Sunday, February 23, 2014


Dinner in our house is most often an afterthought or a complete burden. I work from home and have Isla with me all day. Our nightly routine typically goes something like this...
5:30/6:00: Daddy's home! While he settles in, I'm usually feeding Isla leftovers from the night before
6:00: Daddy and Isla walk Gertie and then we all change into gym clothes
6:30: We walk to the gym and work out for 30-45 minutes while Isla tires herself out at the kid's club
7:45: Isla's bath time :) Victor typically gives her a bath while I round up a bottle, jammies, diaper, lotion, and her toothbrush
8:10: Bottle and face time with grandma
8:20: Isla's bedtime and our dinner time
Depending on the night of the week, I also have 1 to 2 hours of work calls and webinars to get through. Needless to say, dinners need to be planned, quick, and hassle free. Feel free to share any quick and semi-healthy go-to recipes in the comment section :)
Here's what is on the menu this week:
 This weekend Isla finally gave daddy kisses. Grandma and I have been on the receiving end of quite a few kisses, but she is always denying daddy. He finally got a big 'ol open mouthed smooch from our little Islaboo.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Toms is on Zulily again!!! Click HERE to sign up and start saving. Do it now, because the sale ends in 2 days! I fill up my cart during every TOMS event on Zulily. Don't forget to use fatwallet and get $$ back! Click HERE for the link again.

Here is what I ordered this time (no judgement)...

Monday, February 17, 2014

From my test kitchen

I went to bed Thursday night with a little tickle in my throat. By 2:00 am Friday morning I was breathing fire so hot I thought I had swallowed a 100 red hots. I. Was. Miserable. I knew the next day would hold a new level of hell for me. A sore throat, a work from home job, and a 14 month old speed demon on knees. A complete recipe for disaster. Oh, and it was Valentine's Day. A day that I had been planning for weeks. Matching outfits. Heart shaped pancakes. Red Velvet cupcakes. Pish posh! Tears literally sprang to my eyes when I realized none of those plans would come to fruition. Real tears. No, I'm not pregnant. To top off my raw throat, Aunt flo came 4 days early. Come on! Cut a bitch a break.

I immediately Googled sore throat remedies and went to town on this one. Mostly because I had the items in my pantry and it took little to no effort. I'm sharing because it made a WORLD of difference. When I have a sore throat I'm one to suck on Chloraseptic drops until my tongue turns to hamburger and starts to hurt more than the sore throat I was aiming to dull. I was forced to try this sore throat remedy because my baby daddy had just sucked down our stash of drops last week when he had a red hot throat.

Mix equal parts water, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Gargle for 15 seconds per gulp until the mixture is gone. I did a tsp of each; three mouthfuls for a a total of 45 seconds. 

This worked almost immediately to dull the pain and numb my mouth and throat. Warning: It is nasty! But, this recipe will forever be my go-to sore throat cure instead of the Chloraseptic drops.

You're welcome.

Stay tuned for Valentine's Day 2.0, because once I'm 100%, my baby is getting those heart shaped pancakes...and we'll be rocking those matching outfits when she does!

I also would like to thank the Olympics for providing countless hours of TV viewing while I was down and out.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

January Favorites (A little late)

1. Zella Live In Leggings: Just like the title suggests, I live in these! They are the best leggings I have found on my quest to find the perfect legging. They have compression spandex so they are super slimming, they will not fade, and they have a wide waist band so there is no unwanted muffin top. Zella is Nordstrom's athletic line that is very comparable to Lululemon. I own 4 pair and plan to keep adding to the collection :)

2. Tangle Teezer: Amazing. I have a lot of naturally curly hair, but it is fine and prone to being dry. I used to dread combing out my locks after a shower even after using Moroccan Oil conditioner. I saw this creepy looking thing on a YouTube video and then spotted it at Target. I plucked out $9.99 for it and have never looked back. This brush is SO gentle and my hair doesn't make that ripping sound that used to make me cringe while thinking I should rush to salon for a hasty pixie cut.

3. Algenist Face Oil: My face is combo on a good day, and oily on most. Putting oil on my face seemed counterproductive to my skin care goals. I love the Algenist line and the girl at Sephora suggested I give this a try. After threatening her with a window egging if my face blew up with acne, I took home a sample to try. LOVE IT! It actually controls my oil and tricks my skin into thinking I have enough and it doesn't need to produce anymore. The anit-aging benefits are a plus as well. Hello, 30's.

4. Spinach and Kale Chips: We can't get enough of these guys!

5. Earrings: The new Morningtide Stud earrings have been my go to earrings as of late. They are so simple, but full of gorgeous detail. I love vintage feel and pop of pink.

6. 2 in 1 Statement Necklace: I'm obsessed with this necklace, or rather, necklaces... I love the nautical feel of it and it comes with two chains; navy and antique brass. I can instantly change the look of this for day to night. Just look at it! Perfection! Want $25 off? Just ask :)

7. Slippers: I found these at Target in January and they are so cushy and soft. Perfect for those chilly Florida nights :)

8. Hape Pound & Tap Bench: My friend gifted this to Isla for her birthday and the kid LOVES it! She's a little young to play with it as intended, so she makes sweet tunes with the hammer and xylophone, and plays fetch with the balls. Seriously, this chick throws the ball and then fetches it, then throws it again and fetches it. My dog acts like a cat and baby acts like a dog. Who knew?

9. Nosefrida: Honestly, this was not a fave of mine until Victor and I proved to be bad parents one night. Isla had just taken down her evening milk and we were making her laugh. Hard. She then threw up her milk and it came out of her nose! Her nose was packed with disgusting milk snot! I whipped this out, stuck it in her nose, and every trace of milk snot ended up in that little tube. It's not good for boogers, but snot doesn't stand a chance! I think this will be a life saver when Isla has her first runny nose...or we make her laugh so hard she nose vomits again :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Books: An Addiction

Hi, my name is Megan and I'm addicted to books. 

I love reading! I can slam a good book down in 24 hours on a bad day. I'm an equal opportunity reader. I love chick lit, historical non-fiction, sociological studies, and business lit. I'm always looking for the next best thing to read. One of my favorite sources for good books is the airport terminal. That's how I found the Dan Brown novels. If more than one person is reading a book while waiting for their flight, I bet its a good one and I scoop it up at the airport bookstore.

All this scooping has led to a pretty impressive book collection. However, I never read books more than once. I try to pass them on to a reader in my life, but somehow I'm still stuck with boxes and boxes of books. We live a pretty urban lifestyle in a downtown condo and really don't have the space for these past friends of mine. I want them to go to a good home. So if you're in the market for some good chick lit reading, head over to Ebay and give these babies a home. I ran out of steam after listing these, but will continue to put up more titles over the coming weeks :) Round 1 is mostly chick lit.

I've already sold over 50 titles. I highly recommend Ebay if you have old beach reads to unload as well. You can ship them Medial Mail, which is pretty cost effective considering the weight of some titles.

You can find all of my current $0.99 listings: here and below are a few of the titles up for grabs