Early on in our marriage I told Alex that I would NEVER try to make his moms dishes.  She is an amazing Cuban cook and I knew that I would fall short if I even tried to cook like she does.  So, I found my own style and seduced Alex through my cooking.  He has the best of both worlds and we have a happy marriage.

Last week, I ventured into the cuban realm and cooked up this incredible Whole 30 Picadillo that left Alex speechless and today I am sharing the love.


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If you follow along with us on Instagram, last week I shared our experience with a frozen lake.

Last week, we were headed home from our weekly Costco haul and I asked Alex if he could please pretty please drive through our local park. It was out of our way, it was the kids nap time and we were definitely worn out from a busy morning. He could have shared all 12 reasons why going home was the most practical thing to do at the time, but he turned the car around and headed towards the park.

This was one of the coolest experiences for us.  I’ve seen people ice skate on ponds on TV, but never in real life.

Coming from Florida, where the water is warm year round, seeing all that ice was spectacular. It left us speechless and in awe of creation.

Today, I’m thanking God for husbands who take the longer route for their wives, for the desire in us to experience God’s creation and for seasons that change landscapes and turn lakes into ice-skating rinks. Highlight of my week… for sure.


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There are a few things that I try and fight head on. 1. the fine lines that are showing up around my face and 2. Germ season!!!

This time of year I am all about fighting winter colds and the dreaded flu. However, sometimes there’s no getting around them and you just have to muster through it.  I have an AMAZING cold fighting citrus and tropical smoothie that’s packed with Vitamin C and delicious nutrients that pick me right up!

There are also a few things that I stock up on that helps me get through the cold season:



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This past Christmas my brothers flew up to spend Christmas and New Year’s with us. We had some snow and spent so much time catching up, playing all the games and sledding. I am looking forward to the day we can all get together again. I think the kids had the best time. They played from the moment they woke up till the moment they passed out from exhaustion in their beds. Their last day here, we took them to the zoo. It was so cold so we only had a chance to check out the indoor exhibits but man… it was so much fun. Grace had the most amazing time showing her cousins around and listing to her uncle explain all about rocks, caves and the animals.   Haddon and Simon still have another year to go before they become best friends.  They’re still trying to figure out how they feel about each other.  They’ll get there.


Here are our other visits to Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium :

Petting stingrays at the zoo

Our first visit to the zoo (In the winter) 

Video of our Zoo visit 



These two little girls were inseparable. They held hands, told secrets and giggled the entire time. I overheard them try to find all the things they have in common and then yell out “we’re twins again!” It doesn’t get any cuter. Also, kids in snow shoes!!!



It was so good seeing this little lady. She looked so grown up with her grown up teeth and her grown up hair!!! She’s gorgeous!



One day Sam and I will have free hands to hold our coffee or do our makeup.  Until then, our hands will be busy holding babies, passing out snacks, changing diapers and keeping kids from touching all the wet surfaces and bird poop on the floor.



It was so much fun having them over. Also, baby Selah’s face is everything!!!



Such a fun time.  When we moved to NE we bought our house with the hopes that our family would come and visit and they finally did.  It was so wonderful and everything I imagined it to be!

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