Last Minute Gifts For First Time Parents

I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners Holy heck, y'all, there are only a few days left until Christmas!  If you are like me then you no doubt waited until the last minute to do the bulk of your gift shopping and are now frantically trying to pull something out of nowhere.  I have always been a bit of a procrastinator, but whoa.  This year snuck up on me quicker than ever!  When Judah was born I didn't really know anyone else with kids, but over the past year a lot of my friends have had littles so I have quite a few babies to shop for.  Most of them are first time parents, so when deciding what to gift I … [Read more...]

Rainbow Paint Party With A Fun Snacking Station

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This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldFishMix #CollectiveBias One of the best parts about living in the South during Winter is that it never really gets very cold.  While we do get a few weeks in the 30's, for the most part our Winters are mild and hover between 40's to 60's throughout the season.  Awesome for a girl who hates cold weather, eh?  The past two weeks have been a bit on the colder side and I've started feeling a little cooped up, so when I saw a forecast for the sunny 60's this week I decided to throw together an adorable rainbow paint party to get out of my funk featuring bright colors and Goldfish cracker … [Read more...]

Easy Peppermint Bark

I've always been a fan of peppermint flavored creations during the holidays.  I don't know why, because I normally don't like peppermint at any other time of the year, but there is just something about that minty flavor that goes along with the holiday season for me.  I mean, there are some things that just are the holidays for you, right?  Well that's what peppermint is for me, so I have a fabulously easy recipe for some holiday peppermint bark that is as delicious as it is simple.  This is fabulous as an everyday treat, a great edible gift or for a fun holiday themed party! This recipe is so easy that even the kitchen challenged crowd can rock it! So, what do you need to whip up … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Bites With Cashewmilik Crust

I created these easy pumpkin pie bites in partnership with Silk.  All opinions are my own. I am a huge fan of pumpkin pie.  I love it so much that every December I bake at least one pumpkin pie.  It's my go-to.  I usually stick to the same classic recipe that I grew up on, but I also love to try new things so when I heard about Silk's new Cashewmilk I just had to try it for myself.  You know how loyal I am to the Silk brand, so I wasn't surprised that I LOVED their new Cashewmilk!  And as soon as I tasted it, I immediately thought of using it instead of ice water in my regular pie crust recipe to give it a hint of nutty flavor.  And since I was in the mood for a little change, I decided to … [Read more...]

Fabulously Festive OREO Balls

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #OREOCookieBalls Oh my goodness.  You guys.  Have you ever heard of OREO cookie balls?  I hadn't until recently but they are basically like cake pops but better.  And when I say better I mean OREO flavored, y'all.  Could there be a more perfect treat?   I don't know, but ever since seeing them on Pinterest recently I haven't been able to get them out of my head.  And do you know what I did?  I grabbed all the ingredients from Walmart and made them!  Now, I must warn you, I have had my fair share of cake ball fails.  I'm talking epic, lumpy, clumpy, candy coating falling … [Read more...]

Holiday Style Tips For Kids Photos

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation. #GiveHappy As a photographer December is a crazy busy month.  Everyone wants to do holiday photo sessions of their family, their kids, their newborns, etc. to share with their loved ones.  After all, what's better than receiving an adorably thoughtful photo card from someone you care about?  I know for me personally, it brightens my day to open the mailbox and find a little ray of sunshine.  I just sent off a batch of photo cards myself, and it felt really good to #GIVEHAPPY and hopefully make someone … [Read more...]

Give The Gift Of Yum With Gingerbread Caramel Cookie Cups

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TasteTheSeason #Collectivebias It's no secret that I adore baking.  I don't do it a lot because I just don't have that much time to, but during the holidays I love creating festive desserts and gifting treats to my friends and family.  I love edible gifts because they really show heart behind them and I think it's incredibly special to create something for someone you care about.  Plus it's a lot more wallet friendly to gift homemade.  I have really been getting into the trendy food movement recently, and let me tell you, there are SO MANY yummy things going on right now!  Did you know … [Read more...]

Have A Healthy Holiday With Thirty Minute Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet potato chili recipe for healthy eating over the holidays, 30 minute meal that's packed with flavor.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplyHealthy #CollectiveBias You guys. Thanksgiving was five days ago and I am STILL trying to unstuff myself from all the amazing food I had over the weekend!  I am normally a very healthy eater but there is just something about that holiday that makes everyone go a little overboard.  With Christmas right around the corner and inevitably more irresistible indulgences going on I wanted to talk about sticking to nutritional goals during the food filled holiday and share a super easy recipe for sweet potato chili! I've been a vegetarian for just over ten years now, and during that … [Read more...]

Festive Nail Art, Quality Time And A DIY Piggy Paint Gift

Piggy Paint diy nail art ornament gift. Great to hang on the tree or as a stocking stuffer!

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PamperedPiggies #CollectiveBias My daughter and I have a weekly girl time tradition.  My husband works every Tuesday, and with Judah in school it is just Kaia and I for the day so we spend our morning painting our nails, watching movies and (if we have time) making a craft or two.  I LOVE our Tuesdays together and I feel like I have been really getting to know Kaia on a new level without everyone else around.  Judah had two years alone with us before she came along, and since he has been in school this is really the first time that Kaia has gotten any real one on one time with either … [Read more...]

Rock Your Holiday Photos And Send Love With Shutterfly

Shutterfly holiday cards are a great way to send love this season!

This post is brought to you through a partnership with Shutterfly.  All opinions and ideas are my own. With the holidays right around the corner one thing that's probably on your mind is making sure you can get some great photos of your kids or family.  Being a photographer myself this is the absolute busiest time of the year for me and the number one thing everyone wants are photo filled holiday cards.  I don't remember these being so popular when I was growing up, but these days it seems like photo cards are the standard. It's a great thing, but getting professional photos taken is a bit of a luxury that can sometimes stretch already tight holiday budgets a little *too* far.  With entry … [Read more...]