Thursday, January 30, 2014


Some of my favorite recipes come from a friend, of a friend, of a friend....

Here's a good one from a friend of a friend.


Yeah, not the red kind you were thinking.
It has beans. Which I love to use but don't very often.
It has corn. Sweet corn. Yum. (Indiana is rubbing off on me.)
It has red onion. (CONFESSION: Not a huge fan, but finely diced, they are great in this recipe.)
Cilantro. (Again, not a huge fan, but something about it in this recipe.... good!)
Green onion. Yes.
Lime Juice. YES!

It's quick and easy. And tastes even better the next day. And the next. And the next.
{Except, there won't be any left after day 1!}

Other than a big 'ol bag of chips, here's what you'll need:

1 can sweet yellow corn, drained 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 2-3 green onions, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion (I used a little less than 1/4 cup) 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 Tablespoon olive oil Juice of 1/2 lime Juice of 1/2 lemon Kosher salt to taste

Add and omit ingredients according to your taste!
Mix all the ingredients together.
Cover and chill.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Favorites of 2013

These are a few of my favorite (2013) things....

1. BARE MINERALS Prime Time Foundation Primer
You won't believe how soft your skin will be in the matter of seconds. 
Your face will feel like satin. Try it. (I promise you'll love it.)

2. Sephora Instant Moisturizer
A great everyday, light, moisturizer. It works great and my favorite thing about it, the smell. Fresh and clean. (I can't stand stinky moisturizer.)

My favorite smell. And it comes in a gorgeous bottle.
There's something so feminine about perfume. (And lipstick!)

4. Sandra Boynton Board Books
I have purchased these books in the past and they are well loved....

I added to our little collection this year by purchasing several more books. So cute! Rhyming stories that all of my kids love reading! Snuggle Puppy is an old favorite. The Going To Bed Book is a new favorite.
I have a soft spot for buying my kids books.... they are catching on to this.
(Maybe bookshelves will be on my Favorites of 2014 List!)

5. He definitely doesn't come in 5th place, but my MOST favorite thing of 2013 is this guy.
I can't tell you how many kisses I give him everyday. (I'm addicted.)

(These reviews are my opinions on products I purchased and used in 2013 without financial compensation.)

Friday, January 10, 2014

8 Months!

8 months ago- 
Seems like yesterday....

To celebrate, I decided to take some last Christmas pictures of Tagg with our tree.
(Yes, we are those people… we like to savor Christmas as long as possible!)
For photo ideas, of course, I turned to Pinterest and found Meg at Snap Happy Mom and I love her!

I changed my camera settings exactly like she said to get the bokeh look of my Christmas tree.
You can read all of her tips {here}.

Too focused…..                   too unfocused….

Perfectly blurred lights!

Then a brilliant tip Meg shared: Practice taking pictures on a stuffed animal so your kids don't have to sit while you get your lighting right.
Tagg was interested in what I was doing with his toy….

And when I was setting up the Christmas lights…. he was just too curious!

Happy 8 months Baby Tagg!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from today….

I saved my favorite for last. I love everything about this photo….
his 'ready, set, go' position,
his curled fingers,
his pudgy feet,
the way the hat is pushing his ears down,
and how his whole face lights up with his little smile.

I just can't get enough of this little buddy.
So thankful for the last 8 months!