The Deans Eat // Eighty

I can’t believe the first month of 2017 is finished! January was full of lots of unexpected changes and honestly I spent most of the month trying to adjust both mentally and physically. It was full of rest, lots of quiet time, and taking a little time for me before life changes AGAIN when Baby H makes his entrance into the world. With February’s arrival I’m officially in GET THINGS DONE mode. We have just a few short weeks until a baby takes over our lives and I’m feeling the pressure to get us prepared in every possible way. One of those things is getting a few blog posts up this month, and still connecting with this space. I promise to have at least a few special posts this month so be on the lookout.

This past weekend, we headed to WV one last time before Baby H arrives. Our family and close friends showered us with lots of love and gifts for our transition to parenthood. I was blown away by friends and family that traveled many hours, adjusted work schedules, and came to celebrate with us. It was a jam packed weekend and so very bittersweet as we knew the next time we would be in that place and with those people there would be a baby to pass around. So many emotions that I can’t even begin to process quite yet.

We got home yesterday evening to a mostly clean house and I started working on a to-do list full of things that need to be done this week as well as things that need to be accomplished before we have this baby. First on that list per the norm was meal planning. Honestly, I was not feeling the meal plan this week, but it’s done and we won’t go hungry, so that’s a good thing. I was going to go grocery shopping today while Husband worked, then it hit me that grocery shopping by myself would not be an easy task at 8 months pregnant when I’m supposed to be taking things easy and avoiding lifting too much. So I ran to the store for the necessities for tonight’s dinner and I will have to tackle the grocery store with Husband in tow later on. Checkout what we are eating this week below!

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MONDAY | Spaghetti, Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread

TUESDAY | Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

WEDNESDAY | Chicken Fajitas

THURSDAY | Family Dinner @ Small Group

FRIDAY | Shepherd’s Pie

SATURDAY | Spicy Italian Panini’s and Mac & Cheese

SUNDAY | Brunch & Eating out (or make-up meal)

2017 Word & My Year So Far

We are almost 2 weeks into 2017 and I’ve been trying to write this post since the year began. Most “good bloggers” share their resolutions and plans for 2017, so I figured I should participate. The only problem is, I didn’t make any resolutions this year. I mean, I can’t really remember if I made any last year either so this isn’t really new for me. Something that has been popping up the past few years that I have been seeing more and more is choosing your Word of the Year. I’ve read about this on blogs, heard about it on podcasts, and it has been all over Facebook. Basically you choose a word that you want to focus on embodying for the coming year, although it’s hard to know exactly what that will mean. I didn’t choose a word last year, but I knew this year I wanted to pick a word. After doing some searching, praying, and talking with Husband I decided on my word for 2017.

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E M B R A C E take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug. take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly. avail oneself of. adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.). take in with the eye or the mind. encircle; surround; enclose. include or contain.

This word just seemed to make sense as I thought about what 2017 would hold. I thought of all of the changes that would come with Baby H making his arrival and how I wanted to fully embrace being a mom and raising this little boy. I also thought about this new place we are in and wanting to embrace this place as home and work on building a community of people here. These thoughts and plans drove me to this word, however 2017 is already proving to be completely different than I thought it would. I’ve quickly realized there is going to be so much more to embrace this year than I could have imagined.

On the 5th day of 2017, I received a phone call that stopped me in my tracks and brought me to my knees. My work project was being eliminated and I was being laid off effective immediately. I sat there in shock, my heart screaming “Why God? Why now? Why me? What good can come from this?” This was not part of the plan. At 7 months pregnant, I desperately needed to keep working and saving money and preparing for our little man. When I finally got a hold of Husband, he comforted and encouraged me and made plans to come home on his lunch break. Once home he held me close, let me cry, and assured me that God was good and there was good in this. Spoiler Alert: He was right. The past week has been good. I’ve rested, had a couple of appointments I needed to take care of, had dinner ready when Husband got home, and fully embraced this whole housewife thing. It’s still a little scary and unknown, but I’m embracing this time of change, rest and preparing for Baby H.

Then yesterday, God decided there were more changes I was going to need to embrace this year. While Baby H is perfectly healthy, my body isn’t quite cooperating and it is very likely he will be entering the world via C-Section. I’m having a hard time even typing that out. For those that know me well, you know how much I love all things birth. I’ve dreamed of a natural vaginal birth for quite a while (yes, pain and all). I’m grieving this change a bit… I’ve shed quite a few tears and imagine I will continue to in the coming days. But yet again, I know God is good and there is good in this. I’m working on fully embracing this new path and making the absolute best of it that I can. I will be writing about this more soon, I’m sure.

So here we are, 12 short days into 2017 and I’ve already had to start embracing quite a few things. I didn’t want to write this post. I wanted to hide and sulk a bit longer. I wanted to fight the change and keep questioning God. But, God is good and there is good in this. He is sovereign, constant, and knows exactly what is happening – even when I question it. I don’t know what else will happen in 2017, but I’m setting out to embrace what God puts before me. I hope you can do the same!


Currently | January 2017

I figured the only way to start 2017 was by joining in with one of my favorite link-ups. Check below to see what I’m up to currently! Thanks to Anne and Jessica for hosting this great link-up.


GATHERING | All of the baby things! Baby H will be making his arrival in less than THREE MONTHS and we are definitely gathering more baby things. I would say you can spot a little baby something in almost each room of our home at this point. I have a feeling after our baby shower in less than a month it will be a full on baby explosion in this apartment and I don’t think I could be any happier about that!

MAKING | A plan! Some pretty big life changes have happened recently and will continue to happen over the coming months. My days look a little different than they have in the past and I have a lot to accomplish before the biggest life change of all happens in March. So I’m looking around, writing down plenty of lists and making a plan for how I will be attacking it all.

SIPPING | Water! I got an awesome RTIC stainless steel tumbler for Christmas and it’s definitely helping me get more water in my system. I’ll admit I don’t love drinking water, but it’s nice to be able to just sip on an ice cold water all day.

FOLLOWING | All the mommy blogs and Instagram accounts. I’ve always loved following these types of blogs/accounts but now as I look at this being my life pretty soon I enjoy it even more. My favorites? A few sweet mommas who’s due dates are very close to mine. I love following along with their journey’s too!

RESOLVING | To embrace all of the beautiful, hard, messy things life throws at me. More on this soon.

The Deans Eat // Seventy Nine

I’m a day late getting this posted…so Happy Tuesday friends! I’m pretty bad about writing these posts but never putting the finishing details on them and then pressing publish. I hope you’ll forgive me.

This past weekend was a fun one as we celebrated Husband’s birthday! It started on Friday when we had a simple dinner out together, just us. While we were there we realized something, we could not remember the last time we ate out at a restaurant together just the two of us. It’s been months I’d say. Anyways, then we ran some errands, played video games in bed, and Husband watched some football. Saturday consisted of sleeping in (at least it did for me!), lunch out, attempting & failing at Christmas shopping, a yummy dinner at home and a relaxing night in. Sunday was the big event! We got up and ready church at 9, then afterwards an outfit change and a quick bite to eat, then straight to downtown for the Bengal’s football game! Our seats were great, they broke their losing streak, and other than a few minutes of rain we stayed dry and warmish. Total success! Husband claims it was a great birthday weekend, so we will call it a win for sure.


With the busy weekend, grocery shopping was not even on our radar. Thankfully we had a meal from last week that we didn’t end up making, so we were good to go on Monday, but the question still arose, when will we grocery shop? With both of us working full time it’s tough to make it to the store for a big trip during the week. I was dreading heading out in the cold rain last night to shop and that’s when I decided this week would be a perfect week to finally try out Kroger ClickList! Major perk of moving to the “Big City” is that this is an option here. It’s not an option at our closest Kroger, but there are a couple stores not too far away that offer it. Basically, you shop online, choose a time for the next day, place your order, then drive and pick it up without ever getting out of your car. I think your first time is free, and it’s typically a charge of around $5. I’m going to pick up our grocery order on my lunch break today! I can’t wait to see how it goes, hopefully it’s a success! I’ll be sure to update you on this whole experience later on. I’m just really thankful for it today when it’s freezing, raining, and I’m not feeling too hot (hi sore throat, please go away). Checkout what meals we are eating at below!

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Monday | Turkey & Black Bean Enchiladas (Didn’t make last week!)

Tuesday | Spaghetti & Salad

Wednesday | Double Stuffed Lemon Garlic Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

Thursday | Chili

Friday | Chicken Pasta

Saturday | Out @ Wedding

Sunday | Out with Sister

Holiday Home Tour | 2016

This week of holiday goodness has been filled with making our apartment feel cozy & fun with Christmas decorations. I would love for you to come in and take a peek at some of my favorite decor. Now, before you come in let me tell you – this decor and these pictures are not “Pinterest Perfect”. This is the real life of a young wife (and momma-to-be) who is on a budget and isn’t an expert at decor, DIY, or photography. So now come in, relax, and enjoy this beautiful holiday season.

Holiday Home Tour

For the front door, a simple wreath that will last all winter, not just the Christmas season. Hobby Lobby wreath with some simple blue & silver embellishments.

holiday-home-tour-6Living room view – color, lights, and those big beautiful wall of color, vintage heirloom decor, a piece of our WV home and a creamy glass of eggnog. holiday-home-tour-17My favorite part – This ribbon wall hanging was super simple to pull together and I think it really pulls the room together. We’ve procrastinated on hanging things on the wall since moving so I knew I wanted something big that drew a lot of attention and this was just the thing! It was easy to pull this together while binge watching Gilmore Girls and it’s not too late for you to pull one together too. holiday-home-tour-60

Each shelf on our bookcase has a little Christmas decor pulled in. Christmas trees and color were the key here. I love how it all turned out! holiday-home-tour-52holiday-home-tour-51


That book right there, Unafraid by Francine Rivers is a holiday favorite. Mary’s story and the story of Christmas from her point of view. Based on scripture with a story telling twist. It makes things so real and I’m really looking forward to reading it this Christmas season as I am expecting my own son. I absolutely recommend it!holiday-home-tour-55

A little garland around the TV (Where you can expect there to be a constant battle between cheesy holiday movies and sports).holiday-home-tour-69

Now let’s head into the dining room full of glorious natural light, where some vintage Christmas vinyl is spinning on the record player. My colorful Fiesta dishes  are on display, a simple centerpiece on the table, and hopes for some special holiday season meals shared here.



Since I spend a good bit of time in the kitchen, it only seemed appropriate to pull a little bit of the cheerful decor in here too. A simple wreath and cute towel (that I got for $2!). I’ll probably bring a holiday candle in here too!holiday-home-tour-71 holiday-home-tour-74

I wanted a little something in our guest spaces as well. For now we’ve just got a simple branch tree in our guest bathroom. I hope to add something to our guest room soon as well, but we’ve got a little work to do in there first. holiday-home-tour-78

Last, but certainly not least I worked on making this corner of our master bedroom functional, cozy, and Christmasy. I just got all of this jewelry out and put the tree up and it’s bringing me quite a bit of joy. holiday-home-tour-100

Now that it’s gotten dark, let’s bask in the glow of the Christmas trees in the living just once more. holiday-home-tour-81


Well that’s all friends, please come again soon. I’m sure I’ll be enjoying many evenings enjoying this Christmas filled home. It’s so nice to have everything tidy and ready to go for the month of December which we all know is a crazy one. Have a wonderful Christmas season!

Before you go, you should absolutely go check out the lovely Moriah over at Untidy Grace. Her Holiday Home Tour went up this weekend and needless to say, she has such a gift for making her house a home (see a little peek below!). It definitely made me want to head straight to her apartment and enjoy something warm to drink and chats around her tree. Also follow-up tomorrow with Rachel as she shares her tour right HERE.