LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend recap is going to be short and sweet as most of the weekend was spent celebrating our friend's wedding. The bride looked beautiful, the groom was as handsome as ever, and Ben was a rock star ring bearer. 

Getting pampered before the big day//Ben striking his model pose before the rehearsal 
His gift from the couple (Legos) which he put together during the rehearsal dinner//Bridesmaid selfie before bed

The beautiful bride//Bride+iphone+ring bearer & flower girl
Ladies lock your daughters up//Love him

The bride's sister and I on the party bus//Lindsey, another bridesmaid, who also happens to be one of the dr.'s who delivered Jack
My gal & Ben's gf Sydney//The hubs and I

I was a little nervous with how Ben would do, not so much walking down the isle, but with all the waiting, pictures, etc. He did AMAZING and was so well behaved. J was also a huge help with keeping him occupied and just being a great dad all together:)

We ended the weekend catching up on things around the house and the boys playing outside. J power washed the deck and the boys ran around as if it were summer again...because it pretty much was. Temperatures reached almost 90 degrees and as much as I wanted to put out the fall decorations, I refuse to do so when it's that hot out.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Biana

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, Friday!

Whose ready for the weekend?!? My friend Alissa is getting married TOMORROW! The past couple of days have been all things wedding. Ben and I are in the wedding and I can't wait to see him all fancied up in his little tux.

Let's get to it...

//one//
As usual, Target has been killing it lately with their $1 spot items. HOW CUTE ARE ALL THESE?!! Yes, caps lock is necessary.

//two//
This little thief has learned to open the snack pantry and just help himself to whatever he wants. At least he went for the Wheat Thins, right?

//three//
I can't remember if I mentioned this or not, but J owns his own company and they sponsored Ben's T-ball team for fall ball. Ben has loved being on "daddy's team."

//four//
I made my first pot of chili last week. Soups just scream fall to me. I've also got this recipe on the menu for the upcoming week.

//five//
Next Wednesday is my birthday (holla!) and the only thing I truly want is a pair of house slippers. And no, I'm not turning 80. These are a few I have my eyes on.





Happy Friday!!!

Linking up for Oh Hey Friday! and Friday Favorites.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Easy "Lasagna" Casserole

I love a good lasagna, but don't love how time consuming they can be to make. This "lasagna" casserole resembles your favorite stackable pasta, but takes a fraction of the time to assemble and cook. Plus, you can customize it and add whatever ingredients you want or have on hand.

What You'll Need:
-1 bag frozen cheese ravioli
-1 jar spaghetti sauce
-ground beef (I used 1/4 lb, but add as much or as little as you like)
-1 cup mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup parmesan cheese
-9x9 in. pan


Start by boiling your water and cooking the ravioli to al dente (it will cook some more in the oven). Drain and set aside.

1. In your pan, place a thin layer of sauce.
2. Top with 1/2 c mozzarella cheese.
3. Layer ravioli
4. Top with more sauce, mozzarella cheese, and then the parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Easy huh? I made this using what we had, but next time I plan to add mushroom, some spinach, and maybe even some green pepper. 


I'm linking up again with Mary for Delicious Dish Tuesday and I'm so honored that this recipe from last week was a Featured Favorite! Don't forget to link up your recipes!
Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday and first day of fall. Fall really is the gateway to the best time of year.

Our weekend started great, got a little rocky, but we managed to end on a pretty good note.

Friday night Ben had a T-ball game and then his cousin spent the night with us. The kids woke up early on Saturday morning ready to do all the activities I had foolishly told them about ahead of time. Now? Can we do it now? Now? Next time I'm telling them 30 seconds ahead of time.

We made edible play-doh using peanut butter, honey, and powdered sugar. A quick Pinterest search will give you several different recipes, but this one was easy and the dough turned out pretty good. Jack played with it for about 20 seconds and then immediately shoved it in his mouth.

We also played outside, baked cupcakes, and I headed to urgent care to get my leg looked at. I had a spot on my leg that kept getting worse throughout the week and by Saturday I couldn't take the pain anymore. Turns out I had been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider. The Dr. had to drain the sore and other disgusting things so I'll spare you. Even after having two kids, this was the worst pain ever.

Unfortunately we had to take our niece back home as I was pretty useless the rest of the day.

J has been so great and picked up every single bandaid I could need. If you went to the store looking for some and they were out, this is why.

Thankfully after a Vicodin, antibiotics, and a looonnnggg sleep, I was feeling much better by Sunday.  Sunday was filled with Mexican, a follow up trip back to the Dr. and the kids trying to make Summer last as long as possible by playing with the water table for a good chunk of the day.

And I ended the weekend by burning this candle. I'm usually a Yankee or Bath & Body Works candle person, but this cheapo candle from Walmart smells delicious!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'm linking up with Biana.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

These Are My Confessions

I confess that...

Sometimes on the weekends the kids and I will only eat breakfast or lunch. Rarely do we have both unless we go out to eat. 

Even though I love fall, I hate pumpkin flavored everything. Except candles. 

 I feel the need to mention my hatred for all things that taste like Pumpkin every year around this time. Sick of hearing it yet? If I have to hear about how much you LOVE the PSL, you have to hear about how I don't.

68 degrees is a perfect temperature to be outside

While I'm reading and pinning recipes or DIYS I'm all "I'm going to make all of this stuff!" Then I realize I have no motivation to actually do it.

I love watching funny cat and dog videos on YouTube. Total time suck.

Hearing my favorite bloggers voice in a video sometimes blows my mind. Especially when it doesn't sound close to what I thought it would.

I'd choose a fruit favored candy (starburst, sweet tarts, etc) over a chocolate bar any day.

If I come across a blog where each entry is a novel, I close that window faster than you can blink. I need pictures!

I literally laugh out loud reading E-Cards.


What are some things you feel the need to confess?


Linking up with Annie
Monday, September 15, 2014

Creamy Kickin' Ranch Dip

This weekend I attended a work picnic at a local park. Everyone was asked to bring a dish which was no big deal except that we were also going to a 1st birthday party right before the picnic which meant  a hot dish was off the list since I had no way to keep it hot. I refuse to be the person who brings a crockpot to birthday party.

After scouring good ole Pinterest, I found several cold dip recipes and adapted a few of them to create Creamy Kickin' Ranch Dip. Not only is this dip delicious, it's also super easy to whip together and would be great for all you tailgaters as well.


What You'll Need:
-1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip (make sure to get the Dip, not the dressing)
-16 oz container Sour Cream
-1/2 c mayo 
-1 can Rotel-drained (I used original, but will go with the hot next time)
-2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine all the ingredients, making sure to mix well. You can serve this right away, but it's even better if you let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.


Linking Up for Delicious Dish Tuesday 
Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh Hey Friday & Friday Favorites

Fall has arrived in Missouri...at least for now. Highs in the 60's and lows in the 40's have put me in the fall frame of mind. I love that we can turn the air conditioner off, open up the windows, and feel a tiny chill as the night goes on.

//one//
Favorite fall nail color. I broke out the fall colors and went with Essie's Minky Muffs. I tend to use a variety of different nail polish brands, but I think Essie has some of the best colors for fall and winter.

//two//
Favorite things that make you say, "what the...?" I don't even want to know how they got that bullet hole.

//three//
Favorite dates. J and I have been trying to spend more time together, but that doesn't always mean we're able to go out somewhere. We've had a few at home dates lately where we order some food, download a movie, and just relax after the kids have gone to bed. 
The Fifth Estate was pretty boring and I feel asleep. As for the other two I'd definitely recommend them. I couldn't believe I liked Godzilla as much as I did.

//four//
Favorite fall craft. I'm dying to make this sign before Halloween comes around. I like the look and the fact that you can really customize it with whatever you want.

//five//
Favorite tv obsession. This show has been around forever, but lately I've found myself really drawn to it. If it's on I have to watch it. I'm not sure if it's the courting, engagements, or weddings, but I can't shut it off. And while some of the things they do/don't do aren't for me, it seems like this family truly loves each other. If you want to have 19 kids, can afford it, and have the patience, more power to ya.

Linking up with Amy & Karli 

as well as Amanda
Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Largest & Longest Anxiety Attack Ever

AKA Motherhood.

We all know the joys of Motherhood. The unconditional love, the snuggles, smiles, I love you's, and the list goes on and on.

We also know how hard being a mom can be. There's the sheer physical exhaustion, especially when they're itty bitty and not yet sleeping through the night. And of course the mental exhaustion where you've made list after list, read Brown Bear Brown Bear 1,000 times, and tried to remember when the last time they pooped, ate, or slept was.

Things change as they get older and you worry less about whether they've popped and more about  what kind of person they are becoming.

With a 5 year old and a 14 month old, I experience a wide range of motherhood difficulties. For me though, hands down, raising a 5 year old is SO much harder than the "baby." 

Lately I've felt so much anxiety about all that comes with raising these little people. You know what doesn't help this anxiety? Watching Locked Up: Juvenile Detention. Turn the channel immediately. 

Ben has such a sweet, kind heart. He's also extremely funny. He's easily upset when things don't seem fair and he has lots of opinions and is very strong willed. And without a doubt he is all boy. And while all these things are great, they are also scary. I struggle to support his opinions and validate his feelings all the while still trying to teach him right from wrong. I want to encourage his goofy, funny, free spirited side, while also teaching that there will be many times when you have to do things you don't want to do. 

Being frustrated at your child and trying to teach them in that moment without loosing your sh*t is hard. There are days I'm a rockstar and days I've thrown a bigger fit than both my boys combined. We have days where Ben apologizes and days where I apologize, and sometimes both. 

Parenting isn't a passive thing. It causes me lots of worry. Should I be doing more? What should I be doing? What's the magical formula for raising another little person? 

I didn't write this to have a pity party for myself or because I want people to tell me what a great mom I am. I wrote this because I feel like not enough people do. People are afraid to admit just how hard this mothering thing can be. But, it is. And deep down, all you moms out there know this. 

And even though they cause me lots of anxiety and worry, I'm so thankful for my sweet boys. We're all on this great adventure together and I'll continue to pray that when they're ready to go out on their own, I've prepared them well. 


If you haven't already, check out Chelsea's blog. She's refreshingly honest and open about motherhood and pretty darn funny too.

This post has been going around Facebook lately and it's one of the most brutally honest confessions about motherhood. It also happens to have a few curse words:)

And because no post is complete without a picture.

Blog Life

Real Life

Linking up with Annie!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Recap + Labor Day

Well aren't you lucky? Due to my blogging laziness last week and (the week before), this week's Weekending consists of not one, not two, but three weekend recaps all rolled into one, including Labor Day, our unofficial last weekend of Summer.

So what have we been up to? Well...

I attended a wedding shower for one of my besties who is getting married on September 27th. I can't wait to stand up there with her on the big day.

Say "cheese" to Jack and expect to get this goofy grin.

Our Labor day weekend started with a Dilly Bar from the good ole DQ. You know what's really fun? Trying to drive and referee a fight between a 5 year old and 1 year old who is screaming at the top of his lungs because he WANTS A DILLY BAR TOO. Sorry, kid. I have no desire to clean that up.

Obviously the Dilly Bar injustice carried over into Target.

Thankfully by the next morning they were back to cuddling on the couch.

We made sure to squeeze in one last pool visit before it closed for the season.

Nothing like a little friendly eye gauging and face clawing with your cousin to end the Summer.

By the time we left the pool, Jack was all swammed? swummed? out.

We rounded out the weekend with baths, popsicles, and dinner at my parent's house.

This weekend was a good mix of laziness and productivity. Jack and I had tickle fights and did loads of laundry while J and Ben went to see Ghostbusters. It's the 30th anniversary of the movie, so it's been re-released to theaters. 

Ben's cousin turned 6 and we celebrated with an awesome Ninja Turtle party complete with a piƱata.

While all the big kids stuffed as much candy as they could into their bags, Jack was content with collecting his 3 little Dum-Dums.

One last swim of the season.

Although the pool is heated, the temperatures were in the 70's and unlike Ben, who was the last one out, Jack preferred playing with a pool noodle more than being in the actual pool.

There's no better way to end a weekend than a 5 year old demanding you take a selfie. 
And because I don't want to leave you with that lovely image, I hope you have a wonderful week!


Linking up Biana