Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ward Conference Scripture Handout.

I've been up to my eyeballs in all things PUPPY this week!
We got out our sweet little Cubby {the kids voted to not change his name to Cosmo -- and keep it Cubby which I LOVE!} on Monday.

Thank you for your messages asking about how it's all going! 
I'll have a full re-cap tomorrow for sure.
{Who knew a puppy would suck so much time out of me? LoL 😛 I've barely gotten anything done this week!}

I've gotten a few requests for a copy of my handout from this past weekend...

Oh so happy to share!
We are using it in our lesson to all of the Relief Society sisters but a few of you had said you'd like to use it in Primary and Young Womens as well. 

I didn't even attach it to anything {but you could!}
I just cut them out {there are 4 to a page} and then placed them in a basket for everyone to take with some HEART shaped chocolates - - which are very easy to find right now with Valentine's Day just around the corner. 

Download and Print HERE


Sunday, January 15, 2017

This Weekend:

* Friday morning was perfectly cloudy with some off and on rain.  Us 'zonies LOVE the rain.

I took my laptop to Panera and got some work done while eating a breakfast of champions.... {not really}

Their little egg souffles are my new favorite.

* When I headed home to start working around my house I got word that the puppy that we wanted to adopt...was really actually going to happen. 

Is he not the cutest?!?
He's only 8 weeks old.

I ran to the store to get some fun things to surprise the kids with...

...and their reaction when they got home from school was priceless! {If you follow me on social media, you know that...London burst out into tears when she found out! She is soooo excited!}

* How gorgeous is this sunset from Friday night?

AZ sunsets are pretty much the best in the world. 

* Date night at Someburros...

...and then on to see the movie....


Oh. My. Gosh. !!!!
You guys! I loooooooved this movie.
Like....SO SO SO much!

I found myself smiling through each musical number.
From ear to ear.

The music and dancing was AMAZING and Emma Stone and Ryan Gossling were oh so charming.
{Ya, they're not the BEST singers on the planet but that's what made me love it EVEN MORE!}

I used to be just a tiny, smidgen of a fan of Ryan Gossling before this movie.  Now? My love for him is HUGE.

I would totally see it again.

* Our Saturday morning breakfast at McDonalds went like this:

Carson ate London's hash brown....

London choked on her Mcmuffin from crying so hard....

And then London stormed off because she was so mad.

Oh and this all happened when I was trying to get one {just ONE!} pic of them all smiling together.  Oh well.

* Saturday night date night at the temple.

This place >>> everywhere else.
Such a great night there.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
As part of my calling, we get to visit all of the other wards in our stake during their ward conferences and teach their Relief Society lessons. 

{This is one of my FAVORITE parts of my calling - - getting to know ALL of the different sisters in our stake}.

For a handout I whipped up these little cards to go along with our theme...

And of course, chocolate was a must!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
Wish us luck tomorrow.
Ready or not....a puppy is coming home with us!
Prayers welcome ;) 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fun Finds Friday + a Must Try Recipe.

This was supposed to post yesterday.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram {azmarci} know that we got word that we are getting a brand new PUPPY on Monday and I went into panic mode  crazy.
{More details about this on my Weekend post tomorrow night.}'s this week's finds {a lil late!} and they're all from Hobby Lobby. Why is walking thru the aisles of Hobby Lobby at a leisurely pace with a Diet Coke SO DANG therapeutic to me?!?

I'm such a sucker for cute banners and bunting. 
This one is METAL and I love it!

Also....this vanity!!!!!

Isn't it the cutest?!?

These cute pineapple paper plates caught my eye. 
They'd be OH SO FUN to use for a luau or a summer party.
I love the gold foil in it, too.

Loving this beverage dispenser set as well. 
REALLY love the little wooden stand it comes on. 
It's $49.99 BUT 50% off so SCORE!

I also need to share with you a SUPER yummy and SUPER healthy little dish I made for dinner last week.

My whole fam gobbled it right up!
Love when that happens.

Joe and I also almost got in a fight about it because he took ALL the leftovers the next day to work and didn't leave me any! LoL.

Anhoo - - it's one of those recipes I found on Facebook {HERE} where it's like showing you how to make a recipe like super know what I mean? 

Well I became obsessed with it and decided to give it a whirl.
It uses spaghetti squash and I LOVE SPAGHETTI SQUASH!!! So if you're a fan...give this baby a whirl. {I adapted this recipe slightly from the original}

Lemon Chicken & Spaghetti Squash
{side note: I think Costco is the cheapest place to buy spaghetti squash}


1 spaghetti squash
Olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
3 chicken breasts, cut into chunks {I think next time I'll even do 4 chicken breasts}
For the sauce:
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ lemon, juiced
1 cup chicken broth
8 ounces baby spinach


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 
2. Poke several holes into the spaghetti squash. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
3. Cut squash in half along the holes. Remove seeds with a spoon. Drizzle squash with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. 
4. Place squash upside down on baking tray and bake for 40 minutes until soft. Let cool.
5. Using a skillet, cook the chicken breast on medium-high heat with a little olive oil for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. 
6. Sauté onion for a few minutes. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add tomatoes and cook for a couple minutes. Cook until onions are translucent.
7. Add lemon juice and chicken broth, and cook until the liquid partially reduces. Cook for 10 minutes on low to medium. Add back the chicken and then the spinach and cook for 10 more minutes.
8. Using a fork, shred the inside of the squash. 
9. Pour sauce over the squash. Serve immediately. 
10. Enjoy!