Thanksgiving Leftovers? // Ham & Northern Beans // Recipe

I’m sure you’ve found yourself, like the rest of the world, with leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Our family’s menu included a juicy turkey and delicious ham. Needless to say, we had a mother load of leftover ham, perfect for my Mom, “Mema’s,” tasty stew. This process started early this morning. Oh, how the aromas danced through the air. MmmMmmm…
20131129-215603.jpg We started with this…
add a little of this… 20131129-190317.jpg & a pinch of that… 20131129-190338.jpg Perfection!
Cheers to family!

The best things in life are FREE // Be Thankful


Addison 5:”Mommy, do I have school tomorrow?”
{She loves Transitional Kindergarten.}
Me: “No. You’re off this whole week for Thanksgiving.”
AKA5: “This whole week is Thanksgiving! {long pause} Well I better give some thanks!” She’s thankful for: family, friends & her American Girl Doll 20131128-190551.jpg 20131128-191733.jpg
Delaney 4: “I’m fank-foe for funny faces.”
I’m thankful for: A family who’s supportive and giving. Beautiful, intelligent daughters. A thoughtful, hardworking husband. Friends who are like family. Sleeping in. LOVE. ❤️

Be thankful.

Our bright-eyed beauties. ❤️

Our bright-eyed beauties have been with my parents, Mema & Papa, all week. I sure am missing their sweet snuggles and refreshing smiles. Excited to see them and my hubbs for some “Family-time” tomorrow.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally making great use of my solo-mommy-time…

Big thanks to my parents!
Cheers to family!

12 Random Facts About Me

12 Random Facts About Me:
1. As a teen, I was in the Miss Teenage California Pageant. I believe this experience is part of what’s made me the confident person who I am today.
2. I’m deathly afraid of snakes, guns & talking or singing on a microphone . -Odd combo, I know.
3. I sing well but do not sing out loud unless it’s to my kids. –Who knows why?
4. Name a celebrity and I have probably worked with, assisted, spoken to, or seen them up close & personal. I volunteer my time working backstage at award shows like the Grammys, Golden Globes, ESPYS, Teen Choice… & have for more than a decade.
5. Nearly ten years ago I was diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope, a condition that causes me to faint at the sight or thought of blood or pain. Crazy, I know!
6. Eggs, strawberry yogurt and seafood gross me out. {To the point of gagging.}
7. I’m an avid non-reader. I’m sure this comes from having trouble focusing & getting distracted easily. Having to read & reread pages of books became daunting over the years. No, I didn’t even read Fifty Shades of Grey.
8. I have traveled to 20 different countries, thanks to my parent’s value of exposing my sister and me to multiple cultures and providing our family with a Worldly perspective.
9. My husband and I have known each other since I was a sophomore in high school. {1994} We met officially when he, a senior, asked me to Disney’s Grad Night.
10. Our babies are 1 year & 8 days apart, not on purpose. LOL! {I don’t recommend the Mirena IUD if you are attempting to NOT get pregnant.- Learning that we were going to have baby #2 so close to our first was a complete shock! Let me add though… they are both beautiful and brilliant and we love them dearly.}
11. I was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard & swim instructor for years but needed to hire someone to teach my youngest to swim without floaties.
12. I blog. Having small girls, who’s antics are hysterical & an encouraging sister who convinced me to start blogging, has brought me to create a lifestyle blog geared toward moms… I wish I had more time to maintain it. Often, you’ll find me quoting our girls and accompanying our everyday, well almost, with pictures. — Through this, I have discovered that I’m a darn good photographer {self-proclaimed} and actually won a photo contest with Target. {No, my sister wasn’t a judge.} On my blog, I also include fashion suggestions for the whole family and reviews on products and trends.