Autumn Blog Hop

When my sweet friend and fairy godmother, Paige asked me to participate in her Autumn Blog Hop, I ... [ Read More ]

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Casual Mom Uniform

As a mom of two, I spend a lot of my days in comfy clothes or workout clothes. Sure, I would love to ... [ Read More ]

Fancy Ashley for Riffraff

Coordinating Outfits for Family Pictures

I am over on Every Day Cheer today sharing my coordinating outfit ideas for family photos! Come ... [ Read More ]

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

Before Teddy started Kindergarten a few weeks ago, I was told that he needed to bring a snack, along ... [ Read More ]

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites // Fancy Ashley

Notebooks, Notecards and a Minted.com Giveaway, Oh My!

Happy Monday lovely peeps! If you have followed me for awhile, then you probably know about my love ... [ Read More ]

Reagan for Minted // Fancy Ashley

Autumn Blog Hop

When my sweet friend and fairy godmother, Paige asked me to participate in her Autumn Blog Hop, I was so excited to join in! Life is a tad hectic around here and I am super behind in posting about the hop, but I am thrilled to participate and share some awesome blogs with you and some great fall decor inspiration!! I must admit that I never actually go all out with my fall decorating, I always plan to, but life always seems to get busy and I find myself pulling out pumpkins right before Thanksgiving. I am thrilled to have the house a tad decorated and more cozy for fall, early this year!

Autumn Blog Hop 2014

In case you have missed the other Autumn Blog Hop tours, be sure to head over and check these fabulous blog out!

Sept 24 … The Pink Clutch
Sept 25 … Little Black Door
Sept 26 … Uptown Acorn
Sept 29… Krystine Edwards
Sept 30 … Dixie Delights
Oct 1 … Fancy Ashley (MOI!)
Oct 3 … Vivid Hue Home

There are a few staple fall items for our house!

One is an amazing pumpkin spice candle. I am serious when I say this is the best pumpkin candle ever. It truly is. I love it and go through so many each fall and winter! We have been burning one since the beginning of September…I am ready for fall…the 95 degree weather is not cooperating. It was 68 degrees the other morning and I wore a scarf…seriously, I am ready for FALL!

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Second are my pumpkin decorations. Since I don’t put out a ton of fall decor, these are perfect to place around the house. They are tiny, but make a big statement. :)

Some are fall decor…like these ahhhmazing gold mercury glass pumpkins.

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Some are Halloween decor (I don’t have a source on these…I bought a big batch about 9 years ago from a small boutique and I love them). The little presidents love these Halloween inspired pumpkins and are having too much fun decorating their rooms and the rest of the house with them.

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I also love cozying up the couch with comfy pillows and blankets. Well, that’s pretty much standard all year round. This Pom-Pom blanket is pretty much my new favorite blanket ever though. I LOVE it!

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I also love baking anything and everything pumpkin flavored. My favorite pumpkin bread recipe can be found here. I have been baking a lot of it. The pumpkin candle burning, mixed with pumpkin bread baking is pretty much the most magical scent ever.

IMG_6297  Of course my sweet kiddos are super excited and ready for Halloween. I am feeling extremely ahead of the game and have both costumes ordered. I am trying so hard to get organized, so these little things are victories to me. Last year, I would have been scrambling a couple weeks before, mainly because no one could decide on their costume choices. Ha. :) Here is a pic from last year to get you into the Halloween spirit. Buzz, Princess Reagan and Boo the ladybug. :)

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Happy Fall and thanks so much for stopping by!

Casual Mom Uniform

As a mom of two, I spend a lot of my days in comfy clothes or workout clothes. Sure, I would love to get up each morning and have fresh hair and makeup, but that’s not realistic for me. Most days, I am either headed to the gym or running around like crazy, getting my errands done. I am always on the lookout for cute clothes that aren’t exactly workout clothes, but aren’t jeans either. I want comfy and cute and practical for those days when I don’t feel like dressing up or the days when I am not headed to the gym. I am a huge fan of the elastic waistband pant…I mean really, who isn’t?! When I saw these knit sweatpants at Riffraff, I knew that it was pretty much necessary that they find their way into my closet. I also knew that they would be making a lot of appearances this fall and winter.

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I decided to pair the pants with a piko top. These tops are pretty awesome. They come in pretty much any color that you can think of and they are extremely comfy and perfect for running errands and chasing kids around.

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This is probably one of my comfiest and most favorite outfits right now. I can’t even discuss the amount of times I have worn it. :)

Fancy Ashley for Riffraff

This casual look is perfect paired with your favorite tennis shoes (mine are not for sale anymore)!

Fancy Ashley for Riffraff

Knit Pants (similar) // Piko Top // Sunnies // Earrings // Shoes (similar) // Lipstick // Lipgloss

What’s your favorite “mom uniform” for the fall?

ALSO!!!

If you live in or near Dallas, you might have heard that Riffraff is opening a store there! The grand opening is this Friday and they have asked me to come do personal styling sessions from 5-6pm and I would LOVE to see you!!!

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Photography by: Melissa Parsons Photography 

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

Before Teddy started Kindergarten a few weeks ago, I was told that he needed to bring a snack, along with a lunch, each day. He is the ultimate creature of habit and the pickiest eater, so his lunches are almost always the same items on repeat. I wanted to find a few fun recipes that I could make each week for his school snacks to change that part up a bit, but they had to be things that he would actually eat. Naturally, I looked for a lot of recipes that included peanut butter and/or chocolate chips. I do energy bites quite a bit. Those are a favorite around here and I try to keep a batch in the fridge or freezer at all times. But, I wanted to expand his horizons a bit, so I checked Pinterest for inspiration. 

 Last week, I made delicious peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip granola bars and we all loved them. I ate way too many. The only issue I had was they were hard to fit into the square container that we use for his school snack and they broke apart easily when eating, which Teddy gets spazzy about (picky eater!!!). I decided to try my own spin on the recipe, since we all loved it so much and make them into ball form. I figured they would be easier for him to eat and they would fit better into his square snack containers and I was right. I waited all day for him to come home and taste test them and I got a big thumbs up and he said he loved them, so I figured I needed to share the recipe with you! 

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites // Fancy Ashley

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites:

Adapted from this recipe

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
3/4 cup chopped pretzels
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips
2 tablespoons Chia Seeds

In a sauce pan, heat the butter, brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter on medium-low heat. Be sure to stir occasionally so that the mixture doesn’t burn. Once it’s all mixed together, turn off heat and add the vanilla.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites // Fancy Ashley In a separate bowl, mix the oats, crispy rice cereal, chopped pretzels and chia seeds together.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites // Fancy Ashley  Place bowl in fridge for at least 30 minutes to an hour. If you are impatient like me, you can put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Once the mixture is cooled, it will be easier to form into the bites. The mixture might be a tad dry…just put a little water on your hands while you make the bites. You can make the balls as small or as large as you’d like.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites // Fancy Ashley It’s as simple as that! You have a fun little snack for you and your whole fam bam!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bites // Fancy Ashley Store them in a sealed container or bag in the fridge and enjoy!!!

Also!!!

Don’t forget to head over and enter my Minted.com giveaway! There are TWO $100 credits to win!!!

Notebooks, Notecards and a Minted.com Giveaway, Oh My!

Happy Monday lovely peeps!

If you have followed me for awhile, then you probably know about my love for Minted.

I order our Christmas cards from them each year, along with notecards, business cards and have you seen their mommy calling cards?! I seriously love the concept! I love their paper quality and their customer service is the best and I know this from experience. I had a package get lost in the mail last fall and they resent me my order. It was amazing and I loved them before, but that made me love them even more.

They have added notebooks to their list of awesome products and I absolutely love them and couldn’t wait to add some to our paper collection. There are a ton of different options, but we decided to go with the notebooks with our own pictures on them. I figured Teddy and Reagan would love them and I was so right.

Both of the little presidents love seeing themselves on a notebook. They think it is the coolest thing ever.

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Reagan was even more amazed that her beloved Boo is on the front of her notebook.

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We try to practice writing every once in awhile around here. As some of you know, it’s been a bit of a struggle for Teddy, so we try to make it fun. These notebooks are definitely a fun new way to practice.

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Teddy for Minted // Fancy Ashley

I have been working with Reagan on learning how to write an R and hoping to work on the rest of the letters in her name too. She loves coloring and writing and pretty much anything artsy, so she has a blast learning R and is always asking me to show her more letters. Of course, she must use a fancy gold marker. :)

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We are using our notebooks for coloring and writing, but the possibilities are endless with what they can be used for.

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Reagan for Minted // Fancy Ashley

You can get them with blank pages (like we have), with lined pages (great for kids who are practicing writing inside the lines. Our letters are still large and in charge here.) and with gridded pages. You can also get notebooks in address book form, monthly planner form and weekly planner form. Not only are they perfect for kiddos, but they are awesome for you too and make really fun gifts as well!! I have been dreaming up a few gifts that I plan to order for Christmas and birthdays.

Reagan for Minted // Fancy Ashley

We also love their notecards!! When I saw these flamingo notecards (or “mingo” as they are called in our house), I knew they would be perfect for our little mingo lover. I mean, a flamingo wearing sunnies?! These cards were pretty much made for Reagan.

Reagan for Minted // Fancy Ashley

She turned 3 in July, so I knew these thank you cards were pretty much mandatory for her. Of course I am writing them and she adds a little scribble to each one as a “signature.” :)

Reagan for Minted // Fancy Ashley

I have a little surprise for you today!!!

TWO of you have the opportunity to win $100 credits to Minted!

How exciting is that? Notebooks, Christmas cards, business cards, etc! If you win, it’s your pick!! Woohoo!!!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! Good luck!!!

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Tell me, what is your favorite Minted product? Hard to pick just one, I know!!!

Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions and love for this company, are purely my own.

Fancy Friday Favorites

I said I would be back this week…a week later wasn’t my plan, but I’m trying to get into the back to school groove. It’s taking longer than imagined! I’m back though, today at least! You can follow us on Instagram where I also give a tiny peek in our days.

Today, I am linking up with the girls for Friday Favorites!

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This week was our first week of 5 full days of school. It was tough. Seriously, I am exhausted and I know Teddy is exhausted. We are so ready for the weekend! Here they are as they were headed out the door for school!
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*Just as I suspected, this little area has became a crazy catchall for all the things! Ha! I love it so much!!! At least it keeps the things off my desk and counters!
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I am so very ready for fall. Apparently we are supposed to have a cold front this weekend and by cold font they mean it will be 80 degrees. It’s actually hilarious. But, I am willing fall in this house. My favorite pumpkin candle is burning constantly and yesterday, I made a couple loaves of pumpkin bread and some pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I ate half of the mini loaf within minutes. Ha!
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I use this recipe and I sub other things for the dates or omit them sometimes. It is so yummy with the dates too. To shop a few of the items in this picture, look below!
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Reagan tells the funniest stories and when I hear one begin, I try to get it on video. This one about the scary homingos is so funny. She is a riot and cracks us up daily. Just in case you need a laugh today!
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As I said, I am ready for fall…I am shopping for fall and dreaming of cooler weather. I am pretty much obsessed with these puffer vests. I mean the camp, herringbone and check! So much cuteness!!!!
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If you are looking for the most flattering dress ever, I believe I found it. I love this dress so much that I think I’m going to buy it in another color! Don’t you love when you find clothing items like that? You love it, so you buy it in all the colors?
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I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I am going to be enjoying our “cold front” and relaxing!

Fall Essentials for The Busy Mom

Happy Friday!!!!

I have been a tad MIA this week with getting bcd into the swing of school!! I will be back next week with lots of fun stuff!!

Today, I am over on Every Day Cheer, where I am a contributor. I am talking about my fall essentials for the busy mom!

Head over to see my picks!!!

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You can see the post here!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Labor Day Sales 2014-More!

Happy Labor Day Monday!!!

I posted this sale roundup the other day, but since then an amazing sale has been added at J.Crew. I mean amazing. If there is anything you are wishing for, today is the day!

30% off your purchase of $125 or more with code 24HOURS. It’s today only, so shop now!! Free shipping today too!!!

Ps I received these flats for my birthday and love them!!

B1267_ED1203 Here are a few more sales that you just can’t miss today!!!

My beloved Nordstrom is having a 40% off Clearance Sale! There is some gooood stuff on sale! I always say, when Nordies has a sale, they do it right!! Here are my top picks!

My other fave, Anthropologie is having an extra 20% off sale items right now and there is some awesome stuff on sale. Add in the 20% off and it’s an even better deal! Here are a few of my faves!

J.Crew is having an extra 40% off sale items, plus free shipping on all orders placed 8/29 through 8/31!

Furbish Studio is one of my fave places! They are having a 15% off everything sale 8/29 through 9/1. Use code ENDOFSUMMER to snag some awesome items!!

Lulu and Georgia is having a huge 25% off everything sale! Use code laborday25 to save on these awesome items!!

Sephora is having a fab summer sendoff sale! Up to 75% off items!!

Hayden Reis, my favorite sailcloth tote bags, is having a 15% off $150 or more, using code LABORDAY14. You can also shop their sale section for up to 60% off certain styles, including two of our favorite totes! We have and love this tote and this tote! Talk about the perfect Christmas gift!!!

Other sales you MUST checkout this weekend:

Shopbop

Old Navy (up to 50% off EVERYTHING!)

Nasty Gal

Gap (EVERYTHING is up to 40% off!)

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Baublebar-Jewlery Styles starting at 50% off!

Happy Shopping!!!

Labor Day 2014 Sales

Labor Day weekend is here! To me that means two things!

One: School starts next week. I have mixed feelings on this one!

Two: Huge sales all over the place! No mixed feelings on this! This is the best!!!

Everyone loves a good sale, right?

I know I do!

Here are a few sales this weekend that you just can’t miss!

My beloved Nordstrom is having a 40% off Clearance Sale! There is some gooood stuff on sale! I always say, when Nordies has a sale, they do it right!! Here are my top picks!

My other fave, Anthropologie is having an extra 20% off sale items right now and there is some awesome stuff on sale. Add in the 20% off and it’s an even better deal! Here are a few of my faves!

J.Crew is having an extra 40% off sale items, plus free shipping on all orders placed 8/29 through 8/31!

Furbish Studio is one of my fave places! They are having a 15% off everything sale 8/29 through 9/1. Use code ENDOFSUMMER to snag some awesome items!!

Lulu and Georgia is having a huge 25% off everything sale! Use code laborday25 to save on these awesome items!!

Sephora is having a fab summer sendoff sale! Up to 75% off items!!

Hayden Reis, my favorite sailcloth tote bags, is having a 15% off $150 or more, using code LABORDAY14. You can also shop their sale section for up to 60% off certain styles, including two of our favorite totes! We have and love this tote and this tote! Talk about the perfect Christmas gift!!!

Other sales you MUST checkout this weekend:

Shopbop

Old Navy (up to 50% off EVERYTHING!)

Nasty Gal

Gap (EVERYTHING is up to 40% off!)

Sheinside

Baublebar-Jewlery Styles starting at 50% off!

So much great stuff on sale right now!!! Hooray!!! Seems like the perfect time to start Christmas shopping, don’t you agree?!

I leave you with this picture of my little lady and her awesome lipstick job.

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She is wearing this color!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! We are ready to hang and watch some football! School starts next week, so we are savoring the last few days of no schedule or wakeup time!

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese in Mason Jars

It’s no secret that I love cooking in mason jars and drinking out of mason jars. I swear, everything tastes better in a mason jar. It’s a fact.

I have a gluten sensitivity, which means sometimes I can eat it and have no issue and sometimes I eat it and regret it.

I have not completely cut it out of my diet. I just can’t. But, I have tried to make small changes here and there. I have been making homemade macaroni and cheese in mason jars for a few years now and decided to attempt it with gluten free noodles a few months ago. No one that I served it to could tell that they were gluten free noodles. These little jars were a delicious addition to a BBQ, plus, just toss a lid on top and save them for leftovers for a few days. These little mason jars full of goodness have become a staple in our casa for BBQs!

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Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese in Mason Jars

Recipe adapted from my fave, The Pioneer Woman-Go here for the recipe details!

4 cups Gluten Free Noodles (I love this brand the best!)
1 whole Egg, Beaten
1/4 cup (1/2 Stick Or 4 Tablespoons) Butter
1/4 cup Gluten Free All-purpose Flour (Cup4Cup is my fave!)
2-1/2 cups Nonfat Milk (original recipe uses whole milk)
2 teaspoons Dry Mustard
1 pound Grated Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
1/2 teaspoon Seasoned Salt, More To Taste
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
Gluten Free Breadcrumbs (optional to top with)

*Head over to The Pioneer Woman’s site for the details on how to make the sauce, etc. My details for how to finish the recipe are below!

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To finish the recipe:

Mix the cheese sauce and noodles together in one large pan. Scoop the mixture into the 4 oz. mason jars. I use this cupcake scooper to do this. Top with some grated cheese and breadcrumbs (gluten free) and bake at 350 degrees on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy!!

If you loved this recipe, you should try my gluten free lemon bar in a jar recipe and my gluten free shortcakes recipe!

Check out a few of my favorite cooking utensils that I used to make this recipe!