About a month ago, Henley walked into a spiderweb. Since then, everywhere we go, she points them out and exclaims "Spider! Spider"! Being that it's Halloween season, there are spiders everywhere and she loves them! I don't get it, but it's really cute. I saw these cookies on Pinterest last year and knew I had to make some for her.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Who remembers Jello Jigglers from when they were a kid?! I can think of a few times my mom made them for us and we loved them. So, when I was shopping at Walmart a few weeks ago, and saw some fun Jello flavors, I wanted to make them for Henley. My husband had the bright idea to get a silicone mold for them instead of using cookie cutters and the result is genius! Here is how to make an easy Jello Jigglers treat for your family:
- 1 box of Jello in any flavor
- Silicone mold
- 1 1/4 Cups boiling water
- Pam spray
- Mixing bowl
- Spouted measuring cup
- Bring 1 1/4 C water to a boil and add to Jello mix in a bowl. Whisk together for 3 minutes, until gelatin is dissolved.
- Prepare your silicone mold by lightly spraying each individual mold/shape with Pam. I rub it in with a paper towel so that there isn't an excess of Pam...it will leave a film on your jello if you have too much in there, yuck!
- Transfer gelatin mixture to a spouted measuring cup and pour evenly between your molds. If you fill your molds about 1/3 full, you should yield about 12 shapes.
- Place molds in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours (until firm). In my fridge, they are usually ready in about an hour.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
This week is National Breastfeeding Week, and my social media feeds have been full of articles and posts about breastfeeding. They all mimic what I had seen and read before my own breastfeeding experience, which is why I think it is important to share my own story...it's not like all of the posts out there! It's what I wish I had heard about nursing prior to having my first baby. Listen up, moms-to-be, this is for you!
I researched as much as I could to be as knowledgable as possible without having any hands-on/breasts-on experience (ha!). Even so, I couldn't escape negative comments from others.
Well, when the time came and I had my beautiful baby to feed, guess what? I did it just fine. No issues, no unbearable pain, nada. Sure, it took some getting used to, but I absolutely had no problem breastfeeding, and continue to do so successfully, over a year later. I also surprised myself with how I could care less about breastfeeding in public and how much I actually enjoy nursing my little one. Now, I am in no rush to wean Henley, which is a long way off from where i thought I'd be.
So...what do I wish I had heard about breastfeeding prior to having my first baby? Positive stories like mine! Yes, I completely understand that there are many challenges that one can have and can overcome when it comes to breastfeeding, however, it is possible to have a great experience with it! This is written only with the intent to encourage moms-to-be that breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience, and not to discount those whose experience has been less than so.
Monday, August 3, 2015
A few years ago, we went to visit my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and their first baby girl in Okinawa, Japan. They are both Marines and were stationed there at the time.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
I was not blessed with beautiful nails. Mine are always short, flaking, and breaking on me. When I started taking prenatal vitamins, they got slightly better. They will grow longer, but it is always only a matter of time before one or more of them breaks. The way I get them to stay (somewhat) nice is by painting them...but then the polish chips within a day or two.
I am always on the hunt for a new at-home (who has time for pro manicures each week?) remedy to my chipped polish and broken nails. Enter Jamberry....they have adhesive nail wraps that you apply at home and come in super cute colors and patterns. I have been eyeing these nail wraps for a while and wondering if they stand up to they hype. I was scrolling through Instagram a couple of weeks ago and low and behold, the gal behind one of the shops I follow also is a Jamberry consultant! She was super sweet to send me some samples to try. This is my first Jamberry experience:
After putting my little one down for the night, I sat down with a glass of wine, The Bachelorette, and my Jamberry wraps and supplies. The application was super easy. All you really need is a nail file, hairdryer (you use the hairdryer to apply heat to each nail wrap when you are applying them), and your wraps. The whole process only took me about 20 minutes, which is how long it takes me to do a regular manicure, minus the drying time. I love that you don't have to wait for your Jamicure to dry, and when I was done, they looked great!
Day 3: My jamicure is slightly worn at the tips of my nails, but its not very noticeable. I have gotten several compliments on how cute my nails are!
Day 5: Still looking pretty good! My nails have grown quite a bit and you can see the growth at the nail bed, but all in all my jamicure looks pretty good still!
Day 7: This was the end of the line for my Jamicure. One of my wraps was coming off, so I decided to take them off. I did have extra wraps left that I could have used to replace the one that came off, but my nails grew a ton (!), so I wanted to start fresh.
When I removed the wraps, I was happy to see they didn't damage my nails and my nails grew more than usual in a week! I have to say I am very pleased with my Jamicure. I will definitely do another one again soon! If you are interested in Jamberry, check out Heather's site here!
Thursday, May 28, 2015
I love Pinterest recipes. Only once or twice have I been let down by a recipe I have made that was a Pinterest find. I think part has to do with that I know what I like and that I like cheesy, buttery, not healthy stuff, ha! So, when I came upon a recipe that looked cheesy, yummy, and was a Mexican food-type dish, I knew this one was calling my name.
Upon reading the recipe, which dons low-fat cheese and subs ground turkey for ground beef, I decided to nix the low fat version for my own full fat one. If there's one thing in this house we don't skimp on, it's cheese. We are cheeseballs in personality, photos, and food! The more cheese, the better, and low-fat cheese just isn't the same. I also am weirded out by ground turkey, and I don't know why. If you prefer a healthier version, you can use ground turkey and low-fat cheese and biscuits.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 1/2 C. shredded cheese (Mexican blend or cheddar Jack)
- 10 oz. can of enchilada sauce (I use mild for my kiddo's sake)
- 16 oz. can of refrigerator biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle Original)
- 1 can of corn
- 1 can of black or pinto beans
- Any toppings you want! (I prefer sour cream and salsa verde)
Henley loved this dish, which was pleasantly surprising! When she finished what was on her tray she said "biscuit! biscuit"! Sorry the pics aren't pretty, but the taste will make up for it, I promise!