Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

I had SO many zucchinis left over from the week that I never ended up using with our dinners (mom fail. I just wasn’t in a zucchini mood!🙆🏼). So when I saw that one was starting to look sad and growing a little fuz😬 (eeek🙅🏼) I figured I’d better use up the other 4 before they start too (I hate wasting food and rarely do, just sometimes shit happens, ya know?!🙋🏼).

When I’m on the hunt for a recipe, I resort to All Recipes, because I feel like it’s just easier and faster to find a specific recipe on this site. Pinterest is absolutely amazing too, but I get way too side tracked with some things that are totally left field 🙈(clothing, nails, furniture, crafts, I mean… I was just looking for a tuna casserole recipe 🙆🏼but shit is too catchy these days! I’m so guilty 🙈 Pinterest is an addiction 🙈🙊). So on that note…

I found a freaking delicious recipe. Quickly,😂on All Recipes .

The only things I changed were:

  • Used vinegar, instead of lemon juice (just 1/2 a tablespoon)
  • Unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, instead of normal milk
  • Canola oil, instead of vegetable (all I had on hand🙆🏼)
  • Added nutmeg (because we looove nutmeg in this household!)

So! Pop on over to All Recipes right here! And make these! I promise🙋🏼 to never ever post a recipe unless it’s family approved💪🏼 lol so trust me, when I say, these are legit yumminess👅. And  vegetables are snuck in🙌🏼 (these girls only like broccoli😏, so when I can get another vegetable a chance😂, I feel vindicated!)! It felt so good watching those cuties demolish them!😊

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Life Update

Life Update

Can you believe it’s APRIL?!?!?!🙀Was it not just New Year’s?! This year is already a quarter of the way through and it’s blowing my mind…

Marley girl is almost 2! 😭TWO!! 3 more months and it’ll be July (shut the front door! 😬)! She’s a walking, talking (in her own crazy language, of course, with a couple actual words thrown in🙈), wild and crazy (very crazy), bright little bundle of energy and I just love her to pieces! Parker just had her 5th birthday and I’m slightly freaking out that she’s starting kindergarten this 😳year!  Life is happening. These girls are getting big. And I’m so proud of them😚! …minus Marley’s hefty meltdowns and tantrums lately😒.. Those can go eff off✌🏼

Okay, next..

The husband. He’s gotten into gardening. It started with succulents. Those succers are so rad (see what I did there🙊lol). But seriously, the whole family is into it now. And I love that we have something we’re all really fascinated by😍. Watching those little cuttings grow little babies. We look so forward to looking at the plants every day☺️lol. And then we decided we could try and do some herbs (chives, cilantro, oregano, basil) and then some veggies (mini red peppers, sweet cherry tomatoes, and corn. Yes. Corn. P’s obsessed and she’s just too stinkin cute that we decided to grow corn for her). It’s so fun! We have quite the succulent propagation going, we’ll have to see what we’re going to do with all of them! Maybe I could do a giveaway? Any succulent lovers out there?!

As for me, I’ve caught a thrift store bug. Nate and I went to a few around our town looking for things to plant our cute succulents in, and though they can be a bit of a mess to search through (some things are like😒👎🏼 ‘ew how long has this thing been collecting dust’ and others are like 😍🙌🏼‘you spark joy in me’ and my heart flutters because everything’s like 2.99 or .65 orrr 1.99😮 (and I dunno about you, but this mama likes a good deal!) we found so much stuffffff! Mind blown! So many actual pots for plants with drainage, really nice baskets, wood boxes😍😍😍.. Just a lot of really cool, random stuff that we could put our succulents in. So, of course, I’ve gone back a few times, and realized that with a good eye, and patience, there’s a good amount of some really nice clothing hidden in the rows and rows!🙌🏼 I came home and I was like “Babe… I don’t think I’ll ever be able to buy another piece of clothing for less than 2.99”😂lol he was pretty stoked about it to say the least.

So life is pretty cool💪🏼. Everyone is finally getting better after being sick all last week (ugh, it basically feels like we’ve been sick off and on since November!😣). Easter break is next weeeeeeek🐰🐣 and during that week, the hubs and I are going to the Taking Back Sunday show on the 17th💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼😁😁😁 (eeeeek!)! And then it’ll be Easter.

I mean… anyone else mind boggled?! Easter already?! What’s next? I gotta google this.. oh duh🙈, Mother’s Day! lol well that’s exciting😊!

Anyone else feel like this year is going by way faster than last?!

One Whole Year

One Whole Year

(This is a way late post that I wrote a few months ago, but haven’t gotten around to posting, but would be sad if I never got this one out so here it is 🙂 almost 3 months late! )

I’m still in awe that my little baby is a year old.  It was the slowest and fastest year of my life.  There were moments that I wish I could stop time and hold on to forever, and moments I wished I could fast forward and speed past (lol).  It was the hardest, trying, most unaware of, learning curved, aha filled, happy tears, sad frustrated tears, smiles, laughs, talks, whispers, shouts, yells, and peaceful quietness.  It was a roller coaster.  A ride I would ride all over again and again with you. You went from eating, sleeping, and pooping, to a mobile, talking, and full of spunk and personality little human! You drive me insane and you are also my sanity. You are… my everything.  You are my best friend.  And I couldn’t be more blessed to be your mama.

Through all of the amazingly hard times (that I NEVER expected in a million years would be so damn hard), I think we’re getting the hang of this thing.  I’m learning just as you are.  We’re learning together.  And we totally and completely get each other now.  I was never much of a fast learner so I don’t know why I assumed I’d be such a pro at this motherhood thing from the beginning. Everyone says it’ll come naturally, and it definitely does, they just didn’t mention it takes time. 

I wouldn’t trade this full time job for any other in the world.  You’ve taught me so much.  You’ve taught me to slow down and enjoy the little things. You’ve taught me patience.  You’ve taught me that even in the hardest of times, I can and will figure it out.  Perseverance.  You’ve taught me more than any boss ever could.  We figure things out together and work together.  We make a great team.

I’m so proud of how far you’ve come. You are such a joy.  Watching you grow is so beautiful to witness.  You look at everything with such a light in your eye.  I love you so so sooooo much.  You’ve forever changed my life and have added so much beauty to our world.  You are blossoming kid, and it’s amazing to see.

working from home

working from home

Sometimes being a stay at home mom, you get so preoccupied taking care of everything and always thinking of what’s next or how can I help, what can I do, that before you know it the whole week went by! With the new year (already flying by!) my husband and I decided to introduce a budget in to our life so we can begin to stack that paper and start saving for our baby’s lifestyle, college, a house, god forbid an accident or whatever! It’s good to have a savings.  Our goal is to (eventually, it’s a work in progress!) live off of last month’s paychecks, and save as well… And man! The beginning was hard! We use an app called YNAB (you need a budget), and it’s awesome! You track every penny that comes in and every penny that goes out. And as a SAHM and being the one who usually runs the errands and spends, I felt the need to contribute somehow and make cuts where I could.  And with my almost 11 month old running around, taking care of the house, and feeding everyone… I felt defeated.

I tried Amazons Mechanical Turk, making pennies (literally pennies!) per little job I would finish online.  I know some people make decent money doing this, but I can’t sit on the computer doing timed jobs unless it was during nap time, and for some reason I feel like she napped shorter every time I tried to get work in!  So I made .13… awesome… so I called it quits with that because this mama don’t got any time for that! Then I read and researched other at home jobs I could do and came across being a virtual assistant. Awesome, I thought! Then I read the requirements… the one’s I found want you to work full time 9-5… and I can’t guarantee my teething child wont scream if I need to be on the phone… not to mention I don’t know some of the programs some sites require you to know… so.. there went that.  Then I saw you can get paid to do surveys! Cool, I love surveys (I’m weird, yada yada lol)! But the more I tried to do surveys, some weren’t available to me, and most were trying to get me to just buy things. So F word… I spent 2 pointless weeks trying to make some money and literally just wasted precious time with my baby girl and lots of unnecessary added stress.

Things were not bad at home, we were still eating all the delicious yummy (healthy!) meals I make (meal planning helps tremendously cut down a grocery bill when you know exactly what you’re going to make and what you need to make it, instead of just buying whatever and hoping to make stuff out of it), getting out on the weekends , gas in the vehicles, diapers, formula.. we were doing just fine! We were just being more aware of what was being spent (and not spending frivolously on coffees and random grocery/target stops) and allotted a certain amount of money towards groceries, each bill, spending money, and spending wisely, knowing where each dollar spent was going. I just wanted to try and contribute. But my husband reminded me that I do contribute. I take care of this family. I take care of this house. I take care of business every day, my biggest job being our beautiful daughter, then all the household stuff, making all the meals, cleaning, laundry, running errands, taking the dog on a walk, trash (so much trash! normal trash, recycling, litter, diapers!), and so so much more that each new day throws my way. I take care of it. And I needed that reminder. It’s never a good feeling to feel like you don’t contribute… but it’s always a great feeling when your reminded of how much you do do and how much you’re appreciated and how much you really do contribute. So don’t be so hard on yourself. And enjoy being the super mom/wife you are 🙂