"Be Original"

    “It’s better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”                                                       -Herman Melville 

 

To be inspired by someone is how the world has worked since the beginning of time. A person see’s something they can see themselves wearing, or painting, or doing and then do their version of it. Inspiration can drive hearts and souls to do many great things but it can also veer people to be a “follower”. 

 

My irritation PEAKS when I see girls that look like they all went shopping and bought the exact same outfit in different colors and then decide to wear matching outfits every time they go somewhere. 

 

BE ORIGINAL.... BE YOU. 

Being best friends obviously means you have things in common, rather its similar style or the same hobby… but you have to set yourself apart and find the beauty in yourself. Don’t be scared to stand up for wanting to be “different”. Dig into yourself and write the things down that you want to stand for. Write down what makes you different and why. Find the little ways to make yourself be that person and live it. 

“ Always be a FIRST rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else” 

-Judy Garland

 

“They can Imitate your style, but they can’t imitate your creativity” 

 

“Dont be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.”

 

“You can copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy,  it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music”   - Billie Holiday 

 

“One thing about following people and copying what they do, you will always be one step behind”

Dog Park Adventures Part 1

Hey All! Janzen Here! 

So I loaded my boys up and we went on an adventure to the Patsy Hook Dog Park here in Weatherford. 

The ground was wet, and there were no other pets around to bother my two buds! Which they loved. 

Mouse! He was so excited that some one had forgotten their tennis balls. 

Mouse! He was so excited that some one had forgotten their tennis balls. 

I mean like REALLY happy!

I mean like REALLY happy!

Howdy is to much of a model. He said just let me pose for you so that you get my good side.

Howdy is to much of a model. He said just let me pose for you so that you get my good side.

They were reluctant to leave. Mouse guarded Howdy so I couldn't get their leashes on. 

They were reluctant to leave. Mouse guarded Howdy so I couldn't get their leashes on. 

Howdy, told Mouse to get it together. We have to get home before it storms!!

Howdy, told Mouse to get it together. We have to get home before it storms!!

While I love living in my apartment, these boys have had a hard time adjusting to not having a yard. I think the dog park will be our new hang out! Come join us : )

 

XoXo

Janzen!

Large Group Dinner Party? We got you Covered!

Around my house we have at least one group family dinners a week. This usually consist of about 4 girls and 3+guys. Cooking for a group can be time consuming and hard on the wallet. But soo much fun. 

This recipe is easy to make and pretty easy on the pocket. Plus if there is left overs they are perfect the next day. 

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Menu

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Rasberry Chipotle Chicken (Recipe is simular to Pork Tenderloin Below) 

 Perfectly Soft Asparagus 

Cream Cheesy Garlic Bread 

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Rasberry Chipotle Chicken 

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Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

8-10 Chicken Breast (you can use whatever part of the chicken you prefer) 

2 Jars of Chipotle Rasberry Dressing or Marinade (Take a look on your dressing/sauce isle at your grocery store there is a lot of great choices IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RASPBERRY CHIPOTLE!  It could even be BBQ Sauce)

Salt & Pepper (I use the kind you grind up and my salt has Garlic in it) I LOVE GARLIC!

Seasoning of your choice - I use a seasoning my friends grandpa makes in South Louisiana. He keeps me fully stocked. But.... you can use Tony Chachere"s which you can get at Wal-Mart and most stores. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 
  2. Lay the chicken in a baking dish, you may need 2 depending on the size you are cooking for. I have a double oven so I can cook two pans at once. If you need to layer it's ok... just layer them side by side and push them up under the one beside it. If you just lay the chicken on top of one a another they will cook together and be stuck. 
  3. Season each piece of chicken with salt, pepper and seasonings you choose. Don't coat the chicken just evenly sprinkle.  
  4.  Pour the Marinade over the chicken evenly. I like to pick the chicken up and make sure it gets underneath each one. 
  5. Stick it in the oven and cook for about 25 or 30 min. I'm a freak about making sure meat is cooked properly so I typically cut into a piece in the middle to make sure they are cooked. Also, Sometimes in the middle of cooking I take it out and spoon some of the sauce back onto the chicken. 
  6. Your Done with the Chicken! 

Cream Cheesy Garlic Bread

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Prep Time: 5 minutes 

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

Serves: 8-10 people (1 serving each) 

1 Loaf of French or Italian Bread (probably won't be in your bread isle, its usually located by the cakes and pastries that the store makes there)

Soft or Melted Butter (I use vegan butter so its cuts out some of the non healthy deliciousness) 

Cream Cheese (I like to buy the whipped kind in the tub, its easier to reuse) 

Shredded Cheese of your choice (I usually use the mexican triple-blend) 

Boursin Garlic & Herb Cheese OR you can just used minced garlic out of the jar.  

Garlic Powder or whichever everyday seasoning you have. (I like spicy so I use the Louisiana  Seasoning I have) 

  1. Preheat oven if oven isn't heated already from chicken
  2. Cut the loaf long ways down the middle
  3. Spread the butter
  4. Spread the cream cheese
  5. Spread the Boursin or Minced Garlic
  6. Sprinkle or Cover in Cheese 
  7. Season it 
  8. Stick it in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. Until cheese is melted and outsides are crispy. 
  9. You can broil the bread as well and the top with turn golden and kinda cook the cheese. 
  10. Both ways are DELICIOUS! 

 

Perfectly Soft Asparagus 

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Prep Time: 8 minutes 

Cook Time: 20 min (depending on how you soft or crisp you like them) 

2 Bundles Fresh Asparagus

Salt & Pepper

2-4 Tbs Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Water or Butter (if you like them soft use 4 or more) 

3/4 Sliced Lemon or 1-2 Tbs Lemon Juice (I like to use thinly sliced lemons but lemon juice does the same thing) 

 Everyday Seasoning ( Mrs. Dash (I think is what its called) , Tony Chachere's, Grill Master......If you don't know what I'm talking about there is a few that I know wal-mart carries.... I only go to wal-mart maybe 3 times a year but I know they usually carry these) 

  1. Take the Asparagus bundles and rinse them off.
  2. Then you want to cut the bottom part of each Asaragus off. I would say about an inch. 
  3. On the stove heat up a skillet with a lid on LOW (I usually keep my burner on 2) 
  4. Put in your oil or whatever you decided to use. 
  5. Lay your Asparagus flat in the pan (they may be layered and thats okay!) 
  6. Put in your Lemons or Lemon Juice (when using sliced lemons make sure they don't over take your pan you can get them too lemon tasting and then they are sour) 
  7. Now you want to season your goods, this is completely up to your liking. Start with the Salt and Pepper and then add in the every day Seasoning
  8. Put the lid on the skillet and flip around Asparagus every 5 minutes or so. 
  9. You can keep them crisp or you can cook them till they are soft. 

 The last thing left to do .... Is pour yourself a glass of wine and have fun with your friends! 

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Until Next Time  

xoxo- Wonder Years  

KJ

Love Your Mothers.... <3

Mother's Day is a well deserved one day of the year for the lady who gave you life! On Mother's Day tell your mom Thank You! I know that I'm thankful for my mom loving me through all the times I did not seem so thankful.

So here's to you Mom,

Thanks for loving me after I would slam my door screaming "I hate you, your the worst mother ever" because you wouldn't let me go to the mall by myself at age 13.

 

Thank you for loving me after all the countless calls I have ignored just cause I was to "busy" to talk to you, All though you were never to busy to change my diaper or feed me.

Thank you for just agreeing with me every time I said  "you didn't know what you were talking about, and you didn't understand", I guess you were right, you did understand. 

Truth is being a mom is a rough and hard job, but you never quit. Thank You!

 

 

With 12 days left i have some gift ideas for your Mommas! 

 

(Basket shown is from easy.com shop called TheDancingWick)

(Basket shown is from easy.com shop called TheDancingWick)

 

1. Bath Time Gift Basket - Sugar Scrubs, Lotions, Candles, Body Washes  (DIY Basket Ideas below) 

2. Matching Rings or If your not a only child stackable name rings are also a super cute idea.

 

(Rings shown are from www.etsy.com shop called GetNoticed)

(Rings shown are from www.etsy.com shop called GetNoticed)

 

3. Spa Day!! Duh. Every Body needs a Spa day and I know its a regular gift but .... they just deserve it. One SUPPPPPER good place to get cheap massages or laser hair removal is on www.livingsocial.com 

4. Pottery or some sort of craft class! I saw a Pottery Class available of Living Social and thought this would be a fun Mother/Daughter Day. 

5. Photo Session! Every mom loves to cherish memories with their children. A lot of photographers offer Mini Sessions for a cheap price... Its a fun time and something your mom can cherish forever. (pictured below)  

Photographer: Wonder Years Own- Janzen Riley Jackson&nbsp;www.janzenrileyjackson.org

Photographer: Wonder Years Own- Janzen Riley Jackson www.janzenrileyjackson.org

6. Shari's Berries or Homemade Gourmet Goodies like Cupcakes or custom sugar cookies. YUMM Shari's Berries offers many different options and you can check those out at www.berries.com

7. Concert Tickets...... Take your momma out on the town! Look up good old rock bands that are       coming to towns near you. Moms still need to go out and have some fun! 

8. If your mom likes unique jewelry check out our Wonder Years shop and see what we have available! 

 

How to make your own Bath Time Gift Basket to save you some money!!!

First thing, your going to need to know about the following mixtures. Most of them call for Essential Oils of some sort. You can get these at health stores or Amazon. 

Second Thing: The Laundry Soap... I forgot to mention you can find Borax and Washing Soda at Walmart or most local grocery stores. 

Other than that you should be able to find everything else! 

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A Few of My Favorite Things....

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Creativity can be a wide range of things and for me its a wide open door. Creativity consumes my life, however for those who aren't creative in the art world, Fashion is a way to make anybody creative. People dress to express themselves. You can tell what kind of a person someone is just by the way they dress. Sometimes people might stare at you or think what the heck is that girl wearing….. but YOU GOTTA BE YOU! 

 

The definition of Create: 

    1: To bring into being; to form out of nothing; to cause exist 

 

Being creative and coming up with outfits that best fits you and your personality is a form of being creative and bringing you into being, causing existence. Wear what you want! Full Heartedly OWN it! Be confident in yourself and hold your head high girl….. cause you look GOOD! 

 

Now I live in a pretty western world but truth be told I'm a hippy soul…. so I really like to mix the two styles…. both have so many little things to make an outfit pop! There is fabulous jewelry, boots, purses, fur everything…. and my favorite the hats! So I took some pictures last week of my outfits for the Houston Rodeo and some close ups of my favorite pieces that can make an ordinary outfit have some western funky flare. 

Rodeo Time Tee (Dale Brisby) Handing Arrow Necklace (Southern Honey) and Turquoise Flat Stoned Necklace (Target)&nbsp;

Rodeo Time Tee (Dale Brisby) Handing Arrow Necklace (Southern Honey) and Turquoise Flat Stoned Necklace (Target) 


Check out the outfits on our image page! 


Until Next Time! 

xoxo - KJ 


55 Time For a Tattoo

Hello Wonder Lovers!

Let me introduce myself. 

My name is Janzen, I am a new addition to the Wonder Years team! I will be hopping on to the blog occasionally and sharing some crazy stories from my life. 

My mother just turned 55 last week and to my surprise when I asked what she wanted for her birthday she told me she wanted a tattoo! 

While that is probably not that shocking to most but let me give you a little back story. This mother of mine has given my brother and I a hard time about our tattoos since we got them. "Why waste your money" "That was so dumb" "You want that forever?" and many many more comments... So this woman who has picked on us about them for so long now wants one? I was pumped. 

Our Sunday Funday was spent making our way to the Fort Worth Stockyards to Tattoo Ranch. We went in with our ideas and got them all printed out. Then Cody, came and told us he was ready to start he had them all traced out. 

Anticipation was high for her, so kindly I let her go first.... 

Cody placed the trace on her finger, and she got in place. 

She was a champ for her tiny arrow tattoo on her finger. It was done with in 10 minutes and she was fascinated that it didn't hurt. 

Now she has the tattoo bug : ) and is ready to get many more! 

If you would like to see some behind the scenes action hop over to the images page and take a look!

Until the next one... 

Xo -Wonder Years

Welcome to Our Wonder Years!

      Wonder Years is a small little “thing” I have imaged for some time now. I have many hobbies and love finding new ideas and projects. I wanted to start a “thing” where I can share my creativity with everyone. Anybody can be creative they just have to find out what drives them and what they are passionate about. 

 

    Our slogan “Trades of the Past” means a lot to me for so many reasons. “Hand Made”  is a rare thing in todays world, everything is factory made. I think its important to keep the art alive…. Instead of buying a beautiful natural wood table from the antique shop, the average Americian would rather buy a plastic one for IKEA…. Why is this??? I would like to keep the history of trades alive and help people see the quality of hand made. Some of these trades have been passed on through centuries and is dying in ours…. There is something I just really love about getting my hands all up in it and creating something out of nothing. 

    

There are a few parts to Wonder Years, so let me break it down for you. Wonder Years -Trades of the Past- is a Instagram “boutique” I guess you may call it where you can buy the things that we find or make….. Its never the same thing and the items will vary. You can find anything from vintage pearl snaps, hand made jewelry, refurbished furniture, one of a kind purses and anything I feel the need to sell! 

    

The second part is the Blog… So many people i know write fashion blogs and I love them! Its such a good way to get to know someone and get inspired by others. A few friends told me to start a food blog and it got me thinking, I would get soo bored only talking about food! So this blog is about LIFE and whatever lemons it hands you. We will post about food, fashion, television, travel and anything that comes our way! If there are any certain topics you want to us to cover let us know! 

 

Until the next one….. 

Welcome to our Wonder Years!!!

 xo- Wonder Years