4/19/14

Saturday Style: Green on Green

green on green outfit with denim jacket

I'm so glad its the weekend! Even if it has been jacket weather this week i'm happy that its spring.  May is going to be here quicker that we know it and soon we'll be at the pool... ahhhh the pool. :) In the meantime i'm going to try to enjoy "jacket" weather with a few looks that don't look like winter clothes. I love a good denim jacket but i'm not quite to the level of wearing denim on denim, i just can't pull that off so i'm always on the hunt for different colored pants that i can fit in with my current wardrobe and wear with my denim jacket.  Whats your favorite thing to wear a denim jacket with? 

Dollar Tree Summer Fun Sneak Peek

Today I'm excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!

I have a dollar tree within 5 minutes of my house and I frequently shop there.  I love it for their standard staples that they always have like glass vases, wooden spoons, plastic organizing containers, cleaning supplies and candy but I really love all the new seasonal items they get in.  I've been selected to give you a sneak peek of the Dollar Tree Summer Fun collection. Where else can you get a pool noodle, beach balls, and party supplies for $1 each?!  The biggest surprise is the huge collection of flip flops that will be in store and online April 21st beginning at 8am (excluding mall stores).

dollar tree summer flip flops

You'll want to make sure to get to the store around early because as always seasonal merchandise is available only when supplies last and once its gone its gone!

Dollar Tree Summer Seasonal Products

I am loving all the flip flop colors and again only for $1! When I first looked at these photos of course my first thought is all the ways you can refashion flip flops and then I read that Dollar Tree is holding a Summer Fun Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest which is going on now.  So fun! All you have to do is submit a photo of your original flipflop craft at DollarTree.com and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card. 500 items at Dollar Tree would last like forever! To get your creative juices flowing I put together this roundup of 10 awesome flip flop refashions from bloggers across the web.  



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4/18/14

KC Finds Friday: Taco Republic

Taco Republic Kansas City Review

Who doesn't love a good taco? I for one love a really well executed thought out taco with ingredients I wouldn't think of or want to make at home and Taco Republic delivers.  First of all I have to say the vibe of the restaurant is great, I love love love the patio- its huge and just where you want to be on a beautiful spring day.  the decor is well thought out, colorful and fun.  That large marquis taco sign is one of my favorite elements of the restaurant.  I actually went twice in 24 hours, which is honestly pretty funny- I never do that! We went out with another couple for date night on Friday and then on Saturday when a friends birthday lunch location ended up being closed I suggested taco republic.  That has to tell you that its pretty great if I'm willing to eat it 2 times in one day! 

4/17/14

Weeknight Pasta with Jarred Spaghetti Sauce Hack

Weeknight Pasta with Jarred Spaghetti Sauce Hack

Do you ever look in your pantry & fridge at 4:00 and realize you have no idea what you are going to cook for dinner? It happens to all of us, right?  Well my mom has this great hack for spaghetti sauce, so tonight when i knew i had pasta, ground beef and a can of Ragu on hand i sent her a text and asked how she made her sauce taste so good.  Tonights dinner which was on the track to be basic and boring turned out to be delicious! So next time your in a funk try this pasta with jarred spaghetti sauce hack, you'll be thanking me. 

4/15/14

April Showers Baby Shower

April Showers Baby Shower Theme

On Saturday i went to a baby shower for a friend of mine and i had to snap a few picture and share them with you.  Lisa did such a great job with the theme, decor and food.  Kristen is expecting a little girl in the next several weeks, her first, and i was so happy to celebrate her with all of our friends.  Don't you love a great baby shower?! 

April Showers Baby Shower Theme

4/14/14

Easter Baby Carrots & Fresh Made Hummus

Fresh made hummus & baby carrots "growing" out of terracotta pots. so cute and so easy! Perfect Easter appetizer.

Happy Easter week friends! I'm kind of dying over these little guys, i mean how stinkin cute, right?! this little appetizer would be perfect for your easter celebration, can't you see these little garden pots filled with carrots "growing" out of them at each person's place setting or displayed on the counter for people to snack on? Everyone at your home will just think you are the most clever hostess when you make these Easter baby carrots & fresh made hummus!

4/11/14

Shredded Potato, Beet and Carrot Latkes for Easter Brunch

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Shredded Potato, Beet & Carrot Latkes #OreIdaHashbrown  #shop


Are you starting to plan your Easter festivities? Its been pretty apparent here on the blog that I've had Easter on my mind for a couple weeks.  In the past few years we have spent Easter with my family in Nashville, I'm a little sad we won't be there this year but I'm excited to make great traditions for my kids here at home.  I'm working on making their easter baskets (hoping to share that next week!) and I've been thinking about my Easter brunch menu.  When I whipped up these latkes made with shredded potatoes, beets and carrots i thought they would be perfect for brunch!  

4/10/14

Caramelized Onion & Bacon Quiche with Kraft Fresh Take

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Caramelized onion & bacon quiche with kraft #FreshTake #shop

I love to entertain guests and my go to breakfast item for when we have friends or family in town is quiche.  I love it because you can always heat the leftovers up the next day for breakfast or brunch and with a few pieces of fruit its a filling meal. For this caramelized onion and bacon quiche I used the new italian parmesan Kraft fresh take meal kit to add extra flavor.  I love that you can easily swap out ingredients for quiche and it always taste great, for example trade out the bacon for ham or throw in some roasted broccoli florets instead of caramelized onions, honestly you can add whatever you have in your fridge or pantry and everyone will be impressed.  Needless to say if you are blanking on what to make for Easter brunch this quiche will have you covered!

4/9/14

Good Morning Granola

Gluten-Free Coconut Granola

Mornin' friends! My go to breakfast for the past several years has been cereal, and not the kashi variety.  After I went on the simple green smoothies challenge in february I realized that the lack of energy I felt every afternoon was directly related to my sugar intake earlier in the day.  This granola is based off the recipe that was included in the cleanse but changed slightly.  When I feel extra hungry in the morning or need an mid-morning snack after my my green smoothie I have a bowl with strawberries, blueberries and my new favorite coconut-almond milk and it always hits the spot. 

4/8/14

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes you just need a dinner that tastes really good but also doesn't make you hate yourself for eating it afterward, am i right? I love comfort food like the next southern girl but lately its not been so nice for my waistline.  You might remember I did a 3 week vegan cleanse in February and lost 10 pounds, after the cleanse I kept eating healthy (green smoothies for breakfast, etc.) but somehow the weight just popped right back on my waistline.  I think this is what happens from having children, basically if I'm not heavily dieting and exercising a lot then I go right back to the spot I was at right after having my second baby, my body just wants to be 10 pounds heavier than my clothes are and I'm so over it.  Does anyone else have this problem?! So basically i'm going to try my hardest to eat well and exercise more (since that seems to be the only answer) so i signed up for the Hospital Hill half-marathon in June and made these peanut chicken lettuce wraps.

4/7/14

Make It Monday: DIY Painted Canvas Shoes

DIY Painted Canvas Shoes

Can you all believe its April? I'm so ready for spring but not so ready for the busy season for my husband, we love having him home at 2 or 3 in the afternoon so its always an adjustment when he starts working later. I'm spoiled,  I know.  However, I do love spring clothes and right now I seem to be drawn to anything that is coral.  I bought these plain "toms" lookalike shoes at walmart for $12 last fall and they've been sitting in the basement waiting for me to do something with them all winter.  I was excited when I finally decided on a design and I love the way they turned out.  Walmart is a great place to look for solid color items like shoes, I just checked last time I was there and they have currently have a couple different styles.  So here it goes keep reading to see how to diy painted canvas shoes. 

$500 Cash Spring Giveaway!


Hey friends! i'm super excited to be bringing you another awesome cash giveaway! i've teemed up with some awesome bloggers to give you the chance to win $500 buckaroos.  Enter below, good luck! 
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