A while ago I saw a random person on facebook in a jean vest. I fell in love and was in search of one for myself. The only one I found was at H&M and it was $25 I think. I felt funny spending that much on something thats so trendy and I figured I could make one myself. So I did. I went to Goodwill, found a jean jacket (my goodwill had a bunch to choose from) paid $10, brought it home and cut the sleeves off. All I did was jut as close to the hem on the shoulders as I could. I think it would be cute too if I make the edges fray just a bit. I like how it turned out and it was very easy to do, but I still feel like the person on instagram wore it better. I think I might try to make mine a tad smaller. What do you think?
Yesterday Westin had no school. I actually have no idea why but most of the schools around here were off. We enjoyed a free kids show at the mall with some of our friends. So I get the boys ready slowly, taking time to enjoy the morning. We load up in the car and head up to the show. I get out of the car, I get Parker out and Westin follows behind. We start walking, I look down and I see them. My husbands SLIPPERS! I couldn’t believe it. I was hoping that I happened to have another pair of shoes in the car but there was nothing. I might as well have been blinking neon shoes, but at least they were comfortable. I guess this is the life of a mom, who knows where my head was today.
Remember how one of my goals this year is to sew more? Well its the middle of February and I have finally done it. I made myself a Valentines skirt. It is perfect. I love it. The best part? Its comfy and stretchy. Plus super easy to make. I promise. It only looks tricky because of the fabric.
Do you guys have any valentines plans? We don’t usually do much, hopefully Matt will bring me home some flowers!
In my house we eat a lot of black beans. A lot. Matt and I like other beans its our buddy Westin who struggles with other ones. I’ve been making this white bean chili for a while but he just recently started trying it. I’ve talked him into trying new things by telling him thats how he gets strong. (He is really into working out and muscles these days) Anyway, every time I make it somehow Westin says the prayer, he will ask Heavenly Father to “bless the yucky dinner”. I’m not even kidding. He is so ridiculous, how does he even come up with this stuff?
This chili is delicious easy to make and perfect for a chilly day. I got the basics of the recipe from Our Best Bites Love everything I try from there is awesome.
White Bean Chili
2 cans or 1 box of chicken broth
2 cans white beans
1 can chicken or 2 chicken breasts*
1 can green chilis
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t kosher salt
pepper to taste
sour cream (optional)
Put everything in a crockpot cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. I told you it was easy. Add the optional items at the end.
*If you are using chicken breast, cut them into chunks and cook them until no pink is visible. Add the cooked breast to the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients.
My favorite way to eat it is with cheese, a tiny bit of sour cream and chips. Westin eats it with very little of the juice and chips. Last night he ate 2 big bowls of it.
One of my News Years goals was to start sewing again. It had been a while since I pulled out my machine for a fun project. I finally did this week for a cute valentine banner. I had seen this while shopping with my sister and sister-in-law at a fabric store in Arizona. It seemed very easy to recreate so I did. I really love it.
The quote “Love is Spoken Here” is actually on a card I got from trader Joe’s. The painted arrow was the painter. I love it. She also has a pretty one that says “Bloom Where You Are Planted”
I got this recipe from my friend Crystal. She made it for our family a while back and we devoured it. There is a reason it gets called candy crack. Unfortunately when she made it Westin couldn’t have it because it had been made with butter. I decided to try it with margarine and boy am I glad I did! This stuff is delicious and they remind me of chips, you just can’t stop. Its very easy to make and makes a TON of it so be prepared to give it away.
1 12oz box Rice Chex
1 12oz box Corn Chex
1 12oz box Golden Grahams
3 c. mini pretzels (I couldn’t find these so I used the pretzel sticks)
2 c. shredded sweetened coconut
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add sugar and corn syrup and stir until dissolved. Heat on medium-high heat until boiling. Stir constantly. Boil for 1 minutes, then pour immediately over Chex mixture. Stir to coat evenly. Spread out on wax or parchment paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.
*Just remember, I never said this was healthy!
*This could be made gluten free though I think. Just take out the pretzels!
I got the idea for these cute boxes from Chrissy at Let Me See You Sparkle. She used them to do her random acts of kindness which I think is so inspiring. You should check out all of her ideas. I’m going to give them to the people I visit teach and some neighbors.
My boys and I had the best weekend in Arizona. Seriously, every time I come home form there I spend the next couple of days looking for a house to buy because my boys can’t get enough of all the space and endless amount of cousin time. Plus moving back would mean I get to spend all my spare time with my sister. Ok seriously though. Would you pick living close to family in Arizona or living in California?
P.S. This t-shirt I got at the nordstroms rack has become my very favorite. It is so soft and extra long for a perfect fit. The best part. it was only $10. Go. Get. It.
t-shirt – nordstrom rack // pants – old navy // shoes – toms
Spending time with family is always so much fun. I think about moving back to Arizona a lot because every time I come visit its a huge party. I have to remind myself that if we moved back it wouldn’t always be as fun. We all have our own life’s that would have to keep on going. It sure would be fun to see the kids have these kinds of smiles more often.
Ok, lets be honest. the best “outfit” to travel in is your pajamas. I love to be comfy but I hate getting out of the car in my pajamas.
I got this outfit idea from Janssen over at Every Day Reading. I love looking at her blog and I think she is hilarious. I would have tucked in my shirt too because she looks so darling in it but that would have made this less comfy plus I think tucking it in makes my mid-section look more frumpy and no one needs that. I love chambray shirts. I thought about making up 7 different outfits with it because I think they are so versatile and cute but I guess we probably don’t need 7 ways to wear one shirt….or do we?