Friday, May 25, 2018

Life Lately

Happy Friday!! 

It's been a little while since I've filled you in on what we've been up to lately. I planned to do this post yesterday, but I woke up with a sore throat and felt pretty rough. I'm feeling much better this morning, so I'm hoping it's just allergies. 


This past Sunday, I went to a baby shower for one of my dear friends. And since her sweet baby girl Caroline came early, we all got to meet her. Man I sure love a newborn, there is nothing better, and Caroline was a complete angel baby and didn't cry one time. 



I sent Todd this picture and said, "Does this make you want another one??" His response was, "Haha... maybe..." Definitely makes me want to hold one! I am telling you, if Carson and Taylor were younger and we weren't feeling so settled, we would totally do it :) Either way, I'm looking forward to finally being able to travel and really enjoy time with Carson and Taylor now that they are older. 

I had a lot of questions about my outfit and bun, so I have linked all of that below. 

Print Mini Dress // Earrings // Faux Bun (color 27/613)



It's been such a fun, yet busy week around here, but I feel like it always gets really busy at the end of the school year.

On Wednesday, Taylor had Water Day at school and I was able to volunteer, and watch all the fun! Her class is so precious and all the kids are really sweet. I had so much fun watching them run around laughing and spraying each other down with water squirters. There was also a big bubble station and a water slide, but long lines aren't Taylor's thing so she stuck with running around and playing tag with the squirters! 




Carson had his last baseball game of the season Wednesday night. I can't tell you guys how much I enjoyed this season watching Carson and all of his teammates play. And seeing Todd coaching this year was so awesome, and I know it meant so much to Carson and Todd as well. I'm not sure if I ever told you guys this, but Todd has played baseball for many years, including four years of college on a scholarship. That being said, seeing Carson love baseball, and being able to coach Carson and his team brings Todd so much happiness! 



Taylor has become such an awesome little reader this year. Every night for about thirty minutes, she grabs her book and reads out loud to all of us...she's just beaming as we all sit in listen. 

You can find Taylor's sweet gown here. It is so soft, it washes / dries well, and is only $14! 


 Last, there are a TON of awesome Memorial Day sales going on right now!!! I'm going to do my best to get a post up at some point today with all the best ones, but until then, I did want to share a few exclusive pieces online that I ordered from Loft that are now 40% off. Use the code LONGWKND to at checkout to save! 


Tank runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing an xs regular. 



Jumpsuit runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing the xs.


Tank runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing the xs regular. 



PJ set runs big, but I like my pajamas a little loose. For reference, I'm wearing the xs. 


Tank runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing the xs regular. 



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale - Top 10 Favorites

Okay y'all, are you ready to see some killer deals on some of my favorite spring fashion?!?! Well, today kicks off the HUGE Nordstrom Half Yearly Anniversary Sale, and I've searched almost the entire store to show you guys the best of the best (in my opinion)! 

Happy Shopping! 

I'm pretty sure these pj's need no explanation. They have been my absolute favorite for over four years now...they wash and dry well, and I can guarantee you won't find a softer pair! 


This is another brand that you know I love. They make some of the best quality swimsuits that not only suck you in and lift the ladies, but they are also cute! I am really loving this botanical print. 



When Lilly Pulitzer goes on sale for 50% off, run, don't walk! And speaking of Lilly, this dress is also 50% off, while this one and this one are 40% off.


Eliza J makes the most amazing maxi dresses, and this one is now 40% off and is only $83! This would be gorgeous to wear to a summer wedding.



I have a dress that looks identical to this top that I wore here. I promise you...you will love it! Size down because it does run big. 




Such a fun dress for summer! Loving the neckline and the cute ruffle at the bottom.


I love the gold strap on these sandals, and I think they would look perfect with almost every summer outfit! 






This is such a good classic dress to have in your closet. Also, the reviews are awesome and you can't beat the sale price! 



I have this maxi dress in this print and it's one of my all time favorites. The fit is awesome, plus, it has enough top support that you don't have to wear a bra with it. To top things off, it's now under $50!!! 




The most adorable ruffle dress ever! It reminds me of Bella Bliss, which would cost you around $80, but this one is only $23!!!!


There are many more great things so I've included a few of them below!






Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Amazon Swimsuits and Cover-ups - All Under $25

 Good morning gals, and happy Tuesday! I can't believe summer break is in less than two weeks away. As much as I love a routine, I'm looking forward to not waking up as early in the mornings and having things slow down a bit around here.

Now that we have a pool less than a block away, I'm sure that's where we will be spending most of our days. That being said, I thought it was the perfect time to share a few SUPER AFFORDABLE (and good quality) swimsuits I found on Amazon. 

Amazon fashion can be so hit or miss, and trust me, I've ordered my share of misses :) Either way, I've learned to always make sure I read the reviews closely and pay close attention to the size and fit details.

I have listed six swimsuits and two cover-ups below that are all under $25, great quality, and super cute!


I love that this cover-up ties in the front, and I'm always a sucker for pom poms! Also, this is the pink pom pom cover-up I had on in last night's Instastories (I got sidetracked and forgot to snap a picture). A lot of the reviews on this bikini mentioned that it ran small, and that you need to size up. I have to disagree, because I ordered the medium and I felt like it was a little too big. I'll share more on my stories today and show you exactly what I'm talking about. 





I love a side tie bikini because I like to be able to adjust my bottoms for a better fit. This one was a perfect fit with just the right amount of booty and front coverage. For sizing reference, I think this one runs tts and I'm wearing a small. This beach sarong is awesome! It comes in 15 different colors and can be worn several different ways. 




Runs tts and I'm wearing the small (6). 

This one has light, removable padding, plus, both ties at the neck and the back are adjustable. The material is nice and thick, and I think the lemons are so fun! And if you love a one-piece, then you need to check this one and this one out! 


Forest Leaves Printing Tank Padding Bikini Set

This one is by far my favorite print and the quality is awesome. I think it runs tts, but it's very bootylicious :) I ordered the small, but I feel like I could have used the medium in the bottoms for more coverage so I think I'm going to try this one with a similar leaf print. It has great reviews and looks really cute on everyone that posted pictures in it. 


Detachable Padded Cutout Push Up Striped Bikini Set

This bikini runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. I love stripes and the seersucker material on this one. It also comes in three other colors! 


Floral High Neck Bikini Cross Back Swimsuit 2 Piece Bathing Suit

Okay, this cute suit was definitely my favorite! I love every single thing about it. It has light, removable padding, the material is really nice and thick, and I also love all of the colors and designs it comes in. For sizing reference, it does run small, so I would go up one size. I'm wearing a medium. 




Friday, May 18, 2018

Cooking With Caycee - Balsamic Brussels Sprouts And Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Happy Friday, ladies!!! 

After taking a poll on Instagram, it looks like y'all preferred Cooking with Caycee over sharing the recipe in a random post. This made me really happy to see because I love giving you guys a little peek at our real life, while also sharing a good recipe! 

Even though today's recipe is super healthy, it is packed full of flavor and is so delicious! Plus, it saves great to have it leftover, so Todd and I were both able to have a healthy lunch the next day! 









Stripe Camp Shirt (only $45) // White Boyfriend Jean Shorts (on major sale) 









Ingredients
For the brussels sprouts:
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts , trimmed and cut in half
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
For the chicken:
  • 2 6 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Other:
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach washed
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)


Instructions 

For the brussels sprouts:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. (You can line with aluminum foil and then grease with cooking spray).
  2. Toss brussels sprouts in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and black pepper. Spread sprouts oven baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until tender, tossing occasionally.
  3. Remove from the oven and place in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
For the chicken:
  1. In a bowl combine balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, oregano, salt and garlic clove. Add chicken to the bowl.Let it marinade for a few minutes.
  2. Adjust oven temperature to 400F.
  3. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray and transfer chicken. Pour excess marinade on top. Bake uncovered for 34-40 minutes until a thermometer reads 160F. You can baste the chicken while baking if you'd like.
To assemble:
  1. Prepare 2 bowls and divide the quinoa, brussels sprouts and spinach between them. Slice chicken breast and add it to the bowls. Top with pepitas. Season with additional salt, pepper or soy sauce.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

10 Must-Have Summer Dresses Under $100

Happy Hump Day, friends! 

There's nothing more I love in than a good dress in the summer, and today I've got ten really good dresses to share with you! I tried to do a mix of dressy/casual along with everything in between! 


Y'all know I love a good white and crochet dress and this one was originally $178, but is now $64!!!



I've had my eye on this stunning maxi for a while, but my size had been sold out until today...I acted fast and grabbed it this morning! 



I love the color, the tie waist, and the drop shoulders on this one. Plus, it would be perfect for a casual summer wedding.



I wanted this dress SO bad last year, but I couldn't bring myself to pay $178 for it. But guess what, I'm glad I didn't pull the trigger because it is now on major sale for under $100! 



This is the perfect everyday toss-on maxi and it comes in four other colors in regular and petite sizes.

Give me all the stripes and bows! Especially when the stripes and bows are 55% off! 

It's been a long time since I checked out Forever 21, but man, I found some seriously cute stuff. There's not many sizes left in this one, so I would grab it now if you want it! 



LOVE the cute and oversized fit of this shift dress. I also love that it can be easily dressed up or down.



I tried this one on in the store yesterday and it's even cuter in person!! If you are 5'3 or taller, go with the regular and not the petite. 


Embroidered V-Neck Sheath

I just ordered this dress and it should arrive tomorrow. It has awesome reviews and you can't beat the $37 price tag!