Friday, February 5, 2016

Shopping, Wine and Football

It's Friday. Oh so glorious Friday. I am ready for a weekend of relaxation and sleeping in.

Today I am linking up with Karli and April.

One. We are taking the girls to get their passports today. This has been a long process of trying to go several times with the office being closed or not having everything they needed. We have 9 weeks until Mexico, so we are kind of cutting it close, but I am hoping everything goes smoothly in this process. Plus I can't wait to show you their passport photos. I am betting Sutton will mean mug the camera, haha.

Two. I am dying for this sweatshirt. I am contemplating pulling the trigger because I may be getting new boobs soon and I need to save every penny, but I can get this at a good deal right now. Decisions, decisions. Plus I hear it is comfy to the max and we are still in the depths of winter here in Nevada. What do you think?

Three. I have a wedding in late April to attend and I am starting my search for a dress to wear. Now the weather in Nevada is unpredictable, so it could be sunny and in the 60s or snowy and in the 30s. Everything is indoors, but I do want to dress appropriately. Here are few dresses I have been considering. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions?
Bottom: Left Center Right

Ok the Bottom Right one is out because it is a little too pricey for me right now. But I adore it. I need it. I want it. But $250 would mean wearing it to this wedding and the one I am attending in July.

Four. I need these wine glasses. My girlfriends and I try to get together a few times during the Bachelor/Bachelorette season to dish on the episode and these are needed for those get togethers. Plus we ALWAYS drink wine while watching the show. The picture didn't have a link to buy them. Anyone know where I can get them from?

Five. It's finally the Super Bowl this weekend and I am pretty excited. I have joined work squares, a work Super Bowl pool (spreads, over/under on points per players, etc.) and will do some others at my parents annual Super Bowl party. I just really hope this is a good game all the way til the end. I am rooting for the Broncos because they have two former Nevada Wolf Pack players on their team (Brandon Marshall and Virgil Green) and I love Peyton Manning. Don't believe me? 
Two years ago when the Broncos played the Seahawks. Obviously I rooted for the Bronos and they lost miserably.

Go Broncos, even though I think the Panthers will win (and I am ok with that. That team is pretty awesome.). Disclaimer: I am a full blown, faithful 49ers fan, but I have loved watching Peyton Manning play since his college days. So I root for Peyton Manning except when he plays the 49ers.

Hope you have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine's Gift Guide for Him

I have been searching for a gift for my husband for Valentine's Day and the search is still on. Here are some items that I have pondered or things that he has and loves.
His Valentine Gift Guide

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One. I love the saying on this cup and he could use a new coffee cup at work.
Two. I love S'well bottles and my husband needs to drink more water (especially at work) and this just might make him.
Three. I love Herschel company and my weekender bag from them, so I know this travel case will be awesome. My husband has a leather one, but this might be more practical for Mexico and camping.
Four. Ugg slippers are a favorite in our household. We have also given them as gifts to pretty much every family member. 
Five. I love themed underwear and these ones are too cute to pass up.
Six. Travel items are great for my husband who often travels. He loves their shaving gel.
Seven. This henley looks so soft and perfect for a Valentine's dinner out. Just pair it with a sport coat and jeans and you have a casual, but still nice outfit.

What do you plan on getting the man in your life? Any other suggestions on things to get my husband?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts Guide for Her

Valentine's Day is quickly sneaking up on us. Now I know I said my husband and I don't do "big gifts" for each other, but I thought I would throw out a few for my male readers (including my husband should he want to spoil me a little more this year).
Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her
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One. I love my Kendra Scott necklace and these earrings would be a match made in heaven for them.
Two. And if you aren't into statement earrings, the small Kate Spade earrings are cute and dainty and perfect for any occasion.
Three. I love the idea of this watch for work and it's Kate Spade. Swoon.
Four. Wildfox has the best, softest and most comfy sweaters and this one is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day of the year. 
Five. Honeydew makes the best underwear, so I am sure these pjs will be soft and comfy. And how cute are the donut ones?!?
Six. Victoria Secret has these satin boxer sets out and they look like heaven. 
Seven. Hunter boots are amazing. I wear mine as often as I can. Snow, rain or maybe even a hint of weather and I need to wear mine. I wouldn't mind adding a pair of bright pink to my collection.
Eight. Butter socks. They are heaven and so cozy. Enough said.
What do you plan on getting your special someone for Valentine's Day?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Looking Into February

I can't believe it is already February. One month of 2016 is already gone. Done.

February brings lots of LOVE to my life.

February brings the Super Bowl. I love me some football and I love the "big game". I use it as my cheat day and eat ALL the things, drink ALL the drinks and yell at the tv. It is the only time I really watch commercials because the best of the best are on. They are either extremely funny or extremely of the wall. I love it. And I can't wait to enjoy all of these.

It's girl scout cookie month. I basically forgot about this because who has time for cookies when you are getting your butt into shape for vacation? I am not the biggest girl scout cookie fan, but I do get a box of thin mints every year and stash them in the freezer to have a little reward in the evenings. And I don't even want to know the calories on them because I want to keep them sacred and my little bit of heaven.

February is also the month that I was due to have my little ladies. February 11, 13 and 18 were all my doctors "due dates", but the 13th is my guess based on conception date whereas the others were based on growth rates.  My girls came way before that and they were most likely going to be evicted by January 26th, but I had a sweet spot for February.

February also brings my sister's 27th birthday (February 13th). She has a charity event that night (for a humane society), so I am sure we will be celebrating soon after that.  I can't believe she will 27. Where did the time go? I feel like it was just yesterday when she was graduating high school and we started to get along so much better. Now she is one of my best friends and the most amazing aunt to my lady babies.

It also brings Valentine's Day which I am sit firmly in the middle of "Best day ever. Must celebrate and go all out on this day" and "It's a day made up by Hallmark". We are going to celebrate it this year, but most likely on the 13th. Less crowds, easier to get a babysitter, cheaper and less to-do about it. I am searching for a little something for Rory, but we don't plan to go BIG at all. Suggestions?

February is also the month of my parents anniversary. 33rd to be exact. Yep, my mom was pregnant with me when they got married. About three months in. Best gift ever I would say. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekend Update and Lasagna Soup Recipe

Wow what a weekend. I am barely getting to this weekend update as we have inches of ice around the city and it made for quite the journey into work.

This weekend went nothing like I had planned.

I thought my husband was getting home around 4 pm and we would take the girls out to dinner since I lived on this almost the entire week.

But the storm rolled in early and the winds were crazy. They cancelled his flight and they had to re-book one from Denver to Portland to Oakland. And there were other flights that could take him to Las Vegas to Reno, but the ticket agent said they weren't flying into Reno. Well they weren't for an hour. So he could have caught one of those flights and been home at 6, 8 or 9 pm. 

Once he got to Oakland at 8 pm, they had to rent a 4wd vehicle and drive home. He made it home at 3 am. But he made it safely.

Avery didn't take as long of a nap as Sutton, so we hung out, made funny videos and took lots of pictures.
And we cuddled

In the meantime, my in laws came by and hung out with me and the girls and brought us over dinner. Life savers!!!

Saturday morning we headed out to breakfast and ran a few quick errands. We had a surprise birthday party for one of my co-workers that evening, so we dropped the girls off at my parents house. We had a lot of fun that evening. And the girls had a ball at their grandparents house.

Sunday morning we went snowboarding. The storm that started Friday brought in a total of 40 inches to Mt Rose. So we knew we had to go and luckily we had arranged it a week ago and my in laws came to watch the girls. I am exhausted (still am today) from all the powder we boarded through. AMAZING. After snowboarding, we grabbed lunch and then hung out with the girls the rest of the day. I did manage to shower and make it to the store and cook dinner.
No make up, cuddle time with these feisty ladies

I made Lasagna Soup that I saw on Carlsbad Cravings. It's no secret that I love soup and this was the perfect evening for it. It seems like it has a lot of ingredients, but most of them are spices. It was super easy to prepare and it did not disappoint. This will be a regular in our rotation.

One Pot Lasagna Soup
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I used 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar Prego Traditional Italian Sauce
  • 8-10 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided (I used 7 cups)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into approx. 1-2 inch pieces (I would break them closer to an inch otherwise I had to cut my noodles in my bowl)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional, but heavily recommended)
    Cheese Garnish
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • freshly finely grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add beef and onion and cook, stirring occasionally until beef is browned. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 30 seconds. Drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add Prego Sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, spices and lasagna noodles. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until lasagna noodles are tender, stirring occasionally (approximately 20-30 minutes).
  3. Discard bay leaf and stir in heavy cream (optional) and 2-4 (I used only one) cups chicken broth to reach desired consistency. Garnish individual servings with desired amount of cheeses.

So good. I would recommend making this ASAP. We cuddled by the fire and called it an early night (9 pm).

How was your weekend?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favs

It's Friday and I survived my week alone with my baby girls! It was a tough one, but we did it and I feel really good about it. We only had one major sleep meltdown, one vomit incident and eighteen breathing treatments. I call that a win. Oh and I may have consume more wine this week than I normally do. But don't worry, it was after my lady babies went to sleep.

Today I am linking up with Karli and April.

One. The girls dad aka my husband comes home today. Yes, we are all so excited. The girls' routine has been thrown off a bit and it shows when I drop them off at daycare. They get super clingy and cry when I get ready to leave. Even Avery. And this isn't usual. It only started this week. Even though we survived this week, I had me time (where I ate what I mac n cheese and burritos most nights) and extra time with my girls. It was a much needed week all around.

Two. My super dry hand. Yes, hand. I have one hand that is youthful looking and one that looks like a grandmas hand and dry as all heck. I put so much hand lotion on during the day, but nothing helps. And I wear gloves outside, in my car and whenever I am out in the cold. My hand cracks all the time and is so painful and ugly. I am constantly checking if I get blood on things because they crack THAT much. It is so gross. This is about an hour after using Gold Bond Intensive Healing Hand Cream.

Three. I am trying to decide if I should bite the bullet and buy a Garmin Vivoactive. I really want to track my workouts, my sleeping habits (fun to see how much I really get to sleep getting up with twins at night) and my steps. I know there are a hundred different options out there, but I know this one is great because my husband has had it for a year. I want the white one (more girly), but not sure if I want to drop the $179 on it. Only because I love new gadgets, but don't always use them as often as I should. I have a few watches, but don't wear them enough. What do you think? Do you wear your fitbit, garmin or other step calculator as much as you think you would?

Four. I have had a lot of interest and questions about my HOPEFUL boob job. So I was thinking of documenting most of it (sorry no boob pictures) for my readers. This way you can have an insider perspective (I asked two of my friends endless questions while researching it for myself) and get any questions you want answered. What do you think? Is it something you want to read? If so, send me any and all questions you have (email or through comments) and I will compile a list to make sure I include it in my journey.
Five. And here is a photo dump from this week since I have been living at work and home. I can't wait to go out to dinner tonight and have something other than burritos and mac n cheese (even though there is nothing wrong with that).
Avery watching me get ready Monday morning
I was sent this from daycare. Avery hanging out.
Sutton after art time
Baby toe art
Wednesday morning outfit shoot
Avery after her vomit episode. Freshly changed and cute as ever.
Post bath bottle (calm in between the crying storm)
Sutton Thursday morning
I couldn't get Avery to sit still.

Here's to another week in the books and a weekend on the horizon. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Game Day Foods

So now that we know who will appear in the Super Bowl, Panthers and Broncos, it is time to start thinking about the foods we will DEVOUR at our annual Super Bowl party.

Here are my top contenders...(forewarned they are not so healthy, but Super Bowl is a CHEAT day)

Spicy Crockpot Meatballs

I made these for the girls first birthday party (which I am still working on that post) and they were a hit. I wanted to eat them all. They have the right amount of sweetness to spiciness. They were gone in a hot second. Rory never even got to try one, so this is a must for Super Bowl. Make these and double the batch if your crock pot allows.

Crock Pot Queso Dip

This dip is a guilty pleasure of mine. I know it is so bad for me, but it tastes so good. I usually only have it a potlucks at work, so I limit my intake and wait it out before eating it. Spicy sausage and cheese paired up with chips or pretzels and I am SOLD.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

I have been making these for years. Thanks to my friend Kristina introducing me to them about 12 years ago. They are a staple at any get together.  Plus they are super easy to make, easy to travel with and who doesn't like bacon?

Crock Pot Pulled Chicken

A recipe similar to this was served at the girls party and it went so fast. We paired it up with some simple rolls and it was so good. I loved pulled pork and chicken, so this was right up my alley. A definite crowd pleaser.

And for the sweet treats these will be on our table.

Funfetti Cake Batter Popcorn

If you know me, you know that I love Funfetti anything. I made funfetti cupcakes for the girls birthday (again, a post is coming) and I taste tested several to make sure they were good.

I have made this for Super Bowl and tailgates and it is a hit. I only make this for special events because I could eat the entire thing by myself. I halved the recipe and it still yielded a ton.

Cookie Dough Footballs

Seriously, how cute are these? I love cookie dough and so does everyone on this planet (ok maybe a few don't), but these are so festive and seem pretty easy to make.