Remember those goals I talked about in the beginning of the year?

Well today, hubs and I have one to scratch off the list.  We finally closed on our first home together.  It seems like it’s been a long process, but really it took about 45 days from start to finish.

We started looking at houses at the end of November beginning of December and then took a little (much needed) break around the holidays.  With Christmas and us still having so much time left in our apartment lease, I needed to stop looking-I was starting to feel overwhelmed.  Within those few weeks, Larry and I talked about what we really wanted out of a house.  He wanted a finished basement and I wanted a nice kitchen.  We both wanted a city with good public schools, not too far from work with a lot to do.  And I was really attracted {or so I thought} to houses with a lot of charm.  We ended up in a town west of Milwaukee about 25 minutes from work.  There, we found the perfect home to suit both of our needs: His finished basement and my big kitchen. home


We went in today and took a lot of pictures so that I’ll have some before and after photos to share.  I have so many Pinterest projects to get working on!  The house also comes equipped with SIX raised garden beds, all ready to go, so if anyone has any gardening tips, please feel free to pass them along to this girl!  The only thing I’ve ever successful grown in my twenty something years of life is a child.  The seller told me that we should have over 100 heads of garlic popping up this summer.  My plan for those are to give some to friends and then mince and can the rest.  I’ve found a new hobby 🙂

Stay tuned for more pics and house updates on the blog!


6 Month Update

ImageOkay, so more like 6 months and a few days.  We’ve been very busy over here! I know I say this every month, and I know I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how fast time has gone by.  In another 6 months, we’ll be celebrating Madelyn’s first birthday and I will no longer have a baby, I’ll be the mother to a toddler!  CRAZY!  Speaking of birthdays…I’ve already started planning hers and I’m really excited for the theme.  To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about having a baby with an August birthday.  For one, being pregnant in the dead of summer is no fun.  Secondly, she’s going to be the youngest of her friends and I always thought it would be so much fun to host fall/pumpkin farm themed parties.  But now that I have an August baby, I’ve come to realize that summer really has an endless number of possibilities!  Pool parties, ice cream parties…with a planner of a mom, this girl is in for a treat!

The time between 5 and 6 months has been the biggest of them all.  Up until this point, she’s done little things and is developing right on schedule.  But this month we heard our first full-belly giggles, dabbled with solid foods, and have started to see a bit more of her personality shine through.  She is by far the happiest baby I know and I hope that she always maintains that.  She’s also a girl on the move!  I have a feeling we’ll need to start baby proofing soon.

Sleep.  We’ve had a few rough nights that I can blame on teething.  Baby girl had us spoiled from about 6 weeks on.  We truly lucked out in the sleep department so when she threw me a few surprises I was not the happiest mama on the block-but then I reminded myself that it could be a million times worse.  I usually give her a little bit of tylenol, nurse her and have her sleep with me until it’s time to get up in the morning.  Hubs works nights, so a lot of the time it’s just her and me in the bed.  I am a strong believer in co-sleeping and, if done right, studies have shown that it can be very beneficial to the baby.

Eat.  She realizes that the stuff I’m trying to give her on a spoon will actually satisfy her hunger.  It finally clicked with her like, “Hey I’m supposed to be eating this stuff!”  So far we’ve tried, bananas, cereal, peas, and refried beans.  She’s loved it all.  Hurray for no picky eaters! (So far anyway)  At her 6 month appointment, her doctor told us that he wants her to be eating solids 3 times a day.  So in the morning I will usually feed her cereal, daycare feeds her whatever solid I pack, and then she eats with us at dinner.  I’m on a mission to make all my own baby food.  I think the amount you pay for those tiny jars is ridiculous.  I was at Target and a jar of organic carrots was 88 cents.  I made 18 2oz jars of green beans for $2.39 total!  I steamed the green beans, put them in the vitamix, and blended them for about 30 seconds.  Voila!  I’m still nursing when I’m with her & pumping at work.  I’m giving myself until April and then I will slowly start the weaning process.  I was going to stop at 6 months, but with all the upcoming changes, stopping breastfeeding was advised against when I was doing the research on weaning.


Play.  I cannot believe how much she has changed in this area.  She’s constantly laughing, smiling and touching your face when you hold her.  She thinks Oliver and her dad are hysterical.  She loves to play peek a boo and to sit and listen to Larry and I have a conversation or read to her.  She enjoys reaching for things and scoots herself to get something she’s interested in.

Here’s a video of us playing Peek a Boo! Please forgive the annoying, shrill mom voice 🙂

Happy 6 months baby girl!  We are so thankful that you’re in our lives to brighten our day with laughter and smiles!

Slow Cooker (kinda) Enchiladas

I hope everyone had a great day!  Despite the fact that we really don’t celebrate this “holiday”, I had the best Valentine’s day:  A picnic with my funny valentine:


Normally, she would’ve been at daycare today but they called me yesterday at work telling me that she had spiked a fever-so we spent the day playing and cuddling.  It amazes me that even though she feels so crummy, she can still manage to laugh and smile-I hope that she always keeps that positive attitude.  

It’s been a while since I’ve made a recipe worthy of sharing.  If I’m not making some sort of chili in the slow cooker, our meals usually consist of a protein (poultry or fish) vegetables, and sometimes a carb/starch.  Exciting stuff happening in the kitchen…I know.

Well tonight, I wanted to mix it up and do something different, yet easy.  Dealing with a sick baby who won’t nap leaves very little time for tinkering around in the kitchen.  Yesterday, one of my co-workers made an enchilada casserole that was amazing and I recently saw something on Pinterest for slow cooker chicken enchiladas.  So I combined the two recipes for something amazing.

  • I lined 5 chicken breasts at the bottom on my slow cooker and poured just enough chicken broth in the pot so that they wouldn’t burn.
  • I sprinkled the chicken with taco seasoning and then topped them with enchilada sauce verde along with low-fat cream cheese cubes.
  • I cooked them on low for 7 hours.  
  • About an hour before I was done cooking them, I covered them with a shredded mexican cheese blend and green onions.



Instead of shredding the chicken, I found it to be easier to just put each breast on top of a tortilla and served it with a side of rice and beans.  Easy peasy and very delicious.  Each chicken breast ends up being 7+ points.  Skipping the cheese, would set you back 5+ points, but let’s be realistic 🙂 

ImageI’m off to cruise Craigslist for some furniture to rehab!  If Pinterest were my full-time job, I’d be an expert at it 🙂