Adventures With Ellie

Thursday Thoughts : This is What Counts

Past two weeks have been crazy with both my sons having to go to the ER at different times for two different incidents with all the going on I have to make sure to keep up with all that needs to be done at home as well as my own things on my quest of trying to figure out my income situation one can forget the simplest of joys that are always in our plan view.

The joys of the simple things.  Childhood is such an amazing time. Especially at my youngest age right now where everything is magical and the smallest of things brings the biggest of joys.

I think that is why every parents heart yearns to see their children happy because we are blessed seeing that joy and being able to experience it through their eyes. There is something about hearing that laugh that is so pure and beautiful that can make your own heart burst.

How we wish to shelter and keep our little ones in this beautiful time but they will grow. All we can do is to make sure to help and pray that same pure happiness continues although we know there will be heartache, disagreements and head butts but one thing that they should always feel is the love that you have regardless of any situation. Even in the busyness of life which truth be told could be hard at times.

That is what I pray that regardless of how old my children will be, may they always remember I am their biggest cheerleader, supporter and my love will always be there for them.

My joys come from them. I feel so proud and pray our Lord watches over each of them.  THIS is what counts these simple beautiful little moments I will forever hold dear and will remember and try to document it for them and hopefully they will treasure them even more when they return to experience them through what I capture in these wonderful moments.

Once Upon a Sock We Got Fancy

I've been wanting to share this post with you since last week but sadly my oldest got himself hurt (he's doing better now) and I couldn't post until today BUT I hope you will love and be as excited as we were about this.

I was actually contacted by the Sock Fancy who are a fun company that brings you a monthly subscription of some very fun socks.

I don't know about you but there is something about wearing fun socks. I actually have been the one to ask for socks to be in my stocking because it's just so fun and unexpected to look down and see a little happiness on your feet.

Here is a little video to share about their company. You can tell me you don't love a little bit of happy mail instead of seeing bills all the time. I know that is always somethng to look forward to.

Check out the way you can get your own happy sock mail. How unique of a gift would it be to get a subscription for someone?  You could send it to either your college kids,(which mine loved!)  make it a gift for your spouse or hey why not treat yourself!

Although my boy was hurt that didn't stop him from showing off his sock styles as you can see. Got to love him. Hey if you gonna be on the sidelines for a bit might as well rock it with style right! 

I couldn't let him enjoy all the fun and I grabbed a pair and rocked them too! It is so fun to be able to share a fun little treat that is unexpected.

 Now if you want to give them a try I've got a code for 15% off at checkout with the code friend15.

Who would you get this fun subscription for?

*Disclaimer* I received a box for my honest review. The words and opinion are of my own. 

Meatless Taco Fiesta Night

 Today I'd love to share a simple and quick recipe you could make for your family that will be perfect to help celebrate Cinco De Mayo. These tacos have a twist to a favorite which is making tacos with tofu!

Before you say "Ellie what do you mean meatless tacos?" Did you know that tofu takes on flavors you add to it really well?  It also is a good source of protein and I've been trying to incorporate a meatless day for our meals each week and this was my perfect opportunity to try a meatless recipe before Cinco De Mayo arrives.

I hurried along and headed to Walmart and picked up the ingredients to try out my recipe. I love that I was able to find all I needed for my recipe all in one place which is always a bonus.

Meatless Taco Fiesta

Recipe by Adventures With Ellie
A simple, yummy and healthy twist to a classic favorite
Prep time: 10
Cook time: 20
Total time: 30
Yield: 4-6 servings

Cooking Directions
  1. First, drain and cut up into small squares the tofu.
  2. Turn on stove to warm up the pan.
  3. Spray with Corn oil to a hot pan.
  4. Place in the tofu and let it cook for less than a minute.
  5. Mix in the seasoning and mix well until tofu is cooked which should take 5-7 minutes
  6. Set up your Taco center and build your Tacos as you wish and enjoy!

Here is a little video to get you even more excited to try this amazing recipe. That way you can see how simple and easy and QUICK it is to have dinner on your table!

My kids are picky, to say the least when eating their tacos and so they keep it super basic but when my older daughter saw what I was making she said mom I want to try.

She sat down and actually said she might like these better than the meat tacos. As I said the tofu really does take on the seasoning really well.  The rest of the family enjoyed them as well. I can not say how excited I am that they loved it.

I hope these have made you want to run to Walmart and pick up your ingredients and try making it for your family and please let me know if you try them out!

Blogger Goals For April

Already into this month and I noticed I didn't post what my numbers and update for the previous month were. To be honest, March left a bad taste in my mouth. I actually confess I was in total pity party mode because blogging isn't easy.

 I've been getting contacted this past month by companies who would have liked me to share information with you to highlight their company without me knowing anything about them and without thinking of how much work it really entails in a post.

I for one DO NOT post anything I do not 1- support 2- haven't tried 3- believe in so to say I didn't feel deflated I would be lying (and no there was no compensation offered for the work they wanted me to do for them either.)  The point of that is if you are a blogger I am sending you hugs because I know how hard you are working.  Alright off my soap box. Let's get into the meat and potatoes of things, shall we?

I think March was my slowest and lowest month since the start of the year. Even though there was increases in my numbers.

Let's see what my Stats for March looked like:

Start of March:

Instagram: 1385
Facebook Fan Page: 822
Twitter: 2904
Pinterest: 575
Newsletter: 57

Current Stats (first week in April)

Instagram: 1499
Facebook  Fan Page: 958
Twitter: 3164
Pinterest: 603
Newsletter: 58

As you can see it was an overall month of growth but again it's super slow. I need to work on speeding things up but organically. When I share and what I share with my audience is very important to me so I don't want to just see my growth jump because I am doing those "tricks" that I have seen around. (the evil follow unfollow)

I did have a few campaigns the first week of March and then nothing else happened for March monetary wise which was/is hard.

I've been doing research and what I have come to find out I've found "magical" numbers that are appeasing to companies I would love to work for.

 I thought I'd share some of the information just in case you were as curious as I have been in. I 've found and truth be told it was a bit deflating, to be honest, BUT now I know what I would need to work on, I have until end of June to accomplish this and see if it does make a shift of what I can see.

Please take note these numbers will NOT guarantee you will get work but perhaps get your foot in the door of a very long line.

Looks crazy (or at least to me!) but that's what it calls for so hard are you willing to work for it? I say let's DO THIS.... Who's with me? 

Instagram: 5000

Facebook: 1000+

Twitter: 5000

Pinterest: 1000+

Newsletter: 500+

Some things I want to work towards are my interaction on my facebook page as well as instagram. I want to work on a few drafts for my newsletter and blog so I can have it ready to go.

I am so working on figuring out how to present my long in the works class I want to offer you as well as a freebie for my newsletter subscribers.

It's going to be a busy couple of months. It's true either go hard or go home and I'm on it! What are some things you are working on for this month?

Thursday Thoughts: Remember Be Kind to Yourself

How many of you are always in a rush and it seems like you are a robot with your every day in and out routines. Worrying about the daily woes and upcoming things that need to be done.

There are days (or weeks like this one for myself) that I need to remember it's not my will. I can't have control of it all. Things no matter how much I want them to happen, change they wouldn't all I can do is believe I've given my best and done my best at things and as our dear friend Elisa belted out " Let it GO"

When was the last time you sat back and just enjoyed what is going about around you? I have been non-stop working on my blog. Truth be told my head is kind of spinning from it.  Forgetting to enjoy the little things.

Like this. The sweet imagination of my littlest. I love her stories she comes up with. How she has to come and look me straight into my eyes and say "Mama I love you So Much"

There is nothing sweeter than when she's in the midst of playing and will call to me and tell me she loves me.  It's funny how she seems to know just the right time of the day to say it and make me stop and smile and say "Bean I love YOU SOOOOOOOO much" and share a giggle.  At that instant, nothing else matters around just being able to share that pure and amazing love.

When was the last time you just stopped to enjoy what is around you? Not worry about what needs to get done just to get to that next thing on your list.

If you can stop what you're doing and enjoy a few moments to yourself. You deserve it. Life goes by so quickly and we are all just so busy with it all. Remember to be kind not just to others to yourself, because we seem to forget about the self-love sometimes.

What's In The Catholic Goodie Box? : Subscription Review

This past weekend I had the joy of receiving a subscription box from The Catholic Box.  The moment the box arrived my girls were giddy as I had told them that it would be arriving.

The Catholic Box Company are a husband and wife team: Joanna and Matt Odom who provide a monthly subscription box of Catholic goodies.  They support small business and help bring a unique way to grow your faith with each of the items that are put together in each box.

I for one am all about supporting small business so I was even more excited to have this opportunity to share this with my family and you guys of course.

I loved how each piece was a way to get us curious and had the girls and I looking online to find out about each of the products that were in the April Month. 

The Catholic Goodie Box is available as a limited month-to-month subscription for $29.99 per month, or as a one-time gift box. They also have a  3-month subscription  for $85.99 (each have $5 flat shipping)  which is perfect for people like me who love to pay a fee and know that I'll have happy mail already paid and just have know to expect happy mail1 This is a biggie for this mama. What about you?

The first thing that jumped at me was the book Resisting Happiness book by Matthew Kelly As you can see with my picture below I already was familiar with Matthew Kelly as I have been following along this Lent and had been looking at his book and it lands at my door!

 I think that's just meant to be. I started to read it and I have to keep stopping myself cause I'm like WOW how true this is! I'm really loving what I am getting out of it and can't wait to put to practice more of what I will learn from it. 

Now that you got a peek at the cookies this is what they looked like before they were gone in 3.5 seconds. I did get 2 cookies for myself and they were so delicious but what I loved more is that one the flap that covered the cookies has a message on the inside and it says "All Guests Who Present Themselves are to be Welcomed as Christ" -Rule of St.Benedict

The gingersnap cookies included in the box come from Monastery Baked Goods and are made by the Sisters of Saint Benedict. The 4 oz. package contains 12 cookies that are great with coffee and tea, or milk for the kids.  Which actually is what my kids ran for when I handed them a cookie and bit into one. (SO Good!) I was already asked to order more which will be doing to put into their Easter baskets.

History says that ginger snaps were invented by Benedictine Monks so these are sure to be the best of the best! The purchase of these cookies supports the work and prayer of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana an added bonus if you ask me for sure!

Another item that came in the box was one that since I took it out has been in my youngest little hands.  She even took it to Mass this past weekend. Although she kept blurting out "HEY look I have Mary in my hand Mama and look she's over there.." yeah I could write a little book about Isabel's adventures at Mass but that's for another post. 

Can you see in the background? Mary is loved here at my home and so you can imagine how happy it made me as I knew my littlest would love it as she does. 

I am going to look into getting some more of them for her. This little peg of our Lady of Guadalupe was made by Maggie from Saintly Heart at Etsy. who hand paints each of her items.  I already eyed a few more I want to get for my Isy.

Last but not least in the box was these two items which I've been using it daily since it arrived. When I sit at my table to work in the AM. I mean who doesn't need lotion and lip balm and these are amazing. The lotion is a lavender lotion from All Good Things Arts & Gifts and is made by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania Ohio. All of the items purchase from them goes to support their mission which you can read more about here.  

The lip balm featured in the box is made by Sandia Rise Co. and is a natural lip balm with organic shea and cocoa butters to soften and moisturize the lips. The name “Mystical Rose” is the traditional title given to Mary in Catholic Marian devotion. It is found in the Litany of Loreto (Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary). As the rose is considered the queen of flowers, so Mary is the "rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys" [Song 2:1] Could I love it that much more. I love that's it's organic as I am very picky with my balms I use because my girls have a tendency to grab and use it as well and I will be happy to let them use it.

Now I have a special treat thanks to Joanna & Matt I have a discount code for you to use for you to order a subscription box of your own. The May Boxes are already available to pre-order (they will ship end of April) I for sure will be grabbing one because I loved this one so much! Can't wait to see what arrives next month. I'll be sure to share.

*Disclaimer : I received a subscription box to help facilitate my review but all opinions and review are of my own *

Currently :Friday Edition

It's been awhile since I've shared one of these and since there is SO much going on and it happens to be the last day of the month (if anyone finds where these days are flying please return them) I have several things coming up next

Watching: It's all about watching my kids nowadays. They have stories to tell and activities are starting come about. It's just about time for Spring Break and we have some things we are looking forward to.

Listening: I've got a playlist I compiled on Spotify that I love. I use it to get cleaning done around here and squeeze in a workout. Also this week I've been listening to lots rain fall. I know it's Spring and all but can we have some warmth and sunshine pretty please!

Reading: This is something I have been trying to do more of. To read for myself and not read to the girls. I've started God's Smuggler which I haven't gotten any far but really need to. I also just received Resisting Happiness which was a book I was looking into getting and it happened to show up at my doorstep. I think that has to be a sign right?

Drinking: I am loving La Croix Sparkling Water, Cran-Raspberry sparkling water. It's helping me with the no Diet Coke I've been drinking Sprite Zero along with my water.

Eating: Pizza. Hi my name is Ellie and I am a pizza addict. I love  it I could have it everyday and since today is Friday (and Lent) guess what's for dinner! Tonight it's a Grandma pie YUM!

Needing: 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep. My youngest for the past 2 weeks has been waking up

Thinking: Still working at figuring out how to get a steady income from home. So far it's looking like I'll be in the workforce come September but God is faithful and I will keep praying and searching.

Wearing: A wrap I got form ThredUp Let me tell you it's the best 8 bucks I've ever spent! It's the warmest thing ever. I wanted to use it for the Spring but well it still seems to be Winter around here but it's perfect to wear while I'm working on my computer. Use THIS link and get 10 bucks toget you one for Spring!

Planning: For next week. The kids will soon be on Spring Break and Easter will be upon us. Need to check things we are working on to see if they will go through.  Did you check out ideas for Spring Break you can do with your kids that can be done on a budget. I also am doing a challenge on my new little blog where I will be taking a pictures a day on my DSLR and probably share once a week what my week looked like.

My favorite memory of this month was my son's birthday and watching him get ready for his baseball practice.What about you? What was yours?

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