It’s finally FALL! Who wants some shoes?!

Happy Fall, y’all! The brisk Autumn weather is the perfect excuse for new fall footwear! Mal, 11 other ladies, and I are giving away a $125 Zappos gift card to one lucky winner so she can buy a new pair of boots, flats, or other shoes.
Giveaways are a great way to discover new bloggers, make friends, and possibly win a prize! Be sure to stop by and check out these pretty ladies who helped make this giveaway possible!
The giveaway will run Monday, October 21st, 2013 through Monday, October 28th, 2013.
To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter giveaway tool below. The winning entry will be verified so please be honest.

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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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Post 7: Your zodiac sign and if you think it matches your personality

I am a leo, hear me roar! 
I kid, I kid. 
That’s about all I know about my zodiac sign. The fact that I am a leo. 
I never grew up “believing” in zodiac signs, if that’s what you want to call it. I was raised in a christian home and I remember my mom telling me horoscopes/zodiac signs were bogus. I can’t fully say if I think it “fits my personality” or not, because I simply don’t read them. I just don’t think that because you were born in a certain time of year, you are a certain type of personality. Every single person is different, no doubt about it. And on another note? Horoscopes are hilarious to me. You’re going to believe some magazine telling you what days are “best for love”, or which days you should play the lottery? Excuse me while I laugh at you. HAHAHA. Okay that was harsh. #sorrynotsorry.

Thats the gist of it, people. My take on zodiac signs!

What is your sign?
Do YOU think it fits YOUR personality? 

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Post 6: Write 30 interesting facts about yourself

Here goes nothing:
1. I was born in Hawaii. 
2. I had a massive bruise in high school from cheerleading. 

3. My favorite thing every year is Country Thunder, in Florence, Arizona. 

4. The girl in the above picture is one of my very best friends.
5. I love the color blue
6. I LOVE stormy weather. 
7. I grew up with my dad in the military. 
8. I will be married before I have my one year anniversary with M.
9. I have an addiction to gummy candy. 
10. I had my daughter at 35 weeks pregnant.
11. I’m left handed.
12. I’ve never had a bloody nose. 
13. The oldest friend I have to this day dates back to 1999.

14. I had more than one “boy haircut” in my lifetime.
15. I like to bake cupcakes.

16. I have a love/hate relationship with my state.
17. I am border lined obsessed with instagram.
18. My parents are divorced and both remarried. Therefore, I have lots of brothers and sisters.
19. Im allergic to dairy.
20. My soon-to-be husband is five years older than me.
22. I am a middle child. 
23. I hate jello, chili cheese fritos, mayo, celery, and tuna.
24. I’m terrified of surgery and public speaking.
25. I worked at a movie theatre for way too long of a time.
26. I love Disney movies.
27. I’m also terrified of the dark.
28. I love country music.
29. I hate loud chewers.
30. I take way too many selfies.

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Post 5: A time you thought about ending your own life.

My blunt, honest opinion about this? Suicide is the most selfish thing any one human can do. I strongly believe in the saying “don’t do a permanent action for a temporary situation.” I understand people go through rough patches, but to end your LIFE?! It’s not fair to your family. It’s not fair to your friends. It’s not fair for the person ending their life. There is always help out there. ALWAYS. I feel like suicide is the cowardly way out of things. Is that a little harsh? Maybe. But it’s how I feel. If you or anyone who know have even thought about ending your/their life, please get help. IT IS OUT THERE!

National Suicide Hotline:
1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)

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Choosing to stay home

Nothing breaks your heart more than your three-year old looking at you and saying “mommy, please stay home for just one day and play with me.”

I know a lot of people out there don’t agree with what i’m about to talk about, but I ask that you respect my opinion, and I will respect yours. 

Being a mom is my number one priority, no questions asked. I would do anything for that little girl and I strive to be the best role model possible. 

For the most part, I’ve always had a job. Since I was 17 anyway. “Not working” was never a real thing for me. Supporting baby girl on my own I knew being a stay at home mom was never an option. When I moved away from home to be with M, I had surprisingly landed my dream job. I was so eager for this new step in life and I was beyond excited. I loved the company I was going to be working for and honestly saw myself staying for quite some time. Little did I know what I was in for…
Typical day in the life of me?
-Alarm off at 3:35 AM
-Leave @ 4 AM
-Work from 4:30 AM – 2 or 3 PM
-Pick baby girl up from the sitter (one of my awesome sisters)
-Get home and take a nap
-Dinner @ 5 or 6 PM
-Baby girl in bath and bedtime @ 7
-Bed time for momma bear
If you add all that up, ya my life sucked a little bit when it came to time. I felt like I was never seeing my family. Sure I saw baby girl when I picked her up and we rode home and at dinner. But is that how families should work? I literally felt like the worst mother and fiancΓ© ever. Should I even start on how cranky I was, ALL. THE. TIME? Poor M. He’s a trooper to put up with me. I was miserable. It was a game of cat and mouse because I was doing what I LOVED, but was it worth jeopardizing family time for? 
M looked at me one day and said “quit your job.” I really thought he was kidding. We talked about it and he just told me “you’re miserable, we can make things work without you working.”
He understood. He understood I needed to be home with our daughter and make FAMILY work right now, not a career. 
I honestly never thought I would find this in a man and let me tell you, I am SO beyond thankful for him. (I love you, baby.)

I was hesitant to give my work my notice. I had brought up my department from what seemed to be catastrophe and I was REALLY proud of that. I was nervous to leave it in the hands of someone else. 
With many nerves on my end, I finally had a sit down with my manager to tell her I would be giving my notice. And I cried. Go figure, right? I was happy I was going to be doing what was best for my family, but so sad I would be leaving this place. 

I finally had my last day and it was different than I excepted. I was EXCITED to be done when I first walked into that place. I was excited to not have to be up so early, or stress about work anymore. When I left however, everyone was so sweet and it genuinely made me sad. 

Current emotions i’m feeling? Nervous. Scared. Excited. Uneasiness. Joy. 
I am beyond thrilled to actually be a mom to my three-year old. I’m excited to make a life with M. I’m excited to start new business ventures with him. I’m excited to do all the things i’ve only ever dreamed about. However, I think being a stay at home mom takes a lot from someone. Whether you agree or not, I feel like it does. I am fully putting my trust in someone else to financially support our family, and that’s hard for me. Being a stay at home mom isn’t just sitting at home playing with your kids, it takes work. I know people will argue women have careers and still do both, and I think that’s GREAT! Right now though? That’s not for ME or OUR family. It will work best for everything and everyone if i’m at home. 

Again, i’m so thankful for M and all he does for us. We both are really excited for this step and change in our lives. We are excited to see where this will take us! 

Are you a stay at home mom?
What are your favorite activities to do with your kids?

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Post 2: 10 years from now…

I’ve thought about this question a lot the past few days. Where do I want to be in ten years? Most people could give you a direct answer to this question. “Graduated from school, living in such and such place”, etc. The only things I know for certain about ten years from now are this:
I will have a 13 year old. Wait, WHAT?! THIRTEEN?
I will also have been married to my best friend for almost ten years. 
Ten years from now? Ten years from now we hope to be financially supported by our own businesses. I like to think M and I are both entrepreneurial, but M is more so than me. We are always talking about new business ideas or how we could do things better. Also in ten years, I would like to hope baby girl would have a brother or sister, or two. πŸ˜‰ 
I’m not one of those people who have a checklist of so many things I want to have happen over time. Do I have hopes and dreams? Absolutely. But being with M, making a family of our own, raising baby girl…right now, this is enough for me. It wouldn’t matter where we are living, or how we are living, in ten years I want our family to still be US. There will be a lot of growth and change over the next ten years and I think it is going to be such an adventure figuring out things together. 

What do you imagine your life to look like in 10 years?
Do you have any major goals?   

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Post 1: Your current relationship

I’ve had somewhat of “bloggers block” lately. Trying to decide what to blog about can actually be a bit difficult. I’ve decided to do this 30 day challenge in hopes it inspires some new posts y’all will like reading about! If you want to join, here is the list! But for day one, let’s talk about my “current relationship.”
I’ve talked about mine and M’s relationship plenty of times on here before. He is my everything. I have never had a relationship be so…effortless, if you will. Trust me, our relationship takes effort. But I feel like even on our worst days, it is easier than any other relationship i’ve had in the past. You see, M and I are a lot alike, but oddly different. I am stubborn and hard-headed. He is easy going and gentle. He doesn’t let us fight about stupid things and I need that. If we’re having a stupid conversation/argument, he just let’s it go. At first this was the HARDEST thing for me to deal with. I wanted to fight, dang it. I wanted to be mad. But he would just ask “whats the point?” And he was right. There is no point in arguing about things that won’t matter in 30 minutes. I needed someone like that in my life more than I even knew. 
M is truly my best friend. Our relationship is something I could have only dreamed about and even more. Girls always dream up their “perfect man”, but little did I know that man ACTUALLY existed for me. We have so many of the same dreams, morals, aspirations, and interests. 
The best thing I love about M? He truly makes me a better person. He makes me happier. He makes me strive to be the best me I can possibly be. How lucky am I?!
I’ll never forget the first night we met, and I just kept telling him about baby girl. I knew for a fact I would never hear from him again after that. But you know what? He LOVES that little girl. He is the best daddy ever and knows how to perfectly love a little girl. Watching those two together reminds me how much I truly believe God had M and I picked out for each other. Our family is perfection. 
This title is your “current” relationship. Isn’t it fun that this is my FOREVER relationship?! I get to MARRY this man! This handsome, gentle, loving, fun man! He is OURS! 
Our relationship isn’t “perfect”, but it is perfect to me. Literally it is perfection in my eyes.
(I will be killed for this picture, but I love it.)

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