DIY Aurora Queen of the Moors Crown

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This DIY Queen of the Moors Crown was inspired when I received an early release copy of Disney's Maleficent from Click Communication to help promote the in-store release on November 4th. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. "For in the other kingdom, the Moors lived every manner of strange and wonderful creature. And they needed neither king nor queen but trusted in one another." Maleficent is my new all-time favorite Disney movie EVER! That's saying a lot. I'm a Disney freak. One might think it's because I have a million kids so I had to learn to embrace them, but that's not true. One of my very first vivid memories as a child was going to the movie theater with my mom and my sisters to watch a Disney movie. I was hooked at about the age of 3 and things haven't changed since, and I never miss a single new release. Unfortunately, because there were questions about whether Maleficent was completely kid friendly, I opted to skip it at the theater *SIGH* and … [Continue]

My Baby, My Bubby…He’s 6 Today!

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Today, my baby turns 6. SIX. This little miracle of mine kind of completes me. He completes my whole family and the world is a better place because he's in it. His light and his aura can melt the coldest of hearts, and one look into those kind, thoughtful, big blue eyes with those incredibly long lashes can convince the hardest soul that there is hope for this world. He's sharp as a tack, he's funny (my goodness this kid is hysterical without even trying), he's handsome, and he's just a great all around human being. The day he was born, I truly heard angels sing and the world became a little brighter for all that come in contact with him. Don't get me wrong, I love all of my kids, very much. They are all amazing and they all possess beautiful qualities. But this little boy holds the key to all of our hearts and today, his day, we celebrate his greatness. We revel in his quirky behavior. We giggle at that crooked little smile. We just celebrate the fact that some higher power decided … [Continue]

Sweet & Sour {Low Sodium} Chicken

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Sweet and Sour Chicken. It's good, right? Well your typical restaurant variety is pretty high in sodium so it's not something my family can eat often. Until now. This lower sodium Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe hit the spot and it's being added to the family meal rotation as we speak! The batter on the chicken came out awesome and the sauce was fantastic. Add in the fact that you have vegetables, some light carbs, and fruit? Heck, you can't go wrong with that! Sweet & Sour Chicken Ingredients Breaded Chicken: 2 lbs chicken tenders cut into cubes 1/2 cup bread flour 1/2 cup corn starch 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning 1/2 cup water 1 cup olive oil Cooking Instructions: Cut your chicken into cubes and set aside. Mix flour, corn starch, and spices in a mixing bowl, then add the water and stir to batter consistency. Put chicken cubes in the bowl and thoroughly cover. Heat oil in a large pan on the stovetop. Fry chicken until … [Continue]

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]