Today is a good day. Sometimes you have to stop and appreciate the good days. The funny thing is, everything said and done, it should have been a rotten day. My car wouldn’t start this morning, the battery is flatlined. This lead to an over dramatic tantrum by the 4 year old about missing school. This tantrum followed by complete dispair realizing that we would miss Mr. M2C and his softball team lose….I mean play their game tonight.
The day was calm after that. It had a flow that most days don’t. Outside, sitting on the swing, I watched the clouds pass and thought how cartoon like they looked. Like printed wallpaper…just perfect. I am also in amazement of the things I have today. I mean, I stared looking at it, but had to giggle a little when I said to myself “I have a lake in my backyard”. Sure it’s man made and there are no speed boats on it but it’s…right there!
I have so much and I only just got started! Sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate the good days.
Christmas has passed and most guys think they are out of the gift giving woods except now it’s time for Valentine’s Day. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that Mr. M2C and I give each other a pass on Valentines Day. You can read about our prior mishaps…actually they are more like Valentines EPIC FAILS.
Most guys aren’t so lucky so I want give a few pre-Valentines Day tips.
- When you are picking out gifts for her, stay away from anything that imply’s weight loss. Even if she asks for it! Don’t do it! Let her buy her own yoga mat or pedometer. It’s not romantic and as much as her mouth says practical, her heart wants romantic.
- Stay away from actually buying clothing of any kind for her. You’ll get it wrong…I would like to be nice about this but there is no way to sugar coat it…you will fail.
- Flowers! Never underestimate the power of flowers. They are the perfect set up to any Valentines gift, birthday gift and work great for anniversary gifts too. Have them delivered and know her favorite! It’s hard to top the feeling of opening the door and having flowers waiting for you.
- Don’t give cash…tacky and you might be sending the wrong message.
- Going out for dinner? Make a reservation! We like to feel like you’ve taken care of things and we don’t like waiting 3 hours for a table or eating at 11:30pm.
Ladies, pass this on to your significant other. They might need the help. I would like you to know that all of these tips are Mr. M2C approved. He agrees that making any of these mistakes would result in a cold and lonely evening!
What are some of your Valentine’s Day flubs? Received a bad gift? Had a bad date? Got some nasty chocolate? Tell me about it!!
Last year we did some kitchen remodeling. By remodeling, I mean we painted, bought an island for my baking and put up new curtains. Not a complete overhaul but it looks a million times better. Now that the holiday’s are over, I am getting the itch to paint again and since I used some excess primer from our bedroom project on one wall in the master bath, I think that room is next.
The bathroom is proving to be difficult for me! I want it to be soft, relaxing and feminine. However, out of respect for Mr. M2C, I’m not sure I want to go “PINK”. The tile and giant tub are white. Those two things we won’t be changing this go around so I want something to bring the brightness down a smidgen.
I found an amazing gray for the walls, in which case I could make the bathroom accents pink…right? My other thought was lavender on the walls and gray on the rugs. These would all bring the white down a bit still keeping the light mood.
My other option is to make it masculine. Let’s face it, Mr. M2C spends the most time in there. Honestly, navy and white are a great combination. But who am I kidding…I want a fluffy, pretty bathroom! I need ideas and I know something will stick out eventually…right?
Where do you look for inspiration? Tell me about your bathroom…What color? What theme? I need help!
I have been visiting with a nutritionist recently in an attempt to be healthier. I want to make sure I am getting all of my vitamins and portioning my food correctly. It’s hard to “eyeball it” when my hungry stomach is telling me to put down the broccoli and add more rice! Portion control is a huge part of eating healthy and it’s a part a lot of people struggle with.
As a mom I am too busy worrying about my kids eating healthy to have the time or energy to worry about myself. I also don’t want meals times to feel like science class. I don’t like the idea of measuring out my food with measuring cups.
When I got my Yum Yum Dish, I was happy that it was an actual plate! So often portion control plates are plastic and have raised dividers. That reminds me of something my toddlers ate out of. Yum Yum Dishes are real ceramic plates in bright beautiful colors. The portioned out spaces are discreetly painted onto the plate. When my plate is full, it looks just like everyone else’s plate…except mine is perfectly portioned out!
“Did you know that a typical restaurant dinner plate is 11 to 13 inches? Dinner plates in your own home probably measure about the same, making it a lot easier to over-serve and over-eat your meals.
In keeping with the “all indulgences in moderation” theme established by Tracy Adler, Yum Yum Dishes™ and Tracy have created the 9Plate. This is a 9 inch dinner plate will help you eat correctly sized portions for all meals.
The 9Plate is the perfect size plate for anyone who wants to eat correctly sized portions. The plates are also sectioned and labeled for Protein, Carbs and Veggies to help you eat the correct portions.”
I adore these plates and have become addicted to mine! I use it at almost every meal and they are a breeze to wash up. If healthy eating and portion control are on your New Year’s resolution list then you HAVE to try Yum Yum Dishes! The plates make meals easy and the bowls make for guilt free snacking.
I want to help you take that next step in reaching your goals so I am giving away one set of 9 plates! Woo Hoo! I am excited about this one because I absolutely LOVE these and I know you will too!
I love muffins in the morning. They are so easy to make and they always fill me up until lunch time. This is one of my favorite muffins because the flavors are so inviting. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Orange Cranberry Muffins
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup prepared cranberry sauce, cooled (Recipe below)
Add sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and orange juice to mixer and mix well. In another bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well. Gently mix in the cranberry sauce. Fill muffin liners 3/4 full and bake for 18 minute at 375 degrees. Muffins will be a golden brown. This recipes makes about 24 muffins.
- 12 oz Cranberries
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Orange Juice
- 2 TBSP Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and orange juice. Bring to a light boil, stirring occasionally. Add cranberries, brown sugar and vanilla. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to stir occasionally until sauce is thickened. About 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. You can make this a day in advance and refrigerate.
Thanks to Roman May
I was so happy when I found out we would be able to get WildBlue Internet in our home. I have been wanting internet access for a long time. I am a teacher and you would be amazed at the number of emails I get from parent during the day. Some have a question about homework, some have a concern about bullying, some have a question about why their kid had to stand out of recess yesterday. How am I supposed to answer all these emails during the day when I am supposed to be teaching their kids? So my only other option has been to stay after school and answer all these emails. Let me tell you, that is the last thing I want to do when the final bell rings. Now I am able to go home and get in my pajamas for the night, eat dinner with my family, and then tackle these parent concerns in emails. My responses have been so much nicer and thoughtful since I am not in a huge hurry to get out of there and get home!