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Our Favorite Taco Bowls

Tacos are a huge hit in our house and I’m guessing the same may be true for yours. For a time, I gave up on the meal because I was so bored with the thought of eating our same old tacos time and again. Yet, my kids continued to beg for them. It was then that I searched and found this recipe on Pinterest that led us back to our regularly scheduled taco dinners! There are a few simple additions to this recipe that make this staple meal 10x’s more exciting and delicious. Simmering the ground turkey in beef broth combined with tomato sauce and then mixing in corn and black beans was all it took.

It takes a bit to simmer down, but I find that by letting it slow simmer for 15-20 minutes, I don’t even need to add the flour that can be used to thicken it up. With all of the typical seasonings added, the flavor goes to a whole new level. I’m not sure I care to eat plain old tacos again!

With that base, we then customize our plates (or bowls) as we all please. I typically serve mine over lettuce, topped with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado and a bit of sour cream. My kids will either eat theirs in a taco or in a bowl served over rice with a topping or two.

What was once boring is now fun and more flavorful than ever making our Taco Tuesday’s a night everyone looks forward to!

Turkey Taco Burrito Bowl via Together as Family:


  • 1.25 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I don’t typically add flour)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) beef broth
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, over medium high heat, cook the ground turkey with the salt & pepper until cooked through and no longer pink, breaking the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Drain.
  2. Add the cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, and flour. Stir the mixture constantly for 1 minute while it cooks. It will be crumbly (that’s ok).
  3. Slowly add the beef broth, a little bit at a time, while whisking to let it thicken up. Add in tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil. Once boiling add the black beans and corn.
  5. Turn heat to medium and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Serve with rice and taco toppings for delicious burrito bowls.

Easter Style: Mommy & Me

I had a follower recently ask if I could tackle some Mommy and Me looks for Easter. I had already planned to tackle some dress options for you and I, but I thought it was a great idea to add some options for those that also have little ladies to coordinate with! I had so much fun mixing and matching these outfits, I could have gone on and on…but hopefully this is a good start to get some ideas flowing for you. I didn’t add anything for the guys this time around, but I figured it would be easy enough to figure out a matching tie or coordinate a plaid button up. And if they’re extra lucky, maybe some pastel socks :)

Women’s dress / Heels / Girl’s dress / Flats / Earrings

Women’s dress / Girl’s dress / Heels / Flats / Earrings

Women’s Dress / Girl’s Dress / Heels / Flats / Earrings

Women’s Dress / Girl’s Dress / Heels / Flats / Earrings

Women’s Dress / Girl’s Dress / Heels / Flats / Earrings

Jumpsuit / Dress / Heels / Flats / Earrings

Wide Leg + Spring Florals

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours was great, but never long enough! With the weather every so slowly warming up it’s fun to start mixing and matching some different pieces. I picked this adorable top up at Target last week without even trying it on. I had Audrey in tow and was in no mood for any type of a try-on, but I knew it would be a keeper. And it was. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear it with my Everlane wide-leg pants, so that’s what I broke out for church yesterday. They make such a perfect pair, don’t they? Oh, and I should also share that if you love the print on this top, then you may also adore the dress that it comes in….how stinkin’ cute?!

Details: Top / Pants / Earrings / Mules (similar) / Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Friday Favorites: Sales

Hello all and happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and productive week. There are so many great sales happening today, so I wanted to share my favorites with you all before it was too late! If there’s anything lacking for spring in your wardrobe, now’s the time to fill in that gap! Tee’s, dresses, skirts, denim and even some swim picks…you should be able to find it all on sale today…

Anthropologie: 20% off Everything

Banana Republic: 50% off tees / pants, 40% off dresses / button down shirts, 30% off denim / sweaters, plus extra 40% off sale

Gap: Up to 50% off Spring Must-haves plus extra 30% off

J.Crew: 30% off full-priced styles, plus extra 10% off with code: NEWNEW

LOFT: 40% off tops / sweaters / dresses, Plus redeem Loft cash

Macy’s: VIP Sale

Madewell: 25% off new season essentials with code: HEYBUDS

Happy first day of spring, everyone! Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful blanket of snow, but come this time of year, I’m ready to move on ;) Today I wanted to share some shoes that I’ve been eyeing. I’m not ready to dive in to all-out sandals, and regardless, the 30-40 degree temperatures aren’t allowing for it either! This is more of what I’m looking to step in to as I slowly put away my boots and turn towards some lighter options. I’ve rounded up close to two dozen of my favorite sneakers, mules, espadrilles, rain boots and booties. Honestly, I could have gone on and on but I didn’t want to overwhelm you! Hopefully this is a good starting point as you begin thinking about your spring wardrobe and contemplate where you may have any voids. Which pair jumps out to you?!

Stepping into Spring

Happy Monday! It’s bound to be a great week as we officially enter spring mid-week! Spring honestly isn’t my favorite season, but I’ll gladly accept it as a stepping stone to summer. As much as I enjoy layering up in the fall, I find myself wanting to lose all the layers come this time of year! However, that’s not typically an option here in the northeast. Thankfully there are cute layers like this sweater blazer to turn to. And even though it’s covered up here, you should check out this blouse as well. It’s perfect for spring/summer, light-weight with a subtle pink and white stripe. It has a great length that would let you wear it almost as a tunic length (especially if you size up), but also allows the ends to be tied at the waist for an easy, adorable look. And these overalls are still going strong for me. Many of you know I’ve had them for years, yet they remain looking brand new. You can find the updated version here, they are well worth the money. Also, I get asked often about my Nickel & Suede earrings and what size I wear. All of mine are a size medium which is the perfect size for me. They are my most worn earrings because they are light-weight and make a statement without being too overwhelming. Plus they come in just about any color you’d need!

Details: Overalls (similar) / Shirt / Blazer / Booties / Earrings / Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Niagara Falls

Last week was Spring Break for our kids and instead of venturing to any warmer weather destinations, we decided to head north to Niagara Falls. It had been well over a decade since my husband or I had been there and our kids had yet to see the falls. It was however because of the frigid weather and amount of walking we knew would be involved that we decided to leave Audrey behind in the care of our parents. Trust me, she had a blast being the only grandchild spoiled with one on one attention ;)

We planned this trip with friends of ours, shared an AirBnB and had the best time laughing and freezing our butts off. Despite the cold, the Falls were absolutely magical and beyond any words that I could dream up. The snow and ice seem to magnify the beauty which was honestly jaw-dropping. I didn’t remember the water being such a stunning shade of turquoise or the magnitude of the falls overall. They have a way of capturing your gaze as you stare in awe.

We were on the Canadian side of the falls and actually stayed 20-25 minutes north along Lake Ontario in St. Catharines. You can find the rental we stayed at here which we couldn’t have enjoyed it more. It was a beautiful home right along the water and I can only image how breathtaking it is during the summer months (that pool!).

We all agreed it was the best choice to stay a bit out of the city and get to see more of the area and enjoy some less touristy places. We had dinner at NOTL (Niagara on the Lake) which is adorable town nearby that was recommended to me by a number or people. The restaurant that we had planned to eat at was closed (timing is tricky in the off-season!) so we ended up running into the closest (and warmest) place we could find which ended up being a wood fire pizza place called Bistro Six One. Not only was the pizza amazing, but the fish tacos were to die for.

This was our view from the house. Once it was dark you could see Toronto across the water. And yes, we had to look that up because we had no idea what direction we were facing!!

We didn’t spend a ton of time in the home, but when we did, it was well enjoyed. There was plenty of room for the kids to run around and enjoy themselves and for the adults to squeeze in a few workouts!

We purchased Wonder Passes for each person ahead of time and we got the most out of our money using them. The kids wore them like a badge of honor and we joked that we were VIP’s being that we were first in all the non-existent lines during the entire trip!

These passes granted us access to Journey Behind the Falls which was a self guided tour behind the falls…

Niagara’s Fury (an interactive experience)…

The Butterfly Conservatory which was WARM and so beautiful…

And the Floral Showcase…likely the kids least favorite part of the trip, lol!

We also had access to ride the WeGo, their bus transportation that took you to/from all of the attractions. We can skip the part where we didn’t realize that the service ended at 5:30pm until it was 5:37pm….whoops!

That’s actually how we ended up in the most touristy area of them all. The kids (and adult!) were lost in a mirror maze for a hilarious amount of time and hot coffee and donuts were enjoyed. Some of us wanted to ride their enclosed ferris wheel, the Sky Wheel, but apparently it was too boring for the kids, lol.

There are obviously many more attractions to take advantage of during the warmer months, like the Maiden of the Mist, riding a zipline etc, but we tackled just as much as we all could handle in the few days we spent there.

One afternoon we grabbed a late lunch at the Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, overlooking the falls. Not only was the food delicious but the views were unbeatable. You can see the Skylon Tower behind the restaurant which we did consider seeing but ultimately ended up skipping.

After we checked out of our Air BnB we took a local recommendation and ate at Rosie’s near our home in St. Catharines where we all had one final breakfast feast.

We are fortunate that the falls are only 4 hours from our home, but they are certainly worth a longer journey if you’re able to make the trip at some point. There’s plenty to do, great food to be eaten and a beauty that’s worth it all.

I know there were a number of you already in the process of planning a trip there, so if there are any other questions that I may be able to answer for you, just let me know!

Hey guys! It’s quite a hectic week around here. Mostly good (get togethers, dinner with long-distance friends, projects in the works, volunteer time) mixed with the unexpected (a broken arm and cast for my eldest paired with a fever which will lead to who knows what). Life is a constant roller coaster isn’t it? My goal being to remain in the seat, buckled in, with an array of expressions on my face ;)

This past Monday on Instagram, I shared four ways to style my new Everlane wide-leg cropped pants. I know they can seem like an intimidating piece or maybe one that you think would only get worn occasionally, but I’m here to say that those are surely misconceptions. I could have gone on and on with various ways to style them, but today we’ll start with four.

Let me first say a few things about these pants, the first being that they come in a range of colors to choose from. I had a hard time narrowing down which color to start with, but I’m so happy I went with Ochre (which I’d call camel). I didn’t own any bottoms in this color so it was a perfect void to fill. They are high-waisted, made of cotton with the perfect amount of stretch (3% elastane). The pockets are very flattering paired with the high-waist and the wide leg. You really need to see them on to understand! I’ve paired them below with everything from an everyday tee and sneaks to a business causal look with a tucked in blouse. I tried to cover a range of looks/styles in an effort to show you their versatility, so hopefully they will serve as some inspiration for you.

Here’s an everyday look for me. I love this soft color combo and adore the casual chic look that comes off by pairing my Converse with the outfit. (t-shirt / cardigan).

I’ve already shared this leopard top on here, and I’ll say again, I think you all need it in your closet! It’s basically a thin sweatshirt that will add interest to any outfit. And remember, leopard makes the best neutral. With the high-waisted bottoms I paired my slightly cropped denim jacket with them. If you’ve followed for a while, you know I’ve had this one for years and can’t recommend it enough. It’s more of a splurge item, but totally worth it for the quality and the amount of years you’ll get use out of it!

This look is great for heading out to meetings or for a business casual office look. This button up is a warm weather staple at a steal of a price and this sweater blazer is such a great spring layer!

There are a whole range of blouses you could pair with these pants, but tucking them in will be key to pulling the look together. You’ve also seen me style this top before here (it came from the Ralph Lauren outlet if you’re lucky enough to live near one), but here’s another one that’s similar.

If you’d like to see me discuss each outfit a bit more, I’ve saved my try-on to my highlights over on Instagram and I promise this won’t be the last time you see these pants! If you have any questions about anything here, feel free to ask!

Springing Ahead

Happy Monday! It’s a little difficult coming off of a week of Spring Break (for the kids….it was ‘game on’ for the parents!), as well as the time change and springing forward. It was pitch black when we woke up to get the kids off to school today! But it’s also nice to get back into the swing of things. There’s a major renovation project I’ve been a part of that will be wrapping up within the next two weeks and I can’t wait to share more of it with you! For those that follow along on Instagram (stories), you’ll likely get some glimpses :)

I received these Everlane pants last week (along with two other pairs) and I adore them all! These are their straight leg crop pants in surplus. Not only are they comfortable, cute and come in a bunch of colors, but they are also ethically made and priced exceptionally for their quality. I can see many more Everlane pieces in my future.

I’m also loving all of the cropped cardigans that are popping up. They make for such a great spring layer and I particularly love this one in peachy/pink.

Details: Cardigan / Pants / T-shirt (similar) / Booties / Earrings

Target Try-On

Hey guys! Today I’ve got a little Target try-on session to share with you. I honestly wasn’t even venturing into the store with this purpose, but it organically happened and sometimes those end up being the best try-on sessions anyway! I was curious to try on some pieces from their new pj line as well as a few other things and decided I’d give some swimsuits a go despite being in desperate need of some vitamin D! Let’s dive into what I found…

These bottoms fall into the ultra-cozy category. They’re awesome and come in a few colors. I’m wearing an XS here and a S in the top.

They also had this adorable robe with a ruffled sleeve. Perfect for wearing over your pj’s or any cozy outfit around the home.

They also had this cute night gown. I adore the pink/white combo and how soft and comfortable it was. I’m wearing a S here but I did have plenty of room and could have also sized down to an XS.

I’m always cold in the winter, so it was nice that they had an option to pair some pants with it. They are very soft, but also very lightweight.

This was the only dress I took in with me and it was a beauty! I love the unexpected combination of colors and the tie sleeves. This would make a great Easter or shower dress.

I loved this light-weight sweatshirt. It had a boatneck and buttons on the shoulders which dressed it up just enough to allow you to wear this with almost any pair of pants (sweats included!). I’m wearing the S.

This top was a clear winner before I even tried it on. I was in need of a white button up for the warmer months and this fit the bill perfectly, especially coming in under $20.

Here’s another shot to give you an idea on the length. It looks just as cute untucked. I’m wearing a S.

I couldn’t pass up this adorable cardigan. I’ve been seeing a bunch of cropped/fitted cardigans coming out this spring and I adore the look. They obviously pair well with high-waisted pants/jeans/skirts. I didn’t have the right shirt to layer under it, but I actually liked the look of it buttoned up too.

Ok, let’s talk swim. I’m typically a one piece kind of gal. After three baby’s my belly isn’t as flattering as it once was but I also actually love the look and fit of one-pieces on me anyway. Additionally, they are less worrisome as I chase my little ones around! I’m wearing a S in all of the following and would say they all run true to size.

I really liked this suit. I think the colors and classic fit are what I was most drawn to. I could have used a bit more length in the torso, but overall it was a pretty good fit.

This style isn’t one I’m typically drawn to, but I loved the color and the thicker material. I was pleasantly surprised with the fit and how everything was held in place and lifted where lifting is needed!

This was another one where I was initially drawn to the print/colors. The fit was also great and it had good coverage while also keeping everything in place.

This was the last suit I tried on and probably my least favorite. Although I love the style and the pattern, it just felt a little off on my body. The cups didn’t quite fit right and in person I felt like the extra material around the midsection was unnecessary. A bunch of followers commented on Instagram that this was their favorite out of all that I tried on though, so it’s worth checking out at least. Every body shape is different and it’ll likely fit you different than it will I.