Salted Caramel Ritz Cracker Ice Box Cake Salted Caramel Ritz Cracker Ice Box Cake
Apple Cheddar Chicken Salad Apple Cheddar Chicken Salad

Finally a salad recipe!!

After going to Disney World and eating everything in sight, it’s about time I got my act together and put something green in my mouth (besides lime sour patch kids).
There were a good two months where I was doing really well with my eating habits…sort of. In December, I got a bad cold then the stomach flu and then another bad cold which brought be 3 pounds below my goal weight. Then January came and so did my well-meaning resolutions. I was doing so well!

Now we’re half way through February and I’ve lost the will to cook/exercise/drink water/go to bed early/anything else on my ‘get healthier’ to do list.

Anyone else in the same boat as me? Someone out there better raise their virtual hand.

I don’t know if it’s the winter weather, my sick baby, my lack of sleep or my love of bread that has me in this funk.

Did I mention Eddie has a double ear infection? I took him to the doctor a few days ago and turns out he wasn’t being cranky because he hates me. That little guy was literally miserable. Poor baby 🙁

So, my body/eating habits are obviously not my current priority. Eddie-man is. And trying to catch up on my sleep. And eating this donut bread. (It’s addicting. Don’t make it.)

I’m not going to get on the scale again until another stomach bug hits.

California Cobb Salad California Cobb Salad
Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat

Crockpot recipes are always so ugly.

There. I said it.

I guess this one turned out ok, but generally, as a rule of thumb, they aren’t the prettiest ones on the block.

Even though this is a true statement, crockpot recipes always seem to be the most delicious. Funny how that works. Brown food tastes good and crockpots create brown food.

So there you have it. My deep thoughts for this Friday morning.

In other news, my daughter has had the last two days off of school for parent-teacher conferences and both my husband and I are going crazy. We love our children dearly {most of the time} {just kidding Mom; we love them all the time} but are grateful for the teachers, bus drivers, friends and other people who take them off our hands for 8 hours a day.

Heaven help us get our work slash anything else accomplished this weekend.

PS- our babysitter is out of town, adding insult to injury. It is not the best. Margaret, if you’re reading this, send help.

How I Stay *Mostly* Sane How I Stay *Mostly* Sane

I am a mom to three kids: Brooke-7, Blake-3 and Eddie-8 months.

After I had Eddie, I was convinced that the older he got, the more my life would get easier. {Please try to contain your laughter.}

I’m not sure if I was optimistically hopeful or blissfully unaware but, clearly I forgot that I’d have THREE children to care for, plus a house to keep tidy{ish}, meals to cook, dishes to clean, laundry to fold and oh ya! manage this wee ol’ blog of mine.

I was and probably still am the epitome of a busy working mother. My to do list is looooooong, ya’ll.

So, anywhere I can catch a break/save time/save sanity/not have to work harder then necessary, I do it.

It’s why I use parchment paper on every surface possible.

Hairy Spider Cookies Hairy Spider Cookies

Hello October! We are just zooming through these last few months of the year! Does anyone feel like we are moving at lightening speed?

Typically, my life turns into madness this time of year. As the holidays and parties in these last 3 months approach us, my schedule gets jammed. Last year, I started posting lots of last minute recipes that became staples at my house for October, November and December. I’m talking really fast dinners, desserts, and party foods. You never know when you’ll need to whip something up fast! {Hello Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays, Holidays, Halloween, New Years, and other miscellaneous parties and get togethers.} So that is what has been on my mind when I came up with these Hairy Spider Cookies.

By taking a few shortcuts, you can have these ready to go in about an hour. So much easier and faster than trying to find something as tasty from the store. Not to mention as cute 😉

Chinese Chicken Salad Chinese Chicken Salad

My poor Brookie Cookie just randomly and very suddenly came down with the stomach flu. Poor thing! So far she’s lost her cookie 6 times in the last 2 1/2 hours. The last time she was sick like this was when she was 4 years old when Blake was Eddie’s age {7 months}. My husband recalls that she threw up 14 times in one night!!! I seriously hope that is not what tonight will be looking like. Poor thing!

Needless to say, I’m a little preoccupied to think of anything funny or witty to write about. And odds are I’ll have this awful flu bug tomorrow. Say it isn’t so! I have awful luck.

ANYWAYS.

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a while but have been waiting to post it because I have a video to go with! Hooray!

I’m starting to get more and more into these fun tutorial videos {and some other fun family vlog videos too} so I’m hoping to share more and more of them as time goes on.

Anyways, this is a simple and tasty way to enjoy your greens! A little sweet and a little crunch with lots of veggies and protein. This is my kind of meal!

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

One more week until Labor Day weekend! Yay!

Even though my daughter has started back at school, we always love having the labor day weekend for fun, relaxing family time. When we were living in Oregon, it was tradition to get a vacation rental at the coast with many of my husband’s siblings. Now that we’ve moved away, we need to find a new tradition of sorts. We’re working on a last minute family trip…hopefully we’ll find a good spot to go 🙂

But in the mean time, I’m sharing a tasty grilling recipe that you can use outdoors {or indoors if you happen to have bad weather.} The Oregon Coast is unpredictable with its weather so there were many a year when we were cooking and hanging out inside instead of at the beach. Hence this recipe!

If you haven’t had a grilled chicken caesar salad before, then you are in for a treat. It’s just as tasty as a regular caesar salad, but with a smokey flavor that cannot be beat 🙂 Super yummy and relatively healthy as long as you don’t go crazy on the dressing.

Advocare Fiber Muffins Advocare Fiber Muffins

So, this is a recipe a little out of the ordinary, but I’ve had a few of my friends ask me about this specific recipe, so I thought ‘why not throw it on the blog?’

Back in the day before I was pregnant with Eddie, I was doing a few rounds of the 24-Day Challenge. This helped me reign in my eating habits and actually helped me lose a little weight, and a lot of inches, especially around my waist. Then I got pregnant and had my sweet little Ed and now after 6 months of hard work, I’m just about to where I want to be. Hooray!

I might do another 24-Day Challenge because I know it will work and I know I can do it. It doesn’t take all my carbs away from me and I typically feel amazing once its over. {I feel like I’m about to murder someone after getting a horrible cold this past weekend while in the middle of Whole30.}

But, I digress.

Let’s Chat! Let’s Chat!

Hola friends!

I am back again this week with another video, this time talking about pregnancy related allergies {whaaaat?} the book Me Before You and the best pork jerky in all the world! I know, totally random.

Incase you missed last week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0AAqBywHEo

Or the week before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLhPv8IAQWg

Beauty Tuesday Week 7 Beauty Tuesday Week 7

Hi, friends!!

Here we are at week 7 of Beauty Tuesday and I can’t believe it! Are you guys enjoying this series or is it totally lame? Honest opinions please! Just wondering if doing the video makes it worth it? Maybe I should start my own youtube cooking show too, while I’m at it…since I have a bunch of free time 🙂 Haha!

Anyways, this week, I’m talking about 4 products that I have been crushing on the last 7 days. All the deets are below or feel free to watch the video above!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you don’t want to miss a video and be sure to click through to thumbs up the video 🙂

Beauty Tuesday Week 6 Beauty Tuesday Week 6

Hola Friends! This week, I’m still in the process of unpacking and handling 3 kids with no husband, SO! Cranky Eddie is in this video. I know a lot of you loved seeing him last week, probably because he was all smiley, but this week…..notsomuch.

So, this week for Beauty Tuesday, I’m talking all about what I’ve been doing for losing that baby weight. I mean, I’m not doing a TON, and of course I could be doing more, but for now at this point in my mothering career, slow and steady is all I can handle. I’ve noticed that I feel good about my appearance when I exercise, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It makes a world of difference for my attitude, so I’m making this a priority these days.

Here are the basics of what I’m trying to do to reach my goals. I talked about these in the video, but here’s the rundown:

Beauty Tuesday Week 5 Beauty Tuesday Week 5

Finally getting back to my Beauty Tuesday routine and it feels so good! I had to film this with the baby because he was being a little fussy and wouldn’t be put down {we were close to nap time!} so, enjoy my little nugget making his video debut!

Anyways, this week we are talking about scents and my favorite perfumes! If you have any perfumes that you are loving and want me to try, please please please let me know! I love finding new and delicious smells 🙂

Beauty Tuesday Week 4–Nordstrom Personal Stylist Beauty Tuesday Week 4–Nordstrom Personal Stylist

YOU GUYS! I did something so fun this week for Beauty Tuesday 🙂 I went to Nordstrom and got styled! It’s an absolutely FREE service that gave me one on one time with the stylist of my choice. I got so many good ideas on cute outfits, what would work well on my post-pregnant-now-nursing-body type and tried on several outfits as well. I told her I wanted to get out of my rut of not feeling cute and she was ON IT.

You can watch the video to get the whole story and more details, but I’ll try to type out all the info I can think of.

Beauty Tuesday Week 3 Beauty Tuesday Week 3

Hi Friends 🙂

I’ve been feeling under the weather {again…UGH!} so I haven’t been super diligent about getting ready and feeling awesome about my car and makeup situation. BUT! I have been paying more attention to my skin care.
Here are the products mentioned in the video:

Lavender Oil from Doterra; really helpful for stress and it just smells nice 🙂

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleanser from Amazon…currently under $10 when you have Amazon Prime! It’s seriously awesome.

Philosophy Resurface- The Microdelivery Dual Phase Peel…great for a weekly or bi-weekly skin refresher! I really like this product.

What products do you use when you’re feeling under the weather slash don’t have the energy to go all out on your hair and makeup?

Have a great day!

Beauty Tuesday Week 2 Beauty Tuesday Week 2

Hello hello again!

This week we are talking about beauty products I splurge on and ones I don’t. I never realized that I’m totally ok with spending more money on certain things versus other things.

What is worth the splurge to you? What could you care less about? Leave me a comment below 🙂

Have a beautiful Tuesday, friends.

Beauty Tuesday Beauty Tuesday

Welcome to Beauty Tuesday! Where I stop being a frumpy Mom and actually care about my appearance. Haha!

Between the sleepless nights that come with having a baby, being a Mom to two other kids, being a wife to a painfully good looking man and all my work that never seems to end, there ain’t a lot of time for me. Plus, having the weird not-skinny-but-not-pregnant physical attributes makes it hard to have a lot of self confidence. {Whyyyy can’t these last 12 pounds just melt away?}

I KNOW I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE!

So, I’m starting to do things with intention for me {and only me} to make myself feel great on the inside and out.

Up first? My hair.

I thought I needed a big drastic change to be happier with my appearance. Turns out, learning how to style my hair in a different way filled that craving and now I love the waves and the tighter curls!

What do you do to make yourself feel beautiful? I’d love to hear to give me more ideas for Beauty Tuesday!

Fail-Proof Pizza Dough Fail-Proof Pizza Dough
Top 10 Recipes of 2015! Top 10 Recipes of 2015!

Hi Friends,

Just thought I’d do a quick round up of the most popular recipes from my site this year! Some are older recipes that just took off like wildfire, and others were posted that took off from the get-go. Either way, there are lots of yummy recipes here that have been seen by literally millions of people 🙂

May 2016 bring us all more delicious food!

Thanksgiving Recipes Thanksgiving Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

I was going to post another pie recipe {are you sick of those yet?} but decided to just post a bunch of my favorite recipes that I’ll be throwing together for Thanksgiving. I mean, I won’t be making EVERYSINGLEITEM in this list, but a lot of what is here is what I’ll be dreaming of!

Incase you are still on the fence about what to make or bring or eat at your Thanksgiving feast, let these recipes be inspirational! I try to make every recipe I post as UNintimidating as possible. All of these are no exception! They are made with common ingredients that you can find at any grocery store, plus they won’t take hours and hours to make, except for mayyyybe the turkey. But that’s a given.

Potty Training Blake Potty Training Blake
Crispy Red Fish Sandwiches & Old Bay Home Fries Crispy Red Fish Sandwiches & Old Bay Home Fries
End of Summer Pasta from Plated End of Summer Pasta from Plated
Summer Burritos with Pico and Guac Summer Burritos with Pico and Guac