Find Joy In Today

As I laid in my bed Sunday night and reflected on the day, tears began to fall down my face. It was 11 p.m. and the baby was nuzzled up next to me. If she or I moved, she quickly searched for me to nurse  and then would fall back asleep in a matter of seconds. Uh oh. “This is going to be a long night.”

The day was not too drastically different than any other Sunday, except I didn’t go to church because the baby had come down with either a cold, or teething. Not sure which, but something was bugging her, so I decided it was best to stay home. “Maybe I’ll actually be able to straighten up a little, pick up the toys, start the laundry…”


As soon as the older girls left with my husband for church, I sat on the couch and immediately felt overwhelmed. Not just with the messy house, but with life. I began to feel like I was not on top of things lately.

I got up and began to collect the toys. They were everywhere. Like in every room and corner of the house. It can be annoying to be constantly stepping on them, but in a way I love it. I started to think about my two older girls and how forgiving they’ve been to me over the past year. Being sick and tired every day through the pregnancy, and now reliving the new born years, I haven’t been as attentive as I wish I could be. But man, they’ve become the best of friends (and sometimes the worst), and they’ve adapted really well. Seriously, I love them.


I didn’t get too far in picking up the toys when the baby seemed fussy/hungry/tired so I went up stairs to rock her. It was not an easy task but she finally fell asleep. As she laid there I thought about the million things I needed to do, and kept telling myself I could finish them just as long as she took a good nap. I laid her down, shut the door, and went down stairs. I peeked at the monitor and noticed two big eyes staring right at me. “Well, that didn’t last long.”

I ran back up stairs hoping I could put her back to sleep before she fully woke up. I scooped her in my arms and realized, yea she’s fully awake. But I continued to try to put her back to sleep hoping it would help. As I rocked her I thought about my family, extended, and how much I missed them and wished they were here. Having my husband gone so much for work is rough. (Don’t you hate bills?!) Not a week, and maybe even never longer than 2 days went by when I was younger that I didn’t see my cousins or my grandparents. I started to get sad about my girls and how they are lucky to see their family only every few months, and cousins are non existent, (and probably will be for a very long time.) “Arielle, stop being such a debbie downer!”


I got up since the babe decided 5 minutes was enough rest time and went back to the chores. I didn’t accomplish much due to the fussy baby, and before I knew it the rest of the family was home.

The day continued and then soon enough, it was time for bed. I tucked the girls in and laid the baby down. I cuddled up next to my husband, but once again that little bebe was wide awake and not happy. I pushed the piles of clean folded laundry off my bed, held my sweet baby in my arms, and got her back to sleep. That’s when the tears began to flow.

So, why am I sharing this (pretty personal) day with you?…Because Monday, even though it wasn’t much more of a different day, was much better. And here’s why.


Sunday night as I held my baby right up next to me, trying so hard not to move, I scrolled through my phone. I happened to come across a blog post from In The Head of AL and it was exactly what I needed to hear.  I’m going to take a quote right out of her post. Here is what she said…

‘Love where you are. A perfect reminder when things are hard to not spend your time looking ahead pleading for things to be over and things to be different. But just to stop. Stop looking backwards. Stop yearning and waiting forwards. Today, where you are right now, is a joy. Because today, right now, is the best place to be. Because happiness does await us in this day. Because His blessings and promises are here, right now.’

Bam. Like a ton of bricks right to the gut. I had spent practically my whole day being sad. Being frustrated about things in the past. Being overwhelmed with how I wish certain things were different because if they were, life would be totally easier right? I had totally avoided the Joy that I had THAT day. I missed it. I had overlooked the tremendous blessings that I had in that moment, and my friends, I have SO many blessings. So many things currently to be thankful for RIGHT NOW.


I had a messy house, but I so quickly forgot that I HAD A HOUSE, that we OWNED thanks to the extremely hard working husband I have! We are free from worry because of him! There were toys everywhere, but I didn’t focus on the fact that I had three beautiful daughters of god that were healthy, smart, creative, and beautiful. Each ‘mess’ resembled a time where they sat together and played. The baby was fussy and not sleeping, but I was holding my baby. A baby that I was able to have, a baby that was healthy and growing. A baby that has brought so much joy and togetherness to our family.

It’s easy to look past what we have and focus on things we wish were easier or different, but let me tell you…It’s easier to find the blessings we have now. There are so many things to find Joy in today.

Monday was so much better, and I was so much happier. (Including my family)

Find Joy in Today.

My Journey to a Healthier Me

Life has a weird way of teaching you lessons.

Before, I didn’t really know what was good for me.

Like a jelly bean green juicy jumpsuit.

Yes, yes I did.

It’s weird, because sometimes we truly don’t know that what we’re doing isn’t the best for us.

Since I was little girl, I’ve always had an issue with the way I felt about my weight. Even at the young age of 10, I had this negative view about my weight and body image. Always wanting to be skinnier, to feel better, and wishing I could feel comfortable in the clothes I wore…Without feeling like I wanted to run home and put on baggy sweats.

This was me in high school.

I’m not going to sit here and say, “Look how fat I am, I’m pale, I was bloated, I look tired, and why in the heck aren’t I wearing cuter shoes…yidda yadda!”

See, that would be mean.

But it’s how I felt.

I was in the constant battle with myself, trying to feel good enough. You see I thought I was making the best choices for my body.I thought I was healthy. I thought that if I ran for 10 minutes it was okay for me to scarf down 3 chili dogs when I got home. I thought that eating a salad loaded with bacon, eggs, cheese, ranch dressing, and garlic croutons wasn’t bad for you. I mean, it was a salad! How bad could it be? I struggled because I thought I was doing everything I could to be healthy, happy, & skinny. Why wasn’t I?

I carried this (non) confidence in my self with me to college, and like most college students, eating & socializing is pretty common. It was a struggle for me to try to make the right choices, considering I really didn’t even know what was right. Then something happened. I got sick.I felt bloated, crampy, and sick to my stomach ALL the time. (Could it be the chili!?)  I went to several doctors, and no one could figure out what was wrong. Then one doctor took an x-ray of my stomach, and everything was black. My body wasn’t digesting food. The doctor suggested I omit gluten and dairy to see if that worked. So for the next 2 years I did just that. You see, back then, there wasn’t a lot of gluten-free/dairy free products, like there are today. So I had to eat really fresh and natural things like lean meats and fresh produce. At first, it was SOO hard. NO OLIVE GARDEN BREADSTICKS!!

With this new “lifestyle” I was living I began to notice not only a difference in my appearance but also how I felt. I had SO much energy. I was no longer tired and lethargic, now I felt awake and energetic. I decided to take up exercising, in particular running. I would wake up early in the morning and run…

Let me just add that I was never ever a runner. One time a friend and I tried out for track in HS, and we quit the next day.

Anyways I began to love it so much I started doing mini’ “races” at school.

I felt great!

But I became obsessed. Then the doctors told me that I really wasn’t allergic to gluten, but I was lactose intolerant, and I could start eating wheat again. I remember crying hysterically to my mom saying, “I’m gonna get fat again!” After that, I promised my self I wouldn’t let me get back to the old me again so I started really watching what I ate. Canned vegetables and rice crackers were my staple. I probably consumed 300 calories a day.

Luckily through the support of family and friends, I knew that things had to change.

I knew my goal was to become healthy & happy, and not focus so much on the skinny part.

I decided the best way to make this change was to do some research and become educated. I quickly switched my major to Health and Nutrition, studying up on some reading, and began to really learn and understand the beauty of living a healthy lifestyle and all it has to offer.

I stopped the fad diets, kicked the low carb, fat free foods the curb. Diets just weren’t working and I could never seem to stick with them, and there was no way I was going to diet the rest of my life. I knew that if I wanted to feel great inside and on the outside, I had to stop worrying about calories and counting my carbs. It just wasn’t the way I wanted to live.

My goal was to eat food, enjoy it, and feel great. The only way I was able to accomplish this was by eating wholesome and natural foods. After that I not only began to feel great inside, but I was able to maintain and feel great about my healthy weight. Taking the pressure off of myself of dieting was a load off my shoulders, and now I knew that I could eat foods without the constant worry that I struggled with.

Life has thrown a lot of curve balls. Some have been more challenging than others, but I am still learning to this day to be grateful for the body I have been giving. I know now how to make the best choices for my body. I know now that I am healthy. I know that I can run for as long as I want and still come home and eat chocolate, and this is because I know that I am no longer afraid of food. Instead I know that what I put into my body is going to contribute how I feel on the outside. And I must add I know I feel great when I eat chocolate =]..

Now I know.

Everyday is a new day. I’m not going to say I’m perfect. I mean I usually eat a gallon little bit of chocolate every day. I don’t always have time to work out, let alone shave my legs (TMI?). And sometimes my breakfast includes a cookie and left over brown rice.

This blog is about my life, my journey to making better decisions. All the while, trying my best to be an amazing wife and mother, and  keeping my family healthy and happy.

My focus is to raise my family with the attitude that our bodies are temples and we need to respect and take care of them. That doesn’t mean that we need to be skinny or fit into a size 2. That means that we need to give our bodies the food it needs to thrive, grow, and become strong to live healthy and happy lives.

That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

The Reality Of How My Family Lives A ‘Healthy Lifestyle’

I would say that 80% of the emails I get are from parents who are struggling with having their family and their children eat healthy. Even though it’s an email or a comment, I can tell that they are stressed, worried, and feel a sense of failure because their child or spouse just hates eating healthy.

As parents, we are responsible for the health and well being of our family, so living a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating are a sensitive and sometimes touchy subject. There are A LOT of different ways to live healthy and with those ways come A LOT of different opinions.

So why not give you mine right?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time, but never really had the ‘courage’ to do so. Saying how we ‘actually’ live is kind of scary, not that I am ashamed. But what if people think I’m a fraud?! Majority of social media and blogs today are all about perfection. It’s rare to see a REAL glimpse into someones life. As far as we know, all the other moms and dads are doing it perfectly, or at least better than you are right? Getting a good workout in every morning, eating healthy, feeding their kids all organic homemade, teaching their kids, dressing in the cutest clothes, and of coarse having the perfect house. One of my favorite quotes that I think fits perfectly is, ” Love her dress, hate her.”

So let’s begin…

How do we really live a healthy lifestyle in our family…


There was a time when I had one baby where I made homemade crackers.


Homemade crackers with different nuts, seeds, and all things healthy.

I remember an older mom friend of mine saying, “I CAN’T believe you are making your own crackers?! How do you find the time?!”

I laughed but in my head thought, “Well you can accomplish anything at nap time!” I also thought, anyone can afford to buy majority of their food organic. Vegan diets are easy. Eating out at healthy restaurants is do-able. You can make anything homemade, during that beloved nap time. Fitting in exercise is the easiest thing…yada yada yada.

Well my friends, my opinion has definitely changed. I woke up. Or in my case, I never slept. Having 3 kids under 4 will do that to you. So where do I/my family stand now you ask?

Here is our reality.

Right now, I like to call our life the “Survival Stage.” 

With 3 kids under 4, a husband who works two jobs and 60 plus hours a week, along with a massive load of student debt, well we are just trying to survive ;).


Do we buy all Organic Food?


In an ideal world we would buy organic meats, fruits, dairy, grains, etc. There was a time when I did this, again when I was a young mom of one, and I spent A LOT. At the time we were a small family, technically only 2 and 1/2, so we weren’t eating a lot, but buying organic in general was EXPENSIVE. I also shopped locally at the farmers markets and bought organic produce. I loved it.

But things have changed. Now with 5 mouths to feed, grown up bills, and our desert climate, organic isn’t always possible. I just can’t afford to spend 100 on produce alone. I can’t. I’ve been to our local farmers markets and you can buy a tiny things of berries for 8 bucks, and that would be a snack for my 4 year old. It just isn’t possible. Not with a mortgage and all the other bills right?

What about meat? I’m so excited because we just recently got a sprouts market in our city and their organic prices are so much better! If their organic meat is on sale and it’s a good and similar price to what I would pay for non organic, than I will buy it. Otherwise my friends, at this point in our life, I can’t spend 50 just on meat. Of coarse there is always the idea of incorporating for vegan/meat free dishes that way every meal isn’t solely meat based. But still, a package of organic chicken breast at my local store is about 20 bucks. (That’s one night of chicken dinner.)

What about Dairy? The same goes for dairy as it does meat. If it’s on sale, we buy it. If not, we don’t.

It’s a hard reality for me to share, but I’ve learned that we all, if not a lot of us, are not in perfect financial stability. We just can’t afford to pay 300 bucks a week on groceries,  and frankly I don’t really want to. I truly believe you just do the best you can. If you can’t afford organic, great! If you can, great! But don’t buy an 8 dollar mini organic watermelon. That’s just crazy ;).

Does that mean I’m buying crap?


I still buy an abundance of fresh produce and majority of the time I make 3 meals a day for my family. Not always, but a lot of the time. Unless I had 3 hours of sleep the night before because I stayed up to watch the Bachelor. Then it’s cheerios for breakfast.


Do your kids eat healthy? Do they eat vegetables?

Yes and Yes.

No and No.

Are we clear? haha! Here’s the lowdown on healthy eating with my kids. My girls are learning who they are and developing a sense of, “It’s my way or the highway” kind of attitude. It’s a fun stage. Sometimes when I place vegetables in front of them they either laugh, cry, scream, or just eat them. Everyday is different. But I try and be consistent. I serve veggies with every meal. Sometimes they eat them, sometimes they spit them out and tell me that was disgusting.

With that being said, my kids have had boxed macaroni and cheese. And Oreos. This goes back to that “Survival Stage” where I had a new born baby who nursed on demand every hour, a toddler who was going through pacifier withdrawls, a 4 year old who thought she was 16, and a husband at work. The LAST thing I wanted to do was think about what to make for dinner. When those days happen, don’t feel guilty about making a boxed macaroni and cheese. Just pat yourself on the back that your kids are being fed dinner! There were multiple times, yes multiple, where I would put a movie on to try and fit in a 30 minute nap only to wake up to find my 2 year old knee deep in a jar of nutella. It happens.

Do you exercise every day?


At this particular time in my life I would say I exercise 3/7 days a week. Is it a good solid workout? I wish, but no. I’ve been blessed with very alert kids. Kids that at the age of 4 still don’t sleep through the night. Add a new born to that and when I wake up in the morning I’m crawling down stairs half asleep. I also have a husband who leaves at 6 in the morning for work and by the time he comes home, I am way to tired to work out.

With that being said, I try to fit in a walk, jog, or a workout video in every so often. But it’s not easy right now, and THAT is ok. There was a time when I had a 18 month old and a 3 1/2 year old and I wasn’t pregnant. I would run every day and get a great workout in. The kids were sleeping a little better and I felt more alive. That time will come again, but I know right now I just have to do the best I can. Are there moms who are better at this? Definitely. But I’m not that mom.

We are all different and we do things differently. Like I said, we do the best we can right?

Do you eat at healthy restaurants?

Yes and No.

(Aren’t you loving my answers? SO clear.)

If you ask my husband, I’m constantly begging him to try new healthy, vegan, and sometimes raw food places. Sometimes he is willing but most of the time he isn’t. If we eat out as a family, we try to be spending conscious and if I have a say, health conscious. We have definitely ordered a pizza, and my husband loves to take the girls to McDonalds. (I try and put my foot down on that, but marriage is compromise right?) It’s not a weekly thing or even monthly, but my girls have had fast food. (And I really like red burritos without cheese from Del Taco. AHHHH!!) But if we eat out, I usually always order sometime healthy/light and my girls usually stick to similar things, like macaroni and cheese, or chicken. They don’t really stray from that.

A long those lines, my girls love to eat at healthy juice places and have fresh juice and healthy baked goods. I usually take them with me to try new places and they are really open to doing things like that.


In closing…

I love finding ways to live a healthier lifestyle. It truly changed my life and the way I feel. Somedays I am on top of it, and sometimes I am just trying to survive. I love to be in the kitchen, so I’m always trying to make healthier dishes. It’s a passion. I love sharing those recipes and ideas with others so they can try them on their family. I also love the way exercise and healthy eating make me feel. Nothing makes me feel more energized for the day then when I get a good solid workout in.

This is why I am SO excited about this breakfast book I’ve been working on! I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

But I’m not perfect, and neither are you. I’ll be the first person to say I love a big slice of chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookie! You have do to what works best for you and your family. And if you are a young mom with little babies like me, well then just remember you are doing the best and just trying to ‘survive’ :). There will be a time when all those babies are in school and sleeping through the night, (or so I hope!). Then getting up at 6 to workout will be easier right? :)


Again, this was kind of scary for me to share, but I hope that I was able to answer some of my most frequently asked questions! More importantly, I hope you feel better about yourself! Thanks for all of your support and love my friends!

Nailed It : Laundry

Let’s talk about laundry.

I LOATHE laundry.

Nope. Scratch that. I HATE laundry.

I feel bad because I think it’s one of those things I should have told my husband before he married me. But I didn’t.


See that pile on the bed? It’s clean. Clean-ish.

That pile was washed a week ago. It’s been in a pile for a week on the bottom of my bed/on the floor. Need a shirt? Look in that pile. Need new undies? The pile.

See that laundry basket behind The Pile? That’s dirty laundry, SPILLING over the top.

Why does laundry hate me so much?

Do you see the time on the clock? You can’t really tell but it says 2:57, in the afternoon. That’s right. 3 in the afternoon and I haven’t even thrown a dirty load of laundry into the wash. NOT ONE.


I could blame the children.

I mean, after all I have been taking care of 3 kids under 4 all day…You know what? It’s all their fault! But I also hated/had issues with laundry B.C. (before children), so I guess it’s technically not their fault. Which only means one thing…

Nailed it! Nice one me, nice one…



And Then There Were Three…

It’s amazing how you don’t think that life could get any better, or that you could share your heart any more, but as soon as we welcomed our 3rd sweet baby girl everything changed. I feel so incredibly  blessed!

Life with 3 girls…where do I begin?

I read this quote some time ago and I think it states perfectly how I feel…

The Happiest State of Human Existence Is to Love Someone More Than You Love Yourself.”









Trust me friends…That is truly where Happiness lies.


Thank you all So much for your kind words, comments, tweets, emails, instagram hellos, etc.! I feel the LOVE so much! I’ve been busy snuggling my little angel and I appreciate the patience. I’ve also been working on The Diva Dish E-book Breakfast Cookbook! I just need to tackle a few more recipes.

I do need a creative Hashtag to go with the book, so if anyone can think of one I am willing to send someone a ‘prize’ :).



Love your family & Love your friends! Happy Tuesday!

Sunday Dinner : Before Baby

I think there is a 6th sense roaming about our household. Each one of us in our own way knows that the 5th member of our family will soon be here, and well….

Each one of us is handling the situation differently.


My girls personalities have completely switched, but I’ve still managed to have one ‘out to get me’ child, and ‘one that really must love me’ child.

My husband has been teaching my girls how to punch, fight, kick, and play sports non stop. I think he is starting to feel how little power he really is going to have living in a house with 7 women.

7 because I count as 3 women total. That’s right. I’ve fully embraced the last stage of my pregnancy with more than enough hormones to the point where I cry over missing shoes and hugs from my littles.

And I cried at like every super bowl commercial.

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We also just finished up the last of our ‘major’ kitchen projects before the baby comes! The minor things will come later, but my husband told me we have to pay our mortgage so…

After two weeks of being unable to use my kitchen, it felt nice to have a peaceful Sunday just enjoying my little family of 4 before we add one more!

We made lemonade, chicken +pasta, rolls, and chocolate. The recipes/links to recipes will be at the end of this post!

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Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish

Sunday  Dinner; The Diva Dish



I feel like it’s a calm before the storm, because guess what, we are naming our baby Storm.

Totally kidding.

…But more like, we will be lucky if we change out of our pajamas and do productive things after she arrives. Sorry hubs. And sorry kids. And sorry kitchen floors. And sorry hair…You won’t be washed often.


Here are the recipes from our Sunday Dinner:

Strawberry Lemonade (Just water, no sparkling water)

Chicken Piccata + Parsley Pasta

Parmesan Italian Herb Rolls= Frozen Dough Rolls topped with melted coconut oil, grated Italian herbs, and freshly grated parmesan. Baked at 400 for 16 minutes in a greased cast iron skillet.

Salad= Not pictured, but it was just lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, apples, goat cheese, almonds, and dressing.

Brownies= Boxed w/ homemade frosting. (Melted chocolate chips, coconut oil, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk)


Life/Baby/Blog Update!

I’ve needed to do a Life/Baby/Blog update for quite sometime, so I decided to do a little video blog to fill you guys in :). So much easier than writing a whole blog post, I must say!

By the way, recording myself talk about…myself…Just awkward. Luckily I had a very talkative 4 year old right by my side!

Seriously though friends…Thank you! I love this blog and I consider you guys my BFF’s :).

My Imperfectly Perfect Life

I have to tell ya…Hitting the “New Post” button on my blog felt SO weird and comforting at the same time. I’ve really missed opening my computer and sharing my love of health, with a little glimpse of my crazy beautiful life, and my overly dramatic personality…

It’s been too long my friends. Way too long.


Someone close to me recently told me that I portray myself having this perfect life in my posts/FB statuses/Instagram, but in reality my life isn’t so. Like I’ve been fake…It was a little bit of an “ouch…really?” I feel like I’ve tried to be as real as I can on social media and my blog post. I think I have done my best to share the good most definitely, but I also feel that I’ve been open with sharing some of the bad and the ugly. (We are entitled to some privacy right?) :)

I know that social media can be a place where we don’t always show the reality of life, but I’ve always looked at this blog and my social media outlets as a place of positivity.  A place of comfort, strength, passion, common ground for others, and definitely a place of reality.

So that had me thinking, and since then I’ve been eager to share a little bit of reality of my well…Imperfectly Perfect life.


It’s been about a month since I’ve been present here on The Diva Dish, and before that I was touch and go. Truth is my friends, we all have touch days/months/years. Times where it’s like, “Ok, can I really take much more?!” Times where we think everything is falling apart and there is NO way we can pick ourselves.

This has been one of those years.


There has been a lot of loved ones lost this year, a lot of financial difficulties, relationships have been tried and tested between family members, friends, and my marriage. I’ve felt alone, lost, and even like a terrible mother and wife. I’ve seen loved ones struggle more than ever before, and I’ve been hurt by people who I respected and loved.


There is always a but!


I’ve also been blessed so much. I was able to get pregnant and continue to stay at home and raise my two baby girls. I’ve had many opportunities to see prayers answered by my loving Heavenly Father when I most needed them. I’ve learned the true value of friendship, and have seen many serve and sacrifice to help myself and my family out in many ways. I’ve learned that there is nothing better than a phone call of comfort from my mom or dad. And I have never felt closer to God than I do now…

I’ve become a lot stronger and so much more confident in myself than ever before, something which I’ve struggled with for a while. I know that I can do hard things, and I am doing the best I can to be a great mother, wife, friend, and woman.


Why am I sharing this?

Not just to say that my life isn’t perfect, because I know that I’ve expressed that before.

What I really wanted to share was that life can be extremely difficult. We all go through things unimaginable, and no trial compares. It’s easy to get wrapped up in other peoples lives, thinking that their grass is greener (or their house is cleaner!)

But even in times of darkness, there is light. I’ve learned this so much this year. Even if it’s just a smile and an “I wove you!” from my two year old, or an “I’m so happy mom!” from my 4 year old. There IS light. Some days there will be more than others…But I know that we are strong, we are loved, and that no one is living a fairy tale.

More of like a broadway show, ya know :)!


There will be multiple days of messy houses, laundry piles for DAYS, tantrums, toys on the floor, (and even some food!) And there will be nights where we order a pizza and eat three slices with ranch dressing and not feel bad about it..(And then have a bowl of rice krispies later that night!)


And then there will be times where our world is turned upside down. Times where we fall and we don’t really want to get up, and we need help.

It’s so important to love others because we really don’t know what burdens others are carrying. Look for opportunities to serve and love others…


And look for times where there is a little (or a lot) of light…


I love you my friends and I’m grateful you have stuck with me this far during this year. I love this blog and I love all those who have supported me! Please know that despite the challenges this year has brought, we are doing GOOD! We are so blessed in more ways than we can count!

I’m so happy it’s the Holiday season! I can’t wait to eat more pumpkin and have hot chocolate by a sparkly christmas tree! With a large pile of laundry next to me of coarse :)!

Do You Want To Build A Sand Castle?!

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Ever since moving away from California, we haven’t really played in the sand. (Unless you consider the Desert Sand mixed with rocks, then yes. Every day.) We miss it so much, and we will be calling this our home for the next week! This couldn’t have come at a better time with our busy and crazy lifestyle. Sometimes we just need to take time and relax…And drink milkshakes.

Have you ever been to New Port Beach, California? What are your favorite activities? More importantly, where are the best places to EAT? :) We did the Crab Cooker, which was an old family favorite, but I would love to hear more of your ideas!

Pirate & Pixie Birthday Party

My plan was to have this post up two weeks ago…

But if you follow me on social media, you know that we just bought a house (WOO HOO!), but we had two weeks to be out of our rental and move and clean everything (Boo!!).

This year for the girl’s birthday I really wanted to keep it simple, unlike THIS one…or THIS one…or THIS one…

But I have this problem where I like to plan parties for little kids who won’t remember it and spend a lot of money and make it cute…I blame pinterest. So this year I halved-it. I did some cute decor, a few games, but I still kept it simple and had the party at the park and let the kids run wild on the play ground.

I have to say, it felt good to take it easy and not put TOO much stress into it! I think next year will be even more relaxed!

After all…I should save my stress (and money) for the three weddings I’ll have to plan in the years down the road right??

The girls really wanted a Tinkerbell Party this year, but they have a lot of boy friends and I figured fairy wings and wands weren’t really up their ally. So we changed it to Pirate and Pixie! I loved this theme so much, you really could have so much fun with it!

Pirate & Pixie Party-The Diva Dish,

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Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Pirate & Pixie Party- The Diva Dish

Here are some party details:

Food: (We had a lot of adults/family too!)

Pirate Booty


Orange ‘pirate boats’ (Saw this on pinterest too! Not sure where it originally came from though.)

Garden Salad-Kale salad from Costco, which is my FAVORITE!

Berry Marshmallows in cups


Tinkerbell cupcakes- I used my Cricut machine to cut flowers and designs for the toppings

Pirate Cupcakes


Fans/Lanterns (

Utensils/Straws/Plates/Napkins etc. (


Walk the plank

Pirate Hook Ring Toss (Not sure where this idea came from, but it’s all over pinterest)


Playing at the park


I just love being a mommy to my two darling baby girls, and every year I get a little sad that they are growing up! So grateful to have them in my life!

Thanks again for your patience friends! Love you all so much!