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Our Hospital Stay

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Most of my friends and family know that my newborn and I were in the hospital for a couple weeks. Not because she was born at 35 weeks but because when we came home my 3 yo decided to give her RSV. RSV is nothing but a cold to children and adults but can be deadly to young babies. Especially my poor Emmie who was only 1 1/2 weeks old. 

Friday, April 7th 2017, my husband and I were getting ready to go to sleep when I could hear Emmie struggling to breathe. I held her for a while and was pretty much convinced that I was going to be awake all night just staring at her to make sure she was still breathing. Over the course of about an hour she stopped breathing twice and turned blue. My husband insisted we take her to the emergency room. Emmie and I went to St Mary's around 2 am on the 8th. We were taken back immediately but it was 3 hours before I got to see the doctor. In the mean time, they hooked her up to a pulse ox and her oxygen was in the 80s. I've never had a baby hooked up…

The Disaster Fad

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Its impossible to scroll through your Facebook feed without seeing a blog post about the pride of a messy kitchen. Moms stating that they just don't have the time to see to their children's needs, clean their homes and care for their husbands. And other moms are rejoicing in this chaos. We are being told its ok to have a sink full of dirty dishes, after all, we are just too busy to deal with such things. By all means, neglect your home for some "me time" and that nightly glass of wine. We are becoming the Disaster Generation. 

Having a home that is a complete disaster is the new fad. Its hip to be messy and to complain about our spouses and children. How long does it really take to clean your kitchen? 15-20 minutes tops. How long have you been perusing Facebook or Pinterest while junior stays glued to his iPad? I'm guessing hours. 

I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. Get off your butts, quit complaining and take care of your household!

There will certainly be s…

Burger In A Bowl - Instant Pot Recipe

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I got an Instant Pot like many others when they were on sale for Black Friday. I am in love with this thing. There are a couple recipes I swear by and this is definitely a family favorite. My teenager named it Burger In A Bowl and that just stuck. 



I'm not the greatest about measuring when I know a recipe so you'll have to bear with me in that aspect. Feel free to make this your own. Its basically mac and cheese with ground beef and all the fixings you would put on your favorite burger. 

First, put the following items into your Instant Pot:

16 oz elbow macaroni
4 cups water
2 T butter
salt

Close up your Instant Pot and set to manual 4 minutes. Making sure the release valve is in the sealed position. 

While that does it's thing, brown 1 lb ground beef and season how you like it. I usually just use a little garlic salt or seasoned salt.

Once the mac and cheese is done be sure to let it NATURAL RELEASE for about 12-15 min. If you don't you will have a giant starchy mess to clean u…

2017 Home Management Binder

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I meant to post this before the end of 2016 but it wasn't ready yet and goodness knows the chaos that follows Christmas. Every year I struggle to find a planner that works for me so this year I decided to make my own. Everything is made up of free printables from several different blogs. I really like the way it turned out and I hope it can be a good resource for you as well. 

Let's start off with the binder itself. I simply ADORE office supplies so clearance after back to school is always my friend. I shop then anyway because we always start homeschooling after the local schools go back, which works out great. I got this binder for $1 and it came with 5 divider tabs and a snap pocket. I actually got 2 because they were such a great deal. One is my son's homeschool binder. 

This front cover page is a cute printable I found called The Homemaker's Prayer. It's the only thing that's was paid so if you want to use something else for the cover you can. 



Next I needed m…

FREE Printable - Income Log

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All I wanted was an income log. My husband and I have an extremely varied income so I like to keep up each month. Could I find one online? Of course not. So I had to create my own and share with you all. This is going in my Home Management binder that I'm creating for next year. I'll post that in the next couple weeks once I'm done. In the meantime, enjoy this super basic free printable. DOWNLOAD


Single Wide Makeover - Toddler Loft Beds For The Boys

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My family and I live in a single wide with 3 boys and one little one on the way. Space is a hot commodity in here. My 2 youngest boys are 5 and 2 and share that teeny tiny 2nd bedroom that every single wide has. If I had put a twin bed in there it would have taken up the entire room. The toddler beds fit relatively well in there. What I really wanted were bunk beds that would fit a toddler mattress. Of course that doesn't exist because of "safety regulations." So I had to venture out on my own.
About a year ago I came across this blog www.thedesignconfidential.com. They have TONS of simple plans for building all sorts of things. That's where I found these loft beds. http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/2012/03/free-woodworking-plans-build-toddler-sized-low-loft-bunk

The plans are crazy simple. I didn't like the idea of the ladder sticking out so I altered the plans for what I needed. Originally I was going to make bunk beds but then I realized the kids would have m…

CRAZY DEAL!!! Zuru Micro Boats!

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Ok so my 5 year old has been working his butt off to earn enough for this Zuru Micro Boats play set he saw on YouTube. When I looked it up on Toys R Us and Amazon it was $24.99 so that would be 100 missions. Each mission is 25 cents. Well he's up to 25 missions and I happened to be on Walmart.com and found the same play set for $7.99!!! I don't know if this is a typo or if Walmart is just awesome but I ordered it. So now he's excited he only needs to do 32 missions. 


Check it out here: 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/ZURU-Micro-Boats-Playset-STD-Color-Assortment/52730783

Might as well get ready for Christmas.