One Year Blogiversary

Oh my gosh, congratulations I did it!  I have had my blog a year, and instead of being super proud of it- I literally only blogged for 6 months of it!! Oh man, I can’t even begin to tell you what a whirlwind year it was. As I had every excuse coming to mind about why I stopped blogging, I came to realize that there really is no excuse. I have come across many mommy bloggers who are WAY busier than I am that continue to blog every day even though they are responsible of taking care of multiple little humans! So, instead of boring you with a thousand reasons why I stopped blogging, I decided I am going to pick it back up and catch you up from where I left off. In June :).

I absolutely love being a stay-at-home mama, but I actually ended up taking on some work-from-home opportunities from my previous job. I am incredibly lucky that my company allows me to work remote and I am able to complete my work during nap time, before Brooklyn is awake in the morning, and after she goes to bed in the evenings. Her transitioning to one nap a day killed me in the sense of ever having a free minute to get literally anything done.

My family had an absolutely incredible summer where we were able to visit Newport Beach, CA for a week on the beach and a fun-filled day at Disneyland. Oh, and yes, Brooklyn is a bit spoiled and got to go to the beach, Disneyland, and Disney World all within her first year of life! We escaped to the mountains a few times, whether it be to Steamboat or Winter Park for weekend getaways, got to relax at the pool, go to the park, host BBQ’s, attend a few weddings, and just enjoy the nice, long, warm days.

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Enjoying some mountain time in Grand Lake, CO

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Relaxing weekend in Steamboat- Brooklyn loved playing in the river

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Hiking to the top of Winter Park over 4th of July

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Family night out at the Rockies game!

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Cousins playing in the sand in Newport

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Brooklyn couldn’t get enough of sand crabs

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Snuggling her Minnie at Disneyland

 

 

After a couple of weeks of feeling completely hung over every day in July, I found out that we were pregnant with our second baby!! We are super excited to welcome baby Tamminga #2 this year :D. This pregnancy has been a lot easier in some ways and a lot harder in others. There are days that it kicks my butt, and then there are days I forget I’m even pregnant. I never truly realized how demanding and difficult it would be when I am responsible for another child and can’t rest when I need to. Shortly after finding out we were pregnant, we arrived at Brooklyn’s first birthday party.

For those of you who don’t have kids yet, believe people when they say that these days will FLY by! I feel like I blinked and Brooklyn was no longer my little baby but a little girl. It has been the most incredible experience to watch her learn and grow each and every day. I love being able to teach her all that she knows- how to be kind, how to love, how to laugh, have fun, crawl, walk, dance, sing, clap, and the list goes on. She absorbs everything that my husband and I say or do (which reminds us of how careful we need to be :)). We did a flamingo-themed birthday (Brooklyn’s request ;)) and had our family and closest friends there to celebrate her special day.

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Flamingling Family 😛

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Pink on pink and lots of flamingos!

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Homemade cupcakes

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Finally dug into that cake

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A stool my mom painted for Brooklyn- she painted one for me when I was a little girl

After her birthday in September, we hit the trifecta of holidays- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We had so many fun events planned for these that the months just went by faster than we could have imagined. I am very fortunate that both my family and my husbands family all live in Denver so we were able to spend time with both family’s for the holidays. Then New Years we dedicate as our little family time to come up for a breath and reflect on what a wonderful year we had before embarking on another crazy adventure come the new year.

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Brooklyn absolutely loved carving pumpkins and cleaning them out 🙂

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Our little elephant ❤

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Thanksgiving feast at the Wilson’s house (my family)

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Tradition continues decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving!

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One of my favorite ornaments from Beaver Creek for Brooklyn’s baptism

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Official kickoff of the Christmas season- lighting of the City and County building

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Our family dressed in our best for Christmas Eve church service

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She liked the boxes much better than any of the gifts, haha!

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Getting to snowshoe up in Winter Park

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Low-key NYE with some Gordon Ramsay steak sandwiches

Phew! Okay, I think I probably caught you all up on the main events of July 2017 to today. I need to apologize to all of my followers for not posting and being consistent throughout the year. I had several people asking me about my blog and every time I just shrugged and said I need to get back to it. Well, what better time than now? I hope you enjoyed catching up on my crazy life, and I look forward to sharing ideas and stories with you all throughout the year 🙂

Tasty Tilapia Taco Tuesday

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Final product! I love grilling season- yum!

Good evening all- I hope you had a great Tuesday 🙂 In our house, Tuesday means tacos! For those that don’t know me too well, I actually don’t really eat fish, but I made the BEST fish tacos tonight that we will certainly be making again. I am working to introduce new foods to my daughter Brooklyn which is why I made fish, and she loved it too.

Ingredients:

  • Uncooked corn tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Fish
    • 1 lb Tilapia
    • 3 tsp cumin
    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
    • 1/8 cup olive oil
    • 1 lime, zested and juiced
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
  • Slaw
    • 1 8 oz package of shredded green cabbage
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1 8 oz container of Fagé greek yogurt
    • 3 tablespoons diced pickled jalapeños
    • 1 tablespoon pickling juice
    • 1/2 lime, juiced
    • 1 tsp pepper
  • Pico De Gallo
    • 5 Roma tomatoes
    • 1 small white onion
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup fresh cilantro, lightly packed
    • 1 jalapeño, seeded for less heat
    • Salt and pepper to taste
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Pico Prep- notice the grapefruit spoon… a little trick to seed the jalapeño! 😉

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients for the pico de gallo in a food processor (or you can chop each ingredient individually and combine), and pulse to the consistency you prefer.
  2. Once pico ingredients is combined, add salt and pepper to taste and cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  3. Place the shredded cabbage in a bowl and toss with 2 tsp salt. Let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to soften.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together greek yogurt, pickled jalapeños, pickling juice, and lime juice.
  5. Once the cabbage has softened over the thirty minutes, add the yogurt mixture to the cabbage, add pepper and toss together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
  6. For the fish, combine cumin, vinegar, oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper in a baggie and place tilapia into marinade for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  7. Turn grill to medium high heat (temps vary grill-to-grill, but my grill is pretty hot). Brush vegetable oil onto a sheet of foil, and place the sheet on the grill. Place the tilapia onto the foil and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Use a thin spatula to turn the fish as it is flaky and falls apart easily.
  8. Once the fish is done, turn the grill to high heat. Place the uncooked tortillas on the grill for about 2-4 minutes each side, or until charred.
  9. Assemble your tacos with tilapia, slaw, pico, and avocado and enjoy!

*I paired this meal with grilled shishito peppers and black beans with cumin and lime. I tossed the shishito peppers in 1-2 teaspoons vegetable oil and placed them in a basket on the grill for 5-10 minutes, or until they are blistered and charred. Remove from the grill and top with whatever seasoning you prefer (I used a delicious citrus salt).*

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Frosé- Cool and Refreshing

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Frosé with added strawberries

The temperatures are rising, and everyone is in need of a cool, refreshing drink! I obviously always think pink 😉 and Frosé is just that! Refreshing, tasty, and aesthetically pleasing. I’ve already made this recipe twice and it has been a hit at both events. The first time I followed the recipe exactly, and the second time I decided to add the strawberries into it in addition to the strawberry syrup. It made it a bit sweeter and brighter, but you did end up with seeds in the drink at the end. I would recommend following the recipe, or at least blend the strawberries separate and then use a sieve to get out the seeds. Add any fun or cute garnishes and sip and enjoy… ahhh!!!!

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Blended and ready to drink up!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Can’t Pass Up- Cobb Salad

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Summer is here with the hot temps and the longer days. My husband and I have been eating lighter and healthier recently as you can tell with my recent blog posts 🙂

This particular cobb salad is from a restaurant we went to in Disney World and I just looked up a copy cat recipe for it because it is THAT good!

I make tweaks and changes to recipes to cater more towards what I like but I used this recipe and then added some of my own ideas:

  • I did grilled chicken as opposed to roasted chicken
  • Instead of the 3 different types of lettuce we did heart of romaine
  • I added cucumber and red onion- so add any extra vegetables you like in salads!

FYI the dressing makes a TON so make sure to half it if you don’t want that much dressing, however, it is so good, we use it on all our salads so the extra bit definitely gets used in our house!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Grilled Chicken and Corn Summer Salad

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Good afternoon and Happy Friday everyone!!! I have been so darn busy and have neglected my blog as of late and I apologize for that. With summer just around the corner, we are all wanting those bikini bod’s 😉 so I am posting a delicious, filling, and healthy salad that I made. Skinnytaste is one of my favorite places to pull recipes from because they are delicious yet healthy. I followed this recipe pretty closely, but decided to grill the corn to make it a little more ‘summer-esque’ if you will. I grilled the corn about 15 minutes (until it was charred on all sides) and then cut it off the cob into the salad. You could really make this recipe your own- whether you sub black beans for chick peas, add cucumber, scrap the onion if you have a hot date- the skies the limit on this salad!

I paired our salad with an artichoke because how can you not? They are in season, at the farmers market every Saturday, healthy, and delicious 🙂 Maybe enjoy it with a nice glass of white wine? I didn’t have any on hand so yes, that is a cider beer in a wine glass.

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Quinoa Chicken Enchilada Bake- DO NOT HIT BACK

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Good afternoon all! If I saw the words ‘Quinoa Bake’ a month ago, I most likely would have just exited and moved on, but I am TELLING YOU this is the most delicious quinoa bake I have ever had. My husband, who absolutely despises quinoa loved this recipe, so you should definitely give it a go. There are many different recipes out there for this type of bake, but I followed a recipe (thanks Betty Crocker) that I personally think is full of flavor and easy. If you are cooking for 2-4 people you are sure to have leftovers, and lots of them!

I will say this- I substituted the shredded chicken for grilled chicken that I chopped. I marinaded the chicken for two hours, then just grilled it, chopped it, and added it to the recipe above. I think it helped this recipe drastically texturally. The red enchilada sauce is probably good too, however, I put in the Hatch Green Chili enchilada sauce for a bit extra spice and tang. You can find it in a can in any grocery store- pictured below so you know what to look for 😉

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The best enchilada sauce you will ever have

This recipe is too tasty and too easy to pass up- I hope you like it!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Chicken Tikka Masala

Hello everyone- for those that follow my Instagram you saw that I made Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time on Sunday evening. I wanted to let you all know it was a huge success and I will definitely be making the recipe again!

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I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out great! I have heard of people substituting the cream for yogurt for a little healthier version (which I might try next time). If you like it a little more spicy, I added Cayenne pepper to mine to add that extra kick.

What I think helped allow my dish to have more of that true Tikka Masala flavor and to also find Basmati Rice, I shopped at a local Middle Eastern market to get my ingredients and spices- which it was also very inexpensive. If you can shop locally, I would- I think it will make for a much better tasting dish.

I did Basmati rice in place of Naan, but either would be delicious. Just as a heads up, you need to soak the Basmati rice for 30 minutes before cooking it so take that into account! Fairly easy dish, lots of flavor, and a happy household 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Casual Friyay Look

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I just put together a very basic and casual look that anyone can achieve for this somewhat chilly Friday in Denver. I just paired black leggings with a simple pink tee from Express and a scarf that I found at Nordstrom Rack. I wore it with Cheetah print Sperry’s but you could easily wear it with Converse, Vans, or any other cute shoes you may have in your closet!

If you are looking for a new cute pair of gold hoop earrings, you should definitely get the pair below for only $7.78!

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Love these earrings, on sale now!!

28 in a Nutshell

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”

Hello everyone, I can’t believe we have almost made it to Friday- yahoo! Yesterday was my 29th birthday, and I felt like I needed to do a little reflection on the past year of my life. I truly am still in shock that this is my last year of my 20’s, AH! 

28 was one of my most memorable years yet. The biggest highlight being that this was the year I became a mom for the first time to little miss Brooklyn Ann. This year there was a lot that was out of my control and put into the hands of God. Through faith and prayers we were blessed with a healthy baby girl in September. I overcame numerous trials and came to realize the amount of strength I have within me. I have never been tested as much as I have over the last year, and am truly stronger than I ever thought imaginable. After being home with Brookyln for three months, I had the courage to quit my corporate job so I could take on one of the most important jobs in my opinion- raising my daughter. My birthday last year I was four months pregnant with no clue how much my life was going to change in the coming months. My birthday this year, I have a seven month old daughter who brings me more joy than I have ever experienced or thought possible. 

The word ‘blessed,’ to me, is an over-used phrase and as I sat up in bed last night after what was a hands-down perfect and special day, I couldn’t come up with a better word for how I feel about my life. I am so very beyond blessed- with incredible family, friendships, job, health, and happiness.

In a previous post I wrote about how good friends are hard to find, and with a precious few, you should hold on. This last year I have been blessed with the best friends I could have ever asked for (near and far). I am surrounded by the most thoughtful, loving, and caring friends who have been with me through thick and thin. Even my friends without kiddos of their own, love and care so much not only for me, but for little B as well. The amount of love I felt yesterday was unlike any other year- the pictures that were shared, calls, texts, one of my best friends from middle school took me to breakfast, face-times, walks with neighbors etc. were enough to fill my love bucket for years to come. Thank you to everyone who reached out- I feel extremely fortunate to have you in my life.

For my family, I can’t thank you enough for all that you do for me. I have an extremely loving and caring husband, daughter, fur baby, parents, sister, brother,  in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. They have been there for me through the biggest trials from the past year and I can always count on them. I was overjoyed to spend the afternoon with my parents, sister, nephews, and daughter sharing laughs and love around the lunch table. I then came home to be spoiled and pampered by my husband and daughter with a fun family pizza night, cheesecake, singing, laughing, dancing, and a big celebration to top off the night. 

I can’t thank everyone enough for their love and support over the last year. 28 is a year for the books and will be a huge milestone for me forevermore. I love you all so much and can’t wait to see what this next year will bring- Bring it on 29!!! You have a lot to live up to 😉

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

5 Ingredient Lo Mein Recipe- Quick and Easy

TGIF everyone! I wanted to share a VERY easy and quick recipe that I have been making a few times over the past week 🙂

Lo Mein

Tasty beef lo mein- can be made with chicken too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Makoto Ginger dressing
  • 3-4 cups frozen stir-fry vegetable mix
  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken or beef
  • 2 packages ramen noodles (no seasoning packets)
  • 1.5 cups chicken or beef broth
  • Scallions and Sriracha for topping
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This is the dressing I use- found at Safeway or King Soopers

Instructions:

  1. Cut chicken or steak into bite-sized cubes
  2. Marinade chicken or beef with ginger dressing (at least one hour, up to overnight).
  3. Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add in meat and marinade and cook thoroughly.
  4. Remove meat to plate once cooked.
  5. Add frozen veggies to the skillet with the leftover marinade- add more if need be.
  6. Cook veggies until fully thawed.
  7. Add in two ramen noodle packages (no seasoning) and cover them with cooked veggies.
  8. Add 1.5 cups chicken or beef broth. Cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  9. Add back in meat and combine until everything is hot.
  10. Top with scallions and Sriracha and enjoy!