Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

This weekend, it snowed again.

On Friday evening, It began snowing quickly (and sticking to the roads) while the kids were in dance rehearsal.

Which made for some scary driving, but we made it home.

We had a blast sledding
It was 25 outside, but 68 in our greenhouse
And we made some snow cream. Yum!

We made a YouTube video about our crazy snow experience! Watch to the end to see Emorie and I collide on our sleds.

Hope you have a GREAT Sunday! We have so many exciting things heading your way this week!

Organizing a cleaning closet

We have an old TV cabinet in our laundry room, which we have repurposed as a cleaning supply cabinet.

Here’s our dog modeling the cabinet. Haha

Our cleaning supply cabinet used to be neat and clean and organized…but then it looked like this.

I decided to make better use of the space, but I was also tired of having laundry baskets sitting on my dryer.

I ended up grouping my cleaning supplies together by purpose. I used some boxes I had lying around and I also made space for my laundry room.

I am not yet finished. I want to build some wood shelves but lumber is crazy expensive and I’m still figuring out exactly what I want to do.

I also want some matching bins. This is what I have in mind:

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Stay tuned!

Fitness Fridays: tasty, lower calorie Super Bowl snacks

While most of us are probably not having a Super Bowl party, many of us are still making food and enjoying the game with our immediate family.

Most of the well known super bowl party fare is delicious but fatty and high in calories. However, this doesn’t have to ruin the fun for those of us making dietary and lifestyle changes.

Here are a few lower calorie options we can enjoy without making a huge splurge.

1. Skinny taco dip

Click here for this recipe. One serving suggestion is to put a little dip on your own plate instead of eating directly from the bowl. This way, you eat less and it’s safer too.

2. Buffalo rotisserie chicken quesadilla

Yum yum! Rotisserie chickens are easily available and already cooked. Just grab one or two and make this tasty recipe.

3. White Chicken Chili

This is a healthier version of my chili beans that I like to make. Here’s the recipe.

4. skinny gluten free not-fried chicken tenders

These chicken tenders are way fewer calories than the traditional ones. You can find the recipe here.

What are your favorite skinny appetizers?

Make it Monday: mason jar succulent planter

Make it Monday: mason jar succulent planter

Now that Christmas has come and gone, I find myself wanting to make lots of floral and nature-themed crafts. I guess I just be looking forward to spring!! I recently acquired some tiny mason jars and was itching to make Something with them.

I spotted these succulent picks at Dollar Tree and knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I got out a block of floral foam and cut it the same size as the jar.

Then, I used some white chalk paint to paint the jar white.

I then inserted the floral foam into the jar.

Then, I just inserted the floral pick into the foam, and glued moss on the foam to hide it.

I’m loving how cute and simple this is. The perfect amount of farmhouse charm!

What floral crafts have you done lately?

Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

Get ready to read the most boring “ what we’ve been up to” you’ve ever read. Why is it boring? Because my household caught Covid and we have been up absolutely nothing. Except resting, drinking fluids and trying to feel better.

Check out Emorie’s new shirt! She got it for Christmas and we love it!

On Monday, we woke up to one of the scariest storms I’ve ever seen. I live in North Carolina, so I have seen some pretty scary storms. The wind was howling and it was pouring rain. Mid morning, that turned into snow! It didn’t last long, but it was pretty. This was taken from my classroom window.

I posted this on Instagram last week before it snowed. It was accurate, since we went straight from 75 degree days to wind and snow 🤣🤣

My ten year old no longer wants to wear hair bows, so she passed all of hers to my six year old. I had no idea we had so many bows.

We always have the traditional New Years meal with my mother-in-law’s family, but this year, she and my father-in-law delivered the meals to family. It was still delicious.

We were invited to go skating last weekend by some sweet friends. The girls didn’t quite get the hang of it, but they had fun.

I had some gift cards to spend from Christmas, so I bought this picture. It has silkies on it, so it’s perfect for me. They look just like our chickens.

We are on the mend over here, but still quarantined. Thanks for sticking with me and reading to the end of that boring post. Hope to see you next weekend with a more interesting post.