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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Recipe | Chedar, Broccoli and Pancetta Crustless Quiche

In our house, we have a grocery list hanging on the refrigerator. When I run to the store I will take the list with me so that I grab everything we need. If there is something I didn't get or prefer purchasing at say Target, I will usually make a note on my iPhone. Joe on the other hand will take a picture with his phone and bring that to the store. Therefore leaving the said list still hanging on the fridge. A lot of times I will catch him and throw out the list and start a new one. But then that one time where I don't is the time I decide to buy the large pack of eggs. 

I have to say we seldom use eggs. If we do, it's usually something I'm baking which require 2 maybe 3 eggs at a time. And since baby came along baking has been at a minimum. So now I have 2+  carton of eggs in my refrigerator with no plans to use them any time soon. Then I thought, let me make a quiche and use at least 1/2 a carton and so today you get a recipe for quiche!


I've made a plain quiche once before and I thought it was so blah. So while out, I picked up a small pack of diced pancetta and thought I'd add it in! I already had some cheddar cheese and broccoli and all the other ingredients too. 

Ingredients:
6 large eggs
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz package diced pancetta
1/3 cup chopped onion
10 oz frozen broccoli chopped
salt & pepper
1 cup heavy cream


Directions:

Cook your frozen broccoli according to the package and drain well. Spray a large pie plate with non stick spray.  Spread broccoli, pancetta, onion and cheese in the bottom of the pie plate. In a small bowl beat the eggs and whisk in the heavy cream. Add a pinch of salt and better for taste. Pour evenly over the bottom layer. Place in over at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until tooth pick in center comes out clean.

Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving. Can be frozen and reheated! Reheat at 300 degress for 10-15 minutes.







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Monday, July 17, 2017

Review | Laura Mercier Foundation

I received these products compliments of Influenster, however all opinions are my own!

Friends, I usually don't write make up reviews because.. well, I typically don't wear enough make up to try different products. I am in no way an expert in the make up department since all I wear on the daily is some cover up for my dark circle (ya know living the mom life) and mascara. It is a rare occasion you will see me with lipstick and blush on! But when I received this foundation to try, it was very appealing to me. I thought I would give it a shot and was very surprised Influenster sent me a full size bottle. Score!


I received Laura Mercier Flawless Fashion Foundation in Medium as well as this setting powder. I could have done without the setting powder or perhaps the darker shade. I looked like an absolute ghost even after blending in!





With this foundation, a little goes a long way. So be sure to only use about a dime size for your whole face.




I love how it felt so light and effortless and didn't cover my freckles completely.
I would definitely recommend this product to those looking for a new foundation!
and because this was shot during nap time.. and nap time only lasts maybe 10 minutes if we are lucky during the day, here is a picture with my little man!
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Joseph Michael.. Three Month Update

Another month older for our little man! I really can't believe how fast it's flying by. I can't believe he has been in our lives for three whole months already! He is growing like a weed 
Three Months: July 8, 2017
Weight:  14.8lbs
Height:  24 3/4 in (we think he was measured wrong at 2 months)

Diet:  formula 

Sleeping:  Through the whole night!!! and cat naps during the day!

Clothing Size:  Moved up to 6-9 months and some 6 are getting snug!

Diaper Size: Size 2's
Joey is becoming more active every day! He is 'talking' so much especially in the morning. He moved into his crib since he outgrew his bassinet and with that started sleeping through the night! He usually sleeps from 8pm- 6/ 6:30am but only takes about 20 minute naps during the day. He gets very cranky when I'm tired and tend to whine when that happens. We say he has FOMO (fear of missing out) since he fights sleep during the day even though he rubs his eyes and is so tired!


Joey loves watching Fixer Upper with me (maybe because I watched so much while pregnant) and laughs and talks through the show. I like to think he is giving his opinion. He has the biggest smile and loves flirting! 


You can check out Joey's other Month Updates here:
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIY | Painted Kitchen Back Splash

Last spring we decided to upgrade some things in the kitchen. The old linoleum floor just wasn't cutting it anymore. The seam was in the middle of the floor and the chairs, dog and our feet kept catching on it. I also painted the cabinets literally a month before our wedding.. like I had nothing better to do! We purchased a new table and chairs and a small cabinet to use for extra storage and have since updated the sink faucet and a lot of the decor. 



The back splash tile was not horrible and I probably could have lived with it, but it just wasn't my style. With the new engineered hardwood floor, painted white cabinets and light and airy farmhouse decor.. it just didn't go. It was a yellow/ greenish color which had previously matched the ugly linoleum floor. 
I didn't want too many colors in the kitchen, so decided with this grey color to match the floor. I was nervous that once it was painted, with everything else updated, the counter top would stand out and look so old. But it actually looks great. it really pops and doesn't look old one bit! 

I used three coats of paint on the tile in order to cover up that ugly yellow/greenish tile. On some of the pictures, it looks as though some of the original tile color is showing through, however it is just the sunlight reflecting. I promise I inspected each tile thoroughly with a small brush. 

Before you begin to paint, make sure your area is well ventilated. The odor is very strong (think spray paint) and I wore a bandanna around my face and brought Joey to my parents. I opened every window and used two fans. The smell will linger for a day or two. Make sure you clean all brushes when finished immediately.  It dries fast and will be practically impossible to clean once dried. I left my rolling pan in the garage for about 20 minutes and the whole garage smelled for a week of the paint. 

Tape off edges of your cabinets, window sills and counter top. I also covered my counter top with plastic so no drip would get on it. Clean your tile thoroughly and make sure there is no dirt or grease. The paint will not stick to the tile if so. When completely dry, it is time to start painting.


I used three coats of paint on the tile in order to cover up that ugly yellow/greenish tile. On the pictures below, it looks as though some of the original tile color is showing through, however it is just the sunlight reflecting. I promise I inspected each tile thoroughly with a small brush. 

Supplies Used:

Rust-oleum Counter Top Coating (can be tinted to 16 different colors)
Smaller brush for touch ups
Caulk (if you want to re caulk the edges)
Painters tape & plastic
Bandanna or mask for fumes 




and in case you forgot what it looked like when we moved in here is the before photo!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer Simple Tablescape

Hosting parties in the Summer is so fun. Not only are you able to expand your space to the outside, but you decorate with patriotic decor for three whole months! 

A perfect tablescape to me is simple. When I host family and friends over, I don't want to waste time cleaning off the table that took me a hour to set. To be honest, most picnics and parties usually result in throw away utensils and plates. But there is the occasional time I bust out my real dishes... Like for this past weekend when we celebrated the Fourth of July at our house!

Just like my philosophy for clothes in the summer, simpler is better. That is exactly what I did for our patio table.




Place mats- Ikea
Dishes-Macy's
Mason Jar Mug- Pottery Barn(similar)
Flags- Target $ section
Napkins-Target $ section
Pillows- Target $ section
Plant- ikea
Pot-  ikea 
Table & Chairs- Sears



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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Easy Pasta Dinner

Are you like me and constantly on the hunt for easy weeknight dinners. Well this dish is actually my childhood favorite meal (besides plain bread) and it's so super easy to make! 

Ingredients: **Made for two people. If want to make for more, use whole box of pasta and double ingredients.

1/2 box pasta (you can use any pasta you like, I like shells because the garlic gets stuck inside!!)
1/2 cup oil
4 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a medium pots, make pasta according to box. While water is boiling and pasta is cooking, in a small pot heat up your oil. Add in your garlic and mix thoroughly. When your pasta is cooked to your liking, strain water and mix with the sauce you made. Mix well and add in the Parmesan cheese. Top with more cheese if desired! 


If you want the pasta more wet, just add more oil to your initial sauce! Personally I like to enjoy the cheese and garlic, so I like just enough for a coat so that it sticks!



Super easy right!! Hope you all enjoy!
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Prepping For A Party

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but the content and opinions here are my own.

What is the first thing you do after you decide on your guest list for the party? Maybe you make a pinterest board or start to gather ideas?  With Fourth of July right around the corner, I made a list of things that I do in order to get prepped for a party!


Make a Grocery List

Before I head out of the house I always make a list. One, so that I don't forget anything and two, so I can try and stay on track while shopping. Thankfully at Walmart all the products are labeled clearly and bold so that I know exactly how much I am going to spend on each item! Another great option that is very useful for my family is the Walmart Grocery Pick up! Order fresh groceries online with Walmart and enjoy the same in-store savings with free pickup. I can make a list right online so that I don't forget anything. Especially with the baby now, I like to get what I need and get in and out!
Clean the House

I start with the bathroom. Since it's suppose to be nice outside this weekend, my guests will be hanging on the patio and in the backyard. The bathroom will get the most use of all the rooms, so I pride it in being fully stocked and clean! Visit you local Walmart and grab Cottonelle Mega Rolls so you never run out this summer! anddd you can save $1 now on Cottonelle Mega Rolls at Walmart starting 6/28!


I always have extra rolls of toilet paper at the ready, this way my family and friends don't have to go rummaging through cabinets or closets! With Cottonelle Mega Rolls, my guests will go through less rolls. 

Decorate and Get Festive
I love incorporating red, white and blue decor throughout the house. There is just something about naturals mixed with those colors that screams SUMMER! 
When throwing a Summer party I try to keep the decor simple, so these centerpieces on the patio tables and end tables add just the right touch.

Organize the Food and Serving Ware
The day before the party, I lay out how all my serving ware and party supplies that I will need. Lay out your serving dishes and utensils to make sure you have everything for your food. Set where your food is going to be, and make sure to pick up any last minute items! The last thing you want is to forget your chips for your dips!! 
So now that you have my tips, go get ready for a fun weekend ahead! 

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