LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Recap

Aren't weekends just awesome? This weekend my best friend Meghan was in town and we got our kids together after being apart for way too long. Watching all of them play together was one of those surreal moments. There's something so neat about growing up with someone and then watching your kids grow up together. Thankfully Meghan's parent's live in town so between the 2 of us, we try to convince her to move back quite often. Meghan's husband Levi also happens to be one of Ben's favorite people. 
J's parents came over Friday night for dinner and I made these cookies that I pinned from Lisa. I may have skipped the homemade cookie part, but the look was just what I was going for.

After dinner J and Jack cuddled while listening to this bear sing "Night is coming..." 20 times. Literally 20. Maybe 21. Jack loves the darn thing and J's grandma gave it to him so how can you say no to Jack's, "mo, mo?"

Saturday morning I installed the boys' new car seats while they played outside. By the time I was done you would have thought I had been to the gym. I'm pretty sure it was already 90 degrees and 100% humidity at 8:00am.

Jack is really into copying anything his brother does. It's cute when they're playing cars, not so cute when they're trying to leap off the couch.

I his new seat! He really does like it more than it appears.

We also made a stop at Orange Leaf. 

Sunday was spent doing laundry and sliding down this Little Tykes slide 100 times. I got it off a mom swap site on Facebook for $5 and it was the best $5 I spent.

We also decided to have an early lunch on the patio at our favorite brewery before it got unbearably hot.

When we started to sweat we headed home and spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool.

What did you guys do this weekend?

Linking up with 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!


I can't believe this is the last Friday of July. I feel like summer has flown by. Ben starts kindergarten in just 4 weeks and I'm feeling the need to cram everything into the little time we have left. 

I'm linking up again with Karli and Amy and this Friday I'm posting my top 5 favorite recipes that I've made throughout the years. I know I tend to get in a rut when it comes to cooking and meal planning, especially in the summer, so hopefully this list will give you some ideas. 

One.
If you like Chipotle's rice, then this copycat recipe is for you.

Two.
You can't go wrong with a Pioneer Woman recipe. These onion straws are crispy, light, and pretty easy to make.

Three.
One of my best friend's grandma makes THE best chicken salad sandwiches. Like so good I didn't even eat chicken salad until I ate Granny Betty's.

Four.
If you're not reading Iowa Girl Eats blog you're missing out. Her Thai Peanut Noodles sounds like it should be way more complicated to make than it actually is. I mean, never in a million years did I think I could make Thai food.

Five.
Candy, ice cream, and an Oreo crust make this Candy Bar Ice Cream Pie the perfect summer dessert. It's also totally customizable so you could add whatever candy you like.


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'm suddenly feeling inspired to try out some new recipes!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Save the Cake: Turning a one layer cake into two

Yesterday I told you I baked a cake for J's birthday last week. See how beautiful it is.

If you recall, this was the same cake just 10 minutes earlier.

Since Google wasn't super helpful in telling me what to do with this little disaster, I thought I'd post my own tutorial in case you find yourself in the same predicament. 

What You Need:
-3 to 5 toothpicks
-2 cans of frosting (or you can make your own)
-Candles or Bunting (helps distract people from the look of your cake :)

What To Do:
1. Take a deep breath and get over the fact that you just f'd up your cake. 
2. Place the broken layer on the bottom of your cake plate.
3. Place a thin layer of frosting over what's left of the bottom layer.
4. Place the intact layer on top of the broken one. 
5. Break the toothpicks in half. Place the toothpicks in the top layer of cake to prop it up where the missing cake is thus creating the illusion of height and an actual layer.
6. Slather the whole thing with plenty of frosting, add a banner or candle or both, and keep your mouth closed.


From the outside or inside, no one can tell that a chunk of the cake is missing...until you cut into that part of the cake. I recommend you just save that area for yourself:) Or fess up and have a good laugh. As the saying goes, "Let them eat cake!"
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Weekend Recap

Another great weekend in the books! This weekend sort of turned into a 3 day birthday celebration for J and we all had such a great time.

This happened on Friday afternoon. One benefit to seeing a particular client of mine is that they are in the  direct path of Chick-Fil-A. Once you eat their nuggets, you will never go back to McDonald's chicken nuggets.

Friday night Ben and I got to work "making" J's birthday cake. Ben was in charge of mixing, despite his desperate plea to crack the eggs into the bowl. Just this time I didn't want little bits of egg in the cake.

While Ben did a great job with his part, I majorly sucked at mine. I immediately Googled, "How to make a two-layer cake with one layer." Shockingly, that didn't really yield any results. Have no fear though! I managed to salvage both layers and J was none the wiser.  I'll do a post about how I saved the cake later this week.

I also crafted this little DIY birthday bunting.

Saturday morning J opened his presents and was pretty excited when he saw I got him the Nest.

At lunch Jack ate himself silly with blackberries and then I dropped the boys off at my parent's house so J and I could go on a little birthday date night.

Of course I was ready first and this is how I chose to spend my time waiting. If you aren't following Lisa Loves John you're seriously missing out. I may have read her entire blog beginning to end pinning my way through almost all of her recipes and DIY projects. 

I wore my favorite simple black dress from Target that I bought right before our beach vacation and a new necklace that was a gift from Francesca's. I also gave myself a little bang trim in case you care.

Sunday morning we picked up the kids, ate lunch with J's parents, and finished the weekend with laundry for me and sleep training for Jack. Nothing like waiting until after his first birthday to get your kid to sleep through the night. I'll report back after a few nights with what we're doing and how it's going. Pray for me.


And although I'm a day late, I'm linking up with Biana for Weekending!
Friday, July 18, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!


Linking up with Karli and Amy for another Oh Hey Friday! 

Tomorrow happens to be my husband's birthday so I'm dedicating today's post to the 5 things I love most about J!

One.
He's the daddy to these two little nuggets and he would do anything for them. 

Two.
He saw Wicked on Broadway in New York City. And he hates musicals.

Three.
He's a great provider for our family. Owning his own business isn't easy and he does a lot to support our family. 

Four.
He was so supportive throughout my grad school and even put his graduate classes on hold so I could finish my Masters degree. Did I mention we also had a one year old and were in the middle of the recession?

Five.
He's one the biggest hypochondriacs I've ever met. You name the disease, he thinks he has it. While annoying, this also provides me with countless hours of laughter. 

Happy 33rd birthday J! We love you so much!
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Work Attire

 If you're reading this, I need your help. I'm having a really hard time finding things to wear to work in the summer that are:
a. work appropriate
b. not going to make my armpits sweat the minute I leave the house (i'm looking at you cardigans)
c. easily interchangeable with lots of pieces
d. not a million dollars
e. obviously cute

That's not too much to ask for is it?

Here are a few things I've found on Pinterest that I like.





I should also mention that I am able to wear nice jeans and long dress shorts so it's not mandatory that all the outfits are business attire.

Tell me, what do you wear to work in the summertime?