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This is our first house we bought together and this is our first renovation. When we bought the house we knew that the first thing we wanted to do was to update the kitchen. The house is 21 years old, it’s defiantly time for an update. We moved in August 1, 2014, a few months after moving in we started planning and thinking about what we (we, as in I) wanted for the new kitchen. Thanks to Pinterest, I got a lot of ideas, but our little budget didn’t allow for a few things that we would have liked. I knew I wanted a white kitchen. We have a big window and it makes it feel really bright and lots of sun comes in during the day. We started demo June 5, 2015 and we finished in the following September. Most of that time was waiting on the countertops.

After painting, we started with the window seat so we could store things while renovating. Sorry, I don’t have a true before. I forgot.IMG_2682

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Here’s the frame. Hubby did a good job building the seat.

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The boys really liked climbing on the frame before we finished it.

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FINISHED!! We actually didn’t get it fully finished until August. There’s three sections, the left section is where we dump all the shoes so we don’t have lots of shoes in the floor. The other sections are for storage.

My grandma sewed my cushions for me. I bought foam cushion at the fabric store and cut it down to fit the seat. I ordered the material online and then she did her magic and made it look fantastic!! Thanks Granny!!!

We ordered the cabinets online and they shipped right to our house.

Here’s our garage.

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Here’s the before of the kitchen! We had to buy a new stove the first month of moving in because it wasn’t very functional. It was 21 years old and I almost burnt Callen’s birthday cake. So it had to go.

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Notice the microwave in the bottom picture. We installed a new one over the stove. So much better.

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During Demolition! I was little shocked by the big holes in the wall. Good thing we were going to cover it up with new cabinets!

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Installing the cabinets!

A BIG BIG THANK YOU to Evan (right) for helping and HUGE THANK YOU to my dad for coming up all day and helping (he missed a wedding to come help us). Thanks dad!!

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Before the countertops were installed. We lived with plywood as our countertops for 2 months while we waited for the countertops be installed. I went without the kitchen sink for a week while we waited on them to come measure. I used the bathroom sink to wash dishes and we grilled as much as possible.

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THE TILE!!

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Funny story about the tile. I went to the tile store four times before deciding. I brought home 6 tiles the first time, then 3 the second time, the third time I went I had decided we were going to go with a grey subway tile, it was in our budget and the color looked the best. When I went back to the tile shop to order the tile, I made a comment that I LOVE the mosaic tile but I hate that it’s so expensive. She told me that they had a grey in that design and it wasn’t that expensive. So I brought home the subway tile and the mosaic tile to choose from. My hubby thought I went to order the tile that day, but instead I came home with another piece! HA! (He just smiles and shakes his head at me now, he knows I can’t decide quickly on things.) After taping both tiles to the wall, we decided that it wasn’t that much more to go with the better looking tile! I was so happy that I was jumping with excitement!!!

DURING THE TILE INSTALL.

A BIG thanks to our friend Ryan for helping Justin install the tile and thanks to Krissa for lending us her husband for the day. 😉

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ALMOST FINISHED!

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ARE YOU READY???

FINISHED!!!

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I’m still working on getting my shelfs right. I keep moving things around and I think I need a plant of some sort. But I really couldn’t wait on that to show the before and after. We did save some money by putting shelfs up instead a cabinet. I like it so much better. It really makes the sink more open and add color and style to the kitchen as well.

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We decided that we wanted all cabinets around the refrigerator instead of how it was before. It was too much space being lost and I gained so much more space this way. Plus it was cheaper since we didn’t have to order countertop.

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TILE UP CLOSE!!! Hubby did a good job with his first time installing tile!

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I am super excited how everything came out. We did learn a lot and there’s a few things we would change next time, if there is a next time, I want to stay here for a long time!

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think!

~a

 

After the day I went to the grocery store really quick to get the ingredients for chili and then got home to realize that I was missing chili beans. It wouldn’t have been a big deal but I didn’t realize it until I was finished, or so I thought I was fished making the chili.

Who forgets chili beans when they go shopping for chili? I was so mad. Callen was already down for his nap and it was three o’clock. I couldn’t leave. So as soon as Callen woke up, off to the store we went again, for the second time that day, to get chili beans.

After that, I decided that I wanted to get organized this month and make a meal plan, so that I will not be rushing back to the grocery store once again.

I left Wednesday’s blank because we normally eat dinner at church on Wednesday nights. I also left the weekends blank because we normally eat leftovers or have plans on the weekends. I like to make chili on the weekends so we can have leftovers for after church when we need something quick to eat.

Let me know what your favorite was and if you would like for me to do this monthly. Although, I use a lot of these recipes every month. These are some of my favorite recipes and they  normally come up a lot during each month (in the cooler months, I have a strict rule that it has to be cold enough outside to have chili or other soups).

Would love to hear your thoughts and even your recipe recommendations. I love trying new recipes as well. Maybe I will start thinking for November and get a head start for next month.

Oct-Meal-Plan

October Meal Plan

(Click on the calendar or heading to print meal plan)

Recipes:

Crispy Cheddar CHicken

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Recipe and Photo by Plain Chicken

I’ve made this with and without the sauce. Good both ways.

Chicken Ranch Roll-Ups Recipe

Chicken Crescents

Recipe and Photo by: Six Sisters

I made only half this recipe since I was making it for 2 1/2 people, and had to use one can of crescent rolls and I stuffed them full. Next time I’ll only do one tablespoon of the chicken mixture instead of stuffing each roll so full and may cut back the chicken mixture even more than just half.

OrzoZucPasta

Baked Orzo Pasta with Zucchini

 

Chili

Chili

 

pot roast

Pot Roast

 

Baked Penne

Baked Penne Pasta

 

Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

 

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Chicken & Dumplings

 

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Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Recipe and Photo by: The Girl Who Ate Everything

(I omit the green onions)

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Chicken Pot Pie

 

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Beef Stew

Recipe and Photo by: Martha Stewart Recipes

potato-soup

Potato Soup

 

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Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

 

Crispy Panko Coated Ranch Chicken

Crispy Ranch Chicken

Recipe and Photo by: Deep South Dish

(I’ve used plain bread crumbs instead of panko, either one will work. I also used ritz cracker since that’s what I had and I didn’t use the cajun seasoning, but next time I will.)

Strawberry Bals Pork Chops

Strawberry Balsamic Pork Chops & Roasted Red Potatoes

 

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White Chicken Chili

 

I downloaded the calendar from imom.com. If you want a blank one to print, click here for a pdf.

 

Announcement

We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming baby #2 in March!

 

 

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First, I have to share my favorite picture of me and my baby boy! He’s rotten! I love him so much! I thank God for him everyday. He brings so much joy to our lives. He is such a blessing!!

On to baby food…

Making your own baby food is easy. It is time consuming but it is worth it if you’re looking to save money.

For example one 5 lb. bag of sweet potatoes cost about $3.29

One bag makes approx. 67 cubes ….

Callen eats 2 cubes of sweet potatoes a day.

That’s about 60 cubes a month.

It only cost me $3.29 compared to, say, $1.07 for a pack of baby food in the store.

Ok let’s do the math…

1.07 / 2 = .54 a day for one meal (there’s 2 containers in one pack of 2nd foods)

.54 x 30 days = $16.20 in savings

$16.20 x 6 months = $97.20 in savings for 6 months because baby normally starts to eat around 4 or 6 months old.

By making just one meal for your baby can save you about $100.

I’ve made sweet potatoes, peas, carrots and green beans. That’s over $200 in savings by making my own foods. Crazy huh?

I do buy fruit for him. He did not like the banana I smashed up for him. Maybe we will try again later.

Right now Callen eats two cubes of sweet potatoes and half cube of carrots for lunch, and two cubes of peas and half of carrot for dinner. (I’ll mix it up and switch them around.) The night before, I place the frozen cubes in his bowls and put them in the refrigerator, this way the cubes will be defrosted by the time he eats the next day. Easy!

Now, do you want to know how to make your babies food? It’s easy.

I used this website to help me get started. It also tells you what foods your baby can have at what age. Most babies can start eating foods after 4 months. I started Callen on oatmeal first at 4 1/2 months and then gave him foods at 5 months. Every baby is different and every mom does things different. Watch your baby, he will let you know when he’s ready for food!

Sweet Potatoes

  • Peel potatoes and dice into medium chunks
  • Place the potatoes in a large sauce pan
  • Fill with water until just covering the top of the potatoes. You don’t want them floating around too much.
  • Boil until fork tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer sweet potatoes in batches to food processor or blender.
    • (If using blender, drain & reserve the liquid and, let the potatoes cool before blending. The heat from the potatoes will force the lid off the blender.)
  • Add juice from pot to thin out the potatoes to the consistency you like.
  • Scoop potatoes out into another bowl. Finish with the rest of the potatoes until all are puréed.
  • Spoon potatoes into ice-cube trays.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze. – When frozen transfer to plastic freezer bag.
  • And you’re finished!

Peas

  • Place frozen peas in a large sauce pan. (Buy 4 bags at one time saves you time this way)
  • Add water until top of peas.
  • Bring to a slow simmer and simmer until peas are soft.
  • Drain and RESERVE the water for thinning.
  • Transfer peas to food processor (a little at a time if need to)
  • Spoon into ice-cube trays.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze. – When frozen transfer to plastic freezer bag.
  • And your finished!

Frozen Carrots

  • Use the same directions as peas but do not use the reserve water to thin. Use fresh water to thin out.

Roasted Carrots – at 8 months + 

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Peels and cut carrots at the same length and width. This makes sure that all the carrots will be finished cooking all at the same time.
  • Place carrots on baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and same italian seasoning
  • Toss
  • Bake carrots for 12 minutes. Toss and check doneness.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Transfer to food processor (a little at a time if need to)
  • Use water or a little olive oil to thin to your desired consistency.
  • Spoon into ice-cube trays.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze. – When frozen transfer to plastic freezer bag.
  • And your finished!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Have fun!

 

A month ago I made mobile for a friend. She’s having a girl so this time I did purples. I have to admit, I like it better than the one I made for Callen’s room. I learned from Callen’s mobile. This time I made the circle 2″ and made more so I would look fuller. I also used a circle cutter, which made it so much easier and quicker to make.

I added a cute little butterfly at the end of the middle strand so baby Anna Olivia would have something pretty to look at. Callen loves his now that he older, he reaches for the baseball when I pick him up from his crib.

Here’s Callen’s mobile.

Here’s how I did it.

Nursery Mobile:

  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Circle cutter – 2 inches
  • Paint
  • 2 Wooden dowels
  • 4 Wooden balls
  • Ribbon
  • three different colors of foam paper – 2 sheets of each color. Need 140 circles.
  • clear jewelry twine or fishing line
  • Straight Pin
  • key ring or metal ring
  • ornament – or whatever you like to hang in the middle

Directions to make mobile: 

Paint the wooden dowels and balls. Once dried glue wooden rounds on the end of the sticks and then tie the two sticks in the middle making an X. Glue together for a strong hold.

Cut 2″ circles from the foam paper, need 140. 15 circle per strand plus 5 more for the middle to make it longer. Use the straight pin to make a hole in the middle of the circle. You can stack three to four circles together to take less time. Once you have all your circle cut out and a hole punched, make 9 piles of circles, alternating the colors. I had about 15 circle on each string and 20 in the middle string. Tie a knot at one end of the twine and thread one circle, tie another knot about an inch up from the circle and thread another circle. Repeat until finished. Tie each string to wooden dowel. One long string in the middle and then two on each end. Tie the ornament to the end of the longer middle string.

Tie a the twine from the middle of the mobile to the key ring. Tie or glue the ribbon from the end of the wooden dowel to the key ring. I glued the ribbon on the wooden dowel as I wrapped the ribbon around to make a more finished look. I wrapped the ribbon around the center of the wooden dowels to cover up the glue and the string in the middle.

That’s it! Your’e done!

 

I am very pleased to introduce to you my baby boy, Callen Ryan Camblin. He was born Tuesday, August 14 at 3:47 am. 6 lbs 10 oz and 20 inches long. We’re both doing good. Both of us are trying to adjust to our new lives. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this little one.

This is why I have been MIA for a few weeks now. Hoping to get back into the kitchen soon!

 


My family had a baby shower for us a few weeks ago. It was super cute, I had to share it with you. I loved the baseball theme.

Thank you to Chelsey, Jamie & Aubrey, Johnna, Mom, Granny Roy, Michelle, and Leann (who recently just got married! Congrats Leann!!)! All of you mean so much to me! I am so grateful and so blessed to have such wonderful family!

The food was chicken salad, veggies and dip, pigs in a blanket, sausage balls, watermelon, cantaloupe, veggie pizza, cheese ball and chips and pretzels. The food was so good. Thank you all for bringing food and helping with the shower!

The cake was awesome! Thanks mom for the cake! I don’t deserve such an awesome cake and shower this like! I’m so blessed! (It was so hot that weekend that the cake started melt when it was being delivered. You can see where the second layer is leaning a bit. I didn’t care, I loved it anyways.)


Center pieces were so cute. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are perfect for the baseball theme.

My Aunt made the diaper cake. Thank you Jamie! It’s so cute, you did a great job!


Loved the invitation. Lesley did a great job creating it.

Thank you to all who came to the shower and for all the gifts! We are truly blessed by the generosity of friends and family. We can’t wait to introduce Callen to you!

A few of my friends had a shower for me at my church. Check it out on Mollie’s blog. She and the girls did an awesome job. It was super cute! Thank you Mollie, Natalie, and Katie!

 


We are top of the 9th (month) and we are ready for Callen to come on home! The only thing we need is our glider and the room will be finished, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share his room with you. I’m so excited and so happy how it all came together!


I love the crib and the bedding. A friend from church made the bumper and the crib skirt. She did an awesome job! Thanks again Beth! Thanks to my Aunt Johnna who made the quilt hanging on the crib. I know we will need that a lot come winter time.


My brother did the painting. It’s so awesome! He did a great job. Thank B for working on this! I know it was stressful and a lot of work.


My dad made the baseball shelf. I showed him a picture and asked, can you make this? This is something Callen will be able to keep and always have a keepsake from his grandpa. Thanks dad!!

Shelf Instructions

I had dad to write up instructions on building the shelf. CLICK HERE for printable instructions.

UPDATE – October 2014

The D-rings was making the top shelf tilt down and wasn’t stable. We had to think of a better way to hang the shelf since it’s going into the boys room (yes, now we have two boys). See the pictures below how we decided to fix our problem.

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MOBILE:


I made the mobile. It was super easy to do. A lot of people have asked me how I made it. I got all the stuff at Michael’s craft store and only spend about $12 (not including the hot glue gun, I already had that). Here is a list of the things you need to make your own.

Nursery Mobile:

  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Paint
  • 2 Wooden dowels
  • 4 Wooden balls
  • Ribbon
  • three different colors of foam paper – 2 sheets of each color, depending on how big you make your circles. Need 120 circles.
  • clear jewelry twine or fishing line
  • Straight Pin
  • key ring or metal ring
  • plain ball ornament – or whatever you like to hang in the middle

Directions to make mobile: 

Paint the wooden dowels and balls. Once dried glue wooden rounds on the end of the sticks and then tie the two sticks in the middle making an X. Glue together for a strong hold.

Find a circular item (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter) to make your circles on your foam paper. Something you can press down on the foam paper to make an indention and then you can go back a cut out all the circles. Use the straight pin to make a hole in the middle of the circle. You can stack three to four circles together to take less time. Once you have all your circle cut out and a hole punched, make 9 piles of circles, alternating the colors. I had about 13 circle on each string and 16 in the middle string. Tie a knot at one end of the twine and thread one circle, tie another knot about an inch up from the circle and thread another circle. Repeat until finished. You can make the circle closer together but you may need more circles. Tie each string to wooden dowel, one long string in the middle and then two on each end. Tie the ornament to the end of the longer middle string.

Tie a the twine from the middle of the mobile to the key ring. Tie or glue the ribbon from the end of the wooden dowel to the key ring. I glued the ribbon on the wooden dowel as I wrapped the ribbon around to make a more finished look. I wrapped the ribbon around the center of the wooden dowels to cover up the glue and the string in the middle.

That’s it! Your’e done!