I Feel Like I’m Failing My Children…

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I've been parenting for 25 years now. Not just parenting like most. I've had littles in my house for the entire 25 years. I should be a pro. I should have school issues down. I should be serving my babies well. But I'm not. I feel like I'm failing my kids. Today was the day I almost had a meltdown, a failure as a parent, because this school year has been full of trials and tribulations that I have never experienced in all of my years of parenting. Are the babies feeling the pressure too? I try to shield them from the bad stuff, but this year has been a struggle. Let me just say that in all of my years as a parent, I guess I've been lucky. I've really liked most of the kids' teachers, the schools, the experiences. We've had a few bumps along the way, but that's normal and I handled them with grace and dignity and the schools, the teachers, always worked to improve and fix anything that might have gone wrong. That's to be expected. That's how it should be. But this year has been … [Continue]

Low Sodium Crock-Pot Tenderloin

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Just so you know, this post contains affiliate links but is not sponsored in any way.  Ahhh...tenderloin. A Texas staple. Typically B smokes our tenderloin for HOURS on the weekends. But what do you do if your family wants tenderloin, you've spent every weekend moving for a month, and you're not a grill master? You pull out your Crock Pot of course! We all know I love my Crock Pot for ease of cooking and clean up and my first attempt at Crock Pot Tenderloin was a HUGE hit at my house. Low Sodium Crock Pot Tenderloin Ingredients: 3 lb cut of Pork Tenderloin 5 - 6 small potatoes of choice 1 cup of organic baby carrots 2 celery stalks 1/2 small onion 1 pkg Mrs. Dash Pot Roast Seasoning Mix (my new bff) 1 cup water Crock Pot Low Sodium Crock Pot Tenderloin Prep and Cooking Instructions: Cut your tenderloin in half so that it will fit nicely in the Crock Pot and place it in the bottom. Cut the potatoes in 2-3 pieces and place them on top of the … [Continue]

Low Sodium Pizza Recipe {Homemade Marinara & No Yeast Crust}

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Pizza is truly our family's favorite meal. It's one of very few meals that all 4 of us will eat because it's completely customizable and we have 2 incredibly picky eaters in our house. We would probably order pizza every day, but restaurant pizza is typically very high in sodium and we can't do that so I make our pizza, completely from scratch including the sauce and no yeast crust, low-sodium style. And I've been told, on more than one occasion by family and guests, that my Low Sodium Homemade Pizza is the best pizza on the island. Great pizza starts with fresh ingredients and a deliciously flavorful low sodium marinara. I make mine completely from scratch the day before in my Crock Pot, but you can use a low sodium jarred variety if you don't have time for that. I highly recommend making your sauce for the best pizza possible. Low Sodium Pizza Sauce Ingredients: 16 Roma tomatoes 1/4 red onion 3-4 fresh cloves of garlic 1 banana pepper 1/4 cup fresh parsley 1/4 cup … [Continue]

DIY Whitewash Life’s a Beach Sign

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Let's just put this out there. I have a real spending problem when it comes to beach decor. Signs, repurposed furniture, anything beachy. I used to craft a lot, but I have a problem with perfectionism (I have a lot of problems), and my crafts were never perfect. That made me twitchy, so I quit. Then I realized that all of the signs, the furniture, everything else that I'm spending my hard-earned money on, was imperfect. It's whitewashed and there is no perfectionism in whitewashing. So why was I, a perfectionist capable of imperfection, spending so much money on imperfect products? Well, no more! I'm ready to start being imperfect and I'm loving my new crafts. Even dummies can craft imperfectly and everyone's digging my Life's a Beach sign that I imperfectly made. It's cheap, easy, and you can be as imperfect as you'd like. Imperfection is a thing and I'm learning to embrace it. It's healthy and therapeutic for me. It was a little time consuming with drying time and the like, but easy … [Continue]

The Best BBQ Shredded Beef Ever!

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This post may contain affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase from one of those links, I do get a percentage of the sale. Hey, a girl's gotta make a living, right? I'm sure you've noticed that I've been using my Crock Pot a lot lately. I'm busy. I'm a mom with kids in school, a wife with a husband that works outside of the home and goes to school, and I work full time myself from home. Couple all of that with the move and I don't have a lot of spare time. Turning to my Crock Pot for answers only makes sense...in my head. It's like cheating or something and your family thanks you for it. I make a large low sodium pot roast or brisket once a week and I get 2 meals out of the deal. The first night, we have the actual pot roast and vegetables, and the next, we have shredded beef (or brisket) BBQ sandwiches. The second meal is actually their favorite and my BBQ wouldn't be this delicious without an amazing homemade BBQ sauce, low sodium style of course. The secret's in the … [Continue]

Take a Mommy Timeout with iT’Z Ladies’ Night Out!

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Just wanted to let you know that I will be receiving a family 4-pack to iT'Z Family Food & Fun through a partnership with US Family Guide in appreciation for this post and a follow up post I'll be back to share after our family day of fun. However, all opinions are entirely my own.  Ever have one of those days? You know, you work all day long, you have a "real" job, your online stuff, calling doctors and schools, paying the bills and balancing the budget kind of day? Then your kids' idea of winding down includes you cooking dinner with one hand, trying to get a little more work done with the other, while one child is pulling on your shirt tale asking about her science work and the other is pulling on your shorts eager to tell you about the new game he just downloaded on his phone. Yea, those days. What, just me? I highly doubt that and I believe if I walked into any one of your houses on any given evening, I'd see a similar scene. I love being a mommy and a wife, but I honestly … [Continue]