Monday, October 20, 2014

Meal Plan Monday #22

Sorry I'm late posting this but the kids didn't nap yesterday so I didn't get a chance to sit down and plan anything until about 5 minutes ago. I hate starting the week out this way because it makes me feel flustered but I'm recovering well and getting things done! Hey my bed is made for the first time in two weeks! Thats a plus!

Anyways, here is what's for dinner:

Monday: Thanksgiving Casserole
Tuesday: Out (Date Day!!!)
Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Thursday: Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken
Friday: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Out

What are you having for dinner this week? Trying anything new?
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kauai Grilled Chichen

This recipe is sooooo tasty and I always forget until I make it again. It is called Kauai Grilled Chicken because it reminds Maxwell of something we had on our trip to Kauai. We love sweet marinades and this one does not disappoint!

Kauai Grilled Chicken Recipe

4-5 Chicken Breasts or Thighs (we do some of each, pick your favorite)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 ketchup
1 teaspoon sriracha 
1/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup pineapple juice
3 Large pieces of peeled ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Mix all ingredients together for the marinade and reserve 1/4 cup for basting when you are grilling.
2. Pour marinade over the chicken and marinate for 2-3 hours.
3. Grill the chicken, basting as you cook. 
4. Enjoy!

We like to eat ours with rice but it is great to eat with any side.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Never Forgotten, Forever Loved

Today's worship wednesday is a bit different in that I didn't have anything to share when I went to bed last night. Not that I didn't have things that didn't stick out this week but more that I wasn't sure that was what I wanted to share today. Then this morning as I was trying to wake up and perusing Instagram, I was reminded that today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.

Four years ago at about this time of year, I suffered two miscarriages that deeply rocked my faith and caused me to ask God a lot of "why?" questions. I still don't have my answers, other then the fact that God has brought MANY woman into my life who have also experienced miscarriage or infant loss. The verse that has always stuck out to me as these woman, dear friends of mine, come to me with the news of their loss, is 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort." 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
I do not understand infant loss, I still ask God why it happens, even though I know it's because we do not live in a perfect world, with no hurt, pain or loss. The one thing that I do know is that God has sent great people into my life when I was hurting and He sends me to those who are hurting in their time of need. I am very thankful for the friends who stick closer than as sister and pray that I am that same friend to others.
Print by Ashlee Proffitt
Today, especially, I urge you to pray for those who have been or are currently in the depths of loss. Miscarriage is something that most people do not share about. It tends to be something that people keep close to themselves and close friends because the hurt is so deep and you question how you could feel so much pain about someone you've never met and that you, yourself, have just learned exists but the love and bond with your children happens the moment you know of their conception. But often times, others don't feel that same connection, so sharing seems futile. So friends, pray. The sister who sits next to you at Bible study, or the woman who sits at the park may be dealing with this deep, empty pain.

And if you know someone who is going through or has gone through miscarriage or infant loss (because the pain is always there and the child(ren) are never forgotten), I urge you to follow this link. Ashlee Proffitt is giving the Print at the top of this post to every name given to her, in honor of her son Aaden Sage who died soon after his birth (you can read the story here.) She knows deeply and personally that any child, no matter how old or young, is Never Forgotten, Always Loved!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

House Update: Master Bedroom

Our bedroom was one of the first rooms we focused on finishing and this weekend, we placed the last nail to hang the last thing on the wall! It feels so nice to have this space finished. It is my favorite room in the house and truly my escape from it all!

Here is what our room looked like when we bought it. It felt very cramped with all their huge furniture in it! It was also very brown! (Sorry for you brown lovers but it just isn't Max and I.)
You first got a glimpse into room with my Bedroom Mirror Project. This dresser holds my make-up and nail polish and is where I stand to put on my make up. I do need to add a lamp because the lighting isn't great on dark or cloudy mornings but that will come.
The dresser is the 6 drawer Hemnes dresser from Ikea. 
 I really love this little space to work out of each morning!
On the next wall sits our other new 8 drawer Hemnes dresser. We love both pieces and they provide us with so much storage! The picture hanging above is a print Maxwell purchased before we met and was my inspiration for our bedroom-our escape. Don't you just want to jump into the picture and sit on that beach?
The chair we had specially made to go into Aston's bedroom when he was a baby. He had a jungle themed room and the fabric fit in perfectly. We now get to keep it in our room and it fits in great! This is where I get to do my morning Bible study and wake up times. I love this spot!
These candles and candle sticks are from HomeGoods.
Across from this wall is our bed and focal wall. We painted the walls first, painting the grey walls with Glidden's Arctic Stone. We painted the turquoise wall with Glidden's Disney paint Sulley's Fur.  We aren't a fan of the durability of the Glidden paint as it has peeled off some of our walls when something sits against it for too long but we love the colors!
Our room gets lots of in direct natural light which is wonderful, except when taking pictures :)
The pillows are from HomeGoods and the mirror is from Target. The sconces and other decor are things we have had for about 6 years now.
 This truly is our place of retreat at the end of each long day and we just love how it all turned out and how much space we have in this room!!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Meal Plan Monday #21

Happy Monday! Our week is crazy! What does your's look like? We are very much looking forward to November because things should be settling down a little before the holiday season at the church gets underway. 3 more weeks of flag football and then daddy will be back home more often and that is very nice. Anyways, here is what's for dinner:

Monday: Taco Casserole or 7 Layer Dip
Tuesday: Out
Wednesday: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes (I'll make Max write his recipe down so that we can post it here soon)
Thursday: Parmesan Chicken Casserole with salad
Friday: Bacon and Egg Sandwiches and Fruit salad
Saturday: Slow Cooker Roast Chicken This is a great recipe!
Sunday: Out

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Burlap Fall Leaf Bunting {Tutorial}

I love decorating for the different seasons and LOVE creating new projects to go with them. I was looking for a bunting idea to decorate our entertainment center and found this idea. I thought it was soooo cute but the reality is that in South California, we don't get very many fall leaves that aren't burnt to a crisp. So this is that idea I came up with. I love how it turned out and love what it has added to our space.


Burlap Fabric
DecoArt Paint (I used True Red, Bright Yellow, Orange Twist, Citron Green and 
Sponge Brushes
Fall Leaf Stencil (I made mine with my Silhouette
I cut my burlap fabric freehanded just using the previous piece as a guide. They aren't perfect or the same size but I like that out the look. I then pulled any of the strings that were hanging, which gave the bunting a frayed look.
Using the stencil I cut with my Silhouette, I painted one leaf on each piece of burlap. To paint, dab don't brush, using an up and down motion.
This is what my table looked like as I worked.
Once I was finished painting various leaves in various colors, I let them dry.
When they were dry, I used a large needle that could hold some thin twine and sewed the bunting flags together, going in through the top right and out through the top left (two wholes per flag).
This is the final product and I just love it!

What Fall decorations are you doing this year? Any fun projects?
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello Fall Front Porch with Fall Chalkboard's

As we slowly put our house together since moving-in in July, I've been trying to find places around the house that feel complete. It's coming slowly but when our pumpkins were ready to harvest from my father-in-law's garden (he grew them for us this year) I decided that decorating the front porch a little early would be fun.

In this set of pictures, you will see two versions that look similar but have a few changes. Can you spot them? The reason for the changes are that 1. I get bored and change things up often, especially with my chalkboard and 2. Aston's birthday party caused a temporary interruption in our front porch theme to follow his Construction Birthday Party theme (I'll blog about that soon). But now the porch is all ready for Fall until Leia's birthday at the end of the month :)

Fall Porch #1
 Fall Chalkboard #1
 Fall Front Porch #2
 Fall Chalkboard #2
 Then came our new number decal. You can see how I did that by following the link.

I am absolutely loving playing with my new house as we decorate for the holiday's! It is so fun and oh I wish I was a millionaire or you know had more money to play with because my ideas are grand ;-)
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