December 10, 2018

Speaking From My Heart


Hello all! I know it has been such a long time since I have updated my blog. So much has happened, I cannot begin to write a fraction of the things that have changed since I last conjured up a post. Being that it has been over a year since I have posted anything, I figured it was time for an update.

I suppose the best thing to do is reintroduce myself for anyone who may still be here with me or to anyone new who may stumble on my blog for the first time. I’m Krissy, a Southern mom to three growing boys and married to a hard-working man for over 15 years. I am also a work-at-home mom.

A Little History


I began this blog back in 2008 in an effort to have a grown-up outlet to help other young moms like myself. My goal at that time was to share and encourage others while learning as much as I could about feeding children healthy meals and raising children in the best way possible. 


Along the way, I began reading and loving so many different blogs. I soon became engrossed with a bevy of useful and amazing information from some amazing mom bloggers, so much so that my own postings began to wane. I felt anything I could possibly share has already been done, read, or shared multiple times over. My confidence in my own writing hit the lowest of lows, and my blog was placed on the backburner. 


Where I Am Today


Fast-forward a few years, and I am now a mom to one pre-teen in middle school, and two elementary-aged kids who are growing faster than I can possibly comprehend. Life is certainly different than it used to be back in the early days of this blog. 


I have found myself struggling with the differences that happen as the kids continue to grow and change. Although they have grown and changed plenty since they were babies, these more recent changes are more challenging for me in a way I cannot coherently explain. I am sure other mothers out there can certainly relate. I also know plenty more changes are headed our way. 


In addition to changes with the kids, there have also been changes in my professional life. I still work from home as a freelance writer. However, the bulk of my writing is for other clients. I have not done any work for my own sense of fulfillment, which has begun to wear me down. Although I am grateful as can be to have the opportunity to work from anywhere in the world, the itch to write something I truly care and am passionate about has never left me. Just sitting down at this moment to write this one post is uplifting—as if a weight is literally being removed from my chest. I cannot express what taking the time to write about your feelings can do for the soul. It is like an old piece of me is slowly coming back. I have missed it tremendously. 


Which brings me back to today. In the last few weeks, I have been battling some negative feelings about where I am in my life. I just recently celebrated my 39th birthday, and although I have an amazing family and have the freedom to help provide for them by doing something I believe I am good at, I need to get back to my roots. I appreciate the opportunity to write content for others, but I need to write something that is meaningful to me and those like me as well. 


No Looking Back


Battling the idea of where my blog would be if I had not quit or had continued to update is something I frustrate myself with continuously. Just recently, I looked at some of the blogs I used to follow back when we were all just getting started, and I am thrilled for them and how much they have grown. At the same time, however, I shake my head at myself knowing I could be right there with them. 


So, right here and now I am making a promise to you and, possibly more importantly, to myself, that I will once again focus on my work here on Just Take Two Bites. I started this blog with good intentions, and it deserves some love and affection. I hope to bring you some good, solid content in the near future that you will find useful and encouraging. 

I struggle with self-confidence, and I am my hardest critic. It is difficult for me to even admit anything I am writing here today, but the need to get this out is great. I’ve been told I have a strong personality with leadership qualities. And yet, I feel just the opposite about myself. It is so amazing how we perceive ourselves juxtaposed with how we are perceived by others. 


So, no more negative feelings. No more comparing myself to others. No more worrying about where I should be versus where I am. 


My only choice is to be happy or not, and I choose to be happy.

February 2, 2017

This Week's Menu Plan


It's Monday, er Thursday! That means it's time for a new menu plan!

I have to admit I have been a bit off my game this week. I did not really have a plan for this week. My husband is traveling for work, so we keep it easy on the meals front!

Here is what me and the kids are having this week:

Monday-  Leftover spaghetti and meatballs from the weekend

Tuesday- Ham sandwiches, chips

Wednesday- Take out pizza, salad. I've had a sick child all week, dentist appointments for the other kids today, so mama needed a break!

Thursday- Breakfast for Dinner

Friday- Homemade pizza

Saturday- We may be eating over at someone's house. If not, we will probably grill something since the weather has been so nice.

Sunday- Super Bowl Sunday! We don't really care about the teams this year, but we do love the food! We will probably do different munchies to snack on: Buffalo wings, chips and dip, mini quesadillas, and other fun stuff I can come up with.

What will your family be eating this week? 


September 12, 2016

This Week's Menu Plan


It's Monday! That means it's time for a new menu plan!

This week should be fairly calm for us. We don't have many outside plans, thankfully! So, I should be able to get some easy meals on the table for the family. I have been down with a back injury, so I'm keeping our meals nice and simple!

Monday- Meatball subs, chips, and veggies. The meatballs are leftover from a meal we had with my in-laws over the weekend.

Tuesday- Quesadillas, chips and salsa

Wednesday- Baked chicken, sweet potato fries, green beans

Thursday- Leftovers or Breakfast for Dinner

Friday- Homemade pizza

Saturday- Tomato soup, grilled cheese

Sunday- London broil, roasted potatoes, salad

What will your family be eating this week? 


October 8, 2015

12 Weeks of Christmas- Week One


The 12 Weeks of Christmas is a weekly series on Just Take Two Bites to help you prepare for a busy holiday season with as little stress as possible. This is a guide to assist you in planning all of your holiday traditions in advance so that you can have the most joyful holiday yet!


Can you believe that Christmas is a mere 12 weeks away?


 Let’s let that settle in for just a moment…

It seems like every single year, I say that I am going to carefully plan out what I need to do to get ready for Christmas so reduce the amount of chaos that occurs on the last few days before Christmas Eve.

While I have gotten much better than in years past (Christmas shopping on December 24th, anyone?) I have decided to embark on the 12 Weeks of Christmas countdown to help me with my planning, and I’d love to take you along with me!

July 6, 2015

A "Hello!" And A Quick Update



Hi everyone! I just wanted to stop by the blog here to give a little update since it has been such a long time. We have had so many things going on in all areas of our lives, and to say the blog has been on the back burner is quite the understatement. 

The last time I was with you all was in January when I wrote my goals post. You should be happy to know I have met and am continuing to meet those goals, particularly those in the area of Faith.
I have also been very successful in my Personal Health and Growth goal list. The only one I’m really slacking on is the taking some time to pamper myself weekly. I am much more sporadic with that one, but I’m still working on it. The good news is I am taking some time for myself in other ways, so that has really assisted in my journey toward a less stressful life.

January 16, 2015

My Goals for 2015 and How I Set Them



As promised, I’m back to share a bit more about my goals for this new year. In my last post, I mentioned how easy it is to fall off the wagon with our goals because we have overreached our ability to attain those goals. The idea is to set goals that are:

Attainable

Specific

Reasonable

Realistic

January 7, 2015

Goal Setting for 2015-- How I Plan to Make Realistic, Obtainable Goals



At the beginning of each and every year, I like most people, plan out some lofty goals that I hope to achieve. And like many other people, I tend to set myself up for failure because many of my goals are:
·       
  • Unattainable
  • Unspecific
  • Unreasonable
  • Unrealistic

By the end of the year, I look back on the goals I set for myself with disdain because they either weren’t accomplished or only partially accomplished. Then comes the pangs of guilt and feelings of failure that discourages many of us, which can lead to either not setting new goals or shirking off goal setting altogether.

This year, it is going to be different. 
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