I’ve been changing out the decor in my house to some St. Patrick’s Day items and some spring stuff. It’s been such a fun process and I love adding so much more green to my shelves and mantle because I can’t help but think about spring! Here are some pics of what I’ve got going on!
I was picking up some stuff at our local dollar tree a while back and found these awesome foam shamrocks on an end cap. I knew immediately that I wanted to sew them together and make a banner for our mantle! Oddly enough the glittery shamrocks were a breeze to sew right through, but the plain greens ones I couldn’t get my needle to pass through. It led to a little bit of frustration and if I had to do it all over again I would probably have just hot glued them together instead of sewing, so proceed with caution if you want to attempt this one yourself!
Well it’s Tuesday again! I don’t know how the weeks go by so fast, but these days time just seems to be flying! I mean it’s MARCH! How in the world did that happen!? Anyway, here are the features from last weeks party, make sure you go visit these talented folks and tell them they’re awesome!
1. Randi’s Pick: Popsicle Stick Pallets by The Crafty Lumberjacks
2.Victoria’s Pick: Lacing Cards by Cutesy Crafts
3. Jessica’s Pick: Building with Polystyrene by Mother’s Messy Madness
4. Krystal’s Pick: Creme de Menthe Cheesecake Cup Recipe by Country Fit Family
5. Ashley’s Pick: Felt Succulents by The Pin Junkie
Now that you’ve seen last weeks features go check out these other amazing women and what they’ve been up to!
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If you are anything like me you are always struggling to find the most perfect side dish. I find myself always falling back on the same few things and that can get pretty old. I am a sucker for almost any “bar food”, however they aren’t usually very healthy or what you think of when you are thinking about easy sides. This recipe though is super easy and really delicious!
The first thing you’ll need to do is bake off some potatoes. I like to use the small red potatoes because they are perfect individual serving sizes and they are small enough that they cook up much faster than a regular russet potato. There are two ways to cook your potatoes and which one you use really depends on how much time you have. You can do the traditional over method if you have a lot of time on your hands or if you are baking something else already. Occasionally I will toss a few potatoes in the oven when I know that I am going to baking something else off and then I have them on hand and ready to go for other meals through the week. I takes about an hour to fully cook a potato so make sure you take that into account. The other method is in the microwave. This works great when you are in a hurry because it only takes about 6 minutes to cook a couple potatoes all the way through. Either way once you have cooked potatoes the sky is the limit as to what you can do with them.
For this recipe I took my cooked potatoes and sliced them into five round pieces. Then you will lay them out flat on a baking sheet and sprinkle each one with a little bit of cheese (whatever suits your fancy) a sprinkle of broccoli and a few diced tomato pieces. The tomatoes help add a little moisture to each bit and make this side a little less dry. The Broccoli is a nice addition because it helps up the health factor and adds a nice flavor. Once each of your potato slices is topped stick them back in the oven under the broiler and wait for the cheese to get melty and a little bit brown, maybe 5 minutes. Don’t go too far though because things can go from perfect to burnt in a just a minute!! Pull them out and serve immediately with your favorite burger for a new spin on potato skins!
So I’m just going to start this little post off by saying that I am not a fashion blogger. Not that I wouldn’t want to be, but I have terrible lighting, a not so hot camera, and no one over the age of 4 to take my picture during daylight hours. So it’s not in the cards for me. However, I am going to show you how I dress up my stay at home mom wear and give you some fun tips that I have picked up along the way!
Outfit #1 -
So I was at our local Goodwill last month and picked up this AMAZING old lady cardigan sweater that has the most wonderful pockets. The kind that let me keep my phone in them without sagging or falling out. I know that sounds silly, but I have kind of a big phone (Galaxy Note 2) and so having sturdy pockets is super nice! I am totally in love with the oversized sweaters and leggings look so get ready to see a lot of versions of that!
Leggings: JC Penney
Boots: Payless Shoes
Blue Tank Top: Old Navy
White Long Sleeve Shirt: Old Navy
Outfit #2 -
I am telling you right now that this combination is the most comfortable ever! This is basically the exact same outfit as above (only my hair looks WAY better) and I wore a bright green long sleeve shirt instead of white. Just do it already. Leggings and long tees are the way to go!
Outfit #3 -
So let’s just pretend that I fixed my hair for this photo..okay. I can’t tell you enough how much I love this Maxi skirt. I picked it up at the very tail end of summer last year, in fact it was so far toward the end of summer it might have been fall and this was THE last one in the entire store. I read somewhere that maxi skirts are like crotchless yoga pants…and it’s true. You immediately look the next level of dressy and yet you aren’t sacrificing any of the comfort. Such a great style!
Maxi Skirt: Target
Coral Tank Top: Old Navy
Long Sleeve White Shirt: Walmart
Outfit #4 -
I saved the worst photo for last, aren’t you glad? I know most people say save the best for last, but not this girl I’m just trying to keep you sucked in long enough to make it this far. This outfit is realllly so much better than this photo looks like, promise. These are my most favorite jeans I own- at least when they are straight out of the dryer. You know how some jeans start to stretch and sag and by the end of the day you look like a giant walking fashion DON’T. These are them. Since there are some days when I am not leaving the house other than for drop offs and pick ups they are fine to wear and they don’t stretch too bad. Not for a long adventure day in the city. Anyway, this necklace was a stretch for me. I LOVE big statement earrings. Like a lot. I probably own 50 pairs of earrings. But necklaces are not my thing. I am trying to break out of my shell though and so I picked this one up a while back and I am giving it the good old college try. I’m not sold yet. And my hubby thinks it looks dumb…maybe he’s right…
Dolman Shirt: Alloy
So what do you think? What is your go to style? Is there something that you think I should try? I am always looking for ways to look like I got dressed even when I didn’t! Share your secrets with me!