Monday, July 28, 2014

monday inspiration for moms

We had an amazing weekend and I am a little sad to see it close but excited for the week ahead! We have so many things happening in the future and it has made me stop and think about this quote for the week:

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in seeing the future goal ahead of me, I forget to slow down. Enjoy the lazy mornings laying in bed, enjoy the constant flow of questions Ben is asking at the moment, enjoy Ian learning to count and ask questions himself. At times I can get into the "go, go, go!" thought process and I will forget to STOP. 

Look, listen and enjoy the little moments. The little gestures and smiles from Josh. The little hands and eyes watching me work and wanting to help. I forget to sometimes let them try and not rush through a certain process whether it be cleaning the table and they want to help or making dinner. 

What little moments or things do you think you are forgetting to see that you can begin to notice more? 

I am going to work on noticing those little things this week and realize they can become big things later! Even when you don't realize it. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kid Friendly Lasagna {two secret ingredients}

I have consistently been meal planning for about 4 years now. I have slowly built up a few recipes that I do from memory and it feels good to know just a few. I wasn't the cook growing up in my home, I left that to my older and younger brother surprisingly. Since getting married and especially within the last year I have put a focus on trying new meals, new recipes and getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to preparing food.

I am happy to bring you one of our family favorites! Let me know if you try it and I will take it as a compliment if your little one's plate is licked clean (I kid, maybe) ;).

Kid Friendly Lasagna


mozzarella cheese
oven ready lasagna
ground beef (or ground turkey)
jar of pasta sauce
24 oz. ricotta cheese
1 egg
greek seasoning (secret ingredient!)
sugar (secret ingredient!)

1. Ground the beef and drain.

2. While it's cooking, in a bowl grate the cheese. (I usually do about half the bar).

3. In a separate bowl put ricotta, some mozzarella from the grated bowl and 1 egg.

4. Place beef, pasta sauce, couple shakes of seasoning and two "splashes" of sugar from a serving spoon.

5. Begin layering in a 9x13 with beef mixture, lasagna, ricotta and so on. I usually get about 2.5 layers or so.

6. Wrap with foil and bake for 25 minutes on 375 degrees.

Serve with some veggies or a salad and watch it disappear!

What is your family favorite meal in your home?

Monday, July 21, 2014

monday inspiration for moms

Happy Monday friends! One of the reasons I decided to start this series is because Mondays are dreaded by many people and I honestly think they get a bad rap. Now don't turn away yet because I too used to slam Mondays. But now? I see them as a fresh start. A fresh slate wiped clean, open for possibilities and a good day to BEGIN pursuing your goals and not just keep saying "someday".

This week I chose this quote

So what exactly does this look or sound like?

It looks + sounds like:

saying I love you to your husband more
sneaking little notes in his bag before he leaves or sending him emails with words of encouragement 
giving him a few back rubs this week if physical touch is his love language
having a plan for the week as a mom + wife
carving time for yourself to pursue what make you happy

It means asking Him for help so you don't raise your voice or get discontent. It means having a simple goal for each day and accomplishing it not perfecting it. "I will make sure to do one load of laundry all the way from washing to putting away today....". It means pushing yourself when exercising or to not have that extra cookie.

These are a few ways you can love, speak and live with intention. Focus on intentionally doing something this week, so tell me..

What does it mean for you?