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August Haul + Sweet Potato Bread

August was the only month I didn't shop much - I only picked up a pair Zella Turning Point Hight Waist Crop Leggings and my favorite luggage now - the Away Bigger Carry-On, which is affordable and has a built-in charger, which is very useful.

Here's a recipe for healthy Sweet Potato Bread, which baby A loved too. :)

SWEET POTATO BREADIngredients:1-1/2 cups oat flour1 cup mashed sweet potato (peel and cube then boil 30 min to mash)2 tablespoons brown sugar1/4 cup sugar1/4 cup applesauce1/3 cup egg whites1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon nutmeg1/4 teaspoon saltDirections:1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Trasnfer to loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray.3. Bake 35 minutes.Nutrition per serving (1 slice):96 Calories14g Carbs3g Fat

July Haul + Adult Grilled Cheese

Here is the long overdue haul from July:

I celebrated Audrina's first birthday party at my house this year and one of the biggest hits was the Adult Grilled Cheese, which was the best grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had at the Commodore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn so I was so happy to have come across the recipe in New York Magazine. I loved being able to recreate it for my friends who've never been and can see myself making this again.

ADULT GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES (THE COMMODORE)Ingredients:1 lb. Cheddar cheese, grated4 oz. cream cheese6 tbs. mayonnaise1 tsp. each salt and pepper2 tsp. lemon juice4 poblano peppers (to taste), roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped20 slices of bread1 stick of butterDirections:Add all the ingredients (except the bread and ­butter) to a large bowl, and mix together well. 2. Generously cover a slice of white bread with the cheese mixture, and then cover with another slice. 3. Butter outside of sandwich, and cook in a preheated skillet until b…

Recent OOTDs (Hawaii) + Brined Meat to Grill

Here's are some late OOTDs I was able to snap from the last month or two:

I mentioned in the last post that it's still warm enough to grill a few more times but it's definitely getting cold quick. I also made some ribs that were brined first and they turned out really yummy. I know I mentioned a basic brining recipe back in 2014 here but this recipe is great!

BRINED MEAT TO GRILLIngredients:10 whole chicken legs, 3 racks of pork ribs (spare, St.Louis-style, or baby back, each rack cut in half), or 6 lbs beef short ribs (English-cut, meaning the ribs are cut between the bones)1 cup sugar1 cup coarse salt1 head garlicDirections:1. In a stockpot, bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. 2. Stir in 1 cup each sugar and coarse salt until dissolved.3. Add smashed unpeeled cloves from 1 head garlic and meat; boil until cooked through and tender at bone, 20 minutes for chicken, 30 minutes for pork, and 40 minutes for beef ribs.4. Transfer meat to a wire rack and let stand to dry, 5 minut…

Shopping Lately + Corn with Miso Butter

I've been so busy lately with baby A that everything has fallen by the wayside, though I have been shopping quite a lot lately that may have to do with the changing of the seasons. The hauls for July, August, and September will be posted soon but it's tough with a toddler who sleeps on the bed you take photos on. :)

I took a quick trip to Urban Outfitters, where I tried on a bunch of cute stuff that I ended up purchasing online since they didn't have what I wanted in my size in stores.

I was drawn to theCooperative Tie-Front Striped Mini Dress as soon as I saw it and decided to try it on despite the lack of adjustable straps, which usually means a bad fit since straps are always too long on me. However, these were only a tad too long and the adjustable tie in the front helps with making it fit more snugly on me. I liked both colors and decided to order the Dark Blue online to try it on in the right size. The Kimchi Blue Rae Poplin Stright-Neck Dress fits much more snugly o…

June Haul + Mommy and Me Adidas EQTs

Now that I have baby A, I can't help wanting to purchase everything I get in kids size in her size too so that we can match, which you can see from the Adidas sneakers in this month's haul:

The Adidas EQT Support ADV sneakers were on sale for a great price, so I went in store to try it on and was pleasantly surprised. I'm lucky enough that I fit the size 3 and was able to pick them up for just $27.99 with a coupon code. I can't wait until baby A is big enough to fit them! :)

I've also tested them out and they were great for playing handball, unlike the Adidas Ultraboost I mentioned here.

Here's also some H&M fitting room photos of some items I thought were really cute, like the bird dress, though I didn't pick it up since I don't have anything to wear it to.

Leaving you with the quote of the day, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."-Thomas Edison

May Haul + Recent Highlights

May's haul is just a legging and pants picked up during a bachelorette trip to Montreal and some items from online shopping:

Here's a few snaps from the highlights of the month, including my trips to Montreal and Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard:

April Haul + Pizza Dough Recipe

I'm so behind in everything - baby A is starting to become much more mobile so I have less and less time on my hands now. I've also been traveling lately - to Montreal for a bachelorette trip and on road trips to Pennsylvania and Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard with family. I've missed traveling and look forward to our next little getaway. Here's April's haul, which was mostly things picked up while traveling, with the exception of some pieces from the Target Victoria Beckham collection (in kids) and some items picked up from the new Primark in Staten Island.

I have to mention that it's been a very long time since I've last owned a pair of Adidas sneakers but since their Ultraboost came out, A has been touting how comfortable they were and kept encouraging me to try a pair until I finally did and I have to admit, they are very comfortable and are more so than some of my Nikes. I ended up getting a really good deal on these Adidas Pure Boost x Training Reigni…

Binge Shopping Lately

For some reason, I feel like I always have a huge haul sometime in the Spring like I did this past month. I actually did check my past spending and coincidentally last shopped back in April of last year as well. I don't know what got into me this past month but I could not stop shopping! I ended up purchasing so much stuff, though thankfully not keeping all of it, but it's still a lot considering how I've curbed my spending lately. Here's some of the shopping I've done lately:

First up are these awesome ankle length paperbag pants from Express petites, which I love because they don't need any alteration in length (ankle length = full length on me) and the high-waist is very flattering. The pink blazer is from the new Primark that opened up in Staten Island, which is super exciting since I loved shopping there when I went to the locations in London and Ireland. It's from the kid's section, which is why it fits so well throughout. Lastly, the tre…

March Haul + J.Crew Coat in 000P

Thanks to a gift card I received in the mail as mentioned here, I ended up purchasing the J.Crew Belted zip trench coat in wool melton in size 000P to try. I've tried J.Crew's XXXS before back in 2014 as mentioned here, which fit way too tight throughout but was hoping their fit would be improved by now, especially since coats are usually cut with more room, and I was not disappointed.

I love how this fits perfectly throughout, especially the sleeves, which is always a big problem for me. The fabric is a bit on the stiff side but I hope it'll soften up with wear.

As mentioned here on how olive is big this season and how I'm really into it, I wish it were available in the Heathered Olive color, which I love, but was only able to buy it in Heathered Oatmeal, which I like, but don't think is practical enough for me to keep.

This month's haul is just one thing from Nordstrom, which is the dress mentioned here that I'll be wearing for my friend's wedding in…

Petite-Friendly Nordstrom Finds

Over the months, it's really become apparent to me that my favorite online retailer is Nordstrom. They have the best selection and return policy to me, which allows me to try what I want to my heart's content and to return whatever doesn't work out for me free of charge, without a deadline.

I was really hoping to love at least one of the Gibson tops I purchased from since the fabric is so soft and cozy but I didn't like any of them enough to keep. Despite that, they all did fit pretty well and I'll keep an eye out for the brand from now on.

Overall, I liked the Pink Smoke color the best, though A prefers the classic heather grey. The open shoulder style was my favorite and I like how it's open only on one side rather than the usual two sides. The open shoulder look is a big trend right now but I don't love how impractical it is in a sweater - it should keep you warm but I felt quite cold due to the open shoulder. I do love how cozy the exterio…