Shop Early & Save on Halloween

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I know, I know It’s only September and the thought of Halloween just isn’t happening for some of us. I’m one of those people. I like to enjoy the transition from Summer to Fall and soak up the pretty orange and yellow leaves before I have to decorate with ghosts and goblins around my house. BUT if you plan ahead, you will save a bunch of money and make your Halloween scream with savings!

Target is offering an awesome deal to swoop of some spooky or cute Halloween costumes for the entire family with 20% off!

That means EVERYONE in the family can dress up as their favorite goblin, ghoul, princess or superhero this year, while you shop early and save 20% off their costumes!

This offer is valid 09/24 to 09/30 only! Use this link to take you over to Target.com and you can score 20% off on all your costumes!

Let me know what you decided to dress up as this halloween! Leave pictures too! I would love to see what your family decided to go as and let me know how much you saved!

<3, K

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Fall is here, I’ve been decorating my house slowly and cooking up a storm. It’s still pretty warm here in Southern Arizona, but I want my favorite cold weather comfort food! I love a delicious pot pie, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to make a pie crust. So I tweaked my usual dairy free pot pie recipe and created this Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie. It is simple, delicious and perfect for a quick meal! If you aren’t dealing with a dairy allergy, you can most certainly use biscuits from the refrigerated aisle at your supermarket to make this even more simple!

This recipe serves 4.

Ingredients for Filling: 

  • 2 Chicken Breast
  • 8 Ounces Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 Cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 TBS Garlic, chopped
  • 1 TBS Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 2 TBS Flour
  • 10 Ounce bag of Frozen veggie blend
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • Pepper, Salt to taste

Ingredients for Dairy Free Biscuits: 

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 TB Sugar
  • 3 TB Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 cup Almond milk (unsweetened)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 450° to bake your biscuits.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar salt and then cut in the coconut oil ( I use virgin coconut oil, since it resembles shortening). Once combined and resembling crumbs, stir in the unsweetened almondmilk.
  3. I dropped these onto a baking sheet and baked them for 12 minutes or until golden on top.
  4. While the biscuits are baking start your chicken. I diced the two chicken breast in bite sizes and pan seared them with onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly (no pink!) about 7 minutes, remove from pan.
  5. Start your roux in the same pan, melt the butter and add the flour in the pan whisking until a paste forms. Add in your almond milk and keep whisking until a nice creamy sauce has formed. Add veggies, chicken stock and the cooked chicken into the same pan and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve in a large bowl and top with your homemade biscuit! Enjoy immediately!

 

 

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

My husband LOVES buffalo chicken, spices on everything and flavorful meals. In an effort to eat healthier I whipped this up and he loved it!

It has all the flavor of a hot wing but is made with a vegetable! Seriously! Safe for vegans, vegetarians and those who are trying to watch their calories! These are baked, not fried and packed with flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, florets taken off in bite sizes
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegan Butter
  • 1 Cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • (Optional) Red Pepper Flakes

Utensils: 

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Wire Rack
  • Cookie Sheet that hold wire rack
  • Spoon to mix or use your hands to really get in there!

Directions: 

  1. Preheat Oven to 450 °
  2. Dry off cauliflower and have it ready in bite size pieces
  3. Mix Flour, Almond milk, garlic powder along with salt and pepper to taste. This is where you will add in the optional chili flakes if you want it extra spicy!
  4. Dip cauliflower and really coat it with the batter. It gets a bit messy but you will want to make sure it’s all evening coated.
  5. Put Cauliflower on the wire rack, which should be situated on top of the cookie sheet. (Spraying cooking sheet with oil or nonstick spray is helpful and makes cleanup simple!)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, turn over and bake for another 10-15 minutes. This ensures they are crispy!
  7. While those are baking, start preparing your sauce. We used Frank’s Red Hot and mixed it with the two tablespoons of vegan butter. You can do this on the stove or in the microwave. You are welcome to add more red pepper flakes to kick it up another notch!
  8. Once the baked cauliflower comes out, dip or drizzle the hot sauce on them. I personally like to dip them to make sure they are evenly coated with the hot sauce. I then place them back on the wire rack they were baking on and bake them an additional 6 minutes.
  9. Serve with your favorite vegan ranch dip or eat them alone!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

These are perfect for one person or you can make them to share! We love them as an appetizer in our house, when the kids are eating pizza.

 

Looking at my Marriage

I used to think marriage would be easy. You love someone, get along famously and you will live happily ever after.

Reality sets in and I soon realized it takes a lot of work.

I was divorced from my first husband at the age of 25. 25! Most people I know didn’t even get married until they were 25! Which is smart, you typically don’t know your own self until the age of 25. I instill in my oldest daughter, she is to not even THINK about marriage until the age of 25.

Marriages fail for many reasons, while alot of them are because of trust issue, infidelity and lying, others are because people grow apart and nobody wants to work on the marriage. I learned alot about myself during my divorce, alot about my ex husband and his family. While the details of my divorce are not relevant at this point in my life, nor do I feel I need to share them for the sake of our child together, I can tell you it made me stronger, smarter and wiser.

Marriage takes two people, working together, building the life they both want. It’s not one sided, it will NOT work if both partners are not working together.

I married Mr. Right, aka my husband Daniel, in 2014. We had dated long distance for a little over a year, he made the move across the country in 2012 and we moved in with one another and bought our first house by 2013. By 2014, we were hitched on the beach somewhere beautiful and I thought we would be happy, forever and always. We decided to start trying for a baby in Fall of 2015 and we welcomed our beautiful little girl in January 2017.

Man o man, does bringing in a precious little life into this world mix things up.

Everything in our marriage has been wonderful, beautiful and perfect up until a couple weeks ago. I originally wasn’t going to share this, I thought, we will handle this together, quietly and figure it out. Oh but writing is so therapeutic, because being alone with my thoughts most days is so harmful.

Everyday stresses add up and can really take a toll on someone and a marriage. Sometimes we don’t realize this and the bustke of our everyday lives gets away from us and you just get into the same grind, day after day. 

To relax and try to unwind, my husband and I like to enjoy a drink (beer or wine, depending on our mood) once in awhile, and after a few drinks after dinner a few weeks ago, my husband, the jokester that he is, made a few racy comments to my best friend and it went a bit too far. It hurt me, emotionally. 

I kept thinking how could he say that? Why would you say that to her? I couldn’t even imagine saying  that to anyone?! Like seriously dude, after all we’ve been through in 6 years?! 

So, we have took a step back to examine our situation and our marriage. Sure having a new baby in our lives and on one income has been tough on us financially as well as emotionally, but is that the reason for those comments to my best friend?!

We fought in private away from our kids and we had some ugly nasty tears rolling. We argued pretty nasty for people who love each other so much. He is embarrassed for what he said, I’m embarrassed for the whole situation and we’ve done alot of talking about EVERYTHING. Some things were said, that obviously can’t be unsaid and we’re hurtful but we can work on it, right?

When you remove the kid’s, house, bills and jobs, what do you have left in a marriage?

We’ve taken a step back and realized we are literally living and breathing just for these things and have forgotten US. We have since removed all beer & wine from our house and it will not be reappearing anytime soon. No more drinking to numb the pain of our everyday chaotic lives just to deal and keep moving.

Since this occurrence, we realized we haven’t taken the time in the past year to have a date, spend one and one time alone over dinner or even go for a walk with just the two of us. We used to love doing silly things together and being active together. But where did all this US time go?

So what do you do? We looked into marriage counseling and since we couldn’t find anyone near us nor anyone affordable 30 miles away, we decided to take this on by ourselves. We can fail or come out on top of our marriage.

Since failing is not an option to either of us, we are working hard to make our marriage matter again.

Our girls are our top priority, they always will be. However, we are next on that list and then followed by everything else in our lives that matter less.

We have since been on a date alone and plan on going on a date every month and to do something we can do without the kids, be it a movie, just dinner late at night alone and uninterrupted, shopping or some other new adventure we find along the way. I don’t care if it’s not spontaneous, we can be spontaneous in other aspects of our lives like the bedroom. We’ve ditched our phones at the dinner table and in bed, along with while we watch TV together. We have made more of an effort to spend alone time together, chatting and just being.

We are a work in progress for sure and I can only pray we stay strong and continue fighting together for our marriage.

I don’t have the answers to it all, nor do I know anyone who does. Sometimes taking a step back from the current situation is all you need to move forward, in the right direction.

❤ K

LipSense Review & Exclusive Discount

Have you heard of Lipsense? I have heard so many of my beautiful friends and family talk about Lipsense and long it lasts! I honestly had no clue what it was! I was a Lipsense virgin up until this week!

I thought I should  give it a whirl, since almost everyone I know LOVES it and is raving about it in all my newsfeeds. I have to see what the fuss is for myself. Plus, I’m a huge fan of lipstick, I currently have 12 different brands of lipsticks in my make-up bag. For me, putting lipstick and mascara on just makes me feel like I’m good to go and can accomplish anything that day!

The assortment of colors offered are outstanding! I’m a huge fan of bright reds year round and merlot’s for Fall/Winter. I chose to go with Mulled Wine when I ordered Lipsense, it just caught my eye on the website. Let me know what you think!

As soon as I got this past weekend, I tested it out. Wow, this is so much more different than my usual wax based lipstick. I actually had to read instructions on how to apply it.

Step 1.) Prep- I cleaned my lips off, let them dry and shook the bottle of Lipsense

Step 2.) Apply- I was instructed to apply Lipsense in one direction (for someone reason I found this incredibly hard, even after several more applications I goofed on this in my video!) It has a tingly feeling, almost like your lips are drying out & puckering up. I was also instructed to let this dry, without my lips touching… again Lipsense virgin here, totally goofed that up too…

Step 3.) Apply some more – Continue to apply, dry and apply again. For a total of three coats of Lipsense.

Step 4.) Gloss – Apply the gloss about 5 seconds after your last coat of Lipsense and you ready to have kissable lips all day long! You can also use the gloss to retouch throughout the day for added shine.

VIOLA! Beautiful lips to last me ALLLLLL Day long! No really, it does!!

Lipsense Product Review
Mulled Wine Lipsense

If you think you want to try Lipsense or if you already are an addict to Lipsense, head over to this website and use the code: bloggymoms15 for a 15% discount!

I received a free product courtesy of www.RedGateBeauty.com for the purpose of my review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

 

Fall 2017 is Here

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It’s finally here! My favorite time of the year! F-A-L-L!! It’s my favorite time of year because I get to break out the boots, jeans and cozy sweaters!! I get to decorate our home with crimson, burgundy, orange and yellow accents that make everything feel so cozy and warm.

Even though I live in Arizona and it’s still pretty flipping hot, I still love fall. It’s the first day of Fall and I’m so ready for the cooler mornings so I can accessorize with my new beanie on our morning walks, from my Fall Fab Fit Fun box. I received my beanie in black, so it can go with everything!

I have already used a few of products out of my Fab Fit Fun box for Fall, and my favorite is my new lip crayon by Trestique! I LOVE it!! It’s a 2 in 1 product, that provides me with a pretty pouty matte red lip! I’m all about pretty red lips, any time of year and this is by far the prettiest red I have seen in awhile!

 

Have you ordered your Fab Fit Fun subscription box yet? You still have time to look fabulous this season and feel great with all the goodies packed inside! Check out my unboxing here and then head over here to order it!

Don’t forget to use the discount code PUMPKINSPICE to take $10 off!