I thought it'd be fun to share a little bit about my current season of life! What am I currently reading, cooking and loving these days? What am I currently feeling, praying for and wishing for these days? What am I working on?
Here goes nothing:
I just finished 'Present Over Perfect' and y'all, I have so MANY good things to say about it. This study hit close to home and I've been weeding out my life and aiming to nurture some important areas in my life. There have been a few days where I've asked myself, "Now what do I do with all this time?" and my heart simply replies, "Rest & embrace it."
I also just started "A Simplified Life" and AHH. I really need to do a blog with "before" and "afters" because I am CLEARING THE CLUTTER and making space! It feels so good! I HIGHLY recommend this book. Like, yesterday. Next on my list is simplifying my daily schedule (this goes along with Present Over Perfect) and our finances. Wish me luck. And send wine.
Photo from: www.emilyleyblog.com
My family is obsessed with tacos. Last week, I went out to dinner with a group of friends and ordered tacos and my girlfriend said she would have ordered them but she had just eaten tacos the night before, and I laughed so hard and said, "So did I!" Tacos are just, yum. I'm all about the toppings and the condiments. I recently did Whole 30, and the one thing I missed the most was the condiments & went on a search for Whole 30 approved condiments. And I found them! They exist and they're actually GOOD! Anyways, this is our family's favorite taco recipe and has been approved by our friends when we all vacationed to St. Pete! YOU'RE WELCOME.
SLOW COOKER CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN TACOS:
recipe from: www.belleofthekitchen.com
2 pounds skinless, boneless, chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
1 packet taco seasoning mix (I use low sodium)
1 (16 oz) jar salsa (use your favorite; I used a local Texas brand)
⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice from 2 small limes
Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning over the top, then cover with salsa, lime juice, and cilantro.
Place lid on top and cook for four hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low. Remove chicken from crockpot to a separate bowl and shred with two forks. Moisten chicken with small amounts of juice left over from the crockpot until you get the amount of moisture that you like. I used about ½ - ¾ cup juice.
Serve with taco shells or tortillas, adding on your favorite toppings. I like to use shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, cheese, sour cream, and even a drizzle of ranch dressing. Enjoy!
Photo from: www.belleofthekitchen.com
I actually have put a stop to shopping. With Christmas right around the corner, our personal shopping as been put on a hold. But, when we do shop, my favorite will always be Old Navy.
Their clothes fit me perfectly and I love how I can style our whole family to match. We don't wear the same items but always find items in the same color scheme and feel coordinated. Also, I shop using EBATES and our last order was close to $70.00 and I only spent $14 because of EBATES!
Unfamiliar with EBATES? Here's the scoop. When you're shopping online, go to EBATES
first, and then find the store you're shopping at. Click on that store and EBATES will keep track of your order and write you a percentage back to you by mailing you a check. Getting paid to shop? Sure, why not? I'm all about passive income because A. we needed the clothes anyways, and B. that's more time I get back with my family.
All clothes are from Old Navy.
My dress: TJMAXX; My Boots: Ross, Nick's Shirts: TJMAXX; ML's Vest: Vintage ML's Dress: Old Navy; ML's Shoes: Borrowed; ML's Bow: Target; Coh's Shirt: Ross; Coh's Pants: Old Navy
We are meeting with FL Hospital's Foundation on Thursday in hopes of getting our Boxes of Hope fully funded for their mothers on bed rest. Y'all. I can't. The opportunities being placed in front of me are "pinch me" kind of moments and my heart has been racing (both excited and anxious) because of it all. And that leads me to my next category:
A sermon from church had me falling into tears. If you have dreams, prayers, that have gone unanswered or you are on the verge of second guessing miracles, this sermon is for you. And my guess is that's going to be most of you because truth is, we all have dreams. When Jim looked into the crowd and asked, "What are your dreams?" tears welled up in my eyes and I could see my list being written out before me. I knew exactly how to answer that question and I became so emotional over it. My dreams? There's a long list but there are a very few that will bring me to tears because I long for them more than you could ever guess. The whole sermon was exactly what I needed to hear and would you laugh if I told you he wrapped it all up with hope? Hope may just become my word for 2018 (along with "NO" and I per-apologize to all those that receive any no's from me... but I'm trying here y'all!) Hope is the whole lifeline of my non-profit - the whole lifeline of my life. Without hope, I wouldn't be here today, breathing and doing life without my sons. That's the truth you guys. And this sermon was written out like a love letter from God to me, to you, to restore our faith in His plans and His perfect timing. What are your dreams? You know, those things that bring you to tears, make you fall to your knees because you long for them so badly - those hopes that you pray for? God will fulfill them and better yet, He's going to bring them to life much better than you could ever imagine! God at First Sight - Simeon and Anna
-The Busy Bee Website (It's SO close to being done and I just can't. Like literally. This has been a labor of love and I cannot wait to share this one with you.)
-Our Master Bathroom (Yes, it's taken some time to do this project but good things come with time... right? The final piece - our vanity! - has arrived to Orlando and we are just waiting to pick it up! Everything else is DONE but this is the final piece & once it's complete, I'll share a big reveal!)
-Expanding The Color Blue and Hope! We have come up with some amazing fundraising goals, as well as ways to reach Nurses and Mothers of Infant Loss, and I'm so eager to share these with you all! If you like community, crafts and a good coffee date - well, that's enough hints for right now. If you'd like to be the first to know what's happening, be sure to sign up here: A Weekly Letter from My Heart to Yours.
-Saying yes - to family days, hands on school projects, writing, coffee & naps, choosing to try on the wedding dress even if that means I'll be late to picking up my daughter, deeper connection with my husband, new creative work opportunities and to following my heart.
-Saying no - to a full schedule, people pleasing & anyone who gives me anxiety, and clutter.
All in all, I've got some heavy things on my heart, a full belly and some fun projects going on! I'd love to hear what you're currently loving, doing and praying for so I can cheer you on!