Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Favorites



Good morning! I am grateful that it is Friday, and I am happy that March will be here this weekend!

The boys and I are quite stir crazy (and getting over being sick), so I am hoping this weekend will be more exciting and joyful!



Several months ago, I ordered the NoseFrida “Snotsucker”, and it has been one of the BEST purchases. Nolan is only now learning how to blow his nose, so it’s not just for babies. You just place it up against the nostrils (not all of the way in), and use the red mouthpiece to vacuum out their snot. It works effectively in getting the snot out, and it’s easy to clean. I feel like I’m being proactive in helping the kids get more comfortable. And don’t worry, the snot does not get in your mouth :)
 





On Wednesday, I wrote a “What I Wore” post about my new Firmoo.com glasses! Steve got new glasses this week as well. His eye doctor told him he needed special “prism” reading glasses to help his eyes to focus more easily together. I had never heard of prism glasses before, but I’m glad he has them now for all the computer writing he does!

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Yesterday, I shared these FAVORITE new cookies—Flourless Fudge. They have a smooth, crispy outside—and the middle is rich and moist. I am planning on making them again soon!


Let’s talk TV for a minute. Downton Abbey is one of Steve and my absolute FAVORITES, and we are bummed that the season finale is already on Sunday! The seasons fly by, and then we have to wait ten more months for new episodes. We are pulling for Mary and Tom to get together. It just makes sense, right?! :)

This week, we watched the HBO mini-series John Adams (from 2008, I believe). It was amazing. The intensity of Adams’ love for his country was incredible. And his marriage with Abigail was inspiring. There were three or four scenes we had to fast-forward due to graphic content (think amputation in the 1700s), but the rest of it was so well-done. I now want to plan a trip out east to see Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the Adams’ home!


Today is the last day to sign up for our Spring Cheer Exchange! If you love snail mail, and would like to send someone a box, please e-mail me today! Racheljulia31@gmail.com. Details are here.

If you’ve already signed up, look for an e-mail from me on Monday with your recipient! :)



On Monday, I shared some of my FAVORITES from Target.com. I feel like I always have a tab open to Target. You just can’t beat the free shipping with a Red Card!



Okay, so this is not really a favorite, but I am done with the snow! On the left are the icicles in our upstairs windows. And here is Nolan in my mom’s driveway with snow way taller than him. We need to get some warmer temps so it can melt soon!

What are you up to this weekend?

Follow our family’s adventures on Instagram @floralandfudge

Linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika, Andrea, & Narci.

 

I’m an affiliate for Target.com, so a purchase made through clicking a link in this post could result in a small commission for me. Thank you!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flourless Fudge Cookies

Flourless Fudge Cookies

Yesterday I had a few spare minutes while Ephraim was napping and I decided to make a quick cookie recipe. They were some of the easiest cookies I’ve made because there are so few ingredients (no flour, no baking soda, no butter). The recipe calls for a whole tablespoon of vanilla extract, but I didn’t realize I was low on vanilla until I had already started the baking process! Because it was a dry batter, I knew I was going to need all the liquid I could get, so I substituted almond extract. My cookies ended up with a strong almond flavor—which is pretty delicious—though vanilla may have been preferred. The cookies have a smooth outer crust, and a fudgy brownie texture inside. You’ll love them!

Flourless Fudge Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl until well-combined.

Mix in the egg whites and vanilla extract until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.

Stir in mini chocolate chips.

Flourless Fudge Cookies

Drop by tablespoons onto parchment-paper-lined baking sheets. Leave enough space for them to spread.

Flourless Fudge Cookies

Bake 8-10 minutes until they are glossy, slightly cracked, and not a darker color in the middle.

Allow them to cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet.

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Based on this recipe from IHeartEating.com (which claims they are only 68 calories each!)

See you tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday || Firmoo

Floral scarf, Jeans, Firmoo specs

I have had glasses since I was six years-old. Every time I went to the eye doctor, my prescription got stronger, and now I’ve ended up with some pretty terrible vision. I tend to only wear my glasses around the house, but I was on the market for a pair that I would be comfortable wearing out and about. Needless to say, I was excited when Firmoo contacted me a few weeks ago to review a pair of their glasses. Their site is really neat—you can upload a photo of your face and automatically see what you would look like in about one hundred different trendy frames! I phoned my eye doctor for my prescription, and it was really easy to enter in the information on Firmoo’s site. The glasses arrived in no time at all, and I am really impressed with how comfortable and well-fitted they are for my face.

Floral scarf, Jeans, Firmoo specs
Floral scarf, Jeans, Firmoo specs
Floral scarf, Jeans, Firmoo specs

Jeans | American Eagle Artist
Cardigan | Mossimo boyfriend cardigan (Target)
Scarf | Bon Ton
Glasses | Firmoo

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And my little man was dying to get in front of the camera, so he froze alongside me for a few minutes :)

Floral scarf, Jeans, Firmoo specs

Maybe I should think about another pair? :)

 

I’m linking up with Lindsey, Alison, and Shanna.

Disclosure: I was gifted a pair of Firmoo glasses in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. I am an affiliate with Target, which means a purchase through the links in this post may result in a commission for me. Thank you for supporting this blog!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Favorite Things | Target Edition

If you’re a regular on my blog, you know that Target has a special place in my heart. It’s my favorite store to browse because there are always new and modern trends in their clothes and home décor. The prices are reasonable, and the products are of good quality. Up until four years ago, I always had a Target near my home for regular shopping trips. But ever since, Target’s been a good hour’s drive away, making my visits there extra exciting. I did acquire a Red Card at some point in the last couple of years, and I definitely enjoy online shopping (with free shipping)!

I put together a few collages of some of my FAVORITE things that I found on Target’s site!


HOME DÉCOR

I tend to gravitate toward the color blue when it comes to decorating our house. This works out well since I live with three boys. :)  Recently though, I’ve wanted to add a lot of whites and grays to brighten up all of the dark wood trim in our house. The following items have beautiful patterns with white or light backgrounds, and my eyes were immediately drawn to them. I mean, that rug—swoon!

 

Target Home Decor

1. Nate Berkus Watercolor Shower Curtain 
2. Boho Boutique Medallion Floral Area Rug
3. Rizzy Home Metallic Sequined Decorative Throw Pillow
4. Nate Berkus Bird Tealight Holder
5. Room Essentials Jersey Sheet Sets


WOMEN’S FASHION

Spring is (hopefully) around the corner, and I can’t wait to peel off the heavy layers and trade in the snow boots for some cute flats and wedges. I like wearing lighter, pastel scarves. And since I’m still nursing, the tank below (#5) is something I wear every day as an undershirt.

 

Target Women's Fashion


1. Badminton “Birdie” Print Crinkle Infinity Scarf
2. Animal Print Pullover Sweater
3. Pleated Maxi Dress
4. Revel Lola W Flats
5. Gilligan O’Malley Nursing Cotton Cami


BOYS’ CLOTHES

Nolan and Ephraim are so much fun for me to dress! It’s great that since we have two boys, anything we buy for Nolan will get worn again by Ephraim, so we’ll get our money’s worth out of it. I think the boys look cutest in blues and greens and white. And we definitely love the classic Converses in our family :)

Target Boys Clothes

1. Converse One Star Canvas Oxford Shoe
2. Military Zip-Up Hoodie
3. Ikat Plaid Button Down
4. Pale Wintergreen Chino Short
5. Oatmeal Heather Hooded Sweatshirt

 

Thanks for stopping by—Enjoy your Monday!

 

Linking up with Andrea and Erika today for the “Favorite Things at Target” link-up!

Disclosure: I am an affiliate with Target in compliance with the Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines published by the United States Federal Trade Commission. This means the links in this post may result in a commission for me. Thank you for supporting this blog!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Favorites


These weeks are just flying, though I will say on the same hand that March can’t come soon enough! We have had a freezing February, and the mounds of snow make every outing into a big adventure. My cousin and her kids were going to come over this morning (they just moved to our state!), but Nolan got a bout of  food poisoning yesterday, so we have to postpone the playdate. I guess we won’t be returning to our favorite Chinese buffet in the near future. Ephraim has been learning so much this week. I can tell that he understands many words, he is signing for a few things that he wants, and he is getting more daring with walking. I am praying that God will help me to slow down and truly enjoy this stage of motherhood.

On to my FAVORITES:



Last Saturday, we had a very nice, low-key Valentine’s Day. We started off with some cherry flavored heart-shaped donuts and mini donut towers. After breakfast, we took Nolan to Lowe’s “Build and Grow” workshop where he made a little heart-shaped photo holder. MorMor and Papa Don came over to deliver some Valentines—and they brought us heart-shaped Peep s’more kits. :)


On Wednesday, I shared my favorite new shirt—this mint/turquoise tunic with lace bottom. Thank you for your compliments on it. I am so glad I snagged it on GroopDealz!

S'mores Candy Bars

In case you missed it yesterday, I posted a 3-ingredient recipe for S’mores candy bars. They bring back the taste of summer! You may have to get yourself a candy mold. . .
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On Tuesday, I loved sharing one of my favorite stories—Steve's and my love story. This guy has changed my life in a million different ways since I met him almost nine years ago. It was so fun to learn more about my blogging friends’ love stories as well!



Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for “The 5 Love Languages for Men”! You’ll want to snag a copy for your husband.

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I am dreaming about spring, and while I was browsing TheBouqs.com, I fell in love with this floral arrangement called “Sweet N Cuddly” with a succulent right in the center. I should start thinking ahead for what I want to plant in my garden, study up, and maybe start some seeds in the basement!

I had an “Aha” moment about curling my hair recently. It takes a lot of effort to prep, curl, pin, and spray my long locks to make them hold some waves. But I finally feel like I’ve got a grasp on it! To make it even better, I was watching this YouTube channel, and came across some amazing curl advice! “Nay Danger” went to college with me, and a friend suggested I watch some of her hair and makeup videos. This particular one explains that if you curl your hair one day, you can twist it up into a bun at night and be surprised with lasting curls the next day—and the next day! Even for my hair that doesn’t hold onto curl at all, it really works! Check it out.

 

Have a warm and cozy weekend!

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Linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika, Andrea, & Narci.

Did you remember to sign up for our Spring Cheer Exchange? We’d love to add more friends to our package-sending endeavor!

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