Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fall Favorites

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I always know after leaving a session with Amber Dickey (even as stressful as getting your 18 month old to cooperate may be) to never be anything but excited to get the pictures back and this time was no exception. These are my favorite to date. I love the colors. My kids' personalities shine. And the red barn background makes me so happy.

Since Elle was about 22 months old we have gotten yearly pictures taken in the fall. I use the pictures for Christmas cards and then I frame some for grandparents. I still feel like yearly pictures are a necessity as the kids change so much from year to year. Thankful for a sweet photographer, who makes the whole process something to look forward to. Amber is so sweet, loves kids (I mean she is having her 4th baby boy!) and is so patient and easy to work with.

Happy Weekend friends. Hope its a great one.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cold Day + Chicken Noodle Soup

It is COLD in Arkansas right now! Like 11ยบ cold. And, I have the perfect recipe for this blistery cold day.

Well not so much a recipe as a suggestion...


Buy this. Reames frozen egg noodles and all the ingredients it calls for on the back. I found the frozen egg noodles at Walmart in the freezer section by the frozen bread. Also, I got a rotisserie chicken, used half and half instead of heavy cream, and no sherry.


Follow the recipe on the back of the package.


And voila. You have a really big pot of really good homemade chicken noodle soup. Be prepared to freeze half. We ate our frozen portion last night and it was even better than the first time around.

If you are a homemade chicken noodle fan then you will love this. My cousin had been telling me to buy these frozen egg noodles and make this recipe for so long and I don't know why I just recently took her up on her suggestion. I will never make another recipe. So very delicious. A really good, comforting meal on a really, stupid cold day/night.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday Style {My Everyday Looks}

Happy Saturday, friends. It's a breezy fall day here and it looks like its going to feel like winter next week. I am so sad about this. Fall did not last long enough.


Have I mentioned my love for the printed trouser pant? If I haven't let me do so now. I love the printed trouser pants that are so hot right now. And these I got on the clearance rack at target for $11! They have a nice thickness to them too so I'll be able to wear them in to winter.

top Forever 21 last year (similar) | pants Xhiliration printed pant | boots Ecote Joey side zip bootie


This skirt is everything. Do you follow Ruche on Instagram? Very feminine. Very classic. And they offer awesome coupon codes here and there. I got this skirt for 40% off a couple of months ago. Its super flowy and so comfortable and high-waisted which I love. I really hope high-waisted clothing never goes out of style. I will be so sad.

LEFT skirt Southern Blossom Skirt | top Mossimo Supply Co. cropped tee | boots Ecote Joey side zip bootie (see above) | RIGHT top Charlotte Russe plaid button-up tunic | leggings Mossimo pull-on ponte pant | boots Target last year (similar)


LEFT all target here, here, and here | MIDDLE cardigan last year (similar) | denim DL Amanda | shoes Converse All Stars | RIGHT top polka dot sweater (similar) | denim Mossimo high waist skinny | shoes Toms desert wedges

HAPPY SATURDAY FRIENDS. Yay for the weekend!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Harry's Hodge Podge Room

Sounds like a children's book title. We've always said we want to write a book called "Harry Has The Hiccups" maybe we should write one called "Harry's Hodge Podge Room" or maybe both.

Anyway, I say hodge podge because everything is hand-me-down, or formally used in other areas of our home. We didn't go into designing his room with a plan (like we did with Elle). It just kind of happened. And it worked out pretty great. I really do love his little room. All the bright colors and the eclectic mix of art and furniture.


Once upon a time, Harry had a white Jenny Lind crib and then he kicked 3 rails loose and ripped them right off the bed and got out of his bed (he wasn't even walking yet). When it happened we turned that side of the bed against the wall and then Harry started wedging himself between the wall and the crib and getting stuck so we had to find him a new crib. Luckily, Aaron's parents just had this one sitting around and gave it to us. I was going to paint it white (like the JL crib) but once I got it in the room I liked the contrast of the maple wood against the white wall. And a little part of me really didn't want to paint anyway. This is a good sturdy bed and there's no way that Harry can destroy it, but any day now he will climb out of it. He is so close.

The arrow print is from The Crooked Nook on Etsy and we had the Davy Crockett album and the metal "H" already. The hot air balloon mobile is from amazon. The flocked leaf curtains are from Urban Outfitters and they were once used in the guest bathroom as the shower curtain. We updated the guest bathroom so I hung the curtains in here and I love them!


Harry loves his room. I will be doing something around the house, like laundry or dishes and he will get so quiet so, I of course, have to check on him and he is usually sitting in his closet reading his books or playing with his toys. We got the cube storage at Target and the drawers for it there as well. I love having a specific place for his toys and books to go. Makes cleaning up a breeze.

This little chair came from my Mimi. It holds Harry's collection of sock monkeys. The janky one in the middle is Bobo, he was Aaron's when he was a little boy! I still need to find something to go above the chair. I've got some ideas but haven't purchased anything or commissioned Aaron to make something.....yet.


The dresser is also a hand-me-down from Aaron's parents. I didn't have to paint it either. Just moved it into his room and filled it up with his clothes. I have some plans for this dresser, just not sure when I will get to it. And the awesome lined celery colored curtains were given to me by a friend. She asked if I was interested and I, at the time, didn't have a place for them but took them anyway because they were a cool color and super long length so when Harry's room needed curtains I pulled these out and they work great in his room.

The weekend I got the dresser, I just had to decorate it. I went to Target and found the lamp on clearance for $12 and the canvas basket for $16. I thought I wanted a big oval wicker basket that I had previously seen there for all his blankets and stuffed animals but they were so expensive so when I found this cute striped one for less than half the price of the wicker one, I just went with it and I love the blue with the black. I love the blue with the black so much that I just purchased this rug (and literally just purchased it like right now. Pulled it up to link to it and its on sale!). The squirrel painting Aaron did years ago, like literally 10 years ago and I found it in the garage. I was so excited because I found it after I purchased the lamp and it matched so well. love it there and how special, that Harry's daddy painted it. The piggy bank and the frame were both gifts.


Aaron's mom found the little helicopter with Harold on it. I think he's a toy from a cartoon, maybe Thomas & Friends and I had previously purchases all the Harold/Harry books and just pulled them from his book shelf to sit under the lamp.


Elle and Harry spend a lot of time here together. Aaron made this kitchen for Elle for Christmas when she was 22 months old and it has been her favorite toy since. Back in the day, we had all the toys in our living room because we didn't have an extra bedroom or room for a playroom (one room for Elle and one for my sewing machine) so when Harry came along and both kids had to have their own bedrooms I wanted all the toys out of the living room and there was no room in Elle's room for the kitchen so it had to go in Harry's room. Elle was a little sad at first but got over. She still reminds me every day that it is hers.

The "I Love You So" canvas is from Hobby Lobby. It's metallic gold and maybe a bit girly for a boys room.  I bought it for Elle's room and then ran out of wall space so decided to hang it in H's room. He is still a baby anyway so I can get away with the metallic gold for a bit longer. I made both the H's for Harry's first birthday party and added them to the decor after his party. One is yarn wrapped and the other is a huge canvas letter from Hobby Lobby that I painted stripes on. The circus monkey print is something that Aaron has had for years. A print of some artist he really loves. I have no clue who. The white frames we use are the Ikea Ribba frames. They are so inexpensive that its worth it to stock up on them and store them so you have awesome matted frames to use when the need arises. And the window is from Aaron's parents old barn and Aaron just added chicken wire to it and made the wooden utensils to hang on it.


I love this Dr. Seuss quote and bought this print a few years ago so I can't remember where it came from. I have collected prints over the years here and there when someone has offered them at a good price and have always stored them away because I didn't have a spot for them, so I was pretty excited when I found this one. The colors fit perfectly in the room.


The sweetest little boy. He deserves the sweetest little room and I think we did a pretty good job of giving him a fun, creative space on a very small budget. In all we probably spent around $250 on everything, including storage, crib sheets and skirt, a few decorations and rug (that I just purchased today). Thankful for all the hand-me-downs. So nice to not have to make those big purchases. It was pretty fun shopping around my house for stuff to decorate with as well.



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall In Love

Hey Hey Hey. Happy Hump Day.


My first outfit post. Eeeeee. I'm so nervous to click publish.

Why is taking pics of oneself so awkward? Aaron and I laughed so hard while he was taking these pictures of me. And its super weird editing pictures of myself. Hopefully I'll get better at/more comfortable with the whole process.



I. Love. This. Tee. Stripes always catch my eye and the cut out lace detailing is so girly without being too over the top fancy. And the flowy fit is so comfortable. You will be seeing me in this a lot.

I recently discovered Clad and Cloth on Instagram (via the explore page) and instantly fell in love. Their pictures are so fresh and their styling is on point. I had to order something right away. Ha! If I could, I would own everything in their store. They have yet to post something on Instagram that I haven't instantly loved. Such a great store and their customer service is amazing.


Just a few other things I'm lusting after right now. Everything is so fun and trendy, yet totally practical. I could see myself running errands, meeting a friend for coffee, going on a date with Aaron in every one of these outfits. I mean, that dress! I would live in that dress. The color is perfection. And the slouch pants, and the leather pants, and the native sweater. It's all so great. I could go on and on. This store has me really excited if you can't tell. I hope you'll check them out!

Have a great day!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Shrimp Spaghetti. Mac and Cheese. Soup. Tacos. {What We Ate}

HAPPY MONDAY! So last week came and went in a blink of an eye. It was a different week for us because Aaron was off all week. Sometimes when he's home for a couple days in a row we tend to run around and eat out a lot but I wanted this week to be different. I wanted to spend as much time as possible at home so Aaron could really enjoy the kids. Tuesday morning, I made our menu and sent Aaron to the grocery store (score!). I made sure to plan easy meals so I wouldn't be in the kitchen a ton and if we were out and about I could still come home and whip something up in 30 minutes or so.



Lemon Shrimp and Spinach Spaghetti
Recipe [here]

Elle loves shrimp, so this is one of her favorite meals. This is one of, if not, the easiest meals I make in our rotation. Takes about 30 minutes start to finish.  Super healthy. Super delicious. And super easy to prepare.



Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Recipe [here]

I had this on my menu to make the week before and never got around to it so we had this last Sunday night. While it wasn't my favorite homemade mac and cheese, it satisfied. But I most likely won't make it again. Elle loved it. Harry was indifferent.



Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup and Cobb Salad
Recipe [here]

Y'all. This potato soup is SO good. Make it. I'm going to be adding it to our winter rotation. Mmmmm. Its so good and hearty and feeling and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The perfect comfort food. Aaron said that next time I make this I don't even need to put together a salad. The kiddos loved the soup too! Ate it up.


But doesn't this salad look so pretty! Spring mix, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hard-boiled egg, ham, turkey, bacon, and cheddar. I would eat a big helping right now. I love a good cobb salad. This is definitely a meal in itself.

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 Evidence of how much they loved the potato soup! That was Elle's second helping. 


We had Taco Tuesday this week but I thought instead of showing you a boring picture of tacos on a plate I would share my guacamole recipe with you. Lucky you :)

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makes 4 generous servings


1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup tomato, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno, chopped (forgot to add that in the ingredients picture)
1 small lime, juiced
2 ripe avocados, mashed
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp garlic

Combine all and enjoy!!

I get a lot of compliments on my guacamole any time I take it anywhere so I thought I would measure out all the ingredients as I threw everything in a bowl this time so that next gathering I would have a recipe to share with my friends. If grown ups are only eating the guacamole I'll add chili powder and cayenne pepper to it a little extra kick. To me, guacamole is one of those things you make to your liking so you can add or take away anything from this to make it to your taste!

Hope you have a wonderful wee!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween + Little High Style


H A P P Y  belated  H A L L O W E E N
From yours truly, Princess Aerial and Crazy-Pants Golfer John Daly 
(If you aren't familiar with John Daly, Google him. Harry is a dead ringer.)

We had a blast yesterday! In my adulthood, I've never been a big Halloween celebrater. But with kids it is just so fun. We have talked about Halloween and dressing up and all the candy and all the places we would go for weeks now. We have literally counted it down. Every day Elle has asked us how many more days until she gets to be Aerial so yesterday was so much fun for her! And it was the first time she got to go door-to-door trick-or-treating and she loved it! Last night was such a fun night with our best friends and all our kiddos.

I have been saving up some little Highs fall style for you. I've been trying to make a solid effort to take pictures of the kids on the days when we put cute clothes on but a lot of the times we are rushing out the door and I just forget or don't have time. And by the time we get home we are all ragamuffined out. But here are some of the styles the little have been sportin' the last couple of weeks. They are pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.


Man I love dressing these little nuggets and going through the pictures later and picking out my favorites. They are just so much fun. So joyful. So full of life.

The navy dress, the black/white top and the floral dress were all made by me. One of my favorite things about sewing is being able to make Elle fun, one-of-a-kind dresses or tops. And she gets so excited about anything I make her (well maybe not that b/w top so's a tad big) and wants to wear all the dresses I make over and over and she will tell anyone who will listen that "her mommy made it". The patterns I used for the dresses and top were the Olivia top by Craftiness Is Not Optional, the Racerback Flare dress by Cali Faye Collections, and the Every Little Thing dress by Shwin Designs. AND Harry's little teepee tee was made by me as well. I have a couple baby sizes listed in my etsy shop. Boy stuff is hard. If you see any fun, modern designs for little boys out there send them my way. I'm always on the hunt for cute boy patterns but haven't found many I just love.

Everything else my kiddos are wearing is from Baby Gap, Target, and Old Navy. Elle's leggings are from Crazy 8. That is my favorite place for leggings for her. The girls XS (4) fit her tiny little frame so perfect and I can usually find them really on sale. The leopard dress is from Walmart last year but I am pretty sure that I have seen them in the big girls section this year. Harry is wearing several purchases from Instagram closet accounts. I love shopping resale on Instagram. I find the cutest, well loved, stuff for my kiddos for great prices! The suspender jeans that Harry is wearing are 9-12 months from H&M almost 2 years ago. We got them when we were in Kansas City for Elle's 3rd birthday. He wore them last fall for our family pictures. They were big and he looked like an old man with his pants hiked up but they fit him so perfect now.

Hope you all have a lovely Saturday. If you are wondering what we are doing this weekend, we will be consuming all our Halloween candy. Come Monday whatever is left is going in the trash. I can't take all the candy around the house. I will literally eat myself into a sugar coma. I have no self control when it comes to candy. We brought home lots of good stuff too!

Happy weekend.