Friday, May 30, 2014

Recipe: The Perfect Steak Sandwich

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The hubby was at it again and this time he was on the hunt for the perfect steak sandwich. 
He found an amazing one on Smitten Foodie and we mixed it up a bit to fit our tastes and dietary needs. 

Here is what you need: 
1 8oz sirloin steak
arugula, spinach or lettuce
2 crusty hoagie rolls
 
for the sauce
4 tbls greek yogurt
1 tsp whorchestershire sauce
1 garlic clove-minced
1 tsp parsley
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (we subbed this one out for goat cheese!) 
pinch of black pepper
makes 2 sandwiches
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Directions: 
Mix everything together in a bowl for the sauce and set aside.
Grill you steak in a pan or on the grill. Slice in strips.
Put meat, sauce, and arugula all on your bread of choice.
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Here is the finished product:
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This sandwich was out of control good! We don't eat gluten super often, but it was just for the adults so Ryan went for it. We also used goat cheese instead of blue cheese and it was a delicious change up for sure.

How do you make steak sandwiches? Would you try this recipe?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Outfit: Ready For the Weekend

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Last Friday I had two things to do. Attend my son's kindergarten recital (he's such a great singer!) and head up north to our family lake house for Memorial Day weekend.

I love a great print short and decided to keep it casual but chic by adding an oversized crop top and denim jacket. The look was easy and took me from day to night without having to change a thing.
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Top: Zara // Shorts: Loft // Shoes: Shoedazzle // Bag: Just Fab // Jacket: Pepe Jeans // Necklace & Ring: EG Jewelry // Watch: Fossil // Rose Gold Ring: T+J Designs 

The look obviously would not be complete with out a great bag and pair of shoes. I got both last year and and they will be seen a lot again this year. Hey, I love me a great brown in any accessory!

What did you do for Memorial Day weekend?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Outfit: Copy Cat

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I attended a blogger brunch back in April and our host, Mary was wearing this knit tank. 
My obvious first reaction was to tell her as soon as she is ready to sell it in her Because I Shop Too Much closet it's all mine. After learning she had just purchased it herself, the next step was to get my own. ;)

I decided to pair my orange knit with high waisted denim, a color block clutch, and black and gold accessories. 
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Top: Zara // Jeans: Mother Denim via Hautelook // Heels: c/o Just Fab // Bag: Threadsence (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Watch & Bow Bracelet: T+J Designs // Cuff: c/o Sole Society // Rings: T+J Designs 

What do you think of this outfit? Do you ever see an item on a friend and then go buy it ASAP? 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Product Review: Click-eez

I was recently asked to review a new must-have accessory for young fashionistas called Click-eez.
"Click-eez is the fun new toy meets fashion accessory, which gives young fashionistas the chance to let their style shine. These stackable, clickable, tradable bracelets are the creative collaboration of License 2 Play, Inc., a manufacturer of licensed novelty and plush items, and the Lernell Co. LLC, a toy developer best known for top selling dolls in the interactive category and licensing deals with Fisher Price and Hasbro.
These interlocking fashion statements are available in stretchable colorful beads where the clickable portion is a colorful, glammed-up Lucite-like bar that spans the width of the wrist. Click-eez is currently available in 10 various collections of charms to offer something for everyone!"  
Here is the set we were sent:
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They come in sets of five but you can wear as many or as few as you'd like at a time. My daughter is OBSESSED! She mixes them up and has worn them daily since we got them.
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Dress & Leggings: Target // Bracelet Set: c/o Click-eez 

The retail price for Click-eez (5 pack) is $9.99. They will be available online and on store shelves across the country beginning in summer 2014.

What do you think of Click-eez? Do you know a little lady that would love to own these?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Winner Announced: Simple Skincare Products

Last week I did a product review and hosted a giveaway for Simple Skincare.
 
I am happy to announce the winner is: #5 Lara P.
 
I will be emailing you with shipping info in the next 48 hours.
 A big thank you to Simple Skincare for hosting this giveaway and to all who entered!
 
I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day! xo
 


Friday, May 23, 2014

Outfit: I'll Always Be a "Jeans & a Tee" Kind of Girl!

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Since I do not have a typical 9-5 job I can wear what I want and I know that is a privilege. 

However, there are still days that super casual wear is key. For example, this day I was hosting my son's second b-day party where his entire kindergarten class was invited to an indoor play area. Since I'd undoubtedly have to crawl in and help kids out at some point, this easy look was perfect! 

I love my Silver Suki jeans! They really are the perfect wash for spring/summer. I paired my light denim with a tee, sandal, simple jewelry, and a top knot. 
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Top: Gap // Jeans: c/o Silver Jeans // Sandals: Loft // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Sunnies: Prada // Watch: Fossil // Initial Necklace: House of Gemmes 

This outfit was perfect for the birthday party! I did end up climbing in and out of the play area a few times and I also had to sit on a floor to help my son open gifts. Sometimes moms just need to wear the basics, but the basics can still be cute. ;)

What do you think of this outfit? Are you a jeans and tee kind of girl (or boy)?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Outfit: Dinner Date with My Family

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The day I got my stitches out I also got the second round of biopsy results.  Although they did find more cancer in my body, the surgery fully removed all the bad cells. If that's not a reason to go out to dinner with your family and celebrate, I don't know what is.

I loaded up the kids and met my hubby after work at a local restaurant. This outfit was perfect for hiding all my bandages and the high waisted denim was comfortable to boot!
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Tank: Swap w/ Kaitlyn // Jacket & Boots: c/o Just Fab // Jeans: Express // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Rings: T+J Designs // Gold Hammered Necklace: c/o Sole Society 

I love a great animal print top. I was super excited when I found this one in my swap bag from Kaitlyn.
Noting compliments an oversized tank like a great pair of skinny jeans, period. I finished the look off with gold accessories and nude shoes and bag.

I enjoyed a glass of champagne and some super yummy lobster risotto. We all ordered our own desserts (which we never do) and my kids were so excited to try banana splits. It was truly a happy night and I am so blessed to have such a great family.

How do you style your oversized tanks? What do you think of this outfit pairing?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Moles, Check Them! (Update)

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Two weeks ago I shared part one of my "Moles, Check Them!" story. For those of you who did not read my previous post, here's the recap.
I (luckily) had seven moles removed and the results came back that I needed to have 2 surgically cleaned out because cancer and pre cancer cells were found. I also needed to have 3 more moles on my front surgically removed because of their size and location.

I went in for my 2 hour procedure thinking it would be an easy recovery. I was so not right!
I ended up having 42 internal stitches and then each area was stitched shut (I had the exterior stitches removed on day eight).

The first three days I was in bed. I was unable to lay on my stomach or back so I really didn't sleep for a few days. By day 6 I was able to move around and even drive a car again by day 8!

Here are some photos and the results from the next round of biopsies:
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As you can see, my eye lid one has heeled amazingly! The above photo was taken day 12 and I can't believe how great it already looks. 

I am well on my way to recovery! I have my next round/check up in four months. At that time we check the nine we took photos of 2 months ago, and if any of them have changed we biopsy those and go from there. 

That's what happens when you wait 35 years to have your moles checked. So everyone use me as a cautionary tale and CHECK YOUR MOLES! 

Do you go in for regular skin check-ups? Have you have had any moles removed?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Outfit: Purple Hair, Don't Care

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I am finally wearing pants again! Well, elastic waist ones anyway. ;)
I went to get my stitches out this day and a few other errands. I decided to pair these fun print pants with a graphic tank, crop boot, drape font jacket, and purple hair. Yes, I said purple hair!

Hair chalk is super fun way to get some color in your hair for the day. It washes right out so you don't have to commit to the color for more then a day! LOVE!
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Tank: H&M (swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Jacket & Bag: c/o Just Fab // Pants: Victoria's Secret // Boots: c/o Sole Society // Large Ring: Elephant Gypsy // Necklace: House of Gemmes // Hair Chalk: Amazon (similar

I have six hair chalk colors so don't be surprised if you see me with green hair one day (seriously)!

What do you think of this look? Have you tried hair chalk yet?