Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

After I posted this on instagram so many of you commented and wanted the recipe, ask and you shall receive.  I honestly can't beleive I have not shared this recipe yet, it is one of my favorite salads.   I can't even remember where I originally found this recipe, in some magazine years ago.   I think maybe an old Cooking Light, but then I made a few changes.  This is such a great salad.  It saves well in the fridge and is full of so many of my favorite Mediterranean flavors.  You could easily serve this with grilled shrimp or chicken and have a meal.  I made it for my lunches last week.  This makes a lot of orzo.  I actually took half over to my neighbor who had surgery, so be warned it makes a huge batch.  I find it is best served room temperature.  
The dressing measurements are not exact, so alter to your taste.

|| M E D I T E R R A N E A N    O R Z O ||

- 1 box orzo
- 1 small jar chopped sun dried tomatoes
- 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts (save liquid)
- 1 can chick peas, drained
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes diced
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup good feta cheese crumbles
- 1 cup spinach sliced thinly

-Liquid from Artichoke Hearts
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3-4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- salt and pepper

Cook orzo according to box, drain and let cool slightly.  Add all other ingredients but feta to a large bowl.  You may need to chop the marinated artichoke hearts smaller depending on the size.  Add the orzo to the veggies.  Whisk together the dressing and pour over the orzo and veggies.  Add in the crumbles feta.  Season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Obsessions || Spring Fever

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I honestly feel most comfortable in a one piece these days.  I just ordered this for our upcoming vacation and love it!!  I ordered the navy and white stripe version but it also comes in 3 other gorgeous patterns.

I am such a sucker for anything tie dye.  It is my inner hippie coming out.  This dress needs to be mine.
Also comes in a maxi version.

So excited these earrings are back in stock I have been wanting them.  A fun everyday earring.

I wanted this dress last season but never bought it.  I found it on The Outnet for 60% off!

This is such a great blouse for work or play.  I just love this stone color and the back detail.  Would be gorgeous with white jeans and a fun necklace.  Also comes in black and emerald green.

I always love a pretty white dress and the lace detail makes this even more gorgeous.

I love a good tee shirt.  This one is such a great shade of grayIt is on sale plus you can take additional 30% off with code Saleonsale.
I actually just ordered this dress, it is my favorite shade of blue and looks like a great casual Summer dress.  Also comes in black.  Use code shoppingtime for 20% off.

This is by the same brand that made my tassel necklace in yesterdays post.  You can't beat it for the price, I am tempted to order this one too.  So cute with a bathing suit or white tee.

I am loving these beaded sandals.  Perfect to throw on with a tee and jean shorts to jazz up a boring outfit.

I bought this dress last year in the navy version and love it.  It is lightweight and so comfortable.
I am obsessing over these wedges.  Such a great neutral color and under $100.

Of course I am smitten with this embroidered top!

Such a fun beach dress and under $70!

Off Shoulder + Embroidered- yes!  Really want this for our vacation.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Scenes From Our Weekend

Happy Monday Ya'll!  Did everyone have a great weekend??  After having family in town last weekend and prepping for Sterling's birthday party we decided to have a low key weekend this weekend.  Did some work around the house and finally enjoyed some warmer weather on Sunday!

Friday afternoon I had a doctors appointment in Mt Pleasant, afterwards I stopped in the Square Onion to grab lunch and could not resist this Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownie.  It was insane.  I will be back for more.

Friday night I went out with some girl friends.  We were going to try the wine bar in Avondale but it was packed so we hit up Roost and Oak Barrel instead.
Wore my Joie Blouse (on sale) paired with my new tassel necklace.  Ladies this necklace is only $22 and so cute in person!

Had a blast with these girls drinking wine and eating sushi.

New favorite Breakfast ||
Whipped Cream Cheese layered on whole grain toast topped with avocado wrapped with prosciutto.  You bake the avocado and prosciutto first so it gets crispy then layer on the toast.  So amazing.

Saturday I worked around the house, styling and filling my new glass cabinet in the kitchen.  I also hung my new painting from Marquin Designs.  Such a talented artist, you can check out her whole Site HERE.  I just love my painting, the colors are even more gorgeous in person.

Matt had to work all day so I took the kids to the park.

Sterling was dying to go to McDonalds because the happy meals have Spongebob characters in them.
So we ht up McDonalds post park.

I can't ever resist McDonalds fries even though I know how bad they are for me- I did resist a burger though and just stuck with my fries and coke.

My goodies I ordered from Old Navy arrived and I must say they were even better in person.
The bikini reminded me so much of Mara Hoffman and the shoes for Frances, no words- just adorable.

Saturday night we made Crock Pot Chicken Cheesesteaks.  They were so easy and super delicious.  I found the recipe HERE

Sunday I went on a much needed run.  I have really only been running on the weekends lately so I look forward to that alone time plus the weather was amazing!

Frances Moon and I accidentally dressed alike in our blue and white outfits.  But seriously how cute is her dress??

Ended Sunday with the Oscars.  
Two of my favorite best dressed were Marot Robbie (I think she is so gorgeous) and Naomi Watts.
 I am so glad Julienne Moore won for Still Alice, I have yet to see the movie but the book really moved me and stuck with me.

Don't miss out Piperlime just announced additional 30% off sale items and 50% off final sale items.
Use code SALEONSALE, ends tomorrow.

(extra 50% off such a steal)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Round-Up for The Kids

I don't know about ya'll but lately my kids have been growing like crazy!!  All of Sterling's pants are like high waters on him now and the sleeves on his shirts are way too short.  His teachers even hinted to me it might be time to buy some new clothes that fit him:) He hit a major growth spurt.  Frances is the same growing like a weed.  

Good news is there is some adorable stuff out this Spring for kids.  I thought I would do a round-up of my favorites from my favorite kid stores.

Gap has been killing it lately with their kids stuff.  It has quickly become my go-to place to shop for Sterling and Frances.  I love  that is is affordable and holds up well.  
Just ordered both the Embroidered dresses for Frances (you know I love something embroidered).
My mom bought Frances the white embroidered shorts and they are the cutest things ever.  Can't wait to pair them with a white blouse and cute sandals this Summer.
Use code MAJOR for 30% off all orders til Saturday.


Sterling is kind of opinionated these days on what he wants to wear.  He likes comfy pants (aka sweatpants) and tee shirts.  I like to give him the freedom to choose what he wants to wear.  We just bought these Gap ones,  I like that they are plain but cuter than regular old sweatpants.  The shark pjs are beyond adorable, also love this dinosaur version.  All the items below he helped me pick out for the post and said he would wear them:)

Gap bOYS

Camo Windbreaker | Cut- Off Shorts | Sweatpants | Shark PJS | Fish Tee | Camo ShoesCamo Sweat Shorts | Batman Tee

|| C R E W  C U T S ||

I always love Crew Cuts.  It is pricey than Gap but man their stuff is so cute.  Right now you can take 25% off your order if you use you JCrew Card with code CARDSHOP. or 20% off with code SHOPPINGTIME
 My favorites:


 also in purple.

This is so happening for Frances Moon.  This is the last year I will put her in bubbles so gotta take advantage of them and showing off her chunky legs.



This would be adorable with white shorts or cut off jean shorts.

Sterling loves anything that glows in the dark.

Such a cool print for the boys.

These are our favorite polo shirts, they fit so well.  They run on the small side so order up if you are between sizes.


|| N O R D S T R O M ||
I love the Tea, Mini Boden and Tucker and Tate lines carried at Nordstrom.


 Panther Tee | Lion Romper | Stripe Shorts | Embroidered Dress | Star Pants Stripe Two Piece
You just can't beat the prices at Old Navy.
Actually bought the skinny khakis and shorts for Sterling.  and now he has insisted he wants the "5" tee.  Wish I had seen it before his birthday to order (it comes also comes in 1-4).
Use code FORTUNE for 30% off all full priced items.
Or use code LUCKY to get additional 20% sale
old navy kids

Skinny Khackis Bow Tie Shirt | Canvas Shoes | Shark Boat Hat | 5 Tee | Twill Shorts (only $8)
Stripe Sweater

Ordered the gladiator sandals for Frances in two colors I loved them so much.  They are pretty freaking awesome.
Also bought the adorable hooded jean jacket

old navy kids 2

Now we just need some warmer temps to wear all this cute stuff!