What’s Up Wednesday

This week has been a blur- how is it Wednesday? And the fact that it’s almost May? How?? Here’s what’s up with us:

What are we eating this week?

So far this week we’ve had spaghetti with gluten-free noodles. Knox loved it. Oh wait (remind to tell you a funny story about that later), in fact, he did not love it:

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We had a super quick dinner last night of Publix Rotisserie chicken, hash brown potatoes cooked in coconut oil, roasted broccoli and sliced avocado. Tonight I’ll make myself something quick (likely Mexican because I am addicted) since Trevor is at work, and tomorrow I have a dinner with friends at a Greek restaurant, so Trevor will be eating an organic frozen pizza whilst wrestling children. I’m actually working on a food post, so I’ll wait to post pictures to that one!

What am I reminiscing about?

When my babies were babies. They’re five and three, now, and that just seems really wrong to me. Look how squishy they were?! My favorite Brody stage was the crazy curly hair and the gapped front teeth. And Knox had no teeth for an eternity and was so, so cute with his gummy smile.

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What I’m loving

My homemade lip balm is still rocking my favorites list right now. It’s tied with my Young Living Ningxia Red- it has really given me a boost in energy and mood since I started it. Anything essential oil-related, I’m pretty much obsessed with right now.

What we’ve been up to

What haven’t we been up to? Mainly working, making sure our children stay alive, fed and don’t hurt themselves, and planting our garden. Speaking of, we have tiny little plants popping up everywhere! Here’s the beginnings of a green bean plant:

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What I’m dreading

Waking up tomorrow too early to start the dreaded “routine” of getting the kids ready for school and out the door by 7 a.m. I maintain that life would be better for all people if school didn’t start until 9 a.m.

What I’m working on

I’m teaching a breakout session at a conference in three weeks on social media. So I am preparing that presentation. In addition to working on 1) my job 2) freelance writing 3) Young Living 4) blogging. I make myself tired.

What I’m excited about/looking forward to

Trevor and I are going on vacation ALONE BY OURSELVES JUST THE TWO OF US ALL ALONE next month! Did I mention that we’re going by ourselves?? Bliss and lots of sleep will be mine! I am positive that we will miss our kids, but I am also positive that we need this time away as married people pretty badly. Looking so forward to a week at the beach with lots of relaxation while the boys have a great time with Gigi and Papa G!

What I’m watching/reading

So many things. I’m neck-deep in four books at once right now BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I DO TO TORTURE MYSELF. Why can I not just read one, finish it, then start another?

I’m reading all of these right now:

What I’m doing this weekend

On Fridays, I work a half day, so I generally go the grocery store right after work, then Trevor will be working on the backyard fence with his dad that afternoon. Maybe we’ll have a date night once the kids go to bed on Friday and watch a movie and eat gelato together- those are the kinds of dates we have nowadays! Trevor is working on Saturday, so that day will be spent praying for patience and chasing two little boys around the house, but Sunday, we always go to church and Sunday School in the morning, and then we have a Night of Praise that night that I cannot wait to attend.

I’m linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer for “What’s Up Wednesday”

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My Daily Routine

Each day, I start off my morning with 1) COFFEE and 2) Essential Oils. Here’s a quick video I made (with several not-so-subtle cameos by my boys!) talking about which Young Living products I use each morning, as a part of my daily routine. What’s sad is that, as unprofessional and distracting as this video is, it’s probably the fourth one that I made because I kept having to get up to rescue Brody from himself. Everything he could have done, he did. Stand on the counter? Check. Try to jump off of the counter? Check. Tempt fate by stealing toys from your much bigger brother? Check. This video still caught him with an armful of Knox’s toys, then being ceremoniously chased by him. Kids are a mess. Anyway, after much ado, here’s my video:

If you have questions or want to know more about using oils, click here for more information, or feel free to ask specific questions in the comments!

Country Life

I love, love, love living out in the country (remind me of that next time I complain about how long it takes me to drive to Publix). Having space is not overrated. We have about four acres, and I would seriously love to have 100. I think the only way I’d move away from our house is if we were able to move to a legit farm. Because then I could have cows. Yes, I have lost my mind, at least I am aware of it.

This weekend, we planted our garden. By garden, I of course mean small farm.

IMG_1267 IMG_1270From the picture above, our house is to the left and back some. Here’s a quick photoshop creation to show you how it’s laid out (don’t you like my polka dot woods? LOL- this is not my best work).

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I did a ton of research this year before buying our seeds. It was important to me to do as much organic and non-GMO as I could, and I was very successful, which was awesome. I feel great about the quality of what we’ll be growing this year. We did mostly seed, but we planted tomato and pepper seedlings. I *may* have filled up my car with them when I went shopping… I get carried away by food, I can’t help it.

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We planted corn (heirloom varieties of white and yellow), tomatoes (I got a little out of control and got about seven heirloom varieties…so excited!), green bell peppers, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, purple bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, two kinds of green beans, lima beans, two kinds of cucumbers, zucchini, crookneck squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash and watermelon. We are really hoping it all takes and does as well as our last garden did two years ago- it was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. There was a torrential downpour the night we planted, so we are a little nervous, but I did see the first green bean plant breaking through the soil yesterday, so hopefully it’ll be good! I cannot wait for this summer when we will be picking tons of fresh, healthy produce!

I’m excited to look into canning this year and try my hand at that- we bought an extra freezer when we moved into this house strictly for freezing our garden goodies. I hope to fill it up and then some!

 

Wings for Autism

Knox went to a fun event on Saturday at the Columbia airport called “Wings for Autism.” It was basically a role-playing event where the kids got to pretend they were going on a flight. My mom picked him up that morning, and he was very excited to go. He told me on his way out the door, “Bye! Gotta go change the world!” Well, kiddo, you’ve certainly changed mine.

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My mom (Gigi) said that Knox had a wonderful time. He was excited about every single part of the day, from checking his luggage to buckling his seat belt. She said by the time she put their bags in the overhead compartment, she turned around and Knox was already in his seat and buckled up! He was ready to go- he told Gigi he wanted to “go somewhere with snow.” Poor kid, he was all ready for a vacation! They did at least get to taxi down the runway, so at least he got to move a little bit!

And how cute is this boy with his airplane arms? Kills me. IMG_1273

 

When he got home, he wore his little wings pins for the rest of the day and played with all of the toy planes in the house that he could find. Plus, Lightening McQueen, because he just goes with Dusty Crophopper, you know. I love that The Arc, Delta and the Columbia Airport put on such a great event for these kids. Major kudos to them for taking so much time and energy to make this sweet boy so happy! If you know of any kids that would like this event, there are more around the country, just click that link above for the schedule. I’d highly recommend it!

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

I had a group of girls from church over last weekend, and I wanted to make something fresh-tasting, but still really yummy and fun. I thought about utilizing fresh strawberries, and my mind immediately went to cheesecake. But I wanted to do finger foods, and I thought- hey, what if I stuff strawberries with cheesecake? I totally thought I was making this up, you guys, and I guess I technically did, but about a zillion other people have also made it up before me on Pinterest. LOL- oh well! Here’s how to make these delicious, but super easy poppable desserts.

Delicious, quick and easy cheesecake-stuffed strawberries sprinkled with crushed graham crackers. The perfect party food! -- from mycoffeeiscold.com

Ingredients:

2 (16oz) package of strawberries (or more… you’ll want more), hulled
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese
1 can (12 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp vanilla
1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed

Instructions:

Start out by hulling your strawberries (aka taking off the tops and hollowing them out a bit) with a huller or a knife. I used a knife. Cut the very tip of the strawberry off, as well. This allows them to stand up straight on your platter.

Then, mix all remaining ingredients, except graham crackers, in a bowl and beat over medium speed until thoroughly mixed.

Put the cheesecake filling into a pastry bag (or a Ziploc bag with a corner snipped off… works the same!) and fill your strawberries. Once they’re all filled, sprinkle them with the crushed graham crackers.

That’s it. These were so incredibly easy and absolutely delicious- they were also a big crowd-pleaser! I hope you enjoy making (and devouring) them!

Delicious, quick and easy cheesecake-stuffed strawberries sprinkled with crushed graham crackers. The perfect party food! -- from mycoffeeiscold.com Delicious, quick and easy cheesecake-stuffed strawberries sprinkled with crushed graham crackers. The perfect party food! -- from mycoffeeiscold.com

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