Saturday Morning Pancakes

Saturday morning pancakes with the kids.*This post was created in partnership with Kohl’s. All opinions are mine and I have a lot of them. 

Over the last year, my husband has started making us pancakes on the weekend. It doesn’t happen every weekend. But they have become a fairly regular occurrance. It is something we all look forward to and has become really special to us. Of course it happens on special ocassions (like birthdays or holidays) but it also makes an ordinary weekend morning feel extra special. Because of our busy schedules, we find it really hard to share meals with each other. Our pancake breakfasts are super informal but mean the world to each member of our family.

Saturday morning pancake tradition. He follows the same recipe each time. Since this is pretty much the only thing my husband cooks, it has been really fun to watch him perfect his technique and see him make this his own. I try really hard to bite my tongue and offer tips. Is that hard for anyone else?

Houseware and entertaining picks from Kohls. #adAlthough the plain pancakes are tasty, lately we’ve been jazzing them up with bacon bits (omg! Do it!) and chocolate chips. Because, chocolate. My husband falls on the less is more side. But I don’t think you can ever have too much chocolate. Sometimes I try to sneak in and add more chocolate chips to my pancakes without him noticing…

Patterned melamine plates, large Food Network spatula, red hand towel and large blue melamine plate c/o Kohls.

On Saturdays, dad cooks pancakes. When the boys wake up in the morning, they immediately grab their electronics and play their favorite games. It keeps them entertained while dad is busy at the stove. I love that if we are having pancakes, it means that we don’t have anywhere to run off to. It’s the perfect family time.

Music in the kitchen. I think I cook better with tunes. And we always have music playing in the kitchen. No matter if I am cooking, or my husband is making his pancakes. We always have a speaker to listen to our favorite playlists. For mornings, my husband generally picks this indie-focused Songza playlist. Or sometimes it is classic rock. And since we usually let the kid’s pick the music at dinner, we finally have control! It’s glorious! No Kidz Bop. Not on my watch.

Sol speaker and clear acrylic ice bucket (no longer on the site) c/o Kohl’s.

Fresh berries for pancake breakfast. My job for the pancake breakfast is very small. I am in charge of the fruit. My kids love berries so I try to make sure they eat them as much as possible. And fresh strawberries are SO AMAZING with chocolate chip pancakes.

Cutting mat and yellow and white bowl c/o Kohl’s

Coffee and pinterest. A perfect Saturday morning. And once my job is done, I get to sit and relax! Yes, you read that right. I get to drink coffee and play around on Pinterest while I have a delicious, home-cooked meal made for ME! It is awesome. I usually hang out in the kitchen, with the music playing, slowly starting the day.

Vera Wang pants c/o Kohl’s

Fresh berries for pancake breakfast.The way they inhale the berries (not the blueberries, they don’t love those), you’d think they never get them…

Tony Hawk tank top c/o Kohl’s

Patterned melamine plates from Kohls. #adWhen the pancakes are close to being ready, we call both boys in to the kitchen. We have a really nice dining table, but we would rather eat in the kitchen. We keep the music playing, pass the syrup around and enjoy being together.

Pokemon shirt c/o Kohl’s

Saturday morning pancakes.More berries please…

Just about every Saturday, Dad makes pancakes and we eat them together in the kitchen. And even more berries please…

As you can tell, Kohl’s has a little bit of everything. I’m in love with the kitchen department and love the Food Network products as well as the selection from Kitchenaid. I love that I can go pick up some new clothes for the boys (and myself, holler!) and a large spatula for my husband to use on his self-declared “world famous pancakes.” It is a great place to go when you need a bunch of different types of things for a special ocassion, whatever that may be in your life. I was supposed to pick up a gift for someone else when I was there. But I got distracted by the LC Lauren Conrad department…And have you seen the cute MILLY for Kohl’s collection?? Adorable!

And one of my favorite parts about Kohl’s is that you can get SO much for your money! I took some time to figure out how to use coupons and Kohl’s Cash and I felt like I stretched my dollar.

For $200, plus some Kohl’s cash I had earned, I got the items noted above: 5 melamine plates, one ceramic bowl, two kitchen towels, a spatula, the cutting mats, the speaker, an ice bucket, the Pokemon t-shirt, the striped tank top and my Vera Wang pants, PLUS a pair of shorts, a short romper, two pairs of underwear, and a bikini top. BOOM. I love Kohl’s.

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A Sweet Treat + Giveaway!

Chex Muddy Buddies and a Giveaway! Perfect your next shower or any party! Hey guys! My latest post is up over on Babyshower.com. It includes the recipe for this delicious party treat and a giveaway that you don’t want to miss! Head over to the post to check it out. I know you are going to love the two pieces from Crate and Barrel, that you will be able to use over and over for all your entertaining, as well as a few other festive items! Hurry! There is just a few more days left to enter!

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies + Giveaway

Summer Music : Playlist

Sounds like the 80's but it's not Playlist. The perfect summer playlist. If you like that sort of thing. Sounds like the 80’s but it’s not

I don’t love 80’s music. I mean, of course, I like some songs from the 80’s but it is one of my last choices if I have to choose a musical decade. But I’m SUPER in to music that sounds like it’s from the 80’s but was really made in the last few years. Haim and Twin Shadow were the two that really got me in to this sound. So I made a summer music playlist for you. I realize it is just spring, but CA has been feeling decidedly summery these past few weeks. These songs are perfect for warmer weather, hanging out by the pool or just hanging out with friends. I’m pretty dang obsessed with the Brandon Flowers song, ‘Can’t Deny My Love.” It’s my JAM! Play it loud! P.S. I don’t know how to center the Spotify playlist. Can anyone help a sister out? It’s driving me crazy!

White Russian with Rum Cocktail Recipe #StreamTeam

White Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamWhite Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamWhite Russian recipe with coconut rum  #Netflix #StreamTeamThis post is written in partnership with Netflix because I’m a #StreamTeam member, yo! 

My kids are totally at that stage where they notice, and comment, on everything. Including but not limited to: morning breath, extra arm flab, and adult beverages. My husband and I enjoy the occasional cocktail, wine or beer. If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know this. I post cocktail recipes often. And I love my wine. Our consumption is average. But if you were to hear my kids tell it, it would sound like we are ready for a program. They comment consistently when we have a drink. As my goal in life is to be the best parent I can be, it makes me question myself. Am I doing something wrong? AM I drinking too much. The answer, of course is no, but kids really do have a way of getting you to see something from a different perspective.

The White Lie. Kahlua cocktail recipe. #StreamTeamSo I came up with this cocktail that I call, “The Little White Lie” because it looks like iced coffee. But it’s not. It’s more awesome. It’s sort of like a White Russian. But instead of vodka it has coconut rum. And instead of milk it has coconut milk. And it’s so tasty. And perfect for brunch. To be clear, I would not drink this and tell my kids it was iced coffee. If I am responsible enough to drink a cocktail I am responsible enough to have those conversations with my kids. And quite frankly, I don’t drink a lot of brunch cocktails because when you get old like me, they just make you sleepy. We are super lucky that our kids understand that we won’t tolerate lying and the biggest infraction, so far, is when my youngest lied about not brushing his teeth. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn’t change as they get older. But if it does, we’ll deal with it. And then probably have a large adult beverage after they go to bed.  (I kid, I kid…)

Coconut Rum cocktail recipe. Basically a white russian with coconut milk and coconut rum! So tasty! #StreamTeamIt is SO simple. And only needs these three ingredients.

The Little White Lie (a white russian made with coconut milk and coconut rum!) #StreamTeamAnd you just need a glass and a spoon. And some ice. You don’t even have to exert yourself with shaking anything.

Kahlua cocktail recipe with coconut rum! So tasty! #StreamTeamAnd it totally doesn’t matter what order you add it all in. But dang it, how had I forgotten how yummy Kahlua was?

Coconut rum cocktail with Kahlua and coconut milk. Great brunch cocktail idea! I love the way the coconut milk begins to mix with the Kahlua. I wish you didn’t have to stir it and could leave it all marbley and gorgeous.

Brunch cocktail idea. A white russian with coconut milk and coconut rum. The coconut rum gives it a slight sweetness. And I see this being a big player in my summer cocktails. When I’m drinking them responsibly. From time to time.

White Russian cocktail recipe with coconut rum instead of vodka. Do you like a traditional White Russian? You are going to LOVE this!

Coconut rum provided by Captain Morgan

The Little White Lie
 
This is basically a White Russian, but with coconut rum and coconut milk.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1½ oz Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients over ice.
  2. Stir and serve.

This cocktail was inspired by the Netflix series called “Bloodline.” YOU GUYS. I’m hooked! I just read that it is coming back for a second season and I’m so excited. I haven’t fully finished the first season yet but it is SO GOOD! It is about a family that has tons of dark secrets. It’s much darker than the shows I usually watch but by the end of the first episode I was sold and promptly watched the next three. The Rayburn family is stuck between a terrible truth and the lies they tell to keep it from being uncovered. It’s set in Florida keys and the moody location is almost like another cast member. The cinematography is stunning and absolutely draws you in. There are twists and turns all over the place and the people you think are good, aren’t as good as they should be. When I started telling my husband about it he was like, “that’s not a show you would usually watch.” And I agree! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Sometimes it’s good to gently introduce an idea in a non-threatening way. Sharing these Netflix shows with my kids will make it easy for me to create a teaching moment where we can talk about lying in an easy way instead of trying to deal with it in the thick of an incident. Here are some great Netflix shows that can prompt discussions on lying with your kids:

Care Bears Season 1, Episode 8 Untruths and Consequences

A.N.T. Farm, Season 3, Episode 9 Pants on Fire

Jessie, Season 1, Episode 14 Worldwide Web of Lies

And for older kids:

Revenge (my fave!!!)

Pretty Little Liars

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Retreat Planning and Wendy’s Fresh Salads

Wendy's Fresh Salads are a great quick lunch option. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #ad


I never ever thought that I would be someone who can’t find the time to eat. I love food and I hate to be hungry. But over the last few months, I have found myself missing lunch. It is always on super busy days of shuttling kids around or trying to get in a photo shoot for the blog that I find it hard to take the time to stop and eat. But I’ve also noticed something else. Where, in a jam, I used to be able to eat chips and call it lunch on those busy days, now I am resisting those empty calories. Am I growing up? Maybe a little. Or maybe it is because summer is coming up and I’d like to still be able to fit in to my clothes. And I’ve totally been craving salads lately. I never thought I’d find a decent, fresh salad from a fast food joint! But I did!

A better fast food option, Wendy's Fresh Salads. SO good! #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adAbout once a week, I pack up all the things I need for photo shoots, and head to Lauren’s house where we work together to hammer out posts for both of our blogs. If we’re lucky, one of us has to shoot a recipe that we can eat for lunch, but last week I needed to grab us a quick lunch on my way over. Have you heard about Wendy’s fresh salads?! OMG! They were so good. And a lot of chains claim to have fresh salads (wherein they use fresh, but then frozen items, which are then shipped to the locations to be assembled on site), these are legit fresh. Like, they cut heads of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and more, each morning for their salads. And the white meat chicken actually looks and tastes like chicken and is made to order when you order a salad. They make the salad from start to finish, at each Wendy’s, as if you would if you were making it for yourself at home. P.S. Wendy’s does not condone smoking. Especially smoking cats. (How hilarious is that shirt?!)

Wendy's Asian Cashew Chicken Salad. A fast, healthy lunch choice. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adIt has come time for us to start planning our end of summer retreat for creatives and so we decided to make it a working lunch picnic. Our retreat is always in Palm Springs. And when Coachella rolls around, it is our reminder that we need to get planning. It is a total bucket list item to go to Coachella. Maybe next year we will begin our planning in between sets…a girl can dream, can’t she?

I need to be honest here. I am a fast food lover. I feel like it isn’t trendy to say that but I love a good hamburger/fries/soda combo from time to time. But I wouldn’t have even thought to order a salad. A bad salad is just plain awful. But look at those fresh veggies! They are crisp, not soggy, bright in color instead of not right looking. And that perfectly grilled chicken was so good! Check out this video which follows the romaine lettuce as it is picked in the farm to when it ends up in your Wendy’s salad. Pretty cool. They will be releasing more videos in this series sharing just how fresh the salads are. And for when I’m really trying to eat cleaner, I can skip the dressing and use just a squeeze of lime or lemon. Which will be a really hard switch since the BBQ Ranch dressing was so tasty.

Creative planning picnic. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adThere are 5 different salads to choose from. Lauren tried the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and I did the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. Because Applewood bacon and ranch. Yum. We talked about how we want to make our retreat a little bit different this year and set to work showing each other some visual inspiration we had gathered which will guide the look of our creative weekend in Palm Springs. If we couldn’t actually be in the desert, at least we really enjoyed our picnic lunch out in the sunshine. And I am sure if I had put the salad in to a real bowl, Lauren wouldn’t have known it wasn’t a homemade salad, which can’t be said for all fast food salads.

#campmixalot Pool Balloon BannerOur retreats include lots of pool time so you know a salad is the perfect lunch idea…You can see more about year 1 of our retreat and year 2 here and here. Want to come? Let us know here.

Backyard business planning with fresh Wendy's salads. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adBeing able to grab a healthy, fresh lunch fast was awesome. Instead of focusing on what we were going to make, we could eat something prepared fresh for us and hash out plans for the retreat. Our retreats have a distinctive look each year and they also have a specific sound. I’m not sure the participants would even pick up on that but for me, a good playlist or even one great song, can really share the vibe I’m going for like nothing else. We brought the music out to our picnic so we could start to dial in what the weekend will feel like. So basically, we brought Coachella to us.

Easy summer picnic with fresh salads. And a little wine. #BeyondTheBowl #CleverGirls #adAnd since this was Friday, and we had a bottle of wine open for one of our shoots, we brought a little out for our picnic. For a minute, it felt like we were not in the middle of a work day but hanging out in the desert. Thanks, Wendy’s!  (Please drink responsibly. Wine is not sold at Wendy’s.) And I’m really excited to have a new go-to lunch option in these salads (I’m going to try the Apple Pecan Chicken salad next!). No more missing lunch because I can’t find something good to eat!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.