The Kitchen Sink

The kitchen is the spot where we all are found regularly. The kitchen connects the dining room and our playroom, there is always movement, there is always a bit of a mess. I might be in there cooking or baking, with or without help. The dogs can be found hanging around for something to fall or getting their own food and water. The boys are usually scheming ways to find snacks… after having snacks. They even teamwork in the fridge now and gather apples and cheese sticks. So basically what I am trying to say is that our kitchen RARELY sleeps…and this means our kitchen sink usually has something in it.

When we bought our house, we didn’t realize it didn’t have a dishwasher! Our sink is pretty and big and I love it….especially when it’s empty. (Honestly it’s rarely empty.) The sink could have dishes from dinner or just a single spoon from a peanut butter lollipop, but what I am learning is that this is really a blessing. A sink with something in it means there was food that was made and shared. Conversations happened over a meal or little giggles between brothers as they helped each other pour their own milk.

The sink is somewhere I can be found often. The boys also love to help wash dishes or wash their hot wheels. I hope that they are learning these skills now to take with them later in life when they have their own dishes to wash in their own homes.

From the sink, I can hear playing (or arguing) downstairs, I can hear the boys reading in the living room, I can also look at the window above the sink and see the squirrel tormenting the dogs in the backyard. (On that note I better get going…)

So, moral of this post: the sink might not be completely empty everyday, but it does mean my family is lucky, blessed, and loved.


What’s for Dinner?!

I had a hard time planning this week and I’m not sure why. So here it is:


Sunday: Matt offered to make dinner so something with chicken but I have no idea what.

Monday: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes and veggies (thanks Erin for the recipe!)

Tuesday: Bruschetta Chicken served with pasta

Wednesday: Strawberry Pancake Poppers with fruit on the side

Thursday: Savory Oatmeal (egg, bacon, broth, parmesan)

Friday: Taco Night…I really just want some guacamole and homemade margaritas 😂

Saturday: Mini burgers with homemade fries and salad

Leave me some ideas for next week in the comments!!

Luminous You: Second Appointment

I was so excited to go back to Luminous You for my second appointment. I wasn’t nervous like I was before my first appointment because I knew what to expect. (If you would like to read about my first appointment: click here) I arrived a little early and Valery was with someone else but she made a point to say hello when I came into the office! (It’s things like this that let you know Valery really cares about her clients.)

Once my appointment started, Valery asked me how I felt since my last appointment and if I noticed anything different. I told her that shortly after my first appointment I noticed that I had a few small, raised, brown spots. I wasn’t sure about one of these spots – I couldn’t tell if it was a deep blemish or if it was a freckle, but it looked like a very noticeable blackhead to me and I was super self-conscience about it; to my surprise this spot actually flaked off. (I’d like to add that Valery is very patient and willing to answer any and all of my questions, even if I’ve asked the question before and just looking for reassurance!)

Next, it was numbing time! I love this; when the tingling starts, I know it’s working and I won’t feel too much during my treatments. Valery decided that she would use the BBL machine again for a few treatments, very similar to last time and also use the “Fotona” machine for a more precise way of reaching my vessels. (The Fotona is a laser that has many different uses.) I noticed some redness on my face from my last session did lessen, but I don’t think the cold Minnesota air helps my red cheeks! I love that Valery is able to adjust the lasers and lights to focus on my particular problem areas. The same lasers that are used for hair removal can be adjusted to work on my redness, potential acne, and acne scars.

Valery started to work her magic and that rubber band feeling was back, I totally psych myself out and think that it will hurt worse than it does. Valery also always says that if the feeling is too intense, she is able to adjust the settings so it isn’t as bad. The first wand treatments were the same with the BBL machine. My favorite part of the BBL machine is the tightening wand, it’s warm and like a roller ball feeling on your skin. I honestly can feel my skin tightening right away, its quite refreshing.

I didn’t know what to expect with the Fotona laser, but Valery forewarned me that it would burn, but only for a short time and in small areas. She was correct, it did burn a little but nothing this Mama couldn’t handle.

Once my treatments were done I was good to go. My face was more red than normal, but this is expected. Within a few hours I noticed some skin peeling off my face, but very minimal. I even went out to dinner a few hours after my appointment, no makeup, and red, but not more red than usual.

In my car, about 5 minutes after my appointment.

By the next morning, my cheeks were noticeably less red this time and more of a rosy pink! It is nice to see progress and to have before photos to look back to. I go back for my third treatment in two weeks. I am excited to see what Valery has in store for me.

Overall, I am really enjoying my experience at Luminous You. I know my photos and videos may look scary, but I promise the treatments aren’t that bad! In the moment there might be a little pain or discomfort, but it only lasts for a very short amount of time. It’s nice to see progress with my areas of concern, this lets me know that the little bit of discomfort is totally worth it!

Don’t forget to make your appointment for a FREE CONSULTATION! Valery is wanting to help you too! Remember, you only get one skin…so take care of it!

Morning after! Only wearing mascara and lipstick.

*This post is sponsored but the opinions and views in this post are completely mine and 100% honest

What’s for dinner?!

This week is a busy week for us I am trying to keep meals easy! I have one crockpot meal on here this week.


Sunday: Meatloaf Muffins with potatoes (mashed or wedges) served with a vegetable (tbd) and homemade onion rings

Monday: Crockpot Orange Chicken with steamed broccoli and brown rice (made with chicken bouillon)

Tuesday: Matt’s quick and easy carbonara served with salad and two ingredient garlic knots

Wednesday: Smoothie Bowls

Thursday: Chicken Caesar Salad (crispy onions, avocado, corn)

Friday: Pizza Night (Trader Joe’s crust)

Saturday: Chicken Bruschetta with pasta and salad


Is that a doll?

Why yes, yes, my son is playing with a doll. Why does it matter to you? I know this may sound harsh, but really I don’t need random people giving me their opinions on what my child should be playing with.

H started playing with baby dolls at an ECFE (Early Childhood and Family Education) class we were taking. He would rock the baby and feed the baby. It melted my heart watching him play with the baby dolls. He always knows when a real baby is nearby and makes a point to say hello. He’s a loving and caring child and I will nurture those qualities no matter what.

I was telling my mom how much H wanted a baby doll and kept asking for one. She sent him the one seen in the photo above. He was beyond excited to get HIS BABY. The joy in his little body was so great, he smiled so big when he opened his package.

Since his baby arrived, they go everywhere with us. The baby doesn’t have a name yet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t loved. The baby goes to the gym, the grocery store, to school pick up, etc.

I can’t tell you how many people commented on the fact that my son was carrying around a baby doll. A friend said to me when discussing this issue with people inserting their opinions, “Do you think they would have made a negative comment if he were carrying a stuffed dog?” Honestly, I don’t think any comment would have been made or if there was it would have been, “Aw, so cute!”.

I tend to walk away when people make comments at the store, but maybe I need to take the time to explain to them that there is nothing wrong my son playing with a doll. To me, I see a child learning to be nurturing (he changes the baby’s diaper and feeds them too), caring, and pretending to be just like his Mom and Dad.

H is learning and growing. It doesn’t matter what he plays with, he’s using his imagination and developing important life skills. So, yes, my son is playing with a doll. Playing with his baby is no different than him playing and using his imagination with his tools, cars, trucks, superheroes, stuffed animals, etc… It shouldn’t matter to you what he chooses to play with, what should matter is that we are raising loving, caring, and compassionate children who will one day excellent friends, uncles, fathers, partners, and contributing members of society.

What’s for dinner?!

Hey there friends! Back for another installment of What’s for Dinner?!

I have to make a correction, last week I said the meals were mostly from The Pound Dropper, but some were also from The Skinnyish Dish!

Here we go for 2/10-2/16:

Sunday: One Pot Skillet Lasagna

Monday: Hamburger Salad

Tuesday: Breakfast Tacos served with shredded hash brown potatoes

Wednesday: Lightened up Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Thursday: Heart Shaped Pizza served with salad

Friday: Homemade waffles served with fruit

Saturday: TDB- I’ve been wanting to make Italian Sloppy Joe’s but I keep forgetting so maybe this!


Luminous You: First Appointment

Today was the day I’ve been waiting for…I had my first appointment with Valery at Luminous You!

Before my appointment

Before My Appointment

I had done my homework on BBL (Broadband Light) treatment and knew that it’s been very helpful for people with acne, dark spots, redness, lines, etc… If you recall my last post about Luminous You I discussed a skincare goal for this year and wanting to look my best at my age. I want to be able to go out without having the need for makeup. I think even just after today I’m off to a good start.

During My Appointment

When I arrived, Valery greeted me and brought me into one of the rooms. She explained to me that she was going to use numbing cream (sounds scary, I know!) and let me sit for about 20 minutes. The numbing cream was so gentle on my skin. My face basically ended up feeling like what your mouth would feel like if you had lidocaine at the dentist. Honestly, those 20 minutes were the most relaxing minutes of my day!

Once I was numb, we went into the other room which had the BBL machine. Valery reassured me that she would let me know what she is doing before hand and she would make sure that I felt comfortable with what was going on.

Numb and ready!

Valery gave me proper eye protection and she went to work. The light is very bright and the best analogy I can give you is that it felt like rubber bands snapping on my face, and that is with being numbed! Valery made sure that I wasn’t in too much pain and explained what was going on throughout my session.

Valery used three different settings on my face: one for dark sports, one for redness, and one for tightening. After a few passes of the light over my face and a few different techniques Valery wiped away the gels and applied a moisturizer. I was informed that I will be red for a little while but that will subside within a few hours. She also advised against exercise for 24 hours.

Immediately after my appointment

After My Appointment

This experience has made me realize how many times I touch my face in a day, since I’ve been doing my best to not touch!!

I really appreciate that Valery takes the time to make me feel comfortable and discuss with me and educate me along the way. There is such a sense of comfort and care when in her chair. I go back to Luminous You in two weeks for my next appointment! I’ll make sure to leave little updates on how my skin is between now and then! I have to say, it’s been about 4 hours since my appointment and my skin already looks better and feels tighter!

As a reminder: always wear sunscreen, and make sure it contains zinc oxide! Valery truly wants to help her clients achieve the best version of themselves, she’s not just going to fill you up with things you don’t need and send you on your way. She can help you look your best for your age!

Here’s to a year of improving my skin and hopefully helping you keep yours glowing or improve yours too! Don’t forget to call or email Valery to set up your free consultation!

One hour after my appointment

*This post is sponsored but the opinions and views in this post are completely mine and 100% honest.

What’s for dinner?!

Hey Friends! This week I’ve been MIA because of the Polar Vortex and didn’t have time to write while we were hibernating.

Here is the meal plan for this week!

Sunday: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Monday: Chicken and Rice Casserole serves with green beans

Tuesday: Crock Pot Beef and Potato Taco Chili

Wednesday: LEFTOVERS!!!

Thursday: One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner

Most of these recipe ideas come from