Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Twin Pregnancy | Healthy Eating

Head over to Twin Talk Blog today for my recommendations on healthy eating while pregnant with twins!  I've been meaning to write this post for a long time, and finally put keys to blogger:)

Happy reading!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WE EAT | Weekly Toddler Menu Planner {4/14/2014}

Chicken Fried Rice* {HERE}
Whole Wheat Orzo & White Bean Salad* {HERE}
Greek Chicken & Artichokes* {HERE}
Sweet Potato Hash* {HERE}
Lemon Blueberry Biscuits {HERE}
Guacamole* {HERE

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
{1 c frozen strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 c whole milk, 2/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt}
Sweet Potato Hummus*
{Combine 4 cups (baked) and mashed sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup tahini, 1/4 cup lime juice2 garlic cloves, minced2 teaspoons ground cumin1-1/2 teaspoons salt1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper}
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken* 
{Chicken breast, bottled Zesty Italian dressing, BBQ sauce - LOW for 7 hours, shred}
Spinach Quesadillas
{Whole grain white tortillas [Tia Rosa], fresh organic baby spinach, shredded monterrey jack cheese}
Bean & Quinoa Burgers*
{1 cup cooked quinoa, 15oz can black beans, rinsed & drained, 16 oz jar mild salsa, 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning.  Combine all ingredients and form into patties- bake on a baking sheet coated in cooking spray at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, turning once.}

*Dairy Free

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Color Run 2014

We started a family tradition this weekend.  

The excitement on these faces clearly says it all about the time of our lives we had.
 'What in the word did that crazy woman put on your face..?'
'You've got it on your face too, girl.'

hairbow / custom creation c/o @shelbychicboutique (via Instagram)

A couple months ago an old high school friend posted on Instagram {follow me @masseya) that she was hosting a team for The Color Run Dallas. I was lounging on the couch in between Friends episodes (the joys of an unproductive nap time) as I mentioned it to Jordan.

So, I signed us up, not even realizing what in the world we were signing up for.  A quick Google search did me in with excitement.  At this point I hadn't even thought that we would bring the girls.. and why not?  Its definitely a family-friendly affair!

12 minutes after pulling into the parking lot, and Parker and Jolie were already making a name for themselves. 

tanks / old navy // tutus / gifted {similar} // leggings / the hair bow company 
 Our sweet friends, Chris and Sarah joined in on the fun without a second thought.

Me: Hey, do this Color Run with us on April 11th.
Sarah: Done!

I mainly invited her because I knew she wouldn't leave me in the dust like my husband would (that was a joke, but seriously, Jordan would leave me).  

He talked for months about walking with me, doing it as a family, blah bleh, bloo, blah.  As we are at the start line, he is asking me "just to make sure" if I was going to walk the WHOLE thing.  

Yes, dude.  

Sarah to my rescue.

Over the course of the 3.2 mile 'run' there were color 'check points'

Yellow - Pink - Blue - Purple

Check point #2!  We'd been Yellow'ed and Pink'ed!
 There were about 40,000 people doing this run.  Half of them took pictures of Parker and Jolie. 
Ok.. that might be a little white lie.  But, there were plenty of pictures snapped with {and without} my knowledge.  

Shout out to my twin momma's out there- if you ever thought making it through Costco was tough {because two babies sitting in the double cart is unbearably precious to 99.4% of people - the other 0.6% of people have no hearts}, douse your children in muli-colored chalk next time. 

Count the 'awe' and 'oh my gosh' coming out of peoples mouth.  Its humorous.
 Sarah Tucker {@Sarahtuckerup} is my jam.  This girl makes me and my children happy, happy.
AND, she didn't leave me while I walked and run-jogged the entire race.
 During the last half mile, there was a guy with his toddler jogging in front of us.  His entire stroller was covered in plastic.  He put his baby in a bubble.

Here I am to follow up with my parenting skills and children looking like this.

His older kid {probably 4 or 5} wouldn't stop talking about P&J.  
"I like those babies, dad. They look better and funnnn..
He pretty much told his dad he was uptight.. right to his face. At 5 years old.  
Look out for that one.
What an amazing time we had.  2 hours of too much fun.. I was wishing it wasn't over!

These boys.  Ran the entire way.  They got to wait an extra half hour at the finish line before Sarah and I crossed with the cutest and most colorful babelets on the planet.
 Self proclaimed as That Happiest 5K on the Planet, and I'd say they are justified.
Parker was WIPED.  We woke them up at 6am (2 hours before they normally wake up) and loaded them in the car with smoothies for breakfast as we headed to Dallas.
 Jolie on the other hand..
Bee-bopping to the music.

Duh.

My colored Jolie Grace 
 Parker.. haaay Parks.  
 Smile? 
{Side note: Check out her curly locks. swoon.}
 Not quite.  


We all {minus Jordan..he was driving} zonked out on the drive home.  I'm pretty sure the girl were out before we even exited the parking lot.  We had so much fun, and talked about it all weekend long.  We are definitely doing this every year.  

A few tips for post-race clean up:
-A good spray down with the water hose and the stroller was squeaky clean!
-Tattoos came off easy peasy with a little rubbing alcohol.  
-Showering did the trick to come clean.  I was nervous it wasn't going to come off, but we all four came out without any color after a mass shower train went into effect about 7 minutes after arriving home.

Way to go Color Run.  You hit it big and can officially be on my list of 'Most Favorite Days of 2014'.  

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

WE EAT | Mexican Chicken Casserole

I've talked about our love for casserole night.  This is my go-to.  Any time I volunteer to provide food for anyone, this is what I will make.  So, if ever you have a baby..or move in next door to me, you'll be getting a pan of this deliciousness.   

Mexican Chicken Casserole.. see also- everything but the kitchen sink

You feel me?
 Ingredients
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (see how I make my chicken HERE)  
2 (10.5oz) cans 98% fat free cream of chicken soup
2 cups 0% plain Greek yogurt (I like the FAGE or Stoneyfield Farms)
1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning mix
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 (10oz) cans RoTel, drained
1 (10oz) cans RoTel, UNdrained
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed & drained 
1 (15oz) can pinto beans, rinsed & drained
1 (11oz) can Mexicorn, drained
18 corn tortillas 
3 cups shredded cheese (I use a combo of cheddar and monterey jack)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Combine cream of chicken soup, Greek yogurt, and seasoning packets. Stir in chicken and remaining ingredients, except the tortillas and cheese. 
Lightly spray a 9x13 casserole dish cooking spray. 
Layer 6 tortillas in the bottom of the dish. Pour half of the chicken mixture over top. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers, starting with tortillas, then remaining chicken mixture and 1/3 of cheese. Top with remaining tortillas and sprinkle with last 1/3 of cheese. 
Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted. 

Optional: Top finished casserole with chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, avocado, and sliced olives. 
 I will most often make this a day or two ahead of time for a quick pop in the oven on the day we plan to eat it.  Just layer your casserole and cover tightly with foil.  It makes a ton, so I've also portioned it out into smaller pans and froze what we don't cook that week.
 The little birds dig this meal.

I'm still trying to figure out this Jolie girl and her use of utensils.  She hates them.  Or so I think.  She will whine (like really whine) about not being able to scoop the food, and when I help her she won't eat, she wants me to feed her.

Miss Independent for everything.. except this.
I'm sort of a wimp when it comes to saying no to help..Daddy, well, not so much.
 But, she's getting it.
This one, we've decided, is left handed.  Jolie still goes back and forth with using both hands, but favors her right, while Parker will only use her left.  Her BB is left handed, so we are leaving that trait up to her doing.
 Finger lickin' good, folks!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Style Shoot | Down the Rabbit Hole

Another special collaboration with the talented Michelle Standerfer Photography, Event Stylist and Planner Ashley Dunaway, and Jordan Dunaway of Charmed Vintage Rentals.  The Down the Rabbit Hole {Alice in Wonderland inspired} Style Shoot was an awesome success! 











bunny ears c/o shelby chic boutique {Instagram @shelbychicboutique}





{amazing} Alice inspired over the top head bow c/o ruby blue inc

Alice inspired tutu c/o handmade & handpicked


Special thank you to:
Ashley Dunaway {stylist}
Shelby Chic Boutique {Instagram shop}


Head over to Twin Talk Blog for a sweet giveaway from Cotton Cupcake Shoppe {home of the original and fabulous initial knot hat!} 

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