February 26, 2017

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We have had the warmest weather for February in RVA! Such a tease for spring! Friday night we hung out with neighbors enjoying the sunshine and spring like temps! We have a great common area in our neighborhood for the kids to run around.

Last night we went to dinner with friends at Shagbark! This is my third time eating there and it is so delicious! 

Today is Kroger Clicklist (love it!), laundry and I am showing a house later this afternoon. 

Here goes with this week's menu planner...


Monday....Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese (similar to this recipe but w/o American Cheese), Salad

Tuesday...Steak Tacos!

Wednesday...Chicken Noodle Soup, Blueberry Muffins, Salad

Thursday...event at the school so take out or dinner out 

I am thinking of trying this berry cobbler for a dessert one night and see if we can get Clyde to eat fruit through dessert!

February 22, 2017

How to online shop at Forever21.com

I have found some really cute things at Forever 21 but walking into that store is a little overwhelming. You need a black blous but they are located in about 20 different areas of the store. Their website has just as many options and can be hard to browse. Today I am sharing a few tricks for searching. I use words that are in recent clothing trends...first up I typed "Tassel" in the search bar. And look what I found...how cute!

Tasseled Off The Shoulder Dress

Blush Noir Tasseled Dress

Beaded Tassel Necklace

I am not sure how long this necklace is but Camille would love it!

Tassel Trim Scarf

Next up...I searched "Embroidered"

Embroidered Shift Dress
RD & Koko Embroidered Top
Next I entered "Open Shoulder"

Open Shoulder Top
Open-Shoulder Top
I found these items when I searched "Ruffle"...

Abstract Ruffle Top
Ruffle Sleeve Swing Dress

Ruffle One Shoulder
 I also put in Abstract, I noticed that term in a lot of their items. And I found this cute top and leggings!

Abstract Cap Sleeve
Active Abstract Leggings
I have found a bunch of cute bathing suit coverups at Forever 21! When I search "swim coverup" I ran across this cute Kaftan.

Abstract Print Coverup Kaftan

February 18, 2017

Family Friendly Dinner Ideas

We are on our third week of Hello Fresh and Michael said it was sorta "slack" to post my menu planner with mostly Hello Fresh meals. #blogcritic
So I decided to create a post of family friendly dinner ideas in lieu of this week's menu planner. I try to create menus that have at least one element that each child will eat. It is challenging!

French Toast or Pancakes, Bacon or Sausage, Baked Apples

Breakfast Burritos, Bacon, Pineapple

Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese, Pizza Sauce for Dipping, Salad

Chicken Teriyaki, Steamed Broccoli, Mandarin Oranges

Chicken & Black Bean Quesadillas, Chips & Salsa

Fresh Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce, Salad, Bread

Flank Steak (we use this marinade), homemade french fries,  

Ham, Parmesan Risotto, Corn

Pork BBQ, Cheesy Smoky Pinto Beans, Corn Muffins, Apple Sauce

Chicken Tortilla Soup, Corn Muffins or Quesadillas, Mandarin Oranges

White Pizza & Salad (I like this crust mix if you want to make your own dough)

Sliders, French Fries, Salad

 I am always trying to come up with new ideas! What are your family dinner night go-to recipes?

February 15, 2017

New For Spring

I am ready for Spring! I am tired of my winter clothes and ready for some warm weather and crazy #RVA home bidding wars! I love a dress for showing houses in the spring and summer. Comfortable and just shoes and accessories to coordinate! 

Old Navy has some of the cutest dresses right now and you can get an extra 30% off today with the code ENJOY! 

Cocoon Dress
Embellished-Yoke Swing

Embroidered Yoke Shift Dress
The above one would be great for UVA games but I am really like this yellow color as well! 
Embroidered Yoke Shift Dress

Gingham Shirt Dress

This Gingham dress is so cute but sold out in a bunch of sizes online! 

I also wanted to share these cute sandals that would be great with most of these dresses!
Under Wraps Sandal

And finally nothing to do with dress but I splurged on this bathing suit from Loft! It is so cute and flattering.

Bathing Suit

Come on Spring temperatures!

February 12, 2017

Hello Fresh & Menu Planner

We tried Hello Fresh last week and I loved it! We have previously tried Blue Apron and Peach Dish, you can read about those experiences here and here. Out of all the delivery meals I have tried, Hello Fresh is my favorite. The recipes were simple and tasty. The ingredients were fresh and I like how each meal has it's own box with all the ingredients, so it is easy to take out of the shipping box and store in your fridge. Also, there are always six meals to choose from each week so you can pick what you would like the most!

We are trying the meals again this week. Click here to receive $40 off your first order, you will receive 3 meals for about $20! Also, you can cancel anytime.

We are still having family meals on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and then filling in with these meals on the other days.

Monday...BBQ, Fried Okra, Cheesy Smoky Pinto Beans, Corn Muffins

Tuesday...Hello Fresh New York Strip Steak

Wednesday...Breakfast Wraps (recipe from Dinner Solved, The Mom 100 Cookbook), Bacon, Baked Apples

Thursday...Hello Fresh Turkish-Spiced Salmon

Friday....Hello Fresh One Pot Italian Wedding Soup

February 10, 2017

Easy Valentine's from Pinterest

I have probably pinned 50 pictures of DIY valentines on Pinterest. We decided to try some out this year. 

Clyde can chew gum in his classroom so these seemed like an obvious chose. Here is the link to this printable. We found the gum at the Dollar Tree. I used card stock for the card and a glue gun to attach the gum. Very simple!

"You are a gem of a friend" was Camille's chose. These turned out really cute as well. I had the candy bags already. I printed on card stock and used ribbon and ring pops both from the Dollar Tree.  Printable can be found here.

February 4, 2017

Super Bowl App Ideas & Menu Planner

 Are you appetizer planning for the Super Bowl? Listed below are recipes and links to our favorite apps. I have made all of these before and they are delicious! 

Goat Cheese Marinara

Sausage Dip
1 lb breakfast sausage
1 can Rotel
1 block of cream cheese
1 jar of roasted red peppers, drained.

Brown sausage and drain. Mix all ingredients together and heat in a pan over medium high heat (or crockpot is even better). Serve hot.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
10 oz chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
1 can artichokes, chopped
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 tsp minced garlic
parmesan cheese to your liking
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
 Mix all ingredients and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with french bread or tortilla chips.
(Side note...My friend Erica gave me this recipe at a kitchen bridal shower. I still make it and it is delicious!)

Texas Cavier
2 cups black eyed peas
1 cup hominy - white
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
8 oz Italian dressing

Mix all ingredients together and marinate overnight. Drain the dressing. Serve with tortilla scoops.

Anyone thinking of making chili, this is a great chili recipe.  And I just noticed there is a healthier version here that might be worth trying.

Here goes with this week's menu planer....
I have decided to try Hello Fresh. So those meals will be incorporated into this week's menu plan.

Monday - Family Meal: Turkey Smoked Sausage, Sauteed Peppers & Onions, White Bean Mash, Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday - Hello Fresh Do the Dukkah Chicken

Wednesday - Homemade Chick-fil-a Nuggets, French Fries & Apple Sauce

Thursday - Hello Fresh Cod Piccata

Friday - Hello Fresh When Steak Met Potatoes

If you are interested in trying Hello Fresh, you can get $40 off your first order by clicking here.