Girl’s Night Out Dress & Romper Roundup

Girl's Night Out Dresses - Date Night Dresses and Rompers

Now that I have a kiddo at home, I rarely go out anymore. On occasion, I love myself a girl’s night out or dinner with my husband. For either, my go to outfit is a cute little dress or a fun romper.

Since most of my plans are last minute, I usually end up scrambling to find something to wear. I figured it’s time I stock up on a couple of outfits to have on hand in case a fun occasion sneaks up on me. Any of these dresses and rompers are perfect for either a girl’s night out or a date night with your man! I actually picked up the floral romper recently for my Family Night with Stella Artois.

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Decorating John’s Room, Courtesy of Havenly

Boy Toddler Room - Home Decorating Inspiration

BEYOND excited about this update! BEYOND!!! A few weeks ago, reached out to me about teaming up and after getting more info about their unique decorating services, I was totally on board! At Havenly, the room of your choice gets professionally designed and delivered, all online and all for one low flat fee per room. Absolutely brilliant! I know exactly what I want and love, but having a professional help me hone in all of my ideas was SO helpful. I never imagined that I would be able to work with an interior decorator, but Havenly makes their services affordable and convenient. Check out their concept boards below. I need your help deciding on a design!

We moved into our new home in March and after picking out every single light fixture, paint color, bricks, shingles, cabinets, countertops, appliances, faucets, and everything else, I was SO done making choices. It was such an amazing and fun process, but I was burnt out on design decisions and needed to recharge before I could start decorating. Five months later, right when my creative energy started flowing again and I was getting ready to give John’s room a makeover, I met and fell in love with Havenly! Great timing!

Nesting wasn’t an option in John’s nursery because we moved into a rental when I was nine months pregnant and moved again on his first birthday, although I did my best with a bit of gender neutral decor. Now that he is a toddler and into everything, he deserves a fun little boy room that is childproofed, yet will grow with him. I shared last week’s “rustic meets whimsical” toddler boy room inspiration post with the team at Havenly (collage above), sent them the dimensions for John’s room, set a budget for products, filled out their questionnaire, and five days later, they delivered two amazing product concept boards that I couldn’t wait to share with you all (below). They even incorporated actual pics of the crib and dresser we already have and would like to work into the new design.

Now that John’s two room concepts have been delivered to my inbox, I need your help! Please take a look at the room boards below and take a vote on your fav – safari or surf shack. I have a fav in mind, but I could totally be persuaded ;) For some reason, I was going to wait until my room renderings were delivered to share all of this with you all, but when these concept boards came in, I was bursting with excitement to get your feedback. I hope you’ll share your thoughts on what room I should go for in the comments below.

Upon giving feedback to Havenly on their concepts, they will deliver two room renderings to showcase their ideas on how everything should be laid out and I can’t wait to share those in a future update, so I hope you’ll check in again soon.

Safari Room


Surf Shack Beach Room


Which concept board do you like best? I hope you’ll share your thoughts!

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Blackberry Sangria

Blackberry Sangria Recipe

Happy last Boozey Tuesdays of summer! As the season comes to an end, so does my summer cocktail series. I hope you all tried out a recipe or two? If so, you’ll have to let me know what you think.

Today, I have a blackberry sangria for you all, my second favorite cocktail ever, just after the frozen mudslide. The blackberry sangria will transition your summer sangria into fall by replacing the white wine and light summer fruit with your favorite cabernet and blackberries. I’ve actually covered this blackberry sangria recipe at my blog before (it’s a recipe from Carrabbas), but I had to bring it back for Boozey Tuesdays and thought it needed an updated pic. Enjoy!

Blackberry Sangria

Yield: 8 Blackberry Sangrias

Blackberry Sangria


  • 1 bottle red wine (inexpensive, or your favorite will do)
  • 6.5 ounces of Tuaca
  • 14 ounces of Monin Blackberry Mix Syrup
  • 14 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 small can Sprite
  • 1/2 cup blackberries


  1. In a pitcher, combine house wine, Tuaca, blackberry syrup, and cranberry juice. Serve over ice with a splash of sprite and garnish with a blackberry. Enjoy!

Blackberry Sangria Recipe

If you have any favorite fall cocktails, I hope you’ll share your recipes in the comments below :) I love getting inspiration from you all!

Manicure Mondays – Scribble Nails

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen

Happy Manicure Mondays everyone! This entire week, I’ll be saying farewell to summer with one last summer manicure, Boozey Tuesday cocktail, a seafood recipe and more. I found these Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Pens earlier this season and thought there were perfect for fun, playful and bright, perfect for my last manicure of the season :)

Also, if you haven’t entered yet, my Zoya Entice giveaway ends tomorrow :)

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens in red, turquoise, yellow, and magenta. These pens are perfect for doodling all over your nails. They’re way easier to use than a thin brush and polish.

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen

To get the look, start by paining your nails with a white cream nail polish. Cut tape into triangles and press firmly onto dry nails. Make sure there are no bubbles in the tape, otherwise the ink may get under the tape and not show clear edge.

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen

Using the Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Pens, scribble horizontally across your nail with each color. Since I was using 4 colors, I made sure each stripe took up about 1/4 of my nail. Make sure the the scribble goes across the tape so that it really forms an edge of color along the tape line. Next, slowly remove the tape while the polish is still wet. If you get some smudges or color that got under any tape bubbles, you can correct this by going back over those places with your white nail polish. After the nail art scribbles are dry, top with a clear coat. Make sure the scribbles are completely dry so that they don’t smear with the top coat brush.

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen

Some tips on using these pens – it takes a while for the tip to fill with color. You’ll need a thick piece of paper and will have to dab the top of the pen on the paper several times to get it all inked up. Also, make sure you put the caps back on immediately. They dry up pretty quickly.

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

I’ve been making this recipe for years, long before most people had ever heard about it (it was my very own unique discovery for a while). I remember bringing it to a work potluck and it was a huge hit. Everyone wanted the recipe, which I always feel is the best compliment!

I figured most people had tried it by now, but when I brought it to a party last weekend, it was still the most flocked to and talked about appetizer at the get together. This is a recipe I LOVE to make for our football game day festivities!

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip


  • 2 medium chicken breasts
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
  • 1 bunch carrots, cleaned, peeled, and cut into 4 inch pieces
  • 1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers or tortilla chips


  1. Boil chicken breasts until cooked through. Shred into small pieces using two forks to tear apart.
  2. Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.
  3. Mix in cheese over the top and cook until warm and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks, carrots and crackers.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

What are your favorite football game day recipes?

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Friday’s Fab Five – Fall Recipes

Fall Recipes DIY Vanilla Slow Cooker Chicken Tiki Masala Homemade Apple Cider Beer Cheese Soup Pumpkin Cream Cheese Rollup Bread

I bet you can’t guess this Friday’s Fab Five theme is? Today, I’m featuring fall recipes to get you in the mood for the season that’s just days away. These are my favorite fall recipes that will be in regular rotation until warmer weather comes around again. I hope you’ll share all of your fav fall recipes in the comments below.

  • Every year, I make a few bottles of homemade DIY vanilla for my winter baking and holiday stocking stuffers for my friends that love to bake. It takes about 3 months for the vanilla beans and vodka to infuse, so now is a good time to get started on this easy DIY. Making your own vanilla is such an interesting gift, looks cool on your counter, is WAY less expensive than buying the original, and tastes exactly the same.
  • This slowcooker tiki masala is pure comfort food. I make a big batch of it and freeze the extra sauce so I can just thaw some out when I’m not in the mood for cooking. It’s one of my most pinned recipes and it’s so delicious!
  • Would you believe that I found it nearly impossible to find an apple cider recipe that didn’t include apple cider as one of the main ingredients. I wanted a recipe that was actually from scratch, using apples, instead of just buying apple cider and adding cinnamon and a few other ingredients. Simmer this on your stovetop and your house will smell like fall.
  • Last fall I was CRAVING beer cheese soup in a bad way! I couldn’t find any by calling around to several local restaurants, so I took matters into my own hands lol. I found a good recipe, hit the grocery store, and came home to make a huge batch. It was amazing!
  • Last, but not least, my pumpkin cream cheese rollup recipe. I made several of these last year – it was the perfect hostess gift for all of our get togethers and I also made it for my “pumpkin, cream cheese loving” friend’s October birthday. It just looks cool and people are always more interested when they find out it’s homemade.

What will you be making this fall? I hope you’ll share your recipes in the comments section below. I’d love some inspiration from you all.

Support Your Toddler’s Brain Development With Enfagrow

As a mommy that’s been concerned about my boy John getting the nutrition he needs for proper brain development, I was thrilled to team up with Enfamil to try out their Enfagrow products for toddlers as a part of this sponsored post program.


My boy, my boy! That little stinker is growing up so big, SO fast! It feels like just a minute ago we were starting him on baby food – I sat him on my lap and held his dancing hands so he wouldn’t whack the spoon away from my husband as he went in for his first bite of real food, green beans to be exact. Shortly after, he graduated to a high chair and finger foods, and it just makes you realize how fast they grow up and how quickly their needs change! At the moment, we’re doing our best at a good dose of spoon training, but it mostly entails bowl slinging and what looks like the aftermath of a food fight at every meal lol. He’s getting the hang of it, VERY slowly, but surely!


We were able to successfully wean John off of a bottle a couple of months ago {not easy at all, especially that night time bottle}; however, even though he has finally transitioned to a sippy cup pretty well, he’s just not a big fan of cow’s milk at all. Hopefully that will come with time.

My little picky drinker has me so worried that he’s not getting the nutrition he needs for proper brain development, so I was beyond excited when I heard that Enfamil has created a line for toddlers called Enfagrow. I’ve teamed up Enfamil and they’ve given me the opportunity to try out a couple of their Enfagrow products. I really feel like their Toddler Transitions and Toddler Next Step is going to help fill in the nutritional gaps in John’s diet.


I am so happy that Enfagrow has come through for toddlers that aren’t getting enough DHA in their diet for healthy brain development. In fact, on average, toddlers only get about 25% of the DHA many experts recommend from their diet! DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and a building block for the brain. Since 85% of brain growth happens within the first three years of a child’s life, it is important to maintain the recommended levels through the toddler years to help them reach milestones, yet this building block is found naturally in foods {such as fatty fish} that generally aren’t included in a young toddler’s diet.


John loved the Enfagrow Toddler Transitions and started chugging it right away.

Enfagrow not only has DHA, but it also contains, choline and iron to help support your toddler’s brain development, calcium, vitamin D and 30 total nutrients for growth, as well as a natural defense dual prebiotics blend designed to help support digestive health. This is definitely a product I feel so good about and it has addressed all concerns I had with the nutrition my little man may have been lacking.


So tell me mommy friends, did any of you have the same concerns when your toddler was transitioning from a bottle to a well-balanced meal? We always do our best to make sure John gets plenty of meat, veggies, and fruit in his diet, but I am so happy that Enfagrow will offer up more nutrients that may have been lacking in his meals.

In addition to the Transitions and Next Step products Enfamil sent my way, they are also giving away a fun gift package to one of my readers including one Toddler Transitions 21 ounce can and one Toddler Next Step Natural Milk Flavor 24 ounce can! For a chance to win, leave a comment at this post and tell me what you love about Enfagrow, or why you’d love for your toddler to try this product. The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, September 24th.

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