Post 8: A moment you felt most satisfied with your life.

I wholeheartedly believe when you’re doing what you love, and you’re with the people you love, THAT is when you should be most satisfied. 
For me, that time is right now. 
I’ve always dreamed about being a wife and a mom and those are both realities for me right now. (Well, the wife part will come in about three months!) πŸ˜‰
There is no greater satisfaction than hearing the words “mommy”. If you’re a mom, you know what I mean. Being responsible for another little human is what truly makes me happy. I love taking care of her and I love making sure she’s happy. 
And going hand in hand with that, I love the man that makes this all possible for me and being with him makes me the happiest i’ve ever been. I know I talk about M a lot, but I can’t help it! 
Hello, he’s AMAZING. πŸ˜‰ 
But all kidding aside, my life would be nothing like it is right now without him. He makes staying home with baby girl a reality. He pushes me to chase my dreams. And above everything, he loves me just the way I need to be loved. 
This time in my life right now is something I thought wouldn’t come for another 10+ years. I can truly, TRULY say I am satisfied with life right now. My life is perfect to me and it just keeps getting better, how lucky am I?!

When are YOU most satisfied with life?
Is there a certain event that made you feel most satisfied?

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Fajita Bowls

Let’s be honest, trying to eat healthy is one of the hardest things i’ve done. I just love food, okay?!
I’ve been trying to cook healthier meals and we really enjoyed this one! Cutting out smalls things every day is something that has been helping me a lot. How does the saying go? “No matter how slow you’re going, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch”? That’s how I feel in my every day struggles to make healthier choices. EVEN THE LITTLE THINGS COUNT!
Like removing the tortillas from your fajitas. πŸ˜‰
BEHOLD! FAJITA BOWLS!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 lbs chicken
  • Green & Red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • Rice
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro 
  • Lime

Directions:

    1. Cook rice according to box/bag. After rice is finished cooking, toss with cilantro and lime to taste. Set aside.
    2. Heat a large skillet and add a drizzle of EVOO. (You can call me Rachel Ray for that)
    3. Cook onions for about two minuets or until slightly soft.
    4. Add bell peppers to onions and cook until desired softness. Take off heat and set aside.
    5. Place chicken in a skillet and sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Cook chicken fully. (I set the   peppers on a plate and used to same skillet, but do as you wish.)
    6. Add vegetables back in with the chicken to warm up again.
    7. Place rice in a bowl and cover with chicken and vegetable mixture.
    8. ENJOY YOUR FACE OFF!

We added salsa and El Pato on ours, but again it is just a preference thing! This was a decently fast dish and really delicious! When M goes back for seconds, I consider that a WIN. πŸ˜‰

Things I might have done different?
I would have cut the peppers in bite sized pieces rather than long strips. Also, I MIGHT have done the chicken in an actual fajita seasoning packet, but it WAS really good just the way I did it. πŸ™‚

What are some of your favorite “fast dinners”?
Do you like Mexican type foods?

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Social Sunday!

I love links up and finding other bloggers I can relate to! Here are this weeks questions!


1. What was your favorite trip/vacation/activity this summer?
Our Mexico trip was my favorite, by far. I loved sitting on the beach, staying up late listening to the ocean, and oh ya, getting engaged! It was a vacation I will never forget! 
2. What was your favorite outfit look/clothing item of the summer?
Well if we’re being honest, I have worked 98% of my summer. Yay for being an adult! And when i wasn’t at work this summer, I was in big t-shirts and sweatpants. Attractive, right?! However, these were a few of my “favorites” this summer.

(Maxi dress and ‘Love’ sparkle tank were both thrifted)
3. What is one thing you wish you’d gotten to do this summer?
My dad came home from Afghanistan and I really wished I was there for his coming home ceremony but it just didn’t work out. Other than that, I think my summer was awesome. 

4.  What was your favorite song of the summer? “We can’t stop” by Miley Cyrus. #judgeme

5. What was your favorite movie/tv show of the summer? Well I don’t have a TV, so netflix is my best friend when I decide to watch anything. This summer I watched Pretty Little Liars and I was hooked. 



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Sometimes we’re really cute

I think my favorite part about “wedding planning” was taking our ‘Save the Date’ pictures! It truly reminded me how much I just LOVE M. We can be silly, and serious, and just be….in love! I kept looking at him and saying “I have no idea what i’m doing” and we would just laugh. I love that about him. I love that I don’t have to pretend to know what i’m doing, or pretend like i’m good at things. 
I was so excited to finally meet our photographer, who happens to be his cousin. Along with excited, I was a tad nervous. When he told me he “knew someone who took pictures” I was expecting someone who just owned a camera and took pictures for fun. Luckily, our photographer is AMAZING! She gave us direction and made us feel comfortable, which I loved and ultimately needed. This photo shoot reassured me that the photos of our wedding will be BEAUTIFUL! 
I am so in love with these pictures! 

(Remember this whole ‘I don’t know what i’m doing’ thing?!)


Sometimes we’re really cute. Wouldn’t you agree?! πŸ˜‰

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Boys Behind the Blog! [Link Up!]

I heard about this link up from my new Big, Mal
Check out the questions, grab a guy of your own, and get to blogging! πŸ™‚
I am a little late on this train, but here are M’s answers to week #3!


Mal Smiles

1. What would you do with $1,000,000?
“I would pay off debt, take my family on a journey around the entire world, and come home to open a cupcake bakery for my lovely wife. Oh and probably a business for myself too.” (PS, I didn’t tell him to say that. Isn’t he the sweetest?!)

2. What is your dream job?
“My dream job is any job that I have created for myself and doesn’t include a boss.”

3. Who is your celebrity crush?
“Well there is….that one chick….the australian girl…she was in ‘I Am Number 4’…uh…*google searches*…Teresa Palmer!!”

4. What is your favorite sports team?
“Chicago Cubs”

5. What was you AOL/AIM screen name back in the day?
“Mine was ***** and still is to this day.” (sorry y’all, he just hasn’t changed it. hahaha.)
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Oh ya, I have a wedding to plan!

While i’ve been stalking pinterest religiously planning my wedding, i’ve had so many ideas coming and going through my head! 
The wedding planning process has gone a little something like this…

As soon as I got engaged I went out and bought every wedding magazine in site. Soon after, I bought a strawberry shake from Sonic and proceeded to lounge by my pool and day dream about thousand dollar weddings I cant afford. Hey, a girl can dream! 
Also, I did a very “bride” thing and ran to the nearest bridal show I could find. Who doesn’t love going to look at 509390 different cakes, caterers, floral arrangements, so forth and so on?!

While at this bridal show I came across one venue that I knew my fiancΓ© would LOVE. I myself was set on a different one (from pictures), but I knew he would love this one. I went and looked at the one I loved and although it was beautiful, I felt like the other place might be it. We went and toured the venue I knew M would like and I was right, he loved it. (1 POINT BRIDE) We called the next day to tell the events coordinator we loved it and wanted to book. Soon following, we signed our lives away. πŸ˜‰ 

I’ve spent countless hours on Pinterest trying to find things I love. I’ve even attempted a few DIY projects. Lets just say i’m NOT the crafty one out of the group, but hey, i’m trying! 

DIY GLITTER MASON JARS ANYONE?! πŸ˜‰
We also had our “Save the Date” photos done and I could not have been more happy with the way they turned out! I had so much fun shooting them and it just reassures me that I am truly marrying my best friend! 
Wedding planning has been an adventure for me so far. Its a lot different than just pinning things I like on pinterest. Can you believe this stuff actually costs MONEY?! Okay, kidding, but still. Its been a lot of fun so far! We still have a LOT of things to figure out, but for right now, I feel as if i’m staying on track! 
6 more months until this handsome man gets to be my husband! 

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You can’t meet your husband in a bar!

I figured I would start this blog off with stories of “us”. A lot of people ask how we met/how we got engaged. Well lucky for you folks, i’m going to tell you! 


My mom always told me “you can’t find your future husband in a bar!”
So from the time I met M, I told people “we met at an Uncle Kracker concert!” In theory, this is true. The catch? The concert was at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. I still laugh when I think about my mom saying I wouldn’t find him in a bar. 

Rewind a few months back to February 2013. My daughter was spending a weekend with her dad and I knew I wanted to have a fun weekend. I texted my friend Erica to see if she was free because I hadn’t seen her in awhile and we ALWAYS have fun together. Needless to say, I ended up driving down to the valley to see her. Erica and I knew we wanted to go to the country bar (Toby Keith’s) just to go dancing, we had no clue there was even a concert going on until the night before. Friday night we had gone out and met someone who was going to be at Toby’s (for the concert) and said we should all meet up and say hi once we got there. Saturday night rolls around and Erica and I head to the concert. Our friend we had met the night before was friends with M and shortly introduced us to each other. I found it odd that this boy (M) was actually having intellectual conversations with me. Fast forward to the end of the night when he is signing for his credit card. Fun fact for you? I’m left handed. When M signed his receipt, he also was left handed! I rarely meet left handed people and I told him “you’re left handed?! we should be best friends!!!” 

(The first night we met)



He had taken my number that night and I knew I would never be hearing from him again. That’s just how it works, isn’t it? I mean come on, you can’t meet decent guys at the bar, RIGHT MOM?! πŸ˜‰
A few days later, he ended up texting me! I’m 97.6% positive the first text had something to do with a sandwich. MUCH to my shock, M had asked if he could take me out to dinner one night. Seeing as we lived almost 3 hours away from each other, I did not think it would happen. Why would he put the effort in to a girl he met once? Nonetheless, he drove up the next weekend and took me out to dinner. I will never forget how nervous I was for that date. We ended up having a really amazing dinner and then drove out to a local lake nearby. This night was one for the books. That night, we saw the biggest, most amazing meteor blasting through the atmosphere. Honestly I will never see anything as amazing as that in my entire life. We always joked that it must be a good sign to have seen that on our first date. 

The next monday (or tuesday) at work I had gotten the most amazingly beautiful flowers I have ever seen. A dozen and a half white, pink tipped roses and tiger lilies. The card read “for my new best friend.” I know what you’re thinking, adorable! It is rather adorable, huh?! I guess we can say at this point the first date went well. πŸ˜‰

M and I dated for about a month before we were FBO. (Facebook Official for those of you who don’t know.) Side note: I just really like saying ‘FBO’ because I had NO CLUE what it meant until my friend Shelby had to explain it to me. *Dork alert* We dated long distance for roughly 3 months or so before we both knew the best decision for us was for me to move to the valley. 

And this is where our story truly starts! But that’s all for another blog post. πŸ˜‰


I hope you all stay tuned to hear about our crazy and exciting life together! Please feel free to leave comments or email me at any point!
Have a great day!!
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