Monday, March 27, 2017

Cooking with Baby & Blue Apron

Good Monday morning friends!  I hope you had a great weekend and are starting the week feeling refreshed and ready to go.  Our weekend was packed with baseball and parties and even a couples' date night, which is always a good thing.

Today, I have another food post for you and this one is even better because I've got Jordan cooking in the kitchen with me with one of our Blue Apron meals.  She's been a great eater since Day 1 and it's crazy to look back and see how quickly she's transitioned from homemade baby food and purees to mostly eating what we eat, just in smaller bite sizes and portions.  She happily gobbles up everything we've given her and now is doing so well trying to use her fork.  It is one of my very favorite things to watch- her little hands and mouth at work during meal times!

If you're not familiar with it, Blue Apron it's a service that delivers fresh ingredients for meals that you make at home.  They include just enough of what you need to make the three recipes they give you. The food is delivered in a refrigerated box so that the ingredients stay fresh, even if you’re not at home when your package arrives.  I've always gotten quality ingredients and you can check out the Blue Apron mission page regarding their efforts at sustainability.

Cold Shoulder Top

They have a two-person or family plan and I always get the two-person since James is just now starting to branch out trying new foods.  I like the selection of meals we get with Blue Apron, and this Sicilian Cauliflower Pizza is probably something I would have never made on my own, without the fresh ingredients and recipe delivered by them.  The food comes to your doorstep with ice bags that keep things fresh and cool.  My favorite part about Blue Apron is the time it saves in grocery shopping! 

Jordan always loves to be in the kitchen with me while I cook, so I figured I could get her in on the action with me and start introducing her to cooking now. 

The mozzerella cheese that came with the pizza was so fresh and tasty, we couldn't help but nibble on a piece during the process. 

The pizza was super easy to make and when it was time to chop the veggies, I had my mom take Jordan for a minute.

The pizza was surprisingly simple to make.  You just cook the cauliflower in a saucepan with garlic, tomato paste, capers, oregano, and red pepper flakes (which I omitted since Jordan would be sharing).

You add water and salt and pepper and cook for about 15-17 minutes until the sauce thickens. 

While the cauliflower cooked, we had fun rolling out the dough together.  Jordan loved this part and I always love to watch her delight in new things. 

I couldn't resist trying my hand at flipping the pizza dough up into the air, but it's not as easy as it looks! 

Actually, I don't recommend doing that because it made the dough harder to roll back out after I started playing with it. 

Once the pizza was in the often, just time to wait . . . 

See, I told you it was simple!  Every recipe I've tried from Blue Apron has always been delicious and this pizza was no exception. 

Even Jordan liked it! 

When you go to schedule your Blue Apron order, you can choose 3 out of 6 options for that week.  I appreciate that so you can still pick the meals that are most appealing to you.  But I really think you can’t go wrong, everything is so good!  Go here, to see their recipes.

blue apron discount offer

As far as pricing, I feel like it's decent at $60 a week for 3 meals or about $10 per serving.  We'd spend that much or more on takeout and at the grocery store, but are saving time/energy on the meal planning, grocery shopping and preparation.  I like that you can skip or cancel the service anytime too.

If you want to give Blue Apron a try, they are offering the first 25 readers 3 FREE meals on their first Blue Apron order.  Go here to get started!

Have you already tried Blue Apron?  What did you think?


keep in touch! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

In the Dressing Room

Yay for Friday and it's a fun one for us today because James is off school, so we get to go on our first trip to the pool!! Last year when we went, Jordan was just a few months old, but now that she's 13 months! and walking and loves to splash around, it will be even better.  I'll share on Stories if you want to come say hi! 

In today's Dressing Room post, I'm rounding up all the shorts I've tried on in my hunt for the perfect jean shorts and the good news is I found them! I'm also sharing some great new white jeans with just the right amount of distressing, a fantastic skinny dark wash crop jean (that's actually a crop instead of going down to my ankle), a 'date night' black skinny jean, and finally super cute dresses for Spring! Let's go!

Oh, but keep in mind for size reference that I'm super petite- 5'1, 105 pounds. I put size info in purple italics for you.  If you're petite too, check out this post.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Short Girl's Guide to Wearing Long Dresses

Being 5 foot and 3/4 inches, can we just agree to call it 5'1?, and ultra petite, I used to think that long dresses were made only for taller girls and that I wouldn't be able to pull them off.  But, over the years, I've learned to accept my smaller stature and play up my shape by dressing in ways that are the most flattering on a petite frame.  I've heard from many of you lately who are also short (hey, there's a lot of us!) and can relate to the dressing dilemmas - pants and jeans off the rack a mile too long, waists that bag open in the back, and tops that might as well be worn as dresses.

But, there's hope for us and today, espeically since wedding season and Spring are upon us, I'm showing you how to rock those gorgeous long Spring dresses like nobody's business! This post is geared toward my fellow shorties, but my taller friends might also find it beneficial. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Guide to Spring Break in Galveston

We are back from our Spring Break and back to real life with school, sports and schedules.  But that's okay, a little break away always rejuvenates and energizes and now I'm feeling particularly ready for all the Spring goodness! 

For our Spring Break, we went to Galveston (a nearby beach town) and Waco (hello Fixer Upper!) and today I'm sharing scenes from our Galveston trip, along with where we stayed, good things to eat, and lots of fun things to do if you decide to vacation there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Outfits Lately - Inspiration for Your Everyday Wardrobe

Yay for Friday and our quick trip to Magnolia Market in Waco!  I've wanted to go check it out for soooo long and since we're only about 3 hours away, it's about time we went! We'll be celebrating "Spring at the Silos", along with 10,000 of our best friends, I'm sure!  I'm a little nervous about how much we'll get to enjoy with all the crowds and Jordan in tow, but I bet everyone else feels the same way! We'll all just be happy to be there finally!  I'll be sure to keep you posted on my Stories and share a recap when we get back. 

And today is Outfits Lately, a big 'ole round up of what I've been wearing lately.  If you want more everyday outfit inspiration, I post my daily outfits on Instagram, which is what I'm rounding up for you here today.  These aren't professionally styled photos, just selfies 🙈 sharing my attempts to get out of jean shorts (it happens sometimes!) and get creative with the things in my closet.  

You can always shop my instagrams without LikeToKnowIt by clicking the picture on my blog right sidebar or the SHOP tab at the top of my blog under INSTAGRAM

Looking back, February and March have been big months with Jordan's first birthday, my birthday, Valentine's Day, James' birthday, a bachelorette party, wedding, and Spring Break!  I need to go lie down for a month! 

Ripped Jeans (24) | Top XS | Sneakers | Crossbody Bag & Here on sale| Watch on sale | Similar Wrap Bracelet | Similar Initial Necklace 
Do ripped jeans and black sneaks say, "Monster Jam"?! 🚚🚛🚍  Here we come! 👪 🙉  We took James to see all those monster trucks in action and he was in hog heaven.  I will say it was a fun time, just be sure to bring your earplugs.  This ripped jeans are a new fave, but I had to size down one size lower than my regular size.  The v-neck tee is an easy everyday fave that looks super cute with a little front tuck.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

How to Self Test for Diastasis Recti & Exercises to Repair DR

Hi friends!  How's your week going?  We got home yesterday from our quickie trip to the beach for Spring Break and it was a really good time.  James had friends there and swam all day in the pool and Jordan absolutely loved her first time at the beach.  She happily played with her bucket and shovel in the sand for hours!  It always reminds me that it's really the simple things in life that are often the best!

You can see a few pics already here and I'll be sure to share a detailed recap next week.  We are tired though!  Jordan didn't sleep well either night we were away, so we needed to get back home and to our own beds so we could all get a good night's rest!  

Today, I'm sharing a follow-up to the Body After Baby- 1 Year Later post, specifically dealing with diastasis recti (ab separation).  I have diastasis recti ("DR") and have heard from so many of you that have it too.  Some of you have been living with it for a long time and didn't even know it!  

DR is very common during pregnancy and postpartum where the right and left side of your abdominal muscles spread apart at the mid-line fascia.  If you got that dark line going down your belly during your pregnancy (I did), that's the linea alba, and that's where our abs separate.  DR isn't caused by pregnancy, but rather the abdominal pressure that often accompanies pregnancy. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Family Packing Guide for Spring Break

We made it through wedding weekend and my baby brother is successfully hitched! He and his beautiful bride are off on their honeymoon and we are getting ready for our Spring Break, which officially starts today!  Sweet James was the ring bearer in the wedding and he took his role so seriously!  I was so happy to get a chance to get some super cute pics before the ceremony started with everyone all spiffied up before Jordan had a meltdown and James was a sweaty dance floor mess!

James wore the grey rental tux to match the groomsmen and cutie pie Jordan was lucky to be gifted this gorgeous gold dress from our friends.  We couldn't be prouder of both of them! They are just too cute together!  I'm often amazed at how good James is with her, given he's just 7 years old and was an only child for a long time.  He seems to intuitively know how to be kind to her and gives her lots of grace when he could be getting annoyed.

Everyone usually says Jordan looks just like James or they both look like Daddy.  I don't mind because he's a cutie! It's hard to believe Jordan is already 1!  She is so on the go and practically running now, so it's really hard to get her picture. 

Okay, so onto Spring Break!!⛱ I must admit that over the weekend while I've been alternating between doing loads of laundry, packing, getting a car wash, running to the grocery store for snacks, returning the tux, cleaning up and doing more laundry and packing, I'm thinking . . .  dang, it sure is a lot of work to go out of town to the beach for 3 days!  Are we sure we don't want to just stay home?! ;)

We'll come back midweek for a day, and then go to Waco to visit Chip & Jo.  I kid! I have no idea if they'll be there, but Magnolia Market, here we come!

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