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Sometimes the best recipes are the classic ones that you can easily make with ingredients that you all normally have in the pantry. This weekend, after a LONG two weeks of battling the flu, Franklyn and I were just too tired to muster up the strength to do any grocery shopping. We decided to whip up a classic tuna pasta salad, a dish that everyone loves! It can be served as a side dish or on its own, with some fruit like I did.

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

Elbow pasta
Albacore tuna fish in water
1 -2 cups of mayonnaise. We don’t use a lot of mayonnaise just enough so that the pasta salad has flavor is no longer dry. **We used this one with lime.
1/2 white onion
1 cup of celery
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to instructions on package
Drain tuna fish
Dice onion and celery
Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper.
Mix all together and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Serve this classic tuna pasta salad with fruit, crackers or for a complete meal add a soup or salad!


 

So much has happened in 2016. While I could sit here and write about all the struggles Franklyn and I have gone through, I instead have decided to turn them into lessons I’ve learned in 2016. I’ve had to mentally block out the hard times and focus on the wonderful blessings we have had in between, like having our first girl, Olivia, and now expecting another girl! It wasn’t easy, but we came out stronger. I’m waiting for 2017 with arms wide open and a whole set of goals for me, our family, and my blog (and a new one coming soon)! Below are three things 2016 taught me.

I’ve alway hated planning and scheduling, and I have been lucky enough to be able to push through. and get things done. 2016 knocked me down a few times and taught me to be prepared. Planning, setting goals, and being prepared for the unexpected (good and bad) is now a priority for me. It took me a long time to realize that it’s what has been missing in my life. I thought living a life of order, well laid out plans and schedules was boring but it’s quite the opposite! Structure gives me the time I so desperately needed to get my business and family life balanced while including having fun time! I’m ready for 2017!

It’s okay to be tired. I’m the type person that likes to keep moving and get things done! The more to do the merrier! Sitting still or taking naps have always been (in my opinion) a waste of time. I wake up, go through my day, and drag out bedtime and try to get as much as I possibly can done. It’s just who I am, and it always worked for me until this year. 2016 has taught me that it’s okay to be tired and get some rest. One the three things 2016 taught me was that I can do anything, but not everything.

My number one biggest thing I learned this year: I’m going to have to bite the bullet and hire out some help. I’m VERY protective and particular in how I raise my kids. I’m not a helicopter mom by any means, but it’s very important to me that they grow up to be genuinely nice people and to be surrounded by adults that are positive influences in their lives. In other words, I never just hand off my kids to anyone that I don’t know very well, and if I do, it’s never for very long. They’re always by my side but with work having doubled (almost tripled) recently and showing no signs of slowing down, I’m going to have to hire out some help ASAP in order to continue on his path.  This is probably going to be the most difficult thing for me because I like to be hands on with everything that I do, but in the end I think everyone will benefit from it.

I’ll leave you with some Christmas pics of the kids. This was probably one of the best Christmases ever!

24 weeks today!

Three Things 2016 Taught Me

Olivia’s dress is from Baby Gap  & Ballerina Flats from Osh Kosh

These are the most important three things 2016 taught me. What has 2016 taught you?

Click on images below to see some of this years faves! Stay tuned we’ll be sharing more favorites through out the week.


Tracking PixelIn just three short months, Olivia will be one. The following month we’ll be welcoming our second baby girl. I’m still shocked that I have one baby girl and it hasn’t quiet sunk in that I’ll soon be a mom of two girls! As soon as I had Olivia, I knew I’d want her to have a sister but I NEVER, not in a million years, would have thought it would actually happen. Now to be honest, I’m 100% realistic in knowing that having two babies in the house and a toddler (who’s still in diapers) will not be an easy or inexpensive feat. There’s three sets of diapers to buy, and Olivia will have just started to be weaned off her formula, but the cost will be replaced by our new baby girl. Luckily, I’ve been down this road before and there are a few steps I plan to take in order to reduce costs during those first few months. Below are a few ways I plan on budgeting for 3 kids under 3.

Budgeting For 3 Kids Under 3

Budgeting For 3 Kids Under 3Baby girl #2 at my 20 week scan.

Budgeting For 3 Kids Under 3

  1.  Start potty training early! I still have Joseph in diapers because he’s a little afraid of the whole process, but with Olivia I plan on getting a head start! She’s constantly watching us try and potty train Joseph so my guess is that she’ll be more comfortable with the process than Joseph is, since he’s brand new to it all. We have a pretty large bathroom and I’ve made it a priority of allowing Olivia to watch and even read books along with us while I try to ease Joseph into the whole potty training process. They both always have a ton of fun together, so I’m hoping that they will feed off of that vibe and speed the process up.
  2. Getting creative with hand me downs. All those clothes I bought for Olivia will be put to some really good use because we plan on using them all over again with baby girl number two! I’ll be buying her certain new things like special outfits and bibs, but other than that, I’ll be getting creative with the clothes we already have. That’s why I’m asking Santa for a new sewing machine this year! I’ll be using it to add fun embellishments like lace tutus and maybe even some patches to Olivia’s newborn onesies to give them a fresh fun look. For her dresses, I’m thinking I can add some new buttons or add some fabric to them to give it a new feel. I’m so excited to have fun with it!
  3. I already know that I’ll be formula feeding. This time I plan on trying Member’s Mark® Advantage® formula (similar to Similac Advance). While shopping at Sam’s Club (love that place) for diapers I noticed the significant price difference in the selection of formulas, so I asked Olivia’s pediatrician if there was a difference between the other pricier formual selection they had and I was assured that they were comparable.

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I would have tried out this formula with Olivia when she was born but I never thought to look for an alternative or even knew that Sam’s Club had their own brand of formula for that matter.Member’s Mark® stage 1 formula is specially formulated for babies who are prone to fussiness and gas due to lactose sensitivity. PLUS the formal  has a unique blend of DHA, lutien, and vitamin E, that work together to support growth and development of baby’s eyes and brain. These nutrients along with the savings calculator that they offer will play a big part in making this exciting addition of another baby girl and budgeting for 3 kids under 3 a lot easier!

These three ways that I plan on budgeting for 3 Kids Under 3 is just a guide. For me, the most important thing is to enjoy them while they’re little because I know all too well how fast they grow up. Whether you have one new baby or a whole group of little ones like I will soon have, a budget is essential. How did you guys budget for a brand new baby? I’d love to hear all the tips and tricks!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Member’s Mark® Advantage® Infant Formula.


This is a sponsored post with Bob Evans Holiday Help Farm. All opinions are my own.#BeHolidayHelp

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Holiday help from the farm

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Holiday help from the farm

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