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August 28, 2016

Ezpz Review!

I can't even begin to explain how excited I was to do a review for Ezpz!! I have seen their placemats everywhere and I wanted one for the kids, Aubrey specifically, desperately! They're great eaters, but super messy. So how wonderful would it be to have a plate/ bowl and placemat all in one?! Especially one that doesn't move?!

I picked the mini placemat in coral for Aubrey. She was so excited when it arrived and has used it for every meal since! And guess what? Less mess! 

 

They are totally adorable, awesome quality and not super pricey. Plus, they're microwave dishwasher and oven (up to 350 degrees) safe! 

I would highly recommend them to anyone with kids! So if you haven't already.. Check them out! Without a doubt I'll be ordering more myself! 

August 17, 2016

Grocery Haul

Everyone is always asking how we feed 8 people, how much we spend, how often we shop.. So, I thought it would be fun to show you guys what a weekly grocery haul for our house looks like!

I grocery shop once a week. Spending about $250. I shop on sale and use coupons as often as possible. 

I buy in bulk when things are on sale.. Meats, non perishables, paper goods, etc. Produce and dairy products I have to buy every week. I used to plan out dinners for the week and buy whatever I needed for each one, but that ended up being so much more expensive because I was buying things that weren't on sale. So now I just stock up on what I need for our favorite go-to meals. And if I come across a recipe I want to try or Hubby and the kids ask for something different I'll splurge and get what we need for it. 

So here you go! A weeks worth of groceries for our family of 8! 

 

 
 

 
 

  1. Soda -dr pepper and ginger ale
  2. Juice boxes
  3. Water bottles - 2 24 packs 
  4. Chips- snack size 
  5. Diapers- size 2 & 5
  6. Wipes 
  7. Nursing pads 
  8. Deodorant - for Chris 
  9. Sponges 
  10. Ziplock bags - snack sized, gallon size 
  11. Bagels
  12. Bread 
  13. Cinnamon bread
  14. Tuna fish 
  15. Granola bars 
  16. Crackers 
  17. Apple sauce
  18. Canned beef gravy 
  19. Canned peas and corn (for a recipe, we eat fresh/frozen produce usually)
  20. Mayo
  21. Vodka sauce 
  22. Croutons 
  23. Bag of potatoes 
  24. Instant potatoes (for a recipe)
  25. Apple juice
  26. Green tea 
  27. Watermelon 
  28. Grape tomatoes
  29. Peppers
  30. Mushrooms 
  31. Romance lettuce 
  32. Clementines 
  33. Bananas 
  34. Lunch meat
  35. American cheese
  36. Cheese sticks
  37. Cheddar cheese 
  38. Garlic bread 
  39. Ravioli (4 bags = 1 meal) 
  40. Almond milk 
  41. Orange juice 
  42. Beef cubes (4lbs = 2 meals)
  43. Pork chops 
  44. Ground beef (2lbs = 1 meal) 
  45. Chicken breast 
  46. Sausage 

I'll Show You My Car(s)

It's that time again! I'll Show You My.. The monthly collab post I do with my good friends and fellow bloggers Christina and Tracy. This month we're showing you our cars!

 

 

We actually have 4 vehicles. Chris' Nissan 300zx, which I have previously posted about. The Dodge Calibur, his company car. And then we have my cars! 

2001 Honda Accord / 2016 Kia Sedona
 

Let's start with my "when I don't have a million kids with me car" 2001 Honda Accord. This was actually my Dad's car and when he got his new one, he gifted it to me. I actually learned to drive and got my license in this car. It's old, but it's a Honda.. It will run forever! Plus he kept it in really good condition. And it's better on gas than the van. When the big kids are in school, it's perfect for taking just the littles wherever we need to go. 

 

My Mommy-Mobile, 2016 Kia Sedona. We bought it last fall right before I got pregnant with Christopher. Good thing I pushed for an 8 passenger! Haha. Otherwise we would have to take 2 cars everywhere we went. It's the higest package they had to offer because my husband is a technology junkie and he wanted it all! I honestly don't even know everything it can do.. But Chris kindly offered to jump in and share with us all of the cool features! 

V6 front wheel drive 
Heated steering wheel 
Heated and cooling front seats 
Heated middle seats
Captain chairs in middle row
Automatic sliding doors and tailgate 
Foldable back row seats 
Gps navigation 
Bluetooth and USB synchronization 
Memory seating 
Reverse camera and alarm 
Backup assistance 
Automatic start and shutoff 
Smart cruise control 
Smart auto headlights 
Surrounding cameras 
In lane assistance 
Traction control 

Sooo it's amazing! Seriously, if you have to make the jump to a minivan (and become a soccer mom) this is the one to get! 



August 11, 2016

Purl Lamb Review And Giveaway!

Baby Christopher has been taking up a lot of my time the last few months so I haven't been posting too much lately.. But he's a little bit bigger (and cries a lot less these days) so I'm getting back to blogging! And I'm so excited to share this review and giveaway with you all! 

I've teamed up with Purl Lamb and they sent me this adorable "Happy Sweats" outfit in Dino Blue Stripped for Christopher. It's seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen! Who doesn't love baby hoodies?! 

I ordered 6-12 months since Christopher is currently wearing 6 months and I wanted it to fit him for the fall. It's true to size, a little long on him, but I was able to cuff the sleeves and the pants for now until he's a little bigger. It will fit him for a while without a doubt! And it's super soft because it's 100% cotton. 



 

 

I can't even handle the cuteness! 


If you'd like to be the lucky winner of a $50 shop credit so you can get your little munchkin an adorable outfit from Purl Lamb, head on over to my Instagram tonight (August 15, 2015) at 9pm to enter! @happilyblended 

Tomato Basil Pasta

Who doesn't love one pot meals?! Easy to cook, less dishes to wash. This one is quick and so delicious! 

 

Ingredients:
1 box pasta 
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 
1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 large sprigs basil, chopped
2 cups vegetable broth 2 cups white wine 
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth and wine. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.
Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporate. 
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I also cooked up some Italian sausage and tossed it in with the pasta before serving. The men in my house have to have meat with their pasta!