Friday Finds

Friday Finds

Hello friends! I thought it was about time to bring Friday Finds back! These are some things I’ve gotten over the past few weeks and have really loved.

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I got Joanna Gaines newest Magnolia Table Cookbook the week it came out. I’ve already made a few things from it. I LOVE it! Everything is so good and simple to make.

With the boys getting closer to the “big two!”  We’re starting to turn their nursery into a more of a “little boy” room. They are obsessed with Toy Story. It only seems fitting to make their new room Toy Story themed. I love these Toy Sheets we got from Pottery Barn. They are so different from the normal Toy Story stuff you usually see. The graphics look hand-drawn and almost retro. The sheets are super soft. They fit their crib mattress’s that will transition into toddler beds perfectly.

These running shorts are the comfiest running/ lounge wear shorts if gotten in a long time! I love the length as well.

These sunglasses are so fun and gorgeous!

 I ordered Lysa TerKeurst’s children’s book “It Will be okay” for the boys for Easter. It’s so good you guys! It is the sweetest story about trusting God through fear and change. I can’t say enough about this book. It’s a definite must-have

Family

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Friday!! I feel like people never seem  excited about Valentine’s Day. I think it’s because it’s not a super exciting day off from work kind of holiday. But I mostly think it’s because it feels like we just celebrated Christmas yesterday. Hahaha!

My parents always made Valentine’s Day a little special for my sisters and I.  I want to try to do the same for my boys.  My parents would put Valentine’s bears out in the living room so when we walked in from school it was a nice little surprise.  My mom would make shrimp scampi for dinner and brownies for dessert.

We would eat at the table together and have our little family Valentine’s Day.  Here are my favorite recipes for Shrimp Scampi and brownies.  I also included my favorite recipe for Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes! They are soooo good you guys! I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Shrimp Scampi

Brownies

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Family

Back to the Grind

I hope you all had a great holiday and are now enjoying being back to the grind.  We feel like this is the first weekend in awhile that we have been able to just relax.  We had a great Christmas with our families.  It was so fun watching the boys understand the holidays a little more than they did last year. 

They loved learning the word “Santa” this year too! We did set up a photoshoot with Santa for our first ever family Christmas card.  James loved Santa as soon he saw him.  He ran straight to him, hugged him, read a book with him, brought him a prop present. Cameron on the other hand liked Santa in theory but not reality.  He said “Santa” about a million times a day but clung on to me as tight as he could when he saw Santa in the flesh.  Mine and Robby’s expectations were low for this whole photoshoot.  I just held out hope for at least one good family photo.  Luckily, we got one out of the two boys to be a little model for us, and if Santa hid behind the backdrop, we got a few with Cameron as well! Hahaha!

We spent almost every weakened with family and friends, baked cookies and did all the things holiday.  Before we knew it, it was a new year and we have been peeling ourselves out of bed trying to get back at it. Is it seriously still January?  Our big plans this year are to take our first ever big family trip to Colorado to watch Robby graduate with his master’s degree! We are so excited! I’ll be sharing more on that very soon!

We have been wanting our year to focus on our goals but also on giving back. We feel so blessed that we just hope to bless other around us.  Robby and I got to do that this month by donating and volunteering at our church with the organization Feed My Starving Children.  They feed children in different communities all over the world.  We spent two hours packing as many food packages as we could, with a group of people.  It was honestly some the most rewarding two hours I’ve ever spent.  Giving back feels so good and brings me the most joy. 

If you have the chance to spend even the smallest amount of time doing good for your community, I strongly recommend it.  If you can make a date out of it, that’s even better!  We hope to keep making this something we not only do this year but, in the years, to come.  Robby and I want volunteering to become our family’s tradition as the boys get older. 

I hope you all are enjoying the new year so far and are making fun vacation plans for the spring and summer!  Anyone have any big summer vacations planned??

Recipes

Easy Plate Enchiladas

This is something my mom always made that we all loved.  Now they are one of my husbands’ favorites.  I’m sure one day they will be my boys’ favorites too! This is a cheese enchilada, but you can add shredded chicken or ground beef if you have it on hand. It’s fast, easy, filling, and delicious!

1 can of red or green enchilada sauce (I prefer Hatch canned sauces)

Fried egg (optional)

Diced yellow onion

Shredded Mexican cheese

Corn tortillas

Start by counting out how many layers you and whoever you’re making this for want. We always do about three to four layers.

Line a plate with two paper towels to soak up excess oil.

Next add two tablespoons of canola oil to the pan. Heat oil for a few minutes.

Once the oil is warm, fry each corn tortilla for about two seconds on each side just to warm and soften them.

Once all tortillas are fried and excess oil is drained, begin to build layers.

Put tortilla on plate, add sauce and spread with a table size spoon.

Sprinkle cheese and onion and build each layer.

Put in microwave for a minute and thirty seconds or the until cheese is completely melted.

Add fried egg on top.

ENJOY!

Oils

How Essential Oils Work

I wanted to jump in and give a low down on how essential oils work. Essential oils work when they are being diffused, put on topically, or when they are ingested.

We have something in our brains called the olfactory nerve. It controls a lot of things like emotions, how we react to things, stress. Our olfactory nerve receptors are in our nose. So that how people see the benefits of using oils.

Our skin is the largest organ. Anything you put on your skin absorbs into your body. The easiest way to use oils topically is in rollers. I send this card out with ways to make rollers and diffuser recipes when you sign up. So, it’s super easy.  You can just roller on your wrists, neck and chest. I keep them in my purse, nightstand, diaper bag. You can also throw roller tops on your bottles. The Kidscents line is prediluted so you can just throw a roller top on the bottles.

Stress Away is the only one with vanilla. Inhale it and rub it in your hair to use as a diffuser.

Anything you put on your skin is immediately absorbed into our bodies. Oils can get past the brain/ blood barrier. If oils are distilled properly like the way young living distilled their oils, then they really benefit our bodies.

You want to make sure what you’re putting on our skin isn’t full of bad stuff. lol Young Living is the easy button for this stuff. Their seed to seal promises that you will not find any harmful chemicals in their products. They are the only essential oil brand to have an FDA approved oil line for ingesting. Their farming practices cannot be beat.  This is why we love Young Living!! If you have any questions and want to get started let me know!

Family

Holiday Traditions

Is it just me or was it summer ten seconds ago and now were in the holiday season? I LOVE the holidays so I’m definitely not complaining. I’m even more excited this year since our boys are older.

They are still pretty young and don’t have the full grasp on the holidays. But, they definitely understand things a lot more than from last year when they were only six months old. Even at that age they really enjoyed opening their gifts.

I think the biggest thing on my mind has been traditions. We had a few in my family when I was growing up. On Christmas we usually had a big delicious Mexican food dinner at my grandma’s house. We got to open our presents from her that night, so that was always exciting. On our drive home my dad would drive us around neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. After my grandmother passed away and we moved, things changed a bit. We started going to a Christmas Eve service at our church. My mom would make her delicious tamales for us to still have that big Mexican food feast.

As far my little family goes. We always make sure to watch all the Christmas movies. My husband watches Christmas Vacation at least a million times. I make sure to watch It’s A Wonderful Life at least one hundred and five times. We make Christmas cookies with my mother-in-law. We also visit a neighborhood in town that goes all out in decorations for Christmas. It’s something everyone in town does.

We usually go to Christmas Eve service at our church. Then we eat dinner on Christmas Eve with my husband’s family at his grandmother’s house.  My husband and I still drive and look at some lights in the neighborhood on our way home. My husband and I get up early on Christmas morning and exchange our gifts to each other. If we’ve actually waited long to do that. We both get so excited to give our gifts. It’s hard for us to wait. We usually have cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

Then we go to my mothers-in-law house to exchange gifts with them. Head back home to get ready, and pack. Then we head out of town to my parents’ house. We have our big Mexican food feast at my moms with my grandparents. Usually, my sisters and I change into our Christmas pjs and we end the night watching a Christmas movie or just talking.

So, those are our traditions so far. I hope to add making homemade cinnamon rolls for friends and neighbors to the list. When the boys get older, we want to make a tradition to volunteer at a rescue mission. 

I love the this time of the year and there is always so much I want to do! I put together my Christmas Bucket List which you guys can download and hang on your fridge, put as your screen saver or use them in social media stories! 

Oils

What I’ve Gotten from My YL kit

I wanted to share with you what I’ve gotten since purchasing my Young Living starter kit. Other than just some amazing essential oils of course.

My kit has given me community, strengthened some friendships I had with people before buying my kit, and given me a job I can do on my own time from home. We used to struggle with constant headaches, and fatigue.  Not anymore and our home smells better than ever! Diffusing essential oils leaves a much cleaner smell to the home.  That’s because it isn’t something full of artificial fragrances masking smells.

I really am amazed how much joy that amazing kit has given me. It started us out (at our own pace) to make ourselves and our home, happier, and healthier. We have ditched so many different household cleaners that made us sick and dizzy when we use to “clean” our house. We’ve replaced them all with one amazing household cleaner that’s called Thieves! It cleans EVERYTHING! It takes stains out of EVERYTHING! (Mom of twin toddler boys here.) It kills 99.9 percent of germs, and smells like Christmas time. It comes concerted so it’s super cost effective!

When I decided I needed to yell from the roof tops how amazing this company and products are, I decided to jump into the business side. I was so surprised at myself. I have never felt so strongly about a company. They have nothing to hide and put everything out on the table. You can even visit their farms, which is unheard of these days.

I have gained so many new friends and strengthened bonds with old ones. I didn’t have to do any of this. I could have just gotten my kit and that could have been the end of it. But the change it made in my health and life blew me away. That’s why I choose to share with you all about Young Living! Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

Recipes

Sausage Gravy

I started making this gravy for my husband a few years ago. It is his FAVORITE. He asks me to make it almost every weekend. If we ever get sausage gravy when we eat out. He always says “yours is way better.”  My twin boys love it too. They always have seconds  and sometimes thirds of it! It’s pretty simple but full of flavor. You can use hot sausage if you like it spicy! I hope you and whoever you make this for enjoys it! 

Ingredients

1 pound breakfast sausage

1/3 cup all-purpose flour 

3 to 4 cups whole milk, more to taste 

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, more to taste 

Sprinkle of onion powder

Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Biscuits, warmed, for serving

Break up sausage into a large heavy skillet. Brown the sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Sprinkle on half the flour and stir so that the sausage soaks it all up, then add more little by little. Stir it around and cook it for another minute or so, then pour in the milk, stirring constantly.

Cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until it thickens. (This may take a good 10 to 12 minutes.) Sprinkle in the seasoned salt and pepper and continue cooking until very thick and luscious. If it gets too thick too soon, just splash in another 1/2 cup of milk or more if needed. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Spoon the sausage gravy over warm biscuits and serve!