8.27.2014

Wedding Day dream style challenge

You might have seen the title of this post and been like what? wedding day? Not mine of course but mine in the dreaming version. Even though my wedding happened over four years ago, sometimes I think about how would my wedding be if we had it today. What dress would I wear? Where would the venue be? In the country or in the city on a rooftop at the sun is setting? 

I was recently asked by Lover.ly to create a board with my wedding day dream style. I selected a rooftop setting for a more elevated, chic feeling to a wedding envisioning a nice, elegant dinner party following the ceremony. This wedding setting calls for elegant, sleek and chic details.

I selected a sleek, sophisticated wedding dress with some intricate beading on the neckline with a pair of strappy heels with a chic headpiece for a soft, flowing updo. My dress choice was definitely influenced by the rooftop, sunset setting. A poufy, over the top dress would look out of place for such an elegant venue. 

Currently my personal style right now is simple, elegant, chic and at times a little understated. That helped me in selecting the dress that perfectly accompanies this venue.  And who doesn't love a peony bouquet to accentuate the beauty of your dress as well. 
lover.ly dream style challenge

8.25.2014

not gonna lie

Life has kinda rough lately, just trying to do everything I need to do, be a wife, be a mom so I'm not gonna lie I looked at last Wednesday's post quite often. I needed the reminder. I needed the drive to keep going. To sum it up at times, people suck and people disappoint. It can be hard to swallow, it can be hard not to take it personally. So I am looking forward to the next few days Caleb and I go with Sean and his cross country team up to the mountains. Fresh air, great hikes and the cutest coffee shop I have ever seen and since cross country college girls are babysitters, I mean get the chance to slip away for a chai and some reading :-) 
Just because I need a bit more inspiration and motivation, I thought I would share a bit more with you today!




When are you feeling a bit low, a bit of the blues, cry it out if you need to then start thinking of all the wonderful things in your life. Gratefulness will make all that darkness disappear!

8.20.2014

mid-week inspiration

It is Wednesday, middle of the week. You are halfway from last week and halfway to this weekend. Sometimes Wednesdays leave me feeling stuck. To overcome that nasty feeling, here is some inspiration to get you through the day and the remainder of the week! 
Here's hoping Friday comes soon!





8.19.2014

"sponsored" , Greek + Steak = Delicious Summer Salad

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Did I ever tell you that I was a vegetarian briefly? Yup, I decided to try being a vegetarian for the heck of it, no other reason then let's go for it. It didn't last too long, why because I am a beef eater at heart. When I was younger, my mom would ask what I would want for my birthday meal and I would request steak, always steak. So you see why being a vegetarian wasn't going to last a long time. 

I recently had some friends over for an easy to prepare and easy to make Greek beef salad (this is the recipe I used). During the summer time, I like to eat light, definitely not a meal that leaves me feeling heavy. With the combination of salad, some fresh veggies and delicious top sirloin steak, you have a perfect summer meal that won't leave you feeling ugh as well as 10 essential nutrients your body needs. especially iron and protein. I received a party kit that included a meat thermometer and a oven mitt, both which came in handy to help me prepare my dinner.

For this delicious salad, you have to marinate the top sirloin steak at least 6 hours if not overnight so plan accordingly.
To make the marinade for 1 pound of steak, combine 2/3 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. (I used 1.5 lbs of steak so I made one portion of this marinade and then half of it). In a bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together then save half of it. Pour half of the marinade in a food safe bag and put the top sirloin steak inside to allow it to marinade in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook the steak. Save the other half of the marinade which will be your dressing for the salad.


To cook the steak, take it out of the bag and throw away that marinade. Broil the steak, about 2 to 3 inches away from the broiler, for 17 to 18 minutes for medium rare. I was provided a meat thermometer, which came to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. When the steak is done, I removed it from the oven with a Beef Its What for Dinner oven mitt. Allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into thin slices. 
You can grill the steak for 16-18 minutes if you like using these instructions. 

In a large bowl, add the chopped up lettuce and pour the reserved half of the marinade then toss.
Top the salad with the steak, kalamata olives, feta cheese and roasted red peppers.
To complement the dinner, I served hummus with pita wedges and a cantaloupe and blueberry salad. 




Helping us eat this delicious Greek steak salad was our friends, the Hunts and Jessi, a college student. The Hunts have two children and their youngest, Judson is only four days older than Caleb! The results of this Greek steak salad? Delicious! Very tasting! Can't stop eating it are just a few comments I received and the dinner was well received that we didn't have any leftover beef for lunch the next day If we had some leftover steak, I would have created a gyro with the pita, a smear of hummus, a few slices of steak topped with lettuce and feta cheese. 



So next time you are wondering what to make for dinner remember Beef, It's What for Dinner by trying this great Greek salad. 

8.18.2014

its ok...

It is ok that...
I murdered a cockroach in our kitchen sink last night. I found it on its back in the sink so I murdered it by turning on the faucet. Buh-bye cockroach! This is like the 4th cockroach we have found in the house, I am getting pretty grossed out by it. My biggest fear? I am going to wake up to one on my face or on Caleb.

My husband ate pumpkin pie on August 14th. It was a free 8 inch pumpkin pie added to my Ralphs club card. I mean hello a whole, free pie?? Not missing the chance to snatch that sucker up.

Sometimes it takes a few days to fold and put clean clothes away. I know, I know but hey when you have a cute kid to hang out with, laundry isn't all that important.

Every night after dinner usually around 8pm I start craving chocolate. I don't know why, I just do and my solution to that problem? I don't have chocolate in the house so I don't indulge in my craving. What does that mean though? That I pretty much have to eat anything sugary to help stop that craving. It is a vicious cycle. 

If we had the extra money, I would pay a cleaning service to come clean my house once a week or bi-monthly. Call me lazy if you want. I like a clean house but at the end of the day, I am just so tired to try and do anything on my own. 

This new stage of parenting, introducing foods to Caleb freaks me out. It just does, enough said. Veggies, fruit then protein it is in that order. Maybe I will document it on this blog, Adventures into Eating or something like that...

I think my baby is the cutest, happiest baby in the world especially after his second time in the pool yesterday. Some friends of ours were having a pool party in their backyard so that was our afternoon fun. Caleb was splashing, kicking, just loving being in the water. We might have a future fish on our hands.







8.15.2014

motherhood called

So Wednesday night I was all set to sit down and write a blog post for yesterday. Then motherhood called. A little man known as Caleb who had his 6 months shots earlier on Wednesday came down with a runny nose and a slight fever and he just didn't want to go to bed. Who could blame him either? It is a pain when your nose is runny, you can't breathe properly and you just feel yucky. 
So motherhood required cuddling, comforting and kisses and I obliged. 

Yesterday then required a few naps especially a two and a half hour nap, along with lemon and lavender essential oils. The lemon was to bring down his fever and lavender to stop his runny nose.
 Lastly, when feeling sick on the inside, you dress to impress on the outside and mom snaps a few photos. 




I may not know a whole lot about motherhood but I do know a few things, when your kid needs cuddling you cuddle and oh Target makes great diapers that whole all the poop in, Pampers and Huggies not even close.

8.13.2014

al fresco dining...

Almost halfway through August and the summer is slowly coming to an end, Sean's athletes come back on Friday so that means early morning practices. As the summer winds down slowly (doesn't that sound depressing), I want to reminisce on one of the best parts of summer, al fresco dining.








I'm feeling so inspired I think I need to make the next few evenings al fresco dining!