May 27, 2016

Maxton is one week old

Maxton is already one week old. He's been a good little guy. Just eating and sleeping really. His one week dr. appointment he weighted 9 lb 12 oz so he's already back to and over his birth weight which is good and everything else looks good too.

May 20, 2016

Baby #3 is a....

It's a BOY!! 

Maxton Randall was born on May 18th at 6:45am. He weighed 9 lb 9 oz and is 22 inches tall. 

We are home already and so far so good. I will post his birth story sometime soon and I'm sure lots of pictures will follow too! 

May 13, 2016

Homemade Carpet Cleaner Solution

I don't know what it is, but when I am pregnant I am OBSESSED with vacuuming. I literally do it every day. Something about seeing those lines in the carpet is so satisfying.  This pregnancy I splurged and bought a carpet shampooer. My mom has one that we usually borrow, but I needed my own. I bought the Bissell ReadyClean from Menards. It's a smaller one, but I love it. I'm not going to lie, I bought it in March and have cleaned the carpets three times already.  Another thing I've become obsessed with lately is making my own cleaners instead of spending all that money on them at the store. I searched Pinterest and found this recipe for carpet cleaner solution and loved the fact that I could buy everything at the Dollar Tree for just $4. Yup, FOUR DOLLARS!! And you only use a small portion of each item so it's really less than $4 for a whole gallon of cleaner.

Here's what you need:

2 Tablespoons Liquid Tide Laundry Detergent (They have small bottles at Dollar Tree)
1/4 cup Awesome cleaner
1 scoop Totally Awesome Oxygen Cleaner (Oxyclean)
1 teaspoon Fabric Softener  (I used Snuggle Blue Sparkle because it smells the best to me, but they sell small bottles of Downy at the Dollar Tree)

Mix these all together in a gallon jug and then add hot water until it's filled. Fill your shampooer per instructions which is about 1/4 cup of cleaner and test a small spot of your carpet before doing it all to make sure it doesn't mess up your carpet.

We have really old carpets so I didn't think this would make them look brand new, but it would at least clean them before the baby comes. I was disgusted with how dirty the water was afterwards. That may be part of the reason I've cleaned them so many times since I've gotten the shampooer, but they were lots cleaner on the third time. HAHA!

May 6, 2016

Conair Curl Secret Review

I've been wanting to share this with you all for a really long time. Mike got me the Conair Curl Secret for Christmas in 2014. See, told you it's been a long time. 

I don't fix my hair every day. I'm a messy bun woman. But, if I do want to fix my hair this is my go to hair style. I can curl all my hair with it in about 20 minutes.

This is right after curling it. I usually then separate the curls and put the front up either with a headband braid or just bobby pin it back.

This above is day two. I love the curls on the second day even more. I just use hair spray after curling and they hold for at least two days.

Marley requested I curl her hair too and it worked great on her hair as well. 

Here it is in action. I will admit that the first time I used it I was so scared it was going to suck my hair in and burn it off, but I haven't had any issues with it getting tangled or burning myself.

This isn't a sponsored post and Conair doesn't even know I exist, I just wanted to share this with you because I love it so much!

May 5, 2016

Alfredo Sauce Freezer Meal

4 cups milk
1 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1 pinch nutmeg
2 Tbsp olive oil

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter and oil. Add garlic. Cook for a couple minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Heat over medium heat stirring often. Once it bubbles, reduce heat and simmer for 5 more minutes. Let cool. Divide into two freezer bags and freeze.

Thaw for a few hours before cooking. Heat slowly over low-medium heat, Serve with pasta and broccoli. 

May 4, 2016

Thai Peanut Pork Crock Pot Freezer Meal

2 lb boneless pork loin
1 1/2 multi colored peppers, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup chicken broth
3 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground ginger

To freeze, combine all ingredients and freeze in freezer bag. To cook, thaw and toss into crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. I flipped mine after 3 hours so that each side of the meat would cook in the juice.

May 3, 2016

Potato Bacon Soup Crock Pot Freezer Meal

bag frozen cubed hash brown potatoes
bacon bits
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups milk
4 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
2 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

To freeze, divide all ingredients between two bags and freeze. To cook, thaw and dump into crock pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. 

May 2, 2016

Orange Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Meal

2 lbs chicken breasts, cubed
16 oz bbq sauce
18 oz sweet orange marmalade preserves
3 colored bell peppers
20 oz pineapple chunks, drained
2 Tbsp cornstarch

To freeze, mix everything together in freezer bag except for the cornstarch. Freeze. To cook. dump into crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours. To make the glaze, simmer 4 cups of juice from the crock pot with the cornstarch until thickened. Mix back into crock pot. Serve with rice.