Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Groves Family 2014 // Week 14

Book Club with these 3 cuties today! We read lots of books about FEET. They enjoyed wearing their fun new socks and got to decorate their own pair!
Day 92: My friend Christan and I started meeting 2x a month for a kids Book Club. Today we read lots of books about FEET. We talked about different types of feet and what great things our feet can do. They enjoyed wearing their fun new socks and got to decorate their own pair!

  Riding the princess boat to a party. #lotsofPiNK
Day 93: We had 3 sweet sisters come play today! Audrey joined Bethany and Hannah on the "princess boat" to ride to a party. :)

ENT waiting room with this little bit. Thanks to @sezell @lindsaysmorris and @amigroves for having your animals on Instagram! ❤️
Day 94: Audrey had an ENT check up this morning. I always have to be creative when I take her because it isn't kid friendly at all. Today we spent a lot of our wait time looking at friends Instagram animal videos or pictures.

Ready for Day 2 of Proclaim! #proclaimconf
Day 95: New Life hosted Proclaim! Evangelism Conference this weekend. Christan, Emily and I helped with registration. It was such a wonderful time of learning and being challenged.

Oops, Audrey ate an apple on the way home from church and there is only the bottom half left.
Day 96: Oops, Audrey ate an apple on the way home from church and there is only the bottom half left.


Day 97: Such a beautiful day!! We are enjoying the wonderful weather. Today was very busy but we got to spend time with lots of friends. Hot Shots this morning, lunch with cousins, nap time Preschool meeting with Catherine and dinner with Julie!

I let Audrey read books after her nap today. After a few minutes I hear, "mama, I in the basket!"
Day 98: I let Audrey read books after her nap today. After a few minutes I hear, "mama, I in the basket!"

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Love List

1. Fancy Face Oil: My friend, Lynsey shared about how she uses the Oil Cleansing Method for washing her face a long while back and I thought she was crazy. I could never imagine adding more oil to my already oily face but it is amazing! You can read more about it here. Lynsey's friend Mandi actually has an etsy shop that sells all sorts of products but my favorite is the Fancy Face Oil. It smells so good and my face has never felt better. You should check it out!!

2. Clorox toilet wand: Seriously, I love this invention. No more yucky toilet brush that I have to keep around after cleaning. Just snap on a new pad, swish around and clean the toilet and then throw it away! Fast, simple, awesome.

A few minutes away this morning to study God's word. Grateful for you @cowayes and the many ways you serve and love us and others! #groveseveryday2014 #day57
3. Radical's Secret Church: A few of my friend's were talking about Secret Church. I had never heard of it but I decided to check it out. I just finished the first one on the Old Testament and have pages filled with notes that have taught me so much. I look forward to going through all of these (one day)!

Here is a little more about it...
Secret Church is a time where we join together to study God's Word and to identify with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted in countless places around the world. When we think of "church" in America, we think of going to meet at a building, singing, praying and hearing a message from a Pastor or teacher. But in many places around the world, "church" meets in a home, an apartment, even in secret. These small groups of Christ-followers often meet for many hours in study, prayer and fellowship, as it is dangerous to travel to "church" and they want to make the most of their time together. Secret Church is our "house church," where we meet periodically for an intense time of Bible study--lasting 6 hours--and prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters across the globe. This is not for the uncommitted or faint at heart. But if you desire to know God more deeply through His Word, and know His Church more fully around the world, then please join us for Secret Church.


4. Melissa and Doug sticker books: They sell tons of different options but my kids have really liked these. They are reusable stickers that create different scenes. I prepped them by taking off all the stickers and put them in a ziplock bag (that is the hardest part for them to do). Then each kid gets a scene and a bag. If they want to move to a different scene or switch I just have them put all the pieces back in the bag first. These have been great for playing while I get dinner ready!

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5. Starbucks Chai latte (with soy milk and no water): I have searched for a yummy warm Starbucks drink. Although there are some I like, nothing has ever been my favorite. My friend Tara brought me one and I love it. This is my go-to drink now! Oooh and for a cold drink I like the Orange Refresher!

6. NutriBullet: We have tried a few different blenders and never had much success. I know there are some really fancy ones on the market but we have never had that kind of money to spend on a blender. My parents got me the NutriBullet for my birthday and we have seriously used it almost every single day. The kids LOVE helping me make their breakfast smoothie and it is an easy way to not only get fruits but veggies in!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Groves Family 2014 // Week 13

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Day 85: Some days you just need to FaceTime daddy during lunch. :)

Oh the mess that is happening just so I can put on some eye liner!  #audreycate
Day 86: Audrey loves to be in the bathroom with me when I am trying to get ready. It usually makes things a little crazy! Today she dumped out all the cotton balls pom-poms out of the jar and started using the lid to fill up the jar. Before I knew it, she was using it as a cup and drinking all the water.

❤️ We missed you @lindsaysmorris!!
Day 87: Today was a BUSY day! I helped work our local consignment sale this morning, Cody had a deacon training meeting tonight and then we went on a date to Island Party to see Trip Lee. Jacob was in town to DJ for Trip so we got to see him for a little bit!

It's crazy how much older he seems since his haircut.
Day 88: I can't believe how much older Chandler looks with his new hair cut!

❤️ #siblinglove
Day 89: We went to the early service today so we had a little time to play before afternoon naps. Audrey and Chandler were sitting on a little bench in our garage so I thought it was a perfect photo opportunity!

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Day 90: Week 3 at Hot Shots! Cody got to go with us today and Chandler had a great time.

2 out of 3 meals prepped for today and it's only 8:15. Gotta love productive mornings, they are few and far between!
Day 91: 2 out of 3 meals prepped for today and it's only 8:15. Gotta love productive mornings, they are few and far between!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Organizing a Freezer Meal Swap

Procrastination at it's finest!  Just now making all my meals for the freezer swap tomorrow morning.  Cody saw the rosemary in the fridge today and said, "why do you have a Christmas tree in a cup??"

Okay so for those of you who asked, here is the run down on our freezer meal swap.

Each month I gather recipes from blogs, Pinterest, and cookbooks for our swap. The meals mostly consist of the main dish with an occasional veggie already mixed in. I try to keep the menu simple and healthy. My friend Laura blogged more here about different meal prep ideas, you should go check it out! She coordinates a similar swap in the DFW area and we frequently share recipes, horror stories, and tips. :) I usually try to do 3-4 chicken, 2-3 pork, 3-4 beef, 1-2 seafood. We have done some months with 1-2 breakfast items too.

I first sent out an email to friends I had talked to or people that might be interested. Honestly, I think its easiest to do the swap with 4 or 6 people. It makes calculating recipes easy as well as gives you enough meals to make it worth wild.

This is how ours works: 6 ladies x 2 recipes each = 12 different meals for the freezer. Basically, instead of making just one of a recipe, you make six! It usually takes me 1-2 shopping trip(s) depending on how organized I am, 2 days during nap time. For me, it has been AWESOME! Spending 2 nap times making meals to get 12 nights worth of dinners already prepped is a no brainer in my mind.

Once I found people for our swap I sent out an email with more details. This is also the email I send out if we have new people joining. There will always be people who come and go, just plan on needing to replace people and don't get discouraged. The email consists of info about food preferences, portions, packaging, costs, and swap details.

We usually have the swap at my house one morning a month but it could vary depending on your group. We have found that it works best to bring all your meals PRE-FROZEN in a cooler as well as 2 reusable grocery bags to help with swapping. We have 1 person go at a time and grab meals out of each cooler and fill their bags. Once everyone has gone each person refills their cooler.

Everyone is responsible for using Ziplock bags (we have found that the name brand work best) and labeling their meal (before it is filled!) with a sharpie or label. The label includes the name of meal, month/year frozen, cooking instructions, as well as any items needed on the day of serving.

You can comment below or email me if you have more questions, chelsealynngroves (at) gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Groves Family 2014 // Week 12

Seriously, what can you say about this picture!? ☺️❤️
Day 78: We had to cancel Life Group tonight because of Chandler's pink eye. Alaina had already possibly gotten it and was on medicine so we decided it was safe for her to come play. They are being fierce DINOSAURS in this picture!

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Day 79: Audrey got this Maggie magnetic dress up doll for her birthday. Chandler already had a similar boy set from Target. They spend awhile playing with these tonight while I got dinner ready!

Three out of four looking at the camera was the best we could get. Lots of distractions!  #groveseveryday2014
Day 80: Aggie Baseball Family Night! The kids favorite part was definitely the popcorn. :)

Enjoyed the morning with sweet friends. Can't wait to meet baby Reese!
Day 81: Dustin and Heather have been apart of New Life for a couple years now and are coming up on some big changes. In the next few months they will be having their first baby and moving to Tennessee. We are grateful for their friendship and can't wait to meet baby Reese!

Definitely the mess maker of the bunch! Audrey decided to drink the last of her Ranch dip from lunch.
Day 82: Definitely the mess maker of the bunch! Audrey decided to drink the last of her Ranch dip from lunch.

 See that little boy in blue?? He made huge progress this week at Hot Shots! He played the whole time without me.  Thanks to all of you who encouraged me last week. #proudmama #chandlerowen
Day 83: See that little boy in blue?? He made huge progress this week at Hot Shots! He played the whole time without me. We spent this week praying and prepping him for class. He was the first one there today, which I think helped him alot.

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Day 84: Audrey always wants to use my markers but she still needs supervision. This afternoon we spend some time drawing with dry erase markers! They both had lots of fun. If only all markers "clicked" instead of needing a lid!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Groves Family 2014 // Week 11

❤️ Audrey adores Miss Rylee. She followed her around wherever she went! She was so sweet to help her, push her, play with her.
Day 71: Ashley and her little bunch came over to play this morning. Audrey adores Rylee. She followed her around wherever she went! She was so sweet to help her, push her, play with her.

These are moments that initially make me cringe but I just embraced it.... Cody bought Audrey a water and she sat on the kitchen floor to drink it. Soon she found our lunch box in the cabinet with travel spoons in it. Now she is stirring and drinking the
Day 72: These are moments that initially make me cringe but I just embraced it.... Cody bought Audrey a water and she sat on the kitchen floor to drink it. Soon she found our lunch box in the cabinet with travel spoons in it. Now she is stirring and drinking the

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Day 73: Nana and Pa came in town tonight and Audrey opened her birthday gifts. She couldn't decide what to play with first! Pink, pink and more pink!

Celebrating our little Audrey girl today with one of her favorite things, PUPPIES!
Day 74: Today we are celebrating our little Audrey girl today with one of her favorite things, PUPPIES! We ended up having to move our outside celebration to the garage but it was still a really fun time with family and friends!


Day 75: After a long busy weekend our friends Trent and Kim offered to babysit our kids and bring dinner for them. How amazing is that!? Cody and I enjoyed a yummy dinner at Texas Roadhouse and then a little coffee date.

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Day 76: First Day of Hot Shots, lets just say it didn't go as expected! Chandler was really excited to go but when we got there he was really shy and would only participate with me. We are going to stick it out and try to prepare better for next week.

❤️ She loves to fill her day with color... unless you give her a pen.
Day 77: We had to take Chandler to the doctor today. We found out he has pink eye. :( This is a first for our family, no one has ever had pink eye. Audrey spent lots of time coloring in the waiting room.