Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Menu Plan Monday (but really its Tuesday)

Since yesterday was a holiday, I took a day off the internet and social media combined to focus on a day with my family with no camera following them around :) I had a wonderful indulgent MDW filled with BBQs, friends, fire pits, food, wine, sun and fun!!!  It was one of the best weekends ive had in a loooong time!!!!  Hubby was home all weekend and there was NO baseball!!! Before I dive in I just want to express my gratitude to all those who have served/are serving!

 

Since this is a busy and short week for me, I'm keeping this short, sweet and simple (kinda like me :P)  I'm linking up with orgjunkie.com for menu plan Monday!

Monday: Family BBQ
Tuesday: Leftover Tri tip, bacon wrapped asparagus and corn on the cob
Wednesday: Mexican (we have open house for Kindergarten in fall and they are providing dinner)
Thursday: Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/healthy-chipotle-chicken-sweet-potato-skins/
Friday: Portabello mushroom burgers and sweet potato fries
Saturday: Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles for Two http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/08/kung-pao-chicken-zoodles-for-two.html
Sunday: Grilled Steak and bacon Brussels Sprouts (both my picky hubby and toddler eat these!  The trick is a splash of balsamic vinegar to sweeten them up+ the bacon doesn't hurt either)

The dreaded "hunny do" list

The hubcap is off work for TWO weeks!!!!  I am over the moon excited!  I normally only see him on Mondays and Tuesdays and for about 15 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays (aaaah the life of a police officer wifey!)  Im sure he is envisioning catching up on the dvr, relaxing, and tossing the baseball in the backyard with our son however, I have other ideas!!!!  I 'm going to propose its the perfect time for him to tackle my hunny do lists...the ones that require electric tools...which I am forbidden from touching :P  Plus our wedding anniversary is in a couple weeks and he has to work.  What's that phrase...oh ya!  HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE!

I looooooooove farm house tables and we have a kitchen table that we've had for a few years that with a messy toddler (who am I kidding, and me) could use some T.L.C.  So that will be project numero uno...Operation Farmhouse Table Transformation.




I love this chevron farm table tutorial but I don't think the hubby will go for it nor want to tackle it!
seriously, how gorge!
 Project numero dos will be making this framed chalkboard wall from Shanty 2 Chic's blog!  I just need the muscles to make me the frame :)  This project is only $30!!!

How cute right?!  Not sure on where this will go but I know I need it in my house!!
The last big project for him besides hanging some shelves around the house, is to make these "frames" for our kitchen!  The prints are found on Etsy for only $24!  I just die for the little clips; so cute and rustic!  Plus, they will look great behind a farm house table, right!!! 






I'll let you know how it goes!!  Fingers crossed can convince the hubcap!  I may need to convince his dad to "pop over" one day to give him some help! :D

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Talk blonde to me!

I am always changing my hair.  I have been strawberry blonde, dark brown, red-brown, brunette and dirty blonde; short hair to longish hair.  I like to change my look up in both hair and clothes.  Check out some of my many looks below!  Thankfully I don't have many pictures from my strawberry blonde days...that look just emphasized the red in my face!!  Never again will I let a girlfriend talk me into a) box dying and b) that I'll look good as a strawberry blonde!!!



This is one of my favorite hair colors!


This was a close 2nd for my favorite hair color!
I loved the dark but my hubcap didn't.


With summer rapidly approaching, I am itching to go blonde.  So when I saw the AH-MAZING and talented Hilary Duff on the cover of Cosmopolitan in April, I knew that was the color I wanted to be!!  I immediately took a picture of her and sent it to my hairstylist and told her what I wanted to do!!  I have an appointment in a couple weeks to finally do it and I am so excited!!!!  Seriously, how amaze does she look??!!!  Divorce and motherhood agree with her!  Another major girl crush of mine :)  Have ya'll seen the new show Younger?!!!  I'm obsessed! 

 Anywhoo, whenever I want to try a new hair color/hairstyle, I always to go to www.instyle.com/makeover.  I have so much fun trying on different celebrities hairstyles.  All you do is create an account, for free, upload your picture and than starts the fun!!! Here are some of my favorite blonde looks :)

Blake Lively
Diane Kruger


Dianna Agron
Heidi Klum


Kristin Bell

  
Julia Roberts






 


Kate Hudson
Kate Upton



 










Tell me which is your favorite?!




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorable Memorial Day BBQ

Have you guys heard/seen Taylor Swift's new Bad Blood music video??!!!  It's amazing and I am in love.  I just adore Taylor Swift.  I heard on the radio a couple days ago that Taylor Swift was voted one of the top 20 hated celebrities!!!  Can you believe that?!!  She seems like the sweetest most genuine person.  Anywhoo, I'm getting off track... 

We are finally having friends over for a little Memorial Day/house warming BBQ!!  I am so excited!!!  I have been trolling pinterest, foodie blogs and hounding my friends on what we should make and do and after 2 days, I finally have our menu!!!! (I can't make a decision to save my life so 2 days is HUGE for me.) :)

I want to have some games set up in the backyard for the kids so the wives can chit chat :)  I thought I'd set up an outdoor twister game (I may get in on that action too), bean bag toss, fun disc tic tac toe (with a shower cutain liner!) and ring toss! 




 
 Over the weekend, I went to little league day at the Oakland A's stadium.  It was my monster's first professional game and boy oh boy did he have a blast.  We got to walk the field and watch real baseball players warm up and of course how could we not jump on the foamy walls like the real baseball players do!?  We had such a BLAST!


 





We went with our friends who also happens to be his coach and teammates and my girlfriend Tiffany from http://www.fitmamato3.com made AH-MAZING chipotle mayo sliders which were to DIE FOR!!!!  Since I've been craving these all week, she shared her super simple recipe with me so we are making those for our bbq!
 
chipotle mayo sliders:
 
separate peppers from juice.  add 1 T juice to mayo.  grill mini burgers.  put on Hawaiian rolls.  Voila!  SO.GOOD. (I may or may not have had 4 on Sunday.  In my defense they are tiny so its all good)
 
We are also making Tri Tip and having a baked potato bar and bacon wrapped asparagus *drool*!  I'm making my top secret baked bean recipe!  Sorry, I cannot share that recipe with ya'll!  And I saw this tutorial on turning toasted marshmallows into shot glasses!!!  So awesome!!!!  I plan on making a snickerdoodle cake recipe with brown sugar buttercream frosting from http://sweettreatsmore.com that popped up on my facebook feed from this morning that looked delish! 
 




What is your favorite bbq food to make/game to play?! 


Monday, April 27, 2015

Menu Plan Monday:Paleo edition

 
Good morning!  I am linking up with Orgjunkie.com Menu Plan Mondays to help me stay on track with meal planning.  Hubby and I have kind of fallen off the wagon and need to get back on track!  I need some new Paleo ideas, anybody have any good recipes?  I feel like I make the same things...
 
We had a wonderful  couple days off this weekend (well I not we).  Friday night I got together with my girls for wine and dinner + Bruce Jenner's interview.  Did you guys watch that?!  I was mesmerized.  I commend him for being so brave and finally putting himself first.  Bravo Bruce Jenner!!!  Monster had a baseball game and did great!!!  and Sunday I FINALLY cleaned and organized the house a bit.  I unpacked my houseware organizer pantry rack that I bought MONTHS ago and just now using (and yes hubby I HAD to have it I just never said when I would use it :o))
 
I also unpacked my adjustable bakeware organizer.  I'm so pleased with my kitchen right now :)
 
Anyways back to menu planning.  My grocery store, Lucky's had a GREAT deal on meats over the weekend.  it was buy one, get one free.  So I stocked up on ground turkey, chicken, and London broil!  Wednesday we have a late baseball game so im breaking out my croc pot so when we get home at 7 we can sit down and eat right away. 
 
Thursday: Baked chicken with cauliflower fried rice (my son LOVES this)
Saturday: Left overs
Sunday: pizza night (this has become a ritual)
I'll be making it with a cauliflower crust...ill let you know how it turns out.   I made Cauliflower tortillas for tacos a while ago and HATED them and they took a lot of time and effort.
 
Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!!!!  Happy Monday!