Apple Bread Recipe

Friday, October 20, 2017

The kids and I have been staying in Maysville this week since I had work Wednesday, then my nephew's Senior Night this evening, plus a few other things I need to be in town to attend this weekend. So I took over my mom's kitchen to prepare this recipe since it's one of my fall favorites.



 If you could actually taste the fall season, I'm pretty sure it would taste exactly like this apple bread. And the scent it will fill your kitchen with as it bakes is just heavenly! This recipe will yield two loaves of bread, which is perfect if you want to keep one for yourself and give one away, or if you're planning to have company and need some extra on hand, because it really is that good. It would be great served warm with some ice cream, as well. Or if you really want to go over the top, slice it right out of the oven and slather on some apple butter.  It just sounds sinful, but honestly, it's delicious just on it's own.



Ingredients:

1 cup oil  (you can also substitute unsweetened applesauce)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
3 cups peeled, diced apples (I use Granny Smith) 
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 


In a large bowl, combine the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla, then set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda). Sift your dry ingredients into the wet ingredient bowl and mix well. Gently fold the apples into this mixture, then fold in walnuts if using (I did not use them this time).  Divide batter evenly into two loaf pans and bake at 300 degrees for 90 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. 


I sort of did a no no and baked one loaf in a glass dish and the other in a metal dish. I know a lot of times, the baking temperature will differ for glass dishes vs non-glass, but I did these together and they turned out well.  




Leopard + Pink Bow Flats

Thursday, October 19, 2017



Thought I'd pop in and share a fun outfit I wore earlier this week. I had to go have a new license made since we've moved, plus my old one had just expired, so I actually put on some makeup, curled my hair and put on non-workout clothes. 

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Shoes also found here

These shoes were surprisingly comfortable. I wore them and did quite a bit of walking over the course of a few hours. They have other color options as well if pink isn't your thing, including a pretty nude color.  

I put Carter's new carseat in the Jeep earlier today and am I the only one that feels like you need an engineering degree to decipher the instruction manuals for some car seats? Once I finally got the thing out of the box, installation was surprisingly easy. I've always had my sister put our carseats in for me because she's got three kids of her own and is an expert car seat installer. I decided to give it a try first myself though and it wasn't so bad. I'm excited to see how Carter reacts to his new seat. 

Things with the move and the new house are still trudging along. I'm the type of person that wants everything done and ready like yesterday. Luckily for me, Juston keeps things like budget in mind, so we're slowly finding the right furniture and pieces to fill the house up. We still need a couch and chairs for the living room, as well as a table and chairs for our dining room. We didn't have a dining room in our old house and we have a sitting room now as well, which we didn't have before, so we need furniture for it. 

I have no idea which direction I want to take for the dining room furniture. I have an antique buffet and server in there already, so I'm not sure if I want something more modern for the dining table and chairs or an antique. Or do I want to mix and match and maybe do an antique table with new chairs? I think my vision for that space will come together once we get the molding put up and the painting finished. I'm excited to see how it comes together. I'm going outside my comfort zone a bit with the paint we're doing in there. I'm hoping to get it painted sometime this week so maybe I'll share a sneak peek if I manage to get it done.

Fun Kids Activity: Alphabet Journal

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I was recently contacted by Jessica from education.com about sharing a fun activity with y'all for you to do with your children. This activity was prepared and shared just for my readers to enjoy and is ideal for kids around kindergarten age who are working on their alphabet skills. I hope you enjoy it! This is on the agenda for Caroline and myself to work on during Carter's naps today. Let me know if you try this activity and what you think!



Kindergarteners come to school with a wide range of understanding and abilities in reading and writing. Most are quickly able to sing “The Alphabet Song” to you—very loudly, in fact! However, while they can sing the alphabet, many kindergarteners still struggle with writing those letters proficiently and independently as well as with recognizing the sounds the letters make.
In this activity, help your child practice the sounds and print the letters of the alphabet by creating an alphabet journal together. This is a great activity for the summer prior to the start of kindergarten. Add to and use this journal again and again on a regular basis as your child continues to build confidence with letter-sound associations. By the end of the alphabet, not only will your kindergartener have had consistent practice with the letters and sounds, but she will also have a beautiful, hand-made book to look at!

What You Need:
  • Favorite color construction paper
  • Composition book
  • Old magazines and catalogs
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or washable markers
  • Pencil
What You Do:
  1. Before beginning this activity, review the alphabet together—you can sing the song, look at the letters, or simply talk about the sounds that the letters make.
  2. Create the "Alphabet Journal." Explain to your child that you are going to make and design her "Alphabet Journal" together. Allow her to choose a sheet of her favorite color of construction paper to use for the cover of her journal.
  3. Cut the selected construction paper to the size of the composition book. Brainstorm a creative title for her journal (i.e. Hannah's Amazing Alphabet Journal). Write this title on the cut construction paper. Let your child decorate the cover sheet as she would like, and glue the paper to the front of the composition book.
  4. Now that you have the journal, start studying! Select a "Letter of the Day/Week." Research shows that children learn the letters and sounds "b" and "d" first, followed by "s", "t", "k", "m", and other consonants, so it would be helpful to select these as some of the first "Letters of the Day/Week." Save vowels and letters like "c" and "g" for later; these letters are often confusing to young children since they can make more than one sound.
  5. After choosing the letter, help your child search through the catalogs and magazines for pictures of items that begin with the target letter. When you find an item, ask your child to identify the item and the letter she thinks it might begin with.
  6. Cut the items out as you find them and glue them into the first page of the journal. If you are having any difficulty finding items in a magazine, just encourage her to draw pictures!
  7. As you put pictures in the journal, ask your child to help you spell the name of each item, and label the pictures on the page.
  8. When done finding pictures, have her practice printing the letter in both upper and lowercase on the blank lines of the page, or on the back.
  9. Keep adding to her journal on a daily/weekly basis until you finish the alphabet, and together, you'll create a wonderful alphabet resource book!
Note: As parents of kindergarteners, you are well aware that kids' attention spans may be somewhat short for an activity of this length. If this is a concern, try breaking the activity into more than one session. For instance, you can create the journal and find the pictures in one session; glue and label the pictures in another session; and save the writing for the last session.
I can't wait to try this with Caroline today as she loves anything involving crafts and learning. This is a great age, I have to say. She is so excited to learn about everything! What are some of your favorite learning activities or arts and crafts to do with your kids? You can learn more about the offerings of education.com by clicking here.

Keeneland

Monday, October 16, 2017


One of my favorite fall traditions that we try to fit in every year is a day at Keeneland. We missed the last couple of seasons so I was really excited we were able to get back tot he races this past Saturday. My parents even joined us! 


It was by far the hottest day I've ever spent at Keeneland with temperatures in the 80's the entire day, but it was still a beautiful day in the Bluegrass. 


The only family picture we managed and we had to perfectly position ourselves to get photo bombed by a random guy in a poster. Oh well, it's not like Carter was smiling anyway, haha. 

 

Caroline's favorite thing to do is wait by the exit from the track where the horses will stop and let you pet them when they're not busy working. These are not the race horses, but they are so sweet and well tempered. There are few creatures more beautiful than a thoroughbred horse. 

Since we did go on a Saturday, it was absolute madness and a sold out crowd. If you're going on a weekend, definitely get there early if you want to be able to purchase a seat, or grab a bench in the infield. We didn't get there early enough, so we just had to get a general admission ticket and hope for the best. We watched three races, then took the kids to walk around the stables. 


A lot of people don't take the time to walk the stables but it's one of my favorite things to do. You can see all the horses that will be racing in their stables. You can't pet them, but you can get pretty close and we got to see a few horses getting their shoes put on, which is really amazing to watch, by the way. That's what Carter is watching in the photo above.  


This is my favorite picture of the kids from the whole day. To spite being worn out from no morning nap, Carter was so good because there was so much going on for him to watch. He got SO excited every time we got anywhere near a horse.

After walking the stables, we kept on walking down to the Track Kitchen to eat. This is another little out of the way gem in Keeneland. There are so many fun people you can find there on any given day and the food is really good, too! We obviously do Keeneland different when we bring the kids versus when we don't, and both ways have their benefits. Overall, I recommend taking your kids to a weekday at Keeneland and doing adults only if you do on a weekend. That way you can tailgate beforehand, enjoy the races amongst the crowds without worrying about your kids being stepped on and just relax and enjoy a bit more in general. It's definitely something you can do with little ones, it's just ideal to do it on the days that aren't quite so crowded. We still had a fun day and were so glad we got to go. 

We spent Sunday working around the house. The kitchen backsplash is almost finished, which means we just have to finish the molding, switch out the lighting over the island and add window treatments, then the kitchen is officially finished! I can't wait to share the transformation with y'all! I worked on getting the upstairs bathrooms painted. We're planning to completely gut both of them, but I couldn't stand looking at that ugly brown paint another minute and those were the last two rooms that had it. It will likely be spring before we start on either bathroom, so I just decided to go ahead and paint them. It was time well spent because just getting rid of the brown paint has brightened those spaces up SO much. 

Hope everyone had a happy, fun weekend!

Quick and Simple Vegetable Soup

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

With as much as we've been running around lately, I have been all about cooking easy meals...and the faster, the better. Earlier this week, I made my mom's recipe for vegetable soup and it is so simple and ready in about thirty minutes or less. Doesn't get much better than that!



You'll need the following ingredients:

1 large can of tomato juice, 46 ounces ( I usually find the size needed where they sell ingredients for mixed drinks and juices) 
1 package diced beef
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 bag frozen corn
1/2 bag frozen green beans
1/2 bag of frozen carrots and peas
1/4 bag frozen okra
1/4 bag frozen butter beans
1/2 onion, diced
2 yukon gold potatoes diced (you can peel them first, but I usually don't)


In a large pot, heat up the olive oil, then add the beef and onions, cooking the beef all the way through. Once the beef is cooked, add the whole can of tomato juice, followed by the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes. That's it. It may be easy but it's SO good! 


Life Lately

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The last few weeks have just flown right on by me. I've got a lot going on and most days I'm dropping balls left and right.  We moved all of our furniture to the new house last weekend, but still have TONS of our things at our other house in Maysville. I think one of the things I'll miss most about our old home, aside from the obvious things, will be our red front door. I'd always wanted a red front door and it will forever remind me of Brooke Davis. Any One Tree Hill fans out there? 

I painted ours Sherwin Williams Sun Dried Tomato a few years ago. I did a fresh coat on it a couple of weeks ago and still need to stain the trim around the door. We still haven't had any serious offers on the house, so we're just carrying two mortgages right now. I wouldn't mind doing it so much if one of them was on a lake front home or a beach house.


That little black kitten is the newest member of the family, Louie.  This kitten was part of a litter that a stray cat had under our back deck back in the early summer. We'd been taking care of them and the mama when one day they just disappeared. Well back in September, we found them again in the woods across from our house. They are all so sweet and I really wanted to bring them all, but Juston shut that down real quick. This little guy is so great with both kids and Dixie, so he's coming along.


Carter has been the best little sleeper since the beginning. He started sleeping through the night around a month old and has done so consistently ever since, until about three weeks ago.  He's been waking up in the middle of the night at 2:00 am like clock work every.single.night. Not only does he awaken, he will shriek like a pterodactyl. It's not a cry so much as it is an ear splitting girly scream. I can only imagine it's either an 18 month sleep regression, or it's all of the upheaval of the move and constantly running between our Elizabethtown house, our Maysville house and my parents. I'm trying really hard to get a schedule going, but nothing still feels settled. We still have renovations ongoing and upcoming at the house we've just moved into, I'm still working in Maysville, so we go there a couple days each week. It's just crazy. I'm hoping he'll get back to sleeping again, the sooner the better. 


My sweet Caroline is taking all of the changes like a champ. It's true what they say, kids adapt so well. She has only seen Juston on the weekends for the better part of the last two years. Since January, Juston have only been home on the weekends since he's been working in Elizabethtown. The house has basically been a construction zone, so until the last month or so, the kids and I really couldn't comfortably be there. The last Janury, for six months while I was in the end of my pregnancy with Carter, Juston took an interim job in Hazard, KY, two and a half hours from home. We didn't go because I was pregnant, it was winter and I wasn't willing to risk not being able to get to my doctor if need be. It's nice to finally be together more days than not. In the picture above, she'd just finished raking leaves in my parents yard and bagging them.


I can't remember where I saved this picture from,  I just found it on my camera roll, but I saved it as inspo for Caroline's new room. She chose purple for her walls, so I want to do something fun with purple prints to incorporate into the room. I love how serene this one feels. I already have a white duvet in her room, so now I'm looking at different ways to incorporate the pattern. I'm thinking with shams and window treatments. 

So that's pretty much it around here. I'm starting a new real estate class this week for my continuing education, still working at my brokerage office in Maysville, at least through the end of this year, but likely beyond that as I prefer doing it there. Both kids are adjusting well to the new house and town as we learn our way around. I'll be sharing the new house as we complete rooms. I spent Carter's naptime today repainting our Master Bathroom. I'll be perfectly happy if I never see the shade of brown that this ENTIRE house was painted again.
 

Three Quick and Easy Salads

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Some nights, I'm just not in the mood to cook a big meal, so I have a few favorite salads that I will fall back on that Juston and I both love. They're filling and pretty quick and simple to throw together. Below, I'm sharing three of our favorites for those nights you're just not really in a cooking mood.


 

Peach Prosciutto Salad

Salad ingredients Needed:
 Arugula
1 ripe peach (I used white only because that's all that was available)
Crumbled goat cheese
Cooked, crumbled bacon OR prosciutto  

For dressing:
Extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar

Put the arugula in a large bowl. How much you'll need is obviously determined by how many people you will be feeding. Toss diced peach over top (I left the peach peel on), add crumbled bacon or prosciutto (I used bacon since I had it on hand, but the recipe works great with either) and finally sprinkle on the goat cheese. To dress the salad, I drizzled olive oil on top, then a splash of balsamic vinegar. Toss before serving. 
 






Southwest Chicken Salad

Ingredients needed:
head of green leaf lettuce chopped
1-2 cooked corn cobs, corn cut off (grilling the corn gives it a great depth of flavor in the salad)
1 avocado pitted, peeled and diced up
2-3 cooked chicken breasts seasoned with salt and taco seasoning, then dice after cooking. 

 The first thing I do for this salad is season the chicken (with salt and taco seasoning), then either grill it or cook it in the skillet. The corn can be grilled or boiled on the stovetop as well. I have to say, grilling both really lends a great smoky flavor to the salad. Once cooked and cooled, dice the chicken and cut the corn from the cob.  Chop up the green leaf lettuce and put it in a large bowl. Add the diced chicken and corn, then the diced avocado. I just used a store bought chipotle ranch store bought dressing, pictured below.






Fall Harvest Salad

Ingredients needed:
head of chopped green leaf lettuce
5 slices bacon
1/2 apple, diced
1/2 pear, diced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup goat cheese

There's some prep work involved in this one with the bacon and hard boiled eggs, so I normally make this salad on a day I'm already cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast.  That way, I just cook extra bacon and the eggs in the morning and refrigerate them until supper time. Since both take awhile to cool off anyway, it works out well. You just chop the lettuce and add it to a large bowl, then add all the other ingredients. My favorite dressing for this salad is poppyseed dressing. You can make your own, or I am normally lazy and buy the poppyseed dressing in the same brand pictured above, it's my favorite I've tried. 

Hopefully, one of these salads will make your supper prep easier one night :)

Happy Fall Y'all

Wednesday, October 4, 2017





I wanted to pop in quickly to say happy October! I haven't had a chance to post in a week. It's been a crazy around here with us finally moving our furniture into the new house, trying to get settled in and tackle the never-ending to-do list that comes along with moving to a new city and renovating a house at the same time. Then with all the sadness going on early this week with the Las Vegas shooting, it just seemed to superfluous to post something of little importance here. I never know what to say when things like that occur. 

We may not have unpacked much and we're basically camping inside our house at this point, aside from the master bedroom, which is set up, but I did manage to grab some fall decorations to get out on the front porch. Maybe from the outside, it looks like we've got this moving in thing together ;)

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, September 27, 2017



What I'm Wearing//

I've been needing to go get a pedicure for the longest time now, but just still haven't managed to fit it in. With Juston only home on the weekends, the salon I go to is closed Sunday and not wanting to ask anyone to watch the kids during the week unless it's for my work, I just haven't made it. But I can't stand not having my toes at least painted, so right now I'm wearing the pretty pinkish/purple color below. It's not quite my bright summer pink hues and not quite a rich fall hue since we're still 90 degrees here but it actually fall now. The following two links are Amazon affiliate links.



OPI Not so Bora Boring Pink

I was in a neutral mood when I choose my fingernail polish and went with Tiramisu for Two, linked below. It's the perfect nude in my opinion, at least for my skin tone. 

OPI Tiramisu for Two

What I'm Wanting//


 RMS Beauty Quad

Has anyone tried this RMS beauty luminizing quad? I've heard good things from some bloggers I follow, but I'm never sure if some bloggers recommend things for the affiliate link money, or because they actually like things. It's hard to know anymore, but I'm thinking I may order this and try it. If I do, I'll report back my thoughts on it.

What I'm Loving//



Caroline decided that she wanted a purple room in the new house, so naturally that means a lot of the decor and bedding I already had won't really match the new purple walls Juston just finished painting, so I've been on the hunt for new bedding and the Bloomsbury pattern from Biscuit Bedding above is at the top of my list right now. I'm thinking of just keeping the white ruffled duvet I have now and getting the shams and neckroll in this pattern. I may end up doing the duvet, but I haven't decided yet. I want to get everything in the house this weekend before deciding on any changes or new purchases, etc. 


What the??// 


If by some chance you haven't heard, I hate to be the one to ruin your day, but the upcoming season of Fixer Upper starting later this fall will be the last one! In a way, I think it's smart on Chip and Jo's part to go out while they are still popular. They will still be riding that gravy train for some time and reaping the benefits of their show, but now they'll be able to be with their children more which I believe is the purpose of their decision to end the show. It's a bummer, but I'm in love Home Town, so at least I have Ben and Erin to fill the void ;)
 



Our Weekend

Monday, September 25, 2017

It was the first full weekend of fall and I don't know about where you are, but here in Kentucky, it was pushing 90 all weekend! We had a busy but fun weekend running around town. Friday, I had a closing to work, so I actually got dressed and put on make-up for a change ha. Caroline and I unintentionally coordinated in our palm print outfits so naturally, I had to get a picture. 

 

I shared this blouse last week in my early fall outfit post and here's another styling option. These fun printed pants came from Copper Penny in Charleston a few years ago. 

If you've read here very long, you may remember me sharing back in early summer about a stray cat that we started feeding having kittens under our porch. Well, one day when we went to check on them, they'd disappeared, so I assumed they'd gone off into the woods across the street from our house never to be seen again. Well, a couple of weeks ago, we saw them playing over in the woods and they've started coming to visit us since then. Caroline is just in hog heaven playing with them. They are the sweetest little things. I'm not sure if we'll take them when we move or not. I almost hate to take one and not all of them, but we can't catch the mama cat even though she'll come to eat on our back deck. I'd feel so guilty taking all her babies away and leaving her behind.  

Saturday afternoon, we took a break from football watching (GO DAWGS!!! That flea flicker on the opening posession gave me LIFE!) and we headed downtown to our annual Pig Out BBQ festival. It was hotter than a two dollar pistol, so we didn't last long, but we did snag some good food before we headed back home to watch some other great SEC teams play. KEntucky dropped the ball again this year against Florida.

Sunday, Caroline and I headed out on the boat with my sister and her husband for the afternoon. My sister's kids didn't end up going out for various reasons, but Caroline loves being out on the water so much that she still wanted to go. She got to fish, control the remote for the music and eat all the snacks, so it worked out ok for her haha. 
 

All that fun and sun wore her slap out because she conked out on the ride back up the river and slept for about 45 minutes. I can't tell you the last time she napped, but the boat would always put my sister's kids out like a light when they were little, too. 

We are in the midst of living in a disorganized mess for the next couple of weeks at least as we are packing up our Maysville house and moving most of our furniture to the new house across the state this weekend. I can't stand mess and disorganization so it's driving me bananas, especially considering I don't even want to be moving there in the first place, but I keep telling myself it's temporary and it's only a few hours to home. I'll still be working in Maysville in real estate and driving back and forth for a few days each week. Caroline won't start school until next year, so I still have the freedom to be able to do it. 

So that was our weekend. Next weekend will be spent primarily moving and most of this week will be spend cleaning, donating, throwing things out and packing. Big fun, huh?

My Favorite Fall Books

Thursday, September 21, 2017

One of my favorite things to do any chance I get a few minutes of free time is get lost in a great book. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of my favorite fall reads that I thought others might enjoy if you're searching for a read that will put you in the mood for colorful, crisp leaves, cooler foggy mornings, apple and pumpkin flavored everything and maybe a little something magical.  All the books are linked below the photos via Amazon affiliate links.

 
Honestly, I have loved everything I have read by Sarah Addison Allen. She has a way of making everyday occurrences into something magical and other-worldly, but my favorite of hers was the very first book of hers I picked up, Garden Spells.
 
 

When I was younger, Practical Magic was absolutely my favorite movie. I would opt to stay in on a Friday night so that I could re-watch the movie when the mood struck me. I don't know what took me so long to pick up the book because I knew it was based on a novel, but once I finally did get the book, I finished it in one weekend. Alice Hoffman just has a way with words and I loved that the plot line of this revolved around two sisters and their bad luck in love.

 
I haven't read this one yet obviously, because it doesn't even release until next week, but it's the pre-quel to Practical Magic, so I have it on my list to pick up the day it comes out and I can't wait. I have about five books currently waiting to be read, but this one is going to line jump to the front. If it's anywhere near as good as the first book, it'll be amazing. 


 
This book was just a quick, fun read. Not too heavy but has just a touch of supernatural and I'd recommend it. There are some fun twists and turns in the plot and it's an overall enjoyable read. 
 
 


I feel like Nora Roberts books are basically the Hallmark channel movies of the literary world. Kinda cheesy, sometimes a little trashy, but I just can't quit them. They're easy reads and this is actually a trilogy of books that I read a few years ago and really liked. They're based in Ireland, which I've always felt held a mystique anyway, but these books focus a lot of folklore and magic.

 
It's been awhile since I read this one, so I don't remember a lot about it, but I do remember that I really enjoyed it, so I wanted to add it to the list as well since it fits the theme of magical fall mood reads. 

Are there any "fallish" reads that y'all can recommend for me that I didn't mention? E-mail me or comment because I'm on the hunt for some fun new fall reads.

Late Summer/ Early Fall Outfit Ideas

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Just when it started to feel like early fall here in Kentucky last week, just like that we're back in the mid 80's every day for the foreseeable future. But I still wanted to share a few looks that I put together that would be great to transition from the dog days of summer into the crisp fall mornings. 

Fall can be such a hard time to dress for around here because it's chilly in the mornings and really, really hot by the afternoon. So here are a few of my favorite late summer/early fall outfit ideas that can acclimate to some wide swings in temperature throughout the day. 

Top: Elizabeth Wilson Designs | Skirt: French Connection | Boots: Tory Burch via Nordstrom


I am just loving this top so much for early fall. Elizabeth Wilson Designs is a local company based in Lexington and run by a girl who is still in high school! She does all the sewing and while it can take a while for things to ship, they are SO worth the wait! You can follow her on Instagram if you search @elizabethwilsondesigns I'm planning to pair this top with dark skinny jeans and these same boots for our fall family photos in a few weeks.  

Top: V2V in Charleston | Shorts: J Crew | Shoes: New Balance for J Crew

This is just a fun little running around after the kids outfit that still leaves me feeling somewhat put together. It beats my typical stretchy britches and tank tops. 

Top: Sugar Boutique | Jeans: J Crew | Earrings: Sugar Boutique 

 Sweatshirt: Skinny Dip Charleston | Chambray top: J Crew | Jeans: J Crew Factory | Shoes: New Balance for J Crew

This one isn't outfit related necessarily, although these cute mules linked above are featured, I wanted to share this adorable, funky but neutral rug I got recently from Beaufort Linen Company. I'm planning to use it in the powder bathroom of the new house once we've got it cleaned up enough to do the finishing touches.

So there you have it, a few simple and comfortable outfit ideas. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, September 15, 2017

I thought I'd share a few of my current favorite things with y'all this Friday! These are sort of all over the map, so bare with me.

Blue longalls/white shirt, orange longalls/fox shirt are all The Beaufort Bonnet Company
Khaki longalls/football shirt are from Little English

How cute are these little outfits for Carter? I've been having fun shopping for the kids fall clothes lately since neither one has much left from last year that fits. I swear, Caroline has grown 2 inches just since March, it's crazy! Carter is still pretty small, only 22 pounds, but he's gotten quite a bit taller over the summer as well.  I'm working on putting together a post of all of my favorite online shops I frequent for the kids clothes. 


These pumpkin cream cheese muffins are definitely near the top of my list of new recipes to try. Something about Fall puts me in a serious baking mood. I always enjoy baking, but the crispness in the air and the windows open in the house just entice me into the kitchen for some reason and it'd only be fitting to make something pumpkin flavored for fall. The recipe I'll be trying can be found here.  


I picked up this tunic last fall in ivory and wore the heck out of it, so when I saw it was back this year, I decided to pick it up in olive as well since I wear my other one so much and olive is such a great color for fall. I love this tunic with leggings, skinny jeans, underneath of a vest, by itself. It's just really versatile. The fit is true to size. 


I picked this book up via Amazon a few weeks ago after seeing a fellow blogger I follow post about it and both of the kids just absolutely love it, especially Carter. He's getting to that phase where he's very interested in trucks and tools and anything that's loud in general. He even brought me his little bulldozer t-shirt the other day and wanted to put it on. He handed me the shirt and started tugging at the shirt he was wearing whining. When I changed the shirt, he was happy as a clam. It was the cutest thing!




I had pictures made of the kids a few weeks ago in Lexington. I'd been trying to get Carter's one year pictures done for months now, but had to cancel three times because they kept getting rained out. Plus with Caroline having just turned 5, I wanted some shots of her as well. I got the proofs back yesterday and I love them. I have to narrow it down to 25 shots before I can download them, but wanted to share a sneak peek. We're having some family photos made this fall as well. I know professional photos can be expensive, but in my opinion it is money well spent. These days pass by so quickly, so I'm very thankful to have pictures to preserve these times and look back on them over the coming years. 

Everyone have a great weekend! Next week it will officially be fall so I'm planning some fun fall kickoff posts here! Hope you'll check back :)