Thursday, March 19, 2015

Turning 26 + a big sale

I am turning 26 this weekend and it feels right but also odd to say mid-20's now. I feel more grounded, more focused, stronger and more sure when I say yes or when I say no.

When you are young and daydream of your 20's it seems far off, unknown land, easy. Now being in my mid-20's I have to say it truly is way more than I ever thought. I feel so so happy to be married to my best friend, have two adorable, energetic boys and be living out some of my passions.

If you aren't doing a passion you love or enjoy doing, why not? What's stopping you? You can make time for those things you love doing. 

You can't give up when it's hard, take a risk- be brave. As Helen Keller says "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

Or follow what Eleanor Roosevelt says "do one thing every day that scares you." 

I also have been on a weight loss journey for two years now. I have lost a little over 35 pounds and it's been a lot of sweat, hard work and consistency. There have been times I wanted to give up but I know I can get to my goal and I plan to hit it this year. It can be slightly harder since I don't have a thyroid but I have more determination in me than bailing out and saying it is what it is.

As I mentioned last week, I started a new adventure and opened a shop! It has been an amazing experience and I am loving all that I am learning and it truly is addicting to take risks. Since it's my birthday I couldn't pass this time without a sale!

Here are the details:

Friday March 20 @ 8 PM - Saturday March 21 @ 10PM. 

A 26 hour, 26% off sale! You don't want to miss this. 

Use the coupon code ITSMYPARTY 

I'm not sure when the next sale will be so don't miss this one! A limited supply but good variety in patterns will be posted Friday night.

You can follow me on Etsy to keep up with updates and details of when the shop is open!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday Inspiration for Moms

I started Monday Inspiration because Mondays should be celebrated and started with a little pep talk for the week ahead and not dismissed at 8AM as a doom day. So will join me and share these inspirations with your friends? 

This week:

Each week I try to integrate a new recipe. Whether it be a new veggie or maybe a new dish all together. This past week I decided to try a new fish recipe from this book.

One of the things I loved about this recipe was it could all be made in one pan which makes for simple clean up. I didn't add the capers in ours and I made more than 4 but I hope you enjoy! If you aren't comfortable in the kitchen trying something new I am right with you. But don't let an unknown recipe from a cookbook or online scare you. Try it and if it fails there is always pizza or take out chinese. Chances are though you will find an new recipe to add to your list. 

Tilapia in Caper-Tomato Sauce


Zest and juice from one lemon
1 teaspoon kosher salt (I used himalayan salt)
2 tilapia fillets, sliced down the middles to yield 4 long strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 cup finely chopped or hand-shredded canned tomatoes
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed


1. Place half the lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl. Add the tilapia fillets and turn to coat in seasoned lemon juice. Set aside. 

2. Add the olive oil, black pepper and red pepper flakes to a large skillet. Set the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until the spices are fragrant- about 1 minute. Stir in the lemon zest and once it sizzles, stir in the tomato paste. Cook, stirring often, until the tomato paste deepens in color. 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. 

3. Add the tomatoes and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes break down and become jam-like- 3 to 4 minutes. Add the remaining lemon juice and the capers to the skillet and bring the mixture to a simmer. 

4. Nestle the tilapia fillets in the tomato mixture, cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the fillets feel firm to slight pressure and they flake easily, 6 to 8 minutes. Divide the filet strips among 4 plates and serve with the sauce. 

Simple. Easy and pretty tasty too. This cookbook has so many simple, easy recipes that I am excited to try. You can grab a copy too and when you do go look at the lemon and blueberry cheesecake pudding. Hmm. 

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for a post and my honest opinion. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five Things On Friday

In Our Home spring is here! We have been outside almost each day this week digging in the mud, playing with chalk and all the fun activities we can do outdoors. Also excited to begin planning our first garden and order our seeds online from either this place or this one. Can't decide. 

Reading I read each of the above books in February and all of them were amazing except the Keep it Shut. I just couldn't get into it so I set it aside to possibly pick up later. I highly recommend all the others though. I just finished book #2 in the Veronica Mars series- please tell me another one is coming out soon!

Boy Quote of the Week Ian talks often and we can't understand him probably about 65 percent of the time. One day when he was trying to tell us all something Ben goes "Ian we don't speak spanish like you...". I think it might have been said with a slight roll of the eye. Oh these boys, they melt my heart. 

Awaiting more exciting items coming to the shop end of this month and in April! I launched my shop this past Wednesday and I am so happy to see what God is going to do with it. 

Remembering next week I am turning 26 (on Saturday!) so taking a peek back and pressing on into the following year with more focus, open hands and excitement. 

What are you looking forward to this weekend?