Where is SHE?

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hey Y'all,  I hope you are all doing well. We had a wonderful Easter weekend & I am lucky to be "off" this week to enjoy a little extra family time and this beautiful sunshine!  It just makes you feel good doesn't it?

I hope you all haven't forgotten about us 😟... I know we have been a little MIA, but we really have had the best "excuses".  As you know Lisa & I have been promoted to "grandparents" (aka, LaLa & Hunny).  And it is SO much fun and we can't seem to get enough of these sweet little ones. But our blogging has sort of fallen to the bottom of our to do lists.  We hope to correct that and start sharing a little more often. Our new Mommies are incredible! They have taken to Motherhood like champs ~ tired champs but they are both doing so well loving their new roles and their new families.

To say we are proud of our SHEs would be an understatement. Of course they have questions, and we are remembering a lot of things together, but there is nothing like holding your baby's baby or watching your baby be a Mommy.  And the Daddys? They are doing fabulously too! They take such good care of the baby & the Mom. We are blessed that they have the best support systems.

Thanks for sticking with us. We would love (and appreciate) some of your favorite baby tips and techniques.... sleeping through the night, best diapers, teething tips, bath time fun.... or just your sweet memories.  We are all in this journey together, sharing and supporting each other to be the best SHE we can be.

So please forgive us for falling off track, we hope to jump back into sharing with you. Until then say hello to our sweet new littles!!  Sweet baby E was born 12/5 and handsome baby S was born 1/16  Destined to be BFFs or so we hope.  
 



Love you friends!!


Amy 






SHE: Fun new item

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hey Y'all,

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Sunday.  Wanted to reach out to let you know about a new product we have available through SHE Degree that we are loving!

We all love to look our best and make-up helps us with that. But those fluffy brushes can get a little gummy and caked with make-up over time.  Do you clean them or throw them out?  I admit, if it's a cheapy I toss it. But I have some really nicer brushes and I really don't like to replace them.  So I have tried to clean them at home with soap and water. (Dawn dishwashing liquid to the rescue again). But they are never the same and it takes them hours to dry... Am I right?
Well now you have a better option.  Watch Lisa and Haley show you how you can bring those brushes back to life with this very neat make up brush cleaner.

image via google
We have a very limited supply, so let us know if you would like to have your own. We were amazed at how clean the brushes were and they were completely dry in 30 seconds!  To order, send an email to SHEDegree@Shedegree.com with your paypal addresss and zipcode for shipping.  If you are an in town friend, we will be happy to meet you for pickup.

Happy Sunday friends!!

SHE: Share Your Baby Advice

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hey y'all,

You know our SHE group is growing this year and we couldn't be more excited. If you are a parent I know you can remember the feelings of anticipation mixed in with a whole lot of fear and what ifs, am I right?  I know that's how Mike & I were.  We really didn't know much about how our world would be changing and it changed a lot, but in the best ways.  We loved everything about being new parents (at least that is how I choose to remember it). But I know there were many challenges to new parents.  Today I want you to share with us your secrets to success.

What helped you through those first few days? Sleepless nights? Colic? Diaper rash? Diaper blowouts? Breast feeding dilemmas? Formula issues? Will this baby ever sleep? Adjusting to your new normal.


Share a comment about how you survived and thrived as a new parent. 
Our girls can't wait to hear your tips.  And please share your tips for Grand-parenting,
I want to be sure I do that very well.  




SHE: Freezer Meals Take 2

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


  






Hey Y'all,
If you joined us earlier in the week we talked about freezer meals and I shared some tips to prepare you. Today I will be sharing the recipes and suggestions that we used and found to be handy.  Now keep in mind this is a pretty much all day task, or at least it was for us.  But we really made a lot of foods. Plan to start early in the day. 
If you are a friend of SHE Degree, then you probably know that Brittney and her husband are expecting their first baby literally any day now. So that is the inspiration behind these freezer meals.






 




First Brittney found a few recipes she knew that they liked, wrote out the ingredients for each. If you are preparing 1 it's just as easy to make 2 and that is what we did. She doubled each recipe and the list of ingredients.  Keep in mind your available freezer space.  Next she surveyed her pantry and highlighted what she would need to pick up at the grocery store. And we were off to our neighborhood grocery to stock up on all the supplies we would need.



Once home, foods were organized and separated for each recipe. I recommend cleaning and prepping all your fresh veggies at once and have them ready to assemble.  But you can also prepare 1 recipe at a time. This might make it a little more organized if you get overwhelmed with your kitchen counters being covered and in disarray.  My kitchen appears to be a little chaotic any time I am cooking but it all comes back together nice and neatly at the end.


Now it's easier, just decide what you want to make first and go from there.  Some foods need to be flash frozen (fancy wording for placing on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and putting in the freezer for 1hr or so to freeze enough to keep their shape. Think meatballs and cookie dough). I suggest starting with those as you have some wait time.


Be sure to keep your work areas clean at all times, washing down counters and utensils to avoid any cross contamination from raw meat and chicken.  When packaging your meals, we used containers like these and double wrapped with aluminum foil. Each was labelled with the name and date. You may want to add a card inside the foil with any special baking instructions to save time later.  For example, we made the base for chicken casserole but did not add stuffing mix. When she is ready to bake it she will take out of the freezer, unwrap the foil and remove paper lid, sprinkle with stuffing mix and dollop bits of butter on top, recover with foil and bake according to directions.


Here is what we made and remember this are meant to serve 2-3 people. So if your family is larger, you might need to adjust the recipe up more to make 2 dinners. The number indicates how many pans were made of each.  These were all found on Pinterest ~ so they aren't our "original" recipes but I think they are a good variety of menu items.  We've shared links for most below


Cracked out Chicken (4)
Chicken Casserole  (2)**
Hamburgers   (4)
Crockpot hamburgers with gravy  (1)
Sausage balls  (4)
Swedish meatballs   (2- but each pan contains enough for 2 meals)
Pork chops and potatoes  ( 1 with leftovers)
Ravioli Lasagna  (4)
Caramel White-chocolate Cookie dough  (3 dozen individual cookies)
Garlic bread (16 slices)
Chicken strips (these are a healthy baked option)
Granola bars-  we make these in bite size balls



Brittney used casserole type pans for most of these, so she can just pop into her oven when she is ready for them.  But you can use freezer bags for some of these recipes too. They lie flat when frozen, but consider how you will prepare it. Will it go into the oven, crockpot or Instant Pot- freeze in the shape that will make it the easiest to transfer from freezer bag to container.  You can freeze in the bag in a bowl the shape of your casserole dish and just remove the bag once thoroughly frozen.  We want these meals to require as little effort as possible on the night you are preparing them, so thinking ahead will make things smoother in the long run.  Super easy to plunk a round frozen meal into a crock pot and go about your day. Grab a few sides and viola you have a hearty meal for your family that didn't take up your whole day preparing.  These are great for the "Oh no my family really wants dinner ....
what can I feed them?" nights

We hope these helped give you some encouragement to try some freezer meals of your own.  Let us hear from you~ what are your go to meals? Crock pot dishes?  



 





Chicken Tator Tot Casserole
Chicken Casserole
 ** We omit the cream of mushroom soup and substitute chicken broth for milk in the chicken casserole recipe.  You want it a little bit runny, the dry stuffing mix will need the extra liquid. When ready to bake, just top with dry stuffing mix and add butter and chicken broth as needed.
       







xoxo, Amy 





SHE: New Years Eve

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hey Y'all,

It is New Years Eve 2017!  I hope you are able to reflect back on this year and have memories more happy than sad, more love than loss and more gratitude for the life you have and those you get to do life with.

Do you have big plans? Ours are always pretty simple but fun none the less. We enjoy having family over for games and appetizers and of course trying to watch the ball drop at midnight. This year I think I will be struggling to see that big ball drop. But I am going to try.

Whatever your plans I hope they include the ones you love most.  Here are a few ideas for foods, games, and décor if you have decided to host a party last minute.  

Thank you for following the ladies of SHE Degree!  It is our hope that
you are learning new tips to make your life easier in some small way.
We love sharing with you and have some fun events planned for 2018. 

Keep listening for the birdie whispering in your ear ~ be the Best SHE you can be!
Titus 2:3-5 


Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!

xoxo,  

SHE Degree

Lisa, Amy, Courtney, Brittney & Madison

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SHE: Ready for 2018

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hey Y'all,

We have had the best holiday season. I hope y'all have too. As much as I love the holiday  s, I am so excited to have the decorations down and put away and our house back to normal. Is it just me or does your house seem "empty" without all the Christmas decorations?  What is your tradition?   Do you take your decorations down right after Christmas or do you keep them up until the New Year? 

What about New Year's resolutions.... do you make them?  I don't typically make a list but I do try to reflect on the past year and pray that I am a better person for the year I have had.  Of course after all the holiday yummy treats, healthy eating and exercise should be at the top of my list.  This New Year we will also be welcoming a new baby into the world and into our family.  Y'all we are so excited!! We can't wait to see our daughter and son in law as Mom and Dad.  They are going to be such good parents. Who has grandchildren? We are really looking forward to this next season of life.

There is so much to do to get ready for a baby. One awesome thing we did was freezer meals. Brittney searched Pinterest and Google and found several recipes for foods they would actually eat. I am a big fan of recipes with minimal ingredients, normal everyday meals. They found a good variety of meals that weren't a tweaked version of the same chicken dish.

Some suggestions for you that we found out during our marathon cooking day.
Research your favorites and see how they can be changed to be freezer friendly. Some foods freeze better than others, use quality containers- you don't want to skimp on your containers only to find your meals ruined.  If you are a new mom, you might want to limit spicy, onions, peppers and potentially dairy items at first until you know if your baby is sensitive. 
Some recipes can be prepared to a point, frozen and then when you are ready to cook them you may need to make a batch of rice or top a casserole with bread crumbs or stuffing mix.  Nothing too difficult to do.

The better you plan out your day the easier and productive it will be.
1) Find your recipes
2) Make your grocery list
3) Order quality containers, we used these.
4) Make sure you have adequate freezer space for the number of freezer meals you plan to make
5) Don't forget heavy duty aluminum foil, wax paper and freezer bags

Are you ready to get started on a few of your own?  We will be sharing recipes we made this week. You can always visit our Pinterest boards for inspiration too.  Whether you are a new mom, working mom or anyone responsible for feeding a family, freezer meals are a hit.  With a little prep time, you can get a delicious dinner on the table any night of the week.  Please share with us your family favorites too!

Have a great week-end!!

xoxo,
Amy









SHE Makes A Lace Crown

Wednesday, December 27, 2017




  
Hello my crafty friends! Today I'm sharing my DIY lace crown. I'm a little embarrassed to post this because of the pictures, but I'm going to anyway. Just keep in mind that I was in a hurry and didn't have time to clean my craft room before this so there is stuff everywhere!

This is probably one of the easiest, but cutest crafts! If you have, or know, a little girl this is a must!!! (This also works if you’re a self-claimed princess like me – I plan to make myself one.) I made this lace crown for one of my best friend’s bachelorette party this past weekend. She was so cute!
All you need is some lace (I bought a half-yard), fabric stiffener, and hot glue. Optional items are paint, glitter, and something round to shape around (I used an old jumbo wine bottle).



Lay your lace out on a piece of wax paper and cover it in the fabric stiffener. (Helpful hint: the kind I bought pours out so I had to brush it on. I HIGHLY recommend getting stiffener that comes with a spray top) Now this needs to dry. I did this step right before I went to bed one night so it was able to have all night to dry. 





Optional step – if you’re planning on painting your crown keep reading, if not you can skip ahead. I painted hers with gold paint. I wanted to make sure I kept the details of the lace though. So I grabbed my spray bottle (you can pick one up for a dollar at most stores), I poured some paint in there and mixed in just a little bit of water. I then sprayed it onto the lace. It gave it color without weighing it down with paint. I also sprinkled some glitter on while the paint was wet!





Once your stiffener (and paint) is dry trim any off the bottom if you need it shorter. I did this in a few cuts so I wouldn't go too short (ignore my bike and my socks...*embarrassed*). Now shape it into a circle as wide as you want (like I said, I used an old wine bottle) and hot glue the ends together.



Ta-Da! You’re now a princess! We secured hers to her head by sticking bobby pins through the holes in the lace.



Did you make one? I’d love to see it and/or here your tips. Let me know in the comments!

xo Courtney



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