Just Call Me “Drink Master”

I love when companies send me products and without hesitation, I know exactly what I’m going to do with them. In this case…it was add alcohol. 
Huge THANK YOU to Santa Cruz Organic for sending me this package and also to Moms Meet for always making bad a$$ opportunities happen! 

We aren’t huge juice drinkers in our home mainly because my daughter will not drink it. Weird, right? Whatever, I’m not complaining. I decided to try some “adult drinks” for M and I and just so you don’t think we are alcoholics, I also made a smoothie! 

We were sent two different flavors of the Agua Fresca drinks to try along with lemonade, applesauce pouches which my daughter LOVES, and an adorable cup. Can anyone have enough plastic cups?! Didn’t think so. 


M and I both enjoyed the Mango flavor the most. MMM! He seriously drank it all in one day. Probably not the healthiest choice, but we live dangerously! 
I made a tasty beverage with the lemonade, vodka, peach schnapps, and bubbly water. It was a dash of this and a dash of that, no precise measuring. Because that’s how we roll. And i’m lazy. But it was SO GOOD! Seriously next time you’re making a drink, give this a try. 


For my healthier friends, I did make a smoothie using the pomegranate agua fresca. Pomegranate Agua Fresca, blueberries, and tart cherries. Again, so delicious! 


You can find the Santa Cruz line at most grocery stores, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target….etc. Have you ever tried Santa Cruz Organic? Let me know in the comments below if you have! Also, what drinks are you making this week?! Tag me on instagram to share! @bombshellwifelife
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A MUST STOP Place On Your Way To The Grand Canyon

We’ve all been to a winery. We’ve all been to a brewery. But who has been to a MEADERY before?! I know what you’re thinking….“A WHAT?!” People….a MEADERY! Mead is the fermentation of honey and water and it makes a glorious and delicious beverage. Do I have you hooked yet?!

M and I went down to Prescott a few weeks ago for a little “staycation” here in the great state of Arizona. I remember when we first started dating he was talking about Mead and how he had only had it once. I don’t know how, but somehow I stumbled upon the Superstition Meadery website (probably looking for places to eat) and I was sold. I knew we had to go there. We went to a cute local place for breakfast and talked over our game place. I had to google how far the meadery was because we were walking, and I was quickly embarrassed when I googled the same damn building we were in. It was in the suite next door. Round of applause for Kaylin? Thank you, thank you very much! *takes a bow*

We walked in and I was instantly in love. The vibe, the decor, the fact that I was going to be trying mead for the first time, all of it was so exciting. Guys, this is a must stop place.

Most people driving to the Grand Canyon come up from Phoenix and take it from me, you will want to detour over to Prescott! Not just for the Meadery, but the whole town is pretty damn adorable. You’ll thank me later. (I accept thanks in the form of craft beer or a trip to hawaii.) But head to this place and have a unique experience!

My favorite thing on the menu was, by far, the Blueberry Spaceship Cider. OH. MAAAHHHH. GOODNESS. Y’ALL. I could have sat there all day drinking that. But I didn’t. Because I’m a contributing member to society. And I had a hotel room waiting for me that I needed to check into. And we had a dinner date at 4. BUT OTHER THAN THAT I WOULD HAVE STAYED ALL DAY TO DRINK THAT!

I liked that they offered “flights” of the mead. If you’ve been to any type of place where they serve alcohol, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re the other 50% of my readers who don’t drink, I will post pictures below. (Even though i’m sure you haven’t read this far.) Okay, I digress. Like I said earlier, I have never tried mead. This was a good and entertaining way to try a little bit of everything. I recommend getting the flight. I really, really recommend it.

This was such a fun date for us. We love trying fun new places like this. What are some of your favorite restaurants/breweries/wineries to go to in Arizona/Utah/New Mexico area?

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An Open Letter To My Six Year Old

Dear Six Year Old,

I write these things because I want to remember them. If I could bottle you up right now and never let you grow, I would in a heartbeat. It literally pains me to know that each passing day is a day that you are getting older. But with each day you are also getting more wise, more beautiful, and more self-aware. 

I love that you have “found your voice”, even if that means yelling at me because I’ve asked you four times already to feed the dog. I love that you play dress up….46 times a day. I love that you watch me do my makeup most mornings and ask “when I’m your age, I want to play with pretty makeup, too.” 

I love when you first wake up and your tired little voice says “good morning”, followed by a hug that comes every morning like clock work. I love when I get off work and you come running to the door because you know I’m home, quickly followed by “what’s for dinner?” And no matter what I say it is, you respond with “I don’t like that!” I love you for that, I really really do. 

You have lost your two front teeth at six and I could sit and talk to you all day long. Your lisp right now is the cutest. You have also gained a lot of confidence since turning six. You love to sing and dance and I just know you feel the music to your core. You are a free spirit and I love that about you. 

I love doing prayers with you every night, even if for the past year you have prayed for TWO things….a dog that passed away and our babysitter with cancer. Speaking of Crystal, our beloved babysitter, you have such a heart for her and it makes me cry every time. Shopping in the grocery store you wanted to buy Crystal flowers “just because I think it will make her happy”. On the way to her house you explained to me that “even though flowers will die, we have our memories which we can look back on that make us smile.” You my sweet child have a heart of gold. 
You really, really do. 

You have a heart of gold. A sweeter spirit than anyone I know. A smile that could light up a room. A laugh that is contagious. A hug that heals. A passion for life bigger than most adults I know. You make me proud. 

I love when I say “my back hurts” and you jump up to “give it rubs”, even if its just tiny little fingers scratching my back. You know just how to make me smile. 

My sweet girl, I love you. I hope you never ever forget or question that. We say “I love you” 4,392 times a day, but I hope you never forget that I truly love you more than anything in this world. 

I love you at six. 

Love,
Mom of a Six Year Old



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Fitness Update & E-Hydrate!

Trying to “get into shape” is sometimes a LOT harder than it seems. AMIRIGHT?! Somedays I’m ON. Gym, water, healthy food, BAM!  Somedays I want 42 cheeseburgers. And eat a lot of chocolate. 


But nonetheless, we’ve been trying to get into shape! It’s been going surprisingly well and M and I are both losing weight! But more than that, his major gout flare up has been calming down and my afternoon crash is going away. 

With getting into fitness also comes trying to find supplements if you chose to go that route. I don’t know why but I really love trying new protein powders/types. It’s like a fun game for me. I usually mix them up in my morning shakes or have a shake after the gym. E-Hydrate actually sent us these awesome protein powders to try and guys, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen! Simple, accessible, delicious. 

BUT! I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING FIRST!
A comment I get A LOT is “Wow, you get so much stuff for free! How awesome!” Guys. It really is cool. HOWEVER. Not everything is wonderful and perfect and YAY I LOVE THIS! This protein powder actually tastes awesome and I LOVE the packaging of it. I also got sent some energy/nutrition drink mixes and they just weren’t for me. I’m trying to say this in a tasteful way without being “snobby” but still being REAL.
I just didn’t love the taste. BUT, to each their own. 😉 

Onto the protein powder…!
It seriously has the coolest packaging. It is so simple to take to the gym and fill up after because of this sleek design. And I’m not kidding when I say the taste is AWESOME. They even have kids mixes! I know my daughter loves being “just like mommy”, so having one of these just for her was perfect! 

(FLEXIBLE PACKAGING)

(FILLED WITH WATER)


If you guys are looking for a fun new product to try, check this out! Get your kids involved, too! They will love it! 
What is your favorite flavor of protein? E-Hydrate even has a CINNAMON ROLL FLAVOR! Hello, amazing! You can even check out your local Target and you might find some there. 😉 
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Little Ways I Know He Loves Me…

Have you ever researched your love language? Seriously, have you?!
If you haven’t, you really should. There are five love languages (gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch) and essentially it is how you express and receive LOVE.
If you’ve truly never looked into it, read the book and/or take the love language test. It has been revolutionary for me.

My love language? Gifts.
My husbands love language? Physical touch.
The language on the bottom of my list? Physical touch.
The langage on the bottom of my husbands list? Gifts.

I’ve realized my husband doesn’t like surprises or gifts the same way I don’t love to be smothered all day every day with hugs and kisses. But the greatest thing about marriage? We compromise for each other.
Some days I think to myself “why can’t he just surprise me or get me cute gifts?!” Well…it’s because he doesn’t feel emotion the same way I do when it comes to those things. AND. THAT’S. OKAY.

Each day I love thinking about the ways my husband DOES in fact show me that he loves me, 
even if he’s pissing me the heck off.
I think that’s so important in marriage. Finding and realizing ways you still do love each other and go out of your way for each other. Like last night at 10 pm when I realized I left my charger in the car and without even asking M was first to jump up and say “I’ll go get it!”

Or tonight when he told me to go to the gym right after work even though I hadn’t made dinner yet. 
He just wanted me to get that workout in.

Or the times he drops my car off at my work and walks home because he doesn’t want me to walk home in the cold, even if it is across the street.

Or the fact that he is a handy man and fixed our hot water heater this morning when I had no hot water for a shower.

Or when I lock my keys in my car 3,392 times and he never ONCE complains about it, 
he figures out a way to get them out.

I love the saying “never stop dating your spouse”, but even bigger than that for me is don’t stop remembering the small things they do for you and don’t stop showing love to each other every single day. 

I love our life so so much and I love my husband so so much. I know I am a handful. I know I am emotional, and dramatic, and sometimes a flat out brat. But I love love LOVE that M handles that. He loves me in ways I need it, he shows me compassion EVERY SINGLE DAY, he CONSTANTLY is showing me his love and I am so beyond grateful so him. Marriage is a great thing, isn’t it?!

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Pretending To Be A Fashion/Style Blogger

I really love cute clothes, but I am really bad about talking/posting about them. Hence why I refer to myself as a “lifestyle blogger” and not a “fashion or style blogger”. HOWEVER, I am giving this a shot because I am absolutely in love with this top, this company, AND there is a giveaway. 
So hi, hello, my name is Kaylin…the wannabe fashion blogger! 

I love online shopping. Who doesn’t? AMIRIIIIGHT? Don’t lie. It’s okay to admit these things. Nothing to be ashamed about. So many cute stores, so little time. Being a twenty something year old wife and mom who works full time and feels like I’m pushing 50, I have a hard time finding clothes to fit my needs. My “I have a job to go to so I need to look put together but I still love cute clothes”, needs. My “I’m a mom and need to look put together”, needs. My “hashtag modest is hottest but I still wanna look GOOD”, needs. A lot of online stores don’t offer clothes for gals like me. I want all the cute clothes, but i’d like my butt to not be hanging out. Where are those gals at?!? *Insert hand pump to the sky* WOO! SOUL SISTAS! 

Anyway, I digress. 
Y’all. Have you ever shopped at PINKBLUSH? So many cute clothes. And I mean SOOO many cute clothes! And cute clothes for WOMEN. REAL women. That’s my favorite thing. Also, they offer a maternity line. Which if ever I am so lucky, I will surely be purchasing from! Guys. This site is too cute to pass up and you need to go check it out. 

I am going to link some of my favorite pieces from their site because hi, hello, trying to be helpful. You’re welcome.

THE PIECE I AM WEARING IN PICTURES: 
http://www.shoppinkblush.com/p-15388-jade-floral-bell-sleeve-maternity-tunicdress.aspx?DepartmentID=2

A DRESS I WANT FOR THE OFFICE: 
http://www.shoppinkblush.com/p-15273-purple-navy-abstract-damask-draped-maternity-maxi-dress.aspx?DepartmentID=2

THE CUTEST PIECE FOR SPRING: 
http://www.shoppinkblush.com/p-19345-blue-multi-color-floral-short-sleeve-maternity-dress.aspx?DepartmentID=2

BUYING THIS RIGHT NOW:
http://www.shoppinkblush.com/p-19366-multi-color-tie-dye-maternity-tank-tunic.aspx?DepartmentID=2

I love the tunic I picked out. I feel like it can be worn a ton of different ways and it just screams SPRING! If you’re not a towering skyscraper like me, you could even pull this off as a dress. But these legs don’t permit any of that to happen. Dress is up, dress it down. I absolutely love pieces like that! 

And if you’ve made it this far in reading this, bless you! Kidding, but head over to my instagram where I will be giving away a $75 gift card for PINKBLUSH! Whaaat?! Yupp! $75 to spend on whatever you want! 

(I just had to throw this in here because she kills me with how cute and sweet she is)
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Gratitude Journal #2

Y’all, this week was hard. Like I cried 95% of the week, hard. So “adult” of me, right?
It was one of those weeks where I felt nothing was going right, I was doing nothing right, and in general….ALL WAS NOT RIGHT. I’m just stressed about 9,000 things that I absolutely shouldn’t be.
Okay, I’m done being dramatic.

*insert some quote about being happy rather than upset*

Let’s talk about the good things that happened this week:
– I found $15 while doing the laundry today.
– M is in Cali with his brother and a buddy and I feel thankful we (he) is able to do things like that.
We have life pretty dang good.
– I ordered a few books online, which isn’t like me AT ALL.
– *ALMOST ALL* our laundry in the entire house is done.
– It was baby girls birthday and I am now officially a mother to a six year old. I’m still in shock.
Where have the last 6 years gone?!

After last weeks post I felt so great and like I could take on the world. After this weeks post I feel like I still want to cry and that this week is going to suck. Hahaha. I have problems y’all. I really really do. I feel like this isn’t even worth sharing, but this is real life and it’s “me” so…here ya go!

Here’s to making this the best week possible!

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Gratitude Journal

This isn’t an easy post for me to write and that’s not because I just got my nails done and typing is ridiculously hard. I knew at some point I wanted to talk about certain things going on in my life, but I never knew when would be the “right time”. 

Though I don’t want to go into massive detail right this second, life has been kind of crappy lately. By “lately” I mean the last 6 months or so. I can’t get “happy”. It’s like I’m in a constant battle with myself to be happy. Sounds ridiculous, right? I know, you don’t have to tell me. My life is beautiful, I am blessed with more than I could dream of, and all in all, I should never be depressed a day in my life. But the truth is, I am. 
Each week I am going to start doing a “Gratitude Journal”. I think it is so so important to have positive thoughts and energy and this is something I truly want to work on. I want to work on ME. I want to be the best mother and wife I can be, and that starts with ME. I’ve got to change something. 
I thought about sharing something about this on Facebook, but it deserves so much more than just a status. Like I said, my life is beautiful. Why should I out of all people be unhappy?! We have a home, vehicles, jobs…etc. 
I so badly want to soak this all in and TRULY be grateful. 
So here goes a little story:
If you know me, you know I’m a little more emotional than the average person. I’ve talked about it before, but I cry… a lot. Too happy…crying. Too sad…crying. So lets talk about the times I feel MOST blessed. Grocery shopping. I know, I know. What?! But it’s true. I go to the grocery story and truly get to buy anything I want without stressing. We get to eat good healthy food, we’ve never had an empty fridge, and if we run out of something we can ALWAYS go back to the store and get a refill. I feel so blessed that we get to live our life like that because I know so many others don’t. 9 times out of 10 when I check out at the grocery store, I start crying. (Those poor cashiers.) Not a full blown bawling cry, but tears are shed. Every time I check out I can’t believe I get to live the life I live and eat the food we do. (This sounds so much more silly now that i’m typing it out, but I still wanted to share!) 
With this “Gratitude Journal”, I want to reflect on the week and just truly take time to be mindful and grateful for things that have taken place. 
So let’s recap:
-Baby girl had her 6th birthday party and I am so grateful I have amazing in-laws who hosted it at their home and that so many of our siblings, plus both our parents got to be there. Family time is so special. 
– This past week at work went by SO fast. And for that, I am grateful. Hashtag blessed. 
– I took an ice cold shower tonight (after a hot bath), but for some reason I was so thankful for clean water and the bath was amazing. 
– The ability to “feel”. This isn’t a place I ever thought I would find myself in emotionally, but I am thankful for these emotions. I am thankful I am aware. I am thankful I am making changes.
I also would love to start reading some “self love/inspiration” books. Do you have any suggestions? I have a few I want to order, but I love getting feedback from others! 
I am so excited to be starting this “series”. 
I hope to post every sunday night, in hopes of preparing myself for a good, positive week. 
I hope you all are doing well! I’ve been absent for some time, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I love you all! Thank you for taking the time to read this. <3 
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How To Shop For That Picky Person

{Hey there! Today I have another guest post for y’all and I think it’s perfect timing for the Christmas season! This sweet girl wrote an awesome post and you can find her blog HERE! Thank you so much, Rachel!}

So it’s officially time to get ready for Christmas.  Every store, every parking lot, and nearly every street you drive down has decorations.  Christmas movies play back to back all hours of every day…..no really, I’m actually watching a Christmas movie right now as I’m typing.  Anyway, it’s no secret that people get stressed out during this time of year.  I don’t know what stresses other people out about Christmas, but for me, it’s finding Christmas gifts for people.  Now, I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, or how big or small your family is.  We all have that one person that is super picky and a pain in the butt to buy for!  Am I right?!?!

In my life, this impossible to buy for, super picky person is my mother! You see, my mom is not like other moms.  My mom doesn’t wear perfume because she says it stinks.  She doesn’t use candles because they smell and leave dark marks on the walls/celling where they are lit most often.  She wears the same exact makeup products every day in life and any time I buy her a different makeup product as a gift, she won’t use it.  She doesn’t like lotion because she says it’s slimy.  She doesn’t wear jewelry unless she is going to a fancy dinner or some other affair (I can count the times on one hand per year that I see her wear a necklace).  When it comes to clothes, we have complete opposite taste!  I like everything girly and she likes things she can throw in the washer and drier.

Now, many of you may be thinking my mom is a total snob or a complete weirdo!  I assure you she is not and we have a great relationship.  My mom is amazing!  She has helped me in so many different ways and in so many different aspects in life.  From helping me write a paper, dealing with my boyfriend problems, and deep life conversations, my mom is a saint!  So naturally, she deserves a few Christmas gifts that she will not only like, but things she will actually use.

So what to get mom (A.K.A. the picky person!) for Christmas.  Hmmmmm…….first I start out by asking myself, “What does she like?” or “What does the picky person like?”  My mom and I both LOVE the ocean and the beach.  So anything beachy is definitely a yes!  Her favorite color is green, so I usually hit up Nordstrom Rack and look for things that are green (it also helps that I get her style and know what she likes).  She also likes to garden, so anything gardening related is good.  Hmmmm……what else?!  So far that’s all I’ve got.  Beach/ocean, green, and gardening.  Very specific and very narrow when searching for gifts.

Let’s see what I’ve come up with so far!

First thing…….

It’s a soft beachy throw blanket!  I am pretty sure she will have no complaints about this gift!  It’s soft, it’s beach themed, and who doesn’t need another blanket?!

Second thing……..

For only $2, an ocean-beachy mug!  Who doesn’t love a $2 item?!  (Look mom, I’m Christmas shopping and saving money!)

Third thing………

A Christmas decor item!  Now, I know my mom will love this one 100%!  It has starfish on the tree!  When I purchased this, I actually had 2 different people stop me in the store and ask me if the store had another one of these Christmas trees!  I guess this was a desirable decor item.  

Fourth thing……..
Another mug!  This one was $4, but my mom loves her black cat, so every Christmas I try to find her something with a black cat!  I have succeeded and can scratch this one off my list.

And the fifth thing(s)………
2 pullover/sweaters in mom’s favorite color along with a cute tank.  Here in Southern California, this is what winter wear looks like.  Just add leggings and some Ugg boots or flip flops and you’re good to go!

So there ya have it, when you have a picky person to buy for you may be limited, but when you spend time in discount stores, or in the home goods section, you can come away with a few things you know the person will like and use!  Add a sweater, scarf, or graphic tee in the person’s favorite color or style and you can rest at night knowing you have the picky person out of the way!  So remember, when shopping for a picky person ask yourself these questions:

  • What does super picky person actually like?  
    • The super picky person will most likely have very limited or totally off the wall hard to find things.  Tip: Search the internet for gifts related to things they like.
  • What is the super picky person’s favorite color or colors?
    • If all else fails, get something in their favorite color!
  • Does the super picky person have a pet?
    • If so, look for something relating to their furry friend.  Does this person have a particular breed of dog?  Look for a sign, mug, or even a magnet with that particular breed of dog on it.  Look for a tee shirt or a tote bag or something!
  • What is the picky person’s lifestyle?
    • Is this someone who is outdoorsy?  Get them something related to whatever their outdoorsy sport is – hiking, surfing, fishing, running….whatever!  Is this person a business man who wears a suit & tie?  Get him a new tie!  Anything related to their job or profession can be turned into a gift

Now Christmas shopping for Dad…..THAT is another story!
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The Day We Became A Family

This is something I haven’t really talked much about on the blog because I didn’t know if it was “appropriate”. I was afraid someone would be mad that I was sharing this part of our life. However, this summer one of the biggest moments of our life took place and with it being National Adoption Month, I wanted to share our story. Although our adoption story isn’t like the “traditional” stories, it’s OURS and I wanted to share it. 


I wrote a post awhile back called The Dad He Didn’t Have To Be. All of that post is still true to this day, except one major thing has changed since writing that post. M officially became a dad, on paper, as of July 16th, 2015. Baby girl was adopted and it was one of the best days of my entire life. We have always been a family. Since day one, we’ve been a family. Something about having it “official on paper” was life changing. All three of us now share the same last name. How exciting is that?!

It’s a big step to decide to adopt someones child. You are stepping up and taking on all responsibility for that child, NO MATTER WHAT. M told me that he never second guessed his decision. I know God brought him into our life to not only be my husband, but to be the fully devoted and present father baby girl deserves. 

I missed out on a lot of things having a baby at 19. One of those things were newborn pictures. Everyone these days has the cutest pictures of their new baby cub in adorable poses and cheesy outfits. With big changes happening in our family, such as baby girl getting officially adopted, we wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion. So, we staged a newborn photo shoot. With a five year old. HAHA! I may not have gotten these pictures when she was little, but we have them now that we’re a family of three. Yes, this is meant to be silly. But we also got some amazing family shots out of it and we love them SO much! 

We have loved this process, we have loved the changes, and we loved doing this shoot. 

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