Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less

Friday, July 22, 2016

FAQ Fridays: recycling, selling our house, and more!

Happy Friday Friends!! The kids are playing with Legos and I am sitting in front of our swamp cooler, with my laptop. It's hot today friends. The weather app on my phone is reading 115'. Oh my heck friends, this preggo mama is melting. I made a run to Sonic with the kids to get two bags of ice and some half price drinks. I think I finally feel like I am cooling down. Summer here in the desert is no joke.

While I sit here and try to stay cool, I am taking some time to catch up on some blogging and videos. Today I have another FAQ video for you. Today we're talking about cloth diapers, recycling, selling our house, and more. If you have any questions you'd like answered, leave them in the comments below or on my channel.

Enjoy and try to stay cool lovelies! :)

XO Danielle

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Budgeting For Braces: How We Do It...

Today was a big day friends. Miss Priss got her braces off this morning. She's been wearing her braces for a little over a year and we were glad to hear we'd be able to finish up her orthodontist treatment before our move to Arizona. We got up bright and early this morning.....6:30 to be exact guys. It was rough for this preggo mama, but I made it.

Here's her before and after. It is amazing what a difference a smile makes for your confidence. This girl is just beaming! She said she couldn't sleep last night she was so excited to get them off and see what her teeth looked like. My mama heart is kind of hurting because the difference in a year and half is mind blowing. Where did my little baby go? She looks so grown up in her after picture. Oh the mama heart strings are being pulled friends!!

Since I was checking out Libby's before and after, I decided to pull up Keagan's. I was able to find a picture of right before he got his braces off and after (thank you Instagram), but for the life of me I couldn't find one to use as a before he got braces. He got his braces on pre-instagram, so I can't find a record of it. I checked my pictures on my computer, but homeboy naturally smiles with his mouth closed, so I have no before to share with you all. He got his braces off about two years ago.  

Isn't he so stinkin adorable!?! Oh the mama heart strings will not stop. Pregnancy hormones are going strong here friends! Haha! :)

Ok I need to stop gushing about my cute kiddos. They are seriously my favorite!

On our way home from the orthodontist I started thinking about how many of you have asked for some tips on how to get braces for your kids, without breaking the bank. We have been able to do braces for both of our kiddos, without going into debt. It has been a huge blessing to our family and one that I want to share with all of you today.

On the channel I am sharing my four tips for budgeting for braces. I hope this helps all you mamas out! :)

XO Danielle

Monday, July 18, 2016

Italian Crock-pot Chicken...

Happy Monday friends!! Today we are in the kitchen making a super simple crockpot recipe. This recipe only requires 3 ingredients. I know right! Easy Peasy! I love recipes that require less than 5 ingredients. It makes this mama's job that much easier.

Today we are making Italian Crock-pot Chicken. This is one I have made weekly over the past few months and my kids are loving it! Simply toss your chicken, Italian dressing, and bell peppers in the crock-pot and you're golden. I have a video tutorial for you below and a printable recipe card.

{Italian Crock-pot Chicken}

4-6 chicken breast, boneless skinless
1 bottle of Italian dressing
1 green bell pepper, chopped

Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

print recipe card here


XO Danielle

Friday, July 15, 2016

FAQ Fridays- Will I continue blogging after baby, homeschooling with a newborn, and more!

Morning friends!! Today I have a new segment up on the channel. A few weeks ago I asked you guys for questions you'd like me to answer. You all shared them on Facebook and Instagram. I received so many that I thought it would be fun to share a weekly segment, where I get to answer your questions. Today we are talking about blogging after baby girl comes, how I plan to homeschool with a newborn, and a few other odds and ends. Check out the video and let me know what other questions you'd like answered. Leave them on the channel or here in this post. :)


XO Danielle

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Birthday Celebrations....

This past weekend we gathered as a family to celebrate two stellar boys. My nephews Eastenn and Zach have birthdays that are back to back. My sisinlaws threw a joint party for the boys. We did some swimming, cooked on the BBQ, had some fun with water balloons, and had cake along with an ice cream bar. Oh and the cake my friends was from Costco. This pregnant mama was in heaven!! (watch this video to truly understand just how happy this made me). It was soooo dang yummy friends! 

Thanks for sharing all the fun pictures with me Andrea!! :)

XO Danielle

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Day in the Life -- chores, fly lady, canned herring, & a clean sink.....

Afternoon friends! We just got back from getting our free slurpees at 7-11. Have you all gone yet? Coca-cola and wild cherry is where it is at. What a fun summer treat!

Today I am sharing a vlog video for you all. This is an "A Day in the Life" video I filmed back in May. I totally thought I had edited it, but realized late last night I had totally neglected to share it with you all. I ended up staying up late, so I could get it uploaded. I love vlog videos. They are fun to make and I love catching a little glimpse into whatever we are doing at that time. The seasons of life are constantly changing and I am thankful I get to record a little bit of us, so we have it for years to come. Thank you for always coming along with me on this journey to living a more frugal, joy-filled life. You are always such a great encouragement!

Have a great day friends!! :)

XO Danielle

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Deep Cleaning AKA "Nesting"....

It's hit friends. That unstoppable urge to get the house top to bottom clean. I woke this morning and happily realized I was officially 36 weeks pregnant. I can't believe that in less than four weeks I get to meet my little Tallia. That means ninth month of pregnancy here I come!

I decided to get caught up on the cleaning and packing this week. The kids and I are going to take a room or section of the house and deep clean it each day, packing up as we go along.

Today I tackled the kitchen. I wiped down shelves, pulled everything out and vacuumed, cleaned out the microwave, organized the pantry and fridge/freezer, cleaned the stove, and vacuumed the window sill and any cobwebs I found (there were a few). After all that was done, I mopped the whole area. The kitchen is now spic and span. It feels good to know that my kitchen is in tip top shape.

For the rest of the week I have come up with a game plan. We're going to pick a space each day and work on it together.

Monday -- laundry area
Tuesday -- bathrooms
Wednesday -- hallway
Thursday -- bedrooms
Friday -- living room/dinning room

The goal is to have everything cleaned and packed in these rooms by the end of the week. This will then allow us to relax and maintain over the next weeks, while we count down to baby day.

I'll try to document as we go, but you know how it happens. I'll definitely share on Instagram though, so be sure to follow me there friends :)


Have you heard about slurpee day at 7-11 and 58 cent short stacks at ihop? Both are happening this week. Just wanted to share :)

XO Danielle

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hot Deli Ham Sandwiches for the Crock-pot...

Afternoon friends!! We just got back from a HUGE grocery shopping haul. I geared us up for the next few weeks, so I don't have to take my VERY pregnant self to the grocery store. Walking any sort of long distance is killer to my hips and growing basketball belly.....and yes walking around a grocery store has become quite the workout friends. My feet are exhausted! It does feel good though to have the fridge, freezer, and pantry stocked for when Miss Tallia makes her debut. I am 36 weeks on Sunday and she could come anytime after that. I usually go early, so we'll see if she continues that trend or makes her own timeline :) It took us about two hours to get the shopping done, but with the help of my kiddos, we got one and a half carts full home and put away. I made sure to take a video and plan to share it in the upcoming weeks. Be on the look out for it.

Today though I wanted to hop on here and share a recipe I mentioned in a menu plan a few weeks back. The recipe is for hot deli ham sandwiches. This is a recipe I originally found years ago from Monica at The Homespun Heart. I love Monica's blog! She's so encouraging :)

I have created a video tutorial for you and a recipe card as well. It makes this mama happy that you guys are loving the recipes I have been sharing and have been using the recipe cards to add to your own collection.

Also I am almost to 5,000 subscribers on youtube! Ahh that is exciting! It is so fun to know that my channel is getting out there and so many new friends are joining me on this journey. Thank you guys for every share and like. You guys are the best!!

print recipe card here

Hot Deli Ham Sandwiches for the Crock-pot

3 lbs. sliced deli ham
2 cups apple juice
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
2 tsp prepared mustard
1 tsp paprika

rolls for serving

Place ham in crock-pot. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour over ham. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Serve on rolls.


XO Danielle
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