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Friday, March 27, 2015

Photo Shoot

We were so lucky to have a great friend do pictures of AnnaLynne and our family. We were thinking spring with our colors, although the weather outside was not cooperating and thinking spring.  Kristen did an amazing job taking all of the photos and keeping AnnaLynne's attention. All of the photos came out beautiful, it is impossible to pick a favorite. Although AnnaLynne didn't smile in all the pictures, Kristen did an wonderful job capturing our little cutie.  If you live in the New Jersey area you should totally check her out, you will not be disappointed. I can't believe how big AnnaLynne is getting!!!

Please check out Kristen Boylan Photography.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Five On Friday!! First day of Spring

Happy Friday!!! This has been a very crazy week for us. Tom has been on a business trip in San Francisco since Monday and is supposed to come home today, but with the snow coming, who knows what will happen. I am just ready for the snow to be over with and the spring to be here. We keep getting teased here in the Northeast with some warm days and then it goes back to being cold. I guess this is just what happens when you live in New Jersey.
St. Patrick's Day!! We had a really nice St. Patrick's Day. AnnaLynne spent the day with my mom and sister, since I was working but then I met up with them at my moms for dinner. We had my mom's traditional corned beef and cabbage, which is just amazing!!! I was then able to get a couple shots of AnnaLynne and Nate on the couch. Trying to get an 7 month old and a four year old to sit together and smile, can be quite difficult, but they finally did it.

We had the privilege Sunday to have one of my oldest friends since third grade do pictures for us of AnnaLynne. She is an amazing photographer and if you live in New Jersey or around the area, you should definitely check out Kristen Boylan Photography. You will not be disappointed!!! Here is just a sneak peak of what she did for us.

So I am always looking for new recipes to try. I feel like though sometimes it needs to be easy, especially after coming home from a full day of working and try to get everything set for AnnaLynne and get dinner on the table. I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. Trust me you will love it, plus I love that everything is all in one dish so less mess and clean up later.
Loaded Chicken and Potatoes Casserole
1 lb boneless chicken breasts, cubed
6-8 medium skin on red potatoes, cut in cubes
⅓ c olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp paprika
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp hot sauce
2 c fiesta blend cheese  ( I used just plain cheddar)
1 c crumbled bacon
1 c diced green onion
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9X13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and hot sauce.
  4. Add the cubed potatoes and chicken and stir to coat.
  5. Carefully scoop the potatoes and chicken into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake the potatoes and chicken for 55-60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes, until cooked through, crispy, and browned on the outside.
  7. While the potatoes are cooking, fry your bacon (about half a pound).
  8. Once the potatoes and chicken are fully cooked, remove from the oven.
  9. Top the cooked potatoes with the cheese, bacon, and green onion.
  10. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

SPRING!!! With Spring coming and Summer right after that, I decided to get AnnaLynne some spring clothes to add to her wardrobe. I guess you can say that I am tired of the winter and the dark clothing. Carter's and Kohl's was having a great sale on kids clothes and I did a major stock up. If you are looking for some new things for your little ones I suggest checking them both out!!
I've been trying to drink more water lately. I've seen so many recipes for detox water, and I have to say I have been enjoying this week the lemon, cucumber, and mint recipe. Again I saw these on Pinterest, so if you are interested check out Detox Water recipes.

Well Happy Friday!!! Have a great weekend!!!

I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday"

Oh Hey Friday

I'm also linking up with Darci, April, Christina and Natasha's blogs for their Five on Friday!

Friday, March 6, 2015

7 Month letter!!

Dear AnnaLynne,

You are SEVEN months old!! Mommy is actually on time this month with your letter. You have had an amazing month so far and you are growing up way too quickly. I am amazed at how much you have changed over the months and the little personality you have developed. Spending time with you is just priceless and Daddy and I just can't get enough.

This month we celebrated Valentine's Day. Although we didn't do anything fancy, we did go to the mall and out to Olive Garden for dinner. All of the waitresses loved you and were talking about how cute you are. I have to say you are an extremely cute baby!!! We read to you the Night Before Valentine's Day and you liked it. We read it on Valentine's Day though because you were sleepy the night before. Daddy got you 3 beautiful pink roses and a little monkey with a heart that you love to chew on.
We tried some new combinations of food this month and I have got you to start liking carrots. We mix it with applesauce and you can't get enough of them. We also started Mum Mum's and Yogurt. You are really enjoying both of them. One of your favorite combinations is yogurt with mangos. Mommy is still making all of your food, which I do enjoy doing, plus I know everything that you are eating which makes me happy.

You are moving around so much more now!! You are not quite crawling yet but you do the army crawl, to get what you want. I think it will be super soon when you start crawling and boy are we going to be in trouble.
You are still enjoying your crib and are sleeping more and more in there. We even put you in there for naps on the weekends. Mommy and Daddy are even able to get more sleep now that you are sleeping in the crib. We usually put you in no later than 8:30 and you usually sleep until 7:30, with one waking during the night.

Below are some of your favorites this month!! Please stop growing up so quickly!!
Happy 6 Months Baby Girl!!!

Love You,