just to feel pretty.

Not sure you are a frequenter or you are new here but I recently decided that I wanted to start upping my game when it came to this little ole blog of mine.

I want to make sure that my readers know that there is effort put into it and while this was a hobby before, I really want to do this full time.  Writing and photography have always been passions of mine and this blog gives me the place to perfect the two.  

Last week I had no intention of going out or doing anything special but I really just wanted to feel pretty.  I recently had a pretty shitty day and I was pretty down on myself.  I got tired of sitting back and just going through the motions of the day without any real effort in myself. Don't get me wrong I really love not wearing make-up more so since having J because he has a habit of biting my face [don't ask] and I don't want the "chemicals" to be ingested by him.  

No this isn't a plea for chemical-free make up it is just me being what I assume is super cautious even though as I type this he is chewing on a baby wipe [what is the deal with that anyways].  

I did my make-up and decided to take a couple of self-portraits which I have been trying to achieve a great SP for quite some time and I don't just mean a selfie, even though I do love me some selfies. 

Make Up Details

Foundation - Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation
Concealer - Nars Med/Dark Caramel
Highlight - Hard Candy Twinkle Star
Lipstick - Milani Matte Darling #74
Mascara - Almay One Coat Thickening
Blush - MAC Fleur Power
Highlight/Contour Stick - Hard Candy Deep
 

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I took a few in a well lit area and then went upstairs for a little less light so you could see the difference. 

Mozzarella Chicken with Avocado Brushetta

The other night I was looking for a really easy recipe but didn't want to really follow instructions, I just needed food inspo. 

When I used to live with E's grandma she had this habit of making simple fruit and cheese plates and on occasion cutting tomatoes, slicing cucumbers and having it for a snack or even sometimes dinner. 

She is an amazing cook but I can imagine after the many, many years of cooking [she would always tell us about the days when she worked as a line cook at a diner] one can grow a little tired of the over the top, sprinkle some love on it type of meal. 

So sometimes [more often than not] I much rather the simplicity and freshness of a dinner than the eccentric over the top ones, I found this recipe on Pinterest and ran with it. 

I seasoned the chicken the way I like to sprinkle some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.  Heat your olive oil in a pan, place chicken in pan and let it cook. 

The recipe calls for 4 chicken breast I just took two and sliced them in half, I already did my arm work out and didn't really feel like beating some chicken into it's second death so slicing them in half did the trick. 

Once the chicken was in the pan cooking, I chopped my tomatoes and tossed it with the semi dried basil [the recipe calls for fresh basil but my grocery store didn't have it], I then added in salt and pepper plus lime juice and waited to cut the avocado until it was time to top the chicken with the mozzarella. 

I paired the dish with quinoa and some left over avocado.

If you have leftovers make sure you put the leftover brushetta in a separate container unless you are cool with hot tomatoes and avocados, I am not a fan of it. 

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If you decide to use a grain whether it is rice or quinoa be sure to put that on prior to starting your chicken. 

Slice 2 chicken breast in half and sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder on each side of sliced chicken breast. 

Pour about 2 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil into saucepan [depending on size I just try to have an even coat of olive oil on the bottom of the pan. 

Put your heat on medium heat for your stove. Once your oil is heated then place your chicken in the saucepan or skillet. 

Let that cook depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, I always like a little crispness to my chicken so I kind of pan fry it.  

While all that goodness is going on start your brushetta, just wait to add the avocado so it doesn't brown to quickly. The lime juice will help it but I like to keep my avocado as fresh as possible. 

 

 

Letters to Jaxon : 01

J, this one's for you. 

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J, you are a special kind of kid. When God made us wait for you, he knew exactly what he was doing. He knew that you'd have that perfect smile, the best heart, and the presence of a little king. Hearts melt for you little one and you are so loved.

You are pretty amazing, kid. You are our kind of perfect, and I am so entirely happy you are ours. 

Before you I always told myself I would create a place to write to you, to tell you as much as possible how much you mean to me in case I forget to tell you or you forget when I am gone. 

But it is hard to not always tell you how much I love you. It hard to not squeeze you tighter every day because you are growing too fast and my heart can't handle it.  

I knew once you arrived my heart would forget all those times when we struggled for you, it would forget how much it broke when the test once again said negative, it would forget about all the medicines and how they made me feel, it would forget all the times I cried for you.  Because now all the tears are happy ones and life is what I would call perfect with you.

I want you to know that if there were anything great I've ever done with my life, it was creating you. 

I want you to know that seeing you grow and the new things you do on a daily make me sad because I know you won't be little forever.  And because time flies so quickly, I feel like I'll miss it all if I don't put it down. 

I wanted to tell you that you are my favorite person to dance with and it scares the hell out of me to even think that one day we will be dancing at your wedding [hopefully to a girl I actually approve of, doubtful there'll ever be a girl]. I know it's so far in the future but it breaks my heart some days to see you grow so fast and know that the days and years will pass and I'll look back on this post and read these words of truth. 

If you were to be my only child I have to tell you that you are by far the best I could've ever asked for, whoever comes after you definitely has some big shoes to fill and I can only hope for another as amazing as you. 

I want you to know that you are very special to me and I am so grateful to God every day that you are here. I know I lived life without you for 29 years and I am not sure how I did it. But it did help me to know what good and great are, and you are good and great. 

I love you so, so much my little pumpkin pie.  Please stop growing so fast so this momma can stop crying every time she sees you do something new. It took me forever to write this post because you are moving all over the place and it is really hard to write through tears. 

I love you more and more each day. I love your smiles and head butts in the morning when you try to lay your head next to mine on the pillow.

Happy 7 months, my wild one.  

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6 Months Post Partum | Self Love

I am 6 months post partum and I am finally starting to feel good in my clothing, isn't that crazy?

We need to stop allowing the world to tell us when we should be back to "normal".

I don't have money to pay someone to consistently train me and tell me what to eat. I'm doing the things my gym offers and my life allows. Doing your best is better then doing nothing at all.

I have loose skin because I rapidly grew the first few months I was pregnant and put on 30lbs pretty quickly. Everyone at 6 months would ask if I was due any day now, my answer was always nope 3 more months.

C-sections are no fucking joke, you are sliced open in an area you use to do a lot of things, sitting up being one of them. And honestly you don't realize how much of those muscles you use until you can't use them or it hurts to do so. 

Before I got my membership I felt like I was never going to look good again, my ass was flat [still kind of is 🤦🏽‍♀️], my love handles were huge and I just felt like shit in general.  Going to the gym has helped me so much feel better, and eat better because let's be real who wants to eat the little calories they burn during a workout.  You eat better, you drink more water, and you exercise you look and feel better.

Now I'm starting to feel better in my clothing and old stuff is getting a little less snug but it took me 6 months and it will take even longer for me to get where I want to be.

I don't feel pressured I just know I can do better and look better.

But I just wanted to put this out there for anyone who felt like they aren't living up to societies standards, because honestly society isn't living up to my standards now a days so fuck society. 

What do/did you do to make yourself feel better after baby?

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Storms.

You know those things that aren't just weather related but life related.

It has been a little hectic around the house lately, and I am trying to get things back under control.

Our lovely puppy Max [or Diesel] decided he to chew through our internet lines which resulted in me not being able to get post going but I am currently using my Verizon Hot Spot and I hope my bill isn't insanely high next month because of it. Let's just hope it is included. 

That folks is called dedication, lol. 

With all of the hectic-ness going on, I decided I wanted to create a few printables that have been helping me keep things in order around the house, somewhat.  I am going to create a small library and continuously add new items, these of course will be free if you sign up for the new letter the link will be provided. 

If you haven't signed up for the newsletter you can find it over in the side bar or at the bottom of this post, I will start sending out weekly updates on blog post and upcoming events, or big news there first. I know I have said this before but J is finally letting me put him down more often and he is finding his toys much more intriguing than me.  

 
 

I have a lot of plans for this little blog of mine in the future and I can't wait to get started on all of it but for now I need to get my house organized and a meal plan set up.  If you have meal planning tips or recipes, please send them my way. 

I recently had a really big hair change and if you don't keep up with me on my instagram you definitely should, it is where I post a few behind the scenes, or things as they happen. 

We will be in Galveston again on Tuesday so don't forget to check my insta-stories for more of that. 

Click the image below to open my instagram and don't forget to click the follow button!  

Thank you for reading my little slice of the world, I can't wait to see what the future brings for this little blog of mine. 

 

 

Am I crazy?

I was just browsing through a mommy online community and these ladies are pregnant already after having babies around the same time as J, like within days of J.

My initial thoughts were "Nah I'm good. Buh-bye. WTF." You know things a sane person would say. I am not sane in any which leads me to my next thought. I immediately thought hell no, but soon after was like well I kinda wouldn't mind being in the same boat as these ladies.

Kids are tough and managing two would be difficult and life changing to say the least but honestly it took so long to have J, I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to have another even if it would be soon after J.

Life changes so much when you go from no kids in your house to a permanent little person crawling around.  It is a different rodeo than when I would watch my nieces and nephews and give them back at some point, when they are yours, they are yours. No take backs. 

We have discussed it and while having a baby amongst us is tough, we aren't doing anything to stop another one from entering the mix.  If I know anything from the journey we went through to have J, I know that God definitely has a plan for us.  J is definitely a part of some well thought out plan that would only come from up above. 

So am I crazy for not minding if I get knocked up so soon after baby #1? 

This adorable-ness is why we definitely want at least one more, if I don't go crazy first. 

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Panko Crusted Salmon with Asparagus + Wild Rice

You guys! You guys!  If you need an easy dinner recipe to impress someone and you don't cook much, this is IT!

Last weeks dinner was the bomb.com E actually complimented me without me having to fish for a compliment.  I found this on Pinterest of course, Cooking Classy had the recipe and I feel like she knocked it out of the park with this one. 

Seriously, next time my parent's are coming over I am making this definitely.  They will think that I took cooking classes and it is so easy and doesn't require a ton of ingredients.

I am doing my best to eat better because I don't want to waste my work outs on calories I am eating during the day.  I am working on giving up the creamer in my coffee or coffee all together 🙁.

So besides this wonderful recipe, what do you do to eat healthier rather than indulge? 

 

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Nights like these.

Lately, I have noticed that I am getting a lot of inspiration at night mostly after I should be asleep because the sweet baby of mine will be waking up in a few short hours for one of his night feedings.  

A few post back I showed you guys a few bites from my night out with my girl Stacy over at The Hurried Hostess but what I left out was my outfit of the night.  

I haven't done much shopping [correction: I hadn't done much shopping] and a lot of things still don't fit great since having J, so I had to put something together hoping it would fit nicely.  I have had this top for a couple of years and it possibly could be the first or second time I have worn it like ever. 

I'm really bad about buying things and never wearing them, I have a ton of stuff with price tags still on them 🤦🏽‍♀️ and my husband is going to kill me when he reads this.  

I am proud of myself that to say the least, I fit in it without any spanx! Yas girl, Yas!  🙌🏽

Girls Night Outfit Ideas

Blouse👚 Forever 21 | 👖 Pants American Eagle | 👠 Shoes Ralph Lauren

Visiting Wimberley, TX

This past weekend was the BEST!  The only thing that was missing was E to join in on the fun.  

I can't believe that J is now 6 months old and we went on his first road trip, everything is a first currently and it is so amazing that he is finally here but time is flying and I just wish it would slow down a little. 

We spent the weekend in Wimberley, and it was beautiful.  I can't wait to go back.  There are so many trails for hiking and the place is just beautiful.  I love the quaintness of it all it is so peaceful.  

We stayed at The Mountain View Lodge and it was the most perfect place to stay while in town.  The couple that runs the place is really sweet as well.  You won't get a concierge or room service while there so make sure you are aware of that, pack snacks that don't require a refrigerator, or microwave if you have the urge for a last night snacks. 

We visited a few places while in the area the good thing is that pretty much everything is close to each other so 20 minutes here, 15 there, 5 minutes there.  So it was nice to see a few things while we were in town. 

Things to do in Wimberley

Purgatory Creek - the trails were beautiful and I definitely want to go back to journey and of course take pictures. 

Jacob's Well - my mom wanted so badly to go to Jacob's Well and was a little underwelmed but I thought it was pretty cool.  You have to make a reservation to go swimming and you do have to walk a trail to get there.  I highly recommend wearing tennis shoes and being very careful I slipped a couple of times and I was holding the baby, so mom was freaking out. 

The Wooden Spoon Ice Cream and Yogurt - This is a quaint little spot in town that had frozen yogurt and all of the fixings.  We came here after dinner and it was nice to stop and relax a bit.  It is like your typical Tutti Fruitti or Menchies but better because it isn't some franchise.  It is decorated like a cozy home with cute tables and nic nacs. 

The Leaning Pear - We had dinner here Saturday night and the view is beautiful. I will have to try this place again, I don't think the particular item I ordered of the menu was great the Blanco Pizza had too much sauce and arugala for my liking. I should've went with my gut and got the meatloaf, my mom ordered the chicken with grits and enjoyed it. 

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