Friday, December 12, 2014

Life update : Back to Blogging

I stopped writing completely a few months ago.. Somewhere between having two adorable kids 3 & under, moving, birthdays and going back to work I stopped and now I want it back as a regular part of life. I believe that through writing honestly we learn about ourselves and can help grow to be better people. 

I know I'm not the greatest writer but I'm a great reader and the words of so many writers have changed me and how I think about life, love and everything in between. I want their wisdom & influence in me to show and share that with others now. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Reflecting on My Style

With moving to our new place in the next week I have been thinking a lot about design and my style. So it was a great fit when One Kings Lane emailed me with their Reflect Your Style project, centering on their beautiful mirror collection right now. I love getting their emails because they always have a mix of everything home but lots of different styles. My personal fave is when they have a shop open of things from France cause I always want to be back there. 

I love keeping a relaxed vibe to our home but mixing in unique pieces & textures that are easy to clean. I might also be obsessed with prints, especially IKAT. Just don't ask how many striped shirts I own cause that robe fits in nicely with my clan of striped & patterned clothing. With more space in our bedroom without Zach's crib in it I might actually have room for a vanity area, I can dream at least. 

Products used: Mirror (similar style), Desk, Stool, 3 Dispensers, & Robe

Friday, June 20, 2014

currently:june 2014

The past few months have been simply amazing, even with the trials we've faced recently... 

  • We are moving to a bigger place, which is amazing but they keep changing the move in date...
  • Zach is now 1! Waiting to have his party till after we move. He is such a sweet little boy with lots of hair. He's had 4 haircuts already! 
  • Hayden is silly, thoughtful and definitely going through a growth spurt, which seems to make her really grumpy & emotional sometimes. 
  • I turned 27! Started off my birthday weekend with a car accident but finished with great times with my family. I know its not normal but I love getting older.
  • I hosted a bridal shower for my best friend Hannah and it went well & was special to me and with all that is going on right now that was all I could ask for. My mom helped host and she was so happy to do that because she loves Hannah and knows how important she is to me & our family. 
  • The same day of the shower the kiddos were also dedicated at church. Was wonderful, long overdue and we love the meaning of dedicating our family to the Lord. 
  • We've had really fun times of fellowship the past 6 months at our new-old church. Ignited our old friendships back up and they are on fire. I became saved at that church and it has brought me back to being even more centered on Christ. 
  • I'm slowly working on my fitness & health and am seeing really great results and even better I'm feeling so much better with way more energy. Next month is gonna be big since I will be doing a joint PiYo challenge group with Michelle. 
  • Still slowly working on changing the blog to something fresher. It is desperately needed and why I haven't been writing as much. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

currently:march 2014

watching Scandal & I never thought I would like it.

dancing is my fave, one of the best things about little people is that they like to dance anytime.

enjoying 70 degree weather.

thanking God for his abundance of grace & love.

finishing up our tax paperwork.

reading Smart Money Smart Kids, really excited to be on the launch team.

working on a new much needed refreshed blog design.

adoring being matron-of-honor for my 'adopted' little sister.

writing a few blog posts that are finally able to come to fruition.

planning birthday parties & bridal events.

laughing & crying when 2 littles painted themselves and their room.

focusing menu planning.

feeling very light & bright.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ramblings of a Mom of 2

long time no blog, my mind is overwhelmed with hot weather...

Sometimes naptime includes momma... especially with this terrible humid hotness lately. 
Where is fall??

I end up with a lot of pictures like this on my phone. 
She is so funny & I'm beginning to hear "Whats this & Whats that" all day long and strangely I love those little questions. 
She is not liking the weather either and takes it out on me. Oh well lol.

Nights out with this guy have been sweeter than ever and necessary. We have a whole lot of crazy going on but we are both thriving & surviving & are more a team than ever.
I can't believe we've been together for 6 years and married almost 4 and writing on this blog for 5 of those years, time goes by ridiculously fast! I still feel like our wedding day was just yesterday. 

I really like food - Paul Martin Grill go there now

He is super sweet 70% of the time and the other 30% he is teething. 
Poor guy has a streaming river out of his mouth, soaked drooly wet onesies for days. 
Plus the saddest tears when I put him down. 
He may be a more needy baby than Hayden was but I don't care cause his smile & dimples wreck me every time . 

My friend Kim's 3rd Annual Mug Swap happened this past week, I have participated every year. I love everything about it, the joy in finding and deciding on a mug and bits for someone else and then knowing one for you can come at any moment. It's a whole lot of fun! My mug came from another Emily, Emily Hope of Hope Ink to be exact. I've been loving the mug she customized and of course she sent some of her inspiring artwork along too. Which is happily placed next to my washi tape storage. 

I was assigned to get a mug for Kate of Songs Kate Sang, she stated her preferred style was simply relaxed & romantic. With that direction I opted for a simple feather mug with gold detail from Target's Threshold line. I threw in one of my handmade crocheted coasters, two summer teas from David's tea & some fun little bits including her name on Dymo tape. Always fun to pack up all the stuff and I'm so glad Kate liked it!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pintertest : Loaded Baked Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

I saw this recipe a few weeks ago after bringing home Zach and knew I wanted to make it. I swear its a fact that every nursing mama wants comfort food that first month and I just so happened to pick up that dip a few weeks before having to stock my pantry up with snacks and such. 


the pin

Loaded Baked Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (roughly 2 lbs)
2-3 large potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (or 6-8 small/med potatoes)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 t. salt
1 T. fresh ground pepper
1 T. paprika
1 1/2 T. garlic powder (I used half McCormicks Garlic & Herb Grill mates) 
3 T. buffalo wing sauce (I used 6 T. I like sauce)
3 T. Loaded Baked Potato Dip*
*You could use Ranch dip or salad dressing in the place of the dip I used

1 3/4 cups cheese of choice (I used 1 cup sharp cheddar, 1/2 cup Monterey Jill and 1/4 cup blue cheese)
1/2-3/4 cup real bacon bits (I like the pepper kind)
1/2 cup diced green onion

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, buffalo sauce and dip/dressing (I added the dip after to remaining sauce to coat the chicken only). Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat.  Pour potatoes into a sprayed 9 x 13 baking dish, reserving as much sauce as possible for the chicken. Bake the potatoes at 500 degrees for 45-50 mins, stirring every 10-15 mins (I did every 15 and only took mine about 35-40 minutes to cook), until potatoes are cooked through and crispy & browned on the outside.  While the potatoes are cooking, add the chicken to the bowl with the remaining sauce.  Stir to coat.  Once potatoes are done, remove from oven and lower oven temp to 400 degrees. Add the chicken to the top of the cooked potatoes.  (I know, raw chicken on top of cooked potatoes seems a little weird, but it all heats back up and cooks through.)  Cover raw chicken with cheese, bacon bits and green onions in an even layer.  Place assembled casserole in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

You can serve this with extra hot sauce, ranch or blue cheese dressing if desired.

My Verdict: Winner! I could eat this everyday if it was healthy but its not, so I will save this for special events.
Man Test: "Why did you make this?! its so good I don't want to stop eating it"

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

ten on ten : july 2013

12:00 workout before bed

5:00 wake-up

6:00 laundry folded

7:00 baby feeding

9:00 tot breakfast 

3:00 naptime movie, minus the nap
*can anyone guess what it is?

5:00 grapes for her, cherries for me

6:00 a little distraction after an accident

7:00 new wednesday night church service 

9:00 quesadilla snack before bed