July 31, 2015

Final Days of the Nordrstom Sale || Let's see what's left!

We're here on the last days of the Nordstrom Sale before prices go back up.  I've rounded up many of my favorite staple pieces that are super wearable easy to mix in with your closet and can pretty much get you dressed and looking pulled together in five minute.  Bam.  They're all super inexpensive too which is key.  Get your basics out of the way now and still have some wiggle room for that one splurge piece you spot come fall!

Tee Shirt ($15.90) || Leggings ($33) || Black Ankle Strap Sandals || Sneakers || White Tunic Blouse || Grey Jeans || Pink Leather Jacket || Black D'Orsay Pumps || Black Clutch || Striped Tunic ($12.90) || Lazy Morning Pants-Polka Dots (also love the stripes) || Scallop Dress (restocked but only size 2 & 4 left) || Long Open Cardigan ($31 and stock added in my favorite blush color!) || Open Zip Sweater || Nude D'Orsay Pumps (also obsessed with the grey suede and PINK!) || PONCHO || Kendra Scott Pendant Necklace || Cowl Neck Long Sweater ($27.90) || Suede Booties || Black Faux Python Bag ($35.90) || Tory Burch Smart Phone Wristlet ($109)

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July 30, 2015

Ice Cream Birthday Party

Wells turned five recently and we threw her a little party in the backyard.  It was perfect.  Stress-free, simple, low key, full of fun and laughter.  Lots of cake and ice-cream and happy children!

 She requested:
1. A pool (a blow up would have to do and she was good with that)
2. Ice Cream with Chocolate sauce, cherries, and sprinkles in a cone
3. Party Hats
4. A Pinata filled with Halloween candy

We made a simple ice-cream sundae bar with neopolitan ice-cream scoops served in clear plastic cups (the wine kind).  The kids got to add their own toppings.  Chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and cherries.  Most of the kids topped it off with a waffle cone!  I will say the one thing that I underestimated was how much the adults would want to make ice-cream cones!

I made vegan chocolate cupcakes so I wouldn't have to worry about Tagg eating the wrong kind.  That always gives me so much anxiety.  I used my icing in a bag trick to make them look a little more professional and added on some pink sprinkles. We also had a special tub of his coconut milk chocolate ice-cream and let him go first through the toppings bar to avoid cross-contamination. 

 I also filled a few little pink galvanized tubs with ice and squeezable applesauce and filled my silver punch bowl with chips so the kids could have something besides desert.  The party was mostly outside (or in the playroom) and not during a meal time so I didn't feel like we needed to make a bunch of food the kids weren't going to eat anyway.  I made that mistake last year.

I borrowed some pretty confetti milk jars from a friend and filled those with pink lemonade and pretty paper straws.  That's always such a hit because it looks so good but is virtually effortless.  As usual I just decorated one area and that was the main table.  I used a black and white polka dot sheet as the background and hung some tassel and pink paper lanterns.

I found both the pink polka dot and the gold and white confetti hats at Target.  Decoration and useful.  I forget how much kids love a party hat!  I made the little sign out of a sticker letters and white foam board.

We also had a cooler full of beer and a cooler full of water bottles and laCroix.  A giant bowl of strawberries and blueberries and hummus and carrots were on the table up on the deck.  I originally wanted to do a cheese tray and pretty drink for the moms but I ran out of time.  I think it's so awesome when people go the extra mile but usually just something to drink or nibble on is enough.  No one is looking for perfection.

We bought two blow-up pools from Target and had the sprinkler ready to roll.  I don't think it even got turned on because the kids had a water fight with Matthew instead.  He lost :)  The pinata was also a big hit with the kids.  I tried to convince Wells we didn't need it but she insisted.  And it is a nice way to end the party with a bang.  I gave the kids little paper treat bags to put their candy in in lieu of a traditional goody bag.

As usual I was too busy having a good time to take more pictures.  I hate that.  That's one thing I always wish there were more of after a fun time like this!

And remember we're in the last final days of the big NORDSTROM SALE.  Prices to GO BACK UP after THIS SATURDAY!  You know you'll be kicking yourself for paying full price for some of these favorites this fall!

July 29, 2015

Chicken Teriyaki Recipe | You'll want to try this one right away!

Is everyone having a good week so far?  I meant to post this yesterday but got caught up in the day!  My nephew is in town and we're tying to pack in as much cousin time as possible.  I'm determined for him to know us even though we live so far apart.  It's such a special relationship and it warms my heart to see my kids and my sister's kids love each other. 

This is one of my favorite dinners!  It's easy enough for me to make because the sauce comes from a jar.  Love a good semi-homemade meal to cut down on the time and prep at dinner time  In full disclosure, Matthew typically does most of the real cooking around here including this dinner.  He's the chef and I'm the self-appointed taste-tester and vegan baker :)

Chicken Teriyaki with Jasmine Rice
Cook Jasmine Rice according to the directions
In a skillet, saute half of a diced yellow onion in olive oil until browned
Add in diced boneless skinless chicken and begin to cook over medium heat
Add in a tablespoon of diced garlic (more or less depending on taste)
Add in Teriyaki marinade (we used kikkoman teriyaki marinade)
Allow chicken to fully cook
Add in 1/2 bag of Angel Hair Cabbage
Garnish with diced green onions and serve over jasmine rice

July 27, 2015

Gorgeous LA Home with East Coast Style

I fell in love with this home and wanted to share it because I knew you'd like it too!  The interiors were designed by BirchHill Interior Design and are so soft yet sophisticated.  So lovely!

July 24, 2015


It's FRIDAY!!!  Who's ready for the weekend?  I took the kids to Pawleys earlier this week.  We had the best time!  It was exhausting but nice to spend some time with old friends and new friends.  We ended up cutting our trip a little short because I was so ready to get home.  I'm more and more like that the older I get.  I like my bed and my routine!

I'm so excited to celebrate my baby girl turning FIVE in two days!!!!!!!!!  I can't even begin to believe how quickly this time has flown by.  What a wonderful and life changing five years!  I'm so thankful for her and can't wait to shower her with lots and lots of extra love!

I've also been off the grid all week and couldn't help but take one more look at the Nordstrom Sale.  Of course I found a few more finds that are fabulous and all still available!

Skinny Jeans || Roll Slab Tunic Blouse || Open Cardigan Coat || Frye Melissa Button Tall Riding Boots || knee high riding boots || Pointy Toe T-Strap Studded Flats || Black Running Shoes || Pointy-Toe Loafer Flats || Suede Booties || Sleeveless Wrap Dress || Featherweight Underwire Bra || Long Sleeve Basic Tee (amazing price and tons of colors)

J.Crew Factory is offering 50% off Clearance with code: EXTRA50

July 23, 2015

Favorite Non-Fruity Summer Drink

I'm not really a big liquor drinker.  Actually, I'm not really a big drinker in general anymore.  Although I'm guessing the college years + early twenties could have provided enough good boozed times to last a lifetime.  Thank the lord that social media didn't exist then.  I do however, love a good late summer afternoon cocktail or more often an end of the day glass of wine.  But if the responsibility of average parenting weren't enough to keep me always clear headed and able-bodied, then my son's frequent food allergies, asthma, and quick ability to hive make for a pretty strong case of staying sober enough to drive to the ER.  Always.

But like I said, I do like a drink.  And I'm looking for a new one.  I've been a long time fan of the fruity boat drink sort, Malibu Rum + Midori + Pineapple Juice + lime, but I'm ready to try something new.  It needs to be less sugary and heavy.  Something like my favorite LaCroix but that comes with a slight buzz.  ha! 

Who's got some ideas of where to start?  What's your favorite drink?  Also, I admit that I'm not really sure what the difference between gin and vodka is so I'm pretty much starting from scratch in the tasting department.

My other favorite is a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Prosecco with a Popsicle dumped inside.  Now, that's a fun treat!

July 22, 2015

Colorful Kids Room by Nicole Hollis

I was going through my pinterest account the other day and came across some recent eye candy rooms I thought you'd like!  All rooms are by designer Nicole Hollis.  It's interesting to see her dark and modern aesthetic completely transformed for kids' spaces.  I'm all about soft neutral spaces for babies and little ones but love how and energetic these are for growing children!  Such fun!


July 21, 2015

Bloggers I love | House Seven

One of my favorite home design instagram feeds is Anissa from House Seven.  She has the most beautiful home that feels so calm and liveable!  My favorite part about her pictures is that at least one of her gorgeous daughters is always sneaking into the shot.  I love watching how real people live in real houses, don't you?

Be sure to check out her amazing instgram feed and lovely blog.

July 20, 2015

Designers I love | Waterleaf Interiors

Happy Monday!  Is everyone staying cool today? Our little reprieve from the heat last week ended abruptly yesterday with some pretty swampy temperatures.  Get me on the beach stat!

I've got another one to watch my friends!  Waterleaf interiors has the most beautiful rooms with an updated traditional feel in a coastal palate of blues and greens and tans.  My favorite!  They all feel very American!  I first found them via their instagram feed which posts lots of pretty images of their retail store and project sneak peeks!

 Lots of color and pattern in these rooms!  Something I just love in other people's home and am slowly trying to try in my own house!

July 19, 2015

Long Sweaters under $50

It's no secret that I'm pretty casual.  I love simple classic pieces that I can wear over and over again and be comfortable.  I also want to spend about five minutes getting dressed but still look polished.  One of my favorite ways to do that is with skinny jeans or leggings and long sweaters.  So to help get you ready for I've rounded up some awesome long sweater buys under $50 for you today! 

Just click on the image below directly and it will open the item up in a new window for you!


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July 18, 2015

Saturday Outfit

I love a good casual outfit!  It's not that hard to look polished but still be comfortable. Just a few key pieces can really make you feel better when out running errands or watching kids sports events!  I'm a huge fan of this look!

Striped Sweatshirt Dress ($43) || Pendant Necklace ($43) || Long Open Cardigan ($31) || Tory Burch Smart Phone Wallet ($119) || Cole Haan Oxford Sneakers ($129 during sale) || Faux Python Tote ($35.90) || Laura Mercier Flawless Face Trio

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