Well, It’s Been A LONG Time!

Hello, there!

It certainly has been a LONG time since I’ve written anything on this blog.

I’ve been SO busy exploring other ventures in my life, but had to come back to my secret passion and update you all on my new path.

Both of my grandma’s were lipstick wearers.  I can still vividly remember holding my grandma’s caboodle–haven’t heard that word in a while, right?–in my lap while she got ready.  She always let me pick out her lipstick.  It was always some fancy department store makeup counter brand and always bright.  I think that is where I get my makeup passion.

With that being said, I recently discovered LipSense-a long lasting lip color that is smudge-proof, smear-proof, kiss-proof and food and drink-proof!  It lasts up to 18 hours and comes in so many colors.

I completely fell in love and decided that I had to become a distributor.

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If you are interested in learning more, please join my Facebook group!

If you are looking to order, head to my order form.

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July Meal Plan

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Meal plan hanging on my fridge. 

Wow!  It has been a long time.

These past few months have been crazy with a first birthday party, 5th wedding anniversary, family visits, and general life busyness.  With all of these fun, yet chaotic events,  I decided I really needed to get my life schedule in order.

I’ve been a working mom for almost a year now and still have no idea what I’m doing.  Does it get any better?  Moms of multiple children–HOW DO YOU DO IT?  Our laundry room is filled with mountains of dirty clothes, there is dust an inch thick on the bookcases, the floors get the spot mop treatment instead of a soak down, and we are lucky if dinner is more than a steamed bag of vegetables and grilled chicken.

Enter the monthly meal plan.  I’ve tried meal planning so many times during our marriage and have always failed.  My sisters are the master meal planners and have gourmet dinners 6 nights a week.  This month I decided to make a monthly meal plan and stick to it.  I also took inventory of my pantry and did a big grocery haul at the beginning of the month.  So far so good!  I made a Pinterest board “July Meal Plan” and printed off a freebie July calendar and got to work.  I scoured numerous trusted Pinterest boards and websites to come up with an array of recipes.  I really scored big using Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  If you haven’t checked out her site, you definitely should!  She has so, so many awesome dishes.

Here is what I’ve made so far:

Crock pot Creamy Ranch Chicken–This was an easy throw together crock pot dish that made plenty of leftovers for us!

Chicken Gyros with Soft Wrap Bread–Make the bread!  I know it seems like extra work, but it was delicious.

Buttermilk Waffles — These waffles were easy to make.  I substituted half of the white flour for whole wheat and I couldn’t even tell.  We had some leftovers and I put them in the freezer for later.

Crock Pot Beef Stew and Soft Pretzels–This has been one of my favorite meals so far.  The beef stew is a little bit of work up front (waking up 30 minutes earlier to get it done), but it was so worth it.  There are no words to describe these soft pretzels.  Buttery, chewy, deliciousness–make them.

Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce–This is a staple in our house.  The Pioneer Woman knows what she is doing!

PIZZA!–I’ve declared every Friday night to be pizza night.  This month I’m trying out this whole wheat recipe.  It was pretty good.  Next time I think I will roll it out thinner and pre-bake it to get a crisper crust.

Korean Beef with Rice–I make this fairly often but usually use a different recipe.  This dish had a thinner sauce and was pretty spicy.  We enjoyed it.

I’ve also made my mom’s lasagna recipe and we had a few leftover nights.

I must say, it has been really nice to go home, know exactly what we are having for dinner and that all of the ingredients are in my pantry.  I’ve already started planning for August.  You can check out my August Meal Plan board for some inspiration.

If you have any suggestions for recipe ideas, please pass them along!

Working mamas–if you have any tips and tricks on maintaining a household while working, I’d love to hear them.

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How to Score BIG at Yard Sales!

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My sister’s haul from this past weekend.

What is it about the warm weather that gets me all fired up for yard sales?  The spring breeze, the birds chirping in the air, people’s used items all over their front lawn—ah, summer is coming!

Seriously though, yard sales are the best.  I used to hate them and would hide in my room when my mom would host our annual yard sale.  I thought the idea of selling your used goods to others was so embarrassing.

I started coming around to the idea of buying others’ used treasures when I was getting married and wanted a candy buffet and needed glass jars in excess. Going to yard sales is definitely a treasure hunt.

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Candy buffet from my wedding with glass containers from yard sales!

If you want to score some awesome buys at your local yard sales, here are 6 tips to help you win big!

1. Go with an open mind.

If you go to a yard sale with a detailed list of items you need, you are most likely going to go home disappointed and frustrated.  You might have an idea of what you would like to get, but be open to the idea of browsing! Don’t stop looking if you initially don’t see what you want.  This past weekend I was hoping to find my daughter some play clothes in the next few sizes, but ended up finding a West Bend Deluxe Bread and Dough Maker for $10, which is great since I make bread and dough frequently.  Be willing to just look through the items for sale and you’ll never know what you will find.

2. Go frequently.

If you go to a yard sale once a summer you probably won’t find anything great.  Pull out those newspapers, look on town websites and schedule out your weekends.  Even if you just stop at a sale for 5 minutes, your odds of finding a deal increase drastically.  I’m pretty sure that my grandma-in-law goes to every single yard sale in town all year long.  BUT, she is always finding something amazing.

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We went to so many yard sales to find these candle holders for my sister’s wedding!

3. Find those neighborhood sales.

There are a few larger development neighborhoods in my town that host a yard sale all on the same day.   These sales are definitely popular and very busy.  Try to get to the sales right when they start and move quickly from sale to sale.  I also try to start at a house near the end of the development in order to find the first deals.  These yard sales are fun because you can typically walk from house to house which eliminates getting in and out of the car so much.  I also think that the sellers put more effort into what they are selling because they know a lot of people will be attending the sales.  There always seems to be higher quality items and more of a selection to choose from.

4. Look through the bins.

Why is it that at most yard sales people just put out bins of items instead of displaying them on tables?  Don’t they realize that if people don’t see the items they probably won’t buy them?  Lucky for you, most people don’t dig through the bins.  Take your time and look through all of the items.  There always seems to be a lucky buy at the bottom.

5. Make a deal.

If you are buying an item, try to negotiate the price down, within reason!  Obviously if you are purchasing a shirt marked at $.25, it might just be tacky to get it for $.05.  But if you have found a dresser for $50, try to offer them $35.  Most people are just trying to get the items out of their house and will come down to the price you are offering.  Don’t be too shy to ask.  You can really get a great deal by just negotiating.

6. Know what you are buying.

Have you ever noticed that some sellers price their items crazy high?  I think that they actually want to keep the items, but are trying to reason with themselves about doing so.  Some items aren’t worth buying if they are over priced, broken without being able to be repaired, or too used or worn.  I always take my cell phone with me so that if I find an item I am unsure about I can search it online to check other prices or deals.  This has saved me from overspending quite a few times.  I have also scored big by purchasing a valuable good for a low cost.  Be smart about your buys.

Find those yard sales this summer and save some serious money!  Keep me updated about your big wins.signature

Welcome!

Welcome to My Grandma’s Heritage!  I’m totally new to the blogging world and extremely excited about this adventure.

My name is Missy, and I am a wife to my best friend and new mom to one precious babe, avid (but beginner) crafter, pie-maker, trendy-ish clothes hoarder, small town girl, and most importantly, a servant of my savior Jesus Christ.

As a wife and new mom trying to navigate life, I often find myself reflecting on the words of my grandmother.  My grandma is one of the strongest women I know.  Literally.  At 88 years old her mind might be sadly fading, but her biceps still shadow most.  She grew up on a farm and was the lead cow milker during World War II when her siblings all were drafted overseas and got into impressive shape which has not aged.  Seriously though, her strength throughout her life and the challenges she faced has inspired me and changed my life.

She has shared numerous hilarious stories from her farm life, including taking her pony inside the house, but also about faith, family, food, and fashion.

I’m here to tell her story through my life lessons and daily life and hopefully share some  sweetness along the way.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all as you get a sneak peek into my grandma’s heritage.signature