Friday, January 31, 2014

Jimmy vs. Jay

I'm having mixed feelings about Jay Leno retiring and making way for Jimmy Fallon.  I LOVE them both and don't want to their shows to change.  I find myself feeling sorry for Jay even though he's hitting the road to do stand up.  Hopefully it'll work out great for both :)
Enjoy a funny little video about this upcoming change
Full House style

Highlights of My Week

Happy Friday Friends!!  We took a little road trip and stayed close to home the rest of the week.  It was a good week filled with lots of smiles and time together.  The best parts of my week were:

1. I made heart cinnamon rolls that were so yummy!!
My husband said they smelled like love!!

2.  Olive turned 8 months old this week!
Can't believe she's getting so big!!

3. We went on a road trip to Mississippi and enjoyed some delicious BBQ, toured Jackson and did a little grocery shopping at the local Piggly Wiggly.  I pretended I was an extra in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton :)
 amazing bbq, mac & cheese and the best baked beans everrrrrr

4. Hotels win major points with me when they have make up wipes waiting in the bathroom for me.  Thank you Cabot Lodge :)  They also had a free cocktail hour and served freshly popped popcorn.

5. I get excited when my husband has to dress up for work
and LOVE when he lets me dress him :)
I pray he lands a job where he'll have to wear a suit and tie every day!

Here are my Finish This statements of the week...
I use my green thumb 
to buy green things because I can't keep a plant alive to safe my life.

The secret to life is
SMILING!

I get my money's worth by
using an item frequently and shopping around for the best deal.

On a scale of 1-10, my level of organization is a
9 thanks to lists upon lists and a brain that rarely shuts off.

Handwritten notes are  
a necessity at my house and are written daily.
Hope you have a great weekend!!!
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Poultry Problem

I need your help...
I love chicken - baked, grilled, fried, shredded, etc. and
I'm searching for healthy baked or grilled chicken recipes.

My baked chicken is kind of meh... nothing special.
It always seems kind of dry and not great.

Do you have a favorite healthyish chicken recipe??
Please share it with me!!
I'm hoping to find some new recipes to add into my lunch/dinner rotation.
Share your recipe in the comments, leave me a link or email me at
polkadottyplace @ hotmail dot com
Thank you :)

Heart Cinnamon Rolls


It's always fun to put a holiday spin on a classic recipe.
I made our family favorite cinnamon roll recipe with just a few changes
and got yummy heart cinnamon rolls!!

Roll your dough out into a rectangle.
 Top it with your favorite toppings.

 Roll the dough in from both sides and meet in the middle.

 Slice and shape into hearts on a greased pan.
 Leave room to let them rise.

Bake for 18 minutes and let cool a little.

 Ice them while they're still warm so the icing melts over them.

 You can also  top with a little pink icing after they are completely cool.
 These were a big hit at my house!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Liebster Award

 
In the last week, 
I found myself being the recipient of the Liebster Award from TWO sweet bloggers!
It's basically a nomination by other bloggers for bloggers to celebrate blogs on the rise.
I appreciate the recognition and want to thank
Daniela @ Put a Bird on It

Part of the details of the award are to answer some questions so here I go...
Kristan's Questions:
1. What is your go to look right now? 
Skinny jeans, flats, cardigans and scarves
2. What is the main focus of your blog? 
A little bit of everything - food, holidays, baby, DIYs, fashion,
and all things polka-dotty!!
3. What is your signature scent? 
Pink from Victoria's Secret
4. What is one DIY project you've had on the back burner for awhile? 
I have several Valentine's projects in the works.
5. What is your favorite thing to cook/bake?  
COOKIES
6. Where did you go on your most favorite vacation? 
A 30th birthday cruise to Key West & Mexico
7.  What is one thing you'd like to change in 2014?  
Eat healthier / Fix healthier meals for my family
8. How did you get started blogging? 
I started blogging so that I could keep in touch with my family and friends that lived far away.  I've been blogging since 2011 and it's become such a fun hobby.
9. What store do you go to first when you are in a mall?  
I always love to walk through GAP.
10. What was your favorite childhood game?  
I loved playing Mall Madness.
11. What is one thing you are grateful for?  
I'm grateful to be a SAHM right now.

Daniela's Questions:
1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I LOVE meeting new people and connecting with ladies all over the country.
2. What are 3 things we might like to know about you?
I love to go on road trips, I'd love to style men's dress clothes - 
shirts, ties, suits, shoes, & belts and I love to make lists.
3. What is your favorite book and why?
Being a teacher, the favorites that come to mind are children's books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hatchet and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
4. What is your favorite food? 
Desserts :)
5. What is your favorite blog post you've ever done?
My all time favorite post was the one where I told how we shared our baby news with all of our family and friends: announcing-our-baby-news It's the one post that I find myself going back to reread.
6. What is your favorite quote?
Whatever you are, be a good one.  Abraham Lincoln
7. How did you pick your blog's name?
I love polka-dots, wanted a name that was cheery and would be appropriate for fashion, baking, organizing, babies and my every day life.
8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I'd move all of my family and friends to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
9. What is your favorite lazy day style?
Comfy yoga pants and a plain t shirt with my hair in a top knot
10. What is an average day like for you?
Spending my days at home with Olive doing all things baby
11. If you could shadow one blogger for a week, who would it be and why?
This one is hard because there are so many bloggers that I love... I'd probably want to spend a day with Emily from Emphasis Added or Kelly from Kelly's Korner Blog.  I can think of several more and would love to have this opportunity.  Maybe I should figure out at way to make this happen!?!?!

Thanks for reading my blog!!
I LOVE blogging and can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for PDP.
Love you guys!!
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What are 3 things we might like to know about you?
What is your favorite book and why?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite blog post you've ever done?
What is your favorite quote and why?
How did you pick your blog's name?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
What is your fave lazy day style?
 What is an average day like for you?
If you could shadow one blogger for a week, who would it be and why? - See more at: http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/01/liebster-award-2014.html#sthash.Ffzc474b.dpu
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What are 3 things we might like to know about you?
What is your favorite book and why?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite blog post you've ever done?
What is your favorite quote and why?
How did you pick your blog's name?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
What is your fave lazy day style?
 What is an average day like for you?
If you could shadow one blogger for a week, who would it be and why? - See more at: http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/01/liebster-award-2014.html#sthash.Ffzc474b.dpuf
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What are 3 things we might like to know about you?
What is your favorite book and why?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite blog post you've ever done?
What is your favorite quote and why?
How did you pick your blog's name?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
What is your fave lazy day style?
 What is an average day like for you?
If you could shadow one blogger for a week, who would it be and why? - See more at: http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/01/liebster-award-2014.html#sthash.Ffzc474b.dpuf
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What are 3 things we might like to know about you?
What is your favorite book and why?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite blog post you've ever done?
What is your favorite quote and why?
How did you pick your blog's name?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
What is your fave lazy day style?
 What is an average day like for you?
If you could shadow one blogger for a week, who would it be and why? - See more at: http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/01/liebster-award-2014.html#sthash.Ffzc474b.dpuf

wiww Selfie Edition

My outfit pictures consist of selfies/iphone pictures this week.  
Not the best quality,
Not a full length shot
but I still love them.

Here are two of my outfits this week:

1. Pattern Mixing Ladies
scarf - GAP
cardigan - Loft
earrings - Charlotte Russe
Olive's outfit - Kohls
headband - Babies R Us

 2. Doctor's Office Selfie
cardigan - Loft
pearls - Macys
top - JCPenneys
earrings - Charlotte Russe

I recently saw this video about selfies.
It addresses self esteem, positive self image and celebrating YOU!
I haven't take a lot of selfies but this video makes me want to take more!
This Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Selfies or
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snowman Cheese Sticks

Cutest snack ever.
 via doitandhow

Slip Ups

My husband is a smart guy.  He reads a lot and has been in school for the majority of his whole life.  When I ask him for suggestions for a book to read for fun, he suggests a classic upwards of 600 pages.  He has a great vocabulary and enjoys writing.

Funny thing is... he can't get an idiom right to save his life.
It's endearing and I find it HILARIOUS.
I've told him to ban himself from using them in public
but he loves to use them.
He tries hard, thinks he has it right and is disappointed when he realizes it's jumbled.

I keep a running list on my phone of these little slip ups...
He says...
The idiom actually is...

 Torrential down fall.
Torrential down pour.

Black horse.
Dark horse.

Hit the hammer on the head.
Hit the nail on the head.

I'll see it when I believe it.
I'll believe it when I see it.

Throw my ring in the hat.
Throw my hat in the ring.

Speaking to the choir.
Preaching to the choir.

Holy monster.
Holy terror.

Short fix.
Quick fix.

Road sick.
Car sick.

Measuring people up.
Sizing people up.

Being a wet noodle.
Being a wet blanket.

That won't fly over well.
Won't go over well.

I totally biffed it.
I totally spaced it.

Do it while it's hot.
Strike while the iron's hot.

Dot your t's and cross your i's.
Dot your i's and cross your t's.

He sure makes me laugh :)  I even brought home a book from my classroom that I used to teach idioms to try to help him learn them but it hasn't helped much. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Palette of Sprinkles

Wouldn't this be the cutest way to serve cupcakes to tiny guests??
Heck, I think adults would even love this set up.
IMG_8828-2 

Bad Lip Reading in the NFL

I have a funny video for you today.  Some might say it's hilarious.  
It's called
and you don't even have to like or care about football to get a good laugh out of this.
Enjoy.
You're welcome.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I LOVE Peyton Manning

As if you really need another list of reasons to love Peyton Manning,
here's an amazing article full of facts that I never knew.

 Trust me; it's worth the read.
It's been making its way around the internet this week and it's a jewel.
A few of the topics you'll read more about...
stationery
relationships
kind
modesty
role model
swooning

Go Broncos!

PS I've decided that I'm going to take Sundays off from blogging this year and enjoy a little more time with my family.  I think the break in my schedule will be good for all of us :)  Enjoy your weekend, rest up, squeeze your family a little closer and I'll see you back on Monday morning!  Thanks for reading!!

Favorite Game Day Foods

I'm sure many of you are starting to make plans for your Super Bowl 2014 menu so I wanted to help you out.  I thought I'd put together a list of my favorite appetizer/game day recipes for you.  Hope you find something delicious you can make for yourself or to share at a party.  We are huge football fans and LOVE LOVE LOVE Peyton Manning.  So we are extra excited to be able to cheer on one of our very favorite guys.  Go Broncos!!









We LOVE all of these recipes so it'll be hard to pick just a few things to make next weekend.  We are having a low key Super Bowl Sunday at home so I will be sure to make our family favorites.  I'm hoping to do a few appetizers and one dessert. Do you have a favorite recipe to share with me?  Leave me a link because I love trying new recipes!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Coral Pear Baby Moccs

Santa heard Olive's plea for some baby moccasins 
and surprised her with a GOLD pair of her own!!
I'd been admiring all the colors
and finally decided on GOLD since they'd match everything.
They attract attention wherever we go and people always want to see them up close.  They think get rave reviews from everyone.  Olive loves to feel them and chew on them.  They are the only shoes that stay on her feet.  She's able to pull them off if she tries really hard but it's only happened once or twice.

We love our accessories :)


 She wears them with socks and without and they look great.
The gold is just as sparkly as they were when they arrived.
I'd highly recommend buying a pair for you baby or for a gift.  I used their sizing chart and bought them a little big so that Olive would be able to wear them for several months.  I'm already thinking she could use a red pair, an OLIVE green pair and maybe one of their mary jane styles.
Check out their on-line shops: