Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Day We Became A Family

This is something I haven't really talked much about on the blog because I didn't know if it was "appropriate". I was afraid someone would be mad that I was sharing this part of our life. However, this summer one of the biggest moments of our life took place and with it being National Adoption Month, I wanted to share our story. Although our adoption story isn't like the "traditional" stories, it's OURS and I wanted to share it. 

I wrote a post awhile back called The Dad He Didn't Have To Be. All of that post is still true to this day, except one major thing has changed since writing that post. M officially became a dad, on paper, as of July 16th, 2015. Baby girl was adopted and it was one of the best days of my entire life. We have always been a family. Since day one, we've been a family. Something about having it "official on paper" was life changing. All three of us now share the same last name. How exciting is that?!

It's a big step to decide to adopt someones child. You are stepping up and taking on all responsibility for that child, NO MATTER WHAT. M told me that he never second guessed his decision. I know God brought him into our life to not only be my husband, but to be the fully devoted and present father baby girl deserves. 

I missed out on a lot of things having a baby at 19. One of those things were newborn pictures. Everyone these days has the cutest pictures of their new baby cub in adorable poses and cheesy outfits. With big changes happening in our family, such as baby girl getting officially adopted, we wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion. So, we staged a newborn photo shoot. With a five year old. HAHA! I may not have gotten these pictures when she was little, but we have them now that we're a family of three. Yes, this is meant to be silly. But we also got some amazing family shots out of it and we love them SO much! 

We have loved this process, we have loved the changes, and we loved doing this shoot. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

All About Essential Oils!

I have such a fun post for you guys today and I can't wait to share it! I've been interested in essential oils for i'd say a little over a year now and I truly love learning about their amazing uses. My friend Jessica is here to guest post today and I am so happy to introduce you all to her! The following post is from her, enjoy! 

You might have recently seen posts about people using essential oils in various ways,
or maybe even know someone who has been using them. 
I started using Young Living oils a few months ago and have had quite a few people ask for more information about what essential oils are and how they can use them in their daily lives. GREAT QUESTION!

First, just a little background about myself so you understand where I am coming from and then we will jump right into the fun stuff. I am a graduate student in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program pursuing a career to make an impact on the health and wellness in the lives of others. I am really passionate about treating our bodies with clean eating, vigorous and empowering workouts, and toxic free substances. When we treat our bodies with love and respect we feel better physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Essential oils have made a huge impact in my life. They’ve helped my fiancĂ© and I with immunity support when we are feeling sick, substituted our cleaning and beauty products that are full of toxins, enhanced our quality of sleep, and have supported our emotional well being!
“HOW?!” you might ask! Well you are in luck because I am going to start with the basics and build from there!

What the heck is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid (hydrophobic molecules can permeate through your skin and cells easily) containing aroma compounds from a plant—roots, seeds, bark, etc. This specific compound provides vital support and structure to ensure the success and health of its raw plant material. Through a precise steam distillation process and/or cold pressing, the purest essential oils formed are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Although they are recently starting to gain worldwide recognition, their uses are far from new. History tracks back to the use of botanicals as healing agents as early as at least 5,000 years ago!

Why Young Living?
After doing hours of research across the many essential oil companies I was easily sold with Young Living.
*By far have been around the longest, since 1993 and created by a DOCTOR
      *Seed to Seal promise!! (Which means that they own and oversee all of the farms for organic crops. No middle man. No tricks up their sleeves. Just the way I like it!
*They only create 100% therapeutic grade oils which is the highest and purest form. After using them for a few months I can tell a HUGE difference in quality compared to other companies.

How to use them!?

How to get started with essential oils!?
When I first started looking on how to dive into using oils, I felt overwhelmed with how many different varieties there were. A close friend of mine recommended starting with the premium start kit and it was the BEST. DECISION. EVER! It came with the 11 most popular oils, a stress away roller bottle, sample oils, travel bottles, Ningxia to-go energy drinks AND a diffuser of my choice. This kit has been life changing for my fiancĂ© and I and I plan to incorporate YL oils in my day to day for the rest of my life. 
Even better, when I signed up with the starter kit I automatically got WHOLESALE price for life. No catch. They are just that awesome!

If you are interested in getting started with your own kit you can follow the link below. Make sure to choose the WHOLESALE account to receive that discount for life. They also take some personal info from you in case you ever decide to share young living with others…. because we know your friends will want to dive in to oils too!
 (You get a $$ bonus!!)
If you are interested in getting a kit AND becoming a distributor and sharing the powerful benefits of oils with others while making extra money from home…Email me! live2giveYLEO@gmail.com

Monday, November 2, 2015

Vacations I Want To Take

After another fun and eventful Monday in corporate America, I thought what better way to sulk in my misery than to list a few of the vacations I want to take.
(Because let's be honest, if I listed them all, we'd be here all day. And no one wants that.) 

I truly love traveling. It might be one of my favorite things to do. However, my bank account does not agree. And lately, neither does my five year old because she's "offended" that we DARE not invite her to places. 
But that's a whole other story for another day…

In no particular order, I present to you some of the vacations I'd LOVE to take some day. And if i'm lucky, my ridiculously handsome husband will pick up on this and surprise me in 294 years when we can afford a lavish vacation. ;) 

Napa Valley
Something about Napa Valley really appeals to me. Like really really appeals to me. The wine lover in me wants to be overlooking the gorgeous vineyards, sipping on wine, and forgetting that I actually live the life of a peasant. I mean really, who wouldn't want that?! I've seen the pictures, and yes, every single one makes me jealous. It's cool. Keep on sipping your wine with your floppy hats, i'll just be sitting here wishing I was you. 
Some day i'll go there. Who wants to join?!

Bora Bora
If this ISN'T on your dream vacations list, who are you?!?! Have you not seen the over water bungalows? They are perfection. I want to be able to jump off my private porch into the crystal clear ocean, see that same ocean from inside my bungalow, and bask in the amazingness that is FSBoraBora. (That's Four Seasons. I like to know what i'm talking about.) Shelby, hook it up, would ya?!

New York City
Yes, this is a place I haven't been. I know, I know…it hurts my heart, too. There shouldn't be much explanation as to why this place is on my list. I mean it's NEW YORK CITY! 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you follow us AT ALL, you know that we love Mexico and we go quite often. However, Cabo is one place we haven't been. I want to go there and experience the whole "deep sea fishing" nonsense that is hyped up about that place. If that doesn't scream a good time, I don't know what does. Oh and i'd also love to go on a catamaran ride! (Is that what those boats are called?!) We did Cancun on our honeymoon and now it's time to cross Cabo off the list! 

A Cruise
I've wanted to do a cruise for some time now. We are going on one in January and this will be our first one so any advice is greatly appreciated! :) 

Of course my vacation list is a mile long, but this is just a glimpse into a few of the ones I am dying to take! 
What are your favorite vacations you've ever taken? What's your DREAM vacation?! Hope you all had a great Monday and you have a fabulous week! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Send Your Mom Flowers On YOUR Birthday

{This is a SPONSORED post and I am so grateful to The Bouqs Co. for this opportunity!}

If you know me, you know I LOVE traditions. (Like really really really love them)
I would have a tradition for every week if my husband wouldn't sincerely judge me. 

One tradition my husband DOESN'T think is crazy is sending our mama bears flowers on OUR birthdays. I know, I know. Your birthday is for YOU to be spoiled, but hear me out on this one…

Every year for the past few years (since I could start affording my own things and didn't need to ask my mama for money), I love to send my mom flowers on my birthday. It is something unique and special in my eyes. (Unique until everyone starts doing this and I set a massive trend!) I mean if you think about it, you owe that woman everything. SHE BROUGHT YOU INTO THIS WORLD! And i'm sure she has reminded you of that a time or two. AM I RIGHT?! We love you mamas! ;) 

Let's be honest, I'm a sucker for flowers. M knows this. Flowers can make me smile in ANY situation and I just absolutely LOVE them displayed at my home. 

Who orders flowers online? Come on….raise your hands! I know I do. Flowers are my "go-to gift" because we live in the middle of nowhere and it's not easy for me to run and grab something for people or go visit them in the hospital. Happy, sad, just because….flowers are good for literally ANY occasion. 
So if you've ever ordered flowers online…keep reading! 

Have you ever heard of The Bouqs Co?! You're in for a real treat with this one, friends! Have you ever wanted something MORE from your flower company?! What about farm fresh, cut to order flowers?! 

The Bouqs Co is bringing you the next BIG thing with flower services. Not only can you order flowers through them, you can do next day delivery as well as use their subscription services or wedding packages! Like I said before, I send my mom flowers every year on my birthday as well as sending M's mom flowers on his birthday. How simple is it that I can set up to have flowers delivered on those days each year?! Boom. Simple. Done. Sold. 

Y'all, these flowers are GORGEOUS. So much so that after I signed up to do this campaign (WOAH. GASP. A BLOGGER DOING A SPONSORED POST.) I ordered some flowers. I don't just sign up to talk about companies, I sign up to talk about companies I truly use. Do you want an awesome deal from this company?! When you use THIS LINK, you get an entire  bouquet free when you order one! You seriously can't pass that up! I can't wait to get my flowers and show to off to y'all! Follow the 'ole instagram to see those photos. 

Do any of you love ordering flowers for people online? Go give this place a look. I promise you won't regret it. And if you DO go order something from them, drop me a line and tell me fun things about your order! Who are you sending to?! What's the occasion?! LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE STORIES! Just spice your life story up with flowers first. ;) 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

7 Things To Do With Leftover Spaghetti

We've all been there. 
Ladies, don't pretend like you don't know what I'm talking about. 
We embark on the endeavor of making dinner, trying to be fancy with that spaghetti, and we end up making enough to feed every homeless person in your entire state. Yup, we've ALLLLL done it. 
DON'T YOU FRET my friends! 
Today we (my husband and I) are here to bring you 7 Things To Do With Leftover Spaghetti! 

1. S'ghetti Fries 
When you're over the typical "chili fries", go for something WAY more exciting! And not to mention using leftovers, how awesome! Take your potatoes, dug fresh that morning from your garden (or store bought is fine), and make your every day french fries. (Or frozen is fine) Once you're ready to eat, top with your s'ghetti and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. PURE PERFECTION! Also, grate some fresh parmesan from Italy overtop, or if you don't have any,
 store bought is fine. 

2. S'ghetti Smoothie
Okay, we're all into being healthy, right?! Spice up your morning green smoothie! Kale, spinach, apples, celery, carrots, AND S'GHETTI! 

3. S'ghetti & Coke
Have a long day at work? Need a drink? Open your cabinet and find your out of rum?! *BUT WHY IS ALL THE RUM GONE?!* Don't you worry my dear friend, slip that s'ghetti right in with your coke and you'll never know the difference. Except when you stay sober all night. But, it will be delicious and you can thank me later! 

4. Biscuits and S'ghetti 
Who doesn't love biscuits and gravy?! (Well, i don't but that's beside the point) I LOVE homemade biscuits. Pioneer Woman makes a great 'drop biscuit recipe' if anyone is interested. OKAY OKAY LOSING MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT! Top those biscuits with s'ghetti from last nights dinner and BAM! A full meal for your enjoyment! 

5. S'ghetti & Eggs
Probably our favorite on the list so far. (I say "our" because remember when I said my dear husband was writing this with me?! Isn't he a gem?!?!) Toss some s'ghetti in a frying pan, top with eggs, and cook until your desired doneness. 

6. S'ghetti Con Leche
If you're out of cereal, just use s'ghetti! Place in bowl, top with milk. You're welcome. 

7. S'ghetti S'mores
I HATE when i'm craving a s'more but i'm out of marshmallows. Place your s'ghetti in-between two grahams and you ALMOST have the SAME thing! ALMOST.  

But let's be honest, the BEST way to eat leftover spaghetti is after it has sat in the fridge all night in your tupperware. Cold, alone, and crying for attention. On the middle shelf. Un-noticed. A lot like my entire childhood. Hashtag middle child problems. 

Where are my spaghetti lovers at?!?! I hope you found this post fun and light-hearted! 
Hope you all have a great week!!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

5 Reasons Not To Start A Blog

When it comes to blogging I get one question asked over, and over, and OVER again. "How do I start a blog?" As much as I would truly love to help people branch into the world of blogging, that is such an open-ended question and I have NO idea where to start with it. 

I can however, give you 5 reasons not to start a blog…

1. To make money
If you are starting a blog with the only intention being to make money, don't do it. You don't just start a blog and wham bam thank you ma'am you're making money! Blogging takes a lot of work. It takes effort and time and patience. If you're wanting to make money quick, get a real J.O.B. With that being said, people DO make SERIOUS money blogging. It just doesn't happen over night. ;) 

2. For free stuff
Without fail, I will ALWAYS get messages after a review post is up asking how other people can get free stuff sent to them. Again, this is not a reason to start a blog. When you start a blog you aren't put on some magical list where people send you things. This again takes time, effort, and patience. You have to network. You have to "prove yourself" in the blogging world. Companies want someone who is going to write them a good honest review. Not just someone who wants free stuff. I mean, that makes sense, right?!

3. Instagram followers 
If you start a blog and think your instagram followers are going to dramatically increase, you're wrong. There ARE bloggers out there with THOUSANDS of followers, but again, this isn't something that happens over night. Instagram takes time, a ton of hashtags, and the perfect filters. Not even sorry about the amount of hashtags I use. Get on that Instagram game and maybe you'll be the next big thaaaaang. #werk #fingersnap

4. To "go viral"
This is just ridiculous. Who even starts a blog with this as a goal?

5. To make money and get free stuff
I'm not kidding. Starting a blog for these two reasons is silly. Start a blog because you have something to share. Start a blog because you're crafty and want a place to showcase it. Start a blog because you have no friends. Start a blog because you live in a small town, with no Starbucks, and you have no friends and you don't even have a store to shop at and because you really like baking cupcakes. 

I hope this post helped you guys! ;) 
Truly though, if you have questions about starting a blog or blogging in general, 
please don't hesitate to reach out to me! 
Thank you so much for reading and following along this journey called life with me! 

Friday, October 9, 2015


Okay, here it is. No forewarning on this blog post because i'm just going for it. 

I want to, AND I WILL, start pursuing this blog FULL. TIME. 

Most of you are right now are probably saying "okay, so what?" and clicking that little ex to get out of this blog post. Bye Felicia. 

But little do you know, blogging takes A LOT of work. Unless you're a blogger, then you know. You really really know. 

Really though, lets talk…

Blogging has been a passion of mine for about three years now. I had a "private" blog for about 6 months before I realized I had something special to share and made this here little blog. It's MY corner of the internet. And you know what? I'm proud of it. I'm proud of the things i've accomplished because of it, i'm proud of the content i've created, and i'm proud of the happiness it has brought me. I never knew writing could do this for me. I never imagined writing to be my happy place. 

I'm not crafty. I'm not good at hair. I barely know how to do makeup. The list goes on and on. Half the time I don't even think I'm a good mom or wife. But you know what I do know how to do? Articulate a sentence. And I know how to write. And I absolutely love it. I love that when I am writing, words just flow out of me. (Which makes me sound like I have some sort of sickness, but I promise I don't.) 

I feel like this is the most anti-climactic blog post in the history of posts. But nonetheless, I needed to post it. Not for anyone other than myself, and that's okay. 

So be on the lookout! 
More posts! Fun posts! Stupid posts! Life posts! WHATEVER! 
I am making this blog MINE again and I couldn't be more excited!!

Make sure you're following along our journey on Facebook and Instagram as well! 
Here's to the new adventure of FULL TIME BLOGGING!