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Friday, June 28, 2013

Baseball Ready...

Every weekend I'm running around trying to get Jack's baseball uni together before his baseball games. Where did I put his belt when I washed his pants? Where did his navy socks end up? Where is his cup...yes I said it his cup. 
I'm sure I'm not alone on this...

I have finally-now that we're winding down the season-come up with a system to keep both of his uniforms together so I know where everything is.
All you need is a hanger with clips!
Check it out...
I hang his pants with his "shorts" first.
I have his cup already in there!

I tuck his socks in his back pocket.

Finally I hang his game shirt with his belt & necklace!
I put his Sunday uniform on another hanger and hang them in his closet so there's no more searching on game days!
That is baseball ready!



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Try It Tuesday...

BLT's are one of our favorite sandwiches to make in the summer.  The typical BLT has 5 ingredients but we added a 6th!
Here is what we came up with...


ciabatta Rolls 
tomatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper 
spinach 
fresh mozzarella cheese
bacon-optional of course
vegenaise mixed with a tad of pesto (spread thinly on one slice)

Summer Sandwich
Please excuse the picture...it's not the best but you get the idea!

I'm not a fan of pesto but for some reason this works for me on this sandwich. Try to keep an open mind if you feel the same way about pesto as I do. You might be surprised... 
You could also substitute the mozzarella for avocado but whichever way you choose I hope you give it a try!





Monday, June 24, 2013

I no longer DIY...

Who knew that finding window treatments for my daughter's room would be such a chore...and a headache to say the least. 
After giving her room a facelift well over a month ago with a little paint it was time to say goodbye to her builder blinds...well kind of anyway. 

I love a simple roman shade but I don't like the wait time and cost to have them custom made. My daughter's window measurements (for an inside mount) are 34 1/2" and trying to find an already made shade to fit her window is impossible. I thought this was a standard measurement but obviously it isn't. If her window measured 32 or 36 inches I would be in business but I'm not and
Pinterest got the best of me.

  After browsing numerous DIY No Sew Roman Shade pics/tutorials using my existing blinds I thought that I would have two inexpensive, "custom" shades for my daughter's room in one afternoon. Simple as that right?

Wrong.
I left too many slats in the blind, I didn't put a lining on the back, wrong choice of fabric and  used too much fabric glue. We (yes, Mark was a sweetie and helped me) wasted a lot of time and energy on these and at the end of the day they looked cheap and homemade.

I/we (Mark and myself) no longer DIY...seriously. After today's frustrations with just hanging a temporary roller shade-which the helpful Lowe's "window specialist" cut too short-we will be hiring this project out along with any other's that come up in the near future.

Any recommendations on where to have roman shades made in the Houston area would be much appreciated! 

Have a great week!








Friday, June 21, 2013

Fashion Friday...

Summer is officially here and this is one of my favorite shirts to wear!

Victoria's Secret Strapless Bra Top

I heart a strapless shirt in the summertime especially when I'm hanging out at baseball games all weekend long! 
No silly tan lines for me.
This is the most comfortable one I have found plus it is lightly padded which means you don't have to wear a strapless bra...summer bonus! 
Dress it up with a fun statement necklace or wear it alone...


TGIF! 





Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Can't call it eavesdropping...

So I'm sitting here in the doctors office waiting for Mark to get a nerve block and it is crowded...really crowded with all different walks of life. Typically most Dr. offices prohibits  cell phone usage... this office not so much. 

Cell phones are going off left and right and I'm having to listen to random, LOUD conversations from work related issues to relationship issues. Not my cup of tea...

I understand that situations come up that are out of their control and that it isn't very fun waiting for a ridiculous amount of time to see the Dr. but for Pete's sake (who's Pete anyway?) step out into the hallway to hold court with whoever you need to. Also if you feel the need to play a game on your device or watch some random program please head to your local Best Buy and purchase a headset or better yet use the free one that came with your phone!

We probably need to teach Phone Etiquette 101 at our local Junior College or kids need to take this course in high school or junior high, wait wait...grade school prior to receiving their first cellphone. 

I'm telling you right now I am one Miramba ringtone away from going postal up in this mug!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Try It Tuesday...

These brushes aren't for your hair...lessen your a cattle or a hog (name that movie?)

My dry skin brushes

Try Dry Brushing your skin once a day!
Did you know that our skin releases a pound of waste daily?
It is our largest organ so we must take care of it and this is one easy way to help our bodies remove the toxins we put in it.
This helps in removing our dead skin cells to keep our system running smoothly, stimulates hormone and oil glands, strengthens our immune systems and I've read that it can even reduce cellulite....the verdict is still out on that one! It also improves blood circulation, evens out skin tone and helps in digestion! 

 Make sure you choose a brush that has natural (avoid synthetic ones)  fiber bristles and one with a long handle for reaching your back.  I use the smaller one for my face although you can use a dry washcloth for your face! They are inexpensive and you can find them anywhere from Whole Foods to Wal-Mart.

A few things you may want to keep in mind when brushing your skin:
  • Always do this before you shower or bathe, preferably in the morning
  • Start at your feet and always brush toward your heart using long strokes
  • Brush up your legs, then over your stomach, butt and back
  • Continue with your fingers and brush up your arms towards your heart...shoulders and chest are brush down-again towards your heart
  • Don't brush if you have a cut, infection or wound
  • Shower and then treat your skin with coconut oil!

At first it will feel a little harsh but believe me your skin will get used to it. It's so worth the 5 minutes it takes and I try to do it daily. So should you!




Friday, June 14, 2013

Fashion Friday-In The Nude...

I think a patent nude shoe is a must have for the summer. Whether it's a heel, wedge, sandal or flip flop it should be in your wardrobe because it goes with everything. Plus this color looks great with a summer tan on your feet.
Splurge with this Jimmy Choo cork wedge. It will run you a cool $350.

(photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

Steal the above look with this Sam Edelman 'Romy' Wedge for $69.95.

(photo courtesy of Nordstrom)

Other great choices for a summer nude patent in different price ranges:

Tory Burch 'Miller' Sandal
(photo courtesy of Nordstrom)
Sam Edelman 'Gigi' Sandal
(photo courtesy of Nordstrom)


Gap Leather Flip Flops in Sand
(photo courtesy of Gap)


Forever21 Faux Patent Leather Flip Flops in Nude
(photo courtesy of Forever21



Do something fun this weekend!





Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Monthly Obsessions...

This month I am obsessed with these three things:

Ryan had her nails painted in Dallas last weekend and she picked this fabulous bubblegum pink color that I am loving. Need A Vacation by Essie was the perfect choice since we were on "vacation."
Need A Vacation



 Try a Tervis Tumbler with your initial on it. Obsessed with drinking my lemon/cayenne water out of it errday...

Tervis Tumbler

Coconut Oil 

I use this as a moisturizer for my skin and hair...yes hair!
It's rich in fatty acids which is wonderful for your scalp and hair. I don't recommend using this as an everyday conditioner but once a week is great! I take a small amount (it is solid but melts quickly once you put it on your skin/hair)  and apply it to my dry hair. I leave it on for about 30 minutes then wash out.  No need to buy expensive deep hair conditioners anymore ladies!
Try to use an organic Coconut Oil to reduce the absorption of toxins & pesticides through your skin.


















Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Try It Tuesday...

Ranch Chicken on the menu today!

 We're not big lovers of chicken over here...well,  if it's in a fried form then my kids will not hesitate to eat it but I try to steer away from that as often as I can!

So I make this Ranch Chicken recipe that Mark's agent gave to me years ago. It's an easy, inexpensive recipe that requires minimal skills in the kitchen.  My kids love eating chicken this way and hope you and yours do to! 

This recipe calls for only 5 ingredients and it's great to make ahead of time or you can even freeze it!


1/3 C Ranch Dressing of your choice (I use a simply natural organic)
1 TBSP of flour
4-5  THINLY CUT chicken breasts of your choice
 (I buy the thin cut or you can slice yours in half)
1/4 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 C grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix your dressing and flour together
I put my chicken in a plastic bag and toss in the dressing/flour mix to coat the meat.  If that's not how you roll you can always put your chicken in your dish and coat it that way.

Put the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish.

Combine your cheeses and sprinkle over breasts

Bake for 25 minutes!

Ranch Chicken
I chose to serve this dish with roasted (burnt!) brussel sprouts. 
Ryan and I can't get enough of them these days! 





Try It!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Graduation 2: The Sequel

We're southbound and down heading home from the Big D- another memory filled weekend with family and friends. I'm sitting here typing away in the co-pilots seat trying to take my mind off Mark's aggressive driving, thirsty but can't drink anything because I already have a full bladder. I have to hold it for another 72 miles until we get to Buc-ee's-the cleanest bathrooms in the state of Texas. 

Scratch that because Ryan had to go to the bathroom so we stopped at the Exon in Fairfield and was greeted by many cockroaches in the stall and throughout the store. Needless to say not my kind of stop.

Anyway we have spent the past two years celebrating my family's graduations in Dallas. It has been a weekend we have looked forward to every year.  It was Lindsey's turn this year and she is headed to OU

Family pic with Lindsey-our graduate heading to OU!

Nothing is better than three days of family chaos in a hotel, laughing hysterically, exploring a new city, trying different restaurants and just hanging out together making memories. The BBQ sampler at "Hamilton's Smoke House" is still our favorite meal! Joe if you feel the need to feed a massive amount of people next year I'm pretty sure you could start your own graduation catering service! Or just have us all back up!

I always soak up every minute I can when we're with family.  Sitting at Lindsey's graduation party I couldn't help to feel so grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people that I am proud to call family. I didn't want the night to end...I just wanted time to stand still. But I guess all good things must come to an end so with that being said we left and headed straight to In-N-Out to drown my sorrows. I had to have my fix before we left town!

Check out a few more pics from the weekend!
Uncle Jeff & Aunt Stephanie finally arrived!

Trolley ride in West Village

Checking out the Original Neiman Marcus!

Silly Boys at Benihana!

White Pants Club...Mom where were you?
Grandad playing football with the kiddos!



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