11 Insanely Easy Ways to Remix Thanksgiving Leftovers

Happy Saturday! I hope all of you had a wonderful (and delicious) Thanksgiving! This weekend has been pretty relaxing as I’m just greatful to have a few extra days off from work to spend with my loved ones. Instead of making a bee-line to the outlet malls and waiting in ridiculously long lines, we slept in and have been enjoying leftovers, movies and good ol’ football at home so far. 

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m sure I’m not the only one with a fridge of little food filled containers. What do we do with all of these leftovers though? Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional Thanksgiving food, but after 2 days, I’m kind of over it. There are a plethora of ways to remix your leftovers and I wmated to share some of my faves. Buen Provecho!

If you’ve already tried some of these and/or you’re looking forward to getting creative in the kitchen, I’d love to hear what you like to do with your leftovers! I truly hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading!


Isabella is 23 Months!

So much has happened over the last six months, I’m so excited to share some of the recent happenings and #toddlermilestones with all of you! In My last post (prior to my hiatus) our sweet baby girl, Isabella, had just turned 18 months and I remember being amazed then with how much she had grown.

When I look at her now, at almost 2 years old, I’m astonished by the level of independence she’s showing. She talks A LOT! She seems to have gotten the hang of forming more complex sentences and her “parroting” skills ( her ability to hear words and/or phrases and repeat it perfectly) are awe-inspiring, to say the very least. The phrase I hear most often these days is “Mama, let me do it!” I hear it when we’re getting dressed for school, mealtimes and last, but certainly not least, when she’s using her potty. She wants to do everything on her own. The good thing is she does ask for help if she needs it by simply saying “help me”!

Speaking of independence, both my husband and I attribute some of her advancements to her new school environment. Late August we enrolled Isabella into a private Montessori school. The decision to change our childcare provider was a fairly easy one to make, as we both wanted a learning environment that could meet her where she is with developmental appropriate activities and expectations in the classroom. Let me tell you, best decision EVER! Isabella is truly thriving: learning, growing and of course playing. We’ve seen such a boost in her confidence, though there are still occasions when she’s a little unsure of herself or somewhat hesitant to do something. I find those occasions are becoming fewer and far between as she’s “using her words” to tell us what she might be feeling or what it is that she wants, she usually just asks for help.

Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:

In July we took the kids to Disney Springs. We were so excited because it was our first time going together as a family. We loved watching the kids’ eyes light up as they looked around at all the different sights and hearing Isabella squeal with excitement each time she saw a character she recognized! We had such an awesome time, we’ve gone back 2-3 more times.



Isabella’s first day at her new school. OMG…Looking back, I still can’t believe I cried that much! Baby girl did too, which I had expected. Fortunately, those tears only lasted for a few short minutes after drop off in the mornings and she’s all smiles for the rest of the day! She adjusted extremely well.

Isabella’s first day at school

She’s has also made some great strides in the potty-training department…YAY! She’s using the potty pretty regularly both at home and at school. She’s even gone commando a few times with minimal accidents.

Mid September Isabella’s grandparents surprised her with this red Radio Flyer tricycle! So sweet of them 🙂  She loves riding around their house.

her first Radio Flyer


riding around in Grandma’s kitchen

Last month I posted on Instagram this adorable pic of the kids at Lukas Nursery in Oviedo.They loved the hayride around the beautifully decorated property, live music and the super fun scavenger hunt.

Isabella’s school also celebrated the season by hosting their Annual Harvest Festival. The kids looked so adorable during their Hat Parade for all the parents. Here are a  few pictures of her and her classmates.



“hand-on everybody”


Follow the leader for the Hat Parade


Thanks so much to each and every one of you who have read my blog and supported me throughout this amazing journey of motherhood. I’m forever grateful! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


It’s been five long months since my last post and I couldn’t be happier to finally be back! Life has been busy, I’m sure its been the same for all of you. I was starting to feel confused about the direction my blog was headed and I needed to take a step back to focus on the message I wanted to send.

I enjoy writing posts that tell a story relevant to my family and my daily life. I LOVE writing about my beautiful baby girl and the many joys and challenges that come along with being a working mom and wife.

I learned so much from my blogging hiatus. There was no clear definition of purpose for this blog and I needed to do something about it! I decided to re-launch with better posts, better ideas, and most importantly….consistency! Now, I can’t promise there won’t be quiet moments, but I CAN promise that I won’t disappear for months on end again.

I’m looking forward to this journey of family, friends, and finding time for fabulous! Keep an eye out for website changes, fun updates and product reviews. So…I’M BAACK!

Isabella Frances is 18 Months + SoFL’s Flamingo Gardens

Isabella officially turned a year and a half on Wednesday #toddlermilestone! The saying is really true, time flies when you’re having fun! There have been a few moments most recently, where I catch myself looking at her in sheer amazement at how much she’s grown in the last few months. I guess I’m still in disbelief that Isabella is a toddler! In another six months she’ll be 2.  I. CAN’T!

I’m also noticing as she gets older, it’s nearly impossible to get photos of her (especially if you ask, she usually laughs and runs away) so I’m sharing photos from our weekend trip to Flamingo Gardens in south Florida as part of her 18 month update.

Isabella at Flamingo Gardens


We’re continuing to be blown away by the development of Isabella’s language skills. The girl can be a little chatterbox (wonder where she gets that from) at times. She’s already repeating little phrases and short sentences.

New Words & Phrases:

Please and Thank you

Let’s go bye-bye/outside!

Dame puño = fist bump

fix it!

milk (sounds more like mitz or miltz)

catch it!

ojos = eyes (she says them both)


la casa = house

we’re here!

where are you?



don’t cry (sounds like don’t kai)





car seat

seat belt


doggie foods

I’m sorry, mama

take/turn it off


She started to copy us when we sing songs—she will sing the same notes as us and it’s absolutely adorable. Her favorite songs are “if you’re happy and you know it, wheels on the bus, twinkle, twinkle little star…she can do the actions for all of the songs too— it’s adorable— she rubs her eyes with her little fists for “the babies on the bus go wa wa wa”.



Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:

She’s still pretty shy in new situations but sometimes she surprises us—she hams it up if she’s in the right mood. In the grocery store she always waves and says “bye-bye” as we’re checking out and leaving.

Though she’s still a very good eater, she’s demanding when it comes to what she’ll eat and when. She’s ALWAYS in the mood for bananas, doesn’t matter what time of day (or night) it is. She’s even had full on meltdowns a few times when we didn’t have them. Needless to say,we try to make sure we always have a few in the house.

She answers questions with yes or no all the time now.

She knows her colors now and correctly identifies them most of the time.

She has also mastered the fake cry and dramatic meltdown when she doesn’t get what she wants.

She loves stickers! She likes to put them on herself, toys, books, etc.



one of my fave daddy daughter photos

I’m going to start giving more sporadic updates now that we are in full-on toddler mode, maybe every three months or so, but I’m so happy I kept up with her updates so I can look back on them. She has changed so much, it has truly been a gift to watch her grow and develop.

I hope you had a great weekend! We had so much fun at the Flamingo Gardens, definitely check it out if you’re ever in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. During summer months, I recommend going in the morning or evening hours when the humidity isn’t as bad. Thanks again for reading!


Happy Father’s Day + Daddy Moments

I’m so blessed to be married to a truly amazing man who is already an exceptional father and I’m excited to celebrate him today!


He’s always put his family first, given us his time and attention, his unwavering support and unconditional love. When our beautiful baby girl arrived, I was absolutely blown away at just how amazing he was— both as my partner, helping me through recovery and the emotional highs and lows, and of course as a dad to our little girl. 

He’s our provider. Our Rock. He’s the glue keeping our crazy beautiful family together. I’m looking forward to creating many more memories together.   

Happy Father’s Day!

Surviving Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hello and happy Friday folks! Hope all of you are had a great week. Hubs and I had a recent brush with a toddler illness unlike any other: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). Yup, it’s a real thing! A real scary thing. It’s a horrific and, unfortunately common,toddler illness.

What the heck is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, you ask?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease include fever, mouth sores, and a skin rash.”

I wasn’t too familiar with HFMD prior to Isa getting it. Though I vaguely remember reading another mommy blogger I follow a while back, describing her little one’s experience with it. Describing our experience in 1 word: Brutal. This is one of the most gnarly, grossy-gross viruses out there! It broke our hearts seeing our baby girl so miserable and inspired this post.

We initially didn’t notice anything with Isabella that was out of the norm or cause for concern until the virus hit full force.

The Symptoms

The rash. This came almost immediately. It first appeared as a few little red bumps, two to be exact, right around Isabella’s belly button followed by what I thought were just flushed cheeks, but quickly realized after a closer look, was a rash much like what you see with an allergic reaction or even Asthma. A few more red bumps popped up on her chin and one on her lip.

Day 1: The Rashes
Day 5: The rashes turned into blisters

Oh, how we couldn’t have been more wrong. Once the fever came back it caused a flare up with the rash, which then turned into patches of blisters covering most of her arms, legs, both hands and feet. Worst of all, they were on her lips and inside of her mouth. That was enough for us to just bring her to the closest pediatric urgent care and from there she was diagnosed her as having HFMD.

Since HFMD is most contagious during the incubation period, sending her back to daycare wasn’t an option. When we followed up with her pediatrician, he strongly suggested we air on the side of caution by keeping her home for a week and wrote a script for “Magic Mouthwash”. I know…I actually chuckled a lil seeing it written on the bottle’s label. Here’s a recipe for this “magic” concoction.

Prevention & Treatment

There isn’t a vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause HFMD nor is there a specific treatment for it. However, there are a few things you can do to combat the symptoms and contain the spread.

  • Consult your child’s doctor.
  • DO keep your little one hydrated. Cool fluids and foods help sooth mouth sores. Ice pops and ice cream also may help. Check out kid-friendly ice pop recipes here and here.
  • DON’T give your child spicy or acidic foods and drinks, such as tomato sauce or orange juice. These foods can irritate mouth sores.
  • DO give your child acetaminophen like Tylenol or ibuprofen (such as Advil) to reduce fever and pain relief.
  • DON’T give your child aspirin! It’s been linked to Reye Syndrome, a pretty serious disease. No Bueno!
  • DO wash your hands! And do it often, especially after touching a blister or changing diapers (which should be standard practice).
  • DON’T let your child share toys or eating utensils and try (being the operative word) not to give kisses while he or she is infected.
  • DO apply hydro-cortisone cream or calamine lotion to blisters to help relieve itchy skin.

It’s been almost three weeks and Isabella seems to have made a full recovery. Thank the Lord! The sores in her mouth are gone and the scabs from the blisters have all fallen off. I hope this information was super helpful. Thanks for reading and have a FABULOUS weekends, lovelies!

Isabella Frances: 17 Months Old!

I recently looked back at some of Isabella’s newborn photos of Isabella and we’re just astonished at how much our baby girl has grown. I still can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by!


This month, Isabella was far more talkative. She’s learned a few new words and phrases, even made up some of her own! The biggest surprise to us, how fast she’s starting to form sentences.

New Words & Phrases:

I’m sorry

Where are you?

Not nice!

I/You do it!

says thank you, gracias and signs it too!






says “boo-boo” when she sees a band-aid

kitty cat

one, two, three and will sometimes say uno and dos.


nanas for banana

She’s been testing her boundaries and has thrown a few tantrums here and there, as expected from a toddler. She can be pretty dramatic when she doesn’t get what she wants, but we continue to practice positive reinforcement and redirecting. We’ve also noticed how protective of her personal space, mostly during meal time.

Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:


Isa still loves “Wheels on the Bus”, she’s repeating more of the song’s lyrics and doing the hand movements to match. Another song we’ve been singing a lot lately is the “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. Watching her little fingers as her eyes light up…she’s so awesome!
She loves to give high 5s and she always says “Yeah!” as she does it.

Still enjoys reading together. One of her faves is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you see?” It truly amazes me, just watching her holding her book, turning each page like she’s reading and saying “teacher, teacher” and “children, children” as she points at the different pictures.

She still loves being tickled. Within the last week or so she’s started to tickle us.

Does lots of pretend play these days— says “hello” whenever she hears our phones ring, reads to me or her teddy bear when I ask for story time.