5 pieces 1 outfit: Holiday Party

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a fun dress for that holiday party you have to go to but don’t want to. If you have to go then you should look good while you’re there.

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dress . shoes . earrings . trench . gloves

the one with Cinnamon Ricotta Cookies

Now that I’m a mom the holidays have a whole new meaning. Jack is much too little to appreciate all the traditions we’re starting this year, but one day he’ll see the many pictures of his first Christmas. One of the things that I want him to remember is how the house always smelled like cookies at Christmas time. So about every other day I’m making cookies. That’s a lot of baking to do with a 3 month old. So today I wanted to share a easy and quick recipe that we’ve been loving lately. If you love snicker-doodles, you’ll love these. They’re basically very light and fluffy snicker doodles!

Cinnamon Ricotta Cookies!

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar (plus half cup for rolling the cookie into before baking)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon

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INSTRUCTIONS
      1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a Silpat liner or parchment paper.
      2. In a large bowl, use a handheld mixer to beat together the butter and both sugars until they become light and fluffy.
      3. Then add the egg and incorporate well.
      4. Next up is the ricotta just beat into the mixture.
      5. Last add the dry ingredients, and with the mixer on a low speed, blend into the wet mixture. Just mix until combined; do not over beat the batter.
      6. Use a 1.5 tablespoon ice-cream scoop to portion the batter. Roll into balls and roll the balls into the extra half cup of sugar.
      7. Place the balls onto the cookie sheet, leaving room for growth.
      8. Bake for 13 minutes. Allow to cool for 1 minute on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

the one with my favorite skirt

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I rarely wear skirts on the blog, but I actually wear them quite often. On most days when it’s aboove 70 here in Florida, you can find me in jeans shorts or a skirt. Paired with a simple tank or a tee and some dainty gold jewelry is my favorite mom uniform. But this skirt rarely comes out, because I can’t pull off tulle tutu’s on the daily. It is my favorite skirt though. I feel like a little girl in an ethereal world just living out my dreams every time I wear it. I mostly wrote that sentence to say ethereal, but you get the picture. These booties give it a woodland feel, don’t ya think?! It’s my favorite way to wear it so far. Might be because I’m really feeling woodland things right now.

Speaking of these booties, they’re from JustFab. It’s like a subscription for shoes except you get to pick the shoes. Every month you’re charged $40, and then you get to pick some shoes. This is a very basic rundown because I’ve only signed up. There are no affiliate links or rewards programs for me to give a link for (that I know of), but if you search you can find codes to get your first pair for $10. That’s what I did with these bad boys. Worth it.

tshirt c/o . similar skirt . exact skirt . necklace (old) similar . clutch c/o . similar booties . booties

Links I love: December 2016

How pumped are we that it’s December!? Christmas! I’m obviously happy. For today tho, here’s 5 links I love that have nothing to do with the holidays, especially Christmas! We all need a break sometimes so we don’t stress out. Ha! Just kidding . . . I know we’re already stressed. Then these can just be for fun!

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  1. star sweater – My last name is STARk so I decided that baby boy’s shape would be a star. Yes I chose him a shape, and an animal. It’s a lion. Now I’ve decided I need all of the stars as well.  Therefore, I need this sweater.

2. My husband and I don’t eat around the table together every night, but it’s something we both very much want to do once Jack starts eating real food and in his high chair. It’s awhile down the road before we’ll be able to do this, but I love this little ritual!

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3. Going to Paris is a big dream of mine so this article is now officially saved to my favorites!

4. I need these. Velvet is very in obvious, but I just can’t get into it. I don’t know why. Suede shoes are good enough, right!? I know, very different.

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5. Finally, Just because I can 🙂

the one with mommy’s 2 month update

It’s crazy once you give birth people you think people will stop asking you about your weight and what you’re eating. But they do not. Is he sleeping through the night? Are you sleeping when he’s sleeping? OMG how much weight have you lost? Sometimes I want to scream none of your business, but I know they mean well. So here’s mommy’s 2 month update so everyone can just go ahead and get your answers here .  . .

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Height: Boobs are heavy. Also, epidural makes you constipated which makes it hard to stand up straight. (My husband is already mad about this post.) I think I’m getting shorter.

Head: My hair is no longer voluminous. WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN? It hasn’t started falling out yet tho – probs because of the prenatals I’m still taking. My mind tho did go a little wonky for a couple weeks. I was on high alert looking for post partum depression because of my families history. I was SUPER sad about everything, but no PPD. My dad going back to Indiana is the most devastating thing that has ever happened to me (sarcasm). Scott would coo at the baby and I would get PISSED because he did it wrong (sarcasm). So my ridiculous mood swings made a big come back after disappearing during pregnancy. I’m happy to report that mama has mellowed out again.

Weight: Remember that episode of How I Met your Mother when Lilly is so stressed out she loses a bunch of weight and doesn’t fit in her wedding dress. Let me go into details here . . . In 2015 I lost 40 lbs for my best friends wedding. Then I got pregnant in January 2016 and stopped tracking. The first trimester I was sick and couldn’t eat a lot of the time. The first and third trimesters I was suuuuuuper tired so I was only awake to eat breakfast and dinner. I also chugged water – like 120 ounces a day. I only gained the weight of the baby and placenta.

I’ve continued the water, Jack and I go on a mile walk most days, and I’m breastfeeding. So all that to say I am 20 lbs less than I was in November 2015. Yes, you read that correct. I weight less than I did when I got pregnant. Did the detail make you hate me any less?

Nicknames: mama, mommies, milk machine

Sleep: I have learned to live on 5 hours of sleep. I go to bed when he does at 930 which officially makes me a loser. We usually only wake up at 230 for about an hour. Then I wake for the day at 530 so I can pump and shower before daddy goes to work. I am so grateful for this hour 530-630. It makes my days infinitely better, but I know it makes Scott’s mornings a bit longer than he enjoys. However, the white noise we use for the baby knocks.me.out. And so I show my appreciation by not actually getting up at 530. But sleeping until 630 and then rushing around before daddy leaves for work. You might ask why don’t I do these things during his morning nap . . . I use that to do all of the other things.

Feeding: Breastfeeding ain’t no joke! I.eat.all.the.time. oh.my.god.i’m.so.hungry. I do still enjoy franks hot sauce which I did not before. I’ve had more insane cravings since I gave birth than I did while pregnant. Breakfast pizza, bagels with butter and jelly, pumpkin pie, coffee, oatmeal cookies, eeegggs on anything with anything just eggs.

Fun Stuff: I thought being a mom would make me feel different. Like I was a totally new person. But it hasn’t. I feel the same. It’s not a bad thing. I actually think it’s a really good thing. Scott and I are still the same people we’ve always been. Jack is just a part of that now. He fits into our lives so perfectly. I love being a mom. I love being Jack’s mom.The Holiday’s are infinitely so much better even tho he’s only 2 months.

If it’s changed anything, it’s just that my each and every day has a purpose now. To do lists get done better and on time, the house stays cleaner, meals are cooked and eaten instead of wasted . . . all the little things that don’t mean anything. They mean something now because my boy is watching. My hair isn’t voluminous anymore, my hunger is never satiated, my nipples suck so bad right now (pun intended), I’ve only seen 2 movies in the last 3 months, and my digestive system may never regulate itself again. But I’ve never been more happy. deliriously happy.

the one with a Christmas shopping outfit

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 Now that we’re past Thanksgiving, it’s time for all of the shopping. So I decided to share my take on the perfect Christmas shopping outfit. There have been a couple days in Florida where we could actually wear scarves, boots, and jackets. Most of the time when we do that it’s pointless to be honest. I used to think it was purely for fashions sake. I’m from Indiana. Back there it gets cold. real cold. So flip flops come out at 50 degrees, and gloves aren’t necessary until it’s freezing. So when people break out winter coats at 60 degrees I laugh. But after two years of letting my body adjust to the weather in Florida – 65 degrees is officially chilly. I’m happy to report that means blanket scarves, boots, and jackets now have a purpose! especially since most of the malls are outdoors.

I have few requirements for my Christmas shopping outfit. It must be comfortable, easy to get on and off, include a big bag, and be good for several temperatures obviously. This outfit hits all of those right on the head. What do you like to wear shopping? What are your requirements?

jeans . Sperry’s . free people tee . tote . sunglasses . similar scarf . earrings

5 pieces 1 outfit: perfect white tunic

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is this perfect white tunic I found at Target.

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jacket . tunic . shorts . similar ear crawlers . sperry’s

Florida has officially started the days where it’s cold in the morning and then perfectly in the 70’s or low 80’s all day. So this jacket that I bought to protect myself from Zika while I was pregnant (true story) is coming in handy many mornings during the work week. Pair it with some simple shorts, and the perfect white, breezey tunic – it goes from chilly mornings to hot afternoons!

the one with Jack’s two month update

Happy Thanksgiving! Little man is 2 months and 4 days old! Because of Thanksgiving he won’t have an appointment until middle of December when he’ll be a week from 3 months so the numbers are just guesses. He’s made big strides in sleep and development tho!

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Height: per our blanket he’s 25″ … very official obviously
Head: 15.5 99%
Weight: I’d guess he’s about 13 lbs now.

Nicknames: Dumplin, babycakes, bubba, my boy, little boo, sweet boy

Sleep: We finally have a good consistent system. Little man takes a bath about 730, and we put fresh pj’s on. Then he usually doses in his swing or is just awake and cute and happy. Then at 9/930 I wake him up and feed him again. We all go to bed between 930/10. Then he and I get up about 2 every morning for a clean booty and a small snack (breastfeeds for about 15 minutes). Finally we all get up for the day at 530. We only have one car so he usually sleeps again from 730-9 while I drive Daddy to work and do some blog work. Then he takes a long nap around 1030-1ish. After that we fight sleep until after our bath.

Feeding: Little man is still exclusively eating from the boob. We have had minimal problems and I feel incredibly blessed. I had 3 key people give me lots of advice here and all of it has worked. I plan on sharing soon to hopefully help others have as little trouble as we’ve had. It is a full time job tho. He eats every 2 hours while he’s awake for at least 15 minutes each time -usually 30 tho. It’s incredibly time consuming.

Fun Stuff: His smiles light up our day, and he’s starting to giggle just not when things are funny. He’s starting to develop a big personality and already has his favorite things. His lion blanket even tho it’s the exact same as all the other Aden and Anias swaddles is by far his favorite. He is almost always making a noise of some kind especially when he’s in his swing – his favorite place. He hates tummy time, but that just means he kicks a lot so crawling will come easily once he’s ready. Jack loves to crane his neck every which direction to see all the bright colors and lights around him. Even when he’s in a carrier or wrap (which he loves) he sticks his neck out so he can look around.