11/30/2016

WEEK IN SIX PICS...

{A basket of my mom's cute ornaments that will go on her tree... She actually found those at the Dollar Tree!}

Hi there! How was your Thanksgiving?? I hope it went well. It's been quiet in these parts - again. I know. My Thanksgiving went really well until I caught some sort of stomach bug near the end. I'm still not feeling that great and am spending as much time as I can resting (i.e. it's 7PM right now and I'm already in bed for the night!) Anyway, I thought I would share some photos I took over the break. I'll be back here as soon as I feel better! Fingers crossed that will be soon... Have a great rest of the week!


{The chopped vegetables I used to make a version of this braised turkey. It was SO SO SO good and super easy to make. I basically followed the recipe for the dark meat except for adding the flour and the cognac. Trust me - it was amazing without those things. }


{Cheese for the macaroni and cheese. I planned to make this mac & cheese. But once I got home, my mom was raving about John Legend's (the singer) mac & cheese. She said she had made it recently and that it was really good. So I made it (such an easy recipe) and everyone loved it! }

{My new favorite pair of glasses, and a few cozy cable knit sweaters I wore during the break. That top sweater is easily one of my favorites this season. It's still on sale! }

{An outtake during a photo shoot with my brother. I was wearing an all-black outfit, so naturally a lint brush was necessary. :) That clutch is a staple that I will quite possibly have forever. }


{ And the vanilla pound cake that I make every year for Thanksgiving... Everyone scarfed it up, which made me happier than I would have been if I was able to eat a slice myself.... :) }
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11/24/2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING + LINKS!!

Friendsgiving Table | Sacramento Street


Happy Thanksgiving!!! Have you eaten yet?? If you are reading this in the morning, I am currently in the kitchen at my parent's house cooking up the sides with my mom while a random cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie is on in the background. That's how we roll... :)

Anyway, in case you need a little downtime from family, I have lots of good links for you below to peruse. There are lots of good sales, home tours, food, and other random stuff that I hope you enjoy!! Also, see some of my sale picks at the end of the post! Have a great rest of the week and I'll see you back here next week!


Good Sales
Everything here is 50% off... This top & these boots - wanted.
Everything here is 50% off, too! I just got these pjs. LOVE...
Almost everything here is 40% off! That never happens...
Their sweaters have been on point this year! I already snatched this one (in new off white) @50% off.
My favorite sale to stock up on these pjs, good gifts, and cute tops...
One of my favorite places to shop small and shop for gifts!
This coat... Yes.


Good Spaces
This condo tour blew me away - especially the "cloffice..."
This home tour is pretty special, too...
Homes in Charleston, SC are amazing, especially this one...
So much pretty in this issue...


Good Things
10 things I'm still thankful for...
How to keep going... Loved this.
The beauty of self-care. So good to know...
Proof that you can be stylish at any age...
I love a good wedding video and naturally her video doesn't dissapoint...
She created a new website for her gift guide this year, so you know it's good...


Good Food & Drinks
In case you are in need of a good salad after today...
And in case you have lots of leftever turkey...
The best wines that are under $30...
This banana bread has GOT to be good...
Love this spin on peanut butter cups...


use the arrows to scroll and see more!





Image via Sacramento Street
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11/16/2016

OUR THANKSGIVING DAY MENU...

So after I finished my last post, I thought it would be fun to share our actual Thanksgiving Day menu. Many of you have asked me what I'm eating this year and the answer is a LOT of good stuff! My thyroid antibody level is still slightly high (I am SO close to normal though!), so I am sticking to the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP) and this routine for a bit longer. As much as I hated it in the beginning, I am actually starting to like it. Most importantly, I feel about 98% better than I did this time last year. And when it comes to food, there are actually a lot of foods that I can have - I just have to figure out ways to get creative and incorporate lots of flavor without adding flour, butter, eggs, cheese, refined sugar, and a few other things that are in practically EVERYTHING - especially Thanksgiving food. That has been the tricky part, but I've learned a lot over the past 8 months and I will be incorporating what I've learned into our Thanksgiving Day meal. 

Below is a list of what we are having! Gosh my mouth is watering... I would never want my family to be deprived of things like mac & cheese, dressing, and pound cake because of my issues, so my mom and I are still cooking those things for them. The things I will be eating are denoted with a (*), which means they are mostly AIP or can be easily adapted into an AIP recipe. Also, all of the ingredients in the AIP recipes will be organic. I have included links to the most of the recipes in case you are interested!

Main Course



Soups + Sides

Country Collard Greens (my mom's recipe) *
Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes w/ Baked Pink Lady Apples *

Desserts

Southwest Georgia Pound Cake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream
Nada Moo Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream topped w/ Cinnamon Baked Apples *


What are you having???



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11/14/2016

13 AMAZING DESSERTS FOR THANKSGIVING...

Pumpkin Cupcakes | Savor Home

It's almost Thanksgiving!!! I admit that I was a little down about it due to my current dietary restrictions, but I'm good now! My mom and I have planned an amazing menu - one that doesn't make me feel left out, so I'm excited! I'll be sharing our menu with you later this week! I know some of you are in the midst of planning your menu, so I thought I might be of help and share a few desserts with you that would be perfection!!! These are a few of the most popular, easiest, and delicious recipes I've posted here. I hope they help you out! :)

No-Bake Cheesecake | Savor Home

Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake | Savor Home

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie | Savor Home

Strawberry Brownie Cake | Savor Home

Strawberry Brownie Cake | Savor Home

Chocolate Cake | Savor Home

Southwest Georgia Pound Cake | Savor Home


Here are a few additional desserts that might be worth trying...




Streusel Cake (a good dessert for breakfast! :)

All images by me 
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11/08/2016

HOME TOUR: A MODERN 18TH CENTURY FARMHOUSE...

Modern Farmhouse via Rue Daily | Savor Home
It's Election Day! So how about a home tour?? Pretty interiors calm my nerves, so maybe this will calm your nerves, too if you are in need of some nerve-calming. I ran across this home yesterday and I think I viewed the slideshow of it three times. I love it! The home was built in the 18th century and was recently renovated to accommodate the homeowner's modern standards. I think they did an amazing job at getting a modern look all while maintaining the home's original character. It's modern, but things like the mix of bright and warm colors, the lighting, the rugs (I need every single rug here), even that sink in the bathroom, all compliment the style of an old, yet updated farmhouse in a beautiful way. I'd give anything to relax in a home like this - especially on a day like today! :)

Modern Farmhouse via Rue Daily | Savor Home
Modern Farmhouse via Rue Daily | Savor Home

Modern Farmhouse via Rue Daily | Savor Home
Modern Farmhouse via Rue Daily | Savor Home
Modern Farmhouse via Rue Daily | Savor Home
Modern Farmhouse via Rue Daily | Savor Home
Images by Jared Kuzia for Rue Daily, Design by Kristen Crestin Design

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11/04/2016

AN AUTUMN TABLE + LINKS...


Happy Friday! How was the week? My week was busy - but a self-induced kind of busy. A few weeks ago, I ran across a 2016 to-do list that I made back in January and I had not crossed one single thing off! And these were things that kinda really need to get done - not just random things. So I've been working on those things this week. Even though it's been busy, it feels so darn good to check things off! This weekend will be a continuation of that plus some much needed downtime. And don't forget - Sunday is one of the best days of the year because you can sleep in an extra hour... :) #rollback

Good Things
I just added this coat to my trench coat collection. It's on sale!
How perfect would these be for the holidays??
Her favorite things is live! Loving this, these for Christmas morning, & this...

Good Spaces
The prettiest, smallest bathroom...
Halloween is over, but I loved her front porch... 
The most perfect pantry...
55 impressive home offices...

Good To Know
Just good business sense...
This free personality test was SPOT ON for me...
How to release stress that's stuck... Love this.

Good Food & Drinks
I pre-ordered this cookbook in 2.5 seconds flat...
A fun thing to make with one of my favorite vegetables...
In case you need help with your Thanksgiving menu. So neat.
And I'm thinking of making these for my family for Thanksgiving...
And these as gifts for the holidays...


Image via Camille Styles
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11/03/2016

MY FAVORITE $10 NATURAL PERFUME OIL...

So I'm still in the process of parting with toxic beauty products - specifically the products that I use every day. I'm so close to being done! I've switched out my soap, most of my facial products, and my body moisturizer (mainly coconut oil mixed with an all-natural lotion). I even found a good natural nail polish... Next up: perfume.

Perfume is something that I wear every day. I honestly don't feel complete without putting it on before walking out the door. It's something about smelling extra fresh that makes me feel like I'm ready for the day. A few months ago, I was watching Kristen Bell's interview with Giuliana Rancic during the Emmy Awards. Giuliana kept talking about how good she smelled. Kristen said she was wearing Amber oil that she picked up from Whole Foods for $10! So naturally I picked it up on my next trip and grabbed the last bottle they had. They said they had been selling out since that interview... Crazy. 

I have to say... I LOVE it. It's a woodsy, yet fresh and sweet scent all in one, which makes it a great scent for fall. I just roll a little on my wrist and on my chest and I can still smell it at the end of the day. Since it's an oil, it mixes with the pheromones and heat of your body and creates a slightly different scent than the one right out of the bottle - but it still smells amazing. If you aren't close to a Whole Foods, then you can find it here on Amazon. 

Image by me
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10/31/2016

HOME TOUR: LAUREN CONRAD'S PERFECT PAD IN PACIFIC PALISADES...

Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home
The Hills. I wholeheartedly admit that I miss that crazy fake, but good reality show. Did you watch it?? Lauren Conrad was easily my favorite person on the show. I loved her sense of fashion and loved seeing how she decorated her apartments and her homes. Now she is all grown up, is running her own fashion empire, has a great blog, and lives in this beautiful Spanish-style, boho-chic California home. Her homes on the show always looked very put-together, yet comfortable and livable. That is how I would describe her current home. It's bright and filled with a mix of warm woods, light fabrics, and personal details that make it so inviting and unfussy. If I had one wish, it would be to transport that kitchen and bath into my own home. I love the stove (La Cornue of course!), the open shelving, and how the subway tile doesn't look perfectly perfect. She did a great job of keeping the character of the house during renovations... And that bathroom... well my morning showers and nightly baths would be extra enjoyable... I just love it all. 

Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home
Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home
Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home
Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home
Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home
Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home
Lauren Conrad L.A. Home | via Domaine Home

Images by Justin Coit for Domaine Home

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