When I started this little blog it was a way to stay in touch with family and friends and share recipes. This year when I decided to redesign the blog the one family and personal thing I wanted to keep is the Monthly Scoop. A monthly post that helps us all stay connected. Here is a glimpse of what the Giberson-Ashley’s have been up to. Here is the Monthly Scoop February 2022.
What’s new:January is a blur, can’t believe it is past us and we are now in February.
On the business side, we are just chugging along getting the site repairs and updates done, working on new content, and working on social media outreach.
On the personal side, the kids have been home more than at school. Which makes working my remote marketing job and running this business a chaotic exhausting blessing of a mess. However, we were quarantined for a week because of direct exposure to covid. We tested negative and were ready to start our lives when a snowstorm hit the eastern plans of Colorado with the worst snowstorm since 1991 and we were all stuck at home another week.
Basketball has started so nights and weekends are a little crazy, and we are making travel plans for this summer.
What I am reading:“Malibu Rising“: A wonderful story about a girl that had to grow up way too fast. If you like stories that have it all, hard to put down family dynamic, love, thrills this book is for you.
What I am binge-watching:
Okay, full disclosure I broke down and got the Disney+ bundles with Hulu and ESPN + just so I could watch the packers play on Sundays and the kids could be entertained. However, now Hulu is my new favorite thing.“Sing 2“: I am usually not a fan of sequels but this one was really good. I think I may even love it more than the 1st.
“Brothers and Sisters “: I don’t know I have been in a dysfunctional family series mood and this one is one of my all-time favorites.
What I am crushing on:I am hooked on Buffalo Cauliflower. They have a few kits in the produce section of your grocery store but this is my favorite recipe.
Debt Free Journey Status:This used to be a section on the site but decided to be more food-focused. If you have any questions feel free to contact me
Back story: We moved to Texas in 2014 we bought a beautiful brick house with a huge yard. After all, we worked nearly a decade and both had successful careers, a nice savings account… life was great. We even got a second mortgage to get brand new windows for our beautiful house.In 2016 right after I had Eli I just got clearance from my Dr to go back to work. I found out they filled my position while I was on maternity leave. That was the same week we got Jane’s Autism diagnosis.
I tried to find work but it was hard to find employment as a mom with a kid that had 3 therapy appointments a week, some of which I had to participate in. So, Greg and I decided I would stay home and give Jane the tools she needs to thrive and succeed in her life.Then in April 2017, Greg got laid off after his company got bought out. That was when we learned how fast one can lose everything they have worked so hard for. BUT! Despite the struggles, it was a blessing. You live and you learn and let me tell you life is simpler with less.
- Started Debt: $218,000 (start date Oct 2019)
- Begining of 2022 Debt: $22,635
- Current debt: $22,472
That left us with our debt consolidation loan, 2 car loans, a personal loan, a student loan, and 5 credit cards with about $70,000 in debt.Since then we have paid off our debt consolidation loan, both care payments, the student load, and 2 of the credit cards. We also found more affordable auto insurance through Progressive and negotiated more manageable payments for our other debts.
2022 Goals: We are saving up to buy a house so this year the debt payoff is not as ambitious it is set at $10,000.
What’s to come:
The site is still being updated as it is live.. so there are some recipes that are not published yet, but if you need one feel free to message me and I would be happy to e-mail it to you.
Also, for the site, there will be a store coming as well as a book club with a list of all the books I am reading, plus a kids and teen section.
For life, still taking it day by day this year I am focusing on growth and healing. If 2021 taught us anything it is how unpredictable life can be and that you need to be gentle to yourself as well as those around you.
Monthly Produce List:
- Brussels Sprouts
Monthly Bucket List:
- Make homemade valentines
- Read a classic romantic novel
- Celebrate Ground Hogs Day
- Make brownies
- Send Grandparent a hug-o-gram
- Make Snow Angels
- Buddle up and go on a heart scavenger hunt
- Do a random act of kindness
- Make a family-friendly “romantic” meal
- Share wedding photos with your kids and tell them stories about how you met
- Do a home spa day
- Unplug for one day
Let’s Get Social
Looking For More Recipes
Be sure to head over to The Messy Cutting Boards Recipe Box where you will find family-friendly meals no matter what the season.