Christmas

Let me start by saying I am not a holidays person.  I am not ashamed by that statement, I am just being honest.  However, I don’t want my son to be a Scrooge and have bad memories of holidays so I put on my high school theater hat and pretend I am into the holidays. This year is the first time since I have been an adult that I have not traveled for Christmas, so it means I had to cook and decorate. I am not a home decorator by any means.  I love cute homes but I also do not have the patience or creativity to pull if off. So I will post some pictures of our decorations and what we ate with recipes.

First, our Christmas tree is a mini Christmas tree that sits on the counter.  Why? We have two old boy dogs who mark their territory and then throw in a toddler that would pull down the ornaments. I decided to go on Pinterest and make an “easy” wreath. img_20161223_134006

If this survives storage, which it has already broken twice before it was put up, then I will add a huge ribbon to the top. I actually wanted it on my front door but it is too wide for my front door as the storm door then cannot shut.

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This was our table setting for the meal but you can see my other decorating tip.  I just put ornaments in a flower vase. Very easy.

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I also like to drink during the holidays because it makes it more tolerable for me.  I made my husband and I these drinks all day. They are equal parts champagne, Rose’ and Raspberry lemonade.  They were very good.

Now for the food and excuse the mess in the background but it was Christmas and there were gifts.

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First up is the chicken meal.  It is called Slow Cooker Honey and Garlic Chicken and Veggies.

Ease: 4.5/5

Husbands Rating: 4/5

Mistake I made: I read the recipe as 3-4 hours on high, 6-8 on low but I accidentally cooked it 3-4 on low.  Veggies and chicken had not cooked through and it was meal time.  So we put it in the oven for another 30 minutes and the chicken was done but not all the veggies were.  I will cook it again and the right way one day.

Recipe: You can find it here.

Next is the Easy Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole.

Ease: 5/5

Husbands rating: 4/5.  He said not all the noodles were cooked through but I didn’t notice that. Mine were all fine.

Recipe: You can find it here.

Lastly we have the Velvet Mashed Potatoes.

Ease: 3.5/5.  I do not own a potato masher so I was doing it by fork which was a pain.

Husbands rating:3.5/5. He forgot to tell me he wanted gravy with it and I didn’t make any.  I liked them but thought they were a little dry.  I did not add enough milk/cream cheese.

Recipe: You can find it here.

 

So that is it.  Holiday Season 2016 is finished!

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Traveling with baby

So I traveled over Thanksgiving, which was way over a month ago but I never got a chance to blog about it.

I want to start with traveling with babies tips and then talk about Thanksgiving in St. Louis.  My son is 20 months old and has flown about 7 times.  His first flight was at 4 months old. Every flight has been a different experience.

  1. Get to the airport with extra time.  There is nothing worse than being super stressed about making your flight on time because not only will baby sense it, it will throw everything else off.
  2. Bring plenty of snacks.  If you are doing liquid snacks, like pouches, be warned that if they are over 4 oz. they will have to open them and check them.  If you think you brought too many snacks, pack more.
  3. You can bring liquids with you but security will check them in the bottle or sippy so again need to plan extra time.
  4. Bring a toy/object they love and will want to play with on the plane.
  5. Have an extra set of clothes for you and baby in your carry-on.  Trust me. Nothing like spending a couple of hours as an adult in pee clothes.
  6. Have something in their mouth for takeoff/landing.
  7. Pack things so that they are easy to reach for.

Those are just some of my tips.  Again, every flight is different.  My son flew great at 4 months to NM and a month later he has a screaming meltdown on the flight to Mexico.

For Thanksgiving we flew to St. Louis on a Tuesday and barely made the flight (had to turn around because I left his passport at home).  So Tuesday we made it for dinner and that was all.

Wednesday was so much fun.  We went to the St. Louis Zoo which was a gloomy day in the low 50s but no one was there because it looked like rain.  We got to see all the animals without crowds.  We then took him to Build-a-Bear inside the zoo.  St. Louis is where Build-a-Bear started so they have a special one in the zoo filled with zoo animals.  My son picked a Painted Dog (which we saw the exhibit).  It was so cute and fun to see him make his little dog.  He did so good.  If you have never been to the St. Louis Zoo, it is a must.  It is free and ranked one of the best zoos in the nature.  It is inside Forest Park which is a huge beautiful park.

Thursday was Thanksgiving but my husband and I ran in the Chesterfield Turkey Trot.  My son stayed home at Grandmas.  Afterwards, we had our Thanksgiving meal.

On Friday the girls in my family decided to go see a movie.  Afterwards, my husband, son and I met up with my college roommate and her husband to eat and drink some beer at Kirkwood Station Brewery. It was really good food and beer.

Saturday we ran in the Run for Cookies 5 miler.  It was the first year we have done it where my husband did not place. Afterwards, the girls in my family took my son to the mall for their playground, carousel and train ride.

We left very early Sunday morning. It was a good trip and we were glad we got to see a lot of people and do a lot of things.  My son enjoyed himself.

December Stitch Fix

I didn’t realize how long it has been.  I have a lot of updates over the next couple of days.

First, I have a Stitch Fix update.  I received this box on Friday in the middle of cleaning my house for the holidays.  My hair is beyond bad.  I should really try one time to do an update with good hair but I also know with a toddler running wild, I only have like 5 minutes to do this.

Here is how Stitch Fix works for the new people:

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.

Here is what I got:

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First up is the earrings.

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Not sure if I am keeping them.  They are cute and simple plus silver which is the color of jewelry I prefer but I also do not wear earrings a lot.  I always mean to but I would rather wear a necklace or bracelet.  So I am undecided.

Fate Showen Jacket($88) and Just Black Joey Skinny Jean($88)

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The jacket is a no.  It is super cute and soft however, it is very short on my, like hardly below my belly button and tight.  It was hard to zip it past the girls.

The jeans are 99% of a keep.  They are comfy and fit great.  Plus they are a color that I have been wanting for a while.  I love burgundy because it actually goes with my complexion. I am just not a fan of the price but oh well, it is hard to find jeans that fit!

Same Jeans as above and Papermoon Lucasta Knit Top($38)

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So after I take these photos, I send them to two friends who do not know each other.  The reason: my husband says everything looks good on me.  He will only say no to something if he hates the style.  So my friends are harsher in a good way and tell me their opinions.  One friend said this top could grow on her and the other said no right away so I say no.  It is very soft but not really a fan of the cuff.

Lastly we have the Renee C Jerri Polka Dot Pullover Sweater($64)

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I am a sucker for polka dot.  This is a very cute sweater and I am at like 80% for keep.  My hesitations: all my winter clothes are grey. I love color but for some reason, I keep buying grey in winter.  It is 80 degrees today in December so it is not like I am living where the sun does not shine. Otherwise I love it.

Any thoughts on what I should and should not keep?

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