As my husband starts his workout routine I suddenly get the urge to join him. I pick up my trusty search device. In this case it is my phone - The Galaxy Note 3 - (yes I am a dinosaur and I EMBRACE MY DINOSAURNESS...). I then go to my favorite app - PINTEREST - for some inspiration. Gosh - I love this app. I flick through some not so pleasant links to some not so pleasant exercises that someone in there late 30's that is very much out of shape - who shall remain nameless...uuhmmmmm...SHOULD NOT BE DOING. I then come to a what seems to be something that I think I might be able to do. It involves ONLY (and I say ONLY with conviction like I am going to get through all of it) 7 days and it starts off with just 10 of each exercise. The author of this blog did such a great job in describing how to perform each exercise and it really seemed like a no excuse challenge - SOOOOOO - I'm going to attempt to complete it.
I have finished and I seriously feel the tightness in my abs - 10 of each exercise was fairly simple - I did the beginner version of each exercise found on videos in YOUTUBE. (side plank, side jackknives, russian twists, reverse crunches and bicycle crunches.)
HERE'S TO FOLLOW THROUGH!!!
(I certainly hope...)
So last night was a challenge. Littlest man woke up with leg pains. We were up till about 4 am cause once we wrappped his leg with a bandage wrap we tried falling asleep - yes, I stayed in there with him - he needes his mommy - (every second counts on weeks you work 4 12 hour days in a row). For about 15 minutes of tossing and turning he says, "Mommy, I can't get this image out of my mind"...
You see, daddy and littlest man were reading an insect book during story time. In the book there are pages of stickers. Most of the stickers are spooky looking spiders. Wouldn't you be stuck with the image too.
His imagination is so great the spiders started to move...eeww... "Buddy, let's watch some Garfield"... Till - 4 - A - M.
I had every intention of going to the gym this morning begore work...Yeah,...Well,...That Didn't Happen.
Instead I imagined how I would feel and look if I were committed. Now Im irriated and annoyed....Its 11 am, I have to be to work at 12 and I am so exhausted. I should have gone...Maybe I would feel better.
After a 10 hour day I am grateful to be home and with my family - even though the little ones are tucked in and sleeping sound. No spider stickers tonight.
They always look so peaceful at night - They make me very happy. Hubby had a wonderful salad and garlic bread waiting for me - yum!!! What a nice end to such a not so nice start.
Ok World, I set this website up a long time ago and said I was committed to creating a fun and exciting blog. Well...I think I have a problem with follow through.
You see - I don't always finish what I set out to start. I can even leave my laundry in the dryer for days... - Out of sight Out of Mind - ...
Things are going to change - I am going to try to post something every day for the next,... well let's not commit to something just yet and see where this journey takes us. I think that might be the root of all of my short comings anyway -
The post's will just be random things - when I have the time and/or urge to just spew, I will. We will call it the day and life of a CRAZY mom in retail experiencing...well...life. Let's get into this crazy head and see where it goes.
HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.......................................
Now, there are members of my household, who shall remaine nameless, but you know who you are, ahmmm(as I clear my throat)...(sorry for the rant...), who think I have zero skill for cooking...ahmmmm...
I'd like to think otherwise but it is hard to believe that I am good when I am the only one who will eat my food. (as i sigh solemly alone in the corner...)...LOL.
I have, however, taken a recipe from my mother-in-law, who is by far a much better cook than anyone I have ever met in person that seems to be a hit with the fam. (I have made some very small changes due to fact that I can't eat onions). I am proud to say this is a favorite for all.
You see, I don't think it is a big secret that after roasting a chicken you get the best soup from stewing the carcass in broth. I do however think that the way you roast the chicken and what you add to the soup makes a big difference.
Above you see my little secrets - Now let me show you how they are used.
Let the games begin!
What you need to roast your chicken:
HERE IS ANOTHER SECRET - TREAT YOUR CHICKEN WITH LOVE AND CARE - I know - sounds crazy - but to ensure that the flavors develop throughout the chicken make sure you wrap the legs up tight and secure with cooking twin, securing the wings down with toothpicks and you are basting every half hour - inside the cavity, over the entire skin and try to get it under the skin too (without ripping the skin) - it works every time!!! OH SO GOOD!!!!
OK - now it's time for the soup prep - You can choose to use the whole chicken if you wish - but we try to get multiple types of meals out of 1 chicken - Finger Lickin --- oops - creeping close to copy right infringement...yikes...
It is now time to add in all of the yum yum from the roasting pan. Be sure to take out all of the rinds from the citrus fruits. Pour it aaalll in there and allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes. Place the chicken carcass into the pot and cover with the remaining chicken stock. If the chicken is not covered use water to cover the rest.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low and allow to simmer for at least an hour.
Take it off of the heat and allow to cool. Depending on time you may need to allow to cool over night. Just ensure there is a lid on the pot.
When cool - take the carcass out and fish out all of the bones - now de-meat the carcass and add all of the meat into the soup - just get in there with your clean hands and get-er-done. Get as much meat as you can. The more the better!
Heat up as much as you want and cook your noodle of choice separate. Place together in a bowl and let the yum yum's begin!!!
SO - whad-ya-think??? - What do you add to your chicken soup??? - Did you find this helpful or hurtful???
Comment below and let me know - (poet and didn't even know it)
But I work all the time and I'm SOOOOOOO TIRRRRRRRRED - Tips on how to keep your house clean, neat and organized in no time at all.
Now I wouldn't say that I have the cleanest house in the world. I am proud to say, however that I really feel that we have it under control. You see I get crazy anxiety when anything becomes to cluttered, I work on average 45-50 hours a week, I have 2 wonderful children that are boys , which can cause a lot of chaos in itself and I have recently started a gym membership to get my self back in shape. "How do you do it?", you ask... Here are a few tips I would like to share with you to help get organized for the new year and beyond.
I do have to admit that I have an amazing husband who is wonderful at keeping the house tidy. It is rare when I come home from work that there is clutter. There is a place for everything. One way we ensure this is BASKETS and BOXES. We have boxes for remotes, baskets for toys and clothes and we have even utilized bags as drawer separators. See pics below. Using decorative ways to store toys and things is fun and clever way to hide the essentials and the not so essentials of life.
Under every sink and in every linen closet we have a list of supplies.
Having these simple supplies in your house in multiple places allows you to have a "grab and go" mentality to cleaning.
Make your bed as soon as you get up. It is amazing what a difference this will make.
Keep dishes out of the sink and put clean dishes away. My 10 year old is responsible for this so I can't take credit - but this gives him a sense of empowerment and he is excited to earn google bucks - It's a WIN WIN for us all ;-)
Throughout the week, having the supplies in every closet and under every sink I am able to wipe down sinks, tables and anything else dirty fingerprints have a tendency to miraculously appear, dust base boards and shelves, clean mirrors and windows, etc... in between getting my little one ready for his bath/shower and in between any lull. Basically, if you see a mess, a spot, a stain, a smudge, anything at all that needs to be wiped, put away, tucked away, etc...don't wait. In the famous words of NIKE - JUST DO IT!!! Find clever ways of hiding toys, and essentials that are used on an everyday basis. Trust when I say the chaos of life doesn't seem to be so chaotic when everything has a home.
But... I don't get a deep clean. So I take one day a week to deep clean. Bathrooms, kitchen, floors, vacuum, etc...This is when my vinegar and oils come into play. Oh the magic of nature!!! See an earlier post on how I like to clean my floors. What is great about the methods above is that the deep clean takes no more than an hour. It's AWESOME!
Hope this helps you get clean, neat and organized for the new year and beyond.
How do you do it - Comment below and share yours tips.
Is it a cool 70 with no humidity and sun blazin???
Is there a blanket of humidity in the air???
Is it a gloom and doom 70???
The trick is to layer...
With any of these options you want to be able to take off if over-heated or to add on if chilled.
Comment below and let me know. (poet and don't know it.)
So I hate cleaning as much as the next person. BUT...I have been somewhat obsessed with it. Darn you Pinterest. On average I work anywhere from 50-60 hours a week so time is seriously of the essence. If you read my about page you will see it is a house of testosterone. (with the exception of our beautiful baby girl Riley. (see pic below)
For as long as I can remember I have been looking for the "best" products on cleaning. See cause I LOVE TO CLEAN, (said in an extremely sarcastic tone.) I am, however, what some people call a sucker for shiny things. If there is a good marketing campaign behind something that usually means that they have a bucket load of funds to pour into their campaigns, so everyone is buying them right? So they must be good, right?
Well, from personal experience, if there is a large budget for marketing, it usually means that they have to keep promoting their product because they are somewhat of a scam. They work so well at first, but then, they just stop working. That is why they continue to promote their brands so you will develop an emotional connection to the brand. You will think of them first when you buy something. You know it doesn't work, but the bottle is so pretty...(getting lost in pixie dust) Have you ever been the victim of such marketing ploys. Lord know I have. Don't fall for it. trust me - they are not worth the money.
Recent events have caused me to be very cautious on the items that I purchase. Not only is it financial issues, but health plays a big role. Certain fumes can cause damage to the body. I have even noticed that after switching to natural products in the house that behavior and mood have been positively effected. The products you use in your house can make a difference in a good day or a bad day. I would love to say we are all natural, but I can't. There are still some items I love to use and just can't think of giving them up (love me some disinfecting wipes) because of the convenience or I just haven't found an natural remedy yet. But in time I hope to change that.
Pinterest has many posts on natural cleaning with baking soda, and let me tell you, WOW. Baking Soda is an amazing natural product. You can do so many things. Health, cook, and clean. Today we are focusing on grout.
Now I love the smell of bleach, but it is a strong chemical with strong effects. If I am home without the kids I tend to use this to clean. It still leaves a smell in the air. A little while back I used 3/4 cups baking soda and 1/4 cup bleach to clean the tile and grout in the shower. Holy crap it was amazing. You do have to keep the room well ventilated, with a window and door open and if you have sensitive skin you should use rubber gloves. (use a mask if you do not have the option to open a window). Wish I had a before and after.
After researching a bit I have read that vinegar is a powerful and natural cleaning agent. I was extremely skeptical so I decided to put it to the test. I mean, won't the smell linger forever? Won't it attract bugs? Won't it leave a film? And the skepticism just goes on.
I have been meaning to clean my boy's bathroom floor for some time now. This is the bathroom that gets the most traffic and the other day I noticed how dark the grout was beginning to look. We had this grout put in so I know it wasn't brown originally, yuck!
I know how great bleach can work, but I wanted to put the vinegar to the test. I need a healthy alternative to clean with. Let's see if this will work.
This is what you need.
Now, to put them to the test. Remember when I said I want a quick way to do things cause I am not a fan of cleaning nor am I a fan of waiting. Not fun! Mixing the bleach and baking soda paste was quick and super easy. Just make sure you aren't wearing cloths that you want to keep nice cause bleach will mysteriously creep onto what ever it is you are wearing.
What I did with the bleach and baking soda:
The vinegar mixture is also super quick and easy. What I like about this mixture is that you do not need a lot and you can keep it stored in the glass bottle FOREVER! Not that you would need to cause you can use this mixture in thousands, YES THOUSANDS of places throughout the house.
This is what I did for the vinegar, lemon oil and baking soda:
Now here are pics of the two methods next to each other:
Now, to me the results looks the same. Both have benefits like killing germs, etc. I guess it is personal preference on which method you want to work with. As far as cost, they equate to be the same as well. Considering the amount of each ingredient you use versus the cost and life span of said ingredients you may actually come out on top using the vinegar method.
It is entirely up to you.
For me - it's the Vinegar Method all the way. The vinegar smell does not linger, and there are so many advantages and health benefits to using the vinegar/lemon mixture as well. Google it. You will be impressed. And no, it does not attract bugs. As a matter of fact, vinegar and lemon are used as a bug repellent. Who Knew...
Which method will you use? Comment below and let me know. (poet and don't know it)
Let's see where this road will take us. Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a full time working mother of 3 boys. Well,..., 2 boys and my husband...(LOL). It has been quite a journey to get to this point. As Rascal Flats says, "Bless the Broken Road." I wouldn't change it for the world. Coming into 2016 I feel that we as a family have learned so much. I have so much to share and the purpose of this blog is to help share these wonderful experiences. Everything from home, to cooking/baking, to fashion and fun. School age help and community experience's and even best practices in cleaning. I will try to crack codes of sorts and prove myths. It will be the day and life of a working mom just trying to get it right by her family. What ever is on the mind will be shared with you. Hope you enjoy the ride.
I am in no way a super mom. Just your average working mom of 3 boy's, ...well..., 2 boys and a wonderful husband. (LOL). Always looking for the easy way out when it comes to everyday life challenges. Budget friendly tips/hacks on cleaning, cooking, interior and exterior DIY's, fashion and anything else life wants to throw in our direction. Hoping to one day become SUPER MOM,