Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get out your crock pot // Tortellini Tomato & Basil Soup

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I thank baby Jesus everyday for it. I pretty much followed the recipe, except I used 2 cans of tomatoes and just "a little less" of everything else. It makes a ton. The first bowl was covered in mozzarella cheese and the second bowl was Parmesan. Both equally delicious!

Here is the link from my Pinterest page with tons more recipes. Seriously my go to when I'm standing in my kitchen trying to figure out dinner.

  • 1 3/4 cup diced carrots (3 medium)
  • 1 large yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (28 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz refrigerated three cheese tortellini
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Parmesan, shredded, for serving


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion and saute 3 - 4 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Pour mixture into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker along with tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, bay leaves, sugar. Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW 6 - 7 hours or HIGH 3 - 3 1/2 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves then puree mixture well with an emulsion blender (or carefully in small batches in a blender. If your slow cooker doesn't keep all the moisture in well while cooking, you may need to add in 1/2 cup water or so at this point so the soup isn't too thick). Stir in tortellini, cover and cook on HIGH heat 15 minutes longer (or until heated through). Reduce heat to warm, stir in heavy cream. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chairish.... A dream living room from an amazing company.

WARNING: If you want to play the "If I won the lottery game" and you love home decor.... You will spend hours on this site.

I was approached to do a sort of "mood board" of sorts with the crazy amazing Chairish. I honestly, had never heard of it, but you should definitely go here, and read more about it. More importantly, if you love rugs as much as I do, do yourself a favor and check out all of the other amazing rugs Chairish has to offer. 

If I had the time (a mom can dream, can't she?!) I would love to spend my days finding beautiful, one of a kind vintage furniture pieces and refinishing them. Then using a website like Chairish to put a little extra jingle in my pocket. 

But seriously, I would empty my bank account for that chair.  So check out Chairish! You will not be sorry. 

*All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Six years ago these two babies got married. We had no idea what we were in for, but I thank God everyday for leading me down this path with you. I think a part of us will always feel like we are so young because we have grown so much together. And I could not feel more blessed with our lives today.

Sidenote: Let's be that skinny again, Andrea.

Here's to a million more memories, more babies, more fun. Love you so much, babe. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

I need a life coach.

Life has been kicking my ass lately. Like insanely. I am currently sitting on the couch, watching my girls eat lunch and I am too exhausted to make myself anything to eat, even though we all woke up at 9:00am today. Or 9:30 if you are a certain 4 year old who is for sure going through a growth spurt with the amount of sleep and food she has needed lately.

We finally got all of our furniture back inside and said goodbye to one of our PODS in the driveway. The last one is being picked up tomorrow. Thank God. I was getting very irritated looking at them every single day. Although life still feels crazy and never-ending stressful, I am finally starting to feel almost back to normal. I spent the entire day yesterday organizing my bedroom/dressers/closet. I kept purging everything I didn't absolutely need or love. And it feels amazing. The girls rooms are almost done too, I am finally putting away summer clothes and flip flops.

But I'm just beat. Physically, mentally beat down. I tried to throw Anth a surprise "party" after the pumpkin patch on Saturday and needless to say I sucked the big one. I honestly have the best friends in the entire world who made cake, got drinks, presents, everything. I didn't even remember to buy party cups or plastic silverware. My mind is useless. I feel like everyday my kids are alive when I tuck them in at night is a good day.

I got one workout in last week, for the first time in over a month and I have literally been eating cake for dinner. It's been a shameful couple of months and I am just begging to feel normal again.

But at least we are all alive. And healthy. And there is plenty of wine in this household. Here's to a very stress free holiday season, because I am going to need it!

Thursday, October 9, 2014


The big 30. Which I had planned to make so special for you. Until we hit the month of October that is. I promise I will make up the fact that the girls and I got you another superhero shirt for your birthday. Because you deserve so much more than we will ever be able to give you.

That man I married. Who wore a black shirt underneath of his tuxedo. I love you. More today, than I did that day. We fight like crazy, we annoy each other like crazy, we love. We are far from perfect, but I wouldn't want to be anything except what we are now. Happy. Blessed. Healthy. Crazy.

Happy Birthday, babe. To the only man in my life that's accepted me for me. I love you so much. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Emerald Isle, NC {Oh, and Hi!}

I blogged!

Amazing, right?

While this past week has been one of the most excruciatingly stressful weeks of our life, we got to escape to the most beautiful place ever for a few days. We came back home Thursday morning around 2:00AM, in hopes of settling on our house this past Friday, but as I am sitting here on my couch in my empty house, I honestly cannot believe the happenings of last week {I will need to write about this after we finish moving our crap back into our house).

My in-laws go to Emerald Isle every year, but life got in the way the last couple of years so this was the first time in 3 years we got a chance to go. It.was.beautiful.

The weather could not have been more beautiful, sunny and in the high 70's/low 80's all week. The girls had such a great time, it made the short trip and 6 hour drive totally worth it. God must have sensed how much we would need this vaca, because it was honestly heaven. If only we could hate stayed the rest of the week...

We were not expecting how much Quinn would love the ocean. I mean love. She seriously wanted nothing more than to sit and play in the water. And Harper didn't even once attempt to eat sand, so it was literally magic. 

Anth got to spend a ton of time with his dad, fishing in the ocean and on boats. It was pretty nice to see that and spend a week with Grandad and Nana. Or as Harper likes to call them Brenna and Nina. 

This guy. I seriously don't know where us girls would be without him. Somehow in this disaster we have both managed to laugh. While there were some tears, there was always laughter and always, always something to be thankful for. The girls have no clue what is going on, and I thank God for that. Although Quinn still talks about moving to a new house, we hope to take a little bit of a break before we list it again. 

We are going to enjoy life, with Daddy around all the time. We're going to continue to purge everything that we don't absolutely need and try to live simply for the rest of our time here. Who knows where we will end up, but this has taught us nothing except that we don't care. As long as we are together, it doesn't matter where we are. But damn, I just wish we didn't have to learn this the hard way. 

On a side note, if you are in Maryland, please send me an email as I can very much tell you who NOT to use for your real estate needs. Whose wife also happens to hate pit bulls. (that is a teaser for a future post).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quinn's First Week of Preschool!

So the day came. The day I actually had to drive my first born to a place full of strangers and drop her off. Ok, so not that dramatic, but the thought makes me shudder. This girl has been attached to my hip since Harper was born and has spent all of her time with either us or her grandparents since the day she was born.

I was petrified.

I knew she would do great. I just knew it. The kid is amazing. She loves to learn. Like loves it. Must be from her father because no. We picked out her clothes, did her hair, packed her a lunch that was probably big enough to feed her entire classroom and off she went. Ok, off me and Quinn, Harper and my mom too. Because I needed all the support I could take that day. And let's be honest, Daddy would have cried so he decided to just go to work.

She was so brave and so excited but I could definitely tell she was nervous. Her sister thought she was going with her and while I was snapping away pictures, she kept trying to sneak in. As if we couldn't see her...

I smothered her in hugs and kisses at the "I love you" line that they have on the floor of the classroom door and off she went. She couldn't get in there fast enough. I texted the director around lunch time to see how she was doing and she replied with "GREAT! Having an amazing time." which made me so happy. 

We picked her up and the hello I got was the most amazing thing.

I've never gotten hugs so good. It was the best thing ever. She was so excited that we forgot to bring home her backpack and everything else because I was so damn happy to have my kid back. Off we went to get frozen yogurt and to tell me all about her day.

So after a week (ok, she only goes two days a week for 4 hours) she is in love. She has a best friend named Max who is probably one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen. Hipster glasses and all. She can't wait until she can "go to school everyday" and she's sad she can't ride the bus. She has seriously made me the proudest mom. 

Love you to pieces you big girl. Kindergarten will be ridiculously hard for mama.

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