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This blog highlights all my favorite picks and ponderings. I share book recommendations, yummy recipes and fashion favorites! I throw in some surprises every now and then and share my life happenings and LOTS of pictures of my adorable sons, Joey and Teddy:) Hope you'll keeping stopping by!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

#palpicoftheday2014 Week 30

We are 30 weeks in on this year...craziness.
This week Andrew is on va to the kay.  We are doing house projects. Boring!
But he is on vacation again at the end of August and then we are gonna rage. And beythat I mean we will be going to my fam's beach house.  Every. blessed. day.
But for now. We work hard, so we can play hard.
This is what we were up to last week!
Day 202:
Playground chats.  Looks super enlightening for a couple of 2s.
Day 203:

Happy Tedster.  This is the basically the norm for this kiddo.  He loves life.  Can't say I blame him--he has a darn good life:)
Day 204:

I was a little under the weather and it was super duper hot and muggy, a sad combo if there was one.  Once Joey was nestled in for a nap--Teddy and I nestled in the confines of my air conditioned bedroom and this happened. I don't hate it:)
Day 205:
"Joey give me a thumbs up!" (pic#1)
"No, a thumbs up!"(pic #2)
hmm, oh well.  I guess 'you got it dude' is not going to be our phrase;)
Day 206:
That beach life is such a rough life.
Day 207:
Just doing what we do--owning the dance floor.  Not sure why this pic is so ginormous!
Day 208:
Not only survived his first wedding, but kinda stole the showing with his sweet smile!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recipe Club: Chicken Chili

Another day another link up!

Linking up with Andrea for recipe club!
I haven't done a recipe post in awhile so why the heck not?!
Although I think you actually have to be cooking  to post a recipe and since I don't think you'd call what I've been doing lately cooking! More like throwing something together. Or making Andrew cook! Mama's tired at the end of the day! 

So I'm pulling one from the archives!

This is one of my all time faves! It's another crock potter. Can you tell I'm lazy?;)

Chicken Chili

You will need:

2 – 15 o.z cans of white beans

1 – 15 oz. can of white corn 

1 onion chopped

1 tsp of minced garlic 

1 package taco seasoning

1 – 7 oz. can of chopped green chilies

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 – 14 oz. can of chicken broth

2- 3 boneless chicken breasts

-Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray and place the chicken breast on the bottom.

-Top your chicken with the beans, corn and onion.

-In a bowl, combine the garlic, taco seasoning, green chilies, soup and broth. I used a whisk to help break up the creamy soup.

-Once mixed together well, add the liquid to your crock pot and give everything a good mix while trying to leave the chicken at the bottom.

-Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. When ready to eat shred chicken with two forks in the crock pot. Scoop into a bowl and top with shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack. 

This meal is a no brainer! Super easy...super delish!

I really am hoping to get back to doing What I Wore Wednesday posts next week.  Only because I really love it--not because I am under any illusions you actually care what I'm wearing! But in the rare chance you do--stay tuned!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fave Things Party

Good morning. 
I'm still positively giddy about last night's Bachelorette. I was Team Josh from the get go. Stud muffin central. I don't know what it was but he had me smitten from the moment he stepped out the limo! He is easy on the eyes so there's that. He has dimples for days. He has a smile that can light up this whole town(according to Taylor Swift) He was a former baseball player and I don't hate it! The fact that he cried when he got to see his fam? Swoon! 
How insanely happy did they look after the Final Rose??! The Nick stuff?? Awks!! Eek I couldn't even watch! Yet couldn't stop! I know my husband thinks I'm a freak for watching, but I love me some "reality" Bachelor tv!

Anywho! Today is Favorite Things Party with Erika and Andrea! Woot woot! 
My mom is truly showing at this party today!

Joey is finally old enough for matchbox cars! And since he digs anything car or truck related this is perfection!! And how did I not know how cheap these things were?! Matchbox cars are my fave things this month! I told you...#momlife #boymom and all that good stuff;)

Seriously, I bought a package of 6 of these things for about $5! And for just one it's under a dollar! Can't beat it!  It is going to make trips to Walmart and Target a whole lot easier. Because bribery thy name is mom;) Am I right?? 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Another Wedding Weekend

We had a another wedding this past weekend. Tis the season, right?? It was in New Hampshire.  Joey stayed home with my family. We brought Teddy with us as I am his life source and mama did not feel like lugging the pump around again. The Tedster is a much cuter accessory than that hideous black pump bag don't ya know! Plus? Baby in a tuxedo onesie--swoon!

I die!! I am writing this from the confines of my grave as we speak!

Does this face not suggest--I need a drink... Pronto! 

The wedding was of Andrew's uncle and his beautiful bride. The church ceremony was absolutely lovely. I have no pictures because my arms were occupied by my cute little date-- who was a bit antsy{ and no I don't mean Andrew!} But I assure it was a beautiful Mass of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. 

The reception was a lovely affair as well!
The beautiful table decor. 

Fancy fam bam minus Joey pic 

First dance!

Just kicking it-wedding style. 

This cake tasted just as amazing as it looks!

Getting our wedding dance on is how we roll:)

Andrew is on va-cay this week. We are gonna rage over here at the Pals. So happy Monday to you poor souls whose husbands aren't on vacation. ;) I kid!
But really, I am super pumped to have two extra set of hands this week! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favoritos!!

It's Friday!! Woot woot!!
And it is the start of Andrew's vacation. 
Double woot woot!
It's also time for Friday favorites!! 
Triple woot woot? Ok I'll stop. 

Linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci 

Favorite #1: Selfies
It's no secret I love a good selfie and I have been selfie-ing up a storm this week!

Failed attempt at a sibling selfie!
Not the best but I did manage to get all seven of us in a selfie at my cousin's wedding!!

Sister selfies

Teddy/Mum selfies 

Car selfies

fam bam selfies

You're so vain--you probably think this selfies about you. Right?! 
Love them anyways! 

Favorite #2: the bumbo seat
I can't get enough of Teddy in the bumbo! I never had one with Joey but I am really loving it with Teddy. He loves to chill and check out what Joey is up to!
Can you handle the cuteness?!

I can't!

bumbo at the beach:)


Favorite #3: double jogger
We were just given this gem by a friend of my cousin and I am using the heck out of this thing. I still like my front to back stroller for errands and short walks, but the jogger is great to get out for runs and long walks! And Joey loves sitting next to Teddy!

I like to call this our "jammies jog"

How about Joey's kicks? Sneakers guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher! Does anyone else still swoon over Benny the jet?? No? Just me? Is it creepy?

Bro chats 

I say give thumbs up for the double stroller! And I get a fist pump and #1! Close enough. 
And yes, rain boots are his jam;)

And just for kicks? A favorite that's not of my me and my posse. These swanky sparkling waters!
Um, Yum! And how presh are the cans?? Super fancy in the Pal house;)

You know what else are my favorite? Weekends! Happy Friday bloggies!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Another week is gone! I can't believe how quickly summer is going. I hate to wish it away but I'm already looking forward to Fall. But more importantly I am looking forward to the last week of August when my family rents their beach house! It's my favorite week of the year!! We have rented a camp at the lake or a beach house since as long as I can remember bus it is my absolute favorite. There is no better family vacation!! So I am counting down the days/weeks!

Here is what we've been up to! 

Day 195:
So stinkin cute! Loves the bumbo seat!

Day 196:
Just some evening tv:)

Day 197:
Loving my jogger! What a fab workout! And Joey loves sitting next to Teddy!

Day 198:
Rehearsal dinner! Best attempt at fam bam pic!

 Day 199:
This is what happens when you stay at the beach all day and skip a nap!!

Day 200:
Cutest little ring bearer there ever was;)
Day 201:
Sure did miss my snuggles with Teddy!!

Happy hump day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wedding weekend

This past weekend was my cousin's wedding and I was a bridesmaid and Joey was the ring bearer! We were busy busy! Andrew took Thursday and Friday off from work, thankfully!! 

Thursday night was the rehearsal followed by dinner at Dimillos. With a little two year old terror we didn't last long!

Best attempt at a fam bam selfie!

What a view! We had our rehearsal dinner here almost four years ago to the day!!

Friday we decided to hit the beach!

This is what happens after a day at the beach!

Followed by some movie viewing:)

And enjoying his first ever fudgicle!!

Saturday morning--wedding day!!

We started with some morning snugs!

And some bro chats!

About to get his ring bearer on!

The bride getting in her dress!

Trolley ride!

This was my attempt at a sibling selfie! It was a fail! Impressed I got all seven of us though!!

Love this pic! Wish Teddy was in it too!

When you have to pump on the floor during wedding festivities! #momprobs

My best guy 

Cake time!

Well this is an interesting look!

I sure did miss this face!

Enjoying teddy snugs and a fudgicle after a crazy/long/fun/exhausting weekend is the only way to go--am I right??