Friday Favorites

Happy Friday. We have been having a pretty good, uneventful week. Our weather is supposed to be warming up this weekend in Northern Ohio. Tomorrow's high is 43, that is so much better than teens and single digits. It is like a heat wave for a few days.

I am linking up with these three lovely ladies, ErikaNarci, and Andrea for some of my favorites from this past week for Friday Favorites. 

My favorite quote of the week. "Only YOU Can Make YOU Happy"!!!! Right now this means so much to me. You can expect to pour from an empty cup and take care of others, love others, and help others if you can't take care of, love, or help yourself.

Monday all the kids had off school for MLK Day. We scheduled a play date with our friend Heather and my sister Sarah. It was nice that we got some adult time, the 3 older girls get along, and the 3 younger kids get along as well as is expected for 2 and 3 year olds. 

Ella finally asked to make one of her fizz bombs she got for Christmas. It is an LOL Fizz Maker. We made a mess, I burnt my finger on citric acid (I already had a cut on my hand), and were disappointed you couldn't use it in the tub, but still had a lot of fun.

Yes This is my fridge, you know the one with the freezer on the bottom. Mr. Independent Daredevil, gets a stool or chair and climbs up to get Hersey Kisses. 

Ella fell and scraped her knee and had to have a band aid. Someone else also needed a sympathy band aid. 

It wouldn't be Thursday without Austin sitting on the back of the couch watching the garbage truck go by. I can't wait for it to be warm out again so we can sit outside and watch.

Week 3 of gymnastics and Ella is loving it even more and progressing so much. This bar so far is her favorite. The coach helps the girls do a flip then hold themselves up. Ella said we need to get a bar for at home, and a balance beam.

My favorite meal from the week. We are back to our healthy active lifestyle. Honey lemon salmon with steamed broccoli, and brown rice quinoa blend. 

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Girl Chat- Introductions

Hey friends. Happy Thursday!! I am so excited to be joining in a brand new link-up Girl Chat with some great ladies. Emily, Danielle, Lindsay, Lizzie, and Sierra. Every third Thursday of the month they have a link up on a specific topic. (scroll down a little to see the topics)

This month's topic is Reintroductions. Thank you to all my new followers and for checking out my blog.

Let me properly introduce myself:

Hey. My name is Adrienne. I am a SAHM of two. My daughter, Aubriella (Ella) is 6, in Kindergarten, gymnastics, and a Daisy Girl Scouts. Austin is my 2 year old son who loves garbage trucks, Mickey Mouse, and Tigger & Pooh. Brian is my wonderful boyfriend of 5 years, is a Real Estate agent, Auxiliary Police Officer, and an amazing father and step father.

I have been blogging on and off since 2009. It started as a way to document my life as a wife, ttc, sharing tips, tricks, and recipes. After getting divorced, working crazy hours, and just feeling lost I stopped blogging. I started back up in 2012 when Aubriella turned 1 as way to document her life. My blog gradually grew into a mom lifestyle blog. I share recipes, tips, everything day life, love doing blog link-ups, family adventures, reviews, and more.

A little about me. I try to be very positive, can be overly sarcastic, family means the world to me, I am a people person, can be shy when meeting new people, but I'm not afraid to speak my mind. I have a Disney obsession, collect frogs, live off coffee most days, enjoy a glass of wine, love to cook and host parties, and enjoy reading. I enjoy traveling and hope to do more in the upcoming year(s). Chocolate is my weakness.. 

I am born, raised, and still living in Northern Ohio. I keep saying I am going to move to Disney World where it is warmer than here. I am tired of all our below zero wind chills. This won't happen until my kids graduate. (I'm counting down the years) We live close enough to our families, downtown Cleveland, the airport, and Lake Erie (even though we never go in the lake). 

I am a former hairdresser, hotel operations manager, health and fitness coach, and Dunkin Donuts crew member (where Brian and I met). I loved all my previous jobs for different reasons but nothing compares to being home with my kids. Even on the days I want to scream and pull out my hair, I wouldn't change it to go to working for someone else. Kids are only young for so long. I missed a few milestones with Ella and don't want to miss it with Austin (and possibly another kids in the future). When I was working home life was rough, now I am home things are a lot better.

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Simple Steps For Organizing Your Fridge

The New Year is upon us which brings new goals and time to clean and organize our refrigerators. The holiday's get the best of us and there are a lot of sweets and junk that need to go. I am getting back to a healthy lifestyle and living intentional. Its time to get this fridge organized. While I am organizing it is the best time to clean it as well. 

There are so many beautiful fridges you can find while searching on Pinterst that I dream of one day having. I am not a huge fan of the fridge we have, it came with our house and isn't in the budget to get a new one. Until we get a new fridge I will manage and do the best that I can.


I hate to admit this isn't that horrible, it has been a lot worse. (Sorry I know my lighting sucks.) With 2 kids in and out of the fridge, moving stuff, leftovers that never get eaten, extra milk, ... it can really be jam packed.

Lets Get Started: 

1- Start with your doors. When they are finished it really makes you feel like you accomplish something and gives you momentum to keep going. Work top to bottom. Take everything out. Wipe down each shelf. Before you put everything back in check expiration dates, how much is left, and if you really will eat it. Try to group like foods together.
In our fridge all dressings are the bottom shelf, pickles and relish are second up, jelly and mayo, then the top is stick butter, lemon and lime juice and baking soda. On the other side we have the milk on the bottom (regular and almond), OJ and other condiments (hot sauce and ketcup), then the top shelf is the chocolate stash.

2- Start on your main section. Again go top to bottom, take everything out, check expiration dates and wipe down shelves.Have a game plan where you want to store what. 
The easiest section is the bottom drawers, most your fresh fruits and veggies will go in the drawers. We have a middle drawer that holds all our cheese and lunch meats. Our bottom shelf under the middle drawer is Aubriella's lunch section. I ended up getting a clear plastic storage box and put all her lunch snacks in there. Also on the bottom is Brian's beer, our water pitcher and any extra milk/juice/etc that won't fit on the door. 
My next shelf up is now for prepped fruits and veggies. It is at eye level, so the first thing I see when I open the fridge. The top shelf is our eggs, butter, and leftovers. I use to keep the prepped produce on the top, but would end up forgetting about them, they would get shoved to the back and at times freeze. 


This picture was taken before I actually went grocery shopping but everything has a space, you can see where everything is, and there is more organization.


I hate my freezer. I would never recommend or buy a bottom freezer with a drawer. For our family it is the hardest to keep organized. I lose food all the time, you grab one thing and it shifts everything else. I have not figured out a way to not have to dig to find something. But again I do the best that I can with what I have. 

1- Remove everything from the freezer, check to see if anything is expired. Wipe down shelf and bottom. I personally go through and write an inventory list for the meats we have on hand to prevent having to dig to see whats in our Mary Poppins freezer.

2- Plan out where everything is going to go. Below are the after pictures and I will explain how I stay somewhat organized.


This is the bottom section of our freezer. Everything pretty much is tossed in there. On the left side is all our meats and the box of cookies we bought from Aubriella's school. On the right side towards the front is all our frozen 1/2 banana's that I use for my shakes. The back section is frozen fruit, veggies. and an ice pack.

Here is the top drawer of our freezer. To the left is our ice cubes. (the freezer has an ice cube maker that isn't hooked up, I don't even know if it works). On the right is odds and ends. Frozen waffles, tator tots, French bread pizza... This is the best I have figured out to organize our freezer. If you have any tips please leave a message in the comments or email me. 

I hope these Simple Steps help you to organize your Fridge. 

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