• Traveling and packing with kids

    I have tried many methods of packing for kids and keeping organized. What seems to work for me is that packing cubes and/or Ziploc bags are your best friend. I used Ziploc bags on our last trip but I have added a link to some awesome packing cubes here. I have two children and I don’t usually unpack the suitcase when we are staying in a hotel or vacation rental unless the clothing item needs to be hanged. I tend to iron most items that need ironing before folding them very neatly. I stack by outfit with socks and underwear…

  • Simply Salsa

    Chips, Salsa, and salsa music were a common theme in my home growing up. We always had a crowd at my parents home multiple times a week. We have a large family from cousins to aunts to uncles to friends that became family. My dad was an AC technician for many years. He would often go to factories for jobs. One particular job led him to a tomato plant. Let’s just say we had a lot of salsa. I mean he was blessed with cases of tomatoes! My mother’s salsa recipe was the inspiration for this simply salsa recipe. You…

  • Midnight Black Chocolate Brownies

    Dreaming of chocolate, dark chocolate, and indulgent black moist chocolatey brownies? Well these are it! This is the epitome of chocolate heaven. We really LOVE chocolate in the Sells house! Have you ever craved chocolate? Haha, that’s a joke, of course you have. Well, these brownies are not for the faint of heart. Get ready to dive into the chocolate wonderland of flavor that these brownies entail! This recipe is inspired by one ingredient: black cocoa powder. The color of these brownies is like an Oreo cookie – yes, a brownie that’s the color of an Oreo! Exciting, right? In…

  • A weekday in the life of Sandra 😊

    This is my weekday morning routine. The alarm sounds at 7 a.m. in my world and I hit snooze till 7:15 a.m. The rush of getting ready is usually due to me wanting to squeeze in as many winks as possible. I tell myself daily, “You wouldn’t have to rush if you just woke up by 7a.m.” I turn the shower on to warm it up, and then stumble to the restroom. With my shower done and the clock ticking, I quickly dry and get my clothes on.  I quickly moisturize my face, apply very basic 2 minute makeup for my…

  • Paleo Banana Pancakes

    This is a weekend must on our recipe list. You mean you can have your pancakes, eat them, and not feel guilty? Yes, absolutely! We love to eat the little low carb, paleo, pillowy wonders for breakfast. Our kids love these paleo banana pancakes just as much too! Breakfast in our house during the weekdays usually consists of a quick cup of coffee to go. Time is essential when trying to start your day, am I right? Haha! However for the weekends when we have more time to spare, this paleo banana pancake recipe is our tried and true. There’s…

  • Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    Who doesn’t have a love for cookies! They’re such a delicious part of life. Think about it, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, family gatherings, and more! Just like us, you probably have many varieties of cookies for many varieties of special occasions.  People have been making cookies since the seventh century. That’s right, over 1500 years of cookies!! That must be why people love them so much. At the Sells’ household, we’re no exception. This chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe has been a staple in our household since we’ve been married. Not only do they make their way into…

  • You get a car, you get a car, everybody is getting a caaarrrrr!!!

    These are a few of my favorite things! Remember the song and also the days of the Oprah show when the audience would be surprised with her Favorite Things episode around Christmas time and every audience member watched product reviews went home with every item like a car, Well, these are Sandra’s favorite things! Unfortunately, you won’t be winning a prize today but I wanted to share some items that make life a little bit more joyful for me. Prizes will be a part of our branding in the future for sure. 1. I am a bargain hunter at heart…

  • Coming out of quarantine!

    I asked Alexa, “What’s the weather today?” She said, ” 83 degrees with a low of 68 and sunny, Have a great day!” So with that information and no rain, this curly haired girl turned her flat iron on and straightened hair. Sometimes we just need information to move forward in making decisions. With the states recommendations we were going to see our church congregation tonight. With the state’s regulations laid out, churches were all coming out of quarantine. With social distancing in place we navigated through it, and, I must say a new congregation has been birthed. I spoke…

  • 2020 – Walk in the calling you’ve received!!

    The year 2020 started out seemingly normal. We all did a “chin-chin,” made our resolutions, prayed, and dreamed of the future. My husband, Kodi, always feels that every year brings a new word from God, and it consistently has. A couple years ago he felt God saying that we would experience a lot of change and basically every part of our life changed, from church, to family, close relationships, and having a new baby. The year after that, he felt the Lord saying the words “uncharted territory.” The nature of Kodi and myself is generally peaceful and pretty sensitive. We…