The Perfect Summer Pasta Salad

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I recently made this for my boys (husband and 10.5 month old son) and they LOVED it. I was looking to clean out a few veggies from the refrigerator and got “creative” – of course when I say creative I mean by my standards (ha!). I modified the recipe for Alexander by swapping regular pasta for brown rice pasta (extra fiber) and also left out the seasoning and onion.

If you’re looking for an easy side for an upcoming party or something simple that you can prepare in advance for week night meals, look no further! You can even turn this into your main course by adding a protein of your choice.

Greek pasta salad

What you’ll need:

– 1/2 of a medium red onion

– 1/2 of an English cucumber

– 1 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes

– 1 cup of kalamata olives (pitted)

– 1 cup of Macedonian feta cheese (creamier than Greek)

– 3/4 of a box of  your favourite pasta (we prefer rotini)

– 1/2 cup of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

– 1 tbsp of oregano

– Salt and black pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

– Cook pasta according to instructions on package (allow pasta to cool for 20 mins)

– Finely chop cucumber and red onion

– Cut grape tomatoes into halves

– Add olive oil to cooked pasta

– Add crumbled feta, oregano, salt, pepper

– Add grape tomatoes, onion, cucumber and olives

– Mix all ingredients together

 

ENJOY!

Jennifer ❌⭕️

 

 

 

Wooden Watches: the Timeless Gift for this Fathers Day

JORD Wooden Watches: the Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

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With Mother’s Day behind us, it’s time to focus our attention on all of the amazing fathers out there! What better way to show your gratitude and love for dad then to spoil him with something he wouldn’t normally purchase for himself. For both the father who is always on time, and the one who could use a little help being more punctual, nothing says I love you like a timeless JORD Men’s watch. Whether your dad is someone who dresses up often or likes to be comfy and casual, a wooden watch completes both looks so effortlessly. 

Reminiscing on my own childhood I fondly recall the excitement my siblings and I shared in presenting our father with a gift each year. Whether it was something we created in our individual classes or a gift we pooled our money together for, we always looked forward to that part of the day. The thoughtfulness and time put into carefully considering what our dad could use was always appreciated. 

Why Father’s Day is extra special this year! 

This Father’s Day is extra special for more than one reason. It will be my husbands first father’s day with our baby boy Alexander and my own father will be retiring shortly after Father’s Day. 

For my own father, he’ll be entering a brand new chapter in his life where he’ll have more time to focus on himself and some of his personal goals. My sisters and I thought long and hard about what the perfect gift would be. We went back and forth on this because we wanted something practical, yet sentimental. Something he would have forever but would also help set him off on his new journey. When we discovered the unique watches that JORD offers, we knew we’d found the perfect gift. We especially loved the fact that they offered watch engraving which allowed us to personalize our gift with a message of our own – something he’ll be reminded of each time he puts it on. Not only can you engrave the watch itself, but you can also engrave the gorgeous cedar box that it comes in. Oh, and did I mention that this new chapter of retirement would include A LOT of babysitting? He’ll definitely need his watch to keep him on track! 

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Another one of the many reasons I’m obsessed with JORD watches is the fact that they also offer wooden bands for Apple watches. If you have someone in your life that likes to switch up looks or if you’re looking to really surprise someone with a unique gift – these wooden watchbands are the way to go! 

Whether you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, a retirement gift, or even just want to treat yourself to a unique watch, JORD Men’s and Women’s watches  will not disappoint. 

JORD WOODEN WATCH GIVEAWAY: Click on the link below to ENTER!

I’m thrilled to share that I have partnered with them for your chance to win a gift code of $100 towards your own gorgeous JORD wooden watch. It’s super simple to enter the giveaway! Simply click the link below and complete the required fields for your chance to win! Giveaway closes on June 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. JORD is also offering all those who entered a 10% discount code towards your very own JORD watch that will be provided to you after the giveaway has taken place.

Link to ENTER

www.jordwatches.com/g/modernorganizedmama

To shop the exact watch my husband owns (pictured) and all of the other gorgeous unique JORD watches click on the links below. 

 My husbands watch

http://www.jordwatches.com/series/hyde/walnut-and-black/#modernorganizedmama

Men’s watches

 http://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#modernorganizedmama

Women’s watches

http://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#modernorganizedmama

Wishing you the best of luck! 

Jennifer ❌⭕️

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What you REALLY Need to Pack in Your Hospital bag!

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Hi there to all the soon to be moms and dads! In the spirit of preparedness, I thought I’d share with you what I wish I had packed in my hospital bag. As a first time mom I definitely over-packed! We had taken a prenatal class and one of the handouts included a long list of what we should bring with us on the big day. Now don’t get me wrong, you may very well be feeling a bit sore and perhaps a heating pad would help, or you may find yourself slightly bored, where a magazine or book would fill the boredom, but I can tell you for certain, these feelings will be the last thing you’re concerned with. It’s important to remember that hospitals offer a plethora of anything and everything. Should you forget something or decide you really need it, you or your partner can always purchase it at the hospital gift shop or pharmacy.

To make things easier, I’m going to break this down into what to pack for mom to be, baby and partner or whomever will be with you when you deliver. Our baby boy was born five days early and I’m SO glad I was organized and had the bags ready to go! All we had to do was grab them and RUN! It’s also important to note that everyone’s birthing experience differs vastly. I am basing this list off of my own, which had us in the hospital for two nights.

MOM TO BE

  • Hospital undies –  If you take a prenatal class you will learn all about these wonderful granny panties and why you actually need them. I suggest packing two pairs.
  • Large overnight pads – I suggest TENA. The hospital should provide you with these but it’s a good idea to pack a handful just in case. It can take time for nurses to make their rounds.
  • Toiletries – face cream and wash, toothbrush and tooth paste, floss, hairbrush, body and hand lotion etc.
  • Comfy outfit for after giving birth – opt for sweat pants, and a loose sweater.
  • Pajamas – you could also wear the comfy outfit (above) to bed to save space in your bag. Realistically you’ll have this on for maybe a couple of hours before you go to bed)
  • Bathrobe – perfect for throwing on if you have visitors.
  • Going home outfit – again, something comfortable and loose is best.
  • Makeup (if you wish) – I’d go light on this. Tinted moisturizer and mascara can do wonders!
  • Nursing bra or tank top – a bra is more versatile as it can be worn under anything although a tank is convenient as you can easily throw your robe over it.
  • Slippers – the last thing you’ll want to do is squeeze into your shoes. Especially if your feet are still swollen like mine were!
  • Flip flops – should you wish to take a shower in the hospital.
  • Snacks – these saved me the night before I gave birth. Fruits like apples, nuts and granola bars are great options!
  • Pillow – I was sooo glad I brought my own pillow along. There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable hospital pillow.

PARTNER

  • Pajamas
  • Change of clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Flip flops (optional) – should they wish to shower in the hospital.

BABY

  • Diapers – although the hospital provides diapers, we only received them the first night and they were not enough to last through our stay.
  • Wipes
  •  Two to three outfits – sleepers are best.
  • Hat
  • Car seat cover – make sure your car seat is installed properly before heading to the hospital.
  • Warm blanket
  • Muslin blanket for swaddling 

Feel free to leave me a comment or question!

Happy mommying,
Jennifer ❌⭕️