Thursday, June 27, 2013

Friday Favorites {Summer Mommy Wear}

Chances are if you see me out this summer, I'll look a little something like this.  This is my "go to" outfit.  Plus, these are all my favorites: favorite color for the summer season, favorite accessories, favorite sandals, favorite hairstyle, favorite daughter ;)


Shirt: H&M
Shorts: Old Navy (similar here)
Sandals: Jessica Simpson (similar here)
Necklace: Groopdealz.com
Watch: Premier Designs
Earrings: J.Crew Factory

Sophia's Outift:
Tank: Old Navy (similar here)

I hope you have a great weekend!

One Check off my "Summer Bucket List" {Anniversary Picnic}

We celebrated our anniversary yesterday by completing one of my "Summer Bucket List" activities (you can read about them here), we had our picnic at Vanderbilt Mansion!!

All morning I was checking weather.com to see when the rain was going to start.  It said after 4:00pm. 

Great!! That means we can have our picnic, yay!

We get to Vanderbilt around 2:00pm and what does it start to do?  RAIN!!!

But it was a passing shower, so we ended up finding a huge tree to have our picnic under.  It was perfect!  It wasn't too hot- it was just right!








As far as anniversary gifts, Andrew surprised me with tickets to see Michael Buble' in September!  I will have to write another blog post about the significance Michael Buble' has in our relationship (sounds weird, but its not..lol). So, I'll save that for another time.

I was stumped on what to get Andrew this year.  We promised not to spend much, so I went the traditional route of having a beer glass engraved.  The reason why I went with a beer glass is because "glass" is a traditional third year anniversary gift, along with crystal, leather and pearls.

"You & I" is our wedding song by Michael Buble'

Any other Michael Buble' fans out there?




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Three Years {You & I}

Three years ago today, Andrew and I were surrounded by all our family and friends as they witnessed us exchange our vows to become husband and wife.  

This was the best.day.ever.


 

I could go on about how I planned every detail of the wedding; how I incorporated the way Andrew proposed to me as a "theme" in the reception, the invitations, the cake design, table numbers, cocktail music, programs at the church, bridesmaid gifts, candy and gourmet popcorn bar (as favors), but, I figured I'd let some of the pictures do the explaining.

  
Table numbers were also Michael Buble songs. Andrew proposed to me at a Michael Buble concert.
Grooms cake
Our head table with our very large champagne glasses :)
Our candy and gourmet popcorn bar
The end of our perfect day
Andrew,
"You & I"
Always.

 Love you mostest <3 


Monday, June 24, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese {4th of July Dish}

A few weeks ago, I made this dish for a friend, Jen, who recently welcomed her first son, Henry James<3
Jen and her family loved this mac and cheese and it's one of Andrew's favorites; it is absolutely delicious.  It takes a good 40ish minutes to prepare- but it's so worth it!  

It can make a wonderful 4th of July dish!!

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni & Cheese
Receipe adapted from Food Network

You Need:
Cooking Spray
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound elbow macaroni
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (usually half of a rotisserie chicken)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup hot sauce 
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 pound yellow sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes or shredded cheese
8 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded 
2/3 cup sour cream
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons parsley


Few of the ingredients
Do this:


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Bring a large pot of  water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in the chicken and garlic and cook 2 minutes, then add 1/2 cup hot sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 more minute. 
  • In another saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the half-and-half, then add the remaining 1/4 cup hot sauce and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. 
  • Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth. 
  • Spread half of the macaroni in the prepared baking dish, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining macaroni. 
  • Pour the cheese sauce evenly on top. 
  • Put the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the panko, blue cheese and parsley. Sprinkle over the macaroni and bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
  • ENJOY!!!
I don't know how to cook without my kitchen looking like a disaster!


Right before it goes in the oven!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hellloo Summer! {Bucket list}

Today is the first day of Summer, Yay!! 

 Summer is my favorite season;  I love the heat, love that Andrew's birthday, along with mine, and our pups fall within two weeks of one another, love summer vacations, love BBQs and swimming!!

There are so many thing I want to do this summer.  I figure making a list is the best way accomplish them.  

 Here's my list:
  • Have a picnic at Vanderbuilt Mansion
  • Make homemade ice cream for Sophia (thank you Pinterest)
  • Use more sunscreen than tanning lotion
  • Have a themed party with friends
  • Take Sophia to Lake George
  • Spend more time in our gazebo
  • Take a trip to the zoo (Sophia loves animals)
  • Become more active in blogging
  • Go wine tasting
  • Spend more time with friends
  • Trip to Disney
  •  Sophia's ready for Summer to begin!!


    Playing in our gazebo


What's on your list this summer?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DIY Stinkin' Cute Tutu Tutorial {My First Tutorial..OMG}

By popular demand, I decided to create a 
"DIY Stinkin' Cute Tutu Tutorial!"  







Although I was super nervous filming this (you'll see some bloopers, ex- "Paper towel holder" was supposed to be "roll of paper towels"  LOL), I manged to get through it.  I hope it does its purpose. If not, please tell me!!  I want you to be able to feel as if you can make a tutu right after you watch my video!!

Please feel free to leave comments, questions, or any feedback.  

I included a "suggested sizes" tutu size chart below.  These are suggested sizes, not exact*

Gems:
0-6 Months: 
Skirt Length- 8"
Waist- 10-13"

Rubies:
6-12 Months:
Skirt Length- 9"
Waist- 14-16"

Diamonds:
12-24 Months:
Skirt Length- 11"
Waist- 16-18"

Round Brilliant:
2-3 Toddler:
Skirt Length- 13"
Waist- 18-20"

Princess:
4-5 Toddler:
Skirt- 14"
Waist- 20-22"




Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day {Last Min.Gift Ideas}

Some last minute gift ideas for the wonderful Dads, Grandpas, Poppys, and Uncles for Father's Day!



These all came from Pinterest.  You can check out more by visiting my Father's Day board on Pinterest.  

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father's Day to all the proud Papas!!