Friday, Friyay!

Friday, August 26, 2016

We are still enjoying the last few days of our California trip before heading back to New Jersey early next week. My birthday is this weekend and we're going wine tasting tomorrow! Here's a few pictures from our week and a few things I'm loving... 
park hoppin' 
all the tacos

Grilled peach salad: Nick and I threw this together and loved it so I made it again. To grill the peaches, slice them in thick circles and brush with olive oil and sprinkle fresh rosemary. Grill for 5 minutes on each side, so they are still a little firm. Then drizzle with balsamic. 
For the salad, I added mixed greens, roasted chicken, chopped pecans, thinly sliced red onion, and some feta or cojita cheese. Super easy and so delicious!  
With September just around the corner, I'm excited for all things fall and enjoying the full season on the East Coast (we moved in October last year). I can't wait to decorate our house for Fall. Here are a few inspiration images from Pinterest.
How cute are these little animal tights?! I think Charlotte needs all the pairs... (Also, you can use the code EVENT to get 30 - 40% off) 

Tahoe 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We've been in California for the better part of the month, enjoying the weather (no humidity!) and family time. The first 2 weeks of our trip were spent in Tahoe with both Nick's family and my family. We had such a great, relaxing time- my kids are truly water babies and couldn't get enough of the lake and river. Charlotte's greatest joy this trip came from throwing rocks and sand into bodies of water. Hayden loves to "swim" and his puddle jumper has been our best friend this trip. The were only two major downsides of the trip. First, Nick had to leave us early to go back home to the pets and work. The second was that there was a crazy amount of aggressive yellow jackets in the entire Tahoe-Truckee area. I had a minor allergic reaction to a sting which made me swell like crazy. Oh, and Hayden decided that sleeping was overrated and my levels of sleep deprivation reviled the newborn days. Other than that, the weather was perfect, we loved having really great coffee and a fair amount of Mexican food (two things we have been sorely missing in New Jersey), and the kids had so much fun with all our relatives. The kids and I still have a week to go in the Bay Area and we have lots of visits planned with family and friends.
Nick and I keep saying we could make a lot of money opening up a good coffee shop back in NJ... 

Snacking with my babes + beer for momma  
the perks of camping without having to sleep in a tent 

they loved floating with Emmy 

Margaritas, chips, guac, and my favorite person

date night 

throwing rocks 

banana bread oatmeal

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We are a breakfast-loving group over here and I'm always looking for new foods to try out with my kids so that we don't fall into the same rut each day. They weren't really fans of oatmeal until recently. If you love banana bread, this oatmeal tastes exactly like it, but you know, healthier. 

  • 1 very ripe banana 
  • 1 cup of milk (your choice- almond, soy, we use whole milk) 
  •  1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • oats of your choice (we use 5 minute oats from Trader Joe's)
  • almonds/pecans/nuts of your choice 

  • Break the banana up in chunks and throw in the blender with the whole milk and vanilla. Blend until fairly smooth  
  • Pour mixture into pot and bring to a boil. 
  • Add oats and cook according to package.
  • Garnish with your favorite chopped nuts of choice. 

Super simple, really filling and delicious without any added sugar! We've been rotating 
this through the breakfast menu at least once a week.  

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