Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chocolate Dipped Valentine Cookies

I have always been a sucker for Valentine's Day. I love everything about celebrating all those you love. My boys are all about the candy and sweets that come with said day of love. As much as I enjoy baking and crafting, these days we are all about finding the easiest activity to keep my little men entertained. These dipped cookies did just that!

Sandwich cookies {we used vanilla Joe-Joe's from Trader Joe's}
Melted chocolate {we used chocolate bark and candy cane Hershey's kisses}
Sprinkles {Target dollar aisle has the best!}
Melt chocolate in the microwave in thirty second intervals stirring each time. Let cool for a few minutes. Lay out parchment paper and let the kids dip the cookies and then sprinkle. Note that more sprinkles may make it into their mouths than actually on the cookie! 
Place decorated cookies on parchment paper and let dry until chocolate is hard.
Once completely dry move to a plate or bag up for gift giving. These would be the perfect treats for teachers and classmates!
What is your favorite Valentine treat?

Monday, February 1, 2016


One of my resolutions for the new year was to blog more. Well, I guess February 1st is just as good a time as January 1st to start! I'm back. And hopefully for multiple posts each week! We shall see... Between wrangling three kids and starting a new business, this little blog sadly took a back seat. It was never my intention to stop blogging, and I am so sad with everything I missed documenting. My reason for blogging always has been to have an outlet to share pictures and memories and be able to look back one day. Poor Amos does not have too many memories shared here but that is all about to change!

This weekend we welcomed B's mom, MeMo, for some family play time, down time, rest and relaxation with the boys. A lot of that time was spent outdoors since it was 70 degrees!! But last weekend. That's another story!

Last Friday we woke up to a winter wonderland. It was truly magical. For us southerners a light dusting is usually cause for excitement but this was the real stuff. The boys were in heaven with all the white stuff, and B even stayed home from work so I was in heaven too. We built snowmen, had snowball fights, made snow angels, went sledding and ate way too much snow ice cream. Our nights were spent by the fire complete with jam sessions, dance parties and Mexican food. We ventured out Sunday for our absolute favorite donuts and some bigger hills for sledding. It really was the perfect winter weekend. I love how the snow forced us to slow down and stick together for some intentional family time just our family of five. But don't get me wrong, I was more than thrilled when the snow melted away Monday and school was open Tuesday!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Scenes from the weekend...

Hello friends! I cannot believe how long it has been since I last blogged. It makes me sad because my main reason for blogging is to keep up with our little family and all we do so I can one day look back on it all. I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things around here and will catch you all up on life lately, but first let's recap our Thanksgiving weekend.

For once we did not travel and no one came to visit. It was glorious! Ha! We did miss our extended family but it was so nice to not have to pack up or rush around or be on a schedule. The last two months have been two of the craziest ever, and I was so grateful for a few days with just my little family.

Our Turkey Day was spent in comfy clothes and kicked off with cookie decorating and Bloody Mary's. The perfect morning in my book! We lounged and watched the parade and enjoyed a little fun with Target dollar aisle goodies and our selfie stick. Maybe a little too much fun! I was torn on whether or not too cook because we definitely wanted to enjoy all the traditional Thanksgiving goodies but were not interested in slaving away all day in the kitchen just for us. Thankfully we made the decision to get takeout from one of our favorites, and it was AMAZING. Seriously I might have them cater every holiday. Our menu included turkey, truffle corn pudding with Parmesan and thyme, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, garlic rosemary mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. The best part? It was ready in about thirty minutes! We stuffed ourselves silly, put the boys down for a nap and rested ourselves. The rest of the afternoon was spent outside in the back playing baseball and relaxing on our deck. Early bedtime for the boys and leftovers along with a funny movie for us made for the best Thanksgiving ever.

The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing some more. We did venture out to go meet our best friends' newest little man at the hospital and enjoyed sweet snuggles. Is there anything better than a newborn?? We got a babysitter Saturday afternoon for our littlest man and took the big boys to see The Good Dinosaur. They had been talking about it all week and were so excited! Not sure if they were more into the slurpees and popcorn or the actual movie, but it was quite the experience trying to get Jude to sit still for two hours! Thinking our next family outing will be somewhere a little more active. Church Sunday morning followed by more lounging as I attempted to start Christmas decorating wrapped up the coziest of weekends.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Scenes from the weekend...

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? We were nonstop but enjoyed lots of fun with family and friends. B's mom, sister and her boyfriend all came in this weekend for time with the boys and to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS. B's dad passed away from the terrible disease so it was important and special for all of us to come together and raise awareness. So many of our friends came out to walk as well! Afterwards we enjoyed a quick taco fix before heading home to change and venture out to Franklin for the Pilgrimage Festival. Such a fantastic lineup! Our favorites included Cage the Elephant, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Wilco, Weezer, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Band of Horses and Dawes. Afterwards we went home to check on MeMo and the boys and then ventured back out downtown. Downtown is usually not my favorite scene but since our visitors were dying to go, I obliged. Always plenty of jaw dropping people watching to entertain us, and of course we counted seven different bachelorette parties! We bid farewell to our family Sunday and spent the day recharging and resting. I even managed to get some work done! Packed up lots of our fussbox orders and hosted our first Ceremony + Fuss giveway on Instagram. Ended the day with takeout and DVR with my main man! So ready for a fabulous week. My mom gets in tomorrow, and we are headed to Napa just B and me. No kids, no schedule, and plenty of wine. Counting down and cannot wait!!!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Five on Friday

{ONE} Fall Favorites -- I have been so wrapped up in life lately I barely even noticed it's officially my favorite time of the year, FALL! I love Autumn and all that it entails. We have had the busiest September, and I am so looking forward to slowing down these next couple of months and enjoying all the season has to offer. Cool weather, cozy sweaters and pumpkin patch visits are a few of my Fall favorites. What about you??

{TWO} Life Lately -- And speaking of being so wrapped up in life, this poor little blog took a backseat these last couple of months. In an effort to not miss any of the fun we have been having since Amos joined our world, I blogged a little recap here and here.

{THREE} Walk to Defeat ALS -- We are so excited to have B's family coming in town this weekend and are looking forward to participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. B's dad, George Washington Bolton III, passed away from this terrible disease, so our family will be sporting these temporary tattoos on Saturday as we walk in his honor.

{FOUR} Ceremony + Fuss -- Did you hear the news?? I started a new business! Yes, I might be crazy for doing this while trying to wrangle three kids three and under, but it has been a dream for so long. Ceremony + Fuss offers lovingly curated gift boxes to splendidly celebrate life's special occasions. We officially launched yesterday and are open for gifting!

{FIVE} GIVEAWAY -- And in honor of our launch we are giving away some of our favorite goodies from our You're a Gem fussbox! Head over to Instagram and check out all the details.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ceremony + Fuss

I am so excited to announce my new business!

Ceremony + Fuss has been a labor of love I have been working on for the past year. C+F is an online gift box shop offering lovingly curated gift boxes to splendidly celebrate life's special occasions. We love making a big fuss! Whether you are showering a new arrival with love, sending best wishes to a bride or letting a friend know you think she’s the best, we are here to help you make a fuss and celebrate!

It has been a dream of mine the last couple of years to be able to own my business and still stay home with my boys. Lots of work, lots of prayer and lots of late nights went into this venture, and I certainly could not have done it without the love and support of B, family and friends. Many thanks to all who have supported me along this journey and here's hoping you all will love C+F as much as I do. Happy gifting, friends!