Monday, August 31, 2015

Roman's Room

This post has been a long time coming. About a month ago, we finally finished Roman's room. Since we didn't know the gender of the baby before he was born, we waited until after to purchase artwork and additional items. I spent quite a bit of time during my pregnancy planning the room. It was really fun coming up with different ideas. It was definitely a team effort, as Dan is more of the decorator than I am. I am so pleased with how it all came together! We will probably continue to add prints and are searching for a lamp too.
My good friend Danielle came over last month and took some pictures of Roman. I had her take a few of his room too.


Over the weekend I found these Eames style children's chairs at Hobby Lobby! I was so excited to find them at such a good price.

Last week Roman started pulling up on his crib. He has started chomping down on it too!

In case you are interested in where we got everything:
Crib- Target
Rocker - West Elm
Pillow - Serena and Lily
Quilt - Handmade gift
Rug - West Elm
Changing Table dresser - gift from friend (we refinished, post here)
Round Mirror - School House Electric
Yellow Poof - CB2
Shelves - Ikea
Felt Ball Garland - Etsy
"R" letter light - Nordstrom
Moose Head - Mod Moose
Space man print - Brave Outpost
Monster skateboard print - Charlie Prints
Triangle wall decals - Urban Decals

Denim Skirts

Denim Skirts

Gap // Paige Denim // Topshop // Rag & Bone 
Madewell // Topshop

Denim skirts are making a comeback. Not exactly your Abercrombie style from years ago. Some of my favorites are above.  I really like the button front ones because I had one very similar in grade school. It was a hand me down from my older cooler cousin. What do you think? Will you dig your old skirt out or purchase a new style?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Favorite Quinoa Recipes

I have been making quinoa for the last several weeks on Sunday and then taking it every day to work for lunch. I love it! It's a great healthy salad that keeps me full. I have tried a few recipes and created one myself. Here are my favorites:

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Recipe and picture from Rock Recipes
Asian Quinoa Salad-find the recipe on This healthy salad is always a hit!
Recipe and picture from Two Peas and their Pod
Recipe and picture from Skinny Mom
Italian Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
small package of salami, quartered
cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 green pepper, chopped
handful of banana peppers, chopped
half red onion, chopped
half package of fresh mozzarella cheese balls
handful of kalamata olives, chopped
fresh basil (chopped)
Italian Dressing
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning
Pinch of pepper
Wisk together.
Bring 1 cup of quinoa and 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil, lower heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes. Fluff with fork. Let cool. Combine with chopped ingredients and dressing. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

This and That

I made this Strawberry Lemon bunt cake a few weeks ago and it was seriously SO delicious! I was pleased with myself for using my bunt pan for the first time and it turned out beautiful. Recipe HERE

Anniversary Flowers from Dan. Every year we use our beautiful Tiffany's champagne glasses we were given as a gift for our wedding and celebrate with a small cake. This year the cake was dark chocolate with salted caramel!
Roman grew out of his chambray romper, so I cut it and made it a shirt. I also used my leftover fabric to make him a pair of seersucker shorts. I wish I would have taken a picture of him in the whole outfit.

Team Tastings at the Friend's Forever Golf Outing. 11 years!

My friend Abby and I at the golf outing.
 A few weeks ago we drove to my hometown to celebrate my best friend, Lauren's son's 1st birthday! It was the first time we were able to get our boys together. It was so fun to see them!

Roman swimming in his baby pool.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jumpsuit Culottes

Culotte Jumpsuit
1. Forever 21. 2. ASOS
3. Forever 21 4. Ted Baker
I've been really attracted to jumpsuit culottes lately. I haven't tried one on, but when I see them I think they are so cute!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Grilled Romaine and Citrus Dressing

Who would have ever thought to grill lettuce?!? Dan's mom has been grilling lettuce for years and I finally asked her more about it. It's so easy! She gave me this awesome citrus salad dressing recipe to go with the grilled romaine. Try it, you will fall in love! It's incredibly simple but refreshing and delicious.

Grilled Romaine and Citrus Dressing
-Cut romaine stalks length wise in half.
-Set grill to medium heat.
-Grill flat side down for 2 minutes and serve with dressing.

Citrus Dressing
zest and juice of a lemon
zest and juice of an orange
1 garlic clove minced
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup olive oil

*I did not have tarragon when I made it and it was still wonderful!