October 1, 2014

Why it is Good to be Married to a Nurse

We are able.
Cute enough to stop your heart. Skilled enough to restart it.
We will always cheer you on.
Hand-Stamped Anatomy Greeting Card 10 Pack, $3.00 | Etsy Celebrate with science!

We are funny.
humerus pun
We love you very much.
My Valentine's Day card to Kevin this year.

We know how to comfort you in a time of need.
Anatomy Greeting Cards on Etsy, $2.00. Someone should send me THESE greeting cards.

We are romantic.
Hey girl...

We are in shape.
So true

And best of all,


Yeah so I am pretty much super awesome to be married to.
I think Kevin agrees! ;-)

September 30, 2014

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Who doesn't enjoy banana bread?
Better yet, banana bread with a cream cheese ribbon?

I swear cream cheese makes everything better.

Anyway, banana bread is one of my favorite things to make. It is good for not only a quick breakfast, but a great snack or dessert. It is also probably my only way to get a serving of fruit.

Sad I know.

This has also been Kevin's favorite version of banana bread.
But sometimes it is hard to make my bread in my house because Kevin uses our bananas in smoothies before they can get ripe enough for me to make bread! (How healthy of him...)

I finally had three ripe bananas and went crazy!
And of course it has bananas in it so this is healthy right!??!


1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tablespoons of sour cream
1 cup flour
sugar to taste
cinnamon to taste

Cream Cheese Mixture:
8 oz of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon of flour
1 tsp lime juice
1/2 large tomato (chopped)


Mix sugar, butter, and eggs. Mix together baking soda into sour cream and then add to mixture. Add in bananas, salt, and flour. Mix it all together.

Divide 1/2 of this mixture into pan. Note to everyone, I can't measure well so my bread never comes out pretty. Check Pinterest for better pictures.

Combine cream cheese mixture ingredients and spread over the mixture in the pan.

Spread remaining banana mixture over cream cheese layer.

Sprinkle the top with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. I don't measure, I go by the color for the cinnamon/sugar ratio. I love a light brown!

Then bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

Notes: If you don't eat the whole loaf, I recommend storing it in the fridge due to the cream cheese. However I prefer it room temperature. I have never gotten sick letting it sit out of the fridge to eat.

Makes 1 loaf or 2 mini loaves.

Adapted from Lil Luna

September 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!

In honor of my mom's birthday yesterday, I have ten, of the many, things she has taught me over the years:

1. There's no such thing as over-decorating your house for a holiday.
2. Never leave the house without your nails painted and earrings in your ears.
3. Invest money into your home. Where you spend your time, where you grow.
4. Never buy cheap paper towels or cheap toilet paper.
5. Monograms and classic lines will never go out of style.
6. I have learned all about logic: "Because I said so, that's why!"
7. I also learned about genetics: "You're just like your father."
8. Always wear sunscreen. Don't forget the sunscreen on your hands!
9. Eat right and exercise.
10. Keep care of your husband. Honor him.

Happy birthday Mom!!
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Another birthday and I wish I was there to celebrate with you. I don't have all the money right now to buy you all the material things I wish I could give to you, so my words will have to be enough. 

I feel closer to you these days than ever before. Some women are reluctant to become like their mothers, but that is all I could ever wish for. You define resilience. You've fought through Hell and back without complaining or giving up. You love so fiercely. You always make an effort to understand the things you don't, and that is what makes a person intelligent. You're so beautiful and if I'm half as pretty as you at your age, Kevin will be a lucky, lucky man. 

You're so sensible and compassionate. I've always admired your conviction.

When you say that you're proud of me, it means more than anything anyone could ever say. I am so incredibly proud to be your daughter and I can't wait to realize more of you in myself as I grow older. 

Thank you for everything you've done for me and our family. I hope I can return the favor in my adult life.

Have such a wonderful day! I love you!

xo Lauren

September 26, 2014

Sisterly Advice

Happy Birthday Tess! On Saturday you turn 23! 
Of course, me as your older sister, I have more wisdom (and more wrinkles but who is counting) and therefore I thought I would give you 23 pieces of advice.

About to get all serious.
Take it or leave it.

one || Do something you love each day. No matter big or small.

two || Keep your sense of humor always.

three || Remember the golden rule.

four || Don't be pushed by your problems. Be lead by your dreams.

five || Sometimes being the bigger person means doing the smallest thing.

six || Don't confuse contentment for settling.

seven || Kill em with kindness.

eight || Wear moisturizer.

nine || You are as strong as you allow yourself to be.

ten || Drink lots of water.

eleven || Don't forget your roots. Literally and figuratively speaking.

twelve || Be your own hero.

thirteen || Sometimes you have to just let it go and see what happens.

fourteen || Find your happy. (At a price that makes you HomeGoods happy)

fifteen || Spend your money where you want it.

sixteen || Text your sister Lauren more often.

seventeen || You always have a home with your parents and your sisters. Many homes.

eighteen || See a doctor annually.

nineteen || You are strong.

twenty || Hard work pays off.

twenty one || You don't know their whole story, be willing to listen.

twenty two || Be who you are, not what the world wants you to be.

twenty three || Enjoy another year!

That got way more serious than I intended it to.
I guess I have always been the serious one and Tess the funny one.
Whatever. Happy Birthday Tess! 

September 24, 2014

The Classic Margarita

There is really only one margarita recipe you need.
And here it is.

And you can try it in an attempt to hang onto summer as much as possible.
Or to celebrate Mexican Independence Day (which was Sept 16, not May 5, contrary to popular belief.)

Anyway, in the southwest, we do a margarita year round.
On the patio.
With chips and guacamole.
Especially when you get to look at a sunset like this:

My husband makes these best.
You can use gold or silver tequila with this recipe. That is the great part about this one.
I prefer to use silver if it is strained and gold if it is frozen.


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