Leopard Print Shoes Under $40

My new fashion obsession is leopard print and cheetah print. It’s amazing to me that I haven’t completely overwhelmed myself with this trend years ago, since I am a Jersey girl and we supposedly love animal print. I bypassed it somehow, but now my cat scratch fever is higher than ever.

I recently posted on my Instagram page about my new obsession with leopard print shoes, showing off the Jamie flats I purchased from Just Fab. I already have a pair of leopard lace-up flats from Just Fab, but I couldn’t resist getting a pair of loafers. Slip-on shoes are my friends lately, since I can look fashionable and comfortable in them.

After posting my new shoes on Instagram, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone. I had to create a post showcasing some of my favorite leopard print shoes for $40 or under. I feel so much better about splurging on a trend if it’s an affordable price. How about you?

Here’s a list of the fabulously frugal shoes I found, and yes, I did purchase a few. I couldn’t resist! The list starts with the beautiful shoes in the middle of the collage above, then goes clockwise.

Jamie Flats from Just Fab – 39.95

Gold-plated leopard print D’Orsay Flats from Charlotte Russe – 26.00

Keds Champion Heart Sneaker from American Eagle – 40.00

Berg Pump from Zoo Shoo – 29.00

Missguided Kat Leopard Print Wellie from Missguided US – 38.00

Cheetah Print Slip-on Sneakers from Charlotte Russe – 25.00

Brown Leopard Print Thigh High Riding Boots from AMI Clubwear – 32.00 (50% off sale today only! Get them for 16 bucks!)

Charlie-1 Leopard Sandal from Zoo Shoo – 26.00

Rampage Bentley Ankle Boot from Nordstrom Rack – 40.00

Which pair of leopard print shoes are you dying to try?

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Italian Macaroni and Cheese

October 22, 2014 in food

Italian Macaroni and Cheese

I love to think outside of the box when it comes to traditional recipes. The usual tried-and-true recipes are great, but there is always a way to make them better. I call it a bonus when you can use up items that you have in the fridge and turn them into a new family favorite. This Italian macaroni and cheese recipe was created from my need to use up the last bit of Italian bread crumbs and the pack of grape tomatoes that I purchased almost a week prior. I was determined to use them in a cool way, and have my kids enjoy the meal.

The best part about macaroni and cheese is that it’s easy to make, it can be made ahead of time and reheated, and you can add all kinds of crazy toppings to it. This particular recipe can be served as a stove-top meal, or you can place it under the broiler for a few minutes to create a crunchy, crispy topping. As you can see in the pictures in this post, I chose to broil that baby up. Once the macaroni and cheese was crispy, I topped it with sliced tomatoes, basil, and the Italian breadcrumbs, which had been mixed with a drizzle of olive oil. Easy meal, delicious result. I hope you like it!

Italian Macaroni and Cheese

Italian Macaroni and Cheese

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients
1 pound of elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 cups whole milk, room temperature or lukewarm
2 cups shredded provolone cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup pasta water
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup fresh basil, julienned

Instructions
In a large pot of salted, boiling water, cook elbow macaroni until it’s al dente.
Place another large pot on medium-low heat, and pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle in flour, and whisk the oil and flour together for at least 2 to 3 minutes. You want to make sure there are no lumps in the roux.
Slowly pour in the room temperature milk, while whisking continuously. Again, you want to make sure there are no lumps.
Let the mixture simmer, stirring continuously, until it becomes thick. This may take 5 to 7 minutes. It should look like the base of a creamy soup, but a bit thicker.
Put in salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir until incorporated.
Turn off heat. Place the provolone and mozzarella cheese in the pot and stir.
Take 1/4 pasta water and stir into cheese mixture. Drain pasta, place it into the pot with the cheese mixture, and top with the grated parmesan. Stir.
Place Italian bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small bowl. Stir together and put aside.

To serve as stove-top mac and cheese:
Place macaroni and cheese in individual bowls. Top each with sliced tomatoes, Italian bread crumb mixture, then julienned basil. Serve immediately.

To serve as “baked” mac and cheese:
Place Italian macaroni and cheese in a large oven-proof dish, or 6 small oven-proof dishes, and place under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes. Once the macaroni and cheese is crispy, top with sliced tomatoes, Italian bread crumb mixture, and julienned basil. Serve immediately.

Italian Macaroni and Cheese

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When I Was The Bad Mom

October 20, 2014
Motherhood is rough, and some days you just have to take on the role of bad mom.

Motherhood is hard work. We’ve all heard this before, and to tell you the truth, that statement is preposterous. Motherhood isn’t just hard work; it’s substantially overwhelming work. You have to be “on” all the time. There are no real days off, even on the rare times that you can have a getaway from your […]

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Peace of Mind before Deployment

October 17, 2014
This military mom shares how one simple service will give her peace of mind during her next deployment. #EASafe #ad

I’m honored to be an Estate Assist ambassador. All opinions and experiences in this sponsored post are my own. Before I know it, I’ll have to deploy again. This reality is always in the back of my mind. With our new addition to the family, I can’t help but think that he won’t be even […]

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James’s Birth Story

October 14, 2014
The birth story of our 3rd child, James.

It was 11am. I’d stayed up until 4am the night before, just like every other night. I heard the shuffling of the family around 8am, but decided to turn over and go back to bed. Something told me to get in as much rest as I could this morning. It’s amazing how your mind and […]

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Our First Year of Homeschooling – Curriculum

October 8, 2014
See how this family is taking on their 1st year of homeschooling.

Disclaimer: This is a long post. Well, 800 words isn’t that long, but I just want to warn you beforehand. Grab a glass of water and enjoy! We have endured our first month of homeschooling. It’s been quite an experience, and we are already seeing a vast improvement in our 4th grader. He’s been more […]

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Noise with Glitter and Dirt On It

October 6, 2014
While my girl does twirl and giggle, she's more like noise with glitter and dirt on it.

We’ve all seen the phrase online and throughout social media. Boys are noise with dirt on it. Yes, they sure are. But in my home, girl is just as loud and dirty. GIRL: Noise with Glitter and Dirt On It I’m not quite sure how this happened. She does have an older brother, but he’s […]

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How to Use Up Low Balance Gift Cards

October 3, 2014
This is a great tutorial on how to use up low balance gift cards. Bookmark it for after the holiday season!

Have you ever been so excited to receive a gift card for your birthday, the holidays, or maybe just as a thank you? You use it to treat yourself to something nice, but you end up not using the whole balance. You have 2.14 left on the card, but no idea how to use up […]

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I Was A Teenage Maniac

September 30, 2014
When it came to being a teen driver, I was a teenage maniac. If only I had a class that taught me the real lessons of driving. Now, there is one!

This post was written as part of my association with TeenDrive365 and the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic. For more information on the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic, please visit http://bit.ly/1nfUJ0e. Although it may seem like it was many moons ago, it’s only been 14 years since I left my teen years. As one of the most confusing […]

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

September 29, 2014
This recipe for mediterranean couscous salad is frugal, easy and great all year round!

I’ve been on a salad kick lately. Well, to be fair, I was on a salad kick all summer. With my interesting pregnancy palate, salads seemed to always hit the spot. I could junk them up by adding sliced chicken fingers and cheese, or I could keep them lean with grilled vegetables and homemade dressing. […]

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