Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pork Tacos with Colorful Cilantro Lime Slaw

You guys, I just found a way to take Taco Tuesday to a whole other level.
Three little words...
Cilantro Lime Slaw

I'm so serious, I'm probably never eating tacos without this again.
The recipe is so simple and fresh, too.

Colorful Cilantro Lime Slaw
Tri color slaw (cabbage, red cabbage, carrots)
Fresh cracked pepper

Chop your own cabbage and carrots or buy the pre-bagged (you do you) and
put it all in a big bowl.
Chop up fresh cilantro and be generous with it. (If you love it like me then you put a whole lot in).
Pour in 1/4 C EVOO.
Juice in 1 lime.
Mince in some garlic. (I pressed 1 clove)
Crack some fresh pepper and sprinkle some salt.
Give it all a good ol' mix up.
Refrigerate it and then put it on top of your tacos. (I think it's best with pork but chicken or beef are fine too).
Stand amazed at the fresh deliciousness that you've been missing on your tacos.

Think of me the next time you Taco Tuesday and give this slaw a go!

The other way you can take your Taco Tuesday to the next level is these 
cuuuuute vintage brass cactus napkin holders.
One unique set of four up for grabs in my shop.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Dino Party fit for a FIVE year old

You guys, my baby turned 5! I know everyone says this, but I really don't know how it happened.
I feel like I blinked. Wasn't it yesterday that I just gave birth to him?

And I'm not sure why 5 feels like SUCH a big milestone but it does. 

 It also felt like a big milestone because this was the first year HE knew exactly what he wanted.
He understood his birthday was coming and he wanted to plan his day, invite friends, the whole nine.
And one day while we were at Walmart he saw a dinosaur piñata and that was it, he was sold.
A dino party complete with piñata would be the perfect celebration for this 5 year old.

And if you've been around here for any time at all, you know I'm all about cuteness on a dime.
Getting creative with what I already have and challenging myself to spend as little money as possible are usually my method. Things that cost little money but make a big impact (see balloon 5 below).

I brought out Grady's plastic dinos, went and scrounged up plants from around the house, and got out our family party hats + Happy Birthday banner that we use for everyone's birthday in our family plus a couple cute pictures of Grady and made this little scene!

The only thing I really needed to make was the Gradysaurus banner. I bought a $3 pack of letters from the Target Dollar Spot and painted them green. It didn't have all the R's or S's I needed so I just traced them on cardboard and added them in.

 The cake is a big deal, of course.  And while I love to decorate a cake, I'm no baker.

 So I made it easy on myself and just did a triple layer boxed funfetti cake.
Store bought icing as well. If it ain't broke, why fix it? That's my motto when 
it comes to baking. hah!

To make it even easier on myself, I made cupcakes for all the kids.
Pre-measured, contained cake for the win.

The only other decor we did was this super fun balloon 5.

If you're looking for a statement decor piece and don't want to spend much money but don't mind investing some time, this might be for you!

We just bought a big piece of plywood and painted it white for the backdrop.
Then I freehanded a huge number 5 outline for us to follow. 
We bought six $1 packs of balloons for 72 balloons total and then went to town blowing them 
up in all different sizes. Start with your big balloons first to make the shape and then fill it in with the littler balloons. Use strong, white tape. Enlist someone else to do all the balloon blowing (that's what I did, hah!)

This was my first time hosting a *real* kid party. Like with more kids than adults.
I was not really sure how it was gonna go, but it was great.

We did some simple dino themed games for the kids:
Dinosaur Egg Hunt

Dinosaur Dig

And of course, the thing that started it all, 
Dinosaur Piñata 

My boy had a great day. He is such an extrovert so being surrounded by his
people was the best gift of all. 

 (Thank you to my friend Trish who grabbed my camera and took pictures so I could 
be in the moment. That's a good friend right there.)

My sweet Grady boy, I count it such a privilege to be your mama.
We've done this thing together from the start. So, your birthday kinda feels like my birthday - the day I became a mom. You've turned into such a kind, compassionate, and helpful little boy.
You are by far one of my greatest blessings and I love to celebrate YOU.

Every year we try to take pictures of our kids on/around their birthday and here are a
few to remember our Grady Boy at age 5. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Playroom Update

A few weeks ago I found a suuuuper smushed cereal bar in the shag rug I had in here for the boys' playroom. Like, had to cut it out of the rug bad. And then a few days after that, the boys started using their train table as a ramp. Not for their trains or cars, for themselves.
That's all I needed to see to know it was time for a change in here.

So, first order of business was maximize their space for how they actual use it. 

 Since the train table was no longer serving it's purpose, it got put into storage and opened up a ton more room for rearranging. I moved their coloring table to a more accessible spot and put up a cork board for them to proudly display their work.

We also put in a reading corner. 
And my husband whipped up this cute little bench for the boys to sit on. 

I also found this vintage phone for $5 and knew the boys would get a kick out of it.

The conversations I overhear on this phone are hilarious. 

We made some more room for make believe and for decorations that remind us 
of our first home in Virigina. 

 But honestly the highlight of our playroom upgrade is this Lorena Canals machine washable rug.
You read that correctly, MACHINE WASHABLE! This rug will fit in a standard washer and dryer. If that is not life-changing for a kids' space, I don't know what is. It is so liberating to just throw this sucker in the washing machine and not lug out the vacuum.

Also high on style and so on trend with those cute braided tassels.
An added bonus because this is a room I share with the boys. 
My office area is the other half of this room (maybe one day I'll show you when it's not a wreck), so it's a win-win in our shared space!
Handmade and with all natural dyes, we opted for the coordinating pom-pom throw as well with all the same great easy washing qualities. It's already been through the ringer on fort-building night.

I've been super happy with how well it's withstood my boys' most highly trafficked area. 
 Because let's be honest, this room mostly looks like this everyday.

And like this - with someone's bum in time-out. ;)

We're finding our way in this shared space and I'm so happy to say I won't be cutting cereal bar out of any rugs any time soon! 

For more info on Lorena Canals products, visit their site. 
Disclaimer: I received Lorena Canals products for review purposes but all opinions are my own.