Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jona's Adventures in Kansas City: Nelson Museum & City Market

This summer we've been trying to take advantage of all that Kansas City has to offer. There are so many free, kid-friendly places to visit; Jona has been on quite a few Kansas City adventures, and he's not even one yet. 

Last weekend, Jona and I met up with my friend Becky and her precious little girl Madeline. We decided these babies needed a little culture in their lives so we took them to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum. We explored the gardens outside the museum, posed them for photos in front of the giant shuttlecocks, ate at the museum's cafe, and oh yeah, looked at some art too. 

left and bottom right photo courtesy of Becky

On Saturday morning, Aaron and I took Jona to the Kansas City farmer's market. The weather was surprisingly perfect, and the city market was unsurprisingly jam-packed. We lucked out on a close parking spot, strolled around for a while and picked up some fruits and vegetables to go with our meals for the week. 

What adventures have you been on this summer? 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dress, Vest, Done

Last week was a short work week for me; I stayed home with Jona on Monday and Friday. I absolutely loved my time spent at home, but the extra time away from work last week made for a busy day of catching up yesterday. 

For days I know will be crazy, I try to dress simply. I chose this printed maxi dress layered with a vest (#coldofficeproblems) and called it good. I didn't have to do any advance planning, I knew these layers would work together. And that was one less thing to worry about. Any simpler, and I could be on one of those new reality shows about naked people. (What is it with all these naked shows? Naked Dating, Buying Naked, Naked and Afraid... Really America? Is it that bad? Will we really watch anything on TV? Don't answer that.)

How does your schedule affect your choice of outfits? 

Cargo vest: Old Navy (emphasis on old); maxi dress: Target; orange sandals: Old Navy, #WWWSummer30 layer a sleeveless vest
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Orange Print Shorts 2 Ways

Usually by this point in the summer, I'm dying to buy new shorts because I keep wearing the same pairs over and over. This summer hasn't been consistently hot enough yet to wear out my shorts. This weekend's rising temperatures did make me reach for this printed pair a couple of times. Here's how I styled these orange printed shorts 2 ways this weekend.

Look 1: Bold Print Mix.  Inspired by the Inspiration Monday photo at Two Birds, I paired these shorts with a paisley print button up. I wasn't sure if the patterns would work together, but I actually loved how it turned out. Print mixing can sometimes be tricky, but there are a couple of reasons why I think this particular mix worked. One, the patterns are two different sizes, so they aren't competing with each other. Two, the color palettes are similar: the orange color is found in both the shirt and shorts. 

Paisley shirt: thrifted J.Crew; orange print shorts: Loft; belt: Loft; flats: Target

Look 2: Simple Classic. The second time I wore these shorts, I let their print and color stand out by pairing them with a basic white button up. I love the combination of orange and turquoise, so I added simple turquoise sandals and earrings to complete the look. 

White button-up: Gap Outlet; orange print shorts: Loft; earrings: Old Navy; sandals: Old Navy; #WWWSummer30 "Give some personality to your basic white button down shirt" 


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Eats: Home Run Recipes

This has been a pretty successful dinner week I'd say. I took a risk and tried out three new recipes this week, and amazingly we loved all of them. 


1. Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin from Food 52. This was my first time making pork tenderloin in the slow cooker, and shut the front door! It was amazing. Seriously, you've got to make this. The pork was lean, tender, and FULL of flavor thanks to the delicious glaze it's basted with during the last hour that it slow cooks. (Don't be turned off by the idea of making a glaze. It was so easy.) Yum.

2. Pork Quesadillas. We made extra pork in the slow cooker so that we could use the leftovers for the easiest weeknight meal: quesadillas. We kept them simple with just meat and cheese, but you could throw in anything you want. It's a great way to use up leftover meat. Jona was in heaven over these, he gobbled his bites right up! 

3. Chicken Parmesan Minis from Six Sisters' Stuff. Essentially, these were meatballs, and I love a good meatball. I used ground turkey instead of chicken since I had some hanging around my freezer. The best part of these: a little cube of mozzarella cheese hidden in the middle that melts and gets all oozy and gooey. These were also a hit with the kiddo. I served them up with pasta with marinara sauce and green beans. (Tip: to save time, throw the green beans into the water with the pasta when it's about 5 or so minutes from being done. No need to boil water twice!) 

4. Grilled Szechuan Chicken Skewers from It's a Keeper. I can't take credit for this one; Aaron grilled the chicken and basted it with the spicy sauce. He even alternated the red and yellow peppers on the skewers so they looked pretty! Sometimes grilled chicken can be boring, but this one was just the opposite. Another winner.

What have you been eating this week? 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Outfit Formula: Print Skirt, Simple Tee, Cardigan

Although I love being creative with my wardrobe and coming up with new outfits to blog about, sometimes I find myself repeating an outfit "formula". Without even thinking about it, I repeated once such formula twice this week: printed pull-on skirt + simple tee + lightweight cardigan. Today I kept the color palette neutral, and added color with my accessories. 

Do you find yourself repeating outfit formulas too? What's a favorite of yours?

#WWWSummer30 Master the scarf-as-headband look.

White cardigan: Loft; navy t-shirt: J.Crew Factory; dotted chambray skirt: Merona, Target; earrings: Etsy; yellow sandals: Steve Madden via DSW

Linking up to Summer Style at Mix & Match Fashion

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jona Style: Yellow with Blue Checks

I can't believe that in less than one month Jona will be a year old. He celebrated his 11 month "birthday" yesterday. I remember how long those first few days as a new mom felt; I feel like time sped up exponentially since then. 

Because of lighting, I've been doing most of my outfit photos after Jona goes to bed, so I haven't shown off my favorite accessory. That doesn't mean I'm cured of my compulsion to coordinate our outfits. However, with all the adventures in solid foods we're having, often what he starts out wearing is different from what he ends up in. (Or it's the same outfit, but "personalized" with peas, sweet potatoes, etc.)

Anyway, I thought it was about time Jona had his own outfit post. And mostly I just wanted to share pictures of that face. This is the "I'm about to cry, why are you doing this to me mommy?" face. He seems to be getting all of his top teeth in at once, so that doesn't help his patience. 

 Blue checked shirt: Carter's; white onesie: Gerber; shorts: Carter's
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dressed for Mom Duty: Dots and Shorts

Yesterday I got to stay home with Jona while his babysitter is out of town. Work can be tiring, but after doing the mom thing all day I was exhausted! At one point our living room floor was covered in toys. Yet the things he had the most fun playing with were a half of a plastic Easter egg and Aaron's tennis shoe. Seriously, he was getting cranky, but then he discovered those shoelaces and he was the happiest kid on the planet for a good 20 minutes. 

I'd like a few more Mondays like that! How did you spend your Monday? 

#WWWSummer30 "go for a sleek full tuck"

Dotted chambray: J.Crew Factory; purple shorts: Old Navy; yellow belt: Loft; sandals: Loft
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