Thursday, December 18, 2014

White Plum | Discount Code + Giveaway

I mentioned yesterday in and among my Christmas wish list about a few of my favorite things, and I decided to save the BEST for today. 
Who is ready for a giveaway + discount code to one of my most favorite online boutiques - EVER.
ever, ever, ever.
Let me just express myself>> fleece lined leggings. WHY I have not hopped onto the fleece lined everything bandwagon is absolutely beyond me.  When White Plum sent me my first pair (in boring black), I ended up coming right back and getting 4 more pairs (wine {shown below}, charcoal, olive, & navy).  Why? Well, simply because I had surely missed the boat of fleece comfort education, and I'm tempted to trash all of my former favorites because of warmth and comfort that comes with 'fleece-lined' anything is superb.
photography c/o bFaith Photography
Someone smarted off to me recently that fleece lined = looked thicker.
Negative. On all accounts.  I actually feel 'safer' with the inadvertent support these offer.  Sturdy and limited risk for the fabric run up the rear seam (wouldn't that be the worst?!  It is.  Trust me.)

While they have a vast array of basic pieces that I can wear a different way everyday of the week.. like their tunics are my absolute favorite to wear with (fleece lined?) leggings and boots. Remember my birthday?  Yep - White Plum from head to toe.  I even busted them out with a wedge peeptoe heel this fall when we hit a random 85 degree day.
As the winter season has come upon us - their cozy cardigans have really drawn me in.
This chunky one kept me warm for pizza and drinks on the patio last weekend, and this one is over the top classy - perfect for holiday parties.
personalized necklace stack c/o bip + bop
cardigan c/o white plum
dress / local boutique
fleece lined leggings c/o white plum
boots / steve madden (ON SALE !!)

From blouses to maxi dresses, White Plum has got you covered.

Taking a little break from this week of  Christmas shopping for a little gift to YOU.  My friends at White Plum are offering a discount code special for my blog readers.  Use code LADIESHOLIDAY25 for 25% off your entire purchase through 12.25.14
I am personally looking at this jacket - because we all know it is never beyond me to use my own discount code.
I also wanted to mention that there is free standard shipping on every order until New Year's Eve.  I'm always up for F R E E anything.  So bring it on!
Oh.. and how can I tease you with the title and not remember to share the giveaway! 
Enter below for your chance to win a $50 store credit!
Good Luck!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Wishlist | The Lady

Last but not least.. because really.. its THE BEST and most important wish list of the year. 
But you know, I sent this to the hubs via email (links and sizes included) - because he asks every year for a list of some kind, and just short of sending him this vision board, I deliver.
And there on Christmas morning he gets the swoons and 'good jobs' from this wifey, no doubt.
This year I had a hard time coming up with things I wanted due to the simple nature of having toddlers that will actually understand some of what we do as far as Christmas and presents go.  But - once I really sat and thought hard, I came up with a few things.. and a few more - and then my list was overflowing and I had to bring myself to a stopping point.
Here we are:)

1 // Katie Spade Boxed Glitter Stud Earrings
Jordan is not a jewelry giver. I think outside my engagement and wedding band, I can count on one hand the amount of times he has gotten me jewelry in our 13 year relationship.  That is OK.. but there is something about glittery jewels + Kate Spade that make a girl happy.  I am a jewelry feign and cheap bangles are perfectly fine with me.  These aren't too pricey, and the pink box (versus the blue) is still just as special.  I have a few pairs and have never been disappointed.
2 // TOMS Desert Herringbone Wedge Bootie
Does this even need a write up?  While I love a good riding boot, the wedge bootie shoe is where its at.  I have terrible bird legs and I find it hard to find boots that fit my calf, but the booties are a one-size-fits-all kinda thing for a girl like me.  I read randomly last year that the wedge was OUT.  what.  Broke my little heart.  So, I suppose I'll be unpopularly wearing these for years to come.  Whatev.
3 // Gold Monogram Mug
While I drink my morning Jo faithfully from my Twin Mom mug (click) or my Just Enough Grace mug (click), I cant help but fall for this gold monogrammed mug from William Sonoma.  Three things drew me in to confidence about it's purchase (or request for purchase, should I say..) Gold // Monogram // William Sonoma.   These are a few of my favorite things!
4 // H+M Knit Vest
Vests.  Definitely my go-to fashion piece this year.  I have found myself wishing for more..and I stumbled upon this one at H&M.  Its longer length makes for comfortable wear with my FAVORITE leggings (click) (<< more on those tomorrow!) and (faux) fur everyyyything, don't you know?
5 // Viva La Juicy GOLD Perfume
LOVE - but I must be careful not to jinx it.  It never fails that once I find myself a perfume that smells wonderfully and is exactly what I want and love, it goes away, disappears, discontinued, falls off the face of the planet.  So then I run out and get overwhelmed with the decisions and choices that fall in line with picking out something new.  Jordan got me this for my birthday this year, and it is ah-mazing.  So.. never hurts to stock up, right?
6 // Leather Handbag
A gal in my office was carrying this absolutely beautiful bag and I basically bulldozed over three other people to get to her - just to feel it.  Super soft and pure leather.  High quality for an excellent price tag?  Exactly.  Plus.. I'm still in the searches for a great 'Mom Bag'.  This one seems perfecto.
7 // VS The Boyfriend Pant
I ask for these every.single.year.  And every year I get them.  And about the time Christmas rolls around, I desperately need a new pair.  I wear these every night (nearly) and dread when they absolutely must go into the wash.. because that means I HAVE to wear something else.  Stop it, Amber.  But, really these are the softest and most comfortable lounge pants you will ever wear.  Somewhere between fleece and silk.  The most famous lingerie brand makes them.  So hello, they've got to make sweatpants sexy.  And they do.  Jordan agrees.
8 // Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.. I was not blessed with 'good' skin.  I have a mixture of oily and severely dry skin, and due to my history of PCOS, acne - still through my adult life I battle it.  I have heard amazing things about this product, so I'm adding it to my list of things to try, and hoping it doesn't go into the 'fail' pile of facial experiments.
What you didn't see on this list are a few more of my wish list items, but that's because I'm saving them for something BIG coming at ya tomorrow.  A giveaway and a discount code - just in time for Christmas! See you soon!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Wishlist | The Gent

My Gent is the easiest guy to shop for.. but yet at the same time he is so difficult to shop for.  He wants big things.  Expensive things.  And when he decides he wants these things, he straight up goes out and purchases them. Well.. that leaves me with a whole lot of nothing for ideas when it comes to Christmas, birthday, and anniversary. 
My gent never shops for himself on the clothing front. He leaves that for the holidays listed above and expected everyone to purchase his wardrobe for him.  So.. of course I obliged.  But that means he wears what I want him to wear. 
He's a simple guy.  A simple guy that is happy with the little things - outside of clothing, he would rather spoil his wife and little girls than allow me to buy him ANYthing.
I'm okay with that:)

1 // Dollar Shave Club - For Father's Day this year and gifted Jordan with a DSC subscription, and you would have thought I handed him a million dollars.  I learned about this through a random email and a link to the most hilarious video, ever.  So, I thought.. what the heck.  Lets try this out and see what he thinks.  I was nervous because he is overtly picky about his shaving products.  I was the hero of the holiday, don't you know?  So - Although he already gets his razors in the mail every six weeks (I chose the $9/month option), I had to tell you all about this so you could be an amazing wife or girlfriend, too!  Oh.  Get the Shave Butter.  You will thank me later.  
2 // Magazine Subscriptions - A simple man, but loves his magazine subscriptions.  Most of which are in my name because I pick them out for him:)  Because he has a bad habit of letting multiple months go by without reading, and allowing stacks of his magazines pile up - I have limited him to just a couple.  Still a decent gift.
Three, Four, and Five are all to feed his clothing need for this Christmas. I plan to grab him up another pair of his all time favorite jeans, too!
I grabbed these on sale (and its still going! Use code GIVETHIS for 30% off).  I usually always buy on sale at places like Gap and JCrew because full price is just too expensive for my taste.. and there always seems to be a sale!  My man looks really good - like amazing - in pink hues.. so I couldn't pass the cashmere blend sweater and comfy cotton polo up.  I will get an eye roll when he opens them, but really, the first time he pulls them on, he'll make a comment about how good he looks or something or other.  The half-zip, well, my hubby doesn't like coats/jackets or anything of the like.  Last year I got him something similar and he wore it out so much that he needs another.  
6 // iTunes Giftcards - He saves these all year.  He has an obsession with apple and all their new products (he watches hours upon hours of press release when new software comes out.  Really.) so apps sing to his heart.  Always an awesome stocking stuffer.
7 // REVO Sunglasses - After playing hard with the sister girls in the car one Sunday morning before church - he sat on his Revos and snapped them in half.  They were his favorite, and I'm hoping these will do justice of his former pair.
8 // Date Night - Gift card to our favorite restaurant, movie times picked out, and a babysitter lined up.. nothing better when he doesnt have to do any of the work for planning a date night out with his wifey.  I get the benefit of this gift, too:)

Whats on your list for your sweet love this year?  I'm always open for more ideas for  last minute gifts!  Next up - The Lady's Wishlist and a giveaway to boot!  See you tomorrow! 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Wishlist | Little Ladies + Gents

I cannot believe we are nearly in the single digit days away from Christmas. Is it just me, or did this season fly?  It seems like literally yesterday I was harassing Jordan to pull down the Christmas decor from the attic space and he was 'kindly declining' because it was the first week of November.  Last year we kept it very simple for Parker and Jolie on the wishlist front.  They had just turned 1 year and still hadn't grasped the idea yet.. and with a birthday just a couple weeks before that, it made it hard to want to buy anything else for them.  This year is different.  They seem to understand the present thing.  Understanding a little more about what this season seems to bring.  And having a lot of fun talking all about it!  With all that being said - I decided to beef up their holiday wish list this year,  and it has been SO much fun!! I am beside myself to give them all these fun things I know they will love, love, love!

l i t t l e l a d i e s

1 // Hair Bows and Wraps
You knew this was on the list.  While we get a hair bow in the mail about 3 times a week, these are always awesome for stocking stuffers.  I get questioned all the time about how I get my girls to keep the bands on, and really I have no secret.  They love them - I mean really.  I have to make sure their closest door is closed or else the basket(s) of (unorganized) bows would be dumped everywhere just so they could find the one they want.  Really!  Ruby Blue, Shelby Chic, and Jameson Monroe will all be there on Christmas Morning this year.
We have really been into imaginary play.  I mean, really into it.  Little People have always been a favorite of mine, and so I've been waiting for the girls to be old enough and have interest enough to get some for them.  This little house is the perfect size for them, and the perfect play place for their favorite toys + Little People.     
Always carrying around their daddy's big, heavy flashlights, I thought it was time for a couple of their very own. They really love to be included and 'help' when needed, so having something like this is their size will be so fun for them! 
We got a plethora of Mega Bloks for their birthday - and they are LOVING them!  But.. the only problem (or two) I'm running into is that they have no place to 'put' them, and nothing to build them on.  Do you know what that means?  It means that mom is sitting and holding those blocks steady while they build and stack to the ceiling.  Enter this Play'n Go table.  Thank you for relieving me of my duties.
Cars.  Trucks.  Trains.  You name it - we love it.  Motor vehicles (the bigger the better) in general fascinate these two little girly girls of mine.   So, when I was looking for something of the like to gift them with, I was having a hard time not throwing a couple of Tonka Trucks into my basket and calling it a day.  But then I remembered this little Choo Choo I saw in passing.  And it has Mickey Mouse as the Conductor. Perfecto - for a little boy or girl :)
This year we plan to enroll Parker and Jolie into preschool (Mothers Day Out) a couple times a week, and these sweet little backpacks have gotten me all kinds of excited about it!  For now, I plan to stuff them with books and toys, but when the time comes, we will have our 'lunch', and panties, and school supplies- all the necessities for my little book worms.
A little more for me than them, maybe?  Maybe.  I have been slowly collecting these books over the last year or so.. we have all the party and holiday ones.. I just need the classics.  I really love these for some reason.  Their 2nd birthday was even loosely themed after "If You Give a Pig a Pancake.."When I wrap these - I plan to stuff them into their new backpacks as a surprise for when they open their packs.
In addition to the Mega Bloks, we received about 11 new dolls for our birthday, too!  Which is totally fine.  They have been carrying them around non-stop since that day.  So.. since we have the dolls, we need something to feed, diaper, wipe and carry them with, right?  Perfect little mamas they will be.

A few runner ups for the little ladies
I was throughly torn between this playset and the doll accessories.  Our cousin Kendall has the doll carrier and seems to totally adore it for her baby dolls.  We have a shopping cart, and the girls really love to play with it.. and so the stroller would be great to have another option for toting their dolls around. 
Another interactive toy for toddlers.  Parker is really into this kind of play (she plays in the kitchen all the time), so she would get a kick out of  playing check up with Jolie, Mom, or Dad!
I had about a bazillion My Little Pony figurines growing up, and I have been waiting patently for the day to be able to give my little girls their own.  I did have Barbies, but MLP seemed to hold the majority in the toy box.

My twin mom bestie, Kristina (@lifeaskristinab) has a set of boy twins that are just a few months younger than Parker and Jolie.  Since I am ALL girl, I asked her to share her boys' Christmas Wishlist, because for all those boy moms reading.. I couldn't leave you out!  And this list is totally boy - boy - boy!
l i t t l e g e n t s 

1 // Fold-Up Trampoline
If I could I would buy an indoor blow up trampoline, but I would in return have to charge for playdates at my house. So I found the next best thing- a toddler mini trampoline. It folds (easy storage) and is a great way to release some of that cabin fever excess energy. 

2 // Melissa and Doug Car Carrier 
You can't go wrong with Melissa and Doug....ever. The versatility of this car carrier was a no brainer. Kids can roll the individual cars, stack them on the carrier, name the colors, the possibilities are endless. Going out in public?  Pack those mini cars in your diaper bag for emergency entertainment!

Such a fun gift (for boy or girl). You open the box to find a book and 2 furry hand mitts. Read the book with your little and when prompted you tickle your child with the mitts (there's finger holes). Interactive entertainment with parent and child that is guaranteed to involve laughter-MUST have!

I'm a sucker for all things faux fur from Restoration Hardware and having boys does not hold me back (regardless of my husbands eye rolling). Faux fur + animals + toddler slippers- sign me up! I wouldn't hold it against you if you paired these slippers with their toddler robes.

A little bit more manly than it's counterpart "the cozy coup". A tailgating back that opens and closes, a hilarious semi-truck sounding horn, and a handle on top for adult assistance-perfect for a boys-boy. 

I mean c'mon! I've have been crushing on these backpacks since the day I saw them. We have finally reached an age that they can actually use them. I'm a little too excited to fill them up with board books and small toys for my boys to open and find. I'm a little less excited about the thought of them going to pre-school with these (instant tears). 

This one is a cheat because we already own it. A must have for any boy who loves trucks. The front bucket lifts and lowers manually and the seat lifts for extra (random) toys to "hide". My boys have spent endless amounts of time filling up the bucket, emptying the bucket...over and over.

Ok ok, BIG splurge. I'm having a hard time resisting this...honestly the cost is the ONLY thing holding me back.  A Motorized train that works on and off the track. You can set up the track in a designated area or let your child have free reign to cruise around your house. 

A few runner ups for the little gents
Because what little boy(s) don't want to play with tools? Great for hand-eye coordination and utilizing their imagination.  Pack it up, carry it around, and make believe you're Mr. Fix it. 

Cars and a the tub-I can feel the excitement. In between the splashing and blowing bubbles let your little one focus on gentile movements (don't sink the ferry!) while loading and unloading the cars from the ferry. 

An upgrade modern twist to the old school plastic letters we used to stick on the refrigerator as kids. How cute are these? Possibly another distraction for when you're cooking dinner-possibilities are endless.
Tomorrow I've got a wish-list for my favorite Gent that I can't wait to share!  
I just hope he doesn't read it or else his Christmas will totally be given away:)


Friday, December 12, 2014

WE EAT | Family Meal Plan

Happy Friday! 
I must confess to slacking on meal planning.. even making a trip to the grocery store.  Between Thanksgiving, and even the girls' birthday party  we haven't done much for dinners over the last two weeks.  We usually keep it simple and fairly similar for breakfast and lunch, so those weren't an issue.. but I quickly realized how much I really need these meal plans.
We had waffles with peanut butter for dinner last night.  
Yea.. just one of those times:)

This week we are making the transition to skim milk - now that Parker and Jolie are 2 years old (still hasn't sunk in just yet..) we were given the 'okay' at their 2-year well visit to transition out from whole milk to 'whatever we drink at home.' 
I'll have to keep you posted on how this goes, but my kids are obsessed with milk and dairy products in general, so I don't think it will be an issue.  They went from breast milk to whole milk at 13 months fairly easy, so I'm not counting on this being a struggle.
If your babe (or babes) are younger than 2 years, just replace the milk and dairy in this meal plan with whole milk dairy.  Not a milk/dairy drinker?  Replace with whatever you use at home on the regular - totally acceptable.  
These meal plans are meant as a guide and to hopefully help you to make smart, healthy, and affordable choices when preparing meals for your family!  It helps so much for our family to have these - and I learned that first hand really over the last week.  The week after Thanksgiving was crazy and we had a fridge full of leftovers, so we didn't go without -
but this week I found myself thinking about ordering pizza or bringing home take out more than once.  Am I right??
I decided to transition from calling these Toddler Menus to Family Meal Plans.  Really- these are for the entire family within reason.  Most often, I'm eating whatever they are eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Trying out a few new recipes this week - I saw a rerun of Giada making her Pizza Pot Pies on the Food Channel last week, and knew I had to make them for Parker and Jolie to try.  Chicken pot pie is a big hit in our house, so I am thinking that this will be great, too!  We are also trying out Chicken Caesar Salad for the entire family.  While we were out to eat for the girls' birthday dinner, Jolie and Parker basically stole my entire dinner salad right from under my fork! So.  Salad isn't weird for my 2 year olds, and we are going to have it for dinner:)

Veggie Quinoa Bowl
 1 cup cooked Quinoa (I use Uncle Ben's Quick Cook Pouches for ease)
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup golden corn
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine cooked quinoa with olive oil, spinach, corn, black beans, S&P.  Serve with salsa and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.  Can be heated up or left cold.

Brown Sugar Oats
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 cup skim or lowfat milk
Combine oats and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Cook to a boil, stirring constantly, reduce heat.  Stir until smooth and oats are soft- about 4 minutes.  Add brown sugar, along with addition milk as needed to thin.
Tortellini w Light Alfredo Sauce & Chicken Sausage
12 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 pound chicken sausage(about 4 links), casings removed
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 cup low-fat milk (I used skim)
3/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook pasta al dente according to package directions, in generously salted water.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute one minute, stirring occasionally, until fragrant. Add your chicken sausage, browning and breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.  Sprinkle with flour, and stir to combine. Saute for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.
Slowly add chicken broth, whisking to combine until smooth. Whisk in milk, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let cook for an additional minute until thickened, then stir in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until the cheese melted. Reduce heat to medium-low.
Drain pasta, then immediately add pasta to the saute pan with alfredo sauce. Toss to combine.

Chicken Fried Rice
3 cups cooked long-grain brown rice (preferably left over rice)
1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into 3/4-inch pieces
1 Tbsp sesame oil, divided
1 Tbsp canola oil, divided
1/2 cup frozen edamame
1/2 cup frozen carrots
3 green onions chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sriracha, for serving (optional)
In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 1/2 tsp of the canola oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add chicken pieces, season lightly with salt and pepper and saute until cooked through, about 5 - 6 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
Return skillet to medium-high heat, add remaining 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 1/2 tsp canola oil. Add edemame, carrots, and green onions and saute 1 minute, then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Push veggies to edges of pan, add eggs in center and cook and scramble.
Return chicken to skillet along with rice. Add in soy sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with Sriracha to taste if desired.
Spaghetti Squash w Turkey Meatballs
1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds)
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 batch of Turkey Meatballs (click)
Your favorite jarred or homemade tomato sauce (we use Classico)
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese + more for topping
For the Squash: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Halve the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle the cut sides with 1/2 teaspoon salt, then brush both sides with olive oil. Put the squash, cut-side up, in a baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Roast 20 minutes, then uncover and continue roasting until the squash is tender, about 35 more minutes.
While the squash is roasting, warm your tomato sauce and make your meatballs. 
I usually make the meatballs in advance.
 Use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash flesh into strands; transfer to a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan. Season with salt. Divide the squash among bowls and top each with a few meatballs, warmed sauce, and parmesan cheese.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
6 ounces Grilled Chicken Breast
1 heart of Romaine, chopped
2/3 cup croutons
¼ cup shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
4 ounces Caesar Vinaigrette dressing

Caesar Vinaigrette Dressing
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup distilled vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Whisk together ingredients until combined.  Chill until ready to serve.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

WE EAT | Christmas Butter Cookies

Growing up, my mom was crafty, especially around this time of year.  Christmas seemed to be her favorite.  There was always some kind of unique homemade gift for friends, family, teachers, and coaches (my 3 brothers and I were athletes).  I remember one year we collected pine cones (what seemed like a million to my tweenager mind) and my mom spray painted them gold and made baskets of gold pinecones and various Christmas critters and fruit.  Wreaths were another year.. and then there was the ceramic hand painted and fired light up Christmas Trees. 
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My most favorite thing to do and 'help' with during this time of year was my mom's butter cookies. 
No matter what kick she was on for crafting, she always always always made these.  
Bouncing around the kitchen, stealing finger scoops of cookie dough, watching & waiting patiently for the timer to ding before we got to frost these delicious drop cookies. 
Not before we ate a few, of course. 
I can still remember it like it was yesterday.
So, you know I have to bake these with Parker and Jolie.
I'm not crafty, though.  Meh.  I digress.
Cookies will do well enough.

Christmas Butter Cookies
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons milk
Festive sprinkles
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until well combined.  
Add vanilla and almond extract, and then the eggs.   
In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture while beating on low speed until smooth.
Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons and roll into 1-inch balls.  Place them evenly spaced on a non-stick cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown at the edges and puffed.  Cool 3-5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
While the cookies cool, prepare the icing.
Combine softened butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar, adding milk to thin as desired.

Once the cookies have cooled, its time to f r o s t !!
Parker was hiding a sugar cookie in her lap.  She knew I knew it, too.  Like looking in a mirror.
For our first frosting experience, MOM took the liberty to frost the cookies, and I left the sprinkles to them.

Well.  Assuming that ALL sprinkles containers have those little holes for shaking, well we all know how that saying goes?  It just kept pouring a running tap, and I couldn't get words or a reaction out of my mouth to make her stop.  Parker looked on with such confusion.  
Parker's turn - and this time, I DID make sure the sprinkles were actually going to be sprinkled, and not poured.

Jolie's take two
A quick dump of the green glitter dust, and we were good to go with the red and white.

By the looks of Parker's face, we are about to put this second cookie inline with the first.

and of course, we eat.  And make a serious mess.
But, who cares.

I absolutely loved making cookies with our sweet girls.  Jordan has talked about watching these girls getting to bake in the kitchen with their foodie mama, and here we are.  
My mama dreams are coming true. 

lace Christmas crowns / sweet t shoppe
jammies / gap
Totally swooning over these lace Christmas crowns?? 
Tessa of Sweet T Shoppe is the crafty hand behind them, and is offering up a $50 shop credit - just in time for Christmas!
Head over to Instagram (@masseya) for your chance to enter to win.
Now thats a sweet deal:) 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Wear | Little Ladies

This month is notoriously busy and I feel like there is always something to be done or a social event to be had. I, for one, am a social butterfly at heart, so the busier we are with all that kind of stuff, the happier my heart with be.  
I've said it before, and I'll surely say it again - this is my favorite time of year.  And like I mentioned when I did the fall lookbook back in September for these Little Ladies - its the clothes that win me over for best time of the year award.  Especially NOW that I have two other chicks to dress aside from myself - it gets really fun.  I am one of those that plans outfits far in advance.. we get a party invite and I'm already starting to plan plan plan what I/we are going to wear.  I've been like that since I was young.. and while I can't believe I am confessing this - I never wore the same thing twice in one month when I was in high school.  I kept a journal/calendar/obsessive compulsive document that helped me keep track.
StAHP it right now.  I know.
And while I DO NOT (do not) keep any kind of record of what Parker and Jolie wear - because, c'mon.. although, Jordan wouldn't put it past me,  I do keep in mind and 'save' outfits for special occasions. December marks many special occasions, and since there will be pictures (about a billion, you know) I want to make sure each occasion is wore by something different.
fall lookbook click // thanksgiving style click

Hey Santa 
(top / skirt / boots)
JCrew - use code GIVETHIS for 30% off 
free shipping on crew cuts and baby crew orders
Probably my favorite look of the entire bunch.  Something about the casual glam of a sweatshirt paired with tulle.  Santa would be so inspired by our look (of course), and the deep red would coordinate well for pictures with the man in the big red suit.  We have yet to successfully sit on his lap, but third times a charm?  Probably not. 
Sunday's Best 
(dress / sweater cardigan / shoes)
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Shift dresses on toddlers = swoon for days.  Something a little less Christmas-y, but still perfect for Christmas Service at church.  The sweater cardigan helps for the chill in the air, but can also easily be removed in the stuffy house of the Lord with hundreds more added to each service for the special occasion.
Here for the Party 
(dress / tights / shoes)
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Does every toddler need a $60 holiday dress?  No.  Does every toddler look absolutely precious in a $60 holiday dress?  YES.  We don't actually have a party this season that warrants this fanciful attire - I'm thinking New Year's Eve.. but lets be honest, we would probably get a sitter IF by chance we stepped foot our of our flannel sweats and off the couch.  Having a formal party or event this would be perfect.  The tights jazz up the dress for a festive look, and matching ballet flats to coordinate.  Throw a halo band or lacey bow on top of that baby head and you are good to go.
Hashtag Snowday 
(top / leggings / booties)
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Cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, toddler play-dates, tree-liting, house-looking & hot chocolate.. if you are like our little group of friends, we always do something fun for the month of December.  Since kiddos have come onto the scene we attempt to coordinate a time for just the adults and then also something to all do as families.  This would be the outfit I would choose.  I did notice this sweatshirt was sold out online in the smaller toddler sizes, but personally, I dress Parker and Jolie like I would dress myself.. over-sized sweater and tights?  Of course.  Sizing up gives the look I'm going for.  These leggings are among my very favorite right now.  A classic print, and the fabric is VERY sturdy and VERY soft.  I have a couple other pairs of her leggings, and never fails with high quality.
Christmas Eve (dress / tights / shoes)
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Ever year on Christmas Eve, Jordan's immediate family (parents, sister, brother-in-law, and kiddos) come together for dinner out at a favorite restaurant and window shopping at one of the major malls here in Dallas.  After we usually head back to BB's house, watch a recorded Lifetime Christmas movie (she recorded ALL of them) and eat ice cream and pie (or some kind of dessert) before bed.  Since babes have come along, it had made for some change, but nothing we all cannot handle.  Last year we went to a completely different restaurant, and a completely different area to 'shop' - but the tradition is still there.  It excites me to continue this tradition with my little family.  Traditions have been one of my most favorite things about becoming a mom.  I didn't have hardly any at all growing up, and I love that Jordan and I have the patriarchal power to start them in a family of our own.  Over the last two years (because their first one they were 4 pounds of sweetness and we were SO tired, and didn't go ANYwhere) I have enjoyed finding something festive for Parker and Jolie to wear on this special evening with family - but also to be comfortable for walking around, being held on my hip, and sitting in a booster chair at dinner.  Of course this dress caught my eye because of the print, but it is so gorgeous and perfect in color for the Christmas Eve we plan to have.
What about you?!  I want to hear your Christmas traditions!  Talking about all these things we plan to have (and the outfits we will wear) makes me SO excited for the next weeks to come!
Me and the girls have been baking cookies this week and I can't wait to share their creations - and a special giveaway from one of my favorite bow-shops!
See you tomorrow!  



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