Five Questions for Five on Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! 

This Friday's Five on Friday is courtesy of April from Smidge of This!

I saw her blog post yesterday that was a set of 5 questions and thought it was fun so why not join in on the fun!

| one | Where do you live? Born and raised in Southern California!

| two | If married, how long and where did you + your spouse meet? We will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this March! We have been together for 8 years. My husband and I met when I was about 5 years old! His brother and my sister went to elementary school together!


| three | If you have kids, how many and how old?
We are the parents to two little girls Cailee (6) and Charlotte (almost 3)!


| four | Favorite trip you've ever taken? Honestly I have to say it was a Vegas trip the hubby and I took pre-kids! We had a blast and had no cares in the world! We drank too much and laughed even more! It is a trip we still talk about!

| five | Favorite meal? It isn't really a meal but burgers have to be my all time favorite food item! While I haven't really had a burger in quite some time they still hold a special place in my foodie heart!

Play along if you wish and share your answers in the comments below! Or join in on the link up fun by clicking the logo below!


Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo
Jocelyn

Cars Gift Ideas

A certain little girl I know will be celebrating her third birthday in just a few weeks! 
Just like her Daddy she is quite the car enthusiast! She loves pretty much any kind of car but she gravitates more to Disney Cars!

It is no surprise that her birthday party will be Cars themed and of course all she wants is more cars of course!

I put together this little gift guide in case you find yourself needing to buy some cars gifts for a special someone in your life!

| one | The Mack Micro Racers Transporter Set is the perfect gift for the fan that has a fleet of cars and needs something fun to store them! Charlotte got this as a gift for Christmas and loves taking Mack around with all her prized possessions in suit! We may need another because well she has already run out of room for her cars!

| two | The Fabulous Lighting McQueen Die Cast Car is sure to be a hit with any little kiddo! This is by far the most sought out toy when ever we got to the Disney Store or Disneyland. These cars are $7.95 and so fun to collect! We have yet to find this model of Lighting McQueen but when we do it will be purchased!!

| three | The Gap Kids Cars sleep set is absolutely adorable! While I was Christmas shopping I spotted this gem in the little boys section of Gap Kids and knew I had to buy this for Charlotte! She loved it obviously and I am highly considering buying them in the next size up since they are on sale!

| four | The Cars Cozy Cone Alarm Playset from the Disney Store is just so freaking cute! So its like $60 and isn't actually an alarm clock. It is strictly a decorative item. I defiantly want to get this item for Charlotte's room but will be waiting for it to go on sale!!!

| five | The Disney Pixar Cars 3 Lighting McQueen 6V Battery Operated Ride On car is the splurge item on the list but I totally think its worth every penny! Its currently on sale at Walmart! We are thinking of getting this for Charlotte because she would be the happiest little girl with this gift!

Time for me to go and start party crafting!!

xoxo
Jocelyn

Wine Wednesday

Welcome to  Wine Wednesday!

Up this week is another Moscato!

What can I say I am on a major Moscato kick.

I stumbled upon this wine during my trip to Aldi last week. I didn't go in thinking I was going to buy wine but when I walked by and saw this gem for only $2.39, I thought what the hell!

So for this weeks Wine Wednesday feature we have...

Winking Owl:
Moscato



Here is the 411...

Winking Owl is a brand of wine found at Aldi and this lovely little bottle was only $2.39(sure I already mentioned the price above but c'mon $2.39!!!). 

In its description says to have ripe citrus, apricot and peach flavor.

I want to say it is has a much more sweeter taste than the California Roots wine from Target but still really good! 

Would I buy this again? Absolutely! Will definitely stock up next time I visit the store.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes! If anything just for the price tag alone, its worth the try!

Stay tuned for next weeks wine!

xoxo
Jocelyn




Favorite Lentil Recipes

I am a big fan of lentils and normally would only cook them from time to time as a side to our main dinner meals!The hubby and kids weren't real big fans of the bland taste of the lentils I would make. Thanks to the wonder that is Pinterest I have incorporated lentils into our main meals and have made my family lentil lovers too!

These three recipes have been a fan favorite at my house!

First up is the Slow Cooker Lentil and Quinoa Chili from Aggie's Kitchen! Anything that I can prep early in the morning and not have to worry about for hours is a lifesaver for me! This meal is delicious! I like topping it with cream cheese (no one else in my family cares for that topping)! and green onions.

Second up is the 6-Ingredient Easy Lentil Tacos from C it Nutritionally. I found this recipe on a whim when I was searching Pinterest based on the ingredients I had in the fridge and voila. This recipe turned up just in the knick of time! So easy and quick to make. This will be added to our dinner rotation for sure!!


Third up is the Vegan Lentil Loaf from Yummy Mummy Kitchen. This recipe was surprisingly so easy to whip up! Tasted just like meatloaf but obviously way healthier! We ate it with a side of salad and grilled asparagus. I'll be honest my kids did not want to eat this when they first saw it but after they took a bite they were hooked! 


I am already on the hunt for some more lentil recipes! If you have any good ones send them my way!

ps I always buy these lentils from Trader Joe's and used them in all the recipes above!

xoxo
Jocelyn

Five on Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!

We have an exciting weekend of cleaning out the garage planned for ourselves!
Its not really how I want to spend my free time but it is something that has been on our to do list for months! So I will be very happy to finally check it off the list!

Before I start the day with full fledge cleaning lets have some Five on Friday fun!

| one | 

My youngest daughter Charlotte is turning 3 in just a few short weeks, so party planning has started. Albeit a little late but nonetheless it is under way! This years celebration will be a small one but will be filled with plenty of love and laughter. We are just inviting our immediate family and will serve some appetizers, pizza and of course CAKE! Oh and the party will be Cars themed because our little princess loves everything Cars. I've spent the week combing through Pinterest for some party inspiration and found these...how cute right?!!?
Both parties can be found at Catch My Party
               

| two |

This week I visited Aldi for the first time (see that here) and picked up a frozen fruit & veggie  smoothie blend!It had fruit I normally don't add to to smoothies but I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious it was! The package says makes 4 smoothies but I don't think I added enough orange juice/water so our package only made enough for 3 of us. I would would totally buy this again! Smoothies are a sure way to get my youngest to have veggies! 

| three |

I have seen letter boards all over Instagram and even saw them at Hobby Lobby! I knew I wanted to buy one but didn't care for any of the price tags I was seeing! So when I went into Target the other day for toothpaste and I saw this cute letter board for $5 in the "Dollar Spot" I quickly threw it into my cart! I even found an extra set of letters for only $1. The best part of this shopping trip was that I had a gift card for Target that I earned with Shopkick(what's shop kick?..see that here)...so the letter board was basically FREE!!!

| four |

I have been kicking butt lately in the making healthy meals department! The other day I threw these items together for a quick but healthy lunch for the hubby and myself! It was delicious, healthy and pretty darn filling! Everything for this lunch was purchased at Trader Joe's minus the diced prosciutto that was grabbed during my trip to Aldi! 


| five |

I love floral prints and got a little carried away the other day and ordered both of these tops online from LOFT with a gift card I got for Christmas! They currently have a great sale going on right now, so if your needing to update your wardrobe now is the time! 
LEFT TOP | RIGHT TOP
                  



Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo
Jocelyn



Aldi Haul

I have seen so many friends on Instagram talk about Aldi and with a store recently opening close by I decided to give it a try! 

If your new to Aldi here is the 411...
From their website...
1) The Carts: We keep our carts in one convenient place. You put a quarter in the cart, shop and then return the cart to get your quarter back. This helps to keep prices low because we don’t spend time retrieving carts.
2) Bags: Bring your own bags or buy our reusable ones at checkout.
Saving Green: Everything we do from our smaller, energy-saving stores to recycled bags and cartons capture the very essence of conservation. As a result, you can save up to 50% on the majority of your needs.                                                         
Our Brands: ALDI brands are made of the same, or even higher, quality than national brands. Plus, they’re backed by our Double Guarantee. So you can be sure you and your family will trust ALDI brands for delicious satisfaction.
Aldi stores aren't very common in my neck of the woods! The two other stores "close by to me are 19 and 23 miles away! I have heard about their great prices and we needed milk and I was close by so we thought heck why not!
First impressions was that the store was very clean and almost looked like a mini warehouse store. The prices for their items were pretty darn cheap! I didn't go in with a list but just grabbed items I normally get at the other stores I shop! Ultimately I ended up paying $52 for pretty much a bunch of snacks and miscellaneous food items! 


My grocery haul... 


My favorite items from the haul would be...
1) The freeze dried strawberries $2.99 (a dollar less than when I buy them at Trader Joe's) I probably should have bought more since my kiddos it those all the time!
2) The roasted seaweed pack of three was 99cents! (my kids and husband eat these religiously)
3) The Winking Owl Moscato was $2.39 (soooo ridiculously cheap!) so for the price tag along it made the favorites list. I haven't tried it yet but will sure to review next week for Wine Wednesday.
4) The unsweetened apple sauce pouches were only $1.89 and the kids love them!
5) The baby puree pouches were only 79cents!! My youngest eats these as snacks but I love them because they have veggies in them!!

I should mention that all the items on my favorites list minus the wine are from Aldi's organic non gmo brands Simply Nature & Little Journey! So the prices for organic items in itself made it a successful trip!

Would I go back to Aldi? I would honestly have to say yes and no! If I am in the area I will gladly stop in but besides that I'd have to stick to Trader Joe's because its less than a mile away!

Have any of you tried Aldi? Have any favorites?!!

xoxo
Jocelyn

Wine Wednesday

Welcome to Wine Wednesday!

This fun new series will showcase the different wines I try both the good and the bad!

I am by no means a wine sommelier but I do like sharing my opinion :)

First up in the first ever Wine Wednesday is...

California Roots:
 Moscato


Here is the 411...

 California Roots is a Target exclusive brand and only costs $5 a bottle!

In its description says to have a peach and melon flavor.

I love the price tag and the flavor is delicious. It is rather sweet and the taste of alcohol is very minimal,  which will creep up on you if you aren't careful!

I like to chill it in the freezer before drinking! 

Would I buy this again? Absolutely have already purchased several bottles!
Would I recommend this to a friend? If you love a sweet taste I would say yes this is for you!

Have you tried it?!! What are your thoughts?

Stay tuned for next weeks wine!

xoxo
Jocelyn

Favorite Blogs

Rain rain go away come back another day!

Rain has hit our part of California for the last two days! Which means during nap time I get cozy with a nice cup of coffee, watch The Sound of Music and catch up on my favorite blogs! 


I love when my favorite bloggers share the blogs they keep up with so I decided to share with you all a few of my favorite blogs/bloggers!


Amanda from Dixie Delights is the first blog I ever started following and pretty much inspired me to start up my own blog! She is a blogging momma with incredible style! If your looking for party inspiration or home decor inspiration her blog is the one to check out!


Stephanie from Olive and Tate is also a blogging momma! She has the best sense of humor and blogs about how life with kiddos is really like! I can completely relate with her and love her home style! With her husband, she has renovated a few homes and shares the process! Always love checking her progress reports :)


Christina from Carolina Charm is just the sweetest! Her blog follows her life as a momma and wife! She is a working momma and honestly is awesome! She shares the best recipes that anyone can do!! She shares the ups and downs of her life and keeps it pretty darn real!

Do you follow any of these awesome ladies?!? Have a favorite blog I should check out?!
Please do share!!

xoxo
Jocelyn

A Trader Joe's Deliciously Easy Meal

Today is our first Monday back into our normal routine and I am definitely feeling it!

On days like this when I don't really feel like "adulting", I relay on easy meals to make it to bed time!

Trader Joe's is my go to for almost everything food related! Tonight's dinner will be an old time favorite of ours! A quick and ridiculously delicious meal that only has 4 items I throw together. Within minutes I have a delicious meal that everyone in my family loves!

So if your not feeling like being stuck in the kitchen all night long this recipe is for you!

The three items below are all found in the frozen food section of Trader Joe's!

The Penne Arrabbiata is delicious and super affordable I never leave with at least 2 bags of this stuff! The cooked medium Shrimp is $7.99 and comes with plenty! I never leave the store with out grabbing a few of the frozen cubed basil packets (ps they have a garlic pack too and its the best thing ever)!

I added all of these items plus two handfuls of spinach in a large skillet and cooked it for about 15 -20 minutes!!




The final product is a delicious meal that you will quickly add to your dinner rotation!


Do you have any delicious Trader Joe's meals you swear by??!! Please share in the comments below :) I am always on the hunt for great and easy meals!

xoxo
Jocelyn


Sisters Night Out {Paint Nite}

Last night I had a much needed night out with my sister and it was such a great start to the new year! Our night out was practically a year in the making! Not even kidding! 

Last year around this time Sister snagged a great Groupon deal for Paint Nite! We planned this night out last year to only have our event get cancelled and we were back to square one! 

It took us months to figure out what painting we wanted to paint and which date worked best for our busy mommy schedules! Earlier in December we finally booked our night out and last night was our much awaited for night out!

Our Paint Nite was at The Pizza Press in North Hollywood!

It was a night full of firsts for us! First time at a Paint Nite event and our first time at the pizza place!
We created our own pizzas and tried some delicious beers! I tried the Ace Berry Cider and loved it! If your wondering it was sweet but not too sweet! Great flavored beer I would definitely have it again! 



We had  no idea what to expect so for those wondering what a Paint Nite looks like I took plenty of pictures from start to finish! 

The restaurant was still open up for business and our Paint Nite only took up a portion of their dining area!

Here is the set up!


    
We picked our seats and set up our easels and grabbed our canvases! 


Then we got started and our instructor went step by step! He let us know which brush to use which color to use all while creating the art himself too!




The finished project!!! 

The Flight to Neverland!!


I was so intimidated when we first started but by the end of the night I was so happy with what I created! 


I can't wait to plan this as a date night for the hubby and I!

I checked out the website and saw that they have this promo code (ComePaint) right now for 35% off your Paint Nite event!

A little FYIs for Paint Nite...

1) Pick what painting you want to create and see what locations offer this!
2) Paint Nite price covers your paint, canvas, etc (food and drinks are not included)!
3) Get there an hour early if you want to eat before hand!
4) Bring cash if you want to tip your Artist!

Now excuse me while I go plan my next Paint Nite!!!

xoxo
Jocelyn