Loving Lately // February 2017

It's time for another round of Loving Lately!
I did this last month & it was fun, so here is this month's Loving Lately!

// ONE //
I am loving these 2 nail polish colors. They have been on rotation the past few weeks, perfect for February!
Berry            //         Pink

This is my favorite type of nail polish because if you use the base coat & top coat, I have found that it doesn't chip for about a week!!!
I have now have about 10 colors, but it comes in 65 different colors! I am telling you, this nail polish is the best!

// TWO //
I love my sisters! It was my younger sister's birthday last week, so we had a girls dinner over the weekend.
So thankful to have sisters that are 2 of my best friends.

// THREE //
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(see my lashes in the above photo...LOVE!)
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 // FOUR //
Speaking of lashes....I am loving this mascara
I just started using it a few weeks ago and I am loving it!
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// FIVE //
Forget roses.....give me all the Pink Tulips!
Love this time of year when tulips are in bloom!

// SIX //
Chocolate dipped strawberries with sprinkles? Love them!
These were the goodies I made for my Valentines....I love adding sprinkles to everything!

// SEVEN //
Our school auction is next month and it's a Kentucky Derby Theme.
How fun is that?
I love the Kentucky Derby! Here are some dresses that I am looking at.....
I love stripes:

This Solid Pink is cute:

How fun is this one? LOVE it!

Not sure if I am a floral person, but it is Kentucky Derby-ish.

I like this one, but not sure about the belt:

Love this color blocking, it would be fun with a big pink hat!
 Which one is your favorite?
// EIGHT //
This long wear Lip Gloss is my all time Favorite. I LOVE them. These are my 2 favorite colors:

Last summer, the girl at the MAC counter told me they were discontinuing it, so I stocked up...but now I am almost out of my last tube & it is discontinued, so now I need suggestions on what long lasting lip glosses you recommend!

// NINE //
You guys....we got a Roomba for Christmas.
It's amazing. Like really amazing. I am in LOVE with it.
 We have named our Roomba...the name is "Ralphie" after the University of Colorado buffalo mascot. It only seems fitting since our dog's name is Boulder & Ralphie does a great job vacuuming up all that dog hair!
The Roombais everything and more. And it's $75 off now!
It runs everyday for an hour when we are at work & school.
What I really love is that my kids know they have to keep their bedroom  floors picked up so that Ralphie doesn't ruin any of their toys.
So, it's a win-win.....their rooms get picked up and then vacuumed :)
LOVE it!

// TEN //
I am loving these earrings....they just came out with some gorgeous new colors!

I have 3 of these earrings...I like this size because they aren't too big.

I am loving this blush color....aren't they perfect for Spring?

This month's Loving Lately had a pink theme....last month they were all grey/silver in color. Ha!
You know I love a theme ;)

What have you been loving lately?


Chicken Taco Soup

I have another quick, easy & healthy recipe for you today.
This is another one of my go-to dinner recipes.
Everyone loves it.
I made up this recipe a couple years ago and I based it off my Taco Soup recipe that I make with ground turkey/beef.
I decided to swap the ground meat for chicken and the kidney beans for black beans and also add in a packet of Ranch...because, why not?
I also decided to convert this recipe to an Instant Pot recipe because I LOVE MY INSTANT POT
and I want to convert all my recipes to Instant Pot recipes.
It is just so much faster than the Crock Pot and the flavor is so much better!
If you don't have an Instant Pot yet, I w will include the Crock Pot version of this recipe as well!
We are getting another huge rain storm here in California, so I am all about making soup when we have this kind of weather!
Here is what you need:
- One 2.5 lb bag of frozen chicken breast tenderloins 
- 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
- 1 can of corn
- 1 can of black beans, drained (you can also use kidney beans or pinto beans)
- 1 can of diced green chilies
- 1 packet of Taco Seasoning
- 1 packet of Ranch

Add the bag of frozen chicken tenderloins to the Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker)

Then add the diced tomatoes (not drained), corn (not drained), black beans (drained), green chilies, packet of taco seasoning & packet of ranch:
Give it a big stir:

Then put the lid on your Instant Pot turn the knob to SEALING:

 Cook on Manual High Pressure for 20 minutes.
(You can also use Chicken Breasts instead of Chicken breast tenderloins, so if you do, I would bump the cook time to 25 minutes) 
Do a natural release for 15 minutes
(This means you don't touch anything and you let the pressure cooker naturally release)
After 15 minutes, you might need to do a manual release to get the rest of the steam out.
When you open the Instant Pot, it will look like this:
 I wanted to make sure the chicken was fully cooked, so I took some of them out & they shredded easily & beautifully! The chicken was perfect & falling apart!
 I added the chicken back into the Instant Pot and stirred it all together. The rest of the chicken easily shredded with 2 forks while in the Instant Pot.
We serve this soup with a garnish of sour cream, shredded cheese & avocado:
 I also serve it with some tortilla chips on the side.
We love it with the avocado on top...so fresh tasting!
 I make this soup several times a month because we all love it...even my kids who are picky eaters.
This soup has SO much flavor and it is so easy to make....if you an open cans & dump them in a pot, you can make this soup :)
You can make this in a Crock Pot by cooking it on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
I haven't used my Crock Pot in months since I got my new BFF....the Instant Pot....this meal was made in a fraction of the time thanks to my new BFF!
 I hope you love this easy, delicious & healthy meal as much as we do!


10 on 10 :: February 2017

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!}
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Happy 10th of February!

We started off our morning getting ready and Luke coming into our room asking if he could bring his rescue bot fire station to Mimi's house. 
Boulder does not look amused. LOL.

The day started off rainy, so I wore my rain boots to school for the 5th day in a row.

View of my desk during break.....the essentials....my coffee, my breakfast, sharpies and my 2017 Erin Condren Planner

My accelerated class had a test today, so after school I started to make the answer key.

After school I headed to my parents to pick up Luke. The rain had stopped & the sun came out. Look at the beautiful view from my parents house:

 Luke and I came home for lunch and I decided to finally make avocado toast....
So good!!
I toasted a slice of sourdough bread, added half a mashed up avocado, lime juice, sea salt, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese & a dash of crushed red peppers. 

We picked up the girls from school and then headed to Target.
 Kids were starving, so it was slurpees & popcorn for an afternoon snack. #nothealthy

 We got home and since it was Friday & there is no homework (yay!) so Kate set up solitaire.
  We taught her to play a few weeks ago & she loves it.

For dinner, it was Friday Night so we of course had Pizza! 
We got it from our favorite deep dish place, Zachary's. We haven't been there in forever!

After dinner, Kevin was putting the kids to bed and I laid down in bed and was going to watch an episdode or 2 of Switched at Birth, but then I fell asleep. At 7:45 on a Friday night!!!!
I have been fighting the cough/cold that my whole family has had, but it caught up with me and my body was telling me I needed sleep. I got 14 hours of sleep on Friday night!!!!! CRAZY!
I can't believe I fell asleep so early....I am a night owl & usually go to bed at midnight. I don't know the last time I fell asleep so early!

So, there is a snap shot of our day.....Hope you had a great 10th!

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