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Even IN the trenches, it does get easier

Posted by on Nov 21st, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Encouragement, Newborn Stage, Parenting | 0 comments

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There’s no question about it–I’m still very much in the trenches.  My kids are: almost 4, 27 months, and 10 months.  However, this past week we experienced a couple of milestones that showed me something I wasn’t expecting.

Even in the trenches, it does get easier.  

Often I find myself fantasizing about what life will be like when diapers and bibs are a thing of the past.  When I can go to the bathroom completely by myself.  When I can eat dinner while it’s still hot without getting up 20 times.  When loading up to go somewhere doesn’t take 30 minutes and I don’t break a sweat.  When our day isn’t divided into two sections: before nap and after nap.

But then I realized that even in the midst of all these crazy, chaotic, exhausting moments that make up our day, (more…)

Crock Pot New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Posted by on Nov 17th, 2014 in Crockpot Recipes, Quick and Easy, Recipes, Saving on Food | 0 comments

The weather has finally started to cool down where we live–it’s now a chilly 70ish degrees in So Cal.  I know–we do  not know cold.  I have so much respect for those of you who are already experiencing snow!  But since this is about as “fall” as we get here, it’s time to bust out the fluffy socks, cozy pj’s, hot chocolate, and of course all the yummy soup and stew recipes.  This recipe for crock pot New Orleans red beans and rice is one of my favorite crock pot meals.

This is a super hearty, filling, and inexpensive meal.  I had never tried it before getting married, but my husband introduced me to it a few years back and I’ve tweaked several recipes until finally landing on this easy variation.

redbeans1The other day I had planned to make this, so the night before I got all nice and prepared and soaked my beans overnight.  First thing I usually forget to do: check! The next morning I got the crock pot out and took a quick glance at my recipe card and realized I hadn’t actually done that yet.  And I had all ingredients except for one: an onion.

Now for most people, this is an easy fix.  Hop in the car, head to the store, and buy an onion.  Not so for me.  Going anywhere with my 3 year old, 2 year old, and 9 month old takes a good 30 minutes, and that’s just getting in and out of the car.  I basically panicked at the thought of taking my 3 small children to the store to get an onion so I did the only thing I could think of–I posted a desperate plea on facebook.

“Does anyone want to pick me up an onion?”

Motherhood has humbled me in so many ways.   (more…)

Where have I been???

Posted by on Nov 13th, 2014 in Sweet Moments | 0 comments

This whole week I kept meaning to write a “Month in Photos” post (for the month of October) and today I’m finally accepting the fact that it is now almost the middle of November and I have officially missed my window.  October was a looong time ago.

This is the longest I’ve gone without writing a post since I started blogging about 18 months ago.  What a crazy few weeks it has been!  Among lots of other things, we had our family photos taken for the first time “outdoors”.  By the end of our 30 minute time slot, I was basically dripping sweat.  But we got some smiles, so it was worth it.

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So where have I been?  Sick.  The sickest I’ve been since becoming a mom.  It was TERRIBLE.  It basically went from person to person until we all had it.

Usually I’m the lucky one who doesn’t get it, which works out great because we all know as moms that “sick days” don’t exist.  Well, I got it.  And it happened to be my husband’s first week at his new job so he couldn’t take any days off.

That means I had to perform all my mom duties while feeling like I couldn’t even stand up.  (more…)

Ultimate Packing Guide for Trips with Little Ones

Posted by on Oct 23rd, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Organizing, Parenting, Saving on Trips and Outtings | 0 comments

We just got back from a couple days in San Diego.  My husband ended up having an unexpected week off before he starts his new job on Monday, so we decided to fill our week with some “staycation” activities.

Even though we were just going away for one night, packing to go on a trip with little ones in tow means packing about 1,000 things.  At least it feels that way.  Can any other mamas relate?

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So the night before we were set to leave, I made to sure to get really organized and made a packing list on my phone.

The only problem is, I was so busy the half hour or so before we left–getting kids to go potty, cleaning the last of the dishes (so that not one speck of food might attract ANTS when we were gone), finding shoes, bringing bags to the car, strapping kids into car seats–that I actually never looked at my list.

I didn’t look at it until we were well on our way and I discovered the first thing I forgot–sippy cups.  (And just now as I type I realize that I actually had a couple spares in our trunk bin–good thing I didn’t remember that or I would not have been inspired to write this post!).

That’s when I thought to myself that there was a slight possibility I might have forgotten more things.  So I checked my list.  Once we were already at our destination.  Phone notes are great and useful, but only if you have time and actually remember to use them!

I think there is room for improvement in my really (un)organized packing system. (more…)

Ants, Dirty Floors, and Learning to Crawl

Posted by on Oct 14th, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Cleaning, Encouragement, Parenting, Sweet Moments | 0 comments

Last week I had an epiphany: this is not the season of life to have clean floors.

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Ever since we moved here last year, I’ve really struggled with keeping our hardwood floors clean.  I’ve never lived in a place where there was no carpet.

On the one hand it’s kind of nice when it comes to spills and other such liquid accidents, but man oh man THE DUST.  Our feet get so dirty from just walking barefoot in our home!

I implemented a One Thing a Day cleaning method that has helped me with overall house cleaning, but still–the floors–I just can’t seem to keep up.

And we live in a city that can also be referred to as a giant ant hill.  The summer is notoriously bad when it comes to ant invasions (and we had many visits this summer), but we were visited again over the weekend even though it has been cooling off lately and even though it’s October.

Seriously, they were everywhere.  Not just in one room or two rooms, but covering our entire downstairs.  Yuck!

You can see evidence below of my attempts to contain the invasion…our house smelled of the strange combination of windex and cinnamon.  Then my oldest son thought it would be fun to drive his matchbox cars through the baking soda and leave tracks.  Fun stuff!

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All of this–the ants, floors that I cannot for the life of me keep clean–and I got a little stressed out, to say the least.  Now I know where my kids get their tendency to have meltdowns because I definitely had one!

It wouldn’t be so bad normally.  But my little girl decided that this would be a good weekend (more…)

2 Responses to “Home”

  1. Tynisia Garcia says:

    Love, love, love your blog Kimberly! All of this imformation will be so helpful to me and others. Looking forward to more posts!

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