Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Plan Monday!

Our meals for this week:
- sweet Italian chicken sausage, mashed potatoes, english peas
- thai basil sweet chili chicken, steamed broxxoli and jasmine rice
- shrimp, tomato, & spinach pasta in a garlic butter sauce with salad
- pancakes, eggs, bacon
- chicken pot pie
- brown sugar pork chops, roasted cauliflower, green beans
And I left one night open for leftovers or a quick Birds Eye Voila meal.
Head on over to link up with Organizing Junkie to link up and get some meal-planning inspiration!
Also - here's my YouTube video for the meal plan:
Hope ya'll have a great Monday!
Ya'll have a great Monday!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday (with link-ups!)

I've often read the "Five on Friday" and other posts from The Newly and The Farmer's Wife, but I've never linked up....until today!
I'm joining in, and you should join in as well!
1 - Junk Leaving My House!
You have no idea how happy this makes me.
10 bags total - woohoo!
2) made-From-Scratch Dandy Cake.
Essentially, Heaven on a plate.
Chocolate, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
Need I say more? I didn't think so, either.
3) McDonalds Sweet Tea.

For $1, you can't beat it with a stick.
4) Max.
Otherwise known as Maxie-Waxie. :)

This boy is spoiled rotten, and he knows it!
5) Cabinets, Fridge & Freezer FULL of Food.
Even if you spent a small fortune and wore yourself out doing it!

It just makes my heart so happy!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pinspiration Wednesday: OOTD #3

Here's my Pinspiration for this Wednesday:
(And sorry I missed last week!)
And here's what I came up with out of my closet:
I've worn the jean jacket and shirt before in a previous Pinspiration OOTD found here.
But I'll tell you again where they're from.
- jean jacket, Factory Connection, 2013, around $15
- black and white striped pocket 3/4 length tee, Charlotte Russe, 2013, about $10 or $13
- black maxi skirt (shown my latest clothing haul on YouTube - go check me out under Stephanie O'Neill!), last weekend at the BX (brand is JW), for $6.36.
- Shoes are Madden Girl, found at a thrift store a few months ago for $.99.
I hope ya'll are having a great Wednesday! I had infusion this morning, then my dad and I went to Target and had lunch at Cracker Barrel - where some lovely person paid for our meal unexpectedly. I am always blown away when that happens. People can be so kind. This week my mission is to find a way to pay it forward to someone else!
Go enjoy your life, sweets!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

7 Tips for Gentle Parenting - Remember, They're Human, Too!

I came on here intending to look up a "motivational" picture on Pinterest, - hoping to find one where it talked about even when we have bad days, we must press forward and just SMILE.
And just GET IT DONE.
Because that's the day I'm having. There has been a major miscommunication between my doctors office and my pharmacy, and I have been off steroids since Saturday.
A big no-no. So what does this mean?
My mouth is on FIIIIIIRRREEEE.
And it hurts. Really bad. To the point I cannot eat or breathe or even think straight.
But then I found this little gem:
Whew buddy. If this doesn't put you in check as a parent (especially if you parent a difficult child), I'm not really sure what will, to be honest.
June is my "difficult" child. When I say difficult, I don't mean all-out bad.
I mean, I just don't know how to deal with her. She is very independent, very headstrong, and she doesn't exactly clearly understand what we ask of her 100% of the time.
I imagine if I took her to the doctor and pressed the issue, the first thing they would say is - she has ADD/ADHD, she needs to be on meds.
Well, that is just not going to happen. I understand that some children DO need this medication for a very valid reason/diagnosis. I'm not here to debate that. But I feel that with consistency, prayer, and a few techniques that we have developed (and still are continuing to develop and learn over time), June will reach her full potential. So, I thought I would share them with you.
Please remember that I AM NO EXPERT. I haven't even read that many parenting books.
Most of what I picked up is from various articles that I can no longer remember the source of and watching other parents, usually with more children than me, raise their children.
And trial and error....LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of trial and error.
#1: Remember your child is ever changing
- so your artillery of techniques must be ever-changing, as well.
I don't mean you have to sit and read parenting books 24 /7/365.
Just practice "continuing education" when you can. Sometimes the best sources to glean information are the most unexpected.
#2: Don't expect too much of your children.
I frequently forget that my children are ONLY 7 and 4 years old.Sometimes I treat them like mini adults. I forget they need fun, and I need to strive to make their chores fun. I don't need to be such a stuck-up mama. Because I can be.
 Remember there's a time for seriousness - but the rest of the time can be silly!
#3 Get down on their level.
Literally! I learned this when teaching pre-school. When my girls do something that they're not supposed to, I literally get down on their level when I'm reprimanding them. For instance: if I ask Sara to put away her shoes that are by the front door, and she throws them in her closet floor instead of  putting them away on her shoe rack. I will either bend down or kneel down (kneeling is best, I find), and make her look me in the eye, and say, "Sara, you cannot throw them in the floor. Remember, one mess leads to another, and soon you won't be able to walk on your floor. It's also not safe for mama/Mawmaw/Pawpaw to walk with things littered all over the floor (my dad has one leg and I have a bad leg as well, not poor vision). We must remind ourselves to put things away."
And it's like - OH! There's a REASON I can't do this. Not just because mama and daddy keep telling me no! It's kind of funny how quickly it clicks in their heads.
#4 Make them look you in the eye.
Whenever we ask the girls to do something, we try to make them look us in the eye. I"ll say, "Sara/June, I need you to look me in the eye so I know you are listening, you hear me and you are paying attention to me." That way, if they don't obey, I can remind them that I KNOW they heard me because they looked me in the eye!
#5 Stop threatening.
Oh, I am so bad at this one. I used to threaten all the ever-loving time. But I have consciously been trying to NOT threaten lately. We have instituted the "rule of 3" in our house - and this especially works well for church. They do something wrong the first time - tat's 1. Second time they do something wrong - that's 2. You get the idea. On the first time, we tell them what the consequence will be if they get to 3. Well, if they get to 3, that consequence happens. We use the phrase "To every action there is a reaction" a LOT over here.
#6 Be consistent.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Consistency is key, it really is.'
So those are my few little tips for parenting a difficult child...or even parenting in general. Again, this is just what works for us and you will probably need to tweak it for each of your childrens individual personalities. Please let me know if you have any tips that work for you that I did not mention - especially if they relate to the lying phase. Because Lord knows we are going through that...double time. And I'm at my wits end!
I hope ya'll hav ea great Tuesday! Take a moment this evening to stop and enjoy your children. Dishes can wait til they're in bed, even though you'll be exhausted. It's okay if your house isn't spotless. However, if you find the miracle for that, please be sure to let me know!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday!

I'm quite lazy today and in a bit of a time crunch.
I've got a sick little one at home
(ear infections are no fun!)
and I'm itching to go sew. you go! The YouTUbe version of my Meal Plan Monday!
Ya'll have a great Monday!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Another Day

I have a horrible sleeping pattern, so I'm usually up around 3 or 4 am.
Most mornings, you can find me on the couch with a cup of coffee and my Bible,
waiting for everyone else to wake up.
And most mornings, I get to see the beautiful sunrise through the front living room windows.
The sun rises so bright towards that wall of the house
that sometimes I have to shut the blinds.
The other morning it struck me how beautiful it really was.

This is my dining room, seen clearly from my semi-permanent perch on the couch.
Clean. Bright. Clear. Fresh. New.
Just waiting on what the day holds.
It's kind of like new life, every morning.
In the mountains and in the valleys to, my God is so great and merciful.
Every day brings a new chance to change something if it's not working for you.
Don't let that chance slip you may not be here again.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Little Things plus a Meal Plan

Happy Tuesday to you, blog friends!
Sara ended last week on a great note!
She write her first book report on Maya Amge;pi and got an A!
One proud mama here. :)
We had a really great weekend, and I hope you did, too!
First of all, we celebrated Valentines Day here at the house on Friday.

That afternoon I had an infusion appointment, then we picked up the girls from school and headed the hour and a half west to drop them off with my parents.
They stayed Friday night with my dad (and we enjoyed a steak supper at Bush's!), Saturday with my mom, and my dad picked them up again Sunday.
So....this meant a kid-free weekend for us. I didn't know what to do with myself!
So....I slept a lot. And it was amazing. We shopped. We ate a ton of great food.
But I missed my girls - even though I knew they were having a blast.
I was more than ready to go get them yesterday afternoon and get home and back in our routine!
Saturday night, instead of fighting the obnoxious Valentine crowd,
Mike opted to go into Fresh Market and cook something delicious at home.
Ribeyes, bacon wrapped scallops, twice baked potatoes, roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes, and rosemary sea-salt bread. YUM! He did good!
He also brought me home an orchid - it's so pretty!
He did this for me on Valentines when I was expecting Sara.
Brings back good memories. :)
So that was our weekend! I didn't get a chance to post our meal plan yesterday because we were either at an appointment or in the road all day, so I'll share that now. Nothing exciting this week because I feel like I'm working a full time job with the appointments I have going on. I have infusion 3 days this week, Atlanta one day, two Bible studies (which I'm NOT disappointed about!) plus all the toher regular things. I tell you, working moms have my hand clap. They deserve it.
Monday: scrambled eggs, bacon, jelly biscuits
Tuesday: steak burgers with the fixings, pasta salad
Wednesday: homemade bbq chicken pizza with mozzarella, black olives and mushrooms
Thursday: chicken alfredo and salad
Friday: ribs on the grill, bacon wrapped green beans, mac & cheese
Saturday: baked ziti, salad
Sunday: Greek tacos
I hope ya'll have a great Tuesday and I will see you again soon!