Avocados are a staple in our house. I’m always picking them up at the store – but sometimes I will end up with too many and they get too soft for my kiddos. When they start turning brown we know they’re still good – It’s just what happens when they oxidize. But my kiddos can’t get past the color – so it’s guacamole to the recuse! If you’re anything like me then you like recipes that require minimal effort – if that’s the case then you’ll love my no chop guacamole recipe! ps- does anyone hear the word guacamole and think of that crazy kid’s song… you know, where a lady peels an avocado? I’ll attach it below to ensure it’s stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.
4 large avocados
3/4 – 1 cup of salsa
1/2 of a lime’s juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
and 1/4 cup dried cilantro or 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
Mix by hand or in a mixer and enjoy!
I’m so excited to finally bring you my gift guide – which I’ve been working on for months! I tried to come up with gift ideas that were unique and thoughtful, but at the same time I wanted to bring you guys some awesome deals too! Some of my favorite brands have sent over some fantastic discount codes and links that will save you tons of money this holiday season. Thanks to all the brands, and happy shopping!
Weighted blankets are all the rage right now! I totally jumped on the bandwagon and got a few for my kiddos’ rooms. They say it feels as though you’re getting a giant hug all night long. I gave it a whirl and I have to say – I really did sleep better. There’s something so comforting about the extra weight that helped me rest easier and sleep longer. My kids really are sleeping longer and harder… which is a huge win for me.
These weighted blankets would make an excellent gift this Holiday season for really anyone in your life. And Blanquil happens to be having their biggest sale ever with 40% off site wide starting Now! -Use code BF19
Hart and Hess is a home decor subscription box company delivering amazing home decor goods to your front door. I receive a box every month and it feels like Christmas year round. Home decor boxes would make amazing Christmas gifts for the loved ones in your life who love all things home. They are currently running huge Black Friday deals that make signing up more affordable then ever. If you use code HomeBoxHoliday you can get 20% off your first month’s subscription! And there’s so many more sales going on. If you’ve had your eye on a few of their products that were only available through home box subscriptions, you can now order them individually and with a discount! Their products are ranging from 25%-50% off, check them out here!
You guys know I love my Beddys! My kids absolutely adore them! I know they would make an amazing Holiday gift for the little ones in your life. Starting Thursday morning at 12:01am Beddys is running an amazing sale! 25% off everything on their site using the code BLACKFRIDAY19. Plus, for every $200 spent… they’re giving away $25 gift cards!!
Mixbooks is a great gift to give the grams and gramps on your list! With mixbook you can create the most beautiful photo books and keepsakes of your family. Use code BFDEALS to get 55% off your order!
A Scentbox subscription would make an amazing gift for someone who loves perfume! I currently have a subscription and love that I get designer fragrances shipped to my door every month! It’s as easy as adding fragrances into your que and having them shipped to your door. Each spray bottle has a month’s worth of fragrance – I love it because I get to try out so many fragrances that I wouldn’t get a chance to try so frequently. It takes me a good year to go through a normal size bottle – so I was stuck with the same scent for a long time. With Scentbox you an use this link and get 35% off your first month’s subscription making it just under $10.
27Teas is a small woman-owned New Hampshire based company with the most delicious blends of tea. What I love about this tea company is that they give back – and big time! A percentage of their profits goes to the Water Project which supports clean water and sanitation initiatives for a special school in Kenya. Giving an adorable tea set and loose leaf tea would be such a sweet gift this holiday season. And for Black Friday, 27Teas is offering 20% off and free shipping on all orders over $40! Coupon code blackfriday2019 (ps – Doesn’t apply to monthly subscriptions)
If you’re like me and you’ve seen Christmas tree flocking DIYs floating around the social media world – and you’ve been curious if it really works… I’m here to tell you it does!! – AND it IS that easy! But I definitely learned a thing or two about tree flocking that I wish I knew – to save me from saying “flock you” to my DIY 😉 … So here’s what’s up if you’re thinking about giving it a try.
Initially, I just went to town spraying… But in actuality I laid it on too thick and it took way too long to dry. It also kind of clumped together instead of drying evenly. What I should have done is several very light coats with plenty of dry time in between. I would say at least an hour or two between coats.
Clean up is very easy if you do it right away… and not wait until morning. The snow in a can sort of smells like shaving cream and seems to have the same texture. So it’s very wet and sticky, but it does make clean up a breeze. Unless of course you wait until morning. There were some parts of my floor I missed and it left a film that I had to scrub off with all purpose cleaner and a scrub brush.
So… Apparently snow in a can isn’t how the professionals would flock a tree! Although, it will look pretty – it will not hold up outside in the weather. There is another long process of adhesive spray and powdered snow to create real flocking that you can put outside. So If you’re looking for a quick and easy DIY – Go with snow in a can… Other wise you’ll have to find another DIY 😉
This year for my Thanksgiving tablescape I wanted to go really neutral. I found these great burlap table runners on Amazon and decided that was going to be my inspiration! I ended up buying 4. One that ran the length of my table and 2 that I could cut in half and run the width of my table to use as placemats.
I have a really useful tip to use when cutting burlap. Measure your burlap to size and snip the edge of the runner exactly where you want to cut your burlap. Then, find a loose thread and pull all the way until the tread comes out. It will bunch together until the tread comes loose. This will leave you a perfect line to cut and your edges won’t fray.
First I added my burlap runner down the middle. Then, I added my cut burlap to the width of the table creating placemats for each chair. Next, I added my pinstripe table runner to add some color and texture to my tablescape. And lastly, I added greenery! I love to use real or faux garland to my tablescapes.
Add your centerpiece to the center of the garland. If you missed my post about making a Thanksgiving centerpiece you can read on here. I also added varying size pumpkins from our garden and taper candles and candle holders to add height to my tablescape.
I like a more eclectic vibe for my table setting. I used mismatched white dishes that were thrifted and drinking glasses that were also thrifted. To help the table feel more cohesive with my eclectic vibe I used matching black chargers and buffalo check napkins. These napkin rings were from Target long ago – But you can find similar ones here.
The key to any tablescape is to add many layers and varying heights. This adds depth and dimension and is visually appealing. Basically, you want one thing that your eye is going to be drawn too (here – my floral arrangement) and then other things that aren’t going to compete with it, but complement it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed friends.. checkout my Pumpkin bar recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving day treat!
Thanksgiving is literally around the corner… are you ready? If your list is anything like mine – you’ve got a million and one things to do to plan for the big day. Well – If one of those things was – come up with a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece that will literally make all of your guests oohh and aahhh – I’ve got you covered!
I always try to use what I have first before I head to the store… If I can use the majority of what I have and then only have to buy one or two things to keep things looking fresh and new I’d call that a win. So for this arrangement, I used a jar that I already had, brick foam, faux stems, floral shears, and real flowers from my local grocery store.
Sometimes the simplest centerpieces can be the most impactful! Pair with some taper candlesticks and layer pumpkins on either side and you’ve got yourself a beautiful centerpiece!
So it snowed today… are you guys ready?! It may not officially be winter on the calendar but as soon as it snows it’s winter in my books. I got all my kiddos winter gear out including coats, hats, gloves, and of course all of our down comforters and gave them all a good wash. Whatever we have to do to stay warm – am I right?! I don’t know what it is about colder weather that makes me obsessed with making everything cozy – but seriously bring on everything soft, plush, and fuffy!
This year in keeping with my cozy winter theme – It was time to swap out my bedding for something more fitting for winter. Out went the linen sheet and in came the flannel sheets! My friends from Garnet Hill sent me over a set including sheets, pillows cases, and a duvet cover from their signature line in white! All flannel! I’ll be honest – I’m a flannel bedding virgin… But I’m happy to report that since I’ve experienced them… I’ll be a flannel sheet kinda girl for life. Only in the chillier months that it. Who else here has never experienced flannel sheets before??
I seem to always have the coldest feet ever… I mean my poor husband will tell ya because I often put my toes on the back of his legs. Sorry, not sorry! I can’t be alone – Am I right?! But listen, guys, with Garnet Hill’s flannel bedding… there’s no need to torture our husbands anymore! My feet stay perfectly warm! My husband even commented on how amazing this flannel bedding is! He never notices anything. Seriously, I could have changed our bedding set from white to maroon and he wouldn’t notice a thing. He’s a practical kind of guy – so when he noticed that he felt warmer in bed he realized something must be new!
So apparently flannel is a napped cotton fabric, which means its loose fibers are teased loose from the weave. These loose ends make flannel super soft and fluffy to the touch, plus the fibers trap air to keep in the heat… so there that!
Who needs a three?
Flannel is the perfect bedding this winter and I for one am thrilled to be sleeping on the warmest – coziest – softest bedding ever!
Did you know that all pumpkins are edible? Yes – It’s true! All those pumpkins you styled on your dining table and on your front porch display don’t have to go to waste. Bring them in from outside before the weather starts freezing and turn them into yummy treats!
I’ve got three little ones around that are constantly asking for treats.. so a simple way to give them yummy baked treats without the guilt is to make them vegan. I’m a plant-based eater around here so I’m constantly looking for ways to get my kids to eat more plants, less dairy and meats, and of course more fiber! I’m realizing more and more how hard it is to get my kids to eat the recommended daily dose of fiber theses days. With a simple swap out of some ingredients, it’s easier than ever to give my kids a yummy treat with guilt-free ingredients.
To start – preheat your oven to 400 degrees. When preheated, put your whole pumpkin on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven for about an hour. When it’s toasted brown and sunken in turn off your oven and take out your pumpkin. Let it cool and then cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Then, scoop out all of the meat and put it in a large bowl and set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, mix your flax and water and set aside. Next, you’ll add in the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and flax mixture. Then add in all your dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Pour your batter into your pan and pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Keep in mind the color of your mixture is going to depend on what type of pumpkin you used. Mine was a light green heirloom pumpkin so my mixture is more yellow than bright orange.
While your bars are baking, start on your frosting. Always start with your wet ingredients and then slowly add in your dry ingredients. If your mixture is too runny just add in more powdered sugar. Set aside until bars are cool and then frost your bars!
Don’t stress over getting that perfect tablescape for the Thanksgiving season. Just head to your local pumpkin patch and pick up as many medium to small pumpkins as you can. These guys all grew in our garden this year… sweet -right?!
From the above video, I started with a pinstripe table runner and then added some faux garland. Then I added my centerpiece which was the two lanterns. Your centerpiece should always be your tallest element. This is because it draws the eye in. Next, I added candlesticks to add varying heights and then layered in my pumpkins. I always have chargers on my table because it’s so large and the chargers help to make it not look so monstrous!
Ready to make your own fresh garland, but aren’t sure how? Making fresh garland is super easy, and fun! And surprisingly… it doesn’t take more than 20 or so minutes! All you’ll need are a pair of floral shears, floral wire, a piece of twine the length of your desired garland, and greenery! I live In the woods so I just walked out my front door and cut some branches off, but I suppose you can also head to a Christmas tree farm or any place that sells bows.
Here is an image of what supplies you’ll need. I listed them earlier, but you can find them at any major craft store.
Once you’ve found the greenery you’ll use make the cuts to your greenery so they’re all about the same size and shape.
After laying out your twine start by gathering your greenary by layering them on top of one another. Then place the greenary on top of the twine.
Then you’ll wrap your wire around the bottom stems of the greenery and the twin. It’s important to keep the wire on the holder. This makes the job go much faster and helps to make the garland much sturdier.
Continue to layer your greenery over each of the wire wrappings. Make sure that your twine stays within each wrapping of the wire. This serves not only as the length of your garland but also hepls to give it a little more structure.
lastly, flip your last piece of greenery when you’ve reached the end of your twine in the opposite direction. This way each end will match making it look like a seamless piece of garland. When you’re finished, move your garland to wherever you desire and fluff your greenery so it looks even. Then add whatever you prefer to decorate. You can slide in branches of berries or place candles and pinecones on top.