Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

TGIF!!!
Thank. Goodness. It's. Friday!
I am linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci for Friday Favorites!
It's been a week of transitioning back into the school routine around here. This was Tatum on Monday morning, I don't blame her, I wasn't feeling it either!
And then the kids were all smiles at drop off. I missed them so much this week while they were back to school. 
My favorite part of Monday was picking them up and taking them to the park to play! It's so fun being the mommy!


School morning pics will always be a favorite of mine!
Tuesday after school we went to visit baby Grayson, he is just as handsome as can be!
We went from holding baby Grayson to holding baby Knox and Jaxon! We love our weekly family dinners at my parents house!

These kids, they are just so much fun!


Cade said dinner Wednesday night was his favorite! This boy loves to eat, always has and I am positive that will never change! Taco pie was sure yummy, but not so healthy!
This ruffle short sleeve sweatshirt is a favorite of mine this week for sure!
We heard on the radio the other day that chicky was having free minis, the kids did not let me forget! Minis before school, fun fun!
And I will leave you with a place I spent most of my day Thursday.  Holding these 2 sweet ones as we had a jammie day, and it was so wonderful!
I hope you have a fantastic weekend! I am off to the car line!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throw back Thursday!

In honor of our upcoming Disney trip this spring, here's a little throw back Thursday, a few pics from our last 3 Disney trips!
I hope you have a magical day!












Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Years Goals

Good Wednesday morning to you!
I am double blogging today! I posted What I Wore Wednesday here, and I am excited about Mix and Match Mama and A little Bit of Everything's new link up "Working it Wednesday's!" It's all about how busy ladies work at keeping it together, or in my case, trying to!
Today's topic is New Years Goals!
 And while I would I could list a ton of things that would better my life, I am going to keep my list simple and attainable!

#1: Making more time to play outside with my kids! After school we usually have something going on or we start right away on homework, cooking dinner, etc. I am making sure we have more time to play outside together at least a few days a week! The kids always love it when I am outside playing with them and I love it so much too!
#2: More time reading! We need to spend more time reading together. The kids read their school books that they bring home each day, but we could be reading more, and we are going to do just that! I love to hear the kids read me a story, and they love to cuddle up and listen to us read to them too! 
 #3: Making sure I get in some sort of workout 5 days a week. This is usually not a problem, especially when I am training for something. But it's important for the kids to see their parents exercising and choosing a healthy lifestyle. 
 #4: If I have a menu for the week it's just all together a more organized week. I love this wall hanger in my kitchen that I use for our meal board! The kids and Jon like to know what we are having for dinner each night and this is a great way for everyone to see! This goal is 2 fold...having a meal plan and also making sure we eat those meals together! 
 #5: Family time! There are a ton of things that we don't get right around here, but one thing that we make happen is family time. This is a goal to make happen even more, we can never have enough time together making memories!
 Well there we have it, those are my goals for the year! Now I am off to read everyone else's and then I might need to start a list for 2018!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

What I Wore Wednesday

It's already Wednesday, yay! 
Here's a little mid week post that I love each week! Thank you to The Pleated Poppy for the fun link up each Wednesday! 

Here's what I've been wearing over the last week ish!

This cardigan is a recent purchase that has already been worn on repeat! I love alot of things about this cardi, the length, the two tone color, how warm and cozy it is, how it layers well and the quality! It also comes in a cream tone, super cute! You can find the beanie here, and on SALE!

This sweater is just fun! The sleeves, the color and the fit just have me wanting to wear it all the time!
I wore this dress to church on Sunday! I am loving all things velvet right now!
I went for my first run of the year yesterday and since I knew the car line was a mere 30 minutes away, I had to make it a quick run! I noticed that my favorite running shoes are on big time sale here!
 I just happen to have a few of these back fur cardigans in stock and ready to ship, they are $35 plus shipping. The long tee can be found here
 These runnings pants are on sale here!
I will leave you with something unrelated to today's topic, but so good. I know this was a good reminder for me, today, and everyday!
Make today a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's soup weather!

Good morning!
Talk about it Tuesday linky was having some technical difficulties so we will be back next Tuesday with that! For today, I have a yummy recipe for you that I made on Sunday! Jon said "that soup is DELISH!" 
Enjoy!
Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe via Averie Cooks - Chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, cheese, and addictively crunchy tortilla strips! Fast, easy weeknight meal, and better than from a restaurant!! - The BEST 30 Minute Meals Recipes - Easy, Quick and Delicious Family Friendly Lunch and Dinner Ideas:

Tortilla Strips
  • 10 small corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch wide strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper (about 4 to 5 inches long), diced very small (the seeds are where the heat is concentrated; included or discard them based on preference)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  • two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes and juice (I used petite diced, no-salt-added)
  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (use storebought rotisserie chicken to save time; or roast or cook your own chicken in a skillet)
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (I used frozen straight from the freezer, fresh may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
  • diced avocado for serving, optional for serving
  • shredded cheese, optional for serving
  • sour cream, optional for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Tortilla Strips - Preheat oven to 375F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or foil to save cleanup time, loosely scatter the tortilla strips, evenly drizzle with olive oil, evenly sprinkle with kosher salt, toss with hands to coat evenly, and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, or until crisp and lightly golden brown; set aside. While strips bake, begin making the soup.
  2. Soup - To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium-high heat to warm.
  3. Add the onion, jalapeno, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
  4. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir intermittently.
  5. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes and juice, black beans, chicken, corn, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, smoked paprika, optional cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 5 to 7 minutes. If at any point the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your soup to have more broth, add 1 to 2 cups of water; you'll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end.
  6. Add the cilantro and boil 1 minute.
  7. Taste soup and add salt to taste. This will vary based on how salty the chicken broth, tomatoes, black beans, and rotisserie chicken are, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, etc.).
  8. Ladle soup into bowls, top with tortilla strips to taste, optionally garnish with avocado, cheese and/or sour cream; serve immediately. Soup will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Extra tortilla strips will keep in airtight at room temp for up to 5 days.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekend Wrap

It's Monday and our LONG Christmas break is over. 
Insert all the sad faces, whines and cries. 
We are all sad, it was just too much fun!

The good news is we have a 3 day weekend coming up so we are looking forward to that! 

On to our weekend!
Thursday night the kids spent the night at Mimi and Pops' house with cousins, they had a blast! 
They send me this pic Friday morning, having fun!
 Friday was SO cold, like 19 degrees cold! 
This cardi and beanie kept me warm all day!

 I met up with the slumber crew for lunch and a movie! 
 And then we started our 3 hour drive home. YES, 3 hours! The traffic Friday was just terrible. I looked back at one point and saw this....
And then another hour later...all of my people fell asleep on me. We literally drove 4 miles in 60 minutes. This hyper girl was going nuts!
We made it home in time to have a fun family Friday night! 
We thought a super fun tent, pallets and lots of movies would be a good last late night on the break! And it was!
The kids crashed at about 10:00 and slept until 8:30 Saturday morning! I will never have too many pictures of my sleeping children. :)
Saturday morning Cade asked me to make him a breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon, grape jelly all on a biscuit. I told him I would just go whip that up for him! :) Anything for my boy!
We spent the first half of the day playing lots of things like....
beados!
and drones!

and crafts
and making necklaces
Tatum wanted to make bff bracelets too, love her so much! I will always be her bff!
and checkers (and clearly make up too-speaking of makeup girl, I think she was losing here by the looks of her :( and Jon's :))
and superheroes
And then we decided it was probably time to get dressed for the day considering it was 2:00 in the afternoon! :) We ran a few errands and met some friends for dinner! My girl, and her girl all ready to go!
It was another cold cold day, this sweater was fun and fitting for the day!
We made a little Starbucks stop in between errands and these two...well this pretty much sums up our snack stop! :) They are a mess!
Oh how I love my days with these 2!
And this family of mine, love them so much!
I wore this dress Sunday and loved it so much! I am loving all things velvet this season and Tatum loved that it was pink!
Happy kids with donuts at church on Sunday morning!
We polished off our break with some rice krispie making last night!
 I am going to miss these littles today!
I am off  to try to get back into our normal scheduled routine around here, like off to making lunches I go!
Have a happy Monday!