Styling Mama

68FA0194-0191-4C02-AC64-6E119D53E4FAMorning y’all,  hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday season. I know I am . This time of year is always super busy , but yet its super fun! Most of the days are filled with the craziness of running all around with so much to get done in such a short amount of time and the days feel like there getting shorter along with the countdown till christmas eve and Christmas.

So many of you have loved the last Styling mama blog post and have asked for more of them. So here is another favorite of mine I love and wanted to share with y’all . There are so may ways to wear that cozy flannel and trendy t-shirt this time of year . So why not add a little bling and pair your Christmas shirt with one of your favorite statement necklaces. I just love them. Its adds just the perfect little touch to dress up your outfit .

Shop

Christmas Tees- http://www.jane.com

Statement necklace- http://www.target.com

Converse- http://www.kohls.com

Happy shopping y’all !

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DIY Potted Plant Candles

7CBA2D4E-1496-4E02-9CDD-07A41A8AB90FChristmas brings out the crafter out of me. Not only do I want to bake and make homemade gifts, but I want to decorate! In most homes you will find a Christmas tree decorated. And, in our home there is no exception! The Christmas Tree is a staple in our home. Not only do I want to decorate my Christmas tree each year, but I want to decorate throughout the entire house!

This means its time for me to get crafty and create some new farmhouse inspired decorations!  Ya’ll know how much I love to fill my home with Farmhouse decor and finds. Potted plants real or fake , are such a perfect accent to add to any room in your home. Not to mention my love for candles. And if you follow me on Instagram then you know how much I love my candles as part of my home decor.  So what a great idea, to add candles to your farmhouse pots.  How fabulous are these christmas potted plant candles? I am just adoring them and wanted to share this simple Farmhouse inspired DIY – how to project with you.  I just love this idea. It’s so simple yet creative!

Supplies-

Krylon stone textured spray paint

Course sandpaper

bag of rice

sheet of moss

candles

 

step 1 – If using new terra-cotta pots then you will need to sand them lightly with sand paper and then spray a coat of the Krylon stone textured spay paint. make sure you cover your pot completely. Let dry

step 2- Once pots are dry , you will need to sand them with coarse sandpaper (60-80 grit) to remove the textured spray pant untill it looks like mineral deposits like the ones you see on old pots.

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step 3-  Now its time to fill your pots. As you know each pot at the bottom has a small hole you will need to use a piece of tape to cover the hole. (I used duct tape) you can also use package tape . Next,  you need to fill your pot with rice. This will hold your candle . After filling you pot with rice to your desired height, place your candles in pots.  measure and cut a sheet of moss (you can find at your local A.C. Moore or Michaels) in small pieces and tuck in and around your candle.

 

Enjoy!

-Lisalovesfive

Styling Mama

B1D72159-39A5-4C58-AFF3-9CE2A7C9EC7CDecember has arrived , are y’all excited ? I know I am. There are so many things to do ,to get ready for the Holiday Season. Christmas is our favorite time of the year in my home. As you all know I’m a Mama of three beautiful children.  I’m always on the go and I’m sure you can relate,  us mama’s are always on the go ………not stop running here and there from errands, school parties, sports ,trips , room mom meeting , etc. Not to mention all we need to do for the Christmas season. So why not be a stylish mama. I know we all have our messy bun days with no time to fix our hair . So why not throw a cute trendy outfit on, with a winter beanie or a mom bun and were out the door looking good even though we probably feel like a total mess . LoL

So here’s 3 cheers to looking like a stylish Mama. I mean who doesn’t love a good pair of  ripped up jeans , a cozy & warm flannel shirt with a cute trendy T-shirt . I know I do. You can find this cute trendy , affordable outfit we all love, here in this blog post .  Here are the sources to shop this look.  Oh and one more thing ya’ll , age is just a number. Your never too old for your favorite pair of ripped jeans.  Wishing ya’ll a fabulous day!!

Don’t miss out on the Seasons Trendiest accessory – C.C. Cable Knit Beanie  – http://www.TheGlikCompany

Classic Flannel shirt for women  – http://www.oldnavy.com

Trendy Holiday T-shirts  – http://www.Jane.com

Look for more posts coming soon

-Lisalovesfive

 

 

Easy Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler-

1 3/4 lb. farm fresh peaches

1/2 cup salted butter

1 cup self rising flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next ,gently rub your farm fresh peaches under cool running water to remove the peach fuss from peaches. Slice peaches medium size, place in bowl and put aside. Place butter in 11 x 7 inch glass baking dish. Place baking dish in oven till butter is melted. In medium size mixing bowl mix together your flour, milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Pour mixture onto the melted butter in baking dish. Do not stir! Spoon your sliced farm fresh peaches on the mixture in baking dish. Do not stir. Place in oven and bake till brown and bubbly. 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of caramel over top. (optional)

 

Carmel-

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 water

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup heavy cream (room temperature)

 

Melt 2 Tablespoon of unsalted butter in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. stir in water and sugar. Cook, without stirring. Until mixture is a medium shade of brown, about 4 – 6 minutes. Carefully whisk in cream. Mixture will bubble as the cream is added. Remove from heat.  Serve warm and enjoy!

#HistoryisFun

Don’t just visit the past, Get into it! One our recent family vacation this summer to Williamsburg Virgina we had a blast visiting Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Who knew history would be so fun. As my daughter says #Historyisfun! It was full of amazing family memories to be shared and last a life time. I would highly recommend this on your next family trip.

At Jamestown settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, you and your family will take an active role in history. These two-living museums are conveniently located within 20 miles of each other, meaning you can help found a nation and then fight for freedom all in the same day. From steering a colonial ship to feeling the rumble of the cannon fire at battle, you’ll discover that our nation’s history isn’t just important It’s a BLAST. I would recommend if your families like mine family and have little ones ages (5years and younger) to take the day to enjoy. One at a time. This way you can stop throughout your day for an ice-cream break, which is much-needed to recharge and cool off in the mid-summer day.

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JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT- Thirteen years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, a group of 104 English settlers made a 4 1/2 month voyage across the Atlantic to the banks of the James River in the hopes of turning resources of the New World into profit. At Jamestown Settlement you we learn all about how the settlers who arrived in 1607 coped with the harsh realities of an unfamiliar environment , and how Powhatan Indians of Virgina adapted to their new neighbors.

Your family will love the living history museum filled with artifacts, artwork and interactive exhibits will engage young and old minds in America’s fascinating story. Then the story comes to life outdoors in a full-scale re-creations of the colonists fort and a Powhatan Indian village . Along with the riverfront pier with re-creations of the 3 ships that brought the settlers to Jamestown. Climb aboard the breathtaking Susan Constant and steer the whip staff, grind corn and dig out a canoe in the Powhatan Indian village, and get an up close and personal look at how the English colonists loaded and fired a matchlock musket inside the fort. (MY BOYS LOVED THIS ) Costumed historical interpreters in each area lead us in fun and informational hands-on demonstrations which we all loved and enjoyed.

AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM at YORKTOWN-  Your family will enjoy exploring this amazing 22,000 square foot exhibition galleries. start with “Liberty Fever” film followed by experiencing the heat , smell of gun powder and sea water, along with the rumble of the canon. watched on a 180-degree screen battle between the English and the French in the Chesapeake Bay.

then step outside to find your family live action fun. A RE-created Continental Army encampment, where you’ll have fun with the historical interpreters. Musket , mortar and cannon firing demonstrations in the new artillery amphitheater to marching lessons on the drill field along with exploring the Sleeping quarters in the solders tents. Then you can experience the Revolutionary farm, a tobacco barn, quarters for enslaved people, help tend vegetables, comb cotton and learn how the medical doctors back then cared for the soldiers.

Your family will surely enjoy this adventure as mine did and are looking to our next trip back.

 

 

The Pineapple Story

imageDid y’all know the story of the Williamsburg Pineapple?

In colonial times, a sea-captain discovered the pineapple on one of his exotic travels. He brought the pineapple home as a delicacy to be shared with his family and friends. He continued to bring home pineapples he would collect on his exotic travels and attach a pineapple to his front gate post when he returned home to let his friends and family members know that they were always welcomed to stop at his home to enjoy his family hospitality.

So began a legendary tradition that continues to this day. So the next time you see a pineapple flag outside my home, you are welcomed to stop in and enjoy some of my family’s hospitality.

Tiny Teachers

imageChildren are the best teachers in the world. They teach young women how to be mothers and young men how to be fathers. They teach older men and women how to be grandparents. They even teach other children how to be sisters and brothers.

Think about all the skills children teach people. They teach moms how to be teachers, chefs and nurses. Dads how to play and be super heroes. They teach brothers and sisters how to share……….toys, rooms, dreams, and even their favorite cookies. They teach teachers how to teach in creative and fun new ways.

Children teach the world how to love and be kind. They teach us to look past a person’s skin color and look right to his or her heart. They teach us how to be honest and innocent. They teach us how to hug, forgive, laugh and be enthusiastic.

Children can make us keep our promises because they never forget one that we make. They even make us into professors and scientists by asking us often “WHY?” or “HOW?” about everything. Isn’t it interesting that while we are teaching our children to be adults, they are teaching us to be children? That’s especially important when we remember that Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” -Matthew 19:14

Does being grown up mean being content with “what is” when we could be striving for “what could be”?   Inspire me,  Child, to stretch my world as you stretch yours.

– Lisa

Polish Pierogi

We have many traditions in our family.  Preparing and cooking food from our Polish Culture, is one of  many we enjoy.  Recipes and meals have been passed down from generations past to me. Now that I’m a mother  I hope to continue the traditions with my own children.  There are so many favorites to choose from but there is a favorite my children enjoy. I love teaching them how to prepare and cook them. We have a great time making these memories and my hope is they cherish them forever, I’m sure I will.

There are so many fillings to choose from when making Pierogis. I hope you enjoy preparing them with your kids or just making a batch for yourself. whether your hosting a dinner party, or at your next holiday meal. Whatever the occasion may be, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Pierogi-

2 cups flour
1/2 cup water
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon butter or margarine

If you have a dough hook, mix all ingredients until the dough is pliable. Or mix the ingredients together with a spoon and then knead. If the dough is too soft,add more flour, if too stiff, add water.

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Cut the dough in half and roll out to 1/16 th of an inch thick. Cut circles about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Place a spoonful of your favorite filling on half the circle and pinch together.

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Put the pierogi into boiling salted water. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and serve with melted butter. Or cook the pierogi in butter in pan over low heat until
lightly browned. Pierogi can be filled with potato, cheese, mushroom, sauerkraut ,(my favorite) plum, or even cherry fillings.
-enjoy

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How to Defeat Mommy Stress

Hey  y’all.  If you’re a mama like me with a house full of kids then this blog post is for you. Do you ever feel stressed? Do You sit back at the end of a long day, put your feet up and wonder why do i feel so overwhelmed & drained?  I know there are days that I do. Sitting, Going over the to-do-list in your head of all the things you didn’t accomplish today and now having to add it to tomorrows list, with feeling guilty to trying to take some time for yourself . When you have a house full of kids .There is always something keeping us mammas on the go. After school soccer games, activities, Homework, projects, the endless piles of laundry you didn’t get to finish , meal prepping for the week, to so much more. The list never ends.

I love being a stay at home mama raising my 3 babies,  with my oldest who just turned 14 years old. I am still getting used to the thought of being a mom of a teenager with even a more demanding schedule. Yet sometimes you just want to take a little break and do something your yourself, because your still a person too. A women,  wife,  friend, desiring for that lunch date with your best friend your always to busy to meet, or just the thought of taking a nap with not feeling guilty for taking a little break from our duties of our busy day. OH, lets not forget that much needed date night with your husband.

As a mama it is so easy to let our emotions get the best of us . That is why it is so important for us mammas to start each day with prayer. We have to pray and ask God to fill us with his strength, provision, love, and self control. For God to be our daily portion each day. To be the best version of ourselves, women of God, friend, mother to our children and wife to our husbands. I want to be the best mom who God intends for me to be. To use the gifts and talents he has blessed me with. I want to share a book with you called “The Bathtub is Overflowing but I feel drained.”How to defeat mommy stress, by Lysa Terkeurst

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This book was given to me by a dear friend of mine.  The moment I opened this book and read the first page I couldn’t put it down. It is one of my favorites! Lysa Terkeurst truly knows all about the “mommy stress” that comes along with being a mom of 5 children ,wife, managing a home & life. Lysa is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her remarkable life story has captured audiences across North America. She has been featured in Family Circle, and O, the Oprah magazine. As well as national programs such as Good Morning America, 700 club, And focus on the family. She is a New York Times bestselling author of 15 books and national speaker who helps everyday day women live in an adventure of faith. You can check her out at http://www.proverbs31.org  As well as featured on KLOVE 106.9 Christian radio.

In this book Lysa talks about how being a mother can be ,and is the greatest joy & blessing in our life. How us moms need to stop comparing each other to Super Mom vs. Slacker Mom. How important it is to give yourself permission to get refreshed & refill. Give ourselves permission to stop being a mom for a while and just be a women, a wife , a friend.  If we as moms  don’t take care of ourselves, then we will constantly feel drained and start to become secretly resentful to our family.  How us  mammas need boundaries, how the demands as mammas is never-ending, but yet so very fulfilling.

Lysa is such a refreshing, honest, and God filled women. In her book she will help you understand that your failures, struggles, feelings you experience ,to even failures as a mom are a normal part of the journey called “motherhood”. Her book will be the encouragement you will need, along with the encouraging help we learn from Gods word.

I just loved all the encouragement she gives us readers, at any stage we are in with our children.  Whether you have babies, toddlers running through the house, kindergartener , middle schoolers, to teaching our teens to drive. Lysa will share how to manage it all. Practical ways for us mammas to have more energy. How to trust in God with our greatest fears,  how to grow as a mom and a women. She shares with her own personal life, From one busy mom to another, as well as humor and compassion how you can be the best you. I hope you love & enjoy her book as much as I have.

-xo Lisa

Homemade Blueberry Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup

The weekends in our home are all about family time. With the rush of an early morning school schedule  during the week, we are always running out the door. We seem to never have time to sit and eat breakfast as a family. My family and I always look forward to family breakfast time on the weekends together. I love whipping up something special for them.  Pancakes are such a family favorite in our home.  Here is one of their favorites on a cold winter morning. Homemade blueberries pancakes with warm homemade blueberry syrup.

Ingredients for blueberry pancakes –

1 1/4 unbleached flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 large farm fresh egg

1 1/4 milk or buttermilk(optional)

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup blueberries

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, in another small mixing bowl mix all wet ingredients. Combine dry & wet ingredients together.  No worries ,if your batter is slightly a little lumpy. Next , heat your skillet on medium heat. (don’t forget to grease you pan with butter or oil of your choice.) Using your ladle , pour your batter  (my kids love silver dollar size) adding  4-5 blueberries then cook one side till you start to see the pancake batter begin to have tiny bubbles, using your spatula flip and cook other side untill a little golden .

Ingredients for blueberry syrup –

1 cup blueberries

1 cup warm water

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)

In a small saucepan , over low heat add blueberries, sugar, and water. Whisk together untill sugar is dissolved .(about 5 minutes) Then increase heat to medium heat , till it reaches a gentle boil. Continue to stir untill syrup starts to thicken . (about 15 minutes)

If desired, whisk lemon juice into syrup. Serve warm or cool. Hope you enjoy your warm blueberries pancakes and syrup.

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