Even though summer is winding down in many places, and everyone is embracing fall and all things pumpkin, here in AZ its still 100+ everyday. So, because of that, I am going to share with you one of my favorite summer recipes. Yes, another salad. But this one is extra delicious because it is in pizza form.


This is a perfect dinner for a warm (or hot) night. Pair it with a grilled chicken breast and you have yourself a nice full meal.

To start you are going to need, pizza dough (I usually save time and buy premade dough from the store) baby spinach, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, purple onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese, olive oil, and a lemon.

To make the pizza roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Once you have it rolled out you can transfer it to a baking sheet and then use about a tablespoon of olive oil to spread over the top of the pizza dough. Before placing it in the oven, sprinkle some of your feta cheese over the top of the pizza. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until crust is golden.

While the dough is cooking go ahead and cut up all of the salad ingredients.

I use about two cups of the baby spinach, half a jar of the kalamata olives, half of a purple onion diced, one cucumber diced, a large handful of the cherry tomatoes, and about a cup of feta cheese.

Once all of the salad ingredients are combined set aside and make your dressing.

For the dressing I use about a quarter cup of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Mix that together really well and add a few cracks of fresh pepper and a little salt.

Once the dressing is made go ahead and dress the salad.


Combine the salad together really well and top the flatbread pizza with it once it is done cooking.


This is a very simple recipe that makes a big impression. You can serve this as a light lunch, appetizer, or pair with a grilled chicken breast for a full meal. Enjoy!

Greek Salad Flat Bread Pizza

Pizza Dough (Fresh Premade from grocery store)

2 Cups of Baby Spinach

1 Peeled and Diced Cucumber

1/2 Container of Cherry Tomatoes

1/2 Diced Purpled Onion

1/2 Cup of Feta Cheese (plus a little extra sprinkled on pizza crust)

Salad Dressing

1/4 Cup Olive Oil (plus a little extra drizzled on pizza crust)

1/2 Lemon

Salt and Pepper to taste




The other day in church I had one of those moments.

One of those moments where you feel the Holy Spirit filling you. Where you feel so full you lose your breath. Where it begins to feel like your heart is coming up through your throat. That moment where you feel God’s presence consuming you.

God was filling me up.

During that short moment of worship in a church full of people God met me.

Life has been pretty crazy lately. Ever since baby boy was born we have been having a season of difficulty. I don’t want to call these difficulties trials, and I don’t want to get into the details, but I would call this a growing phase. Lots of things have been placed in our path and we have grown as a family and as individuals.

I was told that we all have our periods of rest and our periods of challenges. The ebbs and flow of life. During those challenges God gives us breaks, moments where we can restore our faith. Where we can receive rest and recover ourselves from the hard times we are walking through.

The Lord has been blessing us through this season by sprinkling beautiful moments in throughout the difficult ones.

Huge, beautiful, lovely moments.

God was restoring us, even though I didn’t feel consumed with His presence, he so intimately knew what we needed.

I think that what gets me the most, is that I had those big answered prayers, those moments where God lifted me up, where He shined His light on the situation, but I still longed for the feeling. My flesh selfishly wanted to feel His presence. To have that moment of abandonment where it was all consuming.

God knows us.

He sees us, he hears us, he knows our hearts desires. He met me right when I needed Him. Even if it was a selfish desire, even though I had all those answered prayers.

He met me.

In the middle of the brightly lit auditorium with hundreds of people all around me. He had an intimate moment with me. Filling me up with His Holy Spirit.

Isn’t it amazing that we serve a God who knows what we need right when we need it. Whether it be through these intimate meetings, a friend speaking life into us, scripture being read at the right time, or even just a smile from a stranger. He sets these beautiful moments into motion to restore us when we need it.

I know so many of us are going through hard seasons right now. Motherhood is tough. Motherhood to young babies, even harder. It’s easy to feel alone, and it’s easy to feel like you aren’t appreciated. Its a messy job and the thank you’s are few and far between. Just know, whatever season you are in the middle of, God is walking with you through it. He sees you, and He thanks you. Keep doing what you’re doing and know that your Savior is who you are ultimately working for. He will meet you right where you are.

I am a DIYer. Is that even a word?! I don’t know but it should be!

Thanks to things like Pinterest I think most of us are or try to be.

Anyways, I have been wanting to put some finishing touches in the babies room and I knew he needed some pops of color in there. I took a more rustic neutral approach to his room so I wanted to perk it up a little. I had been seeing the pom-pom garland all over Etsy and Pinterest and thought this could be easy enough for me to try (I had already tried to make felt bunting for his room and that was an epic fail so I left that one up to the professionals). But, like I said, this one seemed easy enough. After scouring Google and Pinterest for some how-to’s and a little trial and error, I came up with my own technique and actually breezed through this pretty quickly. I will say more power to you shop owners that do this more than once. I definitely wouldn’t have the patience to make this on a regular basis.


To start you are going to want to pick out a color of yarn that you would like and grab some scissors.

I left the yarn wound up how it is when you buy it and just worked from there so it wouldn’t get tangled.

Start by taking the end of the yarn and wrapping it around four of your fingers. Leave a tail of the yarn out because you will use this later to tie it off.


Please excuse my hands,  I’m no hand model y’all!

You will continue to wrap the yarn around your fingers until you have a good amount of yarn built up.


Once you have a good amount of the yarn wrapped you will take the end that you were wrapping and cut it evenly with the original piece that was left out. After you cut that pull out your pinky and pointer finger so you have more room to work. Take the original piece you left hanging out and wrap it around the middle of the yarn and through your fingers.

tut3Take the other piece that was left out and wrap it the opposite way and pull tight. Then tie both of these pieces in a knot.

tut4After you have tied it in a knot slip out one finger and cut that loop down the middle.



Do this with the other side and you have finished your pom-pom.

tut7Now here are some cute ideas on what to do with your finished product.

tut9.jpgTo make a pom-pom flower simply hot glue the end of a stick into the middle of the pom-pom. Way cuter then fake flowers in your vases.

If you were wanting to make the garland its super simple. Make a bunch of the pom-poms and get a long piece of twine or rope and take two pieces of the yarn and tie the pom-poms to the twine.



Tie on as many pom-poms as you would like and use to decorate for parties or any occasion.



Well I hope my picture happy tutorial made this easy for you. I enjoy little details like this in my kids rooms or for decorating for holidays. This was way cheaper than buying some already made and it really didn’t take that long! Hope you give it a try!

We celebrated my sweet second borns birthday this weekend. We just had a quiet family dinner Friday evening. It was perfect. With so many littles now having big birthday celebrations every year seems a little unrealistic. So, for now, we will celebrate milestone birthdays with a big party. Every other year, we will just do our best to make the birthday kid feel extra special. I think we succeeded.

His birthday started with being surprised at school with donuts. I think I mentioned before, this sweet ones love language is food.


He was so surprised. I love that I stay home so that I can do these special things for them. I pray they always remember these moments.


Someone else had a special day this week. This big boy turned four months on Friday. I just cannot get enough of him. My heart melts when I look at this picture. So blessed!


These two!

I just cannot get enough of the love they share. She adores her baby, and he is just infatuated with her!


My people.

Do you ever notice as moms we are rarely in the photograph. Always behind the camera. I think that will be a new goal of mine, more pictures with my people.


Saturday night we had a brief cool down. Because of this we spent hours at church. We ate dinner and played and the kids were in heaven.


My church is challenging us to make the most of our online lives. I pray that I can shed just a little bit of my Saviors light on each and every one of you that stop by this space.

Have a blessed week all.


**Linked up with Wild and Precious today**

My sweet second born…



He wears this title well.

For three years he was my baby, and now he fits so perfectly in the middle.

He is a lover. He will look at you with his big brown eyes and just make you swoon.

He is faithful.

He loves God fiercely and lives out his faith so beautifully.

He loves creatures. Big, small, slimy, fury, all shapes and sizes.

He loves to learn.

He is curious and inquisitive.

He loves to ask questions and he loves to search for answers.

He loves his little treasures. They could be rocks or toys from the dollar store but he will keep them safe and they will be so valuable in his eyes.

He has taught me patience.

He is turning six today.

My sweet precious son. Thank you for the past six years. You give me such joy and I love our talks before bed. You love to love and I am so thankful that God has given you such a warm heart. I pray that you continue in your walk with Jesus with as much excitement as you have now. You my baby boy make me proud. Thank you for being you. Happiest Birthday Sweet love.


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*Photo credit to Ace Fanning Photography

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I have a confession.

I love Instagram.

Like really love it.

I think that it is the greatest memory book ever. Its simple to capture those special moments, edit them using different apps, and then load into a place where you can always see.

Because of this I found myself taking the majority of my pictures with my phone. But who doesn’t right!? It’s so much easier to capture those quick sweet silly moments. The downfall of this was that I never really did anything with these photos, and some of these moments were my absolute favorite memories.

Finally I started searching and stumbled upon Social Print Studio. They have a couple different websites all with apps in the works. They have a webpage for printing out Facebook album pictures, but more importantly Instagram pictures. The website for the Instagram picture ordering is Prinstagr.am. This website is super easy to use and they have a lot of different products. My favorite is the mini squares. Ordering is quick and easy, you just go to their website, choose the product you want, log into your IG account, choose the pictures you would like, and order. They come on thick matte paper and are awesome quality.


Once I got my pictures I knew I needed to find an original way to display them. The wall behind my couch was screaming for a fun piece so I knew that’s where my finished product would go. I had seen a lot of people use frames with just twine strung across but I wanted something that made more of a statement. This is where having a super handy husband becomes even more awesome. He took an extra large frame and just used his nail gun to attach planks of wood along the back. I then stained those pieces of wood, spray painted the frame white, strung across some twine, and called it a day. I am in love with this piece. It is a fun and super easy way to display all of my different pictures.




The kids love it almost more than I do. They love seeing all these pictures of themselves. I like the fact that I can display a lot of photos in a small space and change them out regularly.


After falling in love with this product I was so excited that the company wanted to share a little something with you guys. The awesome people at Social Print Studio gave me a coupon for one lucky reader to get a set of the IG squares to fall in love with for themselves. All you have to do is enter into the raffle below! This will be up until Friday and once closed I will email the winner. I cant wait for y’all to be able to display your favorite memories as well!


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My Sweet baby girl.

I knew I was supposed to be a mama to a girl, my heart longed for it. I prayed and prayed for her for years before God blessed me with her. She completes our family perfectly and helps her brothers learn how to be tender and kind. They love her fiercely. She is training them well, their future wives will be thankful. She can melt your heart and has her Daddy wrapped around her finger. There is something about her gentle spirit that draws people to her. I see it everyday when I am constantly stopped by people passing by. It has been this way since she was a baby, never a day passed that someone didn’t stop to see her or talk to her. She exudes love and grace but is also feisty and free spirited. She is my shadow throughout the day, never far from my side and doing everything that I do.

She loves her mama well.




I love seeing her do the things I do, feeding her babies, loving on them, patiently praying and singing over them. She sees me. Every little thing I do. It is so humbling and heartwarming. But then I begin to think to myself how very scary this can be. She watches me. Like really watches me. Faces that I make to her Daddy when I’m angry to the way I look at myself in the mirror. I am molding this little girl. Already at the age of two, she is learning how to treat and respect others and more importantly herself though my actions.

The other day on the radio I heard that studies have shown a woman’s self-image is completely molded and shaped by her mother.

Her mother.

Whoosh. Like I said, scary and overwhelming.

Coming from a girl who struggled with self-image up until I met my savior, I know I can’t do this on my own.

I can’t show my daughter her worth.

I can love her, compliment her, show her how important and beautiful and amazing she is. But if she searches for her worth through me, we will both fail.

God places these babies in our lives to teach us. They shape and mold us just as much as we do them. I have this beautiful little girl who makes me want to be a better person. I want her to see me for who I want her to be, but I also want her to see me for who I am. A sinner saved by Gods grace, someone who makes mistakes over and over again but seeks forgiveness from the Lord and those who I have wronged.

I pray that she can see this. That she can see that I love her for who she is but that God is the only one who gives us our worth. I pray that she learns this faster than I did.

Oh how my heart loves this little girl…

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My second born lost two teeth last week. Well, more like mama pulled them out!


This sweet boy has been desperately wanting to lose a tooth ever since big bro lost his. So when one started to get even a little wiggly it was his mission to make it come out. Finally the tooth was loose enough that he came up to me and ever so bravely asked me to pull it out. Well, I pulled out that tooth and he didn’t even flinch. He put his complete trust in me that I would do him right. When that tooth came out it was such a celebration between all of us. We all cheered and screamed and laughed and hugged. This sweet boy is growing up right before my eyes, and I am so very proud of him.

His trust in me made me wonder if I could do the same. Could I put my complete trust in something greater than myself? We are asked to fully trust in God, to put our lives in His hands for His will to be done. How many times do I pray this prayer to Him only to be filled with questions in my heart. I fold my hands and bravely look up to my Father and say Okay God lets do this, your will be done. But my heart flinches. I think of all the what ifs, or even worse I think of all the what if nots.  I begin going through my checklist and weighing of the pros and cons to decide if this conviction is something that I really should follow through on. Why is it that I would ask God for His will to be done only to take it into my own hands and decide if the answer is right? I wonder how many opportunities I have missed out on because I have to decide if His convictions are reasonable enough for me to follow.

As we grow up we lose that sense of innocent trust. We no longer put ourselves out there and never look back.  We are now looking up and down and right and left. I think that’s why I sit and look at my children in awe at how simple life is to them. When do we lose that? And more importantly what makes us lose that? I so badly want to wrap my arms around these babies hold them close and protect that innocent nature.

Scripture tells us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to those with childlike faith. It’s amazing to me that our greatest teachers can be those that we are trying to teach ourselves. He gives us these little people to shepherd back to Him and we end up learning and growing even more from them along the way. I can look into my sons eyes and see his faith. I can see the trust he has in the Lord and in me. I need to bring myself back there, to that innocence. To the place where I don’t go to my Father in prayer with the answers already figured out, or with my lists of pros and cons, but with an open heart ready to follow. I need to trust in Him, that He will have the way figured out for me, that I need only to follow. I can only imagine the celebration that will be had on the day that this finally happens.

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