We have a date! On April 12th, I will be having baby girl number 2, and right now I’m all about everything girly. I’m outnumbered with five boys, but there will now be three girls and I’m totally going overboard on anything pink, which is why I was so excited that I was sent the Tea Party Garden Playhouse Tent . I was little hesitant at first, and I thought this would be painfully long to put together, but it was by far the easiest (and cutest) play tent I’ve ever built. For me, that’s saying a lot because I’ve bought my fair share throughout my mommy years. As soon as the tea party tent was up, I placed a little faux fur rug that Olivia loves and off she went!
To say I love the Tea Party Garden Playhouse Tent is really an understatement! My favorite part besides the adorable little details like the scalloped edged tie-back door and mesh windows for ventilation and easy viewing, is the fact that the tent is big enough for even mom and dad to get in there! It’s perfect to take to the beach or a park, a cozy bedroom corner or for a living room camp out for hours of imaginative play! I can’t wait to see how much fun they’re going to have playing in it.
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Growing up, mi mamá always made us individual servings of shrimp ceviche during Lent. I never quite understood why she would serve them individually, but it felt fancier compared to other dishes we would normally have, and for that reason alone, I would always look forward to it. My mom would head to a seafood market and buy fresh shrimp that she would douse in Clamato The Original, a staple item that we now use in our house to give many dishes and drinks a fresh twist of flavor and color! Nowadays my husband and I, who happen to be a HUGE fan of shrimp ceviche, make the same great tasting ceviche in the form of a shrimp ceviche lasagna to serve our 6 kids. As much as I liked the special way my mom served her ceviche, I think serving 6 kids that same way is too time consuming and, not to mention, not enough for all of them. Our version has the same great sabor that I had growing up, only now it’s much quicker to make and has a larger serving.
I buy all the same fresh lent ingredients my mom did, such as fish, shrimp, veggies and Clamato The Original at Walmart, and I layer them like I would a lasagna. The pan is lined with tostones, rice and shrimp ceviche, which is followed by a final layer of diced avocados, jalapeños (for a nice kick), and queso fresco. This dish is amazing on so many different levels! It’s perfect when you want to serve a special dish like shrimp ceviche for a larger crowd and it looks so pretty all layered up and topped with all that yumminess! See the easy-to-follow step by step instructions to my shrimp ceviche lasagna below.
2 12 oz bags of peeled and deveined shrimp.
3 small tomatoes
1 small red onion
3 cups of long grain rice
3 green plantains
Salt & pepper
1 cup of cilantro
1 cup Clamato The Original
Start off by making your rice according to the instructions on the package. **We add a few teaspoons of chicken broth to our rice.
In a large bowl, mix your shrimp, onions, tomatoes,salt & pepper and cilantro. Add lime juice from one lime and 1 cup of Clamato and mix.
Slice and fry your plátanos until they’re golden brown.
Line lasagna pan with tostones, follow with rice, then ceviche and top with Clamato.
Top with another layer of tostones and repeat once more. You can at this point add the queso fresco and bake until cheese is melted but it taste just as good cold!
Top your shrimp ceviche lasagna with diced avocados, jalapeños, queso fresco, red cabbage and 1/2 cup of Clamato.
Serve with diced avocado, a salad and slices of lime! Super easy to make and will definitely impress anyone who has a plate (or two).
I’ve always loved flared jeans! Not only do they balance out curves but they give casual outfits a retro boho look that instantly looks chic! Flared jeans look great with cozy sweaters and blazers, tanks and sandals or dressed up with sequins and heels. See three ways to style flared jeans below.
For a casual girly look, pair the flared jeans with a sequin top and sandals. For chilly nights layer top with a black turtleneck and swap out sandals for booties.
Dress up your flared jeans with sexy heels and a sleeveless top! Would look equally stylish if you simply added a white mens inspired button up.
Keep your flared jeans casual with a white tee and booties. This is probably my favorite look because it allows a busy mom like me to look stylish and still be comfy.
In our house there’s always some type of music playing with Joseph and Olivia bopping along. Not a day goes by where we don’t have a phone, laptop or tablet playing some type of cheery music that gets us all going for the day. It’s how I was raised on weekends with music blaring while we cleaned and it always makes me happy to watch my littlest ones enjoy the same musical atmosphere I did as a little girl. I also love that the kids get to experience all the cool technological advancement thats’ available now to them like the Google Chromecast Audio that allows you to listen to crystal clear music wirelessly via Wifi from your phone or laptop on your speakers, new or old. Perfect for those Saturday morning where we’re cleaning and want the music a tad louder than normal!
Good thing I got two Google Chromecast Audio to try out because everyone in my house wanted to give them a go and we all had the same reaction! The sound is crystal clear and thats because Chromecast Audio uses Wifi instead of Bluetooth allow you to stream crystal clear hi res sound every time.
More cool features:
1) Listen to your favorite tunes on your speaker – By using your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery. My favorite feature because I can easily control the volume without having to get up and if you have kids you know that’s a beautiful thing!
2) Crystal clear sound, powered by the cloud – Use Chromecast Audio to stream over Wi-Fi which has many advantages over Bluetooth including higher sound quality.
3) Enjoy hundreds of your favorite audio apps – Want to use a playlist off your favorite music app at your next get together? Now you can! Stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find more at chromecast.com/apps
4) Play music everywhere with Multi-room – Now you can easily fill every room in your home with synchronous music. Simply group Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers. My teens have been loving this feature because they can now listen to the same music in their room and living room simultaneously!
Chromecast Audio makes a great gift for the music lover in your life! For more info visit BestBuy.com.
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