Gals Who Brunch

Last weekend, we celebrated my cousin Brittany's birthday with a gals brunch! It was the perfect morning-turned-afternoon.

I made sausage balls and Living with Landyn's french toast casserole. Both recipes were wonderful and easy.

I also whipped up some coffee punch. Have you had it before? It's super easy too and absolutely delicious. It's a great go-to if you need to bring something to a brunch.

Here's the recipe:

8 cups of chilled brewed coffee

2 cups cold milk

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup of sugar

1 quart of vanilla ice cream

I just brew the coffee the night before and stick it in the fridge. Then right before I serve it, I combine the coffee, milk, vanilla and sugar. I scoop the ice cream into the punch bowl and pour the coffee mixture on top. Voila! Coffee punch. I also put out some reddi-whip in case anyone needs some whipped cream on top.

What birthday brunch is complete without a cake made of donuts?! My friend Danielle stopped at our favorite donut shop here in Spring Hill for these prettys.

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I told Tim we'd probably be done around 12:30 so he'd know when to come back home (apparently gals brunch isn't his scene) but boy was I wrong about the time! At one point, I looked at the clock and it was after two! That's how you know you're having a good time. I think the last person left around 4. In other words, it was my dream Saturday.

XOXO,

Di

House Update: The Family Room

We've been in our house a little over a year now and I feel like I've moved every piece of furniture and picture frame about a million times. I think that's just who I am so I will probably continue moving things around until forever. But I do feel like it's finally coming together around here. My main goal in my home is always coziness so our family room is a challenge because it's an open room with vaulted ceilings. 

I've still got some walls to cover with pictures and things but that's exactly the kind of thing I like to procrastinate so maybe this summer I'll get around to it. I get alot of questions about my couch and chair and a half. We shopped for what seemed like forever but we found them at Macy's and they're so comfortable it's impossible to stay awake when I try to watch a movie.

Isn't it so inviting? I clearly have a thing for fur and black and white. I'm all about the textures when it comes to throw pillows, and I can never get enough of them. 

On the other side of the room, away from the couches and tv, I have a space that I'm still working to fill. I probably should have taken a better photo to give you all a better idea of the layout of things. In fact, I'll do that on my instagram story later so check that out.

Anyway, for now, this part of the room is where my favorite piece lives, an old armoire from my parent's house. It's so pretty and it's great storage! Tim actually started to sand it so we could paint it and we liked the finish so much, we decided to leave it the way it is.

So that's the status of the family room after a year of living in our house. This is our first house so for all of you people who have been homeowners for a while, I have to know, will I ever feel like it's complete? At this rate, it just doesn't seem like it!

 

 

5 Things You Need This Winter

It's probably safe to say that 50% of the blog posts on this website are about hating winter. I don't know how I got here really. Winter used to be such a joyous time for me. Bundling up, sledding, hot cocoa, snow days. Now it's all about scraping windows, waiting for the car to warm up, no snow days, not being able to text through my gloves and saying "I'm freezing" 800 times a day. What's worse is that my lips get chapped, my skin gets dry and my hair gets frizzy. So I'm really glad to be here guys.

Anyway, to avoid looking like Spongebob Squarepants all dried up, here are the 5 things I use:

1. Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion- I love this stuff because I'm lazy.

2. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - soap can be very drying so I prefer shower oil. Bonus points because it smells like heaven.

3. Queen Bee Skincare Lip Balm - lip balm is so obvious but this particular lip balm is my favorite lip balm of all of the lip balms. I got the cinnamon flavor and it's made with good ingredients! It's made here in Maury County.

4. Argan Oil - I got mine from Maple Holistics and I put it on the ends of my hair after I shower. It keeps my hair from drying out and feels amazing after I blowdry.

5. Neocutis Bio-Cream -  I've told you all about this time and time again but this is the only moisturizer I use. Winter or not.

What are some of your go-to winter products? I'd love to know!

At least snow looks pretty on our little white house. This is from last winter where I went outside for 2 minutes to take this photo.

XOXO,

Di

 

Our Family Thanksgiving

There is absolutely nothing in the world that makes me happier than having my little house filled with people I love.

That being said, this Thanksgiving was a happy day.

Family came down from Ohio, My cousin Sam made a gorgeous turkey, Pappy prayed a prayer for dinner that made us cry and we all sat together at a long table for the first time that I can remember.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Not pictured, Cole was later upset that he wasn't sitting by Tim. We promptly fixed that.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

The chalkboard placemats are from Hester and Cook. I love them in lieu of placecards! And I spray painted some of my mini white pumpkins gold because, why not?

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

I'm not sure how she got her head unstuck but what's Thanksgiving without a child sticking their head through the chair back?!

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

If you're looking for Nana, you can always find her doing dishes.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Mexican Train Dominoes is a Thanksgiving family tradition.

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

Photo credit: Brittany Wood

I didn't take a single one of these photos. Luckily, I have a very talented photographer in the family! Brittany documented the day so well.

I'm so grateful for these beautiful memories made!

A Few of my Fall Favorites

First things first, how adorbs is my front porch? I just need a few more pumpkins.

Ah fall. There are pumpkins everywhere, the leaves are falling, the sunsets are unmatched and there's a chill in the air, in other parts of the country, not Spring Hill, TN. No wonder Thanksgiving is in the fall because how can you not feel thankful with all this beauty surrounding us!

And yay for fall clothes! I love to layer so I'm excited to pull my sweaters out of the guest room closet! Oh and I love everything plaid or flannel. So imagine my joy when I found this black and white buffalo check poncho for $14!

Naturally it made my short list of fall favorites...

1. Buffalo Check Poncho: Walmart (!) can you believe that?!

2. Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea: I actually have to go to the Woodhouse Day Spa to buy this stuff but when I remember to, I get it on amazon. If you've never experience this tea, you must order it now! It's heaven in a cup.

3. Blush: This shade of blush is a makeup bag staple in my opinion. It's Blushbaby by MAC and its absolutely gorgeous.

4. Black Flats: I love boots as much as the next gal but there's nothing better than a good pair of flats to throw on when you're running out the door. I love these Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats, they are so comfortable! You may have noticed that I was wearing the Revas in photo before but after wearing those for a couple of days, I realized that they were the most uncomfortable shoes in the world. I had blisters!! Luckily, Nordstrom has excellent customer service and had heard my very same sad song about the Reva flats and exchanged them for their comfortable sister shoe, the Minnie!

What are your fall favorites? Comment below!

Happy Fall Y'all!

Di