Thursday, April 27, 2017

Smoothie Addiction

I have a new addiction to smoothies. Smoothies are a great source for getting your fruit and vegetable intake. The best thing is, smoothies taste great! Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for a smoothie. I love to drink smoothies no matter what time of year it is. People do associate smoothies with warmer weather. I do have to wonder if my this new addiction is because I'm pregnant and my baby girl has me craving smoothies. Whatever the reasoning for my new addiction, I hope to keep it up because in the past few days I have felt really great physically since I'm getting fruit and vegetable intake.

I have gotten a lot of my smoothie recipes off of Pinterest. Pinterest is great for finding almost any recipe you want. If you don't have a Pinterest account, I highly suggest you get one, but beware because it is an addicting website. So back to the smoothies. I have made three smoothie recipes from Pinterest and they were Pinterest successes! You always see Pinterest fails, which are funny to read. I have had a few fails, but we won't discuss those. I thought I'd share Pinterest successes so that others can see and hear how things turn out and that you can succeed at making something you find on Pinterest.

Raspberry Peach Smoothie
The first one I tried was a Raspberry Peach Smoothie. The ingredients are: frozen raspberries, frozen peaches, vanilla greek yogurt, and vanilla almond milk. Here is the link for the recipe: It was delicious and very smooth going down. I wanted it because I was craving raspberries and you can definitely taste the raspberries. I also love it because it is pink. The more colorful a smoothie is, the more I want to try it. Like I said, I found the recipe on Pinterest and I included the original link and that is where the credit is due for this delightful smoothie. Here is a picture of how it turned out for me:

Berry Blast Smoothie
For this smoothie, I had to decrease the amount that I used for everything because I only have a 16oz. blender. Even though I had to cut the ingredients in half, it still came out really great and it looked just like the picture on Pinterest. For this smoothie the ingredients include: frozen mixed berries, fresh strawberries, sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract, and vanilla yogurt. Here is the link for the recipe: I wanted to try this smoothie recipe because I had all of the ingredients on hand and it looked easy to make. This smoothie was full of berry flavor and very delicious. I definitely think this is a great smoothie to sit outside on the porch with while reading a book. I included the original link for this recipe since that is where the credit is due.  Here is a picture of this smoothie: 

Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie
This smoothie was just as easy to make as the two above. Ingredients for this one are: a banana, frozen blueberries, peanut butter, milk, and yogurt (I used vanilla yogurt). Here is the link for this smoothie: This smoothie sounded great because of the peanut butter! This is a great smoothie to satisfy your sweet tooth. It definitely satisfied my sweet tooth. I wanted something chocolatey, but I also know how much I want to start eating healthier, even before our baby girl is born so I found this recipe and thought this sounds sweet. If you want something sweet and healthy, I definitely recommend this smoothie. Again, I found this recipe on Pinterest and included the original link for credit factor. Here is a picture of this one:

All of thr above smoothies are kid approved. I made these when my 2 year old was running around and he wanted some. 

Let me know if you try any of the above recipes or if  you already have tried them. 

Also, what are your favorite smoothie recipes? Definitely feel free to share your ideas in the comments! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

God Spoke Through A Toilet

The title of my blog post is probably one you have not seen in a title. If you are religious, I'm sure you know that God can use anyone and anything to speak to a person. God speaks to me all of the time and has used to different things and people to do the speaking. Before our move to a new house took place, I was cleaning the bathroom. Specifically, I was cleaning a toilet when the song, Cornerstone, came on the Pandora radio station that was playing through my phone.

Here are the lyrics for those that don't know the song: You can listen to the song here:

As this song played, it gave me an energy that I did not have so far that day. God spoke to me that I should rely on Him for everything. He alone is my Cornerstone. He is Lord of all. There are days I try to rely on a cup of coffee to get me through whatever is thrown my way in a day. There are days I think I need two Dr. Peppers to give me the boost I need to survive the tantrums, the housework, the driving of my kids to and from school. The days when my husband is home, I try to rely on him to help me while he is home. While the caffeine or sugar will give me a temporary boost, it won't last all day. While having my husband to help on his days off is great, my husband still needs his rest so he can be ready to work. Relying on God in the weak moments of my day will give me all the strength I need to conquer the tantrums, the housework, the driving of my kids to and from school. Relying on God is the my only answer. He is my Cornerstone in my weak moments and on my dark days of being a mom/wife/friend. Jesus is my rock that is always there for me to fall on.

God spoke that message to me through that song while I was cleaning a toilet. When I was cleaning, I was in a weak moment where I wanted to give up and admit defeat. I wanted to stop cleaning and not do it anymore because it felt so useless and unappreciated. I wanted to walk out of my house and run away for a few hours because I felt like what I was doing just didn't matter to anyone. God shook that weak moment from me and whispered to me that what I was doing mattered to Him. Such a simple thing as cleaning a toilet is doing kingdom work for God. When I get to Heaven and stand before God, the cleaning that I sometimes think is useless will be rewarded: "When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless stand before the throne."

There are stormy days in this journey of motherhood. I know who I can rely on to help me through my stormy days. He turns the stormy days into days where I can have faith, hope, and love.

I don't know where you are today. I don't know if you religious or not. From experience, God is the giver of everything good. If you need energy and someone to rely on, turn to God to give you all that you need (does not have to be energy, it can be something else). I hope the song gives you encouragement. I hope my post has given you encouragement as well.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Maternity Photos

One of my sweet friends is very talented with a camera. I keep telling her she should be a professional photographer because she would be really good at it. She is definitely our go to person to take family pictures. Last week she captured some maternity photos for me. I love how she works with angles with the camera. She captured really good pictures of my baby bump.I am so thankful the weather was pretty when she took them. I love outdoor photos so I was happy we were able to take pictures outside. We are going to do some family maternity pictures before Leliana arrives. I thought I would share the ones my friend took last week of just me and my sweet baby bump! Let me know what you think of them!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Happenings

For those that follow my blog, you may have been wondering why I haven't blogged for almost two months. If you are Facebook friends with me, forgive me because this post is a repeat of what you have seen on Facebook over the last two months. At the beginning of March our family had found a house that we were going to move to. My time was spent taking care of my family and packing for a move. My time for my blog page was put aside so I could focus on moving. However, the house we were going to move to fell through so we quickly had to find another house because we already had all of our stuff packed and had made arrangements to be moving within a certain time frame. I praise God that we found another house quickly and we were still able to move within our timeline. Our big theme was keeping our faith that God would work through the chaos of things falling through and having faith that God would work quickly. God did work quickly. Our faith got even stronger during our move. The verse in the picture below was our theme verse. That was our March.

So far April has not been as hectic as March. The beginning of this month was spent unpacking and settling into our new home, which we really love! The weekend that we moved was also the weekend of my baby shower. For those that have not read previous posts, we are expecting our 5th baby, a baby girl! My sweet friends threw me an amazing baby shower for our baby girl. I am so thankful for my friends and how much they love our family. I am thankful for all of my family and friends that came to my baby shower and showered our baby girl with love.  Here are pictures from my shower:

My mom and I. So glad she came to my shower!

4 generations, of course Leliana is still growing. :)

29 weeks exactly at my shower.

My sister in law is having a boy and is due 2 weeks after I am. My mother in law is excited to have two new grandchildren to spoil!

Our family is very excited for the arrival of Leliana Rose. Our boys are excited to meet their sister. They said they are going to protect her! My csection is 8 weeks from today and we have our last ultrasound next Monday. The next 8 weeks will be busy as we prepare for Leliana's arrival and has we close the end of the school year with our older two boys. I'm glad our move is over and we can relax a little more before Leliana's arrival.

Our spring has been sprung with a lot of busyness, but in that busyness we found so many blessings. If you find yourself in chaos, just remember to look for blessings among the chaos. There are blessings all around you!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Knocked Down? Get Back Up!

I have not written a post in about a week because I got knocked down with a horrible cold/sinus infection. It really took all of my energy and made me really tired, even too tired to write. Being pregnant and sick at the same time really is no fun and of course made being sick even harder. When you are pregnant and sick, you are limited to what you can take for it. I finally was able to get some pregnancy safe medicine for my sinuses and something to also treat allergies/drainage. My sweet husband also took very good care of me while I was sick. He definitely takes the in sickness and in health parts of our vows seriously. I am now feeling a lot better!

I definitely blame the crazy weather. It was cold, then warm, then back to cold, and now it is warm again. This weather is definitely not like February Kentucky weather. Sicknesses aside, a positive out of the weather not being as bad is that there have not been very many snow days. Not very many snow days mean that the kids will get out of school on time and have a long and enjoyable summer.  Even teachers can get on board with that as well!

One thing I do like about being sick is that I have a lot of time to pray, think, seek what God wants me to learn, etc. Something I learned this time around is that even though I get knocked down physically, mentally, emotionally, etc, I don't have to stay down. I can and I must get back up and keep going.  Really, that is true about anything that may knock us down in life. We don't have to let our sicknesses take over. We don't have to let our weaknesses take over. We don't have to let our hurts take over. We don't have to let our sins of the past take over. We can find the strength, with God, to get back up and let Him take over whatever has knocked us down. He will give us the strength to rise up and not to stay down. I love that about God. I love that if I feel weak, He is strong. I love how God will carry me and hold me. He is always there to carry me and hold me. It is so easy to allow ourselves to stay knocked down because we run out of strength. Once we let God help us up, we can find that is easy to let Him help us get up, which is what God wants to do.

I don't know if you have been knocked down recently, or in the past. Don't stay down, get back up. I hope my nugget that God spoke to me while I was sick encouraged you in some way. Let God work in you, because He will work in you. He does a wonderful job at working in our lives everyday. He does a wonderful job at holding us up when we can't hold ourselves up. That is also my prayer for anyone who reads this, that God will lift you up and you can get back up from whatever may have knocked you down. Let the following verses encourage you as well.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day Crafts For Kids

If you read my blog regularly then you know I like to do crafts with my boys. They love doing crafts as well. I hope that as they grow up that they remember all the awesome times we have had doing crafts together. At any rate, with Valentine's Day coming up we have been doing some Valentine's Day crafts. I always look to Pinterest for ideas on crafts to do with the boys. Pinterest has some really great ideas for Valentine's Day crafts, not just for little kids but for all ages.

This post contains ideas that came from Pinterest, but with our own twist and creativity. The boys that did these crafts are Landon and Liam since our oldest is in Kindergarten and our youngest would eat the paint. Haha! Landon and Liam loved the LOVE craft the most. They loved this one because I painted one of their feet and one of their hands. Whenever we do footprint or handprint crafts they always giggle and say it tickles when I paint their foot or hand. This craft is also a great craft that you can frame and keep as a keepsake with their handprint and footprint.

Another craft that we did was the toilet paper heart stamp craft. This one was my favorite to watch them do. Landon and Liam each had a toilet paper roll and they both uniquely stamped their papers. They had fun making hearts all over their paper. Landon was the only one would let me get a picture of him. You can also see in the first picture that I taped the toilet paper roll to make the heart shape.

We also did the 'We Love You to Pieces' craft. This craft is great for teaching fine motor skill of picking up small objects. A lot of the crafts I do with the boys also double as teaching things whether it be colors, shapes, fine motor skills, problem solving, etc. Crafts aren't just art, but also other things as well. Back to this craft. Landon and Liam had fun gluing the small squares inside the heart. The best thing about this craft is that I really do love my boys to pieces and they loves mommy and daddy to pieces too.

We may squeeze in one more craft before Valentine's Day rolls around on Tuesday, but these were fun ones to do. Landon is four and Liam is two just you have an idea of the age I was working with for these crafts.

While we are on the subject of crafts, we did a Groundhog Day craft since that is February 2. They made a Groundhog with their foot and hands. It was a lot of fun teaching them about how a groundhog can 'predict' the weather. Of course winter is not over yet. Winter crafts are great to do especially on gloomy winter days.

Do you do crafts with your kids? What crafts have you done?

Friday, February 3, 2017

One of My Cute Assistants

I am sure a lot of bloggers that write most likely have an assistant to help them out with their blog. Assistants are very helpful. I know how helpful they can because I have a few of them. Let me tell you about my assistants.

I have four assistants and I know that is a lot of assistants for one blogger. They help me by giving me a lot of inspiration for some of the material I write. My assistants help by distracting me from my work, which in some cases a distraction is a good thing. Many days a good distraction helps a lot so I find their distracting helpful for sure. 

You may be picturing four assistants dressed up in their every day best, but I have to say that they do their job in their pajamas most days. I don't have a dress code for them. A dress code for them is a little much to expect. Often times when I write, I am in my pajamas, too.

My assistants leave a lot of messes for me to clean up as well. We are still working on that part of their training. They definitely keep me busy with the cleaning and their messes are just ways to keep me working.

They don't know how to really operate a computer, but give them an iPad and they will find a game in 2.7 seconds. Not all of them speak English either, we are working on their language skills every day.

I have to brag on one of my assistants. He is always in my lap while I am writing or standing at my feet jabbering to me about his ideas.  Let me tell you, he has a lot of ideas and is very vocal about them. He definitely fusses at me if I don't use one of his ideas. He has also likes to help type and will bat at the keyboard as hard as he can. When I show you his picture, you all will wish you had a cute assistant like I do. All four of my assistants are cute and adorable. This particular assistant was just being super adorable as I was brsinstorming that I had to brag about how awesome he is. I sure don't pay him (or any of my assistants) enough. I'm thankful that my assistants accept the fruit snack and teddy graham payment methods.

Without further ado, here is one of my assistants:

See! Isn't he super adorable? Lucas just turned one a little over a month ago. He loves helping me out with my writing. As you can see he is right there at my feet giving me ideas and trying to help me type. He keeps me on my toes as a stay at home mom. He crawls and cruises everywhere in the house.  Do you have an assistant for your blog? Is he as cute as mine?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Coloring Project/Verse

I mentioned in a previous post how I like to color in order to relax my mind. If you haven't bought a fancy coloring book targeted for adults, then you need to go get one and buy colored pencils as well. Yesterday during nap time I did not have any housework to do. Okay, that may not be true, maybe I had housework to do, but I procrastinated on it. Ha! It was very worth procrastinating on my housework so I could spend an hour coloring a page from one of my many coloring books. When I finished coloring, I felt so relaxed. The rest of our afternoon/evening went smoothly because I was at peace.  Here is what I colored:

I colored Bible verses that hold very true in my life. These verses give me a lot of reminders of things I need to do in my life, every day.
1. These verses remind me that I need to praise Jesus everyday and worship Him in big and small ways. As a stay at home mom/blogger, it can be easy to forget to give time to God and worship His name in all that I do. I get distracted in everything I have going on. I need to remember to praise His name for giving me time to rest or for giving the boys a peaceful play time. Big and small things, I need to worship Jesus everyday.
2. I am reminded I need to make sure Jesus is my first priority in my day to day happenings. I have to make sure I wake up and proclaim this verse every morning. When I put Jesus first, everything else is peaceful. If I go about my day without praying, reading the Bible, etc., I can say that our day is a little more stressful and chaotic. When I put Jesus first, I am able to better praise His name.
3. Another reminder that this verse gives me is to make sure my life lines up with what I talk about. I believe this verse whole heartedly. I believe every word in this verse. Since I believe this, I need to strive at making sure my behavior and character line up with what I say I believe. I hope and pray that what people see in me is Jesus. I pray that because they see Jesus in me, that they too can proclaim these verses.

Something I love about coloring Bible verses is that it allows me to really study the verse. I study it, research what others have said about it, and really meditate on it. For a busy mom like me, that helps me with my Bible study time. It is one way that I praise Jesus (just like what I talked about).

I don't know if you like to color or not. If you do, share one of your coloring masterpieces or just tell me what you find relaxing about coloring.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When A Snow Day Happens

It snowed here on Sunday night. The snow coming down was so beautiful. I couldn't help but hope and pray that my older two would get a snow day. My oldest who is in Kindergarten, definitely needed a snow day. I think my oldest has been tired and a nice little break from school would help him a lot. 

We got the call around 8 p.m. Sunday night that there was indeed a snow day for yesterday. We all expressed our excitement before bed and I began to plan what we would do as far as activities go.

When you get an unexpected snow day, having activities planned will help you get through the snow day so nobody gets cabin fever. Our boys definitely seem to act a little more wild on snow days, partly because a snow day means no routine, and another part is because it is a snow day. They were definitely more wild yesterday than they are when they are home on a weekend.

I planned out some fun things to do for the boys. One of the things I planned was for them to paint their own snowy scene. While we got enough snow to close schools in our area, it wasn't quite enough for them to play in. I thought I would bring the fun of the snow indoors.

They had a blast painting their own snowy scene. We talked about the color of snow, the temperature of snow, and what season it snows in. Not only was it an art activity, but I turned it into a learning activity for my two year old, four year old, and six year old.

Another activity I loved on snow days when I was growing up, was having a movie day with popcorn. We had a movie afternoon with popcorn. The main activity I planned was relaxing and catching up on rest.

I was very thankful for the snow day yesterday and we are ready to tackle what the week may bring. Getting an extra day to rest over a weekend really is a great blessing! God knew our two kids who are in school needed an extra day to their weekend

If you find yourself needing ideas for a snow day, Pinterest  has a lot of ideas for kids of all ages. Or you could just use the day to rest like we did.