Showing posts with label mom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mom. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

1st Day of School 2020!

School has finally started again and it's a whole new game! We are at a new school since we moved, and our school district has decided on distance learning for the 1st quarter. This change was made last minute. We, including the kids, would rather have them in school. But we are dealing the cards we have been dealt, and making the best of it. 
Kellan is in 5th grade. We were able to meet his teacher through the drive through supplies pick up. Mr. Baker seemed really nice and Kellan hopes to be in the classroom soon! 
Arley is in 2nd grade. Arley said he teacher is awesome! She loved meeting her teacher during the drive through of supplies. Arley is eager to make new friends at her new school. 
Mason is having some one on one time with Mom Mom doing preschool activities. Between Mason not wanting to potty training and the unknown of school, we decided to keep him out for this year. Mom Mom has been doing preschool activities so he won't be too far behind. I'm really bummed that he isn't at our normal preschool, but we home that things will be back to somewhat normal for next year. 

The last quarter of school was really rough on the kids. The unknown of everything and the newness of online school made it tough for the kids. Plus they were constantly home without interaction with their friends. But we watched ALOT of movies and made the best of it! 

Eventually the kids will go back to school and life will go back to normal, and this will just be a memory. We are so lucky that we have the support from my Mom (Mom Mom) who helps out in so many ways! The kids and I are so grateful for her! 

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

New Venture - Chalk Couture

Have you ever been so interested in something, and kept going back over an over get more info?

This was me with Chalk Couture. I can't remember exactly where I'd seen it, but it may have been Instagram. I was just so interested. I love chalk board stuff, but I don't have the time to spend hours making a chalk board pretty. With 3 kids, a husband and work, I didn't have that kind of extra time. 

But then I saw how EASY Chalk Couture was! I was amazed! I really was! I could do an easy project in 5-10 minutes including clean up with Chalk Couture, or plan on making something neat from Pinterest, but never having the time to really do it nicely.

I will say, it took me a few months join. I felt that I have some much on my crafting plate already and I wasn't sure if I wanted to add more onto it. So I waited.

And then we decided to sell our house and buy a bigger one. And that gave me the push to consolidate all my crafts. As any crafter knows, you really don't know how much craft stuff you have until you have to pack it all up. Since we put out house on the market fast, I didn't have time to try and sell some of my craft stuff. I donated a lot of it since I couldn't bear throwing it away. 

But it felt good to get rid of a lot of it. At the time, some stuff was really hard to give away since you buy it with intention of making something special. And then life gets in the way and it get push to the side. Until it's pushed so far over you forget about it. But there are always bigger and better things to make. 

So once we moved in our new house and had a little time to set up, I looked up Chalk Couture again. I just couldn't get it out of my mind. So I decided just to do it. 

And I am so happy I did. ;)

The best thing about Chalk Couture is that its not only chalk, but they have ink as well for a more permanent option. This is big for me and I have been wanting to make shirts for the kids school stuff. 

So check out my Chalk Couture site for all the info needed here.

Soon, I want to host a take and make party to share how fun and easy Chalk Couture really is! 

Here are some of the projects that I have already done! 

Friday, June 7, 2019

How our summer is going.... so far!

So we are almost a week into summer break and it has not been easy! All the kids want to do all day is eat and drink! Momma doesn't have time for all of that! Rob is off normally Mondays and Tuesdays so they kids go to sleep in on those days but the rest of the week they have to get up earlier since I've got to drop them off at Mom Mom's house! They are not happy about getting up early! So it's definitely a struggle. Then add Mason in. This little boy has not made it easy. He must be going through a growth spurt or something because he doesn't want to go to sleep at night! The past 2 nights he has gone to bed at 11:30pm! Momma needs her "ME" time! I end up going to be straight after I put him down. So this weekend I will be catch up time for laundry and cleaning! YAY!! 

We did take time to go to the Lodi Farmers Market in Downtown Lodi. It's always a great time and the kids love to get a snow cone. The Lodi Farmers Market is a Certified Organic. They have great vendors for fruits, veggies, flowers and small businesses! You've gotta get out to the Lodi Farmers Market and support out local Vendors! 

This week has been a shit show, but hopefully next week is better! The kids start a 2 week summer camp so they will be out of my mom's hair for a few hours! 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Keto Wednesday- Enchilada Soup

Keto Wednesday- Enchilada Soup

I love finding something that my whole family loves and it is Keto friendly at the same time. This Enchilada Soup is a staple in the Barrington household! Everyone loves it and I can easily add side dishes to give everyone else carbs. Plus, its pretty easy to make so I make a big batch so I can take it to work and we can have it again another night.

Here's what you need:
Dutch oven or large pot OR Crock Pot (I'll give directions at the end)
4-6 chicken breasts
4 cans of red mild enchilada sauce (normal size)
7 cups total of chicken broth
1 onion- chopped
garlic powder
toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced olives

How to make it:
Take the chicken- thawed or frozen- (I normally use thawed or fresh- it's just faster) and put it the Dutch oven. Pour 1 can of enchilada sauce and 3 cups of chicken broth and cook for about 45 minutes thawed or 2 hours frozen. I like to flip the chicken every 15 minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly.

Cook your chicken
Add 3 cups of chicken broth

Add 1 can of mild red enchilada sauce

After they are cooked, shred chicken. I have to best little secret to easy chicken shredding- use your KITCHEN AID!! I know, it sounds crazy but it's a life saver! Just put the cooked chicken into the Kitchen Aid Bowl and use the paddle on a medium low setting. Don't over do it! You don't want chicken dust.

Once your chicken is shredded,  dump out the sauce you cooked your chicken in and put the chicken back into the pot. Add the other 3 cans of red enchilada sauce and 4 cups of chicken broth. Cook on simmer.

In a different pot, add butter and melt. Add your chopped onion and cook until soft. Once the onions are soft and translucent, add into pot with soup.

At this point, I add salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder to taste. I don't always measure everything, just go by taste. I normal use a good amount of cumin in the soup.

Let all this simmer for about 30-60 minutes- stirring every 20ish minutes.

When done, laddle into bowl and add toppings. I like sour cream, shredded cheese and sliced black olives. This is usually how my kids want it too. They sometimes will add tortilla chips to dip into their soup. This past time I made white rice and added that in to their bowls before I added in the soup make it hardier. They loved it.

This is my left over lunch at work.

If you want to make in in the Crock Pot, its even easier! If I plan it out well enough, this is the way I like to make it! I add chicken, 3 cans of red mild enchilada sauce, 4 cups chicken broth, chopped onions, salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder all in and cook for about 8 hours on high. Once done, I pull the chicken out and put into KITCHEN AID and shred chicken. I don't dump out anything, I just put the chicken back in and stir.

Volia! You just made dinner that everyone will love!

Please let me know if you make and how everyone likes it!

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FYI- I don't know the nutrition facts. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Mother's Day 2019 Recap

Hey Everyone! I had a great Mother's Day this past Sunday. I got to go grocery shopping by myself. I treated myself to a non Keto Starbucks. The kids were mostly good- only a few meltdowns. My mom came over and I made us all dinner. I know what your thinking... "Why were you not being pampered by your Husband?" Well I'm not his mother and he had to leave out of town for a business trip for work. I may be the mother to his kids, but he pampers me many other times during the year, so I'm ok with that.

Before I get into how we spent Mother's Day 2019, I just want to take a minute to talk about the most important woman in my life... my mom. My mother has been an amazing mother to me. She has always been selfless by putting me first. Being a single mother, she had to work extra hard just to provide for us. She didn't get child support from my father, who was never in the picture. And she never complained that she had to do it all. I had everything I ever needed and she did it all! She is such a strong women for that and I am so thankful for everything she did for me! 

My mom walking me down the aisle at my Wedding! Love her!

I wouldn’t be the woman, the mom, the wife I am today without her. She has shown me, my family, and my friends who are like family unconditional love. She is always first to offer help with anything. I am so honored to be her daughter. Thanks Mom! I love you!

Now onto how I spent my Mother’s Day. As a mother with 3 kids, I am always happy to go to the grocery store by myself. Just sippin my coffee while I shop is like a little piece of Heaven to me. So my husband watched the kids while I shopped. He knows if I take the kids, I will forget half of everything on my list. I asked my Mom to come over for dinner. we love spending time with Mom Mom.

For mother's Day, I just got my mom a few little things. Here's what I got her:

I made Salmon, veggies, rice and shrimp kebobs. I baked the Salmon in the oven. I prep my salmon by melting a stick of butter and mixing lemon juice and pouring that on top. Then I top it with lots of minced garlic, salt, pepper and basil. Bake it for 40 minutes at 400. It always turns out great! I took the easy way with the rice and made 
Rice-a-roni. I grilled the zucchini and shrimp kebobs on the grill. The Kebobs were a little too spicy for our liking, but everything else turned out great. 

Even though my 3 kids drive me crazy most days, I am so grateful they are mine. I love watching them grow every day into little independent people. As much as I want them to grow up so they can tell me what hurts, or explain what they mean, I really just want them to stay little. Stay innocent. But they can’t. So I will help them when they need help, I will teach them when they want to learn from me, I will comfort them when they are hurt, and I will hold their hand until they are ready to be free. I will always be there, whenever they need me. I have had many jobs in my life, but the best job is being a mother. I love them today, I’ll love them tomorrow and I’ll love them forever.  

Until next time....

Sara ;)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Target Drive Up! My new FAVORITE!!

I love Target... if you know me, you should know that much. I would consider myself a basic bitch who can be found at Target in my yoga pant (that have never been to a yoga class) with a Starbucks in my hand! 

I then got on my phone, onto the app and logged in and it knew that I was there. It said that they would be out there within two minutes and no joke she was out there in a minute. One minute!!! This was great since I didn’t have to take all three of my kids into target. And I didn’t overspend. Win for me! I only ordered two things, so I’m sure that’s why it only took 12 minutes for my order to be ready, but it was so worth it. I am always tempted to grab a Starbucks once I enter Target and this helps my Starbucks habit by not having to go in. I will be using this so much more! Thanks again Target

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