Sunday, July 12, 2020

My Favorite Denim Shorts

I recently posted on Instagram and asked how many pairs of denim shorts people owned. The number of requests for my go to pairs was bonkers. 

So. per request, here's my favorite pairs I own, how they fit, and cost comparison. 

Always wait for a sale with JCrew. These range from $25 to $50 depending on the sale JCrew is having whatever day of the week it is. 
These are advertised as a rolled cuff pair of shorts and I unroll them. I just like the longer length. There's mild stretch to them and they have held the stand of time as they're my go to shorts multiple days a week and still feel the same as the day I bought them a few years ago. 

$60ish. Wait for a sale and snag yourself a pair. I paid $40 for them last year on sale. I would honestly buy these in every color if they made them in multiple colors. They're high waisted too. And suck you in too. I mean, does it get better than that?!

Under $20. NO stretch. Sustainable material. Well made. Sturdy. GREAT mom shorts. And the price can't be beat. 

ALWAYS wait for a sale with JCrew. Every other say there's a sale. Full price they're $49. I think I paid $19.50 for them on a sale. They are drawstring so you can wear them in all kinds of days. Skinny days, fat days, average days, any day that ends in Y really. 

$40ish. My "mom shorts". Literally, they're called the "mom shorts". There's very little stretch to them and they come up high and have a good length to them. They also are the only pair of distressed shorts I own. When I bought these, I had flashbacks to being in the mall when I was 14 going from American Eagle across the way to Abercrombie. Then I realized I was 40. Ha ha. 

Can usually snag them on sale for $25-35. My only pair of white denim shorts. And I love them. Structure. THICK (I can wear black underwear and you can't tell). A longer than most inseam and high-waisted. 

When I asked about denim shorts, the average answer was 0 or 1 pair. So... apparently I like denim shorts compared to the average person! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

What's Cooking Wednesday: Eggplant Stacks

You'd never know I had no idea what I was doing when I made these. Seriously. A few weeks ago I made Ina Garten's roasted eggplant parmesan and it was SO good. I didn't have all of the ingredients to make ti tonight, so I made this instead!

Eggplant Stacks

1 eggplant, sliced moderately thin
1 tomato, sliced thin
carmelized onions (leftover from dinner last night for me)
tomato sauce (I used Rao's)
shredded parmesan cheese
a creamy cheese, such as alouette 
olive oil
salt and pepper 

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Slice eggplant and spread on a greased sheetpan. Spread olive oil (I used a basting brush) on both sides of the eggplant and sprinkle heavily with salt and oregano. Do this on both sides and spread them to be one layer on the pan. Roast at 400 for 15 minutes then flip them and roast for another 10 minutes. 

While those roast, slice the tomatoes and gather your cheese. 

When the eggplant is done, on the same pan, place one piece of roasted eggplant. Then one thin slice of tomato. Then a tablespoon of sauce. Then a tablespoon on parmesan cheese. Then some carmelized onins. Then some creamy cheese. Then another slice of eggplant. And do that three times. Add some extra parm to the top of the third layer. 

Put the stacks back into the oven for 5 minutes to let the flavors melt together and the cheese on top to bubble. Then they're done. 


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lands End Toddler Finds

Firs of all, if you aren't aware, we're BIG Lands End fans over here. Also, my son ended up in their most recent kids catalog. Isn't he cute?! So, in all honesty, that just solidifies my love for the brand. 

They have an awesome kids sale right now and I've picked up a few items for him for this upcoming school year. All pieces that he'll need whether he actually goes to school or continues distance learning. {please go to school, please go to school} 

These prices reflect using code PENCIL with pin 5678 

This is only available in 2T-3T-4T but we had this last year and it washed well, held up well, and didn't fade. For barely $20 it's a winning pick in my book. We went up to a 4T for the fall (he's still in a 2T in almost all clothes)

We go outside a lot.  Regardless of weather. So staying warm is a BIG deal. We've done tubing and this year Ness is going to learn how to ski. Long underwear is a must have for us for under his ski suit. For $12, this is a steal! We also chose the stripe pattern because it looks the least like pajamas for when he's walking around the lodge at the mountain. 

I went up 2 sizes in these (to a regular boy size) because he always wears a shirt under them and sometimes two depending on if he dresses himself. LOL. They come in great color options and they're $8 each. That's a better price than what you'd snag at Walmart or Target and 1000 times better quality. 

This is his winter coat. It's thin enough to be fine in the car seat yet thick enough to keep him warm. $19 right now. INSANE deal. Especially because it's usually $60. 

I let him pick out his backpack (he picked out his first one two years ago) and I can't believe he needs a medium size one! Where did my baby go?! {I'm not crying, not crying one bit} These are half price right now, sneaking in under $20 each. He picked navy blue with his name embroidered in yellow and a rainbow lunchbox. Kid loves those rainbows I tell ya. 

Do you start to school shop over summer during sales or do you procrastinate like my husband does?! 

One of the reasons I love shopping Lands End is their customer service and warranty. If your kid breaks the zipper, they replace it. If you accidentally wash it with bleach, they replace it. If your kid gets in tug-o-war with your dog and rips it, they replace it. Not that I  know from past experiences. Seriously, customer service takes a company FAR in my book. 

Are you a Lands End fan yet? 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

What's Cooking Wednesday: Cookie Brownies

Brookies. Slut Brownies. Whatever they're called they're freaking delicious. And so dang easy. 

Cookie Brownies

Cookie dough
Oreos (or other sandwich cookies) 
Peanut butter
Brownie mix (plus oil and eggs as needed per box directions) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take a brownie bar pan (I just got that cool Pampered Chef pan that makes every brownie have an edge and used that) spray with Pam and put raw cookie dough in the bottom of each section. You can also use a cupcake pan. Press the dough into the bottom. 

Take an Oreo and spread it with peanut butter than put it on top of the cookie dough.

Make the brownie batter according to directions on the box. 

Top each Oreo with brownie batter filling just shy of the top. 

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool for 15 minutes before removing them from the pan. 

Try REALLY HARD to not eat them all at once.