LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Friday, August 30, 2013

5 on Friday


1. 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 $5.00!

2. I got to meet my besties new baby girl. Sweet Eliza felt so little compared to Jack even though they are only 2 months apart.

3. 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. Both parties were so much fun and Ben had such a blast.

4. I re-organized our shelf in the 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. So much easier than printing labels and who doesn't love bright, chevron duck tape?!

5. 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.  (yes, I could have used one of the several I already own, but that's no fun). This new baby should be here soon.

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!

Happy Friday!



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sweet Green Apple Tart

I may be slightly obsessed with The Pioneer Woman. I mean, I always liked her and her recipes, but lately I can't get enough. I may want to be her. Minus living on a ranch. 

Remember these 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 are pretty tasty. *A fun fact, I'm not a fan of puff pastry and didn't even eat these.

What you'll need:
-1 pkg. puff pastry
-3 large granny smith apples
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-1/2 c. crushed pecans
-caramel syrup for drizzling

Begin by slicing and de-seeding 3 large granny smith apples. The apple slices should be pretty thin.

Place the apple slices into a large bowl.

To the apples, add the brown sugar and cinnamon. 

Coat the apples evenly.

On a greased baking sheet, Cut 1 sheet of the puff pastry into 2 halves. Mine looked a little weird because the dough stuck together.

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

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.

Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with crushed pecans. 

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 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, time at the hotel pool, followed up by dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. 

Sunday, we headed over to the City Museum. After parking in a paid parking lot around 11:30 a.m. in downtown St.  Louis, we headed to the museum where the kids watched a circus show, rode the ferris wheel, played on the roof, and went down the 10 story slide. It was a great way to end the weekend. Until we walked out to the car. As I went to put Jack in the car I 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, I thought was someone accidentally broke the window, maybe they slammed their door into it, and left a note with their contact info. How naive of me. It turned out to be a letter from the police letting us know a complaint was filed and a number for us to call. Turns our we weren't the only car to get broken into. The car next to us as well as probably 5 other cars had also had their windows broken. 

I immediately started doing inventory of what was missing. My purse. Awesome. Thankfully I had my wallet with me in the diaper bag. 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. Double Awesome. Most of the pictures from the weekend were gone, but thankfully I had just cleaned out that memory card so I had the rest of the photos. Ben's Ipad was also  in the car, but I had hidden it really well in between the seats so at least they didn't steal that. They did manage to refile through his Toy Story backpack though. Classy.

Although I may have freaked out a little a lot about our camera, there are some things to be grateful for from this whole situation.

I'm grateful
They didn't steal Ben's iPad.
They didn't steal our luggage.
My parent's were still able to drive the car home.
J was there for us to ride home with.
I didn't bring my laptop with me that weekend.
They didn't get 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 figured out.
And most importantly, no one was hurt. And as much as it hurts to loose things, they are just things.

Will they ever catch who broke into the car in the middle of broad daylight in an area where lots of people pass through? Probably not. And for someone to break into all those cars in the middle of the day, they must have been pretty desperate. I'm telling myself they stole our stuff for money for food. For their kids. And their grandma. Because that makes me feel better than the real truth which is that they probably sold it for drug money.

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

On the way to STL. So excited!

At the City Museum
The arch peeking through the buildings

On the Ferris Wheel


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 straws. They are thin, crispy, and so so good. 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'll Need:
(Serves 2)
-1 large sweet Vidalia onion
-1 c. buttermilk
-1 c. flour
-1 1/2 tbsp. Lowery's seasoning salt
-1 tsp. black pepper
-vegetable oil for frying

Begin by slicing your onion into thin rings. Place in a bowl and cover with buttermilk. The buttermilk helps take away some of the bite of the onion.

Next, mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

In small amounts, take the onions out of the buttermilk, cover with the flour mixture, then place into a pan with vegetable oil heated to ~350 degrees. I had my heat on medium to medium high and they didn't burn at all.

Once the rings are a golden brown, mine took about 4-5 minutes, place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

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 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. So 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 months}

Jack, this past month with you has been such been such a delight! I feel like we are finally getting into our groove as a family. 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 still going strong. You eat every two hours, sometimes less and sometimes more. During the night you usually go 4 hours 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 sometimes causes you spit up which you hate. You also drool a lot and recently started sucking on your hand and fingers. The pacifier and you 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 next week what you weigh, but I'm guessing around 11 lbs. You have outgrown your newborn clothes and wear 0-3 months and size 1 diaper. 
I am so thankful that you are a good sleeper for the most part. You usually take a morning nap anywhere from 9-10 and sleep until 12:30 or 1:00, eat and then go back to sleep for a little bit. You usually stay awake from 2:30 until 5:00, 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 and 9:00 p.m. and sleep until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m., nurse, sleep until 4:00 or 5:00 a.m., nurse, and sleep again until 6:30-7:00 a.m. You are still sleeping in your sleep sack in the swing, but I'm going to be moving you to the bassinet and see how you do in there. Hopefully you won't wake yourself up!
You went on your first trip this month to St. Louis. We stayed in a hotel room and you did great!  You also went to the zoo for the first time and the city museum. While your brother swam, you hung out by the pool, in the shade, and slept while the breeze blew through your hair. 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. You grin so big and sometimes will just laugh and laugh. It melts my heart! Your brother loves talking to you! You continue to love your bath, and if you are upset, giving you a bath can calm you down right away. You don't love getting out of the bath and can't stand being in your car seat if it's not moving. You are also reaching more towards items, especially the ones hanging on your play mat.
Please don't fly through this baby stage so quickly:)


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

Currently

Lots of great blog posts coming up soon (imo) including two new recipes! But because I'm just too tired to crank one out today... 

Currently I am:


Listening to the t.v. and the dishwasher...and the baby (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 girl 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 things I want to finish doing in our house, 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 9:00.

Realizing that our baby will be 2 months old tomorrow. Sob.
Friday, August 16, 2013

5 on Friday


1. Not that I need to tell any of you, but Target has such cute stuff.
bags//book//frame

2. Brotherly love.


3. Remember on my last 5 for Friday I talked about wanting to get my hair did. Well here's how it turned out. Not sure how I feel about the middle part. What do you all think?

4. Jack is all smiles these days. Sometimes I will be nursing him and when I look at him and smile he just grins SO big back. Then he gets frazzled because he hasn't quite learned you can't smile and suck at the same time:)

5. This past weekend we went to St. Louis to celebrate my niece's birthdays. We went to the zoo, swam at the pool, and to 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 in it 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.

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 w/ pillow sham cases, down comforter, pillows, and sheet set all for less than $150. Cha-ching!

I love how the overall look turned out. Bedding can be found here.

Airplane, Love, & Bird print ETSY // Letter F garage sale find // ship in bottle from my trip to Paris // Elephant was a gift from my old job // Ben letters Hobby Lobby and painted grey//Shelves also from Target

4 square frames also from Target


Big Brother art is from ETSY. I tried to DIY, but let's just say, somethings are better left to others:)