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Surgery Smoothie! (Jaw Joints + Septoplasty)

Big day for me 2 weeks ago! I’ll share the words my hubby posted on instagram since I was out for the week. But I wanted to write down the incredible smoothie recipe that my sister-in-law sent me! Highly recommend since I’ve been on a liquid diet for 2 weeks, haha. I still remember being 12 years old eating frozen almonds when my joint slipped and my jaw painfully locked up. I’m sure this small joint trauma started the inflammation that slowly led to where I’m at now. I’ve had x-rays that shows my deformed condyles and I’ve tried everything from splints to therapy to botox for my joints. I finally took the plunge to have an MRI per my Dr’s recommendation. This showed allllll the damage and inflammation along with fluid surrounding the joint (no bueno). An arthoscopy was my next step! This week I slowly started practicing 2 exercises for my TMJ. Fingers crossed for perfect healing! xo

Aaron here. Janene had a long-awaited surgery this weekend. She’s battled severe TMJ pain for almost 2 decades. Her very first time being embarrassed around me was when we were newly dating and I surprised her at her apartment before class with a French-toast breakfast. I walked in and she was wearing her TMJ splint and had some crusted saliva on her cheek from sleeping with her mouth partially open. Super cute. Since then it’s been lots and lots of headaches, constantly massaging all of the muscles around her jaws, and trying new things to find relief. She just had arthroscopy done on both joints, which has a very high success rate, so we’re hopeful! Since she was going to be under, she decided to go ahead and finally fix her severely deviated nasal septum. When the surgeon was in, he was surprised with how broken down her septum and cartilage was, how much it was blocking the airway. He had to do some additional grafting, but everything went perfectly well during the surgery, and she’s getting some much-needed rest. Super proud of her already with how well she’s handling all the post-op fun and liquid diet! I’m sure it helps that she has an amazing and very good-looking nurse at home. 😃😜 And we’ve already been overwhelmed with all of the help given and offered by family and friends. Saying we feel grateful doesn’t quite convey how much it means. Thank you so much to all of you for always supporting her and sending your love! She’s always glowing when she shares with me sweet messages from y’all! So she’ll be out for a few days, but well taken care of. Please send prayers and good vibes her way as she’s recovering.” 🙏 #arthroscopy #septoplasty

Tropical Smoothie

  • 3 cups soy or almond milk
  • 1 cup water or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (small handful)
  • 16 oz. frozen strawberry-pineapple-mango mix
  • 2 bananas (frozen or not)
  • 1 large handful kale
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 4-6 dates, pitted
  • probiotic or collagen (optional)

Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. This makes enough for the family

7am! Walking into my 8-hour surgery

Affordable Back-To-School Shopping!

Wasn’t sure if we were shopping for pajamas or school clothes as our back-to-school tradition this year.

SO, the kids were excited the verdict came in and we’re heading back to school in person! We snagged these darling outfits from Walmart! My $9 pocket dress was so good, I got it in 2 more colors. All our outfits are linked on here, including the girls cute high-tops and their unicorn & rainbow backpacks.

My olive pocket dress is super comfortable and I snagged it in 2 other colors. Comes just above my knee and fits TTS. (I’m 5’7″ and I’m wearing a size small). My rose gold platforms are easy to slip on and I’m regularly an 8.5 and I sized down to an 8 since it didn’t come in half sizes. LOVE them! The girls have been obsessed with their purple bow shoes since they picked them out and will be so excited to wear the every day to school. And Ethan’s just happy he has a dinosaur hat!

Tell me! Are you going to school in person or online AND how are you feeling about it?

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Preschool with Pediatrics Plus

Twinning with my twins. 🍋  This package duo was yet another one of life’s HILARIOUS curve balls. I was 4 weeks pregnant when I Laughed Out Loud after my doctor told me, “We could be looking at multiple babies!” after seeing my hormone levels. 🤯🤣 ME?! A couple babies are inside me right now?! They are the sugar to my lemons, couldn’t imagine not knowing their sweet + silly 5-year-old selves.

🏫 Let’s chat PRESCHOOL!

If you’re in the DFW area or in Arkansas and haven’t heard of Pediatrics Plus and are considering preschool, I highly recommend checking out this development preschool! Ethan & Charlotte did 1 year of preschool before starting kindergarten and we were so grateful for the incredible learning experience they had at Pediatrics Plus in Frisco, TX. (They also have Arkansas locations– I’ve visited them and they are top notch!) The program is offered to children 6 weeks to 6 years old and has very low teacher to student ratios. They have skilled teachers, therapists, behavior specialists, and nurses available in the classroom. Ethan & Charlotte were in a class with only a handful of other students, half of those students having special needs. Grateful for their teachers who taught them to be individuals along with already being a super sweet team! 💛

Pediatrics Plus is a developmental preschool that provides traditional learning, along with pediatric speech therapy, occupational therapy, and even services for kiddos with autism. This was the full package preschool with overly-qualified & highly-trained teachers and therapists. It’s basically a dream program that focuses on evidence-based research for how children most effectively learn!

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Summer Pool Floats!

🌬Shimmering sunset courtesy of Saharan dust!🌅 AND we just realized Aaron put a ring on it 12 years ago 💍 He popped the question right before fireworks shot into the sky above us over the lake 🧨 To this day, it’s still 1 of the only times he’s ever (truly😉) surprised me!

TELL ME! Was your proposal a surprise or did you have a gut feeling it was happening right then?? And if you’re not there yet, which would you rather if you could pick?!

July 4th

I’ve never seen so many slides and jet ski wipe-outs in my life! 😂 If you saw my Instagram stories, you know what I’m talking about haha. I love these darling babes and I’m grateful we’re free to be as silly as all get out. Happy 4th of July, y’all! 🇺🇸

Our swimsuits sold out 2 years ago, I linked a few new suits below!

Check out my Instagram Post HERE with videos of the slides and wipe-out!

Swimming

Came home to find Avery in the pool without her life-vest.

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Date Night

YOU.

Reminding me what butterflies feel like since our 1st blind date 11+ years ago ❤️

With 4 lil’ kiddos, 2 businesses, and a gazillion commitments, I always try to snag a babysitter every week for us to go out for a date night! BUT then the covid pandemic hit. With his office shut down for 5 weeks and us being home together, all while trying to teach the older 3 their new homeschool routine, we felt overwhelmed. Aaron and I were living an entirely new life together and to be completely honest, it was awful for the 1st few weeks.

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Happy Father’s Day!

To the love of my life & man of our hearts 💕 Aaron’s our safe place, our protector, and king of stealing all the belly giggles. Happy Father’s Day to you and to my sweet dad.

Here are a few of my favorite snaps of you and 1 of my dad and I. xo

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

We’ve been making this banana bread for over 10 years! Before we had kids, I would bake and sell this at a local pharmacy every week. Aaron and I were saving our pennies to afford a nice down payment on a home before he was accepted in to dental school. This is our FAVORITE banana bread since you can’t even taste the banana in it (wink wink).

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • 1 c. butter
  • 2 c. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1.5 c. chocolate chips
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Healthy Hair!

Last year, I shared My 5 Best Tips for Post Partum Hair Routine. I talked about how often I wash my hair and how I keep it as vibrant and healthy as possible. I also chat through haircuts and how to style a thinning hair line. I’ve never had hair extensions but my hair has definitely become more thin over recent years and I’ve learned a few tricks along the way!

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My Green Mattress Giveaway!

Out with the crib and in with the Big Girl Bed!! Our brand new 3 year old slept her last night in the crib and she loves her new bed. I felt hesitant to switch her not knowing if she’d miss her crib. So when I asked her which bed she wanted to sleep on, she pointed to her new twin trundle bed! We had the sweetest night snuggling together on her bed. That’s always my favorite thing after they’re out of the crib.. Snuggling together at night! Her bed and organic mattress is SO comfortable! (I’ll share another blog post soon after we swap out her changing table for a dresser, etc..)

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Favorite Brunch: French Toast Recipe!

This is our favorite brunch to make for holidays! This photo from above was 10 years ago for our Christmas breakfast! Aaron took me on our 2nd date ever to Kneader’s Bakery in Utah. They had unlimited french toast that was to-die-for. Melt in your mouth buttermilk french toast & syrup. We loved it so much, but couldn’t afford to eat out at the restaurant as much as we wanted considering we were 2 broke college kids. We tried recipe after recipe to find the perfect match. I wrote the final recipes down on a paper and it’s been heavily stained with butter and grease! We made this for our family’s Easter brunch this year and had too many requests to share it here on my site. Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Mexican Chili + Naughty Cornbread Recipe

We had this on Sunday for our family dinner and SO many of y’all sent DM’s asking for the recipe. This is SO easy to make and the clean-up is even easier! It is low-fat, high in fiber, and VERY yummy! I love adding sour cream, cheese, avocados, and tortilla chips. You can also add tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, olives, or anything else you’d like!

EASY Mexican Chili

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Avery Rose Turns 3!

T H R E E. Avery Rose turned 3 today and I share a few favorite pictures and videos of her life HERE on this Instagram post. Spoiler alert, there are lots of double chins featured there, haha.

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Avery’s 3rd Birthday Party

Two weeks earlier, we celebrated our baby girl’s 3rd birthday. We had NO idea the world would be on lock-down on her actual birthday. Luckily, our March schedule pushed us to host a party for her friends and family before the craziness started. Our little caboose had so much fun turning 3!

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