Lovin this Lip Gloss

Let me tell you about what I believe is one of the best lip glosses out there.

IMG_2465Moisture Shine Gloss by Neutrogena

It is great to wear alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. This gloss coats your lips, so they are protected from getting chapped and doesn’t give you that gooey feeling on your lips that other glosses do. You can find it in your drug store make-up section for around $10 each.  They come in about six different shades, but my favorite are Vita Plum & Potent Plum.  They are definitely coming in real handy this winter season!

XOXO

Jill

Super Easy Turkey Taco Soup

I found this soup on allrecipes.com, which is a great website to find and try out new recipes. I changed it up a bit and it quickly became a family favorite.

Here’s what you will need.

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– 1 lb ground turkey

– 32 ounces chicken broth

– 1 jar of mild chunky salsa

– 1 can of pinto beans drained and rinsed

–  3 ears of fresh corn cut off the cob

–  handful bunch of chopped cilantro

– 1 avocado chopped

– small tub of sour cream

– bag of tortilla chips

– salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

Directions:

– Brown up ground turkey and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

– Add chicken broth, salsa, beans, corn, cilantro and stir all together.

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– Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 mins slightly covered, stirring occasionally.

-You can top it with whatever you like. I like avocado, sour cream and tortilla chips.

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ENJOY!!!

xoxo

Jill

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It has to start with Jeff

My first blog entry is about the person who is my inspiration for the blog and also where I got the name for it.  Jeff was a truly special, one of a kind man, who I was blessed to have as a cousin and friend. He welcomed everyone in and had this ability to make you feel special and important. He was just that person that everyone wanted to be around! One of my favorite things about him was his love for life and how he enjoyed living it everyday.  

photo Thats why 4 years ago when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. How could it be?  He was an athlete from the age of 5 and never smoked a day in his life.  He just did a triathlon with my husband a year ago. Not Jeff!! We couldn’t loose Jeff!! This couldn’t be happening!!  But it was and over the next three years, Jeff fought the fight of his life. Surgeries, Chemo, Radiation, more Surgeries, more Chemo, Highs, Lows and even with all he was going through he still had this light that shined through him and drew you in. He continued to live life and do his best to enjoy everyday. In August of 2013 the doctors told Jeff that there was nothing else they could do and he would have to start thinking about looking into the care he would need to live out his final days comfortably.  Jeff just wanted to go home, where for the next three weeks he spent each day with his wonderful wife Jodi and his two amazing kids by his side hosting visitor after visitor.  The house was non-stop and he welcomed everyone in with a hug and a smile.  One afternoon my husband and I were sitting on the couch with him and in true Jeff fashion he wanted to know everything that was going on with us and the kids. We chatted about things that seemed important but now seem trivial and Jeff listened to every word and said “You never know where your life is going to take you, so you just have to enjoy it and learn to Just Roll With It”

1237911_631136470240678_1980089882_nPicture taken by Jodi from that afternoon.

Two weeks later Jeff would be gone and I would find out that I was going to be a mother again. I will never be able to thank him enough for that advice he gave me that day.  The lesson it taught me is something I will cherish always.  Life is way to important to get hung up on nonsense. It is precious and meant to be enjoyed, so do your best to remember that and to Just Roll With It.

xoxo

Jill

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