Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer.








Late mornings.
Warm air.
Late nights.
Blended drinks.
Big smiles.
Chalk doodling.
Sunny evenings.
Summer rain.
Water play.
Dinner outdoors.

Oh what a summer it has been.
I'm so thankful for this time with my family.
We continue to make memories and I absolutely cherish this time together.
We've taken the time to really enjoy this summer.
I hope you're all enjoying your summer!

Until next time..
SMILE!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review and recipe: Flavor your life. European Extra Olive Oil.





*Disclaimer* I was given the opportunity to try out this product. This product was given to me for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) for the purpose to use and give my honest opinion on this product. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

I had the opportunity to try out this product and I must say we are definitely enjoying it. It adds a burst of flavor to any dish. I was given several recipe cards to choose from. I decided to go with the creamy avocado crostini.

Creamy Avocado Crostini

Serves 16.
Ingredients that you will need:
-1 ripe avocado
-1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
-1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
-1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
-2 tablespoons of chopped chives
-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
-1 baguette, sliced diagonally 

Start off with preheating your broiler on high.

Next, you'll want to slice up your avocado and add it into a bowl. 
Once you have done  this take your garlic salt, pepper, lemon juice and chives and add them 
in with your avocado. Give it all a good mix!  

Once you're all done with that take 2 tablespoons of your olive oil and mix it in with your avocado mix. Stir until everything is smooth and there are no chuncks. Set your mixture aside for now.

Next take your bread and slice it.  Lay it flat onto a baking tray. Brush the remaining extra olive oil on both sides of  your bread. Place your baking tray into your broiler and wait until both sides of your bread turn a light golden brown.

Remove from broiler. Take your avocado mix and spread onto your crostini. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. It was so delicious. I thought the flavors of the avocado and extra olive oil created a delicious combination. And this can easily be served as an appetizer while hosting a dinner party or even a wine tasting. Ah, it was everything I thought it would be. Turned out amazing!

European extra olive oil is amazing! It is virtually free of acidity. It is made by pressing without heat or the use of chemical. Between uses you should store it in an area that is dark and cool. Try not to store on a counter or near a stove. And never store it in the refrigerator. 


About Flavor your life campaign

Flavor your life campaign, is dedicated to providing the latest information on European  Extra Olive Oil. The program aims at educating  US consumers, helping them make informed decisions when they purchase Extra virgin olive oil. 
Zucchi has been selected as one of  Flavor your life's trusted partners. 
Zucchi has been managed and owned by seven generations of the Zucchi family. 
They are committed to creating the highest quality oils.  
If you are interested in learning more about Flavor your life campaign and Zucchi, please visit them at flavor-your-life.com. And www.zucchi.com/us.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Live. Love. And be happy. Ways to enjoy and embrace life.


“If there's one thing I learned, it's that nobody is here forever. 
You have to live for the moment, each and every day . . . the here, the now.” -Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry
Source

Live. Love. Be Happy.
Ways to enjoy and embrace life.

-Take some time and think of how fortunate and blessed you are to enjoy this new day.
- Wake early one morning and watch the sunrise. I swear sunrises are so beautiful and don't forget to watch the sunset.
-Keep a journal. I keep a personal journal and I also keep two journals for my girls. I fill it with funny, joyful and happy memories. I want them to be able to look back and see all the memories we made throughout their life.
-Live with no regrets. Seriously, just live your life!
-Laugh more! I'm always laughing. I really just love to laugh.
- Enjoy simple moments... 
- Watch a movie outdoors
-BBQ with friends
-Go on a nature hike
-Enjoy a picnic 
-Fly a kite
-Keep positive uplifting thoughts nearby.
-Be happy for this life.
-Choose to inspire others.
-Never be afraid to cry. - It's good for you!

What inspires you to live, love  and be happy?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring time finds and deals. And a few of my favorite stores.


I may have a little obsession with cute little cactus plants and candles. 

If you're looking for cute little cactus plants, candles and pretty candle holders check out the dollar aisle at your nearest Target store. 
You may be lucky and find a few of these items.

I recently took a trip and found these cute plastic cactus plants in clay pots, wild berry magnolia candle, which by the way smells so nice and this pretty pink candle holder, or some may call it a lantern. 


Aren't these adorable?! 
I have them displayed on our kitchen windowsill. 
They were actually $3 each. 

Each plant comes in a different color clay pot.

1 Green pot
1 purple
1 tan







I thought this was pretty and the pink is perfect for spring. 
It was $3 and the magnolia candle I purchased fits perfectly inside of it.


Here is a list of stores that I love shopping at and finding cute decor and great deals.

1. T.J. Maxx. Oh my goodness I love the home decor department in this store.

2. At Home store.- This is my go to store for mirrors, lamps, patio decor and other home decor items.

3. Target.- I can usually find cute items in their dollar aisle. But I also love checking out their home decor aisle as well. 

I could go on with my list of stores, but these are the three stores I normally shop at and find great deals! 

Until next time...
Enjoy your shopping adventure and keep on decorating! 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

10 things to do to start living a happier life.

  1. Each day take some time and do something you enjoy.
  2. Toxic relationships, emotional vampires, whatever you want to call them, we all have them. Get rid of them!
  3. Count your blessings! 
  4. Be around the people you love.
  5. Start your day with positive thoughts.
  6. Let things go.
  7. Limit your use of social media.
  8. Have a good laugh.
  9. Smile more.- It looks good on you!
  10. Take care of your health.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saying Goodbye.


Saying goodbye is never easy.  
So here I am.
 I'm taking it day by day.
 My emotions continue to run wild.
 My heart still aches.
There's this little voice telling me that it's okay to have all of these emotions.
Emotions are good for all of us.
I have my good days. But I also have my bad days.
I  remind myself that, even if the tunnel is dark...
there will be light at the end of that tunnel. 

I took a much needed break from blogging since the passing of my father.
I needed time to be alone, to think and have this time with my family.
I appreciate those of you who have been so kind and supportive through this tough time.

  We made our way to Texas on February 22, 2017. My brother and I planned the funeral to take place on Friday, February 24th. 

The day of the funeral, our father had his full honor ceremony with the Honor Guard. I had requested that the Patriot Guard Riders attend. I am so grateful for those who came out and showed their support. It was a beautiful ceremony. So many people came out to remember our father. 
I had so many emotions run through me. I still can't believe that my dad is no longer here, but I know that he would be so proud of my brother and I. 
Like I said in my last post, I don't honestly think there is anything that can prepare you for the loss of a love one. 

I'll love you forever Dad.
May you rest in paradise.





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A few ways to help you get through difficult times. And a few simple life reminders.



Lately,

Things aren't quite back to normal around here, but with time we'll get there.
I've taken a break from blogging, since my emotions have been all over the place
My Father recently passed away.
 It's been a difficult time, but with prayer and faith, I've been able to pull through. 
I'm still finding it hard and I do have my moments that I think about how I will never be able to just call my Father up. You know just those simple, day to day conversations.
 I know that emotions are good and we all must let our emotions out. 
My family and friends have been so supportive. I truly appreciate it. 
Life is constantly changing. I never really prepared myself for something like this. Honestly, I don't think any of us do. Life happens so quickly and the people that we love can be taken in a split second. 

Let us all remember to enjoy this life.
 A few ways to help you get through  difficult times and simple life reminders.
-Love the people in your life.
-Remind yourself during difficult times that it is okay to cry. 
-We all heal, some of us take a little longer.
-Emotions are good. Let your emotions run freely. 
-Take time for yourself. Clear your mind, keep a journal and talk to those who are supportive.
-We aren't prepared for losing a love one. Nothing can prepare you for something like this. During these hard times, take a deep breath and let your emotions out.
-Hold on to happy memories. Don't dwell on things you wish you could go back and change. Just focus on the happy memories. When you were around that person what are some of your happiest moments with them?! 
-We may lose the people we love, but always remember that they will forever remain in our heart.

If you are reading this and you are in a difficult place in your life, or you have also lost a love one, please remember that it is okay to feel these emotions. I promise you will get through this. Whether it takes some time, you will get through this.
💓