Banana berry & cocoa smoothie


I have been experimenting for some time now with smoothies & more often than not it ends up being whatever is left over in my fridge & usually a spinach/kale base, but i wanted something sweet today & I have been trying to stay away from sugar besides real sugar found in fruit. I decided to satisfy that sweet tooth I would make this smoothie & it just hit the spot!

1 banana
4-5 large strawberries
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 c ice
1/2 c coconut or almond milk

Blend together & top with some cocoa powder & a strawberry & enjoy your guilt-free treat hmmm!

Happy weekend!



it’s a date

every once in a while justin & i get a chance to go out on a date & sometimes even for breakfast- like today. i love breakfast dates it just seems to make the whole day better. a hot cup of coffee, warm pancakes, scrambled eggs, & the loveliest of company & great conversation.

when we spend quality time alone he refreshes me. he uplifts me. he pushes me. he inspires me. & he makes me fall in love with him a little more even when i thought that wasn’t possible. i am so thankful for a man that is perfect in every way for me :)

he makes me happy as can be.

happy thursday.



as i was thinking about thanksgiving & everything that i am truly thankful for i came across this post over at the shine project & that is my inspiration for this post. i love how these questions really prompted me to think of all the things that i am thankful for this year- all that God has done in my life. so here are 15 questions to prompt your gratitude.

1. Who do I appreciate? God. my family. the people who sacrifice their life for my freedom.

2. How am I fortunate? i have everything i could ever ask for & everything that i could ever need. God has blessed me with an amazing marriage & husband- i feel so fortunate for this almost more than anything else in my life.

3. What material possessions am I thankful for? our beautiful house & my camera :

4. What abilities do I have that I’m grateful for? that i am have discovered the different ways God has blessed me with a creative mind & compassion for people around me.

5. What about my surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) am I thankful for? i love california. it is such a beautiful place to live. the weather is phenomenal- especially compared to connecticut where i i grew up. i couldn’t be happier to be living in “paradise”

6. What experiences have I had that I am grateful for? giving birth & becoming a mom- all of this bundled up into one has been the hardest thing i have ever gone through, but no one experience has ever made me more aware of God’s presence & greatness than having a little tiny human grow inside of me & watch grow & unfold before my eyes. i am so thankful for the opportunity to be a mom & see God’s amazing hand through my son.

7. What happened today/yesterday/this week/this month/this year that I am grateful for? God’s provision in my life this year is so evident. He has lead us to so many new paths & has been there for us every step of the way. God is always good.

8. What opportunities do I have that I am thankful for? the opportunity to be a mom has been one of my greatest joys this year. i am so blessed.

9. What have others in my life done that I am thankful for? people who have prayed for me. who have really reached out to God in my behalf & my families- prayer works miracles.

10. What have others done that I am benefiting from in my life (even if I don’t know who those people are)? i think about my husband & how hard he works so that i can stay at home with my son. sometimes i take this for granted, but i am so blessed to be able to not miss seeing my son grow up & raise him. my husband has sacrificed himself & works so hard to make this a reality- he is my hero & i love him so much :)

11. What relationships am I thankful for? God. i have no idea where i would be with out my relationship with Him. He is the only one that is always there for me & the only one i find complete comfort in- Thank you God for a personal relationship.

12. What am I taking for granted that, if I stop to think about it, I am grateful for? health. everyone around me is healthy & i take that for granted. my parents, justins parents, all of our families God have been blessed as of now with great health & i am so thankful.

13. What is there about the challenges/difficulties I have experienced (or am currently experiencing) that I can be thankful for? (e.g., What have I learned? How have I grown?)that they teach me to rely on God & realize that i can not control everything & even though times can be hard it is all a learning process.

14. What is different today than it was a year ago that I’m thankful for? so many things are different,but i am thankful to be at a better place than a year ago. i feel more alive & myself than i did a year ago just having my son & i am thankful.

15. What insights have I gained that I am grateful for? there are so many, but this year i feel like God has really taught me that this life is not about ME. it is about serving others & genuinely loving people around you in the little ways.

happy thanksgiving to you & your family. i hope today is a day that you can look back & cherish. i know that i am thankful for today & all the people that i am surrounded with this thanksgiving. with love,


bell buckle & pancake pantry.

(another little post from our amazing vacation in the beautiful state of tennessee :))

one of my favorite things we did while in tn was spending the afternoon in this adorable little town called bell buckle- it was straight out of a magazine: little vintage shops, a famous breakfast spot, homemade ice cream store, a train in the middle of the town, & an unusual fascination with the moon pie- which i never tried because its all marshmallow & i am not a fan of marshmallows :/

(a 1940’s vintage quilt that i had fallen in love with: too bad it had a steep price tag :/)


i loved spending the afternoon taking pictures, perusing the shops, & eating some old fashion candies :) just loved being with my family in this cute little town


the next day we took an early morning trip to nashville to visit the famous “pancake pantry” & i can see why it is famous. it was the best pancakes i have ever had- they were really so delicious & a perfect way to start our fun-filled day.



the amazing chocolate chip pancakes…nom nom!



pinterest please.

Well if you haven’t heard of pinterest & do not have an account you are just missing out! It is an online pin board of Inspiration & AMAZINGNESS! seriously. There are so many inspiring & creative finds.

How it works: You can either pin things that you see online (ex. awesome outfit, amazing recipe) or you can repin things from your friends boards or random people that share the same style/ interests a you. Als0, you can search all of pinterest for something you have in mind like cake pop recipe, new hairstyle, or master bedroom remodel.

Here are some examples of a couple of my pinboards. I took a couple screen shots on my mac book & you can see :) here is my pin board for Shanes 1st birthday: I have found so many fabulous & different ideas on here for what I am going to do for his birthday- it has been so much fun!


nursery inspiration board :)


DIY pinboard!-one of my favorites



travel pinboard

If you would like to join pinterest just send me your email & I can send you an invite. I just wanted to share something that has been so helpful & inspiring to me! Enjoy




little traditions.

We Heart Chick-fil-A! Almost every saturday Justin, Shane & I go to Chick-fil-a for lunch. We have been doing this since before Shane was born- probably for almost 3 years now- & now I crave chick-fil-a on saturdays I can not even help it I have gotta myself addicted.I know that it is something silly & little, but it is something I look forward to- just spending some quality time with my two favorite guys. I love spending time as a family of three- it is the ordinary every day little things that bring us closer as a family & for these things I am so grateful ;)

Here is a couple iphone pictures of my little family at our favorite lunch spot.

What are some of your family traditions?