Thursday, July 31, 2014

There's No Place Like Home

I felt like Dorothy in this outfit today with my gingham, blue, and ruby slippers TOMS. All I needed was Toto and a yellow brick road and I'd be set. 

Now I actually love The Wizard of Oz, but growing up in Kansas it sometimes got to be a bit much. The Wizard of Oz was pretty much the only claim to fame we had, so we milked it for all it was worth. You tell people you're from Kansas, and automatically it's either Dorothy or wheat fields. (Or our government wanting to do things like not teach kids science, but that's a conversation for another day.)

Regardless of its faults, I do love my state. 

What is your state (or city) known for?    




Gingham shirt: J.Crew Factory; navy dress: Loft; red shoes: TOMS

I couldn't resist a few coordinating baby shots: 



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mid Week Pick-Me-Ups

Here are a few things I've been smiling about lately: 



1. Fresh paint: 4 years ago, we bought our house. 4 years ago we wanted to paint our living room and kitchen. Last weekend we finally did it, and I'm elated with the results! Now I have the fever; I want to reupholster our (dirty, dingy) dining room chairs and add some artwork to our walls. I'm lost when it comes to decorating, but I think painting was just the push I needed. 


2. Little boy: I recently had to buy new pajamas for Jona; his toes were about to bust through the bottom of his old pairs. I bought size 12 months, and for some reason in those little footie pajamas with the rubber padding on the feet, he looks like such a little boy. What happened to my little tiny baby??! 



3. Best Dress: This dress is still one of my favorites. It's still what I reach for when I'm having one of those "I can't find anything to wear" days or when what I planned to wear didn't quite pan out. (That was the case today.) Thanks, stripey dress, for always being there. 



4. Game Night: Aaron and I spent last Friday night painting, so on Saturday we didn't have the energy to do much of anything. We decided to stay in and play Trivial Pursuit (my favorite game ever), and I'm happy to say I was the champion of the evening. 


5. A good read: I just started The Book Thief and I'm having a hard time putting it down and going to sleep each night. I love a book that sucks me in like that!

What are you smiling about this week? 
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thoroughly Mondayed

That moment when you think you have another bite of ice cream left but you look down and your bowl is empty... Yeah, that was pretty much my day. I'm utterly exhausted. At work, the printer wouldn't print, and the email wouldn't quit. My workday was a cakewalk though compared to bath-time with Mr. Lets-try-to-get-into-as-much-trouble-as-possible. Gone are the days of sitting, splishing and splashing with the bath toys. All the things I don't want him doing in the tub (draining the drain, throwing the toys out of the tub, trying to climb out of the tub) are just the things Jona wants to do most. 

So if I look a little haggard in these photos, forgive me. To put it simply, I've been thoroughly Mondayed. 




Orange anchor print cardigan: J.Crew Factory; navy stripe tank: Gap Outlet; navy cropped pants: Gap Outlet; orange sandals: Target

Here's to Tuesday! Let's make it a good one, shall we? 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Black Pencil Skirt 2 Ways

I'm pretty sure a black pencil skirt is on every list of work-wear "must-haves". However, it's not something I find myself reaching for often; it often gets forgotten in the back of my closet. So I challenged myself to wear it twice last week, in two contrasting ways. 

Look 1: Basics. Inspired by the Inspiration Monday picture at Two Birds, I paired my black pencil skirt with some of my real closet staples: my jean jacket, a white tee, and black sandals.




Jean jacket: Gap; white t-shirt: J.Crew Factory; black pencil skirt: Loft; black sandals: Ross

Look 2. Soft Color Contrast. I wear a lot more navy (and denim) than I do black, so sometimes I have a hard time pairing black with light, soft colors. Surprisingly, I like the contrast of the dark and light. 




Blouse (as jacket): thrifted; turquoise t-shirt: Target; black pencil skirt: Loft; black sandals: Target

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Eats: Comfort Food

It wasn't my intention to make this a comfort food-heavy week, but that's how it turned out. (And yes, Mexican food is TOTALLY comfort food in my opinion.) 





1. Fried Pork Chops from Six Sisters' Stuff with corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. Sometimes you just have to have a good old fashioned meat and potatoes meal. Or at least we do. (Tip: Butter the heel or a stale piece of bread to easily spread butter on corn.)

1. Chicken Noodle Casserole. This is a Rachael Ray recipe that is usually made with ground turkey. It's a favorite around my house; Aaron requests it fairly often. I had some shredded chicken in the freezer left over from another recipe, so I used in in place of the turkey. Aaron still prefers the turkey, but I think I like the chicken just as well. Jona was a fan of this one too. 

3. Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken from Skinnytaste. Coming home to a meal that's already pretty much done is the best. This one had great flavor too! (Tip: My sister-in-law Gennie taught me a trick for shredding meat quickly and easily. Take fairly good-sized chunks of whatever meat you're shredding, and put them in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the paddle attachment, turn it on, and in just seconds you have shredded meat! Pretty cool, right?)

4. Eating out: Mexican food extravaganza. Over the weekend we visited Los Tules and Ponak's, two of our favorite Mexican joints. Juevos rancheros at Los Tules, fried beef tacos at Ponak's. Both were equally delicious, but the showstopper was (and always is) the Ponak's margarita. 

What have you been eating this week? 
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stripes and Floral, Floral and Stripes

I think it's safe to say that I'm getting my [mom's] money's worth out of this blazer. It's striped (my favorite!), lightweight, and it goes with everything. Inspired by Anne's "Stripes Plus" post, I thought I'd pair it with another print for a little "stripes plus" myself. In this case, the "plus" is floral, and since I have more floral than stripes, does that mean it's "floral plus"? Hmm. 

What are your favorite prints to mix? 



Striped blazer: Gap Outlet; navy floral dress: Loft; sandals: Target

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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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