January....New Year!!! New you....new goals.....I’m so nostalgic....when one year ends and another begins....I start to feel melancholy!!! Slow down time.....But wallowing isn’t good for me so I focus on the positive!!!! I create goals.....focusing on positivity!!!!!
Trav helped me this year!!!! It’s our vision board for 2019!!!! I painted this years ago....painting is actually something I love to do!!! It’s a stress reliever for me!!!
I use Vogue and create my vision for my life....our future!!!! I hang in my workout room so I can see every morning!!!
Power “20”......What is it?......20-minutes to success!!!! It’s what makes my day successful!!! Whatever task needs done....that I’m not necessarily thrilled about.....I give 20-minutes of solid time and do as much as I can in that 20-minutes....I have the task broken down into 20-Minute segments so I can get it DONE!!!!
Cycling is my choice of cardio.....Quick, effective, and I can roll right out of bed and go......it’s the first thing I do!!!!
Cleaning......it has to be done!!!! I love the feel of a clean house, but more and more, it’s a task that I just want over!!! I used to enjoy it actually....lol.....not so much anyone!! Just being honest!!!!
20- minutes and DONE!!!! Sparkling clean!!!!
I feel accomplished and am ready to go!!!! I workout in the morning, but clean after work.....right before I make dinner!!! This way it is OVER!!!
Hope everyone’s year is off to a wonderful start! Much love dolls!!!!
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Merry Christmas loves.....we are so grateful for every one of you. Years ago when we decided to start Destined For A Little Extra, I was scared. I didn’t know how people were going to react to a sharing our lives, but if I could give just a glimpse of how our life is so much more normal than not then I was doing what was best for Colby!!!! All of your support and love over the last couple years is so much more than we ever could have expected. On this Christmas, we are wishing you much love and happiness. From our hearts to yours!!!!!
And a special surprise gift......the winner of
our Too Blue Boutique gift-card is......Click the video to see!!!!!
Much Love Dolls!!!
On the Second Day Till Xmas, Destined Shared with Me................Too Blue Giveaway and Last Minute Holiday Shopping!!
It’s that time of year.....when the world falls in love......Im giddy, just giddy......the holiday season is just magical!!!! I know.... I keep saying, that but it’s true!!!!! It gives me renewed peace and hope!!!!! I savor every moment, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t stressful!!!!!!
Last minute holdiay shopping always sneaks up on me.....little things I need to pick up or a gift for a friend!!!!! If you're like me, you have to check out Too Blue Boutique!!!! They are my favorite boutique- so trendy!!! They are local so I often run there when needing quick gifts or an outfit!!!! They carry my much loved Spanx leather leggings!!!! Click the image below to come Shopping with Me!!!! A Live video of me shopping!!!!!!
But wait...........it gets even better!!!! (Insert Ana from Frozen- yes, remember young children in this house!)........ Too Blue Boutique has graciously donated a gift card for our Count Down Till Xmas.......Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I’m so excited!!!!!!!!! Click the video to see how to enter!!!! A Winner will
be picked on Christmas!!!! I’m so so excited!!!!!!!
Enter to shop Dolls!!!! Much Love !! See you all tomorrow!!!!!
At-home Spa Treatments......much like my nails, I love a good spa treatment......but this momma just doesn’t have time to go to a salon!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love an essential oil massage Or a Hydro Facial......I could go on and on......Vampire Facial- Id so do it!!!! They are all lux, but I just can’t......I get lost in the hustle and bustle. My mom guilt talks we out of why it isn’t necessary......Anyone else have Mom guilt!!! I get overwhelmed and stressed. I don’t take time to relax and just let go........But in true Jackie form....all isn’t lost....I’ve created a solution......in order to help me with this......Ive scheduled weekly spa appointments AT-HOME.....applied by yours truly!!!! It’s a needed treat that you could try at home!!!! Usually my standing appointment is 5:30am on Sunday.....yes, you’ve read that right.....5:30am......my family is still sleeping.....the AM darkness is magical. My Xmas lights provide a relaxing glow!!!! Ummmmmmmmm Ummmmmmm Ummmmm.......
Add Alexa music streaming and my At Home appointment begins!!!! Here is what I use:
1. Peter Thomas Roth Eye Patches........These are a must!!!!! Seriously a must!!!!! I love them!!!!!! Place them in the fridge for a little extra sass!!!! These amazing little beauties help with under eye puffiness and pesky fine lines.......they are wonderful!!!! Just wonderful!!!! They are amazing!
2. Rodan and Fields Redefine Mask.......please please please get this........it’s so so so good!!!! This mask dries in 2 minutes but can be worn longer. It helps reduce lines, wrinkles and minimize pores......who doesn’t want that!!!!! Yes please!!!!!!
. 3. Zoya Naked Manicure and Body Cream. I actually purchased this at a salon. It uses
4. I just sit in my robe and let the products sink in....my favorite
robe is from Barefoot Dreams......it was an Xmas gift last year and I’ve worn every day since......seriously every day!!!! It still looks brand new!!!! Cuddling up on the couch!!!! Coffee, music, and time to just breath!!!!!! I focus this time on mediation and prayer......I imagine my day, my life, my dreams.....you’re never to old to dream..... It’s amazingly relaxing!!! And all in the comfort of my home!!!!
eAfter I remove the mask, I follow up with a Hydration Serum and for my eyes and my face! This helps lock in all the treatments!!!!!!
During this time of year, the craziness of events, programs and life can get a little overwhelming!!!! I promise.....try a morning Spa Treatment!!!! Just takin time with yourself for yourself is super helpful!!!!!!
Let me know if you’ve tried any of theses!!!!! I love love love them!!!!!!! See you tomorrow!!!!!
On the Seventh Day Till Xmas, Destined Shared With Me.......Home for Holiday- Home, Lifestyle and Spa Favorites for this Season!
Home for the holidays.......making my home cozy and inviting is something I love to do.......Every year I focus on the little touches that make each year a little “extra” special. I love the atmosphere to look, smell and feel like the season!!!! I focus on little things for my home, special treats, and at-home relaxation!!!!
Ive pulled together my favorite items this year......things I feel are “extra special”........click the image below to watch/ hear my thoughts on my holiday favorites!!!! Also
listed the items below.
Here are my favorites:
Holiday Starbucks KCups
Crate and Barrell Coffee Mug
Holiday from Bath and Body Works
KHall Barr and Co Hand Sanitizer
Heart and Hand Fur and Leather Soap
Heart and Hand Fur and Leather Spray
Vanilla container from Target
Let me know if you try some of these......share your thoughts! I always find things I feel are truly the best!!!!! See you again tomorrow......!!! We love it all!!!
.Jewlery is a statement. It can be classic, trendy, and “polish” up an outfit. (Pun intended)......I love jewlery!!!!! Another way to jazz up an outfit......whether it’s athleisure or a night out.....I always add a little sparkle!!!! To me there is really no right or wrong with style.....if you love it do it.....hey, it worked for Coco Chanel!!!!
Here are my tips for styling jewelry:
1. Layer layer layer.....layering pieces add dimension to an outfit....and if you’ve read any of my style posts, you know I love dimension in style!!!!
2. Don’t be afraid to mix metals.....out are the days of all gold or silver. Mixing metals is a great way to create the perfect arm party or add a little sparkle to your ears.
3. Try a trend. Whether it’s a statment necklace or earring. Try it out. You may never know it’s your thing unless your try. I personally don’t do statement earring and necklaces at the same time. It’s a little much for me.....and I’m pretty over the top. I tend to focus on one or the other!!!!
My favorite pieces this year are ones I mix and match each day. Click the image below to see my thoughts!!!!
Touchstone Chanel Necklace
Miranda Frye London
Shelia Fajel Perfect Hoops
Uncommon James Rhapsody
Stella and Dot Perfect Studs- consultant
Stella and Dot Pave Cuff- consultant
Hope you love these pieces as much as I do. Please let us know if you check out these brands. Chat tomorrow. Much love!!!!!
Chocolate for Breakfast......say what.....and healthy......yes, my loves.......Gluten Free, Low Sugar, High Fiber.....there’s even a secret ingredient.....I’ve got you on this one........if you’re not a chocolate fan, check out my Oatmeal Banana Bread Post.......this one is equally as good!!!!!
Now for the main event!!!!!! Let’s bake......I’m literally baking this as I post!!!!!
What you will need:
1 tsp vanilla
2cups grated zuchinni
4 tbsp of milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups gluten free oat flour
optional- handful of semi sweet choc chips
optional- handful of pecans
Preheat oven for 350 degrees.
1. In a mixing bowl, grate 2 cups zuchinni. Mix in eggs, vanilla, milk. Mix until smooth.
2. Add maple syrup and coconut sugar. Mix until
3. Add cocoa powder and baking soda. Mix until smooth.
4. Add oat flour slowly mixing as you add. When ingredients are all combined, add handful of chocolate chips and pecans.
5. Pour into a lined with parchment paper 9x9 glass dish.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Shhhhhhhh- the secret ingredient is zuchinni!!!!! Let me know if you make this.......it’s delicious!!!! See you tomorrow!!!
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Well those THREE months went fast!!!! Let’s catch up from the last few months.......October.....leaves changes, cooler weather.....it’s Halloween time!!!! This year we decided to dress up as Sandlot.....actually Carter decided.... one day they may not want family costumes, but until then.....we are doing it!!!!! Again we visited Boo At The Zoo!!! Every year it gets better.....more lights, more bubbles, more Monster Mash......I just love it!!!!!
November......the month of Thanks.....I’m so thankful for my people......we celebrated in style at my aunt’s house.....we all still gather around one table enjoying family traditional fares....my Grams is so proud- I know it.....this year we added paintable cookies.....I highly recommend Kedzler Sweets. .....the best cookies around.....I’ve order for years!!!!!!
December.......'Tis the Holiday Season........I just can’t help it......this time of year is so magical!!! I have chills just writing this......Trimming the tree, St. Nick, and a Holiday Fluteaphone concert have started our season of joy!!!!!! We are checking off things “To Do” on our Holiday Checklist again......What are your holiday traditions? I can’t wait to cookie bake, drive through Xmas lights, and see this season through my children’s eyes!!!!
Hope all is Merry and Bright!!! Let me know your holiday traditions!!!! Comment below!!!!! Check back tomorrow!!!!
PS- We ordered these for Xmas.,.....so cute right!!!!!
On the Eleventh Day Till Xmas, Destined Shared With Me.........At Home Holiday Nails!!!! Powder Dip!!!
The perfect Holiday nail.......it can make an outfit, put and little pep in your step!!!!! There’s just something about a fresh manicure that brings your whole look together!!!! I’ve always been a nail polish fan.....but after children, dishes, cleaning, working out.... I would chip a nail faster than a HOT MINUTE ..such a let down....the perfect manicure gone in seconds....OR the frustration of waking up to smudged nails from going to bed with nails still tacky......you know you’ve been there!!!!
For me, going to a Nail Salon and getting powder dip polish was just easier.....until last year......My BFF found Peppi Gel. It’s life changing.....I mean life changing.....I've had several friends purchase and they love too......This is an at-home powder dip set......I can definitely say this is the nail find of the century!!!!! Click the image below to watch my LIVE review and thoughts!!!
Here are links to the products I mentioned. Let me know if you’ve purchased this or if you plan to try!!! We’d love to hear.... Use coupon code Thankyou10 for 10% off a bundle or like them on Facebook for 20% off.
Favorite Polish Colors:
Peppi Gel Starter kit
Polar File Block
Solar CND oil
Much Love!!!! Check back tomorrow!!!!
On the Twelfth Day of Xmas, Destined Shared With Me.......Colby’s 5!!!! Gift Guide for Children with Special Needs!!!
Have you been wondering????? Wondering if Vlogmas is back???? Today it begins........This year I’m going to do the 12 days till Xmas countdown!!!!! Videos, posts, blogs, amazing gifts for the season and more.....starting NOW!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh.....I’m so so excited!!!!
Today Colby is FIVE!!!!! How could my baby be FIVE!!!! Now before we start, yes....I call him my baby. He will always be my baby, but he’s now officially out of the toddler age!!! Queue the tears......
Today I share with you our Gift Guide for Children With Special Needs (notice the child
first language here......yes, I just had point that out!!!) Watch below......our Live video says it all. Click the image below.
Here are links to similar items.....let us know if you have these items or plan to get.... Much Love!!!
Melissa and Doug Puzzles
Mr Potatoe Head
Round Top Crayons
With all this cold weather, I’ve been hitting up Starbucks like crazy…. Good thing Im a gold card member and collect those stars……. its addicting playing the “star chasing” challenges….
One of my favorite treats… prior to going Gluten Free was Starbucks Banana Bread….. I love it…. It actually makes me think of Colby’s pregnancy bc I would eat it right before the NST to get him moving…. Ever since going gluten free the banana bread is something I miss…. Ive been on the search ever since to make something similar…. It was just this Fall that I perfected it……Here is my recipe…. The texture is different from Starbucks because of the oatmeal but the taste and flavor is exact….. Ive been making this weekly and then having a piece every AM with my coffee….. of course, Jackie has to talk about coffee…. Yes I just have to…….
2 ripe bananas
2 cups oatmeal
1tbsp vanilla ( I use my homemade one- see recipe)
¼ cup maple syrup
1tbsp cinnamon (less if you prefer on the lighter side)
1tsp baking powder
Mix bananas, milk, vanilla, eggs into a bowl. Mix until smooth.
Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and baking powder. Stir until smooth.
Fold in 1 cup at a time of oats until all are mixed together.
Pour into a greased parchment line 9X9 glass dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Let cool and Enjoy.
Love, love, love this..... its a vanilla baking soda/baking powder mix.... used traditionally in Italian baking.... I buy mine from Amazon. Here is the Link. Its a must ...... and gluten free....
Cant forget about my vanilla recipe.... its so so easy and so so delicious... Link here!!!
Sometimes I swap out bananas for pumpkin and it's amazing!!!!
Let me know if you make this…. Much Love
I FINALLY did it…... I cut my hair….. Im one of those people who once I decide I just do it….switch my part , which everyone should totally do, change my color, cut my hair, grow it long….. I usually don't regret my decision once I've made my mind up…. Except for bangs- I just don't have the face shape for bangs…. I regret every time!!!!! I digress, back to my current hair and in this case… NO REGRETS…. I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!……. I’ve had longer hair for roughly 7 years…. After Carter, I decided to grow it out and follow the Kardashian curl trend…this transitioned to the beach waves, then the sea salt beach waves, then the sock bun (which of course I needed long hair for- or I told myself) then it was the long pony…… the Hair Tale just keeps going…. This summer I decided enough is enough and ever so slowly…. 3 weeks to be exact…I took more and more and more off my hair….. AND I LOVE IT……Because it is still my thing… I used Pintrest and some Instagram photos to get inspiration… Here are my inspo pics….I went to a mid length LOB (long bob)......
Styling this shorter hair took time to adjust… I didn't just jump right into styling the way I wanted but now it so easy…..I wear it a couple of different ways……
2. Mid Pony With Some Height.
Products I love….. These are products I use to help style my hair…. Some Ive used for years and you have heard me talk about before… others I've just discovered once jumping into the LOB trend….
2. Monat Blow Out Cream......I purchased through a consultant....I’m not one, but contact your local gal or guy!!!
3. Kenra 25 Hair Spray….. Absolute MUST….Like NEED in your LIFE…. It can make any hair look ready…..
4. THIS HAIR BRUSH….. I still use my Wet Brush, but this I use for styling… A fellow R&F girl recommended this, and when she talks…. I listen……
Check out my video where I chat about all these products and show you how I use them….CLICK HERE for the VIDEO!!! Also comment below if you would like a hair tutorial on either of these looks… I can totally do a LIVE video on it….. Much Love dolls……
AHHHHHHHHH loves…..it’s been a hot minute…. Well way longer than a hot minute…..5 months to be exact….. YIKES…. I dont like saying that….it doesnt feel good but it was needed. I have to be honest with y’all. This last year has been hard: I lost Grams (My number one supporter, sounding wall, and someone who really knew), Colby needed surgery, and then we lost both my grandpa and grandma back to back….all three in one year…. BUT that wasn't all of it….those are just extra details that made life harder….. The real issue was ME…… I need/needed work…..Let’s start at the beginning…… 5 months ago I posted a video post on “Special and the R-Word.” From that post, I had a large number of amazing comments or support and reflection, but I also received a DM that stated, “You just need to get over it!”
…...Now let’s be real…. I put my life out on the internet. I write about things. I video things… I share and share and share but that’s not my whole life…… When I read that comment, something inside me broke… it had been coming for a while. It wasnt the only straw, but it was the final straw…and what’s broken must be fixed….easier said than done-right?.... But it’s the journey…..My journey….. That has led me to some amazing amazing personal growth books and podcasts- to help me be the best partner, mother and friend that I can be…..and in return, Im truly the most happy Ive ever been...you can hear it in my words…. Click the image to watch the video!!!!!
Now….. I'm still in the midst of things…I’m still growing, I’m still learning, and I’M STILL an imperfect HUMAN!!!!! I share this with all of you because my friends, my besties, my PIC, and all who make me a good human, shared this with me… these are tried and true things Ive found from friends, and they have been amazingly helpful in my growth…… things I wanted to share with you….. This list is my personal arsenal for growth….it has helped me self reflect, create amazing friendships and become a better version of myself!!!
1. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Holy COW just go get this book- Library, Audio, Target….. Wherever you are...this book is life changing….
2. Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I should have read this 20 years ago…. I wish I could/would have…. Im definitely going to make my boys read it…… YUP, I am…..
3. “Rise Together” Podcast by Rachel Hollis and Dave Hollis.....can you tell Im a Hollis fan....- THIS IS MY FAVORITE…. MY MOST GROWTH, MY LISTEN TO REPEATEDLY….. If you’re in a relationship, this is something I highly recommend!!!!
4. The Secret Enneagram by Christopher Heuertz. I took this test…Click HERE for the test I took. There are tons out there..but this is the one I took. I just wanted to see what I was… I hadn't bought into the whole idea YET….. After 14 pages of questions, I had my results… that’s where the true learning began…. I scored a “2- The Helper.” Well what in the Sam Hill does that mean…..so I read and I read and I read about “2’s” more and more and more-it was me…. Really me… the good, the bad, the hidden...it was me…..I heard about the Ennagram Test on the Rise Together Podcast…..I decided to Google the book and bought it off Amazon. I figured this could only help right…. While waiting for the book, I decided to look at the other types…. I type-casted Travis right away… I figured the best way to see how we communicate and etc was to know his number. Two Day shipping- thanks to prime- and I had the book…. What is the first thing I read, “DON’T TYPECAST YOUR PARTNER”- not those exact words but similar… yup that’s me. HERE I AM….. Just start singing “Issues” by Julia Michaels…..
The rest is yet to come….. I’m still learning...I’m still growing…. My grams always said 40 was when she learned happy… every year after just got better…. I’m 25 plus 10 years experience, and I want to be her… I want to be happy and content…. She was right, you know, when I started learning about me, and truly understanding myself...I was able to communicate what I needed to my partner, friends, and family…...And in return, I have grown…. I say this scripture daily…….
Oh Winter, I loved you for your Snow and Scarves…. Chunky gray sweaters….. but I feel our time has once again ended...... Where is SPRING??? (Im now singing Oliver Twist Where is Love- anyone else)…I read this meme the other day. It literally made me laugh out loud…. “ONE MORE THING…..” Does anyone else feel like this weather is just crazy….. Maybe it’s just me… So so ready for warmer weather….
Time seems to fly by so quickly…… The days seem long but time just seems to go…… Carter and Colby are wonderful. Mr. Colby is continuing to work towards his goals and what he needs. I get asked a lot about Colby speaking. Colby is non-pverbal, but that doesn’t stop him from communicating. His eyes can speak volumes, and he will sign what he wants…. If someone doesn’t understand him, he will find a way to show you….. it’s amazing. Truly the little things are such a wonder. I can’t help but think of what is happening in our world….. I don’t like to talk politics…. Actually I was taught at a very young age that it isn’t appropriate…. Along with religion and sexual preferences ….. to each his own, but for the sake of Colby, I feel the need to share just a bit….. In our world, Down Syndrome is looked at as a defect… something that could be eradicated by selection….. I just can’t wrap my mind around this….. My child is a person and very special person who loves each day just like my Carter. To think that certain countries are trying to put this into place is unquestionable in my mind….. It’s like a dystopia that makes it ok to look down on people with Down Syndrome….. I just can’t….. For Colby’s life and my life as well…. I feel strongly about this…. Remember our main goal is acceptance….. no string… no chains…no walls…. Just acceptance……And one more thing….. I did receive a comment that I just needed to get over things…. That I needed to not be so sensitive…. To all who think that… this isn’t the blog for you… My life with Colby is amazing but I will NEVER EVER get over the injustices that the world has against people with Down Syndrome. I will continue to speak about it until my last breath… because THIS IS MY BABY… THIS IS MY CHILD and the ignorance of “just get over it” is what is truly wrong with the world….it’s that ignorance I will always fight against…. Ok Ok enough soap box for now….LOL…… back to life….
Since I last posted, we celebrated Colby’s and Carter’s birthdays. Star Wars and College Basketball…… I love planning parties…. If I can create a theme, I will…… I thought about writing a blog on how I party/event plan. Does that sound interesting??..…. We had such fun…. Every year we love spending time with family and friends…..
Springtime means Baseball season…… Sunflower seeds, late night games, loads and loads of ball uniform laundry…. Carter is his father’s son… I cant say it enough….. He never stops…. I swear he plays ball in his dreams. We started another season and we love it….. I really am one of those Sports Moms…..
In all this madness that is our life, family time is key. Between work and meetings, sports games and practices….Travis and I are running here and there and everywhere, but one thing we ALWAYS make time for is being together….even just for a bit….This time together changes with the seasons or months… For example: March was the college basketball games and NOW… NOW it’s back…. DC has officially set sail …. We are addicted to Deadliest Catch… Sounds super fun right……… A NEW SEASON JUST STARTED….. Sig, Edgar, Josh, Jake….. I feel like I know them…. Tuesday nights we make it a point to sit together and watch….. What’s it about? Crab fishing on the Bering Sea…King, Berdi, Opilio… told you I was addicted…… I know what you’re thinking… How could this be interesting? .....I can assure you, from a Bravo TV junky, Deadliest Catch so much fun to watch…..14 seasons of fun….. It’s the little things in life…. Try it…. You’re going to be surprised……
Videos…. I been sharing my Loves, Thoughts, Randomness on Facebook doing LIVE videos… This is something I just think is FUN!!!!!! I feel like Im having a chat with each person that watches and love seeing the comments of what people tried and love just as much as I do….. With that being said.. I may have been a little ambitious with 2 videos a week, working and being a mom… I just can’t keep up but Im trying… I also want to stay authentic and share what is interesting to me… not just fluff……Here are some I’ve done over the past couple of months……Im also going to post a video this weekend on how I do my Sports Game Hair Look…..High Pony Baseball Hat…. It’s my go to…… More to come!!!!
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Hi Loves.... Let's meal prep together.... My lunches for the week... Hope you enjoy... Let me know if you make this recipe. Much Love!!!
2 16oz Cans Diced Tomatoes
1 8oz Can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chili
2 Pounds Ground Turkey- lean
2 Golden Potatoes
3 tbsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper