Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide- For the Baby

Happy Monday!  The holidays are now upon us!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week.    I thought I'd share a few gift guides this week to hopefully give you some ideas of what to get your loved ones.  I always love looking at other bloggers guides and seeing their picks.  I thought I'd start off with a guide for baby.  A lot of these choices are things on my list to get Benton.  He'll be 9 months old at Christmas (going on 10 months).  He won't really know what is going on during gift giving but he still needs a few little things, and I'm sure he'll love helping to unwrap!  Even if you don't have a baby yourself, maybe these will give you some ideas if you have a little niece, nephew, godchild, friends baby, etc. to shop for.

Placemat: here  | Booties: here | Baby Book: here | Soft Book: here  | Nutcracker Book: here | Puppy: here | Hat: here | Monogram Bib: here | Burts Bees Skincare: here | Shape Sorter: here | Sweater: here

Monday, November 13, 2017

Family Photos

Happy Monday! Hope you're all having a great start to the week!  We're having two friends over for dinner tonight to celebrate their birthdays.  Other than that, not doing a whole lot.  Benton woke up 4 times last night so I don't have any extra energy today!

Back at the end of September we had some family photos done at Fort Fisher.  Mary-Grace absolutely loves having her picture taken; definitely not camera shy AT ALL.  She is always wanting us to take pictures of her with our phones and loves to take pictures of things herself. Benton on the other hand, could have cared less about what was going on and wanted to go to sleep, ha!  Anyhow, I wanted share a few photos from the shoot.  Dana Hawley, who is a local photographer in the Wilmington area, was so patient with us taking these!  We first met her when she took our engagement photos then has done several more after that.  As Mary-Grace recently said "we're a whole pile of family"!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Home Inspiration- Master Bath Refresh

Josh and I have lived in our house for going on 9 years.  The only room in our house (albeit fairly small house) that hasn't been painted or really "decorated" is our master bath.  It's a pretty sad looking space.  I guess because it's not seen often by company, it has been my last focus.  It's not that large of a master bath.. only one sink and no separate shower, but it is what it is.  We definitely won't be doing anything else to it other than a refresh like this one since we only plan to live here for at most another 2 years.  The walls could also use a fresh coat of paint but below are my selections for what I want to include.  I love soothing colors and natural fabrics for a relaxing, clean feeling space.  These bath towels aren’t cheap but I love them.  I’ve found a great source for every day towels is Home Goods (love that store!).  I’ve gotten some great quality ones there for not much.  I also really love the double-prong shower hooks for the curtain and liner.  It’s such a pain to change out the liner with the single round hooks!   Is there a room in your house that could use a little refresh?

Solid Bath Towels: here | Stripe Bath Towels: here | Shower Curtain: here | Bath Mat: here | Shower Hooks: here | Waste Basket: here | Soap Dispenser: here | Candle: here

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Must-Haves

Our weather here in North Carolina is always irregular.  One day it could be 75 and sunny then the next it's 50 and raining.  Well, here it is November 6th and the high today is 79.  So much for wearing my favorite fall clothes...  I'll get the chance later in the week though when it's in the 50's again.  I've rounded up a few of my current must-haves below.  I scored the striped dress yesterday for $22! Also, the scarf comes in several other color options and is under $20!

ONE: here. TWO: here THREE: here. FOUR: here FIVE: here

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday Sale Sweep

Happy weekend everyone!  Do you have any special plans?  We have my dad and grandmother coming over for dinner and a movie later tonight.  Until then I plan to clean some around the house and take care of an errand or two.  I'm suppose to be taking the little ones to a farm tomorrow for some fun and to pick out pumpkins, but the weather forecast isn't looking so good right now.  I need to think of a back-up plan.  

Also happening this weekend- great sales!  I've rounded up several favorites for you that are listed below.

Ann Taylor: Extra 50% Sale Styles

Victorias Secret: 40% off Sleepwear and Lingerie

J.Crew Factory: Up to 60% everything

*Sales are current at the live time of post.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Focus- Capes

I just finished lunch.  I'm sitting here in yoga pants and t-shirt (mom life), looking outside my back doors at the sunshine and leaves blowing in the wind.  It's around 70 degrees today.  Not really fall-like, but soon enough the cooler temps will be here-  this weekend in fact! The nights have been chilly but the days still haven't really called for sweaters or jackets.   I may have said this before, but fall is my favorite season.  I'm not pumpkin spice obsessed but I do enjoy it, along with the changing of the leaves, cool nights that turn into cool days, chili cooking on the stove, an occasional football game, and the holidays.  I also love cozying up in a sweater and pulling out my boots to wear.  I still love my summer wardrobe and think that summer is the easiest season to dress for because there are less layers to "match", but cooler weather clothes are more comfortable.  Below, I've shared my one of my favorite on-trend season styles- the cape.  Any of these would be so chic paired with skinny jeans or leggings (depending on the cape length), and a simple tee or turtle neck underneath.  Which is your favorite?  I love them all, but really eyeing number one or five!

ONE: here TWO: here THREE: here FOUR: here FIVE: here

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Recipe- Almost-Famous Burgers

I follow several food bloggers, restaurants, and other food related accounts on Instagram.  They give me great ideas for recipes and also give me hunger pains on occasion.  This is especially the case if I'm in the mood for say, a chocolate dessert and then a delicious, decadent double chocolate cake pops up in my feed.  I also have several hard copy cookbooks in my kitchen and have hundreds of recipes pinned to Pinterest for inspiration.  This past week, what caught my eye was the Almost-Famous Animal-Style Burger, so it's called, from The Food Network.  It's a fairly simple way to dress a burger but I don't think I've had it this way before so I had to try!  I purchased the best quality ground beef at the grocery, but with some fat because that apparently makes a juicy burger.  I also picked up some dairy-free buns since I can't have diary right now because my infant son has a cow protein allergy and I'm breastfeeding... more on that later. Burgers typically go over well in my household and my husband rarely rejects the idea of having one for dinner.  They're obviously not the healthiest food to eat but they sure taste good!

Recipe found here

Let me know what you think and how yours turns out if you decide to try!  Below is mine!