What Blogs and Church Families Have in Common🤔
If you observed our family at church, you might surmise we, more or less, have it together. The kids wear some nice duds, everyone’s hair lays flat, and we don’t outwardly appear surly with each other.
What you don’t see is what transpired before church.
Without fail, my oldest son incessantly complains about the uncomfortable pants he has to have on for an entire 60 minutes. I’m screaming at my daughter to get out of the shower as we’re putting on shoes. Then, as we’re arriving I realize kids have slipped on dirty crocs without me noticing.🤦♀️
For the blog, all you see is the pretty picture at the end. You might think I make dinner, take a couple quick shots, and we all sit down to a warm meal.
Oh buddy. Unfortunately, for all of us, it’s not quite as effortless as it may seem.
All my shoots happen during the day when I have natural light to work with. So by the time dinner rolls around our food goes from piping hot and delicious to being rewarmed in the microwave.
The kids often serve as my “stylist assistants.” This means they hold up food while I ask (yell at) them to stop shaking so I can get a clear picture.
Then there is the aftermath. When shooting food everything has to be captured quickly, before the food becomes congealed and unappetizing.
So I go on a spastic, fervent warpath throwing equipment, photo props, and food everywhere. It’s always quite a shock when I look up after the final shot and discover the destruction.
My life would be so much easier if images like these got shared on Pinterest. #reallife
ALL ABOUT MAKING LIFE EASIER 🤙
So, yes, admittedly 👆I’m not the most cool or collected person from time to time. I’m sure you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with a pulse who doesn’t struggle with this.
I do have a not-so-secret weapon that drastically cuts back on the crazies. You might have heard of this little thing called med-it-ta-tion.
Don’t roll your eyes at me.
Getting the Insight Timer on my phone was one of my best moves as a human, mother, and wife. It’s completely free and completely brainless.
You can set the timer for as long as you want, chose a guided mediation if you prefer to listen soothing voices, or just use the timer for a apropos gong sound.
Do me a solid and just give it a try. Spend five minutes every morning (morning is key for me) before you start anything. String together three days and see if you notice a difference. Please 🧘♀️
Save This Weekly Meal Plan to Your Pinterest Dinner Board!
Monday: Pork Apple Meatloaf (Hands On: 15 minutes, Bake: 60 minutes), mashed potatoes, Lemon Garlic Broccoli (Hands On: 10 minutes)
Tuesday: (Slow Cooker) Pork Chili (Hands On: 10 minutes Slow Cooker: 5 hours), Cornbread (Hands on: 5 minutes, Bake: 20 minutes)
Wednesday: Cranberry Dijon Pretzel Chicken (Hands On: 15 minutes, Bake: 30 minutes ), Boiled Salt Potatoes (Hands On: 5 minutes, Cook 20 minutes), frozen green beans.
Thursday: 10 Minute Glazed Salmon (Hands On: 10 minutes), steamed rice, Roasted Pumpkin Spice Butternut Squash
Friday: Sweet Potato, Sausage Goulash (Hands On: 30 minutes), bread to soak up goulash, frozen or canned veggie
Weekend Making: I’m using my Go-To Brownie Recipe to test some Pumpkin Brownies for the blog. It’s been a week 🙄 so we’ll also be sipping on some Espresso Martinis to celebrate the weekend.
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