Friday, July 19, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Some things that are making life a little sweeter these days:
This tee from Anthropologie is perfection. It's light weight, drape-y in just the right places and on sale right now in all colors! I bought it in white and don't ever want to take it off.
My search for face sunscreen has ended.  This stuff is awesome- the mineral-based formula leaves a matte finish with just enough color to make you feel polished while being protected.


James Robert received this Petit bateau onsie as a gift and it is one of the cutest items in summer rotation.  Anything French and baby is usually a win-win in my book.


We're quickly approaching solids and I can't wait to try my hand at baby food.  My sister is law swears by the recipes in this book and I've been having fun reading about all the fun that is to ensue.


My friend recently posted a picture of this saying on her nursery wall. I hadn't heard this before, but the sentiment hit home and made me smile.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Happy Friday!  This weekend is going to be so special; our immediate families are coming to Charlotte to help us celebrate James Robert's baptism on Sunday.
We're in a flurry getting the house ready this morning before everyone arrives, doesn't this vignette look like the perfect way to greet guests?

This drink, via Jenny, looks so refreshing and perfect for summer nights.

For my Charlotte friends, I have two things to share with you.  One are these adorable bracelets I discovered through BLC from On A String. Such a cute shop, these gold bangles are perfect presents. Also, Shower me with Love is having a buy one get one sale this weekend. It is my favorite place for adorable kids clothes!

And I'm adding this book to my summer reading list; I have heard such good things.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend as well! xoxo 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sunroom Before and After

The  radio scilence over here is attributed to figuring out this working mom thing. Hope you'll hang in there with  me!  Suffice to say, it's a work in progress... much like our sunroom.  Our sunroom sat neglected for a few years.  But this spring, we decided it was time to spruce it up a bit and create a space that would allow us to enjoy the extra square footage in our home.

My idea was to extend the feel of the adjacent interior rooms to this outdoor space while keeping in mind the functionality of dining for us and play for James Robert.  While it's not quite "done" {I use that term loosely now... because, when is it ever, really?!}, we are thrilled with the additional living area we've created.

Let's start from the beginning.  Here is square one.  Wood paneled walls on three sides and red cedar siding on a third.
Not to mention a hideously old ceiling fan and unflattering outdoor sconces. 

Here's what we ended up with.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Blueberry Coffee Cake

I was told that my homemade coffee cake was a resounding hit for Father's Day, so I'm happy to bookmark it for future breakfasts. We taste tested ours with a late, but I'm sure it would be splendid with a mimosa as well.

It makes a bunch, so this would be a great take-along dish for a shower or hostess gift.  

Blueberry Coffee Cake (adapted from here)

Ingredients:
1 cup of sugar
1 tbs of canola oil
1 large egg
1 cup of milk (I used almond milk)
2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp of kosher salt
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of blueberries
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment combine sugar, oil, vanilla and egg and beat until combined.
  3. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and mix briefly to combine.
  4. Add milk and mix on low speed until combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly, sprinkle on blueberries.
  6. Topping: Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter and nuts (if using) in a small bowl and mix well.
  7. Sprinkle topping over prepared batter.
  8. Place cake in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake is golden brown. Allow to cool in pan and then cut into squares.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Lately

This weekend, I got behind the lens and played with my baby.  The experience brought to focus the beauty of simple moments for which I'm eternally grateful.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Happy Friday Friends!
James Robert has his party hat on, how about you? Sooo ready to kick back and relax after this week.  Wanted to share some goodies with you:

  • I am beyond excited to have won Melanie's Golden Thread Giveaway {cue happy dance}. If you haven't checked out her blog, Style Scout, definitely hop over.  I adore her style.  I'm also beyond excited to monogram my new necklace with my baby's initials so I can wear him closer to my heart. 
  • I'm still working on getting my home office together and am thinking of doing a DIY upholstered pin board.  Hopefully will squeeze in some project time this weekend.
  • We are so excited to celebrate Father's Day this weekend.  I have so many wonderful Dad's in my life.  This recipe looks like the perfect way to spoil my husband this weekend. 
  • And thanks to Birchbox {I'm obsessed, by the way} I was introduced to this 100% Pure vanilla bean lotion. It smells divine and is all natural. 
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mrs Meyers Review

I was recently contact by Mrs Meyers to review some of their products.  Already a big fan of their dish and hand soap, I was thrilled to receive the Baby Blossom detergent and Sweet Pea laundry set to try. Their company ethos of earth-friendly products coupled with their recent "Grow Inspired" campaign are what I like about their brand.
Baby blossom detergent 
sweet pea se
But how do they stack up?

Efficacy:
  • After using all of the products and putting them through James Robert's very rigorous blow-out test, I was really pleased to see that the detergent was gentle but very effective at getting out baby stains.  Helping the cause, my husband also donated some dirty clothes for me to try the Sweet Pea stain remover and I was really surprised by how well it worked, while having a great smell.

Green rating: 
  • This is where things get tricky.  There is a continuum for green products and I think these products fall somewhere in the middle. I studied the ingredients list and both of these products fare far better than most conventional brands. However, they do contain some ingredients that are questionable-- namely the synthetic fragrances (they are compliance with IFRA/ RIFM (International Fragrance Association and Research Institute for Fragrance Materials) guidelines for safety).  I love the smell of the products sent to me, however, I wouldn't recommend these products for families with sensitivities to smell or highly sensitive skin.
Price point: 
  • Compared with other baby detergent, this falls somewhere in the middle at $15.99 for 64oz, it is highly concentrated though, so it will last forever.
Overall:
  • Overall, I give these products a B-. I love that they work well and leave my clothes smelling great, but when it comes to being good for my family, there are other brands that do not use synthetic fragrances and are eco-friendly that I would likely turn to in the future if I'm going to spend that kind of money on detergent.   
  • I have used Dr Bronner's, Charlie's Soap, All Free and Clear and EcoStore (which I blogged about here) in the past.
Thanks to Mrs Meyers for letting me review their products. I'm interested in know, are you loyal to a laundry detergent? What do you like for you and your family?

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