Thursday, January 31, 2019

WHAT TO MAKE FOR A SUPER BOWL PARTY

The Super Bowl is this weekend and this is my favorite weekend to plan some yummy food for the big game. It also helps that our team is in the Super Bowl which makes it even more exciting. If you're teams not in the Super Bowl and you're just here for the food then you came to the right place. 


This year I've included a couple healthier options. I'm still trying to lose the baby weight (hello, metabolism, you can speed up any day now) so I don't want to overindulge too much because I've been working hard to try and get it off so I don't want to erase all my hard work. Plus I notice that I feel like crap once I do over indulge. 


 WHAT TO MAKE


Chipotle Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers by PALEO GLUTEN FREE OATS





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Giada's California Turkey Chili-this is a different take on chili but I like mixing it up from your average chili

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 HUBS WINGS

Bake at 400 degrees I think 
Right on the sheet pan and leave alone 
They will get crispy and I don't time anything so when they're done
Toss with your favorite sauce. 

Buffalo sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks Butter, softened)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
Ranch sauce

2 tsp melted butter 
1 tsp dry ranch dressing mix 
1 tsp minced garlic


 DESSERT...the best part!


Pretzel Rolo Treats, so easy to make.Place rolos on top of pretzels, bake in 250 degree oven for a couple minutes and add your teams colored m&m's on top. 




and it wouldn't be a Super Bowl Party without some cute decorations 
 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

TIPS FOR PLANNING A SUPER BOWL PARTY

The Super Bowl is this weekend and we are so excited for our New England Patriots. I know they're not a fan favorite but you have to admit that it's pretty impressive what Brady has done over the years. I may be a little biased as I've always been a Brady fan but no matter who you are cheering for or if you're just here for the commercials and food, I'm sharing some tips on how to plan a Super Bowl Themed party your friends and family will enjoy starting with the invites. 

I'm a paper girl and always loved receiving invites in the mail since I was a little girl but times have changed and digital invites are what all the kids are using these days. It's faster, cheaper and you can manage RSVP's a lot easier. My go to for online invitations has always been Paperless Post. You can customize online invitations and cards to reflect your style. They offer free cards and a coin system. You can add or remove options, including envelopes, liners, backdrops and logos when creating your design. I love their selection of cards to choose from for planning events. I've chosen a couple of my favorites for the big game this weekend. Who will you be cheering for? Or are you just here for the ads? 


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Cute matching liner and envelope 




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Later this week I'll be sharing some of my favorite Super Bowl Party recipes including my skinny buffalo chicken dip!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Design Plans & Goals for The Style Nest Home

Did we seriously blink and 2018 was gone? 2018 was such a great year for us but it all feels like a blur. I think I was in shock that I was pregnant for the first part of the year, then I was pregnant and now I'm still in the sleep deprived infant stage living in that sleep deprived mom brain fog. I still can't believe we had a baby in 2018 but what an amazing gift he has been. He has brought so much joy into our home and I couldn't imagine life without him. How we're going to top off 2019, I'm no so sure but we have design plans and goals over here at The Style Nest for this year.



We've lived in our home for over 5 years and we've been chipping away at projects. Last year we worked on the outside which has been an ongoing process, a very expensive process but it needed to be done. I can't wait for nice weather and to entertain out there and enjoy it! We also finished the babies room, which is now my favorite room in the house. 




Since we now have a baby our priorities have shifted a bit as to what needs to be finished in our home. The living room which was the only room almost complete, now needs to be completely redone because nothing is baby friendly. I thought it would be a good idea to plan ahead for what's to come in 2019 and live with these design boards for a couple months before fully pulling the trigger on pieces.

The other project in DESPERATE need of being renovated is our one and only full bathroom. This has been delayed because of that. This will be our big project this year and I honestly cannot wait to take a sledge hammer to that room. I have 2 design concepts I'm deciding between. I think I made up my mind but I'll share what I'm thinking and let me know if you have a favorite.

2019 Goals:

+ To organize and maintain that organized home. For me having a clean home is a form of self care and I am just a much better person when my house is in order. I want to share how I organize my space as well. 

+ To complete rooms that are 90% done and finally photograph these to share with you on the blog

+ To share more style tips on the blog of what is going on behind the scenes with our design work

+ To simplify things. Now that we have a baby, my time has been non existent. I want everything in it's place and to not spend what little free time I do have cleaning. I read Marie Kondo's book last year and got halfway through until I got to the paper part and panicked. Binge watching Kon Marie's show on Netflix may have pushed me to finally complete this.

+ To share more fashion posts on the blog. This was the most requested item on my questionnaire last year and with being pregnant I doubt anyone was looking for me to share any fashion tips at the time. I'm very awkward in front of a camera but I want to overcome this and instead of sharing fashion mood boards, I want to share more of what I like to wear. 

+ We have a couple fun trips planned this year so I will also start sharing more of our travel adventures on the blog as well. I love to do a lot of research before heading to our destination and I love reading tips from other travelers. We've found a couple great recommendations over the years and I'd like to share these from our travels. I also want to put together a What to do in Boston guide as I get asked this frequently. Although I haven't lived here my whole life, we've been here for 11 years and frequent the city often so I have some great places to share. 

Cheers to 2019 going a little bit slower then 2018! 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

GIFT GUIDE FOR KIDS


Sorry for the delay on the kids gift guides. I was having technical difficulties that we couldn’t get figured out until now. I know it's late and most people might be done shopping but I thought I'd post them anyway in case you're a procrastinator like myself then maybe they'll come in handy. So I’ve combined all my kids gift guides on this one post. There are gifts for the littles and gifts for the older kids. I do a lot of research on these and pick gifts that I think kids will actually like because well they told me themselves. I even have a couple go to girls I ask for advice on my gift guides every year. They’re always more helpful then my boy go to’s who give me nothing!!! The number one answer for teens was gift cards but you need to have some gifts to wrap and put under the tree so I’ve rounded up some other favorites on their list and I hope this helps you finish up some of your Christmas shopping. 




1.Pop up cafe - this is just too cute. I know I would have loved this as a kid and would have spent hours here. 40% off right now!


2.Name puzzle - I love giving personalized gifts. Etsy has so many great options that you can customize but this was one of my favorites. It gives your little one a head start on spelling their name too. 

3.Wicker baby carriage - I put this on here because I had one of these when I was little and it was my absolute favorite. It would also look darling in a little girls room as decor too. Another cute moses basket idea here


5.Wooden truck carrier - little boys favorite 

6.The cutest balance bike ever! I sort of want to buy this for Mason now even though he can’t even sit up yet

7.Adopt a dog - I saw these at crate & kids a couple weeks ago and thought they were the cutest! 

8.There are so many adorable kitchen play sets out there but I love this one! I see a lot of moms ask if a kitchen is ok for a boy and let me tell you that my boys played with our play kitchen more then any other toy. So yes, play kitchens are good for boys! 

9.Coffee cup teether so that baby can be just like his tired mama 

10. Hearth & Hand doll house - the cutest doll house of all. One of my Instagram friends decorated hers for Christmas and it made me love it even more. Check it out here all decorated for the holidays. 

11.Tip toe tiger book - soft cloth book for the littles 

12.Dreamer crown - because every little boy deserves to be a prince 

Soft blanket. I love this brand and now that we’re headed into the winter I’m finding myself reaching for warmer blankets when we head out for walks. 

13.Flamingo doll - this company gives back which is why I love them. They provide meals to kids in need with every purchase. The newly released flamingo is just the cutest! 
14.Pretend and play coffee maker - I got this for my niece and she loves it! 
 15.Wooden push toy - when you need to have toys all over your house it’s nice to have one that actually looks cute 





As I said above the first thing requested when I surveyed tween boys and girls was gift cards. Gift cards to places like Bath & Body works, Nordstrom, Athleta, Abercrombie, XBox, Starbucks, Nike and the movies were the top requests. As for gifts, I rounded up other items that were requested by the big kids. 

1. Sugarfina candy - who wouldn’t love this! The sugar sour lips are my favorite!! 

2. Wireless headphones on sale! 

3. Personalized luggage - this is a great gift that will last for years to come

4. Caboodles - I may just be adding a childhood favorite of mine on here because everyone needs a caboodle.

5. Personalized wristlet 

6. Athleta Sweatshirt- I actually have this in the adult version and love it!!! 

7. Vans high top sneakers 

8. Colorful adjustable wishing bracelet

9.  Toilet paper spit gun - this is something I could really regret but I know boys would love this 

10.  Hero avengers coding set - for all those super her fans who love to get creative with coding 

 12. Basketball hoop - how cool is it that you can keep score on it too?! 

13. Video game storage set - kids might not be excited about this so I’d pair this with a video game and gaming headsets 

14. Nintendo switch - my 9 year old loves this. The older one prefers Xbox because of fortnite. I like that they can use the switch as a tablet if they want to take it on road trips. 

15. Hover board - I know these have been around for awhile but a couple kids I asked this was on their list. It’s on my 9 year olds list this year. 

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Monday, November 26, 2018

GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

Next up in the Gift Guide Series is the Men! The hardest people to shop for our the men in our lives so when I put together the Men's Gift Guide, I have to search high and low for gifts that I think any guy would like and gifts that they don't already have. There are a lot of higher end gifts on the gift guide this year but they're items that will last forever! There are also a lot of great items on sale today so grab them while you can because some of these items, like the Patagonia coat never go on sale. 








4. BLUE TOOTH SPEAKER 


6. LARQ SELF CLEANING WATER BOTTLE 






12. TUMI BRIEFCASE (MY HUSBAND LOVES HIS BECAUSE IT CAN SLIDE OVER HIS TRAVEL AWAY SUITCASE WHICH WAS THE TOP GIFT BY MY READERS LAST YEAR)



15. FUNNY SOCKS

16. BIG GREEN EGG (BEEN ON MY HUBS XMAS LIST FOR AWHILE) 

17. PATAGONIA COAT 30% OFF ON CYBER MONDAY (PATAGONIA NEVER GOES ON SALE SO GRAB IT NOW)

























   





Friday, November 23, 2018

GIFT GUIDE FOR HER



Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Today, I'm kicking off my Holiday Gift Guide Series. Over the next 2 weeks I will be sharing lots of gift ideas for everyone on your list. I'm starting with the gift guide for her. This is basically my Christmas wish list. Some things I have and love and the other things are things I've been eyeing up that I'd love to receive as a gift. With so many great sales going on right now, it's a great time to shop for yourself too. Please tell me I'm not the only one who buys gifts for themselves while buying for others. I mean some deals are too good to pass up. 




1. DYSON AIR WRAP VOLUME & SHAPE STYLER FOR FINE FLAT HAIR

2. LEATHER WATCH BAND 

3. COMFY COZY SWEATER

4. LONG FEATHERED NECKLACE

5. BINDLE BOTTLE (STORE KEYS AND MONEY IN THE BOTTOM)

6. GOLD SNEAKERS

7. PLAID SCARF

8. OIL DIFFUSER THAT'S PRETTY LOOKING 

9. POM POM SLIPPERS

10. COGNAC LEATHER BAG (BUTTERY SOFT. MY FAV GO TO BAG)

11. VICTOR PERFUME

12. BAREFOOT DREAMS ROBE

13. BOSE HEADPHONES

14. SENSOR MIRROR

15. DRUNK ELEPHANT FACE MASK (THE BEST FACE MASK EVER!) 



18. UGG FLEECE LINED SOCKS

Sunday, November 18, 2018

HOW TO DECORATE THE THANKSGIVING TABLE & MY FAVORITE RECIPES

Thanksgiving is about food, family, friends and pretty tables. We’re not hosting this year but I thought I’d share my past years thanksgiving tables and give you some tips on how to create a simple tablescape of your own. You don’t have to have a green thumb or crafty. Setting a table can be easy and fun. So while you’re making your shopping list for turkey day don’t forget to add some flowers to the list. All of my flowers I buy at Wegman's grocery store.

Here are some of my past years tables and what I used to create them. 

Blush Table 





This was probably one of my favorites because it wasn’t your typical fall colors and it turned out so pretty. I incorporated fall flowers into my centerpieces with the mini green and white cabbages, mixed with white hydrangeas and blush roses and berries. I used hearth and hands black vases which make flower arranging so easy. Just make sure you cut down your flowers so that they aren’t too tall in the vases. I also used my leftover sugar pumpkins and votive candles to fill the rest of the space. 



Bright & Blue




I fell in love with the color of these blue napkins when I spotted them at target and thought they would be pretty paired with pops of color. I used clear low cylinder vases which you can find at Michaels or if you live near a Wegmans they have them there as well. For the flowers I bought an assortment of bright colors, mixing in tulips, daisies, 


Buffalo Check 







Then there was the year that Nate Berkus gave me a shout out in Instagram with my buffalo check table. He’s been one of my design inspirations since I watched him on the Oprah show so this was really exciting for me even if it was just over a little place card holder, I’ll take it. For this table I found a buffalo check table runner in the dollar section at target, used 3 square wooden floral boxes which can also be found at Wegman's or a local craft store and filled with green floral foam. Cut your florals short and just stick them in the foam until you fill up all the empty spaces. To fill up the rest of the runner I used pomegranates (some cut, some whole) and oranges and tree bark candle pillars. I also used Nate Berkus’ cute snail place card holders which aren’t available but you can find cute place card holders at Target, Crate & Barrel and Pier 1. 

         
        



And for the best part of Thanksgiving...all the delicious food. Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes I like to make every year and are definite crowd pleasers. 








Paula Deen Pineapple Casserole (sounds weird but SOOOO good)

Cajun Injector Turkey Frying Spice Kit Creole Butter with Injector and Cajun Shake

My husbands favorite marinade for the deep fried turkey (Deep frying tip from the hubs: if you're marinade has a sugar in it you want to make sure it's not on the outside or it will turn black) 




Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 
 

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