Simple Steps to Prevent Mosquito Bites & the Zika Virus

Simple Steps to Prevent Mosquito Bites & the Zika Virus

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood on behalf of Texas Department of State Health Services.

The mosquito season down here in Texas isn’t limited to just a few months! Check out these simple steps to prevent mosquito bites and the Zika virus.

Simple Steps to prevent Mosquito Bites

We love living in Texas!  

We are so crazy about the weather down here! No more shoveling snow for us! HA! The sunshine is just gorgeous and we are determined to spend as much time outdoors as possible.  Read more

7 Tips to Keep Thanksgiving Stress Free and Fabulous!!!

7 Tips to Keep Thanksgiving Stress Free and Fabulous!!!

Halloween has come and gone and we are marching 100 miles a minute towards Thanksgiving and Christmas! 

The fall and winter holidays just seem to steam roll in and I for one want my holidays to be stress free and fabulous! 

7 Tips to Keep Thanksgiving Stress Free and Fabulous

I love hosting Thanksgiving in our house. Whether we have 20 guests or just 2, Thanksgiving always seems to be a day of a little extra pressure to make everything perfect. 

These are some of my favorite tips to keep Thanksgiving stress free and fabulous, no matter how big the guest list! Read more

Four Indoor Activities with Goldfish, a Pencil, Paper & a Ruler

When it’s too dark or too cold to play outside during the winter months I am not sure who goes more crazy…. Me or the SIX children living in my home!!!! 


We spend a LOT of time outdoors. I love being outside. And I LOVE when my kids are outside. They get energy out, they explore their world, they develop motor skills, they make-believe, and so much more! Plus, my house doesn’t get destroyed when they are outside. So it’s a WIN for me! Read more

Forget the Jackson 5, 6, or 7… We are going for EIGHT!!!

As most of you know, we began fostering twin baby girls last year. We picked them up from the NICU and fell completely in love with our sweet “Twin-cesses.” Over the past year, I was able to spend time with their older brother (turning 3 this July). He is a sweet little guy who is slightly obsessed with Lightning McQueen.

I am excited to let you know that as of this week, we are going to be adopting all THREE of these little ones. Yes. That makes SIX kids in our family!!! And a TOTAL of EIGHT Jacksons! (we have maxed out the seating in our SUV! LOL)


After everyones birthdays this summer, our children’s ages will be 7,5,3,3,1,1.  We know we are crazy, but we are also totally confident that God wanted us to love these little babies forever. We are in the process of adoption and hopefully will have an adoption date soon.  Read more

Meal Planning My Own Way

I like the idea of Meal Planning. But I will tell you that no matter what… I will not stick to it exactly. I am a free spirit when it comes to food! Some days I am just inspired to cook and will go a little crazy in the kitchen. And some days, it’s 4:30 pm, my children are dying of starvation already, and I have no idea what I am going to make for dinner. 

In effort to organize myself, become a more efficient mamma, and save a little money, I am Meal Planning My Own Way. Basically, that means, I will plan 14-16 dinners for a two week period. I am not going to write them on a calendar. I am just going to have a list of possible meals pinned to my fridge with all of the ingredients available for any given day. This gives me the freedom to make what I want on the day I want, but the confidence that I have all the ingredients on hand. 

Foreseeing the possible fault with this plan is that I may not have thawed my meat out that I needed for the day, I am going to pull out the meat from the freezer for two meals at a time. 

Breakfast and Lunch are not necessary at this moment to write out completely. But I do have a few options ready and on hand.
Fruit smoothies, Yogurt, Oatmeal breakfast cookies, Egg burritos, Cereal, COFFEE!!!!!
Lunches: Salads, Sandwiches, and Leftovers. 

Dinner List:
1. Grilled Steak & Zucchini Quesadillas w/ Feta & Mozzarella Cheese
2. Turkey Meatballs w/ Whole Wheat Pasta
3. Baked Crispy Chicken w/ Roasted Squash
4. Tomato Brats (brats cooked in Fire Roasted Tomates)
5. Chili Mac
6. Roasted Chicken w/ Veggie Loaded Stuffing
7. Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes
8. Roast w/ Sweet Potatoes & Carrots
9. Venison French Dip Sandwiches
10. Kalua Turkey w/ Brown Rice
11. Shredded Pork Tacos w/ Pico de Gallo & Corn Tortillas
12. Shepherd’s Pie
13. Orange Chicken & Garlic Chinese Noodles
14. Homemade Pizza
15. Shredded Caramelized Crockpot Ham w/ Root Veggies
16. Slow Roasted Lamb w/ Root Veggies

I created a fun printable list to pin to my fridge instead of just some plain old sheet of paper. You can get the PDF it by clicking Meal Planning My Own Way.

Meal Planning My Own Way


Have you tried Meal Planning? What has worked for you? 



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