Tuesday, May 3, 2016

{Tasty Tuesday} 3 Ingredient Guacamole

Y'all I've been keeping a secret from you and I thought I would share it just in time for all of the Cinco De Mayo Fiestas that are about to happen.
 Seriously it's the best guacamole you've ever had and is super easy with only 3 ingredients!!! 

My mom used to make this all the time and I have to say that it has totally spoiled the way any other guacamole tastes.  I'm a purist and this recipe truly lets the avocado shine in this dish. 

Not only did I grow up with this guacamole, but my mom did too.  I remember her telling me that she secretly liked going to her neighbors house for the guacamole as a kid because they put mayonnaise in theirs.  Then she got a little older and realized the star of guacamole is the avocado and changed her ways - lucky for all of us!!

It really can't be any easier.  Here is what you are going to need.

Johnny's Seasoning Salt 
Garlic Powder 
Avocado (however many you want, more is always better)

**I have heard that there are lots of different types of seasoned salt but Johnny's is my favorite and if you get it at Costco it doesn't have MSG!! #winning  And then my mom swore by Spice Islands for the Garlic Powder and she was the authority, so it's the only kind I buy.**  

- Slice your avocado(s) in half, remove the pit, and scoop out deliciousness into a mixing bowl.  
- Shake some garlic powder on the avocado about 1/4 tsp per avocado and then some Johnny's to taste.
- Using a fork, smash up and combine the avocados and the seasonings.

I love to just snack on this with chips, on toast, or in a sandwich.  It's so good!

and if you're wondering these are my favorite tortilla chips...not too salty and just the right crunch!

I can't get enough!!

Buen Provecho!!

♥ Ashley

Sunday, May 1, 2016

{Travel Diaries} Disneyland February 2016 - Day 1

Wow!! I can't believe how quickly the time has gone!  We made our 3rd trip to Disneyland this past February (the same week as our 1st trip, read about it here) and we had a blast!  We made the decision to go sort of last minute as we had already booked a trip to Disney World for April 2016, but then we got matched with a birthmom who was due at the beginning of April and we knew that the timing wouldn't work for us.  So instead of bagging the whole trip we switched up the plans and went to Disneyland in February!!

For this trip, we traveled again with Thomas' parents and Ellie just loved getting to have her Nanny and Papa there!

Like our trip back in September (read about it here) we took an early morning flight, which meant we needed to be up and ready to leave the house at 3:30 in the morning!!!  Thankfully this time around we spent the night at Thomas' parents house, which allowed us an extra 30 minutes of Zzzz's!

In the car and on our way to the airport...

someone was a little bit tired....

We decided to try taking Nanny's stroller for this trip so while we were waiting at the gate to board the plane we had to deck it out in Disney stickers.  And Ellie in all her Disney attire ... those shoes!!!

Once we were on the plane our sweet little did what she does best on planes...sleeps!  We are so lucky to have a babe who can sleep just about anywhere, I'm sure it helps with her attitude!!

Part of the reason for the trip was to celebrate Papa's 60th birthday! So we stayed at a Disney Resort: Paradise Pier.  A giant surfing Goofy greets guests as they arrive and Ellie was all about him!

She couldn't take her eyes off of him while we were waiting to check in and make our way to our room.

I didn't get any pictures of our room.  I was a standard room with 2 Queen beds overlooking the pool area.  It was clean and served its purpose as a place for us to sleep.  Since we got such an early flight we arrived at Disneyland an hour after they opened and we got right in on the Disney action!!  Girlfriend was so excited to be back at the Happiest Place on Earth!!

We made a beeline for the first ride, King Arthur's Carousel...always! I hope that it's a tradition she keeps her whole life long!  The horse Ellie is riding is named Doubloon because it had a gold tooth and was Lilly Disney's favorite horse on the Carousel.

Ellie lucked out because Papa was walking a little slow into the park so he got in line for the Carousel after us and she got to ride two times in row!!

Thomas wanted to take a try at pulling the sword out of the stone...nope! but if you look closely you can see Ellie and Papa riding the Carousel!!

Next stop was the teacups.  We learned from our first trip that not all 5 of us can comfortably fit in a teacup together so the 3 of us were in one while Nanny and Papa got in another.

The line for Alice and Wonderland was ridiculous so we headed back into the main part of Fantasyland and got in line for Snow White's Scary Adventure.  And Ellie was getting lots of compliments on her moccs!

It wouldn't be a Disney trip without a churro!! And I got this one over in California Adventure right by the Starbucks, my favorite Churro Cart in DCA.

The wait for California Screemin was super short so Thomas, Papa and myself got in line...I couldn't remember where the camera was, so this is what you're gonna get!  Meanwhile Nanny took Ellie back to the room for a quick nap.

Ellie and Nanny met back up with us and we went over to check out Red, because Ellie is obsessed with Cars and Firetrucks, the perfect combination...but then he made his siren go off to "talk" to her and freaked the shit out of her! 

To calm her down we took her for a ride on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree which is her favorite!

Walking by the Cozy Cones we saw Mater so we jumped in line but she was nervous he was going to be really loud like Red and refused to take a photo by herself!!

We were the last ones in line with Mater and then Lightening was up so we waited in line again to see the Fast guy!!

Back over to Fantasyland for another ride on the Carousel and Ellie rode on Jingles the "lead horse" on the Carousel and Walt's favorite.

Then we hopped back onto the Teacups and got to ride while the Parade was going on...the best time to ride if you're sick of the Mad Hatter song!!

And that is the end of Day 1.  Another Marathon of a day at Disneyland...the only way we like to do it! We headed back to the room around 10pm.

♥ Ashley

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Wednesday Weekly - Week 2

How is it Wednesday again already?? We have seriously been living it up with life with two now and sweet Finnley has been a dream!!  

Week 2

This girl is just so chill and while she has her moments of crying they are brief! She's just busy taking it all in and will soon be thoroughly entertained by big sisters antics!!

Eats: we have ourselves an eater! We are formula feeding again with Finnley (oh how I yearn to breastfeed) and my brother gave us about 6 cans of Enfamil formula that seems to be doing the trick.  Girlfriend does spit up some...but I think that is just her; she spits up on the sensitive, regular, and gentlease.  She takes anywhere from 2-4 ounces at a feeding.  We're not as regimented this time around so I am unsure of how many bottles exactly she is consuming, at least 7/8 I'm sure.

Sleeps: not only do we have an eater but baby girl is still a sleeping machine.  She sleeps about 4.5-5 hour stretches at night with a wake up around 3:30 for a bottle!! So far she has been a good napper in many locations and we are trying to not co-sleep with her.  Also since she is so chill she doesn't need to co-sleep so that is super nice too.  She sleeps in her bassinet, crib, on the floor, in the swing, carseat and in our arms.  She also doesn't like to be swaddled so she gets to just hang out! 

Goes: no slowing down for this family of four!! I think it helps when you have a toddler who loves to get out of the house.  We got a membership at our local Zoo/Wildlife Reserve (I snapchatted it @Alifeonthefarm) and I see many more trips to check out the animals.  We also headed up to Seattle for a birthday dinner for my BIL. She also went to the Y for Ellie's gymnastics and swimming lessons.

Loves: we are loving our bassinet, Dr. Browns bottles, paci and of course I am all about my Solly Baby! We also got a double stroller and it is fantastic.  We've used it a couple of times but so far its meeting our needs.

Does:  we have been working on tummy time already and Finnley has pretty good head control and can roll onto her side and switch her head directions.

Of Note: she got her first stuffy nose last night...but it didn't seem to effect her sleep last night. Her umbilical stump fell off on Saturday night so now we get to do real baths!

Mama: I am really enjoying this time with my two girls.  Finnley has such a different personality than Ellie did at this time and she is perfect for me right now.

Sister:  Ellie is the best! She is always wanting to give hugs and kisses to her sister, wants to know where she is and is constantly asking "What Finnley said?" when she makes a noise.  And she still insists that Finnley comes with us wherever we go!  I seriously couldn't be more proud of what a great big sister she is!

♥ Ashley

you can read about previous weeks:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Wednesday Weekly - Week 1

I have gone back and forth about whether or not I was going to do Weekly Updates for Finnley but have ultimately decided that I just have to.  They are so fun to go back and see how Ellie was at each of these ages and the weekly photos are a favorite of mine.  I'm going to try and keep them short a sweet because some weeks can get a bit repetitive. 

Week 1

This has been a whirwind of a week with our 5+ hour road trip to be at the hospital for when Finnley was born to waiting for the "okay" to head home and then the 5+ hour drive back home with TWO children in our car!! Its been an adjustment to having a newborn back in our home and we couldn't love it anymore!  One thing I did forget was how much they sleep the first week, and how hard they sleep!! 

Eats: Finnley has totally figured out the whole milk in the bottle thing.  We are feeding her Similac Sensitive since she seems to have a slight spit up issue...but we have some regular Similac that we will be trying out again.

Sleeps:  Finn is a pretty good sleeper.  We are working on getting her days/nights situated since the first 5 days were sleep all day - party all night....not okay baby girl!! Although Monday night she slept for almost 6 hours - no complaints here! Also of note, we have learned that Finnley doesn't like to have her arms swaddled.

Goes: Since Finnley girl was born on the other side of the state we road tripped for 5+ hours back home at just 3 days old and she did awesome!  We made our first stop to Target when we got discharged from the hospital, to a park, out to dinner at the Olive Garden, out for Sushi, grocery store and to visit her Great Grandma at her new retirement home.

Loves:  Still learning about what this baby girl loves...but I can say that she really enjoys her food and a clean/dry diaper. But things that I am loving: our Solly Baby Wrap, crib, nursery, Dr. Browns bottles and our SkipHop mat

Does: not much besides eating, sleeping, and diaper duty. She has started to look around quite a bit more the past couple of days and just seems to have a calm personality - just what I have been praying for!

Of Note: we had her 1 week appointment already on Monday and she was already above birth weight at 8lbs 1oz and grew 1/4" of course that was probably just from stretching out a bit.  She got her heel poked for the second Newborn Screening Test and just flinched a little at the poke, no crying or pulling her foot away.  She was a champ!

Mama: seriously I am just living up this new baby.  We've been waiting for her for a long time and this whole process has been so smooth and timely.  My favorite part of all of this is just watching how much Ellie loves her new sister. I am not complaining at how chill she is either, the perfect second baby!

Sister: Ellie seriously couldn't be making this transition any better! I had a feeling that it would go smoothly because she and I are around babies all the time with me being a nanny to infants and now working at our church's nursery.  Often times if Ellie doesn't see her she will get worried and ask us if we know where she is (like Finnley can just get up and walk away ;)).  She loves to pet her head, give her kisses, and help watch us with changing her diaper.  She is constantly asking if Finnley can do "x" with her or says "When Finnley gets older she can do x with me" or if we are going to go somewhere she insists that Finnley gets to come too....melt my mama heart!!

♥ Ashley

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