Monday, September 16, 2019

This and That

It's truly amazing how art work and a little greenery can really transform a space.  I am not sure why I never thought about moving the art that was in our kitchen into this space, but I'm so happy I did because I love the way it turned out. 

I picked up my fiddle fig leaf tree at our local Home Depot in Mt. Pleasant for $90!  That is a total steal compared to what they normally cost if you buy them from a local nursery.  And they had about 20 of them so I would go grab one if you're local and have been looking.  I am thinking about snagging one more for our upstairs playroom. 

I also found this article telling you exactly how you need to take care of you fiddle fig leaf when you get it home.  I am planning on following these directions, so fingers crossed, mine survives for a long time :) 

I am SO excited to share a really good mini fall Amazon haul this week.  I am hoping to get all the pieces steamed this morning and have a post with size / fit information along with stories ready tomorrow morning!  In the meantime, I did want to share a few pieces that I tried on Saturday and LOVED!! 

Sweater and cardigan both run tts, and for reference, I'm wearing them both in a small.  And here's a peek at how I styled this skirt last year for fall. 

Yesterday after church we went to brunch at Grace and Grit.  I forgot how good this place is and they have the best brunch menu on Sunday for kids.  Sorry I didn't take any pictures of their food or preggo self was way too excited to dig in...ha!  But I did manage to snap a photo of Todd's, and since he let me steal a couple of bites, I can tell you it was delicious! 

Sunday's church look

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Two things that I am currently addicted tea and this pumpkin spice candle. 

I came across this photo while scrolling through my photos the other day and it has me SO ready to decorate for fall and Halloween.  I am thinking I may just have to go ahead and do that this weekend.  Do you guys decorate now or do you wait until October 1st to start busting out all the pumpkins and bats? 

You can find all my Halloween decor details from last year in this post and this post

I have been craving these pecan sandies all week long so I'm thinking I may bite the bullet and make them today!  I'll be sure to let you all know how they turn out on stories. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

5 on Friday

ONE // 
I am so stumped, as far as art for our dining room along with the baby's nursery right now.  I have been struggling with art for the dining room for a while now and I'm just having a hard time picturing what would look good in this space.  My super talented friend, Sara Shrouds has offered to help me out and do a commission for me so I'm hoping we can decide on somthing this weekend.  Can you guys tell that I'm starting my nesting early this pregnancy...ha!  I feel like I have so many little things around the house that I would like to knock off of my list and complete before baby girl arrives! 

TWO // 
I know it's still super hot outside, but I've been craving chili!  I found this healthy turkey chili recipe that looks so good so I think I'm going to give it a try tonight.  I'll be sure to let you guys know how it turns out.


Last Saturday, Todd and I went out on a date night and I was so excited to try out Coda Del Pesce.  I had heard great things about this place, and Todd and I both love Italian.  I've got to be honest and say that we weren't very impressed with our main meals or the dessert.  The only thing we liked, or shall I say loved, was the salad we ordered.  It was a mix of heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, cantaloupe, sopressata, and basil.  I know this combination sounds strange, but it was amazing together.  I am going to try and recreate it this weekend! 

What I wore


Okay, so I know a lot of you guys are going to think I'm crazy when I tell you what I've been loving for fall fashion, but I'm telling you...Express, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Urban Outfitters are not just for high school and college girls anymore!  They are all killing it with their sweaters, cardigans, jeans, and even loungewear this season!  Below are just a few of my favorite basics I have my eye on right now.  And I know you all have mentioned that you would love to see some different retailers so I may just order a few pieces from each site and do a try-on / review session soon! 


 This quote popped up the other day, and it's one of those that is SO true and one that is good for us to make sure to remind ourselves!  Happy Friday friends, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Easy Week Night Recipes + New Lilly Styles Added

I have to admit that I've been in a total cooking rut.  I see all sorts of recipes that look delicious on Pinterest, but most of them I see have a lot of ingredients or they take a lot of prep time and by the time dinner rolls around, I'm just not up for all that cooking or prepping these days...especially with homework and getting the kids on their back to school bedtime routine.  I have to assume there are probably many of you that feel the same way so I found a few recipes that not only look delicious, but have minimal ingredients and are easy to prep / cook. 

I am not sure I could get Carson on board with eating the broccoli, but I could just have him pick it out if he didn't want it.  For a side, I just toast some rolls or a baguette, and sprinkle a little of this garlic spread on top.  If you've never used this stuff order it now because it's good on almost everything! 

My kids have been all about bbq chicken lately, but grilling every time is getting a little boring so I figured I would switch things up this week and try out these easy bbq chicken tostadas.  Plus, the kids love this rice so I figured this would be an easy side to make with it. 

These one pan dishes are some of my favorites to make and the cleanup is so easy!  The kids probably won't eat the butternut squash so I just do baby potatoes instead. 

I've made this recipe a few times and it's one of my favorite go-to's that I know the kids will always eat.  Plus, it saves well in the refrigerator and it tastes just as good as the first time when reheated. 

And last, but not least, today is the LAST day to shop the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale!!!  I must say, this year I've been really impressed with the smoothness of their site (zero crashes, unlike the years past) and the merchandise has been so good.  They added a ton of new arrivals yesterday evening and some of these may just be my favorite of all.  At some point today they will also be adding a few more pieces so I'll make sure to update it on here when they do! 

PS - Don't forget to go enter my giveaway if you haven't already!!  It ends tonight and I'll be picking a winner tomorrow morning!! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Favorite Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Items Under $50

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday!! I have my big ultrasound today, and I am so excited to see our sweet baby girl! And because I turn 35 in December, and baby girl won't be here until January I'll be considered "advanced maternal age" when she arrives so I have to have an even longer ultrasound. But hey, that just means I get to stare at her sweet little self in my belly a little longer, so I am going to look at as a perk to getting older ha! 

Okay, so this years Lilly sale is HUGE, and there is SO much merchandise and so much to choose from! So went through and found the best of the best deals! I am talking dresses that were regular $178 now marked under $50! 

Also, if you haven't entered yet, make sure you head over to yesterdays post and enter my giveaway!! I mean I don't anyone who couldn't use a $100 Amazon gift card! 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale + A Giveaway

Happy happy Monday morning friends!!! 

Okay, it's almost that time for the best sale of the year, and I for one am SO EXCITED about it this year!!! From what I've seen it's going to be one of the best sales yet! 

Here's a little sneak peek at what is part of the sale along with size and fit information!! And tomorrow and Wednesday they will be adding a few new styles, so I'll have all the information on that ready for you guys as well!! 

I mean how adorable is this sweet cotton bubble!!! And the $24 price tag can't be beat! 

And of course when I saw the matching print in this adorable Ella dress I had to snag it for Taylor! I still can't believe I am going to have two sweet girls to match! 

I love these rompers!! They look like a dress, but provide the comfort and the extra coverage of a romper. These are perfect, especially if you have little kiddos! 

These always go SO fast, so make sure you snag these asap for your little lady! For sizing reference I think they run on the big side, so if you're between sizes I would go down! 

Dress runs tts and for reference I am wearing it in the size 2. 

Elsa top runs tts and for reference I am wearing it in the xs. 

Dress runs big, for reference I am wearing it in the xs and even with a bump still have room. Definitely size down in this one. 

Leggings run tts, for reference I am wearing them in the size small. Without my bump I would have ordered them in the xs. 

To enter this giveaway I am making it super easy!! Just leave me a comment below telling me what you snagged already or what you're hoping to snag from the sale this year!!