Crock Pot Mom Converts: Goodbye Crock Pot, Hello Stove

Feb 27, 2015 by

Millions of families around the world use a crock pot to help make fast and easy meals during the work week. From pulled pork to chicken tacos and everything else in between, crock pots offer time savings to the stressful cooking.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had any luck. My chicken is dry, my stews have no flavor and my baby back ribs have aren’t juicy. I received hours of advice on how to rectify this issue, spent countless nights looking up new crock pot recipes on Pinterest and even purchased a new crock pot. No luck mommas! It just doesn’t work for me.

So, I thought long and hard, did some online searches and came up with Plan B! Goodbye crock pot and hello stove!

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I am currently in love with one pot dinners and one dish bakes. They are so easy, quick, inexpensive and punch a lot of flavor.

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How a “Parent Break” Affects Me

Feb 20, 2015 by

This past weekend my parents took our daughter, for not one, but two nights! It honestly, was wonderful, amazing and relaxing. The last time we had two days off was last September. Our marriage and sanity needed it. While our daughter isn’t that “needy” or “difficult,” it still is a lot of work being a parent and when you can take advantage of a break, I say – go for it!

Whenever I get a nice long break, I tend to realize things about myself that I overlooked or masked before. Here is my list of how having a “parent break” affects me.

– I see the small things in life and how meaningful they are. Saturday night was a snow storm and I laid on the couch, looking out our large window, staring at the snow coming down. It was honestly, so relaxing and peaceful

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Embracing Who I am

Feb 6, 2015 by

Like many people, I critique myself on a regular basis, rewinding the clock and looking back at how I acted and handled situations, good or bad. I tend to be extremely hard on myself, a perfectionist if you will. I look for ways to improve myself on a daily basis and while that is all good, it can be incredibly draining and taxing.

Why do I constantly evaluate myself, look at how I handled myself and God forbid I look at myself in a negative way, why do I let it festers for hours, even days on end?

The answer is unclear. I recently talked to my husband about it, hoping he might shed some light on the situation and all he could offer was, “that’s just who you are.” I looked at him, puzzled, thinking, really that’s all you could offer? Then I thought, well, he is right. It’s who I am, it’s what I do, but is it healthy? That answer is clearly no.

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A Mother’s “Time Out”

Jan 30, 2015 by

Before I had my daughter my free time was dedicated to whatever I wanted to do. I didn’t have to run to the grocery store or to target to buy diapers and wipes. I had a blank slate of free time and chose to do whatever I wanted and I loved it. Since having a baby, while those times have not necessarily changed, they have been altered.

Last weekend, my husband got our daughter ready for bed while I went on a much-needed shopping trip to my “homes away from home”, also known as Marshalls Home Goods! I was gone for well over three hours when my husband called to make sure I was ok. I said to him that everything is fine; I’m shopping, having fun and enjoying your debit card!

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Its all about the Quality Time!

Jan 16, 2015 by

We all know that spending quality time with your significant other is truly an important effort that should not be overlooked. Even though we are super busy, working mothers, our marriage craves attention, love and quality time. Don’t get me wrong, I am one of the biggest offenders of not offering up quality time. After a long day working, and then taking care of a child, dinner, bathing, etc. its super easy to just relax and watch TV than to have a conversation with your husband.

I am working hard to spend more time with my husband in 2015 and thought I would start off by listing my top five ways. What are yours?

– At the end of the night, when the children are in bed, turn off the TV, hide your phone, dim down the lights and ask each other five questions about their day. This rapid fire of questions, gets the conversation going and helps create a dialogue.

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