Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oreo Brownies + Waffles and Honey Jewelry + Other Randoms

I posted this picture of my Oreo Brownies on Instagram and several of you wanted the recipe.  I actually just kind of made it up, but its damn good.  I gave these to Frances Moon's teachers paired with a Visa gift card for Christmas gifts.

You will need one box of brownie mix and I highly recommend the Duncan Hines Fudgy Brownie Mix.  You will also need the ingredients the brownie mix calls for which is water, eggs, and oil and one package of the Double Stuff Oreos.  Mix the brownies per the directions on the back.  Grease a glass baking dish ( I swear these cook better in glass dishes) and spread half the brownie mix.  Take the tops off the oreos and lay cookie side down across the pan.  Cover with the other half of brownie mix.  Bake at 350 about 20-25 minutes.  Do not over bake these are better gooey.
Let cool before you cut them.

If you are still looking for gifts for loved ones you must check out Waffles and Honey

 Karina the designer hand makes all the jewelry and it is just stunning.  Today is the last day to place orders guaranteed in time for Christmas.  You can use code DB&DD20 to take 20% off your orders!  Shop the whole site HERE.
I just love this bracelet and wear it often.

and a close up view!
and these earrings are another favorite. I have them in the Emerald but they come in so many other colors.

A few of my other favorites.

waffles and honey

These make the perfect gift for you or a loved one!

I finally stopped in Mac and Murphy, quite possibly the cutest paper store ever.  I can't believe it took me this long to get in.  I will be a regular from now on.  I got the most beautiful wrapping paper and Sally King Benedict calendar.  Locals please stop in, it is so charming and filled with amazing paper products.
I met my neice Avery for the first time this week.  I have 3 nephews but she is my first neice and I am so excited.  We were all so happy to welcome her to our family.  Almost made me want another.
You forgot how tiny and innocent they are when they are first born.  She is just the sweetest.
The top I am wearing abOve from JCrew is now on sale plus you get additional 40% off!  Use code JINGLE.

I mentioned it yesterday but don't forget to check out the Serena and Lily Private Sale.  I snagged these pjs for Sterling for only $11 and these crab sheets for his room.
I am reading the Light Between the Oceans right now and loving it.  Erin recommended it and honestly I look forward to getting into bed every night to read it.  I highly recommend it!

I finally donwloaded the app Headspace and have been using it at night to meditate and love it.  Please download it if you are looking into meditating.  and is weird I find the narrators voice soothing and attractive?  The ten minutes at night really help me destress.

If you love Chardonnay I highly recommend this Unwooded Chardonnay. Matt and I both have been loving it.  and gotta love my napkins my mom gave me last year:)

I can get enough of these Fox tights from Old Navy.  I finally found them in Frances Moon's size and just adore them.
If you need size 0-6 they are still on line in the Fox and Cat designs.  Otherwise check your local stores.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Serena and Lily Private Sale 65% off Starts Now!!

Serena and Lily just started their Private Sale and the Deals are amazing.  Hurry and shop because things go fast and the sale ends Monday.  Today is the last day for standard shipping as well to get it in time for Christmas.

This mirror was $300 and now only $100.  So great in an entryway, nursery or kids room.

I am obsessed with these kids chairs.  If I didn't already have a pair on my porch I would buy them!

These onesies make great baby gifts at only $12.  My sister gave Frances Moon two of them and we love them.

This is one of my favorite crib sheets.  It is so soft and 50% off!

Love these booties and they are 65% off!
and these pjs are only $11!!
Stock up friends!

These table runners are only $15!  Also in red and green but I like the black because you could use it year round.

This set of napkins is only $10- time to stock up and save for next year or for gifts!

This Mohair throw was $350 and now only $74!
Shop my other favorites below!  Scroll thru to view them all!

My Top 10 Buys of 2014

Every year I like to do a round-up of my favorite things that year that I purchased or were given as a gift to me.  If you still have Christmas shopping left to do these are some items I swear by and would make great gifts or just treat yourself!

ONE || The Kindle.
I swear by my Kindle.  Before I had a kindle I thought I preferred having an actual book to read but I was wrong.  I love curling up in bed with my Kindle.  The Kindle is so easy and its cheaper to download books on there as opposed to buying them.  My sister gave me this as a gift and it was one of the most thoughtful gifts ever.  If you travel often it is especially great because it is lightweight and easy to pack.  It is great because after you are done reading a book you don't have to decide where to store it or toss, they are all neatly stored in your Kindle.
I have the Paperwhite Kindle and currently it is on sale for $20 off.

 If someone you love loves to cook the new Barefoot Contessa cookbook is a must.  I think it is my favorite one yet!!  Every recipe I have made has been amazing.

I have been obsessed with distressed jeans lately and these are my favorites.  Every time I wear them I get stopped and asked what brand they are.

I mentioned this face mask before but I love it.  I use it twice a week and really think it has made a difference in my skin plus I love the fact it is all natural.

 If you have never tried any Tata Harper products this gift set is a great way to try them all.  I also love the floral essence face spray, face wash, and eye cream.

I love these because duh, I love any Spanx product.  They suck you in and are super flattering.

I was introduced to Tieks ballet flats this year and fell in love with them.  So comfortable and the color choices are amazing.  I have the Mocha Snakeskin and Ballerina Pink and wear them both all the time.  They run TTS for those curious.

I finally treated myself to some new PJs recently.  I love to buy clothes but rarely buy lounge wear.  These are the softest things ever.  I ordered both in the black but want to buy a second set in the gray I love them that much.  I own a small in both the sizing is generous.
Use code GIVETHIS to get 30% off your order

I have lusted after these bags forever and it makes me so happy I own one now!
Even though it is patterned I find it goes with everything and the black white combo is so classic.

This navy version is on sale- snag it while you can!

I am full on obsessed with these workout pants.  I just love the material and the waist band, they really suck you in.  I own two pairs they are all I wear these days.

After always borrowing my mom's bracelets I decided to invest in one of my own.  It is great for stacking or alone. I find myself wearing it almost everyday.  I wanted to start a nice jewelry collection that I could pass down to Frances one day and I think these bracelets are timeless.
The version below is on sale 25% off.
Next I want this one, it is 40% off currently.
I know I said 10 items but I had to include this one!   I have loved this kitchen tool.  Makes incredible salads and veggie noodles.  Right now this set is on sale and it comes with a cookbook to give you ideas of how to use your spiralizer. 


Lastly wanted to mention Shopbop is running a sale where you can take an additional  20% off all sale purchases. Great time to snag some last minute gifts or treats for you.
I added this top to my Christmas List:)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Life Lately

This last week Sterling had two of his 6 cavities filled.  As you know I was freaked out about this.  I was a complete nervous wreck the entire time but you know what it all turned out ok.  He had no reaction to the two medicines they gave him and he had no idea what he went thru.  He actually slept for most of the procedure.  He did end up having to get two silver fillings because the cavities had reached his nerves.  We have 4 more to fill- but at least next time I won't be as stressed out. All I can think about now is Little Wayne when I see his mouth:)  Bling Bling.

I received the most beautiful bracelet from Etkie.  If you are not familiar with this site you must check it out.  The jewelry is handmade by artisans in New Mexico and the detail is just amazing.  This would make a beautiful gift for someone.
I am wearing the Laura Cuff. 

A few of the other beautiful bracelets from Etkie.  You can use code HOLIDAY14 to get 20% off your order!!


I took this picture of the kids Monday morning before school and it made me laugh- my sentiments about Monday too. 
Frances is wearing the Old Navy Poncho I mentioned last week.  Its so cute on and on sale!

I stopped in Forever 21 this week and found the most gorgeous cardigan.  It seriously looks so expensive in person, it kind of reminded me of Chanel and it is only $29!  I am wearing a size small.

Thursday night I hosted a dirty Santa Party.  It was such a fun idea and a tradition I hope to keep up every year.  No pictures of the gifts because some were too naughty to share but I will tell you we all got some good laughs out of the gifts!  
Setting up with some of my favorite wines from Wine Awesomeness and Cupcakes from Sugar always a good combo.

A few of the apps I made.
Melon Proscuitto Skewers | Stuffed Endive Boats | Cheese Tray

If you like champagne I highly recommend this kind from Wine Awesomeness.  It came in my box one month and now I just keep ordering it.  To get festive for the party I froze some cranberries to put in our champagne glasses.

I wore my new French Connection Blouse paired with an old Banana Republic Necklace for the party.
Blouse | Jeans | Similar Necklace | Shoes

Sterling and I made one of the Creature Feature Tee shirts by Neve Hawk and let me tell you it was so fun.  It comes with a pack of different eyes, mouths, and accessories that you can iron on your shirt.  Great for your kids imagination because they can design the face and tee shirt.  I will be buying these for gifts!
Monster Tee

Had a blast playing with our Be Jolly Party Props from Hattan Home- all their Holiday Stuff is on sale right now!

Ended the weekend with my favorite Shrimp Nachos!  Recipe is under the recipes tab!

Have a great week.