<![CDATA[Annie's Aprons - Blog]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 18:21:35 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[DIY Farmhouse Signs]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/diy-farmhouse-signs
This DIY has become one of my favorites! These signs were so easy to make and only cost me $35! 
I found some signs similar to this in an online shop but they wanted $200 for them! That's just not in my budget so I thought I would make them myself. 

For this DIY you need a Cricut or a good friend that owns one and would be willing to make the stencil for you. Luckily, a good friend of mine made these stencils for me with her Cricut.

I found this 2 pack of 16 x 20 white canvases at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 and received 50%. 
I also bought two of these 16 x 20 barnwood open frames at 50% off and stained them with a golden pecan wood stain I had at my house. 
After the frames dried I lined them up with the canvases and put the stencils in place. 
When sticking the vinyl stencil to the canvas I didn't worry about the bubbles in it. The bubbles don't really matter. 
Then I painted the stencil with a dark grey paint and waited for the paint to dry before carefully removing the stencil. 
After everything dried I hot glued the canvas to the back of the frame. The canvas fits really well in these particular frames. I made these to hang in my formal dinning room. I hung one on each side of our china cabinet. 

I had some of the materials needed for this project at home already and a few coupons so it only cost me a total of $35 at the time to complete this DIY. 

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The cool thing about this DIY is you can use any quote or saying you want. The possibilities are endless.  
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<![CDATA[BBQ Meatloaf Cups with Mashed Cauliflower]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/bbq-meatloaf-cups-with-mashed-cauliflower
These bbq meatloaf cups are so good! I know the cauliflower mash sounds a little weird. At least it did to me but I am here to tell you it's true what people say. It is SO good! 

​I was introduced to this recipe in a 21 day fix challenge group I completed with Julie Nibbe. When I saw all of the ingredients I was a little hesitant. Putting a whole cup of diced carrots in meatloaf was different for me but I told myself to give it a try. I am so happy that I did. This recipe has been one of our favorites ever since.

The ground turkey and cauliflower mash make this meal a healthier option to the traditional ground beef meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  
​I highly recommend giving it a try. It just might surprise you! 

BBQ Meatloaf Cups with Mashed Cauliflower

Meatloaf Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire 
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce (divided)
Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients:
  • 4 cups cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder  
Directions:
Meatloaf:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a muffin pan. 
  2. To make the meatloaf, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrot and garlic and cook until soft. 
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the sauteed vegetables, ground turkey, egg, dijon mustard, Worcestershire, thyme, paprika, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan to make 12 individual meatloaf cups. Top each with a spoonful of the remaining BBQ sauce. 
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 
Mashed Cauliflower: 
  1. Steam the cauliflower until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain cauliflower and add to a food processor along with the butter, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Process until smooth. 
  3. Top each meatloaf cup with the mashed cauliflower. 
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<![CDATA[Five on Friday!]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/five-on-friday9183822
This week some local family friendly activities, a new pasta to try and more...

One. I wanted to share some local things to do that are family friendly. Last spring we visited the Sunflower Maze and had so much fun. You can check out our adventure here. They will be open this weekend. You can check out their hours here. 
Another fun, family friendly thing we did last spring was pick blackberries. You can check their Facebook page to find out when they will be open. They should open soon. I recommend getting there early! ​Read about our adventure here. 
Two. This week Joey and I tried this protein pasta. It was really good and tastes like regular pasta. It has 17 grams of protein per serving! 
Three. We watched the movie Priceless this week. It was really good and based on a true story.
Four. I have been on the hunt for a new bathing suit. These are the two I am currently loving and have on my Amazon wish list. I love the black one but I’m afraid the horizontal stripes on the bottoms might not be very flattering. So right now I’m leaning towards the navy and coral one. 
Five. I have 7 more days until summer break! I am so excited! 

Happy Friday Everyone! 

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<![CDATA[Comfortable, Flowy Dresses for Summer]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/comfortable-flowy-dresses-for-summerThis post is sponsored by PinkBlush but all opinions are 100% my own. 
I am so in love with these dresses from Shop PinkBlush. They are super comfortable, light weight, flowy, and perfect for summer! PinkBlush is one of my favorite trendy online boutiques. They sell a variety of dresses and have the cutest maternity clothes for expecting moms. These two dresses are the perfect length for running around with my toddler and are the softest things ever! Both dresses fit true to size and are perfect for hiding postpartum curves or growing baby bumps. I am 5 ft tall and wear a size 8-10 in skirts and pants. I ordered a large in both dresses and they fit great. 

Purple Floral Short Sleeve Dress: My favorite feature about this dress is that it has pockets! I love dresses with pockets. This dress fits true to size. 

Navy Striped Cold Shoulder Sleeve Tie Dress: I love the peek-a-boo sleeves on this dress. They make the dress fun and flirty while still being modest. 

This summer we are traveling to Colorado for a week. I will definitely be packing these dresses for our trip.  
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<![CDATA[Simple Ways to Treat Yourself: MILKA OREO Chocolate]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 17:18:05 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/simple-ways-to-treat-yourself-milka-oreo-chocolate
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Often times, things can get super busy! Trying to find time or ways to treat yourself can be difficult. I have learned that it’s so important to take some time out of your day and focus on you. Today I am sharing some simple and inexpensive ways to treat yourself including one of my ultimate favorites.

15 Simple Ways to Treat Yourself

  1. Eat some chocolate
  2. Take a nap
  3. Bake a sweet treat
  4. Binge on Netflix or Hulu
  5. Read
  6. Color
  7. Practice yoga
  8. Give yourself a facial
  9. Paint your nails
  10. Unplug
  11. Indulge in Pinterest
  12. Take a warm bubble bath
  13. Make some quiet time
  14. Have a movie marathon
  15. Go for a walk
Treating yourself can be really simple. One of my favorite things to do is go to the store by myself and pick out a sweet treat (preferably chocolate) to enjoy all by myself. 

The other day I headed to Walmart and did just that. I decided to try MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy. All of my dreams have come true in this chocolate bar! Crunchy bits of OREO + vanilla creme filling + rich European MILKA chocolate? YES! PLEASE! This is the kind of chocolate I buy extra of and hide in the pantry for a midnight snack, or wake up early in the morning before everyone wakes to grab a bite. 
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There are a couple spots in Walmart where you can find the MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy. The single and king size bars are located at the front of the store near checkout.
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The larger MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy and the MILKA OREO Choco-Mix Snack Mix are located in the in the candy aisle.
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There may also be a MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy found on a rack near the cookie aisle.  
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Want to treat yourself? Try a MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy bar and earn money! You can earn money by trying this delicious chocolate candy and using this coupon

Starting May 18th -21st 
there will be in-store demonstrations happening for MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy at a Walmart near you! 

In addition, I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY!  Five lucky followers will receive a $25 gift card to Walmart.  To enter, upload a picture of yourself (or your family/friends) at Walmart with MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar, use the campaign hashtag #TryOREOChocolate, and tag me in your photo for a chance to win.  I have included my social media handles below. Don't forget to tag me in your post! 

Facebook: Annie's Aprons Blog
Twitter: @annies_aprons
Instagram: @anniesaprons_blog

Do yourself a favor and treat yourself with a MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy bar
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<![CDATA[Mother's Day Weekend Recap]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 13:09:41 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/mothers-day-weekend-recap
This weekend was absolutely wonderful! It was filled with family time, DIY projects, relaxation and more...
Saturday morning we stopped by the Farmer's Market in downtown Lakeland. 
We tried some shaved ice cream and this delicious blueberry lemonade. 
Ava took produce orders. 
After the market we headed to Lowes for a LONG shopping trip. My husband is the best! I went into Lowes thinking that I knew everything I needed for my Pinterest DIY project and realized I didn't. Ava started to get fussy, I got frustrated and pulled one of those, "Let's just go home and forget it." My husband on the other hand was very patient and together we walked out of there with exactly what we needed! 
We finished Saturday with afternoon naps, and started prepping our projects for Sunday. 

Sunday morning, Joey took Ava with him to grab us some breakfast to give me some alone time. I took the time to start one of my DIY's.  I can't wait to show you the finished product. 
For Mother's day Joey surprised me with a new light fixture for our breakfast nook. We took down this old one and replaced it with one that has more of an industrial/antique feel. Pictures soon to come! 
We spent the rest of the day finishing up our home improvement projects, playing with bubbles (the best bubble machine ever), running through the water, taking naps, playing in the kitchen and just enjoying each other's company. We ended the day with a delicious home cooked steak dinner and a movie. 
It truly was a wonderful weekend! I am so blessed this little one calls me Mom and for all the love and support of my husband. This motherhood journey wouldn't be the same without him. I am the Mother I am today because of his love and support. 

How was your Mother's Day? 
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<![CDATA[Five on Friday!]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 13:45:30 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/five-on-friday6658140
This week a little peek at our home improvement wish list, a positive podcast to listen to, the softest UV UPF apparel and more...

One. Last weekend Joey and I made a home improvement wish list. On our list are these light fixtures from Lowes. I am so in love with them! 
Two. Right now Ava is in this dress-up phase. She goes into her room and picks out clothes she wants to wear and tries to put them on. Of course it never matches. Her favorite is trying on all of her shoes. She loves to put two different shoes on her feet. If you try to suggest an outfit that matches or shoes that go together she SCREAMS! Last night, this was the outfit she picked out for bedtime. Shoes and all!
Three. One of my friends mentioned the Gretchen Ruben podcast on her Five on Friday a few weeks ago. I bought her book and tried reading it a few summers ago but never finished it. This week I started to listen to her podcast on the way to work and LOVE IT! So far I have been working on the one minute challenge my friend shared and getting rid of unnecessary things in storage. Next week I am going to try their "Power Hour" suggestion. 

Four. Did you know May is Skin Cancer Awareness month? Sun protection is so important! Lately, we have been loving Shedo Lane’s UV UPF 50 clothing. We recently received this romper from them and this open back shirt. This has to be the SOFTEST clothing I have ever owned! It’s stylish, comfy, and protects my skin from the sun. Ava loves her romper. The other day she went into her closet and pulled it out for me to put on her. It makes me feel good to know she can wear something that is comfortable and protects her precious baby skin from the harmful sun. 
We received these products from Shedo Lane in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. 
Five. A few months ago ALDI released their baby line of products. There are so many products we love from their baby line. We’ve tried their pouches (all organic), puffs, and yogurt melts. All are great products and much cheaper than other brands. We have also been using their diapers for Ava. I am happy to say that their diapers work really well and are a great price! Some nights, depending on how Ava is sleeping she will leak out of her diaper. This has happened with ALL brands of diapers. It happens when she sleeps on her knees but when she lays flat on her back or belly we don’t have any problems. 

Happy Friday Everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all You Wonderful Mommas! 

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<![CDATA[I broke all the rules and just held her.]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 14:38:18 GMThttp://anniesaprons.net/blog/i-broke-all-the-rules-and-just-held-her
I think it’s funny that I am writing this post just a few days after I posted about our bedtime routine and how we get our daughter to put herself to sleep. ​

I’ve shared before about how Ava has never really been a cuddly baby or a baby that enjoyed being rocked to sleep. 

There are only a few times that I can clearly remember holding her close to me and rocking her to sleep. The moments when I was breast feeding, specifically the last feeding. I feel like we always remember that last breast feeding. The other time was one night several months ago when she was really sick. Other than that it’s not something I get to do often. 

Last night, Ava woke up in the middle of the night crying and couldn’t put herself back to sleep. I wasn’t sure what was wrong. She didn’t have a fever and it’s not like she can tell me what’s going on. I started to play the maybe game. Maybe she’s teething, maybe she has a stomach ache, maybe she had a bad dream, or maybe she just needs me. 

I walked back to our bedroom after my husband and I tried a couple of times to soothe her while keeping her in her crib. This time it wasn’t working. I decided in this moment she didn’t need a bed time routine, she didn’t need to learn how to get herself back to sleep. She just needed me. 

I got her out of her crib and we headed to the living room. There on the couch, I held our daughter close to my chest. For the first time in a long time I could feel her heart beat, I could hear her breaths and gasps as she tried to calm and settle her crying. I felt her tears run down my skin. She needed me and I needed this moment. As we sat there in the dark, tears ran down my face. I wanted this moment to last forever. I wanted time to stop. I wanted this feeling to never end. 

The clock said 3:30 am. I had two hours left. I sat there in the dark silence and just held her. ​

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