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Blackberry Syrup Recipe and Multiple Uses For It!

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Adding sugar to the blackberries and water

This post seems perfectly fitting for a Friday. I love making my own syrups to have around the house, especially fruity ones! This blackberry syrup I created before kids and I would make delicious Blackberry gin drinks with it. Now that I have kids, I still make my gin drinks (you could change it up and use vodka or your drink of choice), but it’s also great for the kiddos pancakes, or just to mix with club soda for a tasty virgin drink.

This is a very simple recipe, as you are making just a blackberry simple syrup- yum! You can also use this with other fruit if you want to make a different flavor syrup (strawberries, rasberries, etc.)

Ingredients

  • 2 containers blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place blackberries in a pot.
  2. Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer and stir until sugar is completely dissolved (5-10 minutes). I let mine simmer 10 minutes to get as much blackberry flavor as possible.
  4. Remove blackberries from the pot using a slotted spoon. Store in an airtight container. (These can be used in a drink or on top of a mountain of pancakes!)
  5. Transfer syrup to a container that is easy to pour (I use an old syrup container or a salad dressing container with an easy pour).
  6. Store in fridge and use on pancakes, in a club soda, or mix with gin and club soda for a tasty adult beverage 😛
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A delicious adult concoction!

Cheers to a good weekend!

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

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

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

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

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