Happy Birthday Nick and Husband Hijack: Our Engagement Story

Since it’s Nick’s birthday today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!), I thought it would be a great day for me to turn the blog over to him once more to share whatever it is that he’d like to share. Much to my surprise, he chose to share his perspective on our engagement story with all of you! D’awwwww! 

Kim and Nick Engagement | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

To Kim, I’m sure the sound of the alarm clock that morning was a painful reminder that she had to get up well before 6AM to get ready for the day. To me? It was the song of the beginning of the day I was going to seize, for that day, I had a plan. “Today” I said to myself,“Today is the day.” As I cheerfully rolled out of bed, I began my preparations for the day (which is a way cooler way of saying I got dressed, which is all I did). Cautiously, I watched my princess awake from her slumber, slowly stumbling and grumbling her way into the washroom. *Click* and the door is locked. I quickly reach into the drawer of the bedside table beside me and there it is, the specialpackage. I remove the package and deposit it in my backpack. After all, I couldn’t complete my quest without it.

After a little while, we’re both ready and out the door, right on time (which, if you know Kim, is a miracle all on its own!). “Perfect”, I remember thinking to myself, “Everything is going according to plan.” Everyone was in good spirits as we jumped in the Ol’ Santa Fe and headed towards our destination. Although everyone was happy, I figured I was the one in the best mood. Unbeknownst to all of my other travelling companions, I had a secret:  today was the day I was going to tell her, more than anything, that I love her. Today was that day that I was going to ask her to marry me.

Surprised Nick | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

As we approached the airport, I knew I had to be careful. There was no way I was leaving the ring in my luggage. That beauty was staying with me. My first obstacle was the security bag check. The last thing I wanted Kim to see was the ring box pulled out by a security officer, only to have me stumble over to her after the all clear and mutter “So, uh, wanna marry me?. Luckily for me, she decided to follow her mother and father to the farthest bag check line. I made a beeline for the farthest one away and, go figure, they didn’t even make me empty the bag out! I reconnected with Kim, her Mom and Dad and we eventually made our way onto the plan. So far so good!

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I soon found my perfectly planned day falling apart. As I played my PSP game waiting for the plane to take off, we soon found out that the flight was being delayed due to ice on the wings. No big deal right?Wrong. This delay, in turn, caused us to miss our connecting flight, leaving us stranded at the airport. Thinking back on it, I can’t even remember how many hours it was. All I know is, it felt a whole lot longer than what it was. Right around noon or so (the time we were supposed to be in Vegas), I kept checking on the ring in my bag, over and over again. I probably drove myself crazy! To this day, I don’t know how Kim or her parents didn’t realize something was up.

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What’s in My Hospital Bag?

What's in My Hospital Bag? | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

I am 35 weeks pregnant now and what better way to celebrate than by packing my hospital bag so that no one panics and forgets their panties if I should happen to go into labour on my own! My scheduled c-section is less than a month away but kids have this crazy way of making a liar out of you so although a c-section is the plan, I want to cover all of my bases here. That’s just how I roll.

Have a gander at the video below to see what I’m bringing to the hospital with me. I promise you, it’s thrilling! If you can think of anything major that I’m forgetting or that you found helpful to have yourself, leave me a comment! I love hearing from you!

Since this Week 3 of 52 Weeks of Organization wasn’t super eventful or exciting, I thought I’d share our progress today as well, instead of posting about it separately. You’re getting a 2 for 1 deal today, you lucky thing!

52 Weeks of Organization - Week 4 | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

In Week 3, we focused on cleaning up and organizing the pantry area. Our pantry just happens to be the closet in our computer room. I wish we had a real one or even enough cupboard space to store all of our food but we make the best of what we have to work with!

Pantry Before & After | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

It’s just some simple wire shelving and some plastic baskets to keep everything in it’s place. It wasn’t terribly disorganized to begin with, but it’s always nice to take a moment to have a peek at what you’ve got and do a bit of a spruce up!

 In Week 4 of the 52 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge: 2015 we’ll be working on the fridge and freezer, both inside and out! Mine sure does need a good scrub!

Take a look back at past weeks to see how we’ve been doing!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

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Popular Posts from HappyPrettyBlog

Popular Posts from HappyPrettyBlog.Com

Happy Monday! If there is such a thing! I’ve noticed that there are quite a few new followers and traffic has been up lately so I thought I’d share a few of my most popular posts for those of you who might be new around here. I don’t know how all of you found me, but I’m very glad that you’re here! If you’re new or even if you’ve been visiting for a while, I’d love it if you said hello in the comments and let me know how you found me!

Enough chatter, here are some of my most popular posts in no particular order.

Easy Banana Nut Muffins

Easy Banana Nut Muffins

This comes as no surprise to me as it is also my most popular pin on Pinterest and drives a lot of traffic my way!

Dollar Store Organization

Dollar Store Organization | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

Also a popular pin, the one still surprises me when people repin because it’s been around for a while and there are so many great organizational blogs and blog posts out there!

Create a Pinnable Image with PicMonkey

Create a Pinnable Image with PicMonkey

This was a post I wrote as a challenge for a blogging challenge a while back and I’m glad that people are still finding it to be useful!

Husband Hijack: Thoughts on My Wife’s Shaklee Business

Shaklee and Project Dream

 

Readers always love it when Nick takes over the blog so I’m glad that this one is still a favorite for a lot of people! It sure is for me!

Breastfeeding Tip: How to Avoid Blocked Ducts and Mastitis

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

I’m glad that people are still finding this one helpful too because breastfeeding is HARD and any little tips and tricks are generally welcome since so many things can go wrong!

So there you have it! Just a few posts that many people are still discovering some way, somehow around the darkest corners of the interwebs. I like sharing posts like these because it gives me an opportunity to revisit some posts that I enjoyed writing or fix some of the ones that I didn’t do such a great job on haha!

If you have shared these posts, thank you so much! If you haven’t I’d love it if you did! So that you never miss a post, follow me on whatever social media channels that you prefer:

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Easy, Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole

Easy Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

I’m pretty tired these days come dinner time and I have to admit that meals have become pretty basic and easy for me to whip up quick. The easier, the better is quickly becoming my new motto and I can’t see that changing any time soon! Leftovers are also being morphed into something new rather than saving them for lunches like we normally do. Tuesday we had a ham in the slow cooker and I’ve been looking for ways to use up the leftover ham ever since. I found this recipe on Pinterest (naturally) from the blog I Can Teach My Child and modified it only slightly to our tastes and with the things we had on hand. 

I love the way this dish turned out so I thought I’d share this ultimate comfort indulgence with you! Really though, ham, cheese, potatoes, and more cheese. What more could you want in an easy and delicious dish?!

Easy, Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole
An easy way to revamp leftover ham into delicious, cheesy comfort food!
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Ingredients
  1. 2-3 large potatoes
  2. chopped, cooked ham
  3. 2 Tablespoons butter
  4. 3 Tablespoons flour
  5. 1 1/2 cups milk
  6. 1 cup shredded cheese
  7. salt & pepper to taste
  8. Extra cheese to sprinkle on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel & chop potatoes, then add to a pot of water and bring to a boil until tender, but not too soft that they're falling apart. 5 mins or so.
  3. In a small pot, make a roux. (Melt butter, add flour and mix until it looks a bit crumbly. Then slowly add milk while stirring and breaking up the lumps of flour & butter.)
  4. Add cheese to your roux, creating a rich & yummy cheese sauce! Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
  5. Grease baking dish (I used an 8x8 glass dish)
  6. Drain potatoes, pour into dish and mix in chopped ham.
  7. Pour cheese sauce over top and sprinkle with extra cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. The original recipe called for diced onions which I didn't have but would be great! I also had a lonely sweet potato that I added in and it was sooooo good!
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 Easy, Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole | HappyPrettyBlog.ComEasy, Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole | HappyPrettyBlog.ComProbably not the healthiest meal we’ve ever had, but it definitely did the trick and was easy enough for me to do without much effort. Really though, who couldn’t use a little more easy cheesy casserole goodness in their lives? Other than someone who is lactose intolerant clearly …

If you’re not familiar making a roux, you might want to check out the course A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces or this blog post from a while back.

Check out that gorgeous melted cheese! It really did taste as good as it looks!

Easy, Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

What’s your favorite way to use up ham leftovers?

52 Weeks of Organization – Week 3

Another week of organization is upon us! I’m still enjoying the tasks and am still motivated each day to tackle my 15 minute challenge. I love the feeling of successfully clearing out a cupboard or drawer and making it more functional in only a few minutes each day. It makes it a little less overwhelming that way!

52 Weeks of Organization - Week 3 | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

In Week 2, we focused on our kitchen cupboards. We all have those cupboards that are jam packed with crap and a  lot of times, you have no idea what’s actually in there. For me that was under my kitchen sink! I use a really great concentrated cleaner that is diluted in different amounts to make various cleaning formulas so I really only have a few spray bottles under there. It was everything else! I found all kinds of fun stuff at the back of the cupboard that had no business being there so it was nice to clear things out and make that area more spacious and functional.

 Under the Kitchen Sink, Before & After | HappyPrettyBlog.Com

You can join in and get caught up by visiting the 52 Weeks To An Organized Home Challenge. This week, we’re going to be focusing on the pantry, spices and food storage areas of our home. I think this will be an easy one for me because those areas are pretty bare in our house. I try to meal plan and only buy what we need for the week to avoid wasting food so sometimes things in the pantry tend to look sparse even though we definitely aren’t starving! Check out the tasks for Week 3 and get yourself a printable pantry list.

Week 1 | Week 2