About our blogger: ommilay

I feel like I have had a unique and cool life so far. I taught in Russia, graduated from college, spent time in Paris during tourist attacks, hiked in the Amazon and lived in Japan. Though I have done and accomplished a lot, being a married with a baby is far more important and fulfilling than everything else I have ever done. Did those things prepare me to be a mom? I believe so. But, still, if I had to choose between my crazy fun life before baby and my life now? Not even a choice. Being a wife and a mother is easily that best thing I have ever done.

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July 12th, 2013

Having a Newborn

Let’s face it- you can’t really think straight when you haven’t slept through the night in weeks and weeks and weeks….


June 17th, 2013

4 Ingredient AMAZING Honey Mustard Chicken

I’ve never really cared for honey mustard anything. However, we recently had some relatives visit who left us a bottle of mustard, something I didn’t think I would ever use for anything. It stared at me each time I opened the fridge, staying, “Use me! Don’t throw me away! Don’t be a waster~!” and so, eventually, I caved in and discovered this amazingly delicious (and, of course, easy) honey mustard chicken recipe.

My sauce…

*2 chicken breasts
*1/2 cup yellow mustard
*1/2 cup honey
*1/2 cup brown sugar

Step 1: Mix the mustard, honey, and brown sugar together until blended.

Step 2: Sear the chicken breasts on both sides in a frying pan set on medium-high.

About to go in the oven….

Step 3: Pour the honey mustard sauce over the chicken breasts, cover the frying pan with an oven-safe lid/aluminum foil and pop it into the over at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. (Feel free to take your chicken breasts and put them into a baking dish if your frying pan isn’t oven safe)

Step 4: ENJOY! I sered mine with plain white rice and it was amazing. Freakishly delicious.

Bonus: Use the honey mustard sauce as a salad dressing, too! (I made a salad the next day and used this- incredible. I can’t believe I never enjoyed honey mustard before this!)

Mothering Joys
My little girl was crying in her crib, waiting for me to come pick her up. I knocked on her door before I entered and heard her little voice say, ‘Hello?’, though it sounds more like, ‘Hewhoa?’ I opened the door, and though she had tears in her eyes, her face instantly lit up and she started to bounce, with her arms reaching towards me, waiting for me to pick her up. There are few things better than a sweet child who wants nothing more than for you to hold them.

June 12th, 2013

How to Make DIY Mod-Podge Decoupage

Mod-Podge decoupage. Crazy useful in numberless home projects and crafts, but it can cost you a pretty penny! I figured out an awesome plan for my plain, boring black coffee table that required a huge amount of mod-podge and I was not prepared to pay for it. Due to my general cheapness, of course. My table will be amazing (pictures to follow), but for now, here is DIY mod-podge. (I cannot lie- once you know how easy it is to make, you will NEVER buy it. Again. Ever.)

*multi-purpose white glue
(the end!)

1. Heat your glue in the microwave until warm and mix it together with boiling water. (ex. two bottles of glue to one bottles worth of water) Stir together until it is an even consistency and pour it into any sealable container (plastic containers, freezer-jam jar, glass jar, etc.). (Extra note: It can be difficult to get the glue out of the bottle, so one thing that can help is to pour half of the glue into your mixing bowl and then add some of your boiling water into the half-full bottle, put the lid back on it, shake it vigorously, and then pour the contents out.)

Look! All done. So easy.

2. The end! Did I tell it was easy? Store it at room temperature and keep a foam paintbrush next to the jar and you’ll be ready to apply it to all of your many craft projects. Hooray!

(Didn’t I tell you it was easy?)

June 4th, 2013

Best-Ever Sugar Cookies. Soft. Delicious. Perfect.

This is the cookie dough after being rolled out 8 times. Still so perfect!

I have been searching all of my baking life for a perfect sugar cookie recipe. Mine always end up too crispy or don’t roll well, or the dough doesn’t re-roll, or it’s too sticky, or it doesn’t rise the right amount, OR they make you throw it in the fridge for a few hours….. (The cookie dough always tastes perfect, though.) Luckily for me, I finally found a recipe for perfect sugar cookies. They roll easily- they bake beautifully- they Read the rest of this entry »


May 27th, 2013

10 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

I have recently moved from a small apartment where my utility bill was combined with my rent payment to a large home where my husband and I are fully responsible for every drop of water every degree on the thermostat. While our home isn’t terribly expensive to live in, our utilities are almost a quarter of what we pay in rent. That said, it is well worth my while to do things to cut back on my electric bill. And if you, like me, are looking for ways to cut down on what you spend each month, try out a few of these VERY easy methods. (I’m not going to ask you replace all of your appliances or paint your roof white)

1. Re-chargeable Flashlights Buy a few hand-crank, battery-free flashlights. Place them in dark closets or pantries where you may seldom go but each time you go into them, you’ll need light. Rather than turning on the light bulb, hang one of these flashlights by the light switch and use it for those few moments when you’re in the closet. You only need to wind them a few times by hand and you’ll not only not have to pay for electricity to turn on the light, but you’ll never have to pay for batteries, either. Added bonus: In case of emergency, you are good to go! Read the rest of this entry »

May 21st, 2013

You Know You’re from Utah if You Get This

If you are from Utah, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about- especially this year.

May 15th, 2013

5 Ways to be Happier as a Stay at Home Mom

Being able to stay home with you children is an incredible blessing. In the hectic world we live in, more than ever, it seems like every family needs a dual income to survive, so to be able to leave one potential earn
er at home while the other goes away to work is sometimes miraculous.


Let’s be honest.

While every stay at home mom loves her children Read the rest of this entry »


May 7th, 2013

Tuesday: 10 Simple Life Hacks

10 simple life hacks for saving money on hand soap, cleaning using fabric refresher, new uses for aluminum foil, and basically making your life just a little bit easier and simpler. Passing it on and hoping it makes life better!

May 2nd, 2013

How Much is That Baby in the Window? Actual Prices for Labor and Delivery

I just finished making baby numero dos. Wonderful to have two children, but, as everyone who has had children can attest to, it is also wonderfully expensive. I tried to prepare financially for both births, but had a difficult time finding reliable information online- all I could really find was general, “Your labor and delivery could cost over $10,000,”.

Well, ok.

But how much to the hospital?
How much to the doctor?
How much for my epidural?
How much will insurance REALLY pay? Read the rest of this entry »

February 26th, 2013

Perfect Peanut Brittle

I confess, I used the recipe with cashews and
this is actually cashew brittle….

I am an avid candy maker, especially in the winter, when I’m cooped up at home, just staring at bags of sugar and corn syrup bottles, wondering what I can make. Through some trial and error, I have found a fail-proof (and I do mean fail proof!) method for making a perfect peanut brittle. It doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of fancy ingredients. I can guarantee you will have a hard time enjoying any other brittle once you’ve made this.

3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups water
1 pound Spanish peanuts (or cashews….mmmm…. cashew brittle….)
1 Tb baking soda
Spanish peanuts

Not too extensive of a list, right? And the directions are about as simple.

Step 1
Take a cookie sheet with sides and grease lightly with vegetable oil

Step 2
In a large pot, combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup over medium to medium-high heat. Boil that sucker. If it is boiling too high (as in it seems like it is going to overflow the pan), turn the heat down. You want a constant boil, but nothing crazy. Stir every few minutes and wash the sides of the pan down with a pastry brush soaked in water

Step 3
Keep on stirring and boiling. Every 5-7 minutes, take a spoonful of your candy mix and pour it into icy cold water. If the mixture is soft and pliable, keep cooking.

Step 4

Once the mixture, upon hitting cold water, becomes hard and brittle (get it, brittle? I’m hilarious) and is the texture you want your peanut brittle to be, remove your pot from the heat and add the peanuts and baking soda. This stage of brittle candy is called the crack stage and should look like this -> when you pull it out of the water. (thanks to for a nice picture capturing what it looks like). Mix vigorously and quickly, QUICKLY spoon onto your greased cookie sheet, using a wooden spoon to spread the mixture evenly.

Step 5
Allow to cool. Then, once totally hard, smash that baby up with a mallet, knife, your hands, or whatever you want, and enjoy yourself some of the best brittle you’ll ever have.