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Seaside Part 1: Our House

We are in vacation hangover mode right now & getting back into the swing of things at home very slowly. I am missing afternoon swimming & endless margaritas something fierce right now.

I have tons of pictures to sort through but thought it would be fun to share a little tour of the house we stayed in! We have stayed in this neighborhood before & can’t wait to come stay here again.

A few things if you are planning a vacation in Seaside. Make sure that where you are staying has public beach access as well as heated pools, this neighborhood does have both. It’s also super close to the grocery store which comes in handy! If you can get a place that includes a golf cart, it is so so worth it!! And bring lots of games and things to do indoors in case you get bad weather, it’s Florida so it happens (a lot), and there aren’t a ton of local things to do indoors. We played games, spent a lot of time on the screened in porch & cooked a bunch of big meals while it stormed a few of the afternoons.

The neighborhood we stayed in is technically considered WaterColor, it is super close to Seaside beach access and all of the fun restaurants and shopping, plus the houses are super cozy and full of character! You can find our house here if you want to rent it. We have also stayed in Prominence through airbnb which is close to the Hub, it also has an amazing pool, it is less expensive and very centrally located to both Rosemary, Alys & all of Seaside.

I wrote in an instagram post early in the week that one of my favorite things to do when we travel is take in all the design inspiration, I was reminded of how much I looove neutrals and pretty patios after staying here! I can’t wait to show you the place we have picked out in Seattle in a few weeks!!

I will share a bunch more of our trip soon, stay tuned! Hope you all are surviving daylight savings! XO


Valentine’s Day Cookies

This weekend, the midwest was basically a sheet of ice, so we decided to stay in and get some baking done! We go extra big on Valentine’s Day since it is Harper’s birthday eve (if you’ve been here a while, you know how we roll) so we baked up a giant batch of my grandma’s sugar cookies.

Watching the girls decorate cookies is probably my favorite thing ever. They concentrate so hard piling the frosting on two inches high and loading them with an impossible amount of sprinkles. The best part is loading up plates of them to deliver to our friends & neighbors, always double your recipe when it comes to sweets!

The recipe is super simple. I loved making them with my grandma when I was little and have her recipe card to keep forever, even though we know it by heart now.

Cream together: 1 Cup Sugar, 2 Sticks Softened Butter. Add: 2 Eggs, 4 Tablespoons Cream (Half & Half), a smidgeon of Vanilla. Mix Together. Then Add: 3 Cups Flour, 2 Tsp Baking Powder, 1 Tsp Baking Soda. Mix well (I used my hands here). Refrigerate dough at least two hours. Roll, cut & bake at 350 degrees for about 6-7 min.

We do a simple buttercream frosting using 1 cup softened butter, 3-4 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla & 2 tbsp. milk.

If you make these, be sure to let us know how you liked them!! Happy Valentine’s week friends!! XO


Valentine Vibes

Valentine’s Day is next week, and not that we need any excuse to love all the pink things any more than we already do, but we are excited for it!! Harper is turning 7 so we will be celebrating with heart shaped everything all week!!

I thought I would put together a few of the things I am loving for Spring that all just happen to give me all the Valentine feels!!

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven

One // Obsessed with these little pajamas, the girls are all getting a pair for Valentine’s Day to wear for spring & summer, I actually LOVE Crewcuts pajamas, I think they last way longer than most brands & the colors rarely fade.

Two // Heart shaped sunnies, always and always!! I also grabbed a few pairs of these for the girls for our beach trip in a few weeks & am loving these for myself (they’re on sale!)

Three // Coffee mug collectors, are you with me?! All three of these weekend coffee mugs jumped right into my cart last week & I am so excited about them! Sipping coffee out of a pretty mug is one of life’s simple pleasures!

Four // Ok I am OBSESSED with this swimsuitย and it’s on sale right now!! I love the way these high waist suits fit, I got one last year that I wore all the time and cannot wait to wear this one to the beach and pool all summer!! I’m barely even an A on top so this style is flattering for me since there aren’t any cups I need to fill out, and the bottom is really flattering with full coverage! It also comes in a super cute one piece!! I also love this one shoulder suit and may grab it sometime this summer too, the sundrenched peony color is calling my name!!

Five // I loooove pajamas. I wear them far more than any other clothes (work from home mama!) and firmly believe investing in pajamas you love & feel good in! This vintage pink set is on sale right now for 30% off!

Six // You’ve heard me talk about our Winc wine subscription before, it’s the most fun ever because we always have a bottle or two to drink each month, and a bottle or two to gift!! Plus I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and they’re always on their game.

Seven // These vintage lunchroom trays make me way too happy. Brunch Lady, yes please! These would be cute for a million different things, propped up in the kitchen as decor or used to serve drinks on for a fun Valentine’s brunch!

There you have it, friends! All the heart eyes! Hope this has inspired you to get into the Valentine’s mood!! Have a happy weekend!! XO