Monday Mantra: purpose

Happy mOnday to you.  I promise that I haven’t completely fallen off the face of the earth (although by my super sporadic posts…you might just think it!)  We are still just settling into life as a family of 3 (well 3 + the doodle that is).

As it is for all women…juggling the different roles we take on in life can be a challenge.  We take on so many different responsibilities sometimes it seems like there is no time.  Balance is forever the challenge.  But I must admit…although my house is not perfectly clean, and i’ve missed out on catching up with my sweet girlfriends lately…juggling this new life is more fun and rewarding then I ever could have imagined!!

“The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be 
to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

let go

Cheers to a messy, tiring and sometimes overwhelming but WONDERFUL life.
~ Jillian

Yummo: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Sometimes you just need a yummy treat…right?!?  And what’s even better is when you get that sweet treat fix and its not so horrible for you!  These little babies are flourless, packed with protein and super duper yumm-o!  (there is a healthy dose of sugar so…let’s not go as far as to say they are healthy…ha!)  I especially love them with a little dark chocolate chip in the center…cuz what is not made better with a little bit o’ dark chocolate?  AND even a non-baker like myself was able to pull this one off.  (be sure to follow step 2 and cool the batter or you will have a sheet tray mess…this comes from personal experience!)


Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
(Recipe Source)



  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dark chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Stir together all ingredients (batter will be thick and not perfectly smooth)
  2. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, form small mounds of dough on a cookie sheet or plate and refrigerate for 3 hours-isn (Don’t Skip this step…I did the first time and my dough melted into each other and made a giant mess!)
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.  If NOT already on a cookie sheet; place the dough on a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Slightly flatten using a fork and add a chocolate chip in the center (if desired).  Bake for approx 8 minutes.  Cookies will crisp up as they cool so don’t leave them in the oven too long!!
  4. Cool cookies for about 10 minutes and then…devour!!

~ Jillian

P.s. I’m currently doing a no sugar diet…so putting this post together was literally torture…PURE torture!!!

Monday Mantra: Stressed

To say life is a bit crazy around here these days is the understatement of the century.  There is clearly not enough time in the day to get all the things crossed off of the old to do list and by the end of the day i’m usually crawling to bed…but it couldn’t be more wonderful!!  I do wish I had a few extra hours to get some extra snuggles from our little one, spend more time with the husband & our sweet little puppy and catch up with friends and family.  (lets not even start on the other “to do’s” that get left behind)  So all I can do is squeeze the most out of each day and remember to pause and enjoy the moments that make me smile

“Stop focusing on how stressed you are
and remember how blessed you are”

Female hand holding a four leaf clover on the ground

Soak up as many special moments each day that you can.  take a breathe.  Enjoy what’s happening right now in your life!

~ Jillian

Fall Color Inspiration

Autumn is right around the corner… and with it comes cooler temperatures (thank goodness!!) and of course beautiful fall colors.  These inspiring tones are sure to get you ready to jump into a new season.  So break out those sweaters and get ready to order yourself a delicious pumpkin latte…because it’s all about Fall!

Slide1Cadmium Orange is a dramatic tangerine tone with a retro vibe and a huge pop of personality.


A sophisticated take on olive green with a soothing and chic feel.


An easy going warm and rustic shade with a cozy vibe reminiscent of fall foliage.


A relaxing blue-gray with a cool and calming feel and an almost ocean-like vibe


A mix of violet, orchid, and amethyst is a sophisticated pop of color.

Are you READY for fall!?!  What are your favorite hues of the season?

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: Falling into Place

Oh what a year it has been so far.  It would be an understatement to call it a rollercoaster ride that has gotten us to this point.  If this last year has taught me anything, it’s that things happen for a reason and even if you feel like your world is crumbling around you, there is a bigger plan in motion that promises to bring great things.  I am so thankful for everything we have experienced because it has brought us to the most wonderful time in our lives.  We have a sweet little miss that brings unimaginable joy into our lives and I am fortunate enough to spend more time with her then I ever thought I would be able to.  All things fall into place, even if the journey to get there seems a little bumpy.  Looking back, those bumps were totally worth it.

“Sometimes when things are falling apart
they may actually be falling into place”


Cheers to finding your path, surpassing what you thought would make you the happiest and ending up exactly where you belong.

~ Jillian

Trends to ♥

There are so many fabulous trends happening right now in the design world.  The problem is narrowing it down and figuring out what and how to make them apart of my life!  Here are just a few to get your creative juices flowing…

Trend #1: Bold Blue

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blue paint(source)

Trend #2: Neutral Texture

neutral texture(source)


Trend #3: Warm Wood Tones

kitchen wood(source)

wood bed(source)

wood bathroom(source)

Trend #4: Geometric Pattern

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floor pattern(source)

What are your favorite trends happening right now?  Have you changed it up and brought them into your home??

~ Jillian

Yummo: Easy Spaghetti Sauce

Dinner these days around our house has definitely changed.  Now we are balancing pulling together a healthy and FAST dinner with snuggling and playing with our little miss before she heads to bed.  Add to that the fact that me and hubby have totally different likes & dislikes and you’ve got yourself a tough challenge!!!  So when I find recipes that we both can enjoy I’m sold!!  It’s super important that our meals are quick,easy and healthy of course!  So much of what we buy at the store these days is full of junk.  Preservatives to extend shelf life and added things that just aren’t good!!  Pulling together something this easy makes that store bought spaghetti sauce totally unnecessary!

Easy Spaghetti Sauce


Easy Spaghetti Sauce


  • Gluten-free Spaghetti Noodles (my favorite is Quinoa pasta!)
  • Ground Turkey
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Onion
  • Dried Oregano
  • Tomato Sauce
  • *Reserved Pasta Water
  • Red Pepper Flake
  • Cardamon
  • Salt
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Shredded Parmesan (and any other spaghetti topics you like!)


  1. Brown ground turkey (or ground meat of choice) & cook pasta.
  2. Season with garlic powder, dried onion & dried oregano. (add a splash of tomato sauce to prevent the meat from sticking to the pan if necessary)
  3. Add apple cider vinegar, worcestershire sauce and reserved pasta water.
  4. Season with red pepper flake, cardamon and salt.
  5. Add remaining tomato sauce and let simmer for flavors to combine.

*This is not an exact science!  If you love spice add more of the cumin and red pepper flake, if you are a vinegar kind of person…load it up!  Adjust the quantities to your taste and enjoy!!

**I usually broil up some broccoli or throw together a salad and the hubby makes a quick garlic toast to go along with his spaghetti! (easy…toast with garlic powder and melted cheese slices!!)

~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: things we love

Happy Monday to you.  If it feels like time is flying by and its hard to believe its monday again…well you are right!!  I can’t believe it either!  Life has changed just a bit for us in the last few months and I couldn’t be happier.  Even though there are so many things that have been pushed to the side for now, the love and joy (despite the tiredness) from our little one is indescribable.

“We lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there, too.”

metal heart

Embrace whatever it is in your life that make you the happiest!

Cheers & Happy Monday!
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: how far you can go

Happy Monday to ya!  The past two months have flown by here for us, and I just can’t believe how fast our little miss is growing.  Life has changed in the most amazing ways!  There are so many reasons to be thankful (the most important one happens to be pretty cute too!) and we are truly blessed beyond words.  I never could have imagined how full my heart has become.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for us in the months to come (and I secretly want them to slow down just a bit).

“Take pride in how far you have come and
have faith in how far you can go.”


Happy Monday
~ Jillian

Monday Mantra: fountain

Good Morning and Happy Monday!  What a beautiful weekend of weather we had here in Georgia.  Finally a little break from the sweltering heat and humidity of the last few weeks!  We were finally able to enjoy being outside and spent the weekend relaxing, playing in the garden and catching up with family and friends.  We want to make sure that our little miss loves the outdoors, so these days you can find us enjoying the summer breeze on a rocking chair outside (if you catch us between naps that is).  So many wonderful things to be thankful for right about now, its hard not to walk around with a big old smile on our faces!

“Be a fountain, not a drain”


Cheers & Happy Monday
~ Jillian