Dinner at Los Cucos + Giveaway

*this post is sponsored by Los Cucos but all opinions are my own. 

Good morning loves!

I wanted to share with y'all a recent opportunity I had to visit a local Los Cucos and all the yummy treats I was able to try. 

Los Cucos isn't anything new to me, we actually live pretty close to one and we frequently get their fajitas for two but to go, so having the chance to go into the restaurant and try new things on the menu and have a couple of drink was such a treat and great experience.  

I ordered the Fajitas a la Poblanas and Oh em gee they are so good, they have such flavor and now I'm making myself hungry. If you don't like mushrooms definitely ask for it without them because I wouldn't use it as an excuse not to get them because you'll definitely be missing out. 

Los Cucos was nice enough to give me a gift card to giveaway to some of my friends 🙂 . So if you don't already go on my Instagram and click the follow button and enter the giveaway.  

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What is that, Velvet?

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If you have ever watched "Coming to America" you can appreciate the title of this post, and my humor for that matter 😂. I was raised with boys forgive me.  

I recently saw a blogger post wearing a velvet jumpsuit and I absolutely loved it. I know it isn't really mommy like to wear velvet but we all still get to do date night once in a while right?  And if not you can always spruce up your mommy wardrobe while accessorizing or accentuating with velvet.  

I found a couple of items that I fell in love with to add a little velvet to your life this fall. 

Please for the sake of all things mommy, don't go out wearing all things velvet and then say I told you it would look amazing, that's not what I am saying.

So let me break it down, if you wear velvet pants DO NOT, I repeat do not wear a velvet top.  A basic tee will work, wear leather loafers or pumps and put your hair up in a bun.  Piece velvet items together with none velvet items, the days are over where you should be wearing all velvet. 

A little sometimes can go a long way especially with the velvet trend, that is why I added in the shirt with a velvet pocket and a clutch these are items that will accent your outfit, and keep you on trend while potentially be your statement piece.  

Oh and don't forget you can totally detail your house with velvet items like dining room chairs. My tip would be to only use them at the head and end of the table, all velvet may be a bit much unless you are going for the 70's vibe then it would totally work in your favor. 

Photographing The Bump

As I sit here looking through the photographs that Taryn Melgoza Photography created for us, I can't believe that it was just a couple of months ago I was still pregnant, and baby Jaxon was still inside of me growing and getting bigger.  It brings back so many memories, times I will cherish and moments I will always have close to my heart.

I can't believe that we have a beautiful baby boy now and we just had his first newborn session with her today.  I can't believe he is already 16 days old and that he is here.  

E has been such a great dad and I know us women have a gear that normally kicks in right away but I believe E's dad mode button was switched into high gear too. 

As I type this E is on the couch soothing him to sleep and I can't believe how surreal it all is.  I can't believe that 3 years ago I was on my way to Mexico to start treatment in hopes that we will finally get the love we have now. I still find myself staring at him in amazement because for years we dreamed for him, loved for him, cried for him, and now he is here.  And he is all ours.

I am in such awe of the images she created and I am so glad that we invested in her to capture these special moments in our lives, I can't wait until I am finally able to get these printed and we can display them all over our house, our walls are currently bare just waiting for some of this love.  

I promise I am going to get caught up on writing one of these days. During my pregnancy and even after I couldn't get my mind to come up with the words to write blog post that I was proud of, so I am attempting to play catch up! 

PS.  Can I just say that I love me, some us!  I love how much we come through in these photographs.  I love how much E and I have fought through, all the tribulations and trials in our life and how much we have grown in the past year.  I love me some us and I always will. 

Photographing The Bump | Hello There, Love. Blog
Photographing The Bump | Hello There, Love. Blog
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Photographing The Bump | Hello There, Love. Blog
Photographing The Bump | Hello There, Love. Blog

 

 

Gluten Free Turkey Spaghetti

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Gluten Free Turkey Spaghetti

 

I got you guys better pictures this time! : ] you're welcome.

Last night, I made Turkey Spaghetti I had been craving spaghetti for a while now and E and I have been trying to avoid going out to eat as much as possible so we have been doing our best to make homemade dinners.  This dinner is so easy to make and my favorite, I think I will make it again this week.  

In order to keep this dish a little healthier I decided to use Gluten Free Pasta along with the Turkey. Normally I wouldn't add much veggies to the dish but I some left over mushrooms that I didn't want to waste and they fit into the dish perfectly.  

I can't say that I noticed a difference in the taste of the pasta at all, I have tried Gluten Free Pasta before and didn't have an issue with the taste but I have heard some complaints from others.  Just make sure you salt the water and don't let it sit in the water for a long period of time.  I learned the hard way that since the water is still hot it will cook the pasta longer, so strain it right away.  

Ingredients
Gluten Free Spaghetti
1 bottle of Bertolli Pasta Sauce
1 lb of Ground Turkey
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
1/2 of a yellow onion
Shredded Parmesan [optional]
Handful of Mushrooms [optional]
1 teaspoon of sugar [optional]
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Directions:
1. Bring 4-6 quarts of salted water to a boil, then add pasta.  While pasta is boiling add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and roasted garlic and red bell pepper seasoning to ground turkey.  

2. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil into skillet, then add Ground Turkey.  Once the turkey is slightly cooked, add any additional vegetables that you would like.

3.  Once your veggies have softened to the consistency that you like, add in the spaghetti sauce.  We use Bertolli and I put a little water in the bottle to get any excess sauce out, just make sure you give it enough time to blend into the sauce.

4. Check pasta after the 10-15 min time to check if it is Al-dente or to your liking.  Then strain the pasta. 

5.  Put a little bit of sugar into your pasta sauce, I learned this from E he likes the sauce to be a little sweeter than tangy. 

6.  Strain pasta as soon as possible and add a little bit of pasta sauce to keep the noodles from sticking.

7.  Plate food and take pictures. : ] 

Suns Out, Buns Out

The rain in Houston seems to be on a schedule of it's own, but it is almost Memorial Weekend and I couldn't be more excited.  I literally want to stay in bed and maybe make it to the beach at least once but if not bed sounds amazing!  So ready for some much needed time away from this Tan Cubicle.

Anyways, today I put together some much needed summer lovin' post, if the sun is out, buns are out. 

I am so ready for a little R&R it isn't even funny.  I hope you guys are already enjoying the pre-summer vibes that have already started.  I just want everything bright summer colored and fun in my life right now, a beach chair, and a beach towel. Oh and a beach nap too.

Do you have any summer plans?