Small Victories Sunday {7} – The One Where We Make a Comeback

Posted February 15, 2014 by Tanya M in Linky Parties, Small Victories Sunday Linkup / 29 Comments

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We took a little break but this week…We are Back!!!

Welcome to Small Victories Sunday!  This weekly post will recap for you the reading, cooking, health and personal goals I have been working towards this week and the achievements I’ve made both big and small. Each small victory brings me closer to achieving my personal goals for 2014. Focusing on my small victories has helped me gain a healthier and 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:


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The Handmaid’s Tale is on my Classics Club list and I’ve heard such rave reviews about it. It took me almost two weeks to finish this book, it was scarily realistic for a dystopian and still trying to come to terms with how I feel about this one. It’s not one I love from the minute I put it down, but one that is memorable for sure.

I am also participating in the Wicked Valentine’s readathon with My Shelf Confessions and chatted with other book bloggers during the Twitter chat Wednesday night. We were snowed in anyway so it was nice catching up with new-t0-me bloggers and I found one who lives close to me! What are the odds?!?!


Blueberry Pancakes
* Oatmeal with brown sugar and maple syrup
* Eggs and cheese with biscuits and jelly
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili – this was so good, even the kids gobbled it up. Perfect for the snow days we had!
* Spaghetti and meatballs
* Philly steaks with sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms and fries
Buttermilk Waffles from Cooking Classy with Perfect Bacon
* Fish Tacos, Refried Beans and Corn. For the tacos, I baked Gorton’s Grilled Tilapia fillets according to package directions. Then cut em up and sauteed with lime juice and a little taco seasoning. Filled it in a flour tortilla and topped with lettuce. Kids loved it too and it was easy-peasy!



Easy Rotisserie-Style Chicken cooked in a bundt pan – my most popular post of the week!
Free Weekly Planner Printable – I developed this to help me focus on my goals and help me with this weekly wrap up post. Click the link to download your free copy!
* Participated in the SITS Girls Comment Love week. I commented on 75 other bloggers posts and found lots of great blogs to follow on social media!

Some of my favorite new SITS Girls’ blogs I visited were:
Time with Thea –  organizing, home decor, food and inspiration
Oh My Gluestick – creative crafts, recipes and lovely printables
Dayngr Zone– a fellow NC blogger and expert in social media, design and all things blogging
Wensend – a fellow book blogger who is taking part in many of the same reading challenges and events as I am.



* We spent a fun last weekend with friends and I didn’t stress out when they came to our house unexpectedly! Luckily, I get most of my housework done during the week so I can party on the weekends with my family and friends. Loving this change since becoming a SAHM a few months ago.
* Daredevil is learning to spell his last night.
* Our power stayed on during the 3 more snow days we had and we were home safe and sound during the whole storm. The local news showed people with power outages and having to abandon their cars on the side of the road because they could not get home.


Next Week I Plan To:


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Savvy Working Gal has a non-fiction online book club and she asked me to make a selection for her club to read in February. We will be reading Thrity Umrigar’s memoir of her childhood in India. I read The World We Found and was hooked by Thrity’s work. A couple chapters in and this memoir already has me see-sawing between anger toward her mother and a lump in my throat when she describes her relationship with her aunt. I got a good feeling about this one!



* French Toast from Cooking with Mickey, the cookbook we got on our first trip to Disney World
* Apple Dutch Baby
* The Blueberry Muffins of Cooking Classy’s Dreams
* Steak tips from The Meat House, Crockpot Baked Potatoes and grilled vegetables-shhh, it’s a surprise for the hubby. Since we were snowed in, I didn’t get to the store to make his favorite steak and potatoes for Valentine’s Dinner, so I need to squeeze it in this week.
* Butternut Squash Lasagna
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets and Lighter Baked Macaroni and Cheese


Finish Taxes and keep up with exercising!

Now It’s Your Turn!

I’d appreciate if you grabbed my Small Victories Sunday button and place it in your sidebar or the post you are linking up.   Need inspiration? Click here for Small Victories writing prompts, but the sky is the limit. Share up to 3 of your favorite family-friendly blog posts you want to share. Enter your link below and let’s celebrate our small victories together! Remember to visit as many of the other participants as you can and cheer them on. By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post on my social media pages to let others know of your awesomeness too!

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29 responses to “Small Victories Sunday {7} – The One Where We Make a Comeback

  1. Looks like you had a great week. Love this concept of sharing progress on your goals. I have read the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and I too have never forgotten it. Visiting via SITSSharefest

    • Thanks so much Barb. I didn’t quite get to my organizing goals in February, let’s hope I can make better progress in March. Handmaid’s Tale is quite haunting. Nice to meet you from Sharefest, thanks for stopping by and hope you return for next weeks linky!

    • Thanks Trish for visiting again. I love your East Coast NC site. Every time we are at the beach we discuss moving there. It’s just so beautiful and peaceful and fun !

      • Thanks, Tanya!

        It’s a work in progress, since we recently launched it. There’s so much to do, and of course, we want to spotlight the homes and vacation rentals that are available in the area for folks like you. I’m a Miami transplant and I am loving life along THIS coast, now.

        • What we need are vacation rentals that are not a whole week. We love to do weekend gateways to the beach but usually get stuck with hotels because rentals are often for full weeks only. If you come across good deals on the weekends or a couple days, let me know!!

  2. I like the new Sunday meme! I rarely have time for blogging on weekends but maybe I will be able to join in some day.

    All of the things you’ve been cooking sound delicious!! My son has been put on a super-strict diet to try to help with his many medical problems, and I am following a similar diet for similar reasons (though not so strict), and my husband decided to try Paleo (for moral support to our son and to try to lose weight). So, cooking has been a big challenge for me lately!

    I have never read Handmaid’s Tale either, and it is on my TBR shelf – I finally bought a copy last year. I am determined to get to it this year, as a part of MY classic challenge!

    Hope you have a great week –


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    • Thanks Sue! The Small Victories Sunday is open all week so I hope you stop back by and link up to 3 posts! I pin them and share on my social media too 🙂

      I’m sorry you are all on a restricted diet, I am sure it’s hard to maintain but hope that it helps your family’s medical issues.

      Are you hosting a classics reading challenge? or do you just mean that it’s one of those classics you’ve been meaning to read for yourself? I haven’t really signed up for any 2014 challenges, I like the longer term ones it seems where I have 5 years to complete it 🙂

      I wasn’t blown away by The Handmaid’s Tale, maybe it’s because of all the hype it’s received.

      Always glad to hear from you.

  3. Hi Tanya! Nice to connect again. What a wonderful recap of your week. You were busy! Thank for the mention as well as the invitation to join your linking party this week. I will stop by and visit the other links too! Have a great week, Thea
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    • I love to cook and feed my family and friends so hop on over to NC anytime! Things will be getting trickier this week with 2 younger kids starting swim lessons. We cant afford to eat out often though with a family of 5, its costly enough paying for groceries to feed these guys!

      Thanks for stopping by Jennifer, it’s always good to hear from you. I am so bummed my phone doesn’t like blogger blogs. I do most of my commenting from my phone when I can sneak in a few minutes to chat.

    • Thanks Crystal! Just when I thought I had a good routine figured out, two kids are starting swimming this week and I feel like I am behind! Tea and cookies sound like a good idea! Thanks for sharing your posts with my linky.

    • Hi Diane! I think I set my expectations too high, not sure why this dystopian was so hard for me. I might have to pull out a spoiler page when I get to reviewing it. So many questions and feelings that I dont want to reveal too much for people who haven’t read it yet!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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