Thursday, June 20, 2013

Buying Multiples aka Things I Swear By

When I find something I really love I frequently buy another.  I figure if I love it that much I need two of them.  Case and Point: 

I first bought the Midnight wash and loved them so much I promptly snagged the Kensington wash.  I swear by these jeans, best jeans ever.  They are so flattering and comfortable I will most likely buy another pair post baby.  I also own the white in the high rise- best fitting white jeans ever.

Are you starting to think I am obsessed with Rag and Bone?  I kind of am.  So you all know I bought the Gray Newbury Booties, then a few weeks ago I won a gift card to Hampden Clothing and what did I use it for but another pair of the Rag and Bone Booties.  They are the best!  The Newbury Boots in Petrol are currently onsale at Hampden for 40% off, a real steal- the price does not show up online so if you want to order just call the store and they will honor the sale price for online orders-
Hamden Clothing 843-724-6373 located at 314 King Street for locals.
The Petrol color is a dark green but very neutral it almost looks black.

I love this Maxi Dress.  I bought my first one right after I had Sterling and I lived in it that Summer.  It is such an easy maxi dress.  It can be casual with flip flips or easily dressed up with a statement necklace and other jewelry.  I own black and gray.

Confession I actually own four pairs of these- blue, white, coral, and royal blue.  That shows you how much I love them.  I even went so far as to buy the Maternity version.  These are my favorite shorts.

These are my favorite tee shirts.  I probably own about 5-6 of them.  They are great for casual wear with jean shorts or jeans.  I think they have a really flattering fit.  They are long and not too tight which I like.

Tracy Anderson DVDS
So this is obviously not a clothing item, but I am hooked on these DVDs.  It started with Tracy's Mat workout DVD which lead me to the Metamorphosis DVDs which now has lead me to the Pregnancy Project.  I love them and swear they are such a good workout.  I have really been into the Pregnancy one it is not too hard of a workout and I always feel sore afterwards.

What about you?  When you find something you love do you buy another one or two?  What else should I add to my multiples list?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Best Sloppy Joes

We used to eat Sloppy Joe's all the time while growing up. It was seriously one of my favorite meals and my mom always served it with Velveeta Mac and Cheese. The two just seemed to go together perfectly. Now I have nothing against Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix, I don't hate it all but it is pretty processed.  I got to thinking maybe I could make a healthier version. 

My sister recommended this recipe and it blew my mind.  So much better than the canned kind.  It tasted so fresh and full of flavor.  I won't ever go back to the Manwich kind.  This honestly took no time to toss together and you could even save time by dicing the vegetables earlier in the day.  And in case you are wondering yep I served ours with Velveeta Mac and Cheese just like Mom did because somethings are meant to be together.  This is a meal that will definitely be on regular rotation in the Mason Household!

**If you don't like red meat you could easily sub ground turkey or ground chicken for this recipe**

:: S L O P P Y  J O E S ::
Recipe adapted from The Neely's 
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (we used Stubb's Spicy BBQ Sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (we used Texas Pete)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 hamburger buns, split


Heat oil in a large skillet with straight sides. Add the bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the ground beef to the vegetables. Stir and cook about 8 minutes, until the meat is no longer pink and fully cooked. I added a little salt and pepper at this point.

Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, ketchup and hot sauce into the skillet. Stir. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve on hamburger bun with extra sauce.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Ok, who knew Old Navy had such cute one pieces and all are under $40! My four favorites.  I ordered one to try out while preggo, guess which one?

 I actually own this dress and love it. I have been living in it. It is so lightweight and the color is just gorgeous.   Seriously it feels like you are wearing pajamas it is that comfy!

Loving these Splendid Booties.  I have been on a real bootie kick lately and I need these to add to my collection.
This dress is even prettier in person. I looked at it last week and I am regretting not buying it.  The colors are fantastic and who doesn't need more leopard in their life?

How freaking cool is this Planter cover from Furbish?   It would look so good with a Fiddle Fig Tree in.  I also think it could be cool in a nursery for toy storage.

Tell me this dress does not look just like Mara Hoffman, in fact I thought it was until I clicked on it.  It looks just like MH but for a fraction of the price, this maxi is only $76!!  Get it while its hot!

This weekend while trying to put together outfits for our wedding weekend I realized I am majorly lacking in the heels department.  I could really use a few new pairs of heels for special occassions. I came across these and then saw the price and it made me love them even more.  I think they would be great for special events or even paired with skinny jeans for a night out.

I am not a big ice cream person but every now and then I like a couple bites.  This is hands down the best ice cream flavor ever.  Matt and I are addicted.  It has huge chunks of Heath Bars in it, my favorite part.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Scenes From Our Weekend

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, we sure did! Matt's best friend got married and the whole weekend was perfection. We ate amazing food all weekend and enjoyed such great company.
Friday marked Sterling's last day of Vacation Bible School, he loved it!  Sometimes I can't believe how fast he is growing up.

 Friday night we had the Rehearsal Dinner at Magnolias and it was beyond delicious. As usual I waited til the last minute to decide what to wear, my clothes are all starting to be a little tight  but somehow I managed to zip my belly up in my favorite Milly Dress. 

Saturday was the wedding and it was beautiful.  Matt and I somehow managed to color coordinate our outfits without planning to.  Probably the last time I wear this cute dress til after the baby it was definitely borderline too tight!

The bride and groom.  Such a great couple.  And her sweet dog Scout walked down the aisle with her.

Matt and his two best friends. I have started calling Matt the Silver Fox- check out all the gray hair happening.  He claims it is from Sterling and I and all the stress we bring:)   I give him a hard time but I actually find it really attractive.

Sunday we attended the most amazing brunch at the house of Callie (her daughter created Callies Biscuits)  The view and food was incredible.  By far one of the best meals I have ever had!

Wore these shoes basically all weekend.  They are my new favorite shoes and on sale right now for 40% off- the black ones are an even better deal at 60% off!

Finally my little man is officially loving the water now.  Huge accomplishment.  Still trying to get him to swim or jump in with a float but we are making progress!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thoughts For Friday

I have a new obsession, and it is the clothing line Demylee. They carry this line at Hampden Clothing a local boutique here in Charleston where I bought my pieces (it is also on their website) and Revolve Clothing carries it as well.  It is non- maternity but it is perfect for us preggo girls.  It is super soft tee shirts and dresses with a loose trapeze like silhouette.  I have been living in the two I own,  case and point below.  Next I am stalking this dress.

If you looking for the cutest kids book you must check out Mustache Baby.  We checked it out at the library recently and Sterling loves it, we read it every night!

 Best potato chips ever- Zappos Voodoo Potato Chips.  These are my favorite crunchy snack, you will not be able to stop eating them.

I am loving these Baggu Bags from JCREW.  They are only $10 and fold up so small so you can keep them stuffed in your purse.  I use mine every weekend at the Farmers Market.

I am totally not buying any new swim suits this year because lets be real by the end of the summer my stomach is going to be huge I will most likely just be in a cover-up!  But I am already scouting ones out for next year.  I am in love with this cute one piece from Anthro.  It is so chic and stylish I see myself wearing it all Summer at the pool with Sterling. 

So Kristen Cavallari and Jay Cutler finally tied the knot.  I actually really like her gown and she seems to have grown up alot since having her son.  Still kind of surprised how tame she seems now compared to her Hills days.

I am obsessed with all Greek food lately so as soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it.  Totally making a batch next week for my lunches.

Several of you emailed me saying you tried to order the Noland dress and it was sold out- well per Sarah @ Social Dress Shop it is back in stock for a limited time- you can order HERE!

Have a great weekend- we have a busy one filled with a fun wedding for Matt's best friend and a baby shower for my sister in law!  Oh and in honor of Father's Day, I leave you with this.
(ps doesn't the lady in the ecard look totally like Kris Kardashian?)