Mondays…Get Motivated in Your Relationship

This is my Motivation Monday/Man Crush Monday thought of the day…

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Monthly Date Nights

My man crush always and forever is my husband. This weekend was very productive. We spent time as a family, and we made sure to honor our commitment to getting away from our hectic lives (and our energetic son) at least once a month to have time together. After marriage, and especially after children come in the family, couples forget to make time for each other. Time to talk about ourselves, how we’ve grown individually and how we’ve grown together. Even things that have stressed us and those negative impacts that have overcome ourselves and each other. I believe it’s important to communicate our personality to our partner’s. We go through so many emotional roller coasters that partners need to be told out loud all the emotional changes we go through. No one partner can read the other’s mind no matter how well we think we know each other. Their thoughts and how they feel about those thoughts are two different perspectives. As they always say, “Communication is key!” After all it’s not “Happily Ever After” when you get married like they show in fairly tales. There are so many more adventures and there is so much more work after.

We are not two separate people, but two different people that bring different aspects in the relationship. We work as a team and are partners in life outside and inside our home. When one is slacking in motivation whether it’s life goals or motivation to overcome obstacles, we push each other (especially when it comes to motivating one another to work out). We don’t pay attention to gender roles in our relationship. We equally do the house work, cook, clean, and take care of our son. One might do tasks or chores more than the other, but if one is slacking the other is always there to help pick up after. We value each other’s opinion on topics, ideas and even beliefs in how we raise our children. We can see how our cultural values are different, especially when I come from a culture totally different. Instead of punishing him for not understanding me, I educate him as to why my behaviors are the way they are. You’re not only bringing two different personalities into a marriage you are bringing two different household values and beliefs. Compromise is key in this aspect!

My husband is my MCM (man crush Monday) because we can be nerds together, be athletic together, be adventurous together, discover new things/new places together, be sad together, discuss serious topics together, make each other laugh each minute of the day together, love our son together, show him the world together, forgive together, be spiritual together, be angry together, be supportive of each other, tell each other when we’re getting out of hand, and most of all love together. ❤

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My Sailor Prince

Another New Year’s Resolution

Another year has passed and another list of resolutions are being made by all. What is a “resolution” anyway, are they not just a list of goals for the new year…? Does anyone else get in a little intimidated by that thought of another year and trying to make “resolutions” happen? I feel a lot better when I just make goals for myself and maybe adding a little time frame so there’s no pressure to finish by the end of the year or feel guilty if I didn’t. A time frame seems appropriate because you still want to give yourself that push to do them. If there’s no expected date it can easily be pushed aside. So friends and strangers I welcome you to join me in new GOALS for the year!!

Last year I wrote 5 goals that I felt I would be able to achieve within 2016. I think its safe to say that I proudly accomplished most of it, if not tweaked here and there as the year went. Since last year I have written more. Even though most of it was school related. We definitely went on more family adventures. Finally exploring our area more and getting to know more wonderful people along the way. I know fitness is always everyone’s new year resolution or goal, but most would deteriorate after just 2 or 3 months. I would like to say that I’ve kept up since we started our new family gym at American Sled Dogs. I’ve definitely gone through ups and downs with health this year (I’m still trying to get back on track). After all I’m not perfect health is a struggle for me and maintaining consistency is a challenge (more story to come). I do want to say, that I feel over all my nutrition intake and activity level have improved since post pregnancy and even before then. I did also make a reading challenge list from last year. Though I didn’t accomplish all of it, I did get some reading done. The list will be one of the goals that I roll over to this year and hopefully finish it!

A new year means new adventures, new challenges, and experiences. Things to look forward to: our son’s 2nd birthday, a year left of school until graduating, my mom’s wedding (and everything that comes with wedding occasions/activities), and another year with my little family. I honestly do not have any new major goals for this year. Which for some people there wouldn’t be. Some years if there are no new or big changes in life, it is just another year of unknown adventures. I still have the same goals as last year (being fit, going on more new adventures, reading…etc). Fitness is a high concentration of mine since I’m still not where I want to be. I also have a goal to achieve before my mother’s wedding. {You gotta look good, gurl!} Luckily her wedding is all the way in December, so I have the whole year to better myself with no excuses!! For those new to my blog, I am also a Younique Product Presenter. Since I’ve always been obsessed with all things makeup and love to give reviews here and there. I finally found a product that has been worth sticking around for and even sharing the world about. I really cannot get over how better my skin has been using these products. Now even though I do sell these products as a makeup lover I still use some store brand products here and there. Mostly eye shadows, because I am obsessed with palettes and different colors! Aside from that, I am also doing personal makeup sessions for events in my area (outside area is negotiable/price varies). {Link to book} I’m hoping that this year my little business can pick up a little more! Last year I was able to do my friends wedding event! That was a lot of fun. She and her bridesmaids trusted me with whatever idea I had for their look. If I do say so myself they all looked B E A U T I F U L!! {Pictures} I do also hope to finish school soon, finally getting my bachelors. In hopes to finding the career of my passion.

This year friends, I hope you all achieve those short term goals. Get the good and bad experiences out of them, and hope it gets you to dream even B I G G E R!!

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Hello…It’s me…

It has really been a long time. I always feel so overwhelmed during the school season, that I never feel like doing much else (from the stress). I have so much to share. New journey’s I’ve taken since last time. New experiences. Even new struggles that have come between my path.

Stay tuned for the individual posts I will be sharing on my different pages. {Topics: Food Recipes, Fitness Log, Relationships/Love and Life.}

New Business

On my las blog, I mentioned that I had a surprise going on in my life aside from trying to understand how to be a wedding planner and how to go about it.

I am an official Younique Presenter! Younique is a cosmetic product that’s best known for their 3D Fiber Lashes (NOT fake lashes).
Younique offers an incredible line of products, which is strongly anchored by their revolutionary 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. These are NOT extensions, they AREN’T falsies. They are your OWN lashes, just with a 300% increase in volume and length! 3D Fiber Lash Mascara is easy to apply, washes off without leaving black smudges, and best of all, is naturally based and hypoallergenic.
Younique also offers naturally based products for faces, eyes, and lips, at great prices! Many of their products are vegan, organic, and by the end of this fall will all be made, 100% in the good old USA! That is something I can get behind! They are always cruelty free and NEVER test on animals.”

So please help me start my launch and order seem Younique products! I will have a Link on my Fashion & Beauty Blog just for my Younique page.

Have a beautiful day,

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Something New (Making It Happen)

Hi guys,

There are a couple of new things coming up in my life. One, I will announce in a couple of weeks! The other is something I’ve been looking at getting involved in but have been on the fence to do. I want to start a Wedding Planning business. The only thing is I wouldn’t know how to go about it. Ideas for when it comes to the wedding I am confident in. It’s the process to actually get started. My father in law was telling about the different managements into building this work. Such as: managing the people, managing the time/schedules, managing the vendors, and the budget. I’ve already had these thoughts in the back of mind and I’m pretty good at handling the ‘upfront’ and ‘hands on’ aspect of running this business. It’s the “business” part that I have no clue on approaching. I know building a website/logo is also a key, but what next…where do I go from there…

If there is anyone out there (especially other wedding planners) that can give me tips on how to start wedding planning or direct me somewhere. I would very much appreciate it. Little tips and advice will go a long way. If you happen to live in the Hampton Roads VA area and is a personal wedding planner. I would love to be an assistant and shadow your work ethic. PLEASE contact me or comment below with an email I can contact you with. I would be so grateful for any help! 🙂

Thanks so much,

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Pizza Rolls

Going to show you have to make home made pizza rolls! Very good and tastes like pizza but faster and easier to make. Great as a party snack and/or appetizer or meal for a family.

 

Ingredients:

  1. 3 Cups Flour
  2. Pepperoni 
  3. Block of Mozzarella (or you can all ready cubed)
  4. 2 Dry Yeast Packet 
  5. Olive Oil
  6. Butter
  7. Clove of Garlic
  8. Water (add as needed)
  9. 1/4 cups of white sugar

Makes about 15-20 rolls 

Tools: 

  1. Baking Bowls
  2. Hands! 
  3. Baking Pan
  4. Rolling Pin
  5. Plastic Wrap

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  1. Put 3 cups of flour, 2 dry yeast packets, 1/4 cup white sugar and add 3/4 cups of water in a baking bowl. Mix until you get clay like dough texture (you have to keep adding water until all powder is mixed, I usually use 1/4 cup at a time). {I mix everything with my hands.}
  2. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil with dough and mix again.
  3. Add another 1/4 cup of olive oil (do not mix) in with dough ball and close with plastic wrap or some sort of cover. IMG_6919
  4. Leave dough to rise btw 45mins-1hr.
  5. While waiting you can chop up block of Mozzarella (if you didn’t buy them cubed). As it gets closer to when the dough is finish rising. Melt the butter and crush the clove of garlic (oregano optional). Mix together.
  6. Once dough rises. Sprinkle some flour into dough and on open surface to kneed the dough. {Use those muscles!}
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    Steps 6

  7. Leave large ball of dough in the bowl and just tear piece to make small balls for individual rolls. {How much dough you use determines how many rolls you get in the end.}
  8. Use rolling pin to roll out the small piece of dough ball to make it flat. {I never make a perfect circle, that’s just me}
  9. Place pepperoni and mozzarella in to rolled out dough. {You can put as much pepperoni and cheese as the dough can hold.} 
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    As instructed on step 9 

     
  10.  Close the dough around the pepperoni and cheese (if there’s a slight tear or opening, thats ok you can leave it or try to patch it up. It doesn’t have to be perfect). {Repeat until all the dough is gone. If you have extra pepperoni and cheese you can eat it or save it for later or use it for something else.}
  11. Preheat oven to 350º. Spread melted butter garlic on each roll. Then place in the oven for 25-20mins. 
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    Doused in butter and garlic

  12. After time is finished take it out and enjoy!{You can buy marinara sauce, or if you know how to make it yourself that’s great, or do what I do and use pasta sauce (just warm it up)}  

Until Next Time,

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Lent

Yesterday was the start of Lent! {For those who don’t know what Lent is about. It’s the act of valuing repentance. As Catholics, for 40 days and 40 nights (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) we practice prayer, repent, and fasting. Some may also give up something they value or do that are unGodly means to concentrate on being closer to God and his practices.

My family and I went to Mass to get our ashes put on our foreheads. {Ashes symbolize the dust in which God made us, and that we may remember that we will return to dust again one day.} Then I thought about what I should give up this year and maybe give some ideas to any of you that practice as well.

In previews years I’ve given up soda, chocolate, coffee, video games, and skipping a meal (as far as I can remember). You may ask that those do not add up for how old I am. I’ve repeated some of the previous years when I couldn’t think of anything. This year I decided to give up alcohol. Not that I drink every day at all. This year I feel like I’ve had more alcohol than I’ve had in one year (again not that I drink a lot anyway). I think the reason was because I haven’t had alcohol in a year since I was pregnant than had to breast feed for a while. Subconsciously, I think my mind wanted to make up for it. Plus with friends coming and going and us actually getting to celebrate as a family with our friends having new adventures this year, it added the reason to drink. I just wanted to stop for a while. Plus it helps to lose weight, just another benefit. My husband is giving up video games. Which is good, because he can finally concentrate on better things. Get more stuff done for himself, such a catching up on reading maybe get back into working out.

I laid out some ideas that I hope help some of you. Others people give up: reading certain types of books, tv, social media, electronics, phones, skip 1 or 2 meals, sweets, sex, porn, movies, shopping, going out to do something you routinely do, staying up late, sleeping in, giving up your favorite food/drink…etc. It can really be anything. Anything that distracts you from being closer to God. Good luck! I’ll keep you all in my prayers as well as I hope you keep my family in yours. Have a safe lent! Share some of your lent traditions and practices with your comments below!

 

God Bless,

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Hot Chocolate

This recipe is easy, simple, and fast! It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and taste way better than the powdered hot chocolate (though I still use it when I’m lazy). Perfect for snowy days or cold rainy days! 🙂

Ingredients:

  1. Chocolate Chips or Bark (milk or dark)
  2. Milk (1% or 2% or whole) 
  3. Heavy Whipping Cream
  4. Powdered Sugar 

Makes about 2 cups

Tools:

  1. Pot
  2. Measuring cup
  3. Mixer/Whisk (manual and/or electric) 
  4. Bowl

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  1. Measure 1 1/2 cup of milk (using whole milk will make it much more creamy and thicker). Pour into cooking pot. Put to medium heat.
  2. Measure 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream. Pour into cooking pot.
  3. Stir with whisk (or any utensil) consistently to prevent from burning.
  4. While waiting for that to heat up a bit. You can make whip cream with the left over heaving whipping cream. {There are no measurements to scale on making whip cream. I add as I go.} Put heavy whipping cream in a bowl. Take some powdered sugar add to bowl (less powered sugar then whipping cream or it will be too think and less of a whip). You can mix with the an electric mixer or whisk (it will take much longer for the it be fluffy manually). Mix until fluffy like whip cream!
  5. Make sure you’re watching the milk to make sure it does not burn or boil over (if so lower heat). Put chocolate chips into a safe microwaveable bowl and heat until melted (heat in short increments until desired effect). {You don’t have to melt the chocolate if you don’t want to. You can put it straight into the hot pot of milk and cream, but bigger chunks take a bit more to melt and mix. Also, how much chocolate chip determines how rich you want the hot chocolate!} IMG_6796.jpg
  6. Add chocolate into hot pot. Mix until all the chocolate has melted and milk is warm and creamy. {If you wish to have more than 2 cups. It is very easy just to add more milk and heavy whipping cream as you go along. Remember to add more milk than heavy cream.}      IMG_6799
  7. Put in mug and add whip cream in top of the hot chocolate!

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    Enjoy your homemade hot cocoa! 

Keep Warm,

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Oreo Truffles (none bake)

My first blog recipe YAY! I’m doing dessert first since I have the biggest sweet tooth. This recipe I got through my friend that baked it back from our ‘Friendsgiving.’ I didn’t realize it was so easy until he gave me the link to the Pinterest he got it off of. These are perfect for a last minute dessert to bring to a party! This is how I made mine…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bar of Cream Cheese
  • 1 package of Oreos 
  • Almond bar (white, milk, or dark chocolate)

Makes about 25-35 pieces (depending how big you make the balls)

Tools:

  • 2 Bowls (1 bake safe)
  • Food Processor/Blender 
  • Baking Spatula 
  • Your Hands!/electric mixer (optional)
  • Baking pan
  • Wax/parchment paper
  • Pot (to use to steam)/microwave
  1. Get your Oreos and put them in the food processor or blender. Have them all crushed. {If you don’t have any of these, like we didn’t during the holidays. You can put them all in a big Ziplock bag and crush them by hand. It will take some time doing it this way. You need the Oreos as fine as you can.} After they are crushed put them in a bowl.
  2. Take the cream cheese and add it in the bowl of processed Oreos. Then mix the cream cheese and Oreos well. {You can use your hands like I did. But if you don’t want them to get messy or have the mixture under your nails. You can use an electric mixer or baking spatula.}
  3. Take your baking pan and put parchment paper on top (so the truffles don’t stick). Once you have mixed them well. Take a small piece of the truffle, and start rolling them into a ball (the size will determine how many you make in the end). During this time (if you’re a multitasker like me), take half of your Almond bar and start chopping them into smaller pieces. {Putting big bars to try and melt will take a much longer time, the smaller the better}. There are 2 ways to melt chocolate: putting it in the microwave and melting them or taking a pot add some water and using a bake safe bowl to put on top to melt the chocolate (steaming). Steaming, is a less chance of burning the chocolate and drying them out like a microwave would. {Make sure you are watching and constantly mixing your chocolate and putting in low temperature to avoid burning}
  4. Once you have made all your truffles. Dip them in the chocolate. {You can take it out of the pot (be careful, hot) or leave it in like I did}. I used a spoon to dunk the Oreos truffles in and take them out to prevent the chocolate to stick to fingers. After you dip them, put them back on the parchment paper.IMG_6609
  5. Put it in the freezer for 30mins-1hr (for best results). IMG_6610.jpg
  6. Enjoy your Oreo Truffles!!!!IMG_6614

Happy baking,

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Update: A New Page

My best friends recommended to me that I should make a page about all the food I make. Since I’m always posting some of the process on Snapchat and people say my food taste good, so here goes…

I will be making a page about some recipes I make up or have gotten and are things that I find useful. I like to cook but I also don’t like a long process, or a lot of dirty dishes for that matter. Being a mom means things that are fast and easy. A one income family also means saving money and being frugal with groceries, but still finding them to be healthy. I hope you all enjoy this new page and follow me on my journey. My first post will be tomorrow so stay tuned!

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