Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Charli's Chapter: I'm a Little Gardener Momma:

from charli's chair:

I'm a little gardener momma
It's where I love to be
Watering the flowers
Just feels right to me 

I love to see the new growth form
And all the life within
Bumblebees & Caterpillars
 Where Butterflies begin

Now springtime's here
New blooms will grow
With water, sun & shade
Just give a little extra love
Your garden will be made

I'm a little gardener momma
Just a girl and watering can
Because of that medal thing
A real true love began

 xo charli

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Refresh: Arhaus Project:

Happy Monday & Happy First Day of Spring!! 

I think it is safe to say we are all ready for warmer days and Spring like weather & to officially put winter behind us. From family & friends out West who dealt with a lot of snow and frigid temps to family & friends along the East Coast who got dumped with snow last week from the Nor'easter and more below average temperatures coming this week {that was us 2 years ago, and snow lingering in April is no bueno}. I think we would all just like to thaw out!

So when Arhaus mentioned they were gearing up for National Spring Refresh Day and a "Spring Refresh Project" they had in mind, there was no hesitation on my end to join right in! Spring is definitely on the brain and it has me day dreaming of being beach side or pool side as I type {because yes, even in Florida this morning it is chilly! ;)} 

There are some key staples that you will always find in and around our home every year at Springtime... Tulips, soft blue's, greenery, and anything fresh! For this project I focused on the Kitchen as it can be an area a lot of people tend to not focus on "decorating", especially for seasons. So I thought a few fun tips might have you sprucing up your kitchen on this first day of Spring! 

Nothing screams Refresh like a crisp, clean, clutter free area am I right. I don't like the feel of a cluttered kitchen so I tend to not have a lot of things on my countertops. So you will see that you can freshen up this space with very little. 

Fresh flowers is always my first go-to item. Having fresh flowers in our home year around is something I tend to do but nothing has a hold on fresh flowers during the Spring Time... And Tulips... They are my all time favorite flower and probably the only flower you would ever see in our home during this time of year! But don't think you can't use faux flowers as well. I am all for a mixture of using fresh and faux in your home {mainly because I can't keep anything alive, well besides my humans that is!}

Tying your breakfast nook or dining room into your kitchen always makes for a great statement as well. You will see here that I continued with a simple white pitcher and tulips that really brings the rooms together. I love how fresh and beautiful a simple touch can be to a room. Adding simple chargers, napkins, and napkin rings to finish off the look of a set table is a detail I will always do. I love how elegant a set table looks and how it truly finishes off a space. Even our four year old gets it honest... She will freak out if there are no chargers on the table haha! She is in charge of setting the table for dinner each night and she told her daddy "tables are supposed to look fancy, we need chargers for our plates daddy"... haha. 

If you are in the market for a new dining table or kitchen table to spruce up your space, then head on over and check out Arhaus Dining & Kitchen Tables page. 

Using fresh {or faux} fruit is also one of my favorite design elements. Fruit is something we always have in our home and it is something I always have on display so it is ready for the kids to snack on whenever they please. Adding those pops of color for Spring just feels good too! Not only is it a nutritious element but it is aesthetically pleasing! So throw some lemons or apples in a bowl and call it a day! ;)

Adding succulents is another great way to bring the outdoors in and such a simple way to spruce up a tiny space! I love the pop of green it adds in the kitchen with the apples, limes, and flower stems. 

 My last quick tip for a Spring Refresh is a simple change out of your hand soap. It is such a small change but something so inviting. Mrs. Meyers is one of my favorite products thanks to my mom and adding a fresh scent like this Lemon Verbena will just make you feel good. It is so fresh and clean and I even love the little pop of color the green label gives! 

I hope you enjoyed this little Spring Refresh and these simple tips to refresh your home!
Lets say goodbye to Winter and Hello to Spring!

*Disclosure: all opinions & styling tips are my own

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Recipe: Gluten Free Lasagna Soup:

Happy Thursday Friends! 

It has been rather chilly here in Florida this week {30s in March... no bueno}, but warmer days are on the horizon! While the chillier weather is still lurking, I've got just thing to warm you up! This Lasagna Soup that I make is so incredibly simple and can be made Gluten Free or not {depending on your lasagna noodles and choice of sauce} and it is a favorite in our house. Our kids love it and it is a fun way to change up "lasagna" {which to be honest I don't ever make, haha!}. 

So if you are looking to add a fun soup to your recipe book for those chillier days, then grab a pen because this one is for you! 

Gluten Free Lasagna Soup

1 box Gluten Free Lasagna noodles {or regular}, broken into small pieces.
1 32oz jar pasta or marinara sauce {whatever you have on hand or usually buy will work, for example I used Prego meat flavored}
2TBSP unsalted butter
1 Quart Chicken Broth
Fresh Ricotta Cheese {for serving}
optional: 1 lb ground hamburger or ground  turkey {something I randomly started adding to this recipe was meat. You don't have to but it is delicious}.

In large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook noodles, drain.
In same saucepan, combine pasta/marinara sauce & chicken broth, bring to boil.
Stir in pasta & butter, cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally {this is when I add my already browned/cooked meat}.
Top with a little ricotta cheese.
Serve hot.

Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Catching Moments: {10/52}:

*Milk... It does the body good...
Walked around the corner and caught this kid chugging milk from the carton... Both Charli & Crew have always been huge milk drinkers but Crew can put any kid {or adult} to shame. We go through 4 gallons a week minimum. Little dude has now been getting sneaky when you tell him no more milk... He opens the fridge, picks up the gallon by himself {ok little hulk}, opens the lid, and starts drinking it right there! haha! 

*Naps... They also do the body good...
Charli rarely sleeps during nap time {quiet time for her} anymore but every so often I find her in the most random spots around the house snoozing away! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Crew's Corner: Potty Superhero:

from crew's crib:

I've been sitting on the pot
For 4 months to be exact
But it hasn't been till recent
That I've had no accident

But now it's been a month
Almost to the day
That I've been wearing big boy pants
Hip Hip Hooray!

Mommy is so proud of me
So is Daddy too
They knew that I would catch on
To this potty thing soon

Now it's very easy
And I know the time to go
I am just like him
A Potty Superhero!

xo crew

{Potty Post from mommy coming soon!}

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Fort & Friends:

You know those friends who you immediatley form a connection with, and not just you and her, but the husbands too? Well these for those kind of friends, and we met them almost five years ago while we were all stationed in Monterey.

They lived right up the street from us and Kate and I did basically everything together as well as our families... shopping, errands, playgroups, family winery trips, weekend trips like Yosemite, and every Saturday for "Bloody Mary Saturday". She is also the person who got me started with blogging! They were there before we got pregnant with Charli and Kate was actually the very first person to ever meet our Charli Adele {something we will always cherish}. 

Well, in this life, the military calls, the duty stations change, some friendships fade but some remain the same. I am thankful that we never lost touch and have always made an effort to check in on each other. Through the passing years our families have grown, we were able to visit them while they were stationed in Virginia, and now as fate will have it, they are stationed in Florida!! 

So a couple of weeks ago they made their first visit to see us! They made the drive from Tampa and we decided it would be fun to meet them in St. Augustine and have a fun filled day at the Fort, and that's exactly what we did!  

I loved seeing this little tribe together! It has definitely grown from back in our Monterey days but oh how I couldn't love it more! 

After exploring the Fort {and boy did it bring back memories of my childhood and all the field trips I took there}, we walked around Ft. George Street, rode the Trolley around town {of course sipping on to-go boxes of wine that we stashed in our purse... haha!!} and finished off at the park before heading back to our house!

The rest of the evening was filled with so much laughter, memories, stories, and wine... 
lots of wine! ;) And of course Kate and mine's talent is obviously making delectable cheese trays!

Though their trip was short, we couldn't have asked for a better little weekend. Thank you guys for coming to visit us and we can't wait to come to your place next!!

Happy Monday!  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Recipe: Quinoa Pizza Bites:

Happy Friday Friends! 

Friday Nights are always Pizza Night in our house... but during the Lenten Season, Fridays become Fish Fridays for us. So though we won't be enjoying these or any other pizzas tonight {we switch it up during the week for now} you can still enjoy these if you don't eat fish on Fridays during Lent too. 
So if you are feeling kind of crazy, here is a super simple & healthy Pizza Night option that has been kid approved...
Quinoa Pizza Bites

1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella
1/3 Cup Pepperoni {cut into small pieces}
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray {you could use mini muffin tins as well}.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Transfer into muffin tins.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until browned.
Immediatley transfer to cooling rack.

We dipped the pizza bites into sauce and the kids devoured them! 

Happy Cooking!