Monday, March 5, 2018

Life Lately | February

For a short month I feel like we fit a lot in! I headed back to work in mid February and my husband has been traveling almost non-stop. It really made the month fly by. This pillow from my sister-in-law for Valentine's Day has really summed up our lives lately. Isn't it cute? She make it with her Cricut and made all the states where we live in a different color. 


  • Carnegie's Maid
    • I'm currently in the middle of this book so I'll give my opinions next month, but I'm about 50% of the way through and it's really been holding my attention! 

Recipes I've Tried

  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups- Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine shared these and they are delicious! Claire and I made these and had a lot of fun rolling out the bread, dipping them in butter, and then in cinnamon and sugar. I love the crunchy cinnamon outside. My hubby was really impressed, too. 
  • Chicken Noodle Casserole- Another one from Andrea! I actually had some leftover chicken from a Southwestern-Style Crockpot Chicken from this book I used instead of plain chicken and it gave the recipe a tasty, southwestern flavor. Definitely a make-again as we say in our family! 
  • Cheddar Fondue- We had fondue the other night with meatballs, broccoli, carrots, bread, and green apples. It was a fun dinner option, we will be trying again. I will be using a different recipe though. This just wasn't that flavorful. 
  • Chicken & Stuffing- I tried another from this book that I've had for years. Going back to work and with my hubby traveling, the crockpot has been my salvation! #sorryjack It's kind of similar to this recipe. Very tasty! 

Skincare Products I've Been Using 

  • Clairol Root Touch-up
    • I was sent this to try out from Influenster. I have to say I am not too impressed. I didn't see any difference on my hair when I used it. I received the blonde color and it looks like light brown to me so I am not sure how it would work anyway. It works to help define brows, but my eyebrows are already fairly dark so I don't typically use anything on them. 

Currently-What We've Been Up To

  • Currently Planning- We've been planning our spring and summer vacations. We head to Arizona to visit my husband's parents over spring break at the end of this month. We also just booked a condo in Panama City Beach, Florida for mid-June. When we come back we will have Aveline's baptism in early July! It's been great to get these things on the calendar! 
  • Currently Seeing- I've been seeing double lately! This is a side by side of my girls both at 3 months. Can you tell them apart?! Avie is on the left and Claire on the right. When I show Claire photos of her as a baby she isn't sure who it is! 

  • Currently Making- 
    • Claire and I have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen! Whenever I am making dinner or baking something she wants to help. It's so much fun to bake and cook together. This week we will be making chocolate chip muffins to take to her Great Grandmother's this weekend. 
    • I also had a friend invite me to do a sign at Board & Brush with her. I absolutely love crafting so this was a blast! Now I need to find a place for it in our home. 
  • Currently Pretending- I had to register Claire for kindergarten next fall. I definitely got teary eyed. I've definitely been in denial this is her last year home with me (at least the Tuesdays and Thursdays we get to spend together). I've been pretending not to be sad about it in front of her. I can't believe she will be in kindergarten next year! 
  • Currently Wearing- Athletic clothes! I've been trying to slowly get back in shape as the weather has been warming up. I'm hoping to sign up for a 5K soon. There are some great athletic clothes from Zaful that I am loving. Zaful and Rosegal are having a great sale right now and you can get some amazing deals like free shipping or buy 3 get 1 free. You can find information on Zaful Women's Day 2018 sale here and Rosegal Women's Day gifts here. 

What were you up to in February?
linking up with Anne & Gretchen + Kristen ,  Sunday Showcase


  1. It has been a big month for you - i felt with my return to work with 2 it took me even longer to find my feet again and get into a set routine. When 1 or both gets sick it gets even harder to juggle! Hopefully this month hubby isn't working away as much so you can help split some of the tasks! :)

    So impressed with how much energy you have for cooking too, haha! It's not something I enjoy so when I can I tend to just cook a big batch and then pull leftovers out the freezer when I don't have the energy (which can be often!). I need to use my slow cooker more I think! We call a crockpot a slow cooker, I'm sure they are the same thing :)

    Hope you had a lovely weekend! We took the boys to an indoor play centre to get out of the humid weather and they loved it :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Thanks for the update on your life. Love the art for your home and your daughters almost look like twins in these side by side photos!

  3. What a month. Love the sign you made and that pillow is so precious! Thank you for making my recipes, does my heart good that they were hits! Wow, how your girlies do look alike, such sweeties! Hope your week starts off great pretty lady!

  4. What a fun update! Loved reading what you've been up to lately. I haven't had fondue in ages (at least 6 years!) and now I'm really craving that! Love the cute workout apparel, too.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  5. Sounds like you have some nice trips plan for the upcoming month. I have been thinking about doing a 5k as well.

  6. That pillow is the perfect gift! As much as I dislike my mother-in-law right now, I know she would love something like this for her birthday coming up (she is in CT and we're in PA). I just looked on Etsy and they have tons like this pillow.

  7. Sounds like you have been so busy! It's always fun to try out new recipes, and hope they are make-agains! That is so nice you can cook with your oldest!
    Chic on the Cheap

  8. I resort to the crock pot too, and it's not a bad thing!! It's a great way to get good meals on the table in my opinion! In fact, I have a corned beef in mine as we speak!!!

  9. I got that same root touch-up kit and I am not impressed either! I got the correct color, but it just doesn't seem to cover any of the little gray hairs I have! Such a bummer! I want to try Andrea's chicken noodle casserole. Fondue for dinner sounds like a really good idea, I may have to try that!!


  10. The crock pot is my best friend! I cannot believe how much your girls look alike - wow!! Both gorgeous. I'm sure it was hectic heading back to work and having your husband travel but you made it!!! Kindergarten is a big step but Claire will have so much fun even if it's hard on you, hang in there!

  11. Lovely to read how it goes on in your life!

  12. It is so fun that you and Claire bake together! Her and Avie look identical in that photo!

  13. Love reading your post and I too tried a recipe from Andrea, her strawberry cheesecake muffins, so good! My son isn't quite in Kindergarten yet but I do sense the emotional see saw that will come and go during that time. My parents took him this Friday to spend the night with them and this is a first time, he did fantastic but I was having a moment on my end when the house was just silent and I didn't know what to do with myself! Ugh...

    Maureen |

  14. Your family is so sweet! Isn't it the best to have things to look forward to on the calendar? Those are two amazing vacations locations.

  15. All of those recipes sound amazing, I need to try all of them! The board and brush sounds like a great time, I love how yours came out!

  16. What a great month!!! And oh my gosh, those two pictures of the girls, crazy alike!!! Love getting things on the calendar, wishing that my city did too, so I could really plan out our summer!!

  17. There is a Board and Brush near me, and I'd really love to go sometime in the near future. We'll see. I'm glad you are enjoying your current read!!


  18. Clicking over from the Currently link up. The pictures of your girls look identical! I love the Board and Brush sign that you made! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  19. Ooh I do love some good workout clothes - I'll have to check those out! Lots of cute ones. And I love side-by-side sibling photos too. Too cute :)

  20. I think you babies must be Irish twins plus a few years. They do look so much alike. And are so adorable. Love that they both had those cute red and white outfits. What a little toughie (as my mom would say) that Avie is.

    I just made my first sign and had such fun. Want to go again. PC is working in Germany for 6 weeks so I need to find ways to stay busy. Your sign is so well done. You could put HobLob out of business!

    Oh, I want those black and white leggings and sports bra. And the body to go with them. So cute. And I want to be able to start running again. Getting fat as mud over here.

    Pinned the recipes you shared (the ones you liked best) and headed over to Andrea's to leave her a note about the cinnamon rollups and the casserole. I saw the recipes here, hopped over there to say hi to her, wound up at Lauren's blog Shooting Star Mag and then went to Sarah's before I realized I had started HERE. I am losing my mind. Turning 60 is overrated.

    Love the pillow, too. What a treasure. I am just learning to use my Cricut. They are incredible.

    1. I love my Cricut! I make so many things with it and keep learning of more things I can do! Hopefully your foot heals soon and you can get back to running. That is my goal this spring too!