11.20.2014

Santa Baby

I’ve been an awful good girl, Santa baby.  Slip a few of these under the tree…  (I know, I know, it's still a week till Thanksgiving.  But a girl can window shop, right?!?)





Taupe + White Chevron Cross Door Hanger - Bronwyn Hanahan Art

A Lisa Papa Lumbar Pillow like Bestie R's (except I want the blue bird!)
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Fuzzy Lilly Appliqued Blankets

Women's Lilly Pulitzer Monogram Quarter Zip Pullover

The "Girly Girl Oyster" Painting


Just Mousing Around Vera Bag by Vera Bradley




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So hurry down the chimney Christmas night!
xoxo

11.19.2014

Musings

Every time I wear my UGGS I laugh.  I mean, they are so darn ugly. And they are the best thing I ever got from Victoria’s Secret (THANK YOU Haven Gift Card!!!).  The baby has even taken to them.   (In the event you are new here, this lovely room is my master bathroom.)

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I picked up two new Keurig varieties at Target last week.  The Vanilla Bean is a little sweet but still good and the Gingerbread is a new addiction.  YUMMMMYYYY!!

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My favorite part of Friday is when John comes bounding in with his “letters from home” journal  I just love reading about his week and I adore writing back to him.

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At long last, THIS finally happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are Disney annual pass holders. 

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Our early evenings are looking a lot like this lately.  It gets dark so early and the littles are like crazy mad men in the witching hour before Honey gets home from work.  Popcorn and a movie seems to do the trick.

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I have looked periodically for a good cross cookie cutter and finally found the winner at Target!!  I sure wish I had this for baptisms, confirmations, Easters and Christmases past.

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World Prematurity Day was earlier this week and our family couldn’t help but think about and celebrate sweet Jay Bird who entered this world at only 3.5 lbs.  There is a special place in my heart for ALL babies born too soon.

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Bestie M celebrated a birthday this week and the other bestie M and I were so excited to pop in while her students were at PE for a little birthday celebration. 

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HKL Designs has done it again!!!  I picked up a few items from her this week and THIS sweet surprise was in the bag.  Hello, lover…

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Also on the ornament front, my sweet IG friend Betsy gave me a big old box of these beauties.  They are SO lovely on my living room tree that I kind of want to leave it up all year.

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I spent my evening scratching my head over third grade math.  I sure am glad we never had math vocabulary… er make that any vocabulary… at Georgia Tech.  John says “mommy, it has to be parallelo or ogram or I need you to tell me what to do with the extra o.”  I have since found out the real answer and it is not what I thought!  (para is the root word)

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I then spent a glamorous morning cleaning out my washing machine.  It wasn’t super stinky or anything, but I got this cleaner with some sort of a Tide deal at Target and wanted to use it.  One thing led to another and I was scrubbing the tray with a toothbrush.  Yeah… that actually happened.

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Had lunch with baby girl.  I mean, I could eat.her.up.

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I particularly love to do her up like Cindy-loo-who.  Mostly because it drives Sister batty, but also because CeeCee knows it does and laughs hysterically.

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Whit carried home a thankful book today.  First page… I am thankful for my fans because I like my fans.
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Second page… “I am thankful for gravity because it keeps me down.”

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Last page is not pictured.  He is thankful for his house.  It originally said “because it nice” but he apparently changed his mind because he erased that part.  LOL. 

On that note, I’ve got a zillion little things to do around here.  Starting with the din din dishes.  waaaahhhhhhh.
xoxo

11.18.2014

Barefoot Pumpkin Cupcakes + Holiday Tour

So I didn’t manage to get supper on the table last night (well, other than a hodge podge of leftovers), but I DID concoct a fabulous dessert: Ina’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting.  I cannot find the words to convey how yummy these were!!  This would be a perfect addition to an Apple Cider Bar, or a great break from the traditional pumpkin pie on turkey day!!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Makes 10 cupcakes
 
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin purée (8 ounces), not pie filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped Heath bars, for serving (2 1.4-ounce bars)

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush or spray the top of 10 muffin tins with vegetable oil and line them with 10 paper liners.
2. Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
3. Divide the batter among the prepared tins (I use a level 2 1/4-inch ice cream scoop) and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.
4. Spread the cupcakes with the Maple Frosting and sprinkle with the chopped toffee bits.
 

Maple Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
 
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.

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In other fun news, I will once again be participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes starting at Evolution of Style on December 1!!  Mark your calendars because last year’s tour was full of inspiration and eye candy.  It all culminates in a link party on December 16!

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With that, I’ve got to get cracking on this day.  After I down one of those pumpkin cupcakes for breakfast, that is…
xoxo

11.17.2014

Happy Everything Mini Mickey

One of my all time favorite decorative items is my Coton Colors Mini Happy Everything Plate.  There aren’t many things in my cabinet that can take on so many different celebrations with just a quick change of a topper!  The company makes darling attachments for everything from holidays to sports to seasons to just plain every day, but they don’t have one for Disney.  Since we celebrate the Mouse so frequently, I set out to make my own.  I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out and can’t wait to use them as a count down before our next trip to Disney!!


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For less than $6, I got four 5” wood Mickey silhouettes from this shop on etsy

Mickey Mouse Ears Cutout 312 Shapes Crafts, Gift Tags Ornaments Laser Cut Birch Wood Various Sizes

While I had all the paints out for my custom painted TOMS shoes, I threw a base coat of chalkboard paint on two and then dressed up the other two with Mickey’s signature red “shorts” and a couple of buttons. 


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I started out with the intention of using them as Christmas ornaments, but think I’m going to hold off on that and might use them as place cards or plate attachments for a while longer.

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I simply glued a small strip of velcro to the back of each one to get it to attach to the base.  Since these are so lightweight, it is just enough to hold them secure.

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Disney + Happy Everything just makes sense together!
xoxo

11.16.2014

Thanksgiving Inspiration

I so enjoyed the Thanksgiving Vignette party hosted by Sherry at No Minimalist Here that I wanted to do a quick recap in the event that you are looking for some inspiration for next week’s big event!!

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Bestie R at Uptown Acorn
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That should keep y’all busy for a good long while. Happy Sunday!
xoxo

11.15.2014

Start Your Engines

Our friends at General Mills surprised us with a huge box of cereals featuring their new Mega Bloks cars inside.  Well, we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off for the last couple of weeks and it just sat sadly on the dining room table.  Until today! 

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The baby was supposed to be playing in a baseball tournament this weekend, but an on-again-off-again fever, a bad cough and ONE throw up kept us close to home in our jammies.  With Honey and John off at the GT game, it was the perfect time to shut off the TV and endlessly streaming MineCraft videos and get down on the floor for some good creative fun.

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With a few cereal boxes, the set of Mega Bloks cars and a couple of things we found within arm’s reach, the baby engineered a set of ramps and jumps for his cars.  We taped them straight to the floor with painters tape and it was worth hours of fun.

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You an find the cars in specially marked boxes of General Mills cereals right NOW!  The cars come unmarked and YOU get to choose whether to deck it out in Hello Kitty or Power Rangers. 

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Start your engines!!
xoxo


PS. Honey actually took a few pics at the game yesterday!!!!!!!!  I’m so happy to have a son old enough to take my ticket when it’s way too cold for me outside :-)

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