Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year and a Kinda New Me!

Hi Guys!

Happy New Year!!!!!!
It has been awhile, no??  So, 2016 was an intense year for me and my family, which might explain my severe lack of blogging.  Now that things have NOT settled down (ha-ha) but instead, I am becoming more settled and have somewhat of a routine established, I am ready to get back!

First, let me paint a picture...Exactly one year ago, my husband had just started working his own business full time.  Why?  Wellllll, he was laid off from his job of 13 years at the very end of 2015, right before Christmas.  This SUCKED.  We had never been so scared for our future.  It truly felt like our world was turned upside down and all I could think about was our kids futures.  I was 5 months pregnant with our third baby and a stay at home mom with a few passion projects, like this blog and my freelance blogging for other websites.  What I did have was my side business with the skincare giant, Rodan + Fields.  You may have heard of them, we are the second largest premium skincare brand in the country and are just owning the anti-aging landscape.  I joined this company mid 2015 to make extra money for my family while still being able to work from home and be with my kids.  My husband and I had pretty much lived paycheck to paycheck since I quit my job to be a stay at home mom and I was hoping to make some wiggle room for us. What I didn't know when I joined the company was that this little "side-gig" was going to take on a lot bigger role just a few months later.  When my husband was laid off, I threw myself into working my business to do everything I could to ensure my kids had food on their plate and protect them from knowing exactly what my husband and I were dealing with.

By the grace of God, pure luck or however you want to look at it, my husband had also started a side business a few months prior to being laid off.  It was doing well but as with any new business it takes time to build.  We had to make some tough and scary decisions.  Was he going to look for a similar job or risk it all and put everything we had into his new business?  We decided that with my Rodan + Fields income and some financial help of from wonderful family members, we were going to use our savings and his entire severance package and do the damn thing, ie. throw himself into his new business and make it happen.

And now, a year later we could not be more grateful and thankful that we listened to our gut, took a GIANT leap of faith and just went for it.  Not just once with my husbands business, but twice with my skincare business.  It was not and is not easy.  There is always something to do and something to be stressed about it.  But it is SO worth it.  He is happier and more confident than he ever has been and we have been able to spend so much time as a family together.  I am able to bring additional income in for us and have something that I can call my own and build a legit business.  We welcomed our third baby girl in May of 2016 and we feel so blessed to have another healthy child.  We are all so busy but life is good and we are eternally thankful for all of our trials, lessons and blessings 2016 gave us.

OK, so why am I telling you guys the worlds longest story??  My whole point of this very long-winded post is to explain where I have been the past year.  Sh*t got real over here and I had to take a step back from food and recipe blogging to focus on stuff that was paying the bills.  Like helping my husband with his business and building my Rodan + Fields biz.  But, the baby is 7 months now (how??) and I'm seeing some extra time here and there for some more recipes.  And maybe some other posts too.

Anyways, hope you guys still want to see my life in food with some baby/ kid/ husband/ family/ business stuff thrown in.  Oh and not to mention we just got a new puppy.  Because why not add to the crazy??  I'll be starting a clean eating challenge on January 16th because this 15 pounds of left over baby weight has got to go and I seriously need to get back to cutting down on carbs and sugar.  So, I will be posting pics and quick recipes throughout that too.  Be sure to follow along at Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat (username is cooklikeitseasy).  And if you have any questions for me about Rodan + Fields, drop me an email here, absolutely no pressure just the details and info.

If you're still reading this, THANK YOU!  And I can't wait to get back into the swing of things and always feel free to reach out to me with any comments, questions or recipe requests.  I love it all!  Wishing you all a happy and healthy year!  xoxo