Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sexting │ Just Kidding!

When I met Jack I remember he hated texting. One of the reasons why we even talked on the phone was because he texted me asking if he could call instead ha!

Now when we are both at work that's pretty much what we do all day! When time permits of course but it is fun! He finds the funniest ways to tell me things and I thought it would be fun to show them to you guys! I've been saving them for a long time now so here are some of them. I hope you find them as funny as we do (or did when we sent them) ha! We have a very simple sense of humor as you'll see. :)

When we forgot that we were having a Crockpot dinner and I cuss in Spanish.

Chick-Fil-A if you hadn't figured it out yet. ;)

Then there are the sappy ones. This one was when we switched daycares for Elliot and I was a complete mess. Right along with him.

How Jack told me he's ready for another baby. And how badly he wants a dog and how badly I don't. :)

I wonder if he came out of the bathroom dancing?

He understands my love for Jennifer Lopez.

Cheesy sweetness.

I think we could talk in Emoji all day if there were emojis for everything, they need to get on that asap.

Then there are the times when we are a little bored at work.

Auto correct really does sock. ;)

And our talk about boobs and food. 

He seriously always makes my day with stuff like this. I hope you at least chuckled? Or smiled? Have a great day!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Survival Kit

The holidays can be stressful sometimes, or always. Ranging from what gifts do we get to what do we cook, you know what I'm talking about. Then the fact that Thanksgiving is over and here we are with Christmas and New Year's right around the corner doesn't help! Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays but I definitely think we need a little help to keep us going during these times.

So why not put together a Holiday Survival Kit? I included a his and hers with the help of Jack! We brainstormed and came up with a few things that we think are necessary to get through the holidays!


First of all, a good sangria is a must, or any beverage of your preference for that matter. It doesn't hurt to sip on it while cooking, baking or having a house full of guests. ;)

Cute shoes to do any last minute errands and to dress up for the day. These booties are perfect with a pair of skinnies and your favorite sweater!

After running around in those shoes, cozy socks are a must. I have at least three pairs and wear them around the house 24/7 during the Winter since Jack and I (and Elliot) never wear shoes inside the house.

A cute nail polish color. Red is timeless and perfect for Christmas and New Years. Elegant and festive! Plus having it on hand for last minute touch ups is a must. You know that washing all those dishes (and dealing with a toddler) tends to chip nails! Maybe paper plates this year? ;)

A few extra Target gift cards as last minute gifts. If you know me you know I love Target as pretty much everyone does and you just can't go wrong with a gift card.

Mistletoe because you cannot forget to kiss your hubs, or your kids and family every time you're under it. I see it as a little reminder of how much you love them, precious family time and I'll take any excuse to kiss my hubby. :)


Onto Jack's list. I think he has the perfect little list for men. As I, drinks for him are necessary, and right now his favorite beer is Heineken so a six pack or two are perfect. Hey, a beer or two never hurt anyone. 

You need something to open them with right? This bullet bottle opener couldn't be more perfect for him. He's guy's guy and loves to go shooting, this is a cool little gadget to keep handy.

He also said Target gift cards as a last minute gift. He knows that anyone and everyone loves Target! Who doesn't?

A comfy pair of slippers. As I mentioned, we don't wear shoes in the house and although he wears socks, the floor can get cold. These are nice to walk around in.

A stress ball is a nice little stocking stuffer if you ask me. Or you could even have a bowl with a couple for everyone! Kidding, but using it if you're stressed out will help!

Last but not least, an extra set of lights. Jack is the type of guy who keeps all the extra light bulbs in case one goes out. We decorated like the Griswald's this year and having the lights go out is unacceptable. ;)

I will be honest though, I always have such a hard time finding things I know Jack will like. Not that he's picky (well kind of) but I'm always on the lookout for stuff I know he will love and wear or use. If this is you, then you need to head over to Man Crates. It is such a cool website where you can find really awesome gifts for your dad, brother, son, husband or friend! You can even personalize them! The coolest part is that they come in a crate that the guy has to open with a crowbar, it doesn't get any manlier than that. I would love to give this as a gift but it can also be a nice little survival kit for any occasion. And they have zombie survival crates! Go check it out!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crockpot Lasagna

I've said a few times before that Crockpot recipes are our thing right now. It is so easy for me to prepare everything the night before and throw it in the Crockpot to cook all day and dinner is ready when we get home. It's the best feeling when I don't have to cook after working all day. Plus one pot and a couple of dishes to clean isn't a big deal! We can then sit down and watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Such oldies that we are over here. I also get to spend more time with my little family and that's always a win.

I got this recipe off of my handy dandy phone app and wanted to try it! I still have the ingredients for a Crockpot Jambalaya that I plan to make on Friday. I'll let you know how that one goes! I will say that since the cooking time for this is 5 hours, I made this one on Sunday and not during the week. Any Crockpot recipe I make during the week has a cook time of 7-8 hours otherwise it will burn by the time we get home!

For the lasagna you'll need-

8 whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 pack of ground turkey- I use 85/15 (if you like it meaty use the whole pack otherwise use half)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
A jar of pasta sauce sauce- I use Wild Oats organic marinara pasta sauce.
1/3 cup of water
Mushrooms- this recipe calls for canned mushrooms but I used fresh and sauteed them in a little Olive oil.
15oz fat free ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded skim milk mozzarella cheese- I didn't use the entire amount, probably 1 cup.

Brown the turkey meat and stir in the Italian seasoning, set aside. I sprayed the inside of the pot with olive oil and layered 4 noodles. You can break them to make them fit. Add the ground turkey, a layer of sauce, mushrooms, water and cheeses. Repeat. 

Set on low and cook for 5 hours. Voila! Dinner is ready. It's not the healthiest but it is warm, rich and comforting! I think anything having to do with pasta is comforting. ;)

Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, December 1, 2014


I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!! I loved it this year. We decided to have it at my mom's since we had it at our house last year and she had the day off which is a rare occurrence! It was full of yummy food and some much needed family time. Of course Elliot loved every minute of it!

We had Turkey, yams, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, tabouleh with and without yogurt (my mom and sis made it and I think it was gone on the first serving, it was so damn good!), and I made a green bean casserole using this Pinterest recipe. It came out really good. I wanted to stick to traditional using a healthier version.

My sister makes the best turkey hands down. It was crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside. Plus it tasted heavenly! She marinated it early that morning and threw it in the oven to let it bake for 5-6 hours.

For dessert I decided to be brave this year and actually bake something instead of buying. I was nervous I'm not going to lie! I've definitely never been a baker, I'm much better at cooking ha! I can honestly say I had so much fun baking these mini apple pies also from Pinterest and when I took them to my mom's, I had Jack try them first to give us a thumbs up or down. He gave them a thumbs up and we all dug in. They were really good and they looked so pretty! Crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. I modified the recipe a bit by not adding all the amount of flour and sugar it requested but I made it up by adding a little extra cinnamon. ;) There was also a sangria I really wanted to make but we were running late so I'll be making it for Christmas. Can't wait to try it!

Even though I don't bake, I'm obsessed with cookie cutters, I don't know how many I have but I have them for every occasion! If I go to the store and see one I like, I buy it. If I'm brave enough, I'll use some I got for Christmas last year and this year to bake something festive!

Leaf tops seemed appropriate for these along with wavy edges.

It was a fun night, Jack and I had the day off but everyone else worked the next morning so we headed home a little early. I gave Elliot a bath and he was asleep about ten minutes after that. Jack and I had a few beers and watched a movie. Our plan had been to decorate outside after Elliot went to bed but that went out the window, we were exhausted too! It was a long day of cooking, baking, eating, drinking and family fun.

The next day was leftover day!! This has been a tradition since I was little and we have continued it every single year. I don't think there's been a year that we haven't done this. My mom packed us a good amount of turkey for the next day. We got up bright and early and made some turkey tortas. Seriously, if you're having turkey for Christmas, make these the next day! They are so good. 

I shred the turkey with two forks and sauteed thinly sliced onion on a pan, I then threw the turkey in and warmed it up with the onion. I took some bread rolls, split them in halves and toasted them on a pan for a bit with some olive oil. I spread a little mayo, mustard and a lot of avocado on each. Topped them with the turkey, tomato slices, spinach and baby kale (that's all we had but we usually use lettuce). They are to die for and what a better way to use your leftover turkey! 

We made some coffee and had them for breakfast. Elliot ate the bread with some shredded turkey on the side.

We stayed in the house the entire day on in our jammies and relaxed. We had more turkey for lunch and dinner with the other leftover sides we had on Thanksgiving, watched movies all day and played with Elliot. I am so thankful for having Jack and Elliot and my beautiful family. I don't know what I would do without them. I'm happy and healthy and I couldn't ask for anything more!

Now we are on Christmas mode! We decorated outside during the weekend and we put up our tree about three weeks ago. We already did most of our Christmas shopping and we are set to go! Onto more decorating and shopping now! And lots and lots of Christmas movies!

Have a great week!

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