Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Coach's Kid

Born on the first day of football.
In the stands since his newborn days. 
He has missed only a couple games in the last four seasons. 
He is a pro at roadtrips and rain delays. 
He eats, sleeps, breathes ball. 
Just like Daddy. 
He cheers for EVERYONE--
band, cheerleaders, drill team, mascot,
Our team, the other team!
He asks, "Where's MY Daddy about 30 times a game?"
He's not sure on the concepts of the press box or referees. 
He asks why the coaches are wearing headphones?
Can they get Paw Patrol ones like his?
He can sleep in the bleachers when he's really tired. 
Concession snacks are his favorites. 
He could live on purple Gatorade and popcorn. 

He plays for HOURS without really watching the game, but stands on top of his seat when the game gets close or loud or intense. 
He will talk to any fan and usually charms them out of a candy, drink, or the occasional ball thrown into the stands by a cheerleader. 
He doesn't know about winning or losing just yet, and that's okay. 
Nothing beats his reaction when that final buzzer sounds. 
He doesn't care about the score.
"Can we go see MY daddy?!"
He makes a beeline down to the field, running over the toes of anyone too slow to move out of this determined three-year-old's way. 
He spots Daddy coming down the press box steps or crossing the field, shaking hands, congratulating or comforting players, and bounces up and down, impatiently waiting HIS turn. 
He jumps into Daddy's arms, and all is right in his world.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Roasted Zucchini

My friend Melissa posted a picture of her lunch that looked amazing, so I decided to put my own spin on it!

Roasted Zucchini
2 zucchini
2 tbsp olive oil
Garlic powder
Red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper
Shredded Parmesan cheese 

Slice up zucchini. Place on a lined baking sheet sprayed with olive oil or nonstick spray. Spray again with olive oil on top. Sprinkle with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan. Bake at 400 until Parmesan starts to brown a bit and zucchini is cooked through. 

Top with your favorite pasta sauce or
Grandma's Tomato Sauce from Fixate Cookbook. 💚❤️💜

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Perfect Spinach Salad

I cook bacon EVERY Sunday morning. Most of the time, we eat it all in one sitting, but today I planned ahead. I made extra for the express purpose of making this salad. My cousins make a heavenly spinach salad that I'm always trying to recreate. Here's my current version:

First things first. Get your eggs on to boil. I do a cold water start. Place eggs in the saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit in the water for 20 minutes. I like my eggs cold, so I put them in an ice bath to cool down once the 20 minutes are up. 

While the eggs are going, cook your bacon.
My favorite method for cookin bacon is baking. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil and place bacon in a single layer. Make sure pieces don't overlap. Bake for 20 minutes. Done. 

Once the eggs and bacon are cooked, it's all about assembly. Chop your eggs and bacon. 
Rinse and dry your spinach. I like to pull off the harder stems. Grab your favorite balsamic vinaigrette. Mine is from Panera's Bread. 
I buy this stuff in bulk at Costco. That's how much I love it and how I get my Panera fix when the closest one is an hour away! 
Dress your greens (I love my little 21Day Fix containers for measuring the perfect amount of dressing). And then toss everything together. If you're feeling fancy, throw in some Parmesan cheese and spiced nuts (mine are from Sahale Snacks and SO good). 


Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Perfect Baby Shower Dress

Can I tell y'all something? I don't like maternity clothes. They're not my thing. I can never find any that fit just right. It must be something about my combination of chesty upper body and flat-as-a-board lower body, coupled with long legs that makes me hard to dress as a pregnant woman. Most companies seem to think that since I'm pregnant, I just want to dress my bump in only horizontal stripes or in a dress/top that looks like it belongs in a lovely, older woman's nursing home wardrobe. Enter PinkBlush. I discovered this brand on Zulily during my first pregnancy, and I fell in love. 
A line of maternity clothes that was actually on-trend, flattering, and something I'd want to buy even if I weren't pregnant? A win in my book. And when you can find something that makes you feel cute, stylish, beautiful at 7, 8, 9 months pregnant? Even better. PinkBlush is my go-to for maternity clothes, especially dresses. They have a huge range of dresses that are perfect for casual, dressy, work, church, showers and everything in between. I actually kept several of my PinkBlush Maternity items in my wardrobe for a long time after Tucker was born because I loved them so much. 
When I got the opportunity to try out part of PinkBlush Maternity's new line, I jumped on it. I knew I wanted a dress that would work for Easter and baby showers since I'm due about a week and a half after Easter. This teal floral fits the bill. I was a little concerned about sizing because I'm right between the medium and large measurement-wise and dress measurements aren't listed online. I'm glad I went with the size up, so there will be room to grow. In an effort to pretend it was spring in Texas, I paired it with gold wedges and a fun, irridescent necklace. For cooler weather, I'll probably wear it with tights, a cardigan, and booties. And I just LOVE this color combination. PinkBlush is having an ah-mazing sale right now, so head on over to their site and get your shop on.
And just for fun, here's a peek into Our Trophy Life. Mama trying to take pictures while the boys play fight with sticks in the background. Bring on the boys! 

**clothing provided by PinkBlush Maternity for review**

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 3 of 53 | Update

After spending all day in the car, I finally got the chance to sit down and do our update for this past week! This holiday weekend has me thinking that today is Sunday, but it is definitely Monday. Back to work tomorrow for a short week at school. 

This past Thursday, I had my 28 week prenatal visit. After sitting for almost an hour (it feels like my doctor always has to go deliver a baby on the days I have appointments 😂), I finally got to sit down and chat with him. I got the whole spiel on the third trimester--basically, if anything feels weird, go to the hospital. No fevers, infections, or funny business allowed! The good news is, my blood sugar levels were great during my glucose challenge test (91), so I don't have to do a glucose tolerance test. Yay!! BUT my iron/blood count levels are low, so I have to find a way to boost those! Hopefully, I can just do that with food, rather than taking an iron supplement. 

Here's this week's video update for more on what went down during week 3 of 2016!