Aug 16, 2017

Ladies Who Link- Back to School Prep

I am loving all the Back to School link ups like always!  I love finding some new tips and tricks of getting back into the swing of things.

Linking up with Allie and her crew!

So, fall sports practices started yesterday, and I will say that I felt completely on top of my game!  I have 3 girls who have 3 different things going on at 3 different times, plus Brad is traveling most of this week.

Well that all hit the fan when I forgot to tell Emma to wear workout clothes and tennies for swimming practice.  Oops.  And last night I listened to the moans and groans of 2 very exhausted and overwhelmed teenagers for no less than 3 hours.  I contemplated opening  bottle of wine at 10:00.

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So day one was a bit rocky, but we've got this!!  So here's what works for me, to keep everyone's schedules organized.

Rachel (a junior) is in volleyball, and also works part time.  Emma (a freshmen) is in swimming and Alayna right now has a summer academy class 3 days/week.
I couldn't survive without my Erin Condren planner.  I love, love, love this thing!

I color code each girl, makes it so much easier to see who's where.  I absolutely love looking at everyone's planner layouts.  I would love to get more into that, since I used to be a big scrapbooker.  However, mama ain't got time for that now...

I shared my post last week with the Workin Wednesdays ladies about how we back to school it.  My biggest tip will always be to plan, plan, plan!  Meal plan is at the top of that list.  I have my meals planned through October right now.  The night before, I do a little prepping like getting the meat together whether it's chicken that needs to thaw, or hamburger that needs to be browned.

Last night we had a school sports meeting at 6, and I don't get home from work until 5.  Creamy Sausage Tortellini was on the menu.  I had my turkey sausage browned and tortellini thawed, so all I had to do was make the sauce and let it all heat through, literally took me 10 minutes to get a yummy supper on the table!

Homemade granola bars are a must for when sports start back up!  I will post this recipe next week, but my girls devour these!

I like to post our menu on a small whiteboard I keep on the fridge so I don't get asked a million times what's for supper.  I also like to post an encouraging Bible verse every week.

Lastly, we have a blank wall on the side of our kitchen pantry that keep s a large whiteboard, bulletin board and a file holder.  

We put everyone's schedule on the calendar so everyone knows who is going where. 
I LOVE the file holder! I bought mine several years ago at the Container Store, similar one here. Each girl has a folder and when they bring home 400 sheets of paper from school, I weed them out and put the important ones in their folders.  Super easy for all of us to find their stuff!
The bulletin of course holds any and all invites or really important things we need to remember.  I would be lost without this command center!

So that's how we do back to school!

Aug 14, 2017

Weekend Recap

We had a wonderful weekend full of  hanging with friends and relaxing.

Friday night was pretty low key...we got together with friends and had some drinks, lots of fun, but I stayed up way too late!  I'm such a sally when it comes to staying out late.  I'm more of a have a few drinks at happy hour and be home and in bed by 10, HA!

Saturday Rachel and I ran some errands and got groceries.  Love the times when I get my girls one on one!!

This picture makes me laugh, Emma (who is 14) is about 5'7" (I'm 5'4" on a good day!) but look at how much longer her legs are!!!

Saturday afternoon we had a wedding in town.  It was at this gorgeous farm that they turned into a wedding venue.  SO beautiful, and the weather was perfect!

My beauties all dressed up...

It was such a fun wedding!  And even though we didn't know anybody else there, we had such a blast!

Sunday was glorious.  It was rainy and thunderstorming all day long and we just chilled. I was up early and made cinnamon rolls.  Oh my word, the recipe was SO good!  They really are the best cinnamon rolls ever!
Brad made chili in the crockpot for supper and we literally laid around all day.  I finished this book...

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SO good!  Just a good ole chick lit book.

I can't even tell you how many times Brad and I commented on how amazing yesterday was, I think we all needed that.  This week is going to be insane with Brad traveling a lot and the girls start their school fall sports.  I was wide awake at 4:30 this morning thinking about how crazy this week will be.  Thankfully I got my meals all planned out and prepped, outfits put together and everything's on the calendar so everyone knows who is going where, lol!!

Have a great week!

Aug 9, 2017

Workin It Wednesdays

It's time for another Workin' It Wednesdays with Shay and Erika!
Today we're talking all about Back to School, let's be honest, it's one of my favorite times of the year!

I love back to school for many reasons.

1. It forces my kids to have a schedule again.  Amen.
2.  It means fall is on it's way!
3. It makes me re organize and purge alllll the things!

I always feel like September is the "new" January.  I like to have my house cleaned from top to bottom and closets gone through.  It's just my thing.

Here's how we do back to school!

Give me all the decor.  I love decorating for back to school, but I make sure to not put it up until a week before, or the natives get cranky.

The night before school starts, we have Spa LaZimm.  I would make them a big bubble bath, and do facials, manis and pedis.  Now that they're older, they don't want to do the bubble bath, but we still crank the music, do our nails and eat cinnamon sugar sandwiches (why do they love those so??)

When I stayed at home, I always made sure to make a special treat for when they came home on the first day.  I still make a special treat, but not quite as elaborate, haha!

The first morning I either make pancakes in the shape of their initial, or monkey bread.  Love the excitement they used to have!!

Sometimes we would make a welcome gift for our teachers!

And of course, nothing is better than school supply shopping!  Alayna declared our school shopping day the best day of her life!!

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Now, this year I will have 3 kids in 3 separate sports.  I may be freaking out slightly, but we'll get through it.  My main tip is to plan, plan, plan!
I LOVE my Erin Condren planner and couldn't imagine life without it.  I get everyones schedules and meals plans down.  I have my meals planned though the end of October which helps SO much!

I also have a large whiteboard calendar that I write all of our activities/appointments on.  Above that I have a paper organizer that holds folders for each of the girls, so I can put any important papers in there.  Makes it much easier so I don't lose things!

I also have a smaller white board on our fridge that has our weekly meal plan so I don't gt asked a million times what we're eating for supper!  Here's a post I did a couple years back about meal planning.

So there ya have it, we super organized and have it all least for the first week, then it's all down hill, HA!!

Aug 4, 2017

Friday Favorites

Oh sweet Jezebel, it's Friday!!!  It's been one of those weeks at work, that I'm SO happy it's done!

Linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites!

I am recapping last weekend, since our internet was down most of the week.  *side eye*

Friday night we hung out at home, grilled burgers and had a campfire.  My sister in law and her husband were out of town so William stayed with us Thursday-Sunday.  He is our 4th child and we love having him!  His sister Maddie came out after work and hung with us too, we had such a fun night!!

Saturday was busy busy, as we had my mom, her husband and all the siblings and families over.  My step sister and her family were home from Oregon and I organized family pics to be taken at our house.  My friend Jeremy does photography on the side, he did an amazing job!

After pics the kids all changed into suits and went swimming...

Rachel got some great setting tips from Mike who used to play in college, he's incredible!

It was so much fun to see everyone enjoying themselves, kids in the pool, some playing volleyball, bean bags, and just enjoying the patio.

Brad smoked ribs and turkey breasts and mom brought potato salad, coleslaw and calico beans.  So much good food!  We ended the night with a bonfire and I stayed up WAY too late, haha!

Sunday we said goodbye to everyone and cleaned up the house quick.  It was a gorgeous day, so Brad talked me into going out to the lake for some tubing and relaxing.  I'll be honest, I was SO tired and had no desire, but I went and we had a blast!

I went tubing with Alayna and Rachel (I am too old to be whipped around like that!), and then we just hung out at the sandbar and relaxed.  So fun.

It was another perfect family weekend! 

 I'll leave you with some shots from our photo shoot, have a great weekend!!

Jul 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

I can't even believe July is ALMOST over!!!  Seriously, where has summer gone?
Time for another rendition of.....


Click on one of the graphics above to head over and read all the posts!

What We're Eating This Week:

I shared in Mondays post about what we're eating and some of my fave food blogs!

What I'm Reminiscing About:

Nothing I can think of?

What I'm Loving:

The ages my girls are at!  My girls are 16, 14 and 11 and they are just so much fun right now!  Yes we get the sass and eye rolls, but you know you're doing something right when your 16 old tells you she's rather spend one on one time with you than hang out with her boyfriend, haha!!

What We've Been Up To:

I shared on Monday's post that we were up at my dads for the weekend, lots of fun family time!  This week is full of sports activities.

What I'm Dreading:

I swear our pool is going to be the death of us this year.  We have a large above ground 4' deep pool that we cannot keep the algae out of.  We're spending damn near $50/week in chemicals and it's getting old.  If anyone has any tips, please share!!

What I'm Working On:

Back to school!!  I'm over here like...

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And the girls are like...

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I have all of their paperwork done, physicals done and Alayna is pretty well set with everything she needs.  I got her a super cute backpack from Lands End and we went school supply shopping last week.  I also ordered her some clothes from Old Navy, so all she needs is shoes.  Emma is next.

I also meal planned through October, but I'm a little nervous this fall as we will have 3 in after school sports.  I'm going to have to be on top of my game with meal prepping!

What I'm Excited  About:

We have family coming into town this weekend and I'm just really excited to see everyone and hang out!

What I'm Watching/Reading:

Now that my craft room/office is done and (somewhat) organized, I am finally getting back on my treadmill.  I've struggled at finding a good Netflix show and someone mentioned "When Calls The Heart" and I love it!  It's about a school teacher's life back in the 1800's.  I'm only on episode 2, but so far I love it!
Reading wise, I've really missed my Patricia Cornwell books.  Back when the girls were little and napped, I read quite a bit, now not so much. I actually found one of her books on my bookshelf that I hadn't read yet.  Love her books!

What I'm Listening To:

Still Pandora.  My fave stations are 80's rock, Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oats, Allison Krause and 40's Big Band.  What did we ever do without Pandora?

What I'm Wearing:

Same old same old.  I would really like to spend a couple hours putting outfits together to switch things up.  I just have to find those couple hours to do it, haha!!

What I'm  Doing This Weekend:

Hanging with family!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:

Not sure.  Sports start on the 14th, which means it's gonna get crazy, ugh.

That's it for this month!  I posting this early simply because my blogger gets super funky if I save a post.  I'll open it back up and half of it will be gone.  Strange...

Jul 24, 2017

Weekend Shenanigans

Well, well well, hello Monday.  It was SO freaking hard to get up this morning.  I seriously laid there praying it wasn't really Monday.  Why is it that on the weekends you wake up no problem at 5 am, but the week comes and you have to drag your arse out?  Ugh.

We had a wonderful weekend up at my dad and step moms!  Every summer we get together (I have one brother and 2 step siblings) up in Walker and enjoy the weekend.  Typically we get crappy weather, but this weekend was gorgeous!

Brad and I were both off on Friday and it was so nice to get caught up around the house before we left.  Brad and mouse went fishing and Rachel was doing some volunteer work in town.  We got up to my dads around 4:00.  I think my favorite thing (besides being with family of course!) is not having to cook all weekend, it's glorious!!  And all the moms said amen...

My third favorite thing is this sweet boy!  He is SO sweet and fun right now.  This was his play-all-day-no-nap, haha!!  

Each day we got out for a nice walk and enjoyed the scenery.  We also got lots of shopping in!  Alayna has to take a pic with this statue in town.  I have no idea what the story is behind it, but it cracks her up!

The best part of the weekend was the concert my dad and his buddy put on.  My dad sings, plays the guitar, banjo, dulcimer and different native flutes.  He's kinda musical.  It was so fun to hear them sing!

He even convinced all the grandkids to sing with them!  My brother and I got up and sang "You Look Wonderful Tonight", which was so fun to sing with him.

After the music, we got a nice bonfire going, we enjoyed the colored flames and smores (the smores were made before we used the powder to change the fire colors, so no worries!).  It was a wonderful weekend with family!

This week is full of volleyball camps for Rachel and Alayna, and softball for Alayna.  Emma is having her girlfriends over one night and then this weekend we are getting together with my mom, her husband and that side of the family.   My step sister and her family are here from Oregon, and we are SO excited to see them!  Saturday we are having family pics done since they will be home and then every one is staying for supper.  Brad is going to smoke some ribs and chicken and I'm just so excited to have everyone here!

I also want to share what's on our menu quick...

Monday: Chicken Salad Caesar Wraps from Mels Kitchen Cafe
Friends, these were AMAZING and so easy to whip up!

Tuesday: Taco Pasta- another recipe from Mels!

Wednesday: Creamy Orzo with Chicken- again, Mels recipe. 

Thursday- Burgers on the grill

I really love Mel's blog (in case you didn't already know), her food is so, so yummy and full of real, healthy ingredients.  I'm really picky about the ingredients in our food, so I tend to find the blogs that have easy, healthy recipes with ingredients I can easily find.  Here are my most favorite blogs:

I also love the last three blogs for their workouts they post.  Kristen from  Iowa Girl Eats has a ton of treadmills workouts I've done and loved.  Her blog is full of healthy gluten free recipes.  Anne from Fannetastic Food and Tina from Carrots and Cake have both ran marathons, so when I was training for my half, I got a ton of info from their blogs!

Hope you all have a great week!!

Jul 18, 2017

The Weekend

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I had one of the BEST weekends I've had in awhile, lots of relaxing and prepping/planning.

Last Thursday I came down with some kind of a stomach bug.  I felt like I had morning sickness all over again, I was miserable.  I would go to work, come home and sleep.  I missed mouses softball game on Thursday and a fun night out with friends on Friday.  Such a bummer.
However, I got SO much planning done and it feels amazing!

This was my view for a few days, Pinterest, planner and my lazy cat, lol!

Pure lazy.  But pure cuteness.

I was able to meal plan through October and get the girls' school supply lists written out and organized.  I know I'm crazy to even think about back to school, but with 3 kids (and girls), I have to start early.

Alayna and I had our coffee date last night and got all her school supplies bought!  I also ordered her a ton of clothes from Old Navy, so she's pretty set!

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Saturday we had a family reunion, thankfully I was feeling better and was able to go.  They had a ton of different types of beer, I tried this one and it was delicious!

However, my fave drink right now has been lemon sparkling water with limes and lemons.  So refreshing!  I finally gave up my beloved Diet Coke.  It's been 2 weeks and honestly. I've never felt better.  How sad, right?!

It's been a hot few days, but thankfully we finally got some rain last night. 
Hope you all are enjoying your week!!