Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tax Return Time!

It's that time of year again, Tax Return Time! Time to gather all your documents and head for your accountant's office. (or if you're lucky like me- hand them to your accountant hubby)  With expected tax return money it's a good idea to have a plan of attack if you want to make sure to get the most for your money, make it last longer, etc.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Awesome Week 4

Woops! Due to technical difficulties awesome week 4 of our 52 weeks of Awesomeness didn't post Sunday morning like it should have.  So here it is- better late then never!  This week is Awesome Week 4.  How have you been doing with your weekly tasks? Are you doing all or just some of them?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Phoenix Zoo

Today we're headed to the Phoenix Zoo! We're excited to be able to use our Pogo Passes to get in free! (well most of us at least) It will be the kids' first time at a zoo!  If you'd like to see some pictures and updates on our trip be sure to follow me on instagram- www.instagram.com/atozformomslikeme  If you live in the Phoenix area you really should get a pogo pass! They provide free admission and fun family locations for a year!  If you go to the site and use my code: ATOZ you even get 60% off! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Beds!

I ordered this new bunk bed for the girls, sadly I could not find a sturdy, high quality bunk bed that would separate into 2 equal beds, be wood and in the color black.  You'd think that's not too hard to find, but it is!  Black beds-yes, sturdy wood beds- yes, separating  beds-yes, quality beds- yes but try and get all of that in one- no.  So I resorted to the next best thing.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Life Vision Board

One of the tasks for this week's 52 weeks of Awesome is to create a Life Vision Board.  If you've never done one before it's time to get started! I'm a firm believer on the law of attraction and what you focus your thoughts and energy on you will attract to your life.  A life vision board is basically all the things you want to have in your life, or what you want your life to be like.  I'll share 2 of mine here-

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter's Flower Book Review

One of the tasks on last week's 2nd week of Awesome was to read at least 4 chapters from a book.  This book Winter's Flower is one that I have been meaning to read for some time now..... (meaning for the last 7 years since I first became a rapid eye technician) It's about the founder of RET- Renee Johnson and her life and struggles raising an autistic child.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Awesome Week 3

It's week 3 of the 52 weeks of Awesome!  How are you doing? Are you starting to feel accomplished yet?  I bet after this week you will! I'd love to see some pictures and hear your stories of how this challenge is going for you! Share in the comments or on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/atozformomslikeme Also if you have more detailed suggestions than what I've put below-

Friday, January 16, 2015

Blueberry & Lemon Cake

This was the cake I made for my hubby's birthday this year.  It's a lemon cake with blueberry buttercream frosting.  It was one I had seen on Pinterest and had to give a try!  Here's my adaptation of it-

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chicken Enchilada Casserole in the Crock Pot

This week I was looking for something easy since the baby has been sick and turned me into a zombie.  So I came up with this Chicken Enchilada Casserole and even made it in the crock pot!  It was super easy and tasted delicious.  You could even put it in tortillas if you want.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diaper holder solution

I just thought I'd share with you the solution I came up with for my hanging diaper holder.  As much as I love this holder it only had 1 loop tab at the top to hang it from, which is fine if you already have or want to mount a hook somewhere to hold it, but every convenient place I wanted to put it a hook wasn't practical.  So when we assembled the new crib I came up with this solution-

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lego Kid Fest Ticket Giveaway

LEGO® Kid Fest is coming to Phoenix, AZ from Feb 27th to March 1st.  The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium.  I'm excited to take my kids to the show as a part of this review we were given 4 tickets, and you can get some free tickets too! Just enter to win below-

Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Bucket List

This year as part of my personal development goals I want to read a handful of books. So I've made a book bucket list. Although I listen to the audio book "Think and Grow Rich" when I have quiet time (yea, that's why I'm still not finished with it haha) I want to get in a better habit this year of reading more often.  And no, facebook, and social media does not "count".  I'm talking about reading things that will inspire and motivate me to be a better person, and things that will teach me something new.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Awesome Week 2

It's week 2 of the 52 weeks of Awesome Challenge.  How'd you do on week 1? I got everything done except finishing the counters/sink and buying the salt- only because I had a sick baby Fri & Sat that I literally had to hold ALL the time, so I plan on adding those tasks to my list this week. If you're just starting you can still participate!  Here's Week 1's link. For this 52 weeks of Awesome challenge I've combined multiple goal lists into one Awesome master list.  Just work on the tasks assigned each week and by the end of the 52 weeks you'll have covered multiple areas such as: Cleaning & Organizing, Projects and to do list items finished, Built a savings of $260-$1040 (depending on your financial situation), Gained Personal Development, Improved and made new relationships with family & friends, and even accumulated a nice food storage on minimal weekly costs.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Homemade Refried Beans

Everything is better homemade! This week I made some homemade refried beans.  This recipe could be quick or long depending on the level of "homemade" you want to do. Meaning you can soak your beans or cook them in a crock pot, or do the speedy version like I did and use canned pinto beans.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Missionary Dream Board

This is what I gave my 3 boys as their Spiritual gift for Christmas.  It's a Missionary Dream Board to help them focus on and remember their goal to go on a mission. If you follow me on Instagram you got a sneak peek at these a few weeks ago. Below is the Missionary subway art I made, feel free to download and print it for your own use! :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Temple Blocks

This year I made these cute Temple blocks for my girls for their spiritual Christmas gift.  They were so easy and turned out super cute!  I got the idea from Pinterest (surprise surprise).  The site I got the idea from is: A girl and a glue gun however I must admit, I didn't even go to her site until today since I used the picture on Pinterest for inspiration and the project was just that easy to do.  Checking out her site today though it's super cute and looks like a lot of adorable projects I just may have to try in the future!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Guess How Much I Love You DVD Review & Giveaway

I was sent a copy of the DVD Guess How Much I Love You to review and my kids really enjoyed it!  It has 7 episodes making the full dvd 80 minutes long.  This movie is inspired by the best selling books and are about Little Nutbrown Hare and his father Big Nutbrown Hare.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Getting Along Animated Book Review

All kids need to learn how to get along at some point, and the sooner the better!  We were able to review this cute free animated version of the book Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along.  Addie (my 2 year old) loved it and wanted to watch it again as soon as it was over.  That's when you know they really liked it!  After the animated story there's a Get Along Bunny Song that basically recaps the story in a song.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Awesome Week 1

Here we go! Today starts my 52 weeks of Awesome movement! Join me in making 2015 the best ever!  You know how there are all those weekly lists of how to get things done like clean your house, save money, build a food storage etc. ?  Well I have come up with one super dooper master list that will give you a task to do in multiple areas and make you one of those amazing women that people look at with admiration and wonder how you do it all! So this is Awesome Week 1.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Are you ready to BE AWESOME?!?

ok, are you ready to BE AWESOME this year?!?! You've probably seen the yearly goal sheets for saving money, cleaning and/or organizing, food storage, personal development, etc. Well I'm putting together one MASTER LIST that you can use for EVERYTHING!  Each week it will give you a different task/goal to work on in each area!  It will be the year of AWESOME!
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