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It doesn’t matter how good you are at meal planning. At some point, you have to execute that beautiful plan you sweated (& shopped) over (or composed using your favorite calligraphy pen).  No matter how well you plan (or don’t), emergencies, KIDS' PRACTICES,  interruptions, KIDS' PRACTICES AND KIDS' PRACTICES happen to the best of us. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as finding yourself in the drive thru line again for the 3rd time this week because  you realize it’s too late to bake that pot roast you had been planning. Here are some quick, easy meals and strategies that can help a real family get through dinner on a crazy busy week.

Monday- Pepper Steak and Gravy in the crockpot! For my family of six, I add 2packages of stew meat, one container of beef broth, one yellow onion, 1/2 of a red bell pepper (sliced), 1/2 of a yellow bell pepper (sliced), garlic powder, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, and your favorite steak seasoning! Cook on low for 6…

The Season of THANKFUL.

As we approach the “thankful”  season God brought my mind to something… Why do I feel like I need new things in order to be approved or excepted by others and to feel good about myself?
And I’m all like, “stop that God do we really have to go here?”
 I feel like this is an important lesson for not only me but for my kids too. It’s an example that needs to be set for them.- an example of being thankful.

 I often find myself falling into a sense of envy and I feel like I need new things in order to feel good about myself. Whether it’s new clothes, a fancier car, or a bigger house!
( Sidenote Josh and I house hunt all the time! We are constantly looking at real estate online.)
So- you, too, Josh! Listen up! We DO NOT need a new house! 
I would like to just take a moment to brag, though. My kids (minus Ryker, 🤣) almost always practice being thankful and often they are the ones who remind me to be thankful. 
 You remember when I mentioned how Raigen always writes “thank you letters and n…

Girls pink & black shared bedroom!

The girls room is not finished but it’s close so I figured I give you guys a little peek. The room is tiny and it’s kind of difficult to fit two girls in this room but I think we’ve managed well. We know this is not our forever home and plan to move within two years anyway.

Rilyn’s getting older and her only must have was a vanity area so I was happy to oblige and give her her own special space!

We still have touch up paint to do in frames to fill but it’s coming together!

And just for fun here’s a pic of how we stay organized! The shoe holder on the back of the bedroom door is perfect for hair ties, hair bows, jewelry, extra make up, perfume, deodorant, pretty much anything! It keeps the clutter away and makes this mama happy! 

Thanks for taking a peek at our girls’ little space!

Keto Chicken Strips!

Ingredients:  chicken tenders or you can cut them up and make chicken nuggets1bag of plain pork rinds seasoned saltgarlic powderonion powder1 cup of mayo 2 or 3 table spoons of mustardExtra Virgin Olive oil for frying


Low carb Stuffed Bell Peppers!

Ingredients1 cup of your favorite salsa (make sure to check sugars in this!)
1 cup of brown rice
6 Bell Peppers
1 package of taco seasoning
1 lb of Ground Turkey
Shredded Cheese

Cook Ground Turkey and taco seasoning in skillet while the rice is cooking in a pot. I also added green onions and some diced celry to the turkey  because I had it.  Once  the turkey is cooked add 1 cup salsa and rice and mix together.
Cut tops of Bell Peppers, remove all seeds, and wash them well. A lot of people like to boil their peppers first, I personally don't.

Fill up bell peppers with the meat mixture. Left over meat mixture, put around bell peppers and top with shredded cheese! Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes! I always forget how much I love stuffed peppers! Enjoy!

Friday Favorites! {08-03}

It's FRIDAY and since I haven't done a Friday Favorites post in a while, I thought I'd share one with you. Up first- this eyeliner I scored at Sally's for $3.99. Its waterproof and amazing!!! Its long lasting and doesn't smear. Its the best eyeliner I've ever used! 

My biggest girl, Rilyn, wrote this note for the tooth fairy. I know one day I'm gonna miss these days, so stuff like this is definitely a favorite of mine!
A couple of weeks ago this girl competed in Nationals  in Galveston and she and her team got 3rd!
And then the very next week she competed in her very last 8U softball tournament ( an all night tournament) and came home CHAMPIONS! What a great way to end her 8U season, bring on 10U!

We also recently celebrated Josh's 32nd birthday with a family dinner.

Ball Park days- Ahhh! Recently Josh played in a benefit Ragball Tournament and we spent the day cheering him on and hanging out at our favorite place- the ball park!

Kid Approved Spinach Lasagna Rolls!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls
1 box of lasagna noodles, cooked (next time we are trying it with wheat noodles!)10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained1 large tub of   Ricotta Cheese  2 cups of Italian Blend Cheese (Also called Pizza Blend)1 large eggsalt, pepper, garlic powder to taste1  jar of  Organic Pasta Sauce (check the sugars and make sure it is low or no sugar)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Combine spinach, ricotta, Italian blend cheese, egg, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish. Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of your cheese mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles. Pour the remaining sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese melts.


Hangry Roxie: Tips for Livin' a low carb life!

Since I finally posted some progress pictures a few weeks ago I've had a lot of people message me and ask me what I am doing so I thought I'd share how I, along with exercise, am trying to live a low carb life! One reason I love low-carb diets is because they have been known to help reduce cravings and burn fat more efficiently. This type of diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

When I decided I wanted to get healthy I knew I wanted to go low carb.

Listen- it does work when its done it right, but ,like most of you I am not as consistent as I should be. #mexicanstreetcorngotmeacoupleofweeksago I am trying hard to make this a 'life-style change' as opposed to just constantly watching the scale as I would on any of other diet.

I’m sure that some of you struggle with wondering what to eat or how a low carb diet works, so let me help you out with some tips that I have learned on my long, long, loooooong journey as a professional yo-yo diet-er.
Here are so…