Cooking meals during the week can already be a serious challenge. It’s a constant balance between simple, affordable, and delicious, and one of those always tends to suffer. I love that Trader Joes has a variety of original food blends to make meals a bit more adventurous, while always keeping cost in mind. I can walk into a Trader Joes and get a week’s worth of meals using only a handful of ingredients for each, and the meals will always be a hit for the entire family. Make a delicious dinner in three ingredients or less? Totally doable! I’ve listed three of my favorite “three ingredient dinner” recipes below to make tonight’s dinner that much easier! Seriously, THREE INGREDIENTS, GUYS. How can you argue with that!
Lemony Roasted Shrimp and Asparagus
Heat oven to 400ºF. Empty 1 (16-ounce) bag Raw Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp into a colander in the sink and run cool water over the shrimp, tossing occasionally, until defrosted, 5 to 10 minutes. Pat dry and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Empty 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen Grilled Asparagus Spears onto baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, toss to coat, and spread out in an even layer. Thinly slice 1 medium lemon, remove any seeds, and tuck the slices under the shrimp and asparagus. Roast, stirring halfway through, until shrimp are pink and opaque, 8 to 10 minutes total. Halve another 1 medium lemon crosswise, squeeze the juice over the shrimp and asparagus, and serve.
Sheet Pan Kale Gnocchi with Pesto and Veggies
Heat oven to 450ºF. Empty 2 (12-ounce) bags frozen Kale Gnocchi and 1 (14-ounce) bag frozen Organic Green Vegetable Foursome onto a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss well to combine. Spread out in an even layer and roast, stirring halfway through, until gnocchi are plump and lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle with 1 (7-ounce) container Genova Pesto, and toss to coat. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, if you would like.
Green Goddess Skillet Chicken and Veggies
Cut 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1/2-inch-thick strips and place in a large zip-top bag or shallow bowl. Drizzle with about 3/4 of a 1 (11-ounce) bottle Green Goddess Salad Dressing and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to marinate. Meanwhile, halve 1 (12-ounce) bag Organic Radishes of Many Colors (or quarter if large). Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Using tongs, remove chicken from the marinade, shaking off any excess marinade, and add to the skillet in a single layer. Sauté until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes, then transfer to a plate.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet. Add the radishes, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until browned in spots and crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Return chicken to skillet and toss to combine. Remove from heat, drizzle with remaining dressing, garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, and serve.
Okay no judgement here, but I am totally new to the “skincare routine” game. My past routines consisted of looking for products on sale and then forgetting to use them. Basically, I had no routine or regimen to speak of. I am now heading into my mid- thirties and taking care of my skin is now more important than ever. From fine lines and wrinkles, to this weird phase of hormonal acne, my skin is all over the place. It feels caught somewhere between an angry teenager and a cool grandmother, and there is an endless supply of brands available to buy….so who is the best fit for me? Well, everyone has a different answer to this question. It all depends on things like price point and preference in ingredients. There are an endless number of high priced brands that I would love to put into my daily routine. But as a mother and someone who is helping to save up for our dream home, spending $$$ on skincare isn’t really where I am at. I am a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a ton to get great skin, and I found a fantastic company that completely fits that mold. Go Pure Beauty is that perfect blend of fantastic ingredients at a great price point, and I’ll be a fan of theirs for life!
I was introduced to Go Pure when the company approached me to collaborate with them. As I mentioned before, I’m a total newbie to the skincare game, so I figured I would give it a try. Go Pure sent me their entire product line to try, and I’m still working through the options. While on my new skincare journey, I have discovered which products best suit my personal skincare needs. If you’re not sure what your skincare needs are, and want to be sure before purchasing, they provide a “skin quiz” that can help guide you to the best options after a few basic questions. I wanted to give this company and their products enough time to see a visible difference, and I can now honestly say I’ve never loved my skin more! All of their products are made with the best and most gentle ingredients around, only adding things that are necessary to improve the quality of your skin. I love that most of their products are unscented, and the ones that are scented smell like a spa day. From their serums to their moisturizers, you really cant go wrong with whatever line of products you choose with Go Pure. I’ve put together my routine I do each morning to get my skin looking flawless and ready to “face the day” in hopes that I can help you find your next skincare BFF too!
Step One: Vitamin C Cleanser
When creating a masterpiece, you need to start on a blank canvas, right? Well, no blank canvas is ready to be created on if it’s dirty. Avoid harsh ingredients that will strip your skin and snag Go Pure’s “Vitamin C Cleanser.” It’s sulfate-free and gently cleanses your face with nourishing Vitamin C. It visibly brightens and hydrates the face, and leaves it feeling fresh and clean and ready for the day. I like that it leaves my face feeling a little tingly, like it had a great shower or something.
After I’ve washed my face, it’s time for a swipe of toner. This gentle toner helps visibly hydrate dry skin, prepping it for things like serums and moisturizers. It primes and brightens the skin, and removes any unwanted dirt that the cleanser may have left behind. If you’re new to toners and their benefits, this toner is a great one to start with. Some of the benefits of toners are:
The cursed under eye circles and how telling they can be. I’m a creature of habit, and one of my habits is rubbing my eyes. I rub them when I’m tired and when I’m stressed. I rub them when my makeup is feeling crusty and dry. I always rub them. It’s a killer to the blood vessels under my eyes and I have a serious problem with dark circles. Skip the expensive eye creams and try the “Youth Glow” eye gel by Go Pure. The smooth formula is less heavy than most other eye creams, making it perfect for optimal absorption. Its great for during the day, before putting on your makeup, or at nighttime before heading to bed. I love the cooling effect it gives when its been applied. It makes me feel like a trip to the spa, and also like it’s absorbing into the skin and doing its job.
How often do you use a serum? If it’s not daily, you’re really missing out on some serious skin benefits! Formulated with antioxidants, the Vitamin C serum can help your skin look brighter and younger, while reducing the appearance of age spots and discoloration. Like I have mentioned before, my age is starting to hit the area where anti-aging is a big factor in what I choose. This serum combats those issues while brightening up my skin. Made with Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, as well as Ferulic Acid, its a combination that can’t be beat!
This is the moisturizer to end all other moisturizers. I love that this beauty feels thick enough to really do the job, but not so thick that I worry about clogging pores and feeling too sticky. It’s super hydrating and can help improve your skintone. Its unscented, which makes it a great base to use before applying your makeup, or adding that extra level of hydration to your skin before bed. This is my last step before being ready to apply my makeup for the day, which is very minimal. I would say that my skincare routine is twice as long as my makeup routine, but each step is necessary and worth it. Its the “me time” I desperately needed in my life, and a sacred part of my day. We all deserve a little extra pampering from time to time, but this regimen should be a staple to your daily life.
This tube of hydration is literally my favorite body lotion on the planet! First off, the smell is heavenly! It smells like a trip to a spa in Bali and I couldn’t love something more! Made with Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, and Sea Kelp, it completely hydrates the skin without weighing it down. I use it after the shower and after I shave, or whenever my skin feels dry.
My bestfriend when it comes to “self care day.” I use this when my skin needs a little extra love and attention, or whenever Dan is home to help give me 30 minutes away from the kids. Unlike some masques, this one goes on smoothly while absorbing into the skin quickly. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, redness and dry patches. It restores and hydrates without stripping the skin of its nutrients. A total staple in my skincare kit.
You can visit Go Pure and take their skincare quiz to find your perfect skincare line. They help you save when you bundle your products together, also I highly recommend starting with a few items to save the most money. You can purchase all I’ve mentioned above, as well as shop their other incredible products at:
Whatever line you choose on your skincare journey, make sure you research what would be best for you. We all have different skin types, and if we do our homework and look at the list of ingredients, we’re bound to find a match best suited for us. I talk all about Go Pure, because they provide various lines of products suited to fit the majority of us. I also like that their ingredients are gentle, and so I can recommend them to you without worrying your skin will be mad at me. But, my journey is my journey, and I’m only here to provide suggestion and a bit of insight. What is MOST important, is that you start something for yourself. Yes, nice skin is nice. But there is something about taking that “mandatory 10-20 minutes” on yourself in a time where we all our spreading ourselves so thin that is so therapeutic. Don’t forget how important and incredible you are and how spending some time and a little bit of money on yourself is not a crime. Enjoy the process of finding your skincare tribe, but definitely give Go Pure a look!
Bedtime in March is extra fun thanks to books that talk about Saint Patrick’s Day! Whether it’s chatting up shamrocks or how to catch a Leprechaun, snagging a few festive books can really make this time of year extra special. Grabbing these books can also make for great gifts on Saint Patricks Day as well! I’ve compiled a list of our favorite Saint Patrick’s Day stories as well as the links to shop easily from home! Happy reading!
Pete The Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase
You’re My Little Lucky Charm
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day
How To Catch A Leprechaun
Ten Lucky Leprechauns
Jamie O’ Rourke And The Big Potato
Little Man Of Disneyland
A Fine Saint Patrick’s Day
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover
Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day: History, Traditions, and Activities- A Holiday Book For Kids
It is no secret that Bridgerton has completely taken the world by storm. From the juicy storyline, to the dreamy cast and costumes, what’s not to love?! Just like most of you, I’ve already watched the series three or four times over, and have spent way too much time searching the internet for pieces that could make me feel as close to a Bridgerton extra as possible. Instead of keeping it a secret, I’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of my fellow author, Lady Whistledown, and spill the tea on where to get them. it may not make you the actual Duchess of Hastings, but it’ll make you feel pretty close to the Diamond of the First water, even in your own home.
Poshmark and Depop
I know this sounds a bit vague, but I started my search here, and it led me to some of my favorite finds. The secret is in the keywords you choose to use in the search term. It is a time piece televsion show, so it leans more to costume than wearable fashion. Here are a list of keywords I found to be successful when searching for items froem dresses to gloves and more:
“Jane Austen Dress”
“Puff Sleeve Dress”
“Vintage Puff Sleeve Dress”
“Empire Waist Gown”
“Lace Vintage Gloves”
The goldmine for all things Bridgerton fashion, if you’re not looking to spend and arm and a leg trying out the style. The dresses are beautiful, and they have fun accessories for a fraction of the price you would pay anywhere else. Locating the pieces takes a bit of time, so I’ve linked some of the pieces I personally bought, or have my eye on, that will help the process a bit.
I’m here for embracing the Victorian side of fashion, but updating it so it has a more wearable feel. The pieces from Shein are adorable and fancy, but they strike me as a more costume feel. Forever 21 has great pieces that have that Bridgerton feel, but in a more wearable way. Ive linked a few of my favorites below.
This is the absolute best place to find the most authentic looking items from Bridgerton. From the Lady Whistledown’s society paper download, to Daphne’s infamous necklace that she wears for most of the first season, this is the best place to get your Bridgerton items. Not only does shopping here support small shops, but these items are made by Bridgerton fans for Bridgerton fans. I’ve linked some of my favorite items below, so you can start to feel like you’re in the Netflix show yourself.
This may seem like an obvious one, and it most certainly is a helpful site at that. Basically type anything into the search bar, and you’ll locate a great option for whatever you’re searching for. I’ve linked a few of my favorite finds, from Regency dresses to drinkware, Amazon had it all! I hope you find this list helpful and entertaining!
These are just a few items that could have you feeling like the Diamond Of the First Water in no time! I love taking these pieces and creating some magic with the camera, just for fun. Or, throw yourself a Bridgerton style viewing party in style! Whatever the reason, treat yourself to something fancy and fun, simply because you deserve it!
When December rolled into town, so did the fun traditions like the advent calendar. Each morning, my kids would rush to their designated calendars and want to see what awaited for them. Most of the time, it was chocolate, or maybe a small toy. But it was enough to make waking up before school a little bit more special. I got to thinking, why do we only do this during December and not any other time, counting down to a fun holiday? I stopped into my local Target, and in their Bullseye section were advent calendars that counted down to Valentine’s Day! What a clever and innovative idea! They only had two designs, and both were super cute! I felt like I could create something a bit better…and incorporate nature in a fun and festive way!
These D.I.Y branch advent calendars were super easy to create! I found the branch outside of my home and utilized the ribbons and trim I had leftover from Christmas. Since I’m a huge fan of using pink and red during Christmas, I had plenty left over for the craft. The bags were a great Amazon find, that I’ll link at the bottom of this post. The treats and trinkets I filled the bags with we’re small Valentine’s Day themed gifts from the Dollar Tree and Target. You can avoid the stores completely and order for a Target drive-up or order small things online to be delivered to your doorstep. Once I had my items together, I wrapped star tinsel around the branch for extra sparkle. I then cut 14 pieces of ribbon and tied them to the branch, leaving a bit of space in between each. For extra security, I hot glued the ribbon to the branch, but you don’t have to. After they all assembled onto the branch, tie your goodie bags to the bottom of each ribbon. Fill your bags up with an item per day, or a few if you have siblings sharing the advent. Once assembled, Hang on your wall by balancing the branch with a nail about midway down the branch. For added decor, tape a decorative balloon, like this “Love” balloon I got at the 99 Cents Store. That’s it! Starting February 1st, open one bag a day to countdown to the most loving day of the year!
The season of love is here and I am more excited than I’ve ever been for it! I plan on making a ton of Valentine’s Day themed content in the weeks to come, and I wanted to start off with my top reads! Ever since Halloween, the kids have been loving the idea of having holiday books set aside to enjoy. I normally would utilize our local library to collect such things, but due to the pandemic, that is sadly not an option. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite books to read to my littles during the month of February, along with a shoppable link so you can start to collect safely from your home!
Call me Judy, because I may have gone a bit garland crazy as of late. I absolutely love how a garland can transform a space and create some whimsy anywhere it lays! I wanted to create a holiday themed option, but the ideas I found just weren’t my favorite.. until I stumbled on this gem of an idea! I decided to give it a try, because it seemed so simple, and it was! I love how you can keep this up, honestly all year long if you want! There isn’t a specific holiday feel to it, so it’s very subtle in the festive department, Best of all, it was super cheap to create!
Medium sized book
Yarn color of choice for beanies
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Large sewing needle
Toilet paper roll
Small wooden beads
Optional: pom pom maker
How to Create:
To start, we are going to create the beanie for your gnome. Take your beanie yarn color of choice and wrap the yarn around the book about thirty times. Take your scissors and cut the yarn off of the book. Take your toilet paper roll and cut off a small section, about an inch thick. Take your yarn pieces and begin to attach the yarn to the paper ring. To attach, take your yarn piece and fold in half. Place behind the roll and create a hoop with the top part of the yarn, and loop the ends through to attach. See the photos below for more of a refernece. Once attached, repeat this process until all of the yarn has covered the paper circle. If you need to cut more yarn to cover, feel free to do so. After the ring is covered, take the yarn ends and tuck into the paper ring, so that the yarn is facing up. Take another piece of yarn and tie the yarn pieces together about 3/4 of the way up. Take two cotton balls and shove it up into the beanie to add some shape. Cut the top of the yarn down , so that you have a fluffy little beanie topper. Repeat this process until you have made your desired amount of beanies for your gnomes.
To make the gnome beard pom, I used a Clover brand pom pom maker and created perfect poms in minutes! Don’t have a pom maker? That’s totally okay! I’ve attached a link to a video below that shows how to make a perfect pom without any extra materials. After you have created your desired amount of poms for your gnome, it’s time to assemble the garland. Take your beanies and hot glue the base of the beanie to the pom. Then, take your wooden bead and hot glue it to where the base of the hat and the beginning of the pom meet. Once you have assembled all of the gnomes, it’s time to string them together. Due to the thickness of the cotton ball, and the thickness of the yarn, you will need a needle with a larger hoop. Take your yarn and string the gnomes together through the beanie. To add a little extra whimsy, I put wooden beads between to break them up a bit, but you don’t have to. Once they are all strung together, you’re ready to hang and enjoy your hard work! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and for a more detailed look on how I created this D.I.Y, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @OCfitmommy where i break down this project with video in my story highlights! Happy Holidays!
At a loss for festive decor for Thanksgiving? Look no further! This garland literally took less than ten minutes to make, and was under $5 to create! If you cant tell by my past D.I.Y entries, I’m big on finding cute decor ideas that cost next to nothing. Im a firm believer that you don’t have to sacrifice cost or class to create a great home decor piece, and this garland just proves it. I love that this activity is also kid friendly to create, so if you want to involve them in the process, go right ahead! Here’s what you’ll need to make this project:
seven to eight orange paint swatches (free from your local Home Depot)
To start, heat up your glue gun. As its heating up, you can cut out triangles with your paint swatches. I would make it go at least 3-4 colors long, to create the ombre effect. To make the “crust,” take your burlap ribbon and make sure its thin enough to just cover the top. glue the burlap ribbon onto the paint swatch and let dry. To create the “whip cream dollop” take your cotton ball and glue in the center with your hot glue gun. Once all your pie pieces are created, glue them onto a piece of yarn with your glue gun. Once dried, hang and enjoy! Such a simple and inexpensive D.I.Y! Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so thankful for each and every one of you!
The air is turning crisp and colder, which means we are in the thick of fall. I absolutely love this time of year! Christmas is on its way, and everyone just seems a little bit more cheerful. As much as i LOVE Christmas, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to autumn. November brings things like cozy clothes, turkey, and beautiful fall leaves. They are my favorite part about the season, and such a diverse craft piece too! As fun as real leaves can be for crafts, I used fake leaves on this one, but the tribute to this little fall mascot is still very much there. So, snag your glue gun and let’s get to crafting!
Let’s talk foliage. The leaves this time of year are absolutely beautiful, but dry. The real things are great for a fun toddler art project, but if you want a crown that will last, choose to go with faux. I snagged some fake leaves at The Dollar Tree back in September when Halloween prep was in full effect. And when I say I snagged some, I mean I snagged a ton! You can also head to your local craft store, but start at a dollar only style store to keep your costs low. Here is a full list of materials you’ll need to make this project:
10-15 faux maple leaves
optional: glitter, add-ons like star wire
Once you have your materials gathered, you can start to create! Cut your fake leaves off the stem and lay out on a tablecloth you don’t like, or a paper plate. Take your paint and start to paint the leaves. I like to mix pastels and metallics together to give it a bit of depth, but you can choose any colors you want. Be sure to give your leaves at least three coats of paint, to give it that vibrant look. Once the leaves are dry, you can start to glue them onto the headband. Hold the headband horizontally and glue the leaves on in a way that you find pleasing. I like to find the biggest leaf and put that in the middle and glue outward. If you want to add an extra dose of sparkle, you can always sprinkle on some glitter or add some star wire…honestly whatever makes you happy! That’s it! Enjoy your beautiful autumn crown and rule the world of fall!
Wow, have I gone ghost crazy this season! I just can’t get enough of these little spirits, and the home decor is no exception! This year, I constructed these garlands for my friends as a way to “boo” them in a way that they would enjoy! I made a custom color scheme for each recipient and mailed them as a surprise! Absolutely made my day seeing their reactions online as they opened them, so I highly recommend making one for a loved one as a gift! This D.I.Y is so simple to do, anyone can do it! For this craft, you will need the following:
white yarn, along with three other complimentary colors
glue gun and glue
option: sparkle yarn for bows
To begin, you will take a piece of yarn the length of the book spine and tape it to the book spine using painter’s tape. I found that painter’s tape comes off the easiest and is easy to reuse, as you will reuse the tape for multiple ghosts. Once you have the yarn taped on the book spine, start to wrap the yarn around the book horizontally. The more times you wrap the book, the thicker your tassel will become. I chose to go to thirty and stop, as about thirty times gave a good amount of thickness. Once you have wrapped it to your desired thickness, take the taped piece of yarn and tie a knot to gather together and secure the yarn. Once tied at the top, cut the yarn wrapped around the bottom. Take another piece of yarn and about a third of the way down, tie a knot to create a tassel. Trim the bottom to even out the yarn pieces and you’re done! Repeat this process for each color, until you have six completed tassels for each yarn color.
For the white tassels, we will now be creating the ghost faces. Take your glue gun and start to heat that baby up! While it’s heating, you can start to create your ghost face pieces. This is where you can be completely creative…make them look anyway you like! I like to make each of the faces look different to give the garland a unique personality. To create the eyes, cut out very small circles. To create a smiling mouth, cut out a half moon shape by using the edges and a circular cutting shape. Once you have your pieces cut, glue them onto the white tassel. If you want to add some extra sparkle, take some glistening yarn and make a double knotted bow around the ghost’s neck area. After your ghosts are decorated, you can now start to string them together!
To string them together, take a piece of yarn and hang on two sides of your fireplace or mantel. If you don’t have one, take a long piece of yarn and tie down to something. Find the middle of the yarn string and tie your first ghost on. Once you have that one tied on, tie another ghost next to it. Start to repeat this process outward with the complimentary colors, so they match on each side. I tend to double knot each ghost onto the garland for extra hold. Once you have all of your tassels attached to the string, cut the extra string pieces off and you’re done! You can add knots on each end to give it a place to attach, or leave as is! Seriously, how simple was that?! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and have a ghostly good time creating!