Thursday, May 9, 2013


Lately I have been having a love affair with tie dye.  I guess my inner hippie is coming out.  I love this little tee.  It would look so cute with jean shorts or white jeans.

I am pretty smitten with all things Velvet is coming out with lately.  Love this maxi it looks so comfortable and chic.  Perfect for a day of running errands or a night out.  Love both colors equally and the price is great.

After Erin blogged about these this week and after seeing them in every fashion magazine from Bazaar to Vogue, I am fairly certain I need a pair.  These are my three favorites.

I am such a huge fan of Social Dress Shop and my love just grew even more now that Sarah picked up the line Hunter Dixon.  How amazing is this dress??  The colors, the pattern, the style it is pure perfection begging me to buy her.  Good news for you all Sarah is offering 25% any full priced items with code DRESS25.  

I can't believe these are from the Gap!  How fabulous are they??
Download it, its good.  So many amazing artist including my boy Jayz.

This is the most gorgeous bathing suit ever.  It looks like it would be so flattering.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Siriacha Glazed Meatloaf + Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

This is the meatloaf recipe we grew up eating kicked up a notch.  The meatloaf recipe is my mom's and I spiced it up a bit by adding in Siriacha because,  well I like Siriacha on everything.  You can always add more Siriacha if you like the heat or omit totally if you don't like at all.  I think the glaze over the meatloaf is the best part and it helps keep the meat moist and flavorful.  

As for the potatoes who doesn't love a good mashed potato?  The key to these is the cream cheese and using a hand help blender to mix them.  My grandmother made them this way and by using the mixer it gets the potatoes so light and fluffy.  This is totally a mans meal, but worth every calorie I assure you.

:: S I R I A C H A  G L A Z E D   M E A T   L O A F ::
- 1-1.5 pounds ground Sirloin
- 1/2 white onion finely diced
- 1/2 green bell pepper finely diced
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/3 can tomato soup
- Salt and Pepper

For the Sauce:
- 2/3 can tomato soup
-2-3 tablespoons ketchup
-2 -3 tablespoons siriachia

Mix all ingredients together by hand.  Do not over mix.  Season pretty well with salt and pepper.  Mold into loaf shape in baking dish.
Mix together rest of tomato soup, ketchup and siriachia to taste.  I taste the sauce as I mix adding in more ketchup or siriacha to get the desired taste I like.  Spread this over the meatloaf.  We use all the sauce because we like alot of sauce but you can use as little or as much as you want.
Bake at 350 degrees 45mins- 1 hour.

:: C R E A M   C H E E S E   M A S H E D  P O T A T O E S ::
- 4 Russet Baking Potatoes
- 1/2 container of cream cheese
- milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons sour cream

Peel and slice potatoes and place in pot of water and bring to boil.  Boil about 30 mins or until fork tender.  Drain water and add in cream cheese, sour cream, and butter.  Using a handheld mixer blend all the ingredients adding milk as needed to desired consistency.  Season with lots of  salt and pepper.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My Mothers Day Wishlist

I can't believe this is going to be my 4th Mothers Day. Crazy how fast time flies. We are pretty low key on Mothers Day (and most holidays) and since we are on a budget I know I won't be getting any extravagant gifts.  The important things to me are thoughtful cards and family time!  Most of these gifts are affordable and I want them all!  Funny thing is I have such an easy time coming with ideas for myself and then I am stumped thinking of what to buy my mom! Any great mom gift ideas?
Below I have rounded up my favorites (sure hope Matt is reading today).

Mothers Day
DIPTYQUE BAIES CANDLE- This is one the most delicious smelling candles ever.  I need one in my life.
TORTOISESHELL MARTINI SHAKER- I need this to go with the Tortoiseshell ice bucket.  What a sleek Martini shaker that would look amaze sitting out on any bar area.
SERENA AND LILY MONTAUK NAPKINS- I am obsessed with these cute geometric napkins.  Perfect for an outdoor picnic or dinner party
SERENA AND LILY MONTAUK TRAY- If I get the napkins I of course need the matching tray.
GORJANA ALPHABET COIN NECKLACE- I am smitten with this sweet necklace.  I would of course want one with an "S" for Sterling.  If you have more than one kid these would be awesome layered.  A great price.
 GORJANA BIRTHSTONE NECKLACE- I love the idea of getting Sterling's birthstone in this necklace and layering it with the "S" necklace.  They are such sweet delicate necklaces.  A fabulous Mothers Day or Push gift!
RHYME LOS ANGELOS SHIFT DRESS- This dress is so adorable and under $100.  Looks like Tibi, right?
 FRENCH CONNECTION LADY SOLITUDE TUNIC- I love this tunic especially the detailing at the bottom.  I see myself living in it all Summer.  White is always chic.
SPLENDID WATERCOLOR FLORAL DRESS- Splendid is my new go to brand for affordable,  cute and comfortable Summer dresses.  I love the colors of this one.
 MARYSIA CUT-OUT ONE PIECE- This is a dream item.  Matt would never in a million years spend this kind of money on a suit for me in fact he would laugh at me, but a girl can dream.  If money grew on trees this would be mine.  It is perfection.  It also comes in Black that I like equally as much as the blue
RELISH BY DAPHENE OZ- Recently I have really gotten into watching The Chew.  I really like Daphene Oz.  I flipped thru this book and it looks awesome filled with gorgeous recipes and great health tips.
TKEES FLIP FLOPS- I have already worn the crap out of my nude Tkees.  They are the best flipflops ever. I need this dark charcoal color next.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Scenes From Our Weekend

Did everyone have a good weekend??  We sure did.  It was jam packed but so nice. 

Lets start with Friday.  Friday I finally busted out my Forever 21 Leopard shorts that I bought a few months back.  They are my new favorite shorts.  So comfortable and cute.  Of course now I cant find them online but I did spy these cute leopard  shortsskirt and dress.  I have seen the dress in person and love it. 

Friday while Sterling was in school I hit up Target and found the best stuff.  How amazing is this Mossimo Beach Tote?  It of course came home with me.

I also picked up these cute sandals.  I love the Aztec vibe.  Our store was pretty much sold out of them, they had like two pairs left,  a really small pair and one for my big ass feet, but they are still online.  I swear they look so expensive in person. 

Saturday morning we went to Breakfast at Okra Grill.  I had never been before but Matt kept raving about it and wanted to take us.  It did not disappoint.  I had the Sausage Egg Benedict with Pimento cheese grits, just incredible.

Saturday afternoon we went to Taylor's first Birthday party, I of course did not snap one pic but you know Caycee had a photographer so I am sure there will be plenty of pics on her blog.  I did what I do best and made a mean cheese plate for her party.

Saturday night we babysat for my sister so she and her hubby could go out and celebrate their anniversary. I was in heaven snuggling with my nephew all night and Sterling could not get enough of him.

This was Sterling's attempt to snap a picture of me and Finley.

I found the most gorgeous hydrangea at Lowes- I had never seen a tall one like this.  We put it on our front porch and are loving the pop of color.

 I whipped up a few loaves of our favorite Strawberry bread.  This is the best bread ever- you can get the recipe Here.

Then of course we had to whip up something tasty for Cinco de Mayo.  We made our Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Avocado Salsa + Mexican Corn.

Lastly, can we discuss Chris Martin's hot body?  Who knew he was rocking a body like that?  Do you think he works out with Tracey Anderson too?

Happy Monday.  At least the sun is finally out here!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Total Money Makeover- Part One and Cinco de Mayo

I still can't get over the response from my debt post last week and the comments are still rolling in.  Most of you said you would be interested in me sharing what I am doing and what works.  Obviously I don't know what works yet because I am just getting started but as promised per May 1,  I am buckling down and getting real.  Here are my first plans of action:

Confession, I never balance our checkbook or keep up with receipts.  I occasionally check our bank account once a week to view the balance.  Totally irresponsible.  Another confession, I am not sure how much debt we have exactly.  I have a ballpark idea but I avoid looking at the credit card balances- out of sight out of mind used to be my mentally.  So for this first month I am going to write down all our household expenses and all our credit card debt to see what we are spending a month.  I am also going to write down every single purchase I make to see where the money goes.  
I bought this 3 ring binder at Target to help me get organized and keep track of this stuff- because doesn't cute stuff help you stay organized too:)  The little dots make me happy everytime I look at them.

We are actually one month down on this part we used no credit cards last month and hope we can continue this so we can pay them down.

Meg who works with Dave Ramsey was sweet enough to mail me the Total Money Makeover this week.  I started reading it last night and it is pretty eye opening.   It is filled with so many personal experiences from other families that are so inspiring.  There are so many people way worse off than us that accomplished his plan and are now debt free.  I want to finish reading it and try to follow his rules.

 They were also kind enough to send Sterling three piggy banks- one for saving, one for spending, and one for giving so he can learn early.  Such a great idea.  He absolutely loved them and spent alot of time yesterday filling them up.  His favorite one was the "Save" one, so not like his Mama:)

Nothing too crazy for my first month, I think all of this is pretty doable.  I will report back next month.  I am thinking maybe once a month I will share what is working unless ya'll get bored with it.

Cinco de Mayo is this weekend and it is one of my favorite Holidays because duh, I love Mexican Food and tequila.  These two recipes I saw floating on Pinterest need to happen.  Of course they both need to be served with a side of straight tequila.  Who needs margaritas I just want the tequila!

We have such a fun weekend ahead.  My sister and her husband are in town with my nephew- its his first trip to Charleston at one month old!  Can't wait to snuggle with him all weekend.

and Happy almost Birthday to this beautiful baby, Taylor.  I feel like it was just yesterday Caycee had her.  We will be celebrating that sweet face at a party tomorrow that I know will be over the top fabulous because Caycee has been planning it for months now!  Girl loves to throw a party.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

On My Nightstand, What I Have Been Reading

I am such a book worm at heart. I love nothing more than to curl up in bed with a good book.  Here is what I have read lately.  What have you been reading?

On my nightstand

SAFE HAVEN- I always love Nicholos Sparks books.  They are such good, easy reads.  I read this book in like 3 days.  Kind of want to see the movie now but I know the book is always better.

MRS. KENNEDY AND ME- I absolutely loved this book.  It was such an interesting insight into the Kennedy's private life.  I seriously could not put it down.  Jackie has always been such an inspiration to me and this made me admire her even more.

GRACE CODDINGTON A MEMOIR- This was such a fun behind the scenes look into the fashion world, especially Vogue.  I loved reading about all the famous models and fashion shoots.

GREAT GATSBY- Like most of you I had to read this years ago for school.   I think I liked it but it was so long ago its hard for me to remember.   I just recently picked it up again because I want to read it again before I see the movie- how good does the movie look?

DRINKING AND TWEETING- I am a little ashamed to admit I read this book, But I won't lie I love the housewives.  It was the first book I downloaded for my Kindle.  It was such an easy read.  It feels just like Brandi is talking to you.  It had alot of good gossip on LeeAnn and Hollywood living.  Plus a whole chapter about her vaginal reconstructive surgery which- which I guess people really do???  If you like the Housewives it is a fun read.

THE HONEST LIFE- This book was such an eye opener to me about all the chemicals in our everyday life.  It has really made me rethink what I bathe Sterling with and products I use on my own skin as well.  I really love Jessica Alba and liked her even more after this book.  She is a great mom with a huge passion to start such a successful company.

Next up and cued up now on my Kindle is, But Mama always put Vodka in the Sangria.  The title makes you want to read it, right??  Reed is a columnist for Garden and Gun and this details her culinary experiences and travels plus is filled some pretty delish recipes.  I read 4 chapters last night and I am really enjoying it so far.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Butter Bean Dip

If you need a quick and easy app to toss together then this is it.  My sister and her husband turned me onto this and it is now one of our favorite apps.  It tastes better the longer it sits.  You will be surprised how much flavor this simple dip is packed with.  The mustard, onion, and garlic really pair together perfect with the butter beans.  My sister recommends going ahead and spooning the bean mixture on the sliced baguette in order to let the flavors soak in the bread.   We did it that way the second time and I think preferred it better.  I was eating this by the spoonful no baguette it was that tasty.  Enjoy!

:: B U T T E R  B E A N  D I P ::
- 1 can drained butter beans
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or chives
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic (1 clove)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- baguette sliced

Mix all ingredients together.  This is best when it sits about an hour and at room temperature.  It can be made ahead and refrigerated but pull out and let it come to room temperature before serving.