Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thoughtful Thursday–Don’t forget your spouse on Valentine’s!

I need to be honest.

My hubby and I do not always celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’re some of those that think it’s a commercialized holiday and I don’t need to be told when to love my spouse. BUT, with that said, why NOT take an excuse to love my spouse? Whether guys care to admit it or not, they always love being doted on, am I right?

I’m super thankful to not have the pressure to HAVE to do something for Valentine’s Day, but if I have the time, I enjoy doing something.

This year, I’m gonna do the 14 days of Valentine’s. Here goes…

There will be a lot of links because I haven’t finished putting them altogether yet. So hang with tight!

14 Days of Valentines

First, I’m printing this cute freebie out to lead the hubs to his first “gift”, and will probably try to tie each item to something from here on out, just to keep the theme going:image

Day #1: You are the apple of my eye

(swap out the red/green heart – so cute)

Day #2: I’m bananas for you!

We’ll make banana splits for dessert that night!

Don’t forget whipped cream ladies!

Day #3: I wouldn’t “chews” anyone but you!

For free printables for some of these cute ideas, check out this cute website!

Day #4: What are the chances I have a “shot” at getting you tonight?

**Slight side-note here (and I don’t mean to start a debate or controversy here, I’m merely stating my personal beliefs on the issue): I am a Christian, and by that I mean I am a Christ follower, love Him to pieces, wouldn’t be alive without Him, am willing to do ANYTHING He wants me to do.

When some non-Christian friends find out I drink, they’re often shocked!! I live my life by following the words of the Bible. And the Bible states to not be drunk. So I, personally, am comfortable having a beer, or a glass of wine, or a mixed drink, just so long as I don’t get drunk. I am also careful that I don’t drink around others when it may cause temptation. But, seeing as it’s just the hubs and me….a shot for our evening’s festivities seems, well, appropriate. =)

Day #5: Blow me a kiss, Valentine! (or two or three)

Day #6: Have a great day, Cupcake!clip_image003

I’m planning to get him one of those fancy cupcakes from Icing on the Cupcake this day. And….maybe, perhaps, the kids and I will have to share one while popping in, too! =)

Day #7: Valentine, never “LEGO” my heartLEGO Creator Mini Fire Rescue 6911

My plan is to take my son to Target to pick out a little lego kit like this one for them to do together.

Day #8: We go together like milk & cookies

Glasgow Mummy: January 2013

For this day, I’ll get him some cookies & milk for work. Not sure what kind yet, maybe even homemade, for the office! We’ll see.

Day #9: I’m “berry” lucky to be your Valentine!

Day #9 is a Saturday, so we’ll have waffles with strawberries for breakfast! And hopefully we’ll have some whipped cream left.

Day #10: I love you, my stud MUFFIN!

Stud muffin

For the free printable above, click the picture to take you to the link. They have a recipe, too. Not sure what kind of muffins I’ll make just yet!

Day #11: I don’t know where I’d be if you hadn’t “popped” the question!

Cinnamon Bear Popcorn! I'm almost tempted to fly down to seem my grandma just to give her some of this. Cinnabears remind me of her. *sniff*

This may be more of an excuse to make this for myself, but I’m sure he’ll enjoy a bite, too. Click the picture to take you to the link for the recipe.

Day #12: I think you are “soda”mazing!

I’ll probably get diet coke for my man, but again…click the picture above to take you to some of those adorable free printables!

Day #13: I’d be so mixed up without you!

So many delicious kinds to choose from when it comes to Chex Mix! My man prefers salty though.

Day #14: I’m nuts about you!

Final one! Pistachios will be a hit!

So…choose 1, choose 3, or dive in and do all 14 days!! I may be posting a shopping list tomorrow if you’d like to do all 14. Whatever your plans are for Valentine’s Day this year, tell your special someone that you love them! =)

Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday

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We went to the Sacramento Railroad Museum last week, and this is what I wore. It was perfect for the outing.

Sweater – Old Navy, Shirt & Purse – Marshall’s, Scarf – gift, Jeans – Kohl’s – Jennifer Lopez, Bracelet – Kohl’s – MuddIMG_6655

I coordinate a MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers), and this past Monday was our first meeting, so I was crazy busy this past week. So, I needed easy. That was this here…

Sweater & Tank Top– Old Navy, Pants – Marshall’s – Paige, Boots – DSWIMG_6668

This was my saving grace outfit this week. For two reasons…one, I purchased this dress for a whopping $5 at Kohl’s on a whim. I wasn’t sure how to wear it, but I love this combo! And two…I just needed a cute outfit that FIT!!! Some of you know, I’ve had mono since August. Boo! I’ve gained a bit of weight because I’ve been unable to workout and it’s taken its toll on my wardrobe decisions. So, I was extremely thankful to have felt cute in this! =)

Earrings – Target, Dress – Kohl’s – UnionBay, Sweater – Old Navy, Belt – Kohl’s, Boots – DSW558377_10200237389195557_1644621295_n

This, too, was a saving grace. AND a major steal to boot! My $12 sparkly dress I wore to hubby’s work party. Loved it!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trick of the Trade Tuesday

arranging pictures for a photo gallery

Photo Gallery 2

Okay, okay…I realize this is MAJORLY OCD. But, it makes me eerily giddy! And my photographer said she loved that I did it, so that has to say I’m somewhat normal, right? Winking smile

We all have a photo gallery somewhere in our homes, right? Well, how often do you print out a picture, only to find it either doesn’t fit the feel of your space, or the opening in the frame itself?

What I’ve started doing is arranging my frame layout in Microsoft Publisher, but you could also do it in Word. That way, I have all the sizes to the openings of the frames saved and ready to look up when I’m ready to swap out photos.

The other bonus is I can arrange the pictures to see how I like them best. How the colors play with each other, how they look altogether, etc. I have two “galleries” that I’ve done this with so far. The first one, up above, is the layout that I have above my couch in my living room. And yes, I even measured the mats, etc. so I could see EXACTLY how it would look. This also helps me in purchasing pictures from photo shoots we’ve had. Makes sure I put our gorgeous pictures UP ON THE WALL (instead of keeping a digital copy on my computer for nobody to ever see).

The second gallery I’ve done this with is one in our hallway, as seen below (shown that it’s actually done in Publisher).

Photo Gallery Arrangements

Let me know if you want a “tutorial” on how to do it. But otherwise, hope the tip helps you and your photo arranging successes! =)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Menu Plannin’ Monday

Last week:

Monday: Pork Tenderloin with Peach and Pecan Sauce

Even my son likes this one!IMG_6542

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan, Broccoli & Spaghetti (sorry, no pic, but you get the idea!)

Wednesday: Red Bean, Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew (not my fave, it was okay, far from great. I included the link, but make at your own risk ;)IMG_6659

Thursday: Honey-Orange Pork Tenderloin & Salad

Delicious recipe, and actually quite easy! =)IMG_6651

Friday: Winter Baked Ziti & SaladIMG_6661

Saturday: Husband’s Work Party – got to get fancy! And the food was good to boot!150022_10200238571905124_232740862_n

Sunday: Leftover Winter Baked Ziti – yum!!

Monday morning MOPS breakfast: Overnight Blueberry French Toast *Slight alteration – I used 1 1/2 bricks of cream cheese, mixed with 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and only 10 eggs.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Recipe

Plans for the week ahead:

Monday: Chicken with Orzo

Tuesday: Spanish Style Stuffed Peppers

Wednesday: Autumn Chopped Salad

Thursday: Chicken & Roasted Fennel and Carrots

Friday: Pasta Fagioli

Saturday: Chicken & Spinach Salad

Sunday: Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs (to take to Super Bowl party)

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Simple Things Sunday No. 6

children’s museums

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Museums are a special treat, but one that never goes without extreme excitement! We recently visited the Sacramento Children’s Museum and I captured this melt my heart photo.

We also love Sacramento’s Railroad Museum, our local zoo, Monterey Bay’s aquarium (which we hope to take the kids to soon), and a handful we’ve visited in the LA area.

They aren’t super cheap, but when we do plan for it, the kids are ecstatic! So…for that reason, the simple thing I’m celebrating this Sunday are those special outings with your littles.

Cherish each one!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Faves - Tostitos & Mumford and Sons

Two quick and easy ones for ya today!
Tostitos Hint of Lime Chips
Seriously, if you haven’t tried these, you should! And with Super Bowl coming up? It’s the perfect time to! They are ADDICTING, so don’t say I didn’t warn ya. No MSG (found that out while I was pregnant, thank GOD!), and for all you gluten free peeps? They make a version that’s gluten free, too! Woot!
mumford & sons: awake my soul
Mumford & Sons is the artist…Awake My Soul is the song. Not only are the lyrics moving and challenging, but the tune itself is moving and catchy. You MUST listen to it all the way through though. It picks up about half way into it, and truly awakes your soul. So…go invest your love in what you want your life to be invested in!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday

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So yeah, I kinda wish I could steal my daughter’s outfit here. But…

my outfit: Scarf – Kohl’s, Shirt – H&M, Jacket – Sam’s Club, Pants – Kohl’s (Jennifer Lopez), Shoes – ???

Seriously, how cute is my daughter?!IMG_6466 - autocorrect

Okay, Okay…moving along…

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You know those shopping trips when you head out with the intent of spending money, and you inevitably can’t find anything? That’s where this sweater came from. Not my fave, but…

Sweater: Anthropologie (my only EVER purchase from here that I felt “meh” about), Pants – Macy’s – I.N.C., Boot cuffs – Etsy, Boots – DSW, Earrings – Premiere JewelryIMG_6533

Okay – no judgments here today! For those of you who don’t know, I’ve had stupid mono since August and haven’t been able to work out since like October (it’s KILLING me!!). So, I’ve gained some weight, boo!! And while everyone is being super polite and saying, “You look great!”…what they don’t know is that I’m having a hard time picking stuff out to wear. Because I normally workout, I don’t want to go buy new clothes for my temporary illness. So…this cute sweater may or may not have come out of my maternity bin. Shh! Don’t tell!

Sweater – Motherhood Maternity (NO I’M NOT PREGGERS!!), Leggings – Kohl’s – Lauren Conrad, Boots – DSWIMG_6556

Shirt – Old Navy, Jeans – Costco – Calvin Klein, Shoes – Rocket DogIMG_6569

Shirt – Kohl’s – Lauren Conrad, Pants – Marshall’s – Paige, Boots – DSW, Purse – Marshall’s – Cynthia Rowley

Monday, January 21, 2013

Menu Plannin’ Monday

Last week:

Monday: Peperonata PastaIMG_6443

Tuesday: Chicken and Cashew Lettuce WrapsIMG_6460

Wednesday: Papa Murphy’s

Thursday: Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spinach LasagnaIMG_6487

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Grilled Skirt Steak w/ Cilantro Chimichurri SauceIMG_6530

Sunday: Potluck (we brought wine!)

Plans for the week to come:

Monday: Pork Tenderloin with Peach and Pecan Sauce (carryover)

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan, Broccoli & Spaghetti

Wednesday: Red Bean, Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

Thursday: Honey-Orange Pork Tenderloin & Salad

Friday: Winter Baked Ziti & Salad

Saturday: Husband’s Work Party – amen! no cooking!

Sunday: Leftovers

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Simple Things Sunday No. 5

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One of my very best friends introduced me to architecture, helped me develop a love for it. For that, I am thankful. Without her, I would have LIVED in Oak Park, IL, the residence and workplace of Frank Lloyd Wright, without having ever appreciated the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Without her, the genius behind Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead would have been completely lost on me.

With that being said…this week I am celebrating the joy of architecture. Sometimes it’s difficult when we live in our little suburban cubes, not being able to differentiate one from another. But, on our way to an ice skating party with friends, I made my kiddos stop to snap an image of this breathtaking building front.

Look around…you just might spy something beautiful!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Faves – The Daily Bible…and some Francis Chan passion!

Chronological Bible

I briefly shared about this and my goal for this year here.

I’m happy to report that I’m actually ahead of the game! I’m on day #20 and it’s only the 18th. Woot! And I have this Bible to thank. Well, and the fact that it’s God’s word which is breathtaking, captivating and like no other literature written…EVER!

The reason why this version in particular is my favorite is because of the “devotional commentary”. Kind of a funny phrase, but essentially, in between chunks of scripture, the author leads you smoothly through what you are about to read, painting the scene with historical and spiritual insights.

It’s kind of like CliffsNotes for the Bible! (Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve thought of those!). It makes you really think and take in what you’re reading. I’ve learned so much more by reading the Bible with these insights.

So…it’s worth taking a look at. Click on the picture above to take you to the Amazon link, it’s only $19.79 for a hardcover people! I think I paid the same for a paperback!

While we’re on the book theme…AND I got to hear Francis Chan speak live - TWICE last weekend, allow me to give you THREE MORE FAVORITES! I’ve read both Crazy Love and Forgotten God – both challenged me and changed my life. I received a copy of his newest book, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. Can’t wait to read it! Here’s a picture of me and my MOPS leaders waiting to hear Francis speak. waiting to hear francis