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October Goals and Success

Happy Halloween!  I figured I can do my look back on my goals and success before we start getting into costumes and enjoying Little Miss’ first Halloween!

Here’s a look back at my goals-

1. Have the time of my life at the Big Life Retreat.   — Done. I didn’t think that retreat would have such a big impact on my lifr, but it did.

2. Watch every movie on our Halloween list.   — Half done.
3. Declutter Little Miss’ closet. — Done. I was able to put her summer clothes away, plus empty an entire drawer out in her dresser.

4. Take more pictures– Done, but you can never have more pictures.  There’s always time for more pictures.

5. Finish two Harry Potter books.– Big fail. I cheated and watched the rest of the movies. I couldn’t help it. I got sucked in. But I will finish the books because I want to see the difference.

6. Cook and bake more.– Done. Between Halloween treats and soups, I learned some new recipes!

7. Spend more time with A.– Not has much time as I wanted, but between us being gone at different times it was wonderful to have to days we did have
together.

8. Organize kitchen.– Big fail. I may have lost motivation at one point, but it’s incredibly hard to start a big project when you have an infant whose on the verge of crawling…but can move herself across the house and grab everything.

So it wasn’t a bad month, I did alot that I didn’t even put on my goal list.
So instead of being down that I didn’t make a goal I’m looking back at my success for the month.

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Month of Costumes.

As Halloween is tomorrow and the month of October ends, I can’t help but smile at all the fun we had this month. Putting Little Miss is different costumes was definitely something we had alot of fun with and hope to be able to do it next year.
From pumpkin pajamas, Cinderella dresses to a simple red onesie and khakis to be a Target employee,  we really made the most of this month.

Here’s a few photos of our fun we had incase you missed anything on Instagram.

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November Photo/ Blog Challenge

As October comes to an end, believe me I’m incredibly sad about it and at the same time can’t believe how quick the month flew by, I took some time to think about what November will bring. Aside from Thanksgiving, it’ll be a crazy month leading into the holiday season. But I didn’t want to start my month without having a plan, having goals, daily motivations.
Naturally I turned to Pinterest.  I came across this photo challenge and decided it would be perfect to do and to make it a blog challenge as well. So next month I will be participating in this challenge and if anyone wants to do it along with me please feel free!

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Until then, I’ll be posting my month of success, Little Miss’ first Halloween costume,  how I did with my October goals and more! Lots to look forward to in just the next 4 days!

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Christmas Shopping.

Yes, I said the C word…in October. Don’t worry I’m not that person who puts up Christmas decorations in the beginning of November. They go up the day after Thanksgiving.  Normally by now I’m usually done with Christmas shopping but obviously this year is different.  I don’t have room for a stack of toys in my bedroom or anywhere else. 
So I decided to get a jump start on a few gifts for Little Miss since I had some giftcards from Target sitting in my wallet.
Even though she won’t really understand what’s going on, I still want her to have a bunch of presents to open plus with always taking pictures she can look back and see how special her first Christmas was.

I have to remind myself that she’ll only be 8 months old in December so she’s still to young for alot of toys I see, so I went with a few of the fisher price learning toys. The blocks with shapes, anything that makes noise, and a Doc Mcstuffins toy set.
I do have my eyes set on a few of the Fisher Price Little People Disney sets as well!

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The Hard Part of Being Mommy Alone.

A has been gone since Wednesday, and the first few days were actually easy and fun. Rewind to yesterday,  Saturday.  I had an 11 am hair appointment.  It was wonderful to have the chance to have a few hours to myself but I didn’t realize how hard it actually is to get yourself and a baby ready and out the door on time to be able to make said appointment. 
Not only does Little Miss need her cereal and bottle, our fur babies need breakfast, plus making sure the diaper bag has everything she’ll need for the few hours that I would be gone. Needless to say,  I forgot half her stuff and didn’t realize it til I got to my parents since they were going to watch Little Miss while I did what I needed to do.
Let’s throw in a downpour as well. That’s alot of stress before 11 am.

I decided to stop at Target on the way home to get a few groceries, and presents, since I was alone. Plus it was ridiculously cold so I didn’t want to bring Little Miss out if I didn’t really need to. But I had to remind myself to not go crazy in Target because it was just me carrying in everything.  Yes, I’m one of those people that will break her arms off to carry everything into the house in one trip.

I managed to carry a car seat, diaper bag, my purse and 6 Target bags in one trip. Super mom right? Nope, I realized later that night I forgot to get milk and a few other items. Normally,  A would just run back out and grab them. I actually thought about it, but did I really need to pack Little Miss back up and run to the store at 9 o’clock at night?

I stopped being hard on myself because it wasn’t that big of deal.

I had a whole list of things I want to get done while A is gone and I’ve been able to check a few tasks off, but I’m so tired that they may have to wait til A is back and he can entertain Little Miss while I completely redo our kitchen. So instead I’m going to stick to the easier goals, ones that allow me to stop and come back to as she needs me.

I don’t know how the single parents do it. And when I saw single parents, I mean the real single parents who play both mom and dad and actually know what it means to be a parent. That’s not meant to sound rude or mean but I know we all know someone whose a single parent but you would never guess it by their constant checkins on Facebook being at the bar.

I’m thankful I’m not a single mom and this is temporary til A is back Wednesday,  but I definitely appreciate that little things in life that I never really took the time to appreciate fully.

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Day 1 Success.

With day 1 of A being gone coming to end, I’ve decided to take this time to reflect on my day since I’m on a mission to make this week great.

Little Miss and I had a fun adventure out to my work for a few hours and then had a wonderful evening at home watching Halloween movies.

Right now it feels like a normal night with A at work and it won’t really sink in that he’s gone until I wake up for a diaper change and he’s not here. Last time it was incredibly hard and I think that’s why the time seemed to drag by. This time I have enough planned and written on my calendar to keep Little Miss busy and myself busy when she’s napping.

I’ve already gotten into a habit of making weekly goals and when I look at my calendar part of me says ” I really don’t feel like cleaning the living room.” But if I don’t do it when I have it scheduled when will I do it? So that’s my attitude this week, I’m going to do things I want to get done, I’m going to stick to my lists and be proud that I can handle a week without my husband. Plus if I get everything done this week, I have so much less to worry about next week.

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Family Pumpkin Patch Day.

A left for Minnesota today, so yesterday we took Little Miss to the pumpkin patch for a day full of family fun. We went to Sonny Acres Pumpkin Patch, which is the same pumpkin patch my parents took me to when I was younger. The nice thing about this place is that there’s no admission fee, you just pay for your pumpkins and tickets for the kiddie rides.

Little Miss was still a little out of it from having her shots the day before so we didn’t really get any smiles from her. She did however, go on her first pony ride and went down the big slide twice. Once with me and once with A.

We picked out two big pumpkins to carve and two smaller ones to get the seeds from. Afterwards,  we went over to my parents to carve the pumpkins and for Little Miss to watch Halloween cartoons with her papa.

Since this is the 2nd time A has left for work, I have tons planned for us and I can’t wait for all the photos and posts.

Here’s a few photos from our day at the pumpkin patch.

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken.

I love a good slow cooker meal. What’s better than throwing your ingredients into your slow cooker and letting it cook while you continue on with your day?

This Italian chicken is super easy and delicious.  Perfect recipe for a last minute meal idea.

Here’s what you need-
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts. Thinly sliced.
5-6 potatoes cut into wedges.
2 cups of Italian dressing.
Vegetables of your choice.

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Pour just enough Italian dressing into your slow cooker to cover the bottom. You don’t want any of your ingredients to burn while they cook.
Cut your potatoes, I cut them into wedges, and place potatoes,  chicken and vegetables into slow cooker. Pour the remaining dressing over ingredients. 
Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring every 2 hours.
Enjoy!

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Little Miss’ Fall Photos.

Yesterday we took Little Miss to the Picture People for some Fall/Halloween photos. We never had a chance to do newborn photos, minus her hospital ones. And if you know me personally, we’re definitely not lacking on photos of her either. But this was a chance to get some really great quality photos of her!
We decided on 3 outfits, a Halloween outfit, a costume and a Fall weather outfit.

Since this was her first time in front of a camera and she wasn’t at home, I was nervous we wouldn’t get a smile or she would cry. At first she didn’t know what was going on and actually had a face that she was about to cry, but luckily the girl taking her photos was awesome and we were able to get her to smile.

The studio was very kid friendly, lots of backgrounds and props as well. We brought a few props just so she had something familiar with her.

What was great about this place is that there’s no session fee and we just paid for the photos we wanted. I wanted all of them of course so we went with the Fall package and got 5 8×10 photos, a giant framed photo and the disc of high resolution of all the photos. Plus I had a $25 off coupon! We’re already planning on going back next month for family Christmas photos.

Here’s a few of her photos

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Homemade Ham And Potato Soup.

Today was a perfect day for a hot bowl of homemade soup and Harry Potter movies. Plus since it’s Friday my dad was over to help and spend some quality time with Little Miss and I.
I’ve been wanting ham and potato soup for like a year and I’m so glad I was finally able to make it and enjoy it!

Just like the chicken noodle soup from a few weeks ago, this is easy to make.

Here’s what you need ( this is for a giant pot plus leftovers)
2 onions
Carrots
2 Ham steaks
Potatoes ( I used 3 lbs yellow potatoes)
Chicken base paste
Half gallon whole milk
1 cup corn starch
Pepper to taste

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Dice up your onions and carrots and sautee in your pot, add a little bit of oil to keep from sticking.

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While those are sautéing,  dice your ham steaks and add to your onion and carrot mixture.

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Dice your potatoes and place in a bowl on cold water to keep from browning.

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After your onions, carrots and ham sautee for a few minutes add water so it’s just under half the pot. You don’t want to add to much because you still have potatoes and milk to add.

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Let that simmer and add your potatoes and 2 hefty tablespoons of chicken paste and pepper.

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Stir mixture and let simmer til your potatoes are soft. Once soft add your milk.

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Let the pot boil, you’ll start to see foam and oil at the top, scoop that out with a spoon and toss out.

Once you get a boil going mix your cornstarch with cold water in a measuring cup. Make sure you mix it quick or it will harden. Slowly pour your cornstarch mix into your soup as you are mixing your soup. Don’t pour all of it at once, let it thicken as you stir. You may not need all of it depending on how you thick you want your soup. 

Once thickened, let simmer for a few minutes and enjoy!

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