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Friday Favorites- Pinterest Food

It never fails-

Every time I look at Pinterest, I get hungry.

Have you found any good recipes or cooking tips on Pinterest lately?  Feel free to post a link on the Tales of A Working Mom Facebook page and share the love (and calories!) with your fellow readers!

Here are 3 recipes that I’m absolutely going to try this weekend:

Crab Rangoon Cups

Oh yeah!  These look awesome and super easy to put together.  Honestly, I might serve them as dinner with a big, green salad!

Crab Rangoon



Parmesan Quinoa Pancakes w/ Whipped Tomato and Feta Sauce

Holy Yum.  Those are calling my name.  I’m thinking about serving them for dinner on Sunday night, and freezing extra for lunches or a quick dinner during the week!

quinoa cakes


Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Feta Quiche

Quiche has become one of our favorite weeknight dinners.  We can prep it in advance, or throw it together that night and hang out with Maddie while it bakes!  This looks yummy, although I’ll have to chop the onions super small to sneak them in for Brian…



Happy Friday, y’all!


Friday Favorites: Ottoman Edition

So, I really, really, really want to redo my living room.

Like, drooling over magazines, pricing furniture in different stores, ready to schedule delivery ready to redo my living room.

But, I have a few issues (well, more than a few, but let’s focus on furniture here, shall we?!):

1) It’s got to be rugged.  With 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 infant and a husband, we are talking like military-grade fabrics.  Plus, one of the things I love about my couch is that it sits in front of a huge picture window that gets afternoon sun, which means that it’s got to hold up to fading…

2) I can’t quite decide on what the final product looks like, and I’d like to do a few pieces at a time, rather then redo the entire room.  Ok, well that’s kind of a lie.  I’d really like to take all of our current furniture and haul it to the curb today with a sign that says ‘FREE’, but realistically, I’d like to only have to buy 1-2 new pieces at a time.

3) I can’t find a dirt colored rug that I like!  This is substantially harder then I thought!  It has to be dirt colored, because our dogs have not yet learned to wipe their feet, but also light enough that it won’t be so obvious if I miss a day of vacuuming Croix’s super light dog hair…

4) There has to be enough storage to ‘hide’ some of the ‘kid clutter’ at the end of the day.  I’d like a space that we can pick up quickly at the end of the day (after Maddie’s bedtime!), and enjoy without stepping around tons of toys!

Oh, and we are getting ready to start daycare and have’t won the lottery, so price points have to be balanced with quality…

But, I found this ottoman on Pinterest and I’m seriously thinking about giving it a try!




Our Joann fabrics has a new section of indoor/outdoor fabrics.  I’m thinking of heading over there to see if I can find a rugged fabric that is fairly neutral that might work.  I also want to head to lowes and see if I can find slightly taller ‘legs’.  I’d really like to be able to put a basket or two under the ottoman- one for toys and one for blankets!

What do you think?  Am I crazy?  Ever tried something like this? Did it work or was it a complete disaster?  Any ideas on where I can get a wood pallet?

Happy Friday!


Oh yeah, you read that right, TGIFF. You can edit your own vocab for that second ‘f’!

It’s been one of those weeks.

Motherhood is tough, exhausting and has brought me to tears more than once this week. For all you bloggers out there who babble about the bullshit of it being the sweetest moments of your life, I think you need to get a life. More on that later, though. When I’ve had a few glasses of wine and can let me thoughts on early motherhood fly. I’m hoping what everyone says is true- that the memories fade to bliss over time!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the ‘Madster’ to pieces, so much so that I washed all of her new clothes from Gigi immediately, with the jeans that she peed all over, and promptly turned them all light blue. I need a laundry fairy in my life real bad…

Yesterday, while traveling, we had quite an adventure- having her strapped in the Moby wrap, sound asleep and trying to figure out how to pee, pull up my pants and wash my hands… With a crammed full diaper bag, a stroller over my shoulder and a sleeping baby strapped to my chest. Oh lord, honestly, I cried more than her. She slept through the entire trip with only one little peep as we started the decent.

Now we are at the GPs, while Maddie gets maximum attention and Momma fades into the background with her wine and iPad for a mental break! One I didn’t know I needed until I got here!

The blog has been quiet this past week, cause Brian’s been working hard, I’ve been working hard, and the Madster is working to make chaos!

My hairdresser asked on Tuesday if ‘I’m loving motherhood?’…

Truth: I’m more exhausted, more emotional and more stressed then I can ever remember. My jeans button, but not comfortably, my energy is lagging and I’m freaking out about going back to work full-time.

There I said it.

I love my daughter, I love seeing my husband as a Daddy, and I’m looking forward to all of our adventures to come… But, I could use a few more hours of sleep, fewer hissy fits, and a few pounds to melt away…

So on that note, I’m going to enjoy watching Maddie get spoiled, while I enjoy a few quiet moments, a laundry fairy (who is already working on the blue clothes!), and a big old’ glass of wine on the deck.

To all you Mommas out there, I raise my glass to the amazing job that you do, however you do it and whatever you do to make it work for you.


A recent picture…


What I’m Lovin’ Friday…

It’s raining.  Like pouring buckets.  Like the kind of rain that makes you want to curl on the couch with an extra cup of coffee and shop the morning away.

I’m totally freaking out about my return to work in a few weeks, and doing retail therapy as a way to soothe my fears of returning to the workforce and the ‘mommy guilt’ that goes along with it.

I’ll confess that I do some shopping in-person, but most is done under the cover of my email address, boxes received and stashed before the hubby comes home (therefore no lying about purchases required).  Although, I do often call my Nordstrom boxes a ‘free gift with purchase’, which is a complete lie and open joke in our house!

Anyway, I’ve been using Ebates to shop online lately.  A friend suggested it, because if you click through their site to start your shopping, you earn a rebate on your purchases.  I’ve earned almost $30 (told you I’ve been doing retail therapy!) and they have most of my favorites sites for doing damage: Nordstrom, J. Crew, Target, Red Envelope, Amazon, Macy’s, etc.

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So, that totally justifies all the purchases, right?  Especially the fact that I had to buy new work pants in a bigger size (it’s funny, cause the depression that caused only made more things end up in my shopping cart…).

And, another thing I’m loving (since this is turning into a random post!) is the Furminator.

After giving my mother shit about posting about it on facebook, this happened:


Let’s be honest, I don’t have time to devote to a ton of cleaning these days, however, I’m still pretty obsessed with having a neat and tidy house.  I’ve been using it for a week and see a NOTABLE difference in the amount of shedding in the house.  Crazy, wish I was the person who came up with that idea!

You can find it at Petco, Amazon, etc.  Here’s a link for you:

That thing really is amazing.  It’s the best $28 I’ve spent recently, and if you read the above comments, you’ll know that I’ve spent a lot of $28 recently (or more!)… ;-)

Lastly, I’m loving this:


Consume with caution (and, preferably, some food), or this will happen:


Editor’s Note: I’ve tried to crop this half a gazillion times so you don’t have my personal information.  It is not cooperating.  If you go stalker-crazy, just know that I will kick your ass (and be secretly flattered).  Thanks.

That wine is amazing.  It gives you super-human powers to think anything is possible.  It’s probably what Kim Jung Un drinks for breakfast.  Only explanation.

And, with that, I’ll add the required cute Maddie picture and get back to my online shopping.

Happy Friday, Friends!  Hope yours is starting with less of a headache then mine…

XO, Mer


Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites are back again (check it, wreck it, let’s begin… party on party people let me hear some noise…)

Hmmm.. perhaps a prize for the first one to post that song title and artist on my Mer’s World Facebook page?!

Anyway, back to business.

I figure it’s been baby-central around here for a few weeks (ok, 8 + 39 to be exact), so here’s a little food for thought:

Quinoa Vegetable Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing

Perfect for a quick, summer evening!




Baked Mustard Lime Chicken

I’m thinking this could be grilled, too!



Classic Flourless Orange and Almond Cake

Doesn’t that just sound like summer?  Serve me up a piece on my deck with an icy white wine, please and thank you.



And, an extra, just because…




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