Second Annual Valentines Hike

For Lincoln's first Valentine's Day last year we decided to make a little trip to one of our favorite Texas State Parks for a picnic and hiking. We had such an amazing time that we decided to make a little tradition out of it. It's our family Valentine's date and boy was it fun. We invited Tanner's dad to join us and little man was obsessed with the water and rocks! Making memories and traditions with him is pretty exciting and we are looking forward to continuing this one for many years to come!

This is my hat...that my 18 month-old can wear! Boy has a huge head!


Wear: Pleated Pink

Top | Skirt | Heels (NA J.Crew) | Clutch (NA J.Crew) | Sunnies | Watch | Necklace | Earrings | Lips (Mac Hot Gossip & Bobbie Brown Rose Sugar 3 Gloss)

Happy Valentine's Eve. This skirt makes me feel like Baby in Dirty Dancing and for that, I love it. Sometimes you just need to break out of your mom wear and slip into something that makes you want to dance! 


Wear: Pretty Pink Lace

Blouse | Jeans | Booties (I found mine at TJ Max) | Sunnies | Earrings | Necklace | Watch | Lips 

Happy Tuesday, friends! I picked up this sweet pink lace top on the sale rack at Target a few weeks ago and I'm in love. My everyday style is a little more casual now that I'm staying at home with little man and this lace-up lace detail is just the perfect addition to this simple top. As a bonus, these jeans are also on sale at J.Crew and they are some of my favorites this season.

I hope y'all have a great one!



Wear: Favorite Winter Workout Gear

Any other mamas out there desperately trying to settle back into a routine after the holiday madness? This year, more than any other I can remember, I was ready for the holidays to end and for us to get back into a normal schedule. I know that is bah-humbug of me to say, but somewhere in the middle of the never ending stomach bug I found myself praying January would get here.

Routines work well in the Vaughan house so this week has been dedicated to finding our new one. We started meal planning and snack prepping again which has decreased our HANGRY meltdowns by about 100%. We also had spring-like weather in Austin the first part of the week which made it easy to get back into our long walks. After virtually stopping these in December my body was a little "hill shocked" on Monday but boy did it feel good. It was a good reminder why I need to be active each day. My mind needs this time to de-stress and I'm a better mama to Lincoln with this little break.

To continue on that note I thought I'd put together a few of my favorite workout pieces. There are some major sales on active wear over the next few weeks, so no better time to stock up than now!
Wear: Winter Workout Gear


Crockpot Creamy Chicken Soup

Before we start, can I confess something? I almost didn't post this soup recipe because the quality of these pictures leave much to desire. My train of thought went something like this last night...As I'm dishing up the soup, I thought maybe I should share this with my friends - it's cold/flu season and there has to be some busy mamas that might need a simple, hearty meal for their families. So I snapped a picture while my little man was screaming for me to pick him up and my family was waiting patiently to eat. I didn't bother with lighting, staging or even my actual camera...and you can tell. After I got my little guy down, I quickly typed out the recipe while I still remembered all the correct seasonings amounts, because mom brain is a real thing, and went to go add the pictures. As I clicked preview, I was hit with the loud thought, "You can't post this, your pictures are awful!" Then, I stopped myself, "Who the hell cares, Ashton?!" I don't live a perfectly staged life and sometimes all I have is 15 seconds, with a blood curdling scream in the background, to get a picture of a recipe I think might help someone else. So cheers to unpolished, yellow, grainy pictures and a whole lot of REAL in 2017. My promise to you is to share even when my pictures aren't insta-worthy because it might just be what you need to see. Alright, on to the good stuff.

Is there anything worse than a winter viruses? Over the last three weeks the stomach bug has made it's unwelcome way through Lincoln, myself and finally Tanner. It was 50 shades of not pretty and we have been babying our guts to make sure they heal before welcoming anything spicy back into our lives.

One of my favorite comfort foods while sick is chicken soup and this crockpot version always hits the spot. It is a dump-and-forget kind of meal that tastes a whole lot like chicken and dumplings without the actual dumplings. We are off dairy right now, so I opted for organic almond milk but coconut or cashew milk would be perfect as well. We also like our dishes more flavorful so I'm heavy-handed on the celery salt and thyme. If you like things a little more bland, follow the notes on alternative amounts mentioned below.
1 Cup washed uncooked Brown Rice
1 LB Chicken Tenders or Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Cup Chopped Sweet Onion
1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
1/2 Cup Chopped Carrots
4 Cups Reduce Sodium Chicken Broth
4 Cups Water
4 Tsp. Minced Garlic
1 Tsp. Pepper
3 Bay Leaves
1 Tsp. Adams Best House Rub (Includes: Pepper, Sea Salt, Garlic)
1/2 Tsp. Reduced Sodium Chicken Bouillon
3/4 Tsp. Celery Salt (Decrease to 1/2 Tsp. if you would like it more bland)
1/2 Tsp. Ground Thyme (I love Thyme but if you don't just use 1/4 Tsp.)
1/4 Tsp. Reduced Sodium Season All
1/2 Tsp. Poultry Seasoning
1/4 Tsp. Salt
2 Tbl. EVOO
1/2 Cup Flour
2 Cups Organic Almond Milk

1. Place all ingredients until EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) in crockpot. Cook on low (8 hours), or high (4 Hours).
2. Remove chicken breasts and shred meat then place back into crockpot.
3. In saucepan, heat 2 Tbl. EVOO over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup flour and whisk for one minute. Next, add 2 cups organic almond milk or coconut milk and simmer while whisking until it thickens. Once complete, stir into crockpot and fully incorporate into soup.
4. Serve with french bread or biscuits.

NOTE: This is perfect to freeze for up to three months. Simply place in saucepan with 1/4 cup of water to reheat.

I hope you enjoy this EASY comfort meal as much as we do!


Welcome 2017

I'm a sucker for a new year. A fresh start with clean pages and no dust or build-up to overcome; it just makes me giddy. I love reflecting on the last year and thinking about what the new year will hold. 

Some milestones are clear, like this year I will turn 30. I will watch my little boy turn two, our family business turn three and my marriage turn SEVEN! I know I will face sadness and hopefully more joy then I'm imagining as I write these words. Some things are unknown and will present themselves as God reveals this year's story. 

I also love challenging my self to be better; better for his kingdom, better to my husband and son, better to my family and friends and better to my community. Each year I like making a little list of things I want to work on each month. I don't label them "resolutions" but they are pretty much that. I write them in my planner and at the start of each month I pull a few out to focus on. I'm human and get lazy with lifes excuses. This exercise helps me refocus and put tactical things on my calendar that realign my time with what maters most. Tanner and I talk a lot about the balance between being relaxed and being disciplined. It is hard for me to not float the extreme of each. I struggle with rigid disciple and having grace with myself and others...they just seem opposite to me. However, I can also see how disciple can grant you freedom. I'm going to keep finding my balance this year but for now, I have my list and my focus for this month.

I'd love to hear how you approach the new year. What are you dreaming about this year? 

Cheers to a bountiful 2017!


Happy Thanksgiving From My Family to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving from Tanner, Lincoln and I! We are getting things ready for lunch at my Memaw's house and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is playing in the background. Lincoln was up before the sun this morning and while he was drinking his bottle, my heart was breaking, in a good way. I'm just so thankful for my family, our health and our freedom. All the other stress and setbacks don't matter when I look at how much love I have. God is so good.

Love and blessing to your family from ours! 
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