Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hello 2015!!

2015 Resolutions for Western Homestead! 

1} PLAN ~ having my first year of blogging behind me the one thing I have learned is that details matter!! From this point forward I will be ahead of the game with blog planning from material, outfits, and especially the photography! I'm ready to gain some followers in the year to come! 

2} CREATE ~ I will spend more time this year doing what I love! I will draw, paint, write down what inspires me and make it come to life! Whether that be in a painting or an actual outfit. 

3} FREE TO BE ME ~ since motherhood I have put my personal style on the back burner. I have always been indentified in life for my style it's time to take back what was once mine and rock it I want to inspire women to be who they want to be I love looking good no matter if it's date night or I'm feeding cattle 

4} MAKE HUSBAND TIME ~ I get so caught up in being the so called perfect mother that I let the love of my life slip away. I'm booking our first ever vacation together to Sante Fe next week. Yes, we've been together for 6 years and never had a vacation. I'm so excited! 

5} LIVE ~ this year I will not sit back and say what if! I'm jumping in! This is the life the Lord has blessed me with and I'm going to live it to the fullest for His glory! 

Happy 2015! May your year be full of blessings and happiness! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Hairtine!

Welcome to Trendy Tuesday! This is my brand new blogging series on the latest trends in the fashion and beauty world. Each week I will bring you new looks, tips, and tricks! Today we're kicking it off with my weekly hair routine. I know with being a mom or maybe even not being a mom sometimes hair is the last thing on our minds.

Being a new mom to two children ages two and under you can only imagine how I have neglected my hair the past few months. I finally got into my fabulous stylist { my mama } this past week. I was more than ready for a big change. I haven't colored my hair since Taos was a newborn. Four months of no chemicals was a wonderful vacation for my tresses. I decided on a rich plum color. I only use the Framesi Ecletic color line on my hair. This line is a Demi permanent, which means it is not permanent. It is great to use on chemically treated hair. I love this line because unlike other demis, there is no darkening or fading. After each application my hair is left with wonderful shine and softness. As a hairdresser I only use this line and their permanent line on all my clients in the salon.
As far as my weekly hair regiment goes, I only shampoo my hair once a week. I can only imagine what is going through your mind right now. That's so gross! The natural oils your body produce are healthier than any hair product you can use. Dirty hair also works great for styling with braids, curls, or updos. I always ask my clients when doing prom or wedding hair to please come with dirty hair. With a good dry shampoo you can always buy a day or two in between shampoos. My favorite dry shampoo is by Bed Head Oh Bee Hive. Not only does it absorb the oil it also acts as a root lifter making it easy to do fun hairstyles when you're ready for a change. 

My favorite shampoo right now is from the Bed Head Urban Antidotes collection. I have done my fair share of damage to my hair and this collection provides recovery for your hair at three different levels. I use the second level, Recovery. This helps moisturizers  my dyed, fried locks. 

My blow out routine is super simple! I lightly towel dry my hair then spray Framesi's Primer 11 sparingly  throughout my hair. This is a wonderful  leave in conditioner that locks in your color, adds shine, repairs damage,and detangles   just to name a few perks. I use a medium sized round brush focusing on keeping my hair smooth. After running my flat iron over my hair I polish my locks off with Framesi's slush gloss. This adds extra shine and controls frizz and split ends. And there you go, I'm good for the week!

Happy hair days!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Switch House Branding 2014 in the Kitchen

Hello sweet friends! What a week it has been. I'm overdue on blogging for the week so this one is gonna be a ride! This week we have had our annual branding. So as a rancher's wife my line of work for the week is in the kitchen. I've spent the whole week entertaining two small cowbabies along with cooking three meals a day for 11 men! That in itself is a task. It has been a great week of hard work, laughter, and catching up with friends.

Monday I made Pepperjack Ranch burgers. I kept it super simple as this was my first time with two mobile children cooking for the crew. Sam's Club is a complete life saver for the busy Momma and cook. I bought ground sirloin beef burgers. All I had to do was sprinkle them with Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning and cook them up. I topped them off with Pepperjack cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions. I also did French fries and brownies with ice cream. 

Tuesday I made chicken and beef fajitas with refried beans and homemade Spanish rice. I buy the fajita meat and season it with our favorite El Venado Red Fajita  Seasoning. I have never made my own rice, but this week I forced myself to learn. 

I started by heating the oil and adding in the onion. I let it cook for about five minutes until the onions were tender. Then I added in my rice, and when I began to brown I added in the chicken broth and salsa. I stirred it until throughly mixed and was warm. Easy as that!

Wednesday I treated myself to a super easy day of roast. I put two five pound roast in both crockpots along with potatoes, carrots, celery, and enough water to cover most of the roast  and let slow cook for about 6 hours. I used Cameron's favorite Kenny's All Purpose Seasoning Cajun. Amazingly they only ate one of the roast so I already had dinner. It was even better as dinner. The meat was super tender, it would just fall right off your fork. 

I have some more recipes I would love to share with yall from the week, but that'll be the next blog!! I have an amazing home made Old Fashion Donut recipes that the guys went crazy over Tuesday morning for breakfast! For now it's time for me to tackle the mound of dirty dishes in both sides of the sink and finish rocking this restless baby in my lap. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cowboy's Christmas Wishlist

This lil housewife conducted a super quick interview with the hubs over coffee this morning. So if you have a cowboy to buy for you on your list, well I'll just say this list might be a little helpful. 

1} a roll of snuff This just ensures happiness on not only his part but the entire family's. If you have a dipper in your household you completely understand why. 

2} Yeti Rambler Tumbler These are amazing! They keep what's hot HOT and ice for a day. This is perfect to send them out the door to feed. Get Here!

3} Plainsmans Work Gloves Cameron goes through gloves like crazy. These are pretty inexpensive and good quality. Get Here!

4} Cowboy Honor jeans Cameron loves these jeans and they're made for the working cowboy! Get Here!

5} wild rags 

6} Will James books Get Here!

7} handmade boots

8} iTunes card

9} Mexican candy

10} new saddle from Oliver's Saddle Shop Get Here!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

You Are Worthy Momma!

This last week I was gifted some early Christmas money. I was so excited to have a little extra cash to get the kids some new winter clothes. They both are growing like crazy and have outgrown everything warm. Then God sent me a friendly reminder through my favorite devotion Mom's Night Out by Kerri Pomarolli. This is an excellent book and highly recommend it if you're looking for a new devotional with tons of laughs! 

Kerri talks about how her fancy well put together sister in law { we all have them! } bought her a brand new Coach purse for her birthday. Her first thought was how much cash can I get for this thing?! I am so guilty of this as well. She thought that she could get a few cheap purses and sweaters from Mardhall after she sold it on EBay.  She refers to herself as the "queen of garage sells." I myself can totally relate as the queen of thrifting and Target. 

Before she made her decision she used her shiny new Coach purse at the family Thanksgiving. She suddenly noticed a spring in her step and some happiness. We as mothers tend to give ourselves guilt trips when we pamper ourselves to a rare treat. We should embrace the blessings other want to give us and realize we are worthy of them. That's how our Heavenly Father sees us. We are not an item on the dollar table at the thrift store. We are fearfully and beautifully made in His own image. We need to understand that it is okay to treat ourselves every now and then without feeling guilty God wants us to feel cherished. 

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 
   ~ Psalam 139:14 

So in closing I took heed to this devotion and chose to use the money that was gifted to me on two new Consuela bags I've had my eye on at the local Cavender's for a couple weeks and my first pedicure since Taos was born. I found that I took a little pride and pleasure in my appearance to go teach my sweet two year olds Sunday morning sporting my new bag with my Bible and lesson inside. And did I mention it felt wonderful to soak my toes and have them rubbed while I happily closed my eyes and enjoyed the silence! Go ahead Momma and indulge! You deserve it! It's almost like a mini vacation when you partake in a rare surprise! 

I leave you with two questions that were included in my devotion. 

1} What is your one splurge item you'd buy for yourself if money was no object?

2} Have you ever gotten a gift so fancy you thought you didn't deserve it? What did you do? Would you have done it differently today? 

Dear God, Help me to see myself as You see me: shiny, new, and beautiful, even on days when I feel haggard, tired, and completely spent. Help me to realize how much You value me just for who I am no matter what I do. Thank You for allowing me the grace to treat myself to something special and not feel guilty about it. Amen. 

Happy Wednesday!! Hooray for my dryer getting fixed today, so I can tackle the small mountain of laundry that has been staring at me the past week! Oh and got the cuties posed and snapped for our Christmas card this morning!!  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

10 Awesome Things About December

This morning I'm linking up with the Love The Here and Now Blog to share some of my favorite things about this month! Who doesn't love December?

1} I love celebrating the birth of my Savior! It's very important to me because without His birth the cross wouldn't have the same meaning. Thankful for my salvation! 

2} Baking!! I have always loved to bake, but this year I'm broadening my horizons with the decision of making fudge and my grandmother's Apple sauce cake and ginger snaps for friends and family this Christmas. 

3} This month is our annual branding. We have a big crew that comes to stay a week long with us. The week is full of cooking for me and nothing but hot branding fire for the men. This is one of my most favorite parts of our ranching lifestyle. 

4} I love all the lights! Pecos has bee begging to go see the lights since Thanksgiving night. There are a few hot spots we always hit every Christmas. We also go to the Fantasy of Lights at Midwestern State University and there's a house just up the road that has music to their light show. 

5} Family time! I love that this time a year gives us an excuse to get away from the daily grind and go visit Cameron's family. With Cameron's line of work it isn't easy to get away to go visit. 

6} Everyone you bump into this time of year seems to have a Christmas glow. People are more friendly and cheerful than any other time of year. It helps my faith in humanity. 

7} Victoria Secret Fashion Show!!! Yes, I'm so ready for December 9th!! I watch every year and feel completely fat. But who cares! I love to see the creativity of these super talented designers and see the beautiful girls have fun! 

8} The sheer excitement of giving! I love to see the look on friend's and family's faces when they open their gifts. 

9} Coffee and a warm fire!! 

10} Snuggle time with the family!! It's always nice { even thought some of you hate it } that it gets dark at 5:30. That means Cameron is done with work and there's actually time for a sit down family dinner and time to spend with him after I get the kids bathed and to bed. 

What are your favorite things about this month? Join the link up! 

Christmas 2013 { can't wait to get a new picture of all FOUR of us! } 

Love the Here and Now

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

15 Things I'm Thankful for this Thanksgiving

1} my salvation in Jesus Christ and by His blood my sins are forgiven and I'm assured a mansion on the streets of gold 

2} my wonderful incredibly handsome and hard working husband he works hard so I can stay home with the sweets

3} my babies Pecos Jane and Taos Ray I don't care how many times people told me I was crazy while I was pregnant with Taos they are 19 months apart and it's challenging at times but I'm so glad they're close in age their love for each other  is the most precious thing on this earth 

4} ranching it's the absolute best way of life there is out there as a child I was taught how to work hard and take care of business America could learn a thing or two from this lifestyle 

5} my nieces and nephews I love them like their my own children I would take each one of them in a heartbeat 

6} donuts I love em they are always my favorite treat no matter the occasion or time of day with sprinkles 

7} jewelry even if I am a stay at home mom you can usually find me at least a couple of bracelets daily sometimes it just feels good to accessorize!

8} the sweet family I married into I love them so much Cameron's family has always been so accepting and loving toward me I'm truly blessed 

9} my bed and nap time especially when all my house work is done and I can sneak a Momma nap in

10} being a stay at home mom I'm so happy I get to experience each first with my babies 

11} a positive attitude...I have most of the time but I pray to have one all the time!

12} my Fabulash that gives me amazingly long thick lashes!

13} bright colored lipstick my signature is red but I love to stray to a fun pink or orange 

14} music I don't know what I would do without it I love all kinds and when I say that I mean my listening ranges from Johnny Cash to Edward Sharpe 

15} I'm thankful for my blog and my readers this helps me out from day to day it's nice to share my thoughts and feelings with you and thank you so much for reading 

I hope y'all enjoy time with your family this Thanksgiving! What are some things y'all are thankful for? 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Five Forks Tea House

Today Pecos Jane and I had a little date....well I guess you could call it that! We attended a funeral of a family friend while sick daddy and sleeping bubba stayed home. We shared our date with our big buddy Sebastian! He's a pretty special guy to me. He taught me how to tie my shoes and ride a horse. After the funeral we went and ate lunch at a super cute new place in our hometown called Five Forks Tea House. I love everything about this place! The food { cooked by my super talented mama } and decor { also by my mama and talented owner Judy Miller } are wonderful!! 

The back wall is my favorite! It is so eclectic ranging from deer sheds to elegant silver platters. Not to mention those chandeliers! The steel blue wall color just pulls it all together. 

As far as food we ordered the grilled chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun with homemade macaroni and cheese along with the chicken tortilla soup. The portions are just the right size to fill you up. Sebastian even ordered the grilledchicken  sandwich to go for his dinner. For desert Pecos and I ordered salted caramel cupcakes { um to die for made by Kelsee Newton } and cheesecake with gorgeous eatable flowers garnished on the top. 

The service was super quick and friendly! Everything was absolutely perfect and I do believe we will be visiting very often. It is a cool drink of water to our town. Living in a small town there aren't very many places to choose from to dine at and especially that offer such a beautiful and unique atmosphere. If you're ever passing through Archer City you have to stop by even if it's for a quick cup of tea and cupcake! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Four Days to a Tidy Holiday Ready Home

If you're anything like me you're constantly juggling the small minions and trying to keep a tidy oasis like home for your hard working man. I fail daily at this, BUT I have devised myself a plan to get in a better routine. Also we are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time. We are having my mom, sister and her hubby, and inviting a few of the brave men and women who serve our country from Shepard Air Force Base. I want to have a spic and span home so everyone can come and enjoy themselves. 

It seems I always have the one to two hour window { nap time } to get my housework done. Most days lately with the little man not sleeping I've snuck a nap along with them. This next week is crunch time! 

I have always tried to fit all my housework into one day and it just doesn't work for me. I've broke the house down by rooms into four days. Of course there are things I do on a daily basis. Here we go!!

I hope you find my cleaning schedule helpful for not only getting your home holiday ready, but on a week to week basis! 

What are some of y'all's most unfavorite household chores?! One of my many is laundry!! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

Welcome to the next stop on the Tour through Blogland!!! I'm Jordan Finney here at Western Homestead. I'm a cowboy's wife, momma to two sweets, Jesus lover, cook for the Cowboys, and that's just a few of my titles! I'm so excited to be a part of the fun!! 

What am I working on right now?
Right now I'm planning to host our family Thanksgiving for the very first time! I'm constantly searching Pinterest for great recipes. I'm in charge of the sweet potatoe casserole, pies, mashed potatoes, and cranberries. You can find all the great recipes, table arrangements, and kids crafts for the big day on my Pinterest on my board "Hosting the First Finney Thanksgiving." I also am working on getting my house decorated for our first Christmas as a family of four in an actual house. We are picking traditions to enjoy as a family together from Christmas to Christmas each year.  You can find some Christmas DYIs on my blog along with today's blog about what new tradition we are trying this year! Branding is also coming up in a few short weeks. I've got to find lunch and dinner recipes to feed a whole crew of hard working men for 7-10 days. 

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Well I'm a stay at home momma who plays the part time role of a hairdresser and full time homemaker. I take care of not only my children and home, but multiple times a year I cook for Cowboys that come to help work cattle on our family ranch. My entries can range from funny momma moments, recipes, birthday parties, holidays, DYIs, and so forth. I love that I don't center my blog on one thing entirely. If you know me you know that I'm always flying by the seat of my pants and love life that way! I love excitement and new adventures but at the same time I'm super old fashioned. I'm not really sure how that works out, but that's just me! 

Why do I write?
Being a full time stay at home mom and living five miles down a dirt road we don't exactly have people lined up for a play date with us, so I find blogging allows me to reach out to other Mommas. I enjoy following fellow Mommas and having a laugh or two at our crazy children moments, mommy Pinterest fails, and this crazy life in general. I love the moms I have met so far and look forward to reaching out to more!! We are in all in this crazy club called motherhood together!!

How does my creative process work?
Like I said I always fly by the seat of my pants. I'm usually driving down the road or putting the kids down for a nap and I get an epiphany and I start typing frantically. I write about what is laying on my heart or something I saw that I want to share with others!