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The Best Thing We Can Do Over Memorial Day Is To Spend Time With Our Loved Ones..

Did you spend time with loved ones this past weekend?

We did.

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember our lost and fallen heroes, as well as a time to embrace our freedoms.

In my mind, the best freedom that we have is not only living in this Country, the wonderful USA.

The best freedom, is the freedom to live and love our friends and family and to create memories with them.

Many of those fallen soldiers, that sacrificed their lives for our freedom, were young.

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Many of these fallen soldiers had a huge portion of their lives ahead of them.

Many of these fallen soldiers were looking forward to getting married, being parents, accomplishing much in their career, and more than anything…MAKING MEMORIES WITH LOVED ONES.

When life was cut short for these fallen soldiers, they knew our freedom was worth sacrificing all their future dreams and goals.

And in my mind, it’s key that we prioritize making memories with those we love.

Money and material things aren’t the key to happiness, they never have been.

It’s the loved ones and the memories created, that these fallen soldiers would have hoped that we prioritized in life.

A reminder for us all, to utilize our time wisely.

Yes we have to work, yes we have to clean, but hopefully, our main focus, is spending time with loved ones.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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The Best Gluten-free White Chicken Chili!

You will love the flavor of this chili!

This chili has literally taken months to perfect!

Finally, this white chicken chili has a tasty flavor, that you’re entire family will enjoy!

Even better? It’s gluten-free!

The key is to make sure that you use a gluten-free chicken broth!

Let us know below if you make this recipe, we would love to hear!

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

-48 ounces Gluten-Free Chicken broth/stock

-teaspoon lawry’s seasoning salt

-1/2 cup water

-2 or 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

-4 ounce can of green chilis

-1 can of corn (drained)

-2 cans great northern beans (drained)

-1 teaspoon cumin

-1 teaspoon black pepper

-2-3 teaspoons chili powder

-dash of oregano

-dash of cayenne pepper

-1 teaspoon salt or seasoning salt

-1/2 cup heavy cream

-4 ounces (half of a block) cream cheese

Optional toppings: Jalapeno, cheese, chips

Directions:

  1. Cook chicken. Shred the chicken. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT heavy cream and cream cheese.
  3. Let these ingredients simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Add heavy cream and cream cheese. Allow to cook until cream cheese has melted in.
  5. Add additional toppings if wanted.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Enjoy this gluten-free tasty chili recipe!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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How Well Do You Take Care of Yourself?

It’s a good question: “How well do you take care of yourself?”

Think about it for a minute.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being you make sure to have time every single day to focus on “yourself” in a healthy manner, and 1 being you rarely if ever do anything for yourself. Where would you land on the scale?

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Is it selfish to take care of yourself?

No way, not when you are taking care of yourself in a healthy manner.

Being selfish is a completely different thing, where you only think of yourself, your wants, needs etc.

We are talking about, do you take care of your body, your mind, your spirit and your soul?

And if you don’t, think about why not?

Try to remove one stumbling block you have today, that may be keeping you from taking care of yourself.

You can look at my self-care list, or you can create your own, just try every day to do something for yourself that can better who you are as a person.

Relax more.

Learn more.

Sleep more.

Ponder more.

Read more.

The list goes on and on. You know what is best for you.

I believe so many of us, get stuck in the cycle of hustling from place to place, taking care of others, or accomplishing multiple tasks…that we forget about keep OURSELVES healthy.

Please take time for yourself, you deserve it!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Do You Ever Want a “Re-Do” When It Comes To Parenting Moments?

Parenting is amazing, and yet parenting is hard.

I had a moment this morning with my little girl, that made me reflect on parenting.

Rewind a bit.

I am reading Brene Browns book “Daring Greatly” and I love it and highly recommend it.

If you haven’t read this book, it goes into detail about “Shame” and how detrimental “shame” is for many people.

Keeping that in mind…..

I was reading about SHAME last night and I was pondering many moments of parenting in which I was worried I had “shamed” my kids in detrimental ways.

One specific concern is with my 4 year old daughter who HATES to go to the bathroom.

Yes, she has been potty trained for over a year, but she is not a fan of going to the bathroom.

I usually have to bribe her, or walk her into the bathroom, she just doesn’t do it very willingly or independently, and it has definitely tested my patience.

My sweet girl

Well, this morning I had asked her my normal half a dozen times to go to the bathroom.

She hadn’t gone yet, and when it hit emergency mode she needed my help because she was wearing a long nightgown that she needed me to hold.

This cute little 4 year old was right in front of the toilet but she didn’t make it.

I sat there holding her nightgown up as she went to the bathroom all over my master bathroom floor…(palm to face).

Without thinking, I started to scream for a minute and as soon as I did my cute little 4 year old started saying “sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry!!”

I immediately gathered my emotions together.

I stopped yelling and freaking out.

On the inside I was very frustrated but I knew that I had TWO choices.

As a parent I could “shame” her and make her feel terrible and guilty even though she already knew she had made a mistake.

OR

I could be patient, make this little incident a teaching moment, and move on…because the reality is, she’s only 4 years old and bless her heart she’s trying.

Was is easy to stop myself from getting boiling mad and upset?!

No. You’re talking to the germaphobe here so cleaning up toilet issues is not my thing.

However, I love my sweet girl.

My sweet girl in her nightgown I had to help her with

She is learning everyday, and guess what, so am I.

As a mother, I make my mistakes too and I can’t expect my young, sweet 4 year old to do everything perfectly.

It’s hard to not REACT, somehow that’s what I usually turn to.

However, I am learning if we choose LOVE over all the other options, things will be better.

Yes I have probably scarred my kids in some ways already.

No parent is perfect.

Parenting is truly a moment-to-moment basis…where if we can just react with love through all the moments, our kids will know that we love them, despite some of the mistakes they make along the way.

I truly believe I was meant to read about “Shame” last night so that I could handle this mornings situation better than normal.

Will I make mistakes as I continue on the parenting journey?

Sure, it’s natural.

And yet, as long as our focus is love, and if we are truly trying to “not-scar” our children, things will work out.

We can’t “Re-do” all our parenting moments.

And yet, we can sure a lot from each moment with our kids. And we can try to do better with each situation that comes.

Moral of the story?

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Treat your kids with love and respect despite their weaknesses. Discipline them when necessary, but as long as our kids know that we love them know matter what, our kids will feel safe, happy and will grow.

Parenting is a beautiful, hard, amazing and difficult job all wrapped in one, and oh how blessed we are to have our beautiful children in our lives.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Who Am I?

Who am I?

A small town girl,

Raised in a loving home,

With a huge support group

Who am I?

A youngest child,

Sometimes sassy, mostly sweet,

Who is working on not always being the constant “people-pleaser.”

Who am I?

A wife to a strong man,

Who sometimes melts into his arms with stress,

Who sometimes jokes and smiles with him,

Who always loves him more everyday.

Who am I?

A mom of three beautiful children.

A mom who sometimes yells and feels mom guilt.

A mom who enjoys spending a lot of time with her kids.

A mom who is far from perfect but prays everyday to be better for these precious souls I have the opportunity to raise.

Who am I?

A daughter.

A daughter of God, who loves me, He is my constant rock.

A daughter of two wonderful parents that have loved and supported me through every single experience in life this far.

Who am I?

A friend.

Being a friend to others brings joy to my heart.

A friend who sometimes feels that I’m never “doing enough” to reach out.

A friend that will stay.

A friend that is trying.

Who am I?

A follower of Christ.

Who needs to repent everyday for my imperfections.

Who loves the gospel.

Who tries to read and learn more from the scriptures daily.

Who makes mistakes.

But chooses faith over fear to get through hard times.

Who am I?

A teacher.

A former middle school teacher.

Who loves to learn.

Who has a passion for education.

Who truly believes our children are the future.

Who am I?

A fighter.

Who fights anxiety, fear, and weaknesses.

Who doesn’t win the fight every time.

Who knows it’s a day-to-day battle.

Who loves to be surrounded with positive souls to uplift and support.

Who Am I?

I’m me.

I’m imperfect, impatient, and strong and kind.

I’m trying to improve and not beat myself up in the process.

I’m sensitive, and calm, and sometimes loud and untamed.

Who am I?

I’m learning this,

That there is only one me.

That even though I’m riddled with weaknesses and shortcomings, I have a lot to offer.

And even when I fail or fall, I can get back up.

That I have an important purpose in this life.

To help others,

To serve others,

To reach out to others,

And more importantly ..

To love others.

And when I focus on this,

Who am I?

I’m Happy.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Four Items on My Summer Wish List

There’s something about getting new clothes and fun items for summer, that makes the warm weather more exciting.

I have been scrolling through some of my favorite clothing stores and wanted to share some items that are one my wishlist!

I hope you enjoy these items.

What would you add to your wishlist?

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

Women’s Casual Leopard Print Top

This cute top looks not only stylish but also very comfortable!

This top is lightweight and breathable, which is perfect for summer.

Even better is the price at only $16.99-$18.99!

Such a cute leopard print top

To purchase this cute shirt, click here.

Crochet Detail Sandals

The stylish sandals are cute and unique.

As a mom to little kids I also appreciate that they are flat and easy to walk around in.

These sandals come in two different colors.

At the price of only $24.99 you can’t go wrong with purchasing these cute sandals.

To purchase these cute sandals, click here.

Paser Water Bottle 24 oz.

This water bottle is perfect for summer hydration!

It’s a motivational water bottle with time markers and a reminder of what your daily water goals should be.

It’s leakproof!

This water bottle comes in a wide variety of colors as well.

The price of this awesome water bottle is only $17.99

To purchase this, click here.

4 Pack Velvet Allucho Headbands

These cute and adorable headbands are a great way to add some style to any outfit!

Plus at the price of only $9.99, it’s the perfect buy.

Headbands are great for summer to keep your hair out of your face.

To purchase these headbands, click here.

Stay tuned for more summer styles coming soon!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Why Motherhood Is Messy–a Beautiful Messy

Here me out…I am not here to complain or grumble about Motherhood.

When I say Motherhood is messy I truly mean it in a beautiful way.

Rewind to me being overly stressed not just by Motherhood, but by life…and my counseler encouraging me to make 3 Mantras.

One of my mantras: Motherhood is Messy.

Why that mantra?

Well, ever since I can remember, I have only wanted to be a mother.

Sure finding a job and career was great, but I couldn’t wait to settle down and get married and become a mother.

And I waited.

And I waited.

All through the decades of my “glorious 20’s” I waited to be a mother.

I held many beautiful babies in that decade, and could only hope that one day, I too would have a little child of my own.

Blessings came, the love of my life came and we were married.

It was only 11 months later that we welcomed our sweet baby boy into our lives.

And oh how beautiful was the day when I could finally be a mother.

Instantly, I changed.

In some ways it was a good change, in other ways, not so good.

An anxiousness crept over me.

I wanted nothing but to keep this tiny human child of mine safe and happy and I would do anything to accomplish that.

Anything to the degree of waking up every two hours to rock this new baby back to sleep because he was a terrible sleeper and I wanted to keep him comfortable and happy.

I loved being with my sweet baby every minute, and carried “mom guilt” thinking maybe I didn’t read to him enough, or give him enough veggies and fruits, and the list goes on.

And yet, I loved every minute of taking this sweet baby to the park and cuddling on him and just being with him.

And then I had my second child, and then not too long after that my third child.

I had my beautiful babies, 3 kids in 4 years and I was grateful, and happy but also tired and overwhelmed.

It was messy! I was emotional because I was drained, and I was emotional because I was grateful and happy.

And guess what?

It wasn’t exactly like I had pictured motherhood.

As a child I viewed motherhood as quite simple, and easy and smooth.

I had set this expectation up in my mind that motherhood was beautiful in every single aspect.

And motherhood is beautiful in many ways…but guess what?

Anything that is beautiful, has it’s messy sides too.

If you combine it together, it’s a beautiful mess.

A beautiful mess that I had to learn to juggle differently.

To be honest, it’s a beautiful mess that I am STILL trying to juggle through.

I get anxious over many things with my beautiful kids, and I pray every day to let FAITH rise over my FEARS.

That protective mama bear is real and it can be hard to simmer the mama bear down and let the bear cubs breathe, and learn through their bumps and bruises.

Everyday in motherhood, no matter how old your child is, your mind is constantly thinking about those beautiful babies. Sometimes, it can be a real challenge to find that “balance” in life.

And the big one for this MAMA, is to drop the expectations.

That in no way means to be a terrible, mean, mother.

More-so, don’t set expectations that EVERY day in motherhood will be easy and amazing and if it’s not that YOU FAILED. Because it’s not the case.

Motherhood is messy.

In fact, going to Disneyworld was a beautiful mess too!

It’s a beautiful mess and let’s be honest, most days, there will be some tears in the home. Whether it be from the kids or from mom herself.

And that’s ok.

You know why it’s ok?

Nobody completely has motherhood figured out.

Motherhood is a day-to-day process, where some days look and seem better than others.

However, if you look back at each day, you realize even in the messes, there were beautiful messes.

Simple moments that are dear and precious to mothers hearts, that leave imprints on the soul for good, forever.

Yes, I will tell you time and time again.

Motherhood is messy.

It’s a beautiful mess in every way.

No mother has a perfect day, we are all learning along the way.

And there is NO other mess I would rather be in, then this beautiful, crazy, wonderful, chaotic and heartwarming mess of motherhood.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: For the Mom That Loves to Cook & Be In The Kitchen

If your mom or wife spends a lot of time in the kitchen, make sure to grab some of these items for her!

Remember, if you order today, many items will make it just in time for Mother’s Day!

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

Chef’n Veggie Chop

This chopper is one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets! It makes cutting up onions or really any veggies quick and easy!

Even better, the small container can act as tupperware to store food as well.

Chef’n Veggie Chopper

At the price of only $15.12 you can’t pass this item up!

To purchase, click here.

U-Taste Silicone Spatulas Set 600 Degrees Fahrenheit Heat Resistance

Spatulas are a necessity in every kitchen. However, these silicone spatulas are especially essential in the kitchen because they can handle up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit!

Silicone Spatulas

Snag these for your mom at only $16.00

To purchase this item, click here.

SOONHUA Measurement Conversion Refrigerator Magnet

This Measurement Conversion Magnet is sure to be extremely helpful in the kitchen.

What I love is that you can take this magnet off and set it next to you as you cook.

I think all moms would benefit from this product!

Measurement Conversion Refrigerator Magnet

This product is only $11.99

To purchase, click here.

Copycat Cooking With Six Sisters’ Stuff/Cookbook

This amazing cookbook is perfect for all family’s because it has some of the best copycat recipes from your favorite restaurants.

And at the price of only $18.99, this cookbook is a great deal!

Six Sisters Copycat cooking cookbook

To purchase, click here.

Cereal Pantry Food Storage Containers

Getting organized in the kitchen is key!

These wonderful cereal containers are wonderful for pantry organization.

These containers come as a 5 piece container set, with twenty labels, and 1 marker.

Any mom is sure to appreciate being organized in the kitchen.

The price for these containers is only $27.99

Pantry Storage Containers

To purchase, click here.

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20 Days of Self Care/FREE PRINTABLE

It’s simple, it’s NOT selfish to take care of yourself. In fact, when you nourish yourself, you’re able to nourish others more fully.

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Yes it’s easy to feel guilty or feel “too busy” to take care of yourself, but the harm that comes from the lack of “self-care” is not good.

Do you take time for yourself?

Are you CONSISTENT about taking time for yourself?

Think how your loved ones could benefit more from you if you simply take time to rest and recharge.

I truly hope you take time to complete this 20 Day Self Care Challenge.

Because you are worth it! Don’t forget that!

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P.S. What is your favorite thing to do for yourself? I would love to hear !

My favorite thing to do for myself is a bubble bath!

I hope you enjoy taking care of yourself.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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One Week of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas! Starting with the Make-up and Beauty Loving Mom…

Need ideas for Mother’s Day?

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult when it comes to finding the PERFECT gift for mom.

I have been looking and researching and I am here to provide you with some great gift ideas for the Mother’s in your life.

Today…Gift ideas for the Make-up and Beauty Loving Mom!

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

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These Seint Beauty Products are sure to be a hit with your mom!

The Mother’s Day Bundles are a great deal and the color palettes are beautiful!

Just In Time Bundle-$70

The pinks and neutrals of this bundle is sure to be perfect for any mom that loves makeup!

These tins fit perfectly into this beautiful palette, making it easy to pack in a purse or car etc.

Just In Time Bundle

Bundle Includes:

  • Eyeshadow – Mama
  • Eyeshadow – Stay Golden
  • Eyeshadow – Trust
  • Eyeshadow – Mi Hija
  • Illuminator – Angel
  • Lip + Cheek – Summer Love
  • IIID Palette 4 – Silver

To purchase this beautiful bundle, click here.

Love Is Never Wasted Bundle-$35

This beautiful bundle comes with two eyeshadows and one of my favorite brushes–the eyeshadow brush.

What’s neat about this bundle is the eyeshadow sales are all donated to the nonprofit organization called “Love is Never Wasted,” which opens up more homes to children in the foster care system.

Love Is Never Wasted Bundle

Bundle Includes:

  • Eyeshadow Brush
  • Eyeshadow – Mi Hija
  • Eyeshadow – Stay Golden

To purchase this bundle at only $35, click here.

Bouquet Bundle- $100

This Bouquet Bundle has some of my favorite Lip & Cheek colors and I love the scented illuminator. I also love the brush that comes in this bundle because it is very versatile.

Bouquet Bundle
  • Lip + Cheek – Saffron
  • Lip + Cheek – Dahlia
  • Lip + Cheek – Petal
  • Perfume – Seint 2
  • IIID Palette 4 – Silver
  • Blush Bronzer Brush

To purchase this beautiful bundle, click here.

Gemstone Bundle-$95

This gemstone bundle has a variety of eyeshadow colors as well as a lip & cheek color, and illuminator, and a nice brush and compact to go with it.

Gemstone Bundle
  • Lip + Cheek – Ruby
  • Illuminator – Pearl
  • Eyeshadow – Gilded
  • Eyeshadow – Emerald City
  • Eyeshadow – Amethyst
  • Eyeshadow – Stay Golden
  • IIID Palette 4 – Silver
  • Smudge Brush

To purchase this gorgeous makeup kit, click here.

Lip & Cheek Collection-$78

This Lip & Cheek Collection is low in stock and selling fast!

In this collection you will get 8 beautiful lip and cheek colors!

Even better, you are saving over $30 by getting the bundle.

Lip & Cheek Collection

To purchase this Lip and Cheek bundle, click here.

If you have ANY questions about this beautiful makeup line please reach out to me!

Let me know what bundle is your favorite in the comments below!

*This makeup ships to the USA and Canada only.

xoxo,

Christy Lee