Farmhouse Style

Farmhouse Style Finds on Amazon

Farmhouse Style

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If you are looking for some farmhouse style decorating ideas then look no further! This rustic and country type of décor is so hot in the interior design world that you can’t help but want to add some old fashioned pieces to your home. There is just something so cozy and inviting about farmhouses isn’t there?

 

Growing up in the country makes me familiar with the some of the most common elements of obtaining that rustic feel. Think burlap, distressed wood, glass jars, chicken wire, and galvanized metal. Although it is not my favorite part of farmhouse style, you will usually see antlers, and hunting trophies.

 

Cowhide aside, I have rounded up a few starter pieces for the homemaker that would like to add some farmhouse style to their overall household look without having to do a complete overhaul. This is actually what I am in the middle of doing to our house.

 

Our house wasn’t really decorated at all actually. Then I realized, wait a second… I am a stay at home mom aka “homemaker,” so why haven’t I been working on this? Haha. My bad! Decorating and DIY are some of my favorite things, but they had been put on the back burner I guess.

 

Moms are busy! I completely get it, so I wanted to put together some farmhouse finds that are easy to just order off of Amazon. No more putting home décor on my to do list. It is getting done now! And let me tell you, it feels fantastic.

 

This round up is meant for all of my fellow moms out there that don’t want to spend a whole day at Hobby Lobby trying to decide what to get. I could bring home everything in that store, have total buyers remorse, and way more stuff than I actually needed. You just need a few items to give your living space that farmhouse feel because I don’t think most of us are trying to turn our house into an Alaskan hunting cabin.

(Please don’t get me wrong, I love Hobby Lobby. I just tend to waste way too much time when I go there. Lol)

 

Mason jars are a good starting point. If you are crafty, you could probably even make something similar yourself. I love this light pink, distressed looking mason jar vase. If this is too girly, I do believe there are other colors available as well. White would be a nice neutral option.

Farmhouse Style Mason Jar

 

Burlap is so easy to add to any style of décor you currently have. It goes well with whatever fabric of furniture you have whether it is leather, suede, you name it. What I love about this is that it is just a pillow case, so you can slip it over your current decorative pillows of the same size.

Farmhouse Finds Burlap Pillow

 

These rustic looking red stars will always remind me of my childhood. I am pretty certain that every one of my aunts had one of these somewhere inside or outside of their home. To me, the bigger the star, the better. They are my favorite.

Farmhouse Finds Red Star

 

 

If you start with one thing to transition your home over to the antique look of farmhouse style, let it be this distressed wood farmhouse sign. The writing is lovely!

Farmhouse Finds Rustic Sign

 

 

What about all my candles? What do I do with those? Here is the perfect solution. A vintage lantern. This holds tea lights, and would go really well on a mantle or shelf.

Farmhouse Finds Lantern

 

 

Chicken wire is a classic farmhouse staple. Here it is paired with a chalk board, and is very useful for a command center type of area in your home. I currently have an all wood memo board like this, but this one is going on my wish list.

Farmhouse Finds Chicken Wire Memo Board

 

Now there are a ton of ways to work galvanized metal into your home décor from tubs to trays, but I wanted to find something that stood out. This is a salt and pepper shaker caddy!

Farmhouse Style Finds Salt and Pepper Caddy

 

I know I already went over mason jars, but I wanted to include this little number because it is a repurposed drawer turned into a decorative piece. Repurposing is the root of farmhouse style! Look for anything than can be painted and used for something else, and WALAH!

 

Farmhouse Style Finds Wood Drawer

 

 

This little antique metal pitcher with flowers is almost the same exact one that I have in my kitchen window. It makes me look forward to opening the kitchen curtains. Just throw some dollar store flowers in there and you are set.

 

Farmhouse Style Finds Antique Pitcher

 

 

While scouring Amazon for these treasures, I stumbled across this welcome mat. I had to include it. Maybe it is a little too much, but I think it is fun. It made me giggle a little. If you have kids, I can assure you, they will enjoy this. It is the little things in life, right? Sometimes the little thing is a barnyard animal doormat 😉

Farmhouse Finds Barn Animal Welcome mat

 

Wreaths… where do I start? These beauties are great focal points for any room, or your front door. I tried to find one that was small, and easy to add to a gallery wall, or it can even be laid down with a candle placed in the middle on your mantle.

 

Farmhouse Style Finds Wreath

 

So in reality, I could spend all of my time looking up home décor… I mentioned the problem I have with Hobby Lobby. Lol This is the last item that I HAD to include. There are all of these farmhouse elements, but I needed the cozy element. This did me in. I knew my collection was complete. It is a faux fur shaggy throw that is glorious. I know the picture doesn’t show it in a rustic style living area, but this will go perfectly.

 

Farmhouse Finds Faux Fur Throw

 

 

 

Since this farmhouse home décor trend got me reminiscing about my childhood, I was wondering if anyone else has household items that take them back.

 

What items remind you of family members or growing up in a certain area? I would love to hear about your memories in the comments! ☺

 

 

Thank you for visiting!

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Top 10 Stylist Favorites for Fall

Top 10 Stylist Favorites for Fall

Top 10 Stylist Favorites for fall

 

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Can you believe that we are heading into fall? Fall 2016!? Back to school, pumpkin everything, and crisp autumn air… oh how I enjoy this time of year. The seasons changing gets me giddy because I look forward to all of those things of course, but I am even more excited for FALL FASHION. Boots and scarves, maroons and rich browns, oh yes, and the new Stella & Dot Fall Line for 2016! That’s right my friends and fashionistas, see what accessories are trending this season.

 

Check out this video featuring out style director as she accessorizes and off the shoulder top, which I am starting to see everywhere!

 

This Stella & Dot Fall line has me hooked. There are new leather elements, hematite (think gun metal color), and black details that are so gorgeous… they will seriously add that little something extra to your wardrobe. Just because it is back to school for the kids doesn’t mean they should be the only ones adding to their wardrobe!

You treat yourself, Moms! If you don’t have the time, energy, funds, for a closet overhaul then try a few new fun pieces of jewelry! It can make a world of difference in updating your look, and make you feel trendy. Wear jeans and a t-shirt paired with some awesome accessories, and stop being embarrassed to get out of the car when you drop your kids off… or wait is that just me? Who else is guilty of wearing pajamas to take the kids to school? Sssshhhh… this is a safe zone. We won’t tell. 😉

 

As a Stella & Dot Stylist, I get the inside scoop on what is hot. I can’t keep it to myself, so here is the list of the top 10 stylist favorites that are now available.

 

  1. Marcell Collar Necklace Top10MarcellCollarNecklace
  2. Illuminate Cuff  (for a good cause!) Top10IlluminateCuff
  3. Gilded Path Ear Climber in Gold Top10GildedPathEarClimber
  4. Addison Cuff (The inside is leather!) Top10AddisonCuff
  5. Celine Wrap Bracelet in Silver Top10CelineWrap
  6. Gilded Path Double Wrap Bracelet in Hematite Top10GildedPathDoubleWrap
  7. Double Horn Pendant Necklace in Gold Top10DoubleHornPendant
  8. Hammered Wire Large Hoops in Gold Top10HammeredWireLrgHoops
  9. Hammered Wire Small Hoops in Silver (If you like these, get them soon! They are going fast!) Top10HammeredWireSmallHoops
  10. City Slim Clutch (Black Perf)Top10CitySlimClutch

 

Aren’t those hoops such a refreshing twist on the classic round ones? The clutch has to be my favorite at the moment. It was love at first sight for me. Haha. It just goes so well with everything! I really like that it had loops to attach a strap when I want to. Now I want to hear from you!

 

Let’s have some fun… Please tell me what pieces are your favorite, and what kind of outfit you would like to wear it with! Can’t wait to hear all of your ideas 🙂

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

 

P.S. For all of you Olympics fans out there, I wanted to include this video because it makes me so proud to be part of a company that supports our athletes.

Congratulations, Women’s USA Field Hockey, on your win! Your hard work is paying off and we’re all behind you on your Rio 2016 journey! Looking fabulous in your personalized ‪#‎stelladotstyle

 

 

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Styled by: Renee Meck Mitchell

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Mom Care

Mom Care

Mom Care

 

 

Dear Moms,

 

Mom care is important! This is why you haven’t heard from me in a while…

 

Where have I been, you ask? Sleeping. Haha, no not the whole time, but at least the recommended 7-8 hours a night. It has been glorious! I seriously feel like a million bucks. I have been sleeping, and enjoying the summer with my two little loves. Oh yeah… and my husband too. Can’t forget him! He just started going out of town for work again, so we don’t get to spend as much time together as we would like. That is why my main goal has been keeping the kids busy, so that our weeks go by fast.

 

So, back to the question of my whereabouts…

 

Honestly, I have made time for sleep. I have also made time for getting on the floor type of playing with my kids, and doing fun summertime activities. The house is clean, and I’m making most meals from scratch. I am on summer break (from taking online college classes), and realized that it was for my own well being that I treat it as such. The kid’s movies have actually been funny (we just watched Angry Birds), and the aquatic center is pretty fun.

 

This mom is now well rested, and I actually have the patience to spend all this time with my kids! I am not stressed out, telling my 3 year old to “go play” when he keeps asking me to race him. I am not resenting my 10 month old when she wakes up early from her nap because I could have used that extra 10 minutes studying or paying bills. Oh boy, did I need this time to just enjoy my kids.

 

We all have stuff to do. A lot of moms (including me) want to DO IT ALL. What I want to tell you is that it is A-OK to take a break from it all once in a while for some mom care. It has really helped me be more thankful for everything. I like staying buys, don’t get me wrong. I am now getting back in business mode. Pre school is about to start for my son, and the baby will be napping a lot… and there is only so much cleaning I can do! I have missed the blog, so there will be more posts to look forward to in the coming weeks.

 

I hope everyone has had an awesome summer! May your transition from the long break into “back to school” be smooth, and don’t forget to squeeze the most out of the last bit of the season before fall 🙂

 

Thank you for reading my ramblings! Talk to you soon.

 

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Chicken Artichoke Pizza

chicken artichoke pizza

Chicken Artichoke Pizza

Anyone else have “Pizza Friday” at their house? We sure do! Our family loves pizza. Going out for pizza or ordering delivery can take a toll on the budget, so I wanted to try to recreate one of our favorites at home. It is also fun to include the whole family in preparing the pizza, and my 3 year old sure loves putting toppings on. We tend to go for pizzas with white sauce because marinara gives me such bad heartburn. If you haven’t tried pizza with white sauce, you are missing out! I add an extra spin on the classic white sauce by using ranch instead. This chicken artichoke pizza is a scrumptious alternative to switch up your usual dinner routine, and is super easy to make.

Chicken Artichoke Pizza

Chicken Artichoke Pizza

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Pizza Crust (or any crust of your choosing)
  • 1-2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Can of Quartered Artichokes
  • 1-2 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1-3 Cups of Shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 Packet Ranch Dressing
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven as directed by the instructions on your crust
  2. Start by making your Ranch by mixing it with milk and mayonnaise (I like to put it in the refrigerator to chill while I prep everything else)
  3. Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces, and fry up with a little bit of oil and season to taste
  4. Rinse and dry off spinach as good as you can
  5. Shred the desire amount of cheese. (if you want to go lighter on the cheese only use 1-2 cups)
  6. Chop artichokes if you would like smaller more bite size pieces (I like to do this because it is easier for the kiddos to eat)
  7. Spread ranch evenly over crust
  8. Add a layer of spinach
  9. Sprinkle on artichoke pieces
  10. Add chicken pieces evenly over the spinach and artichokes
  11. Sprinkle mozzarella over all of the toppings
  12. Bake pizza according to the instructions on the crust. The bottom of the crust should be golden brown. Cut and Enjoy!
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I hope you try this on your next pizza night! Your taste buds will thank you 😉

With Love,

Sahvana Stapleton

 

P.S. If you like this recipe then you should try my Chicken Pesto Bake!

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DIY Patriotic Wreath

DIY Patriotic Wreath

DIY Patriotic Wreath 

Wreath making is fun for every holiday. There’s nothing like hanging up a new wreath that you created. You can use your imagination and inspiration from magazines or craft stores, and get the look you desire. I started making burlap wreaths a couple of years ago for our wedding. It was a rustic feel, so burlap was perfect. You can use ribbon or bandanas like I used for this particular one. I actually wanted to have bandanas going all the way around, but these 4 were all that was left at the store. I decided to work with it, and what I had at home! This wreath is what I came up with. Our front door is 4th of July ready!

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Instructions

Here are instructions for you to make your very own rustic, patriotic wreath that is perfect for not only the 4th of July, but Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day as well.

  1. Start with a wire wreath. Use burlap ribbon for the easiest and faster way to get going. For a more rustic feel (with frayed edges) use burlap fabric by cutting it into strips. I tie the end around the middle 2 wires to secure it. Then I do a pattern of top, middle, bottom. I make a loop, pull it in between the wire, and fluff it up. Once you get around 3/4 of the wreath, cut off extra, and tie to secure the end.

 

Wire Wreath
Wire Wreath

 

Push Loop
Make a loop and push it through

 

Pull Loop
Pull Loop

 

Fluff to your liking
Fluff to your liking

 

Repeat, creating enough loops to hide the wire
Repeat, creating enough loops to hide the wire

 

Leave room for bandanas
Leave room for bandanas

 

 

 

2. Fold the bandanas and tie around the middle two wires. The pictures really show you how to do this better than any explanation I could write. The process is almost like making bows. See the pictures below.

 

Fold
Bring opposite corners in to the middle

 

Fold bandana in towards middle again
Fold bandana in towards middle again

 

Bring in the ends, wrapping them around each other so that one end points up and one end points down

 

Flip over and place wire wreath on top
Flip over and place wire wreath on top

 

Pull ends through the wires on your wreath
Pull ends through the wires on your wreath

 

This is what it looks like in the front when it is tied
This is what it looks like in the front when it is tied

 

Tie your bandanas on the wreath, and arrange like so
Tie your bandanas on the wreath, and arrange like so

 

Ta-Da!
Ta-Da!

 

 

 

3. Get an over-the-door wreath hanger if you don’t already have one, and hang that baby up! Look at you with your custom wreath. Show off your patriotic side with this dash of red, white, and blue. Wasn’t that fun to make?

 

Finished product
Finished product

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this crash course on wreath making. Have a great summer and a safe 4th of July. It is right around the corner!

With Love,

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Avoid Mommy Burn Out

Mommy Burn Out

Avoid Mommy Burn Out

 

 

About 6 months ago I sent my husband the text. I was home with the kids all week while he was working his tail off for us about 300 miles away. Being at home with the kids is such a blessing because I know that they are well taken care of, and my husband doesn’t have to worry about the kids at all while he’s working. I understand this. I try to stay grateful that I have this opportunity, but after 75 diaper changes, 15 episodes of Paw Patrol, and two toddler meltdowns over the course of 5 days, it is hard.

 

 

I love being a mom, but it was never my dream as a child. Sure, I played house, and loved my baby dolls. My dreams always included a successful career. I knew I would have kids… that was the plan, but it wasn’t a priority. I think this has been the hardest part of motherhood for me. My career had fallen by the wayside. Oh how I missed it. I missed the adult conversation and interaction. I missed the atmosphere where I could work, and focus without a million and one interruptions. On top of all of that, I had no income to call my own. I am married, and my husband pays all of the bills… and I hate it.

 

 

I have realized that part of my happiness and my sense of accomplishment comes from earning my way. All of my adult life so far, I never depended on anyone but myself. My work at home is important. This is my hubby’s argument, and I know he’s right. The catch 22 is that I want a career, but I would absolutely lose it if I had to put the kids in daycare. So, what’s a mom to do?

 

 

 

Feel like you have mommy burn-out?

 

 

 

For my sanity, I needed something for myself. Something besides homemaking, and taking care of the kiddos. Now, I could take up a hobby… knitting perhaps? I would never be satisfied with knitting or scrap booking or the like. I love crafts, but I needed more. I had to listen to my entrepreneurial heart, so I sent my husband the text.

 

 

“I bought a website, and I’m starting a blog.”

 

 

I wasn’t even sure what I meant by that. Ha! I bought a freaking website!? I did it, and then thought I was crazy. Blogging had been in the back of my mind for a while. Do you ever think about blogging? If you are reading this thinking that blogging could be for you, but you don’t know where to start… I am here to help!

 

 

Blogging can be such an awesome creative outlet. You can decide what to blog about! Do you like crafts? Fashion? Food? All of the above? Blog about it! You have your very own flare that you add to whatever it is that you are passionate about, and the world needs it!

 

 

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I was hesitant at first, but the one thing that gave me the confidence to go for it was an ebook by blogger Abby Lawson called Building a Framework. I got the whole package with video tutorials, and membership to an exclusive Facebook group (helpful for asking questions.) I followed her steps in the book, and continue to learn from it as I go on my blogging adventure. There are screen shots and everything! If you are a complete newbie thinking that you can barely work Facebook, please don’t be discouraged. I can’t recommend her book enough… it practically holds your hand through the whole process of getting set up (and beyond). You can do it.

 

 

 

Having something that is your very own, can be everything that your soul needs.

 

 

I had a terrible case of mommy burn out, but I am so much happier now that I have my blog. It is mine. Having something that is your very own can be everything that you need. The kids can’t get into it… the baby can’t drool on it. Haha, it is the best!

 

 

Your blog can even be a way to earn money, and stay home with your children. That was part of the appeal when I started my blog. It has helped me feel like I’m contributing more to my family. (Not contributing financially was a big reason for my mommy burnout.) I won’t go into the income part here because I don’t want to keep rambling on. I will need a whole new post! (Abby does income reports on her site if you need inspiration.)

 

 

Go out there. Find something that can be just for you mama. Mine is blogging, but really… it can be whatever your heart desires. Blogging is just great for us moms because we usually don’t get a lot of adult interaction… and this can be it! You can combine your passion with a website, and help people along the way. Find your thing! Banish mommy burn out once and for all!

 

 

If I can blog, you can blog. Start here, and let me know when you do. I would absolutely love to check out your site. Go for it!

 

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

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Tassels and Tunics

Tassels and Tunics: A Time Saving Summer Fashion Guide for Moms

Tassels & Tunics

 

Do you want to be fashionable like those “put together” moms that you see at the beach or park during summer, but you don’t think that you have the time? (I wrote “put together” in quotes because c’mon… who really has it all together?) It is easier than you might think! I am here to help. Being an independent stylist for Stella & Dot has its perks. I learn about trends and looks that coordinate with our pieces, and I can’t wait to share everything with you!

 

As a mom, wanting to be stylish can make me feel guilty like I am being selfish or something. I had to pull myself out of this mindset. It is A OK to be a hot mama! You don’t have to be over the top. It doesn’t mean that you are neglecting your kids. I noticed that once I decided to put in a little effort… it went a long way. I feel great when I like how I look. When I look “put together,” I feel more “put together.” This decreases my stress, and boosts my confidence.

 

So, treat yourself. Give yourself permission to do this for you. I know you work hard and deserve it. Here is my rundown of this summer’s hottest trends that are easy to wear, and beautiful. You might not always have time to tame your hair, or put on full face makeup… but accessorizing takes 5 seconds, and makes all of the difference.

 

 

Tassels

 

 

Tassels

Tassels aren’t just for Grads. From earrings, necklaces and sarongs… tassels are everywhere! If you are like me and most of the moms I know, you just feel better with a little more coverage at the beach. Sarongs are a summer time go to, and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. What I like about sarongs are that they can easily transition to other seasons when worn like a scarf. If you are a working mama then earrings or necklaces are a great way to incorporate summer’s hottest look into business wear. Tassels are so fun!

 

 

Tunics

 

 

Tunics

Say it with me, “tunics are my friend.” What is easier then throwing on a tunic over your swimsuit? You look instantly chic! No matching top and bottom. No plain tank top and short combo. Grab your kiddos, beach bag, and go. Easy as that. I absolutely live in tunics during the summer. The mommy and me look below is so cute, and I would love to wear this with my daughter if they only carried baby sizes.

 

 

Sunnies

 

 

Sunnies

As in sunglasses. No make-up no problem. Aviators are my go to, but I realize they might not be everyone else’s favorite. I will include others, for those of you even though I HIGHLY recommend the aviators because they look so dang classy! Investing in sunglasses that actually protect your eyes from all the sun’s harmful rays are a must, especially as we age. I have light blue eyes that are high risk for cataracts, so my optometrist wants me wearing sunglasses even when it is overcast. Like I needed another excuse to purchase cute eyewear. Haha. I love throwing these on, and not fussing with mascara, eyeliner, and so on. Put them on and I am ready for the poolside.

 

 

Beach Bags

 

 

Beach Bags

Don’t ever under estimate the power of a cute beach bag. If jewelry isn’t your thing, you are stocked on everything else then look no further than a pretty bag. This is also a practical way to fancy up your look. You need to carry things with you when you go to the beach or pool, or ANYWHERE when you have small children especially. These bags can hold everything… sunscreen, snacks, and whatever else you might need. For me that also includes diapers, beach towel, bottles, floaty toys, and so on. Now go on, and add a super stylish bag to your summer time essentials.

 

 

Mixed Metals

 

 

Mixing Metals

This used to be the ultimate big “no no” for me. I thought it couldn’t be done in a way that looked good. Boy, was I wrong. Luckily style and tastes evolve. I feel so free now! I can mix silver with gold, and that means the combinations of accessories I have seem endless! Start with bangles just to see how you like it. You might even feel naughty at first, but trust me… your will receive compliments on your look, and you may even been seen as a “fashionista” without all of the hard work! It is especially easy because you have access to me, and I would love to help you pick out pieces to accent your personal style.

 

Shop

I want to make this as easy as possible, so here is a link to my online boutique: stelladot.com/stapleton. Leave a comment or email me at Sahvana@livingthatmomlife.com if you need my help with styling, or have questions about any of the accessories.

 

I would love to know which looks you like the most in the comments below!

 

 

Blog Hop

This post is part of a blog hop with a few of my mom blogger friends from the Mom Blog Social Media Share group on Facebook. Here are their post titles and sites, if you’d like to “hop around”:

Baby’s First Summer; How to Make A Family-Friendly Bucket List // So(Lace) in a Small Town

8 Outdoor Party Tips & Tricks // The Cool Mom

3 Summer Staycation Ideas // Diary of a New Mommy

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Chicken Pesto Bake

Chicken Pesto Bake

 

Chicken Pesto Bake

 

 

Greetings!

This chicken pesto is one of my favorite dishes because it is so simple, and it satisfies without being heavy. The tomato and pesto make it a great summertime dinner, as long as you don’t mind using your oven. When I am in a crunch, this is my go to meal. It only has 4 ingredients! It is probably the easiest thing I make. Cooking shouldn’t be stressful. Let’s enjoy scrumptious meals with our family without putting so much pressure on ourselves to follow some confusing recipe with a long list of ingredients that we’ve never heard of! If you are cooking impaired then this recipe will be your best friend. Check it out, and prepare to drool (ok, maybe that’s just me haha.)

 

 

 

Chicken Pesto Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Chicken Pesto Bake

Ingredients

  • 1-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2-1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2-3 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 Packet Pesto Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice tomatoes
  3. Place desired number of chicken breasts into your baking pan
  4. Sprinkle pesto seasoning over the chicken leaving a light layer on top
  5. Put the sliced tomatoes on top of the seasoned chicken breasts
  6. Cover the top of the entire dish with shredded mozzarella cheese to your liking
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until the chicken is done and the juices run clear
  8. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
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If you like this chicken recipe then try my Famous Chicken Hoagies using your crockpot or slow cooker!

 

Thanks for checking out my recipe 🙂 I would love to hear your feedback in the comments. Until next time…

 

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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DIY Baby Mobile

Crib Mobile

DIY Baby Mobile

 

Creating this DIY baby mobile for our daughter’s room was one of the most enjoyable crafts that I’ve done. I didn’t even have one for my son’s room when he was a baby because we were on a very tight budget… Think family of 3 living on about $23k a year kind of budget, but that’s a topic for another post… And a crib mobile isn’t exactly a necessity. Knowing this, and knowing how fast the baby stages go, I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that doesn’t get that much use. Sure they are cute, and they entertain your bundle when they wake up before you in the morning… (because they will pretty much ALWAYS wake up before you do, or is that just me? Haha) but let’s be practical here. I’m not dropping $50 and up on a crib mobile.

 

I wanted to actually decorate a nursery this time. I wanted to nest, and I could! It felt like such a blessing, and I wasn’t going to take it for granted. My husband worked his tail off to provide a better life for us, and for that, I am very thankful. Being frugal had been a habit for us, and I still wanted to keep that up. Have you looked at the prices of nursery decor? Outrageous! I realized maybe DIY was the way to go.

 

I have to admit that I didn’t know where to start. As I was going up and down the aisles of the craft store I didn’t know what to look for. I walked passed the paper craft section and inspiration hit! I found these paper feathers in the prettiest color/print scheme that looked perfect for her room. The front of the package showed a wreath, and I knew I could use that to hang the feathers from instead. So I got a hole punch and some string. This was going to be a piece of cake!

 

I pulled apart the feathers, hole-punched them, and bent them without doing a full crease. This gave them more of a 3D look instead of just being flat. I tied knots in the string where I wanted the feather to stay. I didn’t stick to a strict pattern, but tried to alternate sizes and color. The beauty of DIY is you can make it how you want, and fully customize it to match the theme for the room.

 

I was going for a whimsical theme, and the feathers matched perfectly (see the gallery wall here). I had a little bit of a fail when using the recommended paper base, so I went back to the store to get a wood one. I had the hubby paint it gold, and it was perfect. It makes the baby mobile a little heavier, so just make sure that it is secure wherever you hang it. I also kept costs down on this by using little embellishments that I already had around the house. So try to use craft supplies you already have or repurpose something if you are trying to stay on budget. I really wish I would have tracked how much I spent, but I’m sure it was no more than 20 buck, and I am so incredibly happy with how it turned out. Our baby girl loves looking at it too!

 

Here are the full instructions:

 

  • Find your base! Make sure it will hold up. I learned the hard way. Oops!

Crib Mobile

  • Pull apart your paper craft sheets or cut out your own design. Prep if needed. I folded the feathers to give them a 3D look. Then hole punch, and thread. I tied knots every few inches so the feathers would stay in place.

step 2 crib mobile

  • Take your strands and thread them through the holes on your base. If your base doesn’t have holes then you can just tie them on there. Hot glue the threads down to the top of the base. I used little pearl and rhinestone embellishments that I had lying around. The holes were too big for me to just tie knots at the top.

Baby Mobile

  •  Use thread or a pretty ribbon to hang up your masterpiece! Make sure to secure it very well where ever you decide to place it. I hung mine above the middle of the crib, and put it to the test to make sure it wouldn’t come down. You did it!

Finished Crib Mobile

DIY projects are so fun aren’t they? They are even better when you are making something in anticipation of a new baby! I hope you create your own perfect baby mobile, and have fun in the process. Craft on my fellow crafters.

 

With love,

 

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

 

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Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

EASY Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

We eat a lot of chicken around here. These crockpot chicken fajitas have to be my favorite. They are colorful, flavorful, and scrumptious. Something just makes me feel like a better mom when I serve a colorful dinner. Anyone else feel this way?

As with any recipe I post, I have to say that you really have to season to your family’s taste. We are a mild household so you may want to add more garlic or onion if you like. We also use the mild taco seasoning of course. So tweak this to suit your taste buds, and enjoy an easy dinner to make for any busy mom!

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (frozen)
  • 3-5 Bell Peppers (use a variety of colors!)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Taco or Fajita Seasoning (or 1 packet)
  • 1 Package of your favorite Tortillas

Instructions

  1. Start with the prep by cutting the peppers and onion into slices. Put aside in a bowl, and dump half into the crockpot.
  2. Then place the 2 chicken breasts on top of the pepper/onion mixture.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice from half of the lime all over the ingredients already in the crockpot, and save the other half of the lime for people who may want extra.
  4. I don't measure the seasoning exact because I just sprinkle it on the top to cover everything in a light layer.
  5. Add about a tablespoon of minced garlic.
  6. Empty the rest of your bowl of peppers/onion on the top.
  7. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, or until chicken easily shreds.
  8. Serve with warm tortillas and enjoy!!
  9. Add additional toppings as you like such as sour cream, avocado, salsa, and cheese.
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Hope you like my easy crockpot chicken fajita recipe! I will work on perfecting some new dinner ideas to post soon. I would love to hear about the ways you make this dish perfect for your family 🙂

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

 

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