Sunday, May 22, 2016

Life lately ...aka a photo dump!

Life has been crazy busy with school, a new job, and a variety of activities! Here's a quick photo dump of everything we've been up to over the past two months!

Date Night! We went and saw the Shook Twins at the Knitting Factory Easter evening. 

Lots and lots of park time with the crazy nice spring weather we've been having! 

We are learning all about the joys of stickers...lots and lots of stickers!

We met a pot belly pig (a ginormous one!) on one of our evening walks!

Park time in our jammies! 

Free ice cream cones from Ben & Jerry's for Free Cone Day!

Date night for husband's birthday! These are few and far between so we soak them up. 

The very best weekend coffee date!

More park fun!

In mid-April, I headed to New York and Boston for work. It was all work and very little play, but I managed to snap a few good shots while I was away. I miss this city every day!

It was a fun night at the legendary Comedy Cellar! We heard Jeff Ross practice roasting the Boston PD and it was everything!

Pretty spring colors on the Boston Common. 

Japanese Gardens with my two favorites. The park is our favorite. All day everyday. 

Play dates with our favorite friends! Morgan and Zeke!

Husband and I got to see the Newsies when the broadway production was in town. It was so good! And later that week we saw the whole cast at the big Red Wagon (below). Husband took their group photo for them. 

Is there anything more fun than slides with a toddler! Such joy!

Such a big little man!

A very fun evening with some of my favorite ladies (sans) babies and all for a good cause to raise money for our high school alma mater!

Little man has learned so much at our PE for Tots class at Spokane Gymnastics. This is the best for any of you who have little ones in the Spokane area!

And now you are officially caught up with all. the. things! 

Maybe next time it won't be a two months in between  a post ;) 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekend Recap: Easter Addition

Happy Monday! This weekend was a busy one.

We started off with PE for Tots at our local gymnastics studio for the little one. L loved it! It was 50 minutes of pure joy. He got to run on a trampoline, balance on a balance beam and do a variety of obstacle courses. We're still learning how to follow the leader/directions, but I can tell he enjoyed it. That's great news for us as we have him signed up for the next 3 months of classes!

Easter Sunday was spent celebrating with family and we had a busy morning! So much so, that I was still cooking and in my pajamas when it was time to leave for mass with the family. I had to miss out so I could finish getting ready, and while I'm bummed about that, I was so excited to see Easter through L's eyes.

The Easter bunny arrived bright and early and left baskets for everyone along with eggs scattered throughout our yard. After collecting eggs and opening baskets, little man and husband went off to mass with the family while I finished cooking Smitten Kitchen's Ham, Cheese and Leek Egg Bake (it was so good!) Afterwards husband picked me up and we headed off for a yummy brunch with the rest of the fam!

That night, Kevin and I had a date night planned and we headed downtown for some drinks and a concert at The Knitting Factory. While the headliner was Greensky Bluegrass, we actually went to see the Shook Twins. They were so good! We watched them open and then headed over to the Davenport for a nightcap!

Overall it was a great weekend. Hope everyone has a good week!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Faves: Easter Prep Addition

TGIF! I'm bringing back my friday faves with the ultimate friday favorite!

This past Wednesday, the whole fam bam got together to dye easter eggs and decorate cookies. I'm calling this a "tradition" now because we've done it two years in a row! Here's last year's post about it! 

This year everyone got to join in the fun. We set up an Easter Dying station and as soon as those were done, we swapped out for the cookie decorating. I got the most adorable Easter sprinkle kit from William Sonoma and used the same Target cookie cutters I bought last year. I couldn't find the same ones but these little Target bunny cookie cutters are pretty adorable!

I also made little party favors for everyone using a kit from Target and attaching the decorated bunnies to chocolate easter eggs a la costco.

It was a fun night!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Weekly Menu

I mentioned last week that I was going to start posting our weekly menu plan I type up each week in case anyone's looking for ideas or inspiration. I forgot to include it in yesterday's weekend recap, so here it is today! 

For anyone searching for a St. Paddy's Day dessert idea, I highly recommend these:  Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. I'm hoping to score some brownie points at work so I'm bringing these in on Thursday. 

Monday - Protein of Choice + Roasted Broccoli, Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas. I just toss the veggies in some olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and roast for about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. 

Tuesday - Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon pasta via Smitten Kitchen. 

Wednesday- Cobb Salad 

Thursday - Happy St. Patrick's Day! Slow cooker Corn Beef and Cabbage! To drink: All the Guiness you can stomach and  A lucky Irishman

Friday - Chicken Gnocchi Soup (we had this frozen from a few weeks ago, so it was any easy thing to defrost for us this week.

Saturday -  Pesto Pea pizza from What's Gaby Cooking. This has been intriguing me for a while now, so I'm going for it. Peas on pizza...we shall see!

There you have it! This week's meal ideas all in one place. 

Happy cooking!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Weekend Recap: St. Paddy's Day Parade

Happy Monday! This post is coming a little late in the day because it was a busy first day! New job started today and it went awesome!

But more about that later. This post is all about what went down this weekend.

I got off work early on Friday and K and I got to work on setting up L's big boy bed! The bed was fairly easy to put together and we had everything ready to go in time to pick little man up from daycare. We ran a couple of errands and then headed home to show our little guy his new room. His reaction: mixed. He seemed fairly excited about the bed, but not overly so and he didn't seem scared at all, which I'll take as a win! The first couple nights of him sleeping in his bed have gone well too. I'll cross my fingers this keeps up!

Saturday we woke up and got ready for the St. Paddy's Day parade! BUT not before whipping up an amazingly delicious (and super sweet) batch of Cinnamon Streusal Pancakes via Two Peas and Their Pod. They were crazy good, but definitely special occasion pancakes.

It was L's first parade and I definitely think he was a fan! He's really into animals right now, so seeing the dogs, horses and even llamas had him super excited! The fact that they threw candy into the crowd was the icing on the top! It was cold and rainy so we didn't stay for the entire parade, but for the 45 minutes or so we were there, it was a definite success!

Prior to the parade we took L to see the Easter Bunny. It went about as well as the visit to Santa this past Christmas. There was no way he was sitting on that guy's lap even with his cousin O there, so I got in the photo with him and let him sit on my lap while we got pictures taken.

We made sure to get all of our errands done on Saturday so we could have a low key Sunday! It paid off. Sunday we were able to relax as well as get in a little Sunday Funday by heading over to our favorite local brewery for a few beers and playtime.

Sunday evening was spent at home, cuddled up on the couch with my two favorite guys! The best way to end a fun weekend.

And now we're off and running with a new week!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Faves!

TGIF! Today is a great day! It's my last day at my old job and the start of a fun weekend.

In standard Friday fashion, here's what I'm loving:


Breakfast with my favorite green masked avenger! This little super hero has me super excited for a weekend full of fun!


Saturday is the St. Paddy's day parade in our little city, so we're planning on taking L downtown to watch it. We might hit up Mobius as well because they're making Leprechaun traps with the little ones. L and I made one last weekend, but you can never have too many traps to try and catch those tricky Leprechauns! I think the Easter bunny is down at the mall too, so we may try and get a photo with him. Judging by our Santa attempt at Christmas though, I'm guessing this might not go down very well. We will see!


I mentioned in the Weekend Recap that L climbed out of his bed in the middle of the night and fell last weekend. I also mentioned that we went ahead and purchased his big boy bed, mattress and bedding. Everything is starting to arrive and I'm getting excited to show him his new big boy bed! I purchased the bedding from Target's new Pillowfort collection and will share photos soon! Time will only tell how the transition to big boy bed officially turns out. ;0p

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I am having issues in the clothing department. Not good ones either. My clothes don't fit and the ones that do make me feel frumpy. I need to lose weight, but I also need to look decent/professional and so I went ahead and ordered a bunch of items from asos this week. Can't wait for them to arrive and hopefully for some of the items to fit decently!


I ordered girl scout cookies from a my girlfriend's daughter, and I'm feeling inspired by these cakes!! And this pie!! Bring on all the girl scout cookies!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Survey Time!

One of my favorite types of blog posts to read is surveys. (I'm fully aware of how weird/boring that might sound to some people). So I thought it would be fun to do one here! I found this over on PBFingers and thought I'd take the survey too!

It's all about what's going on currently!

Currently Cooking:

I posted my weekly menu on the weekend recap and here it is again!

Tuesday - Chicken Tortilla Soup  (Her recipe calls for turkey but I used a store-bough pre-cooked chicken).

Thursday - Polish Sausages with Potato Salad

Friday - Leftovers or Breakfast for dinner (my favorite!)

Our days got a little mixed up so we haven't followed this exactly, but so far I've made the Chicken Tawook  (we substituted rice instead of quinoa and tzatzki instead of the garlic sauce and I added a few more toppings in) and the Tortilla Soup and both were DELISH!

Currently Anticipating: 

Starting my new job! I start on Monday and I seriously cannot wait! I even already have my first work trip on the books which (again, call me crazy!) I'm super excited for. Growing up I always wanted a job that allowed me to travel and it looks like I'm about to start one.

Currently Listening to:

I have been in a musical rut lately. It seems like having a baby (I know toddler) means that a lot of your interests from your pre-baby days go out the window. Music used to be a huge part of my life and Kevin and I made a point to try and go see some of our favorite bands all the time. These days, if it doesn't play on the radio, I probably haven't heard it. That being said, I saw a post on Little Baby Garvin yesterday with a Spring Playlist on it, and immediately decided to download and listen to each and every song. You can find the playlist here. 

Also, if you have recommendations on songs I must listen to, please let me know!

Currently Craving:

Italian food. Someone posted a picture of gnocchi the other day and I instantly had a craving for the Chicken Gorgonzola from Italian Kitchen and the Chicken Gorgonzola pasta from Europa. Somebody take me back to Italy. Right. Now.

Currently Drinking:

Coffee. All day. Every day. And water. ;0)

Currently Day Dreaming About: 

A vacation! I would love love love to go to New Orleans for a long weekend getaway this fall for our 4th Wedding Anniversary. I've never been and desperately want to experience both Bourbon Street and some authentic beignets from Cafe du Monde. Currently accepting donations. ;0p

Currently Indulging In:

PIZOOKIE!!!! I saw this last week on What's Gaby Cooking and it has been on the back of my mind since then. I finally caved and made it last night for dessert for husband, little man and myself. Clearly between the Italian Kitchen craving and this little indulgence, carbs are on my mind. I'll be treating myself to a salad at lunch thank you very much. (insert sad face emoji here).

Currently Avoiding: 

Working out. It's so bad. So so so so bad. Every day I wake up tell myself I'm going to workout after Lincoln goes down for bed, and more often than not I end up making an excuse to not work out. It needs to stop. Reason #1: Pizookie indulgences among other things.

Currently Needing:

My hair did. My nails did. And a number of other grooming items. READ: Currently looking like an aging hot mess. ;0)

Currently Coveting:

This bag! Totally not in my price range.

And these shoes!

Currently Loving:

These two guys! How could you not right?

Currently Reading:

I just finished What Alice Forgot and need a new book! Recommendations?

Currently Watching:

We don't have cable but do have Netflix and Hulu. I'm definitely watching Fuller House, Empire, Greys Anatomy  and Scandal. I'm almost caught up though so now I need a new show! I lost interest in Orange is the New Black as they tried to make it raunchier and raunchier and I can't get into House of Cards. Maybe Mad Men? I know it's an oldie but I need a good show to get sucked into!