Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pinterest Pickings

By now, most of you are probably on Pinterest, a.k.a. a perfectionist's torture zone.  I love visiting the site, but I have to be VERY CAREFUL because a lot of the time, it only serves to show me that I will never be the most creative mom/ best housekeeper/ amazing crafter/ stylish fashionista that it seems like the rest of the world is.  I don't know how many moms really bake all their bread from scratch, potty train their kids when they're 6 months old, and have a structured activity time (that of course promotes learning and fine motor skills), but it can be overwhelming!  I can't really afford to decorate or shop much, and those who know me well know that I hate crafts.  I wish I loved them because there are so many great ideas out there!  I need a close friend to force me to do a project with them in the hopes that I will catch a crafting bug.

I had a Pinterest conversation on the phone with my mom recently that went something like this:

Mom: Tay, what is Pinterest???  I've signed up for it but I just don't understand.
Me: I really don't know that you're going to get into it.
Mom: What do you mean?  Everyone is on it and I just need you to explain it to me.  I'm SO GOOD at Facebook and I feel like I'm letting down all my Pinterest followers.  They expect me to excel on here the way I do on Facebook.
Me: You're ridiculous.  Seriously I don't think it's going to be your thing.  You don't have young children, you don't craft, you don't care much about decorating, and you don't cook ever.
Mom: Oh.  Yeah, maybe you're right.

Needless to say, I think she has one pin and she hasn't been back on.  No need to follow her.

The one thing I CAN handle on Pinterest... all the recipes.  I have such a good time trying them out!  I thought I would post a couple that I've discovered that have turned out well. These are all easy, fast, and budget-friendly.

 Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia- I can really appreciate a dish that only has 5 ingredients!  This is so simple and quick.  We have made it several times and Jonah likes it too!

Chicken Parmesan- I've had a go-to chicken parm recipe for quite a while and then decided to give this a shot.  Again... so easy and DELICIOUS!  Just talking about it makes me want to fix it again this week.  Watching the video is kind of a pain, so be sure to right down the steps as he explains them.

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets- definitely a hit that we've made more than once!

Pineapple Salsa- this unique flavor is for a more adventurous eater.  Oh so addicting!

Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice- made this earlier this week and it made for great leftovers too!

Of course I've tried others that haven't turned out as well, but I have hundreds more I have yet to try!  If you have a favorite Pinterest recipe, please comment and let me know what I need to make!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hopeless case???

Sometimes I don't know what I'm doing blogging because my life is just not all that interesting!  But then I remind myself that I love to read other stay-at-home mommy blogs, so maybe others actually read this, too.  In the past week, I've actually received a couple of Facebook messages from people saying they always read the blog and then asking for baby advice for some different phases they're going through.  How encouraging to think I could actually attempt to help someone!  So hopefully that will keep me motivated for a while.  Our summer in a nutshell:

-I am PREGNANT.  Woohoo!!!  I'm sure all of you reading already know this.  I'm due at the end of January and today is officially my first day of the second trimester.  We will find out at the beginning of September if the baby is a boy or girl.  A boy would be easier since we already have one, but I feel like I've wanted a girl my entire life.  I want what God wants (and I truly know that will be best!) but I REALLY HOPE GOD WANTS A GIRL!!!

-Jonah and I went to Kentucky to be with my family for two weeks in June.  We were both spoiled.  I was only a few weeks pregnant and ate my parents out of house and home.  And I went to the pool EVERY AFTERNOON while my mom stayed home with Jonah while he took a nap.  It was heaven.

-Jonah is into everything.  I know that everyone goes through this phase (I think it will be a long one!) where I feel like all I do is damage control ALL DAY LONG.  He is so fast now, and I don't want him to be able to really run.  Is that too much to ask?

-We had his 18 month check-up and he is perfectly proportionate but BIG.  I asked our pediatrician if I should be worried because every time he meets anyone, the first thing I hear is, "He's huge!" Or, "What a big boy!"  But she assured me that he won't be a giant.  We won't be able to feed him a year from now, but we'll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

-Small home improvement project with big results: new white subway tile backsplash in our kitchen.  Still some finishing touches to complete.

-I'm in the middle of the Beth Moore study, Mercy Triumphs, diving into the book of James and so far it has been a blessing!  I love, love, LOVE in-depth Bible study.

***Here are a couple of random videos... WARNING: only people who REALLY LOVE Jonah will care one lick about these:

(Explanation: this was taken after I vacuumed the rug.  Jonah cries the entire time I vacuum, not because he is scared, but because he wants to take over SO BADLY.  I left it running for him for a while, and then turned it off for the video so that you wouldn't have to hear it.  He's pretty thorough... he probably vacuumed at least 15 minutes!)

This boy loves looking at himself: