02: Week in Review

January 15, 2023


christy dawn emerson dress - M Loves M @marmar

Happy Sunday friends! The sun came out today after a few rainy days and it was so beautiful. We went on a family walk and I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to feel the sunshine on our faces. Also the fact that we didn’t need our big puffy jackets was amazing. It makes me feel like spring isn’t too far away!


my plan is to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning.


SUNDAY: Roast Chicken with White Beans – a classic Sunday supper. This dish is so comforting and delicious. I love that it allowed us to have chicken bones to make stock with, and also leftover chicken for Wednesday night’s dinner.

MONDAY: Zuppa Toscana with fresh sourdough – This soup is one of our favorites. It’s from this Half Baked Harvest cookbook, which I hope I’ve convinced you all to buy by now. We cook from it quite often! This recipe from her blog is quite similar but instead of the potato gnocchi you add potatoes.

TUESDAY: Taco Bowls- A Tuesday repeat! We always look forward to Tuesday nights where we put together bowls or tacos with all the taco fixings.

WEDNESDAY: Brussel Sprout Salad wth Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette with leftover chicken (recipe below)

THURSDAY: White Fish with Fried Capers and Olives – from this cookbook

FRIDAY: Cauliflower Pizzas- We’ve been craving pizza so we made some different combos. One pizza had pesto, goat cheese, spinach, and mozzarella. Another had red sauce, mushrooms, onions, fennel, and sausage, and of course, we had to include a classic margarita pizza!

SATURDAY: Cacio e Pepe pasta with roasted zucchini

making cacio e pepe pasta - M Loves M @marmar

Brussels Sprout Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette
For the Dressing
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
For the Salad
  • 12 ounces Brussels sprouts shaved
  • 2 cups mixed greens or arugula
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup pepitas toasted
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake until well combined. Set aside.

  2. Place the shaved Brussls sprouts, lettuce, shredded chicken, sliced apple, dried cranberries, pepitas, and goat cheese in a large serving bowl.

  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat evenly. Let rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving so the Brussels soak in the dressig a bit.



I love Christy Dawn‘s clothing so much and I just picked up this new dress with the loveliest block printed design (made from vegetable dyes). I was drawn to it because it’s so different from anything else I have and I already have a feeling I’ll be wearing it a ton. The neckline is so pretty and it’s just a very comfortable style. I have an exclusive discount featured on My Promo page, but you can use code 15Mara to save a little!

One of my favorite postpartum pieces has been this ribbed nursing dress. It is made of the softest fabric, so comfortable and soft and I love the snaps for easy breastfeeding access. If you’re postpartum, I highly recommend this piece that could even be worn during pregnancy. It’s also available here, but check here for all the color options.


H&M is having a sale right now and there are so many classic staples I have my eye on. I love the look of a black bodysuit tucked into some higher rise jeans and this one has the loveliest neckline. These jeans are ideal too – not too tight and not too loose.

When it comes to outerwear, I’m always drawn to a classic trench coat and this one is under $100. I’m also a big fan of throwing on a denim jacket to make an outfit more casual. I love the wash and fit of this one!

This rib-knit cardigan is under $20 and looks so high-end. This sweater is a little pricier but wow those sleeves! Love a cashmere blend too.

If you’re looking for a rib-knit dress, this one is perfect! It would be in my cart so fast if it was nursing friendly. But alas, I’ll have to wait a bit longer. I bet it would be so so cute with a little baby bump too!

I’ve been watching old classic movies lately which have inspired me to get a pair of ballet flats. I love this black pair on sale, but I also have my eye on this nude style.

Also it’s the last few hours of the Doen Snow Day sale – take advantage if you’ve had your eye on something!


As I mentioned last week, Matthew and I have a monthly date night goal and we checked off January this past Monday. Baby Beatrice came along and it was so nice to get out and head downtown for lunch. We’re so thankful to Matthew’s mom for being able to watch the older kids while we snuck in some quality time. As life has gotten busier, it’s been harder to find that time but it’s just as important – if not more so.

I’ve been watching some classic old movies lately which has been so enjoyable. This past week I watched Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant and Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand. I especially loved Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy wardrobe in Charade…so stunning and glamorous!

Something I want to remember from this week: We had an afternoon where these huge puffy flakes of snow started falling down. Augustine and Corinna quickly scrambled to put on their snow jackets and boots and ran outside trying to catch the snowflakes. It was amazing to look up to the sky and see the hundreds of thousands of snowflakes falling down!

Beatrice is almost 3 months old and we love her so much! She gave me a very generous 8 hours stretch of sleep which made me feel like a whole new person. I’ve been loving holding her in my baby carrier. This one is a new carrier to me this time around, but I still gravitate back to this carrier that I loved so much with Corinna. Baby wearing is the best and something I know I’ll miss years down the road.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!! Make sure to follow along on Instagram for a peek of what we’re up to!