Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Undying Hope

⚓ We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. - Hebrews 6:19-20a ⚓

Monday, September 11, 2017

We Will Never Forget

"Sixteen years ago today, a great people were moved to defend a great nation. Never Forget."

As we remember the tragic day 16 years ago that changed our lives forever, please take time to say a prayer for those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, for those that lost family members on 9/11, for our military, and for our country. We will NEVER forget.

God Bless America, and those who defend it... The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Change the Ending...

"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
- Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 1, 2017

Simply Inspire Me...

What's inspiring you these days?

(Image sources here, here, and here)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Cooking Simplified: Easy Meatloaf

I came across this meatloaf recipe a couple years ago, and it has since then become a family favorite. Honestly, my boys LOVE this meatloaf, and are absolutely thrilled every single time they find out that I'm making it for dinner. Of course with a house full of boys (one who's a teenager), plus my husband to feed, I always triple the amounts on the recipe, and rarely have any leftovers.'s THAT good! 😊💕🍽🍜🛒

Easy Meatloaf


1 1/2 Pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1 Cup milk
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. mustard
1/3 Cup ketchup


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, onion, milk and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. (I personally like to make the sauce below first and add about a 1/4 cup of it to the meatloaf mixture.)

3. In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf. (I always make extra to pour on the slices, too.)

4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour or until center is done.

That's it...super easy to make and incredibly delicious!
Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a try! :)

recipe & image

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Simplified Style @ The Farmer's Market
✨ Throwback Thursday ✨ - a trip to the local farmer's market back in 2014. 🚙🥙🍩🥕🍞💐

The local Farmer's Market is held in the downtown district every Friday morning from May until mid October, so I often go to browse the merchants' stands, pick up fresh vegetables from the local farmers, and to enjoy the fresh homemade baked goods.
It's really a fun time, and a great opportunity to meet the local merchants, talk with them each week, and see what new items they might have brought with them.

The Details:

*Madewell Outbound Jacket (sold out) - similar here and here
*Michael Kors 'Camille' Watch (sold out)- similar here and here

Enjoy your day, my lovelies! 💕

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Plexus Pink Drink...because Adulting is Hard

Truth. Adult life is at times absolutely brutal. Trust me. I know from experience.
Plexus is a game changer when it comes to adulting though, and it delivers...
not only increased energy to face the day ahead, but also stabilized blood sugar levels, reduced cravings, fewer digestive issues, freedom from weight fluctuations and mood swings, as well steady relief from aches and pains. It IS all possible with Plexus. 💗 ✨ 💕

Want to find out more about the Pink Drink?
Leave me a comment below, or shoot me an email at if you're interested in starting your own Plexus Journey, or if you'd simply like some more information about the products. Plexus does offer a 60-day money back guarantee if you aren't happy with your results, so what have you got to lose, other than excess pounds, fatigue, and digestive issues?
You can also Shop My Plexus Store if you want to begin your journey right now. 😊💕😊

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Friday, August 18, 2017


💥#flashbackfriday... a few years ago, I found this Star Wars gem from my elementary school days tucked away in a box with a handful of other childhood memorabilia.

It's a folder with Princess Leia on the front and Luke Skywalker on the back, made in 1977. As you can see, my love of Star Wars began at a young age, and it still continues to present day.
Now I get to share that love with my boys, too! 💕🎫🎬📽🌘💥

Anyone else remember when the movie first came out that year?
Did you get to see it on the 'big screen'? Such fun times!!! 💗😊

Thursday, August 17, 2017


This is another photo taken during a trip to Yellowstone back in August of 2013.
We had left the park earlier that morning, and were making our way to Cody, Wyoming via the North Fork Highway. It was another beautiful day with crystal clear blue skies, mile after mile of gorgeous scenery along the way, and the views from atop the mountains were absolutely breathtaking. 💕🚙🏔🗺

Shop My Look...

*Old Navy 'The Weekend' Jeans - similar
*J.Crew Classic Pavé Link Bracelet - (Extra 30% off with code SHOPSALE).
*Tommy Hilfiger Brown Leather Belt - similar

Enjoy your day, my lovelies! 💕

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Manicures. Cute Helmets. & Plexus.

✨ Manicures. Cute Helmets. & Plexus. ✨ It's true. 💕

I have been using the Plexus Triplex System for just shy of 6 weeks now. The system is a combination of Bio Cleanse, ProBio 5, and Slim supplements. It works in three ways to remove, restore and rebalance your body to help get your digestive system back into balance. It can also help support weight loss for people who struggle to lose on their own.

I began taking Triplex due to severe back, leg, and knee pain, digestive issues, tons of stress, name it. Triplex works to help detox and rebalance your body, stabilize your blood sugar levels, and reduce cravings. I have experienced significant increase in energy level, better moods (less emotional ups & downs, even with my Marine being gone for so long), a decrease in my aches and pains, plus now I am losing inches, too. I haven't even changed my eating habits, sometimes I eat more calories than normal, but I have still lost. Best of all, I do not have the 5 to 7 pound weight fluctuations every few days like I suffered with before. It is such a relief to no longer be on that roller coaster! 😊🎢💗

I know there are many of you that are skeptical... trust me, so was I. Then I finally decided that I really had nothing to lose by trying the product (with the 60-day money back guarantee), yet I had everything to gain if it worked. And you know what? It did, and it does! That's why I'm sharing this with you again.

Don't let your skepticism hold you back from experiencing a better quality of life. 💕
Leave me a comment below, or shoot me an email at if you're interested in starting your own Plexus Journey, or if you'd simply like some more information about the products. Plexus does offer a 60-day money back guarantee if you aren't happy with your results, so what have you got to lose, other than excess pounds, fatigue, and digestive issues?
You can also Shop My Plexus Store if you want to begin your journey right now. 😊💕😊

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

100 Years of Fashion in Two Minutes

"100 YEARS of FASHION" in 2 minutes.

Posted by Chalany High Heels on Friday, August 14, 2015

I thought all of you lovelies might enjoy seeing this video again, I know I did! 💕
Now do tell...which fashion era is your favorite?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Love This...

Classic. Understated. Effortlessly Chic.

Get the Look...

The Sky's the Limit:

On a Budget:

*Blazer here or here
*Turtleneck in natural white

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Thought I'd share a little #TBT aka 'Throwback Thursday' for today. 😊

This selfie was taken on my eldest son's 14th birthday back in August of 2012. 🎉🎈
We spent the day celebrating with a trip to BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, birthday present shopping
(he has always liked to go pick out the gifts himself), and then of course ice cream and cake. 🍨🎂

***Details about my dress and sandals on the original blog post here. 💕😊

Enjoy your day, my lovelies!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cooking Simplified: Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken

Hello my lovelies! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful week so far!
Today I am re-sharing a slow cooker recipe for a dish that I make on a regular basis...
Crock Pot Sante Fe Chicken.

This dish consists of slow cooked shredded chicken with corn, tomatoes, and black beans served over rice or in a bowl with nachos on the side. It's topped with chopped scallions, fresh cilantro, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and you can even add a dollop of salsa for extra added flavor if you like. It is very kid-friendly (my boys love it), freezer friendly, and gluten-free. 💕
Made as is, the recipe yields 8 servings, but you can adjust it to make more or less depending on the size of your family and personal needs.


24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast
14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
15 oz can black beans
8 oz frozen corn
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
3 scallions, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
salt to taste


Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.

Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

That's it. Easy peasy...
the result is an incredibly delicious meal that the entire family is sure to love! 😊💗😊

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Simplified Style - What I Wore...

What I Wore...

This is an outfit I wore last fall, and one that I will undoubtedly be wearing again this year.
Why am I reposting this you might ask? Well...the booties are on sale here (in all 3 colors) for a crazy good price, so I wanted to share the deal, as well as a styling option for them with you!
The booties are super comfortable and excellent quality, so grab your pair now. 😊

The Details...

*Free People 'Not Your Brother's' Utility Jacket in camo. I absolutely adore this of my absolute faves, so very comfortable to wear, and goes with just about anything. I normally wear an XSmall in Free People, but sized up to a small in this jacket for more roominess in the shoulders, and the ability to wear more layers underneath.
Similar, less spendy option here.

*L.L. Bean Signature Merino Crewneck Sweater in gunmetal gray heather. Another love for me...I also own it in navy, and would love to get the camel this fall, as well. The sweater is excellent quality and soft against the skin. Sizing may run a tad large, although I ordered my normal XSmall, as I do with most items at L.L. Bean, and it fits perfectly through the shoulders, with just a touch of slouch through the body for a comfy, relaxed vibe.

*J.Crew Point Sur Japanese Denim with Cashmere Jean in Lynndale Wash - these pop back on the J.Crew website on a regular basis, so snatch up a pair if you get the chance.
They are very soft and run true to size...highly recommend. Similar here and here

*Monet Silver Hoop Earrings - classic and chic.
A definite 'must have' staple jewelry item for any woman's wardrobe.
This pair look really nice, too.

*Etsy Tiny Silver Cross 14" necklace.
Prior to this necklace, I had also purchased a gold cross necklace from the same seller, and have been very pleased with both items.

*Sundance Letter Charm on a 16" silver chain.
Hands down one of my favorite jewelry pieces that I own.
The letters available are starting to get limited, so be sure to order quickly if your desired initial is still in stock. I honestly wish now that I had bought several more of the charms for Christmas gifts before the letters I needed sold out.

*Brighton Braided Black Leather Bracelet - this is a really pretty, more dainty piece that my mother gifted to me, and I normally wear it on the left arm with my watch.
Similar here and here.

*Etsy Black Leather Bracelet with Silver Hook - this is a really well-made piece that is more substantial than the Brighton bracelet, and I normally wear it by itself on my right arm. Similar.

*Brown & Black Studded Leather Belt with Silver Buckle -
(purchased at a consignment shoppe in Whitefish two years ago) - similar here.

*Baggallini Medium Pocket Crossbody in Taupe/Dusk -
purchased recently at TJ Maxx - similar here in Portebello.

*Eileen Fisher 'List' Bootie in Dusk. Absolutely adore these booties! They are high quality, incredibly comfortable, and the heel height is very wearable for extended periods of time, too. Trust me, you will love them! 💕

Instagram pic...

That's it for now...have a lovely day! 💕😊💕