Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Mission:

To help all moms everywhere realize how amazing they are.

YOU are incredible.
You all do so much; cooking, cleaning, driving, grocery shopping, child rearing, laundry, PTA and school related jobs, part-time or even full-time jobs and careers, church responsibilities.... the list goes on.

Can you imagine what the pay would be like if being a mother was a paid career? I'd gladly take that salary!

But through all that we do, sometimes we tend to feel like that's all we are good for. This is simply not true.

You deserve to feel like you are worth something.

You are worth something.... to your own children, you are everything.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Dinner Tonight

Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken Recipe:
(Recipe from

1 1/2 cups apricot preserves
1 cup Russian dressing (I used Wishbone brand)
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
6 chicken breasts

Mix together the preserves, dressing and soup mix.
Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker; pour mixture over chicken.
Cover; cook on High for 1 hour.
Reduce heat to Low and continue cooking for 3-4 hours.

*Before serving, I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. We served our chicken and extra sauce over rice.*

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Goals!

Happy Kid Goal

It's getting close to springtime, but we're not quite there yet! We've got the winter blues at our house. The other night I decided to warm things up a bit, and we had an indoor beach party. We all changed into shorts and tanks (my daughter insisted on putting on her swimming suit.) We laid out our beach towels on the floor and had a picnic complete with pizza and lemonade. We watched summer-time movies, played with a beach ball, and had popcicles. It was a blast for the kids, and just what I needed too!

Happy Husband Goal

I recently purchased a little box of cards called "10 nights of Passion" from a little novelty shop. It's nothing to crazy, just fun little ideas to keep the romance alive. We've had a lot of fun going through these little cards one at a time. This week, both of you make 5 cards, each with an idea on it (that way you can monitor what goes in the stack, and you won't be surprised with anything too adventurous for your taste.) Take turns drawing cards on different nights! I promise it's a lot of fun!

Happy House Goal

This is one of my personal secrets to success! It has become routine in my house. Every night, before I head to bed, I spend exactly 10 minutes straightening up the house. All toys off the floor and put away, counters wiped clean, dishes either done or stacked in the sink to be done in the morning, the bathroom counter and sink wiped down, and the table cleared off so it's ready for breakfast the next morning. I do it all very fast and I stay within my 10 minutes. When we all wake up the next morning, the house looks pretty decent, and the rest of the family sub-consciously keeps it cleaner that morning because it's already nice. Mornings are a lot less stressful, and harmonious. I don't go into too much detail (sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, etc;) Just a quick pick up! I usually do this once during the day too. Usually in the afternoon after the kids are all at school.

Happy Mom Goal

Make your favorite dinner! I don't know about you, but so often I find myself asking my kids or husband what sounds good to them and what they'd like for dinner. Rarely will I make something that is a true delight to my own personal taste buds! So tonight, indulge yourself while you are taking care of your family! And if you're like me - if they don't like it, too bad!

Dinner Tonight

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Garlic Cream Cheese

4 oz cream cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/8 tsp black pepper
12 chicken strips (breasts cut into strips)
1 pkg bacon
1 tbsp butter or margarine

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, garlic, basil, and pepper. Set aside.

On a cooking sheet, place a piece of wax paper, then place six chicken strips on it. Top each piece with an even amount of the cream cheese mixture, then top with another chicken strip. Carefully wrap the strips of bacon piece... you can use either one or two pieces, depending if you are watching your calories!

In a large skillet, melt 1 tbsp butter or margarine, then add chicken. Cook for three minutes on medium then using tongs flip each piece over. Reduce heat to low, cover skillet and cook for 8 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Serve.

Welcome Ladies!

This is our Happy Moms Club! If you're here, it's because you want to become a happier wife and mother....something we strive to help you do! Check this blog each week for your daily goals, pep talk and advice(More info on the SIDEBAR.) There are several units of the HMC, but each group is encouraged to have Happy Mom's Happy Hour every other week, complete with non-alcholic drinks and chatting time! Also, once a month you should have Guilty Pleasure Day, which will be a few hours out to lunch or a movie or something, without your kids. That's right, you heard me, KID FREE! So start saving your pennies! Leave a comment to let us know if you would like to be part of our club! It's free to join, all you do is leave a comment and log on each week to get your goals and peptalk. Also, feel free to leave comments with any suggestions, advice, or something to make us giggle a bit!


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