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Baked Spaghetti

Another Daddy-o recipe to the rescue!

Quick and easy to!

Ingredients-
Ground beef
Pasta ( I used angel hair)
Cheese of your choice for the top ( I used provolone)
Parmesan cheese
Pasta sauce ( I used Nuemanns marinara)
Salt
Pepper
Oregano
Garlic powder

Cook your noodles. While waiting for the noodles, brown your ground beef and drain.
Return the ground beef to your pan and keep it on low to keep warm. Add a little bit of your pasta sauce and your spices.
You can preheat your overall to 400 degrees at this time too.

Once your pasta is done return pasta to original pan and add in your ground beef and add a little bit more pasta sauce and some Parmesan cheese.

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Take a baking pan. I just used a regular sized rectangular pan. Spread pasta sauce on the bottom to keep the pasta from sticking. Add your pasta and ground beef mixture to the pan and cover the top with your cheese.

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Put in preheated oven for about 15 minutes uncovered. Cheese sound be golden brown after 15 minutes. 

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Enjoy!!

C

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Organized Stay At Home Mom.

Before Little Miss, I was one of those people who carried a huge planner with her. Between two jobs, school and keeping track of bills I had to have a system to remember everything that had to be done. Now that I’m home everyday, a planner isn’t really as functional as it used to be. Throw in “mommy brain” I’d never remember anything if it wasn’t for my new system of remembering things.

I bought a chalkboard calendar from Hobby Lobby, along with some chalkboard markers a few months ago and it’s not only effective but it’s so much fun to fill out and draw on! I color coordinate everything. Bills, birthdays, doctors appointments and family activities.

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We used to have a dry erase calendar but I’ve learned that the dry erase ink tends to set and it doesn’t come off. And what’s great is that we can fill this in as we make plans.

Another way to keep me on top of things is a mini dry erase board I bought from Target. I use this as our grocery list. It’s super convenient being in the kitchen so as we run low on anything we can just write it down and not forget when we go to the store.

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With how much A works to allow me to stay home with Little Miss,  the last thing he needs to do is have to keep track of what bills are due when, so even though I have an obsession with planners and calendars this is just my way of helping him out.

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Mom Tales

Shop Local, Shop We Are Careless.

I’m a huge supporter of local businesses.  In fact,  alot of my friends have local businesses in the form of online shops and Etsy shops. From hairbows, home decor and even all of the tutu outfits Little Miss has came from a good friend who has a clothing line and a new Etsy shop.

Today I’m focusing on the new clothing line based out of Villa Park, IL. We Are Careless. What I love about this line and shop is that it’s attached and located right next door to Hairborn Fashions,  where I get my hair done. I’ve always gotten my hair done by Zach, but Dave who started this line is just as awesome of a guy. The We Are Careless line has everything from t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, tank tops, hats and even skateboard decks.

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I purchased this baseball shirt last month when I went in for my hair appointment.  Seriously, what’s been than getting your hair done and shopping at the same time? ( you don’t have to have a hair appointment to shop FYI). I definitely cannot wait to stop back in and pick up a new hoodie for the fall season!

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You can check out more from We Are Careless on Instagram- @wearecareless and on their website- wearecareless.com

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Daddy-o’s Lemon Chicken.

For as long as I can remember,  my dad’s lemon chicken has been my favorite dinner. I have it every year for my birthday and atleast two plates when he calls me to come over for dinner. Yesterday was the first time I made it by myself and I was pretty impressed with it, not as good as my dad’s but nothing will ever be as good as his food.

Here’s what you need:
Boneless chicken breasts.
1/4 cup lemon juice.
1 cup chicken stock
Flour
Salt
Pepper
Oregano
Butter

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I cut my chicken in halves because they were thicker. Put a teaspoon of butter in a big frying pan and put on low heat.
While the butter is heating up take your chicken and cover in flour.

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Once your pan is heated and the butter 8 melted, place your chicken in the pan and fry until each side is golden brown.

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Once both sides are golden brown, pour your chicken stock and lemon juice in pan. You want this broth mixture to thicken up, if it doesn’t just add a little bit of butter and flour to pan. Use salt, pepper and Oregano for flavor.

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Once your broth thickens, lower your heat and simmer for about 8 minutes and cut into the thickest part of your chicken to check that it’s cooked all the way.

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Enjoy!

C

Mom Tales

Mom Rant.

As a new parent, and even human for that matter, we all have our moments where we just need to vent. Since becoming a mom, I find myself not venting as much as I used to because most things I would vent about were irrelevant and I’m to busy having fun with Little Miss to even pay attention. 
Until today. Before Little Miss was born we were recommended a family practice doctor for her since neither A or myself knew any pediatricians. She was wonderful when we met her while I was 8 months pregnant.  The office was clean and even decorated with lots of decor from Hobby Lobby, so it was a win for me. Plus she was 5 minutes from our house. Little Miss saw her doctor every week the first month. The only downfall to this office was they didn’t offer the vaccinations for our daughter because of her insurance. We were instead able to take her to a local clinic for her two month shots.Then we got a call saying she was no longer with the practice, to find out that she left to open up her own practice and that she was planning this for a while. My first thought was “well why did she allow us to see her in the first place if she was just going to leave?”

Not a big deal, they had a second doctor who would be able to see her plus took her insurance.  A and I both liked her and were ok with having our daughter see her. So let’s fast forward to this morning at 10:30 when the office called us to inform us the new doctor our daughter was going to be seeing has now already moved to Florida. My first thoughts ” ok well why is this now being brought to our attention an hour before our scheduled appointment. ”

Enter in a crying mama who just wants her daughter to be seen by a doctor. That’s all I wanted. She’s not sick or needs immediate attention,  just a check up. Within an hour I was able to find a new office who took her insurance and was even able to fit us in that same day.

Little Miss has a wonderful new doctor,  whose new to the practice so fingers crossed he doesn’t leave anytime soon. And the best part was they were able to give her the 4 month shots she was scheduled to have next week, in the office today. And like a champ, she didn’t cry for them. Mom of course stepped out of the room just incase. Dad stayed in to make sure she was a tough cookie.

Like I said, I don’t rant or vent about alot because most of the time it’s irrelevant.  But when it comes between my daughter and her health, this mama bear is going to make sure things happen, the correct way, and on time.

Rant over.

C

Family Tales · Mom Tales

Another Trip to the Zoo.

Little Miss and I spent the day at the zoo today with her fairy godmother. And what did I learn? Always pack the diaper bag with more than you’ll probably need!

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When we left this morning it was cloudy and a bit chilly. So naturally I had Little Miss in pants and a shirt. Our drive to the zoo was even more gloomy than when we left and even rained. By the time we all arrived it was clear skies and sunshine, of course. So naturally I didn’t have extra clothes or sunblock so our first stop at the zoo was for sunblock and a lighter outfit.

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Even with the little bump in our day, it was still great to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Little Miss may not realize it yet but she’ll have all the photos and stories. And it’s just another day of memories to have with her.

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Lately I’ve been wanting to go back to work, but I really couldn’t imagine missing out on spending my time with her everyday.

C

Family Tales · Mom Tales

DIY Halloween Tote Bag.

If you know me personally, you know how much I LOVE Fall and Halloween. If you don’t know me personally, now you know what my favorite time of the year is.

When I was younger my aunt made me the COOLEST candy bag that I used every year to collect my trick-or-treating candy. Unfortunately, between moving so much and our basement flooding one year I have no idea what happened to that bag. I decided to make Little Miss her own Halloween tote bag so she can have something extra to look forward to each year as I did.

It’s super simple to make too! Again, I’m no artist so forgive my funny looking ghosts and pumpkins. All you need is a tote bag, fabric paint and a colored pencil. I purchased a tote bag and fabric paint from Hobby Lobby and used my own colored pencil I already had.

Lay your bag on a hard flat surface and use the color pencil to sketch out your design. Once you have your design just go over the pencil marks with your fabric paint and let it dry for 24 hours!

Super simple and quick project! I did mine during two episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

2015-08-22 11.18.232015-08-22 11.18.51The section that is blacked out is Little Miss’ name, as we decided as a safety precaution to not post her name anywhere.

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Family Tales · Mom Tales

Family Fall Fun List.

If there is ever a time of the year that I just get way to excited, it’s from September through December. But mostly October. I love Fall. I love every single thing about it. I gladly accept myself as being that “basic white girl”. Sweaters, pumpkin everything, Ugg Boots, Hocus Pocus, EVERYTHING.

Last year, I was in my first trimester so I didn’t get to enjoy the season as much as I was nauseous alot, I slept all the time, and I had an aversion to pumpkin. It was actually horrible not being able to have a pumpkin spice latte every morning. This year I’m fully embracing the season and now I get to enjoy to with Little Miss! The weather has been a little cool today so we’re already getting started on our sweaters and matching floppy beanies.

I decided to make a family fun list of everything I want to do this year so Little Miss has a great first Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving.

Family Fall Fun.
Family Fall Fun.

Forgive me, as I’m not the artist of the family, but it’s still fun to pull out the colored pencils. Our fun list consists of things we can do from September through November and still gives us activities to think of and do in December.

  1. Pumpkin patch
  2. Family photos
  3. Pumpkin carvings
  4. Halloween cartoons (and movies)
  5. Halloween craft bag
  6. Pumpkin seeds
  7. 1st Halloween costume
  8. 1st Thanksgiving outfit
  9. Thanksgiving Baking
  10. Decorating for Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving

The best part about having a plan for everything we want to do is all the photos we’ll have and being able to share it with everyone. Our family fun list is obviously family friendly, but A and I are planning on hitting up Great America for their annual Fright Fest in October while Little Miss spends the day with her Nana and Papa and watches Halloween cartoons.  As excited as I am for Fall this year, I’m even more excited for all the memories that come along with all the fun.

C

Mom Tales

In Casual Mom Fashion.

Lately, I’ve been loving finally being able to buy new clothes. I thought I was going to be stuck in over sized yoga pants and nursing tank tops. Although, I still wear some of my maternity tops and leggings. They’re just to comfy to not wear. Pinterest is always my best friend when it comes to looking at new ways of wearing what I already own, plus when A gives me a little extra cash to buy a few new things.

Today, A spent the morning with Little Miss while I went and got my hair done. Seriously, so lucky to be able to have an afternoon every once in a while to step out by myself and relax. Normally I’m one of those people that just goes to the salon in a tank top and yoga pants, but lately as I said before, I’ve been feeling so great with myself and getting back to pre-pregnancy size that I finally enjoy getting dressed. I even bought a pair of jeans! And I haven’t wore jeans for at least 3 years! Here’s my outfit from today!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetMy new jeans are from Old Navy. Sweater Duster from Target.

You can never go wrong with Oakley shades!
You can never go wrong with Oakley shades!
Layering in the summer.
Layering in the summer.

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Keeping Our Marriage Fresh and Fun with an Infant.

Being a stay at home mom has been something I’ve wanted pretty much since A and I first got together. Now that it’s happened I’ve noticed that also means A works more because we’re down my paychecks, We had talked about me going back to work once Little Miss was a little bit bigger but we both agree that it’s not worth it for how expensive daycare is. Plus with me being home with her, A can feel better that he knows Little Miss is in good hands.

A and I 2011 engagement photos.
A and I 2011 engagement photos.

A has always had crazy long hours for work. As a tattoo artist, he works basically all day and all weekend. So his days off would be random days during the week, while I worked my office job. So clearly our schedules never worked with each other and it was hard to spend time with each other. Once Little Miss came, it was even harder because all of our time is spent changing her, feeding her, and playing with her. The first month with having a newborn was incredibly hard and I think it’s the most important month that will test your relationship. You have to learn how to adjust your whole life because of that tiny little miracle you brought into this world.

A has always been that hero to me since we first met, through my pregnancy and if it wasn’t for him I really don’t know how I would have gotten through the first 2 weeks of having a newborn to take care of. Even through all the changes we’ve gone through since finding out I was pregnant over a year ago, A and I have such a strong and healthy relationship and it’s because of teamwork. It sounds totally cheesy and cliché but it’s true. The saying “it’s the little things” means even more to us now. How awesome is it to wake up after a long night of a crying and fusing Little Miss to see all the bottles have been washed and already on the drying rack? We may not see each other a lot, infact we barely see each other Wednesday through Saturday but I’m lucky enough to be able to just text A and tell him we miss him and he can tell us about his day.

Disney Honeymoon
Disney Honeymoon

Another reason why we have such a great relationship is because of my parents. They offer to take Little Miss as often as they can. Plus with only living 10 minutes away, we take them up on that offer as much as we can! We’ve been lucky enough to be able to go out for a night at least once a week, maybe twice if we had tickets for a concert.

My world.
My world.

My last reason why I know we have a great relationship and marriage is because we communicate. As I said before, we may not see each other but we talk almost all day. Even just a quick “hello, I miss you.” Those little texts can help so much after a teething Little Miss has an episode. Our lives or even our relationship may not be perfect, in fact, I know they’re not. But I wouldn’t change anything about it for anything in the world.

C