Monday, July 21, 2014

RIP James Garner

Saturday night one of my all time favorite actors died.  RIP James Garner.  Growing up with shows staring James Garner and seeing more as an adult about any movie he was in was sure to be a good one.  "Support your local Sherriff", "Support your local gunfighter", "Move over Darling", "The thrill of it all", "Maverick", "The ultimate gift",and  "The notebook" are some of my favorites.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This was one of the yummiest ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich! I call it Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  It's basically like cheesy garlic bread you dip in spaghetti sauce- so easy and so good.  Great for a no-meat/vegetarian meal too.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Extreme patience or simple minded?

You've probably heard that saying "simple toys for simple minds" or something along those lines.  Well today's experience made me wonder if being easily entertained is just a matter of extreme patience and satisfaction with life rather than a simple minded.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to sew a maxi skirt and pillowcase dress

After going through some unneeded sheet sets I came across one that was made of t-shirt like material and realized how perfect it would be for a maxi pillowcase dress and maxi skirt for my girls and I!  Here's how to sew a maxi skirt and maxi pillow case dress- seriously they are SOO easy!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Crockpot Jambalaya

Another Summer cooking experiment as we try to use our crockpot more was Jambalaya!  This turned out pretty awesome and by just throwing everything into the crockpot it was so easy!  If you like food from the South you'll want to try this one out-

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chinese Mushroom Chicken in the Crockpot

After searching high and low for a recipe for Chinese Mushroom Chicken that I could make in the crockpot and have it taste something like Panda Express came up with nothing, I made up my own!  And boy is it delicious!!!  Talk about easy, and perfect for Summer since it doesn't heat up the whole house to make!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Baby Clothes Prep

In preparation for the new baby I washed the entire bucket of 0-3 month old clothes we saved from when Addie was born.  Let the baby clothes prep begin!!  I forgot how tiny and cute all the little clothes are!  And I also noticed that either we got rid of a lot of Addie's outfits, or we were really into jammies for her.  When all was washed and put away the grand total surprised me-

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The best commercials lately

I know it's Tuesday and I typically post things about TV or movies on Monday but today I'm shaking it up a little.  Ok, or I'm just functioning with pregnancy brain.  Today I wanted to share with you some of the best commercials I've seen lately.  And keep in mind- we don't have TV, only netflix/hulu so our commercial exposure is limited, but still we get to see some funny ones.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you all have a great day!  We'd like to remember those who made it possible for our country to have and keep the freedoms we have.  Those soldiers who gave their lives, and the ones who continue to fight and defend today.

Enjoy your BBQ's, parades, family time, and fireworks!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Crockpot Tortellini Stew

After seeing some ideas on Pinterest we decided to try out our own version of Tortellini Stew in the Crockpot.  Boy was it good!!  It was so easy, and quick as crockpot recipes go.  I even added some corn just to give it a little something extra.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Survivor Newby

The show Survivor is one that I had only ever seen one or two episodes of but never really got that into.  That is until lately- it seems that the more I am bed-ridden and homebound with this pregnancy the more desperate I've become to find  things to watch and keep busy with (at least to the level of activity I'm able to do)  So now I'm a Survivor Newby.  So far I've seen a few seasons and holy cow!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Veggie side dish

Another fun Pinterest recipe we've seen floating around got made for dinner- a Veggie side dish that includes: potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, and a little cheese.  I couldn't muster the thought of adding tomatoes like the original one shows...... maybe next time.  But doing this was awesome!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to patch your pool

This year we purchased one of those quick set ring pools for our kids to enjoy this Summer in the AZ heat.  Unfortunately it wasn't after having it for a couple of weeks that there were holes...... they were made by a combination of a neighbor kid and I'm sure my own kids.  So after taking the water out we surveyed the damage and found multiple holes needing to be patched.  Here's the instructions how to patch your pool should your kids (or neighbors kids) do the same thing-

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Homemade Pizza on the BBQ

We've been wanting to try this out for awhile now and finally got around to it, and boy have we been missing out!!!  Homemade pizza's cooked on the BBQ!!!  They were the best pizzas ever! We will be making all our pizza's like this from now on.  It was pretty simple to do and great for Summer time when you don't want to heat up the house anyway.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Across the Race divide

Despite the outcry's for racism to stop it's still alive and well.  And it will stay that way as long as people continue to focus on it and use it as an excuse. How do we get across the race divide? This is something that has bothered me for years, actually probably most of my life so forgive me for posting what may be a touchy topic to some.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Crock pot chicken casserole from Pinterest

This week we tested another popular Pinterest recipe we've seen posting around a lot.  I found a few slightly different versions- some put veggies, some didn't etc. So we also did our own version and let me tell you this crock pot chicken casserole is AMAZING!!! My family all loved it, it was super easy and best of all didn't heat up the house to make.  The pictures don't do it justice, in fact it will be listed in our new "ugly deliciousness" label :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Splurge vs Save

As one of my many ideas to help spread the word on how to live a life of luxury on a budget you can afford here's some clothing buying tips.  Summer has only just began, yet it's never too early to keep an eye out for some good back to school clothes sales!  It's all about TIMING!  For me, I would rather save money by watching for the sales and getting them early than to have to splurge and spend more because we waited until the last minute!  One of the best ways to save money when it comes to clothes is by shopping out of season.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Are you a child collector?

It seems as though the mentality towards large families have changed drastically over the years.  Instead of large families being celebrated and admired we parents with 3 or more kids are now considered "child collectors" as though we would only have negative intentions in having so many kids.  2.1 children is the national acceptable amount of kids per family, which is funny because that means only 1 out of every 10 couples would have 3 kids.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pinterest a/c bucket

You've probably seen this or something like it floating around pinterest- a a/c bucket you can make yourself.  So we decided to try it out for ourselves!  After all, the power bill+ AZ heat x being pregnant in the Summer= not so happy hubby!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!  This is my dad- a hard working, quick to fall asleep anywhere, silly at times, ticklish, loves to laugh, spiritual giant of a guy!
Also a happy Father's day to my sweet amazing husband who I am blessed to be married to!