Jan 5, 2021

Confessions. Pros. Cons.


for christmas, dc got a cd player and a florida georgia line cd (per his request). he loves country. the good news is the cd player is used every single day. the bad news is the same cd plays all day everyday since christmas. you win some, you lose some, right?

though...it is the cutest thing to hear him sing with a twang. mister and i can't help but look at each other and smile the moment we hear that little guy sing in a southern accent. 

i am making a crockpot dinner today. sing heavenly praises. 

confession-i have been rearranging our living room since we moved in. i remember, as a little girl, helping my mom push the sofa around her living room, and trying to see the vision she had in her mind while we moved things around. like mother, like daughter? yep. love you mom!

the bachelor started yesterday. the mister ran to walmart to get an hd antenna so we could watch live. good news, the atenna worked. it picked up a ton of channels. bad news, it did not pick up abc. hooray. can you hear my sarcasm there? that's the jersey in me.

though...props to my husband for driving all the way to walmart and back just so we could watch a show together. he's a real hero around these parts. love you babe.

Jan 4, 2021

Corn Bread Recipe


What you will need-

Dry Ingredients...

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cups sugar

1/2 cornmeal

1 tbs baking powder

Wet Ingredients...

1 1/4 cup milk

2 eggs 

1/3 cup coconut oil (unflavored)

3 tbs butter melted 

What you'll do-

Preheat oven to 350.

Coat cast iron skillet with avocado oil.

In a bowl large bowl mix all dry ingredients together. 

In a separate bowl combine all wet ingredients. 

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

Stir to combine.

Pour into skillet. Bake 30-35 minutes.

Coat with butter and a sprinkle of sugar.

Dec 30, 2020

Today was a simple day, but it was a great one.

picture credit- my sweet friend @alovelybean on ig

Today, I held Aida Mae in my arms while she napped. It was glorious. Moments like those are the ones I live for. It's the kind of treasure I could have easily missed if I didn't catch that she had sleepy eyes. If I was busy chasing things that don't matter or staring at my phone I would have missed the moment entirely. Instead, I was present. I was folding laundry when she came into the room. I lowered myself to her level and looked at her while she talked to me. It was then that I noticed her heavy eyes. I stopped what I was doing, scooped her into my arms, and rocked her. 

I am grateful I paid attention and that just hours before I had made a decision to be more intentional with my time. I'm also grateful for the blessings that have come from that choice.

Later, we prayed and chatted as a family. DC sang us his favorite country song. We played a few board games, and ate buffalo dip. 

We had a good friend watch the kids so the mister and I could get burgers and look for some good books at Barnes and Nobles. 

On the way home from our date, the mister took my hand and said, "Thank you for setting this up. It was so nice to spend time with you." He is wonderful and I am the luckiest. 

Now, it's time for a cuddle sesh with the mister and an episode of Friends. Goodnight, ya'll.

Today was a simple day, but it was a great one. 

Dec 29, 2020

Dear Journal

Dear Journal,

2020 has been a year I don't think anyone will soon forget. It has been a year with a lot of challenges, changes, and even loss. It has also been a year of growth. 

I'd like to say that early on I saw the error in my ways, but alas we are nearing 2021 and I am only really just now seeing where I have fallen short. 

As I've gone from a young adult into a more seasoned one, I can see that I have been distracted. I have talked about allowing my attention to shift from things of eternal perspective to things of this world. I have been puffed up in pride. My eyes have been opened more than ever before. I have been running and running trying to work towards or achieve something, but that thing holds no real eternal significance. Like the wise Grinch says, we run around collecting stuff, and in the end all we collect ends up in the dump.

I can see now that I have played into the idea that things do matter (even though we all know they don't). Even as I type this I am humbled, and ask for forgiveness. I have been chasing things, when what I should be doing is pouring myself into my family and friends. 

A good friend of mine said that she hoped to be more intentional in the 2020. She wanted to be intentional with her time, money, and life. I think she is on to something. We should all be so focused and so in tune with Him, that in turn all of our doings become intentional. 

I am done being distracted. I will work actively to do things of importance. I will be more vigilant on what and where I spend my time and money. I will build on my talents, learn new skills that will help my family thrive, pray more often, treasure things I already have, and share things worth sharing. 

I know what matters what doesn't. It's just a matter of taking control over my thoughts and actions. 

Dec 17, 2020

Christmas Cookies with Walmart+

Tis the season for spoiling loved ones and for drinking way too much hot chocolate.

I was feeling festive and decided to make holiday cookies for our neighbors. I love receiving handwritten cards or homemade treats. So, naturally I figured I would return the favor. 

I went to the store and got a pack of Oreos, some peppermint candies, a few little gift bags, some chocolate chips, and some other items not on my list. Shhh it can be our little secret. 

I was super excited to start making the holiday cookies when I got home. I melted the chocolate and crushed up the peppermint candies. It smelled heavenly. I laid the parchment paper on the baking tray, and put a drying rack on top of said tray. Then, I started dipping the Oreos into the yummy melted chocolate. To my great dismay, I had only dipped a few Oreos into the melted chocolate before running out.

“Dang it,” I thought, “now I will have to go back to the store for more chocolate.” 

Nope. Not anymore. I grabbed my phone and within minutes I had more chocolate coming to my doorstep. What is this Christmas magic you ask? 

Walmart+! Walmart has a new membership, Walmart+ and it comes with free delivery from your local store on orders $35+ (restrictions apply) with delivery available as soon as same day!

Walmart+ benefits available based on location- 

  NEW: Walmart+ free shipping, no order minimum on items from Walmart.com (excludes oversized/freight & Marketplace items) with next-day and two-day shipping options!

  Free delivery on over 160,000 items from your nearest store from groceries and toiletries to toys and electronics, which can be delivered to your door as soon as the same day (orders must be at least $35 and restrictions apply).

  Use of mobile scan & go in the Walmart app. This allows you to scan items as you shop in-store and then pay at the self-checkout using Walmart Pay creating a touch-free payment experience. This really awesome because it is contactless checkout (great option these days).

  Save five cents per gallon with member price on fuel at 1,500 Walmart, Murphy USA and Murphy Express fuel stations. Plus, receive member prices at Sam’s Club fuel centers.

Walmart+ is convenient and helps us save on money and time. All you have to do is sign up (see the amazing benefits they offer in your area) and bam discover all the new ways you can make your shopper more convenient.

Need Christmas cookie ingredients? They've got you covered. Need Legos for your little master builder? They’ve got those too! Ya'll it's so easy.

Walmart+ is going to be this mama's favorite Christmas elf. 

Thank you Walmart for partnering on this post!

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