24 Things You May Have Not Known About Me

Last week I turned 24! I still get super excited about birthdays because I’m under the 30 mark! YAY! I really don’t mean to offend anyone who is over 30, but really, being in your 20’s is so fun. Although I am looking forward to my 30’s and 40s… and that’s pretty much it, ha!

Growing up birthdays was always a big deal for us. My mom made sure to make each of our birthdays special and memorable. I’m sure glad I can pass down that birthday enthusiasm for my little family. Although my husband doesn’t think birthdays are much of a big deal (and let’s face it…not many men do) he always makes sure to make it special for me in a very sweet and personal way.

This year was especially special for me. After living in So Cal for already a year, we’ve had the opportunity to visit and discover so many neat places, my husband finished his first year of his Master’s Seminary program (more info below), my blog turned 1, and most importantly I delivered the sweetest little girl into this world. It’s safe to say this was my best year yet. So many changes, and precious memories all bottled up for one year. God has been good- like always and his faithful is seen through all the stages of my life.

So in honor of my (belated) 24th birthday, I decided to do something a little different. I wanted to share 24 things about me! Some of you may be reading my blog for the first time, or have known me forever, but I thought I’d love to engage you with some things you may not have known about me.

You’ll come to realize I’m a little more exciting than you thought…I hope. 😉

24 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

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10 Things You Should Know Before Having a Baby

Hello, Friends!

I can’t believe my little Evalyn Mae is 3 months already. I remember the moment we brought her home from the hospital and thinking we had no idea what to expect. But thankfully many things came naturally to us and we just took one day at a time. It’s wonderful how the Lord designed women to be maternal.

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Blogiversary

YAY! Oh La Femme turns 1. Annnnd just like that…I’m celebrating 1 year of blogging! Actually, I didn’t realize it’s been one year until my husband mentioned it to me the other day. I guess time does fly when you’re having fun, huh?! Well, today I’m going to change it up and share my experience on blogging so far, some tips, and how anyone (no blog necessary) can sign up with Influenster to receive free samples.

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The Gentleman’s Accessory

Sebastian Petz, Guest writer for Oh La Crème de la Crème (I mean Femme) Blog

There are many men’s fashion trends today in western culture. The common thread with all is that they often involve a heavy adornment of jewelry. Leather-ish or bead-type jewelry on the wrist; bulky leather bracelets and necklaces, often cleated with metal studs or spikes; eye-blindingly bright blinged-out necklaces, bracelets, earrings, finger-rings, and even grills. But a true gentleman wears only one accessory—the watch. And because he only has one accessory to adorn himself with, selecting precisely the right watch to complete his look as the icing on the cake, is of utmost importance.

If you read any of the leading men’s fashion magazines such as GQ or Esquire, you’ll be well aware of their shared philosophy of a gentleman: the suit, the shoes, the watch, and the cut—the last category is a double entendre that encompasses both the hair cut (head and facial) and the suit-cut, each essential marks of a gentleman which I’ll address in a later post.

Back to the watch...today’s featured look is the Dark Sandalwood & Burgundy Conway Series by JORD Watches. JORD has pioneered a new niche within the luxury watches market–natural wood band, frame, and bezel construction. At first glance, the prospect of wood on a watch that’s not your grandfather [clock] seems odd. But upon closer inspection and especially after physically handling and putting it on, it’s fashion and elegance are undeniable! The dark coloration of the sandalwood is dressed-up neatly with three brushed black stainless lines linking it together.

The burgundy face makes the brown and red hues of the sandalwood pop nicely into focus, making the watch the ideal accessory for any navy blue, burgundy, gray, black, or brown themed outfits. In this post, I’m showcasing how well this watch complements a matte gray trouser, pink button-up with white polka dots, and brown suede belt and shoes.

Personally, I’ve always preferred the round face and dial style watches in favor of the square or rectangular. In this Conway Series, JORD has achieved the perfect balance between the size and style of the round face and the width and style of the band—the face to band ratio is immaculate! A feat that is rare among most watchmakers, and in my case, makes the watch appear custom-made (and sized) for my wrist.

The 3-dial chronograph on the face is a classic feature that in combination with the white dial adds enough character to make the watch stand out, without making it appear too busy or overly decorated.

Contemporary and modern home architecture is proof that wood and metal go together like Batman & Robin—Starsky & Hutch—Bacon & Eggs—Peanut Butter & Jelly—Cookies & Milk—Spaghetti & Meatball—you get the picture!

So, in the same way, that wood is the contemporary home decorator’s choice complimentary material for metal and steel design, this watch is fast becoming my go-to accessory for all my sleek neo-classic gentleman looks.

I look forward to bolstering my collection with more of the latest and greatest timepieces from JORD soon!

ENTER THE CONTEST (CLOSED)

Now you have the chance to get your hands on one of these unique JORD wood watches! Simply scroll down and click on the link to enter!
The contest will close June 4th at 11:59pm. Winner receives $100 E Gift Code. All other entrants receive a $25 E Gift Code. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire July 31st, 2017.

  

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Enter here, for a chance to win $100 towards your JORD watch.

P.S. with Fathers Day just around the corner, JORD watches would make a perfect gift! But if you’re feeling a little selfish… I won’t judge. 😉

The contest will close June 4th at 11:59pm. Winner receives $100 E Gift Code. All other entrants receive a $25 E Gift Code. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire July 31st, 2017.

–Ina Petz xox0

DIY Baby Closet/Storage Space

Today I am sharing a DIY closet storage for babies/kids. I found this DIY system can be very helpful for those of you (like me) who may have limited space and/or are looking for a budget-friendly alternative to a closet/storage system. Our current situation is that we live in a tight-knit, one bedroom apartment in LA. It’s super cute, cozy, has a beautiful balcony view, but I don’t know how long we can manage here with a little baby. Gotta love LA for being so cramped for space (rolling my eyes). Annnnyways, in the meantime, I really needed to improvise with what I was going to do with all of my baby-to-be’s adorable clothes and accessories. We literally have ONE mid-sized closet, and that’s it. So after endless pinning, and searching for inspiration, ideas starting clicking in my head. One by one. I quickly got online and started searching Amazon and IKEA for things that I thought would work best. Next, I made a day trip to IKEA (so fun!) and after getting everything I didn’t need, I found items that worked perfectly with what I had in mind. Other ideas really started to flow into place after that, and I must say, I was very impressed with the final result. DIY projects can be sooo fun at times. 🙂

Have a look at what I paired up to make this DIY project work, at least for our space. Also, I have attached some links/pictures that will help you come up with ideas, or the direct links of the items I found, if you were wondering where to purchase them.

Oh, and I am so happy this project came together quickly since I’m on a short timeline here… less than two weeks away from my delivery date! tick-tock. 

2 IKEA bookshelves used to organize and hold these items. See direct link below.

2 storage inserts used to hang clothes and hold blankets. See link below.

Oh, heyyyyy Miss. Sophie. Apparently, this tether is magic for babies. We shall see…

Shoe rack? Nope. I used a pot lid organizer from IKEA as a baby shoe rack. Link below.

Finally, I used glass cylinder vases to display these adorable hair bows!

They didn’t wrap around as nicely as I thought they would, so for easy access, I pinned them with hair clips.

Ta-da!

IKEA storage systems:

Shop related items:

You have to check out Fawn Hill Co baby accessories. They are made of natural materials, and are absolutely adorable! I love the prints and feel of these styles. Also, these storage baskets are simply perfect. Click below for direct links, or check out more of their unique items here! I can’t wait to use them on my little babe.

 

 

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope it’s been a happy one so far. I know it’s a little late in the day for posting this recipe, but I’ve had a list of things to get done on my to-do list. I always set so many goals for Mondays only to realize I only get about half way through the list. Can anyone else relate? Ugh…

Well as you know, I am continuing the freezer-friendly meals series, and today I am starting this week off with another favorite for us, Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta. And not to forget to mention the bonus, “one pot” preparation that makes this meal an easy and less messy situation (yay!). Honestly, I was never a fan of spicy foods, but this Cajun kick is perfect for me, along with the hot Italian sausage. Although I have to mention, I think I’m over exaggerating on the word “spicy”, I have a pretty low tolerance, so for many people, it really wouldn’t be considered “spicy”. 😛 It may be an overwhelming mouthful, but it’s so savory, it’ll have you go back for seconds. My husband and I sure did.

Pasta is sooo easy to freeze and freezes quite nicely if you ask me. So that’s why I thought it would be perfect to add to the list. This portion will make about 10 servings, so it can easily be divided into two meals. So freeze up, and enjoy making this easy, quick (under 30 minutes), one-pot goodness.

See freezer instructions in the recipe below.

Note:

If you just came across this recipe and realized your taste buds are watering for this meal, but you seem to be out of Cajun season, don’t fret! I’ve got you covered. I once had the same dilemma, I realized I was totally out of Cajun seasoning and didn’t want to settle for anything else for dinner, so I made my own Cajun mix! Easy-breezy.

For this portion, you’ll need the following amount each seasoning to make your own…

Homemade Cajun Mix:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

 

One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 raw hot or mild Italian sausage links, cut up
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk (any %)
  • 1 pound of dried penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning* (see note)
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of parsley, minced

Instructions

  1. Begin by frying the onion, and garlic in olive oil until translucent with a large cooking pot.
  2. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper and brown in butter over medium high heat.
  3. Add sausage and continue to cook until browned.
  4. Add chicken broth, heavy cream, milk, lemon juice, dried pasta and cajun seasoning to pot.
  5. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
  6. Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  7. Remove pot from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
  8. Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese to taste.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. *Freezer-friendly: divide portions into desired freezer safe trays, and place in freezer. Once ready to use, thaw for 1 hour, sprinkle with parmesan and place in oven at 375 F for about 30-40 minutes.
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