I love personalized stuff especially personalized kid stuff. So when Randi from Bella Simple Jewelry contacted me asking if she could send me some handstamped personalized jewelry I said sure. I was so excited when my box arrived. I was surprised to see not only some personalized stuff for me but also a necklace with Leo's name on it and my new favorite item..... the zipper pull for Leo as seen in the photo. More about that genius idea below. So that inspired me to write a blog post on my favorite personalized "kid stuff"!
Agh the dreaded shoulder season. There is a few more weeks we can get away with wearing our fun summer clothes, but soon we will be in the month of September where we want to bust out our new fall clothes but the weather is too warm. It's the shoulder season for style and so that is what this post is all about. Here is how I pair my favorite summer and fall pieces together to get you through the rut of September.
Sometimes I crave breaded chicken, but since I'm gluten free that isn't an option. So I decided to make fake "breaded" chicken using quinoa instead of bread crumbs. This was my first time making it and I loved how it turned out. The quinoa was crunchy and we still made it a little unhealthy by adding in some cheese. It was one of those "healthy meals" you don't even know is healthy. The best part is my husband enjoyed it and has asked for me to make it again! So that must mean it's a "winner"!
Quick little post on an alternative to a LBD. I'm a fan of rompers I don't know why but I just love them. Here is a fun one I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It is only $65 and is perfect for a night out on the town or for a cocktail event.
Can't believe we are 6 months into parenthood. 6 months of mastering this little fella. 6 months of baby toys cluttering our house. 6 months of pure bliss. Today I am going over a few of our must haves from 3-6 months.
Talk about my favorite oldie outfits making a come back. The 14 year old in me is SOOO happy. Today I'm talking about ponytails, chokers, off the shoulder tops, and camo pants. You could of found me in high school in a variation of this outfit, the pants would of been Abercrombie cargo pants, the choker would of been from Claire's, and my hair probably would look just messy. The only difference from today's outfit vs 15 years ago is that the pants are tighter, the heels are taller, and the top isn't just a plain black t-shirt from American Eagle. Needless to say I'm loving all the stuff in stores right now.
This could also be titled "Sunday Must-Do's" , but since I'm a SAHM (stay at home mom) Monday is my day to get everything organized for the week. I find that if I do this every Monday my whole week just works better. Not only do I sit down to "schedule" but I also make sure the house is in tip top shape. I'm sharing with you a few of my "Monday Must-Do's."
Having a good maxi dress in the summer is just as good as having a good little black top. I love a good printed maxi that I can dress up and down for every occasion. This one my mom picked this one up earlier this summer and we have been trading it back and forth. She wore it out to dinner in Mexico and I've worn it for some daytime wine tasting. It's all about how you accessorize. Having something like this maxi is the perfect thing to pack on vacation, it can be your go to day or night time dress.
We all have our go to "little black dress (LBD)" how about your go to "little black top". I know when I'm in a rush I can always throw on a little black top, some pants and dress it up with some accessories. I think a "little black top" is just as important as your LBD. I will admit I have a few black tops, but this one with the higher neckline is my current favorite. I love layered necklaces and chokers and this top allows you to show them off.
The summer heat has seemed to arrive, it is going to be in the 90s all this week. Perfect time for a light and fresh watermelon salad. We were in Sun Valley a few weeks ago and my husband ordered a similar salad and added chicken to it. I thought he was crazy and weird he added a chicken breast to the salad but totally forgot to try it during lunch because we were taking turns caring for the baby. When we got home from the trip he asked if I could make it for dinner for him. I didn't remember what ingredients were in it so this recipe he actually came up with. I was surprised he wanted this for dinner and worried it wouldn't be filling enough for him, but it was and I will say it was delicious. I love eating light like this on warm summer nights.
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