Muse Bistro

Oh my goodness!

Have you ever eaten something and then become OBSESSED with what you ate?? It was so amazing you just can’t wait till you can eat it again?! I’m asking for a friend….

If any of my readers love to travel or happen to be Arizona natives I demand you go Muse Bistro located in Cottonwood, Arizona.

This hidden gem is Creole inspired cuisine that puts a modern freshness on New Orleans cuisine!

We started off with the calamari… it was phenomenal! It was kid approved and my kids are extremely picky eaters!

We then ordered our main courses:

Hubbs had the Flat Iron steak I wish I had taken a picture of it before he inhaled it *sigh*

My grandma went with the Blackened Red Fish on a bed of grits and she swears it tasted as good as it looked (pretty sure that’s what I will get next time)

Both K&K had Black Garlic Mac’N’Cheese I know they don’t have the taste buds to appreciate fancy food yet but I’ve seen them eat a lot of macaroni and cheese but none that quickly!

And finally the dish that inspired my blog… my 5 star rating and reason I will recommend EVERYONE to this restaurant, Crawfish Stuffed Shells. I’ve always loved crawfish and I’ve always loved pasta it’s like Muse Bistro knew what I had in my heart and this was absolutely amazing! I mean full on food-gasm!

If I had had any room left for dessert I would have destroyed any one of their delicious choices… but that will be my goal for my next visit.

Seriously guys if you are in the area please take time out of your trip to visit Muse Bistro! (Maybe bring me too?….hehehe)

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Just like that…. 8 years gone…

I wish I could freeze time for a little bit longer…

I hope to keep you innocent from the evils in the world…

I pray your heart stays pure and moral…

I wish for you to have the best life mommy and daddy can give you….

I will continue to watch you grow into a young lady, my beautiful little girl ❤️

Happy Birthday baby girl!

Hectic weeks as Mom, Wife, and party planner?…

Where did January go??

What happened to those 31 days??

I’ll tell you… THE FLU!

Never in my life have I been this afraid of something going around! I got it, the kids got it, my mom, my sister, hell even the dog was under the weather! The entire month of January I was balancing doctors appointments, work, school, and coparenting schedules that I honestly didn’t even notice the month had come and gone… well I guess February will make up for all that and I’ll fill you in on how and why.

My daughter’s birthday is next week and I had NOTHING planned. Bad mom bad mom bad mom! Well I pulled a miracle out of my you know what and got a spot at a local indoor trampoline place for her party! Mom win!! So in the last week I had to book the venue, get invitations, change my coparenting schedule, order cupcakes, and get RSVPs! Whew… I think this will be ok. But wait what you hear what The Hubbs pulled on me yesterday….

Hubbs: “Hey babe, you know that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl this year?”

Me: “Yes… why do you bring it up?”

Hubbs: “Well I told some of the guys that they could come over and watch the game… and that you were cooking.”

Me: “….”

ARE YOU SERIOUS RIGHT NOW?!

Sometimes I swear I could kill him… but then I remember I would miss him…. So all day long I’ve called around to get the carpets cleaned, go grocery shopping for party food, and a liquor run for a signature blue eagles drink…. He owes me BIG time for this stunt!

But wait there is more! One last unexpected event happened to us and I honestly can’t even be mad… WE GOT A PUPPY! Yes in all the chaos and busyness we got a puppy and I absolutely adore her. A precious little pug named Francine aka Frankie!

That concludes this rant and rave of eventful happenings in my life since last I blogged 🙂

I am crazy! I have so much to do for these parties! But you know what? I am a mom and this is just what we do! And we do it well!

So cheers to all my multitasking supermoms out there! We are the glue that holds it all together and the glitter that makes it even more special!

I Don’t Need a “New Me”

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2017 is nearing its end… is it just me or did this year really whiz by?? I know people say when you have kids, time just goes by in a blink of an eye but I never really felt it until this year. When i asked Hubbs why he thought I felt the year by went by too fast, he said something that really hit me. He said ” Because you have been happy this year.” wow! I never realized I wasn’t happy but he is right! This year has been my best year so far! We had so many victories this year!

*My daughter finally got put on a medication to stop her migraines and help her grow finally.

*My son was also put on medication to help his speech and behavioral issues.

*  The X and I have had a great year with maybe 1-2 small arguments (trust me this is a HUGE win for us)

*  Hubbs and I are financially comfortable finally

*  Kids both love their school and are excited to go everyday.

*We added our pug Tater Tot to the family and honestly I cant imagine our lives without this pugly little thing.

*Hubbs and I have both committed to a healthier way of eating and don’t plan on straying from it.

* Hubbs and I both work for great companies who value the importance of the wellness as individuals and as a family.

Everyone is happy and healthy which is exactly what I could ever hope for.

This NYE I don’t feel like I HAVE to wish for better times or a better life. This year when 2018 comes in, I won’t make ridiculous promises like “I will go to the gym 5 days a week”  because 1. I am not about that life haha and 2. I know I’m setting myself up for failure and who needs that kind of negativity in their lives?

I will make a New Years wish to make 2018 even better than 2017 and set the goal to buy a house by this time next year.

I wish you all a Happy New Year! Be safe!

Liebster Award

These last couple of weeks have been hectic! First I caught this alien virus that had me in the emergency room and had me down for 4 days. Then before I knew it, it was time to pack up the kids and dog to head over the mountain for Christmas with our family we had a lovely Christmas and now I’ve returned to the land of work… But in all that chaos, I was nominated by 2 great bloggers for a Liebster Award! Thank you so much A Dream Became A Reality&Lil Jem and Baby E! This recognition really made miserable couple of weeks amazing.

So what is a Liebster Award??

The Liebster Award is recognition for bloggers by other bloggers. It’s only coincidental that the name is derived from the German word that means “beloved, or dear” in English. It’s been around in some form or another since 2011, so I think there is at least some credence to its name.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.

3. Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide random facts about yourself.

5. Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.

6. Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

7. List these rules in your post.

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Random facts about me:

1. I have moved 36 times in my life.

2. My middle name is Patricia because I was born on St. Patrick’s Day

3. I was raised in both East Texas and Northern Arizona.

4. I despise doing dishes

5. I enjoy embarrassing my kids in public with my dancing

6. My daughter and I butt heads so much because she is my little clone and it frustrates me.

7. I am currently loving the Ketogenic way of eating.

8. I love to make Hubbs feel bad for silly things.

9. I do not have a dad and I think I’m a better parent for it.

10. I secretly want to be one of those bloggers that have enough fame to keep me from working a boring retail job.

My nominations:

These are all blogs that I have enjoyed reading whether due to posts about parenting, healthy living, recipes, or just something that has stopped to make me think! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading from these bloggers. So please if you are reading this, take a moment to check their posts 🙂

1. Chasing Jameson

2. Cunningham Chronicles

3. Brutally Honest Mommy

4. Two Sprogs and a Lottie Dog

My questions from A Dream Became a Reality:

1 What movie title would best describe your average day?

Because I said so

2 What is your favourite song at the moment?

Honestly I’m not cool and hip enough to know what new songs are playing right now, just push shuffle on my Pandora and I’m good to jam!

3 What is your pet peeve?

Indecisiveness! Make up your minds people!

4 If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you move to?

I have moved plenty in my life and I don’t feel the need to move again. I am perfectly happy in my little desert.

5 What is your dream holiday?

One where my kids don’t tell me they are bored…

6 What was your first pet and it’s name?

My first pet was a calico cat that I named Anne-Marie.

7 Are you a morning person or nightowl?

Nightowl all the way!

8 Would you rather spend New Years in the city or in the comfort of your own home with family?

I’ve never been one to party and go out so I really do enjoy being home with my family.

9 Iced coffee or Iced tea?

Coffee is essential for every task I have to tackle.

10 Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

11 Give one tip for a fellow blogger or new blogger

Don’t be shy! There are billions of people in this world and we all have our own point of view and way of expressing ourselves. Blog from the heart.

My questions from Lil Jem and Baby E:

1. What’s something that no one would guess about you?

I am very serious person and often times it gives the impression that I am mean or just not fun at all.

2. Why did you start writing a blog?

I had a mommy meltdown about 3 months ago that made me realize my entire existence was to serve and please Hubbs and my kids. I had nothing of my own to keep my sanity. So blogging became a way of expressing my thoughts and feelings in a creative way. Blogging has definitely been a cheaper hobby than some of my more crafty ventures haha

3. If you could be doing anything, anywhere right now, what and where would it be?

At the moment I feel like I would love to be a Stay At Home Mom! I’ve always worked and help provide for our family but I have definitely missed out on a lot when it comes to my kids.

4. What do you wish you had done differently in your life?

I wish I had been smarter when it comes to career choices. Working management in a retail setting, I do miss out on a lot with my family. I wish I had chosen something that is more 9-5ish.

5. What are you doing for yourself?

The truest piece of advice I have ever received is “momma can’t take care of everyone if she doesn’t take care of herself” with that said, since I have started blogging, I have done more for myself than I ever had in the past. I am taking my health more serious, setting time and money aside for myself for haircuts and new clothes. It’s been so weird! And I’ll be honest, I still feel guilty when I spend on myself.

6. What’s one thing you’ve had to overcome in your life?

I have had to overcome breaking my family tradition of absentee parenting. When I found out I was bringing an innocent life into this world I promised to do to make sure she would never feel unloved or unwanted by me. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job at keeping that promise.

7. What’s the most important thing to you?

My kids of course! Their mental well-being, their physical health, their happiness. Everything I do I keep them in mind.

8. What did you learn about yourself from your previous relationships?

I learned that I have too strong of a personality to be with most men. Hubbs knows I know best so he doesn’t try to be the boss.

9. How do you handle being in a bad mood?

If I am in a bad mood it’s usually because I’m hungry or need a nap (I swear I am an infant sometimes) but if it’s something that can’t be fixed by eating or going to bed early, I usually talk it out with Hubbs. He is a great listener and I usually feel better after ranting and raving.

10. What do you wish someone would ask you?

Hmmm… ask me anything! I’m an open book!

Questions for my nominees:

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

2. Would you consider yourself tech savvy?

3. What is something you couldn’t function without?

4. Are you a parent? If so what do you say is your parenting style?

5. Have you found your soulmate?

6. What is something that you love that others just don’t get?

7. Favorite movie of all time?

8. If your life was a sitcom, what would it be called?

9. Do you have any big regrets?

10. Favorite holiday? And why?

11. What is something that you believe that is an unpopular opinion?

Not Latina enough…. Christmas Edition.

Growing up I always had the best of everything my Grandma is a top anesthesiologist in her field and has always provided a wonderful life for my sister and me. We lived in a beautiful country home with land, we had dance and music lessons, and if I had wanted to attend a private school, she would have been more than happy to pay for that.

So growing up I never really identified myself as “Latina” I mean yes, I was the only girl in my group of friends who had a year round tan with dark hair and eyes but my sister and Mom have green eyes and blonde hair and look like lobsters if they go out in the sun for more than 10 minutes…. Yes my mom and Grandma are bilingual but my sister and I don’t speak Spanish… I can understand everything but my tongue gets tied and for the life of me I cannot figure out the male/female possessives for everything. So to save myself lots of embarrassment, I speak Spanglish.

My family and I were never your stereotypical “Mexicans” we never had loud bailes in our backyard, I never had a quincenera, and my mom never beat me with la chancla. Hubbs on the other hand, fits every part that stereotype and sometimes he does enjoy reminding me exactly how “whitewashed Mexican” I am.

Now to the point of today’s post, I was up late last night wrapping presents and Hubbs gets a call from his mom. But first a little background on my mother in law, this lady is the definition of hardworking single mom. Raising her 4 brothers alone in Mexico City as a teenager, coming to America and getting her citizenship, starting a family young, and again being left to raise her kids alone. She has always worked for everything they had she started out as a maid in a hotel and worked her way up the hospitality industry and is finally an owner of a upscale restaurant in Northern Arizona. I love her, I am proud to be with her son who has many of the same hardworking qualities she does, and I am excited for her new business venture but I cannot stand when she culture shames me!

According to Hubbs and his family, as Mexicans, there is no Santa Clause so you open Christmas presents on Christmas Eve then go to church come home and drink too much and eat. Wake up the next day and nurse your self inflicted hangover from hell and take it easy. This is what my mother in law was expecting us to do.

In my family, we bake cookies for Santa, go to a candlelight service at our church, come home eat some Christmas fettuccine or a pot roast, watch a Christmas movie, Kids set out the cookies and milk and reindeer treats by the fireplace and go to bed, the adults might play a few games and set out all the presents and go to bed. We get up early, make breakfast to wake the kids, and watch them tear into their gifts then extended family come over with food and we all eat together. This is how our kids have been raised.

Every year we argue about what Christmas we are doing and every year is where the Latin shaming comes out. It comes out in how I talk, how I don’t talk, how I dress, how the kids dress, the neighborhood we live in, where we should be living, and the biggest complaint, why don’t the kids know they are Latino?!

There isn’t a correct way to celebrate or a wrong way! How we decide to celebrate shouldn’t matter. We will be with family and that is the most important part. Either way we are eating tamales and menudo and will spend time with everyone.

Gifting… now it’s getting hard.

Any repeat gifters? No I don’t mean regifting those presents you didn’t like. I mean getting your brother the same present every year without meaning to…. I am guilty of it!

I don’t mean to do it, but I’ve never been one of those people that see something in the department store and think “oh gosh that would be THE PERFECT gift for Gracie!” I buy practical things for others. Hair straighteners, headphones, etc. Things that they will use throughout the year and get some actual use out of whatever.

My dilemma this year… I’m just not feeling that into gift giving…. it’s exhausting fighting the crowds in the stores for the perfect gifts for family or you can shop online, stress free easy quick click click click done! But then I always have problems with porch pirates…. ugh

I have bought for my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, both nephews on Hubbs side, my mom, my sister, my grandma, K&K of course, Hubbs, Tater Tot, my staff, and finally the kids teachers.

I’m baking cookies for my staff and for the kids teachers so that’s all that bad just time consuming.

I get shoppers anxiety during this season!

I think the Grinch got it right in the end…

Diversity for the Holidays

We live in Phoenix Arizona so there is a medley of events that are going on in the Valley during this season Christmas events, Hanukkah events, Virgin De Guadalupe events, etc. I’m happy to say that along with us, K&K’s STEM academy encourage the kids to educate and celebrate different holidays in different cultures during this season. The kids come home excited to tell me what they learned about Kwanza and St. Lucia Day and then my amazing Jewish friends invite us to celebrate the nights of Hanukkah with them and all their delicious food!

Growing up in the Bible Belt of East Texas I honestly never knew much about anything other than Christmas and as I got older and my friends became more diverse, I felt ignorant of the world beyond the birth of Jesus Christ and the wisemen. And when I became a parent I decided I was going to teach my kids as much as I could about other cultures and their customs. We are fortunate enough to be able to raise our family with so many great people from all over the globe.

We as a family will attend a Candlelight service Christmas Eve filled with beautiful music at our Christian church with my family and then Midnight Mass at the Catholic Church with my in laws for a more traditional service.

So no matter what you and your family celebrate this month, I hope you all have a wonderful and safe season!

What other holidays do my readers celebrate during this time?

Negotiating with tiny terrorists…

My kids are my everything… especially my reason to drink but oh wait I can’t damn you keto!!!!

I don’t consider myself one of those super neat freak Moms like at all. I feel like it’s a win when both kids brush their hair and teeth and make it out of the door with clean clothes. So if there’s a few dirty dishes in the sink or clothes on the floor it’s not that big a deal but at the same time, my children are old enough to have responsibilities of their own. Throw away their trash, keep up with their school work, etc. Their newest responsibility… cleaning their rooms. The horror!

K&K are complete opposites! My daughter is messy, forgetful and tomboyish. My son has a place for everything, responsible, and color coordinates his underwear to his clothes. But they agree on one thing… how can we drive Mom crazy when it’s time to do this simple thing she asks us to do??

When it’s time to clean their rooms I get every excuse in the book:

My head hurts

“I’m tired”

“I hurt my leg”

“I’m hungry”

This goes on and on and on…. and here is where we start into our negotiation phases….

Phase 1 of Negotiations: Kids are informed of what they need to do. So much complaining and arguing but I give them the opportunity to do the right thing… ha!

Phase 2 of Negotiations: When I check back in 20 minutes to see their progress, they are both watching TV in their rooms. I tell them to turn it off before I take the power cord. That’s their one and only warning.

Phase 3 of Negotiations: Most of the time my daughter doesn’t need to get to this point and completes her chore at a painfully slow pace… My son however… this is only the beginning of his terrorism… after the one and only warning about the tv I make good on my promise and take his cord…. this is where my sweet angel faced baby boy turns full blown terrorist and proceeds to tell me how mean I am. This goes on for at-least an hour of going back and forth.

Final Phase of Negotiations: I get dramatic here and physically start moving his furniture out into the hall, taking his art off the walls, and toys are going in a garbage bag. Screaming and yelling the entire time, until all of a sudden something clicks in his head and he stops fighting and cleans his room.

It’s days like these I wonder how I don’t have afull head of gray hair….

How do you negotiate with your littles?

Keepin it Keto!

In a past post, I shared that Hubbs and I started the Ketogenic way of eating. We did enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner with family but have stayed pretty consistent with it. Here is a couple of this weeks AMAZING recipes:

Keto Zuppa Toscana:

A low carb version of my favorite soup at Olive Garden! So simple to make and K&K approved 🙂

Keto Zuppa Toscana

Baked Parmesan Salmon:

This was Hubbs FAVORITE! When I pulled it out of the oven he was salivating… and I’m happy to say it tasted just as good as it looked! We just had it on Saturday and he is already asking when I can make it again. K&K aren’t one for fish but that’s okay! Mom and Dad can have restaurant quality food right at home.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Salmon

It’s been fun trying a twist on some of our favorites! I’m jealous to say that Hubbs has gone down an entire pant size on this WOE while I haven’t gone down a size but happy to say that my clothes are fitting a little bit looser 🙂 Progress is progress!

Stay tuned for more keto wins (or possibly fails….)

Happy Blogging!