Monday, February 18, 2013

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This month I have been working toward my BIG website move over to WordPress. Well ladies and gentlemen, that time has come! Along with the move I now have a FAB new design by the lovely Taylor from Pink Heels Pink Truck and some FUN new features!

If you are following this blog PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE head over to the new site and sign up there! I don't want you to miss out on a THING!...But you will if you don't scurry there now and take action! If you are not following this blog...and shame on you. ;) Now's a GREAT time to start...especially with the AMAZING giveaway I have going on over there in celebration of the site launch!

So without further a due, here's the BRAND NEW SITE!!!!!


Whatcha think?!


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy....Thursday!



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Happy Thursday Valentine's Day everyone! And in honor of today I wanted to take part in my friends' copycat fashion link up


I am not that fashion forward, but I do know that colored jeans are all the rage these days. You can find them anywhere. 

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So I figured it would be a safe bet that my outfit of choice would not find itself on the worst dressed list...hopefully. This my friends is a fun outfit and I thought it was oh so fitting for Valentine's day!

(top & pants: kohls//shoes: target)

I am a girl who LOVES sparkles, sequins, and glitter. This shirt spoke to me. It said buy me, wear me, love me. Your clothes speak to you too, right? And wouldn't this outfit be so cute for a fun Valentine's date out?! I think so. Hint, hint hubby! Why don't you head on over to the link up and post about your outfit?!


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I didn't do this with my other pregnancies, mainly because I didn't want to see how huge I was getting. And I was lazy. But this go around I think I'll share weekly updates and pics of me and sweet baby. Because it is:


Today I am officially at the 21 week mark. It is utterly crazy to me how fast this pregnancy is and will continue to go by. While the first sonogram shows 95% sure that baby #5 is a girl, Sam and I CANNOT agree on any names. Seriously, we haven't had this much trouble before. Maybe we've run out of name ideas after 4 kids, ha! Usually we have both a boy's name and a girl's name picked out by the time our 20wk sono rolls around. But everything is happening so fast this time around we aren't at an agreeing point yet, ha! And technically we haven't gone to our big sono appointment yet, so I guess we have time. My hopes are to wear Sam down (in the nicest, most loving way possible), I just know if he thinks about it long enough he'll like my name, haha!

(so got this idea from a friend!)

This is what happens when you need your four year old to take the pictures for you. Yeah, at least we got 2 good pictures, whew!


So what are your plans for Valentine's day? 

Anything exciting???





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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Creamy, Dreamy Chicken Enchiladas




Today I am sharing with you one of my all time favorite meals! You can go ahead and thank me, because this is just amazing. As you know we Texans love our Tex-Mex and this dish rivals many restaurants' meals! No lie. And thanks to my Aunt's recipe, we now eat it all the time!


But the best part about this meal, is that it's super simple to make....and feeds a ton. Notice a trend with our cooking here?! Easy and simple. Done!


Here's what you'll need:

*10 medium tortillas
*1 whole chicken (we used a rotisserie one)
*1 onion
*green bell pepper
*1 stick of butter
*1 can of cream of chicken
*1 can of cream of mushroom
*2 cups of sour cream (1/2 will be for sauce)
*1 lb of velveeta (cubed)
*2 cups of grater cheese (your choice) for top
*garnish with jalapenos (optional)
*preheat oven to 350 degrees



Debone and cut up your chicken into small pieces.


Saute onions and peppers in a pan at medium/high heat. 
Then add in chicken, cream of chicken, velveeta, and 1/2 of your sour cream. 
Heat until mixture is melted.


Grab a tortilla and spoon out the mixture on it. 
Roll up the tortilla and then place it in a greased 13x9 baking dish. 
Repeat until all tortillas are full and in the dish!


Now to make the sauce. 
Mix the other 1/2 of the sour cream with the can of cream of mushroom together.


Spread sauce over the top of your enchiladas evenly. 
Sprinkle your grated cheese over the sauce covering the entire top.


Bake in the oven until golden and bubbly!


Top off your enchiladas with some jalapenos and eat up!


This is seriously one of the best meals I have ever eaten! Next week I'll share with you the side dish we enjoy with the enchiladas. You don't want to miss this! And of course did you see the Guiltless Dessert Nachos we made last week?! They would be a perfect way to top off this dinner!




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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Wish List - aka: A Girl Can Dream


With this being my fifth baby there are certain things that we won't do, or buy...because we're just pros. ha! Like we already have a car seat, crib, and many major accessories needed for a new little one. Thank the Lord for this, but it also makes getting excited for a baby slightly challenging. There are some other things that we will probably use from previous children because let's face it, we are SO not made of money. But in an effort for this to be the most joyous pregnancy I've ever had I did a little "window" online shopping and I must say, I AM IN LOVE! *sigh*



I just wanted to show you some of the items I have fallen in love with and if I had the ability would TOTALLY buy for my baby, whether it was my first or my fifth!


I have an obsession with Amy Butler fabric. Like an unhealthy one. So I was over the moon excited when I found this custom bedding from Birds Have Flowers on Etsy. I cannot stop looking at it, though I would totally add a little more pink to the design...cause that's how I roll.


Um yes, how can you go wrong with Petunia Pickle Bottom? Not only is this diaper bag big enough for everything you need while toting around 5 kids, but it is oh-so stylish! I mean you have to get a diaper bag, so why not this beauty?!


One of my favorite handmade shops is SheShe Made. And they just came up with the cutest package for expecting moms that I NEED! Nothing gets me more excited than cute frilly monogrammed clothes.



This is from For the Love of Joy and I am in love! While I do have a boppy already, it is in need of a new cover and I can have this one match the bedding color scheme from above! Perfect right?! And how precious would this matching name pillow be? You can have it customized with scripture as well. Swoon!


This is possibly the most precious thing I have ever seen. How sweet and innocent is this Beaufort Bonnet?! And on the back of the hat is the baby's monogram! Couldn't you just imagine baby girl headed to church in this beauty?! Ah, I just die!



Are these not the cutest items ever?! Oh how I wish sweet baby #5 (or I, ha!) could use them. But unfortunately my other 4 kids think they need to be fed, rude. So when I feel down, I'll just click back to this post and dream of the finer things in life. 

What are some things you did to enjoy your pregnancy?!



*P.S. All my posts from now on will not be consumed by this pregnancy, promise!*





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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Guiltless Dessert Nachos




Hope you all enjoyed the first ever Cookin' With Gpops a few months weeks ago. Last weekend I spent a little time with the old man and we (really he) whipped up some fun recipes for the blog. Boy were they GOOD and I can't wait to share them with you over the next weeks! First off we have Guiltless Dessert Nachos. Most of us may be trying to shape up for the New Year, but still want a way to indulge a little without feeling bad for it. Or is that just me?? Thus, I bring you this AMAZING dessert.


Oh yeah, these babies are divine. And the kids loved them too! 


Here's what you'll need:

*1/2 cup of fat-free sour cream
*1/2 cup of fat-free whipped dessert topping (thawed)
*low calorie liquid sweetener (equal to 4 tablespoons of sugar)
*1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
*6-7 8in. fat-free flour tortillas
*butter flavored non-stick cooking spray
*1 tablespoon of Splenda (or any sugar substitute) 
*1 pkg. each - raspberries, blueberries, strawberries (and we added blackberries & kiwi)
*2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
*1 1/2 teaspoons of grated semi-sweet chocolate
*pre-mixed cinnamon & sugar (for sprinkling)
*preheat oven to 400 degrees

**all of these ingredients are fat-free items, but you can totally get the full fat goodies if you'd like, ha!**


Grate your chocolate and then chop up all your fruit as desired.


Cut tortillas into triangles and lay them out on a cookie sheet. 
A little overlapping is okay.


Lightly spray tortilla triangles with the butter spray and then sprinkle a coating of the pre-mixed cinnamon and sugar on top.
Bake in oven for about 5 minutes until they are crisp.


Don't they look great?!
Let them cool completely.


Now mix together in a medium bowl; sour cream, whipped cream, liquid sweetener, cinnamon, and sugar.


Here comes the fun part!
Time to make your nachos.
Sprinkle on your sweet/creamy mixture, then add your fruit, chocolate, and almonds as desired!


Eat up and don't even feel guilty about it!


Be sure to come back next week when we continue with the Mexican food theme and make chicken enchiladas that are to-die-for! No lie!






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Thursday, February 7, 2013

There's a Baby in There??? (Part 2)



As a child, I imagined my life when I grew up. I would be married to a doctor, we'd live in a cute 2 story white house with a wrap around porch to-die-for, and have 4 gorgeous well dressed and behaved kids. Two boys, two girls. My days would either be spent as a stay at home mom or an actress...that wasn't clear to me yet, ha! Of course the house would be spotless, our cars would be nice, and we would vacation to amazing locations like Branson. (I was a kid, remember.)


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But clearly that is not how things have gone.

There are no doctors, actors, 2 story spotless houses, nice cars or amazing vacations. I do however have a wonderful husband and 4 gorgeous kids. My days are spent as a stay at home mom, but there I often find myself in a 4 verses 1 scenario...these kids are smart! Money is tight, but love is plenty. And then when I was certain our lives would gradually become easier as the kids grew, my business flourished, and Sam graduated school; we again found out we were expecting.

I have felt defeated, worried, cried a mountain of tears, and have even been upset with God because I wondered how we could afford another child. We almost had a handle on affording the four we already had, ha! As I sat in my self pity my mind wandered to my sweet roommate from Influence. I remembered we cried together as she struggled with her infertility. She bore her heart and I could see that God was working on and through her. Man how I wished this were her pregnant and able to experience all that joy. Joy I clearly wasn't feeling because I couldn't believe this happened to me.

Happened to me?

Oh how she would hurt me for saying that. All she wanted was a baby and I just wanted to not have another. Selfish I know.

Right then I knew why God placed her on my heart. I planned to just "go through the motions" on this pregnancy, always on the defensive and almost apologetic with my answer to questions. But today I'm making a change. You see I want to experience this pregnancy for the first time like it were through her eyes. I want to praise God for this new life, and not worry about all the ifs, ands, or buts. This pregnancy is all about joy, and it will be.

Even though I am working to that point, I must say I am still dreading the;
"You know what causes this, right?"
"Weren't you done after the last baby?"
"How many kids are you going to have?"
questions and my knee jerk reaction to apologize for this child. I will work on that. But there is one question I am more than happy to answer for you right now,


"Are you having a boy or a girl?"

And the doctor is 95% sure that Estes Baby #5 is a.....

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Now do you have any fun, unique baby names??




Linking up with:

A Royal Daughter



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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

There's a Baby in There??


I'm pregnant.




Those are two words I truly never thought I'd say again. We were SO done having kids that good ole hubby was supposed to get the snip, snip, we gave away all baby clothes as Penelope grew out of them, and I gladly shipped off all clothes that even remotely resembled anything maternity.

Yeah this is funny, real funny.

Two weeks ago I found myself with a doctor (Did I mention my midwives are no longer here?! Ha, this is good stuff.) getting a sono to confirm pregnancy and see how far along I was. Fully expecting to see a little peanut floating around in there, I was completely surprised to see something different. There was no little peanut to be found...maybe it was hiding behind the 18 week big baby in my uterus. Yeah, no lie. I just cant make this stuff up. How was this even possible??

The doctor looked at me and questioned, "Did you not feel the uterus?"

"No. I thought I was finally working on a six pack." As a recovering fatty, I have never had my own six pack. Sad to know that my progress was only a keg (aka: a baby)"Listen, this is my fifth baby. You would think I would be showing already! I don't even look pregnant."

"Yep, well there is definitely a baby in there." he quickly added.

My mind went blank, numb. What was Sam going to think? When I took the pregnancy test we really thought I was going to miscarry because I had NO signs/symptoms of pregnancy. This was the complete opposite of a miscarriage. I was almost half way through my pregnancy already, for Pete's sake.

How could we have another baby?

Number five.

Number five.

What were we going to say to our families? Friends? It was clear we weren't going to get time to adjust to this idea either. I mean any day my belly could pop out and the whole free world would know.

A familiar phrase knocked me back into the reality of that cold/dim room. "Would you like to know what you're having?"

No way.

How could I already know this? I'm not even used to the idea of actually being pregnant, let alone finding out the gender of said expectant baby. But whether I was ready or not, the doctor informed me the baby is a...


*Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow.*


(my bump, 19wk and 6 days)


Any guesses on the baby's gender?




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