I love Spring! The beautiful fragrant flowers blooming everywhere, the warmer weather after a long cold winter, and then of course there's spring cleaning, out with the old and in with the new! I love getting rid of excess junk. I recently cleaned out our garage and am working on cleaning out my closet. As hard as it is to part with certain items, it's so refreshing to just let go and declutter. Another thing I love about spring, are the floral prints, and bright colors. I saw this daisy choker online and had to have it, luckily it was in store as well so I was able to run and snatch it up! What is your favorite part of Spring!? I'd love to hear in the comments below!
Watching sappy commercials is hard enough while you're pregnant, let alone losing a member of your family. When I lost my dog while pregnant, I searched online for similar stories to relate to, and to try and find a glimmer of hope, that maybe one day, I'd feel better, so I thought I'd share my story. If you lost a pet and you're pregnant, I know you're having a hard time but I've experienced it, and it will get better, I promise you. I was about two months along when I got a text from my brother saying my dog, who I got from a lady down the street when I was only 15, had gotten out of my parents yard, and that they couldn't find her. I was out of town at the time which made me feel so helpless. This had happened a few times before over the 10 years I had her and she always returned home, so I was worried, but I didn't really think I would never see my puppy again. Days passed and she still hadn't returned home. I put up flyers, made reports to the shelters, and put an ad in our local newspaper. People were so kind and called me thinking they may have found my dog but it never turned out to be her. I cried and cried, I just wanted her home. I was envisioning the worst and I felt that I might be causing my baby stress with all of the crying and worrying. Weeks had passed and still nothing. My mom was so sad for me and told me to ask God to heal my heart. I prayed that over and over and honestly, it started to help. Yes, my heart was still broken, but it was starting to mend. About a month had gone by and my husband was at the shelter looking at the dogs and they asked if he had looked at the deceased animal pickup log. We hadn't, so he looked at it and on the day she went missing, they picked up a dog describing her, right near my parents house. He called me and the pain rushed back, I broke down. She was my best friend, she was there when I was happy, when I was sad. She had the sweetest personality. She would jump into her dog carrier if she knew I was leaving, hoping I'd take her with me, and when Matt would get the dogs ready for a walk she would run to the room I was in so excitedly making sure I was coming too. I never wanted her to leave this earth in such a horrific way, but I assure you time really does heal all wounds and I can now cherish the time I spent with her and the memories I have of her. You may think you love your pet more than anything, but when that baby comes, you will feel no greater love.
As for my son, he is almost eleven months and is perfectly fine, in fact, he's such a good baby! The stress of losing a pet while pregnant didn't effect him like I was worried it would. He is perfect. So, if you are worried that you are hurting your baby, rest assured that your baby will be just fine, and work through your emotions. It may take time but you will feel better.
The balloon fiesta wrapped up last weekend! My sister, the baby, and I all woke up super early to make it for the morning glow and the mass ascension. We went on the perfect day, it was pretty chilly, but there was no wind, so a ton of balloons went up. The pictures really don't do the hot air balloons justice. Albuquerque is known for the way our balloons go up and then sort of circle around over and over. This is called the "Albuquerque Box" which makes our balloon fiesta unique! My mom actually went into labor with my sister while at the Balloon Fiesta!
In my hometown fall starts with the state fair, then the balloon fiesta, then Thanksgiving and Christmas of course, with a whole bunch of other stuff in between! I love this time of year because not only is it beautiful with the changing leaves and the crisp air, but there are so many fun things that happen around this time. Next weekend we are going to the harvest festival in a cute little town nearby called Corrales and then to the pumpkin patch the following weekend. I love the change in wardrobe including cozy sweaters, boots, beanies, scarves, and being able to sip on my favorite hot beverages in front of my faux Netflix fire, (haha) like lattes, apple cider and hot cocoa.
This past week has been a little hard on Eden. He has three teeth coming in and I can tell they're bothering him. He's such a good boy though, he doesn't fuss or act cranky, he is still his happy self. Last night he woke up a couple times and was crying and drooling a lot. I hope this passes soon so my little guy isn't in pain anymore.
Have you ever been to the balloon fiesta? What's your favorite thing about this time of year?Comment below! I'd love to hear from you!
My sister made these for me once a few years ago and I thought they were so good, but I hadn't eaten them since. So the other day at the market, I saw some kale and thought I'd try them again! I don't know why a lot of people seem to think kale is gross, I actually think it's pretty tasty and has a lot of flavor! So if you're craving something crunchy and salty, trade out that bag of potato chips, popcorn or pretzels for this healthy snack!
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Remove leaves from stems with kitchen sheers or you can just pull or cut them off
Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner or paper towels if you don't have one
Place the kale on a foil lined cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
Bake 10-15 minutes, until edges are brown and crispy
I told you it was easy! What healthy snacks do you eat throughout the day? I'd love to know! Tell me in the comments below.
This week my heart is full of love, yet also filled with sorrow. Something tragic has happened in my city that we won't soon forget. I won't go into detail but it cost a little girl her life. For my birthday I wanted to do 26 acts of kindness to spread love in a world that is consumed by negativity. It turned out to be more meaningful to me than I ever imagened. I'm not writing this to make you think I'm a great person, but in hopes that it will inspire you to do something kind to brighten someones day. I know the little acts I did weren't anything life changing but if I was able to make someone smile, that is enough for me.
I asked my best friend Ayse to join me because of course I knew she would make it fun! She got me 26 one dollar bills to do whatever I wanted with and about 26 flowers to hand out to random strangers. She also planned a couple of other things to do just for fun while we were out and about. Our first stop was to grab some breakfast at a cute little place called Crepes Crepes. They were super nice there and I gave out a couple of flowers.
Our friend Erin works at our local news station and told us there was sadness in the air because of what had happened to the little girl, so we decided it would be more meaningful to pass the flowers out there. We told them we wanted to help brighten their day. A couple of people got emotional as we handed them flowers which of course made us emotional. That was definitely the best thing we decided to do.
Another one of my favorite things we did on my list was "buy a friend coffee" and "buy a stranger coffee" we went to a locally owned coffeeshop called Breve, and I bought my friend coffee with the money she had given me. She thanked me and I thanked her, she said "we could do this all day" lol... then we left a few dollars with the cashier to pay for the next persons drink. We sat down on a couch in perfect view of the register and inconspicuously watched as a lady walked in to order some coffee. The cashier told her that someone wanted to spread some love and left money to pay for her drink. The lady said "This has never happened to me before!' She then sat down and we heard her telling a few other ladies that someone left money to pay for her coffee. It was so fun and awesome to know that she appreciated it!
I love playing games, so my friend planned for us to go to a place called Empire where you can hang out, get some snacks, and play board games. Here, we were able to cross "make a new friend" off of my list. Who knew there were so many board games out there! As we were searching for one to play a really nice guy asked if we needed help figuring out what game to choose. He recommended a game called Raptors and taught us how to play. It was complicated but once we figured it out we got pretty competitive and had a lot of fun!
Here is the full list of my acts of kindness.
1. Donate Clothes
2. Buy a friend coffee
3. Pay for a strangers coffee
4. Send a handwritten letter
5. Put positive sticky notes inside of books at a book store
6. Open a door for someone
7. Put change in a vending machine
8. Put a shopping cart back
9. Make a new friend
10. Send a sweet text
11. Leave a used book in a cafe
12. Give money to a homeless person
13. Leave pennies heads up everywhere
14. Bring my mom flowers
15. Donate socks to a homeless shelter - I read that socks are donated to shelters the least
16. Leave a nice sticky note on a public bathroom mirror - It said "First of all, you're really pretty"
17. Leave pennies heads up everywhere
18. Pick up trash at the park
19. Put change in a meter thats about to run out
20-24. Leave nice notes in five balloons at random places that say "pop me"
25. Handout Flowers
26. Leave money at a gas pump to pay for someones gas
I challenge you to do something kind today, even if its something as simple as giving someone a compliment. Our world definitely needs more kindness.
I finally got around to taking pictures of our house! It's amazing what a whole lot of paint, plaster, drywall, and elbow grease can do. It took us about three and a half months to get it to this point. We were in a mad rush to get it ready before the baby came. Thanks to my awesome handy man of a dad, and husband, it was ready with time to spare. My dad was here almost everyday helping us, we couldn't have done it without him!
It definitely wasn't easy living in a construction zone while pregnant, but it was so worth it in the end to have this little home for our family. I always looked so funny with my huge ventilator mask on, a paint roller in hand and a huge belly. Next time I'm pregnant I definitely plan on doing more relaxing and less manual labor!
This house started as a three bedroom, one bath. We knocked down the wall dividing two of the rooms and made a larger master with a large walk in closet. There are still a few more things to do here and there like finish our baseboards and replace the front door and water heater door but other than that, the main part of the house is finished. Eventually we plan on converting the garage into a third bedroom and laundry room.
What took us the longest were the walls. You can't really tell in the pictures but along with being all different colors, they were all different textures too. A few were popcorn, some were an odd zebra-like texture, and some were normal, but none of them matched. To get them smooth we did at least three coats of plaster on each wall. Sounds easy right?? No. Not. Easy. At. All. You have to apply the plaster on each entire wall, wait for it to dry and then sand it and repeat. Three times! On every wall! There was always a chalk-like dust everywhere. It was awful.
As an HGTV fanatic it was awesome to finally be able to renovate a house. The best part was getting to pick out the cabinets, light fixtures, floors, etc. So fun! Matt says we're never doing this again but I think I'll have to talk him into it. This is our stepping stone house and by the time we're done with it we will be all in at $95,000 and hope to make a pretty good profit!
Hope you enjoy checking out the transformation of our home!