• Katie Marie

    Life Update

    I’ve been thinking about where to start, turning it over in my mind over and over…and over. I guess I just start at the beginning. I have worn glasses for the past 25 years. Having difficulty seeing without corrective lenses is the norm for me. In fact, my eyesight has become so distorted (thank you pregnancies and children) that I have to wear contacts in the shower so I can see. Glasses/contacts are an accessory that everyone in my family has…well, except my brother who is a lucky duck and was able to have PRK done last year. Recently I had my annual eye exam to update my contact and…

  • Food

    Creamy Pasta Primavera

    Sunday dinners are some of my most favorite family time; especially now that we have church in the morning. I have plenty of time to prep and cook. This week I had a bunch of fresh veggies that I needed to use up before they went bad, so I thought that pasta primavera would be perfect. And…being that while my boys do like vegetables, they snub their noses as what they call ‘exotic vegetables’…also known as squash. I also know that adding cheese helps ease their snobby attitudes. This creamy pasta primavera recipe was a hit, hands down. Keep scrolling for the recipe. Ingredients: 1lb farfalle pasta 1 medium zucchini…

  • Food

    Copy Cat Cafe Zupas Chicken Enchillada Soup

    I am a sucker for just about any creamy soup, combine that with Mexican food flavors and I would do just about anything for a taste. Cafe Zupas just has yummy food in general. If I had to absolutely pick between Panera Bread and Cafe Zupas, I wouldn’t even bat an eye saying goodbye to Panera. Their Chicken Enchilada Soup is definitely in my top 3 faves…and even though a new location opened up less than 5 miles away, I just cannot justify eating there every other day…so…of course I had to figure out how to make it at home. Besides, there are plenty of poor souls who either haven’t…

  • Fashion

    How to Decorate a Rental: Family Room

    I’ve moved…it wasn’t something we were actively considering.  Mr and I had been tossing around the idea of selling our house for the last year.  We had outgrown it, as well as we really wanted to take advantage of the seller’s market at the moment.  Some friends of ours were looking for someone to rent their house quickly, and because we had tossed around the idea of selling for a while, and because our friends’ house is larger than our current house…we jumped on their offer.  We have packed up the first house we’ve ever owned, moved it all to the new house (which, thankfully is less than a half…

  • Food

    Paleo Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

    Growing up, pork chops and applesauce was a staple meal in my house.  It brings back a lot of memories, but it is also a very simple flavored meal.  When I saw some amazing cuts of pork chops at my local butcher I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  This recipe is a zhuzhed up version of my childhood applesauce and pork chops.  Not only are the ingredients in season, which makes me super happy, but this recipe is Whole 30, Paleo, and Keto all rolled into one.  It may look complicated, but it is ALMOST as easy as grilling pork chops and pouring applesauce on top.  Keep…

  • Fashion,  Katie Marie

    Birthday Giveaway

      It’s my birthday week…more specifically, I am a Halloween baby.  Growing up I absolutely loved my birthday.  I loved getting cake, presents, and candy.  I loved having dozens of visitors and wishing them a Happy Halloween.  As I’ve grown older, my birthday doesn’t hold as much of an appeal as it used to as a kid.  Now that I am a mom, Halloween has become a different kind of special.  It is so fun watching the boys become excited about dressing up and getting candy.  The one thing that has not changed for me over the years is that as much as I love getting presents, I love giving…

  • Fashion

    Fall Favorites

    Hello Friends!!!!  I’ve totally missed you guys!  I know, I know…I’ve totally been MIA this month.  Honestly, October is totally kicking my bootie.  I  am currently taking a class towards my dietetics degree, Psychology of Addiction.  I am loving every minute, but it has been a HUGE balancing act between momming and studying.  This is the first class in a long while that I can’t just whip out the assignments and quizzes with little to no studying.  Combine that with a mobile 7-month-old who just wants to spend every minute playing with mom, my to-do list keeps getting longer and longer.  Fortunately, I am not regretting one minute with Goob. …

  • Food

    Chorizo 3 Bean Chili

    The weather has turned cooler here in Las Vegas, which means I can now comfortably consume chili and soup.  I absolutely love chili and soup, but I just can’t bring myself to eat either when the temperature is high.  This time of year just makes me want to hibernate (which is why I’ve been so lazy and neglectful on social media) and consume all sorts of comfort foods.  I have several chili recipes that are family favorites, but this one is definitely towards the top of the list.  Each part of the country has their own way to correctly make chili, Texans think it’s an abomination to put beans in…

  • Family

    Oct 1st: A Year Later #vegasstrong

    It’s raining today…which is fitting.  Rain can be a symbol of sadness, fear, but rain cleanses.  Rain revitalizes plants, it resets the earth and brings new life.  It washes away the dirt, grime, destruction. One year ago at around 11:30pm, I was laying in bed trying to sleep.  I was pregnant, just beginning my second trimester, super uncomfortable and super sick.  I was laying there, staring at the ceiling fan growing more frustrated by the minute.  Mr. Man bursts in saying in a very urgent voice, “there’s a terrorist attack going on down on the Strip!”  Being a military family, we dread something like this happening, but we know all…

  • Food

    Keto Avocado and Lime Sour Cream

    Guys…GUYS!!!!  This keto and paleo friendly avocado and lime sour cream dip is A.MAZING!  I threw it together last week in an effort to tszuj (pronounced zhuj…I may or may not have spelled it zhuj the first time.  Hey, I never said I was good at spelling) up the street tacos I had planned on having for dinner.  My avocados weren’t 100% ripe so I decided to puree them with other yummy ingredients. This dip is yummy on top of tacos, enchiladas, as a spread in a sandwich and as a dip with chips.  You definitely need to try this ASAP. Avocado and Lime Sour Cream Dip ingredeints: 1 large avocado…