Monday, August 3, 2015

Favorites.... Coffee Table Book Love

I love books... the ones you read, the ones you can flip through, and ones that serve as decor in the home. I've been adding a few of these to my Amazon cart because one can never have too much reading material, right? And others I already have but I'm recommending you get them, too. Some are even husband-approved. And the fact that these have such gorgeous inspiration is just icing on the cake. 
 one || two || three|| four || five || six || seven || eight || nine 

So tell me... do you have any favorite coffee tables book I need to check out or add to the collection?? 

Friday, July 31, 2015

five on friday

One || Farmbox
I love a convenient subscription service, especially ones that I actually use and serves a purpose. Say hello to Farmbox, an innovative twist to the traditional CSA//Farmer's Market, and makes it SO easy to eat healthy, locally grown foods, accessible to anyone in the continental U.S.
Founded by Ashley Tyrner, Farmbox Direct lets customers customize a box of fresh, local produce and have it delivered to their front door via FedEx, starting at just $34.98. Unlike most dinner meal kits, Farmbox is customizable for picky eaters like myself and loaded with 15 pounds of produce to juice, cook, can, or freeze. They even offer Natural and Organic options to suit different customers produce needs. 
They are growing quickly! They will be the first to accept SNAP benefits (foodstamps) online, and is working on a HMO program that will allow subscribers to be reimbursed for part of their weekly Farmbox delivery by showing healthy eating to their insurance providers. 
Farmbox Direct makes eating clean and being green easy on you and your wallet. They even send you recipes so you can venture out of your comfort zone and try some new items! Our box including all kinds of tasty fruit and veggies...this was a fun way to get my girls to try new foods, too! My favorites were the mushrooms, grapefruit, asparagus, and avocado... they were all put to VERY good use. 

Two || Beauty by Shala... Eyelash Extensions
I tried out my first set of eyelash extensions about 3 weeks ago and I cannot say enough great things about these "additions". I've had so many close friends ask me what was different about my eyes so it's a visible difference, but one that is subtle. Even better, I don't have to worry about mascara when I'm running out the door and I feel way more refreshed and energized. Local friends... are you looking to try these out for yourself?? Check out my girl @beautybyshala. She is doing a special promo for my blog readers so just mention my name or Hello! Happiness when you visit her... a full set is only $120 (instead of the normal $220). You won't be disappointed! I'm going back next week for a fill-in and might be asking for her to add a few more for fullness. She is a beauty guru and also focuses on eyelash tinting, brow shaping, and waxing, too and conveniently located in Belle Meade. See more of her work and featured services here.
Three ||  Jumpsuit Love
I couldn't wait to share this snapshot of a new favorite I found the other day at my local Nordstrom Rack store... and even better, it's available on their website [buy it here]! It's $30 so that's a win obviously, but the fit is great for gals on the shorter side like me (I am 5'4") and it's SO comfy as well. Don't miss out on this one my dears... as for fit, I bought the XS and it's made to be a little roomy, too. Looking for some other options?? Check some of these styles out too... easy on the wallet and fun prints that would look great on so many body types. 
Jumpsuits: onetwo | three | four | five
Four || Food for Thought
Amen... life is too short to blend in with everyone and everything else. Plus, flamingos are WAY more fun than pigeons... right? This means the zoo is in our near future because it's been too long. 
Five || The Effect of Leslie
And finally, I'm sure many of you have heard the tragic news of my blogging friend, Leslie Sisti of A Blonde Ambition, leaving this world far too soon this past Monday. It's been a somber week and I can't lie, she has popped into my mind many times and it gets me every time I think of her baby girls (Caroline and Ainsley) as well as her husband Stephen and their extended group of family and friends. Leslie was an extremely genuine person, one that always had a smile on her face and always went out of her way to bring joy to others... I know she is no longer in any pain and her heart is full, but if you could take a moment or two and say some prayers for everyone in Arkansas today, I know they need all the support they can get as they lay her to rest. Leslie, I can't thank you enough for being a wonderful support system as we both embarked on the two under two journey together... our ongoing communication was always some of my favorite, I learned so much from you, and your presence will be missed immensely. We are thinking about you today my beautiful, dear friend and I can't say it hasn't been anything short of amazing to see the blogging community come together to honor you... it just goes to show that this "network" can do a lot of good and thank you for bringing so many of us together. Be Blessed Leslie! 
A GoFundMe Page has been established to benefit both Caroline and Ainsley's college funds... if you feel drawn to do so, please help donate to these amazing girls and to honor their mom and all she did for so many. We love you Leslie!
#rememberingleslie #beblessedlovelies

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Apples, Sweet Potatoes, and Onions

I had a bunch of you commenting on Instagram the other day when I posted a snapshot of one of our favorite recipes, so I wanted to be sure to post it here for you to reference. First of all, all props to this discovery go to my good friend Christina from North Carolina Charm for introducing me to this staple. It's a no-brainer, a winner for all four peeps in my household, and the fact it's something that is easy, nutritious, AND will always guarantee leftovers, it's on the regular rotation... 
Here's the details on Carolina Charm's Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Onions [Adapted from Gluten Free Fix]
  • 2.5 LB Pork Roast [tied to hold shape]
  • 2 Honeycrisp Apples, quartered
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 Sweet Onion, sliced
  • 1/2 TSP Sweet Paprika
  • 1/2 TSP Rosemary
  • 1/4 TSP Cumin
  • 1/4 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper 
  • Olive Oil

1|| Preheat broiler to 500. Rub pork with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on sheet tray and broil for 15 minutes, flipping half way through cooking time.
2|| Meanwhile, chop apples, sweet potatoes and onions. Toss in oil and spices. Arrange on sheet tray around pork roast.
3|| Turn oven to down 450, and roast for 20-30 minutes,until apples and sweet potatoes are tender and meat reaches 120 degrees. This is a preference, most might say to cook to 140, but that is how you get dry pork. Allow the meat to rest at least 10 minutes before slicing and it will continue to cook and will be juicy! Return sliced pork and juices to the pan. Serve sliced pork with sweet potatoes, apples and onions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blogger Crush... Emily McCarthy

In my next life, I hope I am half as cool as Emily McCarthy. I stumbled upon her amazingness a few years ago when I was researching inspiration for Sugar Bit branding and her entire portfolio of goodness has had me swooning ever since. 
She is a lifestyle designer based in Savannah, Georgia. She's all about savvy style and stays true to her southern roots and has the most adorable little family. Emily works with clients nationwide and specializes in branding design, wedding paper styling, creating the world's most gorgeous custom monograms, and also has an online shoppe featuring gifts as well as stationery and party goods. Let's just say I have a girl crush on this lady... and everything she does is perfection in my book. Can we be friends please?? 

Need any help when it comes to etiquette? You know I am a stickler for these things... read her guidelines for weddings, monograms, invitations, and stationery PLEASE. And her newly released pillows, fabrics, AND wallpaper??? Be still my heart. 
See more of her work featured on her blog here
Check here out on Pinterest || Instagram || Twitter || Facebook

**I love to shop small, support other entrepreneurs, and showcase amazing talent... this post is not a collaboration or paid feature of any kind, but a fun post to share with others who may be looking for assistance in branding, design, home decor, or weddings and parties! All thoughts and opinions expressed within are that of my own. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Birthday Shenanigans and Weekend Rewind

It took me two days to wind down from the birthday last weekend... and yes, having one [or three] too many adult beverages can do that to you these days my friends. Holy moly that one hurt! I finally got a chance to decompress, get back to the regular daily grind, and I wanted to make sure I gave a little love for some friends who made my #32 so special! 
My day started out with champs... only fitting, right? Makes the work BIRTHday way more fun! Then I got serenaded by the two sweetest littles in all the world... and no, nothing is better than getting to hear them sing "Happy Birthday"... I hope I never forget the sound of their voices at this age!! They couldn't wait to help me open my presents... handmade gifts from the pottery studio: coasters with their handprints and a fun new jar to hold my k-cups. Keepsakes I can hold onto forever! 
The girls were off to Mimi and Pap's house for a sleepover for the night so I had a fun lunch date at Local Taco and then spent the afternoon taking it easy and resting... I know, I could get used to this! 
Then it was time to get ready... a night out with my nearest and dearest was just what the doctor ordered and of course Jeff had everything all taken care of. And of course I couldn't wait to put on my new romper that I got from the girls at The Mill, my go-to boutique for the cutest apparel and accessories. 
Meg and Aaron came and met us at our place and then we hopped on Uber to venture out downtown for pre-dinner cocktails at Silo... which just happens to have a fun, relaxing bar. And P.S. I will forever recommend The Paloma as a favorite cocktail option|| tequila + lime + agave syrup + soda + grapefruit. 
Then it was off to dinner... we walked from Silo to 5th and Taylor, the newest hot spot in town, and I had been dying to eat there!! Whatever the birthday girl wants, right?? The ambiance was beyond gorgeous and we will be back for certain... just be sure to make reservations a month or so in advance and definitely order the Beef Zabuton, you won't be disappointed! 
Oh! And for all you celeb stalkers, Connie Britton was sitting directly across from us... luckily we didn't go paparazzi on her and her dining companion, but we MAY have just stared and tried to play it cool instead ;). Lauren and Andy came to meet us for post-dinner drinks at the restaurant, so of course we just HAD to order dessert, too... it was a wonderful night celebrating a new year of life, and opening some amazing pretties. 
And thanks to some helpful "accomplices" who made sure my day was extra special! OXOX
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