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Monthly Archives for June 2019

Casual Dressing

With the kids home and summer in full effect, you’ll typically find me in denim shorts and a t-shirt if I’ve had the chance to make it out of my morning workout gear. I can see a post in my future sharing some of those every day go-to’s if you’re interested, but for today, I wanted to share simple pieces that allow you to look a bit more polished. I’ve been adding more casual dresses and skirts to my wardrobe than I’ve typically been drawn to in the past. I’m not sure if the selection has better caught my attention or if I’m just realizing that I can still dress casually while at the same time feeling a little more pulled together. Below is my curated collection of casual skirts and dresses that I envision wearing for everyday with the kids, picnics, amusement parks, church and and other relaxed outings you may have planned this summer. These are the types of skirts you can throw on a white t-shirt with or dresses that you can toss a denim jacket over. A handful of these pieces are already in my wardrobe, so maybe I’ll consider putting together a few outfits later on to give you some #IRL examples. If these ideas are something you’d like to see, let me know! :)

Date Night

Date night is something that Jack and I do our best to prioritize in the midst of our busy lives with three young children. It can be a challenge, but it’s so necessary for us to recharge and have uninterrupted conversation! Once in a while we double date with friends which is all the more fun and just as refreshing.

I wore this look out last week and even though the temperature has warmed up, it’s guaranteed to be chilly in the air conditioned restaurants. This light weight sweater is my first piece of clothing from Stella & Dot (whose jewelry and accessories I love) which I discovered thanks to my girlfriend. I love the slight off-the-shoulder look as well as the asymmetrical hemline. I’ll likely be pairing it with these white cut-off shorts (which have a great fit and run true to size) later on this summer.

Details: Sweater / Denim (updated style) / Sunglasses (similar here and here) / Sandals / Earrings

Baked oatmeal has become a staple in my diet lately. Since I started following the Faster Way to Fat-loss lifestyle (which you can read more about here), I started focusing more on getting healthy, whole foods into my meal planning. Baked oatmeal quickly became one of my favorite ways to break my fasts and after playing around with a few recipes, I settled on this one that I have yet to tire of. The mashed bananas, honey and cinnamon give it great flavor without being overly sweet. I love topping mine with some almond milk, especially when it’s still warm from the oven!

Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal via Live Well Bake Often


2 and 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ripe mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas or 3 medium bananas)
3/4 cup milk* (I use almond milk)
1/4 cup honey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries*


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the mashed banana, milk, honey, egg, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated. Gently fold in the blueberries. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and smooth it out into one even layer.

Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes or until the top is set and lightly golden brown. Mine is usually perfect around 35-36 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Slice and serve warm, or cool completely, cover tightly, and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

Any kind of milk will work in this recipe, I use unsweetened almond milk.If using frozen blueberries, make sure to gently stir them in so they do not bleed their color and turn the oatmeal purple.

Now that we’ve turned the corner and entered June, we all know that Father’s Day is right around the corner! I tried to gather some somewhat authentic ideas and turned to one of the best dads around for recommendations, my husband :) I kept it short and concise, yet we managed to cover everything from cute little gag gifts to practical pieces, as well as a few splurge items. At this point, you’re still safe with shipping, just don’t wait too long to track something down and run into those shipping fees like I’ve been doing!

  1. Allbirds: Jack had been wanting these sneakers for some time now and I finally gifted them to him for his birthday last month. He loves them for their simple and sleek look and raves about their comfort.
  2. AirPods: This is another favorite in Jack’s book. Cordless headphones that stay in your ear, have a great battery life, fantastic sound and work with all apple devices. They’re great if you’re looking to spoil with a splurge gift.
  3. Father’s Day Tickets: These printable tickets are thoughtful and adorable. It’s something you could have your kids put together as well, but at $5 I’d find it worth it to have them looking so well done in a matter of minutes.
  4. Athletic Greens: When it comes to nutritional supplements, Jack has narrowed down his favorite to this one. He loves getting all his vitamins in without taking pills and mixes his with water or in a smoothie. This powder supplement helps with energy, immunity, gut health, hormonal support as well as healthy aging.
  5. Birkenstocks: Perfect for picnicking and trips to the pool. All you have to worry about is picking his favorite color!
  6. T-shirt: We always appreciate a good t-shirt and I’m eyeing this one up. My son would especially get a kick out of it! Here’s another one that I really like just as well.
  7. FitBod: Jack is obsessed with this app. He relies on it to plan his workouts, which it custom develops based on his body and fitness level. This way he can walk into the gym with a little more confidence ;)
  8. Socks: Need a good gag gift? These socks are hysterical and equally adorable once you slap a child’s face on there! What dad wouldn’t reach for these before work each morning?