New year new diet.... that is often people's motto but I have never been one to "diet". I am ALL about eating healthy and eating what your body craves. Jay and I eat pretty clean at home most of the time and I am always looking to create new recipes Jay and I will both enjoy. So here is my new lunch favorite Thai chicken quinoa bowls. You can make everything ahead and then make a new bowl every day at lunch this way it keeps all the ingredients fresh.
This year I am doing my "resolutions" a little differently. I love working towards a goal and I figured this year I will pick a goal to accomplish every month. From No Shop January to finding something to volunteer for in October. These goals get me to accomplish or try something I've been putting of doing every month. I have never done this type of resolution or seen anyone do this but I randomly thought of it and decided it would be fun to try. I am printing out a cute version of these monthly goals to hang by our calendar to keep me on track. I cant wait to report back to you with how it is going. So here is my list...
Making cocktails for a big group can be a bit time consuming, but sometimes you need to add a little more excitement to your party then just some bottles of wine. So I am going over 2 of my favorite "punch" format drinks then also my favorite mule recipe. These recipes not only taste amazing but they are also so beautiful for serving at a party. So if you need something to be festive on your bar then try one of these out.
Because guys seem to be the hardest to buy for here is my holiday gift guide. I think one of the best things you can do this year is a family gift. Something he could use to play with the kids and also is fun for him. No lying here I pick 3 big gifts for Jay and ask which one he wants. This takes his typical response of " I don't know" out of it. I usually present him with photos of the 3 options then have him pick. This year he picked the Bowflex Adjustable weights so that's what he is getting. Then I throw in a few other "fun" items and a stocking stuffer. But note to self I really wanted one of the "family" gifts so I messed up as a wife and should of given him one of those as an option... live and learn! Next year!
I surprised Leo this year with a new Christmas "dino" room. To say he was thrilled was an understatement. I made most everything and I wanted to show you how easy it is to swap out a few things in your kids room to get them in the Christmas spirit. So buckle up my DIY friends and check out how to make a wreath and a diorama for your kiddos and a few other little touches that will transform their room for Christmas.
As Christmas and Black Friday approaches I thought I'd share with you a big ole list of educational toys. Leo is a toy kid, I swear he should be a toy tester. This kid will sit and play with a toy for hours. Get him a new hot wheels car at the grocery store and he will get home put together a hot wheels track, create a demolition derby, or take his car through a shaving cream "car wash" and wash it in the sink. Despite that he will play with pretty much any toy I have noticed toys that are more educational than others. What I love about educational toys is it requires me to stop doing "normal life stuff" and sit down and teach and play with the kids. It is proven many times over kids learn best through play so here are my favorite educational toys.
Ok so I was so worried about going on a cruise. When we were brainstorming ideas with some friends they suggested a 3 or 4 day cruise instead of our usual Vegas trip. My first instinct was to say HELL NO. The whole idea of a cruise bothered me. Let me lay out for you my top 5 reason.
1. Being stuck on a boat ummm what would we do for 3 days.
2. Being in the middle of an ocean and getting rough seas which leads to #3.
3. Being motion sick and puking the entire time.
4. Seeing other people with motion sickness puking everywhere (I have a major fear of puke).
5. Eating from a buffet I am SOOOO not a buffet kinda gal for a lot of reasons mostly the germ aspect.
Well....let me tell you it wasn't anything like I had imagined. I am by NO MEANS a cruise expert but I posted some instagram stories from the cruise and got over 20 different messages about cruises and if I liked it. Who would of thought that many people would have similar fears as me. So let me break it down to you, what I loved and didn't love and what was my final take on cruises.
Here we go a little fall fashion for you, this outfit screams fall and would be perfect to wear for Thanksgiving. I was a little hesitant to wear floral in the fall but this floral is fall ready. If an outfit isn't what you are here for feel free to scroll down and check out some photos of what we have been up to. October has been the busiest month for us, we have been on the go non stop. So check out those photos below including the best school photo of all time. If you care about some fashion then there is some of that for you in here as well.
Every year I love to do a little round out of my favorite products. Lately I have been asked quite a bit about my foundation which surprises everyone when I tell them most things I use are from the drug store. So today I am sharing with you my favorite everyday wear drug store foundation and some other face products that I use 24/7!
So I've been on a quest to find more things to entertain both kids and I don't have the energy to set up two different activities. So here are 5 activities that I can do that both kids enjoy. They are super simple and pretty much are mess free which is a even bigger WIN!