{my focus}

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Hi there! If you are used to following my blog posts, you have have noticed I’ve been a bit MIA! This is not due to any lack of content, I’m always coming up with new post ideas, but instead a change in focus. Much has changed in my personal life in the last few months, most of it all pointing at putting my role as a wife & mother first. I do not say this as if I am “settling” on these roles, more so that I am taking them seriously. I feel that women in general take on too many tasks, and try to be more than they really need to be… which leads many of us to being stressed & burned out. I don’t want that for myself, for my family, or for my blog! So I am taking a bit of a step back from writing. To spend a few more minutes snuggling, or listening to E sing an original song she is currently ad-libing, or coloring with C before the sun is even up. But in all honesty, I might just be taking a hot shower or washing the sink full of dishes.

Life is busy for all of us, but it is how we prioritize and choose our happiness that counts. I love blogging, I love the people I have connected with… but this season of my life is calling me to change my focus. Just for a while. I am certainly not gone, I have notebooks full of ideas & an Etsy store I’d love to open. But for now, I am finding joy in the two roles that fill me up the most.

Feel free to keep using the recipes and ideas here at MadeByMeggs.com as a reference, my webpage and social media are not going anywhere! And if you want to keep up with me I continue to post daily on my Instagram page.

Stay tuned!
Meggs

 

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Spring Time Fun with the Kids!

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I get just as excited as the next guy, when the weather finally starts to warm up. Seriously, its in my DNA, I am from Buffalo, New York – once those snow piles turn to mush we all dance in the streets! (Have you seen our St. Patrick’s Day parade celebrations?) Anyway, this week has been warm & along with letting the kids RUN for the first time in months – I started finding some fun spring time crafts for us to do. Continue reading Spring Time Fun with the Kids!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Growing up I wasn’t particularly drawn to the chocolate chip variety. I have a huge obsession with anything peanut butter, and still very much do! Hubbs on the other hand, lovessssss chocolate chip & so this recipe has become a major VIP in our house. Continue reading The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas & My Intro to YouTube

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This post is a bit of a double feature, a two for the price of one deal! I tried out this fantastic Crockpot recipe a few months back, and at the same time I was testing out how I might be able to start using YouTube. The one major social media outlet that I hadn’t really ventured into yet. So with all of that in mind, I made a quick video of what I was testing out for dinner… these Crockpot Chicken Fajitas. And let me tell you it was a HIT in my house for dinner. But let’s back up for just a minute…
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The Winners are…

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My one year blogging anniversary has come and gone, and I could not have done it without the help of 12 wonderful new friends. Because of their generous hearts we were able to make this celebration as fun as it was! So if you haven’t already, go check out these amazing people & see what they are creating…

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My One Year Blogiversary GIVEAWAY!!

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BIG NEWS! My little ol’ blog turns ONE today! And I can not believe where this site has gone in a single year. Many thanks to each and everyone of you who have read my posts, comment on social media, and send general love my way. I started this blog out last year as an outlet for myself, just to share more of what I like and do with others. At the time “others” was my mom and a handful of friends. Today “others” is actually all sorts of WONDERFUL people, that the power of the internet has brought my way. I love all of you, and so grateful for what this year has turned into. And so I am celebrating BIG, and YOU are gonna be the winner!  Continue reading My One Year Blogiversary GIVEAWAY!!

Gramma Elsie’s Sloppy Joes

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I really, really love church cookbooks. There is nothing more satisfying than making a dinner ONCE and having it be a winner. Most of the time that is exactly what I get from a tried and true church cookbook recipe. And while I like cooking for my family, I don’t always want something crazy new that I have to test drive a few times. I want traditional, tasty & quick. And who doesn’t love a good sloppy joe? So put down that can opener, don’t even think about opening another can before you try this easy recipe by hand. Trust me you will not be disappointed!
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Snowflake Popsicle Ornaments

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You may have spotted this craft on my Instagram a few weeks ago. This year was the first year that I had to think of something for holiday teacher gift ideas. E is only in a once a week nursery school, but the program is amazing. There are over 10 teachers and staff that she interacts and learns with each week. While I wanted to gift something to each of them, even the smallest something adds up quickly. So I went back to my roots, my frugal, crafty beginnings. There had to be something that E could make that would be the perfect gift for her teachers. And who doesn’t LOVE a handmade present! Continue reading Snowflake Popsicle Ornaments

Simple Stromboli

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I love finding ridiculously easy meals that my family loves. Who doesn’t? It’s pretty much what this blog is based on. My kids are slowly finding out that there are foods they refuse to eat, and Hubbs has always been “sure of what he likes.” Making my job in the kitchen a full time one! I don’t often try new recipes, but some nights I am in a pinch and want to just do something quick. Google usually comes up with a few gems in my last hour of need.  This one turned out to be a winner.  Continue reading Simple Stromboli

Here’s to 2016!

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I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday, spending time with your loved ones. The last two weeks, I took “off” of posting and most of social media, in an effort to be more present with my family. There are so few opportunities to truly connect with your loved ones, and I hope that you make the most of these moments to do so!

Now that the holidays are over, and we are getting back in the swing of our regular routines, I wanted to share a bit of the past year with all of you. You see this coming February will mark my one year anniversary of blogging. And I am so excited to celebrate with all of you, since you are the reason I keep doing this. My little blog has turned into so much over the year, and I am excited to see where this next year will take us. I love seeing what posts from the blog become the most read, and I thought you might like to see a little behind the scenes.  Continue reading Here’s to 2016!