Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bummer Drag

So I'm typing this from my phone... why? Well my computer decided to die. Its a big bummer, but thankfully I have tech savvy family and friends and we are hard at work getting it fixed and getting us back online.

I'm still here, just with limited availability and limited acess.

Hope you're having a good week! Ill be posting when I can!

Bummer Drag

So I'm typing this from my phone... why? Well my computer decided to die. Its a big bummer, but thankfully I have tech savvy family and friends and we are hard at work getting it fixed and getting us back online.

I'm still here, just with limited availability and limited acess.

Hope you're having a good week! Ill be posting when I can!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mani Monday: East Village

Do you ever just look at a color's name and wonder where it came from? Like, when a color is clearly purple, but it is named something ridiculous like "Pink Paradise". I feel that way about this color. I don't get the name/color reference, however, I LOVE the color itself. Also, it is a one-minute dry polish, making it perfect for me (I can't seem to be patient enough for my nails to dry properly!)

What crazy names/colors have you seen lately?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Homemade Chicken Caesar Salads

We wanted to eat healthier more often, so that my workout plans would be more successful. We decided that we wanted to make Chicken Caesar salads like Wendys offers, with delicious grilled chicken and flavor! Problem is, I had no idea what to do to begin.

So we took a stab in the dark. We added Salad, coated it in a very thin layer of Caesar dressing, then added chopped tomatoes. We then chopped up really thin slices of swiss cheese and grilled our chicken, using lemon pepper and lemon juice to add flavor.
It was really good! Bubba, who is a meat and potatoes man, loved it. He had seconds and asked me to make it again - soon! Enjoy!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Broken Lizard Comedy Tour:

Bubba's favorite movie is Super Troopers.
When he went through the police academy he was nicknamed "Farva," after one of the characters. We watch it all the time and love the movie, as inappropriate as goofy as it is. When I got a tip that Broken Lizard comedy was coming to Wise Guys Comedy Club in West Valley... well there wasn't an option. The tickets had already been bought.
Bubba and I had a date night to go see the show! It was a fun night and we laughed a lot. At the end Bubba got to talk to the actors and snap a photo. Mac (Steve Lemme) on the left was talking to another guy, leaving Bubba to talk to his doppelganger, Kevin Heffernan (or is Bubba Kevin's doppelganger?) Either way, they had a chance to laugh, talk, and compare 'stashes. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Makeup Monday: Janurary Glam Bag

IT FINALLY CAME! After a long wait for this month's glam bag, it finally came!
Needless to say, I didn't wait to rip it open, so I used a baby blanket as my back drop.
Yeah, I'm that person.

Big Sexy Hairspray, a MINI! GUYS. I can't even. I am so excited to have some! I've tried some when other family members had these products and loved them, but frankly have been too cheap to buy them. Also, this size is PERFECT for my purse because it's a mini! Whoo hoo! 

I had seen other glam bag subscribers complain because they got a Nailtini polish just in November. I'm not complaining AT ALL. I love this brand and LOVE the color, called "Frappe". So pretty and feminine! 

I've been needing some lotion to help me through this dry, cold, bitter, Utah winter. I smelled this lotion and LOVE IT. I tried it on my hands and it works wonderful, smells great and doesn't leave a thick layer on my hands.

SOHO concealer makeup brush! I've been needing new brushes and am so excited to try it out! The handle is so thin and easy to hold, and not bulky! 

You guys, I am so excited to try it all out! Other bloggers I had read had posted about the use of this for skin, but on the box it goes into detail about how it works for hair, nails, skin, and scars. I am really excited to try this out!

Have you gotten a glam bag? If not, you should go to and check it out! It's the best $10 you'll EVER spend!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Easy Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells used to intimidate me. I used to think that there was no easy way about it.
Until I made this recipe. This recipe is my own creation, and I used almost all leftovers based off of other meals we had previously during the week! 

What You'll Need:
Large Shells (I only used half of the box)
Spaghetti Sauce
1 box Cream Cheese
Colby Jack Cheese / Parmesan Cheese

Optional (pictured): Spicy Sausages,

How to do it:
1. Boil your shells. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese and the spaghetti sauce together well. I heated mine in the microwave for one minute to help it blend. Once fully cooked, drain and rinse noodles. Take your bowl and mix, and dump into a plastic bag. Cut a hole in a corner.
2.  Prep a baking pan by placing a thin layer of spaghetti sauce over the bottom. Fill the shells by squeezing the mix into the shells with the plastic bag trick. As you finish your shells, place them in the pan. Do this until the pan is full, or until you've run out of sauce or shells.
3. Cover with cheese and bake in the oven for 15 minutes on 350. During the last five minutes, set the oven to broil to let the cheese get golden. Remove from oven and let cool.

Scoop up, serve and Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

he & she

he prefers glasses. she prefers contacts. 

he prefers Chinese food. she lives for Mexican.

he likes snowboarding. she's only there for the cocoa.

he hates going to the gym. she loves going to the gym.

he likes CSI. she likes Grey's Anatomy.

he likes the snow. she likes the spring. 

he likes to buy it. she likes to create it herself. 

he loves her. she loves him. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mani-Monday: Through the Grapevine

Nail polish is my weakness, so it wasn't a difficult decision to start doing Mani-Mondays!

This is a brand found at Wal-Mart, for $1.39, it is Wet'N'Wild, Through the Grapevine.
I love this brand for many reasons, they have fantastic colors, affordable, and it lasts for quite some time! With me being a mommy, healthcare professional and very active, going to the gym, etc, I need polish to last!

I also just LOVE this color. Its mellow enough to wear on a day-to-day basis, professional enough for work, and bright enough to make these dreary (smoggy!) winter days brighter!

Do you like Wet'N'Wild brands? What brands of polishes do you like? 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Blogger Meetup Invite

Hey guys! Here is your formal invitation to the Utah Blogger Meetup! Please make sure to RSVP to me so that I know how many people to expect!

We are also going to try to do a raffle, so we are asking any of our bloggers that are sellers/vendors/shop owners, to bring a product to donate. If we have product, we'll raffle it off, it should be fun and a great way to gain new customers!

Let me know if you have any questions! Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

This is one of the recipes my husband always asks for when we are making a big Sunday dinner, so naturally I had to make it! This recipe has been posted before, but I was a doofus before and photos weren't a part of the post, so I had to make sure I posted it again, this time WITH photos! Enjoy!

What You'll Need:
2 Potatoes
4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt & 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Cheese

1. In a saucepan, add butter, flour, salt and pepper. Stir. Add milk and stir again. Boil until thickened (with as little as this mix is, it takes no time at all to boil). Stir in cheese until blended. (I did 1/4th cup at a time of cheese).

2. Spray dish with cooking spray and add the thinly sliced potatoes (the thinner the better, just don't chop off any fingers!). After adding half the potatoes, add some sauce, then add more potatoes. Cover with the rest of the sauce

3. Bake at 350 for 30-50 minutes.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Buffalo Cauliflower

This is a really strange recipe for us, we usually do meat and bread and manly man meals. Originally seen here, I saw the photo and knew we had to try it out!

This serves 3-4 people, or 2 of us with leftovers (after all, they say when the spice sits it gets hotter- yum!)

What you'll need:

Cauliflower (one head, or one frozen bag)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flour
1 cup Buffalo Sauce
1 tablespoon butter - melted

How to do it:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a big bowl, mix the buttermilk with the flower until it is combined well. The original recipe says it is okay if there is lumps. Basically, I dumped the cauliflower in the mix and then used a spoon to cover it well. It says "toss" it on the recipe...that wasn't happening for us.
Place in a baking dish and bake for 15-18 minutes. Watch to make sure the cauliflower isn't browning too early for you, when it is, take it out and proceed to next step.
Combine Buffalo sauce and butter in a small bowl. Once cooked, remove the cauliflower from the oven and cover it with sauce. Stir well using a spoon. Return to oven to bake for another 5-8 minutes. Let cool and serve with garnishes (that you'll need), like ranch and celery, pictured below. 

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Getting Healthy - The Details

Hey guys! I haven't been posting for awhile because of how busy we are! I hate being too busy to blog, but I love what I've been up to, getting healthy!

Since there is so much I've been up to, I'm going to break it down, sadly, it will be a long blog post. Get ready, because this routine WORKS! I've lost 7lbs in less than three weeks!

Part One: Food for Thought

Believe it or not, even with perfect portions in my lunchbox and eating as healthy as I thought I was, I wasn't eating like I should have. After a lesson on acid/bases and feeding my body (a reminder I needed) I was able to work out what my diet needed exactly. I was even able to meal plan a good diet with my work schedule. 

Here is what my weekday meal plan looks like:
530am - Meal Replacement Shake / 1 Cup Coffee
930am - Apple and a handful of nuts
1230pm - Meal Replacement Shake
200 pm - Cucumbers/Celery/Tomatoes
500pm - Dinner - anything "healthy" and well portioned. 

Come to find out, drinking one can of Coke a day (my use for migraine prevention) was what was really getting me. So during the week, I eat per the schedule, and luckily, during the weekends I can eat whatever I reasonably want to, so that I don't feel deprived, or tempted to go off the deep end. 

Part Two: Pop Some Pills

I've never been one to take medications of any kinds, and I try to avoid taking anything at all times.
Until now. I've added Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and a daily  multivitamin to my daily routine, and have been loving how I'm feeling!

Most doctors advise you take extra Vitamin D, especially during the winter months when there isn't as much sunshine or you aren't outside as often to enjoy it. Believe it or not, most people are very deficient (I was VERY low at my last blood tests).

The Vitamin E is for skin healing, and for hair and nail growth. My skin doesn't heal well whenever I have lots of scars from my surgeries that have keloids or other nasty looking scars. Besides that, my hair feels better and is growing faster too. 

Part Three: Sweat it Out

I joined a gym, and not just any gym, but a fantastic little local gym. Its 24 hours, staffed 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Part of your super low monthly fee ($10 a month!), I get personal training and body fitness assessments. I've been in to do them and met with the owner a few times even, who is fantastic and is wonderful. I love going in there and working out.

Part of working out is switching up my routine. I've been going in 5 days a week, for at least 40-90 minutes a day. I change up each workout each day, and allow myself to find fantastic workouts online (Pinterest is a fantastic resource!). Also, a fun part of using Pinterest for finding workouts? I only use each workout once, so my body doesn't get used to the workouts and they become ineffective! 

There you have it folks, my new lifestyle routine. Hopefully it will help some of you or at least give you some insights to what I've been up to! I'm hoping to get back to blogging consistently soon enough! 

Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Handsome Boys

I am truly blessed to be surrounded by my handsome boys all the time.

And I love that they don't complain when they need to dress up.
And I really love when they let me take photos of them all dolled up.
Don't tell anyone this...but I really love them too. 

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Friday, January 4, 2013

"Best Ever" Granola

 This is a recipe my mom found "somehow". She loved it enough the first few times she made it to give it to her neighbors this Christmas as neighbor gifts, and I was lucky enough to snag the recipe!

What You'll Need:
4 cups oatmeal, uncooked
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tea cinnamon
1/2 tea salt

Stir mixture well in a large bowl

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup veggie oil

Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds
Remove, whisk and add 1/2 tea vanilla.

Pour wet mixture over dry mixture, stir well.

Bake at 300 for 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes to prevent it from sticking to the pan.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

On Resolutions

With all the excitement of the New Year, my husband and I sat down to talk about if we were going to make resolutions or not. In the past we haven't, simply because we knew we wouldn't keep them. This year, we decided to, and here is our list. 

1. Do more as just Bubba, Dani and Brayden. We love our family, but we want to do more with our little man and just us, and with me only taking one class this semester, I'm excited to tackle this one! (We actually have already taken an outing to Cold Stone for Strawberry Blonde Ice Cream - pictured above!)

2. Work out. Losing weight may or may not happen like I want it to, but working out needs to happen.
Actually, I joined a gym a month ago and have been working out pretty consistently, 3-5 times a week. I'll post more on that soon too!

3. Keep trying Pinterest recipes and finding new recipes from Oma's cookbooks. Bubba told me he REALLY likes how many different recipes we've had since I've joined Pinterest, and how we've only had the same recipe twice in a year was fun for him! 

Did you do resolutions? What are/were they?