January 12, 2023

Currently in the new year. (posted a whole week + one day late)

Loving... this is kind of lame, but it's a solid recommendation. If you don't follow Clean Mama on Instagram, get on over there. Basically, she gives you a housekeeping schedule. It's a lot, I think, to implement all at once, but I've made some small changes that are giving me peace of mind. For example, I love her sink scrub and use it most nights. In addition, I'm often like "man, I should clean the bathrooms today" but I procrastinate it and then feel bad about it. With this schedule, Bathrooms Get Cleaned On Monday. Period. I don't even deep-clean. I vacuum the floors, wipe the sinks and cabinets, clean the toilets inside and out, and wipe the baseboards. I do it while the kids are in the bathtub in the evening. It takes 15 minutes to do both bathrooms if I'm focused. I don't have to feel bad about it because it'll happen on Monday. Sheets get washed on Saturday. Laundry is still my Everest andholycowwhyisthissohard? 

Organizing... toys, clothes, paperwork. All of it. I'm chipping away at bits here and there, mostly on the weekends. I also sorted/thinned out the Christmas decor and packed it into new tubs. Need to do the same with fall decorations. The baby prefers Wells' toys to her own (his greatest woe is her love for Paw Patrol vehicles), so it's time to dig out some of the Little People and toddler toys too. 

Resolving... THIS is a FUNNY one: I know (I know) that I need to get up before the kids do. I know this. I went through a period with Wells when he was a baby in which he would be up all night and I would still try to get up at 6am to blog, to read, to exercise, to start my day, whatever. I would be miserable by 8am. So I taught myself to sleep when he sleeps. Now, I have fallen into this awful habit of rolling out of bed at 7:15am when we have to leave for preschool at 8:00am and 45 minutes is not enough time when you have a baby and a 4 year old and 2 dogs to take care of, plus yourself. It just doesn't work. 

Then, by the time we get home from a morning out and about, I'm exhausted and just want to eat lunch and take a nap (if Sutton so obliges). 

So I'm trying. I'm trying to get up at 6:00 (okay, 6:30) and listen to the Bible passages for the day while I prep the kitchen or fold laundry and then sit down and do a few blog things and then wake Wells up and then wake Sutton up and then get ready. 

I did this for exactly one day this week. 

It's a process. I'm resolving to get on top of this though. Believe it or not, pre-Wells, I got up at 4:50am every day before work and did all-the-things. 

Anticipating... Sutton's first birthday? Don't even ask how I feel about it. But I'm thinking ahead. I made a cake for my own birthday this week and I think it'll be a good one for her in March too. (Scott absolutely fed her leftover cake while I was in the shower last night and we won't talk about that either.)

Eating.... I *have* taken pictures of dinners recently. Here's some easy ideas for you...

Sheet pan with half a pack of gnocchi, two sweet potatoes, one head of broccoli, half a red onion, one small zucchini, one pack of andouille chicken sausage. Add sea salt and olive oil. 450 degrees for 30 minutes. Don't skip the red onion. It added a lot of flavor. 

This wasn't very good. It was chicken pot pie but with a puff pastry crust. I followed a recipe I found. I much prefer actual pie crust. 

Steak tips and mushrooms, salad, sweet potato fries. If I ever say we're having/had steak salads, this is what I mean. I have been using this marinade recipe since 2011. I never use anything else. It's so easy and I always have the ingredients. It's great under the broiler, in a pan, or on the grill. 

Baked chicken tacos. I did one really large chicken breast in the slow cooker (like 4 hours on high) with a can of enchilada sauce. Shredded, added green chiles and black beans. Spooned into tacos, added cheese, and baked for like 20 minutes (covered) at 350 degrees. 
Salad and homemade pico on the side. 
If I ever say we're having/had tacos, this is what I mean. It's so much EASIER and less messy than making everything and setting it out separately. You could also freeze the chicken after you cook it, to have it on hand. 

Literally don't even know if this link-up is still open but I'mma try anyway. Linking up with Jennifer!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments make my day!