Sunday, November 19, 2017

10 things to do to experience a happy, joyful, loving life.


  1. Go for a walk. Explore some beautiful scenery and it never really hurts to get fresh air.
  2. Snuggle up with a good book. Hey maybe even listen to an audio book. Read something inspiring, motivational, or even funny. 
  3. Hug someone. I hope you love hugs just as much as I do. I just love hugs from my family.  We can all use more hugs!
  4. Take a road trip. Again explore the beautiful scenery around you. 
  5. Take pictures of things you find fascinating, beautiful and simple. You'll definitely enjoy looking back on your photos you've taken.
  6. Call, or write a friend. I'm sure they will love hearing about all your new adventures and catching up is always so much fun.
  7. Find something you enjoy doing. Whether it's painting, knitting, creating pottery, or experimenting with a new recipe. Once you find out what it is take some time to enjoy that and maybe even turn it into a new hobby.
  8. Keep a journal. I've mentioned this before in a few other posts, but really keep a journal. It's a great way to release your thoughts. 
  9. For a few days try and have more positive thoughts. Let go of any stress that may be weighing you down. 
  10. Remind yourself that you are loved, important, beautiful, amazing and so much more. Be happy with who you are. 
May you all enjoy your time surrounded by those you love this Thanksgiving. Let us be thankful for these simple moments.
♡♡

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quick pumpkin latte.










I really enjoy making my own coffee drinks at home and wanted to share this quick and easy recipe I use when I whip up my pumpkin latte. Enjoy!

Ingredients
-Pumpkin puree. 2 tablespoons

-1 cup of milk. I use almond milk when I prepare mine. Any milk will do.

-Pumpkin Spice. - I usually just sprinkle a little in while the milk and pumpkin warm on the stove. It's really up to how much pumpkin spice you want your drink to have.

-1/4 cup of strong brewed coffee, or espresso. 

-Vanilla extract.- I just splash a little in while it's warming on the stove.

- 1 tablespoon of whip cream to top it when you pour it in your mug. I use So Delicious Coco whip. It's dairy free, but you can use any whip cream that you like. 

Preparing your drink

Start off with warming up your milk.

Add in pumpkin spice, vanilla extract and your pumpkin puree. 

Stir it all together and allow it to simmer for a few minutes.

While you're doing this brew some coffee or prepare some espresso. 

Combine your coffee, and pumpkin mixture into your coffee cup and give it a little stir.
Top with some whip and a little sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Now find a quiet area in your home and enjoy your delicious pumpkin latte.

Happy Fall!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Autumn here and there. Snapshots.


Happy Fall! 
I've been enjoying some sweet autumn scents.
What's your favorite autumn scent?


My autumn wreath. 
I've had to glue the owl back several times, but it seems as though he's hanging on strong.
Be sure to check out some diy wreath ideas and other crafts. Just click the link below


I recently painted this sunflower. I've been watching a few painting tutorials online.
It was such a fun project. I sipped on a glass of wine, played some tunes and created this sunflower.

My husband roasting his coffee. I absolutely love how the house smells when he roasts the coffee beans. Have you tried roasting your own coffee beans? If so let me know in the comments below.


I made some orange spiced granola.  All you need are some oats, walnuts, orange zest and a few spices. Bake and enjoy! It's so delicious and it's perfect for topping your oatmeal in the morning.



Sweet little ladybug. I took this picture during a trip to the zoo.


Can you tell that I love sunflowers? A trip to the craft store for paint and I ended up buying these sunflowers. They were on sale too!

We read daily. Lately we've been reading Halloween stories.

Changing up my table decor.

The haunted house my daughter made when they had the Lowe's kids building workshop.

A peaceful fall day at the zoo.



I love all the changing colors.


Sweet treats are always welcomed! 
I'm finding new ways to bake and using new ingredients as well. 
It's always such a fun time. I really enjoy baking with my oldest.

Thanks for stopping by!
May your Autumn days be filled with love, laughter, joy, and beautiful moments.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Three!





This past weekend you turned 3. 
You're  full of laughter, joy and so much love.
We gathered around and celebrated you on your special day.
You're growing and each day we continue to love you even more.
I truly can't believe how fast you're growing. 
Sweet baby girl...
we love you more than you'll ever know.
I hope that you know that with each passing day you bring us so much joy.
I hope you enjoyed your birthday and that it was just as sweet as you are to us.
Happy 3rd Birthday little love.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: Sea-Band Mama! And a few tips to ease morning sickness.



I was thrilled when I was contacted by Moms meet to try out a new product called Sea-Band Mama!.
I'm not currently pregnant, but I can still remember some ways I got through my dreaded morning sickness with my two pregnancies. In this post I'll review some Sea-Band Mama! products. I'll also share a few things I did to help with my morning sickness. Happy reading, enjoy!

*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.

Sea-Band Mama!
Sea-Band Mama! is drug free, safe alternative way to finding relief when experiencing morning sickness using gentle acupressure. The Sea-Band wrist band is a knitted material and is also elastic.
This product has been approved by the FDA. Many expectant mothers suffer from morning sickness and the discomfort that comes along with it.
The Sea-Band wristbands work by applying constant, gentle pressure on the P6 (Nei Kuan) point between two central tendons near the individuals wrist. This causes ones nervous system to release certain chemicals that will help trigger your body's natural healing abilities.
I loved this product and I would definitely recommend this to expectant mothers. They have the bands for kids as well.  





Sea-Band Mama! Ginger and Spearmint Rollette
As I mentioned earlier, I'm not currently pregnant. But I must say the scents of these oils are very soothing and relaxing. This natural essential oil helps settle a mother's stomach who is expecting.
This product contains a handmade, soothing blend of natural essential oils.
When the oils are inhaled it stimulates the body's olfactory system. It then transfers a signal to the limbic system, which triggers the release of natural chemicals that help calm an upset tummy.
You simply just apply by rubbing your wrists, temples, or chest. If you're on the go, just pop this in your purse and you'll never be without it!

Sea-Band Mama! Ginger Lozenges
Sea-Band Mama! ginger lozenges are natural and help with pain associated with an upset stomach. Us moms know that during pregnancy we need to calm and sooth our upset stomachs. During my pregnancies my mother would send me these ginger chews she would purchase from the Asian market. When I tried the ginger lozenges the taste was so similar to those ginger chews. I would definitely purchase these! What I also liked was the amount of sugar was low. I also like that these are natural.


Things that helped me deal with my morning sickness
-Ice cold water. Believe it or not this really helped. Just taking sips of really cold water really makes a difference.
-Ginger. I was always turning to ginger. As I mentioned earlier my mom always sent me the ginger chews from the Asian market.
-I also used a product that was similar to the ginger lozenges that were in a lollipop form.
-Just lay down and relax. This helped me every time. Take it easy mama!

Where to purchase this product
Sea-Band Mama! products are available to purchase at Target, Walmart, Walgreens and many other stores and pharmacies. To find Sea-Band Mama! in your area visit sea-band.com/where-to-buy-in-the-usa for a full list of locations.

I hope that you have enjoyed my review on these amazing Sea-Band Mama! products.  Be sure to visit them by clicking on the link above.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer.-You were good to us.








Summer,
you have definitely treated us well.
We enjoyed our time doing so much together. 
Painting, water play, brewing sweet tea, building tents, bubble blowing, chalk doodles,
cooking together, summer nights out on the porch and lots of hugs and sweet kisses.
We'll cherish these moments. 
I'm truly happiest at home with my family.
Thank you summer. -You've been so good to us!
Tomorrow our oldest starts 1st grade. 
We're so proud of all the hard work she's always doing.
She's eager to learn more and she will be taking on some 2nd grade work as well.
We're so happy to see her grow and learn so much more.
We'll continue to enjoy the upcoming weeks of summer and 
make even more memories.  It's been an awesome break! 
Until next time, so long summer break. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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.