Small Victories Sunday {5}

Posted November 3, 2013 by Tanya M in Linky Parties, Small Victories Sunday Linkup / 33 Comments

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Welcome to Small Victories Sunday!  This bi/weekly post will recap for you the reading I’ve done during the week, the recipes I’ve cooked, the posts I’ve written and the small victories I’ve celebrated in my personal life.  When I started this blog over a year ago, I wanted a place where I could focus on those accomplishments in my life, both big and small.  It’s helped me to focus and gain a healthier, more positive attitude as I juggle my 3 boys and the physical impairment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (a chronic and incurable illness). I thought Sunday would be a perfect day to reflect on the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead.

This Past Week I:

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I have had a good couple of weeks with reading and listening to audiobooks. I finished and reviewed At Least You’re in Tuscany by Jennifer Criswell, a humorous yet realistic look at what happens when a single American woman moves to Tuscany to pursue her dreams. It was a fun and easy read.

I also finished reading Accidentally Green by blogger Hilary Bernstein.  Hilary details how she became “accidentally green” making small lifestyle changes over the past few years to make less toxic choices in the personal care items and cleaning supplies she purchases.  She shares her insights too on the more informed choices she makes in her and her family’s medical care.  At 89 pages, it’s a fast read and packed with helpful information on making greener choices. Visit her Accidentally Green blog for more info. Full review coming soon.

On audiobook, I listened to Orange is the New Black so that I could participate in Love at First Book and The Book Wheel’s Book Club discussion. They are two of my favorite bloggers so I was glad I found this on audiobook so that I can participate. It was a great audiobook, I couldn’t stop listening. Blond-haired, blue-eyed Smith College grad Piper doesn’t fit the prisoner stereotype but lands herself there for 15 months after some poor choices and 10 years after the crime.  It was very interesting and she is pretty insightful on the problems with the penal system. Full review coming soon.

On audiobook I also finished listening to Lethal Circuit by Lars Guinard for a blog tour. It was a fast paced thriller. I really enjoyed the narrator’s portrayal of the various characters, full review coming soon when it’s my turn on the tour!


Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff 3* I used a commenter’s recipe who made quite a few modifications. It was good and meat was very tender.

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken 5* Absolutely fabulous baked sweet and sour chicken. My boys asked for seconds and thirds of this sweet and tangy chicken. With a little Chinese chili-garlic sauce on top, it gives it perfect amount of spice and tastes just like P.F. Chang’s Spicy Chicken. No leftovers on this one! I made this with the Perfect Brown Rice recipe and it is perfect!

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches 5* Fall off the bone tender meat with the jus and garlicky bread was a great combination. Will be making this again!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas 5* It was carnitas time again, perfect meat for tacos, quesadillas, nachos and even when when I need a meat for a Rice, Cheese, Broccoli and Chicken Casserole. I bet it would taste great on homemade pizza too, hmm….


One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds book review – the author even stopped by and offered up her advice and email for support on my journey to get my home more organized!

The Last Romanov by Norbert Mercado – I posted and shared this review with the author and was surprised that he took my suggestions into consideration and apparently updated the e-book.


* Saved 70% on my grocery bill using coupons!
* Started working on reorganizing the kitchen and made a mail and calendar station to corral incoming mail.

Next Week I Plan To:


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MENU PLAN – hmmm, not sure yet, what are you cooking?


Sign up for the Clean Your E-Reader Challenge and NetGalley November Challenge. Perfect timing since it was my mental goal to read my backlog of books on the Kindle and read more NetGalley books I had requested.

* In funner news, my Superhubby won tickets to the Bon Jovi concert so we’ll be going this week, just the two of us! I haven’t been to a concert in ages and Bon Jovi was one of my favorite bands growing up. My boys even know some of their popular songs since we play them on Lego Rock Band.
This post is linked up to Spread the Love Linky Party with Love at First Book, Mommy Monday Blog Hop with Squishable Baby, It’s Monday, What Are You Reading with BookJourney and Little Things Thursdays with A Beautiful Ruckus. Click on the buttons to be taken to their blogs and see what others have to share.

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33 responses to “Small Victories Sunday {5}

    • Hi Renita, yay! Thanks for linking up your post. Oh the slow cooker recipes were very delicious and easy. I usually do them on Mondays and Tuesdays because we have kids’ sports in the evening.

      Lethal Circuit I got on (which is an amazon company so uses my amazon login) and it was my first time using it. Once I activated it, I downloaded the Audible app on my Android phone. Every other audiobook I get is from the library. While I started out getting CD’s to listen to in the car on my 40 minute commute to work, I have since downloaded them from my library website using the Overdrive Media app on my Android phone. Instructions were on my library site and I can borrow both print versions that go to my Kindle or audiobooks which I can listen to on my phone. Sure makes house cleaning and folding laundry more fun when I can listen to a story 🙂 I also listen when I’m driving longer than just a 15 minute drive.

      • Thank you so much for taking the time to compose this wonderful reply, Tanya. This is just what I wanted to know. I used to listen to the radio while cooking and doing housework but that broke recently- so now I know what I’ll do 🙂 There are so many books and not enough time- I always try and race through all my chores in the evening to get as much reading time as possible- this way I can actually do both. Thank you.
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        • You’re welcome Renita. Yep, I love to catch up on classics I haven’t read yet and non-fiction on audiobooks. The great thing about borrowing electronic audiobooks from my library website is when my 2 weeks rental time is over, the title automatically gets deleted from my bookshelf, no late fees! 🙂 Usually they are easy enough to renew but I do try to make sure I listen to it in that time. I just downloaded Count of Monte Cristo though and it’s really long so I bet it will take me longer than two weeks to finish.

          Since I discovered how fun audiobooks are, I actually hardly ever watch television. I feel more rewarded and fulfilled by reading that TV shows typically don’t provide. Let me know how you like it if you try it out.

  1. Lucky you! Bon Jovi is one of my favorite bands as well, and I missed them when they came to Switzerland this summer. I’m sure you’ll have fun, and it’s really nice that it will be a date 🙂

    You’ve been very busy this week, what with your books, those meals and everything else. Your Sunday Victory post is a really nice idea! Thanks for stopping by at (un)Conventional Bookviews to let me know about it.

    Have a wonderful week, Tanya.
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    • Thanks for sharing your link Lexxie! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that no one gets sick or anything else unexpected pops up, I am REALLY excited!

      I hope to get this linky going weekly so hope you keep linking up, always love seeing what you are reading!

    • Glad you linked up your Inspire Me Monday linky! there are always such great craft projects and recipes linked up. Talk to you again soon!!

    • Thanks so much Kathy. I will stop by your Monday report soon. hope you will stop by again and add a link to one of your favorite book reviews or discussions, I always love getting new book recommendations!!

  2. Dropping in from Leah’s linkup. I’m impressed at what you accomplished this week. I see some great victories here. Being a mother of three, you must be well organized and on top of things. Enjoyed reading your cooking week — some yummy sounding things there. Continued good luck in attaining your goals and realizing your victories!
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    • Hi Sherrey, thanks for stopping by, hope you will come back and add a bookish link to the linky too! Yes, being a mom of 3 means I have to stay organized, my problem has been keeping it that way! Chaos seems to return quickly 🙂

      I love to cook and share the recipes I try out.

    • Hi Shelleyrae! Oh the baked sweet & sour chicken is so good, I had made it once before and my boys kept asking me to make it again. It takes an hour to bake but it’s worth it and uses ingredients we already had in our pantry. Hope you enjoy it, let me know if you try it out!

    • That is awesome Lisa, great job on your first vlog! That would totally be outside my comfort zone but I certainly enjoyed hearing your voice to go along with the smiling face I see online. I think it really helps connect you to your readers. And I looove the Belvita crunchy breakfast cookies so I look forward to trying the Soft Baked ones you recommended. Thanks for participating in my first linky!

  3. I need to read the Tuscany book! It sounds like just what I need. The last couple of books I read had some heavy topics and I need a light read!

    I’m so jealous that you won tickets to see Bon Jovi! Have a great time!
    Ginny Marie recently posted..All Saints SundayMy Profile

    • Thanks Ginny Marie, it was a fun book. What were the heavy books you just finished? Hope you will stop back by and add one of your posts to the linky also!

  4. I’m impressed with all you’ve been doing! 😉 I need to add those books to my kindle wish list. I haven’t been reading much since summer was over. Sigh…Stopping by from SITS. 😉
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