Pepper Jack Baked Stuffed Shells – A Freezer Meal Option

I thought I’d try to make something new last night. I’ve been wanting to make stuffed shells for awhile now. I found a basic recipe online and added a bit of my own flare to it.

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I LOVE Pepper Jack Cheese so adding it to the recipe was a no brainer for me. My first time making it was last night, and i must say, it was pretty damn good, BUT I think I should have added more cheese for sure.

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This is my altered recipe with the cheese additions. Click >>> HERE <<< for full recipe & directions!

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5 Ingredient White Chocolate Strawberry Blondies

Holy yum!

I came across this recipe awhile ago and then added it to my AllTheCooks account.

First off, it’s SUPER easy to make.

Secondly, it’s definitely a very sweet treat so be warned. However, its like a slice of heaven!

For the Recipe and COMPLETE Instructions, click >>>>HERE<<<<

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  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Box of Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup of Canola Oil
  • 1/3 cup of Milk
  • White Chocolate Chips

Mix first four ingredients together (It should be dense and thick) and then add 3/4 cup of White Chocolate Chips into the batter.

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Stir that shit up real nice!

After mixing, scoop into the baking dish, and throw it in the oven!

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Once it’s done cooking, wait 30 min and melt 1/3-1/2 cup of White Chocolate Chips and drizzle over your delicious dessert!

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Okay okay, I SUCK at drizzling chocolate apparently… I kinda just threw it on there. Oh well.

Still looks and taste AMAZING!!!

 

My Pregnancy and Cesarean Birth – What They Don’t Tell You

I’ve never had a natural birth, so I can’t really compare a natural birth to a cesarean… But what I can do is tell you the hidden truth about a c-section from my personal experience.

But before I do, here’s some of back story of my pregnancy.

I REFUSED to believe I was pregnant. Christopher was the one who brought it up because I’d be having bad stomach cramps and I was “late” I’ve NEVER been a typical woman when it can to my cycle due to endometriosis. I could go two months without a period, or have a period that lasted an entire month. Yes, my body hates me!

Well anyway he told me to take a test just to be sure. I, thinking he was absolutely nuts, went to the Dollar Tree and got a test. Yes, I paid $1.00 for a test.

The look of horror on my face the second I realized it was positive. I ran out the door, drove to the closest place, bought 5 of the expensive test, and took every last one. Yupp, he was right. I was pregnant!

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Owl Pillow Love

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My daughter absolutely adores her Owl Pillow. I made this for her when she was still in my tummy 🙂 It’s actually a Tooth Fairy pillow with a little pocket on the front between the two wings.

Anyways, I will be working on a tutorial soon! Make sure to follow me so you’ll see if when I post!

It’s My Party & I’ll Cry If I Want Too!

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*Sighs* in 5 more days I’ll forever be 23. Next year I’ll be 23, and the year after that, and the year after that… I think y’all get the point…

This is the first year that I’m actually dredding my birthday. I just want time to slow down. I think its because 23 was always my “goal” age when I was a kid.

I always said I wanted to be married, with a kid, and starting my nursing career at 23… Well, atleast I got the mother part right.

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75 Things I Will Teach My Children

To Aria and Cason. Cason may not be mine by blood, but he is still my son.

  1. Seek the beauty in the world, but always be aware of the ugly.
  2. Fight for what you believe in. I’ll always have your back.
  3. At some point, you’ll probably have your heart broken, but I’ll be your shoulder to cry on.
  4. Never be afraid to dance in the rain, I’ll dance with you.
  5. I’ll always love you, even when you think you hate me.

  6. Go on adventures, LOTS of them, but please keep in touch.
  7. Love with every fiber of your being, don’t hold back out of fear of being hurt.
  8. Chocolate is only a temporary fix, but yes, it does ease the pain. Even if it’s only for a little while.
  9. Live life to it’s fullest, even though half of it will probably scare the crap out of me.20130704_151811_7
  10. Tell me everything even if you’re scared I’ll be disappointed. I already told you, I’ll always love you.
  11. If you can’t tell me something, at least tell your dad.
  12. Don’t you EVER drink and drive. Call us, we will come and get you.
  13. To my daughter, men are complete idiots until they are around 30.
  14. To my son, so are women.
  15. I’m always right, but if / when I’m not… I will apologize to you.
  16. Don’t get a tattoo because it’s cool or cute, get a tattoo because it represents something important to you.
  17. When you get that tattoo, I’m going with you to make sure it’s done right and by a professional.
  18. Work hard, play hard.
  19. Find your passion, and stick with it.
  20. Did I mention, I will always love you.
  21. Never settle, you deserve the world and more.
  22. Everyone has flaws, but you will always be perfect in my eyes.
  23. Our door is always open, never be too scared or too ashamed to come home.
  24. Looks are not everything, it’s what is inside that counts.
  25. Support each other, you’ll always have that special bond.
  26. Apologize, but only if you really mean it. No-one likes a liar.
  27. Respect your body, it’s the only one you’ll ever have.
  28. Trust is something that has to be earned, guard your secrets, unless you’re hiding them from us.

  29. Love means something, don’t just throw the word around.
  30. Forgiveness, I know it’s hard, but it’s important.
  31. Learn how to fight, but only to defend yourself from physical harm.
  32. At some point you will probably be bullied, it’s okay, so were we, and we turned out just fine.
  33. Stand up for yourself, and for the ones you love.
  34. If you’ve been drinking, a glass of water and some ibuprofen before bed will save you from the morning headache.
  35. Once something is on the internet, it’s there forever, be careful.
  36. NEVER cry why driving a vehicle, It’s extremely dangerous. Just pull over and let it all out.
  37. Laugh. All the time.
  38. If you need us, call us.
  39. We all make mistakes, learn from them and don’t make it again.
  40. Pay attention when your father teaches you about cars, I know nothing.
  41. Learn a second language, it will open up a whole new world for you.
  42. To my daughter, if a man treats his mother badly, he’s not the man for you.
  43. To my son, if a woman is disrespectful to her parents, walk away.
  44. Bring home your friends, if we don’t like them, trust us, there is a really good reason we don’t.
  45. Be yourself, no matter how goofy that may be, you are so much more than you realize.
  46. Follow your dreams, make them your reality.
  47. Life is hard, don’t expect it to be easy.
  48. Never chase after a guy/girl, the one’s who are worth it will come for you.
  49. Learn to cook for yourself, fast food is not healthy.
  50. Teach yourself something new everyday, knowledge is power.
  51. Be kind, even when people aren’t kind to you.
  52. Lend a helping hand to a friend in need, but don’t let that friend repeatedly take advantage.
  53. Everything happens for a reason, trust me.
  54. Don’t smoke, it’s a nasty habit that took your father and I years to kick.
  55. Learn to sew, both of you, you never know when you’ll need it.
  56. Make green eggs and ham at least once, it will make you laugh and remind you of simpler times.
  57. I am your parent first, and friend second, don’t forget that.

  58. Never wash anything red with something white… Unless you are trying to turn something pink.
  59. When it rains, it pours, but we will always have an umbrella handy.
  60. Don’t forget to cherish the little things.
  61. Karma… It’s real.
  62. Volunteer for a good cause every chance you get… You never know how quickly the tides can turn.
  63. Visit your grandparents as much as you can. They love you just as much as we do.
  64. Be honest, the truth always comes out.
  65. Know whats going on in the world around you, read the paper, watch the news. Period.
  66. Safety first – Condoms, use them.
  67. Sunscreen, always. It’s important.
  68. Work for what you want, don’t expect things to just be handed to you.
  69. Set at least one goal for yourself each year and do it.
  70. Drugs, just say no.
  71. Education is important. Grammar is EXTREMELY important.
  72. Always have a back up plan… Or two…
  73. Never give up – Ever.
  74. Never doubt our love for you.
  75. When you become parents, remember everything we taught you, children are the future.

Daily “Photoshop”

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I NEVER understood why women get so upset over photoshoped models in magazines because 95% of woman “photoshop” their faces every morning.

Yes, that is me. This is the original photo.

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It’s AMAZING to see the difference when you only apply your make-up to half your face.

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Honestly, I don’t understand why I waist my time doing my make-up. I don’t look bad without it…

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Oh yeah, thats right, because people look down on you if you walk out your door with a bare face.

I wonder what people’s reactions would be if I walked into a store with only half my face done. Would they stare? Probably. Laugh? Most Definitely. Approach me and ask me about it? Probably not.

Body Image & Self Acceptance

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I’m apparently “Fat Over-WeightObese

This is my “SAY WHAT?!” face.

Why are people so uneducated and cruel?

I’m a curvy, full figured woman. I know this. Just because my thighs are thicker, my stomach is wider, and my face is fuller, does not mean I’m “fat”

We live in a culture that teaches young women that “skinny” is beautiful. No.

It’s all about being HEALTHY.

And before any “skinny” woman comes across this blog and thinks I’m attacking her, that’s NOT what I’m saying. I’m not using the term healthy to refer to curvy women. I’m talking about actual physical heath.

Let’s face facts. We’ve lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn’t made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll. Extensive “collateral damage” has resulted: Food and body preoccupation, self-hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, poor health… Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we’re fat or because we fear becoming fat.

The above quote is from the book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, by Glenn A. Gaesser, PhD.

Self hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, and poor health… All because American culture tells us we need to be “skinny” to be beautiful and accepted. That’s a lie.

The truth. We are told if we lose weight we will live longer. Guess what… There is no scientific evidence of that.

In all honesty, it would be next to impossible to prove with the amount of cancers and diseases in our world. No-one knows how long they will live, saying you will live 5 years longer if you drop a few pounds is preposterous. I could die tomorrow, next week, next month, next year… No-one knows.

News flash, more than 65% of America is considered overweight, but out of that 65% of Americans, not all of them a actually unhealthy.

Why have people been brainwashed into thinking physical weight corresponds with your health?

I’m not perfect. I have to remind myself EVERYDAY that my weight isn’t the problem.

I’m 5’7″, I weigh 195 lbs.Yes, I am admitting my weight to the world.

According to the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute, I’m Obese and my BMI is 30.5. Do you have any idea how devastating seeing something like is to a woman? 

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According to them, I’d be normal if I weighed somewhere between 118 – 159. I guess I can understand 159, according to them if I weighed 160 then I’d be overweight, but 118? I would look ill. My ribs would be protruding from my body. My body frame and shape is NOT built to weigh 118 lbs.

I have to remind myself that this measurement is so outdated and inaccurate. All it cares about is how much you weight compared to how tall you are. It in no way takes into account your actual health!

This is me at 167 Lbs Remember, accord to NHL&B Institute I’m overweight in this photo.

Apparently that’s what overweight looks like to America. That really hurts.

And this is me now, at a whopping 195… IN A SWIMSUIT so you can see all my flaws!

 

Did I mention we have a one year old daughter? What do you expect to happen after having a baby?!

Yes, my thighs are thicker. Yes, my stomach is wider. Yes, my face is fuller… But am I REALLY going to be classified as obese?

Should I loose some weight? Yeah, probably. I’m not going to lie and say I’m not trying… Because I am… 8 months ago, I was 230lbs. I’ve lost 35 pounds. Something I’m VERY proud of… Yet, I’m still classified as being obese. Thanks for the bullet to my self-esteem!

This is me at 230

Should I really HATE my body because America has classified this as obese? No. Because hating my body leads to unhealthy decisions.

I can honestly say I’m healthier at 195 than I was when I was 167… You know why? Because I practically had to starve my body to be that “skinny”

I’ve been on the journey of self acceptance. Loving my body the way it is. Eating healthy not because I need to loose weight, but because I want to be healthy… Not only for myself, but for my family.

Yes. I still break down and cry when I look in a mirror. I can’t be strong all the time. But thankfully I have an amazing man in my life who reminds me I’m beautiful EVERY morning and EVERY night… Sometimes even sends me an “I love you beautiful” text randomly during the day.

He loved me at 167. He loved me at 230. And he loves me now at 195. He accepts me for how I am. So from now on, I’m determined to do the same.

Inner Beauty

Such an inspirational video! I was shocked the second she removed the make-up. I never would have known she had Vitiligo. She’s still stunningly beautiful inside and out.

Thank you Ignorance Is Not Bliss for posting “Is Beauty Really Only Skin Deep?

 

Things Every New Blogger Should Know When First Starting Out

So I came across 11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging while researching blogging tips and hot topics. After reading over it, I figured I’d summarize it for some of you, but I highly recommend reading the original post if you are blogging for a living.

Number One: Being Social

Don’t expect people to just stumble across your blog. Yes, it happens, That’s how a few of you found me 😉 BUT the best way to get your blog out there is through other social media. Facebook,  Pinterest, Twitter, and StumbleUpon  to name a few… I started to thinking about it after I read it and thought about how popular Instagram has become. If you have a lot of followers via Instagram I’d recommend it as well. Don’t be shy! Put yourself out there and make some connections!

Number Two: Consistency

Be consistent with how often you post. If you go one week writing absolutely nothing, the next week writing every day, and the following week only blogging once, it will have a negative impact on your traffic. This probably means I’ll be in big trouble soon since, I’m so excited about my first blog, I’ve written at least one post a day! I plan to post an average of 3 times a week.

Number Three: What Goes Online, Stays Online

Be passionate about the things you blog about. Ensure every post is a masterpiece. It can take one “lazy” post to screw up your reputation. You may find people blogging about how much you suck. Ouch. Once you put it out there, it’s there forever. Are you scared yet?

Number Four: Address Book

Apparently the best traffic source is though email. I’m actually surprised by this because most people I know never check theirs. But according to this post email subscribers are 3.9 times more likely to share the content via the social web.” Which leads to more traffic for you.

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