Recipes!

Ok guys so the past couple days I’ve been really enjoying to cook again! Yay! I’ve made a couple super yummy recipes that aren’t really fattening that hopefully some of you can enjoy!

  1. Pumpkin Enchiladas

If you like the texture of refried beans, you will love this and I promise you can’t taste the pumpkin! It’s a great different vegetarian alternative for enchiladas!

Ingredients

  • Can of organic pumpkin
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Whole wheat tortilla wraps
  • Black or kidney beans (I used kidney)
  • Cumin
  • Chili seasoning
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Can of enchilada sauce
  • Sour cream!

PreHeat oven to 350

First I sauté my onion and garlic in a nonstick pan with a drop of olive oil for about 2 minutes or so. Next add in some of the enchilada sauce stir. Add in pumpkin and spices (about 1 tsp chili powder, 1 1/2 tbsp cumin, and a large handful of chopped cilantro). Let that cook for about 2/3 min or so on med low. Add beans and let that cook for 2 more minutes as you use more of the enchilada sauce to line the baking pan. Fill tortilla with pumpkin mixture, roll up flap facing down, add remaining enchilada sauce and cheese on top. Pop it in the oven for 10 min or until cheese is melty!

2. Chicken, Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Wraps

This is a nice quick and fresh meal that tastes like Heaven!

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Ranch
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Shredded cheese
  • While wheat wraps

First you start by frying up some bacon. When that is done, set aside. Flavor your chicken with salt and pepper and throw it on the George Forman Grill! When fully cooked cut it up! Cut up some tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado! Put it all on the wrap and drizzle some ranch on everything, top with some cheese, wrap it up & enjoy!!

3. 2 Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake

This literally is a guilt free, delicious, and weight watcher approved (for all my friends on their fitness journey!)

Ingredients

  • 20oz can of Crushed Pineapple IN JUICE not syrup
  • Box of Angel Food cake

PreHeat oven to 350

Mix 2 ingredients together with a spoon no mixer needed! It creates a frothy delicious concoction! Pour into 9X13 pan. Cook for 30 min and enjoy!! I added a cool whip topping and it was so delicious!!

That’s all for now!! I will post more when this baby gives me some other cravings!!

XO

Advice Time

I never really write about needing some advice, BUT, there’s been something on my mind a lot and I figure I’d throw it out there!

So as you know if you follow my blog, I am expecting our newest edition in early September, while I am so excited and can NOT wait to meet this precious bundle of joy, I am TERRIFIED of the thought of leaving Lina while I go in the hospital to give birth. Yes, I know I have 6 more months of pregnancy but it’s coming eventually! With Lina I had to be induced. I was induced on a Thursday and didn’t have her until Saturday afternoon, while the actual pushing time was only 8 minutes, the labor was forever. My point being we went in on Thursday and didn’t come home until Monday. At that point it was fine because my brother was taking care of our dog and I was in no rush to get home. If I am induced again, my mother will be with Lina and I whole heartedly trust her but it’s my own thoughts of leaving her for 4 days is what is getting to me. Even if I’m not induced that’s still at least 2 days without my main girl!

I know some people will say she can come visit at the hospital, but I think that would do more harm than good if she comes, sees us, then has to go back home with my mom and with out us. My plan is to have my mom bring her up on the day we are leaving, or if we get discharged early to just come home and surprise her!

I know this may sound extreme, but we are always together and it’s more of a separation anxiety issue with me. As I said in one of my previous posts, I hate being without her and to be without her in such a life changing moment is going to be extremely hard for me. So any mamas that have more than one, how did you do it?!

C’mon tell me it would be easy to leave this face ?!

XO

Happiness = Babies

So after our heartbreaking holiday season of having a miscarriage we really were ready for a life cleanse! Which is exactly what we did! We took that time to remove any negativity out of our lives, spend more meaningful bonding time as a family, and overall just feel happy!!

Well one night (4 weeks after my miscarriage) we were ready to go out on a sushi date with my brother, my husbands brother, and his friend and I just had this feeling I was pregnant. I had been nauseous, my breasts were LARGE and sore, and I just felt it! So I had my husband pick up a test on the way home and I took it! Negative! We were a little let down but to be honest it was only 4 weeks since the miscarriage so I wasn’t that shocked. We went out, had an amazing dinner and I enjoyed a nice glass of merlot 😊.

The next week came and it was Sunday, which meant mimosas in our house! I knew my first menstrual cycle would be coming, but I still just felt so pregnant so before I had a mimosa I had to find out. I had an extra test left over from the week before so I figured, what the hell.. let me take it. Low and behold POSITIVE! I was shocked!! I ran out of the bathroom and screamed “WE’RE PREGNANT!!!!” My husbands sweet sweet face dropped and he was so excited (not sure if it was the “we’re pregnant, or the fact he now gets to drink the whole bottle of champagne)

I called the doctor the next morning and due to my circumstances they saw me that day for blood work! The blood work came back great and the next week we went in for an ultrasound to see how far along I was! We were both so nervous as to what we may see! But there it was a beautiful little bean with a strong heartbeat! We cried we were so happy! We were 5 weeks 5 days pregnant, which means we conceived December 5th! ( my brothers bday lol) A week after we miscarried and recharged our life! We have prayed for this and to have it come so quickly was the greatest blessing!

We are now three months along and are expecting our rainbow baby in early September!! 💝💙

Staycation

Ok, so I haven’t posted here in a while, I feel like if my posts are forced they are not as real and more Just to have something up. But, this weekend we took a trip to our fav get away spot in VT! It was absolutely amazing!

We decided we needed some relaxation time before things become hectic, so whats more relaxing than a cottage in VT?! My husband found the cottage on Air BnB, it was affordable, spacious, secluded and let us bring our dog, Drake! While we were there we weren’t looking to do much but relax, get a change of scenery, and eat!

We checked out Hidden Springs Maple Syrup, which was so delicious! They had samples around the store of all local syrup makers and the smell when you walked in could’ve made anyone’s mouth water instantly! We got a bottle of our favorite kind to go and a “nip” of flavored syrup to try at home! I definitely recommend stoping by and checking out their syrup if you’re ever in the area!

We also went to Whetstone Brewery which was recommended by my dad, who KNOWS delicious food, so when a place is recommended by him, we GO! This place did not disappoint! We ordered the Steak Tips as an app and they were out of this world! The meat was juicy, flavorful, and literally you could cut it with a spoon (even Lina loved it!) for our meals, I got the salad with more steak tips (they were that good), Elliot got a huge burger with their homemade chips, which were also amazing, and Lina got the Mac and cheese which she devoured entirely!! Elliot also got one, or three, of their home brewed beer and wouldn’t stop raving about it!! To finish off the meal we all split the Irish cream (flavored) cheese cake and I ordered a cappuccino! I don’t think we could say enough good things about this place!! Did I mention that was all for lunch?!

The delicious steak tips!

The house didn’t have a TV which at first I was not excited about because let’s be real, Lina loves her Mickey Mouse! But they did have wifi and she was able to watch it on the iPad if she was getting sleepy, but she hardly wanted too! We had the radio going the whole time and we had so much fun dancing, playing board games, and Lina must have colored 75 pictures over the course of the 4 days!! Since there was about 6 inches of snow on the ground, Drake had such a great time running around the acres of land we had to ourselves!

While vacations to the beaches and resorts are great, our family loves to take these little intimate trips to rural, quiet places to reconnect and just vibe with each other! It’s amazing the amount of fun you can have in a cabin with no tv!

XO

30 day challenge complete!

This past week has been a little crazy with my baby girl catching another cold! (UGHH) but she’s getting better and thank god it was only a cough!

As you know, I started a self care challenge this January and yesterday was my final day! It felt so good completing each challenge and it was extremely easy and fun to do so! I found myself making a habit out of some of the challenges as well!

My challenge for February will be a Relationship ReCharge challenge! I think it’s super important to keep things fresh and fun in our marriage so a challenge will surely do that! I will post the challenge below for any one that is interested!

XO

Pitbull SuperBowl Ad

Today I was scrolling Facebook and I came across a ” DO NOT ADOPT A PITBULL” ad supposably for the super bowl. I hope to God this is not true and it was made by a bunch of ignorant uneducated people. I swear my stomach turned in disgust when I watched this. They claimed pit bulls are the cause of 29 deaths of Americans in 2017. TWENTY. NINE. I am in NO way shape or form discounting lives, but I’m 99.9% sure these dogs didn’t just attack for no reason! What about deaths caused by public transportation? Are we going to stop taking Uber’s, trains, planes, etc?

My dog was adopted and he is the SWEETEST most loving dog in the world. It’s how you train them. Think about humans. Think about how some people raise their kids, if you raise a kid to be an asshole, it’s gonna be an asshole. It’s so easy to blame the dog, but is it always really the dogs fault? No. My dog has ZERO aggressive behavior and STILL my daughter is NOT allowed near his food bowl while he is eating, she is taught to be gentle, he is not a pony he is not allowed to be rode on or climbed all over. Why? Because our dog is still a living breathing being and they too are entitled to have a bad day and snap just like every SINGLE one of YOU reading this. So save this crap about pit bulls are awful and it’s their “breed” and learn to retrain your dog! If you adopt a dog with an aggressive past, bring in a professional, THEY can help, know how to HANDLE your dog if it’s aggressive JUST like you handle your kid if they have anger or aggression issues.

“All animals are ANIMALS FIRST!”

To be honest I’m extremely happy my dog is protective. Here’s a quick story as to why his protective nature makes me feel safe. I was walking with my pit around our block when I was 8 months pregnant. A clearly drunk man starts charging toward us in an extremely aggressive manner, it was about 1 in the afternoon, no one else around. I was EXTREMELY nervous especially being 8 months pregnant I wasn’t really in the best shape to be running away or fighting off some man, much larger than me might I add. My dog knew I was nervous and he was there to protect me, he started growling and barking and the man at first started yelling at my dog and I yelled “do not come any closer he WILL attack” with that the man ran the other way. Had my dog not been there who knows what could’ve happened, or what the man wanted. On that SAME walk we walked by a mother jogging with her child in a stroller and low and behold my dog didn’t do a thing to her, even with her jogging 2 inches away from my dog. He payed no mind. Why? Because his owner was not in danger and there was no threat.

Don’t forget about their history of being the nanny dog. Their nature is to PROTECT. Don’t let this stigma keep you from all the love and joy this breed can give you.

Separation Anxiety

So being a stay at home/ work from home mom has been amazing to say the least! I love watching my baby grow every second of every day. So many mamas love their alone time and want 20 minutes to run to the store and just have their “me” time and I think that is so amazing for them, BUT I just don’t have that want in me! It’s hard for me to want to leave my girl for even a dinner date night with hubby.. and she doesn’t like it too much either, until glamma (my mom) comes over with snacks. The reason I’m writing this is because tonight my husband went out for his bi weekly guys night, where him and his group of guy friends go to one of their houses and have a “jam” night. (they all play an instrument & pretty damn well might I add!) I couldn’t help but think how I haven’t actually gone out in forever, but I didn’t mind it at all, I really have no desire to.

The first time I had to leave her was awful. Elliot and I were going on our honeymoon cruise to Bermuda and while we had some fun, the whole time I was a nervous reck, there was hardly communication, and the person watching her before she went to my moms, decided to make their own rules and plans against what we said for our daughter. It was such a disappointment, but everything is a lesson learned and this really made us limit the people we trust to watch her and respect our decisions as her parents.

While that situation made me never want to leave her again, and I didn’t for a long time after that, it wasn’t the only reason I never want to leave my girl. Some people say it’s not healthy and I need me time and time to hang out with my friends. But I already do all that! When Lina goes to sleep, that is my time, I’ll take a bath, do yoga, have a glass of wine, or just relax! I don’t need to leave my house to have me time. I also love that my friends love my daughter because we do have girls nights and they come over, I cook or order food, they bring wine and we have a great time with my daughter being there. She’s my best friend and we do everything together, shopping, lunch dates, mani/pedis, we do it all and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I know this isn’t how many moms think and in no way do I judge or think these moms are crazy, every single person is different and have different wants and needs and that is ok!

Whenever I leave her, I feel like a part of me that is supposed to be there isn’t, and while I know as she grows I may or may not need that me time and a break but as of right now I have not ever felt that feeling. If anything leaving her stresses me out more. I have always wanted to be a mom and have a family. Having a career was important to me but not the most important, family has always been most important. I grew up in an extremely close and loving family, while my mom and I have always been best friends and she showed me an enormous amount of love, my Mema and I were definitely inseparable, and I think she was the one that showed me you can never spend too much time or show too much love to some one. I thank god every day for the time we shared and I want Lina to have these memories with me too. I know going out for a couple hours isn’t going to make Lina not have these fun memories, but I genuinely enjoy having my girl with me all the time!

That being said when Glamma does watch her while Elliot and I have a date night, she is 100% fine and content with her (she comes over every week to see Lina so she is comfortable with her and loves being with her) but I can’t lie and say I don’t still cry every time we leave!

kisses for Glamma! ( Yes! That’s really my MOM!)

Any other mamas with me?? *Crickets* I know … I’m crazy, I’m just so grateful I have such an amazing daughter that is so fun to hang out with!

XO