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Finnley Haven Turns Four Months Old

It feels like just yesterday that our little miracle baby was introduced to the world. Today, we celebrate a very Happy Four Months to our beautiful baby girl, Finnley Haven.

At one month gestation, our little 29 week preemie now weighs five times her birth weight at a whopping ten pounds! As of last week, she’s officially out of her newborn clothes. She’s grown from fourteen inches to twenty-one. And we feel like we have less of a baby and more of a toddler.

Her eyes have miraculously developed 100% normally. After five excruciating eye exams, yesterday, we received the incredible news that there is no trace of blindness and she won’t be needing any surgery! Our God reigns, we are just so thankful! 

In other news… FinnFinn loves staring at the ceiling fan, being passed around by family like a hot potato, snuggling with daddy, bubble baths, and practicing Spanish with mommy.

We’re just so grateful for her life and for all of your continued love, prayers and support! Thank you!

xoxo,

    – RACHEL

Living Room Inspiration: Cobalt + Navy + Gold

Our living room was in some desperate need of redecorating. To be honest, most of our sitting area was just a hodgepodge of of my college dorm and Johnny’s bachelor pad. If you know us, you know the only three colors we agree on are white, black, and gold. So let’s just say that we really branched out by adding some navy and cobalt (that’s a joke.) It feels so nice and adult of us to finally make it our own. We’re absolutely in love with how it turned out and thought we’d pass on these awesome steals we found.

SAVVY SAVER SALE ALERT: Through this Saturday, use coupon code “LINCOLN” and save an extra 10% on select Home items. Enter code “LINCOLN” at Checkout to receive discount. Offer available online only at Target.com. Offer expires 02/21/2015 at 11:59pm PT. 

Pictured above are a few of our favourite new pieces. All purchased on sale from Target. Use code mentioned above and take advantage of their crazy clearance items!! Happy home decorating mamacitas!

xoxo

    – RACHEL

White + Wooden Table Lamp: Brighten up some day and add some light. This gorgeous lamp is the perfect size for your living room. I love the clean-lines and naturalist look with wooden accents. The adorable off-white/tan lamp shade is also included. ($45 + 10% OFF) 

Gold Clover Mirror: Transform your room’s look with this Threshold Clover Mirror. This gorgeous wall mirror has a slightly distressed gold finish with light brown accents to give it an on-trend vintage style. Antique mirrors are a great match with contemporary or traditional room décor. The large 17.5″ x 17.5″ size will help give your living space a bright, open feel. Attached picture hanger mounting makes it quick and easy to install. ($25 + 10% OFF)

Taped Solid Toss Pillow: (Comes in 9 different color variations!) Add instant “wow” to any room with this Threshold Taped Solid Toss Pillow. Covered in 100% cotton canvas with an elegant taped design, this pillow feels homey and looks sophisticated. With a knife edge, this decorative pillow looks firm and feels soft under your head or behind your back. Place this accent pillow on your sofa, armchair or bed to pull together any look. Mix and match it with your home’s rugs, curtains and accessories. ($20 + 10% OFF

Plaid Blanket: Comes in 5 different color variations!) Wrap yourself in in comfort and warmth with the Threshold Plaid Throw. You’ll get the look and feel of flannel with this cozy throw. It’ll perfectly accent all of your holiday décor and slide right through the New Year. Toss it over the back of a chair, your sofa or roll it up and put it beside your fireplace. Wherever you throw it, it’ll look perfectly styled. ($20 + 10% OFF)

Lion Throw Pillow: Make a statement with a Threshold Lion Throw Pillow. This luxe lumbar pillow is embroidered with a gorgeous lion design. It comes in a deep shade of blue to add a rich pop of color to your space. Plus, it has piping for a polished feel. This decorative pillow is made with a 100% cotton cover and plush fill to give you comfort as well as cool. Add it to any sofa, armchair or even your bed for a trendy home look. ($25 + 10% OFF)

Gorgeous Wingback Chair (Velvet Buckwheat): I searched high and low for an affordable wingback chair. This one’s a steal. This velvet upholstered accent chair with golden studs is so unique and speaks the language of pure luxe. Not to mention they’re super comfy and husband approved! ON CLEARANCE (online only)! Shut the front door! By definition, an absolute bargain. ($167.99reg: $279.99 / save $112.01)

Veggie Boats Recipe

Growing up, this was one of my favourite meals as a child. Enjoy a healthier alternative to twice baked potatoes. Disguise veggies and enjoy this super easy and delicious all-in-one meal! Bon Appetite Mamacitas!

xoxo,

    – RACHEL

TIME: 1 1/2 hours

SERVES: 4 – 6

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

– 4 large potatoes

– 1 cup thin, bite-size carrot strips

– 1 cup thinly sliced red or green sweet pepper

– 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

– 1 tablespoon margarine or butter

– 1 cup thin, bite-size zucchini strips  (you can add or substitute for other veggies)

– 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS:

  1. Scrub and prick potatoes. Bake in 425 degree F oven 45 to 60 minutes or until tender. (Do not wrap in foil.) (*OR if in a rush, microwave until tender– time varies depending on microwave wattage.) Cool 10 minutes or until easy to handle. Cut 1/2-inch slice lengthwise from top of each potato and discard. Scoop out potato pulp, leaving 1/2-inch shell intact.
  2. In a medium bowl mash the pulp with a fork or potato masher. (Or, place the pulp in a food processor bowl. Cover and process potato until smooth). Set aside.
  3. For filling, in a medium skillet cook carrot, sweet pepper, and Italian seasoning in hot margarine over medium-high heat until crisp-tender. Add zucchini and cook for 1 minute more or until zucchini is tender. Stir vegetable mixture into mashed potatoes. Fill potato shells with mixture. (At this point the potatoes may be refrigerated for up to 1 day.)
  4. Place potatoes on baking sheet. Bake in 400 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. (Bake for 25 to 30 minutes if the potatoes were refrigerated.) Sprinkle with cheese; let stand 2 minutes. Makes 4