Monday, December 5, 2016

A Pampered Chef Gift Guide | Top 5 Items

*I am an Independent Consultant with Pampered Chef and anything purchased from these links will go towards my sales*

There is no denying the fact that I love Pampered Chef. I think in every recipe I do, or anything I make in the kitchen, I use AT LEAST one Pampered Chef product in the process. When I think of classic kitchen tools, I think Pampered Chef. 

I've put together my top five items for this holiday season for you and I am so excited to share them! These make great gifts for seriously ANYONE. I could go on and on about PC, but let's just get into the good stuff…

If you've never heard me talk about the stoneware or the pizza stone….you probably haven't been around too long. ;) Kidding, but really….I love love LOVE my pizza stone. We do just about anything on the pizza stone including…you guessed it…PIZZA! Haha. Kidding, again. We do however do cheese crisps on it and they are out of this world. Try it sometime. Thank me later. 


Next is something I actually don't own, however I think it would be perfect for the holidays, birthdays, Tuesday nights when you need a pick me up….
A. WHIPPED. CREAM. MAKER. Hello this is all my dreams coming true in one product. Homemade whipped cream is seriously the BEST and this tool makes it beyond easy. Once again, you can thank me later when you purchase this and it's the greatest thing since this blog…or sliced bread…whatever saying you like to use. 

Link to Whipped Cream Maker:


This Wood & Slate Cheese Serving set is my favorite. This needs no explanation. It is literally perfection and I imagine a lot of Pinterest worthy pictures coming from this here set up. 

Link to Ash Wood & Slate Cheese Serving Set: 


Everyone has kids they are buying for. No one knows what to get kids these days because they all have everything they need, plus some, and have too many toys already for their own good and enough clothes to last them until they are 17 and Barbies like you couldn't even imagine…..but hey, I know nothing about that! REGARDLESS! This Kids Cookie Set is totes adorbs and I can't wait to get in the kitchen with my mini to use these! 

Link to Kids' Cookie Set:



And I just had to throw this last one in here because…well…it's the holidays….the wine will be a'flowin'….and who doesn't need markers for their wine glasses?! And at less than $10.00, you need these. I promise. 
You really really need these. 

Link to Wine Glass Markers:


You really can not go wrong with Pampered Chef, guys. I had so much fun making this post and finding a few products that I think would be GREAT for the Christmas season. Of course Pampered Chef has a gazillion amazing products. If you want to check them all out, I will leave me link below! If you have any questions about products, Pampered Chef in general, or just want to chat, head over to my Facebook or Instagram pages! Have the best week, everyone! 

My Pampered Chef Link: 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Too Much Physical Activity! | A Weekend Recap

Phew! What a weekend. A weekend I DESPERATELY needed!

I feel so lucky to be married to the guy I am and so blessed to be able to have weekends like this. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes we just need to do fun things and spend some quality time with each other! 

We drove down to the "big city" (*cough phoenix cough*) on Thursday night. What was the first thing we did? Put our child down for bed and ordered take-out sushi. HOLLLERRR!!!!! Guys. I'm obsessed with sushi. It's bad. I could eat it every day. Anyone want to go on a sushi date sometime?!

Friday morning I dropped baby girl off with some family for the weekend and went to see an old high school friend. Also, I tried Thrive for the first time. I will do a separate post on it BUT HAS ANYONE TRIED IT?! Holy. Crap! Friday in the afternoon my sweet sister Michelle set up a massage for us! Much needed. Much MUCH needed. I also missed my turn getting to the place and saw a pedestrian get hit by a car. 
But nonetheless, I made it to the massage! It was glorious.

Friday night we went to a quick housewarming party (and by quick I mean we were there for like 10 mins. Sorry!) and headed to dinner with my sister in-law! We had a fun night of bowling where I DOMINATED in the scavenger hunt and won 6 free games of bowling. No idea why I think that's necessary. But it was. And I did it!


Saturday morning we did breakfast at TC Eggingtons. Y'all…I'll be honest….I am not a breakfast person. It just doesn't tickle my fancy. But I still had a yummy parfait and how cool is this coffee bar outside the restaurant?! The cutest.




After breakfast we headed to Top Golf for the first time. Not sure what I was thinking seeing as we went bowling the night before and I am the least active person EVER. Guys….i'm really sore today. Like….embarrassingly sore! But let's be honest…Top Golf was AMAZING! Have you ever been?! Such a fun time!


Saturday night we did "fancy date" at the same place M took me for our first "fancy date". The view at The Compass Room is always wonderful and the food/drinks are devine! We had a creme brûlée trio that I stupidly did not photograph that was out of this world!





Sunday we did a Costco run. (Do all adults love this or just us?!) and went to the mall. We don't have one of those where we live so that's a real treat for me!

This weekend was a good one. It was relaxing, yet exciting. It was exactly what my heart needed. Alone time with the hubs. Good food, good friends, good times. I hope everyone has a great and fabulous week! XOXO!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ramblings On Miscarriage

Tomorrow will be one week since we miscarried. I say "we" because my goodness my sweet sweet husband was a huge part of that day for me. Without him there with me, I don't know how I would have handled things. I am going to be making a video on YouTube talking about my miscarriage experience, and once I do I will link it here. 




This has been by far the longest week of my life. I feel like life is going by so slow, yet way too fast. It's like I don't want the days to be passing because it hurts my heart that we are going on without our sweet baby. I know this is naive, but I truly thought I would just "bounce back" from this the next day. Boy was I wrong. I wish I had known how rough this would have been on my body. I'm exhausted beyond all measure 90% of the day, I feel moody and emotional 100% of the day, and my body hurts. It hurts so so bad. I don't know how I ever went through labor once before when I couldn't even handle this at 11 weeks along. I think the greatest pain comes from knowing I was leaving the hospital with nothing. Nothing but a broken heart and cramps that I thought would kill me. 

I think one of the hardest things for me is the dreams that have come since this. I've heard of crazy dreams during pregnancy, but my goodness the dreams after miscarriage have been so vivid. So vivid to the point of tears. Dreams of nursing a baby, dreams of being in labor, dreams of holding our precious baby. It's so hard. My heart hurts so greatly and I am still trying to find ways to cope with this. I am trying to be okay with the situation at hand and know that there is a plan for everything. But dang it, it is hard. I wonder how people who do not have a faith in God handle things. I am so comforted to know He has a plan for our life. I would hate to come out of this and just think there was no reason for everything happening. 

Nothing will show you who your true friends are quite like something along these lines. People I barely ever talk to have reached out to me and friends I thought I was closet to haven't even bothered to check in on us. Funny how that works, huh? I can not thank everyone who has reached out enough for the outpour of love during this. You guys are the best and we are so thankful for this tribe of people around us. 

I still have yet to have caffeine or a glass of wine out of guilt. Is that normal? I know some caffeine while pregnant is fine but I chose not to have any and now that I'm not pregnant….I just feel guilty. I feel like I shouldn't be allowed to have any of the things I was not supposed to be having while pregnant. 

I felt like I was pregnant for the longest time, yet no time at all. I was 11 weeks pregnant when we miscarried. We were talking that weekend about how close we were to being out of the first trimester! We had already started stock piling diapers. I already had outfits bought. We talked about if it was going to be a boy or a girl and we had names picked out. Those 11 weeks were some of the best weeks of my life, truly…and I think thats why this hurts so bad. After so long of trying, finally getting our miracle, and then having it gone all too quick.

I know we will get our baby some day. But for the time being, these are just a few of my thoughts within the first week of miscarriage. I know this is going to be a process. A process of grieving, figuring life out, and seeing where God takes our life next. This post is all over the place, but I needed to write these things down. It isn't easy for me, but I know we are on our way. 


Saturday, August 27, 2016

There Was No Us Before You

I've seen a lot of articles circling the internet talking about how "we were US before we had you"…basically, it's the idea that before we had kids, we were dating and had alone time and well…didn't have kids. Pretty dreamy, right?! The articles talk about how important is it to still date because "before we had you, we had us".

I love the idea and concept of this. However, sometimes…for some people…there is so "us" before "you". Sometimes, love happens when there are already children involved.

This post is for those people.

This is for the single parents who had to learn how to date while also being a parent. This is for the person who decided to date someone with a child, knowing what you were signing up for. This is for the people who made their relationship work, despite not always having "alone" time. This is for the people who "pre marriage dating" involved kids. This is for the people who got "alone time" after an 8pm bedtime.

I think it is important for ALL married couples to date. Please don't get me wrong on that. Dating your spouse is just one of those things I strongly believe in. However, for those people who never had "us" before "you", I feel it's even MORE important.
It's important to find yourself as a couple. It's important to find your role as husband or as wife AND as mom and as dad.

I've also read articles about being a "wife" before you were a "mom", but sometimes that isn't always the case. Sometimes motherhood comes first. I'm here to tell you…that's okay. I know I'm not the first person to say that, but I know for me personally, sometimes I read articles like the ones mentioned above and I think…none of this pertains to me. I was a mom before I was married. We were a family from day one. It's okay to not have "us" before "you" and now more than ever, it's important to DATE YOUR SPOUSE! Cook dinner together, have a game night, find a new hobby together….

Guys, I really don't even know if this post makes sense….but it's been on my heart and it's something I wanted to share.







Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Just Call Me "Drink Master"

I love when companies send me products and without hesitation, I know exactly what I'm going to do with them. In this case…it was add alcohol. 
Huge THANK YOU to Santa Cruz Organic for sending me this package and also to Moms Meet for always making bad a$$ opportunities happen! 

We aren't huge juice drinkers in our home mainly because my daughter will not drink it. Weird, right? Whatever, I'm not complaining. I decided to try some "adult drinks" for M and I and just so you don't think we are alcoholics, I also made a smoothie! 

We were sent two different flavors of the Agua Fresca drinks to try along with lemonade, applesauce pouches which my daughter LOVES, and an adorable cup. Can anyone have enough plastic cups?! Didn't think so. 



M and I both enjoyed the Mango flavor the most. MMM! He seriously drank it all in one day. Probably not the healthiest choice, but we live dangerously! 
I made a tasty beverage with the lemonade, vodka, peach schnapps, and bubbly water. It was a dash of this and a dash of that, no precise measuring. Because that's how we roll. And i'm lazy. But it was SO GOOD! Seriously next time you're making a drink, give this a try. 


For my healthier friends, I did make a smoothie using the pomegranate agua fresca. Pomegranate Agua Fresca, blueberries, and tart cherries. Again, so delicious! 


You can find the Santa Cruz line at most grocery stores, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target….etc. Have you ever tried Santa Cruz Organic? Let me know in the comments below if you have! Also, what drinks are you making this week?! Tag me on instagram to share! @bombshellwifelife

Monday, May 23, 2016

A MUST STOP Place On Your Way To The Grand Canyon

We've all been to a winery. We've all been to a brewery. But who has been to a MEADERY before?! I know what you're thinking…."A WHAT?!" People….a MEADERY! Mead is the fermentation of honey and water and it makes a glorious and delicious beverage. Do I have you hooked yet?!

M and I went down to Prescott a few weeks ago for a little "staycation" here in the great state of Arizona. I remember when we first started dating he was talking about Mead and how he had only had it once. I don't know how, but somehow I stumbled upon the Superstition Meadery website (probably looking for places to eat) and I was sold. I knew we had to go there. We went to a cute local place for breakfast and talked over our game place. I had to google how far the meadery was because we were walking, and I was quickly embarrassed when I googled the same damn building we were in. It was in the suite next door. Round of applause for Kaylin? Thank you, thank you very much! *takes a bow*

We walked in and I was instantly in love. The vibe, the decor, the fact that I was going to be trying mead for the first time, all of it was so exciting. Guys, this is a must stop place.

Most people driving to the Grand Canyon come up from Phoenix and take it from me, you will want to detour over to Prescott! Not just for the Meadery, but the whole town is pretty damn adorable. You'll thank me later. (I accept thanks in the form of craft beer or a trip to hawaii.) But head to this place and have a unique experience!

My favorite thing on the menu was, by far, the Blueberry Spaceship Cider. OH. MAAAHHHH. GOODNESS. Y'ALL. I could have sat there all day drinking that. But I didn't. Because I'm a contributing member to society. And I had a hotel room waiting for me that I needed to check into. And we had a dinner date at 4. BUT OTHER THAN THAT I WOULD HAVE STAYED ALL DAY TO DRINK THAT!

I liked that they offered "flights" of the mead. If you've been to any type of place where they serve alcohol, you know what I'm talking about. If you're the other 50% of my readers who don't drink, I will post pictures below. (Even though i'm sure you haven't read this far.) Okay, I digress. Like I said earlier, I have never tried mead. This was a good and entertaining way to try a little bit of everything. I recommend getting the flight. I really, really recommend it.

This was such a fun date for us. We love trying fun new places like this. What are some of your favorite restaurants/breweries/wineries to go to in Arizona/Utah/New Mexico area?









Thursday, April 28, 2016

An Open Letter To My Six Year Old

Dear Six Year Old,

I write these things because I want to remember them. If I could bottle you up right now and never let you grow, I would in a heartbeat. It literally pains me to know that each passing day is a day that you are getting older. But with each day you are also getting more wise, more beautiful, and more self-aware. 

I love that you have "found your voice", even if that means yelling at me because I've asked you four times already to feed the dog. I love that you play dress up….46 times a day. I love that you watch me do my makeup most mornings and ask "when I'm your age, I want to play with pretty makeup, too." 

I love when you first wake up and your tired little voice says "good morning", followed by a hug that comes every morning like clock work. I love when I get off work and you come running to the door because you know I'm home, quickly followed by "what's for dinner?" And no matter what I say it is, you respond with "I don't like that!" I love you for that, I really really do. 

You have lost your two front teeth at six and I could sit and talk to you all day long. Your lisp right now is the cutest. You have also gained a lot of confidence since turning six. You love to sing and dance and I just know you feel the music to your core. You are a free spirit and I love that about you. 

I love doing prayers with you every night, even if for the past year you have prayed for TWO things….a dog that passed away and our babysitter with cancer. Speaking of Crystal, our beloved babysitter, you have such a heart for her and it makes me cry every time. Shopping in the grocery store you wanted to buy Crystal flowers "just because I think it will make her happy". On the way to her house you explained to me that "even though flowers will die, we have our memories which we can look back on that make us smile." You my sweet child have a heart of gold. 
You really, really do. 

You have a heart of gold. A sweeter spirit than anyone I know. A smile that could light up a room. A laugh that is contagious. A hug that heals. A passion for life bigger than most adults I know. You make me proud. 

I love when I say "my back hurts" and you jump up to "give it rubs", even if its just tiny little fingers scratching my back. You know just how to make me smile. 

My sweet girl, I love you. I hope you never ever forget or question that. We say "I love you" 4,392 times a day, but I hope you never forget that I truly love you more than anything in this world. 

I love you at six. 

Love,
Mom of a Six Year Old