Monday, May 25, 2015

garlic parmesan oven roasted potatoes

We love oven roasted red potatoes in our house. When we're looking for a starchy and carbohydrate loaded side, they're pretty much our go-to choice because we always have red potatoes in our cupboard and there is so much less work involved than mashed potatoes (which, my kids don't really like anyway, I know they're weird). Usually I just toss them in a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix with some olive oil and we're good to go, but sometimes necessity is the mother of invention and when I ran out of soup mix awhile ago, this delicious side was born!


These garlic Parmesan oven roasted potatoes really can't get much easier, and you probably already have all the spices in your cupboard!

Garlic Parmesan Oven Roasted Potatoes
8-10 red potatoes, washed and quartered
2-4 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 TBSP garlic salt
2 TBSP bread crumbs
2 TBSP Parmesan cheese

If you seem to collect the little packets of Parmesan cheese from your local pizza place like we do, this is the perfect use of them!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and toss the potatoes in the olive oil and spices in a 9 x 13" pan. I honestly rarely measure my olive oil when we're roasting red potatoes, so that number is a best estimate. Bake for 40-50 minutes and you have a super simple and savory side for your next barbecue!

Friday, May 22, 2015

3 essential oils in my beauty routine

I hope you all had a chance to check out Amy's guest post on Monday all about essential oils and pregnancy, she shared some great information!
Today I wanted to share three essential oils I use in my beauty routine, and why you should consider using them as well!

I use frankincense at nighttime by adding a drop to my palm of face lotion and then massaging it in before I go to bed. The past couple of years I had noticed a lot of age/sun spots and general discoloration of my overall skin tone. I guess all those years of neglecting my skin while I was growing up were finally catching up with me. Among the many benefits of this amazing oil, frankincense has been known to promote cellar health and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize age spots, and even our skin tone. I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin tone and overall appearance since I began using it a few months ago!

Geranium is great for both dry and oily hair. I have really noticed a difference in how much cleaner my hair feels and shinier my hair looks when I add a drop to my palm of shampoo. (You can also add 5-10 drops directly into your shampoo bottle.) Geranium also offers great benefits for soothing skin, and it really helped with a dry patch that I use to have problems with at the base of my scalp! This oil has a very strong scent that my husband is not a fan of, but mixed in with my shampoo he's never complained. :)

Add a drop or two to you mascara bottle (just once) and it will smell like you walked into a spa every time you uncap your tube. More importantly though, lavender has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which will help keep bacteria out of your mascara, helping it to stay bacteria and clump-free longer. Lavender also reportedly strengthens your lashes and promotes growth. Thicker, longer lashes? Yes please!

Don't forget you can check out the doTERRA link in my sidebar for more information on essential oils and purchasing!>>

Do you use any essential oils in your beauty or skincare regimen?

(This post is not sponsored or endorsed by doTERRA, nor do I sell these oils. All opinions are my own.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

aqua and pink bridal shower

If you follow me on Instagram (thanks so much!) then you are probably well aware that this past weekend was my little sister's bridal shower. I am really pleased with how it turned out and I think the bride-to-be had a good time. :)


I need to add a little disclaimer here at the end that of course I am not responsible for all this awesomeness, lest you think I am that amazing. I will take some of the credit for the decor and execution, and full credit for the mason jar sugar cookies and the heart-shaped pie cookies, cause I'm pretty dang proud of them.;)