This soup is BOMB! I had buckets of tomatoes. Pantlaods of tacos, boat loads of tomatoes (catch the Dragon Loves Taco's reference there)! If you don't read kids books then you won't get it but if you are in the market for a kids book we LOVE Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin! Anyways, this soup is super creamy and delicious and there is no cream or anything added. The secret to making it so creamy is to use a potato. Yes a potato, way healthier than heavy cream. And it actually doesn't take that long to make the soup. I did it all in under an 1 hour while my kids napped and this includes cleaning up all the dishes. So to me that is a win. We ate it for dinner for 2 nights then the rest went into the freezer for later this fall..
I feel like I have fall decor up from September 15 till December 1, for this reason I break my fall decor up into 2 themes, halloween and then traditional fall decor. So mid September- Oct 31 we are all about skulls spiders and moody halloween decor, then November I swap mine out for more traditional "Thanksgiving" decor. Yes this seems like more work but I just love all the halloween stuff and can't turn down a skull if my life depended on it. A lot of Halloween decor to me looks cheap and so cheesy I opt for dark, moody, and stylish. Basically a sophisticated take on Halloween if that is such a thing (bachelor lovers remember Catherine Giudici term for her wedding "grown sexy") Well this is my version on halloween called sophicated spooky!
Who would of thought Abercrombie would have such good stuff for a 30 year old Mom. I for some reason had ruled it out after all these years. I had bought some casual stuff a few years back but they were more sweatshirts or tank tops. But recently I really liked the look of their jeans and decided to try them. Do you guys remember how stiff and thick their jeans were? Well I must say they have evolved and fit like a glove! Everything I ordered from there I kept and shockingly they have amazing sales. I also snagged this cute suede skirt, I have less reasons to wear this but how could I pass it up with $35! Check out what I found!
We celebrated Monroe's first birthday a few weeks early. I went way overboard with all the pink. I think 3 years of boy parties got the best of me and I went all out with the girlie stuff. With my blogging I use it a lot as almost a "journal" so don't mind all the photos I did my best to keep this party "small". Which I think we actually accomplished compared to Leo's first birthday party which we had like 50-60 people. We had the most fun celebrating this little (ahem big) girl and I am so happy with how the decor and everything turned out. Only the best for my baby girl!
So at first glance this salad looks really weird. I took it to a BBQ this summer and brought a backup salad in case it was a total bust. But instead it was a total SUCCESS! Everyone went back for seconds and Jay has been begging me to make it at home. So I made it again and had to share it with you. So don't let the ingredients deter you just try it!
We just got home from a week long vacation. Let's just say it wasn't easy with a baby. Monroe developed a diaper rash that turned into basically bed sores. We were an hour away from a grocery so I made due with the little stuff I brought and we amazon primed some items to the resort. It was quite challenging keep her dry on a lake/beach vacation. But the worst part was her crying all hours of the night. I think Jay and I contemplated driving home about 40 times, but we knew how much fun Leo was having so we felt bad. I was reminded that traveling with babies isn't ideal. They just do better in their environment at home. We survived and we have tried to catch up on sleep a little since we have been home. But I'm highlighting some of my go to travel items as well as my little travel boxes I made that quite a few of you messaged me about.
I've been kinda MIA, life in the summer is so busy. I keep thinking I'll have time to blog but it just hasn't happened. This blog post is basically a big hodge podge of things I've been loving for working out. The last 3 months I've really gotten back into working out. It all started in November when I joined a Beachbody accountability group and it started getting back into the swing of things. Then in January I started a program where I was working out 6 days and week and since they I've just continued with it. I think once you stick to something long enough it just becomes a habit and now getting my body moving and working out everyday is something I have come to look forward to. The only downside has been the constant annoyance of plantar fasciitis. So today I'm highlighting all my workout must haves and maybe it'll give you some motivation to get back to working out!
So I promise this will be probably the end of my baby posts. I have one more I want to do about toys but that is it. I think we have exhausted the baby topic and I in fact am happily nearing the end of the "baby phase". But I wanted to share with you a few things that were kinda of a waste of money as far as baby products go. I'd hate for you to spend your money on them if you don't have to.
Jay LOVES pizza and I do too. I'm not a pasta person so I don't have a hard time skipping that but give Jay and I a pizza and we have a hard time not eating the entire thing. So for Father's Day this year we did thin crust pizzas on the grill.... and they were OH SO GOOD! I got a few questions on instagram so I thought I'd blog about the easy process of pizzas on the grill.
Finally a little fashion post for you guys. I haven't really felt like doing anything fashion related as I have mostly been in casual clothes 99.9% of the time. But I have gotten to dress up a few times and I finally got a reason to wear this dress so I snapped a few photos before going out. I am in love with this maxi. It is by Jack by BB Dakota I believe it comes in a few different colors including black for those of you who are a little scared of color. But I am one who LOVES color especially in the summer so check out the rest of this post and more green dresses and 2 more of my favorite summer trends, one being spiked seltzer.