Cute and Comfy Sweater

Because being comfy and cozy is a priority to me (maybe a few of you too?) I have been living in this soft and cute sweater from Evereve. Rarely do I get ready, but when I have an occasion, this top is the perfect option.

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White cords with flats makes for a casual look

Black and white is easy to pair with just about anything, but this is how I got my pop of color! Very versatile — easy to dress up or down.

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One way to get that splash of color- or with jewelry, pants, shoes!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

2018, thats a wrap! Word of 2019

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Celebrating a family wedding in Bozeman

Wrapping up 2018 was definitely bittersweet, to say the least. It will forever be one of the most memorable years of my life with the birth of my second daughter and moving to a new home, but it has also been one of the hardest years. Change can be a tough pill to swallow and I am very proud of how far my family has come in 2018. The transition from one to two kids can be very tough. I thankfully have the help of my husband, but when he is working and providing for our family, I am outnumbered to my two crazy girls! Finding a balance has been the toughest part of my year, on top of trying to get used to a new home. Comfort was something that I felt I lost this year. I was extremely emotional moving from the first house my husband and I bought. The house we bought thinking we would ‘start’ a family in, not necessarily live there and grow a family for 5 years. We built a family there, we built community and relationships with our neighbors and friends, we built a life and a loving home. Leaving that behind left me feeling sad and empty when we moved. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE our new house, but leaving that home felt like we were leaving behind a big piece of our family and our life. Luckily I have come to learn that leaving a home is just that- you leave the home. All of your memories come with you, they don’t live in the house. The memories of us bringing our girls home from the hospital to that house is a memory I will forever have in my heart. I will drive past that house when my girls are older and be able to show them where they began their lives and how many memories were created there. After living in our new home now for just over four months, it is finally becoming home and not just a house. We have created memories here; celebrated holidays, fought illness, laughed, loved, cried, hugged, smiled, danced, sung, played games, entertained, praised, snuggled, and lived. I am incredibly grateful for the people I get to call my family and friends who have helped us share these memories and helped make this house a home.

Two big life changes in 2018 made for an emotional year with a lot of ups and downs. I have thought long and hard to come up with a word for 2019 in addition to a couple of resolutions (which I think may not even really be a thing anymore). I couldn’t settle on just one word as I have lots I can work on and strive for in 2019 which is why my word(s) of the year are going to be: BALANCE and CAREFREE.

For those of you that know me, you know that these are great words for me. Balance is always tough to achieve when you have families, friends, kids, a hubby, all the while trying to also squeeze in some ‘you’ time. I am going to find a balance that works best for me this year and brings an abundance of happiness. I am going to surround myself with the people and things that bring me the most joy. 

Carefree is also going to be a challenging word. Unfortunately, I am a very high-strung person who internalizes a lot and stresses even more. I am going to take leaps and bounds towards being more carefree this year and enjoy and live in the moment. Be present 🙂

I am excited to embark on a new year and journey with all of you!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Fitness Journey: Self-love or Self-hate?

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Happy hump day all!

After getting back into a rhythm at the gym over the last month, I was asked a very honest question by my workout instructor. She had asked if my fitness journey was started by self-love or self-hate. Truly, this question didn’t even need pondering because I knew in my heart that I started out this fitness journey with self-hate. I wanted to lose my baby weight, get back in shape, lose love handles, tighten my tummy, get rid of dimples, etc. As I began thinking of all the reasons I was back at the gym I came to realize that I have a heck of a lot of self-hate. I need to give myself grace and be much kinder to myself and my body. My entire body transformed to grow a human over 9 months, I can’t expect it to go back to normal right away. I am a role model for both my girls and would never let them know of any self-consciousness or body image issues I have. What I always tell them is what I need to constantly remind myself- I workout to get strong and to be healthy. 

After setting out on this fitness journey (it’s only been a month as I just got released to workout postpartum), I am now finding myself going to the gym for self-love. Am I one that is super hyped and always looking forward to my workouts? No. But the gym is the only “me time” I get in a day and I carve out those 60-90 minutes to get a good workout in, reset, sweat, get my heart rate up, breathe, and destress. This instructor also reminded me that if I don’t prioritize this time and make it mine, someone will fill it. I show up for my classes with excitement to give it my all, have fun, make new friends, sweat, gain strength, be better than yesterday, and hope that the transition I want to see in my body will eventually follow. For now I am just enjoying getting my strength back, getting my butt kicked by the motivating instructors, sweating out all of the negative emotions, exhaling my stress, and inhaling the goodness that the gym brings. Results will follow- but until then, I am going to love and take care of the body God gave me and enjoy my fitness journey.

Talk with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Pineapple Mint Sorbet

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When its 90 degrees out, it melts fast 😛

How goes it everyone?

I am sharing my sorbet recipe that I shared on my Instagram post yesterday. You won’t believe how easy it is, but it is AMAZING! So refreshing and satisfying- you have to try it. I will say that I have always been intimidated of cutting pineapples, but we have had SO much pineapple since I purchased an amazing coring tool to help make it much easier! I love a good kitchen gadget!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pineapples, peeled and cored
  • 2 small lemons, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • .5 ounces mint (1 small herb container, more to garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Blend pineapple and lemon juice in blender.
  2. Add sugar and blend until smooth and dissolved (30 seconds-1 minute).
  3. Add mint to your liking- I love mint so I used the entire container, minus one sprig for garnish.
  4. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream maker. This is the one I use and I love it, especially since its automatic 😉
  5. Churn for 15-20 minutes or until the desired consistency.
  6. Freeze for 3-4 hours.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Hawaiian Pork Bowl

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Good morning everyone,

I had so many people asking for my recipe for the Hawaiian pork bowl I had posted on my Instagram. Unfortunately I can’t take any credit for the recipe, however, here is the recipe I followed. Thank you Food and Wine for the delicious recipe. I had served it in a half of a pineapple which looked so tropical and cute, but it was much harder to eat 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great Monday so far!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Reflecting on my 30th Birthday & Mother’s Day

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far.

I have been doing a lot of reflecting recently since I just had our second little girl in March, turned 30 in April, and will be celebrating my second Mother’s Day this weekend. So… where to begin?

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Top Golf with my family and friends to celebrate my 30th!

If you had asked me where I saw myself in 10 years when I was 20, it would most certainly not be where I am today. I have accomplished so much and am extremely proud of where I am at the age of 30. I got a lot of questions from friends and family on if I felt sad or weird turning 30 and the honest answer is no. As I look and reflect on my life, I realize that I am incredibly happy where I am at and turning 30 in my eyes is just turning another number. I have been given 2 amazing gifts with my girls who bring me more joy than I have ever experienced in my life, or could have prayed for. Seth, Brooklyn, Blair and Paisley (woof!) bring me so much happiness, love, and laughter that I can’t wait to see what our future holds. I think that my 30’s are going to be the best years of my life with the greatest memories that I will hang onto for a lifetime.

Okay, so enough about me and my birthday 🙂 Being a mother has been hands down the most difficult, amazing, wonderful, crazy, frustrating, exhausting, and best things of my life. I am so incredibly blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mama and raise my two girls with my values and morals each and every day. Is it easy? Hell no- this is the hardest job I’ve ever had and I learn SO much every day. I feel as though I rarely know what I’m doing or if I’m doing the right thing, but I am always busting my butt to make sure my girls are happy and safe. I guess that is part of the fun of parenting- as long as you are doing your best, there really isn’t any way you can go wrong. All of us moms are constantly making mistakes, but as long as we put our best foot forward that is all we can do and it’s also how we learn 🙂 I had such an incredible childhood that I can only hope and pray that my girls have the same feelings as I did.

Mothers are incredibly strong people, and I don’t think you can fully understand to the extent until you are one. What an amazing day to celebrate all of these strong mamas and role models that I have surrounding me. My mom is my best friend, who I look up to, and she is constantly helping me down this crazy unpredictable path of motherhood with my own girls. I have learned so many lessons from my mom and wonder how in the world she raised me some days, haha. I call her A LOT with questions, concerns, to chat or vent, make plans, cry, laugh, and just about everything else that happens in my day. She has helped guide me to be a wonderful mother to my girls, and I am incredibly lucky to have her as my mom. I look up to my sister, who is a mother to 3 little boys and is also there for me for every question, panic situation, frustrating day, venting, a good laugh, and the list goes on.

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My mom, my sister and I at my cousins wedding last weekend.

My grandma is one of my best friends and raised my incredible mother, her two sisters and brother. She is the coolest, most fun, caring, hilarious, and awesome grandma you will ever meet. I talk to her at least once a week about the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a mom. She is always there when I need her and I feel fortunate that I got to spend last weekend with her at my cousins wedding.

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I know it’s blurry, but it is such a special photo- My grandma meeting Blair for the 1st time.

My other grandmother passed away this week after battling Alzheimer’s for many years. She was a great example of what a good mother and wife is. I will never forget how much she and my grandpa loved to dance. They danced all around the cul-de-sac at my high school graduation party and continued long after the last guest left. They were so in love with each other and were honestly the real-life ‘Notebook’ couple. Although she isn’t here for Mother’s Day, she is in our hearts and I know she and my grandpa are in Heaven dancing and celebrating what a wonderful job she did raising her children. She made huge sacrifices for her kids and is another role model I have been so fortunate to have.

Last, but not least, my mother-in-law raised my amazing husband in addition to his two brothers. The stories I hear of these 3 boys growing up… I don’t know how she did it! She is always there for me, to lend a helping hand, or help me with any questions I have.

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my MIL taking great care of Brooklyn while we were away at my cousins wedding.

To all of you awesome and strong mothers out there… enjoy a weekend celebrating you, and all you do for your family! We work hard and deserve a day for us and acknowledgement of all the sacrifices, blood, sweat, and tears that we put in day in and day out (and nights) for our kiddos! Cheers mamas near and far!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Transitioning From a Family of 3 to a Family of 4!

Happy Friday Eve!!!! I can’t believe we have almost made it through another week 🙂

So I’m not exactly sure if my emotions are due to pregnancy hormones, or if they are legit, haha. Just the last couple weeks I have been SO emotional over the fact that Brooklyn is no longer going to be my only child! I am beyond excited to welcome another baby (VERY soon), but just have been holding on to these moments with just me and Brookie. To be completely honest, I can’t even talk about Brooklyn not being my only child without having a complete meltdown! Does it make me feel guilty at times? Yes, because I truly am so excited for number two, but just have these sad feelings to know I am sharing time and/or love, or feel like I’m taking that away from Brooklyn. After talking with other moms who have more than one kid, they reassured me that they had all these same feelings and its completely normal. 

One thing that I have been reminded is that I’m not ‘sharing’ or taking away any of the love I have for Brooklyn, but I am growing more love for the new baby just as our family is continuing to grow. Any moms out there who are in this same situation, or anticipating being in this same situation soon… don’t forget that! Sometimes it is hard to see past our emotions, guilt, or thoughts, but it is important to know that just because an unknown situation makes you feel a certain way, doesn’t make you a bad person. We just need to remind ourselves of all of the positive aspects that will arise from the situation and not focus on the ones that make us sad or upset. Siblings were the best thing that ever happened to me, I couldn’t imagine my life without them. I just need to remember that I am giving Brooklyn one of the best gifts that my husband, Seth and I received from our parents 🙂 We are both the youngest of three kids, and we know the special bond that is created between siblings. Siblings are your forever friends, your best friends, always there for each another, and will always be the people who know you best and known you the longest.

I can’t wait to see Brooklyn become a big sister, and meet this tiny little bundle that I’ve been waiting for all these months. Stay tuned for if it’s a boy or girl 🙂 

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Fat Tuesday = Red Beans and Rice

Hi everyone, Happy Monday :/

With tomorrow being Fat Tuesday, I wanted to provide my followers with a delicious, simple, and festive recipe. I made a delicious and easy red beans and rice recipe that if you don’t have a meal planned for tomorrow would be perfect for the holiday!

Ingredients

Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package andouille chicken sausage (or whatever andouille sausage you prefer), sliced 1/4″-1/2″ thick
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4-6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh-cracked pepper
  • 2-3 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (I used a pinch, as I’m 35 weeks pregnant and get horrible heartburn :))
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups minute white rice (or any rice you prefer)

Instructions:

  1. Heat 2-3 Tbsp olive oil in a large stock pot on medium-high heat. Add and brown andouille sausage once oil is hot.
  2. Add additional 2-3 Tbsp olive oil and add onions and garlic. Sauté until they are translucent and soft. Add celery and bell pepper and sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add red beans and chicken broth and stir. Add in black pepper, salt, basil, sage, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 1.5 hours.
  4. After it has simmered, take out 1/2 cup of the red beans and mash and return to pot to help thicken. Add green onions. If consistency is too thick, add additional 1/4-1/2 cup chicken broth. Continue to simmer for 15 more minutes. At this point, start making your rice so that they are ready at the same time.
  5. Remove bay leaves, serve over rice, and enjoy!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

 

Maternity Style

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far 🙂

I had gotten lots of questions on where I got the turquoise maternity dress I wore in my Instagram story on Thursday. Well, unfortunately I had bought it for my last pregnancy, and never had an opportunity to wear it because it was way too short to wear without leggings, haha! So now that its winter, I was able to pair it with leggings! Although the turquoise one is no longer available (fingers crossed it will come back in the Spring) there are so many other colors of the same dress you can choose from and I see that it now comes in a ‘tall’ option which I could have used being 5’8″ 😛

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Don’t mind the books and toys that Brooklyn scattered before this picture 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie