LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Easter Bunny Dirt Cake


This is one of my most popular posts and with Easter in a few short weeks, I thought I would re-post the recipe for this super festive Easter treat. 

Click Here to see my original post and step by step directions. 



Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Favorites Under $50

Anyone else go through phases were you feel like there's nothing you really want to buy and then all of a sudden BAM! I'll take one of everything please.

I'm really trying to go through our house, room by room, and get rid of everything we don't use or need and that includes my closet. And as hard as it can be to get rid of certain pieces, it's nice to rid of things I no longer like or haven't worn in forever and then pick out a few new pieces that I absolutely love

Today I'm linking up with Annie to show you some of my favorite looks for Spring and the best part is they're all under $50!















This post contains affiliate links. All of these are items I would personally purchase or already have purchased. All opinions remain my own.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Bucket List 2017

photo via

You know I love me a good Bucket List and while I've always done one for Summer, Spring's been left out. Since yesterday was the first official day of Spring, here's some things I hope to do before summertime rolls around. 

//Deep clean the entire house//
Open up the windows, tidy each and every area, and get rid of everything we don't need. 

//Go on a picnic//
A spring must before the temperatures get too hot.

//Dye Easter Eggs//
After seeing this tutorial using silk ties, I can't wait try it out.

//Get a pedicure//
Is it sad I have to schedule this one on a bucket list? My toes are looking rough and with sandal season coming I need one badly.

//Stock up on flip flops//
Since my feet will be all pretty, I'll need some new flip flops to wear. For some reason, I don't have any of those cheap Old Navy ones left.  They're perfect for when you need to slip on something quickly.

//Fly a kite//
The boys got kites a few years ago and they've just been sitting in the closet so it's time to break them out. Now if only we can keep them in the air.

//Go Berry Picking//
This was on our Summer Bucket List last year but by the time we went, berry picking season was almost over. I'm planning on going earlier this year to get even more delicious fruit. 

//Make a bird feeder//
Ben is obsessed with the all the different kinds of birds that land on our deck so we might as well feed them while we're looking at them.

//Spruce up the yard//
Weed pulling, mulch, flower planting, etc. It's amazing the difference fresh mulch can make.

//Attend an Easter Egg Hunt//
Other than the one at our house :) 

//DIY Garden Box//
We do a small "garden" every year on our patio (tomatoes, peppers, flowers) but due to a very strict HOA and a ton of deer and rabbits, a full on vegetable garden won't work for us. I've seen a few box garden DIY's on Pinterest and I'm thinking that may be a good option.  

//Spring Break Shenanigans//
We're going to St. Louis for a few days and while we've been several times before there's always new things to try out. 

//Get professional family photos taken//
It's been way too long since we've had professional photos of the 4 of us. 

//Make homemade strawberry shortcake//
Maybe using some of our freshly picked strawberries.

//Attend a baseball game//
Ben's attended a few games, but Jack's never been (2nd child probs). This is definitely a spring activity because sitting in the sweltering heat watching sports is not my idea of fun. 

//Go on a nature scavenger hunt//
Exercise for me, fun activity for the kids. Win win. 

//Trip to the zoo//
I'm not sure any zoo will ever compare to our trip to Tanganyika Wildlife Park so I'm trying to keep my expectations in check.


Do you make a Spring Bucket List? What would be on yours?
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Recap {St. Patrick's Day}

To my own shock I actually wasn't dreading Monday. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's 80 degrees outside, and it's the first day of Spring, and Spring Break is next week. Noticing a theme? Bring on all the Spring things!

But before I get too excited about Spring, I'm linking up with Biana to recap our weekend. There's something so fun about celebrating St. Patrick's day with little kids. We have a tradition where the boys build a leprechaun trap with their dad and despite their best efforts, each year the leprechaun manages to escape. 

When your dad has an engineering degree, you can't have a simple trap. Don't you just love Jack's simplicity of hanging a plastic bag to catch him :)

While the boys made traps, I made mini rainbow cupcakes. And then cursed myself for making them mini.

While we were asleep the leprechaun not only avoided the traps but made quite a mess. He also peed in our toilet, turned our milk and breakfast green, and left a trail of gold coins as he escaped out the window. 

Friday night consisted of a beautiful sunset and delicious take out from our favorite Asian restaurant.

J had a huge work event on Saturday so I took the boys to see Beauty and the Beast. Our theater has these new D-Box seats that vibrate and move along with the movie which was a really cool feature. And despite the crowds and lines being out the door, the movie was fantastic.

Saturday night we ate dinner with my parents and sister and then Sunday was an exciting day with filled with cleaning, laundry, and playing with every single toy we own. The kids not me. Although Ben and I did try out his new magic kit and we aren't half bad. I also got the final print hung in our main level guest bath.
Frame//Target
Free Printable//Burlap and Blue


Let's tackle this week!
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekend Recap

Oh what a Monday it's been. If you saw my Instastory over the weekend you know that on Friday night we discovered blood in Jack's urine after he came running to me to come look in the toilet. Something no mom ever wants hear. After a quick call to the nurse hotline, they determined we didn't need to go immediately to the ER but we would need to see a doctor on Saturday. Luckily our regular pediatrician was on call and he got us right in. 
Long story short, after urine and blood work, and then an ultrasound today, they ruled out both a UTI and any kind of tumor. Which is the good news. The bad news is we still don't know what's causing the bleeding. They mailed some of Jack's labs to the Mayo clinic and we should know those results in a few days. We are also meeting with another specialist tomorrow in case they need to do a kidney biopsy in the future or this becomes a reoccurring problem. 

The two causes on the table at this point are that Jack had strep a few weeks ago that we never knew about and although the strep is gone now, his body built up antibodies which are having a reaction in his body. It's essentially harmless and will go away on it's own. The other cause is some kind of chronic kidney issue or kidney failure. Needless to say this is the first time I've ever hoped for strep.

Despite the craziness over the past couple of days, Jack is actually feeling fine. He's eating, drinking, and playing as usual, but it's pretty scary to look in the toilet. I'm also so so so thankful that I work for a university/healthcare system and that our insurance is beyond amazing. My last employer had worse than horrible insurance so this is something I do not take for granted. And can I just brag on our pediatrician. He has followed up with me via text and phone calls to check in and go over each new lab report as it comes in. All of this on the weekend and in the evenings. It's no wonder he's everyone's favorite. 

So, not so short of a story but that's whats been going on. And despite all that, we still managed to have a pretty good weekend complete with a dusting of snow which was gone just as fast as it came.

While Jack took a 5 HOUR nap Saturday afternoon, Ben and I made the best fluffy slime with shaving cream. We both agreed this was our favorite so keep an eye out for the recipe this week.

By Sunday we were all ready to get out of the house so we braved the cold temperatures for lunch at a local brewery (momma needed a beer) and then Jack and I hit up another antique store where I found this unique piece of milk glass to add to the sofa table which is this close to being styled.

Here's to hoping for an uneventful rest of the week!



Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, Friday + A Vlog

Well we finally made it to Friday! I've got something really exciting to share so let's jump right in.

//one//
I made my first ever Vlog! I take you along with me for the weekend and I may or may not have traumatized my kid for life by doing a face mask. You can watch the vlog below or over on my YouTube Channel. And if you all want to click over there and hit the subscribe button I would so appreciate it!


//two//
I presented at a conference last week and about an hour and a half before my session I had issues with both my mac and powerpoint. I grabbed every computer we had available and thankfully everything ended up working out, but I had to laugh at this view in my hotel room.

//three//
What is it about sidewalk chalk that instantly transforms an adult into a child again? I'm sure going to miss the seventy degree weather especially since there is snow in the forecast for Saturday.

//four//
I'm finally putting the finishing touches on our sofa table in the formal living and I am in LOVE with this arrangement. I was on the search for a blue jar and found this one at a local antique mall and the cotton stems are from Hobby Lobby. 

//five//
This slow cooker recipe for Teriyaki Chicken has been pinned on my board for longer than I'd like to admit. I figured now was as good as time as any to try it out and it wasn't too bad. Jack and I liked it, but the husband and Ben weren't a fan. Do any of you have a recipe for this that you absolutely love? 



Linking up with ChristinaAmanda, & Karli.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Copy Cat {Jimmy Dean Breakfast Skillet}


It all started with my husband's obsession with those skillet breakfasts. If you've never had one, they come frozen with potatoes, peppers, and sausage and all you add is the egg. Since they only take about 10 minutes from start to finish they're perfect for a quick weekday breakfast or a lazy Saturday morning. 

So when I found myself without any in the freezer and a husband who just had to have one, I decided to make my own. And it's probably no surprise that it blew the frozen skillet out of the water. The best thing about this recipe is that you can add or take out whatever you'd like based on preference or what you have on hand.

What You'll Need:
-chopped frozen hash browns 
-1/2 lb sausage 
-1 red & 1 green pepper, finely chopped
-1/2 small onion, finely chopped 
-3 scrambled eggs
-2 tbsp oil or vegetable oil

What You'll Do:
-Heat one tbsp oil on medium; add peppers and onion 
-Saute for two minutes and remove vegetables 
-Add another tbsp of oil and brown potatoes to your desired consistency-we like ours pretty crispy
-While potatoes are browning, cook sausage thoroughly and drain
-Use the sausage skillet to scramble eggs (saves on dirtying more dishes) 
-Once potatoes are done, add sausage, vegetables, and eggs back into the skillet
-Mix well and serve hot

We like to eat ours with toast and ketchup :) 



Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.