Food & Drink

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Food & Drink





Stonyfield Introduces Healthy and Delicious Organic Fruit Snacks

I love a brand that thinks outside the box. This time that brand is Stonyfield, and this time it's going beyond the organic dairy aisle to offer a kid's snack that's just as healthy and delicious as any of it's organic dairy offerings.

Stonyfield organic fruit snacks have hit grocery store shelves, and moms and kids alike are jumping for joy. Finally there's a fruit snack that kids love and moms can feel good about giving their children.
Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks:
  • Have 70 calories per pouch
  • Are made with real organic fruit and vegetable juices
  • Contain no artificial flavors or preservatives
  • Are USDA-certified organic
  • Are available in two delicious flavors: Mixed Berry and Strawberry
  • Are gluten-free and fat-free
  • Provide 100% of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin C
  • Are free of pesticides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

These adorable, cow-shaped fruit snacks have saved us from episodes of low blood sugars, from post-gymnastics workouts, and sugar cravings. I'm ashamed to say that the adults in this house may just be enjoying the Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks more than the kids are. At first we didn't realize that they were in the shape of cows. We just tore the packages open and started snacking, oblivious to what shape the snacks were.

They make the perfect addition to any lunchbox. Or you can throw a few packs into your purse, briefcase, carry-on, or beach bag for a quick and satisfying snack on the go.

For our family these fruit snacks are a lifesaver. Harper relies on fruit snacks when her blood sugar is low. They are a quick way to raise her blood sugar effectively with sugar-laden sodas and fruit juices.

For more information about Stonyfield, check out Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

As a Stonyfield Ambassador, I received complimentary fruit snacks and monetary compensation to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions are my own based on my use of the products.

Fall Bucket List

I have a soft spot in my heart for summer, but fall doesn't fall {pun intended!} too far behind. The crisp air, the rich, robust colors, and the culinary delights are just a few of my fall favorites. I like to consider it our last hurrah before winter hits. That means lots of time spent outdoors partaking in all the fall activities.
This autumn we are going to do a few new things we've never done before as well as our old favorites. I have a feeling it's going to be a great fall!

1. Go apple picking and pumpkin picking at our favorite orchard.

2. Make mile-high apple pie, apple crostada, apple crisp, and apple cider donuts with all the apples we pick.

3. Paint and carve pumpkins.

4. Take a nature hike here.

5. Rake and play in an enormous pile of leaves.

6. Go on a hay ride, walk through a corn maze, and pick the perfect pumpkin here.

7. Make spiced hot apple cider and a spiked version for the adults.

8. Try a few new pumpkin recipes (this one, this one, and this one) in addition to the old standbys such as pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread.

9. Attend Boo at the Boardwalk at Jenkinson's Boardwalk.

10. Watch a scary movie. This one is one of my favorites. 

11. Enjoy pumpkin ice cream and mini pumpkin tarts from Delicious Orchards.

What's on your to-do list this fall?

Tips For Making Your Home More Relaxing and Comfortable

The cold weather months are approaching, and for most of us that means more time spent indoors, specifically in our homes. The perfect family home should make you feel comfortable and happy, and promote family enjoyment.

A little comfort goes a long way when creating a happy home. If your home makes you feel comfortable and safe, you’ll always have peace of mind.

Here are a few simple tips to bring some extra comfort to your home this fall and winter. The whole family will reap the rewards.

Personalize Your Home
Your home is probably the most important financial investment you will make. Although it's your greatest asset, it's also an emotional investment. As a homeowner, it’s difficult not to have at least one eye on the financial aspects of the property. After all, this is probably the most expensive asset you possess. However, it’s imperative that you try to think about it as a family home rather than an investment.

Ultimately, you should be making the decision based on what will enhance your family’s life. It doesn’t matter if you’re redesigning the bathroom or making over your dining room (check out my recent dining room renovation), your personality should shine through. It's the small personal touches that make a home your own.

Create A Relaxing Environment
Modern life is hectic. After a long day of work and then shuffling the kids to and from sports and activities, I want to come home and chill.

Nothing is worse than walking in to a home that's either too hot or too cold. To achieve a comfortable temperature, install an HVAC system. HVAC systems provide optimal indoor air quality as well as control thermal temperature to create a relaxing and comfortable environment. If you can’t enjoy a little relaxation at home, where can you?

Enhance Your Outdoor Space
The one location that often gets overlooked by homeowners is the yard, patio, or deck areas. However, giving your outdoor areas the love and attention they deserve could be the key to unlocking a whole new level of happiness. In the spring, summer, and fall, our deck serves as another room in our home. We have comfortable seating and a table for dining, creating a second family room.

Encouraging increased outdoor time isn’t difficult. Add a few flowers or start growing fruit and vegetables with the children to ensure that you all get better use of your yard. Invest in fun yard games, such as a bean bag toss, and you'll soon discover that it's much better than sitting indoors in front of electronic devices.

Creating a patio area would give you a great venue for hosting small parties or recharging on weekend afternoons.

Ensure Everything's In Working Order
There’s nothing more frustrating than being unable to complete daily tasks due to faulty products and appliances. The home should be there to make life easier, not add extra challenges. Ensuring that your appliances work is a must.

A faulty item can put a huge dent into your happiness around the home. You’d be surprised at the difference simple process like boosting the water pressure can make. We had poor water pressure in our kitchen for months before we finally addressed it. The difference was unbelievable.

It’s easy to become obsessed with big televisions and fancy tech items. But if the home doesn’t fulfill its basic purposes, those luxury items are obsolete.

Menu Plan Monday :: 9.28.2015

The chillier weather is making itself known in these parts and that means it's time to start incorporating easy and delicious soup recipes and slow-cooker meals into the meal plan. You won't hear me complaining. Slow cooker meals are super easy, and soup is my ultimate fall comfort food.
Here's what's on the menu this week:

Monday - Quick chicken noodle soup with cheddar biscuits

Tuesday - Chicken cutlets, macaroni and cheese, and sauteed spinach

Wednesday - Minestrone soup with arugula salad

Thursday - Chicken Parmesan over zucchini noodles

Friday - Dinner out

Saturday - Chicken saltimbocca with a side of lemon butter pasta

Sunday - Slow cooker pulled chicken sandwiches

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

Friday Fresh Picks: What I Am Currently Loving

Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but this week beat me up. From the planned to the unexpected, I was thrown loops left and right. But in the words of William Shakespeare, "All's well that ends well." And hey, it's ending with the start of the weekend. I'm kicking off the weekend by ditching my work clothes in favor of my my yoga gear and heading to gym to get my Om on. Whether you've got a busy one or a relaxing one, enjoy your weekend, friends! xx

In this week's Friday Fresh Picks, I'm sharing a few of my current favorite things. Hope you find some inspiration here.

My current favorite coffee:
{Starbucks' first fall offering in four years: Toasted Graham Latte (photo credit)}

Current favorite bootie:
{Love the sleek Splash Pointy Toe Bootie from Nine West}

Current favorite words of truth:

Current favorite fall cocktail:

Current favorite desk accessory:

Current favorite guilty pleasure:

{Graceland on Netflix}

Current favorite beauty trend:
{Pink and peach blushes. I love this one, this one, and this one. (photo credit)}

Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!

To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.

Easy Bathroom Upgrades To Do In a Weekend

Yesterday, I shared a few expert tips on getting started on a major bathroom renovation. But what if you're not ready to take on a large-scale renovation project but would rather make a few small changes and upgrades? A weekend is the perfect occasion to carve out some time to make a few necessary cosmetic changes to the bathroom. They'll make a big impact but won't take up much of your time.

Here are few upgrades to consider:

Add a vanity dresser
I’ve always wanted my own vanity dresser; you know, a place where I can sit down and relax to do my hair and makeup and get everything just right. I have a storage stand where I currenly keep my makeup and favorite beauty products, but it would be the perfect spot for a vanity. I can just see my sitting there with my latte, my music, and all my makeup sprawled out in front of me. There are all sorts of unique bathroom vanities out there, and they are the perfect way to add character and function to the bathroom.

Add vintage storage solutions
I love pieces that have tons of character, such as vintage wire baskets and shelving units. The best place to find unique items is flea markets, local thrift shops and vintage stores. I am always on the lookout for clever and practical storage solutions. Remember, it's the accessories and extras that make the room.

Add a fresh coat of paint
Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best. A fresh coat of paint will completely transform a bathroom, and gave it a whole new ambience.  Choose a color that will highlight the features such as your floor, tile, and sink vanity. Think about the vibe you want to achieve and choose a color that will bring it to life.

Add Soft Lighting
I had never given much thought to the lighting in my bathroom. But, making a few small changes to fixtures and bulbs can make a huge difference in the ambience of the room. Avoid harsh over head lighting and go for subtle fixtures on the walls or by the mirror instead. Adding candles will create a soft glow.

Add Mirrors
The bathroom is typically the smallest room in the house, so you’ve got to work hard to make the most of it. Mirrors will really help bring the room to life by reflecting the natural light, making the room feel airy and spacious. Make use of the back of the door by hanging a full length mirror there to conserve wall space. Mirrors are your best friend, especially when working with a small space.

A few hours on the weekend is all you need to transform your bathroom from blah to ta-da!

Tips for Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

One of the items on the agenda for the Pope's visit to the U.S. is to discuss global warming with U.S. lawmakers. As our knowledge on the topic of global warming grows, more and more people are turning their attention to eco-friendly living. It couldn't be more timely. With proof surfacing each day of the declining state of the Earth's health, it's time we turned out attention to saving the Earth.

Most of us are already in the habit of making small changes in our daily lives such as recycling, using public transportation when we can, and turning off lights and appliances in an effort to conserve energy.

In some cases, we can be doing more on a larger scale in our homes. There are several upgrades that we can make to our properties and homes to promote a green lifestyle. The changes will benefit our lives as well as the environment.

But exactly which upgrades are worth making? There’s a lot of information available to us, and it's often overwhelming to sift through it. The best approach is to keep it simple.

Start At The Top
Before worrying about individual areas in the property, think about the property as a whole. Poor insulation will force your heaters to work harder, thus creating a bigger footprint on the environment. Insulating the attic and fixing a faulty roof is a great way to keep the heat in. Moreover, installing energy-efficient, double-glazed windows will help too.

An added bonus: You'll see an immediate decrease in your energy bills.

Get Cooking (In An Eco-Friendly Manner)
The kitchen is a place where many daily tasks are completed. Those appliances all make an impact on the environment. While these appliances are necessary for feeding your family, you can reduce the impact that they have.

A valiant stove fan, for example, is powered by the heat of the oven to help circulate the air. This is a much better option than using extra electricity while it also removes the threat of poor reliability too.

Furthermore, make the switch to a biodegradable surface cleaner. They might feel like small gestures, but they often make the biggest impact. I made the switch to eco-friendly household cleaners several years ago, and I am so glad I did. Not only is it safer for the environment, it's also safer for our whole family from adults to kids to pets.

Reduce Waste
One of the key ingredients to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle is to get more out of your resources. Waste reduction is one of the greatest steps you can take.

This can be achieved in a number of ways. Upcycling clothes and lowering food waste are great options. However, one of the most harmful appliances in your home is the toilet. Older units can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush. But by switching to an energy efficient option, you can cut that number to under 1.5 gallons.

An added bonus: You will see an immediate decrease in your water bill each quarter.

Embrace The Great Outdoors
Your home isn’t the only part of your property that needs attention. Your yard is a wonderful location to start making a change for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

There are a number of tips to actively improve your green living. Growing a garden, even a small one makes a big impact as does composting. However, simply encouraging more time in the yard where you aren't using the indoor energy resources will make a big difference.

Best Online Reads

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

1. How to pack for three popular fall getaways via PopSugar.

2. Twenty ways to reinvent apple pie via Delish.

3. How to get more done in less time via Quartz.


Big Things To Consider Before A Bathroom Makeover

After kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations are the most popular and offer a high return on your investment. Updating the design of your bathroom can breathe a new freshness into the room, something bathrooms often need. Just as renovating any room in your house, bathrooms are unique.

I recently chatted with my friend Allison who is an interior designer who helps her clients make the best decisions for home renovations from kitchens to bedrooms to bathrooms. She shared advice for the readers of Pieces of a Mom on those items to focus on.
Focus On The Necessary Bathroom Features 
There are certain things you must have in a bathroom for it to be a bathroom. Otherwise, it’s just another random room in your house. Those items are a bathtub or shower (or possibly both), a toilet, and a sink and vanity. It’s important to remember that you’ll probably need to get a plumber in to help install all these features. But, your main concern will be with what you want and their designs and how they fit and flow together in the room. Pay attention to the scale of the room. You want to be sure you don't select items that are too big or too small for the room. Everything should be perfectly proportioned.

Decide On Bathroom Tile Design
Whether you are using tiles for the flooring or for the walls, they are a stylish and practical option. They are easy to clean and stand up well to water and moisture. You can find so many different tile designs to fit almost any style bathroom. From small subway style tiles to large tiles to decorative one, you'll be amazed by the selection once you start looking and narrowing down your options.

Get The Lighting Right
A key part of your bathroom renovation will be the lighting. Keep in mind if you have windows that allow natural light during the day. Bathrooms require both high light and low light. Installing a dimmer switch to control light levels can be beneficial. Having a dimly lit bathroom sets the perfect mood for a relaxing bath time, but having ample light for applying makeup is also a must. Also, consider having mirror lights in your bathroom, to brighten up your reflection in the morning.

Add Extras
Adding decorative touches will pull the room together and give it a cohesive look. Towels, glass storage jars, candles, and wall art are essential for creating a beautiful and serene bathroom.

What We're Reading

Now that we are three weeks into the school year, I can see that the amount of time we read for pleasure has definitely decreased. Between homework and other after school activities, we don't have as much free time to read. I am going to make every attempt to set aside some time each week for us to read just for fun. Whether it's a book, a newspaper, or a magazine, it's important to be reading something. Anything. So, from here on out, you may not always see books posted in our What We're Reading feature, but you'll definitely see some sort of reading material.

Here are the books we are currently enjoying:
What I'm Reading: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
This one, my friends, is a page turner. From the moment I started reading it, I could not put it down. It's a captivating story of two estranged sisters, family secrets, lost loves, and broken families. The story is told in the alternating voices of the sisters, and that takes a bit of getting used to. It makes for choppy reading, but the prose is excellent and the plot line is riveting.

What Emma's Reading: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

A literary classic and one of my all-time favorite books, Anne Frank's diary gives us a first hand account into the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. The novel explores the experiences and wishes of a young girl during the time she and her family remained in hiding from the Nazis. It's easy to forget that this book was written by a young teenage girl. Her voice is strong and her writing is eloquent. But at the heart of the book is her powerful message: that despite all the bad, people are basically good.  

What Harper's Reading: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
This book needs no explanation. A classic for sure, Charlotte's Web is a heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a spider and a pig on a farm. Charlotte, the spider, saves Wilbur, the pig, from slaughter by spinning words of praise for Wilbur into her web. Although this is a children's novel, adults will delight in it as well.

What are you reading? Leave a comment to let me know!

Currently Craving: All Things Fall

There is a chill in the air, and the tips of the leaves are starting to show signs of changing colors. In one day, we will officially say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Each fall I like to do my own version of back to school shopping by picking up a few of my favorite things for the season.

Here are a few of my must-have items for fall 2015.

Fall is all about comfy and cozy. Chilly nights call for a warm, rich scent such as butter rum. I just ordered this Pumpkin Butter Rum candle from Crate & Barrel over the weekend, and I can't wait to light it on a cool night.

This fall I am straying from my normal purchase of a leather tote and opting for a fun, ethnic-inspired clutch instead. This foldover fabric clutch with tassels from Sole Society caught my eye immediately. How fun is this clutch?

I'm not quite ready to let go of summer just yet, and these open toe booties from Steve Madden are the ideal way to bridge the gap between the warm days and cool evenings. Pair them with this plaid scarf for an on-trend and seasonally appropriate look.

And don't forget to amp up your beauty routine this fall. Start with a great shade for your nails. Essie's "in the lobby" matches everything in my closet this fall from browns to blues to black and white. Put the finishing touch on your entire look with a lipstick in a fabulous fall shade such as Pumpkin Spice by Paulal Dorf.

One of my favorite fall past times is baking. This fall, a pumpkin cheesecake tart with a gingersnap crust is at the top of my baking list. Who's coming over to help me devour it?

Menu Plan Monday :: 9.21.2015

This week we are keeping the meal plan fairly simple. The Hubs has a few dinner commitments for work, and we have a few evening activities including another back to school night. I've been Googling "easy weeknight meals" for ideas for our menu plan, and I've found some delicious recipes that have been a big hit with the kids and us.

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday - Beef chili (my own recipe but this recipe is close to my own)

Tuesday - Pastina soup with crusty bread

Wednesday - Make your own mini pizzas

Thursday - Individual chicken pot pies

Friday - Dinner out

Saturday - Grilled teriyaki chicken with rice and grilled broccoli.

Sunday - Cavatelli with arugula-basil pesto and pine nuts with arugula side salad

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.

Friday Fresh Picks: Favorite Fall Decorations

Some people get excited about football in fall. Me? Well, I'm excited about hot apple cider (which may or may not be spiked) and hauling out my boxes of fall decorations. I love decorating for the holidays, and one of my favorites is fall. I usually start decorating at the end of September and keep my fall decorations up through Thanksgiving. This fall, I'm looking forward to decorating our brand new dining room. I have lots of ideas, and I've been eyeing up some new decorations for the new digs.

In this week's Friday's Fresh Picks I'm sharing a few of my favorite fall home decorations and decor items.

We've got a new Friday Fresh Picker this week! She's the fabulous Corine Ingrassia from Complicated Mama. Don't miss her first FFP post where she's sharing a few of her favorite autumn picks from sangria to clutches!

{How cute is this burlap pumpkin banner? $9}

{Mix it up with this gold and black polka dot pumpkin. $39}

{Pumpkin wreath $40-$100}

Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!

To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.

Best Online Reads

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

1. How to be the most productive person in your office via Social Media Week.

2. Fragrance tricks that every woman should know via Good Housekeeping.

3. Fifteen things you shouldn't waste your money on via Business Insider.


Tips for Making Moving To A New Home Less Stressful

Although I have no intention of moving any time soon, I do have friends who are making a move in the next few months. I was chatting with my girlfriend about her upcoming move to a new home, and she mentioned how stressful and overwhelming it has been. From selling their home to packing all their belongings, they have been consumed with the moving process.

If you are in the process of moving, here are some helpful tips to ease the burden:

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Invest in a Specialist House Packing Kit
Instead of just going out and buying lots of boxes, invest in a house packing kit. These come in various sizes, from kits suitable for one bedroom houses to ones that are more appropriate for larger properties. So no matter how large or small your home is, there is a suitable packing kit for you.

They come with various boxes in different sizes, packing tape, markers, and some even come with packing tips included. They range in price from $15 to $130 depending on the size of the kit that you need, and where you purchase it.

They might be a little pricey, but having everything that you need to pack up your home in one place will make moving much easier.

Hire Professional Movers
One of the most stressful parts of moving is moving day itself - having to move your items from one place to another isn’t easy. When we moved into our current home, we hired professional movers to take control of things.

Professional movers can be pricey, but in terms of stress, they are worth the cost. For children, moving house can be upsetting. So it’s important that you can focus on them while moving out. When we moved 9 years ago, we had a newborn, and a 4 year old who required most of our attention on moving day. When you have movers to deal with packing up all of your boxes and transporting them, you can focus on other necessary and important tasks.

Hire a Service to Clean Your Vacated Home
Before you vacate a property, whether you owned or rented it, you will be required to clean it from top to bottom. This can be an incredibly stressful and time-consuming task.

Instead of cleaning it yourself, as well as trying to get your new home sorted and set up, hire a professional company. Yes, this will cost you, but it’ll be worth it in terms of the time that you will save. For a high-quality home cleaning service, contact the General Services Corporation and ask for a quote.

Accept Help
If your friends or family offer to help you when you are moving, say "YES!". Moving can be draining, which is why having a little extra help can be useful. Even if it’s just dropping off homemade meals or taking care of the kids for an hour or two. Having help from your friends and family can make moving a lot less stressful.

Do you have any tips to add that have been helpful for you in the past?

THE BIG REVEAL!! Dining Room Makeover with Raymour & Flanigan

If you are a regular reader here at Pieces of a Mom, you are aware that I partnered with Raymour & Flanigan a few months ago to make over our dining room. I had heard nothing but positive feedback from friends who had previously purchased from Raymour & Flanigan, and I was absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to collaborate on a room makover.

Our dining room was anything but a dining room. It was a playroom, an office, a TV room, an entertainment area, and a closet of sorts. Last week, I shared a few before pictures of the room so that you can get an idea of just how badly this room needed the ultimate makeover.

We had a lot of ideas for what we wanted the room to look like and the kind of furniture we wanted. Our home is casual chic, so we definitely didn't want a dining set that was too formal. Since the room is not incredibly large, we didn't have space for more than a few pieces of furniture including the table and chairs.

I wanted fabric chairs, but the Hubs thought wood chairs were more practical for a family with 2 young daughters. I wanted the room to look cozy and comfortable not hard. We also really wanted seating in the form of a bench to accommodate more people than chairs could. Raymour & Flanigan offers several sets that met our criteria.

We headed to the showroom to get a look up close and personal. The decision was A LOT harder than I anticipated. I was torn between several sets, but in the end, we went with our first choice: Gray Street 6-piece dining set with a bench. It is the best fit for this room and for our needs. Take a look.

The set came with the bench, but we purchased two extra chairs in the event that we opt to not use the bench.
I loved the nail head accents on the chairs and the concrete tabletop inlay. The concrete inlay is unique, and I had never seen a table like this before. Raymour & Flanigan has an amazing selection of wall art including canvas prints like the rainy day scene from Paris above. Whether you are looking for framed prints, canvas prints, mirrors, or clocks, Raymour & Flanigan can bring your walls to life.

When we aren't using the bench, we place it along the way in the dining room.

We replaced our curtains to give the room a more beachy, casual feel.

We wanted a buffet server rather than a hutch since it's less formal than a hutch. I don't have a formal china set that I need to display, so a hutch was not a requirement on our list. The Gray Street buffet server fits perfectly in this space and has all the storage capacity that we need.

The Candlestick Lamp almost looks as if it's an extension of the buffet server. It's an ideal match for the furniture and the decor.

The rugs were another labored decision. Raymour & Flanigan has a fabulous selection of area rugs. So many of them would have matched the dining room set perfectly, but in the end we chose the sisal rug and runner.

While I couldn't wait to move everything out of the room, I had a dilemma with my "office". I was using a corner of this space as my office, and now I wasn't sure where to relocate my desk. It wasn't a tough decision. We decided that we'd relocate my office to the nook that had been our eat-in kitchen area. It was the perfect sized room, and since we were no longer going to need our kitchen table, we decided to convert the space to my office area.

Here's how it turned out.
The inspiration for the room was the throw rug, which I had previously owned. I added the Beacon Writing Desk from Raymour & Flanigan. I wanted a white desk that had both a contemporary and a classic flair, and the Beacon Desk had both. I added an office chair with a criss cross back, and two conference chairs which are the Annie dining chair from Raymour & Flanigan.

I've wanted a ghost chair for a long time, and I originally had chosen one for my desk chair, but I didn't think it would be ergonomic. The Annie chairs are surprisingly comfortable although I opted for a traditional office chair for my desk.

Because the office nook is small, I kept the furniture to a minimum. Plus, since it's a home office, I didn't want to clutter it with a lot of unnecessary pieces. It has the essential pieces of furniture, and all of it fits perfectly in the space.

Gorgeous, right?! I am over the moon. I can't stop looking at and walking around in the rooms. Someone pinch me. Seriously. We get so many compliments on both rooms and the quality of the furniture.

We placed our furniture order on a Sunday, and by the following Wednesday the delivery truck was parked in our driveway unloading our furniture. Most Raymour & Flanigan deliveries are guaranteed within three days, but of course, if you need more time, Raymour & Flanigan will certainly accommodate you.

The delivery personnel were very professional and careful. They were mindful of our walls and doorways. They set everything up and removed all the protective covering from the furniture and disposed of it properly.

From the moment we walked into the Brick, New Jersey location to the first moment we sat down at our new dining room table, our furniture buying experience with Raymour & Flanigan was an absolute pleasure.

Raymour & Flanigan generously provided me with a gift card to facilitate my shopping experience and this review. All opinions, as always, are my own and are based on my own experience.

Menu Plan Monday :: 9.14.2015

Now that we are back in the swing of school, our afternoon and evening activities are starting up. CCD starts this week, and next week lacrosse and gymnastics start. Having a solid meal plan in place will be essential during the next few weeks.

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday - Tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons

Tuesday - Cheeseburger flatbread pizzas with a side salad

Wednesday - Bean burrito bowls

Thursday - Sweet corn risotto with sauteed shrimp

Friday - Dinner out

Saturday - Grilled chicken sliders and roasted potatoes

Sunday - Easy pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, homemade potato chips

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For DinnerPasta, and Soups On! Pinterest boards for even more ideas.