Recipes

Dinner time: Sweet Potato Italian Bake

There’s a few things I cannot live without in this world, and Italian food is at the top of this list. ((Right next to peanut butter cups)). However, I don’t enjoy all the carbs and useless calories in noodles. It’s great to splurge, but not every night.

I was craving pasta horribly, but after eating junk all weekend I couldn’t justify another bad meal. As usual I stared at what we had and just went for it. I made an Italian Sausage Sweet Potato Bake in the skillet. It turned out phenomenal and it will now be added to our rotation. Loaded with veggies and meaningful carbs.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 peppers
  • Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Proves cheese (optional)
  • Directions:
  • Peel and cube sweet potatoes into bite size pieces. Cut onion and peppers into slivers. Mine were about 1 inch long and 1/4″ wide.
  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.
  • Place turkey sausage in skillet with 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil and cook until finished.
  • Add sweet potatoes to skillet with olive oil. Cover with lid and allow to cook.
  • When sweet potatoes begin to soften, add peppers and onion.
  • Season potatoes, peppers and onion with garlic and paprika. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • When sausage is finished cooking, cut into slices. Add sausage to potato mixture.
  • Stir everything together. Add marinara to liking. Stir again.
  • *optional* top with cheese and allow to melt.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Beauty · Uncategorized

It’s All About Accessories: Kinsley Armelle

If you have noticed yet, drusy jewelry is all the rage. From Kendra Scott necklaces to Etsy shops, this is the hottest style. Which it should be in my opinion. It mixes the right amount of elegance with country chic to create a gorgeous rustic piece of jewelry.

Well, I recently discovered the company: Kinsley Armelle. Let me just start by saying, I’m hooked. The combination of stones, beads and metallic tones is completely on point. Plus, there are endless options to choose from and all at a reasonable price point. What really sold me on this company though is the fact that these bracelets ACTUALLY fit my wrist. Often times I cannot find a bracelet to fit my small wrists, but many styles are customizable so I have found several to work.

Stay tuned because I cannot wait to show off all of the amazing pieces available. I have purchased so many of my own, it’s actually a problem at this point.

Go check it out, you will not be disappointed. I’m sharing a code below where you can receive 15% off- it doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂 Simply click here or enter SHINES15 at checkout.

If you have any questions let me know! I’ve already ordered another package, this time with pops of colors. Can’t wait to share it with you all!!

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Make Mother’s Day Timeless: Wooden Watches

May is upon us, which means summer is almost here.  Before we jump into warmer weather though, Mother’s Day happens.  This year, celebrate your mom by making it a timeless event. A mother is the one person who deserves to be celebrated every day of the year and never forgotten.

As as mom, I now understand that this job is 24/7 and goes well beyond the mentioned 18 years.  Point in case, I still call my mom daily to ask silly questions like what to do when my child has a cut that won’t stop bleeding. ((I actually call her for most parenting decisions because she’s the experienced one here, LOL)).

When thinking of “timeless” I naturally began to think about a present that would last and not go out of style.  Yet, something practical and useful for every day life. That is when it hit me, a watch.  A watch is used to tell time, but as a mom we know “the days are long, but the years are short.”  The idea of a watch for Mother’s Day represents all the hours and days moms have put into making every minute of every day the best they possibly can.

Watches can be a dime a dozen, but I have stumbled across an amazing company that puts a natural twist on a typical watch.  JORD watches are created right here in St. Louis. Not only that, but they are actually made from….Wood.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I will be the first to admit that I was a little skeptical, but ever part of this company goes above and beyond any expectations.

JORD watches are available in a variety of sizes and styles, each one hand-crafted from wood.  Each piece creates a unique watch, different from anything you have ever seen before.  Not only are the watches gorgeous, but can we just talk about how lightweight they are?!?! I own several name brand watches and each one feels slightly heavy on my wrist, but JORD watches feel so lightweight and comfortable.  I was actually shocked because I didn’t realize the oversized watch style I loved could be so light. ((If you’re loving the watch above, click here.))

As if the watch on its own wasn’t enough to sell you over, the casing that comes with each purchase is out of this world.  Sticking to what the company knows, each watch is accompanied with a wooden box for storage.  Literally, the nicest box I have ever own.  It seals shit with magnets, which means my cute little toddler couldn’t open it on her own.  Additionally, the box has a little drawer on the outside where you can store the cleaning cloth and extra links. Such a well-thought and well-constructed design from this company, you can tell they want their pieces to last.

If you are looking for something for Mother’s Day, look no further than JORD.  Each watch is beautifully crafted and creates that timeless piece your mom will love.  If you’d like to give it an extra touch, you can have your piece engraved as well.

JORD is actually hosting a contest right now, where you could win a gift card to purchase one of their hand-crafted pieces.  Click here and enter to win.

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Save On Baby Items: Target Car Seat Trade-In

We all know and love Target, and this week they are giving you a reason to love them even more! (As if that were really possible, right?).

This week Target is hosting their car-seat trade-in event. Bring in an old car-seat or stroller and receive a 20% off coupon to be used to purchase a newer model.  This is great news for moms like me because my second is ready to get out of his infant carrier. Target will be accepting car seats until May 5th.  Combine that with your RedCard for an additional 5% off and you’re saving a ton. **Trade-in voucher can be used at a later date, but will have an expiration date on it.**

In addition to the car seat trade-in event, Target is also rewarding you for purchasing baby items this week.  When you spend a total of $75 on anything from wipes/diapers to baby food and formula, you will receive a $15 target gift card to be used on your next purchase.  Another STEAL.

I am a little crazy, my husband will back me up on this, when it comes to using these cards for more items we actually NEED.  My plan is to trade-in the car seat, load up on diapers and formula and head to the check out lane.  I will first purchase my $75 of baby items to receive my card.  For my second transaction I will purchase the car seat, using my 20% off voucher and then my $15 gift card.  Literally, this saves you quite a bit of money and can take a car seat that was regularly $150 down to about $105 (that’s without the 5% RedCard savings, but I figure thats really covering tax).  Sounds amazing to me!

Do you plan on taking advantage of this major sale? What items are you looking for?

LOVE TARGET SALES>  ❤

Beauty

Milk Cosmetics Mascara

Last Friday Milk Cosmetics launched their new mascara and it has been a buzz worthy topic ever since. Everything from the release date (4/20) to the product name “Kush Mascara” has been making waves. Underneath all the hype, what is this product really about? Well, I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary tube of mascara and here are my thoughts.

Milk Cosmetics:

Milk Makeup is a US brand makeup company that is vegan and cruelty free. This company wants to use natural ingredients to allow makeup to be fresh and clean. What we put on our skin is important because it is absorbed and Milk Makeup wants to use high-quality products that won’t cause harm. They are known for their phenomenal highlighter sticks, which I absolutely love.

Kush Mascara

Yes, you read that correctly. One of the active ingredients in this new mascara is canabis oil. It should be noted though that when infused in makeup, you won’t be having the side effects that you would if you enjoy other forms of canabis oil (lol). This oil, is actually very nourishing and when used in mascara it helps achieve the creamy texture in lieu of harmful ingredients.

Packaging:

The company spared no expenses when it came to the sleek design of this product. The tubing is almost like a brushed nickel bottle. It feels a little heavy and rich all at once.

Application:

The product comes with a thick brush, to help lift lashes and have the mascara adhere to every last one. I found the brush to be a little to thick and more prickly than what I’m used to, but it really did hit every lash. Upon application, you can really tell that you’ve applied some mascara to your lashes. The bold black color really allows lashes to standout. However, I can’t say my lashes looked any fuller than normal. In fact, I still preferred lining my lashes with Roller Lash than applying this mascara over it.

Kush Mascara did last all day, without flaking. The mascara never felt heavy or itchy, and no it doesn’t smell weird either.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this is a decent mascara. If you’re more interested in clean, paraben-free ingredients then this would be a great option. However, if you prefer volume and length than there are other products that may not be as chemical-free out there that you would prefer. I enjoyed using this since I knew it was good for my skin, so I will make the purchase in the future.

Have you tried this new mascara? What are your thoughts??

Kids Corner · Recipes

Food Fun

Let’s face it feeding a toddler could be considered an Olympic support. Between the pickiness and ever changing opinions it’s hard to keep up. So, call me a sucker but I’ve turned meal time into a craft some days because everyone has to eat.

Below are a few of our latest mealtime creations. Each has been surprisingly easy and every last bite has been eaten by our little princess. It’s a win-win in my book.

Fox Sandwich

A toasted peanut butter sandwich for the head accompanied with cheez-its for the body and carrots for the tail. A few mini chocolate chips for the nose and paws.

Poppy Pancake

Add a little food coloring to the pancake batter and pour desired shapes. Seriously these were the cutest. We used strawberries to make her dress and blackberries for her headband. My daughter devoured this meal up.

Bunny Pancakes

Again, just pour the pancakes in desired shapes and create away. We used whipped cream and fruit for the accents.

What have you been doing to get your kiddos to eat??