Monday Made It!

Today I am excited to link up with two of my favorite bloggers/ladies Tara and Christy to share a few things I've made! :)

My first made it is a fun craft for the home! I have been wanting something "summery" and festive to put on our door, but hadn't found any inspiration. Another one of my BBB's came to the rescue! Jessica, from I {heart} Recess! posted this beauty the other day…

As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed one! She has a Cameo and made hers out of a combination of paint and vinyl cut outs! I don't have a cameo, so I had to improvise! Where to go when you need to improvise for crafting? Hobby Lobby, of course!

So here's what I picked up…
{I already had the white spray paint, so I got the blue and red. I used a 40% off coupon for the "C", so all in all the supplies cost me around $18}

Then, here are the steps in pictures to creating this adorable decoration!
{Spray painted half white, half blue}

{Used the stencil and red spray paint to create the chevron. Make sure to cover everything around it so the red doesn't get everywhere! I waited for this to dry before completing the next step!}

{After the chevron dried, I worked on the stars. I only did 1 or two stars at a time so I could cover up the areas around it and not worry about smudging or messing it up. I had to repaint it blue once from doing this! I promise, the patience of doing only a few at a time and waiting for them to dry is worth it!}

{I used this ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I already had to tie a normal bow and attach it with hot glue.}

{And here's the finished product! I absolutely love it!}

Made it #2 is another fun recipe to share! It's a go-to favorite dinner for hubs and I! PF Changs has always been one of our favorite restaurants. Up until about 2 years ago, there wasn't one close to us. After trying there lettuce wraps, I knew I HAD to learn how to make them at home. 

I stumbled across this amazing pin, tried it out, and VOILA! We had Lettuce Wraps for dinner! :) The only things I change about this recipe are I use Asian Chili Sauce instead of Siracha, and I add a little teriyaki (about 1 tbsp) and 1 tbsp more of the Hoisin sauce. 

I have a "Tried and True" recipes board that you can follow over at my Pinterest to see more awesome recipes that I always use! 

When I make this, I always make my brown friend rice to go with it! According to my husband, it is one of the top 5 things I make, and he will even request just it by itself for dinner. 
1. In one pot on the stove I cook 2 cups of brown rice. When it's done, I take the lid off and let it cool while I work on the other ingredients.
2. In a small bowl, whisk 3 eggs with tsp of salt and pepper. Cook in a wok or large frying pan until scrambled. Remove to a bowl to use later. 
3. In the same wok or large frying pan, heat 2 tsp of sesame seed oil. Add in chopped up peppers and onion. (I use about 1/2 of a white onion, and 1/3 of red, green, and orange peppers each.) Stir fry until soft.
4. Add 1 tbsp of minced garlic and 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce and continue to stir fry for about 2 more minutes.
5. Turn up the heat, and add in the brown rice. You are basically "frying it up" so I keep it on high for about 5 minutes, stirring often. As you are stirring, add in 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, and 1tbsp teriyaki sauce (feel free to add more if you like the flavor!)
6. Add 2/3 cup of sugar snap peas (they can still be frozen) and continue stirring on medium heat
7. Add the egg back in, stir it all up, and it's ready to serve!

Thanks for stopping by and reading! Enjoy your week! :)


Week 22 Update!


{I made hubs get in on the action this week! :) }

How far along: 22 weeks 6 days
Maternity clothes: not yet, but definitely soon! V necks, tanks, and summer dresses are the current go-to! (shirt from, skirt from, and tank Mossimo Basic Tank from Target)
Stretch Marks: none yet! I've been using Burts Bees: Mama Bee's Belly Butter
Sleep: Only waking up once or twice to pee! Maternity pillow has been a life saver
Best Moment This week: Hubs being able to hear baby movement in my belly! 
Miss anything?: Drinking a summer shandy in the warm weather!
Food cravings: Chocolate milk!
Looking forward to: Putting the nursery together! Hubs and his wonderful friend are painting tomorrow night, and I'm heading to iKea today to shop! :)


ChalkBoard Update-21 Weeks!

How far along: 21 Weeks
Gender: Unknown! :)
The Bump: It's showing now! Love my new little buddy :)
Maternity clothes: Not wearing yet, just enjoying the comfiness of summer clothing!
Symptoms: Nausea has greatly improved.. rare occurrence now! Back pain is rearing and kicking.. definitely a toughie!
Food Cravings: Still really no cravings yet… besides chocolate milk!
Movement: LOTS! Baby is dancing away in there!
Best Moment This week: Sharing little baby movements with the hubs and starting to plan the nursery
Missing: Sleeping through the night without getting up to pee
Looking Forward To: Hubs SEEING baby move on the outside!


Monday Made It!!

I seriously squealed with joy when Tara announced that Monday Made It was back weekly for the summer! :D

My first Made-it is an easy dinner, that is very popular with my husband and I! :) It is a bacon onion flatbread, and it is relish!

  • 1 pre made flatbread (I use Archer Farms brand from Target

  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • 1 1/2 T garlic salt
  • 1/2 t Italian Seasoning
  • 1 t red pepper flakes
  • 3 t minced garlic
  • 3 T Olive Oil
Step 1: Add 1 tbsp olive oil to skillet and head on med-high. While heating, slice up onion. Add onion to the pan. Cook until translucent, turn down heat to low, add red pepper flakes and 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic and cook for additional 2 mins

Step 2: While onions are cooking, cook bacon in the microwave, remove and chop/break into small pieces

Step 3: Preheat oven to 400. While it's preheating, put 2 tbsp olive oil in a bowl, stir in Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and minced garlic
Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray, add flatbread, and use spoon to evenly spread olive oil mixture (you will have a little left over, save for the end.)
Put the flatbread in the oven to "precook" for 3 minutes!

Step 4: Top the flatbread with onions and bacon, sprinkle on remaining olive oil mixture, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove, cut and enjoy! :)

As you all know, my husband and I are expecting our first little bambino in October! I wanted to celebrate Father's Day because he has already been such an AMAZING father and husband to baby and I, taking care of us over these rough months of pregnancy. So here's the little something he woke up to Sunday morning! :)

Inside the box was a handmade book from me to him! :)

Just a few of the inside pages...

The back!

He loved it, and I know it's something we will both always cherish! :)

Have a great week, everyone! I will be sharing some fun classroom made-its, soon! :)


Pregnancy Chalkboard Updates

First of all, I have to thank all of you for your kind words and support on my blog post yesterday, my Instagram, and Facebook page! I feel incredibly loved, and I know baby Cap does, too! :)

So many of you offered kind words about the chalkboards I shared, and were curious to see more. I decided I should share each week's, with a little update! I will continue to do this weekly now, so check back :)

**Side note: Many of you asked what I used to make these. I actually just used plain old Crayola colored chalk. I wiped down the chalkboard with a damp cloth before, and with it still a little damp I would start to draw. I found this gave the chalk a more vivid hue. I also used q-tips to clean up any smudges.

We found out we were pregnant on President's Day this year, and were OVERJOYED! It was a long time coming, and I'm sure many of you can relate to the stress of all of that. We told all of our family and friends around Easter, and everyone couldn't be more excited!

By week 15, I was definitely ready for the morning sickness all day nausea (who the heck named it!) to go away! A half a plain bagel (with nothing on it) was all I could stomach for breakfast and lunch, and maybe some Cheeze-its for dinner. Preggie pops were my BEST friend to get through those rough days of teaching. 

It was around this time that I told my students we were expecting, and they were ADORABLE! That first day they asked a teacher to stay in with them and decorated my whole room with handmade baby decorations, complete with a poster chart of boy and girl names! Definitely saved for my scrapbook :)

Baby was the size of an avocado, but momma couldn't stomach it! My once favorite food no longer has the same wonderful taste to me :(. However, it was about this time that other foods FINALLY starting sounding good, and I could eat things other than bagels and Cheeze-its! :)

My first "pre-Mother's Day" was amazing! My husband made a shadow box of our ultrasounds and pictures of our chalkboards so far. He even went to the craft store and got little baby scrapbook things to decorate it. He's pretty amazing :)

Feeling the baby move for the first time was indescribably amazing! I was on my way to meet up with some amazing blogger friends and I felt that first definite kick. Now baby is moving CONSTANTLY! :)

Week 18 was also the last week of school, so it was an exhausting one! I thought I was a tired teacher the last week before, but man it's even harder when you're pregnant! Sleep was my best friend this week. And looking forward to the beach! :)

Week 19 was spent AT the beach! It was a beautiful vacation with my husband and in-laws. We spent lots of time laying on the beach in the sunshine, exploring fun restaurants, putt-putting, and playing all sorts of games. Baby was the size of a mango, so what a perfect place for a photo shoot in place of our chalkboard! :)

I am currently in week 20 (although I'll be 21 weeks tomorrow) and this bump is certainly starting to show! This entire week has been spent coaching volleyball from 9am-7pm. We have coaching days with our high schoolers, grades 4-7 youth camp, and an 8th grade mini clinic, so this preggo momma is TIRED after the long days on my feet. Luckily I have an amazing husband who lets me take lots of naps, makes dinner and breakfast, and lets me sleep in! :)

I'll be back next week with another update! Thanks again for all of your love and support. :)


Wordless Wednesday- A BIG Announcement!

I am happy ECSTATIC to announce...

Mr. Wild Things and I are expecting a babyyyy in October! :) :) I am currently 20 weeks along and can't wait to share updates, nursery decorations, and everything that goes with this new wonderful journey! We are not finding out the gender and saving it for a SURPRISE on October 24th (or whenever baby decides to make his/her debut!)