Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Faves - Family, Food & Fashion Edition

Happy Friday!

Welcome to the Family, Food & Fashion Edition of Friday Faves. :)

I'm linking up with the uber fabulous Andrea at

First up is my favorite dress from my favorite online shop ... Shop Cissie.

I discovered Shop Cissie on Instagram last year and I am so glad that I did. They have fabulous dresses for really affordable prices. Plus, the girls that own it are super sweet!

My second favorite dress from their shop is the Spanglish dress. I missed out on it last year so I was super excited to see them bring it back again this year. I scooped it up as soon as it went live on their site.

If you don't follow them on Instagram, you're missing out. Be sure to check out @shopcissie. You wont be disappointed. Promise. :)

Next up is this slow cooker meal I made this week. I tell ya I think I use my slow cooker more in the summer than I do in the cooler months. With my son's baseball practices and games usually starting right in the middle of dinner time, I have no choice but to make something in the crockpot if we want to eat. LOL

This Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken is INCREDIBLE!!!

Recipe is courtesy of Mix and Match Mama

Shopping List
3-4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 pound chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
1 onion, sliced
4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28 oz) can Fire Roasted Tomatoes (not Rotel! The can actually says Fire Roasted Tomatoes.)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
lots of salt and pepper
2 heaping tablespoons sugar

In your slow cooker, layer all ingredients in order above except the sugar (you'll add that at the end). If the chicken is frozen, cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. If your chicken is thawed, cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours.

About 30 minutes before you're ready to eat, remove lid and shred the chicken with two forks right inside the slow cooker. Stir in sugar and cover again to finish cooking another 20-30 minutes.

*I also added a can of drained green olives in the last 30 minutes. I think next time, I'll add a can of mushrooms as well.

Here are some step-by-step photos for y'all:

One of my most favorite things to do is celebrate family. My niece turned 5 this week and my mom hosted a Frozen themed birthday party for her. Here are some shots from the festivities ...

Singing Happy Birthday:

Ripping into the presents we got her:

Thanking Natalie for the presents:

After cake and presents, we hit up the park across the street to slide and climb with a crown on of course. ;)

And lastly, I leave you with my favorite little book that puts me in the right frame of mind as I start my day. I read one or two blessings every morning when I wake up. I try and start each day on a positive note and this little book does the trick. I got it at Target a few months ago. *Sigh* I love Target. ;)

This is my favorite blessing. I read it everyday along with another one that pertains to a specific thing on my mind.

And there you have my favorites this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

What I Wore Project Life Catch Up

I have a "thing" for clothes. I love easy sun dresses and maxi dresses too. I love breezy tops. I love flip flops and wedges and riding boots. I love boho tops. I love statement necklaces a little too much. ;) I love leaving the house put together. And I love documenting them on Instagram. Earlier this year I thought it might be fun to create scrapbook pages of some of my favorite outfits I wore each month. I think it'll be kinda neat to look back in a few years and see what was in fashion, at least according to me. ;) See, I am a scrapbooker, a memory keeper, the family photographer and historian, etc. so my mind always goes right to how can I record this for posterity. LOL

Here is exactly what I am talking about ...

June 2015:

May 2015:

April 2015:

March 2015:

February 2015:

At the end of the year, I plan on printing these babies out in 8x8 size and putting them into an album. I use the Project Life App on my iphone. It takes literally 2 minutes to create these pages. And, I can print them out in the app right from my phone. So easy and convenient. I wish my mom and grandmom had done this. I would love to see what they wore on a day-to-day basis.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

My Beauty Routine

If that's what you want to call it, consists of washing my face and applying moisturizer. Seriously, I am a girly girl in just about every way except when it comes to my beauty. I am definitely low maintenance. I hardly wear make up especially in the summer months but I never leave the house without lipstick.

To cleanse, I use the 3 step routine from Proactiv. It has kept me blemish free for years and I don't plan on changing a thing. LOL

My favorite moisturizer is Oil of Olay. I have been using it since I was a teenager. My grandma told me to use it and boy I am glad I listened. It has done wonders for keeping my skin looking young.

Sometimes in the winter, I will need a little bit of something under my eyes. I use this by Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. It also has spf 20.

Now for the fun part, my lipstick. I am obsessed with lipstick and I never leave home without it on. My favorite color is red and my favorite red lipstick is relentlessly red by MAC Cosmetics. It's more of a pinky red than a traditional red.

Hands down, my favorite lipstick has to be from Forever 21. It's vibrant, goes on smoothly and stays on all day. And it's inexpensive. Gotta love that. Here I am wearing my favorite lipstick from Forever 21. It's called Hot Pink.

In the fall and winter months, I tend to wear a lot of plum colored lipstick. This one is also from Forever 21. :)

And lately I've been on a paler lips look. This is by Loreal and I love it!!!! It is my current favorite.

And there you have my simplified beauty routine. I can't wait to read some of yours and learn a thing or two. ;)

Monday, July 06, 2015

Weekend Round Up - Baseball & BBQ Edition

I absolutely love the 4th of July. It's no coincidence that it occurs during my favorite time of the year ...summer! We usually have a low key 4th around here but we never let it go without a little celebration.

On Friday, we took my son and his friend to an Independent League baseball game in Bridgeport, CT. We have been wanting to go there for quite some time. The team, the Bluefish, is made up of former major league players and some players that never made it out of the minors. Baseball fans would recognize the name, Sean Burroughs. He's on this team although he didn't play the night we went. Here are some scenes from the game...

The field...

The lineup...

The mascot was a total ham. He sang the national anthem with us, took photos with the boys and later enjoyed watching the game with us in the empty seat next to us.

We got a team set of baseball cards when we walked in and packs of flavored sunflower seeds when we left. We got Dill Pickle and Bacon flavored seeds. They lost the game 9-5 but we all had a fun night at the ballpark.

Before the game, we ate at a BBQ place call Walrus & Carpenter. We love us some bbq food. We had wings, pork bites & pork rind nachos (I didn't even go near those! LOL) for starters.

Then we all shared my hush puppies because my eyes are always bigger than my stomach. LOL. Oh my word. They were divine.

And for my entree, I had the pulled pork soft tacos. They were so light and fresh. You bet your bottom I ate both of them. ;)

Saturday was nearly a total wash out. The sun didn't come out until late afternoon but we made the best of it. We took Tilly to our local dog park where she played with her new friend Foxy. ;)

After 30 minutes of running around trying to catch a tennis ball, she was pooped.

We ended the night with a bbq dinner, it's not like we just had it yesterday or anything?! ahhaaaa!

This was the first time I microwaved sweet potatoes They came out great. Pierce with a fork 4-5 times. Cook for 8 minutes flipping over halfway through and they were perfect!

On Sunday, we went to the Stormville Flea Market. It was hot. I got a cute red floppy sunhat. I'll have to get a picture of it. And the boys got records and video games. We had sushi for lunch and got home just in time to watch the women's soccer and then Sunday night baseball. Perfect way to end the long weekend. Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend!