In all honesty, it seems so surreal to be sitting here and writing this.
I was never really one to sit and dream and think about what life would be like far into the future, and ten years of marriage always seemed like such a huge milestone to me - which it is!! It's so crazy how 10 years feels like it went by in the blink of an eye, but it also feels like we've been together forever.
I always tell my husband that I really underestimated everything that it would take to have a marriage back when we got married ourselves...do you ever feel like that?! I mean, I was only 20, and I definitely gave it some good consideration, but I just don't think I could even anticipate or wrap my head around what it really means to walk through life with a husband. When you're talking about the ins and outs, the ups and downs, all the craziness that gets thrown at you, it's hard to know how you'll react...what you'll do, how you'll feel. Looking back at everything we've been through over the last 10 years, I can say with 100% confidence that there is no one else I would want by my side.
I've never met someone so positive, friendly, outgoing, happy, even tempered...just such a good person. Having a partner who constantly helps you see the good in things, is always there to calm you down, and is not defined by normal gender rolls and helps how HOWEVER he can and does whatever is needed...I'm so incredibly thankful for him every single day.
You guys...there are plenty of annoying things...like, a lot. It's not always a walk in the park, and there are some days where it really takes work, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. It's such a privilege having him by my side.
We've become such a good team and it's amazing to me how much we've grown together over the last 10 years. I feel like my 20 year old self did a pretty good job choosing the person I would be with for the rest of my life...and I'm so thankful God led him to me. Our life has surpassed any expectation I could have possibly have, and I'm so incredibly thankful.
To think...it all started 10 years ago, with just the two of us. I can hardly wait to see what the rest of our life has in store. What a blessing it is to be his wife.
"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is near and dear to my heart. Over the last 6 or 7 years it has become my go to for all of our family gatherings, pot lucks, holidays and they're requested several times a month at our own house.
They're the perfect mix of chocolate chip and cookie, slightly crisp on the outside and soft & chewy on the inside. The ingredients and recipe couldn't be easier, and I have a feeling this will become your favorite go-to classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.
(Please scroll to the bottom to view the ingredients and instructions!)
6Tbs butter (softened)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 of a bag (my bag is 11.5 oz) of chocolate chips
First start by putting your butter in a stand mixer and mix using a paddle attachment for a minute or two. Once it's nice and soft and creamy, add in both sugars and mix until they'll well incorporated. Next, add in the vanilla and egg, and mix until the egg is no longer visible.
At this point, I stop the mixer and add in all of the dry ingredients at once. I know this isn't the traditional way to add dry ingredients when baking, but hey, it's super easy and hasn't let me down yet, ha! So, add in all the dry ingredients, and then turn on the mixer slowly. Let it mix only until the dry ingredients are soaked up by the wet...try not to over mix. Once everything is combined, add in your chocolate chips and mix for just a few seconds more. That's it for the dough!
I use a heaping tablespoon to help portion out the cookies so they all end up about the same size, and I line 12 up at a time on a cookie sheet. I bake mine for 10 minutes at 350 and no matter what oven we've used, they come out perfect every time! Sometimes they don't look, quiiiiite done, but pull them out anyway and transfer them to a cooling rack they'll continue cooking through in the middle just a bit!
This recipe makes somewhere around 22 cookies...depending on how big you make them and how much of the dough you eat ;)
Thanks so much for letting me share one of my most treasured recipes...I wish I could make you all a batch myself!! If you try out the recipe, please let me know what you think!! I have a feeling it just might become your new favorite!!
Recently, one of the boys was acting super congested. By the time I realized what seemed to be the cause, I went for the oils. Within hours, I could feel my own lungs opening up more and breathing easier. It's a gred trio to have on hand. Just one drop of Purification, R.C., and Lemon in the diffuser and easy breezy (no pun intended).
These warmer days have us dreaming of dinners on the patio and backyard bonfires. We rounded up some of our favorite outdoor spaces for your viewing enjoyment. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.
When we first started swapping out toxic products in our home for all natural ones, I was really hesitant to get rid of our dryer sheets especially since Mark (husband) is kind of a fanatic about having 'really good smelling' laundry). I thought for sure that using dryer balls would mean we would have to sacrifice on scent. But, once we had used up the rest of our dryer sheets I nonchalantly replaced them with these wool dryer balls and I can't even tell you how much better our laundry smells now! I love using lavender, purification, or any citrus scent on them, and they help absorb moisture so our clothes dry even faster than normal!
Win all around.
This is one of my most favorite ways to prepare our apples anytime we are going on a trip in the car, a hike, or if I'm just super on top of it and prepping lunch stuff for the kids (that last one doesn't happen often 😜)
I sliced up 4 big apples and put them in a bowl of cold water with ice along with 4 drops of orange essential oil. Let them hang out for 5 or 10 minutes, and then set them on a towel to dry! They stay extra crispy and don't brown for days, and orange give them such a delicious taste...my boys go nuts over them!
This 15 mL bottle of orange is only $10.75 and has so many uses ! Put it on your wool dryer balls, put it in a de-stressing blend, or defuse it when you are in need of a little bit of uplifting! Definitely one of those oils I'm so glad to have on hand, and you can't beat the price.