Best bit 2013: this one is a hard one, but in all aspects, (love, family life, health, clean eating, and habits) I have to say the best recurring thought that pops into my mind is my growth in discipline. I feel I started to accomplish a lot this year. Now to keep it going for years to come. 

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xoxo, Val

FMS photo a day challenge, best bit of 2013:

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It’s friday! Hooray for two day work weeks! Is it bad I’m already excited about the weekend?

   For the first time in a while (hello and good bye holidays) I had a very successful clean eating day, go me. Carrots and trail mix and oranges, oh my!

   For this entry I’m going to share my photo a day challenge:

What I’m doing now…

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… hoping that certain things from this past year stay where they belong.

xoxo, Val

FMS Photo A Day Challenge: What I’m doing now

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Home from our travels, plus dessert!

   Today marks the return to work after a, count them, five day weekend/ Christmas vacation. It goes without saying that coming back from that many days off is not fun, but much needed. I do know that taking time off, celebrating with family and mixing that all up with cooking yummy food can leave you feeling a little “puffy”. I have already made the decision to at least eat a few clean meals per day, so getting back on track won’t be so hard. . . Right?

   I have very much so taken a hiatus from my creative works and crafts, along with little to no maintenance to this blog. Here I am though trying to breath a little breath of life into the projects and future projects I wish to post.

   So this holiday season Andrew and I took the kiddos to West Texas to visit family. Wow, we drove so much and celebrated Christmas three times! I learned some tricks around the kitchen from Andrews mother, much appreciated since I am in NO way a culinary goddess. Ahem!

Here are a couple of pictures of the desserts me and the kids helped with:

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Blue Berry Cobbler, the first time I’ve ever made one!

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Gingerbread Men (the kids made these) one of our favorites to make each year.

   Now I love the holidays don’t get me wrong, but wow I’m glad its over and we survived! 

Here’s a photo I took on the drive home:

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What did you cook this holiday season? Did anyone try a new recipe? What are your favorite family dishes?

Xoxo, Val

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