Why do we have a particular day that we say 'I Love You' with gifts?? I have no idea, but any excuse to give or get gifts is a good enough reason for me!
If you've left it too late to get here in time just print the picture out and put it in a card with the arrival date :)
I don't bake often but when I do it's good!!
With Christmas coming I've been baking with Bronson who really just loves licking the bowl! My latest item was S'mores Cookies that, if I do say so myself, where just like eating straight from the fire!
A purchase we made this past summer was some new patio furniture and we made sure to put it to good use. Bronson had his first taste of S'mores by the 'campfire'!
- 1 cup Country Crock® Spreadable Sticks or Tub
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 6 bars (1.55 oz.) milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 375°. Mix Country Crock® Spread, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in remaining ingredients except milk chocolate and mini marshmallows until blended. (Dough will be soft and creamy.) Stir in half of the chopped milk chocolate until every spoonful of dough has some of the chocolate.
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets 3-inches apart.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Immediately top cookies with remaining chocolate and marshmallows. Return to oven and bake just until chocolate starts to melt and marshmallows begin to soften, about 30 seconds.
- Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.
Tip: For inspiration for other delicious mix-ins, see our Make it Yours Cookie Recipe.
Tracy and Collin travelled from England to stay with the Morelock family only to be taken out to eat every. single. night. While I definitely won't complain at all to dining at nice restaurants twice a day for a week, I was craving a home cooked meal. Then like magic I had a marvelous idea. In come Tim and Johanna.
While driving to our restaurant for Wednesday night, I sent a text to my friend Johanna and asked her to come to my house and cook a meal. Her response was 'sure'.
While it may seem strange to randomly ask someone to come cook for you, to Johanna it was a normal question. Her and her husband Tim own an amazing catering business, Mission Catering Co. So with literally less than 24 hours, they put together ingredients, came out to our house to teach and cook one of the best meals I've tasted. Really.
Here are some pictures from our night. I can't wait to have more friends over and do it all again. I walked into my kitchen after we finished dessert to find that they had cleaned everything and I think it was tidier than when they entered. Now, THAT I could get used to :)
Have you ever had a project so dear to your heart that you have countless sleepless nights going through every idea in your mind? For the fiftieth time. That you resonate with and pushes you just enough outside your comfort zone that you know it has to be good.
I search through inspiration wherever I can find it; taking an idea, putting a twist to it and creating something new.
This styled shoot was just that. A Secret Garden was what I was going for and a secret garden was what I got! No matter how much I try I am always adding or changing elements up until the last minute. No matter the addition Chad is so gracious. He just nods his head and says that he will do his best. And he does. Guys, his best is amazing.
Here is a sneak of the bridal portion. Aren't they breathtaking?? Images by the ever so talented Morgan Marie and all other vendors are listed below.
Can you think of a better exit from your reception than to climb straight onto your personal jet and fly away to your honeymoon???
While that may be a little extreme an airport hanger can still be the perfect place to hold your celebration. I had so much fun working on this styled shoot that was featured in KY Bride Magazine last Spring and yesterday Weddingstar featured the shoot - check it out here.
Below are some of my favorites ... and to let you in on a secret - it was freezing outside and Carly (my beautiful model and friend) was such a champ!!
I had a wonderful team of wedding creatives to help pull this off, don't I have the most amazing friends!
Images by Morgan Marie and all other vendors involved are listed below the images.
I'm sure you've heard the word. To me it used to sound like ... no fun.
I've read you can try and act like a tourist in your town and go to favorite restaurants or places you've never been. That might be for some, but for me, I wanted to be invisible.
FIFTEEN years of marriage is a big deal! When we realized we couldn't make it happen to go away I decided to make the most of our staycation. I made our bedroom our luxury haven for the weekend.
First, lighting and mood. I got a ton of candles, closed the blinds and used some white sheer fabric to cover the dressers
I went shopping on Amazon and ordered just a few things. I have no idea how I came up with this, but I ordered a massage table??!! The one I choose was $118, not nearly as expensive as I thought and we were saving money by staying home, right? So with that I had to order some massage oil and some hot stones and maybe a mud mask thingy. Just maybe.
The first night, we ordered some appetizers from The Bistro and they were perfect. Crab cakes, bruschetta and potato skins. I had some Sutter Home Fre Brut Alcohol Removed Champagne and the night was good.
For breakfast I had bought bagels and cream cheese and then an assortment of biscottis. I found an amazing morning drink - Welch's Sparkling Mango Bellini. Then we played Jenga! On each piece (both sides) I put a memory from the past 15 years. When we pulled that piece out we reminisced. We did pretty good with our tower and when it came crashing down we went through the pieces we missed. Pretty cool idea, huh?
NCIS is our current Netflix series so that was on repeat when we were not playing Jenga or enjoying a massage ;)
For dinner on Saturday, we made amazing grilled cheese sandwiches! The kind that has so much cheese it was actually dripping out of the sandwich maker. Such a simple meal that was as 5 star as you could get with some Sutter Home Fre Premium Red Blend Alcohol Removed Wine.
Sunday morning came with fresh fruit and coffee. Along with time for goal setting, personal and family. I could feel the weekend coming to an end when we went to Panera for lunch and then went to pick up B from my parents. We came home and I walked in my living room for the first time since Thursday. I really felt like we had been away.
If you ever have a chance for a staycation I highly recommend!
Shop some of the items below.
Cheers to massage tables and 15 years!
Have you ever wondered the significance of the lighted torch when the Olympics roll around? Or why the lit torch itself travels to different places? The Olympic flame represents the positive values than man has always associated with fire. The torch travels routes that symbolize human achievement.
It's crazy to think the modern Olympic games started back in 1896. They have come a long way since then and it's pretty great to be able to see the changes and the great achievements it's made.
The Olympics are coming up so what better way to kick them off than with a party, am I right?! The opening night is always a celebration so why not celebrate with a bunch of your closest friends! You could even have fun and make it a couple party...the ideas are endless. Once you're done throwing this party, you're definitely going to have the GOLD MEDAL!!
August 5, 2016
8 p.m. EST/7 pm CT
As everyone knows, the Olympics involve so many different countries. It's pretty amazing to see people from all around our world come together and play games we all know and love to watch!
--Click on the images to see where you can get them for your party!--
Now we all know what makes a good party...FOOD! Everyone loves food at parties, don't lie...So at your party, you must have gold worthy eats!
Now that we've covered the decorations and the food that leaves me to one last important detail...WHAT DO YOU WEAR?! Summer parties are super fun and also super casual. So why not pair up a super cute sun dress or tank and shorts with some super comfy sandals?!
--Click on the images so you can find them from Lulu's!--
With these perfect party items for opening night of the Olympics, there's no way you wouldn't win the Gold! So who are you cheering for in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games?
Who doesn't love a good movie?! And who doesn't like being around friends, family, or even neighbors?! And who doesn't love a party?! Exactly. Movie nights with good neighbors and a large popcorn....I mean you can't go wrong! The best part is that a movie night party can be for any ages! It can be a party full of grown ups or a party full of kids! So why not have a movie night themed party for everyone in the neighborhood?
EVERYONE SILENCE YOUR PHONES....IT'S SHOWTIME!
Here are some fun movie night themed party items:
CONCESSION STAND MUST HAVES
The most important thing, other than the movie of course, is the CONCESSION STAND! You don't go to the movies and not buy popcorn, candy, a large soda, or all three! So a key factor in a successful movie night party is your concession stand! You can go about setting this up in numerous ways, but here are some fun decorations for your top of the line concession stand!
BOX OFFICE WORTHY DECORATIONS
You can get pretty creative when it comes to decorations! You want your guests to feel like they are at a movie theatre unlike any others, so why not make it look that way?! Make your theatre the comfiest, yet the coolest with these must have decorations!
It's safe to say a movie night party would be a hit for any age and any movie!
So what are you waiting for? Get that popcorn popping...it's SHOWTIME!
I am getting old. I really feel that I am going through a mid life crisis. If you see me buzzing around in a red convertible sports car then you'll know why!
Maybe not that dramatic - but seriously girls - use face stuff. I should know. I really should have done better. But I am faced with the tiny lines, also known as wrinkles, and the dilemma of what to do next.
I love Angela Lanter and following her life on Instagram. I am NOT a stalker Angela (but you guys her life looks really fun and she is adorable with her husband Matt and her little dog Soka is too cute!!). After telling about how big of a girl crush I have, I follow by sharing her expert styling tips, both make-up and fashion. You can see for yourself at her blog Hello Gorgeous.
I say all that to tell you that I follow her recommendations for skin care because now I'm ... well old, wrinkled and I started paying attention.
I have started working with an amazing company, Influenster and they so graciously send free products for testing purposes and for me to give an honest review. And with my love for styling products we go hand in hand!
My latest box arrived and when I saw Ole Henriksen on the box and opened to see the contents I got really excited. Luxury skin care products, for me to try :)
I first tried the three step Power Bright and the citrus aroma was divine! I am still using the other two products, the Truth Serum Collagen Booster and the Sheer Transformation and I think they will become part of my regular regimen. Which I'm still trying to determine what that is!! I would recommend these to try out and I'm now going to try some other Ole Henriksen products ;)
Cheers to smooth clear skin!
I have started working with various companies for styled shoots of their products and promotional help. I'm excited that I'll be able to share a few really cool things that I've been working on soon.
One marketing research company that I've started working with is Influenster. To say it is a research company is downplaying what Influenster is all about. It is a community of over 2 million savvy shoppers letting each other and friends know what works and what doesn't. To join for yourself or see what it's all about visit here.
ZzzQuill is not a pain medication and only used for sleep. You should make sure that you have a good 8 hours in order to get the full benefit. I took two capsules last night before going to sleep and I woke up feeling rested. I think it took about 10-15 minutes to get to sleep but I honestly don't remember that much! When I woke I felt great, no groggy feeling which was a super plus.
I do have trouble getting to sleep some nights and most nights I wake up at least once with difficulty getting back to sleep. But last night I didn't wake up at all. So I would give ZzzQuill an A+ :)
I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.
Cheers to a good night's sleep!!
I. Can't. Even. Take. It.
I don't need anymore incentive to shop with Amazon. And yet they give them to me ...
This is only the second annual prime day and I'm just so excited. Deals only for prime members. Talk about feeling part of the club :) Even though anyone is eligible for a prime membership I like to think that they hand pick every one of us.
With 100,000 deals happening all during the day (as often as every 5 minutes) I can foresee my Tuesday, July 12th being spent
in front of the computer loving on my son ;)
There is no better time to try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. From today through the 12th members will be able to see what deals are happening when so we can make sure and log on in time (if we aren't there already).
Let me know what deals you are looking forward to.
My top three favorite benefits of being a Prime member:
* Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone
* Borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
* Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size
Your wedding day is supposed to be a day that you'll never forget for the rest of your life. It's the day women feel most beautiful and men feel most loved. It's also the day that can cost a pretty penny. But it doesn't have to be.
Check out these gowns for the leading lady and her sidekicks from:
RENT THE RUNWAY
After seeing the awesome selection for both the bride and the bridesmaids from just these two awesome stores, how could you pass up that super chic, super inexpensive opportunity?!
We all know the bride's gown is the most important piece of clothing on the big day! But running in at a close second is....the bridesmaids dresses! To me, bridesmaids dresses make a huge difference in the result of a wedding. In the past, the trend was for all the dresses to be the exact same. For today's trends, the dresses are different and can even vary in color and style. In the wonderful world of weddings, there are so many different styles of dresses. It's really cool because almost every wedding has a different style of bridesmaid dresses. Everyone has their own taste and style and they can all be expressed through different styles, different lengths, and different colors! So girls, which style is your favorite? What do you want your girls wearing along side of you on your big day?
One of the more popular styles is short bridesmaids dresses. These are always a fun go to. They can be bright colors or they can be more of a pastel color. They can have sequins or they can have lace. There are so many options with short dresses. And especially in the warmer temperatures, these dresses really help keep your girls cool!
So we've covered the short dresses, can you guess what's next? If you said long dresses, you are a smart cookie! Long bridesmaids dresses are also a huge trend of the big day! Like short dresses, they can come in all different patterns, colors, and textures! I feel long dresses give the wedding a more formal look.
One craze that is very popular in the wedding world right now is one shoulder dresses. A one shoulder dress brings a lot to the table. Most of the time, this style is very flattering on any body type. It offers great coverage for you bustier women (like me, don't worry girls you're not alone). And they are very elegant looking. But at the same time, you can really have a lot of fun with this certain style. And it just looks great!
This next style is probably the most used in the wedding scene. This style is just so simple but so elegant at the same time. You can never go wrong with it! Which style is it you ask? Well of course it's the strapless dress! I would say this style has probably been around the longest and used the most. Everyone loves this go to style just because it is one that everyone looks good in! And it offers the perfect look for the big day!
A lot of people still love the traditional look and have all the bridesmaids wear the same color dress. With having all the girls wearing the same color, they all look very unified, neat, and clean. Everyone is different, and some people would still go with the more traditional look, would you?
As trends change and everyone adapts to those changes, they find themselves having different colored dresses for their bridesmaids to wear. This is one of the more popular wedding trends today. A lot of brides love the mismatch look. It gives the feeling a little something extra, I think. I personally am a huge fan of this idea. This allows each girl to rock her own dress!
I know how hard it is for us women to find dresses we feel comfortable in. Honestly, sometimes is sucks doesn't it? I mean lets just be real. The dress is either too loose up top, it's too snug around the zipper area, or for us tall girls, long dresses never touch the floor... Of course the day is all about the bride, but I guarantee you that your bride wants you to be just as comfortable and confident on her day. And that is the great thing about having different styles of dresses. Different body types wear different styles better than others, and THAT. IS. OK. If you have a bigger chest and you can't comfortably wear a strapless dress...THAT. IS. OK. You have other options to rock!
You know what my favorite thing about weddings is? Other than the beginning of a beautiful couple's life journey together? I love that every wedding is different. There are not two weddings that are the same, and that's AMAZING! There are so many different colors and styles and different ways to make that special day your own.
My mom, my fiancé, and one of my friends are concerned about me; they've all noticed my addiction to menu items with the word "salad" in them, namely chicken, tuna, egg, and potato salad. Those aforementioned three people have eaten with me so often that they can call my order sometimes before I even see one of those "salads" on the menu.
Hi, my name is Monica, and I'm addicted to salads that aren't actually salads.
Now that my secret is out, I can share my obsession with you. I recently found a recipe on MyFitnessPal for Buffalo Chicken Salad. That recipe got me thinking that I could change up my typical homemade tuna salad with eggs and mayonnaise, so I bought hot sauce on my next grocery run.
This is probably a good time for me to add that I also like hot stuff, so you may want to adjust the following recipe based on your spiciness preference.
First, dump 12.8 oz tuna and 2 stalks of celery (finely chopped) into a medium-sized bowl. Slosh in 5 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice, and stir. You'll probably want to taste the salad before you go any further to see if it's spicy enough for you. (Conversely, if you're not a fan of spice, stir after adding each tablespoon or half tablespoon and taste). Once the tuna and celery are well coated, pour in 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir well again. Lastly, add a ~generous~ dash of paprika, followed by a dash of salt and a dash of pepper. Stir one last time.
If you're ready to dive in, I suggest toasting an English muffin and laying a slice of pepper jack cheese on it before adding the tuna and other desired fixings. It's that easy to "spice" things up a bit in the kitchen!
Enjoy, Monica ;)
Spicy Tuna Salad
12.8 oz tuna
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
5 T hot sauce
1 1/2 T lemon juice
pepper jack cheese
English muffins, toasted
Dump tuna and celery into a medium-sized bowl. Top with hot sauce. Stir. Add lemon juice. Stir. Add paprika (a generous dash), salt, and pepper. Stir again. Serve on English muffins with cheese and desired fixings. Makes about 6 servings of 1/4 cup.
Tuna salad only: Calories: 55 Sugars: 0 g Carbs: 2 g Protein: 10 g Fiber: 1.5 g Fat: 1 g
As we are entering wedding season, we are seeing so many different styles of wedding dresses. My favorite thing about wedding dresses is there is a style for everyone. Some brides love the long sleeve lace gowns, others picture themselves wearing a sleeveless, strapless gown on their big day. There are far more than just these two types of wedding gowns I've mentioned. There are mermaid gowns, ballroom gowns with pockets (I mean who doesn't love pockets?), and even pant suits which have stirred up the traditional dress attire this 2016 wedding season. So what is your style for your big day?
Long Sleeve Lace Gowns are extremely elegant and classy and can make a serious statement on your big day. Having a lot of lace on your dress seems to be a growing trend these wedding seasons and I can see why. A lot of women choose the long sleeve or three quarter length sleeves because they are self conscious about their arms (which is very common today). This type of dress is extremely flattering on most body types and makes a bold statement when wearing it...Sounds like a win win to me!
Ball Gowns with pockets add a little fun to your day because who doesn't love pockets am I right? Ball gown wedding dresses are very elegant but the pockets add a little fun to the look. Everyone knows how beautiful Cinderella was in her ball gown, but just imagine if she had pockets on that dress....Can you say amazing?! These dresses work best for tall, pear-shaped body types. Even though you're built a little smaller on top, the ball gown fit allows for most attention to be added to the top while drawing attention away from your curvier bottom!
This one goes out to all my curvier women (like me). It's hard to find a dress style that really shows off what our mommas gave us. It's either too big at the top and not big enough at the bottom or vise versa. With all those curves, you can't go wrong in a mermaid styled gown. With this style, the dress exentuates the waist and hugs all your curves just right. This gives any body type a beautiful shape and also provides a very feminine look. So how can you go wrong?
Now here is something a little different for you guys...What do you think about getting married in a pant suit? I know what you're thinking...why in the world would someone want to get married and not wear a wedding dress, right? Well believe it or not, pant suits are becoming more popular than you probably think. Our world is constantly changing and that includes norms and trends in every aspect of life. Pant suits can accommodate many different body types but if you are born with those mile long legs, a tall physique, and a need to stand out, this one is especially for you! What better way to make a statement on an unforgettable day than to wear a chic pants suit. I know this isn't your traditional wedding day attire, but I guarantee that no one will forget what you looked like on your big day!
What color do you think of when you think of a wedding dress? White right? Well in today's world if you asked different brides that question, you could get more colors than just white. In recent wedding seasons, non-white wedding dresses are becoming more prominent. All brides want on their big days are to feel beautiful and to make it a day they won't forget. In some cases, they may need a splash of color in order to do that and that's okay! Many people are moving away from the traditional and more towards the more modernized style. Whether your dress be white or grey or blue, it's your day and that's all that matters!
Now that we've covered the leading lady, can you guess who's second best (other than her man of course)?......
HER BRIDESMAIDS!! Look for my next post for inspiration and ideas for those important ladies!
We've all been in that awkward spot where we put on our favorite white capris or white pair of sandals but wonder if it's socially acceptable to wear them. When is it okay to wear white? When is it time to put it at the back of your closet? For as long as I can remember, the golden rule of wearing white was to wear it after Memorial Day up until Labor Day. Most even bring out the white around Easter.
Fashion trends are always changing and one trend that is beginning to stick is disregarding this rule of white. Today, you can walk down the street and see people are beginning to wear white all year round. White is such a clean and classic color to put with anything. So what is your favorite piece of white clothing to wear?
My name is Kennedy and I am currently interning with Leona Morelock Designs. So just a little bit about me... I am from a small town called Richmond, Kentucky. Most people don't know where that is until I tell them it's right next to Lexington! (small town probs) I moved to Bowling Green almost four years ago to start my college career at WKU.
I am now a senior at Western Kentucky University and pursuing a Hospitality Management major with a minor in event planning. I am currently getting school credit for this internship, which is a win win for both myself and Leona! I am able to learn how the wedding planning industry works and what all goes into planning a successful wedding while getting credit for the class, and Leona is able to mentor me and teach me everything she knows and to better my knowledge of what she does.
I contacted Leona through her website. I knew I needed an internship for school, and I am very interested in the whole wedding aspect of event planning. I literally typed into the Google search bar, "wedding planners in Bowling Green, KY" and Leona was the first to pop up. I then went onto her website and loved the way her website appeared. It was easy to navigate, so then I contacted her. Soon after I had my interview with Leona and earned the internship position, I jumped right into the current wedding she was already planning. Just a few weeks into the internship and I was already helping plan my first wedding, how awesome is that?!
I am so incredibly thankful for this opportunity to work with Leona. She is unbelievably knowledgable of the industry and extremely talented in what she does. I've already learned so much from her and can't wait to continue my journey in the wedding planning industry! :)
Traditions. I love them. Even more so when you can take a time old tradition and interject something personal making it your own.
Have you ever caught a wedding garter? Have you ever worn one? The garter is something that most brides opt to have. Even when my brides don't want to have the 'garter toss' I still encourage them to wear one, just because why not?!
I 'met' Julianne via twitter. I followed someone who mentioned her and I of course went down the rabbit trail and started stalking. Since then I've been honored to use some beautiful custom garters in styled shoots and many of my brides have used The Garter Girl. So much time and thought is put into a bride's gown and jewelry and your garter is just an extension of your look for the day.
With the new season and the subtle use of florals trending in weddings, The Garter Girl has created a limited collection of floral garters that are to die for! Take a look for yourself at the way the silk flowers are incorporated into a 'simple' garter that is hand sewn with indicate detail making a piece of art.
Which one would you choose? This new collection even has it's own Instagram account :)
Cheers to the littlest details that make your outfit the one to remember!