Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Crockpot French Toast}

Some days it's easy to hate Facebook. Other days it's easy to love it.

Last week, on one particular day, I loved it.

Last week, a friend from high school posted about the breakfast she had made for her kids.

A breakfast that she had made for her kids on a weekday!

A breakfast she had made in her crockpot on a weekday!

I was in awe.

And inspired.

I mean, using the crockpot on a weekday morning?? In 16 years of parenting, that thought never crossed my mind! Not once! The weekends?? Sure! All the time! Weeknights? Of course! But weekday mornings?!?!? I mean, who would've thought?!?

So, because a few weeks ago I told myself I needed to start making one hot breakfast a week for my kids just so that when they're adults they can at least say I tried when it came to weekday breakfasts, I decided to copy Kristin and make my own kids some........

Crockpot French Toast
1/2 a loaf of bread
6 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Make It!
Spray crock with non-stick spray, then layer the bread inside. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, brown sugar and vanilla then pour over bread. Cover and let cook on low overnight. In the morning scoop and serve~after topping it with syrup, that is!

It was a hit. My kids were surprised. The house smelled great~ all warm and cozy like. And it was a nice alternative to Reeses Puffs and Fruity Pebbles. Plus? It was just a great way to use up all those bread butts that I keep in the freezer!

So there you have it, Overnight Crockpot French Toast. On a weekday morning!

Go say 'hi' to Kristin yourself over here when you're done assembling your crockpot breakfast!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Thanks Bath And Body Works! Woot Woot!}

Thanks for the goodies Bath and Body Works! I love it when you guys offer coupons for free things on your Facebook page!

I know, I know. Like they're really going to see my blog post, right?  But seriously, I love it when they have coupons for free things on their Facebook page. It's how I get my favorite smells from them without going broke, because let's be honest people, their stuff is expensive!

So, I don't know if anyone saw this gem of a coupon, but a few weeks ago they had a offer for free full size body spray with any purchase. So? I drove the 7 miles to our local Bath and Body Works, (stopping for coffee on the way of course!) bought myself a small lotion for $5.00, got my full size body spray and walked out of there one happy girl.

Then because we were going to the Mall Of America that night, and because the coupon didn't have a limit as to how many coupons you could use (the only limit was 'one per transaction') I printed off another one, hit one of the Bath and Body Works stores at the MOA, spent $1.00 on a super cute nail file and got another bottle of body spray.

Yes, two bottles of body spray is a lot of body spray. Yes, it'll probably take me some time to plow through them. But they last. For a long time. So I'm totally fine with them parking their cute little selves in my bathroom for a while!

Besides, we quite often use them as all purpose air fresheners in our house. The girls and I will spray their room with them. Or the bathroom. Or the living room. Or our closets. Heck, I have even been known to freshen up my car and even my running shoes with them!

I also like to:

* Keep them on hand for birthday presents or little pick-me-ups for people. And by "them" I mean bath and body works products in general~ lotions, sprays, shower gels, even candles and other fun stuff. 

* Buy lip gloss, sprays, lotions, hand sanitizers, and even the nail files, as something extra to tuck into Meghan and Addison's Easter Baskets or Christmas stockings. Sometimes I give them things just for the fun of it because who doesn't love getting a little something for no special reason?!?

* Keep the small lotions and lip glosses in my car and my purse.

* Use the sprays as "linen sprays" to freshen up my jeans, sweaters, even our throw blankets. I spray my jeans (or sweater, or blanket, or t-shirt even) then either toss them into the dryer for a few minutes or run an iron over them super quick. Totally makes them smell nice and fresh! Who knew, huh?!?

So again I say, thanks Bath and Body Works, woot woot! I'm all set for the season now and it only set me back $6.00 as opposed to $36.00.

Monday, April 14, 2014

{The Fast Challenge}

So, this past weekend while everyone else was performing Witness, the Easter drama that they were in at this church, Addison and I went to church here.

Admittedly, I wasn't totally pumped to go. I was tired. Addie was tired. We had had a long and busy week. We had already had a long and busy weekend; and it wasn't over yet.

We were dirty from playing outside most of the afternoon.

Addie had caramel in her hair from the sundae she had eaten a little while earlier.

I really, really, really, just wanted to take a shower, put on my pajamas and crash in front of the TV. In fact, I probably really, really, really needed to take a shower because I think I was just that dirty. But, Addie wanted to go. In fact, Addie insisted that we go.

So we went.

And holy smokes was I glad I did.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect since we aren't in any sort of message series there at the moment. But what the pastor had to say spoke to me; hard. And when he ended his message with a challenge for everyone, I was all in. I mean hook, line, and sinker, would've signed on a dotted line, in.

I'm paraphrasing a tad bit, for the sake of cutting a 35 minute message into a 5 second read, but the challenge went a little something like this:

'Sunday's coming so we need to be prepared~ in our hearts and in our minds. Fasting is an amazing way to prepare yourself and to draw closer to God. So, fast this week. At least once. From anything. Social media, coffee, television; anything. Think about your life, and what could you give up at least once this week, then spend that time in prayer or reading your bible instead.'

Fast once? In the course of seven days? Ha! Me being the overachiever that I am, and me, never being one to back away from a challenge, decided that once wasn't good enough.

So during communion, I committed to fasting from lunch. For all seven days.

One word: Yikes.

Friday, April 4, 2014

{The First Time}

This is the first time in sixteen years where I can do what I want, when I want without any "help."

This is the first time in sixteen years where I can go where I want, when I want without any "company."

This is the first time in sixteen years that the house actually stays clean for longer than five minutes at a time.

This is the first time in sixteen years that I haven't felt totally frazzled. Bone tired. Or four days behind!

This is the first time in sixteen years that my day hasn't been ruled by a clock. Or a schedule!

This is the first time in sixteen years that I have had time to not only make myself a lunch, but actually eat a lunch, too!

This is the first time in sixteen years that I've been able to sit down for more than five seconds in a 24 hour period!

This is the first time in sixteen years that I have been able to have a complete conversation with another person without saying "just a second" ten times!

This is the first time in sixteen years where I've had to change my razor more than twice a year because I actually have time to shave my legs!

This is the first time in sixteen years where I've actually emptied tubes of mascara, pallets of eyeshadow and containers of lip gloss because I actually have time to put make-up on in the morning.

This is the first time in sixteen years that I can listen to whatever song I want in my car, as loud as I want, as many times as I want.

This is the first time in sixteen years where I have more time than lists.

This is the first time in sixteen years that I've really truly wondered who I am, where I am going and what I should be doing.

This is the first time in sixteen years that I have truly felt lost. And dispensable. And maybe even a little unimportant.

But most of all, this is the first time in my adult life that I have learned to discover new talents, uncover old interests, find new interests, face my fears, savor the silence, embrace the gift of time, get comfortable in my own skin, and really truly, truly appreciate and fully enjoy beyond words the miracles that are my kids.

Because his is the first time in sixteen years that I have not had someone home with me all day long.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

{Because It's Time}

Because after the events of this past summer, my thoughts, feelings, goals, dreams and priorities have changed.
Because the people I know and love most in the world are far more important than stats, projects, links and screens.
Because time with the people I know and love most in the world is precious and fleeting.
Because I want to be authentic in every area of my life.
Because I want to live what I preach to my kids.
Because I want to live my life to the fullest and enjoy my friends and family while I still have them here with me.
Because these articles (here, here and here) have inspired me beyond words.
Because it's time.