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How can I sqeeze into one post how special this little girl is to us? I want to tell you about every little thing she does, how incredibly smart she is, how huge her heart is. When she turned one, I couldn’t stop crying. When she turned two I cried some more. But here we sit, at three, and all I can do is smile.

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While it’s hard to watch her turn from my baby into a little girl.. I have learned that she will always be my baby, no matter how many candles are on that cake.  She still needs snuggles, boo-boo’s kissed, and bedtime stories.   Only now, she has has her own words (sometimes too many of them), her own ideas, her very own peronality.  A love for sparkly shoes, squirrels, Doc McStuffins, princess’s, ballerina class and pistachios (bee-stashio’s).   We have truly had a year of sweetness.

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Adelynn Grace, we love you more than words my sweet. Happy Birthday!

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frozen yogurt dipped bananas

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It’s time for a “healthy” dessert! I still can’t believe they sell chocolate covered frozen bananas at the grocery. Don’t get me wrong, I know they are yummy- but you seriously know that you are getting ripped off, right? Dipping and freezing is as easy as can be- and you’re in control! So lets get a bit fancy with those nanners…
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Last week at Cakes For A Cause we were lucky enough to run into the representative from Snowville Creamery on our way out, and she so kindly filled our arms with the tastiest yogurt!  Many frozen banana recipes call for Greek yogurt, but I used Snowville’s lowfat vanilla instead (no regrets there!).  Next, I rolled in crushed graham crackers and chopped dark chocolate chips.  Nuts would be a fabulous addition as well!  Place your coated bananas on a wax paper lined baking sheet and throw them in the freezer for an hour until firm.  Once they are frozen, wrap them in plastic and store them in your freezer for up to a month!

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Frozen snacks are the best this time of year! I’m thinking I need an entire stash of yogurt dipped treats in my freezer! Grapes, raspberries, blueberries…

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frozen yogurt dipped bananas

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  • 4 small bananas, ripe
  • 1/2 cup yogurt of your choice (Greek or lowfat)
  • toppings of your choice (chocolate chips, graham crackers, nuts)


  1. Place wax paper on a small baking sheet.
  2. Peel bananas and set aside. One by one, dip them into the yogurt, and then roll in toppings.
  3. Place on sheet and freeze about an hour, until firm.
  4. Remove from freezer and place in individual bags or plastic wrap.
  5. Freeze for up to a month!
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pack the essentials – makeup

You know those people who have their bag perfectly packed the night before they travel?  Well, I will never be one of them (I’ve tried – it’s simply not genetically possible).  Along with my awful procrastination I have a tendency to pack everything but the kitchen sink.  With a babe on the way and plans for travel late summer and fall I am more than ready to efficiently bring just the essentials.  Starting with my makeup:

pack the essentials   makeup | www.prettyplainjanes.com1L’orèal Telescopics Extension Mascara – I feel like every girl is on a lifetime hunt for the perfect mascara.  Both Shan and I are loving this one of late.  Light with superb thickening and extension lash results. 2Urban Decay Naked Flushed – bronzer, highlighter and blush all in one. 3Makeup Forever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation – while I’ve never had great skin this foundation evens my skin without having a heavy feeling. 4Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – Shan gave me this little gem for Christmas and I believe it’s been used every single day since.  Basic shades that can be played down or amped up for a more dramatic look.  The darkest color makes for the perfect eyeliner as well. 5Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set – Every brush you need to take care of brows, eyes and cheeks in a tidy little case. 6Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss – yes, I have a Naked obsession (it’s impossible not to).  As someone who doesn’t put much fuss into lips this gloss is the perfect combination of stay there coverage with moisturizing power. 7MAC Eye Shadow in Brun – I’d feel incomplete without a little brow filler.  This has been my go to brow shade for several years now.  8Revlon Eyelash Curler – For whatever reason it feels like a waste of mascara to me if I don’t curl my eyelashes first.  This silver gadget is always a must in my bag.


What are your can’t leave the house without makeup essentials?


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girly dresses for spring

Spring is in full swing and more than likely you have a few invitations lying around for upcoming showers, birthday parties or weddings.  Let’s not forget the Kentucky Derby (can’t think of a better event to dress ladylike for).  Here’s a handful of dresses that are not only the right price but perfectly proper for your season of brunch, mimosas and dance floor moves:

girly dresses for spring | www.prettyplainjanes.com1H&M Satin Dress – the length keeps it classy while the straps and fabric keep it sexy. 2Dorothy Perkins Ivory Rose Wrap Pencil Dress – if you’re the bride to be this would be a lovely dress for your wedding shower (pair with black hat for derby day). 3Forever 21 Classic Floral A-Line Dress – fun, fresh, vibrant, flirty. 4Tobi Single File Dress – love this for dressing up or down.  5ModCloth Cool Vibes Dress in Equestrian – ok, you would have to really love horses to wear this somewhere other than a derby party.  Regardless it has a great shape and is retro fab.


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cakes for a cause 2014

Last night we attended Cakes for a Cause Columbus – a fabulous event benefiting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.  Once again Kasey from Bliss Event Design and Emilie from Emilie Duncan Event Planning gathered some of the most talented bakeries and caterers in the Columbus area for an evening full of great food and sweet treats.  Flour Loves Sugar and MessMakerBaker even got in on the action by offering some goodies to the auction:

cakes for a cause 2014 | www.prettyplainjanes.comOnce again we failed at human pictures (at least we have pregnancy brain to blame).  Let’s just say they were cute dresses, a barely there baby bump, a can’t miss baby bump and a blonde named Vicki with one fabulous booty.

This event is always a great time – especially fun for a girl’s night out!  Looking forward to next year!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!


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