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January 2015 Project Goals and Plan

January 2015 Project Plan

As the holidays have passed, Christmas clutter has cleared away, and we can finally get back into some sort of routine, I am excited to complete some much needed projects!

January usually puts me into a “declutter and get organized” mode, but this year has a deadline with it. In less than 3 months, our little family will be welcoming baby #2, so time is of the essence. My project list is lengthy! I know there are some things that if I don’t get them done before then, it probably won’t get done at all.

First up on my project list is getting our son moved into a “big boy” room. This is a project in itself and has several little projects in it. So this is what I hope to accomplish in January:

1. Paint the Bedroom

Currently the bedroom is pink! The former owners had two little girls, but we weren’t in a rush to paint this bedroom. The bedroom was only used for out-of-town guests, or when nieces spent the night. And from the start, my nieces claimed this bedroom as theirs!

Bedroom

Thankfully, I have a brother who is a painter and is going to come and paint it for me. If it were up to me, it would probably take me the ENTIRE month just to paint the room, while it will take my brother an evening.

2. Declutter Closet (and find a new place for all the stuff!)

The closet in this bedroom has become  the “dumping place” for items I plan to sell at a garage sale, or simply random items I just haven’t found a home for yet. It’s a mess! I have a pile of clothes I need to tag for the garage sale, and the bin I had to place garage sale items in has been used elsewhere. Every time I look at the mess, I just want to close the closet doors and walk away.

Closet

3. Transfer Clothes and Organize Closet

This should be a fairly simple task, as I just need to set up a couple closet organizers and move clothes from the nursery closet to the “big boy” closet. My challenge is that I don’t really have an available dresser to put my son’s clothes in, so I’m trying to come up with other “organized” ways to keep his clothes.

While I would very much like DECORATING to be on this list as well, truth is I’m not fully sure HOW I will be decorating yet We have my son’s bedding, but I haven’t found wall décor that I like yet, and I am waiting for his birthday to ask for a few things that I would like to put in it. His room will be a work-in-progress for sure. Right now I’m just glad my son is excited about his new “big boy” bedding and bedroom.

4. Work on Family Photo Albums

I am embarrassed to admit that my son will be 3 in April and I have yet to complete his Baby Album! I feel like a horrible mother. This year I started his “first year” album, and then realized I was missing a ton of pictures (I am hoping they were not “lost” as we no longer have the computer they were stored on, and many files were lost during the transfer when the computer was getting cleaned out).

Over the past month, I have slowly but surely been working on his first year album, and also on 2014. My hope is that by the time the baby comes, I will have the past 3 years of pictures completed in photo albums.

My Project Plan

Quite simply I hope to just put 15-minutes a day aside to work in the bedroom. This is a manageable amount of time, and if there happens to be a day where I can spend more time in the room, all the better!!

As for the photo albums, I hope to work on them little by little when I have time in the evenings. Maybe I can even get a few hours one day to focus on it so I can really make some progress!

What about you? As you settle into this New Year, what projects do you plan to accomplish?

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Should Every Party be Pinterest Perfect?

Should Every Party Be Pinterest Perfect

I love Pinterest. Anytime I am looking for a “how to” tutorial, I turn to Pinterest. Need a meal idea? No problem! Pinterest boards come to the rescue. Am I looking for a way to keep my two-year old occupied, Pinterest has the answer. So a couple weeks ago when I started planning our Gender Reveal Party for our little miracle baby, Pinterest was the first place I looked to for ideas.

Yet in the last couple weeks I have been busy canning apple pie fillings and applesauce, dividing 120 pounds of chicken up between four household with my sister, and attempting to turn some of my 35 pounds of chicken into freezer meals.

On top of that I was busy taking care of my husband, who was home from work for a week with painful shingles. Then my son came down with the stomach flu (which lasted 8 days), and in the middle of those 8 days it was inevitable that I too would have the stomach flu for a weekend.

Oh, ideas raced through my head. I dreamed of all the super cute ideas I saw on Pinterest. I thought about having a bakery make a super cute cake for us (until I realized I really didn’t want to spend $40+ for something that was just going to get eaten anyway).

But reality set in. Two days before the party, my two year old and I were finally able to emerge from our shut-in status to venture out shopping. All Pinterest ideas were put aside and I voted for simple.

As family left our house after the party, and as I sat looking at the mess around me, the only thought I had was, “I am so glad I kept this party simple.”

Gender Reveal

Our only decorations ended up being the “Boy or Girl” table covers, plates and napkins I had found at Walmart, along with a little “Baby” cupcake stand. I admit, I did have some streamers and balloons to hang, but I ran out of time. The night before I knew getting sleep was more important than exhausting myself by staying up too late decorating, and before the party we had a visit with my son’s birth family. It ran a little longer than I planned for, which left my scrambling to finish last minute food preparations.

My menu was simple appetizers and dessert. Though I admit, the cake took way longer to make than I thought…though it didn’t help that I only have one 9″ cake pan to make multiple layers in. (And quite honestly, I am not a cake decorator…so no pictures will be shown!)

Gender Reveal Food

Even our beverages were kept simple: some pop we had left from a previous party, coffee and water. My family drinks mostly water anyway, so why do we feel the need to make sugary beverages for parties anyway?

Yes, I did find a lot of cute, amazing ideas on Pinterest, yet I was still so glad I kept it simple.

Gender Reveal Cake

When it was all said and done, the party served it’s purpose: the gender of our miracle baby was revealed, we were able to share the celebration with family, and I didn’t work myself into complete exhaustion trying to do too much.

Was the party “Pinterest Perfect”? Not by any standard! However, the party was perfect for us, and that is the most important.

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Cents of Style – $5.95 Clearance Deal

IMAGE: Fashion Friday- 10/24/14- $5.95 Clearance Sale, Plus 10% off with Code FALLSALE

Today only, Cents of Style is having a Fashion Friday Clearance Sale. Everything is just $5.95 plus shipping is FREE. Simply use the code FALLSALE at checkout to get an additional 10% off.  There will be shoes, jewelry and scarves all on sale. Here are a few items you will not want to miss:

Black Knit Boot Cuffs: Just $5.35 at 10% coupon FALLSALE

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Hurry over to Cents of Style! Since items are on clearance, quantities are limited. Remember to use coupon code FALLSALE at checkout for an additional 10% off! Happy shopping!!

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Our Family is Growing by Two Feet

“Praise God from Whom all blessings flow…”

My heart is just bursting! Today our little family of three has an exciting announcement to make: our family is growing by two feet!!!

Pregnancy Reveal: Our Family is Growing by Two Feet

Adoption paperwork, classes and home studies are temporarily put on hold because I’m pregnant! Yes, friend. You read that right. I’m pregnant!!

Amazing, right? We serve such an incredibly awesome God that does more than my heart can ever think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

It was a Sunday night after church. Our little family had just gotten home that morning from a mini-vacation – a vacation I should have felt refreshed after all the sleeping I did. In recent weeks I had felt exhausted all the time, nauseous (to the point I couldn’t even cook), I was gaining weight and not fitting into clothes anymore. Which to me was weird because I wasn’t eating much.

I blamed the exhaustion and nauseousness on stress. And the extreme tiredness also to recovering from a week of teen camp, where I received just a few hours of sleep each night and had long, grueling days. Oh, I was sick that week too (and the week before). But again, exhaustion and nauseousness are ways my body handles stress and anxiety.

However, I usually lose weight during these times, especially because I have no appetite.

So that Sunday night, I knew something wasn’t exactly right with me. I had never been this tired for so long. The nauseousness was a little different from when it’s stress. And let’s not forget about the weight gain!

“Don’t you want to know? I think we need to know one way or another. Don’t you?” I asked my husband.

He hesitantly agreed. (Though now he says he told me absolutely “no”, he didn’t want to know. Sometimes I wonder if we were having the same conversation, because that is not how it came across to me.)

In just a week we had an adoption class where I was hoping to hand in our (soon to be fully) completed paperwork for our second adoption. I knew if I were pregnant, the agency would not continue the adoption process. But I also knew I needed a physical from a doctor to complete the paperwork. So if I wasn’t pregnant, I needed my doctor to run further tests. Some of my symptoms lined up with diabetes and thyroid problems, both of which run in my family.

So off to the store I went to pick up a test. I didn’t want to take it when I got home. My heart just couldn’t take a negative test. Farid urged me to take the test. Why wait until the morning?

It was positive. Immediately!

Was it true? Could it be a false positive?

Yes, I know. I had missed two (yes, two) cycles. But my body was still recovering from 6 months of those awful Lupron shots, right?

I tentatively brought the test to my husband saying, “I think it says I’m pregnant. Are we reading it right?”

So he had me text a picture to my mom and sisters, in which I asked, “is this really positive?” (Um, yes. Sadly, that is how they found out.)

Pregnancy Reveal

Three days later, a blood test from the doctors office confirmed the pregnancy saying that my numbers were “really high”. And that Saturday we had the joy of seeing our little baby on an ultrasound.

The next Monday I sat in a room waiting to see my doctor. She walked in and said, “When I saw your name this week and why you were coming in I couldn’t believe it. I was completely shocked. But now I am over it and so excited for you!”

I was over 9 weeks pregnant.

To be honest, I was still a little shocked too.

In our 7 1/2 years of marriage, pain had wreaked havoc on my body, both physically and emotionally. Fertility treatments, surgeries and tests had doctors telling me my chances of getting pregnant naturally were almost nothing, and even with IVF lower than normal. Last September I sat in a hospital bed post-surgery with my doctor telling me my insides looked terrible. I knew only God could work a miracle in me.

And He DID!

“And (my) God can do exceeding abundantly more than all I could (ever) ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

The words to the Chris Tomlin song, “Our God” come to mind:

“Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other.
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God!”

Over the last several months (and years), we have prayed that God would fill our home with children, that He would grow our little family. Little did we know how God would even begin to answer that prayer.

Pregnancy Announcement

Words cannot truly express how grateful and excited we are that God is growing our little family. As I write this, I am once again reminded that God is faithful. His timing is ALWAYS perfect.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed and is praying for our little family. We continue to covet your prayers as we embark on this new adventure!

As Psalm 27:13 and 14 says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” 

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Healthy & Delicious Chicken Salad Wrap

Healthy & Delicious Chicken Salad Wrap from An Everyday Blessing

One of my favorite Summer “go-to” meals is Chicken Salad. I can easily make a big batch of it and have it every day for lunch (and sometimes dinner). However, we all know that most chicken salad recipes have mayo, and mayo doesn’t benefit our health in any way.

This Summer, my husband and I are trying to “eat clean”, so I wanted to make a more healthy chicken salad. I wanted it to be packed with veggies, especially since I’m  more likely to eat them if they are in the main dish). And I wanted it to have a fresh summer taste. This recipe was perfect for all of that.

Healthy & Delicious Chicken Salad Wrap from An Everyday Blessing

Healthy & Delicious Chicken Salad Wrap

1 large boneless skinless chicken breast (about a pound)

1 red bell pepper, finely diced

2 cups finely chopped lettuce

Lemon Juice from 1 lemon

1 Tblsp olive oil

3/4 tsp garlic salt

1 tblsp coconut oil for cooking chicken

1/2 cup hummus (I used a classic hummus)

6 whole wheat tortillas

Directions

1. Rinse the chicken breast. Lightly sprinkle each side with garlic salt. Heat coconut oil in a skillet. Add chicken. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

2. Cut the chicken into small bite size pieces. In a bowl, combine the chicken, lemon juice, olive oil, lettuce. Mix until the chicken and lettuce are well coated with the lemon juice and olive oil.

3. Spread about 2 tablespoons of hummus down the center of the tortilla. Spoon chicken mixture over hummus, roll up the tortilla and enjoy!

We just loved the crunch that the peppers and lettuce gave to the wrap. The hummus gave it a nice creamy texture, as well as made the wrap a little more filling. It was super delicious served along with some fresh fruit. Overall, it was a super delicious, healthy chicken salad wrap that even my two year old ate up!

(This recipe is linked up to these link parties)

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Free Diapers from Walmart Through TopCashBack

Free Diapers from Walmart Through TopCashBack

It is a rare occasion that I post a deal on the blog. But this one was just too good to pass how. Free diapers anyone? Ummm, yes please!

Whether you need this for yourself, or maybe for a gift coming up, this is a deal you just don’t want to pass up. It’s really easy! Here’s how it works…

1. Sign-up with TopNotch using this link!

2. Next click this link to read through the specifics of the deal. Look for the orange button that says, “Get Cash Back” and click. It will take you to the exact product the deal specifies on the Walmart website. The deal is only until Tuesday, July 15th – so hurry before time runs…or the diapers do!

3. Add one (and only one) package of diapers to your cart. Do not add anything else to your cart (otherwise you won’t get the cash back).

4. Make sure you check “Site to Store” and pick up the package the next time you are at Walmart.

5. Top CashBack will put $9.90 in your account within 30 days. They payout through PayPal or direct deposit.

Note: You can only get one free package of diapers per account, but you can also sign your husband up for an account too and score another package for free!

Yes, I have used TopCashBack, and yes, I did purchase this deal. I just couldn’t resist passing up on a package of free diapers!

(This post contains a referral link. For anyone who signs up through my referral link above, we will receive $10 once your Top CashBack account has a balance of $10 for a payout. Any money we make through these referrals will help us build our adoption fund!)

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Veggie Packed Chicken Patties

Veggie Packed Chicken Patties from An Everyday Blessing

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to eat their vegetables? Maybe even your husband? I will even admit that I sometimes have a hard time eating the vegetables I need. I would much rather reach for a piece of fruit than vegetables any day. So I am always trying to sneak vegetables into my meals.

 Yes, I know there are whole cookbooks on sneaking vegetables into dinner dishes, but I’m not really one to take the time to puree something unless I really, really have to. I’m just a little too lazy pressed for time for that!

Veggie Packed Chicken Patties

One of my go-to meals is Veggie Packed Chicken Patties. These chicken patties are loaded with veggies and protein, and I love that I know I’m serving my family a healthy meal. My two year old eats these patties right up even without a bun. One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it makes more than enough to feed our family, and I am able to throw the extras in the freezer for another easy meal (or two).

Veggie Packed Chicken Patties

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup kale or spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • coconut oil for cooking

Direction

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except coconut oil. Mix until well blended.

2. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet. Spoon chicken mixture into hot pan, pressing down with spoon to form patty. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to spoon chicken mixture). Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until chicken is thoroughly cooked and each side is lightly browned.

(This made about 16 chicken patties for me)

3. Serve on a bun with your favorite sandwich toppings.

Tip: These chicken patties freeze well! Simply lay in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen move them to a freezer bag. I like to reheat them in the oven (350 degrees for about 10 minutes), but have also used the microwave.

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Chicken Caesar Salad - 5 ingredient meal from An Everyday Blessing                                                 Ranch Chicken

Toasted Chicken Salad                               Baked Pineapple Chicken

Toasted Chicken Salad Sandwiches                                         Baked Pineapple Chicken

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift EVER

The Best Mother's Day Gift EVER

Yes, I know. Mother’s Day has come and gone, so why am I posting about it at the end of June? It’s simple. I just cashed in my Mother’s Day gift this week!

This year as Mother’s Day approached, and then my birthday, my husband was asking me for ideas on what he should get me. I don’t know why I try giving him any ideas, because he never gets them anyway (although he did get me a cast iron skillet from Cracker Barrel for my birthday and surprised me with the cast iron grill pan too).

He laughs at me when I give him my practical suggestions. This year my most practical gift idea was a rain barrel. I told my husband where he could find one and how much it was. And then I said, “I know it may be a little more than you want to spend, but I would totally use it!” To which he said, “Your ideas always benefit the family and save us money, so spending a little more doesn’t matter.”

I really thought he would get me a rain barrel.

Mother’s Day morning came. To say I was curious would be an understatement. I knew my husband had not shopped at all, so I was gearing myself up for a, “I’m sorry. This week was busy and your present is coming” kinda deal.

But then he handed me a card (a picture printed out from the computer that he had our son color) and inside he wrote:

“I know this Summer is going to be really busy, so you can pick a day for MaidPro to come out to clean the bathrooms and downstairs floors.”

Well that was sure a surprise gift. And very practical too! I knew exactly when I wanted to cash in on it: the Monday after we had just finished two weeks of Vacation Bible School. I knew I would be physically drained and mentally exhausted.

When my husband told people at his work what his gift was, some decided that they wanted their house cleaned too, so we ended up with a little referral credit. So not only was I able to get the bathroom and floors done, but the kitchen as well.

First thing Monday morning, two gals from MaidPro knocked on our door and got to work. As they worked, I was able to declutter the rest of the house and tackle a couple small projects that had been put aside due to our busy schedule.

Two hours later my kitchen looked like this:

Mother's Day Gift of a Clean Kitchen

The sink was sparkling

Clean Sink

The microwave was spotless,

Clean microwave

the bathrooms were smelling fresh,

Clean Bathroom 2 Clean Bathroom 1

And our downstairs floors were clean.

I admit that I really didn’t want to have to make meals in my super clean kitchen. Nevertheless, we needed to eat so both lunch and dinner were made. And somehow I was able to end the day with a super clean kitchen.

Lately, it’s been a rare day where I get the bathrooms, floors, and kitchen done in one day…as well as laundry, ironing, weeding the flower beds, and still be able to spend quality time with my son and husband.

As far as I’m concerned, this gift can go down in the books as the Best Mother’s Day Gift EVER. I would have never thought of it myself and am so glad my husband was so thoughtful and creative in his gifting this year!!

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4-ingredient Caesar Pasta Salad

4-ingredient Caesar Pasta Salad from An Everyday Blessing

Summer is here. The time for barbecues, cookouts and simple side dishes. Pasta seems to make its way on the table of any Summer event and many dinner tables.

On Father’s Day we had dinner at my parents. One of the things I brought was pasta salad. My mom had asked for my Creamy Italian Pasta Salad, but I didn’t have all the ingredients. Neither did I want to take the time to cut up peppers, olives and tomatoes.

So I put together a pasta salad with items I had on hand, and we enjoyed a Caesar Pasta Salad instead. It was simple, took me very little time to make, and everyone loved it. One of these days I may add some chicken to it and call it dinner, but for now my family will enjoy this dish of only four ingredients.

4-ingredient Caesar Pasta Salad from An Everyday Blessing

Caesar Pasta Salad

1 (12 oz) box of Rotini Pasta

1 cup caesar dressing

1 large tomato, diced

3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Boil pasta according to package instructions. Drain. Run pasta through cold water. It will help cool it off quickly, as well as keep the pasta from sticking together.

2. In a large bowl, toss ingredients together until pasta is well coated. If you are not serving immediately, I would wait to add the caesar dressing, as it has a tendency to absorb into the pasta.

3. Serve cold. Enjoy!

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