Weekend Snapshots Vol.1 || On Film

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Happy Tuesday, friends! If you've been a blog reader for awhile, you might remember my "Hour By Hour  Weekend" series I did a couple of years ago. I thought it might be fun to apply a loose variation of the concept to video format by putting together clips from our weekend into a little film. It's certainly nothing fancy, barely edited (as in I just put the clips together, shortened them, sped them up, silenced them when needed, and added background music), the lighting is nowhere near professional, and I even forgot to film horizontally for the first chunk of the day on Saturday. 

But, this little video is so precious to me. I can be such a perfectionist, and so not having all the right components (horizontal layout, good lighting, etc) made me feel like this video was going to look plain ridiculous. I didn't think I would like it, much less love it. Then I watched it, and realized what a treasure it is to have regular life documented in a way I can look back on for years to come. It makes me terribly happy. So enjoy a peak into our lives from this past weekend. We painted, enjoyed family time, and got lots of snow! 

Something To Swoon About Vol.2

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happy Friday! We have kept a fairly low-key this week as we have readjusted after husband's work trip to Sweden (last week). There's nothing like a five hour time difference (typically it's six hours difference but we hit daylight savings before they did); two snow storms; and pregnancy (the third trimester starts next week) to set you back and give you reason to reset. And that's just what we've used this week to do. Anyone else have weeks like that?

We are currently loving the longer days, the start of spring, and the hope of warmer days ahead. Albeit we have another snow storm on the forecast for tomorrow. I'm very much over the snow while my little is in heaven every single time she wakes to a winter wonderland in the midst of spring. I'm thinking a fresh bouquet of flowers may help for this weekend. There's just something about fresh flowers that bring some extra joy.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some things I've been swooning over lately...

  • I have been using this to help plump up and firm my face. It's become a part of my (every other night) nightly routine. And while I haven't been using it long enough to be 100% certain of how well it is doing, I do feel like the skin under and around my eyes has become firmer. Amen! p.s. you can check out my skin care and make-up must-haves HERE!
  • Typically, I just wear little stud earrings. I don't know if it's being lazy/forgetful to change them up or rather just feeling like maybe I look silly with big earrings. But, I saw this fun pair and really loved them. I haven't ordered them yet. What do you think of them??
  • One thing I love is a mason jar full of decorative paper straws on the kitchen counter. It's a little festive way to add a decorative touch that is functional. I use a paper straw in my iced coffee every day, so not only is it pretty to look at, but it's practical too. I'm thinking of ordering this pack + this pack in pistachio . What do you think of the color combo?
  • Greer and I made this oldie, but goodie recipe earlier this week. I don't usually eat the stuff I bake (a weird quirk of mine), but I love eating these cookies! You should try them this weekend! 

Now on to finishing up the grocery list, making a toddler lunch, and filming a SwatchPop! video (did you see my latest one?). Happy weekend, y'all! 

Spring Refresh For The Home

Thursday, March 15, 2018
one || two || three || four || five || six

I'm excited about today's post! Just five days till we welcome spring, and there's nothing I love more than giving my home a little refresh for a new season. That little bit of sprucing adds some feel-good charm. Some of these items I own, while others are very much on my wish list. And y'all, each of these items is UNDER $50! 

one. Turkish towels are my very favorite. The fabric is next to perfection, which is why I love using them in the kitchen for drying hands. And these pretty, striped versions would be lovely for this time of year. 

two. I'm a lover of wall accents. From tobacco baskets to thrifted baskets, I like using the natural look to add character to a room. I have these two different-sized rattan baskets on my "wish list." Who else??

three. I don't know about you, but coasters are a necessity in our home. I love this pop of blue, but eclectic mix of patterns in this set

four. I cannot get enough of this bright pink wreath. It's such a welcome pop of color on my front door. And I love that it's a dried wreath and not artificial. SO pretty!

five + six. These two go together for me. I have recently really come to love shades of pink done in the right way. And I think this bowl + a pop of orange with faux orange vase filler would look amazing combined! 

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for brining some spring-like touches indoors as we move out of winter. What is your preferred way to decorate for the new season upon us??

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Springtime Snow

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
There's a seven-day countdown to spring, and I'm thrilled for a change of seasons. It means green grass, buds on trees, flowers blooming, and that much closer to meeting baby girl. I'm also so very excited for warm days and windows that are opened first thing in the morning...those subtle breezes of fresh air and birds chirping their song. 

Then yesterday morning showed up with SO much snow for the mountains of Virginia, and I was a bit dismayed. Typically, I love a snow-covered ground for the winter, but my heart has moved on to springtime. Though, I do have to admit that the joy it brings my sweet girl makes it worthwhile. Greer is in absolutely awe of the snow, and you've never seen so much wonder like you do when watching her peer through the blinds to take it all in. It's magical simply because of her. 

So we ventured out yesterday afternoon following nap time, and this girl of mine sunk right down into the 6"+ of snow we got. She made snowballs, dug for hidden sticks, built a snowman with her Sidda (my mom), and asked for the old flowers still sitting pretty and dried on their branches (see that last photo). Greer exudes joy, and I love how happy the snow makes her little heart. But, don't worry spring, I've still got my heart set on you!

Those feet of mine have started to disappear all together now. The depth of snow didn't help my cause. Baby girl, we're just shy of three months until your due date!

Lemon Curd Tartlets

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

We woke up to giant snowflakes falling from the sky this morning. While I would typically find that so lovely and magical, I'm already very much in spring mode. Which is exactly why I have a spring-inspired dessert to share with you today. This little treat is 2/3 homemade and 1/3 pre-packaged. It's a delightful sweet for serving up at a gathering, party, baby/bridal shower, or just because you need a little pick-me-up. 

This recipe makes 14 tartlets, so be sure to double or triple the ingredients if needed. Also, while you can certainly make this ahead, don't assemble it until you are a few hours away from being ready to serve. Otherwise, the cookie crust will become soggy sitting in the fridge for more than four to five hours. However, do go ahead and make the lemon curd earlier in the day because it's going to need to be refrigerated to chill. 

Enjoy these mini desserts! And fingers crossed for some more springlike weather in these coming days!

  • What You'll Need
    • Lemon Curd
      • 3 eggs
      • 1/3 cup sugar
      • 1 small lemon, zested
      • (Just less than) 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about two medium lemons)
      • 6 TBSP butter, cubed
      • Pinch of Salt
    • Whipped Cream
      • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
      • 2 heaping TBSP powdered sugar
      • 1/2 TSP vanilla extract 
    • Crust & Garnish
      • 1 small roll of sugar cookie dough (I used Pillsbury) 
      • Raspberries

  • What You'll Do
    • Lemon Curd
      • Whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and salt in a saucepan. Then add the strained lemon juice and butter. Place over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly until the butter is melted and the curd is thickened. Bring to a simmer, still whisking, then remove from heat.
      • Strain the curd through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Let cool to room temperature and then cover to refrigerate. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
    • Whipped Cream
      • Beat the heavy whipping cream + powdered sugar + vanilla extra for about five minutes until thick. Refrigerate until ready to use. 
      • When ready to top, place the whip cream into a plastic baggy and cut a very small section off of one corner. Pipe the cream onto the lemon curd. Then add a raspberry.
    • Crust
      • Make small-to medium balls out of the cookie dough (will make 24 in total). Place in a greased mini muffin pan. 
      • Once the balls are in the pan, use a melon baller to press down into the center, making the pie crust shape. Don't push too hard. (The cookie crust will fluff back up while baking.)
      • Bake according to package directions. May need to tweak the time, so be sure to keep an eye on them, pulling them out with the edges have begun to brown just barely.
      • Using the melon baller again, smooth out the middle of the crust to create the crevice where you'll add the lemon curd. Be gentle so you don't create any holes. 

Little Love Letters || Countdown To Spring

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
dear springtime,
you are so close, yet the warm weather teases are long gone, only to be replaced by coldness and the threat of snow flurries. i can't handle it. bring back those warm days filled with sunshine and time outdoors.

dear lipstick,
i'm hoping your "petal" shade is perfection. i have high hopes!

dear cereal collection,
you've been real great to have hanging out in my pantry. it's a pregnant girl's dream to have so many options. sorry that i never seem to finish a box though. don't count on that happening either. thanks for understanding.

dear girls' night outs,
you don't happen often, but when you do, you are such a breath of fresh air. thanks for helping keep me sane.

dear matching knit jackets,
you arrived yesterday, and i'm smitten. i can't wait to put girl #1 + girl #2 in you. matching sisters are the best....at least until they have an opinion about it

dear brown grass,
i'm so looking forward to the day you have finally turned a bright and lovely green. it's going to be splendid.

dear bedroom makeover,
i promise we will get you completed one day. hopefully, before the arrival of baby #2. i'm really excited for the new look, and i think you're going to be fabulous once done.

dear aisle of easter candy,
i have no self-control around you. i don't even know why i bother. i do love you so.

dear nectarines,
you have no idea how excited i am to see you in the produce section again. my pregnant self has been craving you like no other. my toddler has also taken quite the liking to you, which leaves me to enjoy you in secrecy if I want any at all.

dear daylight savings,
please take pity on me as we transition to new times with a toddler. i'm so very excited for longer days, but feeling a little hesitant about the time difference with a two-year-old. be gentle.

dear high school reunion,
i'm not even sure how it's almost time for you to happen. ten years since graduation? you're making me feel old. see you this summer unless baby girl's arrival interferes. 

cheers + xo's

p.s. read more little love letters

on greer || overalls + bow + shoes
on me || maternity jeans + t-shirt 

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Something To Swoon About

Friday, March 2, 2018
TGIF! Anyone else in amazement that we just completed February and are now into the second day of March? I'm currently bundled up in my bed with my toddler soundly tucked next to me taking her afternoon nap. You see, this is typical for us, but the power went out last night around 9:30 and hasn't come back on since. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so cold and the wind wasn't atrocious. We made it through the night just fine, but retreated to a friend's this morning to enjoy some playtime and heat! I figured we'd try nap time at home so 1. Greer would get a decent nap and 2. Mama could do some work. I have to admit, I kind of love being in a snuggly, blanket-filled bed next to my sleeping babe, those sweet little breaths going in and out in perfect rhythm. I'm praying the power snaps back on soon though, at least before the sun goes down.

Till then, I thought I would share my new take on "Friday Favorite" posts. This new series, "Something To Swoon About" is going to be very similar, with some twists here and there. I know I love seeing items others are loving, and I love sharing the things I'm all about. Be sure to leave your new favorites and must-haves in the comments. So here's to a new series and hopefully inspiring you  (and me) to try something new!

  • I'm seeing lemon-themed clothing everywhere. Typically, I'm not a fan of yellow, but these sweet little lemons are pulling at my heart strings. I mean, just look at these pajamas! They are on sale + an extra 20% today!
  • Speaking of toddler things, I scored Greer four pairs of shoes for less than $40 total with the BOGO deal going on at Target right now! Check the selection out, I always adore the selection by Cat & Jack!
  • While I'm on the subject of clothes, let's talk genius baby sleeper idea. On this 3-pack of sleepers, the zipper ends at the bottom by the ankle. Which means you don't have to undress baby or make the cold when changing diapers. Hallelujah! I grabbed Junebug a pair, and you can't beat the price tag for that many sleepers. They have lots of patterns for both baby boys and girls. 
  • If you're looking for the perfect pop of color to welcome spring, you must grab this wreath! I'm really wanting it in the smaller size too for hanging on the oven hood in my kitchen. 
  • If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, then you might have seen the overalls I was debating getting. Well, I did it! And I'm silly excited about them. I haven't worn a pair of overalls since I was 13, so it's been a long time coming. Let's just hope I can pull them off. 

That's all from me this week! Have a great weekend and see you next week, lovelies!

psst...if you missed them, here are the posts from this week:

24 Week Bumpdate (Junebug is growing right along and SO fast!)
Greer-isms Vol. 3 (if you want a good chuckle!)
Springtime Blueberry Lemon Tart (a simple recipe with big taste!)

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Springtime Blueberry Lemon Tart

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Happy first day of March! Goodness gracious, I can't believe we are starting the third month of the year already, but I am so very thrilled for two things this month...1. Daylight Savings; can I get an amen for longer days? 2. The start of spring. And in honor of these two wonderful things, I wanted to whip up a dessert that would be perfect for this new season upon us. 

Besides, a cream-cheese tart is my favorite kind of dessert. So I loved the excuse to turn a classic tart into a recipe that embodies springtime. And what better way than to use lemon + blueberries + a flaky crust? So, so, so good. 

  • What You'll Need
    • 1 puff pastry sheet
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup lemon curd
    • 2 TBSP heavy whipping cream 
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • 1/4 - 1/2 cup mixed berry preserves

  • What You'll Do
    • Let one puff pastry sheet thaw. Once thawed, preheat oven to 425°.
    • Lay out some parchment paper on the counter and roll out the puff pastry sheet. You want it to fit in a XxX baking sheet. Transfer the rolled out sheet + parchment paper to the baking sheet. Roll all four sides in and crimp with fingers to create edges.
    • Poke holes in the pastry with a fork. Then spread the beaten egg wash thinly over the entire pastry, edges included.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes. 
    • The pastry will puff out; gently press it back down, until flat, with a spatula. Let cool.
    • In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese + sugar. Then add the heavy whipping cream. Next fold in the lemon curd. Mix until everything is smooth.
    • Add the lemon cream cheese mixture into the puff pastry, spread out evenly.
    • Top with blueberries.
    • Lastly, microwave the mixed berry preserves for about 20-30 seconds, until liquid.
    • Drizzle over the pastry. 

I hope you enjoy this as much as we have. I've never been big on eating the sweets I make; I really just love the baking part of it. But, I'm enjoying this tart and all of its goodness. I think it will be perfect to serve up all spring and summer long. So if you're looking for a dessert to take to your next get-together, consider this your go-to!