Amazon Prime Day Favorites - July 10 @ 6 PM

Amazon Prime Day is a great opportunity to pick up items that have been in your cart but you haven't made the move on! The best tip I have is to be ready with a full cart so that you can purchase easily should your items go on sale and take advantage of the "watch this deal" button - Amazon will let you know when the deal has gone live:

(the Thermos above is awesome- Sloan has the silver one - it doesn't leak and has a pop up straw)


Here are some of my favorite purchases from past prime days, and a few other items that may end up on the list again (and although not exciting, there always seems to be a screamin' deal on diapers).





This playmat went on sale last year for Prime Day and I snagged it up -  it might go on sale again! We used this forever in our house - it is the Skip Hop Geo Grey-Cream Playspot Foam Floor Tile Playmat.








This is by far my most used appliance- the Instant Pot. You can make an entire chicken in 20 minutes! Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer all in one - and it's easy to use.







We own multiple of these white noise machines. Sloan has been using it for almost 2 years and it still works perfectly! It mimics the sound of a fan really well and blocks out almost all noises. 


+ SCANNY BABY NURSERY

Hello!  It has probably been 41 weeks since I last posted!  Crazy to think it's been that long... If you follow along on social media, you may know that we are expecting any moment now.  Our baby is almost officially a full week late.  I thought it would be a great time to share a couple of pics of the nursery since I'm on Maternity Leave (without baby yet) and I actually have a moment to get a post up!

Below is right when you walk into the nursery.  The camel art is one of the first pieces that we purchased and where a lot of the inspiration came from in the room.  The piece is very playful with lots of bright colors- I thought it would be perfect for a nursery.  I was going to reupholster the glider but it was going to be really expensive to get it to the upholster, fabric, etc. so decided to keep it as is. I might throw a thick navy grosgrain ribbon on the bottom of the slipcover...still undecided!


The changing table (vintage dresser) is directly across from this wall: 


Last wall is where the crib resides: 


I want to take a few more detail shots and post on sources later, but one item that is very special to us...is this quilt made by our very talented friend, Misha.  Such a gorgeous blanket!


Also a close up of the flamingo mobile.  Isn't it fun? 


Hoping to be back soon to add sources, some of the organization, etc. but also hoping not to be back and busy with baby!

+ Farfalle with Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Gorgonzola, and Pine Nuts


In my early 20's I hosted an impromptu (ridiculous) dinner party that ended up being a blast!  A co-worker at the time helped me plan the last minute menu- suggesting the below dish as a crowd pleaser.  Last night I revisited the dish and it brought back so many great memories.  Thought I'd share the recipe in case you're hosting an impromptu anytime soon!

Farfalle with Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Gorgonzola, and Pine Nuts

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (2 tablespoons oil reserved)
2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 9 ounces total)
1 pound farfalle, radiatori, or fusilli pasta

4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/4 cup chopped prosciutto

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted 
red pepper flakes


Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon oil reserved from tomatoes in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the skillet and sauté until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cool; do not clean skillet. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions until al dente. Drain and transfer to large bowl.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon tomato oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté about 1 minute. Add sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, basil, broth, cheese, and prosciutto to skillet and bring to boil.

Add sauce to pasta and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts and serve. *I liked to add a good amount of red pepper flakes, too! Serves 4.

+ NEW YEAR, NEW TOTE

Happy New Year!  Hope everyone had a fabulous Holiday.  I know it's been a while since I've posted, which is something I'm going to try and be better about in 2015.  I really do miss posting and want to try and find time in the day (or week) to get a post up.

To start, I have to share one of my favorite new items.  The Madewell Transport Tote.  This is not a sponsored post or anything like that (it does have an affiliate link though), I truly love it that much to dedicate an entire post to it!

Here it is:


I was looking for a bag that was light since I tend to get neck/shoulder pain when I carry heavy bags, and this one fit the bill.  My biggest fear was stemming from the need to have an organized bag.  I have never carried a bag without multiple pockets.  What I found was, I have been even more organized without the pockets.  I now carry a few smaller bags within my bag that have exactly what I need.


I ended up getting the bag in black (since it was winter and I had a brown bag already) with my initials in gold (like below).  It has held up really well in the past 3 months and I'm really hard on my bags. 


I also love the brown though- classic:


Wouldn't be surprised if I ended up with the brown by Spring!  Oh, and it's also great for carrying puppies!


Find it here if you're interested!  



+ Christmas came early!


I know I haven't stopped by in a long time, but I had to pop in and share the early Christmas present that Chris and I gifted ourselves.  Meet "Roo" our precious cavapoo lady!  So far she is the sweetest little thing...despite the sleepless nights ;)

Any new puppy advice is much appreciated! 

Hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays! 


+ SEEING SPOTS!

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I've always loved a good punch of a bold black and white print in any outfit or room, and the past couple of years I've very happy to see that the black and white spotted pattern has been found anywhere from fashion to home decor. Most recently I picked up a pair of inexpensive flats that add a touch of sass to a pair of jeans and sweater (see below, link above- also, tangent- if you haven't picked up Erin Gates book, Elements of Style yet I highly recommend! Exciting to see a blogger who you've read for years put out a book).



Anyway, I could be wrong, but it seems as though the spotted trend started after the lovely Brunschwig and Fils snow leopard pattern 'Les Touches' became popular in the design world.

Here are a few of my favorite images (all from pinterest) I found that have either used that gorgeous Les Touches pattern, or something close to it...







Lastly, there are many DIY projects out there to re-create this look on your own.  Huge fan of Little Green Notebook's bulletin board she did a while back: 








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