Baby’s First Easter Basket

Harper’s first Easter is going to be a strange one with this quarantine. I wasn’t going to do an Easter basket this year (she’s a newborn, so who’s going to open it?!). But as the holiday comes closer I started to feel like she needed – needed – an Easter basket. I guess I needed her to have one to find some kind of normal, and start our own traditions as a new family.

For Harper’s basket, I took the approach of “something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.” I *tried* not to go crazy, which, let’s be honest is such a challenge with baby anything.

What We’re Watching on Netflix During Quarantine

Oh, the times we live in, huh? Crazy to think this will be in history books, like the Black Plague. I’ve found myself watching far, far too much news and really needing to take a break. So, cooking, baking, long walks and lots of Netflix are just a few of the things helping to keep us sane.

(PS Bon Appetit is my fav and it’s $5 for a year on Amazon!)

Go-To Lactation Cookies

At some point I’ll share our daughter’s birth story with you all, but if you follow on Instagram, you know Miss Harper Grace was born on 02/02/2020 (cool date, huh?!) and was 8 weeks early. 8 weeks early. Lil’ punk! ha!

Since then, it’s been a little bit of a whirlwind around here. The house was not ready, we had a lot of organizing to do, and going back and forth to the NICU just kind of stops everything else going on in your life (like organizing, tidying, laundry, and so on). But I’ll share all that soon!

Anyway, let’s chat about these lactation cookies! They’re so good – even hubby likes them – and I’ve noticed a difference in my milk production when I have a few in a day versus when I don’t.

If you don’t want to make your own lactation cookies, these are my favorite pre-packaged ones!

Nursery Inspiration (& a Little Sneak Peak)

This whole being pregnant thing has felt incredibly surreal – even though we are under two months away from meeting this little bundle of joy. In fact, it still doesn’t feel real! Decorating the nursery has for sure started to make this sink in a little bit, and has definitely been fun!

Our whole house has taken on a neutral palette, sticking with blues, grays, neutral tones, whites and lots of texture. I knew I wanted the same for baby’s nursery, especially since we don’t know the gender and won’t until he or she arrives (my money is on he!).

Styled Snapshots’ nursery was one of the first I pinned that really captured the whole vibe we wanted to run with. I can’t wait to share the finished room in the next few weeks! I just love the combo of colors and textures – it feels sophisticated enough to go with the rest of our house but not to sweet.

Stove Top Potpourri for Hostess Gifts

Where are my last minute gift givers?! I always find myself scrambling for a few little things just a few days before the holidays. Typically, we start Christmas shopping in October to slowly check off our lists. And then, come December ~22nd I realize I forgot one or two little things I needed to add or realized I needed a hostess gift.

These little stove top potpourris are one of my favorite hostess gifts – love a consumable! I also love the excuse to make a batch of these so I have some stove top potpourri for Christmas Eve, the one holiday we host each year.

$15 Trader Joe’s Hostess Gifts

This time of year, I’m always trying to come up with some cute and clever hostess gifts that don’t kill your bank account but also feel like a thoughtful gesture. It’s the thought that counts!

I love a consumable gift, especially for a hostess gift, and when I saw this olive oil set from Trader Joe’s I knew this would be a great part of a gift! The set comes with three oils, one each from Italy, Greece and Spain. Together they would make a great present, but you can separate them and get 3 gifts out of the $10 set.

Chocolate Covered Clementines with Maldon Salt

This time of year, I go all in on the clementines! I love that the winter is a time for citrus to shine. I also go all in on the quick and easy treats, like these chocolate covered clementines. I actually will confess to you – these are tangerines. Trader Joe’s ran out of clems!

You know from my “recipe” for no-bake shortbread cookies, I love a good, easy, quick hack for a treat. All you need is the chocolate hard shell – this one is my favorite, and some Maldon salt. The salt flake is the key. Y’all know how much I love salt, and I take it very seriously. When you finish a dessert with salt, you want a large flake and the Maldon flakes are the best.

8 Gifts for Homebodies

I love this time of year, when the house gets all cozy with Christmas decorations and the fireplace and pajamas all weekend. I am definitely a homebody, and as this bump grows (25 weeks and counting!) I’m finding myself loving being home even more as the urge to nest starts to kick in.

This is probably my most favorite gift guide of all time – someone give this list to Santa for me, k?

3 Favorite Target Candles for the Holiday Season

Come November 1, I am ready for the holidays. I really love this time of year – there’s something about it that’s still magical, no matter how old I am. And one thing I’m totally a sucker for is a great holiday scented candle – especially when it means making the house festive before it’s appropriate to put up a tree!

This year, I have a few scents that work together around the house: the kitchen, the family room, when you first walk in to our home, and the bathroom. Here are my three favorites from Target this season!

7 Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

Just the other day, hubby and I were both agreeing how much we love Christmas stockings – we both think they’re the best part of Christmas! It’s so fun to see a bunch of little things that *Santa* knows you’ll love.

Since we’ve been married, our tradition has been to focus on the stocking and we gift each other something for the house. This year, we upgraded our gas fireplace insert to look like an actual fire. Our old one looked like a little camp fire. (PS totally worth it! We’ve used the fireplace a whole lot more in the past few weeks than we had the old one in the past few years.)