We were floored when we saw this pretty dishware at The Dollar Store!
Sure it’s not bone china, but for a dollar a piece it is pretty amazing!
Paired with a simple evergreen clipping from the yard and a little treat for after dinner it makes a lovely holiday setting!
Dinner plate HERE
How are you dressing up your table for the holidays?
The season of food is here, and we already can’t get enough.
We’ve posted about THIS meringue recipe several times, but we just love how simple and to-die-for delicious they are.
This time we topped them off with the usual whipped cream and seasonal pears + peaches. We added just a light dusting of ground cinnamon, which really gave a festive zing
We swear by meringues because they are the perfect light dessert after a big meal. We’re even having them as part of the Thanksgiving line up this year.
But the really good part is that they can be made up to a week or more in advance and stored in a tin, so there’s very little prep day of consumption…LOVE THAT!
(PS. They are naturally gluten free too, which is a double win win for us!)
The time of year to sparkle is quickly approaching and Walmart has you covered in the jewelry department!
You will not believe the deals to be had! These studs earrings were only $2.88!
Just when we thought THIS necklace was a deal, Walmart released a huge selection of statement necklaces for only $5!!!
There is no excuse not to shine this season with prices like this, so while you’re picking up your turkey make sure to steer your cart into the jewelry dept too!
How about some costume jewelry for all the ladies on your Christmas list? We love the idea!
Can you believe the stores are full of Christmas? On one hand we don’t want to be sick of Christmas by the time it arrives, but on the other we can’t help but get excited when see such new and exciting things for our favorite season!
Here are a few faves from the one and only….
5. ceramic stag
Which is your favorite?
Happy Monday y’all, we hope you had a lovely weekend!
Today we’re sharing how we glammed up our normal gold Christmas wrap by adding grey!!!
We bought grey butcher paper for $.59 yard from Zurchers, and love how the matte finish looks next to the shiny gold.
Butcher paper is perfect for large presents and so much cheaper than traditional wrapping paper. Win, win!
We are so addicted to these amazing oat bars…
Butter (and lots of it! 1 cup)
2 c flour (depending on your gf mix you may need more, we used THIS)
3/4 c brown sugar
1 1/4 oats (we used THESE ones)
1 cup chocolate chips (our fav HERE)
1 cup caramels (THESE ones are GF)
Stir together softened butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and eggs until mixture looks like crumbs. This is when the amount of flour can fluctuate. If mixture is too sticky and won’t crumb, just add a tbsp of flour at a time until it will.
Use half of the mixture to press into a greased baking dish (we used a 13×9) and cook at 350 for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
Sprinkle chocolate and caramels over cooked base and top with remaining crumb mixture and cook for 30 mins until golden brown again.
Refrigerate for 2 hours to set before serving.
I have been dying over THIS Michael Kors structured tote for months, but now that my go-to bag is a diaper bag I haven’t been able to justify such a splurge!
I can however spend $20 on a similar tote, for the occasional night out with the hubs or any sans Jane outing!
I feel like most of my handbags are over-sized and slouchy, and this medium-size and structured tote is just what I needed to help this momma feel a little more up-to-date!
We were super stoked to find these totally adorable gift tags at Ikea last week…10 for a buck!
Ikea has really expanded their gift wrapping selection and it is all fantastic! (see HERE).
This is our new favorite holler dollar at Ikea, but we may have momentarily forgotten about those yummy cinamon rolls. What’s your favorite?
We know it’s a little early for Christmas, but it’s never too early to get you inspired, right?
We received our first snow this week, which spurred us to play around with one of our favorite color combos!
TOP: Left – classic paper bow. Middle – thin ribbon + teeny shatterproof bauble. Right – tulle bow.
MIDDLE: Left – white paper fringe + thin ribbon. Middle – paper bow cut open. Right – satin bow.
BOTTOM: Left – felt + thin ribbon. Middle – different layered ribbons tied in knots. Right – white paper fan.
Oh, we can’t help it. We’re feeling Chrismassy already!
Last week we blessed Jane, which is a special prayer to put her name on the records of our church and bless her with things to help throughout her life.
Here’s Jane in her little white dress and bonnet, doesn’t she look hilarious?!
It was a great day with some of our special friends and family and was the largest party we’ve planned in a while.
Here are five ways we kept it super easy!
1. KEEP DECOR SIMPLE AND SEASONAL
We spent nothing on decorations and pulled items around the house that were white, brown and gold. We used gold Christmas paper as a table runner, a simple bronze Christmas garland draped by itself, hung pine cones from the chandelier and personalized the chalkboard and banner.
2. CHOOSE AN EASY FOOD THEME
We chose a soup and bread bar which turned out perfect for this time of year. I asked a few people to bring a soup and the variety ended up being amazing. We had chili, Italian sausage, mushroom (pic below), cauliflower and spicy carrot. Soups can be prepared ahead, aren’t too expensive, and can easily be transported.
3. USE DISPOSABLE ITEMS
We rarely use disposible items when entertaining, but when entertating a large crowd it is a must!! We headed to Gygi to pick up items that were clear and white so disposable bowls (above) etc would just blend and not distract. How cute are these little cups we used for milk to serve with cookies for dessert?
4. MAKE SOMETHING ORDINARY, SPECIAL!
We picked up a tin of shortbread cookies from Costco and garnished them with chocolate. This was a huge hit and literally took 30 mins. We used our favorite chocolate, Guittard that is available in bulk at Gygi.
5. PREP AHEAD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
We wanted to serve another fall favorite, caramel apples. Although these are super easy, they are a little time consuming, so we made sure to schedule prep time before the party. We were thrilled with how they turned out. See directions HERE.
Honestly, with these tips this event was zero stress! The soups were warmed, and everything was ready to go for when guests arrived. No fussing about food and washing dishes etc.
Our little pioneer baby with Nanny and Grandma.
A big thanks to Gygi and for everyone who made this such a special day to remember!
We are being featured on Gygi’s blog today talking about all of their products we used! Please hop over to see us HERE.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Today we’re sharing this delicious side dish for when you want to take your taters up a notch!
What You’ll Need:
2 lbs potatoes
2 lbs butternut squash
2 c cheddar cheese
2 c cream (half and half would work too)
4 large sage sprigs
3 cloves of garlic (smashed)
First makes your sauce by slowly bringing cream, garlic cloves and sage sprigs to a boil over medium heat. As soon as it starts to bubble remove from heat and set aside. Next peel and slice potatoes and butternut squash, toss with 1 cup of cheese and salt and paper and place in greased baking dish.
Remove sage and garlic cloves from sauce and pour over potatoes and squash. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400, for 45 mins until veggies are tender.
Two words: COMFORT FOOD!
We love this for a special occasion like today, a Sunday meal or Thanksgiving. Hope you love it too!
Adapted from THIS Rachael Ray recipe.
We can spot Pendleton a mile away! Are you the same?
The graphic Native-American style prints and classic plaids and tartans get us giddy this time of year, we want it all!
Oh man…they even make notebooks.
We are obsessed! Brad surprised Emily with THIS classic throw for her B-day and we are in love!
For a ticket to Pendleton wanderlust see their full site HERE.
Pendleton’s Pinterest page is pretty phenomenal too! (see HERE)
We were delighted when Bunnies By the Bay sent us their new Pretty Posy Blanket (link HERE) to review, and the little Boxwood ladies drew straws to see who’d be the lucky lady for the job!
Jane won, and was smitten by the softness of this luxurious throw, while we were in love with the details and the sentiments behind it.
The entire ‘Pretty Girl’ line is focused on what true beauty is, and as new mothers of three darling ladies, we couldn’t agree more with their mission statement:
“What makes a girl pretty? We believe that prettiness comes from the inside. Our NEW Pretty Girl Collection is adorable fresh and delightfully designed to remind little ones what is important. Stitched within each garment is a simple message: Share, Listen, Be Patient and Care for Others. That is what makes a Pretty Girl.”
Check out their whole line HERE.
Don’t you just want to die with the cuteness?!
To top it off, their packaging is totes adorbs! When this arrives in the mail, you really feel spoilt.
We’re dying over these little dolls for our girls, if you have a special little lady on your list, you might want to pop over for some early Chirstmas shopping.
You’ll be in love too…we promise.
Thanks to Bunnies for spoiling our little Janey, she’s more than content on this chilly day snuggled up like a princess.
Today we are sharing this fun autumn project we came up with using leather scraps!
You will need:
Leather scraps (Hobby Lobby HERE)
Glue gun + glue
1. Roughly sketch outline of feather on back side of leather.
2. Cut outline and then freehand the feather spaces.
3. Hot glue magnet strip directly to back of feather or add a peg in between if you would like.
Ta Dah..your bits n’ bobs on your fridge or magnet board just got an upgrade for the season!
These would be fun for kids to make to hold their artwork and would make cute little pressies too. Hope you likey!
I decided to spruce things up a bit in our master bedroom by hanging THESE bamboo baskets I found at The Dollar Tree.
I hung the baskets by cutting command strips into little strips and attaching two to the back of each basket. I only used two strips total. I arranged the baskets by starting in the center and just eyeballing my way outward.
9 Baskets + 2 Command strips = $10!
I love the way this turned out to make such a huge statement that only cost $10!!!
Holler to The Dollar Tree once again!
There is nothing as tasty on a brisk autumn evening than a warm, slow-cooker meal .
This BBQ shredded chicken is as simple and delicious as it gets.
4-6 chicken breast (depending on size)
20 oz barbeque sauce (our favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s)
20 oz original Coke
Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken. You can drain the liquid before shredding if you like, but we like to keep it saucy.
Serve on a roll, salad, rice…the possibilities are endless. This is such an easy and inexpensive meal, we love it!
Recipe adapted from HERE.
This wreath is so perfect and simple for fall,
Join me over at Lil Luna (click HERE) for a short tutorial.
Feeding two young babies at the table can be challenging. When Brock’s home, he has one and I have the other, but it’s a constant battle of ‘please pass this” and “are you done with that?”. To help relieve some of the crazy I put together this food station that has helped us out tremendously!
I got a tray that fits nicely on our lazy Suzanne, and then stocked it with all of the essentials. Our goal is to never have to leave the table mid-feed once we’re there with our homemade baby food (link HERE).
Our Go-To Items Are:
I must say this system has been WORKING!!! We’re getting the feeding down like magic!
Have you guys been re-organizing or tweaking a problem area in your homes? Do share!