Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, we figured we would share a festive dinner that would work perfectly for the occasion! This dinner is so easy to make and all three of my boys eat it (with a little extra cheese on Preston’s to hide the chicken). I love Cinco De Mayo – it is such a fun excuse to get a little festive, make a delicious meal, and enjoy a margarita.

Chicken Tostadas
This recipe is from ifoodreal and is delicious. One great thing about this recipe is that flexibility of it. I love that you can add more or less toppings depending on the person eating the tostada. Don’t like black beans? Great, swap them for refried. Want salsa? Add it on! You get the point.

  • Ingredients
    8 corn tortillas or store-bought tostada shells
  • 3 medium tomatoes diced
  • 4 medium avocados diced
  • 3 tbsp red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Lime juice of
  • 15 oz can low sodium black beans drained & rinsed
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup feta or Cotija cheese crumbled
  • Cooking spray
  • Instructions
  • To make homemade tostada shells: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • Arrange tortillas in a single layer, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt on both sides.
  • Bake for 6 minutes per each side, means flipping once.
  • Prep toppings: While tostadas are baking, make easy guacamole salsa by combining tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and lime juice. Get other ingredients ready.
  • Assembly: To assemble tostadas, top each shell with guacamole salsa, beans, chicken and cheese.
  • Storing tostada shells: You can bake homemade tostada shells for up to 48 hours in advance. Just store in resealable Ziploc bag to keep shells crunchy
homemade guacamole
finished product

Mexican Street Corn Salad
This salad can also be used as a salsa/dip for an appetizer if you are having a dinner party, barbecue, or anything really!

Ingredients
Dressing
½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp honey 
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp cumin

Salad
Splash of oil
4 ears of corn about 3 cups (shucked and kernels removed)
1 clove garlic minced
2 TBSP lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1cup canned black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 red bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
1/2cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro chopped
1/2 cup cotija cheese (we used feta)

Let us know what you think if you try either of these recipes for dinner.

Powder Room Upgrade

Powder Room Upgrade

Last year sometime, one of our faucet handles in our main floor powder room broke. When we needed to get a new faucet, the one I wanted didn’t match the other hardware in the bathroom … so we got all new hardware (toilet paper holder, towel bar, towel ring, lighting, mirror). When we got all new hardware, the bathroom needed to get painted (and wallpapered on one wall). When we painted….. you get where this is going. Basically we did a little upgrade to our powder bath all because one handle broke.

This was definitely a project that we wanted to get to eventually but just never got around to it because life happens. Needless to say I was thrilled when I realized that we were going to give this bathroom the love and attention it needed. I just got in our new towels for the bathroom and now it is complete, so I figured I would share some before and afters here (because who doesn’t love a good before/after?).

Almost everything we bought for this bathroom glow up was purchased on Amazon. The exceptions are: the towels (Neiman Marcus), the nest fragrance (Nordstrom), light fixture (Wayfair), and the “art” (I made it at Board and Brush!). Everything is linked at the bottom of this post as well. I am beyond thankful that I have a handy husband! Rob did this entire thing himself – he did SUCH an amazing job. I love our new powder room so much, it makes getting the boys ready in the morning so much nicer!

faucet * towel ring * towel bar * lighting * toilet paper holder (ours is sold out but here is another option that would work) * waste basket * mirror (only 1 left so here is a similar mirror) * towels * wallpaper * nest fragrance

Our Favorite Carpet Cleaners

Our Favorite Carpet Cleaners

Vacuuming is one of my favorite household chores to do…call me crazy, but I love it! I bring out the vacuum at least once a day and am obsessed with having clean floors. However, for those of you with pets or kids you understand how important it is to deep clean your carpets every now and then and an everyday vacuum isn’t going to cut it for that! This Bissell TurboClean Powerbrush Cleaner has been a game changer for our carpets. Even though we do not have pets, our carpets require deep cleaning with all the playing, snacking, etc. the kids do! Plus, we are always playing on the carpet and it’s important to us that we keep it clean for the kids. This vacuum is lightweight and perfect for heavy traffic areas or even small spaces. The Bissell OXY formula deep cleans the carpet and removes stains and the detachable nozzles make it so easy to clean. It’s a game changer!

As for the everyday clean up, our favorite vacuum is the cordless Dyson which we love with all our heart (LOL, it’s true). The features on the Dyson are so user friendly and make cleaning and vacuuming easy peasy! The Dyson does come with a steep price tag so those looking for a more budget friendly option we recommend this one from amazon (Michelle owns!). It’s great for the everyday mess that is our floors 🙂 We also wanted to add our favorite instant carpet spot remover. This is also an everyday use and it’s so convenient because it requires no rinsing! You just spray and go! Perfect for the juice spills, arts and crafts clean ups, etc!

Happy Cleaning!

Home Organization Favorites

Home Organization Favorites

Major nesting mode happening over here and I just cannot. stop. organizing. It brings me such joy to open a drawer or closet and have it perfectly organized and clean. Are all spaces in my house like that? HA far from it but today I’m sharing out my favorite home organization pieces, all from The Container Store!

iDESIGN Affixx Adhesive Organizer Bin
iDesign Linus Divided Lazy Susans
The Home Edit Lazy Susan
Marie Kondo Narrow In-Drawer Knife Organizer
  • iDesign Affixx Adhesive Organizer Bins: I use my bin for storing dishwasher pods (it’s hanging from the inside of our kitchen sink!). There are SO many uses for this clear, strong bin though (spices, cosmetics, frequently used items, etc) This is one of my favorite storage hacks!
  • Divided Lazy Susans: Again, SOOO many ways to use this. I have these divided lazy susans in my fridge, pantry, and playroom! We use them to store snacks in the fridge/pantry and art supplies in the playroom. It’s so convenient for tight spaces since it spins and you can easily access whatever is stored inside!
  • The Home Edit by iDesign 9″ Lazy Susan: I just can’t get enough of lazy susans lol! But this one is great for storing oils in the kitchen and bath necessities. It fits perfectly in our corner drawer in our kitchen.
  • Marie Kondo Narrow In-Drawer Knife Organizer: This was a recent purchase (I needed it for my own mentality) to get everything off of my kitchen counters. Love that this piece fits inside a drawer and is a safe way to store knives (and keep them sharp!).
Card Keeper
Acrylic Risers
Battery Organizer
Drawer Organizers
  • Card Keeper: I’m a sucker for cards and when I see a cute or funny one at Target I’ll buy it and save it. This is the perfect way organize all your cards (greeting, birthday, thinking of you, etc). I also love to tabbed dividers and keep special cards that were given to me here. *see below pic
  • Acrylic Risers: Another thing that can be used in so many ways! I have these under our bathroom sink and in Kylie’s closet (as shoe display/storage). Another great purchase for small spaces to maximize the area.
  • Battery Organizer: Anyone with kids knows how important it is to always have extra batteries on hand! I love that this one has organized spaces so you can see the size and easily access them in the moment.
  • Drawer Organizers: We have these in our kitchen and bathrooms. They are great for keeping drawers organized that have a tendency to get cluttered.
The Card Keeper box

Happy organizing!!

Living Room Envy

Living Room Envy

Rob, myself (Kelly), and the boys have been living at my parents house, while construction is happening at our house, for the past week now. It is safe to say that the boys are having the BEST time living with Gigi & Bud Bud and that my parents are a lot more tired at the end of the day than they normally are! haha! But, being here has made me come to love their beautiful, cozy, child and adult friendly space even more than I normally do!

scrunchie * similar top * necklace * jeans

I love how my mom was able to decorate this space so beautifully, you would never know that 3-4 days per week her and my dad are watching our little ones. Her style, although similar to mine and Michelle’s, is also extremely different and it is so refreshing to live (temporarily) in a space that is inspiring some creative flow – especially since we are in the middle of a reno right now!

Product Sources:
*Couch – this is the couch they have, except our parents opted out of the chaise/lounger at the end
*Floor lamp – i adore the simplicity and elegance of the swoop in this floor lamp
*Coffee table – the coffee table is not pictured but it is a stunner (and on sale) so we had to include it!
*Throw blanket – this blanket is old but a similar white throw is listed here and I love this chunky knit throw (it comes in so many color options too)
*Wall mirror – this specific mirror is no longer sold but here and here are similar options
*Wall clock – ours is old but here is a similar one. I also love this one and this one.
*Plant – tree is old but I found similar ones here, here, here, and here.
*Chair – this is the same chair, but our parents wanted white fabric instead of the patterned on you see here

Our Playroom Space

Our Playroom Space

Today I wanted to share a glimpse into our playroom space aka the mecca of our house! Ha! We spend so much time here and with the pandemic this space has been a lifesaver . While the decor is still lacking a bit (I’ll get there!) this is Kylie’s absolute favorite place in the house to hang out and play!

We keep her “big” item toys here-think ball pit, nugget, trampoline, etc. and we have the smaller piece toys/items (barbies & accessories, etc.) in her room or tucked away in our living room.

  • Ball pit- our exact one isn’t sold anymore BUT this square one is identical (and same size!) I also love how the circle one looks, too. Here are the balls to fill. Also found this similar one, and balls are included with this one!
  • Dollhouse-we have this one from Amazon. The accessories are sold separately here and the details of this dollhouse bring out allll the imaginary play! The bathtub with rubber ducky and towels, the pet dog with a bone and doghouse, a bed with pillows and a blanket…it’s so good!
  • While it’s not a toy, this wood table and chair set has become an essential piece to our playroom. We read books here, color, do puzzles, etc. It’s a must have!
  • Hands down our most played with item….the nugget! We climb, we jump, we slide, we create, we get alllll our energy out. Well worth the money in my opinion!
  • Play Kitchen-Kylie (and I) absolutely adore this one. Everything from the neutral colors (gold is neutral IMO), the accessories, and 4.5 star rating! Full disclosure: it takes a good 2-3 hours to set up but once it’s done, sit back and watch the play happen!
  • Playhouse-I can’t find the one that we have but Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn Kids, and Amazon have other great options. I love this one, this one, and this one!
  • Bean Bag Chair– we read books on here all the time! It’s comfortable and super easy to move around.
  • Basketball set– love the adjustable height! We’ve been playing with this since Kylie was a year old!

That completes our playroom space! What items do you have in yours? Would love to hear any good ideas below!

Grayson’s Bedroom

Grayson’s Bedroom

With over two years since Grayson has been out of a crib, we have finally finished his bedroom (Hunter’s still isn’t done)! Now that it is complete, we figured we would share it with you all.

furniture is old – similar here * car artwork
cube shelves * hockey art * bins

I absolutely love how this space turned out, and so does Grayson!

2021 Planner

2021 Planner

It’s kind of insane how excited I get for a new, fresh planner for the year. It’s one of my favorite things about January, ha! This year, I went with Golden Coil and I’m so happy with how it turned out! It’s not only pretty but it’s very functional, which are two non-negotiable’s in my book. I’m a visual person and writing down my plans, goals, and schedules helps me stay organized and accountable. I know it’s somewhat “old school” to have a planner (my husband calls it my assignment notebook lol) but I love it and it makes me feel less overwhelmed each week.

I’ve tried many planners in the past and Golden Coil is hands down my favorite! I love it for so many reasons however what really drew me to it is that you can customize it to your liking, the quality of the pages (no bleeding through pages!), and the size (fits nicely in purse/tote/etc. but not bulky). You can choose from daily, weekly, or monthly layouts and there are 35 options available! In addition to this you can insert pages for meal planning, goals, budgeting, and so much more! They also have a great feature where you can upload all of your calendars, events, and contacts for printing. It truly brings me so much joy!

So, grab your favorite pens (Papermate Ink Joy or Papermate Flair for me!), order your 2021 planner from Golden Coil, and enjoy all excitement that comes with a new planner….you can thank me later 🙂

Motivational Monday: New Year’s 2021

Motivational Monday: New Year’s 2021

With a New Year comes a new beginning in a sense and we (like many others) use this as an opportunity to re-evaluate areas of our lives and where we want to improve. Neither of us have ever been big on New Year’s Resolutions but we are big on making lifestyle changes to do better and be better. We both have a couple goals to accomplish throughout the year this year, some may progress throughout the year and others are a one time change. We have come up with 5 things we are planning on doing throughout this year to grow

  1. Cleaning out our closest and our children’s toys/books is something that we both try to do a couple times per year, and this year is no different! It always feels good to shed some of that “extra” that you never actually wear or that your children don’t typically play with. Most of the time our clothes an toys are in great condition and we are able to donate them or pass them along to another mom we know may need the support.

2. Anyone else feel like they cook the same things on repeat?! We are always challenging ourselves to experiment a bit more in the kitchen and this year I (Kelly) am actually going to be starting Whole 30 with two girlfriends come mid-January, I know that this really going to push me to out of my standard meals!

I love the Defined Dish Cookbook and will be using it a ton during Whole 30! Michelle loves Kristin Cavallari’s cookbook True Roots

3. Finding a spot for everything is SO hard because there are so many places to start. Pantry? Linen closet? Hallway closet? Mudroom? Laundry room? Yes please to all! Starting small and moving slow is the only way to accomplish this overwhelming task.

This overwhelming task is made simpler with the Home Edit book! This purchase will be my first purchase when I start this daunting task!

4. Over the past couple of years we have both made many changes to live a healthier lifestyle. Our next step is to eliminate plastic (completely). We have taken a lot of little steps in this area but now we are wanting to get rid of all plastic tupperware and change it out with glass.

How adorable is this 10 piece set from Target?! This 18 piece set from Walmart is perfect for simple storage toO!

5. Getting organized at the beginning of the year, month, week, or day is absolutely necessary! We live off of to do lists. More to come tomorrow on how Michelle is organizing her calendar, to do list, meal planning, the list goes on!

Are you making any changes this year? How are you challenging yourself to be better?

2020: Michelle’s Year in Review

2020: Michelle’s Year in Review

What. A. Year.

As I look back and reflect on 2020 one word that comes to my mind is thankful. Yes, you read that right, thankful. Thankful that my family and I are healthy. Thankful that my family and I have had food to eat every day (and easy access to). Thankful that my family and I made so many wonderful memories. The list goes on…and I mean it, I am so thankful.

These above pictures were taken pre-covid. The first one, on a family trip to the Cayman Islands to ring in the New Year. Then, Kylie’s first birthday in January 2020 (that we were able to celebrate with family and friends, all under one roof!) and a trip to Target (February 2020). All things that I definitely took for granted pre-quarantine. I highlight these in my ‘Year of Review’ to remind myself how far I have come in 2020. I have way more patience now than I did before and how lucky that I got SO much time this year with Kylie (and Kevin) #thankful.

2020 was filled with lots of time on the couch, hours upon hours in backyard baby pool, and with the two people who mean the most to me, Kevin and Kylie. Sure, there were hard times, some crying (ok, at times, lots and not just by Kylie, ha!) and moments of frustration, but looking back I am so thankful of the memories our little family created. (Sick of hearing that word yet?!)

Kelly and I also started this blog in 2020! The above pictures are when we launched, July 4, 2020 (4th of July has always been our favorite holiday-so it was fitting!). It’s been such a fun ride so far and I am so thankful to do this with her, the best husband ever who supports it, and everyone reading right now!

As I wrap this up, 2020 has also brought one of the biggest blessings of all, a growing family. I cannot wait to watch Kylie become a big sister but until then I am holding on tight to these days of just the three of us. Thank you for your continued support and love towards my family and I…it means the world! #thankful 🙂