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What's Up Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hi friends!!! Happy Wednesday!

So...it is the last Wednesday of the month (how is that even possible?!?!)...which means it is time for a What's Up Wednesday Post!  I am excited to be joining MelShay and Sheaffer for their super fun link up party today!


What we're eating this week...As always- our menu for the week is all about SIMPLE and EASY meals.  I like to get as much prep work done for our dinners while my boys are sleeping and the girls are at school...that way when 5:00 pm rolls around- I am not having to make dinner...just assemble it all together! 
What I'm reminiscing about...
With Marshall just a couple months shy of turning ONE YEAR OLD (HOW?!?!?), I have been thinking a lot about being pregnant with him and how it seriously has been a DREAM having him become a part of our family. I cannot put into words how incredibly loved he is...he completes our family perfectly!!
What I am loving....I picked up Not Your Mother's She's a Tease Volumizing Hairspray when I was at Ulta about a month ago and finally used it for the first time a couple days ago. UM. I LOVE it! I have been a long time user of Tresemme's Extra Hold Hairspray...but I think I might be converting!! I am also loving Tresemme's Volumizing Dry Shampoo...I have tried A LOT of dry shampoos- and I really like this one the most out of all the ones I have tried!

What we've been up to...a couple weeks ago, the boys and I went to the Indianapolis Children's Museum with my friend and her adorable baby boy and had the BEST time! I had heard SO many amazing things about the Indy Children's Museum and I have to say- it totally lived up to all the hype! We have plans to go back when the girls are on spring break! This past weekend, we went to my parents' house for the weekend and we had so much fun playing outside! It's always SO great to go back "home!" The rest of our month has just been full with school, activities, keeping up with homework and projects and trying to keep the laundry pile at a manageable height! HA!

What I'm dreading...nothing really! 

What I'm working on...well...we picked out all of the selections for the house we are building a couple weeks ago and I am SO excited thinking about how everything is going to look!!
For the exterior of our home- we chose a dark blue siding, black shutters and white trim. There will also be a couple portions of the home that have stone on them! Aaron and I have always loved blue houses- so we just decided to go for it with our new house!!

Isn't this house BEAUTIFUL?? This is the color scheme our house will have. And if you look closely around the front door- there is some stone. That is similar to the stone we picked out! The exterior of our home is set up totally different from this- but this gives a good idea of what the blue siding/black shutters/white trim will look like!

This is not the best picture...but this is what our hardwood floors will look like! The name of the stain we picked out is called "countryside gray fog." I absolutely LOVE it!! 
The city of Greenville just did it's inspection on our lot and our builder should be breaking ground sometime this week or early next week! We are anxious for them to get started- as we are moving in 4 1/2 months and would REALLY like it if our house was ready when we got to Greenville! HA!

What I'm excited about...we're having some of our best friends over this Saturday to hang out and eat tacos, I am looking forward to trying out some new mascara I had Aaron pick me up at Walmart (I am a total dork- I KNOW :), spring being just around the corner- warmer temperatures just make me SO DARN HAPPY, and an upcoming trip we're taking to Chicago at the end of March!

What I am watching/reading...
Like almost everyone else I know- I am still loving "This is Us!"
Also- Aaron and I are big fans of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. And we love watching Blue Bloods too!! 

What I am listening to...Brett Eldredge, Vacation Bible School CDs and podcasts! I love Jamie Ivey's Happy Hour!

What I'm wearing...leggings- love these from Nordstrom and these from Old Navy, a layering tank- my favorites are from Old Navy, a sweatshirt tunic and a vest- I have this one from Old Navy and this one- which I got on sale from Nordstrom about 3 years ago. 
Since the weather has been so freakishly warm this past week- I have been rocking my flip flops!! Also- LOVING my $20 army green utility vest from Sam's Club! It's the perfect layering piece for this crazy spring-like but still winter weather!
What I'm doing this weekend...I have my weekly Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday morning, the girls and I are going to a first birthday party for our friends' sweet baby boy, we have some friends coming over for tacos Saturday night and we have church on Sunday! I also need to get to the grocery store and make sure our refrigerator and pantry is stocked for next week!

What I'm looking forward to next month...the beginning of Lent, celebrating St. Patrick's Day (I got the girls' the CUTEST outfits to wear!!) and a family trip to Chicago!

What else is new...nothing! :) Life is FULL, somewhat chaotic and absolutely wonderful!

BONUS QUESTION: Beauty Must Have I Can't Live Without: My whole entire makeup bag! HA! I know that's not just one product- but I am a girl who doesn't feel complete without her face being "done." Mama NEEDS everything inside her makeup bag! 

Hope you all have the BEST day!!

Tuesday Talk!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hi Friends!!

Happy Tuesday!!

Did you have a 3 day weekend like we did??

The weather was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! Like- I don't care that we're still in February- 
I am ready to wear my shorts and flip flops! 
Ha!

On Saturday, we took a quick trip to visit my parents, who live in Central Illinois, and we got home yesterday afternoon. 
I spent the remainder of the day getting organized, unpacked, and we snuck in a family walk to the park before dinner :)

Once we got the kids put to bed, I basically flopped on the couch and VEGGED OUT. 
And I didn't write a blog post. 
whoopsie :)

So- I am sorry I don't have an "official" blog post for you today!!

Even though I am a slacker- I sure hope you will link up with us and share your Tuesday Talk Post!!

Hope you have the BEST day friends!

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Friday Favorites!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hi friends!! 
Happy Friday!!

How was your week??
It was FULL and FUN week for us...we had a lot of fun celebrating Valentine's Day, Marshall had a checkup at the doctor, I have been able to make it to the gym a couple of times AND I have somewhat stayed on top of the laundry. HA! Except- currently, as I type this- there is a load in the dryer that needs to be folded and put away and another over flowing pile of dirty clothes upstairs. Oh well...I was caught up for like a day. HA!

Here's some of my FAVORITES from this past week!

//ONE//
I made treats for all 3 of my girls' classes for Valentine's Day (there was a sugar cookie explosion at our house last weekend! HA!) and I also got to volunteer in my daughter Cora's class for her party!! My friend was able to watch James and Marshall came with me. Cora was beside herself to have mommy AND Marshall come to her classroom! We had so much fun and I have decided that kindergarteners are my FAVORITES :)

//TWO//
On Wednesday, I shared a recipe for the BEST apple crumb pie! It is my husband's FAVORITE! It is super simple to make- it just takes a little bit of time...but I promise- no skill is required!! HA! You can check out the post HERE! I made this pie for Aaron's Valentine's dessert and he was one happy guy. He brought the leftovers to work yesterday and he said it was demolished in about 10 minutes flat! :)
//THREE//
Aaron and I don't really get each other anything on Valentine's Day...it's not a "big" holiday for us. With that being said, we definitely always make sure to write each other a love note- which is my FAVORITE! For Valentine's Day this year, he not only wrote me a love note- but got me these gorgeous hot pink roses!! They are SO pretty and cheerful! He also got each of our girls 2 roses and had them in a little vase at their spot at the kitchen table for when they woke up on Valentine's Day morning!! So sweet and I see it being a "tradition" he does for them every year!! I love the idea of him still sending his girls roses once they are all grown up!! :) P.S. He got the roses from Aldi!!! They have AWESOME flowers for SO cheap!!
//FOUR//
We are headed to visit my parents this weekend and are SO excited. We were originally supposed to go visit them in January- but an ice storm cancelled our plans. This weekend the weather is supposed to be SUNNY and close to 70 degrees. I am seriously beside myself with happiness!! We plan on playing outside the whole time we are visiting! 
I am SO looking forward to some family time, fresh air and warm sunshine! Three of my all time FAVORITES for sure!
I am skipping #5 today because my kiddos are home this morning- they have a 2 hour delayed start to school today and I want to take advantage of the extra time i have this morning to get organized and ready for our day!

I hope you have the BEST day and a WONDERFUL week!!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!

 Joining Karli for her, Oh Hey Friday Link Up! too!


And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!

Recipe Club: Classic Apple Crumb Pie!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hi!!! Happy Wednesday!!

It's the third Wednesday of the month...
so today I am joining two of my blogging besties- Johannah and Heather
and linking up with their monthly Recipe Club!!
 I wanted to share one of my husband's favorite desserts with you...it's classic, simple and SO YUMMY: Apple Crumb Pie!!

I know there are many recipes out there for apple pie- this happens to be a recipe I got from my mom about 10 years ago and it's the only one I use when I make an apple pie!

To start- you can either make your pie crust from scratch OR use your favorite brand of pre-made pie crust!! I LOVE the pie crust from Aldi (big surprise- right?!? HA!)- I always keep a couple in my freezer so I have them on hand when I want to make a pie!
Once you have your pie crust in a greased pie pan (I just use cooking spray), it's time to start peeling and slicing the apples for your pie. I always use Granny Smith apples....but you can use whatever you like best! 
Once you have your apples peeled and cut up- it's time to add sugar and cinnamon. Mix up the apples well- making sure each slice got coated with some cinnamon and sugar!
You put all of your apples in your unbaked pie crust and then it's time to start on the crumb topping! I just use the same bowl my apple slices were in (because I am super lazy!) and you mix together sugar, flour and butter. I use a pastry cutter to get my butter pieces to a nice, crumbly texture.
Top the apples with the flour/sugar/butter mix!
Then- pop your pie in the oven for about 40-50 minutes.
Just a warning- your house is going to smell AMAZING!!
And here is the finished product!! 
This recipe is SO simple and I think that is what makes it so delicious! 
And I love that it is fool proof!! If you have a little bit of time to peel and slice up the apples- you can make this pie!!
Top a slice of it with some cool whip or vanilla ice cream and you have yourself the perfect treat!! 
Here's the full recipe!!

Apple Crumb Pie

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

1 unbaked 9" pie shell
6 cups peeled and sliced apples
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter

Place sliced apples in unbaked pie shell. 
Combine 1/2 cup of the sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar with flour; cut in butter until crumbly.
Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples.
Bake at 400 for 40-50 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as we do!!
Please let me know what you think if you end up making it!

Hope you have the BEST day!

Tuesday Talk: Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hi Friends! Happy Valentine's Day!!
Do you have any fun plans for today??

We had a fun Valentine's breakfast this morning (mini powdered and chocolate donuts for the win!) and the kids woke up to a couple little goodies. They were SO excited! I baked treats for all 3 of my daughters' classroom parties and I am volunteering today in my daughter Cora's class for her God's Love party :)
We are going to have a fancy family Valentine's dinner tonight...Aaron and I are having 
surf 'n' turf and I can't wait!
Such a fun, LOVE filled day!

In honor of this day of LOVE I thought I would share a little "love list."
I came up with 14 random things I love and that just make me happy!

1. Enjoying a cup of coffee in a pretty coffee mug
2. Snuggling under my favorite quilt my mom made me after it has been freshly washed.
3. Reading a new magazine I just got in the mail.
4. Working out and then having time to shower and get ready too!
5. Warm sunshine :)
6. Flip flops
7. The swishy sound of my boys' diapers
8. Eating lunch and reading my devotionals during my boys' nap time- when it is nice and quiet :)
9. Baking treats for others!
10. Jimmy Fallon, Ellen and Justin Timberlake
11. When the kids and I smell like Aaron's cologne after he has given us all a hug before he leaves for work :)
12. Hearing about the best part of my girls' day at school at the dinner table every night
13. When all the laundry baskets are EMPTY.
14. This blog! You!! All of your sweet comments and emails you send me make me SO happy!!
Now it's your turn!! Share a couple little things you "love" in the comments!! 
I love hearing about random things that make people happy!! :)

Hope you have the BEST day!!

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Hello Monday!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Monday!!

I am joining one of my best blogging friends, Johannah for her "Hello Monday!" link-up party!
How was your weekend??

Our's was FULL and FUN! The girls and Aaron had their Daddy/Daughter dance on Friday night- and they all came home saying they could barely walk because their legs were too tired from dancing! HA!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous on Saturday and we took full advantage of it by taking a family walk/bike ride to the park!
Sunday- we went to church, I did a lot of baking for the girls' class Valentine's parties, we worked on school projects and took a quick trip to Walmart. The kids were quite "special" so I didn't get a chance to do my usual perusing of ALL THE THINGS. My goal was to get in and get out in the least amount of time so the minimum number of people would see our CrAzY. HA!
A couple of you have mentioned to me that you like when I post my meal plans for the week- which I haven't done in FORVER. I still plan out our meals- but I have stopped posting them because honestly- I just feel like what we eat is SO boring!! We rotate through about the same 10 meals- my kids are picky and for my sanity- I just stick to what I know the kids will eat.  With that being said- I thought I would share what we have on the menu this week....just because! :)
For Monday night's taco chips, I just put a bunch of tortilla chips on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with seasoned taco meat and shredded cheddar cheese. I put Aaron's chips on a big bed of lettuce and he crunches them up with some sour cream and salsa to make a super yummy taco salad. I have a taco salad with the seasoned ground turkey (I use the Fit & Active 93/7 ground turkey from Aldi and make my own taco seasoning using them recipe!), lettuce, guacamole, salsa and red, yellow and orange bell peppers that I roast in the oven. It is SO delicious and depending on how much meat I put on my salad, it comes out to about 6 SmartPoints!

Tuesday night, we are having a fancy, family Valentine's dinner. Aaron and I are going to have grilled steak and shrimp and the kids will have dino-nuggets (SUPER FANCY over here!) We will also have mashed potatoes (pre-made by my good friend Bob Evans) and sauted brussel sprouts. YUM.

Last week, I took two lean pork loins that were pre-marinated in a mesquite barbecue sauce (I got them from Aldi!) and put them in the crock pot with some chicken broth, a generous squeeze of ketchup, a couple shakes of worcestershire sauce and a sprinkle of brown sugar. I cooked it in the crock pot on low for about 8 hours and it turned out SO good! The kids and Aaron had it on rolls for sandwiches and I had mine over spaghetti squash. So on Wednesday, we're repeating this meal this week because we had enough to have two meals!! I love when that happens! :)

On Thursday, we're having breakfast for dinner. I am going to make homemade sausage gravy- you can find the recipe I use for the gravy and the biscuits I make- HERE. We will also have scrambled eggs and the kids will have applesauce too :)  This is  an EASY, inexpensive meal that my whole family loves! 

Every Friday night, we have pizza! The kids have a pizza picnic and eat their pizza on a quilt in the living room and watch a movie. Unless Aaron is working super late, he makes the pizza and it is one of my favorite nights of the week because I don't have to cook and everyone in my house LOVES pizza! :) 

We're headed out of town to visit my parents this upcoming Saturday- so I am going to get a couple nights off of cooking! WOO-HOO!!

Sooo...that's what's on the menu at our house this week! SUPER simple- which is all I can handle! HA!

What is your family eating this week?
Do you have any fun plans for Valentine's Day?

Hope you have the BEST day!

Friday Favorites!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Friday!!

Does anyone else feel like this week went by really fast??
No complaints here...I LOVE when the weekend arrives! ;)

Here's a few FAVORITES of mine from this past week!!

//ONE//
Family walks. I just love them! This past Sunday we went on a walk after the boys had woken up from their afternoon nap and it was just SO nice to get some fresh air! It was cold out- but the sun was shining and it was just what we needed after a weird, rainy first part of our weekend!
//TWO//
My favorite store is hitting it out of the park- AGAIN. Look at these beautiful Valentine's cards!!! Friends- they are at ALDI and they are $1!!! They are like the cards you would see at a boutique stationary store!! 
 I picked one up for my hubby...and now I am thinking I should go back and get a couple more!! At $1 each- it wouldn't be a bad idea to stock up and tuck them away for next year!
 //THREE//
Last week- I wrote a post asking all of you if I should cut my hair or not!!
You are all of my FAVORITES because you were SO encouraging and gave me the sweetest advice!
Well- I took in this inspiration picture to my hair stylist...
And this is what happened!!!
Insert wide-eyed emoji!! HA!

 //FOUR//
And here is the final product!!!
It is A LOT shorter than I was planning on going...but my stylist was amazing (it was my first time going to her) and she knew exactly what she was doing. 
I totally LOVE it and it's such a fun change!
Along with my getting my hair chopped off...I got some fresh highlights...LOVE THEM- and I am feeling like a new woman!
 //FIVE//
I read this quote earlier this week and it really resonated with me.
I don't know about you...but I sometimes feel REALLY small when it comes to my ability to help others and make a positive impact on this big ol' somewhat scary mess of a world.
These words encouraged me to focus on where I am at RIGHT NOW...and made me realize I can make an impact and shine God's light and love- no matter where I am or where I am going. Here's to giving it all we got...even when it's hard or when we feel like what we have to give is not enough!
I am off to swim laps this morning- it's my favorite workout day of the week (!!) and the girls are going to the Butterfly Ball at their school with their daddy tonight!
I am going to get a couple $4 1/2 dozen bundles of roses from Aldi and make them cute little bouquets!! They are going to love them!!

I hope you have the BEST day and a WONDERFUL weekend!!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!

 Joining Karli for her, Oh Hey Friday Link Up! too!


And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!
 
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