As part of my Summer Bucket List (you can see here) is taking pictures of the girls and then at the end of the summer making a photo book for them for their First Summer Together! As I look at the pictures each week I see each of them changing and growing. It's so fun to see their personalities change and how in just one month they are bigger. I love these little girls!
One more month of summer pictures for these two beauties! I can't wait to see how much they grow next month!
This is probably the easiest and cheapest recipe I have ever done. I have seen a few honey lime chicken recipes, but they always include way more ingredients then well honey and lime. One day last week (day before grocery shopping) that I didn't have too much in the house. I did have chicken, honey and lime and decided to just try it with those three ingredients. I have to say it worked! Hubby liked it and Sophia gave her stamp of approval by eating three pieces! Amazing I know.....
Honey Lime Chicken
4 chicken breasts
1/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup honey
Place chicken into crock pot. Mix lime juice and honey together in a separate bowl and pour over chicken. Let cook on high 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
7 red potatoes
3 boullion cubes ( I used vegetable)
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 teaspoons dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
Cut potatoes in half (or fourths if large). Boil potatoes on stove with water for 18-20 minutes or until soft. Drain water and add coconut oil to cooking pan. Put back on stove for a few minutes until the outside of the potatoes turn golden brown. Add dried basil and season with salt and pepper.
I love the little turbans that are made for kids now. I think they are so cute. I do not love the price. While browsing on Etsy I found some adorable ones, but with shipping it'd cost well over $10. I looked at some DIY ones and realized I could make it for free. This is a win win. It's super super easy and you could do this for yourself or your little one. So here is how I did it.
First you need an old t shirt. Yes there are holes in the armpit and yes I just wore this and realized I needed to retire it.
Cut off the hem.
Cut about 5 inches off.
Lay it out and make an 8 sideways. The side seams should be on the sides.
Twist it again.
Take one side and move it to the other.
Pick both sides up.
The side seams should be touching.
And you're done. Seriously you're done. That is the opposite side from where the side seams are.
The seams are at the back of the turban so you don't notice them.
And here it is!
I think it turned out super cute....
And, well, the model helps out with that cuteness too!
At certain times in my life I am reminded of how important my brothers and sister are to me. Hearing about people having to say good bye to siblings before they should have to remind me how blessed I am that I have all my siblings here and that we are all close friends. I can call any of them at any time for anything. I know they have my back if I need it (even if I am the wrong one) because that's what my siblings do. I am so glad my parents gave us a big family and that we aren't just siblings anymore but friends. I appreciate every single one of my brothers and sister. We are all so different but also so much alike. We have been through quite a bit and have all remained so close. I would do anything for them and I love them so much. I am so glad that each of them are here and I don't know what I would do if anything happened to them. I'm want each of them to know how much I truly admire and love them as individuals. Kate, Nate, Jayce and Spencer thank you for your life long friendship. Thank you for all the great (and sometimes not so great) memories we have created. I hope my girls have the same relationship that we do. I can't wait to see you all in two weeks!Make sure you hug your siblings if your close or call them today if your far away because you never know what the day holds ahead.
I love my siblings so much and am so glad that we are friends! I love each of you!
Colored jeans are awesome. As you can see in the examples they add a pop of something to an otherwise plain outfit! As a mom of two I dress pretty casually and adding some fun color to an otherwise "boring" outfit is a lot of fun and easy to do.
1. The link is to the top but you can see it here. Love pairing a striped t shirt with lilac jeans
2. The link is broken but having a chambray shirt is a great piece to own because it goes with anything, like these amazing colored pants.
3. The link is to a personal stylist you can see here. This outfit is great with a cream lace top and yellow jeans.
4. You can see it here. I love the coral colored pants with a graphic white t shirt. It picks up the color of the jeans!
And here is my way....
Nude linen shirt with lilac jeans. white and gold accented sandals with yellow and gold bangles.
I like rolling my pants to give them a casual feel during the summer.
I love pastel jeans and this lilac pair is great! Throw on a pair of heels and a chunky necklace and this whole outfit could be worn at night for a date! So many ways to wear these jeans! You can find some pastel jeans here and here.
I have always had a shopping problem. Like seriously. I would buy pretty much anything if it was a good deal. (Even if it was something that I wasn't thrilled about) As a result I had one full dresser of clothes (three drawers) a nightstand of clothes (three drawers) half of a walk in closet and a guest walk in closet as well. I didn't wear 3/4 of my clothes but I could not get rid of any. When I was pregnant with Sophia because of my weight gain I lost some of my emotional attachment to quite a few clothes, but I filled up the space I had just cleaned out with more clothes that I wasn't too crazy about after I lost the baby weight. Fast forward three years and I had mounds of clothes everywhere. I realized how many clothes I accumulated when I packed the majority up because I can't stand looking at my skinny clothes when I am pregnant. I had bags and bins full of clothes. Some clothes I hadn't seen in months, others I realized I didn't care if I ever saw again. When I got to be 8 months pregnant my nesting got into high gear and I decided I needed to purge. Like ALOT! I ended up getting rid of 5 garbage bags of clothes. And these are not the little trash bags I'm talking about. I couldn't believe the things I had that I was holding onto for really no reason. After the purge I made a pact with myself that when I buy something new I have to get rid of something. Now that being said even with my huge purge I still fill up a walk in closet. I have room in between my clothes now, but it's still pretty full. The difference is now I love them all. I could literally close my eyes and pick a shirt and I will wear it. The purging can be hard becuase you're getting rid of so many things at once and I started to wonder if I would have anything to wear left, but I do and it feels good knowing that I love my clothes and my husband is probably happier since I'm not taking up his space either!
1. Set aside time. You can't hurry through because you will hold onto items you shouldn't or get rid of things you should keep. Set aside some serious time (like a few hours) to go through ALL your clothes. Literally every item should be touched and if you haven't worn it in 6 months TRY IT ON! You might find out it doesn't fit anymore or you just don't like the color/pattern on. If you try it on and are unsure get rid of it. The only time I kept shirts that I wasn't sure about was to move them from my closet into my pajama drawer. And I have only one drawer of my "comfy house" clothes.
2. Make 3 piles.
1.Get rid of
Right off the bat if anything is stained, ripped or doesn't fit obviously just toss it! The Keep pile is for the items you're keeping in the closet. (make sure that they fit and you LOVE them. Like seriously LOVE them) The Maybe pile is for the clothes that fit or you're unsure about the color/pattern. Once you try it on really think if you are in love with it. If you still aren't sure whether you want to keep it or not hang these clothes in one side of your closet for the next week and if you don't find yourself reaching for them then it goes in a bag and get rid of them! I had a couple shirts that had gotten lost in the void of my closet and I didn't know if I would really wear them so I hung them in the front of my closet as my go to for the week and Surprise! I wore a few of them! The rest I got rid of and I haven't looked back.
3. Drink and Listen to some tunes. I couldn't enjoy a nice glass of wine to make this easier during my purge because of the little person I was making, but I mean having that special beverage can go a long way and would definitely make the process a little easier. Of course listening to some great music while this is going on can make things more fun. Listening to nothing makes this time drag out and can put some people in a bad mood, so putting on some N'Sync, Spice Girls or whatever it is you like will make this an easier transition. And know in the end you will have a wonderful closet you will be proud of!
Ok maybe it won't look like this but at least you have an organized closet with the things you love!
Me with no make up. I wasn't sure if I should do a post on this because really my skin isn't perfect. I get breakouts at times, it can be dry or oily and it's just kind of scary to put your face out there like that. However, looking at some of the bloggers who post about their skin I decided to just go for it.
Skin care regimine is important for me. I am in my 30s and this is when my collagen is supposed to break down and wrinkles come in. (Uh I said hello to wrinkles back when I was about 25, so hearing wrinkles start to really show in the 30s started freaking me out a few years back) I in no means have perfect skin (thank you FL weather) but I have learned how to improve and maintain my skin.
I use proactiv every morning in the shower. I have used this for years. It really helps with my breakouts. They have a new sensitive skin care set that helps my skin not dry out from using it everyday. You can find what package works for you on their website here.
I see tons of bloggers talking about their skin (which most have super amazing skin...not that of a 30 something mom with two kids who might have any number of bodily fluids on their face at any given time throughout the day) but what they use is totally unafordable for me. I see so many posts that say I use this and it's such a good price but when I click on the link the bottle is under 1 oz. and it's over $100. That just can't happen in my book. I scoured the internet for products I could actually afford that worked. I came across a brand called Boots no.7. They had a product called Protect and Perfect Intense Serum. You can see it here. The reviews were great and at only $23 if it worked it totally would be worth it! I get mine at Target so it's not out of the way to go out and buy either! Win win of me! News flash-it worked and still works. I use it every morning and I love it!
Because I loved the serum so much I started realizing I really needed to moisturize my skin. II decided to go with the same brand of products and rotate between the Restore and Renew Day Cream and the Beautiful Skin Day Cream. You can see it here and here. The Restore and Renew is $20 and the Beautiful Skin Day Cream is $14! Both have sunscreen in it so it protects from the sun as well! They make my skin soft and a little goes a long way so it lasts a long time. They are creamy and thick, but doesn't make my skin greasy at all.
I started using the Protect and Perfect Night Cream when I realized that my skin needs moisture not only during the day, but at night too. We keep the air going all night and have a fan that stays on which can really dry out skin. I needed something to keep my face moisturized at night and I started using the Night Cream about one year ago. You can see the night cream I use here. At the end of the day I wash my face with water and put on a thin layer of the Night Cream! It's a great deal at only $20 and again I can pick it up at Target.
And the last two things I just started using within the last few months are sugar scrubs I make myself (You can find a few recipes here and here) and Garnier Fructise Anti Puff Eye Roller. I only the sugar scrub once a week in the morning (instead of the proactiv) in the shower. I use honey in my scrubs and it has really helped the redness in my face. I put the Garnier Fructise Anti Puff Eye Roller on in the mornings before I put the Protect and Perfect Serum on. You can see the Eye Roller here. This is an amazing product! I saw results immediately after use and continue to see them everyday! Not expensive at $10 and definitely worth the money!
I in no means have that perfect no wrinkled, no freckled, all evened skin tone, but I have learned what helps my skin look better! Being a stay at home mommy means I am on a budget so I can't just go spend a ton of money on my facial products. For me it's important to manage my face as best as I can and I found these products do the trick for me!
Yellow velvet shirt!?!? I know I know hippie, but I'm loving the hippie-ish trend that's in. I found this beautiful yellow velvet shirt at a Goodwill for $6. It's so unique and different I had to have it. It did need some changes. The sleeves were looooong and so was the shirt. Definitely needed to try and do something with it.
Cut a good chunk off the bottom and the sleeves. (maybe about 4 inches on the bottom and 6 inches from the sleeves) I ended up using stitch witchery and a cool iron to hem the shirt! I tried sewing it and the seams just didn't look right on the velvet so I had to seam rip them out and went to the next best thing-stitch witchery. Super easy to use and super quick too! I love that the shirt fits now because it is so unique!
I think I'll be wearing this throughout the summer and into the fall. The colors are great and I love the flowered detail!
Even though velvet is a heavier fabric the sleeves now have a lot of movement and cutting off as much fabric as I did it is a lot lighter to wear!
I love finding something that is a little different and making it into something I will wear!
Independence Day was pretty low key for us. We went to my husbands house for lunch and came back home and relaxed. Sophia was not a fan of fireworks so it was mainly sparklers and smoke bombs, which took awhile for her to warm up to. And it was all done in daylight....ahhhh to have young kids! One of these days we can stay up late lighting off the "big ones" but for now I'm happy with early sparklers for our celebration!
Not even a fan of the pop-its because they make a pop and they are "too youwd" (loud)
And look at these rolls.....can't get enough!
And finally she realized sparklers don't make a sound....
Sophia and I made an apple pie together! It turned out so tasty and I will share the recipe later this week!
Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July!
For the summer I want to take weekly pictures of the girls. (It's on my summer bucket list which you can see here) For the first month it's been fun seeing them next to each other and looking at how much Amelia has grown is just crazy! I love watching Sophia be so excited to see "Baby Ameyia" and creating moments they can actually look back on later in life. I can't wait to see how their connection keeps growing through the months and years. I am hoping to use these pictures and make a scrapbook for each of them of their first summer together!
Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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