Do You Use Dating Apps?

Happy Fri-Yay y’all! For those of you who are loyal readers, I’m sorry for being m.i.a this week, there’s been a LOAD going on and still soooo much more work to go, which i’m so excited to share with y’all soon 😉 but in the meantime, let’s talk about dating….

I’ve been wondering lately if any of you lovely people have used dating apps? Christian Mingle, Match.com, Tinder, Bumble, anyone? Have you had any success? Or have your dates been disappointing or massive fails? Been there. Done that.

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I’d love to share with you my story with dating apps. I spent almost 2 years in my singleness. During this time I was healing from a 5 year on and off relationship with someone I intended to marry. I felt broken, lonely, and as if God’s plan for me was to find peace in that singleness. At about the 1.5 mark in this 2 year “stretch” a girlfriend of mine “coaxed” or let’s say convinced me to try Match.com out. Let me tell you something, it almost felt like being thrown to the wolves! between Match and Christian Mingle I received over 8 proposals and more emails from what I would call “coocoo’s” then I could keep track of. Then I was told about the Bumble app. I was told that with Bumble, women make the first move by swiping right and messaging after a match has been made. I figured I could handle doing that, but to be honest, being the first one to reach out as a woman wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, it even made me feel for dudes and the pressure they must feel.

So from the safety of my bed, while watching  Law&Order SVU re-runs and eating chinese take-out, I picked out what I thought were “Good” pictures of me and created a Bumble profile. After that it all seemed like a game, if you will. I saw tons of people I knew which at first had me ducking behind my phone, embarrassed, like they could see me, hahahaha! Then it made me realize that we’re all going through things and everyone is just looking for “something”. After a few bad dates, including one with a guy that said “When you decide you’re not a Christian and wanna bang one out, give me a call!” during a breakfast date. Y’all, fer real!! I can’t make this stuff up.

I was about to give up and “settle” into my already pretty great life with me, myself, and my amazing pup Ava, then I saw him….. Yes, this is THE exact screenshot I took from my phone and sent to my “Tribe”. Look at that awesome smile!!

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I swiped right and WE MATCHED!! Our first date, he chose one of my favorite Austin places, without even knowing it was one of my favorite, and after about our 3rd or 4th date I knew that Mr. Jeff was a keeper. We’ve been a team ever since. Jeff not only is a man of God, he’s the type of man that prays with me, opens the door for me (and STILL does a year later!), is an amazing father and loves me through my self doubts, anxieties, and just plain crazy moments.

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I know, I know y’all, I’m being mushy and maybe over sharing but this Sunday is Jeff’s birthday. He’s not much for things being “About him” but what can I say… I LOVE this man! I’m not gonna pretend Jeff and I are perfect, we’re not, but we love the heck out of each-other. We are a team. We’re loyal to each-other, there’s no-one that makes me laugh or smile harder than him and no-one else I’d rather spend my life with. I want to say a HUGE Thank you to BUMBLE! I’ve never seen myself promoting a dating app and yet here I am. To all you singles out there, trust in your story and “you do you Boo Boo” if that includes an app, then get at it!!

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Happiest of Birthdays to you my love! I will love you until we’re gray and old.

Jeff’s birthday also marks the end of my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches.

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You have until June 11th, that’s THIS Sunday to enter by 11:59pm. Click on this Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Just in time for Father’s day! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Enjoy your weekend! 

Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

P.S. Check out below for some AWESOME Jeff pictures 😉 He’s gonna hate me! hahaha! 

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What To Do With Rainy Days And All The Food Feels

Happy Friday and welcome to June y’all! The last few weeks have gone by so very quickly for us in our household. Days filled with fun times out of town with “friend family”, celebrating milestone birthdays, engagements (Congrats Edwin & Robyn!), Pre-K recitals, planning birthday parties, “End of school year” events, mixed in with working on our “property renovation” when we can, and absolutely NO time for rest. These days there’s also been a lot more rain than usual here in Texas. Not that I’m complaining since it’s welcomed on our hot days.

Rain always has me craving comfort food and cuddles but…..I also live in Texas, which nicely put is “STUPID HOT” and in these summer months, this means the weather is not really conducive to cuddling but there’s always comfort food to lean on!

Today I would like to introduce you to my “Go To” one skillet comfort food recipe. This skillet chicken pot pie has interchangeable ingredients (today we’re working with butternut squash) and best of all this recipe features already cooked chicken from a grocery store rotisserie chicken. Hopefully you know the magic that is possible from the grocery store rotisserie chicken?! From easy enchiladas, chicken salad, chicken nachos, chicken tortilla soup, to chicken pot pie and so much more 😉 maybe I’ll even dedicate a few blogs to it’s magic if you’d like?…. comment below if you’d like me to share the grocery store rotisserie chicken love with you.

Now I know how much we all value our Friday’s so I won’t keep you much longer, let’s get to it shall we….

SKILLET CHICKEN POT PIE WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH

YIELD: 6 SERVINGS    ACTIVE TIME: 30 MIN    TOTAL TIME: 1 Hr.15 MIN

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen white pearl onions, thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 small bunch kale, center ribs and stems removed, leaves chopped
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1/2″ pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 grocery store rotisserie chicken, meat torn into bite-size pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (I used Pepperidge Farm), thawed
  • 1 large egg

**butternut squash can be subbed out for carrots and peas, zucchini, summer squash, corn, broccoli, or several other vegetables**

PREPARATION

  • Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Heat oil in an 8″ cast-iron or other heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
    Reduce heat to medium-low.

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  • Add garlic and sage to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Add kale and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing often, until wilted, about 4 minutes.

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  • Sprinkle flour over. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in broth, 1/2-cupful at a time, then add squash.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until squash is just softened and broth is thickened, 8-10 minutes.

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  • Add chicken to skillet, stir, and season with salt and pepper.

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  • Unfold pastry and smooth any creases; place over skillet, allowing corners to hang over sides.
  • Whisk egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl.
  • Brush pastry with egg wash; cut four 1″ slits in top to vent.

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  • Bake pot pie until pastry is beginning to brown, 15-20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and bake until pastry is deep golden brown and crisp, 15-20 minutes longer.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Now welcome to your “warm hug” on a plate with a side of mashed potatoes, Enjoy!

I have just a little reminder, Father’s Day is just around the corner AND don’t forget about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have until June 11th to enter. That’s ONLY 10 more days!! and these watches make for the PERFECT Father’s Day gifts! Click on this Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Now go! Be free! Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers!

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Memorial Day Weekend With A Quick & Easy Recipe

Eeeeeverrrything can wait til Monday or maybe even Tuesday 😉 because it’s Memorial Day weekend y’all!!! We’re currently in Corpus Christi for the long weekend but I don’t for one second want to take away from the true meaning of this weekend. Some people may think it’s all about BBQ’s and beer drankin but “you” people would be wrong….

On Memorial Day weekend let us celebrate the Men and Women who fight for our freedoms, our nation, our United States of America. Let us celebrate those we have lost in senseless war, tragedy’s, and terrorisms. We THANK YOU for your courage, loyalty, and service! We will be BBQ’ing and drankin beers not only in your honor but also because you have helped to provide us all with the freedom to do so. THANK YOU.

Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy sheet pan recipe. I figured that some of you may be making your way to a Memorial day celebration or BBQ in which you may have to bring a dish. This dish is so ding dang easy that you may even have a lot of these items already in your fridge, plus since this recipe calls to cook everything on one sheet pan it’s easy clean-up. It’s a Win/Win for everyone 🙂

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SHEET PAN SAUSAGE AND VEGGIES

YIELD:  4 PPL.     PREP TIME: 5 MIN.     COOK TIME: 45 MIN    TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN.

INGREDIENTS:

  • one 12-ounce precooked sausage or kielbasa (pork, turkey, or beef sausage or kielbasa; I used beef polska kielbasa), sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

  • 1 medium/large bell pepper, diced into bite sized pieces (red or orange pepper may be substituted)
  • 1 medium/large summer squash zucchini, trimmed and sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 small potatoes optional
  • 3/4 to 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • about 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves thinly sliced optional
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional for garnishing

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup, and add the sausage, bell peppers, summer squash/zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, and evenly drizzle with olive oil.
  • Evenly sprinkle with the onion flakes, smoked paprika, parsley, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and toss with your hands to evenly coat and distribute seasonings.
  • Scatter vegetables in a flat layer and not piled on top of each other.

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  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and have as much color as desired; toss halfway through baking to ensure even cooking.
  • Start checking at 30 minutes for doneness since all ovens, veggies, etc. vary.
  • Optionally sprinkle with Parmesan and serve immediately.
  • Dish is best warm and fresh but extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

There you go! Quick, easy , and mostly healthy! 

Now that I’ve helped you feed you and your friends on this Memorial Day weekend 😉 I have just a little reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have until June 11th (just around the corner) to enter. Perfect gift for graduates and even Father’s Day. Click on this Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Now go! Enjoy your freedoms! Thank a Soldier and Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers!

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June’s All Day, Erry-Day

Hello my dear lovers! How’s the week been treating you?? As I’m typing this I’m still recovering from a “Sunday Funday” into Monday hangover ;(  ( aaannd it’s Tuesday night right now, btw) I tell you what, recovery time at 37 is significantly different from that of my once 20 year old self. I guess I could say that I’m not as “seasoned” as I once was, as I don’t drink a lot very often, my drinking in my 30’s has mainly turned into a couple (or few) glasses of wine or a couple cocktails at home mainly. Jeff and I decided to “tie one on” as they say this past sunday night but not before we enjoyed a bite to eat at June’s All Day on South Congress, Austin, TexasJune’s All Day is a fairly newer restaurant brought to us by the Dream team of Larry McGuire (Lamberts Austin and Perla’s) and Master Sommelier June Rodil. Aesthetically this restaurant is gorgeous; decorated in blues, golds, and filled with natural light. When you walk in, it feels like walking into a magazine shoot, even the staff look like actors and models.

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We were sat outside on the small perfectly kept, awesome “people watching” patio. To our delight it was also Happy Hour which is offered everyday from 4-6pm. Happy Hour offers 50% off all food and sparkling wines, $2 off all drinks, and 50% off sparkling wines. Seeing that I consider June’s to be a little bit on the pricey side this unplanned happy hour was an awesome surprise.

20170521_162527 We started with the French country Loaf ($9), Salami & Idiazabal Cheese, texas olive oil, castelvetrano olives ($11), the Salt Cod Croquettes, laurel leaf aioli, mojama ($10) and also the Jambon Paris, mustard brown butter, horseradish ($12, not pictured)

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For entrees we had, Chilled Artichoke, dijon vinaigrette, gribiche ($16), Steak Tartare & Frites cornichon, farm egg, dijonnaise ($25), and the Grilled Chicken Paillard harissa, wild arugula, fennel, parmesan ($26) everything was delicious!

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The artichoke is even a “two parter” dish, meaning that once you get to the delicious heart of the artichoke your server will take it back to the kitchen and on its return it is a marvelous “salad” of sorts. They take the artichoke heart, nicely chop and mix with a Gribiche sauce, very similar to an egg salad, et viola! yummy!

In my opinion everything at Junes All Day was deliciously delightful with the exception of service being extremely slow. On our arrival (4pm-ish) it wasn’t very busy but it did gradually get busier throughout our time. I’m not sure if service was slow intentionally or if our server was “weeded” but I am here to be honest in my experiences and service was definitely not bad at all, just felt very slow.

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Lastly we enjoyed the Warm Devil’s Food Cake, Chocolate Ganache, Crème Fraîche Ice Cream ($9) this dessert was like heaven and didn’t taste like the devil had anything to do with it 😉

I would definitely recommend June’s All Day for all occasions, just make sure you’re not in any rush, and tell ’em I sent ya!

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Address: 1722 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Tuesday 8AM–12AM

Wednesday 8AM–12AM

Thursday 8AM–12AM

Friday 8AM–12AM

Saturday 8AM–1AM

Sunday 8AM–12AM

Monday (Memorial Day, Hours may differ) 8AM–12AM

Phone: (512) 416-1722
Reservations: opentable.com
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By the way checkout that beautiful JORD watch!! and with that, here’s my reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. Have you entered yet?! Well, get on it and click on this Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Until next time Lovers!

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Do You Ever Just Want To Be Pampered?

Hello Lovers! It’s Friday!! and it’s also National Pizza Party Day!! (according to my Bando planner, if you don’t know what this planner is, follow the link. They’re the best most amazing planners ever made!!) and who doesn’t like a good pizza party?! Anyway, who’s excited for the weekend? I know I am.

I’m sure some of you can relate to weeks like this; I’ve had a consistent roller coaster of just “stuff” the last several days. I’m going to be completely honest with you, so call it being a women, call it anxiety, call it what you’d like, but, it’s exhausting and I’m wiped! Mentally, physically, and emotionally. Sometimes when you’re feeling this way, you just feel like want to cry OR maybe be pampered and eat some chocolate. Is this just me?! Please say I’m not the only one 😦 Mic check 1….2…… Is this thing on?

Let’s start with the “I need to be pampered” portion of this blog. Have you ever heard of DryBar? How about Alli Webb? Well if you haven’t I’m here to tell ya, they’re both AMAZING!! They’re everything a girl needs to feel pampered and like a princess with the most beautiful hair in the world. I kid you not, those ding dang chicks always get drawn with THE BEST hair, ugh! I know I can’t live up to those cartoon standards 😉 haha!

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Alli Webb is an extraordinary Woman, Mother, Person, Best Selling Author and the Owner and Founder of DryBar. I was so excited to meet her last week at the opening of her 75th location, right here in Austin, Texas, The Domain Northside to be exact. I was greeted with a cupcake, a mimosa, and things looking up already, plus check-out the cocktail napkins 🙂 like a sign from the mimosa god’s. After which I was introduced to Rachel, my stylist. After my shampoo, not only was my hair smelling amazing but I was fast on the way to feeling relaxed. While Rachel went to work on my hair ( I have a LOT of hair y’all) I was able to chit-chat with Alli (while she did her own hair next to me) and learn just a little about what DryBar is all about.

Alli started out her business venture as a mother looking to make some extra cash right out of her car. From Brentwood, California, she would drive to clients homes, do their hair, and be on her way. She realized that something as simple as an inexpensive blowout could be a want or need! tomato/ tOmAto for women; boy was she right! After borrowing money from her brother, as a family team, they were off and running. Now Alli has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Vanity Fair, written her own best selling book “Good Hair For All” and is showing no signs of slowing down. With her family very much still involved, her brother and husband are her partners, even her sister-in-law was at this opening as our awesome DJ, I think this team is unstoppable.

So here’s the deal, if you’ve never had a blow out, you NEED to head out to DryBar stat. I left feeling so great! All the stylist seem amazing but I’m gonna be biased and suggest booking Rachel, mostly because if she can handle my hair, she can do anything! Checkout my pictures below and then give them a call, you know you wanna!

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Address: 3001 Palm Way #142, Austin, TX‎ Phone: (512) 629-4105‎ Book an Appointment

AFTER ALL THAT NOW I NEED CHOCOLATE!

Do any of y’all just crave a “perfect” chocolate chip cookie?! lemme guess, I’m alone on this too?! Whoooo are you people??!! hahaha!

I’m going to share with you a great recipe from another blogger I follow “Lauren’s Latest” these cookies can calm any chocolate needs you may have and this will probably become your “go-to” chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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ACTUALLY PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Yield: 36 cookies    Prep Time: 30 min.    Cook Time: 9 min.    Total Time: 39 min.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Stir melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined.
  • Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until lighter in color.
  • Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl and the bottom really well to ensure a smooth, well stirred batter.
  • Hand stir the chocolate chips into the batter and let it sit 20 minutes to let the flour soak into the rest of the batter. (The warm melted butter will help with this.)
  • Preheat oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and scoop cookie dough onto prepared pans, using a two tablespoon cookie scoop.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes, rotating sheets half way through baking.
  • When you pull your cookies out of the oven, they will looked cooked around the edges and undercooked in the center.
  • Leave the cookies on the hot baking pans for 5-7 minutes or until you can remove them without falling apart.
  • Place onto cooling racks and cool to room temperature before storing in air tight containers ooooor just stick ’em in your mouf and be haaaapppy 😉

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Now that I’ve helped you plan your weekend 😉 I have just a little reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have until June 11th to enter. Click on this Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Now go! Be free! Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers!

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Not Your Average Drive-Thru

Gooood Wednesday to you Lovers! I’m back from having a longish Mother’s day weekend off of the blogosphere 😉 What’s been going on? Did you miss me, like I missed you?! hahaha!

Let’s talk about our lives and how busy they can get. You’re working, heading into a deadline, which can mean working overtime; or you have an 8-5 (ish), need to get home walk the dog, then head out to an event; or you have a family AND all of the above going on… Life gets busy! When is there even time to go to the bathroom let alone EAT?! 

Enter Sala & Betty and their “Slow food fast” concept. Named for 2 sisters, 1 of which loves the “dining” experience and the other sister who leads a busy life yet wants to enjoy the same type of food you would get in a great restaurant. Our friends had gotten there before us and found awesome patio seating for brunch on a saturday. Austin can tend to get super busy for brunch on the weekends, so I was feeling pretty thankful on this beautiful day. We wanted to celebrate one of my best friends and her new job (YEAH!! JESSY!!) and I think we did a pretty great job with Sala & Betty!

We all were having brain farts when it came to the menu since we all wanted ALL OF THE THINGS. That’s no lie, everything on this brunch menu was screaming “Pick me! Pick me!” luckily our server was patient with us. For the table we started with The Hair Of The Dog, which is a fried egg, layered with pork, amazing fries, queso, and served with a LoneStar beer ($10) or without the LoneStar ($9) Check it out below, it’s a thing of beauty! and I would imagine the perfect remedy to any hangover.

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I ordered the Croque Madame for my entrée ($10) let me tell you, this lady was definitely easy on my eyes!! A fried egg on amazing bread, ham, cheese, Bechamel, and a side of fries.
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BFF Jessy ended up “one upping” our Hair Of The Dog by ordering her own topped with avocado. Everyone, I repeat EVERYone should order it this way!! So ding dang GREAT. Talk about instant regrets 😉 haha! I’m kidding (just a little) this dish is awesome however you order it. I don’t think that anyone can go wrong with topping everything with an egg, avocado, or pig (prepared any way), or in this case ALL 3!

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Moving on to the Drive-thru at Sala & Betty. The drive-thru offers what they call “Family meals” serving 4 people (1lb of meat) with options varying from Beef ($34) Pork Shoulder ($32) and Chicken ($32) There are other Ala carte, fresh made sides, kids items, “make at home desserts, and sandwich options. Since we had such a great experience here, I very much look forward to enjoying all the other offerings by this very well done establishment. They have an amazing thing going and I recommend you give them a try! Tell em’ I sent ya.

Address: 5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Hours:

Wednesday 10:30AM–9PM
Thursday 10:30AM–9PM
Friday 10:30AM–10PM
Saturday 10:30AM–10PM
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:30AM–9PM
Tuesday 10:30AM–9PM
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Brunch at Sala & Betty

Just a little reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have 26 more days to enter to win! Click on this Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) The contest will close June 11 at 11:59pm. This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! That’s awesome, right!?! Don’t answer that, It’s AMAZING!! and what’s even better is, let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

After you enter to win, why not head out to Sala and Betty for a very enjoyable bite to eat!

Until next time Lovers!

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Are You Looking For The Perfect Gift?

Happy Humpday Lovers!! or as I often say Wine Down Wednesday’s 😉 How’s the week been treating y’all?! Great I hope, if not let’s give the rest of this week a great big ‘ol punch in the kisser!

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Since we know it’s Wednesday, you ought to also realize that today gives you only 4 shopping days til Mother’s day and 1 day to mail something off (at least in the greater US) so you betta get movin. Speaking of gifts….

 I finally get to speak to y’all about a great new partnership with JORD Luxury Wood Watches and I. I am so very excited to work with JORD Watches. Not only do they have such an amazing product but they are so easy to order from, and the customer service is legit! Just check out my pictures below. Everything about these watches is amazing. Even the packaging is well thought out (wood oil, oil cloth, and instructions are also included) and beautifully executed.

Check out this beauty that I ordered for Jeff as an early Father’s Day/ Birthday/ “You’re awesome and amazing man” gift 🙂

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Y’all. I’m so very impressed with JORD and I think Jeff may be more in love with this watch than with me 😉

I’ve been teasing my followers about this new promotion for a little over a week now, so let’s get to it…. Click on this Contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) The contest will close June 11 at 11:59pm. This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! That’s awesome, right!?! Don’t answer that, It’s AMAZING!! and what’s even better is, let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD. 

Side note by the time this blog posts you will still have about 4ish hours remaining to place an order for an amazing Mother’s Day watch. If you click on my link; http://www.woodwatches.com/series//#loveofallofthethings  you’ll even receive FREE engraving up until May 14th on ALL women’s watches. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty jealous of Jeff’s watch and wish I would have ordered my own with #loveofallofthethings. Check out a couple of my favorite from the women’s line. They sure are purty!

 

Don’t forget, go to my blogs exclusive contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/loveofallofthethings for your chance to win $100 off of an amazing JORD Luxury Wood Watch

You have a little over a month to do this before the contest ends, I wouldn’t waste time though. Since it’s on you’re mind already, why not just do it now 😉

Until next time Lovers!

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Random Facts About The Man By My Side

Good Monday Morning to you lovers! In case you didn’t know and/or you care 😉 today is also National “Have a Coke” Day, National Coconut Cream Pie Day, and National Women’s Checkup Day. Lastly, you have 6 days, that’s right, 6 days to go shopping, pick out a card, mail a card, or plan a brunch, lunch, or dinner for Mother’s Day! THIS Sunday. You’re welcome.

How was your weekend? Being that it was not only Cinco De Mayo weekend but also Derby weekend I’m sure it was probably filled with margaritas, mint juleps, and fun times? Or at the bare minimum I hope you had a relaxing and happy weekend.

I received a couple of messages from followers asking me to give some deets on Jeff. Since I speak about him often in the blog but haven’t really given much information on this amazing man. Jeff is not just THE MAN I have the pleasure of walking along side in life, he is my partner, my teammate, my love, my best friend. I don’t want to sound overly cheese and ewwww but yet, here I am. He isn’t just all of that, he’s so much more. Since it was asked, I’m happy to oblige, to Jeff’s annoyance….

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13 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MY MISTER

  1. He thinks that being a dad is the coolest and best thing in the world. I think that’s one of the most attractive things about him.

  2. He believes that it’s never too late and you’re never too old to learn. It’s why almost 3 yrs. ago he started learning how to play the guitar and has a private class every week to hone his skills. Side note, He can actually sing too 😉

  3. He snores like a bear. I mean, for real, like a bear! A huge 500 lb. bear (do bears get to 500 lbs??) House shaking snoring. You get the point.

  4. He used to be a commercial print model. He doesn’t really like talking about that much so I may get a “talking to” for giving you this info, hahahaha.

  5. He secretly wants to someday make films or produce them. I believe he’s capable of doing anything!

  6. He has a weird addiction to saltine crackers. He truly would eat them with every meal if he could. That’s weird, right?!?

  7. He grew up in the small town of Odem, Texas which at the time was population 2,300, plus or minus.

  8. He has a pretty large case of OCD. Floors are never clean enough.

  9. He has worked since he was 12yrs old and has worked in electrical manufacturing for 20yrs. He’s one of the most hardworking men I know.

  10. He, like me, has no relationship with his biological father. He was raised by Pat, who he considers his Dad and his role model.

  11. He loves anything involving water. Especially paddle boarding and rowing.

  12. He once lived in California (my home state) and hated it.

  13. He can’t see a movie at the theatre without getting popcorn, NO BUTTER. If you wanna see his feathers ruffled, put butter on his popcorn, I dare ya!

Alrighty, well now you have a little “Insider” information about the man I love. Like I said there truly is so much more to him but that will have to wait for another time and another blog. Speaking of “insider” information and another blog about Jeff; Father’s day is also right around the corner. If you have signed up for my blog by clicking the FOLLOW button, located on the right hand side of your screen (you’re not yet following yet you say?!! ;( well do it NOW) you will get all of the deets behind a promotion I will be running. I have partnered with an awesome company just in time to help you out with your Father’s day! So follow me here on the blog now and stay tuned for my announcement here and my Instagram/ Instagram Story. The announcement will happen THIS week! and I’m so excited!

Until then…. I’d like to give you a little Monday laugh and more insight on this “Nacho Cheesy” love I have for Jeff. He makes me laugh every ding dang day even when he’s not my favorite person by doing things like this (Video below). I Love Love my funny man Flowers and hopefully he doesn’t leave me for sharing this 😉 ENJOY!

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Taste Of Mexico 2017- Recap

Feliz Cinco De Mayo!! Where’s my margarita?! 

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Margarita’s are a breakfast item too, right?! 🙂

How are you lovers doing this Friday? Was the Fourth strong with you? Ok Ok, I know, now I’m just being silly. Who knows maybe I really am drinking and typing right now….

To be honest I’m just excited to talk to y’all about our time attending this year’s Taste of Mexico 2017 put on by the amazing Mexic-Arte Museum and proceeds from this event go to supporting exhibitions and education programs. This means GREAT food for a GREAT cause. As you have already learned about me, I LOVE food! and who doesn’t love supporting educational programs?! On top of which I happen to be a very proud 2nd generation Mexican; this means this event has my name written all over it.

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Greeted by vibrant colors and salsa music by Dj uLovei, I already felt at home. With over 50 different restaurants, caterers, stores, and distillers there was a lot to do. Austin staples like Dai Due Taqueria and Matt’s El Rancho were represented alongside of great tequila and desserts. We took so many pictures that I haven’t the slightest idea where to start for you all. I’ve decided the best bet would be to create a slide show of the entrees and you can go at your own pace.

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Are you wishing you were there yet? Well, I’m not done there were a few of the entree items that I’d like to feature simply because they were standouts to me. Let’s start with a restaurant I hadn’t heard of (my bad) Llama’s Peruvian Cuisine. I was so very impressed and disappointed that I hadn’t heard of this awesome food truck and intend on checking them out asap. Llama’s provided Pork belly, sweet potato, hoisin, cilantro, pickled onions, served in a yummy steamed bun; along with Arroz Chaufa, Peruvian style fried rice with bell peppers, choclo, cilantro, soy with braised chicken and pork belly. Both of these dishes I’m told are newer to their menu and let me tell you they are DELISH!

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Casa Chapala also offered a couple of my favorites of the night. Quail Las Milpas (yup, yummy quail!) along with Milpas tomatillos, peppers, onions, fresh garlic, Casa Chapala seasoning blend, and elote blanco. I’m a little sad they’re a bit far north for this family as we’re south but we may need to have a little road trip for this delicious quail. I must also mention this booth was one of the most attentive and customer service oriented booths we had the pleasure to visit and if that’s a reflection of the service we’d received at the actual restaurant sign me up!

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This standout took me by surprise as it seemed “odd” to me (for lack of a better word) coming from Licha’s Cantina. Licha’s offered Gorditas De Carnitas, Chicharron masa gorditas (this element was what I found “odd” but it was sooooo good!), pork carnitas, salsa de tomatillo, frijoles negros, and queso fresco. The textures of this dish were executed so well, I wish you all could give it a try.

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For entrees my last standout comes from the “new-ish” restaurant El Burro, I have yet to make it to them for a visit, so I was excited to see them on the list of restaurants. They offered up a shrimp cocktail but El burro’s shrimp cocktail was anything but normal thanks to the inventive addition of Corn nuts! Shrimp cocktail with tomato juice, lime, cucumber, onion,cilantro, jalapeno, then topped with corn nuts and avocado espuma. This was a simple yet fun dish and it makes me super excited to give El Burro a try.

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Alrighty are you all still hangin with me here?! Are you hungry yet? because I’m STILL not done we still have desserts and booze to talk about…

My standout dessert came from Rocheli Patisserie not only for presentation but for pure nostalgia. I grew up as a lot Mexicans do eating conchas but I have never seen a concha cupcake! Let alone an amazingly well done Frida Kahlo cake. It was GORGEOUS! If you’re in the market for a beautifully done cake I would definitely consider her. Based on her card she doesn’t just make wedding cakes she also makes grooms cakes, engagement cookies, and so much more. Plus a heads up to any of you attendees that may have attended Taste Of Mexico 2017, tag her Frida cake in your Instagram for a chance to win a free cake of your own.

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Golly, now what do you think we washed all this food down with? If you said Tequila, you’d be right!! From Texas favorites like Dulce Vida Tequila to classics like Jose Cuervo, Herradura and Cazadores tequila there was plenty of tequila represented. There were also some “new to me” Tequilas and more I was more than happy to give a whirl. Amorada Tequila offered a watermelon margarita, Mezcal Real Minero offered delicious mezcals (I wish we could have tried them all) and Caffe Del Fuego, is not a tequila but a coffee liquor that absolutely rocked my socks! I wish I had a bottle next to me right now.

Speaking of things I wish I had right next to me, my absolute favorite adult beverage of the night went to GEM&BOLT Mezcal. Not only is the packaging SUPER RAD but the mezcal is no joke! Somebody get me a bottle stat!

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Just check out that bottle, it’s simple, different, and gorgeous…. at least to me 😉 They’re offered at several different restaurant and bars here in Austin and if you see them on a menu definitely give it a try. Smooth and elegant. You will not regret it.

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With all the food and booze, Jeff and I had a blast at The Taste Of Mexico and recommend you give this event a visit next year. Also go try out all of these very hardworking and deserving vendors and don’t forget tell them I sent you! 🙂

XOXOXO,
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What Everybody Ought To Know About Being A Step-Parent

Good Monday Morning, Good May 1st to you and Happy National Egg, Salsa, Strawberry, Hamburger, and Salad MONTH 🙂 This is #Truth Ha! Look it up! Don’t you just feel even more excited for this month now?!! Anyway, I dunno about you but, I for one have had an interesting weekend filled with ups and downs and still with the continual back pain. Yup, the back pain is still here but it’s getting better, slower than I’d like but, better nonetheless.

Today I would like to talk about a card I hold close to the chest, family. I haven’t always been very great at opening up to people let alone discussing my family, immediate, or otherwise but, when I began my blog I made a promise that I would open myself up to you even in things that make me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. So… here I am about to share some things I have some “issues” (ok, maybe more than some) with.

Being a Step-Parent is NOT easy! but the LOVE is worth it!

We ALL have pasts; past relationships, past loves, past mistakes. This past is a part of what makes us; a tapestry if you will, of our lives. Some people have a past that could be more of a “jagged pill” for people to swallow, but for others the past could also be a blessing.

I am the type of person that has always had a heart for kids, always. I mother most everything in my life, including my “friend family” to everybody’s annoyance.

Jeff and I met on a dating app you may have heard of, Bumble; I let you all know about this briefly in last week’s blog, “13 Random Facts About Me”. Before Jeff and I even met he was admirably open and honest about the fact that he’s a Father to a beautiful little girl. Then we found out that I happen to “know” his “baby momma”. I say “know” because she and I never had a friendship, she was more of an acquaintance, a situation of “friends of friends” or having mutual friends I suppose you could say. This ALL came out even BEFORE date #1!! Talk about an intense start, I mean come’on Bumble!! or is it a case of the “NOT so small world” hahaha!! Okay okay, all kidding aside, I’m extremely grateful for our intense beginning and wouldn’t change a thing.

She is my light and my moon.

Our Little Flower had me reading all up on parenting, step-parenting, blended families, and the works. I’m a bit of a “research” dork and I believe that knowledge is power but, no books or Google searches can prepare you for the heart tug of a child or the drama that a past relationship can bring to your current relationship. I really don’t want to be the whole “cliche” step-mom that doesn’t “like” the other biological parent but…. well, I’m also not one to mince words so here I go….

I respect that this past relationship of Jeff’s brought an amazing Little into this world, I respect the fact that she is the mother to this amazing Little, I can even respect that there was once love shared between her and Jeff. What I cannot and WILL not respect is a person that cheated and lied in their relationship with the father to their child and yet continues to meddle in his life and current relationship in ways that have nothing to do with their child or her life. I will not respect a person that is manipulative to people including their child, a person who demands child support to support her life not the life of her child, a person who tells her child that I am “not her family because she did not come out of my tummy” (yup, that happened) I started out wanting to give this person the benefit of the doubt. I wanted to be able to offer objective opinions during the moments that got heated but this “women” has helped to create an environment in which I feel under constant attack and I worry for the mental and emotional well being of our Little. I very much wish things were different. I wish that she would get her life together, learn some maturity, and just be a great mother, all while leaving “our family” alone. By the way, when I refer to “our family”, I mean, Jeff, our Little, and I. Her family, is hers and that includes our Little, and fortunately not us; we like it this way. Like I said, I wish things were different, I wish this person wasn’t the cliche “baby momma drama” but hey, we can’t always get what we want….maybe some day….

Now, let’s talk about why I’m so lucky to be a “Step” mom…

This beautiful young girl has absolutely stolen my heart. She is part of the reason for my daily smiles, laughs, and joy. She may not have “come from my tummy” (Ugh!! Still can’t believe that was said to a 4yr old!! 😦 ) but as far as I’m concerned she may as well have come from me, she is now a part of me, part of my heart. She is like the air I breathe. I LOVE her as my own. I will always love her as my own. Since we share custody, 50/50, my heart yearns and misses her when she’s not home with us. I miss the sound of her laugh, the infinite questions, and her eskimo kisses. I’m sure that any parent believes that their child or children are the most incredible gifts and I am no different. I feel as if there are people including currently in our lives that don’t respect my relationship as a “step” parent. People that may feel that because I am not her biological mother I shouldn’t have any say in parenting our child, that I shouldn’t hold the same amount of respect from her, or even that Jeff and I haven’t been together “long enough” in their eyes or standards. So let me ask you, I wake with our family every morning, I make breakfast, pack school lunches, get her ready for school, brush her hair, we take and pick up from school, help when her school needs help….wipe her tears when she’s sad, kiss her “boo boo’s” when she’s hurt, pray with her before every meal….I could keep going but… I think you get the picture… is this not parenting? are these not the actions of a “mother” or a “parent”?

My honest feelings are that as a biological parent you’re always a mother or a father there’s no real “choice”, you’re the shared DNA. As a step-parent you “choose” this or maybe it chooses you, and I feel that’s really the only major difference between the two. My Dad, who I still call daddy is not my biological father. I consider myself so very blessed that he chose my Mother and I, that he chose to take me in as his own, to love me, and raise me as his daughter. Jeff’s situation is similar, his Dad is not his biological father and yet his Dad loves, cares, and has raised Jeff to be such an amazing man. The tapestry that has made us the people we are today has also made us the parents we are. These men, who were not our biological fathers were blessings to us and our lives.

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Jeff and I try to instill respect, honesty, and love in our family and that means that we will always show respect to her biological mother in front of our daughter even when it pains me, even when she has disrespected me in ways I would never do to her, no matter how deserving (Ie; not sharing her name publicly) That said, I will also protect my family, I will be the “momma bear” whenever it’s called for.

At the beginning of this blog I said, Being a Step-Parent is NOT easy! but the LOVE is worth it! and man, oh man…. is the LOVE of a child so worth it!! I’m so very in love. It’s not easy. Matter of fact it’s damn right challenging but I know that I wouldn’t trade it for the world! She has changed me. She and Jeff have made me want to be a better person. I may not be this Little’s biological mother but I will love her as if she were of my womb. I will be here to help mold and teach her that she is loved, she is beautiful, and she is a daughter of The King. I will protect her until my dying breath for she IS my daughter.

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As you have probably already noticed (or maybe you haven’t) this is the longest blog I have yet to write, and hopefully this has helped you to get to know me a bit more. I hope that me sharing things that make me feel uncomfortable or vulnerable helps you in your life somehow. Please know that you’re welcome to message me if you’d like to talk, have questions, or even need prayer. I am here.

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XOXOXO

See you Lovers Wednesday!

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