Sunday, March 31, 2013

Insta Weekend!!






Happy Easter Ya'll!! I hope everyone had a fun-filled week!! We sure did...it was eggciting to say the least ;)  This has been my most productive blog week so far (4 posts this week yay!!) and I am prepping for my first giveaway once I hit 100 twitter followers...YAY!!! So you can follow me on twitter here or by clicking on the lovely button on the top right section of my blog...

And without further ado, my Instagram pics this weeks...













Friday, March 29, 2013

We Heart FL: Ybor City Part Two

After some lunch and shopping we decided to venture around Ybor and play around with the camera. Ybor really is a great place to take photos so I didn't waste anytime when I came across the brick buildings...



These kids have so much personality :)


There is a cute park called Centennial Park that we landed in which was perfect to let the kiddos burn off some energy...






And how could we leave without trying for a timer shot? 


It's a little out of focus, but not too shabby...

We had a fun day in Ybor and now I am hoping this cold weather goes away so we can go out and play :) I know total cheezeball...
Check out Part One of our adventures in Ybor City here.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Walk It Out With Tsukihoshi


As most of you may already know, my little baby Daniel is now a walking little man! You know what that means, right?? Well yes, my head will just spin a little more, but it also means we need some new walking shoes!!! I am a firm believer that children should have the proper walking shoes while they are learning how to walk as well as after. There are so many flat-bottom, poorly made shoes that I know would irritate my feet so I have made sure with Sienna and now with Daniel to spend an extra buck on a solid shoe.

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Sienna's walking shoes were always Stride Rite brand, but this week I stopped into good 'ol Nordstrom just to take a peek and Daniel walked out with some new kicks...Tsuskihoshis to be exact. Say that three times fast! The saleswoman that was assisting me introduced this shoe to me and she claimed that it was a better shoe than the Stride Rite brand ones. Visually it did look like it gave a lot more support around the ankle which is important when you have a little one who wants to run already! And after seeing Daniel in them for over forty-eight hours I can honestly say I'm in love. I can see a huge difference in his walking, or running should I say, since purchasing them. They do cost a pretty penny (around $56 after tax), but like I said, it's important to have a great shoe in the beginning stages of walking! 

I'm so glad I decided to stop in Nordstom and check out their kids selection. While I was there I spotted these adorable Toms too....

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Someone has a birthday coming up next month so we may just be investing in his first pair...

Have you tried Tsukihoshis for any of your littles???



Monday, March 25, 2013

Egg Hunting We Will Go!





Can we talk about mom brain for a second here? So Saturday morning Sienna and I were putting out some of our Easter decorations and enjoying our morning without plans (clearly still in pjs) when all of a sudden it hit me like a ton of bricks: EASTER EGG HUNT! The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the local YMCA was either going on at that moment or it was next Saturday... I hurried and dialed the number to the YMCA and sure enough it was going on at that moment! Total MOM BRAIN!! How could I forget the fun Easter Egg Hunt that not only Sienna, but Daniel could participate in this year?? Well luck was on our side Saturday morning because in 45 minutes there was going to be another Egg hunt for their age group! We scurried to get ready and made it with time to spare....phew! You see, I'm a big kid at heart and want to make sure I can do as many fun things with my kids as humanly possible...it's only normal right?




Since the egg hunt was so last minute it was just me with the two of them since Danny works every Saturday, but it turned out great! They were only allowed four eggs per child which was a good rule, but we were finished about five feet in!

                                   

They were both scared to take pictures with the Easter bunny so we stuck with some arts and crafts after...I'm so glad we made it and that I remembered! I know I would have been kicking myself had we missed it!




Has anyone else had any eggciting Easter fun yet?



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Insta Weekend!!




Hello everyone!! The weekend has come to an end and I hope you had a great one! Ours was pretty eventful considering that we went into it without any plans! We had a week full of babies, boating, and blogging...ha!

Here are the photos I managed to upload to Instagram...I seem to have a lot I forgot to upload, but there's always next week :) Enjoy!









Friday, March 22, 2013

You Had Me At Helen...





Last year I received a gift for Mother's Day/birthday from Danny. He ordered a Helen Ficalora necklace straight from her shop in lower Manhattan. The necklace has two handmade charms with each of my baby's initials engraved in it. Aside from my children, it's one of my favorite gifts EVER!



This necklace is so special to me since it allows me to have Sienna and Daniel even closer to me at all times. It wasn't a surprise because I knew I wanted a necklace with their initials and I wanted to make sure it was made out of excellent quality for daily wear. The researcher in me finally decided on Helen and boy am I glad I did! I can honestly say I think I have taken it off maybe a handful of times and it still looks as beautiful as ever (this was a quick iPhone shot so the quality could be better).

I used to work in the jewelry industry that specialized in charms so there is a special place in my heart for meaningful pieces. She only has a few shops around the country and I am hoping we will travel to one of those locations soon ;) 

I am such a fan...




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Simple Spinach & Sausage Stuffed Shells




It's been awhile since I've posted a recipe so today I thought I would my share my simple stuffed shells recipe! I've always grown up around Italian food and I have come to realize that most Italian dishes contain similar ingredients, only prepared differently. So for my perfect stuffed shells I don't really follow a recipe, I just go with the flow of cooking Italian and it usually works! Like I have mentioned I love semi-homemade cooking with the kiddos so I will not be making homemade sauce in this recipe either (I'm such a rebel)...ha!

Here's what you'll need:

1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 box of jumbo pasta shells
1 lb ground Italian sausage
1 16 oz container of Ricotta cheese
1 frozen package of spinach (thawed & drained)
1 egg, beaten
1-2 jars of marinara sauce heated in a saucepan (2 if you would like extra sauce)
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder
Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning
Salt
Pepper

Ok now here's the run down...

First preheat your oven to 350°. Then drizzle olive oil in a pan and once hot, sauté the onions and garlic until tender. After, add in the Italian sausage and break it up with a spatula until it is in crumbles. While doing this go ahead and season it with the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to your liking. Once the meat has browned, drain the excess drippings and put it aside to cool.

Next you can boil the shells by following the instructions on the box. I always remove them from the water a couple of minutes early so they are al dente and easier to work with so they don't break. Ten minutes seems to be a magic number in my book. Once done, drain and put aside as well.

Then grab a medium sized bowl and combine the ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, 1.5 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, and the crumbled sausage. Gently fold the mixture until everything is thoroughly combined.



After, you can grab a 9x13 inch lasagna pan and lightly spray the bottom with cooking spray. You can also substitute a little sauce to grease the bottom if you'd like. Next begin stuffing the shells with the mixture. How much you stuff them is really a personal preference, I put about two tablespoons of the mixture in or until the shell is full. Line them faced up until the pan is full or you run out of shells. I can usually fit all of the filled shells in so I don't have any leftover.



Once that step is done I spread spaghetti sauce all over the shells. It's important to completely cover any parts of the shell with sauce so you don't have any pieces that get to crispy while baking.



Next I sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and parmesean cheese on top of the shells, cover with foil, and bake for 45 minutes in the oven.


You can serve the shells with extra sauce and a yummy piece of garlic bread to top off the goodness! This is a great recipe to play around with and alternate ingredients or even make ahead and freeze. It should make anywhere from 25-30 shells so I hope you're hungry!



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Insta Weekend!!!






Happy St.Patty's Day!! I hope you all have had a great week! It is has been super busy over here, but we didn't forget to squeeze in some fun times and photo ops. Enjoy...














Friday, March 15, 2013

And He's Off!!




So I can officially say Daniel is walking!! He is still a little wobbly, but as of Sunday he will be an 11 month old walking baby boy! We are super excited, but I'm not going to lie...I am a bit nervous. The difference between boys and girls is starting to become crystal clear and quite frankly, Daniel is a monster...a cute little monster at that! So soon I will have a monster that can run...which should be the next step :)

Here's the first official video of him taking some of his first steps...and yes he only has one shoe- ha!

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Sorry about the quality, but I have to be quick when I can get it! It really is making me sad how fast he's growing...sigh. I can't believe one year ago he was in my belly almost ready to come out!

P.S. Sorry I've been MIA this week, I've been helping plan a bridal shower for my bestie and attended a fabulous preview event at the new Container Store in town-and yes, it's just as amazing as it sounds!