This Week in Beauty [Plus Giveaway!]

cooper chalk

This week should have been easier than the one before. We weren't in the hospital with a baby, for one thing. Things were back to "normal," but is there EVER a normal with four kids? I'm beginning to think the only thing normal is noise and chaos. So far I think I'm failing at celebrating the chaos or even rolling with it. I'm kind of a mess, y'all. The other day I realized I hadn't showered in I don't know how long. I was scrubbing out the bathtub and I thought to myself: If I were a bathtub, … Read More

Pork Schnitzel with Smithfield All Natural Pork

Pork Schnitzel with Smithfield All Natural Pork

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Smithfield, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #GoAllNatural http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH I really thought that back-to-school would help our whole family get back on schedule and bring some order to our lives. Ha! I'm beginning to realize that with four kids, chaos and loudness IS our order. That is the new normal. This means that making dinner is like trying to cook with wild dogs biting at … Read More

Celebrating Friends (and Giving Away an iPad Mini!)

Enter to win an iPad Mini! One winner will win a 16 gig iPad mini - keep it or save it for an early Christmas present!!!

About a year ago at this time, a few things happened. 1. I got my period. I know. This isn't the kind of thing you're supposed to write online. But it's important because I was suddenly like, "Oh no! I can get pregnant! So much earlier than this happened after having the boys!" This is significant because, well, I now have another baby. THAT'S how that happens, people. 2. I went to my first blogging conference. I'm going to Blog Elevated again this upcoming week and cannot wait! It was a … Read More

#BlogFilmFood: Jaws & Great White (Corn) Fish Tacos

Easy fish tacos with chile sauce

When it came to my turn for a movie in the #blogfilmfood series, I had issues. Mostly our movies had been about or easily related to foods. The top two choices that came to MY mind? Mean Girls and Jaws. While a hump-day snack or homemade Kalteen bars would be great ideas, I wrote the girls and asked if they would think I was totally insane for wanting to do Jaws. It's not the kind of movie you want to eat while watching, if you know what I mean.  This group of ladies gets me, even if Jaws … Read More

[Almost Healthy] Hatch Chile Dip

Made with neufchatel cheese and greek yogurt, this is an almost healthy (and definitely delicious!) dip!

Sick of me talking about Hatch Chiles yet? Don't worry, they'll be gone soon. But you can still adapt this recipe and my Hatch Chile Salsa recipe with Poblanos or Anaheims. This Hatch Chile Dip kills me. And it's a little healthier than the normal dips you'll find at all the big games. You need at least something slightly healthier to balance out all the other things you're eating while watching your team. Using Neufchatel Cheese (like cream cheese but with fewer calories and fat and MORE … Read More

Confessions and Friends

Sometimes you connect with someone on such a crazy level that before you even MEET, there is magic. Like this kind of magic. I first started hearing about this Jackie person through several mutual friends and then we connected via Facebook. Then I left a DVD in my mailbox for her and she took it and left me cookies with a note that said “Feel better…Because Jesus needs you up and going to help make the world a little better…” I’m not sure if our mailman felt bad, but I had strep. In any case, … Read More

8 Tips to Rock Your Blog Conference

conference checklist

Next week I will be traveling to a magical land where people understand phrases like: "I'm really struggling with SEO" or "That's my favorite plugin!" or " Is there a hashtag for that?" It will be a gathering of people who stop to take pictures of food before eating and may post to social media while carrying on conversations. If you haven't already guessed it, I'm going to a blog conference. Last year I attended Blog Elevated here in Houston and this year I'm going again, this time to Moody … Read More

BUY NOW! Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

With all the craziness of Quinlyn being in the hospital, I totally dropped the ball telling you guys about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle! And TODAY IS THE LAST DAY. Here is why you want to buy this Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle: -The total value is $1030, but the bundle is only $29.97 (PDF version). That should get you bargain people! -Great ebooks on green cleaning, whole foods, and how to practically get your kitchen into whole food shape in a way that is EASY. -eCourses on … Read More

Stupid Simple Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Everyone needs a good chip now and again. Having access to great Mexican restaurants here in Texas, I've grown very picky about mine. Store-bought chips usually just don't cut it. Enter these simple homemade tortilla chips. The upside is that they are easy to make, tasty, and healthier than the fried chips. The downside is that so far I haven't found a way to preserve them. Which means that if you don't eat them within an hour or two of making them, they get chewy. No bueno. But that simply … Read More

Hatch Chile Salsa

hatch salsa - Copy

Because I'm not a native Texan, every now and again I have to investigate something I don't understand. Like: how people sell puppies from the bed of a pick up truck by the side of the road. (This may now be illegal as I haven't seen it in a while. But this was really a thing.) Or: the rodeo. (Which I now absolutely LOVE.) This year's thing is Hatch Chiles. I went a little nuts and roasted a ton of Hatch Chiles last week to make Hatch Chile Salsa and Hatch Chile Dip and Hatch Chile Sandwiches. … Read More