Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!  Yay for Friday!  I hope you all had an amazing week.  Our week was just that...amazing.  It was the first week in literally forever since we have had NOTHING on the calendar.  Truly a miracle in this house and we certainly made the most of it.  The weather was fantastic and the Indians were in the plays offs so we just enjoyed having home cooked meals at home and watched the Tribe.  The perfect week!

In typical Friday fashion, I am linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci this week for a little weekly recap of my favorites.


As I mentioned above, our beloved Indians have been in the playoffs and clinched a spot in the World Series on Thursday.  To say this city has gone nuts is an understatement.  I couldn't be happier for my below city and baseball team and anxiously awaiting the start of the World Series next week.  It's such a fun time now for our family, our kids are getting older and starting to get to know our local sports teams.  Playoff game nights in our house are a family event now and it's so fun to root for our Indians as a family.  


Warm Fall weather is what I have also been loving this week.  The tree tops might be telling a different story with their slow change in color, however, we have had record breaking Summer-like temps all week which has been simply fantastic.  

We have certainly tried to make the most of it by hitting up 2 pumpkin patches this past weekend and playing outside every chance we get.


We have been enjoying WAY to many sugary Fall treats (someone needs to hide the Halloween candy...stat!) of the season including these Pillsbury Pumpkin pre cut cookies.  My family loves them and I will buy one box per season for us to enjoy.  Yum!!

I also made a lot of comfort food this week including my Easy Stuffed Peppers and Chilli.  It's amazing how much cooking one can do when you don't have a million after school activities during the week :)


I announced yesterday on the blog that I decided to become a Beauty Guide with Limelight by Alcone.  I am so beyond thrilled to be partnering with this highly respected company and selling makeup is truly a dream come true for me.  The make up is professional grad and at a very reasonable price point.  Everything has been going so well so far and beyond excited for the future!


Healthy kids.  This has been probably my biggest favorite of the week and something I am SO thankful for.  We had been going through a rough patch since the end of September and finally had our first healthy week in a LONG time.  We had a little bit of a scare on Thursday, I got a call from the school saying that Jillian had a stomach ache and to come get her, however, it turned out to be nothing and she was completely fine the next day.  We are just SO over the back to school germs in this house already that I am praying for a healthier Winter.  Aren't their school pictures cute this year?  Jillian lost both of her top teeth a few days after this was taken, so glad to have one last pic before they fell out.

Have a great weekend friends!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

An Exciting Announcement...I am a Beauty Guide with Limelight by Alcone

Hello friends!!  I hope you are all having an amazing week.  The weather here in Cleveland has been absolutely beautiful and the excitement and love for our city has been at an all time high as our Indians clinched the American League pennant yesterday and are now heading to the World Series next week.  We all seem to be walking around with an extra spring in our step this week and I couldn't be more excited about the future.   In fact, I couldn't wait to share with you all another reason that I am excited about the future these days...I am so thrilled to announce to you that I have officially joined Limelight by Alcone as a Beauty Guide.  What is Limelight by Alcone?  Limelight is a direct sales company owned by the Alcone Company, a popular professional grade cosmetics store located in New York City and frequented by well known celebrities and make up artists.  The Alcone Company began as a pharmacy in the 1950's which sold cosmetics to Broadway Showgirls and Actresses.  The Alcone Store, hidden in a little neighborhood in New York City, is still one of the best kept secrets of make up artists and celebrities today.   

Two family members of the Alcone Company, Michele and Madison, decided to share Alcone's secret with the rest of the country which is how Limelight by Alcone came to be.  Limelight is now expanding their reach so everyone can take advantage of these amazing professional grade cosmetics and all natural skincare by purchasing them through Independent Beauty Guides at a fraction of the cost. 

Limelight by Alcone products are compiled of some of the most popular cosmetics that make up artists and celebrities have loved for years!  Limelight by Alcone has partnered with several make up brands such as RCMA foundation, il Makiage (The company who originally produced MAC pigments), Kryolan Dermacolor Concealer and Skindinavia setting sprays.  All of these professional brands have paired with Limelight exclusively and what sets Limelight by Alcone apart from other make up companies.

With my exciting new business, I have also launched a new blog...Karen Tucci Beauty which will feature Limelight specific posts along with fun make up tips and tricks.  I would love for you to stop by!

There is so much excitement and demand behind this young company right now, which is on the cusp of huge hyper growth.  I am so thrilled to be one of the first 3,000 Beauty Guides within this ground floor opportunity and beyond excited for the future!  If you would like to learn more about this amazing opportunity with Limelight by Alcone, please email me at to learn more.  I look forward to hearing from you!           

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello friends! I hope you all had an amazing week.  The sickies have seem to have taken over our home this week which has been no fun for anyone.  Happy Back to School, right?? 

Can I get an Amen to drive thru's when you have sick kiddos?  Currently wishing Target had one....LOL!

It's Friday though and looking forward to hopefully the babies getting well this weekend.  In typical Friday Fashion, I am linking up with a few of my favorite bloggers for a little Friday Favorites recap.


All joking aside, this little guy gave us a bit of a scare! Both kids came down with this crazy virus where they were fine one minute, and then spiking a fever the next.  Nicholas came down with a 104.4 fever Sunday night and was suddenly extremely lethargic.  We decided to drive him to the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric ER to be safe.  He gave us a good scare but thankfully with this virus, it left almost as quickly as it came.  


This one came down with Illness #2 on Wednesday.  She had the horrible fever virus last week and now has a nasty cough, laryngitis, and a low grade fever.  I am keeping her home from school again today as she spent all last night coughing with barely any rest.

Somehow with all of these illnesses circling around here, both kids managed to make their picture days this week.


Jillian had picture day on Wednesday...


and this handsome guy on Thursday.  I may be biased but I think they both looked adorable:)

In spite of this Mama going slightly nuts with all of the illnesses, I did manage to buy a few cute items on (read about my obsession with here) and a few other on line clothing boutiques. 

I have had my eye on this darling Utility Vest in Olive for weeks now. offers this deal every few days so if you happen to miss it, it should come back.   The key to success is to download their app and stalk the daily previews.  Ha!

I also purchased this striped tunic to go with my new favorite vest.  

And these adorable booties in taupe to complete the outfit.  I also picked up this awesome iPhone stand to use for Live Streaming videos with my business.

How fun is that?  It clamps to anything! Love :)

Jeff and I are headed to Vegas for a much needed anniversary trip next wee and wanted to spruce up my Fall wardrobe a bit.  It's been YEARS since the two of us have been to Vegas and I couldn't be more excited!

I purchased this top in black, it will be perfect for walking the Vegas Strip during the day, along with this darling crystal statement necklace that Hi Sugarplum wore earlier this week.  You can purchase it  from Accessory Concierge at 20% off using the coupon code REDBOOK20.

Next week is going to be a fun mail week, eek!  I can't wait to show you once it all comes in.


In other news, this saying was on my heart this Summer as I coined this as the official mantra for my "Summer of Rest".  I needed to step away from a few things and fully concentrate on enjoying my family and the amazing weather.  It felt great to clear my head for a few months and to focus on what truly mattered.  I am SO glad I did because it brought me to my next chapter in life and I couldn't be more excited for what's to come.  Stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the next week!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wedding Weekend

Hello friends!  Happy Wednesday :)  I hope you are all having a great week.  It's picture day week around here so I have been stressing busy picking out everyone's outfit and making sure we have everything set for the big day.  I never realized how stressful picture day could be until I became a parent.  Anyone else get completely stressed over picture day?  Thankfully Jillian looked adorable this morning for the big day and her outfit was totally on point.  

Nicholas's big day is tomorrow, one down one to go!!!  Doesn't she look darling?

This weekend, we took a little road trip to Parkersburg, West Virginia for my cousin Amy's wedding.  It was a fun little weekend getaway with a lot of quality time spent with family.  Between my siblings and I, we have 7 children (with one on the way!) that are all very close in age.  

It's always so much fun getting all of the sweet cousins together, and this time was even more special as they all experienced their very first wedding.

The wedding was outside at their local Country Club and the weather couldn't have been more perfect for the occasion.

All of the girl cousins waiting front and center for the Bride.

My sweet boy hanging out with Daddy, waiting patiently for the ceremony to begin.

After the ceremony, Nicholas insisted on taking a ride in a golf cart.  This kid is obsessed with all things Golf and even got to steer which completely made his day.

After dinner, the cousins had a blast dancing the night away. No wedding is complete without a little Whip, Nae Nae, right?  So adorable that they all knew the moves.

Thank you so much for stopping by, have an amazing day!


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Monday, September 26, 2016

One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta

Happy Monday Friends!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend.  We celebrated my cousin's wedding and enjoyed a little family adventure out of town.  It was fun to getaway for the weekend and spend time with family.

Last week, I posted a few pictures and stories on Instagram while cooking this delicious pot cheesy sausage pasta.  As promised, I wanted to share the full recipe with all of you.  I absolutely love that this meal can literally be made in one easy.  I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine!

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Turkey Sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (I used the dried minced garlic as a quick alternative)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream (I used Skin Milk for a healthier alternative)
  • 8 oz bow tie pasta 
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (I used a reduce fat option)
  • A handful of chopped scallions
How to Make It:

Add olive oil to a 4-5 quart saute pan over medium high heat. Add chopped onions and sliced sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds.  Add chicken broth, tomatoes, milk, pasta, and seasonings. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.  Turn off the heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cover for about five minutes to allow cheese to melt. Top with sliced scallions and serve.  Easily serves a family of 4.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

New Blog Header Reveal and a Quick Blog Makeover Tip

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend.  It's Monday and typically around these parts I blog on Monday's all about our weekend via my Instagram Wrap up, however, we were so busy that I literally posted ONE picture on Instagram this weekend so there's that.... #instagramfail #iwilltryagainnextweekend

Instead, let's chat today about blog designs and the reveal of my new pretty and sparkly blog header!  Isn't she beautiful?  I am totally in LOVE and completely digging the new gold foil and glitter trend these days that I had to spruce up the ole' blog with a little gold sparkle too.

As a Blogger of 10 years, I have experienced my fair share of blog designs and headers.  I have designed my own blog headers via Picmonkey and have also paid professional blog designers for full blown, custom made blog designs.  I love looking back at each one and reflecting on how much Karen At Home has evolved.  

Here is a look back at a few Karen At Home Blog headers over the years:

Some blog designs I have truly loved, some...not so much.  If you are like me, you love giving your blog a makeover to keep things fresh and new.   There are several options available out there to keep your blog looking beautiful and that will reflect your own personal style without breaking the bank.  I have personally found that a pre-made blog design outside of designing it yourself is the most inexpensive way to go.  

My current blog design and header I have recently purchased through Etsy.  I have found so many simple and chic options through Etsy that are also extremely affordable.  My current blog template is no longer available, however, a similar option can be found HERE and my new gold glitter blogger header can be found HERE.  Another great thing about these pre-made blog designs is that they are easy to upload into your blog and you can even tweak the font and colors through Blogger's easy Design feature.  Easy peasy! 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and sharing in my new blog design reveal.  Have a great week friends!

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I am SO ready for the weekend.  This week just felt crazy with it being a 4 day week, I am so looking forward to a few days off from the back to school rat race.

It's Friday friends and in typical blogging fashion, I am linking today up with Erika, Andrea and Narci  to share a few of our favorites from our week.

This sweet boy headed back to preschool this week and to say we were both ready is an understatement.  I am going to miss my little buddy so much, however, I could really tell this year he was REALLY missing his sister who went back to school a few weeks back.  He has a few friends in his class this year from his Preschool 3's class and know he is going to have so much fun reuniting with them again.  We are both looking forward to a great year!

It's September which means it's also time for me to start taking pictures of the trees behind our home again.  I do this every Fall and love to see the transformation of the beautiful trees.  Stay tuned for some amazing Fall colors coming your way!!  

Here is the baseline of our home that I took this week. 

In the next few weeks,  things will be looking like this...

The Fall Fashion bug has certainly bit me this week!!!  Even though temps here have been in the 80's and 90's, I have already started to prepare for when things start to take a nose dive which truly can be any day now for us.   I bought this adorable black and white striped tunic from  I plan on pairing it with an Olive military style blazer similarly shown in the picture below.

along with this adorable long sleeve baseball tee in grey and white.

Have I ever had a Friday Favorites post where I DON'T show some amazing awesomeness from  I am thinking No...

Peeptoe booties are also high on my wish list this Fall and have been absolutely been loving these from Target

And these from Nordstrom's

I am even loving these Tom's with the holes....

Can't wait to be able wear any one of these options! 

Well, I did it.  I survived another season of Bachelor in Paradise and honestly enjoyed it.  Albeit rather exhausting (4 hours a week!), it was the one TV show I actually made time for this Summer and it was quite entertaining.  Gotta love anything from the producers of the Bachelor!!  What are your thoughts about the 3 couples that got engaged?  I wish them all the best and look forward to now following them along on Social Media.  Who knows, anyone of them may be the next "Janner" and marry at the end of next season.

I hope you girls have an amazing weekend!

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