Five Things – My Weekly Round Up of What I am Excited About This Week!

Five Things – My Weekly Round Up of What I am Excited About This Week!

Last month, I told you that I was brainstorming and planning some new features for my blog this year. On the first Friday in February, I rolled out my First Friday Series and now I am rolling out my Five Things series! This will be a weekly feature, where I tell you about 5 things that I am excited about and want to share with you!

This week in “Five Things”, I have some really awesome deals to tell you about!

Free Challenge!

I will start with a challenge I just finished from Money Saving Mom, 5 Days to A Better Morning Challenge. I don’t know about you, but I really struggle to get going in the morning and I wanted to get a better routine down. Mornings were frustrating and I was rushing the kids out of the house every morning. In this challenge, Crystal shares practical ways to make your mornings better. If you struggle in the morning too, I highly suggest signing up! Did I mention that it’s FREE? So, what do you have to lose? 


Target Furniture Sale

Did you know that you can order directly from your Target app and pick up your order without having to go inside? I love shopping at Target, but often wind up buying things I don’t need! Go online this week to find 25% off  home furnishings and the clearance furniture is an extra 10% off the sale price!


Ibotta Can Now Be Linked to your Kroger Card!

Have you ever used Ibotta? It is an app where you upload your receipts and earn cash back for things like groceries, online shopping, and even dining out! Once you have $20 in your account you can cash it out or use it for a gift card. This is a great way to save up for a date night!

You can also now link it with your Kroger Plus Card. With the new link to your Kroger account you don’t even have to take a picture of those receipts anymore. Just make sure you have your deals all loaded up when you go to the store!

Eat at Home

I discovered a new meal planning service in the last week called, Eat At Home. After listening to Crystal Paine’s podcast interview with the founder of Eat at Home, I was really impressed with her! She really gets it and understands how crazy weeknights are. If you want to take a listen go here.

I was impressed by the price, $14 per month or $31 for 3 months! For that price you get all four of their meal plan types for one price and there are many resources on the website. You can even check out a sample of the recipes before you buy!


If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you need to get one!

I am going to have more and more recipes coming using the Instant Pot. It is so convenient and I am using it several times a week. If you have a busy schedule, you really need to do yourself a favor and get one of these today!

That is this weeks Five Things, I hope you were able to find something you needed! What deals are you most interested in? Let me know how I can best serve YOU, dear reader!

Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff

I get in “trouble” at home sometimes for making delicious meals and then never making them again. Or taking them out of rotation for a while and then forgetting all about them! This month’s recipe, Beef Stroganoff is one of those, and my family was pretty excited when I brought it back!

beef stroganoff

I want to warn you up front that the sauce is made from scratch, but I also don’t want you to worry because it is really easy! This meal takes about 20 -25 minutes to make. When I say that is from scratch, I mean that you will be making a roux. A roux is a mixture of melted butter and flour, all you do is melt the butter in your skillet and mix in the flour until there are no lumps. It mixes really well, and doesn’t take but a couple of minutes to be ready to add your other ingredients!

The sauce is tangy and it pairs perfectly with egg noodles, and I recommend adding the mushrooms if you like them. My kids aren’t a fan, but I say they don’t know what they are missing!

Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff

Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff
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  • 1lb Ground Beef (or Beef Tips)
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 5 T Flour
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 carton fresh, sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 2T Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • A few Dashes Pepper
  • 1 bag of Egg Noodles cooked per directions on package.

  1. Brown your meat and push it to one side in the skillet (or remove it from the skillet)
  2. Melt Butter
  3. Stir in flour one tablespoon at a time.
  4. Once all flour is well mixed with no lumps, start adding the beef broth.
  5. While you are stirring in the beef broth, mix the ground beef (or beef tips)with the sauce.
  6. Add Mushrooms(optional)
  7. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and all spices.
  8. Allow sauce to thicken.
  9. Serve over egg noodles.
  10. This pairs well with a salad or garlic bread.

Yield: 6

So there you go, another easy meal that is so delicious and family friendly! Looking for more easy meals? Try my Instant Pot Baked Spaghetti or Stuffed Bell Peppers.







Stop Beating Yourself Up – You are a Good Mom!


The other night, I went to bed feeling defeated and like I was failing at being a mom. As my son oh so aptly reminded me, “It is the usual schedule that I watch Garfield and then I turn on the fireplace to get to bed.” “Yes, baby, it is, but it’s late, and we just can’t stay up any longer tonight,” I replied. In my mind, I thought “Yes, and if I had gotten off my butt and not watched that last episode of Sharp Objects,then you would have been able to stay on your schedule. And you wouldn’t be crying right now. But I am a terrible, lazy, mom and I should really be ashamed of myself.”


You may be thinking, um kid, get over it. But what you may not know is that my son has Autism. Kids with Autism like routine, and when the routine is thrown off, it is really hard for them to understand why. Even the soundest logic cannot remedy having their routine thrown off. The best you can do is wait for them to calm down, give them a hug, tell them you are sorry, and don’t forget about Garfield the next night. Unless you want to go to bed feeling like a crappy mom. Again.


Now, I know that I am not a bad mom. Am I a perfect mom? No, absolutely not! But I am a good mom. I am disorganized, forgetful, scatterbrained, and generally all over the place, but I love and take care of my kids. But this really got me thinking, what about the other moms that I see who seem like they have it all together? All of the moms who I am sure are doing better than me?


Then, I wonder, do any of my friends or acquaintances think that I have it all together and am doing it better than them?

Wow, I really hope not! But if they do, it gives me hope. Hope that it really is true that no one has it all together. No one is doing it all perfectly. Hope, that everyone feels like a failure sometimes, and that it isn’t just me.


So, I wonder what it would look like if we stopped being so hard on ourselves and gave ourselves the credit we actually deserve. All of my kids were fed today. All of my kids went to school with clothes on today. Hey, I actually knew that PE was today, and didn’t send my kid in sandals! (like I did last week) (I mean technically it was the first week of school, and I was mentally unprepared to be on a schedule again. So, whatever. That doesn’t even count as an actual mistake.)


And why do we feel the need to be perfect anyway?

Is social media that is driving this? Or has it always just been that we are way too worried about what other people think? And why is there such a nasty voice in my head that gets to tell me what kind of mother I am anyway? Who the heck does she think she is? And where was she when I ironed everyone’s church clothes, and got to church on time yesterday? She sure didn’t have ANYTHING to say about that!


Y’all, this isn’t the first time that I have beat myself up for any number of things that I thought that I wasn’t doing well enough at. And honestly, it probably won’t be the last. But I really hope that in the morning light, I can see that I was just really tired yesterday, and Sharp Objects is really that good. Also, my son didn’t die from missing his nightly Garfield episode last night. He was fine, and he got a good nights sleep.

Perfect is a myth!

None of us is ever going to be the perfect wife, girlfriend, mom, sister, employee, etc. Perfect is a myth. A lie that we have believed for so long, that we often can’t see the truth. The truth is that we are all special in our own unique ways. God gave us all strengths, talents, and gifts. We also ALL have weaknesses, and things that we just aren’t great at. I could name a few and probably with way more confidence than I could name my strengths.

That last statement really says so much about the state of mind that so many of us have. Why is it so hard to confidently name the things we are good at, while we can come up with a list of things we are bad at? Let’s try something here. Make a list of all the things that you are good at and post it where you can see it. Read it. Read it again. Every time that nasty voice tries to tell you who you are, read the list!


*This is my first post in a new series called First Friday. On the first Friday of every month, I will be writing about something that is on my heart, and that I hear my friends struggling with. I hope it will encourage you! If you have an idea for First Friday, I would love to hear it. You can email me at [email protected], find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.*