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Friday, August 26, 2016

One of Our Favorite Creative Date Nights at Home

Date Info: 
Paint your own masterpiece class at home  
Price: $27-$45 per person (depending what you choose) 
Website: Painting to Gogh 

We may have a new favorite date night you can do from home! 


If you've been a long time reader you know one of our favorite dates ever, and our most repeated, has been attending a BYOB guided art class at a local studio. We're not artists, but for one night we get to pretend to be, and we've done it several times whenever a coupon has popped up. 

One of the downsides to being new parents is the amount of time we're able to leave the house when we do get a sitter, and some of our favorite dates like art classes have been something we've had to put on hold. We've definitely found a need to find a date night in where we can put the baby to bed and can do something in. I know we're not alone- this is our #1 most requested type of date from readers. Apparently lots of you either have children at home and need to cut babysitting cost, have a baby hard to leave, or live in a more remote area with fewer venue options for dates. I'm glad we've found some great things we can do at home, and I can't wait to share more with you! 

Today's is all about a review from a company seeking to bring date night home, and not just any date night- one of our all-time favorites!  

 Painting to Gogh reached out and asked if we'd like to try their service for an honest review, and I was like, hello, date night in that isn't just Netflix, AND one of our favorite concepts- yes we can do that! And do that we did!

Here's how it works, They ship you a box with all you need if you choose a starter kit. This includes easels, paintbrushes, the canvas, an apron, and paint. You can also choose an essentials kit that just includes the paint, canvas, and an apron if you're already hooked up with brushes and an easel at home.

A link to a video class is sent, and you get to watch an instructor walk you through each step of the painting. We're talking paint blending and which paint to use, to step-by-step instruction where to paint and how. Even amateurs like us can easily follow along! It's also great that you can pause or re-watch any piece of the instruction so there's less pressure than a traditional class and you can be OCD and get every piece in your own time if you so desire.

We thought it would be fun to turn our canvases vertical and do a painting together in tandem instead of each doing our own. It was a great test of our collaboration skills, and it was really fun to do it in tandem!

Good news, we passed the test and still like each other!

Other great news, we were able to create our own masterpiece because the instructor is really great! And did I mention no babysitting cost? Seriously, such a fun date! I'm thinking this would be a perfect one to give as a Christmas present present if you love to give experiences like we do! 

Here's the best part- they are offering a Painting to Gogh discount code to  Friday We're in Love readers! Enter GOGHFRIDAY at checkout and a 10% discount will be applied, it's valid today through September 26th.
Happy painting friends, and happy date night in!
*We received product in exchange for our honest review- all opinions are our own! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How I Incorporate Our Love of Italy Into One Meal Now, One Meal Later: Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Recipe

Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s One Meal Now, One Meal Later post and inspiring me to include marinara sauce fresh from Italy!

I love great, homemade food, but I hate spending all my day in the kitchen. I started trying freezer meals when I had my first child, and found some are amazing time savers, and some, well, taste like the freezer.
In the One Meal Now, one Meal Later series I share my tried-and-true freezer meals that taste as good the second time around as they do the first!

Today's meal has an Italian inspiration. Maybe it's the fact that we are finally printing some pictures of Italy and hanging them on our walls, but I've been dreaming of Italian food recently, and when the partnership with Mezzetta marina sauce that's fresh from Italy came up, I was like, I will be jumping on this opportunity and creating an Italian inspired dish that I can enjoy now, and one for later.

With a freezer full of ground beef after buying in bulk I decided a mozzarella stuffed meatball in the slow cooker was the perfect recipe for this week!

Remember this list is for one recipe, so if you plan to freeze another batch be sure to double!

Crock Pot Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs- one complete egg and one just the yolk
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 mozzarella string cheese sticks, cut into 5 pieces per stick
1 jar Mezzetta

INSTRUCTIONS

In a mixing bowl add ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, and all the spices. This is the fun part, dig your hands in deep and mix all ingredients together smashing through the ground beef to evenly season.

Wash hand, and lightly spray your slow cooker, prepare string cheese if you haven't already.

Grab about 1/4 cup of seasoned meat and push flat in one palm. Add a piece of cheese to the middle, and mold edges around the cheese so it's completely covered. Roll into balls and set in the slow cooker. Continue until you're done, you will have about 10 balls per every lb of ground beef used.

Cover with the lid and cook on high for 1.5 hours or on low about 3 hours until the meat it cooked through and there's no more pink. Some cheese may melt out the bottom, and that is only to remind you of the goodness you're about to partake.

Be sure to heat a quality marina sauce like Mezzetta Marinara to pour on top of the meatballs, or you can leave it to the side for dipping. Mezzetta is honestly so delicious- it's simple, and made with the freshest, finest ingredients. I love when you can look at a label and see a short list of ingredients you know and love that are all natural. There's no sugar, no paste, and no shortcuts. It's delicious and rich, and they utilize the world's best tomatoes from the rich soils of Italy's San Marzano region.

I can just picture the rolling hills and fresh rains of Italy, and now I'm pretty much ready to plan our next trip back to Italy just thinking about it! We tried the caramelized onion and butter variety, and it is seriously so delicious! It adds just the right amount of unique flavor with the meatballs for a perfect dish that's easy to prep, easy to freeze and repeat in a few weeks, and of course, easy to eat without any leftovers!

Speaking of a trip to Italy, Mezzetta is doing a fun great Italian trip sweepstakes! The grand prize consists of a trip for the winner and one guest to attend culinary experiences (including cooking class and farm tour) in the San Marzano region of Italy and explore other cities of Italy. The Grand Prize trip consists of the round trip coach air transportation between the major commercial airport nearest winner’s residence and Rome, Italy, the culinary experience and tour of Italy. I'm kind of jealous already of this winner. You can enter at THIS LINK. And, in the meantime you can psyche yourself up for the possibility by buying some Mezzetta and eating marina sauce so good you'll want to drink it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Toddler Boy Capsule Wardrobe: 7 Pieces as 9 Outfits with Oshkosh G'gosh

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I love back-to-school season; fresh crayons, new beginnings, new friends, new excitement over learning, and of course new clothes- it's a wonderful time! One of my favorite memories growing up was shopping with my mom and figuring out pieces that would work together. This was something I loved so much, I never fully stopped doing. College still technically made me a student, being a teacher made a back-to-school wardrobe still a thing, grad school once again made it justifiable, and by the time I was in the business world, back-to-school shopping was a habit I just wasn't ready to shake.

Now that I'm a mom I'm realizing that back-to-school styles and sales are one of the main reasons shopping is so fun for yourself and especially for your kids this time of year! Even with a toddler, it's the perfect time to put together a capsule wardrobe and find pieces that look great in multiple looks and for all occasions. Today I'm teaming up with OshKosh B'Gosh to share how three shirts, three pants, and one accessory make several different looks ready for tot school, play dates, family outings, church, and family dates and field trips.
Since plaid is still huge, and denim is still in the lime light, I grabbed two plaid bodysuits that stay tucked in while my little mover stays active. Here are the pieces: 

I also love a chino that can double as dressy pants for church or fun more casual pants with other outfits. It's hard to resist the darling overalls OshKosh is known for, and when I saw this red pair I knew they needed to be a part of this capsule. Here are the pieces: 

I grabbed this bow tie to top off the more formal looks, and with that I was set for over a week's worth of outfits! 

Let talk blue chinos first!

Look #1:
I love them paired with a plaid perfect for fall. When a complimentary colored bow tie is added to the mix it makes the perfect outfit for church, weddings, or family pictures. He's ready for nicer events, and I love that the right colors in a shirt and pant plus one accessory pull it together so easily!
 Look #2:
Two brighter colors make a right in my book, and I love that they give a trendy, hipster vibe. He's set for tot school with friends, a family date night, or a field trip in this modern look.

Look #3
All-American classic child rocking a monochrome look. I love that this would hide dirt on a city outing or a day at the park. I also love that his blue eyes are destined to pop pulling together these two trends in one simple yet sophisticated toddler outfit!

 Next up we have the class gray chinos!

Look #4
My little bookworm looks all set for church or a nice family dinner. The fun color in the shirt plays so well with the matching gray chinos and bow tie.

Look #5
A little more playful, and a bit of vintage vibe comes a rolled up classic plaid and a classic gray. He can scoot and crawl around without showing dirt, and he's ready for an active day in this outfit.
Look #6
Can I just be very real and say he had a meltdown while trying to change him into this outfit? It was the last one we tried to shoot and decided to just call it okay and describe it instead of put a baby ready for a nap through one more outfit change :)
Gray chinos and the denim shirt pull off the same vibe as outfit #3 above, but give a more classic feel with a bit of contrast instead of all monochrome. This is the best outfit to hide any dirt or mess!

I saved my personal favorite for last- the darling overalls!

Look #7
Part vintage baby, part farm boy, a classic plaid with a modern overall are perfect for field trips, mom and baby dates, and playtime with friends or at home.


Look #8
I couldn't resist mashing up my two favorite colors in one fun look for a baby! A bright red and a fun turquoise/teal bring an unexpected twist to the normal overall and shirt look. I love that he can go to any dressy event or down to a casual day visiting the pumpkin patch, and still pull off this darling outfit.

Look #9 
Because a fun trend paired with a classic is always a win, and chambray with bright colors is just enough expected with unexpected. I see many play dates in our future, and many field trips to different places in this outfit! 

Aside from cute clothes that are so easy to mix-and-match, I really love the deals I find at Oshkosh B'gosh, and particularly the sale they have going on right now for back-to-school. 25% off a purchase of $30 or more is hard to beat! Use the Oshkosh B'gosh online promo code OKBG3136, or you can print this coupon and take it to the closest Oshkosh store near you!


And to make it even more fun, Oshkosh is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky Friday We're in Love reader! Best of luck!

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This giveaway is open to US readers only. By entering you agree you are 18 years of age or older and using real social media accounts. Winner will be notified within 48 of close. Winner has 48 hours to respond or will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be selected.

Photos by: Anne Marie Turley 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Traveling with a Mobile Baby + Freshly Picked Giveaway


I'm watching one of my dear friends travel to Spain this week (via social media) and it's making me relive all the memories of that wonderful country! I've shared about half our trip, and I actually have the second half ready to go on the content calendar- so it's coming!

I've had so many people comment how brave we were to take a baby to Europe, and ask us how we did it and what to pack. Once again, I have so much to say on this matter it deserves its own post- but I will say this, a few pieces of the right gear and the right clothes made all the difference!

We made sure to let Mack move around quite a bit. He was just getting mobile and loved to walk while holding our hands. We knew this meant a lot of dirty subways, very old stone cathedrals, dirt floored museums, and very public dirty places! I wanted him to look great, but I also wanted him to only have one pair of shoes that would function for all settings and all situations.

I can't say enough good about our pair of Freshly Picked mocs we took with us! I splurged on a pair while pregnant and after watching them go with every outfit no matter how casual or dressy, and fit my son for several months due to their shape and stretch, I decided they are one of my favorite baby products on the market!

Pair number two is what came with us to Spain, and once again, I was so impressed! They hold up so well- showing minimal dirt and wear, they stay on so well too, so we didn't stress losing one while traveling. They kept his feet warm in the cooler areas, and were breathable enough to be just fine in the hotter ares of Southern Spain too! Most importantly, they kept his feet safe in every spot he let him walk around in and explore. And you guys, that was about half the country of Spain! If you go through every picture from our trip you can note that his Freshly Picked mocs are making an appearance!



This week I'm realizing he's about to say goodbye to his second and third pairs we've had on constant rotation, and he's about to venture into his fourth pair. I love that they technically could fit now with some socks even with the plenty of room to spare, and I know they will last through him becoming an independent walker. If with wearing them every day, I know they will hold up well and be in great shape for the next baby (if we're blessed with one). I've already stuck them on his feet for one photo shoot, and it made me so excited to think of all the memories we'll make with this new pair, and all the fun places they will see as we continue to travel with our baby.
Mocs c/o Freshly Picked

And I have really exciting news- I've teamed up with Freshly Picked to give away one pair to a Friday We're in Love reader! You get to choose the color and size if you win, and we'll send that very pair your way!

This party is happening over on Instagram- so head over there for all the details! Trust me, you want these, they are the perfect baby/kids shoe, and even if you don't have your own child, you'll be such a hero giving a $60 pair of mocs at your next baby shower!

*Freshly Picked Giveaway* To help you get past the Monday blues we're kicking this week off with a giveaway! I've teamed up with @freshlypicked to give one lucky follower a pair of Freshly Picked Mocs of their choice! ___ Here's how you enter: 1. Like this photo 2. Follow me, @fridaywereinlove 3. Follow @freshlypicked 4. Tag a friend with a little one to dress, one on the way, or who is looking for the best present ever for their next baby shower! You can tag as many people as you want for multiple entries. One tag per comment, and each comment counts as an entry. ___ Winner will be verified, so only real tags and make sure you're following both of us! Contest runs 8/22-8/28, and winner will be announced within 48 hours after contest ends. Open to U.S. residents only. ___ This is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use. Prize must be claimed within 48 hours or they will be forfeited. Fake or Giveaway-Only accounts will be disqualified. #freshlypicked #freshlypickedgiveaway #freshlypickedmoccs #giveaway
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