Monday, March 12, 2018

My March Wish List

Since the start of the year I have been thinking about the blog and how I would like to revamp and mix things up a little. So, get ready for a few new series and exciting updates!  To kick things off we are starting with a new monthly series of all the items on my current Wish List! Per usual everything will be linked and easily made shopable for all of you who may also love and need these items in your life.

I want to mention - since becoming a wife and especially since becoming a mom I am beyond proud to say I am WAY more frugal and try to only buy items that I truly love or have heard great things about. The majority of the items you will find in my wish list are easy on the bank accounts however, there may be the occasional splurge.  Sorry, we all have our moments of weakness ;) 

March Wish List

Striped Bell Sleeve Top $59 - I seriously LOVE this top and need it in my spring wardrobe!
True Roots $19 - Clean and Toxic Free recipes - I'm sold!
Mac Lipstick & Lip Liner $17 each  - Bottom line Rachel Parcell wears this color combo so naturally I'm going to need it! haha 
Loeffler Randall Straw Circle Tote $295 - Remember those moments of weakness I was talking about?! This bag is one of them!

Floral Flat $34 (free shipping)  - seriously could this flat be more perfect for spring?!
Greek Goddess Diana Bust $64 (free shipping) -  the goddess of the woods, children and childbirth, fertility, chastity, the moon, and wild animals.
Botanics Facial Oil $17  - Honestly, I'm not sure why I don't have this in my possession yet - for over a year I've heard NOTHING, but rave reviews.  I will mention I've never seen this product in store, but many stores do carry online. I've linked to one of my go to retailers.
Popcorn Sweater $65 - This sweater has already sold out at Nordstrom so linking directly to Topshop
Quay Sunnies $55 (free shipping) - I was recently introduced to Quay and immediately became obsessed 

Are you excited about this new series to the blog?!! 
Do you have any of my wishlist items? 
Do you love??!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

One of the Most MAJOR SALES of the Year

One of my  favorite sales of the year is here!
If you love designer items, or just a higher quality overall, but sometimes feel like your bank account doesn't like them quite as much...THIS IS THE SALE FOR YOU!!

That's right!! It's a ShopBop Sale!!
The more you spend the more you save!  Just enter CODE - GOBIG18 and the discounts will be applied to your order!!

I've rounded up over Twenty items I'm adding to my shopping cart to help you sort through all the amazing finds!  This is definitely the time to update your wardrobe for spring and save big!

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After you shop you have to spill the details on your favorite items with me!!
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Gaither Kitchen: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

On Super Bowl Sunday I shared these delicious Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with all of you on my Instagram Stories and I had an overwhelming response of followers reach out for the recipe.

 So today I am sharing this super easy vegetarian bite size appetizer.  

Gather your Ingredients   

1 tbsp Butter 
1/2 cup Milk 
1/2 cup Water 
1 head Cauliflower 
2 tsp Garlic powder 
3/4 cup all-purpose flour - adjust as needed 
cauliflower should be coated but not dripping
1 tsp Paprika 
1/4 tsp Pepper, ground 
1/4 tsp Salt 
1 tsp Cumin 

Make Some Magic 

1. Preheat oven to 430F 

2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (this helps with sticking and helps with cleanup)

3. Wash cauliflower and cut into bite-sized florets

4. In a mixing bowl mix water, milk, flour, and all spices together – again mix until the cauliflower is coated but not dripping

5. The fun part – dip cauliflower into batter or if you are like me and always in a hurry, dump all cauliflower into the mixing bowl and give them a quick toss.  Shake off excess batter and space out cauliflower on parchment lined baking sheet

6. Bake for 20-25 mins and then give a good toss about 10-15 mins into cooking – 
this helps brown all sides

7. After you give them a turn start making your buffalo sauce.  In a saucepan melt butter and buffalo sauce together on low heat

8. Once cauliflower has cooked removed and gently toss in the buffalo sauce you prepared

9. Return cauliflower back to over to bake an additional 12-18 minutes. 
  Baking longer will help to crisp them. I also on the last minute turn the oven to broil (watching very closely) just to give an extra crisp. 

10. Plate and serve with dipping sauce of choice.  I of course went for my favorite…ranch!

And there you have it!   

Super easy, delicious, and meat free!

Happy Dipping! 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Top 5 Daily Beauty Essentials

Let me first start off by saying I am NO expert on this topic, but I have tried (like so many of us) just about every product on the market.  I also, have the incredibly talented hair and makeup artist Dena Christine close by guiding and pointing me in the right direction.  For Christmas this past year she totally set a sister up for success with several new products to try.

So, I'm sharing today 5 products that are now in my everyday routine that I will never be able to leave without again!  If you haven't tried these products I really hope you will give them a try. 
Per usual I am linking everything up to make it easier for you!  

1. Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer - I was one of the unfortunate Mama's who developed a pregnancy mask instead of that gorgeous pregnancy glow.  I was so happy pregnant that I really didn't realize I did not have that beautiful dewy complexion until after delivery and looking back at pictures.  After pregnancy I realized I had developed  Melasma and it is a bear to combat. I also have a larger pore size. When I say this primer is AMAZING...hear me!  It helps to conceal my pore size and keep my foundation in place to help conceal the skin discoloration. 

2. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion - To be completely honest I've always just considered my foundation as my primer for my eye-shadow, but eye shadow primer is a total game changer.  I never have to worry about smudges or creasing with this primer. 

3. Urban Decay All Nighter Finishing Spray - Remember that dewy skin I was talking about?!  This finishing spray total seals in your look and gives that fresh dewy look to your skin.  I use about three sprays and hold about 4 inches from my face when spraying.  With warmer months ahead this is a must to have in your beauty collection.  

4. Estee Lauder - Double Wear Light - I feel like most of you already know this is HANDS DOWN the BEST foundation ever.  BUT, for those that don't I promise you will thank me for this one.  I literally have tried every foundation on the market.  Prior to Fiona my face was crazy oily and nothing would stay on my face giving full coverage for more than a couple of hours.  I have worn double wear light and the double wear full cover for YEARS and no matter the season or cycle change in life this foundation stands the test of time! 

5. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - If you are looking to plump up your lashes without clumping this is the mascara for you!  I have super short lashes and this really gives them life.  On weekends I try to use my lash curler and that really helps too.

So there you have it!  
My top 5 everyday beauty essentials! 

Wishing you all a beautiful Valentine's Day!
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Cozy Valentine's Day

When your husband is on duty for the upcoming day of love you make plans with your darling daughter to snuggle on the couch, watch lots of RomComs, and try to be as cozy as possible! 

In preparation for our upcoming snuggle sesh  here are a few necessities I will be rounding up to make sure we are extra prepared for our girl-time!

The Details

1. The Limited Edition Diptyque Rose Delight Candle
2. Love + Grace Fleece Sweatshirt
3. Miss Fi is finally sleeping with a pillow - isn't this a total doll for a first pillow?!
4. Fiona is just as obsessed with slippers as I am... however, she has this weird thing where she likes to only wear one at a time! haha
5. Ok, so I know you think this adorable velvet bow is for Fiona...BUT, this Mama plans to fancy up her pony tail too!
6. Fiona has this darling set from Anthropologie.  How cute is the deer "Drink Up" cup?
7. My mug filled with coffee for our Rom Coms
8. & 9. Blush Pillows I cannot get enough of them! You can find the chunky knit pillow here and the blush faux fur here.
10. We gotta wrap up!  This heart throw will be perfect!
11. Yall know I will have my slippers on!  I put them on the very second I walk into our house! No matter the day or time!

What are your Valentines plans?!
Will you be curled up in your comfies or dolled up and hitting the town?!
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