Outfit: Comfy Cozy

Happy Thursday!! Today’s outfit post is a very comfortable one. Just picked up this cardigan from TJ Maxx and wanted to mention it in today’s post. It’s a super cozy knit cardigan that goes perfect with leggings, which are my favorite things to wear. 🙂 You can find all the items or similar versions of this outfit in the links below. As always, thanks for stopping by!! Hope your having a great week!

Cardigan: TJ Maxx recent (similar)(light grey option)
Tank: Target old (light pink tank)(similar option)
Leggings: Express old (similar pair)
Boots: Kohls old (similar pair) (another option)
Purse: Stella & Dot (exact)
Necklace: Stella & Dot – out of stock (similar option)

Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

  I baked some yummy granola bars yesterday and I wanted to share the recipe! I adapted this from about 4 different recipes I found online and I loved how they turned out!! They are just they right mix of crunchy and chewy and filled with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. One of the great things about making these homemade is that you can really make them how you want them. They are a perfect mid day snack or a quick grab and go breakfast. Most store bought granola bars seem to have so many additives and sugar in them, the fact that these are homemade, you know exactly whats in them. They are delicious!!

Ingredients:
 2 cups of Rolled Oats
1/3 crushed walnuts
1/2 cup of craisins (you can also use raisins or dried apricots)
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup of coconut flakes
3/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup of agave syrup (you can also use honey or maple syrup)- if you want them a little chewier add a little more to your liking.
1/3 cup of almond butter or peanut butter
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of brown sugar

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.


Melt butter in a sauce pan on the stove top on low to medium heat and add the brown sugar, vanilla extract, and agave syrup.

Once it’s melted together add it into your dry ingredients.

Mix well. Pour mixture into 13x 9 cooking pan lined with wax paper. Even out your mixture and press down to fill up the pan.

 
 Cook on 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

These will stay for about a week in a air tight container or you can refrigerate them.

Enjoy!!

Outfit: Sweater Weather

 Keeping this outfit real simple with some old purchases that are comfy but put together. It’s so gloomy outside I needed some pop of color. 🙂 These cognac colored boots, that I paired with this green sweater, might be my favorite pair of shoes. They go with just about everything. Check out similar items below to recreate this look. Hope your having a fantastic week so far! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sweater:
TJ Max (old) (similar one)(another option)

Jeans:
 Target -old (similar pair)
Necklace:
Kendra Scott (exact)
Caitlin

Mommy Monday: 6 Easy Toddler Girl Hairstyles

One of my favorite things about having a daughter is getting to doll her up, but sometimes knowing what to do with her hair can be a challenge. Her hair is very fine, and straight, so putting it up helps keep it out of her face and keep it from getting dirty. I’ll admit I am not the greatest when it comes to doing hair, so when I am doing hers I stick to easy basic looks. These are 6 hairstyles I wanted to share because they are easy, cute, and take up very little time. If I can do them, so can you! To get these looks I used a detangler, a tiny bit of baby lotion, a brush, a comb, and clear hair ties. (I use the tiny bit of baby lotion to tame any fly a ways or baby hairs in the front )

Hope this was helpful, let me know which one is your favorite. 🙂

1. Top Knot

2. Classic Braid

3. Fun Pig tails

4. High Pony Tail with a Braid

5. Half up with a Twist

6. Pig Tails

Thanks for stopping by!!


Caitlin

Outfit: Date Night

Nothing like a fun date night with the hubby to break in a new pair of heels. I’m a little obsessed with these!! I bought them on sale at a local boutique and now I want them in every color. Here is a link to the exact pair. They come in seven different shades (mine are in the shade “dark camel”). These heels are definitely far from my everyday flats and sneakers. When your day consists of chasing after a two year old, flats are your friend.
This top that I wore is from TJ Maxx and I bought months ago, but here is a link to a very similar version that I found from Zappos. My jeans are “my go to jeans” from Target that I got months back but here is a similar pair in a lighter wash. I wore this look with my favorite Stella & Dot pieces, the Arc necklace and the Renegade bracelet. I wear these two pieces almost everyday. They match just about everything. I also added my Kate Spade bracelet (here is a similar version) that I got for Christmas a couple years back. 🙂 
Thanks for stopping by!
Caitlin

Work Out Gear

There is nothing like a cute workout outfit to get you motivated to actually workout, right? I know I am that way. In my mind, work out clothes need to meet two criteria, cute and comfortable. Here are some great pieces I wanted to share, and some steals. 

On the first of January workout clothes went up everywhere in shops, and now by the 11th most of it is all on sale. So get it while you can. Check out my 6 essential working out pieces that every girl needs to get their sweat on. 🙂
Link to Shop:

Recipe: Crock Pot Chicken Chili

This recipe is perfect for this time of year. It’s a hearty dish but not heavy, if that makes sense. I got this recipe from my mother in-law (who is an excellent cook) that she adapted from SkinnyTaste.

It’s super tasty and feeds a lot of people. Another great thing that I like about this recipe is that it tastes just as good for if not better as left overs. 🙂
Ingredients:
1 can of Black Beans
1 can of Kidney Beans
1 can of Corn
1 lb. of boneless skinless chicken (white & dark meat)
1 packet of Taco Seasoning
1 box of Chicken Broth
1/2 a can of green chilies
 1 can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
 1 onion chopped
 Instructions:
Add all ingredients into your slow cook except for the chicken. Stir it all together, then add your raw chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. At the sixth hour mark you can shred up your chicken and let it keep cooking for the last couple of hours. To top it off you can add cheese and avocado. 🙂 Yum!! It’s also goes great with tortilla chips.
 Enjoy!!
Caitlin

Mommy Monday: How to Make Play Snow

Who says you can’t have fun staying indoors 😉
Being a stay at home mom, I am always on the look out for fun activities to keep my little one entertained. Now that we are in January and the weather is very unpredictable, it’s nice to have some indoor activities that are easy to put together. This one was so much fun and kept her busy for quite a while. Which will give you time for all the other mommy things that you need to get done.
To make this fun project, all you need is 1/2 cup of shampoo and 2 cups of baking soda. I used a small storage container from the dollar store to hold all the mess. Just mix your ingredients in the tub and that it!! You have snow, well play snow that is. Not only was she having fun, but it’s a great activity that helps strengthen those fine motor skills 🙂 So if your looking for something fun to keep your kiddos entertained when the weather is bad, this is perfect.
 
 
Happy Mommying!!

Caitlin

Bring on the New Year

My first post in 2017!! My News Year’s Resolutions.

Yes, I know this post is almost a week late, but better late than never, right? This year I decided to make 5 resolutions that were definitely more manageable than ones I’ve made in the past. They’re each small steps I can do to get to a bigger goal in mind. After all, life is all about the little successes.
I am finally getting around to posting this today because my News Years celebration had to be put on hold this year. On New Year’s eve I came down with a cold followed by daughter, and now my husband. So fireworks, drinks, and resolutions had to wait for the time being. Not only did I spend most of New Years day in bed, but my drink of choice was Sprite and a big dose of  NyQuil. Now that this cold has seem to have subsided (I hope) I can get back to my everyday life. So without further a due, here are my 5 resolutions for 2017.
1. Eat Healthy 5 Days a Week
This is a big one, and one I think most people make every year and break within a few days. Making it 5 days a week of healthy eating instead of 7 makes it a little more manageable and not feel as if your depriving yourself. That is usually where my diets tend to fail. When I feel deprived, I get discouraged and fall of the diet completely. So no dieting, no programs, just eating what I know is healthy and what I also enjoy. It’s all about finding that balance.

2. Drink More Water
 This might just be the hardest one out of all 5 resolutions. It’s sad but true. I am a lover of many types of beverages and water is not one of them. If you noticed I didn’t specify an exact amount of water to drink daily, just MORE. More water everyday than what I usually drink. Adding that baby step will get me this _  much closer to my end goal.
3.Work Out 4x a Week
 Starting off with something as simple as walking everyday and then increasing the workouts as time goes on, is my plan of action. Starting small but ending strong. I think most resolutions this year if not all, are to work out and eat right. I am no exception. After having a child and getting older your body doesn’t bounce back the way it used too. So these baby steps are key to getting on the right track to feel and look better. I’m not looking for a quick fix but a full lifestyle change.
4. Be Kinder to Myself 
I think as a woman and a mom we constantly compare ourselves to others, trying to better ourselves in all facets of our lives. Trying to be the best mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter that you can be and sometimes it’s exhausting. So I wanted to make this a resolution to stop being so hard on myself, not try to be perfect, just be myself and to not worry so much.
5. Feed My Creative Self
I am someone that gets a kick out being creative. Whether it’s decorating, drawing, writing, cooking, or putting together an outfit, being creative is something that I truly love to do. Writing this blog is one of my creative outlets, but it’s hard to always make that a priority. So this year, that is a big goal of mine. Explore every creative idea and make it come to life. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed my 5 New Years resolutions. Let me know what your resolutions are or if you are starting a little late in the game like me. 😉
I am looking forward to a great 2017!!

Caitlin

Recipe: Peppermint Bark

One of my absolute favorite treats for Christmas time has to be peppermint bark. Well peppermint anything. Just the smell of peppermint reminds me of Christmas. So this year I decided to make my own peppermint chocolatey treat. I must say, it turned out better than I had anticipated. In other words it was blog worthy. 🙂 So here is my recipe for delicious peppermint bark below.
Ingredients:
8 oz.  semi-sweet chocolate bar
16 oz Candiquik Vanilla Melt & Make (white chocolate would work too)
1 tsp canola or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
12– 14 Peppermint candies, crushed

Directions:
 Line a  9x13 inch pan with waxed paper.
Place the semi-sweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the oil in a medium glass bowl. Melt chocolate in glass bowl over hot water on the stove. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the peppermint extract.
Pour the melted chocolate on the prepared pan. Spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate until completely hardened.
Place the vanilla Candiquik in the microwave for  1 minute or a little longer until it is completely melted. Stir thoroughly and add in 1/4 tsp peppermint extract.Then pour the vanilla Candiquick directly over the semisweet chocolate layer. Sprinkle the crushed candy over the top.

Refrigerate until completely hardened. Remove from pan and break into small pieces.
!!Enjoy!!

Only 2 days left til Christmas!! 😮 
Hope everyone is a having stress-less shopping experience. This is the time when it officially gets crazy. Stay safe out there and Happy Holidays!!