Friends are a funny thing. Literally. My friends are hilarious.

I moved to Alaska 3 years ago this month. I won’t lie, the first year was really hard. I left my support group and the town I grew up in, and entered a place where the people I knew, I could count on my one hand. All of this on top of having a new baby.

Over time, I branched out, meeting some new amazing people. I can now say that I’ve acquired another support group that I would dearly miss if we were ever to move.

The friends I’ve left behind are still my posse though. The best part of our relationship is no matter the time or distance apart, we remain close. We became adults together. We lived together, all in one way or another. Went through breakups and career changes. Heartache and happiness. Most of us are now married or committed to someone, and have children or are trying.

Each and every one of us is truly strange. In our own beautiful ways. And as time passes, we grow and change. Yet, when we all get together, it’s as if time as stood still. There’s only ever laughter, no judgment or criticism. We stand behind each other and provide fierce love. I’m lucky to have these people in my life and I hope that I can remain that person for them and all the new ones in my path.

This post’s nostalgia is brought on by the departure of Cristina. For those of you that don’t know, that’s Sandra Oh’s character on Grey’s Anatomy. *your eye roll goes here* Yes, another reference to that show. This last week was the show’s season finale and Cristina’s farewell episode. I’ll admit it. I cried like a baby. The show has been on for a decade people! I started watching this show with the friends I’m referencing in this post. Margarita Thursday is a true past time. We drank pitchers of margaritas and watched Grey’s every week, religiously. So to say goodbye to her is like saying goodbye to one of my best friends.

In a conversation with one these ladies a few days ago, she mentioned a mutual friend was having a rough time lately. The ladies that remain in my hometown refer to themselves as Rita’s. It’s incredibly fun, I love it. A little pick me up to the distressed Rita was in order. What better way to cheer someone up then a package of random stuff?!? She doesn’t know about this post and hopefully won’t until she gets her package. If not, she’ll get to anticipate all this totally rad stuff :


That’s absolutely my pregnant belly in the way also. It get’s in the way a lot.

1. baby lint roller- every woman needs this. Rita is a business woman, so she dresses the part. Linty pants. Disaster.

2. chocolate bar- I saw this new line of goodies, and they all have these hilarious names. This one says Hello My Name is Caramel Brownie, pleased to meet you.

3. mini gel pens- I’m a sucker for anything miniature and these pens didn’t disappoint.

4. set of adorable notecards- Now she can use those gel pens and send out some fabulous notes to people, like maybe me. *hint, hint*

5. Detox kit- Target always takes the win. They had these pamper kits that include cooling eye pads, face masks and aromatherapy goodies.

6. Hubba Bubba gum- Just because it’s awesome.

7. Goo Gone Wine Out- How handy is this?! All the Rita’s are wine drinkers and are also all clumsy so this seemed like a perfect fit.

8. Jergens BB Body lotion- This lotion is uh-mazing. It’s uber creamy and doesn’t leave you all filmy. It also smells fantastic.

9. Taylor Lautner picture-  I found this gem while thrift store shopping. Rita was Team Jacob while I was Team Edward ( I swear we’re not as lame as we sound). So this beauty I’m sure will be forever treasured by her.

My friends are my family. Whether I get to see them all the time or once a year, they matter immensely to me. I don’t sum up friendship by how often I see you or talk to you. It’s when that time comes, how our time is spent together. These people relieve my stress, not causing it. Acknowledge who I am, and appreciate that. They all dismiss chaos and focus on what’s important in life.

Your in my thoughts Rita and I’m here for you from afar. I might be stuck in the arctic, but I’m always by your side.

mother’s day


We recently bought new furniture. We picked out the couch we wanted already, we just had to decide on the other few pieces to add. Andy’s recliner broke last year, so replacing it seemed like a good fit.

Growing up my parents always had recliners. It’s one of my fondest memories with my mother. She would always sit and relax in her recliner during her down time and I would cuddle up with her and she would rock me. Whenever I was sick or had a bad dream, she would rock me to sleep in her chair. One leg was tucked under her, and she would use her other foot to keep a slow and steady pace.

As I got older, I would sit next to her and just talk. She is an amazing listener. It didn’t matter what was going on, she would listen and never judge. Even if I was in the wrong, she would find a way to comfort me along with correcting me. She was so good about helping me realize the person I am. Acknowledge my personal characteristics, even if they were flaws at times. Always calm and patient, even during those times when I really did mess something up.

This is one thing I hope to carry on with my children. Rock them in the recliner and listen to all their stories. Be able to listen and help, without judgment or criticism.

Motherhood is hard. And no one can tell you otherwise. It tests you in ways you’d never imagine. It’s exhausting and difficult at times. Most things come last for you. Food, showers, especially sleep. For instance, Hayden is pictured laying in one of the recliners. She’s wearing a swimsuit that is two sizes to small because the other one is being washed and she refused to play outside without one on. Her hair on one side is also crunchy and matted, because I spilt coffee on her head this morning. She’s mesmerized by what she’s watching, which is The Little Mermaid, for the second time in a row. Most likely it will play again at least once more today. She’s asked me “Why??” approximately 463 times. I gave her real responses until we got to about the 32nd why, then the dreaded “because I said so” came out.

Despite all those things I said though, motherhood is beyond fulfilling. It’s a love that cannot be replaced or substituted. I woke up to Hayden already awake, going to the bathroom, all by herself. She gave me so many hugs today and said “I love you soooo much mama.” She spent most of the afternoon with me outside, helping with yard work and telling me stories. Funny jokes were swapped and lots of jelly beans consumed. It might seem like an uneventful day to most, but to me, it was perfect.

I am the woman, the wife, the mother I am today because of my mother. She provided me with so many life skills. For those that enjoy my meals or baked goods, you can thank my mother. When I wrap my new little guy up in his cool new bicycle blanket, I’ll be quietly thanking my mother for teaching me to sew. I’m enjoying a patio filled with gorgeous green plant life due to a little green thumb, you guessed it, because of my mother.

To all of you mothers out there, you are amazing. I understand your tears and heartaches, and I share in your triumphs and joy. You have the hardest and most rewarding job. May you all have received many blessings and love on this day we celebrate you.


Fate. It’s a funny thing. It can seem rather dramatic to feel like something was destined to happen. Sometimes, there is no other way to describe it though. I experienced this today. My agenda was pretty open. Get some housework done, work on the yard a bit, read some more of a fantastic book my sister sent me and meet up with a friend later for dinner. Perfect day to throw in a little something special for a friend.

I had someone in mind this morning. She recently got a new job, and is putting in her notice tomorrow morning. The office she is leaving has been a stressful environment and while I knew that she would feel relief to tell them she was leaving, there would be a bit of anxiety involved. A little pick me up before was in order. I had a few beauty supplies on hand, one being a dry shampoo ironically named Fresh Start. Hilarious. Some tea, and chocolates. What else starts a day out right? Mini muffins. Mini muffins in my opinion could probably prevent wars. I mean who doesn’t feel loved when they receive a basket of homemade mini muffins/? The answer is no one.


 Here is where fate comes into play. I planned on trying to do a sneak drop on my way to dinner, her house was on the way. Not two blocks from her house, I passed her in traffic. Perfect! Now I won’t have to be so sneaky and she’ll return home to goodies on her doorstep. After my drop, I stopped to get fuel. Traffic was busy on the main street so I took a side alley when leaving. Who do I see when I pull back out but my muffin destined friend! She was out on a sunny stroll with a friend. I chuckled as I pulled away. What are the odds I’d run into her twice in a row?

I enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal with my friend while Hayden played outside with her kids until the sun went down. Practically anyway. Our days are pretty long this time of year. Hayden and I packed up and headed home.

Low and behold, who do we pass again on the drive home?! You guessed it. Miss Muffin herself. It was at this point I smiled and realized that my gesture turned out to be bigger than just me. A greater force was at work, and this act of kindness was truly meant to be for her today. I got a very sweet text from her on my return home, and we had a good laugh at our many encounters over the course of the afternoon.

Want my mini muffin recipe? I know you do. They’re even sort of healthy, so you won’t feel so guilty when you eat 37 of them in one sitting. I squashed two recipes together to come up with this one ultimate showdown.

Banana Zucchini Muffins- Mini Style

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp. ground flax seed

2 eggs

1 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 bread flour (you can use all purpose, bread flour makes for a softer result)

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla

4 tbsp. buttermilk

2-3 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup shredded zucchini

handful of baby carrots, shredded (will be about 1/8 cup)

To your softened butter, add the sugar, honey, flax seed, bananas, zucchini and carrot. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own. Simply measure out what you need for the recipe with whatever milk you have on hand. Fat free, 2 %, whole, it’s all good, though a higher fat content will make for a better result. Now simply add a squirt or two of lemon juice and let it sit for a few minutes before adding to your recipe. I rarely buy buttermilk so I use this easy trick a lot. Mix your dry ingredients together and slowly mix in with your wet combination. Since my buttermilk had been sitting while I prepared the rest, now is when I threw it into my mixture.

Have your oven preheated to 325 degrees and scoop your batter into a greased mini muffin pan, unless using liners. You could probably have figured that out on your own though. Bake for approx. 13-14 minutes. They won’t be golden brown, and if you eat them right out of the pan, they will seem undercooked. This is what you want! They will continue to cook while resting and the banana in the batter will cool. Which will result in a delicious moist muffin bite.

Now here comes the hard part, keep them for yourself or treat your friends and family? I’ll let you figure that one out.

diy: zucchini muffins

You know that phrase, Those that can’t do, teach…? There is a similar one. Those that can’t afford, make it themselves. I’ve been going through food “kicks” lately. I’d say it’s because of the pregnancy, but really I do the same thing when I’m not hormonal and with child. And then inevitably I get sick of that food and won’t eat it forever. Alright, where was I going with this?
Oh, yeah. My food kick. I started getting my iced white mocha at a different coffee stand lately, and to my delight, not only is their coffee fabulous, they have the BEST zucchini muffins. In fact, if Hayden is with me, we fight over the muffin. She yells from the back seat “Mama, share! Your supposa share wif me!” But at $5-$6 a pop, that craving gets expensive.

So my solution. I had a few of those delicious little green guys in my fridge, and I have an espresso machine too, turns out I’m just lazy sometimes. With the weather being warm and beautiful lately, and a book to finish for this months book club, I opted to whip up my favorite treat at home and have a laid back morning.


Zucchini Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour

2/3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/3 c shredded zucchini (I used one small zucchini, a handful of baby carrots and a few chunks of fresh pineapple)

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp. oil

2 tbsp. honey

1 large egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Mix zucchini with milk, oil, honey, and egg. Pour liquids into flour mixture and stir until moistened. I found the batter a bit drier than I like so I added just a little water. In a separate bowl, mix a tbsp. of brown sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle on top of muffins once in pan.

Bake anywhere from 10-14 minutes depending on oven. My oven cooks really hot so my time is always shorter than the recipe calls.

My white mocha is pretty self explanatory. Espresso, milk, white chocolate syrup. Stir, over ice.

I’m not going to blow this up and say it was above and beyond and I’ll never need to go back to get my fix, because I will. Probably soon. But I definitely won’t be complaining about this…