Friday, December 19, 2014

5 on Friday..........

 ONE // 
I am in LOVE with Camille Styles and her new book! I ordered it last week and I haven't been able to put in down. She is so inspiring and I love that she tells you how to make the smallest things so special! If you don't already have the book I highly recommend you order it! And remember, if you have Amazon Prime you get your order in two days!


TWO// 
Carson and I have been having so much fun baking together that I've decided to start a fun new series on the blog. It will start after the holidays of course, and I am going to call it five weeks of the perfect cookie! So for five weeks, Carson and I will bake a new cookie recipe each week. None of these will be my own, but don't worry, I am going to search high and low for some yummy ones! I would love for you guys to cook along with us, and at the end, we can all vote on our favorite cookie. I've decided for fun to let Carson and Todd be the judge at our house :) Can you tell I am excited about this!? 


THREE //
 We had Carson's Christmas program last night at his school. His class sang 'Santa Claus is coming to town' and it was adorable. I can not believe how grown up my baby boy is now. I am so unbelievably proud of him and the kind hearted, funny, and loving boy he has become.  



FOUR // 
I have never loved a jacket as much as love this one!!! The inside feels like silk fleece (if you can even imagine that). I am actually wearing mine right now and it feels like I am wrapped in a warm blanket, not to mention, the style of the jacket is super flattering! 


FIVE // 
Keeping with my love for plaid, I do believe I have found the perfect scarf!! I love that it's green plaid and not red like all the other ones that are floating around right now! Also, Shopbop now has Amazon Prime, so you are guaranteed this scarf in two days!







Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simply J Boutique

Happy almost Friday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week!! 

I am so excited to introduce you guys to the lovely Charleston boutique, Simply J Boutique. I am not sure how I went so long without knowing about these guys and their adorable shop on King Street. They carry tons of amazing brands like Jade, Tart collection, and AG (Adriano Goldschmied) just to name a few. 

If you guys are local you should definitely try to stop in and check them out! Not only do they have gorgeous clothes, but the owners are the sweetest ever! Also, if you are not local, but you happen to see something that you like on their Facebook or Instagram, you can contact them and they will ship it to you!! 

I left with lot's of pretties, but this outfit was probably my favorite! And I am officially converted to AG jeans for life now! They are a petite girls dream come true! 

 This necklace makes me so happy! I thought it was so fun and unique so I had to get it!!! This is just one the amazing pieces they carry from Besty Pittard.


And the back.......... I love that there's just a small slit in the back so it only shows a little peek ;) 







Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies


When I tell you guys these are the best cookies I have ever eaten.....I really mean it! As in, stop what you are doing right now and make these bad boys!! 


Carson and I had so much fun making these together. I think it's so sweet that he loves to help me in the kitchen. And you know what, I bet one day his wife will appreciate that he knows what he is doing in the kitchen ;) 



And this one just loved eating the cookies! 








They are also the perfect addition to that special gift!! We made them for Taylor and Carson's teachers and tied Target gift cards to them. Cookies and Target gift cards are always a good combination! 




Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/4 cup (160g)all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup (190g) yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix (I typically use vanilla cake mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips (I used a blend of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) sprinkles

Directions:

In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly disbursed.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is mandatory. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure you roll the cookie dough into balls after the 2 hour mark. Place dough balls on a plate, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may also freeze the balls at this point for up to 3 months. (Then bake as directed adding 1 minute to the bake time without thawing.)
Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, use about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie. Shape your cookie dough balls to be "taller" than they are wide, as pictured above. Press a few chocolate chips into the tops of the cookie dough balls, if desired. That makes a pretty cookie. Make sure to keep dough chilled when working in batches.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Mine took 10 minutes exactly. The centers will still appear very soft, but the cookies will set as they cool. You may also press a few more chips into the tops of the cookies at this point (the chips will melt down and stick from the warm cookies).
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days; baked cookies may be frozen up to 3 months. They won't last that long!

Also, don't forget the Serena and Lily  is till going on!! You can check my favorites here!!





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Run Don't walk.....Serena and Lily Private Sale



Serena and Lily  just announced their huge private sale!!!! Y'all some of their kids pajamas are marked down to $11.00...... and that's just crazy!!! 

(Click on the item to shop)






And I am not sure if any of you mamas out there are looking for a crib, but this one just got marked down from $700.00 to $348.00, and it's beautiful!!!! 


And let's not forget my bar cart lovers......... I mean holy crap what a steal!! 




395.00 marked down to $99.00
Manhattan Bar Cart




This and That.........

One of my friends tagged me in this video over the weekend and I have now watched it at least ten times. Every time I watch it it gets funnier and funnier. Please, if you're a mom you have to watch this video, I promise you will crack up! Up until now I thought Taylor Swift was saying Starbucks in this song, so this made me laugh even harder! 


OK, so now that you've all had a good laugh here are some fun things that went down around here this weekend. 

*** Updated a few of you on Instagram wanted to know where  todays scarf was from, and I know the liketoknowit can be confusing so here are the details ;) 

Sweater from local boutique Simply j Boutique // Scarf 50% off // Jeans almost identical here // boots similar




* We spent Friday evening doing our favorite thing......... porch snuggling by the fire. Complete with S'mores of course! 




* Saturday morning Todd and I took the kids out to brunch and afterwards we took them to the bookstore to get some new Christmas books. I swear our kids could stay in the bookstore all day, especially now that Barnes and Nobles has a Lego table.


We left with these two cute books. 

 Earlier that morning we dropped Rocky off at Fetch Doggie Daycare to get a bath and let him play with his pup friends. Carson was really concerned he was going to miss us and thought we should have him a few doggie surprises when he got home! Yeah, Merry early Christmas, Rocky! I swear, picking out that bed and those dog toys was the highlight of Carson's day! 


Saturday evening Todd and I had a tacky Christmas sweater party to attend and we managed to sneak away early for a quick dinner. If you are local you must stop in and try the pizza at Al Di La. It was amazing!  


And yeah, we had fun at the party ;) 


Oh yeah, Carson and I got really busy in the kitchen this weekend too!! Watch out for tomorrow's post because I am sharing the most delicious cookie recipe! For today, you should definitely make this Christmas cookie bark. It was super easy and super yummy!


Last,  Shopbop is having an additional 20% off all sale!! And keeping with my new scarf obsession this one  is coming home with me! 




Monday, December 15, 2014

Dear Santa............

Happy Monday sweet friends!! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We certainly did!! Unfortunately my big camera died on me as I was getting ready to download pictures from our weekend! But that's okay, I'll be back tomorrow with some more snippets from our weekend! 

Can you guys even believe that Christmas is in less than two weeks?!?! Have you guys finished shopping yet? I still have one gift left to buy and I will be done!!! That being said, if any of you are looking for some last minute gift ideas for yourself or someone else I thought I would share a few things I am loving right now! Plus, there are still some really great sales going on too!! 

 Do you guys remember me lusting over this vest!?!? Well guess what it finally went on sale, and it's additional 20% off with the code EXTRASALE!! If you wanted this vest and didn't grab it then, I would get it now before it's gone! 




Loft is seriously killing it this year! I have quite the list of things I want from there right now! To mentioned a few, I love this sweater, this scarf, and this necklace. They are all 50% off right now!!! Actually, all sweaters, scarfs, and jewelry are 50% off!!! 



Oh this dress!! I love it belted like the model is wearing it! And don't worry, unless you are 5'10 this dress is not that short ;) I am really loving all the plaid this year and this cute coat is no exception! 





I feel like I have a major pajama obsession going on right now! I kid you not, I did not get out of my pajamas all day on Sunday. We took the kids on a trail walk in our neighborhood and I just tossed on this jacket over them and put on my rain boots. Other than that, we never left the house so I found no reason to get out of them. Ha!! Victoria's Secret is almost all sold out of their pajamas so I thought these were just as cute and the price isn't bad either. Pajamas always make a great gift! Speaking of pajamas and gifts, I have an annual gift swap with some of my girlfriends tonight and we are wearing pajamas! Now that's a theme I could be on board with anytime :) 





Is this not the most adorable scarf EVER!!! I can see it paired with this sweater and a cute pair of jeans or black pants for a dressier look. Also, don't forget you can save 30% off all hats and scarfs and 40% off all boots and flats!!!



Would you guys believe me if I told you this bracelet was only $34.00!!It is gorgeous and it will go with any and all outfits! You can also get the set here with the bracelet and the necklace for only $58.00! Isn't that necklace beautiful too??


Last on my list would be these welly socks! I wear my Hunter rain boots at least twice a week and the welly socks keep my feet so warm. I also love the way they look flipped over my boot. I am also thinking about ordering these shearling insoles




Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday.............

ONE // 
Can we talk about how much I adore these trays?!? I also completely adore the two girls (who happen to be two of my dearest friends) that started Jean and Grace Designs Their shop is full of so many amazing things!!  Not only are these two sisters seriously talented, they also have the biggest hearts of anyone I know!! These recipe boxes are so unique and are one of my favorite items in their shop. And how cool are these wooden return address stamps?!!

Oh yeah, and today through the end of the month you can use the code CAYCEEDAY to save 15% off your entire order! 








TWO //
Let the  Christmas parties begin!! Todd and I have a tacky Christmas sweater party on Saturday night! Todd actually offered to pick out our sweaters this year, and I must say, he didn't do too bad. Walmart for the win again my friends ;) 



THREE// 
Earlier this week on Instagram a few of you asked me to share my roast recipe. I am actually kind of embarrassed that it's so basic, but I promise you it's still delicious!! I think the key is making sure it cooks in the crockpot for at least 10 hours or longer if possible. The beef literally melts in your mouth! 



FOUR //
This North Face jacket I ordered came in yesterday and I love it! It's the perfect weight and I am really loving the slimmer fit. It's marked down to $63.00 right now which is a total steal! It will be accompanying me today on Carson's outdoor field trip for sure! 
Jacket  // Jeans  // Boots


FIVE // 
This takes a white bedroom to an entirely different level! I think it's stunning, but my goodness, it's definitely an 'I don't have kids or a dog' kind of bedroom. Not going to lie though, I could see myself wrapped in those white covers wearing these pajamas all day everyday!