We all know how much I love a good “cheat night” meal! For those of you who aren’t regulars around here let me explain! I usually love to cook big family dinners from semi-scratch. As a busy mom to two with 4 jobs, however, doing it every night is just not realistic! Rather than hitting up the drive through, however, most of the time I resort to my favorite meals that I can throw together so quickly and easily it doesn’t even feel like cooking! Here’s a list of my 10 favorites!

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Keep Momming

Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Check out Holly’s message about how she keeps momming http://goo.gl/MR8HL2, and don’t forget to visit KeepMomming.com.

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You know that I’m a big advocate of giving Zero Clutter Gifts! I also love receiving them! When given the choice of what my birthday present will be–I’ll choose an “experience” gift rather than a physcial one nine times out of ten! That’s why for the last few years my birthday presents have included things like going and seeing How To Train Your Dragon Live in 2012, and spending the day with hubby at Six Flags last year. This year was no different, and I couldn’t wait to scheme up how we’d celebrate!

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((So yeah–for the 2 guy readers who are out there and randomly stumbled across this blog post–this is your cue to run away plugging your ears screaming. At least that’s how my husband responds to the words “feminine care” or if any of the other above “period” words come up. I’m just saying–you’ve been warned.))

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#CelebrateMom Monthly Giveaway

If you’ve been around for awhile you already know all about Mompact! and how they’re all about taking the time to #CelebrateMom from supporting Mom Inventors, Bloggers to stay at home moms! If you’re not familiar with them take a few minutes to go check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to learn a little more on what they’re all about!

This month a bunch of the amazing Mom Inventors that Mompact is proud to support are joining together to host this *amazing* giveaway!

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It is officially summer now “ya’ll”!!! And here in Texas that mean that although we’ve had some gorgeous cool weather and rain over the past few weeks, come July, August, and September the mercury will keep on rising up, up, up until it hits those triple digits every day–Oy! This combined with the humidity mean that if I just sit here working and tip tap taping on my computer and ordering things from Amazon pretty soon I begin to feel icky sticky!!

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My kids are SO blessed. We’re talking over-abundantly-socks-off-blessed. Thanks to loving, generous grandparents and many other family members, and a Mommy and Daddy who love them dearly, and a Mommy who happens to be a blogger, they have always had an over-abundance of everything. For example–check out this picture from last Christmas. Yeah…..all that pile? That was just and only THEIR presents!!!! And this year me and Grandma both had vowed to “cut back” Oy!!!!

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It’s no secret by now that the military has played a HUGE role in my life and the life of my family. From having a plethora of family members who served in the military, to being an active duty spouse for over 7 years, to now living the life of a Veteran wife whose hubby is a full time college student using the GI Bill, the military still touches our lives on a daily basis.

Why yes that IS President George W. Bush standing right behind hubby (no photoshopping–promise!)! it was a common occurrence during his tour in the Coast Guard Honor Guard

I try to be extra thankful and appreciative of our military, their spouses, and their families. After getting a taste of what they go through my heart just goes out to them. Sometimes, however, it’s easy to forget to show your appreciation to those who are closest and mean the most to you–in this case I realized it had been too long since I had thanked Bob for all he sacrificed and did in service to our country, and reminded him that he is my Hero!

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Top 5 Tips for a Happy Marriage

9 years ago today I walked down the aisle to Pacbell’s Cannon and began the adventure that is my life as a Wyoming Girl turned Coastie Wife! It’s been a lot of crazy and a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for the next 50 years of life with my Bob. So here are my top 5 tips for a Happy Marriage in celebration of today! Continue reading

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#CelebrateMom Monthly Giveaway

If you’ve been around for awhile you already know all about Mompact! and how they’re all about taking the time to #CelebrateMom from supporting Mom Inventors, Bloggers to stay at home moms! If you’re not familiar with them take a few minutes to go check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to learn a little more on what they’re all about!

This month a bunch of the amazing Mom Inventors that Mompact is proud to support are joining together to host this *amazing* giveaway!

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