Thursday, February 26, 2015

No way!!!


Oh yes way!! Nordstrom just marked down a few fabulous Lilly dresses! I am hosting a baby shower in 3 weeks, and I am thinking this will be the perfect little dress for the occasion! Plus it's the Casey print, how can I say no ;) 

It's available it all sizes, and as you all know Lilly on sale never last long! 





And how fun would these bracelets be with the above dresses!! 





Also, totally worth the mention is this Joie blouse that was just marked 40% off!! You may remember that I have the black one in this print, but I love the white for spring! 




Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies


Just when I felt like I was on a roll it happened, they put those dang Cadbury mini eggs on the shelves.  Easter candy is my weakness, it has been that way since I was a child.  I am not sure what is it about those Cadbury eggs, but I can't resist them.  I am not biased either, I love the cream filled eggs almost just as much!! 

So, since Target made me do it, I bought a bag of the mini Cadbury eggs.  I had all intentions of just having a few a day:)  Not so long after my purchase I got on Pinterest and typed in 'Easter treats'.....you know, I was feeling all Martha Stewart and wanted to have a few things saved to make with the kids over spring break.  Well, that's when it happened, that's when I saw the title 'Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies'.   Words can not describe how happy hungry this made me.  I quickly read through the recipe and realized I had all the ingredients on hand!  I wanted to get started right away, but there was no way I was messing these cookies up.  So, I took my butter out and patiently waited four hours for it to soften!!!!



Don't worry, they were worth every minute of that four hour wait!! Trust me when I tell you, you defintely want to makes these cookies!!! 



Carson was too busy outside with Todd making water balloons, so this little lady was more than happy to assist in his place. 


Let's be real though, she ate the eggs and made a mess with the flour, but hey, in her mind she was helping:) 


Carson did, however, love partaking in the hammering of the eggs, and let me tell you, the hammer worked like a charm for smashing up these little eggs. 






Ingredients
  1. 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  5. 3/4 cup white sugar
  6. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 2 cups Cadbury Mini Eggs
Instructions
  1. Combine your flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your brown and white sugar, vanilla and softened butter.Beat until creamy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Gradually beat in your dry ingredients. Your dough should look like this. Fluffy and soft.
  5. Place your Mini Eggs in a plastic bag and hit them with a rolling pin, or hammer. Whatever you have around the house. You want to leave big chunks.
  6. Incorporate chopped Mini Eggs with your cookie dough. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  7. Drop rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet or in a muffin top pan like I did in the photo above.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 9-11 minutes. Cool in pan for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.
Adapted from NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wish list Wednesday

Oh, so many good things on my list this week.  The weather here is supposed to warm up this weekend and hopefully stay that way for a while!! I am ready to welcome spring with open arms! 


*** Update a few of you in Instagram wanted to know where my bathmat was from. It's from Anthropologie but, sadly it's seven years old and longer available. But I did find one very similar here .   


How stunning are these colors together!? Loving the cutouts while still keeping it classy. 


This beauty comes in three different colors. So perfect for those cool nights to throw on over your dress or top. The white and the light denim are my favorites! 




Is this not the perfect pale pink pump? Would be gorgeous for Easter or paired with jeans and a top for a night out. 

This, to me, is chic meets boho. How adorable would this be with jean cutoffs or navy shorts!? 


Such a classic bag for such a steal! 

 Kendra Scott makes such beautiful pieces. I could see this pendant worn by itself or layered.


Pink and black perfection!! I need this swimsuit in my life! 







Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Closing the door to negative

This is something that I have written in my head a millions times, but posting it just never seemed quite right, that is, until this past weekend.  Over the weekend, I made a promise to myself, my friends, and my family that I would no longer look at the negative, hurtful, and untrue things written about me on my GOMI thread.  Now let me say, not everything written there is mean and untrue. There have actually been a few on there that say kind things and have even tried to defend me.  I would secretly find myself feeling so relieved when I would see them comment, but it wouldn't be long before the others would come firing back.  I am not saying I am perfect by any means, heck, I have plenty of issues, but reading the comments daily was really starting to take a toll on me.  I would think to myself, "If they hate me so much, why don't they just stop reading my blog?".  What I really needed to do was take the advice that I wanted to give them.  If I couldn't stand to read the things written about me, then maybe I should stop reading their comments.   

I  understand that I write a public blog and I know with that comes criticism and judgement.  What I can't understand is the name calling, body snarking, and the degrading comments about me as a wife and a mother.  I have slowly realized that I probably never will understand this, and the thing is, I now realize that I am not sure I truly want to.  As a person, I don't really want to know anything at all about tearing someone else down, I want to feel that I have built someone else up at the end of the day. 




I would be completely lying to you guys if I told you the things that I read about myself and my family didn't sting like hell. To be honest, I would get a pit in my stomach every morning as I would go on there to see what had been said, but yet I would still come back to look.  I was trying to convince myself that maybe the criticism would help be become a better blogger, and that maybe I needed to hear what they had to say, but this was not reality.  I never left there feeling inspired, instead, I left feeling down and unworthy.  I would also start questioning things about myself, things about myself that had never even crossed my mind, and I would let these thoughts consume me.  It wasn't healthy for me or my family.  I know I can't control what other people say about me, the only thing I can control is how I react to it, or better yet, not react to it.  Sometimes no reaction is the best reaction. 



Life may not be perfect and I know I am certainly not perfect, but I sure as heck have a lot to be happy and thankful for. That being said, these are the things I am going to choose to focus on from now on. 




I know I had a lot of you wondering where that haters quote came from on my Instagram.  The truth is, I probably shouldn't have posted that.  I'll admit, it was immature, but it came from a place of hurt and anger.  I really felt like doing this post was something I needed to get off of my chest and to finally close this chapter of negativity in my life. 

I am really excited to focus on all the positive in my life!  As far as this blog, you guys are the ones that make me smile, build me up, and make me love writing my posts each day! 






Monday, February 23, 2015

A few good things.........

Just a few good things I thought I would pass along! 

These gladiator sandals are freaking stunning!!! They remind me so much of Valentino shoes! 

They also have them in this adorable flip-flop too!!! 


Get this coverup now!! It's 25% off, and I can promise you it won't last long! I grabbed the white too, and it's gorgeous!! 






A few of you emailed me about this dress that I posted on Instagram. I wore it all last summer, such a great little white dress. (and it's lined so you cant see through it.)




This embroidered top  is so so adorable, and tonight only it's an additional 30% off!! 



I have been in love with this coffee mug ever since I saw it on Pinterest! So happy to see it available today!!! 





The Bootcut......

Happy Monday dolls!! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! 

I can't tell you guys how happy it made me to buy a pair of bootcut jeans this year! I am pretty sure that prior to these, it had been about 10 years since I bought a pair. 

The fit on these DL1961 jeans are so awesome, which was really no surprise. This is my third pair from DL1961, and they never disappoint!  I also love the fact that they make these in petite, which is a short girls saving grace when it comes to jeans. Now for the best part, they are on sale 20% off with the code DL20

Your Monday morning is about to get even better because Loft is having a flash sale for an additional 60% off until 10am!!!!!!

Outfit Details 
Lace Top  // Cami // Jeans // 
Tote // Pumps (similar) // Bracelets 


 Shall we talk about this adorable lace top!?!? I am also considering ordering the black as well, you just can't beat the sale price! I see myself wearing this beauty all summer!









Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Flash Sale........

Y'all Loft just announced a Sunday flash sale!! 

If nothing else you can't miss this top and these bracelets !!!