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p1034796361-4I spend a little extra time surfing around the web on the weekends. Before we get started on all of KN’s weekend warrior projects  {clean up, update, fix up, replant and rehab projects} we like to drink coffee in bed until at least 8:00 and search for:

him– sports scores, Nascar, Hawks tickets …..

me– shoe sales, recipes, blogs, shopping, shopping, shopping.

Here we go, from around the web:

I am going to try this version of guacamole for Cinco de Mayo, yum.

This is a great idea! Healthier crunchy taco shells.

Seriously need to have these 2 ingredients around the house for easy, emergency pina coladas!

Skinny jeans are not here to stay, so do you think you will replace yours with these?

Shut it! Did you know Barbie has an Instagram account? She is perfect :)

I bought these (when UO was having a 25% off sale) and these (but in snakeskin print at 50% off at the Piperlime going out of business sale). No, I didn’t pay full price! Thats why I shop online constantly.

I think this would be a great item by the back door, 4 storage slots, one for each of us. No more purse laying on the couch and 3 backpacks laying on the floor.

And finally, yes, KN bought Hawks tickets yesterday morning and we went to the game last night. Have you ever been to a Hawks game? Even if you do not follow hockey or know a thing about it, you will leave that stadium a fan. Hawks fans are intense and loud and the enthusiasm is contagious! {before I met KN, I had never owned an article of clothing with a team name on it, lol}


Have a great week! Spring is here.


Kelly green striped dress


Maybe you have already seen this dress?
It was on the cover of the Anthropologie catalog! I love it. There was no wishy washy maybe I like it. Sometimes you just know.

I wore it to the school auction despite it being freezing and raining. How long can we wait to wear NON WINTER CLOTHES?? I threw on a short black leather jacket and tried not to fall on my face as I was running from the parking lot to the front door of the place. Brrrrrr.
When I tried it on in the store, the salesgirl was like “don’t save this dress for dressy occasions only, put on some flip flops and a jean jacket”.


Dress here

Sunglasses similiar here

Shoes similar here

Lipstick here

8 simple tips for surviving parenting

One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest


This is what raising kids has done to me and KN. Here we are on a typical evening. If we could check into the funny farm, we would do it voluntarily.

So many people say they hate Facebook because its not real life. It’s just all happy and sappy. Yeah, well no kidding! Maybe because people want to remember the good things and prove that they really are not living like psychotic crazy people all-of-the time. Sometimes our family does fun things too. And if we had to post bad grades, hours and hours of kids on the iPad or phone, messy bedrooms, saying no, bacon for breakfast and dinner and mad kids, no one would like us anymore.  We all just want to prove that we have not given up on life and are not living on Lower Wacker.  There is nothing wrong with that. I am happy that there are families on vacations, families having dinner out, kids playing sports, and good things going on. I mean, it gives us all something to strive for, right? A picture for Facebook that the kids are actually smiling in?

Anyway, back to teenagers.

How do we know that they are going to be alright?

From talking to other “mom’s of teenagers”, we are all worried! All of the sudden it hits, how in the world will this kid ever have a job? Like a job where he could support a family? Or seriously, go to college? how will they find food? or their socks? let alone go to class and study?

We all think everyone else’s kids are going to be successful.

“They are so smart! Best player on the team! Ambitious! Popular! Polite! Handsome! On the honor role! Athletic, self motivated, organized!”

Then you talk to the mom and the mom is like “Ugh, no, no, no, you have no idea!”

I started this post the other day and then gave up. I was not sure where I wanted to go with it. Maybe I was just venting. But then a blogger that I follow, There is no wine in mom, had a post called “Keep it Real”. And then I realized, that is what I was trying to get at.

We are all stressed to the max about our kids. No matter the age of our children, we are worried. Worried that we are completely mucking up this parenting business and they are going to fail. I can’t even count how many times I have said that I would “saw my arms off for you” to get my kids to understand HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM and that I am not trying to ruin their life, I AM TRYING TO PRESERVE IT.

My current struggle is tough love. I like huggy, lovey dovey, warm chocolate chip cookie love. Unfortunately, teenage boys push push push the limits. And no chocolate chip cookie is going to make them tell the truth. My kids struggle with turning homework in on time and sometimes turning it in at all. They do not always tell the truth. They are insecure, impatient, and kick each other under the dinner table.  They leave their towels on the floor, their dirty plates on the counter and repeatedly loose their North Face coats. They hang around with the wrong kids, eat the wrong food, watch too much You Tube, are lazy and make me and KN seriously crazy.

How to survive?

1) Talk to other moms. No matter where you are. All you have to say is “my kids are dirty rotten scoundrels” and you are guaranteed a conversation of commiserating, unless of course, it is a parent that is in denial. ( I am not talking to you).

2) Pray your booty off.

3)  Talk to your own parents. Oddly enough, they might have some advice. My parents had 5 kids. I asked my mom the other day why she didn’t shoot all of us? She actually said, “I don’t remember it ever being that bad”. hahahahahahahaha. God is good. He even gives parents the gift of forgetfulness. Maybe someday I’ll say it was all good stuff too, maybe after I trip and fall down the stairs right onto my head.

4) Pray. Yep, keep doing it.

5) Do something that is only for yourself and has nothing to do with your kids. Sometimes getting away from them allows you to have a fresh, insightful approach. Have a date night, weekend, week, month…..however long it takes.

6) Laugh.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the goings on and it drags us down. Take a minute to stop taking yourself so seriously. Step outside and look in at the situation. Maybe it is truly a Saturday Night live skit right in your own family room.

7) Never get tired of doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:13) So many times I feel like saying, I don’t care anymore. It seems like it would be easier to not care.

8) Check out Facebook. Look at all those kids succeeding! If they can do it, your kids probably can too!

If all else fails, take them to a Hawks game, and they might actually smile and say thanks.





blue maxi skirt











I bought this easy breezy skirt for our trip to Maui. It’s easy to wear to dinner or to the beach. I love the contrasting waistband. I think it would be cute with an oxford shirt tied at the waist too.

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sandals here 



Easy pasta for dinner!

Pasta with chicken sausage and broccoli
Pasta with chicken sausage and broccoli

I know it has been said before, but how is it “time for dinner” EVERYDAY?? I love eating but I don’t like dinner time….deciding what to eat, grocery shopping , then cooking, then clean up..just like yesterday….

So the good news is that I came across this recipe not too long ago and we all liked it.
Holy macaroni, I’ll be making this again.
if you know me, it isn’t difficult either.

Only 6 Ingredients
Only 6 Ingredients

seriously, you might have this stuff in the house, except for the sausage


fry it up
fresh grated cheese  (as much as you want)
fresh grated cheese
(as much as you want of course)


Pasta with chicken sausage and broccoli

12 oz rigatoni

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 sliced onion

package of cooked chicken sausage links, sliced

chopped broccoli ( 1 small bunch)

1/4c grated parmesan



Heat oil in skillet, add onion for about 3 minutes, add sausage and toss until heated through and browned.

Add broccoli and 1 1/4 c water to skillet with sausage and onion, simmer till broccoli is tender.

boil and drain the pasta and toss the pasta in the skillet

add cheese, salt and pepper to taste.


I have tried a different flavored sausage but my kids like the chicken and apple because it is almost sweet. I tried the Italian and it was good as well.

lust or must

lmCollageWe all love designer everything. It just looks different, feels different, smells different, BUT the PRICE is also stupid, and therefore usually a deal breaker.

I like to see what high end designers are doing because they direct the trends.  After my extensive research….

I search out something similar with a smaller number on the price tag.

Here are some ideas:

Denim can be so expensive. Sometimes it’s worth it if the fit is perfect or if you know you will wear them to death. If you are not sure or if you feel like it’s a trend you may not like forever, then it’s probably a good idea to try out a cheaper pair. ( I have these Gap jeans and I love them!)


Paige denim



Wedges are great for everyone. They can be casual or dressy and they are way easier to walk in then heels. It seems like they are a summer staple. I have sold almost these exact shoes at a garage sale because I felt like they were old but they are still in! Guess what? I’m going to get another pair…


Jimmy Choo
Steve Madden


Oh my gosh, these fringe heels are too stinking cute. Fringe is in! These would spice up any l.b.d. If I had a glamorous job, I would definitely get these or I may get them anyway and wear them to Target. People would think I was someone important.





I love all these lacy, cutout, crochet tops. So delicate and sweet looking.  You can wear them with anything from shorts to skirts {or with ripped jeans. yes!}. It looks like this style is a must have.


Alice & Olivia



Everyone should have a trench coat, so if you do not have one, go get it. It’s the most consistently in style piece of outerwear. It’s the fill in coat when you have no idea what is going on with the weather : is it going to be cold, windy, or rain or all of the above? You’ll be glad you have it.  Over a dress or jeans, to work or to a wedding. (P.S. Banana Republic has a sale every minute so you could definitely pay less than $225.)


Banana Republic 

Stripes-yes! I have like 13 striped t-shirts. Love these striped dresses, fresh and warm weather ready. {Gotta get those L’oreal tanning wipes I told you about, for your legs, before you start flitting around in this short dress}stripes

Diane von Furstenberg


I could do this all day! I love looking for trends at a manageable price. What are you looking for? Maybe I could research it…..



spring break recap



Maui is sublime!

It was KN’s first time to Hawaii, I have been there before but it has defiantly been awhile: {once when I was in 8th grade, once in college, and once when I was pregnant 13 years ago.}

The only downside of going to Hawaii is the long flight, the 5 hour time change, and the inflated cost of all things….

However, the good thing with all of that flying time plus pool time, is I was able to read 3 entire books! These are the three that I read and I would recommend all of them. I probably liked the Daughter the best. It definitely was hard to put down, I wanted to know what happened to that girl and you don’t find out until the very end!
The Secrets of Midwives was a story of a grandma, mom and daughter that are all midwives with secrets that need to be shared, also very good.
I read Fly a Little Higher for inspiration. Reading about other people’s faith during strife and the power of prayer is a great encourager and reminder.



There was no shortage of calories consumed.



We rented a Jeep and drove around the island and did the zip line tour!



Insert tangent here:

I need to share this info with you.  These L’oreal self tanning wipes are AWESOME. I highly recommend them. I looked very tan using these.  You get 6 for $8 and they work perfectly.



We went whale watching and snorkeling on this sailboat. It was so beautiful.



We did wear coats one time! Actually, 2 coats, a hat and gloves and we were still cold up on top of the mountain. Sunrise at 10,000 feet which is above the clouds.


Then we biked down. All down hill, all braking and no pedaling!


Every night was a beautiful sunset.



‘Twas a fabulous vacation! If you have not been, you need to put it on the bucket list.
We are counting this as our “honeymoon” since we never really had one {we had a wedding and a house rehab in lieu of a trip!} My boys were on vacation with their dad so we thought this was the perfect time to get away ourselves.

Girlfriend’s guide to 10 favorite face products



I went to the Nordstrom trend show on Saturday. The entire show is about face products, products, products. A big rah rah advertisement for hundreds of fancy, shiny, beautifully packaged, hard to resist items. It is very hard to sort through all of this stuff, there is endless amounts of makeup everywhere and of course, everyone says it will change your life.

To help myself, and you, I asked a few girlfriends what they use and would recommend. I will just list it out for you here with a quote from them about why.

{If you can’t trust your girlfriends then we are all outta luck.}

1.) Dr. Dennis Gross glow pads face. “Gives the perfect glow even in the summer so I can use strong sunblock and still have a little tan on my face with out looking orange.”








2.) Laura Mercier Secret Concealer.  “creamy, easy to blend stays in place (i.e. Doesn’t crease) must have for dark circles that are hard to hide on my very pale face.”


3.) Bobbi Brown CC Cream. “To brighten up and even out the redness”



4. L’oreal Voluminous original mascara. “big, full lashes for less than $6.”12911985_Alt01

5.) derma e Vitamin A Retinol Palmitate Wrinkle treatment creme. “A jar is less than $15 and works better than things five times the price. It’s at Whole Foods and Mariano’s.”500

6.)Acure brightening facial scrub. “makes your face extremely soft and hopefully will help with pigmentation, grr. At Target, organic.”012-2

7.) LaPrairie anti aging foundation. “covers, covers, covers, redness, blotchiness, spots, expensive but worth it.”_5781008


8.) Bobbi Brown makeup brushes. “I lost them when I moved and then re-purchased them because I love them that much”.




9.) Cetaphil face wash. “I have always used it, gentle, and cheap.”Gentle_Skin_Cleanser_16oz_with_burst__92349.1404285882.1280.1280


10.) Trish McEvoy eye serum and retinol eye cream. “works on those eye wrinkles, retinol is great, it is expensive, but works like the even more expensive eye creams I’ve tried.”



This is a short list, so please comment with your recommendations! We would love to know what you use too!

10 spring break must haves




1) First and foremost!  Cellulite be gone_7829308


2) A bright, neoprene swimsuit.

1.-TRIANGL-POPPY-SUMMER-SORBET3) Tons of sunscreen.


4.)  tank topdenim shorts





5.) a dinner dress




6.) A wide brim straw hat.





7.)  sandals & wedges





8.) A good book.



9.)  A whimsical beach tote.



10.) Lip protection.




KN and I are headed to Maui at the end of the month. I cannot wait! Looking to be a professional packer by not over packing and yet, making sure I have every single thing I want. I really just want to start throwing things in a pile as I think of them and then sort through it a few days before departure, but it’s a little early for that and I don’t want to be obsessive…….but really I kinda do.


casual as usual








KN and I had a weekend getaway to Seaside, Florida. We have decided to try and go to places we have never been, which can be tricky since we have both been a lot of different places. This area in the panhandle was a quaint, little mecca of beach towns that were all completely unique. Although all planned communities, each town was different and were so fun to check out. The weather was cool but there was sun and we could actually be outside and ride a bike!

We took these pictures in a town called Rosemary Beach. As we were passing through town on the way back to the airport, we decided to stop for lunch and took a little stroll around.  We felt like we were transported to a little European town.

Travel outfit details here:






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