Pineapple buns

We celebrated one year with my sweet niece this past weekend, and my sister made a ton of amazing Chinese food. One of my absolute favorites were these awesome pineapple buns:

They don’t actually contain any pineapple, but are called that for the design on top. They are sweet, fluffy, and delicious. They’re quite a bit of work to make, but are well worth it!

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Field trip with A

This past week, I went with A and his class on their field trip to one of our city’s historic cemeteries. I know what you maybe thinking…a cemetery, really? However, it’s one of the coolest tours the kid’s get to take in elementary school, and they learn so much about the history of our city. In addition to that the cemetery is beautiful a features some massive and enchanting magnolia trees.

 

A loves to learn about pretty much everything, so he enjoyed all the historical information about the settlers of our city, and how they played a part in what our city was and is. And I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Spring trees.

We did a tour of one of the historical homes and then decided to not go on the bus tour, but instead A and I had popsicles in downtown Huntsville. It’s rare that I have off work on days when the boys have field trips during the school years, so this was very special.

Oh and I wore this backpack and these shoes. The backpack can also be carried like a purse and I love it because it’s comfortable, but also stylish. And the shoes are more comfortable than my Converse. Seriously. They have arch support and a bit of stretchiness in the toe that means I wore them all day and my feet didn’t hurt, nor did they slip off my ankle. Amazing!

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Sephora’s VIB Event

If you’re planning to shop the Sephora beauty insider sale, you’ve got about one day left! It’s rare that the items I buy from Sephora are on sale, so when they are I stock up! Here are some of my favorites:

Living proof full volume blast. It keeps my hair full from 8-5, and beyond.

NARS lip pencils. My go to for when I want more color.

Clinique chubby stick in graped up, my go to neutral (and it wears without effect, so I don’t have to remember to reapply).

Laura Mercier flawless fusion foundation that I had color matched to my exact skin tone.

Laura Mercier blemish-less primer for summer, hydrating primer for winter.

Kiehls lip balm, which is stashed in most of my bags.

Watermelon glow mask. My only mask, and my favorite. I use it once or twice a week, because it can be a little drying, but it also makes pimples disappear overnight. So there’s that.

NARS eye shadow primer. Double stick eyeshadow tape, essentially.

First aid facial radiance pads. Best tip I ever got was to cut these in half and they last twice as long.

Urban Decay Naked basics 1 & 2.

Sephora instant moisturizer, one of the few moisturizers that I can use, that doesn’t make my face break-out, but is also hydrating.

 

 

 

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Friday Favorites

Headed to a T-Ball game!

1. The most important questions in the Meyer-Briggs test.

2. Like a breath of fresh air, peaceful and colorful.

3. Kauai on our family vacation bucket list.

4. Stock or broth? What’s the difference?

5. Planter craft project for this summer.

6. Pretty in pink.

7. Trying these sunbutter cookies out to see if they match my old peanut butter favorites.

8. Great tips for continuing home organization.

9. The pancakes we made for Sunday dinner last week. They’re so fluffy!

10. Loving these pieces from Target!

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Hungry to Learn!

J had his Kindergarten performance this past week, and it was absolutely adorable!

Every year of the boys’ schooling we have been so thankful to have wonderful teachers and this year was no exception!

J is reading and writing up a storm, and he is so well prepared for first grade.

I can hardly believe we are just a few short weeks away from summer! Where did the year go??

We are so proud of everything J has accomplished this year!

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Spring + Maine

One if my favorite Spring looks when it’s warm enough to wear sandals, but not blazing hot, thereby, making a sweater completely unacceptable. I’ve had these sandals since I was in college, so it’s a testament to Steve Madden that they’ve held up. I couldn’t find a match for my sweater, but the material in the JCrew tippi sweater is similar. Although if you ever find this weight and sweater type at JCrew factory, I suggest buying several. It’s a lighter cotton than the tippi merino wool and it holds up really well!

 

0ne, two, three, four, five

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Current beauty faves

 

Mini Beauty Blenders…I picked up Sonia Kashuk’s beauty blender at Target about a month ago and loved it. I found this set of three mini ones (perfect for concealer and travel), and couldn’t resist.

NARS ashes to ashes eyeshadow. Besides ondine, ashes to ashes, is my go to eye shadow and one of the ones I use up completely.

Estee Lauder double wear foundation. I ran out of my current foundation and put in my color iq on Sephora and this one popped up as a match. I’m excited to try it out!

Sonia Kashuk’s blush brush and two eyeshadow contour brushes to update a few of my worn out ones.

Bean Body Coffee scrub from Target. This smells amazing, but it’s essentially like covering yourself in dirt. It’s kind of taxing to use, but I did really love the exfoliating properties of it!

Dry shampoo because mine was running out, and mini bobble hair elastics.

Volumizing spray and make-up remover that I got as a mini for travel.

 

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A day in the life

B was out of town last week, so in an effort to keep him updated, I took him through our Friday.

Every school day I get the boys up at 6:30:

On this particular day, J had TBall practice the night before, so he did NOT want to get up, hence, why he is in the chair.

So around 6:45, I finally got J to the table:

Finished the boys’ lunches:

And after they got dressed, I helped J brush his teeth, because he has a tendency right now to play with the tooth paste and forgets to brush his teeth:

Then after the boys got all their school stuff together, it was off to morning car line:

Then I headed to Target and found Christmas ideas for A:

Put this lamp on my idea list for the study:

And gathered up all of that and headed home:

Then while I had lunch (naan, Apple, Turkey, cheese) I answered emails, graded a few things, and did a load of laundry:

If you haven’t noticed, I hate lunch, and usually just fix snack type food for myself.

I did a few more things then headed back to pick up the boys from school. Since it was Friday they get extra screen time:

 

After they were done playing Geometry Dash, we ordered pizza for dinner, I read my new InStyle:

And got caught up on Spring Baking Championship & Iron Chef Gauntlet:

And J drew and colored with his new highlighters while we did:

 

Then after that it was books and bed!

 

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Twenty-five minute tuna rice casserole

I’ve shared this dish in the past, and this is just a remix with an added dose of rice and veggies. It’s super easy and will be done in less than twenty five minutes.

Ingredients

Two cans of tuna, drained

One can cream of celery

One bag of Green Giant Steamers Lightly Sauced Cheesy Rice & Broccoli Vegetables

Two cups of potato chips, lightly crushed

1/2 tsp paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook the veggies for 3 minutes. Combine tuna, cream of celery, veggies, paprika, 1 cup potato chips. Pour into a lightly greased small casserole dish. Top with remaining potato chips. Cook for twenty minutes, or until heated through and potato chips are lightly browned.

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