What’s Up Wednesday: September 2020

I totally meant to have this finished and scheduled to post before we left for Tennessee…but then life 😉 I had so much to do to get ready for our trip so I didnt get to finish up this post. So here we are! Already in October but going to take a quick look back at September and what’s going on this week…

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

I made this chart and laminated it so my boys would know exactly what they are having for breakfast and snacks throughout the week. It has really helped to stop the arguments about what is for snack (as my youngest always wants bars!). I use a dry erase maker and write everything out for the week and then can just wipe clean at the end of the week!

I am making Mixed Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna from Thug Kitchen, Pumpkin Chili from Thug Kitchen and Butternut Squash Enchiladas (again!) from ____. In addition, I am making homemade marina gar, nut cheese, pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins from Danielle Walker’s cookbooks.

Usually Saturday morning are for pancakes! I shared these delicious pancake recipe a couple weeks ago and this is what I make on the weekends. If you missed it, here they are again:

Purple Power Pancakes

A dear friend of mine created a version of this nutritious recipe for her family after needing to use a bunch of fresh berries that she and her family picked at a local farm. These pancakes are delicious and full of wonderful, healthy ingredients that your family is sure to LOVE! I have adapted this … Read More

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

I wish we could’ve really celebrated my grandmothers birthday in September, but we did a little porch celebration instead and brought her a homemade carrot cake. We had another lake day with friends which was so much fun! I will definitely miss our lake days and looking forward to next summer!

Locally every year, the Heard Museum has a special animatronic dinosaur trail and we love going! We spent a couple hours one afternoon in September walking the trails and enjoyed the day outside in nature! We also took the boys to a local skate park and they tried their bikes on the BMX trail there, too. My oldest said he likes the “concrete” better than the BMX trail..but this momma likes the soft dirt more than the concrete! Haha!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I haven’t worn perfume in YEARS (hello stay-at-home-mom!) and so after I dashed into Sephora for more foundation, I asked the gentlemen to help me find a perfume…and he did not disappoint!! I am LOVING my new perfume: Juliette Has a Gun. I got the travel size to start and see if I really do like it! The scent is kind of woodsy and not overwhelming. Its different in a good way and I love it!!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Unpacking and washing clothes! Haha! The joys of coming home from vacation! 😉

Other than that, I am editing articles for the November issue of Frisco STYLE Magazine and setting up photography appointments, working on all the miscellaneous writings for the issue and homeschooling the boys. Getting back into the groove of things pre-vacation!

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

November issue of FSM! October is out and it is gorgeous and I am so proud of all of our hard work! Now we enter the holiday season and it is going to be so much fun!! We have holiday gift guides, a highlight of Frisco Purple Heart recipients, amazing recipes and so much more!! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

October is my favorite month for a lot of reasons: 1) It starts cooling down and leaves start changing and ALL the pumpkins! 2) Its our wedding anniversary month! 3) Its my birthday month!!

So much fun in one month and I always love October 🙂

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

We are a bit late jumping on the Alone bandwagon but I am hooked!! We have watched 5 episodes in two nights and we are here for it!! It is so interesting and I would NEVER survive in the wilderness! Haha!

Anyone have any favorites?? We haven’t watched any past seasons but this current season Donny has been a favorite, Ray, and Brady.

And my absolute favorite is BACk!!

Anyone else LOVE this show?!? It is so perfect to have on while doing other things, but I am also so glued to the TV to see what they are creating! LOVE my Brits!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

While we were road tripping’ to Tennessee, I listed to the podcast Mom Struggling Well and absolutely LOVED these two podcasts and highly recommend you go take a listen:

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Every fall I look forward to busting out this adorable booties (but I desperately need a pedicure!!). I missed getting dressed up on vacation so my first day back into the office, I took the opportunity to put on my lashes and actually get ready!

I am loving this easy tee from Old Navy and this cute belt. And my Vince Camuto open toe booties I snagged on Nordstrom Rack a few years back.

My lipgloss/lipstick is a mix of colors – the LimeLife Enduring Lip Color in S’Mores and gloss is Too Faced Show Me Your Coconuts. And my lashes are KISS: Charm.

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

It is our wedding anniversary so we are going to celebrate!! Not sure what the plans are yet, but we will do something to celebrate! It is also going to be quite warm so we are going to take the boat out one day this weekend. Who knows…it may be our last time out so we are taking advantage of every warm weekend we have left 🙂

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving with the family , more football games (come on ‘Boys! Don’t disappoint me this season!) and taking the boys to different “fall” activities, like the Arboretum and pumpkin patch.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

Not much else! My hubby is looking to take our oldest on a camping weekend soon so trying to find a place that has availability (everything is booked!) and today going to get some pumpkins and mums to decorate our home. We are going to move a few things around in thehouse and convert rooms to better suit us, but all in due time. Just working on house projects here and there.

That’s it for September!! Check back in Friday for another Tennessee recap (no Friday Favorites, sorry!) and I hope you all have a blessed Wednesday!


What’s Up Wednesday – August 2020

It’s my FOURTH What’s Up Wednesday!

I am a week behind! I usually post my What’s Up Wednesday post on the last Wednesday of the month, but gracious! August just snuck past me and we are already in September!! Gracious!

Just to recap, I link up with Mix and Match Mama and share all the things! It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else, all in one post.

So let’s look at August 2020!

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

Well, it is Wednesday and we’ve already had the Beach Bum Chili from Earthy Andy‘s exclusive recipe booklet from pre-ordering her new cookbook and it was delicious! It was completely plant-based and full of flavor! I loved it and will definitly make it again!

Monday we had crock-pot chicken and made tacos with them and had leftovers last night. Tonight I am making vegan cauliflower curry soup, which I made before and it is also so full of flavor and ridiculously delicious! Then Thursday we will have black bean burgers with sweet potato fries and leftovers on Friday…then meal planning all over again on Saturday!

I have also been on a little coconut yogurt kick for breakfast. I am loving starting my morning with a hot cup of mushroom coffee, then a few hours later I eat a very small bowl of plain coconut yogurt, topped with hemp seeds, coconut flakes, a few organic raspberries and walnuts. Then I make my smoothie for lunch or a raw salad, have a snack and then dinner is whatever I plan for the week.

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

I am already missing summer! How is that possible?! I feel like even though we went on the boat a TON this summer, it just wasn’t enough! And all of a sudden, we go from 105 degrees, to fall. In a week.

Seriously…Monday it was 105 and next week well be in the 70s and 80s. Goodbye, summer! We will miss you!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I got a new planner and folio and LOVING it! I need seriously organization and my Plum Paper organizer helps SO much!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

A lot actually! We started week NINE of homeschool and I posted an update Monday, I’m a busy working momma now and I absolutely LOVE it! I love being an editor at Frisco STYLE Magazine! Everyone is super nice and like family already! My first issue as editor just came out and it is so rewarding to see it and read it and hold it in my hands! I am so thankful that God has given me this opportunity and I do not take it for granted for one minute!

WHAT I’M DREADING:

Hmmm….this one stumps me almost every month. I honestly don’t know what I am dreading. I am just thankful and feel grateful for every day that the Lord has given me.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

LOTS! Haha!

We are all hard at work crafting the October’s FSM issue, getting things set up with the photographer, getting articles in and editing, as well as writing one myself. I have started a new Bible study and hoping to get the book SOON so I can start working on it, I planted our fall veggies in our garden earlier this week, and just busy doing the regular day-to-day mom stuff + homeschooling!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

October is going to be a great issue and I cant wait to see it all come together!

We have booked a VRBO for Tennessee and I CANNOT WAIT to hike with my boys and be outside in nature, sitting on this patio, watching the sunrise and sunsets. I am so exited!!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

We have started watching The Umbrella Academy and y’all…it’s different! It’s weird but interesting and I just cant stop watching. If you like SciFi, mystery, Marvel-type superpowers, then you’ll love it!

I am also all caught up on the Housewives, so there’s that! 😉

I am sooo behind on my reading, but working on My Dearest Hamilton as well as listening to No Easy Day on Audible. I will finish one day, but right now I am finding my groove with everything going on and leisure reading really isn’t at the top of my to-do list at the moment.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

During my morning walks, I am listening to the Bible App – the one year plan and enjoying listening to the NLT version. I am still rocking out to the Hamilton soundtrack while I cook and I ask Alexa to play Hillsong a lot.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

I have fallen in love with the magnetic eyelashes and I just cannot get enough! These KISS brand ones are so amazing, so easy to wear and apply and just so fast! I used to spend way too long applying mascara over and over, trying to get length and thickness…no more! Just a swipe of magnetic eyeliner and voila! IN LOVE!

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

It’s Labor Day weekend…so that mean another weekend on the boat! We are actually going Friday afternoon instead of Sat/Sun/Mon because it gets pretty crazy out there on the holidays, so we will enjoy it the day before.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Like I shared above, we will be going to Tennessee for the first time and I am so exited and looking forward to all the tree-hugging adventures! Please comment below your MUST-SEE places in Tennessee around Pigeon Forge area.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

Not much else! We have a few house reno stuff we are chatting about but otherwise just getting into the groove of being a FT working homeschooling momma!


August is in the books! How was your August? Share below!

Have a blessed rest of your week/month and make sure to come back on Friday to read my latest Friday Favorites!


What’s Up Wednesday – July 2020

It’s my third edition of What’s Up Wednesday! 

You can catch my June post here and May here.

The last Wednesday of the month I link up with Mix and Match Mama and share all the things! It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else, all in one post.

So let’s look at July!

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

I am literally meal planning as I type this!

I am making ALL NEW recipes this week (scary and exciting all at the same time)! First, a HUGE THANK YOU to my amazing neighbor who happened to have the Thug Kitchen cookbook that I could look over! And I printed a couple recipes from the Thug Kitchen website as well as one from Skinnytaste. So here’s the plan for the week:

I am going to have to make a few adjustments with some items to make it gluten-free and I will swap maple syrup in some of the recipes for honey. Hopefully it will work just fine! I am making my own homemade nut cheese from Danielle Walker’s cookbook and her marinara sauce. I also have a delicious homemade enchilada sauce recipe that I will make Thursday for Friday’s recipe.

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

An adults-only night out on the boat! It was sooooo long overdue! It was nice to social-distance on the boat with two other couples and grill dinner, float, and just enjoy the sunset sans kids.

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I am absolutely LOVING my early morning walks! I go as soon as my littlest wakes up (about 6:30am) and get him situated and then I head out the door (don’t worry…Daddy is home!) and walk for about 20-30 minutes and soak up the sunrise, quiet, and all the nature sounds!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We went on a little family bike ride last weekend and took a trail that lead to the lake. The boys got a little muddy but we all had fun exploring!

We are about to finish our FOURTH week of homeschool and we are loving it!!

We are enjoying the lake as much as possible before summer is over!

WHAT I’M DREADING:

Honestly not much right now! I am trying to love each day and just taking things one day at at time.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Homeschooling! Haha! That is seriously a wonderful task all on it’s own. I was working on a preschool curriculum for our 3-year old so I could have more of a plan for him…but I think I got a little too courageous and need to go back through and edit some stuff 😉

I am also in the thick of writing a feature article for a local magazine and can’t wait to see it all put together!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

There are a couple of things that I REALLY excited about but waiting a bit longer before I can share with all of you…but I promise I will share with you as soon as I can!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

We just finished Down to Earth and I absolutely loved it!!! Got me so fired back up to take better care of this planet. Each episode stood alone and was about a different country and topic. I highly recommend watching it!!

I have been replaying the Hamilton soundtrack a bit too much over here (but can it really be too much?!? Haha!), and so interested in Hamilton and his life…so much so that I downloaded this book:

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

Whenever I am on my morning walks, I listen to Ruth Cho Simons and Troy Simons podcast, Foundations, and it is so calming, refreshing, comforting, encouraging…all the things. Listening to these two talk about God and basically preach to my soul…it is so needed and so nice. Their website describes Foundations as follows:

“Families are shaped one day at a time through the Word of God. The Foundations podcast helps you direct your family as you explore 12 key truths to connect your children’s hearts—and yours—to the heart of God.”

https://ruthandtroy.com/podcast/

I usually leave one earbud in and leave the other out so I can still hear the birds while I walk. Each podcast is usually the length of my walk, too, which is perfect! I hate starting and stopping podcasts, because I usually forget what was previously mentioned 😉

WHAT I’M WEARING:

I purchased two adorable bracelets and anklet from Pura Vida and absolutely love them! They are simple, cute, light, and have PURPOSE as well as being fair-trade:

“Pura Vida was given a chance to expand its artisan community to include a family of more than 800 artisans in Costa Rica, El Salvador, India and more, who can count on a steady income and positive work environment thanks to the incredible support of Pura Vida fans. Giving back has always been at the core of what we do, which is why we also created the Charity Collection. Over the last few years, we’ve partnered with more than 175 charities around the world to donate nearly $2.4 million to causes you care about. We’re always striving to do more and are constantly on the lookout for more charities that can benefit from Pura Vida Bracelets.”

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Every summer post is going to be pretty much the same…GOING ON THE BOAT! Haha!

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

My hubby’s birthday is in August and it is going to be worth celebrating! I love birthdays and his is no exception! I will cook his favorite foods (cause thats my love language!) and we most likely will go on the boat that weekend.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

Not much else!! Just enjoying my quiet walks in the morning, homeschooling, reading, watching shows, cooking, cleaning…same ol’ same ol’!


Well, that’s it for July!! It seems like the months are just FLYING by!

Have a blessed rest of your week/month and make sure to come back on Friday to read my latest Friday Favorites!


What’s Up Wednesday – June 2020

It’s my second edition of What’s Up Wednesday!

You can catch my May post here.

The last Wednesday of the month I link up with Mix and Match Mama and share all the things! It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else, all in one post.

So let’s dive right in!

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

Monday I made Danielle Walker’s Orange Chicken, we had leftovers Tuesday, tonight is Pesto Pasta night, Thursday I am making Carne Aside burrito bowls, with leftovers the following night. Then I will reevaluate for the weekend and see if we have any other hodge podge meals I can make or leftovers for the weekend!

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

Time with family!

We had a wonderful visit with the grandparents at Green Acres and loved every minute of it!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

Swimming with the boys and soaking up all the lake time!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Recently just spending time with friends! It has been nice to expand our quarantine circle a little bit and see friends that we have missed so much!

WHAT I’M DREADING:

Fear of the unknown.

I signed our oldest up for a church camp and I am excited for him and happy to have him there, but anxieties are starting to build up and I am fighting fears.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

It is so weird to say, but I have submitted my book proposal (about my testimony and how God has worked in my life) to three different literary agents and waiting to hear from them.

I am also interviewing to teach with VIPKid! I interviewed a couple years ago and was approved for the next phase of interviewing, but then sat on it and never did anything. Clark was still waking in the night a lot and I was exhausted with my Candida and hormone imbalances and was just not in a good place to work nights teaching children how to speak English. Fast-forward to today and I feel so much better and excited for the possibility of this new venture!

I’ll keep you updated!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

Just all of the upcoming work-from-home possibilities that I mentioned above!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

Y’all! I am so late to the game but Schitt’s Creek is so great! Episodes are less than 25 minutes (Amen!), light, funny, sarcastic, and easy to watch. I am loving it!

I am currently reading A Woman is No Man and it is so fascinating!! Goodreads describes it best: “In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.”

It is so good!!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

Currently I am listening to Jen Hatmaker’s podcast about the Enneagram (post coming out next week with my Enneagram number).

And my boys sitting next to me playing with Legos 😉

WHAT I’M WEARING:

My NEW Lovebug Apparel tee!!! I LOVE it!

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Going out on the boat of course! 😉

We didn’t go the last two weekends because we were out of town with family and then had other stuff going on…so we are making up for it this weekend! It looks like it will be windy both Saturday and Sunday (bummer!) but we will still venture out one of those days and find a cove to anchor and swim!

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

4th of July on the lake!

We are going to watch fireworks from the boat this year and super pumped for the boys to see them from the lake this year!

My cousin is expecting her first baby and I can’t wait to see her, her momma, and sister, who will be visiting and celebrating the new baby girl with family! We are having a little family dinner and swim at my grandmothers home and I can’t wait to see everyone!

I have a girls day planned with some precious ladies from our Life Group and we are taking our boat out for the day and it will be so nice to just chill and float with such sweet women!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

I go back to see my alternative doctor at the beginning of July and interested to see how the Candida is healing now that I have added back in fruit and the occasional honey. Praying for good results and blood work! And excited for my IV therapy! 😉

Well, that’s it for June!! It has already come and gone!

Have a blessed rest of the week/month and make sure to come back on Friday to read my latest Friday Favorites!


What’s Up Wednesday: May 2020

Whoop whoooop! It’s Wednesday, y’all! And the LAST ONE OF MAY!!! How did that happen?!?

The last Wednesday of the month, Mix and Match Mama hosts a link-up party, where everyone shares what is going on in their lives. It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else, all in one post.

So without further ado…

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

If you missed my ‘What We’re Eating This Week’ post, you can read it here.

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

VBS

It’s that time of year when VBS is so close, the excitement starts to build, and the final preparations are being made. I am so sad that we won’t have VBS this year. With Covid-19, our church has had to cancel and reschedule a lot of events. They are doing a fantastic job in keeping all of us connected but I will miss the kids, volunteers, staff, and the joy that only VBS can bring. Last year was so much fun and both the boys loved every minute of it!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I’m loving our boat! I know many of you already know this, but going out on the lake is such a calming, relaxing day away. When we go out, the boys enjoy jumping in and swimming, tubing, and eating…and eating…and more eating! Haha! It is just so calming to listen to nature and be surrounded by water.

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Well, not much! It feels like Groundhog Day over here…clean, cook, school, cook again, clean again, laundry, etc.

I did, however, get my hair done this past Saturday and boy did I need it! My roots were all the way back to my ponytail! So glad to have a fresh cut and color and feel back to normal.

If you are looking for an incredible hair stylist in the Plano, Frisco, North Dallas area, go see my girl Kortnee! She is fabulous!!

WHAT I’M DREADING:

Stephen going back to his office.

He is currently working in our guest bedroom because it is the quietest spot in the house…and it has a lock on the door! We moved the bed around and made a bit more space for him…and now he has an office window!

I am really enjoying having him work from home and I will miss him so much when he is gone all day.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Writing a few different books and articles…and always folding laundry!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

School to finally be OVER!! Tomorrow is officially the last day of school and we are ready to close the door on this elearning adventure. We have no idea what things will look like this fall, but trust that God will lead and guide us for what may come next.

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

World of Dance is finally BACK!! I LOVE this show!! It came on last night and it did not disappoint! I love watching all the new dances, locking and isolating is my favorite, but I love all types and thoroughly amazed by the talent! The ONLY thing that bothered me was the new stage – they moved from a round stage surrounded by people cheering them on, to a warehouse. The judges were lined up and it felt a lot like American Idol (which, don’t hate me…I don’t like American Idol. There. I’ve said it.). The contestants had to get at least 2 yeses to move on, or given an opportunity to come back to try again, or given a no. Then they went out into the hallway to meet with a new version of Ryan Seacrest to reflect on the performance and how they’re feeling. Even though I am disappointed with this set (hopefully it is just temporary!), I LOVE the dancers and was still smiling every minute of it!

Every Wednesday you will find us watching The Challenge. It is one of our favorites and we look forward to watching it every week. It’s kind of like Big Brother with the politicking, but then there are serious endurance, physical, and mental challenges.

In addition to The Challenge, I am watching all the girly drama shows (currently The Real Housewives of New York and Beverly Hills; waiting for Dallas, Orange County, and New Jersey to come back on.), and watching Schitt’s Creek (very funny and short episodes, which is nice for a change). We are trying to take a break from the series and watch movies at night.

Speaking of seres…I just finished Dead to Me and oh my goodness!! It was so good!! Left us watchers on a cliffhanger and I am now anxiously waiting for the next season. Have you watched it yet??

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

If you missed my Friday Favorites last week, I shared some of my favorite podcasts. You can read what I am listening to here.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Did you see the necklace I am wearing in this pic from above?

Stephen got me this ADORABLE choker for Mother’s Day and it is my new favorite! It is perfect for stacking or wearing on its own. I love it!

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

We are going to take family pictures Saturday and more than likely we will go on the boat Sunday.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Swim lessons!!

Our water baby last summer at Hawaiian Falls

Clark is signed up for another round of swim lessons with our AMAZING swim instructor and I cannot wait to watch this water baby grow and learning more!

And visiting family!

We are going to Green Acres to visit our parents/grandparents and spend a few days picking blueberries, eating s’mores, driving golf carts and chuck wagons, and running off some serious quarantine energy!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

We are looking forward to loading up the boat and taking the whole family to Arkansas! We are still trying to figure out where we want to go, either the Ozark’s, Lake Hamilton, or Lake Ouachita. Once we know where, we will book a VRBO and enjoy a week on the lake and hitting up some nature trails! This chapel is definitely on the must-see list!

Any suggestions of where to go or what to see would be greatly appreciated!!

Well, that’s it for today!

Have a blessed rest of the week and come back on Friday to read my next Friday Favorites…it’s all about skincare!!