Outfit: Mommy on the Go + Pink Sneakers

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a awesome 4th of July. For today’s post I wanted to quickly share an OOTD for all the mommy’s on the go. It’s a very simple look, perfect for running errands all while trying to entertain a toddler. One of my favorite things to do to amp up any simple outfit, is to add a vest. This one in particular, I love because of the khaki green color, it really serves as more of a neutral so it goes with everything. These pink sneakers are a brand new addition to my wardrobe and one that I have been wearing everyday. They’re super cute and super comfortable, which is key. I got them from target, and they are a perfect dupe for the Steve Madden pink sneakers. They also come in hunter green and white. ๐Ÿ™‚

This look I wore running errands with my little one, and it held up even when my daughter decided to throw a massive tantrum inside a store. I can’t count the times I was wearing something a little low cut or a little loose and then a meltdown happens. While your trying to pick your child up they’re pulling and tugging, and all of a sudden, you realize everyone in the store just saw your bra and/or underwear. :/ #momlife #keepinitreal

Below are the complete outfit details along with links to more pink sneakers.

::Outfit Details::

T-shirt- 5 Below (Yes, I got this at 5 Below and I don’t care who knows it. Only $5.00) (similar option)

Shorts- Target (very old) (similar pair)

Vest- TJ Maxx (older) – (similar option) (very similar)

Pink Sneakers- Exact

Necklace- Exact

 

::Links to Shop::

Steve Madden / Targetย ย  / JSlides

ย  Steve Madden ย  /ย  Vans ย ย  / Halogen

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4th of July Fashion Finds

Happy Monday!!

I wanted to pop in a do a quick shopping post for all of those who are feeling a little patriotic for this 4th of July. I can’t wait for yummy food, fun, and oh yes… fireworks. So in the patriotic spirit, I put together some of what I think are, the cutest summer pieces from Nordstrom.ย  These are all more casual and relaxed, and of course red, white, & blue. I like that most of these are a little more subtle and can still work for all the warmer months. I have my eye on the “fireworks” tee from Wildfox (which also comes in blue).

::Links to Shop::

Americanย Flag Scarf

Baseball Cap

Made in the US” Tank

Kendra Scott Necklace

Wildfox Fireworks T

Converse Sneakers

American Flag Jean Shorts

Blue & White Stripped Tote

 

Hope you had an awesome weekend and even better 4th of July!

Happy Independence day!!

Coca-Cola Roast

Hello again, it has been a long while since my last post. I have defiantly been slacking in the blogging department. I would say sorry, but I’m not sorry. This little cutie has been keeping me very busy these days. Madeline is now two and a half years old going on thirteen. Between her climbing on everything in sight, throwing daily tantrums, potty training, and not to mention our three humongous dogs running around, there is never a dull moment. But I wouldn’t change a thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Onto the purpose of this post, my “Coca Cola Roast” recipe

To jump back into the blogging groove I thought why not start with a recipe post. Not just any recipe, but one of mine and my husbands favorites. It’s a roast that only calls for a handful of ingredients, and is super easy to make.ย  I even debated on calling this post “The Best, Easiest, Yummiest, Fool-Proof Roast Ever” because… well…it is, but instead I settled for a shorter title. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is a fun take on my mom’s, mother in-law’s, and the pioneer woman’s recipe all combined. All three ladies are amazing cooks. To explain how easy this recipe really is, I need give a bit of back story on all my roast mishaps (I know your thinking how can anyone possibly mess up a roast) well.. trust me it’s possible. I have always enjoyed cooking but for some reason roast has never been my forte. From the correct cut of meat, to using the right spices, and the different ways to cook a roast, things can go terribly wrong.ย  I have over-cooked them, burned them, and just plain made them taste terrible. So I am pretty excited to have found a fool proof roast that even I can’t mess up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients & Instructions are all below

 

What you will need:
 About a 2 1/2 lb. Beef Chuck Roast
 1 bottle of Coca Cola (Pepsi works well too)
 1 big diced yellow onion
2 cups of baby carrots
 1 tbl of garlic powder
2 tsp of salt 
2 tsp of pepper 
1 tbl of onion powder
 2 tbls of olive oil
5 to 6 small potatoes diced up (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees

1.Using a dutch oven (this is key) heat on the stove top on medium-high heat. Add 1 tbl of olive oil and your chopped onions. Let them cook for about 1 to 2 minutes on medium high heat while stirring them occasionally. Then take the onions out and set aside.

2. Next add the baby carrots into the dutch oven, cooking them on medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Then take out and set aside with the onions. This coats the pan with a little extra flavor. The first two steps are completely optional.

3. Add in the other tbl of olive oil into the pan.

Time for the seasoning. Mix all your seasonings, together in a small bowl. Then equally distribute the mix onto each side of the roast. Then put your roast into the dutch oven, and cook each side for a full minute on medium high heat. This helps lock in all that flavor.

4. Add your carrots and onions back into the dutch oven on top of your roast. Then pour in the entire bottle of Coca Cola.

5. Pop the lid on top and stick in the oven. You’ll cook it for 6 to 7 hours.

6. If you decide to add potatoes, cut them fairly small and then add them in with your roast when there is about 4 hours left of cooking time. This is so they’re nice and soft when it’s time to serve.

After 6 to 7 hours on 250 degree in the oven you’ll have a perfectly tender, flavorful roast, ready to fed the entire family.

That’s it!! Hope you enjoyed this awesome recipe, let me know if you decide to try it out, or send me a comment below if you have any great cooking tips you’d like to share. I love hearing from y’all.

As always thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And have a great rest of your week!!

Caitlin

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Happy Wednesday!!

As Mother’s day quickly approaches I wanted to put together some cute gift ideas, for all the mom’s out there. Now that I am a mom myself, mother’s day has taking on a whole new meaning. Typically I would love to do a bunch of fun things with my family on that day, but this year all I truly want is a long, and relaxing… nap. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I am not alone with this, I think all the mommies out there know how valuable sleep becomes after you have a children. So any added gifts that day will be icing on the cake.

In my little gift guide, I included some sentimental pieces, as well as some fun girlie gift ideas. I included my favorites from makeup, perfume, and an engravable charm that I bought for both my mother and mother in-law. I’m also very partial to the James Avery initial ring because I have it with my daughter’s initial “M” and I wear it everyday. ๐Ÿ™‚

ย Enough rambling, onto more important things, the shopping

All the items above are linked below.

1.Rose Gold Glitter Phone Case

2. James Avery Initial Ring

3. Make up Bag

4. Kendra Scott Bracelet

5. Baies Scented Candle

6. Engravable Charm

7. Too Faced Eye Shadow Palette

8. “Ain’t No Hood Like Motherhood” Tank Top

9. Perfume Set

10. Tote

Thanks for stopping by!! Let me know which one is your favorite.

Happy Shopping!

Caitlin
XOXO

Easter Cupcakes

Happy Easter!!

I hope everyone is having a great Easter weekend! Nothing like a little family gathering with food and festivities to make for a great holiday. For my food contribution this time around, I wanted toย  bring a sweet treat for everyone. It was my first time ever making cupcakes from scratch, and I have to say it was a little bit of trial and error at first, but I finally found the best recipe. If you love a moist vanilla cupcakeย  and buttercream icing, then this is for you. I thought I’d share this recipe I found and a cute topping idea keeping with the Easter theme. Nothing like a festive cupcake to make Easter a little sweeter ๐Ÿ™‚

Cupcakes:This recipe makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 cup of flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 eggs (slightly beaten)

2/3 cup of sugar

1 1/2 sticks of butter (softened)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup of milk

 

Instructions:

Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then mix eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and butter in a separate bowl. Then add your liquid mixture into your dry ingredients. Mix all together using a mixer for a smooth consistency. Pour cupcake mixture into each cupcake liner equally. Cook in the stove on 350 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes.

Icing:

3cups of powdered sugar

1/2 cup of butter

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 Tbl of milk

 

Nest Topper:

Kit Kat (crushed up)

Mighty Malts Mini Eggs

 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl using a mixer.ย  Then add desired amount of icing onto cupcakes once cooled. Then top with Kit Kats and Mini Malt eggs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cupcake recipe from food network, and icing recipe from Betty Crocker. Thanks for stopping by!!

Caitlin

 

Wedges, Booties, Heels oh my!

One-haute mess

ย Your can never have to many pairs of shoes! Am I right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Shoe shopping is one of those sacred things we as women cherish, and when you find a good deal on a pair, it’s like hitting the mother load.:) So without further ado, here are a few deals on some shoe dupes (duplicates) that you are going to want to check out.

I put together some new styles that are very similar to each other, with both high and low price points. I actually just ordered myself the black booties at the top for the lesser price. They fit like a glove.:) Now I am eyeing those black high heels as well as the lace up ballet flats! ย I just need to figure out how and when I’d actually wear them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the links below for these great finds!!

For Real:

For Less:ย 
Black Booties / Pink Sneakersย  / Black High Heelsย 
Pink Ballet Flatsย  /ย  Espadrille Wedges

Thanks for stopping by!

Mommy Monday: How to get crayon off plastic

Now that I have a two year old, I find myself googling the oddest questions, most in which involve cleaning tips. Weather you are a mother, a dad, a teacher or just work with small children, crayon marks seem to end up in the strangest of places. They end up on the walls, the floors, and even inside their mouths, there is no telling where they’ll end up next. One of the places that crayon marks seem to end up the most in our home is on plastic, mainly plastic toys. So I have been looking for a safe way to get rid of crayon marks while still cleaning that same area. After trying out a few different ways I found what really works and that is still safe to use around my daughter. ๐Ÿ™‚
(Here is the link to the easel that is in the pictures just in case your interested)
What You Will Need:
Baking soda
Damp cloth
ย Mr. Clean eraser
Clorox Wipes
Mild dish soap
Sponge
Paper Towels
  • ย Step 1:
    Pour a small amount of baking soda onto the plastic surface and scrub over the crayon with a damp sponge using the scouring side of your sponge. After scrubbing, wipe down the plastic area with a damp cloth to get rid of all the baking soda.

    Step 2
    Rub the crayon marks with a Mr. clean magic eraser.

    Step 3
    Wipe down the plastic surface with a Clorox wipe on any crayon marks that are still visible.

    Step 4
    Most of the crayon should be off at this point, if you still have some that are not completely gone, add a couple drops of mild dish soap and start scrubbing with a damp cloth or sponge. Then wipe away with a dry paper towel.

    Good as new!! Hope this tip was helpful!

    Thanks for stopping by!!
    Caitlin

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!
With the holiday in mind I wanted to put together what I like to call a “shop” post. Which means I find good deals and/or great buys to showcase to you guys on my blog. And today I am doing just that. I put together some of my favorite pieces from Stella & Dot that I thought would make excellent V-day gifts for a special someone or even for yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚
For those of you who don’t know, I am a Stella & Dot stylist, which means I get to showcase this wonderful brand at party’s and on my website. In fact, I am not just a stylist but a fan as well. This brand has been around for a few years now and they have the best quality of products and a lot of one of a kind pieces. All the items mentioned range from $22 to $300.
Shop the links below or my link to my website to check out even more gorgeous stuff.
Happy shopping!
Let me know which one is your favorite!
Thanks for stopping by!
Caitlin

DIY Mercury Glass

 

Today’s post is a “do it yourself” project I have been wanting to try out for a while. I have seen this all over the internet and wanted to share my own tips on how I made these mercury glass vases. For my project, I used three different glass containers and one large mason jar. I really liked how these turned out, they are perfect for just simple decor ideas around the house or even centerpieces for a party or a wedding. The great part about this particular DIY is that it’s easy and takes not time at all. Did I mention it was easy?

What you will need:

Using a spot outside, place your cardboard on the ground for less mess. To start off this project, you are going to fill your spray bottle half way with water and the other half with vinegar. Give it a good shake to mix it up. Then shake up your looking glass spray paint, so your ready to start. Lay out your glass containers, evenly spread out, on top of the cardboard. Start spraying the inside and outside of each glass container. If you are using a bottle or something with a narrow opening, just coat the outside with paint.

This is the messiest part, so I suggest wearing gloves and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Coat each glass container entirely. Inside and out!!

 

Then mist your vinegar and water solution all over the inside and outside of each glass container.
Then using a paper towel or two, pat off the droplets of water and vinegar to get that vintage look. I noticed when you pat a little more vigorously the more worn it looks. Don’t forget to pat the inside as well! Now, let them dry, and you are finished!! Simple mercury glass vases that are perfect for holding flowers, candles, or even makeup brushes (like how I used mine).
ย Hope this was helpful! Can’t wait to share more fun DIY projects and decor ideas.
ย Thanks for stopping by!!
Caitlin