Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Day it Rained Hearts // Children's Book Club {February}

The Day it Rained Hearts // Children's Book Club {February}
Thank you for joining Jess and I for another Children's Book Club link up. To celebrate the month of love we read The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond (the artist behind If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series) this is a cute story to read any time of year. I mean, how often as a kid did I wish for it to rain something other than water?
The Day it Rained Hearts // Children's Book Club {February}
We kept it simple and made my absolute favorite sugar cookies but added red food coloring to make it that much more special. The recipe follows:

Sugar Cookies:
Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (this seriously makes the cookies divine!)
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Cream butter and sugar until smooth
3. Beat in extracts and egg
4. In separate bowl mix together flour and baking powder and add a little bit at a time to wet ingredients.
5. Don't chill. Divide into workable batches and roll out onto floured surface and cut (about 1/4 inch thick.)
6. Bake at 350F  for 6-8 minutes (start off at 6 and add as needed. The longer the baking time the crispier the cookie.) Let cool on the cookie sheet fro 5 minutes and then move to baking rack to cool completely. Can top with icing etc or eat as is!

We make this recipe multiple times a year so it never disappoints. I hope you'll try these!
The Day it Rained Hearts // Children's Book Club {February}
Next month is Dr Seuss's Birthday and Jess and I are so excited to announce that he is our featured author! You can choose your favorite Seuss book (I have several favorites so I'm not sure which one to choose yet!), do an activity with your child(ren) and then link back up with us on Tuesday, March 21st! I look forward to seeing all your wacky posts! Below is some inspiration for you to get started. And link up too!


Truffula Trees // Cheese and Crackers // Hat Pizza // Green Eggs and Ham


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}
I'm pretty sure everyone knows my favorite color is pink (right? I've made that clear, yeah?) So to say I was excited about February's color is an understatement. And this may have turned out to be one of my favorite pet projects to date!
Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}
This beauty of a reproduction painting {Two girls in a field by Renoir} was one of the very first pieces I curated when I found out we were having another Girl and that said girl would be joining her big sister in the bedroom. Well, I still love it just as much today as I did those three plus years ago and I've had it in my head to do a photo shoot of the girls in this likeness for awhile. Nothing like the present though, right? Not to mention I had the perfect little dresses that we're a gift from Great Grandma Mary. Be prepared to swoon. 
Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}
It's not too heavy on the pink but doesn't it totally capture the essence of pink?!

Now it's your turn! Add your link below. Thank you for joining DesireeJustineStefanie and me for A Year of Color! Next month's color is green and the link up will be on Friday, March 17th!

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Two girls in a field // Pink {A Year of Color #2}

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tiny Letters // February

Let's just dive right in, shall we?
Tiny Letters // February

Dear February,
For being such a short month, you sure are b-u-s-y. I guess you gotta pack it all in, huh?

Dear Brian,
You have been my rock these past few months and I am so lucky you are mine.  

Dear Kinsey,
You are now 6 years old. I'm going cliche but I seriously do not know how it happened so fast? I will forever cherish the moments I held you as a newborn and watched you sleep, just because I could. How painful it was to go back to work after two short months of maternity leave. How you were born practically bald and with huge blue eyes and have always looked only like yourself. We are so much alike and yet you are you. And I love you all the more for that.
Tiny Letters // February
Dear Brielana,
You are my wild child and the 'Terrible Twos' have found you. Of course, it's hard staying mad at you because you look like an angel. This parenting gig is full of contradictions and you are full of tenderness and love and a touch of naughtiness. 
Tiny Letters // February
Dear Rain,
Don't get me wrong, I love you and California really needs you, but (you knew it was coming) you do funny things to my hair and I just can't take it anymore. The frizz and general disarray of the bangs makes me look rather poodle-y and that's just not the look I'm going for.

Dear Toys,
I understand that toys are a part of childhood and it isn't your fault you get played with maybe you could also learn how to pick yourself up? Because we all know only mom can do it "right" (insert eye roll emoji). A self-cleaning toy really needs to be invented...

Dear Old Navy pajama pants,
You are like my new best friend. Not only were you only $8 but you're so comfy I just can't help but get back into when the moment I step foot in the house I come home from work 

I'm sorry I lost steam. Especially since January was so productive. I guess I'll just blame the short but extremely busy month of February and move on.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway

I'm going to make some big proclamations right now; this box was a serious contender for a 5 out of 5. If it wasn't for some strange seams and me being cheap I could have kept it all. My next big announcement- I think I've found my Stylist, hi Madison!!!
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
I had a few requests for this Fix. Since it's been unseasonably cold for our area I wanted warm layering pieces, knits and textures, a rain coat (since I don't own one) and a pair of skinny jeans; Madison delivered on all counts minus a pair of TOMS that I asked for (I'm assuming canvas flats don't sell so well in Winter, who knew ;) So let's get on to the box that could have been a 5:

Page VI Tellie Textured Knit Sweatshirt | $48 {small}
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
 Liverpool Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean | $78 {size 6}
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway

Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
The very first item I pulled out of the box was this sweatshirt. I don't think anyone has been so excited to see a sweatshirt before than I was when I saw this. That is not even an exaggeration. I love the light gray with black peppering, the distressed hem was a fun touch and the seaming across the chest and arms was a great detail of interest. And then I tried it on and saw the flaw. The front seam is completely wonky. Like it didn't lay remotely flat whatsoever and did a strange pucker/ripple effect across my chest. You can't tell because my hair is covering it so I did the close-up below. I was crushed. ReturnedStitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
I was hesitant when I first saw these skinny jeans- and just for the record I would call these jeggings because they are mostly stretch and have no zipper fly and button. I tried them on and they didn't seem particularly special and the legs weren't as tight as I would have liked them. But in the interest of expedited picture-taking I kept them on throughout this whole box and at the end, I didn't want to take them off! Ha! They are super soft and stretchy and I have now worn them three times since last week. Kept

RD Style Sorlle Rain Jacket | $88 {small}

Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
If there is a cuter rain jacket, I have yet to find it. I love the simple black and white buffalo plaid and it would seriously go with everything. But did you see that price?! Never in my life would I pay that much for a flimsy rain coat. It's not you Sorelle, it's me. Returned

Skies are Blue Caspian Scallop Trim Cardigan | $68 {small}
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
I had written a note right after my first Fix about wanting to add more burgundy pieces into my closet but had since updated that note and was still nicely surprised to find this gorgeous cranberry cardigan. Unfortunately I had just gotten myself the tribal cardigan from PinkBlush and had no need for this stunner. The pockets and crochet hem are so sweet. Returned

RD Style Jessika Cowl Neck Poncho | $68 {small}
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway

Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
I wanted this poncho in a bad way. It was so soft and cozy! It had great draping (not the best picture angle to tell) and the gray was a deep charcoal almost black. I wasn't super fond of the neck which translated more as a turtleneck than a cowl which I totally could have overlooked and then I opened my big mouth and asked for Brian and Kinsey's opinion. Big mistake. Kinsey said it looked weird and Brian said I looked like a nerd. Plus, it was on the $$$ side. So, after mourning over it for a minute I let it go. I'm not too upset actually so I guess it was the right decision. Returned

So even though I only kept one item I feel that Madison totally got my look and sent me items that were exactly me. I appreciate that and will be asking for Madison again!!! And since you stuck it out this long, you're in for a treat!
Stitch Fix #2 plus $150 Valentine's Day Stitch Fix giveaway
I've teamed up with some fashionable ladies to make your Valentine's Day that much more stylish (how many more synonyms can I come up with for "stylish?) Giveaway runs from February 1st through February 8th. Winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

Check out these fabulous ladies for their Stitch Fix Reveals:

Just in case you need a quick rundown on the Stitch Fix service; you set up a free style profile which is quick and fun and decide how often you want a Fix to arrive at your door. There is a $20 styling fee that you can use towards any item you decide to keep from the box of 5 items. If you decide to keep everything you get an additional 25% off. If you want to use my referral code you would give me a little credit, thank you! 

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