The Most Flattering Swimsuits For A Mom

5.27.2015


Praise the high heavens because this mama finally found herself a flattering swimsuit!

Working out and doing the Bikini Body Guide has helped tone up my body, which obviously helps things fit better, but the cut of this suit is made for pulling in and sitting at all the right places. It is the Retro Ruched One-Piece Swimsuit in Midnight Black Stripe from Garnet Hill. I cannot recommend it enough should you be on the hunt for a flattering one piece. I have some junk in the trunk, and it doesn't cut in on my booty either.




I am thinking about getting the floral or blue paisley one, too. And they are on sale for $78 right now. It is worth every penny, and I think you get a 15% off coupon for signing up for their emails.
Also, this rose floral tankini looks like a winner.




Hope this helps if you are looking for a cute suit that helps out that post-baby body! Happy shopping!


The Best Loaded French Toast Recipe

5.26.2015



While aimlessly strolling through the aisles at Trader Joe's last week, I stopped in front of a beautiful loaf of Challah Braided Egg Bread. I immediately thought to myself, French toast! And sure enough, it was incredible, dare I say the best French toast I have ever made.

I suppose the part where it is loaded with Nutella is the kicker. It was breakfast pastry heaven, my friends. I know I say this about every recipe I post, but promise me you will make this sometime this week, okay? It's one of those things that is insanely easy to make, but seems like it takes an immense level of skill—that's a good thing. It's sure to impress the foodies in your life. ;)

Also, I am thinking I just need to start a separate food blog. I keep mulling over whether to start a whole new thing or just post more food on here. Decisions, decisions. People of the internet, what's a food-lover-and-styling-obsessed girl to do?!

Moving on. Let's get to the recipe of this fantastically delicious dish, shall we?



The Best Loaded French Toast Recipe
Serving Size: 6
Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 loaf Trader Joe's Challah Braided Egg Bread
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup Nutella
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup powdered sugar for dusting



Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk eggs, milk and cinnamon together.



2. Slice the bread into 2-inch sections. Take a slice and make an opening in the bread with a paring knife that is about 1 inch deep. Stuff the slice of bread with 1 tablespoon of Nutella. Dip it generously into the egg and milk mixture, making sure to coat it on all sides.



3. In a buttered frying pan, cook the bread on medium-low heat until golden brown on each side. Make sure to cook it on the tops and bottoms, too, for a crispy edge.



4. Place on a plate and let it cool for about 30 seconds. Load up the inside with strawberries, and dust the top with powdered sugar. Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy!






Things To Do In Dana Point Harbor

5.25.2015



One of our favorite places to go for walks along the beach and watch the sunset is Dana Point Harbor. It's tucked away behind some cliffs and is ridiculously photogenic. There is a rock jetty walkway and places for seals to sunbathe. The beach is a protected area, so marine wildlife and beautiful shells are scattered on the shore.






I think there may even be a chance mermaids live here. Don't tell me that doesn't look like a rock Ariel would perch upon! I bet there are gizmos and gadgets aplenty under these here shores.






Living in Southern California near the beach is a dream come true, and I am doing my best to make the most of this amazing area we live in. As we get out and explore more, I want to share fun activities to do with kids in Southern California. I know I love any tips and recs I can get, so hopefully they will be helpful.





If you haven't been to Dana Point Harbor, add it to the list. Like I said, it is a gorgeous beach, and there are boats, yachts and ships to explore for the wee pirates in the family. Baby Beach is right in the thick of the harbor as well, which is a great beach for little kids since it has no waves. (Hence the name of it—imagine that!) You can also rent bikes and cruise along the beach while popping in and out of the cute shops in the village.

The local restaurants in the area serve fresh seafood and have that classic seaside, laid-back vibe. We've had the fish and chips from Jon's Fishmarket. They were pretty tasty, but I have a hankering to try out The Harbor Grill for lunch soon. The Mahi Mahi with Mango Chutney BBQ Baste is calling out to me. I can hear it now ... "Eat me, Abbey! Eat meee!"  Also, Coffee Importers apparently has a killer bagel. I might have to see what that situation is all about this week. That is if the boys don't have pinkeye. (Insert ALL the horrified emoji faces.)





I hope you get a chance to get out and explore Dana Point Harbor if you haven't already. It's a fun day with the kids. And Happy Memorial Day! Hope it's been a pleasant and relaxing day with family, honoring and remembering those you love who have passed on and those who have bravely served our country.
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