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  • hi. i'm kristy marie. mom to 3. photographer. graphic designer. baker. cook. foodie. business enthusiast. wife. friend. sister. runner. yogi. barre girl. beach girl. piano & guitar girl. singer. traveler. and my favorite part of the day is sunset. i love the sky. this is my space to express my work, share funnies about my kids & life. and meet new people. i love comments. i love color. i love phone calls. i would love to help you with your photo + design needs. let's meet.

whole wheat pancakes

This is a family recipe (hopefully you don’t care, right Mom?)  These pancakes are not only very healthy and filling for yours and your littles tummies, but taste soo soo good.

Blend in your Vitamix:

1 cup milk (I use skim or soy or any kind of milk will do, almond or coconut would be fabulous!)

1 cup soft whole wheat berries (these can be tough to find!  So your best bet is amazon)

Blend this for 2-3 minutes, then add another 1/2 cup of milk and blend again 2-3 more minutes…  you want it pretty smooth or less time if you want a more crunchy taste (I’ve done that too and it’s still yummy)

Add 1 egg, 1/2 cup oil (this you can substitute for healthier options, e.i. 2 mashed bananas + 1/4 cup oil)

Add 2 tsp sugar or stevia, 1 tsp salt, 3 tsp. baking powder

Blend up and bake on a hot grill.

You can mix in blueberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, chopped almonds, even flax seed to help get your omega-3’s…

I’ve topped them with anything ranging from pure maple syrup, jams, almond or peanut butter, or just butter and a touch of sprinkled powdered sugar.

The great thing about these pancakes is that you will stay full all morning without feeling snacky…  They are so great for kids.  Mine love these and ask for them often.  They make a great dinner too.




I’m obsessed with spaghetti squash lately and can’t seem to get enough.  I am also a lover of Trader Joe’s and am known to pick up every ingredient they sell at their demo stand!  This was one of those… I doctored it up to get my spaghetti squash fix and added some yummies to it.

Tis the season for spaghetti squash and Costco has it in a 2 pack for around $4.


First start with a half, scoop out the seeds and flip over.  Pour about 1/4 cup of water onto your plate and cover with saran wrap.  Microwave for 10-15 minutes depending on your microwave.

While that is cooking, brown 1 lb ground turkey & chopped onion (about 2/3 cup).


I season all my meat with these 2 lately… best combo!  (again, TJ’s doesn’t disappoint)


When the meat is cooked, throw in half a bag of frozen corn (I like the roasted kind from TJ’s), one jar of salsa (I  used the roasted garlic one from TJ’s), one can of black beans, one can of green chili peppers, & simmer for about 5-8 minutes.


While this is simmering, take your cooked spaghetti squash and layer the bottom of a 9×13 pan.


Next, pour over the squash your turkey/bean/corn mixture.  Then add my favorite enchilada sauce… pour entire bottle over the top!


Now for the yummy cornbread topping… According to the box recipe, make one box of cornbread… pour the mixture over the top.  Sprinkle some cheese and southwest seasoning and you’re ready to bake.


Throw this baby into the oven heated to 350 and bake for about 25-35 minutes or until the cornbread is cooked through.


Now, enjoy.




I think it’s taken me a long time to post anything because it was so difficult to leave our home and move so so far away.  Every time I would look at these pictures, I would get sad and many times break down and cry!  I have tried to edit a lot of what I want to post, and because it was really emotional for me, I had a hard time doing it.  Moving is always a hard adjustment.  I lived in California for 10 years, Mark for 13.  That is home to us.  It was were we met, were we started our lives together and had all of our kids.  While it was hard to leave behind my good friends, it was even harder to see my children part with the friends they had known all their lives.  Friends they had grown up with, even for only a few years.  Those friendships make the biggest impacts, I think!  I certainly remember my friends from when I was a kid and I’m happy to have facebook and the world wide web to keep us all connected.  I must be the most sentimental person.  I even have a hard time changing cars.  I cry with every move even ones just up the street.  When we left Red Rail Lane and literally moved around the corner, I cried and cried.  Even when I would pass by it, I would get so sad looking at that sweet little starter home, where I had brought all 3 of my little babes home from the hospital to and I would be so sad thinking of all the memories we had there and the sweet neighbors, like Cristy & Laura, I would miss seeing every day.  So, if moving up the street was hard, imagine across the whole country!!  Leaving for the airport on July 23rd, 2012, I looked around at my sweet home established in May of 2002 when I was a bright eyed college grad bound to see the world, 25 years old and couldn’t wait to leave my small town behind, and I felt so much sadness, it was hard to contain myself as we traveled to the airport.  I was quite the mess.  When we arrived in Georgia, I was met by my sweetest and most dear friend, Erica, who has now become like a sister to me.  I can’t imagine life here without her.  She greeted my little family with cupcakes and love.  She has shown me the ropes around these “new parts” and been such an important part of our lives.  We feel so blessed to have her and her sweet family close by.

When I first moved to Ladera, I met this wonderful and amazing girl, Suzanne.  She had the cutest little boy (Luke) and a baby on the way (Olivia), and I absolutely knew we would be lifelong friends.  She was there when each of my kids were born, at the hospital to visit me all 3 times.  She brought me countless meals, and watched my kids countless times.  We could talk for hours and every time we had to stop, it never felt like we scratched the surface of our conversation!  We could walk around the mall for hours, sit at McDonald’s or the park with our kids for hours, if we went to Sea World, and drove separate cars, we talked on the phone the entire way there and back, and every time, couldn’t ever seem to “wrap up” the chit chat.  In this stage of my life, the Lord blessed this beautiful sister for me, the most amazing and truest friend I could’ve asked for.  She is always constant, never changes, and I love that about her.  I am heartbroken when I think about her and her family and leaving them behind.  When I went to visit CA last month, we spent every day together (of course it wasn’t enough!) and we picked up right where we left off our friendship.  It was as if time stood still for the past 7 months.  I am beyond grateful to her.  She has been my best friend, my sister, and I love her to pieces!!  I know that no matter where we live, we will always make time and reasons to visit each other.

This night with Suzanne, Tara, and Brittany was probably my favorite night.  They gave me a gift basket of things that reminded them of me… Of course it had Diet Pepsi, and Cherry poptarts,and Nibbs in it!  They all know me so well.  We laughed, and we cried, and I felt so loved by each of them.  When I think of my fondest memories in Ladera, it includes these 3 wonderful friends and their darling children.


We loved having passes to Disneyland.  It was always such a fun getaway, and I felt like while my kids were so little and {free} I had to take advantage of it!  This was our last time there before the move, with my most dear friend, Tara and her sweetest little boy, Cruz, who I love to pieces!  He is my little boyfriend, and when you ask him that question, “are you my boyfriend?”  He smiles big and says, “yessss” – soo cute!!  Tara is such a true and loyal friend, the best friend anyone could ask for! And I love that no matter how far apart we are, she will always be there.  She has cared for me as no other friend has.  Her love is felt from miles away and I get overwhelmed with feeling grateful for her when I get her sweet texts or voicemails.  She is my biggest fan, I think!  And I love that about her.  She inspires me to be a better mom and to be strong in spite of trials.  My younger brother Kory moved in with us, post-bad-breakup, and it was awesome to have him around!  This was his first time to Disneyland and not being a fight-the-crowds-and-cranky-kid-kind-a-guy, he might not ever go back, haha!  But my kids sure loved having him around… he was very loved and mauled by my 3 crazies and while he acted annoyed, I know he secretly loved it.


Lots of “lasts”… Last birthday celebrations with amazing friends.  I always feel so overwhelmed by the friendships I have from here.  This beauty, Brittany, is one of those.  She has been there for me through thick and thin.  She is a constant in my life and my “voice of reason” as I always tell her.  She gives the best advice and always seems to point me in the right direction.  She is a leader and one of the most trustworthy and supportive friends, anyone could ever have.  I consider myself so so very fortunate to call her one of my bests.

 One of the hardest part about leaving was the new friendships I had made.  I felt so cheated that we got so little time!!  I LOVED getting to know Candace of Candace Brooke Photography – She is awesome in so many ways!!  She reached out to me as a second shooter at this wedding, and it was probably, hands down, the funnest day of shooting ever.  I LOVED our chats, laughs, and so so many commonalities.  It was an instant friendship and it was so hard to leave when I felt it was all just beginning.  But, that’s the great thing about these types of friendships, we will continue right where we left off when I see her again!

Another sad and heartbreaking good-bye was with all my kids’ friends.  Nicole of Me Oh My has been one of my dearest friends since I first moved to Ladera Ranch.  My first memory of her is sitting behind her at church and wanting her beautiful wavy blonde hair!  She later was assigned to my dinner group and brought the yummiest green bean dish and I knew from that moment, we would be lifelong friends.  Through the years, we have taught one another photoshop and design tips, and shared so many great times.  She is one of the sweetest and most compassionate friends and I’m dearly grateful to have a friends like her.  Our sweet little girls are only 2 months apart and became the most darling little friends.  I loved watching them grow up together.  It was so sad to see my kids part with these sweet friendships.

I was thrilled to spend the 4th of July in Ladera our last summer there.  In the past 10 years, we have spent nearly every year in Idaho over the 4th, which I absolutely love and we have so many fun memories.  I was so happy to run the Freedom Run 10K with my cute Ragnar friends, and train the weeks leading up to the race with Rowan to run his very first 1K.  I think this boy is going to love track and field!  He is a great little runner and I am so proud that he can keep a 10 minute mile pace for 2 miles with me!  I love that this will something we can do together as he gets older.  I hope my girls will enjoy running too.  When I first moved here, I didn’t know where to run.  The running isn’t as easy as Ladera, where it’s right out of your door…  There are no sidewalks here and lots of country roads with very small shoulders to run on!  I didn’t know where to go or who to go with, as I love to run with friends!  So, I stopped and spent my time settling into our house and getting the kids settled and I was just so sad still.  I was just feeling so homesick and longing for my familiarities I left behind in CA.  That was when I talked to my friend Jessica.  She is a childhood friend from Idaho that I grew up with, her mom was my piano teacher for 10 years!  It was such a sweet and wonderful surprise when she moved to Ladera 2 years before we moved here.  She gave me some truly great advice and insight.  She told me that like her, I was someone who planted deep roots and that I needed to get up and plant some roots!!  It took a few months, but I took her advice and did my best to plant some roots in Georgia.  It’s now been 6 months since we moved back to CA, and I realize how much I’ve changed and how grateful I am for the year I spent in Georgia for it helped me to grow and mature in so many ways.  We are now living in Laguna Beach and I will be doing a lot of back and forth with this blog, so bear with me as I bounce around the years!!

(in an attempt to document our lives through pictures… because my 4 hard drives full of pictures deserves something, don’t you think?? 😉