Monday, April 23, 2018

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Mother's Day and Baby Showers

Good morning friends and happy Monday! I sure hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

I am so excited about today's's all about gift giving and I have teamed up with Nordstrom to share some pretty amazing gifts that you guys don't want to miss out on. 

Being that Mother's Day is right around the corner, and after all the recent messages I received about baby shower gifts ideas, it seemed like perfect timing to share these two guides with you. 

Not only does Nordstrom have you covered with all of your gift needs, they also have you covered with gift wrapping as well! And who doesn't love their beautiful silver boxes with the perfect silky bow?! 

I don't know one mama that wouldn't love to receive this luscious robe and these stunning reversible earrings.

Beautiful pearls for everyday wear that can be switched to these gorgeous pave crystal set blooms. 

As far as baby gifts go, every new mama needs convertible gowns (for all those diaper changes) and this one just happens to be beautiful as well. This is pretty much all Carson and Taylor wore for the first three months. To this day, I swear by Noodle and Boo for the best hair and body products around for babies. Not only do Noodle and Boo products have the most amazing baby smell ever, they're also hypoallergenic and dermatologist / pediatrician tested. My kids still use this hair polish every single's the best for tangles and it leaves their hair smelling so good. 

Mother's Day Gift Guide
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So many things to love below, but my favorites are the gold mama ring, the nest candle set, and the cozy barefoot dreams blanket. I also think the blue and white pot would be so fun to gift with your mamas favorite herb of flower planted in it. 

Baby Shower Gift Guide
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Someone gifted me with the BabyBriefcase when Carson was a baby, and it still holds all of his (and Taylor's) important documents. It really is such a great a practical gift for all new moms. Also, the Super Big Brother book (also comes in Big Sister here) was gifted to Carson before Taylor was born, and it's seriously the cutest, most helpful book for any soon to be big brother or sister. And y'all know I had to include those organizing clothing dividers :)  

Photos by Kim Graham 

*And thanks to Nordstrom for partnering on this post. All thoughts, opinions, and selections are my own. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Cooking With Caycee - Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Good morning ladies, and happy Thursday! 

First off, let me just say how thrilled I was to receive all of your dm messages when I shared my basic taco Tuesday dinner on Instagram. All of you said this is the kind of meals you preferred, and that you wished I would share more basic meals. So. your wish is my command and one that is happily welcomed :) 

I know some people say the older your kids get the easier it is, and in some ways that is very true, but in other ways I feel it's the total opposite. Between homework, studying for tests (which Carson has at least three a week), dance, and sports (baseball is all the time now) making a homemade gourmet meal is a joke during the week! Please don't get me wrong, I am not complaining about the things mentioned...I know this is life for all moms with older kids and I truly love it, but there are times when somethings gotta give. And right now, making meals during the week that take more than 30-40 minutes just isn't going to happen. 

Okay, sorry, I kinda went off on a rant up there, but back to today's delicious and easy pasta! 
I used the recipe found here, but instead of using mayo, I substituted it for 5.3oz of greek yogurt and two small squirts of cream cheese. I don't like mayonnaise at all, so if you feel the same, I highly recommend trying it this way because it turned out delicious! And don't worry, I know summer and swimsuit season is right around the corner, so I will try my best to make more easy meals that are healthier and a bit more waist friendly...ha! 

Maxi Dress (on sale and only $38) // Earrings

Dress runs tts and I'm wearing it in the xs. Also, I know it says not to, but I wash and dry mine and it's perfectly fine ;) 

My silly boy, who I think may have grown three feet over the last year.

  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched and chopped into smaller bites
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sweet peas, cooked
  • 8 oz pasta shells, cooked
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons dry Ranch mix, or more, to taste
    1. In a large bowl, combined chopped blanched broccoli, chopped cooked bacon, whole cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, cooked sweet peas, cooked pasta shells.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine mayo and milk and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of dry Ranch mix. Mix well and taste to see if you need to add more dry Ranch mix to the dressing.
    3. Gradually add the salad dressing to the large bowl with the salad ingredients. Some people like lots of dressing on their salad, some don't - let your taste be your guide as far as how much dressing to add!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wish List Wednesday

Spring and summer are my favorite seasons for many reasons, but one big reason is definitely the fashion! I prefer a dress or a pair of shorts any day over jeans and sweaters, plus, the warmer weather gives me more energy and puts me in a better mood. Is it just me, or do you guys feel this way as well? 

As you can probably guess, this week's wish list includes a lot of gorgeous, new spring arrivals! 

I am such a huge fan of this color pink in the summer, and it looks so good with a tan. Not to mention, this dress would be perfect for work, a casual wedding, or just a date night. It also comes in regular and petite, and also in black and a beautiful blue color. 

I love any white and blue top, but the sleeves on this one have me swooning! 

Pretty sure these will be my go-to summer sandals. They come in tons of colors and they also just came out with a genuine calf hair leopard and black and ivory brahma hair here

Love the fit and the adorable ruffle details on this dress. 

First, this top is gorgeous and looks so comfy, second, it's 40% off...and third, it has great reviews! So yeah, I will be ordering this today! Also loving this blouse and this dress, which are both 40% off as well!

I've been wanting a rattan/basket weave handbag for a while now, so I am so excited to see a lot of really cute handbags coming out. Now I need to decide between this one and the one below!?!?

Okay ladies, this dress looks almost identical to one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer shift dresses from last year, but this beauty is about half the price!! And this pink embroidered dress looks like a complete dupe from the classic Lilly line! 

This may just be the most adorable swimsuit I have ever seen. The cut, the stripes, and the ruffled sleeves are all perfection! 

Last, I've been getting a lot of requests for white graduation dresses so I wanted to share this stunning lace dress. I own this dress in a pretty blue color, so I can vouch that the quality and fit are awesome! 

Also, I've been blown away by all of your dm messages with excitement and kind words over all of my posts on organizing. It makes me so happy to hear that I've inspired some of you, and to also know that an organized room makes y'all just as happy as it does me! Yesterday, I mentioned on Instastories that I'm planning on breaking my organization posts into several smaller posts with photos of each space along with links to all of the products I used in them. I am hoping to start on that next week so stay tuned! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Life Lately

Saturday baseball games are back in full swing around here, and I've got to admit, it makes me super happy. I love watching my little man play baseball, and it is even more fun this year since Todd is coaching. 

After Carson's baseball game, we headed to one of our favorite lunch spots, Dog and Duck! The weather was so nice that we were able to eat outside. I love their two favorites are the shrimp and the Korean steak, both are so good!

// Speaking of tacos, my girl Natalie and I tried a new Mexican spot in Mt.Pleasant called Playa Taco. We were both super impressed with all of the food and the drinks. 

I had the pork carnitas, jerk chicken, and portobello. They were all delicious, but the jerk chicken was my favorite. 

// After lunch on Saturday we headed to the post office to send off for the kids passports. It took us a few tries to get Taylor's picture because she could stop laughing, and then she would make a serious face so we would all start laughing. The lady taking the pictures was even cracking up at her serious face. Luckily, we finally got one, and after standing in line for an hour we had it all taken care of :) 

August cannot come soon enough, we are all so EXCITED about Turks and Cacios!! 

// When we made it back home Saturday we all had to rush to get ready and head next door for a baby shower, and immediately afterwards we headed to another house for a birthday party! It was a crazy busy, but super fun Saturday for sure! 

What I wore

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

A lot of you also asked for me to share the details on the other two dresses I showed you guys on Instastories, so here they are as well. 

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

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

// We had a pretty lazy day on Sunday, but we did manage to finish up most of the organizing. I'll share the finished rooms with you all later today on Instastories! 

Sweet brother and sister moment that is pretty rare these days...ha! 

Friday, April 13, 2018

5 on Friday

Happy Friday, friends! 

ONE // 

There are only two more days left for the Shopbop sale! I got my order in yesterday, and I loved it all! And of course I made the mistake of checking out the new daily I want to order this dress, this swimsuit, and these sandals

What I ordered

Top also here // Gameday Earrings // Shorts // Wedges also here

Top runs tts and I am wearing it in the xs.

Dress (30% off here) also found it here and here

I absolutely LOVE this dress, but it runs small. I'm wearing it in the xs, and as you can probably see, that top button is a little too snug! Luckily, I found it here in all sizes for 30% off so I just ordered it the small. And the good thing about this dress is that it ties so it can be adjusted to fit any chest size! 

And here is the best shot I got of these sunglasses from the sale. I love this brand...the quality is great and so are their prices! 

Rocky is always trying to smother someone in kisses :) 

TWO // 

We have a fun weekend planned, and I'm so excited that the weather is going to be warm and sunny! This evening, our neighborhood is having a fun event at the park called "Tunes and Trucks". They will have a live band and lot of really yummy food trucks set up so it should be a good time! 


 //  The rest of my organization stuff finally arrived yesterday, and I'm not sure how, but I convinced Todd to help me with his side of the closet tonight after the kids go to bed. I'm pretty sure he was just scared I would throw all of his stuff away if he wasn't their to supervise...ha! 

I'll make sure to show you where all the rest of this stuff is going today/this evening on Instastories! And also, for any of those interested, you can shop everything you see below right here on my Amazon Page

FOUR // 

I had a lot of requests to share this taco chili recipe that I made earlier this week. It was seriously one of the best (and easiest) that I've ever cooked. I did, however, forget to grab a can of corn at the store so our chili is missing that, but it was still really good without it. 

FIVE // 

Last, have you guys seen the Opalhouse collection at Target? I meant to check it out earlier this week, but didn't get around to it until yesterday, and I've gotta say...there's some pretty amazing stuff. I would like to know if any of you guys bought anything or have seen any of it in person?