Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Daily Routine

Now that Walker is somewhat on a schedule I've been feeling the need to put our daily routine into writing. It's good for me to have a plan to work from and to help put some order into my days. I came across these verses this morning:

"If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living." -2 Thessalonians 10:12 

I feel like if I don't have a plan or goal for my day then I'm much more prone to "walk in idleness" which is not how the Lord wants me spending my days. Anyway, here is our routine that works for us right now.

7:30 - Wake-up/Feed Walker
8:00 - Get dressed/Eat breakfast
8:30 - Daily Chores (make bed, dishes, wipe bathroom, pick up house)
9:00 - Garden/Go on walk/Playtime
9:30 - Walker nap/Missy Quiet Time/Blog
11:30 - Feed Walker/Eat Lunch
12:00 - Weekly Chore/Run Errands/Playtime
1:30 - Walker Nap/Missy Blog/Craft
3:30 - Feed Walker
4:00 - Playtime w/Daddy/Missy Start Dinner
5:00 - Dinner
5:30 - Family Time
7:00 - Walker Bath (e/o day)
7:30 - Feed Walker
8:00 - Walker Bedtime

Things don't always go according to plan, but this is what I hope to accomplish in a day. Also, Walker's naps are not 2 hrs consistently, but that's my goal. Depending on when he wakes up from his second nap he sometimes goes down for a third, but I'm hoping he drops that one in the next few months. 

Anyway, that's our routine for now, but I know with a baby things can change pretty quickly!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What I (MADE and) Wore Wednesday

I'm pretty proud of this shrug because it's the first garment that I've ever crocheted. It was pretty simple to make. If you know how to single crochet you can make this! It's a little time consuming, but worth it. I started it last winter, but didn't feel like working on it much when I had Walker.

It's a free pattern from Lion Brand called the Sequoia Shrug. You can view the pattern here. Basically all you do is single crochet in the back loops a big rectangle and sew up the sides leaving arm holes. Here is my piece before I folded it:

And here it is finished! (Sorry this picture is dark.)

I ended up making mine a few inches shorter than the pattern because I didn't want to start another ball of yarn and I think it looks fine. 

This pattern has mixed reviews. Some people said it wasn't flattering because of the lump in the back, but I think it's cute! :) A lot of people gave it positive reviews though. I love it and it's a good project for a beginner like me. 

I haven't participated in What I Wore Wednesday in awhile because I haven't been wearing anything too exciting, but I managed to snap a picture of what I wore to church on Sunday. 

Anyway, I'm excited to be finished with my shrug! I'm really gonna try to do several knit and crochet projects this fall and winter. I want to be more competent in both. 

What do you think? 
Any fellow knitters/crocheters out there?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Guest Post: Burrito Pie

I'm excited to welcome my sponsor Lucy from Berkshire Belle. Today she is sharing her recipe for Burrito Pie and it looks delicious! Hop on over and check out her blog to get to know her better. :)
Hey there! My name is Lucy and I blog over at Berkshire Belle. I thought that I would share with y'all how to make one of my family's favorite recipes, burrito pie. Burrito pie is a super filling, yummy casserole dish that is similar to lasagna but with a Mexican twist!

Burrito Pie

2 pounds of ground beef 
1 onion, chopped 
1 teaspoon of minced garlic 
1 (14.5 ounce)can of diced tomatoes w/green peppers and onions 
1 (16 ounce) jar of taco sauce 
2 (16 ounce) cans of re fried beans 
12 (8 inch) flour tortillas 
9 ounces of shredded taco blend cheese
1 package of taco seasoning 

1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2)In a LARGE skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and saute for 5 more minutes. Drain any excess fat, if desired. Mix in the tomatoes with green peppers and onions, taco sauce, re fried beans and taco seasoning. Stir mixture thoroughly, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. 
3)Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 4 quart casserole dish. Cover with a layer of tortillas followed by more meat mixture, then a layer of cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat, cheese pattern until all the tortillas are used, topping off with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.
4)Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is slightly brown and bubbly. 


And there you have it! You can even add diced green chili peppers (about a 4 ounce can) if you really want a kick to it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Easy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Do you know how easy it is to make honey mustard?
All you do is mix equal parts honey, mustard, and mayo.
That's it. And it's soooo good! I promise.
You should go try it. :)

PS If you mix in a little bit of BBQ sauce 
it tastes a lot like Chick-fila Sauce. YUM!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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Walker is Five Months Old!

Walker turned five months old yesterday! I couldn't get the post up because our Internet was down. Anyway, I can't believe he's five months already. He's getting so big! :) He doesn't even look like the baby we brought home!

He is wearing mostly 9 month clothes, but some 12 month fit him (mostly just rompers for for the length.) He's still wearing size 3 diapers. I'm guessing that he weighs around 16.5 lbs or more. 

We took him camping in our new camper for the first time this past weekend and he was sooo good! I think it was because we were outside and he was being held most of the time. 

He's realized that he can control his fingers and wrist so he likes to move his hand around in front of his face a lot. He's also learned how to suck his toe!! Kinda gross haha.

He nurses around 5 times a day and sleeps 10-11 hours at night. He takes three naps a day that are somewhere between 45 min- 2hr 30 min. We are planning on starting solids when he turns six months and I'm thinking he will drop one of his feedings, but maybe not. 

It's been a great month and I can't believe he will be six months soon!! That's CRAZY!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gardening Journal August 6th

We've finally gotten a few rains over the past couple of weeks which has done our garden (and our grass) some good! You just can't water your garden enough to compare to a good rain. Here's what I picked today:
Here are my pepper and okra plants. The okra and banana peppers are still going strong, but the jalapenos seem to be slowing down a bit. 
As you can see, my tomatoes are about done for the season. They are dying off and not producing much except some small fruit.  
Here's the green beans, cucumbers and sweet potatoes that we planted a few weeks back. They are all looking pretty good so far. The carrots we planted must have blown away because I don't see any coming up. And the potatoes we planted in crates never came up either. I think it was too hot. 
Just in case you've never seen an okra blossom, here's one. They bloom in the morning and are gone by the evening. You can't really tell in the picture, but the inside is purpleish. 

I'm hoping that we begin to see cooler temperatures soon and I'm looking forward to maybe planting some fall crops. We'll see. 

Have you been growing anything lately?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Memory Verse

Hi friends, time for another Monday Memory Verse!

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, 
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God the Father through him."
-Colossians 3:17

This verse came out of our sermon yesterday. We're going through the characteristics of a Godly leader and this past Sunday was about being skilled. God has gifted each of us with the ability to do something well, but we still have to put in lots of hard word to perfect it. 

This verse tells us that in everything we do we should direct all the gratitude and glory back to God. It doesn't matter how small the task is we should give God the glory. 

What are you meditating on this week?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lilla Rose Review and GIVEAWAY!

Have you heard of Lilla Rose? They sell beautiful hair accessories and jewelry, but they're most known for their flexi hair clips. They have TONS of styles and come in six different sizes. They fit almost any hair type/length. Follow the link below to watch the sizing and styling videos for more information:

I was able to get a flexi clip for review and I love it! I ordered a medium to do the tails up and pony styles. I have lonnngg semi-thick hair and the medium works well for me doing these styles. 

Here's my tails up:

Here is my ponytail:

I would need a size small for the half up and a size large for the french twist. I had so much fun playing around with the clip and I was impressed with the quality of the product. (It's beautiful!!) It's also easy to use and fits securely in my hair. I've always been frustrated with regular barrettes because they're never big enough to fit all of my hair, but the flexi clip does!! 

If you think you'd like to try the flexi clip, guess what?! Independent consultant Paula Miller is sponsoring a giveaway to my readers!! Yay!! The winner will get to pick the product of their choice (a $16 value) to keep! Just enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Motivate Your Man to Greatness

Have you heard this joke? 

The president was walking with his wife when they see one of her ex-boyfriends in a less than appealing occupation. The president says,"If you hadn't married me, you might be married to that guy." The first lady replies, "If I had married him, he'd be president."

 You've heard the saying, behind every man is a good woman, right? Do you believe that's true? Do you believe that as a wife your called to stand by your husband and motivate him on to greatness? The bible says this about the Proverbs 31 Woman:

"Her husband is known in the gates 
when he sits among the elders of the land."
-Prov. 31:23

Her husband is known because of his wife! People know and respect him in part because he has such a strong, encouraging, and trustworthy wife. She cares about his reputation and seeks to build him up rather than tear him down. 

Not all men are destined to be the president, but God does have a specific plan for our husbands that we as wives play a crucial role in either hindering or helping. Just imagine what your husband could accomplish for God's kingdom with all of your love and support! 

Here are some practical ways you can start motivating your man to be all that God has created him to be:

Pray for Him. We as women tend to be nags, when we don't feel our husbands are acting quite right. But, what if we quit nagging and started praying. What if we started telling God our hopes and dreams about what we want our husbands to become. Can you imagine the awesome way God would begin to work in our husbands lives?

Believe in Him. As wives we have a huge influence over our husbands confidence level. We have to believe in them and be their biggest cheerleaders. If a man knows that his wife believes in him then he begins to feel that he can do anything! The opposite is also true, if a man thinks his wife doesn't believe in him or respect him then his confidence level goes wayyy down. Believe in the amazing man of God that he is or will come to be!

Dream with Him. God put lots of talent and aspiration into our men and we need to let them be free to dream and really believe that they can fulfill those dreams without bringing them down. We need give our men the freedom to dream about what they can accomplish with God's help.

Respect Him. All men need and desire respect, especially from their wives. We need to respect their knowledge and abilities. If a man thinks his wife doesn't respect him that's like a wife feeling like his husband doesn't love her. MEN NEED RESPECT!!

What would you add to the list?
Do you have any advice about motivating your man?
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