WEDNESDAY WANTS: SCALLOPED FLATS

I’m loving scalloped ballet flats lately. The detailing is sweet and really dresses up a pair of otherwise boring flats.  They look great with a pair of skinnies or a breezy spring dress.

I would love this pair but at this point in my life can’t justify spending nearly $500 on a pair of shoes.  Luckily this trend is popping up everywhere and I’ve found some really affordable options

Audrey Brooke Winny  //  Sam Edelman  //  French Connection
LC Lauren Conrad  //  American Rag

I’m a huge fan of Of Sam Edelman shoes. They are high quality and at a great price point and they offer the scalloped flats in a variety of colors. These gold ones are so perfect and this fuschia pair would be a great addition to my spring wardrobe!

 

 

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WEEKEND BUYS

Hey all! Sorry for the radio silence the past few weeks – it’s proving to be more difficult than I thought balancing work, being a mom, and finding time to post here.  I am hoping to carve out some time to post more regularly though so please keep checking back!

Last week was a really long week at work so I mostly was looking forward to laying low in the house all weekend.  That didn’t stop me from doing a little online shopping though and I found some great deals.  Spring is in full force in the stores, and although we had SNOW here today, my mind is on dressing for the season.

Tank top // Gingham Bathing Suit // Rugby Stripe Shirt
Fringed Sandals // Tee Dress // Poncho

I naturally gravitate to more neutral colors that can easily mix and match into a complete outfit.  Given the little time I have to get ready most days I need options in my wardrobe that easily fit together.  All the above are also super comfortable – a huge plus when toting around a baby!

Speaking of the little guy I found some super cute pieces for him as well!  His daycare teachers recently told me he is the best dressed baby in their room – a reputation I intend on maintaining through the upcoming season!

Bodysuit // Socks // Pants

I’m looking forward to warm days with Logan and the opportunity to regularly get some fresh air.  What pieces are you eyeing for spring?

MOMS DAY OFF

Growing up my mom would let us take the occasional mental health day.  A day where she called us out sick from school and we were allowed to relax at home or run errands with her.  Those days are something I’ve carried into my adult life – the idea being your everyday stressors are limited and you allow yourself to physically and mentally rest.

Being a new mom and having returned to my fulltime job outside of the home I have been running on empty for several weeks.  Pure exhaustion is the only way to describe it.  I was more than due for a day off.  So I took the day off from work, helped get Logan ready for daycare, and settled in for my solo day. At first I felt guilty about sending Logan to daycare as our time together during the week is limited. As I touched on in this post I really do think time away from him makes me a better mom, so I kissed him goodbye and pushed the guilt out of my mind.

What did I do first?  I slept. Hard. Until noon which I haven’t done since college and it was every bit as amazing as I remembered.   The sun was shining so I opened up my sunroof and hit the road. I took myself out for lunch, grabbed an afternoon latte, and went shopping where I picked up these boots and this dress that I can’t wait to pair together.  I also bought myself a bouquet a flowers just because.

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This day was exactly what I needed.  I feel refreshed and reset. And it made my evening with Logan all that much sweeter.

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More about mental health days can be found in these articles:  how to tell you’re in need of a mental health dayhow to take a day off without guilt,  and ideas for a mental health day.  What would you do on a day off?

 

LINKS I LIKE

A roundup of  Internet things that caught my eye this week

1.  Sometimes when you have a particularly delicious looking meal you need to snap a picture to share.  Follow these rules for instagramming food.

2.  That first link led me to this wonderful creation –  Tex-Mex breakfast waffle nachos. I will be trying these one weekend in the very near future.  Yum!

3.  This list of 25 most iconic movie quotes of the last 25 years is great.  How many of these movies have you seen?

4.  This cosmetic database includes details on the chemicals and toxicity levels of thousands of beauty products.  I initially started using it to check on the products I use on Logan but have since started checking my own beauty products.

5.  A listing of the most photogenic places in each state.  Connecticut’s location is Mohegan Sun Casino.

PORTUGUESE SOUP (CHOURICO AND KALE SOUP)

I’ve grown up eating Portuguese Soup and whenever I want a comforting meal it’s one of the first things I reach for.  It’s slightly spicy from the chourico  and the mix of beans, kale, and other vegetables is simple yet delicious.  This is a quick and easy recipe and I’ve found the flavor only improves the next day.  I usually make a big batch on Sunday and eat it throughout the week.  Serve it with some crusty bread and enjoy!

Ingredients
2 links chourico sausage, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
3 medium carrots, diced
3 celery hearts, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups kale, leaves removed from stems and roughly chopped
1 can cannellini beans
6 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in bottom of large heavy saucepan or dutch oven.  Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic and cook until softened about 10 minutes.  In separate pan add remaining olive oil and chourico.  Cook until browned – about 2 minutes per side.  Remove chourico to paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess oil and set aside.

Once vegetables are softened add beans and cook for another minute.  Add chicken stock, thyme, and bay leaf and bring to boil.  Add chourico to pot and cook at a boil for another 5-10 minutes to allow chourico to flavor broth.  Add kale and cook until wilted – about 15 minutes.   Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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