And he is 2...

Somehow 2 years have flown by since God asked us to care for, raise and continually point Caleb to Him. It is totally true that the days are long in parenting but the years are short. Today we have a fun, endless laughing, full of joy and a happy spirit 2 year old and it hasn't changed. He is always quick to give a smile, a happy laugh and gosh he is so smart! 
Caleb, you are without a doubt the light of your father and I's life. You are quick to give hugs, hold hands, ask to be held still but at times you want to show some independence. You are always talking, talking, talking, talking. I love hearing you put new phrases together. I love our time together that I get to stay at home with you, take you to the library, to the park, to many other activities we do together. I love meeting up with other moms and their kids and seeing you interact with them. 
You are a true joy and I am so grateful for the last two years of my life with you.

Trying to take family photos at a park, with a huge number balloon with windy weather was actually a lot more difficult than I imagined. 


Legit mom style

Ok it is Monday, time for another legit mom style post. As I mentioned last week, find a great pair of jeans. I found my perfect pair of jeans at J.Crew Factory here, and the in-seam is what sold me, I don't have to roll up the bottom, they end where they are suppose to. Last week I mentioned find a good sweater. I love the white and grey sweater from J.Crew Factory. If you haven't realized by now, J.Crew Factory is my store. In fact in this photo, minus the boots, the jacket, sweater and jeans are all from J.Crew Factory. When you find a store that suits your style, fits you well, you buy from them season after season. 

J.Crew Factory jeans // J.Crew Factory jacket (similar) // J.Crew Factory sweater // Clarks Shoes boots (similar)

p.s. I need to do outfit photos earlier in the day than 5pm, bad lightening :/


Best ever taco seasoning

Last week, Caleb and I had met one of my friend's for lunch at Corner Bakery if you know what that place is. As we were going into the place, I asked Caleb what he wanted for lunch and he said tacos. Well you can't order tacos at Corner Bakery but I think it goes to say that we eat a lot of tacos in my house. Caleb knows what is good to eat. You know what else is good, this homemade taco seasoning. Don't buy that prepackaged stuff, this taco mixture is the real deal, plus it is just spices and herbs, no extra fillers or additives. 
Make it. Brown some ground beef or turkey if you want healthier tacos, then sprinkle this taco seasoning, spoon in some soft or hard taco shells and eat and enjoy!
For this taco seasoning you need: 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 crushed red pepper flake,  1/4 teaspoon dried oregano,  1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground pepper, 1 teaspoon salt. *I omitted the red pepper flake for Caleb. 

And there you go, the easiest, most delicious tasting taco seasoning ever!


Working on my mom style

What is mom style? Mom style is how you dress post baby. It could be nursing friendly, if still nursing. It could be easy to run in to chase after your kid. It could be easy to wash off because goodness you know moms get dirty from their kids whether it be spit-up, throw up, dirt, food...

Why do you want a mom style? Because you are a mom and you need to put an outfit every day even if you are just leaving the house for groceries. Because you are a mom who deserves to look good every day. 

How do you find your mom style? First, find a pair of jeans that just fit awesome. I had a pair of Old Navy jeans with holes and rips, yes on purpose. I decided when I turned 32 a few weeks ago, it was time to retirement those jeans. I find my pair of jeans that fit awesome so I bought two pairs. Have a pair of black jeans too. Black will hide a lot of stains, dirt, grim, etc.
Buy a few different pairs of flats, a sturdy pair of shoes and for the summer sandals. 
Once your kid is old enough, purchase a small backpack. That will become their new diaper bag, keep only essentials in it. You get yourself a purse back. Buy it in a color that can be worn year-round like tan. Don't purchase in a winter-only color like sage, or oxblood. You are a mom year round, not just seasonally. 
For your top, layers are good. Layers mean that if the first layer gets really dirty or has puke on it, you can remove it and you will still look great. Invest in a couple of good looking sweater. See, I said sweaters there, not sweatshirts. Sweaters will make your outfit look more put together.
Finally, invest in some nice make-up. If I can't do a full face of make-up, I will at least apply some mascara, blush and lip balm tinted or not. 
This is how you create Mom style - the ability to look great while still being a mom. Check out my mom style posts every Monday :-) 
Here is my outfit from when we went to the zoo this past Saturday. 


What you have in the pantry cookies

My typical, go-to cookies are chocolate chip cookies plain, simple, unassuming, dependable type of cookies. I was feeling in a cookie baking mood yesterday but I didn't want just chocolate chip cookies. I wanted to jazz them up a bit more with nuts, dried cranberries and oatmeal. Too much for you? Nope, not at all! You get the crunch of the nut, the chew from the cranberries and the gooeyness from the chocolate chips, a 3-in-1 type of cookie. So let's make them!

Gather together your ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup butter room temperature, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal, 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
In your mixing bowl, cream the butter for about 3 minutes. 

Now add in the white and brown sugar and mix until all ingredients are light and fluffy. 

Add in the eggs and vanilla until completely incorporated. 

You will now add in the the dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Give all the ingredients a quick mix then add in the oatmeal. 

Add in the chocolate chips, the nuts and the dried cranberries. 

You can change up what you add in as well, substituting white chocolate chips, dried cherries or blueberries and pecans. This cookie dough is your canvas, paint it up with added yumminess!
Chill the dough for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then scoop it out onto a greased cookie sheet leaving about an inch space in between. Bake for 7-10 minutes but do not overbake. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them rest on the sheet for a few minutes before removing. 

Then eat and enjoy!


Big Bear vacation

This past weekend my baby became a snow baby, snowmen, snow angels, sledding! It was so much fun to get away with a few friends and their children, each couple had a child each.
Here are some photos from our snowy vacation.

It was Caleb's first time to see and play in snow and he had a blast.
 Take me back to this weekend already, I miss it!
Sometimes there is nothing like a group of friends especially now with kids renting a cabin and spending a few days in a cabin surrounded by tons of snow.


thirty two

I turned 32 on the 10th. Yup 32 years. I am not afraid to say my age either. Nope. Why because I love my life. I have a God who loves me . I have a wonderful husband. I have an adorable son. I have a growing business. My husband is doing the job he wants to be doing. We have a wonderful church. We love where we live. I get to stay at home with my son, which is what I wanted most when I became a mom and God has provided enough for me to continue to do so. 
Age is a number and I am embracing that number, whatever it is.

If I could make some wishes for my 32nd year this would be then. 
1. continue to draw closer to God through daily Bible reading, prayer, and work on Scripture memorization.
2. complete the 52 memorization Bible verse cards with Caleb, one a week!
3. learn how to have more patience as a mom
4. pay off the debt we have
5. grow my business to reach Platinum rank this year
6. give abundantly to God and others
7. read more, like a lot more. Any book suggestions by the way?
8. meet more blogging friends :-)