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My Morning Coffee Journey
Her small apartment smelled lightly of smoke and afghans in a just-right musty kind of way, it was filled with owls and pitchers–the perfect kind of a place for a Great-Grandma to live. She’d always be sitting at her kitchen table with a cup of coffee in her hand, no matter what time of day it was. I’d run quickly to the little kitchenette set that she kept for us, grab a teeny-tiny plastic doll cup from it, and bring it to her–begging her to fill it up with black coffee for me.
I was about 6 years old when I started my coffee journey.
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Pressures begin to build–work, school, after-school activities, recitals, pets, check ups, visits, holidays, vacations, overflowing inboxes, overflowing counters. All piling higher and higher on the ever spinning plates that I as a work from home mom am forced to juggle around each day. Throw in an unexpected curve ball like a nasty spring illness and things start to fall, crashing to the ground and shattering in stress-filled and messy pieces all around.
It’s that spring-cleaning-itch time of year! Between the weather warming up and Easter being just days away, chances are good that you’re in full-on cleaning mode right now. This time of year is crazy though–recitals, kids programs, exams, work, and more! So today I thought it might help if I gave you some great ideas to freshen your home and car–with each I’ll include a speedy fix that you can do immediately and then a long term “keep the clean” feeling strategy! Because one of my favorite thing about Spring is all the amazing scents it brings–and the memories that come along with them!
Ever since I first read the Love Comes Softly Series as a teen, I’ve loved all of Janette Oke’s books! So when Hallmark starting making series and movies inspired by her books I was excited about it! I learned quickly, however, that “inspired by” means just that–these might have the same titles and character names, but the stories in the movies/series are very loosely based on the books. They are great in and of themselves, but if you are expecting a great book to tv adaptation you’re going to become disappointed quickly. I learned this with the Love Come Softly movie series, so going into watching When Calls the Heart – Lost & Found DVD I was expecting something similar, and I was right. This DVD is actually the first 2 episodes in the When Calls the Heart Series–so don’t expect the full season. It’s just enough to give you a great taste for the series and leaves you wanting more.
I always knew it would come, this day. The one where you came to me and said, “Mom, Ella was mean to me today–she and Jayla said they don’t like me and don’t want to be my friends anymore.”
In that moment I wished I could tell you.
I wished I could tell you that if they just got to know you a little better it would be fine. That everyone who looks into those big, beautiful blue eyes of yours will see what I see–a beautiful, passionate, excited, joyful, tender-hearted and innocent little girl who is beyond lovable. I wish I could promise that because you’re so wonderful, so special, so darling that everyone will always like, will always be kind to you.
I wish I could….but I won’t.
Welcome to another chapter in the Organizing in Small Spaces Series! Today I tackle a fun and much needed topic–the Master Bedroom! When we lived in our apartments and condo we were very fortunate that although our living space in general was small, the master bedroom and closets were quite generous! Now that we’re sharing a house with the in-laws, however, their master bedroom is the generous room and ours is, well, about the size of a normal child’s bedroom. I’m very thankful for it, however, after having much larger rooms in the past it felt tiny when we tried to move everything into it! Over the past year and 1/2 we’ve made it our own and found some tips and tricks for maximizing the space and so today I wanted to share them with you!
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!
This post was created in partnership with America’s Farmers. All opinions are my own.
I could call this recipe America’s Farmers Pie Recipe because *all* of the ingredients in it can be found on the farms of America’s Farmers ! You might remember just recently I gave you A Peek Inside America’s Farmers’ Lives. Since then I’ve been thinking about all the things we use and eat each day that they help produce–from crayons to dinner! So in celebration of that I wanted to share this recipe that I’ve enjoyed since I was a little kid, and that now is a favorite of my family! I especially love it because it is *so* easy to pull together and make a perfect weeknight meal that’s ready in 30 minutes!
And just as exciting– I’m giving away a $25 Visa Card–pretty awesome! Be sure to scroll aaalll the way to the bottom to enter!
Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- Chopped Onion (adjust to taste, I usually use 1/2 a small onion)
- Brown Gravy (you can make your own or just use a store package)
- Mashed Potatoes (my favorite recipe is Creamy Mashed Potatoes but box mixes work just as well in this and make this recipe easy!)
- Cheddar Cheese
Preheat Oven to 350
Brown the ground beef & onion together.
While the beef & onion are browning make brown gravy & start the potatoes
In a loaf pan place browned meat & onion
Then pour brown gravy on top
Add mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle cheddar cheese the very top.
Cook for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted
I love to serve it with ketchup on top and sweet corn as a side!
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- Chopped Onion (adjust to taste)
- Brown Gravy
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat Oven to 350
- Brown the ground beef & onion together.
- While the beef & onion are browning make brown gravy & start the potatoes
- In a loaf pan place browned meat & onion
- Then pour brown gravy on top
- Add mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle cheddar cheese the very top.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted & Enjoy!
One Lucky Winner will receive a $25 Visa Card — more than enough to make this recipe or any other great one!
AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman is a book that takes the (what can sometimes seem) overly familiar parable of the Prodigal Son and shows through multiple real-life examples just how modern and relevant this tale is today—for “sinners and saints” alike! The title stands for Awakening Honesty and Action – and goes through how important each step is for a change to be long lasting and true. One step while not paired with the other two is common but makes it so that real change never happens.
Remember how I just shared How To Deal with Stress Naturally? If not go read that post first so you can get all caught up or just hop over and refresh your memory!
I’m super excited to let you know that one lucky reader will get the chance to try out one of my top suggestions in this super awesome giveaway! But don’t worry–I have a goodie that *all* of you can use as well!
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