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Week 11 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 11

Recipe 1: Honey-Lemon Chicken Broccoli Bowls via Damn Delicious
Recipe 2: Taco Salad (recipe below)
Recipe 3: Grilled Balsamic Chicken & Roasted Peppers via Short List Meals via text (recipe below)
Recipe 4: Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers via Dear Crissy (I have made A LOT of stuffed peppers and these might be my favorite so far)
Recipe 5: Skillet Sazon Chicken via Skinnytaste

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Week 10 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 10

  1. Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken via Carlsbad Cravings
  2. TACO TUESDAY!! (Ideas here & here)
  3. Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets via Skinnytaste + Baked Sweet Potato
  4. Asian Lettuce Wrap Chopped Salad via Skinnytaste (I use ground turkey instead of ground chicken and that is reflected in the grocery list)
  5. Mushroom Asiago Chicken served over linguini via The Midnight Baker
  6. Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl via How Sweet Eats

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Week 8 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 8

  1. Garlic Lime Chicken Tenders & Quinoa via Eat Well 101 & MY FAVORITE BROCCOLI EVER via A Beautiful Plate
  2. Taco Tuesday (Ideas here & here but I don’t think anyone needs to tell you how to make your tacos…mmmmkay)
  3. Un-stuffed Cabbage Bowl via Skinnytaste
  4. Greek Turkey Burgers via Skinnytaste & Lemon Cous Cous via The Weart Chef
  5. Asian Inspired Flat Iron Steak via Savory Sweet Life & Sesame Noodles via Gimme Some Oven + Sliced Cucumber

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Week 8 Grocery List (viewable in iBooks)

Week 8 Grocery List



Taco Meat of your choice
2-4 chicken breasts (enough for 1 recipe – I will use 1 Costco pack for this week)
2 packs of ground turkey of your choice
1 lb ground beef (I used turkey instead)
2 flat iron steaks

2 lemons
1 lime
2 cucumbers
cherry tomatoes
18 cloves garlic
fresh ginger
2 broccoli crowns
1 medium head cabbage (I just bought a bag of pre-shredded cabbage)
1 white onion
1 red onion
1 zucchini
green onions
1 red bell pepper
carrot sticks
fresh oregano
fresh mint

ground coriander
Hungarian paprika
dried marjoram

sesame seeds
raw, sliced almonds

soy sauce
sesame oil
rice vinegar
white wine vinegar

seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
2 slices whole wheat bread (I skipped this)
1 pound (16 oz.) linguine or spaghetti
brown rice

8 ounce can tomato sauce
less sodium beef broth (I used chicken broth)
2 can chicken broth

1 large egg
freshly grated aged pecorino


Happy Earth Day everyone! Be kind!


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Week 7 Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan 7

  1. Lasagna Soup via Carlsbad Cravings
  2. Taco Tuesday (Ideas here & here but no one should tell you how to make your tacos damn it!)
  3. Coconut Chicken Tenders via Sally’s Baking Addiction & Cauliflower Rice via Iowa Girl Eats
  4. General Tso Chicken via Carlsbad Cravings
  5. Balsamic Chicken Salad with Lemon Quinoa  via Cafe Delites

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Week 7 Grocery List (viewable in iBooks)

Week 7 Grocery List


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Parties + Entertaining

Winter Olympics Party!

Happy 2014 Winter Olympics!

The Olympics is a special time when stories of hard work, perseverance and incredible talent provide the backdrop to one of the greatest shows of physical ability on Earth. As fellow blogger Jennie said, the Olympics can open invigorating dialogue with our children. A great way to bring family fun to the Olympic Games is to celebrate in it together. Here are some great DIY tutorials I found on Pinterest that kids and adults alike can enjoy during the winter games.


Pass the torch please! Makes and showcases a treat that is perfect for the opening ceremony.

That Cute Little Cake gives an adorable tutorial on creating gold medal cookies. They’re almost too cute to eat!

Gold Medal Cookie

No time to bake? Hot glue ribbon to the back of gold, bronze and silver wrapped chocolate coins like Evite Ideas did.


I Can Teach My does an easy DIY skating rink. Take a laminated letter size print out of the Olympic logo and place it in a glass casserole dish. Add water, freeze and ta-da! A perfect toy-size skating rink!

Stage an Olympic snowball fight. gives a great tutorial on creating snowballs out of wool.

Last night I watched my one-year-old daughter become completely enthralled by the music and movement of the figure skating competition. It was awesome to see that even baby Auburn can partake in the fun.

Be happy,


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Party Over Here! – A Baby Woodland Shower

dessert table

I love volunteering my organizational prowess and primitive photoshop skills for parties. It’s a creative outlet that reminds me that I can do something other than change diapers. This party was particularly dear to me because it was my childhood friend, Jackie’s, baby shower. Jackie envisioned a baby woodland-themed party so I tried my best to create a magical forest that would make even Bambi proud.

My first step? Hitting Pinterest, of course. I would be nothing without Pinterest and Etsy! I scoured these  resources for DIY printables and decor ideas. Here’s a list of my findings. 

Invitation by Smash Cake & Co. This set the tone for the whole shower. We pulled the birch tree bark from these invites and used it as the centerpieces.


Centerpiece glasses were purchased from Ikea. Jackie’s mother-in-law gathered pine cones, branches, leaves and other pieces on her daily walks at a nearby park. They then hot glued the pieces to the vases with jute and added baby’s breath flowers. Burlap table runners, pine needle branches, tea light candles and a 8 in birch slab completed the look. We topped it off with little forest animal printables that I bought from Etsy. We printed the baby animals out and hot glued them to kebab sticks.


little forest animals

These little forest animal jpgs were adorable! They lightened up the party decor and gave it more of a fun, baby feeling. I felt like we needed to add another pattern to complete the look so I searched for a print that would complement the decor.

I envisioned a chevron print and found one!! This was from’s Woodland Roses Design. It was free!

Chevron Print

I really enjoyed reading the wishing tree cards from my own baby shower. Each entry was so touching and funny. I wanted to create one for Jackie.  The rustic picture frames added a nice touch that tied in our birch decor.

wishing tree pics

We used a streamer background and pennant flag garland with baby Kai’s name as a backdrop for the dessert table. I created the flag in photoshop and used the chevron print as anchoring pieces.


We bought a chocolate cake from Costco and fellow Milk & Mascara blogger, Jennie, baked a german chocolate cake to go on top of it. We decorated it with more print outs and created a small pennant flag garland with the kebab sticks and twine to adorn it.


Did I mention what a great baker Jennie is? She also made baby acorns out of vanilla wafers and hershey kisses and the yummy chocolate dipped marshmallow ‘mushrooms’.


What do you think about the diaper cake I made out of the printouts in the picture above!?

Jackie was extremely pleased with the way the shower turned out. Thank you Pinterest and Etsy!

Be happy,