Time For A Timeout…

Anyone who knows me knows that I have been stressed out beyond belief lately. I have been trying to avoid my stress, and just keep moving. Well, when your car breaks down, it’s not really possible to just keep moving.

As luck would have it, I heard a “pop” when I dropped my oldest son off at school yesterday morning, followed shortly afterward by an awful screeching noise, and then my car went from fully mobile to darn near impossible to drive. Yay me.

I have always been really lucky when it comes to car troubles… If I have any, I call my brother and he gets me back going as quickly as possible. As luck would again have it, my brother was busier yesterday than he’s been in a long time, so when I called, I was told to wait. So I waited.

The most amazing thing happened yesterday… Instead of getting stressed out and crying about everything, I just waited and relaxed and decided something… Everything that is happening lately is out of my hands anyhow, so why keep stressing? I am choosing to wait and trust. I am going to trust in God for a positive outcome, just like I trusted my brother to come to my rescue yesterday.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.- Psalms 91:11

That verse, that one piece of scripture, is what I am keeping close to my heart. No matter what troubles me these days, I am just remembering that God will always protect me… and give me a timeout when I need to breathe and remember that He will always take care of me.

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My Online Store!

Department of missing socks, no sock left behind, Alicia's online storeOkay, so if you’ve stayed true and loyal (and why wouldn’t you?) to my blog, you’ve noticed that I finally started adding items to my online store! I’m going to do my best to update this as often as possible with all the new things that I am working on, but I’ll also make sure to let you all know when I am running any specials.

I am considering doing a giveaway for one of the items that is already listed in my store. Any item… Although I must admit that I’m particularly taken with the one shown in this post! Once this blog post is shared and has been commented on 50 times, I will host a giveaway. So, get to sharing people… And maybe comment with what you would like to win!

Talk to you soon,

Alicia

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Cheat Meals

We all have them, our go-to “I’m too lazy to put a lot of thought into what I’m cooking” meal. Our cheat meal. I actually have a few… It all depends on the effort I’m willing to put into that night as to what I use.

I keep several different items on stock at all times so that if I ever have a lazy day, I can put my cheat meal together without running to the store. My favorite meal that is super easy and fast is chicken alfredo. I’m not sure how most people cook their chicken alfredo, but I am going to tell you my super easy, fast, and cheap way. I keep frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts in my freezer at all times, so the first thing to do is thaw the chicken, usually about 3-4 breasts are enough. After thawing them, dice them into one inch squares, season them to your taste (my favorite is garlic), and throw them in a skillet and cook them. While they are cooking, start boiling some bowtie pasta (really any pasta, but bowtie pasta is my favorite!). After your chicken is prepared, all that’s left is to mix in your choice of alfredo sauce, drain your pasta and mix it in as well. Super easy, fast, and cheap (did I mention, it’s kinda healthy too?).

My other go-tos do not require detail… They require complete laziness. Frozen lasagna should always be in your freezer. Always. Just in case. Another wonderfully easy thing is sloppy joes. The kids love sloppy joes, and they are the absolute easiest things to cook.

Now that I’ve shared my favorite cheat meals, how about you tell me what your favorite cheat/lazy day meals are in the comments below?

Talk to you soon,

Alicia

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Revamp???

sorry-bear-smallI honestly have changed the way I blog so many times now that I’m not sure you can really call this a revamp. This is more of an “it’s okay to not blog everyday” that I am giving myself. I have had an overwhelming amount of “stuff” going on in my personal life these past few months that I still cannot talk about, and it makes it hard to blog.

I can’t say that I’m going to go back to blogging seven days a week, but I can say that I am going to make a conscious effort to get back to blogging, and to be more personal when I do. In short, I love and miss you all, and I will do my best to not abandon you again.

See you soon,

Alicia

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Four Pages

Four pages.

Times New Roman.

Size 12.

Four pages have the power to change my life forever.

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