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Nesting on CInco De Mayo - tacos, margaritas on bar

Nesting on this first Sunday in May and rainy Cinco De Mayo.

We are going out tonight to try a new taco place that just opened near us and I am so excited! A big basket of nachos and margaritas is just pure happiness isn’t it?

The past few weeks have been a little crazy between spring sports, end of the year activities, yard work and baby showers. I’ve been to three baby showers in the past 4 weeks! Yesterday I went to one for my cousin and I just have to show you the sweet gift my mom and sister put together.

Baby shower gift - DIY wardrobe with baby clothes from newborn up to 24 months.

And from babies, they grow so fast. Somehow we have kindergarten screening for my little guy tomorrow and I am not ok. I can’t believe he is going to kindergarten! I feel like we just brought him home!

Nesting - Baby M is for Maverick onesie

It was a great week on the blog. We talked about:

The top Amazon purchases of April. I own every single one of these and love, love love.  Click here to see them all. Seriously that romper is so freaking comfortable and the instant awake under eye brightener is a must! I’m never wearing concealer again.

Amazon top sellers April 2024 - Tineco wet/dry vacuum mop, Cetrice wide awake under eye brightener, at home laser hair removal, women's summer onesie outfit and B Tan sunless tanner

Mother’s Day is next weekend and I have some cute Mother’s Day printables for the kids. They can show mom what they love about her, there’s free coupons for a day off of cooking and cleaning, and a printable Mother’s Day Brunch menu. Click here to see them all.

Free Mother's Day printables - all about my mom worksheet, Mother's Day breakfast in bed printable menu

 

On this week’s Wednesday Salad, I shared this Caesar pasta salad recipe with the easiest and most delish homemade Casear dressing. I don’t know about you all, but Rick is not a huge salad lover and he asked me the next day when I’m making it again so I call that a win! Here is my recipe.

The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

 

If you’re looking for a gift for the teacher for the end of the school year, I shared this little gift basket I put together last year with my free printable. Click here to see it.

Basket with wine bottle, wine chiller, wine tote, best teacher ever book and an apple with tag that says "apples are fine but by June you deserve some wine"

 

And since it’s Cinco De Mayo, here are some recipes for your fiesta today:

This spicy pineapple ranch water is a great low calorie cocktail and can easily be made into a mocktail too. Sharing the recipe here.

spicy pineapple ranch water

 

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing marg, how about these cucumber elderflower margaritas? These have been a reader favorite for the past few years! Recipe linked here.

Cucumber Elderflower Margarita

And for more margaritas, check out 9 of the best margarita recipes here.

9 of the best margarita recipes

Combining two well loved favorites, tacos and pizza in this easy taco pizza the whole family will love! Click here for the recipe.

Easy Taco Pizza

Walking tacos are a favorite in our house and these can be made in the crock pot which makes them perfect for a crowd. Click here for my Crock pot Walking Tacos.

Easy crock pot walking tacos - bowl with ground turkey, topped with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and sour cream, taco bowl

 

Here’s some of my favorite finds of the week:

Have you heard all about the Black and White SUV moms? This was a big topic in my Instagram stories last week. I drive a white SUV yet I find myself identifying more as a black SUV mom. Maybe I’m gray? See what you are here.

Because you can never have too many margarita recipes, check out my friend Jen’s frozen pineapple margarita!

Frozen Pineapple Margarita in a cocktail glass with a lime wedge garnish

These 40 things to do with your life in May

This DIY handkerchief wreath with vintage pins is beautiful isn’t it?

Unique handkerchief and vintage jewelry wreath.

 

These tips for planning the dreamiest cottage garden.

garden at sunset

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!!

 

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Nesting in April with daffodils blooming

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Nesting on this weekend in mid April.

If you are new here, Nesting is a little round up I do with what’s been happening lately in life, on the blog and some of my favorite finds. Today we’re talking Taylor and TTPD, cookie decorating, Mother’s Day and Amazon finds and more.

What’s been happening:

I’ve been in a fog listening to Taylor’s album over and over again and trying to figure out who all the songs are about and decode everything. Who else is like this? And what’s your favorite song on the album?

Yesterday my sisters and I took my mom to a cookie decorating class.  If you are local to the Capital District, it’s called Capital Cooks and they have a variety of different classes you can take. It was a lot of fun!

girl standing with decorated cookies from Capital Cooks cookie decorating class in Colonie, NY

 

Here’s what we talked about this week on the blog:

These DIY Tea bags are a super sweet gift for Mother’s Day or if you’re planning a little Mother’s Day tea.

DIY homemade tea bags Mother's Day tea

 

And speaking of Mother’s Day, if you’re looking for a gift idea, check out my Mother’s Day gift guide. Click here to see them all.

Mother's Day gift guide 2024 - omnilux eye mask, cross body bag, mama sweatshirt, jewelry and more gifts for her

In case you missed it, there’s going to be a new weekly segment called “The Wednesday Salad”. Every Wednesday from now through summer, I’ll be bringing you a new salad recipe to add to your repertoire for outdoor dining and entertaining.

I kicked it off with this spring orzo salad. Click here for the recipe.

Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

And make sure you’re subscribed so that you get the recipe right to your inbox every Wednesday!

This easy spring outfit – when all else fails, a good pair of yoga pants, a chambray top and white sneaks are my go to!

On my bookshelf/Kindle To Be Read

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain – the reviews say that fans of Desperate Housewives will love this one.

“In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good. There’s just one problem.

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless façade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.”

Dirty Little Secrets

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins – This is another thriller but with vacation vibes.

“As kids, Emily and Chess were inseparable. But by their 30s, their bond has been strained by the demands of their adult lives. So when Chess suggests a girls trip to Italy, Emily jumps at the chance to reconnect with her best friend.

Villa Aestas in Orvieto is a high-end holiday home now, but in 1974, it was known as Villa Rosato, and rented for the summer by a notorious rock star, Noel Gordon. In an attempt to reignite his creative spark, Noel invites up-and-coming musician, Pierce Sheldon to join him, as well as Pierce’s girlfriend, Mari, and her stepsister, Lara. But he also sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Mari writing one of the greatest horror novels of all time, Lara composing a platinum album––and ends in Pierce’s brutal murder.

As Emily digs into the villa’s complicated history, she begins to think there might be more to the story of that fateful summer in 1974. That perhaps Pierce’s murder wasn’t just a tale of sex, drugs, and rock & roll gone wrong, but that something more sinister might have occurred––and that there might be clues hidden in the now-iconic works that Mari and Lara left behind.

Yet the closer that Emily gets to the truth, the more tension she feels developing between her and Chess. As secrets from the past come to light, equally dangerous betrayals from the present also emerge––and it begins to look like the villa will claim another victim before the summer ends.”

Villa

Latest finds that I’m loving

This stuff works soooo good and gives such a natural glow.

I love this set for summer and it comes in many other colors too!

Now that popsicle season is here, these are a must!

 

Some of my favorite finds around the web this week:

I saw this recipe for these Ghirardelli 7 layer brownie bars it’s all I can think about.

Easy Ghirardelli Seven Layer Brownie Bar Recipe.

This is just the cutest idea to show your teachers how much you appreciate them for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher appreciation gift idea - Headband that says "Thanks for helping me get ahead"

I know there’s alot of Swifties and book lovers here, so check out which book you should read next based on your favorite Era.

Earth Day is tomorrow and these seed bombs are a perfect craft for the kids to celebrate.

Earth Day Seed Bombs

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Stay tuned this week for Mother’s Day printables, the latest Wednesday Salad and my spring planter boxes.

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Nesting Sunday Brunch at The Scene espresso martini

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Nesting on this last weekend in February.

Also, we went all of of February without a Nesting post so I guess this is the first and last of the month. It’s been pretty busy over here 🙂

But spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? I am ready for all the green, flowers and to be outside and feel the sunshine on my face.

And speaking of spring, did you see that Diane Von Furstenberg has her own line at Target? The colors are amazing for spring and it will be live March 23! Click here to see the whole line.

Diane Von Furstenberg for Target line March 23

 

Every Friday night, we do pizza picnic as a family and usually watch a movie and play a game together. This one was new to us and the kids (and us) thought it was hysterical.  Linking it here.

WHAT DO YOU MEME? Family Edition - The Best in Family Card Games for Kids and Adults

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen that lately I have been perfecting my skincare routine. It took me over 30 years to get one (that doesn’t include St Ive’s apricot scrub) and my skin looks the best it ever has. I’ll be sharing more about what I use later this week but one thing that I have recently added and love, is microneedling at home. Do you microneedle?

Here’s more of what I shared recently:

This Leprechaun Bait snack mix is highly addictive and perfect for all of March.

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

This adorable bunny basket to decorate your front door for spring.

An adorable Easter door basket

And here’s more of my favorite Bunny decor for Easter and spring.

Bunny decor for easter and spring

 

 

This week’s Amazon finds

These were the best seller of the week as highly discussed in my Instagram stories so get your groove back and thank me later 😉

I’ve been living in this tunic and it’s so soft and comfortable and I think makes a cute statement.

white drawstring spring tunic sweatshirt from Amazon

I stumbled upon this adorable cloche when I was looking for Easter finds and isn’t it so adorable?

Mud Pie 7.5" X 10.5" Glass Bunny Ear Cloche, WHITE

 

My favorite finds of the week on the web

Have you heard of the term “Golden retriever boyfriend”? Think Travis Kelce or Jeremiah from The Summer I Turned Pretty with that adorable golden retriever energy. But what about the other breeds? This article came up on my Facebook feed and it describes the personality traits of other dog breeds and equates them to what they would be like as partners. You can read the whole list here.

But I got to wondering what breed Rick would be. He says German Shepherd – loyal, protects his family and hard working

You will have to tell me about your partner in the comments.

what is a golden retriever boyfriend and more dog breeds for your S.O.

37 perennials to plant and forget it for your cut flower garden.

If you love personality tests like the Enneagram or Myers-Brigg, here’s a new one for you – Discover your Human Design. Find your type and learn more about yourself.

Do you like moscow mules? This mandarin mule from Midwest Life and Style looks so refreshing for spring doesn’t it?

Mandarin Mule Cocktail with Mandarin Orange Garnish

And speaking of drinks, how cute are these ice cubes for Easter? Jessie Daye shows you how to make them here.

 

Stay tuned next week for  the skincare routine you need over the age of 30, Easter Basket Finds, and an easy sheet pan meal!

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Nesting in January - coffee with heart drawn in snow

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Welcome to the first Nesting of 2024!

If you are new here, it’s a little weekly recap of things that have been happening on the blog, my favorite finds on the Internet and more.

If I’m being honest, this past week has felt like a long, strange trip. It feels like it should be January 42nd doesn’t it?

The months of January and February are my least favorite. But I am using this time to “winterize” and enjoy reading, cooking and doing all the things that nourish my soul.

This week I finally started out on my last semester towards my BSN. This was a little venture I started 7 years ago before I had the kids and I am now excited to finally be finishing! I am here to tell you that you are never too old to go back to school or achieve those goals and dreams.

Here’s what’s been happening lately on the blog:

The Winter Reading Challenge is in full swing! Come see what it’s all about and how to join in here.

These baked dill pickle ranch chips are the perfect snack for Super Bowl Sunday or watching the Bills vs Chiefs today. Go Taylor! I mean Chiefs! Click here for my recipe.

Woman wearing a Kansas City Chiefs sweatshirts eating baked dill pickle ranch chips for Super Bowl Sunday snack

 

This recipe is a family favorite in our house and will be in yours too! Here’s my CBZ, my chicken broccoli ziti! It’s the perfect winter comfort meal. Click here for my recipe.

Nicolle's chicken broccli and ziti, or CBZ. Roasted chicken tenderloins and broccoli are served over ziti with a homemade alfredo sauce.

 

If you are looking for a non-candy Valentine’s Day idea for school or friends, this one has been popular the past few years. Here is my free printable and DIY.

Free Valentines Day Printable

 

Amazon Stuff

I shared these Valentine’s Day Finds all from Amazon, to celebrate love day and Galentine’s! Click here to see them all.

15 fun Valentine's Day finds - satin pajamas, valentine's pajamas, wine glasses, Dash waffle iron, Valentine's decor and more

These were a top seller this past week.

I also just bought this top and I can’t wait to try it on!

If you missed it, be sure to check out your top Amazon purchases of 2023! Click here to see them all.

Amazon readers favorites of 2023 - snail mucin, glass etched mugs, mock turtleneck sweatshirts, flare leggins, and more

What I’ve been watching, reading and eating.

Currently watching

25 years later and I’ve been binging the Sopranos. It’s sooo good. Have you seen it?

Nesting - what I'm watching and reading 25 years later watching The Sopranos

I know there’s alot of true crime fans here. And you need to watch American Nightmare on Netflix. It is so bizarre and will have you guessing the whole time.

I also just started Murder in Boston which is another true crime story on HBO.

I also can’t wait for Feud: Capote vs The Swans which comes out January 31st! The trailer looks so good.

 

Currently Reading

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros  – this is totally different from what I typically read but it is so so good! I am halfway done!

Fourth Wing (International Edition)

 

Eating/Drinking

I found this popcorn at Fresh Market and I can not stop eating it.

My cozy coffee is the perfect way to start your winter mornings. Sharing my recipe here.

Some of my favorite finds on the Internet this week

These are the cutest printable Valentine’s cards for Swifties.

Taylor Swift friendship bracelets in small clear bags with Valentine's cards.

I want every single one of these reading nooks in my home.

This winter wonderland tablescape from my friend Michele is so adorable. It makes me want to host a winter dinner party.

winter wonderland place setting white tablecloth ivory crocheted table runner down center of table white felt snowflake placemat white dinner plate layered with white salad plate white mitten beside plates with knife and fork inside white clay snowflake on top of plate with white card with name on it for placecard

My sister sent me this on Instagram and they are all adorable. Which one is your favorite? They all look so cozy.

My friend Melinda shared her recipe for these homemade cinnamon toast crunch bagels and I have not been able to stop thinking about them.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Stay tuned for this week where I’m sharing my homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese, and a red velvet recipe for Valentine’s Day!

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