|4Moms MamaRoo Bouncer|
|4Moms MamaRoo Bouncer|
I have a traveling husband. I don’t say that negatively. I simply state it as a fact. Those of you who have husbands that travel know what I mean. Every month I will inevitably get a call (perhaps two), checking in to see how I am doing, followed by “I need to go to <location> for a couple days next week. Is that okay?”. What am I going to say? “No, tell your boss your wife does not think that is a good idea”. Obviously, my only response is “No problem!”, even though, sometimes in my head, it is. Now, he used to travel every week, so once or twice a month is definitely better. Glass is always half full right?! But I am not going to lie. It is hard to spend 4 to 5 days taking care of three kids, working two days, running around the others, spending my nights sipping wine and watching the Bachelorette (don’t judge) alone.
That being said, he is the one that had to hop on a red eye Monday to Germany, spending a total of 24 hours in the air and only 36 hours on the ground. That cannot be fun. So, I am going to keep my mouth shut, keep my wine fridge stocked and pass the children off to him the second he walks in the door.
I am LOVING all the Pre-Fall collections that have hit the internet. While creating a major wish list in my head, I came up with my ideal “Date Night” outfit for a nice, cool evening out with the hubby. I wonder if he also thinks I need a $2500 outfit to take me out? *sigh* Perhaps that is why it is called a “wish list”.
|Stella McCartney Silk Fern Print Penelope Dress|
|Brian Atwood Karina|
|Rachel Zoe Cheryl Asymmetrical Coat|
The weather has been beautiful here in the OC, which leads to dinner being grilled in the backyard while the kids run around and play. Burgers are always top of the list for my hubby and I when it comes to grilling, but I wanted to try a new spin on them. These Mini Italian Pub Burgers were the perfect change up we needed. They had a ton of flavor, were enjoyed by the entire family, and were the perfect way to enjoy a peaceful Sunday evening.
This past weekend two friends, my hubby and I hosted a going away party for some dear friends that are relocating to Washington D.C. Since they are headed to our nation’s capital, we thought it would be fun to make it an “All American” themed party. We pulled out all the stops of red, white and blue. Here are some of my favorite items from the party!
|I would love to take credit for this but I can’t.
My friend did a phenomenal job on the cake!
|Centerpieces created with hurricane and votive candles I already had,
along with some ribbon and rubber stamps from Michaels.
Red and Navy linens were provided by Signature Party Rentals
|Ice buckets created out of strawberries and blueberries for the
champagne and white wine, courtesy of the couple’s family member
|Floral arrangements I whipped together with flowers from The Ladera Flower Shoppe|
|Poms ordered from Paper White Designs|
|No “All American” party is complete without a Captain America shirt hidden underneath a buttoned down|
I am crazy getting ready for a fun party we are hosting tonight (photos next week!) but I thought I would share with you the updated, edited version of my sister’s proposal. This video shows her actually watching the video and her reaction. It is so fun to watch!
I love all things that have to do with the face. Makeup, facials, products. You name it, I love it. So when I came across the Delighted Momma’s Do It Yourself Vitamin C Mask, I thought I absolutely had to try it. It took me a while to find some Vitamin C powder but I finally came across it at a local health store. You can also order it here.
Notice anything different about my page? There is a pretty little pink badge on the right that is saying very sweetly…
Last night my little sister got engaged! We are over the top excited for them! Here is the happy couple on the fourth of July.
Congrats you guys! XOXO
I would love to say that every night I have hours to prep and cook a delicious meal. In reality, that is SO not the case. Whenever I get in a bind and need an extremely quick, no fail, ridiculous dinner, one of my favorites is the Eggplant Parmesan Pasta from the Cooking With All Things Trader Joes cookbook. It is not only an amazing dish, but it takes 3 ingredients with 3 steps. That is right. Only 3. Here is the recipe…
Eggplant Parmesan Pasta
Cooking With All Things Trader Joes, page 167
1 package refrigerated Roasted Eggplant Parmesan
3 c. Farfalle or pasta of your choice
1 Tbsp. fresh basil or parsley
All ingredients are found at Trader Joes
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
2. While pasta is cooking, heat eggplant parmesan according to package instructions. Cut eggplant into bite size pieces. Do not discard sauce or cheese – they will coat the pasta with great flavor.
3. Stir together pasta and eggplant. Garnish with basil.
An extra note: the asparagus shown in the above picture is Trader Joe’s microwaveable asparagus. Two minutes and they were ready! Perfect addition for some greens and a total cook time of 17 minutes!