5 Benefits of Double Dating

Double dating. My husband and I have done this for many years and thoroughly enjoy it. Once you find the right couple (which in itself is another article), double dating can be an important, beneficial aspect of friendship, mutual respect, wisdom and most importantly, fun! Here are the 5 reasons why my husband and I double date, and the benefits it has provided us not only to our friendships, but also our overall happiness.

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Cactus (Nopales) Recipe

I decided recently to challenge myself and make a dish I have been intimidated in the past to make. However, I really didn’t know what to do or where to start. It wasn’t until recently, when I started cleaning out the food pantry that I found an old recipe book that I received many, many years ago. This recipe book was hand written and contained recipes from my grandmother, godmother, mother and mother-in-law. I decided this would be the perfect cookbook to choose from! So I chose my first intimidating dish to make and after a couple of times making it, I decided to share the recipe with you! So here we go, read along and watch the video if you want to learn how to make cactus (nopales). đŸŒ”đŸŒ”đŸŒ”

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My Personal Breastfeeding Experience

I have been wanting to write about this for a very long time. Let me just give a disclosure that this is my very own, personal experience. It is what happened to ME. Everyone is different, every experience is different, every mother and every baby is different. This is me and my story. Whew, glad I got that out of the way.

Let me begin with the beginning, well, sort of. So when I found out I was pregnant, the internet became my best friend because I was totally clueless about babies. During those nine months, I searched every topic I could think of.  3am google serches after getting up to pee was the normal life for me.  Breastfeeding was one of those many subjects. There was so much information about breastfeeding! So many products, whether to choose an manual or machine pump, if your insurance covers it, different bottles, how to hold the baby when you are feeding, creams, bra pads, what to eat to increase your supply, etc.  It was truly an abundance of information. After countless sleepless nights researching, I was 100% sure my baby was going to be breast feed for at least a year, I was going to be eating the best quality foods and him and I were going to bond like no other before. Everything would be natural, wonderful, and go smoothly. Well, for me, that’s not exactly the way my breastfeeding journey went.


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Toddler Life -Tissues

Toddler Life -Tissues

⏰ The time it took for me to pee, this happens. Is it too early for a drink?? đŸ˜‚đŸ˜«đŸ·đŸŸđŸĄ #mamaneedsadrink #sahm #momlife #toddlers #tissues #toddlerlife

Loaded Breakfast Egg Muffins



My husband absolutely loves it when I make these loaded breakfast egg muffins for him. He wakes up for work every morning at 5:15am and leaves the house by 6:00am to fight the lovely rush hour morning traffic. During those quick 45 minutes he has before he leaves for work, he takes a shower, gets dressed, makes his coffee and prepares his food for lunch which consists usually of leftover dinners from the night before. Sometimes I don’t make these lovely muffins because life happens or I simply forget, but when I do, he is so very appreciative! I always get compliments each and every time I make them.

This recipe is really just a mix of things I currently have in the kitchen, but I do always tend to have a staple of ingredients I use each and every time I make them. The ingredients can vary, but it is usually as follows and it fills up a muffin tin of 12 muffins:

 

Loaded Breakfast Egg Muffin Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 4 slices of ham, cut into tiny pieces

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Eggplant Lasagna Dinner

I recently promised myself to step out of my cooking comfort zone and try out a new recipe at least once a week. I haven’t been feeling well today, so I wanted to save my energy for one main dish that I have never made and keep my promise to myself. I decided to cook with eggplant tonight, I have never in my life cooked with eggplant. I have tried it a couple of times, but I have always been a little intimidated by it to be honest. However, the last time we went to our local grocery store, I made it a point to buy a coupe vegetables that I have never cooked with! I finally bought the intimidating eggplant. I am so glad I did! So tonight, I made a dish called Easy Low Carb Eggplant Lasagna from Wholesum – Yum Low Carb Recipes. I have got to say, it turned out pretty good! I will mention while I did follow the recipe for the most part, when it came time to brown the meat I added Worchester sauce. I also I used a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of tomato sauce instead of marinara sauce. Last, I didn’t have ricotta cheese, so I just added extra shredded cheese. Hey, you can’t go wrong with cheese, right? Lol, I also added my own spices, like rosemary and paprika and topped the dish off with some bacon bits. I always end up changing recipes a little, but I think that many of us are like that. I still give credit to this recipe. It was amazing!

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Bragging Right: Puzzle Play

All parents brag about their kids,  so this is my turn to brag about mine! This puzzle is made for kids ages 3+ years, but my son who isn’t even a year and a half old yet can complete this one and others in about a minute. He’s had this particular puzzle for less than a week so I decided to film it.

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Thsi pretty much summed up my day. Not a ton of elaborate explaining to do on this, except when cleaning up puke, it always makes ME want to puke. So disgusting. #mamaneedsadrink đŸ˜©đŸ€ąđŸ˜·đŸč

Cherry Bomb Confessions: Breakfast Time

I’m going to confess, I am way to hard on myself sometimes and I know it. This morning it was in the kitchen at breakfast time.

This is what we had for breakfast. I made pancakes with fruit topping, over easy eggs and bacon for the family. Pretty normal, right? Do you know what I saw when I sat down? Pancakes that were not the perfect circle shape like I saw in the recipe picture, two out of the five I burned on one side, the fact I had to call my husband to flip them because I was getting overwhelmed from burning those two which made me feel like a home making failure, eggs that I prayed I wouldn’t break when I flipped them, and bacon that I can never, ever seem to get right. What kind of mom am I if I can’t even flip a freaking pancake without code red in the kitchen?! These were all my thoughts as I sat down. A delightful mixture of disappointment and frustration.

Why do I do this to myself? I’m not sure, but I know I’m not alone. Why do so many of us mothers strive for home making perfection? I think the answer is not that simple. False expectations, self-inflicted  pressures, social media posts of perfect dishes with the right lighting and filters, a bouquet of fresh flowers next to the plate, a great picture crop and the whimsical life quote to go along with it all. Ugh, come on. The madness has got to stop! We need to stop doing this to ourselves.  I need to stop doing this to myself.

“Snap out of it woman!”

I’m trying to redirect my thoughts. I need to see instead that I made yummy pancakes today for my family, that my husband enjoyed flipping those football pancakes for me, that these eggs came out perfect and the bacon was the first thing to go, as always. That my one year old son stuffed pieces of pancake in his mouth so much that pieces were falling right back out. These mornings with those tasty football shaped pancakes, eggs and bacon that I can never get right are what it’s all about. Imperfections are life’s perfect moments, and I need to start being kinder to myself. We all do. âŁïž

A Family That Cooks Together, Stays Together

I have heard this a million times. We don’t always cook together, most of the time during the hustle and bustle of the work week, I’m cooking dinner alone, trying to entertain a one year old, browning some meat, get some sides going and unloading the dishwasher from the night before. Weekends like this when we are able to slow down a bit, it’s nice to have a change of pace. We made tacos and Mexican rice tonight, nothing special on the plate, but special moments like this are what keep things spicy! If you know what I mean. 😉

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