January 16, 2015

FF–Check Check


I love gingham.  I think it is the quintessential definition of a timeless pattern.  You just can’t go wrong it…however you can go a little bit out on a limb with it. 

Most people, when wearing gingham, treat it as the “patterned print” in the outfit and pair it with a solid, which in itself is an amazingly classy look.  However if you want to take it up a notch, try using your gingham piece as the neutral and pair it with different patterns for an appealing and interesting combination.

Here are a few of my attempts at mixing and matching from this past week:



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         Marona Shirt via Target $22   Buffalo Plaid via Old Navy $15



Thanks to my awesome kiddos in my class, I received a very nice Target gift card for Christmas; so I did a little shopping.  I fell in love with not only the gingham shirt (I purged my old one that had seen better days) but this awesome cardigan.  I wear cardigans almost every day and when I saw this one I had to have it. 

I love how the gingham adds interest without taking away from the design on the cardigan.  A match made in heaven!





I discovered this next combo one morning when I was in a rush.  I had already decided on the black bottoms with the plaid shirt with another sweater that just wasn’t working.  At the last minute I pulled out this Fair Isle sweater (last year from Old Navy) and loved how the plaid and patterns on the sweater went together.  It’s not a totally “out there” combo, but the little peep of plaid at the bottom makes me smile Smile.






And, I couldn’t do my first Fashionable Friday in a while without including a fashionable toddler!  Is this sweater not the best?!?!


Sweater:  Target via Once Upon a Child $4

Blue Collared Shirt:  Gap $11

Green Pants:  Target $8

Shoes:  Bass $0 – Hand me downs…thanks Fergie!

January 12, 2015

Menu Monday


Happy Monday everybody!  As I sit here listening to the pouring down rain, it makes me so thankful for the beautiful weather we had this weekend (Saturday to be specific) that allowed us to trek all around College Park for a BYKA (Bring Your Kid Along) Pub Crawl!

We met up at Jenny and Jeremy’s house around lunchtime, loaded the Bobs (strollers) and started out on foot.  We were celebrating Jeremy’s 34th birthday and had a blast.  The kiddos were troopers and looked pretty cute with their glasses, too.





Our first stop was to The Greek Corner for lunch followed by a jaunt to Lucky Lure (so cute) and The Hammered Lamb for some ping pong.





E loved all of the scenes for the most part…but having missed his nap due to our funsies, our cranky toddler needed a quick time-out to regroup.  He eventually fell asleep in his stroller for a little siesta as well.






Once we walked back (past this gorgeous downtown Orlando sunset) it was time for a little playing, eating and flirting before bedtime.  Everett just loves his buddy Carson and took a quick liking to our friend Abby as well (see below).






Sunday was filled with party planning (somebody’s turning 2 soon!), Play Doh and PACKERS!!!  We were a pretty happy family yesterday afternoon Smile.




This week is super busy workwise and homewise.  I am lucky enough to be able to attend the first Celebration of Life Gala meeting tomorrow night with my friend Noelle that will benefit The Finley Project.  I am so proud of all that she has done and is doing.  It takes a pretty brave person to turn loss into hope…and I can’t wait to help plan this major fundraiser. 

We are also looking forward to visiting with my dad and his wife, Vicki, this weekend as they are in town from South Carolina.  Until then – here’s what’s on tap.  Enjoy!


M:  BBQ Chicken Pizza w/ Salad

T:  Leftovers

W:  Black Bean Soup w/ Grilled Cheese

Th:  Chicken Tetrazzini w/ Green Beans

F:  Sweet & Sour Pork w/ Fried Rice and Carrots

Sa:  Steak and Mushrooms w/ Loaded Baked Potatoes

Su:  Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups w/ Broccoli


I also finished my new gift wrap “station” this weekend.  It’s now on the side of the fridge and is not only easy to get to, but a great use of wasted space.  I am so stoked (it’s the little things in life that make me happy).  No more digging through closets!  Score!


January 6, 2015

Menu Monday…err Tuesday


Happy New Year everybody!  I honestly can’t believe it’s already 2015 and Everett will be turning 2 in less than a month.  Holy moly.  We had a spectacular time last week chilling out, watching the Badgers win at the Outback Bowl and getting some quality family time in before I headed back to work yesterday (can you say t-i-r-e-d today!?!?). 




As I said above, on New Year’s Day we headed to Tampa to watch Mike’s beloved Wisconsin Badgers play the Auburn Tigers.  We met up with our friends Jenny and Jeremy as Jenny is an Auburn alum and couldn’t wait to cheer on her team either. 

I have to tell you, Mike and Jenny are hilarious together on a normal day, but just magnify that and put a rivalry game in the mix and they had my laughing the entire time.  Jeremy actually was sick with the flu and didn’t make the game, so the three of us were on our own.



We tailgated with cinnamon rolls, bacon on the grill, turkey kielbasa, fresh fruit and breakfast burritos (pre-made and heated on the grill), and of course Mimosas and Bloody Marys to drink.  So good.  All of it.




Luckily Wisco was victorious in overtime.  It was a nail-biter and I had a happy, happy hubby at the end!  We also got to hang out with Mike’s cousin Cody and his fiance Sherrie before and after the game.  They were in town from Michigan and it was so great to catch up.




The rest of the weekend was spent watching more football (yay for the Gator win!!!), recuperating and exploring.  We ventured out to Lake Lotus Park in Altamonte on Sunday and had a fabulous time walking on the boardwalk, watching snakes in the water and playing on the playground.  The park is so tranquil and gorgeous.  I can’t believe we haven’t been there before!




This week is all about getting back in the groove and surviving until the weekend.  Here’s our eating plan…I hope yours is just as yummy!


M:  Grilled Pork Chops w/ Tomato and Mushroom Stuffing

T:  Brinner- Southwest Breakfast Quesadillas w/ Turkey Kielbasa

W:  Meatloaf w/ Veggie Wild Rice and Roasted Carrots

Th:  Beef Stew Baked Potatoes w/ Broccoli

F:  Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Sa: Shrimp Pasta

Su:  Chicken Tetrazzini w/ Green Beans


Have a great week!


December 29, 2014

Menu Monday


Happy Monday and Happy (almost) New Year!  We had a wonderful, and laid back Christmas this year.  We usually go to Wisconsin to be with Mike’s family every other year, so this was our year to stay put in sunny, warm Florida. 

Since my mom’s house is only about 30 minutes from the shore, we took full advantage of the gorgeous weather to spend Christmas-eve in the sand rather than the snow.    I grew up going to St. Augustine/Crescent Beach and love seeing E run around the same places.








Treats for Santa!



Christmas morning snuggles.




E definitely had fun playing with his new toys, but wasn’t as into the unwrapping as I thought he would be; but I just keep hearing…wait until next year!  He LOVED his grocery cart from Gransie and tools from Grandma Pam – he hasn’t stopped playing with them since Christmas Day!


We rounded out our mini-Christmas vacay with a quick trip back to St. Augustine the day after Christmas to celebrate our friend Ryan’s birthday.  E was happy since he got to hang out with his main squeeze Kennedy all day and we had a blast toasting to the birthday boy. 






Since returning home there has been lots and lots of organizing, purging and cleaning of closets.  I am determined to be clutter free and ready for the New Year!  We are also excited to see the Badgers play on New Year’s Day in Tampa.  Go Bucky!



M:  Tomato Pesto Pizza

T:  Chicken Fajitas w/ Refried Black Beans and Yellow Rice

W:  All-Beef Hot Dogs w/ Carrot Chips

Th:  Shepherds’ Pie

F:  Tuna Sandwiches w/ Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

Sa:  Grilled Pork Chops w/ Mushroom Stuffing

Su:  Meatloaf w/ Wild Rice and Green Beans


Have a great week!