Eat Happy : Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Hey y’all! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

Sooo Olive Tapenade. Two things before we get started:

  1. I LOVE olives. Like. I could just eat a bowl of olives. So you know. Be surprised that I’m not saying I hate the main ingredient of this dish. 😉
  2. I messed this one up. Ooops.

Alright, as I stated above I’m a huge fan of olives so I was looking forward to making this dish. As with every other Eat Happy dish I’ve tried, I really appreciated that all the ingredients were super easy to find and that the recipe wasn’t complicated. Even though Tapenade sounds fancy, it wasn’t overly complicated.

It’s definitely one of those just gather the ingredients, dump them in the food processor, and mix it all up type of things. What could possibly go wrong? Well. A 2.5 year old could interrupt you. A four year old could have problems with his video game that you have to go attend to. Usual stuff. So I may have blended everything too long. My Tapenade looked like an olive paste.

It was still super yummy though! I made some Almond Meal Pita Chips to eat with it…I also had pizza and put some of the Tapenade on top of my pizza. Cause I mean…who doesn’t like olives and pizza together??

And as always with Eat Happy, this dish is grain and sugar free – so it’s good for your bodaaaay.

But yeah. That’s about all I’ve got on this one you guys. It’s easy peasy…just don’t be savage with your food processor technique. 😉

If you want to read through our other Eat Happy posts…I’ve got them all lined up for ya!

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini

Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps

Monday Meme Phone Dump

Hey hey you guys! We hope you’re having a fantastic Monday. We love to gush about the fresh start that a Monday offers, but we do both know that sometimes you might need a little extra pep in your step for some particularly sluggish Mondays. SO – we thought it’d be fun to share with you some of the memes we’ve collected over the past couple of days. Cause you know we love a good screenshot…especially one of a meme.  Memes always make us feel just a little bit better. 😉 These are in no particular order except that they were the last five memes that each of us screen shot and saved to our phones.

Enjoy, and let us know which ones are your faves. 😉

Rhonda –

Ashley –


What’s In My Online Shopping Cart

So, the truth is I’m always shopping. I am always always looking for things I need/want/got to have RIGHT NOW. I like online shopping, storefront shopping, window shopping, shopping for other people…whatever – I love it all. I feel like lately, I’ve stumbled across some cute things that I’d share with you guys.

Online Shopping has got to be one of my most favorite ways to shop. I actually used to always be in the camp of not caring for online shopping, because I’m a “I want to touch it and feel it and hold it, in person” type of gal. However, motherhood and adulthood have really put a damper on the ease of just going out at any time to do some uninterrupted shopping. Have you tried navigating Target with a two and four year old lately? Unless you stuff them full of juice, chocolate milk, and popcorn which truthfully will only buy you about 30 minutes – trying to enjoy Target is just really a fruitless endeavor. And even if you aren’t  a parent – all that adulting and responsibility can still hinder your free range shopping plans. So yeah, as a result I have grown to love and look forward to hours of perusing my favorite online shopping outlets. It’s convenient and you have the world at your fingertips!

What have I been digging lately?

  1. MEMEBOX Disco Daze Gift Set – $29.99
  2. Show Me Your KITTIES Mug – $11.75
  3. Unicorn Face With Gold Glitter Horn Set Of 2 Mug And Stemless Wine Glass – $19.50

  4. Full Moon Wall Tapestry – $35.19
  5. UGG Cozy Cable Knit Slippers – $79.97-$120.00
  6. Elizabeth and West Fashion House: Moto Leggings – $44.00
  7. Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser with Spout – $35.99

  8. Cat Socks – $17.99
  9. Tan Leather Couch – $2999.00
  10. Does this Coffee make me look Alive T-Shirt – $32.00

What have you guys been shopping around for lately?


One of my favorite bloggers,Rebecca from  Mommy In Heels, started this movement called “More Than A Size”. She wants to bring awareness to the fact that most women are defined and define themselves by what size they wear. They let that number dictate how they feel about themselves instead of all the other amazing qualities and characteristics that make them who they are. That makes them the person that their people love. That makes them more than a size.

When I first saw her announcement on Instagram and read the two blog posts (here & Here) that she dedicated to explaining what she was trying to say and accomplish, I was completely inspired and totally related. What I especially love is that she’s talking about all woman – of all shapes and sizes and weights. I think that’s fantastic and worthwhile. I think it’s a necessary statement to make. It made me reflect on my own feelings about the ways that I let my size influence how I feel about myself, and how as I’ve gotten older I recognize that I am so much more than a size.

I also really feel like it’s important to note and say that being healthy is the most important thing of all, and that what you look like and what size you are should not be dictated by other bodies around you. Your body is different and beautiful because of those differences. For instance, my fabulous blogging partner and I. We have two totally different body types. She’s tiny. Even at what she considers super heavy, she’s still legit tiny. She’s short. She’s got miniscule wrists and ankles…and her fingers? They little. That’s how she’s made. She continually gets frustrated when she will tell people that she feels like she could stand to lose another 10-15 pounds to be at her healthiest weight and they tell her “NO!” you’re small enough. That’s annoying. And wrong. Me? I’m 5’5” with broad shoulders and hips and booty to spare. Always and forever.  But the thing is, even at my smallest size – I’ll always be larger than Rhonda in every way, because my body is not like hers. And that’s ok.

As someone who takes tons of pictures of herself for her blog and social media accounts, and as someone who has just always cared about how I look in my clothing – it is so hard to not find yourself in that trap of searching for the perfect camera angle or style of clothing that will make me look the skinniest.  That’s a never ending wormhole. It’s a devastating way to crush your self esteem and sense of self worth.  

I really think that what Rebecca is trying to say with the #morethanasize movement is that we’ve got to learn to love ourselves. We’ve got to stop trying to put ourselves in some kind of mold that we don’t fit in. A mold that we shouldn’t fit in.

What should we actually be more focused on? Doing things that make our bodies the healthiest and happiest that they can be. We talk a lot about the way that we eat around here. We do weekly blog posts showcasing some recipes that adhere to that way of eating. We treat our bodies by not exposing them to sugars and grains. We also are always striving for body positivity in general. Rhonda sure knows how to pump me up and make me feel great about myself, and I always strive to do the same for her. I personally don’t ever weigh myself. I don’t even have a scale at home. I’ve also learned to not be afraid of what a tag says. Sometimes I want my shirt to be super loose – so I’ll grab a larger size with zero qualms. And really, the way that women’s sizing varies from brand to brand – you could legit go crazy trying to define yourself by those standards.

Knowing what size you wear or what you look like in comparison to those around you- those things are unavoidable necessities, but we have to stop letting that define us. We are more than that.

I know that I’m more than a size because I’m a creative, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a worthwhile human being.

What We Wore Wednesday

Rhonda –

This week, I was so thankful just to feel like putting clothes on.  Nothing amazing here or anything, but I am actually gearing up to overhaul my wardrobe so hopefully this weekly post will get a fresh look soon!

Tee: Dixie Pistol. Jeans: Old Navy, not available. Flannel: Zanzea – Amazon. Booties: KMart, not available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Ross. Jeans: Old navy, old AF. Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Sweater: Simply Couture.

Sweatshirt: Target [similar]. Jeans: Old Navy. Shoes: Converse.  Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley –

Black on black on black on black…with a little leopard and camo mixed in. That’s how I roll.

T-Shirt: RATMM Shop Pants: Target … last year [similar] Earrings: N&S Gray Mosaic (not available)

Shirt: Kohl’s men section… from last spring Pants: Jordache Skinnies Earrings: N&S Black Cut Outs Shoes: [similar]

Jacket: Target Scarf: [similar] Pants: Black Jeggings Earrings: N&S White Cut Outs

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom


Hey y’all! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


Sooooo. Another recipe another ingredient I don’t like. I mean. I feel like disliking mushrooms is a pretty common thing. Just because I dislike cucumbers and now mushrooms … doesn’t mean I’m super picky. Right?


Irregardless, I’m in this for the long haul – so I’ll try anything. And I have to go ahead and say that despite the whole mushroom thing…this was SO GOOD.

I don’t have any stories about having trouble finding ingredients on this one. Surprised? I sure was…cause that seems to have been a common theme for us so far. Not this time though.

I actually meant to cook this on Sunday night. You know. Be a prepared and responsible blogger. Not do things the night before. But eh. Where’s the fun in that? Also. I opened Eat Happy and looked at the recipe and was all “ NAH. I’ll do it tomorrow.” Cold feet like cray.

So I gave myself the pass Sunday night which meant Monday night was the night. I dove right in starting with the prep of all the cutting/chopping/ worst part…whatever you want to call it. My dad is an incredible cook. He always cooked our meals growing up. He would fondly call me his sous chef. I hated it. I was the one shredding the cheese and cutting the vegetables and cleaning up the messes he left in his wake. He was preparing me for real life. Or using me. How ever you choose to look at it. 😉

But yeah, everything was going great. I had to Google how to prepare a mushroom for stuffing. I spent HOURS chopping all the stems. Then, I ran across a piece of the inside of one of the mushrooms. I guess it came off with one of the stems I popped out? And um. I have that thing where I can’t stare at holes. Like clusters of them. It’s a thing. Trypophobia. Google it. I’m thinking about it now, and I think I may climb out of my skin. ANYWAY – the inside of this mushroom gave me a similar feeling as staring at a bunch of holes. Not cute.

So I threw that bad boy away and moved on with life. Like every other recipe I’ve tried from Eat Happy – even though the concept was intimidating to me – the actual execution of the recipe was easy because Anna keeps things simple and straightforward.

I got the stuffing mixture combined with only a slight issue with opening the cheese. Y’all. This stuffing. It’s amazing. So delicious. And if you know me this won’t come as a surprise, I have this vision of making this again but chopping up ALL the mushrooms and just mixing it all together and eating it like that. Cause I couldn’t help myself. I unadshamedly ate several spoon fulls of the stuffing all by itself.

AND while the stuffed mushrooms baked – they smelled incredible. I was actually looking forward to trying one. So, 45 minutes later – plus 10 more for cooling…it was the moment of truth. I chose one and put it on in my mouth. It was good. Really good. Cause that stuffing is bomb. But, I just can’t get past the squishy texture of a whole mushroom. Sooo – yeah I think next time I’ll just chop it all up and eat in in a bowl or something. Haha

It was seriously yummy though. You need to put this on your list of things to try. And again? The best part? It’s SO GOOD for your body. No sugars or grains to fuck you up. 😉

If you want to read more posts about Eat Happy, I’ve got all the links compiled here nice and neat for ya.

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini
Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps


Life Lately

Hey hey! It’s that time again where we look over the past couple of weeks and give you guys a glimpse into what’s been going on in our lives. Ready to dive in?

Ashley –

I was just looking back over the photos in my phone to kind of jog my memory on what exactly I’ve been doing, and I’m always embarrassingly shocked at the amount of screen shots vs actual pictures I take. LOL

But yeah, to all the things I’ve been doing. Work and school have been business as usual around these parts. Last week Cooper’s Dad and I totally thought that it was Mardi Gras. We’d been saying to Coop how he was going to have a long weekend. Then, I went over to my parent’s house that Sunday and mom informed me that I was totally wrong about what date it was. Mardi Gras wasn’t until the NEXT week (aka THIS week when you’re reading this). Oops. Thankfully, Coop just rolled with it and went on to school like it was NBD. 🙂

The weather has been pretty nice. We actually were able to go play at the park and even take a walk on the beach. I cannot wait for some warm southern weather. The kids and I are itching to spend some lazy off days down on the sand and in the water.

It’s crazy to think we are already knee deep in February 2018, because that means Coop’s birthday is just around the corner. He’s going to be FIVE. Like. That’s a big number. A huge deal. I just can’t handle it. He on the other hand? He’s super excited. We’ve already been planning what he wants to do, and he’s got a list of video games that he wants that is a mile long.

This past Friday night I got to have a little girl’s night which was super fun. And this coming up Friday night I get to see Rhonda since she will be in town seeing her brand new nephew!

Anddd that’s about it…what about you boo? What’s been going on in Fort Worth?

Rhonda –

We have had a crazy couple of weeks at my house and, like Ashley, I had to scroll back through my phone photos to refresh my memory.  Also like Ashley, I had tons of screenshots.  oops.

We had a super fun SuperBowl party with all of our favorite people.  I always enjoy hosting our many parties, but they can be stressful with all the buying and preparing food and drinks, cleaning before and after, and just hoping people actually come.   I gave myself a little grace with this party and we made it a potluck.  GOOD DECISION.  I was SO CHILL getting ready for the party!  Everyone brought something to add to the spread and they brought their own booze too.  My bank account was happy and everyone had something they love available to eat.

I always enjoy watching people’s kids play with kids their age, especially when they are kids who don’t get to do that often.  It’s so good for them!


My mom’s group and I had planned a night out – dinner and drinks and dancing.  Only four of us went but we had the best time.  We went to downtown Fort Worth, where we had dinner then barhopped.  I checked an item off my bucket list, dancing on the Coyote Ugly bar!

And then – THEN! – my sweet nephew Nolan was born.  We had all been waiting so long for this and I was sad to not be able to be there, but I am so grateful to my mom and my fellow new Aunt, Shelby, for keeping me updated!  My amazing sister-in-law was texting me pictures just a couple of hours after her c-section!  I love my family and so pleased to say I will be seeing them this week.  We are headed out to Mississippi by 5 am tomorrow.

Anyway, as usual our week involved some playing outside  and some crying.  I mean, if you’re 3 and you don’t cry for no reason, are you even living?

Over this past weekend, I had another dinner and drinks evening with my mom friends.  I had an emotional breakdown at the end, because I got all up in my feelings but it was fine.  We all talked it out and they amazingly still like me, so it was a success.

Stuart surprised me with a pile of presents that I am so so excited about!  I got an Aunt shirt I had been coveting, another addition to my Alex and Ani collection, and some tech accessories!

Now to go prepare for the wild adventure of taking 4 children on a long drive!

A Valentine Wish List

I love a good wish list, because damn I love things.  I am admittedly a little materialistic and gifts are my love language.  With that, it’s fitting that I am continually making lists of things I need and want.

Valentine’s Day being next week seems like as good a reason as any to tell you what I’m coveting these days.

Soma Drapesoft Jersey Tulip Sleeveless Nightgown – I sleep in the nude, but I love a good nightgown to wear around the house in the mornings or at night.  To be honest, I would head out for errands in this after tossing a denim jacket over it.

HONEY Graphic Tee – I love a good graphic tee and when I saw this one, I knew I wanted it.  It’s simple and perfect.

Nickel & Suede Earrings, in Merlot and Black (I wear Large) – I mean, I have a LONG list of these earrings I want for adding to my collection, but Black is definitely next.  I find myself needing them with most outfits.  I want Merlot too and it’s the earring of the month, meaning it’s on SALE!

Alex and Ani Queeen’s Crown Bangle – I started collecting Alex and Ani when Stuart and I started dating.  I haven’t gotten a new one in awhile, and this February exclusive is CALLING ME.

Hope’s Simple Side of Things Dress – I have been obsessed with this dress since Hope’s posted it on Snapchat a couple of weeks ago.  Such a perfect dress for Spring.

I could go on and on, but you have to stop somewhere, right?!  My Amazon list is also full of amazing items that I would LOVE to have.  Ah well, I will get there eventually!

Happy Wine-Aversary!

I was going through my Google Plus Photo account the other day when Google suggested to me to rediscover this day – which is basically their version of TimeHop or Facebook’s Memories. What pictures did Google want to show me?

It was a selfie I’d taken of me drinking some wine while my child screamed at my feet. It’s pretty much the best selfie ever. And it just really epitomizes one of the main reasons why I have come to love wine so much. It relaxes me. It’s a little escape from the chaos surrounding me. It’s a me thing I do. For me – when most of my life is about being a Mom. 

I got to thinking while looking through those pictures about how it must have been around that day exactly that I’d started drinking wine as part of a lifestyle habit. And it occured to me that it was my Wine-aversary! So, then being me – I began to self reflect on why I began walking down this wine road, and just about my relationship with alcohol in general. Lucky you guys – you get to hear all those rambling thoughts!

Prior to making drinking wine a regular part of my life – I abstained from alcohol except for in social settings. I had this thing about alcohol being in the fridge at home. That wine I’m drinking in that picture? It was a bottle I’d won during dirty santa on the Christmas Eve prior. That bottle of wine sat in my fridge for over a month. I remember thinking that I was going to save it for a special occasion. I had it in my mind that I needed a valid reason to drink.

But, one day something changed. I honestly can’t remember exactly what happened that day. I do remember that I was in the throws of raising two babies , and in general it just wasn’t a great time for me personally. What WAS going on that had really boosted my confidence and given me a sense of self purpose? This blog. We posted our first post on February 2, 2017, and it’s been a year now that I’ve had this blog and wine as part of my life on the regular. I have to say, that things around here are better for it.

I’ve seen alcoholism in people that are close to me. I’ve lived around alcoholism. The thing is – I’ve been scared of alcoholism my entire life. I’ve always been so highly aware of how much I drink and where I drink and with whom I drink and why I drink. I didn’t have a cocktail at lunch or dinner on a weekday. I never ever ever drank to soothe myself after a rough day or help get through a tough time. Alcoholism or alcohol abuse are dirty words. And they should be. I have personally seen the ugly things people do under the influence of this nasty addiction. I’d spent 31 years trying to prevent myself from becoming addicted. I’d also spent 31 years developing another form of an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

I feared it. I was letting it control my life.

When you’ve swum head deep in the depths of alcoholism alongside a loved one – you can’t help but fear drowning yourself. When you’ve seen the way alcohol abuse wreaks havoc on and  in the life and health of someone you hold dear – you can’t help but try to avoid it all costs.

That’s a dangerous way to live life though. Consumed by fear of something that you haven’t even tried out for yourself. When you make NOT DRINKING such a big part of your personality – you’re already giving alcohol power over yourself.

And so, I threw caution to the wind. It was Wednesday. My children were a hot mess. Who knows what else was going on. But I had some wine. There were nights (and still are) that I’ll drink an entire bottle. Did you just gasp? Are you appalled that I can drink a whole bottle of wine on a Wednesday night and still manage to take care of my children as they wake FIFTEEN MILLION times throughout the night and then make my way to work where I function at a high level? I know I would have gasped a year ago if someone told me I’d do those things.

I don’t hide the fact that I drink on a fairly regular basis from children. I don’t hide it from my family. I don’t hide it from my friends. I certainly don’t hide it on social media. I mean. Rhonda and I get on Facebook Live every week and drink wine and argue about what is the proper way to count on our fingers. So. There’s that. 

I started drinking regularly – and now alcohol no longer has control over me. It’s just another regular part of my life. In fact, I’m more addicted to my daily dose of Starbucks than I am to wine. Ask me to choose between giving up coffee or hugs from kids….I may actually take a moment to pause and consider the consequences of each choice equally. 😉

Do I need wine? Nah. Do I enjoy wine? Hell yesss.

And honestly, drinking it is still a social thing. We’ve brought our social lives into our homes on a daily basis through things like Facebook and Snapchat and Blogs. So – I can drink and chat with my friends from within the comfort of my own home. By myself – but not. Introvert dreams. 🙂

I want my children to see and experience a healthy relationship with alcohol through me. I want them to be cautious. Obviously. I just don’t want them to fear it so much that that fear starts to control them. I don’t want them to see a mom who never drinks at home or during a meal in a restaurant – but she’ll go out with her friends on a Friday night and come stumbling home and unable to function for the entire next day because she doesn’t know how to control herself when she does actually allow herself to drink. I don’t want for their view of me to become two sided – the drinking me and the non drinking me. Because – we’re the same person.

Drinking doesn’t have to be a THING. You can’t let it control you on either end of the spectrum. You can’t fear what might happen so much so that you sabotage yourself during rare nights of binge drinking but feel better about yourself just because you don’t keep beer in the fridge. You also can’t let alcohol become a necessary part of your life. You shouldn’t depend upon the way it makes you feel to make you happy or satisfied or content.

You should know your limits though. You should be cautious. You should be aware of the way it is affecting your life. Your sense of well being. Your state of mind. Your body. Your health. Your relationships. That affect should be positive. Most importantly, it shouldn’t ever ever hold you prisoner: in any way. 

So, anyway CHEERS and Happy Wine-Aversary to me. 🙂


What We Wore Wednesday

What’s up you guys!? Welcome back to our weekly post where we show all the things we decided to wear over the past week. We do this for a little bit of accountability on our part – and also to maybe offer some fashion inspiration to all of our amazing readers. 🙂

Anyway, let’s get to the outfits!

Ashley –

Jacket: Green Bomber from Target Shirt: Amazon Pants: Mossimo Black Jeggings [similarChoker: Target Clearance Earrings: N&S Champagne Shimmer

Cardigan: It’s old…i think it’s from WalMart? IDK Tho.  [similar] Shirt: Old Navy Clearance Pants: Again – I can’t remember…I’ve had them a while [similar] Earrings: N&S Black

Cardigan: Burke’s Outlet from last summer Shirt: Old Navy (HIGHLY recommend this T..I have four of them!) Pants: Old dark denim CATO Skinnies Sun Glasses: Sojos Earrings: N&S Signature Gold

Rhonda –

Dress: Amazon. Kimono: Summer & Rose. Stockings: Amazon. Boots: Target, not available.

T-Shirt: Ross. Leggings: Custom. Boots: Amazon. Choker: Amazon. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Sweatshirt: WalMart Sleepwear. Jeans: Old Navy. Boots: Amazon. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

So, anyone else ready to switch seasons?  Overhaul your wardrobe?