Friday, March 14, 2014

I Miss You!

As the title claims, I miss you! I have thought about you all, and the blog, every day since my last post, but haven't had a chance to sit down and write anything. I have a list of posts that I hope to get to, many things upcoming I want to share, etc. etc., but I feel like a schmuck for not having written anything in so long... I just had to put something up to let you know I'm still here and I still care!

I guess an update would be appropriate given my long absence. First, I'm still in school. The semester isn't over till May, so I'm pretty busy during the week with that, and weekends are the only time I have to relax/do everything I can't do during the week. {Counterproductive... yes.} I'm hoping once school lets out I can finally get into a routine that I will be able to continue once Baby gets here. I miss doing reviews, sharing great sales, my life, recipes, and all of the other goodies I had going on prior to entering into this school thing. {I will go back to school after the baby is born, but I will have less of a course load.}

Next, I'll be 16 weeks pregnant on Sunday. We haven't found out the gender yet, but you can be sure I will share that with you when we find out. The nursery is coming along nicely, and I will be writing up a so-far-post over my Spring Break (which is next week). I also have to write up the "How We Told Our Parents" post, and whatever else I can think to squeeze in which I have some down time. I'm definitely showing, and am in need of maternity clothes. I grabbed some from a local consignment shop today, and am going shopping tomorrow at Burlington Coat Factory for the rest. Also, this past week I started feeling the baby move, which is pretty cool.

I hope I haven't lost all of you during my absence. I hope you're still here and will hang in there with me till I get some more time to get back into blogging. I love you guys!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Surprise!

Boom! There it is. Our little announcement. Forgive the crappy post title, but I couldn't think of anything more creative, original, intriguing, etc.... So, I went with what works. Surprise! It's a baby! And it's in my belly!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already heard, but I know most of you either missed it or follow me via other means, so it went unannounced. Also, if you've been following this blog for any length of time, then you're aware of our struggle with infertility. It goes without saying this baby is a complete and enormous blessing from above!

As of today, I am 10 weeks and 5 days along. I'm due on August 31, 2014. No, we don't know what we're having yet, but yes, we will be finding out at the appropriate time, and yes, I will be sharing it with you! I'm hopeful I'll be able to share quite a bit with you all through this journey starting with the little change we made to the nursery, which will be coming up sometime later. With the occasional nausea, constant fatigue, and full-time course load at college, posts are very hard to find time for. I'm aiming for a weekly post on Fridays, as that's the only day I don't have class, and my only day to really catch up. {I try to keep my weekends for resting.}

Monday, December 23, 2013

Magic Reindeer Food

Magic Reindeer Food Recipe & Poem — A Modern Mrs.
Santa's coming, y'all. We always consider the big guy {cookies and milk aplenty}, but what about the hard-working reindeer? Don't Dasher and Blitzen deserve some noms too? L thinks so. We used to put out some carrots for the reindeer years ago, but when we heard about Magic Reindeer Food, we thought that sounded a whole lot better!

I'm sure you've seen some recipes floating around the internet, but this one is sure to call Rudolph to your front door! All you have to do is toss the following ingredients into a big, then give it a good shake, and sprinkle it on your lawn Christmas Eve night. If you're planning on giving some as a gift, there's still time! You likely have these ingredients laying around {we did}, so all you need to get are some decorative bags and cute ribbon, which you can find at your nearest dollar store!

Okay, enough with the intros. On to the goods!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

[Coupon] Last Minute Shopper? Bath & Body Works Has You Covered!

[Coupon] Last Minute Shopper? Bath & Body Works Has You Covered! — A Modern Mrs.
Every year I say I'm going to get started in September. Buy a little here, a little there, and my bank account hardly notices. Well, this year things have been a little.... tight. J and I are only buying for L, and even then I still have some stocking stuffers to get between now and Wednesday. Shew!

Hopefully things are better on your end, but I'm sure that many of you still have an item or two that needs checking off on your list. With that said, Bath & Body Works has saved the day! If you're signed up for their emails {and you should be for amazing savings}, you may have already seen this coupon in your inbox. If not, you can click here and print a 30% off coupon, or use the code "2045" when in-store. This coupon is only available in-store, but there are some exclusions, which you can find below:
To redeem in stores, present this email at checkout at time of purchase. No substitutions. This promotion code is not valid with any other offer that requires you to enter another promotional code at checkout. If another code is entered at checkout, this offer will be void. While Supplies Last. Selection may vary by store location. Offer valid at U.S. Bath & Body Works stores through December 24, 2013. Offer not valid at BathandBodyWorks.com and Bath & Body Works stores in Canada and White Barn Home stores. 
Also, if you happen to be headed to a BBW store today, you will find all new Signature Collection Body Lotions on sale for $5.00 each {down from their original $7.50}. There's also the usual, ever-helpful Buy 3, Get 3 FREE promo, and the 2 for $22 3-Wick Candle promo, which I personally love. {Remember my Twinkling Night Candle Review?}

So if you're like me and aren't quite finished with your shopping, head on over to your nearest Bath & Body Works store and get some lovelies for the ladies in your lives, all while saving a ton of money! Win-win!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Diamond Candles Cupcake Review and Giveaway

Diamond Candles Cupcake Review and Giveaway — A Modern Mrs.

I love a good candle. One that smells delish {food scents are my fave}, burns evenly, permeates the house, and doesn't set off the smoke alarms when I blow it out. Oh, and I like it to be easy on my wallet. With that said, would you think a soy-based, eco-friendly candle that promises a ring in every candle would fit the bill? Well, it does!

Diamond Candles' Cupcake is the real deal in a candle. It smells just like freshly baked vanilla cupcakes, but it's not overbearing, so it doesn't leave you feeling sick to your stomach. {Nor does it contain any calories. Ha!} The packaging is lovely, too, which is made up of heavy glass with a clean exterior design.

Now that I've piqued your interest, let's take a look at the candle, shall we?

Monday, September 2, 2013

MAC Retro Matte Collection

MAC Retro Matte Collection and Photos — A Modern Mrs.
[Pulls up a chair. Hands you a beverage.] Let's talk makeup, shall we? Specifically, lipstick and lip liners. More specifically, MAC lipstick and lip liners from their latest Retro Matte Collection; a mix of new and permanent shades to polish your pucker in style. If you can't resist a lip color with a matte finish, then this collection has you covered!
With its one-of-a-kind Retro Matte texture, Ruby Woo Lipstick has become a smash hit both on and off the runway. Inspired by its stunning popularity, MAC has revamped this lipstick legend with invigorating, bold shades in its Retro Matte finish. Eye-catching new colours like Dangerous and All Fired Up create a look that's feminine yet fierce. MAC also introduces its Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in a vibrant, new colour palette, giving this long-lasting and transfer-proof lip pencil an exhilarating makeover.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What I Love About Fall

What I Love About Fall — A Modern Mrs.
Okay, so if you weren't already aware, Fall is my favorite season. I primarily love it for the cooler temperatures, and the beauty that is the changing of the leaves. However, I also love it for all things pumpkin, and much more, as you can tell by the opening image and what I'm about to list below. I hadn't really thought much about Fall quite yet, considering it's still August and the temps in Maryland have been quite humid this week, but when I got my signature Chai Latte from Starbucks the other days, I noticed this....


What I Love About Fall — A Modern Mrs.
Well, you could imagine my excitement. I rarely order a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but when you see them popping up, you know it's only a matter of time before that first leaf drops! After "squeeing" quietly to myself, it occurred to me, wouldn't this make for a great post? To tell you all of the things I love about Fall?

First, the obvious....

Friday, August 23, 2013

Our Family Rules

Our Family Rules — A Modern Mrs.
Every family has their own set of rules; whether they're displayed or generally known is a matter of preference. We have rules, and then we have "rules," like the one displayed above. I thought this sign was adorable when I first bought it, but it was when I saw Becky of From Mrs. to Mama's post, "What We Don't Say to Our Kids," that I was struck with some inspiration, and decided to talk a bit about our family's rules.

Like any family, we have the basics, such as no hitting, taking things without asking permission, etc., but the ones I'd really like to talk about are the ones from that sign. The reason I bought that sign is because everything listed there are how we try to live each and every day, and are things J and I have tried to instill in our daughter, L. In fact, when I first saw the sign, I thought to myself, "These are rules every family should abide by." They are as follows:
  • Help each other.
  • Always tell the truth.
  • Share.
  • Do your best.
  • Pay with hugs and kisses.
  • Listen to your parents.
  • Laugh at yourself.
  • Say I love you.
  • Try new things.
  • Be thankful.
  • Show compassion.
  • Be happy.
  • Love each other.
  • Dream big.
  • Respect one another.
  • Laugh out loud.
  • Keep your promises.
  • Say please and thank you.
  • Be grateful.
  • Think of others before yourself.
  • Use kind words.
  • Know you are loved.
  • Hug often.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Back to School Shopping

Back to School Shopping — A Modern Mrs.
Oh, my wallet. I suppose it could be worse, but how does a list for third grader's come to $50? Perhaps I'm feeling the sting simply because we had to have our garage door repaired this morning, which carried a hefty bill of $400? Might I add, we have not purchased shoes or the first day outfit. This $50 endeavor was just for supplies!

Fortunately for us, we had a few supplies leftover from the previous year. Some pencils, a few folders that weren't tattered, and a lunchbox that is in fair condition. There were, however, the basic supplies that needed to be purchased, and L needed a new backpack. {She's going with a satchel style this year in case you're interested.} I was also fortunate enough to find quite a few supplies at Dollar Tree, though in the end, I was disappointed because I thought Maryland's Tax Free Week included more than just clothes and shoes. I mean, Tax Free Week was the reason I waited to buy this stuff!

Anyway, while the list certainly wasn't lengthy, it did cost a bit more than I thought it would. I expected to pay $50 with the shoes.... So, what did I get? Hold onto your seats, folks...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

#Paleo Cravings

#Paleo Cravings — A Modern Mrs.
There's a new discovery in my household. One that has received the approval of both the hubs and the somewhat picky eater, L. Oh, that's right... and as you can tell by the opening image, it's something you wouldn't expect an eight-year-old to love. No, it's not the broccoli. It's guacamole!

So, I was making these Paleo Tacos for dinner last week, and I decided I wanted to make guacamole (a first for me) as a substitute for sour cream. My attempt was successful, but it made a ton, and even though the hubs has been using it on his sandwiches, I wanted to try to incorporate it into another meal. As luck would have it, I had thawed out some ground beef without a clue as to what I wanted to do with it, and then it hit me... burgers topped with an egg! I had seen photos of this on so many Paleo blogs, and then it hit me again. What if I added some guacamole? Just the thought had me salivating....

I got to work. I cooked some hamburgers as I usually do {ground beef, egg, Old Bay}, topped them with a layer of guacamole, and finished the whole thing off with a runny egg. The picture isn't fancy {it's a cell phone photo}, but let me tell you, this meal was delish! So much so that I did turkey burgers last night, and L requested we do the same setup! Far be it for me to discourage such a healthy {and delicious} request.

There's the first craving.... I just can't get enough.
 

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