Finding Balance

I don’t know if it’s been evident, but I’ve been struggling a little bit lately. Maybe struggling is a bit strong of a word, but it seems like there’s just too much going on. Too much to do. Too many thoughts. Too many things I want to do. Too much sleep I’m not getting.

Anyway, it’s been a little hard for me to find the balance lately. There are so many things I want to give my time to, and with working full-time (and commuting nearly 2.5 hours/day), it’s just hard. It’s so hard lately to find time to do all the things I want to do, and one of those things is being active here.

I feel like I’ve just been so absent. I have hopes, plans, and dreams for this little online space of mine, but I’ve really struggled with it lately. I want to be excited, but so many days, I’m just trying to survive. Well, maybe survive isn’t the right word, but the to-do list seems like it just piles up, leaving little time for myself. The time I do have I’m using merely to catch my breath.

Abbie Sidewalk Chalk

I think a lot of people go through this, but it’s truly been hard for me. I’m a person who wants to be able to give everything to everyone. I get my greatest joy by giving. The best presents for me are actually in finding the best presents for everyone else – the perfect card for a friend, surprise concert tickets for my mom, sidewalk chalk as a surprise for Abbie, the jersey Chris wasn’t expecting for Christmas. I work so hard to give to everyone else – because in the end, that’s what makes me happy.

In all that, I often forget myself. I forget to give myself the gift I truly need – time. I always seem to be chasing it, but usually give it away to everyone around me. I never find that balance between time for everyone else and time for myself.

I know I can’t be the only one who struggles with this. I know I’m not alone. So now I’m asking you – where do you find the balance? How do you carve out time for yourself?

Oh Hey Friday {3.20.15}

Today’s the first day of spring, but northern Virginia didn’t get the memo. It’s snowing outside right now, but tomorrow is going to be 64 degrees. I swear, sometimes I think we get all four seasons in a day. Anyway, let’s just jump into my five, shall we?

Abbie Outside

Abbie likes to run around her car outside. Oh, and carry around Play-Dough but not actually play with it. Silly girl.

 

ONE

Apparently Eva Mendes says sweatpants are the cause of divorce. Um, pretty sure she’s not married (although she did snag Ryan Gosling, so there’s that), so I don’t really find her a credible source. Also, get with the times, Eva – most women prefer yoga pants and write crazy articles about how men lust after them when they wear them. Get the facts straight.

TWO

My MIL was able to replace the leg elastics in the first set of Abbie’s diapers I brought over, and I’m so thankful. If you’re a cloth diaper mom, you know how valuable that is – I didn’t have to send them off anywhere to be fixed! She’s already fixed six of them and is working on the next five. I’m weirdly excited to start using the refreshed ones – I think that’s why we’ve been going through so many pairs of pants.

THREE

Chris and I have both been congested AGAIN this week. While I’m starting to try more natural remedies, sometimes you just need the Sudafed. It’s been saving us this week and if I need it, I take it. I’m thankful we live in a time that we have both modern medicine and natural remedies available.

FOUR

I’ve made this skillet cookie two more times since I posted the recipe. That may be what’s making this a challenging weight loss week, but so worth it. The mint TollHouse chips were PERFECT for St. Patrick’s Day.

FIVE

I’m slowly getting more and more into essential oils, to the point I almost ran out of lemon before my new bottle arrived and I was so sad about it! Would you guys be interested in hearing more about what I’m using them for and their uses?

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Tuesday Confessions

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you remember to wear green? I have to be honest – the only reason I remember is because in school, I always forgot. And I always got pinched. I HATE being pinched. People seemed to take it way too literally and would pinch really hard… and I bruise easily. Yep, totally got bruises from pinching… so now I never forget my green.

Moving on, here’s Abbie in her green for the day (and yes, she still uses the pacifier sometimes – it’s an ongoing process)!

Abbie St. Patrick's Day 2015

It’s been busy around here, but that comes with spring, right? We’re finally getting to go outside again, and it’s not pitch black when we get home at night. I know sometimes people curse daylight savings… but I kind of love it. Abbie was able to spend nearly an hour outside before bed last night – something she hasn’t been able to do in months. It definitely helps her disposition (and ours).

Something else helping my disposition? My essential oils. I’ve been learning more and more about them and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed. There are so many different ones I want to try, and it’s just so hard to choose. I seriously have a wish list document going.

Another confession? I may be the only one, but I don’t like baby moccasins. I know, everyone is obsessed and I’m sure they’re comfy for the babies… but they’re just not me.. Good news? I never enter the giveaways for them that I see around, so more moccasins for all of you!

I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that there’s so much chocolate around at work. Stop sabotaging me with deliciousness people!

I tried to replace the leg elastics in Abbie’s cloth diapers last night and failed. I got so frustrated and it just wasn’t worth it anymore. I’m hoping my mother-in-law can do them, because otherwise I’m going to have to send them away to be done. I wish cloth diapering was more common around here and I could take them somewhere!

My mom and sister found a Little Tikes basketball hoop on clearance at Kohl’s and brought it up to us over the weekend. Abbie loves it so much we had to hide it after she went to bed that night. Not about to fight with her over it every day of the week.

I got really angry yesterday when the road I take to pick Abbie up from daycare was closed and I had to find another way… until I found out why. Turns out they found a man’s body. I guess there are worse things to be angry about?

I thought about making a list of all the green foods I love for today, but then all I could think about was how much I wanted an avocado right now. I bet I just made you want one too.

Speaking of avocados, we’re having Mexican food tonight for dinner (chicken fajitas). Guess I’m not very good at being Irish. Then again, I’m only part Irish, so at least I’m wearing and eating something green?

My work bestie is due with her first child in May and I’m already wondering how boring my days are going to be without her while she’s on leave.

I’ve never had a Shamrock Shake and I’m not about to start. With those calories, it’s better not to know what I’m missing.

There’s a chance of snow in our forecast on Friday. Dear winter, please go away.

Anything you want to confess today?

Caramel Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Thank you to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try the new DelightFulls Filled Baking Morsels!

Confession: This is the first week I’ve had a full work week in a while. Between snow days and Abbie being sick, I’d been out of the office at least one day every week. While it was good to have those breaks, it made being at work the entire week this week an adjustment. So what do you need in the middle of the week? A cookie of course!

Caramel Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Enter this giant one. Obviously, during the week there isn’t a ton of time to scoop out dozens of cookies, so I went the easy route – one big cookie. I slightly adapted this recipe by putting my own twist on it with an extra extract (my secret to amazing cookies) and these new Nestle TollHouse DelightFulls.

Now, about the DelightFulls – they’re good, guys. Really good. Like, so good I wanted to just keep eating them out of the bag. I chose to use the chocolate and caramel ones…even though a few of the other varieties may have made it into my cart over the weekend. I mean, how could I resist these flavors?

Anyway, once Abbie was in bed the other night, I set out to make Chris and I this skillet cookie – and it was just as easy and delicious as I thought.

First I gathered up my ingredients…and almost went with the Chocolate and Peanut Butter DelightFulls at the last minute. Those will probably get used this weekend!

 Nestle DelightFulls

It’s pretty much your basic cookie recipe. Cream together the butter and sugars… 

Butter and Sugars

Add the egg and extracts (this is my secret – I add almost extract to EVERY chocolate chip cookie recipe – adds so much flavor!).

Egg and Extract

This is where you’re supposed to mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add them to this mixture. Well, I’m lazy. I usually measure about half the flour, put the baking soda and salt in the middle, then layer the rest of the flour on top. With a simple recipe like this, I’ve never had a problem! (Lazy mom for the win!)

Flour

Once that’s mixed, this is where you  normally scoop them into cookies, right? Well, here you just press the dough into a greased cast-iron skillet. SO easy.

Skillet Cookie

Then you put it in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

 Skillet Cookie

We let it cool for a little while before serving it up with some of the caramel ice cream I made a little while ago – heaven. Seriously, chocolate and caramel – doesn’t get much better!

Skillet Cookie with Ice Cream

Now, you need this cookie in your life. Go make it. (You’re welcome.) Make sure you check out the other flavors of DelightFulls and Nestle’s recipes here!

 

Caramel Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  2. Extra butter to grease the skillet
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1 tsp. almond extract
  8. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  9. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp. salt
  11. 1 package Nestle TollHouse Caramel DelightFulls
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9 inch cast iron skillet with the extra butter - I only needed less than a tablespoon.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the stick of butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almost extract and beat until combined.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. You can either mix this together in a separate bowl or do the trick I mentioned above. Mix on low until combined.
  6. Add the Nestle TollHouse DelightFulls and mix until just combined.
  7. Press the cookie dough into the prepared skillet.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden and a toothpick comes out clean (I like to slightly underbake mine so it's chewier, but that's on you!)
Notes
  1. It's best warm, but good totally cooled also! I served mine warm with homemade caramel ice cream!
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I Don’t Want to Miss…

This post is sponsored by SUDAFED® Brand, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m so glad spring is finally on the horizon. Winter has been rough on me, and I’m not just talking about the cold weather. Every year, I battle sinus pain and pressure, which inevitably leads to me getting a sinus infection. Pregnancy did something to my sinuses – ever since Abbie was born, I’ve been especially prone to them. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve needed help with the sinus pressure, and my first response has always been SUDAFED®.

Now, I know you all read the little disclosure at the top. You know this post is sponsored. But let me tell you – I was really excited to see this opportunity pop up in my email. Why? Because I’ve been using SUDAFED® products for as long as I can remember. My mom recommends it. My doctors have recommended it. I recommend it. SUDAFED® products have always been my first response to attacking sinus congestion and pain so I don’t miss out on what’s going on in my life.

Because that’s the worst part, right? You feel awful, and then you’ve got to miss out on fun things with your friends and family because of it? Double whammy there (anyone else remember the game show with the whammy or is that just me?). It’s no fun, which is why the first thing I’ve always reached for is SUDAFED®. It works. It’s the only thing that works for me, and if I get it fast enough, I don’t miss out on anything.

I don’t miss fun things like birthday parties.

Abbie Bounce House

Or taking Abbie outside to play.

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Or hanging out with my girlfriends.

Besties and Goddaughters

Or date nights.

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That’s what I want to be doing with my life. I don’t want to suffer from Fear of Missing Out (#FOMO). Why should I miss out on all that? That is what my life is about, not being stuck inside with sinus congestion. Taking  SUDAFED® has always been the first thing I’ve done – because it works.

Now, what do I wear for said date night?

I don’t know about you, but I love ecards – make sure you check out more of the SUDAFED® ones here and on their Facebook page!)