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Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Eight signs you are an ambivert (somewhere between an introvert and an extrovert) via Epoch Inspired.

2.  Creative ways to save money in 2016 via Apartment Therapy.

3. The best wine pairings for Girl Scout cookies via Gizmodo.

Casual Outfits for Valentine's Day

My husband and I were never big on going out for dinner on Valentine's Day. Most restaurants are overcrowded and serve mediocre prix fixe dinners. We've instead preferred to stay home and make a favorite meal together. It makes for a more intimate evening with a lot less pressure.

But just because you stay home doesn't mean you should be wearing sweats or yoga pants and a tee. I've put together two casual outfits that are comfortable, stylish and are perfect for dinner at home or a casual brunch or lunch on Valentine's Day.


4 Tips For Preparing For A New Baby

In light of my youngest turning ten years old this week, I've been looking back on where I was ten years ago. I was nervous about parenting a second child. With a four year old tugging at my leg, I wondered how would I be able to handle a newborn who required constant, round the clock care.
This little one caused me many sleepless nights! ;-)
If you are expecting, the chances are you are starting to worry about the care of your baby. Every expectant parent goes through this stage, and it’s perfectly natural. If you are starting to panic with thoughts that you won't be able to cope, stop right there. Although it’s not always a walk in the park, you will be surprised to find you cope a lot better than you expected. There are some steps you can take to make the care of your baby a little bit easier. I chatted with several of my friends and added my own input to compile a few tips from experienced mothers and fathers on looking after your new little addition to the world.

Menu Plan Monday :: 2.8.2016

This week we are celebrating my youngest's 10th birthday. We are so excited for her. The birthday person always gets to choose the restaurant for dinner on their special day. Until then, this is what we'll be eating this week.

Monday - Veggie shrimp orzo

TuesdayBlack beans and rice

Wednesday - Buffalo Caesar salad

Friday Fresh Picks: My Latest Discoveries

Why, hello Friday. It's nice to see you!

This week kicked my butt. It started out strong, but I hit a snag mid-week when my oldest was home from school sick. I think I'm a fairly flexible and adaptable person, but when my kids are home sick, it takes me half the day to adjust.

Needless to say, I am ready for the weekend. Harper and I have a mother-daughter day tomorrow when Emma will be at church all day for a retreat to prepare for her Confirmation. The Hubs will be with her for part of the day, and we will return to attend mass with her at 5:00. But prior to that Harper and I are going out for breakfast and then going to (finally!!) see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We cannot wait!!

Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Here's who will sing the National Anthem at Superbowl 50 via LA Times.

2. A photo tour of a Virginia-based wedding planner's gorgeous home office via Inspired By This.

3. Do not Instagram another picture of food until you read this via Domino.

The Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

Kim Kardashian recently said that she hated being pregnant. Pregnancy is a beautiful gift, right? You should enjoy the whole experience because the result is well worth it. But was she really so far off the mark? Many women love being pregnant, but even they can recognize that there are some unpleasant moments you have to deal with.

A lot of things happen to your body as it plays home to a baby. It's important to acknowledge all the changes that occur and to resist the urge to fight them but rather embrace them. After all, they are temporary. Before you know it, the baby will be here, and you'll be presented with a whole new set of issues and concerns.

Ten things about pregnancy no one tells you:

Valentine's Day Gifts for Girls

Sweatshirt | Locker | Book | Boo | Chalkboard Placemats | Make-Your-Own Snow Globe | Sweater Dress | Hat & Glove Set | Fox Cosmetic Pouch (sold out but similar here) | Necklace (similar)

I don't go crazy with gifts, but I do like to get each of my daughters something small for Valentine's Day. It could be a stuffed animal or a book. They like iTunes and Bath & Body Works gift cards, too. It doesn't have to be fancy. I wrap the gifts in some cute wrapping paper (I love this one!) and top it off with a simple bow or sweet card (this one is so cute and let's you tell your kids just what you love about them).

Happy February ~ Letter From The Editor

As I type this, it's hard to fathom that it's February already. As long and as tedious as these winter months can be, they often have a way of sneaking by us quickly. Since we've had our fair share of mild weather, it hardly seems like winter at all. Well, except for that nasty snow storm we had last week.

I am so excited to kick off February with a new blog design. In last month's Letter From The Editor, I hinted at a few cosmetic changes coming your way. The original plan was for a few tweaks, but what fun is that? I decided to go big with a complete makeover. You wouldn't keep the same hairstyle for years, right? So why should your blog stay the same for years?

Menu Plan Monday :: 2.1.2016

If you are new here and coming over from I'm An Organizing Junkie, welcome! If you've been here before, do you notice anything different? Yes! I had my site redesigned last week. What do you think? I love it and hope you do as well. New look but still the same great content you've enjoyed in the past.

On that note, here's what's on the menu for this week.

Monday - Tuscan bean soup

Tuesday - Pasta Puttanesca