When Supermom Needs Saving

Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in a day? Great, so it isn’t just me! When I tell you that I feel like an exhausted mom, it is nooo exaggeration. It’s such hard work maintaining Supermom status. I’ve had a busy and productive week, and I’m extremely proud of everything I’ve managed to get accomplished, but for some reason it was easier for me to focus on the two (Yes, 2 out of a million) things that I managed not to complete.

Now, I’ve said it before, as mothers we manage to get things done, because it’s simply what we have to do, be the SHEro. Our children and our families depend on us so much to save the day. My question is, who saves us, and when is it okay to ask for help? It’s an amazing feeling to check a million things off of your “To Do” list, and feel completely accomplished once you finally get a chance to crash in bed, but what about when your list doesn’t get completed? Is that even an option?

My biggest struggle as a mom is doing too much, while also feeling like I’m not doing enough. I cook, I clean, I mom, I blog, all day! I do it because I love it, but I also do it because I feel like I have to. In retrospect, I guess I obviously do, because realistically these tiny people don’t feed themselves, and if I don’t clean several times throughout the day, my house looks like a hurricane hit it, but hear me out here.

Sometimes it’s okay to not complete your “To do” list. Sometimes it’s okay to ask for help to complete your “To do” list. There are mothers all over the world who struggle, whether publicly or privately with trying to do it all. My guess would be that at least half of those mothers aren’t happy. It’s extremely stressful to be Supermom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as if you don’t have a significant other to lean on, a friend, or your family. Even when you don’t have the support from your inner circle, sometimes it’s worth it to step outside of that circle.

Everyone needs somebody from time to time. I completely understand, because I have a hard time asking for help, but when you’re physically and mentally starting to lack, everything else, including all of your efforts to be Supermom suffer also. The reality of it is, some things are important to cross off of your list, DO THAT. Some things are just things that can wait. Don’t overexert yourself just to be in competition with the perfect mom. I can assure you, she’s not perfect, and she probably doesn’t pee alone without tiny hands under the bathroom door either. Don’t let her fool you.

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Envelope Budgeting. How To Use An Envelope Rotation Budget On A Single Or Lower Income.

I’ve noticed a lot of people trying to attempt a newer way of budgeting; Envelope Budgeting! It’s a great concept where you allocate money to certain bills and expenses, and you ONLY spend money that you have allocated to that particular bill or expense. I think this idea is great, it definitely works if you actually remember to plan for every expense. It was hard personally during my first attempt, because I would remember all of my bills, but forget expenses like buying toilet paper and paper towels, remembering a diapers expense for the kids, but not the wipes. It was much trial and error, but from my personal experience, YES it does work.

My biggest concern with envelope budgeting is that a lot of what makes it efficient is having the money to basically get a month ahead on your bills. If you’re new to this and I lost you just now, let me explain. If on average, you spend about $200 a month on groceries, there would be an allocated $200 in your “Grocery” envelope to spend, and you would spend nothing more than your $200. The $200 would obviously have to be in the envelope ready to go when the first of the month comes along, so I thought, “Well what if you don’t have that option?” In order to make the normal way of envelope budgeting work you have to find a way to stay 1 to 2 months ahead of expenses. So lately, I’ve been trying to use a new way to budget our household expenses, while also using envelopes to help you stay on budget. So far, it’s shown to be a great way to stop overspending, without needing to always be a month or two ahead. This is obviously from my personal experience, and I’m not expert, but maybe doing this could also work for you! All you need is a few envelopes, and a general idea of your average household income.

1. Estimate your average monthly income
If your monthly income fluctuates, just use what you think is average, and remember to aim on the lower end. This ensures that you aren’t falling short in the long run. It’s better to budget with less.

2. Make a list of your various household bills in no particular order
Off the top of your head, list your monthly household expenses and try not to leave anything out. This is something that could also be doing in Microsoft Excel if you’d prefer to keep things digital. Things like Mortgage, Water, Electric, Insurance, Phone, Groceries, are obviously hard to forget, but don’t forget to estimate Household Expenses (Toilet paper, Paper Towels, Cleaning Products) Personal Upkeep (Haircuts, Nails, and other Grooming), and last but not least, personal fun money, and family fun money!

3. Take the items on that list and relist them in order of priority
This is best done on another sheet of paper so it can be separated into columns. What bills take top priority? Think of the expenses you would pay and take care of before anything else. Things like your Mortgage, Electric, and Water might fall higher on your list. Personal Fun Money and your subscription to your favorite beauty box might fall somewhere lower on the list for example.

4. Rewrite the list in order of due date
In column 2, you should rewrite your expenses listed in order of when they’re due throughout the month.

5. List the due dates for your expenses
For the sake of organization, make sure you either add a column to list the actual due dates for your expenses, or add the due date to you list in column two. When you look back on your budget, it will make things so much easier to have the actual dates listed.

6. Add a column for bill pricing/budget
In column 4, list the prices or preferred budget for all of your household expenses. If it’s an expenses that possibly fluctuates, it’s best to budget high to ensure that you aren’t coming up short.

7. Find the total of all of your monthly expenses

Add up all of your monthly expenses to get your magic number. Now, this is where you can really take a look at your current household budget for a second. If the total of your monthly expenses is more than your monthly income listed, then you should either focus on lowering your monthly expenses (You can start from the expenses on the bottom of your priority column) or find ways to increase your household income.

8. Divide your expense costs
Divide the cost of each of your expenses by 2 (If paid biweekly) and 4 (If paid weekly) to get the total that should be placed in your envelopes with each pay day.

9. Add that total to your envelopes weekly or biweekly
Label your envelopes to match your household expenses. Adding to your labeled envelopes weekly or biweekly as if you’re paying ALL of your bills every payday, ensures that by the actual due date of that expense the money has already been put aside for payment.

10. Rotate if need be
Now, because you’re budgeting using your income as it comes in, there could always be room for a shorter paycheck, or maybe the due date of an expense comes before you’ve paid all 4 weeks in full. Assuming you’ve hit that target number of income to cover your monthly expenses, and assuming your monthly expenses were all within the numbers that you budgeted for, it should be no problem for you to rotate your weekly envelope payments to suit your needs for what is due.

IF you find this necessary, you should make note of this on the envelope that you withdrew money from. Using your list where your expenses are listed in order of their due date, you should choose to draw from expenses due later in the month, or early in the following month to ensure adequate time to replace it. This keeps things in line to make sure that you’re only using money for your bills, while also not overspending.

With everything, this method is trial and error. The longer you keep at it (I’ve been doing it for 2 months now) you can see what works for your household personally and adjust accordingly.

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What’s For Dinner!? Spicy Chicken Chili

So tonight I wanted something spicy. This definitely did the trick. I make chili a lot, because it’s literally one of my favorite things to cook. Every pot tastes different, and it seems like every time I cook it, I decide to switch it up. I did end up making my littles their own separate pot of chili. This was a little bit too hot to handle! My ingredients list will be a little bit different this time, only because I never do a great job measuring seasonings in my chili, but this will be everything I did use in my dish. From start to finish, this meal took me a little bit less than an hour to complete.

INGREDIENTS
2 pounds ground chicken
1 ½ red onion (small), chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Fresh Jalapenos
2 cans Chili Beans (16 oz.)
2 cans Kidney Beans (Light or Dark), drained
1 cans Tomato Sauce (16 oz.)
2 cans Diced Tomatoes
½ cup Water
Chili Powder
Onion powder
Cayenne Pepper
Cumin
Kosher Salt
Ground Black Pepper

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine seasoned ground chicken (seasoned with all of the above), garlic, and red onion in large stockpot. Cook and stir over medium heat until chicken is fully cooked (NO PINK). Drain liquid.
2. Add your diced tomatoes, tomato sauce; breaking up tomatoes while stirring. Season your pot of chili to taste. (The more cayenne the spicier!) Heat to boiling, reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 35 minutes.
3. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes; stir occasionally.

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The Blogger Recognition Award

So guess what guys! I’ve had the honor and privilege of getting nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely @StillJamieBlog. Make sure to check out her blog, and social media pages for some really incredible content.
So what exactly is a Blogger Recognition Award? This award is from bloggers given to bloggers who recognize and appreciate the hard work, dedication and many many hours we put into each and every post, as well as keeping the website current and updated.

How did Chic and Domestic come to life?
I’ve always been pretty gifted in the writing department, so it’s always been something that I’ve loved. It’s a great way to express myself and communicate my thoughts and feelings, but never did I think I would use that strength for blogging! Sooo I’m a natural plan ahead type of girl. I love my kids, I love to cook, I like my husband (most days) and I realized that this was what I had to offer. I get asked all the time, “How do you do it? How do you make that? How do you handle it?” I was pretty apprehensive at first to really put myself out there, and start to share so much of myself. I was also really worried that no one would really care what I had to say. After giving in to the self-doubt, and unnecessary anxiety of it all, I realized that no one would tell the same story how I would tell it, and no one is going to give the same advice and tips to run a household how I would give it. What I wanted to bring to the table is a whole lot of me. So anywho, I spent the money, I got a domain name, I started writing, and I’ve been at this for only 2 weeks now! (Can you believe that!?)

My two pieces of advice for my fellow blogger
Always remember that baby steps and small accomplishments are still worth a celebration. I’m a new blogger, and I’ve only been at this for a short amount of time. I don’t have a long list of sponsored posts I’ve done, and I can’t tell you that I’ve managed to receive a full time income just from blogging, BUT I can do a happy dance, because I’ve managed to make it to 100 likes on Facebook in the last week (My goal was 50 likes). I can also do a happy dance because I’ve managed to make it to 70 followers on Instagram (My goal was 50 followers). I know that when you see other bloggers with 1000+ followers it can get intimidating to be the little guy, but all of those bloggers started somewhere, and it didn’t just happen overnight.

Also, definitely, STAY CONSISTENT. I’m still figuring out a good schedule for posting, and engaging on social media. Outside of trying to become a full time blogger, I’m also a wife and mother sooo YES, life gets pretty chaotic at times. Even with a busy day, I’ve committed myself to posting at least two blog posts a week, and being active on at least one of my social media platforms daily. Don’t make excuses, find your daily or weekly goal for yourself, and reach it; EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

 

Not only was I lucky enough to be nominated for this award, but I also get to nominate a few other boss babes who I feel qualify for the award as well. They definitely deserve it! If you’ve been nominated before, that’s fine, because there’s no such thing as too much recognition for HARD WORK.

1. Mamma Bear Says

2. Tickled Scarlett

3. Frosted Moms

4. Pint Sized Prodigy

5. He’s Extra-Ordinary

6. JadeXo

7. Bonita Travel

8. Beauty From Burnt Toast

9. Cassidy’s Adventures

10. The Little Big Spender

11. Simple Mom Simple Life

12. Care Free Mermaid

13.Faith Coco

14.The Inappropriate Tachy Mummy

15. Toques and Boots

 

The Rules Are –

•Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

•Write a post to show your award.

•Give a brief story of how your blog started.

•Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

•Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

•Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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First Day of School and First Experiences

I feel like my week has gone by so quickly. One of my littles started part time preschool this week. No, I didn’t cry. Yes, I did sit on my couch for an hour confused of my current place in the world. Also yes, I did VERY much enjoy the brief silence that shadowed my house, until my twins decided to bring that to a halt.

As a mother, your world revolves around your children. If you’re a SAHM, your world literally revolves around your children. When I wake up in the morning, it’s go time. Immediately it’s time to get breakfast on the table, change diapers, fill sippy cups, and entertain tiny humans until naptime.

This week my “To do” list also consisted of getting my sweet baby girl ready for school. Crazy, I know. After getting her ready and off to school, like I said, I just sat on my couch thinking, “What do I do now?” This was just such a brand new experience for me.

During a conversation with a friend of mine, she spoke about how when it comes to your oldest child, you’ll always be a first time mom. I understood when she said it, but after this week, I completely over-stand what she meant. Your first child will always give you first time experiences. My daughter is my first child that I got to send off to school. She was also the first child I had to even go and enroll in school. That was a headache by itself, but that’s a story for another day. It was my first time going “Back to School Shopping,” although I know shopping for a preschooler was nothing compared to years to come. She gave me my first time doing a “Teacher Meet and Greet”, but most importantly she gave me my first time letting go.

I must admit, I was extremely nervous about my daughter starting preschool, but it never really made me sad to think about. There are a ton of first day of school videos and stories out there where the parents either cry, or throw themselves a party; I did neither. I more so felt like I was missing something. I’ve always wondered how I’d feel when my day finally came, and now that it has I’m having a hard time putting my emotions into words.

Reflecting back on it now, that day meant so much more than just getting her dressed and ready to leave, and saying goodbye. I’ll be able to do the same thing with my boys one day. Obviously as an experienced mom enrolling her kids for school, and going back to school shopping, and it will still be special because that day will be their day, but I’ll never get to experience the first day of school ever like how I did with my first born. Today, (days later) it actually makes me shed a mom tear to think back on it, because t’s really true that every moment with your children should be cherished.

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What’s for Dinner!? Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp Fried Rice

Ohhh how I’ve been craving Asian food. I love everything about cooking just about anything of the Asian variety. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also pretty cost efficient more or less, and I always love to save a dollar. I had shrimp on hand, so I chose to make shrimp fried rice with my chicken teriyaki, but you could always opt out for plain fried rice. I also made my teriyaki sauce from scratch, but if you want to grab a bottled teriyaki sauce to skip a few ingredients, I highly recommend the Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and Glaze. From start to finish, this meal took me a little bit less than an hour to prepare (45 minutes would be my guess) and on a scale of 1 to 10, this meal was a 20!

INGREDIENTS
Soy sauce
1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 1/2 tbsp. honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsp. finely minced fresh ginger
2 tsp. cornstarch
(For the Chicken)
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
White or Parboiled Rice
1 Bag of small or medium shrimp
2 eggs
Green Pepper
Yellow Onion
Mixed Vegetables
Sesame seeds, for garnish
Sliced green onions, for garnish
Steamed broccoli, for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS (Chicken)
1. Mix the sauce in a medium bowl. Combine soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ginger and cornstarch. Whisk the ingredients until they’re smooth.
2. Season your chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat olive oil and add chicken. Cook until golden and almost cooked through, about 10 minutes.
3. Pour the sauce mixture over your chicken and simmer until sauce has thickened slightly and chicken is cooked thoroughly. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Serve with rice and an option of steamed broccoli.
DIRECTIONS (Shrimp Fried Rice)
1. Chop green pepper and yellow onion. Season your shrimp with salt, pepper, and ginger and put aside.
2. Boil your rice until evenly cooked, and set aside for cooling
3. Coat your pan with olive oil over medium heat, and add in your minced garlic, followed by your onion and peppers. Add shrimp to your pan and cook until pink. Add mixed vegetables and heat until thoroughly cooked. Remove from pan.
4. Coat your pan with olive oil. Fry your eggs until thoroughly cooked, and add in your cooked ingredients.
5. Add in your cooled rice and stir. Add in soy sauce while stirring, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

*Disclaimer. This is NOT a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are truly my own and I have not been compensated.

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Meal Planning 101. How I Meal Plan for my Family of 5

Meal planning for my family has been one of the most beneficial things I started doing in my household. I’ve been doing it for a while now, and I’ve got to say it feels great to not have to question what’s for dinner, and get asked a few million times, “What are we eating today?” I do the majority of the cooking in our house, (okay, maybe all of it) so having this to keep me organized keeps meals quick, easy and convenient. It helped me after I really got into the swing of things, to keep a visual meal plan in a central location, so the rest of my family was aware of what we would be eating. Using a dry erase board, chalkboard, or just a simple flyer on the refrigerator works just fine. First things first though, I’m going to talk all about how I meal plan for my family of 5, the benefits of meal planning, and a few useful tips when planning for your own family.

WHY you should meal plan
• Healthier eating
• It saves money
• It saves time
• It wastes less of your food
• Less Stress!

Meal planning is a huge help when you’re trying to stick to a healthier diet. When dinner time is approaching, and you still have no clue what you’re going to feed your family, it’s easy to want to just grab fast food or order take out. I’ve been guilty of creating this pattern in my house, but one day I simply had to put a stop to it.

I was finding that I was spending so much more on food between take out, and buying extra at the grocery store without a designated list. I would do this EVERY single time. Go into the grocery store thinking I knew what direction I was going in, and I would always end up forgetting ingredients, buying too much of something, and then still not having all of my ingredients, or buying perishable items that would quickly go to waste. More than likely, this was a combination of my scattered overspending in the grocery store, and ordering take out and not eating the food I did actually purchase on my grocery trip. Repeat this a few times a week and you’re looking at a step towards an unhealthy lifestyle, and digging an unnecessary money pit.

I save a ton at the grocery store when all of my meals are planned ahead of time, because I go in with the mindset to only buy the ingredients I plan to use in our family meals, and a few of our staple items. It also helps things to run smoothly during the week, because knowing what I’m cooking means that I can prep things ahead of time if need be, and it creates the possibility to use leftover items and ingredients in other meals during the week.

HOW to meal prep in 5 easy steps
• Schedule a consistent time for weekly meal planning
• Inventory your kitchen first, ALWAYS
• Look at your schedule
• Choose your meals
• Keep side dishes simple

First, you have to schedule a consistent time to sit and plan your meals. Maybe it works for you to utilize your free time before your kids wake up in the morning, during naptime, or after bedtime (I’m noticing a bit of a pattern here). It can also be beneficial if you choose to plan around what’s in the weekly grocery circulars, so you can shop using the deals at your store of choice.

Next, you should make sure to inventory your own kitchen. Check for things that need to be used before they go bad, items that you’ve been meaning to get around to using (but constantly forget about), and staple items that you might just have an abundance of, like rice, beans, or tomato sauces.

Now that you’ve done that, you should sit down with a pen and whatever you plan to keep your meal plan in. No need to be fancy initially, but in the future, a designated planner or notebook can be useful to keep track of things. You might also like to write down recipes you want to try in the future, or notes about recipes that you’ve tried, that you know your family really enjoyed.

Look at your family’s usual schedule, and keep in mind the things your family has scheduled for that particular week. If Thursdays you’re busy running carpool, and getting kids to and from practice, then this would be a day that you plan to cook an easier meal. Something quick and simple will add less chaos to your already busy day. Maybe this particular Friday you have family coming to town for the weekend. You would possibly be planning to feed a larger number of people, so maybe it would be best to plan a meal that stretches. At the same time, making a note of a family visit gives you a mental note to either purchase more food, or to mentally plan a take out, or eat out day. And yes, planning for takeout is still meal planning!

After you’ve built up some mental momentum, and gathered all of your thoughts, now it’s time to start planning your meals! I like to plan at least 2-3 meals with corresponding ingredients, at least 1-2 large meals that creates leftovers, and at least 1 crockpot or quick meal. You can also dedicate a certain day of the week, maybe one where your schedule is less busy to cook “first time” meals, or things that require more prep and cook time.

Once you decide on exactly what to cook, it’s always useful to keep your side dishes really simple and to the point. Let the entrees speak for themselves, and don’t put so much effort into side dishes that it makes dinner complicated.

A good way to decide what to have on what day, is to think about what you could possibly have left over that could be used later. For example:

Monday: Ground turkey Chili and rice (Make extra for leftovers)
Tuesday: Nachos or Taco Salad (Using the leftover meat and beans)
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken, Brown rice and Parmesan Asparagus
Thursday: Chicken Fajitas or Fish Tacos (Using toppings from Tuesday)
Friday: Baked Fish, Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes, String Beans (Using the fish purchased for your Thursday meal)
(Quick meals) Taco soup, Burritos, Burrito bowls, Leftover veggies from the week used in a Stir Fry.
Meal planning can be made easy. Just replace this same concept with your family favorites, and meals you plan to try. Happy Planning!

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The Importance of Being More Than Just a Mom

After a long week of doing the mom thing, and with a new busy week ahead, I’m learning the importance of reflecting back on my week. What I’ve learned, how I felt, and all of the tiny things that I didn’t take the time to appreciate.

With my busy week finally coming to an end, my thoughts are lingering on something that I don’t believe I took enough time to appreciate; myself. I know I know, who has time to think about themselves when they’re busy being supermom? When you’re in charge of a tiny person or two, keeping your significant other’s head attached to his shoulders, and overall just making sure the house doesn’t burn to the ground, it’s easy to forget about yourself and put your needs on the back burner.

Fathers often get the acknowledgment for being “the head of the household”, but in reality the mother is definitely, without a doubt, what holds the head in place to keep it balanced. Being a mother who does things alone can quite possibly make it even harder to find quality time for yourself, but the truth is, you have to MAKE TIME.

Fun fact, you can’t take care of everyone else all the time, when you aren’t taking care of yourself. Also, you can’t maintain a happy, healthy, and productive household when the very thing that holds things up and keeps things together is crumbling. It’s important that you as a mother remain at your best, and remember that sometimes you have to love yourself first.

Life isn’t just for functioning in the world, you have to flourish. Don’t simply run on routine, and later realize you’re forgetting to stop and smell the roses. What’s your guilty pleasure? What is something that you do for you and only you, and when is the last time that you’ve actually done it? If you’re sitting there with a confused look on your face, let me answer that for myself and say that it’s obviously been way too long.

Now, this doesn’t always have to be something that’s monetary, because self care can take many different forms. Taking care of YOU, is in every aspect physical, mental, and emotional, so remember to keep that daily reminder to always take an hour (or two) for yourself. Do you meditate or do daily yoga to center yourself? Maybe retail therapy or personal pampering is more your thing. Whatever your guilty pleasure may be, take some time to do it for your own personal sanity.

Today I took some time out to enjoy the sound of ocean waves today. No crying, no yelling, no refereeing. Today I got to just have time for myself, and I loved my much needed time for me. This upcoming week, no matter when this post reaches you, I want you to think about how important it is for you to be more than just a mom. Remember who you were, who you are, and who you should remain everyday. A mother with her own identity, and a mother who loves herself.

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What’s for dinner!? Cilantro Lime Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas with fresh Pico de Gallo

Let me just start by saying, this meal was so delicious! My entire family enjoyed it, my toddlers included. I decided to use chicken and shrimp, but you could obviously opt out for one or the other. I also went ahead and made my own fresh Pico de Gallo because, why not right? Everything is better when it’s fresh. From start to finish, this meal took me about an hour to prepare.

INGREDIENTS
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lime juice/ Juice of 2 limes
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
Cumin
Chili Powder
4 boneless chicken breasts
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Green Bell Pepper
Red Bell Pepper
1 Large Yellow Onion
1 Red Onion
1 Fresh Jalapeño
1 Large Tomato
Cooked white rice, for serving

DIRECTIONS (Chicken and Shrimp)
1. Marinade: Whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, red pepper flakes, garlic and cumin. Add the chicken and toss in a ziplock bag to evenly coat with the marinade, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to give the chicken time to develop its flavor. Repeat the same steps with your shrimp, and place them aside until you’re ready.
2. Slice your peppers and onions and place them aside for cooking.
3. Pour about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large pan, and heat over medium-high heat. Season both sides of marinated chicken with salt and pepper, and add to your pan along with any remaining marinade. Sear until the skin becomes golden and crispy, about 6 minutes or so on both sides, or until the juices run clear. Flip the chicken and cook for 2 minutes more.
4. Remove the chicken from your pan, and add another 2 tablespoons or so of olive oil to coat your pan. Add in your fresh peppers and onions and cook to your liking.
5. Add your marinated shrimp to the pan and cook until pink. Add your cooked chicken to the fajita mixture.
6. Enjoy!

DIRECTIONS (Pico de Gallo)
1. Chop your tomatoes, red onion, and fresh jalapeño to your preferred size and add to a bowl.
2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Add fresh cilantro, and lime juice
4. Taste, and enjoy!

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What Type of Mom Are You, and Why Did You Start blogging?

What type of mom am I? I’m a tired type of mom. An uncensored type of mom. A mom with many tasks on her ‘To do” list, three toddlers, one husband, and one household to run. A chic mom, a mom of multiples, a frugal mom, millennial mom, cloth diaper mom, and a work at home mom. I’m here to share with you, tips and tricks on how I run my home, my way. One thing I’ve learned about mom life, is in order to make it through the day, you’ve got to have a plan. One that usually ends with your plan running off course, literally on fire, with a hub cap missing, but a plan that nonetheless ends up completed. After all, that’s what moms do, we get things DONE. You want tips for family budgeting, and how to stretch a dollar? I’m your girl. You want tasty and quick recipes that your family will love? I’m your girl. You want to learn the best way to hide from your children long enough to use the bathroom by yourself? Yea, I don’t know. I can’t help you with that. What I can do is share some of my knowledge, and things that work for me to get me through a busy week of managing a busy house. Whether that be how I meal plan, budget, schedule, or even occupy my kids. I get asked constantly, “Girl, How do you do it?” so I started to blog about it. I hope you can use my tips to help get through a busy day in your own home. I want to provide you with tons of relatable content, things that make you laugh on a trying day, and things that just make life easier. Momming is harddd work, but I’m happy to be here to help!

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