My New Tattoos

We all have that one thing that is our reminder of Growth………MINE IS TATTOOS!

I love to imprint the small reminders or words on myself so I can look down and see  how far I have come, and how far I still need to go. My 3 latest tattoos were done in Chicago by Rafael…..He has done 5 for me now. And I am in love with them. I want to share the meanings of them to you so you can understand.

The delicate tree……. 

I knew I wanted some sort of family tree, I wanted it to be different and unique to our family. This is the meaning of my TREE tattoo…………Start with the delicate tree as our foundation, we have all been through a lot and we are in constant growth. The 2 birds places in the tree are Joel & Carolyn, Chris and myself first spouses that both passes away. They sit in the tree to watch the other 7 birds fly and grow. 5 of the birds being our 5 children blended together and 2 being us. This tattoo is a constant reminder to spread our wings and show the world who we are. Find the greater purpose in understanding in our lives.


When I was at the RISE conference in Minneapolis by Rachel Hollis we went through some VERY powerful things……… One of the guided meditation exercises was to find our word…… The word that we want to live by. When I opened my eyes the first word that came to my mind was IMPACTFUL, So its only fitting that I get a constant reminder when I look at my arm of who I want to be. This word may have a different meaning to some, but to me it means MAKING A DIFFERENCE! I want to have a big impact on my life and my children life……and once I feel whole in that I will move forward and do BIG things in others lives. I want to make a difference, I want to show people that putting the work into yourself can be such a big part of GROWTH…….


Anchors are a symbol of things that hold us back……. again this can have different meanings for many people……. For me this is a symbol of change and growth, my anchor does not have a chain. I have released all the things that have held me down and worked on moving forward. I have released anger, sadness, hurt and most importantly for my purpose. We don’t have to liv in our past, this does not define who we are. We have to put in the work and wake up everyday with a bigger purpose. (My anchor happens to be on my middle finger, so when my next chained anchor comes along I can release it)



Garlic and Rosemary Lamb Chops

Lamb is at the top of my list when I want to spoil my family for a special night in.  However, lamb may not be for everyone but I think with this marinade you might want to try it again.  I first introduced lamb to my kids when they were 3 and they have asked for it ever since so this marinade is my go to with any piece of lamb but I prefer to use chops.  This marinade is best if done the night before.


  • 8-10 Lamb Chops
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 4-5 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
  • 3 Sprigs of Rosemary (removed leaves from stem and chop)
  • 1/2 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper



Pat the lamb chops on both sides with paper towel and place in a baking dish.  In a bowl whisk to together olive oil, garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper.  Pour over lamb chops and refrigerate over night in the morning turn them over.  When you’re ready to make dinner preheat your grill and grill chops until they are medium to well done.  Remove from grill and serve.  Mmmmm lamb chops 🙂  Try these chops with my simple couscous salad.


Photo Taken By: Jaime Hayes

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Simple Couscous Salad

If you’re tired of serving the same old side dishes and are looking for something quick and easy this simple couscous salad is perfect!  This salad can be prepared ahead of time and can be served warm or cold.  I make up a double batch for the kids lunches and quick work meals.  Be creative with your couscous salad by adding cooked chicken, legumes and other veggies of your choice.  I just prep it all on a Sunday distribute it into containers and BOOM lunch meals for the whole weeks all you have to do is grab it and go.


  • 1 1/2 Cups of Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup of Couscous
  • 1/4 Cup of President’s Choice (PC) Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Green Onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Bring broth to a boil.  Once boiling turn off the heat and add the couscous.  Stir it and put the lid on.  Let stand for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile juice the lemon, chop the green onions and parsley.  Set aside.

Once couscous is ready fluff with a fork and place into a medium bowl.  Add the roasted garlic oil, lemon juice, parsley, green onion, salt and pepper.  Mix it all together and that’s it!!

Spoon onto a plate and enjoy!!


Picture Taken By: Jaime Hayes

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