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Weekend Dossier No. 25

April 17, 2016



If price was no object, then this Spanish designed highchair would be my choice.

I’ve starting using this app for tracking all the important lady information. It’s simple and very well designed.

We had this salad for dinner one night this past week and loved it. I would use a tablespoon less of fish sauce next time to cut back on the saltiness.

Remember this viral video? These mom actually have a hilarious YouTube channel I can’t get enough of  . . . subscribe!

These minty shoes are tempting me as a springy addition to my black and grey wardrobe.

If you follow me on social media, you know I’m super excited about my friend, Margaret’s new project, “Two Minute Mama”. Her new site is alway full of helpful, inspiring advice for communicating with our kids. The two minute tidbits are a genius concept.

This collaboration is so pretty! Quick, I need a reason to host a pretty party. Maybe I’ll settle for these for my coffee on the go.


Photo Credit: Cheeky 

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Quick Baba Ganoush

April 15, 2016


I love Middle Eastern food and rarely get to eat it since we live in central Kansas. Unfortunately most of my attempts to replicate restaurant versions of falafel and tabboulah have not worked out. However, after a few tries I’ve perfected this delicious roasted eggplant dip or “baba ganoush”. Although the traditional method is to roast the eggplant slowly intact and scoop out the flesh, I rarely have the time or patience for the process. In this recipe I cheat by chopping the eggplant and cooking in a cast iron skillet on the stove. High heat and the heavy pan preserve the signature smokiness of the dish.

The dip is usually served with pita, but we’ve been devouring it with mini sweet peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas. Pita chips would also work as a dipper if want some crunch. The dip can be served warm or cold and can be used in place of hummus on wraps, etc.


Baba Ganoush

1 Medium Eggplant, Peel and Chopped

1 T. Regular Olive or Avocado Oil

1/4 t. Sea Salt

4 T. Lemon Juice (fresh is best for flavor)

1 T. Tahini or 1 t. Sesame Seeds

1 Clove Garlic, Minced

Pinch of Cumin

Pinch of Cayenne

1/4 t. Smoked Paprika

2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (plus extra for drizzling)

2 T. Plain Greek Yogurt

Toasted Pinenuts, Parsley, Smoked Paprika and EVOO for Topping

In a cast iron skillet or pan heat oil on medium-high heat. Add eggplant and cook for 5-8 minutes on a hot pan until soft and some pieces are a bit charred. Remove from heat and let sit while preparing other ingredients.

In a blender or food processor add salt, lemon juice, tahini, garlic and seasonings. Add warm eggplant and blend until smooth. Add EVOO and yogurt. Blend until combined. Place dip into a serving dish and finish with toppings.

Dip can be store in the refrigerator without toppings for up to five days.

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of dip and can be easily doubled.


Weekend Dossier No. 24

March 5, 2016



For some serious pantry inspiration and tips, check this article out.

I started using this in the shower and love what it does for my skin.

This chicken recipe is on my shortlist for menu ideas for the upcoming week.

I told you recently about the Oh Joy for Target baby collection, now she’s released a living room collection! Lots of her signature bright colors, metallics, and mid-century flair.

I discovered this brand on Instagram and whoa, so soft and cute. Don’t forget that the prices shown are in CND and are about 30% less in USD.

Following Kate’s advice here, I started applying my foundation (actually a CC cream) and it has made all the difference in the even appearance of my make-up. I use inexpensive this brush and wash it daily under hot water. It’s always dry by the next morning.


Photo Credit: The Small Things Blog

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My First Mommy Mailbox!

February 25, 2016


I’ve been away from the blog for a bit to prepare for my husband’s homecoming and to spend a few days basking in our family togetherness. He arrived home earlier this week from a nine month deployment with the Army to the Middle East. Not seeing your husband for nine months is crazy! Lots of women have had much longer separations – much respect for you, sisters. The amazing homecoming makes the separation a distant memory the moment I saw him holding both our smiling boys. We had a photographer so a whole post of photos coming soon!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day (and most other holidays) alone is nothing unusual for a military spouse and probably for lots of other women who have husbands who travel for work. I shamelessly ordered myself a gift – a subscription to Mommy Mailbox. I followed their super pretty Instagram feed (follow!) since they started and was so impressed by the boxes they turned out month after month. So many subscription boxes seem to have a few products I like and a few I’m not so keen on. This mama does not need extra clutter so those boxes haven’t appealed to me. Mommy Mailbox is the first one that I love EVERY SINGLE item. Some brands included are well known (like One Love Organics and Rifle Paper), while others are new discoveries.

A different blogger curates the box every month providing fresh ideas and style to the box. This month was curated by the ladies behind HeyMama. They made some fabulous choices!




Plaid Scarf by Greenish

Send out winter snugly in style with this super soft blanket scarf. I already have this scarf but it is such a great piece. I can’t wait to gift it to someone.

Taylor Triangle Necklace by Olive + Piper

A simple trio of triangles in 14k gold. Combine with long pendants for an effortlessly layered look or wear alone for an easy outfit upgrade. I needed a piece of more minimal modern jewelry and this fit the bill.

Valentine Card by Neon Rae

A simple statement to share your love with your favorite this month. Designed by Jillian Atun, owner and designer behind LA children’s boutique Neon Rae.

Lip Gloss by Sappho

Created by celebrity makeup artist JoAnn Fowler, the Rita gloss is vegan and paraben-free. Its universally flattering shade makes it the perfect finish for your Valentine’s Day evening. I’ve been wearing this daily. It has the best earthy flavor too. None of that gross chemically taste so many lip products often have.

Chocolate Bar by La Luna Salt Co.

Handmade and hand painted in small batches, these milk chocolate bars are infused with vanilla sea salt to bring out a decadent flavor. So delicious. It went perfectly with  cup of coffee one evening.




I can’t wait for my March box! Mommy Mailbox also has gift boxes at various price points and I’m pretty sure some of my mom friends will be getting these as gifts this year.


No compensation was received for this review. Sometimes I just love sharing great things. XO


Weekend Dossier No. 23

January 30, 2016



Have you seen this new collection at Pottery Barn Kids? A gold lovers dream. This and this are on my wish list.

I recently discovered this site. Lots of good ideas! This article on toy rotation was great!

This nursery is beautiful. I don’t know what else to say. I need a little girl. (Hello, that swan!)

Need a pretty Instagram account to follow? Here you go. She’s a mom that makes every day pretty.

Finally found a good organic full fat greek yogurt that I like for cooking. I’ve been making this dressing. It’s delicious on a salad of grilled chicken, kale and romaine.


Enjoy the weekend!


Photo Credit: Glitter Guide

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