The perfect hard-boiled egg (and egg salad)

I used to struggle with cooking hard-boiled eggs. The yolk was either grey or runny. Finally. FINALLY, a breakthrough. 

Here is how I get the perfect egg every time:

1. Place your eggs in the bottom of an empty pot. You want them side by side so they don’t bang around and crack, but not so tight that they can’t cook.

2. Fill your pot with cold water until the eggs are just covered.

3. Bring the water to a rolling boil.

4. Remove from the heat and cover.

5. Let the eggs sit covered for 10 minutes.

I like to fill the pot with ice once the eggs are done and let it all cool before peeling the eggs.
As a bonus, I want to share my favorite egg salad recipe. *snort* by that I mean, what I add to my egg salad. 

I like to add a big spoonful of mayonnaise, about a Tbsp. Of mustard, dill, and salt and pepper. I just add here and there until it looks and tastes good.

I love eating it as a sandwich or as shown above. My sister and I shared recipes today and hers had lots of crunchy veggies, which a lot of people love. I am just not one of them. 

Are you an egg salad lover or hater? Do you like yours with veggies or without?



Harper is speaking more and more. She has started to say her name, which sounds like happy.

The more words she says, the more I can no longer deny that she is a toddler. She turns two in less than a month. I don’t know that my heart can take it, but I have to suck it up.

She is saying mama, daddy, Addi, baby, poop, cup, and various other words. It is nice to have her communicating with us, even though the words do not sound perfect. To me, they are perfect.

Tomorrow is her first day of speech therapy since regaining her hearing. I am very excited to see how it goes. I love seeing her blossom. ❤️


Mom Confessions

1. I would sleep in late every day of possible.

2. I really hate washing my hair. It takes so long to dry and then I have to DO it. I love dry shampoo.

3. I sometimes get so busy in the morning that I forget to brush my teeth. I like to wait until I drink my coffee or it feels like a waste.

4. I avoid going into the big girls’ room as much as possible. The mess and clutter stress me out.

5. I love going for walks because it keeps the kids contained in the wagon/stroller. It’s quiet(ER) and relaxing.

6. Playing in a sprinkler or at the splash pad counts as a bath, right?

7. I despise bed time. No one goes to sleep easily and it can ruin a perfectly wonderful day for us all.

8. I lose track of how many days in a row I wear a pair of pants.

9. I cannot perfect the “top knot” and am very sad about it.

10. I will not share a drink with my kids. If they drink from my cup, I am done. No floaties for me!! 

Happy Friday, friends!!!!



Yesterday, we got the results of Harper’s hearing tests!! She PASSED!!!! She has been failing every hearing test for months. It has been truly exciting to hear her saying new words!! It’s really amazing, and I am so thankful. Also, check out her new glasses! So cute!! 

We also received Addi’s results from the biopsy. It was not cancer, but the abnormalities were close to the margins, so we have to watch her skin very closely. It was pre-cancerous, but NOT CANCER!! It is healing nicely, but still tender. In a couple of weeks, we can start applying some cream to help minimizing the scarring. I know that years from now she may become self conscious about it (even though she shouldn’t). She is a rockstar and shows it off right now!

So much to be thankful for. So. Much. And, I am thankful. But, there is this huge part of me that has become numb. I am just waiting for the next bad news to come. Ugh. I hate that attitude. We have been in a valley for the last 7 months as a family. Did I mention that our new van is in the shop? The repairs are costing twice what we had expected to pay. 

My word of the year is TRUST. I trust that God has a plan. I have seen His hand protecting us in every single crummy situation. I am clinging to hope. But, I am weary. I am worn. This has taken a toll on me physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I am exhauste in every sense of the word. I feel like a completely empty shell with nothing left to give. I need rest.

I do not mean to sound like a Debbie Downer. I do want to share my heart. I want to be real. Gosh, I am so grateful thar my babies are ok. Both surgeries were successful and we are on a good path. I hate this feeling. I feel like I can’t rejoice in it because then something else will happen.. It always does. 

What a crummy attitude to have. Friends, I covet your prayers. I need them. I need my mom tribe to rally behind me and lift me up in your prayers. Praise God with me for these incredible blessings, too! I am so grateful to each and every one of you who take the time to read along. I have felt your prayers every step of the way. ❤️


Childhood Unplugged

I have been making a conscious effort to make my girls have an unplugged childhood. They aren’t very plugged in. They watch movies and dvds of kids shows. But, I am guilty of using the TV to get some quiet. I also want them to spend time outside and soaking up their childhood without toys. 

You can see the hashtag #childhoodunplugged on my Instagram page; and many other pages.

I realize that not everyone has a best friend that owns two horses. I am just blessed! 😉 I am open to other suggestions for outdoor activities. We really want to take the girls camping once it’s not unbearably hot. 

What is your favorite “unplugged” activity? I’m all eyes!