Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Showers + May Flowers

Can't believe May is creeping up on us, the unofficial start of Summer will be here in about a month! So ready for late nights on the deck & long days at the pool! 
Right now though, my mind is on all things Spring, we can't wait for the cold showers to move on out. ;)
 
Here's a few items I'm loving for Mama + Mini:
one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven
How cute is that vase? Would look so pretty filled with a fresh Spring bouquet! And that gumball umbrella for the mini's, ah!
 
A pop of green adds a touch of Spring to every outfit, such an easy way to accessorize. I love pairing these necklaces with a plain white tee, can't wait to see how everyone styles their pieces! :)
Currently, all of the green necklaces are on sale at DolceAve, no coupon code needed.
Happy Spring!
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend + Dinner Menu

Hope you had a great Easter!
I love this time of year, the warm sunny weather puts a new outlook on everything.
 
This weekend, I scrubbed our house top to bottom with Mrs. Jones Soapbox non-toxic cleaning products. Thanks to my friend Katie  for the heads up!
I'm a cleaning fanatic and to be honest, didn't think these products would hold up to my arsenal of supplies but they totally shocked me, working just as good & smelling 100% better!
If you read my last post, Sofia had a little vom session in her car seat (thank you for your emails, she is feeling much better!) anyways, I Mrs. Jones'ed the heck out of the car seat and it looks brand spanking new! I used the Soapy solution mixed with hot water and a washcloth, also scrubbed the leather seats and it worked great. Definitely recommend!
 
Easter morning Sofia "wowwww'ed" her way down the stairs & went straight to the goodies. Unfortunately, the Easter bunny brought her a wagon with a manufacturer defect (Mike was not too happy to find that out, after he was almost finished!) but that didn't stop her from hunting for eggs. The first one, she picked up, gave it a shake, popped it open and yelled "NACK NACK!" "NOOO DO-DA!" She always makes a point to let our dog know he can't have any. ;)
We went to brunch at our favorite diner then headed to my parents house for dinner. My niece and Sofia had an egg hunt but Sofia was more interested in throwing around the Easter grass, which was deemed Easter pom-poms.
She also is 100% opposed to family pictures, toddlerhood, fun stuff.
 
Here's what we're working with this week:
Monday| Easter leftovers
Tuesday| Grilled burgers, loaded cheese fries with bacon, green onions & buffalo ranch & broccoli
Wednesday| Skillet chicken parm (I'll post the recipe soon), French beans & garlic bread
Thursday| Italian Chopped Salad - finely chop Romaine, mozzarella, pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini & green bell peppers then toss together with your favorite Italian dressing
Friday| Dinner Out
Saturday| Grilled BBQ fish, corn on the cob & scalloped potatoes
 
Happy Monday, friends!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What Sofia Ate | Mini Meals

Happy almost Easter weekend!
We kicked it off coloring eggs, baking cookies & bringing out the egg shaped candy. Mini Cadbury's you are my weakness.
Oh, and Sofia threw up all over herself on the drive home from work - so, after she fell asleep I threw in the towel, ordered a gigantic gooey cheesy pizza & plan on polishing off these chocolate eggs.
Moving on to mini meals, here's a random day for miss Sof's!
 
|Breakfast|
Every now & then we indulge, Sofia gobbled up scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit & a cinnamon roll.
 
|Lunch|
Chicken fajitas mixed with rice and cheese & a side of clementines and bananas.
 
|Snack|
It's been all about the cheese lately. Once she had her first string cheese, it was game over.
 
|Dinner|
Gnocchi with mixed veggies, cheese & tomato sauce and a side of fresh fruit.
 
This weekend we're laying low, enjoying the warm weather & heading to my parents for Easter dinner.
Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter!
 
*If you follow me on IG @megawat you may have seen the giveaway for DolceAve, one set of BFF's is going to win this agate best friend necklace. Winners will be contacted on Sunday!
Good luck!
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Weekend + Dinner Menu

Sofia had the best bath of her life tonight & stayed in there until her little hands and feet were wrinkled all over.

Also, I just went in to check on her, usually she's sound asleep but tonight she was wide awake. She stood up arms in the air, I picked her up, she pointed to the rocker & told me to "SIT!", then looked up at the monitor and said "Dada, wa wa" - Mike was there 30 seconds later with a fresh water and big girl straw. I swear she's 1.5 going on 16! ;)
 
Our weekend was busy - we watched my niece, went to a wedding Saturday & stayed out entirely way too late which led to bad decisions, like McD's for a late night fish filet (Sofia woke up at 6:58am, that was a fun one!) & the guys stained the deck all day Sunday while I tried to pick up the pieces of our life (aka laundry, cleaning, grocery store, change the sheets & plan our week).
|Dinner Menu|
Monday| Beef stir-fry with steamed rice. I buy one of the Birds Eye stir-fry frozen mix bags & cut up whatever veggies we have fresh and add it to a big skillet of cooked beef or chicken then pour in teriyaki, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic & sriracha then let it cook down for about 10 minutes.
Tuesday| Skillet Shrimp with broccoli and pasta shells with butter, garlic & parm.
Wednesday| Bacon Asparagus Pasta adapted via
Thursday| Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad - this is a quick one, cook 2 chicken breasts & cube it, also cube 1/2 block of cheddar and dice a couple cherry tomatoes then mix with this pasta salad and sprinkle the top with bacon.
Friday| Out - not really out but more like take-out in bed, which happens to be one of my most favorite times of the week! ;)
Saturday| Grilled steaks, loaded baked potatoes & asparagus. Speaking of potatoes, did you know you should always buy organic? Potatoes carry a huge amount of pesticides - the soil they grow in is treated with chemicals, they are sprayed with more toxins before hitting the grocery store & it all survives in the meat of the potato, yeah the part that we eat.
 
Hope your Easter week is off to a great start!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bug Mania + Agave Soy Baked Chicken Recipe

Sofia has a new obsession, it's cute and it's gross but she can't get enough, "bug-E!" We spent 30 minutes before bedtime out on the deck when she saw an ant, every neighbor I'm sure heard her yelling "bug" "BUG-E" "ewwww" "bug bug bug" - she gets real mad when they crawl between the plank & yells "BUGGGG-E!!!" then runs away when they appear, with a hysterical "I don't know if this is funny or freaking me the f out" laugh. I love watching her explore the world around her, things that are always there but she's just now noticing. Life through her eyes is pretty awesome & so are these strawberry shades, wish they came in my size!
I wanted to share this quick recipe that uses less than 10 ingredients, anything with more than a handful of ingredients I usually pass right on by. Ain't no Mama got time for that! You can use chicken breasts but Mike loves chicken thighs, so that's what we used & served it up with fluffy white rice (because brown is too weird for Mike but I'm sure that goes for the majority of guys!) and green beans.
 
|Agave Soy Baked Chicken|
Recipe adapted via
Ingredients
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c reduced sodium soy sauce
4-5 Tbsp agave
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
4 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
salt & pepper, to taste
 
Directions
1| Dump all ingredients into a Ziploc bag and massage the marinade into the chicken then let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, if you're in hurry you can surely skip the cooling session and go right on to baking
2| Preheat oven to 425 degrees
3| Place chicken skin side down into a baking dish then pour all of the agave soy goodness over top
4| Bake 25 minutes then flip the chicken and cook 15 minutes then turn one last time (so it's skin side up) for about 10 minutes or until crispy
 
Hope you have a great weekend! We have a wedding to go to tomorrow, we have to stain the deck (been putting this off since Sofia was born, so 1.5 yrs now!) & then I'm sure the rest of the weekend will be spent looking for bugs! ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What Sofia Ate | Mini Meals

Happy Wednesday, we're halfway through the week ladies!
Mike and I have a wedding to go to this weekend and I'm nervous about getting dressed up, I've been in Mom mode for far too long! ;) In preparation for the wedding and not wanting to show up with split ends that look like they went through the lawn mower, I treated myself to a cut and color for the first time in 6 months. It's crazy what a little trim will do to the soul!
 
Moving on to mini meals, here's a day of food in Sofia's world.
 
|Breakfast|
French toast, raspberries & clementines
 
|Lunch|
Mac n' cheese with mixed veggies and a side of fruit
 
|Snack|
Sofia is all about fruit, so it's no wonder this melon salad was a hit. I just cut watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew into little bite size pieces - these will last a couple days in the fridge.
 
|Dinner|
Veggie turkey burger topped with cheese and guacamole and a side of fresh fruit
 
Hope you're having a great day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Basket Treats + Bucket List

Can't believe Easter is almost here and it was in the 40's yesterday, Spring needs to make an appearance stat. Hopefully, by time the Easter bunny makes a visit it will be warm and sunny, we plan to have an egg hunt in the backyard!
 
I'm so excited for Easter this year, now that Sofia is old enough to enjoy the festivities! I filled her basket with lots of random goodies and I can't stop thinking about the fun eggs at Target, have you seen them? I'm thinking I need to run back and grab these and these.
Here's a few things we would like to do:
 
|Easter Bucket List|
1| Color eggs, although I'm sure we'll both be covered in pastels by the time we finish
2| Bake cookies, our holiday tradition
3| Easter egg hunt in the house, hopefully it buys me enough time to throw dinner in the oven
4| Pictures with the Easter bunny
5| Easter egg bath
 
What's on your Easter bucket list?