Cooking

Creamy Tomato Pasta

As a stay at home mom I’m constantly looking for recipes and yummy food to try. I love to cook but always afraid that my food isn’t going to taste the best; It’s just one of those things that I will never get over. I found a very similar recipe and decided to put my own spin on it. It is now a favorite.

 

Things You’ll Need:

1 box of linguine

2 cans of tomato sauce

3-4 cloves of minced garlic

2 tbsp of butter

1 cup of heavy cream

2 tbsp olive oil

Parmesan to taste

 

I love this recipe because its so fast and easy to make. Only 6 simple ingredients and it taste so good!

First off you want to cook your pasta.

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While the pasta is cooking go ahead and put the butter and olive oil in a pan until the butter melts.

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Once the butter has melted go ahead and pour the two cans of tomato sauce and your minced garlic into the pot. Now let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.

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By this time your pasta should be cooked. So go ahead and drain it & set it aside.

After the sauce has been simmering remove from heat and add cream.

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Stir until it becomes a beautiful orange. Add pasta and serve!IMG_3449

 

 

 

 

Baby Clothing

Lucy & Leo

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How cute is this set from Lucy & Leo?

This little suit is perfect for any summer day! It has that perfect 1930’s beach look. This soft and comfy organic adds fun that is sure to be a wardrobe favorite.

They are made out of 45% hemp and 55% organic cotton and machine washable.

Every time you shop at Lucy & Leo you are supporting fair wages, fair working conditions and helping to save the planet. Every item you purchase Lucy & Leo donate a tree to Trees for the Future.

I love love love this set so much! I would highly recommend everyone! 🙂

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#mom

With mothers day coming up I thought it would be necessary to share just a few experiences as a first time mommy.

Being a mom is seriously one of THE hardest things in my life! Attempting to sleep through the night is a struggle let alone waking up at 7am. When Samuel was a newborn he slept forever! I got to do anything and basically everything that I wanted, it wasnt as hard as I thought, but then… when I least expected it. He started growing. Growing faster than the pesky weeds in your driveway. He awoke every 2 hours to eat, it felt like it would never end. So my husband and I both agreed to take turns of feeding him through out the night, that didn’t go quite as planned. We both would wake up offering to take him and then eventually we would both be sitting on the bed half asleep just waiting and wondering when the baby would fall back asleep.  It was so exhausting.

Lets be real. Diapers. Diapers are totally gross. I cant even remember how many times I was gagging when I went to change a poopy diaper. Josh is more of a mom than I am when it comes to changing diapers. A few weeks ago I was feeding Sammy some prune puree. Gosh, he loves that stuff. I think he downed a whole jar in less than 10 minutes. We went to church; like we normally would on any Sunday morning, everything was fine and dandy or so we thought. We were sitting in the car; going to look at an apartment and all of a sudden it hits me. The smell. The smell of death. We get to the apartment, take Sambo ( his nickname )  out and just gasp! OH MY GOSH! IT WAS TERRIBLE. Everything was covered. It was all down his legs, all over his back and all over the car seat. We had no where to change him except the trunk.  Here we are in the middle of now where taking everything out of our trunk and sticking our baby in there to change him but, like all good husbands would do; Josh once again changed the little man for me. Sammy hasn’t had prunes since. O.o

Time management was one of the things I’ve always struggled with.  Having a baby made it even worse. I’m the type of person who will sit down on the couch, watch Netflix, and eat a whole bag of Cheetos all while there is a disaster of a kitchen needing my help to be beautiful again. Like at this very moment I’m sitting here typing this out all while Sammy is sleeping and I could be packing or cleaning our room up. I have no idea how you other moms do it. I seriously could just sleep all day and leave a trail of everything I’ve done through out the whole day and not care one bit. #thestuggleisreal.

Keeping my munchkin safe. You never really know how much you care for someone until they are your own. Growing up we don’t realize how much our parents love us, we do whatever we want without a care in the world and just assume everything is going to be okay. I’m always terrified that someone is going to drop Sammy while holding him. I’m constantly checking on him to make sure he’s still breathing while he naps. Being a mom has really opened my eyes and shown me how much my parents care for me and how much I took them for granted when I was a teenager.

#thestrugglesarereal #momlife

Baby Clothing · My Trends

HOPE

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Hope Outfitters

This clothing company has a great cause, every 4 months they choose a new campaign with a specific cause aimed at hurting people who need hope.  When you buy 1 they give 100% back to the campaign and every purchase you make is changing the work and showing Christ’s love around the world.

Redeemed

This is an easy and relaxed fit scoop neck tee, its 60/40 beech wood cotton/modal. Upon receiving this, I was very excited. The shirt is very soft and comfortable. I basically wear it anytime & anywhere.  It is a little bit bigger than I’d like but it still fits ( I bought a medium.)

Redeemed Shirt

Gift From Above

This onesie is so incredibly soft! All natural with a simple black print. 100% cotton and oh so breathable. Sammy is wearing this in 6 months. I can not rave enough about this! Its so simple yet so perfect!

Gift From Above Onesie

I would definitely recommend HOPE outfitters to anyone! They truly support a great cause.

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Spring Has Sprung

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Tiny and Free is such a charming shop, one of my all time favorites. Faith is so genuine and works so nice. When I received this adorable teething ring I was kind of skeptical because of how big the ring actually was but Sammy fit that bugger in his mouth. Faith so very nicely put Organic Beeswax and Organic Olive Oil to help smooth the ring out. The filling is organic cotton stuffing, leaf faces are organic cotton flannel and poplin, and details are stitched with scanfil organic thread. It really is such a simple toy for any baby or toddler.

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Products

Erbaviva

Firming Salts, Firming Oil, Awaken Body Wash & Organic Deodorant

Erbaviva Organic Skincare

I was more than excited to be working with Erbaviva. I adore any type of organic skincare so upon receiving these I couldn’t wait to get into that bath tub and soak up some goodness. I will put a link to their products at the end of this review.

First off, lets talk about the Firming Oil & Firming Salts.

Firming Oil

The base is avocado and olive oils, and if you know anything about oils, these are super nutritious and leave your skin incredibly smooth and the essential oils encourage cell regeneration and promote skin elasticity. The frankincense eases skin inflammation, enhances general skin tone and aids in the smoothing of wrinkles. After having my son I’ve had way too much “extra” skin. I used the oil with the salt as a scrub on my legs in the shower and surprisingly in just 1.5 weeks I was seeing an improvement on how firm my legs were becoming.

Ingredients below

*Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, *persea gratissima (avocado) oil, *rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, *citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, *santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, *boswellia carterii oil, *helichrysum italicum flower oil, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, *vanilla planifolia fruit extract, *antehmis nobilis flower oil.

*denotes certified organic ingredient.

Firming Salts

I’m not one to use bath salts much but when I saw this one I was quite interested. This organic sea salt infused with organic essential oils of grapefruit, rosemary and frankincense invigorates and promotes a firming and toning effect for the skin. You can use this in two ways. A normal bath salt is perfect but I prefer using it as a bath scrub. I mix some of the Firming Salt and Firming Oil together and gently scrub my legs. It really is perfect if you did not have the time to soak it all up in the tub.

Ingredients Below

Sea salt, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, *citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, *santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, *boswellia carterii oil, *helichrysum italicum flower oil, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, *vanilla planifolia fruit extract, *antehmis nobilis flower oil

*denotes certified organic ingredient.

Second of all lets talk about how amazing the Awaken Body Wash  is.

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When I go to the mall I almost immediately head over to a bath and body store, I am basically addicted to anything that has to deal with cleansing. This met my expectations and then some! The smell is very clean and fresh. Its very gentle on your skin, I even used it on Sammy. It has  essential oils of lemongrass, melissa and rose. Its a very hydrating wash and delivers an allover clean and enlivened feel without harsh and drying sulfates.

Ingredients 

Water, *aloe barbadensis leaf juice, decyl glucoside, glycerin, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate,*citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, *citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, *citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, *cymbopogon schoenanthus oil, *pelargonium graveolens oil, *anthemis nobilis flower oil, *zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil, *melissa officinalis leaf oil, rosa damascena oil

*denotes certified organic ingredient.

Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant.

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I honestly wasn’t quite sure if this was a deodorant or body spray but both works! I tried using it as a deodorant one day and it actually DID work! I prefer it as a body spray just because I sweat like crazy ( I know… Nasty!) and only certain deodorants actually work for me. Although, if you dont have a problem like me, you will absolutely love this as a deodorant. Its a subtle and soft smelling natural deodorant for both men and women.

Ingredients 

*Alcohol, *citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, *citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, *citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, *zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil, *vetiveria zizanoides root oil, *jasmine officinale (jasmine) flower extract, *cupressus sempervirens leaf/nut/stem oil, *salvia officinalis (sage) oil

*denotes certified organic ingredient

Check out their amazing brand!

Erbaviva // Organic Personal Care

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Anxiety 

So most of you probably have no idea that I’ve been suffering from anxiety. Every since I’ve had Sammy I’ve had these “attacks”, I guess you could call them. My face starts to get tingly, my tongue does this really weird thing that’s hard to describe and I start shaking like crazy. I also lose my coordination sometimes. It got to the point where I was freaking out, and I mean like seriously freaking out that something was wrong with me. I even went into the emergency room because I thought I was having a stroke or something. After the doctor checked everything ( my blood, heart and basically everything else.) he said it was anxiety. My husband and the rest of my family was telling me the same thing. Honestly, I didn’t think that was it. Why? Because I have NO stress. I don’t feel like I’m anxious at all. I don’t realize how much I have to put in to each day to make sure my son is getting taken care of and my husband doesn’t need my help. A couple weeks later my husband dropped a book in my purse. A book that helped him through depression when he was doubting the love of God. It’s called  “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart.” By J.D. Greear ( I’ll put a link to it in the end.) When we started reading it it made me realize that we can’t be at peace and enjoy our salvation unless we are TRULY resting in the fact that God saved us. I’ve noticed my anxiety is mostly triggered when I start to think about God and doubt His love for us. I dont realize how much He loves us. Enough to die for us. I hardly understand why He would do that.

I’ve been reading through the gospel of Matthew. I came across this passage and just started balling my eyes out. Please take the time to read this.

Matthew 6:25-34
Do Not Be Anxious

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

(Text taken from biblegateway.com)

I realized ( and still am realizing) how selfish and foolish I was for trying to solve all of my problems by putting them on myself. Why is it so hard for me? For anyone? God clearly tells us not to worry and trust Him! It’s so hard! I can not say that enough! I was just reading this and I couldnt even face the fact that God takes care of the simplest things like the lilies of the valley and even gives us clothes when we are so undeserving of any of these.

When I trouble with anxiety  (or anyone who troubles with these) I need to go straight to God! Do I always? Of course not! But I absolutely need to! God wants to hear all of your problems. He wants you to bring everything before Him. He cares for us so much and we can’t even fathom how much He does for us on a daily basis.

So what happens when I have an attack? I admit it’s truly hard not to freak out when I have these “weird” feelings but knowing that there is a God up in heaven holding His open arms out to me, waiting for me to come running to Him is the best feeling I could ever feel. I have to tell my brain to stop, calm down, focus on God and most importantly pray. I know its much easier said then done but trust me. God will never turn you away. He wants to help and I promise you He will. I just want to encourage anyone that is struggling with this, it will get better. Never stop striving for God. Never stop running to His open arms.

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http://www.jdgreear.com/sinnersprayer