Early Out/Rest Day

I don’t typically go to the gym on Fridays. Our boys go to school four days a week so Friday is usually my “catch up because you have been running non-stop all week” day. It’s usually the day I put away all the laundry I’ve washed and dried all week, but never found time to put it in its place. It’s the day I was dishes and clean the kitchen and wonder how other moms do it all. Tinley woke up in an awful mood this morning (which is very rare) and she came home in an equally awful mood. She took a bath and took a nap as soon as she got home. Brooks played nicely most of the day by himself or with Beckham. Beckham spent the morning talking about wanting to “show Jayley” this or “show Jayley” that. He really seems to look up to her quite a bit recently. Jayley was busy planning their Minecraft birthday party in a couple weeks most of the day. Pinning all sorts of cakes and creative party ideas on her “Minecraft Party Board” on Pinterest. Can I just remind you she’s 7? Yes. She’s 7. I always joke and tell people she’s 7 going on 47. I swear most days she’s more mature than i am. I believe she thinks she’s a 7 year old mom of 3 because I remind her at least twenty times a day, “Jayley, I’m going to be their mom. You just be 7.” She LOVES to help. 99% of the time it doesn’t matter what I’m doing she will walk right up beside me and say, “Is there anything I can help you with?” She’s the definition of a yellow color personality. Tinley enjoys helping too, but she only seems to want to help in the kitchen. The boys, they fight over who gets to do what for me. Living with these two boys, 17 months apart, most days feels like I’m The Bachelorette and we are down to the final rose for the evening! They fight over who will get to get me stuff, who will hold the door for me, who will bring me my water… it’s never ending. Not going to lie, I sit like a queen and take in every moment of it! I know this too shall pass and I’m holding onto it for dear life! The kids went to bed well tonight and me and Jody are going to finally sit down and relax and have a conversation without interruptions! It’s the little things.


A gift from a stranger…

Today we went to the store and an older man come up to me holding some cash in his hand and said, “Is this all of them? Are they are yours?” I smiled and said, “Yes sir! They are all mine!” He said, “I want to make a bet with you. I bet you each of them can’t eat one dollar’s worth of ice cream.” He handed me all the cash he had in his hand and the kids and I thanked him and assured him he was going to lose that bet.
On the way to the store I was thinking about the world we live in. How it can be so scary and evil and depressing. But how it can also be light and happy and hopeful. I was thinking about how when we surround ourselves with God and goals, refusing to let something small ruin our day, always finding the silver linings and being kind to others this world isn’t such an awful place. Of course bad things still happen, but it doesn’t feel so heavy and negative every day.
That man already had that money in his hand with the bills folded in half before we even crossed paths in the store. He handed me exactly four one dollar bills. I truly believe this was a sign, a gift from God that I learned one of His lessons today. A simple reminder that there is GOOD when you look for it! The kids went on and on about how nice that was of that man to give that to them. They kept saying, “He doesn’t even know us and he was nice to us for no reason.” That sir was worth so much more than four dollars. You truly gave my kids a gift today that they won’t soon forget. I went straight to Dairy Queen and got them each a vanilla cup of ice cream as we went home.

Pulled Pork BBQ with Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Pulled Pork BBQ with Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4-6


4 lb shoulder or pork roast

1 TBSP minced garlic

1 1/2 cups organic apple cider vinegar

1 yellow onion

2 large sweet potatoes

Cooking Instructions for Roast:

  1. Peel and slice yellow onion.
  2. Place meat, minced garlic, onion and apple cider vinegar in crock pot or slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

Cooking Instructions for Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and cube sweet potatoes
  3. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  4. Drizzle cubed sweet potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper.
  5. Cook in the oven for 20-25 min

Cooking times may vary from oven to oven.


Honey Dijon-Glazed Salmon with Broccoli and Couscous

Honey Dijon-Glazed Salmon with Broccoli and Couscous 

Serves 4


1lb Broccoli Florets

2oz Walnuts

1 1/2 cups couscous (follow package cooking instructions)

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 TBSP Honey

1 TBSP Dijon Mustard

2lbs Salmon

2 TBSP Olive Oil


Prep Ingredients 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Finely chop walnuts  (I use the Ninja chopper or a food processor.)
  3. Wash and dry broccoli

Cook couscous according to package cooking instructions.

Make Walnut Crust & Honey Dijon Glaze

  1. Combine panko, chopped walnuts, and 1 tsp of olive oil in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a separate bowl combine honey and Dijon mustard to make glaze.

Cook Salmon & Broccoli

  1. Place salmon on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil skin side down.
  2. Brush with honey dijon glaze.
  3. Press walnut and panko crust mixture on top.
  4. Let this cook in the oven for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes, remove the cookie sheet and add the broccoli.
  6. Lightly drizzle broccoli with extra virgin olive oil. Then add sea salt and cracked pepper.
  7. Put the pan back in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes.

The salmon should be opaque in the center and the broccoli should be crisp. Cooking times may vary by oven.