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Mujus Spotlight & Giveaway

17 April 2014

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A few months ago the coolest necklace arrived in the mail.  I was so excited to blog about it (and the company it is from) but we were in knee deep snow... The necklace screams warm weather, summertime and beaches to me and I knew I had to wait until warmer weather came. Fast forward months later, and we finally headed to Florida where I just knew I was going to get some great shots of this adorable necklace. Unfortunately my planned afternoon of taking photos for the blog was shattered when we had to make an emergency trip to ER with Caleb (don't worry, he's fine!)... and then, the next day it rained ALL day. Of course.   But, it doesn't matter because I think this cute accessory speaks for itself, rainy weather or not.

Mujus is a company that I can really get behind for several reasons.  First, the materials are all raw and organic. The products are crafted by artisans in Peru and Mujus is committed to paying fair wages, giving back and donates money for Lou Gehrig's research. Pretty stand up company if you ask me. Besides all that, their products are pretty adorable.  I love this colorblock necklace I got.  It really goes so perfectly with my chambray top and colored denim. I can't wait until Michigan decides to finally welcome spring and warm weather, because I have a few summer dresses that I am going to pair this with as well!  

Today, I am giving away one of these Qala Colorblock necklaces! All you have to do is scroll down and enter following the prompts below!  Be sure to check out the Mujus website and facebook page for special deals and discounts!  Also, for anyone who enters to win, Mujus will be sending a very special discount to your e-mail soon! Win Win!

Winner Announced on Monday! 




yeah I wore jeans AND a denim shirt to the airport. Mom style. aka #woof.

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CREAMY CROCKPOT SEAFOOD CHOWDER

14 April 2014

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It should come as no surprise that after spending a week in the glorious sun and sand, after returning home to Michigan I was more than missing vacation.  And the food that comes along with a trip like that.... because let's be honest, food is basically the reason for living.  So of course, I channeled Florida and decided to come up with a seafood chowder recipe.  I wanted to use my crockpot because I was exhausted from traveling-- so I sort of took a chance, came up with a recipe that would curb my seafood cravings, and you know what?  It's sort of fantastic.  I'm not even just saying that because I made it... it is legitimately really, really good.  Jonathan and I discussed how much I could charge for a bowl of this stuff at a restaurant.  We came up with $12.  That's a pretty solid bowl of chowder if you ask me. Anyways, you shouldn't just take my word for it-- you should try it out yourself.  The beauty of this recipe is that you can kind of add anything you want, and take out anything you don't love.  The key is the creamy base, and everything else can just be altered to your taste!  Here is my recipe below!

Ingredients:
1 can cream of potato soup (condensed)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup (1 condensed, 1 regular)
2 cups milk
1 bottle of clam juice
1 medium onion, chopped
5-8 small red potatoes, chopped (skin on)
4 medium carrots chopped
3 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
8 sprigs fresh dill plus more for garnish
6 ounces (or more!) fresh or ready to cook shrimp
1/2 pound cod, chopped in large chunks
10-15 bay scallops
half a package of imitation crab or lobster, shredded (obviously the real thing you would be much better but I didn't have time for all that)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:
In a crockpot combine potato soup, condensed mushroom soup, milk and clam juice.  Stir in veggies. Add 5-8 sprigs of dill.  Salt and pepper to taste (about 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper is what I do).  Cover and cook on low for 4-6  hours.

About 20 minutes prior to serving, add your seafood, additional can of cream of mushroom soup and 2-3 more sprigs of dill.  Add any additional salt and pepper if you wish. Cover and let seafood and soup cook for about 15 minutes.  

AND, that's it!  Now you can dish out a heaping portion and gobble it down.  This recipe makes about 6 generous bowls!




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FLORIDA VACATION | 2014

11 April 2014

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Vacation was a complete success.  Caleb was a champ-- he traveled SO well, had SO much fun during Disney and did incredibly well at the beach too.  He did end up sleeping with us most nights, but hey... his snuggles are the best so it wasn't a big deal. In fact, he would wake up in the middle of the night, lean over, grab my face and give me the biggest slobbery kiss, pop his paci back in and fall asleep.  It was just the sweetest thing ever.  We did have one hiccup during our time in Florida though-- Caleb fell backwards and hit his head on the concrete outside the pool area.  He spit up/vomited a few times right after which scared us enough and we took him to the ER.  One x-ray and CT scan later and we were on our way with a good report for Mr. Baby.  It was SCARY though... and those accidents just happen so quickly!  Here are lots and lots of photos from our vacation! I am already missing the Florida weather, and mostly Disney and Splash Mountain!   Disney is for real magical ya'll. Not even lying!






















































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