Monday, September 26, 2016

Halloween Scheming & Strawberry Tomato Salsa Recipe

Wasn't it just Friday, like, five minutes ago?!  That's how I feel today, but isn't that always the case when you're trying to get ready to go out of town.  Thank you so much for weighing in on all the outfits- it actually really helped!  I'll show you on Wednesday everything I'm bringing and see what you think. And of course now, I'm getting all those sad feelings about leaving the kids- espeically Jordan since she's still just such a little baby!  And she's at that stage where she wants to be wherever I am.  If she sees me walk out of the room, she starts crying. :( I'm going to miss her like crazy!  But she loves her some Grandma, so I know she'll be just fine.  

A couple weeks ago, I did a little bit of decorating for Fall, but now that Halloween is just over a month away, I've got that on the brain too.  James hasn't committed to a costume yet, but said last night that he's thinking of being a ninja.  Ok, didn't see that one coming.  As for Halloween decor and costume scheming, Etsy is one of the first places I search.  They have tons of creative, unique things there that you won't find at your typical Target or Amazon.  I also feel good when I order from small business owners because I respect what they do.  My Dad was, and my brother and husband are small business owners, so I know how hard they work and the effort they give their clients.  I was invited to share my favorite Halloween shops and things on Etsy, so I rounded up so many unique things you may want to check out. 

But, first things first.  On Friday night, the girls got together to celebrate my friend Ali-Shaun's kitchen reno completion and it was pot luck, with wine and light bites to snack on. Everything was so good (espeically her hubby's tuna tartare), but what everyone on Snapchat (@honeywerehome) was asking me about was the strawberry and tomato salsa that Marianna brought.  She is such a good cook (her Tres Leches is my fave!) and that dish was unexpectedly delicious!  I didn't realize tomatoes and strawberries would be so good together, but I should have known because I like salads with fruit in them and did put this on my salad that night.  

I shared the recipe on snap, but it went by too quickly for most of you, so as promised, here you go! Most people ate this with tortilla chips. 

Also, I've been making Jordan's baby food and sharing some of that on Snap also, would you want me to share that here too?  So far, she loves it!  Below is pureed green beans, broccoli and pear.  I never made James' baby food, so this is new for me, but I feel great about feeding her healthy homemade food. 

And this week ends my 40 Day Challenge, so I'll update you next week after I ruin all my progress in NYC! Ha! 

And without further ado, check out this Halloween and Fall goodness on Etsy.  I could go on and on, but then this post would be ridiculously long. 

Be still my hand-lettered heart!  Oh, how I wish I could write like this!  If anyone in Houston wants to get together and take a class, let me know!  But, until then, Paper Case Studio custom letters all kinds of goodies, from pumpkins to place cards.  I don't even like pumpkin spice flavor (the horror!) but I'm smitten with this pumpkin!

Custom Calligraphy White Pumpkin 'Pumpkin Spice Everything' 


But I know those of you who do love pumpkin spice are really crazy for it, so this mug's for you!


Even though we don't do big Halloween decorating over here, pillows and art are right up my alley.

Happy Halloween pillow


Boo art


Trick-or-Treat art


And knitting.  I don't knit.  My Mom does and really enjoys it, but I've never even tried. And if you don't either, luckily we have Nevada Knits to make cozy things like coffee cozies and knit pumpkins. Aren't they so cute?!


I love Milk & Honey Luxuries' philosophy that luxury shouldn't be dependant on wealth.  On her list of luxuries is a hot cup of cocoa after playing in the snow with her kids, fresh flowers in the kitchen, the first sip of good coffee in the morning and nestling into a warm bed at night.  She's speaking my language!  And her shop has the perfect things for enjoying those little things. 
Witch's Brew Mug

Cereal Killer Spoon  

My son was crazy for this set of vinyl bat decals.  They are actually pretty fun for Halloween! And big too!

If you're having a Halloween party, you know the invitations set the tone.  You can order a custom printable invitation here.   They have party decor signs too.

We could easily hang this Happy Halloween Banner and instantly feel more Halloween festive. The Trick-Or-Treat banner is fun too. If you're having a party, the Treats banner would be perfect hung by the candy!

This Happy Halloween banner caught my eye too.

What about adding this black burlap wreath to your Halloween decor?!  I dig it! They have an orange wreath too if you wanted to go with more traditional Halloween colors.

What about this baby pumpkin costume?!?!  I die! James was a pumpkin for his first Halloween so I kinda want to get this for Jordan so we can compare our Mr. and Miss Pumpkin.

The new mom in me thought these baby Halloween outfits were darling!  The little leg warmers kill me!  

Just Boo-tiful Outfit 

What are you and/or your kiddos being for Halloween?


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Help! What Should I Pack for New York?

So the consensus is in from last week that the two dresses I was considering taking to New York for the Better Homes & Gardens event aren't really going to cut it.  While a few of you gave the blue dress a thumbs up, many other people said it wasn't very figure flattering and the embroidered rust and white dress (while pretty) is probably too Springy for NY this time of year.  I'm actually happy to hear that because I've been dying to get into some of my Fall clothes and haven't really been able to do that here.  

For the actual event next Thursday, I wanted to take that opportunity to get out of my day-to-day Mom clothes and workout outfits and dress up in a fancy dress.  And my fun roomie and I will also be going to a show and doing a food tour #nowyourespeakingmylanguage! So I need to pack for that too.

Since I didn't have time to go shopping at the store, I over ordered online because I knew not everything would fit and sometimes it's hard to know how something will fit and feel once you actually try it on.  If you follow me on Snapchat or InstaStories @honeywerehome, you've seen me trying on some of these dresses and I promised you I'd link everything here, so here goes!  I warn you now, this post is long! I'd love to hear which is your fave, since I'm still torn and can't keep everything! #Iwish

Whatever I keep has to be more than a "one-event" dress too.  I want to be able to rewear possibly for date night, hubby's work party events, or upcoming holiday parties.  

Let's start with one of my faves!  This sassy open weave little black dress.  The XS fit surprisingly well and even though the middle is sheer, it doesn't feel like you're showing too much skin.  I'm also still able to wear my strapless bra with it and you can't see it.  I probably wouldn't want to wear all black on Thursday during the day, but maybe out at night.  I ordered this similar one in navy from Bloomingdale's, but I got an email saying it wasn't available so they were cancelling that order and giving me a 20% discount code for my next order, which I appreciated.  It's back in stock in all sizes now, so not sure why I didn't get it.  Same thing happened with this black & white dress.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Decor

I'm sure you've noticed it's been awhile since I've done any decorating around here!  The last major project was my office and I'm still enjoying it so much!  I'm actually sitting at my desk right now typing this with my cup of coffee close by!  

I have lots of things on my to-do list that I feel like I can never get to lately!  It's been all about life with a newborn and 1st grader, then working on getting said newborn to sleep in her nursery all night long, and now watching her like a hawk because she's all over the place and we're onto solid foods! And I'm trying to keep up with exercising and so on!  Why didn't God give Moms extra hours in the day?! 

Jordan's nursery bath is halfway done and the playroom/media room is organized, but at a standstill after the couch I ordered didn't work out and had to be returned.  It's a long story, but you should've seen me hauling that HUGE box back to Target with a dolly yesterday!  That was a workout on it's own! I think I found a rug for the playroom though, so maybe that will give me the push to get going on that. And late the other night, I found art for Jordan's bathroom, so that's progress.  I need to decide between this, this and this.  Of course this animal series is adorable too.  But I think I only need two prints. 

James keeps changing his mind about wanting a Star Wars room to now a Minecraft room, so no progress has been made there either! We've also been swamped with James' after school activities and frankly, I wish we only let him sign up for one sport, instead of three! #thanksDad, but live and learn.  I did find Jordan a sweet little Halloween costume, so that's done!  I can't wait to see her in it!  I thought it would be super cute with her dark hair. 

But, this time of year always gets me yearning to get some Fall decor up in our house, so last weekend, I pulled out the two bins holding our Fall decorations and went to the grocery store and got some fresh flowers and of course, mini pumpkins.  The traditionalist in me had to have them!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Must Have | Black Skinny Jeans

Happy Hump day friends! I've been in such a funk the past couple days because I haven't slept well, and man, can that really mess you up!  Getting good rest is one of my goals on the 40-Day Challenge (latest update here) and I've been struggling so hard with that one!  I've been in that vicious cycle where I've woken up so tired, drank too much coffee during the day, then can't get to sleep at night! What do you do to make sure you get to bed early and have a good night's sleep?!  I know tonight I will definitely hit the sack early because I'm exhausted, but I hate getting to that point! 

Today, I'm excited to share with you a new pair of black skinny jeans and that are super comfy and figure flattering.  They suck you in in all the right places, and feel secure, but not too tight.  They are crop style, but with me being so short (5'1) they hit right at my ankle, instead of just above.  You can dress 'em up or down and I love this style with booties, heels, flats, even my Nikes.  The jeans run true to size and are under $80!  Scoop them up now while they're still available in all sizes!  I'm in 25.

I've gotten lots of wear out of them already and was joking last night on Instagram that I'd wear this sassy striped top with them and make my hubby take me out, but oh yeah, he was coaching soccer practice, and it was only Tuesday! 

Off Shoulder Top (40% off) the XS was too tight on me, so I'm in size Small here 

But I still think I could take this outfit to NY with me next week and wear these super comfy booties (they have great padding and cushioning) for a day of sightseeing.  The booties are 20% off now, under $100 and also come in grey and bordeaux.  Remember my grey ones here in this Ripped Jeans Now & Later post.

Off Shoulder Top  | Black Crop Skinny Jeans | Tassel Necklace | Wedge Booties (20% off, under $100) also in grey and bordeaux

I wore the jeans again over the weekend to a casual family dinner.  And then of course it was back home and into my favorite pair of soft pants (40% off & Free 2-day shipping with code COZY)! Apparently, y'all like soft pants too.  I've gotten more emails and comments about them than almost anything else I've posted lately.

And yes, yet again, I wore them to Trip #2 of the almost-never-ending quest to get the camera repaired on my iPhone. For someone who likes to take pictures so much, and snap (@honeywerehome), being without my camera phone has been a nightmare! #wah I'm now counting these black skinnies as #luckypants because my camera ended up being replaced at no. cost. in. under. an. hour!! That never happens to me.  #happydance  All is right in the world again!

And while Jordan and I were waiting, we had our very first mommy/daughter lunch at Cheesecake Factory and yes, I resisted the chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake! #myfave  Jordan ate some of the bread and I had the tuna tartare and artichoke appetizer from the skinny menu.

I swear by these Yosi Samra foldable ballet flats (they only come in whole sizes, so you may need to size up) and think they are better/more comfy than Tieks if you're torn between the two.  But Tieks do come in some fun, vibrant colors. 

I still use my backpack/diaper bag mostly on the weekend when we're at James' baseball or soccer games, but I've switched to this tote for lots of everyday use.  The organization lover in me (and the same person who hates digging for things) loves the three big compartments, smaller size compartments and zipper pockets.  It's not too big or small either, so it's really the Goldilocks of Mom bags! And the color is perfect for Fall, but it also comes in other colors. 

Below, I styled these jeans up with my floral embroidered bomber jacket and a wear to work style if you can get away with dark jeans in your office.  My old office was so casual that nearly anything went- except maybe crop tops! 

Black Skinny Crop Jeans | Similar Tank | Leopard Skinny Belt | Necklace | Bracelets | Clutch (similar) | Sunglasses (similar $50) | Hoop Earrings $6 | Watch | Ring | Black Heels (under $50) similar (under $60)

A little bit of leopard goes a long way with your black jeans and colored top, but you could also incorporate a leopard clutch.  This one is a steal but goes in and out of stock often.  I also love a pop of leopard on my feet- these heels will do the trick! 

This floral embroidered bomber jacket sold out in a hot minute, but now it's been restocked (size medium and large available as I type this).  I also found a near exact duplicate here for under $80, but it doesn't have the embroidery on the sleeves, just the front, which some of you may actually prefer.

This post shows you how to style your bomber jacket with a midi skirt and also has lots more bomber jacket options at all price points.

Black Skinny Crop Jeans | Similar Tank | Leopard Skinny Belt | Necklace | Bracelets | Clutch (similar) | Sunglasses (similar $50) | Hoop Earrings $6 | Watch | Ring | Black Heels (under $50) similar (under $60)

The jacket fits true to size, I'm in XS.

I promised you more work appropriate looks too, and by simply switching out the tank for a black and white blouse (same shoes), you've got yourself a spiffy look for the office. 

Blouse |  Black Skinny Crop Jeans | Ring | Sunglasses (40% off) | Similar Stud Earrings & hereBlack Heels (under $50) similar (under $60)

We were taking these pics and my hair kept blowing in my face and I quickly put it up in a clip, just like I remember so often doing at work!  I can't tell you how many times I'd get all ready in the morning and do my hair all pretty, just to put it up by the end of the day because it was bugging me! That and bracelets!  I always wore them and then would take them off and put them on my desk so I could type without them getting in my way!

But if you're going to have your hair back, it's a great opportunity to show off your earrings.  These little studs are an old Kate Spade style and pack and big punch, but are still polished and professional looking. 

If you've been eyeing these Kate Spade sunnies, definitely grab them now while they're 40% off! They come in solid black and the leopard I'm wearing and are normally $175, but on sale now for $105.  I've been living in mine since I got them at the Anniversary Sale.  Lots of things that previously sold out are back in stock and have been discounted further, check it out here.

I threw my black blazer (similar here) on over the shoulder so you could see how you can dress this look up even more.  But here is an actual cape blazer that looks cool (only $78 and tons of great reviews).

I post everyday outfits on Instagram and Facebook and love connecting with you there!  If you want to shop my outfits without LikeToKnowIt, just go to the SHOP tab at the top of my blog and click on the picture for direct links to what I'm wearing.

I'm also on Snapchat (@honeywerehome) & are y'all watching InstaStories?  What have you thought of that?


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Day in the Life with a 6 Month Old

Can y'all believe Jordan is six months old already?!  And she just turned 7 months old yesterday! Since our son is 6 years old, it's obviously been awhile since we've had a baby in the house and little Jordan is making me vividly remember those early days with James.  This is where it really gets fun though, right?!  She's just the cutest thing! I can put the top of her hair in a teeny bow now and it keeps it out of her face.  So adorable!!

But this girl is already on the go and so much so that I can't keep my eyes off of her.  She started rolling and sleeping on her tummy at 4 months, scooting at 5 months, and now full-on crawling, sitting up, and even pulling up at 6 months! We had to lower her crib mattress because she pulled herself up in there!  She's also tipping over some, and has banged her head twice, so I went ahead and put her crib bumper back on so it would soften any falls.  Hopefully, she'll be steadier in a few weeks and then I'll go back to the mesh bumper if she needs it.  I still had to tie the bottom ties in the pics below, in case you were wondering. 

Jordan is 15.13 pounds/26 inches and I'm feeling it!  I remember now that my arms got more toned carrying James around so much and the same thing is happening again with her.   Although the schedule is ever-changing, here's a look at what a typical day looks like for her.  You can read her 3-month eating/sleeping schedule here

7:30 a.m.  Wake up, Bottle #1 (6 oz.) then playtime

9:00 a.m.  Eats breakfast (we started introducing solids right after she turned 6 months) 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Nap #1

11:30 a.m.  Bottle #2

12:00 p.m. Eats lunch 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Nap #2

3:00 p.m.  Bottle #3

5:00 p.m.  Eats dinner

5:45 p.m.  Bathtime

In between eating and sleeping, she's doing all kinds of things exploring her world.  She was gifted the Brilliant Baby Laptop that she enjoys playing with.  She'll push the big colorful buttons, and it lights up and introduces colors, shapes, and animals. 

Not much holds her attention for long, but this baby laptop gives me a few minutes while she's enthralled with the animal sounds and music that it plays and it also lights up.  I also appreciate that you can choose a loud or quiet volume, but it's good that this toy's sounds are pleasant! 

It's also sturdy enough for her to bang around on and crawl on.  I  bet it will even keep her entertained in the car soon!

What she's really all about though, is her big brother!  She lights up when he's around and always wants to be a part of what he's doing.  

VTech sent a Kidizoom Camera Pix, which operates as a real camera/video camera and also plays games, so I was a little worried about it being a complicated set up, but James opened it up, inserted 2 AA batteries and figured it out all on his own!  He set the date and time too, but that's all there was to it!  Super user friendly! 

It even takes selfies!

I love the look on Jordan's face while she's watching him! 

James was super into the four games it plays and got right into those.  Of course, Jordan wants to see what's going on too, but sometimes he wants to play alone! I get it, I had two little brothers and my first brother is 6 years younger than me, the same age difference as James and Jordan. 

But she's persistent! 

So I told him, just show her what you're doing and you can teach her.  She'll probably lose interest soon enough anyway! So, he took her picture and showed it to her!  He's such a good big brother!  

Life with these kiddos is really the best.  I'm so thankful to be their Mom!


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