Friday, May 17, 2019

Lemon Orzo Salad.


I've been on an orzo kick lately.
You can find it in the grocery store next to most rice and /or pastas.  

It's easy to cook and supposedy good in protein and fiber.
So...win/win?!

Here's a YUMMY recipe to try if you're a fan.  
I made it up a few weeks ago and am going to make it up again this weekend, I loved it so much!

Lemon Orzo Salad

12 ounces orzo, cooked according to package, drained and rinsed with COLD water

3/4 package of bagged spinach, chopped

1 can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained

1 cucumber, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

Fresh basil leaves, chopped - - add however much you like.
This MAKES the salad!

3 lemons,  juiced

1/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup feta cheese

Salt and Pepper generously, to taste

Mix everything together, chill and serve!

Seriously YUMMY!




Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2fer Wednesday.

2 FUNNIES I CAN RELATE TO:



2 IDEAS FOR END OF THE YEAR TEACHER GIFTS:


I think that giftcards will forever be the #1 gift that teachers like getting the very best.  {My sister is a teacher.  So are some of my very best friends.  They tell me these things.}


I've created two different tags to go along with teacher giftcards HERE.



Monday, May 13, 2019

This {Mother's Day} Weekend:

* Friday morning I cleaned out the kids' closets 
{why do my kids have more//better clothes than me?} 
and filled up a big garbage bag of clothes to donate to Goodwill.  

Naturally...when I went to Goodwill, I had to browse through their book section.


I mean, come on!!!

Thrift shopping is very therapuetic for me.
Anyone else?


Baked chocolate chip cookies Friday afternoon.
{Fun Fact: I can easily eat at least 7 fresh outta the oven cookies if I don't control myself.  Who's with me?}


I dropped off some Mother's Day treats to my Ministering sisters.  If you haven't used my FREE Friendship tags for the month yet, don't worry - - I made a set WITH 'Happy Mother's Day' on it and a set WITHOUT so they can still totally be used the rest of the month!


London and I dropped of some baptism treats to our sweet little friend Madilyn afterschool. {Sadly, we weren't able to make it to her actual baptism this weekend.}

* Grant attended his 8th grade Formal with friends on Friday night.


Doesn't he look sharp?


He's known these sweet girls since Kindergarten!
It's been so fun to watch them all grow up!!


* All day Saturday was spent at a dance competition with London.


It's been SO fun to watch her growth with dance this year. 
She is SO much fun to watch!


And doesn't she make THE BEST Dwight Schrute?
😂


The girls did awesome and it was fun, long, tiring day.

* Churchey-church on Sunday but first, I slept in until 10:30 AM !!!  Happy Mother's Day to ME!


I'm so grateful to be their Mom.

* We spent Sunday evening over at Joe's parent's house.
The men did ALL of the cooking and clean-up and it was pretty dang blissful. 


Our kids have so much fun with their cousins!







Friday, May 10, 2019

Fun Finds Friday.

I really haven't been doing too much shopping lately. 
Sad, huh?
Life seems to be pulling me in so many different directions right now {all good!} but sadly...one of those directions hasn't been to Target.  Or Hobby Lobby.  

I did manage to make it to Ikea and Joann's within the past couple of weeks and spotted a few fun things I wanted to share.

At Ikea:


I think this would be SO cute with some greenery inside of it. Or a succulent plant. 


Speaking of greenery, I LOVE the look of these pots with the greenery on top!

If you're hosting a Memorial Day BBQ...they have the CUTEST paper plates at Joann's right now...


Oval paper plates are my favorite.
They hold way more food than the circular kind.


And two funny finds this week:


Yup!


This one made me laugh so hard!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

2fer Thursday.

2 TRADER JOE'S FINDS:


I was more curious than anything about these.
Chocolate covered POPCORN?!

They're delish. 
The perfect little snack if you're craving just a little 
something sweet!


This was good....but it had a funky seasoning in it that I just couldn't put my finger on.  And it was a strong seasoning.  
But I liked it.
Ish.

2 BITS OF INSPIRATION FOR THE DAY:





Happy Thursday!
We're almost to the weekend!!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May Friendship // Ministering Tags.


It's already May 6th {How? Just how?} and I have yet to design NEW tags for the month.

The good news is....I'm re-using last year's tags.

Why? Well because:
1) I offered 3 and I'm pretty sure you didn't use ALL 3 at once last year, right?
2) I have quite a few new followers that probably haven't even used em yet
AND
3) It's May 6th. And I have mile long list of to-do's before the week is over.

Forgive me?
Next month's will be FRESH.
Promise.


These tags go perfectly along with Mother's Day this month.
Or not.
I know not everybody LOVES Mother's Day...so I've created two sets of each tag - - one WITH Happy Mother's Day on it and one WITHOUT - - which could really be used ANY time of the month for ANYONE!




Flowers are in FULL BLOOM right now so what better little treat to give someone than some fresh cut flowers?



If you use my tags - please show me HOW you're using them!
Tag me on Instagram @azmarci
I always LOVE seeing what you do with them! 

To downoload my tags WITHOUT Happy Mother's Day click HERE.

To download my tags WITH Happy Mother's Day click HERE.

April Ministering // Friendship tags

Monday, May 6, 2019

This {Birthday} Weekend:

* My Friday morning started out at Ikea.


They have cute little succulents!
So much cute stuff to look around at.
{Fun Fact: My husband would rather eat his own toenails than shop at IKEA. True story.}


Also: Why are their Sweedish meatballs SO dang good?

*Grocery shopping afterwards.


This sight makes me HAPPY!
Watermelon season is back!!!!!

* Somehow I ended up with a carload of girlies on Friday afternoon and when you have a carload of girlies...treats are necessary.


McDonalds cones for the WIN!

* We celebrated Carson's birthday on Friday night.

Dinner at the restaurant of his choice: The Olive Garden.
{Why have their prices gotten so high? It is not a cheap place to take your family.  Just sayin. Also: I'm sounding like my Dad now 😂}


He was SO elated because so many family members were able to come and celebrate with us!


It was a fun night for sure and Carson left feeling loved AND stuffed from all the breadsticks.


* Saturday morning birthday festivities!



How and WHY do teenage kids want Crocs again?!?
I'm baffled, but whatever.

Carson's only wish for his birthday party this year was to take a couple of friends to Big Surf - a waterpark in Tempe.


We had never been before and so it was FUN for everyone!


We grilled burgers at our house afterwards {another one of Carson's requests!}...


...and ended the evening with cake and ice-cream.
{Another fun fact: When Carson was little, he used to call 'yellow' cake.....'blonde' cake and so it's now 'blonde' cake for the rest of our lives because 😻😻😻}.


Cannot believe he is officially a teenager.
I have TWO teenagers now.
What the heck is going on?!?

We are SO proud of Cars and the sweet kid he is.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
I set my alarm for early to get the good stuff goin in the crockpots for Cinco de Mayo dinner!  

I wish I'd have taken pics cause it was a feast! But I didn't.

We had some fun friends over for dinner to help us celebrate and we had such a a great time!


We also discovered that Joe can't do a cartwheel.
But neither can I because I'd for sure pee my pants even trying.

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HAPPY TEACHER & NURSES APPRECIATION WEEK 
to most of the country!

I've got some EASY printable tags in my Etsy shop that make gift giving a BREEZE this time of year - - check em out!