Last Weekend

Last weekend was a whirlwind. On Friday morning we flew to St. Louis.  Our flight was a little delayed but not too bad.  We have not flown since Christmas so we were not sure how our son was going to do but he did fine and slept most of the flight. When we landed, we had an extremely late lunch with my family. We were staying with my mom and my sister and her had planned a little mini-birthday party for my son and his very own smash cake.  He just threw it on the floor.

Then off to get ready and for our main reason for the trip: my best friends wedding.  My mom and sister babysat my son while we went to the rehearsal and dinner. I had a speaking part in the wedding and needed to know when it was my turn to read.

On Saturday we enjoyed hanging out with my family and then off to the wedding.  My mom and sister were once again babysitters.  The wedding was beautiful as was the bride.  My speaking part did not go smoothly.  I can talk all day in front of kids and teach them social studies, however, put me up front in a church to read a scripture and I am a mess.  At least I got through it.

We had a little bit of time between the ceremony and reception and since we were in downtown, we hung out on a patio for a little bit.  It was so pretty out, mid 70s.  The reception was a lot of fun. I danced, ate, drank and took pictures in the photo booth.  I am so glad I got to see her get married.

We left the next morning so it was a real quick trip home.  My week was very busy as my big project for my school was yesterday.  I stayed late most days to get work done or got to school very early.  Losing a week due to the flooding really hurt my schedule.

Tomorrow we are running in a local 5k.  This was my sons first race last year (at 4 weeks) so he will be joining in again tomorrow.

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Oven-Baked Honey-Dijon Chicken

For my husbands lunch this week I made an over-bake honey-dijon chicken with carrots and red potatoes. I picked it because my husband likes chicken and easy was in the description.

Husbands rating: 4/5.  He said it seemed dry or missing something.

Ease: 5/5.  It was so easy.  Just dry and season the uncooked chicken, cut up some veggies and put in a pan.  The hardest part was cutting the carrots if that gives you any idea.

Changes: I did not have rosemary so no rosemary was used, just honey, dijon mustard and I used olive oil.  Also, to why it might have seemed “dry,” you were suppose to have saved some of the marinate as a dipping sauce and I forgot.  My husband wishes I would have made that.

Recipe: This one was from Buzzfeed and can be found here.

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I had to really crop this picture as my husband is a messy cook and I didn’t realize how messy my stove top was. Sorry not sorry as that is life when you are constantly on the move.

Currently…

Today is my 3rd day off work due to flooding and it just started raining.  I really hope I have work tomorrow because I really don’t want to go extra in the summer.  At least my son’s school was open today and I did send him because he needed time with kids his own age, and we were not expecting to not have school so we do not have toddler friendly lunch food here.  Our sons school feeds him so we did not buy lunch groceries. He had a good extra two days of mommy and me time and now he needs baby friends and me time.

Currently listening to: the rain and breaking news segment on the rain that just started.  I feel so bad for everyone who was affected by the flooding.  I grew up in St. Louis and remember the horrible flood of ’93.  I also remember volunteering by building sandbags. Now, I am in a different state and flooding is really affecting us here.  It is horrible.  It is so sad to watch the news and see people’s lives that have been destroyed.

Currently feeling: sore.  I did Crossfit yesterday and man, it was a tough one.  For the weight lifting section we alternated between Bench Press and Front Squats with a 10, 9, 8 scheme or 1, 2, 3 scheme.  The Workout of the Day was optional but my class wanted to do it so I did as well which was 15-12-9 reps of Chest to Bars and Double Unders.  My shoulders and quads are very tired.

Currently reading: The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin.  I cannot tell you if it is good or not because I just started it last night and only made it through the first chapter.

Currently thinking: I really should start packing for my quick trip to St. Louis this weekend and I really should be cleaning as well.  Two things I really dislike. I also probably should have let the dogs out before it started raining. There is also a basket full of clean clothes that needs to be folded.

Currently wearing: Adidas tank and Lululemon polka dot Groove Run shorts which are no longer made but that is okay because I love their Speed Shorts too. Hey, I might run today so might as well dress for it.

So one of things I am going to start is my tips for working out once you have kids, and also working out through pregnancy.  Those will come hopefully soon.

 

Stitch Fix Review

One thing about me is that I love clothes.  I have a professional job where I need to dress a certain way.  However, I also love to be comfy at home so when I do go to stores to shop, I am more attracted to the sweatpants and running clothes.  That is when Stitch Fix became a lifesaver to me. I have been doing Stitch Fix for awhile now but I do every other month or my clothing situation might get out of hand.  So the following box is what I received in March.

First, if you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here is how it works:

1. Fill out your Style Profile. This gives detail on your style, sizes, budget and anything else like a link to your pinterest board.

2. Once you have “ordered” your box, they will send you 5 items from a personal stylists.  It is a $20 styling fee which is applied as a credit toward anything you keep.

3. Try everything on. They send you Style Cards with recommendations on how to wear your outfit.  You have three days to decide what you do and do not want.

4. Buy what you like and return the rest. If you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire purchase.  Don’t like something, they send you a pre-paid mailing bag to drop in the mailbox.  It is free shipping.

So what did I get and I was bad because I threw away my receipt with all prices and items names. When I opened my box I was so excited to see shoes!20160323_172104.jpg

My note from my stylist.  I like her a lot so I have requested her again.

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Please forgive my hair as I drive with the windows down when it is nice out. Here is what I got:

This top which I returned.  I did not like the color on me or design. The jeans are mine, a similar pair can be found here.20160323_172417

They suggested I wear this Market and Spruce Abberley Cut Out Detail Knit Top with these Kut from the Kloth Siena Cropped Pants.  I did end up buying both but have not worn them together. I love the pants color which they call Dark Pink but Kut from the Kloth calls them Mulberry. I have worn the pants to work and have gotten a lot of compliments on the color.  The top has a really cute back which is perfect to show off my sports bra line.

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These FFC New York Two toned flats are so cute so I know I needed them.20160323_172757

Lastly is the black Colette cutout back top which I returned and am not posting a pic of because of where the cutouts are, you can see undergarments.  I suppose you could where a cami underneath it but I think that would take away from the look.

So I ended up buying 3/5 items which I normally do about 2.  My goal is to find 1 or 2 pieces I enjoy.  I do not want 5/5 because that means I am spending a lot of money.  I just want pieces I really enjoy and will get a lot of use of.

If you are interested in Stitch Fix and want to give it a try, you can try my referral link here. Stitch Fix does not pay me, I pay them.

First blog post is a cooking post

Hello readers! So this is my first post for my lifestyle blog.  What can you expect to read about: motherhood and working full-time outside of the house, misadventures in cooking, workouts, travel, fashion(or maybe lack of) and just trying to juggle everything.

Now I am not an expert in anything I type about, unless it is about myself, nor do I pretend to be.  So why am I blogging?  I have always loved writing and I read tons of blogs.  I even had blogs back in the day when I was a student, which I am sure would all be about drama among my friends.  Now that I am an adult, I thought I would give it another go.

So to start us off, I have a cooking post.  Little backstory, I was never taught common domesticated traits.  I have also been a vegetarian since I was 8.  However, I am married to a man who is not and we are raising our son to be a meat eater.  Every weekish, I try a new recipe and he gives me feedback.  If he does not like it, it is not to recipes fault, it is the cooks fault.

Last weeks recipe: Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Husbands rating: 4/5. He says it was a tad dry and maybe needed a little bit more sauce. Since he takes it to work, it was in the fridge and then he heats it up at his office.

Ease: 3.5/5.  I sometimes forget how long it takes for chicken to cook on my stove.  I also cooked all the bacon in the package instead of the strips I needed so that too extra time.

Changes:  This recipe calls for multiple pans but since I hate cleaning, I cooked the pasta first and then used that same pan for the sauce. We also used like a vegetable rotini and I did not have heavy cream so I used half-and-half which is probably why we didn’t get enough sauce. I also did not decorate with parsley.

Recipe: I get most of recipes from Buzzfeed’s weekly meal article.  This one can be found on the cooking blog Damn Delicious.You can find the recipe here.

Picture: Here is what mine looked like.  If you go to her blog, it looks so beautiful. chicken bacon ranch

So first blog post is a success!