Friday I’m in Love…on Saturday

Happy Friday and happy April! Apparently I haven’t shared my loves in about a month (and I can’t even get them posted on the right day), so we have a lot to catch up on, let’s get started.

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In the world of sports, college basketball and March Madness has come to an end. I am sad to see basketball go, but I am excited about the new regime at IU. UCF ended their season in the final four of the NIT tournament, so that was exciting! Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to any games this year, that’ll be a goal for next year. Greg is thoroughly excited that baseball is back. He also opted to sit out of fantasy baseball this year, so watching games has been more laid back than it has been in years. Let’s go Mets!

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This just in, parenting is hard. Here are a couple of good articles I’m loving lately: 9 Reasons Why I’m The Mean Mom, Not The Cool Mom and Dear Working Mom. Also related, I’ve been listening to the Simple Families podcast and Denaye has some really great episodes.

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I don’t know why it took me so long to try coconut milk, but I’m obsessed. I’ve completely replaced my coffee creamer with it and I had it on my cereal this week. It’s delicious! My new drink at Starbucks is iced coffee with vanilla and coconut milk. I swear I’ve been talking about it all week. As far as dinners go, we’ve been having a lot of our usual favorites, but we are definitely adding these grilled shrimp tacos with avocado salsa in to the rotation. Yum!

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We were late to the game with watching Moana, but Greg randomly brought it home a few weekends ago so we finally watched it. It is SO good! I think Greg and I may have liked it even more than the kids. We’ve also been listening to the soundtrack nonstop on Spotify, which is just as amazing as the movie. If you haven’t seen or listened to it, I highly recommend it. We also saw the new live action Beauty and the Beast the day before we left on the cruise. It was also really good!

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What have you been loving lately?!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe this is the last Friday in June. How is that possible? Anyway, let’s get to it…

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On Sunday night, over 50,000 people stood together around Lake Eola to remember and honor the victims of the tragedy. We weren’t able to go, but we watched the recap on the news following the NBA Finals Game 7 (which was insane, by the way!). The vigil was the best way to close a horrific week in our city. Monday was a new day and a new week and we welcomed it with open arms. On Wednesday, Keep Dancing Orlando was born and it brought a smile and a few tears to my face. Watch, smile, and keep dancing Orlando.

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Can I share with you what has been our saving grace lately? This

The favorite thing to do in our house right now is jump on the couch, which results in us telling asking the kids to stop jumping on the couch no less than ten times a day. Now, we just tell them to jump on the trampoline instead and has made everyone so happy!

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I came across a couple good articles this week for working moms and working women everywhere.

The ugly secret of working moms

Sheryl Sandberg of the Myth of the Catty Woman

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Friday I'm in Love Linky Party

Don’t forget to head over to see what the other ladies are loving this month. We will also be taking a short hiatus from the link-up for the summer. We will be back in full force after Labor Day!

Have a great weekend!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Head over and check out what these ladies are loving:

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen // Jessica // and welcome to Ashley!

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Recently, the Bentgo Kids lunchbox was on a lightning deal on Amazon. We snagged a couple and already love them! They are excellent for packing lunches and are a great size. I don’t fill the compartments all the way to the top yet, so there is still room to grow with them. I’ve already started making a list of healthy items to pack in the kids’ lunches for a quick reference once school starts back up again in the fall.

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Greg is an avid ice coffee drinker, so he got a Contigo Shake & Go tumbler for Father’s Day last weekend. Since he was out of town this week, I confiscated it. It’s pretty sweet. You can shake up your coffee then pop the straw in. I would imagine this is also good for smoothies and shakes too!

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I finally ordered Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg for my Kindle (which ended up being free thanks to my Amazon credits!) and I am excited to start reading it (you know, in all my free time). While I was learning more about the book, I came across Sheryl’s TED talk: Why we have too few women leaders from 2010… yes, I realize I’m a little behind the times. If you’re so inclined, listen to it. It has me very excited to read the book!

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Your turn! Tell us what you’re loving in the comments or link back to your own post, we’d love to see!

Happy Friday!

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Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Head over and check out what these ladies are loving:

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura // Aileen // Jessica

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Taylor does it again. Her latest music video has an all-star cast and it’s pretty much amazing.

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My current favorite oil blend is the “wake up” blend. It is perfect for the afternoon when I could really go for a coffee to help make it through the rest of the day.

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12 drops of orange
12 drops of peppermint
2/3 full of grape seed oil

This combo is also amazing in the diffuser. Try it!

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New Study Reveals Kids Actually Benefit From Having Working Moms

Boom.

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Your turn! What are you loving this week?

Have a great long weekend!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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I love photography. If there was more time in the day, I would definitely learn more about it and practice more often. One of my absolute favorite bloggers is Ashley Ann (I know I’ve mentioned this before) and I really loved this post this week. It captures the small things that could easily have been overlooked on a busy Easter Sunday.

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Are you tired of the mommy articles yet? I kind of am, but I do need to share these… 10 Things Working Mothers Don’t Want To Hear and 10 Things People Say That Drive Working Moms Crazy. Please take note.

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Baseball is back and we are excited in the Gilbertson household. This week I stumbled upon Bleacher Creatures, specifically the Matt Harvey Bleacher Creature. How adorable? I definitely think C-man needs one of these.

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You know it’s the little things when you get excited about organic fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil does not harden like regular coconut oil does and I’m so excited to use it as a carrier oil with my essential oils. I’m going to be mixing up some concoctions this weekend.

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Your turn! What are you loving?

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Don’t forget to check out what these ladies are loving too!

Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura and welcome to Aileen who is joining in!

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Have a great weekend!

Slow Cooker Meals

I taught a class for six weeks this summer which meant I was putting in almost 11 hour days at work four days a week. Meanwhile, Greg was playing super daddy at home and holding down the fort. The last thing I wanted him to worry about was making dinner each night before I got home. To alleviate that, I made a slow cooker meal for almost every night I was teaching. I prepared the meal the night before and Greg turned it on before he left the house for the day. We have the Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker which goes to warm after the cook time is complete, so we didn’t have to worry about it being on all day. We still play around with the cook times on recipes because I think it still continues to cook a little bit even on warm.

crock pot slow cooker meals

Here is the list of recipes & my thoughts on each.

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Moroccan Spiced Stew with Green Olives and Lemon
This is my least favorite of the sauces. It was pretty spicy.

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Porkloin
I make this often. Apple, cinnamon and honey rank high in my book.

Pineapple chicken
This is hit or miss. My chicken in the slow cooker tends to be dry.

Potato Bacon Soup
We don’t normally eat a lot of soups, but this one was good.

Babyback Ribs
This is one of the favorites in our house. We get the Hormel ribs from Target and add the rub.
They are so so good!

Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti
This has potential, but it didn’t cook all the way through since I couldn’t stir it after three hours. I wouldn’t recommend making it if you’re going to be gone all day.

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Apple Bourbon BBQ with Sweet Peppers and Brown Sugar
We did this one with chicken over rice and it was great.

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas
These were great, but there was a lot of liquid in there after cooking. I will definitely cut down on the water next time.

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Sweet Korean BBQ with Roasted Ginger and Sesame
These sauces are as easy as you can get and this flavor was good.

Swiss Chicken
I will definitely be making this again.

Chicken and Rice with Black Beans
I’ll be making this again as well.

Lasagna
The best thing about the lasagna is that you can put the noodles in uncooked. We make this often.

Crock Pot Chili
This was good, but a tad spicy. I’m determined to find a go-to chili recipe!

Pizza Casserole
Good, but very rich. I probably won’t make this one again.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
This is great for sandwiches!

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces – Tavern Style Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Roasted Garlic
This one is my favorite of the Campbell’s sauces. It’s so good!

Root Beer Pulled Pork
This was my first time using liquid smoke (I have never even heard of such a thing) and it was really good.

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All of these recipes and a few others are on my slow cooker Pinterest board. I am always looking for new recipes and I feel like I keep seeing the same ones on Pinterest. If you have one that you love, please share! My hope is to use our slow cooker a couple times a week once school starts again this month.

Eleven Weeks

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This was another big week for our little man.
He has officially been in daycare for a week and is doing well!
We are getting into a routine and I think I can safely say that he is sleeping through the night!
The first time he slept through the night was New Year’s Eve, but it’s been hit or miss since.
By the third day of daycare, he was sleeping 8:00pm – 7:00am.
We are still working on a schedule that works for both of us.
Depending on how late he goes to bed, I have been getting up in the middle of the night to pump.
I know we’ll get there eventually, but I am thrilled that all of his feedings are during the daytime now!

Crosby is definitely learning more about his hands… they are now gravitating to his mouth quite often.
If his paci isn’t in there, his hands are!

The transition back to work was much easier this time around.
As I was reading Kenley’s eleven week post, I remembered that it took me a while to get into the swing of things.
This time, I am at a different job and not commuting an hour each way.
I work closer to home and to the kids’ school and I’m working normal hours, all of which are so much better for us.
Crosby has the same teachers as Kenley did, so I am beyond thrilled about that.
Overall, this week went better than I had thought. It was exhausting, but still good!