16 “better” things to do before you get married and have kids

Read this blog post last night and decided to compile my own list of BETTER things to do while you’re single and don’t have kids instead of sitting in your window naked and eating an entire jar of Nutella by yourself. I’ll preface this by saying you can still do all of the things on this list when you’re married and have kids, they just won’t be as easy. Enjoy this time in your life, be selfish, and spoil yourself.

1) Get your own place, and decorate it however you like. Pink kitchen appliances? Sounds good to me!

2) Pin a bunch of expensive outfits on Pinterest, and actually buy them.

3) Stay up late, and sleep in the next day. Every day.

4) Buy yourself expensive make up and hair products.

5) Get a job you love. Not something that just pays the bills, but something you look forward to.

6) Find some hobbies you are passionate about, and make lots of time for them. Heck, you can even let them consume your life.

7) Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked with your favorite food and snacks…..and you don’t have to worry about anyone else eating them!

8) Take a vacation on a whim. Off of work for the next three days? Fly to Hawaii and have a piña colada on the beach.

9) Enjoy peace and quiet :)

10) Blast your favorite music whenever, and wherever you like.

11) Buy your dream car and paint it whatever color you like. Glad I got this pink Jeep phase out of my system before I had kids.

12) Set up a savings account and save some money.

13) Be debt free. This becomes harder after you get married, have kids, buy a house, etc.

14) Buy yourself designer clothes, shoes, and purses and don’t feel guilty about it.

15) Buy yourself a pet, treat it like a child, and throw birthday parties for it. Ain’t nobody got time for that after they have real kids.

16) And most of all, do whatever the fuck you want because you’re responsible for yourself, and that’s it :)

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

One word for this stuff: Amaaaaazing!!

Crust:
4 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs.
1/2 cup flour
4 oz melted butter

Filling:
2lbs cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 cups chopped/peeled apple
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp water

Caramel Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp butter

Start by making your crust. Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until they are crumbs. I used 2 packages of graham crackers to make 4 cups. Add flour, and pulse. Add melted butter and pulse. Crumbs should have the consistency of wet sand. Press two cups of crumbs into the bottom of a 9′ springform pan. Use the rest up the sides. Pre heat your oven to 325.

Use a mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. One at a time, crack your eggs in a separate bowl and slowly beat. Mix in eggs with cream cheese. In a microwaveable container add apples, brown sugar, water, and cinnamon, microwave for 1 minute. Add apple mixture to a food processor and purée. Once puréed, mix in with the rest of the filling. Pour the filling into the pan with crust and cook for 55 minutes at 325 degrees.

In a small pot, melt 4 tbsp butter and 1 cup brown sugar. Allow it to bubble up, and stir frequently. It usually takes about 10 minutes I cook. You really gotta babysit this stuff or it will burn. Remove from heat and pour over the top of your cheesecake before serving.

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Slow Cooker Chunky Chili

1 lb 90% lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 cans 16 oz diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 can 15 oz pinto beans (rinsed, drained)
1/2 cup prepared salsa

Cook ground beef and onions in a skillet over medium heat until beef is browned and onion is tender. Drain fat. Place beef mixture, spices, tomatoes, beans and salsa in crockpot; stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Top with sliced black olives and shredded cheese. Enjoy!

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Theme bath Thursday! Swamp

A very messy theme bath tonight. If you’re afraid to do this one in your bath tub, you can always recreate it in water table and do it outdoors. Everything is from Dollar Tree (moss, alligator masks, streamers) To clean up, I placed a small colander over the tub drain to prevent moss from getting sucked up. When all the water was gone I used a paper towel to scoop everything up and throw it away.

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DIY Coffee Creamer

For some reason I have been unable to find holiday coffee creamers at any of our local stores, so I decided to make some myself :) Simple, and I bet you have a lot of the ingredients at home already.

Pumpkin Cupcake (inspired by that delicious smelling bath and body works scent)

14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
3 tsp vanilla extract

Add sweetened condensed milk and regular milk together in a bowl and whisk. Add spices and vanilla and whisk again. I used a quart sized mason jar to store mine. If you’re not a fan of the spices floating around, you can use a few coffee filters or some cheesecloth to filter them out.

Marshmallow

14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup 2% milk
1 7 oz jar marshmallow fluff

I wish the marshmallow taste had turned out stronger in this one, but unfortunately marshmallow just isn’t that strong of a flavor. It’s still good though! I melted my fluff and sweetened condensed milk in a pot in the stove. Then I whisked my milk and the marshmallow mixture together in a bowl.

Flavor possibilities are endless with these recipes. You just need some sweetened condensed milk, a couple cups of regular milk, and some flavor. Enjoy!

Shake well before each use. Creamer should be good up to two weeks in your refrigerator.

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I’m horrible at the long, sappy, and meaningful posts, so I’ll keep this short and to the point.

I was so nervous about having a boy AND a girl. I come from a family where it was just my sister and I, and my husband only ever had brothers. We were worried the kids wouldn’t have that special bond that we had with our same sex siblings. Totally overthinking things.

I couldn’t imagine a stronger relationship than the one Damien and Sybil share. They truly are best friends. Today Damien woke from his nap and was SO excited to see his sister, he ran up to her and gave her a big hug and kiss. Or last week when I guess he couldn’t be without her any longer and I found him in her room in the crib with her while she was napping. These two are always reminding me just how lucky I am to have them, and I feel blessed that I was able to give them the most amazing gift ever, a life-long best friend to share everything with.

So to any nervous moms out there who are feeling the same way I was a little over a year ago: stop overthinking, and just enjoy the ride :)

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Crockpot creamy tomato-garlic soup

Today was the perfect cold and rainy day for tomato soup. Best part is it’s a crockpot recipe. You’ll need:

-1 yellow onion, diced
-6 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped
-2 cans tomato juice
-1 pound fresh tomatoes, diced
-1 chicken bouillon cube
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp basil
-1 cup half and half

Put everything in the crockpot EXCEPT the half and half, and leave on low for 6-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving you can blend your mixture to give it a smoother texture (or you can leave it chunky & not blend) I prefer a smoother soup so I blended about 3/4 of it and placed it back in the crockpot. Then add 1 cup of half and half, stir, and serve. We ate our soup with grilled cheese sandwiches on garlic bread with mozzarella cheese. Amazing!

To make the garlic bread grilled cheese: cook Texas toast style garlic bread as directed & add slices of mozzarella cheese between two pieces of toast.

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