Meal two / 5.24.16
One pan meals are where it’s at. Chop it up, throw it all together on a cookie sheet, then pour yourself a martini/beer/glass of wine, because lady – your job is pretty much done here.
The beauty of this dish is that you can make it your own. To accommodate the whole family, I added spicy sausages for the adults and milder versions for the kiddos. Don’t like green beans? Use broccoli or cauliflower instead.
Easy, delicious, and healthy.
Full recipe here – One Pan Sweet Potato, Chicken Sausage, and Green Beans
sometimes the stars and the planets align in such a way that everything feels right and beyond freaking wonderful and it’s kinda odd so you squeeze your eyes shut and praaaaaaay pleasepleaseplease that the happiness vibe sticks around til the end of time plus infinity. but you also wonder if it’s not just the universe… i mean you have to stop and consider that maybe it’s you. maybe you have a better a t t i t u d e or maybe you’re just focusing on the right things.. things that make you happy.. things that matter.
or maybe it’s just that you wore a really cute romper and you had a good hair day or ran a 5k and did better than expected.
it’s all relative.
we had a good weekend. how was yours?
is it still a blog if i only post on fridays? lol. is this even still a blog?
okay, so C U R R E N T L Y …
wearing the jcrew billie. cropped and high waisted with a hint of mom butt. i’m cool with it.
feeling like a big change is on the horizon.
reading nice is just a place in france. i’m kind of embarrassed to admit that i’m reading this because it’s terrible. i mean, there are some lol moments, but it’s mostly ridiculous and a waste of reading time. i’d quit, but i don’t quit books.
wanting all the chokers and bodysuits and 90s floral everything. i’m definitely not mad that the 90s are making an effort this summer.
listening to a lot of dmb lately. i may have to see them live this summer. it’s been too long.
watching gilmore girls on Netflix. i didn’t get a chance to watch it way back when, so i’m diving in and LOVING IT. i just started season two.
obsessing over planning my next tattoo. plural. stay tuned…
working on my cooking skills. i’m making healthy meals for my family and i haven’t yet sent anyone to the hospital. imagine that!
eating less shit. see above.
eagerly awaiting a weekend in palm springs with my dude. NO KIDS. READING BOOKS ALL DAY BY THE POOL. SLEEPING IN. NO KIDS. did i mention no kids? eeeeeee. i love palm springs.
random thought: why am i still sitting at my desk on a friday at 4:26? everyone else has left. PEACE. i’m out.
so thankful for a long weekend with my peeps – home cooked meals by moi (still cookin’, will share soon), starting a project or two, sleeping in, a trip to the flea market (and most likely a perfect chance to wear this dress), a day at the beach.. I mean, I’m ready. people are draining and disappointing me left and right, so I need this long weekend to press restart. I may even turn off my phone.
sike. I can’t turn it off completely, as I’ve been totally glued to a podcast series called The Black Tapes. It’s not new, but it’s new to me and so much fun. if you dig paranormal/spooky stories – it might be for you, too.
before I head into my weekend and you into yours, I wanted to let you know that Beautycounter is offering a pretty dope Memorial Day Special – Nourishing Cleansing Balm + Anytime Eye Cream + Lip Conditioner in Peppermint for only $100! and if you’re a Band of Beauty Member, you get FREE shipping! (click the link above to shop.)
make it a good one!
oh heeeyyy, large picture of food.
Fun fact – i don’t cook. I’m incredibly insecure when it comes to cooking. I’m terrible at time management and I almost always eff something up. Plus I have zero food imagination.
But when your husband sort of looks at you with those puppy dog eyes and says that he’d love a home-cooked meal every night, you yell at him about it being 2016, not 1950, then remind him that you work full-time just like he does. Lucky for him (you’re not fitting into your skinny jeans like you were a few weeks ago and you have a feeling it’s because you’re always grabbing takeout) you like to see him happy, so you make an effort.
So anyway, I meal planned! Sort of. This week (for sure) our home will be takeout/fast food-free. Every meal, while not my own, will be home-cooked and “beginner” and I will document the experience right here. You know, in case you’re a non-cook like me and need a good laugh or some easy recipes.
Right off the bat I had to Google ‘how to mince garlic’. Turns out you can use the prongs of a fork to do this! It’s so much easier than chopping it up with a knife or even using a garlic press. Boom! Learned something new.
So at this point, I’m feeling pretty cocky about my skills – I haven’t spilled anything and I just minced like a pro. In celebration, I pour myself a glass of white wine because all of a sudden I’m into pairing and white seems to go with Asian dishes.
After the wine, it was smooth sailing until Zoey pointed out that I overcooked the broccoli. She didn’t get dessert. Remember that.
The most difficult part for me was prepping the chicken. I’m terrified of undercooking and raw meat makes me a bit squeamish. (Side story: when I was pregnant with Taylor, I attempted a similar dish, but the raw chicken made me so sick to my stomach!) All this time, I’ve tried my best to avoid it. So if you’re reading this and thinking – big deal, she cooked chicken – it really was a challenge for me! I wasn’t just throwing breasts in the pan, I had to cut it into little cubes! That’s a lot of raw meat touching.
Overall it was super easy, delicious, and healthy! Everyone loved it and I’m sure I’ll make it again. For details, click the recipe link above.
My goal is to continue cooking something new at least a few times a week. Getting out of my comfort zone and setting my insecurities aside always proves to make me a better, happier person. Oh and ps. my husband just couldn’t get enough of me last night! I guess that whole – food is the key to his heart thing – is legit!
So follow along, if you want! We can be insecure cooks together. But BYOW.
Kids, man. They step on your freshly painted toes (reaching for the bottle as i relive that horrific moment) aaaand I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure I can find a way to blame them for the wrinkles I recently found on MY NECK. Wrinkles on my neck, you guys. WTF.
But seriously they’re great. They’re us, really. So if your kids are dicks, you better take a long look in the mirror. My only saving grace is that while my kids have a lot of sass and attitude (I’m owning this), they are goooood. They have genuine hearts and when they love, they love. Also they’re smart and creative and funny and now I’m just talking about myself. LOL. Anyway…
We ate breakfast, we visited the bookstore, we ate cheeseburgers, and I escaped to enjoy a relaxing mani/pedi.. thatwasdestroyedwithinfiveminutesofarrivinghome might i add.
But the best thing EVAR was that Mark sat down with Taylor and Zoey and asked them both 20 questions that had to do with me. Here are their answers.
1. What is something Mommy always says to you?
Zoey – I love you and I never want to let you go.
Taylor – clean your room.
2. What makes Mommy happy?
Zoey – when I give her a big squeezy hug.
Taylor – when everyone else is happy.
3. What makes her sad?
Zoey – when her wine spills on her clothes. (i literally cannot with this girl.)
Taylor – when we don’t cooperate.
4. How does Mommy make you laugh?
Zoey – tickles!
Taylor – funny faces.
5. What was your Mom like as a child?
Zoey – she knew how to walk and talk and had her own big girl bed and then she kissed daddy. (that’s pretty much my life story in a nutshell if I’m being honest.)
Taylor – adventurous.
6. How old is your Mommy?
Zoey – 53
Taylor – 36
*after sharing this, Zoey got a little pouty because Taylor knew the correct answer, so Mark goes – “close.” and now Taylor is my favorite.
7. How tall is your Mom?
Zoey – a little smaller than daddy.
Taylor – 5’4″
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Zoey – get her nails done, love on me, put jewelry on.
Taylor – be with us.
9. What does your Mommy do when you’re not around?
Zoey – she puts jewelry on.
Taylor – clean the house.
10. If your Mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Zoey – a hotel.
Taylor – photography.
*apparently while Taylor was considering his answer, zoey was nodding her head and mouthing to him – hotel, say hotel. LOL.)
11. What is your mom really good at?
Zoey – gymnastics. (WHAT.)
Taylor – making me laugh.
12. What is she not very good at?
Zoey – closing the [camper]van door.
Taylor – taking orders.
13. What does your Mom do for her job?
Zoey – works on the computer.
Taylor – something she doesn’t like. (this made me sad, but i feel like i can use this later if he decides he doesn’t want to go to college or something stupid like that.)
14. What is Mommy’s favorite food?
Zoey – bacon and eggs.
Taylor – artichoke.
15. What makes you proud of your Mom?
Zoey – when she volunteers.
Taylor – she sticks to it. (YAS. i love that he sees this in me! it made me tear up.)
16. What is Mommy’s favorite thing about Daddy?
Zoey – when she kisses Daddy in a ball. (mark suspects she meant at a ball.)
Taylor – his dumb jokes.
17. What do you and your Mom do together?
Zoey – we always play together.
Taylor – we joke around.
18. How are you and your Mom the same?
Zoey – blue eyes and same color hair.
Taylor – same personality.
19. How are you different?
Zoey – sometimes we don’t do what is right or wrong. (still figuring this one out.)
Taylor – different views on things.
20. How do you know that Mommy loves you?
Zoey – she always hugs me.
Taylor – she tells me.
I guess after every answer Zoey would say – “and that’s all I know.” I die.
My kiddos are amazing. I love love love them and now I know that they’re paying attention to me, so I have to be more careful. Also, the messed up toe nail is still a source of contention, but I’ll probably get over it once I spill wine on my clothes and can focus on that.
Ps. Bottom right corner – JCrew “Billie” jean. Cropped with a high waist in the best wash ever and I’m obsessed. The new mom jean for sure.
We spent most of our day rearranging her room, building a new bed, installing a TV, in hopes that she would start sleeping in her room again. (Side note: when Mark moved out, Zoey and 16 of her stuffed animals moved into the empty side of our bed. Two years later he moved back in, but up until 2 weeks ago she was still sleeping with me and Mark wasn’t having it. I guess sleeping on the couch isn’t comfortable? And honestly, I was tired of getting kicked in the face by tiny feet.) So we did what any good parents would do and bribed our child with Amazon Fire to ensure an exciting transition. So far it’s working. Also, I’d like my family to know that if I’m missing, I’ll be in Zoey’s room watching HBO Now. Anyway, as I’m snapping this picture…
um, can you please leave? I need some alone time.
LOL. Maybe it’s one of those things that you had to be there for, but look at her face and imagine her saying it. She didn’t make eye contact and she was very matter of fact. TBH, she is me. I felt like I was asking myself for alone time.
The best thing about this story is that she is so proud of her space and she’s taking good care of it. We even allowed a picnic dinner in her room one night and she BROUGHT HER DISHES DOWN WHEN SHE WAS DONE. I can’t even get Mark and Taylor to do that and they’re practically adults.
And that’s all I have to say about all that. The end.
Safe cosmetics and skin care? Check. Safe, effective cosmetics and skin care? Double check.
Let’s chat about my [current] faves, shall we?
Color Sweep Blush Duo in Tawny/Whisper + Angled Blush Brush
If you’re anything like me, you’re awesome. The end. Just kidding!
If you’re anything like me, you:
1. wear enough makeup to cover the things you need to cover
2. probably don’t watch makeup tutorials or bake your face (or whatever they call it)
3. might be a teeny tiny bit interested in contouring, but can’t quite wrap your brain around applying all. that. makeup.
4. fall in love with Beautycounter because they say – gf, we get you. We want you to be safe and beautiful, but in a no-fuss kinda way. In fact, we recorded this mini master class with you in mind. Watch it and prepare to be amazed. So I did. And guess what? INSTANT CHEEKBONES. So if you’re anything like me, you need these two products in your life. Forever.
Lip Sheer in Nude
I’m not really a lipstick kinda girl. Shocker. But heart eyes emoji times a million when it comes to our Lip Sheers. Long-lasting, lightweight yet ultra-moisturizing, vanilla scented… you’ll want one in every shade. Nude is my go-to. It’s so so good.
Tint Skin in Linen
Game changer. I cannot stop talking about this foundation. And neither can anyone else once they try it. Day after day I am amazed at how well our Tint Skin covers my dark circles, the occasional pimple, and the redness around my nose. It does its job without leaving my skin feeling sticky or greasy. It also contains hyaluronic acid – a natural moisture magnet that promotes smoother-looking skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bite me, aging! I very strongly encourage you to give this foundation a try. I’ll even help you find your shade.
Lustro Face Oil 1 – Calendula
I will not live without this oil. In fact, when someone says – what three things would you take on a deserted island? – this would be one of my things. It’s magical and I love it. And while I understand that applying oil to your face may sound counterintuitive – it’s not! Adding a pure plant oil to your skin care routine is probably the simplest way to moisturize and boost radiance. Furthermore, Calendula acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, soothing sensitive or irritated skin. We offer 3 different face oils, but if you’re prone to breakouts, this is the one. Pinky swear.
Lustro Sugar Scrub
This scrub, ladies. It makes my skin feel incredible. For days. And the citrus lemongrass scent lingers for hours after I’ve used it. It’s a best seller for those reasons PLUS – it’s made with real brown sugar, pure essential oils, and antioxidant-rich acai berry. It’s so divine, I’m describing it in my sexy voice. I mean, I don’t know what else to say. When I use my sexy voice, you know it’s legit.
So there you have it! My March favorites. Do you use Beautycounter? What are your favorite products?
Ps. I included our Never List in the photo to remind you that our products are safe and do not contain any of the harmful ingredients listed. :)
TRIP TWO / Santa Paula, CA / 2.14.16
Another camping trip on the books.
Not only was it Valentine’s Day and a four-day weekend, but it also happened to be my birthday weekend. Hello, 36! And what a fantastic weekend it was. I had the most warm fuzzies I’ve ever had celebrating my birthday. It truly was a perfect day.
TBH, this getting older thing isn’t so bad. I feel like I’m in my prime. But I also feel like I’m continually trying to figure things out… about people, family, career, myself, etc… I mean, isn’t that life? Are we ever 100% just like – this is me now! I’m done evolving! I’ve got it all figured out! Time to write a book! I don’t think so. Just when I feel like I know what’s going on and I’ve got things handled, another thing/person comes along to shake things up. Which is kinda awesome, I think. Because when I finally conquer that new challenge or understand why that person has come (or gone) from my life, I’ve learned something about myself or about life in general. And that can be exciting! I mean, only after I’ve had a meltdown, sobbing into a bottle of wine, thinking that life is ending, of course. But eventually everything that happens to us is a lesson. I’m trying to remember that when things get weird.
I hope you’re paying attention. I’m 36 and full of knowledge.
ANYWAY. Our camping trip was just okay. It’s nice to get away and do something different, but I’m looking forward to a trip that lasts longer than overnight. Maybe at the beach or at a campsite nestled in the mountains. Maybe with more adults and a few more kiddos. Because once the hot dogs and s’mores are devoured, I’m just sitting there by the fire, a luke warm beer in hand and I’m thinking – now what? Why didn’t we bring games? Is 7:30 too early for bed? What’s happening on Facebook? And that’s not cool and it annoys Mark that I’m not “present”, so I’m working on that. See! There’s always something. At the end of the day, we were together as a family (minus Taylor) and that’s what matters. These moments are special, but they evoke a different feeling and experience every time. And that’s why I will continue to document them.
Also, it was 80 degrees that weekend! Heat makes me cranky.
Ps. I apologize for the shit quality of my photos. I took all of them with my iPhone and they’re not translating well at a larger size.
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