September 2014 | Being Jane

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10 Minute Mexi Bowl and Daquiri

I don't have time to make big meals during this season of my life. That sounds funny because my life is at home. But add in the appointments, errands, duties at home, the kids... I resort to delivery pizza more than once a week. 

Last night I threw together a quick Mexican-style bowl and blended up an impromptu daquiri all from things we had in the house! 

To make the Mexi bowls you need:

• refried beans
• Uncle Ben's 90-sec whole grain rice 
• salsa
• guacamole

I had some mini Wholly Guacamole single serve cups in the fridge and I scooped out a dollop for the four of us from just one little cup! I microwaved the beans and the rice, and poured the salsa over. Once served, we all mixed ours up and even Emma gobbled it all up!

Now for the quick daquiri:

• one Strawberry Banana Naked Juice
• Smirnoff vodka
• ice
• blender

I threw all of the ingredients in a blender, I only used one shot of vodka which made it very light on the alcohol content, and blended it up until the ice was fine. We loved it! 

I hope you can have fun with this idea and possibly tweak it for your own tastes and pantry! Olé!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Emma's Adventure In Potty Training Continues!

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You all know how much Emma has struggled with potty training and the reward system. I think we tried every pull-up, every princess and Tinkerbell underwear, and every kind of reward possible. She gets the concept, but the upkeep just doesn't stick.

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One thing I really like is the option to give Emma a game even if she doesn't actually go. If she tried, didn't wet her Pull-Up, and just wasn't able to go, she still did a great job so I get to choose to give her a reward game anyway for the effort!

Their progress chart let's your customize your chart based on your child's needs and the way you want to reward them for certain actions! 

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• How to talk to day care providers about potty training
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Our top 5 tips for potty-training are:
  • Set a timer (which we use the Big Kids Academy app for! Emma loves it)
  • Make it fun (no scolding for accidents or disappointed words when they don't succeed)
  • Create your own potty dance (we have one for running to the potty, and one for successes!)
  • Accidents WILL happen, keep trying. If you keep stopping your child won't get the idea that this is the new normal. (I am totally guilty of this)
  • Don't jump to underwear too soon. Let your child learn the concept before putting the pressure of staying dry on their minds!
We hope you feel encouraged to try this concept with your child. The minute I got the opportunity to try it and share it with you I was excited for Emma because I knew this system was good for her! We are still learning and practicing, but it is MUCH more fun and way less stressful. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ain't She Cute?

She's telling you that she is 2. She only has two months left before she has to figure out how to get three fingers up!

It's time for a q&a with Emma! 

Emma, what is your favorite color? Hmmm... Pink!

Where is your favorite place to go? Hm... To the play place! ( I have no idea what she is talking about ).

What is your favorite show to watch? Daniel Tiger!

What food do you NOT like? I don't like chicken. (Good to know, lol!)

What is your favorite toy to play with? Hmm.. Daniel Tiger and Katerina and Prince Wednesday and Daniel Tiger! (We have two Daniel Tiger figurines)

What is your favorite Bible story? Hmm... The Bible! Everything Bible!

What is your favorite food to eat? Chicken! (Hmmm... Sounds fishy, er... poultry to me)

Who's your best friend? Ellie! (Pronounced Ewl-wie)

Anything else you want to say to the people reading this? I will tell them on your blog about daddy. My Daniel daddy. See? I drawed a rainbow! (Okay then, I think we are done).

Tune in next time to read Audreys take on these questions! It'll be a lot of ba and dad, but I'm sure you'll understand.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Am Talking To You This Morning

It's true. I love blogging. I love Instagram. I love the community of fun and encouraging women I've met and been enveloped by over the last 1.5 years... Wow, has it really only been that long? I started blogging January 2013. It feels like a lifetime ago. Three different blog names, countless giveaways, tons of linkups and blog hops... So many friends. Even a blogging conference!

Sometimes I just want to text each and every one of you every day and have hundreds of personal conversations. Sometimes writing a post to the masses and hoping it's read by it's intended audience isn't enough! Sometimes I just want to text or email all of you and check-in with a "Hi, how are you doing?"

And yes, even YOU. Even the YOU that I haven't met or talked to before. You're here. You're reading. I want to talk to YOU! How are you? Is your day going well? Did you get your morning coffee? Do you even like coffee? Do you have kids hanging on your pants right now? Do you have kids?

Regardless of whether or not we do get to talk, I want to say hi. And if you would like to talk let me know. I LOVE VOXER.

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm Enough.

My tongue is burning from the coffee I just tried to drink straight from the Keurig. 

Emma is at the table with Bubble Guppies on the iPad, blueberries on the table, and Puffins chocolate peanut butter cereal, all being my attempt to keep her quiet because Audrey is asleep on the couch.

Audrey, as mentioned, is asleep on my makeshift couch bed I construct every time we have a bad night, which has been every night for a month. Add together front teeth making their appearance and a double ear infection and I haven't seen my bed in a while.

I laid on the living room floor this morning as Emma ate and just tried to get through a little of my new book Desperate. I finished a whole chapter in one sitting. An amazing feat right? Let me just tell you that if you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or anxious within your role as a mother, this book is something you need to get. NOW. I suggest you get a real copy because if you're anything like me, you'll be underlining the crap out of almost every sentence because it resonates so deeply within your heart.

I sure adore my sweet girls. My Bean. My Bumblebee. If given the chance to change my life I wouldn't. But regardless of my all-around blissful perception of my life, I am still exhausted. Totally normal with two little ones under 3 years old. But nevertheless it is something I wish I could change. I wish I had the energy to do big projects and cooking experiences. I wish I had the energy to cut out a bunch of construction paper images for Emma to make things out of. 

I don't.

Sometimes my excuse is that she gets this at preschool so at least she gets it somewhere right?

Having worked in the Childcare field as a nanny and caregiver and babysitter for over 12 years I always thought I would be an amazing pro-active mom with my kids who fostered tons of creativity and excitement at home.


I mean I try really hard but it definitely doesn't fulfill that picture I always had in my head of my constant awesomeness.

When they are older I think my girls will remember my hugs, snuggles at night, trips to the library and museums, silly dancing to Pandora stations, and Target trips.

And that'll be fine. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Want To Be Present

I've checked out a lot lately. Floating through days. Going through the day to day motions that ensure everyone is taken care of. Everyone but me.
I'm not the best version of me that I can be right now.

I dropped two classes this week, at the encouragement of my husband. My days are filled with the girls, the other two girls I watch, homework, housework, Thrive Moms, swim class... This doesn't include trying to make time to find a LifeGroup at church, spending time with the husband I am ignoring, or finding me time. I dropped my two most difficult classes, and that puts me at half-time. 

It was an incredibly hard voice but it was worth it. My husband could see that I am stretched too thin and he wanted to help me find a way to make some room. 

Every day I want to be present for my girls. I want them to have mommy involved in their moments and not on an iPhone. Not buried in the computer. I have been blogging less often than I want to because the "free" time I have needs to go to my family, if I find any free time. 

I went so far, the other day, to print a calendar full of all of my daily responsibilities. I went so far as to put my husband on the calendar. That's when I realized how busy my days are, and I don't want that. I am still trying to find ways to cut busyness so that I can focus on what is most important: my family and myself.

Finding the balance is always the struggle isn't it? Where do you need to find balance?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Your Sunday Smile

As you enter a new week, enjoy these fun pictures from the last week. The girls have been so fun and silly lately. With Audrey nearing her first birthday I am seeing big changes in how she interacts with things throughout the day, and also with the things she tries to do. Emma is flourishing being in preschool two days a week and it's so fun to hear the things that come out of her mouth these days!

She climbs up and sits in this chair constantly throughout the day. It melts my heart.

Late night shopping with just mom! She was so giggly.

Her face was pressed against the rail. I just couldn't understand how that was comfortable.

So happy with her new purse full of fun things from Aunt Tiffany and her cousins!

 I love their wonder.

Sisters in awe of the sting rays.

Emma could stay in this area of the aquarium the whole visit and be so happy.

In awe of all the Nemo fish ;)

Happy Sunday! I pray your week starts off with peace and joy. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Little Sillies

We had a pretty silly day on Labor Day. Our Thrive Moms local group met at the park for the first time this summer (cheers for cooler weather!) and the girls got to run some energy out. Audrey was truly thrilled with the ability to climb under and through everything.

We took Audrey's 10 month photo, as we usually do, and Emma decided it was her turn. She chose a "silly" face to pose with and this is what we got. The little nut!

Audrey is now 10 months old and I'm freaking out! Time is flying WAY too fast and I am truly upset to be leaving the baby stage. I want her to stay my smushy just a bit longer.

How has this summer gone for you? Are you excited it is over or calling for more pool days? Being an Arizona dweller I am very stoked for sweaters, cool weather, boots, and hot coffee. Although I've been drinking hot coffee drinks all summer being a silent rebel. Head over to my instagram tonight around 7pm for a fun Round Robin giveaway!