Happy September everyone! Hope you had a great Labor Day with your family. We had all kinds of fun at a local amusement park, a day in the city and family time. It was a great way to end the summer. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I even tried to sneak in a little reading too.
Our Creature Comforts series continues and I wanted to share a little about some fun things that I tried or enjoyed this month. For our previous post in the series, click here.
ONE// SkinnyTaste Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro
My love for trying new things is great when I want my kids to have the ability to eat foods other than PB&J and macaroni. But, sometimes trying new dinners on a weeknight can be disastrous when it takes 30% longer because you are just learning how the meal is supposed to come together. YOU GUYS. This meal took about 15 minutes to put together, the hardest part was cooking the rice. If you have a rice cooker this meal is so quick. Healthy, easy and so tasty it is PERFECT for a weeknight meal. Quick tip: Make sure you choose shrimp that have already been peeled and deveined for quicker assembly.
If you are wondering, you cannot taste the coconut milk at all, it just gives it a creaminess without using cream. We loved it because it is warming (perfect for Fall and Winter) but also light (so great for Spring and Summer as well!). If you need nutrition values, click the link above, SkinnyTaste always provides them as well as WeightWatcher Points if that’s your thing. (This is also gluten free, paleo and Whole30 approved!!!)
TWO// Book Darts
I do believe this puts me firmly in the book nerd category #sorrynotsorry. These are tiny brass “arrows” that point to the exact quote or paragraph you want to remember or refer back to in your next discussion. I think I’ve sold my whole book club on how great they are! They are super slim and don’t mark your pages at all. Using them for only a couple of months, I feel as if I might need to purchase a ton of them to highlight all my favorite books! In this set you get 50 darts for $12.
THREE// Revlon Matte Balm
This is one of those things that I grabbed on a whim and have been so glad to have it in my bag. It has great pink color and I really like the matte finish. The color sultry is my favorite color, but there are lots of choices. And, at this price point, you can choose all different styles. It feels so moisturizing and even comes in a variety of finishes (matte, glossy, etc).
FOUR// The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins
This book was given and recommended by a friend and have really been enjoying it! It is the story of a young Irish gypsy boy in the 1950’s. When his grandfather dies, his universe shifts a bit. He likes the mobile life he lives with his family, but his father puts him in school to finish his holy communion. Only about 100 pages in, I’m enthralled by this boy and the life his family leads. If you love historical fiction, check it out. Expect to see a review soon!
FIVE// Who What Wear brand at Target
Have you heard that Target is phasing out the Merona and Mossimo brands?? A sales associate tell me so I don’t have official confirmation from the company, however, they seem to be making up for it by launching new lines and this newest one has me very intrigued. Found this summer when wandering with a friend, I was impressed by the cute styles and really good prices. This particular dress above is less than $35! The cute blouses and skirts are what originally caught my eye but they also seem to have some more casual pieces as well.
SIX// Famous Footwear
Back to School shopping is always fun for me. The former teacher in me loves all of it. But, when I was traipsing all over town to find my kids new shoes I was NOT a happy camper. I wanted them measured so I could make sure they were wearing the right size and frankly I wanted them to be happy with the look and feel of the shoes before I purchased. Our outdoor mall had ONE store that sold kids shoes and their selection wasn’t big enough to cover all of our needs. (Not Macys? Not DSW?? Nope. They don’t sell kids shoes. What???)
Anyway, while in Famous Footwear the sales associate told me their deal (Buy One Get One 50% off is good in store and online…and even a combo if needed!!) That deal even includes sales and clearance! They had tennis shoes for my kids but not dress shoes in store for my daughter and she said they would honor the deal part online and part in store! And, if you buy online, you get an additional 15% off and free shipping on orders over $75! If that weren’t already a great deal, you can ship free to your local store (if you don’t have a $75 order) and return all orders in store if they don’t work out.
This was totally a good deal for me. We measured them in store, then ordered multiple choices online. We got all the shoes we needed, returned the ones we didn’t and everyone is set for school. You might be surprised all the brands they offer so be sure to check them out!
What have you been loving lately? I would love to hear if you have tried any of these products!