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27 May 2016

Friday Links + Loves

I can't believe its Friday already! I took the week off from blogging. Last weekend my bff got married, I was gone all weekend so I decided Monday I wanted to spend some time with my girls and hubs (since he's on summer break) and I needed to get some house work done. 
Well, the whole family had a great week and I'm still trying to play catch up with laundry! 



But since its Friday I wanted to say hello to all of you and share my favorite links + loves from this week. 

I know everyone on this planet LOVES watching Fixer Upper so it shouldn't shock you that I'm finding new inspiring ways to add a little something new to all my rooms in my house. I am dying to buy any one of these signs for my kitchen. I just need to pick a favorite... 

I finally got the guts to cook homemade Chinese at home. I have no idea why I waited so long to try it. Let me tell you, THIS recipe is amazing! Like so good the hubs wants me to cook it again next week! 

A friend sent me this link yesterday and I loved every bit of this story. It is so true! 

I'm so excited I ordered some new JACLYN HILL makeup!!! I'm a tad obsessed with makeup and I've been waiting for this to come out which seems like months now. So happy it's on its way to me! It is out of stock but I'm pretty sure one of her snaps said it would be back quickly! 

And last but not least. I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend! We will be celebrating by drinking to much wine and enjoying one of these desserts!

16 May 2016

Happy Birthday Syd!

Wow, you're firsts birthday has come. I can not believe how fast this year went and it was an amazing one. You've only been with us a year but it feels like a lifetime. You were the prefect fit for our family when God chose us to be your parents. 
You sweet, loveable, shy. You think almost everything is funny. You're the biggest mama's girl. You are complete opposite of your big sis. You love playing with your sister. You're walking and talking all day. We love hearing your stories.
I can not wait to see how much you grow into a little girl over the next few years, but until then CHEERS to turning one! 


Happy first birthday Sydney! We love you! 


13 May 2016

Friday Link Loves

Hellllllo Friyay!!! 
We are super excited its friday around here. Its the hubs last day of school. He's closing in on his 5th year of teaching and still loves it! 
I had no idea today was Friday the 13 AND its suppose to be a full moon. Hoping tonight isn't to crazy haha! 



Here's some of my favorite links from the week. 

If you didn't know I'm a Brady Band rep. They have some of the most amazing headbands around. They stay on my head, never slip, plus all new customers she's letting you order a black band for FREE to see how much you love it before you buy some! Go check it out! Plus I have a code for 15% off using KW15

I really want to give this recipe a try this weekend! They look delicious and its a recipe made the skinny way. I'm loving this new workout gear! 
I can't wait to make this cake for Sydney's birthday on Monday. Along with another new recipe to try next week. I've never made Chinese at home so we'll see how easy it is! 


Hope everyone has a great Friday the 13th and happy weekend!! 


11 May 2016

Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo

The beginning of the year I made it a goal that I wanted to cook more at home. Growing up I could of cared less about learning how to cook. My papa was ALWAYS cooking and he was an amazing cook and my mom was a pretty good cook too. 
My papa made everything from scratch. I remember he used to have this huge garden and he would freeze and can everything to use throughout the rest of the year.  Looking back I think to myself, I could of learned a lot from him in the kitchen. He doesn't cook very often anymore because of his health. But I wanted to start cooking like that. I wanted to be the wife and mom that cooks everything (well... most everything) from scratch. I didn't want to be buying "boxed" dinners anymore. Plus, I knew we needed to quit the "boxed" meals, not eat out as much and learn about new recipes for health reasons. 

Well the other night I put my cooking and follow direction skills to the test! I whipped up a recipe we've tried once before and its a family hit. I tried to made its a little healthier but let's face it, anything made with half and half just isn't that healthy. Most nights I try and cook a nice healthy meal but sometimes we have a non-healthy, non-boxed meal. And this is one of them.

Really where this recipe came from was my mom. She shared it with me one afternoon I was trying to think of something for dinner. I knew there was no way I could make an Alfredo sauce from scratch. I've messed up the butter-flour mixture one, too many times to count. I told the hubs I wanted to give this try. I googled and read about the prefect way to cook a roux. Well, guys it worked! I was so excited, my homemade, non-jarred, all made from scratch Alfredo sauce turned out just tasty! Also, I need to mention this recipe really takes no time at all! 



Ingredients 
16 oz pasta of choice, I used brown rice noodles
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour 
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 cup chicken broth, low sodium
1 1/2 cups half and half 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 Parmesan cheese 
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon freash parsely
12 oz fully cooked turkey sausage 

Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package. 
  2. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat, add garlic, cook until fragrant 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Whisk in flour, keep whisking until it turns golden brown and no longer smells like flour. 
  4. Whisk in chicken broth until smooth then whisk half and half. 
  5. Add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. 
  6. Simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Stir in Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese until melted and smooth. 
  8. Slice sausage in 1/4 inch slices. 
  9. Add sausage, cooked paste and parsley to sauce and mix well. 
  10. Enjoy! 
 
Original recipe from Let's Dish

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09 May 2016

Syd's First Birthday Party.

We celebrated a little girls first birthday this weekend. I still have no idea how in the world a year has almost passed by. I remember thinking I hope this first year goes by a lot slower than the first year with Miss O. Sure enough, it went by faster... 

We had her party a little early this year. Our month is crazy busy and full so we had to have it early. We celebrated with friends and family. Little Lady loved having all the attention on her. 

The theme was carousels. When searching themes for Olivia's party last year I saw the cutest invitation and quote and just knew I wanted that to be Syd's first birthday invitation. 

"The Carousel of Life turns so fast, it's hard to believe a year has passed!"

My mom is super crafty (me not so much) so when I showed her a few ideas and told her to work her magic she did just that. This was such a fun party to put together. I love going all out for our girls birthdays. I didn't get parties growing up and Chris only had one or two so I really love being able to have these for our girls. The pastel colors were my favorite part. I really thought about doing the girls room in these colors after having the party. 















Happy first birthday Syd Boo! We love you so much. 



Gold "S" -Hobby Lobby
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"ONE" sign- Hobby Lobby