Blessing Your Husband

As a Mom, it is so easy to put your marriage on the back burner and focus on the kids.  They are only going to be in your home for a short time, and they really do need a lot of attention.  But it is so very important to make your marriage a priority.  I try to find small ways everyday to show my Hubby that he is important to me.

I wake up with him before he leaves for work.  He gets up at 3:30am, gets dressed and heads downstairs.  I wake up between 3:30 and 4am and go with him.  I like to get his coffee ready, make him breakfast (if time permits), and pack his lunch.  I’ll make his breakfast fresh for him- eggs and bacon, a breakfast sandwich, but sometimes we’re rushing (MONDAYS! ugh, lol) and I don’t have time.  Just getting a bowl of cereal for him is helpful.  He likes having someone to talk to in the quiet before he leaves.  And because I’m up with him, helping him get ready, we get to sit down and chat for a bit or watch the news.

Another way I bless my Hubby is by doing his laundry.  Yes, he is a big boy.  Yes, he knows how to do his own laundry.  But, I have the time, I’m home, and I like to do it.  I also try to get done any other chores that will help him have a more restful weekend.

I also like to let him sleep in on the weekends.  I’m always up early to get the kids to their activities, getting the house straightened up, or getting breakfast ready.  I won’t wake up Hubby unless absolutely necessary.  My thoughts on this, I do get up early with him through the week, but if I’m tired during the day, I take a nap.  He can’t nap during the week, so he gets to sleep in. 🙂

He doesn’t expect any this, but I would be ok with it if he did.  He works hard for his family, and he deserves to be pampered.  I think *some* women feel like preparing meals for men, bringing them coffee, etc is demeaning, because for a long time- women didn’t have a choice.  Those things were expected of them.  They are not now, and I’m grateful that I have the choice, but this is the choice that I’m making, and it seems like a lot of women are doing the same. I’m happy to see homemaking becoming more popular.  I see lots of stay at home wives…not just moms, but women without children.  As I’ve said before, homemaking has always been very close to my heart.  I love everything about it.  It really warms my heart to see so many wives falling in love with it, as well.

❤️Courtney

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Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Ours was wonderful.  All the food turned out perfect, everything was done on time, everyone showed up on time, everyone got along, and no one discussed politics (haha).  That’s usually not a problem here, but you never know.  🙂

In the morning, while I was getting the turkey ready, peeling potatoes and working on some last minute things Hubby and I watched the parade.  I think I have watched it every year since I was a little girl.  My kids have no interest in it now  😦  Our family started showing up around noon, dinner was ready about 1, by 2 we had everything cleaned up, the boys were watching football, and my sister, my mom, the kids and I were playing games.  We had dessert a little later, and I think everyone left around 6.

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What time do you eat?  My grandma always served our big meals as a late lunch, and I guess it just felt natural to do the same.  Also, I like to eat early so we can have a nap, and then have leftovers for dinner.

We picked at the  leftovers all night!  And of course I was so stuffed that I didn’t feel like cleaning up.  So this is what I came down to this morning-

Such a disaster.  I promise it was clean as soon as we finished eating (the first time, lol).

After everyone left, Hubby and I watched Wizard of Oz.  Actually, he slept, and I watched it with Milo. img_4351

Isn’t that funny??  I have never seen a cat watching tv.  He didn’t sit that way for long, but he watched it for a good 15 minutes.

My plans for the day are cleaning up that mess of a kitchen, undecorating for Thanksgiving/fall and DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!  I am so excited!  I have been planning out my decorating pretty much since April.  We bought our house then, and I have been picturing it ever since.

I did a little bit of Black Friday shopping online, but it’s never been my thing.  Hubby and I went out once to find some good deals, but didn’t really find anything worth all of that craziness.  So we haven’t done it since then.

I hope you all enjoy your day, however you are spending it.  Hubby and the girls are still sleeping, so I will watch one more Hallmark Christmas movie, drink another cup of coffee, and enjoy the quiet for a little bit longer.  Then I’m going to scrub that kitchen and get this house ready for Christmas!  Find me on Instagram to see more from me..not quite daily, but a little more often than I can blog. 🙂

❤ Courtney

The Lost Art of Homemaking

Ahhh, the 1950’s. A simpler time. Sock hop music, poodle skirts, smaller houses, single car households, single income households, wives at home in their aprons.  Its so easy to romanticize that time period. It sounds perfect to so many of us, myself included. 

That picture perfect lifestyle was not for everyone though. My moms side of the family did not live in a quaint neighborhood. She grew up in the mountains. They didn’t have a lot of money.  Even though my grandmas 1950’s life didn’t involve drive in movie dates with her husband, or grabbing a burger and shake at the local sock hop, her ideals were the same. Family first, cooking from scratch, a simple life. 

I don’t know when this changed. But I’m sorry it did.  As a whole, our focus is now on money. Who has the nicest house? Who drives the nicest car? Who has the best toys?  Babies are being raised by their daycare providers. Teenagers are being left to make decisions without a parents guidance. 

My passion is at home. I love caring for my husband, our children and our home.  My priority has always been my family. I never wanted the career or a fast paced lifestyle. I love to spend time in my home decorating, cooking, playing games with my family. Even just bumming around watching movies. 

If you spend time making dinner for your family, think about them while you’re cooking. When you make dinner with a happy heart you are cooking with love.  It’s the same with cleaning or decorating, washing dishes or doing laundry.  If you make it your passion, choose to be joyful while you’re doing it, you’re blessing your family and your home.  

Don’t think of grocery shopping as just another chore on the list.  Do the shopping with love in your heart and you’re being intentional about making healthy choices and choosing items to please yourself and your family. 

This is the lost art of homemaking. Blessing your family and your home. It’s so easy to get caught up in day to day life- Work and keeping up with the Jones’s.  Let’s get back to the simpler life. Back to the good ol’ days. Let’s be intentional with our days and bless our home and families. Let’s revive the lost art of homemaking. ❤️

17 Pounds- Gone!

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I can hardly believe it. Five weeks of low carb eating, minimal exercise, and I’ve lost 17 pounds.  I’m over halfway to my first goal. 30 pounds. 

I seem to have come to a standstill. It’s been about a week and I’m still at 17 pounds. I’m going to be a little more careful about my serving sizes and more intentional with my exercise. 

It has been a huge help having my hubby do this with me. In the past I’ve tried lots of different weight loss techniques. But doing it by myself, I was not successful.  This time though, Hubby has been walking with me, having an interest in carb counting and even helping me shop. 

One of my biggest struggles is sweets. I have a huge sweet tooth!  We would have ice cream almost nightly. (It’s hot here! We needed it to cool down 😉) Now that we’re low carb, I’ve tried to make sweets with stevia and almond flour and it’s just not the same. It has the artificial, diet-y taste and Hubby and I do not like that. So that makes it easy to stay away from sweets. 

I feel like low carb dieting is so much more successful for us because it doesn’t feel like we’re dieting.  We eat pretty much whatever we want- lots of veggies, meats, I can even use ranch dressing on salads. Not having sweets really was the hardest part, but I just had to get out of he habit of having them. After a week or so, it wasn’t such a struggle. 

Do you have a weight loss story to share? I would love to hear it! Hearing about others successes motivates me. 

Back in the Swing of Things

Well, the first day of school was a success. My 7th grader (S) decided middle school is not as scary as she thought. And my 10th grader is happy with all of her teachers. Win, win. 

I spent the day with Hubby. Again, working on projects around the house. He cleaned out the garage, we got some picture frames hung up, he put up a flag in his pool table room. I made cookies for the girls for after school (our first day of school tradition), and then we relaxed through the afternoon and watched Pirates of the Caribbean. 

What was left of the chocolate chip cookies after the girls got to them. 😉

Day 2 of school was pretty exciting for S.  The whole town was without power for the entire morning. The middle school was just hanging out making arrangements to bus the kids to the high school. S said they just hung out in 1st period and didn’t do any classes or anything. I could have picked her up, but she said she was having fun. The power finally came back in around lunchtime. 

One of my favorite things about living in his area are the rains. Normally, I hate rain. But most of the time, the rain here come and goes so fast, you could miss it. But even if it’s not raining where you are, there is a good chance you’ll get to see the beautiful rainbows. 

We were able to see this entire rainbow from our backyard! 😍

What is everyone up to this week? When do your kids go back to school? 

Talk soon!

Good -bye Sweet Summertime

I cannot believe summer vacation is over. How did this happen?  It was just yesterday we were taking end of school pictures and looking forward to the lazy days of summer…right?

Apparently not. We’ve completed school shopping and I’m a lot poorer than I was a month ago. The backpacks are packed and ready for tomorrow. These girls are excited and not excited at the same time. One is starting 10th grade and my youngest us starting 7th. 7th grade?!?  My baby is in middle school. She’s pretty nervous about a new school, new kids, and everything that goes along with the first day jitters. She knows of a few friends in her classes, but most of her close friends will be indifferent classes. Poor thing. 

So what has everyone been up to this summer?  My girls took a vacation with my mom, and that was literally the only thing we had going on. I thought about taking them on a roadtrip, but that didn’t work out. Most of my summer was spent shuttling them back and forth to friends houses. A little boring for me, but I know this season of life won’t last forever and I will miss it. 

So being home bound let hubby and I work on some projects around the house. He had a vegetable garden, I did a lot of shopping for native plants for our backyard. I’m really enjoying getting to know this beautiful area and see the amazing things it can produce.  

Our backyard is up against a wash (like a natural roadway for rainwater- rain falls so hard and fast here, and the ground is so hard it won’t absorb, the rain has to have some place to go), so we get to see quite a few desert animals. We’ve had coyotes,javalina and quail. And a few unidentified creatures. 😳 Hubby and I enjoy looking to see what will pass by our backyard. 

That was basically our summer. The kids go back tomorrow. Today is family dinner at our house. Sharknado 5 is on today so we’re going to watch a few silly shark movies and have everyone over for pulled pork sandwiches, with a pork shoulder Hubby smoked the other night. We tried it yesterday and it was DELICIOUS!  I can’t wait. 

I guess that’s all for today. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things and post a little more often.  I’m pretty sure I said that same thing at the end of the school year. Haha 

Talk to you all soon!

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Hi!!! I’m Courtney. 

I’m a wife, mom of 2 girls and 3 fur babies and a lover of all thing domestic.  I started blogging to hold myself accountable for daily tasks and to encourage others to do the same. I’ll be sharing recipes, cleaning tips, diy and crafting, decorating, my weight loss journey..and whatever else crosses my path.

A little about me…I am Dayne’s wife, we have 2 daughters, 1 dog and 3 cats.  We live in sunny Tucson, Arizona.  I love to read, watch movies and hang out with my family.