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Thursday, September 18, 2014

I've said it in previous posts, but I'm working on redoing some rooms in our house. We rent, so we aren't able to change a whole lot (paint, etc) but I can change furniture and rearrange. I've done a lot of purging (I need to do a whole lot more) and I've sold some stuff. Let's start with the dining room.

This was before (duh, it says it right there....). It was dark and crowded. The table was hightop and difficult for Jackson to get up and down from. He fell a few times and I had it. I sold it. The hutch was from a friend of my mom's. We kept it, but moved it and mixed it up some (I'll share that area soon!). We went without a table for a while....but it was worth it. I've always wanted a white table with colorful chairs.

And I got them! I love this room now. It's way brighter, happier, and we spend a lot of time in it now. Most of the furniture is from Ikea minus the small cube shelf from Target. The accessories were collected over time at Target or thrifted or gifted. The rug is also from Ikea. It's $20. Obviously the best purchase of the entire room. The white table has changed my life. If you are ever wondering about my IG photos....this is where the majority are taken.

Now that there are two boys who have a ton of toys and junk in the house, I had to come up with somewhere else to store some toys. They both play the majority of the time in the living room so this little shelf of toys is perfect. Since Jack started school, he brings home projects and colorings that we have to put up. This is his perfect little gallery wall. Mason loves it, too. It's easy for him to pull stuff off the shelves and he stays away from the breakables that are dangerously in his reach really close to this.

See? Breakables. I've had these shelves for longer than I've been married. They have seen better days, but nothing some brackets, screws, and black paint can't fix. They are filled with my favorite cookbooks, vintage cups and plates, and a few special little things. The "Cafe" sign was something my mom picked up for me in Laredo, Texas. It's super amazing. It one of my favorite things in my house.

I hated this room before these changes. We never would eat dinner at the table or projects there. Now, we do everything there. It didn't happen overnight, so if you're trying to change a few things in your home, don't give up. These changes aren't cheap and we aren't rich or well-off by any means of the words, but I waited and waited until the right moment to do this. Now, I couldn't be happier.

Things, Ten of them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In the last few days, I've shared more about my life and myself than I ever have. All of it on social media. I've realized that I tend to keep things to myself and never put myself out there enough. I do it plenty, but the bare minimum. Not cool. So, here are ten things about myself  that I may or may not have shared before.

1. I graduated high school in 2003 with dreams of being a teacher. Somewhere along the line, I decided to stop trying to get my bachelor's degree, and go to culinary school. I did extremely well in culinary school, but I should have finished my bachelor's. Hands down, worst decision I've ever made. Now that I have children, I want to be there. Be at their school functions or doctor's appointments and whatnot. With a chef's schedule (unless you're extremely lucky), is not one conducive to family life.  Most chef's work very late into the night and long hours. The work in a kitchen is never done. Luckily, very supportive family members of mine, convinced me to go back to school to finish my degree. It's a lot of work (A LOT) especially with two tiny ones. But once I get my teaching certificate and a job (yay!), it will be all worth it. I'm not saying being a teacher is easy by any means, but it's something that I WANT to work hard at. I want the hours and lifestyle. I want it. Bad. 

2. I almost went into photography. I got accepted into a school with a very, very good photography department a few years ago. I got accepted to that photography department specifically. While I don't regret not going, it is something I think about often. I wonder how things would have turned out if I would have gone through with it. Maybe one day, I can pick up my camera professionally. One can dream. 

3. I was in the marching band in high school. And I played the flute. I loved it. Really loved it. Not the marching part (hello stupid hats and people yelling at you), but the flute part. I loved playing music and reading it. I played for about 5-6 years. I went to camps and worked really hard. Then I broke my arm in high school and someone stole part of my flute (yes, part..jerks). I became so down. Around that time, I also had a very controlling boyfriend (that's another story for a later time...maybe). I quit. I quit it all. I don't regret that, but I wish I would have replaced the stolen part and kept playing for fun. 

4. In high school, I got asked to model. I took headshots and bought some new clothes (hello, excuse to shop). But I chickened out. 

5. I've had surgery on my knee once. I should have it again, but ouch. I'd be on crutches for at least 6 weeks. No, thank you. I have weirdly shaped cartilage under my kneecap and causes my knee to lock up. Talk about OUCH. It's pretty painful and crippling. I can't move at all without screaming. It happened in the pool when I was in high school and my brother had to pull me out by my hair. I wasn't allowed to swim alone after that. 

6. I was a dork in high school and beyond. I was bullied quite a bit in junior high and high school. I wasn't the type of girl that went out a lot and got drunk or in trouble. Not saying I never did those things, but it wasn't my first choice. By the end of my senior year, I had finally found the group I belonged with. They went to a different school so I only saw them after school somedays. Our "going-out" would either include a movie, donuts, walking around, going to watch bands play or sitting outside someone's house. It's sad that I'm not close to any of them anymore, but relationships change once other's end. Most of them were friends with my boyfriend at the time and when that ended, they went with him. Makes sense. But it's sad. 

7. I get pretty angry easily. This is a recent development that I'm trying to get through. I think it has a lot to do with anxiety. I've never experienced any of this before, so it's pretty scary. I'm not violent by any means, but I have to hold back yells a lot. (I'm not proud of this one). 

8. I don't make or keep friends easily. I'm not really a "let's chat on the phone for hours" type of person (unless you're my mom and I can talk to you forever). I have a hard time following up with people which is dumb. I shouldn't be like that. It's caused me to only have a handful of people I can go to at the moment. Kind of sad, actually. I've always dreamed of being one of those girls who can through a dinner party for her 10 girlfriends. Yah, not me. Boo. 

9. I hate being hot. HATE IT. When I was a kid and it was winter, my mom would be a normal human and turn on the heater in the car. I would roll down the window and stick my head out. I HATE IT. I'm not sure why I've stayed in Texas so long. I've give anything to move somewhere that has longer seasons and not just long summers. 

10. Everyone knows this, but my mom is my best friend. She's one of my favorite people on this earth. She is always, always there for me. She is my biggest supporter. My shopping buddy and the one I go to to rant about anything and everything. She questions me about things she should and lets me think through things on my own. She's the best mom and I hope to be like her one day. She is also the strongest woman I know. I don't know where I would be without her. Thanks, mama. 

So there's that! I hope you got to know me a little bit better. The hard times around here are mostly due to number 7 up there. I have very bad internal struggles over this all day long. Since talking about it with my doctor, I'm trying to work through it. Hopefully, things will get much better soon. I'm also looking for a full-time job (the restaurant was sadly part-time). It's time to go back to work! Mason is 9 months old and ready to spend sometime quality time with his grandparents who cannot wait! Here's to hoping things work out for me soon! 

August Favorites

Monday, September 8, 2014

This is way late. Oops. Like I said before, August wasn't a great month. So it's just my favorites this time around. Next (this month) will be all about Jackson! The dude turns 5!!!! Let's get started:

Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman - What can I say? I love this book. I recently wrote a review on Amazon, but pretty much, it's amazing. The eye-candy, ideas, and inspiration throughout the entire book is just so fun. I can't wait to start my own projects!

The Body Shop Body Butter in Early Harvest Raspberry - This is my favorite body moistuizer EVER. The smell, oh the smell. So good.

GlamGlow Tinglexpholiate Youth Mud Mask - I first tried this mask a few months ago, and I fell in love. I went without it for a while (I only get the small tiny size jar on Amazon for $15, ain't nobody got time for $70 mask) and I was sad. My face was sad. Now it's happy!

The Body Shop  Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in Sunset Romance - This color is my perfect shade. It also smells so good. Weirdly good.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive - I'm a big fan of these Matte Balms. This color is the perfect light pink shade. I'll find to find another color suitable for Fall.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - The thing I love about Bite Beauty is that all their ingredients are food-grade. This stuff is super thick and when I put it on at night, I can still feel it in the morning. So good.

Essie Nail Polish in Playdate and Splash of Grenadine - These two colors have been on my toes or nails all month and longer. I love them so much. Playdate is such a perfect purple shade.

Shop Bando Agenda - This is my favorite thing all month. It started in August and every day that I look in it and check what's to be done, it puts a smile on my face. Each week there is a new "to-do" and it's so fun looking forward to it each weekend.

Now...on to Fall!

Easy Focaccia

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This bread is probably the easiest yeast-bread you can make. It takes very little mixing and very little kneading. You can add any topping that you like and it'll be great. This bread is easily paired with some great dishes, spaghetti, lasagna, etc.

What you need (for the bread):

1 package dry active yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

In a small bowl, mix the water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit until bloomed (creamy looking and bubbly). Once that is done, in a large bowl combine the flour and the bloomed yeast. You may need to add a slight bit of water. Mix until it comes together. I usually use my hands (clean, of course).

Once it is together, turn it out on to a lightly floured surface and knead it for a couple minutes. You just want it to be smooth. It shouldn't take long. Once together, put into a large, clean, slightly oiled bowl to rise. You will want to cover it with a cloth and sit in a warm spot. You want it to rise for about 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 475. Deflate the dough and put it in a sheet tray that is oiled. Using the tips of your fingers, push the dough out to each corner. While you do this, make little indentions with your finger tips. This will hold the toppings better and make the bread come out even. Then you will want to brush it with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and add your toppings.

Bake at 475 for about 10-15 minutes, or until you like it.


- Sliced cherry and yellow tomatoes
- Basil
- Parmesan
- Garlic
- Caper stuffed olive (find them...they are the BEST)
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt


Monday, September 1, 2014

So, August wasn't my favorite. Not even close. Summer has been really hard on me this year. I will eventually talk about what's been going on, but I don't think I can bring myself to do it just yet. But instead of being poopypants about it, I'm going to list all the great things that happened last month. As my mom keeps telling me, "Stay positive!" I'm trying, woman.

 I went to the park with these weirdos. Such a good day.

Had a great ice cream date with this guy.

In & Out. Yes.

The little sister came to visit.

This guy.

My cousin came to visit and we celebrated with cocktails.

We went to brunch with a very good friend.

This happened!

Someone learned new tricks.

On to September and best of all FALL! Yes, I am one of those ladies who cannot wait for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. Texas is just far too hot for that yet. 

Here are a few things I cannot wait for:

- Jack's 5 birthday!
- Finding out what's going on (vague, I know)
- My parent's visiting!!!!
- Cooler weather
- Leaves changing
- Pumpkin patch
- Fall baking
- My 30th birthday!
- Being in a good, positive place