Friday, December 5, 2014

Barklynn the Bichon

Having a dog changes your heart. They come into your life and give you unconditional love. You can’t help but love them back like family. With that said, my fur baby Barklynn is the most adorable little ball of fluff. She came into our life right before Valentine’s Day. There is kind of a funny story to it.

My husband, Jered went to Texas for a three-day weekend bachelor party. We had been talking about getting a dog for a few months prior. I had been doing my research finding the perfect little puppy to add to our family. I found this tiny little girl named “Pearl” who was looking for a home. That was it I made my decision. The Davidson’s are getting a dog!

Friday night I went to PetCo and purchased all of the supplies it takes to be a puppy parent (all pink everything). I called my sister and persuaded her to go on a road trip to pick up said puppy. The moment I got to hold her for the first time melted my heart. My sister got to hold her all the way back to Edmond. I think she loved every second of it. It took her a little while to warm up to Jered, but now they are smitten. I think that situation was a two-way street.

The past few months have been a blast! She is a huge fan of road trips and dog parks. She also loves going to PetCo and searching for new treats. In our house, we live for the weekend. Each Saturday morning we like to go on a "puppy adventure" to Aspen Coffee or Starbucks. Just look at that little smile, she is one happy lady!

Last weekend we celebrated her first birthday in style. I found the cutest little pet boutique in Utica Square. The Dog Dish has your pet birthday supplies on lock. Yes, I am that girl, having a birthday for her dog. I found her a happy birthday treat and a pink birthday party hat.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Things

The holiday season is here! This time of year can be extremely stressful if you are not careful. There is so much stress to find everyone in your life the perfect gift for Christmas. I decided to round up a few of my favorite things this holiday season.

Kendra Scott Sky Earrings in Bright Red—These have such a fun shape and are the color of a holly berry. Pair it with a bright red lip and you are the life of the holiday party. $55.00

Lush Dashing Santa—I am obsessed with bath bombs; if you follow me on Instagram, you already know this. This little Satna is packed with smells that will have you singing Christmas carols in your bathtub. $5.25

Sephora Collection Face Mask—This pomegranate mask awakens, energizes, and protects your skin with antioxidants and smells delicious in the process. $6.00

Volspa Petite Decorative Candle Set—This house will have you transported to a winter wonderland with Cinnamon Ceylon & Copal, Spruce Cuttings, and Visions of Sugar Plum. $35.00

Starbucks Double Wall Traveler-Red Jewel—If you looked into my kitchen cabinets you would say I have a mug addition, and it’s true. This beauty just screams, tall gingerbread latte, please. $19.95

Take time for you this holiday season and get yourself a treat when you are out and about. Even if it is something as small as a bath bomb, we all deserve time to relax and unwind. Want a chance to win this awesome package? Follow me on Instagram for the details!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

My Momma’s Taco Soup

I type this curled up on my couch with my favorite blanket. The cold front has moved into Oklahoma, and I am not looking forward to the freezing temperatures. There is one thing that I do like about the cooler temperatures, say it with me—crockpot. The crockpot is going to be your best friend during the winter. I have one recipe that is a huge hit, and I am going to share with you. This soup is perfect for freezing leftovers too.

My Momma’s Taco Soup

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 package of dry Ranch seasoning
  • 2 14 ½ ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes (I like the one with cilantro), undrained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can hominy, drained
  • 1 avocado halved and sliced, for topping*
  1. Brown the meat in a large saucepan, drain, add into slow cooker 
  2. Drain the beans, corn, and hominy
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, Rotel, and drained vegetables into the slow cooker
  4. Add Spices, and mix to combine
  5. You can simmer this mixture on low for four hours. Eat and enjoy! *You can top this soup with grated cheese, sour cream, or the avocado slices.
If you have leftovers, feel free to freeze them. You just have to let the soup cool, place into zip lock bag, lay flat, and place into the freezer. Write the date on the bag before you fill it so you know when you need to eat it by. I would try to eat it in two months.

Stay warm out there friends, this week is going to be a cold one! I hope that this Taco Soup warms you right up.