Layering With a Vest

So Denver went from 70 degrees yesterday to 30 degrees and snow today! Ah! This bipolar weather has my closet confused with spring wear and winter wear. Luckily I haven’t put away my winter wardrobe quite yet as I anticipated more snow through February and March. I have a ton of errands to run today between groceries, returns, etc. and put together a casual outfit with a fun black vest to keep me warm while running around town today.

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Uggs are definitely a go-to when its cold and snowy but a cute sweatshirt layered with a J. Crew vest dress up the outfit a little!

I am one that loves layers. This sweatshirt is so cute and can be dressed up or down as I often wear this to workout in. Paired with the vest, it makes this an easy outfit to throw on to go run errands or grab lunch with a friend. I added a pop of color to the outfit with a pink lipstick and gold and pink earrings- I’ve got my heart set on Spring! You can totally wear this with other athletic shoes or boots, but because its so cold here, I decided on Uggs for comfort and warmth.

What is your idea of an easy, put-together outfit?

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Jump Up Jump Up and Get Down

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Jump roping for a healthy heart!

Not everyone has a gym to workout at, but there are plenty of things you can do at home to get your exercise in. With the weather being absolutely beautiful in Denver today and with my daughter taking a nap in her crib, I decided against a run today and went for jump roping instead. I actually used to compete competitively on a jump rope team way back in elementary school, but I still got it 😉 I couldn’t jump rope as long as I could then, but I sure did get my heart rate going this morning. Just a fun option other than running for some an home workout!

 

Chicken Bake- Weeknight Cooking

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Easy, delicious, and healthy chicken bake

This recipe is very easy to make which is great for weeknight cooking. This is another good recipe for any meal trains you may have joined 🙂 Plus, it looks pretty before and after baking with all of the bright ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 lbs chicken (I used thighs and seasoned with salt and pepper on both sides)

  • 1/2 lb baby red potatoes (halved or quartered)

  • 1/2 container of white mushrooms (whole or halved)

  • 1/2 red onion (wedged, or large chunks)

  • 2 lemons (1 juiced, and 1 sliced)

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar

  • 3-4 garlic cloves (minced)

  • 2 sprigs rosemary

  • 2 sprigs thyme

  • 2 sprigs sage

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Use nonstick spray on a 9”x 13” dish. Place chicken, potatoes, mushrooms, onion and lemon slices in the dish.

  3. Mix together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper in a bowl.

  4. Pour mixture over the chicken and vegetables.

  5. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through and potatoes are fork tender.

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Back to Basics

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Simple and cute outfit for every day- basic white tee with jeans and tennies

I love a simple outfit that anyone can put together with the wardrobe they already have. No need to go out and shop to get this look! A basic white tee paired with dark jeans and white converse. You could really wear any tennies you have in your closet- sometimes I like to add fun, colorful shoes to this look.It’s a perfect outfit for a day spent at the mall. This is Brooklyn’s fav outfit so she wanted to wear it too 😉

Warm Winter Weekend Ensemble

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Fun and blousy top paired with jeans and boots for a warm winter day in Colorado

It is February and over 60 degrees here in Denver, CO. I am absolutely loving this warm weather, but I know it is just a tease before we get some major snow storms come March. It’s warm enough out today that I can wear this cute, colorful, billowy top without having to layer with a jacket, but it also layers cute for those colder days. A gal I used to work with started a fabulous fashion truck in Denver called the Street Boutique and that is where I found this gem of a shirt. They change out their inventory frequently so you wouldn’t be able to find this top, but you should check out their Instagram account (Denverstreetboutique) and follow them to stay up-to-date on the latest fashion trends and the cutest boutique-y and unique outfits. 

Friday Family Fun Night

Hey there, happy Friday everyone! We all made it through another week and most of us have a long weekend to look forward to! My husband and I are typically so exhausted come Fridays that we like to stay in and relax for the evening. 

When I was a kid, we used to have Friday Family Fun nights- feasting in front of the fire! 🙂 I remember always looking forward to being able to hang out with my brother, sister, mom and dad and it was extra special to be able to sit and eat dinner in the family room, in front of the tv next to a blazing fire. Well, that tradition has continued on to now be a tradition with my little family. We cozy up to watch a movie every Friday with a fun meal. If you are looking for an easy, fun, and interactive dinner for tonight, try making your own pizzas! 

Pre-baked crust made for a crispier crust- we used mozzarella and Parmesan, but use any cheese you like!

This pizza peel is a life savor for keeping your pizza together when taking it in and out of the oven


We typically buy our ingredients at Whole Foods, but this sauce pictured above I picked up at Tuesday Morning. 

I have been to cooking class to learn the best techniques for making your own pizzas and if you like your crust a little crispy, roll and toss your dough to your liking, and pre-bake the dough at 450 degrees for ten minutes. Then top with your favorite pizza sauce, cheeses, and toppings and throw it back in the oven until your cheese melts (about 15 minutes). If you prefer your crust softer don’t pre-bake, however, toss your dough then add your toppings and bake it all together for 15-20 minutes. I really like putting a coat of garlic olive oil on the dough to add a little extra flavor before putting sauce on- so if you like garlic, I highly recommend trying that. Also, if you like sausage we have tried both ground sausage that we cook on the stove top, and also grilling sausage links and cutting them up. I prefer sausage on the grill as it adds a nice texture for your pizza!

Another tactic that I have learned is that a pizza stone makes a world of difference when you are baking the crust. We preheat the stone so that it is nice and warm and helps cook the crust equally from all sides. All of my pizza making tools have been purchased at Sur la Table where I also took my classes. For starters, I would pick up a pizza stone, a pizza cutter, and the utinsil to take the pizza in and out of the oven (pictured above). They do have starter kits too that would be helpful.

The final product- colorful and delish!

I hope you enjoy make-your-own pizza nights as much as we do! It’s fun, easy, and tastes incredible!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Versatile Athletic Wear

 

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Obsessed with Calia by Carrie Underwood- I would buy her entire line if I could 🙂

I absolutely love these fun fitness leggings with the bright and colorful workout top. Even though they are ‘workout’ clothes, they are comfortable and certainly cute enough to wear out and about on an everyday basis. This is my new favorite fitness line, not to mention, I love Carrie Underwood haha! Check out her stuff, sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores!

Here is a closeup to see how cute the detail is at the bottom of these leggings:

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Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Valentine’s Day, or ‘Singles Awareness Day’

Good afternoon everyone! As we all know, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Some of you may have a valentine to share this holiday with, however, many of you probably don’t have someone to spend it with. I can’t tell you the number of Valentine’s Day’s I spent with my parents because of a lack of a date 🙂 I think the phrase ‘Singles Awareness Day’ is kind of a funny way to describe Valentine’s Day and rings true to those without Valentines (which was me for many of years). However, not to worry- you can change that mindset right around and have yourself a fun ‘GALentine’s day’ like I do with my mom and sister every year.

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Sure you may not have a significant other to spend this holiday with but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and celebrate with other people you love whether that be family or friends. My mom, my sister, and I make a reservation at The Melting Pot where they serve a four-course delicious meal and we have named this tradition Galentine’s day. This is done typically a day or two before Valentine’s Day so we can make sure we do it on a weekend (leave the hubby’s and kiddos at home).We do a small gift exchange and just cozy up for a long lunch filled with chatting, laughs, and love. We all have husbands and kids at home and celebrate with them on February 14th but it is important to celebrate other kinds of love on this holiday too, so don’t forget that! You can make your own tradition and do this type of event on actual Valentine’s Day if you don’t have other plans already. 

Not to make you jealous, but I just had to include some photos of our fondue fun! We started with a cheese fondue and some tasty salads and then moved on to the main course which consisted of different kinds of meat and the cutest heart-shaped ravioli! 

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And then the way to any woman’s heart… the dessert. Complete with a variety of sweets, treats, and fruit to dip in the melted dark chocolate!

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I was extremely stuffed after this ladies lunch, but enjoyed a very fun afternoon celebrating with my mom and sister. If you have a Valentine to celebrate with tomorrow, enjoy this romantic holiday, but if you don’t, maybe create a fun tradition with your friends or family to still share in the love of this holiday! I hope you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Chat you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

 

February Means Love

Okay, so I don’t know about you, but I am so excited that we have finally finished January and moved into February. It is time for hearts, valentines, love, and everything PINK. To get in the Valentine spirit, I decided to make some festive Blondies while also getting out a few of my Valentine decorations. 

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I have my mise en place and I am ready to get going on some baking. I followed the Food Network’s Blondies recipe and instead of mixing in M&M’s, I just topped the batter with them (prior to baking) because I bought larger sized M&M’s since they were ‘conversation M&M’s’. I baked them for 25 minutes at 375 degrees and voila! You’ve got yourself a Valentine treat 🙂

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Here I am trying to get the perfect picture and focus in on what really matters, but my pup, Paisley looked too cute to crop out. I took cookie cutters to the Blondies for a special Valentine touch and filled my cute candy dishes (A gift from my mom years ago but I found them in white!) with some festive jelly beans. And what is a post without baking aftermath…

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Chat you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie