Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Links to love.

I"m sure everyone at some point throughout the day finds themselves searching through sites on Pinterest or links from Facebook/Instagram. Well, I've round up a few links I've found that are definitely worth your time.

Pumpkin Praline Cake
This delicious fall recipe would be great paired with a southern homestyle meal….ya'll know the kind I'm talking about…mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, biscuits….and then get yourself some a slice of cake and vanilla bean ice-cream.
Click the link here: here

I can't believe I just discovered this website, I used to spend hours unsubscribing from emails. The Unroll website allows you to sign into your email and unsubscribe from any subscriptions you'd like. Best part, it's completely free…no gimmick.
Click the link here: here

Pumpkin PB Dog Treats
Because your dog loves pumpkin too…and because it only has four ingredients. Make about 75 mini treats, depending on the thickness of the cookie.
Click the link: here

The 10 Best Desk Exercises
If you're sitting at a desk all you day puts you at risk for obesity, back pain, poor posture, leg cramps and tense muscles. These exercises won't take more than a few minutes and will be sure to relieve some stress.
Click the link: here

Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is a copy cat Ritz Carlton recipe, rich, chewy and salty. No excuse needed.
Click the link: here

Fall Stovetop Potpourri
Want your house to smell like fresh apple pie without the mess of baking? Try this easy fall stovetop potpourri. Mm mm mm.
Click the link: here

The Home Edit Pantry Kit
This kit is customized and designed to be a functional organizational tool to get your pantry in shape. The kit includes russel and hazel binder, poppin pen, 18 custom pantry labels, 6 spice jars and a tape measure.
Click the link: here

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Song, Song of the South.

I love the South, the fried chicken, the biscuits with gravy, the music, the twang, the people, the porch swings and the fact that mac & cheese is considered a vegetable. Savannah embraced every aspect of the South that I love and I promise you'll love it too. If you have the opportunity to visit, I have created a, "how-to-see-Savannah-in-three-days" guide below. Ps. Put your cute shoes away and wear your walkin' shoes, trust  me.

Day One. 

•Relax, chances are you had a long drive or flight and your going to need to save some energy for the next three days. 
•Grab a quick acai bowl from Beetnix downtown
•Stop by the concierge for the local maps, make yourself comfortable with the town layout so you don't waste any time this trip
•Explore, visit a few of the 24 "squares" that make up Savannah 
•Grab a bite to eat at Treylor Park (loaded nachos or fried chicken pancake tacos) and a cocktail (the recliner) 
•Head to River Street, walk the beautiful fossilized oyster shell streets and grab a hot praline sample
•End the night with Willies, your choice of 18 adult slushies and walk home (no open-container law) 
•Get some rest, tomorrow is a big day!  

Day Two. 

•Start the day with a protein packed 
breakfast (room service anyone?) 
•Head to City Market for shopping, dining and live music 
•Stop in at the famous Byrd's Cookies (Georgia Peach, Scotch or Key lime) 
•Grab some organic treats and toys for your favorite pooch at Woof Gang Bakery 
•Treat yourself to a "to-go" Georgia Peach Sangria at The Cafe
•Sit back and enjoy the live music 
•Grab a slice of Vinnie Van Go-Go's or head back to River street for Spanky's, home of the original chicken fingers 
•Visit the three pastel colored homes on 508 E. Bryan St. 
•End the day with Leopolds icecream 

Day Three. 

•Start the day off at Slyvester & Co. or Back in day bakery for a coffee and pastry 
•Head to the Wormsloe Plantation, a mile and a half road lined with 400 live oaks (The Last Song was filmed here) -it's $10 but totally worth it, hike through the ruins of the old plantation home
•On the way home, stop at a produce stand on the side of the road for a real authentic Georgia Peach 
•Back in town, eat at Hitch, the sister restaurant to Treylor Park (fried chicken apple pie sandwhich) 
•Visit Juliette Gordon Lowes house (founder of the Girl Scouts) and get a $2 box of Girl Scout cookies
•Visit the Old City Exchange Bell or Chippewa square, where parts of Forest Gump was filmed
•Head to Sweet Potatoes for dinner (man vs. food best banana pudding) 
•Attend a ghost tour, after all, Savannah is the town built on the dead

That's it, you just saw Savannah in three days!! 
Thanks for stopping by!! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

On Trend: Ombré Dog Leash

Cali girl loves keeping up with the trends and right now these are all the rage!! Yodiggitybykimberly is an etsy shop that specializes in these beautiful ombré rope leashes. She also carries handmade collars, leash keychain attachments, dog treats, wedding bandanas and bow tie collars! Kimberly allows customs orders and is super quick to respond with any questions you may have. The packaging, shown below, is one of the many things that makes this shop unique. Every item comes packaged in a cellophane bag with a cute ribbon, a homemade dog treat and a personalized handwritten thank you note. Please check her out and support a small business! Click for a direct link to her Etsy shop, Instagram and Facebook.

Kimberly has also been nice enough to give my readers a 30% discount starting today and ending next Tuesday (9/6). Use the code: PINK30 (excludes flash sale items) 
If you miss this wonderful discount she is offering an ongoing 10% discount using the code PINK10. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Almond Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream

I love all things cherry; cherry pie, cherry filled donuts, cherry pop tarts, even cherry snowballs (you know the one that tastes like cough medicine). Last weekend I made myself a bowl of vanilla ice-cream and drowned it with maraschino cherries. I thought I had invented my own ice-cream flavor until I did a quick Google search and found the "New York Cherry" by Baldwin (insert disappointed emoji here). I was already in my pjs and ready to binge watch Friends on Netflix so I wasn't running out. Instead, I made my own....and it's kind of amazing....
2 c. Heavy Whipping Cream 
1 can of Cold Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz can)
2 t. Almond Extract 
2 Jars of Maraschino Cherries 

Using a standing mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream on low until soft peaks form. Add in the cold sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. DO NOT OVER MIX. Cut the maraschino cherries in half and drain the juice into a bowl. Fold in the maraschino cherries and add in the cherry juice (this part is completely optional). 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Host your own paint night.

This past week my family and I were on vacation in Sandbridge, VA. This small town was a mini replica of Nags Head in North Carolina, a mixture of old and new homes lining the coast. For the most part, our goal was to relax and drink wine. However, every year we try to do some sort of craft. Being that my grandmother is a very talented painter we thought we'd host our very own paint night. Here's how to host one too….

First, you need donuts…priority, not optional. Remember, this doesn't have to be a huge event , just something small and personal.  It's best to host this type of event after everyone has ate dinner so that donuts and coffee are all you need! 
Second, pick out your painting. Keep in mind, not everyone can paint (including myself) so you'll need something on a beginner level like this one below.

Third, gather your supplies. Find out the size canvas you prefer for your painting. Take advantage of Michaels coupons to get the best deal. Find your color scheme and gather paint accordingly. Make sure everyone has a copy of the painting, a pallet to put there paint in, a brush and a cup of water. Place a roll of paper towels in the center of the table and a lazy susan for the paint display. 

Lastly, have your guests wear suitable clothing if you don't have aprons…because if you're anything like me, you'll have it everywhere! 

Enjoy hosting your very own paint night!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Beach Essentials

Those post may be late in the summer but in my eyes, we still have one month of beach days left so I'm hangin' on.
My family and I are heading to Virginia for our annual family vacation. We have a few things planned (stay tuned for a diy paint night) but other than that, I plan on staying glued to my beach chair with a cold beer in my hand. With that being said, every year I get to the beach and have that, "I forgot_____ but I'm too lazy to walk back up and get it" moment. Well, that's not happening this year. I've done my planning and here's what I've come up with.
Hair ties
Face sunscreen 
Spf lipbalm
Beach towel
Portable speaker 
Towel clips
Sea salt hair spray 
Deck of cards 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Finding Joy.

Find joy in those little things. This is honestly the philosophy I live by. If you can't find job in the little things, what can you find joy in? 

Find joy in an all-in-one cleaning basket. Let's be honest here, this makes cleaning look "cute". Now let's be realistic here, I'm probably the only one that can find joy in this. However, I promise if you try this tip, it will limit the chaos under the kitchen sink. 
Find joy in vintage. Whether it be a vintage floor design, an old mail box, window panes, milk crates, old barn doors, etc. Find joy in the stories that these peices have created. 
Find joy in being by yourself whether it be long or short term. Be comfortable with yourself, your mind, your happiness. Swing from a tree swing, read a book, learn the words to your favorite song, bake a dessert (and eat it), try a new recipe, take a walk...they're are endless ways to be comfortable with being by yourself, find joy in that. 
Find joy in long drives and scenic routes. Take the back roads... the windy ones, stop at that country corner store or hat local produce stand. Turn on the music and sing your heart out or turn it off and roll the windows down. 
Find joy in those tiny local boutiques. Walk around, browse the window displays, study the style and creativity. This local boutique located in historic downtown Ellicott City used an old candle as a succulent planter. 
Find joy in your boyfriend (girlfriend, fiancé, wife, husband) bringing you flowers, or something thoughtful. There is no need for an expensive caribbean  vacation to show someone you love them, it's truly the "thought" that counts.