Three Fact & Truth Thursday

Three Fact & Truth Thursday

You guys.  Scratch this series day during the week.  Fact:  It’s a bust.  Truth: I’m over it.  I just do not enjoy writing on this day and find myself struggling coming up with anything to write about.  I just haven’t been feeling it.  Then I realized, if I haven’t been feeling it, my readers probably haven’t been feeling it either.  I am so sorry about that!

Instead, I’m going to start a new Thursday series and it’s one you’ve probably heard of before, but I’m going to try it out anyways!  The new name of the series will be, Throw Back Thursdays. Who doesn’t love a good Throw Back Thursday to converse about?  There is always plenty of throwbacks to talk about.  I personally love going back in time!

 To start you off, I wanted to share this:

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Who remembers the time when you had to roll down car windows with a manual lever? Perhaps you owned a car back in the day with these?  I had kind of forgotten that cars didn’t always have automatic window buttons until I stumbled across the picture.  You see it and you just think, “WOW”, in an I can’t believe we used to live like that sort of tone!

Now, I never owned a car where I had to roll down my own windows, but my parents owned cars with roll down window levers before I could drive.  I can’t imagine this was always fun for parents with little kids in the back seat who played with the window levers and had control over them.  I’m sure many shoes and toys went flying out the windows then.  Now we have something called child safey locks and we also can roll the windows up in the back seat, from the front seat.  Amazing right?

It’s kind of crazy to think how one simple little thing has changed and in turn changed our lives.  As convienet as the automatic buttons we have now, that roll up are car windows for us, there are instances where they can be kind of unsafe.  I’ve heard stories where kids and pets heads have gotten stuck in the window because they accidentially put their hand or paw on the button and the window closed on them.  There have actually been human and pet deaths from this.  You rarely, if ever, heard of that happening with the manual levers.

Like a lot of things, we learn when technology gets “fancy”, it is oftentimes better left alone, untouched or changed.  Simple can sometimes be better.  However, the world wouldn’t evolve if there wasn’t new technology to be had.  Sadly because of this, in the world we live in today, we always want the best, the newest, and that latest gadgets with all the bells and whistles.  We tend to forget to remember and also appreciate that it is a privlege to have these hot commodeties.  We live in a world where people are so ungrateful and use the statement “I need that” too loosely.

So, It is on this Thursday that I want you to reflect on what you have.  I want you to differentiate between wants and needs.  I want you to stop comparing yourself to another and if you still have those manual window levers in your car, but your friend has those fancy automatic buttons that there are pros and cons to both sides.  Simply stop.  Start your day with a grateful heart.  Take a deep breath and realize that thing you think you need will one day show up on someone else’s blurb about a throwback Thursday!

 

 

 

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Wondering on Wednesdays.

Most of you do not follow me on facebook or instagram. I can count on my two hands how many of my followers that do follow me on those media sources (primarily my husband, a few family members and a few close friends). It is completely fine if you do not follow me on those. There are no hard feelings. It will actually make todays post more interesting to you.

Incase you are wondering what I have been up to the last week on those sites, I am about to tell you. I was challenged by my cousin to post for 7 days a black & white photo of my daily life. No people are allowed in the photos and no explanations. Then, I was to ask someone new each day to do the same.

I accepted the challenge and thought I would share my 7 photos with you. I figured it would be a unique way for my followers to get to know me more. The catcher is, Id also love to get to know you more. If you are reading this, please accept the same challenge and post either 7 photos in your blog or drop your 7 photos in the comment section below. I look forward to seeing a glimmer into your life through photography. I hope you enjoy seeing a glimmer into my life as well.

Aimless 20 Talk Tuesday

  1.  My baby is 11 months old today.  I’m not quite sure how I feel about this.  As each month passes, it surely is bitter sweet.  However, I am eternally grateful for her ever single day.
  2. I am sorry for my lack of posts lately.  I really have no excuses so I will spare you any that I could potentially come up with.
  3. My husband left for CA yesterday and will not be back until Thursday evening sometime.  The kids already miss him, the house is extra quiet and I was quickly reminded of how much I hate being alone in the house without him at night.  When he goes away, it does put things in perspective for me on how much we do lean on one another and help one another out, even when there are days it seems I am not getting as much help as I’d like and he probably feels that way too at times.
  4. Fall is officially here.  We are going camping this weekend one last time before we put our camper away for the year.  It’s going to be chilly, but it’s supposed to be nice Fall weather ahead so maybe we picked a good weekend to go.
  5. Chai Latte.  YUM!
  6. Another family who went through IVF that I know just had their miricle baby.  Tears of joy for them!  God is good all of the time.
  7. Guys…I still don’t have Fall decor on my porch…just my now dead potted flowers from summer.  Dead works for Halloween though right?  I’m just not into it this year…like I seriously don’t care.  However, I feel so guilty because E has been begging me to decorate to get in the spirit and for my kids sake I really need to step up my game.  They are only little once and I need to do it for them.
  8. E was just into the doctor last week with a sinus infection.  She got an antibiotic and is back to doing her nebulizer treatments twice daily.  She hasn’t been complaining of headaches like she was, but her cough is still not great.  Doctor said if her cough wasn’t better in 10 days that she needs to be seen again.  Well today is her last day of meds and she still has that cough.  My sister is also sick and my father in law I guess now…’tis the season.
  9. 65 degrees in my house right now feels cold, brr.  At what point do you usually turn on the heat? Haha.  I’m such a freeze baby.
  10. I started taking Coq10.  I did not consult my doctor first (which is a no-no) but for those of you take it for poor egg quality, how much do you take?  If your husband takes it, how much does he take?  I currently am taking the reccommended dose on the bottle, but I know you can up the dose.  Just curious.
  11. I’m finally set to get my hair cut on Nov. 1st.  I’m still uncertain of what I want to do, therefore, I feel like I should just get a trim.  However, the other part of me wants to hack it off.  Always the dilemma.
  12. My motivation is completely gone.  I need it back.  I think depresion is creeping back in a bit.
  13. We really need to get someone to come into our house to clean the carpets.  We have never had them professionally cleaned since we’ve lived here.  That’s gross…especially being that it’s 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 kids later.   I don’t even want to know whats in that stuff.  If it were up to me I’d rip it all out and go to wood flooring & rugs.
  14. Our family photos and K’s one year old photos are coming up in November.  We are going with mustard yellow and navy for our main colors.  I hope they turn out cute!
  15. Who is doing Christmas cards this year?  I like doing them so I can put them in the girls scrapbooks and sending out to close family and friends, which last year I got my list down to about 100 people.  However, it seems like a thing that is starting to fade out.  Should I just save my time, money and energy this year or continue on with the tradition?  Do you like receiving cards?  What do you do with them when you get them?  I hang mine until the New Year and then I save them every year.  However, I know some people just receive them and throw them right away.  Seems like a waste when I can just make a card and put it up on social media and it reaches the same people with less waste.
  16. Did I mention that I tried online grocery shopping?  We have stores in our area that will let you shop online and then pick a date and time to pick up at your convienence.  It was no fuss or hassle and so much easier then shopping and being highly distracted with the kids.  Win-win.  I will be doing this again.  I tried it at our local pick n’save but I know some Wal-Marts are doing it now as well as Woodmans, etc.  AWESOME!!!
  17. After the holidays I’d really like to pick up an extra kiddo or two to watch or get a part time job.  I’ve been in a lull and as much as I’ve been trying to enjoy it, I really do miss the extra cash I was bringing in.
  18. We signed up my oldest for Sunday school in Sept and this has been also holding us accountable for going to church on a more regular basis.  It feels good and I am glad that we are going again.  We are not members of the church we attend, but it’s been weighing heavily on my heart to do the members class to become members.  However, it is 6 Sunday’s in a row we would have to attend these classes and there is always 1 or 2 Sundays that they have these classes where we are not home to attend.
  19. It’s always a good feeling when you can sneak away your child’s attachment item and get it in the wash machine.  K has a blanket she is attached to and it was full of stains and turning black.  I was able to throw it in the quick cycle while she was eating breakfast.  It looks and smells so much better.  I really need to get a 2nd back up…if I were smart.  However, they switched the design of this blanket at Kohls and she is very particular about this exact blanket.
  20. Well my little just filled her pants.  Time to go wreslte the octopus.

Wondering On Wednesdays

The chill is in the air, the trees are officially changing colors, the grass is growing at a slower pace, pumpkins and fall decor are displayed on porches, mums are blooming bold reds, pinks, yellows and oranges and beautiful and it finally feels like Fall here in Wisconsin.

You either hate the new transition, or you love it.  Initially, I enjoy Fall.  There is a crisp enjoyment that comes with it.  Personally I don’t hate it and I also don’t love it.  So, if you are like me,  I guess you can also be somewhere in between of loving it and hating it.

Never do I ever want to say good bye to the warmth of our beautiful summer days, but it is inevital.  Living in WI my entire life, I know this, yet I still have trouble getting used to it and am in denial at every change of season, looking forward to some more then others.  As we all have experienced, when one door closes, another one opens even when we don’t want them too-but with any new change we are able to find the positive amongst the negative, or at least we try our best to.  It is all the positive things I really do try to drown myself in during these cooler months.  Positives give me things to look forward and allow new adventures to unveil themselves.  Also, by having positives it helps to not dwell on what I am losing when summer says, adios amigos.

We had a good run last week with some lingering 70-80 degree warm sunny weather.  It was lovely.  However, yesterday, although it was sunny, it was also very chilly and I had to close the windows in my house because I just couldn’t stay warm.  The cooler weather has always been difficult to transition to no matter if you anticipate its arrival.  However, if you are wondering how I stay warm come Fall, I will give you a few of my favorite waysss:  Soup, Sweaters & Snuggling.

If it’s one thing I look forward to come Fall it is Soup.  I love eating soup, making soup, and sharing soup.  Soup is one of my favorite foods and all time favorite comfort foods.  Chicken noodle soup, Stuffed Pepper Soup, Chili (Regular & White Chicken), Taco Soup & Lasagna Soup are on my go-to list that I make every year.  However, I love trying new soup recipes and fall in love with new ones every Fall.  On Sunday, I tried making Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Chowder.  My girls were not a fan, my husband said it needed potatoes, but otherwise said it wasn’t bad and proceeded to eat a 2nd helping and I really enjoyed it.  It was hearty, had just the right amount of spices and was satisfying.  I will for sure be adding it in my rotation this season.  Here is the recipe I used if you’d like to try it:

CREAMY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER

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This creamy and comforting chowder is perfect for a chilly day.

yield: SERVES 6

 

prep time: 10 MINUTES

 

cook time: 45 MINUTES

 

total time: 55 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (can use gluten-free flour)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans vegetable broth (low sodium is fine)
  • 1 1/4 cups Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Original
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (we used white cheddar)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place chopped cauliflower and garlic cloves on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until well coated. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place pan in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender, stirring once. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Finely chop the roasted garlic cloves. Add the garlic, roasted cauliflower, bay leaf, and dried thyme to the pot. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir. Cook until flour disappears.
  4. Pour in the vegetable broth and stir. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the milk and shredded cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and chowder is creamy. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  5. Ladle chowder into bowls and serve warm.

Note-if you want the recipe to be gluten-free, use gluten-free flour.

What is your favorite soup?  If you think there is one I’d love to add to my rotation, please share with me in the comments.  Thank you in advance!

Another of my absolute favorite ways to keep warm this Fall season is sweaters and/or sweatshirts.  Bonus points if the sweater is oversized and a hand me down, has a hood and from high school or college or has thumb holes in the sleeves.  One of my favorite sweaters that I love is actually my late grandfathers sweaters (actually more like a button down crotched cardigan).  Would I ever wear this beauty out in public?  Probably not.  However, I love throwing it on when I am chilled in the morning or at night before bed or even when I’m sick.  Not only does it remind me of my grandpa which feels like a giant hug from him everytime I wear it, but it’s like a cozy warm blanket to cuddle up in but I can still do tasks in it if needed.  It fits over anything I own so it’s versatile too.  Some of the hooded sweatshirts I love most are either from my highschool sporting events or college days.  Everytime I throw one of those suckers on they bring back all the feels and good memories of my younger days and the majority of these that I held on to, I can throw on with a pair of yoga pants or jeans and still wear out in public so it’s win-win when I want a comfy dressing day!  Lets talk thumbholes in sleeves.  I love this concept come Fall and my 5 year old just got a few of these warmer sweatshirts too with them in it.  She loves them, I love them.  Seriously, who doesn’t love them?  Sometimes your hands are cold and just need a little something-something but don’t need a full on glove or mitton.  These are perfect for these moments.  If you don’t own any thumb-hole sleeve sweaters/sweatshirts it should be a Fall staple and you need to purchase a few of them now.  One will not due (if you are like me you will spill soup on one of them so you’ll need a back up!).  Kohls has one that I love right now that comes in all sorts of colors and sizes.  They are $20 with buy one get one 50% off right now.  If you have a coupon, they will be even cheaper!  Only downside is these down’t have a hood.  However, sometimes these ones without the hood are perfect for running errands or a lazy day at home!

https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-3021346/womens-tek-gear-raglan-crew-neck-sweatshirt.jsp?ci_mcc=ci&utm_campaign=ACTIVE%20PRIVATE%20BRAND&utm_medium=CSE&utm_source=google&utm_product=76511619&CID=shopping15&utm_campaignid=203447012&gclid=CjwKCAjwgvfOBRB7EiwAeP7ehtIveakHryglzC_omfSdfcoJfguAlsOvv5EvDoANx-y8rg5gToPNphoCBw4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CLrhv_3U6NYCFVSqaQodgZsIlA

Lastly, I love a good snuggle to keep warm.  Who doesn’t love to snuggle…I mean c’mon?!  Sometimes in the summer it can be too hot and sticky to snuggle (I tend to be a hot box especially in the summer) but there is never an excuse not to snuggle come Fall.  Even our pets love to snuggle in near me, or on me, this time of year (it is welcomed too).  The more body heat the better!  Seasonal depression can sneak in on me this time of year and snuggling is always a good mood booster as well.

So for those of you welcoming the chill in the air, simply to enjoy some of your warm Fall favorites, enjoy!  You can find me many a days in the near future snuggling in, wearing my favorite Fall sweaters or sweatshirts with a comforting bowl of one of my many favorite soups!  Many warm wishes of Fall enjoyment being sent your way from me to you!

 

Aimless 20 Talk Tuesday

…beacuse my day was really awful yesterday, I am going to put a spin on Aimless 20 Talk Tuesday this morning and leave you with 20 of my favorite quotes that will hopefully bring some uplifting words to your day that put some pep in your step or at least make drinking your morning coffee enjoyable!  Cheers to a better day for us all.

  1.  “The miracle, upside-down work of God is that our failure isn’t an obstacle, it’s an opportunity to remember to sink into God. Not having what it takes is not a liability, it’s a prerequisite. Maybe there is hope for us after all.”-A Million Little Ways, Emily P. Freeman
  2. Life can often leave you feeling stuck or trapped in an undesirable position. Yet no matter how confining your situation may be, there is always a positive way forward.  Even though your options may be very limited, you do still have some powerful choices. Even in a difficult, highly challenging situation, there are real and present possibilities for great improvement.  The first thing to do is to refuse to see yourself as a victim. By taking full responsibility for your situation, you give yourself the power to change it for the better.  Next, instead of fretting about the way things are, develop a clear and compelling vision of how you want your life to be. Somewhere within the realm of possibility is a realistic goal that will make things much better for you.  Find that goal, focus on it, refine it, and make it so desirable that you cannot help but move toward it. Fill your awareness with your vision of a positive outcome, working enthusiastically and relentlessly to find and follow the way.  You’ve spent your entire life making things happen. Take control of the energy of your intention, and get yourself where you choose to be.”  -Ralph Marston

  3. “Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.” –Dave Willis
  4.  “I don’t understand why women say, “I’m just a mom.” Remind me again which job on the planet is more important?” –Susan Hallum
  5. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  ―Anaïs Nin
  6. “Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere.  We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them.  I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”  ―Lauren Kate
  7. “All endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time.” -Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven
  8. “A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose.  All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too.  -Miranda Kerr
  9. “She was beautifully out of place.  Sometimes I believe she intended to be.  Like the moon during the day.” -D.R.
  10. “Normality is a paved road:  It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers to grow.” -Vincent van Gogh
  11. “Self care is giving the world the best of you, not what’s left of you.” -Katie Reed
  12. “I love you more then I have ever found a way to say to you.” -Ben Folds
  13. “Maybe it’s not supposed to be easy for you. Maybe you’re one of the rare few that can handle tough times and still choose to be a loving person. Maybe it’s going how it’s going because you’re built for it…Don’t stress a thing. It’s going to work out because you’re not going to stop putting the work in.” -Rob Hill Sr.
  14. “It’s easy to feel uncared for when people aren’t able to communicate and connect with you in the way you need.  And it’s so hard not to internalize that silence as a reflection of your worth.  But the truth is that the way other people operate is not about you.  Most people are so caught up in their own responsiblities, struggles, and anxiety that the thought of asking someone else how they’re doing doesn’t even cross their mind.  they aren’t inherently bad or uncaring- they’re just busy and self-focused.  And that’s okay.  It’s not some fundamental failing on your part.  It doesn’t make you unloveable or invisable.  It just means that those people aren’t very good at looking beyond their own world.  But the fact that you have the ablity to share your love and light with others-is a strength.  Your work isn’t to change who you are; it’s to find people who are able to give you the connection you need.  Because despite what you feel, you are not too sensative or too needy.  You are thoughtful and empathetic.  You are compassionate and kind.  And without anyone’s acknowledgement, or affection, you are enough.” -Daniell Koepke
  15. “You can not get through the entire day without having an impact in the world around you.  What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall
  16. “Just because you are offended doesn’t mean you are right.” -Author Unknown
  17. “Speak to your children as if they are the most wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on early, for what they believe is what they will become.” -Brooke Hampton
  18. A Real Mom:  Emotional, yet the rock.  Tired but keeps going.  Worried, but full of hope.  Impatient, yet patient.  Overwhelmed, but never quits, Amazing, even though doubted.  Wonderful, even through the chaos.  Life changer, every single day.”  -Rachel Martin
  19. “A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” -Marion Garretty
  20. “Marriage is about becoming a team.  You’re going to spend the rest of your life learning about each other, and every now and then, things blow up.  But the beauty of marriage is that if you picked the right person, and you both love each other, you’ll always find a way to get through it.” -Nicholas Sparks

 

Motivational Mondays for Mombies

We are our own worst critics.  Personally, I always feel like I could be doing better or I could be doing more.  This not only goes for how I present myself but also how I react to and treat others.  This also pertains to my life in general.  I am hard on myself.  Oftentimes, I do not give myself enough credit.  There are times being hard on myself can really weigh heavily on my shoulders.  This easily stresses me out and it can be a mood crusher.  Something I have noticed is that not having Grace with myself can cause me to become depressed.

In church on Sunday our Pastor touched on the topic of Grace.  He talked about what it means to give Grace not only to yourself but also to others in words or actions.  He talked about what it means to say Grace before you eat a meal.  As he was talking, I was reflecting and thinking to myself what if all that I am, and all that I do is enough for today?  What if I started to give myself a little Grace and tell myself  I am enough and I am doing the best I can do in this moment.  What if I just stopped being so hard on myself?  If I started to give myself a little bit more Grace, I believe my whole mentality would change for the better.

Oftentimes, I find myself getting overwhelmed by the little everyday things.  When I feel like I can’t do it all, I feel like a failure.  When I know I need help, but feel ashamed to ask for help I feel alone.  When I feel pulled in all directions and have to pick one I feel like a disapointment to others.    

My inner voices dialogue often goes something like this:

The master bathroom needs to be deep cleaned and I am tired of staring at hair and toothpaste in the sick, having a brown toilet and a dirt ring around the shower, but I ran out of time again today to tackle it as the priority of taking care of the kids and making sure their needs were met won over.  Gosh, I can’t believe we live like this.  Our house is so filthy.

By this time when E was a baby she had a beautiful scrapbook made for her full of artwork, memories and pictures and about 12 photo albums.  I am such a bad mom that I am 6 months behind K’s scrapbook and no photo albums full of cherished memories.  I need to make that shutterfly order and start working on them.

Uggggh.  I need to get the summer decor off my porch and get some cute potted Mums or something to get in season and I also need to weed and clip all the dead plants that are still in my flower beds.  Our neighbors must think we are so lazy.  I feel like we have a ghetto yard and it looks terrible.

I shouldn’t have snapped at my husband and said I didn’t care when he was trying to talk to me about camping plans for future trips on Saturday.  I feel like the worst wife.

E sure has been acting out a lot latey and I get the impression she misses spending 1:1 time with us because we do spend a lot of time tending to K.  She asked me to play pretend and I absolutely did not have the patience to play with her and kind of just brushed it aside.  I’m seriously the worst mom ever.  She deserved my time.

Gosh, so and so just had a baby and seems to always be so put together, organized, her house is clean and orderly and her and her husband are always going and doing fun things and without arguments.  I wish I could be more like her and her husband.  

K is almost a year old and I still feel so out of shape and although I fit in my pre-baby clothing I still don’t feel like I am as firm as I once was.  I could cry, I feel so fat.

 

Sound and feel at all familiar?  If so, it is time to start giving yourself a little Grace.  When you have these types of thoughts, you are not only doing a disservice to yourself, but you are doing a disservice to others.  So many of us struggle with inadeaquacy and guilt and feelings that overwhelm us.  It is time to hush these nagging whispers inside our minds and instead tell yourself that what you are doing today is enough and who you are today is enough.  You may not be at your best today, but that is ok.  No one is perfect.  If you give yourself a little Grace and remember that Gods grace is suffient for you at all times in all circumstances.  Take one minute, one hour, one step at a time.  Continue to breathe and hold your head up high.

Today, I want you to practice grace with yourself first and also with others.  I want you to try to quiet all those nagging thoughts and tell yourself in those moments of doubt that you are enough and what you accomplish today is enough.  I will leave you with a bible verse to reflect on and if you are looking for further guidance there is a link below with 20 inspirational bible verses about grace.  Give yourself Grace today.

Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Read more: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-inspirational-bible-verses-about-grace/#ixzz4v2HtVJkm