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Saw It On Pinterest: Bang Bang Shrimp

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Now that I'm on maternity leave for another 8 weeks, I vowed to cook more.  This probably won't continue when I go back to work, but for now, so far so good.  Of course, Pinterest is my go-to when it comes to finding yummy dinners to make.  My "Recipes" board is filled with easy dinner ideas and I'm excited to give them a try.  Last Sunday's dinner recipe I tried out was Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta.

I chose this recipe because... shrimp!  And the ingredients list consisted of mostly items I already had and the instructions were simple.  I am a fan of convenience so I use a lot of pre-made products like chopped garlic and bottled lemon juice.  Judge me or not - it's of no consequence to me!

I cooked the pasta, prepared the sauce, cooked the shrimp and then put it all together in a serving bowl.  Overall, this is a Pinterest win.  I loved how easy this was to make and the shrimp had great flavor.  However there are some things I would do differently if I make this again.  First, I would use a bit less mayo.  The pasta really held onto the sauce and it was just a but too much of the mayo taste for me.  I ended up combating this by adding sriracha to the dish.  Also, the instructions tell you to mix everything together in the serving bowl.  I would recommend mixing everything together in the skillet you cook the shrimp in, and then transferring it to your serving bowl.  Lastly, I would add more garlic, salt and red pepper flakes.  That's my personal taste preference so if you try this, start with what the recipe says and play with it from there.  *I forgot to add the parsley before I took the photo below.  Oops!

You should totally try this for a quick and tasty dinner.  Get the recipe here!  If you do, let me know how you like it and if you made any tweaks as well.  Next up, Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti so stay tuned!

New Year Sales Haul

Monday, January 9, 2017

After Christmas.  A time for reflection, a time for pause, a time to relax after all the holiday bedlam.  Who am I kidding?  It's the time to make use of all the sales and shop for yourself!

 I did just that and bought some things to freshen up my wardrobe.  The sales were fantastic.  I made use of my favorite online retailers: Old Navy, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Nine West and Loft.  With the use of promo codes, I was able to save big.  I wanted to share my purchases and include what I paid and the regular price.  I did pretty good, y'all! 

Sloan-Fit Pant, Banana Republic - $28.00 (Regular $69.99); Peplum Top - Old Navy - $4.99 (Regular $19.94); Colorblock Sweater, Nordstrom {sold out but similar here} - $19.97 (Regular $89.00); Flats, Nine West Starship - $29.99 (Regular $69.99).  My total spend for the items above from the three stores was approximately $83 not including tax but all sites had free shipping!  (Counting Old Navy and Banana as one store because it's one checkout).

All from Loft:  Julie-Fit Skinny Pant {this color is sold out} - $26.00 (Regular $69.50); Socks {this color is sold out} - $1.55 (Regular $7.50); Ballet Neck Tee - $8.00 (Regular $24.50); Lavender Peplum Blouse - $15.95 (Regular $49.50); Teal Cowl Sweater - $25.00 (Regular $59.50).  I think I got the most bang for my buck with Loft.  They had a flash sale and everything was an extra 60% off - no code needed.  These five items totaled around $77 not including tax and shipping.  

Usually I shop with intention for specific items I need or want but I really was able to have some fun with this after Christmas haul.  I love shopping (especially online) and if any of you need advice or help with finding online deals, feel free to ask.  Oh, and Happy New Year!

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Celebrate with a PinkBlush Giveaway {Closed}

Friday, December 30, 2016
I have so many things to celebrate: a new, healthy baby boy, Dax transitioning so well at being a big brother, my husband being at my beck-and-call while I couldn't drive (ok, so exaggerating a bit but he's been awesome), a New Year on the horizon, and wonderful readers and friends like you who support this blog.  Life is good.

To celebrate, I partnered with PinkBlush to host a great Giveaway where one lucky Cocooner reader can win a $75 gift card to shop their online boutique! 

I found PinkBlush about midway during this last pregnancy.  Their selection of trendy and affordable maternity options was just what I needed to up my maternity style.  I purchased a couple of tops and received many compliments when I wore them.  Now that I'm transitioning away from maternity clothes and dressing my postpartum body, I wanted to showcase how versatile their pieces are with this great sweater I'm wearing.  Not only do I love the colors and cut (I have a weird thing for drop shoulders), but the fabrication is so soft.  I didn't feel self-conscious in this at all when I went to my 2 week post-op check up.  Everyone at my doctor's office said I looked great.  That made my dayA lot of PinkBlush's maternity pieces are postpartum friendly but they also have a great selection of non-maternity pieces as well as baby gear.  You can spend hours on their site.  And they always have great sales.  I love it!  I also ended up falling in love with this dress and can't wait to wear it.  Maybe it will be my NYE (at home) dress...


To enter, complete the rafflecopter giveaway below.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on this post.  Giveaway closes on January 4th, at midnight, CST.  Good luck!

Thank you to PinkBlush for collaborating with us on this post!

 **No purchase necessary to enter.  Not eligible to winners of any other PinkBlush giveaways within the last 6 months.  Winner of the giveaway will be contacted via email once comments close and announced on this post soon after.  This giveaway is open only to residents of the United States.  Must be at least 18 years of age or older to participate.**

Congratulations to Latisha Hargrove!!!  You are the winner of the giveaway!!  Be on the lookout for your email from PinkBlush and happy shopping.  Thank you for all who entered. 

Have a Heart This Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2016
I was gifted a product from the Macy's Heart of Haiti line however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Christmas.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year for me (and probably for family as well, in that I love it so much and they reap the benefits of my Holiday joy).  I've been given so much this year that I am happy to give back in anyway I can.  That's why I want to tell you about Macy's and the Heart of Haiti product line.  

After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, Macy's decided to sell handcrafted products from Haiti in order to help support families of skilled artisans.  This trade-not-aid initiative employs 550 artisans while benefiting an extended 4,500 family members.  Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans who rely solely on their handcrafted goods as a source of income.  Click here for a video that tells more about the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line. 

I love this gorgeous handcrafted metalwork snowflake ornament.  It fits perfectly with my haphazard and eclectic ornament collection.  It's nice to have a reminder on the tree that tells us how fortunate we are and that there are ways of giving at Christmas that meaningfully affect others in a positive way.  While this ornament is sold out, you can visit, as part of the Gifts that Give Hope CollectionI think I will use the lovely little soapstone heart (from the first picture above) as a paperweight in my office.  These are the perfect sustainable gifts for any Home Decor lover.