12.03.2016

November Instagram Roundup

november instagram rounup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Pullover (comes in multiple color options, wearing XS) | Jeans | Slides | Sunglasses | Harper’s Jeans| Harper’s Dress}

I can’t believe it’s that time of the month again…. the beginning of the last month of the year. Looking back on all these photos from the past 4 weeks makes me realize just how fast this past year has gone…. and reminds me to soak up every minute of these last few weeks of 2016. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Leggings | Sneakers | Sunglasses}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Top | Leggings | Choker | Pendant Necklace}

november instagram rounup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Joggers (so. comfortable.) | Tank | Jacket | Sneakers}

november instaram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Top (currently on sale, for a limited time. comes in multiple colors, wearing xs) | Harper’s Onesie}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Cardigan | Top | Leggings | Harper’s Hat | Harper’s Jacket | Harper’s Boots}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Sweater | Thermal | Beanie | Boots}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Sweater (currently 30% off!) | Boots | Beanie}

img_9676{Sweater | Booties | Harper’s Sweater | Harper’s Pants}

November instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Cardigan (on sale} | Tank | Jeans | Harper’s Leggings}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Pajamas | Harper’s Pajamas}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Sweater}

November instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Sneakers | Tunic (currently on sale)}

November instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Cable Knit Wrap | Thermal | Booties | Pendant}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Joggers | Cami (comes in so many different color options) | Scarf (so many different color options) | Choker}

november instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Pajamas | Slippers}

November instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Cardigan | Cami}

November instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Sweater (on sale, wearing XS, it’s meant to be oversized) | Beanie | Scarf | Boots | Harper’s Sweater | Harper’s Jeans | Harper’s Beanie}

November instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Jacket (multiple color options) | Tunic | Harper’s Vest | Harper’s Onesie}

November instagram roundup, itsy bitsy indulgences {Pullover (so.comfortable. wearing XS) | Leggings | Sneakers

12.02.2016

Christmas Gift Guide For The Woman In Your Life (Or Some Ideas For Your List)

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I’m definitely not a last minute person. I don’t like the feeling of rushing around… and that has always applied to my Christmas gift shopping as well. I typically start generating and asking for ideas a little before Thanksgiving, and start making purchases around this time…. and can usually count on wrapping up my shopping within the first two weeks of December. I feel that it allows me ample time to wrap the gifts, and then enjoy all the other festivities of the season. Given that getting to the mall is slightly more difficult this year, I’ve pretty much decided that 99% of my shopping will be on-line. It’s easy, no battling the crowds, an excellent selection, and I can easily do it all while little miss naps. Not sure why I’d even consider stepping foot in the mall…

So, if you’re like me, and looking to complete your shopping on-line, I have you covered with today’s curated gift guide for the woman in your life. Be it a sister, mom, friends, grandma, aunt… or even if you’re looking to give that certain someone a few ideas, I’ve rounded up my favorite picks for this year. There are several different categories, with a couple different options in each. I have also included a “splurge” + “budget friendly” option within each category. Happy shopping!!

1. Scarves: This is pretty much a great option for anyone… the grandmother who loves matching all her accessories to her outfit, the super chic girlfriend, or even that “secret santa gift,” either way, it’s a safe bet. One of my favorites includes this brushed fringe option (which I own and recently recommended to a friend who asked for some gifting advice)… it comes in so many different color options you’re sure to find the right one for the lady on your list. Plus, it’s super soft. I also love this pom pom option and this light blue + grey, ombré-esque one.

2. Mittens: Another perfect option. No matter where you live (okay, tropical islands aside) you can use a pair of gloves…. whether that be in the chilly mornings (even if the afternoons get a little warmer) or throughout the day during a rain/snow storm. I recently purchased this cable knit pair in grey (for myself and a friend). Buuuut, I think this light pink feathered pair is absolutely beautiful. Recommended for that friend who loves to have a little fun with her outfits…. or just likes to have a statement piece here and there. Both of these would also make excellent stocking stuffers (hint to TJ on that adorable fringed pair). Looking for an option that’s a little more refined? Try these cashmere convertible mittens.

 

3. Jewelry: Somehow this ends up on my list every year. This necklace made its way to the top of my wish-list when I spotted it on instagram. I am in love with how dainty it is and love the personalization factor. I’m hoping for a rose gold chain with an A + H (TJ’s name is actually Anthony…). If you’re looking for an idea for yourself, I highly recommend… or if you’re looking for a daughter, she’ll love it! If you’re looking for something not as personal, I think this gold choker necklace is gorgeous. It’s subtle + can we worn two ways, so it’s kind of like a 2-for-1 gift. I also think that these drusy studd earrings are a gorgeous option for a friend or sister…. Or, if something to hold their jewelry in is a better option, this trinket dish is a perfect option.

4. Cozy Pieces:  In all likelihood, the next few months are going to be fairly cold for most of the country… so, who would’t want something cozy to come home to after a loooong day of work… or to simply relax in on the weekends? This robe, which comes in so many gorgeous color options, looks like the most perfect piece to sip a little hot coco (or wine) in. These slippers go perfectly with said robe, or as an uber cozy gift on their own. They’re pretty much perfect for anyone. I also think this cable knit pair is an excellent choice, at an even better price. Another cozy option is always a cashmere sweater. This gorgeous sweater is a great choice for the luxe lover in your life.

 

5. Handbags + Sunglasses: Always a good choice for yourself or someone you’re looking to spend a little more on (although, I’ve included a few budget friendly options too). If you’re looking to splurge, this black leather braided cross body bag is gorgeous. These gold aviators are gorgeous as well, and reasonably priced. I also think this saddle bag, which comes in several color options, is beautiful…. and this tote bag is an excellent option for that girl who is always on the go. I have also given this cute credit card case several times with success!

 

6. Beauty: If you have someone in your life, and I think we all do, who is #obsessed with all things beauty then I think this curling wand is an excellent option (I personally own it and it’s fantastic). If that same person is also an avid traveler, then I recommend this hairdryer/straightener set… incredibly lightweight, easy to pack, and of excellent quality. Also, if you know someone who loves luxurious facial products, I highly recommend all things TULA…. especially the overnight cream and under eye cream. They are currently offering readers 25% off + free shipping if you use code shannonholiday25 until 12/31. A few smaller options include this travel manicure set or this cloth make-up remover (it’s pretty neat!!).

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12.01.2016

Matching Plaid + Cozy Booties, Along With A Gift Guide For The Little Ones In Your Life

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While I thought summer clothes were cute for little miss (off the shoulder tops, little sundresses, adorable straw hats….), I can’t get enough of the winter items. From adorable pom pom beanies, to cute little booties, I find myself getting lost in all of the adorableness. So, over the past few weeks, Harper and I have have had several conversations (just kidding….) about what she might like for Christmas, as well as what she might like to give all her little man friends (seriously, every single one of my girlfriends recently had a boy). As we began looking for those special items to wrap under the tree, we decided to start at Nordstrom…. it’s pretty much a one stop shop for adorable clothing, cute shoes, and engaging toys! So, today we thought we would share with you our carefully curated gift guide for the little one in your life…. be you an aunt, uncle, nana, papa, great-grandpa + grandma, or friend, you’re sure to find a gift here!

Clothing: 

Harper’s like her momma here. Girl loves clothes. Specifically this adorable fair isle sweater, faux leather leggings (these are at the top of her list), faux shearling jacket (she’s practically begging me for that one….), and adorable fuzzy tunic dress (so.soft.). She’s also asked for this adorable graphic tee and jumpsuit, perfect for everyday living… or “weekend wear” as she calls it. For her little man friends, she specifically mentioned these space dye joggers + henley tee, as well as this buffalo check jacket + stripe one piece.

 

Shoes:

Since this little girl is walking she hinted that she would loooove a new pair of shoes to assist in the process. Of specific interest? Well, she has her eyes on this pair of gold sneakers (figures…), as well as these leopard fringe booties. With the temperatures settling into a cooler pattern, these cozy little booties are perfect to keep those tiny toes warm. For the dudes, these plaid patterned booties are just too cute, and these pumas + Stan Smith adidas complete any outfit.

 

Accessories:

Little miss thinks that accessories would make the perfect stocking stuffers! She’s hoping to find this matching bow + tights combo, checkered headband (she likes the black + white color), and these chunky mittens to keep her little fingers warm on our morning walks buried in her stuffing come Christmas morning. For her friends, she thinks these stripe + animal socks are adorable, as well as this striped beanie + buffalo check ear flap hat.

 

Toys:

While Harper said that she’d love any box her toys came in, I have a few other ideas for her. I love the Hazel Village dolls, and am debating between his adorable fawn or this raccoon. They’re so cute! I’m also considering this music set (since she loves to bang things on the floor…. why not do something constructive with that movement, right??), rocking horse, ballet bear rolling backpack (for all her travels), and life size unicorn. A small stocking stuffer with this little book to round it all out! If you’re little ones is slightly older than mine, be sure to check out the pretend play items (so many great options) and the older kiddo options.

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{Outfit Details || Harper’s Top | Harper’s Jeans | Harper’s Booties | Harper’s Headband | My Top | Jeans (similar) | Boots | Beanie}

winter wear mom and daughter, itsy bitsy indulgences

baby uggs, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom kidswear, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom kidswear, itsy bitsy indulgences

matching mom and daughter plaid, itsy bitsy indulgences

little girl pom pom headband, itsy bitsy indulgences

matching plaid mom and daughter, itsy bitsy indulgences

mom and daughter matching plaid, itsy bitsy indulgences

casual christmas outfit, itsy bitsy indulgences

matching plaid, itsy bitsy indulgences

nordstrom kids wear, peek clothing, itsy bitsy indulgences

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

11.30.2016

The Campfire Cocktail: A Festive Holiday Libation

festive holiday cocktail, itsy bitsy indulgences

As I mentioned yesterday, for the past several years, TJ and I used to sneak off to Vegas for a night before Christmas. The decorations were always over the top, the weather was brisk, and it just seemed like a fun way to celebrate the year and grab a little alone time before the rush of the holiday season. We’d typically wake up early Saturday morning and arrive with enough time to enjoy a full day and night. One of the activities that was always on the top of my list was ice skating on top of The Cosmopolitan….. they had it set up with fire pits, festive cocktails, and you couldn’t beat the view of the strip. After a few spins around the rink, we’d settle around one of the fire pits for a libation. My favorite was the “Campfire,” which was topped with roasted s’mores and graham cracker crumbs. Pretty much one of the most delicious, and decadent drinks I’ve ever sipped on…..

Last year, since I was pregnant with little miss, I missed out on the festive merriment of enjoying a seasonal drink…. so, I guess I’m making up for lost time with this delicious creation. It’s a much lighter version than my Vegas favorite, but not lacking in the taste department. By using Pressed Juicery’s Spiced Almond Milk (last seen here) you get a punch of flavor without those processed sugars (um, yes please!!). Enjoy this cocktail while decorating your tree, watching your favorite Christmas movie, or while you’re sitting around an outside fire pit with friends. Either way you enjoy it, you’re sure to want seconds (and since it’s made with a non processed almond milk, go ahead, have another!)!

Spiced Almond Milk Fireside Cocktail

1.5 oz Kahlua Liquor
3-3.5 oz of Spiced Almond Milk
1 Graham Crackers (love this gluten free option)
Mini Marshmallows
Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon

Directions: Combine the kahula + spiced almond milk in a cocktail shaker to mix (you can also shake it… that’s how TJ preferred it, I prefer mine stirred). In a bag, crush graham crackers until you have finely crushed crumbs, then put onto a plate. Next, line the rim of a cocktail glass with lemon juice (works so much better than water and you can’t taste the lemon). Then turn the glass upside down into the graham cracker mixture to fully coat the rim. Fill the same glass with ice, then pour the mixture in. Place several small marshmallows on a roasting stick and place over the stovetop until roasted to your liking. Garnish the drink with marshmallows, a cinnamon stick, and a few dashes of cinnamon. Sip + enjoy!
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{Post Details || Juice | Glass | Cocktail Shaker | Sweater | Scarf}

festive holiday cocktail, itsy bitsy indulgences

festive holiday cocktail, itsy bitsy indulgences

festive holiday cocktail with kalua, itsy bitsy indulgences

holiday cocktail with pressed juicery spiced almond, itsy bitsy indulgences

pressed juicery spiced almond holiday cocktail, itsy bitsy indulgences

pressed juicery spiced almond holiday cocktail, itsy bitsy indulgences

festive holiday cocktail with roasted marshmallows, itsy bitsy indulgences

Thank you to Pressed Juicery for sponsoring this post and helping me bring you fun, delicious, + healthy recipes! 

11.29.2016

Winter Layers In Buffalo Check + My Holiday Bucket List

layered winter outfit, itsy bitsy indulgences

As we wrapped Thanksgiving up and started to make preparations for Christmas, I couldn’t help but feel a little extra giddy this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved the Christmas season, yet there is something even more special about it having little miss around. Just taking her to the Christmas tree lot (okay, 4 lots to be exact), was a new experience…. her eyes were wide as she took in the new sights and felt the tree branches. There are so many things I hope to do this holiday season, so I thought I would share a few with you, in case you’re looking to add to your list!

1. Visit Santa (duh, right?)… I love the Santa display at Fashion Island
2. Take her to see the Christmas lights down some of the award winning blocks around our house
3. Make sugar cookies (this is our family recipe we have been making for years)
4. Visit the local mountains, which recently received a heavy dusting of snow. They recently re-opened a Santa’s Village and I’d love to take her there
5. Take the Christmas Train at Irvine Park
6. Drop off toys at a toy drive. My hope is to instill within Harper, early on, the importance of giving.
7. Attend a tree lighting ceremony
8. Have high tea with my mom (we did this last year and it was a blast)
9. Watch all of my favorite holiday films: Christmas Vacation, The Holiday, Home Alone 1 + 2, 4 Christmases, Love Actually, The Family Man, + Christmas Carol.
10. Overuse my favorite Red Nail polishes
11. Overwear plaid + buffalo check. My favorite buffalo check items include this cozy thermal, dual wrap/cape, tunic dress, oversized button-up, and jacket. A few favorite plaid pieces include this cold shoulder button up and these plaid slippers.
12. Have an evening with a hot chocolate bar, Christmas Music, and making festive treats (fudge, cookies, candy…).
13. Create a new holiday cocktail
14. Read Polar Express to Harper on Christmas Eve. Growing up, it was always tradition for my dad to read this book to my sister and I before we went to bed on Christmas Eve.
15. Have a Gingerbread House + Wine night with my girlfriends.
16. Before Harper arrived, it was also tradition for me and  TJ to fly out to Vegas for a night to have our own little mini celebration. While we might not get to Vegas this year, I’m hoping to be able to do something small just the two of us!
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{Outfit Details || Vest (comes in multiple color options) | Thermal (wearing a S) | Jeans (similar, just rip the holes bigger) | Scarf | Beanie | Boots}

buffalo check thermal top, itsy bitsy indulgences

buffalo check thermal, itsy bitsy indulgences

buffalo check thermal, itsy bitsy indulgences

green hunter boots, itsy bitsy indulgences

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buffalo check layered outfit, itsy bitsy indulgences

oversized scarf + buffalo check, itsy bitsy indulgences

oversized scarf + buffalo check, itsy bitsy indulgences

11.28.2016

Weekend Recap + Cyber Monday Deals

au fudge, itsy bitsy indulgences {Kicked off the Thanksgiving weekend dining at Au Fudge with a good friend + her little man (little miss too!}

Well, that long weekend sure went fast…. so I guess the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun” is true. We did what most people do on Thanksgiving… gathered with family, ate until our pants needed to be unbuttoned (3 slices of pie… really??!), had a few libations, and watched “Christmas Vacation”…. twice (totally normal, right??)….

At our Thanksgiving dinner, it’s always tradition for my family to go around the table and share what they are thankful for. I typically can’t get through my first sentence without tearing up. Each year, for everyone, the list gets longer and more sentimental. Over the years, my personal list has drastically moved from a material focus, to a deeper, relational and emotional appreciation… which I believe is what happens as one gets older and experiences more of life. The gratitude of support and love from family and friends, the blessing of a little child, health…. you get the picture. While my goal is to be grateful throughout the entire year, sometimes I get distracted by frustrations and disappointments. So, I always appreciate this weekend, which is specifically set aside to give thanks…. and to eat some pretty DG food. Hope you all had a great one!!

weekend recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {A little bubbly to celebrate all we are thankful for}

weekend recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {A little fireside sister time, post-dinner gluttony. (pajamas, slippers)}

weekend recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {Black Friday shopping at Anthro… why do I always want everything when I step foot in there??}

weekend recap, itsy bitsy indulgences {After three different Christmas tree lots, we found our first family tree… flocked and all (jacket, beanie, tunic (similar), harper’s vest, harper’s onesie}
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Alright… that was an indulgent weekend. Starting fresh with my favorite chia seed pudding tomorrow morning. The temperatures have also dropped significantly, so I’m thinking I will be making this delicious shrimp ramen soup and orzo soup (loaded with veggies) sometime this week.

The sales over the weekend were pretty amazing, and they appear to be continuing into Cyber Monday. If you’re looking for some great basics, at an excellent price, I’ve rounded up a few favorites below….

I love a great poncho as an alternative to a cardigan…. they’re an easy throw on and go option. My favorite fringe one is currently on sale for $33 (featured here), and I also love this color block version. Another great everyday layering pieces is a vest. I’m eyeing this black NorthFace, but also think this longline version (in black) and this knit zip front option are great too! I’m always a sucker for a comfortable sweater and this lace up option looks incredibly comfortable… as does this cozy cardigan (I don’t think I would ever take it off!). This open front cardigan is incredibly soft (I own it and it comes in so many great color options), and this cashmere blend tunic is an excellent layering option. A few other basics, at a great price point, include this boucle knit top, mock neck tee (I own it in grey), and black cowl knit sweater.

A few fun options for the holiday, that are also on sale, include this faux fur vest and gorgeous flowy white tunic. Annnnd, if you’re looking for a fabulous piece of outerwear, I own this puffer jacket (with a faux fur hood) and love it. I also couldn’t resist this pom beanie!

Gap is also offering 50% off, with no exclusions. I personally think this boucle sweatshirt + grey legging combo is perfect for a casual day lounging at home. They also have the cutest pieces for little miss. I’m considering this fair isle knit dress, velvet empire dress, tulle skirt + legging duo, and these ruffle bum tights (so.cute.).

Anthropologie also has some amazing items, at 20% off (code STACKS), that I am placing on my Christmas list…. like this cable wrap front cardigan (hello gorgeous), open shoulder oversized top, gorgeous simple white cami, and this peplum ruffle top (well, I actually snagged it this weekend).

Madewell is currently offering 25% off! Some of my favorite items include these herringbone sneakers, lace-up hoodie sweater in winter white, and this zip front tartan print dress (perfect for the holidays!).

11.25.2016

My Favorite Black Friday Picks + Sales

lightweight fall sweater, itsy bitsy indulgences

While I don’t wake up at the crack of dawn to tackle the sales, it’s always been a tradition for me, my mom, sister, and grandma to head out to the mall and start our Christmas shopping. This year won’t be an exception. After a slow morning (and a quick workout), we will likely pull ourselves together and head out for a few hours, if not to take in the holiday decorations and festivities. Yet, I have realized that many of the same sales that are in the stores, are on-line as well (and sometimes even better). So, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and lounge around all day in your pajamas, then I’ve got you covered with some of my favorites from the Black Friday sales.

Nordstrom:

 Nordstrom is currently offering 25% off sale items and they recently marked down tons of my favorite items, and pieces that I have my eye on too. The coziest sweater ever (seriously, so soft) is currently marked down (featured above and comes in so many different color options), as is this frayed edge v-neck sweater (I own it in the olive green color). This bell sleeve and ruffle hem blouse (that I featured here) is on sale for under $50 and comes in so many great color options. This mesh insert top, in the pinot color, is one of my favorites as well. My favorite pair of druzy earrings are perfect as a gift or a fun holiday celebration. A few of my other personal favorites that are on sale include my Hunter rain boots and my favorite booties (52% off!).

I am also eyeing some over the knee boot options. A few favorites include this chestnut pair (which also comes in 2 different colors) and this lighter chestnut colored option….. both are gorgeous and reasonably priced. These black slides are on sale, and they’re also on my Christmas list.

J.Crew:

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I’ve always loved J.Crew for their classic pieces, but love it even more when everything is 40% off. A few items that I grabbed for our cold weather trip to Deer Valley include this oversized sweater, plaid button-up, buffalo check boyfriend shirt, and striped oversized turtleneck. While I didn’t wear them all, I certainly won’t have a problem wearing them around town.  A few other fun ideas for the holidays include this plaid camisole pajama set, this lace peplum top, and this holiday perfect plaid scarf.

 

ShopBop: 

Always a huge Shopbop fan over here… free shipping (free 2 day if you’re an Amazon Prime member), free returns, and a huge selection of amazing items. I purchased a few gifts during their “Buy More, Save More” sale, which is still going on. I bought this choker necklace for my sister, as well as this adorable white peplum blouse. I also snagged this buffalo check cape/scarf. A few items I added to my Christmas list include this taupe colored studded bag (I own the bigger version in white), these gold aviators (gorgeous!!), and this fabulous black felt hat (!!).

 

TULA:

tula black friday sale, itsy bitsy indulgences

After years of trying a few different skin care lines, I discovered TULA and fell in love. I’ve shared their products here a few times, but thought that I would let you know that all products are currently 25% off (and free shipping!!). My favorite items include the illuminating serum (I have noticed a significant shift in my skin brightness since using this product), the exfoliating mask (I use it 3xs a week, and love how soft it leaves my face!), and the overnight skin rescue cream and the under eye cream (both are excellent moisturizers). If you have a beauty lover in your life, checkout their kits + gift sets…. you seriously can’t go wrong with them!

 

Anthropologie:

all black with pink cardigan, itsy bitsy indulgences

I walked into Anthropologie today and pretty much wanted the entire store. Well, that pretty much happens to me all the time. They’re currently offering 30% off every item (use code LETSGO)!! So, my favorite pink cardigan is on sale, along with this uber soft grey cardi (it comes in so many gorgeous color options). I snagged these gold rimmed cocktail glasses, cocktail shaker, and this little ornament for Harper. I also love these sequin joggers and this beautiful sequin top.

11.24.2016

Happy Thanksgiving

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As Tj and I sit here, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, reflecting on where we were last year, we can’t help but feel both amazed and thankful. Thankful for one another, thankful for the beautiful little girl we have sleeping in the next room who brings us so much joy, and thankful for our family and the experiences we have had over the past year…. and amazed at how much can change in a year! I am also so thankful for your amazing support over this past year! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family…. filled with much love, laughter, indulgences, and gratitude.

11.23.2016

Wellness Wednesday: The Perfect Post Thanksgiving Detox Breakfast

dairy free chia seed pudding, itsy bitsy indulgences

I typically throw caution to the wind on holidays. I mean, I don’t gorge myself, but I also don’t worry too much about indulging here and there…. 3 small slivers of pie (yes, our family makes a pumpkin, apple, + chocolate), + a little hot chocolate please. Yet, when it comes to that Friday after, my body is typically screaming for a restart. Given that, I typically like to give myself a jolt of nutritious goodness in the morning. One of my favorite dishes to do this with is my favorite dairy free chia seed pudding. Chia seeds are jam packed with antioxidants, fiber, and omega 3’s…. all which help my body to reset. Yet, with it being the holidays and all, my old recipe just wasn’t cutting it. So, I decided to make a small little tweak… and boy, did it make all the difference.

I decided to replace the traditional almond milk ingredient with Pressed Juicery’s seasonal Spiced Almond… which has the consistency of almond milk. The taste was phenomenal. Pretty much a chi tea latté in a breakfast bowl… and I’m not kidding here. My sister snuck a serving from my leftovers and texted me, “Well, I pretty much devoured that in under 5 minutes. More please.” I chose to top mine with some banana nut granola, a few blueberries, + bananas…. but TJ topped his with honey peanut butter, blueberries, + raspberries…. you pretty much can’t go wrong. It’ll taste divine either way you top it.

Spiced Almond Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups Pressed Juicery Spiced Almond 
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
6 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions: 

In a bowl, quickly stir together all ingredients, except the chia seeds. In a blender, pour in the combined ingredients, and begin to blend on low. Slowly add in the chia seeds, a tablespoon at a time, being sure the chia seeds don’t end up on the sides of the blender. Once all chia seeds are combined, blend on low for 2-3 minutes. Then, pour the mixture into a large bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator. After about an hour, stir the ingredients again, and then placed the lid on, and leave in the refrigerator over night.
*Note: It’s best to prepare the pudding 8 hours prior to eating to ensure it sets. ____________________

{Post Details || Juice | Granola | Sweater}

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dairy free chia seed pudding with almond spice milk, itsy bitsy indulgences

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almond spice dairy free chia pudding, itsy bitsy indulgences

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dairy free chia pudding, itsy bitsy indulgences

dairy free chia seed pudding, itsy bitsy indulgences
Thank you to Pressed Juicery for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own. 

11.22.2016

The Makings Of Our Christmas Card Photo: Winter White

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When we initially booked our trip to Deer Valley I had grand plans to take gorgeous family photos in the snow. As the weeks went on, and life got busy, the thought vanished… that is, until Thursday evening when I was packing for our trip. A few options ran through my head. First, I went to the computer and frantically typed in “Deer Valley Family Photographer.” There were too many options to go through (which only overwhelmed me more), so I scratched the idea. Plus, in all honesty, I didn’t want to rush around on our trip, and play the “I hope Harper is in a smiley mood” game. So, after a little while, I decided that we would just wing it when we were up there. I packed a few extra options, and away we went.

After arriving, we decided that Sunday would be a day of leisure. No agenda, lounge around the resort, and not do much of anything (sometimes those days are the best). So, when we woke up, we decided that we would try to pull something together for a family photo. I immediately knew the look I was going for. I wanted us all to be in whatever made us comfortable. I’m not a very fancy person, so my favorite jeans and comfy winter white sweater seemed to be perfectly fitting. Natural. Organic. That’s how I typically like our family photos to be… in a fun environment, not forced, and pretty casual….

After lunch, I asked the concierge if she wouldn’t mind trekking up the hill with us to snap a few photos. She happily obliged, and so, our #ChristmasCard photo was born. Stress free. Pretty Casual. I’ll take it.

If you also like casual for your holiday photos, a few other options that I am loving include this metallic knit cold shoulder top, this velvet camisole (in the prettiest berry color), red off the shoulder top, gorgeous red lace up sweater, or this tunic sweater.
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{Outfit Details || Sweater (wearing XS, comes in multiple colors) | Scarf (wearing color “gold” but comes in multiple colors) | Jeans | Boots | Sunglasses}

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