Friday, August 31, 2012
I wish we had a picture of what he looked like afterwards. He was COVERED in chocolate from head to toe. Literally. I guess that's just what happens when you give a boy some ice cream!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Well ladies, we’re finally nearing the end of summer. Finally. That means a lot of things – most of them great for me. Cooler weather, the start of fall, lots of delicious recipes…but one thing that I don’t love is the condition that my hair in.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Brody was obviously very excited to be visiting his mommy's favorite place!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I don't pick him up for a few more hours, but I know he's doing well! I was "Snack Mom" today so I made mini 4 Ingredient Muffins (not 5 because I left out the caramel) for the class.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Edited to add: Reader Melissa entered this recipe into a chili cookoff and won Best Overall! I guess I should call it Award Winning White Chicken Chili now! =)
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Hi y'all! My name is Rachel! I am a full time working mother of three kids (Claire 8, Owen 6, and Bree 3).
I blog about our family life over at Footballs and Crowns and you will find many pictures and funny stories about our family of five. My newest project is Suburban Strut!
Suburban Strut is a style blog for the everyday mother and woman that wants to look fabulous in her realistic everyday life, even if she is not a size 2 and feels like a hot mess! I love a good fashion blog, but sometimes I feel like I cannot relate and wanted to fill that void for other mamas that feel the same way. The blog is fun and I never take it too seriously. I just want to inspire other women to feel great about themselves and see how beautiful the Lord made them.
I am so excited Jenna asked me to blog for her today. We are going to talk Fall Transition fashion. Right now, so many women are saying "I have no idea what to wear this time of year!". I can help you. The easiest way to start transitioning is to embrace your inner feline and buy some leopard!
Leopard is a great versatile print that goes with almost every color. It is warm and can instantly transition your outfit into Fall. I am not saying to wear a head to toe leopard outfit, but to add it with accessories and such to your current outfits. The easiest two ways to add it is in scarves and flats!
The thing I preach all the time over at Suburban Strut is fashion should be easy and carefree. The key is to look effortless. I am a big believer in versatile pieces that can be switched out with accessories and look like a different outfit every time. Items like cardigans, colored jeans, v-neck solid tees, and solid maxi dresses are at the top of my list. Take these pieces that you were wearing this summer, add a leopard scarf or leopard flats and it will look Fall-ish (made up that word :) ). For example:
You might have worn this outfit this Summer with sandals:
Switch out the necklace for the scarf, add some flats or Toms and instantly you have "Fall" even with the summer colors. The key is to tone down the colors so that they are not "bright". Add a black cardi too if you still want to tone it down.
That is my favorite leopard scarf and it can be found here at F21 for $6.80! Leopard scarves are everywhere though.
You can also start wearing leopard flats with practically everything. They are everywhere as well, but here is a cute pair from Target here!
Try to find a pair with both black and brown so you can wear with everything. I would not recommend wearing leopard flats and a leopard scarf at the same time. Don't try to be too matchy. Add leopard to the colors you are wearing, don't try to match to the leopard. This is easy so don't over complicate it. Like I said, fashion should be effortless, so keep it effortless :). If wearing leopard makes you feel a little self conscious or a bit much, try a solid camel scarf. I wrote all about that very versatile color here on the blog.
Now as I always do on Suburban Strut - here are pics of me wearing leopard lately for example...
The left two pics, I am wearing my leopard scarf and the right two, rocking the flats.
I wrote a post all about my favorite Fall Transition items here if you want to check it out! Leopard is a great start and you will feel chic and stylish immediately!
Hope you hop on over and check out my other posts at Suburban Strut! While you are there, look the top right on the sidebar and you can follow me Instagram, twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest too!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies
Source: Jenna Blogs
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla and pumpkin. Add brown sugar. Whisk well. Add in salt, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Whisk well. Add in flour all at once, and mix until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
Spray a 9*13 glass pan with cooking spray, or line with foil. Pour batter in, using a spatula to even it out. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Hi Yall! I’m Lindsey (aka Linds) and I’m the blogger behind www.adollopofmylife.com . I blog about my life as a wife to Drew, and a momma to two boys: Brayden (3.5 yrs) and Connor (21 months). My blog is mostly about our life, but I sometimes sprinkle in recipes and DIY stuff to showcase what I’m working on. Jenna and I met through bloging and are now “real life” friends. It’s always a circus when we’re together, since our boys are the same ages. I’ve loved getting to know Jenna over the past year and a half, and am so excited to be guest posting for her today!
About 4.5 years ago, my family moved away from Arkansas. I was devastated. We are pretty close knit as far as families go, and them moving back down to Baton Rouge meant that when we eventually had children, it wasn’t going to be an easy 3 hour trip to Little Rock to see Gigi and Poppa D. In fact, the trip from Northwest Arkansas to Baton Rouge is a LOOONG 9 hours without kids. With kids it takes about 12 hours. And most of it is through the Delta farmlands. Which means there aren’t many rest stops, and your scenery consists of cotton fields. Ahhhh, yes, it’s as brutal as it sounds. Which is why I proudly hang a gold medal around my neck when I consider the fact that I’ve driven it, not once, but twice, by myself with my children. In case there are others out there in the same boat as us in regards to traveling with kids, I thought I’d share what's made our road trips a little easier with kids.
DVD player. Honestly, I'm not sure how our parents survived traveling without this modern contraption. The DVD player is the cure-all for whining in our house. Which means on the road, it's imperative that we have one. For my sanity's sake, I try to bring enough DVD's so that we're not having to repeat shows. Momma can only take hearing Elmo sing "Elmo's World" so much.
Favorite toys. This one is tricky, because if I ask Brayden to pick out his favorite toy, he'll most likely either pick out (a) some sort of weapon or (b) the largest toy in our playroom. Considering I'd rather not get gunned down by a Nerf gun while driving the two lane highways of the Mississippi Delta, and the fact that our CRV can barely hold all four of us and the exorbitant amount of paraphernalia that preschoolers require to travel, I tend to offer him two suggestions of a favorite toy, and let him "choose" his favorite. Narrowing down choices lessens the possibility of melt downs before our trip even happens. Our car toy bag typically includes a hot wheels, a GI Joe, and some sort of dinosaur figure. Softer toys are better. Being hit by a hotwheel while driving is not fun. Not that I would know anything about that.
Books. We pack at least 3 of their favorite books (per child, so 6 total). I love the little board books that come in sets at Barnes and Noble. These are small and compact, which means they take up the least amount of room. The boys love them!
Magna Doodle. Walmart sells a little travel sized magna doodle for about $3. I will tell you that it's the best $3 I have ever spent. I've also recently seen a travel aquadoodle, which I am sure would be a hit, since our boys LOVE their aquadoodle mat at home!
Snacks. This one is a tricky one because food, cars and kids mixed together can become quite the f5 tornado for our car. I try to pack snacks that aren't really messy. Pretzels, animal crackers, fruit snacks (I usually wait until I know that we're on the verge of imploding to give the fruit snacks)... most of those are relatively mess free. They also each have a cupholder for a sippy cup filled with water.
Ear plugs. If the saying "diamonds are a girls best friend" is really true, then ear plugs are to parents what diamonds are to girls. And I say that out of true love for my children. But let's face it. 12 hours in strapped in a car seat in the Delta means that there's going to be at least several minutes (and we've experienced hours before... that was a LOAD of fun!) of screaming. Sometimes stopping just isn't an option, so these are your best friend. You can still hear your kids, but it takes just enough of the shrill away that you don't feel like losing your mind. Brayden's even asked for them before when Connor just had had enough of traveling- ha! We like the little orange foam kind that you can get in the hunting section of Walmart. I may or may not keep these in the car with me when I'm out and about running errands. If you honk and I don't hear, now you know. I jest I jest... kind of.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Source: Jenna Blogs
1 box of Orzo pasta, cooked
1 cup cubed Feta cheese
1 cup Italian dressing
½ cup cubed or sliced hard salami
4 ounces black olives, minced
2 heaping tablespoons of tomato pesto (red, not green)
1 can medium artichokes packed in water
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add dressing and pesto, mixing well. You want the pasta to absorb the wet ingredients while it’s still hot.
Prepare other ingredients: slice salami, mince olives, cube feta and chop artichokes into bite sized pieces. Once pasta is cooled, add ingredients. Stir well, refrigerate. Serve cold.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Sweet little running back:
Aren't they precious? Of course, I'm a little partial! These shirts are SO cute and so creative and we love them!
Monday, August 13, 2012
It was Bonnie's birthday, so we were able to celebrate with her as well! I think I may have been more excited about her gift than anyone - she got an iPad! They haven't had the internet or a computer since they were married, so I've never been able to email them pictures and they have no way to see my blog.