Monday, November 17, 2014

Hey, baaaaby!

It's been over a month since my last post, and while I'm sure no one is surprised, I can promise that I have a good excuse for the delinquency.

Not only have we been busy with all the usual stuff -- school, work, games, practices, Halloween, fall fun, and our two November birthdays (all of which I still hope to blog about!) -- but, as it turns out, God is {again!} showing us that His plan is better than anything we could ever imagine...



















That's right, Starr Baby numero CINCO will be making his/her appearance in May!

So, yeah.

We're pretty pumped. And the good (bad?) news for you is that, as some of you might remember, I'm an over-sharer when it comes to pregnancy -- belly included! So, let this be your warning. Belly shots and allllll the nitty gritty pregnancy details (garlic noodles -- eeewwwww!) are forthcoming!

Anyway, our kids are over-the-moon-talk-about-it-all-the-time-have-one-million-questions EXCITED! Here's a quick video of the day we told them they were going to have a baby brother or sister. As you can see, the enthusiasm, for some, was high from the get-go...and for others (*ahem*Camden*Shea*Starr*), it only took a matter of hours before she was making plans to "feed the baby, but only when you're not, Mom. Ok? You're going to feed it like cows do, right, Mom?"






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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tasty Tuesday (??)

I was thinking that I should probably come up with some catchy name for when I post my meal plans on Tuesdays (you know, like every week!)...or even Wednesdays.

Tasty Tuesday? What's For Dinner Wednesday? Yay? Nay? Regardless, I stink at posting on Mondays.

Anyhoo. Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Pasta Fagioli

Tuesday: Spicy Sausage Pasta (a tried and true Starr staple)

Wednesday: Pepper Jack Potato and Bacon Soup

Thursday: Meatball Stroganoff

Friday: Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan Pancakes (we didn't get to these last week)

And now: A little September catch-up...just in case you don't follow me on Instagram.

{One of my besties from college got hitched and I was lucky enough to be in on the festivities!}





























































{That umpire and catcher belong to me.}






























{Wacky Wednesday for Homecoming week. KT did end up wearing pants. Pantless = a little TOO wacky...even for us!}


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meal Planning Monday...on a Tuesday and my SPRING mantle.

Our girls' rec softball league is officially over and I'm downright giddy about being able to FINALLY plan/cook better meals and being able to sit down together as a family for dinner again! Those 5:45 games, be-there-at 5:15 games/practices were totally cramping my meal planning ways!

Anyway, we still have practices and other commitments in the evenings, so the need for quick & easy meals remains, but no rec softball frees up a good deal of time!

This week I have breakfast scheduled twice (because? Why not?!?) and two different crock pot meals planned, making this menu seem easy peasy.

Monday: We had BLT Pizza...perhaps the last time this year???

Tuesday: French Toast Bake. This is one of my favorite meals because I can, literally, throw it together in 10 minutes in the morning, then it is ready all ready to go in the oven that evening.

Wednesday: Pot Roast and baked potatoes

Thursday: Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo

Friday: Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan Pancakes

Moving on.

Yesterday as I was carrying all my fall decor up from the basement, I realized that I never posted pics of my "spring/summer" mantle. Really, not necessarily a big deal OR even worthy of sharing, HOWEVER, next spring when I'm ready to put up a next mantle, I DO want to remember this one. It was easy, fun, and just very "us." You know? So, here it is:





Annnnnd my cute sidekick:




























Happy Tuesday, friends!






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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mom On The Go Must-Have: Collapsible Wagon

One of my absolute favorite things is finding products/services/routines that just make life easier. We could all use a little simplicity in life, don't cha think? That's why I think it is soooooooooo important that we, as moms, as women, as...ya know...HUMANS, share these discoveries when we come across them.

I'll start.

I *coveted* {these} collapsible wagons at the ballpark all last year before biting the bullet and purchasing our own this year.



































The result? LIFE-CHANGING (yes, a wee bit dramatic, but seriously!)! This guy is super handy, folds up to fit the back of my van, and can hold alllll of our necessary game-watching gear...plus so much more! Bonus: the little girls like to pile on top of our stuff for a free ride, which I don't mind because we tend to get where we're going just a bit faster.

And there you have it! One of my #MomOnTheGoMustHaves (yes, I totally just made that up!). So, whatcha got? What are YOUR favorite products that simplify this mom stuff? I'd LOVE to hear!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

MPM...and photo overload

My meal planning is getting a little repetitive, buuuut things are looking up -- cooler weather is on it's way, which can only mean one thing....SOUP!  Hooray! You'd better believe that next week's menu WILL include some warm soup for the soul.

Anyway. Now that I've professed my passion for soup (again!), we can move on to this week's menu:

Monday: Spicy Sausage Pasta

Tuesday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches 

Wednesday: Spaghetti & Garlic Bread

Thursday: Amish Breakfast Casserole

Friday: Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

Alright. Now this is the part where I completely overwhelm you with photos from the last few weeks. Lucky you!







































Happy Monday, friends!




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