Oct 31, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone and Happy Halloween!  We have a busy day ahead and are celebrating my husband's holiday birthday, while simultaneously fueling our childrens' sugar highs.  It's time to link up with Amanda for this week's Friday Favorites!

Fresh flowers are my jam these days, and apparently Greyson's too.  Every week when we are at the grocery store, I let him pick our blooms for the week.  He nailed it with these yellow mums this week!

I have been working on making the perfect at home faux pumpkin spice latte.  Right now, I am going for a mix of that and a bulletproof coffee.  I put a cup of hot coffee, one tablespoon pumpkin puree, a heavy pinch of pumpkin pie spice, one teaspoon butter, and some stevia in the Vitamix and give it a good whirl until there's a lot of froth.  It's saving me dollars at Starbucks, and making my Fall-loving heart happy.

My last StitchFix was better than they have been.  The last few months have been straight up stale, as in send it all back and stew it about it for no reason.  I love this top I got, though.  I can't find it anywhere online and the lighting in our bedroom is pretty horrific, so use your imagination and trust me I will post more pics.  P.S.  like the ladders and treadmills and random crap everywhere still?  Yeah, me neither.  

I decided it was time for a hair change and went darker.  I plan on adding highlights back in but my stylist thought I should give me hair a few weeks to breath (where's my instant gratification?!)  I'm torn on how I feel about it and completely incapable of getting a good picture of it where I either look good (aka not sleep-deprived and sorta wrinkly) or where the lighting is acceptable.  Fail upon fail!

I got this cereal on a whim the other day and can't stop eating it.  I'm not a cereal eater, but this stuff is cracktastic!

YOU GUYS.  Favorite of the favorites.  TARGET HAS LEOPARD WORKOUT PANTS!  Scream that from the rooftops!  My Target had one pair left and they happened to be in my size.  Then the angels sang.  For all of my fellow Barre lovers, they are long enough (I'm 5'7) that they wrap around the bottom half of my foot comfortably.  Get yours here!

Have a fabulous weekend lovelies!
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Oct 30, 2014

Pink and Green

I'm a wanna be boho chic, romantic, girly, edgy, modern, type dresser.  But deep down, my roots are preppy.  They're so preppy and they will always veer to the true prep colors, including pink and green.  There are days when I want to throw on everything Lilly, and all things hot pink and kelly green.  Then, there are days like this, where I just want to make it a little more subtle and wear a favorite boyfriend sweater and an old (wish it were still available!) Kate Spade bag in a whisper of mint.  The daily pink and green.

Have a fabulous day!

*linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts on Thursday!  Make sure to join the link up!
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Oct 29, 2014

My New Favorite Salad

I love salads for lunch and sometimes just crave them for dinner randomly.  I just dislike making salads more than most other foods for no real reason in particular, so I will avoid making them at times.  My friend Helen made me this amazing salad for lunch one day and I literally was about to secretly type the ingredients into my phone while she was doing it so I wouldn't forget them because it is THAT GOOD.  I realized I have all of the ingredients on hand, and what I don't have can easily be switched out for something else that we all have either in our fridge or pantry most of the time.

- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup arugla
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 tbsp sundried mushrooms
- 2 tbsp marinated artichoke hearts
- 2 hardboiled egg whites, diced
- 2 tbsps hummus
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp balsamic glaze
- 4 oz. cooked chicken breast

I put everything together on the plate and then kind of mix it all up as I eat.  I use whatever greens I have in the fridge and the protein rotates between chicken breast (always leftovers), deli turkey, and tunafish, depending on what we have.  Sometimes I add onions or tomatoes, or garbanzo beans and feta cheese.  I also swear by balsamic glaze because I love the sweet kick it gives.

And always add the hummus! How I never discovered this before is beyond me, but it delish!!

Have a fabulous day!

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Oct 28, 2014


Happy Tuesday friends!  We had a slightly crazy Monday that involved a super sad little lady at school.  Anyone have any advice on how to deal with a kiddo that really dislikes school all of a sudden?  Breaks my mama heart to get phone calls of my child crying at school and having to go calm her down.  Sometimes I online shop to get through the stressful days.  That's so bad (sorry Josh!) and eat all of the Halloween candy (sorry diet!)  Speaking of shopping, has anyone noticed how on top of things Old Navy has been?  I want almost everything for myself and for the kids.  I may have put all of these things into my shopping cart then, clearly, had to some serious editing.  

Are you as in love with these cuties as I am?  Throw in the free shipping on orders over $50 and daily deals and discounts and I am sold!

Happy shopping!

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Oct 27, 2014

Grey on Grey

Happy Monday lovelies!  We had a great weekend but I am always glad when it's Monday because I freaking love routine way too much.  #notnormal My daily uniform right now is some skinnies, fun flats, a tote and a fun tee shirt.  As much as I love a great blouse, tee shirts just hold up better with all of the cooking/cleaning/coloring that goes on in my life on a daily basis.  This shirt is easy to clean, comfortable, and has a fun touch with a split in the back.  Who doesn't love a little party in the back?

Have a fabulous day!

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Oct 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

HAPPY FRIDAY!  I'm yelling that from the rooftops!  Today is going to be a great day because it's Friday, I finally get to see Avery in action at school and we are going to a fall birthday party that I think the kids will love!  I'm hoping to get a lot done around the house this weekend, and some serious hair maintenance (do I go darker?!)  But, let's backtrack and talk about everything I have been loving this week!

Goodie baskets
... are my new weird obsession with making.  I love to go through the Dollar Spot at Target for the kiddos during a holiday or any sort of life event (school starting, etc.)  I have decided these will be my new go-to gift too.  I mean, who doesn't want a bucket full of fun treats?  This was Avery's Halloween bucket I made this week!

After my first handheld spiralizer bit the dust last week, this bad boy kept popping up on my favorite blogs (Amanda!) so I finally bit the bullet and ordered it.  Worth every penny.  If I can stop shoving candy corn in my mouth, this will be quite the diet helper!  Get yours here!

I have been a huge homebody this week for no reason.  Do you ever get in a mood where you just want to be at home? Yeah, that's been me.  I am going to blame the weather and a random crazy workload, but I do love being home sipping some coffee and listening to my little man play.

Blanket Scarves
I am a scarf junkie and hopped right on to that blanket scarf trend with no shame.  The one I ordered from Asos finally came! It's no longer available online, seriously, but this one is the same in a different color.  Get it while you can because they are going fast!

Seriously, I can't stop thinking about her.  Love at first sight.  I am kicking myself for not scooping this up during any of the recent sales. I also can't decide between the brown and maroon.  My problems are real.

This Quote
The fashion world lost a great man this week and this quote all but brings me to tears.  I love it and want to read it over and over because it is an absolute truth.

Have a fabulous weekend!!


linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites!

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Oct 23, 2014

Black and Leopard

Happy Thursday babes!  Who is excited it is almost the weekend? ME! (say that like Elle Woods when she finds out she got the internship.)  Today is a Thoughts for Thursday day and it is all about my recent love of black.  I worked in retail and fashion before I had babies and the dress code revolves around black, black and black.  For years, I avoided the color like the plague, letting navy blue be the closest I got to it.  This year, I am finally opening my heart to black again (sounds pretty soul less?)  I lurve this Loft sweater, which there is almost always a promo code for (never pay full price!) and my usual suspects these days of my Kendra Scott earringsGigi clutch and strappy sandals.  I need more reasons and tops to wear with these leopard J Brand skinny jeans because, duh, leopard.  All suggestions welcome!

Please excuse my horrendous roots, I have some quality time scheduled at the salon on Saturday.  I am thinking of going darker, thoughts?

Have a fabulous day!

Linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts on Thursday!

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Oct 22, 2014

Shopaholic: Joie

Today's Shopaholic is all about one of my go-to, favorite brands, Joie.  I have been wearing this brand for years, since they first started selling over ten years ago and still wear some of those original pieces.  Their price point is at the Contemporary level (think Cusp at Neiman Marcus) but they almost always go on amazing sale and I rarely buy anything of theirs full price.  This is a brand I don't mind paying a little more for because the pieces are classic, durable and last me for a long time.  Here are a bunch of tops I am eyeing right now, some on sale!  

1. Lilibeth Sweater
2. Selima Blouse
3. Iva Blouse
4. Padma Blouse
5. Adia Tee
6. Maddie Top
7. Purine Blouse
8. Hildalgo Sweater

P.S. I just scored the Maddie top on super sale here!

Happy shopping and have a fabulous day!

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Oct 21, 2014

Holidays: Pumpkin Muffins

Happy Tuesday!   Halloween has me on a complete pumpkin everything kick every year (as I sip a pumpkin spice coffee typing this!)  Pumpkin muffins are one of my easiest ways to get that fix! I tried this recipe last year and was reminded of it when Natalie post it again recently.  I changed it up a little over the last couple of times making it to make it to our taste, including adding a little more sugar and some cinnamon.  Every bite gets me more excited for the 31st!  I also changed it to make it gluten free (Cup4Cup flour!)

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
recipe adapted via

1.5 cups flour (I used Cup4Cup to make it gluten free)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon and sugar mixed together

- Preheat oven to 350 and lined muffin tins with 12 liners.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
- In a second bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil and sugar.  Add dry ingredients and mix well until evenly combined.
- Evenly divide among 12 muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean
- Let cool for five minutes then sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top and continue cooling.

We eat ours with whipped cream and it is DELICIOUS!  

Linking up with some of my favorite ladies KatieAnnieCait and Lisa to share one of my favorite Fall/Halloween recipes! Also linking up with my girl Kate!

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Oct 20, 2014


Happy Monday lovelies!  This was such a productive weekend - I scored major deals on shoes for the kids, spent some quality time with friends, cooked up a storm, got a ton done on our house, and got in lots of Fall activities.  I also got to wear my new J Brand jeans that I am totally obsessed with.  I was never a fan of ripped jeans, I mean who buys their jeans ripped? All of a sudden, I saw these and had a complete change of heart.  They're so comfy and I adore the rips - their perfection.  Now I want ALL of the distressed denim!  I paired them with my new booties and a classic Equipment tee (never too much camo) and a chunky necklace to glam it up.  It was a great, easy weekend look.  Seriously, I cannot recommend these jeans enough.  They sit up a little higher and suck everything in and the rips are reinforced so they can't tear any more.  

Have a fabulous day!

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