Showing posts from January, 2018

Lord make me a lion.

This week was one of those sermons that stepped all over my toes and had me feeling all kinds of convicted.
Yesterday our pastor reference the fable The Lion and the Gazelle.
Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest line or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle when the sun comes up... You better be running.
There seems to be an underlining theme here. The first chance that the gazelles have to run, they run. They don't hesitate. And to the lions, there is no choice or thing more important but to chase. They wake up and chase after the most important thing to them.
That got me thinking, what am I?
Am I lion or gazelle?
Am I running just to get through the day?
Just to survive?
Or am I chasing after something like my life depends on it?
What if what if I treated Jesus like the lions tr…

Easy 5 Ingredient Goulash

This is one of those recipes I can whip up with basically anything in the pantry! Its so easy and so good!

1 lb ground beef2 (15-ounce) can of italian stewed tomatoes

Easy French Dip Sandwiches!

This meal was off-the-charts awesome! And EASY!
All the kids had two sandwiches and my husband had four if that tells you anything, haha!
Making a French dip sandwich sounds a little bit of intimidating and nerve-wracking and I think it's just because its something that we don't eat every day but after making this recipe it's definitely going to be on  repeat at our house!

Here's what you will need:

Although you can use really any sliced beef that you like, I prefer using sliced Philly cheese steak! Here's why: it's already thinly sliced which makes it cook super fast and I buy the Great Value brand which is super affordable (and doesn't come with onions an bell peppers!)! I can cook this meat up from frozen-solid  in about 10 minutes in a skillet!
I season my meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and steak seasoning.
Once my meat is done I take my French bread and make my sandwich layering the meat with mozzarella cheese.
I love to buy the sliced Fr…

Ryker is officialy potty-trained!

No one ever warned me about potty training a boy....

CJ: " Stop that, Ryker! Mom! Ryker is pulling his thing again!!"

Me: "Ryker! Pull your pants up and quit pulling on that thing!!"

Ryker: (yelling) "ITS DUS A LIL PECKER, MOM!!!"

I thought our entire family was going to pee our pants.


One of my goals for this year is to be better organized. I've done major de-cluttering in our house and I have also managed to get my meal planning under way. #WINNING

I've mentioned to a few friends that I have meal planned for the entire month of January and February and for those of you who would like a copy- here is January!

Often we spend entirely too much money on eating out and that is something I wanted to get under control for 2018. That doesn't mean we wont go out to eat anymore, just not as often. Our week days are SUPER busy with me working full time, kids' practices, tutorials, church, and everything else  so having a set menu has been super helpful!

And bonus- I have already saved a TON of money this year!

You will notice that I don't meal plan for Saturday or  Sunday. Sometimes we spend the weekend at a ball field and at Small Group eating on Sunday so it is pointless for me to try and plan anything for the weekend.

Wednesday is our busiest night by far, …


If you look at my pantry you'd probably notice two things- that I need to grocery shop more and that I love organization.

When we rebuilt our home I planned on having a built-in spice rack, but somehow that slipped my mind and look... four years have passed.

Today, I got tired of digging for my most-used spices and picked up a three pack of plastic trays from DOLLAR TREE! THEY WERE SERIOUSLY 3 FOR  $1!

A couple of nails later----- I have a quick and easy spice rack! I've only hung two, but I'm loving it!


If you have paid attention to any of my recipes- you know that:
1. I am super cheap.
2. I don't cook with more than 5ish ingredients.
Ya'll, I all about a wholesome dinner, but lets face it, sometimes that is just NOT possible. 
Trust me, we have all been there and had those weeks where you ate out more than you cooked and not only is it super bad for you but its crazy expensive, too! 
It doesn't get easier than this- choose your favorite toppings and in less than 7 minutes, you've got dinner! I know this sounds too good to be true, but here's a simple recipe that kids will love! (and adults, of course.) It’s texas toast PIZZA! So simple and fast to make.This is one of our favorite recipesto make for a busy weeknight dinner. Everyone loves them! Whether its dinner, a fun play date with a topping bar, or a quick after school snack, I promise you will not regret trying this!

Bonus- take the night off, because your kids will love making these and its so easy …

College..... for moms.

You may have went to college... Or maybe not.

Either way- whether you did or you didn't, let's face it, sometimes parenting is hard.

 Sometimes I feel like a huge failure.

Sometimes I wish I'd studied a bit more before I jumped into this whole mom-gig.

 Heck, sometimes I just think I need a sister wife.
(But that's a whole other blog post)

If  only they had an online course I could take.

Like... Is there some how-to-parent continuing education hours somewhere I can take?

Does anyone know how I can get re-certified?!

These are all questions I ask myself daily.

Lucky for you- along with help for my toddler this week, alone, I've done all the legwork and put together this super-exclusive-almost-sold-out-free-but-it-doesn't-even-really-exist- list of parenting  courses that would really be helpful if they really even existed.

But they don't.

So that sucks.

Punishment Psychology 101  This course is to help you realize your kid is not really 'SO CUTE'. I …


I know, I know. You, I,  and 50 billion people  swore they would NEVER drive a minivan.
But look, here we are and I don't know about you, BUT I'M KILLIN IT!
Yeah, I said it. I drive a minivan. What's that? Are you laughing? You think that's funny? Cause I got something funny for you too. Your mama. Now that's funny
My MV is the smoothest, sickest ride in town, best  believe dat.

(Look! Here I am spotting one of my friends who is wishing they were me!)

My temporary dealer plate says "MLF" and no I didn't plan that. Shoot, I didn't even know what that meant until someone told me. I thought it meant, "My little fat sweet minivan!" Straight up.

Straight up, they put MLF on my plate. From the dealer. MLF. From. The. Dealer.

(Here I am scoping out the new journeys I will take in the new MV. The possibilities are endless.)

That's the plan, Stan. That's what I drive fool.


I'd be jealous, too.

The thing is huge!

I can litera…