Monday, March 31, 2014

Katie's Closet ~ March Edition

Here's a recap of my outfits from March. Click on fashion to see more outfit ideas!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Katie's Closet

Shirt: TJMaxx
Skirt: Forever21
Necklace: Vera Wang for Kohls
Shoes: Steve Madden
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Local Boutique

Friday, March 28, 2014

DIY Coffee Mug Design

One recent rainy day while Taylor was napping I managed to sneak in a fun and easy little craft! Super simple to make and the possibilities are endless for designs!
I wanted a fun little coffee mug that I could keep at work and fuel up when needed! I bought this mug and the markers at the Dollar Store and used left over stickers. This project literally cost me $2.00! Score!

Here's what you need:
-coffee mug
-permanent marker
-cookie sheet/baking pan

 Step 1: Place stickers on mug. My coffee mug reads "work it girl!"

 Step 2: Use marker to design mug. I did dots to outline the words, but you can trace the letters, draw your own designs by hand, etc.

Step 3: Remove stickers from mug. If you made a mistake, you can get a wet q-tip or napkin and carefully wipe away any mistakes.

Step 4: Bake mug in oven on 350 for 30 minutes.

Let it cool completely and you're all done! SO easy! Such a great gift idea that you can personalize for any occasion!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ 67 Calorie Cookies

This weeks throwback is a great low calorie recipe for some yummy cookies! Enjoy :)

I ran across this recipe in my mom's old cook book and am so thankful! This recipe is only 67 calories per cookies and tastes wonderful! Enjoy these Peanut Butter and Oatmeal delights!

- 1 cup all-purpose flower
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup margarine
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup rolled oats

- Stir together flour and baking soda. Set flour mixture aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine on medium speed.
-Add peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar to margarine. Beat until thoroughly combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add egg whites and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour mixture, then stir in oatmeal.
-Drop cookie dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8 t o10 minutes.
-Makes about 36 cookies.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Katie's Closet

 Shirt: Forever21
Sweater: Old Navy
Jeans: Target
Shoes: Steve Madden
Pearl Necklace: Kohls
Monogram Necklace: Bauble Bar

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Taylor's Closet

Shirt: Carter's
Skirt: Baby Gap
Shoes: Michael Kors
Headband: Target

Monday, March 24, 2014

Favorite Beauty Products

I'll be the first person to admit that I'm not great at doing my hair or makeup. My hair is either up in a bun or pony tail, or down straightened and sometimes curled. So...maybe four different styles. With my makeup, I like to keep it simple and hate the feel of heavy makeup. I've received many emails inquiring about my favorite makeup products. Well my readers, here ya go!
Here's my daily makeup routine:
1. Foundation
3. Eye Primer
4. Eye Shadow
5. Eyeliner
6. Mascara
7. Blush
8. Powder

And, done! Nothing fancy or time consuming. Like I mentioned, I don't like the feel of heavy makeup, and I've managed to find a few products that I really love. Here are my favorite things.

1. Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer
This product is great for a light feel but great coverage. It's basically like tinted lotion and you just rub it right on. The best part is that it has SPF 20!

2. Concealer: Neutrogena Brightening Eye Perfector
This covers under eye bags great and is mess free with this fabulous little brush. 

3. Eye Primer: Tarte Clean Slate
I've tried tons of different primers and bases for my eyeshadow, and this is the best I've come across in years. It does a great job of keeping your shadow, eyeliner, and mascara smudge proof all day long.

4. Eye Shadow: Mac and/or Smashbox 
I'm a huge fan of both brands. Mac has some fun colors and textures and Smashbox is just a smooth, easy to use shadow. 

5. Eye Liner:  L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner
I love this eyeliner because it's super cheap and waterproof. I used to purchase a much more expensive eyeliner from Mac, but this one has quickly replaced it. I keep it simple with plain black eyeliner.
6. Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash
Love love love. I've been using this for years and it never fails. Lasts all day, doesn't flake, and is easy to apply.
7. Blush: Sephora
I'm a fan of powdered blush and this brand has great colors and feels soft on my skin. Can't go wrong with some good 'ol Sephora!
8: Powder:Bare Minerals original SPF 15 foundation
I just lightly apply this throughout the day to my "t-zone" and I'm all set to go. Again, it's light and doesn't feel like I have pounds and pounds of makeup on.

Ta Da! That's it! I keep it simple but it works! All of these products are light and don't leave me feeling like a grease ball by the end of the day. They stay on well and are simple to apply.

What are your favorite beauty products?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Katie's Closet

Shirt: TJMaxx
Necklace: Our World Boutique
Pants: Old Navy
Boots: Target

Friday, March 21, 2014

Guest Blogger Sookie Spartan

I'm so excited to share this guest post from Sara at SnookieSpartan. She's a fellow blogger, school psychologist, wifey, and mom to four furry children. She has some wonderful makeup and fashion posts, so go check her out! Thank you so much Sara for sharing these adorable necklaces!

Hola, I'm Sara from SookieSpartan and Katie has been kind enough to allow me to come visit and chat with you fashion lovers. So here I am with my top three statement necklaces that I always seem to come back to when I need a little somethin' somethin' to pump up my outfit. TrianglesThis mint triangle necklace was only $4 on Etsy! I often don't even care how well it matches my outfits, only that it is on my body with its shiny mintness. MetalAnother favorite of mine is my metal bib necklace. This is always a classic and actually does match everything. BRSpeaking of good deals, this necklace was a steal at a local Banana Republic outlet store. It was marked for $40 and I got it for $15! It also makes me feel mature and sophisticated. I'll take a solid facade any day. Do you have a favorite statement necklace? Which brand is your favorite for a good deal? Thanks again to the lovely Katie and beautiful new baby girl! If you'd like to see more posts on beauty, fashion, or sarcasm, pop over to my blog. I'd love for you to visit! Adios, Sara

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Katie's Closet

Tunic: H & M
Necklace: Ily Couture
Leggings: Macys
Boots: Cathy Jean

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Katie's Closet

Sweater: Old Navy
Denim Shirt: JCPenny
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Tory Burch
Necklace: Local Boutique
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Bow bracelet: Very Jane
Chain bracelet: Local Boutique 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Taylor's Closet

Sweater: Carter's
Pants: Carter's
Shoes: Carter's
Headband: Local Boutique

Monday, March 17, 2014

Month Three Favorites

month three favorites

month three favorites by allthingskatiemarie on Polyvore

Here are my favorite baby products that I’ve been using the this last month.

1.     Sleep Sounds- Taylor is such a good sleeper and I think the fact that we’ve been playing sleep sounds at night since the day we brought her home has made a big difference. We also played them nightly while I was pregnant…not sure if that made a difference?! Regardless, she loves them and I do too!
2.     Bumbo chair- This chair is awesome and can be used for months and months! She loves just sitting up in it and taking in the environment. In the future we’ll be able to use it in the bath tub, during feedings, outside, and many other ways! It’s light weight and we take it from room to room with us. It also has a tray table that you can buy separately which looks really awesome!
3.     Go Baby Go toy- Tummy time has become quite eventful with this little gadget. Babies love looking at themselves in the mirror and this toy is perfect!
4.     Angel Care monitor- Finally we can sleep through the night without walking in her room to check on her breathing. This contraption is a pad that goes under the crib mattress and detects movement. It’s been really comforting knowing she’s breathing safely at night.
5.     Calming Vibrations Tub- I’m sure this bathtub isn’t anything extraordinary or special, but it’s been wonderful for us since day one. It has a vibrating mode and the mesh net is comfortable and great for babies.
6.     Toys- I love these two toys because Taylor can grip onto them and wave them around. It’s great for early fine and gross motor skills.
7.     Johnson and Johnson lotion- I suppose these lotions can take credit for that wonderful “baby smell.” We use the pink lotion throughout the day and the purple lotion at night. The purple lotion is lavender scented which helps babies fall asleep.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Chalkboard Tracker ~ 3 Months

 This chunky monkey is three months old today!

Katie's Closet

Shirt: Forever21
Blazer: Macy's
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Boots: Tory Burch
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Bracelet: Local Boutique
Necklace: Local Boutique

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Garage Insulation

I love my handy husband! He's so great with projects around the house. This weeks throwback is of our garage insulation. 

The rules at our house go a little something like this: I decorate the interior and my husband is in charge of the garage. He takes his garage duties very seriously and the garage is always immaculate, so I can't complain! Last weekend he decided to insulate the garage. Insulation helps keep the garage cool during summer and warm during winter. It also eliminates sound and looks nice. In a little over an hour, he completed our three car garage. I was impressed was the ease of the installation process.

Insulation kit from Lowes
Easy installation
Finished product! Beautiful and functional!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Katie's Closet

Top: Old Navy
Jeans: Target
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider
Belt: Gap

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Taylor's Closet

Top: Carter's
Pants: Carter's
Shoes: Target
Headband: Gymboree

Monday, March 10, 2014

Frozen Meal Prep Part Two

     Before I went back to work, I decided to make another set of frozen meals. After such a success with my first set of frozen meals (check it out HERE ) I wanted to mix things up a bit and make some slow cooker meals and some oven baked meals. I made a total of 12 bagged, slow cooker meals and 7 oven baked meals, all of which are stashed in the freezer and ready to cook! I'm so thankful I have an extra refrigerator/freezer in the garage because my kitchen and garage freezers are packed now! Before cooking each meal, allow ample time to defrost/thaw.
    Each meal lasts my household two nights, so we are able to make these 19 meals actually stretch for 38 meals, thanks to leftovers! It cost me a total of $161.03 to make 19 meals. Each of the 19 meals consists of 4 servings, which calculates out to 76 servings at $2.11 each! Sweet deal!
    Without further ado, here's all of the details of how I made this magic happen!

Step 1: Recipes
Below are the recipes I used. Some from my old post ( HERE )I loved so much that I made again, but most of the recipes are new. Some are slow cooker recipes while others you store in a baking dish and simply bake in the oven when you're ready to eat!

BBQ Chicken and Veggies
-2 green peppers, chopped
-1 red pepper, chopped
-1 zucchini, chopped
-3 onions, chopped
- 6 red potatoes, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 bottle BBQ sauce

Split ingredients into two bags (yay for two meals!) Cook in slow cooker on high for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Recipe from mama and baby love

Southwestern 2 Bean Chicken 
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 15 oz. pinto beans
- 1 15 oz. can black beans
- 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 lb. frozen corn
- 1 12 oz. jar salsa

Cook on low for 5-7 hours. Recipe from The Gracious Pantry

Teriyaki Chicken
- 1 lb. bag of baby carrots
-1 red onion, chunked
-2 cans of pineapple chunks, undrained
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-6 chicken breasts
-1 cup teriyaki sauce
- 2 cups rice, uncooked

Split ingredients into two bags (yay for two meals!) except for rice! Day of, cook chicken on low for 6-8 hours. Prepare rice. Recipe from Around My Family Table

Applesauce BBQ Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1/2 t. ground pepper
- 2/3 cup chunky applesauce
- 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 t. brown sugar
- 1 t. chili powder

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Recipe from Who Needs a Cape

Island Chicken
- 6 chicken breasts
- 3 t. of lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic, diced
- 2 t. dried oregano
- 2 1/2 t. of soy sauce
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste

Cook on high for 4-5 hours. Recipe from Annies Eats

Crock-pot Fajitas
 - 1 large onion
-1 green bell pepper
-1 red bell pepper
-2 lbs. boneless sirloin steaks
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp. vingear
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp/ pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Place on warmed tortilla, top with lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, or any other fun food of your choice. Serve with Spanish rice and enjoy! 

Baked Ziti
- 1 lb. dry ziti pasta
- 1 onion, chopped
-1 lb. lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars of spaghetti sauce
- 8 slices of provolone cheese
-6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

This is a two meal recipe! Whoo hoo! Boil pasta noodles, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer. Spray two 8x8 inch pans with non-stick cooking spray. Layer each pan as follows: 1/4 ziti, 1/4 of the sauce, 4 slices of Provolone cheese, 1/2 of sour cream, 1/4 ziti, 1/4 of sauce mixture. Top with graded Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover and freeze. When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Recipe from Six Sisters Stuff 

Savory Pepper Steak
- 3 lbs. round steak, cut into strips
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 large onion
- 8 garlic cloves
- 1 green pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 2 16 oz. cans of tomatoes
- 2 tbsp. beef boullion
- 4 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. of steak seasoning
- 2 tbsp. of steak sauce

Divide ingredients evenly into two bags (whoop whoop! Two meals!) Toss steak strips into a mixture of flour, salt, and pepper. Mix together beef boullion, Worcestershire sauce, and steak sauce and divide into bags. Add remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours and serve with rice and a side salad. Recipe from Six-Cents 

Chicken Enchiladas
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 t. butter
- 1/2 onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 4 oz. can diced green chiles, drained
- 1 t. sugar
- 1 t. cumin
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. dried oregano
- 1/2 t. dried basil
- 12 corn tortilas
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 4 cups grated Monterey jack cheese

Sauce: Melt butter in medium saucepan, then saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chiles, sugar, cumin, salt, oregano, and basil. Simmer on stovetop for about 20 minutes. To assemble enchiladas, soften tortillas in a warm skillet, then dip each side of the tortilla in sauce. Fill enchiladas with 1/2 cup and sprinkle with cheese, then roll up and place seam side down in baking dish. Blend sour cream into remaining sauce and pour over enchiladas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, cover with foil, and freeze. When read to prepare, thaw completely in refrigerator. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Recipe from Don't Panic- Dinner's in the Freezer

Parmesan Garlic Chicken
- 6 chicken breasts
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
-1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup olive oil

Mix together cheese, garlic, and dressing mix. Dip chicken breasts into olive oil, then coat with cheese mixture. Place in freezer bag and store. To serve, thaw completely. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Turkey Sausage Pasta
 - 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 8 oz. can tomato paste
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped zucchini
- 1 lb. turkey sausage
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup cooking wine
- 1 lb. rigatoni pasta

Combine all ingredients except pasta. Cook in slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours. Add dry pasta noodles the last 30 minutes. Recipe from Prevention Slow Cooker Recipes

- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 80z. manicotti, uncooked
- 12 cups marinade sauce

Makes 4 dishes! Mix cheeses, eggs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stuff filling into manicotti shells. Spread 1/2 cup sauce into the bottom of each baking dish. Place 6-7 manicotti in ecah dish. Divide the remaining sauce evenly over the four dishes. Cover dish with foil and freeze. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes. Recipe from Fix, Freeze, Feast 

Breakfast Burritos
- 1 dozen eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 lbs. yellow potatoes boiled and cut into bite size pieces
- 1 cup sour cream
 - 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 20 10-inch flour tortillas
-1 lb. bacon
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Scramble eggs. Combine potato, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Divide ingredients evenly among tortillas. Divide the back and cheese evenly over mixture. Wrap each tortilla burrito style and wrap individually in foil. Store in freezer bags. To bake in microwave, remove foil, defrost, and heat. To bake in oven, bake in foil at 375 for 30 minutes. Recipe from Fix, Freeze, Feast

Step 2: Label Bags and Dishes
I wrote down the instructions directly on the freezer bags for the slow cooker meals. For the meals that required a foil baking dish, I wrote the directions on a large label.

Step 3: Grocery List and Shopping

Here is a mass grocery list of everything you need to make these meals. Some recipes include basic ingredients (salt, pepper, other seasonings, etc.) that I didn't include in the grocery list, assuming most people have these items as a staple in your kitchen. Go through each recipe individually to ensure you have all of the items!!

-1 bag baby carrots
-1 red onion
-lemon juice
-15 garlic cloves
-8 white onions
-5 green bell peppers
-3 red bell peppers
-lime juice
-2 zucchini
-6 red potatoes
-1.5 lbs. yellow potatoes
-1 lb. bacon
-1 lb. turkey sausage
- 35 chicken breasts
-2 lbs. boneless sirloin steak
-1 lb. lean ground beef
- 3 lbs. round steak
- ziti pasta noodles
- rigatoni pasta noodles
- 2 8oz. manicotti pasta noodl boxes
-10 flour tortillas
-12 corn tortillas
-2 bags Mexican shredded cheese
-2 bags Monterey jack cheese
-3 bags shredded mozzarella cheese
-8 provolone cheese slices
-1 dozen eggs
- 4 oz. can diced green chiles
- salsa
- 8 oz. can tomato paste
- 3 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
-16 oz. can tomatoes
- 5 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
- 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
-15 oz. can black beans
- 1lb. frozen corn
-2 cans pineapple chunks
-1 bottle teriyaki sauce
-1 bag brown rice
-1 jar chunky applesauce
-1 bottle BBQ sauce
- 1 bottle soy sauce
-chicken stock
-2 sour cream
-beef bouillon
-Worecestershite sauce
- steak sauce
-Italian salad dressing mix
- Gallon freezer bags
- 8 foil baking dishes

Step 4: Prepare the Meals
 I prepared the meals just as the directions indicated. I poured everything into the gallon freezer bags and then put them in the freezer. 24 hours before you cook a meal, put the bag in the refrigerator and let it thaw. You'll quickly realize that it's impossible to put a frozen, square meal into an oval crock pot so thawing it is really important! When I'm ready to cook, I simply throw them in the crockpot. Super easy! Other meals require a baking dish. I used the disposable foil dishes because they're cheap and require no clean up.