Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Advent...

During this Christmas season we have been reminded to remember our Savior Jesus Christ. This year we are trying to take a little bit of time each day to read together and to find some way to remember Christ.

On December 2, we talked about how Jesus honored his parents and so can we. We shared stories from when we were all little. Reminiscing when the kids were little is Keagan and Libby's favorite.

On December 3, we talked about how Jesus helped others to see and so can you. We read scriptures and watched this video about Jason Smyth. He's a four time Paralympic medalist. This video was so inspiring.

On December 4, we talked about how Jesus worshiped His Father and so can we. We knelt in prayer together as a family. We prayed for our friends and family....we prayed with gratitude for all that we have...a warm home, food to eat, time together, a new baby, and the gift of the Gospel. We then encouraged each other to focus our prayers in December on gratitude. It's amazing how much longer our prayers become when we focus on the gifts God has given us rather than our wants.

On December 5, we talked about how Jesus healed the sick. We watched Dallin H. Oaks talk on "Healing the Sick".

On December 6, we talked about the importance of the scriptures. We read from Luke. We are making an extra effort to read our scriptures individually this month.

On December 7, we talked about how Jesus fed the hungry and so can we. We then filled a box with food to donate to our local food bank.

On December 8, we talked about the power of prayer and how we can pray for those around us. We then went to the store to pick out toys to donate to the Gospel Rescue Mission. We also talked about how sometimes God gives us a surplus, either in time, money, or resources. It is then up to us to use those resources to help bless others. We were reminded that when we serve others, we are serving God.

* Oh and I got my haircut. More on that later :) 

I'm so thankful for this time to focus on Christ and celebrate His birth. What a sweet blessing it us!

You can get involved too! Check out #LIGHTtheWORLD to find ways to bring Christ into your home this season :) 

XO Danielle

Friday, December 9, 2016

Light the world...

When I was a little girl, about 10 or so, I remember distinctly feeling like something was missing from Christmas. I wasn't sure exactly what it was, but I felt like something was off. I can remember sitting in a recliner, while my parents dozed on the couch and my brother played the Nintendo, and feeling like this couldn't be it. We had shared a wonderful day as a family. We got up early, opened presents, ate pancakes for breakfast (a tradition), and spent the day in jammies playing. It was exactly how it should, but Christmas night I felt different. I felt like something was missing, but I didn't know what. It would be another year before I realized the missing piece had been Christ. He's what was missing from my Christmas. Once I learned about Christ and understood just how precious and amazing He is, Christmas took on a whole new meaning.

I shared that story with my children tonight. I so want them to know how absolutely special our testimonies are. Knowing Christ is something we work on every day. Effort is required. This Christmas season, in an effort to grow closer to Christ, we are celebrating 25 days of Christ. We are counting down to Christmas with scriptures and service.

I'm thankful I get to share this with my family. Last night we sat for twenty minutes talking about our Savior and the resurrection. We talked about how Christ knows our hearts, how He leads us each day. What a treasure that conversation was!

I invite you to join me in our countdown to Christmas. You can find out more about The 25 Days of Christ here.

XO Danielle

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lazy Sunday Vlog...

I wrote this post earlier in the week,
 but am just now getting around to publishing it.
Also can you believe Tallia's lashes! Gaw shes cute :)

Afternoon friends! I had a cute post ready to go this morning, which I wrote while the kids were at Homeschool PE, but something happened with my blogger app and the post is lost. ::insert sad face:: I'm not sure what happened, but it is like the app is in permanent saving mode and I can't access the post anymore. I'm so bummed. I'll have to try to rewrite it, but man I hate when stuff like that happens. Doesn't blogger know how precious a mama's time is?

I have a new vlog uploaded on the channel for you guys. This is from a few Sundays ago. It was a super slow day, where we pretty much hung around the house after church, napping and playing...exactly how I like my Sundays to be.

How do you spend your Sundays?

XO Danielle

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Baby Tallia's three month update...

Alright so technically she's almost four months...but I still haven't posted her three month update. It totally slipped my mind. I blame it on mom brain ::wink wink::

This past month brought lots of new "tricks", as we call them around here, for Miss Tallia. She has found her hands and can't get enough. They're her favorite new toy. She has become very vocal, which we all get a kick out of. Her little squeals are my absolute favorite.

One night hubby and I were watching a show in the bedroom. Tallia was asleep in the bassinet. All of a sudden we heard a huge squeal. We thought she had woke up, but when we checked she was sound asleep. I'm not sure what she was dreaming about, but it must have been good.

We're still struggling with naps, but she still rocks it at night. She goes to sleep around 9:00 pm and sleeps till around 8 am. She usually only gets up once during the night for a feeding.

She's a great nurser, but is starting to get distracted by stuff around her. Sometimes she bites down when she's nursing. That doesn't feel to good. I've noticed she does it if I'm focused on something my phone.

She's been getting better on the fussy front too. I feel like our colicky, fussy days are leaving us. She sometimes gets worked up, but we've been able to rock her and she'll calm down. I'm still keeping sugar out of my diet as much as I can. That seems to be helping keep her happy as well.

Whether she's a big stinker who won't take a nap or my cuddle bug at night, we've found so much joy in having this sweet girl in our family. Time is sure flying. She has her four month check up next week. I can't wait to see how much she weighs. I'll try to share that update soon....ya know before she's almost five months ::smile::

XO Danielle

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

So many emotions...

Oh the emotions of a four month old....they go from happy to sad in a minute flat. 

This morning my little beauty's emotions were all over the place. While at the older kids homeschool PE class she had what we call a "baby tantrum". It's a result of a super tired, very hungry baby, who is having trouble being distracted by everything around her. I ended up feeding her in the quiet of the car. It took about twenty minutes to calm her down, but eventually she ate and slept.

Tallia is my most sensitive baby. She likes to nurse in quiet (quite a challenge with two older siblings), she is very sensitive to everything I eat (I wonder how she'll do with solids in a few months?), and she loves to be snuggled (which I absolutely love). This girl definitely brings a few challenges....just like any new baby does, but she's a lot of fun. We love our squish!

XO Danielle

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


"I have so many things to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my husband. He's my best friend and I can't imagine life without him. I'm thankful for my children. Being a mother is everything I've ever wanted. I'm thankful for this country we live in, where we can freely meet together as a congregation and worship our Lord. I'm thankful for this time of year, to remember. never a little baby..born in a staple changed our world. No matter what you have been asked to endure, I pray you take a moment to look for God's hand. He is there. I promise you he is. He is Guiding you and lifting you. He knows our hearts. He knows the good and the bad. I promise that He has a limitless love for each and everyone of us. I'm thankful for this gospel and for the joy it brings into my life. I'm thankful for a savior who knows me by name and the knowledge i have in knowing I'm a daughter of a king."

Jason and I talked in church this past Sunday. Our topic was gratitude. I was so stinkin' nervous. Standing up at the pulpit to talk is not my idea of a good time. I was also worried about how my fussy baby would handle mama not being there in the pew the whole time. Thankfully all went well. Jason used his magic touch and got Tallia to fall asleep. He even got her to take a pacifier, which is a BIG deal. That girl hates usually she gags if you try to give her one. I was so happy that she was able to nap, while Hubby and I tag teamed holding her and giving our talks.

Afterwards we posed outside for a few photos. I was very happy to be able to get another family photo after church. I declared to my family that this will become a more regular occurrence. Hubby said he didn't mind as long as I made time for pictures on Sunday. He seems to think I have a habit of running late on the Sabbath ::wink wink:: I told him I would try harder to be on time because I really like pictures before church and a family pic every once in a while afterwards. I love this sweet family of mine.

above is an excerpt from my talk

XO Danielle

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets...

Oh my gosh friends...I am celebrating right now. Tallia is taking a nap and she's been sleeping for over an hour. Guys this is monumental! She hasn't napped during the day all week long. My Momma sanity was definitely needing her to take a nap. I was loving all the extra snuggles, but I knew my cranky baby needed to sleep desperately. I laid down with her and snuck away once she was sleep. It seems to be doing the trick. We both got to snuggle and then she gets to rest, while mama gets some stuff done around the house. I feel like I talk about her naps a lot here, but that is just where we are at. All of your encouraging ideas and comments have really been helping, so thank you so much.

Now onto the real reason I am posting. I finally filmed, edited, and uploaded my tutorial for making your own instant oatmeal packets. I've been buying the ones from the store for like ever, but have always wanted to try my hand at making my own. Recently I purchased the book, Little House Living on Amazon. It is so dang good guys! It is chock full of recipes for all those items we typically buy at the store...rice mixes, seasoning packets, sauces, etc. I'm really excited to try them all out and then share them with you.

To start off I wanted to try something easy peasy, which is why I chose the oatmeal packets. They took less than five minutes to make. I did this all (including filming) during one of Tallia's fifteen minute naps.

To make your oatmeal packets you need quick cooking oats, brown sugar, and powdered milk. Oh and some small ziplock bags as well.

Single Serve Packet

1/2 cup quick cooking oats
2 tsp powdered milk
1 tbl brown sugar

In a small bow, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Place in a snack size baggie for a quick grab and go meal or snack. We love these for breakfast.

When you are ready to prepare, simply pour your oatmeal packet into a bowl and add 3/4 cup hot water. Stir well. Add dried fruit or peanut butter for added flavor.

Bulk Instant Oatmeal (I did a double batch of these in the video)
5 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup powdered milk
2/3 cup brown sugar

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and pour into a container to store. You can also store in single serve baggies. That's what I did. When you're ready to eat, mix 1/2 cup oatmeal with 3/4 cup hot water. Stir and add any extras you want.

Oatmeal Add Ins
dried fruit
cinnamon and raisins
powdered peanut butter or regular peanut butter
dried bananas and walnuts
dried apple and cinnamon
chocolate chips
hot chocolate mix, using hot chocolate instead of water
graham crackers


XO Danielle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vlog #1- No Naps and a lot of bees - 11/5/16

Afternoon lovelies! Last night I was working on my scrapbook for 2015. I really want to get it finished by Christmas. As I was creating my pages, I would look up the different events on the blog to see what I had written. It was so neat to look back to our family vacation to Los Angeles, homeschool field trips, and when my not so little Libby got baptized. I love having these days journaled. It made it really easy to have the details already written as I created pages. 

This reminded me again of how important blogging is to me...not just to share frugal living ideas, but to document our lives. Lately I have had vlogging on my heart. I kept pushing it aside, but that feeling kept coming back. I Finally realized that if it keeps coming back to me, it may be something the Lord wants me to do. I've started filming us. Not daily, but often. I have a few daily vlogs ready to be edited and I plan to continue filming more. How cool it will be to look back next year and see how far we've come in this journaling process. 

I'll include the dates on each video. You can see this one is from a few weeks ago. It was a typical lazy Saturday. We spent our time hanging around the house and enjoying the slow. I hope you enjoy the video and if you're not already, subscribe to my channel. That way you won't miss out on any of the fun :)

XO Danielle
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