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Today, I want to share a story from my heart. I hope it will encourage someone today.
This year I’m really focusing on maintaining an attitude of gratitude IN my circumstances. Not waiting until I “feel” like being grateful – but being grateful ON PURPOSE – right now. To help remind me of this I created a little printable to put on my bulletin board to keep this idea at the forefront of my thinking. I thought you might enjoy it too, so I’m sharing this printable with you!
Mornings around here can get hectic. I get up at 6:30 am and have a cup of tea with my morning devotional. Then I get showered and get both my little one and I dressed and ready for the day, but somehow that still that leaves little time for both preparing and sitting down to eat breakfast. So, I’ve been looking for simple, but healthy options that allow for us to still have a little bit of sit-down together time before heading out the door. All of this has gotten me experimenting with some simple but delicious breakfast recipes and my favorite one so far are these Southwestern Egg Cups! They are simple, really delicious and you can bake a batch up at one time to eat over a few mornings or freeze to re-heat in a pinch.
Today I’m so excited to share my laundry room makeover with you!! (Prepare for A LOT of photos!) I’ve been wanting to work on this space for ages but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Finally, this past weekend, I had had enough and decided to just dive in and make it both functional AND pretty. The poor space had just become a catch-all for lots of random items and since it’s behind closed doors it was easy to just toss stuff in and forget it. But it was also making laundry an even more dreaded chore, but not anymore!
Hello! I’m so sorry I didn’t post the menus yesterday – I was putting the finishing touches on my laundry room makeover (which has been a kind of therapy for me this past weekend – more on that in the next post) which I’m super excited to share with you!! I’m hoping to get it photographed this afternoon and post it tomorrow. Fingers crossed that happens. In the meantime, where does the time go? My little one is definitely in the midst of the “terrible threes” and I know a lot of my energy just goes into trying to really focus on guiding her through this time (and not losing my own sanity at the same time!). To say that it is emotionally draining would be a huge understatement. I sincerely appreciate your prayers as we get through this season of her learning that she can be frustrated, angry even, but not throw a temper tantrum and expect any good results… phew! So, what’s on the menu this week? Here we go:
Welcome to another weekly edition of “In the Kitchen!” where I’m sharing our menu for the week. Last week was our first week of planned menus in a long while and I have to say, I loved having a plan to follow! It really reduced my stress levels around dinnertime. Plus, we had awesome leftovers on hand for lunches and I’ve got a couple of things in the freezer which will be wonderful for those evenings when time has gotten away from me and I just need something quick.
Happy Friday! Before the weekend takes over I wanted to pop in and share a quick update with you about my paperwhite plants and show you a new treasure! Do you remember when I planted paperwhites in mid-December? Well, I am happy to report that not only did they grow (and grow, and grow!) but they have been blooming for a couple of weeks now and have been an incredibly easy plant to grow (even when you are somewhat gardening challenged like I am!). I have to admit though, they’ve kind-of gotten out of control… but I’m still pleased with them. Yes, I’ve tried staking them but clearly my attempts have been weak, as you can see… Next time I need to have a few taller bamboo stakes on hand, because once they got going they grew several inches a day it seemed! My daughter loved to come running downstairs in the morning just to see the difference – it was always very noticeable.
I sat down today and after many starts and stops – my 3 year old was home with me – was finally able to piece together a video tutorial for you on how to make your own Union Jack inspired heart ornaments. I am sorry that the quality of the video isn’t better – especially the camera angles – I’m hoping to do lots more videos for you this year and hopefully with practice these videos will get better and better. But in the meantime, I think you can still get the gist of how to make your own “Royal Hearts!” Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show (ha, ha!!) Oh, and look below for the link to the templates that I’m using.
Happy Monday! Like most folks, I am taking time at the beginning of this new year to set some goals and make a fresh start in and around my life. This included me spending hours purging, cleaning and rearranging my kitchen pantry – a task I had put off for far too long based on the garbage bags that I hauled out of here! I am also determined to be more mindful about the foods that my daughter and I are eating. I’m reading 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love (please note this is an affiliate link, see text at end of post for more details) which is really inspiring but also really overwhelming.
Before I take it down, I wanted to share my 2014 Christmas tree with you! It’s a fairly simple, though quite large (it’s touching the ceiling!), tree this year, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed it!! When it came to deciding how to decorate it this year, I was largely inspired by the Union Jack hearts that I made – you can see those here (and Yes! I am planning to share a video tutorial on that next week, fingers crossed the filming goes well!).