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

Kid Valentine Idea

Happy Saturday! 

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, some of you may be looking for a fun Valentine idea/craft to do with your kiddos! Last year we made these cute, fun, and easy ‘bee’ valentines for our family. You only need 3 items to make these Valentine’s, and your kid is only needed for one quick step which is also a huge plus.

I only purchased black and yellow paint, card stock paper, and a pink and black sharpie. You start by dipping the bottom of your kids foot in yellow paint and stamping it on paper (you can get 2-3 stamps from each dip in paint) and keep in mind some turn out better than others as you can see below. I would recommend using less paint so you don’t get ones that turn out like the one on the left below.

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 Step 1, getting the footprint… the only step that requires your kids help! Don’t mind my slippers 😉 luxury of being a stay-at-home mama, haha.

Once the yellow paint dried I did a couple of stripes of black paint, then used a black sharpie for the face, wings, and antennas. I then drew a little pink heart and then used the black sharpie again to do the dotted line to show the buzzing of the bee! Once everything was fully dried, I added the Bee my Valentine and signature 🙂 Easy Peezy!

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Final product as easy as 1, 2, 3! Cute little Valentine’s with your kiddos tiny footprint ❤

I hope you all have fun trying this fun little craft and end up with some cute Valentine’s for friends and family 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Galentine’s Idea: ‘Favorite Things’ Party

Happy Friday!!  I can’t believe we have almost made it to the weekend 🙂

Last week I posted on my Instagram of the ‘Favorite Things’ party I went to. I had some people ask about it, and if you are needing a last-minute idea for a ‘Galentine’s Day’ party, I would highly recommend it!

Here’s how it works- Each person attending the party brings 3 of the same item (their favorite thing). My group sets a budget to stick to to make sure it’s fair, and often times you may want to make a category (beauty, kitchen, etc.) if you are wanting everyone to receive something similar. You put each person attending the party’s name in a basket 3 times. Whoever starts will draw three names out of this basket and that is who will receive their gifts.  They then hand their gifts out to those three gals to open together and you continue so on and so forth. By the end of the party, you will go home with three awesome new favorite things! We take pictures of each item and send out all the favorite things via email so if there was something you wanted to try but didn’t receive you can buy it.

Anyways, I brought the NuSkin Whitening toothpaste as I love how white it makes my teeth. I then came home with three fun, wonderful gifts! 

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The gifts I received are amazing! A Simplified Life is a really great tool so far in getting my life more organized.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Chicken Noodle Soup with a Kick

Hi everyone, happy Hump Day!

With all this nasty flu going around this year, sometimes you may want to make a quick and easy, yet tasty chicken noodle soup. I made a little spicier version, but not too much because I still feed it to my 16 month old. My husband is coming down with something and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Brooklyn and I will dodge it. I made this recipe for him and Brooklyn on Monday since I had a girls night out 🙂 Check out the recipe below!

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups shredded chicken (I typically get rotisserie, or the pre-shredded container. Equivalent to 2-3 chicken breasts)
  • 1.5 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (I just did a couple shakes)
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package egg noodles

Instructions:

  1. Shred cooked chicken. While shredding, heat 1-2 Tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add chicken to frying pan until slightly browned (3-4 minutes).
  3. Add diced onion and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Then add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  4. Put 8 cups chicken broth in a large stock pot and turn heat to high so it reaches boiling.
  5. In a separate pot, start boiling salted water to cook your noodles (I don’t boil them in the chicken broth because they soak up too much of the broth and make the soup too thick). Pour noodles into boiling water and cook for time provided on packaging.
  6. Add carrots, celery, ginger, and red pepper flakes to chicken mixture and cook on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Once chicken broth is boiling, add chicken mixture to pot and let it boil for 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and let it simmer for 15 minutes, adding the milk within the last five minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Mom Guilt

Okay, so I’m hoping I’m not the only mom that has this and I have a feeling that I’m most certainly not. We wake up every day wondering what type of day we are going to have- are my kids going to wake up… happy? Sad? Cranky? Tired? Hyper? Hungry? Needy? Sick? Loving? It’s a crap shoot, you literally never know what mood you are going to be presented with. Some days I just don’t feel like there is enough time between when I put Brooklyn down and when she wakes up in the morning to start it all over again, but then I go in her room when she wakes up to morning snuggles and realize it’s a new day and a fresh slate 🙂

Morning snuggles with my little one- no makeup, no worries!

With this being said, mom guilt is a real thing. No matter the mood, I do my absolute best to make every day great for Brooklyn, despite being completely exhausted some days. I feel like the mom guilt has been layered on a bit thicker recently counting down the days I have left with Brooklyn being our only child. I want to make sure that I spend quality time with her, fill her days with laughter and fun, take her to museums, the zoo, music class, etc. Sometimes I can have the most perfect day with her and one mistake can turn it all around and make me feel like a horrible mother. Just right before Christmas I caught her from falling off the couch and splitting her head on the table and not but 3 minutes later she tripped on the dog bed and split her eyebrow open on the table. Mom fail. Slipping in the bath tub, losing patience and getting frustrated, saying a bad word, not knowing they are in pain from teeth coming in, the list goes on for reasons why I have mom guilt. I always reflect and think how I could have done things better, but in the moment I did what I thought was best for my daughter, and sometimes it’s not always what I would do after thinking of other ways to handle certain situations. I’m still learning and so is my daughter, and that’s just going to be how the rest of life goes.

I have come to the realization that no matter how hard I try I’m not going to be able to protect her from everything. I won’t always be there to catch her when she falls, but you better believe I am going to try my best. People will always ask me about her cuts and bruises that somehow magically appear, people will judge me when she is having a complete meltdown in the middle of King Soopers or screaming throughout the mall because she loves the sound of the echo, how I handle certain situations, or really when I do anything different than they would. At the end of the day we as moms are always doing the best we can. We love our kids more than anything, we want them to be the best they can be, we want to let them explore and figure out this thing we call life. In order for that to happen mistakes need to be made and you cannot always blame yourself and be so hard on yourself. I am very guilty of always being extremely hard on myself, but at the end of every day when we have bath time, story time, prayers, family hugs and smooches, and tuck her in that I have done my absolute best to be the best mom that I can be to Brooklyn. I put her needs ahead of me own, I teach her everything I can, take her to do fun things, love her, feed her meals and snacks, snuggle, read, laugh, dance, and just all things kids should be doing.

For all you moms out there, try to let go of mom guilt and know that you are a TERRIFIC mother. We are all doing our best and need to worry less about what others are doing or thinking. Comparing yourself to others or judging them for doing something different than you would isn’t going to get you anywhere. Keep your head up and mom on!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie