Monday, January 16, 2017

Long Weekend Rewind!

Another three day weekend, oh my! Some highlights...
We kicked off the holiday weekend with Friday night pizza dinner because is there really any better way to kick off a weekend? Nope! On my way to daycare I grabbed our favorite pizza (the One Veggie from Pizza Peel -- for the locals wondering!). We had a very long week of rough nights with Thomas being sick so the second the kiddos went down we jumped right into bed and fired up our latest binge series -- The Americans.
Saturday we ran our usual errands -- Target, grocery store, Trader Joes, etc. Caroline had been looking forward to our Target run all week because her teachers not so subtly told me it's time for her to move past pull-ups. Cue the tears...and the denial. So each day at pick up Caroline reminded me that "we need to go to Target this weekend for big girl underwear, mama!" So we did. For those of you cuddling your first newborn, don't blink. I repeat, do not blink. One minute you're wondering if you're burping your baby correctly and the next minute you're picking between Little Mermaid and Doc McStuffins underwear.
 "Eat all your french fries and you can go play!" -- Things I can't believe I hear myself say. And Caroline echos.
Around lunch time we picked up Chick-fil-A and picnicked at the park near our house. We had the whole park to ourselves and Thomas showed us how much he is NOT scared of slides.
On Sunday we got up early, ate breakfast and went to church. Yep, as I mentioned in my Instagram, we ran out of excuses so we dusted off our bibles and committed to going back to church. We accidentally got there too early, but it ended up working out because we had no clue which classes Thomas and Caroline would be in now. Caroline did GREAT and proudly marched right through the doors of the twos Sunday School class and didn't look back. Thomas...not so much...he sobbed the full hour he was there. But we are so glad we are back!
Caroline + her bestie Austin.
After church we ate some tacos and then attended a birthday party for one of Caroline's classmates. The party was at Little Gym and since we've left I haven't stopped wondering WHY we've ever hosted our parties in our home when this magical place exists. Both kids had the time of their lives jumping around, swinging on bars, rolling on mats, etc.

We had Monday off for MLK day so we lounged around the house, drank mimosas, played outside, baked brownies, caught up on laundry and Caroline helped prep dinner -- sausage bolognese over zoodles.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Five on Friday!

Happy long weekend!
one // Let's start with some exciting news! Earlier this week I had my 6 week check up from my revision surgery and everything checked out perfect. I am so, so, so happy I went through with the surgery. All of my restrictions are now lifted so I can pick my babies up as much as I want. Yay!
 Scalp Remedy // Moisture Surge Overnight Mask // Lip Therapy // Lip Therapy // Moisture Surge Lotion // Facial Spray
two // The winter temps have my face freaking out. I am constantly trying to keep my skin moisturized and these products are definitely making a tremendous impact. Here's the low down: I buy both of those lip therapy products in bulk and store them everywhere -- car, office, drawers around the house, purses, coat pockets, etc. They are my two favorite ever. Last year my scalp got so dry that it started peeling. I picked up the scalp remedy treatment and have been using it at the first sign of dryness -- works like a charm. The Clinique products are my favorite and I use the moisturizer both morning and night but also apply the moisture surge mask on top of my lotion before going to bed. Lastly, I use my facial spray to set my makeup and add some moisture to my face and again after I wash my face before bed.
*note: i realized after the picture that I forgot to add my fresh parsley in! Ergh!
three // I can't believe I haven't shared this favorite pork tenderloin marinade! I use this amazing marinade recipe frequently and love it because I usually have most of these ingredients on hand at all times. I usually marinade my pork overnight for the most flavor but you can marinade it for as little as 3 hours too.
Easy Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce
*adapted from For the Love of Cooking
1⁄2 cup olive oil
1⁄3 cup soy sauce
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 lb. pork tenderloin

Combine all marinade ingredients and reserve 2-3 Tbsp. Place the pork tenderloin and marinade in a Ziplock bag and let marinate for at least 3-4 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a hot skillet over medium-high heat, sear each side of tenderloin for 2-3 minutes. Place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the meat has reached 160 degrees. Let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.  

Pan Sauce:
Pan scrapings from pork tenderloin
1/2 cup of chicken broth
2-3 tbsp of pork marinade (thoroughly mixed)
1-2 tsp butter

Meanwhile, place the skillet back on the stove over medium heat. Add the chicken broth and scrape up all the browned pieces from the bottom of the pan. Add the marinade and let it boil down for 2-3 minutes. Add the butter and remove from heat stirring until butter has melted. Pour over the pork tenderloin. 
four // I recently learned about Bar Keepers Friend for cleaning rusted pots, pans and baking sheets. I can't believe how miraculous this product works -- way stronger than my previous cleaning method.
After letting the powder soak for a little bit in my sink I scrubbed it and all the build up came right off!
five // During snowmageden Matt and I enjoyed the yummiest bottle of ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon. It was so good I had to share! PS - when did Amazon start selling wine?!

*side note: Does anyone else play "Two Dots?" After candy crush I moved on to this equally addicting game. Anyway, this label...I want to connect those dots so dang bad.



Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowpocolpyse Weekend!

Charlotte got an inch of snow over the weekend which is a BIG deal. The entire city shuts down -- literally bread flies off the shelf, ABC stores have lines out the door, etc. We were all too excited to hunker down this weekend, play in the snow, binge watch The American and simmer soup in the crockpot. The forecast predicted a decent snow fall but it ended up being a lot lighter than everyone had hoped. Anyway, a few snow weekend pictures...
After a quick family selfie -- Caroline's request obviously, we strolled down the street to meet our friends at a neighborhood party. There were tons of kids rolling around in the snow, a food truck and lots of parents excited to be out of the house. 
Caroline and Thomas experience their first sled ride...which ended a little off course. Both laughed hysterically and were begging to go down the tiny hill over and over and over.
Have you ever seen a more determined face?
In typical best friend fashion, Lisa had a mimosa poured and ready for our arrival.
To thaw out we headed down the street to another snowmageden party. It is still undecided who had more fun -- the kids or the adults.
On Sunday the roads were cleared up so a group of girls gathered to celebrate Abby's baby shower over brunch!
A few of the ladies!
For dinner (both nights) we enjoyed crockpot chicken enchilada soup (one of our very favorites)!

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