Day 2

Yesterday was not a great day for goal meeting. I was running around to different stores returning things, buying things, figuring things…. it was slightly hectic. Then, whenever I was home, my poor kids were a MESS! Tantrums, whining, crying, tired, teething, running noses, and I almost got “pantsed” multiple times by kids hanging from my pant legs.

Today will be a much more calm day. A little cleaning around the house, lunch with the girls (and all the kids, naturally), naptime (for the kids, not me. I wish.), and then a trip to the grocery store, where I will FINALLY have completed the shopping for little man’s first birthday.

I am not going to bother posting the stats for yesterday, as it is extremely depressing just to think about. Let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. Here’s hoping for a much more productive day.

Question of the day: How much is too much for a birthday party (in your opinion)?

 

Thanks for reading!

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I’m back! and 30-day challenge…

I got HORRIBLE about blogging! So, I apologize, but I am back now. That has to count for something, right? RIGHT?!?

I am also contemplating a blog move/slight change in direction, but that will come later. Let me get good at consistently blogging, then we shall see 😉

I decided the best way to get back in the blogging “saddle”, I would start with a 30-day challenge, inspired by my cousin Joel. I however, will not be posting videos because of a constant disappointment in the sound of my recorded voice, and a face that looks like a pepperoni pizza thanks to a nice cocktail of crap food, a reaction to a new face wash, and stress (lots of it).

So here’s the deal. I have made a list of some things I would like to accomplish/make a habit of during this 30 days. I will be documenting it (hopefully daily, as that is another habit I would like to get into) on this blog. I am hoping that this will hold me accountable, and also (hopefully) encourage me on this journey.

Things I hope to accomplish during this 30-day period are:

  • NO SODA! (It really is a weakness… I will go all day without water if there is soda in the house. It’s horrible, I know. But I am being completely open and honest)
  • 30 minutes of exercise (preferably outside) EVERY DAY. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the kids, or cleaning the house, that I forget that it would be good for ALL OF US to go out for a walk, or dance around.
  • Eat more produce! And at least one (healthy) vegetarian meal/day. I love fruits and veggies, but sometimes, it is just easier to grab and go. Easier is NOT better! Maybe between this and my exercise goal, i will lose some of this stubborn baby weight.
  • Make a budget and stick to it! I am GREAT at writing out a budget, and working with numbers. Not so good at sticking to the budget, and being strict with, not just myself, but my ENTIRE family.
  • Stress less! I find that more often than not, by the time my husband gets home, I am frazzled and stressed, and probably look like  the lovechild of Medusa and Hellboy. Not a good sight/atmosphere to come home to. I am hoping that forcing myself outside every day will help with that.
  • Do one small thing for MYSELF every day. All you moms can relate. We get so caught up in taking care of everyone else, we forget that we have needs too! This could be as simple as painting my nails, taking a bubble bath,  or getting creative!
  • Read my Bible. I have ALWAYS been horrible about this! Like, ALWAYS. And I find that after 16 years saved and going to church… I feel so dumb when it comes to knowing things. I bet my self-esteem would be alot better if I would just read for myself how my CREATOR views me!
  • Start (and finish) a book. I used to read all the time. I just never find the time anymore. I keep hinting to hubby, that if I had a Kindle, it would be waaayy easier. I don’t think he’s buying it, since he hasn’t seen me pick up a book in years lol!
  • And lastly, complete a sewing project. I have soooo many ideas right now, and I keep using the excuse that I can’t find the time. But really, I could get up earlier, stay up later, or just manage my time better in general.

So, I start tomorrow, and I hope you all will stick around as I tackle my list. Feel free to start your own challenge and share it with me (not that you need my permission)! I’d love to hear your stories!

Chick-Chick-ChickEEEEENNNNN!!!!

Dinner last night was… well… I’m not sure what to call it. I kinda threw it together (I’m getting good at that). But I can tell you it was garlicky, cheesy, crispy chicken goodness, and in my book, that is called HEAVEN!

So here it is!

Grab some chicken breast, and let’s go!

Here’s what you need:

Chicken

BUTTER

Panko bread crumbs

Flour

Milk

Garlic Powder

Season salt

Parmesan Cheese

Cheddar Cheese

*Measurements will depend on the amount of chicken, just eyeball it*

1. Preheat your oven to 350, and ready your broiler pan (yes, i am kind of obsessed with it right now, but it really keeps the chicken crispy)

2. Sautee your breadcrumbs in some melted butter with season salt (about 1/4 tsp per cup of breadcrumbs) and garlic powder (to taste) until lightly browned. Move them to a plate.

3. Add parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs, and mix well

3. Dip your chicken in flour, then milk, then breadcrumbs and put on your pan.

4. Bake for 35 minutes, then sprinkle with cheddar (or whatever cheese you so desire- this would make great chicken parm) and bake for another 10 minutes.

 

Doesn’t it look AMAZING?

 

I served it with Linguine and home-made Alfredo Sauce, and Green Beans. Here is hubby’s plate:

 

 

Be sure that when you put the linguine on the plate, you do it all messy like I did and get it on both the chicken and the green beans. You’ll thank me later ;-).

 

As always, ENJOY!