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Spring Sneaks

If there were such a thing as too many options, that may soon be the case when it comes to adorable sneakers. And I do mean adorable because many of these are almost too cute to wear! In addition to your basic everyday Converse, you could also grab some pretty pink Keds. I know I can be a little pink crazy, but when you can get your athleisure sneaks in blush, it’s hard not to be! And if the pinks don’t win you over, maybe we should talk embroidery for a moment? These slip-ons may be my favorite, but I’d take any of the three below. How perfect would they be with cut-offs and a simple white tee? Or with a cute t-shirt dress? Or white denim and a chambray button down? You get the point, yes? If embroidery happens to be a bit too much for you, maybe a perforated pair would be more up your alley? I love the bright white, but this sand colored option also makes a great neutral.

Maybe it’s a good thing I’m still on my shopping fast since it’s obvious my mind can’t be made up! How about you guys? What’s your favorite spring sneaker?

Everyday 1 / 2 / 3
Athleisure 1 / 2 / 3
Embroidered 1 / 2 / 3
Perforated 1 / 2 / 3

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any recipes on here. Part of this is because it’s been pitch black outside come dinner time making it nearly impossible to shoot anything I’ve cooked up. Another part of the reason was because I wasn’t feeling very authentic sharing recipes because they obviously aren’t mine. But the more I thought about it (and the more people were asking why I wasn’t sharing more) I realized that I had always shared recipes to inspire you guys to try something new. Something that’s not impossible to prepare (because I’m no pro here) and yes, something that someone else created. Just as I do with clothing that others create, I make it mine, take it for a spin and share it with you all. Similarly, I do the same with food. Sometimes it’s a hit, other times a flop. But those that pass multiple times with flying colors, I’ll be sharing again with you. My hope is that some of the them may end up on your family’s table too ;)

Skinny Taste is probably my favorite food blogger. Not only is her food overall healthy, but it’s always sooo incredibly flavorful. We have, no joke, been making this Turkey Meatball Stroganoff once a week for probably two months now. I’ve been preparing it on the stovetop but directions are also included for the slow cooker or instant-pot as well. My dutch oven is one of my most beloved pieces of cookware. I’m pretty sure it makes me a better cook than I really am! Plus, many of the recipes I use it for are one-pot dishes, and we all love less dishes, right?!

Turkey Meatball Stroganoff via Skinny Taste


1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pound 93% ground turkey
1/3 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup chopped parsley, divided
3 tbsp fat free milk
3/4 tsp kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
3/4 cups water
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 teaspoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons beef Bouillon
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
8 ounces sliced Cremini mushrooms
1 sprig fresh thyme


Heat a large nonstick skillet or set the Instant Pot to saute and spray with oil; saute the onions over medium heat until golden, stirring 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and divide in two.

In a large bowl, combine half of the sautéed onions with the ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, 2 tbsp of the parsley, milk, 3/4 tsp salt and black pepper. Gently shape into 20 meatballs.

In a blender combine the water, sour cream, flour, tomato paste, boullion, Worcestershire sauce and paprika, blend until smooth.
Heat the skillet or Instant Pot back on saute, add the oil and brown half of the meatballs without disturbing (in two batches) about 2 minutes until no longer sticks, turn and brown an additional 2 minutes, set aside on a dish and repeat with remaining meatballs.

Place all the meatballs and remaining onion into the Instant pot, Slow Cooker or a large saucepan and pour the sauce over the meatballs along with the thyme and mushrooms.

For the Instant Pot: cook on high pressure 10 minutes. Let the pressure release on it’s own. When done, discard thyme, add the chopped parsley and serve over your favorite noodles.

For the stove top: add 2 tbsp water, bring to a boil then cook covered on low 20 to 25 minutes. When done, discard thyme, add the chopped parsley and serve over your favorite noodles.

For slow cooker: cook on low 6 to 8 hours. When done, discard thyme, add the chopped parsley and serve over your favorite noodles.



I hope your week is off to a great start! How’s everyone handling the time change? I feel for those of you with little ones! We’ve started off ok, but I know it’ll be hitting us by mid-week. Our kids are back to school again after spring break last week and I’m looking forward to a bit of a schedule once again.

I love that this t-shirt can take you from mimosas to cocktail hour. Sadly, I had neither yesterday, although i would have welcomed one! I love graphic’s tee’s, yet somehow I don’t have many in my closet. They’re on my shopping list come Easter, ie the end of my shopping fast! I’m going to share some of my favorites below. They’re perfect for spring, pairing them with denim jackets, denim skirts, overalls and then on to cut-offs in the summer.

Details: JCrew tee / Madewell denim (similar) / Cardigan (similar) / Mules (similar) / LeSpecs sunglasses

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Striped Henley

Hello Friday! My kids are home on spring break this week and although we’ve had some fun, it’s also been a week. After wrapping up pinkeye last week, we’ve been working through an ear infection as well as some nasty coughs and colds. Jack and Audrey are my two that always end up with incessant coughs that lead to an inevitable couple of sleepless nights. Never fun. We should be thankful however, that we do have this week to rest and recoop. That’s the blessing in disguise!

I’ve had this henley for a month or so and I’ve been throwing it on at least once a week. It’s perfect for lounging around in sweats but works just as well with overalls or regular denim. Cute and very comfortable. I did size up in this one (which also comes in some solid colors) and I’m glad I did. The sleeves don’t have much extra room, the area I have the most trouble with. And if you don’t yet own a jacket similar to the one I’m wearing, I’m linking a bunch for you below in a range of price points. They’re perfect for spring and they go with just about everything!

Details: JCrew shirt (solid colors) / JCrew denim (similar) / Jacket (similar) / Tote (similar) / Booties (similar) / LeSpecs Sunglasses / Stella & Dot necklace / Nickel & Suede earrings

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Easter Inspiration

Good news! Spring is on the horizon and Easter is just behind it! Meanwhile, it continues to snow outside my window. Regardless, I’ve been breaking out some bring decor to brighten the place up. I like adding pieces that will last throughout springtime, not only through Easter. Towels are the easiest thing to change up, as are wreaths for the front door. This one is beautiful and happens to only be $20! Baskets are always great to have around to fill with blooms or take out for egg hunts. And speaking of eggs, I love having a beautiful tray to display our Easter eggs. Just picture this one filled with all those colorful eggs!

I also included some goodies for the kids. I love these coloring placemats, anything to keep them occupied while I prepare food! I picked up this egg kit for my little ones. Year after year we color eggs (which I can handle) and sometimes I’ll attempt something a little fancy (rarely does it turn out), but this year I figured we’d let them craft around their egg. It’s what they enjoy the most and I have a feeling they’re going to love decorating them this year! I also included an adorable plush rabbit…and a unicorn, because that’s what they really want, right? ;)

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Eyelet Peplum

With my Love Language being gifts (we discuss that further here), my husband will every so often take it upon himself to hunt down something I’ve had my eye on. My style board on Pinterest is a pretty good place to start! Knowing that I’d given up apparel shopping for the season of Lent, he assured me that receiving a gift was not breaking the rules ;) I couldn’t be happier, because this eyelet, peplum sweatshirt is perrrfect for now as we encourage spring to arrive. It’ll also be perfect later paired with white denim or some cut-off shorts and sandals. I love the sweatshirt material because it’s a great quality and could even lean towards the slightly dressy side. It also comes in all white which is beautiful, but a little too daring for this mom of three little ones!

Details: Banana Republic top / Jacket (similar here and here) / Madewell denim / Madewell tote / Mules (similar) / Necklace / Earrings

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Despite my giving up apparel shopping for the rest of March, I decided to venture in to LOFT to check out their latest arrivals. It had been a few weeks since I had been in the store and honestly it was nice to see some of the girls and say ‘hello‘. Needless to say, there are some great pieces right now that I wanted to share with you.

I immediately loved this darling swiss dot sleeve tee. It could work with my everyday casual style as well as being dressed up for work etc. with a cute pair of trousers or a skirt (see more of both as you continue). I have it on here with the most stretchy pair of denim leggings. Not only are they comfortable but the grey is perfect to pair with spring pastels.

If you’re in an area that continues to see snow falling (hello Pennsylvania!) then sweaters may still be on your radar. This one however, is light enough to take you through spring and also comes in a handful of other colors.

And if you need a good pair of dress pants. these cargos meet trousers are a great option. I love the button detail at the waist.

I don’t always love these loose fitting tops on me, but in general I love the style. If you have somewhat of a chest, I feel like they tend to look frumpy.

But the back is what could win me over…

How I wish I was able to have purchased this striped top. It has a wonderful shape to it (I love the hemline of shirttail tee’s) and it would be perfect with a spring scarf or denim jacket. And to be honest, I’d be wearing it at home with my sweats!

Moving on to more spring-y pieces, how about this top?! It’s SO pretty in person, the colors are perfection. As is the flattering shape.

And these pants guys! They aren’t super clingy in the leg which is nice, but the tapered leg is very flattering. And the pink is so pretty and perfect for spring/summer.

For those that work in an office or appreciate an extra layer, this cardigan would work tossed over any number of outfits. I love the slightly flared sleeve and the open front.

You can throw a ruffle on just about anything to win me over. This skirt is no exception (just ignore the dusty mirror). I love this shade of grey and the flat front is a great shape to wear with tucked in blouses/tops.

Here’s a great scarf that’s perfect for spring (I actually have this one). It’s light, yet has a nice warmth to it and would look great with a lightweight jacket. It’s also marked down to a great price!

And finally, this kimono. It’s light-weight but makes such a statement! I’m so predictable when it comes to the colors I wear, but you have to agree on this one, right?! Just beautiful.

Before I left I found the most adorable pins that I grabbed for the girls (but I’m thinking we’ll share!). I can’t find them online yet, but if you head in store be sure to look for them! Cactus, bee’s, sunglasses and initials to name a few! Super cute for warm weather to throw on jackets, bags or backpacks!

Have a great weekend guys!!

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