Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10 Things on Amazon I Could Not Live Without

I don't know about you guys, but I love me some Amazon! I've been a Prime member now for over three years and I can honestly say it's been life changing. I mean, it's not really life changing but it does make my life a hell of a lot easier ;)  Amazon has pretty much everything and they usually always have the best prices, but my favorite part may just be the convenience of having it dropped off the next day at your doorstep. Oh, and btw this is not a sponsored post, I just truly LOVE Amazon and all the products below this much! 



If you have a pet then you definitely need one of these. I run ours every single day at the same time and it keeps our floors so clean. I am always so shocked when empty it out because it's always full of dirt and dog hair, even if the floors were just cleaned and mopped. Since we bought this little beauty I haven't had to pull out our regular vacuum one time. 



If you have kids and/or pets this is another little vacuum that will make your life easier and a lot less messier. I would say I use it about twice a week to vacuum our couches, and then I have Carson and Taylor use it to vacuum under the chairs if they make a mess with play dough or while they're eating. And if I'm being honest, it's usually Carson that has to pull it out because for some reason he still hasn't mastered eating over the table yet. I'm pretty sure boys are just messier than girls from the very beginning :) 



We haven't had our Echo very long, but we love it and we use it just about everyday! I love listening to my favorite songs while I'm cooking dinner and the kids love having dance parties in the kitchen to their favorite jams. It also does a lot more than just play music, but that is the main thing we use it for. 



I've been using these hair vitamins for over three years now and I can tell a huge difference in my hair. I've finally been able to grow my hair out and my hair is so much thicker. And I've also started adding this collagen supplement for my skin, nails, and hair recently and I'm loving it as well. 



If you looking for a really good, super affordable, and easy to use wine opener you need to get this one! Oh, and you know I secretly loved it even more based on the copper color :) 



This spiralizer has become one of our favorite kitchen gadgets. It's easy to use and works so well, and the best part is that it's only $27!! Taylor loves to help me makes "zoodles" and grate cheese with it. 




I bought this set about a week after we moved into our house and I have cooked with it almost daily since. These pots cook your food evenly, are truly non-stick, and can be tossed in the dishwasher! If you are in the market for new pots, I seriously cannot recommend these enough!! 



This is another product that I have been using for over a year now and I just love these water bottles. You may remember my pink one from this post, well, I used that one so much I decided to get the silver for backup. They keep your water just as cold as the Swell bottles, but I like these a lot more because of the straw. And if you are looking for water bottles for your kids, I have these for Taylor and Carson and they are awesome! 




I have used many hair dryers over the years, and this one easily takes the cake. It is really quiet and dries my hair super fast. I've also noticed that since I started using this hair dryer my hair feels a lot smoother and not as dry. I feel like it's very comparable if not better than the really expensive T3 that everyone raves about. 





You guys know I love my books and I buy all of them from Amazon. If you missed my book reviews from this summer, you can find them here and here. That being said, out of all the books I've bought and read, I would have to recommend this one above all. My therapist recommended I get the audio version to listen to while in the car and the paperback to read at home. This book will seriously change the way you look at your life, the way you live your life, and it will do so in the best way possible. 






Monday, September 18, 2017

This and That

Good morning and happy Monday, friends!

// I have been living in these mules! If you have considered getting a pair, just go ahead and do it...your feet and your fall wardrobe will thank you :) As far as sizing goes, they run tts and my feet are pretty wide feet...they fit perfect and are super comfortable! 

Here are three different looks that I've rocked them with so far. 








// This past Friday the kids had school pictures and I snapped this before they left that morning. I love how much this girl loves her big brother! 



// This weekend was jam packed with things to do, but Todd and I both got to see lots of faces we LOVE!! 

We got to meet our newest nephew, Thomas. He is such a cute, sweet baby, so much so that he almost makes me want another ;) Oh, and my sister-in-law informed me he's also really laid back and started sleeping through the night at seven weeks. #dreambaby


Blouse // Shorts (40% off) // Flip-flops // Crossbody


// After that we headed to Lake Murray to celebrate my niece and nephew's tenth birthday!! We had so much fun on the boat, and the kids had a blast on all the other watersport toys. 






// After all the fun on the water, I freshened up before Todd and I headed to the USC game to tailgate for a little while with some of my friends. I decided to ditch the cardigan I had planned on wearing because it was too hot for all that, but my lightweight jean jacket was perfect! 


What I wore

Jean Jacket // Dress // Necklace // Crossbody // Booties


// And then we ended Sunday with a full day at Frankie's Fun Park!! 









Thursday, September 14, 2017

Coconut Chicken Thai Curry + New Fall Looks

Good morning ladies and happy almost Friday!! 

As promised, I have another tasty and super healthy meal for you guys this week! If you like thai food then you will LOVE this dish!! In the original recipe they used regular white rice, but Todd and I wanted to make it healthier and with less carbs so we used cauliflower rice and it was still delicious.

Coconut Chicken Thai Curry via Taste Lovely 







Ingredients
  • 8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1" pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 2 zucchini, cut into ½" x 2" spears
  • 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, sliced
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped (about 8 stalks)
  • half a yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste (or 1" piece of fresh ginger, grated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated or finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons red thai curry paste
  • (1) 16 ounce can coconut cream (or coconut milk or light coconut milk. NOT coconut creamer like what you would use for you coffee.)
  • salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes for garnish if you like it spicy
  • 2 cups cooked rice (or cauliflower rice or a baked sweet potato for Paleo/Whole30)


Instructions

  1. Heat a wok or your largest skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil and cook the chicken breast until golden brown and cooked thru, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate.
  2. With the heat still over high, melt another tablespoon of coconut oil in the wok. Add in all the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook the vegetables until starting to brown slightly on the edges, but still crisp tender, about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and ginger, cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in the thai curry paste and stir to combine. Add in the coconut milk and stir to combine. Add the chicken back in, and cook for another few minutes until heated thru.
  3. Spoon the coconut chicken thai curry over rice (or cauliflower rice) and serve warm. Top with red pepper flakes if you like more spice.
  4. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.





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 I shared most of these outfits with you guys last night on Instastories, but I wanted to make sure I shared them here as well. 

Sweater (only $39) // Tank (only $5) // Jeans // Necklace // Mules

Sweater runs tts and I'm wearing the xs. Jeans run small and I'm wearing the 27. 




Cardigan // Tank // Jeans (only $55) // Necklace // Booties

Cardigan runs tts and I'm wearing the xs. The jeans run small but stretch a good bit and I'm wearing the size 27.





Side Tie Sweatshirt //  Jeans (only $55) // Necklace // Booties

Sweatshirt runs tts and I'm wearing the xs.




White Tee // Crossbody // Jeans (only $55) // Necklace // Booties


Off the Shoulder Sweater //  Jeans (only $55) // Necklace // Booties

Sweater runs tts and I'm wearing the xs. 



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Life Lately

Taylor was sick most of last week and when she finally started to feel better school was cancelled for three days because of hurricane Irma. That being said, we did a lot of painting. 


And I do mean A LOT of painting :) 


 We had a sleepover with our good buddy, Sterling, and the kiddos and I had so much fun rock painting. 


Then we had to go hide our creations! 


And I'm pretty sure all four rocks ended up being hidden in this tree house ;) 



This has pretty much been my attire all week long. 



No really, I've been living in my yoga pants with no make-up. And red wine always helps after a long day stuck inside when everyone is going stir-crazy...ha! 



Todd came home early from work on Monday and I started this book. Yesterday morning I finished it, and yes, it's another amazing book by my girl, Colleen!! 



These new mules arrived yesterday and I am OBSESSED!!!! Please excuse the sexy joggers, but I told y'all I've been straight bumming it all week. 


While it was kind of nice being lazy like this guy for the last few days, I must admit, I'm ready to get some things accomplished today and put on some real pants :) 



Hope y'all have a great Wednesday, and if any of you like thai curry make sure you check back here tomorrow for a delicious recipe! 


Monday, September 11, 2017

Kids Fall Style

These two...words cannot describe the love I have for them. They are growing up way too fast for my liking and every time we have pictures taken of the two of them, it really hits me how much they've grown and how time is truly flying by. 



Outfits
Taylor's- Dress and legging set // Booties // Bow

It also makes me realize how very proud I am of the little people they are becoming. 


 They are so different in many ways, but also so similar in certain ways. 


Taylor is our fearless one and also very outgoing. 


Carson is our cautious and shy one.  


Together, they are both total goofballs. 


Like most big brothers, he loves to annoy her. 


And she's always ready to get some payback :)


But at the end of the day, there is NOTHING that could break the bond these two have. 

Outfits
Taylor's -  Maya Plaid Dress // Booties // Bow






And nothing in the world makes me happier than being able to call these two mine. 


Now that I've shared all the funny/mushy stuff, let's chat a little about their fashion sense. And yes, both Carson and Taylor have a very strong opinion about what they wear. When they were little, I must admit, it was much easier to dress them. Thankfully, Nordstrom has it all when it comes to kids fashion and that's where I usually have the best luck in pleasing everyone. When I finally sat down last week to order them a few things for fall, I had them both beside me giving me the yes or no. It makes my mornings run much more smoothly when we don't have to fight about what they will wear, plus, I think it's nice to let them choose their own clothing...thank goodness I usually like the clothing they choose!

You can check out more of Carson and Taylor's fall fashion favorites below. 



Photos by Kim Graham

*Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post.