Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Remembering...

"Today was a whole new level of exhausting. We had grocery shopping in the morning, school lessons in the afternoon, meals needed preparing, the baby needed feeding, laundry had to be done, dishes cleaned, and the list goes on and on. As I sat nursing my baby tonight, feeling the exhaustion really settle in...Like down to my bones.... a smile came to my face because I knew I had poured everything I had into these three babies I've been blessed with. Yes the days are long and yes my house is a mess and oh yeah I'm going to zonk out once my head hits the pillow, but man I love this life. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I pray for more days like this, when I'm reminded of how truly sacred this mom gig is and how I'm loving every messy, beautiful, crazy minute of it.
 #mommylife#mommybrag #momlife #momgig #imamormon #lds#thankful #godisgood"

-January 9, 2017-





I love how on Facebook little memories pop up in your feed. Things you shared weeks, months, and even years ago. Today a picture popped up on my feed with a short little snippet I shared back in January. Reading it today, my heart was filled with gratitude again for these sweet blessings I am able to call mine. I love being their mom. I can't imagine doing anything else than what I am doing right now. This season right here is a good one and I want to relish every single exhausting, hilarious moment of it.

Today we cleaned house, Tallia took a two hour nap (in her crib I might add), I took the kids to the pool, we came home to dinner in the crock-pot, and once the baby was in bed, I watched Beauty and the Beast with the olders. It was a full day and it was so good.

Oh and Tallia is officially on the move. She does the cutest little butt scoot to get around and I have loved seeing her curiosity come to the surface. She is exploring and experiencing everything. She's keeping us on our toes and has us making sure all little toys are cleaned up or she will insert them in her mouth. I don't think my floors have ever been this cleaned :)

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I pray you have a fantastic day friends!

XO Danielle

Friday, June 16, 2017

Simple Vegan White Bread for the Bread Machine...


I just have to gush about this new bread recipe I've been making in the bread machine lately. I found it one day after searching for "vegan bread machine recipes". I recently went plant based again (I'll share more on that at another time). I was super skeptical about the recipe. I mean how could bread taste good without milk and oil? Oh I forgot to mention I've cut out oil as well...or at least really limited it (I'll see how long I can keep that one up. We're going on three weeks).

Our usual go to is a buttermilk bread, which I've been making for years. I was ready for the kids to grab their pitchforks and completely rebel when offered this new recipe.

I made the dough in my bread machine and finished it in the oven. I love the loaf pan shape, when you bake it in the oven. :)

Once it came out of the oven, the kids were very eager to try it. It smelled delicious. We let it cool and then sliced it up. I sat back and waited to see how it fared with the red heads. When they reached for a second piece, I knew they approved.

I have since made this bread every single day this week. We've had it for snacks, for breakfast, and as a side dish with dinner once or twice. Saying we like it is an understatement for sure....we've also meet our carb quota for the month :) ::wink::

The recipe is originally from the blog, Plant Based on a Budget. I've tweaked it a bit by replacing white sugar with blue agave. I buy it in a two pack from Costco, but I just realized Amazon sells it as part of their subscribe and save. I plan on ordering it through them from now on. It was about the same price as Costco, but ordering from Amazon means I don't have to get out of my jammies :) Anyways, it's a syrup that has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar. I say use whatever you have on hand though.

Simple Vegan White Bread

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tbs alternative sweetener or sugar
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups white flour
2 1/2 tsp of active dry yeast


Place ingredients in your bread pan, in the order specified by your bread machine manufacture. Mine has me start with liquids, than add dry ingredients, and end with the yeast..

I've also added a tablespoon of oats, ground flax seed, and hemp hearts to some of my loaves for extra healthy goodness

Let your machine do all the work and the baking...or put it on your dough cycle setting. When your dough cycle is through, punch down your dough and shape it into a loaf. Place in a non-stick bread pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350'.

Since we are limiting our oil intake, I did not rub butter on the bread when it came out of the oven. This is a step I usually do when bread making. Feel free to choose whether you want a little bit of that extra goodness on top or not. We thought it was just as delicious without.

Let me know if you get a chance to make this recipe and tag me on instagram. I love connecting with y'all there.

XO Danielle
P.S.

The kids and I watched Beauty and the Beast for the first time tonight (the new one with Emma Watson) and OMG guys! All that buzz I've been hearing the past year did not disappoint. The movie was fantastic!! Who's seen it and did you just fall in love with Belle and Beast all over again?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We bought a house & more updates...

Hi there!! How have you guys been?!?! It has been forever and a day since I have jumped on this blog here and I have been missing you all like crazy. Life has just been bananas lately. Mom life has completely consumed me, which it usually does...I mean those three babies are my world, but this past year has really made me prioritize where my time is spent and how it is spent. With that being said, I had a few minutes this evening and I knew just how I wanted to spend this little bit of me time. I wanted to jump on this here blog and share a little bit of what has been going on in our neck of the woods. 


First and foremost, our biggest announcement is that we bought a house! We went back and forth on whether to buy in Tucson or in Sierra Vista (both in Arizona). Hubby works in Sierra Vista, but there is a lot more to do with field trips and such in Tucson. After a lot of thinking and praying on it, we decided to look in Sierra Vista. It was absolutely amazing how everything quickly fell into place. Our house was the second place we saw. Jason and I fell in love immediately. We knew this was the home for us. It is 1,100 sq ft and is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. It has been completely renovated and we are paying less than we did in our apartment! Cheers! We just moved in over the weekend and are still settling in and unpacking. We are just loving being here. 



The house also has a HUGE pantry and the kitchen has drawers people!! I know it sounds crazy to be excited about that, but I haven't had drawers in my kitchen in over 5 years! Between that and the dishwasher, I'm feeling super spoiled.



We're changing our colors to navy and red. I'm super excited to redecorate this cute place. There's some serious thrift store shopping in my future.


Oh and I snagged this kitchen mat at Walmart for under $5. I was pretty excited. I shared this on instagram and it seems a few of you got it as well. We're twinsies! :)

some other updates for the family are:




We've been field tripping more lately. Miss Tallia has become much easier to field trip with, so we are enjoying getting out and exploring different places here in Arizona.




Speaking of Miss Tallia, she has gotten so big guys! She is 10 1/2 months old and is such a gem. She is all over the place. She doesn't crawl, but is super fast at butt scooting and rolling. She babbles non stop, eats everything, and has 8 teeth! She is still nursing and has completely transitioned over to her crib.



She has also learned how to drink from a straw! :) I shared a super cute video of it over on my Instagram. Check it out HERE.


Oh and Libby cut her hair. She is seriously stunning!


Other than that, we've been swimming every chance we get and enjoying time together.



I'll try to get back on here again soon and let you know how everything is going. Thank you for all of your kind messages and comments. You guys are seriously the best!

God bless!

XO Danielle

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Checking in friends...

Hey guys!! I wanted to take a quick minute to let you know that all is well. Life is just crazy busy right now. Being a homeschooling mama to three, a wife, a daughter, friend, etc has kept my plate pretty darn full. Because of that I haven't had the time to blog and do YouTube like before. I'm hoping eventually I can come back to it, but I'm not sure when. I'm still active on my personal Facebook account and Instagram. I'll try to post a bit more on the Blissful and Domestic Facebook page, so even if I can't write a full blog post, I can still check in there. Thank you for every single email, comment, & message. You guys are amazing and the hugs and love you have sent is amazing! Thanks for encouraging me & hanging in there with me. Being a mother and wife is definitely time consuming, but boy is it the best gig ever. Hugs & kisses friends. Talk to you soon!!

XO Danielle

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Grocery List Printable..

Happy Sunday friends!! Last night I posted my grocery haul from last week and a dear friend of mine pointed out that I hadn't yet shared the link to my grocery list printable. I totally thought I shared this earlier in the month, but I guess I didn't. Sorry about that guys. I have two different variations of my grocery list. I made this in Picmonkey earlier in the month. They are in black and white, so they're super simple to print out at home. I like to print all my papers out at the beginning of the month. I print out enough for me to have one for each week in the month. This past month I printed out five, since I've been shopping on Monday's and they're five Mondays in January.



These grocery lists have seriously cut down my shopping time. Everything is organized into categories, which makes my shopping a breeze. I follow my different categories and only go to those sections in the store. It has helped me with impulse buying too (the worst right?)

I keep these in my Family Organization Binder until I'm ready to use them. When I make my list I put a star next to items that are on sale and I list the sale price. This helps me keep track of what things from my store flyer I am wanting to purchase.

 Download HERE


 Download HERE

I hope you get a chane to print these out and make your shopping trips a wee bit easier too! :)

XO Danielle

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fry's & Wal Mart Weekly Grocery Haul #3 + Menu Plan






Evening ladies and gents! I am hopping on here to share last week's grocery haul and menu plan. I went to Fry's grocery store and to Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market to get everything I needed for a full week of meals for my family of five (our fifth family member is only five months). We spent $160 at both stores. Check out the video to see what we bought and what we ate this past week. Enjoy!!



XO Danielle

Friday, January 20, 2017

Giveaway Winner...


Evening friends!! Congratulations to Kassi and Jessica for winning the "Living a Beautiful Life on Less" Giveaway. Shoot me an email (blissful_and_domestic@yahoo.com), so I can get your books sent out to you :)





Have a fabulous weekend friends!!

XO Danielle

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FOC Week #3- Plan Your Week With Me...




Evening friends!! Sunday night I sat down with my Family Organization Binder and planned out this upcoming week. Last week was crazy busy. We started some new Homeschooling curriculum, started a new co-op, and had a few church activities to attend. I felt pretty swamped, but having things planned out at the beginning of the week really helped my Mom sanity.

This upcoming week is going to be just as full, so I wanted to make sure I sat down and got a game plan ready to go. I need to know what is going on, so I can keep myself organized.

I looked at the calendar on my phone and inserted what obligations I had inputted. I then added those to my weekly planner in the binder. I also used my Homeschooling planner page (download here) to plan out our upcoming school week.

I have been trying to jot down a few extra quotes to keep me motivated during the week. I thrive on encouraging words. It really helps me to stay focused.

I also took some time to write down my menu plan and grocery list. I went shopping today and filmed the haul. I have last week's haul to share with you too. Hopefully I can knock out a few videos tonight on the editing front. Fingers crossed. ::smile:: (I got it posted here)

Check out the video below for a full view on how I'm using my binder. I'm still figuring out what works best for me, but I'm making progress and feeling on top of stuff. I consider that a mom win today :)



XO Danielle
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