Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Confessions

It's been one of those weeks over here, one that calls for jumbo margaritas & mom confessions.


1. I am having serious anxiety about sending the girls to preschool this Fall. Harper will be in pre-k and Eloise in the 2-3 year old class. I know Harper will do amazing & have so much fun, but I worry about Eloise having major separation anxiety. I have a feeling I will be going back to get her halfway through the day, and she will be staying home for another year. I also have anxiety thinking about actually getting up, ready, and out the door with three kids ON TIME to school, because I am going to fail with flying colors.

2. We have taken advantage of chick-fil-a & starbucks drive through more times this summer than I'd like to admit, and most of the time, nobody in my car is wearing shoes.

3. We binge watched the new season of Orange is the New Black in less than two weeks & I may have shed a tear when it ended. This season was my favorite yet!!

4. My mom-brain has gotten out of control. The other day I threw a shirt in the dryer to get rid of the fold wrinkles, and when I came back to get it a few minutes later, I am all "great our fucking dryer is broken, why is it making a water sound?!" Because I threw my shirt in the washer, that's why. By itself. No detergent. 

5. I have yet to pack a single thing & we are moving in two weeks.

6. I am ready for Fall & don't care who knows it.

7. Our pediatrician totally heard me mumble "asshole" under my breath when Eloise threw her peanut butter crackers on the floor during a fit of rage in the doctors office because I wouldn't give her the entire package of them. It's a good thing she knows us well or she probably would have noted in our chart.

8. We decided to go with a partial Ikea kitchen for the new house, all sixty five thousand boxes were delivered today & I am in total panic mode. What have we done. 

Alright ladies, your turn! Share your mom confessions, and virtual cheers with whatever you're drinking on this fine wine Wednesday! XO

Monday, July 18, 2016

Strawberry Shortcake Seven Ways

Strawberry shortcake is our absolute favorite summer dessert around here. My kids are addicted to strawberries, and when they are in season, we can't help but buy them in bulk. Last weekend we made homemade biscuits to throw together a super yummy shortcake, and it did not disappoint! Topped with vanilla frozen yogurt, whipped cream, sliced strawberries in homemade syrup & probably too much powdered sugar. If there is such a thing. 

I am rounding up seven of my favorite recipes for strawberry shortcake today, and thinking it wouldn't be a bad idea to try them all before summer is over! ;)


1. Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Donuts // This totally counts as breakfast right?
2. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches // I love these all tied up with bakers twine, so pretty for entertaining or birthday parties!
3. Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats // Overnight oats are so easy & make for such a good way to switch up breakfasts, especially for kids.
4. Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs // Perfect for entertaining, all food is more fun on a stick!
5. No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake // So easy & pretty. And perfect for kids that love graham crackers as much as mine do!
6. Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles // Another one the kids would love to eat, but also would have so much fun making.
7. Vegan Strawberry Shortbread Ice Cream // Only takes 15 minutes? Count me in!

Is this dessert on the top of your list too? I would love to hear your secret recipe to the best strawberry shortcake! Hope this has sweetened up your Monday! XO

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! We are so happy that the weekend is finally here, how about you?
We will be celebrating Brandon's birthday, which sounds like the perfect reason to procrastinate packing. Things are about to get crazy over the next few weeks, so we are looking forward to relaxing & spending time at the pool with our babes.

Pic via pinterest.

Wanted to share a few Friday Favorites with you today, so many fun summery finds, hope you enjoy!!

It's official, I have an obsession with pool floats.
 
My favorite denim shorts of the summer are on sale! I live in them, they're so comfy!

 Love this list of 26 Summer movies to re-watch ASAP.
 
The cutest book the girls picked out at the book store this week, a fun story & beautiful illustrations. I'm so excited to plan a new library wall in the new house! ;)

The most flattering peplum top, and it now comes in lots of new colors!

Using your blender or food processor to make shaved ice? Why didn't I think of that?! Try these booze infused sno cones this weekend.

The new Childhoods shortie collection launched this morning, seriously drooling over these colors & patterns!

Cheers to the weekend, make it a good one!! XO

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New House Kitchen Planning

We are just a few short weeks away from closing on our new house & we are so so so excited. One of the first things going down on closing day will be demo in the current kitchen. 

The layout of the kitchen is great, it is smaller than our current one, but has a great working triangle & lots of natural light. The biggest problem with the kitchen in its current state is the cabinets. They are old, the drawers hardly open, all of the shelves are missing inside of them, and the part that contains the current wall oven is falling apart all together. Also, I really wanted a totally different style of doors, so we decided to start from scratch. The current kitchen has an electric cooktop, and we will gas lines ran so that we can install a full size gas range with a hood above it, and plan to do some open shelving on either side of the hood. We ordered a white farm sink & plan to look at honed quartz counter tops this weekend. For years, I always imagined having an all white kitchen, but lately I have just been loving the warmth that grey cabinets bring to a room. We ordered our cabinets this week, they will come unfinished (can't wait to share more details about this!) so our next step is to finalize a paint color.

I love white subway tile, but after doing it with dark grout in our bathroom, I'm not sure I would ever do that again. I am leaning towards white tile & white grout, and really loving the herringbone pattern. A friend of mine walked me though doing this as a DIY, which would save quite a bit of money, but I am not sure I am skilled enough to do this. We shall see! ;)

Now for the fun part, choosing hardware! This is where I feel like the overall look will all come together, but I am stumped between what I thought I wanted (gold) and what I think may actually look better with our style of house (bronze + chrome). I love the idea of mixing metals, we will be painting or replacing all of the hardware in the house with a dark bronze finish, so most light fixtures will be this finish as well. I just LOVE the way gold hardware looks with grey, and think it would compliment the bronze so well, but that industrial chrome faucet?! All the heart eyes.
Accessorized with my favorite rug of course, I love a little purple in every room! ;)

 So I would love to get your vote! Bronze hardware with chrome faucet? Or gold hardware and a gold faucet? Or bronze + gold faucet and just skip the chrome?! So many choices! I feel like I always have visions of what I love, but it's the final stages of pulling things together that tend to stump me! ;)

I've been pinning like crazy so if you're looking for a little bit of house inspo, come find me on Pinterest & follow along! Cannot wait to hear your thoughts & to share more updates very soon!! XO

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Blackened Fish Tacos + Avocado Sauce

This might be my favorite recipe of all time, we have made it four times in the last two weeks & I just cannot get enough.

I have been hunting down the perfect components for a good fish taco recipe, and we came to the conclusion that it needs a good blackened fish, a flavorful, crunchy slaw & a cool avocado topping. So I am sharing the recipe today & giving you a fair warning that you may need to make a quick run to the grocery store! ;)


For the fish // 
4-5 tilapia filets
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it!)
2 tbsp olive oil
10-12 corn tortillas

For the slaw // 
1/4 red cabbage, chopped
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro
juice of 1 lime 

For the avocado sauce //
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cilantro
juice of 1 lime
sprinkle of sea salt

Directions //
1. Combine ingredients for avocado sauce in a food processor or blender, blend until thoroughly mixed & set aside in fridge to chill.
2. Combine ingredients for slaw in a small bowl, mix well & set aside.
3. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients for fish seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture on to both sides of the fish & rub the seasoning in to coat each filet.
4. Heat skillet to medium-high heat, add olive oil & add each piece of fish once the pan has heated. Cook on each side for 5 minutes or until fish is cooked through and is flaking apart & outside looks blackened.
5. Heat a dozen corn tortillas in the same pan, or in the microwave. Break apart all of the fish into small pieces, add to the tortillas & top with slaw and sauce. 
6. Serve & enjoy (with margaritas if possible)!



If you try these, I would love to know what you think of them! They'll probably be on our weekend menu, and taste just as good on the grill instead of the skillet!! :) 
Hope you are having a happy week so far!! XO

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer So Far


Summer 2016 has been the bees freaking knees. The girls are all at such fun ages, this is the first summer in two years that we haven't had a new baby (sounds crazy right?) so it feels good to be able to run and go and not have to stop to nurse or keep a little one out of the heat. I have said it a million times, I am so thankful that Claire is such an easy going baby. Also maybe a little thankful that she isn't walking yet. ;)


It has been hectic trying to sell our house, but is kinda fun being forced to stay out of it. We've been to the zoo, the pool, the splash pad, the lake & every park in town. But my kids favorite place to be is on the slip n slide in the front yard.

The girls became obsessed with learning how to chew gum. Harper will randomly have hers in her mouth for two hours and then ask if she can spit it out after we have all totally forgotten she had it, and Eloise usually swallows hers in the first thirty seconds & then asks where it went.

We've learned that there's nothing a late visit from the ice cream truck can't solve, but if you eat it too fast you'll definitely get "fweeze brain."
 
Barefoot is the only way to be, lighting bugs are the best kind of entertainment & letting the girls stay up past bedtime to watch the Little Mermaid for the hundredth time has become our favorite way to spend Friday nights.
Long live summer, we hope you are enjoying yours!! XO

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Snacking on the go with Annie's Homegrown


Harper is headed off to dance camp this week, and we thought this was the perfect opportunity to share how we do wholesome snacking on the go!! We have been huge fans of Annie's Homegrown since our kids started eating solids. They make delicious snacks that our kids love & we feel good about feeding them. So today, we are excited to be teaming up with Annie's Homegrown to talk about some of our favorite summer camp approved toddler snacks!


First on the list, Annie’s Organic Chewy Granola Bars in chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin & peanut butter chocolate chip. I love these for so many reasons, they are certified organic, with 8g whole grains in every bar & they have no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives. My kids seem to love granola bars as snacks, as they feel independent opening packaging on their own & carrying it around without having to be put in a bowl. They're great for a quick breakfast or something we can throw in their bags as we head out the door.

Another must-have on our list is fresh fruit & veggies or some Bunny Grahams. These days, the amount of choices we make when it comes to our kids meals is honestly overwhelming. We feel confident in the ingredients in Annie's snacks, and love how much our kids love them!


PS. Cheddar Bunnies? Even mom & dad are addicted! ;)

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