01/20/2017

FriYAY Week 6

This week I’ve been feeling under the weather while constantly playing catch-up, with little-to-no productivity in sight! A couple days this week I even treated myself to a much-needed nap during Jack’s morning nap time. It was quite pleasant at the time, but not as much fun when I looked at my to-do list slowly piling up. Oh well! I know the work will still be there waiting for me tomorrow. Plus, at least it’s work I LOVE (Blogging! Beautycounter!) so I know the effort will be worth the reward.

SNUGGLES WITH MY BABY BEAR

Pottery Barn Kids Nursery Fur Critter Wrap Bear

Since I haven’t been feeling so great this week, snuggles with my boy have been the main focus! I snapped this shot after Jack’s tubby time, because is there anything sweeter than a freshly bathed babe? Especially one in a bear bath wrap? We just moved him into the full-size tub this week, and he’s still trying to get used to all the space. He loves to splash and play with his bath toys, but I think the extra water scares him a little. The first tubby was a success, but the second didn’t go as well. We’ll see if third time’s a charm, but it might just take a little time for him to get used to all the freedom.

P.F. CHANG’S MONGOLIAN BEEF (COPYCAT RECIPE)

P.F. CHANG’S MONGOLIAN BEEF (COPYCAT RECIPE)

I love really good Chinese food, and when I ran across this recipe on Pinterest, I just knew I had to give the copycat recipe a try! I don’t know if you’ve been to P.F. Chang’s lately, but the past couple times I’ve gone the food has been really pricey while the portions have continued to shrink. (Fun fact: I actually worked as a hostess at P.F. Chang’s at The Easton during college for about two week. Needless to say I didn’t last long!) I actually have this recipe ready to make tonight so I’m excited to give it a try. I picked up a bag of Jasmine Rice at Trader Joe’s to have with it, and I’m looking forward to a gourmet dinner that’s much cheaper than takeout or dining out.

IHEART ORGANIZING: IHEART FAVORITES FROM 2016!

IHeart Favorites From 2016!

Now that all the Christmas decorations are put away, I usually categorize January as organizing month. So far though I seem to have zero motivation in 2017 to do much cleaning and organizing at all! I ran across this post from IHeart Organizing (I love this blog!), where Jen shares some of her favorite posts from 2016. Some of the posts that immediately caught my eye included the Organized Linen ClosetUltimate Craft Closet, DIY Shiplap & Laundry Sorting Baskets, Home Maintenance Week, and Favorite Daily Organizing Solutions. Who else wishes they were even a quarter as organized as this blogger?!

10 HEALTH AND FITNESS APPS

Fitness and Health Apps

I read this post from LaurenConrad.com that shared ten Health and Fitness Apps to download. A few of them I’ve heard of before, but a couple really caught my eye! Spotify Running can actually pick songs for you based on the pace you’re running, and Lifesum will help you achieve your goals and stick to your plans by sending reminders and feedback to you throughout the day so that you’ll stay on track! It encourages small changes throughout the day so that you can accomplish the bigger dreams down the road.

LINGUINE ALFREDO WITH CHICKEN, BROCCOLI AND MUSHROOMS

Trader Joe's Alfredo with Broccoli, Chicken and Mushrooms

I made this easy meal for dinner during the week and it was just delicious! Plus it made plenty of leftovers, so I was able to have it for lunch the past couple days too. Even Jack loved it and gobbled up the broccoli and mushrooms too. PS – This Alfredo Pasta Sauce from Trader Joe’s is so, so delicious! During my teen years and early 20’s I loved Lean Cuisine’s fettuccine alfredo. The sauce was my favorite, and this sauce reminds me a lot of it. The jarred version is obviously not as healthy as making your own, but it was a great treat and made for an easy weeknight dinner.

01/18/2017

Christmas 2016: Better Late than Never!

I’m a little late on sharing a Christmas post, but I figured it’s better late then never! Not only do I write my blog posts for all of you, but I also use it as a sort of online diary for myself and my family. I have recapped years-and-years of Christmas holidays, and I wasn’t about to miss out on recapping Jack’s first ‘real’ Christmas!

Instead of giving a play-by-play of the day, I simply want to share a few pictures of the celebration to remember the sweet smiles and silly giggles of my one year old son experiencing the magic of Christmas!

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

01/13/2017

FriYAY Week 5

So, this week has been a crazy one. I’ve felt under the weather all week and then my husband was sick too, so the majority of my last 72 hours or so has been spent simply surviving. The one positive from all this? My baby Jack hasn’t shown a symptom of illness, and for that I will be very very grateful!

This weekend we are actually celebrating Christmas 2.0. My family wasn’t able to make it into town on the 25th, so we will be having our Christmas together tomorrow. My mom and I went back and forth on the menu, and we finally decided on appetizers and pizza from a favorite local shop. We all said there is no way we are doing any more turkey or ham, so simple and tasty will be the way to go.

Hanna Andersson Mickey Sleepwear

Hanna Andersson Sleepwear - Mickey Jammies

We love, love, love Hanna jammies around here! In fact, it’s where both of Jack’s Christmas pajamas have come from, and he also has an American flag pair we got him at the beginning of summer. They’re so cute! Well for Christmas, Jack got a pair of Mickey jammies from Hanna and he looks absolutely adorable in them! The sleepwear from Hanna Andersson is kind of pricey, but the quality really is untouchable, and the designs are so cute. Plus it’s nice that there are no footies on it because Jack has huge feet and is growing like crazy every day. The jammies stretch well, wash well, and are light enough to let air through, but warm enough to keep baby cozy at night. I highly recommend waiting for a sale and then getting a pair or two for your little one. It’s worth the splurge! PS – I was going to link to the Mickey pair, but I think they may have sold out. If you’re looking to pick up a pair, both this one and this one are on my wish list!

Beautycounter Charcoal Bar Samples

Beautycounter Charcoal Bar Samples

Yesterday I put out a call for Charcoal Bar samples, and so far I have more than 20 people on my list! I have 48 samples created and ready for mailing, so if you would like to try a sample, leave your email address in the comments below, or send me an email to jana@happywifehealthylife.com. I would be happy to get a sample in the mail for you!

Charcoal is purifying, detoxifying, and great for brightening, tightening and clearing skin. There are quite a few charcoal products on the market right now, but make sure you pay close attention to the ingredients to know what the product is made of! I would recommend the Charcoal Bar to: women, men, teenagers and adolescents, those with acne-prone skin, those who are into health and fitness and clean eating, those who want their skin to be tighter, those who have sun spots or age spots, both new moms and expectant moms… Literally everyone! To shop the Charcoal Bar directly, click here.

Unfancy Winter Remix

Unfancy - 10 pieces, 10 outfits, 10 days

I really don’t follow a ton of style blogs, because honestly, not many of the looks feel doable for real life, or at least mine! However, there are a few minimalist style blogs that I follow, and one of my very favorites is Unfancy. Caroline has incredible style that is just so simple, put-together, and comfortable. It also looks like a real-life wardrobe, and although many of her pieces are still out of my budget, I feel like her look is a little easier to emulate. Her style is everything I would like mine to be, and I adore how she wears everything with ease and how she makes the clothes fit her life, not the other way around. Right now she is doing a Winter Remix: 10 pieces, 10 outfits, 10 days and it’s been fun to follow. You can check out the original post here, and then dive into her outfit picks later.

Epic Cheese Plate

Epic Cheese Plate

Now that it’s winter, many of us are starting to hibernate and find ourselves at home on Friday and Saturday nights more often. I saw this post for How to Create an Epic Cheese Plate from Brown Eyed Baker and I just had to share it here! I feel like staying home will suddenly become a lot more fun when you pair this Plate with a movie or game night after the kiddos go down. My favorite combination would be smoked gouda with salami and coarse mustard, or brio with prosciutto and fig jam. Yum!!

Wake-Up Call

Reminder - Marriage

My friend Ashley shared this post on Facebook the other day, and it was such a good wake-up call and reminder to not take life for granted. It is so easy to let dishes in the sink or laundry on the ground annoy us, but what we need to realize is that these ‘flaws and messes’ are such blessings. The truth is that if we didn’t have the ones we love around to make those messes, not only would we be hurt, but we would also be wishing to have the messes back. I read the comments on the post, and although some simply said the husband and kids need to just pick up their things, or this is an excuse for no one to clean up after themselves, I completely disagree. I think we all need to help out around the house, but I also believe we should probably try and keep in mind what’s actually important at the end of the day. This week I’ve really tried to care a little less about the mess, and a little more about the one who made it. Life is too short friends!