LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Friday, August 30, 2013

5 on Friday


One.
I'm loving these earrings I got from Charlotte Russe. I think they look a lot like some of the Kendra Scott earrings and they were only $5!

Two.
I got to meet my best friend's sweet baby girl, Eliza. She felt so little compared to Jack even though they are only 2 months apart.

Three.
Last weekend we were so busy, but had a lot of fun. Ben went to two birthday parties, one at Chuck E. Cheese and the other at our local beach club. 

Four.
I re-organized the shelf in our laundry room. Exciting stuff I know. But I feel so much better now that everything has it's own place. I labeled all the bins using colored duck tape and a permanent marker. The duck tape is so much easier than printing labels and who doesn't love a bright chevron duck tape?

Five.
Ever since my purse was stolen, I've just been carrying my wallet around in the diaper bag. I decided it was time to finally get a purse and I can't wait to show you what I ended up getting. 


I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. We plan to soak in the last few remaining days of Summer. Check back tomorrow for our end of Summer Bucket List update.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sweet Green Apple Tart

I may be slightly obsessed with The Pioneer Woman. I mean, I've always liked her and her recipes are delicious, but lately I can't get enough. I kind of want to be her, minus having to live on a ranch. 

Remember the onion straws she inspired me to make? Well, I also happened to make my own version of another one of her recipes, an apple tart. I added and omitted some ingredients to make them my own and since J ate an entire tart by himself, I would say they turned out pretty well. 

What You Meed:
-1 package of puff pastry
-3 large Granny Smith apples
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup crushed pecans
-Caramel syrup for drizzling

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Begin by de-seeding and thinly slicing 3 large Granny Smith apples. 

2. Place the apple slices into a large bowl.

3. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and coat the apples evenly.

4. On a greased baking sheet or aluminum foil to avoid cleanup, cut 1 sheet of the puff pastry into 2 halves. Mine looked a little funky because the dough stuck together.

5. Place the apples in the middle of the puff pastry, slightly overlapping each other.

6. Bake on 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. It's okay if a little of the sugar leaks out of the pastry while it bakes.

7. Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with crushed pecans. 

Serve warm and enjoy!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Day Our Sh*t Got Stolen

Remember how I told you in this post that our car got broken into in St. Louis? Yeah, fun times. 

Myself, my parents, and my sister and her family went to St. Louis for the weekend to celebrate both of my niece's birthdays. I rode with my parents and J was meeting up with us Sunday morning. We had a great day Saturday filled with a trip to the zoo, swimming at the hotel pool, and dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. 

Sunday we checked out of our hotel and headed to the City Museum. We paid to park at a lot near the museum and then spent the day playing and having lots of fun. When it was time to leave we walked back to the lot and I went to put Jack in the car and noticed broken glass on the ground. My first thought was to ask my dad if he knew he parked on a bunch of broken glass. As soon as those words came out of my mouth, I noticed the broken window. 

Then I noticed the note on the driver side window. Again, my first thought was that someone had accidentally broken the window and they left a note with their information. How naive of me. It turned out to be a letter from the police letting us know a complaint was filed with a number for us to contact them. It turns out we weren't the only car to get broken in to. The car next to us as well as about 5 other cars had also had their windows smashed and items stolen. 

I immediately started taking inventory of what was missing. My purse, but thankfully I had my wallet with me in the diaper bag which I took in to the museum. The only thing of real importance in my purse was my checkbook which I immediately called and reported as stolen. Then I remembered I had left our nice Cannon DSLR camera in the car. Most of the pictures from the weekend were on it which meant they were gone, but thankfully I had just cleaned out that memory card and uploaded all the photos on it. Ben's Ipad was also in the car, but I had hidden it really well in between the seats so they didn't find that. They did refile through his Toy Story backpack though which is both sad and pathetic. 

Although I may have freaked out a little a lot about the camera, there is also a lot to be grateful for.

They didn't steal Ben's iPad.
They didn't steal our luggage (remember we had checked out of our hotel).
My parent's were still able to drive the car home (with a patched window).
J was there to give me and the boys a ride home.
I didn't bring my laptop with me that weekend.
They didn't steal my wallet.
I had dumped all the photos off the memory card just before that weekend.
My sister and mom were there to help with the boys and we got everything reported with the police and insurance company. 
And most importantly, no one was hurt. As much as it sucks to have your things stolen, they are just things.

Will they ever catch who broke into our car, in the middle of broad daylight, in an area where lots of people pass by? Probably not. For someone to break into all those cars in the middle of the day they must have been pretty desperate. 

Although a lot of the pictures from that weekend are gone, here are few from my tiny point and shoot camera and iPhone.

On the way to STL and so excited!

On the school bus at the City Museum.

The arch peeking through the buildings.

Both Ben and his cousin got to be part of the circus act.

And even though some of the pictures might be gone, we'll always have the memories.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Crispy Fried Onion Straws

There is a restaurant in our town that makes the most delicious onion rings. They are thin, crispy, and  highly addicting. After watching an episode of The Pioneer Woman, I adapted her recipe for onion strings to create my own version of onion straws.

What You Need:
-1 large sweet Vidalia onion
-1 cup buttermilk
-1 cup flour
-1 1/2 tbsp. Lowery's Seasoning Salt
-1 tsp. black pepper
-1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
(Serves 2)

What To Do:
1. Slice your onion into thin rings and then place them in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. The buttermilk helps take away some of the bite of the onion.

2. While the onions are soaking in the buttermilk, mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

3. In a large pan, heat oil to ~350 degrees or medium/medium high heat. 

4. In small amounts, take the onions out of the buttermilk, dip in the dry mixture, and then place into the hot oil. I had my heat on medium high and they didn't burn but all stoves differ.

5. Cook until the rings are a golden brown on one side (1-2 minutes), then flip and cook until the other side is golden brown. In total, mine took about 4-5 minutes. Once you remove them from the pan, place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain off the excess oil.

6. Serve with your favorite burger or eat them straight from the pan. They're that good:)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Funnies

I was going to link up with the girls for 5 on Friday, but all my pictures are on my phone and camera and I'm feeling too lazy to upload them all right now. Instead, here's my favorite funnies from around the web. 



The best white elephant gift. A autographed picture of yourself. 



Happy Weekend!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jack: 2 Month Update

Jack, this past month has been such a delight! I feel like we are finally getting into our groove as a family of four. Just as I knew you would, you have changed SO much this past month. You are a joy to be around and for the most part, a pretty happy baby.
You still love to eat and breastfeeding is going strong. You eat every two hours, sometimes less and sometimes more. During the night you usually go 4 hours in between feedings. You have had a few ounces of formula here and there, but 99% of the time you drink breast milk. When I pump, you drink anywhere from 2-4 oz and if we let you, I'm sure you would gobble down more. You love you some milk. Burping on the other hand is few and far between and your lack of burping sometimes causes you spit up which you hate. You started drooling a lot and recently have started sucking on your hand and fingers. You and your pacifier have a luke warm relationship. Every once in a while you will take it, but for the most part we put it in and you spit it out.

We will find out what you weigh next week but I'm guessing around 11 lbs. You have outgrown your newborn clothes and are in 0-3 months clothes and size 1 diaper. 

I am so thankful that, for the most part, you're a good sleeper. You usually take a morning nap anywhere between 9am and 10am and sleep until 12:30pm or 1:00pm. You eat when you wake up and then go back to sleep for a little bit. You usually stay awake from 2:30pm until 5:00pm, then it's a quick nap in the car while we pick up brother and then you're awake until bedtime. You go to bed between 8:00-9:00pm and sleep until 1:00-2:00am, nurse, sleep until 4:00-5:00am, nurse again, and sleep until 6:30-7:00am when it's time to wake up for the day. You still sleep swaddled in your sleep sack and in the swing, but I'm going to be moving you to the bassinet to see how you do in there. Hopefully you won't wake yourself up!

You went on your first trip to St. Louis and stayed in a hotel and you did great! You also went to the zoo for the first time and the City Museum. While your brother was swimming, you hung out in the shade by the pool and slept. You have the life!

The most exciting thing you've done this past month is smile and laugh, and you are still cooing away. Your social smile emerged around 5 weeks and is just so darn cute. You love it when people talk to you and your brother loves talking to you. You grin so big and sometimes will just laugh and laugh. It melts my heart! You continue to love baths and if you're upset, giving you a bath calms you down right away. You don't love getting out of it though and you also can't stand being in the car in your car seat if we're not moving. You're also reaching more towards items and toys, especially the ones hanging on your play mat.


We just love you so much!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Currently

Currently I Am:

Listening: To the tv and the dishwasher...and the baby monitor (hopefully he stays asleep).


Loving: That my bestie is in town and I get to meet her sweet new baby girl. 



Drinking: Water. Although I can't wait for margaritas with my friend Alissa later this week.



Reading: The Pioneer Woman's blog. 



Wearing: A t-shirt and pajama pants. It's almost bedtime.



Thinking about: All the house projects I want to finish, including painting the master bedroom and bath.

Feeling: Ready for bed.



Eating: Nothin.



Wondering if: I'm lame because I want to go to bed at 9:00pm.

Realizing: Our baby will be 2 months old tomorrow. Sob.
Friday, August 16, 2013

5 on Friday


One.
Not that I need to tell any of you, but Target has such cute stuff lately. Especially the dollar spot gift bags. 

Two.
Brotherly love.

Three.
Remember on my last 5 for Friday I talked about wanting to get my hair done. My stylist was able to squeeze me in and I love it. I'm not to sure how I feel about the middle part but maybe it will grow on me. Now for my swollen pregnant nose to go back to normal. 

Four.
Jack is all smiles these days. Sometimes when I'm nursing him he'll give me the biggest grin. Then he gets frazzled because he hasn't quite learned you can't smile and suck at the same time:)
Five.
This past weekend we traveled to St. Louis for my niece's birthday. We went to the zoo, swam at the pool, and visited the City Museum. The kids had so much fun going down this big slide. Too bad when we left the museum we found out our car had been broken into:( Full post to come on that).

Happy Friday Friends!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ben's Big Boy Room

Before the baby came, I knew I wanted to update Ben's room and give it a new look. I also wanted to get rid of his toddler bed and replace it with a bigger bed since he loves for us to lay with him at night.

I had pinned a few inspiration photos and the common theme was navy, white, and gray. I fell in love with this bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, but couldn't justify spending almost $300 for kids bedding.

You can imagine how excited I was to find almost the exact same bedding at Target for a fraction of the price. I was able to get the Queen size duvet cover with pillow sham cases, a down comforter, pillows, and a sheet set all for less than $150. I love how the overall look turned out. The exact bedding can be found here.

Airplane, Love, & Bird print//ETSY 
 Letter F//garage sale 
 Ship in a bottle//From my trip to Paris
Elephant//Gift from my old job
 Letters (painted grey)//Hobby Lobby 
Shelves//Target
Squares frames also from Target


Big Brother Sign//ETSY
I tried to DIY it, but let's just say some things are better left to others to do.