Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Gratitude Journal

Good morning friends! Today I wanted to share with you something that I have read about over and over and over again but have put off doing until recently: starting a gratitude journal. 
Monday, November 18, 2019

Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup

Good morning! I hope you all had a good weekend. Today I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall, especially on Thanksgiving. Its no secret how much I love to use my Crock-Pot, especially to make something warm on a cold day. 
Friday, November 15, 2019

Amazon Fashion Finds

Hi there! I have another round of Amazon Fashion Finds. If you didn't see, last month I did two posts about the outfits I had purchased on Amazon. The posts were such hits that I decided to give it another shot this month. 

Here are the two from last month:

And now let's get started with today's:
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Lily Grace 2.5 Year Update

Good morning! I wanted to share an update with you about our sweet girl because she is in such a fun stage right now and I don't want to forget any of it! I know one day I'll look back at this and be so happy I wrote it all down. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Hair Donation

Good morning friends! If you follow me on Instagram (@lcdarrell) then you may have noticed that last Thursday I went into my hair salon, had them cut 10" off my hair, and I donated it. This is the 3rd time I've done this so I figured I know enough about it to be able to answer any questions you might have if you are considering making a donation. I answered the questions most friends/family members have been asking, but if you have any other questions please leave a comment below. I'd be happy to answer!!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Pinterest Recipe Roundup

Good morning and happy Friday! I hope you all had a good week. We are looking forward to a busy but fun weekend around here. Hopefully I will remember to take a few pictures and will be able to share with you for Monday!

Today I wanted to share with you several of the recipes I have made from Pinterest lately that have actually been good. I don't know about you, but I hate it when I pin a recipe that sounds/looks delicious but actually doesn't taste very good at all. Especially if that recipe takes forever to make. These are some tried and true side item recipes that are full of flavor, were super easy to make and are relatively healthy. I hope you make and enjoy some of them too!
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Monthly Goals- November

Good morning! I don't know about you but I am really excited about the start of a new month, especially one this close to Christmas. I know that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is really going to fly this year for our family because: a) Thanksgiving is late this year and b) we will be going to Disney World for a week (woohoo!). My goals for the month of November are going to be mostly geared towards getting organized/prepped for the holiday season so that the month of December isn't stressful for us. I want to spend as much time as possible soaking up all the holiday fun with the kids. Here's a look at November's goals:

Monday, November 4, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Good morning! I hope you all had a nice weekend and a safe, happy Halloween. I don't know about you but I am SO ready for a new month and a new holiday to look forward to. We have packed up and put away what very little Halloween stuff we took out and in a few short weeks will be pulling out the Christmas decorations. I can NOT wait! 

As we get closer to the holiday season I am really going to try not to order everything from there. I know how convenient it is, and it can make the holidays significantly less stressful to just click, buy and have it shipped to your house in 2 days, especially if you have young kids at home. Unfortunately though, we have seen a few of our favorite brick and mortar stores closing around here lately and I can't help but wonder how much of that is due to people using Amazon instead. One of my goals this month (I'll post monthly goals on Wednesday!) is to try to do as much Christmas shopping as I can this month and in small, locally owned businesses. 

Before we begin, I did two posts this month on the clothes I ordered from Amazon in October. Here they are:

And then here is everything else I ordered in the month of October:

File Box- Lily Grace started school for the first time this fall and has started coming home with some really cute artwork, some keepsakes, and some important paperwork. I wanted to keep all of it organized and needed a new file box. We had some file folders around here to keep everything in, so we're just using those until we run out for now. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Updated Favorite Ipsy Finds

Good morning and happy Friday! Today I wanted to do an updated post on my favorite Ipsy products that have been coming in my monthly bag. Not every product is a hit, and usually I like them but don't love them. So every few months I want to update and tell you the ones that have been my all time favorites. Here they are:
Purlisse BB Cream-- This BB Cream is hands down still my favorite after trying about a half dozen others. I love the way it offers just a hint of coverage on the days I am out running errands and don't want to put a full face of makeup on. It is SPF 30 which is another plus because then I don't have to put my Clinique SPF on underneath it. 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning friends and happy What's Up Wednesday! Last month I did not get around to doing a WUW because we had just had our sweet baby boy. I am happy to be back linking up today and can't wait to read all of your monthly updates!
Monday, October 28, 2019

Book Club- October

Good morning and happy Monday! This past month I was able to squeeze in 4 books and they are all 4 VERY different from one another, yet all 4 were good in their own way. Let's get to it!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Fall Prime Fashion Finds Part 2

Good morning and Happy Friday! Earlier this week I posted part 1 of the clothes I've bought on Amazon lately. If you missed it, click here! Today I will be sharing the rest, and most of these outfits were the super casual/comfy/"throw it on in 2 seconds yet still look somewhat pulled together" look. In case you're new around here, we have a 5 week old baby and a 2.5 year old. So most of my outfits these days need to be quick and easy-- not to mention hide a postpartum belly!

  Green Twist Knot Sweater/Leggings/Boots (I have had these same Frye boots for years, and while they were definitely an investment up front, they have lasted a really long time and have held up a lot better than some of my cheaper boots. They are definitely worth the price in my opinion!)
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Fall Prime Fashion Finds Part 1

Good morning! Today I am doing part 1 of a lengthy post about all the cute clothes I have found on Amazon lately. Just a few months ago I had never thought to buy clothes on Amazon, but now it is one of the main places I shop! You really can't beat it for convenience, and with a 5 week old baby in the house convenience is a priority right now!
Oversized Cowl Neck Sweater/Leggings/Boots
This oversize sweater feels like wearing a blanket! I'm pretty sure you could pull the cowlneck down and do an off-the-shoulder look, but I preferred the cowl neck this morning 😀
White T/Striped Long Sleeve Sweater/Jeans/Toms Wedges
I was unsure about the v neck tees when I was looking online, but am so happy I ordered them. They are super soft and the fit is perfect. I grabbed them in a medium. 
White T/Brown Sweater/Jeans/Toms Wedges
Then I tried the same outfit but with two different scarves:
Leopard Scarf (old-- from Loft)
Yellow Infinity Scarf
Oversized Cowl Neck Sweater/Jeans (not Amazon)/Toms Wedges
Same cowl neck sweater as above, but a different color. Super cozy and comfortable!
White T/Rust Sweater/Jeans (not Amazon)/Toms Wedges
This is the same as that brown sweater but in a rust color. I love the length of this sweater because it covers the booty/hip area, which is always my biggest problem area. 

Those are just a few of the options I've found lately.. come back Friday for the rest! Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Meal Planning Monday-- 21 Day Fix Recipes

Good morning friends and happy Monday! This week Devin and I are trying to get back on track to eating healthy. We have not been very good about eating a healthy, well balanced diet the past month as we've been in New-Baby-Survival- Mode and it is starting to show 😬. I know that the sweet treats of Halloween are around the corner, then Thanksgiving, and then all the delicious food Christmas brings. We are trying to get back into the healthy mindset so we can indulge in the sweet treats here and there without totally blowing a healthy diet.  We are going to start doing the 21 Day Fix **eating** program starting Wednesday and I wanted to share some of my favorite 21DF approved recipes (We are only doing the nutrition portion of 21DF since I haven't been cleared to exercise yet by my doctor. Devin is planning to work out, but just do his own thing at the gym). 
Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Halloween Edition

Good morning friends and happy Friday! We are all excited about Halloween around here and have been doing everything we can to get in the festive spirit. This week we made our annual homemade Halloween cards to send out to friends and family. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

One Month with Liam

Good morning! Today our sweet little man is 1 month old. I thought I'd share a few pictures of him and tell you how it's been going so far.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Coordinating Family Outfits for Pictures

It is amazing to think that it's already that time of year where we start thinking about annual family pictures. This year has flown by! I love having our pictures taken as a family every year so that we can see how much Lily Grace (and now Liam!) has grown each year. Growing up we took family pictures around Christmas every year and I know they are some of my parents most cherished pictures. They don't have to be formal, there is no need to stress... the important thing is the PEOPLE in the picture. 

That being said, we want the PEOPLE in these pictures to look nice, right?? I love it when our family coordinates with each other without being overly matchy/matchy. I have been searching all over the internet for some good coordinating family outfits and figured I'd share what I have found so far. 

I only have outfits planned for our little family of four, but a lot of these outfits have different sizes available for older/younger kiddos. I haven't figured out which color scheme we are going to go with, and I have several outfit choices for each color scheme. Here is our burgundy/navy theme:
Friday, October 11, 2019

Pinterest for the Win-- Halloween Crafts for Kids

Good morning and happy Friday!! Earlier this week I posted my monthly goals for October and one of my goals was to have my kiddos homemade Halloween cards made and in the mail no later than the 24th of October. Seeing as today is the 11th, that means it's time to nail down an idea and get to work! Usually we make the cards over the course of a few days so it doesn't get overwhelming to Lily Grace and lose the "fun" part of making them. 

Initially I had some trouble finding any inspiration that looked both cute AND easily doable for a 2.5 year old and a 3 week old (and by 3 week old I really mean mom, because he clearly isn't doing any crafting!). After changing up the words I was typing into the search bar I was able to find a lot more! Here are some of the cute ideas I found:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October Goals

Good morning friends! I'm a little behind on posting monthly goals for this month, but better late than never, right? Let's take a look at how September went:
Monday, October 7, 2019

Book Club-- September

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. It is finally starting to feel like fall around here and we were SO excited to get outside this weekend without melting into a puddle of sweat 😃 I've been regularly checking our 10 day forecast and it looks like the fall weather we love is here to stay! Well.. for the next 10 days at least...

Last month I had set a goal to read 1 book. I had no idea when our sweet baby boy would be coming and didn't know what life was going to look like with 2 kiddos instead of 1. It turns out life is definitely busier with 2, but in the best way possible. I am loving the dynamic of a family of 4 and seeing our "big girl" be such a great big sister to our little man!

That being said, I was able to squeeze in 2 books last month instead of just 1 and I LOVED them both! 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Welcome Baby Liam!

Good morning friends! It feels so good to be back. I am excited to share a little more about our sweet baby boy with you! These past two weeks have been such a blessing and we honestly have never been happier. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Good morning friends! It feels good to be back after a little teensy break. On Wednesday I plan to share more about baby Liam and a (non-overshare) bit of his birth story, but in the meantime I wanted to have my Prime Purchases up before Tanya's link up tomorrow! I did not buy a whole lot on Amazon last month so I will keep this one short and sweet. See you back here Wednesday for a little more info on our sweet boy!
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Welcome Baby!!

Good morning friends!! 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Life Lately

Good morning! We have had a VERY busy past few weeks around here so I figured I'd share a bunch of the pictures I have stashed on my phone. 
Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Trader Joe's Edition, the Frozen Section

Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites and I am sharing some of my all time favorite finds from Trader Joe's.. but everything from the FROZEN SECTION. Why from the frozen section? We were so blessed last time we had a baby that several family members/friends/neighbors brought us food and it spoiled us rotten. Then, we ate all the food and realized "oh snap, we actually have to start cooking again??". I am "prepping" in advance for some last minute meals that don't require anything from me except popping it into a microwave. Because when I'm not getting any sleep, making a home cooked meal is NOT how I plan on spending my time. #mustgetsleep #andmaybeashower
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Let's Look: My Calendar

Good morning! Today I am linking up with Erika and Shay for Let's Look. The topic today is one of my absolute favorite things... my calendar! If you've been reading here for long, you know that I am obsessed with my planner. I am one of those crazy planner people. 
Monday, September 9, 2019

Lily Grace's First Day of 2's Pre-K

Good morning friends and happy Monday! Last week our sweet girl had her first ever day of school. Just like every other mom on the planet when her baby goes off to school, I had a million different emotions. We are so excited for her to begin this new stage of her life (that we know she is more than ready for) and are beyond thrilled that it will be at such a wonderful school. That being said, where did our sweet baby go?! How is it possible that our children get older but we don't? 😉

Here are a few pics from her first day of school:
Ready to go but not so ready to hold her sign still 😂
Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Good morning friends and happy Friday! I am officially on maternity leave-- woohoo! I now have a glorious week and a half (give or take) where LG has started preschool before the baby's due date. Wouldn't it be my luck that the baby will come tomorrow and I won't get to enjoy any "quiet time" before the craziness hits?? Hah! 

Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites to share with you some of what I **hope** to see as a part of the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. In case you didn't already know, the sale begins in stores this weekend and online Monday.
 This is the BEST time of year to buy Lilly Pulitzer items at a heavily discounted rate. Last year I grabbed a swimsuit, a couple maxi dresses, and some dresses for Lily Grace. I love buying her dresses from the sale because when they're heavily discounted I don't worry as much about things getting on them/them getting stained. 

Here is what I am hoping to see go on sale:
Pearl Stretch Shift Dress-- I love these classic shift dresses because they will still be in style for years to come. They are also so flattering on every body type. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Books I've Been Reading-- August

Good morning friends! It's time for my monthly book post. I read 4 books this month and can't wait to share them with you. 
I LOVED 3/4 of these and can't wait to share. Let's get started...

Monday, September 2, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Happy Labor Day friends! I hope you are all enjoying the extra day off today and spending it doing something fun. The weather here is beautiful so we are spending as much time outside as possible today. One of the nearby suburbs of Charlotte has an adorable festival going on this weekend so we are kicking off the day riding some rides with LG and watching her bounce in a bouncy house to her heart's content. If you follow me on Instagram (@lcdarrell) you may have seen some of our videos and pictures from the parade and festival on Saturday. We plan to be back at it again today for more fun. 
Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Favorites-- What I've Been Wearing to Work

Good morning and happy Friday! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites and am sharing an update for What I've Been Wearing to Work, baby bump style 😉 
 Dress (old, but similar here)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning and happy What's Up Wednesday! Today I am linking up with Sheaffer and Shay. I didn't have good enough answers to all of the questions, so I skipped over a few and answered the ones that really fit for this month. Let's get started:
What' We're Eating This Week: We have been making this Watermelon and Arugula Salad on repeat around here and cannot get enough!
Monday, August 26, 2019

Monthly Goals-- September

I cannot believe it is already almost September. This year has flown by! Anyone else here excited for the (hopefully) cooler temperatures September will bring? We had the sweetest little taste of fall weather here this weekend. Sunday was in the mid 70's with no humidity. It was BEAUTIFUL! Now if only would stay that way for awhile, right?? 
Before we move on to September, let's take a look at August's goals:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Our Nursery

Good morning! I am finally getting around to posting pictures of our nursery today. If you're new around here, we have a surprise gender baby due in about 4 weeks! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Good morning friends! Last week my mother-in-law was here to help watch Lily Grace during the day while I went back to work. We always love when she comes to visit because not only does Lily Grace have a blast spending time with her, but this woman knows how to cook! Not only that, but her recipes tend to be very healthy so you don't feel guilty filling up on them. One of the recipes she made was the most delicious watermelon and arugula salad. She made it for dinner Tuesday night and then I remade it for myself for lunch every day after that, it's that good! The best part about it? Once you have the watermelon cut up, you can make it in 2-3 minutes. I promise you'll love it as much as I did!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Weekend Highlights-- Blowing Rock at the End of the Summer

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend spent with family and friends. This past weekend Devin was out of town so Lily Grace and I drove up to Blowing Rock, NC to spend the weekend with my parents. We loved having the opportunity to spend time with family. Here are a few pictures from our trip:
The beautiful view from our drive up. This view never gets old.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Life Lately

Good morning! I hope you all have some nice plans for the weekend. I am off to Blowing Rock, NC for the last weekend of summer before school begins. I am looking forward to some family time, some cooler temps, and some relaxation! 

Today I am linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites. This week's FF is a random hodgepodge of things that have been going on around here lately. 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Favorite Binge Shows

Good morning friends! I was so excited to see that the theme for this month's Let's Look was binge watching. I am always looking for a good new show. 
Monday, August 12, 2019

Bumpdate-- Week 35

Good morning! Tomorrow I will be 35 weeks into this pregnancy... the end is in sight! I figured it was time for another bumpdate because there's no guarantee that I will get another one in between now and when this baby comes! Maybe I'll be able to squeeze one in-- and maybe not. 
Friday, August 9, 2019

Pinterest for the Win... Recipes Edition

Good morning friends and happy Friday! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Let's get to it!

Last week when I was prepping my post about how we prepare for Back to School, I was perusing my Pinterest recipes board and stumbled across some really good recipes that I haven't made in forever. I know I love a good recipe and honestly find Pinterest to be a hard place to find good recipes. Anyone else feel like you find more recipes on Pinterest that look/sound good but actually turn out to be awful? It can't just be me, right?

Anyway, here are some recipes I have actually made and can attest to their delicious-ness! These are all side items, and we usually serve them with salmon/chicken/whatever. I also decided to make all of these again this week to make sure my memory wasn't foggy and they actually were delicious 😉. Several of these were not just delicious to Devin and I, but toddler approved too!