Friday, December 2, 2016

Five on Friday

one. Fabletics
2 weeks ago, I submitted a picture on Instagram, representing some of my CrossFit girls and all of us had on our Fabletics wear. I feel like I have started a trend at my gym with Fabletics and I love when someone comes in and runs up to me and shows me the newest thing they bought, or have on. Anyways......Fabletics was running a Fabletics Squad Contest and I entered it. I never win anything but guess what.....I did! Not only did I win, but I won outfits for my whole squad and $500 to go to my class for tuition! I am still on cloud nine. Thank you to Kristen, Betsy, Fanny and Rebecca for being part of my #FableticsSquad and to Meg who took the picture. Because if I don't mention you, you will make me do 100 burpees! 

two. Best Friends
Every morning these two have breakfast together. It is my favorite thing in the morning. They eat their food together, they sometimes share with each other. I usually wait to eat. I am a wake up, don't talk to me till I've had my cup of coffee, take my morning pills and then I eat, like 45 minutes later. My boys on the other hand, wake up like they have had 5 cups of coffee and want to eat. So that is why they eat together. And I love it. 

Since I have been having the hardest time getting Brody to drink milk (it is still a struggle), a mom friend of mine (Thank you Amber) gives her girls Danimals Smoothies and they love them. So I tried it. It's a dairy yogurt shake for kids. He loves them. So I know when we are having a milk struggling day, I can hand him one of these and he is getting some dairy intake. 

four. My new look
My go to look this winter is going to be high rise skinny jeans, over-sized sweaters and booties. First off, high rise/waist jeans are my new favorite thing. I have like 4 pairs of them and can't get enough. They hold everything in and you see no crack or underwear when you bend over. And trust me, no one wants to see that on anyone! Second off, talk about comfort and fashion all mixed into one. You can find so many affordable over-sized sweaters (H&M and Target for instance). Even try the men's section. Men's shirts in general are softer and longer and work perfect for those skinny jeans. And booties...I live in these. I go shopping in these, I go to the store in these, I probably could do CrossFit in these but I don't. And if you want to make the outfit sexier, strap on some heels. 

five. 23 days
That's how many days you have left before it's Christmas. Bobby and I have done good this year. We booked my mom (like it was hard) that Monday, the week of Thanksgiving, and went out shopping for everyone we could think of a gift for or told us what they wanted. As of today, we only have like 3-5 people left. Bobby and I don't buy gifts for each other (cue the eye roll) because we buy what we want all year and we HONESTLY would rather spend the money on family. We share a bank account so it just doesn't make sense to either of us to buy each other anything. We would rather spend the extra money on ones that we love and now that we have Brody, it just feels right to us. We did agree that when Brody is old enough (maybe next year), that we each will take him shopping and have him buy the parent he's not with something for Christmas. Make it special for him. 
23 DAYS PEOPLE! 23 DAYS! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Taco soup

Dear Diary,


When I was at my moms last Sunday, Kara mentioned how she was going to make taco soup for dinner one night this week. 

First off: me and tacos go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like wine and cheese. Like my credit card and Target. 

So when she said taco soup, my ears went a buzzing. She sent me to the recipe and I made it Tuesday. The original recipe calls for a can of corn, but we opted out of the corn. And the best part.....Brody devoured it. He normally doesn't eat beans but he couldn't get enough! 

Here are all the ingredients and all you do it brown the meat and throw everything in one crock pot, turn it on warm from 8 hours, low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours and your done. We added Frito's and cheddar cheese to ours after putting it in our bowls. You could also do sour cream or chives. 


  • 1 lbs Ground Beef, browned and drained (we used 93% lean so there isn't much to drain)
  • 1 can Beef Broth (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can Kidney Beans (16 oz) drained
  • 1 can Black Beans (15 oz) drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Petite Diced Tomatoes and include the liquid from the can (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can Corn and liquid from can (15 oz) (we opted out in ours)
  • 1 can Original Rotel- diced tomatoes and green chilies (10 oz)
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix (1 oz)
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning (1oz) or 3 tbsp if you have the big can like me
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt






You can find more CrockPot recipes at www.frugalsgirl.com 



Love, Me

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December 2016 Movies

There are 6 movies this month. 

December 9

Office Christmas Party
Rated R
105 minutes
Starring: Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Abbey Lee, Jason Bateman, Courtney B. Vance
"When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand."



December 16

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rated PG-13
113 minutes
Starring: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen. Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, James Earl Jones, Riz Ahmed
"The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow."

Collateral Beauty
Rated PG-13
97 minutes
Starring: Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Michael Pena
"Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death, Receiving unexpected answers, he begans to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty." 



December 23

Sing
Rated PG
108 minutes
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll,
"A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition."

Passengers
Rated PG-13
minutes N/A
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne
"A spaceship traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. 


Why Him?
Rated R
minutes N/A
Starring: Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Adam Devine, Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key, Zack Pearlman
"A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter's young rich boyfriend."



Source:
www.youtube.com
www.imdb.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Rustic Christmas

Last Friday we decided to go ahead and put Christmas out. We normally wait till this up coming weekend but I have a full day planned for my Grammy on Saturday and Sunday I will be getting home and it would be just too hectic. So we decided last Friday it was! 

Normally I put a lot out for Christmas. I love decorating (even went to school for Interior Design) but because I have a 15 month old who is into EVERYTHING, I couldn't put out half of my things. But that didn't stop me from decorating where I could. We decided on a rustic look this year. Whites, golds, bronzes, browns, things like that. Friday night we went to Kohl's and I found a few pieces from there. Target was having a huge sale Saturday, so after we got back from Clyde, we went straight there. It was spend $100 on Christmas things, get $50 off. It was easy to do. 

Below are my pictures around my house. I'll do my best to let you know where it is all from in case you like something. Like I said it was Target and Kohl's but I'll let you know where each was. 

My Christmas Tree 
This year there are no ornaments. We decided against them. I do have one on there, which is special to me this year but I will save that for another day. (and no, I am not pregnant. It is nothing like that. It just means a lot to me this year but I would rather save it for another day). The tree is from Target (pre-lit) and the star is new this year (Target). I always had this pretty big red bow but the lights went out this year so we opted for a new one. The tree skirt is Target too. I will find Brody sometimes laying on it looking up. I don't have a picture because by the time I pull out my camera, he is long gone. 

My mantle 
The two things on the side stay there all year long (and they are Kirkland's). The stockings are hung in this order, Bullet, Bobby, Brody, Dani and Dash. The tree in the middle I got last year and I think it was Hobby Lobby or Michael's. The two birds holding Bullet and Dash are Target and the reindeer's holding Bobby and I are Kohl's. The stockings were made from Pottery Barn (B, little B and me) and Dash and Bullet's are from Target.

Decorations around the house
A picture of me pregnant with Brody, a yummy smelling candle from Bath and Body Works, a Rose Gold Reindeer from Target, Welcome sign from Target and white flowers from Hobby Lobby
 This is from Kohl's. It lights up my kitchen at night. And has a 6 hour time out, so if I don't want it on all night, it turns off after 6 hours. 
 I usually don't put wreaths out but when we were at Target, I fell in love with this one so we went with it.

A view from my kitchen. I love Christmas. There is something so warm and inviting about it. Everyone has things they have collected over the years. I always love going to peoples homes this time of year and looking at their things. There's always a story or someone who gave it to them. Christmas is a time for giving and remember Jesus' birth. Yes I love decorating but nothing would be impossible without the his LOVE. 
If you squint really hard you will see the one ornament. But even if you do, you won't understand it unless you know what it is for sure. 

What is something you put out every Christmas that means the most to you? 

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Walking Dead Monday

Reviewing: TWD: Season 7: Episode 6: Swear


SPOILERS AHEAD. If you have not watched or don't want to know what has happened, STOP reading now.






Tonight we pick up with Tara and Heath and the mysterious new crew they met up with.
The episode starts out with two new girls on a beach killing walkers. They come across Tara washed up on the shore. They attempt to kill her but the older girl stops her from doing it. The little one says they are supposed to kill and walks away. The older girl drags Tara off. * Heath is in a trailer talking to Tara (obviously an earlier scene) about food and ammo and how it's been 2 weeks since they left for things. They are talking about how they had to kill people for things and how no one is in this together. Tara picks up a gun and notices an engraving of a baseball bat. Back at the beach scene with Tara passed out and the older girl holding a gun to her. The older girl then leaves food and water by her head. She also leaves her a weapon. As she walks away, Tara wakes up and takes a bottle of water and hides. It seems Tara was faking it. She looks over to see the older girl crying. Tara picks up the food left and before she can eat it, sees the older girl walking away. Tara decides to follow her. She follows her through the jungle for awhile and comes upon a community. She sneaks around the community to see what it is. She sees women talking, kids playing, people on post watching, people gardening and happy. Then you hear a clicking sound and everyone runs to get guns. Then they start shooting at Tara as she runs away. A lady tries to kill her but she takes her out and her gun. When you think she's made it out, the little girl from the beginning (named Rachel) stops her. The older girl (named Cyndie) stops Rachel from shooting Tara as other people join. Tara tries to reason with them when an older lady walks up. Tara tries to talk to her but she doesn't say anything. *Tara and Heath make it to a place on the water that looks lived in. They search the place and come across a mound full of sand. Tara tries to pull a duffel bag out of the sand and the whole thing comes crashing down. Walkers emerge and corner Tara on the pier. Heath runs off as walkers chase him. Back at the scene with Tara and the girls, we find Tara in a house, handcuffed to a air conditioner. Natania introduces herself as well as well Kathy and Beatrice. Natania explains that the bells Tara hears is to drive away the walkers. They want to know what Tara is doing here. She explains how her and Heath were on the barge when she went over and made her way inland. She says Cyndie gave her food and she pretended to be passed out and followed her there. Natania explains how she should be dead but because she didn't kill Beatrice when she could, she saved her and now doesn't know what to do with her. They leave Tara so they can discuss what to do. Beatrice comes back for Tara at night and takes her to another place. They uncuff her and offer her dinner. Natania introduces Cyndie and Tara officially and Tara thanks her. Cyndie tells her she is trying to teach Rachel there is a better way then killing people. Natania wants to talk and they all sit down to dinner. * Tara is eating and they all are staring at her. Natania says she is trying to convince her to stay. They need someone like Tara. Natania even offers finding her friend and that he could stay there too. Tara is confused by that because there are no men. They fall silent. Natania explains that they got into a scuffle with another group and none of them made it. Then the women found this place, kept hidden and stayed alive. They want the truth from Tara on where she is from. Then Tara explains about where she is from and everything they had done. Tara wants to join forces together but Natania suggest one person go and see how it goes and Beatrice volunteers. * Natania wishes the girls bye (Kathy goes too) and they leave. Tara walks by Rachel and Rachel spits at her. Tara gives her the middle finger and smiles. The girls come across a walker and Tara says she has it. Right before she kills it, she runs away. The girls chase her and Tara loses them. She then comes across Beatrice and they fight. Beatrice gets the upper hand and explains to Tara about the Saviors she "thinks" they took out (Beatrice obviously knows about Negan) and tells her how they killed all of their men over ten years of age. She says Tara can't leave and right before she shoots her, Cyndie jumps in front and tells Tara to run. Cyndie catches up to Tara and makes her swear she won't tell anyone about them. Cyndie gives Tara her backpack and tells her she will take her to the bridge. * They get there and Cyndie tells her she will help get across since there are walkers. Tara wants to know why she isn't like the rest of them and Cyndie ask her "why aren't you?". They both help each other make it half way and Cyndie lays on top of a car so she can shoot as Tara walks across. Then Tara has a memory of Heath saving her life and when she comes to, she kills walkers in her way to search for him. She thinks she sees him as a walker but it turns out to be a lady. She then hides behind a pod and sees Cyndie being taken away by Beatrice and Kathy and sneaks off. She find Heath's glasses and sees tire tracks. She also finds a key-card with a letters PPP on them. *Tara walks through a field and comes across a boat and searches it. She comes across an old gas station and searches it. She ends up staying the night there. The next morning she makes her way back to Alexandria where she is greeted by Eugene. Tara finally figures out what has happened. Rosita wants to know if she found any place and Tara lies to her. 


Main points of this week show: 

  • The new community is called Oceanside. 
  • Poor Tara had to figure out about Abraham, Glenn and her girlfriend who have died and how. 
  • Where is Heath? and is it just me or is Tara kind of a comic relief? 
  • The women of the new community have figured out how to keep themselves safe. By the clicking when someone comes into their community instead of yelling. They keep bells far enough away to keep zombies distracted. They kill on sight (besides Tara). 
  • I wonder how often we will see these women of Oceanside. I don't think they would introduce a whole new community and make us like some of them to not bring some of them back. 
  • Even if Tara had known what had happened early on, I still think she would have gone back. Her family is with Rick and all of them. 
  • It doesn't shock me that Tara doesn't tell Rosita about Oceanside. After learning about what happened to Glenn and Abraham, I think she sees no value in telling them. She made a promise and I don't see her breaking it. If for some reason they meet back up, I don't see it being because she told. 
  • What does the PPP stand for on the key-card Tara found? I can't wait to find this one out. 




Feel free to leave comments, thoughts and/or ideas, on what you liked, loved, hated or think might happen. 


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday

You don't want to miss out 
on the Black Friday sale 
I have going on. 
Click ~here~ for all the info.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Five on Friday: Black Friday Edition

I am so excited about this guys. BEST DEAL of the day. So you know my love for them. But their Black Friday sale is just killer. Ok so here's the deal.....From Midnight to noon on Friday, using the code FRIYAY40 will get you 40% everything from their site. Once that ends at noon (central), they will be offering 25% off until midnight Monday with the code SHOP25. Not only that, but with a purchase of 3 or more shirts, you can get a free tote bag or koozie (while supplies last). They have launched their new Holiday line and it is adorable. I love these girls so much. Go buy. Go support. Have your child and yourself set for the Holidays. I have included all of their newest additions and you best believe this little lady is buying them! 






So the photographer we used this year for our family photos is having a Black Friday sale. Here's her deal: 20% off any shoot booked from January-April 2017. The deal only last through the weekend so get your spot quick! How awesome is that?! Email is betsy@swinkphotos.com

I love this kiddo clothing company, mainly for their jumpers. They are super cute and really comfortable for Brody. There Black Friday sale starts at 7am (eastern) Friday morning and includes their Tank Jumpers for $21, Knit Tights are $7 each or 3 for $17, Headbands are $5 each or 3 for $13, Hooded Jumpers for $25 plus so much more! And if you spend over $100, use the code ONYXFRIDAY10 at checkout for $10 off. (coupon only valid on 11/25)

For Brody's newborn photos, there was only one person I turned to. And that was my beautiful friend Becca Egger. She is amazing. I went to her blog and copied her words because she is quirky with her words and only she can tell you her deal the best! "A full session with all the typical details, but the sitting fee is reduced by 40%!! Instead of $125, you'll pay just $75. Deadlines: Sale ends Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Your session must be on the calender by March 1, 2017, and completed between January 1 and November 1, 2017. Don't worry, I'll remind you! How to redeem: email me and say "I'M IN!!" and I'll send you an invoice within 24 hours." Email is castironphotos@gmail.com

five. Younique
For those of you who don't know, I am a Younique rep. Why? Because seriously, I love this stuff. My face has never looked better, felt better and the product always feels so nice and easy going on. I don't wear makeup much but when I do, I want good quality stuff. I do clean my face and wear face lotion everyday so I need something good, breathable and not thick. For the Black Friday deal, Younique is doing something everyday at noon (pacific time) for the next 7 days. You can log on and see what it is. They will also send an email everyday at the same time so you can see what it is. They are limited edition bundles and each bundle last for 24 hours. You can also purchase everything else if the bundle that day isn't something you need/want. And also, you can get Free shipping for these next 7 days with any purchase over $50! 


To go to any of the sites above, please click on the name in each heading (example.... one. Emerald Sky (you would click on Emerald Sky and it will take you to their website)). Please let me know if you have any questions on the five above and I will help where I can. And set your alarms people so you can get to shopping. 
I know the big department stores offer great deals but the people above are just super close to my heart and I would love for you to help support them. They are moms, friends, sisters, powerful women who are doing what they love! Know someone who is having a new baby, give them the gift of a photographer! Always wanted that one shirt from Emerald, well here's your chance! 3D fiber lash mascara makes the most perfect gift for your girlfriends! #shopsmall