Don’t wait for the perfect moment and let all the other imperfect moments pass you by that you can make perfect! Cherish every day with the ones you love!
Do you ever feel like you are running around crazy ALL DAY and it somehow becomes 4pm and you have nothing planned for dinner? You then are running around the kitchen like a crazy person trying to figure out what’s in the freezer or what you can thaw out quick enough to make a wholesome meal for your family! Trust me I am right there with you, every single night it seems! And then on the nights where you ACTUALLY PLAN out what you are going to have, your kids bicker and complain, “Chicken again? I hate Chicken…” And then they sit there throughout dinner commenting just how dry it is, or how it has no flavor, or how not even the cup of Ranch they dumped on it doesn’t help make it edible (in their eyes).
As a family, we plan weekly what we will have in the coming week, but of course, life happens and we need to alter the schedule a little bit. We always try to include something everybody likes, as well as some healthy options. On occasion, I try to throw some new things in there, but when I do this I am greeted with some very stubborn children “who don’t like it.”
To have a plan is all fine and good, until 1. You forget to get whatever you were supposed to get out of the freezer or 2. Something comes up which causes you to alter the plan or 3. You Simply Don’t feel like cooking because you are EXHAUSTED!
This is when I bring out the Go to Lazy Girl Meals. These meals are all quick and easy (less than 20 minutes) and require very little clean up (my favorite part about them!). Another great thing about MOST of these is the fact that it is easy to keep most of the stuff on hand! And bonus points that it is not takeout because that can get pricey with a big family! Don’t get me wrong we do have our fair share of takeout and Costco Pizzas. I always pair these Go to Lazy Girl Meals with a glass of milk and call it good for the night!
Tacos/ Nachos/ Taco Salad- Pretty much anything that relates to tacos is on our go-to list. We always have taco shells, always have tortilla chips, hamburger meat, and cheese. We add any other fixings and call dinner good in about 20 minutes from start to finish.
Quesadillas- You can put anything in a quesadilla and everyone is happy! We have used leftover steak or chicken or just cheese! Our family favorite is some chicken with BBQ sauce with some black beans and corn, with a little bit of cheese! So amazing!
English Muffin Pizzas- Buy English Muffins and your favorite pizza sauce. Everyone makes their very own mini pizzas on the muffins with their favorite toppings. Toss them in the oven on a big tray and Viola! Dinner is served!
Spaghetti With Jar Sauce Fancied UP!- I know what you are thinking, Jar Spaghetti sauce, but I promise you by adding a few things to it you can make it taste amazing! Saute some onion and garlic in a pan then pour in your favorite sauce. Add some chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh) throw in some oregano and about 2-4 tsp of sugar. Put the lid on and let it saute down while the noodles cook! You will have a new family favorite way of making spaghetti!
Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese- This one is so easy to make! Cook your pasta, then when it is done mix it with a pesto sauce, halve cherry tomatoes and throw in some freshly grated parmesan for a great meal!
Pasta- Who can go wrong with pasta and it is easy and we all have canned alfredo sauce or another family favorite in the pantry. We love to buy frozen raviolis and have them on go to Pasta nights.
Salmon Burgers/ Hamburger- We always have Salmon Patties or burgers in the freezer with a pack of buns. Pull them out and toss them on the grill and you have a great meal in a matter of 15 minutes!
Breakfast for Dinner- Breakfast for dinner is a familiar favorite in our house! Whether it is quiche, or omelets, or scrambled eggs with toast and bacon. It can even consist of waffles, pancakes, or muffins. Whatever you decide I am sure you will have some happy kids for dinner!
Baked Potatoes with Toppings- With an instant pot you can be eating baked potatoes in a matter of minutes! Pop them in and turn it on, open a can of chili, grate some cheese, throw some sour cream on the table and you have a great meal! Need other instant pot recipes? Check some great ones out here!
Chicken Pesto Paninis- With this one, it is a little more prep because you have to cook the chicken, but it so easy! Cook up the chicken in a pan, fillet it to make it only about ¼ inch thick and then take your bread olive oil the outside, put pesto on the inside, throw the chicken in with some tomato, avocado, and onion and you have a great pesto chicken sandwich!
Crescent Style Hot Dogs- Here is another quick and easy win! Take some hot dogs, wrap a raw crescent roll around them. Pop them in the oven and cook them according to the crescent roll directions and you are done!
The Works Sandwiches- Sandwiches are always a great alternative for dinner. We buy the rolls, make a few kinds of lunch meat, with all the fixings. Throw a couple bags of chips on the table and everyone is happy!
Hot Pastrami Sandwiches- This is a family favorite! Grab a piece of parchment paper, lay your pastrami on it with smoked gouda on top pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Pull it out plop it on some bread with pepperchinis, tomato and onion and you are done!
BLT’s- Who doesn’t love BLTs? Cook up a whole pan of bacon, some lettuce and tomato and even some avocado if you want to be fancy!
Grilled Cheese and Soup- Grilled Cheese is a great alternative. You can throw tuna in it or I have even put turkey and ham as well! Open some cans of soup, or pull some out of the freezer and you are set!
So there you have it! My 15 Go to Lazy Girl Meals that we make all the time for dinner! What are some of your favorite go-to Easy Meals? Comment below, because I can never have too many Lazy Girl Meals with our BUSY SCHEDULE!
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LifeUnEdited Week #4
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Some days I just don’t have it in me to be a mom and a blogger, and to be all honest being a mom comes first. There are those days that I am able to sit and write and promote on social media for hours while the kids play around me and they take long naps so I can focus on my blogs, but then there are days that at first sign of the computer opening they start the whining and the clinging to my side.
I know to be what they call, a “successful blogger” you need to dedicate ALL YOUR TIME to blogging all day long, but I can’t, I can’t because I care about my kids too much! Do I wish I could pull all-nighters every night to get it all done? Of course, but that’s not reality.
Between kids, church callings, board positions, being a good wife, and a blogger, something always has to give, and it usually is my blog.
So you know those days when you think to yourself, “I’m going to go read my favorite blog, Confessions of Parenting (wink, wink)” and you don’t see a new post, just know that life is happening and occupying a little more of my time than normal, but don’t worry I will always be back…
So on those days that I don’t have it me to answer your comments or respond to your questions, know that I read each and every one of them! Know that I love hearing from you. Know that you are all the reason that I keep writing. Know that I write my blog for all of you! Know that I share the inner workings of our crazy family life to hopefully make a difference in yours. So, Thank You for always being there for me, even on those days that I don’t have it in me because I am busy being a mom to my kids who really need me that day!
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I really enjoyed 10 Brilliant Ideas To Keep Falling In Love In Your Marriage from Home Faith Family this week. For me, it can be easy to put my marriage aside when life with kids gets crazy. Being able to laugh with my husband has definitely been a saving grace in hard times and Micah’s reminder to keep the humor present was wonderful!
I have to say we have some amazingly talented bloggers that join us each week, which makes choosing a favorite always a difficult challenge. We had several posts about self-talk, self-care, self-awareness, and magic wands to get us up and making changes.
Lots of great advice – but my favorite this week was I Want Self-Awareness, But Can I Be Unaware of My Bad Qualities By Ruxandra LeMay. I love how she broke the steps to self-awareness into bit size pieces of understanding and shows us how we can progress. I get caught in the trap of being self-aware of what everyone else is doing wrong and it is good to readjust and step back while becoming more emotionally aware of how I feel and what my triggers are.
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After moving to a new state, my focus was getting the kids acclimated to our new area. I got them involved in activities and that helped them to make friends. A few months went by, and I realized I had no friends myself! I had put so much of my focus and attention on the kids that I had completely neglected myself.
Having mom friends or a mom tribe helps to keep you sane. They become your people. They’re who you call for a middle of the night emergency. They help you out at a moments notice because they understand life happens. But first, you have to find those people.
Finding new friends as an adult is not fun. We are usually set in our ways, and we do not have the time, patience, or energy for mama drama. So what’s a girl to do?
Step 1: I showed up. Instead of just dropping kids off at activities or practices, I actually stayed. I put names to faces and figured out which kids belonged to which parents. Once I had that figured out, I could then muster up the nerve to approach and say, “You’re Molly’s mom, right?” Even though I darn well knew she was Molly’s mom, it was an easy icebreaker.
Step 2: Start talking! Beginning small talk is the stepping stone to putting yourself out there. It might be awkward, but hopefully, it gets better. If not, move on and hope for better results next time.
Step 3: Look for common ground. Not sure what to say? Look for “a me too” moment. Did someone show up late, or did someone forget something? Empathize and share your own oops moment. It helps ease that persons shame and embarrassment, and it makes you totally relatable.
Step 4: Be authentic. Don’t try to be somebody you’re not. People can see right through fakeness. While finding common ground is helpful, it’s also not required to make a friend. I’m not into all of the same things as some of my friends, and that’s okay! We love each other anyway.
Step 5: Keep trying. You’re not going to click with everyone you meet, and that’s okay. Someone may remain an acquaintance only, while others you meet become family. Keep trying, follow the steps, and soon you’ll have a few new friends.
As with anything else, there are always some don’ts that go along with the Do’s. Sometimes trying to make new mom friends can even feel like dating! Momma doesn’t have time for that!
When looking for new friends:
Don’t over analyze. I’m guilty of doing this. Did I say the wrong thing? Were my kids well behaved? Was I dressed weird? Was there something in my teeth? I could go on and on. Save yourself the trouble and just don’t do it.
Don’t Facebook stalk. Seriously. I know it’s so tempting. We all know it isn’t the best real-life representation of someone’s life. Don’t start the comparison game and think there’s no way you two could be friends because your lives are so different. It’s okay to look to see their highlights, but don’t get sucked into believing their life is as perfect as Facebook makes it seem.
Don’t fret over potential hangouts. If the person said, “We should go out for a drink sometime,” don’t sit there in anguish constantly checking your phone wondering when or if they will text you. If they genuinely meant it, it will happen. Otherwise, move on. You’ll hear from them when you hear from them.
Moving is tough. Making new friends doesn’t have to be. When you follow these steps, you’ll have yourself a new mom tribe in no time. And hopefully, it’ll feel like you’ve known each other your whole lives. I know these steps have helped me each time my family has moved. I hope they can help you too!
Written by Stacy. Stacy is an intern that is currently finishing up her degree in marriage and family studies. We are so glad to have her working with us this semester.