Saturday, August 20, 2016

Snickerdoodle Create-Bake-Make Link Party

Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party Graphic Welcome to our relaunch of Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make Link Party! We are excited to bring some changes to the party, along with two new co-hosts! We're happy to have you join us and we can't wait to see what you'll be sharing today. Have a look at our Featured Posts, get inspired and join the party!  This is my second week hosting Snickerdoodle Link Party and am thrilled to do so!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Craftsy Sale!

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Life as a New Mom

As most of you know, I had my first baby May 16th - Parker Scott.  He is such a sweet little boy - though I don't have other children to compare him to, a lot of people say that he is a very good baby.  I love watching him learn every day and I could not imagine my life without him now - it's like he's always been a part of it.  As a new mom, and one who has definitely struggled, I thought I would share some of my experiences so far and my thoughts on it.

Parker Scott - 7 lbs. 15 oz. (He's about 14 now!)

Being a mom is wonderful and so much fun!  Watching Parker grow these last 3 months has been amazing.  However, just as anyone has rough days, there are definitely days as a mom I have felt I haven't been doing anything right.  Days I just can't seem to figure out what he needs or can't seem to get myself in check.  After 3 months, I feel like I finally am getting the hang of it - but he's going to keep growing and things will keep changing.  That's one thing to remember for new mom's.  Your baby will constantly be changing and growing and you have to keep up and keep learning the best you can.

Parker's first smile!

Take care of yourself! Best advice I can give and I'm sure anyone will give. Nap when you need to, get outside for air, let the baby stay with someone for an hour while you do something you enjoy (working out, crafting, sleeping, or even just a nice long bath), eat your meals, etc.  Do the things you did before the baby to take care of yourself.  I'm one of those people that thinks I have to have it together all the time - that I need to take care of everything that needs done right this instant.  I struggled to let this go at first as you just don't get things done like that with a baby.  You have to work around their time.  I refused to take naps and would get upset with myself if I couldn't get things done that needed done.  I was mentally and physically exhausted from lack of sleep and thinking nothing I did was enough.  Parker gets up pretty early most days, usually about 6 in the morning.  But he generally is ready for a nap at about 8, in which case I am, too.  I can get a nice one hour nap and it's enough to refresh me before I start tackling the days tasks.  My days have become much easier with that instead of thinking I need to get it all done NOW.

I guess we were having too much fun. :)

Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice.  You weren't meant to do this 100% alone.  Your significant other, your parents, grandparents, friends, co-workers, pediatrician, whoever - ask for help!  This has been done billions of times, no reason someone shouldn't be able to help you.  I haven't seen my mom since Parker was 5 weeks old and he's almost 14 weeks now.  And my husband has been commercial fishing this summer which means he has been on a boat most the time. So you bet I've been calling my mom several times a week.  Whether I'm doing fine or I'm crying with my baby, she's one person I can count on to help me out and keep me sane.  So seriously, find someone that can be there, even if it's just to listen.

His first time eating rice cereal when he hit 3 months. He wasn't too happy if I stopped feeding him.

Lastly (at least for this mom post), ENJOY IT!  You have this new, amazing little blessing in your life.  Have fun with them.  Build a relationship with them.  I've watched my nieces, nephews, and my little sister growing up and it's insane how fast it has gone for them and how much they have learned and achieved already.  They are all so unique and it's so wonderful.  I can't wait (well, I can, don't want him to grow too fast) to see Parker throughout the years and the kind of person he becomes.  I also can't wait for more kids to see all their different personalities and how they relate to one another.
He's grown so much in such a short time.

I know there are already so many blog posts about this stuff out there but I hope this helps someone.  If not, I hope you at least enjoyed reading it and seeing the baby pictures.  I'll do more posts as time goes on and as he grows.  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Funtastic Friday 88

Funtastic-Friday-Ad Welcome to Funtastic Friday #88!  School hasn't started here yet and my youngest chick is in high school but we will still have some getting used to the routine when it starts on the 29th!  Has school started where you live?  I will be returning to school myself this fall to earn my Master's degree in Science (Nursing Education).  Thankfully, it is all online--woo hoo!Meet-the-funtastic-friday-hosts
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  1. Sherry's pick: Homemade Peanut Butter Brownies @ Country Mouse City Spouse
  2. Lindsay's pick: Ikea Lamp Hack -Pimp your Rismon Lampshade with Maps @ Pillar Box Blue
  3. Donna's pick: Tostadas (Vegetarian or Not) @ Art from my Table
  4. Mistie's pick: How To Make Pretty Paper Flower Envelopes @ heart handmade uk
  5. Laci's pick: Summer Desktop Organization Wallpapers @ Refined Rooms
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Main Dish Recipes

From time to time, we like to share a collection of our recipes.  Recently we shared a few of our Dessert Recipes and hope you check those out!  Who doesn't like dessert?  Unfortunately, former fitness instructor me does...

So today we thought we would share a few of our Main Dish Recipes.  Who doesn't like main dishes?  Ok, enough of that, Donna.

For starters (and it is always a good time for stuffing/dressing--check out this Butterball Turkey page to see what this dish is called regionally.  Being from Florida, we always called it dressing and it DID NOT go in the turkey to cook lol.  Yet, I was surprised to find that here in Nevada, dressing is the preferred term.  I must be a true trendsetter.  The recipe I use is from my husband's great-grandfather, who at one time owned a small diner in Payson, Utah.  I must be truthful and say that I do place this tasty dish in the turkey BUT if not enough room, the extra goes into a casserole dish, true to my Southern roots.

Now, some will say that stuffing/dressing is a side dish but I just love this recipe so much I had to share it.  The next few recipes are true main dishes, tho.

It's summer, it's hot (100 degrees yesterday) and you want something the kids will eat, have a few nutritious ingredients, and minimal heating of the kitchen.  Here it is!

Frito Chili Salad has salad, chili for protein (feel free to use vegetarian or turkey) and CORN CHIPS!  That should get the kids' attention!

Ok, if you do feel like firing up the stove, here are two more tasty, nutritious, and spicy recipes:

Taco Soup is one of my family's favorites.  When my sons were in junior high and high school and brought their friends over, I would double or triple this recipe so I could feed a hungry group of boys.  Second and third helpings were always in order.

The avocado slices (or guacamole) add a nice taste--you can also add as much taco seasonings or other spices as you like if you prefer SPICY tastes.

Last but not least, Mexican Lasagna Casserole 
has a Latin twist on an old clinic that is quite tasty and a big hit.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday 8/17/16

Wow, it's that time already!  It's a good thing though--we love to party at Wonderful Wednesday and see what amazing creations you have to share!  Thank you for visiting twochicksandamom!

“Welcome to Oh My Heartsie Girls “Wonderful” Wednesday’s

Linky Party the 33rd Week in 2016

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Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving-Flamingo Toes Feature Pick By Evija // Evija With Love-DIY Marble Art Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving-Flamingo Toes ( Re-Pin It ) This vintage ladder is made with shelving, Satin Mod Podge and Floral Napkins making this a little rustic for Bev's new home.
How To Pick The Right Birthday Party Venue For Your Child?-Reta Meanovic Feature Pick By Ashleigh // Wright Simply-Beach Themed Guest Suite How To Pick The Right Birthday Party Venue For Your Child?-Reta Medanovic ( Re-Pin It ) This looks like a fabulous for a girls Birthday Party. This photo does not do it justice. Nutter Butter Cookie Cheesecake Sandwich-Marilyns TreatsFeature Pick By Joanne // Our Unschooling Journey Through Life-Drip Painted Pots Nutter Butter Cookie Cheesecake Sandwich-Marilyns Treats ( Re-Pin It ) Peanut Butter Oreo's and Sandwich cookies make up the crust, Cream cheese, sour cream and peanut butter make up the filling. Sweet Pineapple Zipper Pouch-Flamingo ToesFeature Pick By Donna // Two Chicks and a Mom-Fall Front Door Sweet Pineapple Zipper Pouch-Flamingo Toes ( Re-Pin It ) What a cute little zipper pouch, the Pineapple craft is darling!
Galvanized buckets, florist vases and a feed container here to name a few. Some are old some are new to make up this lovely vignette!!
The Breakfast Elvis – Peanut Butter, Bacon & Caramelized Banana Spiced French Toast-Pink Heels Pink TruckFeature Pick By Indah // My Purple World-Sop Buntut - Indonesian Oxtail Soup The Breakfast Elvis Peanut Butter, Bacon & Caramelized Banana Spiced French Toast-Pink Heels Pink Truck ( Re-Pin It ) OK I think we all love Elvis and he has my vote for the PB Bacon Banana French Toast!!! Mediterranean Grilled Chicken-Mom of SixFeature Pick By Indah // My Purple World Mediterranean Grilled Chicken-Mom of Six ( Re-Pin It ) Balsamic vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and parsley make up this Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Recipe
Bottle Wrapping-Wessen ArtFeature Pick by Karren // Oh My Heartsie Girl-Give Yourself a Home Pedicures Bottle Wrapping-Wessen Art ( Re-Pin It ) What a cute way to give a bottle as a gift with this unique wrapping.
 Salted Caramel Apple & Almond Galette-Delightfule MadeFeature Pick by Karren // Oh My Heartsie Girl-Pumpkin Hand Pies Recipe Salted Caramel Apple & Almond Galette-Delightfule Made ( Re-Pin It ) What a wonderful treat for fall, so easy to made with Store bought pie crust, fresh apples, store bought Salted Caramel sauce and topped with ice cream, it shouts fall!!
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Hello, all and welcome to Two Uses Tuesday.  Thru August 19th, you can link up in our three-week long party.  It's host Sarah's birthday month so if you have any birthday party posts, make sure to share!

Today I wanted to share a post I found awesome for the upcoming Fall season.:

Country Chic Cottage has the tutorial on this cute fella!

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