Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Thursday, October 27, 2016

City Wide and Fry's Produce Haul...

Hi friends! I have a new video up on the channel. It is from September. I'm a wee bit behind on my videos. I have filmed grocery hauls for October that I still need to get out as well. I am hoping to have some time this weekend to get them out to you. Thank you for all your encouraging comments asking when I'll be posting more videos. You guys are awesome! I am starting to feel like I have my head above water. Baby is sleeping better and this mama is starting to get the hang of things after our move and all the changes going on lately. I would really love to get back into making videos again. I have so missed you guys on my channel. :) So now I need to know what you want to see. I want to continue Faithful Sundays, FAQ Fridays, Grocery Hauls, Recipes, etc. What do you want to see and what would be encouraging to you? Let me know over on the Blissful and Domestic Facebook Page.

XO Danielle

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Morning friends! Today I am sharing a few pictures from the past few weeks. We've had a lot of baby reading sessions. Libby can not get enough of reading to her little sister. She absolutely loves it and little sister loves it just as much. Their sweet smiles melt my mama heart!

There's also been a lot of crafts going on around here. One morning Libby got up, found our glitter, and made fairy wings for her Barbies. Yes the kitchen was forever covered in glitter, but man did those Barbies look good ::wink wink::

Next we have A LOT of pictures of Miss Tallia. We just can't help ourselves. She has some serious rolls going those sweet wrist rolls above. Gaw! She's too dang cute! I also couldn't help myself in the bathroom at church taking a sweet picture of her looking in the mirror. She loves seeing herself in the mirror lately. 

and last, Keagan received the sweetest box in the mail from his Aunt and Uncle in Nevada. They sent it for his birthday. IT is a sunshine box. They filled it with little goodies, like a sticky hand and some of his favorite candies and chips. I loved the idea! I want to copy it and use it for Christmas gifts for family. Imagine the fun you could have sending a box of sunshine to family. Too cute!

What have you guys been up to? Hop on over to the Blissful and Domstic Facebook page. I love connecting with you all there :)

XO Danielle

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bulk meat order....

This past month I was able to get both my bulk meat orders. I ordered from Zaycon Foods. I've mentioned them before here and here. They are my go to meat distributor. They are easy to use, great quality, and they have some of the best prices I've seen on meat. They also send coupon codes via email, so I wait for those and plan my purchases accordingly.

In September I was able to snag 48 lbs of ground turkey for $1.87/lb. That's cheaper than when I would buy it at the Smith's grocery store bulk food sale (it was $1.99/lb then). The ground turkey came in four ten pound boxes. Each box contained 10 one pound packages of meat. These are stored in the bottom of my freezer.

In October I was able to pick up my chicken order. Originally I ordered 40 lbs of chicken for $1.44/lb. A few weeks later I added another box of chicken. That time I ordered another 40 lbs for $1.69/lb.

When I brought the chicken home, I put individual chicken breasts in freezer bags. These chicken breasts are huge! One chicken breasts feeds my family of five for 1-2 meals. We usually shred the chicken to make it go further. 

I also placed about 6 chicken breasts in my large crock-pot and cooked them. Once they were done I shredded the meat and placed it in freezer bags in 2 cup portions. I have about 80 gallon size freezer bags in my freezers, plus a few bags of shredded cooked chicken. We will be stocked for months! I bagged and froze the chicken broth as well.

It feels good to have my freezers completely stocked with the meat my family uses every day. All together I spent $203.95 . That gave us 80 lbs of chicken and 48 lbs of ground turkey. That's 128 lbs of meat for my family. The last time I ordered from Zaycon Foods was back in January and that 40 lbs lasted us about 6 months. This huge order should last us twice that. I shouldn't have to purchase chicken or ground turkey until sometime next year. Woot! Woot! I'll update you when I have to order again.

Have you guys tried Zaycon foods? What's your favorite thing to order?

XO Danielle

Thank you for those that have been able to order some goodies for your own family, using my referral link. It greatly blesses my family. If any of you have a referral link, send it my way. I can use it when I order next year. ::smile::

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Boo Bash 2016...

Earlier this week Libby was checking out the parks and rec page for Tucson. She was looking to see if they had any art classes going on. She's pretty obsessed with all things art these days. While looking for classes, she saw the city of Tucson was putting on a Boo Bash, a free event for the community. There would be a costume parade, games, trick or treating, and bounce houses. Miss Libby was pretty excited.

While Keagan was at an activity for youth group and Daddy was at work, the girls and I went to enjoy some early Halloween festivities. It was so much fun.

Libby dressed up as a cat. We got her tail, ears,and bow tie from Wal-Mart for $6. We got Tallia's Sully costume from savers for less than $2. I bought it earlier in the year, when I was still pregnant. We had fun taking pictures, getting candy, and playing the many games set up. Oh and we saw a life size TARDIS! It was there to promote Tucson Comic Con. We made sure to take a picture for Keagan. We love The Doctor in this house :)

I also resisted the urge to buy kettlecorn. It smelled so dang delicious, but it was $4 and I was determined to keep our night free. We have some fun things planned for Halloween night, so I didn't want to take away from stuff we already have planned. We plan on taking the kids out to try a new restaurant here in town. I'm excited :)

Overall it was a fun night. I'm glad we were finally able to get out and have some fun.

XO Danielle

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday best...

“All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, … purifies our hearts … and makes us more tender and charitable, … and it is through … toil and tribulation, that we gain the education … which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”
- Elder Orson F. Whitney

Today, while nursing the baby in the mother's room at church, I came upon this quote. It was a reminder that all the things we go through, no matter how truly difficult, are for our betterment. God is refining us into the amazing masterpiece we can become. He sees so much greatness in us. Through each trial I've under gone, I've learned so much. That knowledge then blesses my family and I today. I'm thankful for these little reminders God sends my way. He truly is magnificent.

On a sidenote -- we were ready for church on time, looking spiffy in our Sunday best. Oh and we finally got a family picture done. Our first since Miss Tallia was born! Woot! Woot! I sure do love this little family of mine :)

XO Danielle

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tallia Renn's Baby Blessing....

"I am convinced that a husband is never more attractive to his wife than when he is serving in his God-given roles as a worthy priesthood holder."
- Linda K. Burton

On October 9, 2016 Miss Tallia Renn Wagasky was blessed. Her daddy gave her a sweet blessing during church, with our Bishop and his counselors at Jason's side. What a beautiful thing it is to see my husband bless his babies. I appreciate how important it is to him.

He shared a few sweet words about how thankful we are for this sweet baby in our life. He then blessed her with courage to be a continual disciple of Christ. It brought tears to my eyes to think of how long we've waited for this moment. Children are such a sweet blessing from the Lord. The blessing was then cut short. Miss Tallia decided she was hungry and had to eat right now. She let everyone know this by crying quite loudly into the microphone Jason was holding. It made us all chuckle.

Afterwards we came home to a yummy lunch of sweet potatoes and BBQ ranch salad. It was a simple day, but one full of so much love for our youngest. We're all so thankful she's a part of our eternal family.

On another note....

How funny is Keagan photo bombing above? I didn't notice it when I took the picture, but I had a good laugh when I was editing the pictures last night. That boy cracks me up!

XO Danielle

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Milestone....

Morning friends! Yesterday we reached quite a milestone in the Wagasky household, one that I am still celebrating this morning. Miss Tallia slept till 9:00 am in the morning. She had gone to bed at 10:30pm the night before, slept till 5:30 am, got up to eat, and was back in her bassinet by 6 am sound asleep. She then slept another three hours. I couldn't believe it! A few hours after waking up, she was ready for her first nap. I laid her down and she woke up. I totally thought she'd start crying, but she didn't. She settled herself back to sleep. She did the same thing for her afternoon nap. I was totally ecstatic. 

We've been working on her getting use to a schedule, with regular naps and boy has it been an uphill battle. She's still little and is still learning, so we don't push to hard. We do know that she is much happier though when she gets more sleep, so I am slowly but surely trying to get her more into naps.

I am hoping for a repeat performance today. I know that it may not happen everyday. Yesterday could have just been a really good nap day and that's ok. We'll get there eventually. For now I am going to bask in the sweetness of what a two nap day looks like. It's all smiles, cooing, and little baby laughs. It's pretty amazing :)

XO Danielle

Thursday, October 20, 2016


My sweet boy is twelve, which means he was able to be ordained a deacon in our church this past Sunday. I'm so thankful for this sweet boy. I'm thankful to have another priesthood holder in our home. I'm thankful Jason was able to bestow that gift to Keagan. Being able to witness that was amazing. I know the Lord has big plans for Keagan. I pray he will stay strong, be courageous, and be a warrior for Christ.

That boy is going to do amazing things.

XO Danielle
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