what i love wednesday {No. 127}

i love organizing!

look at these perfect pantries!

pantry pantryi plan on getting some of these from ikea

ikea food storage organized pantry

12 7 inch containers from ikea totals only $35.88! i am excited to put all my beans, nuts, and sugars into these nifty containers.

i have a few right now – one for popcorn and one for quinoa. i have taller ones for cereal, granola, and oatmeal :) they are nice and durable, + they stack!

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i can’t wait to see what you’re loving today!


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christmas crack

Chocolate Saltine Toffee
i thought you might like this recipe :)

Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack


  • 1 1/2 – sleeves saltine crackers
  • 1 1/4 – cups butter, not margarine
  • 1 1/4 – cup light brown sugar
  • 1 – 12 oz package chocolate chips or
  • 1 – 8 oz package milk chocolate toffee bits
  • 1 – cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay crackers out on sheet in one layer. In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter and the brown sugar. Stir often and bring to a full rolling boil. After the mixture comes to a full rolling boil set your timer and boil the mixture for exactly 3 minutes.
  2. Pour over the saltines and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and wait until they are almost melted then spread the chocolate evenly all over all the saltines. Sprinkle on the nuts all over the top as evenly as possible. Refrigerate for two hours and then break up into pieces and store in a air tight container.
  3. Note: If using the Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (Heath Bits) omit the nuts and the chocolate chips. After pouring the brown sugar mixture over the crackers and baking for 5 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the milk chocolate toffee bits all over the caramel mixture. With this version you do not have to return the cracker candy back to the oven to melt. Just leave it like it is and refrigerate for two hours.



what i love wednesday {No. 126}

i love that Creative Memories is back!

creative memories

check it out here

i have scrapbooked for 15 years and i can tell you there are no better albums or pages than the ones Creative Memories is famous for. i am so thrilled to use their unbeatable products once again. i was absolutely beside myself the past 10 months, i had used all my albums and pages and went to try new brands. i scoured the stores and internet and nothing, nothing compared. i bought the best album i was willing to settle for and i was so disappointed! i was practically crying at our scrapbook retreat back in May. we were all wondering, “what are we going to do?” “they have to come back.” not only have i been scrapbooking for 15 years, i have also been scrapbooking with a large wonderful group of serious scrapbooking gals. they were as devastated as i was when we were out of albums and other Creative Memories supplies. they had no solutions either.

i quickly discovered Creative Memories makes the only albums that lay flat AND the middle of the pages is close together, almost touching. i love this because i am always doing two page layouts. Creative Memories is made in the USA and is also the only company that backs their albums with a 100% lifetime guarantee. and i never did find a replacement adhesive that worked for me – i love their tape runner.

creative memories is back!

if you’re interested in selling their products or if you plan to make a lot of purchases. sign up as an advisor (it’s their hybrid version of a consultant). get huge discounts + commission! the more you buy or sell the more you save and the discount keeps accumulating for 12 months! also advisors in your group accumulate with you! so you can build a lot of sales (and discounts + commission) very quickly and easily! i can just imagine my friends and i buying few things and over a year it would easily be $2600+ retail which would give all of us a 30% discount and a 6% commission!

yep, i really love creative memories!

i can’t wait to see what you’re loving today!



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what i love wednesday {No. 125}

i love my job!

as a graphic designer, web designer, and mom ;)

i absolutely love what i do!

webdesigner webdesigner web designer

i have done several blogs and websites… yes, i am a nerd, but that’s good… right?

let me know if your site needs a little attention :)

i can’t wait to see what you’re loving today! you can link up your blog or your instagram pics or both!


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it’s harder than i thought.

it’s impossible to believe.

i can’t understand why.

the great ones are snatched up from us all too soon.

i should have prayed harder.

i should have done more.

i should have been around more often.

now i try to remember to lift my head up.


remain in the light.

live out his legacy.

bring joy and inspiration to others like he did.

break the rules for what’s right.

pay it forward.

that’s what he would tell us to do now, not wallow.

we pretend to be ok when we’re hurting.

we pretend to smile and it comes out pained.

its hard to ignore the hole left in our hearts.

we must continue knowing we will never see his smile or hear his laugh again in this lifetime.

we must go on knowing the suffering is over.

we must move forward with our days knowing his legacy lives on.

R.I.P. Coach C

happy halloween!

this is one of my favorite things about fall… going to the pumpkin patch.

pumpkins everywhere, crispy red leaves, and everything that comes with it.

our family went out to the del mar pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins and i captured a few candid, precious moments between the posed ones.

pumpkin patch pumpkin patch pumpkin patch pumpkin patch

i love this one…
pumpkin patchBrockman is in the wheelbarrow and the girls walking ahead have their arms around each other. sisterly love. i love those moments!

Nikon D-7000
VR Zoom 18mm f/9
ISO 100

we wish you and your family a happy halloween!


what i love wednesday {No. 124}

i love pumpkins!
and look at all these fun last minute easy pumpkin DIYs!

last minute pumpkin DIYs

last minute pumpkin DIYs
last minute pumpkin DIYs

last minute pumpkin DIYs

last minute pumpkin DIYs

click each image for source and DIY!

happy decorating :)

i can’t wait to see what you’re loving today! you can link up your blog or your instagram pics or both!


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nutty tacos

wait what?

who’s nutty here?

ahem, well, this super delish recipe is vegan! and did i mention it is yummy? well put on your socks so this recipe can knock them off! this is one of our family favorites!

nutty tacos - vegan!

nutty tacos

nutty tacos


  • 1. about 4 carrots
  • 2. 1/2 an onion
  • 3. 4 cups cashews (buy the cashew pieces instead of whole cashews they're cheaper and your going to chop them up anyway)
  • 4. 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 5. 6 large tortillas
  • 6. 1/4 cup butter or your favorite cooking oil (i recommend butter for non-vegans)
  • 7. 3 avocados
  • 8. 1 pkg sprouts
  • 9. 1 cup plain yogurt (sour cream substitute)


  1. in a food processor chop carrots and onion pour into bowl
  2. chop cashews in food processor - not into nut butter just coarse chunks
  3. mix together in mixing bowl with taco seasoning
  4. heat skillet add butter or oil add tortilla plop a cup of mixture onto tortilla
  5. no need to flip - just evenly heat the tortilla to desired crispy golden brown-ness and then fold and flatten with spatula and scoop onto serving dish
  6. repeat
  7. then add remaining ingredients to each taco and eat!
  8. serve with a salad and sliced mango.

i credit my sweet friends who stole this recipe from a vegetarian restaurant, made it at home, and shared it with all their best friends. (you know who you are – thanks for the love 16 years later we’re still making this.)

i hope enjoy it too!