Hello! Welcome to my blog, my name is Tawnya. I'm a
Mommy to 3 little ones, a lucky wife to the Man of my dreams. I am a Cosmetologist, Crafter, Photographer and a stay at home Mom. My blog is simply about everything I love from, decorating, DIY, recipes, beauty, hair, camping, kids you name it. I love life and hope my blog can uplift and inspire many. Thanks for stopping by and come back often so you wont miss a thing!

March 7, 2018

Parmesan Crusted Chicken


This was  a big hit at our house. The best part is it was super simple to make! This Parmesan Crusted Chicken is what you should make for dinner tonight. Here is how you make it.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken
1 cup Best Foods Mayo
1/2 cup of cheese (Parmesan is the better choice but you can use Mexican blend as well)
Italian Bread crumbs
4 chicken breasts cut down the middle
Green onion to garnish
Bake at 425* for 25-30 mins
First you want to mix the Mayo and cheese together. Spread mixture all over the top of the chicken breasts in a 9x13 pan
Sprinkle bread crumbs on top
Bake at 425* for 25-30 mins
My kids and husband cleaned their plates with this dish. So delicious! I will be adding this to my keep pile in my recipes for sure. Enjoy!

February 28, 2018

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek pasta salad:
We love this recipe at my house! So healthy and yummy at the same time!
Supplies you need:
  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain well in a colander set in the sink.
Whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Set aside. Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, green and red peppers, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese in a large bowl. Pour vinaigrette over the pasta and mix together. Cover and chill for 3 hours before serving.
Serve to your family or guest! This is so Delish. We love it at my house. Enjoy

February 20, 2018

Pull Apart Appetizer

This was a BIG hit at our house super yummy! Very quick to make. Here is what you need:
  • 6 thawed dinner rolls cut into 4ths shape into balls set aside and let it double in size
  • 8oz refried beans mix 4 tsps of taco seasoning mix
  • 4oz of green chilies
  • 1/2 cup of Mexican cheese blend
  • 3 oz of green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Queso Fresco
  • 3 green onions chopped
Put all of the above ingredients in the center of the rolls in the order listed. Brush all the rolls with olive oil and sprinkle rolls with garlic salt.
Bake at 375* for 20 mins.

Put some diced tomatoes in the middle to garnish and DIG IN!!!20160207_154341

February 15, 2018

Family Valentines Day Dinner

Love day! We love Valentines Day at our house. We like to celebrate with the whole family as well as a couple on Valentines Day. Each year we have a Valentines Day dinner with our whole family. I try to keep most of the stuff red, pink or white. This is what we did this year.

Appetizer- Bread with tomato paste sprinkled with garlic salt followed by goat cheese topped off with dill. Put under broiler for about 4 mins or until a little crispy and cheese is melted. It is so easy and simple but yet so delicious.
Side dishes-  Green salad with cucumbers cut out as hearts and cheese cut out as xo's (CLICK HERE for cookie cutters I used) with a strawberry vinaigrette, strawberry banana jello.
Main dish- Spaghetti shaped on plates as a heart with sauce and sausage.
Drink- Raspberry Lemonade
Again this is something fun but it is simple as well and it makes for great memories each year with my kiddos. My kids also get a little chocolate Valentine we give them on their plates which they always look forward to.  You can do any version you like when it comes to this so have fun with it and enjoy ! :)

February 12, 2018

Shine Cosmetics Review

Hello! Today I want to share a bunch of new beauty products that I have been loving lately Shine Cosmetics. You all know that my blog is all about "Simply Everything I Love!" So I can not share this one with you :) I love getting and giving recommendations for things that I love and that I have a passion for. Here is my honest review after using these products for a full year.  All of their makeup is free of all the junk you don't want in your makeup. SCORE!
Lets get started! First off I love their sleek packaging and the colors they use (black, pink and silver).
Here is what some of the packaging and products look like:

I first tried the BB Cream....OMGosh let me tell you.....being a Cosmetologist and Makeup gal, THIS IS WHAT I HAD BEEN WANTING FOR IN A FOUNDATION FOREVER! I tried it and fell in LOVE within a few hours after application.
                                                           (nice natural "shine" glow)
 I went to a booth last year and tried on the BB cream and some lip-gloss on. I told the lady that I would have to wear it for a few hours to know if it was something I would love before I bought any and if my skin would have any reaction (I have super sensitive skin) Within those few hours after putting it all on I kept feeling my face and I couldn't believe that I didn't feel like I was wearing ANY foundation at all! It gave me such a nice natural glow with full coverage. I always hated foundation and how cakey it would feel on my face, and that my pores couldn't breath with it on. I always had a hard time finding the right color, either it would be too orange or yellow on me or it would feel to thick. I thought... THIS IS A GAME CHANGER! I am in my mid 30's and I needed to start wearing something to smooth out my complexion but, I hated every foundation I had used up to this point. I have tried them all at Ulta & Sephora and I was about to give up hope on all foundations. Shine Cosmetics came to the rescue and I am so happy I tried it. What does BB cream do for your skin?

I can be outside in the 100+ degree weather and it NEVER beads up or melts off my skin. It is super long lasting. Full coverage that feels velvety soft on your skin. This seriously gets the label of High Designer Quality but yet at an affordable price. SCORE!!
Next lets talk Lip Gloss!!! I'm a gloss girl I have lip gloss everywhere I go. Again a product I am super picky with. What was different from Shines Lip gloss then others that I have tried? Well, it is never sticky or tacky. It lasts on your lips longer than the typical glosses out there. When I first tried it my lips were dry. I couldn't help but keep rubbing my lips together with the Shine Lip gloss on! It made my lips feel like silk and so luscious. I'm a HUGE fan of their Lip gloss. Admired is my favorite color.
After I tried these two products I did a little research on the company. Not only did I just fall in love with these two products I tried, but when I found out what this company stood for and what their mission was all about! My goodness this was an amazing company with a powerful message to be shared. READ ABOUT THEIR STORY HERE

WOW! Right?! A company that is empowering women to see their own inner beauty without needing to feel like they need to be this way or that way to be beautiful. A company that doesn't have ANY sleaze or sex related names on ANY of their products. You may be thinking...."I don't have any sleazy or sex related names on any of your makeup" go pull out your makeup and see for yourselves. I didn't think I did either until I payed attention. Wow there are so many names out there I don't want to be supporting in the beauty industry. 

I have a daughter and knowing when she is old enough to wear makeup, she will have a company that has great products along with a powerful message for her to wear. It makes me excited! This makeup line is for all the young girls who dance, all the way up to us Mom's and Grandmothers. Makeup with a message, products with a purpose. How cool is that!

Then I got a few more products after the BB Cream and Lip Gloss. The next one I want to tell you about is the Eyeliner!  This one NEEDS to be in everyone of your makeup bags. Why?! NO more raccoon eyes ladies! It stays put ALL day. No running, smearing or smudging. You have 5 mins to apply it and work with it. Then when it is all set you can rub it go swimming and guess what?! It stays in place! These go on like butter. Super high pigment colors. One swipe application. You can watch this short video HERE to see what I mean...... you're welcome ;)  
Next I would like to tell you about their brow kits. If you do not fill in your brows, you need too. You don't realize how filling in your brows makes everything look lifted and more put together. If you haven't and you start doing it, it will take some getting use too. But don't ever underestimate the power of shaping your brows.  They have a light kit and a dark kit.

I hope you have all enjoyed my review and I hope you will give some of them a try. They have so many other amazing products you can't go wrong with any of them. These are just my top 4 I use every day. You can look at their website HERE Also if you use this Discount code: Tawnya10 at checkout you can save 10% off your whole order. It never expires and can be used unlimited times. They offer a 30 day money back guarantee but I promise you wont need it. Once you get your hands on this makeup you will LOVE it! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP. Have a fabulous day!

February 2, 2018

Cajun Sausage and Corn

Cajun Sausage and Corn over rice is so yummy! Super easy to cook and put together (my favorite way to cook) ;) I always like to sprinkle more Cajun seasoning after it is all cooked for more flavor. Add to your liking

1-2 Sausage links 
1-2 cans diced tomatoes
1 pkg of frozen peas and carrots
1 pkg of frozen corn
1 pkg of frozen green peppers
1 T garlic
2 T Cajun seasoning PLUS extra after cooked
Salt & Pepper
Serve over Rice
Head over to my Facebook page for a live video of step by step instructions 

February 1, 2018

Contour & Highlight

Contour and Highlighting can make all the difference in your application of your Make-up. A great way to do this is by contouring the parts of the face that you want to appear slimmer and highlight the places you want to accentuate. Remember this my dear: light colors (highlight) bring forward and dark colors (contour) recede.  

Here is how I like to put the highlight, blush and contour on my cheeks. It gives you a nice natural glow :)
The colors I love to use for these steps are:
Contour (CLICK HERE) color Power
Highlight (CLICK HERE) color Faith
Blush (CLICK HERE) color Enough
Here is a link to my youtube video of step by step :)