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Columbus Day Sale

Holidays always bring the best sales! Columbus weekend is really the last BIG sale until Black Friday / Cyber Monday. American Eagle has some really great finds but the best are the Bralettes that are all $14.92 ( creative, ey?) with free shipping and free returns. I rounded up a few goodies that are currently in my shopping cart! I’m thinking Sale Sunday should be a thing here on the blog…who doesn’t love a good sale while the hubby watches Football? Let me know what you got! ( super bummed that so many of the $19.99 jeans are sold out of realistic sizes )

Camo Sweatshirt / Tee / Tank / Flannel / Bralette / Lace Bralette / Jegging Crop / Dress / Racerback Bralette / Halter Bralette

Brandon’s 2nd Birthday

How did we end up back here already? I feel like we just cleaned up from Brandon’s first birthday and just like that he turned two! It’s incredible and sad all at the same time. My little baby is really becoming a little boy and I want time to stand still…just for a little while longer.

Brandon’s birthday fell on a Thursday this year ( St. Patrick’s Day Eve in case you forgot! ), so we celebrated with balloons, a couple gifts and dinner out. I am typically out of the house before Brandon wakes up, but I wanted to be sure I saw him on his birthday so I went to work a little later. Little man came downstairs to a small basketball hoop and a Music Mat. I’m not sure he’s overly thrilled with either one!

Sunday was his party with some family and friends. We had a simple day with pot luck style food and good fun with everyone.

Brandon’s Sports themed party was a lot of fun to plan! I made paper bags into footballs and baseballs, got sports plates and napkins for the kids, sports stickers and a roll of easel paper for the kids to color on and stick their stickers. Everyone was able to take a ball home with them at the end of the day!

Happy 2nd Birthday to our sweet little man!

2 Year Update

Age: 2 Years

Stats: Height 36″ (92%), Weight 30lb 6.0oz (80%).

Clothes/Size: Pretty much 24 months or 2T. Pajamas I always say a size or two bigger because they shrink and are SO tight to begin with and shoes he’s into an 8.

Favorite Foods: Favorites would be fruit of any kind, macaroni salad, anything he can dip in ketchup, anything pickled or with salad dressing on it, goldfish, cookies, cheese & crackers, yogurt….and anything else we give him. He’s still a really good eater and has the same thing at meals as we do. Once in a while he’ll have a bad night but bribery works everytime.

Diaper size: Praise the Potty Gods…we are potty trained. It was no easy feat, but I think we have officially made it. We started in November during Thanksgiving weekend when we would be home for an extended period of time. Brandon was showing a lot of interest in the potty so we decided to give it a go ( we also changed his crib into a toddler bed at the same time) – he was about 20 months old at the time. He had his ups and downs and accidents at Daycare…but we never turned back and we have a potty trained 2 year old! I’ll share more on that later.

How much am I eating: Not a relevant question anymore! He’s not the garbage disposal he once was; however, he still loves to eat!

Words: Brandon says new things everyday and it’s so awesome. He can communicate with us and let us know what he wants. He can decide what to drink and what toy he wants. I love that he can talk ( except when it’s “wus dat mama?” about 385 times a minute.

Activities: Helping do any and everything. He is still very much independent and wants to throw things away, climb in his chair, brush his own teeth and wash his own hands. He wants less and less help doing things which is nice and terrible at the same time because if we try to help it’s a disaster. He loves playing in the sink full of water, taking showers with us and watching Wheels on the Bus ALL DAY LONG!

Sleep: This kid has been sick since January so sleep has been all over the place. When he’s feeling good, he sleeps a solid 8pm-6am or thereabouts. We have been putting him to bed a little later recently because his mornings were starting earlier and earlier by climbing into out bed at 530….which was NOT happening. So he goes to bed anywhere between 8-9pm and wakes up closer to 7am.

Favorite Things: Nursery Rhymes on YouTube, any remote control, bottles of medicine, his thermometer ( see a trend here? )…anything he shouldn’t have, he has. He still loves to just carry around one specific item and as of lately it’s his thermometer. He loves buses and matchbox cars.

Signature Moves: Running around naked….he goes to his door and tells us “buh bye”, whipping his head back and forth, sliding down the stairs on his butt and falling on the floor when someone walks in the door as his defense mechanism.

Mom’s Proudest Moment: Just everything. He is an extremely smart little man, picks up things the first time he sees it done, using his words to express what he wants or doesn’t want. I am beyond proud of Kevin and I for sticking with potty training and not giving up. It’s harder on the parents than on the kid for sure. One day he would pee no problem and the next he would have 8 accidents in an hour. A few months of accidents is worth a potty trained 2-year old.

Dad’s Proudest Moment: Dad is also proud of the potty training as difficult as it was in the beginning we made a decision to go for it and we never turned back. The accidents were minor in the long run.


Such a delayed post here – but like I said life has been moving and I had to get on board. Blogging is not my job, it’s my hobby and something I enjoy doing but sometimes I need to step back and just live!

It’s been almost a month now since we surprised my Mom for her birthday! It was so fun planning and getting ready for the big day and unfortunately there are not a ton of pictures to show of it, but she was kind of surprised…doesn’t make it any less special though!

dsc_0140Huge, huge, huge thanks to friends and family for coming, to my husband and brother for setting up and Dad for going along for the ride!

dsc_0157 dsc_0170Nap time was postponed a little but well worth it since this little man is so cute.


I’m all about party favors (ALL ABOUT THEM!). We had the party at a wine bar and the invitations were “wine/vintage” themed so we originally wanted to go that route and give Kevin’s Homebrew Beer as a favor (check out his Facebook Page: Sound Brewing); however, the morning we planned to head to NY the keg kicked and we were left with nothing. Not a single bottle of beer. I love doing homemade items as gifts and favors and we now had hours to think of something else to make for a gift! I’ve done granola, beer was out of the question, too late to infuse oil…the next best thing was BBQ Sauce! Kevin makes this stuff regularly. It’s cheap. Easy. And delicious. It was a scramble to get the ingredients and jars but we made it work!

dsc_0155Happy Birthday Mom!!! We all love you. Hope you had a great **th birthday!


Sephora Stock-up Sale

I know I have been super MIA lately but I’ve just been enjoying soaking in life! I have so much to share from the last few weeks with events and meals but fiiiiiiirst …. if any of you are Sephora VIB/VIB Rouge members you must jump on this sale NOW! With code “20VIB” you can save 20% off your entire order (nov. 11-14). It’s time to stock up on favorites and grab some Christmas gifts – here’s a peak at my shopping cart!

sephoraMakeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation
Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe or Too Faced Christmas in New York
The Estee Edit Inside Track EYeliner
L’Occitane Verbena Shower Gel

Nest Holiday Candle Ornament
Beauty Blender
L’Occitane Hand Cream Set
boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics
Moroccanoil Dry Body Oil
Chanel Chance Parfume
Lashstash Mascara Favorite

Corn Dog minus the Corn Dog

I didn’t know what else to calls these little nuggets but it’s a spin off of a corn dog, pig in a blanket and sausage & peppers. They look pretty ridiculous and are a little messy, but a change of pace and pretty stinkin’ yummy! Not to mention, they are EASY!


The recipe is super simple. Cut the tops off of Wax or Poblano Peppers ( any long and skinny pepper will work ) and remove all seeds. Drizzle Olive Oil on peppers and Sausage ( italian or chicken sausage is fine ). Slice some Onions and throw everything on the grill with medium heat. Stuff the pepper with sausage and onion, maybe top with some Spicy Mustard and enjoy!

DSC_0036I love this meal because it’s quick, it’s loaded with protein and veggies and the cleanup is minimal since it’s all done on the grill. It doesn’t even require Sunday Meal Prep!! BONUS!

Happy Hump Day Friends!

Any recipes you want to see? Any tips or tricks you want me to share? Have an ingredient but you just don’t know what to do with it, or you’re getting bored of the “same old”? Leave me a comment.

What’s a good deal on Diapers?

I started this post so many weeks ago but didn’t think it would be of interest to anyone…then I thought about it 645 times since then and decided it would be beneficial! I stocked up on diapers as soon as I knew I was pregnant and it was probably the best decision because those suckers are EXPENSIVE!

Buying diapers. Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor from the mini stroke I just had. Diapers are so disgustingly expensive. I cringe every time I see someone carrying a case of diapers down the sidewalk at our complex because I know exactly how much they just spent and I feel for them! I am by NO means an “extreme couponer”; however, there are some things I refuse to pay full price for. One being diapers, and two being mayonnaise. <– it’s true.

Here is how/when/what I feel is the best price to pay for diapers. I clearly didn’t have time to count the numbers of diapers we used on a daily basis, I did some research and have found an estimate of how many you will need for the first year and how much you could be saving!

Because each size overlaps with the other do to a babies weight, you don’t have to go crazy having a certain size all the time. Depending on the size of your baby, Newborn size diapers may not be necessary for you. We had 2-3 packages as gifts so we used them just because they were there ( Brandon was 7lb3oz when he was born ). Newborn goes up to 10lb and Size 1 fits (on average) 8-14lb. We can see how the two sizes overlap.

Newborn (up to 10lb)
Size 1 (8-14lb)
Size 2 (12-18lb)
Size 3 (16-28lb)
Size 4 (22-37lb)
Size 5 (27+lb)
Size 6 (35+lb)
*information found here

I have found the best place to buy diapers is the Drugstore with the Grocery Store a close second and buying in bulk is not necessarily a better deal. The full price for a small package of diapers is typically $8.99-$12.99 – this is a basic package of any size and contains 20 (size 4) – 35 (size1) diapers (the larger the diaper, the less you get per package). Stocking up on different sizes during sales is a must. The good (in my opinion) sales come around about once a month, so buy a bunch.

I shop the sales, cut coupons and look for deals that I can add onto my store card – here is when you get the best savings. For example, I grocery store soetimes runs a $2-$2.25 coupon on a package of diapers which I can load to my store card, stack that with a $1-$3 manufacturers coupon, on top of sales, clearance or any other promotion they are running and that could be a $5 savings on one basic package of diapers – almost 50% savings. My grocery store also likes to run “save $10 instantly on purchase of two jumbo boxes of diapers”, this can be great savings but I highly, highly suggest you find a manufacturers coupon and savings loaded to your store card.

Costs per size, per diaper
Newborn / 13¢ — 16¢ / not usually necessary
Size 1 / 11¢ — 14¢ / 840 diapers
Size 2 / 14¢ — 16¢ / 560 diapers
Size 3 / 16¢ — 19¢ / 1512 diapers
this will take you through the first year / total 2912
Size 4 / 19¢ — 22¢ Size 5 / 22¢ — 26¢
Size 6 / 26¢ — 30¢

Don’t do the math on how much that will ACTUALLY cost you because you might fall out of your chair. However; if you follow sales and try to clip coupons it’ll save you beau-coup bucks in the long run.

Diaper cost source

Blueberry Oat Protein Muffins

Blueberry Oat Protein Muffins
recipe adapted from

dsc_0029gold cupcake paper / red white & blue


2 scoops Whey Protein ( protein I use )
1/4 cup agave
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk ( vanilla is good too )
1 1/2 tbsp almond butter ( or peanut butter )
1 cup applesauce
2 egg whites
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
sliced almonds
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees / whisk protein powder, agave and almond milk together until smooth / add almond butter and whisk until smooth / add remaining wet ingredients and mix.

Add oats, baking powder, cinnamon and mix well / fold in blueberries / pour mixture into cupcake paper / top with almond slices or nuts / bake 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean



The answer to “where do I put this”, “how can I hide this”, “why are there toys all over the floor?” – is Baskets. They can literally go in every inch, every room of your house yet all take on a completely different function! The key is to use baskets to hide crap and keep things tidy but without looking like a basket factory. Keep it toned down by using a few baskets for a specific purpose and decoration instead of just a hold-all.

I love baskets, they’re all over our house and most of them are empty, just waiting for something to fall in them. Kevin always points out the fact I spend money on baskets that are just sitting around. Yes, this is a fact. However, once we have a decent house ( hopefully sooner rather than later ) I will have places for all my gorgeous baskets and places to decorate.

Everytime a basket is on sale, I’m all “must. have. that. now.” So, I rounded up some different ones and helped share some ways to use them for function!

baskets Stackable Baskets / Small Wire / Three Piece / Round Handled / Tiered / Metal Lined / Tall / 3-Piece Round / Raffia / Canvas

Are you not drooling? I mean, come ON! I am so obsessed with these baskets someone needs to take my credit card away. STAT!

I’m all about keeping Brandon’s toys, duplo legos, shoes and anything that needs to be grabbed quickly in baskets. With the open top it’s easy to throw something in, take something out – all one handed because we most likely have a 30lb child in the other! Tall baskets are great for toys, large toys, stuffed animals and plush building blocks. where smaller ones are better for on a shelf or in a changing table cabinet to hold diapers, shoes and socks.

The laundry room and linen closet are two places we don’t always think to use a container of some sort for storage. I would go for something that fits easily side by side like a rectangle or square as well as something that is lined so you can take the liner out and wash it!

Bathrooms! Where do you keep all the bath toys? Extra towels and toilet paper? I LOVE the tiered basket to hold wash cloths, face washes & moisturizers and makeup brushes! The raffia basket would be a cute addition to the bathroom to use as a trash.

Possibilities are endless when it comes to the kitchen and living room. Larger baskets can hold throws and extra pillows for the couch and round flat baskets can act as trays on a coffee table or on a counter or kitchen table to hold spices, silverware and condiments. Instead of moving a hundred little things to clean the counter you only have to move one!

I had a little too much fun today looking for basket storage ideas and inspiration, I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

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Grocery Haul and Meal Prep

We have had ( and are having ) some busy weekends as summer comes to and end and life picks back up again – why does summer always seem like vacation even though we have the same routine? Kevin’s summer hours ended, I head back to work full-time, school is back in session which means morning commutes are more stressful and time to stock up the pantry for the cold weather. OK – maybe it’s not going to get THAT cold THAT soon, but I’m preparing.

Without realizing it, I tend to stock up the freezer for the cold months and by the time the first peak of warm weather shows, it’s time to eat fresh food! This week I did a huge grocery haul and planned meals for the next two weeks due to holidays and wedding travel. Here’s a look at what $99 of groceries looks like. I also did some meal prepping as usual.

I talked about stocking up on sale items for future use ( Dinner for $10 ) – this will save you time and money. Time, because you already have the food on hand ( maybe even keep a running inventory of your freezer or pantry ) and Money because you spend half the price or more on something you would normally buy anyway!

image1dsc_0003Trying to get everything shoved into one frame was tricky, sorry for the bad quality.

Sale items I stocked up on:
Shrimp ( originally $19.99/2lb = sale $11 each ) 45% savings
Grass Fed Hot Dogs ( originally $7.99 = sale and coupons $5.99 ) 25% savings
Morning Star ( originally $4.99+ = sale 3/$10 plus free french fries ) 45%+ savings
Ground Turkey ( originally $5.99 = sale and coupons $2.99 ) 50% savings
Naan ( originally $2.99 = sale $1.99 ) 30% savings
Chicken Breast ( originally $2.99/lb = sale $1.79/lb ) 40% savings

I have a method to my madness (usually) which, in this case, means I DO NOT buy certain items unless they heavily on sale and/or I have a coupon. Shrimp is one of these items. Shrimp is SO expensive and I feel like it’s all I want to eat sometimes. I will only buy shrimp if it is $6/lb or less ( preferably $5 – $5.50/lb ) and second is mayonnaise. Yes, it’s an unhealthy condiment but one I CANNOT live without. I only purchase mayo when it is on sale AND I have a coupon. Naan is a pantry staple in our house. When I saw them on sale this week I had to grab 2 more packages – they can easily be frozen, but we eat it at least once a week so I know they won’t go to waste.

After all my shopping is done, it’s time to prep some items for the week. Some weeks contain more prep than others and this was one of those weeks. To be honest, I am so OK with that because it makes week nights smooth as butter!

dsc_0005 dsc_0004I make my menu, prepare a shopping list being as specific as possible ( list number of zucchini or bananas you need so it’s not a guessing game when you’re in the store ) and then plan what I will prep ahead of time. Some easy items to prep are yogurt, hummus & veggies and overnight oats.

image2This week, prep took a little longer – I shredded the zucchini and carrots for muffins ( adapted from here ) using my food processor, then cooked/pureed the eggplant in the food processor and baked the “meat”balls as well. We mixed and baked the zucchini muffins, peeled/mashed/mixed bananas and cooked pancakes, cooked a batch of eggs, chopped celery and onion & made tuna fish, and steamed five heads of broccoli.

It was a lot of cutting, chopping, cleaning, washing and cooling – I got a little run down and luckily Kevin finished things up. Come Monday, all we have to do is boil water for pasta and heat sauce and dinner is ready! Crockpot chicken on Tuesday takes no time at all and just like that, two days worth of meals are almost completely done for you!