Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What We Wear: Ryan + Reese

What We Wear: Ryan + Reese

Hi ladies, a friend of mine just opened up a brand new online boutique called Ryan + Reese and they have great hip, on trend, adorable clothing & accessories! Ryan + Reese has a ton of fun bohemian chic, hippy, free-spirited flirty outfit options.. which we all know is right up my alley. They sent me a couple items and i couldnt wait to put on these fun leather shorts with adorable detailed scalloped edges! You MUST get your hands on some of these. They are a high to mid waisted short, super comfortable, but really sexy and effortlessly dress up your outfit. I can't wait to wear these on a date night with my man and stack on some statement necklaces and maybe a fun lip stain.  You can pair these shorts with a tank, a chunky sweater, or even a rocker T like this Beatles Tshirt I paired mine with. I threw on a mint colored belt and necklace for a splash of subtle color.  These will definitely be a pair of shorts i wear on repeat throughout the summer.  Check out what else Ryan + Reese has in their shop & follow along on instagram, link(s) at the bottom of this post. 

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Get The Look:
Leather shorts c/o Ryan + Reese
Beatles Tshirt (Similar below)
Ankle boots (Similar below)
Mint Skinny Belt Forever 21 (Similar below)
Mint Beaded Necklace Daisy Shop (Similar below)
Black Messenger Bag H&M (Similar below)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

What I've Been Eating Lately: Quick Healthy Meals Recipes/Ideas

What I've Been Eating Lately: Quick Healthy Meals & Recipes/Ideas

Hey all, I have been stacking up some food pics for you ladies. I try to throw in some new ideas and mix it up throughout the week as well as have some quick healthy meal options for those nights when im exhausted, just put the baby down, and want to get something nutritious in my tummy ASAP without much work involved. If there is ever anything you ladies cook up that you'd like to share i would love to know! Please share below in the comment section your favorite easy healthy meals or even places that make premade preservative free meals or have easy meal prep ideas!

Dinner- Sweet Potato Burger with Organic Grass Fed Beef:
Instructions for Sweet Potatoe Bun: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice sweet potatos into 1/4-1/2 inch and lay flat onto a baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes and then turn over and cook another 15 minutes. 

The next time I make a sweet potato bun im going to make one that sticks together so you can pick the bun up instead of eating the burger with a fork.  Heres the recipe for that:
You'll need: 1 large sweet potato (about 3 cups, shredded), 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon cumin, 2-4 tablespoons coconut oil

Shred the sweet potato using either the shredding blade of a food processor or box grater. Stir into a bowl with the eggs and cumin. Over medium heat place 1/4 cup sweet potato into a ball (flatten into a patty) onto a skillet with 2 tbspn of coconut oil or EVOO. Once the bottom browns and holds together, flip it over and cook the other side.
(makes 8 patties)

Grill up a regular patty and layer on top with whatever toppings and sauces you're into. We put bell peppers, cheddar cheese, lettuce, mustard and ketchup with avocado on ours.

I put a side of backed zuchini fries (Trader Joe's premade/frozen) and a delish mango tangerine slaw. ((below))

I used TJ's salad medly of kale, brussle sprouts, and cabbage mixed it together with a dollop of greek yogurt, and chopped mango and tangerines with tangerine juice squeezed on top. Mix together for a sweet tangy light salad.

Dinner- Grilled Chicken, Potatoes with Sauteed Vegetables:

Instructions: Grill chicken tenders or breasts in EVOO until almost done. Add Trader Joe's Garlic Sauce on top and cook until no longer pink inside.  Grill onion in EVOO with chicken until translucent.

Heat oven to 375 and put tiny potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with EVOO, spribkle salt and pepper to taste, and fresh rosemary. Bake for 20 minutes.

Sautee red, green & yellow sliced bell peppers in EVOO.  If you want to be really quck you can buy TJs frozen pre-sliced pepper medly.

Luch- Italian Chicken Salad: 

Grill chicken on a skilet with some EVOO, lemon, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Slice up some romaine lettuce, tomato, and onion. Top with light Mozerella cheese and your favorite Italian salad dressing. 

Dinner- Spicy Ground Turkey Taco Salad: 

Romaine lettuce, cabage, chopped tomato and onion, chopped cilantro, top with chedder cheese. Cook 1 lb ground turkey in a skillet on medium head in 1-2 tbspn EVOO. Add 1 tbspn Chili powder, 1-2 garlic cloves, salt and pepper to taste, cajun spice, & cayenne pepper to taste. Add crushed chipped and avocado on top. I used Trader's Flaxseed Tortilla chips.  Add a side of light sour cream or greek yogurt to be healthier.

Dinner- Lemon Garlic Chicken over Parmesan Rice with Grilled Asparagus & Greek Salad:

Cook chicken tenders or breast in EVOO, squeeze half a lemon to flavor chicken, use TJ's garlic sauce (enough to cover the top layer of chicken).  Grill asparus on George Forman or a BBQ with a little bit of EVOO and sprinkle on steak seasoning.  

Pour the chicken sauce and chicken tenders on top of a bed of cooked brown rice (sprinkle rice with parmesan beforehand if you'd like).  

Chop up some romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, cabbage, and throw together with green or black olives, feta cheese and some sliced cucumber. Top with your favorite greek salad dressing.

Lunch- Trader's Butternut Squash premade Salad with pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, spinach and romaine lettuce, pomegranate seeds, and a light vinegarette dressing. Delish! I didn't make this but their salads are worth sharing..they're so easy and i eat them all of the time for lunch with a side of some type of carb or protein.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What We Wear: Stela 9

What We Wear: Stela 9

Okay, lets just chat about how great these bags are for just a second! Stela 9 sent me these two wanderlust handbags from their new Spring 2014 line and I fell in love i n s t a n t l y. I cannot wait to take these to the beach with us this summer! These bags bring so much color to any outfit, they're so fun and have that bohoemian vibe going (which is probably my favorite look right now), and they are great for stuffing full of magazines, sun glasses, sunscreen, a good read, you know,  all the essentials..and if you are a mama like me, well they can even pass for a great fashionable diaper bag! Im all for the "in desguise diaper bag".  I ADORE the little details on these bags, like those little dangling fun colorful pom-poms, two-toned tapestries, and the option to wear the weekender bag slung across your body or carry it on your shoulder or forearm with those perfect suede handles.. perfect for a weekend getaway or if you're just feeling like a bohemian princess and want to be playful and add some zest to your outfit. I pretty much would like to be a bohemian princess everyday prancing around barefoot on the beach or a forest somewhere.  Let a girl dream for a bit..

^^^This is the Isabel Weekender "Sophia Carpet" and I am absolutely obsessed. Its so spacious and has the raddest pattern, you will definitely be seeing me wear this around all.of.the.time...PERIOD.  This roomy weekend bag has a sturdy sueded base with protective metal feet, a zip pocket details the front and it has detachable shoulder straps and suede handles. Yeppp, i told you it was great!^^^

^^^This is the "Shiva Hobo GB" slouchy bag. Its flexible so you can stuff it full of goodies or just put a couple items inside. I love the braided/twisted handles, and OH those details, details, details! This bag is a mix of two-toned tapestries, is trimmed in coins and beads (THE WORKS), has those adorable pom-poms that my little guy wants to EAT, and has a lined interior with 3 pockets!^^^

Be sure to drop by Stela 9 to check out all of their styles. They carry so many options of bags from cross bodies and bucket bags to totes, backpacks, duffles and even wallets. 

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Isabel Weekender Sophia Carpet Bag c/o Stela 9
Shiva Hobo GB Bag c/o Stela 9
Tan Tunic H&M (old, similar cute boho styles below)
Skinnies Paige Denim 
Tan Ankle boots Nine West
Feather Stone Necklace Forever 21 (old, similar below)

"Stela 9 began in the summer of 2010 by an archaeology assistant with a love of Mayan culture, artisan leather crafting and weaving traditions. The line was initially created through a meticulous process of sourcing precious stones, recycled textiles and ethically procured leather that represented our worldly aesthetic.  Today the brand continues to concentrate on the importance of preserving cultural traditions of artisans throughout Latin America and India. Our items evoke wanderlust and are handmade by skilled artisans.  Stela 9 directly contributes to the livelihood and sustainability of the indigenous communities that these cherished items travel from."

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Present Over Perfect: A Mother's Confession

Present Over Perfect: A Mother's Confession

I have been trying to sit down and write for a couple days now but it seems the weekends have brought us such great weather that we have been taking full advantage of pool days and beach days lately so "alone" time to reflect has been sparse this weekend. I did get some time on Thursday to journal and spend a moment of solitude with the Lord & noticed myself praying and thinking about the mother i am and the mother i strive to be.  I noticed the burden that I choose to carry, I noticed the mound of bricks piling up on my back as my pen wrote down each prayer request that had been on my heart that morning.  I was so lost in asking Jesus questions about decisions I make daily in raising our son, in being a wife, in being a working mama and how my time is spent. I live with this voice in my head that is always asking me if I'm being enough or doing enough for Cash.. I have such a deep desire to be the mom he deserves, to love him every moment of every day, to show him Christs heart, to make him laugh and enjoy life, to protect him, to teach and guide him, & to help him along.. but when do I turn that voice off? When do I just trust that Jesus chose me? I know He did, and at times I am so confident in loving my son how he needs to be loved. When I see his face light up with a huge smile I know he is right where he is supposed to be.  But just because I know something doesn't mean I always believe it.  There are times when I question myself, "should I be cleaning or getting outside with this little guy on my day off?", "should I be going to the store or giving Cash a bath with daddy", "should I be heading to the gym for an hour or spending it with my guys"?  I hope I'm not the only mama who thinks about these silly thoughts.  I know I can't do it all, and I know its healthy for me to get things done around the house and have "me" time.  But that doesn't mean that mama guilt doesn't come creeping in once in a while.  I became aware of what I was doing the moment I opened up the book I've been reading, "Bread & Wine" by Shauna Niequist. I had put the book down for a several months while life had been too busy for leisure reading, and im so glad I picked it back up that morning right as I was in prayer and conversation with God. 

Here's what she had to say that spoke so wonderfully to my heart. In this chapter, Shauna is talking about Christmas time and the craziness that we subject ourselves to when we dive head first into overconsuming, overindulging, over doing everything.  I think it applies to different seasons in our lives, not just Christmas time... at least I can admit it does for me in this seasons of being a new mama:

"Either I can be here, fully here, my imperfect, messy, tired but wholly present self, or I can miss it--this moment, this conversation, this time around the table, whatever it is--because i'm trying, and failing, to be perfect, keep the house perfect, make the meal perfect, ensure the gift is perfect. But this season I'm not trying for perfect.  I'm just trying to show up, every time, with honesty and attentiveness...

...In our lowest, most fragmented moments, we feel out of conrol--controlled, in fact, by expectations and to-do lists and commitments and traditions. It's that time of year, we shrug, when things get a little crazy. No avoiding it.

But that's not true. And that's shifting the blame. We have, each one of us, been entrusted with one life, made up of days and hours and minutes. We're spending them according to our values whether or not we admit it.

..When things are too crazy, the only voices I hear are the voices of fear and shame. I stop being able to hear the voice of God, the voice of rest, the voice of hope and healing and restoration, the voice that gives new life to dry old bones. And instead I hear that old song I've heard all my life: You're not good enough. You're not good enough.

But that voice is a life. And its a terrible guide. When I listen to it, I burn the candle at both ends and try to light the middle while im at it. The voice of God invites us to full, whole living--to rest, to abundance, to enough.  To say no.  To say no more.  To say I'm going to choose to live wholly and completely in the present, even though this ragged, run-down person I am right now is so far from perfect.

Let's be courageous in these days. Let's choose love and rest and grace.  Let's use our minutes and hours to create memories with the people we love instead of dragging them on one more errand or shushing them while we accomplish one more seemingly necessary thing.

..I pray that we'll understand the transforming power that lies in saying no, because it's an act of faith, a tangible demonstration of the belief that you are so much more than what you do".  

Jesus knows just what we need. He speaks so clearly to my heart when I seek Him. I am so thankful for clarity, for rest, for the voice of hope and restoration.  I am so grateful for the reminder that again, I do not have to be perfect, or be super mom, but just to be me & know that I am enough, and me being present is all that is important. 

I don't know about you but I'm feeling refreshed!

Striped Hoodie Baby Gap
Personalized Leggings c/o "I Know My Alphabet" (10% Off Coupon code Go to This Post)


Thursday, April 10, 2014

What We Wear: Spring Florals

What We Wear: Spring Florals

I am obsessed with any Kimono lately! And this floral fringe Kimono by Mad Glam is perfect for spring! It has just the right amount of attitude and you can wear it with a flirty dress, high waisted shorts and a crop top, throw it over a bathing suit, or wear it as I have styled it here! I have literally already wore this kimono a handful of times and I just got it. I love throwing it over any outfit to dress it up with some color and give any outfit a feminine playful touch. Its light weight so its perfect for this 90 degree weather we've been having these past few days. 

Get the Look:

Kimono Shop Mad Glam c/o (Sold out, similar here)
Ankle Boots Steve Madden (see below)
Pyrite Tusk Necklace  c/o Bohemian Fringe
Personalized Locket Necklace c/o Bohemian Fringe (Use Code: TRFANS for 15% off)
Beaded bracelets H&M
Black Scoop Tank Brass Plum Nordstroms (see below)
Purple Jeans (Similar below)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What We Wear: Starry Knight Design + 15% Off Discount Code

What We Wear: Starry Knight Design

Hi mamas, I'm back after a little weekend break, we had a blast going to the zoo with our best friends and visiting with family. My father in law is in the hospital for an infection so prayers for him would be so appreciated and kind of you ladies.  I love having you all as my mama community, its so nice to have this space where i can pour out my heart and connect with other people who feel the same way or understand me in some form. I appreciate each of you and love hearing from you so thank you for the outpour of love last week, it was so nice to get to know you guys and to hear from my readers. That is why I blog and I get so excited to hear about your lives as well!

I wanted to share with you this ADORABLE designer's shoe line, Starry Knight Design creates the cutest and most unique baby and kid moccasins that i have yet to see! Moccosins are all the rage right now and I don't think this trend is going anywhere because they are so adorable and so comfortable and sensible for our littles.  Starry Knight Design offers 40+ fun and colorful designs for every style you could imagine. You must check out Melanie's shop! She's been making these unique leather soft-soled shoes since 2008!

These are made from re-purposed leather and have custom dyed suede with an elastic sewn backing so they fit perfectly snug on your little without hurting their little feetsies. Check out these Rust Red fringe moccs she sent Cash. These are my new favorite shoes, I just love a pop of red and anything rustic looking!

Scroll down for 15% off Coupon Code just for my readers, get to it soon because the offer ends in 3 days!

Coupon Code: TESSA15  Runs for the next 3 days!!
Starry Knight Design Shop Here

Tight striped leggings H&M
Loose Striped leggings Baby Gap
Jean Shirt Baby Gap
Navy Sweater Baby Gap
News paper boy Hat Buy Buy Baby
Moccasins c/o Starry Knight Design