What I Love About Brent

He likes to clean. He doesn’t mind doing the dishes.

He’s doesn’t get angry easily, whereas I tend to fly off the handle quickly, he knows how to keep his calm. And when he does get upset he thinks carefully about what he’s going to say before he says.

He is very patient. He waited about 6 years to begin to pursue me romantically because he knew I wasn’t ready yet. And he puts up with my drama without complaint.

He’s a really good writer. When we started dating one of the sweetest things he did was start writing me letters.

When he makes jokes he tries to make sure they’re actually good. Sometimes when we’re with friends I can tell he’s thought of a joke but he doesn’t say it, then he lets it run over in his mind a bit before he’s perfected it, and then he waits until the timing is perfect. That may seem like a lot of work for one joke but most guys just spout out something every other minute until somebody laughs and I like that he doesn’t.

He has a really good work ethic. It doesn’t matter what the job is he will do it well. It can take him a long time to finish task but it will always be done right when he’s completed it.

He chose the right person to inspire him. His stepfather wasn’t a good influence and neither was his mother. But instead of following their bad example he looked to his grandfather for inspiration. I never knew Brent’s grandpa but I feel like I know him because I see his characteristics in Brent everyday.

Brent really loves our family. If he has a choice between a quiet evening at home or going out with friends he genuinely wants to be with his family instead.

He’s my favorite person.

Easiest Hamburger Recipe

I’ve never been very successful when making hamburgers at home. But I recently stumbled in a recipe in a cookbook my mom gave me that lead me to making a fantastic hamburger that is the easiest homemade hamburger I have ever made!

Here is a link to the cookbook The Four Ingredient Cookbooks

 

Easiest Hamburgers
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Ingredients
  1. 1lb Ground Turkey
  2. 1 Sleeve Ritz Crackers
  3. Seasonings (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. 2. In a medium bowl crush crackers and add the ground Turkey and mix well. Now it the time to add in your seasonings if you are using any
  3. 3. Form the mixture into serving size patties and brown them in a skillet. About 2 minutes on each side.
  4. 4. Put the browned patties on prepared pan and put in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the internal temperature is 165 Fahrenheit. Serve however you like to have your hamburgers.
Notes
  1. Seasonings! I used Garlic Salt, Lemon Pepper, and Italian Seasoning. But I have also made this recipe without any seasonings and it is still amazing.
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Step by Step Guide to a Weekly Menu/Grocery List

The intent of this post is to show you how simple it is to make a weekly menu/grocery list for several weeks so that you can then use it as a rotating menu plan. This will take a load off of the weekly shopping trips by having your grocery list already written out for you every week. You’ll make a menu and then make a grocery list of what you need to make that menu happen.

You can do 6 weeks’ worth of menus or you can do 10! I usually never have more than 5 different menus because I enjoy cooking and eating the same foods regularly. But I found because of that it was easy for me to get into a rut and so having different menus helped me to work my way around to making old recipes that I had forgotten about. This Menu plan works well for whatever state of life you are in. If you’re single, married, or parents, this plan can help you bring some organization to your life. Below I’ve listed the steps I take to make 1 weeks’ worth and all you have to do is do it a few times over and you have yourself a rotating menu plan complete with a weekly grocery list to boot!

 

1. Start with a full menu

This can be done in one of two ways. You can only plan dinner each night and then wing the other meals. Or you can have a full menu with breakfast lunch dinner and every snack time in-between. The latter is defiantly more complicated but if you’re dieting or on a tight budget it would probably be the best option. When I first started this menu/grocery list plan I only planned dinners and I would add to the list a few necessities that I would have for my breakfast and lunches. But after a while, I realized that having those things on the menu would end up helping me in the long run, time and budget-wise.

Goo HERE to view and download my FREE menu template! 

2. Tackle Each Meal

Next, you need write in what you’ve got planned for each meal, I think this is easiest tackled by the meal itself rather than the day, for example, instead of filling out what you’re eating all day Monday and then moving on to Tuesday, start with what you’re eating every day for breakfast all week, and then once you’ve filled that our move on to snack time for all week. As far as the dessert column goes I just put down what day I’m making one if I am at all.

3. Write Your Ingredient list

Once you get your menu made it is time to pull out the cookbooks! You’re going to want to take each meal and write down what you need for each different meal. I even go so far as to say how many cups of cereal we eat for breakfast every day. You want every ingredient you use even down to spices!

4. Grocery list!

Once you have the ingredient list for the whole menu you can make a grocery list for that week’s menu! Remember not to take into account what you have in the house already. This is a grocery list you want to be able to use multiple times so you want to put everything on there.

5. Put it to use!

The last thing to do after you’ve done all this hard work is to use your pre-made menu/grocery list! Then whenever you’re getting ready to go shopping for the week print out your grocery list (or I also put the list into the notes app on my phone. Before you head to the store you’ll need to go through your pantry. Check off anything you already have in stock. And then whatever is left is what you’ll be getting at the store that day!

 

And that’s it! That’s how you make your own menu and grocery list. This may seem like a lot of work and I’m not going to say it’s not. But once you’re done it is so worth it! If you’re just starting out you can make a menu once a week for a few weeks and then begin to recycle the old ones! I did this a few months ago and I found it very helpful. Lately, I’ve found some new recipes that I wanted to use so now I’m reconstructing all of my menus. I actually really enjoy the menu planning if you would like any tips please let me know in the comments!

Kitchen Table Revamp

 Brent was out of work for a few weeks and during that time we did quite a few household projects. One that I was very excited to get done was revamping our kitchen table. 

This was my family’s table for many years. And when I got married my parents passed it on to me. But 12 years of wear showed. The top of the table especially was worn away. 

I went to Walmart and got stain and polyurethane. 

This is all I got! The stain and the polyurethane were about $15. I also used some sponge brushes, a few rags, sandpaper, and an electric sander. 

First, I sanded the entire top of the table. I didn’t realize how dusty this would turn out to be. I did it inside and the dust from the sander got everywhere. But the sanded table looked great! 

The sanding took about an hour. Then, after cleaning all the dust up I started the staining process. One coat of stain and 3 coats of polyurethane later here’s how it looked! 

The door is open because the smell of the chemicals was overwhelming. We didn’t let Lily stay in there for very much longer than to eat. 

But the finished product was worth it! I’m super happy with my “new” kitchen table. 

If you like this check out my post diy toy chest out of cabinet doors!

How to Keep Kitchen Counters Free of Clutter

I don’t know about you, but whenever there is a glad surface anywhere within my reach I always seem to find a way to clutter it up. It could be a table, shelf, or chair! It doesn’t matter what it is, it only matters that it’s a flat surface easily accessible for me to throw my junk on. 

One that had bothered me for a while is my kitchen counters. They’re so easily cluttered up with food or appliances and it makes the whole kitchen look messy. I finally got to the point where I was done with a consistently messy looking kitchen and I knew the culprit was the cluttered counters. But how was I to fix this mess? 

1. Make cabinet space for what you can 

I’ve kept the toaster on the counter for 3 years and I only use it maybe 6 times a year. I don’t always need that accessible. So it’s on a tray in a cabinet now. Same goes for the food processor. I use it a lot but it’s easy to move so it’s in a cabinet above the outlet I typically plug it into. I’ve cleared space in my cabinets for snacks and fruit that kept being left out. It only took about 3 minutes to reorganize my pots and pans to make a spec for the pot I continually left out on the stove. Once I put away what I could I found that there was very little left out on the counter. 

2. Make counter space for what is necessary   

There are going to be things that are just super convenient to always be on the counter! For me a big one is my kitchen aid. That thing is so heavy, if I kept that in a cabinet I would never use it because it would be such a pain to bring out and put back! Also, my dish drying rack kinda needs a space on the counter. In the end I picked 4 places in the kitchen where I keep things. Next to the sink for the drying rack, a corner for the knifes, spoons, and whisks, a corner for the jars with rice, sugar, and flour, and lastly a space for the kitchen aid. 

3. Keep things in their place. 

this is tip is twofold. 
a) put away things when you’re done with them. 
This one is easy. As soon as I’m done processing food in the food processor I put the base away. If I’ve used the toaster I let it cool off and then I put it back. The main thing for me is if I let something stay out too long it’s like it grows roots there and it’s harder to put away. I gotta do it right away or it’s not happening for a month. 
b) Keep counter things in their space

This may seem repetitive but often I’ll lmov something and it will never find its way back where it’s supposed to be. but I have a little trick that helps me. I keep the things I keep on the counter on something on the counter. For example, the jars with flour, sugar, and rice, if I use one of those I have the tendency to grab the jar, pull it close to where I need it, measure out what I need, and then leave it in this newfound spot for a while. This does not help keep the counters looking tidy. Instead I have a tray basket that I keep the jars on. That way when I need one I either go to where it is to get what I need, or I pull the basket to me and then put it back. It helps keep things in their place so much easier! 

Until the idea is to keep things simple and neat. If you consistently keep things in their place there won’t be as much as a need to clean. And if you keep the things on your counter to a minimum there won’t be a stainless much daily tidying to do thus making your life all that much easier. 

10 Christmas Gifts for Under $10

Does the Christmas traffic get worse every year or is it my patience wearing out? My husband and I went to the store this past Saturday (it’s mid November y’all) and the traffic was horrific! I mean I just about started rolling down my window to scream at people horrific. I decided then and there, no more Christmas shopping. The rest of it will be done in the early morning when only the birds are awake or online.

Also, do I end up spending more each year or is my wallet just smaller? Either way I’ve cut back on who I give gifts to and how much I spend on them. $10 and less gifts on amazon are gold! It’s both cheep and you don’t have to get out in that Christmas traffic. If you want to view the item click on the photo or the name.

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1. Stainless Steal Drinking Straws 

 

This is a great gift for anybody! Guys, girls, and it helps the environment! And if you wanted to add a little something you could put them in a tumbler with some hot coco mix and you have a really great gift!

 

2. Credit Card Organizer 

 

 

Perfect little card organizer that comes in many different colors. If you’re like me you have about a 50 cards and half of them are gift cards that have less than $5 but you can make yourself give them up because that’s money saved…I digress. This is a perfect little gift for anyone! Literally, think of someone you haven’t been sure what to get them and think if they might need a little card organizer. I am willing to put money down to say they do.

 

3. Ceramic Pour Over Coffee Dripper 

 

 

Gift for your coffee loving friend! I have a drip coffee brewer and it makes fantastic coffee! This coupled with a bag coffee beans will leave a caffeine addict well satisfied.

 

 

4. Deluxe Tea Infuser 

 

 

You know that one friend who doesn’t drink coffee but loves tea? The person that goes to Starbucks because that’s where their friends want to go but they order a strawberry lemonade? While you’re getting your regular friends something coffee related you can give them this amazing tea infuser! It’s great for brewing yourself just a little cup of tea! Since your friend probably never brews more than one cup at a time its the perfect gift for them!

 

5. Small Glass Teapot 

 

 

Another gift for your tea loving friend! This tea pot is only large enough for one serving at a time. It is stove top save and comes with a stainless steal infuser.

 

6. Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace 

 

 

Look at this set of necklace pendants that also serve as essential oil diffusers! Two pendants that are both pretty and are useful! These would make a perfect gift for you essential oil loving friend.

 

 

7. Trio of Essential Oils Set 

 

 

A set of essential oils! Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus. This would be perfect to pair with a pair or socks, gloves, or the aromatherapy pendant I mentioned above!

 

8. Wooden Eyewear Holder 

 

 

Know someone who’s always looking for their glasses? Give them something fun to keep their glasses on! I guarantee they will spend less time looking for their glasses and more time laughing at the little wooden face wearing them.

 

 

9. Mini Bluetooth Speaker 

 

 

I got this speaker a few months ago and it is great! This is so small you could carry it around in your pocket if you want.  This is something I like to use it while I’m watching dishes, its small but loud enough for regular Bluetooth use.

 

 

10. 2020 Where’s Waldo Calendar 

 

 

This might be my favorite thing on Amazon right now. I’ve always loved searching for Waldo and this Calendar has 16 pages of Waldo searching fun! The first page starts September 2019.

If you like shopping on Amazon check out 7 Things You Should be Buying on Amazon 

 

 

My Honest Instacart Review

Groceries  delivered directly to your door with just the click of a button is just too appealing not to try. But, I’m also a penny pincher so the thought of spending more on groceries than I have to is horrifying to me. Instacart offers free shipping and $10 off your first order. You will need a code but you can find them in abundance with a quick google search. With that in mind I decided to go ahead and try it out for a bit. 

The first week I got my regular groceries with little or no extra cost because of the coupon.

The second week I found a code that said it would give me $30 credit for my next order. The code went through and after my order I got a notification that said I would have $30 free on my next order. 

On the third week I went ahead and checked Instacart. There ended up being no credit on my account and I couldn’t find the notification that said it would be. Thus I decided to not use it this week but instead I conducted an experiment to see how much Instacart actually charged extra. I had noticed the other weeks that some of the prices were higher than I had remembered them being. I made a list and did my own shopping. After I got home I went on Instacart and added the exact same things”l to my virtual cart. Below are the results.

(Side note: all the shopping was conducted at Aldi.)

My shopping total: $46.28

Instacart total: $61.74 (this includes a 5% tip and fees)

As I was adding the items I had bought to my Instacart I noticed each item was slightly higher in price and I began to write the difference down. Instacart’s added an average of .15 cents per item (some items were .50 cents more and others only .06 cents) so my Instacart order total was $4.51 more than my own shopping, before any tip or fees were added. 

I knew Instacart would be more expensive in the end, this is only fair when you’re paying someone to do your shopping. I was surprised that they added on to each item instead of keeping it the items at the same price and Then adding on the extra as a fee at the end.

In the end if I had used Instacart I would have paid an additional $15.46.

I would give Instacart 4 out of 5 stars. I withhold a star because I think adding a little to each item is sneaky. I think it would be more upfront to add it at the end so you could see the fees clearly. And there is the $30 that isn’t in my account.

The final question then is, would Instacart be worth using on a regular basis? Personally I say no. I do my shopping weekly and an extra $60 a month just for connivance isn’t worth it to me. 

But if you don’t mind the extra fees I would suggest you look into it. The convenience is amazing and they do have a subscription that would bring your fees down. But if your like my you’ll save the money Andy get your own shopping done. 

 

For more shopping tips check out 5 Tips for Easier Grocery Shopping and 7 Things You Should be Buying on Amazon

7 Best LOTRs and Harry Potter Themed Baby Clothes

Ever since I was around 13 I have loved Lord of the Rings. I realized a while ago that I didn’t have any LOTRs themed clothes for Lily! I started looking at what was out there and found some really great things! I stumbled upon some Harry Potter themed clothes as well and have compiled a list of my favorites.

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1. Lord of The Rings Hobbit Meals Onesie 

This onesie has all the Hobbit meals and is 100% appropriate since babies eat 1,000 times a day. It comes in 3 different colors!

2. What About Second Breakfast Onesie 

This onesie has “What About Second Breakfast” written in the Lord of the Rings script. Perfect for your hungry little guy or gal. It only comes in white.

3. Lord of the Rings Onesie 

With the classic stacking rings baby toy on it this onesie is perfect for Lord of the Rings fans and pun lovers alike. Only comes in white.

 

4. Harry Potter Scar and Glasses Onesie 

This onesie is one of my favorites! With the lightning bolt scar and round glasses, it is perfect for any child of a Harry Potter fan. It comes in black and gray with a gray long sleeved option.

 

5. Snuggle This Muggle 

I can’t even this this outfit! So freaking cute! There are a few variations of this outfit but this one is my favorite. 

6. Five Piece Set 

This set of Harry Potter themed onesies is just too much! 

 

7. I Never Received My Acceptance Letter

 And lastly to tie everything together one last onesie. “I never received my acceptance letter to Hogwarts, so I’m leaving the Shire to become a Jedi.” This one comes in 7 different colors to choose from! 

 

If you liked this check out my other post 7 Best Star Wars Themed Baby Clothes

 

7 Best Star Wars Themed Baby Clothes

Who doesn’t love Star Wars? If you don’ and are reading this anyways then just go. 

Anyways, I think geeky themed baby clothes are some of the best!  And there aren’t many things more geeky than Star Wars so I put together a list of the best Star Wars baby clothes I could find on Amazon!

 

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1. The Force Onesie


 

This one reads “The force is strong with this one”. Don’t we all hope the force is strong in our child? No? Just me? Okay, moving on. This onesie comes in 13 different colors which makes it perfect for any baby!

2. Future Jedi Onesie

 

Let the world know that your baby is a future Jedi with this cute onesie! It comes in 12 different colors!

3. I Speak Wookee Onesie

I love how appropriate this is for babies who only make noises! This “I Speak Wookee” onesie comes In 5 different colors! Plus a bib! 

4. Awakens You Onesie 

Yessssss! “The Force that Awakens You” so appropriate for a baby. And it comes in 9 different colors!

5. Princess Onesie 

 

What little princess would’t be totally adorable in this? Plus, I mean, we all know that Leia is the best princess out there. This onesie comes in gray and pink.

6. Sithed Onesie

This pun is too cute. I would totally get this for newborn since they’re always sithing. It does only come in white. 
 

 7. The One That Takes the Cake 

5 different Star Wars onesies! I love these so much!! I know its for boys but I’d totally dress my little girl in these. I know $25 is a bit much but that’s only $5 per onesie! 


6 Items I Wish Were On My Baby Registry

I tried to be really stingy with my baby registry because I didn’t want people to buy all the little thing she that I kinda wanted and not get the things I really wanted. Lily is 7 months and looking back there’s a few things I wish I’d put on. 

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1. Reusable Breast Pads 

I had Bamboobies from Target on my registry but they only sell them in packs of four. After I had Lily I realized four wasn’t enough. I went on amazon and found the same kind for the same price but it was an 8 pack! They’re organic, reusable, and it comes with a laundry bag you can use to wash them in. 

 

2. Nursing Pillow Cover 

I was gifted a nursing pillow with a cover but it wasn’t until months after Lily was born that I realized I should have had more than one cover. There’s going to be times that baby spits up or poos on the pillow. It would have been great to have more than one cover to put on it while the other was in the wash. 

 

3. Bath Toy Organizer

I honestly didn’t really think about how bath time wouldn’t go until a few months ago when’s Lily was able to sit up in the bath and play more. I currently have a mesh bag that was the packaging for the rubber duckies I got for her to hold her toys in. I am planning on getting THIS for her toys soon. 

 

4. Diaper Pail 

I knew I would be using cloth diapers so I didn’t put this on my list. But looking back I realized it would have been helpful to have, not only did we use paper diapers we had been gifted during the first few weeks, but also a pail would have been helpful even when using cloth diapers to throw the wipes away in. 

 

5. Pacifier Clips

For some reason I thought pacifier clips were only for toddlers…I was very wrong. After a few weeks of dealing with her dropping her pacifier in the floor a hundred times a day I went out and bought a few. THIS is a really good deal with 4 clips and a teething toy! 

 

6. Teething Jewelry 

I didn’t realize how much Lily would want to chew on my necklaces. She is always grabbing at whatever’s I am wearing and of course everything I wear isn’t safe enough for her to chew on. I just got this for my brother’s wedding and Lily loves it!