What Sara Wore... For a Comfy and Casual Date

I had so much fun sharing what I wore with you guys last week that I couldn't wait to share another edition of What Sara Wore with you! In this edition, I was dressing for a very comfy and casual date with my husband. We got a sitter for the afternoon so we could go see a movie together.

Since Harper was born, Adam and I have been away from the kids, together, 2 times. Once to dinner to celebrate his new job as the librarian and one brief 90 minutes to pack a moving truck...

Getting to go out, kid free seemed surreal. I had ambitions to get all dolled up, but Adam and I agreed we could be casual and wear whatever. This made it a lot easier to pick an outfit I could be comfortable in for a long movie.


I went with my favorite of all favorites a Ponte Knit Fit and Flare Circle Skirt in In the Navy from Old Navy. I love the fit and flare of this skirt.  The fit of the skirt is  great for my curvy figure. The skirt falls about 3 inches about my knee and is perfect for a warm day when you want to look good but feel comfortable.

I paired my skirt with a relaxed fit v neck t shirt in a dark charcoal. While this makes me sound really boring, I am crazy into the color charcoal right now. Dark gray as a favorite? Why not. It matches darn near everything and it looks really nice with my dark hair and blue eyes.

I always struggle with pairing shoes to my outfits. I was leaning towards a pair of Sangrens Swedish Clogs, but I settled on a pair of simple black flats from my collection. Old Navy of course, because I am a mom with an obsession... what else would I wear?

My outfit was simple. I was beyond comfortable because this is like what I wear every day.

In case you are interested in the date. Adam and I went to see Star Wars. We dashed into Target afterwards as we missed our kids and wanted to get them a surprise. After picking toys {Doc McStuffins set and a Chewbacca} and 70% off Godiva Valentines Candy... we intended to go to TGIFridays for dinner but decided the wait wasn't worth it. A change of plans took us to Charley's for Philly Cheesesteaks.

A quiet atmosphere and great food was a nice way to end the night, we headed home to our kids, who were having fun, up late and happy to see us!

Upcycle Coffee Can Project

I have a big serious love of contact paper! You guys! This stuff is amazing! I have to stop myself when I get on a kick to buy contact paper because I want it ALL! I see different colors and prints and I think about all of the possibilities of projects I could work on.

You might remember that I made a DIY Blanket Box for under my daughter's crib a few months ago. That got me on a contact paper craft craze! Nothing was safe from my stash of contact paper! I created a few decorative containers that can be used for so many things!

I used mine to store markers in, as well as a really cute and simple way to organize kitchen things like wooden spoons and glass straws.

Materials needed to Upcycle a Coffee Can into a decorative storage container:
Contact Paper in your choice of prints.
Scissors
A clean coffee can or two
A utility knife




This project was so easy to do!

First, clean the interior of the coffee can to be sure there are not coffee grounds there!

Next make a measurement on how long and wide to cut your paper based on the size of the can. This is what I love about contact paper... it is so easy to measure, cut and work with!

Peel a small strip of the backing off of the contact paper and place it on your coffee can. Slowly, peel the paper back while smooting the adhesive paper to the surface.


As you cover the can, you are likely to have a little excess around the rims. No biggie, this is so easily remedied! You can use your utility knife to trim around the rims really easily! Just be careful, as those things are crazy sharp!

Everyone that sees my upcycled coffee can says "Where did you get them?" They are really cute, they used to match my kitchen perfectly before our move, and they have been surprisingly easy to keep clean {use a baby wipe}!

This upcycle project really didn't cost me anything to complete as I had materials on hand already, but I would say a thrifty shopper could find contact paper at Dollar Tree and make 4 of these {estimate} for $1.


Do you ever reuse a coffee can? I would love to hear how!

What Sara Wore The Old Navy and Ecco Edition

Hi. My name is Sara. I seem like a very average mom, but I have been harboring a secret. I am an addict...

I can't get enough of Old Navy's Ponte Knit Fit and Flare skirts. I have every color! 2 of some of them. I hoard Jersey Knit Circle Skirts like the end is coming and I need to have them to be prepared for the future.... Leggings... oh the sweet leggings from Old Navy.

I have a problem. I can't stop shopping Old Navy.

Some of my friends and some of my readers will get it. Old Navy offers stylish clothing for the entire family. They have the best sales. Period. I might be a mom, I might have kid messes to deal with all day long, but I can still look good, in durable clothes that didn't break my bank to buy.

I was talking to my husband a few days ago, and somehow the phrase "I LOVE OLD NAVY!!" was squealed with delight. My dear Adam smiled and said, "My dear, I think it is safe to say, Old Navy loves you too at this point."

Okay, now you know the reason that I am addicted to Old Navy.

I thought it would be a lot of fun to share with you guys what I am loving from Old Navy from time to time. Keep in mind, I do mix my brands up a little. You will notice in this edition of What Sara Wore that I pair my outfit up with gorgeous Hobart boots from Ecco. I wasn't sold on the boots for the outfit, but it is winter, with the temps hovering around 1 degree above zero- I felt these were the best choice for suitable footwear and warmth that I could make.



The top is a top lightweight knit sweater in Goodnight Nora {I believe}. It is really a great sweater. Not too heavy or hot, it is comfortable to wear and versatile.

The skirt is a High Rise Midi Pencil Skirt in blue stripes. The picture doesn't do it justice. It is really lovely in person! The skirt came just above my knees. I liked the fit and the length.

I walked out of my local Old Navy store with the sweater and skirt for about $22. Considering I can mix and match both items with other favorite Old Navy items, I think the outfit was a great buy for a great look.


Tangerine Soufflés

Tangerine Soufflés recipe by Paulding & Company adapted from a recipe in Bon Appétit, March 1998

Soufflés are a delicious way to add a global feel to any meal. You don’t have to go all the way to Paris to enjoy this fabulous French dessert because Paulding & Company have made this European favorite oh-so accessible.   

What's the secret to a good soufflé? Beating the egg whites with the sugar until they are stiff and still very shiny, then folding them into the flavor base carefully in two or three additions so that the whites do not deflate. This dessert has an intense tangerine flavor, which comes from using the entire fruit, except for its seeds, of course. Any leftover tangerine syrup can be added to sparkling wine to make a mimosa with a twist.




Yield: Ten 2/3 cup servings
  • 10  2/3 cup soufflé dishes (or custard cups)
  • butter and sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pound peel-on tangerines, quartered and seeded
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1.     Butter the soufflé molds; dust with sugar and arrange on baking sheet.

2.     Bring orange juice, 1 cup sugar and tangerines to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tangerines are very tender, about 35 minutes. Strain mixture through sieve set over medium bowl, pressing firmly on fruit. Transfer fruit to food processor; puree until tangerine peel is finely chopped (or chop fine by hand). Return puree to saucepan; mix in 1/2 cup strained syrup, reserving remaining syrup for another use. Puree can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

3.     Preheat oven to 400°F. If you have a convection oven, you do NOT want to use that setting. Stir tangerine puree over low heat until barely warm if it’s been refrigerated; set aside.

4.     Beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in 1/2 cup sugar, adding it gradually, until egg whites are stiff and glossy.

5.     Gently stir 1/4 of whites into warm tangerine puree in saucepan. Then gently fold tangerine mixture into remaining whites in bowl. Divide mixture among prepared dishes.

6.     Bake until puffed and brown, about 15 minutes.

7.     While soufflés are baking, or earlier if desired (it can hold in the refrigerator for an hour or two), beat cream, orange liqueur and 1 tablespoon sugar in large bowl until stiff peaks form; refrigerate if making in advance.

8.     As soon as the soufflés come from the oven, serve them, with a scoop of the whipped cream to add as each diner breaks open their soufflé.

Note: If you want to make larger soufflés, use eight 1-cup dishes. Increase the cooking time by 1-2 minutes.

Paper Cookies A Preschool Food Craft

My kids are so cute! They always want to help in the kitchen! When I do dishes, my daughter Harper will push a chair into the kitchen and climb up to the sink. She will say "I can do this Mom!" or she will want to help make coffee and push all of the buttons. If there is cooking involved my son dashes in, ready to help! I welcome their company in the kitchen 90% of the time. But, as any mom will tell you, there are times when having small kids in the kitchen is not the best idea.

On those rare times, I feel bad to deny their help, so I came up with a few fun food crafts that the kids can make while I am occupied with a complicated recipe.  The first one we did as you might recall was a pizza craft. The kids had so much fun making pizzas! We have made several of these since the post!

Tonight I was frying chicken, a rare thing that I admit, I am not so great at. I didn't want the kids to get splashed with hot oil so I entertained them with a paper cookie craft. It was a huge hit!



This was incredibly easy for the kids to make, the materials were super simple making preparation a breeze for me, and best of all- this craft does not require anything special. Seriously, you are going to have the supplies in your house!


Materials Needed to Make Paper Cookies

Several Brown Paper Bags or brown or yellow construction paper
Glue
Sprinkles
A Paper Plate

Instructions

To begin, cut circle shapes in the brown bags or construction paper as your cookie base.
{I cut about 30 circles at a time so that we can do this craft multiple times}.


Place as many circle cookie shapes as you like on the paper plate.
Drizzle glue onto the circle 'cookies'
Decorate with sprinkles
Allow to dry.

This was so fun for the kids! We will be making these again soon I am sure! Do you like to do paper crafts with your kids? I would love to hear about your favorites!

DIY Photo Puzzle

My kids and I are really into crafting right now. On cold, rainy and yucky days like we have been having a lot of in Ohio, there is nothing better than digging into my craft cabinet and pulling out a few projects to entertain us when the weather is keeping us inside.

On one particular day, we ended up with a stack of duplicate photos and I knew that these should be put to good use instead of sitting in a photo box or ending up in the trash. After a few moments of careful consideration, I realized that a few craft sticks and some glue would take these double photos from miscellaneous junk into a treasure for the kids.

We came up with these DIY Photo Puzzles. We had so much fun gluing them together that we made a few to share with Grandparents and Daddy, as well as a stack for the kids to tinker with.

To make a DIY photo puzzle all you need is:

A photo
craft sticks
your favorite adhesive {we used glue sticks}
A utility knife

This project is so easy to make! All you need to do is:

Lay the picture side of the photo down and add glue to the back liberally.


Line up craft sticks across the back on the glued side of the picture.


Press firmly to allow the glue to bond to the craft sticks.

Flip the photo over

This step should be completed by an adult as utility knives are crazy sharp.

Carefully cut the photo between the sticks, continuing until the photo is cut into strips backed with a craft stick.

Allow the glue to dry.

Mix up the pieces and assemble the photo puzzle.

These are so much fun to give to people and they are a great challenge for my preschooler. My toddler finds them too difficult as of now, so we are going to make a few easier ones from cards we received over the 2015 holidays for her.

If you are looking for a last minute DIY gift idea or just a fun surprise for the kids, this one takes about 5 minutes tops to complete and is sure to bring a smile or two! Best of all, you likely have materials on hand to complete this project making it very frugal!