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The best iced coffee, ever.

When Chris and I went to Mexico this past winter we quickly become addicted to their  blended espressos. I found myself craving them when we got home so I played around with a couple of instant espressos and ended up making the best iced coffee, ever. 


What you’ll need.  Medaglia D’oro instant espresso Water IceCoffee creamer of your choiceHeavy cream + caramel Trust me on the instant espresso. I tried them all. This is the best. I get it at Kroger. I’ve also heard Walmart carries it as well as trusty amazon. 
Step one.  Get your ingredients out. 

I fill my glass up halfway with water and pour a capful of instant espresso in. 

Mix it real good. 

Time to cool it down. 

Now comes the sweet part. 



This next step is money.  Lordy. 

If you’re feeling really naughty you can add caramel sauce.  Do it. 

If you’ve been wanting the recipe for the BEST homemade caramel ever then you’re in luck.  This is the recipe from my mother in law.  It is life changing. 


Ta-Da! 



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Homemade Pop Tarts

To be honest, I’m not a fan of the boxed pop tarts but homemade ones make me weak in the knees. Our local coffee shops here in Tennessee sell them and they’re my guilty pleasure.  I decided to take a quiet Tuesday morning and make some with my sweet boy. 
Here’s what I did..
HOMEMADE POP TARTSYIELD:9 servings PREP:1 hour COOK:25 minutes TOTAL:1 hour 25 minutes These are simple and SO delicious! A flaky, buttery pastry with strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon fillings, and they’re frosted, of course! INGREDIENTS:For the Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Filling½ cup (99 grams) light brown sugar1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon4 teaspoons all-purpose flourFor the Strawberry Filling¾ cup strawberry jam1 tablespoon cornstarch1 tablespoon waterFor the Pastry Crust2 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon granulated sugar1 teaspoon salt1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed1 egg2 tablespoons milkFor the Egg Wash1 egg1 tablespoon milkFor the Plain Icing¾ cup powdered sugar1 tablespoon milk¼ teaspoon vanilla extractFor the C…

Playroom makeover

If you've followed our life on Instagram for a while then you know that our kids don't have any toys in their rooms besides their favorite stuffed animals. We try to keep their rooms a place of calm. The only place they have toys inside the house is the playroom. It's a pretty massive room above our garage and just down the hall from their rooms.  I literally tossed things in there when we moved in late 2014. I recently did a mini make over and a huge toy clean out and organized the whole room and the difference is amazing. 
Our whole house was a dirty tan color.  We have now painted every single room.  This was the last one to be tackled. 



The new paint color is Seagull Gray by Behr in an eggshell finish.  Did you know that you can take a picture of this barcode and have the paint person at Home Depot scan it and you're set! 

We also updated the ceiling fans, added receded lighting and a few new fun accessories.  One of my favorites is this rug from Overstock

Amazing what a li…

A healthier me.

Remember my Trust your gut  post?I feel like a whole new girl since I wrote that a month ago.  So many things have been confirmed and I feel like my happy healthy self again. 
All because of two things; 1. The gallbladder cleanse that I posted about.  Literally saved my gallbladder and my sanity.  No more stomach pain! And I can drink wine and margaritas without pain again! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
2. I found out that I have a sensitivity to gluten. It's still a mystery to me as to how I developed this but all I know is that when I do have gluten my joints hurt, I get awful headaches and an upset stomach along with bloating. 
Back to my first post about this... I took a "before picture" thinking I was going to 5-10 pounds and then post my "after" picture. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Truth is, there are still plenty of calories in gluten free food. The other truth is I'm 80-20 gluten free. I still enjoy a few non-gluten free treats here and there (and then pay for it later). 
I love food. I reward myself wit…

So you've got a teether?

We all know Sophie is going to be a newborn forever. She might have 4 teeth and love food but she's technically still a newborn. ๐Ÿ˜Girlfriend loves to chew on all the things, my shoulder included ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍♀️. So, we are never without teething toys and we like to mix it up over here.  After 4 kids here are a couple of my favorite tried and true teething toys. 
This Fresh Food Teether Pacifer is the bomb! Forget those cheap mesh ones that were impossible to clean. These are clean and safe and they can have their favorite fruits and veggies without worrying about choking. 




So proud showing y'all her grapes and blueberries! 

You can order yours on Amazon here

Our other favorite is the banana toothbrush teether. How fun to scrub those little teefers and relieve some pain at the same time! 


It's easy to hold and the whole thing is apparently fun to chew on.  Amazon has a wide selection of banana teethers. Here is the standard yellow banana teether.  Banana Teether

Last but not least... The Moo…

Trust your gut

If you've followed me on Instagram for a while you've seen that I've been struggling with pain, nausea and some other lovely side effects every single time I put something in my mouth. ๐Ÿ˜ญI've been in the ER, to a specialist and was about to go in for a hidascan before I canceled it 20 hours before I was to go in.  I was uneasy about the scan in the first place. I knew it was going to show issues with my gallbladder. I had every symptom. I also knew that the next step after the scan was surgery to remove my gallbladder. I know it's an organ that isn't quite necessary but being a mom with 4 small babes, surgery wasnt the best option.  I mean it would be nice to have an excuse to lay around for a bit but let's be real, that wouldn't even happen. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍♀️ #momlife I felt this super strong thing come over me the morning before to scan telling me to cancel it and change my lifestyle a bit.  I love food y'all. That's no surprise. I have 17 pounds to lose to…

Skincare made easy.

I feel like when it comes to skincare I've tried it all. From the expensive big name companies to the cheap drug store brands. 
Our face is something we wear daily and I try my very best to take care of it. 
I am diligent about washing my face morning and night. And while my skin is no where near perfect, it's clean and a constant work in progress. 
Here are a few of my favorite brands that I've come to know and love and use daily. 
Ps. This is not sponsored. This is my actual routine with items that I found and purchase with my own money. 



I've been using acure products for a few months and I'm hooked! They are affordable, clean and have been so great for my skin!
I purchase these products on both Amazon and at Whole Foods. Both typically have coupons. If you download the Whole Foods ap you'll see when they're on sale and sometimes there are coupons on the ap too!  
I switch up and use one each day that way I'm exfoliating and getting good cleansing. 

Here are…