Friday, September 22, 2017

One Skillet Sausage & Kale Pasta

I am the absolute WORST at dirtying up the kitchen. And running the dishwasher multiple times a day. So I've been on the hunt for one pot/one pan meals that are tasty and allow for easy clean-up. Enter this One Skillet Sausage & Kale Pasta. Guys, it was so good...and clean-up took me about 2 minutes as opposed to 20. Yay! Y'all try it out, and let me know what you think.
 
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One Skillet Sausage & Kale Pasta
{Two Peas & Their Pod}
 
Ingredients
 
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices (I used a sweet Italian sausage that crumbled, as opposed to links)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups chopped kale
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons chopped, fresh basil (for garnish, if desired)
 
Directions
 
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Add the sausage, onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onion and peppers are tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
 
Add the tomato paste and stir. Add in the chopped kale, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, and fennel seed.
 
Add in penne pasta and broth. Stir until combined. Cover with a lid and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until pasta is al dente. Remove lid, stir, and add in the fresh mozzarella. Stir and cook until cheese is melted. Top with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired. Serve warm.
 
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Hope everyone has a happy weekend!
 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sneaker Crush

As a mom on-the-go who still likes to feel pulled together (most days!), sneakers have become my everyday shoe! I love that they can bring jeans and a simple tee up a notch while still allowing me to be comfortable.

I rounded up my favorites below. Are y'all on the sneaker bandwagon with me?

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This pair is so cute and feminine. The grey would go with anything.
 
 
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Loving the perforations and the neutral color.
 
 
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Mules are so popular this season, and I'm liking that this is a cross between a mule and a sneaker. The best of both worlds!
 
 
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Love these. Also come in light brown if the blue is too bold for you!
 
 
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These are kind of crazy, but I think they're fun. Life is too short for boring shoes, right?
 
 
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Such a pretty shade of blush.
 
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I like the fabric of this pair. A little dressier for a sneaker.
 
 
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I have a pair of Ugg slip-ons, and they are so comfy. This pair is classic.
 
 
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Love Veja sneakers. This color is perfect for fall.
 
 
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So flirty and fun. I really want this pair.
 
 
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I've been wanting a pair of classic Gazelles, but I'm kind of liking this light purple pair. Not that I need light purple sneakers, but these are so cute.
 
 
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Leopard is a neutral, IMO. These would go with so much!
 
 
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Adore these! A little preppier than I normally choose, but I think they'd be perfect with a cozy fall sweater and jeans.
 
 
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A fun metallic pair with a pretty design.
 
 
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Love the go-with-everything shade and the scallops are such a fun detail.
 
 
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Simple and classic.
 
 
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I have a pair of Minnetonka booties, and they're comfy and just fabulous. I'm smitten with this pair.
 
 
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Loving the olive green and the platform heel for a dressier vibe.
 
 
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Classic black...similar to a pair of Vans I have and wear often.
 
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How cute is the basketweave on these?
 
 
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Drooling over here. Superga sneaks are the best. And purple crushed velvet. I'm in love.
 
 
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Do you have a favorite sneaker brand I need to check out? Let me know in the comments. I'm always looking to add to my collection!

 
 


Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekend Update

Hey guys. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We surely did!
 
First, I can't ignore today's date. September 11. How in the world has it been 16 years since that dreadful day? New York will always be a part of my heart...it's the greatest place on this Earth, in my opinion. Today I'm thinking of those who lost loved ones on that day. God bless all of you.
 
 
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Our weekend: Rob is working on a huge project at work, and he's been at the office what seems like 24/7. He worked most of the weekend, so the girls and I had some girl-time.
 
Before we picked Lily up from school on Friday, Hadley and I had a picnic in their treehouse. How cute is she?
 
 
Friday night we met my parents for Mexican and sat outside. The weather here has been glorious, and we've enjoyed every second of it.
 
Saturday morning we picked up donuts, and the girls were sweet enough to go to Sephora with me. I picked up some new skin products, and I'm loving them so far.
 

 
I'm reading Jen Hatmaker's new book Of Mess and Moxie and can't get enough of it. It's one of those books where I'm underlining nearly every sentence. The highlighted portion below especially resonated with me.
 
 
Saturday afternoon Lily lost her first top tooth! I can't get over how different she looks!
 
 
We skipped church on Sunday because Hadley is getting a little cold. She still felt well enough to play outside, and we enjoyed most of our day in our backyard!
 
 
I adore the picture below...I think it perfectly captures the joy of childhood. Look at those happy, carefree faces!
 
 
I kept Hadley home from school today, so we're watching Trolls right now before I get busy with typical Monday stuff.
 
And, this is it...the week I've been looking forward to for what seems like forever. Rob and I are heading to New Orleans on Thursday to see U2 at the Superdome! This is a bucket list item of mine...they're one of my favorite bands of all-time, and I have heard they are incredible live. I am so stoked, I don't know if I'll be able to sleep! I'm sure this week will creep by...
 
 
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I hope everyone has a great day and a happy week. I'll be back with some fashion-related posts in a few days! :)
 
 


Thursday, September 7, 2017

4 Target Tops

You know how a trip to Target goes. I go in for toilet paper and come out with toilet paper and four new tops. Whoops. It's like a magnetic force grabs ahold, and I can't help but venture down every aisle in every department.
 
I checked out the ladies department earlier this week, and there are so many cute things right now! Below are the four tops that came home with me. I can't wait to wear them this fall!
 
**Also, check out my Instagram stories for a try-on session of all the tops below. You'll get some different angles, and you'll get to hear my scratchy voice. Yikes!** If you're not following me, you can find me here.
 
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Target sizing: I size up in most Target clothing items. I find that their stuff runs a little on the small side, and I can't handle wearing anything too tight.
 
How pretty is this sweater? I love it with jeans but think it'd be equally pretty with slacks or a black pencil skirt. Would be perfect for work or church. Wearing a medium.
 
 
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It's hard to tell from this picture, but this pullover is so stinking cute. The ties on the side take it up a notch. It's nice and long and would be perfection with leggings. Or wear it with skinny jeans and sneaks. I sized up to a medium for a slouchy look. I'd say it runs big, though.
 
 
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A fun tee that I know I'll throw on a lot. The stripes are classic, and the tie at the top is a trend I'm seeing a lot of this fall. I'm wearing a medium, and if you're tall, I think you'd need to size up for length.
 
 
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This sweater is beautiful. Look at the bell sleeves and bows on the sides! Another top that would work well with jeans or with dressier slacks and/or a skirt. I'm wearing a medium.
 
 
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So, tell me...are you able to make a trip to Target and come out of the store without a cart full? :) If so, teach me your ways! 
 
Hope everyone has a great Thursday!
 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Weekend Update + Labor Day

Hey guys! I guess we can officially say adios to summer now that Labor Day has come and gone. It's already starting to cool off a little here, and we've been loving every second of spending more time outside. Here's what we were up to this weekend. Hope everyone else enjoyed their time as much as we did!
 
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Saturday morning the weather was nice so we took the girls to a local park. We played and took a long walk around the pond and found the first of 3 painted rocks. I think a lot of communities do this, but we're involved in this "movement" to spread kindness called #madisonMSrocks. You simply paint a rock, hide it, and wait for someone to find it. The person who finds it re-hides it in a new location to keep spreading cheer...and then joins in by painting and hiding their own rocks for people to find. Anyway, it may sound like a silly concept, but I can't tell you how fun it was to find these rocks. And then for our girls to want to pay it forward by re-hiding them for others to experience that joy too. If your community doesn't do this, I highly suggest starting a group up. It's a simple way to create (and find) joy in this oftentimes hard world.
 
OK...how funny is Lily's pose below? She pops her leg out in almost every photo...future model? :)
 
 

 
After the fun we had finding rocks, we came home and painted our own. The girls had so much fun with the process and thinking about where they wanted to hide them. After Lily's rocks dried, she wrote messages on them. Her choices: "Smile." "Be happy." "Be kind." Proud mama right here.
 

 
 
We took a trip to get sno cones later in the day. Hadley hates almost everything sweet and refuses to even try a sno cone. So she had Cheetos while the rest of us devoured our sugar-filled ice.
 
 
Rob was in his element because football officially started on Saturday. It's not really my thing (ha!), so after sno cones the girls and I hit up Michaels to check out all the Halloween decorations. We were in heaven. I picked up a cute craft kit, and we made Halloween bookmarks when we got home.
 
 
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Sunday we went to church as a family and spent the rest of the afternoon just catching up on things around the house. How cute are our girls in their matching Mississippi State dresses? Rob was happy that the Bulldogs won, so that makes for a happy Sunday in our house.
 
 
The girls spent the night with Pop and J on Sunday night, and Rob and I had a rare date night. We went to a local spot, Saltine, and had some seriously yummy food. The weather was nice enough that we sat outside and enjoyed the cool breeze. How cute is this place?
 

I had a kale salad to start, and it was divine. Those are pickled red onions on top, and they're my new favorite food. I could eat anything that's pickled.


I chose shrimp and grits for my entree, and it was yummy too. I have a hard time passing up shrimp when we're out. One of my favorite foods.


The interior at Saltine is so cool...wishing I could find a spot for these lights in our house!

 
If any of y'all are ever passing through Jackson, Mississippi, I highly recommend Saltine...the food and the atmosphere are top notch.
 
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We spent Labor Day, laboring. Isn't that what everyone does? I cleaned and swept our garage (why?!?!) and am sore today as a result! We also got out our fall and Halloween decorations. I know it's early, but it makes us happy. I'll be slowly transforming the house this week and will share pictures when it's all done!
 
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I shared my favorite picks from Loft's Labor Day sale yesterday. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. Did anyone order anything? There were some good sales going on!
 
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Hope everyone has a happy, short week!
 
 


Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Sale at Loft

Loft is having a 40% off sale right now, and it's the perfect time to get some of those fall pieces you've had your eye on. There's so much good stuff, but I narrowed it down for y'all and am sharing my favorites below. Happy Labor Day, and happy shopping! :)

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These booties are just gorgeous. Love the color and the block heel.


Block Heel Ankle Boots
 
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A casual everyday tee with a cute bell sleeve.

Shimmer Stripe Tee
 
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Loft has the best sunnies. The quality is always good, and the prices are hard to beat. Love the shape and the color of this pair.

 
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Such cute sneakers...and that color? Swoon!

 
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This jacket makes any outfit instantly edgy and would be perfect layered over a pretty blouse and skinny jeans.

 
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A comfy, cozy sweater in a lovely shade of purple. Gimme.
 
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Darling utility jacket. I love that it's grey and not olive. Perfect for those early fall days.

 
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These jeans fit like a dream. Love the color and the hem. They were too short on me (I'm 5'10"), but if they were a teeny bit longer I would've kept them in a heartbeat.

 
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Another cozy sweater. That's all I want to do in the fall...live in cozy sweaters!

Spacedye Sweater

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I can't say no to stripes, and this one looks so comfy.

Striped Dolman Two in One Top

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Such cute detail on this top. Love that it could be paired with jeans for a casual look or black skinny pants for work.

Topstitched Smocked Top

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Are y'all doing any shopping today? What sales are y'all hitting up? Happy Labor Day, friends!