Growing Old Together

“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all  of the time.” Julia Child


Oh, I love that I get to grow old with my forever date, and we literally celebrate growing old together the same week we celebrate our love! Darin’s birthday is Feb 25th, our anniversary is Feb. 27th and then my birthday is March 1st. We have a beautiful week of love and growing old together, and every year we celebrate is magnificent!

For hubby’s birthday we ate BAD food and and enjoyed a day out and about in Downtown Portland. Hubby isn’t much of a birthday guy, so he doesn’t really like to do much. We do acknowledge it, but we keep it pretty simple at his request.

For our anniversary, hubby surprised me with an awesome movie night to watch my FAVORITE movie on the big screen, Devil Wears Prada!!!!!

Single gals, when you get married, choose a guy who gets you and will watch girly movies with you!!!! Haha….. well, there are many other factors that should come in when choosing your life mate, BUT those two are pretty important too!

My birthday was super fun! Hubby gifted me with ALL of my most favorite health foods (I’m a health nut), my favorite flowers and a nice evening at one of our favorite restaurants in Portland.


The week was AMAZING. I love celebrating my husband and our love more than anything! Marriage has been so much fun for us! We have grown together and supported one another’s dreams! I’m so thankful for marriage and for the life God has given me!


Gals, if you haven’t tried ImPRESS Nails yet, you are missing out! They are easy to apply, last for days, even weeks at times (really depends on your line of work). I work from home on my computer, so I have been able to keep these nails on for over three weeks before! #WINNING

I wore the Macarena nails for mine and hubby’s three year anniversary, and the hubby thought they were HOT!! They went perfect with my anniversary outfit and fit the romantic night perfectly!


You can order your own pair by visiting ImPRESS Nails! This is NOT an affiliate or sponsored post, I just really LOVE these nails!


Sesame Ginger Chicken with P.F. Changs Sesame Sauce

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by P.F. Changs Home Menu. This recipe is an original creation by Cryssie Addis with P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sesame Sauce. All opinions and reviews are my own. 


Appetizer – Edamame and Himalayan Pink Salt sprinkled on top


Edamame has some awesome health benefits, and that’s why I chose this appetizer for my hubby to eat while he waited on a delicious dinner to be completed!! It has protein, fiber, various amino acids and low levels of healthy fat. It is a great source of various minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc!


Main Dish: Sesame Ginger Chicken with P.F. Changs Sesame Sauce



  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2  cups of fresh kale
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 3/4 cup P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sesame Sauce
  • Almonds


Heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with garlic powder, two teaspoons of ginger powder, Himalayan salt and pepper; add to skillet and cook until no longer pink, approximately 4 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl.

Stir in kale, green beans, broccoli, green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms and onions to skillet. Cook uncovered and cook over medium heat for approximately four minutes. Add in one teaspoon of ginger powder, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, almonds  and continue to cook uncovered until almonds are toasted, cook and stir approximately five minutes.

Add chicken back to skillet with the remaining teaspoon of Avocado Oil. Add P.F. Chang’s® Home Menu Sesame Sauce and cook until sauce is thickened and bubbling, continue to stir about 1 minute.


Serve and enjoy!


Hubby and I really enjoyed this dish! It was delicious and we felt great afterwards. It is important to me that we eat clean and feel great after meals. This meal did not disappoint! Ginger is great for the digestive system and that is why I chose to create a ginger dish! (Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist or doctor)

I hope you enjoy this meal! Feel free to tag me or send me pictures if you decide to make this recipe!




Grandpa Called and Wants His Sweater Back

This past week has been a week of busy, productivity, new business ventures, new friends…… oh AND SNOW!!!!!



Hubby and I moved to Portland from Vancouver, WA about a month ago. The weather was starting to get warm, the sun was starting to be shiny for the most part and the night times were clear and beautiful. I was starting to think winter had made a short visit to us, and we would be seeing spring sooner than normal.



I received my Grandpa Sweater from 22nd & Everett Boutique in the mail thinking that I would be soon folding him up and putting it away for next fall/winter. To my surprise, I also received Protection Oil from All Elements Herbal.


I hadn’t really looked at the weather forecast in a few days (I’m normally obsessed with it, but have been way too busy lately to be obsessed with anything but work). I remember having the news on TV playing in the background as I worked and I faintly heard the weather lady say, “Snow expected tomorrow and throughout the week.” WAIT….. WHAT? WHAT? I haven’t been that excited in a long time. If you know me, you know I LOVE snow and rain (yes, hubby moved us from Texas a year ago to the perfect place for my favorite things, I have a hunch this move was all for my obsessions).


Needless to say, I STAYED in this grandpa sweater pretty much all week! I was able to wear it with different undershirts and with different pajama and yoga pants…. errrrr, I mean business pants. Okay, so I spend the majority of my work day in pajama or yoga pants. Perks of working from home y’all! Don’t judge…..


Ladies, if you have not checked out my friends from 22nd & Everett Online Boutique based out of Portland, OR, then you are obvy missing out! They have the CUTEST clothes, the ladies who run this boutique are hella awesome and the prices are legit. Go check them out and order all the fun clothes you can find!

P.S. that cute beanie is a gift from my sissy who lives in Oklahoma. It’s seriously my favorite beanie….it’s warm and super soft. Thank you sissy!!!! You know me so well! 



Friendship – Accountability or Criticism?

So, last week on my Tuesday Tea with Cryssie over on Facebook, I talked about how to be a good friend to somebody who has experienced pregnancy loss. Today, I thought I would write a blog on the importance of loving one another….flaws and all. Ephesians 4:32 teaches us to be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God has forgiven us.

Friendship is hard. Much like marriage, it requires a selfless heart. It is difficult to maintain a long healthy friendship if one or both parties are selfish. I have been both the selfish friend and the selfless friend. Today, I want to touch on some ways that we can all work on being selfless friends.

First and foremost, we have to accept the other person. We are all flawed human beings and we all have room for growth. It is unrealistic to think that anybody in this world is perfect. That’s selfish of us. There is a reason why God tells us that we are to only worship Him. When we put expectations of perfection on other people, they will fail us. When they fail us, we all walk away feeling brokenhearted and disappointed. On that note, one might confuse helping a friend with criticizing a friend. Let’s face it, friendship should also have an element of accountability. We want friends in our lives who will encourage us to walk right with the Lord, and who is not afraid to love our spiritual walk more than fear of upsetting us.

So, how do we know when a friend just needs total acceptance or needs encouragement (accountability) to grow? I would encourage you to first and foremost, pray. Prayer is a must in any relationship. Allowing God to step in and guide the relationship will allow your friendship to grow in love and in peace. My advice to this topic would be that criticism would be a judgement about somebody’s personality or character trait. Holding somebody accountable for something is when we speak up to a friend who is doing something that defiles the word of God or themselves. These things are two totally different things, yet often we think they are the same thing. For example, complaining about how somebody talks, or how they do their makeup is criticizing that person, but setting a friend down to talk with her about getting drunk and sleeping around with several guys is holding her accountable. It is telling her that you love her and that she is precious and reminding her of who God says she is. Now, if you were to make fun of her or talk badly behind her back for her decisions, then that changes over to criticism and gossip. You never want to gossip.

Bottom Line, love your friends for who they are. If they are going down a road that takes them away from Jesus, help steer her back to Him, but don’t judge. Just love where she is. God loves us all where we are, and we should extend that same type of love.

If you find that a friend doesn’t want to change and is dragging you down with her, then pray about it and seek God’s answer on what to do with that relationship. He might need you to love her from a distance for a season, but that doesn’t mean you get the green light to put her down or start talking badly.

Next week, we’ll talk about keeping in contact with our friends. Friendships and community weren’t designed for us to be absent in them, they were designed for us to love, edify and help one another. We can’t do those things if we are an absentee friend. I’m preaching to myself when I say that being busy is not an excuse, being busy is a crutch and is incredibly selfish. We make time for what matters…but we’ll talk more about that next week.


Spilling the Tea – By Cryssie Addis

22nd & Everett


Are you ready to become a tea drinker? Or are you already one, but just want to know a little bit more about the amazing benefits of herbal tea? If you are new to the tea world, there are a few things that can help your tea game be better!

To have a good tea experience, you want to have a good tea infuser, a tea kettle, (preferably) filtered water, natural sweetener (if you prefer) and of course a mug to drink your warm cup of tea from.

I personally like to use the tea stick, where you place your tea leaves in the basket and let it steep for a few minutes. I would suggest steeping for 4-5 minutes and then remove the stick all together. You don’t want to steep too long because that can make your tea bitter.


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