I Heart Price Matching

August 29, 2014

The other day, I pinned this outfit because I really adore parts of it, including the boots...


Upon further Internet research, I came upon the same boots, listed for full retail price on Steve Madden's site, on sale for 40% off at Nordstrom. "Hooray," I thought. Only, I wanted both the tan and black pairs, but Nordy's didn't have them in my size.

I decided to take a shot in the dark and talk to an online chat on Steve Madden's site to see if they would price match. And they did.

Sure, I had to pay the $7.95 in shipping, because they wouldn't combine a promo with the matched price, but I was more than happy to pay for the shipping when I was saving 40% on two pairs of boots!

Now I have new winter boots (hoping I love them in person) and extra cashflow - can't beat that.

Happy shopping (and Friday, and holiday weekend, which means Labor Day sales galore)!

Magazine Self Control

August 28, 2014

HUT is having his first fundraiser - selling magazines. I, my friends, love magazines. Since I was young, sitting on my bed with a nice assortment of fashion rags has been top of the list of things to do. As I've grown, and mainly become a mother, time for that has fallen to the wayside. Until this fundraiser.

I subscribed to Lucky a few months ago, because it used to be one of my favorites back in the day. Then I opened up my first issue and realized that this was obviously my favorite back when I was about 25 because 32-year-old mother of two Stephanie just isn't quite digging it anymore. The clothes are expensive and, who am I kidding, I wouldn't wear 99% of the outfit combinations they put in that magazine anymore.

Enter in my new subs:



Cooking and clothes. Food and fashion. I guess these would be two of my favorite things in life. I, obviously, am on a beer budget with champagne dreams for the fashion category, but it's always fun to get inspiration from these magazines.

I threw in The New Yorker for some culture and Wired for the U.

What are you reading these days?

(And, yes, I did think about sharing his fundraising link because doesn't everyone want their kid, deep down, to make big sales for their school? But, alas, I'm not going to do that to the few people who read this little blog!)


Amassing a Winter Wardrobe

August 25, 2014

I wasn't kidding when I said that I'm doing a big closet overhaul around here. I'm trying to be more conscientious about what fits me well, what will work as a SAHM, what can dress up or down, and what is, most importantly, comfortable.

I'm no fashionista, but I do think that I look presentable more often than not, so why not share it around here. Also, if I weren't a bazillion pounds overweight, I'd love to do daily outfit pics. Mainly because I think it'd be fun to look back on the hits and misses over the years.

As for winter 2014, I've starting a board on Pinterest as an inspiration for pieces that I'd love to add to my own closet. And I'm taking the month of September off from shopping, mainly because I'm headed to NYC in October and I'd rather save for that! But it's not quite September 1 yet, so today I bought these flats from Kristin Cavalleri's Chinese Laundry line, on sale at Nordy's for half off!



What's on your winter wardrobe list this year? You can see more of what I'm digging here...

Follow Stephanie Torres | This Casita's board Fall/Winter Wardrobe Wants 2014 on Pinterest.


And, yes, black, white, navy, grey and camel are the main colors in my closet. I have zero shame in that!

Pinterest-ipes

August 21, 2014

CREAMY SPINACH TOMATO TORTELLINI



I feel like I've posted about this one before, but I made it this week and it was a hit all around. I followed the directions without any changes to the recipe. It's a meatless meal, but uber satisfying. Especially when you pair it with a simple salad and yummy garlic bread.

DIJON HERB CHICKEN


This recipe and the two below are all from the newest issue of Cooking Light. If you don't subscribe, I highly recommend you do so - it never disappoints.

This was delicious to the max. You could easily use it on chicken breasts, but we like to switch it up sometimes so we did the thighs with this recipe. I opted to use avocado oil instead of olive oil on this recipe, but either would be great!

RED PEPPER COUSCOUS


This was originally supposed to be a side for some tilapia, but I cooked this to go along with the chicken above and the salad below. It didn't disappoint!

SHAVED CARROT SALAD


This is so simple and clean. I didn't even add salt and pepper to it! Be careful with the red pepper flakes, though, because mine had a bit of a kick to it!

The Truth About the Summer Bucket List

August 20, 2014

Oh, beginning of summer. How you bring on your lofty goals of being super mom for your kids as the heat continues to climb higher and higher, thus killing any motivation you have to get your kids out of the house.

Remember when we were all pumped for summer, with dreams of keeping our kids busy and making lots of special memories? I sure do. I even made that little graphic above, which shows how enthusiastic I was (at the time).

Then reality set in, plans changed, goals shifted. My "super mom" status that never was, continues to still not exist.

Here's the reality of how it turned out:
Maybe next year, summer, I'll get my act together and make it the best there ever was. But, for now, I'm happy to send you on your way and make room for cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, Fall cooking and my favorite holidays of the year - Halloween and Thanksgiving.