Sunday, October 20, 2013

Simple Things Sunday #3

Moments from this week.

I'm sure I've written once or twice about what an amazing husband I have. 
He is the best of the best. 

He has THE biggest heart and ALWAYS thinks of his family first. 
He is beyond thoughtful, and always tries to make each and every little thing we do special. 

This weekend we celebrated his very first birthday as a Daddy. There is so much I wish I could of done for him, but we kept it simple. We spent Saturday taking a mini road trip up to Payson, AZ to cool off and find some fall colors (something I'm a little obsessed with).

There is not a whole lot to do in Payson, but it was spending time alone with my family, doing something we love to do (mini road trips!), that made it such a perfect day.

How did I know it was a perfect day? My husband and I talked about how perfect it was a million times today. It really is the simple things. 

Plus we found the most beautiful spot where I set up the tripod and took some of the most perfect family photos! 

Here are just a few! 

Thanks for stopping by this week, Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday's Thought... One Day Late

My family is everything to me. And I am blessed with the best. 

So because this post is so late, and because my brain is scattered with a million thoughts, and I can't seem to focus, this will be short and sweet. 

In my 29 years of life, this year has been by far, the hardest. Without the love and support of my family, I'm not sure where I would be today. I could not be more thankful for each and every one of them. My parents. My sisters. My husband and son. They are the reason I wake up and give each day 100%. They are the reason I don't let negativity take over me, which is so easy for me to do. I fight to be positive when sometimes it's the last thing I want to do. They are the reason I am who I am today, and that makes me so happy. 


This weekend we will be celebrating my husband's very first birthday as a Daddy. I am beyond excited. It's going to be the best! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


This morning I woke up, and had a TEN month old next to me. If I knew where to begin, I'd try to explain how fast the time is going, but I seriously have no idea.

It was ten months ago today, that I became a mommy. 
Ten months ago, when I held my son for the very first time.

I feel so blessed, and am so thankful for each and every day I get to wake up to this amazing life my husband and I have created together. 

Happy ten months little man, I love you to the moon and back, forever and ever. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fun On A Budget : Reading & The Library

We are currently a one income family. I will be forever grateful that my husband busts his butt Monday-Friday so that I can stay at home and raise our little man. 

Since my job only pays in high fives, gummy smiles, snuggles, and drool-y kisses, I am always on the search for cheap and / or free activities to do with my little man. 

Sadly, I always forget about the library in today's "digital world". So I am here today, to remind you all that the library is AMAZING. 

After a family trip a couple months ago, I started taking my reading buddy to the library during the week. He absolutely loves books, so I can't think of a better place to be! Not to mention, unless you are like me and always find a way to occur late fees, the library is free! 

The last time I was there I picked up a schedule for story time. I was surprise to see a variety of choices. The second I saw "Lap Sit" story time for babies ages 0-2, I knew we needed 
a mommy / son date. 

We went for the first time today, and had the best time. Most story time's that I've encountered are all ages, and Jackson always wants to play with the big kids instead of sitting and listening to a story. So, this was perfect. Especially with babies his age, it was so much fun to sit back and watch his little personality come out as he interacted with them. There were songs, stories, and even some play time after. Not only did Jackson make a new friend, but we even got a couple little bugs to take home with us. :)

I highly recommend looking into your local library, it's never too early to start reading with your little ones, and let's face it, it's always great to get out of the house 
without having to spend any money! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Happy Monday!

Today I want to share one of my favorite go to recipes: Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken.

 I love anything you can cook in a slow cooker, and add a huge bonus when you can make two different meals out of one recipe. I use my slow cooker at least once a week. It's so great for days where you have a ton of errands to do, or days where you just don't feel like spending your evening in the kitchen making dinner.

Seriously. This is SO simple. And SO delicious. 

4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breast
(I plan for leftovers so for a family of two "eaters" I usually use 4 chicken breasts)
1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
*I highly recommend using Famous Dave's Sweet & Zesty BBQ Sauce*
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.
Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.

I usually cook mine for about 6 hours.
With about an hour left, I shred the chicken, re-cover and then let it finish cooking.

Lately, we've been making mini sandwiches by serving them on Kings Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and of course, some homemade french fries!

THEN. With the leftovers, which we always have a lot of since Jackson can't dig in just yet... I make a BBQ chicken pizza!

To. Die. For.

Bbq Chicken Pizza. Photo by GaylaJ
picture via:
All you will need for that is your leftover shredded BBQ chicken, pizza crust, some mozzarella cheese, and I top ours with some onion and tomato. 

It literally takes me about 10 minutes. 

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Simple Things Sunday #2

Moments from this week.

This was a big moment for me. The first time since I was about seven months pregnant, I was able to get my wedding ring on! I was heartbroken when I was pregnant and had to take it off. I am proud to be married to the most amazing man, and missed wearing it every day. I know every girl says the same thing, but I do believe my wedding ring is by far the most beautiful ring I've ever seen. It's absolutely perfect, and I am beyond thrilled to be wearing it again! 

I already know moments, and pictures like this, are ones that I will cherish for the rest of my life. My little man cried and cried, overtired and teething are not a good mix. The feeling I get once I calm him down, and once he finally falls asleep with his arms wrapped around me is truly priceless. 

Speaking of teething. My little man officially has TWO little teeth. As much as I already miss that little gummy smile, these little two teeth make him even cuter... and I'm not sure how that is even possible! 

 This weekend we went to a fall league baseball game with my parents to watch some of the young Cubs prospects. The best part about fall league games. Tickets are dirt cheep ($6) the stadiums are empty, and you can sit wherever you want. We had an amazing time, and my husband even caught a ball for Jackson! After the game, Ryan took Jackson to the dugout, and all the Cubs players signed the ball for him. I will never forget the huge smile on my husband's face. He was SO excited to not only catch a ball for our little man, but then getting it autographed too!
Best. Daddy. Ever.  

Jackson LOVES the outdoors. Saturday we took a drive to the park to enjoy the gorgeous morning, and let Jackson hang out in the grass. The weather could not have been better, and it was so relaxing to just hang out the three of us. 

If you want to join along, a few quick and simple rules:

1. Grab a "Simple Things Sunday" button and include it in your simple things post.

2. Link back directly to your Simple Things post not your blog/website.
No links to other linky parties, giveaways or craft projects pretty please. 
This linky is all about the photos.

3. Be sure to pop by and visit at least 3 other links and leave a comment.
Leave as many as you can!

Friday, October 11, 2013


Fact: I get my love of ALL holidays from my mom. 

For as long as I can remember, my house was one of the "cool" houses to trick-or-treat at. At times, kids would even come by more than once, as if we wouldn't notice. :)

 I will always remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mom, emptying the big bags of candy, and sorting it into two piles: chocolate and non chocolate. There were months we would even have non-food items such as Halloween pencils, erasers, and stickers. We would sit there and make little goodie bags for each and every little (and not so little) trick or treater that rang our doorbell. 

So... I can't  help myself when I find the most adorable ideas for "treat bags" on pinterest. Below are some of my favorites, and if we didn't live in an apartment where we literally get NO trick-or-treaters (I don't get it!) I would try  my hardest to *persuade* my husband into letting me make at least one of these!

Coffin Treat Boxes

Bugs & Kisses (Free Printable!)

Pumpkin "Poo"

Paper Ghost Bags

Halloween "Lunch Bags"

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday's Thought

This really touched my heart.  

In just one short week, my little man will be ten months old. Ten. Months. As my husband likes to say, 'he will officially be out of your belly, longer than he was in it'.

It's so bittersweet.

Jackson has truly been a blessing in our lives. He has changed my life, for the better in so many ways. He gives a whole new meaning to everything I do.

With his one year approaching, I find myself getting more and more crazy about trying to capture each and every little moment, so when I came across this photo,
 I knew it was perfect and that I had to share.

"You will never have this day with your children again."

Hug your little ones a little longer.
Give them a few extra kisses. 
Tell them you love them a million times, and then a couple more.
Take the time to sit back, and just watch them. It's one of the sweetest things.
Make them giggle like crazy- at least once a day.
Take a nap and snuggle with them. You will cherish those moments.
Photograph the little details, and write the memories down.
And remember to enjoy today, mama. 

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Citrus Lane : September

A look into my Citrus Lane box for September!

NurturME | NurturMeals: About $2.50 (Target)

Julep | Nail Color: $14.00 (Non Member)

I have a month to month subscription to Citrus Lane which runs me just $25.00 a month (with free shipping), and my box for September was valued at approximately $40.45. 

I am always excited to see what the new month will bring, and this month did not disappoint.

The breakdown:

I absolutely loved the Charley Harper book. The artwork was beautiful, and Jackson does not have a counting book yet so I, as a mommy, was so happy to see this. Also, my little man LOVES books, and is a pro at turning pages these days, so he was very excited for this as well. 

The Hug & Hide Stroller Toy from Skip Hop is another one of those toys that is great for on the go! The clip on the owl is great, and Jackson has yet to find a way to unhook it, and throw it on the floor while out and about running errands with me. It also comes with a teether attached. A definite win in my book.

I have yet to use the Playful Wash from Episencial and I also haven't tried the NurturMeals just yet. As soon as I am done with the shampoo & body wash from The Honest Company that I received in a previous box, the Playful Wash will be next on my list. I love that it is pH-balanced, so it is safe for the eyes, and it is completely organic and safe for all ages. 

 NurturMeals from NurturMe is very different from any baby food I have tried to date. I normally make my little mans food, however I always have a stash of "packets" for quick and easy on the go feeding. With NurturMeals, you simply add milk, formula, or water to make purees. You can even mix them into food for an added boost of nutrients. NurturMeals are organic, gluten-free, dried fruit and veggie meals for your little ones 6 months- 4 years. Although they are not as easy as "packets" for on the go, I am looking forward to giving these a try! 

Last but not least. I saw quite a few complaints from Citrus Lane members who got the Nail Color from Julep in their September box, stating that they did not want  anything for themselves, and would rather have had another item for there little ones. I'm not sure if this makes me a bad mommy or not, but I was so excited to see a full size nail polish in a beautiful color for myself. I'm sure there are many mommy's like me out there, living on a budget, and I very rarely, if ever spend money on myself anymore. 99.9% of the time, I'd much rather get something for Jackson than for myself. SO this was a pleasant surprise that I am not complaining about. :)

*If you missed my first post / review on Citrus Lane, you can see it here*

If you haven't signed up for Citrus Lane yet, and want to try it out, copy and paste the link below to receive $10.00 off your first order!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Every Week

Yup. Every Week.

I feel as though being a stay at home mom does NOT make the whole "Monday" thing any worse. 

The beginning of a new week. Husband back to work. A long list of to-do's, while trying to make the most of the days for my little man. 

Monday's are usually a twomugsofcoffee kinda day for me. 

Looking forward to sharing some posts this week including a new Citrus Lane review, an amazing go-to crock pot recipe for my family, and some festive Halloween themed backing recipes I'm dying to make!

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend. And if you missed it, be sure to check out my very first Simple Things Sunday post. I'm so excited to be joining in! 

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Simple Things Sunday #1

I've been following one of the most adorable blogs, Simple As That, for some time now and finally decided to join in on "Simple Things Sunday."

So, what exactly is Simple Things Sunday?

"This weekly photo share is all about taking time to photograph the everyday details that make your life unique, beautiful, and special. Each Sunday we gather here to share our photos with each other. To enjoy the beauty that can be found in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are." 

I think this is such a beautiful idea, and I can't wait to share with you each Sunday!

If you want to join along, a few quick and simple rules:

1. Grab a "Simple Things Sunday" button and include it in your simple things post.

2. Link back directly to your Simple Things post not your blog/website.
No links to other linky parties, giveaways or craft projects pretty please. 
This linky is all about the photos.

3. Be sure to pop by and visit at least 3 other links and leave a comment.
Leave as many as you can!

And that is it! So, today I am excited to bring you my very first Simple Things Sunday!

Moments from this week.

While on a walk this weekend with my family, my little man (with help from his Daddy) picked these BEAUTIFUL flowers for me. Made me smile so big! I wish there would of been a way to keep them forever.

This week, with the weather cooling off in Arizona, I took multiple walks to the park with my little man. He absolutely loves the park, where we enjoy our walk around a lake and feed the ducks! Seeing the excitement on his face and his eyes light up, is priceless.

I never want to forget the look on my little man's face, when we let him do something he is not supposed to be doing, just yet. This morning, my husband was "sharing" his breakfast, and Jackson could not get enough of "eating" off of Daddy's spoon. 

My baby sister moved to California about a month ago. She means the world to me, and I miss her so much, so I was crazy excited when she came home for the week. Family is by far the most important thing to me, and I absolutely LOVE seeing my family with my little man. He is the most precious little boy, and loved like no other. 

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! 

Friday, October 04, 2013

Skinny Taco Dip

Over the past few months I have found some amazing quick, easy, and absolutely delicious recipes that I am dying to share!

(All recipes found via Pinterest)

Today I want to share one of my husbands absolute favorite dishes for a relaxing football Sunday. 

I'm warning you now. This dip is seriously amazing. So I'm not quite sure how "skinny" it is when you eat half of what you make! 

Enjoy, and I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! 

Skinny Taco Dip

picture via: pinterest and

8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese
8 oz reduced fat sour cream
16 oz jar mild salsa
(I drain the salsa, otherwise your dip while become runny)
1/2 packet taco seasoning

combine cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning
mix well with an electric mixer
 spread on to the bottom of a 8x8in baking pan
top with any veggies you want, I use shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and shredded cheese

Thursday, October 03, 2013

"Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes."

I was so excited when I got a request to make a nurse themed frame the other day from MGA Home Healthcare.

I took my little man to the craft stores, and was so excited to see some of the cutest nursing related stickers! 

Once my little man went to bed, and the house was finally quiet, I turned on some Kings of Leon, and got to work. 

I am very excited to share the final product!

To see more custom frames, head on over to my Etsy shop Little Bug Frames!

Thursday's Thought

via pinterest
I absolutely love this. 

I've always struggled with letting go of things. It's hard for me. Really hard. 

Especially when those "things" are people. I truly want to believe that there is good in everyone. That everyone has a good heart, means well, and that people can change. 

However. I am realistic, and have learned that is not the case. 

It's taken me a long time, and I've fought with myself on this. I have not always been the most positive person. But with personal struggles the past few years, it is really something I have been working on, and sometimes, against everything your heart and soul wants to do, you have to let go.

You can't help someone change, if they don't want change for themselves.

So I'm slowly learning that sometimes it's okay to let go. People come in and out of your lives for a reason. Whatever that may be. You just have to do what is best for you.

I have a friend who lost her dad a couple years ago, and just recently lost her mom. That weighs so heavy on my heart, which is why I wanted to make this post. 

I am at peace with the decisions I've made in my life, who I've kept close to me, and who I've let go. Life is short. I have no room for negativity in my heart. I want to live my life to the fullest. I want to live a happy and positive life, for myself, my husband, my little man. My family.

Sometimes people can come around. It may be weeks, months, or years. I've decided I will deal with it, if and when the time comes. I know there is no reason to sit and stress about something that you yourself, have no control over, and can't change yourself. 

I want those closest to me, those that mean the most to me, to never go a day wondering how I feel about them. 

Don't ever go to bed mad. 
Don't be petty, pick and choose your battles. 
Don't ever miss a chance to tell someone you love them. 
Don't be lazy, pick up the phone.
Make at least one new memory each day.
Call someone just to say hello.
Send a card to let someone know you are thinking of them. 
Don't say something you can't take back, and more importantly something you may regret. 
Take a million pictures. 
Hug and kiss your loved ones daily. 

So those are my thoughts for this Thursday! 

On a lighter note, I'm working on a new frame. It's a custom order, and I can't wait to share! 

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Well... It's October

How did that happen?!

I just had a mini panic attack. My little man will be turning one in a little over two months. As if being an overly emotional mommy with how much he has been growing lately isn't enough to deal with... I've been talking for weeks about starting to plan his first birthday, but have yet to actually get the ball rolling. 

So many things I have not been able to make a decision on!

Location. Theme. Cake. Decorations.

What to order. What to make myself. 

I am seriously stressing out. 

I know. It is his first birthday. He will never remember it. But I will. It will be small, simple. But I want it to be perfect. 

I've seen so many adorable ideas on Etsy and Pinterest, I just have to start making some decisions. And that may sound like a simple task, but I may be the most indecisive person you will ever meet. 

For all you mommies out there... any suggestions on throwing a first, first birthday party?!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013


One of my unhealthy obsessions / addictions : Pinterest

My loving husband has witnessed this first hand... but as I always like to say, It could be worse, right?!

So, to this blog I bring you "pin.spiration" and I'm pretty sure that needs no explanation. :)

Once I finally get my little man to bed for the night, I usually take a few minutes to myself, to sit and relax- and that usually finds me aimlessly clicking around Pinterest. With thoughts that fill my mind such as "oh my gosh, that is so cute / my little man totally needs that" or "I have to make that" and "that looks so delicious" I rarely get to bed at a reasonable hour. And as long as I have a mug of coffee in the morning, I rarely regret my decision. 

So today I bring you the first of many Pinterest related posts. 

A couple months ago, one of my best friends and I had a "mommy's night out" and we attended a BYOB painting class. Thanks to Groupon we got an amazing deal, and we had such a fun night.

I want say, I went into this night just knowing I wanted to have fun (and a glass or two of wine!) I am crafty but not necessarily artistic... and I had no expectations as to how my painting was going to turn out / not turn out. All I knew is that I wanted to paint something for my little man. 

After spending about ten minutes going back and forth trying to decide what masterpiece I was going to try to create, I settled on this for my inspiration. 

via pinterest 
I absolutely love the saying, and I loved the clouds. It was a winner. 

We were there for a good couple hours, and again, I had so much fun. Great times with great company, and I was able to fully relax knowing my little man was safe at home with his Daddy. 

Never. Ever. In a million years did I expect to love how my painting turned out. And I really never expected that I would love it so much, I would want to hang it in Jackson's room. But that is exactly what I did. 

I know it's silly but it made me so happy to paint this for him. He is my world, and even when I have time away to myself he is all I think about! 

Has anyone else ever taken a BYOB painting class? I will definitely be taking another one in the future!