On The Grill

Deliciously Sticky BBQ Ribs

There is nothing better on a Saturday night than to be outside with the family grillin’ up a feast. In our home, nights like these bring everyone just a little bit closer. The kids run around playing soccer or chasing each other with their water guns, my husband has music playing, and I’m usually enjoying a small glass bottle of wine. And when we are lucky enough, we are blessed with the company of good friends and family. Nights like these remind me of just how wonderful all the small things in life are. Even the muddy clothes and that sink full of dishes that I will dread tomorrow are a few of those small things that one day my home will long for. For now, those piles of mess mean wonderful memories were made. So what better to do than to throw some deliciously sticky barbecue ribs on the grill and…

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Parenting

Why I Won’t Give Into “That Thing”

Have you noticed how quickly something can become a hot trend, some new toy? Especially with kids! And it seems kids pick up on how popular something is no matter how much or how little exposure to “that thing” they have. I can’t say that I am surprised really. Kids are like sponges. They see a toy’s commercial a few times and they just have to have it, Mommy! In fact, I think back and recall that Hatchimal trend that went around. All I remember thinking when my kids all jumped at trying to persuade me to buy it was “you want to care for and hatch a fake bird?” All I could respond with was “we will see.” As time went on they talked about this thing more and more; at times begging me for one. Disregarding the cost and difficulty in locating one, my answer quickly became a…

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Educational Thoughts

5 Tips For A Smoother Homeschool Day

Homeschooling my children has been the most rewarding thing I have chosen to do in my lifetime. At the same time, it has been one of the most stressful, emotional, and difficult things that I have ever done! There have been so many days where I was ready to throw in the towel. So many days that our lesson time did not go anywhere close to how I imagined it or prepared for. During our first year, I found myself often canceling our daily lessons just to save my sanity. Things were just too crazy and not working. Every day I struggled to get out of bed to wake up the kids, knowing that things may not go well. Our mornings were always chaotic- the girls were groggy and the boys were ready for a day of play. Dishes were piling up, and then there was me, with no time…

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Every Day Eats

Super Delicious Parmesan Chicken

It is the start of a new school year again and as always, I have been hustling around the house as busy as a bee in preparation for tomorrow; just hoping to have a smooth day finally (we all know how crazy the first few weeks of homeschool is when trying to find a routine). So I needed something quick, easy, and still delicious for dinner. After all, I am in no mood to have a sink full of dirty dishes, nor a messy stove to pick up. The first thing that came to mind was my super delicious Parmesan Chicken! Chicken is a staple food in our home. It is cost efficient and cooks rather quick when thinned out. Plus it is extremely versatile; I can think of 10 things to do with chicken breasts in just a couple minutes. Preparing this dish is a 4 step process (3 just…

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Ethnic Splurges

Crispy & Flaky Tostada Bowls

There is nothing more wonderful than a well-rounded meal. I mean veggies, protein, carbs, and absolute deliciousness. I know my favorite thing for many years has been the taco salad at Baja Fresh; that crispy, flaky tostada bowl shell most of all. We used to live close to this place and I could have my splurge anytime. I would splurge like a pregnant woman with a craving! However, since we have moved out of state I have been deprived of my one true love… that tostada bowl. I have scoured Pinterest for something similar but have only found baked recipes and although good, they were just not the same. So I bought a large bottle of oil, some tortillas, and all the fixings to make tostadas and began trying different methods on the stove (since my hubby has not blessed me with a deep fryer yet.) By this point I…

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Educational Thoughts

6 Things To Know When Considering Homeschool

If someone would have asked me four years ago if I would ever choose to homeschool my children, I would have gasped in horror at the thought of such a crazy responsibility. Considering homeschool just was not an option. How could I provide my children with an adequate education when I barely got through school myself? What if I failed, what if they had questions that I couldn’t give an answer to? All these fears consumed me for a while until things in public school drastically changed. It was not working out for two of my children and something had to change fast! We took up homeschool rather quickly. Honestly, I had NO idea what I was doing, but we all jumped in feet first. I will admit, it wasn’t a pretty sight at first. We were all a hot mess! But it was a journey that we all grew…

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Life & Lovely Chaos

Welcome To Our Adventure- Start Here

Hello & welcome to our adventure! I am very excited to launch my new blog, Life & Lovely Chaos today and look forward to this amazing journey with you all. For many years now I have considered starting a blog and after much contemplation, I have decided to jump in and do it! There is so much that I know I can share with you all and that many of you will benefit from. Of course my favorite thing of all to share are all of my recipes. I am a huge food lover- I love to cook, eat, and talk FOOD! So I am sure there will be plenty for us to connect with there. Getting to know each of you is my personal goal, so I look forward to all my subscriber emails, questions, and even input; because as I said- this is OUR adventure and I want you…

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