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12 Jun

how is it going how there in cyber land?  it has been an odd start to our summer here in northern ohio.  during the last week of school i had the air on and was a hot mess outside.  now?  rain, clouds and under 70.  odd.  but i am not complaining…i am not a hot weather fan.

anyway…this summer is going to prove to be very exciting for our family.  we have purchased a property close to the lake for a weekend/summer home with my parents!  not sure about you…but i love seeing a home come togehter…hate the work.  haha.  although since we don’t have to live there maybe this won’t be as bad.  don’t fret…you will see lots of photos and posts with before and after and projects…but for now…let’s dish on what i should wear to a lake party event…


what screams LAKE more than this mint and blue chevron dress?  and how do you pass it up at only $39.99 (remember i like to purchase everything for under $50).


what fun is this dress?  some different colors and different patterns…this would be unique at a lake party.  and again…$39.99

what about a cooler day?  one of my favorite color combinations is orange and navy.  this dress  ($45.95) screams me (except i don’t love to show my arms…but at least my legs are hidden haha!)


i think this would be a cute necklace  ($32.99) with all the dresses.  i tend to keep my accessories small and light when around sand.


you can find all these and more Made in the USA product at MiUS Collection!  and of course, we are linking this post with lindsey at the pleated poppy for what i wore wednesday 🙂


wiSww…what i “should” wear wednesday

5 Jun

i’mmmmm baaaaack  (not sure that you can read that how i meant it to sound….)

anywho…it’s me, carrie.  how have you been?  we have been crazy which is why i took the blog break.  too much to discuss unless i had a personal blog (which i don’t) but all is good in the hood and now let’s get on what i “should” wear wednesday.  as always, linking up with lindsey from the pleated poppy


now…i know this is what i should  wear wednesday…but i have a confession to make…i actually own this maxi skirt and i love it!  i wear it with a white t-shirt because the owner of MiUS collection said i should invest in white t-shirts for summer.  she also said her sister wears a cute white button up shirt with it.  personally…because i love black..i think you could wear a black t-shirt with it too…

i love the daisy chain necklace and i think the whisper pink ring would be a great hint of pink…just like the skirt has.

shop for all items!

zoe tie dye maxi skirt $39.99

daisy chain necklace $19.99

whisper pink petal ring $12.99

pinterest craftiness…plus some

25 Mar

again..back with pinterst…thought i would fill you in on some crafts i am making around here all with the help of pinterest.  they must have really boosted sales at craft stores no?

we don’t do much in the party sense for birthdays, but i always decorate for everyone’s special day.  i am in the process of making this wreath…and if it turns out half as good as how does she ? ,  i plan on making some for christmas gifts!


i am going to attempt to make this.  i got some similar stuff at the craft store to try it out.  though i don’t have as cool or a front door as they do…nor am i that crafty…the good news is…if it doesn’t work out, i can buy it from their shop!


i have this marked on my craft board.  my friend,  we will call her jill, called the other day to see how they turned out.  i had to laugh…just because i pinned it doesn’t mean i tackled it yet.  so she decided to.  i am not sure how they turned out…at first her texts were nice..saying she would make me some…then she texted that if i don’t come over and help she would only make me black eggs…then she stopped texting…wonder if she got them done?  they are cute….


as a side note… i tried the shower cleaner from this site and it totally works!!  i use it every time i shower and am really happy with the results.


my next search is finger desserts…we have a huge church function coming up and we need small baked goods for over 600 people.  what do you do with recipes on Pinterest?   do you try them first on people at home or just bake/make and hope for the best?

emergency baking…

21 Mar

ok..well to some baking is an emergency and to others, not so much.  i am on the baking ministry at church.  yes…i hear the snickers out there.  but look…i wanted to be more involved and with three young kids, most of my “involvement” has to be from home.  so i thought baking would be easy.  then..i signed up to be a group leader (yes…i am an overachiever).  i assumed i was only going to be a group leader for last years lent season (we bake for our fish fry which serve more than 700 people weekly)…but here i am…still a leader.  i love it actually.  i like talking with people who have been involved in our church for a long time.  i love the fact that people think nothing of asking us to bake for 500 people “a few days from now” and i love that specifics for needs of baking come AFTER the baking is complete.  ahhhhh the days of the bakers ministry….

anyway.  we are having a mission at our church and they needed baked goods.  i wasn’t supposed to bake for this because i had more than fulfilled my baking duties for the month (ahem..yes overachiever alert again) but when crisis arises…i come to the rescue with my apron swinging.  they upped the number from 400 to 600 people so i decided to make my go to…quick…vegan chocolate cupcakes.  these are easy and super moist and a great little finger food…and since i was baking a day in advance i decided to try something different instead of using frosting.  i used chocolate chips.


i love this recipe because it is so mess free…one bowl and a whisk and you are good to go!


i knew these were moist but since i wasn’t adding frosting, i put a few chocolate chips in before baking…then added a few more on top when i only had a few minutes left to bake.



and while they cook…since the clean up was so easy, i was able to catch up on my favorite chore…laundry.


and more laundry.




i think they would look better with a tad powered sugar on top…but since they need to be delivered tonight for tomorrow…this will have to do.

this is an easy go to recipe.  and i use the foil cups so i can make a ton at one time.

celebration chocolate mini cupcakes from 100 best cupcake recipes (makes 28 mini cupcakes*)

3/4 C all purpose flour

1/2 C sugar

2 TBL hershey’s cocoa

1/2 tea baking soda

1/4 tea salt

1/2 C water

3 TBL vegetable oil

1 and 1/2 tea white vinegar

1/2 tea vanilla extract

1.     heat oven to 350.  line 28 small muffin cups with paper or foil cups (*i usually get 20-23 out of this batter)

2.     stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in bowl.  add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla.  mix until well blended.  fill cups 2/3 full with batter.

3.     bake 11 to 13 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  remove and cool on wire rack.


20 Mar

linking up again this week with lindsey from the pleated poppy for what i wore (or in my case…what i should wear ) wednesday.

today my oldest turns six!  i would need a novel to talk about the day of her birth…needless to say it was interesting.  she is an amazingly smart and kind little girl.  she makes me laugh every day and i love seeing how responsible she is becoming as she grows up.  she also impresses me with how she takes a life threatening food allergy in stride.  happy birthday baby #1!!

anyway…purple is her favorite color so i am concentrating on some purple items in stock at …all made here in the good old USA!


crochet knit dress $49.99

purple snood $32.99

goddess maxi dress $69.99 (on sale!)

jasmine chiffon top $29.99

purple jacket $29.99 (on sale!)

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pinterest lately

19 Mar

so i still have a love affair with pinterest.  some things i have done, and some i have not…but here is a run down of what my pinterest feelings are lately:

i am not quite sure how anyone that knows me couldn’t purchase this for me….it’s from “my style” board:


it’s from screened and is $42.99…they have a ton of different styles to choose from.

from my “for the home board” i am totally doing this  (from the blog “less than perfect life of bliss”) to an empty wall in my dining room.  i hate to toss every little piece of artwork and only have so much room to hang it.  but there is an empty wall calling for some fun where we have all our meals…also…this blog just won a “to be read thru” by carrie (yea…its my own award system.  the winner only wins my attention but still…makes me sound important.


i already printed one of these, from the blog tried & true,  out for each kiddo, and will color them and hang them in their rooms.


i made this bread today that i had pinned on my “breakfast” board.  it was super yummy! (from the blog “redfly creations”  what i don’t like about pinterest??  every time i try to read fewer blogs…i always find a few more i MUST read!


lastly… i purchased a bunny pan to make this cake for an easter treat.  i love me a cake that only requires powered sugar on top.


have you found anything good you want to share on pinterest?  you can follow me on pinterest…i am carrie del regno 🙂

wiSww….st pat’s edition

13 Mar

can you believe st. patrick’s day is already this weekend?  what do you have planned?  our kiddos get to go to their (non-irish) grandparents the night before so the husband and i are heading out for dinner and cocktails…or maybe just a movie and pizza at home…what to do when your kids aren’t home?!

i am not irish.  but my children are.  despite the italian last name….my husband is almost all irish.  so on st. patrick’s day, i, like everyone else all over the world, am irish.  so i guess it’s time to put on some green no?  i am linking up with lindsey from the pleated poppy for what i (should) wear wednesday.


i didn’t quite stay in my $50 price range this week…but how could i when a green bag is in the mix?

dolman top, boyfriend jeans, hoop earrings, handbag

remember…all MiUS products are made in the USA.  visit our site

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Use code: StPat13 at checkout!  Expires 3/17/2013


6 Mar

i am back with wiSww.  it’s freezing here again.  while i love winter…and i actually prefer cold over hot…i am ready for the “dirty” part of this season to be over.  specifically the salt on my car and the dirt on my shoes.  ha ha..i am so anal.

anyway…i will say that i know everyone is getting ready for spring…and i know target already has out bathing suits (seriously?!?!)  but i am going to post an outfit today that i would wear TODAY…a day that is chilly with a chance of snow.  yay!  i like snow…i just don’t like what happens when it melts…


since i am still freezing…i would start with the basic black cardi ($24.99)

basic black cardi

and since it is march and we are all starting to want to see a little more color, i would pop this tank ($29.99) under it to brighten it up some but still be warm with the cardi…

coral chevron cardi

and i am loving the new boyfriend jeans ($45.99)…so even though they might catch a breeze or two…they look comfy so i would have to toss them on (oooooh…maybe a cute pair of coral or black tights under the jeans for extra warmth?? i might now be showing my own sense of (non) style….

boyfriend jeans

if its really cold…i can toss on my black snood  ($32.99) and i am ready to roll!

black snood

on a side note…though i might wear it with this outfit because i love it so much and wear it all the time…i got this bracelet at the last trunk show!  love to wear it with my rose gold watch or my white watch.


all items (except the bracelet) can be found in our fab finds under $50 boutique and as always…all items are made in the isa!

linking up with lindsey at the pleated poppy for her wiww posts!

happy hump day!

memory keeping and a “carrie-ism”

4 Mar

things around here haven’t been that exciting..



see what i mean?  thankfully the oldest goes to school so we don’t bore her as much.  so onto the memory keeping and the carrie-ism.

many moons ago, a friend of mine told me that “SH!T the bed” was a “carrie-ism” (not sure of the blog etiquette on swearing so i cleaned it up a bit with an exclamation point).  i assume the reason that was a “carrie-ism” is because i say it often…well not as often anymore because it isn’t the best thing to say in front of the kids…but if i don’t say it, it still crosses my mind.  which brings me to memory keeping and my carrie-ism (it all ties in eventually).  i am getting ready to go to a crop this weekend.  for those of you not savvy in the scrapbook world…a crop is an outing for a bunch of ladies doing a bunch of scrapbooking (which i like to call memory keeping because i am not great with the traditional scrapbooking craftiness).  i haven’t been to a crop in a little over a year.  i was pretty sure i had a bunch of photos ready to go.  i do project life books by becky higgins.   i love becky higgins…and you should too, if you don’t have time to do traditional scrapbooks but want a little more flair than just a photo album.  and even though i try to embrace technology…i still like to feel the photos and the paper.  anyway…i was pretty sure i could just pop some photos into my books so i can do the crafty and journaling part at the crop.  i mean, i have some catching up to do..seriously.  here is where i left off in my youngest’s first year book:


yup…that’s christmas 2010.  he was born in october 2010.  scrapbook much?  well i got out the two boxes of photos and out pops the carrie-ism when i realize i haven’t even opened the envelopes!


oh lord.

SH!T the bed.

(as a side note…my oldest can read…and is standing over my shoulder trying to tell me i spelled something wrong…yup….i spelled SH!T wrong…and no…she didn’t say the word, she doesn’t know it…but she is trying to sound it out.  now she is reading the sentence i just wrote.  this kid needs to find something to do. back to the point)

i have less than a week to go through these.  i got project life because i thought it would be easy to keep up with.  i have a book per child.  i wasn’t really even doing a spread a month…i was just doing important or special times.  vacations.  school stuff.  i have no clue how people keep up…or even are only a year behind.  the only thing i could think to do is start piles.  so i split them up into a pile per child and a pile of “i think these go with everyone but i have no clue”




that red sticking out in each pile…is 2010’s christmas card and the baby announcement.  SH!T the bed.


i brought a folding table up from the basement…on the way up i was asked by four humans “what are you doing with that table?”  my answer?  “putting photos on it and if you touch it we will have BIG problems”  i am nice like that.

so i got them separated into piles.  should we place bets on how frustrating the next part will be?  trying to remember the order events occurred?  oh…it shouldn’t be hard you say?  the dates should be on the back of the photo you say?  oh yes..there is a date…march 2, 2014.  that was the day they were all printed at shutterfly.  that date doesn’t help me.

keep your fingers crossed…i have lofty goals this week.  i put the table in the family room hoping i could get a little done while hanging with the kids or hanging with the husband or keeping up with my shows.  not soaps by the way!  haha…think our mother’s generation called “soaps” “shows”  ….i am all over the place today no?

do you do project life?  i really am a big fan.  sometimes i wonder though if i should of done  a digital book for each child yearly and a project life book for our family?  i think that is the goal when the project life books are done.  the girls books are much further along so i can’t really stop now.  but its hard to decide how to “keep” memories…is there a right answer?!

SH!T the bed.  hahahaha.

have a great week!


20 Feb

so i am going off the beaten path here a little bit in my link up with lindsey at the pleated poppy for what i wore wednesday.  usually i do what i should wear wednesday.  and i pick us out some fab finds under $50 from MiUS Collection…but today i am doing my post a little differently…

we had our second trunk show this past sunday.  it was at my parents house with a little under 20 people.  it was great for it to be so small.  it was so nice to be able to intereact with people, and because of that i saw some great merchandise!  actually worn on people!  that is the hard thing about internet shopping…you are not quite sure how something will look or fit until you try it on (but remember that MiUS has free returns!).  but man, MiUS has some great dresses that i want to show you today.  you can wear them to a party, to a wedding, to a garden party, graduation, first communion…the list is endless.

here are some of my favs that were tried on by different people (aka body types)


multi zig zag dress $49.99


colorful floral print dress $49.99


surplice dress – curvy $29.99 (this runs small and looked nice on “non” curvy people too)


turtleneck dress $39.99


chevron print black & ivory dress $39.99


geometric print shirt dress $45.99


charcoal print black zig zag dress $84.99


katie dress with belt $199.99

note: while this model is tall and skinny…you do NOT have to have that body type to pull off this dress!  some girls with a little big of curves tried it on and it looked awesome!!!  and was very soft.


amazing zig zag $84.99

note: i am going to say this is definately a dress one should wear leggings under….it is not for the faint at heart or ultra conservatives…it is quite short….


perfect party dress -curvy/plus $54.99

i loved all the dresses at the trunk show.  they looked great on people and they were soft and comfortable and of course all made in the usa…oh…and look…six of them fit my “under $50” criteria!  hmmmm….

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