Dinner in 20: Tortellini, Sausage and Edamame 

This is my go to recipe. It requires little time and little effort and I can have it on the table in 20 minutes!

And it's so good my husband will ask me to make it. Just 4 ingredients! 

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Ribbon covered candle! 

How cute is this? Little Red Buttons created this cute craft in just a few minutes. 

"Simple two minute makeover. Peel the sticker off your Bath and Body Works three wick and replace with pretty ribbons from your stash.."

How simple is that?? She has so many great ideas. Please check her channel out! 


Sweet and spicy island pork tacos


I literally dreamed up this recipe once. I had a dream I was standing in my kitchen pulling pulled pork out of my crock pot. I made the entire taco in my dream and when I woke up I told my husband about it.

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My baby boy is three today

My sweet boy is three today. Part of me just doesn't beleive that. Time can't move that fast. It just can't. 

I vividly, VIVIDLY remember the day he was born. I remember some of the smallest details. If it was three years ago, why is my memory of the day so sharp? 

But alas, my boy is three. 

The picture at the top of this post just captures his personality. The hat he is ALWAYS wearing, his prized cowboy boots, his favorite pair of trian pants that his Nana made him. And there is a look on his face, ever so subtle, that lets you know he is up to something. 

I am not going to do a long and weepy blog post today. I want to. But I am going to refrain. Mainly because I have all the feelings and we would be here a while. But more so because I just want to enjoy him. I want to enjoy these last few hours of him being two before the clock strikes 11:59 p.m. and he is officially three. 


How do I get my husband to budget with me??? 

I get this question a lot: How do I get my husband to budget? Or how do I get on the same page with my spouse? 

We all know you cannot force a grown person (or a child a lot of times...) to do something he or she just doesn't want to do. 

I am not a professional marriage counselor and Jason and I are NOT financial advisors, but I can tell you that trying to force your spouse to do something causes more damage than good and can really hurt both of you. 

So last night I sat down and talked to Jason about his thoughts on getting a couple to think in sync when it comes to finances. 

Here is what he had to say:

1. Find some common ground. Make a list of your goals and see where they match. For us it was me getting to stay home with our kids. So we figured out what we needed to do to make that happen. 

Secondly it was buying a house. So we set our savings goals and worked towards those. We looked at what we HAD to cut to get there and we did it. 

2. Find where you can compromise. My husband gave up cable. I showed how the math and we saw that it was eating up just too much of our budget. 

However, if you're spouse is unwilling to let go of something completely see if you can find a cheaper alternative. Say, a smaller cable package. 

3. Respect the individual. Your spouse isn't you and you are not him or her. Respect that you are unique people with your own thoughts and feelings. How boring would your life be otherwise? Even if you don't agree with something your spouse wants, don't belittle that feeling or treat them like it is stupid. That just causes hurt feelings and resentment. 


For more of what Jason had to say, watch the video below. (At the end of the video he also shares his perspective on Christmas budgets and getting your kids to give.)

What do you think? Are you and your spouse on the same page? Tell me about it below!