here’s to thirty.


ive decided turning 30 is really indeed a new chapter in my book, family scrapbook & overall adventure.

many people take milestone birthdays hard. i on the other hand have really embraced it so far. 20 is when really start to find yourself, your spouse, start your family, your career. 30 is about being able to enjoy what successes you created in your 20s.

for some, they haven’t even found themself at 50, so i feel accomplished being married, having ben, being a sahm and discovering opportunities that i didn’t imagine would work for our lifestyle.

i look forward to my first year in my thirties. i look forward to ben’s development to a two year old. i look forward to four years of marriage. i look forward to growing as a merchandiser with chloe + isabel. i look forward to  discovering new adventures & recipes. and so many more things that await.

here’s to thirty.

*photo kudos: I captured from a merchie friend off facebook

what ben’s reading


ben loves to read.  he must have received this gene from daddy, because it takes me everything I’ve got to sit and read anymore.

even before ben was born his little library was bursting at the seams and we continually add to it as we find fun books. 

he always has a few favorites which we read several times throughout the day and sometimes he surprises us by picking something new.

his current list toppers:

you are my I love you by Mariann Cusimano.  this sweet look book rhymes & captures my heart every time we read it, whether its once or ten. 

happy chicks by Russell Julian.  another rhyming book about a happy rooster who has a major surprise for his farm friends.  Ben’s favorite part is the ending.

chicka chicka boom boom by Bill Martin, Jr.  This book was a favorite on a regular blog that i read, so when I saw it at HPB, I swiped it up immediately.  I like this rhyming book more than Ben, but once the abcs take over in our home, I’m sure he will love it just as much.

who knows what ben’s next group of favorites will be…..

crockpot shredded chicken tacos


this would have been up earlier, but ive really been struggling here lately with my hosting site.  grumble.

yesterday, I felt like it was appropriate for mexican monday to really get this countdown going, plus I had a ranch packet I needed to use up.

I tweaked the recipe that I had found on Pinterest,  because I dont typically have a taco packet on hand.

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos
2-3 raw chicken breasts, thawed
2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsbp onion powder
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1 ranch dressing packet

Taco fixings:
Flour Tortillas
Shredded cheese
Shredded lettuce
Tomatillo or red salsa

Combine chicken, cumin, garlic, onion powder, salsa, broth, salsa & dressing packet in crockpot. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken breasts, shred chicken and return to sauce in crockpot. Reduce heat to warm until serving time.

Serve with the Taco Fixings.

Husband requested these be added to our weekly meals list. Challenge accepted.

ben’s hero & his hair


friday nights are our ritual yardwork night, because typical saturdays start at 4am for me and I’m in no mood when I get home for pushing a mower.

it warms my heart watching ben watch daddy doing yardwork. daddy is his hero already & can quickly turn a ben frown upside down.  you can tell they are best buds.  as for myself, ive got the dog. 

plus looking at those curls aren’t too terrible either. 

We want to get him a boy cut, but its always one of us holding back. Pictures like these make me ok with waiting.

How old was your little when they got their first hair cut?

and one more and.


Helllllloooooo!!! Can you hear me?  I feel like I should put my blogs face on a milk carton. Poor thing! So abandoned and neglected.

But thats ok. I mean at our house its been all things chaotic, but anyone with a small child (or big child!) knows chaos can happen at a the blink of an eye.

I mean molar teething. And climbing over baby gates. And the jewelry selling. And store inventories. And 30th birthdays, one down, one to go (say what?!). And the nonstop cleaning and laundry.

Plus in a week, yeah a week!, we are going on a real vacation. Us three! In a hotel! Egads! Ben will be beside himself I’m sure. And totally confused. But I’m thrilled. And so is daddy!


Here’s to staying cool & awesome.  Maybe I’ll be back once more we leave! Let’s cross our fingers to that one!

“another moscow mule please..”


Tuesday night, I got to go out and be a girl.  No Ben whining to get out of the buggy.  It was Merchie Happy Hour night.   I was really thrilled that I was going to get the opprotunity to connect with some of my fellow merchies.

Merchie is short for merchandiser & for those that dont know, I am a jewerly merchadiser for Chloe + Isabel.  You can shop by clicking on shop at the top of the blog or by clicking that hyperlink above.  Our jewerly is all about quality and fashion. 

Back to Tuesday, it was more than I could have expected.  It was so wonderful putting an actual face with a name, plus getting tips from those that have been doing this longer than I had.


I really have a goal of making this merchadising thing more than just merchandising.  I want to ultimately grow and be a manager to help guide fellow merchies in the area along their way. It would be such a great opprotunity for me as well as for my family.  I’m posting it here as a way to keep myself motivated and in check with this goal.  Y’all, help me keep focused too on this goal of mine.  Its going to take a lot of work, but I know I can do it.  If you want to directly help me towards the goal, feel free to shop too :)

I have plenty of offers as well to score yourself some free jewels.  Hit me up in the comments or via email (thetexanpantry (at) gmail (dot) com)

Here’s some more fun pictures for your enjoyment