Dec 20, 2014

New Years Cards!

If you waited too long (or just forgot) to send out holiday cards this season, I'm sure you're not alone!  It might be too late to order holiday cards in time for Christmas this year, but another great way to connect with friends and family is to send out New Years cards!  Wish everyone a Happy New year with a fun 2015 card, and don't worry- you still have plenty of time to order and send them out!  Have you even sent out New Years cards?

Check out a few of the awesome New Years photo cards from Minted.  They have a ton of amazing designs to pick from!  Or, if you're just really super organized you can get a head start on your Christmas cards for next year.  Here are some of my favorites for New Years cards!

1. The water color card is my favorite!   You can pick from four colors and add your family photo to wish everyone a happy New Year.

2. How perfect is this sparkly 2015 card?  Celebrate the New Year with a fun memory!

3. I love this simple and colorful photo card!  Showcase your kids, dog, cat- whoever!  You can also change the font color to match your favorite photos.

4. Instead of sending out a holiday letter reviewing your year, why not send out this fun 2014 year in review postcard?  Add your details and a cute photo of your family to share the cheer!

Don't worry if you missed sending your holiday cards out before Christmas, as you can see there are plenty of cute options for New Years cards from Minted!  And while you're there, don't forget to check out their cute party decor, gift ideas and even artwork for your walls!  They have so much great stuff!

This post is sponsored by Minted.  All opinions are my own.  Photos are from Minted, with permission.

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Dec 19, 2014

Recipe: Lasagna Rolls Ups!

Looking for a fun and new way to serve lasagna?  Look no more because lasagna rolls up are where it's at!  This recipe is delicious and cheesy and saucy and everything you want Italian food to be!

Lasagna Roll Ups

What you need:
  • 12 (or so) lasagna noodles (I always like to cook a few extra just in case!)
  • 1 pound hamburger meat
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup shredded monzerella cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese or more to taste
What to do:
  1. Cook noodles to al dente 
  2. While noodles are cooking: saute hamburger meat and garlic until meat is fully cooked, crumble meat while it cooks.  Remove from heat and drain the grease.
  3. Add cottage cheese, monzerella and mayo to the pan and stir well.

4. Lay out cooked noodles on a baking sheet or parchment paper, spread filling over each noodle until all the filling is used up.
5. Carefully roll up the noodles and filling!
6. Pour a little sauce into a pan, just enough to cover the bottom.  Add the lasagna rolls up and then cover them with the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
7. Cook at 350 degrees about 15-20, until hot and bubbly. 

Bon appetit!

What's your favorite lasagna filling?

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Dec 18, 2014

Cozy Christmas Eve Outfit!

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite holiday traditions!  Every year we have a nice Christmas eve dinner with beef tenderloin, many delicious sides and of course biscuit tortoni for dessert!  Everyone hangs out and relaxes and we have a small gift exchange- each person in the extended family buys a gift for another person so we all get one gift on Christmas Eve!

And of course there's always the internal debate- what to wear?  Go formal with a nice dress, tights and dressy jewelery?  Or go casual with jeans and a red or green shirt?  This year I think I'll go somewhere in the middle, which I'm going to call Christmas Eve Cozy!

Cozy Christmas Eve

Jeans and a cozy embellished sweater should do the trick!  I love the jeweled shoulder embellishments on this JCrew sweater- the perfect pop of sparkle for a casual Christmas Eve.  Add a super fuzzy scarf to keep extra warm!  This one is bit out of budget, but it sure is pretty with this outfit!  I would bring a little color to the outfit with some bright red earrings (Kate Spade) and these checkered loafers from JCrew- I am obsessed with these shoes right now and all the different colors they have!

You can see all the outfit details for this outfit on my polyvore page, as well as other past outfit creations!

What are your Christmas Eve traditions?

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