Great Things, With Love

Great Things, With Love

Friday, November 7, 2014

Outfit of The Week


Slowly but surely temperatures are dropping and it's starting to feel like Fall. This is my favorite season for dressing. Warm and cozy sweaters, cute coats, and boots galore. It's always fun layering and accessorizing in cold weather. You can play around with so many colors and pieces you have in your closet. Taking things from past seasons and adding a sweater or scarf from a current season can change the whole look of an outfit. 

I have been eyeing this cream blazer from H&M for months. And at last I found it on sale for $20.00. What a steal!!! It would be wrong if I didn't take it home with me. It is currently one of my favorite pieces. A relaxed fabric and fit. It's so easy to dress this up or down. Whatever the occasion, whatever the season. 





I paired my new cream blazer with a gray lightweight sweater top I had from last Fall. The two went great together and helped make my outfit a bit more casual. Blue skinny jeans with my favorite riding boots made this outfit perfect for the beginning of Fall. You all know how much I am in love with this necklace. I must have blogged about it at least three times already. ;) The rich tones in this necklace help finish off almost any outfit. I decided to add a cheetah clutch towards the end of my photo shoot just because I thought it was a little unexpected and fun. I think it looks pretty cool. A perfect touch for transitioning this outfit from day to evening. 

Taking old and new and mixing them into something wonderful. It's what I love about fashion. 


Blazer: H&M 
Top: Marshall's 
Jeans: New York & Company 
Necklace: Francesca's
Boots: Steve Madden 
Handbag: Micheal Kors 
Clutch: Vintage 


Have a wonderful weekend, stay warm.


♡ Nausheen 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My List Of Must Have Baby Products

As my last baby starts her toddler years, I find myself  reminiscing of how it was becoming a mom for the very first time. I can't believe how far I've come since that day. I can't believe how much time has passed since that day. With God by my side, and an incredible husband, and years of experience, I feel like I've gotten a pretty good hang of being a mom. And, it only took three kids! ;)
As I box up outgrown onesies  and make a donation pile in my garage of baby products I probably will never use again, I can't help to think about the items that were the most useful throughout the years.
We all go a little scanning crazy as new expectant mothers creating a registry. I really wish I had more advice about baby products  before I took that scanner in my hand and went crazy running around Babies R Us scanning everything that looked cool. In the 5 years of being a mom,  I can easily list the items that I feel were a must for me.  I'd like to share them with you.

1. The Fisher Price Cradle 'n Swing. This swing was a life saver for me. A safe place for my  little ones to nap or lounge in. It's so plush and cozy that your baby will love being in this swing. My daughter is a year and a half and she still naps in it.



2. The Baby Bjorn. I did not go anywhere without this product. A perfect hands free way to hold your baby close. And when you have a clingy baby that doesn't want to be put down, and a ton of housework, you will be thankful you have this. It's also great for travelling with at airports.



3. The Diaper Genie. Whoever thought of this idea is a genius. No stinking up the bathroom with a poopy diaper in the trash can. The Diaper Genie is awesome about keeping the odors in control and all those dirty diapers neatly stacked until they can be thrown away outside. Love this product.



4. The Umbrella Stroller. A perfect lightweight stroller that gets the job done. Its compact and easy to open and close.



5. Bright Starts, Around We Go Activity Station. This is one of my favorite products. It helps me get dinner on the table every night. Keeping my little one entertained and in one safe spot. The older two love it as well. ;)



6. An easy  to clean highchair. Nothing too complicated. These things get so gross and messy. We had a cool one by Chicco and it was pretty much trashed after our second baby so we needed to get a new one for our third. I knew we weren't planning on any more, so I chose the most cheapest one, which happened to be The Cosco Flat Folding High Chair. Runs for about $33.00. Honesty, it's holding up way better than the more expensive ones. Maybe because there is no reclining feature and food doesn't get stuck anywhere. It's also a little less padded. This makes spills a lot easier to wipe up. It's also more compact if you are tight on space. So far I love it and I probably will only need it for about one more year since my baby already wants to eat at the big peoples table. ;)


7. A Diaper Caddy. An organized way to keep everything you need for your babies diaper changes. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and a changing mat all at hand and in an easy to carry caddy.


8. Safety 1st  Spring 'n Release Latches.
These are the perfect way to child proof your kitchen and bathroom because they are hidden and you don't need to ruin the look of your  cabinets and drawers . They are easily installed with a drill and they stay put for years. Definitely a great product.



9. A Swaddle Me. These are great for swaddling up baby. They also offer great support for your baby when people hold your little newborn. They'll keep your baby nice and snug and there won't be any constant re wrapping thanks to the velcro straps.


10. The Graco Ready2Grow Stand and Ride Stroller. This is something I will be keeping for a long time. A must have for a family with multiple kids. I needed something that would be easy to push around, hold my purse and the kids jackets, and most importantly hold at least two of my kids. With so many different seating options, this stroller is perfect. It makes going anywhere with multiples so much easier. ;)





Well, there's my list of products that I think are a must for any mom. Some are definitely outgrown for my kids, while some of are still doing a perfect job of making my job a little easier.


A little mom talk on this Tuesday night.


♡ Nausheen




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fresh Apple Cake

Autumn, my favorite time of the year. The cold that you can bare, the trees filled with leaves in the most beautiful colors, crunchy leaves that pile up in your backyard, the season for boots, the smell of pumpkin spice, home decor in my most loved color pallet, and warm apple cake. These are just a few of my favorite things.

I find myself baking more around this time of the year than any other. The peak season for Granny Smith, Northern Spy, and Ida Red apples, the best apples for baking. One recipe that I make the most during this season is Fresh Apple Cake. I found this recipe years ago and it's one that I keep using.
It's so easy and so delicious. It's also a perfect way to use up any extra apples that didn't get eaten.




Ingredients

Honey Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons milk

Apple Cake:
3 cups diced Granny Smith apples (I use a red apple like Northern Spy).
1 cup lightly toasted chopped walnuts ( I sometimes use pecans or both).
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs

Directions

Glaze:
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until smooth. Set the bowl aside.

Cake:
 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a Bundt pan.
In a bowl, mix together the apples, walnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Using an electric mixer beat the sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl.
Add in the dry ingredients and beat until completely combined.
Fold in the apple mixture.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to fully cool in pan, about 1 hour, and then turn it out onto a plate.
Drizzle the apple cake with honey glaze and enjoy!

The best part about baking this cake besides it tasting delicious, is that it fills your whole house with the scent of freshly baked apples. One of the best things about Autumn.

Enjoy!

♡ Nausheen




Monday, September 29, 2014

Something Old Something New

I'm all about taking old things and turning them into something new. Interior decorating is something I have always been passionate about. I'm always keeping myself busy by changing up a room or adding a pop of color here and there, whether it's with paint or accessories. The easiest and most inexpensive way to making a quick change is one of my favorites, refurbishing. You will be amazed at what you can do to old pieces of furniture or accessorise to turn them into new pieces. Its not the fact that its cheap that gets me excited about it, although that's a plus, but it's because it gives me a chance to be creative and make something that no one else has. I found an old mirror that wasn't being used at my parents house and I immediately thought "project!!". I knew with a few coats of paint, this mirror would be the perfect piece to add to my kids bathroom. Think twice  before you get rid of an old shelf, bedside table, or a mirror. With some sand paper, a few coats of paint, and some creativity, you can have a one of a kind piece. And your husband will be super proud because it hardly cost you anything! :)

Make sure to protect the surface you are working on. Sand it down with sand paper if necessary. This mirror did not have any kind of varnish or paint on it so I didn't need to sand it down. Tape where you don't want to paint. But still be careful  while you paint around that area. Paint can sometimes leak through. 

First  coat. 

Second coat. 

Third coat. You can be the judge of how many coats of paint your project will need. Make sure each coat is fully dry before applying another one. And try not to apply more than 3 coats because the paint can start to look too thick and will start to clump. 

The finished product. This was the perfect accessory for a blank wall that needed some color. 




♡Nausheen 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Favorite Chambray

Every girl has a go to outfit in her closet. For me it's usually dark jeans and a chambray shirt. Being a mom on the go, it has for some reason become the most quickest and easiest things to put together.  It's extremely comfortable and stylish. Dress it up or down. It can be a constant go to in your closet all year round and it holds up great in the wash. ;)
Here's a few of my favorite looks I put together with my favorite chambray.





Chambray Shirt : 7 For All Mankind
Bag: Kate Spade Saturday
Leopard Loafers: Target
Necklace : Versona

Black leggings are probably one of my favorite things I own in my closet. So comfortable, and they go with everything!!! My favorite chambray and my favorite black leggings paired with the perfect accessories are what make my weekends comfortable yet stylish. Add these new leopard loafers I just got into the mix, and you've got yourself a very trendy look.





Chambray Shirt: 7 For All Mankind
Sweater: Ruche 
Bag: Nine West 
Shoes: Anne Kline 

I love pairing dark blues with light blues, mixed with nude accessories. How cute is this sweater with pearls and bows? So girly. I thought it was perfect when paired with rough denim. The nude shoes and bag helped bring everything together for a very classy look. 





Chambray: 7 For All Mankind 
Skirt: Marshall's
Necklace: Francesca's 

I gave my maxi skirt and white t- shirt a fresh look by adding my chambray and a bold statement necklace. Gray, white, light blue, and a touch of maroon went so well together. I really enjoy this look. 


There are so many different  ways to wear your favorite pieces in your closet. Layering and adding pops of colors and patterns can help make it into a brand new piece. Just play around and you will be amazed at what can work. ;)


♡ Nausheen




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Volume and Layers

  Volume and layers have been my obsession lately. Perhaps because  this mom of three hardly has time to keep up with her haircuts. I feel like it's been more than a year since I had a good hairstyle. Let's just call this my makeover. Thanks to the stylist that cuts my hair, I was introduced  to this amazing product  that has been the reason I've been loving my look so much these days. I need all of my female readers to try this product. It gives you volume that lasts all day and it stays with you until the next. Oribe's Grandiose Hair Pumping Mousse. Its super easy to use. Just pump a small palm full and comb it through wet hair with fingers. Blow dry in sections with a round brush to achieve maximum volume. Finish with a shine serum and volumizing hairspray.  I've even roughly blow dried my hair and ran a flat iron through it and this product still gave me great results. And it smells soooo good!!! This is a heat activated product, so make sure you blow dry your hair when using it. I know we gals try to achieve that wet wavy look with mousse, this one won't work for that. 
I do have a great product for that look too, but that is a whole other post! ;) 
Oribe's Grandiose Mousse runs for about $35.00. It does seem a little  pricey for a mousse, but it is worth every penny.  

Definitely give this amazing product a try. It will become one of your favorites.







♡Nausheen 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fajita Enchiladas

I recently made this delicious dish and of course had to share it with my readers.
My most favorite Mexican dishes are Fajitas and Enchiladas.  I can't get enough of them.  And I can never make up my mind in which I want to order, or make!! ;) I decided to combine the two. It was the best decision ever!!! So easy, so delicious, and so very pleasing.  Here's how I did it. 


Fajita  Enchiladas 

Ingredients:
Canned black beans
Onions
Bell peppers (green,red,&yellow) 
Mushrooms
Cheese (pepper jack & colby jack)
Flour tortillas
Red enchilada sauce 
Fajita seasoning
Salt
Chile powder 
Paprika 


Method:
* Cut all veggies in long strips (fajita style) 
*Heat pan with oil and fry veggies until onions are caramelized and veggies are softened a little
* Heat black beans 
* Heat enchilada sauce
* Heat tortillas
* Assemble enchilada (sauce,grilled veggies, black beans, and then cheese.) 
*Gently roll filled tortilla and lay in baking dish

 Once all tortillas are assembled and laid in dish, top with enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted, golden brown, and bubbly. ( about 20 minutes)








This was the perfect dish because it had all the great flavors of both dishes. Serve with Spanish rice and beans. You can even top it with guacamole and sour cream. 


Hope you will give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as I did. 


♡ Nausheen






Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Little Late Night Special K Snack

Chocolate, one of my most favorite things in the world. I look forward to a long day ending just so I can relax with something chocolaty, and some good television. The perfect beyond perfect me time.
Lately, I've been going a little crazy with my sweet cravings, and eating everything and anything that looks scrumptious without worrying about what it'll do to my pant size. I decided I'm going to snack on my sweets a little smarter. Don't get me wrong, I'm never going to give up chocolate. But, I can once in a while enjoy some delicious chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, ;) and most of the time enjoy a sweet low calorie dessert. I always see those low calorie desserts in the grocery store and wonder if they really are as good as they say they are. I recently picked up a box of Special K mini brownies that are only 100 calories a pack. I was surprised at how good they were. They are perfect bite size pieces, and have a good fudge texture. Unfortunately, the portion isn't enough to last me a whole episode of Friends, but they are pretty tasty. AND they are 100 calories!!! ;) Good as double fudge chocolate cake? Not really. But it does satisfy the craving. This was my first low calorie dessert snack I've tried and I definitely would recommend it. I know there are a ton more and I'll hopefully be giving them a try and writing about them soon. Please feel free to comment on ones you recommend. Late night sweet cravings just got smarter ;)




♡ Nausheen

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Quick Fix

One of my favorite food combinations is spinach and cream cheese. Wrap it up in a pastry puff and you've got one heck of an appetizer, lunch, or dinner. I always make sure to keep my freezer stocked with frozen spinach. I prefer it fresh, but frozen is just so much more convenient, plus it'll stay good for a long time.  Everyone knows chopped frozen spinach is my go to veggie when I need a quick and delicious meal.  I can do almost anything to it, and it becomes an awesome dish. I recently had guest coming over for dinner and I needed a quick appetizer. I had some frozen crescent rolls, frozen chopped spinach, and cream cheese. I knew with the right seasoning this combination would be a winner. Here's what I did.

Thaw out frozen crescent rolls and  separate at perforated lines. You should have several long triangles. Lay them flat on baking sheet. 

In a mixing bowl add thawed and drained spinach, cream cheese, salt, garlic powder, and a dash of dry vegetable dip by Knorr. You can also use the dry onion soup mix by Lipton. Whichever flavor you prefer. They both taste amazing in this recipe. 
Mix all ingredients until well blended. ( you can decide how much of each thing to use. Most of my recipes are easy and have no exact  measurements ... I eye ball everything!)

Spoon a dollop of mixture in the middle of each triangle. Spread it out just a little. Roll each triangle up into a small croissant. You can make these into bite size by slicing them in half. (Perfect appetizer portions)


Bake 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.




Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

These rolls are so delicious that you wouldn't mind eating two and calling it dinner. The left overs are a great lunch as well. Just refrigerate leftovers and heat in an oven for two minutes. 



Easy, delicious, and appealing. A must try. 




<3 Nausheen

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Outfit of the Week

Summer is coming to an end but that doesn't mean you have to put away all your cute summer clothes just yet. Summer to me means maxi dresses, bright colors, flowy tops, and sandals. These items can transition into the Autumn season really well if you do it right. I happened to be in Chicago this weekend and they don't call it the windy city for nothing. Even in late summer the wind is sure to blow. I paired my maxi dress with a long sleeved tie back blouse, gladiator slippers, and gold accesories. Black, blue, white , and a touch of gold was the perfect color combination. I felt relaxed and stylish all at the same time. And, I was ready to take on that wind. 
Transitioning Summer essentials into Autumn is easy. Add long sleeves to a maxi dress like I did, or pair it with a cropped sweater.  A light weight scarf will make any outfit fit for Autumn weather.  I love leggings with gladiator sandals paired with a long sleeved loose tunic. These looks are great for early Autumn.  So think twice before putting away all your summer clothes, you may just be able to wear them all year round. 





Maxi dress - Marshall's
Black tie back blouse with lace detail - Marshall's
Gladiator slippers - Vince Camuto
Bag - Badgley Mischka
Gold earings, cuff, and hair comb  - Versona



♡ Nausheen

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to fold a fitted sheet

I remember learning how to fold a fitted sheet the summer of junior high by watching an episode of Martha Stewart. I remember being super excited about it and couldn't wait until my mom came home from work so I could show her. It was always a challenge for us to fold those fitted sheets every time we did laundry.  The best way was to 
 just roll them up into a neat ball and stack them in the linen closet. :) Thanks to Martha, our linen closet always looked neat since then.

Here is how to conquer the fitted sheet. 

Step 1: Slip your hands in the pockets of the longest side of the sheet matching the inside seam together. Do this to all four  corners until you end up with two corners at the top and a fold at the bottom. The sheet should be inside out while you get corners together.  



Step 2: The sheet should be in half now with corners all matched on top and a fold on the bottom.


 Step 3: Fold the sheet in half horizontally twice. So you end up with this. 


 Step 4:  Now fold the sheet in half vertically. So you end up with this.


 Step 5: Fold the sheet again vertically up to the center of sheet. So you end up with this.

                     

Step 6: Fold again vertically and you got yourself a neatly folded fitted sheet that will look a lot like a flat sheet, so make sure to keep them separated in your linen closet so you don't get the two mixed up.



Hope this helps keeps your linen closet looking neat. 


♡ Nausheen