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My Cozy Day Must-haves

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I live in Southern California, and while we may not have nearly as cold of weather as the rest of the country, there have been a few days recently that have been pretty chilly.  It didn't help that our entire family was sick on and off for the better part of last month.  For us, January was all about staying warm and cozy and trying to get well! That brings me to my point... I was recently asked to partner with Parachute Home to bring you my cozy day must-haves.

Parachute Home is a wonderful new brand that features high quality bedding at a more reasonable price than its competitors.  The bedding is all made in Italy, and is of the highest quality Egyptian cotton.  Who doesn't love affordable luxuries, because I do! And, when it comes to comfort and a good night's sleep, even better! These days, I will take all the help I can get in the sleep department.

A warm and cozy bed is a start, but there is much more that goes into a cozy day at home.  Take a look at my cozy day must-haves:


Ultra-soft blanket: I love blankets, and this Threshold Microplush Blanket is one of my favorites because it is huge and you can cuddle up with someone under it and still have room to spare.  I use mine every morning when I cuddle up with Henley, have my coffee, and read her favorite books to her.

Coffee:  Not just any coffee...coffee with peppermint mocha creamer and peppermint whipped cream.  My favorite way to drink coffee, complete with my Monogrammed Mug from Anthropologie.

Cute and Comfy Sweats: My absolute favorite sweatpants ever are Victoria Secret PINK Boyfriend Pants. They are so soft, baggy, and comfortable that I wear them almost every night.  As soon as Henley goes to bed, I pull these on to catch up on my T.V. shows, not to mention that I live in them during the winter.

Popcorn and a Movie: For Christmas, we got a Waring Deluxe Popcorn Maker and we use it at least once a week.  I was skeptical at first (because really, do we have room for another big appliance?) but fresh popped popcorn really is so much better (and better for you) than the microwavable kind...I love it! Add a movie or favorite show to go along with the popcorn and it's the perfect cozy day activity.

Cozy Bedding: At the end of the day, I can't wait to lay down and snuggle up in my bed.  I used to go on vacation and revel in the big, comfy beds that I would stay in, until we bought our bed and bedding.  Now, when we go away, I can't wait to get back to my own bed at home!  That's where Parachute Home comes in: their signature set, The Venice, consists of a fitted sheet, duvet, and pillowcases. It is made of 100% Egyptian cotton and stonewashed for a soft, lived-in feel.

There you have it, my cozy day must-haves!  What are your favorite ways to stay cozy in these winter months?

Valentine's Rice Krispie Treat Pops

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I cannot believe that Valentine's Day is this weekend!  This year, every holiday has been extra exciting with little Henley around.  I can't wait to share with you her Valentine's outfit; it is so stinking cute!  I know she's only ten months old, but she is my little love and since Brent works on Valentine's day, she is my little Valentine this year.

To get into the spirit, I made some Valentine's Rice Krispy Treat Pops today.  They are so easy and are sure to be a hit with the kiddos (and kids at heart).


What you need:
  •  5 Cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 4 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/4 (half a stick) of butter
  • Wax Paper
  • 9 x 13" Pan
  • Wilton's Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Cake Pop Sticks
  • Heart Cookie Cutters
Directions:
  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.  Once melted, add in mini marshmallows and stir until well mixed and melted.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies.
  3. Spoon into the pan and with wax paper, press and evenly distribute the Rice Krispies treats mixture in the pan.  The wax paper keeps the treats from sticking to your fingers.
  4. Let the treats set and cool for 10 minutes, then use the cookie cutters to cut hearts out.  The treats should still be warm enough to combine scraps from the cut outs to make more heart shapes. 
  5. Let the heart cut outs set another 10-15 minutes.
  6. Heat the Candy Melts according to package directions.  Drizzle or spread onto the treats as desired.
  7. Quickly add the sprinkles before the drizzle hardens!
  8. Once the melted chocolate hardens completely, insert the cake pop stick, and there you have i, Valentine's Rice Krispie Treat Pops!



Valentine's Gift Ideas for New Moms

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. A day practically devoted to candy and flowers (oh, and love)...what woman doesn't love this holiday?!  I say woman because let's face it, it's a girly holiday.  I have never met a man who gets excited about Valentine's Day.  


As a mom with a baby celebrating their first Valentine's Day, I'm even more excited to shower my family with love this holiday and I think a lot of other moms can relate! Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for moms...maybe one or two hubbies out there will take a look at this list and get some ideas! 


Stella and Dot Necklace: My sister-in-law gave me this beautiful necklace with Henley's initial and birthstone when she was born and it is my favorite thing to wear.  Stella and Dot has many different charms you can engrave or customize for necklaces or bracelets and they make great gifts! 



Teething Jewelry: Babies chew on everything.  These teething necklaces and bracelets come in handy while out and about, and are a thoughtful and trendy gift for a new mom! I bought one of mine from an Etsy shop named Little Miss Fairytale, and my favorites are bracelet and necklace set by Itzy Ritzy.


Personalized travel mug: COFFEE, a mommy must have!  This gift is especially great for moms who go back to work...they can enjoy their caffeine while looking at their little ones all day!  It's also great for moms who are breastfeeding because it leaves you parched!  I have water bottles everywhere and always have a travel mug with me in the car and on walks.  I made one for Brent for Father's Day this past year, and it turned out great!  I bought a personalizable Starbucks mug and printed an 8x10" photo collage (from Walmart) of Henley to insert in it...took all of five minutes to put together and it's one of his favorite gifts ever! I know I would love one, too.  If you don't have the time to put one together yourself, you can also make and order one on Shutterfly

Book for Mommy and Baby to read together: I never used to cry, but I do now.  At everything.  Thanks hormones!  There are a few books that I read to Henley that I love and leave me teary-eyed.  A sentimental gift like these books are great: Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman, God Gave Us You by Lisa T. Bergren, and of course Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. 


Personalized Pillow: I love pillows.  My husband thinks I'm crazy and we have too many pillows everywhere, but I know I'm not alone.  I've been eyeing these from Shutterfly and I'm sure other ladies out there are too. 

Massage/Pedicure/Spa Day: Whatever type of pampering your mom or wife likes best, gift it to her! I like going to get a pedicure every once in a while, and love when my hubby watches Henley so I can have a little break to get one! 

Date Night: It isn't often that moms (especially stay-at-home moms) get out of the house with their kiddos in tow, so a date night out is a great gift!  Arrange for a sitter and take your wife out for dinner and a movie.  If your baby is still nursing before bed, like ours, you could always go out a little later for a drink and dessert, something we do every once in a while.  My own mom gave my husband and I movie tickets last week and sat with Henley so we could see our first movie since before she was born and it was wonderful!!!


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