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Tackling Insomnia


I’ve been dealing with quite a bit of insomnia here lately and its really beginning to drive me crazy. People,  I need my sleep! Its happening a few times a week and there is little I can do right now to change it. Normally something like melatonin could come to my rescue, but until baby boy makes his appearance, its out of the question (and probably still out of the question once he arrives).  I have no problems falling asleep. In fact last night I could barely hold my eyes open at 7:30. The problem is that I’m waking up around 1 or 2 in the morning and can’t fall back asleep!

In the meantime, I’ve found some useful things to tackle while I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, while staying quiet enough not to disturb Joe’s much needed sleep!

-Menu planning

-Bible reading


-Reading magazines I rarely have the time to read

-Reading books (except Joe’s using my Kindle right now, and I don’t want to search for it on his nightstand in the dark)

-Sweeping the floors

-Searching for nursery decor

-Goal setting, either for the day or week

-Surfing Pinterest

-2:00 am snacking (usually this is something like a banana)

So, for now, at least I’m accomplishing something…even if it’s not sleep!

This Week on Pinterest


I've been loving/craving blueberries this past week. I think I'll attempt these soon!

Love the bright, cheerfulness of this room

Our warm weather lately makes me long for summer and something like this pineapple strawberry cooler

Love this outfit combo, but would prefer lower shoes. Maybe after the baby I can get back into shape!

Happens to me ALL the time. If its not the door when lying in bed, its the stove. If not that, I get a block down the road and cannot recall closing the garage door.

Sock monkey party!

This Week on Pinterest


My love for Pinterest spans back quite a ways now. Recipes, decorating ideas, projects for kids, DIY ideas, signs, the list of things could go on and on. It definitely plays to the creative side of me.

Here are a few of my favorites this week:

Decorating ideas for our kitchen- I love the table and light fixture
Love these for a boys birthday party! (If you’re in the NC area, check out The Party Booth at for party booth rentals!)

Life sized Operation game to teach the Armor of God


Color scheme for the nursery...sort of


bananas foster french toast, get in my belly!



Mmm, Mmm Good!


Do you need some new recipes to add into your rotation? I cooked two new things this past week, both of which are keepers! I originally found both on Pinterest, and have made slight modifications to one of them.


Crockpot chicken and dumplings-

The modifications I made are as follows:

-I only used 4 chicken breasts, and that seemed more than enough! In fact, I think 3 would be fine!

-For the cream of chicken soup, I used Campbell’s Cream of Chicken with Herbs to give more flavor

- I had an extra can of chicken broth on hand and used some to thin my mixture out since it was pretty thick towards the end of the initial cooking time.

-I used 5 biscuits, not 4. The ratio of chicken to dumplings was a little off. If you stick with the original amount of chicken breasts, I would go so far as to add a few extra biscuits/dumplings.

-I stirred in a small amount of fresh cracked black pepper in after I put the dumpling in to cook, just for a little added flavor.

-Along with the author of the blog, I cooked my dumplings for an hour, not the original 30 minutes.


Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup –  

The modifications I made are as follows:

-I used Italian chicken sausage because that’s what I prefer, and I know exactly where it is in the grocery store

-I only used 1/2 an onion

I passed this recipe along to my friend Melissa, who mentioned that they wouldn’t be able to use the cheese tortellini because of a lactose allergy. She mentioned try a spinach tortellini or meat. I bet the spinach tortellini would be excellent with it!



I definitely think the nesting bug has settled in for me, and it’s probably driving Joe crazy at times! We’ve gone through boxes and files, and more files and lots of papers. Furniture is being moved inside the house and is scheduled to be moved out of the house in less than two weeks. Its crazy, when this bug hits, it hits hard. I read an article a few days ago saying that the nesting urge hits around month five, and sure enough, that’s when it hit!

I’ve gone through old files and new files, combining them both. I’ve shredded bags upon bags upon bags of old documents and bills. Now our filing cabinet is as close to immaculate as I will probably ever have it.

I’ve slightly rearranged a few things in our bonus room (and by slightly I really do mean slightly). We’re moving a cabinet that Joe’s grandfather built out of the guest room closet and into the bonus room, and end tables that flanked the couch are now repositioned beside the couch and chair. Cookbooks and cds have found a new home inside the cabinet. Books (and boy do we have a ton of them) have been rearranged. Magazines and medical journals have been sorted and chucked.

Our guest bedroom is slowly being converted to a nursery. We’re installing (or having installed) an Elfa closet system for the nursery. This serves the purpose of not only having more storage and hanging space, but also allows for lower hanging bars for the little one. Once he is big enough, he can start hanging up his own clothes, can help pick out his own clothes, and can learn to dress himself.

My sister and brother-in-law are helping take the guest bed and  ladder bookshelf away for us. We’re also going to be installing new windows for the nursery. Hopefully some that are more energy efficient and actually seal all the way shut, with no gaps that allow air to flow freely in and out. The dresser and crib are going to be ordered by the end of the month. And once those are delivered, we’ll really be able to build our nursery!

I’m trying to sell a few items I brought with me into the marriage- wall pictures, lamps, etc. I’m going through clothes and getting rid of a lot of stuff. Some stuff will end up at Goodwill, some at consignment stores, some in a yard sale, and of course there is always the stuff that finds its way into the trash can.

At some point I’ll have to go through my crafts and really downsize those. But that probably won’t be for quite a while.

I need to buy or make curtains for our bonus room, and then I’ll have to figure out something for the nursery too.

And then there is downstairs…our kitchen needs some TLC. Its a place I make and do for others, but it needs and deserves its own love as well. I’ve thrown away almost all of of our plastic storage containers and replaced them with glass (thanks to an incredible sale through on pyrex)

One of my “goals” for the new year was to make at least 8 new things on my list. One of those was THIS shower cleaner recipe I saw on Pinterest. I made it earlier today and it definitely gets two thumbs up! My shower is much cleaner with less effort than I’ve had to use before! Soap scum be gone! If you decide to make it, let me suggest a few things. First, make sure your spray bottle works BEFORE you put your soap/vinegar mixture in. Trust me, you’ll have much less hassle. Because I found this out the hard way, I had to climb in the shower with the bottle and a sponge and scrub everything down that way. If you have stubborn spots or haven’t cleaned your shower in the past month or so, be willing to let the solution sit for more than a few minutes.

We’ve still got so much to do, and less than 20 weeks to do it in! Crazy isn’t it?

Goals for 2012


I tried the whole “New Years Resolution” thing numerous times. I succeeded once and failed miserably more times than I can count. Instead, I like setting tangible goals for myself. A checklist of sorts. Why? Because I love lists. I love being able to cross something off and that sense of accomplishment that comes with it. So, without further adieu, here are my (Emily) goals for 2012.

~Have a baby, bring him home, and love him like crazy!

I could seriously stop there, but of course there are other things I’d like to accomplish in the new year (and of course these are in no particular order)

~Never fail to let Joe know how much I love and appreciate him

~Be as prepared as possible for birth-especially when it comes to relaxation techniques

~Study God’s word more

~Put together a nursery

~Turn the tv off more…especially when its on simply for background noise

~Cook, on average, one new thing a month (obviously post natal will be a little more challenging)

~Get more serious about couponing. This past year I’ve slacked off, and once I will be a SAHM, I really need to have my act together

~Go to the gym twice a week

~Declutter, which shouldn’t be hard considering I’ve entered into the nesting phase (more to come in another post)

~Stock our freezer with meals for after the baby is born

~Make at least 8 new things this year from my list:

  1. Sourdough bread (I’m going to ask my friend Rebekah for her recipe because hers is SO good!)
  2. Shower cleaner  Finished, January 2012
  3. Curtains for our bonus room
  4. It Is Well sign (I need to get contact paper that I can peel off)
  5. Decorative fan for nursery
  6. Menu board
  7. New bag
  8. More grocery bags
  9. Burp cloths for boys, since all I have left in my stash is girly!
  10. Casserole carrier
  11. Prayer board
  12. Ironing board cover
  13. Hanging gift wrap organizer
  14. Curtains for the nursery

~Read at least 15 books in 2012 from my list of books I want to read:

  1. The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Finished, January 2012
  2. Natural Hospital Birth- The Best of Both Worlds
  3. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
  4. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
  5. Bringing Up Boys  Finished, January 2012
  6. Radical
  7. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus
  8. The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children
  9. Blogger Behave: Make You Blog Benefit Your Life, So You Can Love Both
  10. Quitter Finished, January 2012
  11. The Happiness Project
  12. Crazy Love Finished January 2012
  13. The Joy of Pregnancy
  14. Still Growing: An Autobiography
  15. unSweetined: A Memoir
  16. Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and The Things We’ve Made Up Finished, January 2012
  17. Thats My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character Finished, January 2012
  18. Born to Run
  19. The Christian Mama’s Guide to Havinga Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy  Finished, January 2012
  20. My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife Finished, January 2012
  21. The Resolution for Women
  22. A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others
  23. The Air I Breathe
  24. Organized Simplicity Finished, January 2012
  25. Kisses From Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

(I’m quite thankful for my new Kindle Fire. I get a short time of free access to the Amazon Lending Library, in which I’ll be able to borrow at least two of the books above for free!)

*I am going to frequent this post to check off things as I accomplish them! I will post monthly or quarterly updates!*

What goals are you setting for yourself in 2012?



I *LOVE* Pinterest just as much as I love FoodGawker. I can waste tons of time that I should be using for other, more productive things. But the good thing is, even with all the time wasting, I come away with great ideas and tips.

The most recent tip was growing your own scallions from the white ends you usually throw away. I was a little leary at first, but decided to give it a try. Currently I have my own green onions growing away in my kitchen window! Amazing!

I have a few more Pinterest projects I want to work on in the near future, including a sign for our foyer, a recipe, and some things for Christmas decorating! Click my link on the side to follow me, or if you’d like an invite, let me know!