Baby Love

So, if you have any small children in your house you know what I'm talking about when I say that, it seems both of my little munchkins woke up last week and suddenly none of their clothes or shoes fit.  It was like waking up in a scene in the movie, BIG.  This is aggravating but can also be a lot of fun, simply because it involves shopping.  And I am not known to turn down an opportunity to shop.  Kids clothes are so fun!  If they made toddler clothes in my size we would really be in trouble!  Here are a few fun little items I've come across:

1 // Saucony Baby Jazz HL $34   2 // Bando Flash Bobbi Set $10   
3 // Iris & Ivy Shift Dress & Jacket $44   4 // Dwell Studio Fox with Hat $40
5 // Zara Kids Camouflage Jacket $45.90 (This would be so cute with some skinny jeans and ballet flats)  6 // Baby Banana Bendable Training Toothbrush $8.49
7 // Ruffle Monogrammed White Seersucker Bubble Romper $38

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Ina Garten

So you may or may not have heard of this wonderful lady, Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) on a little network called the Food Network.  All of her recipes and advice are wonderful.  I am new to the Ina love affair (I am ashamed to say).  I don't know what happened, if something changed in her or I, but I can't seem to get enough of her all of a sudden.  All of her dishes are so classic and simple.  And I don't think it'll be much longer before the Mr. starts singing her praise as well.  He mentioned last night all we seem to eat is Mexican food.  And it's true, I could easily live on Mexican food, with an occasional sushi trip, for the rest of my life and never think twice about it.  Anyways, back to Ina.  If you haven't checked her out, well, what is wrong with you?!

Nick & Toni's Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola


1/4 cup good olive oil
2 1/2 cups chopped Spanish onion (1 large)
1 tablespoons minced garlic (3 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1 cup vodka
2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained*
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound penne pasta
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves, plus extra for serving
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat the oil in a large (12-inch) oven-proof sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the red pepper and dried oregano and cook for 1 more minute. Add the vodka and continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture is reduced by half.
When the onions are ready, crush each tomato with your hands into the pan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and the pasta and cook for 11 minutes, or according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
Carefully pour the cooked tomato mixture in a blender in small batches and puree until smooth. Return the tomato mixture to the pan (be careful - the handle is hot!). Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons of the fresh oregano, and the cream and simmer partially covered for 10 minutes. Add the pasta to the sauce and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and serve hot sprinkled with extra Parmesan and chopped fresh oregano.

*I had read reviews that it was much easier if you substituted the 28 oz. cans of whole tomatoes for crushed tomatoes.  So I used crushed tomatoes and skipped the blender step.  It still turned out amazing in my opinion.  And as with most sauces, it was better the next day.  So good, go make it! (Sorry I'm being so bossy today!...Okay, maybe I'm not.)

Oh, and make these Ina blueberry muffins too!

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The Goods

...because yes, I am that selfish.

1 // Bumble and Bumble Semisumo I have heard nothing but good things about this.
2 // J Crew Gwendolyn Wedges Saw these in the magazine and they look so great on!

Have a great weekend!



via Pinterest
It has been a very long time since my last entry.  And of course, so much has changed since I last wrote.  The Mr. has been promoted and this month, has been promoted again.  I couldn't be prouder of him.  He is my daily reminder that hard work really does pay off.  My babies continue to get bigger every day and I have a feeling they will both be in college before I've realized what has hit me.

Maybe it's the fact that I am approaching 30 or the beginning of the new year and all of its resolutions.  Maybe both.  But God has really been working on me and in me for the last several months and I really feel like I'm changing.  I have always had big expectations out of my life and more than ever I've realized that tomorrow isn't promised.  I am by no means old, but I'm not getting any younger.  I guess you could say I have a case of the carpe diem's (Eww, that sounds like "a case of the Monday's."  Please forgive me).  It might also have something to do with the fact that having small children can make you miss your independence and make you think about opportunities you may not have taken advantage of pre-baby.  I hope that isn't misinterpreted.  I wouldn't change a thing and as crazy as they may make me sometimes my little family is my most precious thing on this earth.  

In an attempt to seize the day I am starting my own business.  I've always wanted to run my own business and what better time than now.  I am starting small.  I want to start a business without debt and I want to make sure I do it the right way.  I am excited to see where it goes.

Finally, another thing that God has really been showing me is how to love.  To love others but also to love myself (so cheesy).  Nothing like throwing it all out there in the first post!  I am one of those people that deals with really low self esteem.  And I don't believe it's the way God intended us to live.  It has made me shy all of my life, and the older I get the more it seems to make me socially awkward.  Something I hate terribly and always have.  To top it off I am the queen of overthinking.  I overthink overthinking.  I am filled with doubt most of the time and am tired of standing in my own way.  "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"  I keep seeing this quote all over the internet and it has been running through my mind whenever I start to doubt myself.  So, in 2013 my goal is to throw myself out there.  If I fail, so what?  At least I'll know I tried.  So regardless of the fact that I am not the best writer, I do not understand photoshop, at all, and I am no professional photographer I am diving into blogging for round two.  Wish me luck.