Do you always flip your cushions to the good side?

I’ve spent the better part of today cleaning a love seat that I rescued from a moving neighbor. It’s so cute, and funky, and vintage. It’s probably as old as I am with its bright yellow and green leafy pattern. I’m in love with it!

As I was cleaning both sides of the cushions, I noticed that both cushions, have a newer, less stained side. The side you would flip over for company. But I wanted to clean both sides. Partly, because my children throw cushions on the floor for play and fort building. But also, I because I wanted the entire couch to be clean and good smelling. Then, I thought that I would like to keep the “not-so-good” side of the cushions up, most of the time. That way, I won’t have to worry about the kids and all the havoc a family of five can wreak.

This got me thinking, do I live the kind of life where my good side, my company side, always has to be flipped out? Or, do I have a comfier, more well worn side, that I can switch to when I’m in the company of family and close friends? With the cushions, it seems like a whole lot of responsibility to keep the good side good. And, what is the point of that?

Since I’ve devoted my whole day to cleaning the couch, I can tell you that it is all equally clean. This is really just more of an image thing, a pride thing, if you will. Of course, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the good sides of the cushions. In fact, the hospitable thing is to put them out for company. I always want to give my company the best that we have to offer, out of love. But, I heard a warning from my funky, cute couch.

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If I always need to have the good side up, I will be exhausted. Just like the poor cushions. The good side will get so worn and need more cleaning. But, if I take the time to let down, and flip my cushions to the comfier “no-pressure” side, I will be living more of the kind of life I want to live. The life where it is okay to build forts and play. How about you? Is it hard to let your more worn side out?

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Meals Shmeals

Hi Friends! This post is mainly for my mom friends. Yesterday, we had a discussion about meal planning. We were sharing all our ideas and the different recipes we love, but it is 2013, and we need links! So, I’m posting them all here. If you don’t care about meal planning, just ignore this one.
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Here are a bunch of our favorite go-to salads:

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad : Easy to make spinach/chickpea salad.

Mediterranean Grain Salad : Simple bulgar salad. Could omit goat cheese to make vegan.

Amazing Quinoa Salad : This one is our favorite. We even make this for dinner guests.

Easy Avocado Lime Black Bean Salad : Similar flavors as the Amazing Quinoa, but much easier to make.

Pineapple Goat Cheese Salad with Arugula and Walnuts : Okay, this is just yummy! My cousin made this one at Thanksgiving and it has been in the mix ever since. We have walnut allergies, so we use pecans. Still yummy!

Here are some of the crock pot freezer meals, I’ve made:

Crock pot freezer meals : We can vouch for the Chicken Taco Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and the Sausage and Bean Supper.  We have tried them and liked them. I sent the Chicken Taco Soup over to my in-laws and they REALLY liked it (the secret is in the beer :)).

Some things we have liked in the breakfast realm:

Hootenanny : The taste of pancakes but you don’t have to do all that flipping. One pan.

 Rise and Shine Healthy Muffins  I bake two batches of these muffins and then freeze them. The kids pull them out and microwave them for breakfast or for an afternoon snack. I don’t know why I bother freezing them, they don’t last more than a couple of days.

Some other tips that have helped us:

Shredded Chicken: I buy a big thing of chicken breasts and put them in my crock pots with cut up carrots, celery, onion, a couple cloves of garlic and seasonings. At the end of the day, I shred the chicken and put it in freezer bags. We use this for quick dinners of nachos, chicken quesadillas, salsa verde chicken burritos. I also strain the broth and load my freezer up with a ton of chicken stock.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup : Really cost effective, crowd pleaser! It’s a guilty pleasure soup with cream cheese and bacon, but, man, is it tasty!