Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gigi New York Teddie Tote 50% Off !!!


I just wanted to pop in and let you guys know the Teddie Tote at Gigi New York is now 50% off in all colors!  I absolutely love mine.  This is great time to buy one for you or as a gift. As a mom this bag is ideal because it can fit all my stuff and my kids stuff!  It is great quality as well. The sale ends this weekend so snag one while you can!

Chicken Maribella + Orange Scented CousCous || Open Door Discount

While I was home over Christmas, my mom made this recipe for a Dinner Party she was hosting and I have dreamed about it ever since. The recipe came from her good friend Jane and trust me Jane's recipes never disappoint.  First of all this dish is just beautiful when it is plated and served, it is sure to wow your guests.  Secondly it is amazing.  It is full of such complex flavors like the sweetness of the apricots, the saltiness of the olives, the crispness of the lemons, and the hint of orange in the couscous.  The flavors go together so well.  This is so easy to make ahead but prepare to let it marinate two days before cooking it.  This makes a lot of food. I brought my Sister in Law half, but you could easily freeze half or serve this at party.  I actually used the leftover chicken the next night in a chopped salad and it was on point.  
This is a dish that tastes as good as it looks! (RECIPE BELOW)

I wanted to mention my serving bowl above, it is from the Terrafirma line that I have talked about before.  These serving pieces are my absolute favorite!!  They are durable and can go in your dishwasher.  Plus I think they just look so gorgeous when entertaining.
I use the bowl all the time- you may remember it from my 7 layer dip recipe, I used it for the chips and also for kale from my garden.  It makes a beautiful fruit bowl too.  If I was getting married and registering I would register for a ton of this stuff!

  My favorite entertaining store Open Door Shop has graciously offered you guys 20% off all serving ware.  This includes the Terrafirma line and any other serving ware.  You can buy my actual bowl here (which I highly recommend) and below are some of my other favorites.  I own the gold spoons too and use them all the time!  They are adorable to put out with dips, olives, and spices.
Use code DBDD20 for 20% off.

Open Door Shop

|| C H I C K E N   M A R I B E L L A ||

3 lbs chicken tenderloins ( I trim the fat off if there is any extra)
1 1/2 cup pitted prunes
1 1/2 cup Spanish olives
1 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 1/2 cup dried apricots
1 head garlic peeled and minced
1/4 cup dried oregano
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1 1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 small jars capers and juice
5 bay leaves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup white wine
4 lemons
1/4 cup fresh parsley

Divide chicken, prunes, olives, and apricots into two large ziploc bags.  Combine garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar, capers, and bay leaves in a large bowl.  Divide marinade ingredients between the two bags.  Marinate for 36 and up to 48 hours turning the bag occasionally.

Pour contents into a shallow baking dish.  Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the top.  Cut lemons into thin circles and distribute to cover the entire dish.  Gently pour wine around lemons. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour.  Garnish with chopped parsley.

||  O R A N G E   S C E N T E D   C O U S C O U S ||

4 cups water
2 cups couscous
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil 
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Bring water to a boil.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in couscous.  Cover and let sit about 30 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.  Uncover and fluff with a fork.  Gently stir in the zest, juice, olive oil, and cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I actually just ordered these for myself.  They reminded me so much the Marni version I wanted last year but for a fraction of the price!   They also come in white but I am partial to the tan.
I will report back if they are cute in person.
How cute is this underwear set??  Such a great gift idea for Valentines day!

I really want this tote for my upcoming vacation!  Always love Pom-Poms.

I have been obsessing over this blouse since seeing it on one of my favorite bloggers on instagram.  Such a gorgeous white blouse.

Love the leopard print on my favorite zella leggings.
also loving this longer cross dye pair.
I always love Kendra Scott Jewelry.  These earrings come in 5 colors and are great because they are statement earrings but not too big!  I love the black and turquoise colors.

Loving this tunic and the cute tassel details at the bottom.  The color is so pretty and I think it wild be super cute with shorts this summer too.

Love the style and pattern on this dress.  The colors are such pretty muted colors, perfect for Spring.

Thanks to Gaby I promptly ordered these Zebra PJS.  You can't beat the price $32 and I love the tiny zebra print.  Use code HAPPY for additional 30% off.
This one piece is gorgeous!

Loving this shirtdress from Gap and it is such a steal!  Looks so comfortable.  It also comes in a really pretty green color.
Use code HAPPY for 30% off!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Scenes From Our Weekend + 7 Layer Mexican Dip Recipe

Happy MLK Day. I hope everyone has enjoyed the long weekend.

Matt bought Sterling a trampoline a few months ago and we finally had it put together last week.  So we spent a lot of time on the trampoline this weekend. Sterling loves that thing, and I have to admit it is pretty fun and good exercise jumping on it.   I was out of breath after every time we played on it (or maybe I am just out of shape).

I snapped this picture Friday night before bath time.  I love Frances Moon's enormous belly.

Friday night we celebrated my Mother-in- laws birthday.  I made my favorite 7 layer Mexican dip. Several of you wanted the recipe, so here it is :

Layer one | Refried Beans 
Layer Two | Guacamole
Layer Three | 16 oz sour cream mixed with taco seasoning (I use our homemade kind but you can use a packet as well)
Layer Four | Shredded Cheese ( I grate my own and use Cracker Barrel Sharp White Cheddar)
Layer Five | Diced Tomatoes
Layer Six | Sliced Black Olives
Layer Seven | chopped green onions

Saturday I got up early and went on a run.  I am slowly getting back into a workout routine.

Speaking of working out- I am totally obsessed with the new high waisted Lululemon workout pants.  Get a pair, worth every penny.  They are amazing and suck in all the flab!  I have one pair in black but now I want every color they come in!

I did some pantry organizing Saturday. I found these clear bins at TJMaxx and they work perfect for storing the kids snacks.

I also cleaned out and organized the snack drawer of our fridge.  I am totally that mom that they targeted with the snack drawer.  It is actually what sold me on the fridge and is honestly my favorite part.
Between Matt and the kids we spend some money on snack food.

Saturday night I made Barefoot Contessa's Marinated Feta for Happy Hour.  The recipe is in her new cookbook and was so delicious.  As was this wine from my Wine Awesomeness box.  Love the butterfly label.

Saturday night Sterling lost his first tooth!  The day before he told me he had a wiggly tooth and sure enough it was loose.  So Saturday night I asked him how his wiggly tooth was and he opened his mouth and it was gone.  I think he swallowed it or something, who knows.  I was trying to be excited for him but inside I was crying because loosing that tooth meant my sweet baby was growing up.
He however was so excited ( and I am awaiting a tooth to appear in his poop).

Thank goodness I actually had some cash on me.  It was either a $5 or a $20 so we went with a $5.  
 I had several requests about the shark tooth fairy pillow.  My mom bought it somewhere out of town but I was able to find the same one online HERE.

We had chili cheese dogs and truffled tots for dinner that night that were out of this world good!

Wore double plaid for church.

Sunday night we celebrated one of our good friend's birthdays. Caycee and I could not resist the photo op:)

Outfit Details:
 Blouse (similar) | Necklace (use code DBDD-LSJ for free shipping | Jeans (use code GOODJEANS for 30% off) | Pumps

 Piperlime is offering 30% off all their jeans with code GOODJEANS!
If you want a distressed pair, these are my favorite.  A great time to buy new jeans if you need them.

Here's to a great week!
(I have been listening to my Eckhart Tolle book A New Earth and really liking it, some inspiring stuff).

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Top 5 Buys for the Weekend

The Gigi New York sale is still on and they just added this style.  I own the Olivia purse and love it!  I like that you can carry it with a long strap or with the double handles.  Plus it is big, plenty of room for my stuff and the kids.  This weekend only if you spend $75 at Gigi New York you get a free 2015 agenda.
I have the pebbled stone color and that color is not on sale but the pebbled navy is and I love it.  I think Navy is such a great neutral you could carry year round.  You can shop the rest of the sale HERE.
If you don't need an everyday purse, I love this clutch in the pebbled saddle color.  It also comes in black, such a classic clutch that would go with everything.

I have this blouse in two colors I love it so much.  It is on sale and you can take additional 50% off with code SHOPNOW.  It brings the blouse to like $25.  It runs large I am wearing a size 2.

I actually just ordered these in the gray because I didn't have a gray distressed pair.  I love Rag and Bone jeans they fit so well.  The gray color is such a great neutral.
These are 50% off!  Also love this leopard calf hair clutch also 50% off.

This blouse is new for spring and full price everywhere but for some reason it is 40% off at Shopbop.  I just love the floral pattern for Spring.  I picture it with white jeans or my cut off jean shorts.

Rebecca Taylor is now offering additional 40% off all sale, there are some great buys still left!
Love this leopard infinity scarf and the navy blouse.  Use code FINAL40 to take 40% off all sale.