Monday, August 29, 2016

At Home Date Nights & Favorite Games

I've loved the questions from readers asking about our at home date nights and our favorite games. To be honest, our Monday through Thursday evening routine is pretty lame and usually consists of catching up on TV shows and/or working after the kids go to bed. So by Friday we are more than ready to kick off the weekend with some quality time together. Trust me, I loooove getting dolled up for a date night out with my hubby but babysitting + uber rides + cocktails + dinner can add up quickly so we definitely can't do that every week! However, that doesn't mean we can't host our own little date together at home on the reg.
So after the kiddos are in bed (with both of their magical sound machines blasting on high), we retreat to our backyard with some cocktails and the baby monitor. We turn on the bistro lights, set out the patio furniture pillows, turn on the Thermacell to block the mosquitoes, and turn up our favorite Pandora station over the portable speaker deck (side note: if you don't have one of these, add it to your Christmas list!!!! best gift ever!). Then we bust out the games -- loser is responsible for refilling cocktails! Here are some of our favorite two-player games:
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For dinner we keep it super easy so our time spent together isn't cooking. I usually make a low prep appetizer (caprese salad is our go-to recently), throw meat on the grill, oven roast or grill some fresh veggies and serve a pre-made dessert from the teeter bakery. 

Some of our favorite EASY summertime grilled items include Grilled Cheese, Cabernet Burgers (prepped the night before), Pesto Shrimp, pork chops and steak! Side note: We recently started picking up our meat from Trader Joes and I am so impressed with the quality of their filet mignon and pork chops -- highly recommend!
Also, we've been waiting all season long for patio furniture to go on sale to finally swoop up this beautiful and comfortable 5 piece rattan wicker sofa set for our backyard. My crazy internet sale shopping finally paid off when the price dropped to half off. I love that the cushions are plush, all of the pieces can be separated and positioned for larger group use, the cushion covers are removable for washing and it came with some pillows!
 And that's a peak into our at home date nite!

Would love to know your favorite games too!
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday!
one. Last weekend Matt assembled our new patio furniture. The instructions estimated a 3 hour assembly time but with the help of two minis it took about 9 hours.
 
two. There is nothing worse than stepping out of the shower to a towel that smells like it sat a little too long in the washer machine! Every now and then I deep clean all my towels at once. Here's how I do it: Wash your towels in hot water with one cup of vinegar (only). Wash towels in hot water again with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Throw them in the dryer and enjoy your fresh towels!
three. It's been a hot minute since I blogged about my love for Parsley Plus, but I just received a new bulk shipment and had to give my favorite earth-friendly household cleaning product of all time a shout out. If you love the smell of fresh herbs this product is for you (and your counter tops!).
four. We are working SO hard on getting Tom Tom to graduate from taking a few steps to walking! He definitely knows how to take a few steps at a time unassisted but always ends up choosing to crawl instead. And if he isn't crawling he is climbing. He knows how to get on and off Caroline's bed, can get on and off the couch by scooting a chair over as a step stool and is frequently found just standing on top of his chair laughing at us having a heart attack. Anyway, we are beyond ready for him to begin walking so we can set him down in public places, ditch the snap & go stroller and give him a little more independence. Plus he moves up to the next class in two weeks and will be on the big playground every day and really dislikes crawling in mulch so we're working hard to get him to let go of the tip of our finger and take off. Also, the most steps he'll take at a time is to...you guessed it...his sissy. She is so dang cute with her cheerleading "Come on, Tom Tom! You can do it! Come here! Come to me! Come on!"
five.  Favorite HelloFresh meal this week goes to...Steak Fajitas with Kiwi Salsa & Crispy Beans!!! Hands down the best fajitas ever. And kiwi isn't something I would ever think to add to my tex-mex but I'm so glad I did. Check out this recipe to make it yourself.

I received 3 more promo codes to give my friends a FREE box of HelloFresh meals! I'd be happy to send the first THREE people to leave their email address in the comments a free week of HelloFresh to try!  

Not one of the first 4 to comment but still want to try HelloFresh? Use promo code MG8GKD for $40 off your first box! That means you can try out HelloFresh for $29 and then cancel after your box arrives or keep on going. 
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Wanna join April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
1.) Write your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mommy's Magical Stain Remover

Remember when this happened
One afternoon while Caroline was left unattended with markers just long enough for me to pee she decided to draw all over the carpet and couch. And then she spent an eternity in time out.
One of our bigger mistakes we've made was purchasing a WHITE couch (pre-kids). Thankfully we were talked into adding a 5 year furniture protection plan. However, when I sent the cleaning company the pictures of the couch to report the damage they laughed in my face and said "nope! nopity, nope, nope!" And so we let it sit for 6 weeks while I pondered how to tackle the stain.

Finally I remembered the super amazing tip from the Pottery Barn associate who helped us pick out ANOTHER WHITE piece of furniture for Caroline's nursery. That time I blame preggo brain for making such a terrible decision. Anyway, she told me to use Mr. Clean's Magic Erasers on our furniture to remove the toughest stains.
And it worked. So I finally un-grounded Caroline.
AFTER!!!

No go stock up on these miracle stain remover pads!

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