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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Weekend Wander #77

Welcome to another party!  Can't wait to see your links.  And... GO!



Sunday, April 22, 2012

{30 Minute Meals} Taco Soup

This is SUPER EASY!  It's delicious and cheap, but it doesn't taste that way.  I often will make this when we have guests and they always rave about it.  My very favorite part?  It's super fast so I don't spend my time in the kitchen, instead of hanging out with our guests.

TACO SOUP



Ingredients:
1 can cut green beans, undrained
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 lbs ground hamburger, browned
1 can sliced olives
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 packet taco seasoning

Toppings:
Sour Cream
Tortilla Chips
Shredded Cheese

Directions
1.  Mix all the ingredients in a large pot.  Don't drain the green beans and the corn, the corn and green bean juice help make up the soup.
2.  Add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of water to the pot and stir in the taco seasoning (mild or hot, per your tastes).
3.  Turn the stove to medium high and cover the pot.  Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4.  Dish into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips.  Enjoy!


Serves 4-6


Bringing It Back After Baby

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, for which I received compensation.  Nonetheless, all opinions are mine and all text is original.  There is also adult content, so send the kiddies away or come back later.

My Little Gator is now 10 and a half weeks old.  Time has flown!  I can't believe he's already two and a half months old.  Last Friday, he rolled over for the first time.  He's been gracing us with smiles and is starting to giggle.  I love watching babies grow.



But it's been a while since I've written anything on relationships.  Life gets busy and sometimes, unfortunately, they get pushed to the back burner.  I will be completely honest and say that for the last 9 months I have felt anything but sexy.  Seriously, who thinks the frazzled, exhausted, pregnant (or new mother of two) is sexy?!  We live in a college town and there are a plethora of young college co-eds with their skinny, pre-baby figures that would make anyone a little self-conscious.  Then there's me... and the days that I'm lucky if I brush my hair, let alone shower and put on make-up.  Not sexy, right?  Even a little "EEK"!

We've still been having date night, but they have been mildly mediocre, to say the least.  Last Friday, date night consisted of a thirty-minute trip to UPS where I sat in the car alone while my handsome hubby waited for them to track down a package and then we made a disappointing trip to a local Chinese buffet and we ended the evening with a screaming infant.  It was a little depressing and definitely not romantic.  I decided that we aren't going to have these mediocre dates anymore.  At least, not if I can help it.

But here's my problem.  It can be really hard to be romantic when you're running on 5-6 hours of less than stellar sleep and spend all day fussing at your two year old for not listening and changing diaper after diaper after diaper... Real romantic, right?  {Best run-on sentence ever, right?  I'll blame it on the terrible sleep.}

I decided to overlook my post-baby body and open up a drawer that hasn't been opened in about 8 months: the lingerie drawer.  Date night is the time I have to reconnect with my husband and intimacy is a huge part of any good and healthy relationship, but it's been hard to get past my "new mom body".

Do you need a little inspiration to spice up the romance in your life?  Well, let EdenFantasys help you out!  They have everything you might need to have a super sizzling night with your sweetie.  Their lingerie selection is fabulous and affordable.  There are lots of styles to choose from and sizes for every body type and shape. Need a little pampering before your hot date?  Check out the selection of beauty and body products they have available.  You'll find everything from make-up and fragrances to massage kits.  Feeling really rambunctious and risque?  Splurge on a new sex toy to kick that smoldering passion into "too hot to handle" territory.  The couples that play together, stay together.

Express your love with Vroom! Sex toys from EdenFantasys. Shop now!

We will be trying harder to bring more sizzle back into our relationship.  The best homes are ones where mom and dad remember why they got together in the first place.  Marriage isn't easy, and it's not supposed to be.  It is always worth a little effort to keep your love alive - everyone will be happier.  The last few months have kind of felt like we're just a bunch of people living in the same house.  I want my husband to know that I am still attracted to him, I still want him.  And I want my kids to know that I love their father and am totally committed to our family.






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Friday, April 20, 2012

Weekend Wander #76

Hey all!  Sorry I forgot to put the linky up last night!  I was distracted being totally ticked off at our landlord.  The nerve of some people, seriously.  I can not wait to get out of this place and be the boss (well, co-boss if you count the hubby).  Gah!  Twenty-seven more days, only 27 more days.  I can make it, right?!

Anyway, if you didn't catch that, we are closing on a house in 27 days and I'm trying to get us packed up and moved.  I'm so tired of moving.  Three moves in the last three years.  Hopefully, we will stay put for a while after this.  But the next few parties might not have features.  It'll just depend on what kind of time I have.  With that being said, here's a couple shout outs to some of the links from last week:

I am totally in love with this idea from Creating Sarah.  It's very possible that I will steal this once we move into our new house.  I love that everything is all right there, along with the recipe (so anyone can cook it!).  
If you want to pin this idea to pinterest, please follow the link above and pin it from Sarah's blog.

Lurve this airplane room over at Here Comes The Sun.  The boys' room in our new house will probably get a transportation theme and I love this for inspiration.
Please follow the link and pin this from Kelly's blog.

Jazmine has an interesting way of  dressing up and updating her bathroom.  Our new house has a garden tub/shower combo in the master bath.  But it's got those awful sliding doors (similar to the ones we have dealt with for the past year - and HATED).  They will be coming down ASAP.  I love Jazmine's idea...
Please pin this from Keep it Krafty.


A big thanks to everyone who linked up!  Now, show me all the good stuff you've been up to and have a super fabulous weekend.  I think I may need to bring out my inner redneck and go shoot something... and preferably not the landlord, right?  And... GO!




Wednesday, April 18, 2012

{Printable} 2012 Grad Subway Art & Card

**I attempted to fix the issues with 4shared.  If you're still getting error messages try the directions at the bottom of the post to download from photobucket.  Unfortunately, it's a little longer process.  Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.**

Last year, I made a subway art piece with a Graduation theme.  And graduation season is fast-approaching again!  It doesn't seem like it's been a whole year already.  For those of you that have graduations at the end of the month (or those of you getting a jump on the May and June Grads in your life), here is an updated version of the piece.  Click the links and download your free copies of watermark-free versions.

 For the card version, click HERE.



For the 8x10" printable, click HERE.


ENJOY!  And congratulations to all the graduates out there!


*If you try the 4shared links and they don't work try this:
1.  Follow the links to photobucket.  THIS ONE for the poster.  THIS ONE for the card.
2. Hover your cursor over the image and some information should pop up at the top of the image, including a command bar.
3. Move your cursor over "File" and a menu should drop down.  The bottom option should be "Download". Select it.
4.  Save the file to your computer and then you can print it from there.
-As you can see, this is a little more involved of a process, so I'd check the 4shared links.  

I will be putting in an email to 4shared to see if I can find out what the problem is.  Some people are able to get to the links, so they are only broken sometimes.  And it's my original work and file, so there shouldn't be any Terms of Use issues...  Thanks for being so patient, my friends.



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

{30 Minute Meals} Tuna Noodle Casserole


TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE


Ingredients:
1 package of Spiral Egg Noodles
1 can of tuna, drained
1 small package of frozen peas (my mom uses a peas and carrots mix sometimes to change up the flavor a bit.)
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

Directions:
1.  Cook your egg noodles according to the directions on the package.
2.  Drain.  Butter if desired.
3.  Mix tuna, frozen veggies and soup (uncondensed) well.
4.  Stir in milk to thin if needed.

Serves 4-6

*If you want a stronger flavor, consider adding some garlic powder, minced onions, some lemon pepper or a small pinch of cayenne pepper.




Sunday, April 15, 2012

Printable Card Set

These are the printables I shared over at Lil Luna last week.  In case you missed this card set I thought I'd put it up here as well.  It's a set that should cover several events in your calendar this year.  To get your free copies of these files, click the links and download watermark-free versions.  These are formatted to print on an 8.5x11" page.  Each page has two cards.  Enjoy!






Come check out all the printables I have available in my Etsy shop and there are more free downloads available right here, on my blog.  And come join the Thirty Minute Meals series I currently have running and get some new quick, easy and yummy recipes!

If you have any requests or ideas for upcoming printables, please leave a comment or email me at whilehewasnapping{at}gmail.com.  Otherwise, you're stuck with whatever my little brain can come up with. =)  Have a fabulous week!


Friday, April 13, 2012

That Works For Me!

Looking for the Weekend Wander linky?  You can find it HERE.

Do you read We Are THAT Family?  If not, I'd highly recommend it.  It's a fabulous blog that focuses on family, marriage, God and charity.  Kristen is entertaining and uplifting, while still being 'real-world'.  She shares the trials along with the triumphs.  There are topics from bathroom makeovers to helpful tips to choose family movies to updates on Mercy House, their charity in Kenya, Africa that helps young mothers and their babies.  She also hosts a fabulous link party every Wednesday called Works for Me Wednesday.  The link party was how I initially found Kristen, but the great content kept me coming back.



Through lots of time and work, there is now a great E-Book that has some pretty awesome tips and tricks, all of which were shared at Works for Me Wednesday!  It's a really awesome collection of over 800 tips in 24 different categories from over 300 bloggers!  Each tip includes a short, descriptive summary of the tip with a live link to the original post so you can quickly and easily find the source of the info.  It's super user-friendly and you're sure to find something of use in each of the categories.


Categories include:  Babies, Beauty/Fashion, Blogging, Cleaning, Organizing, Crafts, Gardening, Frugality, Decor, Gifts, Homeschooling, Parties/Holidays, Laundry, Hospitality, Recipes, Parenting, Marriage, Time Management, Technology, and Traveling.

For more info on the e-book, check out the website: http://thatworksfor.me.  There's also a contest on the That Works for Me! site - up for grabs is a $150 Visa Card that you can use towards a free house cleaning! I could sure use someone to come in and clean up my house... just sayin', it's a SA-WEET prize.

Like I mentioned, I initially found We Are THAT Family because of the WFMW link party.  A few months ago, Kristen contacted me and asked if it was ok if they included some of my links in the book!  How fun is that?  The book released this week and Kristen has given me the chance to give two of you a FREE copy of the e-book!


Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your FREE copy of That Works For Me!  There will be two winners.  Giveaway will end Thursday, April 19th and the winners will be announced at next week's Weekend Wander.  If you can't see the Rafflecopter widget, click on the title of this post.  I'm still trying to figure out Rafflecopter... sorry.


If you'd prefer to just purchase the book (and help out The Mercy House) for $8, click HERE.  If you use the code SAVE1 at check out, you can save a buck and get this treasure chest of knowledge for only $7!  There is also a Kindle version available on Amazon for $6.99.

Here is a sample page from the book (click the image to enlarge):
Via




a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good Luck!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Weekend Wander #75

Welcome to the party!  Let's do this.  Last week's party was great.  Check out one of my faves:

Too cute t-shirt bracelets over at Henry Happened.
If you want to pin this, please do so from Henry Happened after you follow the link above.

Thanks for linking everyone!  I love seeing what you've all been up to.  Annnd in case you missed the exciting happenings I've been up to this week...

Free Printable Card Set Contribution @ Lil Luna
That Works for Me E-Book Release @ We Are THAT Family
{Come back tomorrow for your chance to win a FREE copy}

Show me whatcha got!  Annnd... GO!





Wednesday, April 11, 2012

{30 Minute Meals} Cheddar Veggie Soup

CHEDDAR VEGGIE SOUP



Ingredients:

  • 3-4 medium Carrots, sliced
  • 2-3 medium Potatoes, diced
  • 3-4 stalks of Celery, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 1/2-2 cups Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
Directions:
Place all sliced veggies, 1 cup of milk and the butter in a pot and heat on medium-high to high heat, covered on the stove.  Simmer on the stove for 20 minutes or until veggies are tender.  When veggies reach desired tenderness,  add the remaining milk.  Simmer until the soup and milk are mixed well.  Serve.
Caution: Soup will be HOT!

This soup is also very yummy with chicken or ham added (also adds some protein).



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pinterest: Permission to Pin


So... remember when I did the little mini-series on Pinterest?  I know it was only a couple weeks ago, but sometimes things blur and run together and it seems like soo much longer than just a couple weeks.  Anywho, I ran across this post on Corkboard Connections the other day and thought "huh, who knew?" when obviously I should have, since I'm a Pinterest addict user and it is in the Terms of Service I agreed to when I signed up for the site.  I'll admit I did little more than skim the Terms of Service, how about you?

Have you, by chance, noticed the new little button on the right side bar?  Hint, hint: it says "permission to pin"...  Did you know that you need permission to pin other's images?!  I didn't.  Why do you need permission?  Well, because of the rights granted to Pinterest when an image is pinned.  Any images on the Pinterest site gives Pinterest "...a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify (e.g., re-format), re-arrange, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest for the purposes of operating and providing the Service(s) to you and to our other Users. Nothing in these Terms shall restrict Pinterest’s rights under separate licenses to User Content."  [Source - Found under Paragraph 1, Section b.]  That's kind of a lot to grant Pinterest without knowing it or having the right to do so, yeah?

If you don't want your images pinned, you can add a little html code to your site that will make your images "un-pin-able".  To disable pinning, in the head section of any page on your site, simply add:
<meta name="pinterest" content="nopin" />


If you would like to limit the pinning of a single image, and not the whole page, in the image source portion of the photo code, insert:
nopin="nopin"





You have permission to pin images from While He Was Napping, both the blog and my Etsy shop.  The only stipulation I ask you to follow is please don't pin images of my family.  My boys may be cute, but I don't want Pinterest to be able to sell their photos.  Kay? Kay.


Monday, April 09, 2012

{30 Minute Meals} Chicken Lasagna

CHICKEN LASAGNA


Ingredients:
  • 1 lb Ready-to-Bake Lasagna Noodles
  • 16 oz Cottage Cheese
  • 2-4 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 2-3 Grilled* Chicken breasts, diced
Directions:
1.  In a 9x13" pan, spread a thin layer of Alfredo sauce on the bottom of the pan.
2.  Put down a layer of Ready-Bake noodles.
3.  Next, spread a thin layer of cottage cheese over the noodles.
4.  Lay down a layer of shredded cheese.
5.  Sprinkle your diced chicken breast pieces on top of the cheese.
6.  Repeat 1-2 times.
7.  Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes.

Serve.

Side dish ideas:
Citrus Glazed Carrots
Steamed Asparagus
Orange Slices

- You can also use regular lasagna noodles for this recipe; but, obviously, it adds to your prep time.


*  I keep grilled chicken dices in the freezer for recipes like this.  If you have to grill them with your other prep, it will take longer than 30 minutes.


Add your {30 Minute Meals} to our link party!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Weekend Wander #74

Sorry about the lack of party last week!  We made a super spontaneous road trip.  As in like we decided to go Thursday night.  Then, Little Monkey spent the whole night throwing up (I have the best husband ever, by the way.  He stayed up with sick Little Monkey and the two of them slept on the couch while I took Little Gator and we slept back in the bedroom.).  After that we were debating whether to still go or to stay home.  My sweet honey has a really close friend that deploys this weekend and we were going to see them.  We finally bit the bullet and left here about 6pm Friday evening.  It was about 2am when we finally got to our destination and then we stayed up visiting until 4am...  aww, good times.  If I learned anything, it's that I am too old and have too many children to stay up til 4am repeatedly.

Anywho, that's my excuse.  And on to the party!  From two weeks ago, we had some great links.

Kaysi @ Crafts Keep Me Sane shared this super cute Easter pillow.  I love the ruffles on those eggs.
If you want to pin this, please pin it from Kaysi's blog by following the link above.

Thanks to everyone who linked up.  You guys make the party happen.  Stick around and enjoy what others have shared.  I know time is precious and even if you don't have time to check out more than one link, at least make a visit to someone else...  No one likes to leave the party early so stick around and check out all the cool stuff out there.  Enough of that soap box.  And, let's party!

Oh, one last thing...  Check out the 30 Minute Meals series that just started.  I've got a linky set up for you to share your 30 minute meals too.  Dunno about you, but I can always use new ideas.  Alrighty... annnd GO!






{30 Minute Meals} Red Pepper & Mushroom Alfredo

RED PEPPER AND MUSHROOM ALFREDO



 Ingredients:

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 10-15 Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Jar of Alfredo Sauce
  • 16 oz Pasta (your choice of type)
Directions:
1.  Put the water for your pasta on the stove to boil.  Heat on high heat.
2.  Slice your mushrooms and dice your pepper into bite size pieces.  Saute on medium heat on the stove in a little butter or oil.
3.  Add your pasta to the water once it boils.  Reduce heat to medium-medium high.  Stir occasionally.  
4.  Add the jar of alfredo sauce to your pan of sauteed veggies.  Stir occasionally.  Season as desired.  I usually add some garlic and lime juice.  Simmer to keep warm.  
5.  Drain the pasta when it's cooked.  Put the pasta back in the pan and stir in a little butter.

Serve the alfredo sauce and veggies over pasta and enjoy!  


Side dish ideas:
Dinner rolls
Jell-O with fruit


Add your {30 Minute Meals} to our link party!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

{30 Minute Meals} Link Party

What are your quick and easy go-to meals?  You know, the ones you serve on those run-from-dawn-til-dusk kind of days or the ones you have all the stuff on hand already for the nights you really don't want to cook.  Link 'em up.  I can't wait to see what go-to meals are hiding in your kitchens.





Thirty Minute Meals

This is the start of a new series inspired by this post and it's popularity from Pinterest.    Basically, I will be sharing a bunch of super quick and easy recipes.  Life with two kiddos has seriously put a dent in my desire to spend the time slaving over the stove (and my desire to do that was incredibly minuscule before the two kiddos...)  So, I have taken to quick and easy to prepare meals that still taste good and have at least a little nutritious value to them.  Granted, they aren't all super healthy; but, sometimes you want them fed well and sometimes you just want them fed.  I usually shoot for a main dish and a side dish.  If my family is super lucky, maybe they'll get dessert too {...or just a scoop of ice cream}.  I will also have a linky list where you can share your Thirty Minute Meal ideas with the rest of us.  I dunno about you, but I'm always looking for new quick, easy and yummy recipes.  I hope you'll join me.





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