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I’m party planning over here. One of my best friends is having her fourth child, she already has three beautiful, sweet as angel boys and the fourth one coming is a girl! I know everyone is just so excited and I love that my friends are having babies because being Auntie is seriously a fun and honorable role to have and my friends should have a zillion children because they are each incredible people that need to reproduce. That’s how I feel about everyone having babies!

Since this is the fourth baby, to be named Elle, and it’s getting hot already, I decided an ice cream sprinkle would be a good idea. Get it? Baby sprinkle, ice cream sprinkles, yeah yeah.

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I suggested Jennifer register at MyRegistry.com, it’s a great wedding, baby and gift registry and works with any store in the world. Isn’t that so nice, that way you don’t have to pick a favorite store, you can register for anything you want on one place – so you can register to your heart’s content! You can also register for cash gifts by creating a cash fund – it can help with a nursery fund, home fund, or honeymoon.

Here’s an example of what a baby registry looks like.

I found these cute treat cups and table covers from the Target Spritz line. I can’t find them online so you have to go to the store.

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I can’t show everything just yet but will share more pics next month when I throw the sprinkle – it’ll be an evening event on the patio so we can enjoy the outdoor treats! I read to scoop the ice cream in cups ahead of time so it doesn’t melt and it’s cleaner and easier to distribute with a fun toppings bar.

If you’re expecting a baby, here’s a neat graphic to help you decide what to put in your registry if you’re blanking on ideas.

This Infographic is presented by MyRegistry.com

How to prepare for a baby

Thanks MyRegistry.com for sponsoring this post.

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3 latest discoveries

This was a great month for discovering some really cool products I’m excited to share with you! This is one of the best parts about blogging, I read my inbox and read about new products, try them, and report back to you!

Travel with your favorite fragrance

Sometimes perfumes have a smaller bottle but not all do. My favorite perfume that I ALWAYS get compliments on is Sierra Vista 2142 by Krigler (2mL sample). There is a small sample which is what was sent to me for blogging and I went crazy and Mr. Wonderful bought me the 100 mL bottle which we laugh saying I should not use it all, or make sure I use it all so it doesn’t go bad.

Travalo has sleek looking, TSA approved refillable portable fragrance holders – holds 5mL of fragrance (65 sprays).

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50% off with code: MOM until May 31

Cost is $19.99 and it’s so easy to fill directly from a big fragrance spray bottle. There’s no funnel, spilling and trust me, with the pricey fragrance I wear each drop is precious to me! See the video how to refill here.

Double your shoe storage

I know, saying “double your shoe storage” is like writing something holy like “Bible” right? My husband repeatedly tells me I need to get rid of some shoes. He may as well tell me I need to drink sour milk for the rest of my life.

Shoe Slotz (c/o) is a shoe stacking organizer that doubles your shoe space – your pair of shoes are on top of each other!

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For a 6-piece set it is $14.99 plus shipping and handling (holds 6 pairs of shoes). This works for all size shoes and heels, but I think they work best for sneakers, and certain wedges – fancy shoes with a high heels and ornate ankle details may not fit because that will make your shoe height like 8″ which might be too tall to fit under the slot. You can however fit it as best as you can right under and the top shoe placement will work. Good news, all of Mr.’s shoes can, so we can make his shoe collection smaller too, if you get what I’m saying.

Find at Shoe Slotz website, Amazon.com, in stores nationwide at Boscov’s and Walgreens and in select Bed Bath & Beyond and JC Penney locations.

Garden Gloves with Claws

I have to admit I stopped wearing gloves while gardening because it was easier to have my hands to get down and dirty in the dirt but keeping a manicure long? Forget about it! When I discovered these gloves, I was pretty excited – I can multitask!

Built-in claws on the Garden Genie (c/o) make gardening so much easier when it comes to transplanting, digging holes, spreading mulch, I can rake and dig with my gloves without getting the pads of my fingers sore from scratching hard soil. You can also rinse the Garden Genie clean, they are waterproof which is a huge deal for an avid gardener like myself.

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Comes in two sizes, double offer for $10 plus processing and handling. Fabuloso!

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Today I’m sharing a storybook – or book club spring brunch to celebrate the arrival of spring. Gather your girlfriends and find a reason to celebrate – friendship, spring, anything!

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I went to our local used bookstore and bought vintage books for $2 or less – old books have the sweetest book titles! I also found the paper mache fruits and veggies at a hospice thrift shop! I headed to Walmart to pick up a few party supplies, flowers, fresh fruit, coffee and creamery, then headed through my local Dunkin’ Donuts® drive thru and ordered a dozen assorted donuts – because what’s a coffee bar without donuts?

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I thought a coffee bar setup would be great for a brunch – it’s self serve and guests can make them as needed so it’s hot and fresh! I brought Mr. Wonderful’s Keurig® outside, and set Dunkin’ K-Cup® packs for Keurig® K-Cup® with Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer Singles.

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Instead of flavored sugary syrups, I like that these are portable and don’t require refrigeration.

The creamer singles comes in three flavors – hazelnut, caramel, and vanilla.

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Obviously donuts were on the menu, and what else? This broccoli bake, recipe at the end of this post.

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When it comes to a brunch there are so many options – but I think having at least one good main hearty dish is a good idea and perfect to pair with coffee! I got this recipe from one of my best girlfriends – girlfriends have the best recipes don’t they?

Broccoli Cheese Bake Recipe

If you want to prepare early, assemble and keep in fridge up to 12 hours before baking.

Ingredients – serves 8

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  • Dozen eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb. broccoli, steamed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups sourdough bread (torn into 1/2 pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1 + 2

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish and set aside. Mix bread crumbs, parsley and butter in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 3+ 4

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In a large bowl mix eggs, milk, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper; set aside. Boil or steam broccoli until tender, chop.

Step 5

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In a small skillet, heat up oil, add  onions and garlic on medium heat,saute until tender. Add rosemary and continue to cook for a few minutes.

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Add to the egg mixture.

Assemble dish

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Take sour dough bread pieces and spread along bottom of baking dish. Add broccoli and spread along the bottom of the dish.

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Pour egg mixture over the top and set in the refrigerator anywhere from 2-12 hours (if preparing to bake and serve the next day).

Bake

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Add bread crumb mixture to top and bake at 350 degrees F, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Add parmesan cheese on top and continue to bake until top is golden, about 10-15 minutes.

Serve immediately. 

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