Last week we featured Lemon Mint Red Potatoes, which we paired with the Lemon Greek Chicken. You might think it’s a lot of lemon but trust me. The lemon flavor isn’t over powering and is quite refreshing. Make this recipe on the grill or in the oven, depending on how much of a grill master you claim to be. Either way, the recipe will work for both methods and will be enjoyed by all.
3 chicken breasts
2 teaspoons greek seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
juice of 1 lemon
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and prep your baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Combine the dry ingredients into a bowl. Brush the chicken with the olive oil and coat with 1/2 dry mixture. Once thoroughly coated, toss in the baking dish and cook for appromxiately 25-30 minutes. Turn the chicken over, and coat with the remaining mixture and lemon juice and place back in the oven for another 25-30 minutes.
By now you have spent plenty of time in the sun and likely had a sunburn or two, if you’re of the unlucky, pale skin kind. The unfortunate side to spending time outdoors is the pain and redness associated with the nagging sunburns. They aren’t fun and can likely ruin a weekend getaway. If after applying layer upon layer of sunscreen and you still happen to win yourself a sunburn, then look no further than to some of these tried-and-true remedies. It’s likely you will already have 2 or 3 ingredients already on hand so it makes treating those pesky sunburns that much easier.
Milk Based Products – Milk can be used for a lot of remedies, and one of which is sunburn pain and dryness. The fats and proteins help to coat the skin eleviating the redness, pain and to help with the stubborn peeling that occurs a few days after the burn happens. Some great products to try are the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Body Lotion or Nivea Body Milk Lotion.
Oatmeal Bath – One of the oldest tricks for healing dry, sensitive skin is an oatmeal bath. There are products out there like Aveeno’s Soothing Bath Treatment, or Barr-Co Oatmeal Bubble Elixir, but did you know you can use a food processor on some plain oatmeal to create your own oatmeal bath? You can customize it with some mint, lavender or vanilla for an extra soothing bath.
Apple Cider Vinegar – This may seem like the smelliest and least desired option of the bunch, but trust me it works. Vinegar has natural antiseptic properties to alleviate pain and calm imflammation. Mix half water, half apple cider vinegar and apply to your skin as soon as your sunburn appears. Repeat for 2-3 days or until the redness disappears.
When Jamie and I were discussing the inspiration for this post we realized that yoga dresses aren’t actually a thing. When I asked her what she meant she sent me this really cute Salutation to Savasana dress from lululemon, but sadly options like these are few and far between. You can find some dresses on yoga websites but often when you go to an athletic website you have athletic tops and pants but no dress section. This is something I find odd. Don’t you want athletic style dresses you can wear on a hot day or after your workout? I’m talking breathable fabrics. Lightweight. Simple. The look we went for this week is yoga dresses and sneakers. This can be an outfit to wear after a workout, running errands, or if you’re like me, to the nearest diner on a Sunday morning. Think simple and easy but still cute.
The ‘dress’ above is actually a tunic but I loved the look so much that I had to keep it. However there is a great solution to make such a short piece appropriate, even when you throw it on after a yoga class. The solution is to wear shorts underneath, similar to what you’d wear under a tennis dress, like these adorable ruffled shorts or these knit ballet shorts. I know, it’s a ballsy move. This casual look is perfect with some colorful Nikes, like these neon orange and pink retro sneakers. Then all you need is a tote (this one has a sequined bottom), some aviators, white nail polish, and a few rings.
A cotton slip dress is the easiest thing to throw on for running quick errands. I’ve always been a fan of the slip dress plus sweater combination because it’s comfortable and easy, yet still feminine. Chucks are the perfect shoe for this outfit because they’re classic and go with pretty much anything. With such a simple base you could take this outfit anywhere but I went with oversized sunglasses, a layered necklace, and a large tote which could also fit your workout clothes and gym shoes.
Happy One Month Birthday, pretty girl! It’s hard to believe that you are already a full month old! Where has the time gone?! Everyone always says to live in the moment and not to wish you away and they are exactly right. As much as I dream of your future, I don’t want to miss any minute, hour or day of your new life. You currently love your Hippo which plays Rock-A-Bye-Baby and you like it played on repeat at least 20 times. You’d also rather be laying on or near us (near meaning touching)…you already have us trained.
Your daddy and I love you more now than the day you were born, if that’s even possible to imagine. Each day you change before our eyes, whether we realize it or not. We spend most of our time napping (on our chests or in our arms), eating and giving the occasional cranky moodiness. But hey, you’re a month old so what else would you want to do?
I hope you know how loved you are. You have a great foundation of family around you and “aunts” and “uncles” that are taking you on as their own. Jack, the cat, isn’t so fond of you but I feel overtime he will eventually warm up to you – or just dislike you even more when you get to the point of chasing him around and pulling his tail.
We look at you each day in complete awe. How could we have created such a tiny, perfect little human! And when people ask who you look like, we just now agree that you are the incredible combination of both your momma and daddy. You look like you, Ava, and no one else.
Stop growing so fast because I don’t want to think about writing a Month Two post in the next month.
We’re back! It’s been a while since we have had a Friday Favorites post up but I’ve managed to organize my new momma life with new blog content and the result is this week’s Friday Favorites. We’re doing something different this week because now that I’m postpartum and ready to be back in my pre-baby body, I’ve been doing a lot of online browsing. No, tons of boxes will not be showing up on our doorstep just yet, but I’ve enjoyed seeing what is out there, what’s on sale and what I can sink my teeth into here in a couple of months. Right now it seems that there are SALES-a-plenty so of course being the frugal shopper I am, that’s where I began. I pulled together my favorites for the week in hopes that someone loves them just as much as me, but actually buys them instead of just dreaming about them through a laptop screen.
Dolce Vita “Alpha” Leather Flat Sandal - I’m really into flats these days (but when am I not?) and anything caramel leather color I adore. Plus these flats are 50% off right now at Nordstrom so definitely worthy of being on my feet.
Topshop “Frieda” Perforated Oxford – I may be late on the oxford shoe trend, but I’m really digging it these days. Paired with the J.Crew Minnie Pant (which may make an appearance after these shoes) it would be a great low key office look.
J.Crew Minnie Pant – I’m new to the J.Crew love affair. Only within the past year have I dedicated time to looking at their catalog and shopping in the store/online. The Minnie Pant comes up repeatedly so I think I need them. I have yet to try them off, due to pregnancy body changes, but if all of the reviews and testimonials are true, I think I will love them. AND they are on sale.
ZARA Draped Top – I have a similar top in black which I have been sporting with my smaller maternity jeans lately. It sits on the waist in the most perfect way to cover up post baby bumpage. It flows to hide any imperfections and for a mere $19.90 I would buy one in every color available.
ZARA Soft Trench Coat – A trench coat is the quintessential staple item for your wardrobe, next to the LBD. This sky blue option from ZARA is currently 50% off. I really like the leopard print details to one up this piece from a typical trench.
Anthropologie Clementina Pullover – Yes I know it’s summer but I love a good pullover. Basically just give me this entire look from top to bottom. I think it screams mom attire without the mom jean look. This could be my new wardrobe staple.
Anthropologie Galen Dress in Blue Motif – This lovely dress is marked down to $79.95 fro $128. That itself is worthy of a purchase. But the pullover style with the faux wrap dress look makes this dress a winner. Is it too soon to be thinking of PTA mom/play date outfits? Because this is a winner in my book.
J.Crew Crystal Chandelier Pendant Neckalce – Delicate jewelry is on trend right now. While I’m still a fan of statement necklaces, this piece is a good medium. It’s currently 50% off and you can get an additional 40% off using the code SALEFUN.
I owe the success of this dish to The Beard. It accompanied the recipe that we will feature next week, but could stand alone, or be paired with another main dish. He picked it out, he went with it and in the end it was a superb choice. Lemon Mint Red Potatoes were not something I thought would be a great combo, because to me mint reminds of me of sweet desserts. I was completely wrong and will look at it differently forever. This is now my favorite summer side dish, minus mexican corn.
4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3/4 teaspoon greek seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Fill up a pot of water and when the water comes to a boil, add in your potatoes. You can keep them whole or halve them. We opted for whole sized. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, drain and add to a large mixing bowl. Toss in all of the ingredients above until the potatoes are thoroughly coated and served.
Have you noticed the buzz around charcoal lately? And no I don’t mean weekend BBQ’s. Charcoal, or more specifically Bamboo Charcoal is all the buzz in the beauty industry these days. It’s an essential staple for your skin that you likely never knew about. What’s so amazing about this run of the mill summer grill out ingredient? It helps to absorb impurities, toxins while cleaning out your pores from drawing out all the gunk, oil and dirt. It’s quickly becoming the super ingredient of the year with skincare so take note. Not many companies are marketing charcoal products….yet. But soon I bet we see an uptick in bamboo charcoal with every skincare product possible. I’ve long been a fan of Origins’ Active Charcoal mask and it’s been mentioned a time or two on the blog before. Slowly but surely there are more products to choose from; sponges, bar soaps, face scrubs and even towels! Yes all of these products contain charcoal! So get to shopping and purifying your skin.
For this week’s athleticism inspired trend, we’re exploring gym shorts. With this ridiculous, sweaty, nasty summer heat I find myself being drawn to comfortable workout clothes as my every day clothes. But it’s one to wear gym clothes around the house, it’s another to elevate sporty pieces to a daytime or nighttime appropriate outfit that won’t make you look like you’ve come right from yoga class. There were quite a few directions I could take this trend but I went with a printed bomber for the first outfit and heels for the second. You’re probably thinking, “Heels? With gym shorts? No way” but yes way, not only is it possible, it’s actually very cute. Even the first outfit could rock some high heel sandals but I wanted to make that outfit as cute and comfy as I could.
I noted how the focus of this outfit is on comfort, and these pieces are mostly cotton which makes this outfit über comfy and breathable. The jacket is lightweight and a good summer choice for air-conditioned rooms or nighttime strolls. A key component in this outfit is the mix of sporty and feminine elements; we have a sporty style bomber jacket and elastic waist track shorts but the jacket is a floral pattern and it’s paired with a lace camisole. And don’t forget the accessories! Pile on some gold rings, mint colored sunglasses, a leather clutch, and most importantly a dainty pair of pineapple earrings.
Some people might be apprehensive about pairing gym shorts with heels but you really just have to own it as the result is pretty sexy and definitely cool. These satin gym shorts combined with this embroidered blouse give the look a casual date feel. Add a pop of color with a lime clutch and some offbeat accessories. Nobody is even going to notice you’re in gym shorts, only that you’re hot to trot.
We’re pregnant, expecting and full term. Now we were just waiting for baby. It was the longest month of my life. And the hottest. I was large, in charge, swollen, puffy and ready for this baby to arrive. My days consisted of working with a fan blowing on my face at all times, then coming straight home to sit with my feet propped up before bedtime. We led the most boring lives during the month of June but there was nothing else that I could manage the energy for.
Our office had 5 pregnant women at once and everyone was waiting in anticipation on who was going to deliver first. I think people were juts concerned that someone would go into labor at the office. Hey, I don’t blame them. Even being pregnant, I didn’t want to experience that for myself or anyone else.
One of my co-workers (we were due within days of each other) went into the early stages of labor at work. Don’t worry. It wasn’t a 911 emergency situation but it was thrilling. This was on a Thursday. The next day, Friday, everyone that I passed asked if I was going into labor at work that day. I would laugh each time assuring them this baby was riding it out until July. I worked out my day, crawled home in a sweaty mess and laid on the couch until The Beard got off work. It was a typical Friday evening. Him. Me. The TV. Dinner. And an early bedtime of 10:30pm because we know how to party. I went to bed dreaming of breakfast with The Beard the next morning and already planning on what I would order. I woke up at 3am, per my usual potty break then hopped back into bed. I was drifting off to sleep when I felt/heard a drum type beat in my ear and instantly jumped out of the bed. I was leaking. I know the mental image is not impressive but it’s literally what happened.
TL: I think my water just broke!
TB: WHAT! ::hops of out bed and runs over to me::
TB: Let’s go into the bathroom
Sure enough…my water broke. Now mind you, up until this point I had yet to feel a single contraction, pain, pressure or anything that would resemble labor. I was at the doctor that Tuesday before and only 1cm dilated. It was the same story for the week prior. In my mind this baby was taking her sweet time for her meet and greet. Imagine my surprise when my water breaks at 3:15am and mild contractions began.
First things first, I called my doctor and he told me to come in so we could “get this show on the road”. But I took my time because, why not. I live across from the hospital, I wanted a shower and basically wanted to look decent for the arrival of my daughter. I didn’t go full on Kim Kardashian but I showered, dried my hair and put on decent clothes (knowing I would change at the hospital but I didn’t want to show up in my old stained sweat pants). The Beard was running around grabbing the hospital bag, asking a million questions and trying to tidy up the apartment. I take it this was his version of nesting.
So as we prepare to leave the contractions are getting stronger. Nothing that I couldn’t handle but the pain level was increasing. No big deal I thought, we’ll be there in 5-10 minutes. We reached the maternity floor by 4am and the contractions were starting to develop into one non stop contraction. One would end, the next would begin. I still had to get checked in, go through triage, be asked a million more questions, be poked and prodded with needles and an IV setup. It was at this point we decided our parents should leave their homes STAT. Our initial calls to them were “we’re on our way, we will update you shortly”. They turned into “hey get your bums here because this baby is coming!”
I was in triage for what felt like eternity but was only an hour. During this time The Beard had to watch me squirm and tense up in pain. I am not lying when I say it was the most extreme pain and pressure that I have ever felt in my entire life. It hurt to breathe. It hurt to just be. Finally around 5am I was wheeled into the labor room and had the privilege of meeting the nicest nurse on the planet. Denice (pronounced Denise) was kind hearted, soothing and helped me through the process. She called the anesthesiologist named Jon, who later became my BFF, and explained that I would soon feel much better. [This is the point where I give extreme appreciation to those women who have delivered naturally. Ladies, I applaud you and your strength. My birth plan was to have an epidural from day one and I never wanted to consider a natural birth. It wasn't for me. But for those that have and lived to tell the tale, I applaud you to the highest degree. You deserve the world.]
Once the epidural was completed, my demeanor changed completely. I went from being mean and angry to relaxed and ready. This is why I said Jon was my BFF. Taking the pain away, for me, allowed me to focus more on the situation and what was going on around me. Our parents arrived around 6am and we had a brief moment to talk with everyone before I had my first examination to see where the baby was. When I heard Denice say “well she’s fully dilated +2″ I knew it was go time. She called the doctor immediately, our families said their goodbyes and they were rushed out to the hallway. It was at this time that she kept trying to determine the baby’s heartrate. She was constantly moving the doppler around trying to get a clear sound to indicate the status of her heartrate. She was honest in that the heartrate had slightly dropped and she assumed it was because the cord was now around the baby’s neck. Not the news you want to hear and I internally feared for the worst. I don’t think I ever shared with The Beard my worry but there’s nothing positive about hear that kind of information. Your mind will of course wander to the worst possible situation. But Denice assured me that it was still strong, just not as strong as it was. By 6:15am the doctor was in place, prepped and I began pushing. Literally 4 pushes and our baby girl was here. Thankfully the cord didn’t do any damage and seemed to have only ended up around her neck in the last bit of time before her delivery.
6:31am Ava Grace arrived and forever changed our lives.
At first I didn’t cry. I saw The Beard with tears in his eyes and I wondered why. Not because I’m insensitive but because everything happened so fast. I hardly had a moment to take mental notes of our surroundings because our baby was born. She was here and it was hard to grasp. 9 months of nurturing and caring for her in my body, and she was on the outside. I was no longer pregnant. She was here. It took me a few minutes to grab ahold of life and look around to realize….we had a baby. That’s when the tears flowed like a waterfall and I couldn’t control myself. We had a baby.
We experienced skin to skin immediately. Sure it seems gross that your baby is pulled from you and is still fresh and gooey and placed on your chest. But in those moments you’re not thinking of that. It’s your baby and she is here and when she reaches you, she’s calm and comforted.
I am not telling this story to brag. Because honestly, when writing this out it seems like a freak show. 3 hours of labor and the baby arrived? I still can’t believe it. I am fortunate to have had such an easy delivery. It was easy after a certain point, but it was f’ing painful. I know that had we waited any longer an epidural may not have been possible.
June 21st our lives changed forever…for the better. This little face made me a momma and I couldn’t be happier. They say your life changes once you become a parent but you don’t realize the full truth of that until it happens. My heart is so full of love each and every day for this little girl. We never knew we could love anything more than each other…until we saw her face.
What is old is new again so it’s no surprise when trends revolve around like a carousel. The 90′s slip dress trend is back showcasing the same simple silhouette as before. Take a tip of two from Kate Moss who has been mastering this look for the past 2 decades. It’s the easiest trend for the small boobie ladies to pull off because it’s meant to give you a sleek, straight up and down look. You can pull this look off during the day, like a Free People ad, or dress it up for a sexy night out on the town look.
When picking out a true slip dress, look for the following: spaghetti straps, slinky materials, short hem lines and low cut backs. It’s meant to give the appearance of boudoir fashion that is slightly more approrpriate for the streets. You can keep this trend playful and fun without looking like a street walker. Play it up with different accessories, jackets, kimonos, flats or heels to see what pairing works best for you.