May 29, 2013

BBQing With Stubb's

Summer is just around the corner! It already feels like summer her in Texas though. Summer + BBQing go hand in hand. My hubby LOVES to BBQ! When I told him that I got an e-mail to sample Stubb's BBQ products to review you should have seen his face! 
Stubb's BBQ is based here in Austin,TX and was founded by Texas King of Blues & BBQ C.B "Stubbs" Stubblefield. The entire line of authentic sauces, marinades and rubs is steeped in the rich food and music culture of Austin. If you are from Austin or have ever visited chances are you've heard of Stubb's. Even the president ate at Stubb's while visiting here...
All of Stubb's products are certified gluten free, In fact, Stubb's is the only mainstream national barbecue brand to carry the Gluten-Free Certification Organization seal on it's entire line! All of Stubb's products use only pure cane sugar and molasses for sweetness and contain no high fructose corn syrup! So you know this stuff is not only good as in "yummy" it's good as in it's got no fructose and it's gluten free!

So we got try out five of Stubb's products:
-Smokey Mesquite BBQ Sauce
-Chicken Spice Rub
-Pork Spice Rub
-Chicken Marinade
-Pork Marinade

We tried it all. We don't eat pork but my husband bought a couple steaks and we tried the pork rub and marinade on them. We used the chicken spice rub on asparagus along with olive oil...
and grilled it...
My husband marinated the chicken overnight using the chicken marinade + rub...
and grilled that along with some potatoes...
We had a super yummy dinner...
(please excuse the  paper plates, I didn't feel like washing dishes)

Here's my honest to goodness review of Stubb's products. The chicken marinade + rub were AWESOME! The rub has sea salt, honey, garlic & mustard. You can taste the honey for sure but it's not super sweet, just the right amount for chicken. It was also very good on the asparagus but it was way better on the chicken. (I guess that's why it says "chicken" on the label huh?) The pork rub & marinade I did not like. Maybe because it's meant to be for pork and it didn't quite go well with beef or maybe because the marinade contains ginger and I just don't like ginger. My husband on the other hand seemed to like it. The bbq sauce was really good! Not THE BEST but it's on my TOP 5 list! (I love bbq sauce so I've tried quite a few!) Stubb's bbq sauce has a unique flavor. As I dipped my finger to try it for the first time I thought "this tastes familiar" and it hit me it taste like tamarindo (tamarind). I'm mexican so I KNOW my tamarindo! Sure enough I turn the bottle around and I find TAMARIND as an ingredient! I love it, it's unique and very tasty! My kids loved it too, especially my son who kept asking for more and I didn't even feel guilty giving him more especially since it's got no high fructose corn syrup!

Now Guess What? You get a chance to try out some of Stubb's BBQ products!
I am giving away THREE Stubb's coupons. Each coupon is good for one FREE Stubb's product!You get to pick whatever product you want! I would pick the BBQ sauce! You don't have to be from Austin to enter. Stubb's brand is available in 85% of grocery stores nationwide so chances are your local grocery store carries it! Enter for a chance to win a coupon below...

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THANK YOU SO MUCH STUBB'S for the opportunity to try out your products!
This post is sponsored by Stubb's, but all opinions are 100% my own.

May 28, 2013

Shabby Apple Giveaway

Hello Friends! Hope you all had a lovely memorial day weekend. We sure did! I will write a post and share pictures of our weekend later this week. 

I have an awesome treat for you all today! Have you heard of Shabby Apple? Shabby Apple is an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses. I had a necklace giveaway a while back from Shabby Apple. Well today we are giving away a $50 gift card to Shabby Apple! You could choose anything you like.

I love their dresses! All of their beautiful dresses are modest and tasteful! They're perfect for me! However I don't own any Shabby Apple dresses.... yet. Although I love their dresses, they are a bit over my budget. Here are a couple of my favorites...
If you know me you are probably like "WHAT? These dresses aren't black?" lol Every single dress I own is black! IDK why but color used to scare me. I just bought my very first colorful dress a while back and I love it! I'm hooked on color now! The yellow dress is calling my name! 

You have a chance to win $50 to Shabby Apple and pick out your favorite dress! (SO JEALOUS!) If you win PLEASE let me know what you pick out and how you like it! I would love to hear what you think then MAYBE I will purchase this little yellow beauty for myself. Enter to win below...
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May 24, 2013

My Top Three Worst Traits

Today's Promt:
Your top 3 worst traits
1. I'm a worry wart. I worry too much! I worry so much it makes me sick. Not sick as in "i'm tired of it". Sick as in I won't eat, I will get headaches and stomach aches just worrying over something.  

2. I am not a good friend. I admit it. I don't keep in touch like I would like. I partly blame it on the kids keeping me busy but honestly It's me. I just don't like talking on the phone and texting is so unpersonal so I don't keep in touch like I should. I am trying to change that. I have always been the type of girl who has one or two good friends. I'm not SUPER social like my sister who talks to EVERYONE and their mommas! LOL I was SUPER shy growing up and still am at times which sometimes people mistake for arrogancy. I promise I don't think I'm better than you it's actually the opossite sometimes what keeps me from being social is I'm not confident. 

3. I cry easily. I cry at sad movies. I even cried while watching Brother Bear once on a date with my husband. I cry when I'm angry, when I'm sad, when I'm hurt and even when I'm happy! LOL I'm very sentimental like that. I don't like it because I feel weak when I cry. I try to hold it in sometimes but then it makes it worse because I just end up sobbing at the end of the day. 

May 22, 2013

I Can't Stand..

Today's Promt:
   Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Let's do this!
Here is a list of things that bother me...
1. I can't stand complainers (people who complain). I don't like to hear people whine and complain and just live their life looking at everything in a negative way.

God is so good! You have life! There is ALWAYS someone out there who has it WAY worse than you! Be thankful for what you have and focus on that. 

2. I can't stand people who think they're always right. Prideful people who can't accept when their wrong or make mistakes.

You are not perfect! We all make mistakes! We all need more of God. God cannot work in you if you don't accept you need him. No one is better than anyone. Pride is one of the main things that keeps people from accepting Christ. Prideful people have a hard time accepting they're wrong therefore they feel they don't need forgiveness and they don't need Christ.

3. I can't stand racist people. People making other feel less because of their race.

Christ didn't die for a specific race. He loves everyone the same. Racist people are also prideful people. People who feel better than others. You cannot proclaim to love Christ and be racist. 

4. I don't understand how some parents just don't disicpline their children. Sure no one has a right to tell you how to parent your child but when that child goes around hitting other children for no reason and you don't tell them ANYTHING, then something is wrong! 

This actually saddens me. If you love your children you will discipline them just like God disciplines us. If you don't there will be consequenses when those children become adults. Troubled adults almost always have a sad childhood. Either they werent disciplined or they were abused. 

5. I can't stand people who abuse goverment help. (I won't even go into details you already know what I mean)

6. I can't stand drama. I don't like it. I don't want to be a part of it.

Obviously I am not perfect! The list above are just things that have been heavy on my heart for the past couple of weeks and I'm so glad that this was today's prompt so I have a chance to blog about them. 

May 17, 2013

Big Fat Fail

   So the whole blogging everyday in May thing....yeah I FAILED! I haven't blogged once this week and the whole reason why I'm even blogging today is just to let everyone know I haven't fogotten my blog! I've just been too busy this week. I know people always say "this week went by so fast" you hear it so often that it sometimes gets annoying but well SERIOUSLY this week went by way too fast! I mean it's already Friday! So I'm sorry I let you down but well that's how things go when you're a mom. Unexpected things happen and well the blog is and will remain my hobby and this week I just didn't have time for it. This photo of Sarah is not the best... I tried doing a mini shoot this week and she was just not feeling it so that's the only picture I have to show you all. I'll try again next week! (both blogging everyday and another mini shoot) Hope you all have a lovely weekend friends! Enjoy it with your family! Time is PRECIOUS! :)

May 9, 2013

A Moment In My Day

Today's Prompt:
A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
When my kiddos play together. I love to see them play, have conversations and love each other!

May 8, 2013

Eat More Chikin

Today's blogging prompt is:
A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
My advice: Try Chick fil a's new salads! This is the Cobb salad and it's my NEW FAVORITE! I got it without bacon because I don't eat pork but it's SO DELICIOUS! The lime avocado ranch is the best! We seriously go to Chick fil a at least once a week! I get their e-mail updates and I like em on facebook and when I saw that they were going to sell new salads I was so excited! I LOVE salads and I LOVE chick fil a! PERFECT COMBO! So my advice may not be deep and life changing but I hope it at least made you smile...or hungry! LOL
*Chick fil a DID NOT pay me or sponsor this post, This salad was seriously so good I had to share!

May 7, 2013

What I'm Afraid Of

Today's prompt:
The thing(s) you're most afraid of
   One thing you should know about me is I'm pretty paranoid. My sister and I used to watch shows like 48hrs where they solve murders and such. I'm pretty sure that's why I'm so paranoid. I observe people and my surroundings when I'm out. Always keeping a watchful eye for those "creepers". I plan exit strategies in my head "just in case." I guess that's a good thing but I do it because the thing I'm most of afraid of is someone hurting my family. Someone taking my kids! When I heard about the shooting in Sandy Hook I was terrified! I mean you would think your kids are safe at school but then some creep just goes in and takes innocent lives! 

   I realize I CAN'T control everything. I realize I CAN'T keep my kids safe at all times but there is one person who can! I pray each and every single day before I drop my son off at school. I pray for my son's safety, for my husband at work and for us (Sarah, Levi & I) at home. I pray God is with us wherever we go. I may sometimes do it in a rush when we are running late but I will NOT leave the house without praying. Why? Because I TRUST God! Because I KNOW he listens and I KNOW only he can keep us safe no matter where we are. So even though I'm human and I worry and I am afraid, when I leave those worries and fears to my Father, I know I can rest assured he is watching over us and I am at peace.

May 6, 2013

What I Do

I found out about Jenni's (Story of My Life) Blog Everyday in May Challenge on Friday and since I don't blog on weekends I decided to start today. What an awesome idea! I will try to do this Mon-Fri since I'm away from my computer Sat-Sun. Let's start off with today's prompt...

 If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?

I will answer in list form because I love lists!

-I love
-I clean
-I cook
-I wash
-I blog
-I design
-I create

I'm pretty blessed. Just last night my husband said "it must be nice" and I answered "what must be nice?" and he said "to be able to stay home and enjoy your kids." It is nice! I sometimes get so overwhelmed, stressed out and complain. Being a stay at home mom is not easy. It is actually a HUGE responsibily. One I sometimes take lightly and don't appreciate. I realize being a stay at home mom is not an option for some. I need to stop complaining and need to be more appreciative. Especially of my husband for being so supportive! I'm feeling very thankful today. Thank you Lord for your blessings. I love what I do and I do what I love.


May 3, 2013


It's the first Friday of the Month, that means it's time for another freebie...
   Is it Spring or what? Seriously! I know I shouldn't complain because some of you have it way worse with inches of snow outside of your homes but here in TX we were already wearing shorts and sandals and then we get a cold front! I had to bust out my scarf yesterday! My daughter + baby have been sick for the past couple of months off and on due to these sudden cold fronts. I am sick of em! So let's bring a little Sunshine + Spring into our homes by printing this printable, framing it and putting it up so that at least the inside of our homes look a little more Spring-ish than outside!
You can click on the print above and save on to your desktop!
This is a 5x7 print. 

Enjoy! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!