Chicken Bacon Ranch Burritos

Right when I saw the name of the recipe, I knew it would be a winner. My husband loves all the things in the title.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Burrito

Husbands rating: 5/5 even though I made the mistake of not cooking the chicken all the way. Don’t worry, he microwaved it enough at work to cook it and it was a tiny bit, like I took it off the grill maybe 30 seconds to early. He also wishes I added jalapenos.

Ease: 5/5. Just cook bacon, cook chicken and you are done.

Changes: So my husband decided to eat it like a bowl and not a burrito so he didn’t use any tortillas or any topping except ranch.

Recipe: You can find it here

Picture: None, he forgot.

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August 2017 Stitch Fix Review

My Stitch Fix came early again so I was not expecting Trunk Club and Stitch Fix to overlap (but then again Trunk Club took forever, oh and I am still waiting to hear back on my husbands trunk). For this fix, I kept the same stylists I have been working with for a while.  I also mentioned that I will be going back to work shortly and going to Maine for a wedding.  I wish I would have also mentioned family photos but I can find something for that later.

Just an editor’s note: please excuse my dresser drawer not being closed. It is a Friday night when I took these and I was getting ready for bed and just didn’t really care at that point.

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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Style Card

41Hawthorn Kenziah Shirt Dress ($48)

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I really like this dress.  It does seem a little short but I don’t mind showing off my legs.  I think this is what I am going to wear to the wedding.  I was unsure at first because it seems to casual but it is an outside wedding, so I did what any girl would do and send pics to my friends and mom and they agreed that I could wear it to a casual outside wedding. So this is a keeper. Sidenote: I send all my pics to two friends first to see what they think, I don’t always trust my husband.

Kaileigh Robinson Scoop Neck Top ($34) and Renee C Maybell Lace Detail Skirt ($54)

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I hated this top right when I saw it and I hated it on. It is definitely going back. The skirt is cute but I was the only one who really thought that. They will both be going back.

Fun2Fun Sayers Pleated Front Blouse ($38) and the same skirt

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Hated this top.  First, it is too short.  Second, my bra hangs out.  So not really appropriate for a teacher.

Urban Expressions Clara Zip Top Tote ($48)

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Cute purse and a nice size and color.  Might be a little too big for me. I am sending it back though.  So, I do not buy many purses but when I do, I like to splurge. Like my last purse I bought myself was Kate Spade. I only buy a purse maybe once and year and take care of it better than I take care of myself.

 

So I am only keeping 1 item but I still felt like it was a success.  I would buy the skirt too but I also bought a car unplanned last week so let me save my bank account some.

If you want to try Stitch Fix, go here.

Bread Pudding

I love to bake but my problem is that I will end up eating it all.  My husband is not huge into sweets and I am.  My son would love sweets all the time but I limit his for obvious reasons.  Last Friday we were out to eat and my husband glanced at the dessert menu and mentioned that he had not had bread pudding in a long time.  I told him I would make it since it couldn’t be too hard, right?  It isn’t as I found out.

I tried to get my son to help me because he enjoys helping out in the kitchen but this I made all by myself. My son helped in his own way, like when I was cracking the eggs, he climbed on the kitchen table and dumped my ice water out. Or when I was stirring, he was on his little ride/push bike and kept riding into the kitchen and into me.  So really big help there. I really thought he would like tearing up the bread because he does that for the fish and turtles at a pond we visit.

Bread Pudding

Husbands rating: 4.5/5. He said it was nice and soft.

Ease: 4.5/5. It really was easy. I just had trouble completely blending the eggs.  Yes, I stirred by hand so maybe with a mixer it would be better but the yellow in the picture is some of the egg.

Changes: Kept everything the same but did not add raisins as we were out and they are my sons food anyway.

Recipe: You can find it here.

Picture: 

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July 2017 Trunk Club Review

Last year, I had heard that Trunk Club worked with the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale so I wanted to get a trunk during the sale. However, they decided this year for that not to be the case unless you went into a showroom. I decided to get a trunk anyway because I like two a year.  I had an awesome stylist but she left the company sometime in June. So I had a new stylist. I will admit this was frustrating because it took over a week of me saying “Yes, I want a trunk” for anything to happen. Then when I got the preview of like 10 items, I said no to over half. I ended up getting my trunk with only 7 items, the 5 I approved and then only 2 new pieces.  I was hoping for about 12 items to choose from as we have a wedding to go to, family photos and it is back to school time. So I was disappointed from the start. The sad part, I requested a trunk for my husband too and his new stylist(we use to have the same) has not gotten back to me in close to 2 weeks.

Anyway….

Here is how it works:

  1. Fill out a survey that asks for your sizes, measurements, likes and dislikes, what does your closet need.
  2. I sent my stylist a couple of photos of me so she could see my body shape.
  3. Your stylists will send you a preview where you can tell them what not to send and why not.
  4. They send the box. They send between 7-15 items.  I have 10 in mine.  It comes looking like a trunk and has all the things you need to send it back free of charge.  You can even have it picked up from your house.
  5. Try on and give feedback. Send back what you don’t want. You do not get charged until they get it back.
  6. There is a $25 try-on fee but it comes out of your total.

Here is what I got:

BP. Lula Block Heel Slingback Sandal $59.99

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The color is a light blush color and this shoe is suede.  It is really pretty and fit well.  It was also pretty comfortable. I am undecided though because to me it looks a little too Cher Horowitz  (which I love her but it is also not 1995 anymore).

Eliza J Jersey Printed Dress $128

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I wanted this dress to work so bad.  I love the bottom little skirt part.  I just think it is a sweet print which would be perfect for a wedding.  However, this dress is so tight and shows everything. I look pregnant in this photo and I am not.

BP. LS Side slit Tee $19

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Don’t mind my PJ shorts. I hatred this shirt when I saw it (Long-sleeve white shirt…boring) but it is really soft. Then I hated it on because it seemed big.  I read the reviews and it is supposed to be so that you could wear it with leggings. Now I might keep it because I do like oversized and it is comfortable.  Plus, if I do not get anything then I am wasting my $25 so this shirt would be free to keep anyway.

BP. Twist Front Tee $22

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I do not like this shirt.  I feel that the twist knot thing looks weird in the front where it is at.

Items I received but have no pictures because they didn’t fit at all:

Vince Camuto Texture Base Straight Leg Crop $89

The stylists sent me the wrong size.  I could not button them up.

Adrianna Papell Scalloped Crepe Sheath Dress $98

It was hot pink which I like but looked straight out of 1983 and not in a good way. Plus it was too small in the boobs so I couldn’t zip it up.

Vince Camuto Ruffle Fit & Flare Dress $148

Besides the high cost, it again would not zip up past my boobs.  This dress is so cute though. It is a nice coral color and would have loved to see it fit. Some people might say just ask for a bigger size but since it fit perfectly everywhere else, like my waist, then it will be too big.

So there is my trunk.  Yes, I am disappointed. Will I do it again? Maybe next year with a different stylists.

Want to try it out yourself? Go here.

Chicken Quesadilla

This week I was in a hurry to make a grocery list and none of the recipes I found really inspired me so I just made something off the top of my head. We do have griddle we can make things like pancakes, quesadillas, etc. but I was too lazy to get it out so I just used a pot.

Chicken Quesadillas

What you need: Chicken, Bell Pepper of your choice (we did red), 1 onion, shredded cheese of your choice (we did cheddar and Monterrey jack because we already owned them), tortillas (we did flour), olive oil, salt, pepper, spices of your choice and any extra toppings like sour cream.

What you do:

  1. Slice chicken into thin slices and cook in a skillet with olive oil.
  2. Chop up veggies and add to the chicken once almost cooked.
  3. Once everything is cooked, take off heat and put to the side or on a plate. Use the same skillet or a new one (make sure to add some oil) and put a tortilla on it. Add your shredded cheese and add some of chicken/veggie mixture.
  4. Put the other tortilla on top and smoosh down.
  5. Cook for a few minutes on each side. They should be sorta crispy.
  6. Serve.

Ease: 4.5/5. Pretty easy.

Husbands rating: 3.5/5. I used chili powder while cooking the chicken but we wanted more spices.

What is great about quesadillas if that you can make them your own by switching the meat or just making cheese.  Trying different cheese/spices and just experimenting. Plus, it is not really an ingredient filled recipe.  For my son, I just use shredded cheese and tortilla. Easy.

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole

This week I made a super easy chicken parmesan casserole for my husband to take to work.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Ease: 4.5/5. After you shred the chicken, you just dump everything and stir to combine.

Husbands rating: 3.5/5. He said it had too much sauce but he would rather have that than not enough sauce.

Changes: I did not add basil. One thing I did do differently for me was I baked the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes instead of using the stovetop of cook it. Not sure if there is a taste difference but for ease, it is easier in the oven.

Recipe: You can find it here.

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Barbella Box July Review

I have never done Barbella Box before but I love Fleo shorts and when Fleo shorts said they were putting a pair in the July box, plus I found a $5 off coupon, then the box became cheaper than the shorts are. So I signed up. Just so you know, I paid for this box. I am not that fancy where I get free things.

Barbella July 2017 Box

Cost: $49.99 a month. If you sign up for more, it gets cheaper.

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I put numbers so that you can see each item.

  1. Fleo Shorts( $48)

These shorts came  in 4 different colors and you did not get to pick. So I got the blue pair but there was also a purple pair, green pair, and an orange/red pair.  I really wanted the blue pair so I was so excited when I saw them!

2. WOD Bottom Beach Bum Headband($16.99)

It is a wider headband than what I normally would wear but it fits well and feels like it would stay on diuring a workout. It also came with a 25% off coupon to their store.

3. Pro-Tec Athletics Spiky Ball($9.95)

This one is for the foot and good for preventing injuries but also help if you have injuries like plantar fasciittis which my husband has had.  Even though it says it is for the foot, I will be using it for other parts like my shoulder or legs.

4. Eat Your Coffee Energy Bar($2.50)

I am saving this for my husband as I cannot stand coffee.

5. Little Moon Essentials Clear Mind Mist($3.99)

This is not pictured because the shorts were covering them and I did not notice. So this is a spray you can put in the air or on your clothes to give you a little wake-up call.  Once I go back to work, I will try it out.

There was also a coupon for a free sample of Halo Top Ice Cream.  I have never tried that but have wanted to.

All in all, I think you get a lot of good stuff for the price. Will I continue the box? I am not sure since I did it for the Fleos. I will see what spoilers they give for next month and then decide.

You can sign up here.

Toddler Meal Plans

One of my challenges with having my son home all summer is lunchtime.  I never make him lunch. His school makes his lunch during the week and we go out for lunch during the weekends after he wakes up from his nap(it ends up being like 2, the restaurants are usually dead and then he only needs a snack for dinner with his milk). My go-to lunch is peanut butter but that is not an option for my son.  I also want him to have something different everyday but my son also has a habit of not eating.

So I went to my parenting bible: Pinterest.  I looked up toddler meal plans.  I looked at a bunch and took what I liked from different ones.  Some were very time-consuming.  I am too lazy to cook everyday for lunch for my son to take one bite and then throw it to the dog.  I also thought about what I know he does like.  So I made a week of meal plans. Every week we do the same thing so it makes it easy for grocery shopping too. Here is what I do which if you are lazy, it is easy.

Monday:

  • Applesause
  • Cucumber slices (if he takes 1 bite, I am happy)
  • Sandwich with jelly and cream cheese.  I use one piece of bread, roll it up and cut it into little rolls. Sorta looks like sushi. It usually goes undone if I am honest.
  • Milk

Tuesday:

  • Grapes
  • Sunbutter Quesadilla (one tortilla just folded in half)
  • Milk

Wednesday:

  • Hummus
  • Sliced pita
  • Sliced cucumbers (only have to buy one)
  • Raisins
  • Milk

Thursday:

  • Cheese cubes
  • Crackers
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Little apple slices
  • Milk

Friday:

  • One Chicken Finger
  • Grapes
  • Milk

Is it perfect? No. However, my kid eats so that is good enough for me.

Breakfast:

  • Leftover donuts from the weekend on Monday.
  • Cheerios/other cereal the other days(he eats it dry)
  • Milk

Snacks(this is just a list of what he eats, not an everyday list):

  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Raisins
  • Pouches with hidden veggies
  • Yogurt
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Freeze-Dried fruit
  • Grapes
  • Fruit cups
  • Puffs
  • Cereal bars

 

Entertaining a Toddler

Every summer I pull my son from daycare and we spend the summer together. Every year I wonder how I am going to entertain ourselves all day. I was especially worried this summer with an active 2-year-old but I have kept us extremely busy. This will not work with everyone because it depends on your needs plus how your toddler is.  I know some toddlers that are fine being in the house all day.  My son is not that toddler.

Every morning we go out.  We start our day by walking our dog. Then we have our schedule:

  • Monday- Little Gym class
  • Tuesday- Library storytime
  • Wednesday- changes every week, some include a little water park,playing with friends at a park
  • Thursday- book store storytime
  • Friday- I workout, he goes to the daycare center

I always check the library for things to do in the summer and enroll in summer reading.  I also am in a group called Hike It Baby where families meet up for playtime, walks, etc. The Little Gym helps because they have open gym too. We also recently bought a blow up pool for the hot afternoons so that he can still play outside but it not be so miserable.

Next summer will be harder in a way because I am not sure how much longer we will go to The Little Gym. However, he will also be more independent too so he will be able to play by himself more. I was going to get a zoo membership this summer but never did but I think as he gets older, that might be something we do more.

I am fortunate that my husband gets home at about 3:30 on most days and around 12 on Fridays so when my son wakes up from his nap around 2, there isn’t much more of the day without dad so we usually stay home and color or play. I am dreading when he stops napping though. Luckily for next summer, there are a lot of movie theaters that do weekly $1 movies for the kids.

Quick Trip to Memphis

Last week I did a quick trip to Memphis.  I was not even gone 48 hours. I have a volunteer job and they sent me to a conference. I lucked out in having a friend who could babysit one day and my husband going into work late another day until I got home.

Wednesday

I arrived in Memphis with a delay. It was storming around the country so it was a mess at the airport.  I was supposed to be there at 5:45 and then at a happy hour gathering at 6:15 but did not get to the hotel until 7 so I ended up being about 20 minutes late to the dinner portion.  We were staying the Sheraton Downtown.  It is a little older but still nice.  Excellent service and staff. They also have a skywalk to take you to the convention center which is where my event was so it was convenient.

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My room

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Pretty good Memphis beer I tried

Thursday

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Tom Lee Memorial

I woke up early and threw on my running clothes. I had made a route in my head but wanted to ask the hotel staff if it is safe. The agreed that my route would be good.  They said I might see some homeless people but that is all. Since I was unaware of my surroundings, I ran without music and I texted my husband before and after my run so that someone would know where I was running. I also brought my phone for pictures. I ran through downtown and to the Riverwalk and Tom Lee Park.  There were plenty of people out and a lot of runners. It was a really nice run. My way back, I changed it up a bit to go see Beale St. I also ran by the Peabody but didn’t go in and see the ducks because it was only 6:45 am.

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St. Jude Children’s Hospital

The rest of the morning, I listened to speakers. I then go to take a tour of St. Jude Children’s Hospital which was the whole point of my trip. I finally got to visit the hospital I fundraise for. Afterwards, I ate dinner at Central BBQ and walked across the street to tour the National Civil Rights Museum. Central BBQ was really enjoyable. The museum was awesome.  It was very interactive and they way they set the museum was nice.  I really liked it and was surprised by how much they had.

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Civil Rights Museum at Lorraine Motel

Friday

Went home.  So it was a very quick trip but really enjoyable.