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Month: December 2017

the one with Jack’s (almost) big boy room

If it feels like I just did a post on Jack’s nursery, well that’s because I did a year ago. But, ya know, we moved. This room is basically what I always imagined it would be. But when he was born we were living in a small rental in Florida which we knew was very temporary. We were either moving out of state or out of that house within the first year of his life. So we kept the guest bed in his room . . . and things were cramped. Like there was about a 2×3 space to walk around in, and his changing table was in the closet. So cramped! Now he has his own space, and no need for a changing table (I change 90% of his diapers downstairs). So here’s my big boys new room . . .

I went with the same non theme as before. I decided with Jack (and I’ve done the same with Ben to share later) that I would choose an animal, shape, color, and character that sort of represented him in mind. I’ve done the same thing with myself and I know how weird this is. But that’s his theme. There are lions, hexagons, blues (and greens) and a little Peter Pan all  throughout his room. You may be asking where his dresser is. I have it hidden in the closet for now! It only holds clothes so it’s a good spot for it until we don’t need his rocker anymore.


lost boys print . peter pan prints . stuffed animals were all gifts (mostly from Target or Disney store) . robot  . rocker and end table thrifted .  hexagon blanket and pillows made by my mama from old spoonflower fabric . you are my sunshine . crib . curtains . backpack . hooks . similar anchor . cubes . blue and green buckets . similar wood frames . monitor . diffuser . laundry bin . curtain rods . lamp . book ledge . where the wild things are . curious george books . sheets . mattress . rug . night light . similar star blanket . noise machine



5 pieces 1 outfit: wine Christmas dress

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 wine Christmas dress!

maternity dress . non maternity version . black tights . booties . earrings . suede jacket . purse

the one with Caramel Apple Cookies

Do most women want to cook Christmas cookies more once they have kids? It’s crazy that my excitement for Christmas baking could have somehow increased, but it did. Especially with our new house and my awesome oven . . . Jack is not great at helping. To be honest I only let him help with the Christmas baking once, and then the rest happened during nap time. But he still enjoys it when he wakes up! That’s the fun part anyway, right! My favorite new cookie this year is this one  – Caramel Apple Cookies. I didn’t say it below, but I love to add a little sea salt. The last time I made them I even added a chocolate drizzle. They remind me of the cookie version of the publix dark chocolate salted caramel bites.

Caramel Apple Cookies


  • 1 c all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted & cooled slightly
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp dried apple, diced
  • 3 caramel squares, diced (such as Kraft)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the brown sugar, smearing out any clumps along the side of the bowl. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Reserve about 1/3 of the diced apples and caramels, and fold the rest into the cookie dough.
  3. Drop the cookie dough into 12 rounded scoops onto the prepared baking sheet. Press the reserved diced apples and caramels into the tops, and flatten slightly. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack.