Friday, September 25, 2015

"Proud" Journal

My delightful and mischievous baby girl turned two years old yesterday. Where did the time go?!


The weeks (and months) after Bridget's birth were pretty difficult for me. The recovery was slow; the baby blues (too cute of a name for something so evil) were rough. I sobbed and wailed about being a failure as a mother and a wife. I sniffled and cried over feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of, "I can't do anything right." Anxiety kept me up at night; depression was my constant companion throughout the day.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Olive You; A Giveaway!

I'm so excited this morning to share a decadent new product with you! Let me introduce you to Olivi Extra Virgin Olive Oil and what's even more fun is you have a chance to win some of your very own! Awesome. (enter to win in the giveaway with the form located at the bottom of this post) Bruschetta Pasta with Olivi Olive Oil is a fresh, healthy, simple dinner for your family! #olivi I'm joining some of my favorite blogging friend to share Olivi Extra Virgin Olive Oil with you... Ruthie from Cooking with Ruthie Dru from Polka Dot Poplars Julie from Confessions of a Cooking Diva Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish Tanya from Whisk and Muddler Aleisha from She Calls me Mama Leisha Jen from Tatertots and Jello Sooooo, What's so great about Olivi? Besides the adorable packaging... it tastes like no other olive oil I've ever tasted! It's as rich and smooth as butter~ you could literally drink it straight from the bottle. It's THAT good! Bruschetta Pasta with Olivi Olive Oil is a fresh, healthy, simple dinner for your family! #olivi Olivi is a beautiful finishing extra virgin olive oil. Olivi tastes like butter with a naturally peppery pungency. It will perfectly enhance your meal while helping to keep you healthy. Olivi is pressed from the Chemlali variety of olives locally grown on Djerba Island in the South of Tunisia. The olives are hand picked by local farmers and cold pressed to produce this exceptional extra virgin olive oil. Bruschetta Pasta with Olivi Olive Oil is a fresh, healthy, simple dinner for your family! #olivi

I'd recommend making this simple and delicious Bruschetta Pasta with Olivi recipe and grabbing a multi-grain baguette to enjoy Olivi to it's fullest.

Bruchetta Pasta with Olivi
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Ruthie
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 10-15 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons Olivi Olive Oil
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces whole grain angel hair pasta
Instructions
  1. In a large serving bowl combine tomatoes, basil, sea salt, pepper, and Olivi Olive Oil; allow to marinate while preparing pasta.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions, drain.
  3. Add warm pasta to serving bowl and toss.
  4. Sprinkle with parmesan.
  5. Enjoy!
Bruschetta Pasta with Olivi Olive Oil is a fresh, healthy, simple dinner for your family! #olivi If your like me and just can't wait for the giveaway winners to be announced then jump on line and order Olivi Extra Virgin Olive Oil with this link and use the discount code: RUTHIE25 and receive 25% off your order!! We're so thrilled to be giving away 5 cases of Olivi Extra Virgin Olive Oil to 5 winners!! Just fill out the entry form below and BEST of luck... a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Under A Yucatan Sun

The hot Mexican air was thick with a humidity that seemed to climb into our lungs and cling to our skin. The vibrant green jungle--with it's gnarly trees and twisting vines--was so dense I could not see beyond the first line of foliage that hugged the road.

We walked. The trees parted. And that was when I saw it...


The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, which is now one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Uplift Families

I have always been a self-professed "word nerd." Those of you who read this blog (Hi, Mom!) know that I mention this often.


I love learning new words. I love learning about where they come from and what they mean. I think language is fascinating. I confess to frequently looking up the definitions of words in the dictionary. (I may or may not highlight the ones that I especially like...I'll never tell! Because admitting that takes me to a whole other level of nerdy!)