Last weekend we celebrated Jaxon’s 2nd birthday party and I honestly will never understand where the time is going. I swear now that he is here I feel like every time I blink my eye another year has flown by and the baby blues are starting to hit me.Read More
A few months ago, I lost my dog and it made me start re-thinking a lot of things. He meant a lot to me and I just realized how much time I didn't spend with him before he was gone because I was too busy during nap time trying to film a makeup video, or photograph an outfit.Read More
I feel like every single time I write these post it is all about how fast time is flying. I feel like it was yesterday when it was getting closer to me having to go back to work I literally had a breakdown, if I would’ve known then that it was the “baby blues”. I wouldn’t have felt so bad about being in that emotional space .Read More
And there it was the moment when he laid there watching me intently as I removed all of the gunk from the barrel of the vacuum cleaner brush, wide eyed and bushy tailed as though it was the newest, coolest cartoon on the block. It was in that moment that I realized this kid, this little miracle of ours was going to be something big.
There are many things that J has of mine, my temper, my impatience, my knack for the dramatics, but what he has of his daddy's is the willingness to learn, the patience to figure it out, and the ability to shoot you a smile and flirtatious look that will have you weak in the knees.Read More
After everything that was going on in my personal life, I definitely needed a break from everything. I wish I could’ve fit in a vacation from life but with a family that is not something that you can do.
Instead, I took a step back from my blog and a little bit of social media and it helped tremendously. I also took a refreshing instagram class from my dear friend Stacy Anderson that helped me feel much better about the path about this blog.Read More
On June 10th, we lost my grandmother and while she lived a long life passing at the ripe age of 81, no loss is ever easy. The last couple months for her were filled with pain and surgeries, until she was brought home where she could get some comfort from pain medication, and family & friends.
I am not the greatest at loss, I am awkward to say the least with affection as it is growing up in a family who rarely says I love you, or hugs one another.Read More
Mother's Day was great!
My attitude on the other hand not so much.
If you saw my instagram post on this topic then you know exactly what I am talking about.
So my Mother's Day fail started on Saturday evening and apparently I was on a roll and wanted it to last the entire weekend, E came home with my gift and I was like nope, I don't want that. Then to top it off I decided to have an attitude that E decided to leave the house to do a little work for his regular job on Sunday morning. Now this I am still a little upset about and feel as though my feelings are in the right to an extent, but I am going to put my pride and attitude aside and be thankful and grateful that our finances and lives are being handled.Read More
I am back today with a simple way to utilize left over chicken, whether it be rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken breast, or baked chicken. For us a family of three we sometimes will tend to have left overs just depending on how hungry E is that night. I usually like to get the most out of our dinners, especially since eating out can get real pricey fast.
Besides utilizing them the next day for left overs of exactly what we cooked the night before sometimes I can stretch them for another dinner completely, that way we use all of our food, without having to throw out too much or do too much work every single night.
3 Way to Use Your Leftover Chicken
1. Chicken Salad
Once you take your chicken out of the container start to shred it so that you get smaller pieces of chicken instead of legs, thighs, breast, etc. Whatever cut you have make it smaller, by shredding it with your hands it gives you more chicken, plus it will give the chicken the ability to mix better with the mayo and other ingredients.
Note: You can use a food processor instead of using your hands that is totally up to you just know that you will have finer pieces of chicken.
I typically will dice a tomato and red onion, but on occasion Eric will add in celery [not my thing] he will add it into his portion. Then once everything is in the bowl, I add the mayo and mix it all together. I sometimes get a little cajun seasoning and season it after the mayo has coating everything well, just for a little extra taste.
If you make your own baked chicken and season it really well, then you can probably avoid this step. Sometimes when I am in a rush I get the store bought chicken and they aren't really seasoned all the way through.
2. Chicken Pizza
Ugh I love me some pizza, like it is one of my favorite food but the regular pizza places just aren't doing it for me anymore and I am liking the gourmet pizza places more and more. Especially the ones that use a brick oven, YUM!
I recently had some left over baked chicken and I decided make a homemade pizza.
To start shred the chicken by hand, throw on your favorite pizza ingredients or mine: white sauce, red onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, and parmesan. I added all of that on top of a gourmet store bought pizza dough, sauce first then cheese, and finally the chicken.
3. Chicken Tacos
If you have already shredded your chicken by hand for the chicken salad and the pizza you can always save some of it to make, tacos!
All you will need is:
- Tortillas or Crunchy Taco Shells
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Beans [we eat black beans, yum]
And there you have it 3 simple ways to utilize your left over chicken.
I know our house can get busy around here, E will get off later than expect, J will not be in the mood to go down for his nap and we have to use what we got to get what we want, dinner! I know there are a lot of busy moms out there so I hope this helped you loves!
If you love this post, please let me know so I can come up with some more great ideas for you guys.
Can you guys believe that we are almost into the 3rd month of the year? I can't believe.
Next month: is our 7 wedding and I swear the moment you graduate high school time flies at the speed of light, I guess we both have kept our relationship a little hectic over the years so there's that too. It somehow still feels like we are in the dating stage and still haven't figured out this whole marriage thing.
I'm definitely not cooking dinner for this occasion.
Anyway, back to the recipe.
When it comes to cooking I look for simplicity, ease and taste. I won't make this super long or eccentric because, why?
Sliced French Bread
2 Lobster Tails
2 1/2 tablespoons of Unsalted Butter
Havarti - all I had use whatever you like that melts well
1/2 tablespoon of Fresh Thyme
1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic
Garlic and Onion Spice Blend
Cook the lobster, and set aside to cool.
Then create a butter sauce from the minced garlic, fresh thyme, and unsalted butter.
Side note: I have a garlic onion spice blend if you have something like that mix it into the butter sauce if you are going for a Cajun flare you can also add some seafood seasoning as well.
Brush the butter sauce on the bread and toast in oven with the broil setting on low.
While these toast cut up your lobster and mix in the shredded cheese or sliced cheese of your choice.
Once the bread is slightly toasted on each side add the lobster and cheese mix on top and broil until cheese is melted.
Be careful do not broil it for too long because it will over cook the lobster.
Once the cheese is melted plate and serve.
We served ours with Tomato Basil soup and it was yum!
We were smiling at the end of the night, so I would say it was a success!
Even with having to reschedule due to both of us having the flu it turned out perfectly and honestly I have to thank all of the vendors I had they were amazing with reschedules and even more amazing with what I had ordered!
I also want to thank everyone who made it to his party and was there to celebrate with us, it so nice to have everyone.
Cake: Whisk Bakery
Cookies + Cupcakes: 350bakehouse
Balloons: Party City
Monthly Photo Banner: LittleLinnDesigns
S'mores Tags: OctMoonPaper
Parent Shirts: OllieandPenny
Jaxon's Shirt: OllieandPenny
Cupcake Toppers: LifeisSweetFTW
Rice Krispy Treats: My SIL Cesilia
Photos Taken By: Nephew Ashtin : D
This past year has been a whirlwind of a year, if there ever was a year that kept me on my toes it was this year and honestly I feel like every new year of motherhood will do just that.
I have to let you guys in on a little secret, I feel like a bad mom about 85% of the time. I legit feel like I should be doing things a lot better than I do. I mean I wanted this for years. And let me tell you when it is your kid it is totally different, there are no take backs, there is no time on the toilet by yourself and there is rarely the adult conversation.
I have to give many, many thanks to my and Eric's family, the women who have helped me tremendously this year have honestly been my saving grace. I can't thank you guys enough.
Here are a few mom tips and words of advice.
Give yourself grace
Be kind to yourself. There were a lot of times this year that I beat myself up about things that aren't ever going to be perfect. J will throw a fit in the worst of times, he will try to get out of the shopping basket every. single. trip to the grocery store. He will throw his bottle out of his car seat, his pacifier will go flying out of his stroller at the mall, and he will get my makeup all over his clothes. He will unintentionally hit me in the face with his toy hammer and I will chunk it across the room.
And when a lot of these things first started happening I was like what am I doing wrong here, why isn't anything with J going right [I'm over exaggerating because J is pretty amazing a lot of the time].
I literally would just stay home until someone volunteered to watch him. I have had days where I questioned if I was a good mom, days when I wondered if this was why it took so long for us to have our own and days when I literally hated Eric for not being me or in my place.
But you have to understand that sometimes it takes time to get everything in to order, you have to learn ways to do grocery shopping, ways to keep him occupied, ways to change his diaper in the car while on your lap because changing tables are gross.
There is a learning curve and you'll figure it out, eventually.
Take a breather
Give yourself time to adjust, take moments throughout the day whether it is during nap time, or dad time and give yourself a break. I always like those few moments in the car while he is asleep that I just breath. I gather my thoughts, I cry, I take a selfie, I ask for forgiveness, I sing to myself. I love being J's mom I will never say otherwise but there are times when I'm at my wits end and I have no clue what to do with myself, or what I've gotten myself into.
You know when it came down to it J was legit a miracle, I honestly wondered if we ever were going to have kids or if I should just get another doggie. And hope for the best. So being thankful and happy that we have him especially when so many are still struggling for their little miracles.
But I also am just thankful because J is the best thing to happen to us, he has made us better parents, people, friends, family, and he has made us fight for things we may have given up on.
I'm so, so thankful that J is happy, healthy, has the greatest laugh, loves his momma [some moments not so much], he dances with me, he cuddles, he loves his daddy, he is our own little miracle. I'm just so thankful for him.
Surround yourself with good people
this isn't only a #momlife tip but a #reallife tip, keep yourself around good people in general, uplifting, inspiring, encouraging, optimistic, doing good shit with their life people. When I look back on my life, it took twist and turns around the people I kept in my life, this includes the people you follow on social media.
I have found that being around those people who are constantly saying things about other people can rub off on you and more than likely if they talk about others to you they are doing the same to you to other people. Don't get me wrong I'm on occasion by fault one of those people but I've done my best to try to see the good in the bad.
So try to not keep that kind of company as much as possible. The more you focus on you the happier you will be. Trust me, trial and error here.
Be very aware of who you follow on social media as well the wrong people can have a huge effect on how you view things even if you don't feel like any of that changes your mind or attitude. It totally does.
You can only change the things you have control over.
I can tell you that there are a lot of times that you can't control things with a baby, you can't control when they go down for naps. You can't control when they decide it is time to eat, poop or pee. But you can prepare for it. It literally has taken this entire year to get adjusted to having a new baby in our lives, bills get paid late, plans get changed and things don't ever work out the way I want them to. I have learned to take it in stride, because if you don't you will seriously lose your shit. I have lost my shit so many times and it is so hard to either not regret the things you say or actions you make based off of it. Plus no one wants to be the mom losing their shit in public, no one.
It is tough and your baby isn't going to be like everyone else's baby and there are things you are going to have to learn from trial and error but understand that and don't be so hard on yourself about it when it doesn't happen. Motherhood is one of the toughest most rewarding jobs you'll ever have in life but there will be times when you will feel like it is just the worst.
Give yourself time to adjust. No mom will ever tell you that they had their shit together on day one or day 3,567 for that matter, if they do they are lying and you don't need those kind of people in your life. Bye Felicia.
Heyyy guys! Today is J's first birthday! I need to stop saying this but really I can't believe how fast time has gone. I recently took a look back at our maternity photos I just would've never realized at that moment that I would be where I am now writing this blog, looking at these pictures. It is crazy, y'all.
I knew I needed to get invites sent out for J's birthday but his first birthday session was pushed back due to weather and I wasn't sure the invites would make it to houses on time so I decided I should take a stab at trying to get a couple of shots of J for his first birthday myself, I had all the equipment in my office and we had some time to kill before dad came home so I dived in.
I planned to do the "Wild One' theme and had purchased a tee pee and his costume ahead of time so I got everything I could find around our house that would go with the theme and rolled with what I was getting. J was very interested in the lights and instead of trying to force him to smile at the camera which is the most difficult thing at times I captured him being the "wild one" that he is. I could eat him up I love him so.
The set up was pretty simple and took no time at all so I set up every thing, tested the lighting and waited until the very end to get J in his costume, if there is one thing I have learned with J is that he doesn't like to be hot or in clothes at all for that matter. E was at work so he couldn't help me so it was just mommy and J.
I think they turned out pretty well for being photographed in our dining room and with no additional lighting as well.
photography and editing was done by yours truly with a little help from Peter McKinnon presets