Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

I can't take full credit for this recipe, it is my Dad's specialty.  I love a good Spinach Salad and my Dad's is out of this world!  It is perfect for entertaining because you can make the dressing ahead of time and just reheat when ready to serve.  We like to mix the hot bacon dressing and store bought honey mustard (we always use Marzetti) it is such a good combo!  You can toss anything you like in this salad but we like to use the classic spinach salad ingredients.  It kind of makes me want to add hard boiled eggs to all my salads, they are so good in this!

:: S P I N A C H  S A L A D  W I T H  W A R M  B A C O N  D R E S S I N G ::

- Fresh baby spinach
- Diced cherry tomatoes
- Thinly sliced red onion
- sliced mushrooms
- diced hard boiled eggs
- goat cheese
-8 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Honey Mustard Dressing
Combine Spinach and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl.

Fry the bacon and remove to a paper towel to drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the rendered fat. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Transfer the fat to a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar and Dijon mustard. Season with a small pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper.  Add in crumbled bacon.
Drizzle over salad, we also drizzle a little honey mustard with the bacon dressing, such a great combo!

** I recommend doubling or tripling the dressing if you are entertaining several people.  It will save in the fridge for several days.**

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I posted this pic on Instagram yesterday and several people wanted to know where this shirt was from. It is not maternity, it is Joie and I have been living in this tee shirt. It is so comfy and goes with everything. I could not find the blush color online but found the charcoal which to me is even better for now and into Fall. I picture it with leggings and booties come Fall. A great tee to wear pregnant and afterwards since it is non maternity.  Pretty sure I will be adding the charcoal one to my collection too!
ps- how sweet is my nephew Finley?

My mom took Sterling to do a little back to school shopping this weekend and we picked up these Converse shoes at the Nordstrom sale.  I love Chuck Taylor's but the high top ones can be a pain to get on, not these they have a built in stretch panel on the side so they are super easy to side on and off.  I love the gray paired with the blue laces.  They are a steal right now at $19!  Plus they are adorable on!

I am seriously contemplating getting this dress.  I love the black and white and it would be perfect to wear pregnant since it looks loose.  

This skirt reminds me of my Pleasure Doing Business mini skirt I wear all the time!  I love a mini skirt like this paired with a loose flowy top.  It comes in three fabulous colors black, brown, and pink and I want them all and it is under $50!

I kept reading rave reviews about this shampoo and conditioner and decided to try it out.  I am really loving it.  It smells great and I swear my hair is sleeker and less dried out when I use it.  And its super cheap, less than $10.

I picked up a few pairs of these for baby girl while I was home this weekend and I am obsessed.  They are the cutest things ever and on super sale.

My mom got this blouse at the Nordstrom sale and I so wanted it.  It is the cutest blouse on, and the perfect Mint color.  Sadly it was too snug on my belly but you better believe I will be borrowing it post baby. It is still on sale at the Nordstrom Sale so snag one before they gone!

Equipment has quickly become one of my favorite brands for blouses.  They fit so well and I love the patterns.  I snagged this one this weekend on super sale, it is like 60% off right now.  It looks great with jean shorts or white jeans for Summer, then in the Fall I will pair it with dark skinny jeans!  It is under a $100 and trust me that is a steal for an Equipment Blouse.
I am telling you the Nordstrom sale has some pretty sweet deals!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Reading: What's On my Nightstand Part 2

Remember that Jamie Foxx song, "Blame it on the Alcohol"? Well that is what I blame my surge in reading on this Summer,  the lack of alcohol in my life.  I don't have happy hour anymore so I get in bed with my full wits about me ready to read.   Plus I get in bed super early so I have more time to read now too (ah the joys of pregnancy).  I have been powering through like a book a week.  Such a book worm, I know.  I have read some really great books though and wanted to share.  Here is what I plowed through:

Summer Reading

BEAUTIFUL RUINS- Several of you recommended this book to me last time I did my books post.  It was a really entertaining story about an old Hollywood actress and a secret she kept for years.  

BEBE DAY BY DAY- I really liked the first book by Pamela Druckerman, Bringing up Bebe, so I checked this one out at the library.  It is a super short read just 100 little blurbs and tips on French parenting. Everything in it made so much sense to me.  I mean seriously the French have this parenting thing down way better than us.

ROB LOWE STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS- I have always loved Rob Lowe but my love for him grew even more after he was on Brothers and Sisters- why was that show canceled again??  This was a juicy autobiography about his life in Hollywood and growing up, it made me like him even more.

WHISKEY BEACH- I am a huge Nora Roberts fan I always love all her books.  This one has it all from mystery to romance.

GUILTY WIVES CLUB- My mom recommended this book to me and I read in 3 days, it was so good.  It is about a group of 4 women arrested in Monaco and put in jail for a crime they did not commit.  James Patterson books are always such quick easy reads

PROOF OF HEAVEN- I have wanted to read this book for a long time and I finally decided to read it after my grandfather died.  I no doubt believe in Heaven but it is so interesting to me to read others accounts of near death experience's.  Eben's story is amazing, he was a neurosurgeon who was more scientific than religious until he contracted meningitis and was in a coma for 7 days.  It is a miracle he survived.  While in his coma he visits Heaven and this is his story of his coma, near death experience and life after.

ENGAGEMENTS- I kept reading write ups for this book in all my fashion magazines.  It was such a compelling story following 5 people around thru their lives.  Each person had a different story relating to marriage, adultery, divorce, or the decision not to be married.  I loved that the chapters switched from one persons perspective to another.  I could not put this book down.  Interesting views on marriage and what it means to others.

REVENGE WEARS PRADA- I loved this sequel as much as the original.  Highly recommend if you loved The Devil Wears Prada.  Such a fun read filled with fun fashions and life in the magazine world.

Now I need to know what to read next, please share some great book recommendations!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thoughts For Friday

Happy Friday Friends! This has been a whirlwind week. I still can't wrap my head around the fact we are having a baby girl. I am so excited. Of course the first thing I wanted to do was go look at baby girl clothes. Turns out I don't love all the girl stuff as much as I thought I would.   Alot of it is too pink, too sparkly, and too fluffy for my taste,  even the traditional smocked stuff that I loved for Sterling I don't love as much for baby girl.  I had a hard time finding anything I loved but I did snag this adorable onesie for Baby girl.    I found alot of cute stuff at Baby Gap, which is funny because I never shop there for Sterling!  Their prices are great though!  I am smitten with this cute outfit.  You must click on the link to see the back of this romper it is adorable!

 Also loved this Baby Gap Dress. The colors and stripes reminded me of LemLem.

If you love Greek Food as much as I do, you must try Papa ZuZu's in Mt. Pleasant.  My friends Chassity and Sarah urged me to try it and it was amazing.  One the best Greek Salads ever and their warm pita bread and hummus is delish!  I picked it up after my doctors appointment as a treat and I am still dreaming about it!!  Plus the salad is so big I ate off it for two days!

Our first box from Citrus Lane came and it was great!  Sterling was so excited to get mail and it was filled with such fun stuff for him.  I highly recommend.  You can sign up HERE to try it out.  His box came with a race car painting set, a pack of reusable/washable stickers, a lunch container you can use the stickers on to decorate, two cold packs for lunches or booboos, and dried banana snacks.

Of course now that I know we are having a girl my wheels are spinning on the nursery design details.  My sweet Dad has graciously offered to paint the nursery for me, I think he felt sorry for me after I painted our den and hallway myself.  So I am searching for paint colors.  This is so weird and normally I am not a purple girl at all but I am leaning towards doing the nursery a pale purple gray.  After seeing Pratt and Lambert's Quartz Moon in the new House Beautiful I am loving it.  Any other great neutral purple grays I should consider?

I am so excited both my boys from Breaking Bad got nominated for Emmy's, they deserve it.  I am counting down the days til August 11th when the final season starts.  I miss Jessie and Walt.

Can we talk about how amazing Jenna Dewan looks 7 weeks post baby.  I mean how do these celebrities do it??  I need tips.

Normally my little cougar crush Zac Efron can do no wrong but I am still trying to wrap my head around the tragic jean shorts he is wearing.  All men need to take note,  jeans shorts are never a good idea.  His body still looks pretty amazing though.  Is he 21 yet??

My ASOS dress finally came and I can not say enough good things about it!!  It is such a fabulous pattern and looks way more expensive than it is.  It is fitted on me because of my belly but I think it will fit perfect post baby too.  For those curious on sizing I ordered a 6.  Highly recommend this cute dress.

Have a great weekend Friends!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lulu & Georgia Giveaway!!

I am so excited today because I have a killer giveaway for you guys! I am sure most of you are already familiar Lulu and Georgia.  Remember my kick ass runner? Yep, it was from Lulu and Georgia. 

Well lucky for you guys, I have a $100 giftcard to use on their site for one reader! Just check out a few of my favorite things on the site right now!  They have such an amazing selection of rugs, pillows, lighting and home decor.  There are so many things I want for baby girls nursery- mainly one of those pendant lights and a killer rug! 

And even better news since only one person can win, Lulu and Georgia has graciously offered everyone 20% off anything on their site with code DBDD20 !!  This is such a fabulous deal    Get your shop on HERE!
Lulu and Georgia

Apache Rug, Clay / Voluspa Rug, Navy and Plum | Lulu and Georgia / Elodie Art | Lulu and Georgia / Spotted Ikat Pillow, Coal (Set of 2) | Lulu and Georgia / Blaze Mirror, Gold | Lulu and Georgia / Jill Rosenwald Hourglass Pillow, Sailor Blue | Lulu and Georgia / Taye Trays (Set of 2) | Lulu and Georgia / Rhiannon Lamp | Lulu and Georgia / Golden Lotus Lamp | Lulu and Georgia / Lyra Lamp | Lulu and Georgia

If you want to enter here is what you can do -be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, and leave your email address so I can contact you if you win:

1) Be a Follower of Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers 
2) Visit Lulu and Georgia and leave a comment with your favorite item
3) Like Lulu and Georgia on Facebook
4) Follow Lulu and Georgia on twitter and tweet about the giveaway @luluandgeorgia.

You have til next Wednesday at midnight to enter.  I will announce the winner next Thursday.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We're Having A .......

Could not wait to share the news but we just found out today we are having a GIRL!! I am still a little in shock. I always pictured myself with 3 boys. I feel beyond blessed that I get to experience having one of each sex. I am excited for this new girl frontier and a little scared for my credit cards, because lets face it most girl stuff is cuter, although I have gotten pretty darn good with my boy shopping.   Best news though is that the baby looked healthy and honestly that is all I care about.   So grateful and thankful for a good report today.  Hard to wrap my head around the fact I am going to have a daughter, but I am over the moon excited! 
Thanks for everyone's support and encouragement it means so much to me.  and it looks like the old wives tales proved to be correct for me!

Bacon, Avocado, and Corn Salad

 I have been meaning to share this recipe for awhile now.   I made it weeks ago- I blame pregnancy brain for forgetting til now to share. This salad was ridiculously good, but how could it not be with all my favorite ingredients.   Corn and bacon should always be paired together and the creamy feta just ties everything together perfectly.  We used this as a side with grilled fish and it was such a tasty summer meal!  
A few things I did differently was I used microwave bacon instead of cooking mine in a skillet- I was feeling supper lazy and it is so easy just to microwave and crumble it up.  It saves time and cuts out some of the grease but I am sure the recipe way is better.  Cooking in grease always tastes better.   Since I had no bacon grease I sauteed the corn in olive oil.  I thought it was delish and would totally make this again, plus it looks beautiful if you want to impress guests!

:: B A C O N  A V O C A D O  A N D  C O R N  S A L A D ::

5 strips thick-cut bacon
4 large ears corn, husks and silks removed
1/2 cup crumbled feta or cotija cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
juice of 1 lime
1 large Hass avocado
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. Place a heavy skillet over medium heat. Arrange the bacon strips in the skillet and cook on both sides until the bacon is crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to dry. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet.
2. Cut the kernels off each cob by laying the cob flat on a cutting board and using a sharp knife to remove the kernels. Discard the cobs and transfer the kernels to the skillet with the bacon fat. Cook the corn over medium-high heat until it is just slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, crumble in the cheese, and add the cilantro and lime juice. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Roughly crumble the bacon into the corn mixture and toss to combine.
3. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and cut the avocado into 1/2-inch pieces. Transfer the avocado to the skillet and toss.
4. Taste and season with salt and pepper before serving. Serve immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate for later. Bring to room temperature before serving.