So many people have such a negative mindset for this day of the week. Quite frankly I’m over it and you need to get over it too ! You’re alive you’re breathing and Soooo many people on this earth have it 100000x worse than you think you do. There’s homeless hungry people everywhere in this world ! And guess what they are hungry and homeless on a Monday too ! I get it the beginning of a work week maybe tough And the weekend is so relaxing but the only way to make money is to get your ass up and work and be grateful that you are making this money because guess What today there were jobless people. Today someone died. Today someone got diagnosed with cancer. Today someone was bullied. Today someone DIDN’T WAKE UP ! Today someone got their heart broken. Today someone’s car broke down on the way to work and their morning commute was fucked. Today shit happened and shit happens to people everyday but we get the fuck up and we move on.
Prepare yourself for the week. Do something in the morning that’ll make you happy. Change your mindset! Monday’s are a wonderful chance to start over and create a memorable week with your job, your family and yourself. There’s already so many cruel unusual and unfortunate things happening In this world.
Be the difference be the change and be kind to yourself and to others.
Monday is not your enemy ! Your negative thoughts are! And the only way to change the way you feel on a Monday is by changing your thoughts. “I hate Monday’s vs I’m going to have a great day and I can’t wait to see my family later !”
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Happy #winewednesday !!!!!!! Happy HUMP DAY !!!! Were almost there folks! its almost the weekend.
So tonight my hsuband chose what I would be drinking and reviewing. I was craving some white wine, something sweet and crisp. Pinot Grigio is usually my go to white wine. I told my husband to Suprise me with a pinot grigio and he came back with yellow tail!
I love the label and i love the wine.
Just a little hidtory fact: this wine is from a family oriented winery in Australia. On the label you can see it says “crafted by The Casella Family.” The website shows photos and gives you a lot more information on the history of the wine. You can check it out at https://www.yellowtailwine.com/us/.
This brand has a ton of different kind of wines which you can also check out on their website. I may give live label wines a break and just explore the many different yellow tail wines.
This wine goes great with a side salad and your dinner entree. Its light and crisp. Taste great whether room temperature or cold.
I enjoyed this wine and I recommend it to my wine drinking mommies and ladies!!!! after a long day take a swig or pour it in a glass after the kiddies go to sleep or just a long day in general and relax.
I love to pour a glass or 2 or 3 while I’m getting everyone’s stuff together for the next day and by the time I know it there is a drop left and I’m ready for bed. YES… YES …..I am a Wineaholic (not really, only on Wednesdays! ) and I enjoy sipping throughout my night especially after my children are asleep.
feel free to comment about different pinot grigio brands, or other yellow tails wines you have enjoyed !
This was my first time ever making them and they were a great success according to my husband !
It was a great side choice with breakfast and it was nice to change things up !
Ingredients for 2
2 Idaho potatoes
Ok so first things first I cleaned the potatoes and chopped them into little squares with the skin on
Chopped up the red peppers
Please feel free to add onions, or even green peppers I didn’t have either of those so I settled for red peppers but it truly was delicious !
After everything is chopped up
Use a medium sized frying pan and drizzle about 1 1/2 tsp of olive oil
With medium heat Add potatoes and seasoning. I honestly seasoned to taste and I used all seasons listed in the ingredients. I’m not huge on salt in my food lol I know So blanddd…. but after seasoning cover for about 10-15minutes. I found that covering it helped the potatoes soften quicker.
Stir it around occasionally and if medium heat is to high just lower a little but I kept mine on medium heat the whole time and stirred every so often and it was fine.
Add the red peppers after about 10 minutes of potatoes cooking and if potatoes aren’t soft yet then keep covered. If they have softened uncover and enjoy The aromaaaaa 🙂
I also made fried eggs for myself and scrambled for my husband ! So gooood !
This will be really short. This is the 1st one I’ve tried and I will be trying the other wines from “The walking dead.” However, Blood Red Blend is not my favorite. VERY DRY and I prefer fruitier smoother tasting wines. However if you like Dry wines then this would definitely be your type. It is a dark red wine.
Lets talk about the label really quick….lol it grossed me out which is another reason I wasn’t too much of a fan. It’s silly but true. When things gross me out (like a hair in your food) I instantly get turned off. I thought about it all day today because I knew I would be writing about it and I had a hard time eating lmao…
So when I came home this afternoon I took a quick swig and cringed…Im so sorry the walking dead I love everything else about you haha…
I’m a cleaning lunatic. I come home from work and I go straight to wherever the mess is in my house. I always tell my kids wait I have to do this or I can’t right now because I’m cleaning…..and I have begun to ask my self why am I doing that to my kids when my time with them should be more important. They are growing as the moments pass and they will never be that small again. The mess well that shit grows but it can get cleaned up and then go back to being messy and repeat. My kids don’t have that privilege. My kids just GROW 😦
Short story long
It was Sunday (cleaning and laundry day) we were staying home and we had all of our kids home with us. My husband already declared that Sunday night would be a family game night and he was extremely excited about it. We haven’t had a night with no electronics in a long time especially since fortnite has been my son and husbands latest addiction.
I was already in my zone of cleaning and just keeping to myself which is what I usually do on weekends. I have to admit I am not the parent that plays with my children. Unless I’m called upon I very rarely engage with them throughout our days. BUT this Sunday was different and it definitely made me realize that the cleaning and the duties of maintaining a house and family could wait. My children can’t. My time with them can’t wait.
Here are a couple of things we did (all my husbands idea)
He took our oldest daughter out to buy new paint and the night before they painted together. Sunday he thought it was the perfect opportunity to have both girls paint their rocking chairs. It was the greatest idea. I was washing dishes when he began to get everything ready and i was extremely excited i stopped what i was doing to go help them. It turned out to be a really fun creative activity. The girls were extremely engaged and grateful for our presence during this activity. I was amazed at how long they stuck to the task and the different ways they painted their chairs.
Getting crafty on cozy home days with your kids is such an awesome way to bond with them. You Don’t even have to talk but your presence is so appreciated.
The craft store has all types of things to do and Children truly enjoy creating, building, and painting!
Playing board games, and super silly fun interactive games is always a great way to bond with your children. We enjoy playing games like wet head and pie face showdown! Our son was so engaged and did not once think about the Xbox. He even wanted play multiple times and the next night.
This was one of the greatest nights we had in a long time as a family.
I DID NOT CLEAN ONE THING THAT DAY.
I was so heavily involved in making this amazing moment with my kids last I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else but there with them.
I know there are TONS of other things you can do with your children to connect with them and I just haven’t listed them. What I specifically did with my kids brought me to the realization that the mess can wait, the phone call can wait, the blogging can wait because our babies aren’t babies forever and i need them to know that I WANT to spend time with them. NOTHING comes before them. they are the best part of me. They are amazing and beautiful and their laughs and smiles and focus that day was PRICELESS.
As we reach the end of this commercial month of love I have had a lot of time to reflect on my relationship with my husband. I say relationship because although we are married we are also friends, teammates, parents and of course lovers. Those are all relationships on their own in some way.
Today my loving man warmed up a cinnamon bun brought it over to me in the living room with two spoons and sat with me. We shared a sweet breakfast pastry and talked. The kids were all preoccupied with something else and for 5 minutes it was just us. It felt so warm and right at that moment. I didn’t want to be anywhere else but beside my love.
To keep this short and simple I thought about some little things that my husband and I do that remind us of our marriage, who we are as parents, as teammates, and as friends.
Share a sweet treat
It sure is sweet to be able to chat it up like best friends and share a yummy treat. Feed him a spoon of ice cream and smile, give her a piece of cake and wink (I MELT WHEN MY HUSBAND WINKS AT ME). Whether you are at home or in a restaurant it is a wonderful way to talk and be intimate without sex.
Send a love pin (my favorite)
I love pinterest and if i am not blogging or on Facebook i am usually on pinterest pinning my life away. I always find the sweetest loving quotes on pinterest. Since my husband and I started dating that i something we always did. We definitely don’t do it as often but every once in a while it puts the biggest smile on my face.
3. Ask a question that will teach you something new about your significant other.
My best friend and I were speaking about our spouses and she told me that she randomly asked her husband what kind of phobias does he have. It was something she had no idea about and she learned from that conversation. Her husband happened to have a mustard phobia and it turned out to be kind of funny because I happen to have a serious ketchup phobia (it’s intense). So it sparked my interest and now I ask my husband random questions to learn more about him. Our most recent conversation were about bucket lists, and places we’d like to travel.
4. i love you phone calls and midday how are you conversations.
the minute my husband and i began dating we could not stop talking to each other. we were always on the phone together and we’d talk about anything and everything. it has definitely slowed down since blending our family together and having the baby but we still talk midday and call each other just to say i love you. text messaging is overrated. as a wife of a firefighter hearing his voice is more important and priceless. Connect with each other through verbal conversation. hear the emotion in each others voice when you are speaking about something. sometimes talking to my husband gives me butterflies and I’m eager to go home and see him. I’ll even look in the mirror to make sure I look OK haha….
5. Learn your significant others love language (another favorite)
So you and your significant other can go to this website: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/ and learn about your love language. its an awesome way to get to know what your spouse likes/prefers when it comes to love and intimacy(not sex). I did it with my husband last year and I found out the he likes physical touch and prefers it over words of affirmation, gifts, help etc. by physical touch i mean hand holding, hugs, a slap on the ass every once in a while ;] but seriously its a great way to learn more about the one you love and its something that can most definitely be used to get closer in your relationship !
6. Compliment and support each other’s parenting
If you are a parent it is SO hard to keep the love alive(not for all but i know i speak for some if not for myself) God put my husband and I through a real test as husband and wife AND parents. We made it and were still making it, but some days were not easy. I told myself to focus on the Good all the time. My husband is an amazing father and where I lack he is SO strong. I sometimes struggle with emotional response to my children. I am a brush it off your shoulder, SAFE!!! when they fall, if you listened to me the first time, I just cleaned this house, take your ass to bed now kind of parent VS my husband is a come here, where does it hurt, why are you sad, don’t go to bed crying, its ok, it was an accident, ill help you clean, come cuddle with daddy kind of parent. so anyway hes amazing and with the little things that i may not necessarily agree with i see that my children benefit from it 100% and its good for them and us as a family. i should probably compliment him more than i do and be more specific when i compliment him. moral of this paragraph is it feels good to know you are doing this mommy, daddy thing right and hearing it from the one you love is important.
7. With lovers, comes a best friend
confide in them. tell them your secrets, vent out the bad energy and feelings, talk to them with an honest heart. if you are on the receiving end please receive it with no judgement. so many times i found myself judging my husband for the things he would say and taking it personal or having some sort of internal conflict because it but in reality i should have just listened and then let it go because 9/10 it was him venting. this is something i am still learning and i have to practice it in my head all the time. I want to be open to receive his honest deepest truths.
8. ask for help if you need help. they are not mind readers.
ladies, no our husbands do not know we need them to bring this bin downstairs to the basement because were done hoarding little figurines or clothes we know will never fit us again. husbands…….I’ve got nothing because we usually already got you covered!! but seriously we are humans no one on earth has the same brain, emotions, or logic. SPEAK UP ……politely and nicely. just because you tied up the garbage and left it outside the garbage no one knows you want it to be taken out…. I’m only using these examples because its often said by my mom and i always say to her you need to actually verbally ask because I’m sure he isn’t aware that you want something to be done. We have to use our words the same way we want our kids to. With asking for the help and then receiving it will ease the stress and give more appreciation.
9. hello kiss, hello squeeze, hello love
greet each other like you haven’t seen each other in days. greet each other like you have been longing for that kiss even if you haven’t. i bet it’ll be a good kiss. Love each other at hello and love each other at goodbye.
10. Time for just the two
It can be extremely difficult as parents to find the time, babysitter, money and energy for a date night. Try to create a date night at home. put the kids to bed a half hour early and YES….FORCE YOURSELF to STAY AWAKE! even if its for a quick cup of coffee, conversation on the couch, reading a book together( aloud, my husband and i used to do this ALL the time and we loved it). if you can get a date night out of the house choose to do different things not just dinner….and movies is AKA for a nap haha at least for me it is!
Here are some date night ideas below, you can also find more on pinterest!!!!
Well I hope you find these little things in love little ways to stay connected to your significant other!
I met my son Kayden in 2014. He came to visit the classroom of the school I worked in at the end of April/very beginning of May and while his parents did a tour of the school him and I sat at the table to do a puzzle. He was a timid polite young boy. He was the absolute cutest kid ever and he was expecting a baby sister. On his first day of preschool he wore a red polo and khaki shorts. I remember him coming in so confident and ready to start school for the very first time. I told his parents ” I got him but I need you to say goodbye give him a hug and quickly go out the side door, call as much as you want and I will keep you posted all day long, he’s going to do great” When his mother and…
So I’ve been inspired by my job as an early childhood teacher. I have discovered that lunch time is the most difficult time of my students day. Why? because their parents pack them things they dont eat, dont like, or they are just tired of having the same thing. I am a mother of 4 and all of my kids have different eating habits and they ALL like different things. My oldest prefers crunchy foods over chewy or soft, my oldest daughter enjoys veggies, and cheese, my third child eats manwhiches(bigg ass sandwiches), and then my one year old will not eat meat. haha! im sure some of my readers can relate when having multiple children and even just one child.
At work i decided to try a home practice of mine that when my child doesn’t like their meal they have to do at least their age of bites(good sized) and then they could be done. I as a parent am satisfied knowing that they did put something in their bellies. Unfortunately I refuse to let my child have full control over what they want to eat. Leave it up them they’ll choose fruit snacks, and chips. Now i am not perfect, i have done donuts for breakfast because you know what….i woke up tired as shit and i have circles under my eyes and “I JUST CANT” but i need to get them to school on time and with food in their system…. so yes there are times likes that.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two snacks in between are how most meals are prepared for you and your child right ? I’ve come to the conclusion that 2/4 or sometimes even all 4 of my children would rather snack than eat a full meal in one sitting. I have finally accepted it and will do what I can to make sure they still receive nutrients and proper servings.
I got tired of cooking these luxury meals and half of it, if not more going into the garbage or my children coming home with a thermos full and only their snacks gone. I opted for no more snacks but they clearly didn’t care because they would just not eat and i’d feel guilty as hell. MEALS and FOOD are such a struggle as a parent. not quite as much as bedtime but its pretty damn close.
I have been testing the waters with prepping their school lunches a little differently and so far so good!
HERE ARE SOME EASY SNACKY LUNCH IDEAS :
Lunch Box 1: Yogurt, deli meat&cheese roll ups(2) fruit(cut up) and a snack you know they would absolutely love. for my kids its cheezits or gold fish.
lunch box 2: 4 chicken nuggets (could never go wrong with these!) veggies with dip, applesauce
lunch box 3: veggies with shredded cheese and dip on the side, baked crackers/chips, half of a sandwich (Pb&j, deli meat&cheese, tuna etc)
lunch box 4: get creative with wraps! bananas &peanut butter or wow butter being that many places are nut free! cream cheese with fruit or jelly, deli meat…lettuce and chicken, or even cheese quesadillas! with fruit (cut up) and applesauce or one of those fruit smoothie pouches!
I find that my kids enjoy small portions and many options to choose from. when i say small portions i truly mean ridiculously small. less food goes to waste and i have noticed a huge difference when they come home their lunch bag is empty! If your child loves warm food for lunch just don’t give them so much.
A 10oz thermos is usually the kind i get the kids for their lunches and filling that to the top with food is entirely too much. I fill it maybe half way if not a little less. we tend to forget that our babies/kids have little tummy’s and portioning their foods properly is very important.
I know as parents we worry about our kids being hungry when they come home or throughout the day but I assure you THEY ARE NOT STARVING….making sure we aren’t over feeding them is very important for their health and creating a healthy eating foundation for their future.
if you are ever looking for lunch ideas Pinterest is certainly the place to explore! I know its hard as a parent because our mind is racing with a million other things but really try to change up your child’s meals if they seem to be uninterested in what you are giving them now. It doesn’t have to be cut into stars or made into a kebab …lol trust me i get it. but giving a variety might help make it more interesting for me them.
waffle, yogurt and cut up fruit
eggs(however they like it for my munchkins i usually only make 1 egg) fruit toast with a spread they enjoy.
muffins (lil bites come in handy for this) fruit pouch, a yummy breakfast meat they might enjoy (turkey bacon, sausage, etc)
I do what is easy and convenient. It may not be the healthiest or most organic food but they are fed and they are feeling good. I started buying frozen pancakes/waffles/french toast versus making it all on the stove and from scratch( i used to be that extra but like i said before now “i just cant!” lol I have too many mouths too feed in the am and too many bodies to cloth to take my sweet ass time cooking a meal over the stove! (KUDOS to my parents that do though I praise you and commend you!!!)
For dinner I have started making less but more variety. I try to give my children the option of two veggies and of course meat and carb.
some things I have wanted to try are:
ham and cheese crescents,
pizza on Texas toast
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER =o
I am not a perfect parent, i don’t think anyone is…and mealtimes have been a major struggle of ours as a family. I grew up in a household that demand all the food on your plate gone or you couldn’t leave the table or worse you eat it or you get nothing at all. At first i thought doing the same was the right way…but i don’t necessarily think there is a right way there is just a what works for your child to get them to eat and be healthy way. I want my kids to enjoy their mealtimes and savor their food not stress or be anxious about because they are already stressed and anxious about bed time. The least I could do is relieve some of their stress lol….kids have it hard now a days
I hope I was able to shed some light on a mealtime struggle you may have with your child/children.
Hey everyone! So this past month my husband and I have been working on our sons birthday. Our son chose to do a Fortnite themed party and for a while we racked our brains on how we should do it and how to get creative with goody bags and decorations. Thank god for Etsy and Amazon !
My husband was able to search and find many fort nite themed items and printouts to make the party a success!
So if you’d ever like to do a fortnite party here are some ideas and where to get them from :
Goody bags! And balloons (Fortnite drop boxes)
Bags were very nice but I did have to touch up the bottom with hot glue because of the Gatorade bottles and some of them were already unsticking on the bottom folds before putting any goodies in it.