Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bwahahaha! Let's see who's gettin skinny, gettin a new amazing job, building a life with the latest boyfriend... Blah blah blah!!!! Same shit, new year!!! Hasn't worked yet!!!!!:

The best of wishes to you in the New Year! If 2015 was amazing for you, I hope 2016 is just as great! And if you're like me and had a rough year, let's dust ourselves off and aim for a fresh slate and rock star year in 2016!! 

Single Mom Adventures: My First Solo Christmas

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


This year was my first Christmas single and as a single mom. I had to split my time for the holiday with their other mom, and spent Christmas Eve all alone, thinking about them. I finished some wrapping, and enjoyed a quiet night in. Then hit the hay early so that I could just get Christmas Day moving! I woke up to a quiet house; just me and my dog Ella. It was weird, not going to lie. And after whipping up a nice breakfast and watching some Good Morning America, I held my breath and clicked open Facebook and Instagram. All of the families I know were posting pictures of their kids feverishly opening gifts, in adorable Christmas pajamas, the magic of the holiday plastered across their faces. I feel like a part of me was living vicariously through other's celebrations that morning.

Christmas tree full of gifts!

I picked up the girls at noon to start our Christmas journey. I was so excited to see them and wish them a Merry Christmas and have them in my arms. We headed out to my dad's to see him, my grandma and my uncle. My dad had gifts all ready for the girls which is super impressive for my cash/gift card giving family!
Checking out the gifts with grandpa!
Then, we headed out to Indiana to visit with my mom's side of the family (yep, I'm a product of divorce too!). My aunt always has a great big gathering with people in and out all afternoon. We arrived just in time for Harper to chow down (the girl can eat!). Luckily, my sister was there and helped me wrangle the girls, plus they were loved on by lots of family members. It was nice to be around everyone and I wasn't as sad as I thought I'd be. Being around others definitely helped.

We like giving kisses to little cousins.
The girls lasted longer than I thought they would, which is awesome. I was worried it would be melt-down city around bedtime, but although we were a bit tired and started to stare off in the distance, there was lots to do and lots of people to play with so I think that helped. Plus, food.

My nephew, sister, myself and the girls!
The day after Christmas, all three of us were in total zombie mode. We relaxed all day, played with new toys and watched Frozen multiple times. It was nice to spend some time with them and have our own little moments together. Oh yeah, and then now climb up and down on my couch, so I'm high alert for falls, shoves, and food messes! FANTASTIC!


Being newly divorced brings a lot of crud into your life. Some people are relieved and ready to start fresh. They use that experience to fuel themselves forward. Some people act like being married never happened - they just simply move on. And then others still like a piece of their heart has been left behind as they're shoved forward by an unknown force. I'm in that latter part. I miss married life. I miss things when they were good and I'm devastated that our girls now have to split time between us for major holidays. I never wanted this life for them.

But, I also have a life to live, and my life is full of new experiences and adventures - many that I'll do by myself for the first time. I'm glad my first Christmas wasn't too bad. I know it won't always be like this and there are many, many rough times ahead - but thankful for what I have in this moment, at this time with my little family of 3!

How was your Christmas?

The Thrilling Life of a Newly Single Mom

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I'm writing this in the midst of a thrilling weekend. Do you sense the sarcasm dripping from this post? HA! The girls are with their other mom this weekend, and I have zero plans. Zero plans is okay, my friends, but shoot I'm bored without tiny little people around :)

Here's how it's all unfolded: I've hit up Trader Joe's for some $2.99 Pinot Grigio (or pinot greeeeej like I call it). I've finished season 9 of The Office (have no fear, I've seen it before), and have been working on the Gilmore Girls. I thought I'd get all Christmasy and dive into Christmas With the Kranks before getting sidetrack by all.the.laundry. and completed 7+ loads. I had big huge goals of getting a workout in at some point - especially since I have no excuse since I got my wireless Beats2 in the mail. But that didn't happen and now I feel so freaking guilty by not taking advantage of this free time to exercise. Part of me gives zero effs and part of me gets a little upset because I feel like a loser.

Is this what my new single life looks like? On some days, yes. 

Some days I feel strong and I have plans and I enjoy those plans. Some days I don't. But I find myself guilty when I relax or do nothing. I still have deep body issues with my new mom-bod and 20 lbs of postpartum weight still sticking around, and I have a lot of pressure put on myself to lose it. But do nothing to do so. I dunno - I feel like there's a running of list of stuff I need to do and should do to keep my head held up high and moving forward. And then there's this pressure to do all of those things - some of those I have no idea what they area ... and then do nothing. I'm putting too much thought behind this.

Anyways, super exciting stuff. I am happy to give my brain a solid 48 hours to just do nothing. Plus, our laundry is all clean, the apartment is clean, the wine has been consumed. We're all good.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2015


I hope you're having the merriest of Christmas's - surrounded by love from your friends and family. 

Sometimes You're Not Ready

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last weekend, I was kid-free as the girls spent some time with their other mom. I used that time to re-arrange my closets and throw some stuff out, make some more room for storage, do laundry and organize. Thrilling stuff in the life of a single mom ...

I have two boxes full of mementos including old pictures of me from birth through college, and a lot of "relationship stuff" full of cards and pictures from the past 8 years of my life with my ex. As I flipped through some of the photos, some ready to toss out and some that I couldn't bare to part with just yet - I found tears spilling from my eyes. I read over promises and professions of love. I remembered the days I received the cards, what was going on in our lives, and saw smiles plastered on our faces from all the different memories we made and times we shared. My heart ached. I found myself snapping a picture of one of the cards and sending it off to my ex, stating that I didn't know how we got to this spot when I find things like that. I didn't receive a response and feel like a pathetic fool. Not my ex's fault - I shouldn't have stirred things up with that text. Our marriage is over, it doesn't matter any more.

Then I stumbled across a pretty thick envelope with my ex's name on it. It was still sealed and when I opened it, I found a card with a post-it note and a 5 page letter inside. I never gave my ex this card or letter. As I read through it I felt anger start to stir. I was apologizing and basically trying to convince my ex to take me back after one of our break-ups. This was from 2009. SIX years ago. I remember what happened between us, and I remember why I wrote the letter. I do not remember why I never gave it to her. It all seems irrelevant now - but I feel like it still shows that I'm a clinger. I cling to things when I lose them. I'm desperate for that love, that acceptance, and have had the same reaction to break-ups for as long as I can remember. I can look at that letter and then open up my journal from this past summer and find the same pattern of thoughts. I don't find worth in what I have to offer to a relationship.

I shouldn't have dipped into those boxes. I wasn't ready. There are a ton of emotions and thoughts that still swirl in my heart and head. I'm only two weeks out from my divorce being finalized. I'm at the 6 month mark of when everything finally hit me and I realized my marriage was crumbling. I have a long way to go and a long way to heal. So, even though you might be having some good days and feel that edge of confidence, sometimes you really are at the cusp of something that you've silently tucked away. And peering into the past will drum all of that heartache back up. I need some more time. I need some more healing, before diving back into the past.

Inspirational Break-Up Quotes

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I came across a slew of inspirational break-up quotes from some friends online and thought I'd share for everyone going through some rough times this week. Keep your head up! You can do this!!






Single Mom Money: Working Woman

Monday, December 21, 2015


I work full-time in a corporate job. I've always worked full-time, and honestly I've always worked for my company (seriously, I celebrate 15 years in June). I know I don't have it in me to ever be a stay-at-home mom. There's a level of patience and creativity that is required that I just do not possess. Not that being a SAHM was ever an option, and clearly isn't an option now. I just know my limits. 

My job right now is steady. It provides a good income that allows me to live off of it (nicely) and provide for myself and my two children. But I've always been a ladder climber. I've always had my eyes on the prize and have wanted to accelerate my career. Always. When I first had the girls, that desire slowed down drastically. I was just trying to survive, and building a career was not even near the top of my listed priorities. However, over the past 6-7 months I've been thinking more and more about what I really want to do, what can bring in more income and re-ignite my passion in my livelihood.

I've interviewed for a few promotions (even making it to final stages of the interview process) and haven't snagged any. That's ok - because if they were truly right for me, they would have happened. I 150% believe in that. And after my most recent interviews that didn't turn into anything - I literally sat down and thought about it. Thought about the role, and what I want to do with my career. Thought about the work-life balance I have right now - the steadiness of my current job (I need an anchor in my life and my job is honestly that anchor) and I withdrew from consideration. I was told I was a top candidate for the job - and I withdrew. 

Crazy, right? 

It honestly just didn't feel like the right opportunity. Something in my gut told me that this wasn't the path I was supposed to be taking. And, if anything in the past 5 months has taught me - was that listening to my gut will reveal the truth. I trust my instincts. 

One of my goals for 2016 is to re-ignite my passion in my current job. To invest in myself and the things that make me happy. To have a grateful heart for what I've been given, and to be happy with what I have so that when the time is right - I can move on to bigger and better opportunities. There's been too much change in my life, and the time, right now, is definitely not right. 

I Still Feel Pain

Thursday, December 17, 2015

There's a tug on my heart every now and then - when I see a friend's good news that they're expecting, or see a beautiful photo of a gorgeous family that resembled what I used to have. My heart still breaks for "what was" and "what never will be." My ex and I discussed expanding our family earlier this year, and were aiming to try for baby #3 this winter. We talked a lot about having a big family and the girls really solidified that desire to have more awesome babies like our first. It's now December and my divorce has been finalized. There will be no more trying for another baby. I'm sad about that.

This time of year is so great for focusing on the family - for watching the magic of Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) light up your children's lives, for having those experiences with your family. My family looks quite a bit different than it did 5 months ago - let alone 12 months ago. This time last year, we were feverishly preparing for our first hosted Christmas with our family. The girls were 5 months old, so we didn't want to venture out anywhere. We had a great time ... it was our first Christmas as a family of four. It was also our last Christmas as a family of four.

I feel joy in my heart for my friends that have another year with their spouse. That get to experience the holidays with their family intact. That never have to go an evening without their children sound asleep under the same roof. I feel joy for those expanding bellies, and the promise that life looks much different than it used to - but has the potential to be just as good, if not better. For now, our memories look a bit different. The holidays look a bit different. And, that's ok. For now.

H&H visit with Santa 2015

Good for Your Soul

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This past weekend I had three really close friends from college come spend the weekend. The entire week before I was a mess - my divorce was finalized, I was running rampant trying to clean and make sure there were enough towels, and balance motherhood, etc. Then Friday hit and when I saw my friends, my heart immediately calmed. These three women joined the same sorority as I did, at the same time. They have seen me at some of my worst moments in life, were there for me when I came out, and have spent some of my best moments in life with me. They are home.

It was so wonderful to just relax all weekend, have our girls play together, and truly enjoy a sleepover with my bestest of friends. When you have people that you can truly be yourself around, where you immediately relax, where life doesn't skip a beat - it's stuff that's good for your soul. It brings you back to your center and and resets yourself. And after the crap I've gone through the past 5 months, it's just so great to have comfort in other people around me.

We all need this from time to time - especially during hard times in our lives, especially during the holiday season. We all need to find proof that there are people in this world that truly love and care about us - that will always be there. And I love my friends for that. I love them for taking the worst week of my life and completely flipping it around. They didn't take away the heartbreak that I feel daily, but they did bring some joy to my life for one glorious weekend and totally hit that "reset" button in my heart.

What's good for your soul? What helps you reset during difficult times in your life?

My Favorite Podcasts

Monday, December 14, 2015



I listen to podcasts a lot - on walks, while washing dishes, while working, etc. I like talk-radio and these are snippets into lives, themes, etc that I thoroughly enjoy. I first got into podcasts when the twins were really little last spring. We were going on walks around our neighborhood and I was bored with regular music. I found some really great podcasts that keep me entertained, enriched and also make the walks go by faster (so we can go longer). Here are some of my faves:

Serial
Hosted by Sarah Koenig, season one was one of the most compelling podcasts I've ever heard. It gripped the nation, moved for change - as it followed the story of Adnan Syed and his conviction of murder of his teenaged girlfriend Hae Min Lee in the 1990's. Season two just launched right in time for the holidays - https://serialpodcast.org/

This American Life
Hosted by Ira Glass, this podcast is published weekly that covers all plethora of topics from refugees, to relationships, to eery events, etc. It's entertaining and changes all of the time! To learn more - http://www.thisamericanlife.org/ 

Strangers
Hosted by Lea Thau, this show focuses on human relationships. They could be relational, they could be stories of people's pasts and the things they have overcome, etc. Lea's voice is really calming and engaging and her stories are on point with looping the listener right into the scenario, as if you're there with her. http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/strangers

The Dave Ramsey Show
Dave Ramsey is a Christian money guru  and his show (and books, and tours, and everything else he offers) focuses on helping the every day person get out of debt. He has a daily podcast (that's 3 hours long!) in which callers call in to ask questions related to paying off of their debt in the "DR" way. I'm not so interested in the churchy stuff (just not by cup of tea) but the information about finances that he provides is invaluable and help you get a plan in place even in the most crazy of financial pitfalls you might be in. https://www.daveramsey.com/show/radio/

Call Your Girlfriend
This is the best "girltalk" you'll ever have, hosted by Gina Delvac, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow (I mean - tune in to hear her pronounce her name at least!) these long-distance besties cover ever pop-culture and national headline news topic imaginable and provide a smart, eclectic spin on things. They can get raunchy really quick, or provide those heartfelt things that everyone is thinking about. Seriously, some good girl talk going on right hurr! http://callyourgirlfriend.com/

And ... we're done.

Friday, December 11, 2015

My divorce has been finalized. I'm officially no longer married. I now check that box next to divorced when I see a question about my marital status (who am I kidding, I check single). The past six months have been a complete $hit show chock full of emotions on high, big sloppy tears, lots of little [and big] life choices, and impossible predicaments that you kinda have to plow through (ie. renting your own apartment solo, parenting solo, making every adult decision solo). I've felt the entire spectrum of emotions that one could possibly feel. Sometimes all at the same time :)

Sad - big, depressing, (cue the rock ballad) sloppy sadness.

via GIPHY

Red hot anger.

via GIPHY


Meh. 

via GIPHY


Confusion. I'm sorry, where are we? What are we doing? You want a what?

via GIPHY

Frustration - parenting frustration, co-parenting frustration, singlehood frustration. Where's the wine?

via GIPHY

Let me eat everything.

via GIPHY

Let me drink everything.

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Plus many, many more emotions. It's a rollercoaster - it's a huge life event. It's a shift in mentality, your future and a change in your vision of what would be - and a big focus on "what is". I'm heartbroken, I'm still angry, and I'm scared. But this is a closing of one chapter and entering into a whole new section - with a completely different ending from what I thought was going to happen. 

Recipe: Crockpot BBQ Pineapple Chicken

Thursday, December 10, 2015

This is the easiest recipe in the history of recipes - and you're all aware that I'm a huge fan of crockpot meals. They're so perfect for winter - and for busy families or mama's with little ones! Well - it's great for basically everyone!! There are so many options too, to mix it up! Add your favorite veggies, switch beef out for chicken, serve with rice or noodles! Endless, endless options!! Enjoy!


Crockpot BBQ Pineapple Chicken
serves: 4 | prep time: 10 min | cook time: 2-6 hrs

Ingredients:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 16 oz can of pineapple chunks, drained
2 cups of BBQ sauce (any brand)
1 cup of sliced mushrooms



Instructions:
1. Place chicken breast side by side on the bottom of your crock pot so that it covers the entire bottom.
2. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken until it's fully covered and add pineapple and mushroom.
3. Mid-way through cooking, grab two forks and shred chicken; mix sauce with sauce and continue to cook.
3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 hours - and voila!

See how easy and it turns out super yummy! I used Trader Joe's BBQ sauce and it was a tad watery until I let it sit for a while - it's also a spicier BBQ sauce than what I would normally use which is Sweet Baby Ray's. But you can add your favorite BBQ sauce or try out a few kinds until you get the recipe just to your liking! You can add your favorite spices to jazz it up - I'm a big fan of garlic so I added some garlic salt. Serve over rice or pair with a side of mac n cheese or cornbread!


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serves: 4 | prep time: 10 min | cook time: 2-6 hrs

Ingredients:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 16 oz can of pineapple chunks, drained
2 cups of BBQ sauce (any brand)
1 cup of sliced mushrooms

Instructions:
1. Place chicken breast side by side on the bottom of your crock pot so that it covers the entire bottom.

2. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken until it's fully covered and add pineapple and mushroom.

3. Mid-way through cooking, grab two forks and shred chicken; mix sauce with sauce and continue to cook. 

3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 hours




"Reason Why" - Rachel Yamagata

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Reason Why" - Rachel Yamagata

I think about how it might have been
We'd spend our days traveling
It's not that I don't understand you
It's not that I don't want to be with you
But you only wanted me
The way you wanted me

So, I will head out alone and hope for the best
And we can hang out heads down
As we skip the goodbyes
You can tell the world what you want them to hear
I've got nothing left to lose, my dear
So, I'm up for the little white lies

But you and I know the reason why
I'm gone, and you're still there
I'm gone, and you're still there
I'm gone, and you're still there

I'll buy a magazine searching for your face
From coast to coast, or wherever I find my place
I track you on the radio
And I find your list in a different name
But as close as I get to you
It's not the same

So, I will head out alone and hope for the best
We can pat ourselves on the back
And say that we tried
And if one of us makes it big
We can spill our regrets
And talk about how the love never dies

But you and I know the reason why
I'm gone, and you're still there
I'm gone, and you're still there
I'm gone, and you're still there

So, steal the show, and do your best
To cover the tracks that I have left
I wish you well and hope you find
Whatever you're looking for
The way I might have changed my mind
But you only showed me the door

So, I will head out alone and hope for the best
We can pat ourselves on the back
And say that we tried
And then one of us makes it big
We can spill our regrets
And talk about how the love never dies

But you and I, you and I
You and I know the reason why

DIY: Make Your Own Holiday Card

Monday, December 7, 2015

This year is kinda awkward since sending out my own holiday cards (by myself) is a real thing. I debated using myself in the photos or just pictures of the girls and not wanting it to be completely over-board obvious of my single status, decided just to use some snaps of the girls and sign our name. I looked up some options on Minted.com (because I love their selections) but they were so pricey! My co-worker clued me into just getting a template from etsy.com and printing off my own at Walgreens as a cheaper option.

So this past weekend, I decided to take it a step further and forego the template altogether! Eeeeks! So I found an awesome step-by-step DIY of how to create your own holiday card via PicMonkey (one of my favorite, free editing sites). I just used some pictures from our fall photo session and I love how it turned out!


How do you create this magic yourself? Easy! Pick out 1 (or a few) of your favorite family pictures and head over to PicMonkey.com

Select the "Collage" option and upload your photos to the site!


From there you can choose the layout and where you want your images. For a 5x7 you'll want to make sure the pixels are 2100 x 1500. For a 4x6 (cheaper option to print!) you'll want them to be 1800 x 1200.

I uploaded my pictures, as well as a chalkboard background, but you can use some of their options like I did below!


I tightened up the spacing a bit (via the bottom option on the left bar), as well as rounded out the corners of the images I used. When you have your background selected and your layout perfected, hit the Edit button on the bar above your image to be sent over to the editing section to add text and some cute details!

In the Editor section of the website, you can play around with some cute fonts and even play around with the transparency and colors. For this example, I used EcuyerDAX in white for "Happy Holidays".


You can also add some "Frost" to the edges of the image to give it that wintery vibe that's really cute!


For this example, I also added an adorable snowman graphic.


Then finished up with a signature (from Ella, of course). I used Bilbo Swash Caps for the signature.


Then save and voila! You can upload to your local photo finishing store and print out 4x6 glossy (or matte!!) for pretty cheap - like 19 cents a photo in some places compared to the $1.29 or 79 cents per photo on the Minted.com or Shutterfly.com websites. You can also snag a box of 50 4x6 envelopes from Amazon for around $6! And of course, you'll have the awesomeness of creating something unique and heartfelt from you!

Single Mom Adventures: Solo at the Movie Theater

Friday, December 4, 2015


In this series, I plan to document "single mom" adventures that I tackle solo. Random things that you maybe would do as a couple, or even wouldn't do at all solo - but that I did anyways. The point is to still experience life, even though I'm single. To do things that I want to do and like to do - even when I have no one to do them with. To empower myself and not feel limited in the things in life I can accomplish because I'm single. Maybe it'll inspire you to get out there too!

Recently, I hit up the movie theater solo. I can't tell you the last time I saw a movie in theaters and really wanted to see the newest [and final] Hunger Games movie. I've been to the theater solo before - on really long work trips to California, when I needed something to do in the evenings, but this was different. This was my local movie theater, during the holiday season - when families and couples run rampant around me.

But I held my head up, bought one ticket with confidence and enjoyed the movie - it was sooooo good!!!  Afterwards, I felt proud of myself. I didn't feel like anyone stared at me and honestly when I bought one ticket, I thought the 16 year old ticket seller would smirk or balk at me - he didn't even flinch and handed over my single ticket. Why? Because I'm the one drumming up these connotations. No one else cares. I do have some basic tips, though - if you want to venture to a movie solo while going through a divorce... just a few things to keep in mind so you don't find yourself dreading your decision before the movie even starts.

1. Go to an early showing. Who goes to 7 pm movies? Couples. So save yourself some longing and heartbreak and go early to avoid the bulk of couples. You'll still intermingle with some families, especially if you are going to a family movie but I went to a 12 pm showing and saw a lot of groups of friends mixed in with couples and families.

2. Arrive about 5 minutes before show time. I found that sitting in that theater while all of the advertisements played and the lights were still on was kinda bummy. You don't have anyone to lightly chat with, and if you're like me you'll eat all of your popcorn before the opening credits even begin. Most movies have about 15 minutes of promos anyways - so arrive right before the movie starts, grab a small popcorn and take your seat just in time for the lights to dim and your movie to start.

3. Bring your own snacks. Save your single mom money and bring some snacks in your purse! Yep, I'm that person! But whatever when the ticket cost $12 for Imax!! I snagged some treats and a pop at a local retail store and then purchased a $6 small bag of popcorn at the theater. That compared to the $15 I could have dished out - no thanks!

4. Plan an after-the-movie activity. It can be something super small or just an every day activity like grocery shopping. But sometimes I find that after the movie can be kind of sad because you don't have anyone to talk to about what you just saw. I literally just stopped at a Homegoods afterwards to walk around and think about Christmas present ideas - aka window shopping. It was refreshing being around other people and an opportunity to take my mind off of leaving the theater solo. I wasn't on a movie-high after I left Homegoods, but rather scored an awesome $6 11X17 picture frame so was more on a bargain high that I couldn't wait to get home and hang that bad-boy up!

It can suck, I promise you that. But if you try to go into it with a positive attitude, you can have a really good time by yourself! The movie I saw was aweeeeeesome and even though I saw every other installment with my ex - it was nice to end it by myself ... ironic, right? And now I don't feel sad having to wait for it to come out on DVD.

Have you even seen a movie by yourself? If so - what kind of movies are your favorite to catch solo?

Book Review: The Arrivals

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"The Arrivals" by Meg Mitchell Moore was one of those books that was easy to relate to and fall right in step with. It's laced with various issues all intertwined within one family during one summer.

Based in Vermont, Ginny and William enjoy a peaceful life in their retirement age. But soon, they find that their adult children have returned home and each are battling different struggles. Lillian, the oldest, returns to her parents home with her young daughter Olivia and infant son Philip in tow. Lillian discovered her husband's infidelity and in an effort to get some space, blow of some steam and figure out what her next step in life is, has retreated to her parent's home for refuge.

Stephen, the second oldest, and his work-aholic power woman of a wife Jane, planned a quick visit to Vermont from New York to visit his parents. Jane is pregnant with their first child but soon hits some complications in her pregnancy which places her firmly on bedrest and far away from her job.

And the youngest, Rachel, is going through a bad break-up, in her job that she feels uninspired with and dealing with emotional issues from a recent miscarriage have brought her to her parent's home. Holding that secret to herself and struggling to make ends meet - Rachel is figuring out what her future holds and what her next steps in life should be.

This novel spins each story quite intricately, like many family novels do, and balances the family unit as each child deals with their own personal struggle - and even Ginny and William grapple on trying to pull it all together, while having their peaceful home overrun.

Single Mom Money: Down the Toilet

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


My toilet has been acting weird for a few weeks - like constant overflowing which throws me into a panic because - ew. I thought I needed to upgrade my plunger, and went out and picked up one from Target and that worked for a while until last week when the water spilled out from the toilet all over the floor. Imagine my chaotic house and me ushering the girls out of the bathroom, who just wanted to play in the fun water. Gross. 

I rent - so I called my leasing office for maintenance help and when the guy arrived, he tried to super-plunge it with a snake. He couldn't get it to release and figured there was something stuck in my toilet and whenever paper was used, it was wrapping around the item and causing the plug. (Cue Maintenance Guy's side eye at my 15 month old twins) They could try to fish the item out but likely, wouldn't be able to retrieve it in which case they would need to replace my toilet because the only way to get the item out would be to smash the toilet. If it was a child's toy or pacifier, then I would have to cover the cost of the replacement for the toilet. If it was something else, the apartment complex would front the fee. Great. 

So I tried not to fret all day while they figured the issue out. I do have a small amount in savings which could cover the toilet - but didn't want to spend my savings on buying it because one of the girls tossed something down the drain. But I really did not try to worry about it too much. So, when all was said and done - they showed me pictures of the item that was stuck in the toilet. It was a red plastic triangle thing that I've never seen before. Honestly - I have no idea what it was, but of course the apartment people don't believe me because I have twins. 

Luckily, they felt sorry for me and said they'd cover the fee associated with the toilet this time. Firstly, I was really excited because I didn't have to spend my savings on purchasing a new toilet. But I'm kinda annoyed because it wasn't my item stuck in it! Lesson learned though - have some savings built up because they you don't have to worry about things that pop up like random stuff stuck in your toilet! It's freeing to know that you can cover the cost of something without charging it or worrying about how you'll front the costs!

Recipe: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One of my favorite recipes for the winter is crockpot chicken pot pie - it's easy, it's delicious and it's perfect comfort food for those ultra chilly days. Just put everything into the crockpot - stir every now and then and forget about it! 6 hours later - deliciousness! Here's the recipe for you!



 Ingredients:

2 10 oz cans of Cream of Chicken soup
1 12-16 oz bag of frozen veggies
1 small onion (diced)
1-2 stalks of celery (diced)
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of whole milk
spices to taste



Instructions:

1. Add chicken breasts to the bottom of your crock pot and pour over cream of chicken soup. 

2. Add cup of milk, frozen veggies, onion and celery, plus spices to taste! I used rosemary, thyme, and some basil. 



3. Cook on high for 4 hours and stir occasionally. At the 4 hour mark - test chicken to pull shred with two forks. Once chicken is shredded, I cooked on low for an additional 2 hours (you can keep on high for an additional hour). 

4. Serve with biscuits or crescent rolls! Enjoy!



We added some rice to make a little a la king! The girls loved it and ate it right up! Holland even requested additional servings which rarely happens with that picky eater! Plus we have leftovers for a second day! Print and trim instructions below! 


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Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie
Prep time: 10 min. | Cook time: 6 hrs. | Serves 4

Ingredients:

 2 10 oz cans of Cream of Chicken soup
1 12-16 oz bag of frozen veggies
1 small onion (diced)
1-2 stalks of celery (diced)
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup of whole milk
spices to taste

Instructions:

1. Add chicken breasts to the bottom of your crock pot and pour over cream of chicken soup. 

2. Add cup of milk, frozen veggies, onion and celery, plus spices to taste! I used rosemary, thyme, and some basil. 

3. Cook on high for 4 hours and stir occasionally. At the 4 hour mark - test chicken to pull shred with two forks. Once chicken is shredded, I cooked on low for an additional 2 hours (you can keep on high for an additional hour). 

4. Serve with biscuits or crescent rolls! Enjoy!



 
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