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Oh My Goodness! The Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award

Last week I was happily surprised when I was nominated for the LIEBSTER AWARD by Anna Krawczyk at The Runaway Blog! This award is given by bloggers to other bloggers. Its purpose to recognize new blogs and give them a chance to grow their audience. It also allows us to share some personal information with our readers so they can get to know us a little better!

Here is the list of the official rules for 2017.

I want to thank Anna Krawczyk at The Runaway Blog for choosing me as one of her nominations! I really appreciate her choosing me for this award! Starting a blog a couple months after having baby #5 has been a challenge and at times I have wondered if you wonderful readers like what you are reading and this award is great motivation to keep going and writing for you all! Continue reading “Oh My Goodness! The Liebster Award!”

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Low Sugar At Birth

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After having TJ we were ready to go home from the hospital, but with Low Sugar Issues, life had a different plan for us. 

48- Hour Stay

Since I was strep B+ we knew that we would be at the hospital for 48 hours at a minimum. The first full day we were there it was glorious; family and friends came to celebrate our healthy baby boy.

The next day TJ was getting circumcised and had his pediatrician check. Then it happened…

The nurse rolled TJ back into the room and asked, “has he been jittery at all lately?” Thinking back I didn’t recall that he was any more than any of my other babies… She then dropped the bomb that he had low sugar levels and we were now going to have to test him before every feeding to see where his levels were. We would have to pass three consecutive tests…My heart dropped, how could this have happened?

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Recipes

Chicken Corn Chowder

We are coming into my favorite season: kid’s football games, cooler weather, cute shirts with cardigans, and warm dishes for dinner, which means it is soup season! Chicken Corn Chowder is one of my families favorite recipes and we are sharing it with all of you today!

Chicken Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: around 40 minutes

This makes enough soup for my family of 2 adult, and 4 kids with leftovers

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#5 Birth Story… Overcoming Trials in the First Week of Life Part 1

It was an ordinary Wednesday in June I went to the doctor for my 37-week check up. Everything was going well; I was beginning to dilate which is always great news! I went for my final ultrasound to check to make sure all the cysts were gone from our 20-week ultrasound. (For news on this click here). The ultrasound was great! No signs of cysts and he looked quite healthy with chubby cheeks! The best ultrasound tech in the world, Randy, figured at that moment he weighed about 7 pounds 11 ounces.

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I went home relieved that our baby boy was healthy. It was a beautiful day outside, which never happens in Texas in the Summer so I decided to take #3 and #4 for a walk. On our walk, we passed our neighbor who was headed to the pool. She stopped and told us to meet her there. It sounded like a great idea, so we finished our walk and headed over for a swim.

At first, everything was going great. The kids were great, the weather was great, and the company was great. The kids decided they were hungry so we got out for a snack. All of a sudden it happened…excruciating pain that would only go away for a few minutes, was it time? Certainly, it wasn’t it was too early; I was only 37 weeks and 3 days. The pains continued, so I decided to get back in the water…that didn’t help. At that point, I knew… It was time, whether I was ready or not.

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Mom Life, My Life

11 Steps to a Better Morning Routine

I recall the days when I used to dread waking up in the morning because I would feel like I was already behind before I even got started, but then I decided to make a change in my morning schedule and came up with a morning routine that was life changing! I felt a whole lot more productive in the morning and I actually started feeling motivated to get out of bed!

With these 11 Tips, you can feel more energized and motivated to in the morning and be on your way to a more productive day!

Morning ROUTINE

Wake up at 6 am

1. Tidy up the Living Room on the Way to the Laundry Room

This includes picking up things and putting them in their place as you walk through the living room.

2. Start a Load of Laundry.

There is always laundry in our house! Have you noticed as soon as you finish your last load of laundry you ALWAYS find more? I start my laundry first thing in the morning before my day gets busy. Usually by the time 8:00 rolls around I have already washed, dried, and folded a load of laundry with subsequent loads in the machine.

3. Pour a Glass of Water and Start Drinking

Your body cannot run without fuel, so start the day off right by drinking water!

4. Exercise

Dedicate 20-30 minutes to exercising in the morning. I know you might not feel like doing it, I don’t most days when I start, but I promise you will never look back on your exercise and say, “I wish I didn’t do that today.” So get moving!

5. Make Lunches

I make all the kid’s lunches as well as my husbands. It is easy. They are all packed next to their backpacks because of 1. It gets clutter off the counter and 2. I don’t want them to forget them.

6. Meditate/ Read Something Spiritual

Spend some “me time” reading/ studying something you believe in. I usually spend 10-15 minutes reading while the kids eat breakfast and brush their teeth.

7. Make Beds

Yes, I make my kids beds during the week. I would rather them get 5 more minutes of sleep and be happier than make their bed. Now, don’t worry on the weekend they are making their beds! I can make their beds in just a couple of minutes and I don’t have to stare at unmade beds all day long.

8. Empty the Dishwasher 

Since you started the dishes after dinner, it is now ready to be unloaded that way you don’t have dishes piling up all day. This way you can have a clean sink all day long.

9. Wipe Down the Table and the Kitchen

After everyone has eaten breakfast and lunches are made wipe down all the counters and the table. This will make you feel like a million bucks.

10. Make a To Do List

Without my to-do list, I am lost. I am way more productive when I write down what I need to do that day and at the end of the day, it feels so awesome to look back and see everything that you accomplished that day. This also helps save me time because I don’t wander around the house wondering what I should do next!

11. Shower

I used to wait to shower until later in the day. On most days I would feel blah and not motivated at all, but then I started showering in the morning and you know what happened? I started feeling motivated and feeling like I can conquer the day!

With these 11 steps to a more productive morning, you will have a more productive day and look forward to waking up in the morning!


Do you have a morning routine that you follow? What does that entail?

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Staying Involved When You’re Apart From Your Kids

Ever since my ex-husband and I had gotten divorced we always lived less than a mile apart. It was such a blessing for the kids. After school, if they felt like coming over to get help from me with homework they would just ride their bike or walk. If they felt like seeing if their dad was home to play baseball with them they would do the same. It allowed us to be at all their school events, sports, and equally involved in their school life. When a family vacation came up, we would both make arrangements to the schedule so they could always attend and bond with their family. This all changed 2 ½ years ago when my husband got transferred 1800 miles away.
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After much discussion, we decided that the boys would move with me to Texas and visit their Dad on all their breaks from school. With this being said it was a huge change for the kids, but we have discovered great ways to still be involved in the boy’s lives when they are away from us!

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Marriage

Why is Dating Your Spouse so Important?

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I recall going on my first date with my husband. When he asked me I jumped for joy inside, but boy was I nervous! He said that he wanted to make dinner at his house and told me what time to be there. I was bringing a salad. I remember meticulously cutting each vegetable the same size to make it perfect, what can I say I wanted to make a good impression because he was a catch, he was good looking and he cooked!

Prior to our date, I remember going shopping for the perfect casual outfit and spending a couple hours on the “perfect casual hairstyle”. I selected a nice pair of shoes and headed for the door. With a lump in my throat, I got in the car and drove the ½ mile to his house. As I walked to the front door I could feel my legs shaking because of nerves and excitement. I knocked, he answered and smiled with his perfect smile and invited me inside.

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Mom Life, My Life

Becoming Superwoman

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Mother’s Day weekend I had the opportunity to go to Mother’s Day tea with a group of friends. It started off with us all dressing up to go to tea. One of our friends had a gorgeous hat, but she felt silly wearing it. We all encouraged her to wear it because it looked great and we were going to tea after all! We all sat down and had tea and the most delicious treats Morgan had made. She had invited a guest speaker to speak with us that changed my outlook on how I viewed how I could become superwoman.

Who is Superwoman?

According to Google, superwoman is “a woman with exceptional strength or ability, especially one who successfully manages a home, brings up children, and has a full-time job.” I thought this to be interesting, how do we define superwoman and how do we become her? Am I superwoman? Am I anywhere close to becoming superwoman?
As I think about it I think of all the people that are superwoman. I think of my neighbor who raises four kids, serves everyone who needs help, works at her husband’s office, and still keeps a perfectly clean house, the list as to why she is superwoman can go on and on. I think another mom who wrote this amazing book, has the most beautiful well-mannered kids, has taught them to clean and be respectful, and volunteers at every opportunity she is given. There are so many more people I can think of that I can add to this list of superwomen. I look at them and wish my house could be half that clean, or my kids could be half that well behaved, or I could serve half the people they do, or my makeup could be half as good as the lady I saw at the grocery store. After doing this I quickly realize that I can never be superwoman because I can never measure up to what they do, or can I?

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Divorce, My Life, Stepmoms

Why I Hate My Ex Husband’s New Wife

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The Day I Started Hating My Ex Husband’s New Wife

I remember the day like it was yesterday; the day my ex-husband told me he was getting married. I remember the shock that I felt not even knowing that he was dating someone. From that moment I decided that I would hate her forever.
Shortly after, I met her. I was gruff and short because let’s be honest, I hated her, and I didn’t want her to be in my kid’s lives.


The Next Day my oldest son had a baseball game. We arrived at the game and I sat down to watch. #2 and I were hanging out eating skittles and then it happened, she arrived and he asked me, “Mom, can I go sit with her?” What?!


I hated her even more now because my kids liked her! They wanted to be with her and sit by her, and not me! They liked to talk with her and share skittles with her!

I hated her for the memories that she was making with my kids. She was taking my boys on bike rides while she ran, and I hated that. She was making them freshly baked cookies that were on the counter when they got there. , which made me so upset for some reason. I hated her because she liked to take them to the lake and go boating!
Because of my own insecurities and jealousy I hated her. I was insecure that there was a potential that I would be replaced. It wasn’t jealous that she was married to my ex husband, but I was jealous for the time she got to spend with my kids. I was jealous for the fact that she made them happy when they were with her.
For years I hated her. If I could find a reason to hate her more I did.
Then one day I was talking to a friend; having a pity party because the boys were gone and their dad was at work so they were with her. It was so unfair; they were with her and not with me! I am their mom, not her! When he is not there they should be here, with me! My friend simply said, “aren’t you glad that your kids are happy when they spend time with her?”
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That sentence changed my life.

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