This breakfast smoothie has changed my mornings: http://www.momontimeout.com/2013/10/mocha-breakfast-shake/ I altered it a bit from the original recipe --> no protein powder (just makes me think of morning sickness), and add two cups of spinach. So in one smoothie I get all sorts of things I know should have but don't LOVE. I go back and forth with yogurt - I know it's good for me, but the taste is a little off. Bananas have a weird texture, and while I love spinach, who has time to eat two cups of it with breakfast while getting school bags packed, toddler and baby dressed and fed, etc., etc, etc. Bonus: caffeine and cocoa - two of my favorite things.
These make-ahead-and-freeze pizzas:
Individual White Chicken Pizzas These were featured in Cooking Light a month or two ago, and the first time I made them at regular dinner time and that was a mistake - didn't have time to make ALL 12 individual pizzas while the hoards were gathering for dinner. (seriously? have you ever tried to delay food for a 35 month old? notagoodidea.) This time I was much wiser. Ellie and I made these this morning while Caroline took her first nap. She enjoyed stirring the milk and later separating the curds from the whey (the recipe uses homemade ricotta - so easy! who knew?!), and of course, loved rolling out the pizza dough, and putting on the toppings. Now they are in the freezer, ready for a hectic evening when all we have time to do is pop them in the oven and throw together a side salad.
More babies = more blush. I used to think my mom wore a lot of blush. Now I know. She was just trying to restore her youthful glow in the fastest way she knew how. I was a dedicated Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose girl for, I dunno, seven years? But when it ran out during my pregnancy with Caroline, I was ready to try something new. I was going to try the best-selling Nars blush with the infamous name, when Julie blogged on Elf cosmetics and their dupes of much more expensive brand names. (Julie - I told Pete he should write you a thank-you note when I came home from Target with new mascara, blush, and powder for a total of $9) Elf St. Lucia - you are my new favorite, along with the translucent matifying powder.
My current beauty quandary: Should I be filling in my eyebrows? I have pretty non-existent ones for the fact that my hair is so dark. I really don't need to think about adding anything to my makeup routine since my daily habit is to put on some under-eye concealer and call it a day, but I've been wondering if eyebrow filling-in is something everyone else has been doing all these years and I just don't know about it. Like eyeliner was for me five years ago.