Follow My New and Improved Blog- milehighsunshine.com

Hi all!

I am so appreciative of all my followers, and wanted to let you all know that I am moving on from Justanythingbutordinary.com to my new site, milehighsunshine.com

About me_2-19

If you have enjoyed following my posts, please follow my new page! I will fill you in on my latest style trends, recipes I make, and some trial and error of motherhood 😀 I hope to see you soon!!!!

2018, thats a wrap! Word of 2019

fam 1

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

Pineapple Mint Sorbet

IMG_1647

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!

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

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! 

img_7359.jpg

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

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

Friendships- When to Let Go

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

I know we’ve all been there- wondering how or why you lost a friend. As I’ve gotten older, I have found that there are always people put in your life for what you need at that time. Growing up, you have a few best friends and as you mature through high school and college you have lots of acquaintances, but fewer and fewer close friends. This quote rings true on so many levels. I have made some incredible friendships over the past couple of years, and I have also lost some friends over these years. The friendships I have held onto from college, high school, and middle school are some of my strongest friendships I have. These are the friends who have known me almost my entire life! They know the young girl who poured her heart into sports, stressed about every test in school, dealt with heartbreaks as they came, laughed uncontrollably, loved slumber parties, had way too much fun throughout college, they know me at my absolute worst and my best, and yet they still love me (this includes family- my parents, my siblings, my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents). I am always so thankful to have these precious few friendships that date all the way back to those young, stress-free years. I have reconnected with several of my wonderful friends from middle and high school and it is always like no time has passed and we pick up where we left off. I am beyond grateful for the wonderful friends who have touched and changed my life for the better. You come to realize that “sometimes your circle decreases in size, but increases in value”. I’m always stumped as to why some friendships come to an end, but honestly, you don’t have the time to sit and dwell or wonder. I have come to realize that my life is no different without that person in it. I need people in my life that make a difference. Not many of my friends are moms yet, but they understand my life has a changed a little with having a baby and still want to be a part of it. They love my daughter, but they also know that I can leave her with daddy and have a fun night out. Friendship is a two-way street, and as we get older and mature, we don’t have time for the friendships that aren’t bringing us happiness or take too much to nurture. We all have our own lives to live and life changes, and its important to “understand that people change and sometimes they are no longer compatible with our lives. We just have to learn to accept it and move on”. Friends are such an important piece of our lives and as we get older, it is important that you know people from when you were young. Throughout the trials in life and the deck of cards you have been dealt, these friends remain constant- and know the you in which you were raised and haven’t wavered too far. They help keep you in check 🙂

As a person who has wondered why some friendships haven’t lasted, don’t waste too much of your time or energy wondering why. Keep on moving and put the time and effort into the relationships you love and care for. “God puts people in your life for a reason, and removes them from your life for a better reason.” I have been told that friends are the family you get to choose, or the ‘siblings God forgot to give you”. Be picky of these friendships- and know how important these friendships are throughout your life. ❤

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Bachelor Watch Party: Success

collage- bachelor

Bachelor Night Watch Party

Yep, this is happening. I am going to go full on nerd here. I have a friend from High School who has hosted a bachelor watch party for 4 or 5 years now which is 8 or 10 seasons of the bachelor/bachelorette. There is a group of about 10 or so girls that get together every Monday to have dinner together and watch it. It makes watching the show so much more fun when we can chat about all the drama and pick who we think will win, who we like best, etc. The finale of Nick’s season of the bachelor is premiering next week and I am so sad because it gives me something to look forward to every Monday. Anyways, my friend Rachel is on a beach vacation (lucky gal) with her family and her five-month-old son so I hosted the event for this week. 

It was the fantasy suite date episode, the final 3 women, and also women-tell-all (3 hours of show). For those of you who watch, you know that Chris Harrison tells us it’s the ‘most dramatic episode yet’. Well, us girls popped a few bottles of wine, had a nice dinner, and snuggled in to watch the show and holy drama! The girls on the show are so catty and pick fights with each other and its extremely entertaining to watch. My favorite part about last night was we all kept coming up with hysterical memes throughout the entire show of certain girls facial expressions and what the best/funniest verbiage would be.

If you and your friends have a favorite show, I highly suggest having someone host at their house each week so you can watch and gossip about it all together (or maybe you pick up the Bachelor because there is so much fun drama). It makes it so much more fun! For anyone who watches the bachelor, you should make these cute rose apple puff pasty desserts I made last night maybe for next weeks finale- they are so darn cute! Also, that E wine was delish- we drank every last drop 🙂 My mom actually suggested that wine, and everyone really enjoyed it! Have you noticed the theme? Red wine, red glasses, red apple dessert, we had spaghetti with red sauce, the list goes on, haha!

rose dessert

Will you accept this rose? Apple and cinnamon desserts 

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie