Monday, February 26, 2018

All about the hair

Ok friends, this post is dedicated to everything HAIR!  Every time I have a baby, I end up wanting to do something different to my hair.  Throughout pregnancy and the early months of the first year, I tend to neglect my hair leaving it feeling long, stringy, faded, and just overall plain.  This time around I was ready to
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Spring shoes that won't break the bank!

I went to Target for diapers the other day and while browsing through the shoe section, (anyone else always end up in shoes no matter what you go in for? #askingforafriend) I noticed that Target has really stepped their game up lately!  Now don't get me wrong, Target has always been good but the new brands that they have brought in over the last year or so are on point right now.  I ended up leaving with 2 pairs along with my diapers so you know, the husband was beyond excited about that. :)

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A mini trip to Greenville!

Last weekend we did a mini overnight trip to Greenville, South Carolina!  It was our first time in Greenville and it really was the cutest little city.  I had a hair appointment Saturday morning so we left later that afternoon and got to Greenville around 4.  Coming from Atlanta, the drive was super quick and easy. The kids slept on the way there which
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Toddler Style: Spring Edition

Happy Friday, friends!  I am so excited for the weekend!  We are taking a little trip and it is so much needed right now.  It's always nice to break up our routine for a night or 2 and somewhere new is the perfect way to do just that.  

Yesterday morning when I was letting the dogs out, I heard birds chirping.  I realized that I haven't heard that in months, or since early fall really, and it made me feel like Spring is COMING!  So with Spring on my mind and lots of new season clothes rolling in, I wanted to share everything I'm loving for the kids right now because there is some really great stuff coming out for Spring and Old Navy seems to be killing it!
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have to say, these might just be my favorite pictures ever!!!  I love getting festive with the kids for holidays and Valentine's Day couldn't have been a more perfect opportunity to buy myself some red roses and force the kids to pose for pictures that I will forever cherish.  I initially had other outfits in mind for the kids, like
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

10 Things you might not know about me and Loyal

Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I wanted to share 10 things about me and Loyal that some may not know!  I love reading things like this on other blogs.  I think it really helps to get to know someone better, aside from just pretty pictures, recipes and whatever else shows up on the routine blog schedule.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Favs: Lipstick Staples!

I never used to be a lipstick kind of girl.  It was shortly after I had Roman that I came across a blog post talking about lipstick and how she felt so much better while wearing it, with or without makeup.  She mentioned how it made her feel more put together even if she, in fact, hadn't done very much to look presentable.  A coverup, if you will.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How to do a romantic Valentine's Day at home

I can't remember if Loyal and I ever used to go out on Valentine's Day to celebrate.  Before we had kids, we were either working on Valentine's Day or didn't want to deal with everywhere being so crowded and most likely on a wait.  Since having kids, going out hasn't even been a consideration.  Sure, we could get a sitter but to be honest,
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Our first King Cake!

It's always around the time of Mardi Gras approaching that Loyal starts getting a little homesick.  We listen to upbeat Jazz music that you would normally hear flooding the busy streets of the French Quarter, singing and dancing while we cook breakfast.  Loyal yearns for any and everything New Orleans and one of the biggest things that he misses about home is the food. Allllll of the food!  The cajun cuisine of New Orleans just simply can't be replicated anywhere else and baked goods here in Atlanta don't even hold a flame to the fresh bakeries in New Orleans.

I think that when most people think of Mardi Gras, they think of parties, parades, and colorful festivities that decorate the streets of New Orleans.  You will see the most extravagant costumes, elaborate floats going down the music filled streets, and strings of beads lining every railing and tree branch throughout the city.  But what many don't know is that there is one major staple that comes with Mardi Gras in New Orleans and that is the King Cake.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Favs: Super Bowl Edition!

Hellllooooo FRIDAY!!!  I don't know about you guys but this has been the longest week for me.  Roman has been sick most of the week and we ended up at the doctor with Croup. :(  Croup sucks but once he got a dose of medicine he has been feeling a lot better.  Hopefully things are on the up swing for us!

The Super Bowl is this weekend and although our team isn't playing, it's still a good excuse to eat, drink, and watch some football.  Or at least the commercials and halftime performance, amIright?!  Loyal and I have decided to go
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Turkey & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I made these healthy stuffed peppers last week and posted them on my Instagram.  I had a bunch of messages asking for the recipe so I wanted to share it here!  We usually eat pretty healthy throughout the week, or at least try to, so hopefully this will help inspire others as well.  I wanted to start sharing more about healthy food that we eat because I know that a lot of people, myself included, struggle with what to eat when they decide they want to start eating cleaner.  So with that being said, today kicks off a new series: Healthy Eats!  Every Thursday, I will be here to share recipes, inspiration, guidance, and all of the ins and outs to what our family does to be healthier on a daily basis.  
These were so amazingly good!  This was my first time cooking with quinoa and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.  I have used brown rice for my stuffed peppers in the past but the quinoa made for a much lighter and healthier option.  This recipe made a pretty good amount so it was easy for us to use this as a meal prep option.  I am a big fan of meal prepping to not only save time with lunches but to help keep us on track with our diets.  Summer is coming!!!

Ingredients:
3 bell peppers
1 package ground turkey
1/2 white onion
1 poblano pepper
1 cup quinoa
15 oz can crushed tomatoes
15 oz can black beans
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime
Monterey Jack cheese (for topping)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400.  Cut pepper down the center and clean out seeds and ribs.  Rub olive oil on the inside, season with salt and pepper, and bake in the oven for about 5-10 minutes to soften.
While those are baking, dice onion and poblano pepper.
(Side note: you may have seen on my Instagram stories the other day that a poblano pepper once burned my hands!  Apparently there is something in poblano peppers that will make your skin burn if you touch it.  Save yourself the discomfort and put a Ziplock bag over your hand while you are dicing it!)

Drizzle a little olive oil in a pan and cook the onion and poblano for a few minutes until slightly softened.  Add in ground turkey, season with salt and pepper, and cook until no longer pink.  
While that is cooking, cook 1 cup of quinoa according to directions on the package.   When the quinoa is finished, add it to the ground turkey along with the black beans, cilantro, and juice from the lime. 
I wanted to insert a picture here ^ before adding the tomatoes to note that you can stop here if tomatoes aren't your thing!  This mix is actually really good the way it is and would be a great meal prep option without the peppers.
But if tomatoes are your thing, go ahead and add those here.
Stuff the peppers, sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese (or whatever cheese strikes your fancy), and put back in the oven for about 10 minutes. 
These came out so good, you guys!  My husband wasn't super excited that I was making these but once he tried them, he actually really liked them.  I think that the cilantro and lime make all the difference compared to the more traditional version of stuffed peppers I had made in the past.

This recipe made quite a bit of stuffing to go in the peppers.  I had some left over so you could probably add one more pepper to this if you want.  Also, I didn't use the entire cup of quinoa in this.  I plan on using what is left for eggs and avocado tomorrow morning for breakfast!

Some other alternatives to this recipe: corn, jalapeƱo, red pepper, rice instead of quinoa, beef instead of turkey, etc.

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