Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Once a Bearcat...

This weekend seriously was one for the records. Although sadly my Bearcats didn't have a victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes, it was still a great game! 

We were able to leave in the early afternoon on Saturday and head down to campus to tailgate. I got to catch up with two of my girlfriends from college and it was just an all around great time. 

We had great seats. During halftime the Buckeyes did a tribute to Wizard of Oz, which turned out really cool. 

Boy, was I exhausted after all was said and done. 

It really got me thinking about just how much things have changed since I graduated in 2012. I'm married, have a house, and have a baby. Although we had a great time down on campus, it really wasn't the same. And I'm completely okay with that! 

I'm done with that part of my life, and although I can still go and have fun with my friends and husband, it's really not something I look forward to like I used to. Anyone else feel like that? 

Anyways, that's how our weekend went over here. I also received my Walmart Beauty Box, which I will be reviewing so check back tomorrow to hear more about that! 

How did your weekend go? I'd love to hear from you!  

Friday, September 26, 2014

High Five for Friday!

This week has felt like it has completely dragged for me. I know it's just because I've been looking forward to the Ohio State-University of Cincinnati football game tomorrow!

1. Juliet and I went running yesterday and I cut 4 minutes off my last run with her.  I gotta tell you it's a lot harder to run with the jogging stroller but hopefully that means it'll make me faster in the long run. 

2. I may or may not have binge watched Bones during the weekend and earlier this week so I was able to watch the season premiere last night. Also? Once Upon a Time is back Sunday! I'm not a huge tv fan but those two shows I really like to keep up with. 

3. Today's schedule is going to be completely off because my little munchkin is still sleeping. She was up a couple times last night, so I knew she would be tired. It should be an interesting day! 

4. I got my Hobby Lobby fix this past weekend! I also headed to Party City and picked up some stuff for Juliet's birthday party. We've got a little over a month still, but I like to be prepared because I know something always goes wrong. Check the blog Monday for free editable party invites! 

5. This really hasn't been an eventful week. To finish that thread off, I will be spending most of today cleaning my house. We have company coming this weekend because of the game, and honestly it needs done regardless. It always amazes me just how dirty the house can get in a weeks' time. 

Don't forget to check out my Tour of Blogland to learn a little more about the blog and meet some other great bloggers! 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Game Day Fashion

Gameday Fashion


Victoria s Secret PINK turtleneck top / Victoria s Secret PINK jersey knit top / Abercrombie & Fitch skinny fit jeans / Sperry Top-Sider top sider shoes / Vera Bradley galaxy smartphone / Nail treatment

This weekend is a big deal. I mean HUGE. Ok, well maybe just for a select few people in Ohio it's a big weekend, but I'm certainly one of them. My alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, will be playing The Ohio State University. Ever since I began attending UC in 2008 I have been waiting for this game. I'm seriously beside myself with excitement.

A couple of my girlfriends and their significant others are coming up to tailgate and go to the game with us. Since we are there for probably close to twelve hours, what we wear really is important. Comfortable, functional pieces are what are important, but of course I still want to look cute! (I mean, those Jamberry nails are perfect!)

Comfortable shoes, a clutch that will hold just the basics, and a sweater for when the weather gets a bit chilly in the evening are all necessities for this gal.

What are your game day fashion essentials? 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tour Around Blogland

I have seriously loved blogging for the past few months and getting to know a lot of you through my blog. Being a stay at home mom, I really enjoy getting to have something that's all my own-something that I enjoy doing. This blog has really been such a wonderful creative outlet and I'm looking forward to getting to learn and grow even more!

I was nominated to be a part of the Tour Around Blogland by Tif at Bright on A Budget. The tour lets you guys know a little more about the magic behind the blog, and for you to get to meet some pretty great bloggers as well.

1. What am I working on?
Right now I am working on getting a whole new look together for the blog! It's definitely a process, but I'm hoping to have it done in the next couple weeks. 

I'm also working on a couple collaborations with other bloggers and some new DIYs to share soon. 

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I think my work differentiates me from other bloggers because I truly am a lifestyle blog. I show all different aspects of my life, from DIYs and recipes to baby posts and fashion. Right now I really love getting to show you all aspects of my life. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I'm a stay at home mom, and although I love my little munchkin to the moon and back, I needed something that was just my own. I love getting to share bits and pieces of my life with you all.

Having a reason and a place to share my projects, recipes, and daily life experiences is the main reason I do what I do.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Oh my. It's kind of embarrassing. I am trying so hard to get myself together and have a schedule of 
posts. My general process is writing down any ideas that I have in a cute little notebook I carry around everywhere. I also use the Evernote app to keep track of different ideas that hit me, or specific lists of what I would like to get done that day, etc. 

What usually happens? Either the night before, or sometimes the morning of my post, I am on my computer typing, editing photos, and starting the basics of posts I have ideas for. I generally have an idea of what posts I want to do each day, but if I'm not feeling it that day when I'm writing, I don't post it. I don't want to put something out that isn't my best writing so sometimes it changes on the fly. 

I also try to do multiple projects on the weekends or on the evenings that I am really feeling motivated and then take pictures as I go or of the finished project. That way when I am stuck for a post I already have some material waiting for me. 

Now I have asked 3 other bloggers to join in on the fun! Be sure to go over and check out their blogs, and say hello. Their posts will be up on September 30, but feel free to check them out now! 


Meet Kat from Lemonade Linings


Hey there, I'm Kat! I'm a newly engaged twenty-something who loves ice cream, reality television and obsessing over my little rescue mutt, Bertuzzi. Lemonade Linings is stuffed to the gills with musings of style, beauty, recipes, organization and how to survive your "young adult" years.



Meet Amanda from Kids and Cabernet 



Hi, I'm Amanda! I blog at Kids and Cabernet. I'm a wine loving stay-at-home mom :) you can find me blogging about mommy hood, recipes , my favorite wines and anything else that comes to mind - there's the occasional DIY too. Blogging is my creative outlet and I wouldn't have it any other way! 




Meet Amanda from Meet @ the Barre
Hi I'm Amanda I blog over at Meet @ the Barre.  I am a Barre instructor as one of my numerous jobs but I love to talk about all things fitness and fashion on a realistic budget.  I try to keep things light and funny around here.  Oh I'm also engaged and planning a Wedding!  I am getting married in February and time is really flying! Honestly some days need more than 24 hours in my life.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Easy (and Clean!) Chicken Stir Fry

I don't know if it's just me, but I feel like I go through cooking slumps. This is one of those weeks. I enjoy cooking healthy meals for us, but there's just moments where none of my usuals sound good. Or I'm missing an ingredient.

So last night when absolutely nothing sounded good, I decided to throw a stir fry together. The best thing about making a stir fry is really anything goes! As long as you are using fresh ingredients and healthy oils it will be clean, too, which is really important to the fitness challenge I am doing right now. I thought I'd share with you the quick meal I made last night! 


Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 medium onion, diced
1 large bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
Carrots (I was out but they would have rounded it out well) 
Garlic 
Ginger, to taste
Splash of soy sauce 
Olive oil to coat pan 

1. Heat large pan with olive oil over medium heat. 

2. Add chicken and veggies to pan. Season with garlic, ginger, and pepper. For me, the more ginger the better! 

3. Add a splash of soy sauce, just enough to give it some flavor. 

4. Cook until chicken is hot and not pink. Serve over rice or even alone. 

It's really so easy and it's a great way to get a healthy meal on the table quickly. 

What's some of your go to meals during the week?

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Why We Canceled Cable (And How We Don't Miss It)


When Jay and I first got married, we had cable with all the extras. We had a DVR, all the HD channels, pretty much whatever the cable guy told Jay about he was all for it.

After we had been married for a few months and I was officially getting on his insurance, we realized that there needed to be a budget cut somewhere. The easiest and most logical thing was to cut cable. It was the one extra that we didn't really need. 

I won't lie, I had a little bit of withdrawal from reality tv. It was a struggle

We both enjoyed trashy reality shows that really were giving absolutely no substance to our lives. (But how can you rip yourself away from Real Housewives? I mean, c'mon, you know you want to see what that psychic friend of Camille's will say about the other women.) 

After a year and a half of not having cable, I can honestly say that it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Getting rid of the cable has kept us from getting glued in front of the tv in our evenings. Now, it was never intentional. We didn't sit down and just watch these ridiculous shows for hours on end on purpose, but it happened. And it happened more often then it should have.

Now we are more likely to do other things during our evenings, even if it is just talking to one another. I also like the fact that Juliet isn't watching shows that she really doesn't need to be. As she gets older it will make it easier to control what and when she watches, and I think that's great.

Don't think you could do a total media detox? We didn't either!  Currently we have Netflix and use Youtube that we stream onto our tv via the Google Chromecast. We love it! You can also look into Amazon Prime, Hulu +,  and find the shows you enjoy on the channel's website and stream from there. All of these options save you money without causing you to completely go off the grid.

What do you think about cutting cable? Do you do it? Are we crazy for not having it? I'd love to hear your perspective! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

High Five for Friday

Hi friends! Thank goodness for another weekend on the horizon. This week has really tested my limits. Nothing all that special, but just being sick and having a teething baby has really taken it out of me. So let's get started!

1. I'm just about finished with my 3rd week of my 12 week fitness challenge and man does it feel like it's been dragging. I'm really having to make myself workout. Eating clean has been the only thing that has really saved me this week. 

2. I'm getting so excited for Christmas! I know, I know, I shouldn't be already but I can't help it, it's my favorite time of the year.  I'm looking forward to doing all sorts of fun projects and posts for the blog. 

3. Last weekend was my first time ever going to Hobby Lobby. Best. Thing. Ever. I don't know why I've been spending my time at Michaels and Joann's, I could buy half the store at Hobby Lobby. May be the reason I'm so excited for Christmas, too. 

4. Jay and I got away for a date night last weekend at Bonefish Grill. It was great to have some time to ourselves, even though we still talked about little one. We ended up at Dunkin Donuts sharing some coffee and just talking after dinner. I'm so glad that we finally have one nearby! I used to go all the time when I lived in Cincinnati and I missed it. 

5. We went on a walk yesterday to enjoy the nice weather. We are so lucky to have some great metro parks nearby. Juliet loved the nature center! I think it was something about the fish being on her level. 

How was your week? Id love to hear! 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mushroom Burger and An Update

First off, I wanted to tell my lovely readers about the Tour of Blogland that I was honored to be a part of yesterday. Tif at Bright on a Budget invited me to be a part of it. Check out her post! I will be posting mine next Wednesday so keep an eye out.

I'm on the third week of the No Excuse Mom 12 week challenge, and let me tell you, this has probably been the hardest week for me to get my workouts done. I started with allergy-like symptoms last week that developed into a sinus infection and slight bronchitis and it's just been miserable. On top of that, Juliet is cutting her two top teeth and has three others still coming in so we haven't slept much. 

This is one of those weeks where what I eat is really, really important. Just getting through my first few workouts this week has been miserable, so I know that what I eat will make or break what I'm doing this entire week. 

One of my go-to meals for lunch lately has been a grilled portabello mushroom "burger." It's so simple, it's delicious, and it's so easy! 


Ingredients: 
1 large Portobello mushroom
Garlic Powder, to taste
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 slices of bread (or a bun) 
1 Leaf Romaine Lettuce 
1 slice tomato
1/2 avocado or mayonaisse

1. Wash mushroom, dry, then coat in seasonings to taste. 

2. Place mushroom on grill. I use my George Forman grill because it's the easiest for me to do quickly. 

3. Grill mushroom for about 10 minutes. Toast bread. 

4. Spread avocado on each slice of bread, using it as a butter or mayonnaise. (Picture shows mayonnaise, prior to my clean eating)

5. Place mushroom on bread with lettuce and tomato. Sometimes I also add some spicy brown mustard.

Enjoy with a yummy salad. You will be dying to eat this again. The best part is, there's very few calories but it's still a very satisfying meal. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dot Bunting Tutorial

All of our closets in our upstairs don't have closet doors. I'm not really sure why, because it looks like there used to be hinges on the molding. Right now, replacing doors is not on the top of the priority list when it comes to house renovations so I thought I would like to at least dress up Juliet's closet area a little bit.




This dot bunting is a great option! It's cheap, it's easy, and I think it really adds something to the room. Plus, you could make it for so many things. I'm planning on making a few more for Juliet's birthday and for the holidays.  There's so many great ways to use it. 

Materials Needed: 
Scrapbook paper or card stock of choice
Circle punch (I used 1'') 
Thread


1. Punch the holes from the scrapbook paper. 

2. Thread sewing machine with desired color of thread. Place circle directly under foot of sewing machine and sew through the middle. 

3. Place next circle just as the first circle is clearing the back of the foot. Continue doing this for as long as you would like your bunting. 

4. Hang and enjoy!


Seriously this is one of the easiest ways to add some whimsy to a room. If you will be hanging straight down, I would recommend doubling the circles so if it spins you will have color on both sides. Or you could use colored card stock. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

4 Myths about Cloth Diapering


There's so many misconceptions out there about cloth diapering. When I was researching cloth diapering, there were so many things I was worried about when considering an investment into cloth. Here's some of the main myths I've found during my research and the past few months cloth diapering my daughter.

1. It's time consuming. 
Although you will be doing a couple more loads of laundry a week, cloth takes no more time than changing regular diapers does. Either way you have to change your baby. 

2. It' dirty/gross. 
Poop is poop. Your baby will do it whether you put her in disposable or cloth. There will be times you will clean it no matter what type of diaper you use. And bonus of cloth? Very few, if any, blowouts. 

3. It's expensive. 
This may or may not be true, depending on what kind of cloth diapers you choose. But you can easily fully cloth diaper a child with prefolds and covers for about $100. That's less than 2 months of costs of disposable diapers. 

4. It's inconvient. 
I would argue it's more convenient. I never have to worry about running out of diapers. I don't have that panic when I thought I had more diapers but suddenly realize there's none left and I have to run to the store with a screaming baby. I've got them right there.

Honestly, I've loved getting to do cloth diapers with my daughter. They are adorable, fluffy for little bums that fall down a lot, and I rarely have to worry about diaper rashes.

Interested in learning more about cloth diapering or a cloth mama yourself? I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, September 12, 2014

High Five for Friday

It's the weekend again! It's been a pretty great week over here and I'm especially thankful to have gotten to celebrate another year with my family.

1. We finally found a jogging stroller! I'm so excited to start running with Juliet on a more regular basis now. We're hoping to do a 5k in a few months, so I definitely need to get my butt moving. 

2. I'm coming towards the end of my second week of the 12 week challenge with No Excuse Mom. As of yesterday, I'm down about 3 pounds and have been loving eating more healthy. I just feel better and have more energy throughout the day. 

3. We have a date night planned for this weekend at Bonefish Grill and I'm so excited. We don't get out much just us two so we are taking advantage of grandparents being in town this weekend. 

4. It has cooled down so much the last few days but the pollen count is unreal. Since I'm still nursing, I can't really take anything. It's affecting everyone except my hubby, including all our animals. I'm hoping it ends soon it's miserable. 

5. Juliet is 10 months old now! I can't believe it's been that long already. Were officially only 2 months away from the big birthday. Check back next week for a full 10 month post. 

How was your week? 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

What I'm Loving Right Now

Jay and my parents always ask me what I want for my birthday. And usually? I say nothing. I say nothing because I can never think of something I want. I would never want anyone to spend a lot on me, and just being with my family is really all the I really want anyways.

It got me thinking, though. What are some of those things I've wanted but would never really ask for? I've got a few and I thought I would share with you!

What are some of the things you'd put on you're wish list right now?

wishlist

1. Michael Kors Watch
2. Polar FT7 Fitness Watch
3.Kate Spade Mini Purse
4. Kate Spade Dot Tote
5. Victoria's Secret Pink UC Sweatshirt
6. Hobby Lobby Wooden Shelf
7.  Starbucks Mug
8. World Market Bistro Set

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Free Birthday Printables

Keeping on theme of birthdays this week, I thought I'd share a little bit about how we celebrate birthday s in our little family. 

I really enjoy getting to do things for Jay for his birthday. There's just something about getting to surprise him and letting him have a day doing things he enjoys that just really makes me happy. 

We don't do a whole lot right now because money is tight with me staying home and having a baby, but we always enjoy getting to do something together, like going to the zoo. 

One way I like to make the day special is decorating the house a bit for the birthday person. I think it makes it a little more special, and it's something easy and cheap that really anyone can do. 

And for my lovely readers, I've got some free birthday printables for you to use for those special people in your life. 





For multi color click here
For blue/gray click here
For pink/gray click here


These prints are meant for 8.5 x 11 paper. For best results, download and print as a PDF on card stock paper. 

*For personal use only*

How do you celebrate your birthdays? 

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Quarter of a Century


So, the end of last week got off to a bit of a rocky start.  Our internet went completely down in our area, so I was unable to get a post up for Friday. By time it came back on we were gone for Juliet's doctor's appointment and running errands. At that point it just didn't seem worth it to post so late. 

This weekend was such a wonderful time spent with friends and my family. Jay and I celebrated my birthday this weekend by going to the Franklin Park Conservatory. It was beautiful and a great place to go as a family! Not to mention the food was delicious. 

They have blown glass pieces all throughout the conservatory, and Juliet was just absolutely fascinated with them. It was so fun to watch her really studying all the things we saw.  She especially liked the koi pond. 


Saturday night we built a fire after little one went to bed and has some time together. I'm so glad the weather is finally settling into cooler nights. 

And today is my 25th birthday. It feels really weird that just a year ago I was expecting my little one, and two years ago Jay and I were getting ready for our wedding. Time really does fly! 

I'm just really unbelievably blessed for all the things that happened in the past couple years. 

Staying on theme, this week's posts will be all about birthdays. Make sure to check back throughout the week for some fun projects, a free printable, and maybe a wish list or two! 

How was your weekend? 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Finding a Great Dress








I have such a hard time finding clothing that will fit my season in life right now. I am still nursing my daughter, but I've also lost some weight and don't want to wear oversized nursing clothes anymore.

When I realized I would have to pump when I went to my friend's wedding a few weeks back, I was concerned because although I had things that would fit, I didn't have anything that was nursing friendly.  This led to a few frantic mornings sans baby running around trying to find anything that would work.

I was about ready to give up when I saw this dress at Target and fell in love. Now normally I wouldn't think of Target as somewhere to get a dress for a wedding, but this wedding was fairly casual and I really wanted something that could be worn again.

This dress is just adorable and so so comfy! The zipper makes it perfect for this nursing mama and you don't have to show to much skin to do it. I love the little keyhole accent in the back.

You really could dress this up by pairing with a statement necklace or some big flashy earrings, a few bracelets and a pair of heels.

Dress | Target (Not online but still carried in store)
Boots | Kohls
Bag | Alice and Olivia via TJMaxx

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

tarte Marajuca Creaseless Concealer Review

Being a mama to a little girl who didn't want to sleep until she was about 6 months old, I was in desperate need of a good under eye concealer. The bags under my eyes would've had to been checked at the airport. It was getting ridiculous.

I researched forever because my skin is extremely sensitive. Plus when I'm going to spend a fair amount on the product I like to know what I'm getting. Originally I was actually going to get the Bobbi Brown under eye concealer but the lady at Sephora knew better. Enter tarte Marajuca Creaseless Concealer

I've been in love with this stuff from the moment she put some under my eyes. It's so creamy, and a little goes such a long way. It lasts a really long time and doesn't seem to settle at all which I love. 

It wakes up my face so much!

Want another review on the same product? Check out Kat's review over at Lemonade Linings

Do you have any go to beauty products? 



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Roasting a Whole Chicken

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. I know it was great to have some extra family time for us, and we got a big dent into getting our playroom done. Yes!

As some of you know, I decided to do the 12 Week Challenge with No Excuse Mom and it started yesterday. It involves clean eating, a work out schedule, and really just having goals to aspire to. I've been really motivated since I decided to do this, so I thought I'd share a great recipe for clean eating with you. Check out the link, you can still sign up by Friday!

I decided a while back that I was going to try my hand at roasting a whole chicken. We always have loved eating rotisserie chickens, but let's face it, we really have no idea how it is cooked. Plus, I've never seen one that is actually organic and we are trying our best to do the most organic foods that we can.

A whole organic chicken is a great way to stretch your budget because it can be used so many ways. I bought mine at Trader Joe's and got a great deal on it. Check your local farmers/farmer's market, too. You would be surprised at the great deals you can find there!


Ingredients
1 Whole Chicken
4 cloves Garlic
2 Onions
Coconut oil or Olive oil
Carrots, Potatoes, or any other veggies to roast with the chicken
Salt and Pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Rinse off chicken and remove the bag of innards from the cavity. Make sure you rinse out the cavity also.

3. Stuff 4 garlic cloves and one chopped onion into the chicken's cavity. Place chicken in greased roasting pan.

4. Place veggies to roast around the chicken. Season with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you may like. I personally like garlic powder, rosemary and some parsley flakes. We also did some red pepper flakes.

5. Drizzle olive oil or place coconut oil on top of chicken.

6. Bake for about 60-90 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken. About half way through, I spooned the oil back on top of the bird to crisp up the skin.

That's it! It's so easy, not to mention delicious and easy. We've used the leftovers in salads, soups, basically anything you would normally use chicken for.

Any tips for cooking clean? I'd love to hear!

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