Making Memories!

Caiden got to experience his very first concert a couple weeks ago. It was pretty incredible to watch the joy and happiness he was feeling. Everyone remembers their first concert and there is no doubt he will never forget his. It was the perfect welcome home trip after he spent a month in Oregon.

Caiden running the show like a boss, with daddy Chris!

Caiden running the show like a boss, with daddy Chris!

Reflection

Hey y’all!

Wow, it’s been forever. I’m sorry I have fallen off the face of the earth as of lately. I feel like I have been overwhelmed with feelings, life, travel, and school. I’ve been trying to get my thoughts together and share a post that is meaningful rather than throwing something together that has no real substance. So, here I go….

I’ve been facing a lot of questions and fears about life recently and it is scary and overwhelming. I recently took a trip back to Oregon, where I was born and raised. I was so excited to go back and visit all of my friends and family. It had been a year since I was last in Oregon and I have never been away from where I grew up for more than a few weeks. I grew up in a small town around a really tight knit group of people. The tiny town and my clique became my security blanket. I had always wanted to get out and expand my horizon, but when I finally did, it was scary and intimidating. I left everything and everyone I had ever known and I did it for the best reason in the world. I moved to be closer to the love of my life. I do have moments where I have a bit of a pity party, especially when I’m feeling lost. However, going back to Oregon gave me a whole new perspective on my life at home. [Read more...]

My DEEP Thoughts

Hey y’all!

I hope some of you tried out my yummy jambalaya recipe I posted recently. I did! Mmmm, talk about some serious Comfort food (pun intended, haha). So, to all you mama’s out there…schools out! How do you feel about that? I’m ready for school to start again. It’s only been a week and so far I’ve been told “No” 357 times, I’ve been asked 4,000 questions, I’ve gone to the pool, the park, and everywhere in between. I forgot how much my time alone during school means to me.

I’ve been taking college classes online and I use the quiet time to get my work done…and usually do blog stuff, but I’m in full on lazy girl mode. I don’t know what my issue is…I’m just a big pile of mopey, lazy, Netflix watching bones. However, I’m about to be childless for a couple weeks and though I’m looking forward to it…it terrifies me at the same time. I’ve got anxiety, irrational thoughts, and concerns that are totally ridiculous; I know I’m going to miss that little monster terribly. When Hot Sauce goes out of town, Chris and I mope past his room…as if somehow he may magically appear. It’s pretty pathetic and super cute at the same time. I’m thankful for our kiddos and the time we get to spend with them. I’m also thankful for our alone time…I think we find a decent balance, and that is extremely important in a healthy relationship. [Read more...]

Easy Jambalaya Recipe

Hello friends!

Sorry, I have totally been slacking lately with the posts. Don’t fret…I haven’t forgotten about you, lovelys! Thank you for hanging in there with me! I wanted to share a super easy and yummy jambalaya recipe with you! I randomly made it up one day and whoa am I glad I did. It’s delish and best of all, my honey loves it! I always end up with tons of leftovers, which is perfect for my family and me, because I like to freeze meals for those chaotic days that we are in a rush.

Easy Jambalaya Recipe Ingredients

Here is what you will need:

2 boxes of Zatarain’s Jambalaya rice mix (original)
1 Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (I buy the minis and use a few of each)
3 cans of tomato paste
1 six pack of Hillshire Farm hot links
1 six pack of hillshire Farm cheddar wurst
1 small container of chicken broth
1 lb. of boneless skinless chicken breast or a rotisserie chicken from your local grocery.

Seasoning I use:

Johnny’s seasoning salt
Garlic Salt
Cayenne pepper
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Mary Kay Product Review

Hey y’all!

My friends over at Mary Kay and Influenster were kind enough to send me a Mary Kay VoxBox full of some awesome new Mary Kay products to try out and review.

Influenster VoxBox

What is the first thing that you think of when you hear Mary Kay???

I’ve used Mary Kay products in the past, because my aunt sold Mary Kay for awhile. I mean, come on, who doesn’t know someone that has sold Mary Kay!?! I actually like a lot of their products, but I don’t think I could buy solely from Mary Kay. I’m a makeup connoisseur and way too picky to love everything one line carries…that goes for all make-up lines. I think Mary Kay has been the face of women for quite some time. They offer some really great stuff to their employees as well. I think, all and all, they just want the women that use their products to feel beautiful; and the people that work for them to be successful. Mary Kay offers a very positive and encouraging message, and I like that. My biggest gripe about Mary Kay has nothing to do with their product, it has to do with their sales people. I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling pressured, badgered, or bullied into something. I get very irritable and uncomfortable and then I’m probably going to avoid you at all costs. Not everyone that sells Mary Kay or any other independent product is like that, but the ones that are really stand out and turn people off.

Here is the great thing…you can buy Mary Kay online! You don’t even have to go into a store or talk to someone! Awesome, right? However, if someone you know and love sells Mary Kay, hook a sista up and buy from them!

Here we go…product review time… [Read more...]