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Utilitarian Coat Dressed Up and Dressed Down

Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look



The Army Green Utilitarian Jacket has been a wardrobe staple for the last few years. I still remember when I started seeing it in Stores down here years ago and wishing I had the guts to wear it. Now, it's so common place, I 'm pretty sure everyone and their mom owns some version of it.

But, now, what I keep noticing everywhere... From Kim Kardashian to my Fav Beauty Bloggers on Snapchat... is that the jacket is working it's way into dressier looks. By popping it over a cute dress  before you head out for the evening you give yourself a tough, cool girl look that you won't get from your more basic coats.

"Yes, I slayed tonight, but I just grabbed this coat on the way out, because it's a little chilly and I'm so effortlessly cool that I don't need to spend hours and hundreds of dollars on my outerwear".  

That's your inner monologue in this look. 
Do you have an inner monologue? 
You should. 

Ok, Anyway.... 

This coat is only $20 and you can grab it here. Other outfit deets are linked below!

Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look

Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look


Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night LookArmy Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look


Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look

Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look


Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look

Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look

Army Olive Green Coat Day to Night Look

Happy Shopping!!!
Coat: Here
Dress: Here ONLY $9
Black Suede Booties: Here
Beanie: Similar Here
Sunnies: Here
Duck Boots: Here


Gameday Recipe - Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad



Well, Ladies and Gents, it's almost my favorite time of year! 
The big game is just weeks away and I am dying to see who wins.... Ok... not really. 

What I am dying for is a day to sit on my butt with my husband and friends and indulge in every single game day food, treat and drink imaginable. (Not that I really need an excuse to eat.. but that's neither here nor there. )

Today I'm sharing a recipe that I love! It is so simple. And will make you look like a boss when you show up at any game day party. (Pro-Tip: It's also great for Showers & Pot Lucks).

I present to you a twist on Louisiana's Favorite Sandwich. Muffaletta Pasta Salad. This was adapted from an amazing Emeril recipe, using ingredients that were more readily available to me.


Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta SaladSuper Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta SaladSuper Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta SaladSuper Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad

Super Bowl Party Recipe Muffaletta Pasta Salad


Muffaletta Pasta Salad Recipe:


Ingredients


Pasta:
1 pound of pasta
1/2 pound salami, diced
1 pound provolone, diced
1/2 pound bologna, diced
1/2 pound boiled ham, diced
6 oz. can of Lindsay Sliced Olives
10 oz. jar of Lindsay Manzanilla Sliced Olives with Pimientos
1/2 cup minced yellow onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves

Dressing:
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Sriracha or Hot Sauce to taste (I use just a few drops)

Garnish:
1/4 cup green onion, sliced thin
1/4 cup Parmesan

  • Toss all of the pasta ingredients together in a large bowl. 
  • Whisk the Dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss the pasta in Dressing.
  • Cover and refrigerate over night.
  • Garnish with Green Onion & Parmesan. 


ENJOY!
When you try out this dish make sure you head to ILoveLindsay.com before heading to the store. By signing up for Club Lindsay you'll get a $1 off coupon plus access to other special offers and recipe ideas!

For a list of stores near you where you can put your coupon to use head here.

ORRRR... if you're lazy like me then you can order straight from here and get 25% off by using code "GAMEDAY" .


I would love to hear if you try this recipe for your Gameday party or if you've made something similar to this in the past.





We Took Our Toddler To Comic-Con

taking kids to comic con


All of my mother’s of multiples out there will feel me on this. You always feel like you're neglecting at least one of them.

Two years after Holland was born I still don't know what the perfect answer is. How you manage giving your full heart and attention to all the loves of your life at once.

Granted, things have gotten easier as they have both gotten older. Hudson is maturing and learning to have patience with his little sister. Holland is learning to communicate her thoughts with us and her big brother. Combined, these things make for a much more harmonious family unit. Which makes it easier to love on them as much as I can. But it still isn't quite enough.

So we've found the best way to manage seems to be taking special days to dedicate to one kid at a time. Where everything is about spending quality time with them.

Which is what leads me to these pictures. Last Friday we drove Hudson to New Orleans for a special ‘Hudson Day’! It was a complete surprise and he literally had no idea what he was in for.

Can I tell you his face lit up to the heavens when we walked into Comic Con...


taking kids to comic con


taking kids to comic con


taking kids to comic con

taking kids to comic con

taking kids to comic con

taking kids to comic con

taking kids to comic con

taking kids to comic con

taking kids to comic con




Super Heroes Galore

Aside from the special perk of having mommy and daddy all to himself, I'm not sure much could beat life size and real life superheroes circling around you. He was in little boy paradise. As we stood in line to get in we were greeted by enormous statues of his favorite Avengers. And once we finally made it in the doors we were bombarded with booths and booths run by toy collectors. I'm talking hundreds of Lego figurines you can't find in stores. And what felt like five million vintage transformers, G.I. Joes and Power Rangers free floating in bins upon bins. Truly, it took us about thirty minutes just to pry him away from that first booth. Encouraging Imagination

Once we made it past that first booth, we were greeted by tons of artists all showing off their own personal brand of creativity. Some of them were world famous cartoonists, others were graphic novelists, beloved actors like Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), & even David Duchovny. There were costume designers. Jewelry Makers. Dancers. You name it, they had it.  

I loved getting to show Hudson this whole world where imagination and creativity ruled. In his four short years, what I have noticed so far is that his strengths seem to lie in his creativity. Yes, he can count to 20 and dribble a basketball but he really thrives in his ability to make up stories and act them out in his own hilarious way. 

And I love any opportunity I can get to show him that those skills can be nurtured into adulthood and don't have to die out in the painfully cool teenager years.

Community

But my absolute favorite thing about going to events like comic-con is the major vibe of community you feel while you're there.

The thing about any kind of nerdy sub culture is that they all seem to be permeated with a strong sense of comradery. Brought on by shared interests, I suppose. But in my opinion it feels even happier and more positive than the brotherhood you find in other groups.

The whole 'geek' community seems to still be holding onto a certain child like innocence. As a four year old Hudson and his peers have an amazing ability to just make friends wherever they go. If he sees a random toddler on a playground they can immediately bond over a game or toy and feel like best friends within minutes. For whatever reason, we all seem to grow out of that and shy away from strangers as adults. But, when you're at comic con it's like you get to revisit that youthful innocence. Everyone is welcomed and greeted as a new best friend. Overall it was a truly great experience and Hudson has been asking to go back every single day since. We definitely plan to take him again the next year and I would not be opposed to him holding up the tradition for years to come. I may even be standing next to him 15 years from now dressed as a geriatric Cat Woman. (One can dream, right.....?!)

The Shades You Need








I have been obsessing over the High Quay x Desi Sunglasses from Quay Australia all year. But, have yet to take the dive, mainly, because I'm cheap.
Now, I DO still plan to buy some for the summer, but I found this amazing pair for less than $8 that still give you the same vibe; over sized, mirrored, flat profile aviators.
I have a feeling this look in all different tints and shapes will be ruling the shade game this year.


As for right now, I'm headed to binge watch The Killing with Jamy. I know, we're about five years late on it, but we finally gave it a shot and are hooked!

I hope you're all doing amazing and keeping at it with those Resolutions!
XO



Being Intentional With My Life in 2017

I'm pretty sure "intentional" is the buzz word of the moment. With the way our society has become so withdrawn into gadgets and social media, I see a big movement of people trying to pull themselves out of that fog and be more "intentional" about their lives and time.



So when I tried to figure out what my goals were for 2017, this word immediately popped into my head. It's really been on my mind throughout the past few years as I navigate parenthood. However, something about this blog venture is what really woke me up. I don't know whether this is a good motivation or not, but the more I build an online persona the more worried I am that it doesn't line up with what my real world looks like. So what I would like to work towards throughout 2017 is being more intentional with what goes on, in and around my body.

For the record, these are lofty goals, that I am sure I will fail often. But, that's the nature of most New Year resolution's right? And I don't see any problem with that. What is bad about setting goals and wanting to work towards a higher purpose?

WHAT GOES IN:

I have been doing my best to get to my pre-baby weight this year, mostly for vain reasons. But, lately, I am realizing that my issues with food are really more about self control than anything else. I have always gone to food for comfort. Which can be harmless. But, I think those moments where I lost control of my vice are a symptom of a larger spiritual issue. Where I let my emotions outweigh rational thought or my confidence in who I am.

So, I started tracking my calories right after christmas. And while I am working towards a specific weight goal, the benefit of logging my food is that I'm paying way more attention to what goes into my body. I can't believe how many wasted calories I was consuming each day, before starting this. Now I am forced to spend my calorie allotment on the healthy meals that provide me with real sustenance which leaves less room for the junk I was somehow surviving on before.



WHAT GOES ON:

I spent my New Years day doing a huge purge of my closet. Approximately 9 filled to the brim trash bags of clothes, shoes and jewelry all went to our local Teen Challenge. When I saw how much crap I had, I was sick to my stomach.

I want to make more of an effort to be intentional about what goes on my body. What clothes and makeup I buy. Things that will really benefit me and not just fall apart or out of style in days. I want to cut down on my consumer addiction a bit and focus more of my money on sustainable products when I can.



WHAT HAPPENS AROUND:

This goal really encompasses a lot of things. But, the biggest pieces of the puzzle are how I treat my God, my husband, my children and my home.

I want to know that I am fueling those relationships and not just letting them run on auto-pilot. I notice the times when I put more focus on my relationship with the Lord, I am filled with more peace and less anxiety. This then, trickles down to my husband and my children. If I let myself rest in that peace, I tend to take more pride and joy in my Jamy and the kids. Seeing them and treating them as the gifts that they are. And then this moves into my housekeeping, as I want to create a healthier and more calming environment for our family to thrive in.

Now, the diet and clothes, I know I can handle. Being intentional about the people and things around me, however will be a heavier struggle. Because this mama is just tired and lazy. Haha. However,  I have faith and am still glad to have a concrete goal in mind to work toward.




I would love to know if you have any tips on how to be more intentional with the relationships in your life! Or if there are any other areas that you want to focus on this year! Let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you guys and getting a dialogue going!



Luna Grace Boutique


Hey yall! Welcome to 2017! Hopefully it's treating you just as well if not better than the last year. Personally, I'm very excited and optimistic to see where this year will take me and my little family.

Real quick, I wanted to share this adorable, comfy, amazing in every way dress from Luna Grace Boutique. I actually wore this to church on Christmas Sunday and got so many compliments on it! It's made of a jersey material so it is soooooo comfortable and easy, but the cut and detail of it makes you look like you are way more dressed up than you actually are.

If you're interested in checking it out and seeing what else they have, just follow this link! The Website just launched today and they have an adorable collection all for under $50!





Dress: Luna Grace Boutique
Hat: H&M Similar Here
Chinese Laundry Booties: Sold out. Find Black HERE in selected sizes and similar style HERE

Pink & Flowy

Today's post is super quick and easy. Just like this top. Does that make sense? lol. Anyway, This was my big fancy get up for our Christmas Eve family gathering. Extremely laid back. Perfect for chasing after kids and cleaning up truck loads of wrapping paper. Yet, super feminine and flowy!

You can find the top here. Plus other details below.







Top: Make Me Chic
Jeans: Target
Shoes: Converse



How precious is that sleepy kid. Being spoiled rotten must be exhausting.

Little Black Cape




Well, Christmas is over! Did you survive? It always feels like a marathon to me now that we have kids. The weeks leading up to Christmas day, seem to be jam packed with parties and gatherings and shopping and wrapping and then traveling to various family members. Not that I'm complaining, because it is a really good problem to have. But, I'm glad for a day to just sit in my pajamas and do absolutely nothing. 

In a complete opposite gear from PJ's, I wanted to bring you this look earlier because I thought it was such a great holiday party fit. But, like I said... It's been a nonstop race over here. But, I was able to get it up before New Year's and that counts for something, right?

I love the look of this cape. The scalloped edges and the military style buttons and shoulders. It was so cute I just decided to make it the center of my outfit. Who needs a cute dress when you can rock a cape like this all night. PLUS... it's loose fitting... and we all know I like that. Because... Food.

The clutch is from Who What Wear for Target and the boots are the same go to OTK boots I  wear everyday.









So, I'm off to finish my coffee and then maybe scope out the leftover Christmas Candy/Decor at Target! Hope you all have a wonderful day filled with love, family and relaxation!