Friday, December 15, 2017

Gift Guide - Something For Everyone (Under $50)

Good morning and cheers to Friday y'all!!

You guys voted and the gift guide under $50 was what you wanted to see the most! So, I went ahead and rounded up a little something for everyone, plus, I made sure that everything was in stock and would arrive at least a week before Christmas! That being said, you'll even have time to wrap it up and toss it under the tree :)




//  Not only is this cable knit throw pretty to look at, it's also super soft and cozy! 

// This may be one of the coolest gifts I've ever seen. It's perfect for the guy or girl that is workout obsessed (umm, hello Todd). This little kit allows them to get their fitness on when they travel and there is not a gym close by. 

// Such a fun gift for the kids to give "papa" for Christmas! And don't worry, they have one for mimi right here as well. 

// Dying over how adorable this kids wooden sushi set is! I just ordered it for Taylor and it will be perfect with the new kitchen that Santa is bringing her ;) 

// This door mat would make a great gift for almost anyone, and I love that the letter adds a little personal touch.

// Gorgeous Spike Drop Earrings that look WAY more expensive than they actually are. 

// If you've never smelled a capri blue candle, then add this to your own personal list now. And if you already have one then you know how amazing it smells so pick one up for someone else on your list this year. 

// I own these wine glasses and they are my FAVORITES! And you can't beat the $36 price tag for a set of four glasses! 

// Give me all the soft cuddly plaid pajamas please!! And what's a pair of cozy pants without a pair of faux shearling slippers (that are on sale btw). 

// Perfect gift for the gal that loves to host a party!! Yep, I just ordered myself this book.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Life Lately

Wow you guys, I didn't realize how long it has been since I've given you all a little real life update around here. 

// Early last week, I went on a whim and decided to chop my hair again. The ends were looking so bad, and as much as I wanted to keep letting it grow, I knew by going shorter the end result would be thicker and healthier hair. So, we went and took a good three inches off, and if you don't have long hair to begin with, then that feels like a lot! As soon as we cut my hair, it instantly looked better and felt so much better. Also, I just ordered this curling wand and this texturizing spray, so I'm hoping to try out some different ways to curl and style my new short do. 




// For once, I actually have 99% of my Christmas shopping complete, wrapped, and under the tree this early!! 


The only problem with that is that the kids want to pick up and shake their presents and guess what...they do it EVER SINGLE DAY!! #shootmenow #goodthingshescute 

And for those of y'all that asked about Taylor's little cable knit dress, you can find it here. I just recently discovered this brand, and you guys, I am obsessed! 


// This guy has been extra clingy and snuggly lately, and this gets me worried because he's so old. I try not to think about it too much though, because I'm not sure what I would do without my little hairy sidekick. It's crazy to think he will be fourteen years old this year! 

My pajamas are from last year, but I did find the kids set here and this year's adult prints here.


// Speaking of getting older, I turned 33 last week!! I can still remember hearing the age '30' and thinking that sounded so old...haha!! Todd and the kiddos showered me with lots of love, cupcakes, flowers, and a few goodies as well. 


I mean, how good is that e-card ;) 


 And I was super excited and surprised when I opened this...clearly Todd does read my blog...ha!
This lotion smells so good and feels even better. 


// I spent Wednesday evening at home with Todd and the kiddos for my birthday, but on Thursday, Todd took me out to celebrate just the two of us! I was so excited because we went to the new restaurant, Dockery's, that just opened on Daniel Island. We loved everything we ordered, but I only snapped a few pictures because I was starving, plus, it was dark and the lighting was bad. 


Below is the roasted vegetable flatbread and it was probably my favorite! 


What I wore
Fringe Infinity Scarf (only $9) // Tassel Earrings
Black Skinny Jeans (40% off and under $50) //  Pumps similar here



// Carson and Taylor both have some mad art skills, but I'm not so sure where they get it from. I thought both of their elves were pretty darn good, but then again, I am their mama. 





// This past weekend, we kept things really low key and this was pretty much my attire all weekend! 




// On Saturday, however, we made it to two movies in one day. No one in our house is a big fan of the cold weather (except maybe Todd), and we had two movies that we were all dying to see on our list! 

The two movies that we saw were Wonder and Coco, and you guys, I can't recommend these two movies enough. They were both so amazing, but make sure you bring your tissues because they both made me cry. Most were happy tears though, so don't let that keep you from going. 



And when we go to the movies, we really go the movies. Movie theater popcorn and Cherry Coke are my weakness. 









Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Skinny Baked Spaghetti + 50% off Cozy Sweaters


I know the name of this recipe is 'skinny spaghetti bake', but if I'm being honest, I'm not so sure how healthy/skinny it actually is :) Either way, it was REALLY delicious and everyone in my family LOVED it! Also, this recipe makes a lot, so I would highly recommend freezing half of it. This would also be the perfect dish to take a friend that has just had a baby or even to a family Christmas dinner.

Skinny Baked Spaghetti- Recipe Via The Bewitchin Kitchen 




Just looking at this deliciousness is making my stomach growl...and it's not even close to lunch time around here :) 


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box Catelli Ancient Grains Spaghetti
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb turkey hot Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white wine (I used Pinot Grigio, but chicken broth works too)
  • 1 can 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (I used a fire roasted tomato and basil variety)
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp – 1 tsp crushed red pepper (start small and increase the heat by taste)
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups part skim mozzarella
  • Optional: additional 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

Directions 

  1. In a large pot, over medium heat, add 1 tbsp of the olive oil.
  2. Add the ground turkey and squeeze the turkey and hot Italian sausage from the casings.
  3. Once the turkey is cooked, toss to a strainer and get rid of any additional fat.
  4. Add the last tablespoon of the olive oil back into the pan (leaving some of the hot Italian sausage fat) and add the onion and green pepper. Saute until onion is see-through and add the garlic. Stir around for a minute and add the wine. Let the wine deglaze the pan and reduce until there isn’t much left.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, marinara, oregano, sugar, salt and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add the meat, stir and cover. Cook for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the parmesan cheese and parsley. Cook for another 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
  8. In the last 10 minutes of cooking the sauce, cook the Catelli Ancient Grains spaghetti, following the instructions on the box.
  9. Pre heat oven to 350.
  10. Scoop two cups of the sauce onto the bottom of a casserole pan. Lay half the pasta over, add another couple of cups of sauce, and sprinkle with ½ cup part skim mozzarella cheese.
  11. Repeat for one more layer.
  12. On the top layer, add 1 cup of part skim mozza and ½ cup parmesan.
  13. Bake until the cheese browns and bubbles.

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In cozy fashion news, I thought I would share that Loft is currently having a 50% off sale on all their sweaters, coats, jackets, and cold weather accessories (no code needed)! And the timing couldn't be better because Charleston is definitely having coat and sweater weather right now! 








And I promise to have a big old 'life lately' post up for y'all tomorrow! I was planning on working on it this morning, but I totally forgot I had bootcamp class scheduled...and I'm hoping that I can survive, because I'm already super sore from yesterday's workout :/






Monday, December 11, 2017

What I'm Wearing - Camel Peacoat Under $100











Good morning and happy Monday, ladies! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a nice, lazy weekend around here. We ended up taking the kids to the movies twice on Saturday. Both of the movies were really good, so I'll make sure that I tell you more about them in tomorrow's 'Life Lately' post. 

But today, I wanted to share this gorgeous single breasted peacoat with you all that I ordered a few weeks ago from Nordstrom. You guys should know by now that I like to keep things budget friendly, but sometimes that can be hard with jackets and coats. That being said, I was really excited when I discovered this coat for under $100, and I was even more excited when it came in and I tried it on. The weight, the material, and the overall quality were all amazing! And since it's been quite chilly here in Charleston the last few weeks, I've gotten a lot of wear out of it and I've also gotten a lot of wear out of this cute $15 pom pom fur beanie!

You can also shop for a few more of my favorite budget friendly coats, jackets, and outerwear accessories below. 


Photos by Kim Graham 

* Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post. 




Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Home Tour 2017

Happy Sunday, love bugs! We are still bundled up watching holiday movies and sipping on hot cocoa around here. You know, we really can't take the temperatures dropping below 40 degrees here in the south :)  That being said, I thought today would be the prefect time to give you guys a little sneak peek of our home decked out for the holidays! 

 I've been working with Grandinroad and Frontgate with all of our holiday decor now for the past fours years, and with each year, I still get excited to add something new from their holiday collections. This year, I was REALLY excited to add this 9 ft Instant Joy Christmas tree!! This is our very first year ever having an artificial tree, and I must admit, I freaking love it!! Hello to no mess, no watering, and no worrying about where to toss this bad boy after Christmas is over :) 

















Christmas Tree // Traditional Ornament Set // Tree Skirt (sold out) 
Velvet Stockings // Mantle Garland (sold out) // Gold Fisher Lanterns // Thymes Diffuser

Outside



Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!