PEPPERMINT BARK BROWNIE COOKIES



One of my favorites, Liz Adams, made these cookies last week and I couldn't resist! I love trying new Christmas cookie recipes, so knowing we had a Christmas party coming up, I decided it was the perfect excuse to make a batch (not that you need one!).

They did not disappoint! Even Chris, who does not like peppermint...was into them. They truly are the perfect Christmas cookie.

The recipe is here. I didn't top with any extra peppermint which would have made them look much more festive, but I really like how the peppermint flavor turned out, not too overwhelming!

Here is a link to the peppermint bark I used, I did not use an actual bar.

Hope you like them as much as we do...I just had one for breakfast ;)


House Progress: Dining Room


Sunshine! We haven’t seen you in a while. Love how this room gets the morning light. Also, I know I shared lots of before pics of the house but never any since we’ve moved in. Honestly, we haven’t done too much so there isn’t a ton to share, but I’m going to start posting a few pics of before and after thus far! See this room before below. Nothing new here but paint, floors, and we removed the doors separating this room from the living. All of the furniture, etc. is from our old place. Someday we’ll install lighting so our guests don’t have to eat in the dark ;)


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Have you heard? There is a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on. Kidding! I know most of you are probably sick of hearing about it...but here I am! 

Also, more importantly, do you watch Schitt's Creek? It has to be one of my favorite shows that's come around in a really long time. Home Edit posted a few clips a while back in their insta stories and I was hooked in that moment. It's hilarious. Eugene Levy and son Daniel Levy nailed it. 

I watched all seasons within a week and let me tell you it was dark days when it was over. I can't wait for the next season and I definitely revisit the past seasons regularly. 

Why am I talking about it during the Anniversary sale? Daniel Levy (above) was a part of some of the advertising you've seen around - so it was necessary.  Last thing, if you don't follow Daniel Levy and costar Annie Murphy on social media, you are missing out!

Put on your Sonoma Lavender Neck Wrap and let's get started! If you don't have one of these I highly recommend. I have several items from the Sonoma Lavender line from Nordstrom and they are amazing. They smell delicious. Some lavenders don't smell good to me, but this lavender is unique...it's more organic smelling. Is that a thing? Organic smelling? It smells like an actual lavender field. It soothes your tired neck and shoulders. Perfect for a fall or winter night in. 


Now that you're relaxed, let's throw on a mask. This is not part of the Anniversary Sale, but, they do have a gift with purchase right now and I'm hearing the Beauty sample bags coming through with Beauty purchases are unreal. I am a die hard Fresh Cosmetics gal. Have been since I lived in Boston and we had a shop on Newbury Street. My go-to mask is their Rose. It's like a mini trip to the Spa. The sugar face polish has the same spa effect on me. It smells unreal and leaves your face silky smooth. I also use their moisturizer and serum



Lighting a candle while you're sitting there with your neck wrap and face mask really sets the mood. Every year I like to pick up this candle set from Voluspa. You can break up the package and use it as a stocking stuffer, too. 



After all that relaxing, it's time to hit the gym. Who I am kidding, it's time to put on my leggings with no intention to work out for the day. Zella is a brand that I picked up 2 Nordstrom Anniversary sales ago that was a very smart move. Normally $54, right now $35. The crop are also my go-to's. 


If you are over the basic black but like black leggings (so slimming) I recommend these



While on the topic of Leggings, last year I got two pairs of Spanx leggings while they were on sale (here and here) and it was a huge score. I noticed this year they didn't add the velvet back but they still have a few sizes in the leather. Both pairs are slimming, but comfortable which is very very very important to me. 


Speaking of leather, this time not faux :(, this is a great time to grab the leather jacket you've been eyeing. Such a staple in my wardrobe, I picked mine up a few years back during the sale. I think this is almost a replica of the one I grabbed. Normally $299, on sale for $199. This one is similar and also very cute ($249 sale, $450 after the sale)!




Last but not least, I love grabbing a sweater, flats, or boots to wear all winter long. These booties have had my name on them since the start of the early access sale and I might have to pull the trigger. The problem is I have like 2 other pairs that are very similar. Also can't decide on a color! They're all so different!




I don't wear high boots that often anymore, but if I were picking up a pair I might grab these over the knees. Feeling these with a flowy dress or flowy top. 


Almost done! But I can't forget the babies and kiddos. I saw a few deals that I have to share. 

First up is the Nuna stroller. We love our Nuna. We beat our stroller/carseat up over and over (lots of travel) and it still performed well for us. The Nuna Mixx is currently on sale and it comes with the carseat and stroller. 


The Dockatot is also on sale. I never had one of these but I know everyone always raves about them. 



We bought so many of these Halo sleepsacks for Sloan. They are currently on sale for $25 instead of $39. 


We invested in a Patagonia Down Sweater last year for Sloan and I think he wore it every single day of the winter/cold spring days. Best investment ever. 


I've always loved these Vans for Sloan. He has a few pairs and they always last us long enough to pass down to my nephew! 


PRIME DAY 2018



It's here again...Prime Day! If it weren't for Amazon Prime these past few years I'm almost certain parenting would be harder. It's the most convenient website I use all day to quickly order things for our family. Here are some of my favorites that I've shared in the past. 

Stroller: When we needed to invest in an umbrella stroller I did a ton of Amazon research and this is the one we ended up with. Works really well and is easy to close up...plus doesn't take up a ton of room in the trunk. Normally $99, they have it at $62. Great deal. 

Skip Hop Mat: We loved this for when Sloan was smaller and crawling around. Great little area for them to play on. You can see it in our last home, here

Rock N Play: Sloan pretty much hung out in this thing for the first 3 months of his life. Highly recommend!

LectroFan Noise Machine: Blocks out almost all noise and has several different sounds to pick from. We had one at daycare and one at our house. Love it. 

Instant Pot: I'm almost positive I use this 5 days a week. I don't think I've pushed any other product on my friends more than this :) My claim to fame is how quickly I can cook a full chicken, but there are hundreds of delicious meals you can have ready in no time. Normally $99, they have it at $58 today!

iRobot Roomba: I do not own one of these but I want to! Our new house has a very dirty backyard and Sloan and Roo track in dirt all day. Should I go for it???

11 Pieces for Summer



1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11


1 & 2 - I think 4 or 5 years ago I fell in love with Gilligan & O'Malley sleepwear. It's so soft and they always have cute prints! This summer I picked up a couple more of their pieces and I'm so happy I did. I always size up for a super comfy fit. 

3 -  Honestly, I'm not a fan of a one piece. I don't remember liking them as a kid either. I hate that feeling of something covering my stomach when I'm in the water... I know, weirdo! But I do like having one on hand as my "mom suit" for chasing Sloan around the pool. This one I don't mind! 

4 5 - These little skirts have been my uniform this summer. You can dress them up or down. I throw on a tank top and my favorite sandals and I'm out of the house quick. 

6 - This dress is so comfortable. You can belt it or wear it as is! 

7 &  8 - I think I've talked more about my Greece Sandals than any other shoe I've owned. They are my go-to and I wear them 5 days at week...maybe more. Probably too much ;) Best purchase this summer. I just picked up the leopard slides and I love how they spice up basic pieces. 

9 , 10 & 11 Did you know that Forever21 now allows returns for your money back? Not store credit? I just found that out and I'm so stoked! I bought 9 & 10 this week and I'm in love. So comfortable and easy to throw on! The off the shoulder dress has also been a favorite. Love that you can dress this one up or down as well!