Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"Take time to be thankful for everything that you have.  You can always have more, but you could also have less."

~ Unknown

The struggle to improve my photography and video shooting skills has been real y'all.  My camera fell off its tripod during my DIY shoot for my JORD watch and broke.  I haven't found a budget friendly replacement and last week I started to get down in the dumps about it.  Then, I stumbled across the quote above and remembered that I needed to be thankful that I wasn't completely camera-less.

I do own a phone a with a camera.  Although, it's on its last leg due to kissing the asphalt a few times, in a pinch it gets a decent job done.  However, prayers are greatly appreciated that I as head out this weekend looking for a new replacement that I will find something within my budget.  

This week Moo came home from school talking about how some of the kids in her class were debating whose parents were the richest based on how much stuff (i.e.- toys, clothes, etc) they had.  It bothered her a bit because the situation kind of turned into some of the kids picking on one of her friends.  Also, I think it made her feel a little conscious of the fact that neither I nor her father rushes out to get her the latest toys, etc. As a parent, I've also strived and will continue to strive to instill in my children that material things don't define who we are.


I'm grateful to have had this teachable moment and to reassure her that being rich in life goes beyond how big your house is, the number of zeros in your bank account or in her case the number of Barbie dolls in her toy box.  She felt better by the end of our talk and said that she remembered that people are more important than things. Here's to hoping that as she gets older the peer pressure from her classmates to keep up with Joneses increases, she will continue to remember that.  I'm also hoping that more parents will work on teaching their children that it's not okay to shame others because they don't have as much as you do!

This weekend my little guy turned FOUR!!  Please tell my heart to slow down y'all.  I managed to keep it together on his actual birthday, but there may or may not have been a tear shed the night before his birthday.  While having kids has made me stronger and tougher in certain situations, when it comes to sentimental occasions like birthdays, I have turned into even more a sap.  I'm even more grateful that we got to celebrate his birthday as a family and that the Mr didn't have to work!

Lastly, thank God again for honest neighbors.  My UPS man is officially on my bad side.  He's been delivering all of my packages to someone else in a completely different apartment building and that poor lady has been trekking down three flights of stairs, down the sidewalk and up another couple flights of stairs to drop off my packages.  The first time I thought she'd made a lucky guess at which apartment to bring the package to because I'd expected there to be an error with the my printed mailing address. 

Nope, my address was correct.  This week, I got a really package and she was so out of breath that she had to pause outside our door to catch it as she explained that our UPS man had once again left my package at her place.  As expected my address was 100% correct.  I felt bad that she had to cart that heavy box down and up all those stairs in this heat we've been having.  At this point, I'm seriously wondering why he keeps doing this and what happened to the UPS lady we had before he started doing this route?  

Not sure if I can find out which warehouse he works at and contact the manager, but the we'll look into email from corporate isn't going to do this time. Nevertheless, I'm grateful for the reminder that we still have honest people in this often times crazy world.  I give thanks to God for this good samaritan in our neighborhood.  Also, thank you to everyone who's been entering my current PayPal Cash giveaway!

Let me know in the comments what you're thankful for this week!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Honey Glazed & Italian Breaded Baked Pork Chops

I have to admit the Mr and I don't get out for date nights much.  Thus, we have become more of the date night in sort of couple.  My husband gets to show off his awesome movie picking skills.  I get to show off my superb cooking skills by transforming an average week night meal into a date night worthy feast.  This week I made Honey Glazed & Italian Breaded Baked Pork Chops using Progresso Bread Crumbs.  Check out the recipe below.

4 pork chops
1/2 cup Progresso Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup honey
salt (optional)
pepper (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and gather ingredients.

2. Using a sauce brush, cover both sides of each pork chops with a light coating of honey.  You can season with salt and pepper before brushing with honey if desired.

3. Pour bread crumbs into a shallow dish.  Place pork chops on top of bread crumbs and shake lightly using a back and forth motion.  Flip and shake again to bread other side.  Repeat until both sides are evenly breaded.

4. Place breaded pork chops on to a foil lined pan (easy clean up).  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  Flip halfway through cooking progress.

5. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

See how the honey caramelized with the bread crumbs in certain spots?  Yummy goodness I y'all.!

See how easy and simple it is to transform plain baked pork chops by adding two additional ingredients?  It's amazing the taste difference the Progresso Italian bread crumbs and honey make.  If you're interested in trying this recipe out be sure to print out this $1.00 off TWO Progresso Bread Crumbs products at Publix.  The coupon is available for printing until May 31st and expires June 30, 2015.  

Need more incentive to try out this recipe?  How about entering this $15 PayPal giveaway?  Yep, you could win a chance for me to pay for your date night in meal!  Just use the Rafflecopter widget below.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18 & under.  Good luck!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"There is always, always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for."
~ Unknown

I started this week off giving thanks for my little guy feeling somewhat better.  His cough has cleared up ton. He's back to his cheerful self.  I'm also grateful that we have health insurance.  Paying for doctor visits and prescriptions out of pocket with no assistance or discount can be pricey.

Mother's Day was almost a week ago. Since I've been tending to JJ and working a few other projects I haven't had the chance to be present around the blog this week.  I said all that to say Happy Belated Mother's Day!  This Mother's Day I wanted to be surrounded by my family and to have a whole day of being able to curl up with my books.  Sunday, I got to do just that.  I wrapped up reading half of Christina Lauren's Beautiful series and started on A. N. Roquelaure's (Anne Rice) The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty as well as Oprah Winfrey's This I Know For Sure.  

The Mr. took over breakfast duty.  Moo and JJ played quietly in the living room together.  No complaints here about my Mother's Day except for the Mr having had to go in to work.  Otherwise, it was nice and peaceful.

Thankfully, my mom was finally able to find a handyman to do a few odd ends around her house.  That process in and of itself was a small pain in her bottom.  I come from a super small town that 95% of people have never heard of.  And if you need major repairs you often times end up a creek because the closest major cities and towns are at 1 to 4 hours away.  Then you're not only worried about the cost of the repair, but how much they're going to charge for you traveling so far out.

Anyways, she called me all excited that she had found someone with a dependable crew and reasonable rates.  They've already made some repairs and she's pleased with their services and have been recommending them to others in the area who were looking for a good handyman as well.  I'm grateful she can rest easy and stop stressing/worrying over these issues now that they are being taken care of.

Lastly, I want to ask you guys to keep the YUMMommy family in prayer.  My husband is stepping out on faith to do something that will result in HUGE changes for our family.  While I'm excited, I'm nervous as well.  However, I trust God to lead us and guide us.  He wouldn't have opened this door if there wasn't a reason.  So, I've been praying that He makes those reasons clear in order for us to make the right choices for our family.

What are you thankful for today?

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."

~ Unknown

When I stumbled across this week's Thankful Thursday quote it really resonated within me.  For me and my family, thank you is a phrase that you will hear pretty often around here, especially from Moo.  She's very good at remembering to say thank you when someone does something for her like holding her door or opening her soy yogurt.  I feel like her heart so full of gratitude.

I'd like to take credit for that and I kind of can, but I know a lot of her kindness and overall awesomeness is just how God made her.  Although, I do my best to set great examples, I know that there are just somethings that God really gifted her with before she even came into the world.  She's taught me the importance of letting people know that I am grateful.  Whether it's being grateful for simply having them in my life or being grateful for something they did for me, it's very important to say thank you and express our gratitude.

With that said this week I'm giving thanks for awesome pediatricians.  Whenever one of the kids are sick, they always manage to squeeze them in to be seen the same day when I call.  They are very familiar with the fact that a common cold is never just a common cold for Moo and JJ.  I love how they take the time to explain what the issue is, how the kids may have gotten it and ways that we can prevent them from catching it again.  They also know that I get a bit of anxiety when my kids get sick and they do a great job of reassuring me.

Today is National Mom's Night Out and I'm grateful for the opportunity to hang out with some of my favorite bloggers and friends.  A special thanks to Kate from My Mommy Brain for hosting the event!  She's so sweet, soft spoken and just has this bubbly personality that is contagious.  Definitely, drop by her blog and check out her copy cat recipe posts because she is a master at replicating restaurant dishes!

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I'm thankful that this week the Mr got to take the weekend off.  This does not happen very often.  We had a blast enjoying one of our favorite parks.  We played soccer with the kids.   Once the kids went to sleep we got to have the evenings to ourselves to reconnect as a couple.

Lastly, I'm grateful to have my voice back today.  I woke up Wednesday morning with a swollen, itchy throat and no voice thanks to severe allergies.  Moo thought it was hilarious that I had to pretty much use hand gestures to communicate.  Pretty sure I looked like a mad woman with my hands flapping everywhere.  Thanks to resting my voice and some home remedies I was able to get the swelling down and can talk today!!

What are you giving thanks for this week?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Calling All #HotMamas!

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Tuesday YUMMs!  I hereby dub May Mom Appreciation Month.  We need and deserve more than just one day a year to celebrate our hot awesomeness.  Being a mom has by far been one of the most amazing and wonderful experiences of my life.  However, there have been times where it's been very challenging and a bit stressful as well.  It's easy to get so caught up in our families that we start to feel rundown and underappreciated. 

That's exactly why Sofia Vergara and fellow mom, Reese Witherspoon, are in #HotPursuit of some #HotMamas.  They understand how important moms are and how we as women in general have a tendency to put ourselves last.  To show appreciation to moms everywhere, HOT PURSUIT is giving all moms in need of some rest and relaxation the chance to win a trip to Hollywood, California!  And they've made entering easy.  All you have to do is take a photo of yourself with your mom or a loved one and post it on social media including the hashtag #HotMamas and HotPursuitSweeps.com in the caption/status.  Check out the official rules for more info.

To show some appreciation to you guys, Warner Bros. Pictures and I are giving away a HOT PURSUIT prize pack that includes the cute Hot Pursuit tote bag above and a $25 Visa gift card you can use to check the movie once it hits theaters on May 8th.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18 & older.  All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

Good luck!  Don't forget to check out Hot Pursuit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Are You Ready For A HOT PURSUIT?

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Who's ready for a Hot Pursuit?  Mark your calendars YUMMS because it's going down May 8th!  Yep, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are coming to a theater near you.  I'm super stoked that two of my favorite Hollywood starlets have finally teamed up to star in a movie together.

Hmm... bet you're wondering what made them scream?  Guess we'll find out on May 8th.

Brought to us by Warner Bros. Pictures, Hot Pursuit is a movie about an overly-controlled, uptight, Ms-I-go-by-the-book Officer Cooper (Witherspoon) whose job is to protect Daniella (Vergara), the smoking hot and outgoing widow of a drug boss.  As if Officer Cooper doesn't have her hands already full handling Daniella, but now they're being hotly pursued by a group of crooked/shady cops and a band of murderous gunmen through Texas.  Will these two escape with their lives?

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my laugh as this movie looks like it not only bring the action/suspense, but some belly-aching laughs as well.  Check out the movie trailer below and see for yourself.

Didn't I tell ya?!  So make plans to round up some your girlfriends, call a babysitter or Grandma and head out for a Mom's Night Out next Friday to enjoy some laughs, high-speed action and a little Southern charm!

Besides fellow mommy Reese Witherspoon and funny woman Sofia Vergara, Hot Pursuit also stars Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy & Why Did I Get Married), UK cutie Robert Kazinsky (EastEnders) and John Carroll Lynch (The Drew Carey Show).

You can check pictures of the cast and more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.  Also, be sure to drop back by the blog next week for a super special Hot Pursuit prize pack giveaway that will be going live on May 5th!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday

" . . . I keep reading that 'we need more people this.'  Guess what, those more people are each of us.  Even if you do just one thing to make someone else's life better during your lifetime, and we all do this, it will change the world.  No more 'we need more!'  We ARE the more."

~ Stephenie Stephens

Earlier today I was reading this post about how a guy built a tiny house for his homeless neighbor who had been sleeping in the dirt.  Yes, dirt as that stuff we dust off our shoes, plant seeds in and bugs in live.  Not only did the story move me, but the quote above which is actually one of the comments that was made underneath the article.  I'm so grateful that finally someone seems to get it.  There were so many people like Stephenie said commenting on this story about how we need more people to help the homeless, but did it ever cross their mind that they could be those people?

With everything that is going in our country right now, we honestly can't sit on our butts and wait for more good samaritans to pop up.  No, we have to step up and be those good samaritans in our neighborhoods.  Homelessness isn't something that's just in California.  It's here in Charlotte, in my hometown and in yours. And there are other issues besides homelessness that not only need more awareness, but need us to take action.  

Reading this story and seeing that comment has given me the push I need to move forward with a few service related projects I've been putting off.  Yes, I do a few things in my community such as volunteering at my local schools, donating to charity and food pantries.  However, I can do more.  I have this blog and social media platforms that I can use to talk about things besides motherhood, fashion, and beauty.  And I plan to do just that.

I'm grateful that my baby sister has decided to go back to college and finish up her degrees.  Yes, she's pursuing more than one and I couldn't be more proud of her.  Seeing my mom chase after her dreams has motivated me and my siblings.  Mom has always been our biggest motivator and supporter.  We know we're blessed to have her and I thank her for all of the great examples she has set for us.

Also, this week I'm giving thanks for a patient husband.  I'm not going to pretend like I'm the perfect wife because I am far from it.  There are times that he gets utterly frustrated with my stubbornness.  When I'm upset he gives me the space to calm down.  I'm learning to be more patient with him.  We've been together ten years and in some ways we're still adjusting to each other.  We've grown a lot since we met.

I'm no longer the college freshman his family and friends teased him about falling for. He's witnessed my growth from a carefree teenager to full on womanhood.  We've loved each other when we were at our worst and continue to love each other even more now we're at our best.  At the end of the day I'm so thankful to be his Mrs! 

Lastly, but not least I'm thankful that Tara and I had a great Mommy Camp 101 hangout. We agree that things went well and are looking forward to collaborating together in again in the future!  I'm so grateful for her support and whenever I need advice or just someone to vent to that I can trust she's there.

What you thankful for this week?

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