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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AquafinaSparkling #CollectiveBias



Since we moved into our new house, Brian has been working from hoooome! Honestly, had you asked me a few years ago about having a husband who works from home, I probably would have said never in a million years. Ha! I was certain we'd be sick of each other after a week. So far, I must report, it's been good! I mean, I can't complain when after his lunch break he loads the dishwasher. And can watch sleeping babies while I run to the store real quick. Game changer! ;) It's also been fun, because the girls and I see him more often. On most days, we eat our lunch or afternoon snack on the back patio and watch the girls play in the backyard. The other day I made this black bean and corn salsa and it was delicious! A fresh, little snack, and paired with some Aquafina lemon lime Sparkling water, the perfect afternoon snack. And having Brian around to watch some of the girl's silly moments during the day just makes it even better!



Ready for a recipe? Here's my super easy Black Bean and Corn Salsa!

Ingredients:
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans black beans, drained
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 head cilantro
1 Anaheim pepper (optional)
Lime Juice
Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder to taste
(optional: add avocados! So good!) 





Directions:
1. In blender, mix cilantro with 1 can diced tomatoes.
2. Pour blended mix into a large bowl (make sure it's large, you still have some ingredients to add!)
3. Add black beans, corn, pepper and the rest of the diced tomatoes. Stir together.
4. Add lime juice and seasonings to taste. (Yes, permission to taste test early!) Enjoy!





I found my Aquafina Sparkling water in an 8 pack from Target. (Because, you all know that I wander the aisles of Target often. Brian says too often. ;)  It has 0 calories, 0 sugar, and 0 artificial flavors and available in a few different flavors to suit your fancy. There will also be tastings/samplings of Aquafina Sparkling in certain Target locations across the US. Find it at Target and download the Cartwheel app to get 25% off any Aquafina Sparkling 8pk flavor, runs 5/21 - 6/17.

Baby Prep

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.





Say hello to the nursery!

Well, the soon-to-be nursery. It currently houses the crib and a rocking chair - that I got for a steal of  a deal. Other than that, it's completely blank and in desperate need of decorating. The closet on the other hand, is in tip top shape! Pretty sure the moment we found out we were having another baby girl, I pulled the box of baby clothes down from the garage shelves. Baby girl has plenty of hand-me-downs, but I've also invested in a few key pieces for her as well.




One afternoon, while Ellie was taking a very rare and much needed nap, Addie and I sorted and folded and prepped the closet for baby. Of course, there were a few reading breaks in between and every few minutes or so, she would climb into the crib and break in the mattress with a few jumps. :)




It's crazy to think that Addie won't be my littlest "baby" anymore. She's TWO this summer and I'm still in shock. Luckily, she'll still humor me and pretend that she's a baby. ;) She likes walking around the house with a binky in her mouth - the same one she refused to take since birth. She asks to be swaddled up in any and every blanket and held "like a baby!" and takes pretend naps in the crib. I say this about every stage, but this one is just so much fun...even if our grocery store outings take twice as long and we find ourselves late for just about everything because she has to buckle her car seat herself. ;)




One thing that has stayed the same since she was born is our complete adoration for Carter's baby clothes. Addie has been wearing Carter's brand since the day she was born and we can't stop, won't stop! The new Little Baby Basics collection is one of my favorite lines - featuring super soft baby essentials like bodysuits, sleepers, and outfits in the most darling patterns. I'm pretty picky about the brands of clothing I buy for the girls - and Carter's passes every test. They're clothing is soft, holds up during all our adventures, and the prices are just right. A lot of the Carter's pieces I had for Addie (and even Ellie!) can still be used for baby sis, they're still in excellent condition. Though, I couldn't resist buying Addie and baby sis a few coordinating pieces - because you know how much I love having my girls match!




And a sweet deal just for YOU! Through 7/4, you can take 20% off your purchase of $40 or more! (See coupon below) This sweet all white "take me home" set keeps begging to come home with me. I may have to pick it up! ;) 






Tree Picking


Long before we owned a home, I was telling Brian that I wanted a backyard full of trees. We decided that one day, when we had a backyard of our own, my Mother's Day gift would be a tree, every year. :) This Mother's Day, I finally got to cash in on that deal! We took the girls to the nursery, and you would have thought we were at the playground, they had so much fun. Their shoes came off too quickly and their feet were coated in dust and dirt. They ran through the trees, smelled the flowers, and took us down "secret pathways." We picked out the perfect tree and successfully packed it in the mini van for home! :)


Brownies

Ellie said the cutest dinner prayer Monday night and included "and thank you that we can make brownies for dessert." So, brownies we made! I mean, how could we not? (Also, #pregnancycravings :) The girls were good helpers and mixed everything together, and then licked the beaters, as per tradition. (Addie licked the counter, too.) They were covered in chocolate by the end, and I found several chocolate hand prints on the wall, but it was the perfect family night dessert! 

P.S. I've tried making several homemade brownie recipes, but our tried and true favorites come from a box. Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownies from Costco, every time! 


Free Wedding Fonts!


It's wedding season!! I'm a collector of fonts (especially free ones!) and thought these would be adorable on a wedding invitation or wedding signage. All these fonts are free for personal use, so if you're all about a DIY wedding and making your own invites (like I did!) here's a few freebies to help you out! You can find all the Free Wedding Fonts below and click on the link to download.

(Keep in mind that free fonts are great for personal use, but always buy the license if using for commercial use)