12 Day Road-Tripping – Primizie Snacks & High Brew Coffee For The Win.

I’m baaack! haha! My family and I went on our first family road-trip “vacation”, travelling from Austin, Texas to New Mexico, Arizona, California, to Nevada, then back through Arizona and New Mexico, then home to Austin (with stops in between) all with our 5-year-old in tow. Talk about a challenge!

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First let me say it’s been my experience that road-trips in general can be exhausting dependent on how far and where you’re going. Our daughter did surprisingly amazing! I mean, she’s 5, so of course there were hiccups along the way, and funny enough those hiccups actually happened mostly when we weren’t driving, go figure. We were lucky enough to pack our cooler with some awesome road trip essentials (wedged behind my front passenger and the back seat) for us all to partake in. We were armed with Primizie Crisp Breads, Grandma’s HumusHigh Brew Coffee, Austonian Whiskey (for us adults, der, NO drinking and driving was involved), Goldfish, and some homemade sandwiches, and fresh fruit. It’s my job to help keep us all happy and our Little has grown a small obsession with Primizie Crisp breads so much so she wouldn’t put them down when we tried to take a picture. Which means we always have to have them on hand, they’re the BEST from everywhere and anywhere! say’s our Little.

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Yes, we’re ALL in ponchos. Don’t judge! We’re Texans in 62 degree weather here 😉 hahaha!

Her favorite’s are the Gouda and Garlic, Simply salted, and a surprise for a kid the new Broccoli Kale, shhhh she has no idea she’s getting her veggies in this snack as well 😉

As a parent you want to make sure your kids aren’t eating “bad for you” foods and I have no worries when it comes to Primizie snacks. Primizie snacks are made with all natural products, non GMO, and they’re even certified Gluten free. These snacks are great for the whole family (when our Little wants to share), perfect amount of crisp and hold up to all kinds of dips and cheeses. My favorite pairing is Primizie’s Italian Herb with Grandma’s Humus, and an awesome addition to any road-trip, picnic, or late night craving. They even have something for your sweet tooth in the Dolce Caramel, think the flavor of a churro but better and more “classy” ha! If you’re here in Texas you can grab your Primizie snacks in any deli section of HEB, Randall’s, or Central Market. For any of you Lovers outside of Texas you can purchase straight from the website or click on my Amazon link here: Primizie Snacks on Amazon

On our road-trip we made a stop to see my family in California for a few days. We made sure to hit up our family cabin in the Sequoia National Forest, along with some “MUSTS” for me, C.A.L.M (California Animal Living Museum), Murray Family Farms, Morro Bay, and even Santa Barbara.

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I didn’t realize until we got to my parents how much I missed certain foods that remind me of good times in Bakersfield. If you’re ever in Bakersfield, California here’s a few places you should most definitely check out:

  • Rosemary’s Family Creamery: for some of the best house-made Ice-cream I’ve ever had in an old school Parlor setting. My favorite is the Terry’s Jersey Jr (The regular size is too big for me) made with mountains of fluffy billowed chocolate whip intermingled with their amazing vanilla. Simplicity at it’s finest.
  • Pyrenee’s Cafe: Awesome traditional style Basque food. It’s all great here and if you’ve never had Basque food you’re missing out.The sandwiches are also killer. I love the Hot Pastrami 😉 just look at its beauty!

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  • Mossman’s West Chester Coffee Shop, located inside West Chester Bowling Alley: The fish and chips here have been my favorite since I was a little girl. The portions are pretty big, the “chips” are tasty, and the tartar sauce is so good! My parents used to order take out and bring home for dinner as a treat.
  • Murray Family Farms: For amazing fresh produce! Plus you can also go pick your own fruit along with tons of activities for kids including a little zoo.
  • Smith’s Bakery: My favorite smiley face cookies and Champagne cake cupcakes that have ever existed and they almost ruined the whole trip for me. When we showed up they were out of BOTH. I was so upset I almost cried right there. No joke, I’m a 38-year-old woman who was almost brought to tears by this. So disappointing. That won’t stop me from saying you should make a trip to see them because you’ll never have cookies or champagne cake as great as these. Darn you for being out and crushing my dreams of happiness!! 😉

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Now last but not least if you ever find yourself on a road-trip of this magnitude you WILL need to keep that energy up! I would not have been able to survive our trip without Primizie snacks to snack on but we also needed that caffeine from my High Brew Coffee stash!

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I find High Brew coffee to be the most convenient for me to travel with. Not only are they cold brew coffee’s (double the caffeine) but they come in the perfect 8 ounce portable cans that not only fit in any cooler but they’re perfect in my purse when I’m on the go. I LOVE the Mexican Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Mocha…. O.k, I’m not gonna lie I love them all. Discovery alert: while we were at the beach we also discovered how amazing my favorite whiskey, Austonian Whiskey pairs with High Brew Mexican Vanilla, SCORE! and it’s even more amazing warmed up, DOUBLE SCORE! The perfect pairing.

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Now in order not to take up too much more of your time, I’m gonna cut this short and end with a couple of slide shows of our stops along the way including the Hoover Dam and the magnificent Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been to these places, GO. They are breathtakingly beautiful and no pictures will ever do them justice. Also, We saw between 10-15 rainbows (not all photographed) including double rainbows, along the way at totally different times. Gorgeous.

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If you try out any of these products please share with me what you think. I’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions please be sure to reach out in the comments.

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!

Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of the products listed in this blog IE; Primizie, High Brew Coffee, and Austonian Whiskey. The opinions stated are my own and because I truly enjoy my experience with these products. I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided but you are not charged any additional from this. So please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 


Are You Letting Your Past Baggage Impact Your Present? It’s Time To Let GO

Hello Lovers, It’s a new week and I hope you’re off to a great start. Today I’m going to dive right in to things. Are you letting your past baggage impact your present? To me, this question is almost like opening an imaginary can of worms, ewwh. What do I mean by past? Well, everyone has hurts, right? Whether that be from a past relationship; cheating wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend. Sometimes those hurts are from past friendships; The experiences where you thought this person was going to be in your life forever, your “ride or die” then life happens and they’re no longer there, that can hurt. Maybe you have suffered from terrible abuses or health issues/scares. Or it could even be a past job that didn’t work out the way you wanted. Everyone carries hurt. EVERYONE.

I promise, it’s easy to feel like you’re alone in your hurt that nobody else could possibly understand the hurt you have, but in my opinion, feeling this way is only partially true and can ultimately trap you in a “woe-is-me” mentality . What do I mean by that? It’s true every situation is different, everyone’s circumstances are different, because of this, it’s nearly impossible for us all to have the exact same hurts, feelings, and or brokenness but what remains the same for us all (again, my opinion) is that we ALL hurt. We all have past’ and we all also have a CHOICE in how we proceed. Choose to “Grow through what you go through”

People make decisions that hurt people and don’t take the time to realize how that hurt impacts others lives around them. It’s not the most fun part of life but nonetheless it’s a very real part of life. Another part of life is that hurt could be caused by people or a person that doesn’t even seem to care that they hurt you or others. Then we have the self-created hurts created from self-doubt and the comparison game I touched on last week; What did I do to them to deserve this?, Why me?, I was good to them?, what did I do wrong?, Am I not good enough, pretty enough, handsome enough, skinny enough, sexy enough? etc.

My point here is, whether it’s a romantic relationship that made a turn for the worse or a platonic friendship between you and a person with whom you have a ton of history, toxic people in your life deserve to be expeditiously escorted OUT of your life. You may never get the answers to your infinite array of “why” questions, you may never get the apology you feel you deserve…..you know what?, that’s O.K!!

I know it’s not easy but in the words of the GREAT Madea aka. Tyler Perry “ain’t nobody said it was gon’ be easy but it’ll get easier when you learn to love yourself” Watch and listen to these amazing videos and please let this Madea wisdom wash over you.

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I bring all of these things to the table because of my own hurt I’ve had, my own past experiences. Because of my own past and hurts I haven’t always been the best person to be in a relationship of any kind with. I was the person hurting people and not realizing it. You have to make the choice to move past the hurt. Take responsibility. Let people go from your life. Don’t let those people win when they didn’t care enough about you to begin with. I’ve made that choice in my life and I’m a better person for it. It didn’t happen over night, it took time, I still have to make the choice over and over again….daily. I choose to LOVE without being tied to my baggage. I also know that it truly doesn’t matter what I, your friends, parents, pastor, tell you, you have to make the choice yourself. Choose to save yourself, your current, and future relationships by loving and healing yourself. I hope that this helps you to make that choice too if not now, someday soon.

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Last, but not least I would love to gift all you Lovers with 10% off of an order from www.allenbooth.com. Just use code:  loveall11 It’s just a little treat from me to you! Let me tell you, I love all of their kitchen products especially the cutting boards! They’re GORG! Plus enter for a chance to win a $250 dollar shopping spree by entering on this link: http://bit.ly/2toVGBh

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Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!

Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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5 Things I’ve Learned In 37 Years

Hello my dear Lovers! How are y’all doing? As for me, I’ve been having a stretch of contemplative days. A few days ago I celebrated my 38th birthday, so go figure that I’ve been evaluating/thinking on my life and choices. Could I be more basic?! 😉 haha! I guess I’d like to think that we all go through this on our birthdays.

Anyway, let’s do a little talking about the things we learn in our lives as we get older. For me the last handful of years have been, what I would say, the most fruitful thus far.

It’s been filled with up and downs, challenges, and successes, just as I would imagine yours has been too. In my 37 years I have learned a lot! but for time and attention sake here are 5 of the most important things I’ve learned:

  1. I’m a daughter of The King: My relationship with God is THE most important relationship I have. If God can close the mouth of lions for Daniel, part the Red Seas for Moses, make the sun stand still for Joshua, open the prison for Peter, put a baby in the arms of Sarah, and raise Lazarus from the dead, THEN He can certainly take care of YOU! NOTHING you’re facing today or any day is too hard for him to handle.
  2. The comparison game hurts: I doesn’t matter what walk of life we’re talking about; if you are a blogger like me, a parent, or even a college student … anxiety and comparison are real! Living in this day and age of social media, everyone’s lives seem so perfectly filtered. We don’t see the hurt, struggles, and brokenness on the other side of the lens. Truthfully, I deal with this daily. Sometimes I can allow myself to get lost walking down that very dark comparison road, it quickly turns into a never-ending black hole that’s incredibly hard to pull myself out of. Am I where God wants me? Am I doing what God wants me to be doing? Am I a good wife, step-mom, friend, person? Am I any good at this blogging? does what I’m doing matter? am I pretty enough? skinny enough?… the list goes on….. Turning off the noise in your own head and staying on track in any walk of life is difficult — but well worth the effort and it will most definitely result in strength. Comparison is a daily struggle – something to recognize and be aware of, and something that will only bring you down, not lift you up! When you feel yourself walking down that road turn the other way! Pray it out, talk it out, put the phone down, shut off the computer and give yourself some air! I promise you’ll see better when the smoke clears.
  3. Not ALL friendships/relationships are meant to last: You can spend years putting time, energy, and love into people and I promise you, they WILL disappoint you. It’s human nature, none of us are perfect. The number one thing that set’s us all up for disappointment and failure is putting our expectations on others. I’ve learned (finally, I have a hard head) that God doesn’t make mistakes. People are placed in our lives to teach us, grow us, and stretch us. Some friendships/relationships are meant for us only for a short period of time and others longer. Sometimes you get to a point in a relationship that you recognize the unhealthiness of it, that’s when you must have the courage and self-respect to walk away. Continuing to put energy into something or someone who is unhealthy and bringing negativity into your life isn’t good for any one not to mention a poison in your life.
  4. Adulting is HARD: Some “adults” refuse to grow up. They remain in high-school, some even in elementary; let’s ALL get out of the sand box people! Manipulation, lies, rumors, and just plain ol’ meanness is UNACCEPTABLE behavior for anyone but especially adults! Have you heard the saying “Hurt people hurt people”? So let’s deal with our hurt, let ourselves heal , and STOP the negative BS!!
  5. It REALLY is the little things: The “I love you’s” when leaving each other (even when running a quick errand), when your child does ANYTHING funny, loving, smart, or sincere 🙂 , the texts to say “I’m thinking of you”, holding hands with your person, holding hands with your child, the smell of grass after it rains, warm sand between your toes, dog kisses, growing something/anything yourself, dancing in the rain, road trips, beach trips, a great cheese, moist chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, a good bottle of wine, a good whiskey…..With age you realize the little things aren’t so little.

So my wish this year is for the strength to live with grace, love, and compassion! Cheers to another year of learning, growing, and being stretched!

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Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!

Until next time Lovers!

XOXOXO

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I’m Baaaack….A Re-Cap

Helloooooo my dear dear lovers! Oh how I have missed you all! Have you missed me?! Or maybe I’m alone on this island 😉 either way, I want you all know how grateful I am that each and every one of you exist. I also hope y’all had an amazing 4th of July long weekend packed with fun and fireworks to celebrate the birth of these amazing United States of America.

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The past couple of weeks there’s been so much going on in life and I’m sure I’m no different from you and what you have going on. Let’s be honest, adulting is hard. Anyway, I’m not sure if any of you have noticed but, I’ve been off the blogosphere and mostly off social media for the last few weeks; this bit of  “radio silence” has some to do with a busy life, the rest is due to me being “Shadow-Banned” (if you don’t know what that means, you’re not the only one, click on the link for more info) being “Shadow-Banned” can essentially be a “death sentence” for someone like me, a full-time blogger and Instagrammer. I’ve lost followers and majorly dropped in my engagement and even lost potential partnership opportunities, all in all, it SUCKS! All that to say, I have a favor…if you’re a follower on ANY of my platforms, PLEASE, LIKE AND COMMENT and this will help me so much in recovering from this, not to mention I would forever be grateful <3

Now let’s move on from the BS of the “Shadow-Ban” and on to a fun family 4th of July re-cap. We spent last weekend celebrating with family in the small town of Pipe Creek right outside of Bandera, Texas. Let me tell ya, this family pulled out all the stops. From our beautiful American flag decorated everywhere, great BBQ, over $1k in fireworks, and a great lake view, we didn’t want for anything.

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Let’s back up a little and repeat…. OVER 1 thousand DOLLARS of fireworks y’all!!! I have NEVER seen so many ding dang fireworks with “normal” (I say that loosely) civilians ever 😉 and we even had “Baby Chuck Norris” aka Cousin Caden putting on the show for us, hahahaha!

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We also had to figure out how to get all these fireworks onto a rock island without getting ruined by potentially falling into the lake. And how, you might ask did we achieve this?! with 6 slow trips back and forth on a water trampoline!! Der!

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YUP, that really happened. All that “work” truly did pay off. The guys put on a good show.

This family is filled with characters that would entertain the masses in a sitcom any day and I say that with such a smile on my heart, I wish each and every one of y’all were able to get to experience just one afternoon with them. I mean, just check out one of the sweetest little lambs I’ve ever seen below, plus family, and some obligatory firework pictures.

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For those of y’all who have taken the time to read through this re-cap, again, THANK YOU for your support!! I appreciate you more than you know. Also, HAPPY FRIGGIN FRIDAY!!

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In the next few blog posts to come I have sooooo much to share, new partnerships, new deals for you and yours, and lots of new things to try. I’m so excited! Make sure you stay tuned and help me to spread the news. Follow, Like, Comment, and Share!

Now go! Be free! Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers,

XOXOXO

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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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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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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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June and I

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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13 Random Facts About Me

Good Monday to you fellow lovers! I hope that your Monday has treated you well so far. I’m still dealing with the back pain issues and being a huge turd blossom pain through all of it. Yup, I said turd blossom, what of it?! 🙂 I will say I am a lucky girl to have such a great teammate in Jeff, he’s been taking on the garden and chicken duties like a champ! Thanks Love! You rock my socks!

Anyway, over the last few weeks my following has increased and I figured now would be as good a time as any to drop some random facts about me, like a whole get to know me sesh. Maybe you’re just tuning in and haven’t even read my “About” page, maybe you’d just like to know more about this person who hopefully (If you’re subscribed, if not… DO IT NOW!) you get emails from, or hey, maybe you don’t even care and I’m writing to the crickets right now (probably the most factual of the three)

So let’s get started…. This is me! I’m Nicole aka Love Of All Of The Things, pleased to “meet” you….

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  1. I was born on a Friday the 13th in July (which is why, you guessed it 13 facts!)

  2. The year I was born “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer was the #1 hit in the USA (for some reason my Grandma found that hilarious)

  3. I LOVE to laugh but I’m utterly embarrassed of my laugh. I have a gross “pig-like” snort.

  4. I LOVE to sing everything and it bugs the poo out of Jeff.

  5. Speaking of poo, I try not to cuss and sometimes I fail. This means I say things like, poo, jimminy, golly, ohmylanta, geesum…etc.

  6. I could eat eggs, pizza, fried chicken, tacos, and Jello “Snack packs” anytime! I love em! You know what I just love food! So there’s that.

  7. I’ve lived in 10 different cities (3 of which where not in the US) and travelled to over 10 different countries.

  8. I have an annoying allergy to Capsaicin, which means no chile spicy for this girl.

  9. I met my love Jeff on Bumble, Yup…the dating app!!

  10. I’m Mexican! a lot of people tend to think I’m something else. Maybe because I can’t eat spicy food? 

  11. I can’t stand being cold. I would rather be so hot my skin burns off.

  12. I fully believe that our happiness in life can only come from our Father God.

  13. Thanks to a LOT of betrayal, hurt, distrust, and suffering, I am more solidified and happy with who I am now than EVER before! Praise Jesus!

Wait, that’s it you say…. you want more?! hahahaha!

Favorite Movie: The Usual Suspects, Reservoir Dogs, Son of God, Breakfast at Tiffany’s ( I can’t just choose 1, I have sooo many) I love movies.

Favorite Music: Born and raised on country, The “REAL” country y’all not the “Pop-y” poo out now. That said I just LOVE music! not the techno rave stuff kids listen to nowadays, that’s not music! That stuff’s for the birds!!

and Hot tea over coffee!

Now that I feel like we just had our first date 🙂 I’d love to know more about YOU! Feel free to comment below.

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XOXOXO

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