Currently April 2020

This month has been an absolute blur! I’m still working mostly from home aside from going into the office once a week. The only other real news is that we’re in the process of refinancing our mortgage – which I’m not going to lie, was a little more stressful than I was anticipating. We’ve been working extra hard this month out in our yard and doing a LOT of spring cleaning so we could make our house look pretty for the appraiser.

We’ve only had our house for a little over 2 years, but with a baby I didn’t do a great job of keeping up our garden areas. There also was quite a lot of stuff left under our deck from the previous owner that we were able to get rid of. It looks much better now! We still have a few more things to get done, but I’m hoping to get some before and after pics posted.

Anyway, here’s what else we’ve been up to this month.

Currently Watching

Yep, there you have it folks. This is what quarantine has done to me. I’ve watched some Jeopardy too.

Currently Reading

Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel

Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by [Anne Bogel]

I’m only 3 chapters in, but it’s already a good one. Even though this is a self-help type book, I can’t help but be amazed at what a good story teller she is. I have been so tired at night I haven’t been able to bring myself to read, but I’m determined to keep going, no matter how slow.

Currently Making/Baking

These Cheese-steak Sloppy Joe’s by Heather with The Toasty Kitchen

Close up of ground beef, onions, and bell pepper in a sloppy joe sandwich.
PC: The Toasty Kitchen

I found this recipe on Pinterest and tried it last night and it was so so good! I added mushrooms (yuck, but my husband likes them and I’m trying), subbed with pepper-jack cheese, and added chipotle ranch. They tasted A-mazing!

Current Favorite

The feeling of accomplishment.

That might sound cheesy, but getting so much done this month has been so refreshing. I’ve been feeling extra blessed with what we have and extremely thankful.

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I hope you all are hanging in there. Here’s do a wonderful and happy May!

Much love to you all,

Cami

Currently March 2020

Wait, it’s April?! Ha, just kidding…kind of. I actually had tried really hard to get this post up last night but the site has been glitchy for me lately (side note, if the pictures are not centered, I tried my best to fix it). But hey, better late than never!

Anyway, this year is starting to feel like a bad dream. I refuse to let this post be a downer though, so I will do my best to keep it light and talk about the happy things of the last month. :)

First of all, Gryffin turned 3 years old!!! We had planned on having his first big birthday party with friends but we will have to reschedule. We ended up getting him 3 balloons (paw patrol, spider man, and a cupcake) and a mini birthday cake. I’m sad we couldn’t have a real birthday party for him but I’m glad we were able to make it a little special. Thank goodness he’s 3 and didn’t quite know what all he was missing yet.

Second, I got to start working from home this past month! Granted, not exactly under the circumstances I was hoping for. It’s definitely made me realize I’ve taken some things in life for granted. I look forward to the day everything can go back to normal…I realize that could be a while and I’m not quite sure things are going to exactly the same again in some respects.

The month also ended with some crazy weather. lots of rain, hail, snow, heavier snow, sunshine, and an earthquake, all in one day. I was sitting down and suddenly felt dizzy and thought my vertigo was back. I looked up and saw the door was swaying, and the cabinet door, and the blinds. I was so relieved it was only an earthquake haha. But seriously, this month has been nuts.

Aside from the obvious craziness that we’re all dealing with, here’s what we’ve been up to this past month…

Currently Watching

The Office.

Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and B.J. Novak in The Office (2005)

I’m leaving this one up here since I’m still watching an episode here and there.

Also, I’ve started watching the news lately. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but it feels like the right thing to do. It has also led me to watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune…

Currently Reading

The 5th Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by [Hauck, Rachel]

I’m a little over half way through this book. It’s been a fun little read to take my mind of things at the end of the day.

Currently Making/Baking

The Easy Banana Muffins by Amy with Belly Full

My mom sent me the link to her recipe and I’m so glad she did! I usually stick to what I know and like, but by her suggestion I decided to give it a go. So glad I did! Super easy with minimal ingredients and they taste delicious. I will definitely be making these again. :)

Current Favorite

Gryffin!

Yes, he’s always my favorite but he gets a special shout out this month because my baby turned 3! He is seriously the best thing that ever happened to us. He has the best imagination and loves to laugh. Kind, funny and smart – we are seriously blessed. We love you our little Gryffin!

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Anyway, these were the highlights of the last month. These are really challenging times we’re facing and my heart hurts for many of you. I’m thankful we’re not alone in all of this – we’re in it all together.

Much love to you all,

Cami

Currently February 2020

Sooo…I wasn’t expecting to be MIA in January, but this year has been off to a rough, rough start. A new schedule to adjust to, my sister-in-law’s unexpected passing, a funeral, followed by weeks of vertigo. It feels as though January chewed us up and spit us out. I am so very thankful we are in a new month. Things are finally starting to feel a little more stable and getting back to “normal”. Although, I say that, but as I’m about to ready to post this, I’ve been up all night with a sick kiddo with a stomach virus…ha.

I really don’t have much to add between the above paragraph and the below list so I’m going to just jump in here!

Here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

Currently Watching

The Office.

Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and B.J. Novak in The Office (2005)

I watch an episode here and there when I have some downtime and could use the comic relief. I know it’s just a show, but I love Jim and Pam.

As for Gryffin, he now LOVES Toy Story, especially Toy Story 3. I probably have been letting him watch a little more tv than I should the past month, so I plan on cutting him back a bit.

Currently Reading

Finished! – Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty

I had to check it out 3 times, but I am finally finished! I have a hard time putting my feelings into words on this book. At first I just had a hard time relating to the author, our stories and personalities are just different, but the things she had to say were true and in some ways eye opening. She really drove home that our value and what we do when no one is looking matters…and it matters to God and God alone – He is the only one we need to worry about pleasing.

I really admire how she handles her kids situations and challenges that have come along the way. There are certain chapters I would like to re-read just because I think I could get even more out of them, so I might even check it out again to re-read some of it.

I haven’t picked up another book yet. I really would like a good fiction that I can’t put down, but I’ve become so darn picky these days that it’s hard to find one I can get into. I used to love “The Baby-Sitter’s Club” in grade school and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” in high school, but my gosh, as an adult I haven’t found a series I’ve been able to get hooked on. Any recommendations (that are clean)??

Currently Making/Baking

Now that Mikey is going to school full time and working I am doing almost all the cooking, which is totally fine, but it makes me realize how spoiled I was! One of my new favorite recipes has been this Ninja Foodi Pineapple Chicken.

pressure cooker pineapple chicken

It does takes more prep than I would like (mostly because I have to cut the chicken into pieces), but the cook time goes really fast. It tastes really good and it makes a lot, which is perfect because we love leftovers. Plus, Gryffin likes it a lot, so it’s win, win, win. :)

Current Favorite (Formerly “Obsession”)

My Planner!! This is the Legend Planner and I’m in love with it! I usually go with the Happy Planner, but I decided to try something different and I’m so glad I did. It’s small and yet has just enough room for everything I need. It’s great for goal setting, it has a full calendar view and a detailed weekly planner. There is plenty of space to write out my daily to-do lists and includes space to write out weekly goals as well. It’s the planner I never knew I needed in my life.

PC: Amazon
PC: Amazon

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I do have more posts planned, but I just need some time as we continue to adjust and deal with what life is throwing at us. I hope you all are having a wonderful February and happy belated Valentines day!

Much Love,

Cami

Currently – December 2019

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of the month and end of the year no less. I have another post coming as a re-cap of the year, but let’s just say there are a lot of mixed feelings with this year ending.

This past month has been both chaotic and quiet. Work was chaotic…completely chaotic. Home life felt pretty quiet. For once in our life we were actually ahead of the game for Christmas shopping (thank you Amazon!). I was even in the mood to bake a couple batches of cookies, which is pretty rare. We also welcomed a new little baby nephew to our family. I was so excited to finally meet him last week! I’ve had my share of baby snuggles, which makes me one happy auntie. Christmas came and it’s suddenly over, just like that.

Anyway…here’s what we’ve been up to this month.

Currently Watching

I think we’ve watched a bit of everything this month! Amazon Prime had a Hallmark quality Christmas movie, “Snowed-Inn Christmas”, which I was not at all disappointed to watch. Of course there is a big cheese factor to these Santa Christmas movies, but it was kinda cute.

On Disney Plus, Mikey and I are watching “The Mandalorian” and Gryffin watched Mickey Mouse’s “Once Upon a Christmas” and “Twice Upon a Christmas” a couple times.

Currently Reading

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty

I’m still not done with this one. This is a book that I just can’t listen to for hours at a time because I really want what she’s saying to sink in. I’ve had to re-check it out twice and I’m pretty sure I might have to make it 3 times, but I’m getting there.

Currently Making/Baking

Ooooh I have been making and baking up a storm! Well…a storm for me might be more like a sprinkle to others.

For cookies, I made these Andes Mint Cookies by Six Sisters Stuff

PC: Six Sister Stuff

I found this recipe via Pinterest years ago and I’ve made them almost every year since. It’s probably the easiest cookie recipe ever. They are so soft and minty and yuummmy.

I also made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction

PC: Sally’s Baking Addiction

I have talked about these cookies a few times on my blog because they are just so darn good! If you love pumpkin and love chocolate, then goooo make these cookies!

In the none-sweet world, I have also made Pozole. I use a recipe that was handed down from a friend – my favorite kind of recipe! We recently won a Ninja Foodie and it’s quickly becoming my best friend. I used it on this recipe and it turned out so, so good! It’s on my to-do list to take a pic and put the recipe on my blog. It’s rich and spicy in flavor and delicious!

Current Obsession

I actually don’t have anything to share this month here. My focus has been on family and spending time with them…everything else has faded in the background and I’m definitely more than okay with that.

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I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the rest of the month…all 2 days of it! :)

Much Love,

Cami

Currently – November 2019

Compared to last month, this month has been quite eventful. The first weekend of the month I went to a small baby shower for my sister-in-law. The second weekend we watched my nephews overnight at their house – 3 small boys in one house and another cousin that came to visit the next day, so make that 4 small boys. It was super fun, but super exhausting!

Mikey and I were also able to go on another date night (woot woot!). No pictures this time, but we went out to our favorite all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant and chatted the night away.

Then we went to a Friends-giving this past Tuesday, which was really nice and then there was of course acutal Thanksgiving…which turned out to be kind of a bummer. Gryffin came down with a nasty, awful cold, complete with a 103.5 fever…poor guy! We got his fever down, but stayed home all day and missed out spending time with family. My brother was awesome and brought us over some turkey, stuffing, etc. and we traded them with rolls and a bottle of sparkling cider. The fact we still ended with some turkey and pie made it somewhat better. :)

Anyway…here’s what else we’ve been up to this month.

Currently Watching

Helllooooo Disney +

Image result for disney plus

There has been lots of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (thank goodness we have a break from Blippi!), The Little Mermaid, The Aristocats, Cars, and Monster’s Inc.

Also, Doug! Did anyone else grow up watching this?? Gosh, it’s so nice to see parts of my childhood back! It was kind of exciting.

Currently Reading

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist

I finished a book! This, in and of itself, deserves to be documented because it has been that long since I have finished a book cover to cover. Granted, this was an audio book, but it still counts!

I enjoyed it overall. It’s not going on my “favorites” book list, but I don’t regret reading it either. This book was full of little snippets of the ups and downs in her life. Some parts were more relate-able than others, but I absolutely loved the way she wrote. Her descriptions were perfectly detailed, making it an enjoyable journey as she took you along with her as she shared each part of her life story and the lessons she learned.

My only “complaint” is that the stories she shared of her life were not in order. She organized them by subject rather than consecutive events. This kind of drove me nuts and made me wonder if I somehow had the book on “shuffle”. With that being said I wouldn’t let that stop you from reading it.

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to Be Noticed by Sara Hagerty

Ok, this is back on my list. I had to re-check it out as an audio book after I finished Cold Tangerines. This is the kind of book you let certain insights sink in and your marinate on it for a bit. I think it would be better if I read this as a book book, so I could underline and highlight and take my time, but for now I’m making progress with the audio book and it will do.

Currently Making/Baking

Dairy Free Potato Corn Chowder – You can click the link to the recipe and photos here.

This is my most favorite fall and winter soup recipe! I’ve mentioned many times that my little 2 1/2 year old is sensitive to dairy so it was so exciting to find the perfect fall soup that we can all enjoy. *happy sigh*

Current Obsession

Deep cleaning!

While spring seems to be the most popular time to deep clean for most people, there is something about the holidays that makes me feel the need to clean like a crazy, mad woman.

After being cooped up inside for so long I start really noticing the grime that settles in over time – anywhere from the extremely dusty blinds in the bathroom, to the laundry room floor that I keep putting off, to the dishwasher base and filter.

I took advantage of daycare this week (before Gryffin got sick) and took some extra time off so I could spend an entire day scrubbing the bathroom from the ceiling to floor.

I created a detailed bathroom deep cleaning list and plan to share that with you in the months to come. I would share it now but I need to make a few tweaks to it. I also want to work on a few more deep cleaning lists as well, including the kitchen, laundry room, and living room…so just something to look forward to in future. ;)

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I honestly can’t believe December is here tomorrow! I hope you all had a wonderful November and a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!!

Much Love,

Cami