Guest Post at Cheerios and Lattes

Well the past few days have been a doozy around here. During the storms that hit the East coast on Thursday, we had some heavy winds that knocked over this lovely old oak tree right onto the power lines. A transformer also blew, so from early evening Thursday until early morning Saturday, we were without power! Mellow man and I spend Saturday cleaning up the fridge and kitchen, and today was Father’s Day. In all of this chaos, I didn’t get around to announcing that I had a lovely opportunity to guest post over at Cheerios and Lattes!
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Fan Charm Bracelet Tutorial {Summer Swim League Swag}

I was lucky enough to be able to have a guest post over at Alderberry Hill a couple of weeks ago! I’m just starting to get my feet wet with jewelry making, but I’ve always loved charms and beads. When I was a little girl, my mother had this beautiful silver charm bracelet that she got on her sixteenth birthday, and I loved to take it out of her jewelry box and admire it. I always wanted one just like hers, but never had one. However, this summer is my chance! I made my own charm bracelet!

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Paracord Survival Bracelets {Summer Swim League Swag}

Well, I’ve finally found a crafty hobby that has a large following of boys and men: Paracord Survival Bracelets! When I decided to teach myself some of the basic paracord bracelet weaving techniques, I discovered dozens of tutorials made by men! Now that I’ve made a few, I’m obsessed as well. They are manly friendship bracelets. Seriously, I looked into why the military might use them, and why they were being sold in my local Boy Scout shops, and I learned a bit about their history. Paracord is extremely durable and strong cording, but it is also very lightweight. It is always good to have a length of rope on you in case of an emergency, so paracord bracelets were a way for the military to easily carry several yards of strong cording with them. There are dozens of different patterns and knotting techniques that you can use to make these bracelets, and I ended up making 3 different bracelets for the Frog. I made them in his team colors, so that they would match his other swim league swag.
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The Blog Workshop: A Blogging Conference On My Own Time!

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I don’t know about y’all, but my free time is pretty limited, but I’m loving this new hobby of mine, blogging! It’s hard to find time to do everything I want with blogging, and I tend to be a night owl blogger. I’ve really wanted to go to a conference or workshop, but it’s hard to get away from the family for a couple of days. I am heading to another niche conference in August, but I’m still so green in the blogging world. There are a bunch of non-niche specific things that I need to learn more about: SEO, social media, marketing my blog (and myself), and how to network. Recently I joined The Blog Workshop, where I hope to learn more about these topics. I recalled that I saw some of my fabulous bloggy mentors talk about this workshop back in May, but I had a conflict with the dates and times. So I jumped at the chance to sign up now. The organizers have made the conference and all of the workshops available for participants to listen to on their own time and at their own pace.

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There are also forums and twitter parties where I can get to know other bloggers out there on the inter-webz!  Now if I decided to really make a commitment to learn a lot about blogging, they have something called the TBW University, which involves a series of courses offered over a one year period. The courses include things like blog design, the business of blogging and improving your writing.  I think the 3-day conference workshop, done in my jammies, at home, is just the right speed to test the waters before making such a big commitment, don’t you?  If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Blog Workshop community or participating in the recorded conference like I am, you can stop by here to register.

With this plan of attending at workshop from my own home, in the evening after my little Monkey and Frog have gone to bed, I can save my days off for fun family times.  Things that make my heart sing, like hanging out at the zoo, park or pool with this little guy!

 

There are also forums and twitter parties where I can get to know other bloggers out there on the inter-webz! Now if I decided to really make a commitment to learn a lot about blogging, they have something called the TBW University, which involves a series of courses offered over a one year period. The courses include things like blog design, the business of blogging and improving your writing. I think the 3-day conference workshop, done in my jammies, at home, is just the right speed to test the waters before making such a big commitment, don’t you? If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Blog Workshop community or participating in the recorded conference like I am, you can stop by here to register.

With this plan of attending at workshop from my own home, in the evening after my little Monkey and Frog have gone to bed, I can save my days off for fun family times. Things that make my heart sing, like hanging out at the zoo, park or pool with this little guy!

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Chicken Marsala

My wonderful mother-in-law got me a subscription to Taste of Home magazine for Christmas. It’s a magazine that is entirely recipes, and a lot of them are easy ones– the kind that don’t take hours to make. In my first copy, there was a recipe for Speedy Chicken Marsala, and I tried out the recipe. I had to make a few tweaks, as I didn’t have the exact ingredients, but I was quite pleased with the outcome. I thought I’d share the recipe here, as I love finding yummy, quick dinners for my family.

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Wordless Wednesday: 4-Months-Old

Monkey is 4 months old now. It’s hard to believe, and I keep squeezing him extra tight and enjoying that delicious baby smell because I know that the newborn days are flying by. Each passing day is bittersweet– it is wonderful to watch him grow and thrive, but I miss some of his itty bitty baby behaviors. I took these pictures early this evening.

Monkey is such a happy baby. He is a joy to be around:

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He is such a smiley boy– he loves to laugh.  Frog was much harder to make smile.

Meal Planning Monday: January 28th… A Day Late!

Well, a day late and a meal short this week! Actually, Monkey had his 4 month check up yesterday, so we ate out. I was expecting a bit of crankiness. I wonder if this is a self-fulfilling prophesy, as Monkey slept horribly last night. In my groggy state, I forgot that he needed another dose of tylenol. When MM woke up and asked if he could help with Monkey, and it dawned on me that Tylenol might help. It did, but still was rather restless…. I digress.

We have continued to stick to our meal plan, and this has reduced dinner stress and eating out. However, I’m still finding that we deviate either in the order of days, or take a meal out or add one in… does this happen to anyone else?

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Well, on to the meal plan, so MM knows what he’s eating tonight. (He said he wasn’t sure last night!)

Monday: Eating Out
Tuesday: Flank Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus (Recipe to Follow!)
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Parmesan with Baked Zucchini
Thursday: Asian Pork Chops with Rice and Green Peas (Recipe to Follow!)
Friday: Homemade Pizza by MM
Saturday: Eating on your own/eftovers
Sunday: Still figuring out our Superbowl menu… hmmm, better get to working on that one!