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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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.

If you have enjoyed this post please give me a follow here on my site and you will be updated any time I post anything or run a promo. Also check me out in the other social media areas linked all over my page 🙂

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XOXOXO

See you Lovers Wednesday!

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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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How Do You Walk Through The Fear?

Helloooo my friends! It’s a new week and another Monday, no matter how hard we try we just can’t shake the Monday’s 😦 but hopefully you had an amazing Easter weekend and it will get you through today.

Starting out today I want to say a BIG GIANT THANK YOU! to all of you who have read, followed, shared, and/or liked my blog, Instagram, Facebook page, or Twitter. You ALL rock my socks!!

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My blog adventure started about 2ish months ago and has been absolutely scary every single ding dang day since. You see, I’m putting ALL that I am into this and hoping to become not only successful at this but to provide words that will be relevant and of interest to you, to bring healing and love not only to myself but hopefully to others.

Over the years many people in my life have “gently” and “not so gently” nudged me to start a blog and even though it sparked something in me, I guess you could say I was too afraid. At times in my life I have been paralyzed by fear. Afraid of judgement, failure, and most of all disappointing anyone I love. If you read last Friday’s blog, you know Easter marked four years since I was baptized, which means four years since my life “started a new”. My walk with Christ has brought me to a new and different way of thinking but…my old self and the negative talk still creeps in every once in a while, I am human after all. Similar to the Pharisees of Jesus’s time maybe I fear that I won’t be welcomed or liked by others so I build up my walls, I fear change, and I keep my dreams and desires to myself as to not get hurt. I know that in my love for God I must place my fears, my anxious heart, my doubts on him and trust in his love for me to see me through everything. I have to “be willing to face the reality of my own limited perspectives and trust that Jesus is enough to… break down the hurtful walls I/we’ve accidentally constructed…” (quoted from “Nothing To Prove” by Jennie Allen; The Founder of the IF Gathering) I have to walk through the fear knowing that God’s plan for me is bigger and brighter than in my humanness I could ever imagine. So for me it is a choice, a daily choice to walk through the fear, through the self-doubt, and trust in God. I know my identity is only found in Him. Like I said, some days are harder than others but my faith, prayer, and being surrounded by people who love not only me but God, keep me balanced.

I would like to encourage each and every one of you to take a risk, do what brings your life joy. You are never as broken as you think that you are. Those hurts and scars can also bring with them wisdom and grace. People will criticize who they think you are, they may place their judgements and opinions on you and that’s ok, forgive them for they are only human just like you, then remember your truth and that is where you will find your strength.

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Though I am scared, I am here. I make myself vulnerable and open to you. I will continue to walk through this fear. So again I say to you, THANK YOU. I thank each and every one of you and though I may not know each of you individually you are ALL a part of this adventure with me and I’m excited for what’s to come. If there’s anything that I can do to make this blog a better experience for you please feel free to drop me an email or a comment, I’d love to hear from you. If you’re in need of prayer please do the same as I would love to pray for you and I am here.

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XOXOXO


He Is Risen!

Happy Good Friday to you!! Hopefully this week didn’t bruise or scrape you up too much. I’m taking a little break from the norm of posting a recipe this week  in honor of and to celebrate our LIVING God! Since I don’t post Sunday’s (I try to practice a Sabbath on Sunday’s) I need your help, ok? Today we’re going to pretend this is Easter Sunday 🙂 Do you think we can do that together?! GREAT!

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And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24: 2-7 ESV)

HE IS RISEN! Easter is here and our Savior has conquered the grave. Jesus got out of the tomb.

This Easter, four years ago I was baptized at my church and I now often refer to Easter as “My Birthday”. I found that though I was raised as a Catholic and baptized as an infant, I never really knew God, I didn’t have a relationship with him, and didn’t choose to be baptized. As with most people, as life happens, hurt happens. My hurts were BAD (see my first blog post), left deep wounds and a trail of brokenness. This brokenness had me feeling alone, not good enough, worthless, and in the dark. Through this hurt I felt a yearning in my heart for “something”, I now know that yearning was my heart pulling for and towards the love of our Father God, Christ Jesus. I am a daughter of The King! I am now alive! He IS alive, He IS risen! Let us celebrate this!

This simple fact has huge effects on our lives today. That is why we say the words over and over—“He is risen!”

This day is meant for celebrating Jesus, the One Who conquered the grave, and not just today, but every day. Jesus’s triumph over sin and death has daily implications. Without it our entire faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 24:17).

It’s a blast toting around pretty Easter baskets, eating chocolate bunnies and eggs, and having Easter egg hunts, I promise you I like it all! I love thinking about the fun we’re going to have this weekend preparing Easter eggs for our hunt with our Little and how much I loved making her basket but…..

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Let us not forget what Easter is truly about! Let us not forget Jesus’s rising to everlasting life secured our freedom from sin. God loves us so much that he sent down his only son to live as we live, to be tempted as we are tempted, to hurt as we hurt. Though he lived his life sinless he felt every sin and every hurt up to his death to GIVE US LIFE! to bring us from darkness into light. Four years ago this Easter I CHOSE LIFE, I CHOSE GOD. I CHOSE to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I celebrate and remember the sacrifice God made for us his children.

This weekend, Easter Sunday, as we remember our Savior’s triumph over sin and death, let us celebrate this truth:

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 ESV)

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HE IS RISEN!

Happy Easter to you and yours!

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XOXOXO

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What Two Weeks Of Work Got Us

Good Monday to you all! Hopefully this Monday hasn’t beat you up too badly and you’re off to a great week. Have any of you noticed that there have become more and more National holiday’s? For example this past weekend was “National Unicorn day” “National Beer day” and “National empanada day” I mean come’on! There’s a day for everything! and on that note, Happy National farm animals day!!

This helps me to segway into the last two weeks ,Jeff and I have been working our butts off “renovating” our backyard into more of the outdoor living space and I would even say we have a great start to our very own little “Urban Farm” and it all started with a hammock. A couple of months ago we had a couple of warmer days and all I wanted was to hang my hammock , lay in it, and read. Well there’s wasn’t really a place for me to hang it. Jeff said he would be able to put a post up with cement and a wood post and “whala!” my hammock was up! but no, we didn’t stop there….

We were now on a hunt for patio furniture. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money so we checked out Amazon but found our luck at Walmart, with the Better Homes and Garden collection for what the set offers it’s very reasonably priced at $596.00 and just what we were looking for. This same patio set is over $800 on Amazon and other sites and we’re very happy with our choice.

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I believe the hammock must have lit a fire of inspiration for the rest of what I’m about to share leading up to where we sit today, National farm animals day.

We had some old wood pallets in our backyard and I’m not sure where they came from but armed with my “muscle” aka Jeff  we turned the pallets into planters. These planters turned out awesome! We now have them filled with strawberries, mint, sage, Texas sweet onions, cilantro, 4 types of chile and tomatoes.

But no, we’re not done yet… from there we re-purposed two old “Billy Bookcases” from Ikea by flipping them on their backs, adding some particle board with holes to make a bottom that would allow water drainage and lastly added wheels to make for easier movement. The bookcases now house corn, green beans, carrots, okra, lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, radish, summer squash, and more tomatoes.

After a week of being planted we’re already seeing growth from almost every seedling.

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From here we added some beautiful black mulch, white rock, and some stepping-stones from Lowe’s and lastly a patio shade sail to tie it all together. I know we’re not designing professionals or people from HGTV but I’d say we did a pretty awesome job, what do you think?

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But wait…. We’re still NOT done yet…. We decided this wasn’t enough so we got CHICKENS!! That’s right we got chickens y’all. This particular part of the adventure started out with the fact that I have a slight obsession with eggs aaand our “little” has a school project due which she has to present to her class how she’s created a shelter for an animal or animals and the steps along with it. I think we may have knocked this project out of the park.

We’re so excited that our family has grown and for what’s to come. I’m going to be honest though I’m mostly excited about our bounty 🙂 all the veggies and eggs we’re about to come on is just making my heart smile. So everyone, I would like you all to meet Rosie, Bella, Joplin, Goldie Hawn, and America.

Our first egg!

After 2 weeks of hard work I believe our work is done here. We now have our little oasis and have already started our fun times.

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Grilled burger topped with bacon wrapped asparagus, cheddar, with tomatoes and serrano from our garden and a side of mustard potato salad

Now that our Monday is coming to an end, kick those feet up, have a glass of wine and relax. Happy Farm Animal Day!

XOXOXO

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See y’all Wednesday!


What Happens AFTER The Cheating?

I have a little (well maybe not so little) story to tell….

A few years ago, geesh to be honest it almost feels like a lifetime ago, I myself was in an entirely different relationship and met another couple from that relationship. At the time this couple had recently moved to Austin, TX. (BEST city EVER but DON’T move her!! 😉 ) and we all became friends. A bit after they had moved here I was asked to help assist in their wedding process this sparked more of a friendship with the Bride-to-be. At the time I had no idea that she would end up becoming family.

Fast forward to not so long after the “I do’s”….

We all know the story; lies, immaturity, omission, and cheating. This leaves behind almost an inevitable path of tears, brokenness, and insecurities that lead to questions like “Why me?!” “What did I do or not do?!” “Did he/she ever really love me?!” the looming self-doubt that can at times be debilitating. This is a story that has happened not only to me but I’m positive to many of you.

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I wanted to share a bit of this story with you all because what can be the worst part of cheating (in my humble opinion) is what happens AFTER but there’s so much more to it than that…. There can be greatness as well.

After love’s rose colored glasses come off, after the curtains have been slashed open, after the pieces have been shattered, after the cheating it sadly all tends to fall on the person who was actually cheated on while the cheater runs off with the mistress (who also cheated on her marriage by the way) and they think they’re too cool for school because the people they surround themselves with cater to that. They cater to the self-righteous, narcissistic, “I’ve done no wrong” point of view. For them maybe there’s no repercussions, maybe there is, but that’s a whole other conversation 🙂

Don’t get this story wrong by it’s “sad” beginning. This is a story of strength, resilience, and hope. Even through ALL the mess, ALL of the lies (the stinky gift that keeps giving), ALL the hurt; my friend not only survived but is becoming even more beautiful and stronger in herself with each passing day. I want to celebrate her STRENGTH! Her ability to rise above this richard and all his poo and stand tall. Yes, there are days that are harder than others but there’s also really really great days too. There’s HOPE. There’s a beauty I see in her healing. Each day that passes she finds and/or even creates a new piece to herself, a piece that is ALL her. She was so excited to even say “you know what?! I like, no (pause for dramatic effect) I LOVE scrambled eggs!! I could eat scrambled eggs ALL day. Just bring me ALL the scrambled eggs!!” as we both laugh, “You know, he (who shall not be named, ha! see what I did there…) doesn’t get this about me. He thinks I like over medium eggs” This may seem silly to you if you’ve never experienced this but let me tell you, it’s not! It’s a real raw truth.

She is even finding a wisdom in this hurt. She just recently posted this (See below) on her Facebook.

One of the biggest mistakes we make at the beginning of relationships is that we present ourselves in a way that we think the other person will desire most. We take a stab at what it is we think they want in us or from us. We lie about things, and hide others. We exaggerate and minimize. We change. And we immediately start sharing the message that we don’t believe that we are enough as we are.
So here’s the thing. We convince others that we are someone we are not. And the people who like this adulterated version of us at some point start to realize that who we said we are is not actually who we are.
But here’s the real zinger.
The painful truth is that we convince the beautiful souls who are all about the real us…the unmasked version of us…that we are a person who they’re not actually interested in. When we walk away from our true selves we’re actually waking away from the people in this world who are looking for us. Does that make sense?! I know this is scary as alllll hell, but I’m going to challenge you. Try it. Take the mask off for an hour– or a day — or a week. Whatever you’ve got. But when a person asks you if you like something, or if you’re into this or that….just be honest. Just to give the real answer. Try sharing something you would normally hide. Give it a shot. Sure, some people may call it a day right then and there, but others won’t. And you know what?!? Living in your truth is SO worth it.

Tell me that’s not some amazing wisdom and strength right there??!! I mean seriously, tell me that and I may need to kick you and that negativity in the tush 😉 “ain’t nobody got time fa dat” 

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So THIS is what happens when you begin to find yourself. THIS is what happens when you find your own path. THIS is what happens when you pick yourself up, brush the dirt off, pick your chin up and show the world you’re better than what’s been done to you.

Thank you friend for the opportunity to see you grow. You’re an inspiration. You’re a true testament of strength. I love you more than you know and I look forward to our years to come. Happy early birthday my little Unicorn.

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To the rest of you’s….

NEVER let someone take or compromise your happiness. You’re beautiful. You’re strong. Happy Monday! You’ve got this!

XOXOXO

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