Life Lately….

I know I have been quite absent from the blog lately, but life has just gotten in the way. I can’t believe how busy things have been, actually I can. Between the end of the school year and four birthdays, life is busy this time of year.

We had our first family swim of the year memorial day weekend and it was perfect. This year is going to be the easiest year yet; when it comes to the pool.

June is always crazy for us not only with birthdays, but end of year activities. Sophia and Isabella had a blast at field. I love seeing their happy faces.

While Sophia and Isabella were finishing up their last few days of school McKayla, McKenzie and I were running the last of our errands just the three of us. Errands would look quite a bit different once school was out.

I have truly enjoyed this year. I have loved my time with these two silly girls. I can’t believe how much life is going to change next year. I am truly not ready of them to start preschool in the fall. I am really going to miss our days together. I will be one sad Mama.  My babies our growing up and I am not happy about it.

Our Isabella turned 6 mid June. I am still in shock that she was born 6 years ago. I just can’t fathom where these years have gone. Isabella has truly made me a better person. She shows me each and everyday what living is all about. It’s about being happy, loving life and going with the flow. Isabella lives her life in her own world and I love it. She is able to let things go easily, she doesn’t’ hold grudges and chooses happiness almost 100% of the time. She is an amazing little girl and I am beyond blessed to be her mom.

Sophia and Isabella had their last day of kindergarten and 2nd grade; it was so bittersweet. I can’t believe how grown up our girls are become, yet still so young.

Thank you for all the kind and caring messages. I have received countless messages about how my family and I were doing (since I have been so absent). I am truly touched to know you all care so deeply. Thank you.

I still have so much more to share with you, but it will have to wait for another day. I promise I will post again soon. We are quickly settling into our new routine, so I will be able blog more regularly once again. Thank you for being so understanding.

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My 32nd Birthday Weekend

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend with a lot of family time; that’s the perfect weekend in my book. I loved having my girls home for an extra day and it was so much fun celebrating my birthday ALL weekend long with them. My hubby and girls sure know how to spoil me.

The celebrating began Friday night at dinner with friends at Capital Grille. Of course, Steve surprised me by calling ahead to tell them it was my birthday; best hubby ever. Not only was the table decorated when we arrived, we end our evening with complementary dessert and it was delicious.

It was the perfect night out, just what this mama needed. This may just have to become a birthday tradition; hint, hint.

Saturday was officially my birthday and it all began with a couple extra hours of sleep.

Our morning was spent relaxing while awaiting the arrival of my new nephew. My sister was due 10 days prior and had been in labor for 24 hours, so we knew he was going to make his debut any moment. My sweet nephew simply waited so he could share his birthday with his auntie. He finally came into the world just after 12pm. As soon as McKayla and McKenzie woke up from their nap we hurried to the hospital (I couldn’t wait to snuggle my baby boy.).

We ended my day with Mimi and Papa at J. Alexanders; it was delicious and of course no birthday would be complete without cake and ice cream. Boy do my parents love to spoil their kids on their birthdays and that is just what they did. Thank you mom and dad for making my day perfect. I love you very much.

Sunday was another relaxing morning (no extra sleep for me, Steve only gets up with the girls on Mother’s Day and my birthday. Ha!! No really I am okay with that I love morning snuggles with my girls.). We spent our afternoon celebrating with Steve’s mom, stepdad (Phil) and grandma (Nana). My mother-in-law and Phil prepared a wonderful meal and Nana made one of her delicious cakes (seriously, they are the best). Thank you for making my birthday amazing. You sure know how to make a girl feel special. I truly love and appreciate having you as my in-laws. Thank you for loving me. You kindness never goes unnoticed.

I feel so blessed to have so many people who love me and take time out of their holiday weekend to spend it with us. Thank you!!

We ended our weekend with our first family trip to the pool. This is the start of an amazing summer.

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Thinking Out Loud # 107

{Amanda @ Running with Spoons}

  1. Wow, I am already on post four for the week. I can’t remember the last time I was able to get this many out in one week. Have I told you lately how nice it is to be done with dance for the summer? I love that we don’t have many structured activities for summer. Our days mainly consist of playing at the pool, playground, and anything else we can think of that sounds fun. I love to be able to be spontaneous with my girls and that doesn’t generally happen during the school year, so summertime is SO MUCH FUN!!
  2. Saturday is my birthday so this morning Sophia and I thought it was only fitting to start our day with chocolate cake and ice cream. Haha!! I love my girl; she loves chocolate just like her mama. This morning I was the “coolest mom ever” (that won’t last long – Ha!!) And guess what? I was able to adjust the rest of my macros for the day and made it fit. I love the flexibility and balance counting macros brings to my eating.
  3. In the past I probably would have thrown in the towel and had an all day binge fest, but now I know I can eat what I want as long as I balance it out with healthier things. Easy peasy as my girls would say. The rest of the day consisted of egg whites, zucchini chips, salads, cauliflower “pancakes”, chicken, extra lean ground turkey etc. Basically, the rest of my food will be lower carb and lower fat (I used most of my allotted carbs and fat on the cake and ice cream, but it was well worth it.). If it fits your macros is basically like playing Tetris all the pieces need to fit together by the end of the day, but there can be different ways of achieving it.
  4. I found these pork tenderloins at Costco and we have been loving them. Seriously, Isabella asked for them two nights in a row!! I love finding new protein sources my girls actually enjoy eating and best part is these are quick and easy to make.
  5. Watching these two grow up together is such a blessing. I love seeing their relationship grow and grow. They have such a special bond. “Sissy will you hold my hand?”
  6. I always catch McKayla and McKenzie in such silly sleeping positions, but this one just might take the cake….
  7. and this one is just too sweet for words…
  8. We have such a fun filled weekend planned for my birthday. I feel so blessed to have so many people who love me. My hubby, girls, parents, and in-laws are always excited to celebrate with me. I feel so blessed to have each and every one of them in my life. As a mom the majority of my days are spent taking care of everyone else, but it’s a nice treat to be taken care of once a year. Okay, maybe twice a year; they do a great job of spoiling me on Mother’s Day too. But, once it’s over I know it’s back to reality and I must say I do love my job as a mom; it’s truly my dream come true.
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Riced Cauliflower “Potato” Pancakes

Oh my goodness I have fallen head of heals in love with riced cauliflower (I have eaten it everyday since I discovered this gem.) . Seriously, it is such a delicious and easy way to get my veggies in; I have been craving these “potato pancakes” like crazy.


  • 85 grams of rice cauliflower (I have used both frozen and fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons liquid egg whites or 1 egg white
  • seasoning of choice (I always add minced garlic)


  1. Place your cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes. This is not an exact science. You can’t mess it up. You simply want your cauliflower soft and workable.
  2. Preheat skillet to medium.
  3. Take it out of the microwave, add egg whites, seasoning and mash together until combined.
  4. Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray and add your cauliflower mix. At this time use your spatula to form the mixture into a pancake shape.
  5. Let cook for a few minutes on one side then flip and finish cooking on the other side.
  6. That’s it. Once done enjoy with your favorite topping.
  7. I love to top mine with salt, reduced sugar ketchup and sometimes mustard. They end up tasting like a mix between hash browns and potato pancakes. Seriously, so good and incredibly filling. I love that you actually feel as though you are eating something less healthy when in reality it’s simply cauliflower. In my book that’s perfection.

My next venture is going to be making cauliflower tater tots. I will keep you posted.

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