Friday, January 30, 2015

What "Do" looked like in January...

As this month draws to a close, I find myself reflecting back on this month and all that it encompasses. I have been thinking back on the past 30 days to see what my month of focusing on the word "Do" looked like. I want to be able to look back and see how I am doing with this goal thing of mine.

I want to be able to see what I did and how I applied this word of mine into my everyday. This January was a month of DOING. Doing less with our money (meaning spending less) and DOING more with saving it and putting it toward whatever debts we had. This month we were able to sale my husband's truck, pay off some school debt that we had, and register a car that my Grandmother gave us, which she can no longer drive.

This was a month of doing more and making no excuses. I loved what Erin said about pushing yourself and not giving into the "I deserve this break..." Often I have put stuff to the side because after a long day I was too tired to do more. I would tell myself I deserved to sit and veg out...now don't get me wrong, we all need some down time each day, but what does it look like? Down time can be different to all of us. When I would choose each night to just veg out with Netflix, I was missing out on so many great opportunities to do more. I could have picked up a book or worked on a much loved craft. There are so many things we can do with our time and this month I was able to refocus how I spend my time.

Some nights, after the kids were tucked in, I use to tell myself it was too much work to pull my sewing machine out or plug in my laptop so I could work on the blog. This month I pushed myself a bit more and you know what? I was thankful I did. I am thankful when I push myself because I find I am able to do more than I thought I could.

This month was a month of creating more. I noticed that last year, so many of my crafts were put aside. I rarely sewed or created and that made me sad. I love to be elbow deep in fabric and decoupage glue. It makes me happy. This month I was inspired by Project 52. I tried to find more time to create things for my home. From my Pom Pom Yarn Garland to a sweet dress for Libby. It was so nice to be able to sew without needing to capture the process. It was time just for me and for whatever idea came to mind.

What "Do" looked like in January...

What "Do" looked like in January...

This month I also tried to make more time for being in the kitchen. Meals from scratch and messes made with the kids. I have seen how interested they are right now in cooking and baking. It may have to do with the Master Chef Junior episodes we've been watching:) I am hoping to keep that interest going as we learn to cook and bake together. Yes it leaves my kitchen less than perfect, but many memories are being made in this little kitchen of mine. Keagan recently researched a cookie recipe and carried it out from start to finish. I'm a proud mama! We were able to throw in a little lesson on fractions as well. He didn't even realize he was getting a math lesson as we baked together:)

What "Do" looked like in January...

I also have been trying to focus on "doing" more with our meals. I want us to get back into eating more veggies. Do you ever just get out of practice with something? You make a goal, do really well at it, and then over time you get in a funk and forget? I felt like this happened around the holidays and I found it hard to get us back into our old groove. We had a blast with family and loved sharing yummy meals together, but we weren't always making the wisest food choices. I have a HUGE sweet tooth, so I am constantly trying to balance that out with fruits and veggies. I still ate my chocolate this month, but I have been snacking on healthier options throughout the day and including more healthy options at meal time. It is always a balancing act and is one I will continue to work on.

What "Do" looked like in January...

What "Do" looked like in January...

Another thing I felt I had let fall to the way side was taking time for the written word. Often I find I yearn for the time when my kids were younger and I would put them down for naps and have a good hour or so to read. Now don't get me wrong, I love all the adventures that come with having my two not so little red heads, but often I am always on the go with activities and such. This month I made time to read. I know that children learn by example and when they see me make the time to sit and read, they will do the same. We've been having quiet time in the evening and this is the perfect down time for us all to sit, get cozy, and read. We have been loving going to the library to pick out our next literary adventure too. 

What "Do" looked like in January...

What "Do" looked like in January...

All of these goals have meant letting some things be for a time. I may not always get my laundry folded, but I am trying to stick to my one load a day and not putting in more than I know I can hang and fold.

What "Do" looked like in January...

What "Do" looked like in January...

This month brought us back to full school days and homeschool adventures. Seeing them grow over this month has been amazing! I love the fist bumps Keagan does when he finally accomplishes that math problem he's been working on.

What "Do" looked like in January...

What "Do" looked like in January...

This month has been a full one. One that I am thankful for. I am thankful for the times that we had as a family. Riding bikes, playing games, and learning new things. Hubby started a new job this month. It has been a year long process waiting for this new adventure for him and I am so thankful the Lord saw fit to lead him to another job.

What "Do" looked like in January...

What "Do" looked like in January...

As January comes to a close, I find myself looking to February and thinking about what else I want to try out...all that I want to do.

How has your month gone? If you picked a word, how is it treating you? Have you felt inspired...or maybe you too have felt things begin to slack. Consider this a call to action. A call to focus on our words that we are wanting to work on this year.

Consider this a bit of encouragement, so we can all achieve more and be more this year.

Find ways to inspire yourself. Post pictures that keep you focused on your instagram or print them out and place them on your fridge. Read good books that make you feel uplifted. Take time to journal what you are doing, so you can see tangible results and know that all your effort is making a difference in your life.

I pray that January is ending with a big fat smile for you. If you have felt less than thrilled with your results, know that next month will be better. 


XO Danielle

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Don't Hurry...

Don't Hurry...

This morning, I came upon this read and was immediately struck by the thought of not to hurry and to slow down. This is something that has been on my heart and mind as of late. I want to be a doer, but I also do not want to be some consumed with my to do list that I forget to just be in the moment. As I read the words from this article, I thought about how we truly live on time that the Lord has given us. We do not know when we will be called home to Him, but we do know that the time we do have should be a time to serve Him. 

For me it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness and tasks that each day requires, that I take little time to sit in the quiet and just listen. It is easy to forget that if we are so busy, we can be to distracted to here the promptings and guidance our Heavenly Father has for us.

Don't Hurry...

This year I have wanted to take more time to create. For me creating something is a quiet time for me. Whether it is making some delicious for my family or adding little homemade touches to our home, I enjoy that time to just be and create. It is a time to focus on a simple task and allow my heart and mind to wonder...thinking of the things that I have questions, thoughts, or concerns about. 

I truly believe that it is in these little moments of quiet that we are truly able to hear the things the Lord has for us. 

When we are not distracted by other things things and by other "gods", we can trust in the Lord to help us allocate our time for those things that are most beneficial to us and to our family. He will allow us to use our talents in the very best possible way if we let Him. When we allow Him to do this, that is when we make true progress.

Don't Hurry...

"How easily we fill our lives with “appointments, meetings, and tasks” and then act frightened at the prospect of some quiet time. Why would that be?.....We might “feel that the busier we are, the more important we are—as though our busyness defines our worth......being busy is not necessarily being spiritual”—for in fact, noise and busyness can actually crowd out the still, small voice of the Spirit."

I am striving to take more time to slow down and ponder, so that I may be able to truly feel the love that the Lord has for me. It is a constant struggle to put aside today's to do's for time with Him, but it is something I am working on.

I'm a work in progress....something I remind myself of daily.

Inspiration found HERE

XO Danielle

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Family Meals on a Budget Week 4

Family Meals on a Budget Week 4

Alright lovelies! I am like two days late, but I was bound and determined to get last week's meals on the blog. I have recipes and some tips and tricks thrown in as well. I hope you are all having a fabulous week so far. I will try to hop on here soon. I have so much more to share with you all this week. Enjoy:)

Family Meals on a Budget Week 4


Monday 1/19/15- BBQ Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, and Steamed Zucchini

When I did a freezer clean out this month, I saw that I had a lot of ground turkey and ground turkey sausage. A few months ago I stocked up when ground turkey was $1.99/lb. I bought a case and it has been lasting us for a long time. When I counted them up, I found that I had 20 lbs of ground turkey in my freezer. I decided that some freezer cooking was needed to be had. I made some oven baked meatballs to put in the freezer. I made a big batch of meatballs on Monday. I divide my oven baked meatball recipe into three meals. I used one serving that night for BBQ meatballs. This is one of my kids favorites. Meatballs + a bottle of BBQ sauce= a quick and easy meal. I used up leftover BBQ sauce I had in my fridge on this recipe too!

For the mashed potatoes I cooked my potatoes in the pressure cooker and then threw my cooked potatoes into my mixer. I added cream cheese, butter, garlic salt, and some milk. They were creamy and delicious!

I steamed zucchini in my rice cooker :) Yum! 

Family Meals on a Budget Week 4


Tuesday 1/20/15 - Crock-pot Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Carrots

This was one of those "throw everything in that needs to be used" sort of meals. I had found chicken legs at the bottom of my freezer when I did my freezer clean out. I was super surprised when I dug these bad boys up. I thought I had used all my chicken legs last month. This was a nice surprise, since chicken legs are one of Libby's favorites. When chicken legs are on the menu, she becomes a wild animal. No joke people. I am always amazed how she clears the bone. That girl commits and leaves nothing behind. I also had some potatoes and carrots I wanted to use up before getting my Bountiful Basket this week, so they were thrown into the crock-pot as well.

I placed my chicken legs, vegetables, and seasoning in the crock-pot and allowed them to cook all day. When Hubby got home from work in the evening, dinner was ready to go.

Family Meals on a Budget Week 4


Wednesday 1/21/15 - Lentil Burgers with veggies and fruit

A great way to save money on groceries is by working in items that are low cost. Using lentils in place of meat you save. You also are able to clean out that fridge of your sby using up eggs, veggies, etc. I love making patties like these towards the end of the month when I want to start cleaning out my fridge in preparation for the upcoming month's shopping trip.

You can find the recipe I used here. It came in this month's Family Fun Magazine. My grandma got me a subscription  and I have loved trying out the different recipes in there.

I served ours with veggies and crockpot mac and cheese. The mac and cheese was ok, but everything else was yummy


Thursday 1/22/15 - Leftovers-

Friday 1/23/15 - Panda Express - Libby's Birthday Dinner-


Family Meals on a Budget Week 4


Saturday 1/24/15 - Tilapia with Rice and Steamed Veggies-

This was a super easy meal to make. I purchased fish fillets at Wal-Mart in a family value bag. They were all individually packaged. I bought the bag of tilapia fillets for under $9 and was able to use half on this night and the other half will be saved for a meal sometime next month. I served my fish with this simple garlic toast recipe I shared a while back on the blog. This is a quick garlic bread recipe and is one I use a few times a week. I love it!

Sunday 1/25/15 - Baked Potato Night

On Sunday we had family over for dinner. My Aunt is in town from back east and I really wanted to be able to have the whole family over for dinner. Sundays are sometimes hard for me because w eget out fo church at 2 and then we eat lunch. With eating lunch so late, sometimes hubby and I give the kids leftovers and we eat some later on when they've gone to bed. On this night I had t come up with something that was filling, but also not too heavy for us. I choose simple baked potatoes. I put out veggies, cheese, and sour cream for topping and I served it with a greek salad. It was really delicious and perfect for a busy Sunday night with family:)

Family Meals on a Budget Week 4


Monday 1/26/15- Italian Eggplant Parmigiana

I recently checked out Mormon Mama Italian Cookbook from the library. I've been wanting some yummy Italian food, so this seemed like a great pick for this week's meal plan. I checked out my fridge and then devoured the pages of the book. When I saw a recipe for baked eggplant, I knew I needed to make it. I have been really like cooking with eggplant. It is a great way to substitute meat in a meal and it is good for you too!


Tuesday 1/27/15- Olive Garden

Since we have family in town from back east, my parents took everyone to Olive Garden. Thanks Mom and Dad. Our food was delicious! We brought home the leftovers and will be able to eat the leftovers tonight for dinner. Yum!


Print recipes HERE

XO Danielle

All You Need is Love 5x7 Print

All You Need is Love 5x7 Print

Hi there, I’m Kym. I’m a wife, mom to two little boys, knitter, crafter, and lover of 90’s pop culture.
For Valentine’s Day this year, I decided to come up with a new print for pairing on the mantle with some of our family photos. Instead of going with big hearts and flowery scrolling fonts, I really wanted something very simple, but bold and fun. What better to fit the criteria of simple, bold, and fun than comic book style?
Comics have a simplicity and innocence that I’ve always been drawn to. One of my favorite childhood memories is reading the comics section of the Sunday paper with my grandmother – there were so many examples of sweet family moments depicted in the different comic strips. Calvin and Hobbes were best friends, the Family Circus parents were always patient with their rambunctious kids, and the close knit family in For Better or Worse always supported each other through whatever life threw at them. In just a few concise panels at a time, the artists conveyed love and family.
I wanted a simple statement for the print, so All You Need is Love immediately came to mind. We played All You Need is Love by The Beatles at the end of our wedding. Yes, they did it in Love Actually, but I swear I had the idea before the movie came out! We went with the original version, because one of my favorite parts of the song is the introduction. The horns are kind of proclaiming, “Hey! Something important is going on here!” It was a perfect way to say here we are as a new married couple.
All You Need is Love 5x7 Print

Anyway, enough about my thought process. Here’s how you can style this little print: I made it a 5x5 so you can either use it as-is in a 5x5 frame, or you can add some coordinating scrapbook paper like I did in the photo to give it a custom look. I used an 8x8 white wood frame from A.C Moore and the scrapbook paper I used was in the clearance section at Target (it was part of a stack of vintage style patterns). I liked the tiny diamond pattern on this sheet because it reminded me of the Ben-Day dots they use in comic books, and it was a nice compliment to the little hearts detailing the word Love. Small patterns will work best behind this print, and a simple black or white frame will pull it all together.
Group some photos of your loved ones and other special treasures with your print (vary the heights to add some interest) and you’re good to go. (P.S. if you’re wondering what those toy robots are doing there in my display, they were our wedding cake topper!)
For best results, be sure to print the file on best quality, and use a good quality paper or photo paper. I hope you love the print!
Connect with me on my blog, Cobberson & Company, where I write about my DIY projects, the highs and lows of being a crafter, and trying to find time to be creative as a working mom.
All You Need is Love 5x7 Print

Download File HERE to Print
XO Kym 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Homeschool Tips, Tricks, and Questions Answered --Video



Last week I asked you guys what you wanted to see this week on Youtube. A lot of you asked for a video on Homeschool. So here it is....my tips, tricks, and your questions answered in one little video. Enjoy lovelies! Keep the video ideas coming! They are always so inspiring! 

Click the link HERE or the picture above:)

XO Danielle

Monday, January 26, 2015

Setting and Keeping Goals For The New Year...

Setting and Keeping Goals For The New Year...

The holidays are over and we are now into a brand new year. I wish you the happiest of New Years and blessings for your family. What are you doing this year that you did not do last year? What resolutions have you made? Today I want to talk about setting and keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.

Most people make a list of things they want to change and then by the middle of February that list gets buried under all the paperwork on the desk or tossed into the recycling bin with everything else. Why do you think we make lofty goals and then fail to follow through? Patterns are hard to break. Change takes time.

When you sit down and think about the changes you want to make, keep things simple. Choose one or two things that you really want to make a change with. Instead of saying “I want to be healthy this year” break things down into smaller goals. Like drinking more water, eating more fruit, walking more….Take things one step at a time.

Choose something that is truly important to you, not what everyone else is doing or what you think they would want you to do. Think about who you want to be and take steps to become that person; one tiny step at a time. Avoid choosing the same thing you tried last year, you will remember your past failure and it will be harder for you to achieve your goal.

Don’t view your setbacks as total failure. It takes 21 days of doing something to create a habit. If you can keep up with something for 21 days, chances are you are well on your way to forming a new routine. Consider keeping a journal, where you can write about your successes and struggles. Write down the reasons why you are working toward your goal so that you can refer to them during times when you feel uninspired and unmotivated.

Explain what your goals are to your close friends or family and ask them to help you achieve your objectives. Better yet, enlist the help of others by joining a group that shares your goal. Having a support system works. The more people to help you achieve your goals the better off you are.

One thing I do is choose a word to describe my year. My word for 2015 is growth. There are different ways to grow. I can grow in my professional life, as a writer, as a mom, as a wife, I can grow spiritually as well. All of these are good things. I will map out a few things I want to do to help myself grow in specific areas. Things like classes I want to take, or bible studies I would like to join, and then I will let the growth happen. I keep a journal so that at the end of the year I can go back and read about the changes that happened and the things that I learned.

What resolutions are you making? Have you chosen a word for 2015? 

XO Erica- Find me on my blog HERE :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Picture Each Sunday...

A Picture Each Sunday...

A Picture Each Sunday...

A Picture Each Sunday...

A Picture Each Sunday...

A Picture Each Sunday...

Sunday mornings have got to be one of my favorites of the week. There is no real agenda for the day, other than going to church and enjoying the lessons shared there. I feel like Sundays are a time to slow down and just be with the family. For us, we try to keep Sundays unscheduled. A day for just being together and enjoying one another's company.

Today is a day to recharge for the week. It is a day to gear up physically, mentally, and most importantly spiritually for all that the upcoming week has enstore for us.

We are still keeping with our A Picture Each Sunday and I have been loving seeing there cute faces in their Sunday best. 

A Picture Each Sunday...

A Picture Each Sunday...


I pray your Sunday is a peaceful one :)

XO Danielle

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Morning Routine Tips, Tricks, and Ramblings...


Today I am so excited to be teaming up with some fantastic youtubers for a fun collaboration. I am sharing my morning routine and all my tips, tricks, and ramblings that go along with it. Besure to check it out and you can check in the video description for all the other fabulous ladies I am collaborating with. They are pretty stellar! :)


Have a fabulous day lovelies!!

XO Danielle
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