Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

Crockpot recipes are always so ugly.

There. I said it.

I guess this one turned out ok, but generally, as a rule of thumb, they aren’t the prettiest ones on the block.

Even though this is a true statement, crockpot recipes always seem to be the most delicious. Funny how that works. Brown food tastes good and crockpots create brown food.

So there you have it. My deep thoughts for this Friday morning.

In other news, my daughter has had the last two days off of school for parent-teacher conferences and both my husband and I are going crazy. We love our children dearly {most of the time} {just kidding Mom; we love them all the time} but are grateful for the teachers, bus drivers, friends and other people who take them off our hands for 8 hours a day.

Heaven help us get our work slash anything else accomplished this weekend.

PS- our babysitter is out of town, adding insult to injury. It is not the best. Margaret, if you’re reading this, send help.

How I Stay *Mostly* Sane How I Stay *Mostly* Sane

I am a mom to three kids: Brooke-7, Blake-3 and Eddie-8 months.

After I had Eddie, I was convinced that the older he got, the more my life would get easier. {Please try to contain your laughter.}

I’m not sure if I was optimistically hopeful or blissfully unaware but, clearly I forgot that I’d have THREE children to care for, plus a house to keep tidy{ish}, meals to cook, dishes to clean, laundry to fold and oh ya! manage this wee ol’ blog of mine.

I was and probably still am the epitome of a busy working mother. My to do list is looooooong, ya’ll.

So, anywhere I can catch a break/save time/save sanity/not have to work harder then necessary, I do it.

It’s why I use parchment paper on every surface possible.

Hairy Spider Cookies Hairy Spider Cookies

Hello October! We are just zooming through these last few months of the year! Does anyone feel like we are moving at lightening speed?

Typically, my life turns into madness this time of year. As the holidays and parties in these last 3 months approach us, my schedule gets jammed. Last year, I started posting lots of last minute recipes that became staples at my house for October, November and December. I’m talking really fast dinners, desserts, and party foods. You never know when you’ll need to whip something up fast! {Hello Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays, Holidays, Halloween, New Years, and other miscellaneous parties and get togethers.} So that is what has been on my mind when I came up with these Hairy Spider Cookies.

By taking a few shortcuts, you can have these ready to go in about an hour. So much easier and faster than trying to find something as tasty from the store. Not to mention as cute 😉

Advocare Fiber Muffins Advocare Fiber Muffins

So, this is a recipe a little out of the ordinary, but I’ve had a few of my friends ask me about this specific recipe, so I thought ‘why not throw it on the blog?’

Back in the day before I was pregnant with Eddie, I was doing a few rounds of the 24-Day Challenge. This helped me reign in my eating habits and actually helped me lose a little weight, and a lot of inches, especially around my waist. Then I got pregnant and had my sweet little Ed and now after 6 months of hard work, I’m just about to where I want to be. Hooray!

I might do another 24-Day Challenge because I know it will work and I know I can do it. It doesn’t take all my carbs away from me and I typically feel amazing once its over. {I feel like I’m about to murder someone after getting a horrible cold this past weekend while in the middle of Whole30.}

But, I digress.

Fail-Proof Pizza Dough Fail-Proof Pizza Dough
Thrive Market $1000 Shopping Spree! Thrive Market $1000 Shopping Spree!

Since getting pregnant, I’ve been looking for things I don’t have to expend energy on…like food shopping or dinner prep {Plated is SO amazing!} or taking care of my other kids.

Just kidding, Mom.

A lot of times, grocery stores have their deals and sales listed online so I can compare prices from the comfort of my couch. But most of the time, all the food on sale isn’t the name brand, organic, good-quality stuff I like to regularly buy for my family. We’re not a strict organic household by any means, but when it’s available, I like having it as an affordable option {like when those organic products happen to be on sale}.

But a couple of months ago, I discovered Thrive Market. It’s an online shopping club that offers healthy foods and products at 25-50% off traditional retail prices. It works like a co-op, offering 4,000 of the top food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products, all at 25 to 50 percent below retail prices with speedy home delivery.

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