the story… but we feel so BLESSED to have our HOUSE and we are looking forward to making it our HOME.

This post ended up being VERY long so I’ve divided it up into a few different posts to make it easier to read. The links to the next parts will update soon! Maybe this story can help someone else prevent some of the problems that we’ve had.

NOTE: I have not linked to the dealer that we used as I am not trying to cause them any negative publicity as I know that sometimes we all have our ‘days, weeks, months, or maybe even years’ when things just don’t go right.  I will also clarify that the dealer has never made any specific claim as to how long the whole process would take only general statements such as:

  • We are getting close now.
  • Not too much longer now.

They also verbally gave us a general timeline which has not happened.

As Mr. Awesome works in this industry we did have a timeline of ‘best case’ and ‘worst case’ scenarios planned out in our minds but this journey has surpassed anything that we could have planned for. Just make sure you check the customer reviews carefully before choosing who you want to do business with!


May/June

Somewhere near the end of May, we had submitted another application for financing and on June 4th we got the word that we were APPROVED. We had been told that things would move quickly and we should be prepared to close towards the end of the month of the beginning of the next month, if not sooner. To say we were ecstatic would have been an understatement… our dream was finally coming TRUE! Continue reading “A Series of Unexpected Events”

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35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!

I had to do my grocery shopping this past weekend and our internet was DOWN! This meant that I needed to physically go into the store and push the buggy down the aisles… pure TORTURE, right? Well, maybe it doesn’t seem that bad but I have been spoiled by the Walmart Grocery Pickup.

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I did survive and I posted a picture of my overflowing buggy on my Instagram that evening and had a contest for the person who could most closely guess how much I spent. The winner will be receiving a Walmart eGift card for $10.00! Continue reading “35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!”

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Roasted Turkey w/ Giblet Gravy

This is probably one of the most searched for recipes around the holidays! This is one that I’ve had forever and it has saved me quite a few times before I had my friend Google.

Making your first turkey dinner can be quite intimidating but you can follow these simple directions for a perfect roasted turkey. Stuffed turkeys generally need to cook at 325 for about 20 minutes/pound while unstuffed turkeys are about 15 minutes/pound but always check the temperature with a meat thermometer! Continue reading “Roasted Turkey w/ Giblet Gravy”

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Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole

This is probably my most requested recipe at holiday meals. I don’t know where I got the recipe but it has been around our home for quite some time now. If you don’t care for the topping you can always leave it off or substitute some marshmallows in its place.

Continue reading “Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole”

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Grandma’s Mac N Cheese

Now I do confess that most times I use the boxed macaroni and cheese because:

  1. it’s cheap
  2. it’s easy
  3. I’m too tired to make the real deal

However, I do try to make this recipe every so often and on special occasions and/or holidays. You can add a little ham or meat to make this a hearty main dish! Continue reading “Grandma’s Mac N Cheese”

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Loaded Potato Soup

Looking for the perfect potato soup recipe? Look no further as you’ve found it!

I love soup, especially on a cold day, but we haven’t had many cold days here lately. Please don’t take that as a complaint because I’m not complaining in the least bit. I make this soup once or twice a year and everyone always loves it.

This recipe could probably be adapted to a crockpot but I have not attempted that yet. I will update the post if I do though. Mr Awesome often says he doesn’t get enough taters in his soup so I’ve started using a 5 pound bag of yellow potatoes each time I make this. Continue reading “Loaded Potato Soup”

Chemo Round 3: Day ?: Always Expect the Unexpected

Chemo Round 3: Day ?: Always Expect the Unexpected

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Chemo Round 2: Day 32

Chemo Round 2: Day 32

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Chemo Round 2: Day 31

Chemo Round 2: Day 31

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Chemo Round 2: Day 30: Back to Zero

Chemo Round 2: Day 30: Back to Zero

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Chemo Round 2: Day 29: 1st Birthday part 2

Chemo Round 2: Day 29: 1st Birthday part 2

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Chemo Round 2: Day 28

Chemo Round 2: Day 28

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Chemo Round 2: Day 27

Chemo Round 2: Day 27

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Chemo Round 2: Day 25

Chemo Round 2: Day 25

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Chemo Round 2: Day 24: Another Rough Day

Chemo Round 2: Day 24: Another Rough Day

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Chemo Round 2: Day 20

Chemo Round 2: Day 20

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Chemo Round 2: Day 19

Chemo Round 2: Day 19

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Chemo Round 2: Day 15: Bath Day

Chemo Round 2: Day 15: Bath Day

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