Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nickel and Suede Love

I am just as obsessed as ever with Nickel and Suede. I got brave enough to try the large size in the Champagne Shimmer earrings and I am in LOVE! I usually stick to medium but now I'm pretty sure I'll always order large! #can'tgetenoughoftheseearrings
 And then Jared surprised me with this Gold Cuff for Mother's Day! I am just living in this leather beautifulness these days and I wanted to share it with you. :)
I'm just so I love with these!! 😍
I literally wear the Champaigne Shimmer with EVERYTHING! #obsessed #beobsessedwithme #nickelandsuedestyle

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sometimes You Gotta Drive Like Cruella DeVille

I feel like Cruella DeVille could be the source of a ridiculous amount of hysterical memes. Like seriously I could probably spend all night making them. But here is the one I actually did make. Because me. #alwayslate #drivelikecruella
                😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Vignette

I love Valentine's Day. And while I don't go all out while decorating for it, I do love to do a little something. This is my Valentine's Day vignette from last year. All the heart eyes!!! So cute right?
The wreath is from JoAnn, and both of the framed art are from Hobby Lobby. I made the curtains out of some adorable fabric from Hobby Lobby. That store...I just can't get enough.
 
I mean, I just love this! If it weren't for the fact that we've moved since last year, I would recreate this exact vignette for next week! Love, love, love.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Chocolate Frosted Devil's Food Cake Mix Cookies

I had Cub Scouts tonight and our amazing den leader, Gwen, asked if I would bring cookies for our "Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar" activity. (The boys got to examine fingerprints from several suspects to determine who stole the cookies - it was so much fun! Gwen is AMAZING). Before I get into the recipe, here's a picture of the delicious beauts. I'll be honest - these turned out WAY better than I was expecting them to. #thesecookiesaremynewbestfriend #ormaybemynewworstenemy
 So I knew I had to make or buy cookies, but being the homebody that I have become this winter (we have had 7 snow days and multiple 2 hour delays - we have been BURIED in snow) I never made it to the store. I would've needed to buy chocolate chips to make my go-to-last-second-but-delicious cookies - Devil's Food Cake Mix Chocolate Chip cookies. I bought a bag of semisweet chocolate chips like a month ago to have on hand for this recipe, but of course I straight up ate the whole bag. #goals :) So without the chocolate chips I knew those cookies would be worthless. #honesty

I decided to look at some of the cookie recipes I had on my pinterest board and see what my options were. I came across this delicious looking recipe for Texas Sheet cake cookies from Cookies and Cups and had almost all the ingredients, but not all that I needed. Which was sad, because they looked amaze. Then I realized, I did have all the ingredients to make the devil's food cookies (minus the chocolate chips of course) and all the ingredients to make the frosting from the Texas sheet cake cookie recipe. So I combined them! And like I said, amaze.
My little cutie girl helped me make these and her and I are now a LITTLE obsessed with them. She couldn't stop begging for them all afternoon and I couldn't stop sneaking them when she wasn't looking.

For years I've always used a recipe my mom gave me for Devil's Food Cake Mix cookies, that I'm pretty sure she got off the back of a cake mix box. I haven't been able to find the hard copy of that recipe for FOREVER so I've been looking to this recipe at Fun With the Fullwoods when I've been making these the past few years. It's identical to the one my mom always uses. Even though the ingredient list is so small, I still don't have this recipe memorized! #aintnevergonnahappen #becauseme

After I put the cookies in the oven Sis and I whipped up a batch of the frosting from the Cookies and Cups recipe. I was a half cup short on powdered sugar, but I thought the frosting still tasted delightful, so the recipe I'm listing reflects that. But OF COURSE you can never have enough powdered sugar so by all means go by the original recipe! :) Texas Sheet Cake Cookies by Shelly at Cookies and Cups HERE and Devil's Food Cake Mix Cookies by Brittany at Fun With the Fullwoods HERE. For kinda winging it I think these cookies turned out amazing!!

CHOCOLATE FROSTED DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE MIX COOKIES
Makes 25 cookies
Ingredients
For the Cookies:
Devil's Food cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
For the Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
3 tbsp. milk
2 cups powdered sugar
Directions
Mix the cake mix, vegetable oil and eggs together thoroughly, then, using a small cookie scoop, place the dough in balls on your Silpat (LOVE mine!) or on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes. It's definitely better to err on the side of underdone, because you can always throw them back in the oven for longer if needed! While the cookies are baking, use a small saucepan to whip up your frosting! Over medium heat, combine butter, cocoa powder and milk. After combined and stirred together well, remove from heat and add your powdered sugar. Mix it well and you're done! Drizzle that delicious frosting all over your cookies! Enjoy, and gain 5 pounds. You're welcome! :)

The cookies were a big hit with the scouts. And my kids. And me. And thank goodness they're gone. :) Hope you love these as much as we do!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Spray Painted Dinosaur Birthday Cake

When I asked little sister what kind of birthday cake she wanted this year, all she said was "Dinosaur cake". My creative juices started flowing, and at first I wanted to spray paint a "long-neck" dinosaur. I couldn't find one with the shape and size that I liked, so I ended up using a dinosaur we already had laying around.
I spray painted it gold and I just love how it turned out!
 Sister loved it too, which is what really matters!
We have a birthday tradition in our family where the birthday boy or girl goes out to a special dinner with daddy at whichever restaurant they want to. Here they are headed out on their special date to McDonald's! Her face kills me! #allthecuteness
I just love this little lady. And just for the record, we're all about princesses and Minnie Mouse and all that other overly girly stuff, but how freaking cool is she because she chose a dinosaur theme for her cake?! She rocks. :) She's our spunky girl who has huge heart, and I just adore her! :)


Daniel Tiger Birthday Cake

On my little guy's last birthday, he wanted a Daniel Tiger cake. So I took to the interwebs to find some ideas and inspiration. Here's my Daniel Tiger cake pinterest board. As you can see - such cute options! I printed out pictures of the three that I thought I could handle and hung them up in the kitchen. I mulled them over and let my little birthday boy help decide which one we should do. We chose to do this one - mad props and thanks to whoever made this cake!! It is adorable and was super fun to try my hand at recreating. :)

And OH MY GOODNESS it turned out darling!!! This was almost a year ago and I'm still so excited about it. And the birthday boy was LOVED it! Oh and I have to say, it tasted out of this world too! Here is the recipe for the frosting, and I'm pretty sure we just used a yellow cake mix.
Umm, ADORABLE, right?!
 
Here's my little helper modeling with his cake partway through. I kind of liked the simplicity of it with just the yellow and red dots! But this little dude wanted to do as many colors of dots as possible (he helped put the dots on), so we did, and oh my I think it turned out so stinking cute.
The Daniel Tiger figurines were early birthday presents that I bought just for the cake, and the little man was THRILLED! :)
 
He had a fun friend party a few weeks before his birthday, since on his actual birthday we would be in Texas for Thanksgiving. I asked him if he wanted his Daniel Tiger cake at his friend party or family party, and he chose friend party. Here are the party animals! :)
Aren't they the cutest? And I must say, that cake is pretty cute too! I wonder the little dude will want for his cake this year...can't wait!


Friday, October 7, 2016

Transitional Fall Outfit For the Win

So I put this outfit together and wrote this post like a month ago, aaaaand I'm just now posting it. #becausethatshowiroll. So when you read about 80 degree weather (it's more like high 60's now), the start of the school year, blah blah blah, and it's not making any sense, that's why. :) BUT, the outfit below really was the perfect summer-to-fall transitional outfit! #youcanthankmenextfall ;)

With the start of a new school year comes the official start of fall, at least in my mind. :) I'm ready for baggy sweaters and lots of layers, but it's still almost 80 degrees outside. What the what?!
 
I feel like no matter what season we are in I am just never wearing what I should be to either stay warm enough or cool enough. In March if I see one ray of sunshine I break out the sun dresses and flip flops, and I'll be freezing by 8:05 am. In early September (much like this past week) I see one gray cloud and I just know it will be a chilly, gloomy, perfect fall day. And by 9:30 I'm sweating out of my cardigan and layers. I think I'm just a little overzealous sometimes at the start of a new season. :)

I found this darling top at Goodwill this summer and I feel like it is the PERFECT transitional piece for fall. Short sleeves, but with that awesome plaid print and the dark blue. It makes me want to jump on the back of a wagon and enjoy me a hayride. :) (Check! We've done that since originally writing this post - LOL). 
So this is what I wore on Saturday, and let me tell you, the jeans were pushing it - it's just too hot to wear ANYTHING! But I'm loving this outfit. :) Maybe next week it'll have cooled down a tad and I can throw on my boots instead of the flip flops. Then the week after that put on a scarf instead of a necklace. Holy cow, transitional piece for the win.  Who am I?! Maybe I will survive this fall without looking like a total moron. #bootswhenits90degreesoutside #shortsonwhenitshailing #ineedtostartcheckingtheweatherreportonthedaily
 
 Shirt: Goodwill (Old Navy); Earrings: Nickel and Suede (HERE); Necklace: Nordstrom (HERE); Flip Flops: Target; Jeans: Old Navy (HERE); Watch: Impressive Trends via Jane (It was only $2.99! Yes I ordered like 5 colors...:) (Oh and HERE is the watch for $9.99)
Ahh, this cute outfit is killing me. Love it. Well, it's October now and fall is officially in full swing, cooler weather and all. I love me some fall and I definitely love fall fashion. YAY! :)