Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekly Recap {7.25.16}

Happy Monday, Friends! How is this the last week of July?! That is pure craziness. Not to mention that 1 week from today my BABY is turning 2!!

But let's not go there just yet. Here's a recap of our last week -

I took the kids to our local nature center/farm.  It was a hot day so I promised ice cream afterwards.

Looking at the stinky pigs

Scavenger Hunt time! This boy LOVES a scavenger hunt!

Ice cream time! 


"Mom, take a picture of all my tattoos" Okkkkkkkkkay!

We went to Legoland with my sister in laws and nieces and nephew and the kids had a blast!! I definitely need to take just Brayden back there because he loved it and could have stayed all day.


Ella was so sad on this ride because she couldn't reach the pedals - silly girl!

My little nephew, so cute!

Ella actually fell asleep on the chair this day, she is so cute when she sleeps :)

My sweet Avery - every day when she gets up from her nap she wants cuddles and I am perfectly fine with this!

Tuesday night the hubs took Ella on a date to the movies and Thursday I took Brayden.  We saw the secret life of pets movie and it was really cute, although I thought they could have done with less talking about killing, it's a kids movie for goodness sake!


Friday we spent the morning at a splash pad then hit up the farmers market. 

The weekend was pretty low key - Saturday the kids swam at my in laws while the boys golfed and we met up with them after. We watched Kung Fu Panda 3 at night then I actually stayed awake the watch How to be Single after the kids went to bed. 2 weekends in a row that I actually stayed up for a movie!

Sunday we relaxed most of the day then I went to to a LuLaRoe party at my SIL's.  Ella spent most of the morning doing puzzles, she is really into them lately!

When I got home from the party we played games, which isn't easy with a toddler running around!

We relaxed the rest of the night and now off to start our week!

*linking up with B Loved Boston for weekending

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites {7.22.16}

Woohoo for Friday!! We have a pretty low key weekend which I'm excited for.  I feel like we've been non stop for months.


Wednesday I shared a super easy and yummy recipe (healthy too!) you can see it here. I could seriously eat this once a week.


Brayden starts 1st grade in 1 month (I still cannot believe I have a child in grade school) and Ella is starting 3 year old preschool so we have been starting our back to school shopping.

These are the backpacks the kids picked out. I was surprised Ella picked Minnie, I guess she'll always have a love for her!

                   Brayden's                                                              Ella's



Basic tees are my favorite! I ordered these tees from Nordstrom this week but only because they were on sale ($17.90). I'm excited for them to arrive! I got the grey ebony/purple/beige.  These will be great for layering! 

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Does anyone else buy clothes or shoes on Amazon? #noshame - Seeing all the cute booties on the Nordstrom sale that are just not in my budget, I checked out Amazon and saw these that look super cute and for $32!

Qupid Women's Nixon-27 Sueded Side Zip Bootie (7 B(M) US, Taupe)


I am always looking for new fun things to do with the kiddos.  Here are some awesome things I've seen lately!

This PVC pipe car was was done by none other than Marie and it turned out awesome!!

PVC Pipe car wash for kids!!!:

My girls would LOVE something like this!

A new mud pie kitchen and it looks so nice.  I'd like one like that!:

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shrimp & Asparagus over Quinoa

Happy Hump Day!!

So I've been jumping on the eat better train and while searching Pinterest for recipes, I came across several variations of shrimp & asparagus - 2 things I love. However, those 2 things alone will not fill me up, so I married in one of my other favorites - quinoa.

This dish turned out so yummy and is great for a summer night dinner.


  • Asparagus (as much to your liking) chopped in half after cutting the ends off
  • 1 cup Quinoa 
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 15-20 large cooked shrimp
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • slat + pepper for seasoning


In one pot, cook your quinoa according to the directions (usually it's 1 cup quinoa + 2 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10-12 minutes)

Meanwhile, in a large pan (I like to use my deep wok) heat your olive oil for a few minutes. Toss the shrimp in and season with salt and pepper.  Cook for about 5 minutes.

Remove the shrimp and set aside, add in the asparagus, chicken broth and lemon juice, simmer for about 6-8 minutes.

Once the quinoa is cooked, place in a bowl(s)

Add the shrimp back into your pan and heat through another 5 minutes.  Remove and add desired amount to your quinoa.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekly Recap {7.18.16}

Boo for the weekend being over! We had such a nice one, I would like to hit the rewind button please.

Before I get to our weekend, I need to recap our week

Monday I swear we were still recovering from Brayden's birthday parties, so we had a low key day. Grocery shopping and hanging at home. 

Brayden trying out his new razor her got

Of course little sister needed a turn (don't worry after this, they put their helmets on)

Tuesday my baby woke up a 6 year old!! Seriously how in the world is that possible!? I love him!

Since it was his day, he picked everything we did.  First stop was a local donut shop

Next up, the carousel room.  I know that pretty soon Brayden won't want to go here so I soaked this time up alot.

Ella making a wish as we were leaving....she couldn't be any sweeter!!


Brayden wrote a letter to his teacher (she gave everyone a self addressed stamped envelope and paper to encourage them to write) and I about died at his letter!

Later at night, Brayden opened a few gifts from us then it was cake time!

Wednesday our butterfly kit showed up that my sisters family got Brayden.  Our caterpillars are already getting so big!

Thursday it was gorgeous so it was a splash pad day. I treated the kids to McDonalds too and they were over the moon.

We came home and put Miss A down for her nap then the bigs and I headed outside for a water gun fight!

Friday I took the kiddos to the library for a fun game called Wheel of Wisdom.  Basically it's a traveling game show for kids and it was so much fun!! Brayden's age group went first and since the girls were too young, they were spinners.  Brayden answered 2 questions correct and I may or may not have been that crazy mom cheering him on :)



 I snapped this pic of Miss A over the weekend and thought when did my baby turn into this little girl!?!

After nap/quiet time on Saturday, we headed out for family time.  First up, mini golfing :)

Ella started pouting at some point and went to sit down and I had to laugh because Avery sat right next to her and gave her a look like "what the heck is wrong with you?"


 We stopped for pizza and the hubs and I enjoyed a cold beer.  Everyone was so behaved we might actually be able to start going out to eat more! After dinner, we headed home for ice cream sundaes and called it a night.  The hubby and I watched Dirty Grandpa and it was just ok in my opinion.

Sunday we had my cousins' twins baptism in the morning then I did some organizing and cleaning while the hubby went golfing.

The girls helped pick some veggies from our garden :)  We ended our night with a family walk/bike ride and now I'm ready to start our week!