We are in the process of trying to buy a home.  We had found a home in our ideal neighborhood, ideal location, ideal size and a good price.  However, we chose to walk away.  The house was bank-owned, but not a short sale.  It happened to be owned by Chase.  We thought everything was going fairly well, we had countered back and forth with them a few times and finally come to a number we all agreed on.  Then the addendums were sent to us.  They were crazy!! 5 business days to complete ALL inspections..no matter what.  Now, under normal circumstances that might be doable.  However, Chase did not have the gas and water turned on yet and they flat out said it did not matter if they had it turned on or not but that once we signed we had 5 days. End of story.  That was just one of many crazy clauses so we walked away.  Saturday the kids and I are going with our realator to look at some more houses and see what is on the market.

Have you ever owned a home?  Do you currently own?  How was your process; smooth, bumpy, great?

Hopefully soon I can post on here that we have found an even better house!

By the way, make sure you enter both of our current giveaways while you are here.  You can visit our current giveaways tab and enter to win gift cards to both Target and Amazon!


Kristen here with a delicious recipe to share with you.  On a healthy eating scale, I would say this recipe is about 7/10 for being healthy.  I also think you could tweak it to make it healthier.  I made it exactly like it appears below and 4/5 of my family loved it, which means 4/5 were eating spinach! Woo-hoo!

Spinach Spaghetti:

1 package spaghetti (cooked and drained) *I used whole wheat

2 10 oz. packs of frozen spinach thawed, chopped and dried

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 small onion finely chopped

1 1/2 cups Sour cream

2 cups Monterrey Jack Cheese

1 tablespoon Parmesan Cheese

2 eggs beaten

Mix all 9 ingredients in a bowl then transfer to a greased 9×13 dish.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 1 hour.  The original recipe called for adding 1 cup of Parmesan to the top of the dish and cook for another 5 minutes but we left it off since our kids always add cheese to pasta dishes.

We loved this and my husband wants it again next week.  It is filling and a great way to sneak some veggies in too.

If you try it, please let us know!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

We are so excited we couldn’t wait another day to get the giveaways started!  To kick off our blog we are giving away a $5 Target Giftcard. This is just a teaser though!  Check back daily to see what other giveaways have been added and make sure to watch for  our big giveaway later this week for a $25 giftcard!!
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This is an exciting time for Belinda and I as we build our blog.  In mid-march, March 11, to be exact we plan to go live with our first set of reviews and giveaways.  In the meantime we appreciate those of you who are our first fans and appreciate any help you can give us in spreading the word.

Have a great weekend!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

This blog has been a long time coming and we want you to know the full story behind it.  We are two best friends.  We met when our kids were all younger and bonded over potty training and little league.  Between our two families we have 8 kids ages 1-11!  We have a mix of boys and girls which is how we created the name of our blog.  Belinda has 5 boys and I (Kristen) have 2 girls and 1 boy…..and both us would like to add onto our families!  We already have some exciting things lined up and some fun giveaways coming your way.  We invite you to get one step ahead of the game and go ahead and find us on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.  We look forward to getting to know all of you.

Best friends and now bloggers too!  Our families were reunited this past summer and hopefully I (Kristen the one in the red shirt) will get to visit them this coming summer.  Here are some pics of our kids….if they have red hair they belong to Belinda!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen