Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins


I made these a few weeks ago and I'm craving them again!

They are pretty simple to make and were a hit with the hubs. I've been trying my best to eat healthy and keep off the baby weight I've lost (can I still call it baby weight after 8+ months?). So, I've been looking up a lot of recipes for lean protein and veggies. These are also the perfect 'make ahead' meal, so you can keep them in the fridge and heat them up whenever you're hungry. This would also be a great meal option for kiddos!

You’ll Need:
1.25 pounds lean ground turkey
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced (I picked red)
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional, I left this out bc I'm a wimp)
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 zucchini, sliced and diced
1 egg white
1/4 cup oat bran
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp thyme or sage
sea salt & black pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and divide into 12 meatballs.
3. Add the turkey meatballs to the muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, until browned and cooked through.

Makes 12 Meatloaf Muffins! I eat them with a little ketchup, delish!

You can throw the rest in the fridge and reheat for lunch or dinner.

Source: http://recipeknead.com/easy-turkey-meatloaf-muffins/

Enjoy!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Recap



We had a very relaxing weekend, which is exactly what I needed after the busy week. Friday I stopped by Old Navy and found this embroidered chambray tank and this black and white striped boyfriend tee (only $12 right now!). Old navy is really stepping up their fashion game recently! I love  all the new arrivals for fall!

Saturday morning, Cam and I met a friend and her baby at the Worthington Farmer's Market. It was really crowded and very hot, so we didn't stay too long. I did, however, manage to snag a mini pecan pie and some organic honey. Yum!!

The rest of Saturday consisted of spending some QT with my main man Cam. He has really started to become a little ham! I just love his little toothy grins he's been giving! He has also become a jumperoo champion! Is there an Olympic event for the jumperoo? He would bring home the gold.

Sunday I kept busy with house chores and ran a few errands. Of course, I had to treat myself with a little Starbucks for checking off my never ending to do list!

I'm linking up with Biana for weekending!

How was your weekend? 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I feel like this week just breezed by! I'm still trying to play catch up from our trip at home and in the work arena. Sometimes I feel as though I can't keep up with all the projects I want to accomplish. My to do list is getting to be lengthy! Anyone else? I'm linking up with Amanda today and sharing my Friday Favorites. 

Here are a few of my favorite things that have helped get me through this busy week:



This coffee mug is everything! It's dishwasher safe which is awesome because it's hard to find a good travel mug that you can throw in the dishwasher. I actually use this even around the house! You never know when your coffee may spill!

I live by my Day Designer. I would be so lost without it! I have to write down my daily to-do's and I even write everything out by hour. 

I'm a huge list maker. If I'm feeling overwhelmed, I simply write a list of things I need to do or what I need to accomplish for the day. I love finding cute, spiral bound notebooks (like this one) for all my list making needs. 

I'm trying my best to drink more water during the day. Instead of that big fountain pop, I'm starting to carry around this Contigo travel water bottle. I love that it comes with a no spill straw. You can even use them for protein shakes or to mix powdered drinks. When you remove the straw, it becomes an enclosed thermos that is perfect for shaking. 

I have started to wear my Kate Spade watch everyday. I hate scrounging around my purse for my phone to find the time when I'm out and about. I love the leather band and the simple style that compliments anything I wear.

What helps you get through a busy week?

This weekend, however, we have no plans which I am excited about! I'm hoping to just spend some QT with my little family and enjoy the summer weather while it lasts!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Yep, I'm going to fall in line with alllll the other bloggers out there and give you my favorite picks form Nordstrom's Anniversary sale. If you don't like it, tough! Jk... I hope you like them!

At the current moment, we are trying to save some money and still recovering (physically and financially) from that 10ish day vacation overseas... Yea, that hurt our wallet just a bit. I do, however, want to take advantage of Nordstrom's sale because I'm hoping to stock up on some great items for Fall/Winter.

Here are my top picks divided into a few groups:

Shirts/Blouses (all under $50!)



Sweaters/Capes/Ponchos (all under $50!)



Coats



Boots/Booties



Accessories





Have you purchased anything from the sale?
What are your favorite items?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Well, Hello Again!

Hello world! I am back from the trip of a life time! We had an amazing 10 day vacation touring Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna! The photos I took do not even do these places justice. The scenery is like something out of a fairytale. There were hills, mountains, teal blue lakes and rivers and green valleys with the most adorable cottages with flower boxes in the windows. Almost ran out of storage on my phone with all the pictures I took (if you follow me on instagram, you saw a few of them)!

Of course, I am not planning on boring you with every single detail and photo, but I would like to post some recommendations for what to see, eat and where to stay for each city we visited. So, I will split up the posts to each city (4 total). Just in case any of you plan to travel to Germany or Austria in the future. We were with a travel touring company called Trafalgar, which I had never heard before this trip. It was so great to not have to worry about setting up accommodations, transportation or mapping out where to go and what to do/see. They set up everything ahead of time so it really takes the thinking and stress out of the whole traveling process! I highly recommend using them if you plan to take a longer, sightseeing type of trip.

I am still recovering from jet lag and have been spending most of my time snuggling. laughing, smiling and playing with my favorite little man. I have got to say, it was very difficult emotionally to be away from Cam for that amount if time. Thank goodness for FaceTime and international phone plans! Even after seeing his little face and smile on my FaceTime, I still felt a slight heartache the entire trip. I only broke down and cried in public once (at Hofbrauhaus of all places). I was very anxious flying home on Sunday and was so excited to see him when we got home that I ended up waking him up from his crib and just holding him for a bit. He was still sleepy and disoriented and a bit confused. The next morning he was all smiles when he realized his mommy and daddy were home!

Yesterday, my baby turned 8 months! Where does the time go?? I will skip the monthly post this time and may do a 8/9 month update next month. I do want to share his 8 month photos, however! It was a big month developmentally and physically! My baby popped 2 teeth (bottom center ones), started sitting up, army crawling and is starting to stand and walk in his walker! He is starting to look so much more like a little boy then my baby (insert cry face emoji)...






Hope you all are having a great week! 
I'm slowly getting back into the groove!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Camden's Baptism + Packing for Germany

We had such a lovely weekend with family in celebration of Camden's baptism on Sunday. Some of Bill's family came from out of town about 2 hours away just for this special event. The service went really well and Camden didn't even cry! He seemed pretty content through out the whole thing!

I opted for this christening romper instead of a traditional gown for him just in case it was a little warm that day (which it was). I didn't want him to get too fussy under a hot gown. Of course, his cute little blue loafers I had him wearing with the outfit kept falling off so I had to nix them right before his turn to be baptized. Other than that, the day went off with out a hitch! Here are a few recap photos:





{Cookies by Nanny & Weebs and the cupcakes were made by my mother in law)



After the service, I changed him into this adorable monogramed romper from this etsy shop.







It was a beautiful day and one that we will remember and cherish forever! 

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The next few days are going to be filled with packing and preparing for our trip to Germany/Austria. We leave Thursday morning and until then, I will be soaking up as much baby snuggles and love as I can get!

Here are a few items I plan on packing:



I will be taking a little blogging break during our trip, but will be back towards the end of the month for a recap! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Five

ONE || I love finding hidden gems at Target. This embroidered tank is on clearance right now! I plan on wearing it in Germany and have the perfect pink shorts to pair it with. Also, loving these cat eye sunnies.



TWO || You probably have a BBQ you are either attending or hosting this weekend... am I right? Still deciding what side to bring/make? We are having a little get together after Cam's baptism this Sunday at our house. We will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork sliders. My mom will be bringing pasta salad and I am planning to make this Jalapeno & Corn Dip and the ever popular Asian Ramen Salad. Both are pretty simple and are definite crowd pleasers!




THREE || I had the pleasure of writing this post for sheknows.com in colaboration with Experience Columbus on my top 13 things to do in Columbus this summer. If you live in or plan on visiting Columbus, you should definitely add these to your list of things to do! Most of the items are also on my summer bucket list.



FOUR || J.Crew is having an amazing sale this weekend! Like 40 - 60% off final sale items! Just use code LONGWEEKEND at check out. This tassel dress is only $18 after discount! I may have to add it to my closet this weekend!



FIVE || I am so excited for my baby's baptism! I just love that we have family members attending from both sides to join in the celebration! What better way to enjoy the holiday weekend?!

Happy 4th of July everyone!
USA USA USA!!