Pasta Casserole

Yummy meal that is quick and easy to throw together, You can double the portion and freeze one for that busy day. 


12 oz of uncooked pasta
1 lb of lean ground beef or turkey
1 onion chopped (about 1 cup)
1 16oz can Petite Diced tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste 
3 cups of mozzarella cheese

Preheat Oven to 350 F

Cook pasta according to package directions; set aside. 

Meanwhile, cook the ground beef and onion in a large skillet until all the beef is crumbled and browned. 
Season with salt and pepper
Stir in the tomato paste until well combined.
Then stir in the diced tomatoes (season to taste)

Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
Combine the cooked pasta with the meat mixture and 2 cups of the cheese.

Pour into a baking dish, top evenly with the remaining cheese.

bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes until heated through and cheese melted. 


Giveaway winners (Add space for May)

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Giveaway- 3 add spaces on Suburbsmama CLOSED

Would you like to promote your blog, etsy shop or website on Suburbsmama for FREE?

Well now you can. :)

I am giving away three add spaces for the month of MAY.

One Large and one medium and one small

Only one rule, you need to follow me via GFC.

All you need to do is leave a comment with a link to what you would like to advertise on my blog: your shop, blog or website. 

Please leave your email so I can contact you. :)

I will choose the three winners on Sunday the 29th.

I will announce the winners on my blog and contact by email telling you which add space you have won and ask you to go ahead and create your button and email it to me. 

Good Luck!

Finished Products- Reviews #2

Here's the deal, I love buying and trying out new beauty and health products. Usually as soon as I start using something I think it is the best thing in the world, but then after a few weeks some of the things make it under my sink and I stop using them for one reason or another.

So here I will tell you my honest opinion on products I have used up and weather or not I will repurchase them.

You can see my first post on some products here

Lets get started :)

Product name: Loreal True Match Blush in innocent flush
Where did I purchase: ulta, (but you can buy it at any drugstore)
Cost: $9.99
What the product claims to do: This lightweight and highly blend-able blush coordinate perfectly with true match makeup and powder.
My thoughts: I actually do not remember ever finishing a blush, with the exception of this one. I loved it so much I kept using it. I like using it in the spring and summer with peachy/coral lips.
Will I repurchase? yes. I already did

Product name: Not you mothers volumizing Hairspray
Where did I purchase: Walmart
Cost: Around $5
What the product claims to do: This hair spray has a firm hold and is humidity proof.
My thoughts: The only hair products I use is a heat protectant and hairspray. I like this one because it is dry, not sticky. And it is only $5! I can not justify spending over $10 on hairspray, this one does everything I want it to.
Will I repurchase? Yes, I already did.

Product name: Peter Rabbit Organics Baby Shampoo and body wash
Where did I purchase: Whole Foods
Cost: $16.99
What the product claims to do: A tear free shampoo, PH balanced, non-iritating, leaves scalp nourished and hair soft.
My thoughts: Love this baby wash, I am not kidding when I say it lasted me about 6 months. I love the pump, which is easy to use with a squirmy, wet baby. I LOVE IT. However, on my last two trips to Whole Foods, they were out.
Will I repurchase? yes

Product name: NYX propel my eyes mascara
Where did I purchase: NYX
Cost: $12
What the product claims to do: Get ready for aerodynamic lashes: The brush of this majestic mascara boasts a four way pinwheel design that lifts eyelashes and coats them in a truly conditioning formula, enriched with pro vitamin B5 and green tea extract.
My thoughts: It is alright, but not something I will go out of way to repurchase. I have tried better mascaras at the drugstore.
Will I repurchase? NO

Product name: Burts Bees Hair Repair Deep Conditioner
Where did I purchase: Target
Cost: $7.99
What the product claims to do: Repair and revitalize your hair naturally in just 2 minutes. PH balanced,Sodium Laurel/Laureth sulfate free, paraben free, phthalate free. 98.05% natural.
My thoughts: I really like this deep conditioner. Especially with using my burts bees shampoo and conditioner(which is not very conditioning)
Will I repurchase? yes

Product name: Cupcake Fresh Face Mask
Where did I purchase: lush (in store only)
Cost: $6.00
What the product claims to do: To calm breakouts, this rhassoul mud cleans and soothes, while cocoa butter, linseed and cocoa powder softens the skin.
My thoughts: I really like lush fresh faced masks, and this one did not disappoint. It smells like cupcake frosting. I feel that it really soothed my face (especially when I had a few breakouts)
Will I repurchase? YES

Product name: L'Oreal EverPure Color Care System
Where did I purchase: Target
Cost: $6 each
What the product claims to do: Color preserving formula with no sulfates, salts and surfactants that can strip and dull your hair.
My thoughts: This is my first sulfate free shampoo and I was not impressed. It was all right, but I like my burts bees shampoo/conditioner better.
Will I repurchase? NO

Product name: Bio Infusion Olive Oil deep conditioning treatment
Where did I purchase: Walgreens
Cost: $8.99
What the product claims to do: Helps restore essential nutrients, moisturize and revive damaged hair.
My thoughts: I really liked this deep conditioner. the directions said to leave in your hair for about 45 minutes, however, I did not see any difference with that. I left it in for about 2 hours while cleaning the house and doing chores. After I showered and blew dry my hair, it looked like I came back from the salon. I did this about twice a week.
Will I repurchase? Yes

Product name: Cetaphil Daily Clenaser
Where did I purchase: walmart (or any drugstore)
Cost: Around $6
What the product claims to do: Removes excess oil without drying, rinses clean.
My thoughts: I have been using this face wash for about 7 years, It is gentle and does not dry my face. It does not claim to do anything but clean your face. It works great with my clarisonic.
Will I repurchase? Yes

That wraps it up.
Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?

Tackling our next house project....

We are finally are moving on to our next project on our "To Do" list

Which is our family room. I honestly would not even call it a "room" it is so small.

Which is why we want to tear off this fireplace my hubby built a few years back. It was one of our first DIY projects and just was not a good idea. (it is too big and bulky and takes up to much room in our small room)

What's REALLY in my purse...

Natasha at little pink monster did a post this week on what is really in her diaper bag. Which really hit home for me.  Ever since I decided to get a bigger purse (to carry the kids things with mine) it has been a mess. (but since I do not need so much stuff for the kids anymore, a diaper bag seems to much) 

I decided to clean out my purse this morning, I dumped it all out onto the dining room table. 
Here is what I found. 

Angel Hair Pasta in Garlic Sauce

This dish can be served plain or add some grilled chicken, or whatever else you can think of.


1 (16 ounce) Angel Hair Pasta
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup of chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup of chopped red onion
1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
black pepper


Cook Pasta as directed on package

Meanwhile, heat oil in the skillet over medium-high heat

Saute Bell peppers and onions for about 3-5 minutes

Add chopped garlic

Drain Pasta well and mix with the garlic/bell pepper mixture

Mix in the fresh parsley

Top with cheese when serving

I hope you enjoy this :)

April 2012 Birchbox

I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.
Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 5-6 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.

You know how I love trying out new products? Well, with the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If you like the product you can go and buy the full size product at birch box.

If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box

What happens on rainy days...

On rainy days we tend to stay inside....

Altering a dress (adding length with the fabric belt)

I am so glad I held out for this dress.

I actually tried it on in the fall and loved it but didn't want to spend $34.99,
Because quite frankly I really didn't have anywhere to where it.
It was to short for church and I don't work in the office anymore.

So, on my most recent trip to H&M, I saw this dress on clearance.

However, they didn't have my size (size 6)
They only had a size 10

I tried it on and decided it was even better, because the size 10 was longer then the size six I tried on before.

Makeup Brushes Storage Idea...

I have been wanting to get a new container for my makeup brushes for a while now, because I wasn't liking how cramped my face brushes were:

Maybelline Mascara Comparison

I ran out of mascara and decided to try something new.
I picked up two Maybelline Mascara's from my ulta

My little munchkin...

This little munchkin is such a silly boy!

When he sees you with a camera he makes this "smily" face:

Playing with Pots while I am cooking:

Wearing daddy's hat:

Love, Love Love him!

Orange Breakfast Muffins

I found another great recipe on Pinterest.

My hubby loves breakfast muffins (something for him to grab on his way out the door)

This recipe is definitely a keeper :)

Orange Muffins
Yield: about 16 muffins

For the muffins:
1 cup milk
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
½ cup sour cream
2 large eggs
2 sticks (16 tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted
3½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1½ tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
Zest of 1 orange

For the glaze:
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1½ cups confectioners' sugar
1-2 tsp. orange zest

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line 16 wells of a muffin pan (or pans) with paper liners. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk, orange juice, sour cream, eggs and melted butter. Whisk together to blend. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to blend. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Fold in the orange zest with a spatula.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.

To make the glaze, combine the orange juice, confectioners' sugar, and orange zest in a small bowl. Whisk together until smooth, adding more juice if necessary to achieve your preferred consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the muffins while they are still warm. Allow the glaze to set before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Farmers Market

Today was such a beautiful day, we decided to go to the Farmers Market.

Although there wasn't to much produce there yet, there was still lots of flowers, food, baked goods, home made things and so on.

Here are just a few pics from today....

The park is right next to the Farmers Market.
The kids had a blast!

Thanks for visiting...