Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Favorites


Since Summer is wrapping up and soon enough we'll be pulling out the Fall decor I wanted to do a Friday Favorites on a few of my favorite items from this Summer. 

This candle reminds me of the ocean and I've been burning it all Summer long!

My Summer drink of choice this year was a shot of vodka, some muddled mint topped with lemonade, it is so refreshing trust me!

So glad I finally bought an ice cream maker, fresh ice cream tastes soooo much better than store bought!

Havaianas are by far my favorite thing to wear no matter what the season but obviously I'm wearing them the most in the Summertime.  They are so comfortable and come in an array of colors.  I don't have this particular pair but thinking I might need to add them to my closet.

This Summer hubby and I traded out our tiny twinkle lights on the back patio for bistro lights and it has made a huge difference.  So much more light and it looks pretty.  Now that the evenings our cooling down a bit we are looking forward to many wine evenings out back once the kids are in bed!

My favorite thing to wear this Summer was the Free People Trapeze Slip, it comes in a ton of color choices and is perfect over a swimsuit and also cute as a dress or with a pair of shorts thrown on underneath.  

What were a couple of your favorite things this Summer?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lemon/Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

A few weekends ago I made this delicious breakfast cake and trust me it is delicious.  I enjoyed it for dessert a few nights as well.  I already have plans on making it again so do yourself a favor and run out and buy all the ingredients and give it a try you will not be sorry!

Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
  • 7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (set aside 1/4 cup of this to toss with the blueberries)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup buttermilk

    * 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons

    ** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I'm learning that it is not getting any easier walking away from either one of my girls and leaving them at school for the day.
I truly love having them home all day with me and really miss them when they aren't running around the house driving me crazy or not.
Today Brooklyn started her first day of Pre-K, she will still only go half day twice a week but it's still weird thinking about how fast the past few years have gone by.  I made sure not to show any sadness about her growing up and going back to school since the last month of school in Spring she cried everyday I left her.  Luckily this year she was super excited to get back to school, rushing me out of the car and dragging me to her classroom she was happy to be back.  
I was a little sad to find out that all her friends that were in her class last year were either in a different class or go to school on the opposite days she will attend.  I know she'll have no problem making new friends and as I was leaving she had already found another little girl to play with.  

At pick up she told me she had a super fun day and one of her teachers said she already knew all the answers to what they were going over in the class which made me very happy!  The past week we have spent our time waiting in pick up for Kayla going over letters, writing, sounds they make and yesterday we worked on reading.  I'm glad it is paying off and she felt confidant enough to raise her hand in class to answer questions.  She is excited to go back and see all her friends and I'm so happy it's looking like it's gonna be a great year for both of the girls!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites


Today's Friday Favorite is the August Popsugar Must Have Box.  I have to admit that the past few boxes have not been very good and I was thinking about canceling depending on this months box but after I received my box on Tuesday I was not about to cancel!  Fingers crossed the upcoming months are just as great.  Let's take a look at all the fun products I received.

Looking forward to making those cookies!!
The August information card had me smiling right away.  As soon as I saw the outdoor bistro lights on it I immediately thought of our upcoming 10 year anniversary party my husband and I are having in a few weeks. 

Then as I went through all the amazing products I thought how perfect everything was for that special night!  I love Lollia bath products and already have quite the collection of their bubble baths so I'm excited to try out this yummy smelling body wash and the candle in a mason jar could not be any cuter!

By far my very favorite item is the Kendra Scott earrings!!!  I have been wanting these and wished I would have bought them at the Nordstrom sale but didn't so I was beyond thrilled to see them in the box along with a 20% off coupon at, maybe I will be ordering a necklace to match soon.

I can't get over how much fun this box is.  If you want to sign up for a monthly Popsugar box click here.  Each month costs $43.15 including tax and shipping and you are pretty much guaranteed to receive atleast $100.00 worth of items inside every box!  I'm really looking forward to the upcoming boxes because in the past the Fall boxes have been pretty amazing!